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Sport gives us a lot more than we invest in it

first_imgMinister of Finance Zdravko Marić stated that about 2 percent of the state budget goes to sports. “We will all agree that this is not enough and that it can never be enough for all that sport as a country has given us. We should strive to increase financial resources, but I would always keep this position, if we were at the bottom in terms of money, and at the very top in terms of sports results. We have managed to increase our allocations for sports almost twice in the last few years, and we are currently working on directing the funds from games of chance to sports as much as possible, because it is the Olympic year and we must support all our athletes. Allocations for sports infrastructure are significantly increasing because the first steps towards success are being made here, so we currently have about 520 such infrastructure projects.”, Said Marić, noting that we must bring sport closer to all citizens.  “Sport is one of the world’s largest businesses. The global sports industry is worth about $ 500 billion, and is estimated to grow to over $ 2022 billion by 600. It is a huge financial cake in which Croatia has a disproportionately small share, compared to sports results. “, said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović at the conference All Faces of Sport – the complex role of sport in the economy, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. They talked about sports as a tool for branding and promoting Croatia Vladimir Miholjevic, director of the CRO race, Miho Glavic, President of the Croatian Ski Association, Jerko Trogrlić, director of White and Kristjan Staničić, director of the CNTB.  Zlatko Mateša, the president of the Croatian Olympic Committee emphasized that this is the first time that we think about sport as an economic category. “It is an industry, like it or not, that weighs 280 billion euros in Europe alone. During the football World Cup in Russia, about 12 billion in tax revenues were realized, and otherwise in that period consumption is around 8 billion. Thus, the footballers contributed to spending with HRK 4 billion, or HRK 600 billion, which flowed directly into the budget. A fifth of our tourism is related to sports activities, about XNUMX million euros a year, which is what we want to show today”, Said Mateša, adding that sport also contributes to building a positive perception of the state. EURO 2020: MORE THAN HALF OF FANS PLAN TO TRAVEL TO WATCH THE TEAMS OF THEIR TEAM Mirjana Čagalj concluded the conference by saying that sport generates over 2 percent of GDP at the European level and that Croatia is below that average. “Our goal must be growth, and investments in sports and sports infrastructure will be crucial along the way. Everything we invest in sports will pay off many times over, through better health of citizens, their better productivity at work and higher salaries. All this will have a beneficial effect on the health care and pension system, but also on the labor market”, Said Cagalj.  Photo: Booking.comcenter_img He also emphasized that sport still brings us much more than we invest in it, and that the promotion of the country that we got through it is invaluable. “Thanks to last year’s World Cup for our country today they know in every corner of the world. We currently invest only 0,11 percent of GDP in sports, making us the last in the European Union. Therefore, with this conference we want to raise awareness of the importance of investing in sports infrastructure and professionals”, Said Burilović. RELATED NEWS: Deputy Mayor of Zagreb Olivera Majić countered Opara, saying that with an investment of 2 billion kuna a year, Zagreb is still the most sporty city in Croatia. “It is important to see how to strategically integrate sport into all complementary activities. It is high time that the promotion of sport is integrated into economic flows. The most significant economic effects sport generates in relation to tourism, trade and construction. It directly creates a business activity that has a high job growth factor, a significant element of an experiential economy and is successful in attracting talent. It strengthens local economies and provides excellent opportunities for marketing promotion ” State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina he spoke of the fusion of tourism and sport. “We try to address precisely segmented markets through our top athletes and we are very successful in that. About 7 to 8 percent of the total CNTB budget goes to sports and this is a big step forward from the current practice”, Glavina pointed out.  Split mayor Andro Krstulović Opara said that Split proudly holds the title of “the most sporty city in the world”. “Our Olympians, a total of 73 of them, won 96 medals. But I have to mention some scary numbers. In terms of allocations for sports, in 2016 Split allocated 69 million kuna, in 2017 about 72 million, in 2018 almost 98 million, and this year we will have about 93 million kuna. That’s 9 percent of our budget. For comparison, Zagreb invests about 7 percent of its budget in sports, but we are talking about a billion kuna. But despite that, our sport works, thanks to wizards from the profession who work miracles with little money”, Said Opara, adding that special attention and investments are directed towards the inclusion of people with disabilities in sports activities. last_img read more

Pig trial of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shows promise with two shots

first_imgMore than 100 potential vaccines are being developed around the world to try to control the pandemic, which has already killed hundreds of thousands of people.Stephen Griffin, an associate professor at Leeds University who was not directly involved in this work, said it was “an encouraging advance” and showed that “a so-called ‘prime-boost’ strategy gives rise to far better responses” than a single dose.”Whilst these studies will need to be repeated within human subjects…this is a heartening study,” he said.  The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine, also known as AZD1222, was originally developed by Oxford University scientists, who are now working with AstraZeneca on development and production.”These results look encouraging that administering two injections … boosts antibody responses that can neutralize the virus, but it is the response in humans that’s important,” said Bryan Charleston, Pirbright’s director.AZD1222 is already in human trials, and AstraZeneca says it hopes to have data on efficacy later this year.Preliminary data from a trial in six monkeys found that some of the monkeys given a single shot developed antibodies against the virus within 14 days, and all developed protective antibodies within 28 days. A trial in pigs of AstraZeneca’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine has found that two doses of the shot produced a greater antibody response than a single dose.Research released by Britain’s Pirbright Institute on Tuesday found that giving an initial prime dose followed by a booster dose of the vaccine elicited a stronger immune response than a single dose. This suggests a two-dose approach may be more effective in getting protection against COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.”The researchers saw a marked increase in neutralizing antibodies, which bind to the virus in a way that blocks infection,” the Pirbright team said in a statement. They added, however, that it is not yet known what level of immune response will be required to protect humans.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Supports Call for Independent Redistricting Commission

first_img Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the Fair Districts PA rally to support a nonpartisan independent commission to create legislative and congressional district boundaries.“It is wonderful to see people from across Pennsylvania in our state Capitol today to demand an end to gerrymandering, which creates gridlock and stifles reform. Voters should select their politicians, politicians shouldn’t select their voters.“I stand with Fair Districts PA in their call for the legislature to pass truly nonpartisan redistricting reform and get it to my desk so an independent commission – not partisan politicians – is in charge of drawing legislative and congressional district boundaries.” April 16, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Supports Call for Independent Redistricting Commissionlast_img read more

Meeting Scheduled for Missouri River Sandbar Habitat Scheme

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting tomorrow at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel in Bismarck, ND, to gather input on site selection for an Emergent Sandbar Habitat (ESH) Project within the Missouri River between Garrison and Oahe dams. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. with a brief opening presentation followed by an open house session.“During the open house, the Corps project team will be available at information stations to answer questions and gather public input. Concerns, comments and suggestions provided at this meeting will help the Corps determine which of three potential sites may be chosen for the project,” USACE said in its announcement.The proposed project includes mechanical construction of sandbar habitat, up to 40 acres in size, at one of three existing sandbar habitat sites between river miles 1349 and 1367 (near Washburn, ND).According to USACE, material would be borrowed from the river bed and placed on top of the existing shallow submerged sandbar. This minimizes the amount of material that needs to be moved and increases longevity of the constructed sandbar.[mappress mapid=”24750″]last_img read more

Ohio reports first West Nile death of 2017

first_imgDefiance County, Oh. — The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed the first death of the year related to West Nile virus. The 74-year-old man was from Defiance County on Indiana’s border.Ohio has reported 10 human cases of the disease this year. Counties with at least one case include Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Logan and Summit.In 2016 Ohio reported 4 West Nile deaths, Indiana reported two.last_img

NRA applauds Hoosier lawmakers

first_imgFairfax, Va.— Lawmakers in both the Indiana House and Senate have passed bills that would make it more affordable for law-abiding gun owners in the state to protect and defend themselves.Yesterday, the Indiana state House of Representatives passed House Bill 1424 71-20 and the state Senate previously passed Senate Bill 237 49-0.  HB 1424, sponsored by Representative Timothy Wesco (R-21), would extend the duration of a 4-year License to Carry a Handgun (LTCH) to five years and remove fees for lifetime licenses.  SB 237, sponsored by Senator Rodric Bray (R-37), would also extend the duration of a four-year LTCH to five years.“This bill recognizes that law-abiding citizens have a fundamental right to protect and defend themselves and their families in public.  We must eliminate excessive fees that make it hard for the most vulnerable among us to exercise that right.” – Catherine Mortensen, NRA SpokespersonEach bill will now cross over to the opposite chamber for further consideration.Both of these bills will bring the Indiana LTCH into compliance with federal law to make it eligible for what is called “NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) exemption.” NICS exemption simply means that law-abiding permit holders who have been fully vetted and have undergone a federal background check may purchase or receive a firearm from a firearm dealer without the delays sometimes associated with an additional NICS check.  The permit itself acts as verification that the holder has undergone a background check and is neither prohibited under state or federal law from possessing a firearm.last_img read more

Neymar wins French Cup final for PSG

first_imgThe World Cup winner was later seen emerging from the tunnel on crutches following a dreadful challenge that resulted in the dismissal of Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin.“Everyone is worried. Everyone who saw the foul is worried. Of course I’m worried,” said Tuchel.“I’m very happy because we won but we have to stay patient because we don’t have any news. I think he will undergo tests tonight.”PSG secured the first of a potential three trophies this summer, claiming a record-extending 13th French Cup with the League Cup final against Lyon to come next Friday before the resumption of their European campaign in Portugal.“It was very difficult, which is perhaps the best thing,” added Tuchel, whose side added to their Ligue 1 title awarded in April after the season was ended prematurely. Loading… The final at the Stade de France was the first official match in one of Europe’s top football nations to allow fans to attend since March, albeit in severely restricted numbers with just 2,805 spectators – including French President Emmanuel Macron – inside the 80,000-seater venue.A minute’s applause was held ahead of kick-off for the victims of COVID-19, which has claimed the lives of over 30,000 people in France, and in support of frontline workers.PSG had racked up 20 goals without reply in three friendlies building up to the final, but Yvann Macon’s crunching tackle on Neymar in the first minute suggested no such goodwill would be afforded by Saint-Etienne in their first French Cup final appearance since 1982.The challenge set the tone for a fractious opening period and Denis Bouanga was inches from firing Saint-Etienne ahead when his strike rebounded back off Keylor Navas’s left-hand post.Unfazed by that scare, PSG led on 14 minutes as Mbappe burst into the area after an exchange with Angel Di Maria and Neymar crashed home the rebound via the underside of the crossbar after a fine save from Jessy Moulin.Bouanga twice forced Navas to turn away while Moulin produced a sensational one-handed stop to tip over from Di Maria, earning plaudits from the Argentine himself.Saint-Etienne’s hopes of fighting back were hampered midway through the first half though when the veteran Perrin, on likely his final appearance for the club, was sent off for a dreadful challenge on Mbappe.He required lengthy treatment but was forced off after his right ankle was trapped between the legs of Perrin, whose yellow card was upgraded to red following a VAR review.Emotions boiled over with five players booked in the aftermath following an ugly melee, but the greater concern for PSG will be the severity of Mbappe’s injury.The France star reappeared from the tunnel on crutches in the second half, with less than three weeks before PSG’s Champions League tie against Atalanta on August 12.Moulin kept Saint-Etienne in with a remote shot of ending their 43-year wait for a seventh French Cup title, repelling Mauro Icardi and Di Maria before spreading himself superbly to deny Pablo Sarabia.Read Also: PSG star goes on crutches as Champions League loomsThe goalkeeper even raced forward for a late corner but PSG held firm to atone for last year’s defeat in the final by Rennes on penalties, clinching the trophy for the fifth time in the past six seasons.“It’s really tough to take, especially like that. We had chances and we pushed them,” said Moulin.“There are things to be pleased about but losing a final is always hard to digest.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 However, coach Thomas Tuchel faces an anxious wait over the fitness of Kylian Mbappe ahead of next month’s Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta after the France star limped off in tears during the first half with an ankle injury.center_img Neymar netted the winning goal as Paris Saint-Germain defeated 10-man Saint-Etienne 1-0 in the French Cup final on Friday night, the first competitive fixture in the country since March 11 following the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Is Hachi, And He’s The Happiest Dog On InstagramTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Outrageous Ideas That Made People Ridiculously RichA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBrother Creates A Phenomenal Dress For His Sisterlast_img read more

Liverpool v Manchester United ratings

first_img Simon Mignolet: Had very little to do until picking the ball out of the net following Rooney’s fierce volley. Six (out of 10) Nathaniel Clyne: Had only a minimal impact on the attack and ploughed a shot into the stands after the break. 6 Press Association Kolo Toure: Looked solid against Wayne Rooney for most of the match even though the United captain is four years his junior. 7 Mamadou Sakho: Looked wobbly at times and should have tested David de Gea with a second half header. 5 Alberto Moreno: Got forward well and prevented Lingard from getting into the game. 6 Lucas Leiva: Enjoyed a running battle with Marouane Fellaini and protected the back four well. 7 Emre Can: Almost scored when he strode past Smalling and shot at De Gea. 7 Jordan Henderson: Desperately needs some shooting practice. Had three wayward efforts from long range and shot straight at De Gea in the 62nd minute. 5 James Milner: Offered little threat. 5 Adam Lallana: Weak header at De Gea in the 10th minute. 5 Roberto Firmino: Went close a couple of times and succeeded in drawing Daley Blind out of position a couple of times. 7 Substitutes: Jordon Ibe (on for Lallana, 76mins): Could not swing the game in Liverpool’s favour and lost Mata for the goal. 5 Christian Benteke (on for Toure, 81mins): Should have come on earlier to test Smalling and Blind. 5 Steven Caulker (on for Milner, 90mins): Thrown on to provide more height up top but it was too late to make a difference. 5 MANCHESTER UNITED David de Gea: Pulled off a fantastic double save to deny Firmino and Can in the second half. Deservedly awarded the man of the match award. 8 Ashley Young: Hobbled off with an injury towards the end of the first half after a challenge by James Milner. 6 Chris Smalling: Can strode past him with alarming ease and sometimes looked shaky, but played his part in keeping a clean sheet again. 6 Daley Blind: Needs to improve his crossing as his corners rarely beat the first man. Was pulled out of position chasing Firmino on occasion too. 6 Matteo Darmian: Put De Gea in danger with a poor backpass. Looked more comfortable when he switched to right-back. 6 Morgan Schneiderlin: Boyhood Liverpool fan was steady if not spectacular. 6 Marouane Fellaini: Looked in danger of getting sent off early on, but regained his composure and proved to be a nuisance all afternoon. Header rattled the bar before Rooney scored. 7 Jesse Lingard: The only United academy product in the starting XI had little impact. 5 Ander Herrera: Sliced a first-half chance wide and was largely ineffective. 5 Anthony Martial: Did not have a meaningful run at the Liverpool defence until first-half stoppage time but was a menace after the break. 7 Wayne Rooney: Quiet until he popped up with a clinical winner in the second half. Exhibited superb technique with his volley. 8 Substitutes: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (on for Young, 41mins): A calm and assured presence at full-back. 6 Juan Mata (on for Lingard, 65mins): Provided cross that led to the goal. 7 Memphis Depay (on for Herrera, 71mins): Did little after being introduced: 6 LIVERPOOL last_img read more

The Latest: Italy’s female players against playoff format

first_img___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports A decision on whether and how the Serie A women’s league will resume is expected to be made during an Italian soccer federation meeting.One of the proposals is to have playoffs. That would involve half of the 12 Serie A teams.A statement by the Serie A women’s players says they are against it because “it doesn’t guarantee true fairness.”They say “we all go out on the field or no one does.”Juventus, AC Milan and Sassuolo are the only three clubs which have managed to resume training. Many of the clubs also have players who are still abroad. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Italy’s female soccer players are against the possibility of a playoff format to finish their season. The Latest: Italy’s female players against playoff formatcenter_img June 8, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

Kennard eyeing August as potential date for next horse race meet

first_img– Says jockeys’, horses’ safety and health imperativeBy Clifton RossPRESIDENT of the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club (KMTC), Justice (Rtd) Cecil Kennard said the horse-racing fraternity is still hopeful of action in the near future, but is more focused on the health and safety of its horses and jockeys.March’s proposed annual Phagwah Day race had to be indefinitely postponed following COVID-19 making her way to local shores, thus resulting in the ongoing lockdown/curfew state.Following Boxing Day’s 2019 mega race, the KMTC, like many other local sports associations/bodies, were forced to abandon any short-term plans of live action and wait out the pandemic with hopes of things returning to normalcy.Justice Kennard, in a brief interview with Chronicle Sport, yesterday, said he was hopeful that things could start picking up again in the near future, adding that the past few months have been disappointing for the local turfites.“Like everyone else, we are very disappointed, we appreciate those horse owners and jockeys and the respective clubs and those who cater to the sports, but the situation is far beyond our control”. He said.Fans have been suffering from the lack of live action; stakeholders and even some athletes have been in distress due to COVID-19 and the restrictions.In horse racing, a few of the owners/breeders are financially stable; some, according to Kennard, are not that well-off and, as such, rely on the sport to provide for their families. Hence, the lack of action has definitely hurt the fraternity.“Not too many horses are owned by wealthy persons, so some of the jockeys need action to support their families. The people are disappointed but they are also concerned about their health and I’m very concerned as well because we have to think about the lives of human beings”, said Justice Kennard.With regards to combating the pandemic, Kennard said a few of the popular clubs, including Nand Persaud, Rising Sun, Port Mourant, to name a few, have met prior to lockdown in order to discuss a way forward in dealing with the logistics with regards to making the future safer for horses and jockeys alike.The KMTC boss said that post covid-19 plans for safety should see fans and athletes continuing to practice social-distancing among other mandates.He said from a financial perspective, he also believed that it will take a lot for associations to bounce back from this rough patch created by the pandemic, which has seen the world undergoing somewhat of a recession.“Persons should continue to practice social distancing and wear masks. It will take a long time for us to rebuild financially because most of the income of the clubs come from sponsorship and they have been taking some blows recently”. He ended.Meanwhile, Kennard said he had identified August 4th as the next date for a possible return to action, with October and the marquee Boxing Day meet, being the other two major race dates on the cards for the remainder of 2020.last_img read more