Over half a million overnight stays were realized during the Easter holidays

first_imgCompared to the Easter holidays in 2018, which took place from March 30 to April 2, this year’s later Easter date resulted in 80% more arrivals and 90% more tourist nights. Of the cities, during the Easter holidays the largest number of overnight stays was recorded in Dubrovnik (53.978), followed by Poreč (34.155), Rovinj (33.499), Zagreb (27.276) and Split (23.361). 288.810 overnight stays were realized in hotels, which represents 51% of the total overnight stays, followed by household facilities with 115 thousand overnight stays or 20% share and camps with 89 thousand overnight stays, which is 16% share. According to the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), during the Easter holidays, ie in the period from Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22, 2019, 179.513 arrivals and 566.687 overnight stays. The largest number of overnight stays during the extended Easter weekend was realized in the tourist cluster Istra, 196 thousand (35% share), followed by Kvarner with 99 thousand overnight stays (18% share) and Dalmatia-Dubrovnik with 74 thousand overnight stays (13% share). “This year’s extended Easter weekend fell later in the calendar, which was in favor of the increased tourist traffic that we expect by the end of April. Due to the quality, content and diverse destination offer that attracts guests to Croatia, holidays in our nearest emitting markets, but also due to the May Day that follows, we expect additional retention of guests in our country and the growth trend of tourist traffic”, Said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the Easter holidays have encouraged excellent results so far in April, which compared to the same period last year recorded a 32% increase in arrivals and overnight stays.  Looking at the markets, during the Easter holidays the largest number of overnight stays was realized by guests from Germany (124.229), Italy (58.205), Austria (48.975) and Slovenia (33.136). Source: Croatian National Tourist Boardlast_img read more

Defense outshines offense again in Saturday scrimmage

first_imgComing off a disappointing effort in Wednesday morning’s early-a.m. practice, the University of Wisconsin football team bounced back with a solid weekend of practice.Wednesday’s full-pads practice included several scuffles between players and the general enthusiasm seemed lacking. But the Badgers came back with a cleaner, more physical session on Friday, despite donning just helmets and shorts.On Saturday afternoon, the team was rewarded with its second outdoor practice of the spring session, donning full gear and getting to scrimmage for the last hour or so of the workout.The weekend was not quarterback John Stocco’s best, as the senior was up and down, still trying to get in sync with his new receiving corps. In Friday’s workout, Stocco seemed to be especially out of rhythm, throwing interceptions to defensive back Shane Carter, who continues to have an outstanding spring, and linebacker Jonathan Casillas. Stocco also badly overthrew a fade route before taking five to re-tape his right ankle, after which he improved. Saturday was more of the same, as Stocco threw three more interceptions. Safety Roderick Rogers was the recipient of two of the INTs, while sophomore cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu picked up a horrendous prayer that Stocco threw up in the direction of wide receiver Paul Hubbard.”I think as we look on the film … there’s also a little bit to do with [Stocco] getting used to where those routes are actually being run and getting used to the receivers so they’re consistent,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “That was one of the things that really jumped out early on when [offensive coordinator] Paul [Chryst] came here was to get the No. 1 receivers working with the No. 1 quarterback as much as they can so that they can get the timing.”Stocco did have some shining moments, connecting on a 30-yard bomb with a diving Marcus Randle El.The defense again dominated the scrimmage, with the defensive backs looking particularly impressive, knocking down many passes and grabbing four interceptions.”I saw that today especially out of [sophomore Allen] Langford,” Bielema said of the defense’s level of anticipation in practice. “I like the way those guys react to the football.”Mark Zalewski had an outstanding practice, prompting one reporter to remark that he already looks like the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Bielema also praised Zalewski’s play, while adding that it is likely that linebacker Elijah Hodge will begin seeing more and more time at middle linebacker, as he is groomed to be the backup at that position.”Zalewski’s a pretty good football player. I don’t know how much we’ll need to scrimmage him all the time, so that will give Hodge more and more reps,” Bielema said. “[Hodge] is a guy that instinctively is a guy that you want at the ‘mike’ position. I feel better at that position because now you feel like you have a quality two-deep.”Running back Dywon Rowan also had another solid day, breaking several runs for 10-plus yards and exhibiting a nasty stiff-arm, as the senior continued to build upon a good spring.last_img read more

FA Cup Match-Ups

first_imgAt 3, Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich travel to Southampton, Manchester City welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the Etihad, and Aston Villa face Championship strugglers, Blackpool. 23 years on from their famous defeat of Arsenal, Wrexham aim to topple another top tier side in Stoke. At 3.30, Louis van Gaal’s first taste of FA Cup football comes as Manchester United travel to League One’s bottom side, Yeovil. And Chelsea take on Watford at 4 o’clock. There’s a repeat of last year’s final as the FA Cup third round continues this afternoon – with holders Arsenal entertaining Hull in the 5.30 kick-off. Three games kicked off at one, with Alan Pardew’s first game in charge of Crystal Palace away to Conference Premier side Dover, who are yet to concede in this season’s tournament. In other FA Cup action, QPR are playing host to Nigel Clough’s Sheffield United, and Sunderland are taking on Leeds. last_img read more

Plea agreement reached in Mason City bar stabbing case

first_imgMASON CITY — A plea agreement is in place for a Mason City man accused of stabbing five people at a downtown bar last summer.Police were called to “The Place 2B” at 116 North Federal at about 10:15 PM on the night of July 4th. Injuries sustained by the victims were non-life-threatening. 39-year-old Raul Arias was charged with five counts of willful injury causing serious injury as well as going armed with intent.Arias had originally pleaded not guilty to the charges with his trial scheduled to start in June, but he has now entered an Alford plea in the case where he does not admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence to likely convict him.As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending ten-year prison sentences for two of the willful injury counts as well as a five-year sentence for the armed with intent count, with those sentences to run consecutively. The sentences on the other charges would be served at the same time.Had he been convicted of all the charges, he would have faced 55 years in prison.Arias is scheduled to be sentenced on May 14th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.last_img read more

Three things we learned from Ajax v Tottenham

first_img0Shares0000Lucas Moura’s hat-trick fired Tottenham to their first Champions League final © ANP/AFP / Koen van WeelAMSTERDAM, Netherlands, May 9 – Tottenham staged an incredible fightback to reach their first Champions League final with an astonishing 3-2 win over Ajax in the semi-final second leg on Wednesday.Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Johan Cruyff Arena clash: Lucas writes his name in Spurs’ historyWhen Lucas Moura played kick-about with his one-year-old son on the pitch at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after his hat-trick against Huddersfield in April, it seemed the Brazilian forward’s season had reached its high point.But the 26-year-old’s treble in that low-key 4-0 win was just the start of a remarkable end to the season for the unsung hero whose incredible hat-trick broke Ajax hearts.Unwanted by Paris Saint Germain, who sold him to Tottenham in January 2018, Lucas was a bit-part player for much of his first season in north London.In a testimony to his strength of character, he refused to be marginalised again this term and quickly proved his worth with a brace in Tottenham’s win at Manchester United in August.By the time injury sidelined Harry Kane in the Champions League quarter-finals, Lucas was primed and ready to seize his chance.However, even Lucas would have been forgiven more pinching himself if he had learned how his trip to Amsterdam would turn out.With Tottenham two down on the night and three goals behind on aggregate, all looked lost.But Dele Alli’s clever turn and pass into the area sent Lucas sprinting through for a cool finish past Andre Onana to give Tottenham an unexpected lifeline in the 55th minute.Four minutes later they punished more nervous defending from Ajax to strike again as Lucas spun around to drive into the corner after Fernando Llorente’s close-range effort was pushed out by Onana.It was Lucas’s fourth goal in the competition this season, his latest priceless contribution coming after he also scored the late equaliser in Barcelona that ensured their progress from the group stage.And with just seconds left in Tottenham’s semi-final escape bid, he pounced on Alli’s pass to drill a fierce winner into the far corner.Alongside Danny Blanchflower, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and Ricky Villa, Lucas will now forever be enshrined as a Tottenham legend.Confident Ajax pay the priceAjax’s Dutch defender Joel Veltman reacts after their stunning loss to Tottenham © AFP / EMMANUEL DUNANDWith just 45 minutes standing between Ajax and their first Champions League final since 1996, the Dutch club were engulfed by a fatal wave of arrogance.As the half-time whistle blew, Ajax players, including Hakim Ziyech, could be seen grinning from ear to ear as they contemplated their surely inevitable progress to the Madrid showpiece.They were leading by three goals on aggregate after scoring twice in the first half to leave Tottenham on the brink.Such was the confidence pumping through the raucous arena that before the second half began, the entire crowd, including Ajax great Patrick Kluivert, engaged in a mass singalong to Bob Marley’s ‘Don’t Worry About a Thing’.The chant continued into the opening seconds of the half, but that rock-solid belief was quickly shattered as Lucas struck twice in a matter of minutes to send shock-waves through the Ajax team and their now less boisterous supporters.The panic was palpable and Ajax couldn’t recover as waves of Tottenham attacks culminated in Lucas’s dramatic winner.It was a bitter end to a breakthrough campaign for Ajax’s young guns, who had beaten Real Madrid and Juventus en route to the last four.Pochettino’s dream comes trueMauricio Pochettino celebrates Tottenham’s remarkable victory at Ajax © AFP / Adrian DENNISSpeaking on the eve of the second leg, Mauricio Pochettino uttered a prediction that will rank among the most prescient in Tottenham’s history.Asked if his side would go for broke right from the start as they tried to overturn that one-goal deficit, the Tottenham manager replied: “We could win it in the first minute or the last minute.”Pochettino’s gambit was spot on as Lucas’s stoppage-time strike fired Tottenham through to an all-Premier League final against Liverpool in Madrid on June 1.It was a tour de force for the emotional Pochettino, who turned the game in Tottenham’s favour by sending on Spanish striker Fernando Llorente at half-time.The Argentine wept uncontrollably at the final whistle as Tottenham celebrated becoming only the second team to reach the final after losing the first leg at home.Tottenham’s first European final since they won the 1984 UEFA Cup also offers Pochettino a chance to win his first trophy as a manager.Pochettino made the staggering admission this week that he would consider quitting if Tottenham were to lift the Champions League.Surely Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wouldn’t let him get anywhere near the exit door after this miraculous triumph.0Shares0000(Visited 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