The program of the 3rd Family Accommodation Forum in Zadar has been announced

first_imgThe Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian National Tourist Board are organizing the 3rd National Family Accommodation Forum (FOS), November 15-17.11.2016, XNUMX. in the sports hall Višnjik in Zadar.This year you have the opportunity to discuss current issues, hear about the experiences of colleagues in the country and Europe, meet new domestic products and services for family accommodation and find out who was awarded in the action “Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia”. Some of the topics to be discussed are branding, ie labeling of family accommodation, which in Croatia is often called recategorization, with the aim of harmonizing quality standards and better positioning in the market and increasing competitiveness by entrepreneurship is becoming a new model. business.last_img read more

Mike Sorensen: Missouri Valley spices up March Madness

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] A week into March Madness and is there any question why it’s so much more exciting than the NBA playoffs? We’ve had Northwestern State coming from 17 down in the second half to beat No. 3 seed Iowa, No. 11 seed George Mason coming back from a 16-2 deficit to beat defending national champion North Carolina and No. 13 seed Bradley winning a pair of games, just to name a few of the highlights. And we still have two weekends to go . . .The Missouri Valley Conference certainly has proved the critics wrong, going 4-2 the first weekend with Wichita State and Bradley advancing to the Sweet 16. The MVC has been ranked lower than the Mountain West Conference for years, so maybe the MWC schools can use the MVC success as motivation to become a better league . . .As usual, the MWC-teams-other-than-Utah laid their annual egg in the NCAA tourney. Of course with an 11 seed and a 13 seed, the MWC wasn’t expected to win its NCAA games, although San Diego State should have beaten Indiana before giving it away.But at some point, the Utes need a little help from their fellow MWC mates. Since the MWC was formed, the Utes have a 4-5 record in the NCAAs, while the rest of the league is an abysmal 1-11. And if you go back to the 1990s in the WAC, Utah won 15 NCAA games in that decade, compared to a grand total of six victories for the other league schools . . .Why can’t the NCAA Tournament return to a 64-team tournament?Isn’t it kind of demeaning to the two schools that have to go to Dayton and compete Tuesday night for the right to play the No. 1 seed in the tournament? Of course, it’s the Mountain West Conference’s fault that it became a 65-team event with the stupid play-in game.The NCAA selection committee didn’t want to give up one of its at-large picks when the MWC was given an automatic berth a few years back. But what’s wrong with one less at-large team? This year, it would have probably meant that Air Force wouldn’t have gotten in, which, in retrospect, would have just caused less embarrassment for the committee . . .If the NCAA won’t eliminate the play-in game, why not add three more play-in games with each of the winners playing the No. 1 seeds?That would increase the tournament to 68 teams. This year, teams such as Cincinnati, Michigan and Hofstra couldn’t have complained about not getting in. Of course there will always be teams that just miss the tournament, crying that they should have been in . . .Wasn’t it fun having the NCAAs in town again this week? Montana provided excitement with its upset win and Pacific, Xavier and San Diego State each came very close to providing upsets. Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison showed he can be a great player as well as a not-so-great player when his shot isn’t falling. He also showed he’s kind of an odd duck with that banging the ball against his head stuff and constant jabbering . . .Is there anything more boring than hearing radio or TV guys talk about how they’re doing with their brackets? Who cares? . . .Turning to the NBA, the Jazz aren’t likely to make the playoffs this year, not with their recent pattern of winning every other game.They’ll need to win two out of every three games the rest of the way. Looking at their schedule, it isn’t going to be easy. Perhaps after Deron Williams’ 28-point performance in a win the other night, Jerry Sloan will finally wise up and keep him in the lineup instead of Keith McLeod and Milt Palacio . . .And finally kudos to the Utah and BYU women’s basketball teams.They fly under the radar all year locally, but both teams have had terrific seasons and both won their first-round NCAA games Saturday. Don’t be surprised if the Utes and Cougars advance to the Sweet 16 with victories tonight in Tucson and Denver, respectively. last_img read more

Counterfeit pain pills likely came to Prince illegally

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS | The disclosure that some pills found at Prince’s Paisley Park home and studio were counterfeit and contained the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl strongly suggests the pills came to the superstar musician illegally.But exactly how Prince obtained the drugs is still unknown, four months after he collapsed in an elevator on April 21 and died of an accidental fentanyl overdose. Authorities have so far revealed little about their investigation, saying it’s active and moving forward.Former prosecutors and defense attorneys who are familiar with drug investigations say it’s likely someone will be prosecuted, whether or not Prince knew he was consuming illegal drugs.FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. The disclosure that some pills found at Prince’s Paisley Park home and studio were counterfeit and contained the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl strongly suggests they came to the superstar illegally. Prince died April 21, 2016, of an accidental fentanyl overdose. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)“They will not say it was just Prince’s fault and let it go at that,” said Phil Turner, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago now in private practice.An official close to the investigation told The Associated Press on Sunday that some of the pills found at Paisley Park were falsely labeled as a common generic painkiller similar to Vicodin but actually contained fentanyl. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, also said that records show Prince did not have a prescription for any controlled substances in Minnesota in the last 12 months.The only way to get fentanyl — a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more powerful than heroin — is through a legal prescription, or illegally from the black market, said Joe Tamburino, a Minnesota defense attorney.“When you have weird stamped pills in aspirin bottles, sometimes things are what they seem, which is illegally obtained controlled substances,” Tamburino said. “How he got them? Who knows.”Fentanyl has been responsible for a surge in overdose deaths in some parts of the country. When made into counterfeit pills, users don’t always know they’re taking fentanyl, increasing the risk of fatal overdose.Tamburino, who is not connected to the Prince case, said investigators will likely talk to those close to Prince, and they’ll also search the computers, phones and communications of Prince and his associates, to see whether the pills were purchased online. Those searches would typically involve examining text messages, Instagram messages and other communications.“This is not to say the people close to him are guilty — we have no idea of that. But that’s where it would start,” Tamburino said. He also added that investigators are probably looking at security footage from Paisley Park, if any exists, to see who might have been going to and from the studio.Gal Pissetzky, a defense attorney in Chicago, said there are many ways Prince could have obtained the drugs: from a close adviser or friend, from a dealer on one of the stops he made as he was on tour, or over the Internet. He added that investigators might also use cellphone data to track Prince’s whereabouts.If someone gave Prince the drug that killed him, that person could face a third-degree murder charge, punishable in the state of Minnesota by more than 12 years in prison, Tamburino said.In addition, any illegal operation that involved making and dealing fentanyl could open many people up to a host of drug charges, from trafficking to conspiracy. Because the sale resulted in Prince’s death, it would increase the chances that someone could get the maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted, Turner said.Turner said he believed there was a good chance someone will eventually be charged. Improved forensics tools, including the ability to use narcotics chemical signatures to narrow down possible manufacturers, also increase the chances of arrests.If China- or Mexico-based producers were involved, American authorities may have to focus on a dealer or doctor in the U.S. who supplied the drugs knowing the substance was illegal, Turner said. But U.S. agents can and do go after suspects based in countries not inclined to closely cooperate with law enforcement here, such as China.The drugs could also be made by people who are not associated with cartels. Enticed by big profits, small-time drug dealers are buying pill presses online and using low-cost fentanyl powder from China to make fake pills, according to a July 2016 Drug Enforcement Administration intelligence brief.Dealers unaffiliated with drug cartels can buy a kilogram of fentanyl powder for a few thousand dollars from a Chinese supplier and turn it into hundreds of thousands of counterfeit pills for millions of dollars in profit.But inexperience has a cost. The small-time operators aren’t mixing fentanyl correctly and turning out pills with varying strengths, some containing three times a lethal dose. “Such wide disparity in dosing reveals that the producers were likely new to incorporating fentanyl in pill production, as the fentanyl was not thoroughly mixed with the other powders before binding and pressing into pills,” the DEA brief said.Pissetzky said news of the falsely labeled drugs tells him that the pills did not come from a doctor.“There’s a big, big black market for counterfeit drugs. When people buy these, they don’t personally know, many times, that they are not the real thing, and that’s when you get overdoses,” Pissetzky said.Tarm reported from Chicago. Associated Press writer Carla K. Johnson also contributed to this report from Chicago.last_img read more