first_imgThe presentation was held by representatives of the Swiss company BikePlan – Mountain bike specific planning and destination development; Adrian Greiner and Jan Oggier, after the trail hunting, ie determining the current situation on the field. With the aim of developing cycling tourism and creating a ‘Bike friendly’ destination, the final presentation of the Master Plan of bike tourism on the island of Lošinj was held yesterday at the Museum of Apoxyomenos in Mali Lošinj. Photo: TZ Kvarner Side dish: Bicycle & Mountainbike specific planning and destination developmentcenter_img According to the above, the Master Plan of Bike Tourism was created with the aim of developing cycling tourism and creating a ‘Bike friendly’ destination, and includes the construction of trail centers and new bike trails / trails, as well as reconstruction of trails and signalization in the entire island of Losinj, Cres and on smaller islands.  “Cycling has been very popular in Europe and the world in recent years and one of the most important products for us with which we can extend the tourist year. Our wish is that in cooperation with all stakeholders in tourism in the coming years we will become a famous “bike friendly” destination in the Mediterranean according to the vision of the final concept of the Master Plan of bike tourism. In addition to investing in trails, we will work on improving all other services related to bike tourism, from accommodation, gastronomy, transport, natural experiences, cycling services, to strengthening the local scene with the greatest possible involvement of the local population.believes the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj Dalibor Cvitković.last_img read more


first_imgSaturday’s Stock Car main event boasts a $3,500 top possible check. The winner goes home with $1,000 plus a bonus of $50 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts.  Nearly $300,000 will be paid out to competitors at the upcoming Super Nationals, scheduled Sept. 2-7 at Boone Speedway. Another $60,000 in contingencies will be awarded to Modified, Late Model, Stock Car, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Sport Compact drivers.  The champion of Tuesday’s Sport Compact main event could bank as much as $500. They’ll get a guaranteed $250 plus a $5 bonus for each of up to 50 starts.  Top prize for the Hobby Stocks could reach $1,850. They’ll race for $600 to win their Saturday night main and the bonus of $25 per start up to 50. All purse money is posted and paid at the event; Super Nationals champions’ bonuses will be presented during the national awards banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November. Winning Monday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series main event could also be good for as much as $3,500. The Late Model tour event pays a guaranteed $2,000 to win, plus a bonus of as much as $1,500 based on $30 for each of as many as 50 starts. BOONE, Iowa – Great dirt track drivers will take home shares of a great purse at the 37th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super National fueled by Casey’s.  “Over the years,” he continued, “we have been able to accomplish that because of the great contin­gency award support given by IMCA spon­sors.” Potential payday for the Northern SportMods on Saturday is $2,250. That main event pays a guaran­teed $1,000 to win plus a bonus of $25 for each of up to 50 starts this season.  Every driver starting the Modified Big Dance earns $1,000. “So many elements have gone into making and maintaining Super Nationals as the premier event for weekly IMCA racers,” observed IMCA President Brett Root. “Our goal has always been to keep entry fee and admission costs at reasonable levels while continuing to provid­e the best possi­ble purse structure that attracts and benefits the weekly IMCA racer the most. The Weekly Racing bonus accomplishes just that. We welcome all racers to attend but our bonus is geared toward IMCA’s most loyal racers.” Modified drivers are guaranteed $300 providing they race each night Wednesday through Satur­day. Stock Car drivers are guaranteed $200 if they race Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Saturday, Sept. 7 Modified main event boasts a potential $7,000 paycheck for the winner. That includes a guaranteed $2,000 plus a $100 bonus for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts made during the season.last_img read more


first_imgA FORMER West Indies cricket administrator was among honorees at the Commencement Ceremony of the St George’s University (SGU) last Saturday.Rudi Webster received SGU’s Distinguished Service Medal for commitment to the advancement of cricket in the international community and to the University in establishing the Shell Cricket Academy of St George’s University.The cricket academy, launched in 2001, was an annual, intensive 12-week course for about two dozen young cricketers from the region. It was heralded as the way forward for the region’s cricket that has been in decline since the mid-1990s. Unfortunately, by 2005 the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was forced to dispense with it because of what it said was lack of funding.However, SGU praised the effort of Dr Webster and his team for establishing the academy.Rudi Webster’s work spans the professions of medicine, sports, diplomacy and politics. He attended Harrison College in Barbados and was a champion track and field athlete there.Fifty years on, one of his track records still stands. He won the Barbados Scholarship in Science and went to Scotland to study Medicine at Edinburgh University and was the first student to be exempted from the first year of the medical course in the 291-year history of the Medical School.He did his medical postgraduate training in Diagnostic Radiology in New Zealand and Australia and later taught at the University of McGill in Canada, the University of Miami in the USA, the University of Lund in Sweden, and the Universities of Melbourne and Monash in Australia.While at Edinburgh, Dr Webster played cricket for Scotland and was voted sportsman-of-the-year. On his debut for Scotland he established a unique world record by taking a wicket with the first ball he bowled in each innings – the first time that had been done in the two centuries of First Class cricket.He also played professional cricket for the County of Warwickshire in England and holds the second-best career bowling average in the 135-year history of that club – 234 wickets at 19.36 runs with a strike rate of 45 and an economy rate of 2.5 runs per over.Working in Medicine and in a live human sports laboratory it was only natural for him to become interested in Sports Medicine, particularly in the mental component of that specialty.In Australia, where he lived for 17 years, he did pioneering work in the mental preparation and mental conditioning of athletes and was affectionately known as the ‘guru’ and ‘witch doctor’. He was best recognised for his work in Australian Rules football where he helped to prepare and condition the minds of players in teams that won the 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984 and 1985 Grand Finals.The Grand Final is the equivalent of the American Super Bowl. His impact on the game and his influence on coaches were such that in the quarter-time break in a Finals game two head coaches fought each other over him – a sensational incident that stunned the 80 000 spectators at the ground and the millions of TV viewers around Australia.Dr Webster also worked with many of Australia’s best athletes including Dennis Lillee – one of the world’s greatest fast bowlers, Greg Chappell – Australia’s cricket captain and star batsman, and Greg Norman, the world’s number one golfer for 331 weeks before Tiger Woods came on the scene.One of Dr Webster’s proudest achievements was the establishment of the Shell Cricket Academy of St George’s University in the late nineties in concert with Dr Ted Hollis, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, who was the driving force behind the project.The Academy received wide coverage from the press and as a result St George’s University became a household name throughout the Caribbean.last_img read more


first_img0Shares0000Senegal players go to celebrate with Mbaye Niang after he got what proved to be their winner against Poland © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Senegal are proving to be Africa’s saving grace at the World Cup. Their win over Poland on Tuesday was a rare bright moment among six defeats out of six for the continent’s other representatives in Russia.After Nigeria and Algeria both reached the knockout phase four years ago, following Ghana’s run to the quarter-finals in 2010, it is looking like 2018 will be a step backwards for Africa on the biggest stage. Two of their teams are already eliminated. – Salah, Egypt out –Following all the excitement surrounding their first appearance at the finals since 1990, the Pharaohs have been knocked out already after just a week of competition.Hector Cuper’s side have been hampered by Mohamed Salah coming into the tournament with a shoulder injury.He played no part in the 1-0 defeat against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg.Mohamed Salah (L) and Egypt endured a difficult night against Russia and are already staring at the World Cup exit door © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEOn Tuesday, Salah was back but unable to prevent Egypt from losing 3-1 to Russia in Saint Petersburg, his late penalty proving a mere consolation.“It is very difficult to know what would have happened (had he not been injured) but we know the quality he has,” said Cuper.Egypt have still never won a match at the World Cup in six attempts. Only Honduras (nine) have played more games at the finals without a single victory.– Morocco eliminated –Herve Renard’s Morocco did not concede a single goal in their final qualifying group. But scoring goals has been their big problem in Russia.Despite two encouraging displays against Iran and Portugal, the Atlas Lions have no goals, no points and are guaranteed to make a group-stage exit.Morocco now know they will be going home at the end of the group phase after two defeats in their first two outings © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVIt took a late own-goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz to condemn them to a 1-0 defeat against Iran in their opener.On Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo’s early header gave Portugal a 1-0 victory in Moscow and Morocco’s second-half onslaught was in vain.But despite being the first nation to be knocked out, the hope will be that this can be a learning curve for their talented younger players.“We qualified for a World Cup after 20 years of absence and we showed that we can play football,” said Renard.– ‘Naive’ Nigeria –Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles were poor as they started their campaign with a 2-0 defeat against Croatia in Kaliningrad in a difficult group.Nigeria’s teenage goalkeeper Francis Uzoho comes to claim the ball during his side’s defeat at the hands of Croatia © AFP / Attila KISBENEDEKOghenekaro Etebo’s own-goal and a Luka Modric penalty did for a Nigerian team almost unrecognisable from that beaten by France in the last 16 four years ago.Epitomising this youthful side was Francis Uzoho, who at 19 years and seven months became the second-youngest goalkeeper to play in a World Cup.“Sometimes we were a little bit naive on set pieces but we will work on it,” said Rohr, whose team face Iceland next, then Argentina.– Tough on Tunisia –Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul had confidently asserted before the World Cup that his side would qualify from a group also containing Belgium and England and they almost held Gareth Southgate’s side to a draw in Volgograd in their opening game.They recovered from conceding an early goal and losing goalkeeper Mouez Hassen to injury, equalising courtesy of a Ferjani Sassi penalty.Tunisia goalkeeper Mouez Hassen comes off against England, his World Cup already over © AFP / Mark RALSTONHowever, Harry Kane’s late strike saw the north African side lose 2-1, and they have now gone 12 World Cup games without winning since beating Mexico in 1978.Only Bulgaria (17 games) have endured a longer drought, and it is hard to see them ending their run when they play Belgium next, with Hassen out of the rest of their campaign.– Senegal dream of 2002 repeat –Having seen their fellow Africans toil, Senegal did their bit by battling to a 2-1 win over Poland on Tuesday in Group H.Sadio Mane was seen as the man dangerman, but it was the pace of Mbaye Niang, and a mistake by Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, that clinched it for Senegal after Thiago Cionek’s own goal put them ahead.The Lions of Teranga are now dreaming of a repeat of their run to the quarter-finals in 2002.“Of course we represent our country but I can also guarantee that the whole of Africa is supporting us,” said impressive Senegal coach Aliou Cisse.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more