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HGK: Estimation of the increase in the number of consumers and the potential of food and beverage consumption in the tourist season

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgThe Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) made an analysis “Simulation of food and beverage consumption in August” according to which the potential amount of foreign tourist consumption of food and beverages outside the accommodation facility is about 2,4 times higher than the consumption of the domicile population.It is important to assess the preferences of tourists, so that interested parts of our economy can direct consumption (in the case discussed in this paper – the segment of food and beverage consumption) and in those segments where Croatia has competitive production (eg food industry), which would further stimulated economic recovery point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.”According to the estimates of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the potential amount of foreign tourist spending on food and beverages outside the accommodation facility is about 2,4 times higher than the consumption of the domicile resident. Thus, in the Split-Dalmatia County, which expects a 38% increase in population in August under the influence of tourist arrivals and overnight stays, the expected potential for food and beverage consumption for that month is almost 3 times higher, while in the Istria County, which expects population growth of about 123 %, the consumption potential for August is almost 5 times higher than in the off-season. When we talk about important tourist cities, Nin and Medulin stand out. Nin is expected to have a population increase of 461% and 13 times higher consumption compared to off-season consumption. In Medulin, population growth is expected to be 447% and consumption 13 times higher. ” HGK President Luka Burilović said.See a very useful and important analysis on the simulation of food and beverage consumption in the attachment.Side dish: HGK analysis – Simulation of food and beverage consumption in Augustlast_img read more

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‘Airport Security Held Me Half-Naked’

By on January 18, 2020

first_imgThe trial of  a Ugandan citizen, Shirat Nelwadda accused of  drug trafficking, turned sour on Friday, March 28,  when she tearfully claimed that she was molested and stripped half naked by three male security officers at the Robert International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County.Defendant Nelwadda is accused of smuggling 1.2 kilograms of heroin valued at US$30,000 through the RIA.She denied the allegation at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice, where she testified as defense first witness on Friday.In her testimony, Nelwadda alleged the officers threaten to post her naked photo on Facebook, if she refused to cooperate with them.“I was forced to allow myself to be stripped half-naked for the men to search me, because they claimed they were performing their duty as officers assigned at the Airport,” defense witness further alleged.Explaining about her arrest, the defense witness claimed when she arrived at the Airport from Uganda, she was searched with her suitcase by the men on two separate occasions and asked to leave the terminal.“When I was about to leave the terminal, the men called me back and said they were not satisfied with me and wanted to search me and my suitcase again,” she claimed. “This time I and my luggage were separated. I was taken into an isolated room leaving my luggage with them.”“It was in the room that I was stripped half naked and photograph by the men, who threatened to post it on face book,” adding “I have never been search at any airport by  male officers. This is strange; I was ill-treated and molested by the men.”After she returned from the room it was when she was told by the officers that they discovered the parcel containing the drug in her luggage.“I was searched twice and they did not find anything like drug in the suitcase. It was the third time and in my absence they accused me of travelling with heroin.”“I’m not a drug dealer and I have never seen it in my life. I only came to Liberia based on an invitation from my boyfriend,” the defense witness said.Narrating on prosecution allegation that she attempted to escape the country, while on bail, Nelwadda alleged “at no time did I try to secretly leave the country.”She, however, explained after she was arrested and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), she was released by the Court and her traveling documents including luggage and passport returned to her.“They did not tell me I should not leave the country or released on bond. I thought that I was released.”She alleged, when she was released she decided to rent a hotel, where she would be residing, until she can get in contact with her family in Uganda to send her air ticket.After her family sent the money, Nelwadda claimed, it was when she went to RIA to leave the country.Unfortunately, upon arrival at the RIA, the defense witness said, she was arrested by the DEA.They asked how I managed to be released; she replied “I told them that it was the court that freed me from prison and gave me back my travelling documents.  I can’t break jail.”“I even gave my phone for them to contact the court or security officers [to ask] how I managed to get out of jail,” she added.She claimed she was denied food for three days while at the headquarters of the DEA.“I can’t eat rice. I can only eat fruit and vegetables, but the DEA officers for six days kept me hungry, while I was detained at their office.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Stander wins MTB World Cup in US

By on December 18, 2019

first_img2 July 2012South Africa’s hopes of an Olympic medal in mountain biking received a timely boost when Burry Stander claimed victory in a dramatic round six of the UCI Olympic Cross-country World Cup in Windham, New York on Saturday.Stander, who is currently eighth on the International Cycling Union world rankings, has been touted as a likely medal winner at the Olympic Games in London next month. But his victory on Saturday, which pushed him up to second in the World Cup Series rankings, served as confirmation that he’s firmly on track to challenge for a coveted podium place at the Games.“It was quite a nice surprise to win today. It was very hot, but coming from South Africa I’m used to the heat,” Stander told the media afterwards.‘It’s tough’“There’s some really close racing in the World Cups and it’s tough, but you have to find your rhythm, and here in Windham you have to be careful on the downhill sections because you can easily get a puncture there.”One of Stander’s main rivals, Germany’s Manuel Fumic, punctured while at the front with Stander, eliminating him from a shot at the podium, while Czech world champion Jaroslav Kulhavy faded early on, citing the extreme heat as the reason.“I knew flat tyres were going to be an issue,” Stander explained. “I’ve had my share of mechanical issues over the past few World Cup races, so it was nice be on the other side today.”AttackedWith one-and-a-half laps remaining, Stander attacked with an intensity that his two nearest rivals at the time, Spain’s Sergio Mantecon and Italy’s Marco Fontana, were unable to counter. The 26-year-old South African then extended his lead to claim his second ever World Cup victory.“Today I just decided to ride my own speed and not worry about anyone else, just ride controlled. I made sure at the top of the climb I went into the singletrack first and I could control the speed on the way down, not taking any chances.“Then, ja, towards the end I knew with the endurance coming into play and the heat it would be good for me.”Fine-tuningStander pointed out the importance of nutrition in the extreme heat. He’s been fine-tuning his nutrition and supplementation in the build-up to the Olympic Games in conjunction with his coach, Sports Scientist, Dr Jeroen Swart.“We race these cross-country races at such a high intensity that managing my energy levels is really critical. A slight dip in energy can make the difference between a good race and a bad one,” explained Stander. “Today I made sure I drank a lot because of the heat.”He added: “My energy levels were good throughout and that’s why I was able to put in a big attack when I did.”Stander is now just 12 points behind World Cup Series leader, Switzerland’s Nino Schurter.With one round remaining, in France on 28 July, the world’s most prestigious mountain bike series is set for an exciting finale. Stander’s highest finish in the World Cup Series was third in 2009.Other South AfricansStander was not the only South African in action at Windham, and the results for the Rainbow Nation were excellent.Philip Buys, competing in the same race as Stander, also excelled in the heat and claimed 15th place, ahead of some of the biggest names in the sport.James Reid continued an excellent season in the men’s under-23 cross-country category, placing eighth.Candice Neethling did even better in the women’s under-23 cross-country, finishing third, more than three minutes ahead of fourth place finisher, Barbara Benko of Hungary.Greg Minnaar and Andrew Neethling tied for ninth in the downhill, with the times calculated down to a-thousandth-of-a-second.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Evans, Knox eye joBerg2c victory

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first_imgRoute “This could be the biggest factor to influence our race up front,” said Evans, who won the 2012 event alongside former teammate David George. 25 April 2014 Former champion Kevin Evans and his new partner Max Knox will be aiming to stay the course to victory in the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race that starts on the outskirts of Johannesburg on Friday. Evans, who rides in the colours of FedGroup-Itec, is aiming to make amends for last month’s Cape Epic disaster, where an illegal shortcut cost them an hour’s time penalty and their lead in the African jersey category.‘Staying the course’ “I was very disappointed in the outcome and my mistake that saw our chances taken away from us. But, on the plus side, we got to see how compatible we are.”Improving With the national and world marathon championships, which are also set to take place in South Africa, still in their sights this year, Evans and Knox are set to adopt a more conservative approach. “From a form point of view, it’s a bit of a balancing act, but I think we’re both on the same page in terms of what we want from the event – and what we’ll get out of it.” “Any of them could be potential winners and I would never count anyone out. But, from what I saw at Epic, both Johann and Darren are very strong,” Evans concluded. The journey continues across the Free State before dropping off the escarpment into KwaZulu-Natal’s and finishing on Scottburgh’s main beach next Saturday. “In 2012, we arguably won the joBerg2c on the first stage. But I do think that endurance counts and you need to conserve over the nine days.” ‘Endurance counts’ As former national marathon champions, Evans said their riding and racing styles were very similar and that their combination could only improve with more racing opportunities. Surprised SAinfo reporter The 880km race from Heidelberg in Gauteng to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast will employ GPS navigation instead of traditional route marking for the first time this year. The sometime adversaries teamed up for the first time at Epic, with cross-country specialist Knox surprising his new partner with his performance in the endurance event. “I saw a side to Max in the Epic that I’ve never seen before and it was an absolute pleasure to race alongside him,” Evans said. “Whether it’s a good change or not, we’re sure to find out soon enough. But given my apparent fondness for ‘shortcuts’, this new format might just be right up my alley.” The last three days trace the world famous Nedbank sani2c route but Evans, a five- time winner, said the race could be won or lost from the outset. The Plettenberg Bay-based rider said he expected stiff opposition from the likes of Johann Rabie and Gawie Combrinck (EAI Cycling), as well as Darren Lill and another former joBerg2c winner Waylon Woolcock (Cannondale-Blend). Also in the mix are the Contego pairing of Louis-Bresler Knipe and Craig Boyes, and Karan Beef’s Chris Wolhuter and Hanco Kachelhoffer. “Staying the course will be a relative term this year,” Evans said wryly in a statement, “especially in a race that’s now self-navigated. I can apparently hardly find my way around a marked course!” The fifth Old Mutual joBerg2c will see 750 riders roll out from the Karan Beef feedlot in Johannesburg and cross the Vaal Dam on a 400m pallet bridge during the neutral opening stage.last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – July 20th, 2015

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heavy rains continued last week in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 19th. Heavy rains once again halted fieldwork, and farmers are reporting more prevented planting acres as well as failed acres. Ponding is apparent throughout the state, and significant flooding has occurred along creeks and rivers. Wheat condition in some areas is very poor, as the heads have been exposed to excessive rainfall for the past several weeks. Some wheat that has been harvested, has had low test weights, high levels of vomitoxin, and very high moisture content. Some wheat has been of such poor quality, it is not able to be sold. In some areas of the state corn and soybeans are both very yellow, and highly stressed.View the complete report herelast_img read more

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Olympic athletics: Liu Xiang’s Olympic jinx strikes again

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgTragedy struck Chinese superstar Liu Xiang once again as his London Olympics campaign ended in tragic fashion as he crashed his left foot into the first hurdle in the 110m event and had to be taken away for medical treatment.Even though the 2004 Athens Olympics champion, who is worshipped back home in China was not a 100 per cent fit, the focus was on him on Tuesday.Wearing the 1356 bib number, the same as in Beijing, where he had to leave the arena without competing properly because of an injury, Liu Xiang had been in focus.Having come to London weeks in advance before the track and field events, Liu Xiang then moved to Germany for training due to the cold weather.His heavily strapped achilles caught the eye today but none expected that disaster would strike him in the first heat as she drove his lead foot into the hurdle. The champion fell in pain and as a result hurt his right ankle.As he was taken away from the end of the track in a wheelchair, Chinese fans sobbed. “We were hoping that the fourth anniversary of the Beijing Olympics would be special. It began on August 8, 2008, but this has been so sad for us,” said a Chinese student at the Olympic Park.Athletics has become so popular in China after Liu Xiang’s golden effort in 2004, he now has a huge fan base.Yet, to be done in by bad luck two times in a row at the Olympics is something nobody wishes for any athlete.advertisement”It must be hard for that to happen for the second time in a row. He’s a great athlete,” said Usain Bolt, who was competing in the 200m heats.”One of the most amazing things is that he came back. He switched legs and started leading with a different leg. He’s a true champion. It’s so sad for him,” added Bolt.After the Beijing Games, Liu Xiang needed surgery and came back strongly. Though he did skip a few events now and then including the London Dimanond League in July 2012 because of a back problem, Liu Xiang has been followed very closely.When he was training away from the media glare indoors, people speculated if he was a 100 per cent fit.Yet, for sheer nostalgia, the champion’s run in the heats was awaited today,”I regard him as the best hurdler in history and I have so much respect for him,” said Andy Turner, the winner of Liu’s heat.”It was horrible to see him limp off like that so I had to go and help him,” added Turner.Balazs Baji of Hungary, who was alongside Liu in Lane 3 when Liu fell, waited for him near the finish as he hobbled up the track. When they met, Baji raised Liu’s arm like a boxing champion.”I’m so sorry for him,” Baji said.Liu Xiang is considered such a supreme technician in the high hurdles as he barely brushes the barriers during a race.Whether it was nerves, or his achilles or sheer bad luck, the trauma which Liu Xiang suffered on Tuesday morning made for sad viewing.last_img read more

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Bahamas Prime Minister outlines plans to fight crime and corruption

By on September 17, 2019

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 2, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas’ fight against crime and corruption will be comprehensive and vigorous, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said.   This includes working with community-based partners to change the culture of violence in local communities through the establishment of neighbourhood safety programmes, the elimination of habitats where criminality flourishes, and the use of state-of-the-art technology to fight crime including gunshot detection devices; social media exploitation technologies and drones, etcetera.Plans will also include the establishment of a National Neighbourhood Consultative Council “to oversee and promote Neighbourhood Watch Programmes and organizations.”Additional plans call for the strengthening of Defence Force satellite bases presence/operations in the northern, central, southern and southeastern Bahamas and implementing aggressive measures to address trafficking of narcotics, firearms, trafficking in persons, illegal immigration and poaching.“We must fight crime and corruption at every level.   This includes criminal violence and those who abuse their high office and engage in corrupt practices,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“As a society, we too often ignore the causes of crime and the criminal elements in our midst. The fight against crime is the responsibility of all Bahamians and residents.”Delivering the keynote address during the Handover Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police at Police Headquarters, Monday, Dr. Minnis said his Administration will implement a number of other strategies to fight crime and corruption in The Bahamas.   These include developing a no-tolerance attitude for all crime including minor infractions of the law such as road traffic violations; indiscriminate dumping; broken lights; tinted windows on cars; and the non-use of seat belts.The Government will also develop a modern, efficient crime-fighting machine properly manned, trained and equipped to prevent crime where possible, detect crime when it occurs and bring those responsible to account before the courts.Prime Minister Minnis said additional plans call for the conduct of a comprehensive review of Police Officers’ compensation; reinstitution of Term Limits for the Commissioner of Police; institution of Term Limits for the Commodore of the Defence Force and Commissioner of Corrections; and reorganization of the Police Reserves.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more

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