Hvar party tourism is expanding on Jelsa? How to grab the island of Zecevo while no one is watching?

first_imgAre you a foreign investor who thinks that solving paperwork in Croatia lasts indefinitely? You obviously don’t know the right people. Croatia that foreigners do not see – how Croatia really works. It has been 11 years since a group of Norwegians bought land near Sucuraj to open a 270m-euro, luxury Nikki Beach Resort in the east of the island of Hvar, the largest investment ever on the Croatian coast and 500 jobs. Eleven years later, Norwegian investors have still not become owners of the land.It has also been about 11 years since investors bought a large piece of land near the Old Town of Hvar, which Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli said would build a $ 140 million hotel and resort, Four Seasons, the first representative of the Four Seasons chain. in Croatia. In June 2017, it was published that construction should begin by the end of 2017, and that the first guests will arrive in 2019. Along with 350 jobs. The year 2019 is getting closer, but nothing has been built yet, nor has a building permit been issued, just as the contract for the access road has not been signed. Some already doubt whether the project will be realized at all.And the eviction continues.Hvar seems to be a real nightmare, a place where it is impossible to do any work.Unless you know the right people, of course…And if you have willing and adaptable local (and higher levels) authorities, who are willing to do things at a speed that would suit even the fastest investor.This is how the story of Jelsa and Vrboska begins, which provokes considerable local anger, and many questions are asked.PICTUREAn idyllic, almost virgin island, owned by the state and managed by Croatian Forests, protected as a significant landscape, but whose legal status has quietly changed in recent months without public discussion or at least notice, where a concession was quietly granted to the person involved. by renting a boat, and where there are growing suspicions that the partisan combination of Carpe Diem from Hvar, with the main bar in the town and the nearby entertainment island, is getting closer to repeat in both Jelsa and the islet of Zecevo. Zečevo is located in the sea in front of the sleepy Vrboska, near Camp Nudist, whose perfect location makes it one of the most popular nudist camps in Croatia and is an important source of income for the island, which the invasion of Zecevo would immediately destroy.There are many ways to look at what has been happening in the past few months in relation to Jelsa and Vrboska, and one of those ways is the leaflet about the miraculous changes in Zečevo, which appeared a few days ago and was published on at the end of this article.I prefer to look at the whole story through what he said, both officially and unofficially, and through what he did, one of the most involved in this story, the SDP chief of Jelsa, Nikša Peronja.Peronji, a young lawyer from Jelsa, this is the second term of the mayor. This is a period of great changes for the city, and in the last few years several large infrastructure projects have been underway. In this sense, he should certainly be acknowledged for his significant achievements, and although part of his plans met with strong opposition, what caught my eye while watching Jelsa from relatively distant Varaždin was that only positive stories about Jelsa were published in the media. . One regional journalist published exclusively positive stories in the national media, so Jelsa seemed to be a truly perfect place. Either that or, for some reason, the negative stories never made it to the media… There was something I remembered again when I watched a political sketch during the carnival earlier this year, otherwise known for its sharp and sometimes poisonous political satire – The mayor called on everyone who criticized something on social media in Jelsa to delete their comments. He was so successful in that persuasion that most did as he requested so the negative reactions on the internet disappeared without a trace.I first heard rumors that Carpe Diem is taking over the island of Zečevo last summer. I immediately called Chief Peronja and asked for a meeting. He was always willing to take his time and over the years I really enjoyed our conversations. There was no truth in the rumors, and besides, although Zečevo was managed by the Croatian Forests under concession, as chief he would control the working hours of the catering facility. Everything seemed like a false alarm. It was July 2017.Photo: Total Croatia NewsWhen I returned to Jelsa for Easter earlier this year in late March, I came across a lot more rumors. Not only did Carpe Diem take over Zečevo, but they also took over one of the most attractive facilities in Jelsa, the City Café, which is located just below his office and behind the legendary bench which is one of the symbols of Jelsa.There were so many rumors that Chief Peronja, after once again agreeing to have a beer to discuss the situation, was the only person in the whole city who had not heard of Carpe Diem arriving in the city, and this ignorance was confirmed to me both orally and By SMS.And then the whole thing became even more suspicious, as one coincidence followed another. The mayor admitted that he had coffee with one of Carpe Diem’s ​​owners the previous summer, around the time he denied that Carpe Diem had anything to do with Jelsa and Zeceva, and for a full three months AFTER giving the concession for Gradska kavana to an IT company without employees – whose directors are directly connected to the same Carpe Diem boss he hung out with three months later. However, he still knew nothing about the arrival of Carpe Diem in Jelsa or Zečevo. You can read TCN’s first article on the alleged arrival of Carpe Diem in Jelsa, written on March 31, at a time when the mayor reportedly still didn’t know Carpe Diem was interested in Jelsa or Zecevo, but – as we’ll see – more than two weeks AFTER the fate of an even more important thing, the island of Zečevo, is sealed. Again allegedly without his knowledge.Something here started to stink more than rotten fish, so I started digging a little and analyzing the public tender for the City Café in more detail. I came across not only one coincidence after another, but also indications that the competition was written for a pre-selected winner, who has since completely violated the terms of the competition, to such an extent that there are good reasons why the competition might need to be canceled and repeated. . More information on this can be found in TCN’s May 2018 article – In beautiful Croatia, all animals are equal, but some are more equal.And I am also sure that it is a pure coincidence that the person who was recently granted a concession on Zečevo is the first neighbor of the building in which the company Gradska kavana is registered.Let’s go back to the leaflet about Zečevo that was published a few days ago (the whole leaflet is below the article). An interesting administrative maneuver was carried out in complete silence, and without any information to the public. This island is actually a forest and was registered as a cadastral parcel, no. 2638. Many years ago there was a restaurant there, but today Zečevo is a pine forest that is most often visited by nudists, a real peaceful paradise. Nothing was allowed to be built there, and the island was under the protection of state institutions.And then someone suddenly, a few months ago, decided to divide the island into two plots, one in the middle of the island and the other on the coast. It remains to be seen who that person is, but we assume that in today’s transparent Croatia it should not be difficult to find out?The division of the plot was done in record time (if by any chance you are a foreign investor in Croatia, you better not read this) – in just eight days, which has not yet been recorded in this country. Except, of course…The request for particle division and categorization change was sent on March 5, 2018, just four days before the new law came into force. Whoever divided the plot was faster even than the law, and after the new law was passed, the new status of the plot covering the center of the island, now managed as agricultural land, had a positive (if you want to build something there) effect for the owner concessions. The ruins on one plot are officially registered as legal buildings. An interesting question is how it is that the island covered with pine forest is categorized as agricultural land, and this could probably be explained to us by someone who could explain to us why the cadastral parcel was divided at all.All of this paperwork was done 18 days BEFORE I found myself having an Easter beer with the chief, who had no idea about anything related to Carpe Diem.And then, you wouldn’t believe it, at a time when no one knew that a concession was being granted at all, a resident of Jelsa named Mr. ST (who, as I mentioned, is a neighbor of Gradska kavana) miraculously found out that a concession was being offered. . Concessions are usually awarded through a public tender, which includes a public notice, but Mr. ST received something a little different, something called a “concession approval”, which not only does not require a tender, but is allegedly only issued by local authorities – so , Municipality of Jelsa managed by the Mayor of Jelsa. Although the chief reportedly knew nothing about Zecevo or plans for the island, his office still appears to have somehow managed to issue a concession.www.geoportal.dgu.hrThere is another very unusual aspect of the whole story, which shows that there is a regional interest in all this. The Croatian coast is in public ownership, and the zone up to six meters from the sea is called the “maritime good”. It usually extends between 6 and 12 meters from the shore, and it is common for hotels and restaurants to take concession on the space in front of their facilities. On Zečevo, the coastal area has been declared a maritime domain, but at an incredible 36 meters, which I have never heard of exists in Croatia. This is very unusual and the question arises – why? I guess today’s transparent Croatia is the same person who can answer who asked for the division of the island is exactly the same person who can explain why the plot was turned into agricultural land and why such a large part of the island is now practically available as a huge beach concession.It is interesting that the decision on the size of the maritime domain, as well as the decision on who receives the concession, is made at the regional level. This is the responsibility of the same body that last year awarded the concession for the famous beach Zlatni rat in Bol to companies without employees, which led to changes in the leadership of the Split-Dalmatia County.I contacted Mayor Peronja via SMS, explaining that I would write an article about the events in Zečevo, and I requested a meeting so that I could comment on it. He has not responded yet, but I will post his comment in full if he decides to respond.However, Mayor Peronja did respond to a leaflet announcing the news of the changes in Zecevo by convening a meeting in Vrboska on Tuesday (July 31st) to explain what was happening in Zecevo. It seems that after months during which he knew nothing about Zecevo, he still has information he wants to share. It will be an interesting meeting.In recent days, there have been unconfirmed reports of construction material being delivered to Zecevo. Although I don’t have any information about it, the small wooden building hasn’t been there before – look at the photo.Below is an anonymous leaflet that drew the public’s attention to the events on Zečevo.Author: Paul Pradbury, Total Croatia Newslast_img read more

Indonesia’s Mandalika MotoGP could yield $15m: Organizer

first_imgThe MotoGP motorcycle race to be staged in Indonesia next year could earn the country US$15 million, say the organizers of the prestigious event. The 2021 Indonesia MotoGP is to be held on a newly built street circuit in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.The income estimation is based on expected ticket sales as well as tourism revenue, Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA) revealed on Thursday. MGPA operations and support head Dian Delato said that, given the significant number of MotoGP fans in the country, the race was a good financial opportunity for Indonesia, which could outclass other Southeast Asian countries that  staged the event in the past.“At the Sepang MotoGP [in Malaysia], the average was 120,000 visitors [per series], with 60 percent of them being Indonesians.”Can you imagine how much money we’ve wasted [overseas] for the Sepang MotoGP [all these times]?” Dian told the press during an event to launch motorcycle lubricant brand Motul in Sentul Circuit, West Java, on Thursday.He went on to say that each Indonesian spent up to Rp 6 million ($438.4) only for one ticket for a Sepang series, plus funds for flights and accommodation. Meanwhile, each MotoGP racer typically had a crew of up to 10 people per race, which Dian said illustrated the potential of their spending while competing in Mandalika.He said the economic impact of hosting the MotoGP event, which is to be held from 2021 to 2025, would be different from other sports events, like the Asian Games or the Olympic Games, due to its annual nature. Meanwhile, the Asian Games and Olympics are both quadrennial events.With regard to funding, the MotoGP event is covered by private-sector investment, including for the circuit construction.According to the MGPA, the $15 million in potential economic impact, if it materializes, would surpass the Buriram MotoGP in Thailand’s, which raked in $10 million generated from transportation and accommodation services, food and beverages as well as entertainment.“The most important pertains to the image of our country. [Hosting the MotoGP race] means that Indonesia is no longer just a spectator,” he said.Meanwhile, the construction of the Mandalika circuit, which is designed to have 17 corners, has reached 10 percent so far. According to the schedule, the circuit is to be asphalted in September.“Dorna [the MotoGP commercial rights holder] expects Mandalika to be ready for pre-season testing. This is a good sign, as Buriram needed five years until it received the go-ahead for hosting the event,” he added.Motul Indonesia managing director Carlo Savoca said the company was in discussion with the Mandalika MotoGP organizers for a future partnership. Motul has sponsored four MotoGPs, namely in Argentina, Japan, the Netherlands and Spain.Topics :last_img read more

Sweden’s Alecta, AP4 submit to VW’s Scania bid

first_imgSwedish pension fund AP4 and occupational pensions manager Alecta have finally accepted the bid by Germany’s Volkswagen for Swedish heavy vehicles company Scania, despite holding out against the takeover.VW yesterday declared its offer for Scania unconditional, saying all conditions for its completion had been met.In a statement, VW said: “The offer has been accepted to such extent that Volkswagen after completion of the offer will become the owner of 90.47% of all shares in Scania.”Alecta said yesterday it had decided to accept Volkswagen’s bid for Scania.  “After renewed talks with Volkswagen, it is our conclusion that a higher bid price cannot be achieved,” the company said. “Even though the bid still does not fully reflect Scania’s long-term value, we believe it is acceptable.”The Swedish pensions manager said it saw VW as a strong long-term owner that should be able offer good conditions for Scania that would allow it to continue to develop positively as a wholly owned subsidiary. Alecta currently holds 16.3m shares in Scania, which amounts to 2.04% of the auto firm’s capital.Alecta and other shareholders in Scania had previously rejected the offer by VW, which was part of its plan to merge the Swedish business with rival German truck manufacturer MAN.Scania’s independent committee had called for VW’s valuation to be rejected because it failed to take long-term prospects into account. Following VW’s announcement that it was completing the offer, AP4 said it had decided to hand in its shareholding in Scania, which corresponds to about 0.6% of Scania’s capital.It said the decision should be viewed in light of the fact Volkswagen had already passed the 90% limit, at which compulsory purchase could be requested.Mats Andersson, AP4’s chief executive, said: “It is unfortunate that more owners were not able to back the independent committee in Scania’s board of directors that so unequivocally recommended the owners decline Volkswagen’s offer.”But he said it was handing in its shares instead of facing an extended compulsory purchase process.“We are still of the opinion the offer does not reflect Scania’s long-term value, and that Scania would have developed best as an independent and listed company,” Andersson said.Martin Winterkorn, chairman of VW’s management board, said it would now take the next step in its strategy to “strengthen the operational integration between Scania, MAN and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to create a leading commercial vehicles group”.VW said it would now start the compulsory acquisition of the remaining shares in Scania and delist the company’s shares from NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.Before the offer was announced, VW held 62.6% of the shares of Scania and 89.2% of the voting rights.At the end of last month, however, Swedish buffer funds AP2 and AP3 accepted the controversial bid.AP2 owned 0.2% of the stock, and AP3 held 0.3%.last_img read more

Brisbane’s biggest house price discounts

first_imgA massive 31 suburbs in Greater Brisbane have seen buyers negotiate double-digit discount percentages for houses. Picture: iStockThe biggest property discounts in the country have come out of four Queensland suburbs.Latest data shows that two of those were in Greater Brisbane — with massive 50 per cent discounts on units in Rochedale and Loganlea — but the capital city region was now showing very strong house price cuts too.A massive 31 Brisbane suburbs showed original list prices for houses discounted by double-digit percentages this past year, exclusive analysis of CoreLogic data found (full list at end of story).Bargain hunters struck gold in Blacksoil in Ipswich where listing prices were slashed by over a third (-38.3 per cent median discount) — the highest discount for houses in Greater Brisbane.Sellers in Burbank gave away the second highest house price discounts (-20.9 per cent) followed by Upper Brookfield (-20.0 per cent), while two Moreton Bay suburbs were also in the mix: Draper (-20.1 per cent) and Stanmore (-20.1 per cent). NATIONAL: TOP 4 DISCOUNTERS HOUSES This house in Burbank sold for $930,000 in September — a vendor discount of $69,000 or almost 7 per cent below its original listing price. Picture: Realestate.com.auUnit market discounts were strongest in Rochedale (-50 per cent), followed by East Brisbane (-19.8 per cent), Tarragindi (-13 per cent), Red Hill (-12.1 per cent), Milton (-12 per cent), Holland Park (-11.5 per cent), Carindale (-11 per cent) and Herston -10.5 per cent). The data showed property owners in many middle-income Brisbane suburbs were willing to adjust price expectations after listing their properties for sale. Burbank H -20.9% Upper Brookfield H -20.0%Indooroopilly H -13.5%Kenmore Hills H -12.1%Pullenvale H -11.7%Dutton Park H -11.1%Grange H -11.1%Richlands H -11.0% UNITS Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Savvy bargain hunters across the capital city drew much bigger discounting off 16 Brisbane Council suburbs — half of which was for houses and half for units.The median discount on original house prices in Upper Brookfield was -20 per cent, Indooroopilly -13.5 per cent, Kenmore Hills -12.1 per cent, Pullenvale -11.7 per cent, Dutton Park -11.1 per cent, the Grange -11.1 per cent and Richlands -11 per cent. Rochedale (Brisbane) U -50.0%Balgal Beach (Townsville) U -50.0%Loganlea (Logan) U -48.8%Wowan (Banana) H -47.8% (Source: CoreLogic Market Trends) BRISBANE REGION: DOUBLE-DIGIT HOUSE DISCOUNTERS (31 suburbs with the biggest house price discounts in the Brisbane region) BRISBANE CITY DISCOUNTERS: More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago Blacksoil (Ipswich) -38.3%Burbank (Brisbane) -20.9%Draper (Moreton Bay) -20.1%Stanmore (Moreton Bay) -20.1%Upper Brookfield (Brisbane) -20.0%Riverbend (Logan) -18.8%Wolffdene (Logan) -16.8%Moores Pocket (Ipswich) -16.4%Mount Mee (Moreton Bay) -16.4%Forestdale (Logan) -16.3%Yugar (Moreton Bay) -15.4%Whiteside (Moreton Bay) -15.3%Bannockburn (Logan) -14.4% East Ipswich (Ipswich) -14.1%Ebenezer (Ipswich) -13.8%Lamb Island (Redland) -13.7%Indooroopilly (Brisbane) -13.5%Camp Mountain (Moreton Bay) -13.2%Windaroo (Logan) -12.7%Grandchester (Ipswich) -12.1%Kenmore Hills (Brisbane) -12.1%Mount Nebo (Moreton Bay) -11.9%Pullenvale (Brisbane) -11.7%Dutton Park (Brisbane) -11.1%Grange (Brisbane) -11.1%Moorina (Moreton Bay) -11.0%Richlands (Brisbane) -11.0%One Mile (Ipswich) -10.8%Stockleigh (Logan) -10.6%Russell Island (Redland) -10.5%Muirlea (Ipswich) -10.0% (Source: CoreLogic) A townhouse in this block at Moggill Road, Indooroopilly, sold for $527,500 on November 8 — about $21,000 or about 4 per cent less than its first minimum listing price. Picture: realestate.com.auCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher told The Courier-Mail the discounts were rising off an overall market slowdown.“All data points to the fact that as a whole the Brisbane market has slowed,” he said. “As a result there will be some suburbs where there are big discrepancies between vendor and purchaser price expectations.”CoreLogic found that in the past three months, 65.7 per cent of properties sold for less than the original list price, with the average discount on asking prices at 5.7 per cent. Rochedale U -50.0%East Brisbane U -19.8%Tarragindi U -13.0%Red Hill U -12.1%Milton U -12.0%Holland Park U -11.5%Carindale U -11.0%Herston U -10.5% (Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

Greensburg Lady Pirates Soccer – End Of Season Awards

first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates held their team banquet Monday evening and the following awards were presented.Fan’s Choice Rookie of the Year: Emma Porter.Fan’s Choice Offensive Player of the Year: Maddi Hellmich.Fan’s Choice Defensive Player of the Year: Rylie Smith.Fan’s Choice MVP: McKella Lynette.Junior Varsity Most Improved Player: Kenzie Redelman.Team Most Improved Player: Abby Bausback.Most Dedicated Team Player: Michaela Myers.Most Valuable Player: McKella Lynette.All EIAC: Maddi Hellmich and McKella Lynette.Top Team Player District V Coaches Association: Michaela Myers.Academic All-All Coaches Association: Seniors: Abby Bailey, Abby Bausback, Maddi Hellmich and Riley McCreary; Juniors: Morgan Murray, Emma Overmyer and Rylie Smith.Indiana Elite All-Star participants: Emma Overmyer and Rylie Smith.2015 Letter winners: Abby Bailey, Abby Bausback, Maddi Hellmich, McKella Lynette, Riley McCreary, Kasey Moeller, Joana Lopez, Morgan Murray, Michaela Myers, Julia Pacilio, Rylie Smith, Sara Brown, Emma Hellmich, Keirsten Lynette, Abby Easley, Emma Porter and Hannah Redmon.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

Ronaldo is the owner of the most expensive rolex watch in history

first_img It will have set the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back a hefty £371,000 thanks to the timepiece being made up of 18-karat white gold. In addition, 30 carats of white diamonds are also included across the bracelet and and bezel. Only a select number of clients own the watch which is described as ‘A perfect fusion of both extravagant luxury and technological innovation’ by Bob’s Watches.It was revealed earlier this month by The Sun that Ronaldo became football’s first ever billionaire in 2020.The 35-year-old, who was named the highest-paid footballer on the planet this year, according to Forbes, is also the highest-earning athlete in lockdown after making nearly £1.9 million through Instagram alone.With a total of 429.3 million followers across all social media platforms, as well as his $65 million annual salary and bonus at current club Juventus, Ronaldo remains one of the best paid athletes in sport.Ronaldo raked in $105 million overall for 2020, which included $45 million from Nike, Altice, Herbalife and his own CR7 brand, and made $1 million more than long-time rival Messi.He’ll now be looking to finish this season strong with Juventus as they chase a ninth consecutive Serie A title.The Old Lady returned to league action on Monday in a 2-0 win over Bologna with Ronaldo scoring a penalty.However, Ronaldo has received criticism since football’s restart after poor performances in the Coppa Italia.He missed a penalty in the semi-final second leg clash with AC Milan while failing to look the part against Napoli in the final.Following defeat to Napoli, Italian legend Luca Toni let rip on Ronaldo and said he looks to be struggling physically.Read Also: Video: Here’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s worst ever free-kick vs Bologna“It’s a defeat that also bears the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo,” he told Rai Uno after the game.“The Portuguese is in difficulty physically and he can’t even dribble a man.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the select few in the world to own the most expensive Rolex watch in history. Cristiano Ronaldo is the owner of the most expensive Rolex watch in history The Juventus superstar appeared at the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards back in January wearing a Rolex GMT Master Ice.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Guidetti dismisses PSV switch

first_img Reports claim the Barclays Premier League club will look to make a summer move for defender Willems with Guidetti going to Holland. Guidetti was signed by City as a 16-year-old in April 2008 and has yet to make a senior appearance for the Premier League champions, having been severely affected by a virus suffered towards the end of last season. However, now recovered and playing with the club’s development squad, he is highly regarded and scored 20 goals in 23 games while on loan at Feyenoord last season, and he has already played for Sweden in a friendly against Croatia. The Swede, though, has no intention of moving to PSV and told Sportwereld AD: “I will never, ever play for PSV.” He added: “In the Netherlands, Feyenoord are the only club I would want to play for. “Everyone knows that.” Manchester City striker John Guidetti has dismissed out of hand the possibility of being part of a swap deal for Jetro Willems that would see him move to PSV Eindhoven.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Wilshere takes some time away

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed midfielder Jack Wilshere has taken some time away after he was ruled out for at least six weeks with a foot injury suffered on international duty with England. The 22-year-old faces at least six weeks on the sidelines after tests showed he had sustained a hairline fracture in his left foot following a hefty tackle from Liverpool defender Daniel Agger early in Wednesday night’s friendly against Denmark at Wembley. Wilshere played on following treatment until he was replaced on the hour, and afterwards maintained it was “just a bruise” when he spoke to reporters, having been initially assessed by the Football Association. Wenger maintains there was no pre-agreement over how long Wilshere could be played, or how the injury was managed by England. “At some stage it is the player who gives you the indication, you trust always the player,” the Arsenal manager said. “Sometimes you give him a few minutes to tell you how he feels and if he has pain, we cannot make an instant decision with an X-ray, so it is the player who tells you if he can go on or not.” Wilshere has endured a string of fitness issues since first suffering an ankle problem in the build up to the 2011/2012 campaign, and spent some 17 months on the sidelines. Wenger, though, is confident the 22-year-old has the strength of character to recover once more. “It’s certainly very difficult when you are at his age you want to play, get up in the morning jump out of bed and go on the football pitch and play. When you are not capable to do that without any restriction it’s difficult mentally,” he said. “Certainly it has a weight on his mind and I hope that’s his last accident for a long, long time. ” We are all sorry for what happened to him and (wish him) to get well soon.” Wenger moved to allay any fears Wilshere would not feature again for Arsenal this season. “Yes (I expect him to). There are 11 weeks to go, he will be out for six before he can absorb normal training,” said Wenger. “The maximum after six weeks I think before being competitive in a game, because he will work on his fitness during his injury, is two weeks, so it is eight weeks (to be back playing again).” Wenger sees no reason why Wilshere should not go on to play for England at the World Cup finals, unlike Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, who suffered a serious knee injury in January. “A fracture is a fracture, it is not muscular or a ligament. Once it is healed, you do not have to have any restriction in your preparation,” he said. The Arsenal manager also maintained he would not be asking England to go easy on Wilshere, should he make the final cut for Brazil. “Any player who has an opportunity to go to the World Cup, you do not want to talk him out of that, it is a lost job,” said Wenger. “You want to encourage him to go to the World Cup and show (his talents) because you know the meaning it has to go to a World Cup for a player is immense, and I will do absolutely everything that he can get there.” Despite Arsenal being set for a hefty compensation fee during Wilshere’s absence, Wenger stressed: “Our concern yesterday was not the financial side of it, it was more the shock that we lose a very competitive player for the final part of the season, the finances are not my main worry at the moment.” Wenger, though, feels something could be done about the international calender at what is a hectic part of the campaign. “It is disruptive, nobody would deny that,” he said. “Everton is facing the same problem, Bayern Munich is facing the same problem so we just want to deal as well as we can with that.” The Arsenal manager believes more issues will crop up in the run-in towards Euro 2016, qualifying for which has been expanded and will include a ‘week of football’. He said: “In the next European Championship you will have 24 teams. You have 53 teams affiliated to UEFA. That means that one country out of two will qualify, so the qualifiers will basically have no meaning for the big countries. “The qualification round becomes a little bit less meaningful, not to say useless because all the big countries will be there with three not one to qualify (from the group via play-offs). “We will (still) release the players. We respect the international rules when it is for qualifiers. The players’ aspiration is to do well for their country and I personally respect that hugely. “If you ask me if there is sometimes a conflict of interest between club and country, you know that (answer). That is an old story, many intelligent people have looked at it and nobody has found a solution that satisfies all ways of both parties.” Arsenal host Everton on Saturday lunchtime looking to secure a place at Wembley and stay on course for a first trophy since 2005. “It is one of the priorities, the first priority is always to do well in the Premier League,” said Wenger, whose side dropped to third following the 1-0 defeat at Stoke. “The FA Cup is our next game, we had a disappointing result at Stoke [and] for us it is very important to come back with a strong response. “The FA Cup is our absolute priority just because it is our next game.” France defender Laurent Koscielny has a hamstring problem, but otherwise Wenger reported no more fresh injury worries following the midweek internationals. It is understood the fracture was so minuscule that the scanning equipment within Wembley failed to detect the issue following a precautionary examination by England’s medical staff, and i t was only when Arsenal, via an independent radiologist, conducted a more detailed test of the injured area that the real problem became more apparent. Although Wilshere’s place in the World Cup squad – a provisional 30-man party is set to be named on May 13 – does not look initially in any serious jeopardy, the midfielder is nevertheless now set to miss at least eight club fixtures – starting with Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Everton and then next week’s second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie away to Bayern Munich. Wenger said at a press conference on Friday morning: “I believe it (tackle) was accidental. Jack will be out for six weeks. “It is a blow for him and for us, from now on we want to get him to recover and come back as quickly as possible and prepare for next season. “You can only be very down, especially in the first days. “He is in a boot and has gone away for a few days to get away from things and think about something else.” Arsenal remain positive Wilshere will be able to return to play some part in the final few matches – unlike forward Theo Walcott, whose own World Cup dream was shattered by a serious knee injury in January. Although it will be of little comfort, Arsenal will be compensated financially for the injury and the Barclays Premier League club will not have to pay for the midfielder’s wages – reported at around some £100,000-per-week – while he is sidelined, with the money coming from the FA’s insurers. Press Associationlast_img read more

Michael drives B36 Wilde

first_img Wilde struck twice in the first half and completed his treble just after the break before Matthew Williams made it four on the night, while captain Lukasz Cieslewicz pulled one back for the Faroe Islands outfit at the death but it was too little too late. TNS now face a second qualifying first-leg clash against Videoton next week as they look to seal their progress to the Champions League proper. Press Association Northern Ireland’s Crusaders advanced on away goals after their 1-1 result against Levadia of Estonia at Le Coq Arena on Tuesday, with Michael Carvill’s early opener making the difference despite Siim Luts’ equaliser midway through the first half. Elsewhere, there was success for Gibraltar’s Lincoln, who saw off Santa Coloma 2-1, while Armenian side Pyunik made it through after a 2-1 (4-2 aggregate) win over Folgore. center_img Michael Wilde impressed with a hat-trick as The New Saints progressed to the Champions League second qualifying round following a 4-1 (6-2 aggregate) victory over B36 in Oswestry.last_img read more

India wants to improve presence on world stage: Kiren Rijiju

first_imgNew Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said the governments policy would be conditioned according to the needs of the sports community. “We want to create a big sports culture in the country so that we can improve our presence in world sport. It is our obligation to raise the level of sport in India,” he said.Speaking at the inaugural session of the six-day online technical officials’ seminar jointly conducted by the South Asian Athletics Federation (SAFF) and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), Rijiju said the government would frame athlete-centric and sports-centric policies .”Athletics is the heart and soul of the Olympic Games and we need to raise the level of our athletics,” he said.”I want to give the young athletes the opportunity to realise their dreams.”World Athletics President Sebastian Coe complimented SAAF and AFI for conceiving the six-day seminar.”Our sport simply does not function at any level without the contribution of the technical officials,” he said. “It would be unrecognisable without one of our sport’s most endearing aspects, the enshrining of the volunteer contribution 24×7.”Coe said World Athletics’ major task in the time ahead was to keep as many of its competitions intact.”We owe it to the athletes and the member federations to maintain a structure that we can optimistically look forward to so that we can give the athletes the chance to get back to competition as soon as is possible, but in a fair way,” he said.Referring to World Athletics decision to suspend the Olympic qualification till December 1 this year, he said the structure would have to be designed so that the athletes return to the competition in a fair way.”We need to ensure that our athletes get back to competition safely and securely and in a way that does not damage the integrity of all our competitions.”I know the Indian Federation has embraced technology in a big way not only to reach larger audiences but also to meet the sustainability challenge by getting rid of paper,” he said.In his opening remarks, AFI President Adille J. Sumariwalla said the federation had been at the forefront of using technology for several years now.”AFI is the first national federation to host online courses for coaches and technical officials. We also plan on having our annual general meeting on May 2 and all our sub-committee meetings online,” he said.Asian Athletics Association President Gen. Dahlan Jumaan al-Hamad complimented SAAF and AFI for the initiative to enhance the knowledge of the South Asian region’s technical officials.SAFF President Lalit K Bhanot said the seminar was a true reflection of the grit, resolve, sportsmanship and love for athletics in the region.Elite international technical officials who are lined-up to share their experience and knowledge with SAAF officials include Luis Saladie (Spain), Chris Cohen (UK), Piece O’Callaghan (Ireland), Krisztina Horvath (Hungary), Luca Verrascina (Italy) and Yukio Seki (Japan). IANSAlso Read: Autonomy of NSFs must be maintained at all costs: Sports Minister Kiren RijijuAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silcharlast_img read more