HAK published an interactive map with EuroVelo and national bicycle routes

first_imgIn addition to EuroVelo bicycle routes, there are also bicycle routes that pass through state roads, and the desire is to establish a national network of bicycle routes. At the beginning of 2019, cooperation was initiated with the Information Center of the Croatian Auto Club, when it was agreed to set up bicycle routes on the Interactive HAK map. Representatives of the Coordination Body submitted GPX tracks for EuroVelo and national bicycle routes for these purposes, and employees of the Information Center of the Croatian Auto Club, who are also sensitive to bicycle traffic, placed these routes on the Interactive Map. Cycling tourism as a tourist branch is a relatively young concept, and in Croatia it also occupies an increasingly important place in tourism. It is very important for such tourists to move on safe and diverse roads that are well marked, that they can look at something on these routes and that accommodation capacities are adapted for them. Since 2015, when the Action Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism was adopted, the counties in Croatia, each in its own way, provide a variety of facilities to tourists looking for an active vacation. A novelty on the interactive map of the Croatian Auto Club (HAK) are the cycling routes that pass through Croatia as a contribution to the implementation of the Action Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism arising from the Tourism Development Strategy until 2020. In the future, HAK wants to publish smaller routes by counties, along with other contents intended for cyclists. Source / photo: Ministry of Tourism; Croatian car club For starters, as part of Interactive maps HAK has published EuroVelo bicycle routes that pass through the Republic of Croatia with a brief description of each route and the possibility of downloading the route in KML and GPX format for navigation devices. This project is the result of long-term cooperation between the tourism and transport sectors and the result of the desire to establish a national network of bicycle routes as a basis for stronger development of cycling, cycling infrastructure and ultimately cycling. With the help of the Coordination Body for the Development of Croatian Cyclotourism (cikloturizam.hr), the Croatian Auto Club wants to popularize this type of tourism, enriching its Interactive Map with new content. Currently, the tourist boards of the counties collect data from the routes for entry, concerning the length, altitude profiles, route markings, and developed cycling tourism infrastructure such as rest areas, services, accommodation and accommodation facilities and food and beverage services and the like. last_img read more

BOJ’s Kuroda warns second-round effect of COVID-19 may dent economic growth

first_img“At this moment, we didn’t see the need to further lower the entire yield curve. Of course, if necessary we will do that. But now, we don’t think it’s necessary,” he said.The BOJ eased policy in March and April, mainly by boosting asset buying and creating lending schemes to channel funds to companies hit by the pandemic. It has kept its interest-rate targets unchanged.Kuroda said he was “cautiously optimistic” that Japan’s economy will gradually recover from the second half of this year, allowing the BOJ to scale back its crisis-response steps.“Once the impact of COVID-19 on the economy has subsided, the economy starts to recover and comes back to a normal growth path, then of course our extraordinary measures may be gradually curtailed,” Kuroda said.“But then, we have to achieve our 2 percent inflation target,” he said. “That’s unlikely to be met in the short run. The BOJ’s expanded balance sheet would not be normalised until 2 percent inflation is achieved.”Under yield curve control, the BOJ guides short-term rates at -0.1 percent and long-term yields around zero. It also introduced several crisis-response tools, including a lending facility to ease funding strains that expires in March next year.Topics : Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said second-round effects of the coronavirus pandemic could hurt the Japanese economy “considerably”, signalling the bank’s readiness to ramp up stimulus measures again to cushion any blow from the crisis.But in an online seminar on Friday Kuroda said the central bank saw no immediate need to cut interest rates, and instead will focus on easing corporate funding strains and stabilising markets with its lending facility and asset purchases.“Japan’s economy has been in an extremely severe situation … In the second quarter, we’ll likely see considerable negative growth,” Kuroda said.last_img read more

Konta Set to Stop Serena

first_imgAustralian coach Pete McCraw recalls the day when a young Jo Konta skipped lunch during training sessions at Melbourne Park to practise a new grip he had taught her.When she was 11, he found her out by a hitting wall beside the complex’s Court 3, and asked why she was not sitting in the cafe with her cohort. ‘Because one day I want to play on this court,’ she replied.That was before she emigrated to the UK in her early teens, and this determination to succeed means she has gone way better than Court 3.When asked about upcoming opponents, Williams sometimes either does not know them, or affects not to know them. Konta’s reputation is burgeoning at a rate that she made no such pretence this time.‘I have watched her a lot. She’s been doing really, really well,’ said Williams. ‘She has a very attacking game. I know her game pretty well.’Konta dismissed world No 34 Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6-4 on Monday, extending her winning streak to nine matches. Williams was made to struggle more by tricky Czech Barbora Strycova before winning 7-5, 6-4.In another tough match of the day, Rafael Nadal faces Milos Raonic under the floodlights for a semi-final spotWhile Mirjana Lucic-Baroni makes her first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance in 18 years against Karolina PliskovaWhen Rafael Nadal takes on Milos Raonic at Rod Laver Arena, in the morning session, pundits are already looking towards a Roger-Rafa reunion.Federer had ticked off his latest challenge yesterday, and Nadal is expected to follow suit but not without shedding off his high ridding opponent today. The Spaniard had bulldozed his way into the quarter-finals, but will face his sternest examination yet from third seed Milos Raonic. This one could go the distance, with Nadal’s experience potentially proving the difference.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Britain’s last remaining singles hope in Melbourne, Johanna Konta continues her pursuit of a maiden Grand Slam against Serena WilliamsBut when Johanna Konta and Serena Williams also at the Rod Laver Arena, gets underway in the second match early session, the Briton’s task is unenviable as she hopes to end Serena Williams’ push for a 23rd Grand Slam in Melbourne.But the in-form 25-year-old has a huge chance – and this duel has all the ingredients for a classic. Both players are yet to drop a set, with the winner expected to storm on and clinch the title.Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou called Konta ‘someone who plays so fast, so aggressive, takes the ball early. It will be difficult.’last_img read more

Australian Comedy Gala donates 20000 to feed schoolchildren in Greece

first_imgMore than 8,000 healthy meals will be provided to Greek schoolchildren in need following a $20,000 donation from the It’s All Greek to Me Comedy Gala to the DIATROFI program. It’s All Greek to Me Comedy Gala committee member Peter Ziggy and Comedian Katerina Vrana announced the donation at Prolepsis Institute’s offices in Athens on Wednesday. “It is fantastic to see that our fun event will be assisting so many children in Greece and, with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s matching funds, double the amount we raised,” said Ziggy. “It is timely to be here on the first week of the school year, and know that the funds will immediately help children in need.” The It’s All Greek to Me Comedy Gala event, held in Melbourne and Sydney in April, was the brainchild of Melbourne comedian George Kapiniaris, who wanted to help Greece through comedy. The stellar international line up of Greek comedians who donated their time were George Kapiniaris, Greece’s Katerina Vrana, Turkish Australian Tahir, Canadian Angelos Tsarouchas and UK-based George Zacharopoulos, and MC Costas Kilias. In response to Greece’s recent economic crisis, since 2012 Prolepsis Institute has run the large-scale school based nutrition program Food Aid and Promotion of Healthy Nutrition Program-DIATROFI in public schools located in disadvantaged areas across Greece. Since 2012, more than 12 million meals have been distributed to 90,000 students in 530 schools. “On behalf of everyone at Prolepsis and the DIATROFI team, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the support from Australia, which will help us to continue our efforts against food insecurity and reach even more students in need,” said Afroditi Veloudaki, Managing Director of the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental & Occupational Health-Prolepsis. “With the kind donation from the It’s All Greek To Me Comedy Gala, 8,325 free healthy meals will be distributed to students in need. This means that approximately 50-55 students will be able to participate in the DIATROFI Program for the 2016-2017 school year and receive the daily meals.” In addition, the matching fund provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the founding donor of the program, will double the number of students assisted through this initiative. Along with Ziggy, the It’s all Greek to Me committee members were Penny Demos, Jorge Menidis and Nick Margiolakis, with the assistance of Kyriakos Gold on the promo videos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more