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first_imgIn the first six months of 2017 in the Split-Dalmatia County, according to the eVisitor system, 844 thousand tourists spent their holidays in commercial facilities, which is 27 percent more than in the same period last year, and in all forms of accommodation a total of about 3,88 million overnight stays. that is, 23 percent more than in 2016.The positive trend in the growth of tourist traffic was mostly contributed by foreign tourists, who came about 750 thousand or 30 percent more than in the same period last year. With 94 thousand arrivals of domestic tourists, a 6 percent better arrival was achieved, while with 285 thousand domestic overnight stays, their growth of 1 percent was recorded. “We ended the first half of this year with an extraordinary growth of arrivals and overnight stays, recognized by guests from all over the world, with the largest share in these pre-season arrivals had the city of Split with as much as 31 percent more arrivals and overnight stays. In the coming days, our region will host some of the world-famous and recognizable events, such as Ultra Europe, which will bring us tens of thousands of new guests, and put our offer in the focus of interest of the international public. We have a responsibility to confirm the acquired popularity and quality to every guest who has placed their trust in us.”Pointed out Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia Tourist Board.In the observed period, the largest number of arrivals from foreign markets were made by Germans (78.833), tourists from the UK market (59.009), Poles (56.735), tourists from South Korea (42.533), tourists from BiH (38.502), Sweden (37.125) and France (35.549). At the same time, the largest number of overnight stays was also recorded by Germans, Poles, Swedes, tourists from the UK market, tourists from BiH and the French. In June, 442 thousand domestic and foreign guests visited us in commercial accommodation, with a total of 2,39 million overnight stays recorded in all forms of accommodation, which is an increase of 24 percent compared to the previous year. Foreign tourists saw a 30 percent increase in arrivals and 25 percent in overnight stays in June.We all know how difficult it is to reach new guests, regardless of the current great popularity of Croatia as a tourist destination, but it is extremely important, and I can say and crucial to justify the trust and expectations of guests who chose Croatia for their vacation. Also, three times if not more is more expensive, to bring back a dissatisfied guest, especially in today’s competitive market where everyone is fighting for every guest.Likewise, the influence of social networks, both positively and negatively, can affect our image. Bad criticism spreads quickly, and the consequences can be very damaging in the long run. That is why it is extremely important to meet the expectations of guests, and I definitely recommend that you exceed their expectations. And you can do that best with small things and mutual interaction as a host and ambassador of Croatian tourism. Of course, I really care about long-term and sustainable tourism.Split Airport record During April 2017. more than 123.000 passengers passed through Split Airport, which is a record monthly increase of as much as 63% compared to the same month in 2016. Thus, in May this year, Split Airport had a turnover of 257.445 passengers, which is 25,8% more than last year.In June, passenger traffic was higher by the same percentage (25,4%) compared to the same month last year. During the first six months of 2017. the turnover was about 872.000 passengers, which is 27% more than in the first six months of last year.last_img read more

first_imgIn the past few days since the pope was taken ill, he has continued his afternoon working meetings in the residence.Francis is missing a part of one lung. It was removed when he was in his early 20s in his native Buenos Aires after an illness.The pope is due to preside at his regular noontime prayer and message on Sunday. On Sunday afternoon, he and senior Vatican officials will go by bus to a Church residence south of Rome for their annual week-long Lenten spiritual retreat.The Vatican said the retreat will go ahead as planned.Topics : All of Saturday’s official audiences were to have taken place in the Apostolic Palace. Those with individuals were moved to his residence.The Vatican has not specified what the 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader is suffering from.On Friday afternoon spokesman Matteo Bruni moved to dismiss speculation that the pope was anything more than slightly unwell, saying “There is no evidence that would lead to diagnosing anything but a mild indisposition.”At his general audience on Wednesday he appeared to have a cold and spoke with a slightly hoarse voice, and he coughed during an afternoon Ash Wednesday service in a Rome church, his last appearance outside the Vatican. Pope Francis, who has been suffering from what the Vatican says is a “slight indisposition,” resumed official audiences with individuals in his residence on Saturday but three with groups were cancelled.A statement said the pope, who had cancelled most official audiences on Thursday and Friday, celebrated his customary early morning Mass in the chapel of the Santa Marta guest house where he lives.He was then holding four separate official audiences there on Saturday morning with Church figures, including three with archbishops from outside Italy. Three larger audiences with groups were cancelled.last_img read more

first_imgThe head of the European Union agency for disease control said on Monday Britain was one of five European countries yet to begin a downward trend in its coronavirus outbreak, contradicting the British government’s line.As of May 4, Britain had recorded nearly 190,000 coronavirus cases and almost 28,500 deaths. Only Italy in Europe has so far counted more deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who returned to work last week after himself being seriously ill from COVID-19, said on Thursday Britain had past the peak and was “on the downward slope”. Andrea Ammon, director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), told EU lawmakers Bulgaria was still recording an increase in cases, while for Britain, Poland, Romania and Sweden the agency had seen “no substantial changes in the last 14 days”.For all other European countries, there was a drop in cases, she said. “As of Saturday, it appears that the initial wave of transmission (in Europe) has passed its peak,” Ammon told lawmakers in a videoconference.The ECDC monitors all 27 EU member countries plus Britain, Norway, Liechtenstein and Island.The ECDC’s assessment on Britain is in line with data on the overall increase of deaths from all causes reported by EuroMOMO, an EU-backed monitoring project on mortality. England, where the largest share of the British population lives, has seen throughout the pandemic the highest rise in deaths over the five-year average among several European nations screened by EuroMOMO.As of April 26, England had Europe’s highest rise of so-called “excess deaths” and recorded an increase from the previous week in the general indictor that tracks death in all ages.It was also the only monitored nation with a “substantial increase” of excess mortality for the 15-64 age group, preliminary data shows.Excess deaths are those above the forecast average.Epidemiologists said these statistics help to build a more complete picture of the overall impact of epidemics, given many fatalities go unreported or misreported when their number surges exponentially in short periods.Excess deaths in the current pandemic likely reflect the broad impact of the coronavirus, Lasse Vestergaard, a senior medical officer at the project, told Reuters.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgArsenal ready to offer £250,000-a-week contract to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Aubameyang’s contract expires next summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a £250,000-a-week contract after Mikel Arteta urged the club to agree terms with his star striker.Arteta scolded the board this week over the slow pace of negotiations with Aubameyang, which have been dragging on for months and have been a near constant sideshow throughout the season.The Telegraph claim Arsenal chiefs have now responded to Arteta’s request and are ready to offer Aubameyang a stunning deal.Arsenal are prepared to give Aubameyang a £250,000-a-week deal plus bonuses, which is believed to be the figure the goalscorer asked for.ADVERTISEMENTAubameyang currently earns £198,000 a week at Arsenal and will be a free agent in 12 months if he does not sign a new contract. AdvertisementAdvertisementEven if the 31-year-old accepts the offer, he will still be some distance off Mesut Ozil, who is the club’s top earner on a £350,000-a-week contract.Although it is unclear if Aubameyang will say yes to the new terms, Arteta has formed a strong bond with the forward since taking charge. Arsenal 0 – 1 Aston Villa: Mikel Arteta post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:37FullscreenArsenal 0 – 1 Aston Villa: Mikel Arteta post-match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-0-1-aston-villa-mikel-arteta-post-match-press-conference-2214984/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Alexandre Lacazette identifies why Arsenal failed to make the top four this seasonMORE: Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal board to speed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract talksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryWednesday 22 Jul 2020 1:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link13.5kShares Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Comment Arteta wants his top goalscorer to stay (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will present the offer to Aubameyang in the coming days and will have to continue to work to convince their captain to stay at the club.The defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday night will not help Arsenal’s case, who must persuade Aubameyang that Arteta will be given the time and funds to rejuvenate the club.Arteta has repeatedly said he wants Aubameyang to stay, but insisted he was frustrated with how long contract talks were dragging on for.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘When I was talking about the uncertain things that we have on the table, obviously he’s one of them,’ Arteta said. ‘With Auba, I think I’ve been very clear with what I want. The quicker we do it, for me personally, the better because the player will be more focused, more determined and more calm. ‘But we have to respect the timings as well as the needs of the football club.’last_img read more

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat is the new HomeBuilder scheme?00:46With overseas travel off the cards for the foreseeable future, real estate agents are reporting a surge in demand for holiday homes on the Gold Coast. Buyers from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are leading the way with inquiries on beachside apartments in popular suburbs, with many buying sight unseen. “With international borders shut, we’re getting people who would regularly holiday overseas now looking for a holiday home on the Gold Coast,” said Ray White agent Mark Stafford who is marketing apartment 16 Verve at Broadbeach. “We’re getting interest out of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and the ACT.” To help narrow down the search, here are five properties attracting attention among those in the market for a Gold Coast getaway. 1303/13 Garfield Terrace, Surfers Paradise 16/173 Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach MORE: RSL prize complex winner makes a smart call 1303/13 Garfield Terrace, Surfers Paradise. 2435/9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise Gold Coast-based ENT specialist surgeon Dr Dan Robinson is reluctantly selling a three-bedroom apartment in the residential only Verve.The majority of the 56 apartments are holiday homes with easy access to the beach, the Broadbeach dining precinct and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.Mr Stafford said the size and location of the apartment held major appeal.“It’s one block from Oracle with all the dining and facilities of Oasis,” he said. “There’s over 180 sqm of liveable space and it’s got the north eastern aspect as well.”The apartment will be auctioned online and in-rooms this Thursday at 6pm. With almost 14,000 online lookers, this deceased estate has been among the top 10 most-viewed properties in Queensland on realestate.com.au for three weeks running.Occupying the full 13th floor inside the popular Beaches residents only building, it’s the first time the residence has been put to market in 23 years. “The building has a such a good reputation and very few apartments come up, particularly full floor ones,” said Kollosche agent Rob Lamb, who is marketing the property for $2.299m-$2.35m. Carol Witheriff, of LH Hooker Kingscliff, reports a surge in sales in Cotton Beach Residences, Casuarina where more than $7 million has changed hands in recent months. “Cotton Beach is the only beachfront complex in our region that has double council zoning,” she said.“You can live in these apartments or you can let them out for holiday or permanent let so you’ve got a lot of options,” she said. The renovated penthouse with ocean views from the rooftop deck is currently on the market for $1.495 – $1.565 million. “We’re seeing interest from down south and quite a few from New Zealand because it is beachfront, quiet and well maintained,” Mrs Witheriff said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago 118/685 Casuarina Way, Casuarinacenter_img 2435/9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise 16/173 Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach Offers flood in for Australia’s most popular house Investor snaps up Gold Coast’s most affordable house The Bale Penthouse is the gem of the boutique Bale wing inside Peppers Resort & Spa at Salt Village in Kingscliff. The Bale complex has only 41 private luxury apartments and occupies one of only two absolute beachfront locations in Kingscliff. The rooftop terrace affords spectacular views along the Tweed Coast to Cape Byron lighthouse and west to Mount Warning.“This apartment itself would undoubtably have the largest total floor area of any absolute beachfront penthouse on the entire Tweed Coast,” said LJ Hooker Kingscliff agent Erin Nielsen who is leading the expressions of interest campaign.“It has a consistently high occupancy rate including Hollywood A-List clientele.” 118/685 Casuarina Way, Casuarina 1322/27-37 Bells Blvd, Kingscliff 1322/27-37 Bells Blvd, Kingscliff Holiday-makers will feel on top of the world inside this sky high apartment in the iconic Circle on Cavill complex.Located on level 43, the super tall tower affords views of the ocean, river and city lights. Shops, entertainment and sand are all on the doorstep while onsite facilities include a lagoon-style pool, lap pool with spa, indoor heated pool, gym, sauna and steam rooms.The property will be auctioned on Thursday at 11am through Ray White – Surfers Paradise.last_img read more

first_imgSINN Power is set to begin its first commercial wave energy project on Cape Verde in Africa following the signing of an agreement with Fazenda de Camarão.SINN Power has partnered with Fazenda de Camarão to begin a commercial demonstration project for wave energy on São Vicente. Within this project, a SINN Power wave energy converter will be installed to supply an organic shrimp farm with 100% renewable energy.As agreed in the contract between the companies, the project launches shortly with a detailed feasibility study.“SINN Power is looking forward to realize the first steps of this feasibility study, as it could open a new chapter of renewable energy supply. If 10% of the energy needs of Cape Verde are covered by our innovative technology, we could reduce the yearly carbon footprint by 37,000 tons,” said CEO of SINN Power, Philipp Sinn.Over the following months, SINN Power will begin with the measuring of the local wave data. An exact wave profile will be generated and several other analyses will be carried out.As soon as the production of the sea food is fully established, SINN Power will start to protocol and measure the exact energy needs of the shrimp farm to tailor a perfectly customized off-grid system.The following step will be to install the SINN Power wave technology. To do so, the engineers will design a location-specific SINN Power wave energy converter array to match the individual energy demand, the company explained.SINN Power’s project manager Fabian Brandl added: “With the island São Vicente and our local partners we have found the ideal conditions for our first commercial wave energy project. Establishing a flagship project for sustainability will be an important milestone for our technology and will have a positive impact on all of Cabo Verde.”last_img read more

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Not all students consider themselves college material, but there’s an effort in Indiana to change that.Tracy Butler, director of college and career counseling at the Indiana Youth Institute, says the institute has created the College and Career Success Mentoring Toolkit to help young people realize that everyone can have a successful life after high school.“Even if you don’t think that you’re college material, and by the time you graduate from high school you’re just done with school and you never want to go back to school, if we can help them understand that there’s a lot of opportunities out there outside of a two or four-year program,” she points out.Butler says Indiana’s track record for graduating students from college on time isn’t very good. About a quarter of students who starts a two or four-year program finish on time.For minority students the numbers are worse. Fourteen percent finish a college degree on time, and less than a quarter does it even when given extra years to graduate.The toolkit is available for download on the Indiana Youth Institute’s website.Butler says high school counselors are there to help students learn about their choices when it comes to continuing their education, but she says Indiana has a shortage of those mentors.“We’re the 10th worst in the country for how high our counselor-to-student ratio is, and what that means is on average, for every high school counselor that we have they’re trying to serve about 500 students,” she states.Butler says it’s key to convince young people that they don’t have to go to a two or four-year college. There are lots of other options, including places such as Ivy Tech that offer one or two-year programs, or large manufacturers in Indiana that provide paid training on site.“Really, every young person in Indiana needs to be seeing themselves as a college-going person,” Butler stresses. “Even if it’s not technically a college that they’re going to, if they’re going to a one-year program or some kind of a trade-based program, they need to see that high school graduation is not actually the finish line, but it’s really the starting line.”last_img read more

first_imgColumbus, IN—The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced in June that 56 Hoosier artists throughout the state will receive career development assistance through the agency’s Individual Advancement Program (IAP) grants for the Fiscal Year 2020.This year, the Arts Commission accepted grant applications from artists in the disciplines of dance, literature, music, theatre, folk art projects related to these traditional disciplines, and from artists with disabilities through the access category. Artists could also apply in the early career grant category for artists who have been pursuing their art career for less than five years.As in years past, all Individual Advancement Program artists could request grant support up to $2,000 for career development assistance projects.One Local recipient was Michelle Pollack of Columbus. Her program, In “Fallen*log*ology”, explores the Brown County woods through poetry and prose poetry essays, recording a journey of one year in the language of mushrooms, moss, lichen and the surprise visitors to her section of woodslast_img read more

first_imgThomas Edgar Parker, 90, Greensburg, IN passed away Saturday Sept 21, 2019 following a short illness.He was born June 26, 1929 on the home farm in Clay Township, Decatur County, Indiana, the son of William and Clara Parker.He graduated from Burney High School in 1947 where he excelled in basketball.  During his life he worked as a farmer, mechanic, and self-employed carpenter.He collected antique hand tools and was a Wood Carver, belonging to the Hoosier Carvers Club in Columbus, IN.He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church where he served as Deacon and Trustee over the years.He married Helen V. Bake on October 20, 1950.  His beloved wife of 67+ years passed away on July 16, 2018.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charles and John Parker, and sister Betty Parker.Survivors include his daughters – Melody (Alan) Hefner of West Lafayette and Jane Parker of Greensburg; son – Thomas (Rose) W. Parker, Greensburg; six grandchildren – Jennifer (Joe) Rennekamp, Brian (Margaret) Hefner, Melinda (Charlie) Raab, Anne (Greg) Biever, Karen (Andy) Fisse, Christopher (Valorie) Parker; and 23 great-grandchildren; Sister – Ruth Levell of Chesterton, INVisitation will be Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 5:00-7:30 pm at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home with Funeral Services Friday, September 27 at 10am also at the funeral home with Rev. David Blazier officiating.  Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the St. Anthony Haiti Mission or the Liberty Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

first_img Christian Benteke’s injury-time penalty, after Ben Foster brought down Matt Lowton, clinched Sherwood’s first success as Villa boss. The 2-1 result also ended a seven-game losing run for Villa and lifted them out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Sherwood felt his pulse and gestured to the Villa fans as he walked off and believes the strugglers are fighting again. “I was saying we’re alive. There were people who wrote us off but we’re alive and kicking. People will look at that result but the performance was great,” he said, with Villa three points clear of the drop zone. “We need to bottle it up and experience it a few more times. “It’s the best feeling in the world. When I left home my missus said to me she had done the Euro lottery – a 54milllion jackpot – but I said I’d take three points all day. “It shows the effort and how far we have come, we have improved every game. It was the best performance. We dictated the pace of the game in the first half and it should have been more than 1-0.” Benteke scored in the league for the first time since December and Sherwood admitted the striker had told him exactly what he would do with a penalty. He said: “Goalscorers are there to be shot down and it takes a brave man to stand up there. I asked him before the game if he gets a penalty what he was going to do. “He said ‘I’ll wait until the goalie goes down and I’ll roll it in the corner’. I was still peeping through my fingers.” Press Association Tim Sherwood insists Aston Villa are back “alive and kicking” after their last-gasp derby win over West Brom. Gabby Agbonlahor opened the scoring and had two cleared off the line, while also having a penalty claim ignored after he beat Foster to the ball. Saido Berahino had equalised in the second half before the late drama which left Albion 13th in the table. But Baggies boss Tony Pulis defended keeper Foster after his gaffe cost them a point. Pulis said: “I haven’t seen it but Ben should catch it anyway. He has been fantastic for us all season, he has won us games and he has had an off night, but there’ll be no one here who will criticise him. “I don’t have to speak him, he knows. We’ll dust ourselves off and get going on Thursday.” Pulis also played down Alan Hutton’s challenge on Berahino which saw the pair square up to each other late in the game. He said: “I haven’t seen the Hutton challenge. There has been a lot of criticism thrown at referees recently but I’m not going to go there. I’ll let other people decide what they thought about it. “The most important thing was Villa were better than us in the first half. They were quicker, kept the ball better and we wanted half-time. The second half was a different game.” last_img read more