After the renovation, the Hilton Imperial opened in Dubrovnik

first_imgHilton Imperial Dubrovnik, built back in 1897, is one of the recognizable features of the city of Dubrovnik, and yesterday, after a five-month renovation, it received its first guests, writes Poslovni dnevnik.This year’s renovation of the reception area, all accommodation units and the Executive lounge breathed a new glow in combination with the old glamor, they point out in the hotel, but do not reveal the amount of investment. The Goddard Littlefair studio was hired for the renovation, and the materials used, parquets, furniture and lighting are Croatian products, while the walls are decorated with works by Croatian artists.“The Hilton Imperial is a cultural asset of this city which, due to its magnificent façade, often appears in pictures of tourists. We have preserved the distinctive exterior of the hotel as we have renovated the interior to revive the imperial history of the hotel. With the opening of the hotel, we continue the tradition of 120 years of providing first-class service to existing and future guests, said the general manager of the hotel Mario Matković.As part of the renovation, the hotel bar of the new name The Imperial Bar and Lounge has been renovated to match the elegant interior. The team of award-winning bartenders at The Imperial Bar has created a unique offering inspired by classic 1890s cocktails like Milk Punch. The bar is also known for its The Imperial Afternoon tea, which was served back in 1936 to King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson while they danced in the gardens of the old Imperial, the hotel explains.In addition to Hilton Dubrovnik and Zagreb’s DoubleTree by Hilton, two more Hilton hotels will open in the next two years, Hotel Canopy by Hilton will open by September in the Branimir Center instead of Arcotel, and the Hilton Garden Inn should open by the end of next year. in Radnička.Source: Business diary</p>
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Bobby Wardwell turns in vastly improved performance against UNC, anchors Syracuse defense in win

first_imgCHESTER, Pa. — Syracuse’s locker room teemed with loud, erratic noises that couldn’t be deciphered until a distinct “Bob” chant broke out.Minutes later, SU’s goalie sat at the podium and looked down at a stat sheet that had 14 saves to his name, less than two weeks after being pulled just after halftime against the same North Carolina team.“When we played down there, I think they scouted me really well,” Bobby Wardwell said. “Didn’t have a great game down there obviously and it’s just nice to come out and get the win now.”On Friday night, Wardwell saved balls with his body, his stick and even relied on his posts. But regardless of the situation it was the Orange’s goalie who was the backbone of a Syracuse defense that allowed nine less goals than last time it faced the Tar Heels.UNC goalie Kieran Burke had 13 saves, but it was the SU senior who won the battle of the net minders in third-seeded Syracuse’s (10-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) 9-8 win over second-seeded North Carolina (12-3, 3-1) in the ACC tournament semifinals at PPL Park.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think as the year has gone on, he started making some saves that really he shouldn’t save and he’s very solid in the goal,” SU head coach John Desko said. “I just think he’s just been playing solid and terrific all year long.”In the first quarter, UNC midfielder Shane Simpson unleashed a wide-open shot from 10 yards out to Wardwell’s left. He reacted swiftly, deflecting the ball wide of the goal to preserve SU’s 2-0 lead at the time.Then in the second, Wardwell saved a Jimmy Bitter shot with his knees and seconds later, stopped a Joey Sankey wrap-around in between his legs.“I think we just kind of got him hot to start,” Tar Heels midfielder Chad Tutton said. “We weren’t really finding the net in the beginning, tough shooting day for us.“He made a couple really big saves early and I think he kind of just fed off that as the game went on.”Wardwell credited his vastly improved performance against UNC to pointers from undergraduate student coach Dominic Lamolinara. He worked on Wardwell’s defense against low shots – which he stopped plenty of – and gave Wardwell a bevy of looks on his off-stick side.Attacks Kevin Rice and Dylan Donahue also peppered Wardwell with shots throughout the week, making sure he wouldn’t be caught off guard with any scouting report UNC would throw at him this time around.And heading into the second half tied at five, it was Wardwell who anchored a unit that held UNC to only one goal in the next 15 minutes.“I though Wardwell, made seven saves in the third quarter, was huge,” UNC head coach Joe Breschi said. “We had some great opportunities there and he came up big.”After back-to-back saves, Wardwell slowly rose from the ground and tapped his stick on the grass as Randy Staats went on to score on the other end. Then after another save on a Bitter laser, Wardwell cleared cleanly and calmly walked out past the crease.It was a different Bobby Wardwell than 13 days ago, one that was the difference in stifling a North Carolina attack that pasted 17 goals on the Orange last time.And just as he did from the sideline as the Tar Heels held a sizable lead on their home field, Wardwell watched. But this time, it was in the fourth quarter from his own net, as his team ran out the clock on the other end.“I’ve seen Bob play great all year,” Desko said. “I didn’t expect anything else.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 24, 2015 at 11:58 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

U20 AFCON: Flying Eagles to Play Saudi Arabia

first_imgThe U20 National Team, Flying Eagles, will trade tackles with their Saudi Arabian counterparts in an international friendly designed to toughen the team ahead of next month’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic.Team Administrator, Aliyu Ibrahim Lawal said yesterday that arrangements were in top gear for the seven-time African champions to fly out of Nigeria this weekend for the game billed for Tuesday, 22nd January in Jeddah.Tuesday’s match will rekindle memories of the opening match of the 1989 FIFA U20 World Cup finals, in which the Flying Eagles came from behind to defeat the Saudis 2-1 inside the King Fahd International Stadium on 16th February 1989. In that match, Al Suraiti got the Saudis in front after 16 minutes but Mutiu Adepoju and Christopher Ohenhen got second half goals that earned Nigeria three precious points. The Flying Eagles eventually finished the tournament as runners-up, after losing the final match 0-2 to Portugal.Coach Paul Aigbogun is expected to travel to Jeddah with the squad he will be taking to Niger Republic for the U20 AFCON, where Nigeria will contest in Group A against host nation Niger, South Africa and Burundi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Daniel Grabher: Global Bet – Strong prospects for virtuals post-FOBT reduction

first_img Related Articles Parimatch secures ‘premium VS’ content with Global Bet July 24, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Share BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 As all betting incumbents make tough adjustments to their operating frameworks post the FOBT stake reduction, Daniel Grabher – Founder & Chief Executive of Global Bet – details that bookmaker virtual inventories are more important than ever at driving much needed retail engagements.  ______________SBC: Can you tell us more about what sets Global Bet’s virtual offering ahead of other virtual suppliers?Daniel Grabher (Global Bet Founder & Chief Executive): We have seen over the course of the recent years that the betting sector has never been more competitive. With marketing budgets stretched as operators fight fierce pricing and bonusing wars, the product is once again emerging as a genuine way to stand out from the crowd. This is why we decided years ago to make the product perfect for the next generation of players.Advanced 3D visualisations and a complex AI take the gap between real life sports and virtual sports to a new level. This is what keeps players glued to the screen on your website, in your retail channels or on mobile devices. When people see our latest games, they instantly realize what brings Global Bet´s virtual offering one step ahead of the competition.Our mission is to attract and deliver to millennials, as they are already familiarised with high-quality graphics and video games. Both Generation Y and Generation Z can be called “Millennials”, with the primary difference between the two being technology. Generation Y grew-up on personal computers, cell phones, and video game systems, while Generation Z has grown up on tablets, smartphones, and apps. Yet, the common ground between both generations is that both have been transforming and altering the way we place bets online, not just in the UK, but globally.SBC: How big a role do you think virtual sports betting could play in replacing fobts in the UK?DG: The fact that the latest UKGC report includes virtual betting for the first time, outlines the importance of this niche product. Next month’s reduction of the maximum wager on fixed odds betting terminals from £100 to £2, will hit the profitability of the majority of shops operated by big chains and independents alike. Operators are already looking for new revenue sources.Lost FOBT revenue will be made up by increased sports betting facilitated by the introduction of self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) which allow punters to gamble on new betting products. The role of virtual sports within these terminals is to fill the void, particularly on days with less sports events. Integrating the benefits of virtual sports into their operations is a logical step for UK operators for maximizing revenues and minimizing expenses. Data published by the UK Gambling Commission shows that virtual sports revenue totaled £170 million pounds, which was £40 million pounds more than real tennis brought in and represents roughly 8.5% of overall online betting revenue. I personally think that this numbers will be increasing massively after 1st of April.SBC: In terms of social responsibility, why are virtuals a better option than fobts were for UK retail betting operators?DG: Take a walk down any busy street in London and pop your head into one of the many betting shops. You are likely to see several fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) complete with addicted punters feeding them with money.In terms of social responsibility virtuals allow a person to play a couple of games only to be excited by the adrenaline rush. Whether he or she wins or loses does not matter. The thrill of the game leads them to play again in the future more for entertainment without them eventually losing all their money.SBC: How significant can virtual sports be for betting operators in the summer with the absence of a major football tournament?DG: Many see virtual sports as the perfect ‘gap-filler’ in the absence of a major football tournament. This is because the presence of virtual sports offerings in physical and online locations had the sole function of retaining punters’ interest before the next live sports event begun.This is no longer the case; virtuals are fast becoming a critical part of any modern sportsbook offering. The main reason for the rise of virtuals beyond the instant gratification that these games offer is the fact that punters are blown away by the sheer amount of entertainment virtuals offer them on a daily basis.SBC: How crucial do you think virtuals will be in the newly regulated US market?DG: Virtual sports are big business in European markets, accounting for 25 percent of all sports betting handle in Italy for instance. That’s a number that surprises many people who are unfamiliar with the product. In many states, virtual sports will act as filler content during seasonal and time lulls and stand out as an appealing gambling product. But in New Jersey for instance, instead of gaining a foothold and piggybacking as “filler” content during lulls in live sports, virtuals will probably act as a substitute for them. That being said, in newly opened markets lacking legal sports betting industry like the US, many things might work in virtual sports’ favour. Instead of piggybacking on sports betting, virtuals can be an alternative.Sports and entertainment are two very important parts of culture in the United States so products like our Virtual Basketball that already have massive success in Europe, are a perfect fit for the vast U.S. market. ___________________Daniel Grabher – Founder & Chief Executive – Global Betlast_img read more