Ivana Herceg, CNTB Hungary: Croatia is in the first place the wish of Hungarians who want to travel abroad

first_imgThe survey was conducted between April 8 and 15 on a sample of more than two thousand people, and respondents were asked if they were planning a trip after the coronavirus epidemic, and if so, where. Ivana Herceg, Director of the CNTB Representation in Hungary: In contact with partners from the tourism sector, but also according to the interest of the media, we can conclude that there is interest in Croatia There is interest in Croatia in Hungary, both according to the above survey and according to Herceg. “In contact with partners from the tourism sector, but also according to the interest of the media, we can conclude that there is interest in Croatia, as shown by a survey commissioned by the Hungarian Tourist Organization (MTÜ). According to the results of that survey, 51 percent of Hungarians will travel after the pandemic within Hungary, and 12 percent of respondents will travel abroad. Among foreign destinations, Croatia was the most common answer, along with Greece. The results of some other research show even greater interest in Croatian destinations, which is expected because Hungarians love Croatia, which is easily accessible by car, and we should take into account the fact that a large number of Hungarians in our country own real estate and ships.” Ivana Herceg, director of the CNTB office in Hungary / Photo: CNTB “This is supported by the proximity, the possibility of going on vacation by their own transport, the possibility of a quick return in case of any problems, but also the fact that Hungarians know our country well, consider it safe and feel welcome. The fact that a large number of Hungarians stay in private accommodation during their stay is also positive in this situation, compared to competing countries that mainly offer hotel accommodation. We are also supported by the information received from individual partners who informed us that the guests are asking for a change of destination, and that instead of the Greece they paid for, they are asking for a change for Croatia. ”Concludes Herceg. At the end of last year and the beginning of this year, the interest of Hungarians in Croatia increased, which is certainly a good indicator of the positioning of our beautiful country in Hungary. Currently, according to currently available data, the situation in Hungary (2942 colored and 335 dead) is slightly worse than in Croatia. When asked about the current epidemiological situation in Hungary “from within” and what are the announcements and the situation regarding the easing of measures in Hungary, Herceg points out that the situation in Hungary is below the European average in terms of the number of patients. Research data found that once the virus disappeared, 51 percent of Hungarians plan to travel home, and 12 percent of respondents plan to travel abroad. The fact that Hungarians know our country well and that many of them are “regular guests” of certain accommodation providers, will certainly play an important role in choosing this year’s destination for their vacation, Herceg points out and adds that the Hungarian media monitors the situation in neighboring countries. “Croatia is always mentioned as a positive example and in case travel is possible, we believe that part of the Hungarians will traditionally choose Croatia.” Hungarians ask for change of reservations – instead of the Greece they paid for, they are asking for a change for Croatiacenter_img “Given the number of inhabitants, which is more than twice as high in Hungary than in Croatia, it is expected that there will be a larger number of infected people. Hungary has tested more than 70.000 people and at the moment the number of deaths is 31 per million inhabitants. This number is higher than in Croatia, and compared to the rest of the world, it is an average number of deaths. According to the map of Hungary with the number of infected people, most of them are in Budapest, but the western and southern part of Hungary, along the border with Croatia, are below average in terms of the number of patients. Contrary to the situation in other European countries, in Hungary the measures are still in force, they have even been tightened, so from Monday 27 April it is mandatory to wear a mask in public transport and shops, markets and when visiting institutions. The Prime Minister announced the announcement of a new situation regarding security measures on May 3, until that date leaving the homes is possible only for shopping and personal needs and going to work, but it is not allowed to leave the place of residence” As far as travel is concerned, the entire tourism sector is looking forward to new information, especially after the first inscriptions about the possibilities of the so-called “Tourist corridors”. It is not yet known when the borders will open and which protocol will be used to enter another country, but we are working on a travel protocol at the level of the European Union, but certainly how each country will independently negotiate with neighboring countries through bilateral relations. So is Croatia, and talks have already been opened with Slovenia, the Czech Republic and other countries. When it comes to traveling abroad, the most popular destinations are Croatia and Greece, while in Hungary, Hungarians would travel an average of 227 kilometers and would like an active vacation. “At the beginning of the year, it seemed that this would be another record year for Croatian tourism. In January and February, we achieved growth from the Hungarian market, after a number of years Croatia and Hungary were to be connected by airlines and new itineraries of the largest Hungarian tour operators were being prepared. During April and May, we planned to implement a number of prepared activities, which we had to cancel, and which were to promote different products and different parts of Croatia. Travel agencies are still mainly concerned with cancellations and refunds, but according to some partners, reservations for Croatia are canceled less than in other countries.” Although it is difficult to overlook anything, in case the crisis subsides and the borders open in the next two months, Herceg believes that Croatia could still be the first choice of the majority of Hungarians. Precisely on this topic as well as expectations for this summer season with the Hungarian market, I spoke with Ivana Herceg, director of the CNTB office in Hungary, which points out that Croatia, in the eyes of Hungarians, is justifiably one of the safest destinations, and in these special circumstances, our advantages are even more prominent compared to the competition. More than half of Hungarians are preparing for the trip, according to a survey commissioned by the Hungarian Tourist Agency and sent to us by the CNTB Representation in Budapest. Two-thirds of respondents currently plan to avoid organized travel after the epidemic. Also, what can benefit Croatia, both due to the fact that we are a car destination and positive perceptions of a safe country (reactions to the whole situation in the fight against coronavirus in Croatia), is that according to the survey 61% of respondents will consider which countries are more were affected by the virus in a future trip.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Record Drop in Prison Inmate Population

first_img January 11, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces Record Drop in Prison Inmate Populationcenter_img Press Release,  Prison Reform Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the largest reduction of inmates in the Pennsylvania state prison system since record keeping began.In 2018, the total DOC inmate population dropped from 48,438 to 47,370, a decrease of 1,068 inmates or 2.2 percent over 2017. The inmate population has declined six of the past seven years.“The 2018 calendar year reduction represents the single largest year-over-year decrease of inmate population on record,” Gov. Wolf said. “The historic decline demonstrates that common-sense criminal justice reforms work and bolsters the case for expanding reforms while ensuring the safety of all citizens.”“Only a decade ago, Pennsylvania was shipping inmates to other states because of overcrowding,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “The work of the Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole along with the reforms under the Justice Reinvestment Initiative made the seemingly impossible possible: Reducing the prison population, while at the same time crime rates are among the lowest in a generation.”A major contributor to the decline was a significant decrease in prison admissions during 2018. New court commitments dropped by 617 inmates from 2017 to 2018 (a 7 percent decrease), while parole violator admissions dropped by 575 from 2017 to 2018 (a 6 percent decrease).“It is difficult to ascertain why court commitments dropped during 2018, but it may be due to continued crime drops across Pennsylvania or to other efforts by the counties to divert appropriate cases from state sentences,” Wetzel said “The drop in parole violator admissions is likely due to improved efforts, under the DOC/Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole consolidation, to divert technical parole violators from lengthy returns to state prison.”Amid the record decline in prison population, Pennsylvania continues its leadership role in common-sense criminal justice reform. Gov. Wolf signed the “Clean Slate” bill in June 2018, with some provisions in effect beginning Dec. 26, 2018. The first of its kind in the nation, Clean Slate helps those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.“The introduction of Clean Slate, a model for the nation, is one more step forward in creating effective, bipartisan criminal justice reforms that do not compromise on public safety,” Gov. Wolf said. “I have long expressed my support for these reforms and will continue to push to ensure we are doing the right thing when it comes to fixing Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.”The criminal justice reforms Gov. Wolf is calling for include:Passage and implementation of JRI 2 to address the high cost of incarceration in the state, to strengthen support for county probation programs, and to fix inadequate sentencing guidelines.Reforming the pre-trial system to make certain that those accused of a crime have access to competent legal counsel and a reasonable bail system.Reforming the post-trial criminal justice system to ensure work towards rehabilitation of individuals and preparation to reenter society, rather than creating further risks for recidivism.Focusing on probation reform to ensure the right individuals have the right level of supervision and technical probation violations do not mean an immediate return to incarceration. This works hand-in-hand with first ensuring sentences are commensurate with the severity of crimes committed.last_img read more

Madison woman pleads guilty to Possession of Methamphetamine

first_imgMadison, IN—A February 2019 investigation in Madison led to the arrest of Kayla S. Lee, 27, of Madison. Troopers from theIndiana State Police Versailles Post conducted the investigation and their expertise resulted in the arrest and subsequent conviction of Lee.“The experience and professionalism of the Indiana State Police is always appreciated, and in this case, it resulted in securing a large amount of methamphetamine. Their hard work continues to improve public safety in Jefferson County,” said Prosecutor David Sutter.During the investigation, Lee told police there was a “fist-sized” amount of methamphetamine under the bed in her bedroom. A search warrant was obtained, and a search of the residence located approximately 60 grams of methamphetamine under the bed.On October 9, Lee entered an open guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine as a Level 3 felony with a cap of nine (9) years. She was sentenced on December 4, 2019, by Judge Donald Mote to the full nine (9) years fully executed in the Indiana Department of Correction.last_img read more

Cricket News Ramesh Powar gets no extension, BCCI invites applications for coach of women’s cricket team

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ramesh Powar has gotten no extension into his tenure as the coach of the women’s cricket team after the Board of Control for Cricket in India invited applications for the application of the post. Powar, whose tenure ended on November 30, was involved in an ugly face-off with Mithali Raj after India’s star player was benched for the semi-final of the ICC Women’s World T20 against England which India lost by eight wickets. Several officials in the Indian cricket board were not happy with the way how Powar dealt with the dropping of Mithali and that he acted on a ‘phone call’ from an influential board member to drop India’s leading run-getter.Read More |Ramesh Powar may face consequences for Mithali Raj face-offOn the official website of the BCCI, it said, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would like to call upon interested candidates to apply for the position of ‘Head Coach – Team India (Senior Women)’.Read More |It is the darkest day of my life, says Mithali Raj on Powar’s chargesThe situation involving Powar and Mithali flared up when Powar admitted that his professional relationship with Mithali was strained as he always found her aloof and difficult to handle. Earlier on Tuesday, Mithali slammed Committee of Administrators’ member Diana Edulji and Powar. Mithali said while Powar humiliated her during the ICC Women’s World T20, Edulji used her position against her.Aftrwards, the 35-year old cricketer tweeted, ‘’I’m deeply saddened & hurt by the aspersions cast on me. My commitment to the game & 20yrs of playing for my country, the hard work, sweat, in vain. Today, my patriotism doubted, my skill set questioned & all the mudslinging- it’s the darkest day of my life. May god give strength’’.Read More |Mithali Raj shatters record, scores more runs than any male cricketerAccording to several reports, Powar had no answer to defend his decision when he was asked why Mithali’s strike rate didn’t come in the way of her selection for the games against Ireland and Pakistan.Mithali’s exclusion took an ugly turn following the team’s loss in the semi-final, with the player’s manager calling Indian women’s cricket team skipper Harmanpreet a “manipulative, lying, immature, undeserving captain” in a series of tweets. Mithali’s manager, Annisha Gupta, spoke to ESPNCricinfo and confirmed that the tweets belonged to her handle and defended her statements. However, Gupta deleted the tweets later after the confirmation.The scenario regarding the women’s cricket team coaching has been dodgy. Tushar Arothe quit following differences with the senior players over training methods in August while the situation involving Powar has decimated the morale of the team and created differences between Mithali and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. last_img read more

Irish in action at European Championships

first_imgThomas Barr, Brian Gregan and Sinead Denny will all be involved in semi-finals today at the European Championships in Amsterdam.They’re all going in the afternoon session with Barr off at quarter past three, Gregan running at quarter to four and Denny going at twenty past five.In the morning session Tori Pena competes in the pole vault while Marcus Lawler, Karl Griffin, Declan Murray and Amy Foster are all on the track.last_img