RELATED NEWS: As pointed out by Istra Inspirit (IRTA doo), the whole process of creating experiences at a certain location within Istria involved local people, family farms, tourist boards and local governments in order to create synergy of all stakeholders, which proved necessary for the realization and the viability of such a demanding project. The aim of such presentations is, among other things, to expand awareness of innovative ways of interpreting cultural – historical, but also natural heritage, in order to differentiate the tourist offer of Croatia and raise it to a new more competitive level, in which Istria has a significant role. The presentation of the project by the Istrian Development Tourist Agency included the transfer of knowledge and introduction to the project challenges and business model of the same. The motive of the presentation is the interest of the Split-Dalmatia County for concrete and practical experience in storytelling and innovative interpretation of the heritage of the Istra Inspirit project, which they believe can be applied in the Split-Dalmatia County with the ultimate purpose of development in the direction of storytelling destination. At the initiative of the Administrative Department for Tourism and Maritime Affairs of the Split-Dalmatia County, a presentation of the multi-award winning project of cultural and experiential tourism Istra Inspirit was held in Split. The presentation concluded with the presentation of the Istrian Development Tourism Agency (IRTA) and its activities and departments with a return invitation to the representatives of Split-Dalmatia County on a study trip to Istria during which they will visit Istra Inspirit experiences and get acquainted with the Bike & Outdoor department. .
By the way, Croatian carriers have already performed last week in parades / rides that took place in several cities from Dalmatia to Istria and Zagreb. THE AVALANCE STARTED, SUPPORT FROM ALL SIDES Photo: FB current tourist – Berlin Photo: Aida Terzić. BIH #HonkForHope or in practical translation and application – trumpets of hope. The initiator of the initiative, which originated in Austria and then spread to Europe and beyond, is Alexander Ehrlich, owner of a travel and transport company based in Vienna and with branches throughout Austria but also in Italy, Germany and Poland. Austrian guides recorded video support, local guides from the south of Italy, Siena, Veneto also… Guides from Sarajevo, following the example of German and Austrian colleagues, with the support of travel agencies, set up their suitcases, with inscriptions of agencies on the square – of course 2 meters. Nearly 7500 companies in the tourism sector are following the story of HONK FOR HOPE, and the wheels of tourist transport are rolling across Europe according to 11:55 tomorrow. It is everyone’s wish that – tourist transport survives. When this goal and the desire of thousands of workers in the transport sector is accepted, then it can be discussed – how, to what extent in which countries, then it becomes national operational plans. “You don’t have a trumpet, but you do have a voice. Words are your tool for work, speak clearly and loudly, and you know it well, about the situation we are in – together, he called for solidarity ” No matter how many you list, there will always be someone left out. COVID-19 knows no boundaries. But neither do we when it comes to fighting the consequences that this disease has left on our jobs and lives, ”says Ehrlich, adding: THIS IS A STORY WITHOUT BORDERS JOIN YOUR CAR! Put stickers in your cars, trucks, vans and drive in your hometown. “Honkajte” with Europe, tomorrow at 11:55 !!!! This is, seen in practice less noticeable, but really so. Even when traveling by plane, you still need transportation to the city, hotels – by bus, minibus, van… “If we want the citizens of our countries to travel after the crisis – let’s save the buses. And if you want guests to come to your country tomorrow, hotels, restaurants, apartments, boats – save the buses. This is a message I want to share with a large audience, those responsible and politicians. The bus is no longer just a transport, it is a symbol of a possible return to normalcy”Ehrlich points out. Hope in this case is, so to speak, salvation. Salvation, when you look realistically at the whole chain of activities – from transport, agencies, hoteliers, catering, trade, household and all other segments of tourism. Transport, so that there would be no doubts, from personal vehicles, vans, minibuses to buses, ships, sailboats and yachts for cruises, planes, trains, supply and delivery stakeholders of the tourist machinery. Their goal was to draw attention to the existential problems of the companies at the moment, but also the long-term problem of unprofitability of transport in the conditions of the new normal when up to 20 passengers are allowed to sit on the bus – size standards. “We have to perform together, HFH is a lifeline for buses at the European level, and at the level of tourism for carriers. Carriers rolled down the avalanche of gatherings, and very quickly the Austrians and Germans were joined by their counterparts in France, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia joined yesterday. News of the support is coming from across the Atlantic, from the US. Travel is not useless, it is by no means a luxury that and who knows what reasons should be given up. It is an essential part of our identity in a united Europe (whether it is the EU or not).”Says Ehrlich. Cover photo: Aida Terzić, BIH They left them there so as not to violate the recommended measures of assembly and keep their distance, thus supporting fellow transporters and drivers in which they drove through the streets of Sarajevo. “This is a story about all of us. It’s about survival. It’s an opportunity I can get involved in and take advantage of – EVERYONE. They were faced with a problem that has dimensions not national but – pan-European. Let’s look at the problem globally; we are carriers – a small stakeholder in the large tourism industry. I respect hoteliers, caterers and everyone else, there are a lot of them. There are few of us. But if we speak together, it will be heard – if we convey a clear message. We do not introduce ourselves to revolutionaries, or those who stop working or do not want to work, we present ourselves to those who are – an important factor in tourism. And at the same time an essential factor of European identity. The tourist bus is a symbol of travel, and travel is a symbol of freedom. Freedom of travel is also the motto of the European Union. After this crisis we want to return to normal life, and travel. For freedom of travel, we need buses in Europe”Emphasizes Ehrlich. Support for the initiative is coming from all sides, carriers are gathering, hotels in Munich have offered symbolic accommodation prices for drivers, restaurants a traditional warm lunch, and support is coming from a profession that is unquestionably related to tourism carriers – the guide sector. EMPTY SUITCASE ON EMPTY SQUARES Otherwise, say the originators of the initiative, you don’t need to have a bus to make an action day in Europe with #honkforhope. “Honk For Hope” is, to put it simply, a pan-European campaign to save the tourist travel business in Europe. The tourist bus is a symbol of travel, and travel is a symbol of freedom. Freedom of travel is also the motto of the European Union. After this crisis we want to return to normal life, and travel. For freedom of travel we need – buses in Europe
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Publicly listed lender bank BTPN recorded double-digit growth in net profits and loans in the first quarter of this year, as it weathered the COVID-19 crisis.The bank booked Rp 752 billion (US$50.7 million) in net profits in the first three months of this year, up by 48 percent compared with the same period last year, BTPN announced in a statement on Tuesday.In line with the growth in profits, the bank also recorded a 12 percent year-on-year (yoy) growth in loan disbursement in January to March to Rp 157 trillion, supported by loans to the corporate segment of Rp 92 trillion. Meanwhile, BTPN also managed to maintain its gross non-performing loan (NPL) ratio at 0.97 percent as of March, well below the banking industry figure of 2.77 percent, as it stressed that it remained cautious in disbursing its loans.Ongki went on to say that the bank still had ample liquidity to get through the current challenging economic conditions as its liquidity coverage ratio (LCR), which indicates the bank’s short-term liquidity ratio, stood at 212 percent.Meanwhile, its net stable funding ratio (NSFR), which indicates its long-term liquidity, stood at 116 percent, above the minimum requirement of 100 percent.The bank’s capital adequacy ratio (CAR), meanwhile, stood at 22.5 percent. This signaled that the bank still had strong expansion capability, it said in the statement.“The COVID-19 situation is very challenging, including for us in the banking industry. But we are grateful for the performance at the beginning of this year,” Ongki said.Topics : “With the uncertainties of the global economic situation, added to by the current development of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are trying to maintain the positive performance of the bank,” BTPN president director Ongki Wanadjati Dana said in the statement.In the corporate loan segment, BTPN focused on syndicated loans for various projects such as energy security, food security and infrastructure. The bank also disbursed loans bilaterally to private and state-owned entities, as well as automotive and trading firms.To support the high loan growth, BTPN also managed to raise Rp 161.2 trillion in funding as of March, higher by 3 percent yoy.The funding was sourced from third-party funds of Rp 97.1 trillion, while other party loans and subordinated loans contributed Rp 57 trillion and Rp 7.1 trillion, respectively.
A wedding reception in Sindangmulya village, Cibarusah district in Bekasi, West Java, came to an abrupt end on Sunday as local police dispersed a crowd of guests from the premises amid concerns over COVID-19 transmission.Cibarusah Police chief Adj. Comr. Sukarman said police personnel and members of the local COVID-19 task force came to the reception and broke up the proceedings at around 11 a.m., claiming that the number of guests at the event exceeded the limit set by the existing health protocols.“We reminded the families [about the protocols] prior to the event,” Sukarman said in a written statement on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co. Sindangmulya village public order officer (Bhabinkamtibmas) Adj. Insp. Satu Nasichin said he appreciated the families’ amicable response to the cancellation.He went on to say that local police had previously informed residents regarding the inherent risks of public gatherings amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.The groom, identified only as AP, expressed his disappointment over the canceled reception, saying that he had previously sent out 250 invitations. However, he said he had accepted the police’s decision as it was a direct mandate from the local administration.“We donated some of the food to those who are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” AP said.As of Wednesday, West Java has reported 5,310 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 187 deaths linked to the disease. (rfa)Topics :
Sneak peek into travel king’s controversial mansion Four couples set their eye on 5 School Rd, Hendra.After almost eight weeks of being forced to live, and even work, in close proximity, four Brisbane couples last week decided enough was enough.Fed up with being confined to their inner-city apartments they decided it was time to buy a house and turned their attention to a little Californian bungalow in Hendra. The house attracted the attention of four seperate couples.For each of them the property at 5 School Road in Brisbane’s leafy northside suburb was the perfect entry level home. For some of them it offered affordability, coupled with enough space to save their relationship. None of the couples had seen the property prior to COVID and some had not even consideredentering the property market before putting an offer in on the home. Amy Jamieson and her partner Ryan bought 5 School Rd, Hendra, during COVID-19 to give each other some more space, after renting for yearsAfter a fierce battle it was Amy Jamieson and her partner Ryan, that secured the house for $855,000 through Ray White New Farm.The couple had been renting a two-bedroom apartment in Bowen Hills and had been looking for a place for about 18 months.“We had never considered Hendra before,” Ms Jamieson said. “We were quite lucky because we ended up buying in an area in which we didn’t think we could afford to live,” she said. The house offers the couple, who have been renting an apartment, more space.While the couple have been working during the pandemic, Ms Jamieson said she could see how the restrictions would be putting a strain on relationships.“When we had to work from home, being in an apartment Ryan would be in the kitchen and I was 2m away in the lounge and I felt I had to be quiet and not make a noise because he had to make phone calls. It can really test people’s patience levels.”With their house having four bedrooms on a decent-sized block, the couple will have the opportunity to carve out their own space.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoMs Jamieson said, for Ryan, that would probably be the rustic tin shed out the back. The tin shed was one of the biggest attractions of the property for the couple.“The shed was one of the things that first attracted us to the property. Ryan has a car and a motorbike and stuff, so it was definitely a selling point. We had looked at other houses but none of them had a shed, so I think it was what convinced us to inspect the property in the first place.” The property is modest but much more spacious than an apartment.Selling agent Christine Rudolph said this was the perfect time for sellers to list their propeties because there were plenty of eager buyers in the market.“It’s a great time coming out of COVID for sellers to jump in and capitalise on theshortage of quality supply and the optimism we are seeing from buyers,” Ms Rudolph said. MORE: Huge interest in termite-infested house How some men have survived lockdown Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: How the property market is tracking01:40
Van Oord has contracted Universal Foundation to support the installation of two mono bucket foundations at the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm. To remind, financial close on the Deutsche Bucht Mono Bucket pilot demonstrator project was reached in July 2018, after the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH) granted the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind project the permit required to install two additional pilot wind turbines using mono bucket foundations whose design was certified by DNV GL in April.Deutsche Bucht will be the first offshore wind farm worldwide to test this new type of foundation structure under commercial operating conditions.As the general contractor for the Balance of Plant, Van Oord is responsible for the manufacturing and installation of the mono bucket foundations.Jesper Uhre Larsen, Project Manager at Universal Foundation said: “We are excited to continue our efforts on the project working with a professional marine contractor like Van Oord. The project teams are working towards the same end goal: a successful installation of the Mono Bucket foundations in 2019, which will enable further opportunities to lower the cost of offshore wind energy.”The mono bucket foundations will be installed in the second quarter of 2019.“This project is an essential step in Universal Foundation’s strategy. To capture the full commercial potential of the technology, we are investing heavily in further technological standardization and industrialization, to ensure not only an environmentally friendly solution, but one that can be the preferred choice in today’s competitive market,” said Kristian Ravn, Managing Director of Universal Foundation.The Deutsche Bucht wind farm will have a total of 33 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind V164-8.4MW wind turbines, 31 on monopiles and two on mono buckets.Monopile installation at the German offshore wind site started in September 2018.The EUR 1.4 billion Deutsche Bucht, expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2019, is owned by Canadian power producer Northland Power, and is the company’s third North Sea offshore wind farm, together with Gemini and Nordsee 1.
Daily Mail 26 May 2019Family First Comment: No surprises…“Results concluded from an investigation of 4,000 Canadian school children.Researchers found cannabis more toxic for youngsters’ brains than alcohol.Persistent use of the drug seriously affected basic reasoning skills.”Regularly smoking cannabis can affect teenagers so severely that they end up three years behind their classmates in terms of brain development, a landmark study has found.The results of the investigation, which involved almost 4,000 secondary school children in Canada, led researchers to conclude cannabis is more toxic for youngsters’ brains than alcohol.Persistent use of the drug seriously affected basic reasoning skills – while it also had a disastrous effect on self-control, they found.Meanwhile, a separate study has found hard evidence that the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), causes changes in the brain that trigger schizophrenia.In the high school study, researchers at Montreal University studied pupils from the time they entered the Canadian seventh grade – aged 12 or 13 years – for four years.They regularly asked the young volunteers about their cannabis and alcohol use and put them through computer tests examining reasoning skills, short-term memory and self-control.READ MORE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7071277/Cannabis-leave-teenagers-three-years-classmates-study-finds.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Fishermen and traders have stopped fishing in the waters along Senegal’s coasts and switched to other income generating activities.As Peninah Karibe reports, the switch is driven by the steady decline of fish stocks, after a decade of overfishing.
PARIS St-Germain (PSG) have signed Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee of 222 million euros (£200M) from Barcelona.The deal for the 25-year-old smashes the previous record set when Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United from Juventus for £89M in August 2016.Neymar will earn 45 million euros (£40.7M) a year – 865 000 euros (£782 000) a week – before tax from the initial five-year deal, a total outlay of £400M.Barcelona told French club PSG they must pay the transfer fee “in full”.A LATE SNAG?After weeks of speculation, Neymar arrived for training with Barcelona on Wednesday with his father and representative, and told the Spanish club he wanted to leave.He was then given permission by Barca manager Ernesto Valverde to leave to “sort out his future”.In Spain, a release clause can only be activated by a player buying himself out of his contract.But when Neymar’s lawyers attempted to make the deposit yesterday, La Liga officials rejected the payment. Further statements followed from all sides as the negotiations continued.La Liga believes PSG are violating UEFA’S Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules and Barcelona previously said they would report PSG to European football’s governing body UEFA for a FFP breach.PSG believes La Liga was acting unlawfully, while the French league (LFP) said it was “surprised” and urged its Spanish counterpart to “abide by the FIFA rules”.So later yesterday, Neymar’s representatives paid the 222 million euros (£200M) fee at Barca’s offices instead.FFP rules, first implemented during the 2011-12 season, stipulate that European clubs cannot outspend what they earn by more than 30 million euros.PSG is backed by money from Gulf state Qatar and La Liga president Javier Tebas has accused the French club of “financial doping”.Neymar joined Spanish giants Barca in 2013 and has won two La Liga titles and one Champions LeaguePSG reached the last eight of the Champions League last season – knocked out by a Neymar-inspired Barcelona – and were beaten to the French title by Monaco.