Max Kilman handball: Nuno Espirito Santo calls for VAR ‘consistency’; Brendan Rodgers hails ‘incredible’ start | Football News

first_imgNuno Santo urged the Premier League to ‘get VAR right’ after his side’s contentious defeat to Leicester, whose boss Brendan Rodgers hailed their ‘incredible’ start.Santo’s side fell foul to a harsh handball decision against Max Kilman which allowed Jamie Vardy to open the scoring from the spot for the only goal of the game at the King Power Stadium. 3:35 Nuno Espirito Santo wants VAR to be more consistent with decisions – Advertisement – 2:32 – Advertisement – That penalty was only awarded after VAR official Stuart Atwell directed on-field referee Anthony Taylor to assess the incident on the pitchside review monitor.On the back of a number of controversial handball decisions this season, Santo feels the frustration towards the implementation of the video referee since its introduction last season is still far from being resolved.“What we expect from VAR is good, consistent decisions and this is not happening,” Santo told his post-match press conference. “Week in, week out we see different things. Until they get it right, we’ll be talking about it over and over again, something we don’t want.“We have enough problems in football to be suspicious about anything, I don’t want to think about that. I haven’t seen the images, so it’s unfair for me to tell [on this decision]. But in our days we can see decisions are not being consistent enough for us to stop talking about them, so let’s hope for a better situation in the future.“Credit to Leicester in the way they pressed and moved the ball. Their midfielders were very comfortable, and we should have done better with that. We created more situations in the second half, not as many as we wish.”Guidance around the handball rule has been amended in the Premier League in response to the backlash against a string of earlier incidents this season. Sky Sports’ Micah Richards labelled the decision that Kilman’s arm was in an unnatural position to handle Dennis Praet’s cross “harsh”.Santo added his own frustration to Sky Sports after full-time, saying: “The game goes beyond these situations but I think we reacted well. This is what the law says. There’s no way to coach a player to defend without the natural movements of the arm but it is what it is. What we want is consistency.”Rodgers: ‘Incredible start’ as Leicester go topcenter_img preview image – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Brendan Rodgers says he’s very proud of his team after their 1-0 win over Wolves Rodgers was in unsurprisingly chipper mood as his side moved top of the Premier League with a deserved sixth win from their opening eight games, and a third in six days over tough opposition in the shape of Leeds, Braga and now Wolves.“I think it’s the best win of the three,” he said. “With so many players out and such a tough schedule, it was an incredible performance. We had to show a different side to the team today, I thought first half we were very good in our football, some of the quality of combinations, how we got through Wolves and into dangerous areas was very good, and we should have been maybe more than 1-0 up.“It’s been an incredible start, I’m so happy for the players. It’s important in any season your first steps are positives, and with all players available it would’ve been really good, but for the players we’ve had out for the guys to show that quality and resilience, it’s what you want as a manager.“We’ll get some recovery into the players, and after the international break hopefully we’ll get another few back and then have another busy but exciting run into the Christmas period.”With Leicester given two penalties before half-time – the second missed by Vardy – the Foxes made Premier League history as the first club to be awarded eight spot-kicks in the opening eight games of the season.In 2019/20, the first team to reach eight league penalties were Manchester United, 16 games into the campaign.Rodgers said: “I haven’t seen the penalties back, I don’t want to dedicate too much time to it. There’s so much time to it, whether it’s natural or unnatural. We got two penalties, we should’ve been further in front, but overall we played very well.”Timeline of Leicester’s eight PL penalties this seasonSunday 13 September – West Brom 0-3 LeicesterLeicester were awarded two penalties in their first game of the season against West Brom. Jamie Vardy was held back in the box by Kyle Bartley for the first before Dara O’Shea clumsily took down James Justin in the box. Vardy converted both penalties.Sunday 27 September – Man City 2-5 LeicesterThree of Leicester’s penalties this season came in an incredible game against Man City. Kyle Walker tripped Vardy and the England striker duly converted the first penalty. He did so again in the 58th minute to complete his hat-trick after he was fouled by Eric Garcia.The final one was taken by Youri Tielemans late on, slotting home after Benjamin Mendy had fouled James Maddison to round off a famous victory.Monday 2 November – Leeds 1-4 LeicesterTielemans added another penalty to his tally late in the day against Leeds last week. This one was awarded by VAR after it spotted Mateusz Klich’s foul on Maddison just inside the area. The Belgian converted in the 91st minute to add a gloss to the 4-1 victory.Sunday 8 November – Leicester 1-0 WolvesAnother penalty double – but with differing results. Max Kilman was penalised for handball, given after Anthony Taylor’s consulted the pitchside monitor. Vardy converted again for the first, but was unable to add a second. Rayan Ait-Nouri fouled Justin and the Leicester striker stepped up, but Rui Patricio saved his effort.last_img read more

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Review: Quantity Over Quality

first_imgCurrying favour is crucial to your survival in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The Raven’s Clan is new to England, home to four different kingdoms and a multitude of Saxon bandits, and they will need friends to help the clan exist and expand. You can’t possibly fight everyone by yourself. To that end, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla lets you forge alliances, which involve helping them in their quests.assassins creed valhalla review drinking Assassins Creed Valhalla reviewEivor (right) takes part in a drinking contest in Assassin’s Creed ValhallaPhoto Credit: UbisoftAssassin’s Creed Valhalla combatThere are some new (and returning) aspects in the combat department as well. Unlike most action-adventure games, your character’s health doesn’t automatically regenerate outside of combat in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. You must find food or berries to regain health and heal yourself (which you can do during combat too.) Equally important, you can’t endlessly dodge attacks as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla brings a new stamina bar to the series. During combat, stamina is spent dodging and performing heavy attacks, and only gained when you perform light attacks. Outside of combat, stamina regenerates itself. Hence, you must be careful not to run out of stamina while attacking, as you’ll leave yourself vulnerable in defence. You’ve to arguably take more care of stamina than health.Additionally, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gives players the option to dual wield most weapons available in the game — unless the weapon you pick is heavy enough that it requires both hands. Speaking of weapons, the Assassin’s Creed series staple “Hidden Blade” is back, allowing you to do what the title of the franchise promises: assassinations. Alongside this, we also have the return of walking stealthily among crowds by donning a cloak and a hood. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla also offers a range of new combat abilities — up to eight abilities, four melee and four ranged, can be assigned at a time — such as a hail of arrows or axes. These are learnt by discovering “books of knowledge” hidden around the game world. Finding the same book of knowledge of one type greatly enhances that ability.But for all the changes, combat is annoyingly clunky in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. There’s a certain stiffness and a lack of fluidity to the way your character moves and swings their arms. Attacks often feel laborious and lack speed, even when you’re using (comparatively) lightweight axes. Strangely, that’s not the case when you hit the dodge button, as your character jumps back and shifts around like they suddenly have no weight. I never quite got the sense that I had a handle, and always found myself on the back foot in combat. By comparison, Ghost of Tsushima — another game set in the medieval period — handles its equally complex combat system much better, in introducing how it works and teaching you how to best navigate it with the tools at your disposal.Battles, more so assaults, can also get fairly chaotic on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and it’s not always easy to identify who the enemy is. This is historically appropriate though, and thankfully, friendly fire isn’t a thing at least. And if you throw yourself in the deep end, you can expect the game’s NPCs to try and catch up with you to support you.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC System Requirements Revealedassassins creed valhalla review story Assassins Creed Valhalla reviewA story NPC called Ivarr in Assassin’s Creed ValhallaPhoto Credit: UbisoftAssassin’s Creed Valhalla storyThe central tale of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla follows Eivor — whom you select as a man or woman — who had a traumatic childhood thanks to Kjotve the Cruel and which led them to earn the nickname Wolf-Kissed. Eivor has grown up with their brother Sigurd, the prince under King Styrbjorn. After Sigurd returns from roaming the world, Eivor and Sigurd take on Kjotve with the backing of a young King Harald. Harald subsequently unites Norway under one rule, but Eivor and Sigurd decide they would rather be their own masters and take off for England, with two of Sigurd’s friends from the Brotherhood (who call themselves the Hidden Ones). They have been missing from the English Isles for four centuries, and the Templars (Order of the Ancients) have grown in power in their absence.The story, at least for the first several hours, is disjointed, unimpressive, and boring. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla builds up characters only to suddenly discard them, for it has willingly trapped itself in a narrative that must shift to England as early as possible. The bits in Norway are like a prologue; the title screen shows up when you set off for England. Even though you’ve control over Eivor’s actions, you’ve no choice in deciding whether you wish to move to England to begin with. You will also spend some time outside the Animus — the in-game magic thingy that allows people to relive the lives of beings from centuries ago — as a Muslim-American trying to solve a planetary crisis. Since it’s set in 2020, Ubisoft Montreal has included throwaway mentions to COVID-19.The Assassin’s Creed Valhalla narrative also suffers due to technical and continuity troubles. For a summit of kings, Harald decrees a truce between all warring Viking kingdoms. But Eivor has a bone to pick with someone and marches into their camp. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla wants you to do this stealthily and avoid the guards — but you don’t have to. After I was detected, I chopped five guards to death before confronting the person I was there for. Harald’s guards walked in to prevent me from killing them and remind me that anyone who broke the peace would be thrown out. Okay, I already did that. Did no one see that? Does that not count? It’s like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has no memory outside of cutscenes and completely ignores whatever you may do.Speaking of what happens outside cutscenes, it’s surprising to see that the engine is still unable to realistically portray body language, even after so many Assassin’s Creed games. All the hard work by the voice performers, in modulating the intonation of their voice, is spoiled by the sheer lack of variety in the body language of the people who are talking. It completely takes you out of the experience.assassins creed valhalla review stonehenge Assassins Creed Valhalla reviewEivor approaches Stonehenge in Assassin’s Creed ValhallaPhoto Credit: UbisoftQuantity over qualityAs with Ubisoft’s recent Watch Dogs: Legion, there are bugs in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla at launch too. On one occasion, I had to dive through a trap door into a pool of freezing water beneath a floating house to get at some treasure. But the game wouldn’t let me jump back out, with the jump button refusing to work in the upward direction it ought to, even though the entrance to the trap door was a foot away. It was a dead end and I had been consigned to die of hypothermia. After some button mashing, I somehow emerged from the ground but then got stuck because the game believed I was still in water. I was standing on land but I couldn’t move more than a foot or two in either direction. Eventually, I just had to fast travel out to a different spot to rescue myself.The new Assassin’s Creed game has a microtransactions-driven in-game store as well, just like the new Watch Dogs game. It allows you to buy new weapons, resources, silver (the primary in-game currency), and maps (that reveal locations of all hidden treasures). You can also pick up cosmetic upgrades for your character, ship, and settlement. Or get yourself a new animal companion. The in-game store runs on “Helix Credits” that can be bought with real money.Ultimately, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is so expansive that it feels rather aimless. The story gets lost in the hours you spend wandering around chasing side quests — which offer endless variations on a finite number of templates — all in the hopes of levelling up the infinite global power tree or finding gear that you will then need more resources for to upgrade it. And for all the explanations on the new mechanisms offered in the menus, it lacks in clear instructions at times, be in with resources, exploration, or the importance of side quests. If you make them important, you can’t call them “side” missions anymore Ubisoft.Does Assassin’s Creed Valhalla need to have so much to do? Some series fans do love it, which is why Ubisoft is sticking with this approach here. But I suspect most people won’t see more than a fraction of what Valhalla has to offer. And you can’t blame them either. While video game developers have begun justifying the exorbitant price of games — Rs. 3,999 / $60 to begin with — by infusing them with hundreds of gameplay hours, there are still only 24 hours in a day. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is too much of the same thing, and it’s not nearly engaging enough.Pros:Assaults are lively, strategicMini-games are enjoyable and/or have purposeAdded realism in combatCan dual wield weaponsHidden Blade returnsGood NPC support in combatCons:Too much bloatCookie cutter side questsCombat is clunkyStiff character movementLaborious attacksConvoluted, uninteresting storyNarrative lacks continuity logicBody language missing in conversationsMicrotransactionsBugsRating (out of 10): 6Gadgets 360 played Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on the Xbox One X. The game is available November 10 worldwide on PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X, and November 12 on PS5. It costs Rs. 3,999 on PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store, $44 (about Rs. 3,250) on Epic Games Store, and €60 (about Rs. 5,300) on Ubisoft Store. You can also get Assassin’s Creed Valhalla as part of UPlay+ (soon to be Ubisoft+) for €15 (about Rs. 1,300) per month.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. But as you travel across Norway and England, you will discover that many regions around you are out of your reach. Not physically, but in terms of your capabilities. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla comes with a new global power level. As you gain XP and level up, you will earn skill points that can be assigned to a sprawling skill tree that lets you pick from three directions: “raven”, “wolf”, and “bear”. All of them offer stat buffs and new abilities, some even superhuman. They are slightly different — favouring melee, stealth, or range — but the stat buffs tend to overlap more often than not, many of which are essentially meaningless at times (for example: “+1.7 damage”, “+2.4 resistance”) and feel like padding the game length.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has regions that have a “suggested power” value of 340. It took me around 10 hours to cross level 25. I admit I’m a slow player so even if you take half the time, you’re looking at another 70-hours in-game just to step into the most powerful region.Everything You Need to Know About Assassin’s Creed ValhallaRaids, assaults, and settlement- Advertisement – For what it’s worth, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla introduces some new elements into the familiar mix. The most talked about one, given the presence of Vikings in the game, has naturally been raids. But let’s talk about assaults first. The centrepiece of Valhalla, assaults are the biggest battles you will witness in the game, which require you to make your way through multiple gates, with the help of a battering ram and your Viking crew. You will deal with waves of enemies and encounter some special ones that require unique, smarter approaches. While the enemy is prepared for assaults, in raids, you and your Viking crew will happen upon an unsuspecting settlement, ransack and pillage the place, and take what you like, which in turn helps you grow your settlement.After you arrive in England, you will establish the settlement of Ravensthrope — named so because you’re known as Raven’s Clan — that brings base building back to Assassin’s Creed after a while. You can construct a barracks or a trade market, upgrade homes (to throw a better Viking feast) or the blacksmith (to make you better weapons), or even spend your resources towards a tattoo parlour. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla goes beyond armour and gear customisation to allow players to ink their skin too, in addition to changing hairstyles and facial hair. You even have your own room at the Ravensthrope settlement, where you receive letters, advice on what to build next, and can even go to bed for a good night’s rest.At your settlement or other friendly settlements, you can take part in mini-games. There are the drinking contests which require timing, precision, and balance. You can play a game of dice called Orlog that needs some strategy and luck (naturally, since it involves dice). And most importantly, you can take part in Viking rap battles, known as Flyting. You’ve to choose from options provided to you, to match cadence, suit the rhyme, and remain on topic, all to cleverly insult your opponent with your words. You might be wondering why I called this the most important of the three activities. That’s because winning Flyting match-ups increases your charisma, which unlocks dialogue options during story missions that help you in myriad ways, from avoiding a fight altogether to paying a lot less for a favour.- Advertisement – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is — like other recent entries in Ubisoft’s long-running action-adventure stealth franchise, AC: Origin and Odyssey — just too much. Every settlement you step into has half a dozen side quests and activities. Every time you complete an objective, five more of the same kind show up on the map. There are not one but two worlds to explore: Norway and England, and you will also step foot in Asgard and Jotunheim for a little while. That wouldn’t be a bad thing if the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla universe was full of life and variety, but it’s usually all too repetitive. Climb to the top of a tall structure. Unlock a door. Find a hidden passage. Listen to a boring tale. Shoot something down. Rinse and repeat.You don’t have to do every side quest in Assassin’s Creed games, but Assassin’s Creed Valhalla does its best to push you towards them. Most conversations end with NPCs (non-player characters) informing you they will be waiting for you nearby while you spend time in the town. The game is literally speaking to you through its characters and telling you to explore. In other cases, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will task you to meet someone at a new location some distance off. While there is a fast travel option, it is severely limited (at least in early-game) as the map is huge, which means you have to manually journey for the most part. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla does this so that you may encounter even more side quests and activities en route to your destination.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Avian flu suspected in 3 deaths in Indonesian family

first_imgJul 15, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – An Indonesian man and his two young daughters have died of suspected avian influenza, triggering alarm about possible person-to-person transmission of the H5N1 virus.If the cases are confirmed to be avian flu, they will mark the first symptomatic human cases and first deaths in Indonesia. The island nation has had intermittent poultry outbreaks and one asymptomatic human case, reported last month. H5N1 infections in pigs have also been reported there.The victims were a 38-year-old man and his daughters, aged 1 and 9 years, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. They lived in a suburb of Jakarta and had had no known contact with poultry, Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari told reporters.”These are suspected bird flu cases,” Supari was quoted as saying at a news conference. “We have sent specimens to Hong Kong to confirm the [test] results, which will take seven to 10 days.”The three victims died within the past week and a half. Supari said one daughter died first and was not tested for avian flu. The father, named Iwan Siswara Rifei, died Jul 12, and the second daughter died Jul 14, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Both were tested for avian flu, a Reuters report said.Earlier this week, Indonesian officials had denied that the deaths were linked to avian flu. Supari blamed the first two deaths on acute bacterial pneumonia in a statement reported Jul 13 by the Chinese news service Xinhua.”The first test showed negative for the H5N1 virus, then we conducted a second test, which showed signs of the H5N1 virus,” Reuters quoted Supari as saying today. But she said there was some doubt about the results, prompting the decision to send samples to Hong Kong for confirmation.Supari said there was concern about possible human-to-human transmission because there was no evidence the victims had contact with poultry, Reuters reported.Rifei’s widow, their son, and the family’s two maids have shown no signs of illness, the AP reported. Authorities were testing blood samples taken from 315 people who had contact with the family, reports said.The AP quoted a World Health Organization (WHO) official, Dr. Georg Petersen, as saying that further investigation could reveal that the victims did have contact with poultry. “In other countries, this is often the case,” he said.The virus has not yet shown any consistent ability to spread from person to person. Experts concluded that the virus probably passed directly from a 11-year-old Thai girl to her mother and an aunt in September 2004, and some family clusters in Vietnam this year raised suspicions of person-to-person spread.But a team of international experts who studied H5N1 samples in Vietnam last month reported in late June that the virus had not improved its ability to spread among humans. The WHO cautioned at the time, however, that the risk of a human flu pandemic was still serious.The only previous human case of H5N1 avian flu in Indonesia involved a poultry worker who was tested last March, though he had never been sick. He was found to have a low level of antibodies to the virus, according to results reported in June.Indonesia has had a number of H5N1 outbreaks in poultry, going as far back as August 2003. In May of this year, some pigs on the island of Java were found to have asymptomatic H5N1 infections. The pigs lived near poultry farms that had been hit by the virus. Pigs are often described as a mixing vessel in which avian and human flu viruses could exchange genes, potentially spawning a new virus that could spark a human pandemic.See also:Jun 15, 2005, CIDRAP News story, “Indonesia confirms human case of H5N1; 6 more people ill in Vietnam”May 27, 2005, CIDRAP News story, “Indonesian pigs have avian flu virus; bird cases double in China”last_img read more

CDC seeks data on nondrug prevention of pandemic flu

first_imgOct 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to fund eight studies on whether simple measures such as handwashing, “cough etiquette,” and face masks could help limit the extent of the next influenza pandemic.The CDC announced this week it would provide a total of $5.2 million to research institutions, some outside the United States, to assess nonpharmaceutical measures for battling pandemic flu.The announcement comes amid a wide-ranging CDC effort to come up with specific guidelines on the use of such prevention steps by the end of this year, according to Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the agency’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine.Nonpharmaceutical measures may serve as a first line of defense in a pandemic, since it could take several months to develop an effective vaccine, the CDC said in a news release. But officials said there is little scientific evidence about the effectiveness and potential impact of such steps.”Our challenge now is to determine which community-level measures will work best to limit the spread of infection,” CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding commented in the announcement.Besides handwashing, cough etiquette, and masks, community prevention measures include “social distancing” steps such as closing schools and workplaces and canceling large gatherings. Other steps include voluntary isolation of patients and voluntary quarantine of their household contacts, according to the CDC.Initial results from some of the studies should be available within about a year, Cetron told CIDRAP News yesterday. Several of the studies will involve following groups of people through the upcoming flu season, he said.The studies and their principal investigators are as follows:Effectiveness of Selective Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions in Reducing Influenza-Like Illness Among University Students, Tomas Aragon, MD, University of California, BerkeleyPittsburgh Influenza Prevention Project, Donald Burke, MD, and Sam Stebbins, MD, University of PittsburghNonpharmaceutical Interventions for Pandemic Influenza, Scott Holmberg, MD, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North CarolinaA Controlled Trial of Masks and Hand Hygiene for Reducing Influenza Transmission, Gabriel Leung, MD, University of Hong KongReducing Transmission of Influenza by Face Masks, Arnold Monto, MD, University of Michigan, Ann ArborStopping Upper Respiratory Infections and Influenza in the Family: the Stuffy Trial, Elaine Larson, PhD, Columbia University, New YorkPandemic Influenza Control at the Border of Island Countries and in Households, Michael Baker, MD, University of Otago, New ZealandEvaluation of Masks as a Source Control Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention, Donald Milton, MD, PhD, University of Massachusetts, LowellCetron said the CDC has had requests from state and local public health agencies and other groups for specific guidelines on community prevention measures. The current federal pandemic flu plan contains some general information on the topic, but groups have asked for more details, he said.”We’ve been engaging for the last several months in responding to that need for greater specificity,” Cetron said. “We’ve been working with many external partners and stakeholders to come up with more refined guidance for community preparedness. We hope to have an interim document by the end of the year.”When available, the findings of the studies announced yesterday will be used to help refine the guidelines, he said. Other plans include “a series of public engagement projects around the country over the next months.” In addition, the CDC has asked the Institute of Medicine to assess community prevention measures by examining mathematical modeling studies and historical evidence.”The science base used to formulate some of these policies [on nonpharmaceutical control measures] is thin,” Cetron said. “We’re trying to develop a new evidence and science base. . . . This is an ongoing process that will continue to be informed by new studies.”The CDC has also engaged the Harvard University School of Public Health to gauge public opinion and knowledge on the topic. A group led by Dr. Robert Blendon is polling people about their ability or willingness to cooperate in prevention measures, such as by staying home from work when sick and finding child care if schools close.”His group is actively working on this project now; we expect to have some results in a couple of weeks,” Cetron said.See also:Sep 29 CIDRAP News story “Airborne flu viruses threaten health workers, expert says”last_img read more

A balloon of Varaždin County with Rabuzin’s motif was presented

first_imgVaraždin County, Balloon Club Zagreb and the Croatian national team in hot air ballooning have made one of the most fabulous projects that connect culture, sports and tourism. After Zagorje, as part of the celebration of Varaždin County Day last night in the parking lot of the Varaždin City Sports Hall, a new attraction was presented, the balloon of Varaždin County.Thus, for the first time, a hot air balloon with the registration number 9A-ORA took off, and what makes it exceptional, not only in Croatia, but in the whole world, is that the balloon dome is also a reproduction of one of the most impressive works of Croatian naive art – painting ” Flower Festival ”by the painter Ivan Rabuzin, one of the world’s greatest naive artists, who is a native of Novi Marof.”The whole idea is a combination of tourism, culture and sports. The culture here is represented by the world-famous painter Ivan Rabuzin, who is from our County, and we are proud of him. It should be noted that this is a competitive sport – ballooning – and there is, of course, very important tourism. We expect that as part of the competition and gathering of balloonists around the world, our balloon as a “colorful ambassador” will present Varaždin County and thus bring as many tourists to our county. It is a distinctive, attractive, interesting project, unique in Croatia and in this way our county is presented. We have made a serious step forward in tourism, we are attracting more and more tourists and satisfied citizens to the events and manifestations that we organize.”Said the President of the Tourist Board of Varaždin County, Natalija Martinčević.This balloon, produced by one of the world’s most eminent balloon manufacturers UltraMagic from Catalonia. The balloon is 17,6 meters high and 15,6 meters in diameter and has a volume of almost 2000 m3 and has a capacity of two people. The balloon is adorned with the most modern equipment and performance, and its exceptional appearance makes it currently the only balloon of its kind in the world and is guaranteed to be the center of attention wherever it appears in the world.”Apart from sports, hot air balloons and their gatherings are some of the most attractive tourist attractions and attract hundreds of thousands of tourists, and this balloon is also an announcement of the Varaždin County tourism strategy that will focus efforts in the coming years to bring some of top world pilots and by encouraging this extremely attractive sport and organizing balloon gatherings enriched the tourist offer of Varaždin County, but also Croatia ” stand out from the Balloon Club Zagreb.As a colorful flying ambassador, capture the imagination of spectators and represent Varaždin County and the Republic of Croatia at all major competitions and balloon gatherings around the world, conveying the spirit of Croatia and Varaždin County, its natural beauty and enviable cultural heritage.last_img read more

Five days earlier than last year, Dubrovnik had its millionth overnight stay

first_imgFrom 01 January to 01 June 2019, 393 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik (895% more than in the same period last year), and 30 overnight stays were realized (1% more than in 017). Since the beginning of the year, Dubrovnik has had the most guests from the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, France, Croatia, Finland, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Korea and Canada.  From the beginning of the year to the end of May Dubrovnik had 387 arrivals (+ 376%) and 29 overnight stays (+ 999%). From the total number of tourists from January 477 to May 11, 1, 31 guests stayed in 2019 Dubrovnik hotels, which is an increase of 273% in hotel accommodation compared to the same period in 627, and 51 overnight stays were recorded , or 36% more than last year. From 1 to 31 May 2019, 158 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is a total of 832% more than in the same period in 9, and 2018 overnight stays were realized, or 475% more than in May last year. In May, most guests came from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, Finland and Croatia.   According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, not including nautical data, Dubrovnik made its first million overnight stays on 1 June this year, five days earlier than last year.  From the beginning of the year to the end of May, 83 guests stayed in private accommodation, which is an increase of 466% compared to last year. In the same period, 18 overnight stays were recorded in private accommodation, which is 267% more than in 948.last_img read more

Žumberak Samoborsko gorje as a new tourist trump card of Zagreb County

first_imgThe purpose of the project is to preserve and protect the cultural and natural resources of Žumberak and promote their values. “Thanks to EU funding, through this extremely valuable tourism project, we will do communication and promotional activities for the destination Žumberak, in order to bring its values ​​closer to potential tourists. It means a lot to the Zagreb County Tourist Board, it gives us the impetus to work in the coming period. As is well known, tourism is a predominantly service activity and is often referred to as the “experience industry”, which poses numerous challenges to us, the tourism industry. said Ivana Alilović, director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board. People here throughout history have learned to live according to the laws of nature. The views of traditional villages, pastures and fields still harmoniously complement the vast forest expanses. It is this mosaic of preserved traditional landscape, with a great wealth of flora and fauna, geological features and valuable archaeological finds, that today attracts visitors, hikers, hikers and nature lovers. And there are more and more of them in the county every year, according to the eVisitor system. The area of ​​Žumberak and Samobor hills is one of the least populated in Croatia  In addition to the press conference, the premiere of the promotional tourist film “Discover Žumberak” by Ashley Colburn was a kind of introduction to the beginning of the implementation of this project. Through a two-minute film, we want to bring all the beauties and curiosities of this area closer to potential visitors to Žumberak. Cover photo: PP Žumberak Žumberak – Samoborsko gorje is one of 11 Nature Parks in Croatia. Green Heart is one of the least populated in Croatia, and untouched nature can and should be one of the tourist trump cards. Of course, with sustainable development, in order to preserve this same nature and have as little human impact as possible. center_img Discover Žumberak – “sea of ​​greenery” with the hashtag # DiscoverŽumberak is the slogan of the campaign and promotional video, which refers to untouched nature. In the first six months of this year, the county recorded 54.838 tourist arrivals, which is 14 percent more than in the same period last year. The number of tourist overnight stays also increased, by 12 percent. Out of the total number of overnight stays, 63.505 overnight stays were realized by foreigners, and domestic guests by 25.960 overnight stays. Most arrivals, behind domestic guests, were made by guests from Asian countries. They are followed by guests from Germany, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the USA. The most visited cities are Velika Gorica, Jastrebarsko, Samobor and Sveta Nedelja. Yesterday at the press conference, the implementation of the project “Ecomuseum Žumberak” officially began, in which the Zagreb County Tourist Board is involved as one of the partners. It is a project worth 2 million euros of cross-border cooperation “Promotion of natural and cultural heritage through the development of sustainable tourism in protected areas – ProNaCul”, and for the implementation of the project of the Zagreb County Tourist Board was approved 104.660 euros.last_img read more

The number of cruise passengers has increased

first_imgThe number of trips, passengers and days of stay of foreign cruise ships has increased In the period from January to August 2019, 58 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, which made 466 cruises. There were 733 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 929 days, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The port of Dubrovnik (339 visits) had the most visits of foreign cruise ships, followed by the ports of Split (175 visits) and Zadar (77 visits). The largest number of trips was made by ships flying the flags of Malta (137 trips) and the Bahamas (79 trips), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships flying the flags of Panama (184 thousand passengers) and Malta (182 thousand passengers). Port of Dubrovnik, a leading destination for foreign cruise ships Source: CBScenter_img Out of a total of 466 cruises, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (59,4%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (26,2%), which is a total of 85,6%. The remaining 14,4% of trips were made in the following counties: Zadar (6,2%), Istria (3,9%), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2,8%) and Šibenik-Knin (1,5%). Related news: In the period from January to August 2019, the number of trips of foreign cruise ships increased by 3,3%, and the total number of days of stay of ships increased by 0,2% compared to the same period in 2018. The number of passengers on these ships in the said in the period of 2019 is higher by 6,9% compared to 2018. DUBROVNIK EXPECTS OVER HRK 10 MILLION IN REVENUE FROM THE TOURIST FEE FOR CRUISESlast_img read more

Eurowings again in Osijek

first_imgThis Sunday, August 02, the well-known German low-cost airline resumed traffic on the Stuttgart-Osijek route. This is great news for Slavonia and the development of continental tourism. Eurowings landed in Osijek with 112 passengers, out of a total capacity of 156 passengers. The plane took off from Osijek to Stuttgart with 15 passengers at 30:102 p.m., reports from Croatian Aviation. Eurowings will continue to operate on the Stuttgart – Osijek route once a week, every Sunday afternoon, and flights are announced until mid-October.center_img Thanks to this line, passengers from Osijek can make connections to Hanover, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Vienna. Osijek Airport is currently connected to five airports in Croatia (Zagreb, Pula, Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik) by direct lines of Trade Air and Croatia Airlines.last_img read more

District supports lack of respect for flag, country

first_imgIf the district administration condones eliminating the national anthem from a schoolwide event, what will be eliminated next, the “Pledge of Allegiance?” I read quotes of “We support our students,” but does the district support the United States? I am beginning to wonder.The district says “we teach respect,” yet the administration allows students to disrespect our nation, our flag, our anthem and our soldiers by “taking a knee” during the national anthem. If these students could have served a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, Korea or Nazi Germany, perhaps they would have a greater appreciation for the country they live in.How can a school district such as this be trusted to run a taxpayer supported, multi-million dollar school budget? It’s very discouraging to see the culture of hypocrisy and denial that the Niskayuna school district administration and Niskayuna school board operates in. That is a culture that I will “take a knee” to and not support at the budget vote in May.I will “take a knee,” too, and not support at the budget vote in May.Lonsdale WalkerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I was greatly concerned as I read about the elimination of the national anthem from the Niskayuna High School fall pep rally. It was also disheartening to learn that certain school athletes are “taking a knee” when our national anthem is played at sporting events.Then, to make matters worse, I read of the public support that Niskayuna High School principal (and NFL recruiting agent) John Rickert, district Superintendent Tangorra, and the Niskayuna school board have given in to these less-than-admirable students.last_img read more