Today, the 23rd session of the CNTB Tourist Council was held at the CNTB Head Office, at which the council members adopted proposals for decisions on the appointment of the director of the representative office, which were covered by a public tender, the CNTB reports.These are representative offices in Italy, France, Poland, the Benelux, Germany – where the competition included the position of director of the representative office and head of the branch office, Russia and the USA. The competition also included representations in Hungary and Slovakia, where the offices were managed by the heads of the offices, without the status of director appointed by the CNTB Tourist Board. “Today, Croatia is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations, and in order to continue to strengthen our visibility and presence in some of the largest emitting markets, we must continuously improve and follow trends and apply innovative ways of promotion. I believe that the elected directors, with their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm they have shown, will make a positive step forward and confirm Croatia as one of the most popular tourist destinations.”, Minister Cappelli pointed out and added that he expects the director of the representative office to take a proactive approach in attracting new market segments and presenting offers that will further position Croatia as a year-round destination.Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić emphasized that he expects a strong contribution from all directors in achieving the strategic goals of Croatian tourism. “I believe that through this competition we have reached the best candidates who will make a strong and positive contribution to future trends in Croatian tourism. I expect new, innovative and interesting proposals from which the future activities of the representative office will be clearly visible. I will insist on a high level of professionalism and teamwork because a quality network of representative offices is an extremely important factor in the promotion of Croatia.”, Concluded director Staničić.The following directors of the representative office were unanimously appointed to the new mandates:Nera Miličić for Germany (head of the Munich branch office)Viviana Vukelic for Italy (also covers the Spanish market)Agnieszka Anna Puszczewicz for PolandRomeo Draghicchio for Germany (re-election)Danijela Mihalic Djurica for France (re-election)Ivan Novak for Benelux (re-election)Ina Rodin for the USA (also covers the Canadian market) – (re-election)Rajko Ruzicka for Russia (covers Ukraine and other markets in the region) – (re-election)Regarding the position of the Director of the CNTB Representation in Hungary based in Budapest and the position of the Director of the CNTB Representation in Slovakia based in Bratislava, according to Barbara Mesić, President of the Commission for Evaluation of Candidates Received under this Competition, the Tourist Board the council was proposed to re-announce the competition for the same, together with the competition for managerial positions in the representative offices scheduled for publication during the first half of 2018. This was proposed with the aim of collecting a larger number of competition applications from candidates with adequate competencies to represent the Croatian National Tourist Board in the relevant markets.As pointed out by the CNTB, the members of the council also adopted proposals for decisions on the establishment of the Commission for Joint Advertising in 2018 and the Commission for Strategic Projects in 2018.
The huge chemical explosion that hit Beirut’s port, devastating large parts of the Lebanese capital and claiming over 150 lives, left a 43-meter deep crater, a security official said Sunday.The blast Tuesday, which was felt across the county and as far as the island of Cyprus, was recorded by the sensors of the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS) as having the power of a magnitude 3.3 earthquake.It was triggered by a fire in a port warehouse, where a huge shipment of hazardous ammonium nitrate, a chemical that can be used as a fertilizer or as an explosive, had languished for years, according to authorities. “The explosion in the port left a crater 43 meters deep,” the Lebanese security official told AFP, citing assessments by French experts working in the disaster area.The crater is much larger than the one left by the enormous blast in 2005 that killed former prime minister Rafic Hariri, which measured 10 meters across and two meters deep, according to an international tribunal investigating his murder.French rescue and police teams are among a much larger group of international emergency response specialists that has flooded into Lebanon to ease pressure on local authorities unable to cope with the disaster relief on their own.Qatari, Russian and German rescuers are also working at the port blast site. The huge blast also wounded at least 6,000 people and displaced more than 300,000 from their destroyed or damaged homes. The revelation that the chemicals had languished for years like a ticking time-bomb in the heart of the capital has served as shocking proof to many Lebanese of the rot at the core of the state apparatus.Demonstrators on Sunday called for renewed anti-government rallies after a night of angry protests saw them storm several ministries before they were expelled by the army.It was a new tactic for a protest movement that emerged last October to demand the removal of a political class long accused of being inept and corrupt. Topics :
by Ed Trimmer, State Representative 79th District â€” Medicaid expansion has been a very misunderstood issue in Topeka.Â It involves using largely federal money to provide expanded health care coverage for more than 150,000 Kansas citizens.Â Â These citizens work but make too much money to qualify for the current Kansas Medicaid program, and at the same time, do not earn enough to qualify for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.Ed TrimmerHere are some of the compelling arguments that I believe indicate we should expand Medicaid and accept federal money.Currently, the only avenue for the more than 150,000 individuals, who do not have insurance, is to avoid going to the doctor until they are seriously ill or injured. At this point they use local emergency rooms.Â Critical access hospitals cannot refuse to treat them and must absorb that cost.Â These hospitals must either take a loss or pass these costs on in the form of higher fees for the rest of us.Â Neither of these alternatives makes moral or financial sense. The federal government would pay for 100% of the cost of Medicaid expansion for the first three years and 90% of the cost, thereafter. Remaining costs could be absorbed by the current Medicaid program, which could be accomplished by making changes within the KanCare system and would not require an additional state appropriation. The Kansas Hospital Association and many other health care advocacy groups disagree with the Governor and ultra-conservative legislators who refuse to discuss this issue. Â These medical groups believe Medicaid expansion would help to save small and rural hospitals.Â They also argue that it would bring billions of dollars to the state to help our medical sector, provide jobs and help reduce costs for everyone. While some may want to blame â€œObamacareâ€, the 150,000 working Kansans without health insurance coverage are not a consequence of â€œObamacareâ€ but a consequence of the State of Kansas refusing to access the federal dollars that Kansas taxpayers have paid to the federal government.Once again, we have not been allowed to have a floor debate on the issue, even though polls indicate that more than 60 to 70 percent of Kansas citizens support Medicaid expansion and/or expansion of health care coverage for working poor Kansans.Â Once again, I believe it is time for the Kansas Legislature to get on with the process of governing and stop avoiding important issues for the purpose of campaign posturing.Follow us on Twitter. The federal money actually comes from Kansas taxpayers and would just be returned to the state for the purpose it was intended. Without Medicaid expansion, the money would remain in Washington and the 150,000 working Kansans, who cannot afford health care, would continue without coverage.Â The rest of us would continue to pay federal taxes and higher medical costs, while our small and rural hospitals close.Â This is not a smart financial decision. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +16 Vote up Vote down No one special · 228 weeks ago Well said in simple terms that the average reader should understand. This needs to happen not only for the local hospital and the under insured, but for the over all economic stability of our state. It’s our money let us take it back! Report Reply 0 replies · active 228 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 228 weeks ago There are a number of issues going on here that Mr. Trimmer either doesn’t understand or refuses to acknowledge. The medical industry has grown into a full blown monster composed of pharmacutical companies, mega hospitals and insurance companies all favored by the federal government. Medicade and Medicare are both administered by the federal government, and the individual states have to contribute to the Medicade part of it. The medical industry as a whole is the only industry in America that can freely operate without being regulated by Title 15 of the United States Code, commonly known as 15 USC. 15 USC deals with matters of commerce, and prohibits monopolies, price fixing and other shady aspects of the business world. Several acts pertain in particular to this, namely the Clayton and Sherman acts and the Robinson-Patman act. By being exempt from prosecution under this code, drugs such as Harvoni, which is used to treat Hepatitis C with a 92 to 98% cure rate cost between 60 to 70 thousand dollars here in the United States, but can be purchased in places such as India for about 2,000 US dollars. Or scorpion anti-venum, which is manufactured in Mexico and can be purchased for around 75 dollars a vial, costs 25 to 30 thousand here in the states. Well, why doesn’t someone just make a trip to India or go across the border to Mexico and get these items? Because if you get caught bringing them back across the US border you will be charged with smuggling contraband, even if you have a prescription for said medication. Or how about a CAT scan? The average person can fly round trip to Japan, spend a few days on vacation, get said scan and have it read by a doctor who likely went to medical school here in the US for less than what actual out of pocket billing is here in the US. Is there a way to fix this mess? Sure there is, by holding all companies and organizations in the medical field to the provisions of 15 USC. This would demand price disclosures for all medical procedures prior to treatment, and would force the pharmacy companies to spread out the cost of developing and bringing to market, which is an extremely costly and time consuming process, to other countries instead of piggy backing nearly all of it on our backs. The Surgical Center of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City is a state of the art medical facility which posts up-front pricing for all of it’s medical procedures. There posted prices are anywhere to one third to one fifth of the average price billed by most any hospitals anywhere in our general area. But here’s the kicker- They don’t take insurance, and payment must be made up front with cash or certified funds. If more hospitals were to enact this same strategy, I’d bet that prices would go even lower. So here’s what needs to happen. Bring the entire medical field under 15 USC, repeal the EMTALA act, which took the responsibility of paying hospitals for treatment for the poor, which used to be covered by the different religious groups, but is now picked up by the state and federal governments, and the problems would be fixed. Any bets as to seeing this happen anytime in the foreseeable future? I didn’t think so. Report Reply 0 replies · active 228 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 228 weeks ago After following this latest legislative session fairly closely, I feel that Ed Trimmer is doing an excellent job in his representation of our district. He consistently steps up to fight against the majority, pointing out the flaws in their logic, and offering a sound (though often ignored) solution. I appreciate his efforts, and wish there were more like him fighting for the best for Kansas. Report Reply 0 replies · active 228 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Washington, United States | AFP | Kobe Bryant used a ferocious competitiveness and uncanny shooting touch to become an NBA icon, leaving behind a legacy that has influenced the newest generation of league talent and fans worldwide.From his 81-point game, the second-best scoring performance in NBA history, to five NBA titles in 20 years of dazzling performances with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant delivered a relentless attitude that attracted a global following before his death Sunday at age 41 in a helicopter crash.Bryant joined giant center Shaquille O’Neal to spark the Lakers to NBA titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002, becoming at the age of 23 the youngest player to capture three titles.A bitter feud with Bryant saw “Shaq” depart, with Bryant portrayed as never having had childish ways while O’Neal never outgrew them.That left Bryant without the inside force needed to capture the crown until Spain’s Pau Gasol arrived, and the Lakers won titles in 2009 and 2010 with Bryant in command and later patching things up with O’Neal.Bryant sparked the US Olympic team to gold medals at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics and became a global celebrity as much for his personality as his playmaking.Bryant’s fierceness was legendary and led him to nickname himself the “Black Mamba” for his ability to strike quickly with deadly scoring accuracy.There were spectacular nights, but nothing topped his 81-point effort against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006, a mark surpassed only by Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962.Bryant scored 65 points in a 2007 win over Portland, then followed with 50 points against Minnesota, 60 at Memphis and 50 more against New Orleans — the third-longest run of 50-point games in NBA history behind two from Chamberlain.Some say Bryant saved the best for last, scoring a league season-high of 60 points against Utah in his final NBA game in 2016, becoming the oldest player in league history to crack that milestone at age 37.“I love everything about this game,” Bryant famously said. “For me, it’s not a part of life, it is life, and it’s a part of me.”In all, Bryant finished with 33,643 points, 7,047 rebounds and 6,306 assists over 1,346 career NBA games. He was an 18-time NBA All-Star, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player, the NBA Finals 2009 and 2010 NBA MVP and matched a record as a four-time NBA All-Star Game MVP.– Kobe faced controversy – But it wasn’t a smooth path to stardom. In addition to nagging injuries that slowed his later seasons, Bryant faced a major rape controversy that delivered a body blow to his endorsements image.Bryant, a father of four who married wife Vanessa in 2001, faced his darkest hour in 2003 when he was arrested in Colorado over a sexual assault allegation filed by a 19-year-old employee of a hotel where Bryant was staying ahead of knee surgery.Bryant was accused of rape. He admitted to adultery but said he did not commit rape. In 2004, the case was dropped after the accuser refused to testify in a trial, and Bryant issued an apology saying he could understand how she might feel there was not consent.A separate civil suit was settled under terms kept private.In 2011, Bryant made an apology for using a gay slur to describe a referee and paid a $100,000 fine imposed by the NBA.Knee and ankle injuries mounted as years began to take a toll on Bryant. He missed most of the 2013-14 season with a left knee injury and much of his penultimate campaign with a torn right rotator cuff, then announced his retirement by saying, “My body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”After retiring, Bryant became a children’s book writer and wrote the movie “Dear Basketball” — last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short Film.– Basketball ‘is life’ –Kobe Bean Bryant, the son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, was born in Philadelphia in 1978 while his father played for the NBA’s 76ers, the child named for the Japanese beef seen on a menu and his father’s nickname.The elder Bryant played from 1984 to 1991 in Italy, giving young Kobe a global worldview as he grew up dreaming of following his dad into the NBA.“When I was growing up in Italy, it opened up a whole new world to me and I thought anything was possible,” Kobe told AFP in 2009.Bryant became one of the first NBA players to seek out a growing fan base in China, blogging for Chinese internet giant SINA in 2009.“As a kid growing up, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have this big fan base halfway around the world in Beijing and Shanghai,” Bryant told AFP.Share on: WhatsApp
Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Director Simon Curtis’s The Art of Racing in the Rain is based on Garth Stein’s beloved novel. Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin) and screenwriter Mark Bomback (War of the Planet of the Apes) have adapted the film, about a race car driver, his philosophical dog (yes, you read that correctly), and the growing family they both love. The film stars Milo Ventimiglia as Formula One race car driver Denny Swift, Amanda Seyfried as his wife, Eve, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and later Lily Dodsworth-Evans, as their daughter, Zoë. The film is narrated, however, by the family’s dog, Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), who loves racing as much as Denny. Enzo’s dream is to get to Mongolia, where, according to a documentary he watched, dogs get reincarnated into people.Denny’s life is seen through the eyes of Enzo, who is there with him through thick and thin. It turns out that life can be quite a bit like driving a Formula One race car; the conditions will change quickly and uncontrollably, and survival is as much about adaptation as it is about skill. Yet the analogies to race car driving can only take you so far. Enzo will be by Denny’s side for challenges that will seem to be, at first blush, insurmountable. The biggest is when Eve gets sick—what follows will test Denny in ways no track ever has. Advertisement Advertisement The Art of Racing in the Rain LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment