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first_imgFrom year to year, Lika-Senj County records excellent tourist results, and the positive trend continues this year.Thus, in the first six months, 223.627 tourist arrivals were recorded, which is 31,8 percent more than in the same period last year. With 19.809 arrivals, domestic guests achieved an increase of nine percent, while foreigners with 203.818 arrivals achieved an increase of as much as 34,52 percent compared to the first half of last year.In the observed period, a total of 628.458 overnight stays were realized, which is an increase of 24,16 percent. At the same time, foreign tourists recorded 549.423 overnight stays, or 26,45 percent more, while domestic guests with 79.035 overnight stays increased by 10,30 percent.All the better results in OtočacTraditionally, the most visited tourist destinations this year are Plitvice Lakes, where 106.569 tourist arrivals were recorded in the first six months of this year, which is 32,89 percent more than in the first six months of last year. It is followed by Novalja with 58.213 registered arrivals, which is an increase of 25,48 percent and Senj with 19.995 arrivals, or 30,55 percent more than in the first half of 2016.Great results were also achieved by continental Lika destinations such as Otočac with a record 17.840 arrivals, which is as much as 62,34 percent more than last year. In June alone, 115.464 tourist arrivals and 428.030 overnight stays were realized in the Lika-Senj County. This is an increase of 37,43 percent in arrivals and 31,82 percent in overnight stays compared to June 2016.Nikola Tesla, Smiljan and Gospić among Croatian finalists for EDEN”These great tourist results confirm the fact that we are an increasingly interesting destination for tourists. In addition to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Velebit Nature Park, protected bay Zavratnica, untouched nature, rivers and lakes, we offer a rich cultural heritage such as fortresses and old towns, excellent gastronomy such as Lika and Pag lamb, fresh sea and river fish and famous Lika potatoes. The world-famous scientist Nikola Tesla was born in our county, and we were especially pleased to hear that Tesla’s homeland – Smiljan and Gospić, was among the five finalists in this year’s selection of the national winner for the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) on Cultural Tourism.”, Said Ivan Radošević, director of the Tourist Board of Lika-Senj County and added that it came at the right time, just before the celebration of the 161st anniversary of the birth of the famous scientist.Related news: TESLA’S LIGHTNING IN THE PROMOTION OF CROATIAN TOURISMlast_img read more

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first_imgEast Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa has finally decided to submit a request to implement large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to the Health Ministry to stop the spread of COVID-19 as a result of a rising number of cases over the past three days. Khofifah, who was previously adamant about not implementing the restrictions, said the provincial COVID-19 task force had requested detailed measures from Greater Surabaya administrations — Surabaya, Sidoarjo, Gresik and Lamongan — in the efforts to significantly reduce the spread of the virus. The detailed measures are part of requirements that any region must meet before requesting PSBB status. “We are waiting for the detailed [measures]. I’ve been informed that the respective administrations are working hard on it. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow [Thursday] we will receive an update,” Khofifah told the press on Tuesday at the governor’s official residence, the Grahadi Building, in Surabaya. Read also: COVID-19: More regions request PSBB status as Indonesia sees big jump in infections, deathsEast Java recorded a sharp increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last three days, bringing the total tally to 474 with 81 recoveries and 45 fatalities as of Tuesday. Surabaya is the hardest hit city in the province with 228 confirmed cases. Surabaya’s satellite cities such as Sidoarjo, Lamongan and Gresik have seen 45, 25 and 18 confirmed cases, respectively.The head of the task force’s curative team, Joni Wahyuhadi, told The Jakarta Post that cities and regencies that were hard hit by the virus should have requested PSBB status.He refuted an accusation that put the provincial COVID-19 task force into the spotlight for discouraging cities and regencies from submitting their respective requests for PSBB status. “Each time the governor, as the provincial task force head, announces the progress of COVID-19 spread in respective cities and regencies, those with a high number of confirmed cases, especially Surabaya, should [automatically] think of stricter measures to stop the spread,” said Joni.Separately, Surabaya task force spokesperson M. Fikser said the city administration had been working on the detailed measures that would be included in its PSBB status request. Read also: COVID-19: Community in Madiun builds ‘open kitchen’ to help affected residents avoid hunger”I have not yet been informed about the progress of the meeting on the matter,” he told the Post.A source familiar with the matter revealed to the Post that the Surabaya administration had been preparing the measures for the request long before the surge in cases. However, the source said that Governor Khofifah was disappointed with the Surabaya administration’s actions, which were deemed taken without coordination with the provincial administration. “There have been silent disagreements between the two leaders,” said the source, referring to Khofifah and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini.Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid forward Gareth Bale does not want to return to the Premier League at the moment and could finish his career at the Spanish club, the Welshman’s agent Jonathan Barnett has said.Despite winning four Champions League titles with Real, Bale divides opinion due to a perceived lack of commitment and a poor injury record. He seemed set for a move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning last year before the deal fell through.”He has a very nice lifestyle. I don’t see why he doesn’t see his career out at Madrid probably,” Barnett told the BBC. “… To come back and play (in the Premier League) would be unbelievable — a big thing. I don’t think he wants to do that at the moment. He’s quite happy to play at Real.”Real host Eibar on June 14 when La Liga resumes after a three-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgThe just-concluded 2017 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature contained good news for the state’s ongoing program to protect and restore the coast.According to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the approved legislation allows the continuation of established successful efforts while adding new mechanisms to increase productivity and results.First and foremost, the 2017 update to Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, carried this year by Sen. Morrish and Sen. Alario, passed the House and Senate with unanimous bipartisan support picking up an additional 34 co-authors on the House Floor.“The Coastal Master Plan was developed using robust scientific and technical analysis with extensive public input,” said Johnny Bradberry, Chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). “This 2017 update recommends 124 projects, including restoration projects, structural protection projects, and nonstructural risk reduction projects.”The Coastal Master Plan outlines specific actions to implement an integrated coastal protection and restoration strategy over the next 50 years with projects constrained by a $50 billion total budget. In this fully integrated plan, half of the projects by cost are devoted to restoration and half to protection.The ecosystem restoration portion includes $18 billion for marsh creation, $5 billion for sediment diversions, and more than $2 billion for other types of restoration projects. On the protection side, the plan allocates $19 billion for structural protection and $6 billion for nonstructural risk reduction. “It is far wiser to spend money proactively today than spend it on damages later,” said Bradberry.In addition to passing the 5-year, long-term strategy document, the Louisiana Legislature also passed the CPRA’s Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Plan which outlines the agency’s project priorities for the coming fiscal year as well as providing a three-year outlook. This year, the CPRA Annual Plan was enacted through two resolutions, a Senate Resolution authored by Sen. Morrish and a House Resolution by Rep. Zeringue.In fiscal year 2018 CPRA will advance the coastal program with $644 million in expenditures on project construction, engineering and design, planning, ongoing programs and initiatives, and the operation and maintenance of previously constructed projects.The implementation of the goals of the Coastal Master Plan will also be assisted by new legislation coming out of this year’s session that provide CPRA with the ability to utilize new project delivery methods and to explore the bonding of some of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill revenues.House Bill 596 by Rep. Leger and Rep. Bishop allows a new contracting mechanism to help get projects constructed earlier. House Bill 618 by Rep. Garofalo also has the potential to expedite Coastal Master Plan project implementation. House Bill 144 by Rep. Jerome Zeringue also aids the accomplishment of coastal projects by allowing public entities to enter into fixed-term agreements with private property owners for servitude and easement rights.Finally, Senate Bill 249 by Sen. Chabert directed the CPRA to dedicate set percentages of its GOMESA revenues for coastal protection projects.last_img read more

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first_imgA Family Fun Day at Macoucherie on October 16th and the launch of a new loan product are just two of the main activities which will be spearheaded by the National Cooperative Credit Union, to celebrate Credit Union Week in Dominica this year.The National Cooperative Credit Union, located at Roseau is an amalgamation of five credit unions; Roseau, Vielle Case, La Salette, St Paul and St David Credit Unions.Credit Union Week will be observed internationally from October 16th to 22nd while Credit Union Day will be celebrated on October 20th, 2011 under the theme, ‘Credit Unions build a better world’.NCCU’s Marketing Officer, Mrs Marie-Louise Grell said that the institution is pleased to be commemorating the week along with partners regionally and internationally.“Credit union week is a week that is being celebrated by credit unions all over the world. The credit union movement is a very large movement of 187 million people in 100 countries, in almost 53,000 credit unions. So we are joining credit unions worldwide to celebrate a week of activities to basically promote what we are doing in terms of economical and social development in our country.”While this is not the institution’s first Family Fun Day, it is the first since the amalgamation in 2010. The Family Fun Day was initiated by the Cooperative Society League which is the umbrella body for credit unions on the island, as a means of creating a developmental activity to promote families.“As we know the credit union is about people and our members are very important to us. We know that families are important and we need to build and strengthen our families so we are taking this opportunity to say to our members to come out as a family and have fun, spend a day together and get to know other members of the Credit Union.”The NCCU is soliciting the support of the general public in making the event a success. The event will include a wide variety of sporting activities and will feature a number of top local performers.“We are inviting all the members from the five branches to come out and have a day of fun. Come and have fun as a family, there will be a lot of sports, games and entertainment. Among the entertainers we will have top calypsonians including Sour Sour, Tasha P. We also have the Phase Five Steel Band, the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company and we are also going to have cultural performances, so its really going to be grand. Sports will include rounders, football, cricket, lime and spoon, sack race, needle and thread, hula hoop and everything that families can participate in.”The event is open to the general public; members and non-members. Patrons will also be able to receive hands-on information of the services available at the institution at the event. “It’s going to be mainly about fun but we are going to have some brochures and information so you can easily speak to a staff member and ask some questions. We certainly would answer your questions and encourage you to join the organization. We are the largest credit union in the OECS and we are also the leading financial institution locally so I am sure you would want to be a part of this institution.”The Family Fun Day is expected to begin at 12 noon on October 16th at Macoucherie.Other activities to mark the week will include outreach to schools, the community and presentation of gift baskets and food hampers to the elderly.NCCU will be celebrating its first anniversary since the amalgamation in November of 2011.Dominica Vibes News 54 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews NCCU host its first Family Fun Day as part of Credit Union Week by: – October 15, 2011last_img read more

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first_imgMoreover, an additional P15,547,450 was released to beneficiaries representing their differentials from December 2019 until January 2020.(With a report from PNA/PN) Pantawid Provincial Link Jeffrey Gabucay said recently that the cash grants released to beneficiaries from this province’s 18 municipalities starting on June 2 amounted to P122.196 million. Under the law, a household will receive not lesser than P750 per month for health and nutrition instead of the previous amount of P500.“Senior high school children of Pantawid household beneficiaries who were previously given P500 per month are now being given P700 each (also),” said Gabucay. The payout, which was completed on June 11, covered the differential for the said period as stipulated under Republic Act No. 11310, or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Act signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last year.center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – A total of 34,968 member-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) in this province received their February to March 2020 payout. Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program beneficiaries in San Remigio, Antique receive their February to March cash grants on June 11. PANTAWID SAN REMIGIOlast_img read more

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first_imgVersailles, Ind. — Indiana State Police troopers from the Versailles District have announced plans to conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Dearborn County May 19 and 20. Drivers are asked to have their driver’s license and registration available.Checkpoints are conducted in order to remove impaired drivers from the roadway.last_img

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first_imgDominic Thiem of Austria will play Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the US Open final for their first Grand Slam titles after they won their last-four matches in contrasting styles.Second seed Thiem ousted third-seeded Russian and last year’s runner-up Daniil Medvedev in a closely fought three-setter that was packed with powerful baseline rallies and impressive serving. The 27-year-old Thiem won 6-2, 7-6 (9/7) 7-6 (7/5) in 2hr 56 min inside Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach his fourth Grand Slam final.Earlier, Zverev came from two sets down to complete a remarkable comeback against 20th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta and reach his first tennis major final.The 23-year-old German won an error-strewn, scrappy encounter 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in 3hr 23min, also on the famous Ashe court.It marked the first time in Zverev’s career that he came from two sets behind to win.“I actually looked at the scoreboard when I was down two sets to love,” Zverev said. “I was like, ‘I can’t believe it. I’m playing in a semi-final, I’m supposed to be the favourite and I have no chance, I’m playing that bad.”Zverev made 36 unforced errors in the first two sets compared to just 12 for Carreno Busta as the nerves of the occasion seemed to get the better of him.But Zverev began to cut down on his mistakes in the third set, upping his service game and taking control of rallies with more powerful, accurate groundstrokes.“I started taking the ball more on the rise. I started giving myself the chance to be the one that is aggressive,” said the German, adding: “I’m through to my first Grand Slam final and that’s all that matters.”Carreno Busta said he had lost “a big opportunity” to reach a first Slam final. “I made the semi-finals here. I know that is a good result, is a good performance, but now in this moment it’s tough,” he told reporters.Zverev becomes the first German man to reach the final of a tennis major since Rainer Schuttler at the 2003 Australian Open.This year’s US Open field has been depleted by the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.The tournament was blown wide open by the disqualification of world number one and heavy favourite Novak Djokovic in the last 16 for hitting a line judge with the ball.RelatedPosts Thiem claims his first Grand Slam title after thrilling fightback in US Open Djokovic breaks down in tears after hosting Belgrade tennis exhibition Osaka becomes highest-earning female athlete It means Sunday’s final will see a first-time Grand Slam champion for the first time since Croatian Marin Cilic won at Flushing Meadows in 2014.It also means there will be a Grand Slam champion other than Djokovic, Nadal or Federer for the first time since Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka won the third of his tennis majors at the US Open in 2016.Thiem, ranked third in the world, will be playing his second consecutive Slam final after reaching the last-two at this year’s Australian Open.He also lost in the French Open final in 2018 and 2019.Thiem’s semi-final score slightly flattered him. It was a high-quality affair that saw small shifts in momentum in both players’ direction at different stages.Ultimately the match was decided by Thiem winning points at key moments, with Medvedev squandering a 4-2 lead in the second.He was also on set point while serving at 5-3 in the third set but Thiem won a 38-shot rally to take the game and bring the set back on serve before clinching the tie-break and the match.“It was great tennis from both of us,” said Thiem, whose attention now turns to Zverev.“We have such a great friendship and rivalry. It’s really amazing thing that we will face off against each other in a Slam final,” he added.Tags: Alexander ZverevDominic ThiemGrand SlamUS Open finallast_img read more

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first_img Press Association Fergus McFadden’s last-minute penalty clinched a hard-earned 23-18 victory for Leinster as they battled past defending Guinness PRO12 champions Glasgow Warriors at the RDS. The Warriors impressed in defence and attack as they built a 13-6 half-time lead, young prop Zander Fagerson going over for a converted try with Duncan Weir and McFadden kicking two penalties apiece. Luke McGrath and Taqele Naiyaravoro swapped tries in the third quarter, but a double whammy – a yellow card for winger Naiyaravoro and a penalty try – saw Leinster edge ahead and McFadden made certain of the win in the dying seconds. The visitors, boosted by six returning Scotland internationals, set the early pace and Leinster needed a Ben Te’o-led choke tackle and a couple of scrum penalties, with Fagerson singled out twice, to claw back some territory. But the Warriors broke the deadlock in the 13th minute, Rob Harley and Rory Hughes having key involvements in a multi-phase attack that eventually finished with the 19-year-old Fagerson muscling over from close range. Weir’s conversion was quickly cancelled out by McFadden’s first successful penalty. A second right-sided kick from the winger closed the gap to one by the 21st minute, rewarding Aaron Dundon for a well-won ruck penalty and accurate lineout throw in the build-up. Weir then punished Leinster for collapsing an advancing maul, punching over a fine 43-metre strike. He repeated the trick from the opposite left wing as Mike McCarthy infringed at a maul six minutes before the interval. Leinster missed a chance to close out the first half with a third penalty goal, McFadden wobbling an injury-time effort wide after Pat MacArthur saw yellow for a ‘reckless’ forearm-led tackle that ended Dundon’s involvement in the game. The home side made their numerical advantage count on the resumption. Two-and-a-half minutes in, scrum-half McGrath’s blindside switch led to Garry Ringrose racing up the right touchline and following a bout of forward pressure, McGrath stretched over for McFadden to convert. Leinster were only level for six minutes, the Scots hitting back with a terrific spell of attacking and a power-packed finish to the right of the posts by big Fijian Naiyaravoro. Weir was unable to convert at 18-13. Noel Reid fumbled a low-slung pass from Ringrose following the latter’s impressive burst on the right, but Leinster’s attacked clicked in the lead-up to their penalty try. Replacement Isaac Boss exploited a gap and Isa Nacewa’s well-weighted kick set up a foot race between McFadden and Naiyaravoro – the latter was deemed to have deliberately slapped the ball over the end-line as the pair lunged for the ball. After consulting with the TMO, referee Ian Davies awarded the penalty try and sin-binned the Fijian, with McFadden’s conversion splitting the sides on the scoreboard. Weir missed a long range penalty in the swirling wind and aided by some excellent carrying from man-of-the-match Ringrose and replacements James Tracy and Tadhg Furlong, Leo Cullen’s men saw out the result with McFadden nailing his final kick of the night. last_img read more

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