Seasonality, unfavorable structure and obsolescence of accommodation capacities are the key weaknesses of our tourism sector, show the relevant SWOT analyzes, and as one of the most significant weights of the sector is the bad image of Croatia.The mentioned term is defined by economic theorists as a set of beliefs and impressions that people have about a country, more precisely, as a picture of a large number of associations and pieces of information related to that country. In this case, despite the fact that Croatia has been a member of the EU for four years, when it comes to tourism, recent research shows, Croatia is still associated with a country of Balkan provenance, and ultimately a country with a certain democratic deficit.In this sense, in today’s environment of global media, the role of sports, especially football, which as a planetary phenomenon has evolved into one of the most important media, primarily in terms of creating and then promoting the image of a country, has become extremely important. Sport in general, especially football in front of everyone and everything, like it or not, has become a significant lever for “building” the image of a country, while, furthermore, the same image has become a significant fact in creating competitive advantages.In such a global environment, where impressions become more important than facts, we still have a huge deficit of awareness of the potential of the image, and the lack of an image management strategy is unnecessary to discuss. That is why it is necessary to stand behind the new video of the Croatian Tourist Board, premiered on the second day of WTM in London, in which the main roles are played by our celebrated athletes, the purpose of which is to exploit, multiply and multiply the reputation that our top athletes enjoy he manages it in a way that will lead to the conversion of attitudes and perceptions about Croatia, which will at least approximately collide with the reputation of our sports stars.It is to be hoped that the times when the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board “ran” through opportunities (bronze of football players at the World Cup in France, planetary successes of Janica Kostelic, Goran Ivanisevic da) to multiply global media attention focused on our announced athletes behind us.Published by: doc.dr.sc. Ivan Herak, former Minister of Tourism
COMING off the high of just having won the Caribbean Development tournament, president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Steve Ninvalle will travel to Montreux, Switzerland on Friday to participate in an Extraordinary Congress organised by AIBA.The December 19-21 Congress will be held at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace Hotel in Montreux, a 90-minute drive from Geneva. The GBA president declared that he would use the opportunity to solicit support for two International tournaments that his association will host next year.The Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors tournament and the Inter Guianas competition to be held in April and October respectively are in need of funding. AIBA president Dr Ching Kuo Wu was recently in Barbados where he pledged assistance to St Lucia in order for that country to stage the third edition of the Caribbean Development Tournament in December 2017.Part of the upcoming Congress agenda is a vote to fully accept India back into the AIBA fold. India was sanctioned by the world governing body and only recently was granted provisional approval.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersDraftKings and FanDuel will “consider all options” in response to the FTC’s complaint. For the time being, the companies will remain separate.An administrative trial is set for Nov. 21. Any hopes of a merger are highly unlikely before the NFL season, which has long been the daily fantasy industry’s most lucrative time of year.Once bitter rivals jockeying for position atop a nascent, booming industry, DraftKings and FanDuel announced their intentions to merge in November, with few details of how such a merger might work. In spite of tensions between their CEOs, a deal was brokered after the two companies found themselves bogged down in a slew of expensive, state-by-state legal battles.Yet as both settled their once-profound differences to preserve a future as the industry’s leader, antitrust concerns always loomed.The FTC complaint also raises further questions about the future of daily fantasy sports in California. While Becerra has not issued an official stance on the industry’s legality in the state, his inclusion in the complaint’s filing is a sign the attorney general’s office could pose a serious obstacle for the industry in one of its most crucial states. California’s previous attorney general, Kamala Harris, was mum on daily fantasy’s legality, before she was elected to the state’s open U.S. Senate seat. The California State Assembly unanimously passed a DFS bill in January. Since, the bill has been dormant, with little word on whether it will be revived in 2017.The daily fantasy industry has faced its fair share of obstacles the past two years. Thirteen states have legalized daily fantasy sports contests. But many more challenges, not limited to the FTC’s complaint, lie ahead. The planned merger of daily fantasy sports leaders DraftKings and FanDuel is on hold, after the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday it would file a complaint to block the merger on grounds it violates antitrust laws.The complaint, which will be filed jointly with the office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, alleges the merged company would control more than 90 percent of the daily fantasy sports market, thus potentially representing a monopoly.“This merger would deprive customers of the substantial benefits of direct competition between DraftKings and FanDuel,” Tad Lipsky, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, said in a statement. “The FTC is committed to the preservation of competitive markets, which offer consumers the best opportunity to obtain innovative products and services at the most favorable prices and terms consistent with the provision of competitive returns to efficient producers.”In a joint statement responding to the FTC’s announcement, DraftKings and FanDuel expressed disappointment in the decision, noting the two companies “continue to believe that a merger is in the best interests of our players, our companies, our employees and the fantasy sports industry.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Researchers have debated whether eukaryotes—the group of relatively complex organisms that includes fungi, plants, and animals—are descendants of archaea or merely their close relatives. Newly discovered archaea from the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean suggest that eukaryotes evolved from archaea. A genomic analysis of one of the organisms, called Loki, reveals that it is the most eukaryotelike prokaryote so far discovered. The study suggests that the ancestor of eukaroytes might have had an actin cytoskeleton and rudimentary internal structures composed of membranes.To read the full story, see the 8 May issue of Science.