VisitUSA Croatia is working on establishing a permanent air connection between Zagreb and New York

first_imgWork on the project began more than a year ago when it was established in Croatia VisitUSA Croatia. VisitUSA Croatia is an advisory board that works to promote travel to the United States. This weekend, VUSA Croatia organized a B2B workshop for tour operators, travel agencies, airlines and the media interested in organizing trips to the United States or promoting US destinations as part of the PLACE2GO tourism fair in Arena Zagreb.  Cover photo:, Illustration: Workshop partners VUSA Croatia, from left: Ivo and Tanja Pilat owners of MONDO TRAVEL, US Ambassador to Croatia – W. Robert Kohorst, President of VisitUSA Croatia – Goran Rihtarić, Alida Bubanko-Ralić – Air France KLM Croatia, Sanja Pangracije and Alida Bolarić – Work & Travel Sunčana Vura, Vlado Šestan – TravelAdvisor, Nina Čerkez – Advisor, US Commercial Service According to the eVisitor system, in the first 11 months of last year, 578 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays were made from the US market, which is an increase of 23 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Top destinations for American tourists by overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Hvar and Rovinj.    Related news: On the occasion of the workshop, the first direct flight to the USA, Philadelphia-Dubrovnik, was announced, the first of its kind since the independence of the Croatian state, which will start in June this year. ”A direct flight between the US and Croatia sends a strong, positive message to the tourism sector. I hope that all direct flights this summer will be full and that they will lead to the introduction of new direct flights, creating additional tourist and business trips.”Said the US Ambassador to Croatia, W. Robert Kohorst.  FROM 2019 DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO THE USA VUSA Croatia’s performance at PLACE2GO this year was attended by National Geographic Croatia magazine, ski destinations Aspen and Vail presented by TravelAdvisor, as a tour operator Mondo Travel, Sunčana Vura – Work & Travel, Air France KLM as currently the most affordable airline for many destinations in the USA . W. Robert Kohorst, US Ambassador to Croatia: A direct flight between the US and Croatia sends a strong, positive message to the tourism sector This flight is only a seasonal type, and VisitUSA Croatia is working on establishing a permanent air connection between Croatia and the USA, primarily on the Zagreb-New York route, because only this line will significantly encourage travel from Croatia to the USA. “At the moment, we have the announcement of an immediate year-round airline that would connect the United States and Croatia, and this will only happen. We are optimistic about this project and if a larger number of partners with the same vision gather around this idea. Croatia is definitely a regional tourist superpower and we must use this circumstance to impose ourselves as a leader in the outgoing offer with a regional origin in Croatia. The first B2B workshop of VisitUSA Croatia under the auspices of BRAND USA seems like a small step in that direction, but all travelers know that even the longest journey begins with the first step”Concluded Goran Rihtarić, Executive Chairman of the Board of VisitUSA Croatia. For the first time, Croatia is in the plan of activities of the umbrella tourist organization of the USA – BRAND USA, and for the first time in Croatia, a business workshop VisitUSA Croatia was held. EUROPEAN UNION INTRODUCES VISAS FOR THE EUROPEAN SCHENGEN AREA – ETIAS / US citizens traveling to one of the European Union countries will need to have a visalast_img read more

Israel hails UAE deal but Palestinians – and settlers – dismayed

first_img“It’s an incomparably exciting moment, a historic moment for peace in the Middle East,” Netanyahu said.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose officials seemed to be taken by surprise, issued an unusually strong condemnation of a regional Arab neighbor and instructed the Palestinian ambassador to the UAE to return immediately.“The Palestinian leadership rejects and denounces the UAE, Israeli and US trilateral, surprising, announcement,” said Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.Reading a statement on Palestinian television, Abu Rudeineh said the leadership regarded the UAE’s move as “a betrayal”. Israel talked of “history” and Palestinians of “betrayal” after Thursday’s surprise announcement of a deal to normalize relations between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates.In a nationwide televised address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal would lead to “full and formal peace” with the Gulf Arab state and voiced hope that other countries in the region would follow the UAE’s example.Netanyahu said it also entailed acceding to a request from US President Donald Trump to “temporarily wait” on implementing the Israeli leader’s pledge to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. The statement urged the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to assemble to “reject” the deal, adding “neither the UAE nor any other party has the right to speak in the name of the Palestinian people.”The deal provides a diplomatic achievement for Netanyahu after weeks of domestic criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy, but also angered right-wing Israeli settlers who want to annex the West Bank.Netanyahu said that while he had promised to apply Israeli sovereignty to areas, including Jewish settlements, in the territory, which Palestinians seek for a future state, he had made clear he first needed a green light from Washington.”He deceived us. He has deceived half a million residents of the area and hundreds of thousands of voters,” said David Elhayani, head of the Yesha Council of settlers.Pro-Israel stanceAbbas, who heads the Palestinian Authority and the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization, has refused all political dealings with the Trump administration for more than two years, accusing it of taking a consistently pro-Israel stance.Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran Palestinian negotiator, told Reuters: “We were blindsided. Their secret dealings are now completely out in the open. It is a complete sell-out.”Much use was made of the word “normalization” – a term that has very different connotations on either side.For Israel and the White House it signified a welcome rapprochement with a key Gulf player in a region from which Israel has long been isolated, aside from two peace treaties with its immediate neighbors Egypt and Jordan.But for many Palestinians and Arabs in other countries, the word has overwhelmingly negative connotations.In Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, told Reuters: “Normalization is a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause, and it serves only the Israeli occupation.”In a rare show of unity, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh spoke to Abbas by phone to convey his “absolute rejection” of the deal, Hamas officials said.There was no official reaction or media coverage in Saudi Arabia, but some Saudis tweeted under hashtags “normalization is treason”, “UAE” and “Israel.”Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said the deal was a betrayal of the Palestinian cause and of pan-Arabism.Topics :last_img read more

RBA board singling Brisbane out but the numbers are holding

first_imgConstruction cranes continue to dominate parts of Brisbane two years into its unit development boom. Picture: Liam Kidston.THE Reserve Bank board persists with singling out Brisbane as an area of concern, predicting apartment prices and rents will drop here – but so far the numbers seem to be holding.The minutes of the April monetary policy meeting, released Tuesday morning, showed the board noting banks were cutting back on support of parts of Brisbane’s market.“Members noted that some banks had curtailed lending to some segments of the housing market, notably the Brisbane apartment market, where the supply of apartments was expected to increase significantly, raising the risks associated with oversupply,” the minutes said.But the board members conceded that major problems in the market here had failed to eventuate as yet.“Reports of settlement failures had remained isolated,” the record of the last interest rate meeting said.Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe and the RBA board are in limbo over what action to take on interest rates given numerous multi-speed property markets in the country. Picture: AAP Image/Joel Carrett.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoThe board’s view was that “the additional supply of apartments scheduled to come on stream over the subsequent couple of years in the eastern capital cities was expected to put some downward pressure on growth in apartment prices and rents, particularly in Brisbane”.Chaired by RBA Governor Philip Lowe, the board includes the deputy RBA Governor Guy Debelle, Secretary to the Treasury John Fraser, along with John Akehurst, Kathryn Fagg, Ian Harper, Allan Moss, Carol Schwartz and Catherine Tanna.Weaker than expected labour market conditions, growing levels of household indebtedness and a continued rise in lending to investors were among their concerns.“Growth in investor credit had increased steadily since early 2016, despite the fact that banks had tightened lending standards and, on average, increased the margin between interest rates on investor housing loans and those on loans to owner-occupiers,” the board noted.The minutes said “risks related to household debt and the housing market more generally had increased over the preceding six months”.The board expected “careful monitoring over coming months” of developments in the labour and housing markets. It nevertheless kept the cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent, with its next meeting set for May 2.last_img read more

Newlin, Reigle race to PASS wins at BAPS Motor Speedway

first_imgThe scheduled feature saw Ganoe follow Newlin across the finish line, with John Walp, Ken Duke Jr. and Landon Price completing the top five.  Newlin led all the way to win the regularly scheduled 20-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature after Reigle led all 19 laps of the evening’s first race, which completed a feature rained out two weeks earlier with one lap run. The first feature was stopped following an early flip by Jake Frye but from that point Reigle sailed in front of the field while Ney, Larry McVey and Newlin dueled behind him.  Duke had won all three previous PASS features this year.  Next weekend, PASS drivers will join their Laurel Highlands counterparts for a co-sanctioned event Friday at Clinton County Speedway, then return to Port Royal Speedway on Saturday. Scheduled feature – 1. Newlin; 2. Ganoe; 3. Walp; 4. Duke; 5. Price; 6. Sweigart; 7. Dave Brown Jr.; 8. Hanson; 9. Ney; 10. Grube; 11. Adams; 12. Prutzman; 13. Reigle; 14. Dodson; 15. Scar­borough; 16. John Fiore; 17. Jared Zionkowski; 18. Kyle Keen; 19. Stallings; 20. McVey; 21. Johnny Yanek; 22. Marie McVay; 23. Frye; 24. Stief. YORK HAVEN, Pa. (April 20) – Defending Pennsylvania Sprint Series champion Zach Newlin joined Cale Reigle in visiting victory lane for the first time this season Saturday at BAPS Motor Speedway. center_img In the make-up feature, Devin Adams, Billy Ney, Newlin and Ken Duke Jr. followed Reigle across the finish line. Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic awards a Burnin’ Rubber award, a new right rear tire, to the driver accumulat­ing the most feature positions advanced, and for this night, both features counted. Ney advanced 15 spots between the two races to claim the prize. Newlin used a high line and grabbed the lead from fellow front-row starter Walp. Duke quickly began to move up, but in this race he would not be unable to advance past fourth again, despite three cautions during the middle laps providing restart opportunities.  Make-up feature – 1. Cale Reigle; 2. Devin Adams; 3. Billy Ney; 4. Zach Newlin; 5. Ken Duke Jr.; 6. Nick Sweigart; 7. Larry McVey; 8. Kyle Ganoe; 9. Jaremi Hanson; 10. Doug Dodson; 11. Tim Stallings; 12. David Grube II; 13. Landon Price; 14. John Walp; 15. Erin Statler; 16. Rick Stief; 17. Keith Prutzman; 18. Alex Potosky; 19. Austin Graby; 20. Johnny Scarborough; 21. Jay Krout; 22. Jake Frye; 23. Scott Lutz; 24. Kassidy Kreitz. Duke put on the evening’s charge, coming from 11th to fourth over the final seven laps. Ney sur­prised regular fans by racing low, the opposite of his norm. last_img read more

Warrior too strong for Doc

first_imgAidan O’Brien’s Egyptian Warrior showed a willing attitude to get the better of the pacesetting Supreme Doc and land the Novice Hurdle at Clonmel. Robbie Power was happy to sit off the pace in the four-runner event, but had to get more urgent on the 11/8 favourite on the home turn, as he still had ground to make up on the leader. Getting upsides just after the second-last flight, Egyptian Warrior stayed on best up the final straight to record a three-length success. Press Associationcenter_img Frank Berry, winning owner JP McManus’ racing manager, said: “It was workmanlike but he did it well. He’s tough and jumped great. He seemed to handle conditions well and we’ll find another one for him now.” Power completed a double when Presenting Beara landed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Captain Christy Rated Novice Chase. Power was happy to let the 7/2 chance bowl along in front, and they had seen off all rivals bar Bose Ikard by the second last. Sneaking an extra couple of lengths advantage approaching the last, Presenting Beara had enough in hand up the run-in to hold Bose Ikard half a length at bay. Trainer Colm Murphy said: “I’m delighted with that. The conditions of the race suited him off his mark and he seems to be improving. “He gets that three miles well and relishes every yard. He’s in the Munster National and we’ll have a look at that. “His problem was he was over-jumping but he’s getting more economical and more experienced. He’s only young and will hopefully improve again.” last_img read more

The Latest: Blues say relative of employee has COVID-19

first_img Associated Press March 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The St. Louis Blues say a relative of a team employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The $12 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest purse in horse racing, will be postponed until next year. That’s according to an announcement from the Dubai Media Office, a governmental agency. Officials had planned to run the race March 28 without spectators over concerns about the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it causes.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The person is in self-isolation along with members of the person’s family, according to the team.All Blues staff who may have come into close contact with the employee have been notified. The team says it is asking for all members of the Blues to remain isolated, monitor their health and seek advice from team medical staff.___Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac announced he is teaming up with a church to provide hot breakfasts and lunches to school kids age 18 and under on weekdays for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.Isaac says he’s partnering with J.U.M.P. Ministries Global Church for that initiative. Isaac also announced that he’ll be helping families obtain boxes of non-perishable food items once a week, things like oatmeal and cereal and instant rice. The Latest: Blues say relative of employee has COVID-19 “There’s a great concern to those kids going hungry at this time. We don’t want that to happen,” Isaac said.The breakfasts and lunches will be grab-and-go style, in line with social distancing mandates. Isaac says a nurse will be on-site for the pickups as well. Isaac also says there’s a similar plan in place to assist those who are living in extended-stay hotels.“We cannot just sit on our hands while this is going on,” Isaac said.Isaac was honored by the Magic last year for his commitment to community involvement. The Magic have pledged $2 million to help arena workers displaced by the sports and entertainment shutdown, and Magic players Mo Bamba and Nikola Vucevic are among those who have offered financial help to that cause as well.___last_img read more

Leeds win to move within a point of Premier League promotion

first_imgLEEDS, England (Reuters) – Leeds United moved one step closer to ending a 16-year wait for a Premier League return after a 1-0 win over Barnsley in the second-tier Championship put them within a point of automatic promotion to the top flight.Leeds, who missed out on promotion last year after finishing third and losing in the playoffs, are top with 87 points — five points ahead of West Bromwich Albion and six in front of third-placed Brentford with two more rounds of fixtures left.A first half own goal from Michael Sollbauer as he tried to block Patrick Bamford’s cut-back ensured Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side took home all three points in a cagey Yorkshire derby.“It was a product of the collective effort,” Bielsa told a post-match news conference. “We had to run a lot to keep the result. I value a lot the courage and effort all the players gave to keep the difference in the result.”If West Brom fail to win at Huddersfield Town on Friday and Brentford do not beat Stoke City away on Saturday, Leeds would be champions by the time they visit Derby County on Sunday.Leeds striker Bamford said promotion would be a big moment for the city but warned that Leeds were “not over the line yet” and that winning the title was the priority.“The way we looked at it is that before this game it was six points to be champions, not just to go up,” he told Sky Sports. “Going up is obviously the main aim but if you’re going up as champions it makes it so much better.”last_img read more

Iwobi Prays Liverpool Beat Spurs

first_imgAlex Iwobi has admitted that he wants Tottenham Hotspur to lose to Liverpool in the Champions League final on June 1.The Nigeria international knows all about the rivalry between Arsenal and their North London neighbors Spurs and he’s backing Jurgen Klopp’s side to win the game at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.Iwobi and his Arsenal teammates are preparing to face Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku next week and they will be granted a place in next season’s Champions League if they win the trophy. ”We’re not trying to focus on Tottenham to be fair, I actually hope they lose,” Iwobi told Sky Sports.“No, we’re not trying to look at them, they’ve done well to be fair, I have to give it to them.”But we want to focus on ourselves and bring back the trophy for us.”Iwobi would become the first Nigerian player since Dickson Etuhu in May 2010 to feature in a Europa League final if he plays against Chelsea.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

The Final Word: Syracuse rides 2nd-half surge to beat Georgetown

first_imgMore Coverage 2nd half boost, hot shooting and more takeaways from Syracuse’s win over GeorgetownTyus Battle’s game-winner lifts Syracuse to win over former conference foe GeorgetownJalen Carey’s impact helps Syracuse in comeback against Georgetown Facebook Twitter Google+ AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Syracuse (7-2) defeated Georgetown, (7-2), 72-71, on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. After trailing at halftime, the Orange stormed back to beat a former Big East rival.  Tyus Battle scored a game-high 26 points while Elijah Hughes and Oshae Brissett added 15 and 12 points, respectively. Jalen Carey also helped the Orange when Frank Howard fouled out. Battle connected on a jumper with 2.5 seconds left in the game to give SU the victory.Here’s what our beat writers thought of Saturday’s game. Published on December 8, 2018 at 9:28 pmlast_img read more

Louisville’s 71-46 ACC quarterfinal takedown of Syracuse reveals gap

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. — Digna Strautmane reached her right arm out to close down Louisville point guard Dana Evans, then turned her head to Kiara Lewis. In the split-second Strautmane took to gesture toward Lewis to switch — Lewis was on the 6-foot-2 Bionca Dunham — Evans stepped back and drilled her fifth 3-pointer of the game, one that extended the Cardinals lead to 26, its largest of the afternoon. After an Amaya Finklea-Guity and-one, Evans sliced through SU’s full-court press and brought the ball into the frontcourt. This time, Gabrielle Cooper shoved a hand in her face, but it didn’t matter. Evans passed to Jazmine Jones on the right wing, Cooper slid left and Jones dished right back to Evans. Again, Evans’ quick trigger was lethal. The ACC player of the year sunk her second long ball in as many possessions, burying the Orange even further.“We came out and we were trying to get our defense set,” Hillsman said. “And every time we were in the zone, we would get off (Evans) and she would shoot the three.”Evans’ 23 points and six 3-pointers led the Cardinals in No. 8-seed Syracuse’s (16-16, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) 71-46 blowout loss to No. 1-seed Louisville (28-3, 16-2) in the ACC tournament quarterfinals on Friday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum. The defeat confirms the Orange will not reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012. SU posted one of its worst offensive performances of the year, shooting 27% (17-for-63) from the field. But it was Evans and the Cardinals’ aggressive, efficient play that proved how big the gap between the two teams is, something that wasn’t apparent in their two regular season meetings. Syracuse’s 59-51 victory over then-No. 5 Louisville at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 9 gave Hillsman and SU hope it could win the ACC tournament. After the Orange’s loss to Boston College in the final game of the regular season, Hillsman said, “We’ve beaten the top teams in this conference, so we gotta go down there and play that way.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince Syracuse beat Louisville, the Cardinals haven’t lost a game. While Syracuse entered the conference tournament on a three-game skid, Louisville rode a six-game winning streak into Greensboro. Hillsman and the Orange knew it had to win the ACC tournament to reach the NCAA tournament while the Cardinals are a projected two-seed. Unprompted, Louisville head coach Jeff Walz mentioned Sabrina Ionescu and Oregon — the nation’s best player and team to beat — in his postgame press conference. He noted that the Cardinals are 2-0 against the reigning Wooden Award winner. In Hillsman’s, there was talk about the WNIT. In SU’s previous win over the Cardinals, Evans played as poorly as she had all season. Louisville’s leading scorer shot 4-for-17 with five turnovers as Louisville dropped just its third game of the season. The conference’s top team hasn’t lost a game since. On Friday, Cardinals head coach Jeff Walz credited Elizabeth Balogun, who didn’t play in the loss to Syracuse, for his team’s improvement against the 2-3 zone.“(Balogun’s) got the ability to make four or five 3s in a row so it spreads the floor for us,” Walz said. “Now we’re able to spread things out, so when we do get a chance to drive and attack the gap we’re getting nice looks.”Balogun had just five points on 2-for-9 shooting on Friday, but her presence alone forced Hillsman to adjust the way the Orange set up defensively. SU had four 3-point shooters to keep track of at all times, so it couldn’t afford to focus on just Evans. When the Orange pressured Evans and Jones on the perimeter, Louisville fed inside to forwards Dunham and Kylee Shook. When SU turned its focus to bigs, Louisville’s perimeter players found space to fire from behind the arc. The Cardinals shot 12-for-23 from 3-point range, equalling its highest tally of the season.After a sluggish first quarter by both teams, Louisville ramped up the tempo on both ends of the court. The Cardinals’ pace in the second quarter was the difference, Evans said. Whenever Louisville got a defensive rebound or a steal, it pushed the ball up the court to keep SU from setting up its 2-3 zone.On the Orange’s second possession of the quarter, Lewis attempted to find Emily Engstler in the high post, but her looping pass was poked away by Yacine Diop. Evans reacted quickest and snagged the ball before it went out of bounds, then smoked Lewis in a race to the basket. Her collision with Cooper in mid-air wasn’t enough to keep the ball out of the hoop. And-one.“We dictated a lot of what we wanted (Syracuse) to do,” Walz said. “Instead of just reacting to what they were doing, I thought defensively we were there on the catch.Louisville’s high tempo and aggression throughout the second quarter and beyond blew the Orange away. Its 21-point lead at halftime was too much for Syracuse to overcome in the second half, no matter the adjustments it made. The Cardinals were simply too smart, too savvy and flat-out better than the Orange. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 6, 2020 at 6:37 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more