List of direct air connections with emitting markets 2019 winter – 2020

first_imgMore attached. All Croatian tourism workers will unquestionably agree that the key to further “tourist success” of our country, whether we are talking about extending the season or increasing average earnings from tourism, is adequate investment in the development of tourism infrastructure, content and offer, in order to optimize money ”which, according to all research, is crucial for the choice of destination, ie further positive recommendations of satisfied guests. Side dish: Overview of direct air connections of the Republic of Croatia – winter 2019 – 2020center_img To this end, the Department for Market Research and Strategic Planning of the Croatian National Tourist Board has prepared an overview of direct flights and direct air connections of Croatian airports from 20 major emitting markets according to information obtained from Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Zadar, Osijek, Pula, Mali Losinj. , Brač and Rijeka.last_img read more

Clown gets serious at Galway

first_img The Andrew Oliver-trained four-year-old opened his account for the campaign at Sligo in the middle of June before running well in defeat on Irish Derby day at the Curragh. He then enjoyed the biggest day of his career so far when edging ahead in a thrilling “Nasrullah” Handicap at Navan three weeks ago. “He came out of his last race well and having won at Sligo twice, the unique track in Galway shouldn’t hold any fears for him,” said the County Tyrone-based trainer. “The negative is the outside berth, but we’ll just have to deal with that on the day. “He’s a good, consistent horse who always turns up and runs his race. “It wasn’t a big field at Navan last time, but it was a competitive race and he was a deserved winner. “Ground doesn’t really seem to affect him. He’s won on all sorts and seems fairly versatile.” I’ll Be Your Clown is one of 15 horses in contention for a race run over just shy of a mile and a half, with Royal Ascot hero Clondaw Warrior taking top billing. Having missed the cut for the Galway Hurdle, the Ascot Stakes winner is dropped in distance by Willie Mullins, with the champion trainer having booked top apprentice Jack Kennedy for the ride. The weights are headed by Fog Of War from Ger Lyons’ stable, while recent Leopardstown winner Cailini Alainn is a major player for John Oxx. Press Associationcenter_img I’ll Be Your Clown bids to claim a second valuable prize in July in the feature Guinness Handicap on day five of the Galway Festival.last_img read more

When Watto, Wahab waged World Cup war

first_imgIT spanned just three-and-half overs at its zenith, but Wahab Riaz’s fire-breathing battle with Shane Watson amidst a gripping quarter-final at Adelaide Oval remains, for many, the defining contest of the 2015 World Cup.Largely unheard of in Australia before the tournament began, left-armer Wahab regularly clocked speeds of around 150kph as Pakistan tried desperately to defend a sub-par total of 213 and then Watson hung tough after his team lost early wickets to teeter at 3-59.Wahab had accounted for two of those prized scalps – opener David Warner who sliced a catch to third man and skipper Michael Clarke after fending a fizzing bouncer to short mid-wicket – but the fuse for the fight with Watson had effectively been lit hours earlier.That was when Wahab was using his not-insubstantial batting skills – he had posted an unbeaten half-century against Zimbabwe earlier in the tournament – to help rescue Pakistan from their dire position of 6-158 in the sudden-death final.Having played and missed at a couple searing, swinging deliveries from fellow left-armer Mitchell Starc, Wahab was offered some advice from his Australia rival who told the Pakistan number eight “it’s the little white thing – try and hit it”.As he ruminated over that bit of chirp, Wahab was approached by Watson who had been watching his opponent’s battle to make contact from his fielding position at slip and asked, “Are you holding a bat?”`It was sufficient to get the-then 29-year-old’s hackles up, and Watson was duly reminded of his own hubris from the moment he scratched his guard on the hard and true Adelaide pitch.“When he came in to bat, I settled the score with him,” Wahab later recalled.“When I was batting Watson just came up to me and said ‘are you holding a bat?’ and that was going through my mind.“I let him know that even he had a bat, but he couldn’t touch the ball.“I know that … he’s not good on the short ball, so it was a plan that we discussed in the team meeting.”Wahab’s first ball to the Australia veteran was a snorter that flashed past the grille of Watson’s protective helmet, and saw the fired-up fast bowler follow-through to finish alongside the batter from where he theatrically applauded.The next one was fuller and Watson wisely allowed it to pass by, but it yielded another round of mocking claps from Wahab who, by this time, had the 30 000-plus crowd roaring as the game hung in the balance.It wasn’t only the paying spectators and television viewers around the world who found themselves absorbed in the uncompromising contest.Watching from the comparative safety of the non-striker’s end, having already helped himself to a run-a-ball 24, was Australia’s most influential and in-form batter, Steve Smith.“I was actually loving it, up at the other end,” Smith told this week.“I don’t think I ever really faced two balls in a row against him (Wahab), I just kept hitting it off my hip and getting one, or finding a way to get a single and get down to the other end.“He bowled very quick, with some short stuff, and he was fired up.“I remember thinking ‘jeez how good is this?’ and Watto’s like ‘yeah no worries, you keep getting down the other end’.”While Smith also received his share of chin music from Wahab, the focus of the frenetic spell was Watson who found more than half the 21 deliveries flung at him to be short-pitched with a large proportion of those zeroing in on his head and shoulders.But it was the eleventh of them which should have decided the skirmish, and quite feasibly the match.With Australia 3-83, Watson (on four) parried a defensive pull shot high into the air and directly into the hands of Rahat Ali at deep backward-square who briefly held Pakistan’s 2015 World Cup fate in his grasp, before it spilled out and bobbled across the Adelaide outfield.“A bit of luck went my way to get through that spell,” Watson later conceded.“He was bowling good pace, but also the (left-arm) angle … it was hard to be able to try and get my head out of the way.“It kept following me.“We knew he was a danger man, he had his tail up and he bowled some nasty balls on the money … a lot of them.”It was as much the unnerving line of attack that Wahab was able to find from over the wicket at the Riverbank End as it was the pace and hostility of his spell that saw it enter World Cup folklore.Clarke had witnessed similar firepower unleashed barely a year earlier when Mitchell Johnson scythed through England in the second Ashes Test of what would eventually yield a 5-0 whitewash, and he saw similarities with Wahab on that early autumn evening.“That’s as good as I’ve faced in one-day cricket for a long time,” Clarke said at game’s end, after Watson had carried Australia to victory with an unbeaten 64 that included the winning runs.“(It) probably gave us a good look at what it would have been like to face Mitchell Johnson throughout the Ashes.“Left-arm is always extra tough for a right-handed batsman because the angle of the ball is at your body the whole time, and he (Wahab) didn’t bowl too many bouncers that weren’t on the money.”As it transpired, the dropped catch not only effectively emboldened Watson, but also diminished Wahab.Having pushed himself to the limit to get through Australia’s number five and into the home team’s lower-middle order, he continued for a further two overs but his pace began to flag and his accuracy suffered as fatigue set in.A final indignity came with Australia 4-154 and requiring less than three per over for victory when Wahab returned for his second spell and forced Glenn Maxwell to miscue a ramp shot only for another chance to be squandered by Sohail Khan at third-man.From there, Watson and Maxwell thrashed the remaining 62 runs from less than six overs to carry their team into a semi-final against India and, three days after that, the final that brought an emphatic seven-wicket win over New Zealand.“It was an unbelievable spell of fast bowling,” James Faulkner, man-of-the-match in the showpiece final at the MCG, said of Wahab’s spell this week.“He should have had Watto with the dropped catch at fine leg, and it could have gone either way at the end of the game because it was so close in that period. “That was a bit of a ‘get out of jail’ game for us.“And a bit of a shake-up that we needed, to be tested like that before the next two games.”In the aftermath of that quarter-final, Wahab was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for his overt aggression towards Watson, while the Australian had his pay packed lightened by 15 per cent for responding to his opponent’s taunts.The ICC’s ruling led former West Indies great Brian Lara to offer to pay both men’s penalties for what he considered to be over-zealous policing of the sort of on-field confrontation that fans craved.“We need this in a sport that people are running away from, especially 50-over cricket,” Lara said. “I loved the exchange. “It was above board as far as I’m concerned, and I can’t wait to meet him – I want to meet with this Riaz guy. I’ll pay the fine.”Watson and Wahab have since revisited their rivalry numerous times, most recently in a Pakistan Super League match between the Australian’s Quetta Gladiators and his foe’s Peshawar Zalmi at Rawalpindi earlier this month.And for all the verbal jousting and pantomime histrionics squeezed into their on-field feud, the pair exchanged back slaps and handshakes after an epic game that paved Australia’s way to a World Cup as well as ensuring Wahab Riaz became a known figure throughout the cricket world.“That was one of the best spells I have ever bowled,” Wahab reflected.“After he (Watson) had won the game for Australia, we hugged and congratulated each other.“I said to him at that point of time ‘you took the game away from us’.“There is no doubt that the way he played – most of the time he was under pressure – but he held his nerve and took the Australian team to the semi-final.“He is one of the players I really admire and like.” (,au)last_img

Badgers pass final test before Big Ten play

first_imgOn just nine carries, sophomore running back James White (20) rumbled off 95 yards, including a 49-yard sprint to the endzone in the first half. Wisconin’s talented stable of running backs ran amok Saturday, with four of them scoring at least one touchdown.[/media-credit]So much for looking ahead.With the hotly anticipated game against Nebraska waiting one week away, Wisconsin (4-0) easily dispatched their Football Championship Subdivision foe South Dakota (2-2), 59-10, Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers were carried by several big plays, including many by wide receiver Nick Toon, who caught seven passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. The seven receptions tied Toon’s career-high, and it was his second career game with at least 100 receiving yards. Quarterback Russell Wilson also continued the stellar beginning to his Badger career, completing 19-of-25 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns.In total, the Wisconsin offense compiled 612 total yards, while the defense held South Dakota to just 173. 267 of UW’s yards came on the ground, as running back James White led all rushers with 95 yards and one touchdown on nine carries (10.6 yards per) and Montee Ball finished with 88 yards on 15 attempts (5.9 yards per).“What I like about our offense is, more so than any other time since I’ve been here, is that you really have to respect the run and the play-action game,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “They look so much alike, and there’s so much similarity between the two. It’s really difficult for defenders, especially the secondary support guys, corners, safeties, linebackers, that are trying to fill the run and [then] we pass.”For an offense that scored at least 49 points in two of its first three games, Saturday’s game unfolded slightly in a somewhat more deliberate manner – for about five minutes. After South Dakota won the coin toss and elected to defer, Wisconsin gained only seven yards and was forced into a three-and-out on its first drive.South Dakota, which had defeated the defending FCS champion and then-No. 1 Eastern Washington two weeks earlier, hung around early Saturday. Wisconsin led only 10-0 after the first quarter, and its third-down defense especially seemed to indicate that the game could unfold much closer than expected. South Dakota completed four of its first six third down attempts, and for the game, the Coyotes finished 6-for-16.“Defensively, today, there were some frustrating things a few times on third down, hopefully something we’ll improve on,” Bielema said.But after forcing the Coyotes into a three-and-out on their first drive, the Badgers’ onslaught began at the 8:25 mark, when a five-yard run by Ball capped an eight-play, 60-yard drive that consumed 3:25. Kicker Kyle French added a 25-yard field goal five minutes later after a 10-play, 73-yard drive that lasted 4:32.The Coyotes got on the board in the second quarter, when after a 13-play drive, kicker Kevin Robb converted a 24-yard field goal. But two plays later, White broke loose on a 49-yard touchdown run that put the Badgers ahead, 17-3.“We just try to go out there and execute our offense, and whoever touches the ball, they’re going to try to make a big play,” White said. “If it’s over 600 yards, then that’s what happens with our offense.”The Badgers final three scores in the second quarter all came on drives that lasted less than two minutes, an indication of the team’s remarkably big-play potential. White’s 49-yard run capped a two-play, 61 yard drive in 39 seconds, while Toon caught a pass from Wilson off a bubble screen, broke loose from one tackle and raced down the right sideline for a 59-yard score. That three-play, 78-yard drive lasted only 1:12.Three minutes later, with just 12 seconds remaining in the half, Toon dove to catch a two-yard pass from Wilson that capped a nine-play, 74-yard drive that lasted 1:45. That long drive was accelerated largely by the hurry-up offense, but also by a 45-yard pass from Wilson to Toon.By halftime, Wisconsin’s lead was extended to 21-3. South Dakota did not score again until 6:44 remained in the game, and by that point, the Badgers led 52-10 and the game was well out of reach. A 41-yard run by freshman running back Jeffrey Lewis put Wisconsin in the endzone with 2:06 left in the game and raised the score to 59-10.“When I came here, I knew that we’d have a great offense,” Wilson said. “Week to week, we have to prove ourselves and get better every single week. I think that shows in practice.”Aside from the stunning proficiency of the offense, Saturday’s game buoyed Wisconsin’s confidence in its defense’s ability to produce turnovers and sacks. Both of those areas had repeatedly been identified as areas that the defense could stand to improve on.The Badgers entered Saturday with seven sacks on the season and just one turnover, a fumble recovery by Jordan Kohout against Oregon State in Week 2.But against South Dakota, Wisconsin forced two turnovers – both interceptions on consecutive Coyote drives. Safety Shelton Johnson had it easy, as he essentially let a poorly thrown pass from USD quarterback Dante Warren fall into his hands at UW’s 18-yard line with 7:43 remaining in the first quarter. Johnson exited the game in the first half with a leg injury and did not return. Bielema said after the game it appeared that someone had stepped on Johnson’s knee or calf, and the trainers were concerned regarding the amount of internal bleeding. But after the game, Bielema said tests showed the injury wasn’t as serious as expected and Johnson should be fine, though he might spend the night in a hospital as a precaution.Nearly seven minutes after Johnson’s interception, Chris Borland intercepted Warren and returned it 29 yards back the other way. However, Wisconsin was unable to capitalize, as French was short on a 50-yard field goal that ended a four-play, three-yard drive.Borland, a former kick returner in high school, wound his way downfield on the interception return, breaking several tackles in another example of UW’s sudden big-play ability.“We were in man coverage, and I was the cutter, as they say, I was the free man underneath to read the quarterback and pick off any [under-thrown passes],” Borland said. “I saw [Warren] look down his receiver, and I got a good break on it.”“I would’ve like to have had more turnovers, as far as interceptions go, but also turnovers in general,” safety Aaron Henry said. “I think we’re starting to peak at the right time, definitely going into conference play. We had two interceptions today, probably should’ve had a fumble recovery, but it’s definitely a great feeling going into conference play with a win like this, and hopefully we can continue to put things together like this as we move forward in the next couple of weeks.”last_img read more