Tourism Council members discuss impact of coronavirus pandemic on domestic and international tourism sector

first_imgThe Government of the Republic of Croatia provided four thousand kunas for the preservation of each job and released 93 percent of the company’s tax liabilities, while for the rest of the measures, deferred payment and installment payments for up to 24 months are without interest. In addition to the already presented credit lines intended for maintaining liquidity, the Ministry of Tourism subsidizes additional through HBOR for working capital and liquidity increase with subsidized interest intended for micro, small and medium enterprises in tourism and catering in the amount of HRK 600 million, which will be able to use and tourist boards for three years without interest” pointed out the Minister of Tourism and President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli. The Chinese market has slowly begun to stabilize and in the last ten days we have conducted several online activities with partners such as Ctrip, Mafengwo, Tuniu and Tongcheng. Although it is still uncertain at what point the tourist traffic in the country will start, every crisis ends at some point, and when the conditions are created we will turn to active promotion towards the domestic market, as well as the available markets in the area., he said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, adding that it supports Government measures aimed at the tourism sector. “The measures arrived at a crucial time to preserve jobs and ensure liquidity. At this point, that is crucial. The measures cover all stakeholders in the tourism industry, hoteliers, private renters, campers, travel agencies, caterers, as well as the system of tourist boards. “, he concluded Stanicic. We are in daily communication with all our representative offices in the world and on a daily basis we receive reports on the situation in the emitting markets, he said. CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, and added: “We maintain our presence and visibility on the world tourist map primarily through activities on social networks, where we currently record an above-average range of publications, especially in the Italian and American markets. People are in their homes, and we try to show them lesser-known stories from Croatian destinations in an interesting way with a lot of useful information. We have 18 Facebook pages, each content is carefully selected and adapted to the current situation in each important market, and we strive to continue to promote ourselves as a close and safe market and evoke emotions with photos and soothing messages. Today, the 64th session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian National Tourist Board was held via video call, where the council members discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Croatian and world tourism, previous measures of the Croatian Government intended for the tourism system and measures in various emitting markets. On that occasion, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli referred to the current measures of the Ministry of Tourism and the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the new package of measures that is currently in the parliamentary procedure. “The measures taken so far are aimed at maintaining the liquidity of tourist entities and preserving jobs. Our main goal is to keep the tourism system stable until the preconditions are created for the continuation of normal business so that we are ready to better position ourselves in the market after the end of this current situation. Through only some of the previous measures, we have relieved the system of about 180 million kuna on the basis of the tourist tax and concession fee. Also, Cappelli added that at this moment the most important is the health of the citizens of the Republic of Croatia and guests currently in Croatia and that the Government will continuously implement various measures to minimize the economic consequences of the coronavirus situation and to make the tourism system ready. for the period after the epidemic. The session discussed the situation in other countries, the measures taken and the general situation of tourism companies in Europe and the world, emphasizing the importance of continuous communication with many partners so that cooperation can be intensified after the current situation and thus enable faster recovery. and stabilization of the tourism market.last_img read more

Elderly Couple Attacked, and Robbed in Palm Beach Home Invasion

first_imgPolice are looking for possible suspects who broke into a suburban Palm Beach Gardens home on Oak Knoll Drive.Palm Beach County detectives say the robber(s) attacked an elderly couple and stole jewelry and cash. The incident took place on Monday afternoon.The elderly couple were sent to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS. You’ll remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.last_img read more

Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki set to make 21st season debut vs Suns

first_imgDirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks warms up on the sidelines during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — Dirk Nowitzki was active for Dallas’ game against Phoenix on Thursday night, prepared to belatedly begin his record-setting 21st season with the Mavericks.No other NBA player has played that many seasons with the same team.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep honored by ITF as World Champions ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The 40-year-old had been tied at 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2015-16 season.Nowitzki had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle last April, and the timing was to make sure he would be ready at the start of his record-setting season. But the 7-foot German had a setback before training camp, with tendon soreness forcing him to continue rehabbing the injury and missing the first 26 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss View commentslast_img read more

High winds close roads, douse power

first_img“It’s been busy,” said Bill Thorpe, who owns a Mojave roofing company. “We’ve been getting a bunch of calls.” Thorpe said he had to cancel a job in Bakersfield because of the highway closures. “I decided to stay here and answer the phones and hit it (Friday),” Thorpe said. Winds are expected to be calmer today, with high temperatures reaching the mid-70s, officials said. But on Thursday, Southern California Edison reported that 1,700 customers had lost power in Littlerock and Quartz Hill. “We haven’t identified the cause, but we know it’s wind related,” Edison spokeswoman Alis Clausen said. Southern Kern Unified School District officials said high winds damaged school roofs in Rosamond, while bus drivers found themselves dodging flying debris. “There are times when you can’t even see the roads,” Superintendent Rod Van Norman said. “One of our bus drivers said they almost got hit by a 4-by-8-foot sheet of plywood that flew across one of the streets.” Meanwhile, winds blew over a billboard at Sierra Highway and AvenueN in Palmdale and uprooted trees in Palmdale residents’ yards and public rights of way, said Leon Swain, the city’s director of public works. Lancaster officials said more than a dozen trees were torn up in their city. A wind-fanned fire burned 25acres near Pearblossom and Sierra highways and threatened several homes on Carson Mesa Rosa. Firefighters summoned 20 engines, six camp crews and two water-dumping helicopters to help fight the blaze, which took 90minutes to extinguish. Strong winds also prompted traffic advisories, with drivers of big rigs and RVs being advised against traveling the 14Freeway between the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys. Low-visibility advisories were issued for parts of Highway138 in the Pearblossom area. The high winds were the result of a cold front pushing through the area with the jet stream directly overhead. The cold air behind the front pulled down some of the energy from the jet stream, said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Staff Writers Karen Maeshiro and Gideon Rubin contributed to this report. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – Strong winds gusting as high as 100mph blew through the Antelope Valley on Thursday, uprooting trees, damaging roofs, knocking out power and forcing highway closures. An 85-mile-long stretch of Highway58 from Bakersfield to Boron was closed because of gale-force winds, forcing southbound and eastbound traffic to head into Lancaster from Mojave. “It’s really bad here,” said James Welling, whose office abuts Highway58. “We’ve got vehicles parked in every spot – trucks, RVs. They’re parked anywhere they can park.” At the Mojave Airport, one gust was reported at 93knots, roughly 107mph. By midafternoon, the winds had eased, but they were still reported about 50mph. Other parts of the Antelope Valley had gusts up to 65mph. last_img read more

Mike Gundy: ‘It’s Really a Special Time for Oklahoma State’

first_imgIt sort of feels like“The players just bought in and had a great week of practice,” Gundy told FOX. I’m very happy for ’em. These guys just like to practice hard and they like being around each other. We’re very proud of them. This is a great day for the Oklahoma State people. It’s a really good time. For the tragedy we had … it’s really a special time for Oklahoma State.”Yes, yes it is.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

House Approves Bill to Retake Ownership of Petrojam Shares

first_img The Compulsory Acquisition (Shares in Petrojam Limited) Act, 2019 was piloted by Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness. In his address, the Prime Minister said the decision to move in the current direction was not taken lightly, noting that Petrojam and Jamaica have been left at risk due to years of inaction. Legislation to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam held by the Venezuelan State-owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDV) Caribe, was passed in the House of Representatives on February 19. Story Highlights Legislation to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam held by the Venezuelan State-owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDV) Caribe, was passed in the House of Representatives on February 19.The Compulsory Acquisition (Shares in Petrojam Limited) Act, 2019 was piloted by Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness.In his address, the Prime Minister said the decision to move in the current direction was not taken lightly, noting that Petrojam and Jamaica have been left at risk due to years of inaction.“Technical assessments have found that refining operations will be negatively impacted by 2020 if Petrojam is not in a position to execute Phase 1 of the refinery upgrade (Vacuum Distillation Unit Project),” Mr. Holness noted.“This is primarily due to the imminent international obligations as stipulated by the International Maritime Organization regulations regarding sulphur, which will become effective on January 1, 2020, and the transition by the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) to Liquefied Natural Gas for its 190 MW power plant by June 2019, thereby reducing the need for heavy fuel oil produced by Petrojam,” he added.Mr. Holness argued that without an upgrade, Petrojam would be unable to further process heavy fuel oil (HFO) into high-value products, and having lost a major customer in JPS, Petrojam would become unprofitable.The Prime Minister also cited the United States Executive Order 13808 dated August 24, 2017, which essentially prohibits United States persons from entering into specified transactions with the Government of Venezuela and any political division, agency or instrumentality thereof, including PDVSA.“While Petrojam itself was not identified as a ‘sanctioned entity’ under the Executive Order, the fact is that its banks and correspondent banks, which facilitate basic transactions with suppliers and service providers, are considered US persons, and were, therefore, at risk or at perceived risk of high fines for breaching such sanctions, and accordingly, they were hesitant to continue providing such services which were fundamental to the most basic operations of Petrojam,” he said.The Prime Minister explained that the Government has no choice but to take action in the interest of preserving the energy security of Jamaica.“It is important to understand that the Government of Jamaica does not see this as a political issue… . I want to make it absolutely clear that the decision to acquire the shares is an economic decision,” Mr. Holness emphasised.The Prime Minister also highlighted that payments to and from Petrojam have been subjected to increased due diligence by the primary suppliers of lines of credit, as well as intermediary banks, and the disruption or delay of transactions for Petrojam Limited has become a source of unease for Petrojam’s suppliers.“An even more serious concern is the overseas suppliers of goods and services to Petrojam. Owing to Petrojam’s continued association with Venezuelan entities, some suppliers have advised Petrojam that they are no longer willing to take the risk of supplying to Petrojam, and others have expressed grave concerns,” Mr. Holness said.The need for an upgrade of the refinery was recognised from as early as the 1990s, and Petrojam and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) have undertaken several studies on the refinery upgrade.“The challenge has always been the cost of the upgrade, which can run into hundreds of millions of dollars, with estimates as much as more than a billion dollars, depending on the extent of the upgrade,” Mr. Holness said.In February 2005, a Letter of Intent was agreed between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, acting through its Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, and the Government of Jamaica, acting through the Ministry of Commerce, Science and Technology, confirming, in principle, that they would pursue feasible options for the improvement of the refinery.Additionally, in June 2005, further to the Letter of Intent, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the same parties, with a view to establishing a Joint Venture.On August 14, 2006, a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) was signed between the PCJ, Petrojam and PDV Caribe SA (PDV Caribe) to cooperate in the ownership and management of Petrojam and to undertake the refinery upgrade, which was recognised as critically important for the energy security of Jamaica.“It stated that PDV Caribe SA and the PCJ agreed to embark on a Refinery Upgrade Project (RUP) through the medium of Petrojam. The JVA defines the RUP as a project that will be carried out to expand the Kingston Refinery Processing capacity from 36 kilo barrels per day to 50 kilo barrels per day,” Mr. Holness said.The first phase of the RUP will include a revamp of the Atmospheric Distillation Unit, and the installation of new units, including a Vacuum Distillation Unit, Naphtha Reformer. Phase II will be evaluated aiming at incorporating a Deep Conversion Unit in the Refinery.“The JVA also set out that in order to facilitate its purpose, the parties would enter into a Share Sale and Purchase Agreement pursuant to which PCJ would sell, and PDV Caribe would purchase, shares in Petrojam. The Share Sale and Purchase Agreement was signed in August 2007, selling 49 per cent of the shares in Petrojam for the sum of US$63.7 million, based on valuations by internationally recognised consultants with expertise in valuing assets in the energy sector,” the Prime Minister explained.Mr. Holness pointed out that despite discussions and negotiations, the RUP has not been achieved.last_img read more

Hanjin Containership on Auction in Singapore

first_imgzoom The 1998-built containership Hanjin Rome, which was arrested on August 29, has been put up for auction in Singapore, according to data provided by the Supreme Court of Singapore.The data shows that the closing date for bids for the 68,955 dwt vessel is January 12, 2017 at 3 pm.The Supreme Court informed that the net value of bunkers on board Hanjin Rome is SGD 639,134, which is excluded from the sale, and have to be paid by the purchaser. The court added that the amount payable is not negotiable.Featuring a length of 279 meters and a width of 40 meters, the vessels is currently anchored in Singapore, according to AIS data from MarineTraffic.VesselsValue records show that the 5,302 TEU boxship has a market value of USD 7.6 million.The containership was one of the first vessels to be arrested amid the collapse of the South Korean container carrier Hanjin Shipping in late August.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more