Brad James August 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Softball Adds Two Assistants Written by Tags: Cincinnati Reds/Kevin Jensen/Kirtlyn Bohling/Layton Lancers/Mary Kay Amicone/Weber State Softball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Monday, Weber State softball head coach Mary Kay Amicone announced Kevin Jensen and Kirtlyn Bohling as her new assistant coaches.Jensen comes to the Wildcats’ program with more than 30 years of coaching experience, having spent the last three seasons at Brigham Young University.He helped the Cougars to three consecutive West Coast Conference titles and three NCAA Tournament regional appearances.Jensen, a former football and baseball player at Weber State, also coached the softball program at Layton High School and in 2007, led the Lancers to their first undefeated season in school history.Jensen also played baseball at the University of Utah and Southern Utah University while being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1976 and playing several seasons in the Reds’ minor league system.Bohling is a former Wildcats pitcher, spending the last four seasons in the circle for Weber State.She is a three-time first-team All-Big Sky performer and made 90 starts in 145 appearances.She netted 435 career strikeouts, posted a 63-40 career record and netted an ERA of 2.82.Bohling is the program’s record-holder in wins, saves, appearances, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts.
“We are excited to have Emmanuel come to BYU,” Sitake said. “He has good size, speed and experience and is a great fit as a person and a player for our program. He knows Coach Steward well from their time together at Rice, and he really wants to be here. We’re looking forward to welcoming Emmanuel to our team.” Esukpa, a 5-foot-11, 232-pound graduate transfer from Rice University, will be eligible for the 2019 season and have one year to play with the Cougars as a redshirt senior. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – BYU football head coach Kalani Sitake today announced the addition of running back Emmanuel Esukpa to the program. A product of Grand Prairie, Texas, Esukpa will be reuniting with second-year BYU running backs coach AJ Steward, who recruited him out of Mansfield High School before coaching him for three seasons at Rice from 2015-17. A big back who can run, Esukpa posted a 10.8 split in the 4×100-meter relay in high school where he was a two-sport athlete. Esukpa played in 29 games for the Owls, totaling 196 carries, 778 yards and six touchdowns. His single-game career high was 173 yards. Last season, Esukpa had 122 rushes, 461 yards and three scores. In 2017 under Steward, Esukpa played in 10 games in the running back rotation, averaging 4.6 yards per carry with 57 carries, 261 yards and one touchdown. March 27, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU football adds Rice graduate running back Emmanuel Esukpa Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Football/Emmanuel Esukpa Esukpa is scheduled to graduate from Rice this spring with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. Robert Lovell
Round the corner is Konstanty’s work. There is something deeply, indescribably satisfying about his line drawings. They are intricate, delicate, but solid; his lines are perfectly placed. His work has a cartoon quality: facial and bodily features are exaggerated, goblin-like, or grotesquely distorted. In one drawing, a figure squats on the tip of an inescapably phallic creature, as if about to launch into the air. Jack-in-the-box meets sex toy, perhaps. A disturbing sexual theme runs though the illustrations – disturbing, because violent and distorted. Genders are fused, confused, anatomically. What looks like an umbilical cord grows out of the penis of a man into an indefinable beast. Adeniyi was a war photographer for the British Army in Northern Ireland. Next to ‘Adamu’ is a smaller, asymmetrical, black and white portrait of a soldier in London-Derry. His look is intense, his eyes narrowed, but not hostile. The image resists specificity – the soldier’s face is streaked with camouflage paint, the wedge of background is blurry, and all is cast in timeless black and white – he is the ‘universal soldier’, so to speak. by Griselda Murray Brown Beside this is ‘Survival’, a colour photograph of a layer of rubbish strewn over grass in Isara-Remo, a town in Nigeria. On first glace, the objects look like strips of cardboard, bits of wood, but they are, in fact, mainly flip-flops. In the absence of a central focus, the eye jumps to the occasional coloured flip-flop, which punctuates the greens and browns. Adeniyi comments: “Isara is a society that just wants to survive for now. Everything in the image could be recycled, but lack of knowledge and the standard of living makes recycling difficult”. I felt an uneasy sense of guilt, as though the mass of flip-flops were the remnants, the hangover, of the generic beach holiday. Entering the exhibition space, I was struck by one of Adeniyi’s largest images, ‘mk Adamu’. It is a portrait of an old Nigerian destitute wearing a large straw hat, who, I am told, lives rough on the streets of Lagos, begging for food. Adamu’s face and hat are dead centre, and fill the frame: he looks out, yet resists engagement. The textures of his face are startlingly clear, his skin lined and wrinkled, his chin pierced with stubble of black, grey and white. There is an implicit dignity in his face. Quietly and without pomp, Adamu transcends his social place; his large straw hat becomes symbolic, evoking the haloes of golden light which crown religious figures in European Renaissance painting. The photograph won the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Photography Award’ (2007), from the International Society of Photographers. In Konstanty’s work, precision of style jars against shocking, sexual content; a thrilling tension results. As if to enact this artistically, other media is played off the delicate pen. Garish yellow highlighter winds out of the mouth of a half-monster, half-human creature, like some noxious vapour. Flower genitalia are stuck over the mouths of an alien couple having (human) sex; these mouths seem to cry out in a vocal expression of sexual sensation. Georgia O’Keefe’s erotically suggestive flower paintings spring to mind. Konstanty’s work describes the mind in over-drive: its nightmare hallucinations; visions of lurking shadows of the self; sexual ecstasy and torment. ‘The Journey so Far’ brings together various media and diverse places. Adeniyi’s mainly large scale, colour photographs counterpoise Konstanty’s intimate line drawings. Almost subliminally, they bring each other into relief. ‘The Journey so Far’ is quietly powerful. The work touched an innate, buried sense of western guilt, and of sexual shame and revulsion, within me.
Back in June, the Prince estate announced a new album of previously unreleased home recordings, dubbed Piano & A Microphone 1983, due out September 21, 2018. The nine-track LP includes cassette recordings that Prince made at his piano at his Kiowa Trail home studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. This extremely intimate musical snapshot of the artist is previewed in today’s newest release, “Why The Butterflies”. The six and a half minute ballad comes on the heels of prior singles “17 Days” and “Mary Don’t You Weep“, a cover of the 19th century spiritual. “Why The Butterflies” is one of three previously unreleased records set to be included on the new album.According to the Prince Vault,The version included on the Piano & A Microphone 1983 album is from a solo piano rehearsal at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA. No studio version of the track is known to exist, and the track was not intended for release on a studio album at any point. Indeed the track may simply be an improvisation, with no further work done following this performance.Listen to “Why The Butterflies” below:Prince – “Why The Butterflies”Much of Piano and a Microphone 1983 will feature Prince in his most intimate form, working through future classics like “Purple Rain”, “17 Days”, “Strange Relationship” and “International Love”, as well as a cover of Joni Mitchell‘s “A Case of You.”During the final year of his life, in 2016, Prince embarked on his now-legendary “Piano & A Microphone” tour, in which the Purple One performed as a one-man show. It was during this tour that his health complications started to become public, and that fans started to worry that the mystical musician was in danger. He died on April 21, 2016 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl at the age of 57.“This raw, intimate recording, which took place at the start of Prince’s career right before he achieved international stardom, is similar in format to the Piano & A Microphone Tour that he ended his career with in 2016,” Prince Estate entertainment adviser Troy Carter said in a previous statement. “The Estate is excited to be able to give fans a glimpse of his evolution and show how his career ultimately came full circle with just him and his piano.”According to Billboard, the album cover features a rare image of Prince backstage during the 1999 tour captured by Allen Beaulieu, who worked closely with Prince from 1979-1984.The Deluxe version of Piano and a Microphone 1983 is set to include a 12″ booklet with new liner notes from Prince’s engineer, Don Batts, as well as never-before-seen candid photos of the Purple One.Piano & A Microphone 1983 Tracklisting:“17 Days”“Purple Rain”“A Case Of You”“Mary Don’t You Weep”“Strange Relationship”“International Lover”“Wednesday”“Cold Coffee & Cocaine”“Why The Butterflies”View All Tour DatesAt the fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, a number of our favorite artists will come together to pay tribute to Prince with Purple Party. The sensational former Prince bassist MonoNeon will join forces with Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone), Ryan Jalbert and Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), Shira Elias and Sammi Garett (Turkuaz), Chris Bullock and Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy), Will Trask (Great American Taxi), and Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia). Casey Russell (the Magic Beans) will play keys and act as musical director.Brooklyn Comes Alive will return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.Brooklyn Comes Alive is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer, and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist and Brooklyn Comes Alive musician Peter Levin back in 2017.Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. They work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more.
This is one of a series of Gazette articles highlighting some of the many initiatives and charities that Harvard affiliates can support through the Harvard Community Gifts campaign. Faculty and staff can donate by check or credit card through Jan. 15.Julie Broad, director of Alumni Affairs and Development systems, vividly remembers when she watched video of the program called Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba Diving (SUDS Diving).“It really caught my attention,” Broad said. “I’m a former scuba diver, and it resonated with me immediately — the experience you get out of learning to dive and … being underwater. I support a lot of other military organizations, but this spoke to me personally because I could relate to the diving experience.”This holiday season, Broad is making a tax-deductible donation to the nonprofit group through Harvard’s annual Community Gifts program, which accepts donations to hundreds of charities.A chapter of Disabled Sports USA, SUDS Diving improves the lives of injured military men and women who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the service members in the program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are dealing with severe injuries. Some SUDS participants use their prosthetics underwater, while others use gear such as webbed gloves for propulsion. Motorized underwater scooters are employed to assist veterans who have lower limb injuries.For these wounded warriors, learning to dive can be equal parts part rehabilitation, confidence-builder, and adventure. About 300 injured service members have received scuba training since the program began in 2007. Volunteers provide training to SUDS divers, and certification trips are funded by donations to the organization.“There’s such an empowering component to diving,” Broad said. “Because it’s such a high-risk activity, you have to be very responsible in learning the physiology and the science behind it, so there’s that strong sense of learning, accomplishment, and competency. But there’s also the absolute sense of being in a place that most people never get to see. You experience something so natural and elemental.”In 1999, Broad trained for her scuba certification on the South Shore and passed her open-water certification dive in the Cayman Islands. For six years, she attained ever-higher levels of certification, ultimately reaching dive master status, as she traveled to the Caribbean, Hawaii, and even the Galapagos Islands.Her diving days now behind her, Broad still misses it. Contributing to SUDS Diving seemed like a great opportunity to introduce diving to others.“Being in the water is a tremendous equalizer,” she said. “It’s very liberating because a lot of the constraints you may have on land just disappear. I wanted to help others who may have physical or land-based challenges to have this wonderful experience, and really get lost in the wonder of the world.”
After 10 years as secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, M.P.A. ’84, stepped away from the international stage at the end of last year. The onetime South Korean foreign minister remains active on global issues, including as the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School this spring.The fellowship marks a return for Ban, who earned his graduate degree at the School as an Edward S. Mason Fellow. His current role involves meeting with students and collaborating with scholars, as well as lecturing, writing, and participating in public forums.The Gazette recently spoke to Ban about some of the many issues that occupied him during his decade at the helm of the U.N., from the Syrian civil war and the refugee crisis to efforts to combat global warming and promote human rights.GAZETTE: Your 10 years as secretary general were marked by wars, as we know, in Syria, Yemen, Mali, Libya, and the Central African Republic; the rise of ISIS; and Russian intervention in Ukraine. Did your experience leave you more or less hopeful about the U.N.’s ability to prevent and halt military conflicts?BAN: The work of the secretary general of the United Nations, in principle, should always be based on hopeful expectations. Therefore, I always tried to motivate the people and motivate myself to work for a better future. Of course, we are seeing still so many fires burning. Regrettably, I had to leave many unfinished challenges behind to my successor. But basically I’m hopeful that we will be able to resolve all these problems. If and when the member states are united, we can deliver and we can solve all these problems. But unfortunately we have seen on many occasions that the member states have been divided.If not the United Nations, where and how can you find such a universal, legitimate organization in the world? Of course the United States is the most powerful, the most resourceful country, but not a single country or person, however powerful, however resourceful, can do it alone.We have to unite all our political will to resolve all these political and humanitarian issues. We have more than 65 million refugees now. We have so many refugees because of war in Syria, because of crises in many parts of the world, because of abject poverty, because of political instability, because of xenophobia and extremism. We have to be very, very compassionate to help them.GAZETTE: One of the crowning achievements of the U.N. during your tenure was the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Are you concerned the progress being made against global climate change could be undone by the potential U.S. retreat from that cause under the Trump administration?BAN: That’s one of the sources of concern, not only for myself but the United Nations and worldwide. The United States is the second-largest greenhouse gas-emission country, but with the most resources to cope with this climate change phenomenon. It has played a leading role, together with China, on this issue.I as the secretary general invested the largest amount of my time and energy raising awareness of the urgency and importance of mobilizing all political will and all resources to address this issue. That is why I visited most of the front lines of the climate change phenomenon, where I could see with my own eyes the consequences of climate change, starting with Antarctica, twice to the North Pole, and the Amazon River basin. Recently we have seen so many events of extreme weather patterns, such as tsunamis. These are all caused by human behavior.I know that President Trump has made that kind of a comment [questioning global warming], but at the same time I know the closest aides to the president, in the White House even, have said it is important for the United States to be bound by this agreement. And now major big cities and states like California, Washington, and Massachusetts are pursuing their own implementation process. So it’s an imperative that the whole world’s people and governments must implement this Paris Agreement.Ban Ki-moon and Harvard President Drew Faust speak following the opening forum of the John F. Kennedy Centennial Symposium. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: You were a forceful advocate for protecting and promoting the rights of women and girls. Do you see overall world progress in that fight?BAN: The United Nations during my time as secretary general made tremendous efforts and made progress to shatter this glass ceiling. Of course, there is still much work we have to do. As secretary general, I thought that I should lead by example. So in 2010, I integrated all small and medium-size women-related departments into one big, super-big organization called U.N. Women. The number of women senior advisors appointed during my 10 years is much more than all the senior women appointed by my seven predecessors. I also appointed the first woman peacekeeping-force commander.When I began, there were 10 countries in the world where not a single woman was represented in parliament. I think four countries still remain on the list. There are also eight countries where there is not a single woman cabinet minister. I reached out to kings, presidents, and prime ministers, saying that you should change this situation. I’m sure that my successor will continue to do that.GAZETTE: Are you optimistic that the current military action against ISIS in Iraq, Syria, and Libya will lead to any meaningful reduction in terrorism?BAN: I am grateful to those countries, including the United States and countries of coalition, that are committed to deter and fight against extremists like ISIS and terrorists. We need to do that with a combined political will and military resources. President Barack Obama in February 2015 convened a summit meeting at the White House to counter the violent extremism. At that time, I also raised the point that we also have to counter this extremism.To prevent violent extremism, there needs to be a clear commitment by world leaders that human rights should come first. Whatever complaints and grievances people are making, those must be discussed and resolved through peaceful means. To do that, leadership should engage in good governance: transparency, accountability, human rights, and eliminating abject poverty. There should be no human rights abuses like torture, like arrests without any warrant. All these things have been happening throughout the world, and leaders have not been paying enough attention to the aspirations and challenges and grievances of the people.GAZETTE: Is the rise of populism and anti-globalist sentiment around the world a source of concern for you?BAN: Globalization is, I think, a good phenomenon in the 20th and 21st century. We are living in an era of transformative development, of technology and communication and transportation, so it’s only natural that people move freely across the borders. The problem is that while people are crossing borders, so are diseases, some bad ideologies, or some weapons, and drugs. But we cannot just blame everything that happens on globalization. Look at the case of even 5,000, 6,000 years ago, people were just moving for a better future, a better place. People have been constantly moving, but these days because of the transformation of technologies, we are moving at a faster speed, and so do some bad things. So we have to really coordinate. That’s what the United Nations has been really working on.GAZETTE: Do you see any path forward for ending the war in Syria, and would it necessarily have to involve the removal of President Bashar al-Assad from power?BAN: I regret deeply that during my time I was not able to see the end of this. The Syrian crisis has always been on top of our agenda. But unfortunately there were a lot of divisions among the countries, among the players in the region, in the world. The Syrian people were divided into anti-regime and pro-regime. The divisional powers in the Middle East, they were divided. Then the United Nations, led by particularly the Security Council, was divided — the United States, France, and the United Kingdom versus Russia.In June 2012, we had a joint communiqué that included a provision to establish a transitional government with full executive powers. The interpretation of this one paragraph has been leading to tragic processes over the last six years. The United States and most of the European countries were insisting that Assad must go now, while Russians and the Syrian government that are pro-regime were saying no, Assad should be part of this process. It is totally unacceptable and unfair that so many people have been killed, so many people have had to flee their country because of the fate of one person, Assad. He should have either left early or voluntarily, or give all his power to other people for the resolution of this issue.I’m urging that this Security Council should be united and take very decisive and firm action to provide political guidelines. Then both anti-government or pro-government forces should lay down their arms, and they must protect human lives.This interview was edited and condensed.Ban Ki-moon will speak at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as part of the “Voices in Leadership” speaker series Tuesday (May 16) at 12:30 p.m. For ticketing and more information, see here.
By Dialogo February 19, 2010 Hi my name is Tom I feel very sad about Haiti s situation but an other thing is that they sould start to rebuill the country because those people that are still don’t have any place to stay. they are in the street.plese start the recontruction they need it. thanks!! The United Nations launched its largest ever appeal for humanitarian aid, with a revised request for 1.44 billion dollars to assist earthquake victims in Haiti. The year-long appeal includes a 577-million-dollar request made last month in the wake of the devastating Haiti quake. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement that the requested funds would be earmarked for priority sectors including agriculture, food aid, health, logistics, nutrition, protection, water, sanitation and hygiene. “We have to be engaged in Haiti for the long haul, for life-saving relief as well as reconstruction,” said OCHA chief John Holmes. The 7.0-magnitude temblor struck the impoverished Caribbean nation of nine million on January 12, killing more than 217,000 people and leaving more than one million homeless, according to authorities.
We still have work to do. The good people at The Financial Brand once again have told us that digital transformation is moving too slowly to meet rapidly evolving member needs. In research recently conducted by the Digital Banking Report, it was found that success with digital transformation initiatives has been hard to achieve. They found, when surveying financial institutions, organizations have moved forward with many strategies to improve digital engagement, but most believe they have fallen further behind what the evolving marketplace expects.One area in which the survey respondents felt they were failing was the back office – where respondents hoped to improve efficiency and to reduce costs in support of front office customer experience initiatives. Fully three-quarters of those responding believed they were failing in their efforts with the back office.Reasons for failure are likely numerous and varied, but I would venture a guess that too little effort, too little investment and too little focus are primary reasons for the disappointment.Insufficient lack of effort and investment would be unsurprising, given that other areas are undoubtedly considered more important – areas such as direct member interaction and member facing transactional processes and solutions garner more attention, and should, at least until significant improvements are in place. Still, we all might find an easier path to improving back office performance if we were to redefine the space and then allocate efforts and resources more appropriately.First, some definitions, and their limitations. Let’s start this discussion by proposing working descriptions of the front and back office. We typically think of the credit union’s front office as member-facing activities, delivered by both people and software. So, we look at our retail branch tellers, account servicing, call center staff and lending staff when we sit down to map the journey our members travel when transacting with us. And we analyze the journey similarly when we review the features, benefits and workflows of the software we build or buy to deliver either in person or via online methods.However, when it comes to the back office within our credit unions, we tend to identify functions and activities as back office simply because they aren’t front office. So, we place finance, IT, marketing, development, HR, loan servicing, account maintenance, and more into the back office. And this creates a problem or, at least, a roadblock to improving our members’ experience with us.Optimize resources, no matter where they sit. Why does a poorly defined back office limit our ability to improve member experience? Simply put, with more and more members engaging with us via digital devices and channels, the distinction between front office and back office has blurred. Many so-called back office resources can now, or soon will be, accessed by our members (and they will receive service from some of our traditional back office roles). So, it is time to fully engage in the effort to define better which back office roles are or will play a part in delivering direct member service, whether in the “frontstage” of a transaction or interaction, or the “backstage” of the same. And it is time to separate those “backstage” activities from the back office functions that are more appropriately considered to be “support processes”, processes providing critical business functions for everyone, but not directly impacting member experience.Let’s try examples to illustrate how we might proceed. The list of processes to tackle is long, but let’s pick two areas to illustrate the challenge. A lot of attention has gone into online account opening and online lending solutions and processes. And correctly so. Capturing new members, opening additional accounts for current members, capturing loans in a competitive market, are all critical success factors. After all, we are in the savings and loan business. But when we build or buy account opening and lending software and improve the frontstage member experience, have we also improved all the back office elements that impact members? Have we accounted for and improved upon those back office (“backstage”) processes that directly impact member experience satisfaction LONG TERM, not just at account opening and at loan approval and disbursement?How can backstage efforts help to improve frontstage efforts? Online account opening and lending solutions provide document and file exchange services that make it easier for members to open accounts and to apply for and receive loans from your credit union. But what happens after those initial efforts? What does your credit union provide to make it easy for your members to exchange needed documents and information in “ongoing account activities?” All of those ongoing tasks need to be addressed and fulfilled enterprise-wide (not just for highlighted tasks) for you to deliver service that members extoll.To step forward and improve your DX efforts, define the place in your credit union for each task (frontstage, backstage, back office) and then identify the kinds of services you could provide, such as using secure storage and file/document exchange as more than features in separate and defined software solutions. Then identify a platform that can help you to manage these features across your enterprise, including all of the direct member interactions not covered by other software solutions.Turn secure document exchange and digital asset storage into a member experience promoter and a competitive advantage. Then start tackling all of the other “backstage” processes you’ve ignored as “back office” tasks. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Details
The card can be used only in the Republic of Croatia, the card is contactless, without PIN authorization for transactions up to HRK 250, there is no account management fee, and the one-time card issuance fee is HRK 50 while the card is valid for 4 years – according to HPB- And. Photo: HPB Photo: HPB / Cover photo: Pixabay, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr We need to look at the project for a minimum of 3 years, so that we can measure its success. Of course with a constant campaign, development and integration into the wider project of our tourism, not just putting it on the market and that’s it. Like any project. And today, after a lot of prolongation, we finally have the first official Cro card – HPB CRO Visa debit card. As we know, Hrvatska poštanska banka is among the first banks to sign an Agreement with the Ministry of Tourism on the implementation of measures to encourage consumption in the hospitality and tourism industry in the Republic of Croatia through the Croatian Tourist Card. The card is intended for payment of accommodation and services in tourism and catering in Croatia, rental of water transport vehicles and services of travel agencies and travel organizers One was also introduced news – funds on the card, ie transaction account can be paid by the employer or any third party, as well as the cardholder himself, by non-cash transfer of funds. Namely, as part of the Cro card, a special website should have been published earlier, on which there will be a list of various discounts that Cro card users can get. Therefore, it gives an additional motive that you are the owner of the card, ie a natural person, pay the funds yourself in order to take advantage of the discounts. All employers, craftsmen or self-employed persons can opt for the CRO Visa card and pay a fee of up to HRK 2.500 per year to their employees intended to cover the costs of catering and tourist services anywhere in Croatia. Customers whose employers decide to pay holiday pay via CRO Visa card can request the opening of a special purpose transaction account and the issuance of a card in any HPB branch – the bank points out. Of course, the whole project will not show any success this year, only if the public sector withdraws a larger contingent of cards (which was, among other things, the formula for success in Hungary) because the private sector in the current situation is struggling to survive and maintain jobs. number to be able to pay workers the amount on the Cro card.
Her statement, which did not say what the next action could be, came days after South Korea took legal action against defectors who have been sending material such as rice and anti-North leaflets, usually by balloon over the heavily fortified border or in bottles by sea.North Korea said it has been angered by the defectors and in the past week severed inter-Korean hotlines and threatened to close a liaison office between the two governments.As part of the effort to improve ties with the North, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s administration has sought to discourage the leaflet and rice campaigns, and defectors have complained of pressure to avoid criticism of North Korea.On Sunday, South Korea’s National Security Council meeting was held with security and diplomatic chiefs in attendance, “to examine the current situation of the (Korean) peninsula,” the presidential Blue House said without elaborating further. Separately, South Korea’s Unification Ministry released a statement asking the North to honour inter-Korean agreements reached in the past.”The South and the North should try to honour all inter-Korean agreements reached,” the ministry said in a statement.”The government is taking the current situation seriously.”The escalation of tension comes a day ahead of the 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit in 2000, which pledged increased dialogue and cooperation between the two states.In 2018, the leaders of the two countries signed a declaration agreeing to work for the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula” and cease “hostile acts.”Analysts say North Korea appears to be using the leaflet issue to increase pressure on South Korea amid stalled denuclearisation talks.”The leaflets are an excuse or justification to raise the ante, manufacture a crisis, and bully Seoul to get what it wants,” said Duyeon Kim, a senior advisor at the International Crisis Group, a Belgium-based independent non-profit organisation.Pyongyang feels betrayed and misled by Seoul’s prediction that the United States would lift some sanctions in exchange for North Korea closing its nuclear reactor site, and is upset that leaflets and U.S.-South Korea military drills continue, Kim said.”They’re upset that Seoul has done nothing to change the environment and is again telling Seoul to stay out of its nuclear talks with Washington,” she added.Topics : The sister of North Korea’s leader has warned of retaliatory measures against South Korea that could involve the military, in the latest escalation of tensions over defectors from the North who have been sending back propaganda and food.Kim Yo Jong, who serves unofficially as one of Kim Jong Un’s top aides, issued the warning in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA on Saturday.”By exercising my power authorized by the Supreme Leader, our Party and the state, I gave an instruction to the … department in charge of the affairs with (the) enemy to decisively carry out the next action,” Kim said.