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The richness of Croatian tradition needs to be capitalized into finished products

first_imgAlthough we have long since entered the summer, judging by the high temperatures, the calendar is still at our door.The beginning of summer is marked by the traditional lighting of St. John’s bonfires. The shortest night of the year, June 24, has fueled the imagination of the human species since the Early Stone Age. Among Croats, of course, this pre-Christian custom is associated with the so-called natural holidays (equinoxes and solstices), and is part of a much wider fascination with the sun encountered throughout Europe. In the ancient Slavs, this event was associated with a deity named Jarilo or Jarovit in some sources who, in order to maintain the harmony of the seasons, must cross the entire tree of the world. During the summer solstice, Jarilo comes to Perun’s mansions on top of a tree where he meets his daughter Mara. Midsummer Night is therefore the night of their wedding.With the arrival of Christianity, the period of adaptation of theology into pagan beliefs began, and so the spring Jaril was replaced by St. Juraj, and the summer St. John the Baptist.The lighting of bonfires is a custom on other holidays such as St. George’s Day, Vidovdan, Ilindan, St. Peter and Paul as a relic of the Sun cult that is symbolically always associated with heavenly fire.From an ethnological point of view, this custom exists on the margins of tradition, but has been actively maintained in the area of ​​Pokuplje, along the banks of the river Kupa and along the Cetina in Dalmatia. Also, as an organized event, it is celebrated in Karlovac, Požega, Đakovo, Donja Stubica and others.”The sun is imitated by the bonfire and announces summer as the most fertile season, calling for a good harvest of ripe grain. The bonfires are thus becoming a symbol of Karlovac’s boatmen who have been developing the grain trade with the Cup for centuries “, point out the Tourist Board of the City of Karlovac, whose last year’s edition of summer greetings was visited by about ten thousand Karlovac citizens and guests.From the given cultural pattern, the people of Karlovac capitalized on the all-day event and offered a rich sports and entertainment program to the visitors. With unavoidable concerts, fireworks and, of course, bonfires at several attractive locations in the city, visitors can expect football matches, street performers and folk games – packed into a story that balances between history and fiction.Photo: TZ KarlovacAt the same time, at the other end of the continent, more than 25.000 people admired the sunrise on an ancient prehistoric monument. The difference from the previous example is that gathered druids and sun worshipers seemingly gather on their own initiative around the ancient stone circle in Stonehenge and by beating drums, singing and dancing, these self-proclaimed pagans make an attraction that can be very independent.Whether organized in some production sense or not, this pronounced spontaneity leaves the impression of an active, relevant gathering place as opposed to the loneliness of a historical monument. Needless to say, how much such access to the place, also maps on the tourist map of the country and makes it world famous.The question is what exactly is the brake in the Croatian case when it comes to the capitalization of traditional elements (with an emphasis on pagan sources)? Lack of motivation or simply we have not outgrown the dogma that some third instance must organize something for us to have fun?In any case, the fact remains that there is no lack of material in Croatia, nor a desire for cultural patterns to survive, but for a place or in this case a custom to become vibrant, they must have a present value in community life. In other words, become a part of it because the real tourist value is not given to a place that has an attraction, but is only part of the attraction in line with its local tradition and culture. These are efforts that depend on the synergy of the entire population, not a handful of organizers.Ultimately, the efforts made can only result in an increase in the rating on the tourist map, economic profits and an increase in standards.Fortunately, the example of St. John’s bonfires shows that we are on the right track.last_img read more

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Antoino Rudiger claims Chelsea will miss Arsenal transfer target Willian if he leaves

first_imgAdvertisement Willian did not make the Chelsea squad for Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘Since day one of coming to Chelsea, he and David Luiz got me into the team and helped me out in the first couple of months because it was not that easy.‘He is a great guy and a really, really good footballer. He is calm and humble and it will be sad if I don’t see him again as a team-mate. He is not the type of player who talks that much.‘He does his thing on the pitch, just like Eden Hazard. By playing, he shows what he is about. He is a guy who dictates the game and not many players in the world have this type of quality.‘He is always training [hard] and practicing free-kicks after. He is someone who always wants to improve.’Chelsea have already offset Willian’s likely exit by securing deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, while Kai Havertz is primed to arrive later this month and Rudiger is confident the future is bright under Frank Lampard.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 ArsenalHe added: ‘To be honest, he is not like [Antonio] Conte or someone who, when you lose games, will rant at you. Of course, the coach is a bit quieter in the way that he says things. But the most important thing is that he gets to the point, and he does.‘We are all grown men and everyone can hear what the coach has said. I think he dealt very well with that pressure and kept us alive. Even if it went good or bad, he always kept us alive.‘For me, it is about the human being I am talking too. It is not only because someone wins titles. Of course, it can help because he is an open-minded coach and you can ask him about the times when he was playing.‘He knows the pressure and what the people want to see at this club. He knows about those pressure games, finals and everything.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Sergio Reguilon wants Chelsea transfer after ‘advanced talks’ with Real Madrid defenderMORE: Matthias Ginter responds to Chelsea transfer speculationFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Antoino Rudiger claims Chelsea will miss Arsenal transfer target Willian if he leaves Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Aug 2020 12:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.2kShares Willian appears destined to leave Chelsea with Arsenal his likely destination (Picture: Getty)Willian would represent a big miss for Chelsea if he leaves the club this summer, according to his current team-mate Antonio Rudiger.The experienced Brazil international has enjoyed a productive season under Frank Lampard, but his seven-year stint in west London looks destined to end imminently amid a protracted contract wrangle. Willian, whose current deal is set to expire imminently, is holding out for the offer of a three-year contract but Chelsea are unlikely to cave to his demands. Arsenal are reported to be at the head of the queue to sign the winger and although their contract offer is said not to be as lucrative as the terms other clubs are prepared to offer, including the likes of Inter Miami, the 31-year-old has his heart set on a move to the FA Cup holders. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRudiger, who played in last Saturday’s defeat at Wembley against the Gunners while Willian failed to make the squad, fears Chelsea are losing a player whose influence on the pitch is matched by the impact he makes off it. last_img read more


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Rodgers: Mario must be consistent

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Mario Balotelli has some way to go before he can be considered in the same class as Luis Suarez. Italy international Balotelli joined the club in the summer from AC Milan to replace Suarez, who moved to Barcelona. The 24-year-old has scored once in five appearances for a Liverpool side who have struggled to replicate their form from last season. And asked if Balotelli was the right man to replace the Uruguayan who netted 31 times last season, Rodgers said “We shall see. “There is no comparison between the two as players. Luis was brilliant for me in his time here and developed to become a player who consistently delivered in terms of scoring and creating. “Mario is different. He’s got a lot of experience for 24, he has come here as an established international.” And for Rodgers, consistency is the key for Balotelli if he is to be as big a player for the Reds as Suarez was. “Suarez elevated himself, that was clear,” he told national newspapers. “He wasn’t world class when he came in but when he left to go to Barcelona he had put himself in that bracket. “He did that because of his consistency in scoring goals and keeping his performance level high. World class is about being at the highest level consistently, being at that level in your game consistently. That’s what takes you there. “I think Mario is potentially world class. You can’t compare Suarez and him, but Mario is coming in as an international striker and he’s a talent, no doubt.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


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Todd McNair granted new trial in case against NCAA

first_imgLast May, a jury sided with the NCAA, stating that the allegations brought against McNair were not defamatory. However, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller wrote in a ruling Wednesday morning that the jury’s decision was not supported by sufficient evidence, specifically citing an incorrect answer in a special jury verdict question meant to draw a certain answer. Moreover, the presiding juror, Anthony Bruno, should not have been allowed to serve due to an implicit bias, Shaller said. Bruno is a member of the Latham & Watkins law firm, which was a part of the NCAA’s legal team on the McNair case. However, Bruno had no relation to or role in the case and worked at a different branch of the firm from those involved. A week ago, McNair agreed to become the running backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McNair has not coached at the collegiate or professional level since leaving USC in 2009. “Permitting Juror No. 2 to remain on the jury and participate in deliberations … resulted a miscarriage of justice and in [the] Plaintiff being deprived of a fair trial,” Shaller said. center_img Former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair was granted a motion for a new trial in his defamation lawsuit against the NCAA Wednesday. The suit has been ongoing since 2011, after the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions brought allegations in 2010 stating that McNair was involved in the Reggie Bush scandal. The NCAA found that Bush, a former USC running back, had received impermissible benefits while at USC, and he had to forfeit his Heisman trophy while the program vacated the 14 wins and national title from the 2004 season. “In the court’s judgment, no reasonable trier of fact could have made the determination that the answer to Special Verdict Question 3 should be ‘NO,’” Shaller said in the ruling.last_img read more


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Brown to face the world number one

first_imgAllen has beaten China’s Zhao Xintong by 6-frames to 2. While Brown faces the daunting prospect of the reigning world champion Stuart Bingham in the afternoon session.last_img


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Liverpool take on Man Utd this evening

first_imgLiverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield tonight.Ahead of that match former United great Paul Scholes says the side lack at identity under manager Jose Mourinho.Ahead of tonight’s game United are 7th while Liverpool are 4th.last_img


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Real Madrid are Champions League Winners

first_imgHe says his track record speaks for itself. Photo: © UEFA.com Real Madrid are Champions League winners for a record 12th time – after a 4-1 win over Juventus in the final in Cardiff.Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice – with Welshman Gareth Bale coming on as a substitute.The Portuguese forward’s scored 51 goals in all competitions this season – as Real secured a double.last_img


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Kwesé Free Sports to Host Live Screenings of Joshua Vs Takam…

first_imgNigerian audiences can join the estimated 80, 000 spectators expected at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium for two live screenings of the fight in Nigeria. Simulcast viewings will be held in Joshua’s ancestral hometown of Sagamu at the Baba Josh Memorial Hall, as well as at the Hard Rock Café in Lagos.The live screenings, which coincide with the Sagamu Day celebrations, are endorsed by the Sagamu Youth Congress and will have members of the Joshua clan in attendance.The main bout is scheduled to start at 10.30pm however, doors at the Sagamu and Lagos viewing centres will open from 6pm to give boxing fans the opportunity to watch all the undercard fights. Spectators at the viewing centres will also be kept entertained by musical performances and stand-up comedy from local artists in the build up to the fight.“We pride ourselves on broadcasting nothing but the best in international and African sporting action. We will once again provide exclusive broadcast of yet another epic Joshua showdown on our platform, as well as live screenings of the fight where we will see one of our own hopefully retain his unbeaten track record,” expressed General Manager Kwesé Free Sports Nigeria, ChiChi Nwoko.“As the only pan-African and local sports channel in Nigeria with exclusive rights to the fight, Kwesé Free Sports will broadcast the fight on UHF 32 in Lagos or channel 732 on Free TV decoders in Jos and Abuja,” added Nwoko.Boxing fans can also visit their nearest Kwesé branded store(s) to purchase a decoder and dish for N10,960 (inclusive of one month free subscription) to catch the fight on Kwesé Sports 1, channel 300 on Kwesé TV bouquet.This is Joshua’s return to the ring after his memorable win against Wladimir Klitschko in April this year. Following this impressive win, Joshua will enter the ring with 19 knockout victories under his belt and the confidence to match.Takam is a new match up, following Kubrat Pulev’s unexpected withdrawal, both fighters are ready to put it all on the line for bragging rights and three heavyweight titles. Both opponents trace their roots to African soil, and will generate a lot of conversation among youths on the continent.Kwesé has made the fight available to sports fans across the continent on multiple platforms; including free-to-air TV, satellite (pay) TV and mobile phones through the Kwese App. The broadcaster has also made provision for fans who prefer digital viewing and will broadcast the fight live on the Kwesé ESPN Facebook page – www.facebook.com/kwesesports.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As the exclusive African broadcaster for all Anthony Joshua fights, Kwesé will broadcast his fight against Takam live on the continent’s largest pan-African free-to-air channel Kwesé Free Sports.This means sports fans across the continent have free access to enjoy this explosive fight wherever they are. Kwesé Free Sports Africa’s largest sports channel will provide full ring side access as Nigeria’s son Joshua defends his world heavyweight titles against Takam.last_img read more


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Debt free Raketech seeks optimal financing structure

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit Issuing a market filing, Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network Raketech Group Plc has disclosed that it has repaid its entire corporate debt of €7.7 million.Updating investors, Raketech governance details that the company has completed one of its post-IPO directives, repaying its outstanding corporate debt to allow for a better future capital operating structure.As a result of the transaction, Raketech governance anticipates accruing corporate savings of approximately €200,000 per quarter.Commenting on the corporate filing, Andreas Kovacs, CFO at Raketech Group, stated: “To have successfully cleared our former loan facility is a milestone for Raketech’s finance strategy. We now have optimal conditions to carry out additional acquisitions, with lower financial expenses over time”.Moving to secure a more favourable corporate financing structure, last December Raketech governance entered into a private revolving credit facility of €10 million backed by  Swedbank AB.This February, Raketech published its full-year 2018 results, detailing a continued strong commercial momentum since the firm’s June 2018 IPO on the Stockholm Nasdaq Exchange as its network performance was boosted by the acquired Finnish sports betting assets of urheiluveikkaus.com and esportsguide.com.last_img read more


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George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: Decoding the customer engagement enigma

first_img Share Related Articles The future for retail: Could ‘staff-less’ shops become a reality? November 18, 2019 New look ARC revamps executive leadership team February 18, 2020 Vermantia COO George Fotopoulos writes for SBC News about rising to customer expectations in the modern betting landscape.A few days back, I came across an interesting article in a quite famous economic magazine about customer experience (CX) and its importance in today’s business world for every industry. The topic is not new since there has been a fuss around it the past decade, but the emerging trends point to a new way of thinking for business, whether it be for the retail or online environment, niche or mainstream. CX is now more significant than ever as customers seek experiences that will be designed to meet their needs through a smooth process. With this year’s pandemic, significant changes in customer expectations and behaviours have been generated, in turn changing the customer-business relationship. Businesses and organisations that fail to adapt will experience an increased customer turnover. According to recent research, two out of three customers are willing to switch to the competitor who provides the best experience. On the flip side, in this ‘new normal’, there is an opportunity for companies who consistently provide the best CX across their whole offering and work out how to reinvent their ability to service customers in line with changing customer needs and expectations. Those are the ones who will dominate the marketplace.This made me think about the betting industry, which is always on the move and continuously introduces innovative trends that have been in many ways ahead of even the most positive industry experts’ forecasts. How can the betting industry bridge the gap between the “always changing” customer expectations and its commitment to deliver valuable experiences? The coordination problem is a genuine one since it is necessary to establish a delicate balance between different players’ expectations. What applies to one country may not apply to another, a tiered bespoke structure makes far more sense than a one-size-fits-all approach. Thereby, when you are dealing with customers around the globe you will have to pull new tricks out of your sleeves to set a winning strategy. Optimum player experience is far easier said than done. If you want to bring a new level of engagement to your customers you need to have Spherical Thinking, aligned with today’s digital age. The world is evolving and so is the betting experience that modern, tech-savvy players require. Nothing can beat the excitement of premium live content streamed in real-time, seamlessly on a 24/7 basis, whether we are talking about retail, online or mobile. Quality data feeds also play a vital role in the overall player experience, as well as the provision of extensive – and readily available – betting opportunities to provide an instantly wider choice, all tailored to meet each market’s requirements. It is a bit like putting together a puzzle, where all the pieces must be slotted into place to deliver an exceptional betting experience. Therefore, the challenge is to identify those pieces, to combine them and implement them to a bespoke offering. Ultimately this will drive customer engagement. The driving force of CX is the better understanding of your players. Design a complete personalised solution to meet their demands, and you are betting on the correct horse to drive stronger customer relationships.  At Vermantia, technology and customer-focused mentality lie at the heart of everything we do. CX should be at the heart of any successful initiative, and the understanding of the importance to deliver it must span every level of an organisation. This is exactly what we do at Vermantia, by designing bespoke solutions, utilising the best in terms of content and technology according to each operator’s needs. With customers being open to companies that employ the latest technology to enhance their experiences and the critical importance of CX in today’s changing and challenging marketplace, providing a robust offering is a bet worth taking.A complete product mix comprised of quality and adaptive data feeds, superior live content delivered close to real-time and readily available betting markets will push customer experience towards and pave the way to increased customer engagement. Tech advancements and shifting customer needs and behaviours are reshaping the betting landscape, and it is the industry’s job to follow. And it will, by harnessing the latest in technology and always having the player’s overall experience in mind. StumbleUpon Submit Share George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: The future for retail betting April 30, 2020last_img read more