A professional group of hostellers was founded in Split

first_imgAt the session, the need for joint action towards the competent institutions was emphasized in order to adjust the regulations, enable easier finding of labor and other issues specific to the activity. In the opinion of all participants, mutual cooperation is extremely necessary in order to raise the current problems, business and quality of hostels in the Split-Dalmatia County to a higher level. Antea Ćurin, Neli Prolić, Sanja Baković, Šime Pletković Source / photo: Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber; Backpackers Fairytale Hostel The director of Lavčević-hotelijerstva doo (Hotel Dujam & Youth Hostel) Neli Prolić was elected president of the Professional Group, while the vice presidents are the owner of Terpsihora doo (backpackers Fairytale and Wonderful World hostels) Antea Ćurin and the owner of Hostel Split, Šime Pletković. The Business Secretary of the Group is Sanja Baković from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber. In the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber, the Professional Group of Hostels was established yesterday, with the aim of organizing and connecting members from this activity in order to improve business and promote and protect common interests. With the establishment of this group in ŽK Split, the Association of Hostels of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which has been operating at the national level for a little over two years, has gained its counterpart at the county level. Hospitality in Croatia and the Split-Dalmatia County has been experiencing its growth and development for the last ten years. There were 76 hostels in the Split-Dalmatia County last year, which is 6 percent more than the year before.last_img read more

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Former Man Utd hero Jaap Stam rates Arsenal transfer target Orkun Kokcu

first_imgOrkun Kokcu has been heavily linked with a summer move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Manchester United treble winner Jaap Stam is confident Feyenoord youngster and Arsenal transfer target Orkun Kokcu would thrive in the Premier League.Arsenal scouts have been in regular attendance at De Kuip this season and have witnessed the 19-year-old enjoy a breakthrough campaign during which he has registered six assists from 31 appearances. Stam played a significant role in Kocku’s development having managed the attacking midfielder earlier this season before he resigned and his sure the Turkey Under-21 international has a bright future ahead of him‘He would need to adjust because the step to Arsenal and the Premier League is totally different when you compare it to Holland,’ Stam told Goal. ‘The pace of the game, the quality, the intensity is a lot higher.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But he has the ability. He is a player who has the personality to want to improve, he always wants to do better. He’s never happy with himself, he’s disappointed if he doesn’t score, or his passes aren’t good enough. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 May 2020 1:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link614Shares Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Jaap Stam resigned as Feyenoor manager earlier this season (Picture: Getty)‘When I joined Feyenoord, he hadn’t played a lot because everyone said he was too young. I put him in the first team and let him play most of the games, I trusted him and saw a lot of ability in him. Now he’s proving himself in Holland and is one of the best midfield players in the country.‘He’s certainly got the ability to make that step to the Premier League.’Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi sounded a warning earlier this week ahead of the transfer window, warning fans to limit their expectations. Mikel Arteta had been keen on strengthening his midfield and Stam highlighted Kocku’s versatility as one of his major attributes.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsHe added: ‘When we played with one holding midfielder, he was one of the two who played little bit higher up the pitch. But he can play as No.10 or he can play as a left midfield player. Sometimes he can drop in deep as well to get the ball forward to link up the play with strikers.‘He has creativity, scoring ability, stamina and running ability. He keeps on going. I saw him as a very promising player.‘The only thing he needs to work a little more on is the defensive part of his game.‘Ideally it would be good for him to stay in Holland, to adjust even more to playing three games a week and to get used to the intensity. But also to become more steady as a player because he is very young.’MORE: Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s chances of signing ‘incredible’ Chelsea star WillianMORE: Jamie Carragher picks Leicester’s title winners over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Man Utd and Arsenal’s Invincibles Former Man Utd hero Jaap Stam rates Arsenal transfer target Orkun Kokcu BERN, SWITZERLAND – OCTOBER 24: coach Jaap Stam of Feyenoord during the UEFA Europa League match between BSC Young Boys v Feyenoord at the Stade de Suisse on October 24, 2019 in Bern Switzerland (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

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Contribution levels at Dutch pension funds to fall by 11%, CPB predicts

first_imgThe Dutch Central Planning Bureau (CPB) has estimated contribution levels in 2016 at pension funds in the Netherlands will have fallen by 11% compared with contributions in 2013.It also expects pension contributions to decline by €2.4bn this year and another €2bn next year – €4.4bn less than the contribution payments Dutch pension funds and insurers collected over the course of 2013, according to a CPB report on the effects of the changes in financial pension regulations.In its report, the CPB estimated that adjusted parameters and a new financial assessment framework for pension funds would increase the contribution level by 5%.However, it pointed out that tax allowances for pensions saving had been reined in, leading to a 16% fall in contributions. The net result, it said, would be an 11% overall decline.Under the new financial assessment framework, pension schemes in 2015 will still have the option of smoothing mandatory, cost-covering contribution levels by either applying a 10-year average interest rate or expected returns.The CPB has predicted that, if pension funds opt for the former, contributions will fall by less than 11%, as “higher interest rates from the years preceding 2008 will gradually be replaced by lower expected rates in future.”Contribution levels calculated on the basis of expected returns are presently somewhat lower than contributions based on average interest rates, and the spread widens as pension funds invest in riskier assets.In other words, pension funds can lower their contributions by investing in riskier assets.As a consequence, the CPB said, there is “a certain tension” between “the goals of most schemes that wish to take more investment and interest-rate risk on the one hand, and the required nominal guarantees on the other”.last_img read more

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Take a hammer to your auction day fears

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoRay White New Farm auctioneer Haesley Cush talks to new owners Susan McNeil and Hugh Patterson at the auction of 139 Sirius St, Coorparoo. (AAP image, John Gass)Mr Cush’s advice for buyers nervous about buying under the hammer was to speak to agents who specialise in auctions and attend auctions to see the process play out. He said that when it came to auction day, potential buyers didn’t even have to be the ones raising the paddle as they could enlist the help of a buyer’s agent, a friend or family member, or they could bid via the phone or internet. Will Ranken, Westpac’s general manager of home ownership, said buyers could increase their confidence by doing their homework and being well-prepared. “To ensure the best chance of success, home hunters should observe several auctions before they bid, thoroughly research the property they’re interested in and ask the selling agent for comparable sales,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45Queenslanders are shying away from auctions with a study finding more than half of buyers in the Sunshine State are too scared to buy property under the hammer. The latest Westpac Home Ownership Report found prospective homeowners in Queensland were apprehensive about auctions, with 55 per cent admitting they were too scared to buy at an auction and 48 per cent saying they weren’t confident they would know what to do. Auctioneer Haesley Cush (pictured) said he wasn’t surprised by the report’s findings because of the small percentage of properties Queensland sold at auction. He said the lack of exposure to auctions, especially across generations, meant buyers were reluctant to trust an unknown process. Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush in action (AAP image, John Gass)“In other states where there are higher proportions of properties going to auction, you have less reluctance from buyers to engage with auctions,” he said. “Though I think if you surveyed buyers in Brisbane’s inner city suburbs you would find a higher number would be prepared to buy at auction, as they are more familiar with the process.’’Mr Cush said buyers shouldn’t be afraid of the auction process as it was the most transparent way of purchasing a property. “If you buy via private treaty, you have to put in an offer, fill out a contract and wait for the owner’s response. If there’s another buyer, you have to guess what price they’re going to pay and you don’t have the right of reply.“At an auction, you get to yell out your price, you don’t have to fill out any paper work for your offer, just register to bid, and you don’t have to worry about the validity of other buyers as they’ll be yelling out their prices too.” center_img “Home for Sale by Auction. For Sale sign with auctioneeraas gavel and a chrome house key fob, with house key. Copy space.”Mr Ranken said it was important for buyers to do their research to understand other loan services available to prospective buyers, such as a bridging loan or portability loan. The Home Ownership Report also identified education gaps among Queensland buyers when it came to home finance, with many admitting to not fully understanding key financial concepts.Almost half said they weren’t sure what equity was, 65 per cent didn’t know what comparison rates were, and 38 per cent admitted they did not completely understand the purpose of an offset account. However the findings showed 81 per cent of surveyed Queensland buyers were taking steps to educate themselves on home financing by turning to professionals (76 per cent) and leveraging digital resources (42 per cent) to better understand what’s involved in buying or financing a home.**** HAESLEY’S TOP TIPS TO CONQUER YOUR AUCTION FEARSlast_img read more

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James “Jim” Stiles

first_imgJames “Jim” L. Stiles, 60, of Madison passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis.  Jim was born Wednesday, April 29, 1959 in Batesville, Indiana, the son of Lloyd and Clara Jean (Glackin) Stiles.  He married Connie Jones and she survives.  He was a forklift driver for Alternative Plastics in Greendale.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing pool, listening to rock and roll music and quad riding.Jim is survived by his wife Connie of Madison; son Thomas Majors of Vevay; son/grandson Christopher “Chris” Jones of Madison; daughter Mary Jones of Ohio; sister Melody Minger and brother-in-law Bob Shinkle both of Moores Hill; and 2 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Sandi Shinkle and nephew Brian Stanley.A service celebrating his life will be held 11 AM Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill with Pastor David Dickerson officiating.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember him on Saturday August 10, 2019 from 9am-11am also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Jim to the family.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 16717 Manchester Street, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032 (812)744-3280.  You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

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Do not taunt Di Canio, fans warned

first_imgNewcastle United fans have been warned by police not to taunt Paolo Di Canio, the manager of hated rivals Sunderland, with fascist salutes. The North East Premier League clubs meet on Sunday at St James’ Park, with supporters from both sides relishing the chance to mock the other, but police have warned fans against using racist or offensive gestures during the derby match. Ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby, operations commander chief superintendent Steve Neill, said: “Offensive gestures, particularly those with a suggestion of racist connotations, are completely unacceptable and we will take positive action against anyone seen acting in an offensive or racist manner.” Di Canio’s controversial appointment led former Foreign Secretary David Miliband to step down from Sunderland’s board because of the Rome-born manager’s “past political statements”. Di Canio, 44, was fined and handed bans for making right-arm salutes to fans in 2005 when he was a Lazio player. Since he joined Sunderland as Martin O’Neill’s replacement, he issued a statement denying he was a racist adding “I do not support the ideology of fascism”. Neill added: “While some individuals may see this sort of behaviour as a means of poking fun at opposing fans – it is not a joke. “Offensive behaviour can constitute a criminal offence and such behaviour is taken seriously. “Football matches are routinely monitored by CCTV and even if action is not taken during the match, it can be checked retrospectively and we have demonstrated on numerous previous occasions our ability to trace offenders and put them before the courts, which can lead to a criminal record and possible football banning order. “I would urge fans to act responsibly and reflect upon the impact any form of disorder or offensive behaviour has on others, themselves, the reputation of both clubs and the North East.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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FA waits for more details on Anelka

first_imgThe Football Association will decide on Monday whether to appeal and try to have Nicolas Anelka’s five-match ban for his ‘quenelle’ gesture increased. Press Association Anelka performed the gesture as a goal celebration after scoring in his club’s match against West Ham on December 28. Anelka insisted the salute was in support of his friend, the French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the person who first brought the quenelle to prominence. Dieudonne has been prosecuted for anti-Semitic offences and has been barred from entering the UK. FA general secretary Alex Horne said: “This was a gesture we haven’t seen before in English football. The reality is we haven’t got the written reasons yet, we will get those on Monday at which point it is open to appeal from either our side or Nicolas Anelka’s side so I can’t comment personally as to whether five matches are enough.” UEFA is holding a disciplinary hearing on Monday into the case of a Belgian futsal player Omar Rahou who also allegedly made a quenelle gesture during a match. UEFA’s new racism rules carry a minimum 10-match ban. New rules brought in this season mean any racial or discriminatory offence carries a minimum five-match ban, and Dyke said the governing body would look to see if these changes had been effective. Speaking after the International FA Board meeting in Zurich, he said: “We are all waiting until Monday to see what the judgement was. It is a strange situation where the decision is announced but we don’t know the reasons so we have to wait for those. “This is an evidence-based inquiry and what did Mr Anelka say and what was (the) basis for the decision – we will see that on Monday. “Any appeal will be decided by others on Monday, not by me. It is a possibility. “We will look at the whole thing again once this one has been done. This was not an easy case, because for most people in England that sign meant nothing. “It’s only what it meant in France that became important, so we will look at the judgement and will ask people do we think that’s fair or that we should change anything as a result of that.” Dyke said the judgement did however send out a strong message. He added: “It makes it clear that the FA is not prepared to tolerate things that could be of a racist nature but we have to see what the decision was.” FA chairman Greg Dyke said the governing body will receive the written reasons from the independent regulatory commission on Monday and will then make a decision. Anelka is also able to appeal against the punishment. The quenelle salute has anti-Semitic connotations in Anelka’s home country of France, but the commission accepted there was no intent by the West Brom striker to be anti-Semitic. Under strict liability rules, however, he was found guilty of an aggravated offence. last_img read more

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Olivier Giroud Focus

first_img Olivier Giroud is one of the options currently at Arsene Wenger’s disposal and he was deployed as the lone striker in Sunday’s Premier League opener against West Ham – a match the Gunners lost 2-0. Here, Press Association Sport analyses the performance of the France international. There have been plenty of protracted rumours linking Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema with a move to Arsenal as they look to add more fire-power to their squad. GOAL THREAT Non-existent in the opening 45 minutes, he rippled the side-netting as Arsenal set about finding an equaliser after the break before forcing Adrian into a low save with a deflected effort moments later. Never had another clear-cut chance but can be forgiven after receiving a nasty blow on the back of the head when challenging for a high ball with James Tomkins. WORK RATE Waited for the ball on a number of occasions early on and was less pro-active than the Arsenal fans would have liked. Still proves a little immobile at times and that can be problematic for a striker flying solo. Never looked in the game and will be disappointed not to have taken a chance to silence his critics, who say he is not good enough to fire Arsenal to the title. CROWD REACTION Moans and groans as he did not hit the ground running but given a good reception when forced on to the sidelines following his heavy knock. Arsenal fans appreciate Giroud’s contribution but no doubt most are in hope that another forward comes in before the deadline. DO ARESENAL NEED BENZEMA? Yes. Giroud will always score goals, as will the likes of Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, while Alexis Sanchez will obviously add to the collective tally. But in Benzema, Wenger would have a striker proven at scoring well over 20 goals at the highest level. With the system deployed by Wenger, Giroud is arguably the forward most suited to what his manager wants from a front-man, but Benzema would be seen as an upgrade in almost every area. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Matt Jarvis to complete permanent move to Norwich in January

first_imgNorwich have agreed the signing of winger Matt Jarvis from West Ham. The 29-year-old, who moved to Carrow Road on loan in September, will sign a three-and-a-half-year contract on January 2. The fee for Jarvis is undisclosed but is reported to be around £2.5million, meaning the Hammers have taken a big loss on a player they signed for a then club-record £10.75million in 2012. Press Associationcenter_img Jarvis has made seven appearances for the Canaries so far and scored two goals, including one on his debut in a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth. He told the club website: “I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far, so I’m delighted to sign on the dotted line. “It’s nice to get it done before the window opens as the club have shown they really wanted me. I had a great start here and hopefully I’ll be back up-and-running soon for the rest of the season. “My first game especially was great. To get out in front of the home fans and score in a win was a perfect start which carried on for a while. “Unfortunately I then picked up an injury but I’m desperate to get back fully-fit, and back playing. To get the deal sorted is really nice and I’m looking forward to helping the team as soon as I can.” City boss Alex Neil added: “Matt is a good competitor and a good team player. “He’ll give us pace on the other flank which I don’t think we’ve had. Only a few years ago he commanded a transfer fee of over £10million and as a player he has a lot to offer.” last_img read more

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NWFL Postpones Kick-off of 2019/2020 Women Premier League

first_imgThe Management Committee of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), headed by Aisha Falode, has announced the postponement of the official kick-off of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Women Premier League following the failure of 12 out of the 16 participating teams to comply with re-requisite regulations leading to the league kick off.According to a statement signed Tuesday in Abuja by the Chief Operating Officer of the NWFL, Dr. Ayo Abdulrahman, the 12 clubs failed to submit evidence of up-to-date payments of players’ wages and also failed to submit reports of comprehensive medical test on each of the registered players.Abdulrahman noted: “There is no way we can start a new season without the clubs offsetting owed salaries of players so as to start the new season on a clean slate.” He added: “With the present situation in the Nigerian football league, where medical certification of players has become an integral part of football administration in the country, we cannot turn a blind eye on this. The reason we had no choice than to insist on the medical certification of each of the players registered for the new season.”Dr. Ayo Abdulrahman said in the statement: “We are constraint to postpone the 2019/2020 Nigeria Women Premier League kick-off owing to registration irregularities by some of the clubs.“The irregularities range from refusal of some clubs to submit evidence of payment of players’ wages and completion of the comprehensive medical reports.“The clubs affected are: Ibom Angels, Pelican Stars of Calabar, FC Robo Queens of Lagos, Dream Stars of Lagos, Heartland Queens of Owerri and Royal Queens FC.“Others include: Abia Angels FC, Adamawa Queens, Confluence Queens FC of Lokoja, Sunshine Queens of Akure, Osun Babes of Osogbo and Delta Queens of Asaba.“In view of the inadequacies, the kick-off of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Women Premier League has been postponed by one week, to provide the opportunity for the defaulting clubs to meet up with the registration requirements.“Therefore, the 2019/2020 Women Premier League will now kick-off on March 25th, 2020.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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