The Croatian Rural Tourism Association has asked the Government of the Republic of Croatia, competent ministries and parliamentary committees to remove restrictions that prevent efficient marketing of agricultural products through tourism in rural areas, in order to stop further deterioration and depopulation of the Croatian countryside.Thus, the Ministry of Tourism was asked to urgently adopt the Action Plan for Rural Tourism, to regulate the legislative framework that accompanies rural tourism and to start promoting this type of tourism in domestic and foreign markets; from the Ministry of Finance, reduction of excise duties on the production of brandy and liqueur for producers who sell exclusively at their own doorstep; from the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, the introduction of value coupons that would enable the engagement of workers for the occasional provision of catering and tourist services in rural areas; and from the Ministry of Agriculture better cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism in order to remove restrictions, and the most efficient placement of agricultural products through tourism. “Agriculture and tourism are marked as sectors with the greatest growth potential in the program of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, and we hope that the Government and other relevant institutions will take effective measures to achieve one of the basic goals of the Government by 2020 – stopping emigration, especially from rural areas. Given the alarming situation in the Croatian countryside, we are looking for quick and coordinated action by all institutions on this issue”Said Jasmina Rakić Horvat, president of the Association.The Croatian Rural Tourism Association brings together family farms and agricultural trades registered for the provision of catering and tourist services from all over Croatia. The main goal of the association is the sustainable development of the Croatian countryside by connecting agriculture and tourism, and creating stimulating conditions for the development of rural tourism by improving the legislative framework and better promotion of this type of tourism in domestic and foreign markets. “We who deal with tourism and agriculture face a number of restrictions and legal obstacles on a daily basis to deal effectively with this type of tourism, which has great potential because the season lasts all year round. Instead of restrictions, we are looking for understanding and incentives so that this type of tourism is adequately recognized as the engine of Croatian rural development”Emphasized Janko Kezele, vice president of the Association. The Croatian Rural Tourism Association offers a partnership to all institutions in solving these problems and expects to hold a series of specific meetings with relevant institutions before the adoption of the 2017 budget.
Rugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Agmark Rabaul Gurias held onto a scrappy 12-4 win against Kroton Hela Wigmen in Digicel Cup round 13 double header match yesterday at Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. Wigmen took an early lead on the scoreboard with a successful penalty conversion by five-eight Japheth Olik. Going up against a competitive side like Gurias, Wigmen had to work their way out from their own danger zone and turn the momentum of the game in their favor. It was another referee marred match scenario with ball stripping and forced errors claimed by the players. Gurias had to play by the ref’s calls and this eventually paid off for them when hooker and man of the match Brian Gispe scored their first converted try. Gispe’s try came from a lead up offload by Muka Peter and later got set up by Tuvi Lepan. Halfback Solomon Pokare added the extras to keep them in front. Poor ball security including forced errors against opposition especially ball carriers resulted in Wigmen slotting another penalty conversion by Olik. It was their only points for the remaining minutes of the first half as Gurias forward pack including direction plays coming from the halves and hooker Gispe kept Wigmen busy in defensive sets. With the final minutes of play before halftime, Gurias workaholic second row forward Tuvi Lepan crossed over for another converted try. Lepan’s try was one of their set plays – a routine at training, something Coach Steven Nightingale was pleased to see how they executed it leading up to the try. He (Tuvi) ran a straight line direction play after a scrum pack at Wigmen’s 10 metre line. Pokare again added the extras for a 12-4 halftime lead. The second half was riddled with again scrappy performance coming from both teams. Wigmen had several opportunity at hand in attack but their halves simply could not find tune to direct plays and finish off by scoring tries. Gurias were also giving Wigmen a test every time they had possession. Wigmen’s Emmanuel Ape Waine, Stanford Talita, skipper Benjamin Hetra and Bernard Goma were few of the players who stood out to spark up their team’s attacking play. Gurias, at certain minutes of play, were kept within their danger but they held on defensively to deny Wigmen opportunities to score. Both teams were unable to score points in the remaining final ten minutes of play and this resulted in Gurias controlling their game to come out with the win. Meanwhile NCDC Port Moresby Vipers cause a major upset with a 32-16 win over JPG Waghi Tumbe and it was Vipers man of the match performance hooker Ate Bina Wabo who had a fair share to steer his side to claim the win.
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Meanwhile, Norwich City are the latest club to be linked with Danny Drinkwater.Brighton were recently reported to be interested in the midfielder, who has been linked with several clubs during the last year or so.Drinkwater is surplus to requirements at Chelsea but has opted to stay put rather than leave the club.The Blues are hoping to ship him out before Thursday’s transfer deadline and the Daily Mail reckon Norwich are keen.And there continues to be speculation over the future of Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon, who is close to joining Tottenham.The Daily Express claim Sessegnon’s move could be hijacked by Marseille, who supposedly want him. Stories in Tuesday’s newspapers involving the area’s clubs….West Ham want Basel striker Albian Ajeti, it is claimed.West London Sport revealed on Monday that Brentford want the Switzerland international but that he is hoping a Premier League club will come in for him.AdChoices广告His representatives are trying to drum up interest among top-flight sides – and he has been duly linked with West Ham.The Daily Star have picked up on reports that the Hammers want him and are trying to push through an £8m deal.Embed from Getty Images