Slovenia was the first to declare the end of the epidemic and open its borders. Tourist guides are already ready and waiting for the first tours

first_imgDo you see an opportunity to return to tourism and the guide business we once knew? We predict that in the beginning, only Slovenes will be visitors. As pleasant as it is to have your people as guests it is also demanding. Yes, they mostly know everything about their country. That is why we have prepared a special guide around the Ljubljana Marshes (in the early morning, in the evening with the sunset and one during the day). We will spend around Ljubljana from a ‘fish perspective’ in canoes, it is something for those who like a little adventure. A particularly interesting tour is the one called “The First Time”, and leads through places in the city where something happened – the first time. We put together a whole range of places where Slovenian films were made, a tour where we get to know the development of the language, guided tours of Baroque Ljubljana… Of course we included the whole of Slovenia: Bohinj, Bled, Piran-Strunjan-saltworks… Slovenj Gradec, Carinthia… and never with foreign visitors we don’t go into so much detail because there is no time for introduction to the context, and with the locals – we just have to. When? Next week! Guides will learn something from the guide, get ideas for their tours, very collegially and selflessly. When do you expect the first real guests? – The tourism industry has been closed for two months in an effort to curb the epidemic, and this decision is the first to ease restrictions in the sector. The activity, moreover the proactivity of Slovenian tourist guides through this period was a really rare example of organization, harmony and creativity in the profession. Dozens of extremely high-quality webinars, trainings were held online, countless messages about the situation in Slovenia were recorded, and they were active in the international professional network. All detachments. Slovenia’s tourism workers can’t wait, although they will start with smaller operations, but all shops will be able to open, while bars and restaurants will be able to serve indoors again, the Slovenian government decided on Wednesday. According to the same government decrees, the only facilities that must remain closed are accommodation facilities with a capacity of more than 30 rooms, spa accommodation, wellness and fitness centers, swimming pools and water parks. “This is something that, I think, humanity has not yet experienced in its history. There were wars, but it didn’t happen that the whole world stopped. My last – ‘before the crown’ group – were associations of ex-mayors from London. On the first day everything still seemed normal, and then on the second day of their visit every hour there was a ban: we could not use the funicular, the meeting with the mayor was canceled… It seemed calmer in Bled, but when the group had to leave for Croatia, it became – impossible. The others are blocked in Slovenia. They were ordered a plane and when my colleague and I jumped on the bus, it became clear to me to see them off – this is serious. Occurs. Our guests are still not or aware that we are inventing something, because everything was ok with them, but for a short time. ” Every conversation with people from the world of tourism comes down to the time before the corona – and to the “what now” question. Mateja recalled her last ‘pre-crown’ of the group she hosted in Ljubljana. “We must respect measures in all these activities. Since the tours of the city do not need to have masks, but we must maintain a distance of 1,5 meters. To make ourselves heard better, we will use headphones and kits, maybe loudspeakers, or even phone apps that we are still testing. For now, visitors will come in their own arrangement. I hope soon and less groups from neighboring countries. Now is the right time because there is no crowd” Given Slovenia’s orientation towards sustainable tourism, the green heart of Europe that promotes Slovenia, Mateja’s specialty is increasingly in demand. Did you keep in touch with your guests? Colleagues? Agencies? How did they react? “Regardless of the fact that the whole world was in a “lockdown”, people still wanted contacts. It was clear to us that people would not travel again, as they used to. Guests and agencies contacted us saying, “No travel until there is no vaccine,” “Nowhere until there is no cure”… But what’s important, we stayed in touch. There was no room for discouragement and we told them we missed them. They called us regularly, and we called them. We used social networks, and on Palm Sunday we started with video messages on the YouTube channel Regional Tourist Guides of Slovenia. ” Finally, when asked how to proceed, Kregar Gliha points out that we will see soon. “Let’s just think, let’s discuss, let’s connect. I don’t think that’s a problem for us in that part of Europe. ” The Slovenian government, STA reports – the Slovenian news agency – has officially announced the end of the coronavirus epidemic. Private albumcenter_img How did you design that interaction? How did you set priorities for which audience to address? “We decided to make it a program in different languages. So we have Sundays for Slovenian, Monday for English, Tuesday for German, Wednesday for Italian, Thursday and Friday for French or. Spanish or some other language (Mandarin, Dutch,…), and Saturdays are for Slavic languages ​​(Croatian, Polish, Czech, Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bosnian,….). So we wanted to provide that everyone is really welcome, of course, when they have the opportunity” Cover photo: Visit Ljubljana We have already said many times: quality not quantity. Now we have time to work on it. What will such guides look like in practice? Did you get recommendations, instructions, prohibitions, restrictions? And the possibility opened up even before everyone hoped, and as Mateja Kregar Gliha points out, citizens are slowly getting used to sanitary measures at the time of the corona, so why can’t they respect tourism now. “So already organized to work in small groups and mini »professional trips will open guides. They will now be, speaking the crown of the dictionary – zero tourists. Sometimes you express how much they know, sometimes how much they don’t know about their country. Such guides, in small groups, are a great opportunity to test our ideas and knowledge: what is good, what is not good, what should be added, taken away… This is also an opportunity to think, what to do to make tourism not only seasonal, but that we can make a nice living from it all year round. Mateja, but also her colleagues did not waste time and showed exceptional activity in the profession during the quarantine period. “The first reaction is shock, I trust everyone. But then you say; come on I’ll use the time to ‘iron’ my website, tidy it up, read it… Then a little more serious plans start like – I’ll rent a garden. But there was no peace in the company of Slovenian guides. We agreed that we need to do something for our audience. We had zoom rallies and constantly exchanged There were so many rhymes for education and skills that we could pass on to each other, no matter the distance. Zoom and Hangouts and other platforms have become our main tools for knowledge transfer. At ARGOS, we are divided by region and after these virtual meetings we concluded that we need to see each other more often, even after quarantine.” A colleague Matej Kregar Gliha I found myself working today… programs for next week. Mateja, a doyenne in Slovenian guide waters, in addition to being a local guide, she is a Tour manager, Destination Consultant, WFTGA Guide Trainer and what is especially interesting, and in our infancy – Green Destinations Ambassador. In a sea of ​​black news and catastrophic forecasts for the tourism industry, and at the same time very few concrete proposals and actions and initiatives, and a lot of provocations and harsh accusations at all levels, Slovenia made a pioneering step and launched the first optimistic news. “This time was given to us to think about us and our business from some other perspective. It won’t be like it was in 2019 for a long time, but after every rain the sun comes, even this time. Slowly, at a slow pace, for us to try something new, and to see how much tourism really means to us. So far, they have seen it as something crowded. But now we are more humble and I think we will respect him more. And on the other hand, tourism now has a great opportunity, to define its direction. What are these programs, which are really high quality and what does a quality life bring to all of us? We cannot talk about quality tourism, if the economy and social of the local population are endangered and if we destroy the environment. It must not be just seasonal. We have already said many times: quality not quantity. Now we have the opportunity to work on it. It’s not easy, but we have to get out of the ‘comfort zone’ we’ve lived in so far. Nothing will be the way it used to be, we know that” Key measures of distance between people remain in place, but one major restriction has been lifted: EU citizens will be able to cross the border. Of course, with some warnings, the Slovenian tourism industry is at a low start and ready for action. As soon as the measures for easing the quarantine restrictions come into force on Monday, they will start reviving their activities. This is demanding, very demanding. Are domestic guests more critical than foreign ones? last_img read more

Pravin Tambe set to become 1st Indian to play in Carribean Premier League

first_imgST. JOHNS: Wrist spinner Pravin Tambe is set to become the first Indian to play in the Carribean Premier League as he has been signed by Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) — the franchise co-owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan — for the upcoming edition of the tournament. The 48-year-old has played for Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Tambe was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2020 IPL season, but was later disqualified by IPL’s Governing Council for featuring in the T10 League in the UAE. Meanwhile, TKR have also brought back Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed who was part of their Championship winning team in 2018. They have signed New Zealand wicket keeper Tim Seifert and Zimbabwean batsman Sikandar Raza. The draft for the tournament, scheduled to take place from August 18 to September 10, was carried out remotely and the six teams have successfully filled out their rosters with both Caribbean and overseas players with Rashid Khan, Marcus Stoinis, Ross Taylor, Tambe and Carlos Brathwaite all being signed up. IANS Also Watch: Rs 1.30 Lakh Fine Collected For Lockdown Violations in Kokrajharlast_img read more

Stunning Win! Osaka Shocks Venus Williams

first_imgThe world no. 64 recorded her biggest scalp at the US Open last month when she defeated world no. 6 Angelique Kerber but her latest win against world no. 5 Venus Williams surpasses that feat.RelatedSouthern & Western Open: Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Semis In Protest Over Police Shooting Of James BlakeAugust 27, 2020In “Tennis”Indian Wells Masters: Keber, Venus, Osaka Survive 5th RoundMarch 12, 2019In “Tennis”Indian Wells Masters: Osaka, Halep Crash Out Retaining RankingsMarch 13, 2019In “Tennis” Naomi Osaka pulled off the biggest win of her short career by beating Venus Williams at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open.19-year old Osaka won in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 to gain her revenge on the American, who had been victorious earlier this year in their match at the Wimbledon Open in the summer.Speaking after her victory, Osaka said:“I feel like even if I hit one semi-short ball she would come in and crush it, so I had to play really well.”last_img read more

David Clifton – Don’t gamble on your affiliates

first_img Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Related Articles UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon In my December 2016 article for SBC News, I wrote about affiliates coming into the ICO’s firing line, which in turn leaves gambling operators facing liability for affiliates’ data protection misdemeanours – a situation that will hit home even harder when the recently announced Data Protection Bill is published by Parliament and, subsequently, when the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in May next year. More information about this can be found on our website.However, data protection is by no means the only area where operators have to carry the can for failings by their affiliates, as was evidenced, for example, by BGO Entertainment being hit earlier this year with a formal warning from the Gambling Commission following an operating licence review plus a £300,000 penalty for breaches by them and by their affiliates of LCCP Social Responsibility code provisions 5.1.7 (requiring that marketing of free bet, bonus or similar offers must follow the CAP and BCAP Codes and must not be misleading) and 1.1.2 (taking responsibility for third parties).I suspect some operators do not appreciate quite how wide-ranging SR Code 1.1.2 is. It requires licensed operators not only to ensure that they contract on prescribed terms with third parties (including marketing affiliates and advertising networks) insofar as the provision of any aspect of the operator’s business related to gambling activities is concerned, but also to take responsibility for the actions or failings of all such third parties insofar as those actions or failings are inconsistent with the LCCP and/or the licensing objectives under the Gambling Act 2005.It might therefore be a good idea for marketing teams within licensed operators’ businesses to spend a bit of time digesting a CAP news item entitled “Gambling on your Affiliates?”, that has recently been published on the ASA’s website.It forcibly makes the points that:primary responsibility for observing the CAP Code remains with the gambling operator, with the consequence that marketing materials created by affiliates need to stick to the advertising rules, since otherwise the operator itself may be held either wholly or jointly responsible, andads must be socially responsible and obviously identifiable and they must also communicate significant conditions for promotions.The ASA emphasises the need for affiliates to observe the general rules on misleading advertising and promotional marketing as well as sector-specific rules and database practice requirements, such as the need to demonstrate that explicit consent has been provided by each recipient of affiliates’ email marketing.It makes the following sensible practical suggestions of what operators should bear in mind when keeping a close eye on their affiliates.Under CAP Code Rule 16.3.13, gambling advertising must not be directed at those under the age of 18 and those conducting the marketing must be able to demonstrate that they have taken reasonable steps to place or target their ads appropriately.When using social media accounts that attract a wide array of followers, this will include a requirement that marketers (and/or their affiliates) are able to demonstrate that the overall demographic of followers does not indicate that a gambling ad would be directed at those under the age of 18 in that space.The content of the ad should also be responsible and not, for example, suggest that a consumer’s personality or self-image is likely to improve (Rule 16.3.6) or that they would achieve financial security due to gambling (Rule 16.3.4). A recent ASA ruling against Coral Interactive underlines also that ads should not suggest peer pressure to gamble, disparage abstention or suggest that gambling could enhance personal qualities.Given that affiliate marketing falls under the CAP Code, affiliates’ ads must be obviously identifiable as marketing communications (Rule 2.1). The ASA says: “sometimes this is clear through the context alone but where it isn’t, we usually recommend using a label like “Ad” somewhere sufficiently prominent to make it clear to consumers”. It is also a requirement that marketing communications do not falsely claim or imply that the marketer (or affiliate) is acting as a consumer or for purposes outside its trade, business, craft or profession and that marketing communications must make clear their commercial intent, if that is not obvious from the context (Rule 2.3). A recent ASA finding on this point in relation to a gambling “advertorial” can be found here.As indicated above, marketers and affiliates must ensure that significant conditions for promotions are communicated where the omission is likely to mislead (Rule 8.17). If an ad is limited by time and/or space, it may be acceptable under the CAP Code for some of the terms and conditions of the offer to be placed one click away from the ad, provided this is made sufficiently clear. However, any term and condition that changes consumers’ understanding of an offer must be made clear within the ad itself. A recent ASA finding on this point in relation to a gambling promotion can be found here.It also needs to be remembered in the above respects that LCCP Social Responsibility code provision 5.1.7 requires in relation to marketing communications (including advertisements) that:they must state significant limitations and qualifications, although any such qualifications may clarify, but must not contradict, the claims that they qualify,when relating to promotions in circumstances in which the communication/advertisement is significantly limited by time or space, they must direct customers to an easily accessible alternative source where all the significant conditions of the promotion are prominently stated, andthe terms and conditions of each marketing incentive must be made available for the full duration of the promotion.Readers should also note that in March this year, the ASA published Online Affiliate Marketing advice that contains a helpful infographic for affiliates and rams home the messages that:the CAP Code applies to affiliate marketing (just as it does to operators’ own marketing) and must be easily identifiable as such, whether it occurs in blogs and news-sites, vlogs, social media posts, voucher sites or otherwise, andcare should be taken with the content, the ASA re-emphasising that “advertisers should also bear in mind that allowing their affiliates to have free rein over the content of ads does not excuse them from the responsibility of ensuring that the advertising is compliant with the CAP Code”.We will be happy to assist both operators and affiliates with any queries they may have relating to gambling advertising [email protected]last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: Marlon Mack, Jordan Howard, Damien Williams affect Week 14 waiver wire pickups

first_imgWeek 14 means the start of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues, and the RB rankings and waiver wire could be littered with possible pickups (or sleepers, if you want to be optimistic) due to running back injuries. Marlon Mack, Jordan Howard, Damien Williams, and Matt Breida all are battling ailments that could limit their respective availability for Week 14. Some of the latest news and updates suggest that Jordan Wilkins, Miles Sanders, Darwin Thompson and Raheem Mostert could all be Week 14 waiver adds or sleepers.For news on Dalvin Cook, click here; for the latest on injured TEs Gerald Everett, David Njoku, Evan Engram, and Austin Hooper, click here; for updates on banged-up WRs, such as Adam Thielen, Julio Jones, T.Y. Hilton, and more, go here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWill Marlon Mack play Week 14?As of the end of last week, Mack (hand) was targeting a Week 14 return, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich told reporters Monday that Mack will be “monitored this week.”Mack has yet to practice since the injury, so that’ll likely be the first sign that he could be close to returning to the field. Against a top run defense in Tampa Bay in Week 14, none of the Colts backfield is especially appealing – Jordan Wilkins doubled up Jonathan Williams in snaps in Week 13 in surprising fashion. Wilkins could still be worth a waiver claim, but with risk based both on matchup and a potential swing back the other way in playing time, he might not be worth a start, so plan accordingly.WEEK 14: Top Waiver PickupsJordan Howard injury updateHoward still hasn’t been cleared for contact as he deals with a shoulder injury that hasn’t allowed him to play since Week 9. The Eagles don’t play until Monday night against the Giants in Week 14, which could make it a longer time until we know anything new with certainty about Howard.Miles Sanders has been the bellcow back with Howard out, a departure from Doug Pederson’s normal propensity toward using committees in the backfield. If Howard remains out, Sanders is a strong RB2 play against New York, and if Howard is back and apparently healthy, he’d take on that role and bump Sanders into boom-or-bust FLEX territory.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endDamien Williams injury newsUPDATE: Williams reportedly “has a chance” to play this week.Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn’t provide an update on Damien Williams in his Monday availability. Williams (ribs) hasn’t practiced since his injury in Week 11. Reid did say there’s a “good chance” that Darrel Williams (hamstring) is out in Week 14. The Chiefs play in the late-afternoon time slot in New England on Sunday.If both Darrel and Damien Williams are out, that leaves LeSean McCoy and rookie Darwin Thompson as the top backs. Thompson looks like he should be a priority waiver claim considering he could be KC’s top back, but he wouldn’t be more than a FLEX in a tough matchup against New England.MORE WEEK 14:Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOS Matt Breida injury newsKyle Shanahan told reporters Monday that he’s “optimistic” Breida will suit up in Week 14. Breida (ankle) hasn’t played since Week 10. In his absence in Week 13, Raheem Mostert dominated carries for San Francisco, 20-5 over Tevin Coleman.WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPBreida’s return would throw a wrench into a backfield that’s already been turned on its head. Adding Mostert on waivers this week takes a hit if you consider that Breida will come back and claim some work, too. Partner that with a tough Week 14 matchup in New Orleans and this will be a tough backfield to predict with any confidence for Sunday.last_img read more

Argonia boys win the Border Queen Classic in Caldwell

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Argonia boys win tournament championship.by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Argonia and Caldwell boys teams both won easily Saturday at the Border Queen tournament in Caldwell. Argonia finished 3-0 in the tournament and took first place. Caldwell on its game and were second after going 2-1 in tournament play. Earlier in the week Argonia edged Caldwell by four in what could be a preview of things to come in the South Central Border League. The teams each played three games and the tournament winner was determined by the won and loss record in those games.On the girls side, Caldwell lost its game in overtime, but due to a tiebreaker was awarded second place. Norwich beat Argonia handily and won the tournament without a loss.The Caldwell Border Queen all-tournament team are as follows: Girls:  Jesse Tracy of Argonia, Macy Stephens, Megan Kelley and Derien Garrison, from Burden Shannon Mannon of Caldwell . Boys: Seth Hemberger and Kolen Koerner of Argonia, Colten Ward of Caldwell, Tyson Roe and Dustin Handlin of Central Burden.Here is a recap of Saturday’s games.BoysArgonia 51, Norwich 30Argonia jumped out to a 10-5 first quarter lead and the score was tied a couple of times in the second quarter. Argonia put together an 8-2 run to close the half leading 25-19. Argonia pulled away in the third, starting with a 10-2 run and never looked back. Argonia led by 13 heading into the final quarter and played solid defense to pull away. Argonia coach Bob Almanza said his team played four good quarters in a row for the first time this season. “Our shots were not falling in the first half. I told them to keep playing hard and we started to hit some in the third quarter. Defense was the key,” he said. He credited the 2-3 zone defense with keeping Norwich from getting its offense going, and that led to a lot of fast break baskets for Argonia.Seth Hemberger led all scorers with 20 points, with 11 coming in the second quarter as he led the surge at the end of the half. Kolen Koerner added 12, Trevor Pierce had eight. Evan Dolley had seven and Zach Haxton had two. For Norwich, Logan Payne had nine, Nick Kyle had eight and Tyson Roe scored seven.Caldwell boys receive second place trophy in Border Queen Tournament.Caldwell 57, Central Burden 40Caldwell held off a pesky Central Burden team for a half, and then got its game going in the third quarter before gradually pulling away for a 57-40 win. Colten Ward started the game with back to back 3-pointers for Caldwell, but Burden hung around for awhile. Caldwell led by three after one quarter, and led 29-25 at the half. Caldwell’s defense clamped down in the third quarter and outscored Burden 11-4. The Bluejays pulled away from there and led by as many as 21 in the final quarter.Caldwell coach Jason Marlin said his team played better in the second half after struggling early. “Overall it was a pretty good game,” he said.He is a new coach at Caldwell, but with three returning starters off a team that went far in the playoffs last year, the team is expected to do well again this year. Marlin said he has not changed much of what the team was doing last year so the transition has not been very hard.“Some new players have stepped up, and they are starting to trust each other in the game,” he said.Ward had 16 points for Caldwell and Kyler Bruey scored 13. Jordan Schmidt had 8 for Caldwell. Sam Jackson had 12 for Burden.Caldwell girls receive the second place trophy.GirlsCentral Burden 42, Caldwell 32 (overtime)Caldwell struggled to hit the basket throughout the game, and missed the first of two one and one situations in the final minute to allow the game to go into overtime. Both teams had struggled to hit shots for most of regulation, but in the overtime Central Burden made eight of 10 free throws and that was the difference. The game was close throughout with Central leading most of the way by a small margin. Caldwell managed to catch up and led 24-22 after three quarters. Caldwell led by as many as five in the final quarter.Caldwell is now 1-3 overall. Caldwell coach Cory Ward said poor shooting was too much to overcome. The team was 3-for-17 from the charity stripe and shot only 22 percent from the field.“We have got to execute better than that,” he said.Shelby Schmidt scored 10 for Caldwell and Hanna Stuewe scored nine. Shannon Mannon had 13 for Central Burden with seven coming in overtime. Rylee Liebau added nine for Burden.Norwich 51, Argonia 20.Norwich jumped out to a 33-4 lead at halftime and never looked back in a rout of Argonia. Norwich cruised through the tournament unbeaten.  Argonia got some shots to go late and played even in the final quarter but could not dig out of the hole.Argonia coach Dixie Brewster said her team, now 1-3, has played some good teams early on and with an inexperienced squad, has taken some hard losses.“I think it will be good for us in the long run, it will make us better, but now we are losing some games,” she said.Argonia is starting two freshmen and has three juniors with no seniors. “We played hard and we are working to get better,” Brewster said.Jesse Tracy led Argonia with nine points and Baylee Booker had six points, coming on two 3-pointers.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more