A new promotional video of the Croatian National Tourist Board was presented

first_imgDuring the second day of the World Travel Market (WTM), a new promotional video of the Croatian National Tourist Board was premiered as part of the Croatian stand. The showing of the video was attended by about 200 participants, among whom were numerous partners, co-exhibitors and representatives of foreign and domestic media. The gathered were greeted by the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, the Director of the Main Office of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić and Barbara Mesić, the Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism. On that occasion, they emphasized the importance of new promotional activities and materials, but also the importance of the UK market for overall Croatian tourist flows.Thus, Director Staničić emphasized that all necessary activities will be realized on the UK market in 2018 with the aim of maintaining Croatia’s position as one of the most sought-after destinations among British tourists. As he said, the excellent results of tourist traffic, ie the potentials that Croatia has in this important market, are recognized by numerous partners, including Jet2com, EasyJet, British Airways, TUI and Thomas Cook. “In addition to the new flights, of which there were as many as 21 this year, in 2018 there will be at least four new scheduled and four charter flights, which is the result of long-term lobbying with airlines, as well as good seat occupancy this year. Therefore, there is a further upward trend and we can expect a significant increase in traffic from this market, which is confirmed by all previous information from travel organizers, who are generally satisfied with this year’s sales, but also early booking for 2018. However, although sales for next year are very started well, a bigger wave of booking is expected in January and February, after the Christmas and New Year holidays “, he said director Staničić, adding that new promotional materials, such as the presented video, will be an important factor in the further branding of Croatian tourism.The new promotional video was shot at various recognizable locations in Croatia and features 10 celebrities from the world of sports and art, including Luka Modrić, Иван Ракитић, Mario Mandžukić, Mateo Kovačić, Dejan Lovren, Dario Šarić, Marin Čilić, 2Cellos, Максим Мрвица, and Zrinka Cvitešić. The director of the video is director and screenwriter Nevio Marasović, and the partner in the project is the agency BBDO Zagreb, while the cost of the video was 700.000 kuna.An additional significance of the entire project is its humanitarian character. Namely, the Croatian National Tourist Board will provide the amount of HRK 500.000,00 for humanitarian purposes, so each of the participants in the video will have the opportunity to donate the amount of HRK 50.000,00 for a certain association that helps sick children with its work and activities.  The promotional video was presented as part of the “Wine & Cheese meetup” organized by the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, so many guests had the opportunity to taste and enjoy top Croatian cheeses and wines of the brand Vina Croatia- vina mosaica. On that occasion, Croatia presented itself as a country of top eno-gastronomic delicacies and cordial hosts.With this promotional video, Croatia wants to further position itself on the international market through celebrities and successful personalities, and then to the major sporting events that follow in the coming year, such as XXIII. Winter Olympics in Korea, World Cup in football in Russia and European Championship in handball in Croatia. In addition to well-known Croatian destinations, the video also aims to promote other forms of offer, such as cultural and historical heritage, eno-gastronomy, active vacation, nautical, natural beauty and other segments of Croatian tourism.”This is one of the most important tourist fairs in the world, so this was an exceptional opportunity for Croatia, as a tourist destination, to get closer to travel organizers with a new promotional video who have a strong influence on the realization of tourist traffic. The new promotional video is the result of careful listening to the domestic and foreign professional public and our goal was to combine our tourist offer, ie Croatian natural and cultural beauties together with our athletes, but also artists who are globally recognizable stars and proven best Croatian promoters in the world.”, Said Barbara Mesić and added”We are especially proud that the main actors of this video, in addition to love for Croatia, showed a big heart and agreed to participate in the filming without financial compensation.”.last_img read more

AUDIO: We’re Not Yet In The Title Race – Dogo

first_imgTechnical Adviser of Nasarawa United Kabiru Dogo has said the ‘Solid Miners’ are not yet in the title race despite beating Sunshine Stars 1-0 away from home to move within touching distance of continental spot on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) standings.Forward Bashir Abdulrahman scored in the first half to hand Nasarawa United their first away win of the season on Sunday at Ijebu-Ode.The Lafia-based outfit are now placed 9th on the log with 41 points from 29 matches, five points behind 3rd-placed Akwa United, who occupy the last continental spot on the league table.Reacting to the win over Sunshine Stars, the former ABS handler praised his team for their effort.“It’s a very big victory for us and I say congratulations for my side,” said Dogo.“It is something we’ve been looking for, for long, but thank God our efforts have paid off today (Sunday). It’s a big day for us.“Anybody that watched the game will know that, definitely, the team has improved well and the team is playing good football. So we thank God for what we achieved today (Sunday).”On the title race, Dogo maintained that it is still open and added that Nasarawa United are on course to push for it.He added that his team won’t be carried away by the away win against Sunshine Stars.“Not yet but we are on course because I know that nobody has been declared winner of the league (NPFL) or relegated. Everybody is still fighting and I know that, definitely, if we (Nasarawa United) continue to fight like this, I know that we are going to achieve more of these points.“This result is something we have to be very careful with because the last time a team (Sunshine Stars) won an away game, they lost at home.“So we are going to learn a lesson from this victory against Sunshine Stars so that we can work on our next home game against a title-chasing team, El kanemi Warriors.“We have a target we have set for ourselves and by God’s grace, we are going to achieve that target,” he stated.Nasrawa United will next face El Kanemi Warriors at home in lafia as the NPFL enters Match Day 30 this midweek.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/DOGO-JULY-17.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: The League Is Still Open – DogoJuly 11, 2017In “Nigeria”NPFL MATCH DAY 34 WRAP: Plateau United inch closer to maiden NPFL title…August 14, 2017In “Nigeria”Sasere Targets Double Figures, Banks On God For Move Abroad (Audio)January 15, 2019In “NFF”last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Where the Buffalo roam

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE When I first learned that it was a possible Buffalo stampede headed towards Heinz Field, I immediately became concerned for the fans, players and anyone that might be in the path of a disaster waiting to happen. By all accounts, Pittsburgh was not equipped to handle such a scenario. What measures could be taken to prevent a catastrophe? If last Saturday’s “scrimmage” is any indication of things to come, I would suggest that the trainers of the Buffalo Bills circus, along with their recently spotted diva Terrell Owens, steer clear of the venue sitting on the banks of the Allegheny with its mustard colored seats. If they run through the Steel City too often they may end up on the endangered species list. Hey look, even if this was just a supposedly “meaningless” encounter then the Bills performed like the contest was not even a blip on their radar screen because they definitely did not play as if they were the descendants of “Buffalo” Bill Cody.C’mon. The yardage gained by the team from the “blizzard belt” was sort of high school-ish. The Bills had 135 total net yards from scrimmage. I have a sneaking suspicion that the McKeesport Tigers high school football squad might have performed a tad better than that. A team, any team should be able to gain more than 49 yards on the ground and 86 yards through the air, even a pick-up street ball team playing in the “turkey bowl” on Thanksgiving Day.Pittsburgh, on the other hand, gained 81 yards rushing and 278 yards passing, which surprised me because hey, it’s still preseason. The men of Steel appear to be getting ready to make another run to put the seventh Lombardi Trophy over on the South Side. Pittsburgh seems to have solid players defensively on their first and second teams.When Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked to evaluate his team’s performance he did just that saying; “We had a pre-snap penalty on offense, delay of game [and a] false start. We had a pre-snap penalty on defense. We put the ball on the ground, I like the way we’re moving it. I see some good things, but still see some things that where the Steelers are still beating the Steelers.”The one facet of the offense that definitely seems promising is the O-line starting to jell and the return of speedster, “Fast” Willie Parker who still, by the way, holds the record for the longest run from scrimmage in Super Bowl history. I actually heard a few scribes pining for the three yards and a cloud of dust days of former Steelers great Jerome “the Bus” Bettis. Methinks that that they may be losing or have already distributed all of their marbles in a place undisclosed to them or anyone else. Their rationale is based upon these premises. 1. Willie Parker stays hurt a bit too much. 2. The Steelers need a big back. 3. The Steelers need a big back. 4. The Steelers need a big back.No, you knuckles of heads. The Steelers need an offensive line that can consistently block for a world class like sprinter who is capable of taking it to the house on every play.Coach Tomlin continued his assessment of the offense saying this about the running game. “I thought that it was solid. We are eliminating negative runs, which is good. I still think that we can do a better job of quality penetration a little bit. Once we get those backs to the line of scrimmage clean we have a chance to have a productive running game.”The Steelers also appear to have a level and a half of quality performers on the offensive side of the ball. Big Ben Roethlisberger looks as comfortable as I have ever seen him and that does not bode well for the rest of the NFL teams. Although the first team offense got off to a sluggish start they locked in sync when they started to run the no-huddle. When Big Ben was asked whether the offense got off to a slow start he said, “Yeah we did. That last drive was a no-huddle drive, which is good to get a little work in at home. [I’m] really proud the way the guys were able to move the ball and listen to communication. We changed some plays at the line of scrimmage. Overall, [I’m] really happy. We made some mistakes early, but then drove down the field and scored.”The Pittsburgh defense was as usual the strong and silent type. When linebacker James Farrior was asked to assess the defense, his assessment was a humble one. Farrior said; “I think we did pretty good. There [are] some things that we can improve on.”Well, I am sure if anyone tells that to the Buffalo Bills they might agree to disagree. The Bills had a few offensive series where they appeared to maybe have had one too many puffs of the peace pipe.It is safe to assume that if wide receiver Terrell Owens was available for Buffalo, the Bills may have been a little more potent on offense. But that theory may be a little generous as well because when Pittsburgh defeated the last team that Owens had the displeasure of playing for and tormenting, the Dallas Cowboys in December of 2008, T.O. was “jacked” by Ike Taylor and the Pittsburgh secondary catching only 3 balls for 32 yards, one being a 12- yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo after Romo scrambled around for a millennium or two.It seems as if the Pittsburgh Steelers are ready for some football. The question is will the rest of the NFL be ready for the Pittsburgh Steelers?(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected])last_img read more

Nelson hammers Castlegar 8-0 in KIJHL exhibition action

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs continued to shine in the exhibition season by adding another victory Tuesday night in Castlegar.The Leafs pounded the hometown Rebels 8-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the Castlegar Complex.The game was the first of a home-and-home series. The win runs Nelson’s preseason record to an impressive 4-0 with the final exhibition contest coming Wednesday at the NDCC Arena against the same Rebels. Game time is 7 p.m.In four games during the exhibition campaign, Nelson has outscored its opponents 24-6.The two teams play for the third time in four nights Friday when Nelson travels to the Sunflower City to open the KIJHL regular season against the defending champs.The Leafs return to the NDCC Arena Saturday for the home opener against Creston Valley Thunder Cats.Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

Van Dyk takes eighth Boston win

first_img28 April 2009South African wheelchair athlete Ernst van Dyk won the Boston Marathon last Monday, 20 April, to continue a remarkable record of success in the prestigious race. It was his eighth win in nine years.The Boston Herald, in its report on the race, appropriately headlined its story “Van Dyk an eighth wonder”. He won his first Boston Marathon in 2001 and since then has taken victory every year except for 2007, when he finished in third place.His time of one hour, 33 minutes and 29 seconds was his slowest winning time yet – a long way off his amazing world record time of one hour, 18 minutes and 27 seconds in 2004 – but a strong headwind put paid to any thoughts of a fast race.Equalled recordVan Dyk’s victory, nonetheless, pulled him level with Irishwoman Jean Driscoll’s record of eight victories in the Boston Marathon. Driscoll won the race from 1990 to 1996 and again in 2000.He moved clear of his challengers after about five kilometres, but the ever increasing strength of the wind concerned the South African star, whose preparations for the race had been hampered by injuries, as well as by the birth of a daughter.Van Dyk remained strong, however, and went on to claim victory by over three minutes over 2007 champion, Masazumi Soejima of Japan, who finished in one hour, 36 minutes and 57 seconds.The Japanese star said after the race that he had been troubled by the wind, and vowed to put on weight so that he could challenge the heavier Van Dyk.Schabort fourthSpain’s Roger Paigbo Verdaguer finished 50 seconds later in 1:37:47, while former South African Krige Schabort, now an American citizen, was the top local racer, ending in fourth place in 1:38:06.The 36-year-old Van Dyk, who won gold in the road race at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, says he will contest the Boston Marathon at least one more time; he wants to be the sole owner of the most victories in the history of the event.Colleen De ReuckColleen de Reuck, who competed in three Olympic Games for South Africa, including the marathon in 1992 and 2000, before becoming an American citizen, excelled in the Masters division of the women’s marathon.Now 45 years of age, De Reuck led the race until eight kilometres from the end. She eventually settled for eighth place in a time of 2:35:37, a minute and 13 seconds ahead of the second Masters’ finisher Alina Ivanova of Russia, who finished in tenth place.Victory in the women’s race went to Kenya’s Salina Kosgei in 2:32:16. Ethiopia’s Dire Tune finished just a second behind her, while third place went to the USA’s Kara Goucher a further eight seconds back.Deriba Merga of Ethiopia, fourth in the Beijing Olympics, captured the men’s title in 2:08:42. Kenya’s Daniel Rono finished in second place 50 seconds later, while Ryan Hall of the USA took third place eight seconds later.Race historyThe Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, having first been held in 1897, and it is also one of the world’s most famous races. It regularly attracts fields of about 20 000 competitors, but the record is almost double that at 38 000 in the centenary year of the race.Wheelchair competition in the Boston Marathon began in 1975, when one entrant entered and completed the race.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A roadmap for South Africa by Miller Matola

first_imgHaving a national plan for SA is not goodenough, says Brand South Africa CEO MillerMatola. What is needed is a social pact withcommitment from all sectors of society tomake the country achieve its potential.Certainty breeds confidence. If the recent results of a Moody’s Investor Service action are anything to go by, the best way to garner confidence in a country and to represent it as a stable and consistent environment for investors is to have a plan and stick to it. Not just any plan, however; it has to be credible.Commentators and experts are in agreement that the recently released National Development Plan is both comprehensive and credible. It identifies the major issues which still need to be addressed in SA and is the road map as to how we can start to do so. If implemented and followed, the plan will also remove a lot of thedoubt and frustration which continues to put our economy at risk.Key to Moody’s decision to downgrade SA’s outlook last month was what they termed political risk.According to reports, Moody’s action was driven by “the growing risk that the political commitment to low-budget deficits and the ability to keep within current debt targets could be undermined by popular pressures and rising internal strains within the African National Congress and its labour union allies”.Proudly South AfricaWe believe their assessment is flawed and the government and the National Treasury and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in particular, have criticised their judgement.What the report does highlight, however, is the need for SA to change some perceptions of our investment and economic climate.SA remains a globally competitive economy and our best practices – in banking, stock market regulation and auditing and reporting in particular – have drawn favourable ratings from other world bodies.The World Economic Forum’s 2011/12 Global Competiveness Report identified various competitive advantages enjoyed by SA.Among others, SA was ranked first in the strength of its auditing and reporting standards as well as regulation of securities exchanges. We were ranked second in soundness of banks and corporate boards and third in protection of minority shareholders’ interest and the availability of financial services.At 50th overall, SA has the highest competitiveness ranking in sub-Saharan Africa and is second only to China among the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) economies.The world regards our bankers, financial regulators and chartered accountants as some of the best in the world. Investors want to trust the numbers, and with us they do.However, the World Economic Forum identified key areas where SA is weak – notably labour market efficiency, health and primary education, the health of the workforce, rigid hiring and firing practices, a lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies and the significant tensions in labour-employer relations.Again, there are valuable lessons from this which show how we can improve our rankings. The National Development Plan gives us the direction to achieve this. It also shows that we understand our problems as a society and have a credible long-term structural plan to achieve improvements that will improve our reputation and competitiveness.The plan does not simply gloss over the issues which we face. It lists various goals, but among those which are pertinent to the conversations around a stable economic environment are: improving education and training, providing quality health care, building a capable state, fighting corruption and enhancing accountability, transforming society and uniting the nation.SA has the means, the goodwill, the people and the resources to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality, but it will require leadership from all sectors of society, a capable state and a social pact.Having a plan is not enough. What we also need is a collective determination to meet the goals set out in the national plan.The reality is that we are facing major challenges in labour, health and education.The government has now outlined how we can meet these challenges. An important aspect of the development plan is its emphasis on active citizenry.Key to making the plan a success is that South Africans get behind it and play their part to meet the goals outlined in the plan. The obvious benefit of this is that we create a more successful society, a country which functions at a much improved level and an overall better place to live.Added to that will be a greater sense of policy certainty which will improve our international competitiveness in a world of great uncertainty. This will help attract investment and improve growth.The plan is currently open for public input for four to six months of public engagement and refinement. President Jacob Zuma will then initiate a process whereby the cabinet considers the refined plan for approval. Once it is passed, it will be a plan for all South Africans irrespective of race, creed, class or political affiliation – a plan which will cultivate the values of a caring society. Before then, however, South Africans from all sectors and with a wide-range of expertise must play their part and lend their voices to the debate surrounding the plan.We must all help refine it and make sure that, when it is adopted, it is not just a government plan but a vision accepted and created by the nation.International experiences suggest that trade, tourism and investment respond well to the kind of long-term policy planning we as a nation are doing. And that will improve our competitiveness and give a firm answer to the ratings agencies. Certainty breeds confidence. If the recent results of a Moody’s Investor Service action are anything to go by, the best way to garner confidence in a country and to represent it as a stable and consistent environment for investors is to have a plan and stick to it. Not just any plan, however; it has to be credible.Commentators and experts are in agreement that the recently released National Development Plan is both comprehensive and credible. It identifies the major issues which still need to be addressed in SA and is the road map as to how we can start to do so. If implemented and followed, the plan will also remove a lot of the doubt and frustration which continues to put our economy at risk.Key to Moody’s decision to downgrade SA’s outlook last month was what they termed political risk.According to reports, Moody’s action was driven by “the growing risk that the political commitment to low-budget deficits and the ability to keep within current debt targets could be undermined by popular pressures and rising internal strains within the African National Congress and its labour union allies”. What the report does highlight, however, is the need for SA to change some perceptions of our investment and economic climate.SA remains a globally competitive economy and our best practices – in banking, stock market regulation and auditing and reporting in particular – have drawn favourable ratings from other world bodies.The World Economic Forum’s 2011/12 Global Competiveness Report identified various competitive advantages enjoyed by SA.Among others, SA was ranked first in the strength of its auditing and reporting standards as well as regulation of securities exchanges. We were ranked second in soundness of banks and corporate boards and third in protection of minority shareholders’ interest and the availability of financial services.At 50th overall, SA has the highest competitiveness ranking in sub-Saharan Africa and is second only to China among the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) economies.The world regards our bankers, financial regulators and chartered accountants as some of the best in the world. Investors want to trust the numbers, and with us they do.However, the World Economic Forum identified key areas where SA is weak – notably labour market efficiency, health and primary education, the health of the workforce, rigid hiring and firing practices, a lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies and the significant tensions in labour-employer relations.Again, there are valuable lessons from this which show how we can improve our rankings. The National Development Plan gives us the direction to achieve this. It also shows that we understand our problems as a society and have a credible long-term structural plan to achieve improvements that will improve our reputation and competitiveness.The plan does not simply gloss over the issues which we face. It lists various goals, but among those which are pertinent to the conversations around a stable economic environment are: improving education and training, providing quality health care, building a capable state, fighting corruption and enhancing accountability, transforming society and uniting the nation.SA has the means, the goodwill, the people and the resources to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality, but it will require leadership from all sectors of society, a capable state and a social pact.Having a plan is not enough. What we also need is a collective determination to meet the goals set out in the national plan.The reality is that we are facing major challenges in labour, health and education.The government has now outlined how we can meet these challenges. An important aspect of the development plan is its emphasis on active citizenry.Key to making the plan a success is that South Africans get behind it and play their part to meet the goals outlined in the plan. The obvious benefit of this is that we create a more successful society, a country which functions at a much improved level and an overall better place to live.Added to that will be a greater sense of policy certainty which will improve our international competitiveness in a world of great uncertainty. This will help attract investment and improve growth.The plan is currently open for public input for four to six months of public engagement and refinement. President Jacob Zuma will then initiate a process whereby the cabinet considers the refined plan for approval. Once it is passed, it will be a plan for all South Africans irrespective of race, creed, class or political affiliation – a plan which will cultivate the values of a caring society. Before then, however, South Africans from all sectors and with a wide-range of expertise must play their part and lend their voices to the debate surrounding the plan.We must all help refine it and make sure that, when it is adopted, it is not just a government plan but a vision accepted and created by the nation.International experiences suggest that trade, tourism and investment respond well to the kind of long-term policy planning we as a nation are doing. And that will improve our competitiveness and give a firm answer to the ratings agencies.l Miller Motala is the CEO of Brand South Africa, previously known as the International Marketing Council of SA.Source: www.iol.co.za/mercurylast_img read more

Infographic: South Africa’s human development by numbers

first_imgHuman development in South Africa is steadily rising, according to the United Nations Development Programme. In its 2015 Human Development Index (HDI), which ranks 188 countries, South Africa is improving in life expectancy at birth, average years of schooling and annual income per person. Presented here are some of the facts and figures from the index.For a more detailed look at the 2015 Human Development Index, read:Analysis: South Africa’s Performance in UNDP Human Development Report 2015last_img read more

London Olympics: Mixed glory after doubles blow?

first_imgThe Indian tennis contingent garnered a lot of unwanted publicity before the start of the games due to the selection mess. A lot of fans and experts alike questioned their ability to put the great Indian tennis spat behind them and get in with the job of winning a medal for the country… Unfortunately things haven’t started off on the right note…The women’s doubles team of Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthy crashed out in the first round to the pairing from Chinese Taipei… And while that was expected, the real cause of concern for the Indian tennis contingent is the slight injury worry for Sania Mirza…The French Open mixed doubles winner had her right knee heavily strapped and grimaced in pain on more then a few occassions on court 19, as she went for her trademark forehand winners.Speaking to us after the loss, Sania said, “The strapping on the knee is precautionary. I felt a bit of tightness during a practice session a couple of days ago and didn’t want to take a chance…”Ray of hopeAnd talking of chance, India’s real chance of picking up a tennis medal is in the mixed doubles… The signing in ceremony for the mixed doubles will take place on the 31st of July and the action starts from the 1st of August. Leander Paes and Sania Mirza might not have played together since their quarter final loss at the Commonwealth Games 2 years ago, but both have plenty of doubles experience to turn it on together when the situation demands.With both players comfortable playing on the forehand court, there was a bit of doubt as to how the two would gel together. But it seems the duo have sorted out this little problem, as sania explains… “Leander and I had a word about playing the forehand court and he’s ok with me playing on the forehand side… Leander is such a great net player, it doesn’t really matter which side he plays on”.advertisementlast_img read more

Nets Fire Coach, Reassign GM

first_imgBROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Nets fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned general manager Billy King on Sunday in the midst of their worst season since moving from New Jersey.The Nets said assistant Tony Brown will serve as the interim head coach, and the GM position will remain open until a replacement is hired.The Nets have lost four in a row overall and nine straight at home, where attendance has dwindled at the $1 billion Barclays Center. The Nets had made the playoffs every year since relocating for the 2012-13 season, but they are 10-27, better only than the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers.King had been GM since 2010, orchestrating a number of high-profile moves that led to just one playoff series victory. Hollins was in his second season as coach.“It’s clear from our current state of affairs that we need new leadership,” owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. “With the right basketball management and coach in place, we are going to create a winning culture and identity and give Brooklyn a team that it can be proud of and enjoy watching.”King worked hard to fulfill Prokhorov’s goal of winning a championship within five years of buying the team in 2010, making blockbuster trades that brought in Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.Only Johnson remains, as the Nets decided to cut costs after at one point owning the largest payroll in league history. But they haven’t been competitive now and have little hope of a quick fix in the future, as their first-round pick next season goes to Boston as part of the payment from the deal that brought Pierce and Garnett in 2013.“At every step of the way, he has been aggressive in his quest to build a winning team and has been a key factor toward the Nets making the playoffs for each of the last three seasons,” Prokhorov said of King, who was in the last year of his contract.Prokhorov is scheduled to hold a news conference Monday.King has been criticized for making deals with no regard for future ramifications, starting with the 2011 trade with Utah for Williams, whose contract was bought out last summer with two years remaining. Another swap with Portland for Gerald Wallace cost the Nets the pick that turned into Damian Lillard, and they don’t control their own first-round choice until 2019 thanks to the trade with Boston.Hollins went 48-71 and, like predecessors Avery Johnson, P.J. Carlesimo and Jason Kidd, didn’t last long in Brooklyn. The former Memphis Grizzlies coach got the Nets to the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference last season, but they dropped their first seven games in this one and haven’t won at home in a month.Those home struggles and a roster loaded with lesser names have created a big drop in interest in Brooklyn, where there have been empty seats all over the arena this season. It will be hard for the new regime to change much quickly, unless the Nets can score a big name in free agency.Prokhorov thanked the fans in his statement and said bright days are ahead.“We have learned a great deal during the past six years and our experiences will guide us for the future,” he said.BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more