The province of North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous federal state and the largest internal market for travel within Germany. From that province, a few years ago, there was a growing interest in travel to Croatia, which is reflected in the large number of airlines from the main airports of the province, Cologne and Düsseldorf, to all Croatian airports.In order to give impetus to the sale of arrangements for the post-season, but also for the next tourist year, the CNTB Representation in Frankfurt and tour operator Olimar organized a Croatian grill party to which more than 50 employees of leading travel agencies from Düsseldorf and the surrounding area were invited. which presented the advantages of the post-season in Croatia and the offer of tour operator Olimar.The emphasis of the evening was on special forms of travel and gastronomy. The director of the CNTB’s representative office, Romeo Draghicchio, introduced the agents to news and trends in the Croatian offer, as well as to the natural and cultural sights that can motivate agency clients to decide to spend their holidays in Croatia. In the second part of the evening, Michael Kahlau presented hotels, small family hotels, excursions and cruises from the Olimar program for Croatia.Employees of the agencies expressed great interest in Croatia and noted that the idea of grilling in the still summer period of the season is a very good promotional idea, point out the CNTB. Tour operator Olimar is a privately owned company with more than 40 years of business and is one of the German medium-sized tour operators. He is primarily a specialist for Portugal and southern Europe, and for several years now they have had Croatia on the program, for which they are recording a steady increase in booking. In the current season, Croatia is the only destination that records sales growth in their arrangement.The CNTB emphasizes that a fair is also being held in Düsseldorf from August 25 to September 2. Caravanning, the largest camping fair in Europe, where all Croatian coastal counties exhibit, and the impressions from the fair are very positive.
WINNING TEAM PERFECTLY PROPORTIONED & CHAMPIONSHIP LEVEL BACK Bransom’s amazing back is an incredible work of art that seems chiseled from granite on Mount Olympus. Now “Shorty-Rock” is stepping down to earth to wreak havoc in the professional ranks.She exudes boundless energy to go with a strength level that would surprise many—she has performed 100 pushups in succession and one exercise Shorty Rock feels is irreplaceable is the chin-up.“People are shocked when they see that I can do 10 sets of 20 reps of unassisted chin-ups,” Bransom said. “My best body part is my back and I’ve never seen anyone with a championship level back that hasn’t done chin-ups.”Though turning professional doesn’t necessarily hold any special guarantee for success, Bransom’s immediate future is already looking sweet.“Right now my diet consist of cupcakes,” said the national champion. “Right now Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.”She still lives in Pittsburgh where football is king and bodybuilding is unheard of. Through fanatical hard work and determination, along with the help of her trainer and father, Cecil Rice, she managed to reach her goal of competing in and winning a national championship.Then, much like Cinderella, she found the magical evening was over and the next day she was back home in Pittsburgh just ordinary Denine Bransom.“I couldn’t have done this without my God-given physical abilities,” said Bransom. “I couldn’t have done this without my father, (who is a certified personal trainer), and Sadiq Durham, my workout partner.”Shorty-Rock has the blood, guts and overwhelming desire to drive herself to the absolute limits, when pretenders and wannabes cry defeat.“Don’t cry to me,” said Rice. “I tell the people that I train to either do it or go home. Diehard people go everyday. Seven days a week. We are in the pit everyday between 10 a.m. to noon and I have anywhere between six to 12 people that I’m training. I tell Denine that we work hard because we are competing against the best in the world.”Shorty-Rock has many accomplishments to her credit. She is a graduate of Duquesne University. She works 12 hours a day as a registered nurse and never misses a workout.“I love my job. I work as a nurse from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.,” said Bransom. “And I work out between 10 a.m. to noon, seven days a week.”Denine realizes that documentation beats conversation every day of the week.“What helped me is that I recorded every workout for a year. I wrote down everything that I ate,” said Bransom. “I am all business about building my body to be the best bodybuilding competitor I can be. Bodybuilding has become my life. Training hard, eating clean, muscle growth and keeping my body strong and fit everyday.”Bodybuilders are like actors on stage, with their physiques telling a story of dedication and sacrifice. The next act in Bransom’s storybook career might just conclude the way she mentally rehearses it—on top of the professional bodybuilding would where she belongs! Denine Bransom, a woman who’s come to be known as “Shorty Rock,” (as she prefers to be called), is thundering up the bodybuilding rankings and is ready to challenge the world’s best. Bransom, a Pittsburgh native, recently won a national bodybuilding championship and now has got her motivational radar locked onto the top professional shows. Bransom isn’t exactly your typical girl next door (but she certainly would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood). She’s got exotic beauty, a very well-balanced physique and contest-winning muscularity, which was obvious when she won the overall ’‘09 OCB Yorton Cup National Bodybuilding & Figure Championships that took place last month in the Washington, D.C., area. Her look has given women’s bodybuilding a shot of sex appeal, and it’s redefining what a female physique artist should embody.“I was a cheerleader in high school and a figure and fitness model,” Bransom said. “But after I ruptured a disk in my back I turned to bodybuilding.”Every muscular inch of Bransom’s perfectly proportioned physique portrays a princess waiting to be crowned queen. Like a hooded cobra, her victorious, v-shaped back blends seamlessly into a tight, streamlined steel city waist.
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) fends off Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little after a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/David Richard)NEW YORK (AP) – Geno Smith shouted a couple of mighty expensive expletives.The New York Jets quarterback was fined $12,000 by the NFL on Friday for cursing at a fan after the team’s game against Detroit last Sunday.Pittsburgh defensive lineman Cameron Heyward also got in trouble with his mouth, docked $22,050 for using abusive language toward an official during the Steelers’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.Smith was walking off the field following the 24-17 defeat when he glared at a heckler in the stands and yelled at him, twice using an expletive. The fine issued by the league was for unsportsmanlike conduct.The second-year quarterback immediately apologized after the game, but acknowledged during the week that he would likely be fined for his actions. Cleveland rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel received a similar fine from the league during the preseason for flipping his middle finger at Washington’s sideline.In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith walks off the field after losing 24-17 to the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Frustrated after a third straight loss and calls for his backup increasing, Smith was caught by a TV camera yelling an expletive at a heckler in the stands as he walked off the MetLife Stadium field following a 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)“Always be above the situation,” Smith said Wednesday. “Never let people get to you. Never let anyone’s words affect you in that manner. So I’ve just learned, and it’s something I’ve already known, but (I’ve) just got to handle those situations better.”Smith has declined to say what the fan said to him that set him off. Owner Woody Johnson said Thursday he was disappointed by Smith’s actions, saying they were “absolutely unacceptable.” But, he also was confident Smith would never again put himself in a similar situation.Coach Rex Ryan wouldn’t say whether Smith would face additional discipline from the team.“We’ll handle it the way we see appropriate,” Ryan said. “And again, when we’re ready to let you know what our decision is, we’ll let you know.”Houston’s J.J. Watt was fined $16,537 for roughing the passer against Buffalo. The star defensive end was called for penalties twice after hitting Bills quarterback EJ Manuel in the knee area.San Diego left tackle King Dunlap and Jacksonville defensive end Alan Branch were each fined $8,268 for their fight during the Chargers’ 33-14 win last Sunday.Chicago guard Kyle Long was also docked $8,268 for unnecessary roughness in the Bears’ loss to the Green Bay Packers.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Facebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) today announced that auditions for the Fun Home, the five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, will take place from March 21 through 23 at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars from a song that represents their range and sign up for an audition slot.The musical, adapted from Alison Bechdel’s best-selling 2006 graphic memoir of the same name, focuses on Bechdel’s coming of age, emphasizing her turbulent relationship with her father and the discovery of her sexuality. Performances will take place on May 16 through 18 and May 23 through 25, at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now.Audition TimesThursday, March 214 – 6 p.m.Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Black Box TheatreFriday, March 224 – 6 p.m.Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Main StageSaturday, March 2310 a.m. – 12 p.m.Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Main StageSign up for an audition appointment at this link: https://spscc.edu/news/spscc-theatre-program-announces-auditions-fun-home-musicalBuy TicketsThursday, May 16 at 7 p.m.Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m.Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m.Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m.Saturday, May 25 at 7 p.m.