18Nov/20

Very successful positioning of Croatia at Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas

first_imgVirtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas is the most important tourist event on the American continent, which is held every year in August and brings together cream of cream world luxury tourism. Exactly the 29th Virtuoso Travel Week recorded a record attendance – 5.670 participants from 103 countries, of which 2.714 were travel agents and 2.404 preferential partners.According to the CNTB, representatives of the CNTB Head Office and the CNTB New York office held numerous meetings with tour operators, travel agencies and other travel advisors, as well as cruising companies from the USA, Canada and Latin America and introduced them to the Croatian tourist offer, the role and activities of the CNTB and opportunities for cooperation in order to raise awareness of Croatia as an attractive and safe European and Mediterranean destination and increase tourist traffic from these markets.Membership and activities in cooperation with Virtuos are a priority for the promotion of Croatia, growth of tourist traffic, increasing the competitiveness of the offer and improving the quality of service and positioning Croatia on the map of world luxury destinations, the CNTB points out. Istria, Kvarner Tourist Board, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board and Virtuoso representatives of the Croatian tourism industry, Croatia is among the most sought after Virtuoso destinations with a growth in demand of about 25%.Lošinj Hotels & Villas became a new member of VirtuosThis year’s Virtuoso Travel week is extremely important for Croatia because we got a new member of Virtuoso, Boutique Hotel Alhambra – Lošinj Hotels & Villas, which is the biggest recognition for the last three years of demanding but very productive cooperation with Virtuoso. In addition to the CNTB and the Alhambra Hotel, the Croatian members of Virtuos are: Calvados Club, Fortuna Travel, Hotel Villa Dubrovnik and Le Meridien Lav Hotel.A big surprise of Virtuoso Travel Week is the recognition of the CNTB for successful cooperation and the proclamation of the CNTB Representative Ina Ina Rodin as the Ambassador of the Year of Virtuos and the awarding of the eponymous award during the 2017 Virtuoso Alliances meeting.With more than 16 tourism advisors worldwide and a portfolio of almost 1.700 partners (hotels and resorts, airlines, cruise companies, onsite travel agencies and tourist boards) and with an annual turnover of more than 21 billion US dollars, Virtuos is the most important organization in the luxury travel segment.Authenticity and experience One of Virtuoso’s unofficial slogans, as Matthew D. Upchurch points out, is the CEO next “A Virtuoso offers what you cannot see, but will feel forever.“It is precisely our greatest value that is our incredible diversity and authenticity, and yet on the other hand we continue to sell sun and sea. We are full of experiences, our authentic stories, and the motive of the trip is to get to know new ways and culture of living. The biggest responsibility lies with the local tourist boards, which unfortunately do not develop strategically or sustainably. Tourist destinations (cities, counties, so-called) develop local tourism, ie tourist destinations, while CNTB and MINT are on a global level and as a platform or extended arm to the entire sector.Everyone has known and talked for years, even Virtuoso, and it has always been so, tourism is emotions, experiences and stories. Let’s tell storieslast_img read more

20Oct/20

Boldly beginning to build up

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27Sep/20

Libyan Factions Upbeat about UN-Mediated Talks

first_imgRival Libyan factions say they are upbeat about the course of UN-mediated talks under way in Morocco . The talks are aimed at brokering a deal on a national unity government and finding someone to head it .  UN special envoy Bernardino Leon, who has been trying to bring the two sides together for weeks and who chaired the talks said the meeting took place in a “positive and constructive” spirit. The U.N. talks in Morocco are seen  as the only hope of forming a unity government and halting the fighting in Libya . But previous talks have yielded little.last_img read more

26Sep/20

Caribbean open data movement set to open a world of possibilities

first_img Share Share 12 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Photo credit: siliconcaribe.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A Caribbean open data initiative, backed by the University of the West Indies and the International Development Research Centre of Canada, could improve the region’s access to public information of national significance.A slate of local and regional experts will be gathering for the first regional event of its kind on open data. The conference, titled “Developing the Caribbean”, will be hosted simultaneously across Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago from January 26 to 27. ‘Open data’ is a term used to describe the idea that certain information should always be readily available to everyone. Such access to data should be without copyright, without patent, or without any such restriction that would prevent the end user from determining how the data is used.One of the featured speakers at the event is Trinidad-born technology expert Bevil Wooding, an international advocate for the open data movement in developing countries. He described open data as “potentially one of the most significant advances in how public access to public information is leveraged for the common good”.Wooding, founder of the non-profit BrightPath Foundation, explained that under the Trinidad and Tobago Freedom of Information Act established in 1999, if a member of the public desires access to public information, he or she has to make a formal request for that information to be released. However, with open data, access public information and public datasets is in commonly accessible formats via the Internet for public consumption. “Typically, a substantial amount of important public information, ranging from official crime statistics and national census data to government land allocations and taxation revenues from the energy sector, is locked away in government data repositories. Though it is supposed to be public information, held in trust by the government, it is inaccessible to the public. With open data, governments can take the initiative, in the interest of transparence and accountability in governance and provide access to these public datasets,” he said.He went on to share that such a move to open data brings benefits to both the government and the general public.“Governments can effectively ‘crowd-source’ the work of interpreting and analysing data to the public. Such crowd-sourcing can transform static data into valuable public information services at a pace and in a manner that simply would not be possible given government’s constraints. This opens the door to all kinds of new innovative applications and services,” Wooding said.“Of course, a new level of transparency and accountability can be facilitated when data is made publicly available. This is one reason why, across the world, governments in both developed and developing countries are moving to make more public data available,” he added.Many governments including the US, UK, Canada, India, Brazil and Kenya have opened up their data on sites such as data.gov, data.gov.uk, data.gc.ca, opendatsata.go.ke, with other countries joining the movement at a strong pace.The open data philosophy is straightforward, Wooding said. “The responsibility for making information available to the public falls squarely on those who have the information, as opposed to those who demand it.”Organisers of the upcoming conference are hoping to significantly raise the awareness of how public information can help to solve problems and provide new services to citizens. Web developers will collaborate through live video streaming of all presentations, and groups from other territories will be encouraged to participate virtually. The conference will be recorded and the live stream opened up to the public.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Caribbean open data movement set to open a world of possibilities by: – January 20, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

24Sep/20

Mr. Jonathan A. Roberts

first_imgMr. Jonathan A. Roberts, age 66, of Lamb, Indiana, entered this life on April 20, 1951, in Henry County, Indiana, the son of the late, Jonathan Paul and Alta Mary (Graham) Roberts. He was raised in Henry County, Indiana where he graduated high school and received his associates degree in Tool & Dye from Ivy Tech. Jonathan was united in marriage on December 14, 1985, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Deborah Ann Wells and to this union arrived five sons, Adam, Donald, Kenneth, Keith and Jonathan to bless their home. Jonathan and Deborah shared nearly 32 years of marriage together until his death. He was a former advanced EMT for Shoemaker in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 7 years. Jonathan was also a former fork lift driver and union president for Pri-Pak in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, retiring after 12 years of service. He was a former volunteer fire fighter in Addison, Ohio and a truck driver. He resided in the Cleveland, Tennessee community for 3 years, Cincinnati, Ohio for 3 years, Aurora, Indiana for 10 years, Scottsburg, Indiana for 8 years, Holton, Indiana for 4 years, and lastly in the Lamb, Indiana community for 2 years. He was a member of the Steel Union in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and the Primitive Baptist Church. He enjoyed wood carving, playing the guitar and singing, My Friend, My Pal, My Buddy. Jonathan will be deeply missed by his loving family. Jonathan died at 10:37 pm, Monday, August 28, 2017, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.Jonathan will be dearly missed by his loving wife of nearly 32 years: Deborah Ann (Wells) Roberts of Lamb, IN; his sons: Adam, Donald, Kenneth, Keith and Jonathan; his 15-grandchildren; his 4-great-grandchildren; his sister: Alice Powers of Campbellsburg, KY; his brothers: Sam Roberts and his wife: Roberta of Greentown, IN, Bob Roberts and his wife: Joy of Kokomo, IN and Dan Roberts and his wife: Becky of New Castle, IN and his several nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by his parents: Jonathan Paul and Alta Mary (Graham) Roberts, died May 15, 2010; his brother: Floyd Roberts and his brother-in-law: Ira Powers.Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, September 3, 2017, at 1:00 pm, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Friends may call 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Sunday, September 3, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Jonathan A. Roberts Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

24Sep/20

Ex-Super Eagles goalie Enyeama gets coaching role in France

first_img Loading… His impressive performances in Israel caught the attention of Lille and subsequently joined the Great Danes for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract. His maiden appearance came in the French club’s 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan in the 2012 Champions League group stage. In 2013, he went on a 14-game run without conceding a goal before he was beaten for the first time in 1062 minutes against Bordeaux. On the international scene, he made his debut in 2002 against Kenya before going a step further to feature at the 2002 Fifa World Cup. He drew the curtain on his Super Eagles’ career after representing the country in three World Cups, one Fifa Confederation Cup and five Afcon appearances. read also:Enyeama Ighalo, Ndidi, Troost-Ekong celebrated on Father’s Day Enyeama boasts 101 appearances and is Nigeria’s all-time most capped player, an honour he shares with current Super Eagles assistant coach Joseph Yobo. Recently, his former international teammate John Utaka was appointed as manager of Montpellier’s U19 team. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ex-Lille and Nigeria goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has been named as the new goalkeeper coach of French National 3 side Iris Club de Croix. Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama The 37-year-old has been without a club since he left French top-flight outfit Lille in August 2018, and now he has been given the chance to commence his journey in management. In a statement released on Iris Club’s “>Facebook page, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner will train goalkeepers from the team’s reserves to the U16 division. Enyeama began his professional career at Ibom stars in 1999 before teaming up with Enyimba where he helped the Aba based outfit win three Nigeria Professional League titles, two Caf Champions Leagues and one Caf Super Cup diadem. In 2015, he moved to Bnei Yehuda and in his debut season, he helped the Lions to reach the final of the Israeli State Cup as well as a fourth-place finish in the Israeli top-flight that earned them a place in the 2006 Uefa Cup [now Europa League]. After two seasons at the Bloomfield Stadium, he was signed for Hapoel Tel Aviv. There, he was their chief penalty taker and inspired the club to two Israel State Cup trophies and one Israeli Premier League title.last_img read more

22Sep/20

I’m promoting boxing because of my passion — Otunola

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Otunola Bernard, boxing promoter and matchmaker, has said that he was involved in promoting boxing not only because of his passion for it but that boxing lacked corporate sponsorship in Nigeria. Otunola, founder of UnBoxx Sports and Co-Founder CornerWise Entertainment, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that his passion was to contribute his quota by taking boxing to the next level. He said: “Taking boxing in Nigeria to the next level is not a hard job to do, but everything depends solely on how cooperative the people involved in the business are. “There are so many Nigerian talented combat sports athletes but they lack the platform to showcase their talents or won’t be selected to represent a state due to politics. “We have few female boxers, very good ones but they can’t move forward because no platform to do so and no proper training facilities. “We want to break the odds and push for the best way forward, and to do this we need each other as no man is an island.” He said that they only had two functional boxing promotion companies in MMA, but without considering that they have to move from this level to the next, they want to raise the bar. He noted that all hands must be on deck for the success of the upcoming boxing event which will be held on September 20 at the Jalisco Gym, Bolade-Oshodi in Lagos. Otunola said that they were mentally and physically prepared for it, while also noting that one of the challenging part in boxing in Nigeria was the fact that the sport lacked corporate sponsorship. “Government can start by passing it into law that corporate bodies should find a way to partner with boxing promoters to take boxing in Nigeria to the next level. “When this is done more sports lovers will rise up to play a big role in shouldering the development of the sports,” he said.Tags: Otunola BernardUnBoxx Sportslast_img read more

20Sep/20

Results will ease Manchester United pressure, says Louis van Gaal

first_img Press Association Louis van Gaal believes the pressure is easing on Manchester United after they recorded their first win in nine matches. Wayne Rooney secured a welcome 2-1 victory over Swansea on Saturday with a clever backheel in the 77th minute. The United boss said his players had been left “angry” by their failure to win their previous eight matches – the club’s worst run in 26 years. Now Van Gaal hopes his squad will be able to play with more freedom after ending their rotten run. “I shall think that now the pressure is lowering, the performance shall be better every week,” the United manager said. “But that it also dependent on whether or not we score goals. And when we score goals and we create always chances.” Something of a siege mentality developed at Old Trafford during their slump. United’s players flatly denied they were not playing for their manager, who walked out of a press conference in a huff 11 days ago following reports he was about to be replaced by Jose Mourinho. And the playing staff were also angered by their own performances on the pitch, Van Gaal revealed. “They are very angry that we have lost so many games in a row,” he said. “They are not used to that, I’m not used to that, losing four matches in a row. Never, and I have been in this profession for 25 years. So it’s unusual and they are angry also and want to change the situation.” It would be wrong to suggest everything is rosy at Old Trafford, of course. Despite a change in formation, United were woefully dull for most of the first half against Swansea. The hosts did not register a shot on target until the 33rd minute and only two more weak efforts followed before the break. United have now failed to score in the first half of their last nine home matches. In a worrying statement for Van Gaal’s doubters, the Dutchman insisted his team played better in the first half than the second, when they found the net twice. And despite scoring 12 goals in 10 home league matches, Van Gaal claimed his players are going on the attack more at Old Trafford. “Always at home we are playing in a more attacking way, to please the fans also, because that is also the culture of Manchester United,” he said. “But you cannot always do that.” The game also helped ease the pressure on Rooney. The 30-year-old’s deft flick past Lukasz Fabianski meant he ended his two-and-a-half month goal drought and moved him past Denis Law into second in the club’s scoring charts. “He has played two fantastic games in a row,” said Van Gaal of Rooney, who was dropped for the Boxing Day defeat at Stoke. “He does everything we expect from him as a captain but also as a player and in what position he plays. “I hope that it can give a boost to him, because the goal was fantastic. “I am very happy for him and I hope it shall give him the boost he needs to continue.” Saturday’s game was the first time Anthony Martial had been on the same scoresheet as Rooney in the league. The Frenchman headed home Ashley Young’s cross to put United ahead before Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised with a looping header. The £36million forward then set up Rooney for the winner and Van Gaal wants the two to start scoring more often. “I hope (that is the case),” Van Gaal said. “Now Martial is playing on the left side again, and we have tried that before also, and Wayne in the striker’s position, but today we played also in another shape, so there are so many other aspects. “I have to say all the players do their utmost best and you can see that, but still there is still space for improvement.” last_img read more

20Sep/20

Florida “Easter Bunny” Arrested Following Hit-and-Run

first_imgA Florida man who became a video sensation last year after fighting a man in Orlando while dressed as the Easter Bunny has been arrested, according to authorities.Earlier this month, Antoine McDonald was driving a motorcycle when he ran a stop sign and then crashed into a carport before fleeing the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol says. The carport later collapsed onto the vehicle.When deputies went to McDonald’s home, they saw a gray car driving away with McDonald laying in the backseat.When a deputy went to arrest the suspect, he denied being a part of the incident.“I wasn’t in any crash. I’m the Orlando Easter bunny, Google it,” he said, while wearing the same Easter Bunny suit, according to an arrest report.A report in the Orlando Sentinel states that authorities had McDonald remove the costume before arresting him.He is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, driving with a suspended license and operating a motorcycle without a license.last_img read more

19Sep/20

Champions Trophy pullout unlikely as BCCI meets on Sunday

first_img(REUTERS) – The Indian cricket board (BCCI) will meet on Sunday to consider an additional revenue offer from the game’s world governing body but regardless of what decision they come to, a Champions Trophy pullout by the holders looks unlikely.Unaccustomed to being snubbed at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings, the BCCI was outvoted 13-1 last week in its bid to stall a new revenue model which considerably slashes India’s share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycle.Unimpressed by the $293 million forecast, down from the $570 million it would have received under the 2014 arrangement, the BCCI responded by refusing to name the squad for next month’s Champions Trophy before the April 25 deadline.ICC president Shashank Manohar, a former BCCI chief, has tabled an additional $100 million and the India board will discuss the offer at Sunday’s special general body meeting.The operations of the BCCI are currently being supervised by four court-appointed administrators and the head of the committee, Vinod Rai, told Reuters last week that it was “too early” to comment on a possible pullout of Champions Trophy.Another of the quartet, Ramchandra Guha, has since made it clear he wants India to defend the title they won in 2013 at the June 1-18 tournament in England and Wales.“Speaking in my personal capacity, as a cricket fan, I believe the Indian cricket team must absolutely take part in the Champions Trophy,” Guha, a historian, tweeted.“Boycotting or threatening to boycott a prestigious international tournament does not become a great cricketing nation.”Under the Members Participation Agreement for the Champions Trophy, there is no scope for sanctions for missing the deadline for naming squads.last_img read more