At the end of May, more precisely on May 30, the competition for the director of the Main Office of the CNTB ended, which lasted 60 days.Eight applications were received for the competition, seven applications were received on time, while one application was received outside the deadline. In the following period, a Commission for the evaluation of candidacies was formed by the Tourist Board of the Croatian Tourist Board, consisting of: Boris Žgomba as President of the Commission, also a member of the CNTB Tourist Board and President of Uniline, Barbara Mesić, member of the Commission and Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism. Željko Kukurin, member of the Commission, also a member of the Tourist Board of the CNTB and President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera dd, Marcel Medak, member of the Commission, also a member of the Tourist Board of the CNTB and director of Daruvar Spa, and prof.dr.sc. Dragan Magaš from the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management in Opatija.By the end of June, the Candidate Evaluation Committee gave each of the seven candidates the opportunity to present the CNTB’s work program for the next four years, and a decision should be made today, ie a proposal to the Tourist Council, which should then make a final decision.By the way, unofficially, the following seven candidates applied for the competition: Dejan Bosak from Ugo group, Davorko Obuljen – former President of the Management Board of Hotel Maestrali and former Deputy Prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva, Joško Stella – Director of the Split-Dalmatia Tourist Board, Kristijan Staničić – Former President of the Management Board of the Liburnia Riviera Hotels and candidate for mayor of Rijeka in the last local elections, Katarina Miličević from the Institute of Tourism, Tonči Glavina – co-owner of a tour operator for children and youth tourism and the first specialized hostel for young people Eklata and director of the Business Incubator Klis doo, while the last candidate comes from the hotel industry.More expertise and professionalism, and less politicsI sincerely hope that finally in Croatia, and thus in this competition, the main guiding thread will be expertise and professionalism, and not who is closer to the fire and who is pulling harder from the political side. It is important to respect the expertise and competence as well as the vision of the development of each candidate, and then let the shortlist, ie the finalists, where the little things decide, choose politics according to the political key.As I communicate on a daily basis with all profiles of tourism experts from all over Croatia, I can freely determine how the vast majority are dissatisfied and how they want change. To the question of how and when it will be better, I give a clear and only possible answer: That the profession, both at the destination and in the whole of Croatia, unites and asks politics to respect the profession, professionalism and business processes of the 21st century. I know your answer, but it’s up to the people. A change of the whole paradigm is needed, and this is possible only if the profession unites and seeks changes, not from political connotations but exclusively from market bases, ie needs.Synergy, expertise and professionalism – must be key criteria, we can no longer afford to be different because the competition does not sleep, in fact, while we talk for ten years about changes and new regulations, tourist land… competition has already made a hundred changes.It’s all up to the people, it’s all up to you. The synergy of all tourism workers is crucial for the strategic development of tourist destinations.
By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – A new look is coming to the borough’s downtown, with back-in angled parking on Ocean Avenue. It’s part of a New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) project and a streetscape plan featuring landscaped bump outs at marked pedestrian crosswalks that are designed to shorten the distance to cross Ocean Avenue.The parking changes will include eliminating all parking on the east side of Ocean Avenue and making all parking on the west side back-in angled spaces, from the location of the former gas station just south of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge to Center Street, where Borough Hall is located.At a Borough Council meeting last week, Borough Engineer Jaclyn Flor, T&M Associates, outlined the streetscape plan. She said the landscaped bump outs would extend approximately 25 feet into the street, thus shortening the distance a pedestrian must cover to cross Ocean Avenue. There will be additional pedestrian crosswalks added, Flor said, and more trees. Another change will be decorative street lights, she said.In addition, Flor said that sidewalks will be replaced in the streetscape area, which extends from the bridge to Center Street, except in front of Tommy’s Tavern + Tap where new sidewalks were just installed.Bicycle paths will be added on both sides of the road.Flor said that the streetscape project would be finished before the end of June.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said Wednesday that the streetscape project was being funded by a $1.3 million grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. The grant requires that work be completed by July 2016, he said.The work to be done by the DOT extends from curb to curb on Ocean Avenue and is not part of the streetscape project, Verruni said. He said that work is expected to be completed by the Spring.Asked about the public’s possible response to the introduction of back-in angled parking spaces to replace more traditional parking in the business area of the town, Verruni said the new parking would be safer for the bicycle lanes which border it and for motorists and passengers who would enter and exit cars without having to step out on the street, which is a state highway.“Is (the new parking configuration) it right for everywhere?” Verruni asked, adding that time would tell when asked about questions raised about the new type of parking.Earlier Verruni said, “There is going to be a learning curve,” in getting used to the new parking spaces. “It’s new, not all that common. Something just coming out,” he said.A question about the proposed parking change was raised at the meeting by one person who said he made trips to Bethlehem Pennsylvania, where the angled back-in parking was in place and then later removed, but he did not know the reason.An article on the website LehighValleyLive on August 25, 2014, reported that Bethlehem’s mayor, Bob Donchez, decided to eliminate back-in-angle parking, which was put in place in 2009, because merchants had been asking him to do so.“It was clear that back-in angle parking was a negative to bringing people to lower Main Street,” Donchez said. “It’s the right thing to do to help the merchants.”
The final game of the round robin tourney is set for 2:15 p.m. at Pass Creek Park near Robson.L.V. Rogers Bombers head into the tournament on a high note after recently defeating zone power Rossland Royals 4-0 earlier this month.Jena Wheeldon paced the attack with a hat trick while Hailee Gerun added a single.Tara Yowek registered the shutout despite LVR playing the game shorthanded with only nine players.The LVR senior squad, which is stocked mostly by junior-aged players, lost 1-0 to Stanley Humphries Rockers in zone playoff action.The loss eliminates LVR from the post season.Stanley Humphries faced Rossland for the zone crown.Bombers seniors get second chance.The L.V. Rogers Bombers have an opportunity to take the back door into the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Field Hockey Championships.The Bombers lost to Stanley Humphries 1-0 but the Rockers can’t make the back door game due to injuries, opening the door for LVR.The game is set for Wednesday in Kelowna at the Mission against Okanagan #2. The winner advances to the AA tournament November 2-4 in Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org The West Kootenay High School Field Hockey season comes to an end this week with playoff action.Tuesday, Pass Creek Park in Castlegar is the site of the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Field Hockey Championship tournamentL.V. Rogers Bombers, Rossland Royals and Trafalgar Totems make up the draw.
Altice, the investment vehicle of Patrick Drahi and main shareholder of French cable operator Numericable, has debuted on the Amsterdam stock exchange.The company set a base price of €28.25 for its shares, valuing the company at €5.7 billion. Altice is selling 26.5 million new shares along with 19.6 million existing shares owned by Drahi’s Next holding company, raising about €1.3 billion not including an over-allocation option.Altice said that in the case of a strong performance the offer could be increased by 15%, raising a total of €1.5 billion.The IPO will lead to 22.8% of Altice’s capital being publicly floated, excluding the over-allocation.Altice holds a 40% stake in Numericable.
Kate MarshSony Pictures Television Networks UK is due to launch a rebranded Sony Movie Channel on the Freeview and Virgin Media in the UK next month.The flagship channel will consolidate Movie Mix, which is already available on Freeview and Virgin, and Sony Movie Channel, which is available on Sky.The Sony Movie Channel, which currently airs on Sky channel 323, will also have an “enhanced schedule” and a new look, according to Sony.The refreshed Sony Movie Channel will have a new logo, on-screen look and will air catalogue titles such as Twilight, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Maid In Manhattan, The Mask of Zorro and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.“Sony has a rich cinematic heritage. With our knowledge and love of movies we want to present the best possible movie channel for audiences across the UK,” said Kate Marsh, executive vice president of Sony Pictures Television’s Western Europe International Networks division.“The cinematic new look reflects the new channel content offering – favourite movies you will know and love.”The revamped free-to-air channel will be available from 10th January 2017 on Freeview channel 32, Sky 323 and Virgin 425.