Hainan Airlines will soon introduce flights from China to Croatia?

first_imgHainan Airlines could soon connect China and Croatia with a direct flight.According to the SeeBiz.eu portal, the Croatian delegation in Hainan held talks with the provincial government on a direct flight Hainan Airlines for Croatia. The talks on the Croatian side were attended by the President of the CSEBA Presidency Mario Rendulić and the Croatian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China Nebojša Koharović.”We have updated the talks on the direct flight of Hainan Airlines from China to Croatia, most likely to Zagreb. The introduction of a direct flight would certainly greatly increase the number of Chinese tourists in Croatia. It is quite certain that the increased interest of the provincial as well as the central government can be attributed to the good news about the work on the Peljesac Bridge, which was given to the Chinese CRBC. ” said the President of the Presidency of CSEBA Mario Rendulić, for SeeBiz.eu. Ambassador Koharović and CSEBA proposed to the Chinese side a joint organization of tourism workshops. They also proposed the establishment of a special office for the exchange of goods and greater promotion of Croatia on this tropical island, for which, just like Croatia, the most important sector of the economy is tourism.By the way, Hainan Airlines has been flying from Beijing to Belgrade, via Prague, since September last year. On the other hand, the new Franjo Tuđman Airport has significantly increased its capacity, and can now have 5 million passengers a year.IN A FEW YEARS, CHINA WILL PROVIDE 100 MILLION TOURISTSA conference was held in Venice earlier this year “EU-China Tourist Year”, which marks the beginning of the joint cooperation between China and the countries of the European Union in the field of tourism through 2018, the Ministry of Tourism reports.The opening of the joint tourist year, which will provide new opportunities for investment and growth in tourism and the presentation of mutual cultures and values, was accompanied by the first EU-China Summit on Tourism, which brought together top officials of the European Commission and EU officials. China. The main goal of the “EU-China Tourism Year” is to jointly attract more Chinese tourists to Europe by promoting trans-European products and helping European operators to penetrate the Chinese market.Also, in the last few years, we have witnessed the entry of capital from Chinese investors, both in Europe and in Croatia, and it is precisely Peljesac Bridge will be built by one of the Chinese companies. Also, recently Uniline and Atlas opened offices in China, and also the Croatian Chamber of Commerce opened an office in China, more precisely in Shanghai. China is home to 20 percent of the world’s population, 2,6 times more people than the EU as a whole, and their standard and economy are constantly growing. Therein lies the huge potential for the placement of quality products and services that Croatia undoubtedly has, and also when we talk about tourism. That is why the Croatian Chamber of Commerce will work on strengthening the image and brand of Croatia and Croatian products within the new office, the Chamber points out.If we want to take a step forward, it is certainly that the direct airline is the only way, and this is exactly what CSEBA has been working on intensively for a couple of years in cooperation with MINT and CNTB. By the way, last year, a record tourist year, we recorded as much as a 53% increase in arrivals from the Chinese market, which is the largest growth of all markets.What is very important for our tourism is how Chinese tourists “discovered” Europe, so last year over 6 million Chinese tourists visited European destinations, making Europe the second most important market for Chinese tourists. Interestingly, as many as 46 percent of tourists come from eastern China, from the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Also, tourist spending by Chinese tourists during travel increased by 36 percent last year, CSEBA points out.The most popular months when Chinese tourists come to Croatia are late spring (May and June) and early autumn (September and October), which shows that unlike European visitors where the peak is in the summer months, Chinese tourists do not like to enjoy the “sun and sea” . Chinese tourists want an active vacation, lots of sightseeing, authentic experiences, natural and historical environment, and they are especially focused on UNESCO protected sites.Source: SeeBiz.eu / CSEBA / HrTurizam.hrRelated news:EU-CHINA TOURIST YEAR CONFERENCE HELDCROATIAN-CHINESE ECONOMIC FORUM: CHINA WILL PROVIDE 100 MILLION TOURISTS IN A FEW YEARSGREAT NEWS FOR CROATIAN TOURISM! UNILINE OPENS OFFICE IN CHINA AND SOUTH KOREA.last_img read more

Slight recovery in labor demand

first_imgInterestingly, advertisements published in July required less of all levels of education compared to the year before, except for low-skilled and skilled workers for whom demand increased year-on-year. Source: Institute of Economics, Zagreb However, due to a slightly stronger decline over the past two months, the average value of the index in the first seven months of this year is lower by 0,5 percent compared to the same period last year. Lower demand for work in the first seven months of 2019 compared to 2018 may reflect slightly weaker indicators in tourism this year, since among the published online ads still occupy the largest share of occupations belonging to the tourism sector, according to the analysis of the Economic Institute Zagreb. After the weakening of labor demand in May and June, the OVI index in July points to a recovery given the index’s growth of 1,9 percent compared to July 2018. The most sought-after occupations in the past month were salesman, waiter, chefAs in July last year, the most sought-after occupations in the past month were salesman, waiter, chef, driver and warehouseman, which accounted for over 35 percent of the total ads posted. In July, the demand for work in central Croatia also fell slightly (accounting for 60 percent of all published advertisements), while the demand for work in other regions increased compared to July 2018. The largest positive contribution to the growth in the number of advertisements on an annual basis was made by advertisements for the professions of salesmen and waiters, while the most negative contribution was made by advertisements for the profession of computer scientist. In just under 2 percent of ads, it is indicated that the employment of foreigners is desirable, mostly for the professions of programmers and computer scientists. last_img read more

Govt policies ineffective at meeting workers’ real need for cash, says labor NGO

first_imgThe Trade Union Rights Centre (TURC) is calling on the government to reallocate its funding for the preemployment training program as cash assistance while pushing for stronger supervision of businesses to prevent further layoffs.The non-governmental labor advocacy and research organization has pointed out that several of the government’s COVID-19 policies have not contributed to overcoming the resulting employment crisis,, including the preemployment card training and incentives program for unemployed workers and the holiday bonus (THR) installment payment policy for Idul Fitri.The preemployment card program, which has been allocated Rp 20 trillion (US$1.35 billion) from the 2020 state budget, aims to assist 5.6 million eligible workers and small business owners affected by the health crisis.“The government’s role is crucial in allocating trillions of rupiah from the state budget effectively and on target to protect workers and to [prevent] hunger and an increase in poor people,” TURC executive director Andriko Otang said in a statement on Sunday.The Manpower Ministry’s records show that about 1.7 million workers have been laid off, terminated or lost their jobs as a direct effect of the COVID-19 epidemic in Indonesia. The figure comprises 1.4 formal workers and 300,000 informal workers.In an online survey on the preemployment card program conducted from May 1 to 11, the TURC found that 54 percent of potential applicants were interested in the program because of the cash incentive, 30 percent wanted to acquire new skills, 16 percent were simply curious and 8 percent wanted to find a job.Otang said that the majority of jobless workers needed cash aid, and that the preemployment card program was ineffective at helping them find jobs since the program offered training to participants without any job placement on completing their training.Read also: Preemployment card draws criticism as workers ‘need cash aid’“Therefore, the training fund for the preemployment card program must be reallocated as [direct] assistance for workers,” he said, adding that direct cash transfers could help maintain buying power among workers of the poor to middle classes.The ministry also recorded that 34,179 Indonesian migrant workers had not been able to depart for their jobs abroad, and that 465 Indonesian apprentices in Japan had been repatriated. Meanwhile, the Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) estimates that 34,300 migrant workers will return to Indonesia in May-June because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The TURC survey also found the different ways in which formal workers had been affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, including termination without severance pay, temporary layoffs with partial pay and working on-site or from home with partial pay.Middle-class employees, who spend about Rp 1.2 million to Rp 6 million per month, were the most affected group, followed by the aspiring middle class, whose monthly spending ranged from Rp 500,000 to Rp 1.2 million, the survey found.Otang said that although the government had offered several incentives to businesses to support them during the crisis, supervision had been weak in preventing layoffs.“The weak point is that the state has not encouraged the relevant institutions to [maintain] data on the companies that have received the government incentives,” he said. Read also: COVID-19 forces restaurants, retailers to cut wages, furlough employeesHe stressed that this shortcoming prevented public monitoring to make sure that beneficiary companies were not laying off their workers, and that the government must issue a regulation on supervising its incentive programs for businesses.Orang also called on the Manpower Ministry to withdraw its recently issued circular that allowed companies to defer paying the THR to employees or to pay the THR in installments. He said that the move “gave the impression that the government prioritizes incentivizing businesses rather than protecting workers’ rights”.“The government should better understand the vulnerability of workers who have to meet their needs,” he said, citing the survey results that showed 78 percent of workers disagreed with the government’s THR policy.In addition, Otang called on the government to instruct the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) to start paying old-age security (JHT) to workers, an idea that 81 percent of survey respondents supported.“The reason is that the pandemic has resulted in workers receiving incomplete or unsteady incomes, reducing their capacity to meet their daily needs,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: Turkish league gets resumption date, to host Champions League final

first_imgRelatedPosts UEFA changes venue of Player of the Season award ceremony, Champions League draw Neuer crowned Player of the Month for August UEFA returning N259bn to broadcasters due to COVID-19 Turkey has announced plans to host the Champions League final in August following its postponement in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and the Turkish football league is set to resume in June without spectators.Turkish Football Federation chairman Nihat Ozdemir said on Wednesday that the final would take place despite European football’s governing body UEFA indefinitely postponing the match two months ago. The final had originally been set to take place in May.Ozdemir also said Turkey’s domestic football league would be resuming from June 12 and aims to complete the season on July 26.The schedule would involve seven weekend matchdays and one midweek, and fans will not be allowed into the grounds.Teams will play their matches in their own cities and stadiums, Ozdemir said, adding that no consideration had been given to playing all games in a single city.“God willing, we will complete our own leagues at the end of July. We will hand over our cups on the pitch and then we will cap the season off by hosting the UEFA Champions League final in August,” Ozdemir told a televised news conference. Ankara has launched efforts to gradually revive the economy from late May after the spread of the virus slowed over the past two weeks.Turkey has about 130,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, the highest total outside Western Europe, the United States, and Russia.Tags: Champions LeagueNihat OzdemirUEFAlast_img read more

Bosso Seeks Win on the Road for El-kanemi Warriors

first_imgJoshua TekidekAfter a shaky start to the season during which El-Kanemi Warriors lost a home game at their adopted ground in Katsina, Coach Ladan Bosso seems to have steadied their progress following their return to familiar Maiduguri turf where they have won all 11 games played since April 10.A very confident Bosso is now training his sights on winning at least one fixture on the road after going unbeaten in the last five games. El-Kanemi Warriors drew their last two games on the road including barring draw in Ibadan against Shooting Stars and 1-1 in Abeokuta against Ikorodu United.“I know before the end of the season I will get an away win, that is the target. I don’t know where it is going to happen but I will get an away win. “The next away match is against Kano Pillars, I am an insider, so you know what it means, the pressure is on them”, Bosso boastedCoach Bosso took time to reflect on their Match day 34 against Niger Tornadoes where goals from Chinedu Ohanachom and Hussaini Mohammed gave them victory“You can see the enthusiasm in the people that came to watch but it was an open game 50-50, I appreciate the effort of my boys for being able to put up a good fight.“Before this match I said we have played four matches unbeaten, we plan to extend our unbeaten run to five and we did just that”, Bosso told npfl.ngUp next for Elkanemi is another home game against Heartland before a trip to Kano. Their other away fixture is against Rangers International of Enugu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Panelists explore role of sexual orientation in sports

first_imgThe event’s panel of speakers included Billy Bean, former MLB center fielder; Wade Davis, former NFL player and executive director of the “You Can Play Project” focusing on the LGBT youth and sports; Lauren Lappin, 2008 Olympic softball player and Esera Tuaolo, former NFL defensive tackle. All shared stories of their experiences being gay in a professional sports environment in a discussion moderated by Kate Fagan of ESPN.“We are hosting this program to bring together scholars, athletes and media to discuss the gay sports intersection,” said Adam Rogers, the conference’s co-director and coordinator. “We hope to achieve a greater understanding of how to overcome barriers to athletes and coaches being able to live openly and honestly about their sexual orientation and gender identity.”Panelists shared personal stories of how they came out and how it affected their lives and the sports world in general. Since the panelists differed in age, their experiences varied accordingly.“My experience in the NFL back then was horrible,” Tuaolo, one of the older  athletes, said. “I would hear homophobic statements from my teammates all the time in the locker room, which just pushed me further and further into the closet. Now, though, we are making progress and there is more support now, at least more than there was back when I was an athlete.”Both Bean and Davis are involved in foundations that work to combat bullying. They said they now rely on LGBT youth to pave the way for athletes at different levels of competition.“Shifting consciousness requires us to target the youth,” Davis said.Some pointed out the role the media plays in sports and LGBT experiences.“We have a media that really doesn’t want to address these issues,” said Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.com and an expert in the field of sexuality and sports. “They shove the issues under the rug to avoid conflict.”Another issue presented was stereotypes around homosexuality and particular sports.“Throughout my softball career, the protocol of appearance was hugely important. People would say, ‘Make sure you wear a ribbon in your hair so that people don’t think you’re gay,’ and that goes to show that it’s important to get rid of this stereotype,” said Lappin, the only woman on the panel.The panelists also discussed a few of the main reasons why athletes choose to stay in the closet.“Society has created these ideas of masculinity that make it impossible for gay people to play sports,” Wade said. “However, if we redefine these ideas of masculinity, it would be easier for society to accept that you can be gay and still be a man.”Bean spoke about different barriers regarding coming out, explaining that job security often is a big factor in athletes’ decisions.“Athletes have this fear that if you take on the reality of telling the truth about yourself, you will not get the same opportunities as others,” Bean said. “The sports world is so competitive that you don’t want to give anyone a reason, such as being gay or lesbian, to not pick you to be on a team.”Rogers, a project specialist at the Norman Lear Center, also spoke about the culture for gay athletes specifically at USC.“The collegiate panel showed that many strides have been made in making USC Athletics an inclusive space,” Rogers said. “The leadership of Athletic Director Pat Haden has ensured that LGBT athletes have a safe and welcome place in the USC athletic culture.”Many students found the panel members’ openness to be meaningful.“I like how they spoke about the importance of professional athletes coming out because of its inspiration and its ability to save thousands of lives, especially the LGBT youth,” said Alex Yessayan, a sophomore majoring in policy, planning and development.Others said the panel helped them better understand the plight of gay athletes.“I have lots of friends from high school who are gay athletes,” Sarah Krenik, an undecided sophomore, said. “I think this panel has opened my eyes further as to what my friends might have experienced.” The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism held an event Thursday afternoon called “Professional Sports and the LGBT Experience” as part of its weeklong awareness conference on sports and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience.Speaking out · Olympic softball player Lauren Lappin explains her experiences as a lesbian and former athlete on Thursday. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan This post has been updated from the original report to reflect the correction of the spelling of Billy Bean’s name. He is not associated with Billy Beane, the subject of Moneyball. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Men’s basketball roundtable: 3rd scoring option, the big men and a storyline to watch moving forward

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ 1. Is Oshae Brissett doing enough as the No. 3 scoring option?Sam Fortier: Yes. Syracuse coaches wish he were more judicious with his shot selection, but considering Brissett is a freshman, he’s doing as much as he could be expected to. Though Jim Boeheim has criticized him for struggling to play in the high post and a few other small things, even he said he’s “having a great year.”I’m not sure — and I don’t think the coaches are sure either — what really could help this offense that ranks as Boeheim’s worst in offensive efficiency, per Kenpom.com (125th), since they started keeping track of the stat in 2002. Brissett is not the problem.Matthew Gutierrez: Plenty. You could make a case that he is the most talented player on the roster, in fact. He is averaging more points per game (14.9) than Tyus Battle, Malachi Richardson and Tyler Ennis did as freshmen, making him the highest-scoring rookie on campus since Donte Green and Jonny Flynn in 2008.That is the case for several reasons, not the least of which are that Brissett is talented. But it is also worth noting that SU does not have many other players capable of double-digit scoring — or at least not many who have shown they are yet. Matthew Moyer and Marek Dolezaj have contributed little to the offensive end, something that will need to reverse for Syracuse to win with any consistency.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTomer Langer: I vehemently disagree with Sam and Matthew here, because I don’t think he has. Which isn’t to say that I think Brissett is having a disappointing season. His overall game, especially his rebounding, has been solid, and he has done a decent job considering the role he was flung into. But quite simply, Brissett is shooting 33.5 percent from the field, the second-worst mark in the ACC. His 14.9 points per game don’t look as great when he’s shooting at such a low clip.Brissett has flashed the talent to get to the rim against smaller defenders, and his 3-point shot-selection is improving, as he’s shooting a very solid 36 percent from deep in ACC play. But in Syracuse’s arguably three closest losses — at Wake Forest, home to Notre Dame and at Florida State — Brissett combined to shoot just 25 percent from the field. A few more made shots from SU’s third option could have been the difference in those games.2. Of these three players, who is the most important going forward: Howard Washington, Matthew Moyer or Marek Dolezaj?S.F.: Washington, probably. Dolezaj and Moyer are important, but the freshman springing Battle or Howard for a minute or two, or providing a change of pace with a three-guard lineup, is crucial. Syracuse didn’t think it would need Washington this early or this often, but after Geno Thorpe peaced, here we are. Washington — after playing a career-high 24 minutes against Florida State then only six against Pittsburgh — seems to be getting more burn, but he needs to do that consistently.When Boeheim lifted Battle early against Pitt for a spell, Battle said he was surprised in a good way. Syracuse’s most important player not playing all game every game would be a good thing, and only Washington can make that happen.M.G.: Based on how the lineups have played out, it would be Moyer. But a more reasonable selection is Dolezaj, who plays 21.7 minutes per game — nearly as much as starting forward Moyer (22.2). He has not recently made the impact on games that he made earlier in the season, but he tends to take efficient shots, run the floor and offer a keen sense of court awareness. Whether he can contribute more to the SU frontcourt could forecast SU’s chances in these tough conference games ahead.T.L.: I want to say Washington, since I’m of the opinion that Syracuse should go to its three-guard lineup more, and should generally try and rest Battle and Howard every now and then. But I’ll have to go with Moyer. Dolezaj has shown flashes of playing well without putting up the big stats — knowing where to pass the ball out of the high post and having a knack for where loose balls will go. But his impact has been minimized greatly in conference play by bigger, stronger teams. Barring a drastic change, that seems like it’ll be a problem for Dolezaj going forward.Moyer has the size to compete in the conference. He needs to be more consistent at every facet of his game, but if he can achieve that, he should be the guy moving forward.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff Photographer3. Does SU need Bourama Sidibe playing more minutes, or is Paschal Chukwu producing enough?S.F.: Chukwu has produced as much as he can. Boeheim eviscerated the man after the Pitt game, essentially calling him out for being soft, and Chukwu does bring the ball down when he grabs boards, but he must be taxed. The redshirt junior center has played 31 or more in eight of the team’s last 11 games. Before this stretch, he had played 31 minutes in a game just once in his career. He looks visibly exhausted after games, so I think Syracuse needs Sidibe to step up, if he can. Boeheim recently said the freshman is injured, so that might not be possible, but Syracuse needs to get out Sidibe whatever it can.M.G.: Since not scoring at all against Virginia Tech, Chukwu has reached double figures twice and chipped in nine points against Virginia’s strong defense. His recent emergence of sorts is encouraging for the Orange, but it doesn’t mean SU couldn’t use some help from Bourama. The freshman forward has played sparingly of late, but even just a few buckets and blocks from him would be a boost.T.L.: Chukwu has been very productive given the circumstances, but Syracuse might need Sidibe to play more just to preserve Chukwu. The two were splitting minutes fairly evenly to start the season before Sidibe’sWhen healthy, Sidibe served as a good foil to Chukwu. While Chukwu was long and was more of an interior presence in the paint, Sidibe excelled at running out to 3-point shooters in the corner when need be. For now, though, it’s unclear if Sidibe can fully do that.4. What’s the biggest storyline you’re watching for through SU’s next five games?S.F.: Ball movement. After games when Syracuse’s offense plays well — Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest — players praise the spacing and ball movement. Each of the three Syracuse players who can score — Battle, Howard and Brissett — have each acknowledged that they can sometimes stop the ball and that needs to change. That’s one of the things that Washington brings to the lineup, improved ball movement, because he rarely holds the ball.This quote, from Washington after Syracuse scored 49 points in the Notre Dame loss, said a lot:“Once (offensive sets) fall apart, there’s probably seven, eight, nine seconds left, and you’ve got to go get a shot up. …I just feel like at some guys are too caught up in let’s run this set, run this set, run this set. And just not playing basketball. Sometimes if the screen is not there or the play is not there, just do something different. Cut to an open spot. I feel like sometimes a lot of the guys flash to where the defense is just because it’s the middle of the key, but two steps over would be wide open. I think guys get stuck up in not playing basketball and just running the sets.”This changes with increased, heads-up ball movement.M.G.: The offense. Specifically, will someone become the fourth scoring option? If so, who? Such an addition would do wonders for this team, both morally and on paper. It would take pressure off Battle, Howard and Brissett, while boosting SU’s points per game. Not to mention having a fourth option would stress opposing defenses, allowing fifth and sixth options to possibly emerge.T.L.: The road games. Syracuse was the first team to miss the NCAA Tournament last season in part because of its lackluster record away from home. Last year’s Orange won just two games not played in the Carrier Dome. In one, John Gillon had to score 43 points and in the other, Tyus Battle had to hit a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game.Syracuse should beat Pittsburgh on the road, just because of how bad the Panthers are. But after that, we have arguably the Orange’s two most important games of the season at Georgia Tech and at Louisville. Neither one will be an easy game. But the Orange’s next road games after that are at Miami and at Duke with North Carolina sandwiched in between in what’s arguably SU’s toughest stretch of the season.Syracuse has come close on the road this season both at Wake Forest and at Florida State, but it needs to start pulling out wins. Comments Published on January 23, 2018 at 9:54 pmlast_img read more

Seconds separating top 3 at Suir Valley 3-Day

first_imgDave McGowan of the British based Champion System’s squad is in the leaders Yellow Jersey.He has a slim 4 second advantage over his nearest rival Ed Laverick of JLT Rapha Condor while Ali McCauley is best of the Irish in 3rd place. The Team Asea rider is just 14 seconds off the lead.Today’s 123 kilometres stage sees the riders tackle the climbs of The Vee and Colligan with the finish on the 6 kilometres ascent of the Gravel Pit in the Nire.last_img

Arsenal record a win in Champions League

first_imgKnowing a defeat would have provided a huge blow to their hopes of reaching the next phase, Arsenal were under pressure to perform. Repeating that result in the return game in Germany in 2 weeks would boost their chances of going through to the last 16.But Manager Arsene Wenger says they have domestic matches to focus on first.  To action on the pitch tonight, Manchester United could go top of their Champions League group…they’re away to CSKA Moscow.Meanwhile, Manchester City would improve their hopes of making the last-16 by beating Sevilla. Meanwhile, Chelsea are third in their Champions League group at the halfway stage of this phase of the tournament.They’re drew 0-0 in Ukraine last night against Dynamo (pron: DIE-NA-MOE) Kiev.The Londoners have claimed 4 points from their opening 3 games.last_img read more

Clippers fold late to Jazz, series tied at 2

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY >> There are very few things about the game of basketball Chris Paul cannot explain. But the series of events that led to a dispiriting playoff loss Sunday night were beyond articulation.“I felt like it happened fast,” Paul said.That could be said of so much in this series, which is now knotted at two wins each after Utah stormed back to beat the Clippers 105-98 Sunday.Rudy Gobert going down with a knee injury 11 seconds into Game 1. Blake Griffin damaging precious cartilage in his right big toe. Gobert heroically returning to the floor after a mere eight days. Paul scored 27 points to lead L.A., while Jamal Crawford finally had the game everyone assumed he would eventually have, scoring 25 points off the bench.Gobert made a surprising return, and finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Derrick Favors added 17 points off the bench. Rodney Hood scored 18.Ultimately, however, it was the timely scoring of Joe Johnson that sunk the Clippers.“It’s Sunday,” Snyder said. “They used to call him ‘Joe Jesus.’”For the second time in this series after a Jazz star left the game early, Joe Johnson dominated down the stretch.The veteran forward scored 13 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter. In the final period, the Jazz shot 10-of-14 from the field, while the Clippers were just 5-of-16 from the field and were outscored 28-18.“We let that one get away,” Paul said. “We came here to get back home court, had an opportunity to get two, but it is what it is now.“We’re going to have to go back and protect home court.”Game 5 is Tuesday at Staples Center.The Clippers led 87-80 when Johnson, whose buzzer-beater in Game 1 beat the Clippers, knocked down a seemingly harmless jumper. However, Marreese Speights missed a 3 on the Clippers’ next possession, and Johnson scored again.Then again. And again, and again.Meanwhile, the Clippers kept erring. Paul traveled, Redick missed a 3.Johnson scored 11 straight points, converting on five straight possessions in the span of three minutes for Utah.On the sixth, George Hill found Johnson open in the corner, but instead of shooting the 3 he flicked the ball to Joe Ingles who knocked down a deep 3, giving Utah a 94-90 lead.Finally, with 1:20 left Paul knocked down a floater to stop the bleeding. It was the first Clippers field goal since Paul scored with 7:53 still on the clock.It had been only two nights since it was Paul who carried his team to victory, scoring nine straight points amid a 15-0 run in L.A.’s Game 3 victory.“I remember last game, CP really putting his stamp on the game towards the end,” Johnson said. “I wanted us to return the favor.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Especially and most recently, how about the Clippers blowing a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 4, when they appeared to be cruising to a 3-1 series advantage when the Jazz were without Gordon Hayward?Hayward played just nine minutes due to food poisoning, and his night ended with him on his back in a dark room. It seemed to be the crack in the door needed for the Clippers, who have little sympathy after the spate of playoff heartbreak they have endured, to seize control of the series.Instead of closing, the Clippers closed down.This first-round battle royale has been extended for at least two more games after the Clippers went more than six minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter of a 105-98 loss in Game 4 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.“That’s on me,” Paul said. “Being the point guard, I’ve got to manage the game better, make sure we get good shots.”last_img read more