In the first half of the year, 30 percent of the turnover from last year was realized

first_imgIn June this year, 892 thousand tourists who came to Croatia realized 4,8 million overnight stays, which is 32 percent of the overnight stays realized in June 2019, which shows that in June and at the level of six months this year there is a minus in overnight stays of about 70 percent, point out the CNTB. On the contrary, domestic tourists are the bearers of tourism in the interior of Istria, and thus “saved” the season for various facilities in commercial accommodation, holiday homes, restaurants and wineries in the interior of Istria. Foreign tourists accounted for 69 percent of total overnight stays, with most or 26 percent Slovenes, then 25 percent Germans, and Austrians 9 percent, and tourists from BiH and the Czech Republic 7 percent each. Domestic tourists in six months with the most overnight stays, which once again confirms how lightly we rejected them, as usual, and especially this year. Of course, about 2 million domestic guests cannot replace the 20 million arrivals of foreign tourists, but they certainly can and should be a great base for the pre- and post-season. In the continental part of the country, 12 percent of total overnight stays were realized, most of them in Zagreb, which is the leader among all destinations in Croatia, ahead of Rovinj, Vir, Medulin and Poreč. This year, September could generate significant traffic, of course in line with the whole situation and if the epidemiological situation remains stable. Thus, domestic tourists in the first half of this year accounted for 31 percent of total overnight stays, which is the highest among all markets and a rarity in the last more than ten years. Adriatic counties are still leading with a total of 88 percent of overnight stays in the first six months, and among them the highest number of overnight stays or 25 percent was realized in Istria, followed by Primorje-Gorski Kotar with 21 percent and 15 and 13 percent in total overnight stays in Zadar and Split-Dalmatia county. By type of accommodation, tourists spent the most nights in commercial accommodation, of which 73 percent in household facilities, 30 percent in hotels and 20 percent in camps. 16 percent of the total six-month overnight stays were realized in non-commercial accommodation, and 24 percent in nautical charter.last_img read more

Soros cash aids Big Yellow float

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Equal Pay Day, 2018

first_imgEqual Pay Day, 2018 Proclamations,  Women’s Rights WHEREAS, the Equal Pay Act was passed over 50 years ago, but women, especially minority women, continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay; andWHEREAS, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statics, women who were full-time wage and salary workers in 2016 had median usual weekly earnings that were 82 percent of what men earned; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania women who are employed full-time lose a combined total of nearly $34 billion each year; andWHEREAS, women remain an important factor in the nation’s labor force, driving decades of economic growth, and must be provided with equal economic opportunity; andWHEREAS, fairness, inclusion, and trust are necessary for a healthy society and a healthy commonwealth; andWHEREAS, a lifetime of lower pay means women have less income to save for retirement and less income counted in a Social Security or pension benefit formula; andWHEREAS, fair pay equity policies can be implemented simply and without undue costs or hardship in both public and private sectors; andWHEREAS, fair pay strengthens the security of families today and eases future retirement costs while enhancing the American economy.THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim April 10, 2018, as EQUAL PAY DAY. I encourage all residents to recognize the value and importance of pay equity and the important role it plays in our communities.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this ninth day of April two thousand eighteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the proclamation below. You can also view the proclamation on Scribd and as a PDF.Governor Wolf Proclamation — Equal Pay Day 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd April 10, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

ABP almost doubles sustainable investments

first_imgDutch civil service scheme ABP said it had almost doubled the proportion of “highly sustainable” investments over the last year, to 8.5% of its €373bn investment portfolio last year. Half of these investments consisted of real estate that met the highest sustainability criteria of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), a portfolio that has tripled in scale in 2014, Corien Wortmann-Kool, ABP’s new chair, said during the presentation of the pension fund’s annual report on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.She said that ABP wanted to further raise its sustainability target for investments in companies, but said that it would provide details after the summer.Wortmann added that the scheme would also present measurable targets for a further increase of the sustainability of its investment portfolio. The €179bn healthcare scheme PFZW has previously said that it wanted to quadruple its investments to 12% in companies with an important role in improving healthcare, solving water shortage as well as reducing CO2 emissions.Commenting on pressure groups that wanted ABP to divest from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas, Wortmann said that the board took the objections seriously, but that many other participants had an entirely different take on the issue.“In their opinion, we must deliver proper returns in the first place,” she said.The chair indicated that ABP would not give in to the demands of these action groups, and that it saw that the role for fossil energy remaining important during the coming decades, despite the ongoing transition to renewable sources.According to Wortmann, following an investigation into the risks of investments in fossil energy, ABP had already reduced its stake in coal in favour of gas and oil. However, she declined to be specific about which companies the pension fund had divested from.This week, the €812bn Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global announced that it would divest from all companies which had a stake of more than 30% in the coal sector.ABP made clear that it wanted to act as a responsible stakeholder, and that it had engaged with more than 200 companies about environmental and social matters, remuneration as well as governance.Once the engagement process got underway, firms in Europe and the US were granted two years to improve performance, while Asian companies were given three years.If they fail to act, ABP could decide to sell its stake.last_img read more

Dream home renovation: How a house rescued from demolition became a labour of love

first_imgSimon and Kathrina Johnson at their home in Holland Park, which they spent years renovating and are now selling. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.THE ‘for sale’ sign read: ‘a little hard work and a good imagination’.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThese homes come with some serious baggage!00:37Fifteen years later, Simon and Kathrina Johnson can attest the property at 24 Arnold St, Holland Park, needed a lot more than that.“They were literally going to bulldoze the house as they couldn’t sell it because it was in such a bad state,” Mr Johnson said.RELATED: ‘Worst house I’ve ever seen’The bulldozer was booked in for the Wednesday and the Johnsons made an offer two days earlier.Perhaps not surprisingly — given the condition of the house — it was accepted.BEFORE: The front of the house at 24 Arnold St, Holland Park, before the renovation.AFTER: The front of the house after the renovation.“People wouldn’t even walk in the front door it was that disgusting,” Mrs Johnson said.“Our girls were only two and four and they wouldn’t even walk in the house.“They would refer to it as the dirty house for six months.But being a carpenter, Mr Johnson knew he could work with it.“We could just see that it had good bones,” he said.“It was a solid block house and it was in a good position on a good block of land.”So, they decided not to demolish the existing house and renovate instead.“We didn’t want to knock it down and build some boring, modern house with no character,” Mrs Johnson said.BEFORE: The back of the house at 24 Arnold St, Holland Park, before the renovation.AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.AFTER: The back of the house after the renovation.It took six months to get the house into a liveable state for the family to move in to.“They actually filled 12 massive skips full of the tenants’ rubbish,” Mrs Johnson said.“Everything had to be gutted completely.”The walls, ceilings and roof had be resheeted, the bathroom and kitchen rebuilt and walls removed to convert the configuration to open-plan living and dining.Next, they added an extension to the bedroom at the back of the house to convert it into the master bedroom by adding an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.BEFORE: The back room in the house at 24 Arnold St, Holland Park, before the renovation.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoAFTER: The back room of the house after the renovation.MORE: 120-YEAR-OLD HISTORIC HOME’S NEW LIFEA deck was added to the back of the house and bi-fold doors installed to link the living and dining area to the outdoor space.But the renovations didn’t stop there.The Johnsons decided to build a separate, self-contained pool house/guest apartment with a kitchenette, bathroom, bedroom and walk-in wardrobe, polished concrete floors and bi-fold doors opening out to a frameless, glass pool.“It was supposed to be for us, but our eldest teen girl decided to move out there,” Mrs Johnson said.“She wanted some peace and quiet to study and she’s been in there since.”BEFORE: The entrance to the house at 24 Arnold St, Holland Park, before the renovation.AFTER: The entrance to the house after the renovation.Not content with that, the Johnsons decided to extend the dining room, install a walk-in pantry and laundry and add on a second back deck.The final stage of renovations — completed in recent months — involved building a carport and giving the laundry and main bathroom a makeover.“We’ve done all the landscaping ourselves and little touches like putting rocks under the outdoor room, water features and planting clumping bamboo to make it private,” Mrs Johnson said.“We did everything ourselves, except the electrical and plumbing.”BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 24 Arnold St, Holland Park, before the renovation.AFTER: The kitchen after the renovation.Mr Johnson added: “It has without a doubt been a labour of love.”The property is being marketed through Scott Hay and Joseph Leong of Ray White – Holland Park.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: Five years, stagedTotal spend: $250,000last_img read more

Revealed: Shocking number of teachers getting the bash from violent students

first_imgNewsHub 28 April 2018Newshub reveals the schools with the most stand-downs for assaults on staff. Credits: Image – Getty; Video – Newshub. Beaten, bloodied, bashed and bruised – even the classroom isn’t safe as teachers across New Zealand face violent assaults from their own students.Last year, a shocking 580 primary school students and 119 secondary school students were stood down for assaulting school staff.Another 27 composite school students and 22 special school students were stood down. A stand-down is the removal of a student for up to five days.“Many of these children here would have presented with other problems in their lives when they came to school,” New Zealand Principals’ Federation president Whetu Cormick told Newshub.“Whether they be learning, severe behaviour, mental health issues, or poverty or disadvantage has had an impact on their lives. And also trauma.”READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/04/revealed-shocking-number-of-teachers-getting-the-bash-from-violent-students.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Iheanacho  Needed The Opportunity To Deliver for Leicester  – Ndidi

first_imgLeicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi is happy with Kelechi Iheanacho’s bright form for the club this season.Advertisement Iheanacho has netted six goals in his last 12 games across all competitions for the former EPL champion.Reacting, Ndidi hailed Brendan Rodgers for the opportunity he gave to the player to show the stuff he is made of in the team.He added that the Nigerian striker is a natural goalscorer who just needs chances to deliver in front of goal.His words, “I’m very happy for Kelelchi because he’s a natural goalscorer. If you give him the opportunity like he has now, he will deliver,”“I think the manager has really helped him too. He’s done that with so many players.“We have good discipline and understand the game better. Every player has really changed, in a good way.”On watching Leicester lose when he was injured, “For me, it was sad because I was not in the squad. I was really sad because it’s a very different feeling, watching from the outside instead of playing,”“Sometimes when you watch the game from the outside, you see things better than when you’re playing because you’re not in the situations. But it was still sad for me.Read Also:Young Leicester Fan asks for Iheanacho’s shirt after FA Cup Match“We lost points in some games but I still think we did well. The guys that came into the team played well. Sometimes it just isn’t your day.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesAwesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

Girls Track Regionals Results At Shelbyville

first_imgThe Girls Track Regionals were held at Shelbyville on Tuesday (5-26).Warren Central was the team champs.  Greensburg finished in The Top 10 at 9, Batesville was 13th, Rising Sun 17th, Oldenburg Academy 18th, East Central 20th, South Dearborn 27th, Franklin County & North Decatur 29th, and Jac-Cen-Del 31st.2015 Girlss Track Regionals @ ShelbyvilleCourtesy of the IHSAA.last_img

IMCA Super Nationals, Sprint Nationals champions earn HJC Motorsports helmets

first_imgLA HABRA, Calif. – Looking to build on a solid foundation, HJC Motorsports gives new awards at two of IMCA’s biggest September events.The La Habra, Calif., manufacturer gives an AR-10 III SA approved helmet with dark smoke shield to every champion crowned at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s and the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals.All other drivers qualified for the Modified main event at Super Nationals receive $50 gift certifi­cates.“We want to continue expanding our market and IMCA is a good foundation to do that,” explained HJC Sale and Marketing Director Romel Ramirez. “We have a large number of off-road custom­ers and are looking to build our dirt track market in the Midwest and around the country.”“Super Nationals and the Sprint Nationals are great events for us to be part of,” he continued. “The number of drivers and fans who attend these events are amazing.”Modified, Late Model, Stock Car, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod, Southern SportMod and Sport Compact champions crowned at Boone Speedway and the Sprint Car champion crowned at Ea­gle Raceway go home with HJC helmets.Gift certificates will be mailed in mid-September to the other 32 Modified main event qualifiers.More information about HJC helmets and accessories is available at the www.hjc-motor­sports.com website or by calling Ramirez at 562 407-2186.The 2017 season will be HJC’s seventh as an IMCA sponsor.“We have worked closely with Romel and HJC in the past and the timing was perfect to renew our partnership with two of the highest profile events in all of dirt track racing,” emphasized IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The helmet HJC designed for dirt track racing is a quality product and one I’d recommend to IMCA racers in any division.”last_img read more

Narraguagus beats Bucksport to earn Class C North softball title

first_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts BREWER — Dethroning a powerhouse is never an easy task at any level of sports, but neither is consistently staying atop a field that includes numerous challengers. When Downeast Maine’s top softball teams met Tuesday for the Class C North title, one of those two things had to give.Narraguagus edged No. 1 Bucksport 4-2 in the Northern Maine title game Tuesday at Brewer’s Coffin Field. The result brought to an end the Golden Bucks’ three-year reign as Northern Maine champions and sent the Knights to the state title game for only the second time in program history.The No. 2 Knights (18-1) started off with back-to-back triples and a single to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning. A pitchers’ duel then ensued as senior Kate Saunders of Bucksport and junior Lanie Perry of Narraguagus exchanged a number of strikeouts in the second and third.In the fourth inning, Bucksport (17-2) would tie the game when Alexis Wardwell hit a two-run single to center field to score Maggie Bires and Saunders. The game then went into extras as the two pitchers began dealing once again, and excellent defensive plays from both teams — Bucksport senior Darian Jellison made crucial diving catches in the fifth and eighth innings — kept the score knotted at 2.Bucksport’s Mikayla Tripp hits a ground ball during the Class C North championship softball game against Narraguagus on June 12 in Brewer. Bucksport’s 4-2 loss to Narraguagus snapped a 14-game winning streak dating back to April 27. KARIN BOS PHOTOThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Our six seniors made some great plays and gave it everything they had,” Bucksport head coach Mike Carrier said. “The leadership and effort they gave all four years here are going to be tough to replace, but we’re Bucksport, and we’ll reload.”With runners at second and third and no outs in the ninth inning, Madison Leighton delivered for Narraguagus. The senior had been hitless against Saunders entering the at-bat, but this time was different as she singled to score both runners. Perry then retired the Golden Bucks in order in the bottom of the inning, and the Knights advanced to their first state championship game since 2002.“We just had to settle ourselves down and remind ourselves that this was the regional championship,” Leighton said. “The pressure got to us there for a little bit, but we were able to get back in the game and take advantage in the right situations.”Saunders had 11 strikeouts, one walk and nine hits allowed in what was her final game for Bucksport. Perry had eight strikeouts, one walk and seven hits allowed for Narraguagus and also caught three line drives hit right her way in the circle.The game also had a controversial moment late when Jellison was called out at second base on an attempted steal. It was a close play that killed a momentous seventh inning for Bucksport, and the team’s head coach of nearly three decades was far from happy with the umpire’s call.“I saw it, and I know what I saw,” Carrier said. “Put it in the paper, put my name beside it — I don’t care. They screwed us.”Narraguagus senior Madison Leighton hoists the Northern Maine championship trophy after the Knights’ 4-2 win over Bucksport on June 12 in Brewer. Leighton’s two-run single in the top of the ninth inning proved to be the decisive play as Narraguagus won its first regional softball championship since 2002. KALI ALLEY PHOTOFor Narraguagus, the win was another defining moment in what has been an incredible run for the school’s girls’ sports teams in recent years. A few of the players who helped the school to a state title in girls’ basketball in 2016 were on the diamond as the school went on to add another piece of hardware to its trophy case on this June evening.“The people at Narraguagus are all really hard-working and passionate, and we’re really close as a community,” Leighton said. “I think those relationships carry over into things like sports, and that allows us to have success and get some great moments like this.”Narraguagus will play Madison (19-0) in the state championship game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. Madison, the No. 1 seed in Class C South, beat second-seeded Sacopee Valley (16-3) 15-7 on Tuesday to win the regional title for the fifth time in six seasons.“We’re probably going to be yelling the whole way home on our way back to the high school, but then it’s back to business,” Leighton said. “We still have another game we want to win.”center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more