Photo: RegioJet CZ “The arrival of the train from Prague is a symbolic return of our traditional tourists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the route that passes through several countries is proof of good connections, important for tourist movements. The interest in our country is also evidenced by the investments of the Czech investor in the Hilton hotel on the Costabella worth 80 million euros, which raises the quality of Kvarner’s tourist offer.” concluded Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. “Demand is a record and the highest in the history of our company, which is why we decided to operate on this route every day until the end of August, and not just three times a week as originally planned. The line will remain in 2021. “, he concluded Jančura, adding that all passengers can also buy a bus ticket for many Croatian destinations departing from Rijeka. Interestingly, this news was accompanied by The New York Times. In addition to numerous Czech, Slovak and Slovenian tourists, diplomatic representatives of these countries also arrived in Croatia, as well as 30 leading Czech and Slovak media who will report on the Croatian tourist offer during their stay in our country. The importance of the Czech and Slovak markets for Rijeka is also confirmed by the director of the Rijeka Tourist Board Petar Škarpa. “Czech and Slovak tourists in Rijeka have achieved significant growth in tourist traffic in the past three years, and I hope that this year’s RegioJet train will contribute to the return of Czech and Slovak tourists as it was before the pandemic. I am extremely glad that Rijeka has been recognized in this sense by the Czech partner RegioJet, ie the owner, Mr. Radim Jančura, who connected the Czech Republic and Slovakia with Croatia and Rijeka with this line. “, said Škarpa. Modern and high-quality trains run on the mentioned route, offering customers top service during the trip to the final destination. The first train arrived with a maximum allowable capacity of 12 wagons, of which nine were 9 sleeping and three Astra wagon standard. Until July 11, trains will run 3 times a week, and after that date the train on the route Rijeka – Prague will travel daily until the end of August. In September, trains will run again 3 times a week, and the last train from Rijeka will depart on September 26, 2020. The first train of the Czech carrier RegioJet, which will run from July to the end of August on the route Prague-Brno-Bratislava-Ljubljana-Rijeka, successfully arrived at the railway station in Rijeka together with more than 500 Czech, Slovak and Slovenian tourists who were part of this premiere trip. Approximately 30 tickets were sold “We are proud to cooperate with RegioJet, which has recognized the importance of connecting the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia with Croatia, which enjoys the status of one of the most popular and most popular foreign tourist destinations in these markets. This railway route will significantly contribute to tourist flows between our countries, and this is confirmed by the data on the sale of more than 30 thousand tickets in the first ten days of sales. At the moment, the Czech Republic is in an excellent third place in foreign markets from which we generate the largest tourist turnover, while Slovakia is in eighth place”, said the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. According to the words Radima Jančure, CEO of RegioJet, this company is the leader for long-distance rail connections in Central Europe, and annually records 20 million passengers, 11 million in rail and 9 million in bus transport.
Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearSmith is now 2-0 in the UFC with a pair of first-round stoppage wins, which means he should get another moderate step up in competition next time out, although he did mention wanting to face Francisco Trinaldo, which could be interesting.Regardless of what comes next, “King Cage” is someone to pay real close attention to long-term in the lightweight division because as good as he has looked thus far, there is still plenty of room for him to get better too. In their minds, they pictured less of a passing of the torch and more of Adesanya taking it by violent force, styling on “The Spider” with the flare, panache and precision that produced four wins in as many starts in 2018.Join DAZN and watch Daley vs. Page at Bellator 216 on Feb. 16Instead, the 29-year-old upstart won a clear, concise decision by outworking Silva and avoiding any real protracted battles. He picked his spots, made use of his speed advantage and shared a few fun back-and-forth moments with one of his fighting inspirations, like their second-round ‘No, you come here’ bit where each obliged the other’s request to fight in a certain location.From a functionality standpoint, it did the trick — Adesanya remained defeated and added one of the greatest fighters of all-time to his list of vanquished foes, keeping him in the title conversation in the now congested middleweight division.But in having to play it safe against Silva, “The Last Stylebender” may have slowed his momentum and coupled with the delayed title clash between Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum, it could result in Adesanya needing to take another, more dangerous fight before truly entering into the title conversation.This was always the risk with making the fight with Silva.Stylistically, there was always great potential for Saturday’s last-minute main event to turn into a staring match where neither man wanted to rush in and get caught out. Thankfully, there were enough exchanges and engagements to provide some excitement, but the relative closeness of the fight also left people wondering about Adesanya’s true standing in the division.Beloved as he is, Silva hadn’t fought in two years (less a day) and hadn’t earned an undisputed or non-overturned victory since defeating Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153. Yet there he was Saturday night, making a guy who had previous dominated Brad Tavares and Derek Brunson mind his Ps and Qs.Is it a testament to Silva’s otherworldly talent that he’s able to still make emerging stars like Adesanya fight cautiously or does Adesanya’s inability to dominate the 43-year-old legend prompt a deeper inspection of where the City Kickboxing standout fits within the divisional hierarchy?The best answer is one that encompasses both and likely means a tougher assignment for Adesanya next time out in hopes that he runs through an established current contender and cements himself as next in line to challenge for the title.But sliding him in against Jacare Souza, Yoel Romero or even Chris Weidman are risky propositions that could see the talented burgeoning superstar bounced from the ranks of the unbeaten and knocked back in the 185-pound pecking order.Just as losing isn’t always the end of the world, sometimes beating one of the biggest names in the history of the sport doesn’t produce the returns you anticipated.Adesanya remains a star on the rise and a surging contender, but there are a few more questions for him to answer following his bout with Silva than there were prior to the two sharing the Octagon in Melbourne.If not for bad luck …Robert Whittaker can’t seem to catch a break, especially when it comes to defending his middleweight title on home soil.Last year, a month before his scheduled bout against Luke Rocklhold in Perth, the UFC’s first and only Australian champion was forced out of the bout with a nasty staph infection and a case of the chicken pox, which are an annoying right of passage as a child, but increasingly dangerous when contracted as an adult.All throughout fight week in advance of his scheduled title defense against Gastelum this weekend at UFC 234, Whittaker spoke about how much it meant to him to defend his belt at home and to compete in front of the Australian fans. And then, the Saturday morning news broke that “The Reaper” was rushed to the hospital and removed from the card.Whittaker was diagnosed with twisted and collapsed bowels and an internal hernia, and underwent emergency surgery on Saturday to correct the issues. Provided everything went well, the projected timetable for his return to training is apparently 4-8 weeks, though Matt Damon told UFC President Dana White that seems a little ambitious and who are we to argue with Will Hunting/Jason Bourne/The Guy Who Bought a Zoo/The Martian? Dana White says Matt Damon told him that anyone who has hernia surgery will need more than four to six weeks to recover. So they’re taking a wait-and-see approach with Robert Whittaker. #UFC234— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) February 10, 2019 As terrible as this is for Whittaker, it’s no picnic for Gastelum either, as the challenger now faces an uncertain future after spending the last eight months connected at the hip with Whittaker.Saturday’s scuttled main event was supposed to wrap up their time together — the end of a build that included coaching opposite one another on “The Ultimate Fighter” — and now it’s hard to say whether the pairing stays together or if Gastelum will be forced to face someone else as Whittaker convalesces.That’s why the title challenger was traipsing around with Henry Cejudo’s UFC title over his shoulder, calling himself the rightful middleweight champion throughout the broadcast on Saturday night. He needed to do whatever he could to maintain the rivalry and lock down his place in the queue of contenders, knowing full well that an extended absence for Whittaker could cost him his title shot.And this isn’t great for the UFC either.I know no one likes to hear any “this sucks for them too” points whenever a fight is pulled at the 11th hour because everyone is in the midst of hating the UFC and its overloaded schedule, but losing Saturday’s main event knocks another division off kilter to start the year.Lightweight has been up in the air since Khabib Nurmagomedov went bonkers at UFC 229, flyweight might be getting shuttered and bantamweight has too many title fight options at the moment, so that’s already three of the UFC’s 12 weight classes that are unsettled — four if you include heavyweight, where no one seems to know for sure what is next for Daniel Cormier and if he’s going to stick around beyond the mid-March hard out he set for himself last year.UFC 234 was supposed to be an easy two-step at middleweight — Whittaker and Gastelum fight for the title and the winner faces the winner of the co-main event between Adesanya and Silva.Instead, the main event was cancelled and Adesanya looked good, but not great while beating the 43-year-old former champion and now everyone is waiting to find out how long Whittaker will be out and how things are going to line up in his stead.Conor vs. The WorldThere was a time not that long ago where getting Conor McGregor to agree to fight anyone was a labor-intensive task that required you to capitulate to his various demands, signing a couple guys from SBG Ireland, throwing rankings and divisional structure out the window and knowing you’d have to engage in the same exercise the next time you wanted to get him to step into the cage.But it seems like getting choked out in the most widely watched UFC pay-per-view in history has prompted “The Notorious” one to alter his tactics.A couple weeks back after Donald Cerrone stopped Alexander Hernandez and once again threw down the gauntlet at McGregor’s feet, the former two-weight world champion took to Twitter and said he was interested: For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you.Congratulations.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 20, 2019 Last week, when Jose Aldo mentioned he’d like to close out his career fighting in Brazil, McGregor said he’d like to compete in the South American MMA hotbed, which made everyone think a rematch with Aldo is a possibility: What an amazing atmosphere at UFC Brazil tonight.I would LOVE to compete there for all the passionate Brazilian fans at some stage of my career.I was so close to securing a bout in Rio last year. It was essentially a done deal.Maybe next time.Ui Vai Morrer!!!! I’m still here.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 3, 2019 After Anderson Silva suggested he’d like to run it back with Nick Diaz in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil later this year following his loss to Israel Adesanya, the Proper 12 proprietor again took to Twitter to attach his name to the hypothetical festivities, suggesting it would be a good opportunity for he and Nate Diaz to book their trilogy fight: Book it. I’ll fight Nate on it. https://t.co/ewh4aQ4E7A— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 10, 2019 Do I think he’s genuinely interested in each of these opportunities? Sure, for the right price.Do I believe this is more about McGregor keeping his name in the conversation while he’s hanging out on the sidelines, finishing up his retroactive suspension stemming from the UFC 229 melee because heaven forbid MMA Twitter not bring up his name in every conversation about potential fights in or around a division he’s fought in previously?You’re damn right I do and I have to admit, it’s brilliant because it’s working.McGregor can’t fight until April and Nurmagomedov said he doesn’t want to return until November in New York City, so unless the Irishman is going to face someone else, he’s going to be on the shelf for the majority of the year and that’s just not something he’s going to accept quietly.So, he’s accepting fights with everyone on Twitter, giving oxygen to conversations about potential matchups and keeping his name in the news as only he can.Personally, I’ll be interested when pen hits paper and a deal to fight one of these guys is signed.Until then, I’m happy to focus on the competitors who are actually stepping into the cage on a week-by-week basis and not the ones re-tweeting every positive mention of Proper 12 and pretending like he’s ready to take on the world again like back before he tasted championship success in the UFC.Fight of the Weekend: Shane Young vs. Austin Arnett at UFC 234I loved everything about this fight.On one hand, it was a great fight for breaking down how scoring works in MMA because although Arnett landed some good shots each round, he was throwing singles and largely moving backwards, while Young was putting together combinations, dictating the terms of engagement and landing the most telling blows of each frame.Some might have objected to the 30-27 scores, but they were on the money as far as I’m concerned.Additionally, who doesn’t love a good scrap where one guy (Young) is content to get punched in the face in order to get inside and land a couple good licks of his own? The 25-year-old featherweight ate a bunch of clean, sharp jabs from Arnett, but at no point did he stop coming forward or dial back the volume, which resulted in Young closing out each round in impressive fashion, including spinning Arnett to the canvas with a right hand at the end of the fight.Young doesn’t get as much acclaim as some of his City Kickboxing stable mates, but make he’s tough as nails and feisty as all get out, so pay attention as he continues to work his way up the featherweight ladder. Submission of the Weekend: Corey Browning submits Aaron Chalmers by heel hook at Bellator NewcastleCorey Browning has made two appearances in the Bellator MMA cage and taken out a pair of famous names with promotional backing in the process.Last October, the Knoxville-based lightweight pounded out a second-round stoppage win over “Baby Slice,” Kevin Ferguson Jr. and Saturday in Newcastle, he tapped Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers with a heel hook 20 seconds into the third round. Corey Browning submits Aaron Chalmers with a heel hook #BellatorNewcastlepic.twitter.com/DCm7XY2cQR— Darren Russell (@DarrenRussell_) February 9, 2019 Browning had lost two straight when he got the call to face “Baby Slice” and now he’s become a “Celebrity Executioner” of sorts.This is always the danger of backing inexperienced talent with marketable names and it will be interesting to see if Bellator are able to parlay Browning’s success into something bigger.Knockout of the Weekend: Jalin Turner knocks out Callan Potter at UFC 234Turner is one of those guys who is going to have to make up for a poor first impression in the UFC after fighting up in weight and getting knocked out in the first round by Vicente Luque.He took the first steps towards that end on Saturday by showcasing what he brings to the table in the second fight of the night.The long, rangy lightweight slipped out of a takedown attempt initiated by Potter, called him back to his feet and caught him with some big, clean shots that ended the bout and made it clear why he’s someone to keep tabs on going forward. His size is always going to be a problem in the 155-pound weight class and he’s got power to go with it, which complicates things further.There are still holes in his game and he needs to gain more experience, obviously, but Turner is just 23 and has the potential to be an all-action addition to the lightweight ranks and possibly more going forward.Prospect to Watch after this Weekend: Devonte SmithDominick Cruz said something about two minutes into Smith’s fight with Dong Hyun Ma that really caught my ear on Saturday.He mentioned that when the 25-year-old lightweight starts throwing punches to the body, it means he’s got his opponent’s range and rhythm down and you can expect him to start looking for the opportunity to land something juicy.The fight was over less than two minutes later.Smith doesn’t have overwhelming size or power for the division, but what the Factory X Muay Thai product does possesses is outstanding speed and precision, and when coupled with that ability to make quick reads and adjustments in-fight, it makes him a very intriguing prospect. Every week, we’ll release a new MMA mix tape entitled “The Remix” that looks back at not only the biggest stories of the last seven days, but some of the ones that aren’t getting enough attention too, with some weekly awards and a prospect to watch going forward added in for good measure.Adesanya keeps rolling, but…A lot of people expected Israel Adesanya to step into the Octagon on Saturday night at UFC 234 and dominate Anderson Silva.