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DHT: Financing sustainable tourism development – the topic of this year’s Croatian Tourism Forum

first_imgFIRST DHT ON THE CONTINENT: THREE DAYS OF RICH PROGRAM AT THE DAYS OF CROATIAN TOURISM IN SLAVONIA “The sustainability of our tourism, the tourism industry and financial institutions focused on tourism financing are closely interconnected and interdependent. In this context, our intention is to correctly set long-term sustainable goals, the achievement of which will achieve stability and predictability of tourism development.”, Said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović on the occasion of the Croatian Tourist Forum. The forum will bring together the business, institutional and financial sectors to discuss the challenges of sustainable tourism development and the importance of further investment in high-quality tourism infrastructure and offerings. Find out more details about the Croatian Tourism Day program in Slavonia in the attachment. On the third day of the event, as part of the 19th Croatian Tourist Forum organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Having in mind the challenges of sustainable tourism development as well as the importance of further investments in high-quality tourism infrastructure and offer, this year’s panel was dedicated to the financing of the tourism sector called Financing the sustainable development of tourism.  HTF will be held on October 4.10, 12 – 13: 30h, in Tvrđa, in Osijek. RELATED NEWS: The panel will be attended by: Victoria Zinchuk, EBRD Director in Croatia, Anton Kovačev, Head of the EIB Zagreb Office, Boris Bekavac, President of the Economy Committee of the Association of HGK Banks (TBC), Josipa Jutt, President of the HGK Hotel Association, Cluster General Manager, Hilton International, Frano Matošić, State Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Ivo Kunst, Institute of Tourism, Marko Jurčić, Advisor to the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, moderator. Photo: Pixabay.com Representatives of the Croatian tourism sector will gather from October 2nd to 5th in Slavonia for the first continental Days of Croatian Tourism, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board. last_img read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu takes no-hitter into 8th as Dodgers beat Washington Nationals

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Fortunately I didn’t have to make that decision,” Roberts said. “But it was really fun to watch.”It was actually a no-hit duel for a while.The Dodgers scratched out an old-fashioned run in the second inning when Bellinger drew a leadoff walk, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Seager.But they didn’t get their first hit off Strasburg until Justin Turner dropped a soft single into center field with one out in the fourth. He went to third on a single by Bellinger and scored on Alex Verdugo’s ground out to the right side.The no-hit drama over in the top of the eighth, the Dodgers broke the game open in the bottom of the inning on a grand slam by Seager.“You try and keep it out of your mind but it definitely creeps in towards the later innings,” Seager said of watching Ryu’s potential no-hitter develop. “But regardless, he was really special today. Command, speed changes, up down, in out — he really just mixed it up and those guys were really off balance.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “The last couple games and coming into this game, I was in a really good rhythm and my body feels great. I just wanted to keep that going,” said Ryu who has overcome elbow and shoulder injuries that sidelined him for all but one start in 2015 and 2016.“That’s not necessarily my mindset (to throw a no-hitter) coming into games and facing hitters. I just try to use their weaknesses and try to be aggressive and attack the zone so they have to put it in play, whether it’s a home run or an out. I don’t necessarily think about having no-hit stuff. It’s more about executing that gameplan.”For seven innings Sunday, Ryu executed with precision. He allowed only one baserunner — a walk to Brian Dozier in the fourth inning. That was Ryu’s first walk at Dodger Stadium since August 26, 2018, a free pass-free stretch of 65-plus innings and 242 batters faced.But the no-hitter had to be resuscitated by Cody Bellinger in the sixth inning.With one out, Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg punched a drive to right field near the foul line. Bellinger charged, fielded the ball on a high hop and fired to first base. Strasburg was called out by first-base umpire Gerry Davis.The Nationals challenged the call and a replay review upheld Davis’ decision — turning the apparent clean single into a 9-3 putout.“He made a huge play and kept the no-hit streak going,” Ryu said. “And I want to say sorry to him because I could have accomplished something thanks to that play. But in the end I gave up a hit.”Ryu cruised through the seventh and struck out Kurt Suzuki to start the eighth. But Parra — crusher of Dodger dreams with a grand slam Saturday night — did it again. An audible groan could be heard from the crowd when he split the left-center field gap with a line drive and jogged into second base with a double.“He wasn’t stressed at all. So for me to have him go back out for the eighth inning was an easy decision,” Roberts said. “I was just hoping for an efficient eighth so I could send him back out there for the ninth.”It didn’t come to that. Ryu finished the eighth having thrown a career-high 116 pitches. Roberts seems to be faced with the decision of pulling a pitcher with a no-hitter going every year — and has done it multiple times — and said he would have let Ryu’s pitch count get “somewhere in the low 120s” if the no-hitter was still alive in the ninth.Related Articlescenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousDodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in Sunday’s victory over the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe crowd cheers for Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) as he walks off the field during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager follows through on his grand slam home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (5) is met at the dugout by manager Dave Roberts, center, and bench coach Bob Geren after Seager’s grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kyle Barraclough, center, stands on the mound after giving up a grand slam home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, background right, during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager (5) is met at home plate by teammates Cody Bellinger (35), Alex Verdugo (27) and Justin Turner (10) after Seager’s grand-slam home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws to the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pauses on the mound after giving up a double to Washington Nationals Gerardo Parra during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in Sunday’s victory over the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 10Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in Sunday’s victory over the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Some kind of monster has taken over Dodger Stadium.Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu — a ‘Monster’ of long-standing nickname and personalized theme song — came within five outs of pitching a no-hitter Sunday afternoon instead settling for his piece of a one-hit shutout as the Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 6-0.He went eight innings, allowing just an eighth-inning double to Gerardo Parra and one walk while striking out nine.“I don’t want to say I was disappointed, if you go that long into a game before giving up a hit,” Ryu said through his interpreter. “I pat myself on the back for doing a good job and doing what a starting pitcher should do. So it’s not a serious disappointment.” Ryu accepted whatever minor disappointment he might have felt Sunday with the ease of a pitcher who is 5-1 with a 1.72 ERA (second in the majors) and 0.73 WHIP (first) in his first eight starts this season.“He’s off to a tremendous start,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “To watch him work as a technician, it was masterful. It really was. … Everything he wanted to do with a hitter or you kind of script how you want to attack a hitter and keep him off balance, miss bats, in the strike zone — he did it.”The left-hander has not allowed a run in his last 24 innings including a four-hit complete-game shutout of the Atlanta Braves earlier this week. Since the start of the 2018 season, he has indeed been a monster at Dodger Stadium. Over 15 starts there (including one last post-season), he is 11-2 with a 1.11 ERA, 106 strikeouts and seven walks in 97 innings while holding opposing batters to a .196 batting average.“Ryu’s been really good since we signed him,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said. “He had some injury problems but he’s fully healthy now and showing you the type of player he is.”Since his second start of the 2018 season (April 10), he has been one of the best in baseball. He is 12-4 in his past 22 starts with a 1.71 ERA that is the lowest in the majors among pitchers who have thrown at least 100 innings in that time. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers notes: Groin strain will sideline Pau Gasol at home for road trip

first_imgNick Young’s highlight reels and infectious smile have suddenly evaporated. Instead, Young has conceded frustration as he’s labored through a five-game skid where most of his shots clank off the rim. During that time, Young has averaged 16.2 points albeit on only a 37.6-percent clip.“Just a little shooting slump,” Young said. “Now I know they’re going to key on me every night. I have to be more prepared for that. I’m going to get the best defenders. I’m going to get double teamed a little bit.”Young usually thrived in those situations, remaining one of the lone players on the Lakers’ roster with the ability to create their own shot. In the Lakers’ 102-100 overtime loss Jan. 20 to Chicago, Young posted a season-high 31 points on 11-of-23 shooting. Just a day earlier, Young dropped 29 points on 7-of-13 shooting in the Lakers’ win in Toronto.D’Antoni rightfully pointed out that the team’s persistent struggles stem more in its defense. The Lakers have conceded over 100 points in 14 consecutive games. But with the team offering no sign that its defensive issues will ever go away, Young’s acrobatic scoring act has at least given the Lakers a fighting chance.“We have to get Nick back on track. His scoring is something we need. His unpredictability is important to what we do,” D’Antoni said. “That’s the biggest thing we’ve missed. We have to get him to score the buckets that are tough to get. Usually in the game, you’ll hit moments where you need guys to hit some baskets. He’s the guy to do it.” Instead, the Lakers lose another powerful presence. Gasol averaged 20.8 points on 51-percent shooting and 11.9 rebounds through 15 games in January. Gasol had nursed a groin injury in recent weeks, but he said it worsened when he missed the entire second half in the Lakers’ loss Tuesday to Indiana. Gasol also attributed his groin injury to the moderate strain in the big toe of his left foot. That injury has forced Gasol to compensate with his movement. Gasol also told this newspaper that he received extra treatment and new taping on Friday in hopes to reduce the pain on his toe.“The tendon underneath my foot is still giving me some issues too,” Gasol said. “I’m playing with a tape job that may have changed my loads and made an issue with my groin. One thing is leading to the next one. I’ve been trying to play through it and do my very best. I don’t like to let my team down, especially when things are not going the right way.”Off the markThe lone element that made the Lakers’ horrific performances somewhat watchable has become as ugly as the team’s play. Slowly but surely, Pau Gasol walked down a Staples Center hallway amid a cloud of uncertainty and frustration.He had enough pain in his right groin to have an MRI on Saturday, and the fear proved warranted. The test showed Gasol has a strain in his right groin, which will keep him sidelined for the Lakers’ three-game trip this week with stops in Minnesota (Tuesday), Cleveland (Wednesday) and Philadelphia (Friday). The Lakers plan to re-evaluate Gasol once the Lakers return to Los Angeles next weekend, making it possible he could return next Sunday against Chicago at Staples Center. Lakers backup center Chris Kaman has mostly sat on the bench this season because of coach Mike D’Antoni’s preference for a smaller lineup and his belief that Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly are superior defenders. But Kaman, whose recent MRI on a sore right knee came out negative, will likely start. Kaman has averaged 11.8 points on 46.4-percent shooting and 9.2 rebounds through 24.2 minutes in five games as a starter, three of which coincided with Gasol sitting out because of an upper respiratory infection.The Lakers (16-31) had hoped they’d stop keeping their trainer’s room full. They maintain optimism the possible return of guards Steve Nash and Steve Blake on Tuesday in Minnesota would help bring life to a floundering team that has lost six consecutive games and 18 of their last 21.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Donegal lifeboat lunch returns to raise vital funds for the RNLI

first_imgThe organisers of the RNLI charity lunch have revealed that they raised a total of €700 for 59 Lifeboats, including four in Donegal. The fundraiser, organised by LyIT Killybegs, took place last Thursday on March 14th.The county has a long and proud association with the RNLI which goes back generations. The men and women who volunteer as lifeboat crew come from local communities and give hours of their time and dedication to the charity.First-year Culinary Arts degree students showcased their cooking and hospitality skills, presenting a sumptuous three-course meal to over 20 ticket paying guests on the day.The RNLI placed their thanks to lecturer Patrick Brennan and his students who produced first class food and also thanked Dr. Ciaran O Hanrahan, Head of the College.Donegal lifeboat lunch returns to raise vital funds for the RNLI was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:KillybegsLYITRNLIlast_img read more

Announcing the 2014 CITO Weekend and Souvenir

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedJoin a Worldwide Geocaching MovementApril 8, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”You’re Part of the CITO EquationMarch 17, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out”Get Your CITO On this Weekend!April 20, 2014In “Cache In Trash Out” Get ready for a classic win-win situation from the geocaching playbook: lend a hand to improve the geocaching game board (a local park, trail, or geocaching-friendly location) and earn the 2014 CITO souvenir. It’s easy and rewarding.It all happens during the 2014 CITO Weekend on April 26 and 27. Everyone who logs an “Attended” at a Cache In Trash Out (CITO) Event earns this year’s CITO souvenir for their Geocaching profile. So start planning your event now!During a CITO Event, geocachers search parks, trails and forests to earn a smiley—but they’re not looking for geocaches. They’re clearing litter and trash from geocaching-friendly areas around the world. On CITO weekend, thousands of geocachers will walk away from their events with bags of trash and a sense of pride. They’re preserving the natural beauty of our world. It’s often more than litter clean up. Some CITO events remove invasive species, plant trees or build trails.Join the geocaching community movement. CITO events are held all year long, but you’ll have plenty of events to choose from on April 26 and 27.  Last year, over 13,000 geocachers from more than 30 countries combined in the annual worldwide environmental effort, which is tied closely with Earth Day.Share this CITO video, create a CITO event near you and gear up with CITO trash bags, trackables and more at Shop Geocaching. See you in April for the 2014 CITO Weekend!last_img read more

Why Twitter’s IPO Doesn’t Change Anything

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos owen thomas Related Posts Twitter has filed papers to take the company public. This changes everything, right?Wrong.It’s a momentous milestone for the six-year-old message-broadcasting company, to be sure, and a credit to the steady leadership of CEO Dick Costolo, who followed two of the company’s founders in that role. But for users and developers, the IPO doesn’t mean much.Change Is Good—But Simplicity Is BetterAs a product, Twitter won’t change much following a public stock offering. The 140-character format of a tweet is set in stone, though Twitter has figured out clever ways to associate images, videos, and other forms of media with these short posts. Recent changes, like a more intelligent display of tweets sent as replies in the form of a conversation, seem more like obvious tweaks than big changes.And while Twitter has grown more sophisticated in selling advertisements, ads on Twitter come in the form of tweets, albeit more prominently displayed, which keeps things simple. Where Twitter will improve its advertising products is in how they’re targeted to particular users—for example, in conjunction with live events and television shows.The Platform Is Already Locked DownAh, but won’t Twitter crack down on developers after an IPO, as it looks for new ways to make money? Well, that’s already happened.While third-party apps for reading tweets face severe restrictions, developers are relatively free to build apps that send content into the Twittersphere. Analytics toolmakers also are making a mint.Some developers may still be unhappy that Twitter won’t let them create the apps they’re dreaming of, but the boundaries are better defined than they were in Twitter’s early days, giving less grounds for complaint.Twitter Will Keep Snapping Up StartupsRight before it revealed its SEC filing, Twitter announced it had bought online-advertising startup MoPub in an all-stock deal. It’s been on an acquisition spree for a while, buying up startups like Vine, the short-video broadcasting service, and Crashlytics, maker of tools for mobile-app developers.Between the cash Twitter has raised from investors and the high valuation placed on its privately traded shares, it already has the financial firepower to buy startups to expand its business and its pool of talent. An IPO will accelerate that trend, but it won’t change its direction.Investors Will Get RichTwitter’s venture-capital investors, like Union Square Ventures and Charles River Ventures, will profit enormously from an IPO (and from their patience in not selling). But it’s their job to make money for their own investors—pension funds and other large institutions that need to diversify their investment portfolios. While it’s great that VC firms are making money, it doesn’t really change much for the rest of us.Twitter Will Stay IndependentAs a publicly traded company, Twitter has a better chance of staying independent. But it got too big to buy a while ago, based on the valuation its private investors have assigned to it.Over the years, Facebook and Google made stabs at buying Twitter; there were talks with others, like Yahoo, that never went particularly far. That was billions of dollars ago. At this point, it’s too hard for Twitter to sell. Its private valuation is estimated at between $10 billion and $14 billion; it will likely be worth more than that as a public company.At the same time, that’s way too much money for any public company answerable to its shareholders to spend on an acquisition, given the state of Twitter’s advertising revenues. (Estimates vary in the range of $300 million to $600 million this year; we know that to file confidentially with the SEC as an emerging-growth company, Twitter’s annual revenues must be less than $1 billion.) If Twitter will sell, it must first grow into the valuation eager investors want to assign to it.What Will ChangeThe one factor that’s hardest for Costolo and the rest of Twitter’s executives to manage will be its people. AllThingsD reports that some Twitter employees recently received new stock grants to keep them at the company well past an IPO.Some engineers, product managers, and salespeople who enjoy the wild ride of a startup simply won’t want to stay at a company of the size a publicly traded Twitter will inevitably become. Were Twitter to find some way to delay its stock-market debut, they would likely leave anyway, as Twitter grew; that’s been happening for some time, even as Twitter hires employees by the hundreds.One thing to watch is Twitter’s defense of its users’ free speech against regulators and spies. The departure of longtime general counsel Alexander Macgillivray was disturbing to some, though he wrote that he “couldn’t be happier” with his replacement, Vijaya Gadde.If a public Twitter wavers in defense of its users against government agencies, employees could rapidly grow disillusioned. And that, in turn, could weaken the company’s growth.The good news is that going public may be the best defense Twitter has against such pressure. Acquired by a larger entity, Twitter might fold to protect some other aspect of the parent company’s business. As long as those who buy Twitter’s stock understand the legal risks it faces in championing free speech around the globe, little should change just because Twitter acquires a ticker symbol.Lead photo of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Alexander Macgillivray#Dick Costolo#IPO#twitter#Twitter IPO A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Cloudbased broadcast infrastructure provider Amag

first_imgCloud-based broadcast infrastructure provider Amagi will make its international debut at IBC next month with the launch of next generation services for broadcasters and content owners.
Amagi uses the cloud to change the way TV networks distribute their content. Its transmission infrastructure can use secure private clouds to push and store content ahead of time to affiliate headends across the globe.At IBC, the company will launch two new services, including a barcode system for audio-video content that can enable identification of specific content assets. The barcodes are watermarked on the content to uniquely identify any of the assets on the network feed.Amagi’s new localisation service uses this barcoding system to enable broadcasters and content owners to localise programming and ads in different regions covered by a common satellite feed. Content to be replaced locally is barcoded and local replacement content is sent via the cloud to the relevant broadcast headend ahead of transmission. The network feed is then played out with the barcoded content and Amagi content insertion devices at each of the affiliate headends detects the barcode and splices in the replacement content as appropriate.Also launching at IBC will be Amagi’s cloudporting service that enables playout of a TV channel across multiple headends using Amagi’s cloud-based transmission infrastructure. The transmission schedule and all relevant content is pushed to each broadcast headend via Amagi’s private cloud using a web-based user interface. The content and playlist are stored in an Amagi content playout device at affiliate headends and played out as listed.Amagi will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 3.C31last_img read more

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has struck a deal
Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has struck a deal

first_imgSports broadcaster Eleven Sports has struck a deal with Portuguese cable operator Nowo to debut its channels in the Portuguese market.Eleven’s deal with Nowo follows its announcement that it would launch in the country following its acquisition of rights to all matches from the Champions League and Spain’s La Liga for the Portuguese market.Eleven said it would look to increase its rights portfolio going forward.Eleven’s Champions League deal includes 138 matches per season, from the final qualifying round and group stages to the final. It also includes the UEFA Super Cup – the annual tie between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.The agreement with La Liga includes every match from Spain’s top tier of football.Eleven already has rights to La Liga in the UK, Poland, Belgium and Luxembourg.“We’re delighted to partner with Nowo to serve Portuguese football fans with our award-winning style of fan-first coverage.” said Danny Menken, group managing director, Eleven Sports.“Portugal is one of the most passionate football countries in the world. We know there is a significant hunger for world class football and working with Nowo will help us to make our premium action accessible for dedicated fans across the country.”Miguel Venâncio, CEO of Nowo, said: “This is a very important step that asserts Nowo as a decisive player in the sports market, allowing all Portuguese fans to access great sports content. The partnership follows our strategy to increase our penetration in the market, delivering new ways to access to premium content.”Nowo – formerly known as Cabovisão, has a share of around 5% of the Portuguese TV market.The rights secured by Eleven for its Portuguese launch are currently held by Sport TV, jointly owned by Olivedesportos, pay TV operator NOS, Altice Portugal/Meo and Vodafone Portugal, which also holds the rights to Portugal’s Liga NOS.Portugal’s leading operators – including Cabovisão as well as the Sport TV shareholders – signed a deal two years ago that was designed to ensure reciprocity in sports rights across their platforms.last_img read more