– Advertisement – UEFA: No plans to change Euro 2020 formatUEFA say it has no plans yet to change the format of Euro 2020 amid reports it is considering moving next summer’s tournament to Russia.European football’s governing body decided in March to postpone the tournament by 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has so far stood by the 12-city format it had originally devised.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pm Fraser missed Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Friday with the issue, while Hanley was ruled out of Norwich’s 1-0 victory at home to Swansea a day later.Hanley – who has 30 caps for his country – had been called up to the Scotland squad for the first time in more than two years, while Fraser was looking to add to his 14 international appearances.The news comes as a blow to Scotland, who will travel to Belgrade this week knowing that a victory over Serbia in their one-legged play-off will see them qualify for their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.- Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley will both miss Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia after withdrawing from the squad with injury.Steven Reid, who is part of Scotland boss Steve Clarke’s backroom staff, confirmed the news after both Fraser and Hanley sustained hamstring problems.- Advertisement – French newspaper Le Parisien reported that installing Russia, which hosted the World Cup in 2018, as sole host for the finals was one option being considered by UEFA, with infection rates rising again across the continent.While UEFA has not ruled out changing the format, it said in a statement that it currently had no plans to do so.“UEFA intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on preparations,” the statement read.“Given the uncertainties surrounding Covid – over which neither UEFA nor the local organising bodies have control – it is currently too early to say whether those games in June and July will have restrictions either on fans or even their staging.” As well as missing Thursday’s game at the Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Fraser and Hanley will also be unavailable for Scotland’s Nations League fixtures away to Slovakia on Sunday and Israel on November 18.
In the first nine months of 2017, Valamar Riviera dd from Poreč, the leading tourist company in Croatia, generated HRK 1.740 million in total consolidated operating revenues, which is an increase of 17 percent compared to the same period last year. In the same period, operating profit or adjusted EBITDA grew by 19%.The strong revenue growth is primarily the result of a 20% increase in overnight stays and an increase in the average price of 6%. Significant added value for shareholders was realized, ie the company’s value increased by 26% as a result of the growth of market capitalization, so the current value of the company is HRK 7,2 billion, Valamar points out, and announces that in 2017 they expect to achieve between HRK 1.755 and 1.775 million operating income, ie growth of 17,9% to 19,2% compared to last year. “Revenue growth will be accompanied by strong growth in consolidated operating profit (EBITDA), which will reach between HRK 600 and 610 million annually, which is HRK 87 to 97 million more than Valamar Riviera achieved in 2016. ” pointed out Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera.In 2017, the announced largest annual investment cycle Valamar Riviere worth more than 900 million kuna was successfully completed, most of which was related to repositioning projects in Rabac, ie the construction of two resorts – Family Life Bellevue Resort 4 * and Valamar Girandella Resort 4 * / 5 * with continued investment in raising the quality of campsites according to the segment of higher added value. “The business results achieved in the first nine months of this year are a confirmation of the success of Valamar Riviera’s growth and development strategy, which is based on continuous investments in products, employees and destinations with the aim of creating added value for shareholders and other stakeholders. For the third year in a row, we are achieving strong growth in business results and quality, and accordingly Valamar’s market capitalization is growing at an average annual rate of more than 30%, with progressive growth in wages and employment. This year alone, we have invested more than 900 million kuna and created more than 1.000 new jobs, and I thank all the shareholders, employees, partners and destinations who participated in this strong step forward.. “Kukurin concluded.In accordance with the announced three-year investment cycle with a total value of up to HRK 2 billion by 2020, Valamar Riviera plans to continue intensive investments in 2018, the final decision on which will be made in early December 2017.Hotels and camps Valamar Riviere the best in CroatiaAt the Days of Croatian Tourism, Valamar’s hotels and camps won new awards, and Valamar Girandella Resort was named the investment of the year.In the category of the best hotels and camps, five Valamar hotels and one camp were awarded. The award for the best congress hotel went to the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik 4 * + hotel, while in the four-star hotel category, the best hotel was Valamar Diamant from Poreč. In the family holiday category, Valamar had two nominations – Valamar Isabella Island Resort 4 * / 5 *, which won first place, and Valamar Club Tamaris 4 *, which won third place.Valamar also won the award for the best large camp, which went to Camping Resort Lanterna 4 *, as well as a special recognition Valamar Girandella Resort 4 * / 5 * in Rabac was declared the hotel investment of the year.
TurističkePriče.hr / Last Minute Hrvatska Keep an eye on the Viber community Total Croatia Travel INFO with all the epidemiological information in Croatia for foreign tourists, and if you want to post your last minute offer, post it in the Viber community Croatia Last Minute Deals or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org On the one hand, the importance and advantage of Viber groups is that users ask their inquiries and offers, we have interaction, while the advantage of the portal is that accommodation offers are structured, easier to find in one place and we have additional reach of last minute posts. Ultimately, both complement each other perfectly. “I am glad that we can be a part of a great initiative and story about the Viber community started by colleagues Paul and Krešimir. They did a great job at the right time with communication about all epidemiological measures and certainly kept many foreign tourists who were planning, and who eventually came, to spend the summer in Croatia. Ovim putem svi zajedno dodatno pomažemo našem turizmu i da se smještajni kapaciteti što bolje popune u ovoj iznimno teškoj turističkoj godini” points out Goran Rihelj, owner and chief editor of the portal HrTurizam.hr, and adds that already on the first day of publication, one accommodation was successfully booked through the site, which is great news. The TurističkePriče.hr portal is a new tourist lifestyle portal for the promotion of tourist destinations and Croatia as a tourist destination, otherwise a new project by Goran Rihelj, the founder and editor-in-chief of the HrTurizam portal. The portal is aimed at the general public and is positioned as a tourist lifestyle portal that brings positive tourist stories of our beautiful country. The Viber community Total Croatia Travel INFO was created as a kind of crisis information center for tourism with all the epidemiological information in Croatia, where day by day they answer all foreign tourists to inquiries about entering Croatia. Currently, there are over 5.000 members in the Viber group, who post 300 to 500 messages / queries per day, and each query is answered on the same day. As inquiries about the accommodation offer began to be asked in the community, so the idea was born for the Viber community Croatia Last Minute Deals, which has over 3.500 members. In collaboration with the Viber community Croatia Last Minute Deals., which publishes last minute ponude kako hotelskog tako i privatnog smještaja, a koju su pokrenuli Paul Bradbury i Krešimir Macan, od sada last minute ponude dostupne su i na portalu Turističke priče – Last Minute Hrvatska The portal contains last minute offers of hotel and private accommodation, as well as travel communities.
More and more football clubs across the globe are looking to esports as a way to boost engagement with younger fans and cement their brand’s longevity. Pedro Silva, Qwatti Esports AgencyThe issue is that clubs run the risk of wasting money and doing more harm than good if they don’t go about it the right way. As an example PSG’s launch went down well, whilst Schalke have fully committed to running rosters in titles besides FIFA such as League. The most recent example saw AS Roma go about it in a more unique way by directly partnering with Fnatic.Qwatti Esports Agency is a company which has worked with the likes of Sporting CP, Schalke, Brondby and Legia Warsaw. Ahead of speaking on the subject of football clubs entering esports at the Betting on Football conference in London next month (May 3-5), we sat down with Pedro Silva, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Qwatti, to quiz him on the current trend of football clubs entering the space.Esports Insider: What has been the biggest challenge in terms of convincing football clubs that they should look to esports? Is the conversation getting any easier?Pedro: I would say the biggest challenge has been to convince football clubs to invest reasonable amounts into esports. Pretty much all football clubs want to be in esports but many of them still don’t fully understand the benefits and treat it more as a Public Relations exercise.“Unfortunately, only a few have gone past those titles into games like League of Legends, Rocket League or Hearthstone. That said, as more clubs are getting involved, the conversation is undoubtedly getting easier”It’s also related to the fact that it’s not easy to explain to all of their fans straight away, hence all football clubs have a virtual football team (FIFA/PES). Unfortunately, only a few have gone past those titles into games like League of Legends, Rocket League or Hearthstone. That said, as more clubs are getting involved, the conversation is undoubtedly getting easier.ESI: Why did you decide to get involved with the ‘Football Clubs in Esports’ panel at Betting on Football? What can attendees expect from the session?Pedro: I believe Qwatti Esports has a great story to tell, with regards to the involvement of football clubs in esports, since we are the only agency in the world who works with multiple football clubs from different countries.“As soon as clubs have a clearer strategy about pros and cons of esports, there will be a considerable amount of clubs in different esports titles”I believe attendees can expect to get a more in-depth view of how football clubs are looking at esports and what they expect to benefit from.ESI: Betting companies are now one of the biggest contributors to football globally as an industry. Do esports teams and league organisers need to be more accommodating towards these potential sponsors?Pedro: I think there’s still a long way to go, mostly because football is clearly regulated in all aspects, including betting, but esports still isn’t. I believe that both betting and broadcasting rights will work in esports in a very similar fashion to how they currently work in football, it’ll just take a while, which is normal and to be expected. ESI: You represent Sporting CP, Brondby and Legia Warsaw right now, and you’ve worked with Schalke. Do you encourage clubs to enter FIFA first or how does this discussion around titles go? Why have only Valencia formed a roster in Rocket League?Pedro: We understand that football clubs may need to start with a football game, as it is easier to explain to their fans initially. A lot of our work however is to educate current fans about esports so that clubs can feel more comfortable moving into other titles.“I believe attendees (at Betting on Football) can expect to get a more in-depth view of how football clubs are looking at esports and what they expect to benefit from”As soon as clubs have a clearer strategy about pros and cons of esports, there will be a considerable amount of clubs in different esports titles. I strongly believe we will progress towards several professional leagues in different titles with current esports teams and Football teams playing side-by-side.Then, at some point in a near future, the European football teams will likely start to have an approach like the American sports teams (basketball, etc.) wherein they will start acquiring existing organisations in Europe too.(Disclaimer: The Betting on Football conference is run by our parent company SBC)
It’s no secret that last season was deemed by many as a failure. An 8-8 finish in a year that had lofty expectations was a major disappointment for the players, coaches, ownership and of course the fans. There are many reasons the team underachieved in 2012; one of those reasons was a lack of leadership. Inside the locker room the team will have you believe that wasn’t the case but it’s hard to say otherwise. The Steelers started off strong and basically fell apart once Ben Roethlisberger was injured. A team with quality leadership wouldn’t allow that to happen. While the players returning to the team last year won’t flat out say they lacked leadership, they have all admitted in their own round about ways that there needs to be a change in the locker room; more of a team first attitude. The big question is who amongst the players can lead his teammates into battle? Who has the presence, ability and respect in the locker room to do so? The answer in the past was obvious, Hines Ward, James Farrior, Joey Porter. As this team transitions from old to young, the answer isn’t as blatant. My first candidate for captain and leader is the easiest of all the picks, it’s Big Ben Roethlisberger. He’s the franchise quarterback and the guy that most players will automatically look to first. He’s the best player on this team and can lead by example on the field and resource his vast experience of winning big games off of it when he’s working with and talking to the younger guys. Roethlisberger has matured vastly over the past few years and it’s now time for him to take this team on his back and lead them as far as he can. He knows he has to do this and I believe he can. Sticking with the offensive side of the ball; Maurkice Pouncey seems like another great candidate to lead the guys on the offensive side of the ball. As the Center, he works with just about every unit and player on offense. He’s a hard worker, perennial pro bowler and a guy who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. To me, he’s the perfect guy to teach the guys on the offensive line, both young and old as well as take the running backs under his wing too. As a guy who is down in the trenches on a down by down basis, he has a lot of respect inside that locker room and if he can step up and take on the responsibility of being a leader, it will help this team go a long way.On the defensive side of the ball my first pick to lead the guys is Brett Keisel. He’s a man who’s played for many years with great success. He’s acknowledged that he may be retiring after this season and it’s a good bet he’d like to add one more ring to his hardware. Being the long term veteran on a relatively young defensive line, it only makes sense for him to lead the group. He can still play well and put up some very impressive statistics and much like Big Ben, he can resource his experience in winning the big games to help tutor the youth that’s surrounding him. Lastly another grizzled veteran; Larry Foote. Foote put up one of the best years he’s ever had in 2012 and he too can lead on the field with his play as well as off with his experience. Foote has a lot of respect in the locker room and is a guy that won’t let things get out of hand if a guy or two starts to become individually focuses vs. looking at the teams’ long term aspirations. Look for Foote to step up and quite frankly he may be the best leader this team has by the time the season rolls around.Leaders however are not picked by me, you or even the coaches. Leaders step up on their own and other players begin to gravitate towards them. If the 2013 version of the Steelers has any of the four above players step up as leaders, they’ll be well on their way. If it’s not these guys, it will need to be another set of guys or else this team will find itself right where they were in 2012, disappointed, frustrated and looking for answers.Editor’s Note: Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com – Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at email@example.com Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, poses for photographers, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in central London, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Pittsburgh Steelers will play against the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in London, on Sunday Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
The Castlegar Rebels finally have an opponent to play for all the marbles in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.After watching the Osoyoos Coyotes storm back to even the Okanagan Conference Final, the North Okanagan Knights scored three times in the opening period en route to a convincing 4-0 victory in Game seven of the beste-of-seven Conference Final Sunday in Armstrong.The Knights win the series 4-3 and now advance to meet Kootenay Conference Champion Castlegar in the KIJHL Championship. Game one of the best-of-seven final goes Tuesday in Castlegar.Mat Lambert and Derek Andrews scored one minute apart in the first period to give North Okanagan goalie Dustin Nikkel all the support he would need to backstop the Knights to victory.Colton Thibault also scored in the first period.Andrews, shorthanded in the third, completed the scoring.Nikkel stopped all 33 shots by the Coyotes.
The L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers travelled to the South Okanagan over the weekend to get a taste of action on the High School Field Hockey season.The squad, consisting of players from Grades 8-10, finished the Junior Field Hockey Festival in Oliver with a 3-4-1 record.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Isabel Curston, Elissa Centrone, Emma Chirico, Zoe Baxter, Mae Gillespie, Ashleigh McLean, Ella Peloso, Skyla Short, Nicola Anderson, Rayne Fulgin, Marissa Price, Jessica McLeod, Ariel Fulgin, Sienna Morningstar and Coach Bruce Walgren. Great opportunity to face high school teams outside West KootenayThe tournament format had teams playing six players on the pitch with games running 20-minutes halves. “This is a great opportunity for the new and some experienced players to practice running and passing the ball on a less crowded field,” said coach Bruce Walgren.”This was a marathon tournament for the Juniors as they played eight games in two days.”LVR scored wins over Maple Ridge while suffering losses to Stanley Humphries of Castlegar and KLO and Dr. Knox of Kelowna.The Bombers tied J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail.Goals scorers included Jessica MacLeod, Elissa Centrone with two, Zoe Baxter, Grade 8 Skyla Short from a penalty shot, Isabel Curston and Marisa Price. Johanna Brochhagen played well in goal for the Bombers.”Noteable highlights from the tournament were the multi goal performances by Zoe Baxter, Elissa Centrone, Marissa Price and Jessica Mcleod,” said Walgren.”Great defense by Isabel Curston, Emma Chirico, Ashleigh Mclean, Rayne Fulgin, and Nicola Anderson, very impressive mid field work by Ella Peloso, Sienna Morningstar, Ariel Fulgin and Skyla Short.Next up for Bombers is a Senior Game on Monday against Stanley Humphries of Castlegar at the Pass Creek field.Both Junior and Senior teams are in action on Tuesday against J. Lloyd Crowe.