The former Black Sabbath lead singer was known for his onstage antics, but his family also entered the public eye on the MTV reality series The Osbournes. The Emmy-winning show — which ran from 2002 to 2005 — followed Sharon and Ozzy as they attempted to parent their rebellious teens.Kelly told WTOP in 2017 that filming reality TV was drastically different in the early 2000s.“We were the first and only ones who did it the way we did it,” the Fashion Police alum said. “[Today], they’ll film a season in less than six weeks. It took us six months! If we did it the way that they do it now, we’d probably still be doing it. You have a lot more control. But we got to a point where we’re like, ‘Let’s end on a high, people know who we are now, it isn’t what we want to do forever, [so] it’s a nice time to stop.’”- Advertisement – Crazy, but that’s how it goes! The Osbourne family paved the way for a new kind of reality television that focused on family dynamics and gave a glimpse inside the lifestyles of the rich and the famous.Ozzy Osbourne and his manager, Sharon Osbourne, tied the knot in July 1982 in Maui. Sharon gave birth to their eldest daughter, Aimee, in September 1983 followed by daughter Kelly in October 1984 and son Jack in November 1985. Ozzy is also the father of children Elliott, Louis and Jessica, with whom he shares with ex-wife Thelma Riley.- Advertisement – The Osbourne family briefly returned to TV with their short-lived variety series Osbournes Reloaded, but the show was canceled in 2009 after one season. Ozzy and Jack teamed up for the reality series Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour in 2016, but the show ended after three seasons. The “Crazy Train” singer and Jack reunited with Sharon and Kelly for their Travel Channel series, The Osbournes Want to Believe, in 2020.Although cameras stopped following the famous family in 2005, the drama continued. Us Weekly broke the news in 2016 that Ozzy was having an affair with celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh. Ozzy and The Talk cohost briefly separated after the incident but later reunited.In August 2020, Kelly revealed that she lost 85 pounds after she showed off her massive weight loss via Instagram. Days later, the TV personality announced she had received gastric sleeve surgery two years prior.“I don’t give a f–k what anyone has to say. I did it, I’m proud of it, they can suck s–t. I did the gastric sleeve. All it does is change the shape of your stomach,” she said during an interview on the “Hollywood Raw” podcast. “I got that almost two years ago. I will never, ever, ever lie about it ever. It is the best thing I have ever done.”Scroll down to see photos of the Osbournes over the years. – Advertisement – However, Aimee chose not to appear on the show with the rest of the Osbourne clan. In 2020, Sharon explained on The Talk that she didn’t blame her oldest daughter for avoiding the spotlight. The Celebrity Apprentice alum detailed the intensive filming process, which included about 30 crew members following them “24 hours a day.”“The house wasn’t a home anymore. It was a studio,” she said. “So, I get why she didn’t like it. But would I have done it differently? I didn’t know what I was doing then. So, you know, I wouldn’t have done anything differently because I had an unbelievable time doing it.”- Advertisement –
Ms. Kienke, like nearly everyone else in the county, is a Republican. She said that if Mr. Trump had won the election, Democrats would have rioted. But she predicted Mr. Trump’s supporters would stand down and accept a Biden victory.“I don’t think they’re going to shoot up the towns,” she said.When Craig Softley realized last week that the presidential vote was swinging Mr. Biden’s way, his thoughts turned to a divided nation. Not just the kind of political division that has fractured much of America, but literal, maybe-it’s-time-we-cleave-this-country-into-two-nations kind of division. He was thinking of secession.“Is there a point that this country becomes actually split?” he said he thought as he watched the vote tallies from around the country.Mr. Softley, a Republican, lives in Hayes County, where nearly 93 percent of voters supported Mr. Trump and which was named for the 19th U.S. president, Rutherford B. Hayes, who won an election by just one Electoral College vote.But as he watched the counting progress, Mr. Softley’s thinking evolved. He is a volunteer firefighter, drives an ambulance, helps on a ranch, started a consulting business, serves as the county’s economic development coordinator and helped found a church, where he is trying to grow the congregation. Most days he starts his workday at 3:50 a.m.“By Wednesday morning or midday, it looked like a pretty strong possibility it was going to be Biden, and you just resign yourself to the fact,” he said. “You’ve got to keep working, just got to move on.” – Advertisement – “I couldn’t see in advance it would have any significant outcome in the race for president,” said Mr. Chambers, who represents parts of the district in Omaha, which has the state’s largest population of Black residents. “Had I not fought like I did, the votes and attitudes of the people of the Second District would have been insignificant.”Yutan, population 1,300, is just over the border from the Second Congressional District, but a long leap as far as its politics go. Seventy-one percent of voters in Saunders County, where Yutan is, cast ballots for Mr. Trump.It has the trappings of many rural Nebraska small towns: an overwhelmingly white population, grain bins alongside railroad tracks, a water tower, a short strip of stores both open and long-ago shuttered, and roads that dead-end into cornfields.Ms. Thiessen lives in Valley, Neb., just inside the western edge of the Second District, but was raised in Yutan, where she visits her parents regularly and shares the political views of her hometown. She was annoyed by the attention received by the Second District, even if that is her district. Still, she remains focused on moving on.Not all of Mr. Trump’s backers in Nebraska were brushing off the latest voting results. In Lincoln, supporters rallied outside the capitol yelling that Mr. Biden had stolen the election. In Yutan, some expressed worries about trade and the economy under Mr. Biden. One woman stood in her lawn and said she was waiting once Mr. Biden took office “for my government-issued Chinese flag.” Her neighbor worried about socialism taking root. Both were worried that if they gave their names to a reporter, liberals would track them down and destroy their homes. The 2020 presidential vote hammered home the political divide in the country, with states supporting Mr. Biden largely located along the coasts, and those supporting Mr. Trump in a swath down the middle. Nebraska is tucked deep among them. More than 90 percent of voters supported Mr. Trump in at least five of its 93 counties.- Advertisement – “Out here in rural America, nobody else is going to do it for me. I have to do it myself,” said Ann Neiffer, who owns Tall Tails Taxidermy, in Cherry County, where more than 87 percent of voters, including her, cast ballots for Mr. Trump. “Because life comes so hard here, the Republican ideal is what we have. It’s kind of me, myself and I.”The pandemic shut down Ms. Neiffer’s operation for two months earlier this year and the economic fallout is the reason she believes customers have not picked up and paid for 33 deer, a bison, an elk, a beaver and two bobcats. She worries a Biden administration will further hurt her business by cracking down on gun sales that could affect hunting.Tucker Sheets, the owner of Cowboy Welding, in Hiyannis, Neb., is worried about a Biden administration limiting his Second Amendment rights, and has a host of other concerns about the next four years. YUTAN, Neb. — In the moments after the presidential vote tally made it clear that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had won the election on Saturday, a teenager wheeled a broken lawn mower across an empty downtown street here. Wispy white clouds blew across the sky. Inside the Rusty Rooster Saloon, a man with gray hair took a swig from a Bud Lite can, and the only result that interested anyone was the outcome of the college football game on the television.Amber Thiessen was gassing up her new pickup truck at a filling station on the edge of town, a Republican stronghold just like the overwhelming majority of the state. She voted for President Trump and thinks Mr. Biden and other Democrats like Hillary Clinton are “snakes in the grass.”- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 8, 2020, 7:15 p.m. ET “A lot of people, when this happened for Trump in 2016, they started saying ‘not my president,’” she said. “He has never been given the opportunity to show how much he loves the country because of these ‘not my president’ people.”Ms. Thiessen is unhappy that her candidate didn’t win. But she has no plans to say Mr. Biden isn’t her president. Because she knows that once he is sworn in, he will be, regardless of whether she likes it. For many Nebraskans in rural areas, seeing that blue dot on the map stung. The neglect they feel by the rest of the country, and even by the cities in their own state, has fueled their politics, they said. But the knowledge here that Mr. Biden won the presidency — and that Nebraska even sent an Electoral College vote his way — was met with a what-goes-around-comes-around kind of attitude. Many Republicans said they planned to show liberals, who they said had whined for four years about Mr. Trump, that it was possible to simply move on when you lose.“In America, you get four years and you can do it again,” Ms. Thiessen said. “I hear a lot of restaurants are going under, but we’re doing pretty good,” said Ms. Kienke, a fifth-generation cattle rancher whose ancestors immigrated from Germany. “There’s very little Covid here, and people who do have it stay home.”She is hosting two Italian and French exchange students, and during the Halloween season took them to corn mazes and haunted houses. She said the students sent photos to their friends back home who were quarantining, bragging about how open America was in comparison. Or, put another way: “No one died because of hating Trump,” he said. “And I won’t die from not liking Biden.”Inside the Cattleman’s Lounge in Springview, Neb., signs supporting Mr. Trump decorate the restaurant.Joleen Kienke, the owner, said she had voted for Mr. Trump because the president opposed the shutdown of the nation’s economy during the pandemic. Cases of Covid-19 are surging across Nebraska, but the effects of the virus aren’t as obvious in Keya Paha County, home to fewer than 300 residents, where Springview is.Ms. Kienke said the income from the lounge and her Cattleman’s Bunkhouse had increased in recent months. Throughout the week, a little blue dot glowed on the map of results in an otherwise red sea, showing Nebraska’s single electoral vote for Mr. Biden. And in some ways, that dot could make it easier to accept the results, regardless of party affiliation. Without a winner-take-all system, the state is not taken entirely for granted, and that can make the whole endeavor feel less futile.- Advertisement – Nebraska is one of two states that splits its electoral votes; the other is Maine, and State Sen. Ernie Chambers, an independent who spent the early years of his long political career as the only Black lawmaker in the Nebraska legislature, has fought to keep that split-vote system on the books. “We want our tax breaks. We want our guns. We don’t want our money going to social programs,” said Mr. Sheets, who voted for Mr. Trump. “We all work hard out here. There isn’t a lot of money to go around in this rural area.”Just 20 people voted for Mr. Biden in Grant County, where Cowboy Welding is, “and I have a pretty good idea of who a few of them are. There definitely aren’t 20 signs out in yards.” Like a handful of other rural counties, Grant also rejected a ballot measure that would have stricken an old provision that allowed slavery to be used as punishment, though the measure overall passed.Mr. Sheets said Biden voters were unhappy with Mr. Trump in much the same way he predicted he would be unhappy with a President Biden. But he is anticipating one key difference.“In the 2016 election after Trump won, we got nothing but crying and whining and trying to get rid of him for four years. I don’t want to do that. I want to move on and keep going.”
The stewards inquired into the race, interviewing Tudor along with fellow jockeys Jerry McGrath, Brendan Powell, Lucy Gardner, Harry Reed, Tabitha Worsley, Niall Houlihan and Fuller, plus the clerk of the course, the racecourse head groundsman and an additional member of the groundstaff.Having heard all the evidence and viewed recordings of the incident, the stewards revised the placings to make Dharma Rain the winner and only finisher, with all other runners, barring Bluebell Sally who was pulled up, disqualified for taking the wrong course.However, no penalties were imposed on any riders as the stewards took into account “the poor visibility, and the illusion that the chevrons had been placed in the hurdle – which was caused by the chevrons being carried across the course behind the hurdle, which gave riders’ cause for concern for the safety of all involved”.A report will be forwarded to the head office of the British Horseracing Authority. “I jumped it, but it was very unclear. The others missed it, but I could see that the markers were behind the hurdle, so I went with my gut instinct and jumped it – but it was very unclear.”Page Fuller, who was in the leading group on her mount Queen Among Kings, added: “The horse broke down at the hurdle, I was further back in the field and from where I was, the markers looked like they were in the hurdle.“But once we’d gone round the hurdle, you could see they were past the hurdle. There was a flag being waved and the markers looked as if they were in the hurdle, but until you got around the hurdle, you couldn’t see they (markers) were behind.”- Advertisement – Dharma Rain was declared the winner of the final race at Fontwell after the first six horses home were all disqualified for failing to jump the third-last hurdle.Nine horses went to post in the “From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast” Mares’ Handicap Hurdle and while Just Henny came home first, the race was awarded to Dharma Rain, who was seventh of eight finishers, but the only runner to complete the course.- Advertisement – Winning jockey Jack Tudor felt the situation had been “unclear” during the race, with the racecourse’s groundstaff appearing to be in the process of dolling off the third flight from home on the final circuit due to a stricken horse.The first seven riders seemed to think the markers were in position and duly veered around the hurdle, although Tudor, who was at the back of the field, was not sure and jumped the obstacle, resulting in victory for Clare Hobson’s runner.“It was made very unclear, it wasn’t done brilliantly at all. It looked as if the markers were in the correct position, it was a 50-50 call, but I went with my gut instinct,” Tudor told Sky Sports Racing.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
She and the Jonas Brothers member, 31, announced on July 27 that their daughter had arrived. “Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas are delighted to announce the birth of their baby,” the couple told Us Weekly in a statement at the time.The news came five months after Us confirmed that the Dark Phoenix star was pregnant with their first child. A source revealed in February that Turner was “due in the middle of summer.”The English star didn’t address her pregnancy publicly but was spotted on multiple walks with Jonas with her baby bump on display. Two months after giving birth, Turner shared throwback photos of her budding belly in a bikini.- Advertisement – Super subtle! Sophie Turner shared her and Joe Jonas’ daughter Willa’s birthday with a new necklace.“Thank you @jenniferfisherjewelry,” the Game of Thrones alum, 24, captioned a Sunday, November 15, Instagram Story selfie. The actress rocked a white tee with layered gold necklaces, one reading “22.07.20.”Courtesy of Sophie Turner/Instagram- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Turner added, “I don’t know if I feel like a wife yet. I don’t know how I feel. I mean, I feel good, obviously. But it happened so recently that I’m just kind of floating at the moment.”She and the Arizona native started dating in 2016 and got engaged the following year. She and the former DNCE member secretly tied the knot in May 2019 in Las Vegas before wedding in front of family and friends in France the following month. The married couple’s first ceremony was live-streamed by Diplo, which Turner found “funny” after the fact.Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner. Broadimage/Shutterstock“It would have been better if no one had known,” the Emmy nominee told PorterEdit later that same month. “I think at some point I would have had to stop saying ‘fiancée’ but marriage is a private thing between two people and I think that’s how it should always be. It’s not about the dress, it’s not about the food. It’s about being husband and wife, and being dedicated to each other forever.”- Advertisement –
Jun 24, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Avian influenza cropped up in a flock of 14 poultry about 4½ miles from where two large commercial chicken flocks were destroyed because of the same virus in May, the Texas Animal Health Commission said (TAHC) yesterday.The flock of 10 chickens and 4 ducks tested positive Jun 22 for an H7N3 virus, the same strain that led to the euthanization of 48,000 breeding chickens in the area recently, the TAHC said in a news release. The small flock was immediately destroyed and burned, and additional testing of flocks in the area will now be necessary, officials said. The birds had shown no signs of illness, TAHC spokeswoman Carla Everett told CIDRAP News.”This turn of events is disappointing to us and the area’s poultry growers, but it demonstrates why widespread, repeated flock testing is necessary during an AI outbreak,” Dr. Max Coats, deputy director of the TAHC’s animal health programs, said in the news release. “This infected flock was one of more than 315 in a 300-square-mile area that tested negative a little more than two weeks ago.”Coats said the second round of testing in the area was nearly finished when the National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported the test results on the small flock. Some flocks in the area will have to be retested again to assure trading partners that the disease has been eradicated, he said. In addition, the surveillance area will have to be changed, because the testing protocol calls for testing within 10 miles of an infected flock, he added.Routine blood tests revealed the H7N3 virus in the two commercial flocks, which had not shown signs of illness. No other infected flocks had been found in the area until this week.
Feb 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – At an Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) symposium in Washington, DC, today on seasonal and pandemic influenza, a group of experts fielded questions from reporters on some of the new trends and emerging issues, including prepandemic strategies for H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, now that some countries are stockpiling them.Keiji Fukuda, MD, MPH, coordinator of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global influenza program, told reporters that experts don’t really know what virus will spark the next global pandemic, but given the persistent and lethal nature of the H5N1 virus, the WHO has received pledges from pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop a 150 million dose international vaccine stockpile. He said the stockpile is intended to stop or slow a pandemic if the outbreak is detected early enough.The existence of individual-country H5N1 vaccine stockpiles and plans for a WHO global stockpile have raised complex questions about potential uses for the vaccine during the prepandemic period, Fukuda said.Some countries are weighing what to do with the vaccines, especially since some doses are set to expire. Global health officials are considering other options, such as vaccinating people in high-risk countries such as China, Indonesia, or Vietnam or perhaps adding the antigen to seasonal flu vaccines as a priming strategy.The United States, for example, has so far stockpiled about 26 million H5N1 vaccine doses, though some has already expired or is about to expire, according to a Sep 2008 report on US pandemic vaccine policy from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The HHS has launched studies to determine how long stockpiled vaccines remain safe and effective, but in the meanwhile it assumes a 2-year shelf life.The United Kingdom has stockpiled 3 million doses of H5N1 vaccine. Several countries have announced stockpiling plans, including France, Ireland, Italy, and Austria, according to the CBO report. Other countries such as Japan are in the midst of clinical trials to produce their own H5N1 vaccines.During a Jan 28 US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) webcast update on the status of the nation’s pandemic preparedness, Robin Robinson, director of the HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), said the influenza community this year will discuss the possibility of adding H5N1 antigen to the seasonal flu vaccine. “The benefit is that it could provide some priming . . . the counter side is that we don’t know yet what this H5N1 vaccine would be like in millions of people in a seasonal situation,” he said.Robinson added that health officials are highly sensitive of the 1976 experience with the swine flu immunization, when some cases of Guillian-Barre syndrome were associated with the vaccine.Fukuda said the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization will meet in early April to discuss potential uses of H5N1 vaccine during the prepandemic period.In November 2008, the WHO established a SAGE working group to focus on H5N1 vaccine issues. According to the Jan 9 issue of the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record, the working group said it would address:Use of the H5N1 vaccine during the prepandemic period to protect people in high-risk jobs, such as cullers, essential workers, and the publicPriming and immunization strategies for essential workers and the general publicRecommendations to the WHO and other groups on what to do with H5N1 doses that are about to expirePossible changes to the projected size of the WHO’s H5N1 vaccine stockpile”It’s likely that different countries will look at this issue differently. This is quite an important pivotal discussion,” Fukuda said. Though the WHO’s stockpile is still in a virtual state, made up of pledges from pharmaceutical companies, Fukuda said countries that have real stockpiles are facing imminent issues about what to do with expiring H5N1 vaccine. “This will be a country-by-country decision,” he said.Arnold Monto, MD, an influenza epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, told reporters that some experts began discussing the possibility of adding H5N1 antigen to the seasonal flu vaccine a few years ago, but he said some elements of the vaccine have changed since then.For example, he said more companies are developing H5N1 vaccines that use adjuvants, or immune-boosting chemicals, as a dose-sparing strategy, which might complicate combining the H5N1 component with the seasonal flu vaccine. Also, he said unlike single-dose seasonal flu vaccines, the H5N1 vaccine is given in two doses.Though Monto predicted that discussions will continue on the appropriate use of the H5N1 vaccine, he said new uses for the vaccine won’t happen anytime soon.Among other possibilities for the H5N1 vaccine, pharmaceutical companies might some day market the product to the public, Monto said, adding that if the H5N1 virus ever turns up in North American birds, Americans might demand the vaccine.At today’s press conference, influenza experts also provided updates on other influenza topics:The US flu season has been relatively mild, said Nancy Cox, PhD, director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She said she expects flu activity to increase over the coming weeks as the season peaks. “Remember, it’s not too late to get the seasonal flu vaccine,” she said.Among several suggestions to improve the seasonal flu vaccine, experts are considering adding a second influenza B strain to the vaccine to help solve the problem of deciding which strain to add, said Monto. Early returns this season suggest that Victoria strains are more common, though this season’s vaccine contains the Yamagata strain.Much more work is needed on bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), that cause influenza complications, said Andrew Pavia, MD, chair of the IDSA National and Global Public Health Committee. Pavia also said more work is needed to develop better treatments and determine who is at increased risk of dying from the complications.A road map for influenza research is being fleshed out by the Wellcome Trust, an independent medical research funding charity based in London, said Frederick Hayden, MD, an influenza expert at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. He said the process will help identify research gaps.See also:WHO SAGE on Immunization Web siteBackground information on WHO SAGE H5N1 vaccine working grouphttp://www.who.int/immunization/sage/sage_wg_H5N1_oct08/en/index.htmlMay 16, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Launch of WHO H5N1 vaccine stockpile still awaited”Jan 9 WHO Weekly Epidemiological RecordJan 16 CIDRAP News story “Experts consider 4-strain flu vaccine to fight B viruses”
The official start of summer on the island of Lošinj was marked by the opening of a new Japanese restaurant at the Bellevue Hotel, the only restaurant with Japanese cuisine on the Croatian islands.On Sunday, June 24, a gala dinner was organized at the Matsunoki restaurant, where a menu consisting of Japanese delicacies, such as salmon sashimi, nigiri sushi and gyoza – Japanese pasta stuffed with black Slavonian pork – was presented. The Matsunoki menu was created by the restaurant’s chief chef Saša Pribičević together with his team, and great emphasis was placed on the combination of local ingredients and herbs.The newly opened Matsunoki (Croatian pine) is a fusion restaurant of traditional Japanese cuisine in which original Japanese ingredients are combined with quality and fresh Croatian ingredients from local organic farming. The guiding principle of the team of chefs led by the main chef of the restaurant Saša Pribičević was to offer guests the best Croatian and foreign flavors, based on fresh, seasonal ingredients from organic farming that hotel guests and villas of the hotel brand Lošinj Hotels & Villas especially appreciate. Matsunoki Restaurant covers 240 m2 and can accommodate about 70 people, has a prominent sushi bar and an open kitchen so guests can see the food preparation. “All guests of LH&V and the island of Lošinj, lovers of Japanese cuisine and boaters who are in the Cres-Lošinj area on the menu of the Matsunoki restaurant can find oysters with granite from wine and herbs, maki sushi, beef teriyaki, chicken carrage, matcha ice cream with sweet azuki bean paste and sesame crumble and other famous Japanese dishes with a touch of Lošinj. In addition, Matsunoki makes homemade udon pasta on its own, which is paired in a wok with aged beef steak, young beans and teriyaki sauce. Top Japanese delicacies by chef Saša Pribičević are further complemented by a special offer of whiskeys from renowned distilleries from Japan, such as Nikka Taketsuru, The Yamazaki, Hakushu and Hibiki”Point out from LH&V. All in line with luxury tourism and the top offer developed by Lošinj Hotels & Villas, and Lošinj Bay Čikat has been very popular with gourmets and lovers of top wines for several years. By the way, it is important to point out that LH&V prepares gastronomic specialties using products and groceries from over 90 Croatian family farms from all over Croatia. Related news: THE COMBINATION OF “BLUE” AND “GREEN” CROATIA – DOES IT SOUND TO YOU?
Source_DZSRELATED NEWS:OVERVIEW OF DIRECT AIR CONNECTION OF CROATIA – WINTERZADAR AND MADRID WILL BE CONNECTED FOR THE FIRST TIME BY A WORKING LINE FROM THE NEXT SEASONEUROWINGS AIRCRAFT PAINTED IN KVARNER COLORS In October 2018, Croatian airports recorded 905 thousand passengers or 11,7% more than in the same month last year, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).The largest passenger traffic was realized by Zagreb Airport with 317 thousand passengers (an increase of 6,7% compared to October 2017), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 243 thousand passengers (an increase of 12,9% compared to October 2017) and the airport port of Split with 223 thousand passengers (an increase of 13,9% compared to October 2017).The largest international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 224 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 15,6% compared to the same period last year. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in October 2018 was 10, which is an increase of 525% compared to October 2017.
“By joining the UCI Federation, we had the opportunity to take the whole event to the next level. As many probably already know, next year in Tokyo, for the first time, BMX and skate riders will compete and we are proud that the Pannonian Challenge will become a part of sports history. Every year in Osijek we gather an excellent team, and this June we expect the arrival of the world’s best drivers and numerous national teams. For now, we have already announced the arrival of national teams from the UK, Russia and Hungary, and the number of applicants is growing, which is guaranteed by the biggest Pannonian Challenge so far.”Said Jurica Barać, Pannonian Challenge project manager. The jubilee 20th anniversary of the Pannonian Challenge will be remembered by one of the greatest awards in two decades of existence – membership in the UCI Federation, which brings a number of new opportunities for all competitors. The Pannonian Challenge has become an international C1 category competition, in which participants of the BMX freestyle discipline will be able to collect points for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Pannonian Challenge will be held again this year in the skate park near the popular Osijek beach Copacabana, where competitions in the disciplines of skateboarding, BMX and inline will be held from June 5 to 9, and the demonstration discipline will be scooter riding. And how the whole story of the Pannonian Challenge came about, see the attachment. There is also a music part of the festival in a combination of rock and electro sound, where the best names of the regional urban music scene will perform. This is a big step for the festival that a group of enthusiasts launched on Osijek’s High School Playground, in the meantime to grow into a globally known gathering of extreme sports and urban culture. The biggest extreme sports and music event in Croatia and Southeast Europe is included in the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) calendar, and in the new category of competition BMX riders will collect points for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Phenomenal news and huge success of several enthusiasts who have been working on this great festival since the first day, and which has become the motive for coming to Osijek.
The project is worth about 12 million kuna, and the project idea and the complete application were designed, developed and submitted by the team of the Fortress of Culture, which is the holder of the project. “FORTITUDE (Historic Fortresses Intensifying Crossborder Tourism Development)” is the name of a new project approved to the Public Institution Fortress of Culture Šibenik from the European cross-border cooperation program Interreg IPA CBC Croatia-Montenegro-Bosnia and Herzegovina! The aim of the project is to strengthen and diversify the cultural and tourist offer in the cross – border area, as well as to develop the highest quality and most sustainable management of cultural assets. Through this project, the Fortress of St. Over the next three years, Mihovila will receive a number of new facilities in the interior, which include new technological and spatial solutions in the souvenir shop and info desk of the fortress, exhibition in the museum room and part of the underground spaces of the fortress, as well as the City Point information center. Arranging and furnishing the interior of the fortress will thus contribute to improving the experience of daily visitors, while the interiors will at the same time retain their multifunctionality. “The total funds that the institution will invest in the implementation of this project amount to about 4.1 million kuna, of which 85 percent of the amount will be co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund.”, Said Gorana Barišić Bačelić, director of the Šibenik Fortress of Culture. The project also envisages a number of other activities such as strengthening the capacity for cultural property management, training for employees, launching the international event Fortress Night in cooperation with partners, development of new tourist routes to visit the fortresses. In total, in 2019, the Šibenik Fortress of Culture was approved projects from European funds worth more than 14 million kuna, which will be spent over three calendar years. Source / photo: Fortress of Culture Šibenik