Iva Bencun: The first thing I would do if I were the head of the Zadar Tourist Board invited all stakeholders in tourism for an interview, because without the synergy of the group, one person can hardly achieve any significant results

first_imgAfter the current director of the Zadar Tourist Board, Ante Rados, resigned, in the middle of the season, which is certainly frivolous and unprofessional, the Zadar Tourist Board announced a competition for a new director of the Zadar Tourist Board, which ended yesterday.The competition states that the candidate must have at least three years of work experience in the field of tourism, have completed at least a specialist graduate professional or graduate university study, make a proposal for its work program of the tourist board for the next calendar year and speak at least one foreign language.But in the whole story all this is less important, as well as diplomas and various recognitions, etc.… the only thing that matters is concrete market experience, knowledge and vision of development. What someone has done so far, what projects he has worked on and led, and practical market experience. Of course, in the whole story we should talk about market development and market processes, not political functions, but it’s all up to us. Do we want market and strategic development or status quo and inertia. We are either growing or stagnant, ie we are losing pace with the competition.Iva Bencun: Guests want to feel the Mediterranean way of life, they want to be relaxed, they want to feel welcome. You’re going to have a hard time giving it to them if we personally don’t live it.Iva Bencun from Zadar, the owner of the company Feral Tours and the organizer of the Zadar Outdoor Festival and the president of the Association of Adventure Tourism at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, also applied for the competition. In a conversation with Iva Bencun, we talked about the current development of tourism in Zadar and what is her vision of development if she comes to the helm of the Zadar Tourist Board.Do you think that you are the right person for the position of director of the Zadar Tourist Board and why?I certainly don’t think that I am the only person, but that I certainly have the knowledge, experience and, above all, the will to deal with the problems that this job brings with it. Throughout my working life, I have worked in a variety of jobs in tourism; I was an escort, I worked in a boat rental company, and in my agency I work with hoteliers, private renters, caterers, other agencies, and various tourism service providers. In addition, I am fluent in 4 foreign languages, which means that I get first-hand information from tourists about what they like and what they resent about us. The recent launch of the Zadar Outdoor Festival project is also a great school for me, where I realized how much good can be achieved by proper communication with people; Finances are not always crucial – if you have people you can run, willpower and perseverance is the key to success. I think that all of the above is a prerequisite for a good job as a director of the Tourist Board.What would you change in the tourist offer of the city of Zadar? Would you return the concerts? Everyone is complaining about the offer this year, that there are no real concerts and entertainment, ie enough content that is crucial?The City of Zadar has a very good Tourism Development Strategy for the period 2016-2026. year on which a large part of the tourist program can be based. Namely, we must be aware that we are not a concert destination. Even if you organize the best band in the world (if you can pay for it of course) the question is whether guests would come to your city just for that. And if they did, how long would they stay? We are a tourist destination; all future tourists come primarily for vacation, and then to have the opportunity to have fun and learn something during that vacation. So, if it is primarily a vacation and an escape from everyday stress, then you must first and foremost make sure that the whole city and the whole region functions in a way that does not add to that stress.How are you going to do that?To keep the city beautiful and clean, to solve the parking situation with quality (we know that the stress is the strongest), to kindly welcome your guest and patiently explain everything to him, to provide easy access to information via websites, on site, via info-places; even through students who will walk around the city and provide the information needed by the guest. If you have provided easy arrival and access, not only to the guest, but first of all to the local population, then the kind approach of the local population will make the guest feel welcome, and only after that the guest will enjoy listening to the concert, exhibition or play. Guests want to feel the Mediterranean way of life, they want to be relaxed, they want to feel welcome… You will find it difficult to give it to us if we personally do not live it..And how will we live it if the arrival of tourists makes our lives worse because we can no longer find a parking space ; if most of the city stinks of rancid oil; if you can’t walk down the street from the barns that inevitably widen, motivated by demand and the fact that the “rush hour” lasts 2 months?Zadar, like most tourist destinations in the last couple of years, has recorded a large increase in arrivals and overnight stays, is Zadar for mass tourism or should we control this mass and load on all the city’s disputes and raise the quality? Zadar, as well as Croatia, should develop quality, not mass tourism. It has already been shown that better quality facilities have fewer holes, guests are more satisfied, the service is charged more, and it is provided with less stress. Yes, the city of Zadar can have many more quality programs, concerts, exhibitions, festivals, gastronomic events, but they do not have to be megalomaniacal; they just have to be smaller, more intimate, more “homey” and widespread throughout the year. Zadar has a lot of people with quality ideas, but they do not come to the fore, or do not even respond, believing that it is all already intended for someone else. Unfortunately, this is the attitude in most things and situations where some new solutions could be offered. It seems to me personally that this was the first thing that started to change in tourism. Increasingly, I see capable individuals who have come to positions from which they can change things, and I have to admit that I like the direction in which they are moving.Photo: Pixabay.comSo what would you do first as the director of the Zadar Tourist Board? You certainly would not be in a position to determine parking spaces.Of course not; fortunately the strategy clearly foresees who is in charge of what. However, what I could do is communicate about these issues along with colleagues who are in charge of those things. The first thing I would do was invite all stakeholders in tourism in the city of Zadar for an interview. So, both hoteliers, and representatives of private renters, caterers, agencies, tourist guides… I think it would be fair to first invite them, introduce themselves, and invite them to cooperate. Make a “brainstorming” where everyone could say what problems they face and present their suggestions so that we can all solve the same problems together. You know the old “Two heads are smarter than one”. It seems to me that communication is something we always have problems with; without the synergy of the group one person can hardly achieve any significant results..Tourism is very complex and complementary; if we intend to do it properly we need to live it..And the clerk at the post office or bank or in the city administration must be aware that he is indirectly benefiting from tourism. If we manage to achieve this only then will we have success in tourism.How do you see Zadar in terms of tourism in 5 years, what is your vision of development if you will be the director of the Zadar Tourist Board? Zadar is a city that is extremely pleasant to live in. It is not too big or too small. It is spatially nicely distributed and every part of the city is easily and in a short time accessible. The traffic is also very well connected, the roads are excellent, we have the port of Gaženica and the airport. All this gives the possibility of development in several directions. My opinion is that Zadar should continuously work on quality; everything done so far is going in that direction. We definitely need a tidier city, we need more accommodation, but I’m not for big resorts; small boutique hotels with a couple of larger hotels of world-famous chains would significantly increase the city’s offer. In addition, I still believe that Zadar and the whole region is ideal for an active vacation and should work in that direction. In a very small area, in an environment of only half an hour drive we have an incredible wealth of nature..sea, islands, rivers, mountains .. All this allows frequent outdoor stays which guests are increasingly looking for, and this type of guests comes out of the main months of the season. Zadar is developing more and more in terms of gastronomy, which means that we have a nicely rounded package of offers. Together with the whole region, it has the potential to attract guests for much longer than 3 days, which is currently the average stay of tourists in the city. We need to work on connecting all activities and better informing the guest. At the same time, we need to work on additional programs throughout the year and continuous airlines; promotion should be done in the markets from which people travel throughout the year. In winter we have an ideal climate for guests from the Scandinavian market, and now in the representative office in Stockholm we have a person from Zadar who knows the region best. If we work smartly and manage the development of the city, I think that in 5 years Zadar will be one of the most desirable cities to live in Croatia, and tourists will feel and appreciate it.Whatever the Tourist Board decides, I sincerely hope that this time the profession and experience will prevail, ie common sense, the main question is: Do we want market and strategic development or the status quo and inertia?We are either growing or stagnant, ie we are losing pace with the competition. We need professional people who have practical experience, and we need to deal more with market development than politics. Politics is one thing, and the market and market development are quite another. Ultimately, if we do not deal with tourism strategically and sustainably, then we are where we are – we have a short season, low tourist consumption and we chronically lack quality content and offer. We are not for mass tourism, but we must offer quality and diversity of offer and content. Greece and Turkey are not and should not be our competition, and the biggest competition is ourselves.So it’s all up to us, we have it all, even too much of it, and it’s just a question of whether we’re going to take advantage of it and be who we are. Let’s be who we are, it has to be our main tourism product, not strive for standardization and be bad copies.last_img read more

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RDA row heads for Euro court

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Adventures in Africa

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Seven tips for buying off-the-plan

first_imgOff-the-plan investors should apply these top tips to mitigate the risks and boost the upside potential. Photo: Glenn HuntForearmed is the way to go if you’re considering an off-the-plan investment in these trying times for attached housing.The signs have been bad for this sector of late, with the concept of oversupply looming large, but off-the-plan properties are still finding eager buyers, and not all are bad investments.Off-the-plan can apply to low-rise suburban units, townhouses, detached dwellings and prestige owner-occupier apartments too, and the rules around each are similar.To help, Patrick Nolan, head of Home Loans at ME Bank, has compiled some top tips to ensure your off-the-plan dream doesn’t become a nightmare. 1. Timing is everything “In a rising market, buying off-the-plan can be a masterstroke,” Mr Nolan said.“You’re committing to a property at today’s prices and, if all goes well, by the time the development is completed the place will have risen in value providing a rapid capital gain.”Of course, if your timing is like that of a lousy conductor, your real estate symphony can collapse into the financial pit.“If values weaken, off-the-plan buyers can be left paying more for the property than necessary,” Mr Nolan said.“The only way to avoid this downside is by thoroughly researching the market to make an assessment of how it is likely to behave. Bear in mind, the longer the time to completion, the harder it is to estimate how property values will move.” 2. Use your time wisely Buying off the plan effectively means a very long settlement. Use this time to build up your war chest, said Mr Nolan.“A 10 per cent deposit will usually secure an off-the-plan property. “Once this is paid, off-the-plan buyers have a window of opportunity to ramp up personal savings and this can mean taking out a smaller home loan with less to repay each month.”Just remember — the keys are discipline and planning. 3. Check the specs While at the end of the transaction you will own a tangible piece of real estate, in the beginning you are making big decisions based on the specifications.“Buying off-the-plan means committing to a property you cannot physically inspect, and the display suite could differ in layout, size and finishes from the apartment you’re signing up for,” Mr Nolan said.He said carefully check the specs outlined in the sale contract because there are no guarantees they’ll match those in the marketing material.“Ask lots of questions about finishes and fittings like blinds, curtains, tiles and carpets to get a clear idea of what you’re buying,” he adds.Remember you’re also purchasing aspect and view, so pay careful attention to the physical location of your property and the surrounding land uses that may affect it. 4. Have the contract independently reviewed. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoIt’s the bedrock agreement parties refer to — particularly when there’s a dispute. Make sure yours is watertight and you are well across all the clauses — particularly those that could put you at a disadvantage.“Resist the urge to sign on the dotted line until you’ve had the contract of sale thoroughly checked by a solicitor or conveyancer,” Mr Nolan said.“Off-the-plan contracts are usually more complex than for established homes — often with clauses that favour the developer. Your legal adviser can explain any clauses of concern.” 5. Look to the future “On a property that hasn’t even seen the excavators arrive, you could be looking at an extended time to completion,” Mr Nolan said.Life can change dramatically over these time frames. Try as much as possible to factor future life changes into your purchasing decision.“Even if you no longer want the property, you’re still committed to buying it, and bailing out can be costly,” he said. 6. Go with a reputable developer One of the best ways to avoid heartache is to make sure your dealing with someone with a history of delivering on their word, Mr Nolan said.“Opting for properties backed by an established developer with a blue chip reputation doesn’t just make it more likely the end product will be high quality. If the developer becomes insolvent at any stage during construction, you’ll be in a long line of other creditors trying to get your money back,” he said.“Sticking to reputable developers also provides the opportunity to check out completed developments by the same company to see how well they have stood the test of time.” 7. Size matters Until such time as we Aussies become akin to living in tiny spaces like New Yorkers, you must remember there are logistic hurdles with too-small units.“Many lenders shy away from, or ask for a bigger deposit on, very small apartments — typically studio units with less than 50 square metres of floor space,” My Nolan said.This includes purpose-built housing such as student apartments which can be both tiny and subject to special lease terms or management agreements.“The key is to speak with your lender before you start looking at off-the-plan properties to know whether the type of apartment you’re considering falls outside normal lending conditions,” he said.last_img read more

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Police: Dollar General Store Clerk Schemed Out Of $2,000

first_imgSurveillance images released by police depict the suspect.BATESVILLE – A robbery scheme that has been reported in the Cincinnati area has appeared in Batesville.Authorities say an employee at Dollar General in Batesville received a call from someone posing as a representative from the corporate office Thursday, July 24.The caller said that he would send a woman to the store to pick up the daily deposit, police said.An unidentified woman entered the store later in the day and received a deposit totaling around $2,000 from the same employee that spoke over the phone earlier in the day.The suspect is described as having long black hair past her shoulders and wearing a gray sweatshirt, pink hat and sunglasses.Batesville Police are reaching out to the public in hopes of identifying the woman.Investigators are also working with surrounding agencies that have reported similar schemes that have occurred in the Tri-State area.Greendale Police reported a similar incident Monday.Anyone who can help identify the suspect is encouraged to contact Batesville Police at (812) 934-3131.last_img read more

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Marjorie T. Meier, 95, Cedar Grove

first_imgMarjorie T. Meier, age 95, of Cedar Grove, Indiana died Friday morning September 21, 2018 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born June 1, 1923 in Cleves, Ohio she was one of seven children born to the late William & Mary (Minges) Hoerst. On April 12, 1947 she became the wife of Alvis “Bud” Meier, and he preceded her in death on May 10, 2003. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.Survivors include four daughters & sons-in-law, Ann (John) Selm and Irene (Mike) Selm all of Brookville, Indiana. Susan (Steve) Moeller of Hamburg, Indiana and Donna (Gary) Meyer of St. Peters, Indiana; a son & daughter-in-law, Robert (Dawn) Meier of Blooming Grove, Indiana; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marcella Kocher of West Harrison, Indiana, Delores “Babe” Garver of Lawrenceburg, Indiana.In addition to her parents and husband, Bud, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Steinfort and Marie Getz, and two brothers William Hoerst & Joe Hoerst.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville, where the Holy Rosary will be recited at 8:00 P.M..Rev. Vincent P. Lampert will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, September 27, 2018, 10:30 A.M., at Holy Guardian Angels Chapel, 405 U.S. 52, Cedar Grove, Indiana. Burial will then follow in Holy Guardian Angels Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be directed to Holy Guardian Angels Cemetery or the Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department. The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to once again serve the Meier family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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McGinley not swayed by Clarke rift

first_img And w hen Tom Watson was named US captain in December 2012, Clarke suggested 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie should also be considered as “whoever it is standing on that stage opposite Tom Watson needs a huge presence”. With the public backing of players such as Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter, McGinley subsequently won the day but admitted recently that his conversations with Clarke were now “short and sweet” and amounted to little more than passing pleasantries. However, the 47-year-old vowed to be professional when the new selection process gets under way. Since 1999, the captain was selected by the European Tour’s 15-strong tournament committee, but changes announced in August last year mean the responsibility now falls to the previous three captains (McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Montgomerie), the Tour’s chief executive and a tournament committee representative. Asked by Press Association Sport if his relationship with Clarke would be a problem, McGinley said: “Abs olutely no problem whatsoever. I’m going to be very professional in my input. “I’m going to get opinions from a lot of players and a lot of people before I put my opinion forward as to what it will be. Just like I was very much pushed over the line by the players, I want to get the opinion of the players. “I think we’re very fortunate in Europe, a little bit like the Liverpool soccer team and the boot room, I think a lot of us have benefited hugely from being vice-captains. Darren has been a vice-captain along with many other guys. We will see where that all evolves and I’ll make a professional decision based on the views of people that I respect.” As to whether he would be a vice-captain under Clarke, McGinley added: “I don’t think I’d be vice-captain to anybody going forward to be honest. I’m very happy to help in an unofficial capacity but I don’t think I have the personality to go back in as vice-captain. Press Association Paul McGinley insists his strained relationship with Darren Clarke will not influence his opinion on who should be Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain. Clarke is odds-on favourite to lead the side at Hazeltine in 2016, when Europe will be looking to claim their fourth straight victory and ninth in the last 11 contests. The former Open champion sent McGinley a letter in 2011 offering his support for the latter’s bid to become captain in 2014, but later changed his mind and also put himself forward for the role. “I would like to be able to support the new captain in whatever direction he went, and if I had a belief about a different area, I’m afraid there would be a conflict.” That means McGinley’s Ryder Cup career is officially over, a career which has seen three wins as a player (2002, 2004 and 2006), two as a vice-captain (2010 and 2012) and one as captain. “That’s six I have been involved in and six wins,” he said. “L ike a heavyweight fighter, I will retire undefeated.” Undefeated but perhaps not uninvolved, McGinley raising the possibility of using his expertise in the same way he got former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson to speak to the team on Tuesday. “I would certainly like to play a role, if required, a little bit like Alex Ferguson did this week for me,” he added. “I bounced ideas off him. He didn’t preach to me. He didn’t tell me what to do, but what he did was he solidified my ideas and he gave me confidence that, yeah, my hunches were right. “I certainly won’t be pushing myself forward (but) whoever the next captain may be, if he has any questions, I’ll help in any single way I can.” McGinley admitted his one regret at Gleneagles was not having enough time to coach Ian Poulter in the role of senior player for his partnership with Stephen Gallacher, the untried duo losing 5&4 on the opening morning. But he praised Poulter for accepting his somewhat limited role during the week, the top European points scorer in each of the previous three contests playing just twice before the singles. “I had to make some tough calls, really tough calls,” added McGinley, who said his decision not to pick Luke Donald as a wild card was still eating away at him; Donald sending McGinley a long text of congratulations on Sunday evening. “All along I had thought that Ian Poulter was going to play in the second afternoon, and he thought he was going to play, and at the 11th hour I decided on Martin Kaymer instead and to break up that dynamic of Poulter and (Justin) Rose which has been so successful. That was a big call. “But the way Ian accepted that decision, I mean, he came out to me on the golf course in the afternoon and he was consoling me. That means more to me than the Ian Poulter banging on his heart and what he did in Medinah.” last_img read more

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Rob Elliot’s heroics earns Newcastle a rare away win at Bournemouth

first_img Press Association Rob Elliot played through the pain of thigh trouble to secure Newcastle’s first away win in 10 months in an edgy 1-0 victory at Bournemouth. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s flick opened the space for Georginio Wijnaldum to play in Perez, with the Spain forward toe-poking home. Adam Federici ought to have kept out the tame effort, but Newcastle’s battling horde could hardly have cared less. The second half opened in exactly the same vein as the first, with Elliot again denying the hosts. Ritchie raced onto a dangerous cross to head goalwards, only for the Newcastle goalkeeper to tip over the bar. Gosling fluffed another effort to continue the trend and then Junior Stanislas blasted wildly over the bar in acres of space. Chancel Mbemba barged Andrew Surman off the ball in the box just past the hour, but referee Lee Mason waved away Bournemouth’s penalty calls. After so many half-chances and missed opportunities, the hosts’ heads finally dropped, leaving the tie to peter out somewhat. A curiously-high tally of six additional minutes rallied Bournemouth slightly, but still Newcastle clung on for a victory to boost their bid to ease away from the relegation zone. TWEET OF THE MATCH Alan Shearer ‏@alanshearer 14 corners to 0. 17 efforts to 2. 69% possession . 0-1 result. It’s not about stats and playing well. It’s about winning. #BOUNEW #MOTD https://twitter.com/alanshearer/status/663002725068722176 PLAYER RATINGS BOURNEMOUTH Adam Federici: 4 (out of 10) Simon Francis: 6 Dan Gosling: 6 Andrew Surman: 7 Harry Arter: 5 Charlie Daniels: 6 Adam Smith: 7 Joshua King: 5 Junior Stanislas: 5 Sylvain Distin: 6 Matt Ritchie: 7 SUBSTITUTES Lee Tomlin (for Stanislas, 73): 6 Yann Kermorgant (for King, 73): 6 Tokelo Rantie (for Arter, 80): 6 NEWCASTLE Rob Elliot: 9 Fabricio Coloccini: 6 Paul Dummett: 5 Georginio Wijnaldum: 5 Moussa Sissoko: 6 Vurnon Anita: 5 Ayoze Perez: 6 Chancel Mbemba: 5 Daryl Janmaat: 5 Cheick Tiote: 5 Aleksandar Mitrovic: 6 SUBSTITUTES Papiss Cisse (for Mitrovic, 63) 5 Florian Thauvin (for Perez, 77) 6 Kevin Mbabu (for Anita, 92) 5 STAR MAN Rob Elliot. The Newcastle goalkeeper played through the pain of hamstring trouble to produce the day’s pivotal performance. The 29-year-old somehow kept Newcastle in the match despite Bournemouth’s consistent dominance. MOMENT OF THE MATCH After somehow soaking up everything Bournemouth had to throw at them, Newcastle launched their only tangible attack of the match – and Ayoze Perez poked the winner past a stunned Adam Federici. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Junior Stanislas and Josh King started for Bournemouth with Eddie Howe fielding a starting XI that could float between 4-5-1 and 4-3-3. Newcastle remained unchanged from the line-up that drew 0-0 with Stoke at home, with goalkeeper Rob Elliot pressed into service despite carrying a thigh injury. Teenage academy keeper Brendan Pearson made the trip and warmed up with Elliot and replacement Freddie Woodman, but was not needed in the end. MOAN OF THE MATCH Ayoze Perez might have poked home the winning goal, but the 22-year-old Spaniard needs to cut out the play-acting. Twice the Spain Under-21 star threw himself to the turf to indulge in a spot of needless writhing in false pain. WHO’S UP NEXT? Swansea v Bournemouth, November 21 (Premier League) Newcastle v Leicester, November 21 (Premier League) Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was honest in his assessment of the game and told BT Sport: “Sometimes football just cannot be explained. “We’ve played so well recently, great performances, great football, not got the results and not scored goals and today we couldn’t play football. It was like a hot potato. “One bit of quality, great football to get the goal, a little bit more of that and we would have been comfortable, but we just caused our own problems today. “Credit to Bournemouth they kept coming and coming. They played with intensity, created great chances and we worked hard for our luck, we’ve not had it in recent weeks, we had it today but we’ll take it.” McClaren was pleased with goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who proved his fitness as he pulled off a string of fines saves to deny the hosts. He added: “No (risk) really. We were worried after last week’s game but he had trained the last couple of days. “He was magnificent and that’s what you need, not all the time can you go away and play the good football you want to play, sometimes you have to dig in and sometimes you have defining moments and they are usually blocks, headers and saves and we had two great saves that kept us in the game and got us the win.” Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admitted his team could not have done much more to take something from the game. He said: “We were playing a good side like Newcastle and they got in our box twice in the whole game. “We penned them in and had good chances and we just haven’t taken them. “I’ve told them to keep the faith, keep doing what you’re doing because if we keep performing like that and creating as many chances as that in a game, we’ll win games – there’s no doubt about it.” Newcastle rode their luck en route to their second Barclays Premier League win of the campaign, and their first away victory since a 3-0 triumph at Hull City on January 31. Elliot pulled off at least five crucial saves to frustrate Eddie Howe’s creative but toothless Bournemouth – and that after remaining a doubt right up until kick-off. Newcastle took teenage academy keeper Brendan Pearson to the south coast, and the 18-year-old even warmed up just in case Elliot’s injury worsened again. McClaren did not need to call on the youngster, however, as Elliot eased Newcastle’s goalkeeping woes with Tim Krul and Karl Darlow sidelined. Bournemouth laid consistent siege to his goal in a one-sided first-half, only to turn around trailing to the visitors’ solitary strike. Josh King and Matt Ritchie will kick themselves for weak finishes, while Adam Smith fired just over with the goal at his mercy. Elliot’s best save of the half came from Dan Gosling’s far-post header – the 29-year-old stopper cementing his inspired showing with a smart point-blank save. Bournemouth should have easily capitalised on Newcastle’s midfield misalignment and defensive disarray – instead McClaren’s men rode their luck and grabbed the lead. The United goalkeeper thwarted the dominant hosts with a string of fine saves, handing manager Steve McClaren his first win on the road. Ayoze Perez’s sucker-punch strike secured the points for Newcastle, who only produced that solitary shot on target at Dean Court. last_img read more

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Permaul’s match-haul of 15 for 77 propels Jaguars to three-day win

first_imgFLORENCE HALL, Jamaica (CMC) – Veteran left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul wrecked Jamaica Scorpions with a career-best 15-wicket match-haul, as Guyana Jaguars pulled off a seven-wicket victory inside three days here yesterday.On a dramatic day at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium when 16 wickets clattered, the 30-year-old Permaul finished with 15 for 77 to propel Jaguars to their third win in six matches in the Regional Four-Day Championship.No such finish was envisaged when rain wiped out nearly the entire morning session, allowing just two overs.After lunch, fast bowler Marquino Mindley (3-68) snatched two of the last three Jaguars wickets to fall for 17 runs as the visitors were bowled out for 304 after resuming the morning on 287 for six.However, Permaul then scythed through the Scorpions second innings to claim a career-best innings haul of eight for 18, to spectacularly topple the hosts for a meagre 111 in quick time.Again, there was no hint of the carnage to come when captain John Campbell blasted 66 off 77 deliveries in an opening stand of 75 with Alwyn Williams (18).But once Permaul bowled Williams, the floodgates opened and Scorpions stunningly lost 10 wickets for 36 runs.Set 24 for victory late in the day, off-spinner Jamie Merchant claimed three for eight to take some of the shine off Jaguars’ win before they eventually stumbled home.Left-hander Campbell, on the hunt for form following a string of low scores, dominated the Jaguars bowling with six fours as Scorpions looked to erase their first innings deficit of 88 runs.The turning point came, however, when Williams missed a swing at Permaul’s second delivery and lost his leg-stump and with 10 runs added, Jermaine Blackwood (6) holed out to long on off Permaul.Off the very next delivery, left-hander Paul Palmer missed a defensive stroke and was bowled first ball by Permaul and when Campbell edged a drive at the same bowler and was caught by captain Leon Johnson moving low to his left at first slip, Scorpions were reeling on 94 for four at tea.Permaul then continued his dismantling of the Scorpions innings after tea as the last six wickets went down for 17 runs for the home team to be all out for 111.last_img read more

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Badgers try to end losing skid

first_imgSophomore forward Jon Leuer broke out of his slump in UW\’s loss to Northwestern.[/media-credit]When the Badgers play Illinois tonight at the Kohl Center, it will have been almost a month since they won a game.Their last win occurred at home on Jan. 7 against Northwestern, but since then, the Badgers dropped six straight games and their last five have been lost by an average of just 3.8 points.“We have had mistakes at both ends of the court,” Wisconsin assistant coach Gary Close said. “It hasn’t been anything glaring, but it’s enough to cost you a low possession, tight game. That’s what we’ve been in the last six games. They’ve been tight.”Against Northwestern last Saturday, it was the same story. With a lead midway through the second half, the Badgers were unable to hold on and eventually lost to the Wildcats 66-63.“Once again, it came down to us finishing at the end,” senior forward Marcus Landry said. “You know, maybe not scoring on a few possessions or turning the ball over. So, our main focus is we don’t want to change too much, but we want to stick to the game plan the coaches have for us and go out there and be focused.”The common thread between all of their losses has been losing a lead down the stretch, but almost coming back in the waning seconds of the game. Against Illinois in Champaign, Wisconsin was able to battle back despite being down as much as 10 points with 4:13 left to go in the game. Against the Wildcats, the Badgers only had a one-point deficit with 10 seconds left.“I thought we handled it pretty well at the end of the game,” Close said of the Northwestern game. “We got pretty good looks and we kept them having to make free throws, and that’s what you want to do and hope they miss one.”This weekend against Illinois, Wisconsin will be looking to end its losing streak at home. The Illini are coming off a 62-54 win against Iowa at Assembly Hall. The last time the Badgers played the Fighting Illini, they shot just 35.6 percent from the field while the Illini shot 50 percent.“I think we played pretty well against them,” Close said. “I think we didn’t shoot the ball well. We had some good looks, but we didn’t make them. I don’t know if there is much to change except maybe knock down some shots.”The key for the Badgers to get off their losing streak is to have all of their players firing on all cylinders. During their six straight losses, the starting five have failed to find consistency each game while their bench has failed to produce as it had in the past.Against Northwestern, Keaton Nankivil and Joe Krabbenhoft combined for just five points while Jason Bohannon and Jon Leuer both got off their cold streaks, scoring 11 and 12 points, respectively.“I just told myself to slow down a little bit,” Leuer said. “I just wanted to do anything I could to help the team. I felt like I was kind of letting my teammates down, and I wanted to do anything I could to help the team succeed.”“We need everybody,” Close added. “That has been one of the problems is it seems like in every game when have had one or tow guys not play as well as they are capable and our margin of error is not that great where we can do that.”With a 3-6 record in the Big Ten, the Badgers are just trying to get wins, regardless of post-season implications. If the Badgers do win tonight, their NCAA Tournament hopes could still be alive in a very competitive conference. If they lose their seventh straight, however, the post-season looks bleak for Wisconsin.“We are just trying to win Thursday, literally,” Close said. “The other stuff, there is no sense in worrying about because you don’t win Thursday, those are going to immediately change.”last_img read more

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