Who Says the Beach is just for Summer? Visit Virginia Beach!

first_img If youprefer riding pavement, there are several options available in the area. The LynnhavenParkway Trail is perfect for beginners looking for an easy ride. At six milesin length, you can stretch your legs without turning your ride into an all-dayevent. Extend your ride as you connect with other pathways in the area. The IndependenceBoulevard Trail will take you south to the scenic Stumpy Lake Natural Areawith raised overlooks of the water. Explore the culture of Coastal Virginia on the Bike, Brew, and Arts Trail or the Bike, Brew, and History Trail. These two long distance rides will take you through the city to where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Stop at restaurants, breweries, the Cape Henry Lighthouse, and more along the way. Those with little ones will enjoy the Family Fun Trail. This shorter ride will take you past a water park with slides, and adventure park with ziplining, and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. visitvirginiabeach.com Getready to explore Virginia Beach by bike. With more than 200 miles of bikewaysand trails, and new ones being added all the time, you’re sure to find anadventure that fits your style. Try a ride with an ocean view when you take to the sandy beaches with a fat tire bike. Check out Surf and Adventure Company or Ocean Rentals LTD for bikes made for riding on wet sand. Back Bay Getaways offers guided mountain bike tours and daily rentals. Paddle the bay or take an overnight trip into False Cape State Park. Checkout the Pungo Loop Trail, a local favorite for its unbeatable views ofvineyards, strawberry fields, and waterways. At just under 20 miles, this loopis perfect for road riders of all kinds. While you’re in the area, stop at oneof the many farms to pick your own produce. Explore the seven distinct ecosystems at First Landing State Park. Bike 19 miles of interpretive trails through protected habitats like the maritime forest community. At 7.5 miles, the Cape Henry Trail is the longest in the park. Pass by old neighborhoods, wildlife, and secluded beaches before the trail connects with the boardwalk. At theend of the day, dine by the water and spend the night at one of the manylodging options in the area. No matter your speed, you can enjoy all of this,and more, when you visit Virginia Beach. Prefer riding with a group? Join one of the free morning rides Fat Frogs Bike and Fitness offers seven days a week. A variety of pace and distance offerings allows riders of all abilities to join in on the fun through the Pungo Area. All rides depart at 7:30 in the morning and include free bagels and coffee. The Virginia Beach Boardwalk was built for cyclists. Separate biking and pedestrian paths allow riders to cruise along the coast unimpeded by cars and people. Rent one of the four-wheel surrey bikes from one of several stations easily accessible right off the beach. Cherie’s Bike and Blade Rentals has a bike for everyone along the entire oceanfront, including tandems, in-line skates and beach umbrellas. Bike all the way to the North Carolina border from the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. You can escape the city and noise in this secluded environment, one of the last undeveloped areas on the East Coast. Pass by marshes, swamps, and wildlife as you ride to the beach, inaccessible by car. Experienced riders will enjoy the challenge of the Sand Ridge Trail, the longest in the park.last_img read more

Tourist activity of the population of the Republic of Croatia in 2016

first_imgPrema podacima Državnog zavoda za statistiku ( DZS ), u 2016. na barem jednome privatnom višednevnom putovanju bilo je 1,6 milijuna ili 44,0% stanovništva Hrvatske u dobi od 15 i  više godina. Ukupno je ostvareno 3,8 milijuna privatnih putovanja, od čega je 2,5 milijuna (67,8%) bilo u Hrvatskoj, a 1,2 milijuna (32,2%) u inozemstvo.U inozemstvo se najviše putovalo u Bosnu i Hercegovinu (21,5% putovanja), Italiju (13,7%), Njemačku (12,0%), Austriju (11,3%) i Sloveniju (9,1%). S obzirom na duljinu boravka na putovanju,2,0 milijuna putovanja (52,1%) bilo je kraće, a 1,8 milijuna (47,9%) dulje. Najčešći motivi odlaska na privatno višednevno putovanje jesu posjet rodbini i prijateljima (1,2 milijuna putovanja ili 32,7%) i odmor na moru (1,1 milijun putovanja ili 28,3%). Na privatnim višednevnim putovanjima stanovništvo Hrvatske ostvarilo je ukupno 23,1 milijun noćenja, od čega je 16,8 milijuna noćenja (72,8%) ostvareno u Hrvatskoj, a 6,3 milijuna (27,2%) na putovanjima u inozemstvo. Na jednom putovanju ostvareno je prosječno 6,1 noćenje. Na putovanjima u Hrvatskoj ostvareno je prosječno 6,6 noćenja, a 5,2 noćenja na putovanjima u inozemstvo. S obzirom na duljinu boravka na putovanju, 3,9 milijuna noćenja (17,0%) ostvareno je na kraćim, a 19,2 milijuna (83,0%) na duljim putovanjima. Prema vrsti smještaja, najviše noćenja ostvareno je u neplaćenim smještajnim objektima kod rodbine i prijatelja (8,6 milijuna noćenja ili 37,4%).Ukupni izdaci na privatnim višednevnim putovanjima iznosili su 6,5 milijardi kuna, od čega 3,1 milijardi kuna (48,8%) u Hrvatskoj, a 3,3 milijardi (51,2%) u inozemstvu. Prosječni troškovi po putovanju iznosili su 1 717 kuna. S obzirom na duljinu boravka na putovanju, 2,0 milijardi kuna (30,3%) potrošeno je na kraćim, a 4,5 milijardi kuna (69,7%) na duljim putovanjima. Na kraćim putovanjima u prosjeku se izdvajalo 997 kuna, a na duljima 2 501 kuna.In 2016, 2,0 million or 56,0% of the population of Croatia aged 15 and over did not travel on private multi-day trips. The most common reasons for not going on private multi-day trips (possibility of multiple answers) were: lack of financial resources (61,6%), health reasons (24,3%) and lack of free time due to family obligations (15,9%).U 2016. na barem jednom poslovnom višednevnom putovanju bilo je 318 tisuća stanovnika ili 8,8% stanovništva Hrvatske u dobi od 15 i više godina. Ukupno su ostvarene 784 tisuće poslovnih putovanja, od čega je 380 tisuća putovanja (48,5%) bilo u Hrvatskoj, a 403 tisuće (51,5%) u inozemstvo. S obzirom na duljinu boravka na putovanju, 555 tisuća putovanja (70,8%) bilo je kraće, a 228 tisuća (29,2%) dulje. U 2016. stanovništvo Hrvatske u dobi od 15 iIi više godina ostvarilo je 6,8 milijuna jednodnevnih putovanja, od čega je 6,1 milijun (88,8%) bilo privatnih, a 765 tisuća (11,2%) poslovnih.last_img read more


first_img“Ramon’s perseverance, work-ethic and competitiveness made him an extraordinary rider, and his compassion, determination and kindness have made him an incredible ambassador for the industry and its jockeys,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson. “We’re proud to work with Ramon, the Hall of Fame and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund to bring increased awareness to their efforts supporting horse racing.” The raffle is free to enter and open to all horse racing fans. No purchase or Xpressbet account is required to enter. For every registration, Xpressbet will donate $10 to the PDJF, up to a maximum donation of $10,000. The raffle continues through Sunday, August 21. Winners will be notified on or around August 23. Dominguez enters the Hall of Fame following a distinguished career that included 4,985 victories and more than $191 million in earnings. He was recognized as the Champion US Jockey three times at the Eclipse Awards (2010, 2011 and 2012) and received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2012. He won three Breeders’ Cup races before his career was cut short in 2013 due to head injuries sustained during an in-race accident. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.xpressbet.com/racing-hall-of-fame-ramon-dominguez. August 9, 2016 (Washington, PA) – In celebration of Ramon Dominguez’s induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, will raffle off 100 Ramon Dominguez autographed posters, as well as pledge a donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Established in 2006, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund has distributed more than $7 million to jockeys who suffered catastrophic, on-track injuries. To learn more about the PDJF, and to make a donation, please visit https://pdjf.org/.Contact: Dustin FabianTel: 724.229.6240Email: [email protected] XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Rosecroft Raceway, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness Stakes. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management, horse racing’s leading simulcast purchase and sales agent. The 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted in a ceremony in Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday, August 12 at 10:30AM ET. The full 2016 Hall of Fame Class includes racehorses Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta and Tom Ochiltree, jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Wayne Wright, trainer Steve Asmussen and ‘Pillars of the Turf,’ Arthur Hancock Jr. and William Woodward Sr. For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit https://www.racingmuseum.org/.last_img read more

Warriors’ Steve Kerr chimes in on Lakers firing Luke Walton

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — The words reflected Steve Kerr’s affection for Luke Walton as one of his best friends. It also captured Kerr’s respect for Walton after he served as one of his assistants with the Warriors for two years.So when the Los Angeles Lakers announced their organization and Walton “mutually agreed to part ways” following his third season as head coach, Kerr …last_img

Photo library: South Africa at work 2

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Metro traffic officers staff a roadblock on Old Potchefstroom Road, Soweto. The computerised vehicle identification system allows the police to identify vehicles with outstanding traffic fines and warrants, while other cars can be quickly be waved through. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Shops in Kliptown, Soweto. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal traders in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal traders in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal traders in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal traders in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal traders in the city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal fruit trader in Joubert Street, city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Informal fruit trader in Joubert Street, city centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageSOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 2: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Rudi Koertzen: record-setting umpire

first_img16 July 2009 He made his debut over 16 years earlier in a match between South Africa and India in Port Elizabeth on 9 December 1992. His first test match took place later that month, also in Port Elizabeth, with South Africa and India once more the two teams in action. Koertzen, now 60, was 43 years of age at the time. Reflecting on his achievement of becoming the first man to umpire 200 one-day internationals on the Cricket South Africa website, Koertzen said: “For someone who started umpiring very late in life, it is a huge personal achievement and a dream come true. It is really a great and satisfying feeling to achieve something as massive as this one. “All in all, it has been a very rewarding and a fascinating journey, something that I should be proud of,” he concluded. ‘Passion and hard work’ICC President David Morgan paid tribute to Koertzen, saying: “Rudi’s achievement is by no means a small one and is a result of his tremendous dedication, commitment and fitness. Umpiring is something he wanted to do and his achievements reflect that he has done it with passion and hard work. ‘A privilege’“Umpiring provided me the opportunity to travel country to country, meet amazing people, understand different cultures, but most importantly it was a privilege to see young talent of yesterday become stalwarts of today.” South African cricket umpire Rudi Koertzen has enjoyed a long and successful career. His longevity in the sport has helped him to a number of records; recently he became the first umpire to stand in 200 one-day internationals. He also became the second man to do the double of 100 one-day internationals and 100 tests when he took to the field in the second Ashes test at Lords on Thursday. By 1997 he was a full-time ICC umpire, and in 2002 he was elected to the ICC’s Elite Panel. He has umpired in three World Cups: in 1999, 2003, and 2007. Continuing, he added: “It has been exciting 17 years in the business, one that many would envy, I”m sure. Every job has highs and lows and umpiring is no exception. A model professionalKoertzen is a model professional – keeps fit with regular gym visits and employs modern technology to help refine his game by studying batsmen, their techniques, and their previous dismissals on television. On Saturday, 11 July, Koertzen reached the 200 one-day international (ODI) milestone when he stood in the second ODI between Ireland and Kenya in Dublin. To mark the occasion, Koertzen received a trophy from Cricket Ireland President Arthur Vince on behalf of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Looking back on the evolution of the game during his time as an international umpire, Koertze said: “While the sport has changed, so have the Laws over the years, I think for the better for the game. I think cricket of today is far more entertaining, challenging, demanding and competitive for the players, organisers and spectators than it was few years ago. Highly respected around the world, Koertzen is known for his deliberate and slow raising of the finger when giving batsmen out. Never does his finger shoot up. It has become his trademark and is commonly referred to as the “slow death”. “It’s a matter of great honour for the ICC itself that one of its umpires has reached this landmark. On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate Rudi for serving our great game through his umpiring and being a role model and inspiration for many young up and coming umpires.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

16 days ago​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainz

first_img​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainzby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz believes that he and boss Jurgen Klopp found an instant connection with the club when they joined.Fans were unsure of what to expect of Klopp when he arrived, given the way his tenure at Borussia Dortmund ended.However, he managed to take the club to new heights, winning the Champions League last season.And Krawietz believes that part of the success is due to the incredible feeling that he and Klopp have for the club, which is similar to how they felt about previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.”We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural,” Krawietz told the Liverpool website. “We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect…of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! “Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. “Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Ohio State Strength Team Dresses As Santa And Elves, Surprises Urban Meyer With Gift

first_imgSanta surprises Urban Meyer at the OSU facility.santa surprises urban meyerLast year, Ohio State’s strength and conditioning team dressed up as Santa and his elves to greet head coach Urban Meyer as he made his way to the locker room a few days before Christmas. Apparently, it’s now a tradition. Monday morning, Meyer was surprised by a similar scene, and was even given a present. No word on what was in the box.Ohio State is currently preparing for the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day. But there’s still apparently time for a little Christmas cheer.last_img

FESCO Wraps Up Summer Navigation in the Arctic

first_imgImage Courtesy: FESCORussia’s intermodal transport operator FESCO Transportation Group has completed the summer navigation in the eastern sector of the Arctic Region.During the season, the company’s icebreaker Admiral Makarov provided pilotages of the vessels with containers, general and national economic cargo to the ports and the port-points of Chukotka and the Northern Sea Route (NSR).The 7,560 dwt Admiral Makarov provided navigation of 31 vessels which delivered 78,000 tons of general cargo to the ports of the NSR and taken out 67,000 tons during the vessel’s Arctic voyage which lasted from July 18 to November 25, 2016.Besides the 14,058 gross ton Admiral Makarov, FESCO’s ice-class general cargo ships FESCO Pevek and FESCO Primorye also took part in the Arctic summer-autumn season transportation, according to the company.FESCO has been providing pilotage of vessels through the Northern Sea Route at the request of the Federal Maritime and River Transport Agency of the Russian Federation since 2004. The company said it has been providing ships navigation in the Arctic along the Northern Sea Route for more than 60 years.Additionally, FESCO ice-class cargo vessels deliver general cargo to the northern ports of Russia.last_img read more

Greater Montreal home sales up 5 from February 2017 as active listing

first_imgMONTREAL – The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says home sales in the region grew five per cent year-over-year in February, as the number of active listings dropped 17 per cent.A total of 4,081 residential sales were made last month across the city’s census metropolitan area, marking the 36th straight increase and the busiest month of February since 2012.As was the case in 21 of the past 24 months, condominiums registered the largest increase in sales, jumping by 14 per cent.Single-family homes and plexes posted small increases of one per cent and three per cent, respectively.The median price of single-family homes across Greater Montreal was $310,000 last month, up six per cent year-over-year, while plexes reached $481,500, a one per cent increase.As for condominiums, the median price grew by five per cent last month, with half of all units selling for more than $250,000.The real estate board says acceleration in price growth is a direct result of increasingly tighter market conditions.last_img read more