Maintaining employment and business activity is key

first_img“Swe are aware of the situation of the coronavirus epidemic and its impact on our entire economy, of which tourism is currently the most affected. Our Government is taking a responsible approach to solving the problem and the measures we will apply will be primarily to retain jobs and maintain the liquidity of employers whose business is directly affected by the viral crisis. “, said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli. According to eVisitor data, in the first 10 days of March, 30% less arrivals and overnight stays were recorded. He added that just last week, finance ministers discussed possible economic and financial consequences, as well as consequences for tourism. In conversations with tourism workers from various sectors, some state assistance or compensatory measures are expected in the transition period from the moratorium on loans, wage relief, etc.… It is certainly most important to maintain the liquidity of the tourism sector and jobs. Due to intensive monitoring of the coronavirus situation, sessions of the Tourist Board of the CNTB will be held once a week “Currently, all countries are doing analyzes, the situation is different, you see what is happening in Italy and in some other countries where the prevalence of coronavirus is much higher, ie this epidemic. At the moment, Croatia is holding talks with all interested segments of the Croatian economy. We had a meeting with hoteliers last week, and I instructed Ministers Marić, Horvat and Cappelli to consult with all sectors of the economy.”, Said Plenković yesterday. Kristjan Staničić, CNTB: Planned promotional campaigns on digital and online platforms in most markets have been postponed Today, the 62nd session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian Tourist Board was held, at which the members of the council decided that the sessions will be held once a week due to intensive monitoring of the situation regarding coronavirus. Plenković: We are working on finding measures to make the coronavirus crisis as harmful as possible to the Croatian economy Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli emphasized that they have already started seasonal employment and training in tourism and expressed his desire to retain the workforce, especially employees from the territory of the Republic of Croatia. He announced that measures to retain workers would be implemented soon. Cappelli also emphasizes that it is important to send a clear message that our tourism sector will be prepared and will provide all the necessary services to tourists who come to Croatia. he briefly conveyed some of the information from this meeting, but as far as could be read between the lines, it is obvious that we still have to wait for concrete measures, which, according to Minister Zdravko Maric, will be elaborated in more detail in the coming days. “The most endangered will be the transport sector, especially air transport, which is quite logical, and the second is, of course, the tourism sector. In both of these sectors, of course, Croatia will take appropriate measures. All ministries are currently monitoring the situation and we will then together, both at the European level and at the national level, continue to find ways to make the situation as harmful as possible for the Croatian economy.”, Concluded the Prime Minister. The meeting of Croatian ministers with representatives of economic associations and institutions, including representatives of the tourism sector, has ended. The burning issue was the impact of the coronavirus on the economy and the upcoming tourist season. Photo: Government of the Republic of Croatia The most vulnerable sectors of transport, especially air and tourism In the coming days, concrete measures will be known to help companies affected by the effects of coronavirus. “We are in constant contact with the most important tour operators, partners and entities from the tourism industry, as well as with colleagues from the European Travel Commission. In cooperation with the offices of the CNTB’s representative office in the world, we actively monitor the situation around the coronavirus every day, and we reacted in accordance with the new circumstances in terms of adjusting marketing and PR activities in the markets. Scheduled promotional campaigns on digital and online platforms in most markets have been delayed. Until the beginning of March, we successfully completed advertising as part of brand campaigns, while pre- and post-season promotion campaigns were postponed in order to place customized promotional messages at a more appropriate time to target groups in terms of their openness and readiness to travel after stabilization.” said CNTB Director Kristjan Stanicic.last_img read more

UK roundup: Balfour Beatty, Just Retirement

first_imgBalfour Beatty has re-negotiated the terms of its pension fund recovery plan, transferring ownership of £85m (€115m) in private finance initiative (PFI) assets to a new limited company.The firm would not be drawn on the ownership arrangements of the limited company, but similar asset transfers to Scottish Limited Partnerships have been used as a vehicle for asset-backed funding agreements in lieu of contributions to pension funds in deficit.According to Balfour Beatty’s 2013 annual report, the Balfour Beatty Pension Fund was 88% funded at the end of March 2013.At the time, the sponsor agreed to an eight-year recovery plan that would have seen payments of £460m made over the course of the agreement. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, the company said today that an £85m deficit reduction payment would be made over an eight-year period, starting in 2016 with a £4m cash payment that would then increase in undisclosed increments.It comes in place of an £85m cash payment promised as part of the £820m sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff, which would have also seen a £200m share buyback that the company cancelled in January.Leo Quinn, the company’s chief executive, said he was pleased the trustee had agreed to the new arrangement.“This gives a clear plan on how the pension deficit will be reduced over time, whilst maintaining balance-sheet flexibility as we drive the required organisational change and performance improvement, as set out in the Build to Last programme we announced last week,” he said. In other news, annuity provider Just Retirement has seen its annuity sales decline only 4%, despite the UK government’s no longer requiring individuals to annuitise pension pots.In its interim report for the six months to December 2014, the company said it was able to offset the decline in individual business with a 39% increase in bulk annuity sales, with total business peaking above £660m.Rodney Cook, Just Retirement’s chief executive, said he was “delighted” to be able to report “resilient” profits despite the regulatory changes.For more on the bulk annuity market, read Taha Lokhandwala’s assessment of the growing business in medically underwritten bulk annuitieslast_img read more

Egypt vows to enact tougher laws to combat terrorism

first_imgThe Egyptian government is vowing to enact tougher laws to combat terrorism. The proposals include more powers of arrest for the police and special fast-track courts for terror suspects. CCTV’s Yasser Hakim reports Egypt’s Al-Sisi approves tough anti-terrorism laws Will France help to combat terrorism in Egypt? Related Kenyan MP’s want tougher laws on gamblinglast_img

Special award ceremony for principals to be held this morning.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Special award ceremony for principals to be held this morning. by: – April 20, 2011 Sharecenter_img Chief Education Officer, Mr. Steve Hyacinth. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica’s excellent Primary and Secondary School principals are to be recognized during a ceremony at the Arawak House of Culture this morning.Chief Education Officer Mr. Steve Hyacinth says fourteen prinicpals will receive awards.“We have decided to recognize a few of our excellent principals. Principals who at the helm of our schools have demonstrated strong leadership and I would dare say transformational leadership and who have shown us that they have the ability to inspire change, and to make an enormous difference in the school direction. The event at the Arawak House of Culture will honor ten Primary School Prinicpals and four Secondary School Principals of excellence.”The ceremony will begin from 10:00am this morning.Dominica Vibes News 39 Views no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Cardinals And Trojans Split Middle School Games

first_imgThe St. Louis 7th grade boys basketball team visited the SDMS Trojans andcame up a little short when time ran out 38-32.The young Cardinals were able to outscore the home team in the second half by a good margin but it wasn’t enough to erase a huge deficit graciously provided by St. Louis inthe first half.Cayden Pohlman brought his speed game that produced some good action and Abe Streator and Thomas Raver did a great job clearing boards. Raver was leading scorer for the contest followed by Streator, Adam Vogelsang and Cody Mohr. Vogelsang was also tasked with giving extra attention on defense to one of SDMS’s talented guards Cooper Hoog. Mohr was able to anticipate some passing lanes leading to steals that helped bring the Cardinals back and make it tight game to the end.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.The St. Louis 8th Grade Cardinals played last night against the host Sunman Dearborn Trojans and it turned out to be a hard fought and well-played game by both teams. with STL winning 47-41.St. Louis got things going early offensively and led the Trojans 15-8 after the 1st quarter. The Cardinals held on to the lead in the 2nd quarter and went into halftime with a 25-19 lead.In the third quarter they got some good offensive production out of Sam Voegele and were able to maintain their 6 point lead as they led the Trojans 36-30 after three quarter of play. However, the Trojans battled back in the fourth and got it to within one point about midway in the quarter but St. Louis got a couple big steals and hit their free throws to hold off the tough Trojans and win the game by the score of 47-41.The scoring against Sunman Dearborn consisted of the following: Kurt Siefert had 2, Andrew Oesterling 12, Lleyton Ratcliffe 12, Will Freeland 7 and Sam Voegele poured in 14. Ben Schebler and Riley Schebler also came in off the bench to give the Cardinals some good quality minutes on both sides of the ball. The Trojans were led by Luke Collingsworth with 15 and Josh Stroud with 11. The win puts St. Louis at 20-1 for the season.Their next game will be on Thursday at St. Bartholomew’s in Columbus. Then on Monday the 13th St. Louis will play Jac-Cen-Del at St. Louis in the opening round of the SEI tournament.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Scholes salutes Van Gaal

first_img Scholes wrote in his Paddy Power Blog: “Right now, Manchester United fans (and myself) cannot wait for Louis van Gaal to get the job started at Old Trafford. “It’s not a vintage Holland team he’s managing and van Gaal has got them to the brink of a World Cup final. “He’s going to have to perform a similar operation at United after a shocking season in 2013-2014. “Van Gaal seems to have the Midas touch, and with his coaching reputation and vast experience he can bring a lot to the club. “He’ll improve last year’s performance by 20-25 per cent, I feel. “As well as the new signings, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, (and hopefully more to come) he’ll bring more out of the players who are already there. I’m actually really excited about next season.” One of Van Gaal’s most remarkable tactical decisions at the World Cup came when he replaced goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul deep into injury time in Holland’s quarter-final against Costa Rica. Krul rewarded him by producing two saves in the subsequent penalty shootout to send the Dutch into the last four. Paul Scholes believes Louis van Gaal has a magic touch that can improve Manchester United by “20-25 per cent”. Scholes, the former United midfielder, is excited about the prospect of Van Gaal taking over as manager at Old Trafford ahead of the new season. Van Gaal will take up duties with United after the World Cup in Brazil, where he has impressed in taking Holland to the semi-finals. Scholes added: “Krul had only saved two out of last 20 penalties with Newcastle. The evidence did not seem to be there for that big a decision. “But whatever Louis van Gaal does, seems to work. He substituted his captain, Robin van Persie, when Holland were 1-0 down to Mexico, and they came back to win. “He seems to have a bit of genius about him, and hopefully can work this magic on United next year.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Hockey News Women’s hockey World Cup: India play Ireland in pursuit of first win

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: A golden opportunity to claim an upset win lost, the Indian women’s hockey team would be aiming to make amends when it takes on a lower-ranked Ireland in its second game of the World Cup, in London on Thursday.India had a bright chance to score an upset win against world no.2 England in their Pool B opener on June 21 but settled for a 1-1 draw.The Indians only had themselves to blame as despite leading the English girls for 54 minutes, they conceded a late goal to share the points.World no. 10 India will fancy their chances against world no. 16 Ireland, but it would be a serious mistake by the Sjoerd Marijne-coached side if they take the Irish lightly.By virtue of their stunning 3-1 stunning over world no. 7 USA, the lowest ranked side in the group, Ireland are currently leading Pool B just ahead of England and India.And a win tomorrow would secure Ireland’s place in the knock-out stage of the tournament. The Indians, on the other hand, would be desperate to score their first win in the tournament tomorrow.But it would be easier said than done as they will be up against an Irish side which has the capability of springing surprises.India lost 1-2 to Ireland in the HWL Semifinals in Johannesburg last year and revenge would be high on the Rani Rampal-led side’s agenda when it takes the turf tomorrow.The Indian coaching staff and senior players like goalkeeper Savita feel that defeat was history and they have the firepower to beat Ireland.“We have done well against Ireland in practice matches in the past,” she said.“In the match last year, we were leading and should have won for sure but conceding two penalty corners one after another proved costly. We have a strong defence and play an attacking brand of hockey—this is a potent combination and makes us strong as a side,” she asserted.But the Indians will have to lift their game by few notches for that to happen. Against England, they failed to earn a single penalty corner, leaving dragflicker Gurjit Kaur frustrated.However, goalkeeper Savita was brilliant under the bar to deny England on numerous occasion.The Indians did create more chances from open play against England and that counted as a positive for chief coach Marijne going into tomorrow’s game.A win tomorrow will take India to the top of the pool and brighten its knock-out chances ahead of its last fixture against USA on July 29.In the other match of the day, Spain will take on South Africa in Pool C.Match starts: 6:30pm IST. last_img read more

Akhtar says he would coach any nation — even arch-rivals India

first_imgFORMER Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar said he is ready to coach fast bowlers from any country — even if an offer from arch-rivals India came his way.In an interview with a social networking platform, the 44-year-old paceman said he wants to help produce aggressive and fast bowlers who can take on opposition batsmen no matter which country they come from.When the presenter for the Helo app said India, Akhtar replied: “I will definitely… My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is knowledge and I will spread it.”The response surprised many in India because of the poor relations between the neighbours who have fought three wars since their independence and angry split in 1947.The two countries have not played each other in a bilateral series since 2012.Akhtar, who was known as the Rawalpindi Express in his playing days, said: “I will produce more aggressive, fast and more talkative bowlers than the current ones, who will tell-off the batsmen in a way that you will enjoy a lot.”Akhtar said he would also like to coach bowlers in the cash-rich Indian Premier League.The bowler played in the inaugural IPL season for Kolkata Knight Riders but the Indian government banned Pakistani cricketers from the league in 2009.The speedster retired from international cricket in 2011 after more than a decade of controversies and glory, including the record of bowling world’s fastest delivery at 100.23 miles per hour.(AFP)last_img read more

There’s no day like draft day

first_imgThere used to be a time in American history when the word draft sent a shiver down the spine of Americans. These days, thanks to the brilliant minds of the NFL only Charger fans still respond as such.This is when a nation of professional football fans renew their annual vows as die-hards, when the NFL Draft hits the airwaves, causing millions of butts to sit in recliners for up to 26 hours over two days.It’s a testament to the NFL and its stellar marketing that they have turned it into a highly anticipated event — what is in reality little more than a more sophisticated version of a dodgeball draft (indeed if it were a draft for dodgeball, you’d have to think of who the Texans would take …).It’s a wonder that the NFL Draft isn’t sponsored by Fritos, Doritos, Tostitos or Cheetos because it damn well should be, as not a soul on Earth can make it through an entire draft without some chips or cheese puffs. The low probability of a pick so exciting that you jump out of your chair in excitement, anger or joy, and thus risk spilling finger foods or drinks, makes the NFL Draft the quintessential couch/futon sport. Lazy Boy might want to consider hopping in on that Cheetos sponsorship.In theory, the Draft should have about as much drama and excitement as a Terry Bradshaw barbershop appointment (Bradshaw: I’m feeling WILD today, Lou. Take a little more off the top than usual …), yet it has become probably the third most exciting day in the NFL, behind Opening Day and the opening weekend of the playoffs. To be fair, the Super Bowl is entertaining and anticipated, but I believe it is only truly exhilarating if you have a horse in the race, which is precisely where the Draft’s major appeal lies: Not only is every team involved, but the worst team on the field are the top dogs on Draft day (of course with the exception of The San Diego Chargers trading up and bombing two Drafts to pick up Ryan Leaf, who incidentally will be involved in the NFL Network’s draft day coverage).But there is some drama in the NFL Draft; it just is usually pretty well hidden. Some examples of drama this year will be: will the Texans find a way to elude success yet again? (This one is pretty much annual), will Raiders owner Al Davis fire Art Shell if he goes against the boss’s selection? And did the Minnesota Vikings remember to change their clocks off of daylight savings and thus be able to get in their pick on time?Such drama makes for good television and allows sportswriters like myself a wealth of topics to work with when discussing the NFL Draft, however for the teams themselves, drama is definitely a bad thing.Surprises are not something you want to see on Draft day, as they are seldom a good thing. Let’s look at the evidence. Exhibit A: The surprise the Minnesota Vikings had in 2003 after making a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, but running out of time, thus allowing two teams to draft ahead of them.Exhibit B: It’s never good to flummox NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., the man who taught Jimmy Johnson about the importance of good hair. Now, don’t get me wrong, Kiper is hardly a genius, he picks wrong all the time, just look at his Draft board from 2004, when the NFL Draft Czar had Ben Roethlisberger going third overall (he went 11th) and correctly guessed nine out of 96 picks correctly on day one. The truth is Kiper is like the guy in your NCAA basketball tourney pool who submits 15 different brackets. This method ensures he should get a fair amount of picks correct, just not on the same sheet. However, should you make a pick that Kiper simply didn’t see coming … beware, it’s usually bad news. Some examples include ghastly Rick Mirer going second overall in 1993 (Mel had him third) and the Colt’s picking Jeff George No. 1 overall in 1990.Even if the pick pans out in the end, like the Colt’s selecting Edgerrin James early in the 1999 Draft, the day is not a good day for the team that chose to catch Kiper off-guard, as his legion of draftniks will continue to tear your pick apart leaving the team more second guessed than Custer.Every pro-football fan has a reason for watching the Draft. Whether hoping their team will turn their franchise around, get the final piece for a championship run or retool enough talent to repeat/shoot for a repeat, there is something for everyone.However, this year in Madison there is something else too … the Mifflin Street Block Party. What is a fan to do?Answer: Find a house with a TV on Mifflin. Watch your pick. Then either A: toast your cup to celebrate, B: drink away your sorrows or C: Do your best Reggie Bush out in the street.As for me? I will be front and center come Saturday afternoon ready to watch my Dolphins make the picks that will have them playing in their own stadium this January.And with the 16th pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select: Virginia Tech Quarterback Marcus Vick.Damn it. Where’s the beer pong table?last_img read more

Hill injured, status uncertain

first_imgP.J. Hill isn’t indestructible after all. Wisconsin’s win was earned largely without the bruising running back, who sat out much of the game due to injury. After having to be helped off the field with about three minutes to go in the first quarter, Hill returned in the second half. But he went down again for good midway through the third period on his third carry of the half. The redshirt freshman tailback picked up 50 yards on 12 carries. “I think what basically happened is he irritated some nerves in his neck,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. Not having Hill looked like it truly hurt the Badger running game, which came in ranked best in the Big Ten and No. 13 nationally averaging 196.2 yards a game. Wisconsin struggled to break free against the Illini, who emptied the defensive playbook in an effort to slow down Wisconsin’s ground game. UW only managed to gain 99 yards on 41 carries, for a paltry 2.4 yards per carry average. “They were bringing some weird fronts into the game,” right tackle Eric Vanden Huevel said. “I think they were definitely kind of screwing us up with a lot of slants and angles … I think they brought in some new stuff to kind of screw with our game plan.”Whenever Hill returns you can be sure he won’t shy away from his signature punishing running style.”He’s a football player who loves contact and loves delivering it,” Bielema said. Finnemore FlashWide receiver Luke Swan had himself a day, catching four passes for 85 yards — both career highs — and scored an acrobatic touchdown on Wisconsin’s first second-half possession.”He’s just a consistent guy,” defensive back Zach Hampton said. “That’s what you need on an offense; you always need a guy who is very consistent, who has sure hands and can get open, and he’s that guy.”Swan is now third on the team in both receptions (21) and receiving yards (348) and has three touchdowns. Not bad for a former walk-on who hadn’t recorded a catch coming into the season.”He’s a guy who just comes to work everyday,” Bielema said of the former walk-on from Fennimore, Wis., even going to so far as to dub him the “Fennimore Flash.” “When I gave him a scholarship at the beginning of the season, it was neat to watch and truly see someone who appreciated what you had just done for him. I think Luke Swan takes the approach and the attitude that every rep that he gets is just a blessing and just a way for him to go out and do something good with it.”Injury updateAlong with Hill, Hampton was also nicked up during the contest, requiring him to go into the locker room for X-rays during halftime. While Hampton was able to return to the game, he did not return any punts at all, as the work was taken over by Swan. However, Bielema indicated it was due to the injury, not performance, as they didn’t want to overburden the injured Hampton. “We wanted to use [Swan] as our return man so that we could use [Hampton] as our safety,” Bielema said.You’re in good hands with ZalewskiMidway senior linebacker Mark Zalewski’s hands were the butt of a joke on the Camp Randall scoreboard screen, asking what he might bring to a desert island. Zalewski responded he would want a football to play catch with, before the screen cut away to the Mohawk-sporting captain’s bio video of him bobbling and ultimately dropping a football. However, Zalewski had the last laugh when he made a game-changing defensive play, grabbing his second interception of the year off a Juice Williams pass on the initial drive of the second half and setting up a UW touchdown.”I was dropping off my guy; I thought I made a pretty good break,” Zalewski later said of the play. “He was staring at one of his receivers and I thought I broke pretty early, which helped.”Zalewski took the opportunity to point out how his hands were golden on the diving interception, dispelling his reputation for having butterfingers. “My hands are great,” Zalewski asserted with a wry grin. “I’m two-for-two on the year on balls thrown to me.”last_img read more