Striga! An interesting orienteering race in the Istrian municipality of Žminj

first_imgStriga! Istrian Rogaine Challenge is a version of the very popular team orienteering run in which all team members pass a certain area in search of checkpoints that must be visited within a given time and the team character gives the competition additional charm, because all team members must work together and prepared movement strategy. and navigation, reach the goal. The usual rogaine races are held in a time limit of 24 hours during which experienced teams can cross 100 kilometers of very difficult terrain, while in Žminj and the surrounding area the time limit for trail competitors is 6 hours, and MTB riders will have the opportunity to prove themselves. choose whether to tour checkpoints on foot or using a mountain bike. Teamwork, endurance, competitiveness and respect for the landscape are the basic features of this sport and which is competed by teams of two to five members.Since each checkpoint carries a certain number of points, the strategy comes to the fore more than physical fitness so the event is perfect for recreationists of all ages and fitness, and checkpoints will be hidden in a very large area bordered by Pazin, Kanfanar, Barban and Svetvincenat and it will be impossible to find all the checkpoints, so good strategists will benefit.In the area of ​​the Municipality of Žminj, among the sights, there is the Cave Feštinsko kraljevstvo, which is definitely worth visiting. In addition to the underground wealth, it is characterized by an idyllic environment with handmade wooden toys, made personally by Aldo Orbanić – the owner of the cave. Enka Šajina recommends a visit to Mljekara Latus, which opened a modern Milk & Cheese bar last year and can organize cheese tastings for about 50 guests. The old town is very rich in cultural and historical monuments and is known for its frescoes, cistern, canonical house, etc. “In our municipality we have 165 accommodation facilities (holiday homes, apartments and rooms), with a total of 1048 beds, and as of this year a Robinson camp has been registered. From the beginning of this year to the middle of October, 71.138 overnight stays were recorded in the Žminj area, which is 16 percent more than in the same period last year. According to the number of tourist arrivals, of which there were 7.871 this year, there is an increase of as much as 19,50 percent than last year. The structure of guests visiting Žminj is 58,24 percent from Germany, 7,36 percent from Austria, 5,31 percent from the Netherlands, 4,00 percent from Belgium, and from England, Italy, Poland, France and other countries.”- proudly concludes Lenka Šajina.Related news:  TZO ŽMINJ WINNER OF THE “SIMPLY THE BEST” AWARD FOR A SERIES OF EVENTS INSPIRED BY LOCAL TRADITION In the category Innovative and creative project in tourism for a series of events inspired by local tradition, the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Žminj won the national annual award Simply the Best. The Tourist Board of the Municipality of Žminj has nominated three events: Istrian pinci pod čerepnjon on the hearth, the Istrian Pasta Festival and Bartulja. These are events that are not organized only in the peak season, but start before Easter and end at the end of August, so the importance of these events is extremely important and special.The importance of quality, diverse and primarily authentic content as a motive for coming is recognized in the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Žminj, and they continue at the same pace. Not all events have to be mega big, “small” events are extremely important, which give rhythm and soul to the destination and fill with quality content throughout the year. Thus, the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Žminj and the company Sport box doo from Buzet, are organizing an orientation race Štriga on Saturday, October 21 in the wider area of ​​the Municipality of Žminj! Istrian Rogaine Challenge. It is a team race in which teams use maps and compasses to search for hidden checkpoints.Lenka Šajina from the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Žminj points out that such sports events, which are organized in the time before the season and post-season, are excellent for the promotion of the Žminj region. “Unlike coastal towns, in Žminj caterers work all year round and offer traditional specialties, so you will find it difficult to find fish on the menu, but you have the opportunity to taste the best maneštra, homemade pasta, sauerkraut, sausages, prosciutto, cheese and even some forgotten dishes. Our events are inspired by local tradition. We try to involve local businessmen and entrepreneurs in every event, and in that way they are also involved in this sports event. Each participant will receive a product from local producers, and the best will receive a package that will contain a local product or a ticket to one of the local attractions. Guests from Slovenia, Croatia and Finland have registered at Štrig, so this is an ideal way to get to know the Žminj region, because the checkpoints are located in attractive positions, near kazuns, ponds, churches, family farms, craftsmen, caterers. The local offer will also be at the finish line, where local attractions, producers, craftsmen, entrepreneurs will be promoted… It is very important to us that the participants remember Žminj well, not only because of the race but also because of the local offer”, Says Lenka Šajina, director of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Žminj.last_img read more

Taylor’s 28 points carry Badgers over Hoosiers

first_imgPoint guard Jordan Taylor carried the Badgers, scoring 17 points in the first half alone to keep UW in the game until the second half.[/media-credit]In the first half of Thursday night’s showdown with Indiana (10-9, 1-5), the No. 17/18 Wisconsin Badgers (14-4, 4-2) faced a lights-out Hoosiers attack. Fortunately for the Badgers, they had Jordan Taylor to carry the load – and not just for the first half, as UW prevailed 69-60 at the Kohl Center.Taylor led all scorers with a career-high 28 points on remarkable 9-15 shooting, including 3-6 from three-point range and a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. In the first half, the Badgers’ junior point guard scored 17 points – Jon Leuer had nine at the break – and nobody else on the team had more than two points. Needless to say, Taylor was crucial for UW.“I don’t think it’s just this game, I think he’s been doing it,” Indiana head coach Tom Crean said of Taylor. “I think Jordan Taylor’s not only one of the premier guards in the league – that’s obvious. I think he’s one of the premier guards in the country, and it’s not just because he played great tonight.”While Crean was gushing about Taylor after the game, he likely had a different picture in his mind at halftime, as his Hoosiers were leading 34-30. Fittingly enough, it was Taylor who scored the first basket of the game. Leuer tipped the ball to Keaton Nankivil to begin the game, and when Taylor received the ball from him at the top of the key, he drove left and surged straight through the paint for an easy layup.Wisconsin was up 2-0, but that would be their biggest lead of the first half. At the 18:30 mark, Leuer scored his first points on an easy jumper to even the score at four. Yet after Indiana’s Jordan Hulls converted a layup on the next possession, the Hoosiers built a lead that they would not relinquish until 13:18 in the second half.“They hit some tough jump shots,” Ryan said of Indiana. “They’re a very good jump shooting team. When they’re stroking it like that, we needed to be a little tighter. We didn’t do that.”Indeed, the Hoosiers’ offensive attack was firing on all cylinders. IU entered the game second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.492) and tied for third in scoring (75.2). True to their word, the Hoosiers shot 14-23 (60.9 percent) from the floor in the first half while also sinking 2-4 three-point attempts. Wisconsin was also hot – the Badgers were 13-25 (52 percent) from the floor and 4-9 (44.4 percent) from behind the arc.In the second half – as they have for much of the Big Ten season – the Badgers came out with a stronger performance. After Hulls – who led Indiana in scoring with 16 points on 7-12 shooting – nailed a jumper to extend the score to 36-30. The two teams traded baskets the next four possessions, and then Christian Watford fouled Nankivil as he was going up for a putback attempt at the 16:04 mark. Nankivil – who finished with nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks – converted both free throws, and the Badgers were within four, 42-38.“We were attacking the basket a little more and just trying to finish at the rim,” Leuer said.“A couple times early, they got past our guys, and we didn’t do a good job stopping them from getting to the rim,” Ryan said. “We gave up a few of those early, and that doesn’t put a smile on my face – I don’t think on anybody on our team, either. So we corrected that a little bit and got better at that.”Watford, Indiana’s leading scorer on the season – he finished with 10 points – sunk a jumper on the next play to even the score at 44 with 13 minutes left to play. The score was evened against at 46 one minute later, but Wisconsin had the momentum. The dagger came with one minute remaining, as Taylor drove the lane, was stopped and shoved the ball to Leuer, who had trouble corralling it amidst the defensive pressure. Leuer gathered it though, and with the shot clock expiring, banked a turnaround, fadeaway jumper as he was fouled. Leuer hit the free throw, putting UW ahead 65-58 and effectively ending IU’s hopes of leaving Madison with a win.“I thought the back-breaking play was Leuer’s play as the shot clock was winding down when he banked it in and got the foul call,” Crean said. “We had done almost everything right on that possession … that was a tough one.”last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw shuts out the San Francisco Giants as Dodgers move into first place

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO >> Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis often says when Clayton Kershaw starts, he and the fans are seeing “something historic.” Sometimes that’s obvious, like when Kershaw no-hit the Colorado Rockies in June.Other times, like Saturday, Kershaw is more mechanical than awe-inspiring. Gregor Blanco singled in the first inning and the Giants didn’t get another hit until the seventh inning of a 5-0 Dodgers win. Kershaw (12-2) needed 113 pitches to complete the two-hit shutout. Most major-league pitchers will go their entire careers without throwing a two-hit shutout. For Kershaw, who lowered his major league-leading earned run average to 1.76, it wasn’t even his best start of the season. So what exactly are we witnessing? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “They tried to be patient. They tried to be aggressive,” Ellis said. “As a hitter you can’t really game-plan for him.”Whether it was by design or by happenstance — Kershaw thought it’s the latter — having the Dodgers’ top three starters pitch this three-game series in San Francisco already is paying off. Zack Greinke threw seven scoreless innings Friday. Hyun-Jin Ryu starts today against Jake Peavy, who arrived in the middle of the game after being traded from Boston earlier in the day.The Dodgers’ lineup hasn’t been the same consistent force as its pitching staff, but it also has gained steam in San Francisco. They have 26 hits in the first two games. Facing right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (5-8), they couldn’t match their franchise-record tying five triples of a day ago, but the Dodgers may have found a combination they can roll with.For the second day in a row, Yasiel Puig batted second and played center field and Matt Kemp played right field and batted sixth. Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with two doubles, Hanley Ramirez went 2 for 4 with a double and Juan Uribe went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Blanco was the only baserunner for either team over the first three innings, and he was erased on a double-play groundout by Buster Posey.The Dodgers scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, then chased Vogelsong after scoring two more runs in the sixth. They almost scored a third, but Posey swipe-tagged Gonzalez on the forearm on a close play at the plate.Gonzalez is batting .333 (10 for 30) in eight games since the All-Star break. He’s reached base in every game.“I’m a very streaky hitter,” Gonzalez said. “That’s usually how my seasons go — lots of ups and downs.”The Dodgers are not a streaky team. They have not won or lost more than three games in a row this season. But something’s changed since the last time they played the Giants in May, when they lost three of four games at Dodger Stadium. Specifically, they’re a bit healthier — Ellis and Uribe are back in the lineup — and their outfield seems a bit more stable.That they have found normalcy against their historic rivals, amid trade rumors and a battle for first place, could be a giant coincidence.center_img “It’s just the consistency, the ability to put up numbers without too many hiccups,” Ellis said. “His clunkers are like in St. Louis: Seven innings, three runs — and they’re the defending National League champions.”The Giants, although depleted by injuries, were the best team in the National League West until the final out Saturday. Then the teams flipped places, with the Dodgers (58-47) taking a half-game lead over the Giants (57-47) and moving back into first place after a 13-game hiatus.Calmly as ever, Kershaw credited his teammates for scoring the runs that allowed him to win his ninth consecutive decision. Then he responded, in his own way, to a question about his efficiency.“That team puts the ball in play,” Kershaw said of the Giants. “Not striking out a lot. A lot of good at-bats over there, so really just trying to attack them and get it done early.”Kershaw struck out seven, which actually is quite a few. Another eight outs were recorded on fly balls to the outfield. The rest were harmless ground balls or infield pop-ups. Whether the Giants swung early in the at-bats or late, the outcome was practically inevitable.last_img read more