Croatia richer for three new tourist running destinations

first_imgThe SightRun application is currently available in 17 Croatian destinations, as well as in Munich and Graz. “For this type of guests, we mean active guests, it sometimes means the first acquaintance with the destination and therefore we want to leave the best impression to intrigue the guest to peek into local restaurants, explore the surroundings, peek into museums and look for a local tourist guide. Man is an indispensable link in tourism, an auxiliary wheel technology that can make things run faster.”Point out from SightRun. The SightRun application is richer for three new island tours: Cres, Mali Lošinj and Supetar It is certainly important to emphasize that all tours are available in Croatian and English. All tours are intended for runners, but due to the use of the user’s mobile phone’s GPS system, speed is not important. This means that the user can move at the desired speed, walk, stop, take photos, and finish the tour at the appropriate pace and time. The SightRun team has also been working on developing new tours in recent months. “Although the” crown-crisis “has slowed down and stopped certain promotional actions, this startup can certainly give its contribution to Croatian tourism. The cities of Cres, Mali Lošinj and Supetar have found their place on the list of their runner friendly destinations this time. The tours are about 5 kilometers long and start in the center of the place. Running through the streets of island settlements, promenades along the sea with stories about the place and other attractions on the island, will surely encourage guests to after further jogging to further explore these attractive destinations”Point out from SightRun. In times when we still need to pay attention to social distance, apps like SightRun help us continue to enjoy the destination we’re staying in without having to do it in large groups. It is the digitalization of tourism in the true sense. While it is still difficult to predict exactly what the tourism sector will look like after the coronavirus, it is quite clear we will have a different kind of tourism. But one thing is for sure, the greater focus will be on sustainable and active tourism. This is where SightRun, a tourist running application that provides a new dimension of running, combining this activity with sightseeing, jumps in like never before. It is an innovative tourist product that presents destinations as Run Friendly destinations and brings the destination closer to this interesting niche through stories of local delicacies, cultural and historical sights and natural attractions. The SightRun app allows the user to safely (and independently) explore the destination in which he is running for the first time, learn about its history and discover some of the sights and attractions. last_img read more

PR queen Fleur Madden puts regal Balmoral home on the market

first_imgFleur Madden with her son, Josiah, at home in Balmoral. Photo: AAP/Ric Frearson.PUBLIC relations queen Fleur Madden is selling the regal Balmoral home she shares with her husband, Jimmy Gwisai.The grand, American-style house at 58 Bilyana Street is impossible to miss given its imposing street presence This property at 58 Bilyana St, Balmoral, is for sale.Madden is the founder and former CEO of Brisbane’s award-winning Red Republic PR company, which boasts clients including Myer, Lorna Jane, Sass & Bide and Westfield.Records show the couple bought the five-bedroom, three-bathroom abode in 2015 for $635,000. The kitchen in the home at 58 Bilyana St, Balmoral.With a light blue front door, gold lighting fixtures and wraparound terraces, the house is like something out of a fairytale.Other features include French Oak floors, antique crystal lights from Italy, traditional mouldings down the hallways, plantation shutters, bespoke curtains and designer wallpapers. The home comes with an epic walk-in wardrobe.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoBut the piece de resistance would have to be the double walk in-robes in the master bedroom.Madden worked hand-in-hand with the architects to design the ultimate wardrobe. Think floor-to-ceiling custom shoe walls, a beauty area and ample storage. The property is being advertised for sale, asking for best offers by February 15. PR Queen Fleur Madden in her walk-in wardrobe. Picture: Jono Searle.last_img read more

Remembering the forgotten man of Ghanaian football – Owusu Banahene

first_imgAhead of the Satellites’ planned appearance at the 2013 WYC in Turkey, Goal remembers Ghana’s dazzling keeper who led the U20s to a runners-up finish in 2001 at Argentina.The last decade has seen quite a few brilliant goalkeepers feature for the Black Stars, notably the likes of Richard Kingson, Sammy Adjei and George Owu; for good measure, you could throw current [alternating] regulars Fatau Dauda and Adam Kwarasey into the mix as well.Somehow, though, those privileged to have lived through a slightly earlier era would be inclined to believe the most outstanding of the lot never got to tend goal for Ghana, and probably never would. And, almost certainly – for those of that particular school of thought – the individual they might have in mind would be a certain Maxwell Owusu Banahene.By the age of 18, Banahene was already something of a legend for Ghana at youth level football, rising quickly to become one of the country’s most promising prospects at the time. As first-choice goalkeeper and team captain, he had guided the Black Starlets to silver and bronze at the U17 African Cup and World Cup respectively in 1999.Two years later, Banahene, again in the capacity of an undisputed No.1 and skipper, would lead the Black Satellites to a runners-up finish in Argentina, conceding just twice along the way, prior to being humbled 3-0 by the Javier Saviola-inspired hosts.Owu – who would later play a part in sealing Ghana’s maiden successful Fifa World Cup appearance – deputised for Banahene at the tournament, while the likes of Petr Cech (now a bona fide Chelsea and Czech Republic great), Maarten Stekelenburg (a World Cup finalist with the Netherlands in 2010) and Wilfredo Cabellero (Malaga’s Argentine goalkeeper who performed so brilliantly in this season’s Champions League) all debuted at that tournament yet were bested by the splendid Banahene. At club level – with Sekondi Hasaacas and later Liberty Professionals – he was doing just fine. This clearly was a young man who truly had the world at his feet.Not for long, though.LOSTIn 2002, Banahene’s fine progress was obstructed in the worst possible way when he suffered a career-threatening knee injury that robbed him of his present and much of his future as it appeared then.A few years later, Banahene could only watch as the Stars qualified to and appeared at the World Cup, with the contributions of goalkeepers who -good as they were – wouldn’t have considered themselves fit to tie the laces of Banahene in his pomp, as well as a good number of the players that featured alongside him at junior level. From that blessed Satellites batch alone, as many as eight played at Germany 2006 namely, Michael Essien, John Mensah, John Paintsil, Sulley Muntari, Derek Boateng, Emmanuel Addoquaye Pappoe, Razak Pimpong, and Owu. Quite tellingly, among the octet mentioned are all four players who shielded Banahene throughout the 2001 World Youth Championships in that spectacular unit constructed by coach E.K Afranie.While his colleagues have continued to shine at the highest level for Ghana, Banahene desperately sought to resolve his health issues and – quite disappointingly – for a while, he was obliged to sort them out by himself. No one else seemed too interested. Liberty, where he played as of the time misfortune struck, failed to help satisfactorily, as did the Ghana Football Association. On his own, there was only so much the young man could do.Unable to bear the considerable cost of treatment alone, Banahene had to abandon his mission of recovery and rehabilitation, for which purpose he had journeyed to England. At that point, all hope looked lost for a career which seemed set for a premature crash, having barely taken off.REDEEMEDFrom nowhere, a ‘saviour’ – one that Banahene perhaps least expected a supportive arm from – intervened. Paintsil had excelled alongside Banahene at Argentina 2001 and perhaps had greater consciousness of his former peer’s potential and plight than most. Paintsil had just secured for himself a move to England’s Fulham and saw in his own progress a fine opportunity to help a brother in misery. Banahene was invited to The Cottagers’ training complex in London where he benefitted from the club’s advanced expertise and facilities in sports medicine and physiotherapy, all at the expense of his colleague-turned-benefactor.Gradually, the former goalkeeping prodigy was nursed back to optimum form and fitness and subsequently staged a comeback at 26, an age at which he should have been reaching his peak instead. Improved as his reputation from the past was, however, Banahene never lacked suitors when he felt good enough to re-launch his career. A number of lower-tier English clubs (with whom he trained while recuperating) expressed some interest but Banahene ultimately signed for Ghanaian side Berekum Chelsea, featuring for a while in the Ghana Premier League.LOST AGAINSo scanty is information available on the player that, try as this writer did, finding reliable news on Banahene’s present bearings seemed almost impossible. For a man who has been out of public consciousness for a while, that is hardly surprising, lamentable as it is. Apparently, though, he is on Chelsea’s books no longer.Wherever Maxwell Owusu Banahene might find himself now, however, he certainly might wonder just what could have been had injury not curtailed his bright beginnings and rendered him what he would always remain to those whoever saw him play: the forgotten man of Ghanaian football.last_img read more