Belfast’s Leah McCourt says she is ready to kick start her MMA career in 2021 and become a serious contender in Bellator’s featherweight division.It has been a challenging 2020 for McCourt who has undergone shoulder surgery during lockdown in order to help her better prepare for her next fight, which is unlikely to take place until next year now.- Advertisement – McCourt doesn’t have a date for return bout but is loosely working towards being cage-ready at the start of 2021 and building on her 4-1 career record. And for McCourt, the pandemic has underscored the importance of being busy.“Opportunities are so few in MMA anyway, now I’m definitely going to appreciate them even more.”Unpleasant recovery Image:‘The Curse’ underwent the knife on long-standing shoulder problem 2:23 McCourt’s physical concern may linger, but she says the psychological impact of early lockdown has dissipated with being able to train again. After the euphoria of headlining and winning in Dublin in late February, COVID-19 curtailed any extended celebration.“I had the highest of highs in the arena and I went to Dubai on holiday. Then I came back and everything was locked down. Usually, I’m out of the house at 7am to 11 at night. Always busy, training, coaching, working, looking after Isabella. I really didn’t like being locked in the house,” McCourt said.A challenging lockdown McCourt would be excited to see Cris Cyborg take on Katie Taylor in the boxing ring, but doesn’t believe it’ll happen due to the size difference McCourt is also appreciating feeling fit and healthy. While COVID-19 put her career on hold, it allowed her to get surgery on a long-standing shoulder problem in July. But the recovery has not been pleasant.- Advertisement – McCourt’s world shrunk to just caring for her daughter, Isabella. And she said, mentally, the lack of activity was challenging.“There are benefits like being in the house with Isabella, spending time with her. My mind though… I’m used to being busy. And it’s been extremely tough. I was lucky to get away with Bellator (as an analyst), we did the Paris and Milan shows in the Euro series and it was good to get back to some normality.”True normal service will be resumed when McCourt re-enters the cage. She’s keen to resurrect her fight with Australian Janay Harding (5-4) that was slated for May in London before being cancelled.“I’d love for her to be my next opponent. I think she’s a good step up. She’s talented. I don’t think her record shows how good she is. She’s a good striker, nice and clean.“I think it would be good fight for me to have. But Bellator know, I’ll just say yes to whoever they say and I really don’t care!”Cyborg’s the target – Advertisement – Image:McCourt has the legendary Cris Cyborg in her sights While the immediate future has been clouded by the Coronavirus crisis, McCourt’s long-term goal remains crystal clear: she wants to be a world champion. She’s not sure though if that will involve a clash with current featherweight champion, MMA legend Cris Cyborg.“Cris is a champion of my division. Even though I feel it’s inevitable I’m going to be a world champion in Bellator, I don’t when my time comes if she’s still going to be the champion. But I was a champion in the amateurs and believe I will be in the pros.”McCourt says one positive to come from the go-slow of the pandemic has been the time to reflect on her strengths and weaknesses and make adjustments. She’s made technical tweaks, but says the biggest difference will be in her general approach.“Committing to myself and believing in myself. When I get in there, I’ve got a good skill-set, I can do everything. But maybe on the night I’m not putting everything together. It’s about really committing to everything, to my takedowns to my shots and making them cleaner.”Dream fight: Cyborg vs Taylor? She said: “I couldn’t sleep for four weeks with the pain. I was on morphine tablets. I just couldn’t sleep. I’ve never felt pain like it. It’s been hard. But I’m about 14 weeks post surgery now and I’m back striking, back drilling, strengthening it again and trying to get fit!”McCourt concedes she still has a psychological barrier to get past regarding the shoulder, but believes the focus of an upcoming fight will compel her to commit fully to physical contact.“Even in grappling, I’m wary when it comes to my shoulder. But a few weeks into camp, into training, I’ll be forced to use it, to use it my takedowns and everything. But there’s definitely that mental thing of ‘I don’t want to injury my shoulder again’.” 1:21 McCourt lives in Belfast and trains in Dublin and feels like the mooted cross-over boxing match between Cyborg and two-weight boxing world champion Katie Taylor would be a huge event in Ireland. But she is concerned that the women are physically mismatched.“I think there’s a big size difference! Cyborg’s a good bit bigger than Katie. They’ve never been the same weight class. But Cyborg has achieved so much more in MMA and it would be great to see her take on the boxing challenge. I think that would be so exciting for female martial arts, but I don’t’ know if it could ever happen.” In need of some Lockdown II motivation? Bellator’s McCourt has some workouts that you can easily do at home ‘The Curse’ McCourt, who hails from Saintfield in County Down, created history by becoming the first female to headline an event for Bellator Europe in Dublin back in February.She defeated Germany’s Judith Ruis via unanimous decision, sending a packed 3Arena, including her daughter Isabella, into raptures.“I’m really excited and really motivated for my next fight. I feel like in my last fights my performances have been hampered by injuries,” McCourt told Sky Sports.- Advertisement –
Bruce Pang, head of macro and strategy research at China Renaissance, said Tuesday that the decline in prices was due to an increase in the supply of live pigs, and that he expects further year-on-year declines in pork prices in the current quarter.Overall inflation in China as measured by the consumer price index is likely to decline, Pang said.The consumer price index rose 0.5% in October from a year ago, the statistics bureau said. Overall food prices climbed 2.2%, with fresh vegetable prices rising 16.7%. Beef and lamb prices also rose, up 7% and 3.6%, respectively. Breeders feed piglets at a pig farm on May 12, 2020 in Bijie, Guizhou Province of China.Deng Gang | Visual China Group | Getty Images Looking ahead, China’s pork supply is set to recover further from the recent shortage.Zhao Guangyu, agriculture goods analyst at Nanhua Futures, said the stock of reproductive sows has entered a period of “accelerated recovery,” according to CNBC’s translation of a Chinese-language statement.Zhao expects imports of pork and central government auctions of meat from its frozen reserves to continue their increase through the end of this year, adding to supply while consumption demand remains steady.For the first three quarters of the year, China’s imports of pork more than doubled from a year ago, the national customs agency said last month.However, that growth is set to fade.In China’s plans for the next five years, the central Chinese government has specifically stated that ensuring national food security will be a priority. That would reduce China’s reliance on agriculture imports from countries such as the U.S. and Australia, with whom Beijing’s relations have become tense“After a torrid pace in 2020, China pork imports are forecast down 6 percent (in 2021) due to the rebound in domestic production,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service said in a quarterly report dated Oct. 9. The agency predicts a 9% increase in Chinese pork production, but notes it will still be nearly 25% lower than prior to the disease outbreak.Imports will account for only about 11% of Chinese pork consumption this year, according to data from the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service.The report said U.S. pork exports next year will likely remain about the same, at 3.3 million tons as growth in Mexico, Japan and other markets offset weaker demand from China. – Advertisement – BEIJING — Prices of pork in China fell for the first time in more than a year, after months of surging prices for the country’s most popular meat.Pork prices fell 2.8% in October from a year ago, China’s National Bureau of Statistics said Tuesday. The drop was the first since February 2019, or more than a year-and-a-half ago.Prices doubled last fall and continued their rapid rise into this spring as African swine fever killed swaths of pig herds in China. The pace of increase began to slow in the last few months.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
On Friday, December 22, at the press conference held in Zagreb, in the Croatian House “Mother’s Story”, the 1st Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tourist Events, Attractions and Destinations “ALL TOGETHER CROATIA BEST “Which will be held in Vukovar, from 3 to 6 May 2018.The festival was presented in anticipation of the beginning of the new year, 2018, which is also the European Year of Cultural Heritage, and its uniqueness is that it is the first Croatian festival to present protected Croatian intangible cultural heritage located on the national and UNESCO. list, with the most attractive tourist events, attractions and destinations from all over Croatia.”We are especially glad that our Vukovar will host this, the 1st Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage, tourist events, attractions and destinations. Vukovar-Srijem County is the national winner of the European Destination of Excellence with the project Vukovar – Vučedol – Ilok, and with the fact that our city and county is especially rich in tourist facilities, we are pleased to host our colleagues, tourism workers and many guests from all over. parts of Croatia. With this project we confirm that Vukovar is a city of togetherness, positive energy and with this message we start preparing for the festivaland “, said Rujana Bušić Srpak, director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, at the presentation. Representatives of the City of Vukovar and Vukovar-Srijem County agreed that this festival is of great value for the city of Vukovar, which will become a real tourist center from 3 to 6 May 2018, and the number of events that apply for presentation within the 1st Festival intangible cultural heritage, tourist events, attractions and destinations “ALL TOGETHER CROATIA BEST”, is growing day by day.Zvonimir’s Days, Knin, International Lace Festival, Pag, Krk Fair from Krk, Porcijunkulovo, Čakovec, Kupske noći, Sisak, Dalmatian Klapa Festival, Omiš, Ogulin Fairy Tale Festival, Ogulin, Thrill blues Festival, Trilj, Kaj will be presented in Vukovar. our ancestors, Vrbovec, Đakovo embroideries and many other events ate, and the participation of Croatian events from the diaspora was announced.
Great news for all islanders, comes to us from the Agency for Coastal Line Transport and the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure.Namely, in order to encourage an increase in passenger and certain categories of passenger vehicles to the islands in the off-season, the Coastal Transport Agency, in agreement with the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, prepared a pilot project tickets on weekends, ie from Friday to Sunday.The measure will be implemented in the period from January 19 to March 18, 2018, and the recommendation of the Management Board of the Agency was accepted by Rapska plovidba and Jadrolinija, so on the ferry lines maintained by these shipowners, they will pay 20 percent less:- persons- children from 3 to 12 years- passenger car (up to 9 seats) up to 5,00 m long and / or 2,00 m high- passenger car (up to 9 seats) over 5,00 m long and / or 2,00 m high- motorcycle, moped- motorcycle with trailer, tricycle, quadricycle- a bikeDepending on the effects of the implementation of this recommendation addressed to shipowners, upon its completion, the possibility of further application will be considered, especially taking into account the indicators of increasing the capacity utilization of ships and the financial effect of the application of the recommendation.Related news: Brac and Solta are connected by a boat line for the first time
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.
DIRECTORS OF CNTB REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES ABROAD FORECAST THE STATE OF BOOKING FOR THIS SEASON RELATED NEWS: “We are looking forward to a good start to the tourist year, which was marked by an increase in overnight stays of over 10 percent. However, we should be aware that the real challenge is just ahead of us, given that the main part of the tourist season awaits us, which is still marked by a certain deviation in the dynamics of reservations for 2019.”, Warned the president of the Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Boris Žgomba, commenting on tourist figures and adding that in the week of the May Day holidays, the agencies expect a satisfactory influx of guests. In the first four months of 2019, 9,9 percent more tourist arrivals and 10,7 percent more overnight stays were recorded in Croatia compared to the same period last year. According to data from the eVisitor system, from the beginning of the year to the end of April we were visited by over 2 million tourists who realized 5,4 million overnight stays. The largest increase in overnight stays was recorded in family farms (36 percent), followed by private accommodation with 27 percent, and solid numbers were recorded by hotels with an increase in overnight stays of 5,5 percent, and camps with an increase of 14,8 percent. A slight decline was recorded in nautical where arrivals were 10 percent lower, while the number of overnight stays remained the same as in the same period last year, suggesting that guests on board opted for longer vacations and thus compensated for fewer arrivals.
In the first nine months of 2020, 26 cruises of foreign ships were realized In the period from January to September 2020, the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports decreased by 83,9% compared to the same period in 2019 due to the negative impact of the spread of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics ). The number of passengers on these ships compared to the same period in 2019 is lower by 99,5%. After the complete absence of cruises of foreign ships on the Croatian Adriatic in the period from April to June 2020, in the period from July to September 2020, four foreign cruise ships arrived, which made 11 cruises with 401 passengers and a total of 77 days in Croatia. In the period from January to September 2020, 10 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, which made 26 cruises. There were 4 passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 138 days. In the first nine months of 2020, the number of trips of foreign cruise ships decreased by 95,4% and the number of days spent by ships on the Croatian Adriatic by 89,1% compared to the same period in 2019. Out of a total of 26 cruises, 84,6% of trips were realized in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, while the remaining 15,4% of trips were realized in Istria County.