TZO Žminj winner of the award “Simply the Best” for a series of events inspired by local tradition

first_imgIn the category Innovative and creative project in tourism for a series of events inspired by local tradition, the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Žminj won the national annual award Simply the Best.The Tourist Board of the Municipality of Žminj has nominated three events: Istrian pinci pod čerepnjon on the hearth, the Istrian Pasta Festival and Bartulja. These are events that are not organized only in the peak season, but start before Easter and end at the end of August, so the importance of these events is extremely important and special.”This award is a great recognition for the whole of Žminj and a confirmation that our events are recognized for their quality content. The goal of such events is to nurture the traditional heritage, contribute and enrich the tourist offer, extend the tourist season, then encourage the use of indigenous local ingredients, valorization of traditional gastronomy and the promotion of Zminj as a gastronomic destination. We try to include local resources in all events as much as possible, such as cultural and artistic programs, kindergarten and school, folklore society, local caterers, producers of autochthonous products of the Žminj region, and sports associations and clubs. ” points out Lenka Šajina from the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Žminj.This traditional annual award for quality, inventiveness and creativity in tourism was established in 2009, and travel agencies, tourist boards, journalists, tourist media, companies, associations and individuals from the tourism and hospitality sector participate in the nomination process. Traditional Croatian award Simply the best  which for creativity, inventiveness and development of the tourist offer for nine years in a row awarded the specialized tourist magazine Way to Croatia and UHPA – Association of Croatian Travel Agencies. “The award is also the result of all individuals who get involved and participate in the organization of events or manifestations, as well as those who give their support in any other way. Maximum support from the local community greatly affects the success of events. The annual national award Simply the Best is an additional incentive to continue to create Žminj experiences that will attract visitors to the Žminj area, and return to the local community many times over.”Concludes Šijan.From the beginning of this year to the middle of October, 71.138 overnight stays were recorded in the Žminj region, which is 16,0% more than in the same period last year. The number of tourist arrivals, of which there were 7.871 this year, increased by as much as 19,50% compared to the same period last year. The structure of guests visiting Žminj is 58,24% from Germany, 7,36% from Austria, 5,31% from the Netherlands, 4,00% from Belgium, and from England, Italy, Poland, France and other countries.last_img read more

Rishabh Pant will be India’s match-winner at 2019 ICC World Cup: Ashish Nehra

first_imgA pure match-winner, a back-up opener and an effortless six-hitter — Rishabh Pant merits selection in India’s World Cup squad and there are more than one reasons for it, feels former pacer Ashish Nehra. Nehra, who has tracked Pant’s progress in Delhi and international cricket since he first joined the Sonnet Club, gave five elaborate reasons for the dynamic youngster’s inclusion in the playing XI of the mega-event.”In a team, there will always be contributors but at a big event like the World Cup, you need players with X-factor. Rishabh Pant is not a mere contributor but a pure match-winner who should be picked for the World Cup,” Nehra told PTI on Thursday.Nehra, a key member of the 2011 World Cup-winning team, feels there are three to four specific reasons to pick Pant.”If you look at India’s batting line up, save Shikhar [Dhawan], there aren’t any left-handers in the top seven. You need variety with a left-right combination, where Rishabh perfectly fits,” he reasoned.The 21-year-old Pant is a left-hander and scored Test hundreds in his first series in England and Australia.”Secondly, Rishabh can bat at any position between Nos 1 to 7 and so Virat [Kohli] and the team management can use him as a floater,” said Nehra, who also played the 2003 World Cup final in South Africa.The third reason cited by Nehra was Pant’s ability to hit sixes effortlessly from the word go. Nehra said the fearless approach comes in handy in pressure situations.”If it comes to effortlessly hitting sixes, Rishabh comes second only to Rohit Sharma with his big-hitting ability. India will need that in abundance during the World Cup,” Nehra said.advertisementAnd last but not the least, Nehra felt Pant has shown the ability to win matches singlehandedly.”No disrespect, this team has three clear match-winners and they are Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. For me, the fourth one is going to be Rishabh Pant.”Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik are all fantastic players but they are all in the same mould. You need X-factor which this boy possesses,” said Nehra, an artist with the white kookaburra, during his best days.Asked whether a seasoned finisher like Karthik could be overlooked at the expense of a rookie, Nehra said both the players can make it.”As I have already said, Rishabh could also be your third opener, so DK (as Karthik is referred to) could be your middle order batter,” he said.But is it wise to have three keepers in the 15? The veteran said looking at Pant and Karthik as second and third keepers is wrong.”I don’t look at it from that perspective. If Rishabh and DK are being picked ahead of specialist batsmen like Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer, then you are looking at them as specialist batsmen.”So why complicate the thought process. As it is we have the peerless MS Dhoni behind stumps so treat both as specialist batsmen,” he concluded.Also Read | Vijay Shankar making a strong case for 2019 World Cup berth: L BalajiAlso Read | Rishabh Pant is still a work in progress: Deep DasguptaAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s experience will help Virat Kohli keep a cool head in the World Cup: SangakkaraAlso Read | Pant, Rohit as openers for India in World Cup? Shane Warne has an interesting takelast_img read more

9 days agoSheffield Utd keeper Henderson: Ward best coach I’ve had

first_imgSheffield Utd keeper Henderson: Ward best coach I’ve hadby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United youngster Dean Henderson says Sheffield United goalkeeper coach Darren Ward can make him the best shot-stopper in the world.Henderson is in the midst of his second loan spell with the Blades, with a recent call-up to the England squad as an indication of his personal development.And the 21-year-old says Ward is the “best goalkeeping coach” he has had.”Wardy has been outstanding,” Henderson said.”The best goalkeeping coach I’ve ever worked with. He’s brought me on leaps and bounds in every aspect of the game – mentally, physically, tactically – and the sessions are brilliant.”I look forward to coming into work every day, and long may that continue. If I could work with Wardy for the next couple of years, I really think I can elevate to one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”In a weird way, I feel Wardy is more in charge of me at United and the gaffer is outstanding with that. He said to me at the start, ‘Listen Deano; I won’t be chewing your ear off every day. Darren’s your coach, he knows what he’s talking about and I don’t have a clue about goalkeeping. I’ll speak to you before games or whatever, but he’ll look after you because he’s the specialist’.”The gaffer has real good trust for his coaches. So the ‘keepers go off and do our little thing in the corner. He’s always keeping a watchful eye over us and making sure we’re doing well though, not letting our standards slip. His standards are so, so high.”But it’s been a pleasure working with him. Sometimes I feel like I can get away with murder, but he doesn’t let me. He’s the only guy, apart from my dad, who gets on at me and doesn’t let me get away with anything, but does it at the right times. He also wants to have a laugh and I’ve got massive respect for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Homeless Hero dies in same Winnipeg river he saved two people from

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe body of a First Nation man dubbed “Homeless Hero” by the media was pulled from the same river Sunday where he twice saved drowning people.Police haven’t confirmed the identity of the body but members of Winnipeg’s indigenous community say it’s Faron Hall, 49.An off-duty police officer had spotted a man in the Red River in distress on Friday but was unable to save him.Foul play is not suspected.Hall’s body was pulled from the river just hours after the body Tina Fontaine, 15, was found in the same waters.In 2009, Hall first made headlines when he dove into the icy waters of the Red River to save a drowning teenager.“I just couldn’t see that little guy die.” Hall said.He became known as the “Homeless Hero” in the days after the rescue and was given a bravery award by the city. Word of his heroic act even reached Parliament and MP Rod Bruinooge honored Hall in the House of Commons in 2009.“He downplayed his actions saying, ‘I don’t think I’m a hero, I’m a human being.’” Bruinooge said at the time. “Faron, you certainly are a hero.  You showed a rare example of selflessness risking your life to save another.”Incredibly, just months later he saved one of two friends who were drowning in the same river once again thrusting him into the spotlight.Hall had lived on the streets for seven years and struggled with alcohol addiction before first jumping into the river to save the drowning teenager. He told APTN National News that he hoped the incident was a turning point.“I believe I gave that little guy his life back and I got to give my life back and that’s what I plan to do,” he said.But over the years, Hall’s struggles continued and he was once hospitalized after being assaulted by people who supposedly recognized him as a celebrity. Just days before he disappeared, Hall had been released from jail for assault.Still, many in Winnipeg are remembering Hall for his act of courage. Winnipeg’s mayor Sam Katz issued a press release calling the death of Hall a tragedy.“He (Hall) was a humble individual who put himself last and gave the best of himself to others even while battling his own immense challenges. Most heartbreaking is that he seemed to miss seeing in himself what we saw in him: that he was a true and selfless hero deserving of honours and a good life,” said Katz.Tributes are pouring in on social media, with some saying Hall performed one last rescue by leading searchers to the body of Tina Fontaine. People are saying the body of Fontaine was only found during the search for Hall’s body.Police confirmed they found Fontaine while divers were searching for Hall.A member of the Dakota Tipi First Nation, Hall grew up mainly in Winnipeg but also spent time on the Sagkeeng First Nation as a child. He was the father of four children.A gathering to honour Faron Hall and Tina Fontaine is scheduled today in Winnipeg. People will gather at the Alexander Docks at 7 p.m. before walking to the Forks for a [email protected]last_img read more

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triples to 191 million in fourth quarter

first_imgEDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. capped a busy year by seeing its revenues more than triple to $19.1 million in the fourth quarter.The Edmonton company says revenues for the three months ended June 30 were up from $5.9 million a year earlier.The company said the gross margin on medical cannabis was 74 per cent, up from 58 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase was mainly due to higher average selling price per gram of dried cannabis and a higher proportion of cannabis oil sales.The cash cost for dried cannabis sold was $1.87 per gram, down from $2.09 a year earlier. The cash cost to produce dried cannabis also decreased 11 per cent, to $1.70 per gram, from $1.91. The decrease was primarily due to efficiencies from automation and yield expertise.The company sold 1,617 kilograms of dried cannabis and cannabis oils in the quarter, up from 755 kilograms a year earlier.The number of active registered patients increased to 43,308, up from 16,400.Net income attributable to shareholders was nearly $80 million, up from a $4.82 million loss a year ago.The increase was primarily attributable to the unrealized non-cash gain on derivatives and marketable securities, which was partially offset by increased finance costs, share-based payments, acquisition and project evaluation costs.For the full year, revenues increased to $55.2 million from $18.1 million in 2017.Net income attributable to shareholders was $71.9 million, up from a $13-million loss a year ago.Aurora Cannabis has completed 11 strategic acquisitions in the past year, while another is in progress.The number of employees increased to 1,400 from 300 at the end of the last fiscal year.The company says it intends to list its shares on a senior U.S. stock exchange.“Listing our shares on a senior U.S. exchange reflects the level of corporate and business maturity and our high-paced execution,” stated CEO Terry Booth. “This listing provides access to a broader investor audience who gain the opportunity to participate in our continued success.”Analyzing the performance of marijuana companies is tough because of accounting rules used in the agriculture industry that require companies to put a value on their pot plants before they are harvested, and approaches differ between producers on how to apply these guidelines.(Companies in this story: TSX:ACB)last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for suspect involved in stabbing

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, AB. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect involved in a stabbing last weekend.According to Cst. Melanie McIntosh, on March 4th, 2018 at roughly 12:30 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a report of a bar fight at the Crown and Anchor Pub. A pair of men got into a verbal altercation in the smoking area of the bar that turned physical as the two men had to be separated by bar patrons. It was discovered after the fact that one man had suffered a stab wound to his leg, but was treated at the scene by EMS.Witnesses, or anybody with information about this incident, can speak with police by attending the detachment or calling 780-830-5700. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img read more

Free Movies in the Park is back for 2018

first_imgThank you to all our sponsors.Presenting Sponsors:Shell CanadaFort St. John Co-operative AssociationSupporting Sponsors:Home Of The Whopper FSJD&T DisposalsHome2 Suites by Hilton Fort St JohnEagle Vision Video Productions Ltd.Pioneer Sanitary Solutions100.1 Moose FM Shell Canada and the Fort St. John Co-operative Association present Movies in the Park all summer long. Once again this year FREE Movies in the Park will happen each month starting with the event Friday, June 15 at Centennial Park.The first two movies that will be shown are Captain Underpants and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The movies will start at 7:00 p.m. on June 15. On top of the movies, there will be food and of course popcorn being sold by the Northern Dance Theatre Society.You can also join us on July 13 and August 24 for two more FREE movies each night. The movies for those months will be announced closer to each date.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance to identify break and enter suspects

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects involved in a break and enter.During the early morning of September 16, at around 5:30 a.m., the RCMP say they responded to a break and enter at the Wild Rose Country Inn in Grande Prairie.According to police, after gaining access to the business, one suspect stole a cash register. RCMP say two additional suspects then entered the business and stole a key box.The suspects are described as:Suspect #1male, average-sizedWearing black shoes, black gloves, black balaclava, dark clothing with light coloured stripe downside of pantsSuspect #2male, average sizewearing blue jeans, balaclava, black gloves, black jacket with red sleeves and white markings, and a dark hat with green writing on left sideSuspect #3male, large in sizewearing blue jeans, red and black gloves, white shoes, and a tight-fitting hooded, grey sweater with black sleevesIf you have any information regarding this incident, or if you can help identify the suspects, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Activists were mobilising Dalits to overthrow govt Police

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Police Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that activists arrested in connection with the Koregaon-Bhima violence and Maoist links were mobilising Dalits to achieve the motive of the CPI (Maoist) to “overthrow the government”.Pune’s assistant commissioner of police Shivaji Pawar said this in an affidavit filed before the court to oppose the bail plea filed by one of the accused, Arun Ferriera. Apart from Ferriera, the police earlier arrested eight other activists, including Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj, P Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Anand Teltumbde. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Ferriera and Gonsalves later filed bail petitions which came up for hearing on Wednesday before Justice P N Deshmukh, who posted the matter for April 5. The police are yet to submit the affidavit over Gonsalves’s petition. In their affidavit, Pune Police claimed that Ferriera and the other accused were senior members of the banned terrorist organisation, Communist Party of India (Maoist). They were “actively supporting and propagating the banned outfit’s unlawful activities to overthrow the government established by law”, the police said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedDuring investigation, it was revealed that the motive of the CPI (Maoist) was “seizure of political power,” the affidavit said further. “With a view to attain this motive, the organisation is waging not the old type of conventional war but a people’s war by mobilising public on a massive scale both military and politically,” it said. “The CPI (Maoist) is undertaking special efforts to build the party among Dalit masses. They try to rally Dalit masses extensively by taking up struggles for their self- respect and against discrimination, oppression, degradation and physical attacks by the upper caste feudal forces in order to achieve their motive,” the police said in the affidavit. The Elgar Parishad meeting held on December 31, 2017, during which Ferreira and the other accused gave “inflammatory, provocative and rebellious” speeches, saw significant participation of Dalit organisations, they said. “These Dalit organisations were systematically brought together by some active members of CPI (Maoist), which had also funded this meeting,” the affidavit said. The police claimed Ferreira and another accused Vernon Gonsalves were senior cadres of CPI (Maoist) and engaged in recruiting cadres for the banned outfit. “The intention of Ferreira and other accused persons along with the banned terrorist organisation CPI (Maoist) is to topple the democratically elected governments (Centre and state) by violent means, that is by creating mayhem, spreading terror and hatred,” the affidavit said. “The objective is to assassinate important public functionaries and strike terror in the public,” it said. Ferriera and other accused distributed pamphlets and booklets with an intention to incite, abet and promote enmity between different groups on the ground of religion, caste and community, it said. “They created disharmony and a feeling of enmity, hatred and ill-will between different religious groups, castes and communities and therefore, disturbed public tranquillity,” the affidavit said. “Net result of the meeting and speeches was riots that erupted at Koregaon-Bhima on January 1, 2018,” it said. It was found from certain documents and evidence collected from the accused persons’ residences that they were part of a criminal conspiracy and their role was not merely peripheral, but they were found to be playing a vital role in the offences committed, the police said in the affidavit.last_img read more

Predawn IT swoop on Ktaka minister nephew

first_imgBengaluru: In a pre-dawn swoop Thursday, Income Tax officials along with CRPF personnel carried out raids at the residences of Karnataka Minor Irrigation minister C S Puttaraju and his nephew. The raids were also carried out at the residences of PWD minister H D Revanna’s close associates Narayana Reddy, Ashwath Gowda and Raya Gowda in Hassan, sources said.Revanna’s son and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s grandson Prajjwal is contesting from the Hassan Lok Sabha seat. Condemning the raids, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy tweeted, “PM @narendramodi’s real surgical strike is out in the open through I-T dept raids. The constitutional post offer for IT officer Balakrishna helped the PM in his revenge game. Highly deplorable to use govt machinery, corrupt officials to harass opponents during election time.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSpeaking to a private news channel, JD(S) leader Puttaraju said three teams of Income Tax officials and Central Reserve Police Force personnel carried out raids at his Chinnakurli residence in Mandya and his nephew’s house in Mysuru. The development came a day after Kumaraswamy raised fear about possible raids on Congress and JD(S) functionaries in the state.He claimed that CRPF personnel were brought from various parts of the country to carry out the raids. The raids on the Congress and the JD(S) leaders can take place early Thursday morning using CRPF jawans instead of taking Karnataka Police’ help in order to maintain secrecy, Kumaraswamy claimed on Wednesday.”Three teams of I-T officials and CRPF soldiers comprising eight soldiers carried out raids at my Chinnakurli residence in Mandya and my nephew’s residence in Mysuru,” Puttaraju told the news channel. The minister said he was not afraid of the raids and instead, it had instilled confidence in him.last_img read more