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The Days of Croatian Tourism started on Hvar

first_imgThe Days of Croatian Tourism started today, the largest traditional gathering of tourist workers in Croatia, which is being held this year on October 24 and 25 in Hvar. In addition to the awards and recognitions of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for the best in tourism, the two-day program will bring together over a thousand participants with educational lectures, workshops and round tables of leading domestic and international tourism experts on current topics, such as tourism development. supply and branding, labor issues, sustainable development and many others.  “The growth of over 5 percent, which we achieved this year despite the awakening of competitive markets, speaks of a good tourist year, especially if we take into account that Croatia has not even remotely activated its potential. This requires new investments, new tourism products to extend the season and solve the problem of lack of skilled labor, “Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovačević, adding that it should be borne in mind that growth should be sustainable in terms of environment, cultural heritage and infrastructure.”This year, Hvar is celebrating 150 years of organized tourism, so the Days of Croatian Tourism, the largest professional tourism event, is a great opportunity to look back on all previous successes, but also to turn to new goals and challenges. This year’s program is dedicated to a number of current topics that drive tourism in the world and represent an opportunity not only for Croatian tourism but also for the promotion of the entire Croatian economy. This week dedicated to tourism will end with a session of the Government to be held in Hvar, where special emphasis will be placed on the importance of islands and tourism on islands, which accounts for more than a quarter of total tourist traffic in our country. ” pointed out the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Tourism Frano Matušić during the opening of the Croatian Tourism Day.”We are extremely pleased with the rich program of the Croatian Tourism Day, in which, in addition to numerous established domestic experts, our friends from other countries such as the USA, Japan and Poland will also participate. Nevertheless, given the basic task of the Croatian National Tourist Board, which is to strengthen the strength of the national tourist brand, I am especially pleased to announce a broader debate on the brand of our country. Of course, this year we will award the best from different segments of our overall tourist offer with an emphasis on the most important, and that is the people who work in tourism. It is precisely because of them that Croatia is today recognized as one of the world’s top tourist destinations. “, said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that the strategic goals for next year refer to the positioning of Croatia as an attractive year-round destination, further strengthening of airlines and stronger promotional activities in distant markets such as China, Korea or the USA.  Photo: MintThe main part of the program begins with a panel discussion “Film industry and tourism” which will discuss the connection between tourism and film and the importance of the film industry for the tourist promotion of destinations. The lecture will be given by Al Merschen, President and Founder of MMGY Global, a leading PR and marketing group in the United States on the topic “Croatia – an attractive destination for American tourists.” On the second day of the event, the Croatian Tourist Forum of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will be held on the topic of labor shortage in tourism. On the first day, part of the awards of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will be presented, in the categories for destinations of the year, attractions of the year, awards to the business sector (Tourist flower – quality for Croatia) and for people in tourism. The second part of the awards will be presented tomorrow, October 25, for the 10 best in tourism, in the following categories: Cultural tourist attraction of the year, Tourist event of the year, Innovation in tourism of the year, Restaurant of the year, Tourist agency of the year, Marina of the year , Hotel of the Year, Anton Štifanić Award for Lifetime Achievement and Person of the Year and Tourist Destination of the Year.The organizers of the event are the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which have been organizing this event together for the eleventh year in a row. Days of Croatian tourism are held this year with the support of the hosts of the City of Hvar  and the Tourist Board of the City of Hvar, which this year marks 150 years of organized tourism.last_img read more

Amid pandemic, White House race becomes digital dogfight

first_imgTrump has some 81 million Twitter followers compared with 5.8 million for Biden, and similar advantages on Facebook and other platforms.But Biden and an array of progressive organizations have been working to flood the internet with messages to neutralize Trump and his supporters. ‘Air cover’ for BidenDigital advertising for the 2020 election is expected to reach $1.8 billion, according to research firm Advertising Analytics, which boosted its estimates by 13.5 percent due to the pandemic.  The progressive policy group Acronym and its political action committee Pacronym have pledged a $75 million digital campaign to bring out voters for Biden.”Since last August we started to counter what we knew would be a sophisticated digital operation by President Trump,” said Acronym founder Tara McGowan.”We wanted to provide air cover for whoever the Democratic nominee would be since we knew the nominee would have a time and resources deficit.”Research by the group found a 3.6 percentage point drop in Trump’s approval rating among “persuadable voters” who have seen Pacronym’s digital ads.Acronym’s analysis of online ad spending showed Trump has spent over $62 million on Facebook and Google advertising since the 2018 midterm elections, compared with $21.9 million for Biden.But the analysis showed Biden and progressive groups began outspending Trump and his backers in early May on Facebook, and narrowed the gap on Google.”I don’t think the candidates themselves need to be as comfortable on social media as much as they need to hire experienced digital staffers,” McGowan said.”We’ve seen the Biden campaign make leaps and bounds in their digital strategy.” Targeting, manipulation Both campaigns will be testing the limits of online platforms’ policies on manipulation and microtargeting, as Trump ramps up his war of words against Silicon Valley platforms.”The shift to a digital focus in the 2020 election means online disinformation and propaganda will become more widespread and more potent,” said University of Texas professor Samuel Woolley, who researches computational propaganda.Woolley’s research suggests campaigns are increasing their use of geolocation tools which can surreptitiously gather information about voters using their smartphones.”Campaigns can find out which people are going to a gun range, to church or to Planned Parenthood, and they can turn that into actionable information,” Woolley said. “They might send messages out to try to get people to vote, or to discourage people from voting.”Jeffrey Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy warned of privacy concerns as political campaigns adopt technologies from digital marketers using location data and predictive analytics.These targeting tools raise the same issues as the Cambridge Analytica scandal over private data being used to fashion psychological voter profiles.”You are going to see artificial intelligence and machine learning used to make predictions about voters,” Chester said.”The campaigns are using all the latest tools to influence voters under the radar, and it’s completely unregulated.” The digital battleground Other groups are also active: the large Democratic party organization Priorities USA is pledging to spend $150 million to defeat Trump, with at least $40 million in digital.The newly formed political action group Defeat Disinfo plans to use paid influencers on social media and counter misinformation before it goes viral. “My experience is that the total share of volume of conversation about a candidate is driven not by the campaigns themselves but by media, activists and other organizations,” said Alan Rosenblatt, a Democrat-aligned digital strategist with Unfiltered Media and an adjunct professor at George Washington University.”That’s where the battlefield is and these groups can have a tremendous impact.”Rosenblatt added that Biden “has a lot of headroom to grow” on social media while Trump has probably maxed out with a social media army which has a considerable number of automated accounts or “bots.” Topics : Both sides agree that digital will play a critical role in the 2020 White House race as social media have taken the place of rallies and door-to-door campaigning.”The digital campaign has always been important. What has changed now is that it’s the only show in town,” said Republican digital strategist Eric Wilson, who has no direct role in the Trump campaign.Wilson said the Trump campaign’s experience since 2016 means it has a head start while Biden has been slow to embrace a digital strategy.”Voters are consuming politics as entertainment and Biden doesn’t seem to grasp his role as a social media influencer and doesn’t see any interest in changing that,” Wilson said. The 2020 US presidential race is becoming a digital-first campaign as the coronavirus pandemic cuts candidates off from traditional organizing and in-person events.On the surface, President Donald Trump has the edge over Democrat Joe Biden because of the incumbent’s extensive digital infrastructure and large social media following.But Biden has been stepping up his digital presence and is getting a boost from a handful of outside organizations seeking to counter Trump’s messaging on social platforms.last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 President turns ‘Prayer Warrior’ against coronavirus

first_imgTokyo 2020 President, Yoshirō Mori has admitted he is praying for the coronavirus to “vanish” amid lingering concerns over the impact of the outbreak on this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit He has remained defiant in the wake of the crisis and last week blasted what he claimed were “irresponsible” rumours surrounding whether the Games would take place as planned. Japan’s Government under current Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has been criticised for its response to the virus and fears have grown in recent weeks after the number of infections doubled. The Government has been accused of being slow to react by failing to bar visitors from China quickly enough, while Abe has come under fire for being too lax in its quarantine of the cruise ship. John Coates, chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, claimed the World Health Organization had told the Commission there was “no case” for cancelling or postponing the Games. Dozens of events due to be held in China and other countries in the region have been impacted by the virus, however. Read Also:Tokyo 2020 qualifiers: Boxing federation denies invitation of boxers to camp The World Indoor Athletics Championships, the Formula One Grand Prix and Olympic qualifiers in sports including football are among the events to have been postponed, cancelled or moved outside of China, where the virus originated. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Organisers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have repeatedly insisted the virus, which has so far killed 2,362 and infected around 78,000 worldwide, will not force the Games to be cancelled or postponed. But the outbreak has raised concern for Tokyo 2020 in the build-up to the event, with Japan recently emerging as one of the riskiest places for the spread of the virus. There have been 110 confirmed cases of the virus, known as COVID-19, in Japan, although 634 others have been infected on a cruise ship which has been quarantined in Yokohama since February 3. Aside from the two deaths resulting from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, one person has died from the virus in the Olympic and Paralympic host nation. “I pray to God every day that the coronavirus will just vanish,” Mori said in an interview with the Sponichi Annex newspaper. Mori, a former Japanese Prime Minister, also claimed he plans to “to hold out to the end without wearing a mask”, despite the outbreak.last_img read more

P2.5-M ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgBACOLOD City – Suspected shabuweighing about 210 grams valued at around P2.5 million was seized in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay 1.      BY CYRUS GARDE AND MAE SINGUAY  Castillo, meanwhile, was detained inthe lockup cell of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN The 28-year-old resident JesselCastillo and her live-in partner Ernesto Calatis yielded the suspected illegaldrugs around 11 p.m. on Monday, a police report showed.     Calatis – a high value suspectrecently released from prison of drug charges – evaded arrest, the reportadded.  Police officers conducted a manhuntoperation against Calatis.  Aside from suspected shabu, a P1,000marked money was also recovered from the suspects, police said.last_img read more

Mrs. Charlotte (Coy) Purnell-Walker

first_imgMrs. Charlotte (Coy) Purnell-Walker, age 94, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 8, 1922 in Florence, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Lawrence and Bertha (Scudder) Coy. She was raised in Switzerland County where she attended school. Charlotte was united in marriage on December 13, 1941, in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Stanley Purnell and to this union arrived three sons, Charles, Galen and Gary and a daughter, Bonnie to bless their home. Charlotte was later united in marriage on February 17, 1962, in Carrollton, Kentucky to the late, Ralph Walker. Charlotte and Ralph shared 7 years of marriage together until Ralph passed away on April 24, 1969. Charlotte was employed as a cementer for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana for 17 years. She was also employed for Randall’s Textron Corporation in Vevay, Indiana for several years. Charlotte enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren and for many other families. Charlotte was a member of the Center Square Baptist Church in Center Square, Indiana. Charlotte enjoyed crocheting, especially Christmas ornaments and table cloths and making handmade quilts. Charlotte passed away at 4:00 pm, Sunday, August 28, 2016, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Charlotte will be dearly missed by her: son: Galen Purnell and his wife: Penny of Moorefield, IN; her daughter-in-laws: Barbara Purnell of Vevay, IN and Becky Purnell of Vevay, IN; her son-in-law: John Lock of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren: Richard, Jeff, Mike, Shirley, Nickki, Joelle, Jenny, Galen, Jr., Mark and Eve; her great-grandchildren: Mandy, Hayden, Cody, Mia, Nathan, Justin, Tyler Louise, Charles, Tree, Jimi, Tripp, Jordan, Eric, Tyler, Chasity, Brandon, Christopher, Matthew, Seth, Amber, Dannielle, Mike and Zachary; her great-great-grandchildren: Faith, Landon, Jaxsin, Jrue Charles, Douglas, Brenden, Kyler, Kailee, Kieran, Kolten, Braylon, Brooklyn, Lane and Christielynn, Xain, Ben, Blake, Aaron, Kalob and Tucker and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Lawrence and Bertha (Scudder) Coy; her 1st husband: Stanley Purnell, died December 23, 1978; her 2nd husband: Ralph Walker, died April 24, 1969; her sons: Charles L. Purnell, died August 3, 2001 and Gary Purnell, died July 13, 2015; her daughter: Bonnie Jean Lock, died February 28, 2014; her grandson: Danny Lock, died March 15, 1998; her great-great-grandsons: Patrick Otter, Hayden Lock and Lincoln Vinson, died August 9, 2016 and her brothers: Gerald Coy and Edwin Coy.last_img read more

I’m jealous of Bundesliga stars, Osimhen confesses

first_imgSuper Eagles and Lille forward Victor Osimhen has admitted he’s envious of Bundesliga players who returned to the pitch over the weekend after the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.Advertisement Promoted ContentJason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar House10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Best Actors To Start Their Careers On SoapsSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way On Saturday, the Bundesliga restarted without fans, but the likes of Taiwo Awoniyi, Jamilu Collins, Kingsley Ehizibue and Anthony Ujah were on parade for their respective clubs.Reacting on an Instagram chat, Osimhen also revealed he couldn’t hide his envy for Bundesliga stars, even as he was quick to note that the LFP took the best decision in ending the league season in France during the pandemic.“I think the championship will resume in September or August, but I don’t know exactly.“For the rest, the end of the season has been cancelled, everyone is at home, and it’s really crazy. Read Also: Video: Inter Milan celebrate Obafemi Martins goals“I’m really jealous of the Bundesliga players who have taken over. But I think it was the best decision in France and staying safe.”Osimhen netted 18 goals across all competitions for Lille in his first season the the French topflight.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Mr. Daniel “Danny” Starker

first_imgMr. Daniel “Danny” Starker, age 72, of Rising Sun, Indiana, entered this life on June 24, 1947, in Milan, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late, Gerald R. Starker and Leona (Mefford) Starker Bruestle. Danny was raised in Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana where he attended school. Danny was inducted into the United State Army and was honorably discharged. Danny was a jack of all trades and enjoyed woodworking and carpentry. Often times he never knew what he would be doing from week to week and was always working on something. Danny always did what he wanted to do, even if you didn’t always agree with him! He also enjoyed race cars, dirt track racing and attending the Lawrenceburg Speedway. Danny was a member of the Dillsboro American Legion Post #292. He was a former member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185, Vevay VFW Post #5396 and Aurora American Legion Post #241. He was also a former member of the Aurora Moose Lodge Chapter #1908. Danny was a member of the Ludlow Hill Baptist Church and attended the Bible Baptist Church in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Danny will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends. Danny passed away with his loving family by his side at 6:09 p.m., Thursday, November 14, 2019, at his daughters residence in Patriot, Indiana.Danny will be missed by his daughters, Danielle Hutchinson and her husband, Will of Patriot, IN and Lynana Scudder of Patriot, IN; his grandchildren, Shane Scudder, Jordyn Scudder, Justice Bledsoe, Lucas Hutchinson, Olivia Hutchinson and Ava Hutchinson; his great-grandchildren, Maddix and Brayson; his sisters, Lavonne Wilson and her husband, Art of Independence, KY and Sharon Adams and her husband, Steve of Aurora, IN and his nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Starker, died September 28, 1993; his mother, Leona (Mefford) Starker Bruestle, died November 20, 1998; his sister, Joan Franks; his brothers, David and Donald Starker; his niece, Christy Starker and his nephew, Joel Wilson.Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. Joseph Hart, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Eastview Cemetery, Patriot, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. Daniel “Danny” Starker Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Stoke City manager, O’Neill tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for coronavirus, 11 days before the Championship season is due to resume.The Potters had been due to face Manchester United in a friendly on Tuesday ahead of the Premier League and Championship campaigns getting back underway, more than three months after play was halted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, that friendly was cancelled at the 11th hour due to a positive test, and Stoke have now confirmed that manager O’Neill, rather than a player, is the person who returned that test.The 50-year-old will now be forced to enter a period of isolation, while any further cases in the Stoke camp could plunge their first match back – against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on June 20 – into doubt.“Stoke City can confirm that manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus following the latest round of testing on Monday (June 8),” read a statement on the club’s official website.“O’Neill had tested negative in the previous five rounds of testing. He will now follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation, whilst continuing to be in regular virtual contact with his coaching staff and players.“Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training as the Potters prepare for their game against Reading on June 20. The club will be making no further comment on this matter.” Stoke currently sit 17th in the Championship table, three points clear of the relegation zone.Tags: Manchester UnitedMichael O’NeillStoke Citylast_img read more

Study: Seasonal Flu Shot Lowers Risk Of Alzheimer’s

first_imgA new study shows the seasonal flu shot can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in millions of Amerians.Researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference reported today that at least one flu shot was linked to a 17% reduction in Alzheimer’s. More frequent vaccinations were associated with another 13% reduction. Researchers also found the protective association between the vaccine and the risk of Alzheimer’s was strongest for those who received their first vaccine at a younger age. For example, those who go their first documented flu shot at age 60 benefited more than those who first received it at 70.While the study doesn’t explain why flu vaccinations are linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, some experts speculate the vaccine may impact brain inflammation that could lead to the disease, said Dr. Steven DeKosky, professor of neurology at the University of Florida and deputy director of UF’s McKnight Brain Institute.“The vaccine activates the immune system to defeat the flu virus itself,” he said. “The activation may have beneficial effects that fight off or slow down the inflammation associated with AD.” However, the Mayo Clinic says most scientists believe Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time.last_img read more

Santosh Trophy Soccer Championship: Assam get walk over against Nagaland

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam got walk over against Nagaland in the north East Qualifying round of the Santosh Trophy Soccer Championship in Aizawl on Tuesday. Nagaland, who are in group ‘B’ along with Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, didn’t turn up to play the competition. Assam will next face Arunachal Pradesh on February 14.Also Read: Sports Newslast_img