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Robert Sedlar, Uniline: Great support for the initiative launched by Uniline because Slavonia has a lot to offer and show
A big positive “dust” was raised by the launch initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in 2018 in Slavonia. Day after day, support is coming from all over Croatia from the entire tourism sector from Istria to Dubrovnik, as well as from Zagreb to Slavonia, and even beyond the borders of Lijepa naša.Support for the initiative # DHTSlavonija2018 is joined by the leading tourist company Uniline, as well as Robert Sedlar, executive sales director of the tourist company Uniline, who points out that the fact that the previous Tourism Days were held exclusively on the Adriatic, but whether Croatia wants to present itself as a full tourist country life during 365 days, and not only the land of sun and sea during the summer season, it is necessary that such events are held in the continental part of Croatia, whether it was Slavonia, Baranja, Međimurje, Zagorje or some other destination. ” First of all, great praise for the initiated initiative, but also the courage to propose an initiative of this nature at all, bearing in mind that the previous days of tourism have never been held in continental Croatia. From the leading travel company Uniline, but also my personal name, we are a great support to the launched initiative and we will be happy to respond if it is realized. ” Sedlar points out and adds that he sees no reason why tourism professionals from the sea would not be willing to visit Slavonia and experience something new and different from what the previous Days of Tourism have offered because Slavonia has a lot to offer and show.One of the counter-arguments of the initiative is the lack of congress space and the lack of more luxurious accommodation, but personally I do not see it as a problem but as a challenge, because certainly how the Days of Tourism can be held in a luxury tent, and as for accommodation there is a supplement through family accommodation. and as well as the fact that all the cities are only a 15-30 min drive away. Also, the main motive of the initiative is the development of a tourist destination and support for continental tourism, and not just the celebration of Tourism Day. “In any case, I agree with the above, a luxury tent can be a worthy replacement for congress halls, and the diffuse accommodation of participants is the creation of additional content and a new experience in relation to the Tourism Days held so far. There is nothing wrong with moving away from the usual concepts and reluctantly accepting a completely new concept that will contribute to the popularization of continental Croatia. This is an ideal opportunity to gather the tourism profession in one place and work together to get to know, but also to brand not only the region of Slavonia but the whole of continental Croatia. Holding the Day of Tourism in Slavonia is the first step towards strengthening continental tourism, which is a logical continuation of the strategy for the development of continental and rural tourism until 2020. ” Sedlar points out.One of the main goals, apart from the ceremony itself, is to extend the Tourism Days to three days in order to hold B2B workshops, ie to get acquainted with the destination Slavonia. Also, the goal is to motivate as many travel agencies as possible to come and get to know Slavonia in order to be able to generate specific tourist packages and thus start a story about tourist arrivals. Are travel agencies ready to offer Slavonia on the European market?”Uniline has the whole of Croatia in its tourist offer, but we must admit that the sales of Slavonia and continental Croatia are far lower compared to, for example, Istria or Dalmatia. One of the main reasons is the unrecognizability of the destination in Europe, which is close to us, let alone in the Far East or other markets from which our guests come. In order to change this situation and make Slavonia a desirable destination on the tourist map, only through joint work and engagement can we achieve the mentioned goals. Therefore, it is necessary that as part of the Tourism Day, B2B workshops be held on the topic of getting to know Slavonian natural beauties, cultural sights, ethno and gastro tourism, but also other interesting things that Slavonia has to offer. Of course, it is necessary to join the Days of Tourism as many travel agencies as possible in order to be able to generate specific tourist packages that they will present in their sales activities.”Says Sedlar and adds that with a good plan and strategy, all travel agencies that sell Adriatic Croatia should be ready to sell the rest of continental Croatia.One thesis that has been underlined for years is that continental tourism cannot attract a million tourists, a thesis that has no foundation, quite the opposite. On the contrary, Slavonia can and must attract millions of tourists. Of course, the main focus should be on quality, not on quantity, ie that it is not the imperative to count overnight stays and tourist arrivals, but on sustainable development. Just looking at positive examples such as destinations like Bavaria, Austria, Switzerland, as well as Slovenia which is developing rapidly precisely through continental tourism. Is it time for a more serious turn of our tourism through the development of continental tourism? “If a real tourist story is created there should be no problem selling continental destinations. Croatia is a beautiful country, a country full of natural beauty, rich in culture, customs, gastronomy and oenology and it is something that should be presented to the world and introduce potential guests to everything they can experience in Croatia throughout the year. In any case, it is high time to make a serious shift in tourism towards continental destinations because the accommodation facilities on the Adriatic during the tourist season are far overcrowded in terms of supply. Every year we are visited by an increasing number of guests, and if we want this trend to continue and be recognized as a tourist country in the world, we must redirect guests to the continent. ” Sedlar pointed out.It is high time to make a serious shift in tourism towards continental destinations. Slavonia certainly has a lot to offer and show – Robert Sedlar, UnilineOne of the proposals is to brand Slavonia as one brand, one region, ie a tourist destination – Slavonia. And not as is the case so far that we have 5 counties and 5 different development concepts that are not in synergy. What is your opinion on this topic as well as the experience from other successful continental tourist destinations such as Tuscany, Bavaria, Provence… is there an interest of European guests for such an offer, ie to come to Slavonia? “Without synergy there is no success! The concept of county integration is more than necessary, because as mentioned above, success can only be achieved if we join forces and work together on promotion. Slavonia should be branded like branded Istria, Dalmatia or any other European destination. This is the only way to make Slavonia a recognizable, but also a desirable destination. ” Sedlar concluded.Support the initiative, and let’s start with concrete actions. Continental tourism can and must attract millions of tourists, if you don’t believe me, just look at how continental tourism is developing in Bavaria, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. Yes, it is possible, the potentials are there, we have everything (resources, stories, knowledge, money, people), it remains only up to ourselves – people, ie the will and desire, to complete the tourist product and tell the story.#DaniTurizmaSlavonija2018 # DHTSlavonija2018
Democrat Joe Biden outraised President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign for the second straight month and for the second quarter of 2020, figures released Wednesday showed, highlighting robust enthusiasm for the White House challenger.Biden, the Democratic National Committee and related fundraisers brought in a staggering $141 million in June, the campaign’s best fundraising month ever and $10 million more than Trump and the Republican National Committee.The second quarter of 2020 was a record haul for both campaigns, with Biden coming out on top, $282.1 million against Trump’s $266 million for the April-to-June period. “This haul means for the second consecutive month we have outraised Donald Trump’s campaign and demonstrates a surge in grassroots energy to elect Joe Biden,” campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement.Sixty-eight percent of Biden donors in June, the month he reached the number of delegates needed to become the party’s presidential nominee, were first-time contributors, she said.Trump’s campaign reported that it holds a $295 million war chest. Team Biden did not report its cash-on-hand figures, but Trump’s campaign said it maintains a “vast” advantage over Biden in cash on hand.Fundraising typically kicks into high gear in the six months before a presidential election, and the record donations in part reflect robust digital and online fundraising efforts by the campaigns during the coronavirus pandemic. Biden holds a substantial lead of 9.4 percent over the incumbent in national polling, according to a RealClearPolitics poll aggregation.Biden also leads in several swing states that helped propel Trump to victory in 2016, including Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.Trump’s approval rating has slid with voters displeased with his handling of the pandemic and the related economic crisis, as well as his response to spirited protests against racial injustice. Topics :
Fire crews in Batesville hope to soon replace a weather siren near Moll’s Corner on S.R. 229 that has been down.Fire Chief Todd Schutte said the siren has been inoperative as they are currently in the process of having it replaced.“We had it get hit by lightning and it fried all of the electrical components in the siren. So we are in the process of getting a new siren box or new siren head for that siren location. It will take a little time to get it back up and running,” Schutte said.Schutte added that it is important to not rely strictly on a siren when severe weather strikes the area. With dangerous weather a threat this time of year, stay aware of potential severe weather, follow local media and develop a plan for you and your family.
Sophomore guard Maurice Jones and redshirt sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon combined for 40 points against Oregon Thursday night, but the Trojans (5-14, 0-6) stumbled yet again, falling to the Ducks 65-62 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.A bright spot · Sophomore redshirt forward Dewayne Dedmon had 18 points and seven rebounds against Oregon Thursday, by far his best scoring output of the season. On the year, Dedmon is averaging just over seven points and five rebounds. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanThe loss marked USC’s seventh straight, dropping the team to 0-6 in Pac-12 play, the team’s worst start since the 1988-1989 season when it opened 0-12.The Trojans had arguably one of their best shooting performances of the season, converting 25 of 61 field goal attempts — just the second time in the last 10 games they had shot more than 40 percent from the field. Yet, they but uncharacteristically had issues on the defensive end of the floor.Led by guard Garrett Sim’s four 3-pointers, Oregon (14-5, 5-2) was able to shoot 46 percent, including 38 percent from beyond the arc. Additionally, the Ducks outrebounded USC, 31-24.The Trojans’ efforts were complicated – somewhat — because of the absence of their leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, junior forward Aaron Fuller.Fuller is scheduled to have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his left (shooting) shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season. Through 18 games, the Iowa transfer averaged 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. The injury leaves USC all the more thin in terms of depth. Against Oregon, USC coach Kevin O’Neill played just six scholarship players, including two freshmen in guards Alexis Moore and Byron Wesley.Both Moore and Wesley struggled to get going offensively, shooting a combined 4-of-15 from the field.USC, collectively at least, was effective early. Over the course of the first 20 minutes, it shot 46 percent from the field, including 40 percent from 3-point range.But in the second half, it struggled and went 0-for-8 from beyond the arc – similar to its Jan. 8 contest against Arizona when it converted just 1-of-15 3-point attempts.Dedmon and Jones, as a result, shouldered much of the scoring load. The 7-foot center’s 18 points marked a career-high and Jones’ 22 points were the third-most he had scored in a game this season. And the 5-foot-7 Jones was perhaps even more dangerous in the waning moments, hitting a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left to pull the Trojans within one point.But on the next possession, guard Devoe Joseph, who finished with 16 points, nailed two free throws to give the Ducks a late three-point lead they would never relinquish.Jones did have one final chance to tie the game with six seconds remaining in the contest, but his 3-pointer was off target.Searching for their first win in conference play, the Trojans will next head to Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday to face Oregon State. It won’t be easy.Though the Beavers (12-7, 2-5) have stumbled in Pac-12 play early on, they boast the conference’s leading scorer in guard Jared Cunningham, who as of Thursday, is averaging 17.6 points per contest. The 6-foot-4 guard scored 35 points in two games against USC last season.USC leads the all-time series between the two programs 67-58.Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports Prime Ticket.
LIVE TV Also Read | Conor McGregor Looks SHARP Ahead Of UFC Return Fight Against Donald Cerrone UFC President Dana White has revealed that Conor McGregor’s mega-money fight with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather was made possible by superstar rapper 50 Cent. The Irishman took on Money Mayweather in a crossover bout in August 2017. The fight made headlines all around the world. Floyd Mayweather won the contest with a tenth-round TKO to take his undefeated boxing record to 50-0.It later appeared that it was not the usual bosses who made the clash happen. it was with the help of American musician 50 Cent that the mega-fight was brought to fruition. Dana White admitted that he never thought that he would pair Conor McGregor with Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. However, there was a huge demand for it. That was what made him book the blockbuster bout.Also Read | Drake Chooses Nate Diaz Over Conor McGregor Despite Diaz Ranting Against Him In 2016Dana White’s chance meeting with 50 Cent made Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather happenIt was Dana White’s chance meeting with the musician that got the ball rolling. Dana stated that he had felt the demand for McGregor vs Mayweather. White added that he had bumped into 50 Cent in New York. He told White that Floyd Mayweather wanted to fight his boy, Conor McGregor. Also Read | UFC 246: Conor McGregor Vs Donald Cerrone Tickets Sold Out Within 3 Minutes Of Going LiveWhite felt that the demand was for an MMA style fight. He told 50 Cent that McGregor would kill Floyd in a fight. 50 Cent clarified and told Dana that they were actually looking to take on McGregor in a boxing match. He also explained that Floyd was serious about making the fight happen. It was this meeting with 50 Cent that led the UFC President to make an offer. Floyd Mayweather went back into retirement after the fight with Conor McGregor. He recently announced that he is working with White to bring the fans another spectacular event this year.Also Read | Conor McGregor Challenges Singer 50 Cent For One-on-one Fight COMMENT Written By First Published: 3rd January, 2020 20:24 IST Danish Ansari WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020 20:24 IST 50 Cent Was The Man Behind Floyd Mayweather Vs Conor McGregor Fight Musician 50 Cent was the person who was responsible for the mega-fight between boxing veteran Floyd Mayweather and MMA fighter Conor McGregor. Read more. FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US
*As Olowora sets new national record in 5000mReigning Commonwealth Games double sprint champion Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor yesterday at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco overcame a slow start to place second in the 100m event at the first ever IAAF Diamond League meeting on African soil.The Nigerian ran a personal season’s best of 11.11 seconds into a -1.3 meters per second (mps) headwind to come second behind Jamaica’s new sprint sensation Elaine Thompson who ran 11.02 seconds, also a personal season’s best.Okagbare’s time is the third fastest by an African woman in the event so far this year after the Ivorian duo of Murielle Ahoure and reigning All Africa Games fastest woman Marie-Josee Ta Lou who ran 11.02 seconds and 11.05 seconds respectively at the opening leg of the money-spinning IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar on May 6 this year.Meanwhile, a former Lagos State long distance running sensation, Aminat Olowora, has set a new national record in the women’s 5000m event.Olowoora, now in the USA ran 15:49.75 seconds at the Hoka One Distance Classic at Eagle Rock in Los Angeles, USA. The time is the first sub-16 minutes run by any Nigerian woman ever.She has also become the second Nigerian woman to break a national record this year after Chinwe Okoro who threw a distance of 61.58m at the Ohio Cherry Blossom Invitational in Athens, USA to rewrite the Nigerian discuss record.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Chelsea captain John Terry had to be replaced because of injury in his side’s final match before their first Premier League game of the season.Terry, who signed a new one-year deal in May, limped off after a collision during yesterday’s 4-2 win over Werder Bremen in Germany.The 35-year-old was immediately replaced by manager Antonio Conte after being caught in the head.Chelsea starts the new season at home to West Ham United on August 15.Eden Hazard and Oscar gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead against Werder Bremen before Claudio Pizarro pulled a goal back.Diego Costa made it 3-1 before half-time only for Lennart Thy to reduce the deficit. Pedro added a fourth in the closing stages.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Coco Fuzion 100 recently signed a partnership to become the Hydration Partner of one of Europe’s top esports organisations; Astralis.This is yet another ‘cool’ partnership signed by the Danish team following arrangements with the likes of JACK&JONES and Audi. Whilst the coconut water brand isn’t a fish out of water in esports, it is a rarity in a space long dominated by energy drinks suppliers. We’ve seen other similar, healthier alternative hydration type partnerships emerge recently such as Unicorns of Love with Gerolsteiner, and Team Vitality with Volvic, but this is the first entrance of a coconut water producer. Stephen Barton, Coco Fuzion 100We had a chat with Stephen Barton, CEO of C7 Brands Ltd, the parent company of Coco Fuzion. Esports Insider: Why esports and why now?Stephen Barton: Esports is the world’s fastest growing sport and with the number of people expected to tune in forecast to reach 500 million by 2020, we see a huge potential in the industry for a healthy alternative to sugary energy drinks. At Coco Fuzion 100, we are looking to broaden the audience of coconut water and by collaborating with one of esports’ leading teams, we are encouraging a focus on healthy living and improved performance for the gaming industry.ESI: Do you see Astralis as amongst the leading lights amongst esports orgs when it comes to signing ‘cool’ well-thought out partnerships? Yourselves, JACK&JONES, and Audi to name a few…Stephen: Astralis has some incredible partnerships in place that help its players achieve optimal performance.“We believe coconut water is the future of drinks within the esports community, and we hope our partnership with Astralis will help drive this message to a wide audience”We think Coco Fuzion 100 is the perfect match for Astralis because of the mental and physical benefits that coconut water offers to esports players in terms of hydration and reaction times. In short, it’s not just about lifestyle, it’s about performance. ESI: Esports is a chokablok with energy drinks as sponsors which is no surprise. Do you see teams looking to healthier alternatives such as yourselves as partners as teams look to stand out and, perhaps, improve esports’ image in the mainstream? In your own experience, was it an easy deal with Astralis?Stephen: Astralis is one of the biggest names within the esports world. They’re also forward thinking when it comes to the health and performance benefits that coconut water offers compared to sugary energy drinks.“Exercise, the right diet and a stable blood sugar count makes all the difference”We believe coconut water is the future of drinks within the esports community, and we hope our partnership with Astralis will help drive this message to a wide audience. ESI: We’ve seen some great ones recently from Pringles and Mercedes at ESL One Hamburg. Can you tell us what activations you have planned with Astralis?Stephen: We are putting the finishing touches to a multi-million pound marketing plan to support our growth across all territories. Watch this space!ESI: Light Lips Wine is another C7 brand. Have you considered bringing this into esports, and what are your thoughts on alcohol brands entering the space? Stephen: For us, the timing of our decision to bring coconut water into the esports community is perfect and it will be the beverage we are focusing on. Both the coconut water market and esports industry are booming at the moment and this is a collaboration we feel has huge potential. Consumption of coconut water helps maintain a razor-sharp focus for longer periods, which will help not only team Astralis improve their performance but this will have a knock-on effect with spectators and the aspiring stars of the future. Exercise, the right diet and a stable blood sugar count makes all the difference and with there being so many gamers under the age of 18 in the esports community, we want to encourage a healthy lifestyle from a younger age.
Togo manager Didier Six has pledged to do everything he can to persuade Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor to represent his homeland at next month’s African Nations Cup.The 28-year-old recently put his international career on hold due to a dispute with the Togolese federation over match bonuses.However, manager Six has not given up hope of persuading Adebayor to change his mind and feature for Togo at the African Nations Cup, which kicks off in South Africa on January 19.“It’s clear that we will need Adebayor but don’t forget we qualified without him during one of the play-off matches,” he told Le Buteur.“I am doing everything I can to get him to come back to us. He’s a world-class player and the Togo national team captain. He is very important to the group.“I will put all my strength to get him to change his mind but he has the last word. This is about more than just him sending a warning to ensure Togolese football moves forward.”