CUNA and state credit union leagues are on the ground this week at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit in Chicago to demonstrate the credit union difference to more than 5,000 attendees. During the four-day summit, CUNA and the leagues will be advocating with state lawmakers on an array of topics, including taxation and data security.“It’ll be a very busy and exciting week here in Chicago, and it’s an important way for CUNA and the state credit union leagues to highlight what we do interdependently in terms of state government advocacy,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer.If two-thirds of states in attendance approve policies that come out of NCSL’s 8 standing committees, the policies become part of the NCSL’s efforts to fight pre-emption of state laws by federal laws.CUNA will be participating in meetings and sessions of the NCSL’s Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce committees, as well as the State and Local Taxation task force. CUNA’s goal during the meetings is to ensure no policies that come out of NCSL would harm credit unions. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Papuk, the most beautiful mountain in Slavonia, and “flat” Slavonia has a mountain, is a favorite resort of mountaineers, hikers and tourists, and the number of tourists is growing from year to year. One of the motives for coming is certainly the geological and biological diversity and rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as the fact that the Papuk Nature Park is the first Croatian geopark under UNESCO protection of exceptional geological importance.This is supported by the fact that the Papuk Nature Park at the end of the tourist year recorded a record growth of 31% more visitors compared to 2016. Comparing the statistics of previous years, from 5.685 visitors in 2016, at the end of 2017, a significant increase was made to 7.470 visitors.The strongest tourist asset of the Park is certainly the Jankovac Forest Park, which this year again attracts the largest number of visitors, of which the largest share is domestic guests and most of them are school excursions. The signing of cooperation agreements with the founders of primary and secondary schools in Požega-Slavonia and Virovitica-Podravina counties also contributed to the increase in the number of visitors. Papuka.These results include only organized groups, ie visitors who have paid a ticket to the Park, while the total number of visitors to the Papuk Nature Park is many times higher. It is estimated that there are about 150.000 visitors. “We are proud of the effort we invest in providing all visitors with the most comfortable and quality stay in untouched nature, all the beauties and benefits it provides us. We believe that our visitors will recognize the potential of Papuk Nature Park in the future, that together we will strengthen and grow, and accordingly continue to achieve a positive growth trend in the number of visitors.” pointed out Alen Jurenac, director of the Papuk Nature Park.As of this season, the tourist offer of the Papuk Nature Park has been enriched with the first Camp resting place in the region, which at the end of 2017 recorded 185 visits and 248 overnight stays. The structure of the camp guests is in favor of foreign guests, namely guests from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Camp Duboka is included in the list of 38 best small camps in Croatia as part of the OK Mini Camps project. “One of the factors in increasing the number of visitors is, among other things, the continuous work on improving the tourist infrastructure, which has resulted in an increase in interest and a larger number of visitors. This year, the guard service of the Papuk Nature Park has intensified its work on education and professional guidance so that all interested visitors have the best possible experience of the protected area. ” Gordana Kukić points out the main guardian of the Park.PP Papku points out that several projects co-financed by European funds are underway, of which the most significant is certainly the UNESCO Geopark Geo Story project. The purpose of this project is to contribute to the acceleration of socio – economic development of municipalities and cities in the Park, which will reflect on the overall development of Virovitica – Podravina and Požega – Slavonia counties and strengthen their development potential. “Papuk Nature Park has come of age this year, and it has been 10 years since Papuk became the first geopark in Croatia. Thanks to the fact that Papuk is the first Croatian Geopark and that it is part of the UNESCO world network of geoparks, it certainly attracts an increasing number of guests. In addition to the benefits of branding the space and bringing guests to Geopark Papuk, a special value is the networking of geoparks and defining joint projects. Thus, the Danube Geo Tour project is in the implementation phase, in which 8 geoparks of the Danube region from Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia are participating. In mid-January, we are preparing a new joint project with colleagues from geoparks, which is planned to be financed from EU funds – INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE ” said Goran Radonić, expert manager of the Papuk Nature Park.The project includes investment in several locations that are thematically linked into one whole. It is planned to build and equip the Geo – info center Voćin, adapt and equip the halls in the House of the Pannonian Sea in Velika, install elements of the Adrenaline Park Duboka, reconstruct the road Slatinski Drenovac – Jankovac – County Border and build, upgrade and equip a total of 6 lookouts. In addition, a visitor management study and capacity building related to visitor safety are planned.Related news: PP PAPUK IS GOING TO NEW INVESTMENTS WITH MONEY FROM EU FUNDS
China’s national team have long been an embarrassment to the country and on Friday, Marcello Lippi’s side lost 1-0 to Qatar in Doha, triggering another bout of soul-searching and finger-pointing by Chinese media and fans.Titan Sports, citing “informed sources”, said that an apoplectic “high-ranking official” got on the phone to a team supervisor at the Khalifa Stadium before half-time to demand what was going on.Lippi, said to be the best-paid international coach in the world on reported wages of between $23 million and $27 million a year, admitted he was shocked by the team’s performance in Qatar.That was followed on Monday by a moribund 0-0 draw with Bahrain, who are ranked 113th in the FIFA rankings to China’s 75th, prompting Lippi to say that he was “mentally prepared for criticism”.Some incandescent fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, called for the national team to be disbanded.The 70-year-old Lippi, who is expected to step down after the Asian Cup in the UAE in January, said he had been “surprised and worried about the condition of our players” before the Qatar game.“If the Asian Cup opened next week, I’d be worried, but we still have time to become better,” added Lippi, who led his native Italy to win the World Cup in 2006.– Big money, little return –China improved when Lippi took over nearly two years ago, but that initial bounce is gone. In his 21 games in charge they have won eight, lost eight and drawn five.They failed to reach the World Cup in Russia — in Lippi’s defence, most of the damage to China’s qualifying hopes was done before he arrived — and he is under pressure for the first time.Lippi’s side had plenty of the ball against World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar but lacked a cutting edge up front, where Chinese Super League (CSL) top-scorer Wu Lei had little support or service.Lippi has previously bemoaned his lack of strikers, saying it was because CSL teams tended to favour expensive foreign forwards, limiting chances for Chinese players.On Monday, the Chinese Football Association announced that another well-known coach, the 71-year-old Guus Hiddink, will take over the under-21 side — another statement of intent.The Dutchman will earn just under four million euros a year after tax, local media said, which is more than England manager Gareth Southgate.With Lippi and now Hiddink, China boast two top coaches, albeit ones that are nearing the ends of their careers.– ‘Chronic illness’ –But there is widespread acknowledgement that China do not have the players to compete even with Asia’s best.The average age of Lippi’s starting line-up against Qatar was 30, underlining the dearth of young talent.“Speaking with no exaggeration, Lippi’s national team is truly standing at a crossroads,” journalist Bai Guohua wrote in the Soccer News newspaper.Bai said that the inclusion of the 38-year-old midfielder Zheng Zhi “reflects the frustrating reality of Chinese football -– if the younger players could take over quickly, don’t you think Lippi would be willing to bring in more youngsters?”As part of president Xi’s football drive, youth academies and pitches are springing up in China, but it is expected to take several years before they begin to bear fruit.China have only reached the World Cup finals once, in 2002, when they failed to win a point or score a goal.Bai lamented that “it feels like we are far from one step away from the World Cup”.“This is not a unique problem for Lippi’s national team, but a chronic illness of the Chinese football team.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000‘Prepared for criticism’: China’s head coach Marcello Lippi © AFP / STRSHANGHAI, China, Sep 11 – China is throwing money at President Xi Jinping’s ambitions to boast a top-class national football team and one day host a World Cup.But while the latter can be achieved by splashing the cash, the former appears further away than ever after a desperate four days.