UK, Ireland say breakthrough needed in Brexit talks this week

first_img“Otherwise, it gets quite difficult and we do start to run out of time to implement it,” Eustice added.Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said time was running out for a deal.“If you want to use sporting parlance, this is move week. We have got to make big progress this week. Hopefully we’ve got to get the big issues resolved, in principle, this week,” Coveney told Sky.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – There has to be a breakthrough this week in talks for a post-Brexit trade agreement, British and Irish ministers said on Sunday, ahead of the Dec. 31 expiry of Britain’s transition period for leaving the European Union.Without a deal, around $1 trillion worth of trade is at risk of disruption from import tariffs and tougher rules, just as Britain and the EU are struggling to contain the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.“This needs to be a week when things move, when we break through some of these difficult issues and get a resolution and at least have some sort of headlines, if you like, of an agreement,” British environment secretary George Eustice told Sky News on Sunday.- Advertisement – “This is very difficult but it is also very doable.”Northern IrelandThe negotiations have already missed several deadlines and remain stuck on issues such as fishing quotas, state aid rules and how to settle future disputes.Coveney said London also had to back down from its plan to pass legislation for trade between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit.London has acknowledged the bill could violate international law by over-riding the divorce agreement it has previously agreed with the bloc.“There’s no way the EU will agree to ratify a new agreement if the British government is breaking the existing agreement that’s not even 12 months old and breaking international law by doing that,” Coveney said.Eustice said the British government planned to press ahead with the legislation and would restore parts of the bill stripped out by the upper house of parliament last week.U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has said Brexit must not undermine the U.S.-brokered 1998 “Good Friday” peace deal for Northern Ireland, comments that have been seen as a warning to London over the bill.Former British prime minister Gordon Brown said on Sunday that Biden’s election victory was likely to push Prime Minister Boris Johnson to agree a trade deal with the EU that would avoid the need for the legislation.“I think the arrival of Joe Biden has made all the difference,” Brown told BBC television.center_img – Advertisement – A British Union flag, also known as a Union Jack, right, flies with other European Union (EU) member state flags outside the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.Bloomberglast_img read more

Performance analysis of the Croatian hotel sector

first_imgDuring the first day of the most important tourist event, the Days of Croatian Tourism, which are taking place this year in Mali Lošinj on the island of Lošinj, three expert meetings were held to discuss some of the most current topics in Croatian tourism. During the day, trends and forecasts for the travel industry were presented, an analysis of the business of the Croatian hotel sector and the importance of establishing regional centers of competence in tourism was emphasized on the example of the Basque Culinary Center.Performance analysis of the Croatian hotel sectorPreviously, the round table “ESF – the establishment of regional centers of competence in tourism” was presented performance analysis of the Croatian hotel sector back the past sixteen years.Looking back at the period from 2000 to 2016, Horwath HTL Croatia partner Emanuel Tutek presented the trends in the development of hotel accommodation in Croatia. He pointed out that although the capacity of hotel accommodation is growing every year, especially in some regions such as Dalmatia, where the number of hotel beds has increased by 2005 percent since 30, the growth of accommodation capacity in hotels is lower than in other types of commercial accommodation. what is family accommodation, camps, etc.In addition, the importance of the hotel sector for the revenues generated in tourism and the growing share of high-class hotel accommodation was emphasized. Namely, according to the conducted research, the share of 4-star hotel accommodation in 2016 amounted to 43 percent of the total hotel accommodation and increased by 22 times compared to 2000. At the end of the presentation, the importance of hotel accommodation for tourist traffic was emphasized, ie occupancy during the pre- and post-season.last_img read more

Visitors observed the paths of the sun’s rays on the first day of summer through the windows of the church of Sv. Cross in Nin

first_imgThe most creative visitors took photos of just the first rays of the sun to launch a photo contest. A large group of the youngest creatives visited the church at 9 am where there was an art workshop led by Lucija Bubić. Tourist workers Ana Špac and Petra Sipina were in the role of villas that provided the art material necessary for the workshop, which made the children even happier. Everything was coordinated by Ana Glavan, the festival’s assistant. Marija Dejanović, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Nin, said that she was delighted with this year’s festival and the effort invested in its organization. She added that the festival attracts both domestic and foreign tourists. When asked about her satisfaction with the numbers so far this season, Dejanović said that they are extremely satisfied with the number of visitors, but that this is not surprising, given that Nin is extremely attractive to tourists in the pre- and post-season. dav From 10:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a specific trajectory of the Sun’s rays followed in the central apse of the church. Majda Dadić, curator at the Museum of Nin Antiquities, who is also an important member of the team that has been developing the festival since 2009, explained what is happening in the church on the day of the solstice. The church was extremely visited by tourists who asked many questions about the church, the festival and the history of Nin. Its special relationship with the sun is visible from the light communication, where the sun uses the church as a sundial and calendar. The basis of the festival is the research of Mladen Pejaković. In the central apse of the church on the first day of summer, June 21, or on the summer solstice, the light can be followed for two hours during the morning: between 10:20 and 12:30. Then the sun is very high and the least light rays enter the church itself. On the first day of spring at exactly 10 o’clock, that is, on the equinox, light enters through three windows, creating three rays of the sun which in the central part of the church reflect three parallel oval light shapes. The same happens on the first day of fall, but due to daylight saving time at 11 p.m. On the first day of winter we follow the appearance of the first morning ray inside the church in the early morning hours, and the light forms disappear exactly at noon. That is why watching the play of light and shadow is an exceptional experience for children and adults, scientists and all visitors. It is also an opportunity to promote the astronomical and architectural significance of the church. With the beauty of the play of light and shadow in this unique building and the excitement of just starting summer, this unique festival has more and more fans who enjoy the play of light and sun, participate in creative workshops and listen to interesting scientific and professional lectures. Many brave visitors of ancient Nin already at 5:39 welcomed the first morning ray of sunshine, which was accompanied by a concert by the excellent soprano Nela Šarić. It was the introduction to this year’s “Festival of the Sun and Light” in the royal city of Nin. The unique “Festival of the Sun and Light” in the church of St. The Cross is based on an evaluation of the astronomical and architectural significance of a 9th-century church that English architect Thomas Graham Jackson called the world’s smallest cathedral. Because of the depiction of the magical play of sun, light and shadow inside the church, some connoisseurs compare it to Stonehenge. last_img read more

NBA Draft 2019: Notable undrafted free agent signings

first_imgPlenty of players had their dreams come true Thursday night when they were selected in the 2019 NBA Draft.Yet there are only 60 picks and, well, several more than 60 players declared for the draft. That discrepancy triggered the standard flurry of undrafted free agents signing contracts with teams, a run that started not long after the festivities in New York concluded. While most of the UDFA’s will have to go the summer league route to prove themselves, don’t overlook those whose names weren’t called Thursday, as they undoubtedly will have a chip on their shoulders. Last season alone, 31 undrafted players appeared in at least one regular season game, a slight decrease from the 2017-18 season total of 35.MORE: Team-by-team NBA Draft grades and analysisWhile the contracts handed out were structured in a variety of ways, each deal provided a coveted opportunity. Here is a look at where some of the top undrafted rookies have signed.Notable NBA undrafted free agent signingsPlayerPositionTeamCollegeLuguentz DortGOklahoma City ThunderArizona StateNaz ReidCMinnesota TimberwolvesLSUPhil BoothGCleveland CavaliersVillanovaTyus BattleGMinnesota TimberwolvesSyracuseZylan CheathamFNew Orleans PelicansArizona StateJaylen HoardFPortland Trail BlazersWake ForestShamorie PondsGHouston RocketsSt. John’sJared HarperGPhoenix SunsAuburnBrian BowenFIndiana PacersN/ADedric LawsonFGolden State WarriorsKansasJalen LecqueGPhoenix SunsN/AFletcher MageeGMilwaukee BucksWoffordZach NorvellGLos Angeles LakersGonzagaJustin RobinsonGWashington WizardsVirginia TechLindell WiggintonGToronto RaptorsIowa StateTacko FallCBoston CelticsCentral FloridaNick WardFAtlanta HawksMichigan Statelast_img read more

England pair picked for Junior Ryder Cup team

first_img England internationals Bronte Law and Toby Tree have been selected for the European team for the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup, which takes place at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, USA from September 24 – 25.The team, comprising two under-16 boys, two under-16 girls, four under-18 boys and four under-18 girls, will attempt to regain the trophy from the USA after a 13½ – 10½ defeat at The Gleneagles Hotel in 2010.Bronte Law, 17, from Bramhall in Cheshire, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) was in GB&I’s winning Curtis Cup team at Nairn in June. She first represented England girls in 2010 and became a full England international last year. This season she has been runner-up in the French lady junior championship, tied fourth in the British women’s stroke play and was third in the English girls’ championship.Tree, 18, from Worthing in Sussex, is a former under 16 international, has played as a boy and full international this year and made his full debut against France in May. He was also a member of the winning England team in the Boys’ Home Internationals and reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship.The Junior Ryder Cup was formally introduced in 1997, following an exhibition match between teams of boys and girls from Europe and the United States in 1995. It traditionally takes place just before The Ryder Cup.The Junior Ryder Cup celebrates the progress and hard work taking place at the grass roots level of golf, which helps talented young players develop into national team amateurs and some even to The Ryder Cup itself.The collaboration between PGA professionals and junior organisers at club level and PGAs and governing bodies at a national level help these youngsters develop into Junior Ryder Cup players. The Junior Ryder Cup promotes friendship and good sportsmanship between the best junior golfers from the US and Europe.It has been the platform from which successful professional careers have been launched for numerous players. Spaniard Sergio Garcia played in the 1995 exhibition match and four years later was part of the full European Team at The Country Club in Brookline, while Suzann Pettersen played in the Junior Ryder Cup in 1997 and 1999 before becoming Norway’s top female golfer and taking part in six Solheim Cups.Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was in the victorious 2004 team, since when he has won two Major Championships and will represent Europe for a second time in The 2012 Ryder Cup. For the Americans, Hunter Mahan, having been in the 1999 junior team, has progressed to become a US PGA Tour winner and was part of the 2008 and 2010 US Ryder Cup teams.European team: Quirine Eijkenboom (Germany), Dominic Foos (Germany), Bronte Law (England), Harang Lee (Spain), Gavin Moynihan (Ireland), Renato Paradore (Italy), Emily Pedersen (Denmark), Covadonga Sanjuan (Spain), Matthias Schwab (Austria), Linnea Strom (Sweden), Victor Tarnstrom (Sweden), Toby Tree (England). 29 Aug 2012 England pair picked for Junior Ryder Cup team last_img read more

Nelson Fight Night #2 treats crowd to evening of great amateur boxing

first_imgLewis said he was very antsy before the bout but was able to overcome nerves to persevere over Gowanlock.“I think the fight went really good . . . I think there is lots that I can work on,” Lewis said after the bout.“Being my first fight it felt nerve-wracking for sure . . . I was a bit scared going in. Overall I was able to end up with the decision so in the end it was good.”Lewis, who comes from a family of boxing enthusiasts, felt he needed to get away from the brawling aspect of fighting.“Boxing is way more of a sport than people realize,” he said. “There’s some brawling in the sport but during a fight you’re always trying to get ahead by working the chest and jabbing your opponent.”In the end, Lewis pounced on Gowanlock, who had the bout stopped a few times for a standing count by the referee, to be checked by the ring doctor and to deal with a bloody face.Other matches had Riel Martinez of Nelson fighting Dylan Muhlig in a 38 kg Initiation bout; Krishan Lysenko of Nelson meeting up with Danica Dreyer of Thistletown in girls Elite Exhibition match; and Cranbrook boxers Alexica Hansen and Sierra Pearson facing off in a 32 kg Initiation match.Joe Armstrong of Thistletown knocked out the final Nelson Boxer, Bohdi Cartland, in the 91kg Elite Novice bout.The KO came in the first round, after Cartland knocked Armstrong’s headpiece off Armstrong off earlier in the round.Parsa Bisheh of Griffins Boxing defeated Brandon Emerick of Thistletown by a TKO in 60 kg Junior C Novice.Other matches  had Conner Null of Revelstoke facing Clive Fagan of Thistletown in 69 kg Elite Exhibition and Dom Barbosa of Salmon Arm meeting Kaden Swanson of Cranbrook in 64 kg Junior C Exhibition.The Nelson Boxing Club is located at 685 Baker Street in Nelson in the basement that houses Pharmasave. Check out the club’s Facebook page. Fight Night #2 Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club mirrored May’s inaugural event in a lot of ways — a full house with lots of local talent from the Nelson Boxing Club on display.However, the action and intensity inside the ring was turned up just a little more than Fight Night #1 which gave the Nelson Boxing Club coaching staff plenty to build on as the organization moves forward.“I was super happy with all our athletes tonight,” said Jesse Pineiro of the Nelson Boxing Club.“Everyone gave it everything and showed a lot of skills. . .. I’ve very proud of them all.”Fight Night # 2 saw a handful of local fighters take center stage at the Rod and Gun Club.Nelson boxers Elias Martinez and Jeff Emmett brought the hometown crowd to their feet with after earning unanimous decisions over Aaron Madriaga and Geoff Hewlett in the later fights on the card — the latter bout the Nelson Brewing Company main event.Madriaga is from Thistletown Boxing Club while Hewlett is from North Vancouver.Earlier bouts saw Ryan Lewis, competing in his first ever bout, score a TKO decision over John Gowanlock of Revelstoke.last_img read more