Caltech Undergrad Wins Dual Computer Science Awards

first_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff Credit: Courtesy of Laura LewisUndergraduate student Laura Lewis, who is majoring in math and computer science, has earned a pair of national computer science awards.In April, Lewis, a rising junior from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, won both the qBraid Technical Challenge in the Quantum Coalition Hack and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) 2021 Collegiate Award. At Caltech, Lewis is advised by Elena Mantovan, professor of mathematics; Claire Ralph, lecturer in computing and mathematical sciences; and Thomas Vidick, professor of computing and mathematical sciences.The Quantum Coalition Hackathon is a global quantum computing contest organized by Yale and Stanford, and sponsored by Google Quantum AI, IBM Quantum Computing, Microsoft, Amazon, IonQ, qBraid, and other private companies investing in the quantum computing field. There were more than 2,100 participants from more than 70 countries. Lewis, whose primary area of scholarly interest is quantum computing, found out about the contest through an email from the Caltech Physics Club and decided to check it out.During the event, which ran April 10–11, Lewis and her fellow participants chose from a list of challenges, which they then had 24 hours to tackle. Lewis chose a problem related to Shor’s algorithm.Shor’s algorithm, published in 1994 by mathematician Peter Shor (BS ’81), describes how, in theory, to factor incredibly large numbers efficiently using quantum computers. It is believed that Shor’s algorithm will be the downfall of RSA cryptography, a widely used secure data transmission system that creates public and private keys. The private keys are prime numbers, and the product of those two numbers is the public key. Anyone can encrypt information using the public key, but once they have, the information can only be decrypted using the private keys. The system relies on the fact that it is time consuming and computationally intensive to factor the product of two prime numbers to determine those private keys. However, with a functional quantum computer and Shor’s algorithm, the process could be sped up to the point that RSA cryptography could be easily cracked.Lewis has been studying Shor’s algorithm and quantum cryptography with Vidick at Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM), a National Science Foundation Physics Frontiers Center where researchers study physical systems in which the effects of the quantum world can be observed on macroscopic scales.“We are currently working on quantum verification: you have a quantum computer, make it do a computation, then have a normal computer check that the computation is correct, efficiently,” Lewis says. “Known protocols for this require functions with special properties, and to compute these functions, we utilize modular arithmetic, a type of mathematics that is important in cryptography. So, a large part of my work with Dr. Vidick is figuring out how to perform modular arithmetic on a quantum computer.”So far, computer scientists have been able to factor the number 15 on a quantum computer by hardcoding the modular arithmetic. “I thought, ‘OK, that seems not very good, and I’m going to try something new,’” Lewis says. She developed an implementation for a quantum computer that is not just meant to factor a single number by generalizing this modular arithmetic; in theory, she says, it is capable of factoring any number. “QBraid told me that the reason they picked me as the winner is that they’d never seen a fully general implementation of a factoring program for a quantum computer,” Lewis says.Coming off of that success, Lewis was also honored by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), a group she has been involved with since high school. “They have a great network for women in technology, which is important,” Lewis says.The award recognizes “technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact,” according to NCWIT. The application for the award included a presentation of the project to a general audience. “Presenting about quantum computing to a general audience in under seven minutes was a challenge,” Lewis says.Lewis’s project was on verifiable quantum computation. Quantum computers exist, but they are “noisy”—that is, heat and electromagnetic noise can disrupt the functioning of quantum bits, or “qubits.” Lewis’s project, titled “Implementing Remote-State Preparation on a Noisy Intermediate-Size Quantum Device,” addresses the issue of verifying that a computation performed on a quantum computer is correct.Lewis has a longstanding interest in math and science; it started with a contest she tackled in middle school to see who could learn the programming language Python the fastest. She picked it up quickly and started learning other languages from there. In high school, Lewis was the head programmer on a robotics team and went to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championship. “That’s when I realized that I liked programming a lot,” she says.While applying for college, Lewis received offers from 11 other universities before selecting Caltech. “It was really the Caltech Up-Close Program that convinced me to come here,” she says, referring to the annual program in which prospective undergraduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who have an interest in math, science, and/or engineering stay overnight in the student residences, meet current students, and interact with other members of the Caltech community. “I got to know admission staff like Jarrid Whitney [assistant vice president for student affairs, enrollment and career services ] and Derek Terrell [former admissions officer]. They helped show me what a great environment there is here.”Lewis became interested in quantum computing at Caltech through one of the computer science option “pizza courses,” lunchtime classes that explore a range of topics in-depth. In this one, Adam Wierman, professor of computing and mathematical sciences, explained the Caltech Information Science and Technology CS+X initiative, which leverages Caltech’s expertise in computer science to advance other disciplines across campus. Specifically, he spoke about the possibilities created by the burgeoning field of quantum computing. “I thought, ‘That’s really interesting,’ and emailed Professor Wierman, who then put me in touch with Professor Vidick,” she says.As the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States and Caltech’s undergraduate education moved online, Lewis and other students faced new challenges, including taking classes on West Coast time from her home in Pennsylvania. She looks forward to returning to campus in the fall.“The Caltech undergraduate experience is truly one of a kind. After spending over a year away from campus, I can’t wait to go back and physically be a part of the community again,” says Lewis. 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Nissan promotes staff training at new centre

first_imgNissan has launched a specialist learning centre at its Sunderland plant inan effort to promote voluntary personal development The centre is open to all 5,000 employees at the plant and offers a widevariety of learndirect courses, both on and off-line, covering a range of keybusiness topics including productivity improvement, skills for life, businessmanagement and ICT. Training is run by Assa – the training organisation set up by Nissan in 1997to support automotive and manufacturing workers in the North East. The centre is open between 7am and 11pm every day, with Assa staff on handfor support. Steve Pallas, training and development manager for Nissan, said the centreis already proving a success in the four weeks since it opened. More than 550staff have used it already, with computer courses being the most popular. He said the company is also building up a stock of laptops to allow staffand their families to learn from home. Nissan has given staff up to 12 hours a week off of work to use the centre –which has 16 PCs – to encourage people to get into the habit of using thefacility. Ann Limb, chief executive of Government-backed learndirect, which helpedfund the project, said: “Nissan requires adaptable, accessible learning todevelop the skills of its workforce. I look forward to hearing of the successof learners and the contribution made by learndirect to Nissan’s efficiency andproductivity.” By Quentin Reade Nissan promotes staff training at new centreOn 14 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

OH&W Awards 2019 – ‘You need good managerial and clinical leadership, visibility and credibility’

first_imgRelated posts: Brighton General Hospital, part of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, winner of “Best multidisciplinary initiative” in the 2019 Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards. Photograph by Sam Stephenson Through working collaboratively to develop effective pathways to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal disorders, the OH team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust has significantly reduced sickness absence. In the process, it impressed our judges in last year’s Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards, who voted it “Best multidisciplinary initiative”.One of the key challenges facing the occupational health team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the fact it is a community rather than an acute trust and, as such, is required to support a disparate, geographically dispersed employee population.As specialist OH practitioner and clinical lead Sarah Harrison explains: “In terms of the geography, we are a Sussex-wide service looking after two large NHS trusts. One is a Sussex-wide mental health trust and the other a community trust that provides community care and specialist services across most of Sussex. In addition to provider services, the team also supplies occupational health services to the Sussex clinical commissioning groups.”Nevertheless, the in-house OH team has carved out a reputation for efficiency and effectiveness, not least for its collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that led it to win last year’s “Best multidisciplinary initiative” category in the Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards.Reductions in short- and long-term absenceThat work (and see the panel for more on this) focused on reducing sickness absence around musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), both in terms of the physical and mental health aspects of dealing with musculoskeletal conditions.In 2018/19 the organisation was reporting a third of all referrals to OH (29.5%) as being directly related to MSDs. Despite nearly half of its employees being over 50 years old with a 45% likelihood of having at least one chronic health condition, the team’s proactive approach succeeded in significant reductions in both long- and short-term MSD absence.“People living with long-term chronic pain can also experience psychological issues, understanding this was key to looking at the OH pathway for staff presenting with MSDs; the revised pathways we created within the team have proven to work really well,” says Sarah.“Our focus has been on providing team support, managing stress as well as supporting physical need; the OH multidisciplinary team collaborated to ensure the pathways meet the needs of staff working in a community setting.”Identifying that faster ease of access to physiotherapy support was essential in tackling this need, the OH team joined up with an externally run private physiotherapy home-assessment and treatment service, through provider Physio Med.“The external physiotherapy service has been an efficient way of enabling staff to be fast-tracked to physiotherapy and receive treatment close to their home or work base. Internally, the occupational health physiotherapist manages the contract and report process as well as responding to managers questions when staff are also referred to the OH service,” explains Sarah.In the six months prior to external physiotherapy services being introduced, 26 staff referred with MSDs were considered unfit to work in any capacity following their occupational Health assessment. During the six month period after the Physio Med services were introduced this had reduced to 14 staff referred with MSDs being considered unfit for any form of work.In the four months prior to the implementation of the external physiotherapy service the average days lost per full-time equivalent (FTE) because of MSDs were 0.24. This reduced to 0.23 during the following four months after the service had been introduced. A continued improvement has been sustained, with an ongoing 0.22 average days lost per FTE.Support, supervision, education and ‘huddles’What, then, is the secret to making occupational health interventions “stick”, to create long-term, sustained change? “Internally within the OH team as well as to the wider trust you need good managerial and clinical leadership, visibility and credibility,” Sarah says. “If you don’t have this in place it is hard to achieve your goal.“Within the team confident and capable OH advice has proven to be key to successful outcomes; clinical expertise is achieved by making sure everybody is well supported, good supervision is in place along with education and daily ‘huddles’,” she adds.Fiona Long, professional head of nursing and head of occupational health for the trust, continues: “In terms of general workplace health and akin to most NHS organisations, MSDs and mental health remain the trust’s top two reasons for sickness absence, and the top two reasons for referral to occupational health.“In addition, it is important to note that the trust has an older female workforce and review of Physio Med data shows that almost all reported cases are female and over 50; this is going to be quite a challenge going forward, but being able to review the occupational epidemiology will help define and determine strategies.Fiona adds: “It is about being effective in meeting the needs of what is a very geographically dispersed and different population.“Looking after occupational health in a community trust is challenging; we have to be much more receptive. Our achievements are down to the great leadership; drive and creativity in the OH team as well as credibility within the organisation.”Finally, winning in the Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards has been “huge” for the team in terms of helping to raise its profile and its work within the trust, agree both Fiona and Sarah.The Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust team in a nutshellAn in-house team led by Fiona Long, professional head of nursing, including six OH nurses, one physiotherapist, two psychologists and an OH consultantServing 5,000 employees across a large, geographically dispersed area using a “hub and spoke” model of service deliveryIn addition, employees have access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) and a specialist physiotherapy fast-track service provided by provider Physio MedHow Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust was an OH&W winnerOur judges were impressed by the way the OH team at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, winner in last year’s “Best multidisciplinary initiative” category, worked collaboratively to develop effective pathways to reduce the burden of musculoskeletal disorders, both for staff and the organisationThe first pathway was focused on improving early access to physiotherapy, with funding for access to private physiotherapy, supported by the trust’s workforce health and wellbeing group and approved by the director of HR and chief financial officer. External physiotherapy services were secured and a rollout programme put in place, with referral via OH, management or self-referral.The second pathway focused on improving support of psychological factors affecting recovery and management of MSDs.A lower back pain care plan had been introduced in 2012. This was revisited to ensure employees struggling with the associated psychological needs from back pain could now self-refer to the Trust’s EAP. This helped to identified gaps in the service and where more chronic musculoskeletal management services were required, so that staff can be supported to access these when required.For longer-term complex psychological needs, an access guide to local CBT and talking therapies was developed and made available via the trust’s intranet, while OH was still also able to make more specialist interventions as and when needed.Prevention of MSDs was also promoted through in-house manual handling training and risk assessment and ergonomic workplace assessments. The trust’s OH intranet pages provide prevention advice and the team also runs regular health and wellbeing events for staff.The trust’s focus on multidisciplinary teamwork and use of the biopsychosocial model of care enabled the OH team effectively to share knowledge and develop skills. Measurable goal-setting via the use of the care plan enabled the OHNs/physiotherapists to provide better targeted health information on self-management of MSDs.Our judges praised the programme for its being “well-integrated” as well as “collaborative, well-considered and well-delivered” and “a good demonstration of how multi-professional working is effective, using the skills in each profession”. Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards 2020 shortlist: Best musculoskeletal initiativeDuring September, we are recognising excellence in the delivery of occupational health by profiling the shortlisted entries for all six… No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img OH&W Awards 2019 – ‘You need good managerial and clinical leadership, visibility and credibility’On 2 Oct 2020 in OH & Wellbeing Awards, OH service delivery, Occupational Health, Personnel Today The Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards 2020 shortlistOnce again, the quality and calibre of entries for this year’s Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards has been both inspiring… ‘Covid-19 has dramatically set new dimensions and challenges’Continuing our occasional series looking at “a day in the life” of OH practitioners, Occupational Health & Wellbeing spoke to…last_img read more

First real-time, micro-market reports launched by LonRes

first_imgData company LonRes has launched what is claims to be the most accurate real-time transactional reporting tool available to letting and sales agents.Its personalised report builder draws on real-time sales data at the point of exchange within the London market and, while other market reporting systems are based on three-month old Land Registry data that drills down to three-digit postcodes, LonRes says its new system enables agents to offer up-to-the minute reports on much smaller areas.“If you take it a postcode such as SW1 for example, it covers several different areas such as parts of Pimlico, Westminster, Whitehall, Victoria, Belgravia and St James’s,” says LonRes managing director Anthony Payne (pictured).“We enable agents to pull off reports, charts and graphs down to four digits of a postcode – such as SW1X – and therefore narrow their reports down to micro markets.”The service, which is only available to LonRes subscribers and enables them to incorporate their own logos into the report, offers a level of detail and sophistication not available to agents anywhere else until now, LonRes claims.Anthony also claims that his analysts track each transaction much more carefully and diligently that the other reporting tool providers, which tend to be much more automated.“We’ve got phenomenal data for London and what you find is that vendors, tenants, buyers are much more astute about the property market these days and what’s going on within it,” says Anthony.“Until now our service was much more a property sales comparison service offering raw data, whereas now clients are able to build reports that offer a level of detail that wasn’t available before.“The reports can be dropped into pitch packs or used for marketing purposes and have been designed to demonstrate local expertise and enable users to stay ahead of the competition and help manage client expectations.”LonRes property data Anthony Payne January 24, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » First real-time, micro-market reports launched by LonRes previous nextProducts & ServicesFirst real-time, micro-market reports launched by LonResCompany claims new data service takes agents into 21st century.Nigel Lewis24th January 201701,121 Viewslast_img read more

New Britain Oils hires expert to lead foodservice expansion

first_imgNew Britain Oils, the Liverpool-based sustainable palm oil producer, has appointed Iain Anderson as national account manager.Anderson will spearhead the company’s large-scale drive to expand its foodservice department, aiming to attract more customers in the wholesale, catering, cash and carry and fast food sectors.He joins New Britain Oils from vegetable oil producer AAK, where he spent 13 years as national account manager.Adam Thomas, general manager at New Britain Oils, said: “We brought Iain into the team because of his expertise and extensive experience, as well as the fantastic relationships within the industry which he has built over a noteworthy career. He will be instrumental in growing the business through this latest expansion. We are lucky to have him on board and look forward to this next step for New Britain Oils.”Anderson said: “There is a huge amount of potential within the business for significant growth in this area. We have a highly competitive offering, with unsurpassed sustainability credentials, and a great-quality product.”The move comes in the wake of New Britain Oils expanding its production capacity by 30% to cope with demand.last_img read more

75 and getting younger

first_imgIn 1936, with the United States embroiled in the Great Depression and the world unsettled by Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, an unexpected gift landed on the desk of Harvard President James B. Conant, a present that would have far-reaching implications.It was a letter from the lawyer for Agnes Wahl Nieman, a little-known Milwaukee widow whose husband had owned a local newspaper, notifying Conant that she had left the bulk of her estate, about $1.4 million, to Harvard. The bequest came with what was then considered a curious stipulation: “To educate persons deemed specially qualified for journalism.”Despite a few initial misgivings about whether newspaper reporters properly belonged among University scholars, Nieman’s gift eventually financed an annual fellowship program that became the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.The foundation, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend, is still perhaps best known for its 10-month fellowship program, which brings top writers, photographers and editorial cartoonists from around the world to Cambridge to study and work on special projects free from the pressure of daily news deadlines.Over the years, the fellows have included many of the profession’s most distinguished figures, including Pulitzer Prize winners Anthony Lewis ’57, the late legal writer for The New York Times; J. Anthony Lukas ’69, the late author and Times reporter; and biographer Robert Caro ’66, who will speak at this weekend’s anniversary celebration.Nieman Curator Ann Marie Lipinski said satisfying a “craving for knowledge” and “finding the soul of their career” are still what motivates those who come here, just as they were seven decades ago. “For some of them, it’s a eureka moment, like it was for Caro,” whose studies of urban planning would later inform his monumental 1975 biography on Robert Moses, “The Power Broker.” “For others, it’s just this deepening sense of who they are as journalists, this individual growth as a leader,” she said.In 2010, freelance journalist Laura Amico launched Homicide Watch D.C., a groundbreaking website that tracked every murder in Washington, D.C. After finding great demand from news editors who wanted to replicate Homicide Watch’s data-rich storytelling in their newsrooms and not knowing how to pursue those opportunities, Amico came to Harvard as one of two inaugural fellows in a new joint partnership between Nieman and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society last fall, looking for entrepreneurial expertise and human connection.“Because I had been on my own for so long, I had a sense of how valuable fellowship was, but I didn’t really know or remember,” said Amico. “And it’s not just about making friends, it was also about finding mentors who were able to be there for conversations over coffee or lunch, or just passing in the hallway — conversations that you don’t have when you’re working from your kitchen table. When you’re in a community with other people, they become so important for how you think about the work that you’re doing and the work that you want to do.”While camaraderie and collaboration are still an important part of the core mission, the foundation has evolved to meet the rapidly changing roles of today’s journalist, said Lipinski, herself a 1990 fellow. Given the new demands of the digital era, fellows now come not only to delve deeply into a particular story or to engage with peers, but to enhance skills in video, photography, audio, and broadcasting, to learn entrepreneurship, and to train in leadership and negotiation.“This idea that you’re one thing — that you’re a writer, you’re an editor, you’re a photographer — is just not a successful model for most journalists anymore,” Lipinski said. A number of recent fellows, for example, have been engineers developing software that quickly identifies and culls useful information from social media for reporters and editors.“We want Nieman to be a crossroads for that and to have anybody who’s working on some aspect of enhancing journalism’s future to be absolutely at home here,” said Lipinski.In addition to Nieman Reports, a quarterly magazine with work by current and former fellows and other top journalists, and Nieman Storyboard, a publication that showcases the craft of narrative storytelling, the Nieman brand has earned new and broad exposure from the growing profile of the Nieman Journalism Lab, a website that collects and promotes news and ideas about the craft’s digital future.“The Nieman Lab has really become the premier spot to keep up on how technology is changing journalism [and] how journalism is able to take advantage of technological change,” said Dan Kennedy, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University and the author of “The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age.” “It’s just an invaluable resource. It’s something I assign to my students to keep up on during the semester.”Kennedy, who periodically writes for the Lab as an unpaid contributor, praised its unique “single-minded focus on journalism and technology.”John Harwood, chairman of the Nieman Advisory Board and also a 1990 fellow, said that as the news business contracts and expands in new directions, the board continues to focus on making sure the foundation best serves the changing needs of journalists.“It’s a legitimate concern, and it’s incumbent on us to make that 10-month experience relevant,” said Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times.The “pressing issue” for the board, he said, is “Can we preserve the pristine character of a learning-for-learning-sake year, an enrichment-for-enrichment-sake year that has really characterized the fellowship from the beginning? To the extent that there are more existential pressures on journalism, the ability to preserve that is challenged,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we can’t do it, but we’ve got to make sure that we do it in the right way and in a smart way.”To counter any perception that the foundation’s resources only help a select few, Lipinski said it has begun to open the Walter Lippmann House to the wider University and the Cambridge-Boston community, hosting broader events such as book readings by author Junot Díaz and a town hall-style forum last spring about the role Twitter played in reporting on the Boston Marathon bombings. The session featured key news editors and reporters who were covering the still-unfolding story.“That’s what makes this an exciting place right now — that we’re not outside the conversation. We’re very much at the center of it and want to be more and more,” said Lipinski. “We want people to say, ‘Maybe Nieman will do something on that’ [and], that you’ll turn to Nieman for discussions about what’s happening in the journalism universe.”last_img read more

National and state parks close facilities due to coronavirus concerns

first_imgNational and state parks close facilities due to coronavirus concerns As of March 18, Virginia State Parks remain open. Visitor centers are closed, but overnight facilities, including camping and cabins, and outdoor spaces remain open. As always, social distancing is highly recommend on hiking trails. Stay six feet away from all other hikers, even while outdoors. North Carolina State Parks have shut down all state park visitor centers and campgrounds. At this time, trails and restrooms remain open. Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive are open, including entrance stations, trails and restrooms. All other facilities are closed. South Carolina State Parks are open. Cabins and campground are open, though visitor centers, nature centers and retail locations are closed.  West Virginia State Parks and forests are open at this time. Alabama State Parks, including all facilities, are open at this time. Tennessee State Parks are open, though some facilities may be closed. All park-hosted events are cancelled through the end of March. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, state and national parks are closing visitor centers and other facilities. In Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway shuttered its year-round visitor center on Tuesday, though other year-round facilities on the parkway will remain open, the Citizen-Times reports. The parkway is still open to cars and hiking trails are still open to those that want to explore on foot. Decisions about spring openings for campgrounds and other seasonally closed facilities will be made at a later date.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park also shut their visitor centers on Tuesday, effective until further notice. Campgrounds, picnic areas, roads, trails and bathroom facilities remain open. All facilities in Pennsylvania State Parks are closed for two weeks as of March 17, though hiking trails, lakes, roads and forests remain open. Maryland State Parks are open, though all state park buildings are closed to the public, except for restrooms and full-service cabins. Georgia State Parks are open, though some Ranger programs have been modified in accordance with public health recommendations. Kentucky State Parks and facilities are currently open to the public. Food service in the parks is limited to carry-out and group events are cancelled through the end of April.last_img read more

Istra Inspirit is among the finalists of a prestigious international competition

first_imgIstra Inspirit has once again entered the company of finalists of a prestigious international competition ‘Sustainable Cultural Tourism Destination 2018’ organized by ECTN – ‘European Cultural Tourism Network ‘ whose goal is the development and promotion of cultural tourism at the European level, and consists of representatives of countries, institutions, research bodies and non-governmental organizations (29 members in 19 countries). This competition is held in European Year of Cultural Heritage  – #EuropeForCulture, and all the more significant is the fact that Istra Inspirit entered the final selection of ECTN members who applied for the competition in the category ‘Contributions by Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs)’. The main prize will be awarded at the 11th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF CULTURAL TOURISM IN EUROPE entitled ‘Cultural heritage as an asset for responsible and sustainable tourism’ (‘The importance of cultural heritage for responsible and sustainable tourism’) which will take place from October 25-27 in Cyprus.This recognition is another proof and confirmation of the long-term successful work of Istra Inspirit, a project of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County implemented within the Istrian Development Tourist Agency, which has so far been recognized as a significant product of cultural tourism and awarded prestigious prizes (6) for the most creative tourist program:  CBTour – award for the best creative program of Croatian business tourism, MRAK (Network for development and creativity) – award for the best creative and innovative tourist product, ‘Simply the best’, ‘Golden goat 2012 / Capra d’oro 2012’, ‘Golden Zoom Awards’ – the best marketing campaign of a tourist destination awarded as part of the Travel Zoom conference in Bled, Slovenia, ‘Creative Tourism Award’ –  award for the most creative experience in 2014 given to Istra Inspirit  awarded by the international organization Creative Tourism Network from Barcelona, ​​2015.Also, for the end, it should be added that the UNWTO included Istra Inspirit  among the 28 best tourist stories in the world, and which are included in the prestigious and recognized book Tourism Stories published by the World Tourism Organization, which is certainly another confirmation of the excellent concept.RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Pie king Frank Goldstein has swapped his beachfront pad for sky-high living

first_img73 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.It has now sold and settled through Luke Henderson of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach.“The home has officially settled for the new owners,” Mr Henderson said.“The price it sold for is quite reflective of the area.“There are not many beachfront opportunities especially on Hedges Ave which is one of the most tightly held beachfront areas of the Gold Coast.”The house has ocean views and is on the north eastern corner of Gold Coast Millionaire’s Row, Hedges Ave and Seaside Ave.The three-storey home has six bedrooms plus a theatre room. On the ground floor is a kitchenette, living areas and two of the six bedrooms.The home was built in 1992 and overlooks a patrolled beach.The sale of the beachfront mansion settled on the same day as Mr and Mrs Goldstein’s purchase of a $1.7 million apartment in the Eddie Kornhauser-built Hedges 252 apartment building.The apartment is less than 1km from their former home. 73 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.The Goldstein’s are swapping their six-bedroom seaside mansion at 73 Hedges Ave for a luxurious three-bedroom apartment down the road. The couple originally bought the 405sq m Hedges Ave, block which came with an old cottage on it for $670,000 in the late eighties.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago Frank Goldstein in front of his Hedges Ave home. Picture: Regi VarghesePIE-KING Frank Goldstein and his wife Regina have sold their beachfront mansion on Hedges Avenue for $4.755 million. Mr Goldstein is the man behind well known family-run Gold Coast bakery, Goldsteins, which was established in 1944.He is a second generation baker and pastrycook who has been instrumental in the growth of the business.last_img read more