An initiative has been launched in Istria to subsidize interest rates on loans for hosts in family accommodation

first_imgAt the beginning of December, a plenary session of the Family Tourism Association Section for the Istria County was held at the Pula County Chamber of Commerce, at which the current President of the Section Miroslav Pretula from Degra doo was confirmed for the next four years, while Astrid Glavičić, the owner of the accommodation units in Labin and Rabac. It is on this topic that we spoke with Miroslav Pretul, President of the Family Tourism Association for the County of Istria at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the Family Tourism Association for the Istrian County at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce through the Initiative would be to raise the quality of accommodation, Pretula points out, adding that they have now taken the first step towards the county to investigate whether they are interested in investing in this tourism industry. Photo: Istria Tourist Board Cover photo: Nirvana Apartments and Rooms, Motovun / Source: Booking.com The topics of the session were this year’s tourist season, preparations for the next and preparations for the Regional Forum of Family Accommodation for the Istrian County, which will be held in 2019, and a proposal was sent to the Istrian County for interest subsidy program on loans for household accommodation providers. By the way, last year the County of Istria focused more on the grant program intended for private renters for the Eco Domus program, ie Eco Friendly accommodation as well as for Istra Bike & Bed. ISTRIA BED & BIKE BOARDS AWARDED TO HOSTS IN FAMILY ACCOMMODATION That this measure proved to be a complete success is shown by the fact that in 2018 the trend of demand for higher category accommodation in Kvarner will continue. The increase in family accommodation is 4%, but family accommodation with 5 * achieved as much as 26% more overnight stays. We sent an inquiry to the County of Istria as well as the Tourist Board of the County of Istria to the reaction regarding the Initiative for loan subsidies for hosts in family accommodation, but we did not receive an answer to the inquiry until the publication of the article. When we receive the answers, we will pass on the news about this important topic for Istrian hosts in family accommodation. By the way, in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, a couple of years ago, they were the first to start with a subsidy for loans to renters, which is related to the Kvarner family quality label. Thus, the hosts in family accommodation with an interest rate of 1 to 2% had the opportunity to raise the quality of family accommodation, in which 40% of overnight stays were realized in Kvarner last year, ie 7,6 million overnight stays.center_img “As the current topic of recategorization is, I believe that many will want to raise their capacities to that higher level. This does not mean that this incentive would be given only to those who recategorize their facilities, but would serve in general to raise the quality of accommodation of renters. This form of incentive works in cooperation with commercial banks, and of course depends significantly on them and their basic interest rate for renters as well as the limits that the county would have. ” Pretula points out. RELATED NEWS: Asked whether, according to the proposal of the initiative, the subsidy for loans for hosts in family accommodation would be tied to the Domus Bonus quality label, as in Kvarner, Pretula pointed out that for now the basis of this subsidy would not be tied to Domus Bonus renters. “This would limit us to only a small fraction of our hosts. Domus Bonus as a brand has been around for quite some time, but the truth is that it has been noticed that there has been less talk about it in public lately and it is not among the main topics for us renters. Kvarner family as a counterpart to the quality of the Domus bonus branches in several directions (Pet friendly, Hiking friendly, Bike friendly) which is easy for foreign guests to understand and recognize, and foreign guests make up the vast majority of the total number of nights. I believe that at this moment he is achieving much better results. In my opinion, the orientation of the Istria Tourist Board in the last few years is more towards Istra Bike and I believe that it is now a stronger brand than Domus Bonus and many renters are turning to it as much as I personally. I can’t say that the Domus Bonus doesn’t carry a certain level of value for renters. Each of our specializations and demonstrations of quality level raises the value of our personal brand to a higher level. The only question is whether and to what level the end users in this case will recognize our foreign guests – tourists. ” concludes Pretula. According to the latest information, there are currently a total of 92 Bike & Bed facilities in Istria, of which 67 are small private Bike & Bed facilities, 13 Bike hotels and 12 Butique Bike hotels, which are classified into four categories: Bike & Bed, Bike hotels, Bike camps and Boutique bike hotels. as well as 11 private renters bearing the Eco Domus label. On the other hand, they were the first in Istria to start branding family accommodation through the Domus Bonus quality label, but in the last few years the impression is that the Domus Bonus quality label has not justified its market status and has declined in development and growth. The conclusion is clear. The better the accommodation, the better the occupancy, and thus the earnings from tourism. And that is why the visionary project of investing in raising the quality of family accommodation through subsidized loans proved to be a complete success. ISTRIA COUNTY AWARDS FIRST 11 CERTIFICATES FOR MARKING ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION ON KVARNER, TREND DEMAND FOR MORE ACCOMMODATION. THE HIGHER NUMBER OF STARS, THE HIGHER EMPLOYMENTlast_img read more

Medeama’s Muntari Tagoe feels Kotoko still live on past glory

first_imgMedeama Sporting Club goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe has described Asante Kotoko as an ordinary team ahead of their FA Cup final later this month.The Tarkwa-based side will face the Porcupines for the second time in three years in an FA Cup final. In 2013, Medeama triumphed over the Kumasi side to win the trophy for the first time.Perhaps, that is the reason why the goalie is so confident about his team beating their opponents come August 30. And there’s also the fact that Kotoko’s recent performances have been largely inconsistent in all competitions.“Kotoko enjoys from their past glory but now Kotoko is a normal team and we know we are going to carry the day,” Tagoe said at the press soiree to announce the modalities for the grand finale.The team that wins the game will represent the country at the CAF Confederations Cup tournament and Tagoe believes that could propel his team as one with top class material. The winner also earns GH₵60,000 to boost their preparations for the competition and failure to do will see that money transferred to the runner-up.All this is in addition to a GH₵40,000 game prize for the victor while the runner-up bags GH₵15,000. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Chelsea have ‘problems’ but Conte doesn’t want sympathy

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Antonio Conte insists he isn’t looking for sympathy despite admitting Chelsea are facing problems at the start of their Premier League title defence.Conte has been frustrated by Chelsea’s failure to land his top transfer targets while the champions’ title rivals embarked on multi-million pound spending sprees.The Chelsea manager’s public complaints about the size of his squad have grown louder since his club’s decision to sanction the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.Asked about Conte’s grumbling, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger aimed a jibe at the Italian this week, pointing to Chelsea sending numerous players out on loan in recent weeks.With Conte also having fallen out with star striker Diego Costa during the close-season, former England captain Alan Shearer has said there is “something brewing which isn’t nice” at Stamford Bridge.Now Conte has conceded it hasn’t been plain sailing for Chelsea as they prepare for their Premier League opener at home to Burnley on Saturday.“We are facing different problems. But we must be ready to try to do our best tomorrow,” he told reporters on Friday. But despite Chelsea’s troubles, the former Juventus coach claimed he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about his club’s predicament.“I’m not looking for sympathy of any coaches for this situation. This is my message,” Conte said.“The situation is clear. If the club decide to send on loan players for their development it’s because these players are not ready to play for Chelsea.“It’s simple. I think I’m the coach of this team. My aim is to try to improve my players, to try to improve my team.“I repeat: my only task is to focus on the pitch, what happens on the pitch, during the training session to work with my players. This must be my focus during this period.“The club knows very well what is my opinion. And then I repeat: the club is trying to do their best on the transfer market.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

England Golf Trust launched to support young players

first_img A new charitable trust, supported by England Golf, was launched today and will provide grants and bursaries for boys and girls who need financial help to play the game. The England Golf Trust replaces and extends the scope of the former EWGA Trust for girls’ golf. It is being backed by ambassadors, BBC presenter Naga Munchetty and European Tour professional Robert Rock. Naga sent a message to today’s launch event at King’s Norton Golf Club, Worcestershire, saying: “Every time I play I see the effect that that game has on the development of young people’s personal skills, confidence and values – and this is why I am delighted to be associated with the England Golf Trust. “Young people are the lifeblood of our golf clubs so helping them to play golf in a fun environment should be encouraged by us all.” The Trust will help young people, aged under 21 or in full-time education, who are in financial need and who, without this support, would not be able to play golf. It will award grants and bursaries. Money which was given to the EWGA Trust to help girls has been ring fenced and the Angela Uzielli and Bellamy Bursaries will also be open only to girls. But all future money will be available for both boys and girls. Trust chairman Di Horsley said: “It became clear that to make a real difference to young people, we should have a trust supporting both boys and young men as well as girls and young women. “The England Golf Trust fills a gap by offering help to young people who genuinely can’t afford to play golf, but who love the sport. It will give them the opportunity to stay in the game, to develop life skills including confidence, self-esteem and integrity and to help make up the heart and soul of our golf clubs.” Among those attending the launch were representatives of the PGA and the Golf Foundation, together with four young women who have been helped by the former EWGA Trust and who spoke about the support they had received. They include: Lucy Buckley, from Birmingham, first started playing golf, aged 10, on the Wii – and loved it. Her grandma enrolled her for a series of golf lessons with Greg Lynch, the PGA professional at the local driving range. Greg recognised her potential straight away and encouraged her to join Warley Woods Golf Club, a local municipal nine-hole course, owned by a Community Trust. She’s made impressive progress, helped by a grant from the Trust. Stacey Mitchell was supported by a Bellamy Bursary when she was a self-funded post graduate student at the University of Lincoln. She said: “The grant enabled me to complete my Research Masters on gender inequality in golf which has helped me to achieve my dream role as a Regional Development Officer for The Golf Foundation, also taking a lead on girls’ development for the charity. I am extremely grateful for the support provided by the EWGA Trust.” How to help the Trust: There are two ways to help the Trust, firstly by identifying those young people who need financial support to stay in the game and secondly by encouraging individuals and golf clubs to make a donation, make a bequest or buy a golf diary. To find out more about the Trust, access application forms and different ways to support it please click here Caption: Young golfers at the launch of the England Golf Trust (image © Leaderboard Photography) 4 Aug 2015 England Golf Trust launched to support young players last_img read more

Bombardier Beetle Mechanism Explained

first_imgA beetle that has become a creationist icon is examined by evolutionists in a leading journal.Dr. Duane Gish used the bombardier beetle decades ago to challenge evolution: how could a mechanism that delivers a carefully timed and aimed explosion evolve by stepwise Darwinian processes? In Science, evolutionists from MIT, U of Arizona and Brookhaven National Lab learned more about this amazing beetle’s firepower—but they had very little to say about how it might have evolved. Emily Demarco, summarizing the paper in the same issue of Science, had zilch to say about Darwin but quite a bit about design. Look first at her parts list, then how they work together:When threatened, the beetle contracts muscles that open a structure called the interchamber valve, allowing a droplet of a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and chemicals known as hydroquinones to flow from one chamber in the gland to another, the team reports online today in Science. There, the droplet comes into contact with the peroxidase and catalysts that create the noxious chemicals and the reactions that explode them out of the insect’s rear. Pressure from the explosion distends a flexible structure called the expansion membrane, closing the interchamber valve and disrupting the flow of chemicals. When pressure in the chamber drops after the explosion, however, the valve opens again, and a new droplet begins the process once more. Such new insight could help improve technologies like fuel injectors in internal combustion engines, the researchers say.The Editor’s Summary is also silent about evolution:Bombardier beetles shoot a toxic pulse at potential predators and other harassers. The toxic spray is created by a chemical reaction that occurs inside the beetle’s body. Although the details of the reaction are known, how the beetle is able to precisely combine the chemicals at appropriate times and release the pulse at regular intervals has remained a mystery. Arndt et al. used synchrotron x-ray imagery to observe the process as it occurs within live beetles. Expansion and contraction of an internal expansion membrane facilitate the precise cyclic injection of reactants and the subsequent ejection of toxic sprays that keep the beetle’s predators at bay.The only mention of evolution is at the end of the paper, and it only concerns one aspect of the bombardier beetle’s mechanism:The pulsed spray mechanism of brachinine bombardier beetles is remarkably elegant and effective, protecting these beetles from nearly all predators (and incautious humans). The passive mediation of pulsation by mechanical feedback from the explosion is advantageous because it provides automatic regulation of reactant use. Further, the evolutionary change from a continuous defensive spray (exhibited by close relatives of the brachinines) to a pulsed spray required only relatively minor changes to the reaction chamber inlet structures rather than the evolution of novel valve-closing muscles.In other words, they are only talking about how a continuous spray might have evolved into a pulsed spray. This still leaves unaddressed how the reactants could combine without destroying the beetle instead of its target.An MIT press release shows the X-ray videos taken of the firing mechanism, shot at 2,000 frames per second. In the embedded video clip (2 minutes), lead author Eric Arndt, an MIT grad student, begins by saying he wants to understand the beetle and what we can learn from it, but then at the end gives his evolutionary slant about how a continuous spray evolved into a pulsed mechanism by a very “simple” modification.Five years ago, creation researcher Andrew McIntosh of Leeds University won an award for design of a pressure sprayer inspired by the bombardier beetle (12/15/10). So how “simple” is the mechanism? Using intelligent design, his team took five years trying to duplicate it for their invention. McIntosh now travels internationally giving scientific evidence for creation.Speaking of beetles, another odd one was described recently by New Scientist. One might think the stag beetle would have trouble flying with those long jaws that protrude almost as long as the rest of its body. Actually, the article says, the “stag beetle’s unwieldy jaws are surprising slick in flight.”Here’s how evolutionists treat creation arguments: they ignore them. Then they offer brief hand-waving speculations to allege how irreducibly complex mechanisms might have evolved. Once you know their strategy, you find it everywhere. (Visited 176 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tips for buying firewood from ODA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As winter quickly approaches and more people look to firewood to help heat their homes, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is offering some basic tips to help when purchasing wood.“Many Ohioans rely on firewood to heat their homes during the cold winter months,” said David Daniels, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “That’s why it’s important to know the laws about how firewood must be sold in order to make sure you, the consumer, are getting what you pay for.”The following firewood rules and regulations are helpful to review before making purchases:Non-packaged firewood must be sold by the cord or by fractions of a cord. One cord, when properly stacked, should be 8 feet long by 4 feet high and 4 feet wide (128 cubic feet).If sold in bulk, firewood must be purchased by the weight in ton measurements. This must be weighed on a certified scale.It is illegal to sell firewood by any other unit of measurement such as a rick, rack, face cord or truckload. If a consumer believes that a seller did not comply with these rules and regulations, the person should immediately contact the seller.If non-packaged firewood is purchased, the seller must present the consumer with a delivery ticket or sales invoice that includes contact information and the terms and conditions of the sale.If the firewood is advertised and sold as a certain type of wood, the load must contain at least 90% of that species.Be aware of different firewood movement regulations in place concerning invasive species such as gypsy moth and Asian longhorned beetle. It is always good practice to not move firewood long distances and to buy local and burn local.When burning firewood for heat, the State Fire Marshal advises to follow all necessary safety practices to avoid any serious problems.If you have questions or concerns with a firewood sale, and the seller will not correct the problem, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Weights and Measures at (614) 728-6290 or contact your county auditor’s office.last_img read more

Brazil take on Croatia in World Cup opener amid defensive woes

first_imgBrazil enters its final days of preparations for the World Cup paying extra attention to its defenceBrazil enters its final days of preparations for the World Cup paying extra attention to its defence.Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari spent part of the team’s training session on Monday making adjustments to the defensive setup, stopping practice several times to reposition players until he was satisfied.Although Brazil didn’t concede a goal in its two warm-up matches before the World Cup, Scolari said he was not completely satisfied with how his squad played defensively. He didn’t even like how the team practiced at times, and publicly said his players were giving up too much space for counter-attacks.One of the coach’s main goals in the last week of preparations was to make sure the team ready defensively in time for the opener against Croatia on Thursday.”We know that if we don’t concede goals, our chances to win matches increase, because we know the kind of talent we have in attack,” Scolari said. “It’s important we are well prepared on defense so we are not caught by surprise.”Right back Daniel Alves acknowledged that Brazil’s defence isn’t perfect, but said the team is working to improve before the opener.When told that Croatia striker Ivica Olic said he saw spaces in Brazil’s defence during the warm-up matches, Alves acknowledged that adjustments still have to be made.”Obviously, if we didn’t make mistakes, we would be a perfect team, and that’s not possible,” the Barcelona defender said. “If Olic saw spaces, then we have to make sure we fix that so he can’t find them anymore.”advertisementThe last time Brazil conceded a goal was in a 2-1 win over Chile in a friendly last November. Brazil beat Panama 4-0 and Serbia 1-0 last week in the last two matches before for the opening match in Sao Paulo.”Physically we are ready, but tactically we still have to adjust a few things,” Scolari said.The coach’s other main focus during Monday’s training was on set pieces – another area where he said Brazil still needs to improve.There was a scare in the session when Neymar twisted his right ankle. He was on the ground in pain and needed to be attended to by doctors, but was able to finish the training session normally.Brazil is expected to practice again at its training camp outside Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday before traveling to Sao Paulo later in the day for the opener.last_img read more

Buckeyes Fans Walked 19 Miles To Spell Out ‘Script Ohio’ On Google Maps

first_imgBuckeye fans spell out "Ohio" on their walk as seen on Google maps.Script Ohio Walk Buckeyes FootballOhio State fans may have seen their college football team win the national championship last year, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t hungry for more this year. One group of Buckeyes supporters is apparently so excited for the upcoming season, they walked 19 miles to prove it.The Ohio State fans, according to a Reddit user named @orweezy, walked for six and a half hours to spell out ‘script Ohio’ on Google Maps. They finished at Ohio Stadium, effectively “dotting the i.” Cleveland.com’s Ari Wasserman tipped us off to the photo.Script Ohio WalkCreative, for sure. If you’re wondering, they plan on biking it next year instead – for obvious reasons.last_img

Province releases final report on observance of daylight saving time

first_imgDuring the survey, it was found that more than 50 percent responded that it was “important” or “very important” for B.C. to be aligned with neighbouring jurisdictions in its time observance practices.To view the full final report on the daylight saving time public consultation, you can visit the Province’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia has released its report on the observance of daylight saving time.According to the Government, more than 93 percent of the record 223,273 British Columbians who completed the Province’s survey on time observance have indicated they would prefer a move to permanent daylight saving time.The Government says the desire for a move to permanent DST was consistent throughout the province, with more than 90 percent of respondents in each region indicating their support.last_img read more

New AC standard for leases to up financial info quality ICAI

first_imgNew Delhi: The new accounting standard for leases will bring substantial visibility of companies’ lease commitments and improve the quality of financial information about companies, chartered accountants’ body ICAI saidMonday. Ind AS 116, which sets out the principles for recognition, presentation and disclosure of leases has been notified by the corporate affairs ministry. The standard is effective from Monday. A senior government official said the standard would affect all industries where leases are a predominant component in their businesses and result in more transparency. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalICAI President Prafulla P Chhajed said the new standard on leases ushers in a path-breaking reform in accounting for leases and would improve the quality of financial information. “It will bring substantial visibility of companies lease commitments, financing and operating model and above all better reflects economic reality,” he said in a release. Leasing is a well-known and long established form of obtaining finance. The new standard on leases ushers in a substantial change in the accounting for operating leases by lessees and few improvements in the disclosure-related aspects for lessors accounting, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).last_img read more