Public call for grants to TOP events in 2020 announced.

first_imgFind out more about the public call in the attachment. “We announced a public call for support for TOP events in 2020 already in December this year, with the aim of leaving all interested parties enough time for quality project preparation and application. I am sure that this time we will receive a large number of applications, which will be an additional confirmation of the continuous development and improvement of the overall Croatian tourist offer with an emphasis on events as one of the main motives for coming to the destination.” stated the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that investments in facilities and infrastructure are a basic precondition for positioning Croatia as an attractive year-round destination. Legal and natural persons, ie companies, crafts, cooperatives, public institutions, cultural institutions, artistic organizations, local and regional self-government units and tourist boards may apply for the public invitation. The approved funds are intended for the costs of organizing events, such as rental of equipment, space and means of transport, procurement of materials, accommodation costs, contractor fees, promotional and other organizational activities.  Grants are approved for the organization and realization of cultural, entertainment, eno-gastronomic, historical and traditional events that have been held at least twice in the last five years and have a strong promotional effect in the country and abroad. Also, the Tourist Board of the CNTB may exceptionally decide to support the event that is being held for the first time, and it is expected that it will greatly enrich the tourist offer of the destination. According to the CNTB, all nominated events will be evaluated through criteria such as importance for creating the motive for the arrival of guests, importance for the development of destination tourist offer and promotion of Croatia abroad, the nature of the event, content and quality, period and media advertising plan. . The Croatian National Tourist Board has announced a public call for support for TOP events, through which grants will be awarded in 2020 to TOP events in Croatia, which are the main motive for tourists to come to the destination.  The call was issued with the aim of promoting Croatia as a tourist destination, strengthening the strength of the brand and creating a recognizable image of Croatian tourism, as well as product improvement and content development that extend the tourist season and increase traffic, especially in the pre- and postseason. Attachment: PUBLIC INVITATION to support TOP events in 2020last_img read more

Stockland targets fist homeowners in housing affordability campaign

first_imgSTOCKLAND is leading the way in housing affordability by launching a ‘50 Homes in 50 Days’ campaign, targeting first home buyers.Townsville’s North Shore development is one of nine Stockland Queensland communities where home and land packages are available at or under $450,000.Townsville holds the title for most affordable house and land package in Australia with a starting price of $320,499.Queensland general manager for residential communities at Stockland Kingsley Andrew said the company was doing more than any other developer to make the dream of home ownership a reality for first home buyers. “Now is the perfect time for first home buyers,” he said.“We’ve priced our house and land packages to be affordable, interest rates are low, and first home buyers can still take advantage of the very generous First Home Owners’ Grant of $20,000 on offer from the Queensland Government.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Right now, the Townsville median house price is $337,000, so we think this is a very compelling offer.” For details, visit the North Shore Sales and Information Centre at 126 Sunhaven Boulevard, Burdell or go to read more

U.S. Navy accepts USS Indiana, Virginia Class attack submarine

first_imgAn artist rendering of the Virginia-class submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789). (U.S. Navy photo illustration by Stan Bailey/Released)Washington D.C. — The Navy accepted delivery of future attack submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789), the 16th submarine of the Virginia class, June 25.The ship began construction in 2012 and is scheduled to commission in September. This next-generation attack submarine provides the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea superiority.“Indiana’s delivery marks the culmination of millions of man-hours of work by thousands of people across this country to bring the world’s foremost undersea asset to the fleet,” said Capt. Christopher Hanson, Virginia class program manager. “It is a proud day for every person who had a hand in the submarine’s construction.”Indiana is the sixth Virginia-class Block III submarine. Block III submarines feature a redesigned bow with enhanced payload capabilities, replacing 12 individual vertical-launch tubes with two large-diameter Virginia payload tubes, each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles. The redesign also incorporates a large-aperture bow (LAB) water-backed array, which replaces the traditional air-backed spherical array. These, among other design changes, reduced the submarines’ acquisition cost while maintaining their outstanding warfighting capabilities.Indiana is the fourth ship named after the 19th state and will be the first to be in active service since the end of the Second World War. The first USS Indiana (BB 1), a battleship, saw action during the Spanish-American War and participated in both the blockade and battle of Santiago de Cuba. The third USS Indiana (BB 58) was completed in April 1942, saw extensive combat in the Pacific theater of World War II, and earned nine battle stars.Virginia-class submarines are built to operate in the world’s littoral and deep waters while conducting anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations forces support; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; irregular warfare and mine warfare missions. Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.last_img read more

Harmanpreet Kaur leads India eves to win over England

first_imgCanberra: India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur starred with the bat and ensured her opposite number Heather Knight’s valiant knock was overshadowed as the Indians registered a five-wicket victory over England in the women’s triangular series opener here on Friday.Harmanpreet stayed till the end and remained unbeaten on 42 off 34 balls (5×4, 1×6) to take India over the line with three balls to spare chasing a modest 148. India finished on 150/5 in 19.3 overs.Besides Harmanpreet, 16-year old opener Shafali Verma hit 30 while Jemimah Rodrigues scored 26.India lost wickets at regular intervals but never lost sight of the target largely due to Harmanpreet who held one end up and dug deep into her wealth of experience to take the side home.It was a tight affair as 17 were needed off 12 balls as England dropped a catch and gave away wides in the penultimate over to hand India the advantage. Harmanpreet smashed a six off Katherine Brunt to win the game for India.Earlier, put in to bat, England rode on Knight’s brilliant 44-ball 67 and a 27-ball 37 from Tammy Beaumont to post 147/7.For India, Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/19), Shikha Pandey (2/33) and Deepti Sharma (2/30) grabbed two wickets apiece, while Radha Yadav accounted for one at the Manuka Oval here.The other team in the tri-series is Australia as teams look to put the finishing touches to their T20 World Cup preparations.Brief Scores: England Women: 147/7 (Heather Knight 67; Rajeshwari Gayakwad 2/19); India Women: 150/5 (Harmanpreet Kaur 42*; Katherine Brunt 2/33). IANSAlso Read: Harmanpreet Kaur to lead India in Women’s T20 WCAlso Watch: KMSS leader Manash Konwar sent to 10 day Judicial Custody by Special NIA Court in Guwahatilast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers win emotional duel of the Gards in exhibition match with UW-Platteville

first_imgHead coach Greg Gard and the No. 10 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team opened up their 2016-17 season against their coach’s alma mater at UW-Platteville and their head coach, Jeff Gard.While the early exhibition game was a good chance for the Badger faithful to see their preseason 10th ranked team for the first time this year, the two Gards helped set up the game to raise awareness for brain cancer, a disease that took their father one year ago. The two brothers in partnership with the UW Carbone Cancer Center curated the matchup, which served to ease the pain of dealing with a tragic anniversary and acknowledging the work of researchers and doctors working on a cure.“Hopefully we can put a positive spin on this and I told the team how inspirational they are to people,” Greg Gard said. “They have the ability to put the smile on someone’s face who has to go back and fight this disease.”Cancer survivors lined mid court during halftime at which time anyone who is or has known someone who has struggled with cancer was asked to stand, and the majority of the Kohl Center rose to its feet. In honor of their father, Glen Gard, the brothers filled a seat in between the benches and away from Glen Gard’s normal seat behind the Wisconsin bench with flowers to show their father’s lack of favoritism.Men’s basketball: Gard brothers announce exhibition game between Wisconsin teams for brain cancer awarenessEach preseason, the University of Wisconsin-Madison men’s basketball team scrimmages one of the eight teams in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Read…While neither coach was on hand to witness the halftime honor, hearing about the moment definitely struck a chord. Both coaches talked on how the game was a great thing to be a part of and definitely beat the alternative of not having a game on the day.Despite a strong showing from the Pioneers, the Badgers held on 86-58 behind promising performances from a whole slew of new and old faces. While UW-Madison returns 99.8 percent of their minutes played from a year ago, Greg Gard was able to use the game as an opportunity to try out the likes of new additions in redshirt freshman Brevin Pritzl, true freshman D’Mitrik Trice and sophomore Andy Van Vliet.The three made a limited but solid presence on the game with the starting lineup playing 54 percent of the minutes for the Badgers. Probably the most impressive of the bunch was D’Mitrik Trice, brother of former Michigan State University point guard Travis Trice, who recorded 12 minutes on the day and two assists. The performance from D’Mitrik Trice certainly made an impact on Greg Gard, who talked on the maturity and development of the young freshman on such an experienced lineup.“Trice has taken the steps in practice to earn the time he got today,” Greg Gard said. “He’s a freshman but he’s young and he’s poised and I like his moxie. He’s well advanced for his age.”Even with the emotion of the day, both coaches responded with the same intensity and passion that fans of each team have come to know. Jeff Gard, currently in his 13th year as head coach of the Pioneers, paced up and down to the court and willed his team to a 44-34 halftime deficit before falling short in the second half. Greg Gard, a second-year head coach at Madison and former six-year assistant coach at Platteville, displayed his typical and more mild-mannered approach in his first coaching debut since being given the head job from Wisconsin legend, Bo Ryan, mid-way through last season.“Win or lose today, this program won,” Jeff Gard said. “It was much more than just a basketball game today.”Bo Ryan announces retirement after 15 seasons at Wisconsin, Greg Gard named interim head coachWhat University of Wisconsin men’s basketball fans dreaded for months became reality Tuesday night when Bo Ryan officially announced his Read…The Gards weren’t the only brothers facing off for the first time this weekend. Fifth-year senior guard Zak Showalter matched up with his junior brother, Jake Showalter. Jake Showalter transferred to Platteville after two years at North Dakota University just in time to play his brother in his final year in Madison.The game was an interesting matchup for a duo that won a state championship together back in 2012 before Zak Showalter left for Wisconsin. Jake Showalter, however, continued the success that the two had built and won two more state championships before heading to North Dakota.“It was a lot of fun and we were just very lucky to get this opportunity to play against each other,” Jake Showalter said. “Like coach said, we’re making an impact and that’s the big picture here.”With expectations sky high for the Badgers and a brutal non-conference schedule, which includes a trip to the Maui Invitational, featuring several powerhouse squads, the Sunday game provided a good sense of the what is to come in the 2016-17 season. The younger additions have a clear learning curve to overcome, but the veterans look poised and ready to get them up to speed.Men’s basketball: New and old players give balanced first look in red-white scrimmageThe University of Wisconsin-Madison men’s basketball team hosted their annual red-white scrimmage in the Kohl Center Sunday in front of Read…It wasn’t the prettiest or most dominant performance from the Badgers, but was a fun way to celebrate the life and work of those affected by brain cancer. Greg Gard was pleased with the depth on the team, but acknowledged all the work that still needs to be done around the basket.“I told the guys, make the most of every chance you get in however many minutes you get,” The Badger coach said. “We’ve got some decisions to make going forward.”UW-Madison stays home for the next two weeks in anticipation of their regular season opener with the University of Central Arkansas at home Nov. 11.last_img read more