An interesting story comes from the town of Łódđa, the third most populous city in Poland, where resourceful workers set up six hives with 60 diligent bees on the roof of a local hotel within the Hilton tourist hotel chain.In Poland, according to Polish media, the Lodz case is not isolated and there are bee communities in several other cities, and experts are convinced that honey produced by “urban” bees, despite concerns that car degradation could harm urban bees and their honey, may be healthier. from that which arose in nature, away from urban environments. Namely, city bees pollinate plants in parks and collect honey there, and parks are not treated with any chemical pesticides, unlike fields where bees live in nature. Hilton took advantage of the fact that across the hotel is a park with various and lush vegetation, trees and flowers because “their” bees do not only pollinate the flowers that adorn the hotel environment.Ingenious hoteliers from Lodz calculate that each bee community brings 30 kilograms of quality honey per season, which will be tasted exclusively by hotel guests, so imaginative chefs have already designed a menu that includes honey produced on their roof. They recommend other hotels and other institutions near the parks to follow their example and – they will not regret it.Here we witness an example of the synergy of beekeeping and tourism, and in the example from Vinkovci we also see how beekeeping and tourism can work together.A unique honey souvenir in the shape of Orion, the oldest calendar in EuropeVinkovci beekeeper Goran Ferbežar, who has been engaged in beekeeping for five years, made an attractive souvenir that represents Vinkovci in the most beautiful way, more precisely, the long and rich history of the oldest town in Europe. He made a faithful replica of the Orion vessel from beeswax with all the symbols that mark the constellations of the night sky above Vinkovci. He also designed an attractive box for a replica of Orion made of wax, which also contains a short instructive explanation of what Orion is and why it is exceptional as an archaeological artifact.”I was thinking of making an authentic Vinkovci wax souvenir, because I already have several wax products, and the shelves on which I exhibit honey and other bee products have city motifs and give off a Vinkovci flair. Orion came to my mind because otherwise I think that in making souvenirs we should use more motifs from the distant past and make replicas of objects found in archeological excavations in the area of the city. I wanted to connect the pristine nature of bees because they fly in this area for millions of years and produce honey and wax in the same way and the vessel Orion, the oldest Indo-European calendar found in Vinkovci”, Says Goran Ferbežar.The Orion vessel in Vinkovci below today’s Hotel Slavonija was discovered by archaeologist dr.sc. Aleksandar Durman, and he understood the meaning of the symbol on it only 20 years later, and studying it revealed that it is the oldest calendar in Europe dating from 2600 BC.
Germany will travel to this month’s World Cup in Brazil with only one out-and-out striker after coach Joachim Loew cut Kevin Volland from his final 23-man squad on Monday.Hoffenheim forward Volland joined defender Shkodran Mustafiand left back Marcel Schmelzer, still nursing a knee injury, as the three players left out of the final squad after being included in a provisional selection for a training camp in Italy.”Obviously Shkodran, Marcel and Kevin are very disappointed and I an understand that because they had every right to hope they would be in Brazil,” Loew told reporters.”All three are players who still have the chance to take part in several big tournaments in their careers.”Volland’s exclusion came as a surprise given the stocky striker’s physical strength and all-round play were seen as a good alternative to veteran forward Miroslav Klose, who will be 36 next week.Attacking midfielder Mario Goetze played as a striker in the 2-2 warmup draw against Cameroon on Sunday and that position can also be filled by Thomas Mueller, on target in that game.Loew included Borussia Dortmund’s Erik Durm, who can play as left back, in the final squad after he won praise following his first cap on Sunday while also sticking with youngsters Julian Draxlerand Matthias Ginter as well as midfielder Chrstioph Kramer, who won his first two caps in the past weeks.The coach, in charge of Germany for the fourth tournament, also kept faith in first-choice keeper Manuel Neuerand captain Philipp Lahm, both of whom are racing to get fit following injuries. Playmaker Bastian Schweinsteiger, also working on his fitness following several injuries this season, made the squad in a talented midfield that also includes Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Toni Kroos.”I am 100 percent convinced of all the players’ abilities. We have the right mix of many young and hugely talented players and players with a lot of tournament experience who know what it is all about,” Loew said.Little-known Mustafi of Sampdoria, a surprise call-up in the provisional squad, made way for a more experienced backline, with Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Hoewedes, Per Mertesacker and Kevin Grosskreutz.Borussia Dortmund’s Schmelzer paid the price for missing too much training in their Italian training camp due to his injury.Germany, who won the World Cup as West Germany on three occasions, hope to clinch their first silverware since Euro 96. “It is a balanced squad and with two players available for every position,” Loew said.”Our players have character and the team has character. We will travel with this squad to Brazil with a lot of confidence because we have set big targets.”Germany take on Ghana, United States and Portugal in World Cup Group G.Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler(Hanover 96)Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schuerrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio)
FIFA rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament “can achieve positive change.”Russia’s alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week prompted calls from some lawmakers in Germany to review the country’s hosting rights.On Friday, FIFA issued a statement saying it “deplores any form of violence” and questioning the purpose of relocating the sport’s showcase tournament.”History has shown so far that boycotting sport events or a policy of isolation or confrontation are not the most effective ways to solve problems,” FIFA said, adding that global attention on the World Cup “can be a powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between people and governments.”The conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russia separatist rebels escalated days after the World Cup ended in Brazil.On July 13 in Rio de Janeiro, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a World Cup hosting handover ceremony with Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff. Both then sat next to FIFA President Sepp Blatter to watch the final at the Maracana Stadium, won by Germany. FIFA, which has Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on its executive committee, said a World Cup in the country “can be a force for good.””FIFA believes this will be the case for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,” the governing body said.Blatter already rejected calls to strip Russia of the tournament after it annexed the Crimea this year.”The World Cup has been given and voted to Russia and we are going forward with our work,” Blatter said in March.In a separate statement Friday, Mutko said a U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics had been a mistake. “So there’s no sense in reacting to politicians trying to make names for themselves,” Mutko was quoted saying by Russian news agency R-Sport. “We’re preparing in a calm way, building facilities, getting ready for the World Cup.”Russia has announced a $20 billion budget for building and renovating 12 stadiums, and other construction projects, for the first World Cup in Eastern Europe.”FIFA has stated many times that sport should be outside politics,” Mutko said. “Hosting an event like this, we’re doing it for athletes from all over the world, for footballers, for the fans.”