Maintaining employment and business activity is key

first_img“Swe are aware of the situation of the coronavirus epidemic and its impact on our entire economy, of which tourism is currently the most affected. Our Government is taking a responsible approach to solving the problem and the measures we will apply will be primarily to retain jobs and maintain the liquidity of employers whose business is directly affected by the viral crisis. “, said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. According to eVisitor data, in the first 10 days of March, 30% less arrivals and overnight stays were recorded. He added that just last week, finance ministers discussed possible economic and financial consequences, as well as consequences for tourism. In conversations with tourism workers from various sectors, some state assistance or compensatory measures are expected in the transition period from the moratorium on loans, wage relief, etc.… It is certainly most important to maintain the liquidity of the tourism sector and jobs. Due to intensive monitoring of the coronavirus situation, sessions of the Tourist Board of the CNTB will be held once a week “Currently, all countries are doing analyzes, the situation is different, you see what is happening in Italy and in some other countries where the prevalence of coronavirus is much higher, ie this epidemic. At the moment, Croatia is holding talks with all interested segments of the Croatian economy. We had a meeting with hoteliers last week, and I instructed Ministers Marić, Horvat and Cappelli to consult with all sectors of the economy.”, Said Plenković yesterday. Kristjan Staničić, CNTB: Planned promotional campaigns on digital and online platforms in most markets have been postponed Today, the 62nd session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian Tourist Board was held, at which the members of the council decided that the sessions will be held once a week due to intensive monitoring of the situation regarding coronavirus. Plenković: We are working on finding measures to make the coronavirus crisis as harmful as possible to the Croatian economy Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli emphasized that they have already started seasonal employment and training in tourism and expressed his desire to retain the workforce, especially employees from the territory of the Republic of Croatia. He announced that measures to retain workers would be implemented soon. Cappelli also emphasizes that it is important to send a clear message that our tourism sector will be prepared and will provide all the necessary services to tourists who come to Croatia. he briefly conveyed some of the information from this meeting, but as far as could be read between the lines, it is obvious that we still have to wait for concrete measures, which, according to Minister Zdravko Maric, will be elaborated in more detail in the coming days. “The most endangered will be the transport sector, especially air transport, which is quite logical, and the second is, of course, the tourism sector. In both of these sectors, of course, Croatia will take appropriate measures. All ministries are currently monitoring the situation and we will then together, both at the European level and at the national level, continue to find ways to make the situation as harmful as possible for the Croatian economy.”, Concluded the Prime Minister. The meeting of Croatian ministers with representatives of economic associations and institutions, including representatives of the tourism sector, has ended. The burning issue was the impact of the coronavirus on the economy and the upcoming tourist season. Photo: Government of the Republic of Croatia The most vulnerable sectors of transport, especially air and tourism In the coming days, concrete measures will be known to help companies affected by the effects of coronavirus. “We are in constant contact with the most important tour operators, partners and entities from the tourism industry, as well as with colleagues from the European Travel Commission. In cooperation with the offices of the CNTB’s representative office in the world, we actively monitor the situation around the coronavirus every day, and we reacted in accordance with the new circumstances in terms of adjusting marketing and PR activities in the markets. Scheduled promotional campaigns on digital and online platforms in most markets have been delayed. Until the beginning of March, we successfully completed advertising as part of brand campaigns, while pre- and post-season promotion campaigns were postponed in order to place customized promotional messages at a more appropriate time to target groups in terms of their openness and readiness to travel after stabilization.” said CNTB Director Kristjan Stanicic.last_img read more

Vote count under way in Burundi’s controversial poll

first_imgVote counting is currently underway in Burundi after controversial presidential elections came to an end on Tuesday. Incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza is widely expected to win a third consecutive term.Electoral commission officials are leading party agents in counting ballots cast while separating those of Nkurunziza and opposition party leaders whose names appeared on the ballot papers even if they had boycotted the exercise.The electoral commission insists that the opposition officials did not formally withdraw from the elections and any votes for them would be counted.Ballots will continue to be tallied on Wednesday, but officials have said that they do not expect the results to be announced until Thursday.About 3.8 million Burundians were eligible to vote in the polls, which the opposition and civil society groups are boycotting, claiming they will not be free and fair.Electoral Commission president Pierre-Claver Ndayicariye said turnout was low in Bujumbura and southwestern Bururi provinc,e but gave an overall figure of 74 percent, comparable to that for last month’s general elections.A voter at a polling station President Pierre Nkurunziza on his way to cast his ballot Official vote results are expected Thursday. But the elections have been roundly criticized as not free or fair, after the government ignored an opposition boycott and calls from the international community to postpone the election due to the unrest.Officials reported at least three people dead — two policemen and an opposition official — in a night of gunfire and explosions before the election.Voters casting their ballotscenter_img Opponents of Nkurunziza say his bid violates the constitution and a peace deal that ended Burundi’s civil war in 2005, yet the president, almost sure to win given the opposition boycott, cites a court ruling saying he can run again.Some 80,000 Burundian refugees have entered Tanzania since Nkurunziza announced in April he would seek a third term, the International Rescue Committee and Save the Children said.last_img read more

Kelechi Iheanacho: Is His Groove Back?

first_imgUntil last weekend Kelechi Iheanacho’s only two appearances for Leicester City this season had been in the lowly rated League Cup and the Nigerian international had been heavily tipped for a shipment out of King Power Stadium on loan. However, with his assist and winning goal against Everton in his first Premier League game, all that may have changed as fans of the Foxes are singing the praise of the U-17 World Cup winner to high heavens Before now reports were rife that Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho is set for a loan move away from Leicester City in the January transfer window as he has been overwhelmed since he joined Leicester City in the summer of 2017 and has since struggled for game time. Until last weekend when he featured and scored the winner against Everton, the 23-year-old has not played a Premier League game for Leicester City with his two appearances coming in the lowly-rated League Cup and Leicester City reportedly agreed to allow the Nigerian international to leave on loan to get game time at another club. The Foxes, in turn, are looking to bring in Rangers talisman Alfredo Morelos to bolster their chances of a top-four finish. Iheanacho joined Leicester City on a five-year deal worth around £25m and the investment has not paid off as he has failed to live up to the expectation after just managing three goals in seven league starts in 21 games, four goals in five FA Cup games and two goals in two League Cup games in his first season with Leicester City. In his second season, he managed just one goal in 30 league games and two goals in the League Cup.The narrative has indeed changed after Iheanacho ripped up the script in his sizzling cameo appearance on Sunday.The Nigerian striker made his first league appearance of the season when he came on with Leicester down at home to Everton. The Foxes supporters would have been expecting little given the frustrating time he has endured since arriving from Manchester City, but he proved everyone wrong by assisting the equaliser and then scoring a winner in stoppage time to ensure City continued their fine form, sitting second in the table.It’s a break Iheanacho was desperate for, but how far does he still have to go to convince supporters?Iheanacho was indeed thrilled with the way he seized his opportunity after coming off the bench to set up one and score another in the 2-1 victory over Everton on Sunday and he said his performance against Everton came as a result of hard work in training “It was a great moment, it was my first game of the season and first goal, so I’m really buzzing. I’m happy today,” Iheanacho told LCFC TV.“It all came from the hard work in training, I’ve been working hard and keeping my head up and waiting for the opportunity to come. I’m happy it came, and I took it.”When asked about his emotions as he was about to be introduced, Iheanacho said he was always confident in his own ability as he went on to turn the game on its head.“I was just concentrating on the game, and watching the game, and how the game was going,” he said. “When the manager said ‘you’re going to come on’, I was confident and, of course, they’re my team-mates – they know what I can do and I know what they can do. “I know where the passes are going to come. We work together in training and we’ve been playing together, so everyone knows everybody. We’re happy that we had this great moment today.”Iheanacho emphasised City’s togetherness at the full-time whistle, and after a sixth-straight Premier League win, he explained why every member of the squad was delighted with Sunday’s result.He added: “To be fair, this team, starting from the players, to the staff and the manager – everyone – we are all together, so everyone is happy with each other. Those who are playing or those who are not playing, everyone is happy. It’s a great squad, it’s a happy place to be. I know everyone is happy for me, they’ve been waiting for me to do this, so I’m happy as well. We’re all happy!”An elated Iheanacho said he should be called ‘Mr. VAR’, having scored the first goal awarded by VAR in England in his side’s third-round replay against Fleetwood Town in the Emirates FA Cup in 2018.And the polarising decision review system again ensured the Nigerian international would be able to celebrate after he found the net to hand Leicester a valuable three points against Everton on Sunday.After sprinting clear of the Toffees defence and finishing with aplomb past Jordan Pickford, Iheanacho’s left-footed effort was initially ruled offside before becoming the match-winning goal.And after the game, the ecstatic former Manchester City frontman demanded to be known as Mr. VAR from now onwards.“I have been waiting for this opportunity. I knew one day it’s going to come,” he told Sky Sports.“I’m happy today to get the goal and assisting Jamie. You can call me Mr. VAR – I knew it was a goal. I was onside. Happy that VAR gave it to me.”Iheanacho has indeed insisted that he is still happy at Leicester City despite his lack of playing time.Iheanacho has been a bit-part player since he joined Leicester City and has only managed one.“No I am happy here, everyone is happy,” the 23-year-old told the Daily Mail.“The manager is a top manager who is friendly to everyone. I don’t see the reason why anyone could want to leave. I think he gives everyone chances, there are a lot of games coming up.“I believe in myself if I get the chance. It happens in football, sometimes you can face trying times or sometimes you can play. It is a time I have to face in my life and just have to keep going. I just have to keep my confidence and be strong.”The Nigerian has played second fiddle to Jamie Vardy since he joined Leicester City in 2017.“He is a top lad and a top striker in the world, everyone knows,” Iheanacho said about Vardy.“I am playing with him in training and watching him which inspires me as well. I will keep going. We can play as two strikers or we can play one striker as well. It depends on how the manager wants to play and set up the squad and everyone is important. We need everyone.”Aston Villa are believed to be interested in signing a striker to back-up first-choice Wesley, with Iheanacho just one of the players they’re interested in the January transfer window.Nevertheless, Iheanacho has maintained that he’s happy at the King Power Stadium and is more than content with his current role under Brendan Rodgers.“As a football player you need to keep your head and keep going and concentrate when you are playing and when you are not playing,” he said, as quoted by the Leicester Mercury.“Everyone has to go through this at some point. You need to keep working hard and believing in yourself that one day you can get your chance. I am confident. I believe in myself if I get the chance.“Maybe you can call it a back-up striker or support striker, it’s something I am happy to be. Of course, I could get my chance, it depends on what the manager wants to do.“But at former club (Manchester City) and here, I am really happy playing with those calibre of strikers (Sergio Aguero and Verdy) because they are experienced and top strikers in the world.Meanwhile, Rogers has insisted that the Nigerian has a long-term future at Leicester City. “Yes, he does have a future long term,” the City boss said in a press conference recently“He’s unfortunate he is playing behind one of the great strikers in Europe. Jamie is at the very top of his game, in his goalscoring and his pressing, so it’s very difficult for Iheanacho to get in.“He’s very much a part of our squad. He trains like an animal every day, he’s so good. So I know if I need to use him at the weekend, he’ll be ready.”Whether he can remain consistent after last Sunday’s performance however, remains to be seen.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Raiders release veteran CB Prince Amukamara

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 1st September, 2020 07:03 IST Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 07:03 IST Raiders Release Veteran CB Prince Amukamara The Las Vegas Raiders released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara on Monday and will instead go with unproven players in the secondary Written By COMMENTcenter_img The Las Vegas Raiders released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara on Monday and will instead go with unproven players in the secondary.Amukamara was signed as a free agent to provide a veteran presence in the secondary across from second-year cornerback Trayvon Mullen. He started 99 games over nine seasons with the Giants, Jacksonville and Chicago but had been surpassed in practice by rookie Damon Arnette.The Raiders will plan to start the season with Arnette and Mullen as the starting outside cornerbacks. Mullen fared well in 10 starts last season as a rookie. Arnette was drafted 19th overall in April out of Ohio State.“I just think they are two young corners that can cover,” defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said earlier in camp. “They’ll tackle and they are not afraid to hit. They are going to make these corners tackle in the NFL and that’s what they’ll do. … It’s an exciting time. It’s really how you want to do it, is bring young guys in without having bad habits, teaching your system, teach your techniques, your schemes and all those things. It’s exciting to have two young corners that can do that. So, hopefully they’ll be a tandem for years to come.”There is not much experience behind Mullen and Arnette either. Isaiah Johnson and Keisean Nixon combined for just 52 snaps on defense as rookies last season, and Amik Robertson, Dylan Mabin and Madre Harper have yet to play in the NFL.Slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner has played 81 games over six seasons but is not in the mix outside. Nevin Lawson does have some experience playing outside but will be suspended for the season opener Sept. 13 at Carolina.The Raiders also are expected to have another untested starter in the secondary where Johnathan Abram is slotted to start at strong safety. Abram injured his shoulder midway through the season opener of his rookie campaign last year and was placed on injured reserve.The Raiders have had one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL in recent seasons. They have allowed opposing quarterbacks to post a passer rating of more than 100 in each of the past three seasons. They ranked second worst in 2019 with a 103.8 rating against.Image credits: AP LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News last_img read more