New directors of CNTB offices abroad elected

first_imgYesterday, the CNTB Tourist Board selected new directors of CNTB offices abroad, from whom it expects a strong contribution in Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia and especially in the Chinese market, where CNTB is opening its office for the first time. He has been appointed to the position of Director of the Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Austria, based in Vienna Branimir Tončinić, na radno mjesto Direktora predstavništva Hrvatske turističke zajednice u Češkoj  sa sjedištem u Pragu imenovan je Dubravko Miholić, she was appointed to the position of Director of the Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Slovenia with its headquarters in Ljubljana Metka Bradetić, was appointed Director of the Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Sweden, based in Stockholm Vedran Sušić, na radno mjesto Direktora predstavništva Hrvatske turističke zajednice u Mađarskoj sa sjedištem u Budimpešti  imenovana je Ivana Herceg and she was appointed Director of the Representation of the Croatian National Tourist Board in China based in Shanghai Franka Gulin for a period of three years.Thus, the network was completed with the new or re-election of old directors of the CNTB’s foreign missions abroad. We remind you that the following directors of the representative office were appointed for new mandates in September last year: Nera Miličić for Germany (head of the Munich branch), Viviana Vukelic for Italy (also covers the Spanish market), Agnieszka Anna Puszczewicz for Poland, Romeo Draghicchio for Germany (re-election), Danijela Mihalić Đurica for France (re-election), Ivan Novak for Benelux (re-election), Ina Rodin for the USA (also covers the Canadian market) – (re-election) and Rajko Ruzicka for Russia (covers Ukraine and other markets in the region) – (re-election)last_img read more

PSBB violators shouldn’t face criminal charges: Civil society groups

first_imgA coalition of civil society groups has criticized law enforcement officials in Pekanbaru, Riau, for pursuing criminal cases against those found in violation of the city’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).The criticism was made after the Pekanbaru District Court found three people guilty of violating PSBB on Tuesday, according to Antara news agency.Two of the defendants, prosecutors said, were apprehended for roaming outside without wearing masks and while carrying liquor. The other was a businessperson who opened his or her mini-theatre in violation of PSBB. The court ordered the former duo to pay fines of Rp 300,000 (US$20.14) each and ordered the businessperson to play Rp 1 million or serve one month behind bars.Previously, the district court had found 16 people guilty of violating PSBB. They were charged under Article 216 of Criminal Code and Pekanbaru Mayoral Decree No. 74/2020 on PSBB.Indonesia Judicial Research Society (IJRS) director Dio Ashar said the court should not have punished the people under the Criminal Code.“The verdicts open the possibility that other law enforcement officers will turn the provisions into pasal karet [catchall articles],” said Dio in a statement on Wednesday. Read also: Counterfeit money seized at PSBB checkpoint, suspects were on the way to shamanArticle 216 of the Criminal Code stipulates punishments for those found guilty of obstructing the work of law enforcement. The violation carries a maximum punishment of four months and two weeks’ imprisonment and a Rp 9,000 fine.Dio said the provision could only be used to charge those who resisted arrest or fought law enforcement officers.However, prosecutors used the article to indict those caught in violation of PSBB because the mayoral decree did not stipulate any punishment for violations.Dio said PSBB violations should only be considered administrative violations, as police officers did not have authority to pursue criminal charges for them.“Criminal charges, especially those carrying prison terms, should only be used as a last resort. Punishments for PSBB violators should be in line with COVID-19 prevention measures.”Pekanbaru has been under PSBB since May 17. In that time, officials have issued various sanctions for violators, including warnings, tickets and court appearances.The Jakarta administration has issued a gubernatorial decree to serve as the legal basis for sanctioning those found in violation of PSBB. Topics :last_img read more

Riau Islands gov supports Natuna regency quest to become new province

first_imgRiau Islands Governor Isdianto has thrown his support behind residents of Natuna who are seeking to have the regency recognized as a new Indonesian province. “I support them because of security issues, as the region borders the South China sea. And there is a military power that is exclusively being established to guard the region very well,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.The Natuna regency is part of Riau Islands province and is located in the outermost northern part of the country. The regency has direct borders not only with the South China Sea but also with Vietnam and Cambodia. The archipelago consists of some 270 islands and is home to approximately 80,000 residents.   Natuna regent Hamid Rizal said a proposal for the new status had been submitted to the central government in Jakarta.“We have delivered the proposal to the Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko,” Hamid said.According to the presidential mandate (Ampres) on the establishment of 65 new autonomous regions issued in 2013, the Natuna region was divided into three regencies, namely West Natuna, South Natuna and Natuna.“Principally, the establishment of a new province is already on track,” Hamid added. (trn)Topics : The governor visited Natuna from Aug. 22 to Tuesday and acknowledged that the demand to establish the region as a new province was plausible.“Firstly, the distance between one district to another is quite far. Secondly, the region has tourism potential,” he said.Read also: Vietnamese-flagged illegal fishing vessel caught in North Natuna Sea“Development in the region is relatively slow because of the complex bureaucracy. I believe that the region can be further developed under its own provincial administration.”last_img read more

Gold Coast ‘party house’ changes hands in multimillion-dollar deal

first_imgBrendan Fevola has also reportedly stayed in the waterfront mansion. The view over the water. The former “party house” at 14 King James Court, Paradise Point. Marketing agent Alex Phillis said Mr Illman let “stars” stay in the property he has owned since 2005.“It’s a bit of a rock-star property,” Mr Phillis said.“Shane Warne was there recently, Daniel Ricciardo has been there and years ago Brendan Fevola even stayed there.“Being on the Sovereign Islands no one expects them there — it is very private and has great views.”Seems it may not be available for the stars anymore with a Gold Coast family buying the residence. F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has reportedly stayed in the Sovereign Islands house. Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images From the water.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Make a splash in the pool. Shane Warne has reportedly stayed in a Sovereign Islands mansion that changed hands this week. Supplied: Fox CricketA WELL-KNOWN Gold Coast “party house” that has hosted big-names including cricket superstar Shane Warne and F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal.Property records reveal the Sovereign Islands property at 14 King James Court was sold by Perth businessman Kym Illman for $2.135 million. Relax on the deck.last_img read more

Police standoff ends peacefully in Greensburg

first_imgA search warrant led to a standoff that lasted into Friday evening.Update (8:10 p.m.)Police have just confirmed that the suspect involved in Friday’s standoff has surrendered.Investigators say John Boyce, 49, was taken into custody without incident around 7:46 p.m.He is now lodged at the Decatur County Jail.Neither the suspect or officers were injured in the apprehension.The standoff began after police served a warrant around 10 a.m. at the home on Indiana Street.The agencies we saw on the scene include Greensburg Police, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Greensburg Fire Department, Decatur County CERT, Decatur County EMA and a Greensburg Community Schools resource officer. First Report (Fri. Nov. 14 @ 1:50 p.m.)GREENSBURG, Ind. – Authorities are currently in the middle of a standoff in the 700 block of Indiana Street in Greensburg.It began when Greensburg police officers attempted to serve a warrant at the residence around 10 a.m.The man is barricaded in the home as police are concerned about the possibility of propane inside the residence.Greensburg Police Chief Stacey Chasteen could not confirm that propane is present, but officers have evacuated the immediate area.“We’ve got the immediate area evacuated everybody else is on lockdown,” Chasteen said. “We have EMA involved and the local church at West and Hendrix is assisting.”Neighbors told the Greensburg Daily News that the man has weapons.last_img read more

Change of plans paid off perfectly

first_imgNick Selbe is a senior majoring in communication. His column, “Inside the 20s,” ran Tuesdays. To comment on this story, visit or email Nick at It wasn’t supposed to end like this.Four years ago, as I waited anxiously for my college decision letters to arrive, I envisioned how it would all play out — my dream school would accept me, the school whose posters and jerseys covered the walls of my bedroom, and I’d get to go to college close to my Orange County home. I’d worked hard, made the grades and done everything I could to make the dream a reality.But then the small envelope came, and my fate was sealed — I didn’t get into UCLA.It’s a harsh truth to come to terms with, getting rejected. Part of me knew that my chances of getting into the school whose football and basketball teams I’d cheered for since I was 5 years old were slim. I thought I’d prepared myself for the denial that was likely to come. But when I read the words, “We regret to inform you,” it was a pretty awful feeling.The path I thought I was meant to be on had changed, and even though I didn’t realize it then, it was the best twist in the road that fate has ever thrown my way.The reason why I chose powder blue instead of cardinal at such a young age is still a mystery to the rest of my family. My mom earned her doctorate degree from USC’s Rossier School of Education in 1997, and her father, Grandpa Lou, had always cheered for USC. My older brother, Josh, has been a Trojan since the day of my mom’s graduation ceremony, when he was 6 and I was 5.Somehow, I must not have been paying attention that day, because whatever Trojan spell had been cast on Josh had no effect on me. As far back as I can remember, I’d always been a Bruin.My dad has no allegiances to either school, so when USC and UCLA faced off in football or basketball, he would side with me so that the Selbes were evenly split.Each year, the loser of the annual football game had to take a picture wearing the other school’s colors, and in the 12-plus years I was a UCLA fan, I was on the losing end of that bet nearly every time.Each time I had to don a cardinal and gold shirt of my brother’s choosing each season after what was usually another lopsided Trojan victory was one of the most painful moments of my childhood, especially considering that I had to watch nearly every beating in person.From 2001 to 2010, I attended nine out of 10 meetings between the two schools. My lone absence was in 2006, the year UCLA upset then-No. 2 USC, 13-9, at the Rose Bowl.Missing the Bruins’ only win in the 10 years I had been going to games should have been a sign that Westwood was never the place for me.Of the schools that did accept me, I decided to go to Arizona State University, where I spent a year as a diehard Sun Devil. Shortly after I arrived in Tempe, Ariz., however, I realized what career path I wanted to embark on — sportswriting.Southern California is my home, and I always had the idea in the back of my mind that I would apply to transfer to UCLA after two years (per UC transfer rules) and realize my dream.But after some quick research, I found that UCLA did not have a school for journalism. Another local school, though, did — USC.After discussing the idea of transferring with my parents, I sent in my application but still wasn’t completely sold on the idea that I might actually go to USC.When I visited USC for my prospective transfer meeting, however, I saw the school in an entirely different light. I saw a place that had everything — perfect location, a respected journalism school and an elite athletic program. Most of all, though, USC gave me the chance to stay closer to home and spend two years going to college with my brother, who graduated from USC in May 2013 — the perfect example of a Trojan Family.When I finally started classes, I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in at the school that I was conditioned for years to despise. I knew that I had to get involved with the university somehow, to get to know the “enemy,” so to speak, and see if I could adapt to this new place.The first campus group I joined was the Daily Trojan, and little did I know that day at the involvement fair what an impact the student newspaper would have on my college experience. In my three years as a staff member, I’ve covered beats for women’s tennis, men’s water polo, women’s basketball and football, written a weekly sports column and served as sports editor.I’ve poured thousands of words and countless hours into this paper and have met some pretty incredible people along the way that helped give me some of my best memories of my college years.I’ll always remember covering the 2012 men’s water polo national championship season, and how Jovan Vavic’s unrivaled passion and relentless enthusiasm willed his team to victory. I’ll remember the nervousness I felt the first time I covered a USC football practice. I’ll remember covering the final months of Lane Kiffin’s tenure at USC and feeling like I had an inside look at a man who was mostly reviled, yet I saw as simply misunderstood.I’ve seen many highs and lows in USC athletics during the last three years, and looking back on it all, I wouldn’t change a thing. This school has helped me grow in a lot of ways, both personally and professionally. The Daily Trojan gave me an experience that helped me realize my passion and taught me lessons that will guide me as I move on to the next phase of my life. One of those lessons is that things don’t always go according to plan, and when they don’t, we have to make the best out of the situation we’re faced with.In less than three weeks, I will officially be an alumnus of the University of Southern California, which was never the way I envisioned my life was going to end up.But I’m sure glad that it did.last_img read more

Wisconsin faces familiar test against Kentucky

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team will be playing its fifth game of the NCAA Tournament Saturday, but the scouting report of its opponent has remained relatively unchanged since the Sweet 16.Related: Photos from open practice on Friday.In the second NCAA semifinal game at AT&T Stadium Saturday, No. 2 Wisconsin (30-7) will take on a No. 8 Kentucky (28-10) team that brings a lot of length and athleticism – something the Badgers have seen no shortage of in postseason.“We’ve probably been saying in every game we’ve played this year that teams are long and in fact they are,” Wisconsin freshman forward Nigel Hayes said. “Just count them up. Baylor, how long they were. Arizona was equally as long. These guys are no different.”None of the Wildcats’ starters — all of whom are freshmen — are shorter than 6-foot-6 while only two players that start for the Badgers are taller than 6-foot-3. Among the Wildcat starters, none are shorter than 6-foot-6.Joey Reuteman/The Badger HeraldWith a starting lineup on the small side and a system under coach Bo Ryan that emphasizes ball security rather than highlight reel alley-oops, Wisconsin is nationally perceived to be lacking in athleticism.“Ninety percent of our games we’re not the most athletic team on the court. We’re used to not being known as the athletes and we’re used to hearing that. We have no problem with that,” sophomore forward Sam Dekker said. “We just have to make do with what we have and I think we’ve done that very well this season.“We play to our strengths and we stay disciplined and stay focused and just do the Wisconsin thing. It seems to work for us pretty well.” Joey Reuteman/The Badger HeraldThe Badgers have done the “Wisconsin thing” in the tournament against teams like No. 6 seed Baylor and No. 1 seed Arizona that were widely accepted as owning a distinct advantage in athleticism over Wisconsin.Kentucky comes to Texas with a starting lineup of five first-year players that were all five-star recruits coming out of high school. The highest of them all was Julius Randle, who was rated the top power forward in the country and third-highest rated recruit overall.Randle, a Dallas native, has not disappointed, averaging a double-double with 15.1 points per game and 10.7 rebounds every game this season.With a 16-point, 11-rebound performance in Kentucky’s 75-72 win over Michigan in the Elite Eight, Randle picked up his 22nd double-double, moving him into second on the all-time list for double-doubles in a freshman season behind only Marcus Beasley of Kansas State. Julius Randle was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional.Joey Reuteman/The Badger Herald“For a combination of strength and size and the way he hits the glass, I think in that category, he’s as good as anybody I’ve seen,” Ryan said of Randle.With so much height, Kentucky has been able to take control of the glass this postseason, out-rebounding its opponent in every game except its loss to Florida in the SEC Tournament Championship.Kentucky’s depth took a hit in the Sweet 16, though, when 7-foot sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein sustained a foot injury that would keep him from playing in the Elite Eight.Cauley-Stein was one of the best rim protectors in the country — racking up 106 blocks this season before that injury.The 7-footer has not been ruled out for Saturday’s game versus Wisconsin, but is listed as questionable. If Cauley-Stein misses his second-straight game of the tournament, the paint will be much more open for Wisconsin’s frontline.“[Cauley-Stein] takes away a strong inside presence,” Hayes said. “He probably shies away a lot of people from the rim in fear of getting their shots blocked or having them altered. So without him being there I feel like that will allow us to drive a little more and get them out of their things inside.”Shooting on the Big StageFor the last 18 years, the Final Four has been held at a domed stadium in order to attract larger crowds to the event.This year the Final Four is being held at AT&T Stadium, the Dallas Cowboys’ home field, which has a capacity of over 100,000.With the seats so far away from the basketball court itself, players can have a difficult time adjusting to the new sight lines.“You have to get adjusted first,” Hayes said. “We did our shooting drill [Wednesday] and that was absolutely horrendous — the shooting performance that we had. I think that was just us getting used to those rims. The court seems a little longer, actually, it seems a lot longer standing a one end and the other, I don’t know what that is or why that is. It’s just little things we have to get adjusted to and I’m sure we will when we go out there in the open practice.”While it is important to be conscious of the fact that adjustments might need to be made, in the end the players are still shooting at the same size hoop as in a arena.“Sometimes people almost look into it too much and as a shooter, if you think, ‘oh, it’s a big venue, it’s going to be hard to shoot. It’s going to make you shoot worse,’” Dekker said. “So you just have to go out and shoot. I looked at it kind of as playing outside, playing in the front yard. If you can shoot there, you can shoot anywhere.” Joey Reuteman/The Badger Heraldlast_img read more

SBTech signs up Azerbaijan operator eTopaz to its platform

first_img OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Related Articles eTopaz, the exclusive sportsbook of the monopoly state lottery of Azerbaijan, part of Azerinteltek‘s Topaz brand, has announced that it will power its future growth with SBTech’s award-winning fully managed platform to benefit from SBTech’s sportsbook experience in a deal with of one of the industry’s leading providers of iGaming platform and sports betting solutions and services.EL member Azerinteltek offers sports betting both online and through a network of over 500 retail locations under the brand Topaz. eTopaz is the sole exclusive online licensed dealer of Azelinteltek, serving tens of thousands of users within Azerbaijan.  Following the launch of the SBTech platform, its customers will now be able to enjoy a wide range of cutting-edge sports betting features, including a customisable, fully responsive front end, partial cash out and ‘bank my stake’ options, automatic enhanced combo bets, best-in-class live betting and a fully comprehensive offering of live streaming.Supported by the Chameleon360 iGaming platform, eTopaz will take advantage of a full suite of player management services, including configurable bonusing, payment processing, CRM, internal marketing operations and advanced reporting. In addition, the company will benefit from unrivalled big data analytics, allowing ever-increasing levels of personalisation, engagement and bet suggestions.SBTech was awarded the contract via a competitive tender, having demonstrated its compliance with all regulatory requirements. This is the second time in recent months that the company has succeeded in partnering with a major lottery operator, following its deal with Sazka, the dominant lottery player in the Czech Republic, which also holds equity in OPAP, the Greek state lottery, as well as Casinos Austria and various other operators.eTopaz CEO and Azerinteltek Board Member, Altay Aliyev, said: “In order to build on our position as the sole online sports betting operator in Azerbaijan, we have taken the decision to partner with SBTech, on account of the strength of its award-winning sportsbook. The Chameleon360 platform’s wide range of revenue-generating features and the company’s demonstrable commitment to innovation and proven versatility were pivotal in our choice, and we anticipate substantial growth as a result of the new products we shall be offering to our customers.”Richard Carter, CEO of SBTech, added: “We are delighted to be launching our sportsbook with eTopaz and providing our market-leading platform and fully managed sports betting services. This agreement further advances our strategy of becoming the foremost provider of sports betting solutions to state lotteries, as well the leading supplier of platform products and services in regulated markets.”last_img read more

Darren Moore – Betting Gods – Connecting with major partners in Malta

first_img Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles Darren Moore, Betting GodsIn December 2016, professional in-house and third party tipping resource Betting Gods extended its reach in Europe with a successful move into the Maltese sports betting market.We caught up with Darren Moore, Founder and Director of Betting Gods, to discuss the advantages of operating from a Malta office, the reasons behind the company’s recent growth and preparation for their biggest event sponsorship yet.SBC: What are the major advantages of operating from a Malta office?DM: Besides the obvious sun and sea, the big advantage for Betting Gods as a company has been the ability to connect with and work in close proximity to major partners based on the Maltese islands.At the risk of sounding like I’m criticising the UK Gambling Commission (who ignored our communication on many occasions), we’ve found that the MGA are far much more approachable, friendly and have a genuine interest in enabling and supporting success of companies based in and operating from Malta.As Director of Betting Gods Ltd, it makes such more sense for our company to operate from a country who welcomes and supports our business rather than a country who chooses to simply ignore us.Since SiGMA in November 2016, we also co-hosted a meal for 200 c-level executives, opening doors for new partnerships which are now starting to bloom and work in progress on a football betting joint venture with Matching Visions who also operate from Malta.SBC: At the end of January, you reported 17.27% business growth in just two months; how much of this do you attribute to launching in Malta?DM: I’d love to make our Maltese partners and the MGA happy with this response and say it’s all down to the Malta move but that would be rather naive of me.What I would say is that while the business was growing before, the level of growth has accelerated at a rate of over 40% per month since operating from Malta. We find more and more affiliates popping up based in Malta, who, without being rude, we weren’t even aware of until we landed on the island.At the time of this interview, I’m on a Wednesday afternoon flight out to Malta from the UK and already have five meetings to fit in before Friday lunchtime; all with affiliates to discuss and enhance our existing partnerships for their promotions and marketing of Betting Gods products.SBC: While the situation in Gibraltar remains unclear after Brexit negotiations, do you expect to see more companies seeking a licence from the Malta Gaming Authority?DM: Although we’re able to make an impact on them, Betting Gods is small in comparison to the bookies and gaming companies who are the likely candidates to jump ship from Gibraltar to Malta so my views are based on our own situation.I think at this stage it’s hard to judge what the position will be post-Brexit when we don’t even know the terms of the UK’s departure; it’s all too easy to speculate what will or won’t happen. I think companies need to calm down for a bit – let’s get the general election out of the way and wait until we’re clear of what Brexit actually means.SBC: Betting Gods has been confirmed as a major sponsor for Betting on Football 2017; having sponsored both MiGS and Sigma in 2016, what have you learned about maximising brand awareness at these big industry events?DM: We’re delighted to be sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, an event which will see our biggest exposure and sponsorship to date.On first glance, most people within the industry don’t see Betting Gods as an operator, so a key thing for us is communicating to affiliates that money can be made by promoting our services, and actually at quite a serious level. In March alone, we paid out over £15,000 to our small network of affiliates, and April is set to easily beat that.We’ll be working on communicating this message to attendees, capturing their interest and negotiating some deals. The beauty of Betting Gods is that we’re big enough to have some top B2B and B2C exposure but still small enough to be able to work with all affiliates on a personal level for custom deals and offers.last_img read more

Zimbabwe withdraw from Cecafa Cup over security

first_imgUhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as president of Kenya on Tuesday following two disputed polls and waves of deadly protests amid months of tension in the country.Competition organisers said they regretted Zimbabwe’s withdrawal but assured the championship will go on as planned, with nine countries lined up for the event.Zimbabwe were expected to open their Group B campaign against defending champions Uganda on December 4 in the western Kenyan town of Kakamega.Share on: WhatsApp Zimbabwe senior national soccer teamNairobi, Kenya | AFP | Zimbabwe have pulled out of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup starting in Kenya this week, citing security concerns.Zimbabwe had been invited to take part in the December 3-17 tournament as one of two guest teams, along with Libya.“Following wide-ranging consultations with all stakeholders, the Zimbabwe Football Association has resolved to withdraw its commitment to participate in the 2017 CECAFA Challenge Cup due to the security risk posed by the volatile situation in the host country, Kenya,” the Zimbabwe FA said in a statement.“As a result, ZIFA has immediately suspended all preparations related to the committment made earlier, to participate as a guest nation at this year’s CECAFA tournament.”last_img read more