New awards for the Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun.

first_imgDubrovnik Gardens of the Sun once again won international awards this year, which is the best indicator of excellence, as well as confirmation of the leading position in the field of family and wellness tourism in Europe.As part of the renowned 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards, the Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun resort won the award for the best luxury spa resort in Croatia (Best Luxury Resort Spa), and the best spa in the destination (Luxury Destination Spa). The World Luxury Spa awards are given for high quality standards within the luxury wellness segment, and are part of the world-renowned organization World Luxury Awards, which awards prizes for impeccable service and facilities in the hotel industry.”In recent years, we have invested a lot in the development of the spa concept, as well as the improvement of the overall wellness experience in order to exceed the expectations of our guests and maintain the position of the best SPA resort in the region. These awards are a confirmation that we are on the right path, and I congratulate my staff on their success and continuous work and effort.”Said on this occasion the general manager of the resort, Christian Larss Kreković and adds that the Resort for the second year in a row won recognition in the prestigious competition 2017 Junior Design Awards – a silver award for best family hotel (Best Family Hotel, UK & Worldwide).By the way, Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun, a luxury five-star resort, is located on the coast in Orašac near Dubrovnik and is part of the prestigious group The Leading Hotels of the World. In addition to luxury accommodation in 201 rooms within the hotel and 207 residences, the resort offers an award-winning spa, sports center, 16 different bars and restaurants, a beach and three outdoor pools, and one of the best conference centers in the region.Related news:Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun has joined The Leading Hotels of the Worldlast_img read more

Wildcat Netters Top Indians

first_imgFranklin County High School Boys Varsity Tennis beat Milan High School 4-1.#1 Singles Jack Stirn 6-2, 6-0 vs. Carter Wade#2 Singles Brant Ertel 6-1, 6-0 vs. Nathan Hancock#3 Singles Landen Wuestefeld 3-6, 4-6 vs. Caleb Prozorski#1 Doubles Kurt Oetzel & Lonnie Schwartz 6-3, 6-4 vs. Bo Wade & Brayden Furr#2 Doubles Will Wade & Evan McMillin 6-2, 6-3 vs. Joe Hawk & Shane PhelpsCourtesy of Wildcats Coach Dylan Little.last_img

Martinez hails ‘diamond’ Barkley

first_img Press Association The goal, and another fine individual performance, will ensure the 20-year-old will again be in the headlines after a string of excellent recent displays, and it is hard to see how Roy Hodgson can leave him out of England’s World Cup squad. The win moves Everton up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, and Martinez was left to heap more praise on his midfield starlet. “Ross is growing game by game. He is showing different aspects of his play, he is a quite incredible diamond of English football,” said the Everton manager. “The winning goal, technically, is as good as it gets. A lot has been said about Ross, but it’s always an understatement. “He’s an incredible listener and young man with a lot of potential. He always comes up with something different in a game to show he can develop. “I’m proud of seeing him grow. “You could see he was fighting with Romelu because Romelu really practices his free-kicks. “But Ross is a player who gets fed by feelings. He’s a natural talent who can play in any position. Seamus Coleman had given the visitors a 66th-minute lead with a ferocious strike, but they were pegged back when Bryan Oviedo put Dwight Tiendalli’s off-target effort into his own net. Everton were not to be denied, though, as Barkley stepped up with a free-kick which nicked the underside of the crossbar on its way in. “We didn’t know he could take free-kicks, but it’s good to know from now on.” Everton thoroughly merited their success, which tees up back-to-back home games against Sunderland and Southampton. Although the Merseysiders were not at their best, they still created the majority of the significant chances. And Martinez felt the win at one of his former clubs was as satisfying as any win during a season which has also included successes against Chelsea and Manchester United. “We had three difficult away games. At Old Trafford, the Emirates and the Liberty and this was the biggest test,” he said. “It’s easy to keep your concentration levels when you go to the other two, but unless you are 100 per cent when you haven’t got the ball, this Swansea side will punish you. “I couldn’t be happier. We weren’t at our best, but we kept Swansea quiet. We conceded a soft goal by our standards, but we had the desire and our determination to want to win the game was pleasing. “It’s the best satisfaction of the season.” Martinez was also confident the problem which saw Steven Pienaar limp off late in the game will not keep the South African out of the Boxing Day meeting with Sunderland. Swansea manager Michael Laudrup felt his side should have got something from the game. “I think we deserved more,” he said. “The first half was tight, there were not many chances but they came out second half and went in front with a strike from distance. “We fought back as we really wanted something out of this game but the thing that is most disappointing is I thought in the last 10 minutes they were happy to take a point. “We were still pushing to get a winner and then they got it from a free-kick. “But we have to accept it.” Laudrup also had praise for Barkley, saying: “He is a great talent, he is a great runner with the ball, he can play in tight areas, he is definitely a big talent. “He already has a lot of talents for someone so young.” Laudrup confirmed Swansea are set to make a decision on whether Michu undergoes surgery on an ankle injury. “We will know more tomorrow,” he said. “He may have a chance for Boxing Day but we will see, we will have a final opinion from an expert and then decide. “If tomorrow the information suggests he needs an operation he will have surgery in the very near future. “Obviously we are not happy he could be out for several weeks, but the most disappointed person is Michu. “If it is bad news tomorrow, added to what happened to Nathan Dyer last week, we will have to think about what to do in January.” Roberto Martinez described Ross Barkley as a footballing “diamond” after the midfielder further enhanced his ever-growing reputation by scoring a stunning winner in Everton’s 2-1 victory at Swansea.last_img read more

History on Johnson’s side

first_imgDustin Johnson has recent history on his side as he looks to end his run of major misery with victory in the Open Championship, which will finish on a Monday for just the second time ever. Press Association But when play eventually resumed at 6pm, the 31-year-old American completed a second round of 69 by driving the 18th green and two-putting for birdie to finish 10 under par, one ahead of England’s Danny Willett – who finished his 69 on Friday – and two clear of 1999 champion Paul Lawrie. Australia’s Jason Day and 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen finished seven under par to join Friday finishers Marc Warren, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott and Robert Streb in joint fourth, with world number two Jordan Spieth two shots further back after a second-round 72. ” This morning when we started it was almost impossible, but I managed to hang in there and then when we just went out and restarted it was very tough, but managed to make some good pars and then birdie the last hole,” Johnson said. “So it was a good way to finish the day.” Asked about the incident on the 14th, where his ball was blown down a slope towards that of playing partner Spieth, Johnson added: ” Fortunately it happened in kind of the end part of the second round, so we’ve still got a lot of golf to play, so it is what it is. Can’t do anything to change it. “W hen I went up to mark it I got probably an inch from the ground. My coin was about to hit the ground when it took off. Then I went to mark it again and I think it took off again. And then Jordan was running to his ball. It was pretty funny.” The last seven major winners have led or shared the lead after 36 holes, but Johnson has already let several chances slip through his fingers. He held a two-shot lead early in the final round of the US Open last month but failed to convert an eagle attempt from 12 feet on the 72nd hole to claim the title and missed the return from four feet to miss out on a play-off with Spieth. The world number four also took a three-shot lead into the final round at Pebble Beach in 2010 but collapsed to a closing 82, while a two-shot penalty for grounding his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole of the US PGA two months later cost him a place in the play-off. Masters and US Open champion Spieth, who is chasing the third leg of an unprecedented calendar grand slam, did not think play should have started at 7am, but was also furious with himself for five three-putts in his round. “I t was an interesting round that took a lot of time, but it’s nice to look back on Saturday evening and instead of being five shots back with one to go, I’ve still got two full rounds, so anything can happen here,” the 21-year-old said. “I believe I’m still in contention. I still believe I can win this tournament. I need a really solid round tomorrow, though, because Dustin is not letting up. “Dustin is going to shoot a good round tomorrow with less wind and I’m going to need to shoot a great round to really give myself a chance. “To fall from two back to five back isn’t exactly what I wanted, but it could have been worse, could have been better. If I can shoot something like 10 under in the last two rounds, I think I’ll have a chance to win.” Asked about the pressure of trying to win a third straight major title, Spieth added: “W hen we’re out on the course inside the ropes, it’s just another event, and I’m working as hard as I can to get into contention and beat the best players in the world. “I understand where we’re at off the course, but it doesn’t do any good thinking about that. It does better for me focusing on the task at hand. That’s what we did in the first two majors.” A delay of 10 and a half hours forced the R&A to extend proceedings into a fifth day for the first time since Royal Lytham in 1988, with the third round scheduled for Sunday at St Andrews. After a 7am restart on the Old Course, Johnson had seen his ball roll off the 14th green in winds gusting up to 45mph during the 32 minutes of action possible before play was suspended. last_img read more

NFF Signs New, Improved Contract with NIKE

first_img“We need to know where we are coming from to be able to appreciate where we are now. A few months after we came on board for our first term in office, I was told that we needed to buy jerseys for the National Team to play a football match. That was how bad it was, because the kit sponsor at that time terminated the contract.“So, I made contacts with some highly connected persons and worked hard to convince NIKE to come on board. We were coming from a weak position but they made the agreement flexible for us. Today, we are happy we teamed up with NIKE because after we qualified and participated at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the company was the one chasing us for a new improved contract,” President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said at the contract –signing ceremony inside the Stephen Keshi Stadium.Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee, Mallam Shehu Dikko, who is also the NFF 2nd Vice President, said NIKE’s faith in Nigerian Football and its encouragement all the way have been heartwarming.“They never stopped believing in us and in our teams, and after they conducted their due diligence on everyone involved in the running of the NFF, they were very eager to sign this new deal as far back as when we returned from the World Cup in Russia. But we kept telling them to give us some time.“We are very happy because this new agreement comes with good money on annual basis, more supplies, improved qualification bonus for our teams, door-to-door delivery of kits, royalty for the NFF on jerseys sold and it has now been expanded to include our women national teams.”The new agreement is also flexible with regards to market situation, and performance of the national teams.“We have a window for renewal of this contract in 2023 but most terms of the agreement as presently constituted would improve should the Super Eagles make a huge impact at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.“This contract brings a huge sigh of relief. Now, we do not have to worry about clearing kits at the ports because NIKE now has that responsibility to bring it to our door. All the national teams are now captured, we earn money on number of jerseys sold and a new kit will be designed for Nigeria prior to the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo,” Dikko added.Tina Salminen, NIKE’s Sports Marketing Director (African Football), expressed delight at the signing of the new contract: “NIKE is very, very happy with its relationship with Nigeria. The jersey we designed for Nigeria for the FIFA World Cup won the award as for Best Designed Jersey and was hugely popular. It has remained a source of reference in NIKE meetings and events ever since.“Nigeria is one of the big teams in world football and we are happy to get them to sign a long term contract.”NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Legal Committee, Seyi Akinwunmi assured NIKE that the NFF would abide by every letter of the new contract, and said the Federation is in fact looking forward to signing another much-improved deal after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and leading sportswear company, NIKE, yesterday in Asaba, Delta State signed a new, robust partnership agreement that officials from both organizations termed ‘dawn of a new era.’American kit company NIKE had teamed up with the Nigeria Football Federation in April 2015 following the departure of another global brand, but Tuesday’s contract is seen by both parties as the real deal.The agreement is for four years at the first instance, with an automatic renewal clause that will take the marriage to the end of the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals.last_img read more