Through the new platform, UHPA combines the offers of all travel agencies for the first time in one place

first_imgThe portal offers new added value for its members, and thus enters the market of tourist offer directly to customers, without commission to any of the various booking portals or platforms. RELATED NEWS: More details will be found out next week, when the entire platform will be officially unveiled. However, this is not an informative UHPA website as has been the case so far, in the b2b segment and communication with members, but the new UHPA portal will bring together the offers of all travel agencies and other partners for the first time in one place and present them market. The Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) will present a new web platform next week – putovanja.hr. The portal will reveal to users the places and attractions they can visit through travel searches by categories, destinations, dates, but also by additional filters such as travel type and accommodation. In addition, the site also offers travel tips with useful information, from passenger rights and travel documents to what you can carry with you when we travel these travelogues, as well as a list of all agencies within the UHPA.center_img There will be no direct sales (on-click) on the site, but only the promotion of tourist engagements, at least with the information available so far, and additional information about each program can be obtained directly from the travel agency, to which the links will lead. . A smart and logical move, but also a big step forward for UHPA “Putovanja.hr is an interface of the platform intended for marketing promotion of travel agencies that are members of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies and public advertising of their offer of services and products related to foreign travel, publishing useful and interesting information related to travel and promotion of UHPA partners and sponsors. interested potential end-users. ” UHPA points out and adds that the sole purpose of this Site is to publish information and content that allows the user to gain insight into the availability of services and products related to travel as well as other services and products offered by travel agencies UHPA member and contact individual tourism agency. MEMORIAL DAY FOR THE VICTIM OF VUKOVAR 18.11. – INFORMATION FOR AGENCIESlast_img read more

Prince Ali to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa presidency

first_imgFifa vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the leadership of world football’s governing body.The Jordanian Prince, 39, will stand as a candidate at Fifa’s presidential election on 29 May, where Blatter, 78, will seek a fifth term of office.Prince Ali said: “It is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport.”The headlines should be about football, not about Fifa.”Prince Ali said he had been encouraged to stand by colleagues.”The message I heard, over and over, was that it is time for a change,” the head of the Jordanian and West Asian Football Federations said. “The world game deserves a world-class governing body – an international federation that is a service organisation and a model of ethics, transparency and good governance.”Fifa exists to serve a sport which unites billions of people from all over the world, people of differing and divergent political, religious and social affiliations, who come together in their enjoyment of ‘the world’s game’.”Last month, former England captain Gary Lineker described the way Fifa was running world football as “a farce” after the governing body became embroiled in allegations of World Cup bidding corruption.Ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned last month in protest over the handling of his report into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.Fifa cleared both bidding teams of corruption following a series of allegations and said the tournaments would be staged in the countries chosen. Meanwhile, BBC Sport revealed that secret talks between Fifa officials and Blatter, who has been president since 1998, took place over his future as leader of football’s governing body.Former diplomat Jerome Champagne, 56, who joined Fifa in 1999, is the only other challenger to have confirmed his intention to challenge for the presidency.Candidates wishing to declare their interest must do so before 29 January.last_img read more

Clippers happy to be in San Antonio after routing Spurs

first_imgSAN ANTONIO >> Doc Rivers didn’t even want to be here on Saturday.When the team got a look at the first draft of the NBA schedule and saw they’d be playing Saturday, Nov. 4 in San Antonio, Rivers and his staff had a single thought.Nope.His team was already scheduled to play four times earlier in the week, and the Clippers would have to face the Spurs on the road on the second half of a back-to-back? Nope. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “This is one of the games we actually tried to get changed,” he said prior to the game.Well, maybe he owes the NBA an apology.The Clippers turned in their best offensive performance of the season by a long shot, dominating the San Antonio Spurs 116-92.It’s the most lopsided win for the Clippers this season.Blake Griffin scored 26 of his 28 points in the first half, helping L.A. blow the Spurs out early with both teams playing on the second night of back-to-backs.center_img The Clippers quickly fell behind 8-0 in the game’s first few minutes, but that stretch was merely a wake-up call.“We played great after the first eight points,” Doc Rivers said.Griffin and the starters put together a devastating 28-4 run to blow the game open, and the Spurs never really challenged after that. And, it started with defensive energy.“We got stops … I think eight in a row and came down and scored. Then, it’s 16-8. For us, it starts on defense. We always say that, but it really does,” Griffin said. “We got out in transition, got some easy buckets, and once those easy ones go in, then it feels like you can’t miss.”The Clippers scored 73 first-half points, which according to ESPN Stats and Info, was the most scored by a visiting team during the Gregg Popovich era in San Antonio.“Blake was great, but their whole team beat us soundly, embarrassingly,” Popovich said. “They were terrific … They beat us very, very, very well.”While signs of fatigue briefly materialized in the second half for the Clippers, San Antonio’s star, Kawhi Leonard, couldn’t get anything going against Luc Mbah a Moute. Leonard finished with 14 points, while Mbah a Moute gave the Clippers 13 points to go along with his consistent defensive effort.“He did a great job,” DeAndre Jordan said. “Luc is one of our amazing perimeter defenders, our best perimeter defender. He does a lot of great things for us.”Most of the greatness Saturday came early, before San Antonio’s trip from Utah and the Clippers’ trip from Memphis started to show.The two teams combined to score 33 points in the third quarter, a stretch where Rivers said the fatigue clearly had set in.“It was just survival for us,” Rivers saidBut thanks to the improved Clippers bench, which got 31 combined points from Jamal Crawford and Marreese Speights, there wasn’t any fourth-quarter slippage. The Clippers’ starters sat the entire fourth quarter, with no one playing more than 30 minutes Saturday.“Listen, it was great to win. It’s always great to win here,” Rivers said. “But these games shouldn’t happen. You can literally see it with both teams … A national TV game with two elite teams should be with a day off, and (then) they play the game.“That’s the way you want it; that’s how we all want it.”last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Bad timing

first_imgYour comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier AUBREY BRUCE Hey everybody hot off the press, according to the Bleacher Report “Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed part of the 2012 NFL regular season with injuries to his ribs and shoulder. This offseason, Big Ben is taking no chances with his long-term health and ability to stay on the field for a full 16-game season. [Last]Wednesday, Roethlisberger underwent minor surgery to have some discomfort in his right knee taken care of, a move that is not expected to keep him off his feet when training camp begins later this summer. On the day of the surgery Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin also tweeted that, “Ben Roethlisberger had minor surgery on his right knee that was the result of slight discomfort this offseason.” I am not getting it but with Pittsburgh being in an almost “rebuilding year” and with this procedure being so “minor,” then why wasn’t it performed (the procedure) immediately after the 2012 season ended so that Roethlisberger could have been ready for mini-camp, scheduled for June 11-13, 2013? As far as the eye can see on the brightest side of this scenario, the timing seems to be a bit on the shady side. Hey, don’t want to attend or go through mini-camp its simple have minor surgery just prior to mini-camp. With the Steelers having to deal with major personnel changes on offense as well as the team continuing the process of adjusting to a fairly new offensive coordinator then why wouldn’t everyone be eager to attend mini-camp, beni-camp or any camp just to make sure that everyone was on the same page and to also have a leg up in the “gory blood and guts” AFC North. According to a story by ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley, “when Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was asked about Roethlisberger’s minor knee surgery Suggs told the NFL Network: “You know, it just isn’t the same game when the two teams don’t have all their parts playing. So you’re absolutely right, I do wish him well and I hope for him to have a speedy recovery.” Suggs finished the last line with a big grin, which certainly leaves his comments open to interpretation because from 2004 to 2011, Suggs sacked Roethlisberger 15.5 times, which is more than any other NFL defender during that time.”When you have a defender wishing you well because it possibly increases his chance of sending you to hell that is bad, really bad. Big Ben through all of his success and glory still has not gotten rid of some rookie and novice tendencies the biggest still being; he continues to hold onto the ball for far too long. When you grip the ball for too long only three things can happen and they are all bad.1. Just like in real estate when they say location, location, location, in football when you fail to get rid of the football in three seconds or less then sack, sack, sack is the catchphrase for the day.2. Pick, pick, pick. And I am not referring to the “pick six lottery” or any other game of chance but any quarterback takes a gargantuan chance when they launch the ball after three and one half seconds. Why? Well now you have given the defensive back a chance to read and diagnose the play even if he has to read Braille to do it and most slow developing plays, especially pass plays do not normally bode well for the offense and coupled with the Steelers questionable O-line, well as Charlie Chan used to say, “things could very well get a bit tricky.” 3. The “guillotine syndrome.” According to history guillotines were used as execution instruments and really became popular during the French revolution. The wealthy and upper crust were relieved of their “noggins” rather unceremoniously. Well, when an NFL quarterback is stressed and has to rush his delivery the pass may bounce harmfully off the turf or may sail just high enough that the outstretched arms of the intended receiver may just be the last photo taken of him before he is relieved of his cranium and all of the contents within. There is no time for slacking and B’s-ing. The Steelers are in a dogfight in the AFC North and contrary to popular belief they have a chance to win a championship but they have to play all of their cards right. There can be no false posturing and chest thumping. Bluffing and false moves will be exposed instantly and the consequences will be dire and swift. There are no weak teams in the Steelers division. From a roster perspective every team in the AFC North has a legitimate shot at winning the division title so every division game will be a potential season breaker. See folks the AFC North is so strong there may be two even three teams that may earn wild card berths. They can ill afford to lose any game during the upcoming season because two of their member teams in the AFC North, the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, have made major and vital upgrades to their rosters and seem to be “primed for bear.” There is virtually no room for error if the Steelers are going to make a run for a Lombardi Trophy. One of the positive things that they have done is sign their first and second round draft picks linebacker Jarvis Jones and running back Le’Veon Bell early, therefore eliminating distractions among a very young team prior to mini-camp and training camp. Big Ben had better begin to perform to justify the money that the Steelers have forked out because time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into his and the Steelers future. If the “franchise” quarterback label that they have hung around his neck is for real then he had better live up to the hype because the last time I checked, “the guillotine has no kin.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Bike Lanes Roll Out In Three Towns

first_imgBy John Burton Cyclists and runners now have a designated lane in portions of Fair Haven, Little Silver and Rumson, which local officials hope will be the beginning of a longer network of bike lanes. Contractors late last week and this week striped recently milled and repaved portions of Rumson and Ridge roads running through the three communities. As part of that work, the contractor, Traffic Lines, Inc., Farmingdale, is stenciling a cyclist silhouette – in traffic engineering lingo called a “sharrow,” a shared lane designation providing space for cyclists and those on foot – along the roadway.According to Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone, the freeholder board’s liaison for public works and engineering, the work along these county roads will continue through the week and will include accompanying bike lane signage.This is a major step forward for Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli and Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl, who advocated for the bike lanes and worked with county officials to win their support.“I think at the end of the day the idea is good,” to have these lanes, said Lucarelli.Since the sharrows first began being installed, Lucarelli said “ten people have come up to me to say thank you…They’re going out of their way to say thank you.”Lucarelli added, “What is really gratifying is seeing people use it.” With the unseasonably warm weather last weekend, he observed cyclists pedaling in the lanes. And with the formal designation “It raises awareness with cars and drivers,” he said.With the county’s plan to resurface those roadways early this fall, Lucarelli and Ekdahl saw an opportunity to get county government to allow the roads’ shoulders to have the official designation.The communities struck an agreement with county officials to equally share the engineering and installation cost.Workers this week installed bicycle lane stenciling on Rumson and Ridge roads through portions of Fair Haven, Rumson and Little Silver. Local officials hope this will be the first in an ongoing effort establishing a Two River bike lane connecting a number of local communities. Photo: John BurtonLucarelli said Fair Haven budgeted $49,000 for its share.On average, he explained, it costs roughly $1,800 to stripe a mile and about $285 for each sharrow, with signage an additional expense.Lucarelli is a cycling enthusiast who has been advocating for a Two River bike lane connecting from Red Bank east through the Rumson peninsula, on to Sea Bright and Ocean Avenue/state Highway 36. It would run through Monmouth Beach and Oceanport and loop back around to the Red Bank border. His support also had a personal and profound resonance, given Fair Haven Borough Councilman Jerome Koch was killed a little over a year ago when struck by a vehicle while out cycling in the borough.The state Department of Transportation will install bike lanes on Ocean Avenue throughout Sea Bright when it repaves the roadway in the near future, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said previously.The Two River Council of Mayors, an informal collection of 13 municipalities, which includes Rumson, Fair Haven and Little Silver, threw its support behind the efforts.Lucarelli and supporters see their effort as intended to encourage people to get out of their vehicles and take to bikes for transportation, recreation and for health and environmental considerations. That is the trend through much of the country and abroad, Lucarelli said in the past. But cyclists are entitled to the designated lanes for the safety of all using the roadways, advocates have stressed.Indeed, there is a considerable body of research that indicates that clearly marked lanes have a traffic calming effect. In general terms, even when no cyclists are present, drivers instinctively slow down, and cyclists, when on the roads, tend to stay in the lanes.Of those who have approached Lucarelli, “I think they all realize our leafy suburb is ripe for this,” he said.The local officials approached the county freeholders about supporting the project for the county roads, hoping the county would cover the expense. County officials were initially resistant to the idea, citing costs, liability and the complexities of having it cross multiple municipalities. Finally, both sides hammered out an agreement to share expenses, supported by Arnone who secured the remainder of freeholders’ support.“The county appreciates the commitment by the boroughs of Fair Haven, Little Silver and Rumson to advance the bicycle routes by committing to the engineering design and funding on the county roads in their towns,” Arnone said in an email response.Fair Haven resident Gail O’Reilly, a volunteer working with Lucarelli on garnering support for the lanes, said this week of this development, “I think it’s profoundly significant now that area residents have an option to travel more safely through and between our communities.”Cycling has yet to become the norm for most people’s transportation, O’Reilly acknowledged. “But it shouldn’t be the exception.”“And that’s one of our goals,” she said of the group working with Lucarelli, “to make it more readily available.”Bike lanes, under federal and state guidelines, are expected to be from 4-to-5 feet wide, depending on whether there is curbing on the road. Sharrows should be installed every quarter- to half-mile, and at every intersection, accompanied by signage.The lines and stenciling are done with a thermo-plastic compound that’s expected to last approximately three years, said Dave Cuje, a Traffic Lines, Inc. foreman overseeing their installation this week.– By John Burton | The Two River Times John Burton can be reached at jburton@tworivertimes.comlast_img read more

CAL CUP DERBY STAKES QUOTES – (SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2017)

first_imgLEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TRAINER, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “I was so impressed by his performance today. This is not the next California Chrome but at least we have a baby California Derby winner so it’s ok to dream. He hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s given us three wins and a third so we’re very, very pleased.“I think the farther the better for him, like today. Thank God we’ve got two Derbies. We won the California Derby last week at Golden Gate too (with So Conflated) so why not start to dream? We developed a little later this year, not as early as with Nyquist, but we’ve still got some chances to make some pints I hope.“It’s up to Doug and Paul where we go next but Paul likes to try. Don’t be surprised if we go against the big guys. We’ve done well so far so why not keep following that philosophy.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES MARIO GUTIERREZ, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “Everything went really well until the 3/8s. I started asking him a little bit. He didn’t want to pick up the bit. I was worried a little bit turning for home because I really had to ask him. He has so much more ability than that. He’s still a little green.”center_img             NOTES: The winning owner is J. Paul Reddam from Irvine, CA. DENNIS O’NEILL, ANN ARBOR EDDIE, WINNER: “When we turned for home we were in trouble and he just keeps trying and trying and trying. We prayed that the wire wouldn’t come too soon. We had a good day. We had three seconds. It’s great for Paul. Paul puts a lot in to the Cal-Breds. It was a fitting end to the day.”last_img read more