The World Skål Congress 2022 will be held in Opatija and Rijeka

first_imgThe repeated demanding candidacy of Kvarner, Opatija and Rijeka was presented at today’s session of the General Assembly by dr.sc. Irena Peršić Živadinov (president of Skål Club Kvarner for two terms and director of the Kvarner Tourist Board) and Kvarner was unanimously and with the great support of colleagues from around the world entrusted with hosting this event which is of immeasurable importance for tourism destinations and the whole of Croatia.  Skål Club Kvarner is celebrating 10 years of operation this year, and was founded thanks to Katica Hauptfeld, owner of the famous travel agency Katarina line, which soon gathered around some of the most influential tourist workers in Kvarner and who together, projects and ideas quickly became noticed in Skål International circles internationally. So both this candidacy and getting the congressional hosting in 2020 and again in 2022 is largely to her credit. At the online session of the General Assembly of the Skål International Association, the Skål Club Kvarner unanimously confirmed the hosting of the World Skål Congress, which will be held from 13 to 18 October 2022. It is expected that during this prestigious international event in 2022, Kvarner will have about 1.000 participants, including many owners of influential travel agencies and tour operators who will have the opportunity to show the tourist potential of the region and thus offer even more success in the future. our tourism facilities to their clients.center_img As, unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic, the Skål Congress, which was to be held in Opatija and Rijeka these days, was canceled under the motto “SKÅL CONGRESS IN THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2020”, tourism workers from Kvarner did not give up opportunities to present their region to representatives of the world’s largest association of tourism professionals. SKÅL International, is an international organization of tourism managers with about 14.000 members gathered in over 340 clubs in more than 100 countries around the world and is the largest in the tourism sector. Members of SKÅL Club Kvarner are professionals in Kvarner tourism (hoteliers, agencies, tourist boards, representatives of the academic community and others). Skål clubs Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split still operate in Croatia.last_img read more

Ad unfairly attacks effective Joe Landry

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I usually don’t pay much attention to a lot of the political mail that comes our way. But one arrived today from the state Republican Committee that made my jaw drop. It included a photo of a rowing team and claimed that Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry “violated our environment and put our kids’ health at risk.” Talk about “fake news.”Well, the fact is Joe Landry was the driving force behind the town receiving a $150,000 state grant to make safety and environmental enhancements to Aqueduct Park, home to Niskayuna Rowing. This leveraged an additional $150,000 in community support to install public bathrooms, add additional dock space and construct a new retaining wall to protect the Mohawk from pollution and runoff. What’s more, the town was just awarded an additional $35,000 to make the park’s waterfront safer and more accessible for all to better enjoy the river.As a parent of a rower, I also question the appropriateness of the GOP using a photograph of children without parental permission in such an attack piece.Joe Landry has worked very hard behind the scenes to improve the quality of life we enjoy in Niskayuna. He deserves another term. Not such misleading attacks.Richard BennettNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more

Indictments reflect Trump’s poor judgment

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News: President Donald Trump would like Americans to believe the indictment of former campaign manager Paul Manafort is no big deal. “Today’s announcement has nothing to do with the president and nothing to do with the president’s campaign,“ press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.  Besides, it’s early yet. Later Monday, word came that another campaign figure, senior foreign affairs adviser George Papadopoulos, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI when it asked him in January about his contacts with Russian intermediaries.He told the FBI he had known those Russian contacts before he ever came aboard the campaign.But that was a lie. Trump immediately insisted that the alleged crimes by his former campaign manager took place “years ago and before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign.“But not according to the indictment.Right there on the first page, it alleges that Manafort’s vast money-laundering scheme stretched from “at least 2006 through 2016.“ He is also accused of lying to the FBI about his work for Ukraine last fall and again earlier this year.  That’s not “years ago.“ That’s practically yesterday. It’s common for prosecutors to use tax fraud charges, and perjury too, to squeeze a defendant against whom they can’t prove an underlying cases.Call it the Al Capone strategy. But what’s so important about the tax charges against Manafort is why he was hiding all that income.And where all the income was coming from. Before he ran Trump’s campaign, he and his companies spent years boosting pro-Russian forces within Ukraine.When one of his clients was elected president there, the indictment alleges, he began hiring lobbyists back in the U.S. to advance Ukraine’s interests before Congress.  That prompted guffaws, obviously, across social media — plus a quick demand by Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, for Sanders to resign for the “outright lies“ she has told. Manafort was indicted, along with an associate, on tax fraud, money laundering and other federal charges tied to millions of dollars in secret payments from pro-Russian forces within Ukraine dating to 2006. It’s true that Monday’s charges don’t prove the more serious questions at the heart of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.They don’t prove that Trump or his team colluded with Russia to win last year’s election.And they don’t prove that Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he refused to stop investigating the possibility of collusion. But nothing to do with Trump?Sanders can’t be serious.  That wouldn’t have been illegal. Maybe awkward to explain in a U.S. presidential campaign, but not illegal.But before you can lobby the U.S. government on behalf of a foreign power, our laws require you to come clean about the relationship, how much you’re being paid and for what. The indictment alleges that he failed to register, instead conducting all that business through a worldwide maze of partnerships, accounts and banks. Will this be the first of many indictments?It’s too soon to say.But it casts Trump, who claims to be such a smart people picker, in extraordinarily poor light. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

America on the way to cultural genocide

first_img“The Promise” is a movie dealing with the Armenian genocide. America’s “promise” is cultural genocide. We are well on our way to the dust bin of history.During the Armenian Genocide in 1915, 1.5 million people were exterminated. An American diplomat was “lecturing” a Turkish official on the treatment of Armenians. What the Turks did was as bad as what Nazis did to Jews, Poles, Russians, etc. Only the scale differed. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Turkish officials responded as follows. “‘Turkey’ the Ottoman Empire existed 600 years before America existed; we will be around when America is in the dust.” This is how people we lecture view America. This is no justification for genocides, but it does tell America where we are headed. America is a “fool nation.”America is ripe for dissolution. The people we are catering to, coming from afar by means other than legal (sensible), view themselves as citizens of the world. America is a stopover. The political class in America is the villain. The new arrivals are taking advantage of an opportunity to prosper at our expense. There are no good guys in this story, just villains and fools.As a child of the melting pot concept, I find I was played for a fool. I will join the other fools on the hill someday. Wiser yes, but gone. So will be America, gone.Extending hospitality to people who don’t respect your laws is a formula for self destruction.Edmond DayRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Sep. 20

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump destined to lose China trade warPresident Trump has been correct to focus on the economic and trade challenges China presents to the United States.However, rather than go it alone, Trump should have sought a united front with European and Asian allies. Instead, he antagonized our European allies and withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).Moreover, his use of tariffs harms American consumers and businesses, and is also harming European and Asian allies.Trump will not win his trade  war with China for these reasons:1. The Chinese are accustomed to dealing with economic hardship while Americans are less willing to accept it, recall the 2018-2019 government shutdown. Eventually, public disapproval will force our government to relent on tariffs. The Chinese government won’t succumb to public disapproval.2. China’s totalitarian form of government allows its leaders to adopt the long view in matters of national goals. Our democratic form of government doesn’t respond well to issues which require the long view.Changes in administrations often result in changes in policies, recall the Iranian nuclear deal.3. The tariff war with China is exacerbating the slowdown in the world economy.Domestic and foreign economic markets have an aversion to the unpredictability created by Trump’s trade policies. Wild swings in markets will continue to plague our economy.4. The 2020 elections will put enormous pressure on the Trump administration to resolve the trade war with China. Republican support for tariffs will fade.In the end, Trump will blink first in his game of chicken with China.Don SteinerSchenectadyInclude all sports in concussion responseThank you for your Sept. 3 article on the signed legislation (S2958A) that will require youth tackle football programs in New York to provide parents with information on concussions (“Concussion Legislation is Signed”).I am a high school athletic trainer working in the Albany area and recognize this law will provide service to a different group than the Concussion Management and Awareness Act.Enacted in 2012, it provides public high school student athletes access to a coordinated team of coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, school nurses, physicians, and teachers, all collaborating to educate about concussion, identify when a possible concussion has occurred, and work with student athletes to get medical attention, and progress to return to play and return to school.This new law will target those participating at the youth level and as such, is a great opportunity for parents and children participating in youth football to receive direct education. However, I would like to emphasize that many children participate in sports other than football who are also at risk of concussion.As a certified athletic trainer serving youth, I would encourage a similar but broader initiative to include all sports and performing arts at risk of concussions.Understanding the symptoms and management of a concussion is crucial to recovery, and this bill provides us with a springboard to educate parents and students across the spectrum of sports.Aimee Brunelle, MS, ATCSchenectadyThe writer is a member of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association.last_img read more

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Retail: It’s a mall world

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New RICS president will keep change on agenda

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Argentina cries for investment

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Star Lewis exits Delancey stage

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