A rapid and simple method for the isolation of fatty acid methyl esters and fatty alcohols from the lipid fraction of marine zooplankton is described. Wax esters are the dominant lipid class in most calanoid copepods and trans-esterification results in a high fatty alcohol content in the analytical extract. Current procedures for the separation and purification of lipid classes by preparative thin-layer chromatography are time-consuming and are subject to low recovery of the analytes. In this method, fatty acid methyl esters and fatty alcohols were separated by liquid chromatography using silica or honded amino-silica as the stationary phase. The procedure is equally applicable to the analysis of zooplankton with low wax ester (and hence fatty alcohol) content, for example, a number of species of euphausiid and, generally, for samples of low mass.
Written by November 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Snow Women Best Eastern Wyoming At SVC Saturday Brad James Tags: Snow Women’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRICHFIELD, Utah-The Snow College women’s basketball team picked up its second straight win in as many days, taking down Eastern Wyoming, 56-46, at the Sevier Valley Center on Saturday.Snow’s Rachel Roberts racked up a game-high 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Roberts was also credited with five rebounds in 34 minutes of play. Sophomore Sydney Pilling added 13 points in the win, with nine of those points coming from behind the three-point line. Regan Yamauchi also scored in double-digits, posting 11 points for the Lady Badgers. Shawnee Simpson led Snow with 11 recounds, including a game-high 10 defensive boards.The Lady Badgers will prepare now for next weekend’s tournament in Price, Utah. Snow will take on the Utah All-Stars on Friday at 1:30 p.m., followed by a 12 p.m. contest on Saturday against Central Wyoming.
Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy recovers El Faro voyage data recorder View post tag: USNS Apache The voyage data recorder from El Faro, a US flagged cargo ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015, was successfully recovered from the ocean floor late Monday evening.According to the National Transportation Safety Board, Military Sealift Command’s fleet ocean tug USNS Apache departed Virginia Beach, Virginia, Friday with personnel from the NTSB, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy and Phoenix International aboard.After arriving at the accident location northeast of Crooked Island in the Bahamas island chain, on Monday morning, technicians maneuvered CURV-21, a deep ocean remotely operated underwater vehicle, down about 15,000 feet to the sea floor where the wreckage of El Faro rests.The recovery of the capsule caps a 10-month-long effort to retrieve the recorder, which was designed to record navigational data and communications between crewmembers on the ship’s bridge. Investigators hope the recorder will reveal information about the final hours of El Faro’s voyage and the circumstances leading up to the sinking.“The recovery of the recorder has the potential to give our investigators greater insight into the incredible challenges that the El Faro crew faced,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, “but it’s just one component of a very complex investigation. There is still a great deal of work to be done in order to understand how the many factors converged that led to the sinking and the tragic loss of 33 lives. I want to thank the dedicated professionals in the many organizations — especially the U.S. Navy, the Coast Guard, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the National Science Foundation and the University of Rhode Island — who worked with NTSB investigators and support staff over three missions in 10 months to make this successful recovery possible,” said Hart.The voyage data recorder will be examined while at sea by NTSB investigators aboard the USNS Apache, to assess the condition of the device and to ensure proper preservation for readout and further examination ashore. The VDR will be transported to the NTSB’s laboratory here after the Apache returns from sea on or about Aug. 12, 2016. Once at the NTSB’s lab a team of specialists will audition the recording.It is not yet known how long it may take to review the data and audio information that may be captured on El Faro’s VDR. While the minimum design requirement for VDRs of this type is for 12 hours of recording, it may contain additional information, NTSB said. View post tag: US Navy Authorities View post tag: El Faro US Navy recovers El Faro voyage data recorder View post tag: NTSB August 10, 2016 Share this article
By DONALD WITTKOWSKICity Council gave final approval Thursday night to three bond ordinances that include more money to complete the acquisition of property that will create a large swath of open space protected from housing development.The bond ordinances provide an extra $615,000 to buy the land that encompasses a full block bordered by 16th and 17th streets between Simpson and Haven avenues next to the Ocean City Community Center.One of the parcels formerly served as the site of a car dealership and had been proposed for a housing project.In February, Council approved a funding package of nearly $12 million to acquire the land from the private owners, Klause Enterprises and Palmer Center LLC. The three bond ordinances approved Thursday will increase the total amount that the city is offering to pay for the parcels to about $12.5 million.The next step calls for the city to deposit the money with the state Superior Court to pay for the land, City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson said. The city is in court as part of its condemnation action to acquire the land through eminent domain.Although the city expects to take ownership of the land soon, it still must litigate the final amount it will pay the owners. The court could decide if the property is worth more than the $12.5 million that the city is offering, McCrosson explained.“The litigation will determine what the value is,” she told the Council members during the meeting, which was held by Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic.The city is adding an extra $615,000 to the purchase price to reflect the most recent property appraisals.The centerpiece of the three properties is the former site of the Perry-Egan Chevrolet dealership at 16th and Simpson. With the extra money that is being added now, the city is offering about $6.9 million for that piece of land.The land owners, Jerry and Harry Klause, of Klause Enterprises, previously wanted to build a 22-lot housing development on the site before the city stepped in to acquire the land. The old car dealership has been demolished and the site has been cleared.For more than two years, Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council have been hoping to buy the land to prevent it from being used for densely packed housing construction that would add to the city’s overdevelopment.This sign, which has since been removed, advertised the housing development once proposed on the property.At the same time it is buying the former auto dealership site from the Klause brothers, the city is looking to acquire two adjacent parcels that would round out the block bordered by 16th and 17th streets between Simpson and Haven avenues.Those two parcels are controlled by Palmer Center LLC, a group owned by John Flood, a real estate developer and former city councilman.The city is offering $3.1 million to buy the Palmer Center property at 109 16th Street. The land is currently vacant, but has been approved for housing development.In addition, the city is offering $2.5 million for more Palmer Center land at 1600 Haven Avenue. That site has no development approvals, McCrosson previously told Council.Altogether, the three parcels would help the city to create a corridor of public land stretching from 15th to 20th streets. The property would connect the city’s Emil Palmer Park, the Community Center and other public facilities within the five-block area.As part of the land deal, an escrow account would be set up to require the current owners to pay for any environmental cleanup of the land, if needed, after the city takes possession, McCrosson said.The mayor has proposed preserving the property for open space and possibly using a portion of it for public parking to support the Community Center, a municipal complex that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The complex includes the Free Public Library, the Arts Center, the Aquatic & Fitness Center, the Historical Museum and the Seniors Center.In other business Thursday, the Council members expressed concerns and outright opposition to a proposed offshore wind farm that would be powered by 99 huge turbines located 15 miles out into the ocean from Atlantic City to Stone Harbor, including Ocean City.Council Vice President Michael DeVlieger took the lead with some intense questioning of a representative for Orsted, the Dutch energy company that plans to build what would be a 1,100-megawatt, wind-powered facility.The Orsted representative, Kris Ohleth, repeatedly apologized for not being able to answer a number of questions about some of the economic, financial and technical aspects of the project.DeVlieger pressed Ohleth on the possible negative impacts the wind farm would have on Ocean City’s principal industries, tourism and real estate.Orsted’s proposed wind farm 15 miles off the New Jersey coast is drawing objections from City Council. (Image courtesy City of Ocean City)DeVlieger maintained that there are simply too many risks to Ocean City’s “highly sensitive and highly profitable” tourism industry and real estate market for him to support the project.In some of his strongest comments, he said bluntly, “I just don’t like this project being jammed down our throats.”“The simple fact of the matter is, it’s risky,” he also said. “Why should we, as a community, take that risk?”The councilman added, “I see no benefit to us, honestly.”DeVlieger also raised doubts whether Ocean City residents would be hired for the nearly 70 permanent jobs that the project will create, including those based at the company’s Atlantic City operations and maintenance center. In addition to the permanent positions, Orsted has said the project will create thousands of temporary construction jobs.The Council members were disappointed when Ohleth said she couldn’t supply some of the more technical details of the project. They were also surprised when she couldn’t provide the estimated cost of the wind farm, other than to say it would be more than $1 billion.One by one, other members of the governing body joined DeVlieger in making critical remarks about the project’s possible negative impacts on Ocean City. Councilman Peter Madden predicted that it is going to be “a mess.” Councilman Keith Hartzell said that he was “very dismayed” by the project.“It’s crazy to me,” Councilman Tom Rotondi added.The wind-powered turbines that will generate electricity would be spaced about a mile apart in rows and installed in deep water. The hub of the turbine would stand 511 feet tall, with blades increasing the height to a total of 905 feet, Orsted has said.Some members of Council and the public said they are worried that the turbines would easily be visible from the shoreline, creating a visual blight, even though they would be located 15 miles offshore.Councilman Jody Levchuk said the turbines would be “sticking out like a sore thumb.”This rendering depicts the view from the Ocean City Boardwalk of the proposed wind farm on the horizon, 15 miles offshore. The white turbine blades are barely visible in the distance. (Rendering courtesy of Orsted)The life expectancy of the wind farm is 25 years. If Orsted did not receive government approvals to continue operating the project after 25 years, the turbines and related infrastructure would be dismantled and removed, Ohleth explained.“To do all this disruption for 25 years with no guarantees makes no sense to me,” Councilwoman Karen Bergman told Ohleth.Council President Bob Barr expressed his disappointment with Ohleth’s presentation, noting that she “walked into a buzz saw” while facing serious questions from the governing body.Barr asked Ohleth to make a follow-up presentation on the project to Council, including bringing some of Orsted’s technical experts to answer questions.“I just hope we can do better,” Barr said of Orsted’s next presentation.He also wants Orsted to hold an in-person meeting in Ocean City with the public, once the pandemic subsides, to give local residents an overview of the company’s plans. Orsted has been holding a series of in-person and Zoom meetings with the public in New Jersey, including two in Ocean City last February and in August 2019.Orsted has announced it plans to have the wind farm operational by 2024. It is currently going through a rigorous government permitting process that is expected to take two years to complete, Ohleth said.The project is touted as a form of clean energy and is a centerpiece of Gov. Phil Murphy’s goal of having 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind capacity in New Jersey by 2035.Ohleth gave a Zoom presentation to Council on the project in advance of Orsted seeking formal approval to possibly run underground electric cables through Ocean City. The cables would connect the offshore turbines to a substation next to the B.L. England Generating Station in Marmora. B.L. England is under consideration as one of the sites where Orsted would connect the wind farm to the land-based power grid.Orsted would need Council’s approval for an ordinance allowing the company to run the cables under Ocean City’s streets. Ohleth said 35th Street is the company’s first choice, with 14th Street and Ninth Street also under consideration.McCrosson, the city solicitor, said the mayor and his administration need more information about Orsted’s plans before the proposed ordinance can be presented to Council for its consideration. The land bordered by Simpson and Haven avenues between 16th and 17th streets is empty now following the demolition of the former Chevrolet dealership.
UK competition What’s the greatest barrier to growing a Belgian bakery chain in Britain? The crashing euro? A cataclysmic economic outlook? No, it’s a linguistically challenged nation whose preferred mode of communication is shouting loudly at foreigners. “We’ve got a virtually unpronounceable name to most English people and a virtually indecipherable logo, even for those who work in the company!” says Steven Whibley, managing director at Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ).Not that that’s hampered progress. At 67 on the BB75 league table of bakery retailers based on numbers of outlets, with 14 clocked in January, one more added since and stores in Borough Market and Westfield Shopping Centre imminent, LPQ bucked the slump in organics last year. While bakery was the hardest sector hit, down 39%, the largely organic LPQ’s sales shot up by 50%.The brand, founded by chef Alain Coumont, started life in Brussels in 1990. The first back-to-basics shop had a small bread counter serving only two breads wheat and rye with cheese, ham and jam, and featured a four-metre communal table.”That was the basis of the concept and it evolved from there,” says Whibley. “Pastries were added a year after they opened. Then quiche, salad and wine. There is a whole range now, but we try to centre the menu around bread.” In fact, the menu has grown exponentially, to the point where it’s due a trim. “Our focus at the moment is to reduce the product range,” he says.Which brings us to the star of the show the bread, served up in assorted bread baskets and tartines (open sandwiches). In Belgium, Bellona Pattis originally supplied the UK outlets with breads and still supplies the par-baked croissants and baguettes, baked off in-store. Now, breads are made in partnership with Celtic Bakers, which can handle the 24- to 48-hour fermentations, and Shipton Mill.”We’re a kind of a mass-market Poilane, for want of a better word. I think ours are as good as theirs. You cannot make this kind of bread in the basement of every store,” insists Whibley, who needs space to make fresh tarts and cakes on-site. “The economics of it don’t work. And there’s a quality assurance issue. Our bread is as simple as flour, salt and water, baked fresh seven days a week and it’s 100% organic. When you’re buying sourdoughs elsewhere, they’re not always pure sours, and that’s something we’re very proud of.” There are few bakery-café-restaurant operators in the UK, which means LPQ is pitted against the likes of Carluccio’s and Pizza Express. The dining area accounts for around 75% of turnover, though the concept is more causal, with the communal table appealing to single people avoiding the stigma of sitting alone. Unit volume for LPQ is £30,000 net a week, which compares to around £20,000 for a Pizza Express. This is due to a bustling all-day trade, with quiet periods a rarity in the most successful stores.”We do a lot of customers for our money,” he explains. “We need those kinds of volumes to drive a similar profit. Our average spend per head is probably half what it would be in Carluccio’s. Our margin isn’t as much as most food operators, because we’re trying to deliver a quality, artisanal, organic product at a price range that is cheaper than bread that isn’t as artisanal, sold, for example, in food markets.”Store layouts are flexible, from 14 to 180 covers, and the smaller ones take 40% turnover over the counter. “It’s a concept that can be sliced and diced,” he says. The deli range which accounts for a modest 2% of sales acts as the store pantry, with goods used throughout the menus, as well as adding decoration to the shop. Stores have wi-fi and there is a strong ethical element, from the reclaimed wood furniture to the triple-certified coffees.Having blossomed into a 150-strong global brand, with the main UK, French and US business acting as the franchisor to Belgium, Germany, Spain, Holland, Russia, Australia, India, Japan, Mexico and the Middle East, how far can they take it in the UK?”We’re not about putting flags on the map, but we’ve got 15 in London and we could do 40,” he says. “Le Pain could go out of London, but once you do, you’re almost starting again to build your reputation. Our niche is quality and that is hard to match. There have always been opportunities to open more stores, take some debt in the business and roll the thing out faster, but we open at a rate where we can keep the business where we want it.”
FARMINGTON – The Franklin County Agricultural Society has decided to cancel this year’s Farmington Fair for the first time in decades, citing safety and financial issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.Farmington’s event is the latest of more than two dozen annual fairs and festivals that have been cancelled over the past several weeks, according to the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs.“Our first priority is the health and safety of our community, volunteers and exhibitors who have supported us over the last 179 years,” the FCAS said in a statement released this week.FCAS Secretary Neal Yeaton described the decision as a “really hard” one for the organization’s Board of Trustees and officers. He noted that the last time the fair was cancelled for an entire year was during World War 2.“It’s a factor of the safety requirements and are you going to make any money?” Yeaton said Thursday.Yeaton said that crowd restrictions limiting events to 50 people, counting fair volunteers and employees, would have made even partially opening the fair difficult. Additionally, Yeaton said, the cost of providing required personal protective gear and sanitizer would have put the fair in a significant financial hole before it opened to the public.“We definitely couldn’t afford that if we couldn’t have a demolition derby or pulling events,” Yeaton said, referring to some of the fair’s most popular events which typically draw large crowds. “It’s just not possible to hold those while social distancing.”Organizers had been meeting constantly on the subject over the last several weeks, Yeaton said. Thursday’s decision was made in part due to the Maine Harness Racing Commission needing an answer on whether the races could be held in Farmington this fall. The FCAS makes money off of gate admittance and a percentage of a handling fee associated with the betting that accompanies the races.The FCAS statement indicates that the board did look into holding racing events only, but felt it was “impossible and unaffordable for the fair to meet the social distancing and PPE conditions that are needed to insure everyone’s safety.” FCAS also noted that the state had not issued any pulling licenses.Yeaton noted that general maintenance across the fairgrounds would continue over the summer in preparation for future iterations of the event. The Farmington Fair is next scheduled to be held from Sept. 19 through Sept. 25, 2021.
Jack Swarbrick, vice president and James E. Rohr Director of Athletics, and Patricia Bellia, William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill professor of law and chair of the Faculty Board on Athletics spoke about COVID-19 in the Eck Institute for Global Health’s weekly “Consider This!” webinar episode. Titled “Pandemic and Athletics,” this session explored how the pandemic is affecting college athletics. Guest speakers Swarbrick and Bellia discussed the decision for Notre Dame to continue fall sports, the roles of National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Athletic Coast Conference and how the pandemic is affecting college athletics nationally. Swarbrick spoke of Notre Dame sports and the pandemic’s impact on student athletes and coaches, while Bellia explained how her perception of what the role the pandemic would play on athletics differed from reality. Notre Dame athletics has evolved on a daily basis as a result of the unprecedented times of the pandemic, Swarbrick said. He stays connected with others in the industry as much as he can, talking to a lot of athletic directors, commissioners and the media, in attempt to get an advanced warning of what is coming next. However, everything that has happened has been impossible to predict. “What I say at nine o’clock is probably wrong by noon, what I say at noon is probably wrong by three,” Swarbrick said. “It’s the life we’re all living.”The challenge he had was not knowing with certainty which conferences would subsequently make a decision to go conference only. The opportunities were there, but the risk could not be eliminated, which made the ACC the most attractive choice for Swarbrick. He noted the hardest thing for student athletes throughout the pandemic has been staying positive. Everything has changed, as students experience less interaction with their teammates and coaches. Student athletes were excited when they received the football schedule, Swarbrick said, as this gave them something to look forward to during times of uncertainty. Although the athletes spend a majority of their time practicing and training, Swarbrick recognizes that they are student athletes. “It’s important to remember that these are students first,” he said. “The critical dividing line in the future of athletics is having schools in the country staying committed to athletes as students.” As many people look forward to Notre Dame football in the fall, Swarbrick offered a few parting words to the audience, saying the Notre Dame community should be proud of the leadership of the University. He said he is amazed at the steps it has taken to give students the chance to be back on campus and to have a successful experience at Notre Dame. “Of all the things that the students tell me, the thing they say the most is, ‘I am excited to be back, I hope I can play, but I can’t tell you how appreciative I am for everything this University has done to give me a shot,’” Swarbrick said. Swarbrick was assured by the University’s leadership that the Notre Dame community will come together and figure out how to navigate the times successfully because he said he strongly believes it is a University and a community that can. Bellia, chair of the University’s Faculty Board on Athletics, has influenced the philosophy of athletics at Notre Dame. She keeps track of admissions, graduation rates and everything else at Notre Dame that impacts student athletes’ progress toward their degrees. However, the pandemic has introduced a new set of challenges for student athletes. Bellia did not appreciate how rapidly things would change on the intercollegiate landscape as a whole. It was not what she expected to happen, she said, and she emphasized the need for a statement of values for all colleges. Notre Dame has a unique structure and depth of involvement, and Bellia said she does not see the University’s specific set of policies replicated at any other institution in Division I. “For Notre Dame, [they] have a statement that says, ‘Here’s what we are about. Here are the principles about academics that we cherish. Here are the principles about student welfare that we cherish. Here’s what we expect from our coaches, here’s what we expect of our administrators. Here’s what we want the life of a student-athlete to look like,’” Bellia said. Using her personal experience as an athlete in college, Bellia continues to work to facilitate the lives of the student-athletes at Notre Dame. Notre Dame provides many benefits for its student athletes to have the best opportunity to get the education they signed on for, she said . Tags: COVID-19, Notre Dame Athletics, student athlethes
How do you choose between the love of your life and man’s best friend? 2015 Tony nominees Annaleigh Ashford and Julie White, along with Robert Sella, will lead a production of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia on Broadway. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the comedy is set to begin previews on September 25 at a Shubert theater to be announced. Additional casting will be revealed later.Ashford will play Sylvia. She was Tony nominated for her performance in this season’s You Can’t Take It With You; she also received a Tony nod for Kinky Boots and has additionally been seen on the Great White Way in Hair, Legally Blonde and Wicked. White will take on the role of Kate. A 2015 Tony nominee for Airline Highway, she won the Tony for The Little Dog Laughed; additional Broadway credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Sella will appear as Tom/Phyllis/Lesli; his resume includes Stuff Happens, Sleepy Hollow and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.Has your pet changed your life? Have you ever wondered what she’s thinking when she stares up at you and tilts her head? Could she have the secret to understanding the world at large and your place in it? Or is she just more interested in how your shoe tastes? In Sylvia, the world of a middle-aged New York couple is turned topsy-turvy when the husband brings home an exceptionally engaging canine running loose in Central Park.Sylvia was first produced off-Broadway in 1995 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, where it ran for 167 performances; this will be the first time it has been seen on the Main Stem. Sylvia Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016
– Advertisement – The longtime television personality, who began his stint on the game show in 1984, publicly revealed in March 2019 that he suffered from stage IV pancreatic cancer.“Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer,” he announced in a YouTube video on March 6. “Now, normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m gonna fight this and I’m gonna keep working and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”The ABC series thanked its fanbase for their support two days after Trebek’s announcement. “The outpouring of good wishes and support in response to Alex’s recent health news has been humbling and overwhelming,” the tweet read. “Please know that your messages are being conveyed to him and are deeply appreciated. From everyone at Jeopardy! – thank you.”Alex Trebek at the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame Awards in Las Vegas on April 9, 2018. Robb Cohen/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – Jeopardy host Alex Trebek died on Sunday, November 8, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.“Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends. Thank you, Alex,” the game show’s official account tweeted on Sunday.- Advertisement – Nearly two months later, the Canada native told Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts that he was doing his best to stay strong, despite his setbacks, which also included kidney stones and ruptured discs.“I’m used to dealing with pain,” he said in the interview, which aired on May 1, before admitting that it hasn’t been easy to remain optimistic. “But what I’m not used to dealing with is the surges that come on suddenly of deep, deep sadness and it brings tears to my eye. I’ve discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m a bit of a wuss.”Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean Currivan, and their two children, Matthew, 30, and Emily, 27.- Advertisement –
The results of the research conducted by the regional research center “TIM” from Novi Sad, confirmed that the premiere edition of the Sea Star Festival in Umag this year has contributed to the Croatian tourism industry more than 60 million kuna.The new festival organized by Exit from the first announcement to the final opening, due to great interest has tripled the initial capacity and doubled the number of festival zones in the Umag resort Stella Maris, while according to official data of the Tourist Board of Umag, all accommodation facilities in the city and surrounding places , were filled. Thus, according to the data of the Umag Tourist Board, in relation to the pre-festival weekend in Umag and its surroundings, the number of visits increased by as much as 220%!The festival was visited by more than 25 fans from 28 to 50.000 May, and as many as 93% of them came from outside Umag, and the host city in hospitality is followed by the Istrian County, which was visited by as many as 85% of guests from abroad! The survey also found that each of these visitors spent an average of 292 euros during the festival, according to organizers, which was conducted on a representative sample of visitors with purchased tickets.The research of visitors also shows that they stayed in Umag for an average of three days, and the list of about 40 countries from which guests came to the festival includes Great Britain, the Netherlands, France and most countries on the European continent. from nearby Slovenia and Italy. Visitors from Western Europe spent a bit more, with 310 euros in the end, or 103 euros per day, and it is interesting that visitors from the countries of the region with an average of 305 euros, or slightly more than 100 euros, did not lag behind. Daily.”After the exceptional start of the Sea Star Festival, which exceeded all expectations, a historic chance was created for Sea Star to grow into one of the most important music festivals in the Mediterranean and one of the most important brands in Umag, Istria and the entire region. According to the experience from Exit, with this initial energy, Sea Star will shine on the European map of the festival for a long time”, Said the director and founder of EXIT festival Dusan Kovacevic and adds that visitors, numerous performers, both international and regional who traveled by road in Istria, and more than 300 journalists from around the world in the superlatives themselves spoke about the beauties, gastronomic offer and acceptance by the host.Also, the whole story needs to include the media value and coverage of the festival, which is certainly not negligible when we talk about branding and promotion of a tourist destination. As Kovačić points out, this year the festival received numerous awards from the world media, so some of the most influential British media aimed at the younger population, such as DJ Mag, Billboard, IQ, Mixmag, gave their recommendations for Sea Star as well as for a holiday in Umag. , Pulse Radio, Festpop and many others. Unfortunately, the real media value, ie the reach of the Sea Satar Festival, has not been done, but certainly this information, which is extremely important, should be added to the total tourist consumption.Research also shows that the highly educated make up as much as two thirds, and the average age of the Sea Star festival audience is 26,2 years, which puts them in a higher pay group. Visitors were mostly accommodated in apartments, private accommodation and hotels. The research also showed that the vast majority, over 80%, visited Umag exclusively because of the Sea Star festival, while over 95% of respondents said that their opinion of Umag improved or remained equally positive after the festival! Also, as many as 95.3% of respondents estimated that the Stella Maris complex is an excellent or good location for holding festivals.Investing in events is not a cost, but an investment If we want to have a good attendance and a good story, we must invest, ie invest money in quality content. Without content there is no story, no visitors and ultimately no interest. The goal is to offer quality products and services that visitors are willing to pay and consume, and of course the story of the event as the main motive for coming. The most important thing is to complete the whole story, both to the visitors and to the partners who are inside the festival through catering and other facilities. The event must be a win-win-win for everyone, because if only one element is missing, everything falls into the water.But the most important message is that investing in events is not a cost, but an investment, of course if we look at the long term and work on developing a large event that becomes a motive for coming. With the arrival of as many visitors as possible, such as the good example of the Sea Star Festival, a tourist overnight stay is generated as well as the most important tourist spending. If there is no spending, there is no interest, and interest is the earnings of all partners. Everything pulls one after another, so the organization of events is a serious job that consists of a lot of elements that complement each other.If you want to develop events, then you have to invest money, because one does not go without the other. Without investing in production, the whole experience and quality development, the money invested is a cost and thrown to the wind because we did not complete the whole story, ie get a sufficient number of visitors and, accordingly, not tourist spending. An excellent example is Advent in Zagreb, which achieved 120.000 arrivals and 230.000 overnight stays, and according to the conducted research, generated an estimated consumption of 390 to 438 million kuna.And don’t forget, content is king and the motive for coming.Related news:FIND OUT HOW MUCH ADVENT GENERATED TOURIST SPENDING IN ZAGREBSMALL EVENTS AS THE ESSENCE OF OUR TOURISMTHE ESSENCE OF TOURISM IN ISTRIA – SO SIMPLE AND SO INGENIOUS 100 MILES OF ISTRIA AS A GREAT TOURIST STORY THAT WILL GENERATE 5.000 NIGHTS