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Source / photo: Zadar Tourist Board, Bojan Bogdanić This is confirmed by the figures, and even more by the organization of tourist arrivals, half of which came in the post-season with agency mediation. According to Palek, the structure of guests is changing, because quality hotel accommodation and top gastronomic service are increasingly in demand, and in this context, Zadar still needs more high-capacity hotel facilities. “It is true that the very nice weather brought us a larger number of guests, but we also had two extremely successful events in October. For the first time, we organized the “Meat Me” festival, which during three days attracted the attention of locals and guests of Zadar, but also the traditional regatta “Zadarska Koka”, which attracted a record number of sailors. It turns out that gastronomic festivals, city hats and sports events are a good recipe for the off-season. ” – kaže direktor zadarske Turističke zajednice Mario Paleka. In October, a total of 114.500 overnight stays and 47.200 tourist arrivals were realized, ie 17.200 overnight stays and 6.500 more arrivals than last year. Foreign tourists dominated, accounting for 90% of October overnight stays and 87% of arrivals. Most of these figures were tourists from Germany with a 27% share of overnight stays, followed by Austrians with 7 and Britons with 6%. This fact is particularly pronounced in the growing number of overnight stays and arrivals that are realized at the level of the entire tourist year, because in Zadar from the beginning of 2019 to the end of October, 2.121.000 overnight stays and 600.000 tourist arrivals were recorded. This is a significant increase of 11% in arrivals and 9% in overnight stays. The previous tourist year was made special by American tourists with a growth of 14%, but also the Dutch with 23 and the Germans with 19% growth, and mostly Poles with a growth of 36% compared to last year. Statistics of tourist traffic expressed in overnight stays also reveal that, according to the type of accommodation, household facilities dominated (48%), followed by hotels (32%), other catering facilities for accommodation – companies and crafts (13%), camps (4%) and non-commercial accommodation (3%). The average length of stay of tourists was 3,5 days, confirming Zadar as a highly desirable City Break destination.
The day before the Juneteenth holiday, Ross posted: “With all due respect- I don’t need anyone to give me a holiday…I need pay equity, equal opportunity, and access.”The shift in tone and content has also created a challenge for LinkedIn to balance the need to foster honest and productive expression while maintaining professional decorum, say experts.That played out in LinkedIn’s own backyard in June when it was forced to reverse a policy that once allowed its employees to post anonymously during company meetings to create a “safe space” for opinions after some employees posted “offensive” comments during a company-wide town hall meeting to address diversity.”We require members on our platform to have real identities and we will not allow anonymous questions in all hands meetings in the future,” LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky wrote in a blog post explaining the new policy. “We are not and will not be a company or platform where racism or hateful speech is allowed.”The platform’s moderators stepped in again in June when one LinkedIn commenter said a picture of a group of Black Harvard Law students looked like “gang members.” Mo Light, who posted the photo of himself and his classmates, which attracted more than 1.3 million views and 12,000 reactions on LinkedIn, demanded the name caller be held “accountable.”In the comments section of the post, LinkedIn told Light it was investigating the matter. LinkedIn declined to comment on the status of users’ accounts. The commenter’s profile is no longer active.In addition to employing human community moderators, who field complaints from users, LinkedIn also uses artificial intelligence and automated systems to detect and remove inappropriate content to ensure that the platform remains a “real, respectful and professional community,” Li said.For ad exec Davis, who waited 10 years before airing his grievances against his former bosses at McCann Worldgroup for recommending anger management classes when he spoke up at the time, LinkedIn helped bring closure to a painful episode in his career.Davis’ former boss Jonathan Shipman, who no longer works for McCann, apologized in the comments of the post. “I have always considered myself a mentor but now is the time for me to be the mentee,” he wrote.Davis and Shipman told Reuters they reconnected recently and are now working on a project to boost the exposure of Black professionals to the advertising industry.A McCann spokesman declined to comment. As US companies grapple with addressing racism and inequality stoked by nationwide protests, workers sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic have staked out LinkedIn as the next battleground for unvarnished discussion in the virtual office.”We aim for the conversations on LinkedIn to reflect real-life conversations in the workplace, and that includes topics that deeply affect our members’ lives,” LinkedIn’s Director of Product Liz Li said in a statement. “From work from home driven by COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter and racial injustice, we’re seeing more conversations on the platform between colleagues, connections and by companies.”Companies blanketed LinkedIn and other social media platforms with declarations of solidarity with the Black community following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by Minneapolis police. That helped stretch the boundaries for what is now permissible in the office, even virtual ones hosted on platforms such as LinkedIn, said Brittany Bronson, a diversity and inclusion consultant for Rebrand Career Consulting.”We have all brought more of our personal lives to work since COVID-19 began – we’re seeing our colleagues’ kids, dogs, partners, parents,” Lisa Ross, US chief operating officer for consultancy Edelman, told Reuters by email. “It’s harder and harder for people to hide their views, and I think the open conversation you’re seeing on LinkedIn is part of that.” Topics : “This is white supremacy. This is institutionalized racism,” Aaisha Joseph, an executive assistant in New York City, posted on Microsoft Corp’s LinkedIn in early June, calling out the Black leadership vacuum at tech giants.In another post on LinkedIn, Ian Davis, a Black creative consultancy executive who founded Age of the Creative, called out his former bosses at a global advertising agency, for telling him he had an “attitude problem” after speaking out.Uncomfortable remarks like these, which have generated thousands of responses and millions of views, were once shunned at the office and confined to no-holds-barred forums like Twitter Inc. But they are now increasingly common on LinkedIn, known more for its polite discourse where users networked their way to their next job.
Advertisement Comment Mikel Arteta outlines his Arsenal priority and sends warning to wantaway stars Mikel Arteta was confirmed as Arsenal’s new head coach on Friday (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has warned any Arsenal player who isn’t fully invested in his rebuilding project will have no future at the club.Nearly a month on from Unai Emery’s sacking, the club’s former captain was confirmed as his Spanish compatriot’s permanent successor on Friday.Arteta sat in the opposition dugout in his role as Manchester City assistant last Sunday as the Premier League champions cantered to a routine 3-0 victory.The 37-year-old admitted he felt a certain sadness watching the team he represented with such distinction for five years offer such little resistance and noted the lack of energy both from the players and fans in the stands.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNews of his impending appointment was said to have been met with a mixed response from the first team squad, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brother revealing his dismay at the north London club’s decision to employ a new head coach with no management experience under his belt. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is said to be considering his Arsenal future (Picture: GettyAubameyang, the club’s top scorer and current skipper, is among a number of senior players said to be contemplating their futures but Arteta warned anyone who isn’t on board with his ideas and philosophy will be given short shrift.‘If I wouldn’t feel ready and prepared for this I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair,’ he said at his first press conference.‘The first priority is to change the energy. Last week I was here with Manchester City and I felt a little bit down.‘I want to get everybody in the club with the same mindset. We have to build a culture that sustains the rest.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘My job is to convince everybody that this is how we’re going to live. If you’re going to be part of this organisation it’s going to be this way.‘We need the fans. We need to engage them, to transmit our behaviour and intention. That’s the only way they’ll give us a little bit and we’ll feel that connection.‘When you’re outside this football club you look at it and think wow, this is massive.’MORE: Charlie Nicholas wanted Brendan Rodgers as Arsenal manager but praises ‘second-choice’ Mikel ArtetaMORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Mikel Arteta after being appointed new Arsenal head coach Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 5:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link967Shares Advertisement
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Barcelona are reportedly considering an ambitious player exchange deal for Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele this summer.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: UEFA open to seasons ending early due to COVID-19Brazilian international Arthur has also been mentioned in a potential transfer, but the former Gremio schemer wants to stay in Spain.Ndombele joined Spurs for a club record £54M deal last summer, but he has struggled to make an impact, with just 12 league starts for Jose Mourinho’s side.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Any possible deal could depend on the Premier League side sourcing a replacement, with Valencia’s Geoffrey Kondogbia linked with a switch to North London.However, reports from Sky Sports claim Setien could offer Nelson Semedo or Samuel Umtiti as part of a swap deal for Ndombele.Both players have been rumoured to be on their way out of the Camp Nou in the coming months, with Setien open to a deal. The Catalans have been linked with a move for the former Lyon player, as Quique Setien looks to bolster his options for 2020-21. Promoted ContentTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?12 Countries With Higest Technology In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World
Along with Most and Thornton, feature winners also included a pair of defending national champions, Shannon Anderson in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Ramsey Meyer in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. By Josh Reynolds Kody Havens paced the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Josh Most was the IMCA Modified feature winner Wednesday at Stuart Speedway. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline) Gilman moved into second on lap eight as Most stretched out almost a full straightaway lead at halfway. Ricky Thornton Jr., fresh off his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win, passed Roberts for third on lap 13 and joined Gilman in the chase for the lead. STUART, Iowa (May 22) – Josh Most was too much for his IMCA Modified foes Wednesday at Stuart Speedway. Thornton worked low, but Most was too strong through the middle of the track and took the checkered flag. Thornton finished second with Gilman third. Most and Bob Daniels were on the front row for the start of the Veterans Night event and Most led lap one with Daniels and Scott Bash in tow. Nick Roberts passed Daniels and Bash for second on lap three, pulling Josh Gilman along into third. Lapped traffic began to play a factor on the 15th circuit and the top three began to get closer. Thornton passed Gilman for second as the white flag came out and looked to find a way around Most as they worked down the backstretch.
Lionel Messi notched a 20th assist of the season to help a lacklustre FC Barcelona secure a 1-0 win away to Real Valladolid on Saturday in the 2019/2020 La Liga.The win helped the La Liga champions to maintain the pressure on leaders Real Madrid. Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal struck the only goal of the game in the 15th minute.He fired into the net off the post after being played in by Messi, who now has 20 assists in the league to go with his 22 goals.Yet Barca failed to build on their early advantage and were forced to grind out the victory in the second half as Real Valladolid took the game to them.The win took second-placed Barca on to 79 points after 36 games, one point behind Real Madrid who can restore their four-point advantage when they visit Granada on Monday.Should Real Madrid beat Granada and follow that with victory at home to Villarreal on Thursday, they will be crowned champions for the first time since 2017. Real Valladolid meanwhile are 14th on 39, seven points above the relegation zone.“It was a very difficult game against a team who know how to play well and did just that today (Saturday). The hot conditions also complicated things for us but I’m pleased we won,” said match-winner Vidal.“We knew that we’d have to work very hard and wouldn’t be able to maintain our pace throughout. We know we want to improve but we’ve kept ourselves in the title race. That’s the important thing.”Valladolid’s Turkish forward Enes Unal forced Barca’s goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to stretch across goal and tip away his shot.This was moments after Kike Perez had missed the target from inside the area as the home side made a lively start after the break. Ter Stegen was forced into action once again in added time to repel a shot from former Barca forward Sandro Ramirez as the visitors were left begging for the final whistle to arrive.The scrappy victory followed Wednesday’s narrow derby win over Espanyol.Their mesmerising 4-1 thrashing over Villarreal last week feels like an anomaly in a downward trend of performances from Quique Setien’s side.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tags: Arturo VidalFC BarcelonaLa LigaLionel MessiReal MadridValladolid
Italian champions Juventus have called on Serie A to schedule more early kick-offs to help the club grow in Asia.Juve are below last season’s Premier League top six clubs in revenue and see China as a major area for growth.The Serie A season begins on Saturday, and every game in the first two weeks starts at midnight or later in Beijing.“We have to find the right balance between domestic and global audiences,” Juventus chief revenue officer Giorgio Ricci told BBC Sport.“It is not just about the broadcasting times, it is also about the rights distribution and who is showing the games.“In that sense, the difference between the Premier League and Serie A is huge. “This is a very old story and one of the more frequent reasons for fights with the league.”Italy’s top clubs have long debated with the league about the need for more games to be played at earlier times to maximise their chances of exposure in China and South East Asia.The bigger clubs do not believe the Italian system, which revolves around evening matches, helps them ‘sell their brands’ globally.And while there is an acceptance that viewing habits are changing, Juventus are frustrated at the present situation, which they feel tilts the commercial market hugely in favour of Premier League clubs.During the opening two weekends of the 2019-20 campaign, no Italian top-flight matches will kick off before 17:00 BST, because of hot weather conditions in Italy.From the third round onwards, there will a Saturday fixture at 14:00 and a Sunday game at 11:30. Kick-off times cannot be changed during the current TV rights deal, which ends in 2021.A Serie A spokesman agreed that the league must find a balance, “taking into consideration every place in the world because Serie A is broadcast in 200 territories”.Speaking in March, Serie A president Gaetano Micciche said the possibility of playing a Serie A match in China within the next three years had been discussed, but it was unlikely to happen in that timescale.Deloitte’s Football Money League, published in January, placed Juventus 11th in the table of the world’s 20 richest clubs.Ricci said that an aggressive commercial strategy, including becoming the first Italian club to open a branch, in addition to offices in Asia in Hong Kong, is aimed at increasing revenues as they pursue winning the Champions League for the first time since 1996.Juventus have proceeded with their plans despite the recent civil unrest in Hong Kong.Juve have also bought high-profile players, signing Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo for £99.2m from Real Madrid in 2018 and £67.5m Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax this summer.Although they have won the Italian title on 35 occasions – including for the past eight seasons – they have lost five Champions League finals in the past 23 years.Several Premier League clubs have offices in Hong Kong, including Manchester United and Manchester City, and Federico Palomba, head of Juventus’ Asia-Pacific operation, says it is a region “with huge scope for growth”.Since Ronaldo joined last year, Juventus have carried out studies that showed their global fanbase has risen by 16% and their ‘digital community’, their combined followers on various social media platforms including Weibo, has risen by 59% to 81 million.“In the 1990s, Serie A was very popular in China. Now it is coming back again,” added Palomba.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Maybe there’s too much logic in that. Not nearly as much as there is in a case where Dodgers fans, including those suddenly stricken with the Think Blue-bola virus, will have to re-remember where Fox Sports 1 and the MLB Network is located, as if those channels were ever on their radar in the first place.Unless you’re late to the 21st century, this may be another eye-rolling reminder about the branding business of sports re-networking, which does require an updated LinkedIn account to help crack the code. It’s a product-placement practice that has produced measurable results for empowered sports leagues that want to boost audiences for less-than-saturated TV networks — put an important live event on a less-than-familiar channel and force viewers to become proactive by ordering it up or, if you’re too late, miserably becoming reactive.Battle-weary Dodgers fans unfortunately already know the drill. In a season where there was plenty of angst-driven diplomacy surrounding the undistribution of the team’s SportsNet L.A. channel, the perceived punishment continues as the Dodgers are detoured to less-than-dazzling Fox Sports 1 (Game 1, 3:30 p.m. Friday) as well as the league-driven 24/7 outpost called the MLB Network (Game 2, 6:30 p.m. Saturday) for the start of this postseason.For starters, there’s not a clear win-win marketing strategy when viewers are asked to Google websites such as www.foxsports.com/find-fox-sports-1-on-your-tv or www.FindMLBNetworks.com when it comes to finding a major sport’s postseason presentation. This is the market, it’s always Vin-Vin — if you mess with the TV side, there’s always Vin Scully on the radio. And TV suffers the consequences of its own arrogant ways.FS1, which last year had the single-largest debut of a sports network by launching in 90 million homes, has hardly become habit forming even with this past regular-season MLB package added to occasional USC and UCLA college football games, NASCAR events and … is Regis Philbin still around? Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci are on the Dodgers-Cardinals series starting Friday, giving it that “Big Fox” attitude. But otherwise … Let’s just say, for the sake of a skewed-up argument, that Major League Baseball had a partnership with the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Boomerang.It’s not a clown question, bro.In that scenario, what business would the league have in sending Southern California baseball fans to search for their team’s must-watch playoff games this weekend to one of those seemingly random outposts, instead of a place they’re far more comfortable locating without even looking at the buttons on the remote?Think of how tapping into a group of kids-centric channels could have a boomerang effect by boosting the 1-to-12 age demographic for the graying sport. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The MLB Network carried 26 regular-season games as well this season. As it did the past two postseasons, it grabbed two divisional playoff games again — including Monday’s Game 3 of the Washington-San Francisco NLDS.In a TV sports cable landscape, where the distribution of an ESPN, ESPN2 and TNT establish the top of the food chain at about 97 million homes, the added exposure of playoff games to the MLB Network menu has helped the channel bore its way into about 70 million homes, or 40 percent more than when it launched five years ago. In the last two years of adding playoff games, the MLB Network has increased 33 percent during the regular season, according to a league spokesman. The L.A. market, incidentally, has gone up 56 percent in that time as well.Yet even if the network is most likely available to everyone on some level here, there will be a good number who haven’t upgraded their cable, satellite or telco package and need to pony up now to get it, or be cut out.It’s taking #INeedMyDodgers to another level.And sorry, but the MLB Network isn’t going to do what Time Warner Cable felt it needed to do with SportsNet L.A. and create any kind of simulcast on a local, over-the-air channel to appease those feel marginalized at this point in the game.Yet if the MLB strategy is to ramp up its channel visibility like the NFL, NBA or even NHL has done in recent years, this not the same supply-and-demand quotient at work here.When the NBA playoffs come around, NBA TV can siphon off some of the abundance of first-round games as it has since 2003. The channel launched in 1999 crept up to 45 million homes by 2009 yet is still in only 58 million today. Charter Cable subscribers still don’t have access to it.The NHL Network is in only 43 million homes, unavailable to the U.S. markets until 2007. It has not only put playoff games on its channel to gain exposure, but it also did a deal with NBC that included its tag-along little brother, NBC Sports Net, as the main facilitator for games. Kings fans know all about the frustration involved in trying to find NBCSN during its first Stanley Cup run in 2012. The distribution demand increased, and you heard fewer complaints during the Kings’ second championship run last summer. As a result, NBCSN is in about 82 million homes.The NFL Network, launched in 2003, will only go so far as to put a Thursday night regular-season package on its plate. Playoffs? Unless there’s some expansion of games, there’s not enough inventory to justify not giving it all to the other network partners.The MLB has an inventory issue as well, even with this new wild-card addition. It’s just following suit, trying to make itself relevant and its channel produce more awareness. Even if it’s at the expense of some Dodgers fans uninterested in an upgrade.Come early Saturday evening, if the MLB Network isn’t locked and loaded on your system, there could be some outside-the-batters-box strategy involved.Oh, for the days of KDOC. Adult Swim, anyone?RECORD, PAUSE, DELETEGauging the media’s high- and low-level marks of the week, and what’s ahead:DODGERS, KLAC SYNC UP AGAINGood luck again trying to match up the call of Vin Scully’s voice on the first three and last three innings of the Dodgers’ radio broadcasts on KLAC-AM (570) during the playoffs. Charley Steiner and Rick Monday have, again, the middle three innings. The Dodgers announced this week, as had been expected, that they’d take a long-term renewal with KLAC-AM (570) — reported to be in the 10-year range — to continue as the team’s flagship station. With it came the clause that the Dodgers have “an equity position” with the radio platform provider and parent company iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel). That arrangement still has to be cleared by the MLB. Greg Ashlock, the president of iHeartMedia Southern California, said the deal also will result in “jointly produced new local programming” for KLAC, but that has yet to be decided. Ashlock said that he, too, read rumors that the Dodgers would be jumping the KLAC ship and possibly circle back to KABC-AM (790), which recently sign on with the Kings, “but given the mutually beneficial partnership that we’ve enjoyed over the last three years, I was confident that we would come to terms.”BLACKOUT RAGE OVER?Even with the Federal Communication Commission’s decision this week to abandon its endorsement of the NFL’s 40-year-old TV blackout policy as it pertains to the league not showing games in home markets when it did not sell out 72 hours prior to kickoff, don’t expect the league to change its policy any time soon. “The NFL has the right to enforce their current blackout rules and I suspect that they will continue to do so,” FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said. “I hope the NFL will seize this opportunity to repudiate blackouts.” Because of government red tape, the FCC’s voiding of the rule will not take effect until this season is nearly over. In addition, the NFL has contracts going on years ahead with networks about the archaic blackout provision — which includes San Diego having current lordship over the L.A. market to bring in Chargers games. As Keith Olbermann rightfully pointed out Tuesday on his ESPN show, the blackout rule not only continues to punish local fans who would never buy a ticket to a game in any circumstance, but “in some cases it killed local teams … it may in fact be the reason why the Rams first moved out of Los Angeles, and then out of Anaheim, and why the Raiders went back to Oakland (from L.A).” If anything, the blackout rule must also strengthen DirecTV’s recommitment to the “NFL Sunday Ticket” package, which was finally announced Wednesday and reported to be a $12 billion, eight-year commitment. That is also supposed to clear a path for AT&T’s $49 billion deal to buy DirecTV, which most predict will lead the lynchpin to DirecTV finally adding SportsNet L.A. and the Pac-12 Network.