Tourism around us – Paris

first_imgStaying in well-known tourist destinations in Europe, I regularly wonder why something works there in an extremely simple and effective way, and not in Croatia? Why do rules and standards apply in EU member states that are not good enough and unacceptable for Croatia?On this trip, I “turned the saw upside down” and tried to imagine how the most visited tourist destinations in Europe would work if it worked according to our Croatian rules. Paris is the capital of France, the city center has 2,2 million inhabitants and with the “ring” almost 12 million. The Paris metropolitan area is the largest urban economy in Europe and fifth in the world.But Paris is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with 45 million visitors a year. 60% of visitors are foreign tourists.How to get to Paris?All you need to plan a trip is internet access. It is best to look for a plane connection after the scheduled date. From Zagreb, Air France flies daily in small, fast jets to CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport). One of the largest airports in the world, it covers an area of ​​25 km2 and serves 60 million passengers and 500 aircraft a year. But don’t worry. From CDG Airport you have several possibilities of direct connection with the center of Paris: high-speed TGV train, city train, bus line, shuttle transport, taxi. All transports depart directly from the terminal. On arrival we tried the city train and on the way shuttle transport, the price varied from 000 to 20 Euros for two people.If our conditions prevailed, then at CDG you would find yourself in a situation where you do not have the opportunity to travel by train to the city. You would still have the option of transport by bus, which, for example, runs from Zagreb Airport every half hour and is connected to the network of local bus and tram lines.At Adriatic airports, public transport still works to the main city center, but if you have to continue your journey to some periphery, then problems arise: terminals are remote or cramped, without public spaces, poorly accessible information and uncoordinated bus-ship connections.The accommodation reservationAs for the accommodation itself, the information and information boom of the 21st century gives you the opportunity to comfortably book from your own home. Web portals, travel consultants, have taken precedence in planning and booking, at least as far as individual travel is concerned.My experience with TripAdvisor is more than good. However, I must mention that the printed edition of the guide “Paris Top 10” by Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey, the Croatian edition of the “Mozaik knjiga” edition, was also welcome. This pocket guide is also good for navigating the city.The accommodation reservation system is very simple and efficient: accommodation is offered according to price classes and the corresponding categories and positions. For each accommodation you can read numerous reviews of tourists who have stayed there. Through these impressions you will get the best picture of the virtues and flaws of accommodation. When you decide to make a reservation, fill out the web form with the obligatory attachment of a valid credit card as a guarantee of payment for accommodation and cancellation. I have chosen the variant according to which if you cancel the accommodation 8 days before arrival you will not be charged. Otherwise, you will be charged for one night. You pay the bill at the hotel reception. The portal does not charge for its services directly from the guest.A real French atmosphere in the heart of ParisWe chose the 2-star hotel “Grand Hotel Leveque” in the picturesque Rue Cler in the heart of Paris, 5 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower.According to Croatian rules, this hotel would not exist: the lobby has 10m2, reception 2m2, elevator capacity 1 person, room size 10m2, bathroom 3m2. But the hotel offers decent and in French terms clean and tidy accommodation, air-conditioned room with TV and shower / toilet. The hotel can also have breakfast, the reception is open 24 hours, the staff is very friendly and in the end the price is 79 Euros for a double room per day.According to Croatian regulations, Cler Street would certainly look completely different: during the day, fish and seafood, fruits and vegetables, bakery products, ready-made food would not be offered on the street in front of the store… and the favorite inn “Petit Cler” would not operate. In this cafe, inn, restaurant, tables are 60 × 60 cm, the kitchen is upgraded in the yard, the warehouse is located in the basement to the toilet, and the trash can goes out by elevator in the middle of the bar between lunch and dinner, near the tables on which guests sit… The average price of the menu is between 25-30 euros including a glass of wine. The dishes are homemade, based on French agricultural production and tradition. The service is fast and kind. Small breakfast meals are offered in the morning, followed by lunch and dinner. Three waiters serve 50 guests and manage to “turn each table twice”. This place is mostly visited by young Parisians and tourists on recommendation. It is located next to the Leveque Hotel. On the other side of the entrance to the hotel, next to each other, there is a wine shop and a cheese shop, then a bag shop, shoes… all accessible to the payment possibilities of the average tourist. Prices do not deviate significantly from Croatian ones. Staying on rue Cler provides the opportunity to truly experience the lives of ordinary people in Paris. Fortunately, Croatian rules “according to EU guidelines” do not apply here.Cultural sightsThe cultural sights of Paris can be talked about for hours, pages and pages of text can be printed. Orsay, Notre-Dame, Sacre-Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte-Chapelle, Hotel des Invalides, Montmartre, Pigalle, Moulin Rouge, Champs-Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Louvre zak a tour of these sights opens a whole new dimension of European history and culture western civilizations in general.In the Louvre, we were especially proud of the end of the exposed bronze Apoxyomenos from Mali Lošinj. It is a great honor for Croatian culture, but Louvers is also considered honored and privileged to host this highly esteemed cultural treasure (Apoxyomenos “visited” Paris before the construction of the museum in Mali Lošinj). The Louvers itself, in addition to being one of the most famous museums in the world with around 35 priceless exhibits, also fascinates with its tradition. The first museum collection was established by King Francis I of France in the 000th century. The collection then numbered 16 paintings. The Louvre’s most famous exhibition is the Mona Lisa – the most famous painting in the world. It is also the Louvre’s biggest marketing lure. Maybe the Croatian Apoxyomenos could have the same role in the future museum on Mali Lošinj? (I wondered then, but the concept was changed – one museum for one exhibit).Tickets for the museums are affordable and range from 8 to 10 Euros. It is better to buy them online or in tourist information centers. That way, you get a discount and bypass the long queues at the box office. According to our calculations, only from tickets to visit the Eiffel Tower, Paris earns about 450.000.000 euros a year and at least 300.000.000 euros in souvenir shops and restaurants on the tower. More tourists leave in the Louvre and at least in another museum. The souvenir offer is rich and affordable. The most offered (obviously sought after) are magnets, cups, umbrellas, T-shirts, hats with the symbols of Paris, primarily the Eiffel Tower. The average price of an average souvenir ranges from 8 to 20 Euros. Of course there are also finer and more expensive things, for everyone’s taste and pocket.Shopping in ParisJuice. Not everything that shines is gold, so none of the most famous streets in the world Champs-Elysees is exclusively reserved for the most expensive and most famous fashion brands. So, not far from Cartier, you will come across Zara, H&M, Promod… YSL, Louis Vuitton and others from the “Walk of Fame” are in the company of brands “for the common people”. Unusual to us but obviously necessary for such an alley. How else would she attract a river of people in the evening, especially on a Friday afternoon?This is also explained by the large Advent fair with hundreds of wooden houses lined up from the intersection of Champs with Roosevelt Street all the way to the Place de la concorde. The most exclusive boutiques are located “a little to the side”, behind the presidential palace, around Madeleine and in many other places, such as St. Germain Street.The history of France and Paris is very interestingParis originated on the islet of Ile de la Cite in Siena with the arrival of the Celtic, Gaelic tribe Parisi. With the conquest of all of France by the Romans, the Celts – Gauls took over the Romance language which in combination with the Celtic derived into French. France, on the other hand, was named after the Franks – Germans (today’s Germans), who gradually occupied the territory of Gaul from the 4th century.The French accepted the Gallic-Roman heritage and the Romance language. Catholicism, which is deeply rooted in French culture, is consolidating on the backwater of the Roman Empire in France.Simply put, the French are between the Germans and the Italians in terms of lifestyle, habits, achievements, economy. In fact, the history of Germany, France and Northern Italy, and Central Europe, is strongly linked to the division of the great Frankish Empire into three parts ruled by the three sons of Louis I: western, central and eastern Frankish. Western Franconia corresponds to today’s territory of France.Today’s France is the largest country in Western Europe, with a population of 61 million and covers 544 square kilometers. France is the country that in the recent past had the largest number of overseas colonies after Great Britain and still has a strong influence in Canada, Africa and French Guiana. in South America, and the islands of Martinique, Reunion, and New Caledonia in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. France is one of the founding members of the European Union, the founder and one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council. It is the 000th largest country in the world, the 47st most populous, with a GDP per capita of $ 21 and one of the most developed. With 20.000 million visitors a year, France is also the most visited European tourist destination.A French lessonThe French Revolution of 1789 changed forever the structure of states in the Western Hemisphere but also around the world. Two more revolutions after that and the establishment of the 5th French Republic only in the 200s, made France a modern state. The process, which lasted XNUMX years, was dramatic, marked by mass suffering in numerous wars.The French are still energetic and rebellious today, especially farmers fighting for their rights. France is a strong agricultural country known for its gastronomy based on domestic agricultural products. As far as tourism is concerned, excellent agricultural products, especially wines and cheeses, related gastronomy and cultural attractions are the main reason for the large number of tourist arrivals from all over the world. France is firmly nationally aware, proud of its tradition and yet extremely multicultural. One gets the impression that every second resident of Paris is a naturalized foreigner from Africa from the Far East and other parts of the world. They are all French, an Indian who served us with French colleagues in our favorite inn, an African who served us breakfast, bus drivers, but also soldiers, policemen… They all have French manners and do their job with pleasure.Precisely because of this, France has been hit hard by the mindless terrorist attacks of extremist groups that want to quarrel and war with each other on French people of different skin colors. This can hardly be achieved precisely because of the centuries-old inclusion of immigrants in the French way of life.France is a country worth discovering.Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com</p>
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President of the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia calls for urgent adoption of long-term measures and assistance to the tourism sector

first_imgThe union cooperates with employers and continuously monitors the impact of the corona virus on the tourist season and on the results achieved, however, the situation is changing day by day. Unfortunately, the current epidemiological situation leaves no room for optimism. In such circumstances, it is questionable how to maintain liquidity and ensure regular payment of wages to workers. Although most employers in this industry want to keep jobs, because they are aware of the problems they have faced to ensure not only quality and professional, but the required number of staff to work in tourism at all levels, owners (especially those who are not in this industry) they are looking for an economic calculus. The President of SIKD calls on the Minister to advocate for urgent long-term measures that will be demotivating for employers regarding dismissal of workers, ie they must be motivating for employers regarding retention of employment, not only in terms of retaining workers for an indefinite period, but also permanent seasonal workers. . “It is the only way to maintain quality and be not only the safest tourist destination, as we were until mid-August, but also the highest quality.” Marina Cvitić points out in the letter with the conviction that the Minister shares the opinion of SIKD that this sector has the potential to start the overall economy through its multiplier effects and it is extremely important to preserve jobs in tourism which are the foundation without which normalization cannot be counted on. conditions one day when the epidemic is over. The Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia is the majority Trade Union in tourism in the most developed tourist regions, ie in Istria and Kvarner. The president of the union, Marina Cvitić, sent a letter to the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Brnjac, with an appeal to advocate the urgent adoption of long-term measures and assistance to the tourism sector, which is facing a very difficult period with the primary goal of retaining workers. As a member of the Social Council for Tourism, the president of SIKD reminded that a meeting in the Ministry was requested at the beginning of August. Recognizing the fact that she took over the duty of the Minister of Tourism at the most inconvenient time for tourism and that she is facing many problems, President Cvitić emphasized that tripartite social dialogue is necessary and common interest at the moment and suggested that the requested meeting be held as soon as possible. In this way, the tradition of the new Minister of Tourism exchanging his thoughts with the social partners would continue. In addition, the president of SIKD warns that this season far fewer seasonal workers are employed compared to last year and that those who were lucky enough to be employed will work for a much shorter period compared to previous years. Permanent workers with a contract of indefinite duration who work in the redistribution of working hours, in such a way that during the seasonal summer months they work a larger fund of hours (up to 60 hours per week) thus accumulating a sufficient number of hours for winter, this season it will not work too short for workers to accumulate winter hours. Holidays or part of the holidays are usually used in the first months of the pandemic, so a large number of workers will not have hours to use in mid-October, and unfortunately no work, because even in normal winter only a few hotel facilities were open. On the other hand, there is a long period until the start of the 2021 season, for which it is still unknown when and what it will be like. In this context, the president of SIKD invites the minister to advocate for urgent measures.center_img In the letter, he points out that in the past period, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted measures that significantly helped the economy and the preservation of jobs. The special measures adopted for the tourism sector have significantly helped to “survive” the crisis period caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As this year’s tourist season, although above initial expectations, is far weaker than in previous tourist years, the Union estimates that a large number of seasonal workers who expected to “patch” the household budget during the summer months will be deprived of their expectations. . Although the Trade Union is aware that the funds available to the Republic of Croatia are limited, targeted long-term measures and assistance to the tourism sector, with the obligations of those receiving these benefits to keep workers for whom they receive support for a certain period of time and after the need for subsidies ceases. for the state budget less burden than in the case of dismissal of workers. “If the Government of the Republic of Croatia does not adopt a further package of measures, long-term, which will provide support for a long time, at least until the” normalization “of the situation in tourism, we justifiably fear that there will be mass layoffs in September.” says Cvitić. Source: Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatialast_img read more

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Equities drive strongest returns in three years at Romanian schemes

first_imgRaluca Tintoiu, chief executive at the fund, told IPE it wanted to increase its exposure to equities in 2014, “taking into account a potential decrease in fixed income instruments’ yields”.This is an ongoing trend across the system, as Romanian pension funds in general have boosted their equity exposure since 2013. Equity allocations now exceed 12% on average, up from 3% just after the financial crisis in 2009.The APAPR added that Romanian pension funds also made major investments in all of the government’s IPOs and SPOs last year.“Overall, 95% of the pension funds’ assets are invested locally, with only 5% foreign exposure,” it said.Tintoiu said she would like to see more flexibility in regulation to allow pension funds to invest in alternative asset classes such as real estate and OTC-traded corporate bonds, among other things, as this “could benefit our pension plan members on the long run”.Contrary to many other countries in the Central and Eastern European region, where governments have expropriated funds in the second pillar, Romania has increased the contribution level to 4.5%.Tintoiu said she was convinced the government would not change this.“We read this as a sign of a better general understanding for the need to support and develop the second-pillar system, on behalf of both the authorities and opinion leaders – be they think tanks, analysts or academics.”She conceded that strong annual returns also made it harder to criticise the system.Tintoiu pointed out that, according to Romanian legislation, participation in the second pillar gives plan members ownership rights protected by the Constitution.“The likelihood of nationalisation is very low,” she said, “as long as authorities respect the current legal framework.” An increased allocation to equities has helped Romanian pension funds – including the RON5.3bn (€1.17bn) ING fund – to their strongest returns in three years.According to statistics compiled by the Romanian pension fund association APAPR, the average return for 2011 was 11.75%, while the annualised average since inception in 2008 now stands at 11.5%.Investment returns contributed RON2.6bn to the system last year, while contributions added RON11.3bn, bringing the total value of assets in the second pillar to RON14bn.The largest pension fund in the mandatory system, the ING pension fund, returned 11.29% – just below the average.last_img read more

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8 repatriated OFWs arrive in Roxas City

first_imgEight overseas Filipino workers who were stranded in Cebu return in Roxas City onboard a plane chartered by the city government on May 14. They are currently at the city’s isolation center in Barangay Milibili undergoing a 14-day mandatory quarantine. GLENN BEUP ROXAS City – Eight overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were stranded in Cebu since last month due to travel restrictions brought by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were repatriated onboard a private plane chartered by the city government.They are the third batch of repatriates who arrived in this city.After arriving at the city’s airport around 4 p.m. on May 14, the OFWs were immediately transported to the city’s isolation facility in Barangay Milibili to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine, mayor Ronnie Dadivas said.A rapid test was then conducted to them there, and they all yielded negative results for COVID-19.Prior to their arrival in the city, they also tested negative for the virus in Cebu using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction machine.On May 14 also, 6 OFWs – two women and four men – who were stranded in Manila finished their mandatory quarantine in the city’s isolation facility.“To our OFW’s repatriates, salamat sa inyo suporta kag kooperasyon sa pagsunod sa patakaran sang aton quarantine facility,” Dadivas said.The overseas workers were immediately welcomed by their family members.On the other hand, 14 residents here who were stranded in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan were picked up by the city government yesterday.All of them also yielded negative results in the rapid test for COVID-19.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

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‘Pink out’ planned in Greensburg

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Decatur County Memorial Hospital encourages the community to support breast awareness Friday, October 26.While the entire community is encouraged to wear pink, employees at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital will donate $5. Those funds will be used to help those less fortunate get the mammograms they need for preventive care.Residents are encouraged to post pictures of their pink outfits on social media.last_img

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Sexton: Schmidt is the best coach

first_img Press Association The 35-year-old centre will make his 141st and final Test appearance at the Stade de France on Saturday, with Ireland in pole position to sweep the Six Nations title should they subdue their hosts. Racing Metro playmaker Sexton believes an Ireland win would surpass the achievements of O’Driscoll and captain Keith Wood’s 2000 vintage, a first Six Nations title since 2009 adding extra weight. “I think we’ve got the best coach around; I think we’re going to go in with a game plan that everyone trusts,” said Sexton. “I think we’re full of confidence, we think that we can go there and do the job. “We don’t get too bogged down in ‘we haven’t won there for this long, we haven’t done this or that, so on’. “We’ll be very much focused on how we’ll beat them with our attacking moves, with the defence we use on the day. “The history will be talked about by everyone else, and I think it’s better like that for us.” Ulster wing Tommy Bowe has been released for club duty this weekend after training with Ireland on Monday. Cian Healy is now expected to make a full recovery from the ankle problem he suffered against Italy, while Peter O’Mahony is back to full fitness after hamstring trouble. Relishing the challenge of facing the French in the city that homes his Top 14 club side, Sexton said head coach Schmidt knows how to alleviate big-game pressure. Sexton won two Heineken Cups, a RaboDirect PRO12 title and the Amlin Challenge Cup under Schmidt’s Leinster stewardship. Now the 28-year-old is confident the schoolteacher turned international coach can deliver again. “Sometimes when you go into finals, you get so worried about the result that you lose track of what got you there in the first place,” said Sexton. “It will be very much performance-driven. “From having worked with all the coaches here before, especially with Joe, having played European finals and Rabo finals, it’ll be very much focused on the performance. “Even though it’s a winner-takes-all, it’s very much the same as usual. “It just shows how difficult it is to go and win there; that’s all it shows us. “It means if we go and win, we’ll have earned it and it’ll be something to remember. “We’ve a chance to go and make history now. “It would eclipse what they did in 2000, because there’s a trophy on the line.” Sexton expects to have to strap his thumb for match action for the rest of the season, as he continues to recover from ligament damage. The 42-cap outside-half warned Ireland not to let France’s inconsistency lull them into a false sense of security. “We have to be wary of this French team,” said Sexton, aware that France can still claim the Six Nations crown for themselves. “We just had a look at their player profiles, their individuals, and it’s pretty impressive, no matter what position you look in. “We don’t know what team they’re going to pick, but they’re going to be very dangerous. “I don’t think they’d be delighted with the way they’ve performed, but at the end of the day they’re coming into a cup final this weekend. “They’ve a championship to play for, the same as us. “They haven’t set the world alight like we know they can, but we have to be ready for the chance that they do it this weekend. “They’ve individuals across the park so you just can’t write them off.” Joe Schmidt can spearhead an RBS Six Nations title drive against France to “eclipse” Ireland’s only win in Paris for 42 years, according to Johnny Sexton. Fly-half Sexton hailed boss Schmidt as “the best coach around” and is confident the New Zealander can inspire Ireland’s first win in France since 2000. Brian O’Driscoll’s stunning hat-trick from that 27-25 still resonates, with Ireland unable to repeat that winning feat for a generation. last_img read more

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Tower ‘sore’ after Navan spill

first_img Press Association The Barry Connell-owned six-year-old still held every chance in the Grade Two event when he came to grief at the second-last. It was only the second defeat of his career but a tilt at the Grade Two Navan Novice Hurdle is now up in the air. Mags Mullins hopes Martello Tower has escaped serious injury after his fall in the Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan on Sunday.center_img Mullins said: “He is stiff and sore. I think everything is OK with him but he got a fair slap and we just walked him around. For the first few days you are never quite sure, but at the moment the vets have looked at him and we are happy enough. “He is a tough and unassuming horse and hopefully he will be OK. He has a couple of superficial cuts. We will know more in the next few days, but I think we are winning. “He was running a great race up until then. He is an idler and it is only when you get after him that he starts to go. The other horse won fair and square and well done to them. You have to jump and unfortunately we didn’t. Everyone walked away OK and thankfully Adrian (Heskin) was OK. “I’ll talk to Barry (Connell, owner) now as to where we will go. We will let him get over this before making a plan. What was the Sandra and Barry Kelly Hurdle at Navan (December 14) was the plan but I don’t know if we will get there now. There is a hurdle in the first week of January that I was thinking about as well. “Fingers crossed over the next few days that he keeps going the way he is going.” last_img read more

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Liverpool complete signing of Marko Grujic

first_imgJurgen Klopp has made his first signing as Liverpool manager after concluding a deal for Serbian teenager Marko Grujic. Press Association “To describe him, I would say he’s a tall boy, but quick and good at technical things. He can play passes and can dribble. “But he is young, so he has to develop. He will do this, so everything is okay.” While the arrival of Grujic marks the start of Klopp’s restructuring of the squad he inherited from Brendan Rodgers the German has more pressing concerns which need to be addressed in the January window. Injuries to centre-backs Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez mean he is looking for cover with a busy month ahead. Liverpool do have one other centre-back in Tiago Ilori who is on loan at Aston Villa but he has yet to make an appearance for the Midlanders – or indeed his parent club having arrived from Sporting Lisbon in September 2013. An agreement would have to be made with Villa to cancel the loan as there was no recall clause written into the original deal. Liverpool are tracking Schalke defender Joel Matip, who is out of contract at the end of the season, but there remains plenty of work to be done to sign the German-born Cameroon international. At least two French clubs appear to be ahead of Liverpool in the running for the 24-year-old while Schalke have not given up hope the centre-back will sign a new contract. Liverpool’s initial intention was to hopefully sign Matip in the summer but their current crisis may mean they have to bring forward that plan. “I’m very excited and so proud to be here and a member of Liverpool Football Club. I can’t wait to get started, play at Anfield and train at Melwood,” Grujic told liverpoolfc.com. “I was thinking about my progress in my next period and decided it was good for me to come here and try to be the best I can. “I want to play in front of one of the loudest set of fans in Europe at Anfield. “I also like the atmospheres at other stadiums, the crowds are very good. I like to play under pressure and that’s why I’ve come here – because it brings out the best in me.” Klopp was alerted to Grujic’s potential soon after arriving as Brendan Rodgers’ replacement in October and now the deal has been wrapped up. We’re very pleased because Marko is a big talent and we’ve seen him a lot of times,” said the German. “When I came here, our scouts showed me some footage of a very skilled player from Red Star Belgrade. “We watched it, we spoke to him, we met each other – he’s a good boy, a young boy but plays an important role at the moment at Red Star, who are the best team in Serbia. Press Association Sport understands the 19-year-old midfielder, who will cost £5.1million, has signed a four-year contract but will return to former club Red Star Belgrade on loan for the remainder of the season and will rejoin the Reds in July. Liverpool fought off interest from Russian clubs CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg, who were offering over £7m, following personal intervention from Klopp after being advised about the under-21 international by his Serbian assistant Zeljko Buvac. last_img read more

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Indian Premier League MS Dhoni’s angry outburst with umpire mars Chennai Super Kings win against Rajasthan Royals

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings needed 18 runs to win off the final over in their chase of 152 against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur. MS Dhoni was batting brilliantly on 58 and Ben Stokes was bowling the final over. Chennai Super Kings started off well with Ravindra Jadeja blasting a six straight down the ground but Stokes got the big wicket of Dhoni with a yorker which sent the skipper back. On the fourth ball of the innings, controversy erupted. Stokes bowled a slow, full toss which seemed over the waist and Mitchell Santner whacked it to wide long on for a couple.Initially, umpire Ulhas Gandhe raised the arm to signal a no-ball for height and the buzzers at the ground went off. However, the square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford over-ruled it. This infuriated Dhoni who charged onto the playing field and protested the decision. Dhoni pointed out that umpire Gandhe had raised the arm and it should be a no-ball but umpire Oxenford stated that he did not signal a no-ball. A heated argument ensued and few of the Rajasthan Royals players got involved.Play was held up for some time but Chennai Super Kings managed to get over the line when Santner clubbed a six off the last ball as they won the game by four wickets off the last ball. Following the incident, Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee for the outburst. In a statement released by the IPL, it said, “Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur. Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction.” Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said in the post-match presentation that Dhoni wanted some clarity. “Our understanding was that the umpire at the bowler’s end had called the no-ball and then there was confusion around whether it was a no ball or not. MS was after some clarity and it didn’t seem to be coming. So, he took the opportunity to go out in there and discuss it with the umpires,” Fleming said.Umpiring howlers dominate IPLThis is not the first time that umpiring controversies dominated the IPL 2019. In the match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, the umpire failed to spot a no-ball from Lasith Malinga in the last ball of the 20th over as Mumbai Indians won by a close margin against Virat Kohli’s side. The replays were shown on the big screen and it showed Malinga had overstepped and this prompted Kohli to lash out at the umpires.During the Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab game, the match was overshadowed by the mankading incident while in the game against Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians at Mohali, the umpires had allowed Ashwin to bowl seven balls in one over. This latest controversy will only serve to increase the spotlight on the umpires as the tournament progresses. MS Dhoni has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for his outburst.The IPL 2019 has been overshadowed by umpiring blunders.Chennai Super Kings are on top of the table in IPL 2019. highlightslast_img read more

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Gay couple ‘saved’ by Ben Stokes, now want him knighted

first_imgTHE couple Ben Stokes ‘saved’ in a street fight in 2018 are calling for the cricketer to be knighted following his incredible Ashes innings.Millions of people across the country were glued to televisions and radios, eagerly following an innings that started as improbable, before becoming the inexplicable.Two of those watching were Kai Barry and William O’Connor. The couple claim Stokes defended them during a late-night brawl in Bristol last year and now they want the all-rounder to be made a knight of the realm after his recent heroics.Stokes ended up in court for his part in the incident but was eventually cleared of all charges. Barry and O’Connor stated throughout that they had been the victim of homophobic abuse and that Stokes had stepped in to defend them.Barry told The Sun: “There’s no question he should get a knighthood. He saved us, now he’s saved the Ashes. Ben risked his career for us. He’s my hero. He’s showed immense strength of character.”Even Prime Minister Boris Johnson weighed in. He said: “It was one of the most extraordinary innings I’ve ever seen. I think I’ve already promised that Ben Stokes should get a Dukedom so I can’t go any higher than that.“Clearly it’s not a matter for me but for some honours committee. I’m sure they’ll take the appropriate decision.”It comes after Stokes rescued England from almost certain defeat with an unbeaten 135 on Sunday.Australia were well on their way to winning the Test match, taking a 2-0 lead in the series and retaining the Ashes. After a promising innings in the field, England had been skittled out for just 67, Joe Denly top-scoring with 12.It was the lowest score England has posted in the Ashes in over 70 years. By the time Australia had completed their second innings, England were set the improbable target of 359.When Stokes came to the crease on Saturday evening it was all about survival. He scored just two runs from 50 deliveries; exactly what was needed at the time.Sunday began in a similar vein. He dug in and scored three runs of 73, only increasing it slightly afterwards to 51 off 152 balls. As his teammates played various cameos alongside him, he took centre stage, going on to produce arguably the greatest innings of all-time, certainly for an Englishman.His 135 not out means that the Test series remains alive and England still have a chance to win the Ashes this summer.After the win Stokes told the BBC: “Your family go through everything with you, good and bad, so it is great to be able to celebrate with them at times like this,”“I didn’t actually see Clare until late in the evening and I still had my training gear on and my England cap. (Yahoo Sport Uk)last_img read more

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