Time filter

Source Type

Pula, Croatia

Orehovacki T.,University of Pula | Babic S.,Polytechnic of Rijeka
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2016

Social web applications are nowadays commonly employed in all fields of human endeavor. It is therefore of a high importance that they meet requirements of as many quality dimensions as possible. This paper reports findings of an empirical study which was carried out with an aim to examine quality of social web applications when they are used in a mobile environment. Participants in the study were students from two Croatian higher education institutions who carried out predefined scenario of interaction with two social web applications for collaborative writing on their smartphones and afterwards evaluated their perceived quality by completing the post-use questionnaire. The analysis of collected data uncovered the relevance of pragmatic and hedonic facets of mobile quality in the context of evaluating social web applications for collaborative writing. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016. Source

Kersan-Skabic I.,University of Pula
Periodica Polytechnica, Social and Management Sciences | Year: 2015

This paper aims to assess the role of national and regional agencies in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Southeast European (SEE) countries and to connect the findings from IPA's staff with the determinants of FDI inflows. The research is conducted using survey data and panel data analysis. The results indicate small, inadequate, and unexploited potential of investment promotion agencies (IPAs). They have participated in a small number of FDI projects and most of the FDIs came into the region without their participation. They do not have a qualitative approach to FDI. Most of the regional agencies (except in Croatia and Kosovo) do not even envisage cooperation with foreign investors. The panel data research has shown that GDP per capita, wages, inflation (as economic variables), but also enterprise restructuring, tax rates, trade and forex system (institutional variables) have influence on FDI inward stock. © 2015, Technical University of Budapest. All rights reserved. Source

Microcredit emerged in the 1970s as a mechanism whereby virtually all poor individuals could supposedly escape their poverty through self-help and individual entrepreneurship. Crucially, neoliberal policy-makers found the microcredit concept ideologically compelling, and the international development community soon began to provide massive support to establish and expand the microfinance movement. Today, however, even long-standing microfinance advocates now reluctantly accept that microcredit has actually had no positive impact upon poverty or 'bottom-up' rural development. In fact, those rural communities most exposed to microcredit have been severely damaged in a number of ways, especially through sub-prime-style 'boom-to-bust' episodes. Largely because of its supreme ideological usefulness, the microfinance movement nonetheless still retains some support in the major neoliberal-oriented international development institutions, pro-globalization think-tanks, and in a number of Western governments. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Source

Peric L.,Ruder Boskovic Institute | Ribaric L.,University of Pula | Nerlovic V.,Ruder Boskovic Institute
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - B Biochemistry and Molecular Biology | Year: 2013

Cholinesterase (ChE, EC activity was investigated in gills and adductor muscle of two bivalve species: Arca noae and Venus verrucosa. The properties of ChEs were investigated using acetylcholine iodide (ASCh), butyrylcholine iodide (BSCh) and propionylcholine iodide (PrSCh) as substrates and eserine, BW254c51 and iso-OMPA as specific inhibitors. The highest level of ChE activity in crude tissue extracts was detected with PrSCh followed by ASCh, while values obtained with BSCh were apparently low, except in A. noae adductor muscle. The enzyme activity in A. noae gills and V. verrucosa gills and adductor muscle was significantly inhibited by BW254c51, but not with iso-OMPA. ChE activity in adductor muscle of A. noae was significantly reduced by both diagnostic inhibitors. The effect of organophosphorous pesticide trichlorfon on ChE activity was investigated in vitro in both species as well as in the gills of mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis. The highest sensitivity of ChE to trichlorfon was observed in A. noae gills and adductor muscle (IC50 1.6×10-7M and 1.1×10-7M, respectively), followed by M. galloprovincialis gills (IC50 1.0×10-6M) and V. verrucosa gills and adductor muscle (IC50 1.7×10-5M and 0.9×10-5M, respectively). The results of this study suggest the potential of ChE activity measurement in the tissues of A. noae as effective biomarker of OP exposure in marine environment. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. Source

Characteristics of family environment may affect the probability of an increased occurrence of behavioral disorders in youths, their development (risk factors) as well as decision on intervention (responsivity factors) and need to be analyzed in the context of specific local communities. Therefore the aim of this study determines the differences in the assessments of experts in the characteristics of family environment between youths at risk or already manifest bihevioral disoreders of the city of Pula (N = 100) compared to the Republic of Croatia (N = 512). The purpose of this study refers to identifying the specific factors of family environment of these youths of the city of Pula which may affect the decision on the application of interventions and the more adequate assessments of specific interventions needs for youths of the city of Pula. The results show that there are significant differences between youths at risk or already manifest bihevioral disoreders from the city of Pula and the Republic of Croatia in a way that the youths of the city of Pula present characteristics of a family history of chronic criminal behavior, emotional disorders/ mental problems, marital conflicts and abuse of drugs/alcohol by their parents. This work has a contribution to defining the factors that influence and provides guidelines for preventive and treatment action in relation to the such factors in the family environment for the youths at risk and/or with behavioural disorders of the city of Pula and the suggestions for programs with possibilities of their evaluation. Source

Discover hidden collaborations