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first_imgLinden Tree Retreat & Ranch from Velika Plana in Donji Pazarište, a small town in the heart of Lika, is the winner of this prestigious award for 2020. Tripadvisor awards the Travelers’Choice award for accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently receive excellent reviews from travelers and rank in the top 10% of facilities on Tripadvisor. Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch was founded by Bruce Yerkovich, guided by his vision of a new, sustainable wildlife refuge. His dream was to shape an untamed landscape, with care and respect for the country, people and wilderness of Croatia – a vision that still nourishes and develops today. The result is an original American ranch in complete harmony with the environment. “This award is a recognition of our hard work and the commitment of my team. As pioneers of transformative tourism in Croatia, we are especially pleased to be recognized by TripAdvisor. We are grateful for the opportunity to share the beauties of our country with guests in our accommodation and our excursions. ” points out Bruce Yerkovich, owner of the award-winning Ranch.center_img Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is a small, private eco-safari-style resort with a capacity of 30 beds. Tripadvisor is the world’s largest online travel platform and the most visited tourist site in the world, ie the starting point of every trip, which is why the Tripadvisor awards are among the greatest possible recognitions in tourism.last_img read more

first_imgJapan’s Yoshihide Suga was voted prime minister by parliament on Wednesday to become the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years, appointing a new cabinet that kept about half of the familiar faces from predecessor Shinzo Abe’s lineup.Suga, 71, Abe’s longtime right-hand man, has pledged to pursue many of Abe’s programmes, including his “Abenomics” economic strategy, and to forge ahead with structural reforms, including deregulation and shutting down bureaucratic turf battles.Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, resigned because of ill health after nearly eight years in office. Suga served under him in the pivotal post of chief cabinet secretary, acting as top government spokesman and coordinating policies. Suga, who won a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership race by a landslide on Monday, faces a plethora of challenges, including tackling COVID-19 while reviving a battered economy and dealing with a rapidly aging society.With little direct diplomatic experience, Suga must also cope with an intensifying U.S.-China confrontation, build ties with the winner of the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election and try to keep Japan’s own relations with Beijing on track.About half of the new cabinet are carryovers from Abe’s administration. Only two are women and the average age, including Suga, is 60.Among those retaining their jobs are key players such as Finance Minister Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, along with Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto and Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, the youngest at 39. “It’s a ‘Continuity with a capital C’ cabinet,” said Jesper Koll, senior adviser to asset manager WisdomTree Investments.Abe’s younger brother, Nobuo Kishi, was handed the defence portfolio, while outgoing Defence Minister Taro Kono takes charge of administrative reform, a post he has held before.Yasutoshi Nishimura, Abe’s point man on COVID-19 response, remains economy minister, while Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama, the son of a politician to whom Suga looked up as his mentor, also retains his post.Rough Road Ahead?Katsunobu Kato, outgoing health minister and a close Suga ally, takes on the challenging post of chief cabinet secretary. He announced the cabinet lineup.Tomoya Masanao, head of investment firm PIMCO Japan, said Suga’s goal of a more digitalised society could widen the gap between rich and poor and would require political capital.”Abe’s administration built political capital for itself with loose monetary and fiscal policies, a balanced and skillful diplomacy with the United States and China, and implementation of flexible domestic politic,” he said. “The new administration, on the other hand, faces a rough road ahead.”In a move that resonates with voters, Suga has criticised Japan’s top three mobile phone carriers, NTT Docomo Inc , KDDI Corp and SoftBank Corp, saying they should return more money to the public and face more competition.He has said Japan may eventually need to raise its 10% sales tax to pay for social security, but not for the next decade.Clues as to whether and how Suga will push ahead with reforms could come from the lineup of government advisory panels such as the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, Koll said.”The ambition of Mr. Suga to speed up and reinvigorate the process (of reform) is absolutely clear, but the next layer of personnel will be interesting,” he said.Speculation has simmered that Suga might call a snap election for parliament’s lower house to take advantage of any rise in public support, although he has said handling the pandemic and reviving the economy were his top priorities.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgA third decision was made to reinvest the principal payments on the securities purchased under the asset purchase programme as they matured for as long as necessary.“This will contribute to favourable liquidity conditions and an appropriate monetary policy stance,” Draghi said, adding that technical details would be given later.The central banker made a fourth policy decision to admit regional and local government bonds into the QE programme.“We decided to include euro-denominated marketable debt instruments issued by regional and local governments located in the euro area in the list of assets eligible for purchase by the respective national central banks,” he said.The bank also decided to continue its main refinancing operations and the three-month longer-term refinancing operations as fixed rate tender procedures with full allotment for as long as necessary and at least until the end of the reserve maintenance period of 2017.“Our new measures,” Draghi said, “will ensure accommodative financial conditions and further strengthen the substantial easing impact of the measures taken since June 2014, which have had significant positive effects on financing conditions, on credit and on the real economy.”European stocks rose in early trading today on hopes the ECB would cut rates and announce an increase in the pace of QE.The rate cut was in line with money market expectations.Markets are also keeping a keen eye on US rates, which could be changed by the Federal Reserve at its committee meeting on 15-16 December. The European Central Bank (ECB) is cutting its key deposit rate by 10 basis points to minus 0.30% with effect from 9 December and extending its quantitative easing (QE) programme in several ways, following the meeting of its governing council today.While the size of the asset-buying programme is to be kept at its current pace of €60bn a month, rather than being expanded as some market participants had hoped, the central bank announced several measures to effectively increase it.The deposit rate was the only key rate to be changed, with the interest rate on the ECB’s main refinancing operations, as well as the rate on the marginal lending facility, remaining unchanged at 0.05% and 0.30%, respectively.Mario Draghi, president of the ECB, told a press conference: “The monthly purchases of €60bn under the asset purchase programme are now intended to run until the end of March 2017 or beyond if necessary, or, in any case, until the governing council sees a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation consistent with its aim of achieving inflation rates below but close to 2% over the medium term.”last_img read more

first_imgInside the home at 107 Henzell St, Kippa-Ring.Mr Musgrave said the Kippa-Ring market was strong with plenty of buyers inquiring about listed properties and coming through the doors of open homes. “Kippa-Ring offers competitive pricing and good homes on the market from the lowest price point up to decently priced, fully renovated properties,” he said. “There is also a full spectrum of buyers in the market from first homebuyers through to those wanting to buy their forever home. “Most are looking for lifestyle at a good price.” According to Core Logic data, the median house price in Kippa-Ring is $435,000. The home at 107 Henzell St, Kippa-Ring. Picture: Supplied.A KIPPA-RING fixer-upper with a huge garage attracted strong interest from buyers before selling to a family keen to undertake a total renovation.The four-bedroom property at 107 Henzell St sold for $435,000 on March 6.Marketing agent Dave Musgrave, of One Agency, said the two-storey property with pool and six-car garage was a “total renovator”.“Because it needed a full renovation, some buyers thought it was above what they could do but for the family who bought it, it was right up their alley,” he said. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019last_img read more

first_img The 29-year-old interrupted his loan spell at Fenerbahce in January so that he could continue the campaign with Antonio Conte’s side. However, he made just seven competitive appearances, many of them off the bench.Advertisement Inter Milan do not wish to take up the €12m option to buy Victor Moses from Chelsea following his January arrival, according to Italian reports. Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Best Movie Robots Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Celebrities Showing Support For George Floyd ProtestsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Calciomercato.com report that Inter are not prepared to pay the full €12m option to buy at the end of the season. If Chelsea are ready to extend the loan longer with another option to purchase, then that would be considered. read also:Luke Shaw names Victor Moses as his toughest opponent Ashley Young also joined Inter in January, but immediately became first choice on the left and made a far bigger impact than Moses. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

first_imgThe Florida Department of Law Enforcement has launched an investigation to see if an ad placed last week to sell a baby for $500 was real or a hoax.The ad said the baby is two weeks old, sleeps and doesn’t make noise at night.It also said the seller would provide clothes and formula, and offered to include the baby’s 4-year-old sister for free.The supposed seller claimed to work for the state’s Department Children and Families.Department officials say they’ve interviewed one suspect who denied involvement.Investigators are now waiting for computer records that could point them in the right direction.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more

first_imgTHE Police football club will once again meet Western Tigers in the final of a football tournament, this time the Limacol round robin/knockout football tournament final billed for Saturday at the GFC ground, Bourda.The Police clinched their spot in the final through a 2-1 win against Winners Connection FC.Winners hadn’t a chance to impose their physical style of play as they were oftentimes overwhelmed by the sheer pace of the Police attack.This pace ensured they scored first through Junior Gordon in the 25th minute; leaving the Linden side behind the proverbial eight-ball.The Linden side tried hard but could not find the breakthrough in the first half, but eventually slotted home in the 68th through Allon Garrett.This led to Police picking up the pace for more frequent raids on their opponents and eventually took the lead again in the 85th minute.A cross from the left side of the box fell neatly at the feet of Lerone Charles whose first time finish left the goalkeeper helpless to even scratch a save.Game two saw crowd favourites Western Tigers play against the Santos line-up with the former winners a 3-2 firecracker.Santos as usual looked to capitalise on the Western Tigers’ ‘grooving-in’ period to produce the spark and it paid off, as Ryan October eventually assumed the lead in the 26th minute.Devon Millington did not allow that lead to stand into the break and utilising his skills, brought the game back level after collecting an expertly sent through ball to beat the keeper.An own goal on the part of Western gave Santos the lead once more in the 52nd minute but not for long as Millington returned to bring the game level just two minutes later.Then four minutes later, he slotted home his third for the winners to ensure that the Western Tigers scoop up the second spot.In Saturday night’s final Santos will play Winners Connection in the third-place game from 18:30hrs.last_img read more

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald PhotoOffensive MVP (tie): QB John Stocco, WR Paul HubbardDefensive MVP: LB Mark ZalewskiSpecial Teams MVP: LS Dave PeckOffensive Scout Team MVP: RB Jerry ButlerDefensive Scout Team MVP: LB Culmer St. Jean Seeing as he played out just one drive in the second half against Indiana Saturday, one could only imagine just how many yards John Stocco could have accumulated had he remained in the game.It didn’t matter, however, to the powers that be in the Big Ten, who awarded Stocco his third career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor for his efforts in the 52-17 victory.UW head coach Bret Bielema credited his quarterback’s consistency in explaining the 304 yards and three touchdowns Stocco racked up in an abbreviated stint against the Hoosiers.”I walked down the hallway yesterday when we found out John had gotten that MVP award and told Paul (Chryst, UW offensive coordinator), and he goes, ‘That’s pretty good considering he only played really two quarters and a series,'” Bielema said at his press conference Monday. “The amazing part [was] just the consistency he was able to deliver the football, [and] also making the correct calls.”Bielema rejected any notions that Stocco’s improved statistics are a reflection of better play, saying that the fifth-year senior takes the same attitude into every game and simply happened to shine in a more obvious manner against the lowly Hoosiers.”He carries over a mentality that he just lives every play for what it is, probably a 1-0 mentality to the finest,” Bielema said, referring to Wisconsin’s No. 1 team goal. “He isn’t going to let one play adversely affect the next, not only in his game, but … if he throws the ball to someone and maybe they don’t come up with the play that he was looking for, he doesn’t just turn and go the other way. He continues to come back if he believes there’s that ability in someone.”Pertaining to Bielema’s weekly selections, Stocco earned co-Offensive MVP honors for the Badgers along with Paul Hubbard, the player largely responsible for Stocco’s success. Hubbard tallied six receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown Saturday. Bielema said Hubbard had been itching for a big game and finally cashed in against a stunned IU secondary.”He just took a little bit more of a personal urgency,” Bielema said. “Last year when entering spring ball, he was kind of thrust into the role of a potential go-to guy without ever really having to work to get there. I thought he was into it during the course of the summer and every game leading up to this past weekend.”Stocco becomes the third Badger to receive Player of the Week accolades from the Big Ten. LB Jonathan Casillas was honored on Sept. 4 after the Badgers’ victory at Bowling Green, and punter Ken DeBauche made the list in defeat against Michigan — with both players representing special teams.On the defensive side of the ball, Mark Zalewski was Bielema’s player of the week for Wisconsin. Zalewski, who made six tackles, and the defense’s fine effort was outshined by the offense, although Indiana failed to score a point until many of UW’s starters had left the game.Rounding out Bielema’s MVP list, long snapper Dave Peck was the Special Teams representative for nine perfect snaps — seven PATs and two field goal attempts. Jamil Walker was Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week for the second consecutive time, and safety-converted-linebacker Culmer St. Jean was his Defensive Scout Team counterpart.Return game struggling earlyDespite being asked about potential changes on kickoff returns, Bielema gave no clear answer as to whether current returners Josh Nettles or Jarvis Minton would be replaced.On the unit labeled by Bielema as UW’s “Achilles heel,” Nettles has struggled out of the early going, failing to give Wisconsin any kind of good field position and making poor choices, namely taking the ball out of the end zone when most would take a knee for a touchback.”That is the one unit that I don’t believe we’ve had a winning effort to this point,” Bielema said. “I brought it up yesterday in our staff meeting as well as to our players and definitely have to make a huge step forward in that regard.”The eternal optimist, Bielema said a lack of experience has contributed to a return game in the doldrums, and that means Wisconsin’s defense hasn’t allowed many scores in the year’s first five games.”Fortunately, if you want to turn negatives to positives, the reason we haven’t had much work on kickoff returns is because there hasn’t been that many touchdowns scored against us,” Bielema said. “Obviously the returners are different, but as many as eight guys on that unit hadn’t had any previous reps other than this year, and we just haven’t had that many opportunities.”Badgers help in searchOn the sadder side of events, three Badgers lost a high school friend and teammate Friday night, when Luke Homan drowned after attending Oktoberfest U.S.A.Homan, a student at UW-La Crosse, attended high school and played on the basketball team at Brookfield Central with Badger football players Joe Thomas, Ben Strickland and Steve Johnson. The trio was released Sunday by Bielema to search for Homan, but their friend was found dead in a river Monday.”I told them, they were relieved of Sunday’s obligations, no questions asked, and they went up there and tried to take part in the search,” Bielema said. “I touched base with them again last night as well as this morning, and we don’t have any structured things today.”Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, to Luke Homan’s family, and everybody associated with their friends as well.”last_img read more

first_imgAudio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 1. “So our aim is to keep the cup, take the cup to the honourable commissioner (for sports) and onward to the number 1 man in the state, the governor.”In spite of whatever happened in Benin, Rivers Angels are still favourites for the AITEO Cup title on Wednesday and if they win, they will become the most successful team in the competition with seven titles. They are currently tied on six titles with Pelican Stars of Calarbar.However, Ibom Angels can draw inspiration from their male counterparts, Akwa United, who emerged winners of the men’s AITEO Cup on Sunday.The women’s AITEO Cup final will take centre stage at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos on Wednesday, October 18. 0:25 read more

first_imgGhana’s fairytale story would continue to unfold later today at Galatasaray’s Turk Telekom Arena when the Black Satellites take on 2007 Semi-finalists Chile at the quarter final stage of the competition.The Satellites were literally on the verge of exiting the group phase of the competition after losing her first two games to Spain and France respectively but a result against the United States of America coupled with other results going their way saw the side advance to the Round of 16 stage of the competition.As if by design, the side were trailing 2-1 the Quinta A Seleccao by 2-1 with only eleven minutes of play before substitutes Michael Anaba and Richmond Boakye Yiadom turned the game on its head with two late goals to win the game. Such was the dominance of the Portuguese in the group phase that they were highly tipped to crash a wandering Satellites side that had only gate crushed the knock out phase. Divine intervention if you like. It is no wonder that they have the ever religious and Charismatic Sellas Tetteh as their manager.Chile on the other hand mastered the required 4 points from the group stages against England and Egypt before losing out to the talented Iraqi side who have surprised all and sundry with their sublime skills and their approach to the game to qualify for the knock out phase.Their Round of 16 clash against Croatia saw the Chileans put up their best performance of the competition with two clinical strikes against the European side. That has clearly got the huge Chilean Media presence here buzzing with belief that they could replicate their form of Canada 2007 where they made it to the semi-final stage only to be thrashed 3-0 by Argentina.In player Nicolas Castillo, La Rojita do have a player whose presence makes it extremely improbable that the net will remain untroubled in Istanbul’s Ali Sami Yen Stadium. With a goal in each of his three appearances thus far, Castillo is thriving in the centre of Chile’s three-man attack and will be out to maintain his 100 per cent record against a Ghana defence that has conceded seven times in four matches. Star midfield player Sebastian Martinez is suspended for this game but the Ghanaian defence, notorious for conceding goals in all four games should be extremely. Two teams out to prove a point take to the Turk Telekom Arena with only a win on their mind.Probable Starting X1:Ghana-Antwi,Nketiah,Baba Rahman,Lartey,Larweh,Seidu Salifu,Odjer,Aboagye,Assifuah,Boakye-Yiadom,Acheampong.Chile-Melo,Campos,Lichnovsky,Robles,Laremas,Baeza,Fuentes,Henrique,Rabello,Cuevas,Castillo.last_img read more