4th Family Accommodation Forum (FOS) this year in Zagreb

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Register your participation via online translation hereRelated news:DANIJELA ČAVLOVIĆ, HGK: WHILE WE ARE CONGRATULATED IN EUROPE, SOME PEOPLE IN CROATIA ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE GROWTH OF PRIVATE ACCOMMODATIONFAMILY MICRO ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN TOURISM – A ISSUE OF SURVIVALBE A HOST IN FAMILY ACCOMMODATION, NOT REAL ESTATE AGENTS 4. Family Accommodation Forum (FOS) will be held on February 2, 3.2.2018. in the Congress Center of the Zagreb Fair organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.It is the largest annual gathering of family tourism aimed at education, presentation of innovations in legislation and networking of participants with exhibitors of products and services relevant to family accommodation, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.During the two-day gathering, presentations on results, trends and innovations in legislation, expert panels, educational workshops on sales, marketing and quality improvement will be organized, as well as an exhibition space where participants will have the opportunity to network with exhibitors of products and services relevant to family accommodation. . As part of the Forum, an award ceremony will be held for the best micro and small entrepreneurs of family tourism in the action “Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia 2017.”last_img read more

Acquah and Addy handed late Black Stars call-ups

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah has handed late call-ups to the Black Stars squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Cape Verde.Midfielder Afriyie Acquah and China-based defender Lee Addy have been called up to replace two players who have pulled out of the game.Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has been withdrawn to allow him to join in the one week celebration of his late mother Cecilia Amoako.France-based defender Jonathan Mensah has also pulled out of the squad after he suffered a thigh injury while playing for his club Evian.Afriyie and Addy will join the Black Stars camp in Lisbon on Monday after they were handed the late call-ups.Ghana will play Cape Verde in Lisbon as both sides prepare for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa in January.last_img read more

NBA, NHL should scrap current draft formats to prevent tanking

first_imgIt needs to end.When Lakers fans are openly pained when they beat Philadelphia twice and endanger the possession of a top-five draft pick, that is wrong.When the Arizona Coyotes are wildly cheered during a victory over the Buffalo Sabres — in Buffalo — that is also wrong. Intentional losing has many shapes and forms. The object is to finish low enough to capture a high draft pick and thus turn around your franchise.It is more likely to work in the NBA than anywhere else. One great player has a disproportionate impact. That is why the Houston Rockets nakedly tanked away two seasons to move into position to draft Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon. With Olajuwon, they won NBA titles, 11 and 12 years after his draft. But to get there, they had to undercut the very concept of competition. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Rockets’ chicanery forced the NBA to set up a draft lottery, in which the lower teams and eventually the non-playoff teams would draw ping-pong balls to decide who got the best players. Eventually the ping-pong balls were weighted so the very worst teams could get a break.Then some draft picks became “lottery protected,” meaning that the teams who got them would only keep them if they finished low enough. So now more teams are failing to try.Tanking visited the NHL this year because of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, two can’t-miss prospects unless you’re old enough to remember Alexandre Daigle. The worst NHL team has a 20-percent chance of winning the lottery. But keep in mind that even the best players on a hockey team play only half the minutes, at best. Also keep in mind that Edmonton has had the first overall pick for three consecutive years and still has a prime seat at the lottery table.Sometimes, losing for winning works. The Indianapolis Colts went 1-15 with Peyton Manning hurt and thus took Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick. One year of pain, a decade or more of gain.The San Antonio Spurs were boosted when they synchronized their worst seasons with the arrivals of David Robinson and Tim Duncan, both first overall picks 10 years apart. But since Duncan’s draft in 1997, the Spurs have never picked higher than 20th in the first round and have won five championships anyway.The NFL gave us inverse order of finish in its first draft in 1936. It wanted competitiveness. That, plus inverse difficulty of scheduling, has served its purpose. In nearly a half-century of Super Bowls, every team has played in at least one, save Detroit, Jacksonville and Houston.Basketball is different. Since 1980, only nine franchises have won NBA championships. Since the 1977 NBA-ABA merger, Toronto, Charlotte, New Orleans, Denver, Minnesota, Atlanta, Golden State and the Clippers have all failed to get to the NBA Finals.Why should failure be rewarded, and utter failure be utterly rewarded?The pitiful nature of tanking has brought a flood of remedies to the suggestion box. Most of them are too convoluted for fans and even team officials to track.So here’s simplicity. Hold a blind draw every year. Put every team in the hat.This was done in 2005. The NHL had locked out its teams for a whole season. When they came back, it seemed unfair to base the 2005 draft on 2004 standings. So everybody’s name went in. That is how the Penguins got Sidney Crosby. The Ducks, at No. 2, took Bobby Ryan.Such a system would make the draft lottery a truly riveting event and would put a bigger premium on the accumulation of first-round picks. Thus, fewer trades and more stability.You say it introduces too much luck to the game? Tell it to the Portland Trail Blazers, who had taken Sam Bowie ahead of Michael Jordan in 1984. Now it was 2007, Portland was picking first, and Greg Oden was the obvious guy. Oden then spent most of his career in knee rehab and Seattle (now Oklahoma City) gladly grabbed Kevin Durant.Luck infects everything. A blind draw would at least quit penalizing excellence.@MWhicker03LANG on Twitter Mark.Whicker@langnews.comcenter_img Trying to win by trying to lose is not only wrong, it’s dumb. It does not work often enough to justify itself. It drives away fans. It demands the same high ticket price.More to the point, it mocks the lifelong efforts, preparations and ambitions of the players who are stuck in this charade. It turns them into placeholders, stand-ins for the new players next year. It is turning large parts of this NBA season into a parody and has even infected the ultimate competitiveness of the NHL.last_img read more

Stena Bulk Meets Irans Zarif over Stena Impero Release

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk The owner of the seized tanker, Stena Impero, met the Iranian Foreign Minister on August 20 in Stockholm to ask for the release of the vessel and its 23 crew members.Stena Bulk’s CEO Erik Hanell and Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif had “a constructive dialogue” on the release of the vessel held in Bandar Abbas since July 19, according to Stena Bulk’s statement.“It was important for us to emphasize the importance of the release of the 23 crew members of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationalities, who have now been held on board for nearly five weeks… Also for the release of the Swedish-owned vessel Stena Impero,” Hanell noted.Stena Bulk has written to all the leaders of the countries who have crew members detained on board the tanker seeking support for their release.The 46,575 cbm Stena Impero was seized by Iranian forces in what was perceived as a retaliatory measure after a 300,000 dwt tanker Grace 1 was detained in Gibraltar in early July on suspicion that it was carrying a shipment of Iranian crude oil to Syria.On August 15, Gibraltar authorities released the supertanker Grace 1 after receiving written assurance from the Republic of Iran that the ship’s destination would not be an entity subject to European Union sanctions. In preparation for departure from Gibraltar, Grace 1 was renamed Adrian Darya 1, reflagged to the Iranian flag and re-insured.,On August 15, Gibraltar authorities released the supertanker Grace 1 after receiving written assurance from the Republic of Iran that the ship’s destination would not be an entity subject to European Union sanctions. In preparation for departure from Gibraltar, Grace 1 was renamed Adrian Darya 1, reflagged to the Iranian flag and re-insured.last_img read more