Great-grandmother, 73, kills 580-pound alligator with one shot, she says

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(GOODRICH, Texas) — A great-grandmother in Texas hit an alligator in the bullseye earlier this week, killing the massive reptile with one shot to its head, she told a local news station.Livingston Mayor Judy Cochran believes the gator she found on her family ranch along the Trinity River in Goodrich, Texas, is responsible for her miniature horse who went missing three years ago, she told ABC Houston station KTRK-TV.The gator likely ate the horse, which was about the size of a Labrador retriever, she said.On Monday, Cochran shot the gator in the same pond where her grandson killed one in 2009, the Houston Chronicle reported. He was only 5 years old at the time, the Chronicle reported.“One shot in the head and he went under,” Cochran said of her kill. “Typically, they’ll do a death roll and roll over and over and over, but this one didn’t.”The alligator, which measured in a 12 feet and 580 pounds, was taken to a local taxidermist. Cochran plans to mount its head and tail in her office, make boots from its hide and eat the meat, she said.Residents in Polk County are only permitted to kill alligators 20 days out of the year, according to KTRK-TV. The gator must be baited and caught before it’s killed, the station reported.This year was full of firsts for Cochran, according to KTRK-TV. She was elected as mayor in May, became a great-grandmother for the first time earlier this month and can now call herself a killer of predators.“Don’t mess with Nana,” she said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Croatian hotel market is stagnating in the development of the offer, shows the global report of Horwath HTL

first_imgMost of the leading domestic chains have become involved in the portfolio branding process by increasing the total number of domestic brands in the market. This trend is in line with developments in the European market, but the motives for these processes are not yet entirely clear (for example, portfolio sales or regional expansion). The report showed that the Croatian hotel market is stagnating in the development of the offer mainly because the current market is favorable for the development of private accommodation (low taxes, regulatory environment), but also because of low incentives for hotel development, which is the key reason for dominance of domestic hotel chains – 9 percent of hotel companies generate 85 percent of total industry revenue. The annual global report of the consulting company Horwath HTL on hotel chains “European Chains & Hotels Report 2019” covers 22 European countries, including Croatia. Domestic chains as the main drivers of growth The hotel market still relies on the summer season Although Zagreb is on the rise (with three new internationally branded projects planned), the majority of projects are based on coastal areas (as much as 75 percent) and well-known destinations (Hvar, Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec). Key statistics for Croatia / Horwath HTL Domestic chains were active in the investment market where the largest hotel chains opened at least one new property in 2018. The top five hotel chains have opened eleven properties, or 2,5 new rooms on the market. Others were primarily based on the development of small hotels. In 2018, growth was recorded, however, with the risk of slowdown that occurs due to the recovery of the Mediterranean region, but also development strategies aimed at earning money without a significant increase in value-added supply, competitiveness begins to lose. On the other hand, pre- and postseason offers significant growth potential that can be captured by smart initiatives and management. In Zagreb, as the only continental destination on the rise, three new hotel chains were opened in 2018, and three are planned. Ranking by degrees and size / Horwath HTL High seasonality and the current level of business in Croatia (ranked 58th and 159th in terms of issuing building permits) remains a major obstacle for international investors, especially in terms of taking development and ownership risks. But there are still positive examples in the market that can boost investor confidence. Horwath’s report to 22 countries cites information that in 2018, there were a total of 146.600 hotels on the market, or over six million rooms. France had the most hotels within the hotel chain, as many as 3885, while Albania had the least branded hotels. Attachment: HORWATH HTL / European Chains & Hotels Report 2019 The report showed that the main potential is off-season offers. In Montenegro, great potential has been recognized due to the favorable conditions it offers to investors and the encouragement of a luxury tourist product. Greece is back in the top 15 world tourist destinations. In 2018, they opened 150 new luxury hotels, which contributed to the fact that one in five Greek hotels falls into the category of four or five stars. And, although on shaky ground over Brexit, the United Kingdom has invested almost € 4 billion in its hotel sector. Ratio of international and domestic brands / Horwath HTL New brands of domestic chains Ranking by destinations / Horwath HTLlast_img read more

Biles wins third gold in women’s vault

first_imgBy Pritha Sarkar | RIO DE JANEIROAll-around champion Simone Biles scooped her third gold medal at the Olympics when she soared to victory in the vault final yesterday.The American beat world champion Maria Paseka of Russia with a score of 15.966 from her two vaults. Paseka claimed silver and Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber pipped India’s Dipa Karmakar by 0.15 of a point to take bronze.Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina, bidding to become the oldest ever gymnast to win an Olympic medal at the age of 41, finished seventh out of the eight finalists after over-rotating on her Produnova.For Biles it seemed business as usual, with little over-the-top celebration as she captured the third of what could be a record haul of five golds.Biles said the win was especially satisfying as she has never won the vault in the world championships.“It was good, I feel very excited because having gone to worlds and having two silvers and a bronze it means a lot to me … It’s something that I wanted so badly,” she said.There was a little hop following her opening Amanar vault, a 2-1/2 twisting back somersault. When she launched into the air for a second time, she was foot perfect as she nailed the landing from her Cheng vault, a round off half turn into the table, followed by 1-1/2 twisting front somersault.An ear-to-ear grin and a high-five with coach Aimee Boorman completed another golden day for the 19-year-old who is proving to be an unbeatable force in Rio.Paseka, the silver medalist, told Reuters: “I could have done the second vault better. I want to be first of course, but I look at Simone and I understand at the moment she’s untouchable.”last_img read more