The European Parliament has proposed a special budget line for tourism of 300m euros

first_img“I am pleased that our initiative has been recognized in the EU, and for it we have the strong support of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and the Government of the Republic of Croatia. In the economy of the European Union, tourism provides 24 million jobs, that is, every 11 workers are employed in jobs directly related to tourism. In addition, given that tourism is one of the fastest growing economic activities in the EU with a major impact on growth, society, development and employment, and that the contribution of tourism and travel to EU GDP is around ten percent, the premise that tourism deserves better position within the institutions of the European Union, which will ultimately be extremely important for tourism in all EU member states, including Croatia, said the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gary Cappelli.  So far, 14 of the 28 member states have supported the Croatian initiative. Namely, this is an initiative for better positioning of tourism within the EU institutions, which was launched at the beginning of the year by the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gary Cappelli. For the first time, the European Parliament has proposed a special budget line for tourism worth 300m euros. In mid-December, the 1-month program of the EU Council for the period from 2019 January 30 to 2020 June XNUMX was confirmed in Brussels, a program prepared by Romania, the Republic of Finland and the Republic of Croatia, as the so-called future Trio of EU Council Presidents. cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU and the European External Action Service in parts within their competences. center_img The inclusion of tourism in the program of the EU Council is a confirmation of how Croatian lobbying and emphasizing the importance of tourism for the entire economy was justified, both in the country and at the EU level. This work program explicitly mentions tourism for the first time, within the chapter Union of Jobs, Growth and Competitiveness, where the need for better positioning of tourism at the EU level is stated, especially in order to stimulate growth and employment. In addition, the European Parliament, as one of the EU institutions that most strongly supports the tourism sector, adopted the Interim Report on the Multiannual Financial Framework 14-2018 (MFF) at its plenary session held on 2021 November 2027, which will serve as the EP’s position. to reach a final agreement on the MFF. With this document, the European Parliament calls on the European Commission to prepare the legislative framework needed to establish a sustainable tourism program that would be part of the Single Market Program.last_img read more

Columnist is wrong about infrastructure

first_imgThe Feb. 12 column, “Fear not, America: Our infrastructure is not ‘crumbling,’”by David Harsanyi is fraught with inaccuracies. The writer claims “crumbling infrastructure” is an inaccurate characterization of our roads and bridges. He states that the Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007 was a result of a design flaw. While the NTSB did attribute part of the failure to an undersized plate, Harsanyi omits key facts referenced by the investigators. The bridge had been resurfaced with 2-inch of added pavement – a 20 percent increase in load — and 262 tons of stone were piled on the bridge in a concentrated location as part of a repair. Notably, the bridge had functioned adequately for 50 years when it was overloaded. Stating that only 2 percent of bridges are structurally deficient is counter to the American Society of Civil Engineers, which finds the total to be 10 percent.A structurally deficient bridge is one which must be restricted for speed or weight. How many of us want to cross bridges that are unsafe?  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Harsanyi mentions poor runways. The runway isn’t the problem. It’s terminals, and access that are issues.Further, he conflates infrastructure investment with social engineering, claiming “no evidence infrastructure creates jobs.” Harsanyi ignores the fact that 11 percent of jobs in America — more than 14 million — are in infrastructure. Stating “the majority of infrastructure is built by the private sector” is untrue. Roads, water systems and airports are public sector efforts, not private investment. Further, recent outcomes with private sector funding have been disappointing — the bankrupt Indiana tollway being one example. Healthy infrastructure is critical to a safe nation and economy.  We can fund it or we can continue to postpone the work.  If we ignore it, it costs more later and it crumbles.Scott StevensBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Tower inquiry: Heron team slams ‘gratuitous’ evidence

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Rotch completes £270m investment deal with Telereal

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Norway’s oil fund to sell all remaining coal stocks

first_imgThe Norwegian sovereign wealth fund has been ordered to  divest all coal stocks, in a move that will prompt up to NOK50bn (€6bn) of equity sales.A vote in the Norwegian parliament yesterday ended with agreement backed by all parties that the NOK6.9trn (€812bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) should sell off its holdings in companies which have 30% or more of their activities in the coal business.Labour party MP Torstein Tvedt Solberg, who is a member of the parliamentary Finance Committee, said: “The decision made in parliament is a clear mandate for the fund to divest its coal mining and coal utility investments.”The agreement in parliament was followed up today by a corresponding vote by the Finance Committee, he said. Tvedt Solberg said it had been estimated that investments affected included between 70 and 80 companies with a share value of NOK40bn to NOK50bn.“The vote in parliament sends a clear message, but the government will have to operationalise it and make a set of criteria to enforce the vote,” he said.The GPFG would have until January 1st, 2016 to implement the divestment, he said, but added he believed that the fund had started the job today.However, a full set of criteria for the divestment would have to be worked on, he said.Earlier this month, the sovereign wealth fund said it had almost halved its exposure to thermal coal since the start of 2015, and now only had shares in firms where mining was one of several business areas.It said it had divested seven coal mining companies.Norwegian NGOs Greenpeace Norway and The Future in Our Hands, along with Germany’s Urgewald, welcomed the decision and said the GPFG was one of the top ten investors in the global coal industry.Arild Hermstad of The Future in our Hands said coal was bad for all aspects of the environment and the primary threat to the climate.“Such investments are not in line with the values of Norwegian society, and the unanimous vote of the Finance Committee means that this is now recognised across all party lines,” he said.The NGOs said the decision meant the pension fund would now shed investments in companies such Germany’s RWE, China’s Shenhua, Duke Energy in the US, AGL Energy in Australia, Reliance Power in India, Japan’s Electric Power Development Corporation as well as Semirara Mining from the Philippines and Poland’s PGE.In a report published earlier this month, the three NGOs said that although the GPFG had divested from 51 coal companies in 2014, the total sum of its coal industry holdings had grown by over NOK3bn since 2013, and was now NOK85.8bn.This analysis showed the shortcomings of reports focusing only on divestment actions that did not say where funds had been reinvested, the report said.“They serve to create the illusion that the pension fund’s coal portfolio has shrunken, while resources have, in fact, only been shifted from one coal company to the next,” it said.last_img read more

President Buhari meets with ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners

first_imgBring Back our Girls campaigners Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held his first meeting with campaigners calling for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram militants in the northeastern town of Chibok last year.The militant Islamist group, whose six-year insurgency has seen thousands killed in Africa’s most populous nation and top oil producer, caused an international outcry when it took the girls from secondary school dormitories in April 2014.Buhari praised members of the Bring Back Our Girls group for their efforts to prevent the missing children being forgotten.“Nobody in Nigeria or outside could have missed your consistency and persistence,” said Buhari during the meeting at his presidential villa in the capital, Abuja.“I think you will agree that the present government takes the issue very seriously,” he said, adding that the military was working with neighboring countries to ensure a regional task force could fight the insurgency.Earlier this year an Amnesty International report said that Boko Haram had kidnapped at least 2,000 Nigerian women and girls since the start of 2014, many of whom were sexually abused or trained to fight.In a statement, the Bring Back Our Girls campaigners said the safe return of the schoolgirls would “amount to the strongest statement that our government has respect for the sanctity and dignity of every Nigerian life”.The frequency of attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants in northern states has increased since the president vowed in his inauguration speech of May 29 that the group would be crushed.More than 200 people died in a string of attacks last week and dozens more have been killed in northern Nigeria and Chad in the last few days.Boko Haram, which has been trying to establish a state adhering to strict sharia law in northeast Nigeria, controlled an area larger than Belgium at the end of 2014.Nigerian and regional forces pushed the jihadists out of most of that territory in the last few months but the militants have a last stronghold in the Sambisa forest reserve and, with the increase in attacks, appear to be growing in strength.last_img read more

Jones out with shin splints

first_img “The match against West Brom was his first after a long injury period,” Van Gaal said. “We brought him back and he trained for more than a week with the first team, then had to play 90 minutes. “Then he had a sore feeling in his shin. On Saturday he could not continue training, even though it was a very light session before the match. “He had shin splints, which is very painful. I don’t know how long it will take (for him to recover).” Press Association Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed Red Devils defender Phil Jones missed Sunday’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League home draw with Chelsea due to shin splints.center_img England international Jones made his United comeback after four games out with a hamstring injury in the 2-2 draw at West Brom on Monday. But after the 22-year-old was absent again for the Old Trafford clash with the Blues, Van Gaal gave an update on Jones’ condition and said he did not know how long his latest setback would keep him sidelined for. last_img read more

Syracuse heads into ACC championships with rest, refined team tactics

first_img Published on October 30, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ The best feeling from Syracuse’s winning performance at the Wisconsin Meet of Champions on Oct. 17 was knowing it came without the Orange runners running their hardest.SU dominated the meet, scoring nearly twice as well as the second-place Iona team.“We knew we needed to have a solid day,” said Martin Hehir, a redshirt junior and SU’s top finisher in Wisconsin. “But it takes a lot of pressure off knowing we’re not going all-out.”The team didn’t particularly strain itself because, in the grander scheme of the season, there were more important races approaching. Conserving energy, training for the postseason and learning from past meets are at the forefront of their minds as they look ahead to the Atlantic Coast Conference championships. The conference meet is set for Friday in Charlottesville, Virginia with a 10 a.m. start for the women and 10:45 a.m. start for the men.This year’s race is hosted by the University of Virginia at Panorama Farms, an 8K course featuring a 1000-meter stretch of uphill running. No one on the SU team has raced on the course before, but the feelings of unfamiliarity should be eased by the fact that the team will arrive early and have the opportunity to run the course twice before the ACC official meet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe plan to conquer the course continues with training. The Orange regularly runs up Sweet Road in Pompey, New York to prepare. The 6.5-mile stretch is a gradual, uphill climb that challenges even the top SU runners. “It’s one of our toughest workout venues,” said redshirt senior Reed Kamyszek. “It prepares you to push yourself when you’re exhausted in a race.”SU men’s cross-country has won four of its last five conference titles, dating back to the team’s time in the Big East. The Orange is competing in its second-ever ACC tournament after winning last year.Head coach Chris Fox said resting his top seven players prior to the conference championships is standard operating procedure.To save the best for the more important races, SU rested its best last Friday in the John Reif Memorial in Ithaca, New York. None of its top seven runners, like Hehir, Kamyszek or freshman Justyn Knight, participated as they rested up for the postseason.In Charlottesville, the men will repeat their tactics from throughout the year. They will stick in a pack for the first 5K because, Fox said, there’s strength in numbers and the runners gain confidence when they see their teammates. After the 5K mark, runners will break out if they can, Fox said. Otherwise, the runners hang with the pack and try to grit out the strength to keep running by gaining confidence from their surrounding teammates.“When I look around and I’m surrounded by my whole team, it’s a great feeling,” Hehir said. “It helps me push through because I know we’re doing this together.”Communication is another added benefit to the pack method. Runners say they can discuss strategy in-race on whether to keep their pace, go up-tempo or slow down to conserve strength.They’ve refined these maneuvers at their first-team races throughout the season. In Boston for SU’s Sept. 26 meet, Hehir remembers starting slow before the race came down to a big kick in the last mile. Hehir said that could’ve been avoided by a stronger start. “We need to establish a good pace,” he said. “We don’t want it coming down to the final push.”To succeed at the ACC championships, the Orange needs a strong race from Kamyszek, who struggled in Wisconsin, and redshirt sophomore Joel Hubbard. If they move up in the pack, Fox said, they can swing the meet for SU. Neither has run a competitive race in two weeks.Like the rest of the top Orange runners, Kamyszek and Hubbard are winding down their training, running shorter and shorter practices. Then they’ll eat steak or pasta together and prepare for the biggest race of their season thus far.“They want to win,” Fox said. “And they hold each other accountable.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What you need to know ahead of the matchup with No. 23 Florida State

first_img Published on January 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse plays its second consecutive Top-25 road game when it hosts No. 23 Florida State on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Donald Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Orange (12-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) can snap a three-game skid, while the Seminoles (12-4, 1-3) had a 28-game home winning streak broken this week. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the Orange’s matchup with FSU.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 7-2Last time they played: On Jan. 28, 2017 in the Carrier Dome, four SU players reached double figures in an 82-72 victory over then-No. 6 FSU. For the Seminoles, Terance Mann (15.1 points per game this season) scored three points and Braian Angola-Rodas (13.6 ppg average) scored four. Andrew White scored a game-high 24 points, had nine rebounds and picked up four steals. John Gillon added 21 points, Tyler Lydon 14 and Tyler Roberson 10 as SU had a 10-2 run to complete the game and secure the late-January upset amid a five-game winning streak. The Florida State report: A team that won 26 games a year ago and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Florida State is a high-energy, deep team that figures to finish in the middle to top of the ACC. FSU had the most regular season wins in school history a year ago, and the team went undefeated at home for the first time in over 40 years. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was supposed to be a rebuilding year, as FSU lost its top three scorers from a team that finished third in the ACC last season. But the Seminoles burst out to a hot start and are a top-25 team. Two of their four losses have come against fellow ranked opponents, nearly beating No. 7 Duke and No. 18 Miami, while they upset No. 20 North Carolina.They brought in top-30 recruit M.J. Walker (7.6 points per game) and top-60 recruit and 7-footer Ike Obiagu (3.4). Junior guard Terance Mann is the team’s veteran presence and best offensive player. Last season FSU struggled inside, an area 7-foot-4 big Christ Koumadje could provide sturdiness. He is just getting into the swing after missing more than a month due to injury. He is key because he is a shot-blocking big who could make it hard for an already struggling Syracuse frontcourt to produce. MJ Walker, a McDonald’s All-American, is a true distributor and explosive athlete, turning down football scholarships to Michigan and Clemson for FSU hoops. Phil Cofer was a reserve the past two seasons, but he has stepped up as a senior starter to average 13 points per game and shoot 42 percent from deep. How Syracuse beats Florida State: A surefire way for Syracuse to win would be to play airtight defense and ride strong games from sophomore guard Tyus Battle and junior guard Frank Howard. FSU defends the paint fairly well, so an efficient Syracuse shooting effort could do the trick. FSU is as balanced an offense the Orange will see, as between nine and 10 players see floor time. Eight players average at least 6.4 points per game, meaning SU likely would beat FSU by sticking to its strength: team defense. Stat to know: 42.6Syracuse’s season field-goal percentage sits at a mere 276th in the country. Getting both consistent and efficient shots from the floor has been a problem for SU this season, mostly in its losses. Getting high-percentage looks off of strong offensive sets will be integral for an upset over FSU. Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse a 29 percent to win and predicts a 70-64 FSU victory. Player to watch: Terance Mann, No. 14Over 28.9 minutes, Mann averages a team-best 15.1 points per game. His versatility has made him a key cog in FSU’s balanced offense, and it has earned him comparisons to Michael Carter-Williams. He averages 6.2 rebounds per game and has dished out 49 assists thus far. The 6-foot-6 junior guard entered the season as the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder. Last year against the Orange, he scored only three points over 25 minutes, but he should contribute much more to the FSU attack this time. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Baazov pens CAD $3.5 billion offer for Amaya assets

first_imgDavid Baazov the former Chief Executive Officer of Amaya Inc, has penned a reported CAD $3.5 billion (US $2.56 billion) offer to acquire the Toronto TSX-listed operator outright.Baazov who is currently facing charges of insider trading by Quebec’s securities regulator Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) makes his formal approach to purchase Amaya assets outright.The former Amaya CEO who officially resigned as leader of the company this August is prepared to pay CAD $24 per share representing a premium of 30.9 percent to Amaya’s Friday close of CAD $18.34.Baazov who currently owns approximately 17.2% of Amaya equity, is reported to have his bid financing supported by four separate funds. Should his acquisition be successful, Baazov will move to create a new business entity holding Amaya’s core asset of PokerStars.The new entity is prepared to set aside $200 million until its deal with Amaya is approved, with Baazov further stating that if the deferred payment is due before the deal closes, the entity will release funds in advance.Amaya’s latest acquisition offer comes following last month’s failed merger negotiations with FTSE-listed bookmaker William Hill Plc. The merger which looked to create a ‘global gambling powerhouse’ failed to gain key investor backing from both operators.Since Baazov’s departure from the company, Amaya governance has created a ‘special committee’ reviewing the firm’s potential strategic options.In its latest trading update, Amaya reported a better-than-expected Q3 2016 performance with the operator declaring a net income of US $12.6 million boosted by increased player activity. StumbleUpon Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Canada’s sports betting hearings threatened by Trudeau’s ’emergency recess’  August 24, 2020last_img read more