A cycling project that connects the four endpoints of Croatia

first_imgThe project involves a large number of participants and volunteers, and the target groups are recreational cyclists and passionate cyclists, and young people (pupils and students). The farewell of Mary and the team that will accompany him will be organized on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 12 o’clock in in the center of the City of Crikvenica. You can find more information about the project at official website, and you can follow the news on Facebook. The goals of the project are marketing promotion of the cycling tourist offer (creation of new products in the pre and post season, “Bike & bed” standard, cycling events, “Bike share” system…) and general tourist offer, branding of Croatia as a desirable and interesting cycling tourist destination, education various target groups on the need to play sports, the importance of a healthy lifestyle and ecology, raising awareness of traffic safety, promoting the values ​​represented by the European Union, raising awareness of the need to adjust the corridors of major national cycling routes and connecting with EuroVelo routes and environmental protection. The start date of the ride, the length of 2020 kilometers, and the year before 2020 are associated with Croatia’s presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2020 and the European Capital of Culture project “Rijeka 2020”, and marketing activities will draw attention to the values ​​promoted and represented by the European union.center_img “Croatia – a cycling paradise with Marija Zubčić with the support of Giant Croatia” is a national project of the former Croatian Mountain Bike national team member Marija Zubčić and the Crikvenica Cycling Club, and the AHA Association! and marketing agencies aha marketing doo, which promotes Croatia as a cycling tourist destination attractive to a growing number of tourists attracted by a specific form of soft adventure tourism, values ​​promoted and represented by the European Union, nature conservation – ecology and healthy, active lifestyle and traffic safety. The ride starts on May 9, 2019 (Europe Day) and is set in the PPS period (preseason). It includes 9 stages that will connect 4 extreme geographical points of the Republic of Croatia by bicycle (south – Cape Oštra – Peninsula Prevlaka – west – Cape Lako near Bašanija – lighthouse Savudrija – north – Žabnik – part of Sveti Martin na Muri – east – Rađevac – part of Ilok) and visit all counties, 4 national and 5 nature parks to show the beauties and peculiarities of Croatia from a cycling perspective.last_img read more

Jakarta wants 1,800 additional medical workers by next week

first_imgAccording to a letter announcing the recruitment circulated last week, the city is looking for pulmonary specialists, internists, pediatricians, obstetricians, general practitioners, nurses, infectious disease nurses and midwives. The administration is also looking for radiographers, surveillance personnel and educators.Read also: Jakarta sees rising COVID-19 hospitalizationsThe medical workers will be paid between Rp 4.2 million (US$286.35) and Rp 15 million a month.Indonesia recently recorded an unprecedented spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases, including in Jakarta, which saw 901 new cases on Tuesday after a record-high daily increase of 1,114 on Sunday. Governor Anies Baswedan, however, said on Monday that COVID-19 transmission in the capital was under control, attributing the spike in cases to aggressive testing.Widyawati said the administration would try to keep the bed occupancy rate below 60 percent, adding that private hospitals were reducing the number of COVID-19 patients they were treating so that they could handle other patients.Topics : The Jakarta administration is hoping to recruit 1,800 medical workers by next week to address the COVID-19 crisis in the capital.“We are recruiting now and by next week, there will be 1,800 medical workers ready,” Jakarta health agency head Widyawati told journalists on Tuesday.She said the additional medical workers were needed because Jakarta was expanding the city’s 67 COVID-19 referral hospitals. The administration was adding more rooms, medical equipment and beds.last_img read more

Mesut Ozil not included in Arsenal Europa League squad for Eintracht Frankfurt clash

first_imgMesut Ozil not included in Arsenal Europa League squad for Eintracht Frankfurt clash Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Sep 2019 5:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link934Shares Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad for the match against Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad for Thursday’s match against Eintracht Frankfurt.The former Real Madrid playmaker has been used sparingly by Unai Emery so far this season with the former Germany international belatedly making his first appearance of the campaign against Watford on Sunday.Ozil trained with the rest of Arsenal’s first team squad on Wednesday but did not make the trip while Sokratis Papastathopoulos, whose comical error gifted Watford a route back into Sunday’s match, also didn’t travel. Both have been ‘rested’ according to Emery.Rob Holding, who has been out since November following a cruciate knee ligament injury, has been included and is primed to make his first team comeback, potentially alongside fellow Englishman Calum Chambers.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Mesut Ozil trained on Wednesday but was not included in Arsenal’s Europa League squad (Picture: Getty)Summer signing Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin are both back in first team training but are not yet ready for competitive action so Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are likely to fill the full-back positions.Youngsters Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock are likely to feature, while Bukayo Saka, who made his Arsenal debut in this competition last season, has been included in the tarvelling party.Alexandre Lacazette’s injury, coupled with the decision to loan out Eddie Nketiah, means Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be pressed into action again, even ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Aston Villa.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Allegheny County Leaders Agree: Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plan Will Help Region Thrive

first_img Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – Community leaders in Allegheny County say Governor Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania aggressive infrastructure investment plan will help the region thrive.“Restore Pennsylvania is consistent with what we are trying to accomplish in our communities. From disaster recovery, to stormwater and green infrastructure projects, and removal of blight and redevelopment of neighborhoods, we all struggle with the same challenges,” Bellevue Mayor Emily Marburger, Braddock Mayor Chardaé Jones, Sharpsburg Mayor Matthew V. Rudzki and Wilkinsburg Mayor Marita Garrett said jointly in a letter to the General Assembly from the Millennial Mayors of Allegheny County. “We can think of no other effort as bi-partisan as improving Main Street without raising taxes on citizens. On behalf of our communities, our generation, and all Pennsylvanians, we strongly encourage you to support Restore Pennsylvania.”Their support was echoed by the borough council of Castle Shannon and the city council of Pittsburgh, which each passed a resolution formally supporting Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania initiative. Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto submitted a letter to the Allegheny County Delegation and General Assembly asking them to “consider seriously how this proposal can help everyday Pennsylvanians.”“As a mayor, I understand that the challenges in front of public officials are as tough as they have ever been,” Peduto wrote. “Let’s build on our natural strengths, invest in our people, and Restore Pennsylvania, together.”In a letter to Allegheny County Delegation Members, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald made note of the economic turnaround of the region while calling for the responsible development of the natural gas industry.“As companies continue to extract natural resources from under our feet, it’s only appropriate that they also help us invest in our infrastructure,” he wrote. “I wholeheartedly support this proposal from Governor Wolf and encourage your support of the same.”Gov. Wolf visited several communities in Allegheny County that were devastated last year by flooding and mudslides including Bridgeville and Carnegie. He also visited Pitcairn to discuss blight remediation, broadband access expansion and green infrastructure creation. These issues will be addressed with Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan.“It’s no secret that Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are in the midst of a renaissance,” said Gov. Wolf. “Through initiatives like high-speed internet access expansion and blight remediation, Restore Pennsylvania will build on the momentum of the region’s growing economy while extending that economic growth to communities that are still struggling.”Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by out-of-state residents, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan. May 07, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Allegheny County Leaders Agree: Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plan Will Help Region Thrivelast_img read more

Germany to impose Solvency II measures on local pension funds

first_imgIn particular, the VAG’s application of  paragraph 124, concerning investment principles, to IORPs had been criticised and remains unchanged in the final 360-page draft which will now be presented to parliament.It introduces the principle of “entrepreneurial prudence” (unternehmerische Vorsicht) for investments which according to aba was superfluous as IORPs already operated under the prudent person principle.Further, aba noted that IORPs were no enterprises and did not aim to return a profit.One major criticism voiced by the association was a limit on “non-listed” vehicles, which the law said should be “kept to a cautious level”.In its comment on the original draft the aba had cautioned that this would also apply to most real estate holdings and a cap on those would prevent IORPs from accessing illiquidity premiums in future.Similarly, the German actuarial society (DAV) as well as the federal employer association (BDA) warned not to link  paragraph 124 to IORPs as it introduced stricter than necessary regulatory requirements regarding supervision and in parts was not consistent with other regulations applying to this sector.The aba pointed out the limitations under the new legal draft were not in line with the “prudent person principle” which should allow IORPs the freedom to make decisions.One point welcomed by the occupational pension sector were changes to payout structure of the Pensions-Sicherungs-Verein (PSV), the industry’s buffer fund for insolvencies.According to the final draft, the PSV would also be exempt from any new Solvency II-based capital requirements placed on other insurers. In addition, it will in future be more easy to allow partial payments of the levies in years when the number of insolvencies is exceptionally high.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to draft version of the Versicherungsaufsichtsgesetz The German government’s final draft of the new insurance supervision law (VAG) will impose elements of Solvency II on the country’s Pensionskassen and Pensionsfonds, despite objections by industry and employer bodies. The VAG had to be amended to fulfil requirements under Solvency II but occupational pension groups lamented that the insurance framework was, in part, being transferred onto schemes.The German pension fund association aba told IPE it had not yet had the chance to check the new draft in detail but at first glance it seemed that “unfortunately” a lot of its requests for amendments, made after the first draft was published in late July, went unheeded.One of the main demands of various representatives from the occupational pensions sector had been a completely independent set of rules on the supervision of IORPs – a demand which has not been met.last_img read more

British Airways sacks pension fund chairman over investment dispute

first_imgBritish Airways (BA) has refused to renew the contract of Paul Spencer, chairman at both of the airline’s pension funds, due to an apparent disagreement over investment policy.  Spencer has been chair of the £11.7bn (€16.6bn) New Airways Pension Scheme (NAPS) and the £7.3bn Airways Pension Scheme (APS) since 2010 on a five-year contract.The industry veteran also chairs the £40bn BT Pension Scheme and the Rolls-Royce Pension Scheme, some of the UK’s largest corporate pension funds.According to a source close to the trustee board, BA’s decision stemmed from a disagreement between the airline and Spencer and his board over the de-risking of the NAPS. Spencer supported de-risking and a shift towards liability-matching, the source said.However, with fewer growth assets, this would have entailed a reduction in expected return calculations, as well as potentially higher contributions from BA.The NAPS had a deficit of £1.9bn at the end of March 2013, as the scheme currently undergoes its triennial review, with results expected in a few months.The trustees agreed a funding plan with the airline to eliminate the deficit by 2026 that saw £242m in deficit contributions in the year to April 2014.The NAPS opened prior to the airline’s privatisation by the UK government in 1987 and replaced the APS with higher contributions and less generous indexation.Its last annual report to April 2014 said it had around 70% of its assets in equities, private equity, alternatives and property.It also has 25.7% in bonds, 10.9% of which is in index-linked UK Gilts, with around 32% of its 67,000 members actively accruing benefits.Spencer and his board have butted heads with the airline in the past, as British Airways sued its own trustees for offering a discretionary increase in the APS.BA argued that the trustee board lacked the legal right to act without its permission.last_img read more

OPEC: 30 Pct of Shipowners Won’t Be Compliant with 2020 Sulphur Cap Early On

first_imgThe Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) expects a significant level of non-compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap, especially in the early implementation years.In its recently released Reference Case, the organization assumed that about 70 percent of shipowners will comply with the new rules,  i.e. have scrubbers or switch to low sulphur bunkers or other compliant fuels.However, despite the IMO’s efforts to enforce the regulation, OPEC expects that there will be up to 30% of noncompliance.The key reasons fur such a stance are a relatively low level of scrubber penetration as well as the potential lack of compliant fuel.“Overall, OPEC is bullish about scrubbers. They expect that scrubber penetration will accelerate after a slow start. The year 2018 started with less than 500 vessels that had installed or ordered scrubbers. By 2020, OPEC expects this number to reach 2,000 vessels, growing to 4,500 – 5,000 vessels in the medium term,” Poten and Partners said in a weekly market report.“This scenario implies that, while the use of Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO) and gasoil will initially jump in 2020, the increased penetration of onboard scrubbers will support continued use of High Sulphur Fuel Oil (HSFO) over time.”Due to a lot of uncertainty surrounding the bunker fuel mix, OPEC believes that the global refining industry will be reluctant to make significant investments to make more compliant fuel available, taking the “wait and see approach.”As explained by Poten, sophisticated refiners do have some flexibility to change their yields to maximize the output of middle distillates and LSFO.However, they will likely do this based on economic incentives and de-facto demand, rather than by anticipating uncertain future demand, Poten said.“The potential implications of these developments leading up to 2020 could be positive for the tanker market. Prices of medium and heavy sour crudes will come under pressure, while light sweet crudes will attract premiums,” the report reads.According to OPEC, this may lead to more imports of medium and heavy sour crudes from Latin America and the Middle East into North America, where highly complex refiners can take advantage of this cheaper feedstock.At the same time, the light sweet crudes that are produced in the U.S. will attract a premium in the export market.A combination of more crude oil imports and exports involving North America will be good for the tanker market, Poten explained. And the shift from high sulphur crudes to low sulphur crudes and vice versa will not be limited to North America.In addition to increasing tradeflows due to the differences in crude oil qualities, OPEC also expects a (temporary) boost in crude oil demand of 0.4 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2020 as a direct result of the IMO sulphur regulations.“Additional refinery runs will be needed to meet the demand for additional compliant fuels. If OPEC’s scenario plays out, this is good news for tanker owners.“However, it is important to caution against too much optimism. This 400,000 b/d increase is based on a lot of assumptions and, even if they all fall into place, it can be neutralized if owners order just ten additional VLCCs,” Poten warned.last_img read more

EPL: Jesus extends Everton’s mastery in Man City win

first_img City thought they had taken the lead when Phil Foden met Joao Cancelo’s cross with a close-range finish in the 13th minute. But the hosts’ celebrations were curtailed by VAR as the goal was ruled out for a tight offside against Riyad Mahrez, who had supplied the pass to Cancelo. It was the latest VAR decision to go against City this season and Mahrez responded with a stinging drive that forced a good save from Pickford. City should have been in front just before half-time when Jesus picked out Mahrez in space in the area, yet the Algerian dragged his shot wide. Guardiola’s team have failed to score a first-half goal in six of their last eight home league games. But they only needed six minutes to take the lead after the break. Ilkay Gundogan’s pass split the Everton defence and Jesus took a touch inside before a curling a fine finish into the far corner. Dominic Calvert-Lewin had five goals in his last five appearances and the Everton forward nearly grabbed an instant equaliser with a close-range header that flashed wide. It was a crucial moment as Jesus struck again in the 58th minute. Gabriel Jesus extended his remarkable record against Everton as the Manchester City striker’s second-half brace sealed a 2-1 win on Wednesday. Jesus was handed the start as City manager Pep Guardiola rested Sergio Aguero, but the decision to select the Brazilian ahead of the club’s record goalscorer could easily have been inspired by his mastery of Everton. Loading… City won 10 trophies, including four Premier League titles, in the decade just closed, but Liverpool’s remarkable form over the last 18 months is a serious threat to that dominance. Guardiola has already conceded City have no chance of catching Liverpool this season, instead setting his sights on a more sustained challenge next term by admitting they need to “play better and pray”. There was no need for divine intervention against Everton, although with Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker among those left out by Guardiola, the visitors nearly snatched a shock lead when Seamus Coleman’s volley forced a one-handed save from Claudio Bravo. – Nervous finale – Read Also: Brighton vs Chelsea: Jahanbakhsh nets stunning equalizer against Blues Kevin De Bruyne teed up Foden and he found Mahrez as City carved opened the Everton defence before Jesus applied the finishing touch with a powerful low drive for his 13th goal of the season. City went to sleep in the 71st minute, allowing Richarlison to slot home after Claudio Bravo made a hash of passing to Fernandinho. Jesus wasted a chance to kill off Everton when his close-range shot smacked the post in a nervous finale, but City held on. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Repaying his manager’s faith, Jesus feasted on the Everton defence once again. He has now scored seven times in his last five appearances against the Merseyside club, who must be sick of the sight of him. City remain third in the Premier League after a second successive win left them 11 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, who have two games in hand on the champions. Richarlison got one back for Everton, but it was a first defeat for new boss Carlo Ancelotti, who had masterminded wins over Burnley and Newcastle in his first two matches since replacing the sacked Marco Silva. The former Chelsea chief got the better of Guardiola in their previous meeting – two Real Madrid wins against Bayern Munich in the 2014 Champions League semi-finals. There would be no repeat against a City side with a point to prove after a spluttering end to 2019. Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more

Cultural show mirrors Aklan’s arts, traditions

first_imgThe Tumandok it Akean Performing Arts prepare various performances for a cultural presentation in Kalibo, Aklan on Dec. 19. AKEAN FORUM BORACAY – The collaborativepresentation of the Tumandok it Akean Performing Arts has depicted the culturaltraditions and arts of the province, according to Aklan Culture and ArtsFoundation, Inc. (Acafi) chairman Albert Menez.  Aside from the performances, the“Tumandok” also performed Gayong-Gayong, Kiriw-kiw, Pang Abi-Abi, Baile de losPastores, Haplik, Pahid, Saot it Madyanos, Tiksiw, and Kinaransa dances toexpress Aklanon’s hospitality, hard work, appreciation of beauty, and respectfor elders and their native customs. Folk songs like Tuba, Mamugon Kita, Mananggete,Si Inday Mapuea-puea, and Kaming Magmamani accompanied was by Rondalla deIbajay.  The “Pagdungaw: A Glimpse of the Past”showcased the pageantry and celebrations of Lezo’s Bayangan Festival,Enchanting Balete, Bugna it Tangalan, Nabas Bariw Festival, Ibajay Ati-Ati andKalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival. According to the legend, villagehunter Dagasanan killed the mythical deer Panigutlo, which was believed to havebrought good luck to the villagers of Libacao, Aklan. Gamhanan then punishedthe village and its men with flood and rain.  It started with the “Panigutlo:Hinuptan ni Gamhanan” a dance drama based on the “Legend of Aklan” by LeopoldoDela Cruz which was performed by over 35 actors. center_img The story of Aklanon God Gamhanan andPanigutlo, the mythical deer and bearer of good luck, and Dali-anan, Paumod,and Dagasanan were also shown in the performances.    The cultural show in Kalibo, Aklan onDec. 19 was free for the public. The presentation offered anopportunity for the audience to better understand and appreciate Aklan’scultural traditions, Menez added.    Tumandok it Akean Performing Arts wascreated by the Acafi, former Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation,Incorporated, in a joint effort with the provincial government led by Gov.Florencio Miraflores and Vice Gov. Reynaldo Quimpo.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

Lady Bulldog Middle School Teams Come Up Short Against Lady Panthers

first_imgThe BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team lost a tough match against Jennings County 25-21 and 25-19. Sophie Gesell went 11 for 11 on serves, had 3 kills, and 5 digs. Ava Powner went 7 for 7 on serves, had 2 kills, and 2 digs. Annie Negovetich went 4 for 4 on serves, had 2 kills, and 2 digs. Addyson Weiler had 4 digs. Sarah Bedel had 1 ace, 1 kill, and 3 digs. Addison Westrick served 2 for 2 and had 3 digs. Kate Bauer had 1 ace, 1, kill, and 2 digs. Molly Meer served 2 for 2, 2 kills, and 3 digs. Alyson Peters served 2 for 2, had 5 digs, and 2 kills. Lydia Haskamp had 1 good serve, 1 dig, and 1 kill.  Their record is 9-2. Tourney starts Monday and we play St. Louis at home, come cheer us on! Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Graders lost against a talented Jennings County team 25-18, 25-13. The top servers were Kaylin Hinners with 5 points. Kaylie Raver added 4 points and Margaret Wilson added 3 points. With 1 point each was Sara Lamping, Laura Schwegman, and Renee Lecher. From the front row; Wilson had 2 kills. While Raver, Hinners, Taylor Blanton, and Lecher all had 1 kill each.  The back row had a lot of digs from an aggressive team. Callie Fletcher and Annie Shane led in digs. The team is now 7-4.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more