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Plitvice Lakes increase ticket prices

first_imgPlitvice Lakes National Park has announced a new ticket price list for 2018, and a big change is that the prices are significantly more expensive than last year.According to the new price list for 2018, ticket prices have risen significantly, so the ticket price in the season for an adult is HRK 250,00, while last year it was HRK 160,00. Also one of the news is that during the tourist season, in the period from 01.07. to 31.08., it is possible to buy tickets for half a day, ie after 16.00 the ticket price is cheaper by 100,00 kn and is 150,00 kn.Side dish: Ticket price list for 2018 Plitvice Lakes National Park  Related news:TRAKOŠĆAN CASTLE WILL CHARGE TICKETS FOR A WALK IN THE PARK FROM APRILMOTOVUN MUNICIPALITY HAS DECIDED TO CHARGE THE ENTRY TO THE MOTOVUN WALLSlast_img read more

Cesar Azpilicueta sends message to David Luiz ahead of Arsenal vs Chelsea

first_imgCesar Azpilicueta sends message to David Luiz ahead of Arsenal vs Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Dec 2019 11:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta spent five years together at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Cesar Azpilicueta has warned David Luiz their long-standing friendship will count for nothing when Chelsea face Arsenal in tomorrow’s crunch London derby.The defensive duo spent five years together at Stamford Bridge over the course of Luiz’s two spells at Chelsea, before his summer switch to the Emirates.Luiz is set to face his former club for the first time in the Premier League in what will represent Mikel Arteta’s first home game in charge since being confirmed as Unai Emery’s permanent successor.Azpilicueta acknowledged his former teammate played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s success over the course of the last decade but warned him not to expect any favours as the Blues look to bounce back from their Boxing Day defeat against Southampton.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When I arrived at Chelsea David was here, then he left for PSG, then he came back,’ said the Spaniard. David Luiz will face his former club Chelsea on Sunday (Picture: Getty)‘He is a player who was very important for Chelsea as part of the squad which won the Champions League, two Europa Leagues, the Premier League with Antonio Conte.‘But we know football changes and players move here and there and now he has started a new chapter for him at Arsenal. On Sunday he is going to be a rival and we are going to fight for our teams.’Arsenal meanwhile came from behind to earn a draw at Bournemouth on Wednesday, but Azpilicueta is confident Chelsea can extinguish the feelgood factor generated by Arteta’s appointment.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe added: ‘I have never played with Mikel Arteta. I know him because he is Spanish and he played for Arsenal but I don’t have any special relationship with him.‘For Arsenal it is a new beginning with a new coach but for us it is a massive game after losing against Southampton.‘It is a London derby and obviously we have to bounce back after the disappointing Boxing Day.’MORE: Mikel Arteta sends warning to Arsenal players over out-of-form ChelseaMORE: Paul Scholes names Arsenal’s three key players and the problem Mikel Arteta must sort out first Advertisement Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Amar Krajina is the New Footballer of the FC Igman from Konjic

first_imgFormer player of the Youth representation of B&H and member of the teams Slovan Liberec, Mlade Boleslav and Sarajevo found a new club.Next season, he will be playing in Igman from Konjic. As he stated, he is very glad he arrived in Konjic and that he is well accepted after only few trainings.I have been training for a couple of days with the Igman team. It is really a good team. The players accepted me and everything is great for the moment. I hope this season will be successful for the club and for me. I am, so far, very satisfied here in Konjic” – said Krajina.(Source: Sport Centar)last_img read more

No Real deal for Mbappe, insist Monaco

first_imgMonaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | Monaco insisted on Wednesday that no deal with Real Madrid has been reached for teenage French international striker Kylian Mbappe.Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev also said in a press conference the principality club were in discussions with Mbappe over a new contract extension.The 18-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation linking him to a world-record 180-million-euro ($210m, £160m) move, with Spanish sports daily Marca reporting on Tuesday that a fee had been agreed between Real and the French Ligue 1 champions.“I have read a lot of things in the press,” said Vasilyev.“So far we have not signed any agreements with Real or any other club. All big clubs want him, he’s the great hope of European football.“We are in discussions over a contract extension with Kylian and we hope to reach an agreement.”When pushed further on whether Mbappe, whose current contract runs until 2019, would leave or sign a new deal, the Russian said: “No, he should not go.“Why should he do it? He is a player that everyone will want, even if he has a year left, everyone will be on him.”Mbappe burst onto the scene last season as he helped Leonardo Jardim’s side claim their first French league title since 2000 and reach the Champions League semi-finals.The pacy forward scored 15 Ligue 1 goals and six in as many starts in Europe, all of which came in the Champions League knock-out stages.Having been linked with possible moves to a host of top clubs, Real had appeared to be on the brink of getting their man.But Vasilyev insisted that Mbappe needed to be given time to make a decision of that magnitude at such a young age.“There is too much media pressure around him,” he added. “It’s not easy for him, but he handles it well… We want to take the time to chat quietly with the player and his family.“You have to give him time, do not rush things too fast.”Mbappe has been wooed so hard by some of Europe’s top clubs that Monaco raised the red card and warned the circling predators that they could be reported to FIFA, world football’s governing body.“Top European football clubs made contact with Kylian Mbappe and his entourage without our authorisation,” Monaco said on their website on Tuesday.Mbappe is one of two players who is reported to be close to a world-record breaking move, with Monaco’s Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain hoping to seal a 220-million-euro capture of Brazilian star Neymar from Barcelona.“I think it would be a good thing if Neymar played in Ligue 1, it would be great for France,” Vasilyev said.Portuguese coach Jardim has already lost several key players that helped his young side to their amazing successes last season.Portuguese attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva left for Manchester City, before being followed to the Etihad Stadium by full-back Benjamin Mendy, as he became the most expensive defender of all-time for £52 million.Defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko also moved to the Premier League to join champions Chelsea, while forward Valere Germain was snapped up by Marseille.At the press conference Monaco unveiled their own new close-season recruits though, including former Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio and Belgian international midfielder Youri Tielemans.And Vasilyev insisted that the club would continue to look to youth to provide success.“We will not change our goals,” he said.“We are talking about progression and moving forwards, but always in the economic interest of the club, I hope we can do that.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

LIVE: Putin opens 2018 World Cup draw ceremony in Moscow

first_imgPutin and Pele at the World Cup draw todayTweets about @FIFAWorldCup Moscow, Russia | AFP |  Russian leader Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Friday opened the ceremony for the 2018 World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow.“Our country is looking forward to the championship and intends to hold it at the highest level,” Putin said in the televised address.“We have loved this sport a long time, with a strong affection that stretches across the country,” he said, promising to “do everything for (the championship) to be a grand sports festival.”“I am sure that the forthcoming World Cup will be a huge factor in the development of the sport both in the Russian regions and throughout the whole world.” The football world descended upon Moscow to find out who will play who, when and where at the competition next year.The setting, by Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral, could scarcely be grander.The success of the tournament is a matter of personal pride for Putin after the Russian strongman helped wrest the June 14-July 15 competition from England in an ugly 2010 battle before relations with the West dramatically collapsed over Ukraine. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

A Generation of Gems in Fair Haven

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – Maureen Bay has been responsible for bringing a lot of sparkle and beauty to the borough for 30 years.Bay, the owner of Gem of An Idea at 740 River Road, is celebrating her 30th year in business and is proud of the designs, quality and trust-worthiness she has been able to offer her customers for three decades.Maureen Bay is celebrating 30 years in Fair Haven as the owner of Gem of An Idea.Bay began in the jewelry business working in a store in Shrewsbury. She and another employee decided to become partners in 1983 and they opened a store in another borough location. Bay amicably bought her partner out about six years later and moved the business to her present address.Her longevity has given her the pleasure of serving not only her original customers but also their children and now some of their grandchildren as well.“I’m now on the third generation of some of the families coming in to me,” Bay said. “I almost feel a little motherly or, maybe sentimental, about my clients. I’m resetting diamonds I sold to a young couple and now they are using that for their son or their daughter and they are having a baby … It’s kind of nice.“It’s making me feel old but it’s also making me feel that, if you can hold on to three generations of customers, you must be doing something right.”Bay has a passion for her business and the things she designs and sells. “I’ve always said this business is two things: trust and emotion. People have to trust you but buying jewelry … is an emotional thing … Most of it is for an occasion. It takes on added importance.”Bay feels that sense of responsibility to help customers buy that gift “whether it’s a father coming in with his son buying something for Mother’s Day for the first time” or someone purchasing something more extravagant. “You have to steer that client toward something that has to be just right, be the right price, be right for the person getting it, say everything they want it to say.”Bay’s business has chang­ed over the years. She says that when she and her partner founded the business, they were not as ambitious nor did they have a lot of money. “We did a lot of beaded jewelry,” she said. “We made a lot of our own things. I made a lot. I started out at the bench doing repairs. So my position with the business has moved from the bench area and creating to dealing more with the customers. Now I’m more behind-the-scenes again. I’m more into the operational part of the business.”While Bay is still creating exquisite pieces of jewelry, she has taken Gem of An Idea’s inventory over the years from its more humble start to more exclusive lines in gold and platinum and a wide variety of gemstones that represent her custom-designed pieces and various brands.Bay’s business philosophy is that she wants her customers “to feel comfortable … feel assured that they are dealing with someone who is honestly steering them in the right direction, someone who is offering them true value…I want them to feel confident and happy. I want them to walk out the door happy they came in and happy with whatever purchase or decision that they made.“I like to look a person in the eye and I like to be able to do the same thing 10 years after I sell them something,” she said.Bay estimates that within a mile of her store there are at least 15 jewelry stores, not to mention the various online retailers. “So why come in here?” she asks and then answers that she is “ offering something a little different, going out of our way for service … giving something to my customers that they can’t find elsewhere in terms of service, style, attention to them.“When someone walks in the door, they don’t remain anonymous for long,” she said proudly. “We go out of our way … whatever it takes.”Bay also is well known for her community spirit and has been actively involved in many Fair Haven occasions over the years. She was president of the Fair Haven Business Association for more than 20 years and has involved herself with different groups, including those fighting breast cancer, borough organizations, Clean Ocean Action, CPC Behavioral Healthcare and her alma mater, Monmouth University. “It’s important to give back,” she said. ”It’s also a way for people to meet me … and do something nice. If I have the ability to contribute, then I feel I have that obligation to support my community.”Bay came to the area from Massachusetts to attend Monmouth University in 1970. It was there she met her husband and graduated with degrees in fine arts and education. She taught school for a bit but decided that was not the direction she wanted to go and went into retail. She continued her education and is credentialed by the Gemological Institute of America.As someone surrounded by beautiful precious metals, fabulous pearls and glittering gemstones, Bay’s taste is “very eclectic.” Personally, she is drawn toward tourmaline. “It’s untreated, it comes in a variety of natural colors and it can be affordable or very expensive,” she said.She and her husband have enjoyed living in the area and riding their Harleys together. They have traveled extensively for more than 25 years around the East Coast on their motorcycles. They own five now. “It’s a good way to forget troubles of any sort,” she said.Though they now have a second home in North Carolina – found while on a motorcycle trip – and escape there whenever they can, Bay sees herself continuing with Gem of An Idea long past her 30 years in Fair Haven.“I like it here. I like the small town, close atmosphere. I like walking down the street and waving to people,” Bay said. “I feel very comfortable. I like the police. They watch me and make me feel safe … I like that people can park and walk into the store. It’s accessible and easy. It works for me.”last_img read more

Red Bank Classic 5K Attracts 1,000 Runners

first_imgStory by Jenna Moldaver • Photos by Patrick Olivero |RED BANK – The streets of downtown Red Bank were alive and bustling early Saturday morning for the inaugural Red Bank Classic 5k, which drew about 1,000 runners and their supporters to the downtown.Among the participants were Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy of Middletown, who surprised many in the crowd when they showed up in sneakers to run the race together.The event was hosted by the Red Bank Business Alliance and Red Bank RiverCenter. It raised about $20,000 for the Red Bank YMCA and the borough parks and recreation department.“A bunch of businesses and the Red Bank community got together and we decided we needed a community event like this and to bring a race back to town,” said organizer Angela Courtney, a member of the Business Alliance. “It just organically happened and it grew into this amazing event. We expected 500 people and got over a thousand.”While runners and their supporters gathered on Broad Street, local businesses showcased their products and services in Marine Park. Kitch Organic, Jersey Shore, Evolution Acupuncture and more set out pamphlets and samples under tents throughout the park. While the main action of the day took place a few blocks away, Marine Park was a site of relaxation, offering foot massages, paddle boarding and yoga for runners and community members to enjoy.A pre-race warmup offered by fitness professionals Mike Rodgers Jr. and Elizabeth Murphy guided the runners in stretches, offering motivational words as the race start neared.On each side of the throng of runners, supporters watched from sidewalks, taking pictures, cheering and holding signs like those of Red Bank residents Wallace and Messiah Woods, a father and son who made signs reading “Run Honey Run” and “My Mom is # Run.”Runners came in every variety: experienced, first-timers, solo and in groups. They ranged from under 14 to over 75. There was a special fun run for the younger set.The overall winners were Ean Jaffe, 17, of Holmdel (0:17:18.0), Kerry O’Brien, 34, of Belford (0:17:22.7), Anthony Scamardella, 19, of Red Bank (0:17:45.3), Sean Rath, 34, of Atlantic Highlands (0:18:20.3) and Abraham Calderon, 15, of South Amboy (0:18:36.2).The Murphys finished at 27:06, placing them in the top 25 percent of finishers.Of the 31 teams that competed, the top finishers were Sweetest Sins, Orangetheory Fitness, Shrewsbury First Assembly of God, Red Bank Eye and CrossFit TreeHouse II.More than 30 runners represented Red Bank Eye. The group of colleagues and customers donned team T-shirts with their enthusiasm. “Almost the entire office is out here,” said Eatontown resident Tom Sasso. All of the results have been posted and can be found at redbankclassic.com.The event brought together families, friends and the community at large, a feat Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna described as the primary goal of the race. He likened the lively event to his experience growing up with a particularly strong sense of community in Italy.“I was born and raised in Italy and I remember as a kid, everybody would meet in the piazza, the square, to eat or drink,” Menna said. “People would just walk around, meet their neighbors, talk, and it was a lively place. In a lot of respects, Red Bank is a little bit like that because we do have a very safe, active downtown and what you do see a lot is that it brings a focus on community.”Menna said this race, the first road race in Red Bank since the long-running George Sheehan Classic ended in 2015, is an important step in revitalizing this focus. He said he believes these types of events are essential in uniting a community.“All of a sudden, you realize that we’re really this small world and somebody who’s a different color, somebody who’s got a different faith, somebody who acts differently than you, they’re really just people,” he said. “They’re humans just like we are. It’s just a matter of mingling.”Throughout the morning, this community spirit pervaded moments both big and small: a woman extended her hand to her husband so they could cross the finish line together; a father pushed his infant son in a stroller for the entire 3.1 mile course; friends discussed the plight of uphill treks and unforgiving leg cramps as they reveled in post-race glory over bagels in Marine Park.From the volunteers handing out water bottles to the triumphant friends posing with medals at the finish line, Red Bank beamed with community pride.Road races may have taken a hiatus in the town, but community members tied up their laces once again without missing a step.This article first appeared in the June 21 – 28, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

DiBella, Team B.C. drops a thriller in shootout at Canada Winter Games

first_imgElla Matteucci of Frutivale assisted on a goal by Nicole Medori Saxvik North Vancouver to give Team B.C. the lead. But Canada’s most western province could not hold off the late charge by Manitoba to secure the victory.Team B.C. advance to the contest by pounding Nova Scotia 8-2 Friday in relegation action. Karoline Huber of Kelowna scored twice to lead Team B.C.Team B.C. lost 4-0 to high-powered Quebec in quarter final action Thursday to drop into the relegation round.Team B.C., which includes Nelson Minor Hockey product Aimee DiBella, lost a heartbreaking 1-0 decision Wednesday to Team Saskatchewan to drop into 1-3 in Pool A play.

Team B.C. opened with a 4-0 loss to Alberta Sunday.

Team B.C. then lost 4-1 to Ontario Monday. DiBella had two minutes in penalties.

DiBella & Company finally got a win Tuesday, defeating Team Newfoundland & Labrador 4-0.

Along with DiBella on Team B.C. is Kootenay Wildcats teammate Daley Oddy of Cranbrook.

Matteucci played last season for the Cats but this year is playing in Wilcox, Sask., at the Notre Dame Hockey Academy.

During the first week of the Canada Winter Games, Team B.C. Men’s squad backed into the playoffs before reeling off a string of victories to claim the gold medal.

The Team B.C. squad include Luke Bertolucci of Montrose.sports@thenelsondaily.com The movers and shakers at B.C. Hockey made a ton of changes to improve the results of the female provincial team on the national scene. However, while the province did better its final resut the best the squad to manage was a sixth-place showing at the  Canada Winter Games in Halifax.Team B.C. fell 2-1 in a relegation thriller to Team Manitoba Saturday as the Canada Winter Games wrapped up.Team Alberta defeated Ontario 3-2 to claim the gold medal while Quebec edged Saskatchewan 4-3 to win the bronze.Team Manitoba scored with Team B.C. clinging to a 1-0 lead late in the game before capturing the contest in a shootout.last_img read more

Jolly simply too much for pack at Fall Svoboda Trail Running Race

first_img“The course was challenging with 2000 of climbing over the 13 kilometer loop, but everyone seamed to love it,” said race organizer Randy Richmond.”It was great to see some high school kids kicking but out there too, especially Linnea Sharelove who is only 14 years old.”The race is sponsored by Nelson’s Trail Running Series.Proceeds from the race go directly to improvements of the Nelson running trails.Next race is slated for later this month in Kaslo. The race is dubbed the Kaslo Suffer Fest.Race Results: Scott Jolly         1:23:58 Cail Spencer      1:26:56 Levi Smith        1:27:34 Jon Fancis         1:28:30 Sandy Boyd      1:29:45 Sasha Kabalis    1:30:19 Leanne Douglas 1:30:40 349 ?                   1:31:04 Scott Spencer     1:34:17 Jaime Frederick 1:34:44 Richard Klein     1:41:35 Nicola Everton   1:41:35 Greg Smith         1:46:00 Chris Stoich        1:46:20 Andy Daley        1:50:53 Graeme Marshall 1:50:53 Laurie Holton      1:52:51 Yogita Bouchard 1:53:00 Linnea Sharelove 2:05:22 Scott Jolly edged Cail Spencer by more than two minutes to capture the Fall Svoboda Trail Running Race Saturday.Jolly breezed over the 13 kilometer loop in a time of one hour, 23 minutes and 58 seconds.Spencer was next followed by Levi Smith in a time of 1:27.34.last_img read more

Leafs double Storm, run winning streak to five games

first_imgIn the third Nelson ran into penalty troubles allowing the Storm to cut the lead to 3-2 in the final two minutes.But a seeing-eye empty net goal by Carsen Willans ended any hopes of an amazing comeback.“Carsen’s goal was a relief because Kamloops was coming hard so that goal was big,”  confessed Soles, who faced 14 shots int the period.Austin Braid and Spencer Schoech scored for Kamloops.Saturday’s win completes a six-game in nine-day stretch for the Leafs, a time frame that saw Nelson win five of the games.“We’ve come together a lot more,” Soles explained when asked about the recent hot streak.“We started only .500 but lately we’ve been battling hard and we’re winning games because of it.”Nelson, finishing the month of October 8-3, host Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. No doubt the Hawks will be looking for some payback after getting hammered by Nelson 10-3 last Tuesday.The Leafs then face Sicamous Eagles Sunday at 2:30 p.m.LEAF NOTES: Matthew Naka had an early night as the Leaf center got involved in a fight during the first period. . . . Defenceman Cole Arcuri missed is expected to be back in the lineup after recovering from an injury suffered earlier this month against Fernie. . . .New Leaf Kyler Wilkinson saw his first action for Nelson coming to the Heritage City franchise last week in a trade that saw Matti Jmaeff go to the Creston Thunder Cats. Brett Soles didn’t have a lot of work to do during the first 40 minutes of Saturday night’s Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game against the Kamloops Storm.Soles saved his best saves for the third period, stopping all but one shot to power the Leafs to a 4-2 decision over the Kamloops Storm at the NDCC Arena.The win, the fifth straight for the Green and White, allows Nelson to remain in top spot in the Neil Murdoch Division, four points in front of the idle Castlegar Rebels.Castlegar hosts Kamloops Sunday in the Sunflower City.“The boys kept it easy for me through the first two periods . . . I only had 13 shots,” Soles said from outside the Leafs dressing room. “In the third Kamloops came out hard and was battling but we managed only to allow them one goal in the third so it was good.”Nelson controlled most of the play through the first two periods, but ran into a hot netminder in former Leaf Marcus Beasley.Beasley, who was traded to Kamloops last season after failing to latch on with Prince George of the B.C. Hockey League, kept the game close as Nelson fired 30-plus shots at the Storm net through 40 minutes.Still Nelson was able to beat Beasley three times on goals by Jacob Boyczuk, Colton McCarthy and Kevin Bow to lead 3-1.last_img read more