Horizon Travel became an authorized visa processing agency of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

first_imgTravel agency Obzor putovanja doo has become an authorized agency in Croatia for processing visas and legalization of documents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.According to the new procedure of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Sarajevo, visas and legalization of documents must be obtained through an authorized agency. Obzor putovanja points out that they are doing a complete service including translating documents into Arabic / English and certifying them at all necessary institutions, and as before they continue to mediate all types of visas necessary for travel and work for Croatian citizens.  Since the visa for Saudi Arabia is a more complex story, the process time for obtaining a visa is approximately 2 weeks, points out Tea Andrun from Obzor Travel and adds: “Visas are issued only for business reasons, family visits or state visits, and tourist visas as such do not exist. Given the complexity of the required documentation, which implies in one part the legalization of the documentation, such information requires an individual approach.”Concludes Andrun.Inače, Obzor putovanja d.o.o. osnovao je nacionalni zrakoplovni prijevoznik Croatia Airlines, a tijekom godina postali su jedna od vodećih turistička agencija za poslovna i turistička putovanja te ove godine slave 25 godina postojanja.last_img read more

Ackerman dominates for fourth IMCA Late Model win at Independence

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Aug. 16) – IMCA Late Model driver Darren Ackerman has been known to excel on a dry slick race track. He proved it once again Saturday night at Independence Motor Speedway.After taking the lead on the ninth circuit, Ackerman pulled away from the pack to win by half of a lap in the caution-free 25-lap feature.Polesitter Rory Metcalf took the lead at the drop of the green and paced the field while Ackerman worked from a fifth row starting spot. Ackerman made his way into the top five on lap four and then worked the low side into second on lap seven. He raced past Metcalf two laps later on his way to victory ahead of Jon Passick.With the win, Ackerman took over the points lead heading into next Saturday’s Budweiser Season Championships. Although he is tied in the points with Curt Martin, Ackerman owns the tiebreaker with four feature wins. What was a two-car battle throughout much of the 15-lapper turned into a thrilling four-wide finish at the line in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Brian Hilbert held the early advantage before a flat tire sidelined the leader, leaving Lucas Lundry and Kip Siems on the front row for a lap nine restart.Lundry assumed command when racing resumed with Siems in tow. Meanwhile, Jared VanDeest and Jenae Gustin reeled in the leaders.Siems inched ahead as the white flag waved with VanDeest and Gustin closing in. While Siems worked to hold off Lundry, both VanDeest and Gustin swept to the inside and made it four-wide across the line. Siems held on for the exciting win, his first of the season. Lundry ran second. Jarod Weepie worked past Cole Mather for the lead following a lap six restart in the 18-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Weepie survived a trio of additional mid-race stoppages while Scott Pippert worked his way into the runner-up spot.Pippert chased Weepie for a handful of laps during the final green flag run before sneaking past the leader with two laps to go. Weepie fought back on the inside off turn four on the final circuit, however Pippert held on for the win, his second straight, by less than a car-length. Ed Thomas and Adam Johnson split time at the front of the Performance Bodies IMCA Modified feature while Vern Jackson worked his way into contention.Jackson slipped past Johnson for the lead on the eighth circuit and then drove the high groove to victory, his first of the season. J.D. Auringer came from row five to finish second. Shawn Kuennen made his way around early leader Randy Byerly on the third lap of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Kuennen showed the way while Justin Wacha worked his way into a challenge for the lead after starting in row four. Wacha and Kuennen battled side-by-side before Wacha took the lead in the waning laps. He held off Brian Happel following a late restart to earn his second win of the year.last_img read more

McIlroy recovers from early wobble

first_imgA late run of form gave Rory McIlroy slight hope as his love-hate relationship with the Honda Classic continued on Thursday on his PGA Tour debut for the season. The 25-year-old won the tournament in 2012 but a year later walked away midway through a disastrous first round. He returned to Palm Beach in 2014 and went to a play-off – which he lost – but Thursday saw him end the day eight shots off the pace being set by the clubhouse leader, with two birdies on the last two holes of the day keeping him afloat. Germany’s Martin Kaymer was one of a cluster of players on two under, while Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were one over, along with Phil Mickelson. Rickie Fowler was even while Graeme McDowell had a day to forget, ending four over par. McIlroy admitted his frustration at his opening round but is confident of an immediate upturn in fortunes. “I know that my game’s there. But today wasn’t obviously what I wanted to start with,” he said on the PGA Tour’s website. “Guys were all struggling. It was a grind out there.” Having won the Dubai Desert Classic and taken four second places from five, McIlroy’s hopes will have been high but he was forced to take a backseat in Florida. The tone for his day was set with a double-bogey on the first hole and, despite pulling a shot back on the par-five third, he bogeyed the fourth and then added a second double of the day on the fifth. He trimmed a shot back on the eighth with a three-shot birdie, but was unable to get a run going and was soon back to four over come the 11th. His malaise continued to the 14th with another bogey, before a shred of hope with a fine two on the par-three 17th followed by another birdie at the last. When McIlroy signed his card he was eight shots behind leader Jim Herman, who had long since recorded a five-under 65. The American was trailed by compatriot Brendan Steele on four under, with McIlroy’s former Ryder Cup team-mate Padraig Harrington on three under alongside Martin Flores. Patrick Reed was also three under after a real see-saw day. The American went to the turn at four under but a run of four bogeys over the next six holes – with a birdie thrown in too – dropped him to one under. He recovered his composure, though, and signed for a three under courtesy of birdies at the 16th and 18th. Press Associationlast_img read more

No tour without  without new pay deal, says Australia Smith

first_img(REUTERS) – Australian players will not travel to Bangladesh for a two-Test tour starting this month until the pay dispute between them and the sport’s national governing body is resolved, captain Steve Smith said on Tuesday.The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and Cricket Australia’s (CA) have failed to resolve a long-running pay dispute that has left around 230 players effectively unemployed after the previous five-year agreement expired in June.The Australia A team boycotted their South Africa tour in July after a new Memorandum of Understanding could not be agreed and Smith says the senior team will skip the Bangladesh tour, which is scheduled to start on Aug. 27.“I’d like to, but as we’ve said for a long time we need to get the deal done first,” Smith told Fox Sports.“I don’t think it would be fair for us to go away after the (Australia) A guys were very strong on not going away on their tour, for us to then go away I don’t think that’s fair.“CA know this, they’ve been told this. I told (CA’s Executive General Manager Team Performance) Pat Howard personally that this was how things were going to be if there wasn’t a deal done.”The dispute revolves around CA’s scrapping of the two-decade-old revenue share model, by which players get a fixed share of the organisation’s annual revenue, in the new pay deal.Local media reported that CA is on the verge of an agreement with the players’ union and Smith remained hopeful that a solution would be found.“It’s had some difficult moments,” the 28-year-old said.“When this is all over with, I have to deal with Pat Howard, I have to deal with the (CA) Board and speak to (CA chief executive) James Sutherland so I have to be careful with what sort of lines I tread.“Talking to the two parties and trying to figure out what each of them want and the best way forward. It’s been a long process and hopefully it comes to a close soon.”Sutherland said last week that his organisation would take the pay dispute to arbitration if a resolution was not found by this week.last_img read more

SU volleyball libero Williams returns, guides Orange to victory

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Ashley Williams is back, and so is her team. Williams returned to the court Sunday against St. John’s and led the Syracuse volleyball team in a dominating 3-0 sweep. ‘It felt great to be back,’ said Williams, the team’s libero. ‘I was just really happy that I could contribute to the team, and I’m glad that we ended up with a win.’ Williams, who missed the previous five games, led SU to the sweep, following the team’s shaky win without her against Connecticut on Friday. Against UConn and without Williams, the team started off slow, losing the first set. The Orange began to resemble the team that fell to USF and Villanova in previous Big East matches. Something seemed to be missing. Against UConn and in the other four games Williams missed, the team managed to get by, but its comfort level was not there. ‘Good chemistry and good communication back there makes a difference,’ senior Hayley Todd said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text So with Williams back as libero for the first time in nearly two weeks, the Orange looked like the team that got off to fast starts in its 17-0 start to the season. Even though Williams’ addition changed the lineup, it did not seem to matter. In fact, SU looked more complete in going back to its original lineup. ‘Everybody pretty much knows our offense and our defense, so it’s not really different. It’s just getting back into what I did before,’ Williams said. Despite not being at full strength, Williams’ leadership in the back row proved to be just as important as her talent against the Red Storm. Her voice could be heard loud and clear from the stands, as she directed her teammates on court. ‘That’s kind of what you want your libero to do,’ assistant coach Carol LaMarche said. ‘They’re like your captain in the back row, so she does do that, and she talks to players about making adjustments without having to consult the coaches. And we trust her judgment. And she has a better view of the court than we do.’ Against UConn, the team did not have Williams available to dictate anything on the court. Instead, SU had her sitting on the bench. The Orange was forced to figure things out without her. The defense responded after the first-set loss. Led by fill-in libero Sarah Hayes, the team came out in the second set and responded. ‘We just went out there ready to play. We were digging balls finally, getting into the holes,’ Hayes said. ‘I think everyone was just going for the ball more. We were more proactive.’ Still, the team was not jelling as quickly as it had in earlier matches with Williams as libero. So when Williams returned against St. John’s, that sense of comfort seemed to return. ‘Everyone just seemed a little more comfortable,’ LaMarche said. ‘Sarah did the best that she could do when she was doing libero, but right side is where she has been for the last two or three years, so that was just like going back to home for her. And I think it kind of gave everyone else a little bit of comfort that Ashley was back, so that might have helped out, too.’ No one is complaining about having Williams back. Yes, the team stayed afloat without her. But with her, the Orange knows what it is capable of. Syracuse knows she takes the defense up another level. Todd said Williams’ leadership and skill move the whole defense up a notch. And with the team heading into the thick of Big East play right now, Williams’ return will prove crucial in how the team will do the rest of the way. ‘She’s a leader out there,’ LaMarche said. ‘She’s just a good player. It was like she hadn’t left the game for two weeks or three weeks. It was just nice. Everything flowed today, and I think we were back up to a good level.’ rnmarcus@syr.educenter_img Published on October 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse’s freshmen have ‘stepped up’ in the season’s first half

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: March 27 at 3:30 p.m.Last season, then-junior Faith Cain started at first base. Rounding out the infield was then-sophomore Alicia Hansen at second, then-junior Sammy Fernandez at shortstop and then-sophomore Hannah Dossett was at third.Then, this year’s freshman class took over, leaving only Fernandez in her former spot.Second baseman Gabby Teran forced Alicia Hansen’s move to center field. Neli Casares-Maher took over third base and former third-baseman Dossett now shares first base with freshman Lailoni Mayfield.Teran, Casares-Maher and Mayfield, along with two more freshmen, have had notable playing time for the Orange (15-11, 4-5 Atlantic Coast). Freshmen have accounted for more than a third of Syracuse’s RBIs and hits as well as 30 percent of the runs. Each has played in more than half the games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We recruit people who I think are capable of playing when they come in,” SU head coach Mike Bosch said. “It’s just a matter of how quickly they develop and mature and all of them really stepped up.”Starting all 26 games this season, Teran has made an impact at the plate. Third on the team in batting average (.280) among players with more than 50 at-bats, the Atlanta native hit fourth in all three games against Florida State last weekend.In SU’s 12-0 win over Virginia on March 16, Teran led the team with three runs, including the first two of the game. Teran, who went deep against Cal Poly on Feb. 19, is one of two Syracuse batters to hit a homerun this season.“I think that the freshmen this year are the most athletic group of freshmen that I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” Hansen said.Casares-Maher, a native of Orange, California, has started 24 games at third-base, tallying 15 hits and driving in seven runs to date. She’s also tied for third on the team with four doubles.Mayfield is another California native and added another left-handed bat to the Syracuse lineup. She started off the season with two hits against UT Arlington. Mayfield, listed as a utility player, has spent time at first base and designated hitter. She has started 19 games for the Orange.“(Starting) was always a goal that I would work toward,” Mayfield said. “It definitely wasn’t expected.”Miranda Hearn and Michala Maciolek don’t contribute as much at the plate as the other freshmen. Instead, Hearn has become an option in the circle and Maciolek has played 15 games at catcher, starting 14 of them. She’s thrown out one runner stealing and batted .212.Hearn came to Syracuse as both a pitcher and a hitter. As a pitcher, she has thrown 22 innings over 11 games. Most of the time, she comes in as a reliever for sophomore Alexa Romero or senior AnnaMarie Gatti.On March 18 against Virginia, Hearn recorded her first start. Pitching the first three innings, she struck out five batters and allowed two runs before Gatti came in as relief.“Being that she’s a freshman,” Bosch said, “we’ve really tried to give her a few more opportunities to get out of different situations in practice, and I think it’s helped.”Hearn is also used on occasion as a designated or pinch hitter. Against Sacramento State, she drove in a career-high three runs. While she’s only recorded eight hits this season, Hearn’s also driven in six RBI. She is second in on-base percentage for batters with 30 or more at-bats.Syracuse’s season is more than halfway done and the freshmen have been a big part of SU’s overall winning record. They’re doing what Bosch expected them to do when he recruited them.“They’re holding their own,” Romero said. “Every day they’re getting better.” Comments Published on March 27, 2018 at 7:59 am Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edulast_img read more

Commercials and Killenaule to meet in County Senior Football Final

first_imgBoth teams finished the game with 14 players, following two yellow cards for Ross Peters and Liam McGrath.Following last years’ defeat, Commercials Manager Charlie McGeever says his players learned how to handle themselves in the closing stages of the game…Meanwhile, extra time was needed for Killenaule to secure their victory over Moyle Rovers as it finished 1-14 to 2-11 on full time.Killenaule took the early lead in the first period of extra time – and despite a comeback by Moyle Rovers, Killenaule managed to hold on.They won by the narrowest of margins – 2-16 to 1-18.Killenaule manager Kenneth Browne says it’s a team effort… Photo: Stephen Gleeson Clonmel Commercials and Killenaule are set to go head to head in the County Senior Football final.Commercials overcame last years’ County Champions Loughmore Castleiney to book their place in the final with a three point win.It finished up 1-9 to 1-6.last_img read more

Penta Investments leads Betting on Football panel on investment opportunities within the betting industry

first_imgShare Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Betting on Football (3-5 May)Following a year of mass industry consolidation, high-level panelists at Betting on Football 2017 will be discussing whether sports betting is still an attractive proposition for investors.The ‘Managing Risk’ panel at Stamford Bridge on 3 May will feature Valhalla Investments Chairman Mark Blandford, GVC Holdings COO Shay Segev and Dreamworx Online Founder & Investor Christian Edler, alongside Marek Šmrha, Investment Manager at Penta Investments, the central European investment group that has worked with Fortuna Entertainment since 2005 and recently made its mark by paying around €135 million to acquire Hattrick Sports Group.The 40-minute #bofcon2017 session, moderated by GamCrowd Chairman Ian Hogg, will cover new propositions, managing expectations, market disruption, exit strategies and different types of investment. This includes a detailed look at venture, debt and start-up investment, alongside the comparative appeal of getting involved in the online, retail or affiliate side of the business.Šmrha commented: “We are happy to share our experience as a long-term investor and partner for our companies in CEE. With Fortuna Entertainment Group being one of our key assets, we remain truly excited about the gaming industry in the region for years to come.”Blandford, one of the inaugural members of the SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame, added: “The gambling market has always been a fluid one, but the last few years has seen major upheaval at all levels of the business. But there are still plenty of opportunities in the betting market. This panel will shed some light on what it is investors are looking for in the current environment.”Segev commented: “As a company with one of the most successful M&A histories in the gambling industry, GVC is always on the lookout for the right opportunities. Given the consolidating nature of the market, we feel GVC has an effective approach and I look forward to discussing it with my fellow investment panelists at the Betting on Football conference.”Edler concluded: “In my mind there is no doubt that sports betting still offers an intriguing and attractive range of options for investors. At Betting on Football, I’m looking forward to joining the panel to discuss the new opportunities out there and discussing what we look for as investors with industry stakeholders from around the world.”During the three-day event (3-5 May), Penta Investments will also be available for a few meetings with companies looking for investment. Email SBC Managing Director Andy McCarron (andy@sbcnews.co.uk) or Founder Rasmus Sojmark (rs@sbcnews.co.uk) to set up a meeting with Šmrha and his team.Click here to visit the event website and buy your Betting on Football ticket today GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020last_img read more

Government issues racing assurances over ‘no deal’ Brexit

first_img Winning Post: Changing perceptions of animal betting sports November 12, 2018 StumbleUpon Horseracing prize money facing cuts as levy drops £17m May 17, 2019 Submit BHA plans Board changes amid need to improve industry collaboration February 27, 2019 Share Share Related Articles The Government has emphasised it will help owners to navigate the new processes for moving horses and other equine animals from the UK to EU member states, in the event event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.Although, leaving the EU with a deal remains the top priority, the government is continuing with ‘no deal’ preparations to ensure the country is prepared for every eventuality.The guidance and help will also apply to those owners who currently move their animals between the UK, Ireland and France under the Tripartite Agreement (TPA) – an agreement relied on by many in the horseracing industry and the competition sector.Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley commented: “Delivering a negotiated deal with the EU remains the Government’s top priority, but it is our job to responsibly ensure we are prepared for all scenarios, including no deal.“This guidance will help businesses and owners prepare for life after 29 March if we do leave without a deal. However, it is in the interest of the EU to reciprocate our commitment on the movement of horses. This will ensure horseracing and competition events across the continent can continue to be attended by all of Europe’s top equine talent.”Julian Richmond Watson, Chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, also spoke of the guidance: “The British thoroughbred racing and breeding industry welcomes publication of this important guidance and will be communicating it to our participants to help them prepare for all potential Brexit negotiation outcomes.“We fully support the Government’s welcome and pragmatic position to allow continued equine movement under current systems from EU member states to the UK in a no deal scenario.”Laying out guidelines for if the UK leaves the EU on 29 March without a deal, the government stated: Equines travelling from the UK to the EU may need to undergo additional blood tests, which will need to be carried out within 30 days or less of travelling to satisfy EU regulations.Owners will need to consult with a vet at least six weeks before they are planning to travel.All equines will need an Export Health Certificate in order to travel to EU states, instead of current documents, and will need to enter the EU via a Border Inspection Post (BIP).Some equines will also need a Government issued travel ID document, as well as their existing equine passport.The guidance published today is designed to give the owners of horses and other equine animals as much time to prepare for these new processes and factor in any extra travel time they may require when travelling to and from the EU.Nick Fellows, Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), added: “The BEF has worked closely with government and leading figures in equestrian sport to make sure that all horse owners have as much information as possible for when the UK leaves the European Union. It’s important to prepare for all eventualities and we’d urge all horse owners to take notice of the material provided by Defra.“If the UK is not provided with listed status by the European Commission, no movements of equines from the UK to the EU will be possible after we leave the EU until listed status is secured.”last_img read more

Tristan Thompson injury update: Cavs C (foot) expected to miss 2-4 weeks

first_imgThe Cavaliers have lost another veteran presence on the court.Cleveland announced Tuesday, Tristan Thompson is expected to miss two to four weeks with a sprained left foot. STATUS UPDATE: @RealTristan13 will miss approximately 2-4 weeks with a left foot sprain.MORE: https://t.co/ylD5ZIyZVt— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 11, 2018Thompson is in the midst of a career year with the Cavs as he is averaging 12.0 points and 11.6 rebounds this season.He has never averaged more than 12 points or double-digit rebounds in a year. Charles Barkley on athletes facing hecklers: ‘Walk away or they’re just gonna sue ya’ Thompson joins veteran Kevin Love on the injured list.Love is hoping for a mid-January return from a foot injury of his own.The Cavs are second to last in the Eastern Conference with a 6-21 record. Related Newslast_img read more