3. Loud thinking: Smart tourism

first_imgDigitization is a term that will certainly mark the tourism sector in the coming years, all under the imperative of smart tourism or Tourism 2.0. The current situation in tourism leads many tourism entities, as well as organizations concerned with tourism, to revise their strategies, see how to invest smarter in the future and infrastructure. Thus, our tourism needs to undergo a certain transformation in order to use its potentials and resources more wisely. ZOOM Event – 3. LOUD THINKING – Smart Tourism by HrTurizam But we are often unaware of what digitalization of tourism itself means? What are these processes? What are the concrete examples and implications of digitalisation of tourism? How can digitalization help us in business, be it a hotel, an apartment or a destination? Although in Croatia we cannot boast too much about the digitalization of our tourism, except for positive individual examples, and not unfortunately destination ones, we are still the first in the world in one digital process. And this is the well-known eVisitor system. Great start, but as the saying goes: One swallow doesn’t make spring. All these issues, as well as many others, will be opened through 3. Loud thinking Smart tourism that will take place 19.5. at 11am via Zoom and FB Live, where our interlocutors will be Ivan Ilijašić, director and founder of Orioly i Goran Mrvoš from Infosit. Together we must be part of a new tourist paradigm and digital transformation, so that we can build a better and smarter Croatian tourist story. Because a destination is not made up of one subject, but we are all a destination. We want to demystify this story a bit and see what smart tourism is, how small tourism companies can use technology and improve their business, but also how destinations can finally simply launch their content and better represent it to the local and global market and how to do it. include those who actually work in tourism. One of the goals is to show how to simply start building a smart tourism strategy and how a strategy can be developed that can yield results in shorter periods. Expect examples from practice, both from Croatia and abroad, and how we can apply the same ourselves.last_img read more

Parental leave bill resurrected

first_imgStuff co.nz 29 May 2014Maori party MP Pita Sharples was ”bullied” into not correcting a paid parental leave bill blunder, Labour claims.Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks failed at the second reading last night in shambolic scenes. National Party Whip Louise Upston incorrectly cast three votes on behalf of the Maori Party, after a paperwork gaffe.The error was corrected this afternoon, with co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell confirming an  “administrative error.”However, Labour’s shadow leader of the House Grant Robertson says Maori Affairs minister Sharples came down to the debating chamber to fix the record after 9pm last night.But after a meeting with National ministers Tony Ryall, Anne Tolley and junior whip Jami-Lee Ross, he failed to do so.Robertson says it is ”one of the worst examples of bullying I have seen in Parliament.”Tolley rejects this.”There was certainly no bullying from our side,” she said.”The Maori Party has said it was their stuff up. They’ve apologised to the National whips and good on them for that.”But Robertson is adamant National used underhand tactics.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10096705/Parental-leave-bill-resurrectedlast_img read more

La Liga: Top of Table Clash as Barcelona Visit Valencia

first_imgValencia and Barcelona are set to battle it out in a top of the table clash this evening at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium. Marcelino’s team have put together an eight-game winning run, which has seen them rise to be Barcelona’s nearest challenges at this stage of the season.They are just four points off the La Liga leaders, but Marcelino will have to watch today’s game from the Mestalla stands. He was handed a two-match touchline ban following his dismissal during his side’s 2-0 La Liga win at Espanyol last Sunday.This will be their biggest test of the season against Barca, who have won 11 of their 12 league games. Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is well aware of the significance of the game. “It’s a very important game for us because it could leave us seven points clear at the top of the table” he said.“I know [Valencia manager] Marcelino very well because I played under him at Villarreal. His teams like to play on the counter, make quick transitions and are always very strong in defence.“They play Marcelino’s favourite 4-4-2 system. It won’t be easy because it never is down there, and they’re playing some incredible football this year.”Simone Zaza, Carlos Soler and Goncalo Guedes should all return for Valencia after they were rested in the win at Espanyol last Sunday but Jeison Murillo and Javi Jimenez remain on the sidelines.Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season last weekend against Leganes while Sergi Roberto, Andre Gomes, Rafinha and Javier Mascherano are all missing through injury.Lionel Messi, who signed a new contract yesterday, was rested against Juventus in midweek but will start.Valencia have won only two of their last 20 league games against Barcelona (losing 13 of those), and both were as visitors (3-2 in February 2014 and 2-1 in April 2016). However they have won eight consecutive games in La Liga, their best winning streak in the competition.Messi has had a hand in 26 of Barcelona’s last 33 goals against Valencia in La Liga (with 20 scored and six assisted).Santi Mina has already scored five league goals in his 12 appearances this season, having hit just six in his previous 29 league games. Mina, with two, is the only Valencia player to have netted more than one goal against Barca.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Waldner: Paul Pierce could be key to Clippers’ postseason

first_imgThe nervous level goes up this time around because of uncertainty surrounding Griffin, who was sidelined for 45 games due to a partially torn left quad tendon, a fractured hand and a four-game suspension for reportedly punching Clippers assistant equipment manager Matias Testi.Nervous because Griffin needs time to return to top game condition.Nervous because Griffin and his teammates need time to become re-acquainted on the court.Nervous because it has become fashionable to wonder if the inability to advance out of the second round could lead to owner Steve Ballmer deciding to blow up the roster.Despite the spotlight on Griffin and Paul along with Jordan and Redick, there are other members of the team. Their play will impact the success, of lack thereof, of the Clippers. A lot depends on sixth man Jamal Crawford.Luc Mbah a Moute, especially on defense, along with Austin Rivers, Cole Aldrich, Jeff Green and Wesley Johnson, also are part of the mix.And then there’s Paul Pierce.Despite the understandable focus on Griffin, the play of Pierce, at the age of 38 in his 18th NBA season, could be the key to the Clippers making it or once again breaking.Pay attention to the old warrior out of Inglewood High by way of the University of Kansas, the Boston Celtics, where he carved out a Hall of Fame career, the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards.Pierce’s numbers this season are forgettable.He has averaged as many as 26.8 points, 40.3 minutes and taken as many as 1,598 shots in a season.Last season, he averaged 11.9 points, 26.2 minutes and took 656 shots. As drastic as that drop was from his peak numbers, he has been even less of a factor this season, averaging a mere 6.1 points and 18 minutes while taking 382 shots with two games remaining.So why pay attention to a player who appears to be an afterthought? Because his name is Paul Pierce.Because Clippers coach/president of basketball operations Doc Rivers signed Pierce as a free agent for the toughness and smarts he brings to the playoffs.Because Friday night at Utah, with starters Paul, Griffin, Jordan and Redick remaining at home to rest, Pierce helped fill the gap, scoring 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting (4-of-5 on 3-point shoots) as the Clippers stunned the Jazz, who were seeking to hang on to a playoff slot, 102-99, in overtime.While the scoring grabs your attention, Pierce brings a lot more to the court. Think defense, rebounding, floor balance, smart passes, setting picks, tough plays in tough situations and positive influence in the locker room. He’ll do just about whatever else is required, including bringing championship mystique developed as a member of the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics.When others are nervous, he’ll be calm.During a session with reporters, Doc Rivers was asked an uncomplicated question.“What role would you like to see Paul Pierce play in the playoffs?”“Making big shots,” he said.Rivers saw it happen again and again during his run as coach of the Celtics, just as Inglewood coach Patrick Roy did when Pierce was playing for the Sentinels.“Playing heady, smart basketball,” Rivers said. “Putting his body at the right spot.”It’s fundamental, basic basketball.It’s the sort of solid basketball a veteran plays, as Ron Harper and Brian Shaw did for Phil Jackson and the Lakers late in their careers.It’s doing things that generally prompt applause only from teammates and coaches.“Just being a leader,” Rivers said. “That’s the role we hope for.”That’s why Paul Pierce can be a factor for the Clippers despite toiling in relative obscurity this season.Clearing out the mini-notebookQuoting — Kings right wing Dustin Brown said it after the 2-1 win over the Ducks: “We talked about reloading now.” Now is the start of the Stanley Cup tournament Thursday against San Jose. …Recognition dept. — Three good men, Bill Cunerty, Bill Kelly and Vince McCullough, were inducted into the California Community College Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on March 12 in Visalia. Cunerty played and coached at North Torrance High, Kelly played and coached at El Camino College and McCullough coached at Redondo High and was defensive coordinator at El Camino. All three also coached at Saddleback College in Orange County. …Geography 101 — Someone needs to whisper into TV talker supreme Charles Barkley’s ear that as a resident of the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale he lives in the Southwest, not on the Pacific Coast. …Bottom line — Kobe Bryant, the NBA Lion in Winter at the age of 37 in his 20th season, will roar as much as his body will allow him to do so Wednesday at Staples Center against the Jazz in the final game of his career. That’s how he’s wired. Impossible however to ignore his 35-percent shooting percentage. Truth be told, Bryant retired because of injuries after the 2012-13 season. Unfortunately, he did not get the message. It’s nervous time for the Clippers as well as their long-suffering fans.After years of wandering in the NBA wilderness, the Clippers have qualified for the playoffs for the fifth year in a row.However, they have failed to win more than one playoff round during this otherwise successful run even with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, one of the most dynamic duos in the league, along with solid support from DeAndre Jordan, the best defensive big man in basketball, and sharpshooter J.J. Redick.This makes a lot of people nervous.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pochettino: Belief will be Tottenham’s greatest weapon against Manchester City

first_img Tottenham celebrate their 3-0 win over Norwich Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he side’s self-belief will give them the advantage when Spurs travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in Sunday’s top of the table clash.Victory would see second-place Spurs move four points clear of Manuel Pellegrini’s side on a weekend that could prove pivotal in the title race, with Arsenal hosting surprise leaders Leicester in the day’s earlier kick off.Tottenham can take confidence from their 4-1 win over City at White Hart Lane in September, but Pochettino insists their current form is more important than past results.“The past is not important, the important thing is the level we are at now,” Pochettino said.“The team believes they can win. This is the most important thing. Now we just need to show we can win.“We have confidence and trust in ourselves. Football though is football. It is important to show we are better than them but we expect a very tough game because Manchester City have very good players.Spurs have the best defensive record in the top flight and boast some of the league’s most in form players – notably 15-goal striker Harry Kane – and go into the game as favourites against an ailing City defence.Despite City’s recent disappointments, however – losing to Leicester and only drawing against the likes of Everton and West Ham – the quality of imperial striker Sergio Aguero will surely pose a threat for in-form Tottenham.The Argentine has struggled with injuries this season but is now fit and in hot form, having scored seven goals in his last five matches.He also relishes playing against Spurs. He has found the net ten times in eight appearances against the north Londoners and scored all four in City’s 4-1 win over Tottenham in 2014.Tottenham will go into the game without top defender Jan Vertonghen, who is currently sidelined with injury, but Pochettino is confident stand-in centre-back Kevin Wimmer can shackle the Man City hitman.“After playing against Crystal Palace, Colchester, Norwich and Watford, I think he has showed good maturity,” Pochettino said of the Austria international.“And he showed good communication with Toby Alderweireld and with Eric Dier when we played with Dier at Colchester.“He is a very clever player, and has enough quality to play for us.“Yes it is a big test, but not only for Kevin, but for the team, for the squad. Every time that you challenge one of the best players or teams, it is always a big challenge.“But it is a collective challenge. They need to feel it is a collective challenge, not an individual one.“But I understand that is maybe his position, he needs to challenge one of the best strikers in the world.” 1last_img read more