Elected directors of the Croatian National Tourist Board

first_imgToday, 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.last_img read more

Bryce Harper basks in a career moment — a walkoff grand slam for the Phillies

first_imgHarper’s slam served as the capper to an energizing three-game sweep of the Cubs and a possible turning point for a Phillies team that was in danger of fading from the National League playoff race. Harper himself was getting his fair share of abuse earlier in the week for lackluster offensive numbers in the first season of his 13-year, $330 million contract.Suddenly, with one swing, the Phils moved to a game out of the second wild-card spot with Harper appearing the strongest link. They’d been waiting for him to take charge. There was nothing but brotherly love in Bryce Harper’s heart after he slammed the Cubs into a stupor Thursday night.Harper had just launched a ninth-inning walkoff grand slam that was punctuated by a full sprint around the bases; he stopped only when he slammed into a wall of frenzied fellow Phillies. Moments later, Harper told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Gregg Murphy just how special the moment was.MORE: Phillies bring back Charlie Manuel as hitting coach”Besides winning the division and getting into the playoffs (with the Nationals), that was one of the coolest moments I’ve ever had in my life,” he said, pointing to the goosebumps on his left forearm, after giving his team a 7-5 win at Citizens Bank Park. “I mean, unbelievable. This fan base, that team pulling for me each night, I mean, what a family we have here. This is unbelievable.”Sending the Philly fans home happy — or at least less grumpy — was not seen as a realistic possibility when the Fightins entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 5-1. Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried Rowan Wick, Pedro Strop and, finally, Derek Holland to close out the game in relief of starter Yu Darvish, who had thrown seven scoreless innings. Harper took Holland deep on a 95 mph inside fastball that Harper said he “cheated” on, meaning he anticipated the pitch being in that location.Oh, and we were serious when we said Harper turned on the burners for his home run “trot.”last_img read more

Algae helps connect suspect in violent kidnapping, rape attempt

first_imgInvestigators in Orange County say that algae found on a suspect’s clothing helped them identify him as the person who attempted to kidnap and rape a woman while she was walking home from work.The incident was  reported to have happened on May 12th.The victim told authorities that as she walked home, the suspect now identified as 30-year-old Patrick Howard attacked her and dragged her into a retention pond.Authorities say that with the victim’s help, a forensic botanist was able to link algae in the pond to evidence on both the suspect and the victim’s clothing.Howard has since been arrested and charged with kidnapping with intent to inflict harm or terrorize, and attempted sexual battery.Authorities also found that Howard is wanted on sex crimes in the Tennessee area.last_img

Gayle for Bangladesh Premier League

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Superstar Chris Gayle headlines nine West Indian players set to participate in the Bangladesh Premier League starting next month, following Thursday’s player draft here.The left-handed Gayle will turn out for Barisal Bulls alongside all-rounder Kevon Cooper and left-handed batsman Evin Lewis, both of whom hail from Trinidad and Tobago.Gayle said following the Caribbean Twenty20 back in July that he was expected to undergo surgery to deal with a troublesome back and may have to be out of action until December.While he has not retired from Tests, he has not played one since last year September.Sammy for RangpurMeanwhile, West Indies Twenty20 skipper Darren Sammy will play for Rangpur Riders alongside West Indies batsman, Lendl Simmons, while Test batsman Marlon Samuels, along with the trio of off-spinner Sunil Narine, left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie and fast-bowling all-rounder AndrÈ Russell, will play for Comilla Victorians.The West Indians are part of 19 overseas players in the tournament scheduled to run from November 22 to December 15.Overall, 82 players will represent six franchises.Notably absent are marquee West Indies players Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, two of the most in-demand T20 players in the world.last_img read more

South Africa supports gender equality in media

first_img9 December 2015Consensus on how all media, including online, can play a vital role in encouraging more gender equality and understanding not only in the global media but also in promoting general social cohesion by the year 2030, is the aim of the first General Assembly of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Global Alliance on Media and Gender (Gamag).Gamag is a global movement to promote gender equality in and through the media.The First GAMAG General Assembly will take place on 9 – 10 December in Geneva. @UNESCO #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/8cnrJn63ql— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) November 29, 2015The South African team will be led by the acting director-general of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Johannes Rantete. The team will join other global government media departments, as well as private media organisations, civil society and media academics in Geneva from 8 to 10 December to discuss practical ways to achieve the desired outcomes.South Africa would use the platform to encourage media houses across the world to involve women in the sourcing, production, delivery, analysis and broadcasting of news to create a global media that better reflected the voices and interests of women, said GCIS.The objectives of Gamag align closely with the aims of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 to actively encourage gender equality through job creation, education and social and health welfare.The Gamag assembly takes place during 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.Topics to be discussed in presentations and roundtables include the structure and details for a global development co-operation framework on gender and media. The gathering will also look at the effect and importance of the relationship between emerging online media and youth in achieving the goals of Gamag.Also under discussion will be gender and media as a business and development model, and the strategic link between policy and research on gender and media.An International Development Co-operation meeting will precede the Gamag gathering, hoping to outline and provide useful indicators on the direction of supporting, enabling and financing gender equality in and through the media.Both events will aim to provide a platform for dialogue and establish an International Development Co-operation Framework on Gender and Media.According to Unesco and Gamag, the conference objectives include initiating processes to:Expand the mandate and reach of key stakeholders to promote gender equality through the design of an International Development Co-operation Framework on Gender and Media that can give support to actions at the national, regional and global levels – in particular the activities of the Global Alliance on Media and Gender;Recognise the critical area of concern of the Beijing Declaration, the resolution adopted by the UN in 1995 to promulgate a set of global principles concerning the equality of men and women;Analyse and discuss the declaration’s Platform for Action, as well as the Women and the Media Diagnosis element of the declaration as central to all other critical areas of concern, in order to endorse and build Gamag as a mechanism to accelerate implementation and systematic follow-up; and,Encourage commitment to mainstream or strengthen gender and media objectives in the programmes and budgets of the development partners as well as through their communication strategies of their own media services.Millennium and Sustainable development goalsThe Gamag assembly is an answer to the call for global partnerships as stated in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal 8. Also, the mission statement of the conference resonates with the proposed Sustainable Development Goals 16 and 17. These are to target 10 concerning measures to promote public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, as well as strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development by the year 2030.Addis Ababa Action AgendaThe Gamag meeting will also seek to advance the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and Action Plan on Transformative Financing for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.Women are underrepresented in media staffing at all levels. This is fact, but we must change it. #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/Xc78Ls0OeT— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) November 30, 2015Decades of research has shown that despite many advancements in gender equality, there remains much work to be done. “Women remain consistently under- represented in media staffing at all levels, in particular in executive decision- making and technical areas, and [are] often misrepresented in editorial content,” GCIS said in a statement about the meeting.The South African government holds that women are under-represented in media regulatory and professional organisations. It is determined to help the media, traditional and emerging, to promote women’s full participation in the industry. “Media houses and government communications wings have [the] potential to promote editorial policies in favour of gender equality in media content, eliminating stereotypes and portraying a fair representation of men and women.”GCIS highlighted the need to bring more online access to women in general, around the world, allowing them a voice to speak about what mattered most to them, including health issues, human rights promotion and overall gender equality. In addition to allowing them the platforms to speak, the media, GCIS said, should offer women the information needed to promote their participation in every aspect of life and in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.“Media can give women a voice in news and current affairs, in all types of coverage and in all subject segments, including news on war and peace making, finance, science, technology and politics.”Ultimately, GCIS concluded, the media, working together with governments, the private sector and academia, “must enable time or space for women to express themselves and promote coverage and awareness of gender equality in work, working conditions, and property rights. A high priority [is] the situation of women in conflict zones, as well as violence against women.”Media can give women a voice in news and current affairs, in all types of coverage. #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/xtfoBfHScH— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) December 2, 2015Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

ODA announces 2019 funding for local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced that eight land trusts, four counties and 15 Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. These organizations will receive allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to select, close and monitor easements under the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP).LAEPP sponsor organizations will accept applications from Ohio landowners interested in selling an agricultural easement on their farms. A total of nearly $8.5 million will be made available in this funding round. Local sponsors have been certified to accept applications in 34 counties. Interested landowners should contact the certified local sponsor in their county for application details.The program allows landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the state of Ohio. The easement requires the farm remain permanently in agriculture production. Selected farms must be 40 acres or more, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have the support of their local government and not lay directly in the path of development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operations.Funding for the program is derived from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, approved by voters in 2008. When combined with easements from all programs, 449 family farms in 59 counties have collectively preserved more than 73,500 acres in agricultural production. For more information on Ohio’s farmland preservation effort visit: www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/programs/farmland-preservation-office.last_img read more

Steph Curry scores 48, hits 11 3s as Warriors beat Mavs

first_imgLATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Devin Harris gave Dallas its first lead since the second quarter with a driving layup to make it 105-103 with 5:29 remaining. Harris followed that with a 3 for a five-point lead, capping an 11-0 run.Curry tied it at 114 with a floater in the lane with 1:39 to play, and Doncic missed a 3 at the other end, setting up Curry’s winner.BAREA TO HAVE SURGERY MONDAYCarlisle said Barea would have surgery Monday to repair his ruptured right Achilles tendon. Barea suffered the injury in the fourth quarter Friday night against Minnesota and is out for the season.Barea was averaging nearly 11 points and six assists per game.Barea’s teammate Wesley Matthews suffered the same injury in March 2015 while playing for Portland. Matthews signed with Dallas that offseason and returned to the NBA early in the 2015-16 season.“I told him there’s not going to be a slogan or a catchphrase that’s going to make it go away,” Matthews said. “You’re going to have to take your time. You’re going to have to do your due diligence. Attack it every single day.”TIP-INSWarriors: Curry finished three points short of his season high. … Golden State is now 11-1 all-time when Curry hits 10 or more 3s.Mavericks: Curry’s 19 3-point attempts was also the most all-time by a Dallas opponent. . Smith missed his third straight game with back tightness. . Carlisle received a technical foul with 49 seconds left in the second quarter, courtesy of referee Ed Malloy following the coach’s animated response to a non-call on a play Carlisle thought was a Warriors foul. Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova advance in straight sets at Australian Open MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Luka Doncic scored 26 points for Dallas and Harrison Barnes had 22. Jalen Brunson had 12 off the bench in 30 minutes, in place of the injured point guards.After Curry’s shot, Draymond Green blocked Brunson’s drive at the other end and secured the loose ball. The Mavericks forced a miss, but Barnes turned the ball over in the frontcourt with 5 seconds left. Curry sealed the game with free throws.“He had mismatches,” Durant said. “He was making shots over everybody tonight, so why run plays? Just give him the ball.”Dallas missed its final eight shots from the field.“You always can get better shots,” Doncic said. “We were in the bonus so we wanted to drive the ball. Today wasn’t the day.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UP NEXTWarriors: At Denver on Tuesday in a matchup of the Western Conference’s top two teams.Mavericks: Host San Antonio on Wednesday. “We just couldn’t get Curry under control,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “He was brilliant tonight.”Curry’s 11 3s were the most ever by a Mavericks opponent. The last one was his most important, snapping a 114-all tie with 42 seconds to play. Both Curry and Warriors coach Steve Kerr credited Kevin Durant for switching play calls to get Curry shots rather than taking shots of his own.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“That was just (Durant) taking the initiative, knowing that I had a hot hand going,” Curry said. “Call it a decoy in terms of him being in the action, but allowing me to work. The way they were defending us, it just made sense tonight.”Durant added 28 points for the Warriors, and Klay Thompson had nine of his 16 in the fourth quarter as the Warriors received a tough test from a Dallas team playing without its top two point guards, Dennis Smith Jr. and Barea. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives the ball past Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)DALLAS — A day after the Dallas Mavericks got the bad news that backup point guard and team sparkplug J.J. Barea was lost for the season, Stephen Curry brought more bad news — in the form of 11 3-pointers.Curry scored 48 points and tied his season high for 3s in a game as the Golden State Warriors held off the Mavericks 119-114 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more