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The Sun: Croatia attracts British tourists from competing destinations

first_imgSummer visits to European destinations should cost the British a little less this year as resorts attract travelers who have planned nothing due to the confusion surrounding Brexit, reports The Sun. But three out of ten destinations surveyed have even raised their prices as well Zadar is at the top of that list with an increase of 12,7 percent, or at a weekly holiday rate of £ 3,187. The prices of Turkish Marmaris’ travel arrangements rose by 4,6 per cent, but are still alongside Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach due to the weak exchange rate of the Turkish lira against the euro. That is why Turkey is still attractive to British tourists. Average prices at six popular tourist destinations / Post Office Ltd; The Sun Source: The Sun. The biggest drop in prices was recorded for travel to Mallorca, and a smaller one by 22 percent. The best value in the eurozone is held by the Costa del Sol, with a drop of 17,7 percent compared to last year, or a week would cost 2 thousand pounds. Outside the eurozone, Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach holds the best value with a price tag of £ 315, down about 10 per cent from last year. Nick Boden, of the Post Office, points out that “falling prices may be an indication of how travel companies in European destinations want to keep prices low in order to attract visitors from the UK.” Victoria Bacon, of the British Association of Travel Agencies (ABTA), points out that “Europe remains the number one destination for British tourists and this research highlights the incredible value of the offerings of many of our most popular destinations. The relative weakness of the British pound against the euro also means that tourists are looking for new, cheaper destinations. ABTA members emphasize significant interest in traveling to Bulgaria and Turkey.”center_img Tourists are postponing or completely rejecting plans due to concerns about travel complications in the event that the UK leaves the European Union without an agreement. Tour operators are therefore reducing the prices of flights and hotels, and the owners of restaurants, bars and shops are following them. Also, this week the British pound strengthened even more against the euro, which is why the exchange rates are in favor of the British. “There are significant variations between prices that we have explored in popular destinations. For this reason, British tourists are advised to ‘do their homework’ before planning a holiday in order to save as much as possible.Said Boden. Given the stability of the pound during the Brexit negotiations, it seems that significantly fewer British tourists could be expected in Croatia this year. But it is difficult to predict accurately because a lot can change in the next few months in the midst of Brexit. The combination of low travel prices and affordable rates means that holidays are cheaper for Britons in as many as two-thirds of the destinations explored by the British postal company Post Office Ltd, as you can see in the illustration below. In other words, a family of four could pay a fifth less for their vacation than in previous years for the same arrangement, if we compare the prices of flights and hotel packages and the average pocket money for drinks, food and essential groceries, the report said.last_img read more

Lockdown: These 4 players are looking to make a name for Syracuse’s defense

first_img Comments Published on February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Lelan Rogers hopes he doesn’t have to coach a single game this year. In fact, the Syracuse defensive coordinator doesn’t even want to. ‘If I don’t have to coach, we’re probably a much better off team,’ he said. ‘That means our guys are coaching themselves and having fun, and they’re doing what they should be doing.’ Last year, the defense executed Rogers’ schemes flawlessly, holding opponents to 7.4 goals per game, the lowest mark in the country. That meant very little in-game work for Rogers while his defense controlled games. And this year, he expects nothing less. That Orange unit only lost one starting defender from a year ago, and a likely replacement has already been found. Senior Tom Guadagnolo, who was named a captain at the start of the season, looks to fill that role. Also returning for the Orange are fellow seniors John Lade and Joel White, stalwarts in the Syracuse lineup since they joined the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The final piece of the defense is sophomore Brian Megill, who became the first freshman defender to start every game of his rookie year since head coach John Desko took over the team. Each defender brings his individual strengths and personalities to the group both on and off the field. And together, they make up one of the most feared units in the country. In Desko’s mind, the Orange has held the reputation of an attacking, high-scoring team for much of the program’s history. But this unit has helped bring defense back into the picture. The head coach said the backline was the strength of this team entering the season. And if this group continues along the pace it set last year, opponents will have more to worry about than SU’s high-powered attack. ‘I think that for years, a lot of people — because of our high-scoring offense and the style of ball that we play — associate Syracuse with offense,’ Desko said at SU’s media day Jan. 13. ‘But I think our strength really the last couple years has been with our defense.’ The star and the cover guy SU’s long-stick midfielder White was awestruck the first time he saw Lade play. All he could think was, ‘Wow. Wow, we need this kid.’ The two first crossed paths playing together on the U.S. under-19 team. White was fresh off a national championship victory in his first year at Syracuse. Lade just finished his freshman year at Villanova and planned to transfer to a more prominent lacrosse school. That’s where White stepped in. SU had lost two senior defenders, and he thought Lade could be the solution. White called Desko, telling his coach he found someone to play defense. The coaching staff wasn’t sure about Lade’s 5-foot-10 stature at first, but White assured them he would make up for it with the way he played. Before the summer was over, the coaches made an offer to Lade, and he jumped at the opportunity. ‘They’re the greatest program ever,’ Lade said. ‘You can’t ask for anything better than to play for Syracuse lacrosse in your career.’ Since then, the defender has started all 30 games he’s played for the Orange. His job is to shut down the opponent’s best dodging attack. And his teammates say there’s no one better at it. ‘Lade’s probably the best cover guy in the country,’ senior goalie John Galloway said. ‘I think there’s not one guy that could take him one-on-one confidently. Nine times out of 10, John’s going to stop anybody in the country.’ But he’s not the only Syracuse defender known for his cover skills. His recruiter, White, takes on the job of stopping the opponent’s best midfielder, and his talents have earned him countless awards through his time at SU. He was a first-team All-American last year and became the first defensive specialist to win the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation’s best midfielder. He is known to yell out whatever pops into his head throughout a game, not only to throw off the other team’s offense but also to keep his unit loose. Still, his teammates say it’s his talent and work ethic that set him above the rest. ‘Joel’s the workhorse of the team,’ Guadagnolo said. ‘He’s 100 miles an hour, and that’s his only speed.’ The youngster and the player-coach After the 2009 season, the graduation of Sid Smith left a giant hole in the Syracuse backline. A heated position battle ensued for the starting job. Guadagnolo and then-freshman Megill were among the top contenders. But before the season even began, Guadagnolo got sick with appendicitis. Megill took advantage of the opportunity. He earned a starting role by the end of the preseason and never relinquished it. ‘He’s a big guy,’ White said. ‘He’s not afraid to hit anybody. He’s going to come across the crease and let you know that he’s there.’ Megill’s 6-foot-2, 232-pound frame gives the sophomore the size to be the Orange’s physical presence. He said he played defense in every sport in high school, and it’s the contact that drew him to that side of the ball in the first place. ‘Hitting people,’ Megill said of the appeal of his position. ‘I get to slash them, take the ball away.’ As Megill thrived in the starting lineup last year, Guadagnolo was relegated to coming off the bench, mostly in man-down situations. This year, the graduation of Matt Tierney created another hole in the Syracuse backline. Desko has not declared Guadagnolo the starter at this point, but most of his Orange teammates think he will take the spot. ‘He’s probably the hungriest of all,’ Rogers said of Guadagnolo. ‘He’s been so close. … Put yourself in that situation. That’s going to motivate the hell out of me. I’m not going to let anyone beat me out. This is my last year.’ That drive, added with what his teammates say are the best stick skills on the team, has given him an edge over his competition. But Rogers sees another advantage. Guadagnolo knows the system inside and out. Rogers likened him to having another coach on the field. ‘He may not be as big, he may not be as fast, but he knows the advantage he can get by being smarter and by being a coach,’ Rogers said. ‘And you need players on the field that coach when they’re out there.’ Sum of the parts The SU defense is as close off the field as it is on it. They play video games together, grab food when they have time and lead the typical college life by one another’s sides. White and Guadagnolo, the team’s co-captains, are the loudest of the group, while Lade and Megill are more soft-spoken. On the field, each of their individual skills provides some necessity for the unit as a whole. ‘We have a good balance of a guy that’s going to hit, guy that’s going to cover, guy that’s going to try to pick off passes,’ White said. ‘It works out very well.’ Rogers likes the fact that he has one of the most experienced groups in the country at his disposal. After all, it should lead to less work for him in games. Three seniors, plus a sophomore who started every game a year ago, comprise a formidable Orange backline. And Rogers sees the connection those four have made with one another, something he said makes a difference on the field. ‘As a coach, you embrace it,’ Rogers said. ‘It’s like a family at home. … You develop these bonds and relationships that go a lot further, and you’re willing to fight and scratch and kick a lot harder when you’re a really close-knit group of guys.’ [email protected]last_img read more

9 months agoShearer: Man Utd matchwinner Rashford now great to watch

first_imgShearer: Man Utd matchwinner Rashford now great to watchby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer hailed the performance of Manchester United matchwinner Marcus Rashford for victory at Tottenham.Shearer wrote for The Sun: “Nobody has ever doubted his ability but he has finally been set free under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — and it is great to watch.”Rashford is the main man at Manchester United now and has every attribute in his locker to thrive as a striker going forward.”His movement is excellent and constantly improving, he has the pace to terrify any defence and his finishing has come on leaps and bounds.”It was a world-class pass from Paul Pogba to set him up and the strike from Rashford shows just how confident he is right now.”He is showing a calmness in front of goal now which we have not seen before, but that comes with experience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Toronto stocks fall for a seventh straight day crude oil prices fall

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index started the week losing ground for a seventh-straight session amid an off-day for any headlines on NAFTA as negotiations are set to resume Tuesday.It was a rather directionless day for equities with some pockets of strength and weakness, said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist for Edward Jones.He expects political drama and issues over trade and tariffs will probably spook the markets sporadically but otherwise return to fundamentals such as economic growth on light news days.“You put those together and on days when there’s not the distraction of political drama or policy risks, I think that is probably where the markets will gravitate back to which again absent the headline risks probably leads the markets higher over time,” he said in an interview.The United States has enjoyed strong corporate earnings and economic data, including last week’s labour report. Canada’s employment report was weaker with 51,600 net jobs lost last month that drove the national unemployment rate to six per cent, up from 5.8 per cent in July.While weekend tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump about China stoked some fears, markets didn’t overreact because the trade dispute between the two countries will simmer for awhile, Fehr said.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 33.18 points to close at 16,057.09, after reaching a low of 16,057.09 on 200.7 million shares traded.The stock market is down about two per cent since Aug. 29.Monday’s session saw major sectors like gold fall 1.78 per cent and energy move down one per cent. Materials, metals, consumer staples and financials also lost ground.The cannabis-heavy health-care sector led, rising 1.5 per cent. Information technology, consumer discretionary, real estate, utilities and telecom services were up.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 59.47 points to 25,857.07. The S&P 500 index was up 5.45 points to 2,877.13, while the Nasdaq composite was up 21.62 points to 7,924.16.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average of 75.97 cents US, compared with an average of 75.96 cents US on Friday.The October crude contract was down 21 cents to US$67.54 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up 2.8 cents to US$2.80 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down 60 cents US to US$1,199.80 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 0.55 of a cent at US$2.63 a pound.last_img read more

Adenovirushit children vulnerable to bronchiolitis say doctors

first_imgKolkata: Children affected with adenovirus are a cause of concern for the city doctors as the affected patients often develop respiratory problems even after they are released from the hospitals.According to the doctors, the children, who are once affected with adenovirus, are later developing serious lung infection which the doctors termed as ‘bronchiolitis obliterans (BO). Otherwise known as popcorn lung and constrictive bronchiolitis, the disease causes obstruction to the smallest airways of the lungs (bronchioles) due to inflammation. Symptoms include a dry cough, shortness of breath and feeling tired. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe affected children are developing lung infection, which eventually leads to pneumonia. Children are more susceptible to the virus due to their low immunity. The infection can spread fast among the children who tend to be in close contact with the affected ones. Earlier, it was difficult to identify the virus. Respiratory problem, sore throat, fever, persisting cough and cold are the signs of the virus. It has also been learnt that some children and a few elderly patients have been under Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaymedication at various hospitals in the city with similar symptoms. More than 100 children have been affected with adenovirus in past couple of months. What is worrying for the doctors is that many of the children who return home after being cured, again complaining respiratory distress. As there is no specific medicines for the disease the situation is further complicated. It may be mentioned here that more than 20 babies were admitted at the Institute of Child Health with adenovirus most of them have been released from the hospital after treatment. Many other private hospitals in the city also admitted patients with the same disease. The babies who have been admitted to the hospital are aged between four months and one year. Adenovirus can be a serious cause when it comes to morbidity and mortality. According to a senior official of a private hospital in Park Circus, there is also a crisis of influenza vaccine due to the rising number of viral infection patients in the past three months. There is no proper vaccine for adenovirus and hence the doctors are administering other medicines to the patients. If fever keeps recurring despite medication, the patient should be taken to the hospital and also if they complain of irritation in eyes or muscle pain. Adenovirus appears to be like a common respiratory tract infection. Antibiotics do not properly work when the patient is affected with this virus. If the symptoms persist for more than two to three days, the cause should get investigated without further delay, a senior official of the private hospital said.last_img read more

Time away from game is helping me now Pandya

first_imgMumbai: Star Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya believes his time away from the game, albeit owing to suspension handed over to him for his comments on a chat show, is helping him as he is in a good space right now. Pandya was handed over a brief suspension for the comments he made on Koffee With Karan last year. However, the Mumbai all-rounder has made a strong comeback and has been performing with both bat and ball in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. On Monday, he yet again showcased his power-hitting ability as his late cameo of 37 runs off 16 deliveries helped Mumbai Indians defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in their IPL encounter at the Wankhede. Speaking in the post-match presser, Pandya was asked about learning lessons from the enforced break to which he replied: “Nothing, it was okay. Everyone has a setback and I got to improve.” “It gave some time for my body and game. And the time I was out is helping me right now. I am in a good space and everything is coming together right,” he added. MI needed 22 runs from the last two overs, when RCB captain Virat Kohli handed the ball to Pawan Negi; Pandya was beaten first ball, but he then collected two sixes and two fours off the next four balls to settle the matter. The 25-year-old further played down his ability to hit the boundaries under pressure and winning games for his side. “I have been doing this for the past four years now. That’s my role for any team that I play for. I practice the same thing in nets. It’s all about handling situations and if you are smart enough then more often, you will get the result that you desire,” he said. Pandya, who has been included in the 15-member Indian squad for the forthcoming World Cup, believes it is important for him to keep hitting the ball and have the confidence going into the prestigious quadrennial event. “It’s always important to have the confidence because world cup is a big stage and it will be for the first time that I will be playing in it. I was out of the game for some time and it was important to keep hitting,” said Pandya. He also insisted he doesn’t want to experiment much and wants to stick to his basics, follow his instincts. “Cricket is the same whether it’s the World Cup or IPL. I have always followed my basics and that’s what has got success for me and I will keep backing myself that way,” he said.last_img read more

Womens Hockey No 10 Ohio State gets rematch with No 1 Wisconsin

Ohio State freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (20) and sophomore goalie Lynsey Wallace warm up before their game against Minnesota State on Oct. 12. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorOn the final weekend of the regular season, No. 1 Wisconsin puts its five-game winning streak on the line against the only team that boasts three Badger defeats in the past two seasons.The No. 10 Ohio State women’s hockey team (18-12, 12-10 WCHA) will hope to bolster its NCAA tournament resume ahead of the WCHA tournament when it faces No. 1 Wisconsin (28-4, 18-4 WCHA) in Madison, Wisconsin. “Every team, as the season goes on, becomes more vulnerable,” Ohio State sophomore forward Emma Maltais said. “I think we’re scary because we are in a position where we have to win and I think that other teams know that.”Ohio State lost to Wisconsin on Jan. 12, leading to a five-game losing streak in the middle of the season.Now at the tail-end of the season, Ohio State risks being eliminated from consideration in the eight-team NCAA Tournament. But a second season win on the road against the nation’s third-highest scoring offense could earn the Buckeyes favor among the selection committee heading into the WCHA Tournament. Coming off a bye week, Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said getting her team to refocus is not a concern.“They know what’s at stake,” Muzerall said. “They read all that stuff and they overanalyze it. You don’t have to get them revved up because at this level they’re already mentally prepared.”Wisconsin enters the series having outscored opponents 24-4 during a dominant five-game stretch. A series sweep of the Buckeyes would grant the Badgers their fourth consecutive regular season conference title.Spearheading the potent Wisconsin front line are freshman forwards Sophie Shirley and Britta Curl, as well as senior Annie Pankowski, who are three of the top four goal scorers in the WCHA. The trio has accounted for 42 percent of the Badgers’ 122 season goals and have racked up a combined 21 points during their win streak.Though all three forwards scored in Wisconsin’s most recent matchup against Ohio State, a 5-2 dismantling in Columbus, Muzerall said they will not be the focal point of her game plan.“The one tricky thing when you have a team of that depth, if you focus on those three, the others will catch you,” Muzerall said.Facing the brunt of the Wisconsin attack for the Buckeyes will be freshman goalie Andrea Braendli, who returns this weekend from a two-game absence due to an international tournament with the Swiss national team. Braendli holds the WCHA’s second-best save percentage at .934.On the opposite end of the ice, Wisconsin redshirt junior goalie Kristen Campbell is fresh off her NCAA-leading seventh shutout of the season against Minnesota Duluth last weekend, which earned her WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors.Maltais, the conference’s second-leading point scorer at 1.27 points a game, helms a Buckeye offense that has come alive of late, scoring 16 goals in its past four games, nearly doubling the nine goals the offense could muster in five straight losses before that.When facing a team of this caliber, Muzerall said the Buckeyes, who lead the conference with 7.5 penalty minutes per game, cannot afford to beat themselves.“[The Badgers] don’t have a terrible weakness. We just have to stay out of the box,” Muzerall said. “That’s what killed us in that second game that we lost.”Though the Buckeyes have been the victor in three of the past four Wisconsin matchups, including a 1-0 win this season, Muzerall said none of that will matter come Friday.“It is a different situation because it’s their senior weekend, it’s their opportunity to win the conference, it’s going to be sold out,” Muzerall said. “We have to start wrapping our mind around that and start visualizing what that sounds like, smells like, tastes like.”The WCHA rivals begin their final regular season series at 8:07 p.m. Friday in Madison. read more