Hotel Medora Auri in Podgora won the prestigious TUI Nordic Blue Star award

first_imgOnly a year after the opening, the Medora Auri Hotel in Podgora was awarded the TUI Nordic Blue Star 2017 Gold Award for the best rated hotel by a guest of this prestigious market concept.The Blue Star concept is part of TUI Nordic’s offer, as well as its longest-lived and most popular brand. All 34 hotels in Europe, as well as 22 hotels in other world destinations, have common characteristics in this concept – a variety of facilities and services for families and couples in facilities of categories 4 and 5 *, especially sustainability, environmental protection and modern technological solutions. . “The Gold Award, based on the ratings of the guests who stayed at the Medora Auri Hotel, is extremely important for the hotel and the Society as a whole and because the Medora Auri Hotel is the first facility from Croatia to win the Gold Award, ie first place in one of the TUI’s market concepts. This is especially important for us because of the construction of a positive image of Croatia as a destination of excellence and high quality tourist product. In the same competition, the hotel won a silver award for the quality of WiFi and a bronze award for the overall maintenance and cleanliness of the hotel. These awards represent an additional incentive to all employees of the Company to further improve the quality and create an exceptional experience of staying in our facilities.Said the President of the Management Board Zrinko Kamber.Medora repaid debts from pre-bankruptcy prematurelyAt the beginning of the month, Medora hotels from Podgora prematurely settled all their obligations of the Company from the pre-bankruptcy settlement, both to the Ministry of Finance and to all other creditors in full, and the early payment achieved the preconditions for concluding the pre-bankruptcy settlement.According to the Medora Hotel, the early repayment of liabilities was made partly from own funds and partly from a special-purpose loan of Zagrebačka banka dd in the amount of EUR 4,53 million, with a currency clause in kuna equivalent at the middle exchange rate of the CNB. The loan repayment period is 10 years, and no later than October 31.10.2027, 4,20. year, with a variable regular interest rate of XNUMX% per annum.After last year’s renovation of the Medora Auri Family Beach Resort hotel, in which they invested more than 15 million euros, in 2018 Medora plans to continue investing in the two remaining hotels and camps.last_img read more

The revitalization of the Kožljak castle on the slopes of Učka is planned

first_imgThe donation cycle of the Adris Foundation in the amount of HRK 100.000 is responsible for financing the project. “We are proud that the preservation and promotion of cultural property has been recognized in this way, and the donation ceremony was held on November 21, 2018 in Zagreb”, Said Patricia Zanketić, Head of the Department for Economy and EU Projects. As far as the tourist offer is concerned, the 10th Festival of Wild Plants will be held in April this year, and similar contents will be held in the future as part of the Kožljak castle. Also, in the area of ​​the Municipality of Kršan, in the immediate vicinity of the castle, a part of the abandoned railway line stretches for about ten kilometers. This stage offers the possibility of cyclotourism development which is envisaged by the Operational Plan for Cyclotourism Development of the County of Istria. “The challenge for any architect is location. Kaštel Kožljak is absolutely specific – with its history, position and story. Carved in Učka, it looks towards Istria in a mysterious and powerful way. At the invitation of the Municipality of Kršan, my project team and I made a survey of the existing condition of the location where the adaptation will start soon, and it will breathe new life. I am very much looking forward to the awakening of this special part of Istria and all the good that it will bring with it”, Vrban emphasized. His Deputy, Roman Carić, is one of the main persons in charge of the implementation of the Project. He reminded that the Municipality of Kršan had already embarked on a project of revitalization, renovation and putting the castle in Kršan into a tourist function, and the project of reviving the castle Kožljak is part of an integrated project called “Guardian of Istrian divorce”. The rest of the amount will be covered thanks to the approved funds of the Administrative Department for Culture of the Istrian County and the Ministry of Culture, whose project evaluation process is still ongoing. The next step is to apply for the project for EU funds and with these funds, if approved, to finance the execution of works and equipment and arrangement of the facility. In the Istrian municipality of Kršan, an Agreement was signed on the development of a conceptual design for the project of renovation and revitalization of the Kožljak castle, the old town which is part of the municipal settlement of the same name. This valuable cultural asset is mentioned as early as 1102 in written sources from the time of the Aquileian patriarchs. The castle is located on a steep cliff along the old road that connected Istria with Liburnia. The natural shield consists of the slopes of Učka and Ćićarija, and the castle is approached by stairs carved into the rock. The castle consisted of residential and commercial buildings and was surrounded by defensive walls and a tower. Within the castle are the remains of the Romanesque church of St. Hadrian. So far, geodetic measurements and 3D ortho-photo images, conservation background and architectural images of the existing condition have been performed, and a conceptual solution will be made by the end of March. Further activities are the development of the main and detailed design. The total amount required for the preparation of project-technical documentation is 700.000 kuna, and half of the amount will be provided by the Municipality. The contract was signed with Ante Vrban, a world-renowned Croatian architect, who was entrusted with a demanding task after an open competition. “The location of the old town of Kožljak is insufficiently known at the local level, and the possibilities of its valorization are great.”, Said the mayor of Kršan, Valdi Runko. “This is an effort to properly valorize, and preserve part of our cultural and historical heritage that the Municipality abounds in, and about which not enough is known. Accommodation, location, view, view, experience, extremely attractive place of the municipality, for sure.” Kastel Kozljak / istria-culture.comlast_img read more

Notebook: Is it really elementary?

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GBA, Bristol, McDonald to stage International competition

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association will kick off its year of activities for 2017 with a planned international competition on February 18. The GBA will collaborate with overseas-basedSeon BristolGuyanese Seon Bristol and Alford McDonald to stage the first of three international events for the year.The February competition was long in the making and already St Maarten has signaled its intention of sending a team.GBA president,Steve Ninvalle,said discussions are being held with Suriname,Trinidad and St. Lucia to add more international flavour.According to Ninvalle the collaboration is part of his association’s stratergised effort to provide adequate and quality competition for Guyanese boxers and comes at a time when the GBA is preparing for major overseas engagements. He noted that both McDonald and Bristol are former boxers who have seen it as their duty to give back to the sport.“Mr. McDonald has been relentless in making sure that the planned event becomes a reality and Seon Bristol has had a long relationship with the GBA. Our collective hope is that this will become an annual event,” Ninvalle declared.When contacted, Bristol who resides in the USA, said that both him and McDonald are happy to give back to the sport. “We understand that the GBA, as most of the other associations in Guyana, has been struggling financially. We have seen it fit to talk the talk and also walk the walk and this is just another way of us repaying the sport we love,” Bristol said.February’s event would be the first since Guyana took the Caribbean Development Tournament by the scruff of its neck. A local team of 11 boxers returned from Barbados in early December 2016 with 10 gold medals and one silver. Christopher Moore was named Best Boxer.last_img read more

MerseyGirl Poppy gets in the swing

first_img Teenager Poppy Gerrard, from the dance group MerseyGirls who made it to this year’s finals of Britain’s Got Talent, is getting behind the drive to encourage more girls to take up golf.Poppy and the MerseyGirls first hit the headlines when they earned a golden buzzer from judge Alesha Dixon in the audition stages. Now Poppy is using her fame to share her new love of golf with other girls.Poppy was persuaded to go along to the local driving range at Moreton Hills Golf Centre on the Wirral with her dad and brother, where she was spotted by the eagle eyes of the head PGA Professional Daniel Adams.Poppy enjoyed her introduction to golf and some healthy competition as she tried to catch up with the skills of her bother. Now, the 15-year-old, who loves being outdoors and sporty, wants to be a role model for other young girls and encourage them to try something different and adopt a healthy lifestyle.After talking to Daniel and her mum Kath, Poppy is promoting a taster session for girls at Moreton Hills in October where the girls will be able to come along to the golf centre, meet Poppy and take part in some dancing and golfing with her.The places filled up in record time after Poppy took to Instagram to say: “When I have not been training/dancing with MerseyGirls I have been spending some time learning a new hobby. Golf is actually a lot harder and cooler than I thought it would be.” She then invited girls to join her at Moreton Hills to “hang out, take photos and have some fun hitting golf shots.”Since the Instagram invitation Poppy and Daniel have been busy planning the event at Moreton Hills and have been on a photo shoot around the Wirral (see below) to show what a beautiful part of the country it is to visit and play golf.Alison Lysons, England Golf’s Cheshire Club Support Officer, said: “It’s really exciting to see someone like Poppy enjoying learning to play golf and wanting to encourage other young girls to try a new sport and become more active.“I’m sure the event at Moreton Hills will be a great success and hope that the girls who come along will not only enjoy the event but will want to return and take advantage of the great range of classes that Daniel has on offer.”Lauren Spray, Women and Girls’ Participation Manager at England Golf added: “Poppy’s use of Instagram has demonstrated the importance of choosing the right way to communicate with youngsters and recruit them to our sport.“By coming directly from Poppy, her peers they have trusted her opinion and signed up to come along to have a go at golf. Poppy has presented golf in a cool, accessible way which has encouraged these teenage girls to take part and enjoy themselves. This is something England Golf is working hard to achieve through Girls Golf Rocks, our girls’ national recruitment campaign which we run jointly with the Golf Foundation.”For more information about this event and other taster opportunities please contact Daniel Adams, Head PGA Professional at Moreton Hills Golf Centre at daniel.adams42@hotmail.comTo find out about other opportunities across the country visit Get into golf is England’s Golf’s campaign to inspire more people to take up golf and it offers a range of low-cost beginner activities delivered by PGA professionals.Girls Golf Rocks is a joint initiative run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation to encourage girls aged 5 to 18 to learn golf in a fun and social way, supported by amabassadors from county girls’ squads.It currently runs in 15 counties across England. Girls are invited to take part in free taster sessions and if they want to learn more, to move on into fun, informal group lessons at a golf club or driving range. Find out more at or follow Girls Golf Rocks on Twitter at @GirlsGolfRocks1 or on Facebook at Tags: Alison Lysons, Get into golf, Moreton Hills, women and girls 28 Sep 2017 MerseyGirl Poppy gets in the swing last_img read more

Ramp Meters Coming Soon to I-5 in Olympia, Lacey

first_imgFacebook163Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Doug Adamson for the Washington State Department of TransportationEvery afternoon, travelers in Lacey and Olympia sit in backups on southbound I-5, and wonder, why can’t someone fix this? There is some good news. We are.One way to help maintain traffic flow is regulating vehicles entering the highway. And that’s where traffic meters come in, and what’s coming to Thurston County. Come mid-April, we expect to activate new meters at:Martin Way EastSleater-Kinney Road SoutheastPacific Avenue SoutheastHenderson Boulevard SoutheastRamp meters are an affective and proven tool that help delay the onset of backups seen regularly on southbound I-5 between Lacey and Olympia. They also help reduce the potential for collisions.What’s causing the backups?Every day, we see large groups of vehicles flood southbound I-5 at the same time. Drivers naturally slow down due to merging traffic and congestion builds until traffic slows to a crawl.Ramp meters – traffic signals at the end of highway on-ramps – regulate the flow of traffic entering the highway. The regulated pace vehicles enter the highway makes it more predicable for travelers already using I-5. Meters provide consistent gaps between vehicles, rather than allowing multiple vehicles to flood the highway at once.But why not add more lanes to I-5? The answer is cost. We look at lower-cost enhancements, such as ramp meters, before big-ticket items like widening I-5. Right now, there is no funding to widen this section of I-5.Why ramp meters?Ramp meters are a long-used tool to help improve the flow of traffic on state highways. While new to southbound I-5 in Olympia and Lacey, ramp meters have successfully operated at the Marvin Road and Nisqually on-ramps to northbound I-5 in Thurston County for years.Another southbound I-5 ramp meter at Marvin Road will activate later as part of the diverging diamond interchange project.How and when ramp meters workRamp meters react to real-time conditions. Using computer-assisted technology and specially trained operators, ramp meters can activate anytime or any day if the network detects I-5 congestion.On-ramp delays?While ramp metering benefits the interstate, it can produce delays for drivers merging onto the highway. We will monitor the system and make adjustments as needed. At the same time, we do anticipate it will take longer to reach the highway. We expect some drivers will opt for in-city travel instead of using I-5. And as always, for those able to do so we encourage people to consider alternate forms of transportation such as transit, bicycling or walking.What about northbound I-5?It’s a worst-first strategy. While there is northbound congestion, southbound is the focus due to longer-lasting afternoon chronic congestion. There also is no funding at this time for northbound ramp meters. However, you can expect this tool for northbound I-5 in the south sound when funding becomes available.Not stopping in Lacey or Olympia?Travelers heading to locations south of Olympia can help. Through traffic is encouraged to use the left two lanes. This does not apply to vehicles towing a trailer or vehicle or combination over 10,000 gross vehicle weight.last_img read more


first_imgDerry has it all wrapped up for an enchanting Christmas experience to rival any European destination thanks to Derry City Council’s stunning seasonal package of activities and events guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. Historic winding streets, shops, bars, restaurants and high quality craft sector combine to create the perfect stop-off during the countdown to the most magical time of the year.So make sure to keep some key dates free soon in your diary for Christmas shopping and entertainment in the Walled City famed for its welcoming festive atmosphere. The 20th annual Guildhall Craft Fair taking place from November 14th-16th will provide a glittering start to Derry City Council’s Christmas programme, always a great weekend for visitors to select the perfect handcrafted gift for Christmas stocking fillers.Forty crafters from all over Ireland will be exhibiting high quality wares such as ceramics, textiles, jewellery and foodie treats in the historic setting of the beautifully restored Guildhall.The Christmas Lights will be illuminated on Thursday, November 20th at 7pm, when the big switch-on ceremony returns to its traditional venue in Guildhall Square. This year’s event will be spread across three zones in the city centre for maximum festive cheer.• Guildhall Square – Santa and his helpers turning on the lights • Peace Garden – transformed into a ‘Frozen Forest’• Waterloo Place – Elsa and the stars of Frozen will be on stageJust a short walk across the Peace Bridge and you will be transfixed by our brand new Christmas Village opening at Ebrington from Friday, November 28th until December 21st.This new festive offer for Derry will have Christmas markets in 25 wooden chalets selling a wide variety of delicious seasonal fayre and some cracker gift ideas, trading from 12 noon until 10pm.Who needs to travel further afield when you can make a trip to Music City 2014 for the full festive experience complete with Legenderry on Ice which will also be open at Ebrington from November 28th. Featuring an even bigger ice rink than last year which attracted thousands of happy skaters, as well as a festive funfair and bar.Sit back with a mulled wine or a delicious hot chocolate, and enjoy live music and entertainment from local bands and visiting acts ranging from choirs to jazz during the weekends leading up to Christmas – what better way to get you into the festive mood!There will even be pop-up Christmas Cinema, ‘The Festive Film Factory’ with daily showings of festive films in the Christmas Village at Ebrington Square!Younger members of the family will also be well catered for in the city centre with special themed activities destined to make them experience the Wonder of Christmas, based in the Craft Village on December 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 1pm-5pm each day. Costing just £1 per child, there will be storytelling, arts and crafts, puppet shows and much, much more to keep your little darlings entertained.Fashionistas can join the cool crowd at the city’s exciting inaugural Fashion Fest from November 20th-23rd, and enjoy extended late night Christmas shopping at both Foyleside and Richmond Centres which will remain open until 10pm from December 1st.With so many festive activities and events to enjoy in Derry, why not stay a while and soak up the atmosphere, with one night B&B accommodation available from just £32.50 per person sharing.For more details go to www.visitderry.comFor more information on Derry City Council’s fantastic Christmas programme please visit www.festivetime.comFurther press information can be obtained by contacting Derry City Council’s Marketing and Communications Section, Tel. 02871 376504.HAVE YOURSELF A ‘LEGENDERRY’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

The West Brom v QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-48] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Maropeng unveils Little Foot cast

first_img11 December 2006A cast of the world’s most complete pre-human fossil, one of the most significant fossil finds ever made, can now be seen by the public.An in situ cast of Little Foot, which rests in dolomite and chert stones in the Silberberg Grotto at Sterkfontein Caves, has been unveiled at the Maropeng visitor interpretation centre at South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind world heritage site.Dubbed Little Foot because its body parts are smaller than other adult finds, the fossil is the most complete pre-human (Australopithecine) fossil unearthed to date, and probably the oldest in southern Africa.More than 10 years since the excavation of Little Foot began, the cast allows visitors to Maropeng to see what Little Foot looks at the site of the excavation at the Sterkfontein Caves.Little Foot will lie unlifted at Sterkfontein until around the middle of 2007. When completely excavated, it is expected to reveal crucial information on how the Australopithecines looked, moved and lived.National treasureSpeaking at the unveiling of the cast last week, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa described Little Foot as “one of South Africa’s most highly prized palaeoanthropological discoveries.“Although we know that Little Foot walked upright and was closely related to the world-famous Mrs Ples, it is an even more ancient and more complete Australopithecine fossil find,” Shilowa said.“The excavation has yielded the most complete Australopithecine skull as well as the most complete set of foot and leg bones. Furthermore, the skeleton is extremely well preserved, with most of the bones intact and joined in their natural position.“All of these qualities make it one of the most significant hominid discoveries on the planet, and one that every South African should be proud of.”Old boxes of bonesLittle Foot was discovered after Professor Ron Clarke of the University of the Witwatersrand, looking through boxes of animal fossils in 1994, recognized bones belonging to a hominid foot.Over time he accumulated many of the bones from this hominid’s left and right feet, and – thinking it unlikely that two feet of the same specimen should have fallen into the cave, unless they had still been attached to a whole body – reasoned that the rest of the skeleton must still be encased in the Sterkfontein Caves.In 1997 Clarke made a cast of the broken tibia bone which he thought should match the point in the cave from which the foot-bones had been removed, and sent his two assistants, Nkwane Molefe and Steven Motsumi, into the Silberberg Grotto.Within two days Molefe and Motsumi found a fragment which astonishingly matched the tibia shaft, and so the complete skeleton of Little Foot was discovered.Also speaking at the Little Foot cast unveiling, Wits University vice-chancellor Loyiso Nongxa said that Little Foot’s excavation from its 3-million-year-old encasing “gives us a unique opportunity to uncover information about the appearance, locomotion and lifestyle of the Australopithecines and to unlock important secrets about human evolution.”Cradle of HumankindSterkfontein Cave is the most famous of 13 excavated fossil sites in the broader 47 000-hectare Cradle of Humankind site situated some 50 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg.Three million years of human activity have taken place in and around the Cradle, including man’s earliest-known mastery of fire.Forty percent of all human ancestor fossil finds have been made here, including several of the world’s most famous and important fossils – among them Mrs Ples (now believed to be Master Ples), dating back 2.5-million years, and Little Foot.A further 500 hominid fossils and over 9 000 stone tools have been excavated in the area, and excavations will probably continue for another 100 reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

JU working with West Bengal govt. to increase shelf life of ‘Banglar Rosogolla’

first_imgJadavpur University’s Food Technology department is collaborating with the West Bengal government to increase the shelf life of Banglar Rosogolla, which got a geographical indication (GI) tag two years back, to market it internationally.A senior professor of the Food Technology department, told PTI on Sunday that the Research and Development (R and D) section has been working on the type of preservatives to use to increase the shelf life of Bengal’s delectable Rosogolla – cotton cheese ball dipped in syrup.“Our R and D department is on the job to suggest ways for increasing the shelf life of the Rosogolla by a considerable time, say six months. But, the technology transfer of the process has not yet taken place. The Animal Resources Development department of the State government will be in a better position to say when and how the delicacy will be made available in the market,” the professor said.The dessert will be manufactured using machines, he added.West Bengal’s Animal Husbandry Minister Swapan Debnath said, once the transfer of technology is completed, the State will start producing Rosogolla in automated machines at a plant using the prescribed norms set by JU experts and sell the product under the Mother Diary brand.“Initially, the first round of production will not be delivered in the market. Experts will carry out research on it and once they give us the nod after considering the taste and quality of the product, our Rasogolla will hit the market,” he said.No specific time frame has been set for this.West Bengal was given the GI tag for the Banglar Rasogolla on November 14, 2017.The State government held a ‘Rosogolla Fair’ to popularise the sweetmeat in 2018 and observed ‘Rosogolla Day’ on November 14, 2019 at the ‘Misti Hub’, a popular sweetmeat makers hub in New Town area.last_img read more