first_imgAlmost a third of respondents (31 percent) have a drop in reservations of more than 80 percent, and 90 percent of them also cancel reservations, with the share of canceled reservations for July and August being mostly up to 60 percent.  Suffered financial damage from 50.00 to 100.000 kuna “These data show that family accommodation is an extremely affected sector of tourism, on which the existence of almost 110.000 families depends and which is of inestimable importance for the business of many ancillary companies and crafts. The current occupancy is mostly realized by filling the accommodation facilities in canceled and free terms at significantly lower prices, so we anticipate that ultimately this year’s financial results will be incomparable with last year’s “, said the president of the Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Martina Nimac Kalcina, adding that due to the connection of family accommodation with a number of other activities, it is necessary to adopt additional measures to help renters.  The Croatian Chamber of Commerce survey was conducted on a sample of over 2100 respondents, and is being conducted in several phases until the end of this season in order to provide as accurate data as possible on the situation in the family accommodation market. Only 6 percent of them answered that they do not have significant financial losses. Among the surveyed service providers, a third are retirees, among whom 75 percent are those without whom income is significantly endangered (46 percent) or subsistence (29 percent). About 20 percent of them need a moratorium on the existing loan, and a similar number need a new loan to survive until next season. The results of the HGK survey on the impact of coronavirus on the business of family accommodation providers showed that as many as 95 percent of respondents have a reduced number of reservations compared to last year, despite three quarters of them reducing prices, mostly up to 30 percent. CCCcenter_img More than half of the respondents (53 percent) state that the measures of the Government of the Republic of Croatia helped them to some extent or significantly, while the measures of local and county bodies were used by only 18 percent of private landlords. Source: HGK Germany is a key emitting market; followed by other European countries, Austria, Italy and Slovenia The financial damage suffered in the first six months of this year for most renters (77 percent) ranges up to HRK 50.000, while for the next three months this estimate rises to HRK 100.000. The largest share of reservations (60 percent) is received through leading online sales channels, and a smaller part directly (30 percent) or through domestic travel agencies (11 percent). The survey confirmed that our key emission markets are Germany, Austria and Italy, as well as Slovenia. Germany is a key emission market; followed by other European countries, Austria, Italy and Slovenia. last_img read more

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first_imgIndosat Ooredoo, one of Indonesia’s major telecommunications providers, has laid off nearly 700 employees as part of a change in its business strategy “to bring the company’s closer to market needs”.According to a statement The Jakarta Post received on Saturday, Indosat president director Ahmad Al-Neama addressed employees on Friday, citing three key changes: “rightsizing the organization, adding resources to increase competitiveness and [improving] customer service and experience”.Al-Neama also stated that the company would “empower regional teams” to develop closer customer ties and “transition network operations to a managed services model in line with industry best practice”. Indosat director and chief human resources officer Irsyad Sahroni said in the statement that 677 employees were laid off on Friday, and that more than 80 percent of the affected employees had received a “fair [severance] package above the statutory requirements”.Read also: Indosat reports solid revenue growth in first nine months 2019“We have thoroughly reviewed all possible options, and reached the conclusion that we must take this tough, but necessary action for us to sustain and grow,” Irsyad said in the statement.“We are taking a fair approach aligned with prevailing laws and regulations, communicating directly and transparently with both impacted and unimpacted employees,” he stated.Irsyad added that the company was working on placing many of the laid-off employees in opportunities with its umbrella partners.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgUS President Donald Trump this week threatened to cut ties with China, where the outbreak began late last year, over its role in the spread of COVID-19, and has repeatedly made unproven allegations that the virus originated in a Chinese lab.He has also suspended funding to the WHO over allegations it initially downplayed the seriousness of the outbreak, and was kowtowing to Beijing.Despite the tensions, countries hope to adopt by consensus a resolution urging a joint response to the pandemic.Consultations around the resolution, tabled by the European Union, concluded this week after “tough” negotiations, according to Nora Kronig, who heads the international affairs division of Switzerland’s public health office.”One challenge was that it is almost impossible to negotiate in a virtual fashion. That makes it more complicated to build consensus in small groups,” she told AFP.But after several days, a tentative agreement was reached to approve the resolution, which among other things calls for more equitable access for tests, medical equipment, potential treatments and a possible future vaccine.’Ambitious’An EU source hailed the draft as “ambitious”, and pointed out that if it does indeed pass by consensus as expected, it would mark the first time a global forum achieves unanimous support for a text on the COVID-19 response.The source said countries had not shied away from thorny topics, including a call for more WHO reform after determining that its capacities “have proven insufficient to prevent a crisis of this magnitude.”While diplomats have agreed in principle on the draft resolution, observers voiced concerns that in the current politicised atmosphere, some countries might still choose to break the consensus next week.”My hope is that we will be able to join consensus,” US Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva Andrew Bremberg said Friday.The United States and Europe are at loggerheads over future vaccine access, while Washington has also accused China of trying to steal US immunisation research. And Washington is also leading a number of countries in demanding that the WHO end its exclusion of Taiwan — considered by Beijing to be part of its territory — and allow it to access next week’s assembly as an observer.Taiwan participation a ‘minimum'”While this has been an ongoing concern for several years, this has taken on a heightened attention this year in response to the global pandemic,” Bremberg said.”Allowing for some sort of meaningful participation would seem to be the minimum that the WHO could do.”The UN health agency has, however, insisted that such a move would require a resolution by member states, who in 1972 decided Beijing was China’s sole legitimate representative.It has also suggested it can only issue an invite with Beijing’s blessing.Taiwan was invited to attend the WHA for a number of years as an observer, but that stopped in 2016, with the entrance of a new Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, who refuses to recognise the concept that Taiwan is part of “one China”. The United States, which will be represented during the assembly by Health Secretary Alex Azar, is meanwhile not among a group of more than a dozen countries who have called for a vote on allowing Taiwan to participate.Several diplomatic sources cautioned that putting this issue to a vote even under normal conditions would be a drawn-out process, and that doing so during a short, virtual meeting would be an unsurmountable logistical challenge.It would “torpedo” the entire assembly, one diplomatic source warned.Topics : WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday the event would be “one of the most important (WHAs) since we were founded in 1948″.But the chance of reaching agreement on global measures to address the crisis could be threatened by steadily deteriorating relations between the world’s two largest economies over the pandemic.’Politicization'”Of course I am concerned at the politicisation of the WHA and the risk of its failure,” Gian Luca Burci, an adjunct professor at the Geneva Graduate Institute’s Global Health Centre, told AFP. As the World Health Organization prepares to host its main annual meeting next week, fears abound that US-China tensions could hamper the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis.The UN health agency, which for months has been consumed by the towering task of trying to coordinate a global response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, will for the first time invite health ministers and other dignitaries to participate virtually in its annual meet.The World Health Assembly, which has been trimmed from the usual three weeks to just two days, on Monday and Tuesday, is expected to focus almost solely on COVID-19, which in a matter of months has killed more than 300,000 globally, and infected nearly 4.5 million. last_img read more

first_img February 11, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Human Services,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Nicole Yancy has joined the newly created Office of Advocacy and Reform as Child Advocate, a position recommended by the governor-appointed Council on Reform as part of his executive order to protect Pennsylvania’s vulnerable populations.“Pennsylvania can now focus more effort on the specific needs and support of some of its most vulnerable – its children – through the work of Nicole and her office,” Gov. Wolf said. “Nicole’s experience and dedication to children throughout her career will be a big asset to the work already under way at the Office of Advocacy and Reform.”Yancy most recently served as a judicial law clerk for the Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court in Boston. Previously she has worked with the immigrant community on legal matters surrounding deportation and housing, representing families in cases of abuse, neglect and dependency petitions.She also worked for the Department of Human Services (DHS) in the Children and Youth division in Philadelphia as a training and development supervisor in the area of child abuse and neglect, risk and safety assessment and case planning for families, as well as supervising the multi-disciplinary team and ongoing sex abuse unit within the same Philadelphia office of DHS.“The unique mix of Nicole’s child welfare experience with her law degree, combined with her passion for protecting children, make her the perfect fit for this new position and a strong addition to the Office of Advocacy and Reform.”Yancy holds a master’s in social work from Rutgers University School of Social Work in Brunswick, NJ, and a Juris Doctor with particular interest in child welfare policy and juvenile law from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI.center_img Gov. Wolf: Child Advocate Joins Office of Advocacy and Reformlast_img read more

first_imgAuctioneer Andrew Bell taking a property to auction. Picture: Glenn Hampson Top auction tips for buyers ● Get pre-approved: Make sure you have your funds organised with a lender. ● Look for hidden nasties: Among the first things to check in any auction process are the building and pest reports. It’s best to have no nasty surprises after the final bid. ● Check the fine print: It’s always advisable to check the contract for your property of choice ahead of auction day. Ask your solicitor to do the ground work so you can sign with peace of mind. ● Paddle up: If you’re serious about bidding at auction, you have to register. Make sure you sign up either before or on auction day before raising the paddle. You will need ID. ● Stay calm: The auction process can be a bit of a whirlwind affair, so it’s important to keep your cool as the bidding heats up. Make sure you stick to your game plan and your price limit. ● The deposit: A winning bid requires a 10 per cent deposit on the day, so it’s important to have the chequebook handy. (Source: Phil Rogers, Loan Market managing director) Anne and Mark Henry. Picture: Mike BatterhamFor Mr and Mrs Henry, the decision to take their house at 114 Acanthus Ave to auction at Ray White Surfers Paradise’s The Event on January 28 came down to market research.“We have been in that house for 26 years and decided that it was the right time to make a move,” Mr Henry said.“Because our house is not your standard house, it’s a dual residence, and from speaking to different people, we felt the only way to get the correct value was to take it to auction.“The market seems to be very active at the moment so it seems to be the right time to sell.” Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell in action at last year’s The Event. Picture Glenn HampsonCoreLogic data revealed 372 properties were scheduled to go to auction across the Gold Coast last week — up 20 per cent over a two-year period.That number is expected to swell to more than 400 in coming weeks as Gold Coast agencies hold their own auction events.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said migration and reality TV had contributed to the jump. REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said migration and reality TV had contributed to the jump in auction numbers across the Coast. Picture: Jerad Williams“The rise in interstate migration from Sydney and Melbourne has led to an increase in auction awareness and leading people to go to auction,” Mr Henderson said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago“Obviously reality TV such as The Block has also brought auctions to the forefront. With that comes a much bigger level of awareness.”He said choosing to go to auction came down to individual circumstance.“With an auction you don’t have a price so you do attract a larger number of inspections and there’s no limit on the price you can achieve,” he said.“At private treaty, buyers are generally negotiating down. Obviously at an auction they negotiate upwards.” Mark and Anne Henry at their Burleigh Heads home. Picture Mike Batterham“To be frank, I wasn’t an auction fan,” said Mr Henry, who runs a consulting business.“I know Melbourne is an auction city and Sydney was going that way and have noticed auctions were really starting to become more prevalent in Queensland and particularly on the Gold Coast.“It was a complete change of thought for me to actually go to auction.”Mr Henry is part of a growing trend of Gold Coast homeowners choosing auctions over private-treaty. CoreLogic data revealed 372 properties were scheduled to go to auction across the Gold Coast last week.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the Gold Coast market was primed for auction.“It’s one of the most transparent ways of selling and the best way to offer a property to multiple buyers because every buyer gets equal opportunity in an open environment to increase their offer over and above any other offers being presented,” Mr Bell said.“In so many cases there’s a great sense of satisfaction because sellers have sold their property unconditionally with a degree of confidence that they have achieved the highest price possible.” Mark and Anne Henry are taking their Burleigh Heads home at 114 Acanthus Ave to auction. Picture: Mike BatterhamBURLEIGH Heads man Mark Henry admits he wasn’t a fan of auctions.It’s surprising considering he and wife Anne are putting their Burleigh Heads property under the hammer next weekend.last_img read more

first_imgDenmark’s Industriens Pension reported a 2,500 increase in the number of active members of its pension scheme between January and June this year, reversing a period of decline, as employment in the industrial sector grew.Laila Mortensen, chief executive at the labour-market pension scheme, said: “The increase is a result of the positive development in employment in Danish industry.”The number of contributing scheme members rose to 160,976 at the end of June from 158,591 the same time the year before, according to the scheme’s interim report.Many jobs in the industrial sector covered by Industriens had previously been cut, Mortensen said. “Because of that, the number of active members in the pension scheme had fallen very significantly, but now employment and membership numbers are on their way up again, and, of course, we are very pleased about that,” she said.This development helped push the fund’s profit higher, Industriens said.As previously reported, Industriens said its overall pre-tax return for the the first half rose to 6.6%, with Danish equities producing a 20% return at the six-month period.The pension fund said its holdings in Danish shares were worth DKK9.9bn (€1.3bn) at the end of June. Assets under management rose by DKK8bn since the end of December to DKK136bn at the end of June.Meanwhile, Finnish pensions insurance company Ilmarinen posted a return of 3.4% in the first half of this year, up from 3% a year earlier, but witnessed a decline in the number of people insured.In absolute terms, Ilmarinen’s return for January to June was €1.1bn, up from €892m in the same period last year, the firm said in its interim report.It said the number of earnings-related pension insurance policies increased over the period, but the number of insured private customers fell.Ilmarinen said: “This resulted from a weakening in employment due to the recession.”At the end of June, the total number of people insured with Ilmarinen fell by 10,000 since the end of December, to 560,000.Pension recipients, however, continued to rise steadily during the six-month period, growing to 316,000 at the end of June from 310,000 at the end of 2013.Harri Sailas, president and chief executive at Ilmarinen, said: “The increase in life expectancy and the ageing of the population will also have an obvious effect on the number of pensioners insured with Ilmarinen in the near future.”This growth seems to be continuing at around 2% a year, he said.Pension assets rose to €33.5bn at the end of June from €32.5bn at the end of December.Within investments, equities generated 5.5%, up from 6.3%, fixed income produced 2.2% compared with 1.6%, while the return for direct real estate investments was the same as the year before at 2.4%.Solvency grew to 29% at the end of June from 24.3% a year before.last_img read more

first_img Promoted ContentArchaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These DiscoveriesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Actors And Actresses Whose Careers Were Boosted By Soap OperasThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Speaking ahead of the encounter against Nantes, boss Thomas Tuchel admitted that his side’s preparation was not ideal. He said: “Is it the best way to prepare for a match? No, clearly not. Is it the worst thing in the world? No. I always protect my players, and I really love my team. “With this party, I accept that it is a bit difficult to protect the players, but the context is not simply black or white. It is a shame, because we are giving people the chance to speak badly of us. “We need to adapt to the situation, but I am not going to leave a player on the bench or at home because they went out and celebrated.” Tuchel also spoke of World Cup winner Mbappe after the two were involved in a heated exchange on the touchline after the ex-Monaco ace was brought off. Read Also:Ligue 1: Veteran Hilton ready for Neymar clash, determined to keep going He stated: “There is nothing personal between him and me. These things happen. “It was between a player who does not want to come off and a coach who had his reasons for doing something and who wanted to give a game to players who deserved it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 27-year-old – who doesn’t turn 28 until Wednesday – threw a lavish all-white party on Sunday just 24 hours after Les Parisiens’ 5-0 win against Montpellier. The Brazilian trickster required treatment during the first half of Saturday’s victory, with PSG confirming that he hasn’t been able to shake off the injury. In a statement released on Monday, the Ligue 1 outfit said: “Neymar Jr has a costochondral injury, suffered during the first half of the match against Montpellier. Loading… Neymar ruled out of PSG squad for next game with injury… just two days after lavish birthday party— Crazy News (@CrazynewsOk) February 4, 2020 Paris Saint-Germain star, Neymar has been ruled out of Tuesday’s clash against Nantes with a rib injury – just two days after his birthday bash at a Paris nightclub. “This was confirmed by tests that were conducted today.” A number of PSG players including the likes of Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Ander Herrera were all in attendance at Neymar’s party.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Ripley and Greensburg Middle School Basketball Results.7th Grade – South Ripley 67-468th Grade – Greensburg 43-328th Grade: Despite a double-double effort from Eric Vickers (11 points and 10 rebounds), the visiting Raiders fell to the host Pirates 43-32. Dakota Day added 9 points with 6 boards, while Kaleb Rinear pulled down 8 rebounds with 2 points. Jon Adkins contributed 6 rebounds along with a tremendous defensive effort by Jon and the entire team.7th grade improves to 9-1 on the year; 8th grade drops to 7-3. Both teams will next be in action on Monday when they host Southwestern of Hanover.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Jeff Greiwe.last_img read more

first_img Aidan O’Brien’s globetrotting colt excelled in Australia’s richest weight-for-age event, a Group One over a mile and a quarter, with a withering late run in the hands of his ice-cool pilot. Despite his lack of experience at the racetrack, Moore was happy to bide his time as The Cleaner took the field along at a fast pace, with Andrew Balding’s Side Glance also close to the speed, b ut Adelaide made his move inside the final four furlongs and left his rivals for dead with a swooping charge from out wide. Adelaide came from last to first under a brilliant Ryan Moore ride to claim the Sportingbet Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. Fawkner finished second, with Silent Achiever third, but nothing could live with the exceptional winner. Moore said: “He’s a very good horse. He stepped out slowly and they went quick early on. I gave away a bit of ground (at the start), but he was creeping (into contention). “He’s done it the hard way. Usually the best horse wins, and usually the best horses have to do things a bit tougher. This horse has shown what a good colt he is. Things were against him but he’s got the job done.” Adelaide became the first European winner of the Cox Plate, while O’Brien was claiming his first top-level triumph in Australia. Moore said: “I was a long way back and I thought down the back we had to be a bit closer. I was giving away a good bit of ground. I got on the back of Fawkner and he pulled me into the race.” Side Glance turned in another superb effort to finish a close-up fourth in the Pearl Bloodstock silks. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more