Professional gatherings were held as part of the first day of the Croatian Tourism Days event

first_imgDuring the first day of the most important tourist event, Days of Croatian Tourism, which take place this year in the City of Hvar on the island of Hvar, two expert meetings were held to discuss trends in the world of creative industries, ie the connection between film and tourism and Croatia’s recognition in the United States market. . The panel discussion “Film Industry and Tourism”, which opened the Days of Croatian Tourism, discussed how the film industry is transforming Croatian tourism. The panel brought together representatives of the Croatian and world film industry under the moderation of the director of the Croatian Audiovisual Center, Daniel Rafaelić. Mohamed Sarim El Haq Fassi Fihri, director of the Moroccan Film Institute, pointed out the positive impact of the foreign film industry on Moroccan tourism, but also  on the development of its rural parts due to the creation of new jobs for the local population. Revenues from the film industry and film tourism are rising year by year in Morocco, and Fassi Fihri  believes that Morocco’s film industry will be the world leader in the next 10 years with significant revenue growth. Director of the Hungarian Film Office Miklos Taba boasted of the enviable figures that Budapest achieves thanks to a large number of foreign film productions, which in the future could result in Budapest becoming the center of the film industry – the new Hollywood. Successful Croatian television producer and journalist Nebojsa Taraba He pointed out that film production in Croatia is developing more and more, which has been recognized by world television companies such as Netflix and HBO, which opens many opportunities for the Croatian film industry to develop, but also increase the recognition of film production, which, Taraba believes,  Croatian tradition.Croatian world-renowned director of photography with an American address, Vanja Černjul he spoke of safety as an important factor when choosing locations for filming movies and series, but also stressed that it is not crucial. In addition to safety, according to Černjul, important factors for choosing a location are infrastructure, incentives and conditions and quality of life, and it is Croatia that can offer all this. Černjul sees the future of the Croatian film industry in the young workforce, which the Croatian film industry can be proud of, and he hopes that Croatia will know how to use it. Director of the Pula Film Festival, Gordana Restović she spoke about the success of the Pula Film Festival, which gathers an increasing number every year  domestic and foreign visitors and especially emphasized the importance of the film festival as an integral part of cultural heritage and one of the increasingly common motives for visitors to Croatia. State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture Krešimir Partl he sees the development of the film industry in the opening of film studios in Croatia and is gathered  presented the support and contribution of the relevant ministry for the system of encouraging the export of audiovisual services and attracting international  film and television productions in Croatia. In addition, Secretary of State Partl pointed out that the initiative to open a new film studio has existed for many years, but in order for it to be formed in Croatia, it is necessary to make a study that would answer key questions such as study size, study funding, management, maintenance and Fig. Development of strategies and plans for cultural heritage management, says Partl, are necessary for their preservation.A lecture was held in the continuation of the program Ala Merschena, a leading PR and marketing expert on the American market called “Croatia – an attractive destination for American tourists.”  Merschen is the president and founder of MMGY Global, one of the most important marketing and PR companies in the United States that conducts independent research, and as part of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism presented an author’s research conducted in the US market on the potential and recognition of Croatia as a tourist destination. presented the habits of Americans as tourists.  Europe, the study points out, Merschen pointed out, as  the most desirable location due to the ancestors of Americans and their interesting culture, and in recent years visitors from the American market are increasingly interested in Croatia as a tourist destination, ie as many as 47 percent of people from the study are interested in traveling to Croatia.  In conclusion, Merschen reminded that the changes in global tourism are very visible, for the money invested the goal of the trip is no longer beaches, sunbathing and the sea, but studying the culture of living and enjoying food and wine. Tourists want a certain value that they will later be able to share on their social networks and talk about their experiences with family and friends, and that is the best promotion a tourist destination can have.last_img read more

Infantino to talk and party in southern Africa, visit East Africa

first_imgChiyangwa, recently elected head of southern Africa football umbrella football body COSAFA, has come under fire over his birthday celebrations.CAF president Issa Hayatou has condemned the Zimbabwean for inviting to the party various non-COSAFA African officials who will be in Johannesburg.Chiyangwa is campaign manager for Ahmad Ahmad, a former Malagasy government minister who is challenging Hayatou on March 16 for the CAF presidency.Hayatou, who has ruled CAF for 29 years, reportedly believes the party is a front and the real purpose is to rally support for Ahmad.The Cameroonian, who is seeking an eighth four-year term as head of the Cairo-based organisation, has been challenged for the post only twice.He crushed Angolan Armando Machado and Botswanan Ismael Bhamjee in elections, but seems to view Ahmad as a more serious threat.CAF did not support Infantino in the 2016 FIFA elections, publicly backing Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa instead.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be in South Africa and Zimbabwe this week to meet African football bosses and attend a birthday party. He will also visit Uganda and Rwanda.He has invited all 54 African national football association presidents to Johannesburg for two days of meetings, starting Tuesday.The 46-year-old Swiss-Italian leaves for Harare Thursday to attend the birthday party of Zimbabwe football chief Philip Chiyangwa.Organisers of the two-day summit said Infantino will explain changes to the global game, including expanding the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026.African officials have long argued for more than the five World Cup places they compete for, even though teams representing the continent consistently underperform.No African team has reached the semi-finals and the first time two nations from the continent reached the knockout phase was in Brazil three years ago.Under the 48-team format, there has been media speculation that Africa could get up to nine slots.last_img read more

Bombers fly off to amazing start on Senior Girl’s Basketball circuit

first_img According to head coach Chris Dergousoff, the Bombers were quick out of the gate and set the tone early leading 17-3 after 10 minutes and 30-9 at recess.Leading scores were Ansleigh Dergousoff with 18 points, Allie Zondervan with 15 and Naomi Perkins with 14.  Roxanne Baker chipped in with six points and played great defensively. The Bombers defeated Mount Sentinel Wildcats, host J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks and Boundary Central of Midway en route to the tournament title.LVR opened the season Thursday in Castlegar by thumping the Rockers 64-34 in West Kootenay High School Senior Girl’s action. LVR then blasted Mount Sentinel 66-34 behind the 19-point performance of Perkins. Dergousoff had 17 points and Nielsen 14. Friday at the Crowe Cage Bowl, the Bombers held off a late charge by the host club to down the Hawks 62-42.Ansleigh Dergousoff led the Bombers with 19 points while Sian Nielsen had 14, Roxanne Baker 10 and Naomi Perkins nine.center_img The Bombers then pounded Boundary Central 61-15 before concluding with a 60-14 win over Stanley Humphries Rockers.Allie Zondervan had 17 and Roxanne Baker 11 to lead the Bombers against Boundary Central. Grade 9 Camryn Parnell added nine points.Against the Rockers, Perkins scored 16, Nielsen 14 and Camryn Parnell seven. What better way to start a new season that with a win — and a tournament championship, no less.The L.V. Rogers Senior Girls Basketball team has a successful start to their season by winning its first five games, including capturing the Crowe Cage Bowl Tournament Saturday in Trail.last_img read more

Businesswomen Encourage Observance of Ebola Measures

first_imgBusinesswomen in three of Liberia’s major business districts have underscored the urgent need for Liberians to observe strict compliance of preventive Ebola measures.The women both urban and rural middle level business Liberians told the Daily Observer yesterday that there are signs that the nation continues the countdown to Ebola freedom in a more positive way.In separate comments with the Daily Observer, some of the women however noted that certain sections of the population are becoming complacent with the health measures issued by the Ministry of Health.Salala District businesswoman Elizabeth Nowai Flomo, 58, cautioned Liberian women that until the 42-day countdown to Ebola virus free society can be officially announced, Liberians should shun complacency on health measures.“I have observed on some occasions in vehicles and offices, our people are ignoring the basic Ebola health measures and taking the wrong path in some of our communities in the district,” Madam Flomo asserted.She also warned Liberians, especially women to work with health workers to help free the country from the virus that has taken away so many lives.In a statement, Madam Cecelia B. Marshall, 44, a Red-light Marketer, called on all women in the country to join the men and health workers in the strict observance of the health measures to contain the disease.West Point’s fresh fish seller Beatrice B. Wesseh, 42, cautioned Liberians most especially women in the slum communities to wait and hear that Liberia is now Ebola free.“I think it is not yet over until it is officially declared by the medical experts that our country is free from this ugly sickness called Ebola virus,” Madam Wesseh emphasized.For her part, Waterside downtown Monrovia’s business district general merchandise dealer, Fatu B. Yallah, 50, called on fellow Liberians especially women at the front lines doing business to observe the countdown period.“We are at a crucial road during this critical countdown period to the extent that we have to work harder with health workers to free our country from the nightmares of isolation, stigmatization and neglect,” Madam Yallah pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors legends surprise Bay Area basketball campers

first_imgFormer teammates Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin dropped in on a Warriors basketball camp in San Ramon to visit with the young players.Mullin, a Hall of Fame member and two-time Olympic gold medalist spent 13 seasons with Golden State, while Hardaway played six years with the Warriors and was a five time NBA All-Star during his career.The pair answered questions from campers, and posed for photos during their visit to the summer sports camp.Over the last 20 years the Warriors Basketball Camp …last_img

Video: Jim Kelly Gets Incredible Standing Ovation At The NFL Draft

first_imgJim Kelly gets applause from Roger Goddess and fans at the draft.Jim Kelly NFL DraftJim Kelly, former Miami Hurricane and Buffalo Bill great, has just stolen the show at the NFL Draft – and for good reason. Friday night, Kelly, who has battled squamous cell carcinoma (a form of jaw cancer) the past few years, made his way to stage to announce the 50th overall pick in place of commissioner Roger Goodell. Before he announced Buffalo’s selection of Ronald Darby, he received a standing ovation and was serenaded with chants of his last name. It was incredibly heartwarming.If the above clip doesn’t work, click here to view it on YouTube.It’s great to see Kelly back on his feet, cancer-free. Let’s hope it stays that way.last_img

Fired Coach Paul Hewitts Mission Always Was About Educating

Paul Hewitt was fired yesterday by George Mason, which means college basketball lost one of its strongest assets. Not all coaches are as smart as Hewitt or as committed to his players or as fine a representation of athletic leadership. To borrow Jack Nicholson’s famous line in A Few Good Men: college basketball “needs him on that wall.”There is a war on young Black men in America, as the news shows us every day, and a Black coach from New York with book sense and street smarts rates as a valuable commodity, especially in these times.Hewitt’s basketball teams at George Mason did not get it done, for various reasons that are boring and do not matter now. It would have been nice if they could have benefitted from Hewitt’s insight and won games, like much of his stay at Georgia Tech. But over four years at George Mason, they were one game under .500 and did not make the NCAA Tournament. Not good.But sometimes it has to be more than about winning. Sometimes it has to be about providing young men the kind of conscious leadership that will help shape their lives. That was Hewitt’s invaluable strength—to all his players, not just Black kids.That’s why he was able, as coach of Georgia Tech, to land first-rate recruits Chris Bosh, Derrick Favors, Thaddeus Young, Iman Shumpert, Anthony Marrow, Javaris Crittenton, Jarrett Jack and others. He had something to offer them that resonated beyond basketball.Last year, Hewitt took to ESPN radio to challenge Jeff Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and current analyst who claimed on the air that college athletes were not interested in getting an education. That was considered by many code for singling out Black athletes.For Hewitt, a father of three girls and staunch advocate education, that hit a nerve.Hewitt said of Van Gundy’s comments: “I thought to myself ‘Man, the general public must think really poorly of us. So later in the day before practice, I played his comments to my players and I didn’t say anything, I just said ‘I want you to listen to this and have a discussion about it.’“A lot of people were offended. They said ‘Coach, that’s what they think of us?’ (I told them): ‘Unfortunately, stereotypes are very strong to beat down in our society and it’s up to you guys to make sure that you take full advantage of what you have here.’ I think the overwhelming majority do, [but] I think oftentimes we get bogged down by stereotypes and really don’t step back and take a big picture look at what’s really going on in the American education system.”That was classic Hewitt, taking on causes. He took his platform as a big-time coach who led Georgia Tech to the NCAA Tournament Championship Game in 2004 as an opportunity to promote his players and to change the played out narrative about athletes, especially Black athletes, and raise awareness on important issues around the sport on a national platform.That’s why he held the position of president of the Black Coaches Association—he has the poise and generalship of a politician. A true politician, not one of the ones who are close-minded and selfish, an embarrassment to the country.Hewitt, 51, has been a proponent of college athletes getting paid, understanding there is a serious disparity in the ratio of money they generate for colleges against the deprived backgrounds from which many of them come.He also has pushed for a change to the rule that allows players to leave college after one season. And it really draws his ire when people like Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban blame college for the “one-and-done” rule that has diminished college basketball and sent unprepared players to the NBA when they were too young.“The Cuban thing really confused me,” Hewitt said. “The NBA ‘one-and-done rule’ is something that was instituted by the NBA owners, so if Mark Cuban has a problem with that rule, he and the owners should get together and repel it. That’s not an NCAA rule. A lot of people are running around thinking the NCAA put that rule in. That’s number one.“Number two, 18-year-olds are going to act like 18-year olds. Over my years, I’ve had kids like Chris Bosh and Derrick Favors and Thaddeus Young and guys who have gone one-and-done, and those kids were model students at Georgia Tech. I can remember the last exam Chris Bosh took before he put his name in the draft was his calculus exam.“What I’ve found over the years is when they get about to their junior year and they start to realize their dream of professional basketball is ‘a lot harder to obtain then I thought‘ or ‘I’ll never reach it’… then education becomes really important to them. Which is very similar to the normal 18-year-old kid who comes in with a lot of options. The fewer options you have, the more interest you have (in getting an education).”One of Hewitt’s prized recruits, Crittenton, found himself in trouble that no one could have projected for the kid when he was under Hewitt. He was charged with the murder of an Atlanta woman in 2011. Hewitt was a top Crittenton character witness that allowed him to receive bail. (The case has not gone to trial yet.) In the worst case scenario, Hewitt stood up for his player.In firing Hewitt, George Mason athletic director Brad Edwards said: “Paul has always been a tremendous advocate for the sport of college basketball and we are extremely appreciative for the manner in which he has represented the university and for his service to the student-athletes and to the program.”Maybe someone will see the value in Hewitt and hire him. He’s deserving of an opportunity with more of an upside than George Mason, which was not exactly a sexy place for recruits to flock.Chances are, if we’re lucky, Hewitt will take a TV analyst job, where he has some experience and would be a fresh, honest voice and an advocate for change benefitting the young Black athlete, first and foremost. We need Paul Hewitt on that wall. read more

David Beckham wants to see Theo Walcott in MLS

first_imgAfter some recent claims suggested David Beckham tries to bring Radamel Falcao at his Inter Miami, over the past few hours emerged some shocking news regarding his interest in another major player.According to the British publication Bleacher Report, England national team icon would be glad to see Everton star Theo Walcott swapping the Premier League with the Major League Soccer.Although Inter Miami won’t be competing in MLS until 2020, Beckham is already trying to build a competitive team for the inaugural season.Inter Miami reportedly wants £110k-a-week £20m Everton ace Beckham once called incredible – #EvertonFC #EFC LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…— Toffee News (@TOFnews) October 5, 2018The pacey 29-year-old forward joined the Toffies last winter from Arsenal for a reported fee of around £20 million. During his year-long spell at the Goodison Park, the former Southampton man registered a total of 20 appearances, scoring five goals in the process.In case he accepts the transfer, Walcott would follow the footsteps of Gerrard, Lampard, and Beckham, who also performed in the United States. But, it’s also up to Everton to decide whether to renounce his services if they fail to find a suitable replacement.last_img read more

Gary Neville talks about Raheem Sterling racial abuse predicament

first_imgGary Neville has been talking about the treatment of Raheem Sterling in light of alleged racist abuse the winger suffered at the hands of a Chelsea fan.The former Manchester United captain divulged his own struggle in trying to help Sterling through excessive criticism during Euro 2016.“There’s been times on this show when we’ve avoided taking on this subject. It’s not undertones, it’s blatant (racist media coverage of Sterling),” Neville said, according to Daily Mail.“Ashey Cole was the only one (from when I was playing) – he’s had to escape this country, he’s almost like a football refugee – to get away from the way he was treated.”Neville also went on to discuss the difference in the way he believes black players are covered in the media.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“When Lambert and Vardy came into the team, it wasn’t like that when Welbeck and Rashford came into the squad.”“The evidence is quite heavy in terms of the white players and black players that came into the England squad.”“What can football do? It can show zero tolerance – what Chelsea have done, those players will never set foot in a football stadium again.”“Raheem’s been strong enough to come out of it. He’s made it through the three years of media horror, intrusion, vilification.”last_img read more