A conference of travel agencies of the Split-Dalmatia County was held in Imotski

first_imgJoze Tomas, Ivan Budalic / Photo: HGK As part of his visit to Imotski, the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – ŽK Split, Joze Tomaš, also met with the mayor of Imotski, Ivan Budalić. They discussed the possibilities of cooperation with an emphasis on ways to take advantage of the tourist boom of this area to encourage and expand the development of the economy, especially small and medium enterprises. Activities such as this conference, networking of entrepreneurs and similar joint actions can contribute to the development of entrepreneurship in all parts of Split-Dalmatia County and stop the emigration of the local population, which is crucial, the meeting concluded. PRESENTATION STRATEGY FOR TOURISM DEVELOPMENT OF IMOTSKA KRAJINA PRESENTED Last year, almost 10 tourist arrivals were recorded in the Imota area, which is an increase of 23 percent compared to the year before, and there were almost 74 overnight stays, or 27 percent more than in 2017. The conference was attended by about 30 providers of household accommodation services, representatives of family farms and agencies that deal with mediation in the sale of excursions. The providers of family accommodation services were especially interested in the advantages of working with travel agencies, while the offer of adventure tourism in Split-Dalmatia County, presented by the President of the Adventure Tourism Association HGK – ŽK Split, Iris Prebeg showed what guests can offer and what they can experience in our county throughout the year. In individual conversations at the end of the meeting, participants were able to find out directly about cooperation with intermediary agencies and adventure providers. In order to maintain growth and raise the destination’s offer to an even higher level, such conferences connect travel agencies and organizers of adventure forms of tourism from the Split-Dalmatia County with other stakeholders in tourism, in this case from the Imotski area. The conference called “Travel Agencies Partners” was organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber and the Imotski Tourist Board. ESTATE KRAJINA TOURIST BOARD ESTABLISHED – IMOTA  INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO DECLARE IMOT LAKES UNESCO GEO PARK “This is the fifth in a series of conferences organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Split in major county tourist centers, in order to introduce local actors in tourism with the possibility of expanding the offer and improving business. Imotski and the surrounding area have become increasingly interesting to tourists in recent years, and record a constant, double-digit growth in tourist arrivals and overnight stays”, Said welcoming the meeting, the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber, Joze Tomas. RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Decriminalization of homosexuality – what it means for the Catholic Church in Dominica

first_img Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyleOpinionsReader Bites Decriminalization of homosexuality – what it means for the Catholic Church in Dominica by: – May 21, 2013 Share In response to the claim of the advocacy group, Minority Rights Dominica (MiriDom) that the Catholic Church in Dominica is not reflecting the Vatican’s position on unjust discrimination towards homosexual persons, I wish to make it clear that the Catholic Church in Dominica adheres to the call of the Holy See in its statement to the 63rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on the Declaration of Human Rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, “to condemn all forms of violence against homosexual persons as well as to urge all States to take necessary measures to put an end to all criminal penalties against them.”The Catholic Church maintains that free sexual acts between adult persons must not be treated as crimes to be punished by civil authorities. The Vatican specifically objected to the declaration’s use of the term sexual orientation and gender identity, which it said had no established meaning in international law. According to the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, these terms imply that sexual identity is defined only by culture, and their use in the declaration is part of an attempt to equate same-sex unions with marriage and to give homosexual couples the chance to adopt or procreate children.”This is where I think it is necessary to bring into focus the moral question. It is very important to note that the role of the Church in any society is primarily a moral one. She is not at liberty to change the divine mandate at will or according to human expediency. She has no authority to make a wrong into a right. She only serves as a guide to direct the faithful to what is morally correct and to discourage them from spiritually perilous decisions that can hinder their salvation. Homosexual “activity,” according to Holy Scriptures, is among many wrongs which, if not controlled, can lead to spiritual death. Among these are adultery, fornication, orgies, calumny, deep seated hatred, and the like (cf. Rom 13:13; Gal 5:16-21). These, along with homosexual “activity” will never be right, whether they are decriminalized by the State or not. Part of the problem we face in this post- modern world is what both Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, refer to as a dictatorship of relativism. What it means is that there is no longer an objective truth that should guide human decisions; what is important for many persons is what “I” perceive to be good for “me”. We seem to recognize neither the natural law nor the divine law. This attitude no doubt directly influences our sense of morality. The Church in its role as moral guide does not exist to condemn human persons but rather to condemn lifestyles and behaviours that are not in keeping with the divine law. Therefore, just as the Church has a responsibility to bring an adulterer to repentance she has the same responsibility towards those who indulge in homosexual “activity.” Let me take this opportunity to share with you the Church’s position on same-sex unions. In the Christian order of things, it has everything to do with our understanding of the divinely established structure for perpetuation of the human species; a structure which is unchangeable. In the book of Genesis we read that God created human beings; in his image and likeness he created them male and female (Cf. Gen 2:37). Human beings therefore reflect the image of God when they are united in love, a love which comes out of their complementarity. God made man male and female to complement each other and together be an image of God. In the Catholic understanding, there is a sacramental dimension of marriage. It simply means that the human participation in the union of a man and his wife reveals in some way the nature of God. Part of the vocation of married couples is to generate their own species, a direct fruit of the union. As Pope John Paul II puts it, “when a couple, man and woman, are joined in the sexual embrace, they are filled with sanctifying grace.” A couple united in marital embrace which is open to creativity, is the image of God the Creator. Therefore, for us who believe, same-sex unions can never be a sacrament and therefore can never be accepted by the Church as valid marriages. They may be licit, according to the State in which they are permitted by the civil law, but they can never be valid in the face of the divine law, as we understand it.There is an attempt today to redefine marriage to say that it is a union between two persons. Marriage is between a man and a woman, not between just two persons. This is the only definition in the Christian order. In conclusion, I wish to affirm that there is such a thing as an objective law, no matter which philosophy some people may hold. Some things are right and some things are wrong whether we like it or not. What is according to God’s law is right and what is contrary to God’s law is wrong; and all of us are called to live by God’s law if salvation is part of our agenda. Therefore, whether it regards fornication, adultery, homosexual activity, the whole gamut, we have to live by God’s law. We live in an age in which people say, it is my body and I can do whatever I want with it. St. Paul reminds us that our bodies are temples of God’s Spirit and therefore deserve our utmost respect. They must not be treated just in any other way.By Bishop Gabriel Malzaire Tweetcenter_img Share Share 241 Views   5 commentslast_img read more

MLB Preview: 2016 American League team-by-team capsules

first_imgMark.Whicker@langnews.comWho will win the American League in 2016? L.A. Daily News columnist Mark Whicker breaks down the league.AL WESTTEXAS RANGERS Rotation: Cole Hamels, Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Martin Perez, A.J. Griffin.Bullpen: Keone Kela, Tom Wilhelmsen, Jake Diekman, Sam Dyson, Tony Barnette, Andrew Faulkner.Closer: Shawn Tolleson Lineup: 1B Mitch Moreland, 2B Roughned Odor, SS Elvin Andrus, 3B Adrian Beltre, DH Prince Fielder, C Robinson Chirinos, LF Ian Desmond, CF DeLino DeShields, RF Shin-Soo Choo.DL P Yu Darvish, P Tanner Scheppers, OF Josh Hamilton.Fun Fact; Hamels was 7-0 in his last 10 starts.Best Case: Darvish comes back in mid-May with his usual stuff.Worst Case: Tolleson’s big 2015 turns out to be a mirage.Forecast: First. Depth will make the difference in a yearlong race with Houston.HOUSTON ASTROS2015 Record: 86-76Wins, last 5 years: 86, 70, 51, 55, 56Rank in 2015 Runs: 5thRuns Allowed: 1stManager: A.J. HinchRotation: Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Doug Fister, Michael Fiers, Scott Feldman.Bullpen: Ken Giles, Will Harris, Tony Sipp, Josh Fields, Pat Neshek, Neal Cotts, Wandy Rodriguez..Closer: Luke Gregerson Lineup: 1B Tyler White 2B Jose Altuve, SS Carlos Correa, 3B Luis Valbuena,DH Preston Tucker C Jason Castro, LF Colby Rasmus, CF Carlos Gomez, Rf George SpringerDL: P Lance McCullers, C/DH Evan Gattis.Fun Fact: Rookie of the Year Correa played 99 games and was second on the team in RBIs.Best Case: Giles, who struck out 11.2 batters per nine innings, and Gregerson shorten the games.Worst Case: Astros don’t improve their 33-49 road record.Forecast: Second. More experience, better bullpen, fewer strikeouts add up to another playoff spot.SEATTLE MARINERS2015 record: 76-86Wins, last 5 years: 76, 87, 71, 75, 67Rank in Runs Scored: 13thRuns Allowed: 11thManager: Scott ServaisRotation: Felix Hernandez, Hisonori Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker, Wade Miley, Nick Karns.Bullpen: Joaquin Benoit, Tony Zych, Mike Montgomery, David Rollins, Vidal Nuno, Nick Vincent.Closer: Steve Cishek.Lineup: 1B Adam Lind, 2B Robinson Cano, SS Ketel Marte, 3B Kyle Seager, C Chris Iannetta/Steve Clevenger, DH Nelson Cruz, LF Nori Aoki, CF Leonys Martin, RF Seth Smith.DL: P Charlie Furbush, P Evan Scribner. Fun Fact: Cruz is the only AL player with back-to-back 40-homer seasons.Best Case: Servais’ managerial debut goes better than most people think.Worst Case; Jerry Dipoto’s latest bullpen makeover backfires.Forecast: Third. A powerful rotation lifts all boats.ANGELS2015 record: 85-77Wins, last 5 years: 85, 98, 79, 89, 86AL Rank In Runs: 12thRuns Allowed: 6thManager: Mike SciosciaRotation: Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, Matt Shoemaker, Hector Santiago.Bullpen: Joe Smith, Fernando Salas, Mike Morin, Jose Alvarez, Cory Rasmus, Greg Mahle, Cam Bedrosian.Closer; Huston StreetLineup: 1B Albert Pujols, 2B Johnny Giavotella, SS Andrelton Simmons, 3B Yunel Escobar, DH Chris Cron, LF Craig Gentry/Daniel Nava, CF Mike Trout, RF Kyle Calhoun, C Carlos Perez/Geovany Soto.DL: P Jered Weaver, P Tyler Skaggs, P C.J. WilsonFun Fact: For Trout’s career, his OPS is .962 on the road, .949 at home.Best Case: Richards has a Cy Young-caliber season.Worst Case: Angel left fielders have worst production in league.Forecast: Fourth, as new GM Billy Eppler tries to grow a farm system.OAKLAND A’S2015 record: 68-94Wins, last 5 years: 68, 88, 96, 94, 74Rank in Runs Scored: 11thRuns Allowed: 12thManager: Bob MelvinRotation: Sonny Gray, Rich Hill, Chris Bassitt, Felix Doubront, Kendal Graveman. , Bullpen: Ryan Madson, Liam Hendriks, John Axford, Mark Rzepczynski, Ryan Dull, Fernando Rodriguez.Closer: Sean DoolittleLineup: 1B: Yonder Alonso, 2B Jed Lowrie, SS Marcus Semien, 3B Danny Valenzia, DH Coco Crisp/Billy Butler, C Stephen Vogt, LF Khris Davis, CF Billy Burns, RF Josh Reddick.DL: P Hernandez Alvarez, P R.J. Alvarez, P Jarrod Parker.Fun Fact: Semien had 35 errors, 11 more than anyone else in the AL. Lawrie was second with 24.Best Case: Burns takes up where he left off as a rookie.Worst Case: There’s too much mileage on the vets in the bullpen.Forecast. Fifth, but a healthy Doolittle could improve that.AL CENTRALKANSAS CITY ROYALS2015 Record: 95-67Wins, last 5 years 95, 89, 86, 72, 71Rank in Runs Scored: 6thRuns Allowed: 3rdManager: Ned YostRotation: Edinson Volquez, Yordany Ventura, Ian Kennedy, Kris Medlen, Chris Young.Bullpen: Joakim Soria, Luke Hochevar, Kelvin Herrera, Danny Duffy, Dillon Gee, Brian Flynn.Closer: Wade DavisLineup: 1B Eric Hosmer, 2B Omar Infante, SS Alcides Escobar, 3B Mike Moustakas, C Salvador Perez, DH Kendrys Morales, LF Alex Gordon, CF Lorenzo Cain, RF Paulo Orlando.DL: OF Jarrod Dyson.Fun Fact: Davis faced 251 hitters last year. Fourteen of them had extra-base hits.Best Case: Kennedy does a reasonably good impression of Johnny Cueto.Worst Case: Heavy innings finally take a toll on bullpen.Forecast: First, assuming they retain their late-inning magic, which isn’t magic by now.MINNESOTA TWINS2015 Record: 83-79Wins, last 5 years: 83, 70, 66, 66, 63Rank in Runs Scored: 8thRuns Allowed: 9thManager: Paul MolitorRotation: Ervin Santana, Kyle Gibson, Phil Hughes, Tommy Milone, Ricky Nolasco.Bullpen: Kevin Jepsen, Trevor May, Casey Fien, Fernando Abad, Ryan Pressly, Michael Tonkin.Closer: Glen PerkinsLineup: 1B Joe Mauer, 2B Brian Dozier, SS Eduardo Escobar, 3B Trevor Plouffe, C Kurt Suzuki, DH Byung Ho Park, LF Eddie Rosario, CF Byron Buxton, RF Miguel Sano.Fun Fact: Sano played 80 games and had 36 extra-base hits.Best Case: Santana, who gave up nine earned runs in his last seven starts, keeps it up.Worst Case: Buxton doesn’t fulfill the hype.Forecast: Second. A deep well of young talent here.DETROIT TIGERS2015 Record: 74-87Wins, last 5 years: 74, 90, 93, 88, 95Rank in Runs Scored: 9thRuns Allowed: 15thManager: Brad AusmusRotation: Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann, Anibal Sanchez, Mike Pelfrey, Shane Greene. Bullpen: Mark Lowe, Alex Wilson, Josh Wilson, Bruce Rondon, Blaine Hardy, Drew VerHagen, Buck Farmer, Kyle Ryan.Closer: Francisco RodriguezLineup: 1B Miguel Cabrera, 2B Ian Kinsler, SS Jose Iglesias, 3B Nick Castellanos, C James McCann, DH Victor Martinez, LF Justin Upton, CF Anthony Gose, Rf J.D. Martinez, DL: OF Cameron Maybin, P Daniel Norris.Fun Fact: Tigers’ top four starting pitchers won 37 games last year. In 2014 they won 62.Best Case: Castellanos, McCann and Gose begin to form a young, athletic nucleus.Worst Case: Verlander’s strong September was a mirage.Forecast: Third. Tigers had a quietly productive winter.. CLEVELAND INDIANS2015 Record: 81-80Wins, last 5 years: 81, 85, 92, 68, 80Rank in Runs Scored: 11thRuns Allowed: 4thManager: Terry FranconaRotation: Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Cody Anderson, Josh Tomlin.Bullpen: Bryan Shaw, Zach McAllister, Dan Otero, Trevor Bauer, Jeff Manship, Joba Chamberlain.Closer: Cody Allen.Lineup: 1B Mike Napoli, 2B Jason Kipnis, SS Francisco Lindor, 3B Juan Uribe, C Yan Gomes, DH Carlos Santana, LF Rajai Davis, CF Tyler Naquin, RF Marlon Byrd/Collin Cowgill.DL: OF Michael Brantley, DH Lonnie Chisenhall.Fun Fact: A 23rd-round draft, Allen has improved his strikeout rate per nine innings from 11.3 to 11.8 to 12.9.Best Case: Lindor fulfills great promise shown in 2015.Worst Case: Indians again have no one with 20 home runs.Forecast: Fourth. The Tribe is too banged up to avoid a slow start.CHICAGO WHITE SOX2015 Record: 76-86Wins, last 5 years: 76, 73, 63, 85, 79Rank in Runs Scored: 15thRuns Allowed: 10thManager: Robin VenturaRotation: Chris Sale, Carlos Rodon, Jose Quintana, Jordan Danks, Mat Latos.Bullpen: Nate Jones, Mitch Albers, Zach Duke, Zach Putnam, Dan Jennings, Jeff Petricka.Closer: David RobertsonLineup: 1B Jose Abreu, 2B Brett Lawrie, SS Jimmy Rollins, 3B Todd Frazier, C Alex Avila, DH Melky Cabrera, LF Adam Eaton, CF Austin Jackson, RF Avisail Garcia. Fun Fact: In Cincinnati, Frazier hit 10 of his 35 home runs after he won the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.Best Case: Eaton has a better start as leadoff man.Worst Case: The Sox are as shopworn in the middle field as they appear.Forecast: Fifth. For baseball excitement in Chicago this season, look north.AL EASTBOSTON RED SOX2015 Record: 78-84Wins, last 5 years: 78, 71, 97, 69, 90Rank in Runs Scored: 4thRuns Allowed: 14thManager: John FarrellRotation: David Price, Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello, Joe Kelly, Steven Wright.Bullpen: Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Robbie Ross, Tommy Layne, Matt Barnes, Noe Ramirez.Closer: Craig KimbrelDL: P Carson Smith, P Eduardo Rodriguez, P Brandon Workman, C Christian Vasquez.Lineup: 1B Hanley Ramirez, 2B Dustin Pedroia, SS Xander Bogaerts, 3B Travis Shaw, DH David Ortiz, C Blake Swihart, LF Brock Holt, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., RF Mookie Betts.Fun Fact: At 22, Bogaerts hit .320, second in the league.Best Case: Ortiz, who led the league by getting an RBi in 12.1 percent of his plate appearances, has a rousing goodbye.Worst Case: Smith, brilliant in Seattle, can’t get back to set up Kimbrel.Forecast: First. Younger, deeper and coming off a blazing September.TORONTO BLUE JAYS2015 Record: 93-69Wins, last 5 years: 93, 83, 74, 73, 81Rank in Runs Scored: 1stRuns Allowed: 5thManager: John GibbonsRotation: Marcus Stroman, R.A. Dickey, J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez.Bullpen: Drew Storen, Brett Cecil, Ryan Tepera, Jesse Chavez, Gavin Floyd, Joe Biagini, Arnold Leon.Closer: Roberto Osuna, Ezequiel Carrera.Lineup: 1B Chris Colabello/Justin Smoak, 2B Ryan Goins, SS Troy Tulowitzki, 3B Josh Donaldson, C Russell Martin, DH Edwin Encarnacion, LF Michael Saunders, CF Kevin Pillar, RF Jose Bautista.DL: 2B Devon Travis, P Marco Estrada, P Aaron Loup.Fun Fact: Toronto averaged 5.50 runs, 0.78 more per game than second-place New York.Best Case: Bautista and Encarnacion, who led the AL with an RBI every 4.8 plate appearances, keep feeding off each other.Worst Case: Tulowitzki can’t summon a bounce-back year.Forecast: Second. Strong wild-card contender at the very least.NEW YORK YANKEES2015 Record: 87-75Wins, last 5 years: 87, 84, 85, 95, 97Rank in Runs Scored: 2ndRuns Allowed: 11thManager: Joe GirardiRotation: Michael Pineda, Masahiro Tanaka, Nathan Eovaldi, Luis Severino, CC Sabathia.Bullpen: Dellin Betances, Chasen Shreve, Ivan Nova, Kirby Yates, James Pazos, Johnny Barbato, Luis Cessa. Closer: Andrew MillerLineup: 1B Mark Teixeira, 2B Starlin Castro, SS Didi Gregorius, 3B Chase Headley, C Brian McCann, DH Alex Rodriguez, LF Brett Gardner, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, RF Carlos Beltran. Suspended List: Aroldis Chapman (until May 9).Fun Fact: Yankees scored six or more runs 10 times in Eovaldi’s 27 starts, which explains his 14-3 record.Best Case: They get one more big year out of Rodriguez (33 homers at age 39).Worst Case: No starting pitcher gives them 170 innings, as happened last year.Forecast: Third. Once Miller, Betances and Chapman are together, Yanks will play a lot of six-inning games.TAMPA BAY RAYS2015 Record: 80-82Wins, last 5 years: 80, 77, 92, 90, 91Rank in Runs Scored: 14thRuns Allowed: 2ndManager; Kevin CashRotation: Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Drew Smyly, Matt Moore, Erasmo Ramirez.Bullpen: Xavier Cedeno, Danny Farquhar, Enny Romero, Steve Geltz, Ryan Webb, Andrew Bellatti, Matt Andriese.Closer: Alex ColomeLineup: 1B Logan Morrison, 2B Logan Forsythe, SS Brad Miller, 3B Evan Longoria, C Curt Casali, DH Corey Dickerson LF Desmond Jennings, CF Kevin Kiermaier, RF Steven Souza Jr.DL: P Brad Boxberger, P Alex Cobb.Fun Fact: Rays, who finished six games out of the wild card, were 2-13 in extra-inning games.Best Case: Boxberger, who led the league in saves, is ready to roll when healthy.Worst Case: Longoria, now 30, continues his slow slide.Forecast: Fourth. As usual, the offense is not self-evident.BALTIMORE ORIOLES 2015 Record: 81-81Wins, last 5 years: 81, 96, 85, 93, 69Rank in Runs Scored: 7thRuns Allowed: 7thManager: Buck ShowalterRotation: Chris Tillman, Yovani Gallardo, Ubaldo Jimenez, Mike Wright, Tyler Wilson.Bullpen: Darren O’Day, Brian Matusz, T.J. McFarland, Jason Garcia, Chaz Roe, Brian Brach, Mychal Givens.Closer: Zach BrittonLineup: 1B Chris Davis, 2B Jonathan Schoop, SS JJ Hardy, 3B Manny Machado, C Matt Wieters, DH Pedro Alvarez, LF Nolan Reimold,/Joey Rickard, CF Adam Jones, RF Mark Trumbo.DL: P Kevin Gausman.Fun Fact: Machado was the only player in baseball to play 162 games last year.Best Case: The HO-scale dimensions of Camden Yards revitalize the home run stroke of Alvarez.Worst Case: The bullpen strains to pitch all the innings left by the starters.Forecast: Fifth. Difficult to contend when you have to win 8-6. 2015 Record: 88-74Wins, last 5 years: 88, 67, 91, 93, 96Rank in 2015 Runs: 3rdRuns Allowed: 13thManager: Jeff Banistercenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more