DMK travel agencies competition in excellence: Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia 2018

first_imgFor the 22nd year in a row, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has been carrying out the action “Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia“Within which awards and recognitions are given to economic entities in tourism.Thus, as part of the campaign, the evaluation of DMK travel agencies will be carried out, and the best will be awarded prizes and recognitions through evaluation in three categories: Mala (up to 10 employees), medium (11-39 employees) i big (over 40 employees). The holder of the evaluation of DMK travel agencies is the Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies, which in cooperation developed and agreed on the evaluation methodology.The evaluation process will be carried out in two phases. First by collecting and processing data via Questionnaire on physical and financial indicators, followed by a tour and evaluation of the best ranked travel agency by the Travel Agency Evaluation Committee. The DMK travel agency of the year will be named the one with the highest number of points in the second phase, the qualitative assessment of the Commission, and among the first place in the categories of small, medium and large agencies.By fulfilling Questionnaire on physical and financial indicators at the latest until May 15, 2018., you have automatically filled in the application for this year ‘s first evaluation phase.Find more information here.last_img read more

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Africa XI beats World XI 4-2 in Essien’s Charity Game of Hope

first_imgAfrica XI beat a select side from World XI best footballers 4-2, in Michael Essien’s game of hope at the Accra Sports Stadium.The game which is to raise funds for charity events by the Michael Essien Foundation saw an array of some of the greatest football talents around the world.Former German captain, and Chelsea midfielder, Michael Ballack, Ricardo Carvalho, Djibril Cisse were among players who paraded for the World XI whilst Ghana’s own Michael Essien, Jayjay Okocha, Adebayor, all the Ayew brothers and their uncle Kwame Ayew featured for the Africa XI.Myjoyonline.com’s Nathan Gadugah watched the game from the Accra Sports Stadium and gave the following live updates:The atmosphere is gradually building up; a great weather so convenient for football.The Stars have just a while ago returned to the dugout after a short warm up. They will soon be making a return to begin friendly hostilities. The Stars are back on the pitch and after brief pleasantries, hostilities have begun.The game is being played at such a slow pace and its quite understandable- it is a friendly game with nothing at stake, just the fun of it.Stephen Appiah, Sheyi Adebayor and Jayjay Okocha have shown glimpses of individual brilliance and dexterity.Africa XI wins a penalty, a controversial one I must say. Michael Essien steps up to the challenge and bang, he scores.Adebayor was deemed to have been fouled by Jamal Blackman in post for the World XI. Its one all now, courtesy Djibril Cisse former Liverpool striker. The French man placed the ball beyond the reach of Richard Kingston in post for the Africa XI and guess what, he does the Azonto with panache. .But oo Africa XI are back in front and it is Ghanaian born Dutch international George Boateng who restores the lead with a sublime volley beyond the reach of Blackman.Jayjay Okocha increases tally for Africa XI and credit to Adebayor who dummied the goal keeper and eith an empty net, he invited Okocha to kick it in.Its 3-1 now.Stephen Tonado Appiah is out and he receives a thundrous applause. The game is now on recess and its highlife sensation Kwabena Kwabena who is dishing out some of his greatest tunes. Awilo Logomba has taken over wiggling his waist to some of danceable tunes.The second half begins.Nothing much has changed, except Adebayor and Okocha who are up to one trick or another. The fans love their skill and cheer every stepover.But it is the World XI side who nearly got a goal. Cisse sent delivered an inch perfect ball which whisked just wide.World XI pulls one back to make it 3-2. Haminu Dramani’s superb goal increases tally of Africa XI to 4-2. game over.last_img read more

New Lakers guard Quinn Cook grew up rooting for the team

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He brings the best out of everybody,” he said. “And I know I saw that with my team with him in Cleveland for a little bit. He made me such a better player in two months, and to have a full season with him, I can only imagine the type of player I’ll become in this season.”In his two seasons with Golden State, Cook felt like he matured in ways that will give him value to a contender (which the Lakers are expecting to be). He is familiar with the regular-season challenge of taking on an opponent’s best effort every night. He’s used to the postseason grind into June, and how to handle increased scrutiny and stakes.He also will be immediately close to two of his teammates. He played with DeMarcus Cousins last season and said he’s excited to see how the 28-year-old center handles a full summer to return to his former All-Star self. He also is reuniting with former teammate JaVale McGee, who was his neighbor in the Warriors’ locker room during the 2017-18 season. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed In the picture, the jerseys are splayed all over the floor. Kobe. Shaq. Wilt. Jerry.Quinn Cook and his family owned an impressive collection of Lakers gear when he was growing up, one the 26-year-old has shared old photos of over the last week on Instagram. Now, the 6-foot-2 guard will get to add his own name to the collection – something he could have only dreamed of as a diehard fan growing up in Washington, D.C.“When I was born that’s really all I knew,” he said. “When I grew up, when I started to really watch and understand basketball, that’s when the Lakers were winning. … Obviously, I was all the way in D.C., but I was obsessed with the Lakers and I felt that my dad really instilled it in me.”The sharpshooting point guard was one of the additions from last weekend in free agency, and the veteran of two NBA Finals runs with the Golden State Warriors is expected to bolster depth for a backcourt that is almost entirely new. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCook didn’t expect to be on the move. As a restricted free agent who started his career struggling to find a foothold in Cleveland, Dallas and New Orleans, Cook thought his production with the Warriors (7.7 ppg, 41.8 percent from 3-point range) would justify a return to Golden State. The Warriors extended a qualifying offer that Cook was prepared to sign, but following the trade for D’Angelo Russell, the team rescinded the deal while scrambling to stay under a hard salary cap.Cook had a few teams interested in him, he said, but on the Lakers, he had a powerful patron: LeBron James. The 34-year-old four-time MVP (who is close with Mike Krzyzewski, Cook’s coach at Duke) apparently stumped to Rob Pelinka on Cook’s behalf, helping clear the way for a deal to Los Angeles. Cook played with James as a rookie in 2015 in training camp and is eager for a reunion.Related Articlescenter_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “When he found out I signed with the Lakers, he sent me a nice text, a little funny text,” Cook said. “That’s how our relationship is. That’s probably his relationship with everybody, he’s one of the best teammates you could have. And it was cool I saw his mom the next day in Vegas. Our moms are tight, so it’s going to be fun getting to spend another season with him.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

Newcastle v Chelsea: Remy starts

first_imgLoic Remy starts for Chelsea in the game against Newcastle at St James’ Park.Remy, who spent the 2013-14 season on loan with the Magpies, gets the nod over Radamel Falcao to replace the suspended Diego Costa up front for the Blues.Falcao is on the substitutes’ bench along with John Terry, who is again left out of the starting-line up.Newcastle, meanwhile, welcome back striker Aleksandar Mitrovic following a three-match suspension.Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Mbabu; Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrović.Subs: Elliot, Williamson, Lascelles, Obertan, Thauvin, de Jong, Toney.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Kenedy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Admissions of Ignorance in Evolutionary Theory

first_imgFor a scientific idea some have proclaimed as a fact no longer in need of proof, and as well-established as gravity, Darwin’s theory of evolution still reveals surprising weaknesses when its defenders speak about the details.  Detecting these weaknesses requires tuning out the media hype, and tuning into scientific papers and pro-evolution journals where evolutionary theory is debated.  Elisabeth Pennisi wrote one such account in Science last week.1  It revealed that the public is getting a very misleading view of evolution – both its operation and the strength of the evidence for it.    It would seem obvious that evolution needs a genetic basis.  Darwin attempted to explain it in his day, unsuccessfully.  The neo-Darwinian synthesis of the 1930s was supposed to explain it.  Serious questions about how evolution works at the genetic level remain, however, to this day.  This was evident in Pennisi’s use of war metaphors to describe two groups of evolutionists that are “locking horns” over a current issue: whether genes or regulatory elements (in particular, cis regulatory factors) are key to evolutionary change.  The latter, a “fashionable idea,” has been growing in popularity among those in the evo-devo subculture: i.e., evolutionary biologists who focus more on developmental than genetic influences.  When Jerry Coyne and Hopi Hoekstra wrote a pointed critique of the regulatory-element hypothesis in the journal Evolution last year, “Egos were bruised.  Tempers flared.  Journal clubs, coffee breaks at meetings, and blogs are still all abuzz,” she wrote.    None of the combatants doubt Darwin’s theory in the slightest, of course.  Still, some statements in Pennisi’s account could give a Darwin-doubter cause for gloating.  Consider this paragraph:[Sean] Carroll [U of Wisconsin] argued that mutations in cis regions were a way to soft-pedal evolutionary change.  Genes involved in establishing body plans and patterns have such a broad reach–affecting a variety of tissues at multiple stages of development–that mutations in their coding regions can be catastrophic.  In contrast, changes in cis elements, several of which typically work in concert to control a particular gene’s activity, are likely to have a much more limited effect.  Each element serves as a docking site for a particular transcription factor, some of which stimulate gene expression and others inhibit it.  This modularity makes possible an infinite number of cis-element combinations that finely tune gene activity in time, space, and degree, and any one sequence change is unlikely to be broadly disruptive.This sounds like damage control.  Is the standard explanation too risky?  Yet critics of the evo-devo alternative argue that every such “fine-tuning” change must be adaptive to persist through natural selection.  Precious few examples, they say, can be found to illustrate a regulatory change related to a morphological change.  One regulatory change in a mouse, for instance, can make its digits grow slightly longer (see 01/18/2008), but the mutant mouse is hardly ready to take off flying like a bat.    “Where’s the beef?” challenged Pennisi, giving the floor to Coyne and Hoekstra, who countered that mutations for evolutionary change must occur in genes:But Hoekstra and Coyne say this enthusiasm doesn’t rest on solid evidence.  In their Evolution article, they picked apart these examples and the rationale behind them.  They pulled quotes from Carroll’s work to criticize his fervor and berated the evo-devo community for charging full speed ahead with the cis-regulatory hypothesis.  “Evo devo’s enthusiasm for cis-regulatory changes is unfounded and premature,” they wrote.  Changes in gene regulation are important, says Hoekstra, but they are not necessarily caused by mutations in cis elements.  “They do not have one case where it’s really nailed down,” she says.Those be fightin’ words, indeed.  Coyne even used psychological warfare, telling Science, “I’m distressed that Sean Carroll is preaching to the general public that we know how evolution works based on such thin evidence.”    The opposition did not take this sitting down.  “Almost as soon as their article appeared, lines were drawn and rebuttals planned,” Pennisi reported like a war correspondent.  But did they come back with a knock-down case for evolution?  All Sean Carroll could reply was that his view is the best of a bad lot:“I am not trying to say that regulatory sequence is the most important thing in evolution,” he told Science.  But when it comes to what’s known about the genetic underpinnings of morphological evolution, “it’s a shutout” in favor of cis elements, he asserts.That one statement could come as a shock to students who have been taught all their lives that evolution by natural selection acting on genetic mutations is well understood.  The article degenerated from here into the battle of the T-shirts and other fluff.  Coyne, for instance, sported a T-shirt that said “I’m no CISsy,” and entitled his talk at a recent conference, “Give me just one cis-regulatory mutation and I’ll shut up.”    Pennisi reported statistics from pro-evo-devo people purporting to show the extent of regulatory elements involved in mutated genes.  “Yet even these data are inconclusive,” another was quoted admitting.  At the end of the article, there was no winner.  Pennisi’s closing theme, with variations, was how little is known.  Everyone was making excuses.  Evo-devo devotees complained that associations between regulatory elements and morphological effects are hard to measure.  “I really want to emphasize,” Carroll bluffed, “that evo-devo [researchers] haven’t come to this way of thinking simply through storytelling” but through data.  Was this a response to ridicule he has heard?  Or was it a backhanded charge that his opponents are the storytellers?  Either way, it’s hard to feel his conclusions are compelling when the relevance of certain regulatory elements, and their interactions, are confusing, and “the numbers may be misleading.”  How much more so when genetic mutations can affect the regulatory elements themselves?  What role do RNA elements play?  What about gene duplications?  Patricia Wittkop (U of Michigan) suggested there may be more noise than signal when she said, “The important question is about finding out whether there are principles that will allow us to predict the most likely paths of change for a specific trait or situation.”  It would seem any scientific claim needs such principles to be deemed scientific.    If the evolutionists cannot resolve their conflict, they can at least improve their battlefield protocols.  Pennisi ended with this:With so much unknown, “we don’t want to spend our time bickering,” says [Gregory] Wray [Duke U].  He and others worry that Hoekstra, Coyne, and Carroll have taken too hard a line and backed themselves into opposite corners.  Coyne doesn’t seem to mind the fuss, but Hoekstra is more circumspect about their Evolution paper.  “I stand by the science absolutely,” she says.  “But if I did it over again, I would probably tone down the language.”1.  Elisabeth Pennisi, “Evolutionary Biology: Deciphering the Genetics of Evolution,” Science, 8 August 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5890, pp. 760-763, DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5890.760.The vast majority of the public, including high school students, never sees the bickering between Darwiniacs over the most fundamental aspects of their theory.  That’s why you need to see it exposed here.    The lesson in this story is that almost nothing is understood in their tale at a scientific level.  Evolutionists want us to believe that humans have bacteria ancestors.  All the amazing structures in all of life had to emerge from a simple, primordial cell by some undirected biological process at the genetic level.  When it comes to positive evidence for such a fantastic, astonishing claim, the paltry best these true believers could exhibit were inconclusive effects of mutations or regulatory elements on existing complex species: reversible changes to the amount of armor on stickleback fish, bristles or the lack of them on fruit flies (with no idea whether they provide any adaptive advantage), slightly longer digits on mice, and other trivia.  When it comes to negative evidence, look at how both sides falsified each other.  The charges and counter-charges were hilarious.  They go like this:“You have no evidence.”“Oh yeah?  Well, we have a lot more than you!”This is like the Dumb and Dumber T-shirts you see friends wearing at amusement parks.  We’ve taken off the Darwiniacs’ white lab coats and shown you their T-shirts: not just Dumb and Dumber, but Fussy and Fussier, and Deceived and Deceiver.  Should such people be “preaching to the general public” that “they know how evolution works, based on such thin evidence”?  Look under the T-shirt and you see just a skeleton with no scientific fitness.  “Where’s the beef?” indeed.  These Popeyes (05/31/2005) will find no salvation in spinach (01/24/2005).  Their ID nemesis, already fit to the hilt, has already eaten it all.  Skinny lightweights only win in the cartoons.(Visited 76 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Knicks, top executive Jackson agree to part ways

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” Dolan said.“Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJackson was a power forward on Knicks championship teams in 1970 and 1973, although he missed the first of those title-winning campaigns after spinal fusion surgery.As a coach, Jackson guided the Michael Jordan-powered Chicago Bulls to six titles in the 1990s and the Los Angeles Lakers to five more. But he could not turn around the club where he spent most of his playing days.“The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart,” Jackson said. “This team and this town launched my NBA career. I will forever be indebted to them. I am grateful to Mr. Dolan for giving me the opportunity to return here.”Jackson, 71, could not revive a Knicks team that has not had a winning record since 2013, when the club won its only playoffs series since 2000.The Knicks went 37-45 in 2013-14 but since then have had season marks of 17-65, 32-50 and 31-51 in 2016-17 with trade rumors constantly surrounding star Carmelo Anthony as losses mounted in iconic Madison Square Garden.“I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden,” Jackson said. “As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best –- today and always.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New York Knicks President Phil Jackson speaks with the media att Madison Square Garden training center on July 8, 2016 in Tarrytown, New York. / AFP PHOTO / Bryan R. SmithPhil Jackson, who won a record 11 NBA titles as a coach, announced Wednesday his resignation as New York Knicks president of basketball operations by mutual agreement with team owner Jim Dolan.The move came after Dolan and Jackson discussed the future direction of the Knicks, who have struggled since Jackson took over in March 2014, nearly three years after his retirement from coaching.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Dolan said he will not be involved in operating the Knicks.“While we are currently evaluating how best to move forward regarding the leadership of the organization, I will not be involved in the operation of the team,” Dolan said. “Steve Mills, the team’s general manager, will run the day-to-day business of the organization over the short term.”Tim Leiweke, a former executive for the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors ownership groups, will advise the Knicks in the interim on moving forward. What ‘missteps’? Clutch Castro carries TNT to tie Finals series at 2-2 LATEST STORIESlast_img read more