According to the revised annual results for 2018, Valamar Riviera generated HRK 2,05 billion in total revenues, ie an increase of 11% percent compared to last year. In 2018, Valamar generated 6,5 million overnight stays, which is an increase of 4,6% compared to the same period last year, while the average price increased by 5%. Operating profit adjusted for one-off items reached HRK 703 million, which is an increase of 13% compared to 2017. The achieved growth is primarily the result of successful investments in product development and portfolio expansion, as well as balanced management of operational efficiency, taking care of increasing salaries and improving working conditions of employees. Valamar has so far invested more than HRK 4 billion in Croatian tourism, and for the 2019 season Valamar will make investments in the amount of HRK 793 million, which is a continuation of the investment strategy in repositioning the portfolio according to high value-added offers and services. In 2018, the successful operation of the company Imperial dd was achieved, which Valamar took over with the AZ fund in 2016. In addition, Valamar took over Hotele Makarska dd in partnership with AZ mandatory pension funds and bought a hotel in Obertauern, Austria, thus making the first step in the internationalization of business. In November 2018, the bankruptcy plan for the investment and recapitalization of Helios Faros was confirmed, by which Valamar and PBZ pension funds intend to restructure the largest tourist company in Stari Grad on Hvar. In 2018, Valamar also increased its operational efficiency with a simultaneous salary increase of over 11% and the introduction of a minimum net income of HRK 5.000 to 7.500, and is also the first tourist company to announce the payment of the 2019th salary in the amount for the 13 season. of HRK 5.000 net with holiday pay and Christmas bonus and special prizes for seasonal workers. Due to the mentioned measures, Valamar was recognized this year as one of the best employers in tourism and is the only tourist company that entered the TOP 20 employers in Croatia according to an independent survey. “Behind us is an extremely good and important business year in which we achieved double-digit business growth for the fourth year in a row, laid a strong foundation for future development and provided our shareholders with an appropriate dividend on invested capital. In the coming period, we will give an even stronger focus on human resources management, business digitalization and further development of Valamar products and service concepts. “, pointed out Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera. Investment cycle of HRK 793 million in 2019 The Supervisory Board of Valamar Riviere determined the proposal of the decision on the payment of dividends in the amount of HRK 1,00 per share, in accordance with the strategic goal of achieving an attractive and long-term sustainable dividend to shareholders. The day of payment would be June 7, 2019, and to shareholders who wish to do so, a quarter of the corresponding dividend will be able to be paid in rights – Valamar Riviera shares.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCan see why FBI, media aren’t trustedIt is not often that Madame et moi go to the movies. However, when one of our favorite directors, Clint Eastwood, makes a film, we try to see it.We do not see Eastwood’s films just because he is conservative. We see his films because Hollywood is not. That being said, Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ is one of his best. Jewell was the soft-spoken slightly handicapped security guard working the Olympic Park in Atlanta in 1996.A somewhat zealous but sincere Jewell discovers a bomb and tries to warn Olympic-goers to move away from danger. But an explosion maims and kills hundreds before he is completely successful.A female newspaper reporter and an FBI agent conspire and immediately point to Jewell as the perpetrator of the terrorist act. The American media fans the flames of guilt, and an innocent American is swamped (interesting turn of a word) by unnecessary attention.After viewing the film, it was difficult for me to think of the FBI as anything but a biased, intolerant mob protecting its own derrière. My opinion of the media is worse. However, there does seem to be a similar case of foot-in-mouth disease working its way through Washington, D.C., these days. I am beginning to understand why people are referring to these two organizations (the FBI and the media) as part of the Deep State. Oops, I left out Congress. My bad.Allen R. RemaleyScottsdale, Ariz., and Saratoga Springs Prevent cancer with screening, shotsIf you could prevent cancer, wouldn’t you? You can. In fact, there are two ways to prevent cervical cancer: vaccination and screening.Most cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).Being vaccinated against HPV could prevent most cervical cancers. The HPV vaccine is recommended for boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14, and young adults through age 26.This vaccine provides protection to girls from cervical cancer later in life, and protection to both boys and girls from several other cancers.The second way to prevent cervical cancer is by getting screened.Cervical cancer screening tests can find the cells that lead to cancer before it starts. These cells can then be removed. Screening also helps to find cancer early when it may be most easily treated.Screening should begin at age 21 and is covered under most health plans, including Medicaid plans and plans participating in the New York State of Health.No insurance? No problem.The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties can help eligible, uninsured women age 40 and older get cervical cancer screening.The program, which is supported with funds from New York State, also provides free breast and colon cancer screening to eligible New York State residents. Call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262) to find out if you qualify for free cancer screenings.Talk to your health care provider about cervical cancer screening or you can reach the CSP in Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties by calling 518-841-3726.Suzanne HagadornAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regs read more
The KSPI had staged similar protests on July 29 and Aug. 3.Said went on to say that at least nine concerns lay behind labor unions’ persistent opposition to the draft legislation, chief among them being the elimination of the minimum wage, the reduction of severance packages and exploitative working hours.Read also: House, unions agree to remove provisions that ‘harm workers’ from job creation omnibus billFurthermore, he claimed that the bill also entailed the elimination of various benefits, such as employee leave rights. Members of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) have once again gathered in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) compound in Senayan, Central Jakarta, to protest against the omnibus bill on job creation as well as recent mass layoffs amid the economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.KSPI president Said Iqbal said the group appreciated the House’s decision to form a team that facilitates communication with workers regarding the contentious articles in the labor cluster of the bill.“The rally today doesn’t only aim to protest but also to convey support for lawmakers to ensure that workers’ aspirations are heard,” he said in a statement on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com. “In addition, a pay raise would be based on economic growth, which contradicts [Government Regulation] No. 78/2005 stipulating that the minimum wage may be raised according to inflation and economic growth,” Said added.Said suggested that the government and lawmakers expunge the labor cluster from the bill altogether, especially if the two parties wanted to speed up the deliberation.The Jakarta Police have deployed 5,800 personnel to the House complex and diverted traffic from the vicinity to ensure public order and safety, as reported by tribunnews.com.Various other labor unions have staged similar protests in several other regions, including Bandung in West Java, Serang in Banten, Semarang in Central Java and Surabaya in East Java, according to Said. (rfa)Topics : read more
Switzerland’s BVG Kommission, responsible for implementing the country’s second-pillar pensions law, has recommended lowering the minimum interest rate Pensionskassen must guarantee on active members’ mandatory contributions (Mindestzins) from 1.25% to 1% next year.On an annual basis, the commission’s experts are charged with assessing capital markets (bonds, equities and real estate) and advising the government on how to adjust the rate the following year.To date, the government has always followed its recommendations.In a statement, the commission said it had debated a number of member proposals for next year, ranging from a drastic cut of the interest rate to 0.5% to leaving it at 1.25%. Before the session, the Swiss pension fund association ASIP, the employer association SAV UPS and the federation of insurers SVV ASA had called for the rate to be cut to 0.75%.Swiss union federation SGB USS, however, lamented the “ongoing descent” of the minimum rate, which it said would eventually lead to lower pension levels, although it noted that the 1% recommendation would prevent “worse scenarios”.The Mindestzins remained stable at 4% until 2000, but it was then slashed to 2.25%.Since then, it has fallen further for the most part, with a few exceptions, such as in 2014, when it was raised from 1.5% to 1.75%, where it remained for 2015.Swiss consultancy PPCmetrics, publishing the second edition of its analysis of revised Pensionskassen annual reports (in German), found that the effective interest rate granted on active members’ portfolios had fallen “considerably” year on year.In 2015, the average effective interest granted by the 262 surveyed Pensionskassen was 1.91%, compared with 2.34% the year previous.The highest interest rate was 5%, granted by just 1% of all Pensionskassen.For 2014 and 2013, the highest interest rate granted was about 10% and 9%, respectively – a marked increase on the 5% and 6% maximums between 2009 and 2012.PPCmetrics also warned that further cuts in the discount rates used to calculate pension liabilities – the so-called Technischer Zins – had lead to a deterioration of risk-adjusted funding ratios.The consultancy said it expected the conversion rate used to calculate pension payouts from accrued capital, or Umwandlungssatz, to fall further from the current average of 6.1% to around 5.8% in the coming years.For further analysis of the PPCmetrics survey, see the November issue of IPE magazine read more
Telegraph (UK) 19 June 2012Cherie Blair has attacked “yummy mummies” who focus on raising their children at the expense of their careers, suggesting their children lack a sense of independence. The wife of the former Prime Minister also accused some young women of seeking to “marry a rich husband and retire” instead of working. Mrs Blair, a QC and mother of four, criticised women who “put all their effort into their children” instead of working. Mothers who go out to work are setting a better example for their children, she said. Addressing a gathering of “powerful” women at one of London’s most expensive hotels, Mrs Blair said she was worried that today’s young women are turning their backs on the feminism of their mothers’ generation. Some women now regard motherhood as an acceptable alternative to a career, Mrs Blair said. Instead, women should strive for both. “Every woman needs to be self-sufficient and in that way you really don’t have a choice – for your own satisfaction; you hear these yummy mummies talk about being the best possible mother and they put all their effort into their children. I also want to be the best possible mother, but I know that my job as a mother includes bringing my children up so actually they can live without me.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9342635/Cherie-Blair-attacks-yummy-mummies.html read more
The East Central Trojans 3-year EIAC winning streak came to end as The Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers won 25-21, 11-25, 25-22, 25-21.EC vs LB 9-17-18‘This was our first conference loss in 3 years, so of course it stings. Most of this senior class has never lost a conference game at the varsity level. But it was a great match by both teams. It was fun to watch and I was proud to be part of it. The girls scrambled hard and refused to quit. We made a few too many errors in critical moments that cost us the game. If you take those points out, I have nothing to complain about. I’m proud of these girls and I have no doubt we will learn and bounce back.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 19-2 on the season.Next: Connersville at home Thursday.
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“I used to have a team-mate who told me every ball can be the most important ball of the game, and this is a clear example, a long ball and a misunderstanding and you have the ball to pass into the net. I was lucky. “I am feeling good and with high confidence, and feeling better in the system we are playing with more space. “Hopefully we can keep improving as a team as it is just the beginning of the season and important games are coming.” Following two goals in last week’s Champions League win at Schalke and a first Premier League goal of the season, there is talk of a return to former glories for Torres, who has been much-maligned since his £50million move from Liverpool. Yet it took a woeful first-half miss to rouse the World Cup-winning Spain striker before he set-up Andre Schurrle’s opening goal and netted the winner following Sergio Aguero’s equaliser. After draws at Manchester United and Tottenham, it was Chelsea’s first significant scalp in the Premier League this season. “We are happy because it is our first win against one of the contenders for the Premier League title,” Torres added. Next for the Blues is Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup fourth-round clash at Premier League leaders Arsenal, who are two points ahead of Mourinho’s men in the standings. Torres took full advantage of City goalkeeper Joe Hart’s latest defensive calamity to net the winner in a 2-1 victory for the Blues against one of their main title contenders. “This is a goal of belief,” Torres told chelseafc.com. Press Association The scheduling of the fixture, coming with just a day’s rest after the City match, means Jose Mourinho will make wholesale changes. Torres is likely to drop out, so too is Schurrle, depriving the German of an on-field reunion with some of his compatriots in Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker. “It’s no surprise for me that Mesut is playing so well,” Schurrle said. “I’ll be happy to see him and Mertesacker because we have a good team spirit in the national team and we are all good friends, but tomorrow, for 90 minutes, there are no friends. “The manager will change many positions but we have high quality in every member of the squad and there will be no problem for us. “I think Arsenal will change their players, too, and it’s going to be a good match. “I am very happy to be a part of our squad, and with a team like Chelsea you want to win every competition you are in, so we’ll do everything tomorrow to win the match.” Mourinho twice won the League Cup in his first spell at Stamford Bridge and twice won the Premier League. Chelsea have won the championship once since, in 2009/10, and finished 25 points adrift in sixth in 2012, when they won the Champions League, and 14 off the pace in third last term, when the Europa League was won. Branislav Ivanovic believes that, after extending the 100 percent start at home with a fifth win, the current squad are as good as the one which lifted the Premier League under Carlo Ancelotti. The Serbia defender said: “We have a different team now to the one that won the league in 2010, but maybe we have the same quality and performances (as that team) to win the league this season. “We have a strong enough squad, if we stay at this level to be competitive. “To be champions and stay at the top all season, it is very important to get maximum points from every game. “Sometimes it may be only a point but we have to get something from every game, especially when we are at home. We’re doing that well this season. “The champions aren’t decided now, but it was so important for us to beat Manchester City because these kind of games give you confidence and extra points when you are fighting for them. “I hope it’s going to help our confidence and in the next games as well.” Confidence is high for Fernando Torres and Chelsea after Sunday’s last-gasp defeat of Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester City. read more
The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings. United has four home games left.The club wrote to season ticket holders to say “we share your disappointment that you will not be able to watch United in person from within the stadium, but we would encourage you to give your continued loyal support from the comfort and safety of your home.”Clubs are pushing to be allowed to play at their usual stadiums rather than in neutral venues as the police wanted.United is asking fans for their “co-operation not to travel to any stadiums at which we are playing on matchdays.”___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 19, 2020 Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will play a series of friendlies next year to raise money for medical facilities in Italy and Spain.The three round-robin games have been dubbed the “European Solidarity Cup” and thousands of medical staff and carers will get tickets for their work fighting the coronavirus pandemic.Dates for the games will be set when the calendar for 2021 is clear and fans are allowed back into stadiums.___Cristiano Ronaldo has reported back to Juventus’ training center after a 10-week absence. The Latest: Man United to refund season ticket holders Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Manchester United says it will refund fans with season tickets for the games they won’t be able to attend during the coronavirus pandemic. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed up for medical tests with the Serie A leaders.Ronaldo observed a two-week isolation period at his home in Turin after spending the lockdown period in his native Portugal.Ronaldo has not been alongside his teammates since helping Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan on March 8. He flew to his home island of Madeira, Portugal, after that.Serie A was suspended a day later when the Italian government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The league is hoping to resume playing on June 13.___ Associated Press read more
IN its efforts to professionalise and strengthen the operations of its 41 Member Associations (MAs), the Confederation of CONCACAF has implemented an Executive Mentorship Programme (EMP) and last Saturday and Sunday GFF executives were the beneficiaries of the training at the Pegasus Hotel.The two-day EMP, which commenced last year, was facilitated by Jamaican Mr Howard McIntosh, who is also in charge of the One CONCACAF Programme and Special Projects within the Caribbean, and Mr David Sabir, General Secretary of the Bermuda Football Association.McIntosh, no stranger to these shores, informed that CONCACAF has been investing a lot in coaches education and referees training, which have a direct impact on the field of play; and the time is right for the focus to also involve off-the-field happenings where the level of operations at the respective executive levels is more professional and in adherence to the rules, regulations and statutes of FIFA and CONCACAF.“We designed this programme last year, which is now bringing about a focus on administration and governance and we’re very happy to be here. We’re doing it in all 41 countries in CONCACAF. Guyana is one of our very respected MAs and we’re happy to see the progress that is being made with the GFF, in relation to football generally, and even in the areas of administration and governance.”McIntosh indicated that normally programmes would have been held for the respective presidents and secretaries of the MAs only, but they have now individualised the workshops to meet with all the MAs, Executive Committee members or Board members to spend time with them to expose them to best practices from across the region and the globe.The experienced McIntosh said that the response garnered from the GFF is by no means a surprise to the facilitating team and, by extension CONCACAF.“It’s consistent with our expectations actually in terms of the GFF because of the significant progress that has been made on and off the field. We‘re looking forward to the follow-up that comes from it in terms of the various areas of administration, strategic planning and working with the Federation to ensure that the best practices are implemented in those areas where it may not be and continue to work with them in terms of improving the things that they have and, of course, the things that they may want to do in terms of the strategic objectives of the Federation.”It was also disclosed that the Executive is meant to educate and expose the other members of the GFF family to the knowledge they acquired.“But the hope is that the information that would have been delivered at the workshop would be disseminated and communicated to the other members of the football family in Guyana.“It is important that we understand that good administration and good governance is fundamental to the success that we have on the field.”He also shared that it is important for the members of the GFF to understand their rights as members as well as their obligations to the GFF.“It is to bring about a better understanding within Guyana in this instance in terms of how football should be administered and how it should be governed.”The EMP would be done over a two-year period and it commenced in late 2019. McIntosh stated that they would be very aggressive this year in terms of the number of MAs that would be targeted. The next EMP for a MA would be in two weeks’ time. read more