“This year we continue to implement activities that significantly contribute to the further positioning of Croatia as a year-round tourist destination. In this sense, we are conducting this marketing campaign to promote the pre-season in 12 key markets by promoting nautical, active tourism, culture, eno-gastronomy and natural beauty. Namely, these are products that are the main motive for the arrival of tourists in the pre-season periods”, Said Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian National Tourist Board. The Croatian National Tourist Board has launched the first marketing campaign to promote the pre-season this year in twelve European markets. Photo: HTZ The target countries of this campaign are Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. The campaign will run on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, as well as in the form of display advertising, until April 15th. During 2019, the Croatian National Tourist Board will conduct four main promotional campaigns, as well as two pre- and post-season promotion campaigns and two brand campaigns. The main goal of these promotional campaigns is, among other things, a positive impact on tourist traffic, which so far this year has more than 525.000 arrivals and 1,4 million overnight stays, ie an increase of 11 percent in arrivals and 6 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. As they point out from the CNTB, the first brand campaign of this year of the Croatian National Tourist Board, which was conducted in five emitting markets – Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden and Spain, recently ended. The primary goal of the campaign was to raise the profile of Croatia as an attractive tourist destination, but also to strengthen the strength of the national tourist brand.
Source: The Pensions AuthorityWhile the data was only correct to last year, and much of it was more than 12 months old according the Pensions Authority, the overall picture was a positive one.The Irish DB sector has been in the spotlight in recent months as politicians have sought to improve regulatory protections for savers to stop sponsors walking away from schemes and leaving them underfunded.Politicians are set to debate reforms later this year. Across 628 pension funds that submitted an annual actuarial data return (AADR), the regulator reported an 11% decline in the number of DB schemes with active members still accruing benefits, from 503 to 447.On aggregate, Ireland’s DB system was 104.6% funded, with €60.8bn of assets and €58.1bn of liabilities, according to data submitted to the regulator by 31 March.There were 163 schemes not meeting with the country’s funding standard, The Pensions Authority said.While the “vast majority” had proposals in place to meet the funding standards, the regulator said there were three schemes with no funding proposal. These ran the risk of regulatory action, the authority said, which could include an enforced wind-up or benefit cuts.Liability analysis showed that pensioners accounted for 58.5% of total liabilities, despite only making up 16.2% of DB scheme membership. Actively contributing members accounted for 17.7% of the total, the regulator reported.Aggregate asset allocation data showed a shift away from equities and government bonds towards alternative assets such as property, absolute return funds, and hedge funds.Allocation to equities fell to 32.5%, the regulator said, compared to 35.8% in 2015 and 41.7% in a year earlier.Asset allocation of Irish DB funds, 2015-16 Roughly three-quarters of Ireland’s defined benefit (DB) schemes meet the minimum funding level, according to data collected by The Pensions Authority.The 74% of schemes meeting the standard marked an improvement on last year’s figure of 70%, the Irish regulator reported.However, larger schemes were less likely to meet the requirement, the authority said. Of the top 50 biggest DB schemes, 28 of them (56%) met the funding standard.Irish pensions law requires DB schemes to hold sufficient assets to meet transfer values for all members along with the estimated costs of winding up.
Having been found in plenty of space unmarked inside the six-yard box from Bardsley’s header, the summer signing from Juventus somehow put the ball over the crossbar. And Poyet revealed the Italian was apologetic to his team-mates afterwards. “He’s so sad, he hasn’t stopped thinking about it and saying sorry,” he said. “But it’s football, things happen for a reason sometimes. “The main thing is to perform and for us, without a doubt, it was our best performance away from home.” While Sunderland have struggled on their travels, Villa have been unable to impress in front of their own support. Saturday’s stalemate ensured they have now won just two of their seven league matches at Villa Park this term, losing on four occasions. They have picked up more points from less games on the road. In total they have won just 11 of their previous 45 league matches on home soil while the club’s last back-to-back home wins came in August 2010. And following a below-par display against Sunderland, manager Paul Lambert was unable to identify exactly why that was the case. “It’s a hard one to put your finger on,” Lambert said. “We don’t change anything, we try to set our stall out to play the same way (home and away). “I’m not one of those who says we’ll sit and defend, we try to win the game. “We’ve just got to come through that. The only difference is the majority of the crowd are on your side here.” Press Association It almost worked as a much-improved Sunderland claimed only their second away point of the season courtesy of a goalless draw at Villa Park, climbing off the foot of the table in the process. And it could have been all three points as Borini saw his glancing header rebound off the crossbar, Giaccherini contributed a worthy contender for miss of the season from a mere four yards while Gardner had an effort ruled out for offside. “I want to tell you a secret about this game,” Poyet said. “I played every single player who has scored for us this season in the Premier League, every single one. “If you think about who has scored for Sunderland in previous games – Fletcher, Borini, Giaccherini, Gardner, Bardsley – the rest, nobody has scored. Every single one who has scored at least one goal was on the pitch. “So we are looking for goals, I can promise you that. “The formation maybe surprised a few but there was a reason behind it, there’s always a reason, right or wrong, and it nearly worked.” Giaccherini will not want to see his miss again. Manager Gus Poyet revealed he deployed a calculated formula to aid struggling Sunderland’s search for goals on their travels and it almost paid off at Aston Villa. In stark contrast to the Black Cats’ home form since taking charge two months ago, Poyet’s three away Barclays Premier League matches had seen three defeats, three red cards, three own goals and no goals scored prior to Saturday’s trip to the Midlands. In order to try and reverse that sorry run, the Uruguayan opted to start with every player who has found the net for Sunderland in the league this season – recalling Fabio Borini and Craig Gardner to play alongside Steven Fletcher, Emanuele Giaccherini and Phil Bardsley.
After being mistaken for Jordan Spieth several times this week, Irish amateur Paul Dunne did a pretty good impression of the world number two on the course as well with an opening 69 at St Andrews. Dressed in the same make of clothes as the Masters and US Open champion, Dunne shared the early lead in the 144th Open Championship after teeing off in the second group and making birdies on the first two holes. The 22-year-old from Greystones also produced a superb pitch to birdie the fifth and holed from 45 feet for another across the ninth green, but dropped his only shot of the day on the 11th and parred the last seven holes. Asked what he was thinking after his flying start, the University of Alabama student admitted: “My first thought was is anyone at home going to take a picture of it on the computer screen and send it to me later? “It was cool to see my name on the screen. When I’m 70 years old sitting in a bar with a pint I can tell someone I led the Open. Hopefully I can do it a few more times in the future.” Dunne, who came through final qualifying at Woburn for the second year running, added: ” It was an early start but I got off to a nice start. I was really nervous on the first tee but once I got off the tee I felt quite comfortable and it was nice to birdie the first two holes and get the round off and running. “As the day went on it was disappointing to bogey 11. I went out with a number in my head trying to shoot 68 so I came up just short, but I’m pretty pleased with a 69. “I did not feel as much out of my comfort zone in the practice rounds as I did last year and got a strategy ready for the course. Last year (he missed the cut at Hoylake) I was a bit overwhelmed and more worried about who I was playing with. This time I got some nice compliments off a few people like Francesco Molinari and Graeme McDowell which settled me down.” As for his resemblance to Spieth, Dunne added: “When I put my head down people just see the hat and I get asked for a few autographs. Then I lift my head and they are disappointed!” Press Association
Press Association Roy Keane is expecting the Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer Robbie Keane to be ready to face Germany if selected days after becoming a father. “He didn’t have the baby. Unless he’s breast-feeding he should be all right.” Frontman Keane was part of the team which secured a famous 1-1 draw with the world champions courtesy of John O’Shea’s injury-time strike in Gelsenkirchen in October last year, and a repeat at the Aviva could have a major say in whether or not they make it to the finals in France next summer. That result came amid an uncharacteristically slow start to the campaign by Joachim Low’s men, who have since put together a run of five successive qualifier victories. However, while former Manchester United captain Keane admits they will be a different proposition this time around, he is confident Ireland have improved too. He said: “I think we are a stronger team. Like you’d expect with any campaign, teams improve. We were still new to the job at the time and, yes, I think we are a better team. “But certainly Germany’s form, as you would have expected – they were a bit sluggish at the start, but with all the qualities they have it was only a matter of time before they started winning matches and topped the group, no doubt. “But we will be ready.” Ireland go into an intensely difficult double-header – they face second-placed Poland in Warsaw on Sunday evening in their final game – knowing victory in just one of those matches will guarantee at least a third-place finish and a play-off spot. The 35-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy striker was not due to arrive in Dublin until Tuesday evening after his wife Claudine gave birth to the couple’s second son on the other side of the Atlantic. Asked if his former team-mate would be available for the showdown with Group D leaders Germany at the Aviva Stadium, Ireland’s assistant manager said: “Yes, why wouldn’t he be? However, they are equally aware that should Scotland, who currently trail them by four points, beat both the Poles and Gibraltar, even creditable draws against the Germans and in Warsaw will see them miss out. O’Neill’s number two said: “I’ve said it before, this is what the players and this is what we are in the game for. It’s a big game, we are playing quality opposition. This is what it’s all about.” The Republic have a series of selection headaches with midfielders Glenn Whelan and James McClean suspended and full-back Seamus Coleman, central defender Marc Wilson and playmaker Wes Hoolahan carrying knocks. Cyrus Christie, who could yet deputise for hamstring victim Coleman, did train at Abbotstown on Tuesday morning but the management team will keep their collective fingers crossed as they await news on their walking wounded. Meanwhile, former Aston Villa assistant boss Keane adopted a similar stance to that of O’Neill over Jack Grealish’s decision to opt to represent England rather than Ireland. He had tried to persuade the 20-year-old to continue to play for the nation he has represented at age group levels up to Under-21 during their time together in the Midlands, but ultimately accepted his decision to chose the country of his birth. O’Neill had earlier launched a stern defence of his handling of the situation, insisting he had not prostituted himself in a bid to land the youngster, and asked if everything had been done that could be done, Keane said: “Yes, absolutely. What more can you do? “I think the manager did everything he could. Jack was already playing for Ireland and you were hoping that he’d continue. That’s life, you move on.”
Press Association Wanyama started against Norwich but ultimately cost Saints, with Alex Tettey scoring the winner three minutes after the Kenyan midfielder was sent off for collecting a second booking. The weekend indiscipline saw talk increase that the pair could exit in January, but Press Association Sport understands Saints remain determined to keep hold of the African duo. While Mane’s tardiness irked manager Koeman, the Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain target’s late arrival to the team meeting is understood to have been accepted as a genuine mistake. Wanyama, reportedly on Arsenal and Tottenham’s radar, agitated to leave St Mary’s during the summer and handed in a transfer request, but the club intend to keep him this month. When asked a fortnight ago about possible January departures, particularly the possibility of Wanyama leaving, Koeman said: “They talk about players from Southampton because we have some good players and there is always interest in players. “And the ambition of players is about playing Champions League. “We know what we like to do and how we like to do our business. “That means in January nobody will leave Southampton.” Southampton remain determined to keep hold of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama this month despite recent disciplinary issues, Press Association Sport understands. Earlier in December, the Saints boss said a bid of £100million would not even be enough to tempt the club to sell a key player such as Mane. “No, no, not in January,” he said. “Already we spoke about that situation and we sell nobody in January. “Nobody, even when they pay £100million.” Speculation over the highly-rated pair’s Saints futures has mounted in recent days after issues before and during Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Norwich. Ronald Koeman benched attacker Mane for the Carrow Road encounter after again turning up late for a team meeting, having been dropped for the same reason against Liverpool in February.
The Magic City is a stunning host city for the Super Bowl, but it has its challenges when it comes to security.First of all, Miami is surrounded by water. Security teams will monitor Hard Rock Stadium in Miami from the sky, ground and water as thousands of football fans begin to pour in for Super Bowl LIV.While there are no credible threats against the Super Bowl, federal agents are ready for anything even the coronavirus is a concern.The Super Bowl has long been considered a potential target for terrorists or other violent extremists, and this year the game will be played amid rising tensions with Iran. But none of the games has ever been attacked.State and federal law enforcement agencies said they’re ready for anything this coming Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, including a detonated bomb or massive food poisoning, but haven’t identified any threats.Events for Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers kicked off earlier this week around South Florida, with an interactive Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center and Super Bowl LIVE at Miami’s Bayfront Park.It’s a lot of mileage to patrol, but officials said they are well prepared after planning for months and running drills.Maj. Ed Caneva, the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Operations Commander for the NFL title game, said his agency has identified a raft of different scenarios.“We have been training and addressing anything,” Maj. Caneva said.Several thousand federal, state, and local law enforcement officials are involved in the game and the events leading up to it.You can watch Super Bowl LIV from the safety of your own home on WFLX FOX 29 on Sunday, Feb. 2 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Just as winter snows forced schedule changes and the coldest temperatures of the season hit, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team left, found warm temperatures in Florida – and kept on winning.The Bees, off to a 4-0 start and perched at no. 15 in the first state Class AA rankings of the winter, were supposed to take on Fayetteville-Manlius on Dec. 17, but it got postponed.A day later, B’ville’s players, coaches and chaperones made it to Orlando, where inside that city’s sprawling convention center it would take part in the KSA Tournament.In last Thursday’s opening round, it was B’ville against University High School from Orange City, Florida, and showing no effects from the travel, it beat the Titans 61-41.With a 20-7 push through the second quarter, the Bees broke the game open, maintaining a double-digit margin the rest of the way.All nine players that saw action got on the scoreboard, led by Katie Pascale and Jordan Roy, who had 13 points apiece. Gianna Perine earned nine points, with Alexandra Bednarczyk getting seven points and Mattison Phinney earning six points.Next, B’ville faced David Douglas High School, from near Portland, Oregon. Against the Scots, the Bees would get its most difficult challenge of the tournament, but still battle its way to a 50-41 victory.A low-scoring first half ended 15-15, but B’ville maintained its patience and then,in the third quarter, made the decisive move, outscoring Douglas 19-9.Lots of free throws followed, and Pascale would convert 12 of her 20 points at the foul line. Bednarczyk finished with 10 points as Hannah Mimas had eight points and Roy earned six points.It concluded on Saturday with the Bees against Ocean View, from California. The Seahawks would prove no match for B’ville as, with its best performance of the tournament, it rolled to a 63-23 victory.An 18-6 start was quite good, but the Bees didn’t let up, ultimately putting Ocean View in a second half where it limited the Seahawks to just four points.Best of all was the scoring balance as Pascale got 13 points, with Bednarczyk adding nine points. Mimas finished with eight points as Kyrah Wilbur and Sydney Huhtala got six points apiece.All of this put the Bees at 7-0 going into next Monday’s game against Utica Proctor, which will get followed Jan. 2 by the makeup of the F-M game at 1:30.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvillegirls basketball
As the Minnesota bench rushed the ice in jubilation, a heavy sense of dread and disappointment began to set in around LaBahn Arena Saturday afternoon, all too familiar for the top-ranked Wisconsin women’s hockey team.Badgers’ sophomore goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens slowly skated back to her teammates on the bench, her head drooping and staring at the ice. Only seconds before, she stood helpless in net as a turnover in the Badgers’ defensive zone led to a Gophers’ rush headed by senior Rachel Ramsey. Ramsey took the puck from a UW defender on the far boards and passed to two uncovered, streaking Gopher forwards on the far side. Junior Hannah Brandt received the pass and set up sophomore Dani Cameranesi for a one-timer, which was initially saved by Desbiens, but the rebound trickled across the face of the net to the trailing Ramsey who put home the overtime game-winner.With the victory, the No. 2 Gophers (5-0-1 overall, 3-0-1 WCHA) earned the series sweep and knocked off Wisconsin (6-2-0, 4-2-0) for the 13th time.UW head coach Mark Johnson didn’t blame the loss on the team’s play or any of its players, just stating the inevitable fact that sometimes things don’t bounce in the right direction.“Today was good, there was a bunch of opportunities,” Johnson said. “We had an opportunity in overtime that hit the post. You can call it a game of inches, and sometimes it is.”In a game in which the penalty box saw more action than the goal lights, all signs pointed to the game ending in a dramatic fashion. In total, the two teams served 26 minutes of penalties combined, with Wisconsin totaling seven penalties for 14 of those minutes. It seemed that neither side could stay out of the box, which surprisingly didn’t stop the Badgers from establishing a rhythm.The play went back and forth with each team spending significant time in their offensive zones mixed with the Badgers breaking out on occasional counter-attacks. Gophers’ junior goaltender Amanda Leveille stood on her head making several brilliant saves to keep her team in the game. She finished with 40 saves in total, allowing only one goal and surviving a shot ricocheting off the post in overtime in the Badgers’ final offensive rush.The Badgers broke through midway in the second period on a power-play goal scored by sophomore Sarah Nurse at the 7:34 mark in the period. Having spent the day crashing the net and looking for redirections while creating scrums in front of Leveille, which led to many loose pucks in dangerous situations, Wisconsin finally scored a goal.After a shot by sophomore Mellissa Channell from the point, freshman Emily Clark found the puck and sent it back towards the net. Leveille made the save while a Badger and Gopher tangled in front of her but sent the rebound across the net and slid in the opposite direction, leaving the goal open. Nurse sent a one-timer snapshot into the empty net to put UW up 1-0.It seemed as if the goal would stand to give the Badgers the win, but in a game dominated by penalties it was only a matter of time before a mistake was made. That came when freshman forward Baylee Wellhausen took a hooking penalty at 16:51 in the third period for the Badgers. On the ensuing power-play, Gophers’ forward senior Rachael Bona ripped a top-shelf wrist shot past Desbiens with 1:28 left in the game to knot things up at 1-1. The excitement from the Badgers crowd, felt through most of the game, suddenly vanished and an uneasiness began to set in.Johnson rallied his players as they finished out the third period without a hitch and began overtime well until falling with only a minute remaining.Despite the tough loss, Johnson pointed to a lot of positives that came from the game.“The important thing is we played hard and we played well today … we can take a lot of things out of here and we became a better team than what we showed yesterday,” Johnson said. “I was pleased and I was happy with the way we planned, and the effort was there today.”However, Johnson and his team are already past the loss and looking forward to Friday’s game at Bemidji State, taking one game at a time.“We’re just getting ready to go Friday up in Bemidji,” Johnson said when asked about how the losses would affect the teams trip to Minneapolis later in the season.Friday’s game wasn’t nearly as close, but again a few bounces ultimately turned the tide in the Gophers’ favor. A goal with less than a second left in the first period put the Badgers behind 3-1, a deficit Wisconsin could not overcome.That pivotal goal came from junior Milica McMillen after Minnesota won an offensive zone face-off with just 5.7 seconds left in the period. The original shot got redirected to McMillen in front of the goal, and she then shot the puck over Badgers’ Desbiens, who was on her back in the crease.The Gophers had opened up the scoring just six minutes into the game when Brandt turned a Badger turnover on the power play into a breakaway goal.Minnesota’s lead did not last long though.Less than two minutes later, senior Karley Sylvester tied up the game on a goal with assists from junior Courtney Burke and senior Blayre Turnbull, right as UW’s power play was ending.But less than a minute later at the 9:34 mark, Minnesota responded with a goal of its own when Cameranesi connected on what would be the first of her two goals on the night.Despite Minnesota scoring two first period goals, Desbiens ignited the crowd with her aggressive play in net throughout the game. She totaled 22 total saves, including one in which she skated out to the Badgers’ blue line.On that play, Minnesota had an opportunity for another breakaway goal, but Desbiens attacked the puck and then saved a Minnesota shot attempt after they had the puck back in their control.Her performance was not enough to keep Wisconsin in the game, as the Badgers could not get many quality shots on offense.“They defend well, they’ve got some good defensemen,” Johnson said. “It’s difficult to get the scoring. If you’re going to be successful, you have to be willing to get yourself in those areas that are tough to get to, and we didn’t do a good job of that.”Wisconsin did not convert on any of their six power plays, four of which came consecutively in the second period.“We still had opportunities with more power plays in the second period,” Johnson said. “If we capitalize on even one of them, it changes the game.”The Badgers managed to control the game in the latter portion, having more shots on goal throughout the second and third periods, after Minnesota had control for almost the entirety of the first period.Even with the shots, Wisconsin could not convert those into any goals.But in the face of a loss, Johnson said he believed playing a strong team this early in the season can be a learning experience for the Badgers.“We found out things about us tonight,” Johnson said. “Our players learned about themselves, so it’s a real good learning experience. The big thing is the growth from it.”If Wisconsin can learn things about them this early in the season, the first two losses of the season could help them grow as the season continues.
In what will be remembered as one of the best Big Ten games in recent memory, the battle of first and second place teams needed extra time to decide a winner.University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team lost an overtime thriller to the No. 1 University of Maryland Terrapins 3-2 in College Park Friday night. Though the loss was the first for the Badgers in three weeks, it proved their ability to compete with the best in the country.The Terrapins (11-0-2, 6-0-1) scored first off of an Amar Sejdic free kick that bent into the Badger goal box to senior Terrapin captain Alex Crognale, who headed in his third goal of the season.Down 1-0 at halftime, the Badgers (7-3-2, 3-2-1 Big Ten) charged back in the second half. With goals from sophomore Sam Brotherton and junior Mark Segbers within three minutes of each other, Wisconsin took the lead and the momentum from the Terrapins.The Badger’s equalizer came from Brotherton off of a free kick assist from Christopher Mueller and broke the Terrapin’s five game shutout streak. It was the third goal of the sophomore captain’s season despite being a defenseman.Mueller followed that up not long after when he fired a pass past the Terrapins’ goal box, and Segbers finished it off. This was also Segbers’ third goal of the season and gave the Badgers the lead, one they would hold until two minutes left in the game.With time running down and their first loss on the season looming, the Terrapins led a ferocious attack that resulted in a corner kick and a header goal that tied the game and sent it into overtime.In the extra period, both teams went back and forth until under three minutes to go when Maryland’s Eryk Williamson showed off a great feat of soccer skill and beat Wisconsin keeper Phillip Schilling with a shot to the lower left corner that won the game and extinguished the Badger’s upset hopes.Despite giving up three goals, the Badger’s defense was stellar and proved their backline is one of the best in the Big Ten and the nation. Schilling recorded eight saves to an already standout season.Men’s Soccer: Badgers to be tested at College Station Friday against No. 1 TerrapinsAfter a dominant win by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Men’s soccer team against in-state rival University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Read…At the end of the game, both team’s play proved two things: Maryland is one of the best soccer programs in the nation, and Wisconsin is headed in that direction.There was doubt whether UW could compete at the next level, but they responded as they have all season and put forth an outstanding performance in one of the toughest environments in all of college soccer.The Badgers take a breather from conference play as they return home this week for a matchup against instate rival UW-Milwaukee Tuesday. The game kicks off at the McClimon Soccer Complex against 7 p.m.