Great news for Croatian tourism! Uniline opened an office in Seoul

first_imgExpanding its foreign markets in Asia systematically and in the long run, Uniline, Croatia’s largest tour operator, has opened, after Shanghai, its office in Seoul, South Korea.Uniline’s new office is located in a residential part of Seoul, about a kilometer and a half from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and about two kilometers from the Dynasty Palace. “Uniline’s goal is for every tenth Korean to experience and get to know the beauties of Croatia and South-Eastern Europe in the long run. ” pointed out Robert Sedlar, executive sales director of the travel company Uniline. In order to achieve these goals, the company announces numerous marketing and sales activities in the Korean market, and for this purpose, negotiations are underway to open an air charter line between Seoul and Dubrovnik.According to the latest census, South Korea has over 51 million inhabitants, and in 2016 in Croatia there were about 380 thousand arrivals and 450 thousand overnight stays of Korean guests, which is 10% more than in 2015, or in the last 6 to 7 years increased by as much as 30 times. The scale and goal are set high, but luck accompanies the brave and persistent visionaries, so we should certainly praise Uniline’s efforts and proactivity in developing new markets, including a large market such as South Korea.Pictured: (left) Robert Sedlar, Sales Executive and (right) Kwang Hyun Kyle Kim, Head of Korean market Korean reality shows as an impetus to arrivals                                    The impetus for the arrival of Koreans in Croatia was the filming of a reality show ”The Romantic in Croatia” 2012, which encouraged numerous groups of young Koreans to go in search of love in several Croatian destinations. This was followed by the filming of the series “Noonas over Flowers” in which several famous Korean actresses travel to Croatia as backpackers. The series, which aired from late November 2013 to January 2014, soon became the most popular travel documentary in Korea. The next two reality shows were filmed in 2015.Related news: ROBERT SEDLAR, UNILINE: GREAT SUPPORT FOR THE INITIATIVE STARTED BY UNILINE BECAUSE SLAVONIA HAS A LOT TO OFFER AND SHOWlast_img read more

Did Police Director Apologize to Senate?

first_imgAn authoritative source close to the leadership of the 53rd Senate has confided in the Daily Observer that embattled Director of the Liberia National Police, Christian Clarence Massaquoi, has finally written the Senate a letter of apology as ordered by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.President Sirleaf recently informed the Senate that she had reprimanded Director Massaquoi and suspended him for two days; giving him time to write a letter of apology and hand deliver it to the plenary.The communication from the Police Chief, according to the source, was one of several items placed on last Thursday, January 30,  Agenda/Oder of Business, but failed to go through the normal plenary procedure of it being firstly read, and if necessary, debated and adopted to form part of the working tool for that sitting.Before the Secretary of the Senate could go into the proposed agenda, the presiding officer, Senator Clarice Jah, then informed her colleagues that she had received a request from Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for an audience with that body for five minutes. This meeting ran for hours and eventually ended unceremoniously due to the day’s scheduled activities.The current ‘bad blood’ between the Executive and Legislature (Senate) is resultant from unfinished business brought forward from the second session. This situation arises from a complaint from Gbarpolu Senator, J.S. Theodore Momoh, against Director Massaquoi for insulting and threatening to assault him while en-route to work.The plenary there and then presided over by Maryland County Senator, H. Dan Morias, in a vengeful mood agreed that the Senate request President Sirleaf to disrobe Director Massaquoi and prosecute him for  an act of mutiny after he deployed a large number of police on the grounds of the Capitol Building last September.It was announced weeks later, contrary to an earlier decision to call for disrobement of the Police boss, the Senate was requesting President Sirleaf to take appropriate action to serve as a deterrent against Mr. Massaquoi in line with her Constitutional provision.Late Monday, unconfirmed reports filtered in that the leadership of the Senate was expected to meet with President Sirleaf last evening upon her return to the country from Ethiopia.Whatever outcome transpires between the two branches of Government, members of the 53rd Senate will this morning fulfill their Constitutional mandate that dictates they hold plenary sittings twice a week to discuss national/international and bilateral issues for the development agenda of the country to make laws that are in the best interest of the country and its people.If the 7th day sitting goes ahead today in accordance with the Constitution, the long-awaited report from the Committee on Banking and Currency; the report from the Ways, Means, Finance and Budget  Committee on the “Act to provide Fifteen Percent of the Fiscal National Budget for County Development will be conspicuously present on the agenda.Also expected on the agenda is the controversial communication from the House of Representatives on the placement of US$73,000,000 in the 2014/2015 National Budget and subsequent budgets for development purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘He’s already trying to jump ship!’ Reaction to Spurs manager’s comments

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he would one day like to return to Paris Saint-Germain as manager. Tottenham’s Argentinian boss, 44, made over 500 career appearances as a centre-back, with over 90 of those coming in a two-year spell in the French capital. Pochettino impressed in his first job in England with Southampton, turning them into an exciting, established Premier League side in 18 months at St Mary’s. He then left for north London, overseeing a surprise title race in just his second season, where Spurs look set to miss out with Leicester closing in on the trophy. French champions PSG could be looking for a new manager in the summer, after exiting the Champions League following a quarter-final defeat to Manchester City under Laurent Blanc. Whilst he did not say he wants to go this summer, Pochettino says he still looks out for the club’s results and managing them is ‘part of my dreams’. He told RMC: “I have always said that one day it would be a pleasure to manage a big club like Paris.“I try to watch all of their games, especially in the Champions League and sometimes I speak with [PSG assistant coach] Jean-Louis Gasset. Return to Paris one day, why not?”Just days after Spurs suffered in a setback in their title hopes, their manager’s comments are interesting and, as always, football fans had something to say on Twitter.See some of the best Tweets, below: Mauricio Pochettino (centre) in his Paris Saint-Germain playing days center_img READ MORE: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it would be a ‘dream’ to manage Paris Saint-Germain ‘one day’last_img read more

L.A. council must say no to DWP rate-hike grab

first_imgThe Los Angeles City Council should do more than just delay the Department of Water and Power’s planned rate hikes. It should flatly say no. DWP officials say they need the extra cash to increase staff and replace aging, beat-up equipment. DWP officials don’t say why the equipment is so beat up and worn, and if that’s indeed the case. Also, they don’t say why there’s a sudden staffing crunch. Yet still they are asking the L.A. City Council and taxpayers to approve double-digit rake hikes over the next two years on their assertion that there’s a looming power crisis. That’s simply not enough to go on. In the past, power companies have massaged, manipulated and blatantly distorted energy needs, supply and costs to get rate increases. A near-textbook example of that is the rate-hike grab by San Diego Gas and Electric for 2008. The Division of Ratepayer Advocates, an independent arm of the state Public Utilities Commission that represents consumers, found that SDG&E wildly inflated salary projections, employee benefits, cost of customer-service operations, and the price of equipment maintenance by tens of millions. The cost fudging was more than 30percent above the industry average. But it’s a straw-man question. Even if DWP officials could give such a guarantee – and that’s highly questionable – that should not be the basis for the council’s granting the rate hike. The hike should be based solely on need and proven performance. The DWP hasn’t made a firm case for either. But that’s never stopped city officials from rubber-stamping fee and tax hikes before, or approving overblown salary increases for city officials – especially themselves. Los Angeles is in a serious budget crisis, and city leaders are asking taxpayers – as always – to bail the city out of that crisis. That’s bad enough, but don’t make it worse by asking taxpayers to bail the DWP out of a crisis that isn’t a crisis. The council must say no to the DWP’s rate-hike grab. Earl Ofari Hutchinson, an author and political analyst, is a frequent contributor to the Daily News. He blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champEach time, the energy and utility companies swear that the increases will be the last they’ll demand in the foreseeable future. Of course, that’s never true. If the DWP really has equipment and staffing problems, it’s certainly not because of a lack of money. The DWP has one of the highest operating budgets of any city agency. But the money the DWP shells out to its top officials and its employees is nothing short of scandalous. David Nahai, the new DWP chief, will bank more than $300,000 in salary. And DWP workers are on average the runaway highest-paid city employees. In fact, their pay tops that of many of their private-sector utility counterparts. L.A. residents are plainly fed up with the City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s incessant demands for more and higher fees and taxes without any clear explanation of why the money is needed, let alone assurances that the money will markedly increase the level and quality of services to residents. With the resistance to the tax and fee increases mounting, city officials know that sooner or later taxpayer fury could easily translate into voter fury at them. That’s probably why some City Council members say they want assurances from the DWP that the proposed rate hikes will put an end to summer brownouts and power shortages that thousands in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of the city sweltered through last summer. last_img read more