One of the strategic goals of the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals (HUPKT), a leading professional association of congress and business tourism, is to raise the professional standards of congress tourism through education, training and personal development. It was on this track last year that HUPKT conceived and conducted its own certification program called CCMEP (Certified Croatian Meetings and Events Professional) and so in two certification cycle Croatia received a total of 58 certified professionals in congress tourism. Certification brings additional competitiveness and a certain guarantee to customers that their service provider is a professional, who approaches each project according to the rules of the profession. Only natural persons, participants from the congress-incentive-event industry, with a minimum of two years of experience in the MICE sector can apply for certification. The certificate is valid for five years, after which recertification is done based on the collected educational points, by participating in educational events organized by HUPKT.The third cycle of certification of professionals in congress tourism is startingHUPKT will organize certification for the third time this winter, the first round of 5-6. December 2017, and the second round in late January 2018. HUPKT invites all interested colleagues from the congress-incentive-event industry to express their interest in the program by email (email@example.com) in order to be able to obtain application forms and the Certification Ordinance. “We are extremely satisfied with the first two cycles because the response was very good, so 58 people were certified as professionals in congress tourism. This is extremely important for our industry, especially for clients from abroad. They recognize and appreciate certification because it has been normal for them for years. The certificate itself makes it known that these are people who have experience in the profession and work according to the rules of the profession, while giving clients the assurance that they have found a quality partner and a guarantee that their service provider is a professional. “Points out Ranko Filipović, president of the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism ProfessionalsThe CCMEP certificate has been recognized and accepted by the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb – Department of Tourism, Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Sector for Tourism and the European Federation of Congress Organizers – EFAPCO. HUPKT is also the Preferred Provider for the Events Industry Council (EIC) which has recognized the value of the program and awarded it certification points, and collecting points is one of the steps towards CMP certification.
Delmar Harry “Hoot” Rumsey, 93, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday June 7, 2018 in Milan, Indiana.Delmar was born June 6, 1925 in Aurora, Indiana, son of the late Clarence and Della (Robbins) Rumsey.He served his country as a member of the United States Navy during WWII.He worked as a farmer, mechanic, and drove a school bus for South Dearborn Community Schools for over 20 years.Hoot was a member of the Holman Christian Union Church, and a member of the Moores Hill American Legion. He enjoyed being a mechanic, and working on the farm.He is survived by children, Angela Kay Turner of Milan, IN, Teresa Ann Martin of Versailles, IN, Robert William Rumsey of Aurora, IN, Rodney Gene Rumsey of Aurora, IN., sisters, Betty Seasongood of Connersville, IN. and Ada Courter of Indianapolis, IN; 13 grandchildren and 25 plus great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of almost 60 years, Barbara J. (Hayhurst) Rumsey; daughter, Sue Vornheder, sons, Tony and Richard Rumsey; brothers, Louis Rumsey, Francis “Gene” Rumsey and a sister, Evelyn Courter.Friends will be received Monday, June 11, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 am at Holman Christian Union Church, 12020 N. Hogan Road, Aurora, Indiana with Pastor Mike Addison officiating.Interment will follow in the Hogan Hill Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Relay for Life, Holman Christian Union Church or Hogan Hill Cemetery. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
By John SchmidtCOLBY, Kan. – The long wait for the 2014 race season at Thomas County Speedway is just about over as action resumes this Sunday, May 11 at 7 p.m.Just like last season, several improvements have been made to the track as well as the grandstands. Another change is the return of the wild and crazy cruisers. With the help of Bernie Meyer at Murfin Drilling and several others, the table top in turns three and four has been removed. The wall was moved back a couple feet, then the track was graded the rest of the way to the wall. This widened turns three and four by about eight feet. Also, the wall was pointed down at an angle so it will help push the cars back on the track instead of creating a ramp. MD Auto Works of Colby is sponsoring an extra $100 to the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified purse each race. That means an extra $50 for first place, $30 for second, and $20 for third.One of the biggest changes fans in the grandstand will notice is the new and improved sound system. The announcer spent the offseason shopping for a new sound system and with the help from sponsors and volunteers. BP Miller Farms, Donna Bennett with Waddell and Reed, NWK Tree Service, J & S Trucking and Renee Rains Photography contributed to this great improvement to the speedway. The schedule features several special events this year. Cruisers will make their return to Colby on June 1, 15, and Aug. 10. URSS 305 sprint cars return trip on June 29. On Saturday July 5 will be an enduro race.When the BST Series returns on July 20 it will bring NASCAR driver Ken Schrader to race with the best Modified drivers Northwest Kansas has to offer.For a full schedule and a list of all the grandstand specials, check out thomascountyspeedway.com or go to the track’s Facebook page. Hot laps start at 6 p.m. Sunday. Drivers can call the Quality Inn for rooms and ask for the special racers’ rate.Thomas County also sanctions the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks
This year was to be a highlight for the Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bryant, killed in January in a helicopter crash, headlined a decorated class featuring Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett that would have been enshrined in the recently renovated museum.But the coronavirus pandemic scuttled those plans and hit the Hall so hard that it eliminated several full-time positions and cut senior management pay in the 25-40% range.Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva says the rescheduled enshrinement festivities, the diminished museum visitation and the uncertainty regarding the Hall’s college and high school basketball events this fall “has forced us to make these very difficult decisions.” Mohegan Sun is a long-time partner of the Hall. Doleva says it can a operate a “near-bubble” to provide a secure environment for guests.___ ___The Ohio Valley Conference has postponed all fall sports including football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball and asked members to develop plans for league competition and championships in the spring.The decision by the OVC Board of Presidents also includes the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf and men’s and tennis along with the non-traditional seasons for baseball and softball.But OVC members will be allowed to play up to four nonconference football games if a team is willing using NCAA standards for practice and and mental health guidance.OVC commissioner Beth DeBauche says the board voted to postpone after careful deliberation of the current uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic. OVC officials will continue monitor the situation hoping students will be able to play their fall sports in the spring. DeBauche says the OVC intends to ensure the postponed seasons are not eventually canceled if facts support that decision. ___Colonial Downs, Virginia’s pairmutuel horse racing track says it is cutting its 18-day racing meet short after just six days because of COVID-19.The track, in New Kent County, about 30 miles from Richmond, cited “recent test results” in a release announcing the decision, but spokesman Mark Hubbard declined to say how many people connected with putting on the meet had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Hubbard said the decision was made with collaboration from the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent Protection Association and the Virginia Racing Commission.The meet was scheduled to run through Sept. 2, with racing on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Alabama running back Najee Harris is hoping he and his teammates can deal with 12 weeks “of just really trying to be safe.” The Crimson Tide star and other veterans have preached caution to teammates while also remaining steadfast on wanting to play this season amid the pandemic.“We try to tell them don’t go to parties, but like it’s kind of hard to tell somebody not to go to a party in college,” Harris said during a Zoom call. “We understand it, but we’re kind of just telling them, ‘If you do go to a party, like make sure you guys are overly safe.’”That means wearing a mask, keeping distance from others and not picking up items after others, “because what you do plays a part in what happens to the whole team.”Alabama and other Southeastern Conference team open preseason camps on Monday ahead of a season that has already been pushed back to Sept. 26. They’re set to only play league games.“Every day we take risks, and it might be a little risky,” Tide quarterback Mac Jones said. “But we feel comfortable and we feel safe.” North Carolina State has administered 1,360 tests for COVID-19 to athletes, coaches and athletic staff with just eight people testing positive. The update came Friday with the school saying that out of the last 765 tests administered since it last released results, only one person has come up positive for the coronavirus.___Kobe Bryant and the rest of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class won’t be inducted in 2020 — or at the birthplace of basketball.The Hall announced Friday that the enshrinement ceremony will be held May 13-15, 2021, and the entire festivities will be moved to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. August 14, 2020 The OVC’s plans to play winter and spring sports remain unaffected as of now.__The Houston Texans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against the Baltimore Ravens.The Texans added on Friday they have yet to decide if fans will be allowed to attend games later in the season. The Texans say a decision on fans attending games this season will be dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Houston area, which is currently a hotspot. The announcement from the ASUN’s Presidents’ Council on Friday also says that providing a spring season for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball is a priority.“We’re not in the position today to guarantee it will happen, but we can promise to make every effort to get there. We owe that to our student-athletes, our athletic departments and our institutions,” ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart said in a statement.League schools may continue with such activities like training and practice in accordance with NCAA, local and state guidelines.The nine-team league operates mostly in the Southeast and does not play football. It is formally known as the Atlantic Sun Conference. ___ ___ Marshall and East Carolina have moved their football game from Aug. 29 to Sept. 12. Both teams had Sept. 12 as an open date after earlier opponents changed their schedules. Marshall was supposed to host Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Pittsburgh that day while East Carolina was traveling to play South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference. The game will be held at East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. No time for the game has been determined.___ The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates Associated Press Crosby was placed on the list last week. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person.He was removed on Friday and took part in his first practice.Crosby is being counted on to contribute much more after recording 10 sacks as a rookie. He is slated to be a starting defensive end and is the top pass rusher on a team that has struggled to generate consistent pressure in recent years.___The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. Charleston Southern is suspending its 2020 football season. The school is part of the Division I Big South Conference and competes in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Big South and the NCAA have canceled its plans for a fall championship, although the league did let member institutions play non-conference games if they wanted in the fall.Charleston Southern said in it statement Friday the environment with COVID-19 was too “uncertain” to go forward in the fall. The school said the decision will let the football team prepare for games in the spring.___The Las Vegas Raiders have taken edge rusher Maxx Crosby off the reserve/COVID-19 list. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
The Padres have been looking for a third baseman since sending last year’s starter Christian Villanueva to Japan. While Padres have an eye on Manny Machado, they are also considering Mike Moustakas, who may be a more realistic target. No surprise, Eric Hosmer is said to have highly recommended Moose.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 29, 2019San Diego emerged in the Machado sweepstakes last week, but there does not appear to be a frontrunner for the four-time All-Star at this point.Like the Padres, the Phillies reportedly are looking at Moustakas if they’re unable to land Machado. Related News MLB hot stove: Padres emerge as Manny Machado suitor San Diego tried to acquire Nick Senzel from the Reds in a proposed three-team trade that would have sent Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber to the Reds.The trade never went down, so the Padres continue to try and fill their void at the hot corner.Moustakas is coming off of a year in which he hit .251 with 28 home runs and 95 RBIs for the Brewers and Royals. Free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas remains unsigned, but he has the interest of several teams.If the Padres lose the Manny Machado sweepstakes, then they will be interested in bringing in Moustakas, according to FanCred Sports, which cites unidentified league sources. MLB hot stove: Mike Moustakas could be Phillies’ contingency plan for Manny Machado, report says
The England senior ladies’ team beat France today to be crowned champions of Europe for the first time.They triumphed by winning 3½-1½ in the final of the European senior ladies’ team championship at Gut Altentann Golf Club in Austria.“The team stuck to their game plans and played their hearts out to win the gold medal,” said team captain Pat Wrightson.Fittingly, Chris Quinn (image © Leaderboard Photography) helped to deliver the winning point, securing it with a tremendous fightback in the foursomes in partnership with Lulu Housman.England has been represented in this championship in eight of the nine years it has taken place – and Chris has played in every team. During that time she’s amassed three silver medals and two bronzes, but the gold has eluded her until now.However, at one stage, a foursomes win looked extremely unlikely. The pair were five down after nine holes – but in an amazing turnaround they won the next seven holes, before clinching their win with a par on the 17th.Earlier, English senior stroke play champion Cath Rawthore and Somerset’s Amanda Mayne had both scored big singles win to take England to the brink of victory. Cath won 5/4, holing a number of key putts, while Amanda was solid throughout her match and won 6/4.Debbie Richards also played solid golf but met a French player on the top of her game and lost to sub-par golf. The match of Julie Brown, the English senior champion, was deemed halved when the overall outcome was decided. At the time, she was on the 17th tee, one down in a very tight match having lost the 15th to a birdie.Ireland, who were the 2013 champions, beat Sweden in the play-off for third place and won the bronze medal.England resultsFoursomesChris Quinn (Hockley) and Lulu Housman (Highgate) beat Laurence Rozner and Virgine Burrus 2/1SinglesJulie Brown (Trentham) halved with Nathalie LamboultCath Rawthore (Sale) beat Sophie Pfeiffer 5/4Amanda Mayne (Saltford) beat Christine Muracciole 6/4Debbie Richards (Burhill) lost to Christine Mouhica 5/45th September 2014England ladies to play France in Euro finalEngland will play for the gold medal tomorrow when they meet France in the final of the European senior ladies’ team championship at Gut Altentann Golf Club in Austria.The team beat Sweden 3½-1½ with a fine performance in today’s semi-final, which was delayed for an hour due to heavy mist.Captain Pat Wrightson commented: “England built on their successful qualification in second place and rose to the challenge, beating a determined Swedish team.”The first point was secured by Chris Quinn and Lulu Houseman who produced a great fightback from two down to win the foursomes.English senior champion Julie Brown kept the momentum going when she birdied the last to win the top singles match. Debbie Richards claimed the crucial third point and the team’s place in the final when she defeated her opponent 4/3.Pat added: “The golf was of a high standard and the patience of the England players was rewarded with a place in the final against France tomorrow.”ResultsFoursomesChris Quinn (Hockley) & Lulu Housman (Highgate) beat Anette Djup & Charlotte Rhedin 2/1SinglesJulie Brown (Trentham) beat Helene Maxe 1 upCath Rawthore (Sale) lost to Ylva Skannestigh 2/1Amanda Mayne (Saltford) halved with Christina BirkeDebbie Richards (Burhill) beat Eva Hildebrand 4/34th September 2014England ladies qualify second in Euro championshipEngland delivered in style in the weather-hit European senior ladies’ team championship, responding to repeated delays in play by qualifying second for the medal match play flight.Persistent and torrential rain meant that the start of the championship – scheduled for Tuesday – was delayed by two days at Gut Altentann Golf Club in Austria.And when championship finally got underway today it was in a curtailed event: the course was shortened to par 67 to take the wettest areas out of play; and only the leading four teams qualified in the top match play flight, instead of the usual eight.England, however, rose to the challenge. The team had spent the time using the practise facilities – which remained open – and walking the course. They also passed away a few hours with a visit to Salzburg and a Sound of Music coach tour!When the event began, they were ready to grab their place in the semi-finals, where they will play Sweden. Captain Pat Wrightson remarked: “It was a very challenging round of golf for the players with embedded balls, casual water and much GUR.“The team has shown great strength of character in using their time profitably on the practice range and walking the course and they remained upbeat and focussed for today.”The scoring was led by Somerset’s Amanda Mayne (Saltford) on 70, followed by English senior champion Julie Brown (Trentham) and Chris Quinn (Hockley) on 71, senior strokeplay champion Cath Rawthore (Sale) on 74 and Lulu Housman (Highgate) on 80. The 82 of Debbie Richards (Burhill) was discarded.France qualified top, followed by England, Sweden and defending champions Ireland. Click here for the qualifying scores 4 Sep 2014 England senior ladies are European champions
BILL NEAL:10 -Let’s just get right to it. For the first time in my professional sports writing career and that of Coach Mike Tomlin, I will suggest this . . . and I do mean suggest! It may be time to consider . . . and I do mean consider, taking a look at the head coach and, and, and his coaching staff for the trouble this team is in. I’m just saying! (And I think I said it as gently as possible.):09 – Cortez Allen can’t watch the sun come up let alone watch a man one on one in the secondary. And oh, by the way, bet ya miss Ike Taylor now don’t ya!!!:08 – Let me remind you yet again, everything starts up front. If the “O”-line can’t block and the “D”-line can’t get to the quarterback, it’s gonna be a long day. (Now you can really appreciate the legendary lines of the Steelers dynasty days.):07 -Can you say “Steel Curtain.” Defense wins games. The Steelers only allowed the Vikings 48 yards of offense in the Super Bowl. C’mon man!!!:06 -Please, please, please . . . establish the run. Stay with the run. You’ve got two great proven running backs that want the ball. Give it to them. One is speed. One is power. Thunder and lightning if you will. Use them.:05 -When you’re inside the twenty, stretch out the field. Clearly you can’t run up the middle. Be creative. Mix it up. You don’t have to do the same thing over and over. Trust me, they watch your game films too!:04 -Give “Archer” all the money you owe him, a brown bag from Primanti Brothers and a one way train ticket to Hootersville. (No, he doesn’t get a plane ticket. If he can’t get the ball out to the twenty, he gets his butt on a train.) Sure he was fast in college, but everybody is fast in the NFL.:03 -Look, I don’t mean no harm here. I love old people. My dad’s old. So trust me. I know old (Sorry Pops), but everybody has a time card. Moses, Methuselah, even the old lady in the shoe. At 77, maybe it’s time for Dick LeBeau to watch the games from his rocking chair at home. Sure he was a defensive genius, but the NFL has caught up to his bend not brake!:02 -People have been punting the football since Jim Thorpe in 19-whatever. Please get rid of this bum . Go down to South Side on a Friday night and get a punter man!:01 -Can somebody, somewhere and somehow blame Ben Roethlisberger for something. The fumbles, missing the target repeatedly, holding onto the ball too long. He’s the $100 Million Dollar Man. Put the weight on him!:00 -Set your calendar for the Par-Tay of the year. Champion Enterprises will celebrate its 40th Year Celebration and the final year of operation Saturday, October 18 at The Lounge on Verona . . . you know, Monica’s Place. Next to Bonus Tire. 8:00 p.m. till 2 a.m. $10 donation benefits Achieving Greatness Toys for Tots Christmas Party. Free parking, cash bar, cash kitchen, 50/50, prizes and surprises and the best chicken wings in Pittsburgh. Sly Jock will deliver the Old Schools Sounds and we’ll be Eatin, Drinkin, and Dancin like we used to. It’s a 35 and older affair and first come first seat!!!So all you champions . . . former staff, volunteers, followers, supporters, sponsors, Connie Hawkins League players, program participants and coaches . . . everybody come on out and say goodbye to the Pittsburgh legend that was Champion Enterprises.~ GAME OVER ~