Digitization in tourism: Briig boutique hotel no longer uses printed materials, but iPad devices to communicate with guests

first_img“We are committed to finding a personalized solution within Hoteza’s platform for each project we work on. Briig proved to be an ambitious project with a clear goal and vision, while Hoteza imposed itself as a logical choice because we met all the expectations and high scales set by briig from the technological point of view.”Said Damir Knežević, director of Hoteza. Hotezin’s HotPad interactive system allows guests to ensure full communication with hotel staff in real time via iPad in the rooms. The system allows them to order food or drink, make an appointment for a massage or beauty treatment, order a room refreshment or the contents of a mini bar, with minimal effort through an elegant, user-friendly interface that invites you to explore the hotel and destination. findings. Hoteza has been operating in the regional market for only four years, and they already have numerous experiences and clients from the global and regional markets, and their unique know-how sets them apart from the competition. It all started with an IPTV smart system and mobile apps, and expanded with the needs of a market that required new, innovative ways to communicate with guests.  Hoteza provides hoteliers with smart and personalized hotel solutions through several smart platforms, of which the Hoteza interactive system for TVs, the HotPad interactive application for in-room tablets and Hoteza Mobile, a hotel application that offers all services at your fingertips, stand out. “The relaxation and ease of communication that the guest achieves by using the HotPad system encourages him to further explore all the options that this solution offers. From the various events they can enjoy or information about the bustling city they are in, to the gastronomic delights they can experience in the privacy of their own room – who can say no to a sumptuous breakfast in bed?”Concludes Duška Žižak, marketing and sales manager of briig hotels.center_img From now on, all hotel guests can communicate via digital devices with the hotel staff that is at their service at any time, but also find out a lot of information about the hotel, destination and interesting events in their vicinity. By using Hoteza’s platform, they put out of print all printed brochures and materials, which, among the first in Croatia, earned MINT’s written approval on categorization. Digitization of tourism in the true sense of the word.  Split briig boutique hotel, in cooperation with the Hoteza platform, offered its guests the Hoteza HotPad system as a unique way of communication, but also a sustainable solution.last_img read more

Cricket News Yuvraj Singh retires: Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar pay tribute to India’s ultimate match-winner

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Yuvraj Singh made his debut in 2000 in the Champions Trophy.Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes in one over of Stuart Broad.Yuvraj Singh won the Man of the series in the 2011 World Cup. New Delhi: Eight years after he prevented cancer from dictating his life choices, a tearful Yuvraj Singh Monday brought the curtains down on a roller-coaster international career, the pinnacle of which was his exploits in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph. Tall, willowy and ethereal, his unlimited talent and charisma made him a limited overs legend, but he will walk into the sunset feeling he has not done enough in Tests. The Punjabi southpaw, though, tried repeatedly to turn back time before calling it quits. “After 25 years, in and around 22 yards, and after almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today,” the 37-year-old said addressing the media in the extravagant interiors of a star hotel that quite resembled his flamboyant batting.”I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket,” he added. The explosive batter said he now wants to “enjoy life” and pursue a freelance career in T20 leagues internationally, pending BCCI permission. But he will no longer be seen in the Indian Premier League.  Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He put together 1900 runs in the longest format, and 8701 in the one-dayers, the format in which he enjoyed the most success. His one-day runs tally places him 22nd in the overall list and seventh among Indians. A useful left-arm spinner, Yuvraj picked up 111 ODI wickets at an average of 36.55. Here is a sample of the tweets. And #YuvrajSingh finishes things off in style!The curtains come down on a remarkable career 🙌#ThankYouYuvraj #OrangeArmy #RiseWithUs @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/AHFtW9AHsq— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) June 10, 2019The man who fought obstacles on and off the field. You are more than just 6 sixes and World Cups. ♥We are not crying, YOU ARE! 😔#ThankYouYuvraj #YuvrajSingh #SaddaPunjab @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/2aHXoABFrd— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) June 10, 2019That NatWest series final, those six sixes, and the World Cup! Etched in my memory forever. Thank you for the advice, support, and above all, the inspiration @YUVSTRONG12 You will be missed. #YuvrajSingh pic.twitter.com/MfTWYPA01B— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) June 10, 2019We thank our very own Yuvi (@YUVSTRONG12) for 19 glorious years of Indian cricket. Your dedication, fierce loyalty and fighting spirit have been an inspiration for India.We wish you the very best for your future. Your legacy lives on.#YuvrajSingh pic.twitter.com/xGoNgunIU3— Youth Congress (@IYC) June 10, 2019Congratulations on a wonderful career playing for the country paji. You gave us so many memories and victories and I wish you the best for life and everything ahead. Absolute champion. @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/LXSWNSQXog— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 10, 2019Congratulations Prince @YUVSTRONG12 on a wonderful career. You were the best ever white ball cricketer India had. @BCCI should retire Number 12 jersey in the tribute to your career. Wish I could bat like you Champion #Yuvrajsinghretires #ThankYouYuvraj #ThankYouYuvi— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) June 10, 2019Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from all forms of cricket and it brought an end to his brilliant 17-year international career. During his career, Yuvraj has been part of so many memorable moments that Indian cricket fans would have lost count. Apart from his exploits on the grand stage, Yuvraj was excellent with the bat, ball and on the field. The left-hander also overcame some tough moments in his life, notably his fight against cancer during the 2011 World Cup. However, he bounced back and he has sealed his legacy as India’s ultimate match-winner.last_img read more

Kirilenko says no team can afford to lose concentration at the World Cup

first_img@AK47russ is already looking forward to the tough match-up between 🇷🇺 and 🇦🇷 ! #FIBAWCA post shared by FIBA Basketball World Cup (@fibawc) on Mar 18, 2019 at 6:36am PDT”Argentina, a very experienced team,” Kirilenko said. “Argentina is obviously the biggest menace for us, a very experienced team, always hustling, always tough players that know how to play basketball. And we actually face them before the tournament so we’ll have a chance to practice against them a little bit.”The Nigeria team, very athletic, strong physical. We can’t start playing a physical game with them. We have to be smart, slow it down a little bit. Play it very tactical. And the Korea team, very fast, a lot of 3-point shooters. On the best day, you’re going to be killed by the distance. So we have to close the distance, not let them run a lot, put them under the basket. It’s a tactician’s game. All three teams present a different kind of menace.”Kirilenko remembers taking on each when he was the leading player in the Russia team.”I remember Nigeria and Korea, we played them in the Qualification Tournament (OQT) before the Olympics in 2012,” he said.Russia hammered Korea in their first contest of the OQT in Venezuela, 91-56, and they later edged Nigeria, 85-77 to clinch a spot in the London Games. Russia then defeated Argentina in the Bronze Medal Game at the Olympics in England.Dmitriy Khvostov, Vitaliy Fridzon, Sergey Karasev, Aleksei Shved, Semen Antonov and Timofey Mozgov were all teammates of Kirilenko at the time continue to play for the national team.If Russia can get to the knockout round, Kirilenko expressed the opinion that anything is possible.”Looking at the age of our team, average age of 30, potentially we can fight for a medal,” he said. “For them (veterans), it’s a great chance to show themselves, and try and get something out of this group and bring a medal home. It’s looking like it’s probably going to be the best World Cup ever in basketball, a lot of attention, so it’s a great chance for those guys.”At bare minimum, he said, “I’m going to be very disappointed if we don’t make it out of the (First Round) group.””LOOKING AT OUR TEAM, AVERAGE AGE OF 30, POTENTIALLY WE CAN FIGHT FOR A MEDAL. IT’S LOOKING LIKE IT’S PROBABLY GOING TO BE THE BEST WORLD CUP EVER IN BASKETBALL, A LOT OF ATTENTION, SO IT’S A GREAT CHANCE FOR THOSE GUYS.”- KirilenkoKirilenko believes Russia could have landed in a much tougher position.”Look at Group H,” he said. “I hate this group already. This group with Canada, Senegal, Lithuania, Australia – it’s like everybody can beat everybody.” “In the World Cup,” he said, “you can sleep one quarter and you’re done.”In other words, Russia better hit the ground running and bring their A game each time out or they will have an early exit. View this post on Instagram When it comes to Russia’s bid to get out of the opening two rounds, there is no room for error. Firstly, Russia must finish in the top two of Group B and then, they must end up among the top two in a Second Round group in order to advance to the Quarter-Finals.The bigger challenge would appear to be in the First Round because in the Second Round, the top two sides from Group B will compete against the top two countries that come out of a Group A that consists of China, Poland, Venezuela and Cote d’Ivoire.Getting out of Group B is going to be both physically and mentally demanding.  https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/56/fe/andrei-kirilenko-fiba-russia_1ul2v0cnwkmc21gka1kvapcl3h.jpg?t=-1700234983&w=500&quality=80center_img Andrei Kirilenko knows very well how challenging it’s going to be for his Russia team to advance from the First Round of the 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup – never mind challenge for a medal.After seeing his country drawn in Group B on Saturday with Argentina, Korea and Nigeria, the former Russia playing great, who now serves as president of the country’s basketball federation, had this warning for his players. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ae/a8/andrei-kirilenko-fibawc-trophy_1h5gvca817jgn107e4z37tt0u9.jpg?t=-1700080791&w=500&quality=80 Kirilenko had another strong opinion about the two-time defending champions USA.If many fans believe the Americans to be unbeatable, Kirilenko thinks otherwise.”Of course not,” he said. “It’s one game when it comes to Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final.”last_img read more

MFLN “Network News” – November 2016

first_imgThis month we are excited to introduce you to one of our people “behind the scenes”.Karen Jeannette is the Social Media Strategist for the Military Families Learning Network and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the MFLN’s leadership team.  Currently, Karen helps Military Families Learning Network concentration area teams incorporate social media into guided and informal professional development opportunities.Don’t forget to check out our great line up of professional development opportunities for the month of November!last_img

Hard Work Pays Off For Devils

first_imgTope guided his Wollongong Devils team to the Men’s Open title at the 2012 New South Wales Country Championships in Dubbo last weekend, winning the Player of the Final award in their win over the Central Coast Dolphins on the siren. The win was the young Devils’ side second consecutive Country Championships title, and Tope says it’s great to see the team is reaping the rewards for the efforts they are putting in. “We’ve put a lot of work into them but the motto of the group is that ‘you make your own luck’ so they are the ones who turn up to training and they are the ones that put the effort in and do the extras and stuff, all we do is shape them and polish them,” Tope said. “It’s never really been driven about results it’s about how you perform and how you hold yourself and to have fun. The win is great but it’s actually better to see them become good models of the game and I guess examples for other kids coming through the system as well, I think that’s where the Country Champs are so important. That was the purpose for us to go away, to have a good time as a group, perform well but act accordingly off the field as well.”“We had three guys who played in their first tournament for the Devils in the Men’s group and that was Dylan Menzies and Matt and Adam Clune. All of them were actually outstanding. They know if they don’t perform and do the wrong thing there are 20 guys that can take their spot and they stepped up to the plate and were probably three of our best players over the weekend and everyone played well.”Tope became involved with the Devils in 2008 after moving to Wollongong and when a knee injury sidelined him in 2009 he took on the challenge of coaching one of the junior Devils teams with fellow Australian Men’s Open player, Terry Deegan. Over the past couple of years the side has developed to a point where they will this year compete in the New South Wales Touch Association’s (NSWTA) Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League competition. “I tore the cruciate in my knee in November 2009 and I figured I was going to be out for roughly six to nine months or however long it takes to get back, and I needed a project to keep me interested so we took the Junior State Cup team, the under 18’s Boys.” “We trained them up over the past couple of years and piece by piece they got better and more guys have joined in and now we’ve got a bit of a system where, they played division one last year in Vawdon Cup and State Cup, won the State Cup, made the final of the Vawdon Cup and the next progression for them is to actually play in Premier League.”It’s also been a successful 12 months for Tope, who has won two Country Championships titles, as well as the New South Wales Vawdon Cup and State Cup titles with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters. Earlier this year he was a part of the Australian Men’s Open team that played New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, something that has been a goal of his for some time. “To put in so much effort over so long of a time and to have so many setbacks, to make that team you could imagine what it was like it was just smiles from ear to ear. It was hard to sort of block out the occasion and play well because I was just so amped up and so happy and chuffed with the achievement so to actually win it and in the fashion that we won it and to play with guys that I’ve played with for a long time, my best mate was in the team, the coaching staff were so good to us. It was the ultimate experience in sport.”Tope travelled to Scotland to watch the Men’s Open team win its World Cup title last year and says it was ‘fulfilling being in Scotland but even more fulfilling being in Mudgee’. “I actually trained right through with them, I trained right up until they left for the World Cup. I was always going to go over anyway because I thought if I don’t make the team I’ll take my girlfriend over and my brother was living over there at the time, but to see them win, the way that they treated me was that I was still part of the team even though I wasn’t a player. To actually make the team and be a real player in the team actually added to the experience. Being in Scotland and seeing them win and seeing how well they get along off the field and the ambassadors they are for the game, I just wanted to be a part of it so much.”Tope admits its been a big 12 months and that ‘it’s not going to stay that green forever’ but as long as him and his respective teams continue to enjoy playing and keep learning, then that’s the main thing.  “As long as whatever happens, whatever the results end up being that we are still enjoying it, keep enjoying each other’s company whatever team I play in and keep learning and staying fit, no more injuries. The most immediate goals are to keep enjoying it, to stay fit and to keep learning, hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”last_img read more

9 of 20 Shipping Majors Will Disappear by End of 2018

first_imgzoom The CEO of Hapag-Lloyd, the world’s fifth-largest container shipping company, expects consolidation in the sector to continue this year, further reducing the number of largest shipping firms as they merge their businesses.Talking to the reporters in Hamburg on Wednesday, Rolf Habben Jansen said that the consolidation drive will result in nine of the former 20 largest shipping companies from five years ago to disappear by the end of 2018, Reuters reports.Hapag-Lloyd, fresh from completing the integration of its business with UAE-based liner shipping company United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), expects to reap a major portion of the gains from the deal this year.According to Jansen, the company could achieve 85 to 90 percent of targeted annual synergies of USD 435 million this year and 100 percent from 2019.Furthermore, the company expects its full-year earnings for 2017 to be higher than previously announced.2018 seems to be on the right track, with charter rates on the rise and lower size of the idle fleet. However, further pressure is expected from containership deliveries set to join the global fleet this year.The total boxship capacity set for delivery in 2018 is expected to reach 1.5 million TEU in 2018, according to the figures from Alphaliner. More than half of these deliveries will be made up of ULCVs ranging from 14,000 to 21,000 TEU.Hence, Hapag-Lloyd’s CEO anticipates transport demand growth to reach 4.5 percent in 2018 and more than 4 percent in 2019.Since integration with UASC provided Hapag-Lloyd with modern tonnage influx, the company has no need of ordering newbuilds and can dedicate its focus on bolstering its financial structure and cutting debt.In October 2017, the German liner company raised USD 414 million in gross proceeds from its capital increase scheme, which was agreed upon as part of the merger with UASC.Hapag-Lloyd said it would use the proceeds primarily to pay back its debts as well as for general corporate purposes.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

For Ghana ewaste recyclers a safer option amid toxic fumes

first_imgACCRA, Ghana — On any given day, plumes of noxious smoke rise above the Agbogbloshie dump site in Ghana’s capital, Accra.The billowing black smoke comes from the many informal e-waste recyclers who take unwanted electronics, strip them of their cables and burn away the protective covers to reach the valuable copper beneath.It’s a dangerous way to make a living, but an easily available one for the many unskilled workers arriving in search of money to get by. Ghana imports about 150,000 tons of secondhand electronics a year, according to a 2011 study co-ordinated under the Basel Convention, a global treaty on hazardous waste.Like many of the informal e-waste recyclers picking through the trash that comes largely from Europe and North America, Amin Idris comes from northern Ghana. After too many lungfuls of the acrid air, he decided to change his approach.“When I used to burn these cables, I felt ill,” he said. “That’s why I stopped burning and started bringing cables in here.”He stood at a wire-stripping machine at Green Advocacy Ghana, a non-governmental organization that operates inside the Agbogbloshie dump. For a fee ranging from 2 to 10 U.S. cents per pound of metal, electrical cables are fed through blades that slit open the plastic, making it easy to reach the copper or other metal wires inside.“When I strip cables here, it looks much better than burnt copper, and we’ll get higher prices for this stripped copper” Idris said.Bennett Nana Akuffo has run Green Advocacy Ghana for more than three years.“Every month, every year, we keep on getting more and more people. It’s a slow process and the people we are dealing with, for want of a better word, they are sometimes difficult to accept change,” Nana Akuffo said. “So it’s been a slow and gradual process.”The Environmental Protection Agency is Ghana’s main environmental regulator. “The law prohibits open burning of waste, in any form or shape. This includes electronic waste,” Principal Program Officer Larry Kotoe said.“Having said that, we are not saying the e-waste recyclers shouldn’t burn but rather that this predominantly informal sector should be transformed. The law is seeking to rebuild their capacity, retool them, so that they can safely dismantle e-waste.”While only Green Advocacy Ghana is currently active on the ground in the Agbogbloshie dump, the German government in partnership with Ghana’s government is building a health clinic and e-waste recycling training centre due to open there in early 2019.For professor Julius Fobil with the University of Ghana, more community participation from the start would make a project like Green Advocacy Ghana more effective. Environmental literacy among the informal workers “is currently very low,” he said.Fobil is concluding a long-term study of the health effects on e-waste recyclers at Agbogbloshie. He carried out blood and urine tests on a group of e-waste workers between 2016 and 2018.They “tend to have difficulties breathing,” he said. “Ailments range from minor coughs to complicated health problems like COPD. That’s chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. We are also seeing that some of them are susceptible to long-term exposure like the increase of cancers — cancer due to exposure to some of these complex chemicals.”That’s a cost the dump’s informal recyclers, who make up to an estimated $285 a month, cannot afford to pay.___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_AfricaNeil Shaw, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Husky Energy walks away from its hostile takeover bid for MEG Energy

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Husky Energy Inc. is walking away from its hostile takeover offer for MEG Energy Corp. after failing to win enough shareholder support.Husky says there have also been several negative surprises in the market since it first announced its offer at the end of September last year.The company cited production cuts for the oil industry mandated by the Alberta government and a lack of progress on Canadian oil export pipeline developments. The company’s offer for MEG expired Wednesday.All of the MEG shares that had been tendered to the offer will be returned to shareholders.Husky launched its stock-and-cash offer in September, but MEG rejected the bid as too low.last_img