Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers rejected a bill on Tuesday that would have required the three-member Suffolk Off-Track Better Corp. board to get the Brookhaven town board’s approval before the OTB builds a planned mini-casino in Medford.Seven county legislators voted for the proposal, while 10 members of the 18-member panel voted against it during a meeting in Riverhead. Opposing lawmakers said revenue and jobs that the facility would create outweigh neighbors’ fears of increased traffic and crime. Those favoring the bill said that New York State law requires host municipalities to pass resolutions supporting plans to build such facilities—but the state Gaming Commission, which regulates gambling facilities, denied that assertion.“There needs to be a local process,” said Majority Leader Robert Calarco (D-Patchogue), who proposed the bill. He noted that he is not opposed to building the facility. But he took issue with the OTB moving forward despite the Brookhaven town board having passed a nonbinding resolution opposing the Medford location.The fight comes as the Nassau Off-Track Betting Corp. searches for a location for an equivalent facility—1,000 video lottery terminals (VLT), aka slot machines—after the agency bowed to public opposition and scrapped plans to build a gaming parlor in the shuttered Fortunoff in Westbury. Before the Westbury plan imploded, the Democratic minority in the GOP-controlled Nassau County Legislature had proposed a bill to replace the OTB board, but Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) refused to consider it for a vote. Calarco’s proposal stopped short of firing the Suffolk OTB board.In Suffolk, the OTB bought a 31-acre vacant lot—the site of a former movie theater—for $10 million on the Long Island Expressway service road. The agency plans to build an estimated $40-million, nearly 100,000-square-foot parlor. It is currently in the traffic-study phase and hopes to get state approval to open by next year. The facility would have one-fifth as many games as Resort World Casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, the only so-called racino on geographic Long Island.Last week New York State Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Smithtown) proposed a bill that would rescind authorization for Nassau and Suffolk OTBs to build such facilities—authorization that voters had granted in a 2013 referendum. Hundreds of residents also recently spoke out against the plan at a meeting held by Medford civic groups that oppose OTB’s project.“OTB has put the cart before the horse,” MaryAnn Johnston, president of the Affiliated Brookhaven Civic Organizations, wrote in a letter urging lawmakers to vote for Calarco’s bill. “OTB lacks the basic approvals to move the VLT project forward.”OTB officials maintain that they are following the law and that the issues neighbors say the gaming parlor may cause in their community would be mitigated by security measures.“We are going to do our level best to minimize any problems in any area,” said Phil Nolan, president of the Suffolk OTB, which is emerging from bankruptcy. “We are trying to be as good neighborly as we can.”Lee Park, a spokesman for the state Gaming Commission, said that the Suffolk OTB is not subject to local zoning laws since the proposed VLT facility is treated as an OTB branch under state law, not a full-fledged casino, such as those upstate that do require host municipalities to pass resolutions supporting them.Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville), a former Suffolk OTB worker, urged lawmakers to oppose Calarco’s bill. As an alternative, he proposed creating a citizens’ advisory committee on the Medford plan to ensure that their concerns are addressed.“Whether you like it or not, we’re in the casino business,” said Legis. Thomas Barraga (R-West Islip), who voted against the bill after noting that multiple Atlantic City casinos have recently closed because nearby states such as New York have begun opening their own—indicating that New Yorkers prefer gambling close to home.“The hard reality is that this is going to be built,” he said. To a mix of cheers and boos, he added: “And there’s a high probability it will be built in Medford.”
9.30 – 11.15 Tourist destinations – Management. marketing and branding, Patricia Yates (Visit Britain), Maja Pak (Slovenian Tourist Board), Filipa Maria Cardoso (Turismo de Portugal), Kristjan Staničić (Croatian National Tourist Board); (hotel Bellevue)11.15 – 11.30 Pause11.30 – 12.00 Sustainable tourism for sustainable destination development, Hrvoje Carić, Institute for Tourism; (hotel Bellevue)12.00 – 13.30 Meeting of tourism workers with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia – Round table on the development of Croatian tourism; (hotel Bellevue)13.30 – 15.00 Lunch; (hotel Bellevue)15.00 – 18.00 Meetings, workshops and thematic presentations; (hotel Bellevue)20.05 – 21.15 Ceremonial awarding of the annual Croatian tourist awards – Top 10 of Croatian tourism; HRT1 transmission21.15 – Dinner; (hotel Bellevue)See the accompanying program, as well as other useful information here 15.00 – 16.30 Croatian Tourism Forum: Trends and forecasts: what awaits the travel industry ?, Vitalij Vladykin, Euromonitor; (hotel Bellevue)16.30 – 17.15 Performance analysis of the Croatian hotel sector 2000-2016 Emanuel Tutek, Horwath HTL; (hotel Bellevue)17.30 – 19.45 ESF – Establishment of regional centers of competence in tourism; (Hotel Alhambra; Hotel Bellevue)20.00 – 21.30 Opening ceremony of DHT2017, awarding of the annual Croatian tourist awards21.30 – Welcome cocktail; (hotel Bellevue) https://hrturizam.hr/kolumne/ Thursday, October 26th Days of Croatian tourism represent the largest gathering of tourist workers in Croatia, which gathers between 1500 and 2000 participants.In a multi-day work – professional lectures, presentations and working meetings, a traditional meeting of tourism workers with members of the Government of the Republic of Croatia is planned and a public award ceremony for individuals, representatives of the tourism industry and the best destinations. As this is the most important annual event of this type in Croatia, the ceremonial awarding of tourist prizes is planned with television coverage of the same.The organizers of the conference are the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.A special feature of this DHT will be a special boat that will be in front of the Bellevue Hotel where Slavonia will be presented as a destination, and I definitely invite you to experience the charms of Slavonia on Lošinj and learn part of the tourist offer of Slavonia. See the full program hereWednesday, October 25th
Last March, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team was on top of the world. After defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers 2–0 at the Frozen Four Championship in Hamden, Connecticut, the unit was crowned National Champions for the fifth time in the program’s history.The 2018-19 Badgers team represented the perfect combination of veteran experience and youthful energy, and the team’s leaders were nothing short of spectacular in the team’s 35-4-2 run toward the National Championship. Coming into the new season, many were skeptical that the unit would be able to maintain the high level of play they showed the previous season, but with the majority of the roster returning and a dynamic and talented freshman class, the sky is the limit once again for the Badgers in 2019. The main player many believed the Badgers would miss in 2019 was Annie Pankowski, who was named Offensive Player of the Year by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) last season. As a senior, Pankowski finished the season with a team-leading 22 goals and 50 assists.Though Pankowski had great success on the ice, it is perhaps away from the arena the team has felt her departure the most. During her time with the team, the four-year starter was undoubtedly the team’s leader and served as the face of the Wisconsin women’s hockey program. Without her guidance and well-established leadership skills, it was unclear who was going to step up and take over as the leader of the Badgers. Alongside Pankowski, Wisconsin saw several other players depart from their roster. Seniors Emily Clark, Sam Cogan, Sophia Shaver, Maddie Rolfes and Mikaela Gardner all moved on from the team. Women’s Hockey: Badgers complete two shutouts, sweep Penn State to open home scheduleThis weekend, the Wisconsin Badgers (4-0-0) took on the Penn State Nittany Lions (0-2-2) at LaBahn Arena. They thumped them. Read…Entering the 2019 season, it’s safe to say that multiple big questions arose regarding the status of the team. Would they be able to live up to expectations that came with being defending champions? Would anyone emerge as the leader of the group? Would the team be able to fill the holes that were left by the graduating seniors?Up to this point in the season, the Badgers have answered all of these questions with a resounding yes.The Wisconsin women’s hockey team is ranked No. 1 in the WCHA and boasts a 4-0 record, having outscored opponents 20–2, including three shutouts thanks to senior goalie Kristen Campbell.One of the key contributors to the team’s early season success has been junior transfer Daryl Watts, who joined Wisconsin from Boston College over the summer. Through four games, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner has scored five goals and amassed six assists.With Watts’ impressive performance through the first few games of the season, she becomes the sixth-ever Badger to score in each of the first four games of the season joining Meghan Hunter, Jinelle Zaugg, Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight and Pankowski as the only players to accomplish this feat. She has become a formidable force on the Badgers’ offensive lines, helping to lessen the impact that has been felt by Pankowski’s departure.In addition to Watts, Campbell has continued her stellar play from 2018. The MVP of the 2019 National Championship Game played exceptionally well against Lindenwood University, as she was named the WCHA Goaltender of the Week for the eighth time in her tenure at Wisconsin.With the Badgers victories over Penn State last weekend, Campbell has now won 70 games in her career, needing only six more to pass Jackie MacMillan (1999-2003) for fourth in school history. Campbell also pushed her winning percentage to .867 — a school record. Women’s Hockey: Badgers off to blazing start against LindenwoodThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (2-0), coming off a national title in their previous season, chose to send Read…While veterans such as Watts and Campbell have led the way for the Badgers so far in the 2019 season, the addition of youthful energy of numerous freshmen in the Badgers’ lineup has helped propel the squad to their successful start.When asked during a press conference about how the freshmen performed in their first few minutes of action against Lindenwood, Head Coach Mark Johnson praised the Badger newcomers.“Dara Greig probably could have scored five or six goals Saturday, [she had] quite a few chances every time she was on the ice,” Johnson said. “I thought both our young defensemen did a nice job when there were some situations when we had turnovers or when they had to play one-on-one. For the first game, I thought overall the younger players did well.” The Badgers have certainly picked up where they left off in their 2018 National Championship season, and with the consistent play of veterans such as Campbell and the welcome additions of freshmen and transfers such as Watts, a repeat performance is not far-fetched for the No. 1 team in the country. The Badgers’ next set of games is against Long Island University Oct. 18 and 19 in New York. Fans can follow the games live on Twitter @BadgerWHockey.
At the winter fair at Collegium Artisticum in Sarajevo, citizens can buy a photomograph of the B&H football team ‘path to Brazil’, by Marijo Iličić.The book is with never before seen photos of the B&H football players, who were followed by photo-reporter Iličić for more than a decade, and printed in an exclusive edition with hard stitched binding format 235×310 and with 264 pages of illustrations.The photomonography ‘path to Brazil’ is the perfect New Year’s gift, and it is possible to make a reservation by ordering on the website www.putubrazil.com. A part of the funds from the sale of the books will be allocated for the financing of monthly trainings for talented children who are in need, and whose parents are not able to afford to have their children receive football training.The monograph shows exclusive photographs of the B&H football players preparing for matches, during the matches, relaxed private moments, as well as photographs of the football players in the cities from the clubs in which they play.The monograph was officially promoted last week in Sarajevo, and is adapted to the national and international public, and is why it has been published in BHS and English languages.(Source: Fena)