Poll: In which direction do you want Špancirfest to develop?

first_imgVaraždin’s Špancirfest, which began its story 20 years ago as the first street festival in Croatia and has grown into one of the most visited national festival events over the years, will experience its jubilee, 20th edition this year.The idea of ​​Špancirfest is to provide content that will arouse in each visitor during the ten days of the festival a sense of belonging to a community that nurtures creative thinking and freedom of expression.With this goal, the Tourist Board of Varaždin invites the citizens of Varaždin to fill out a survey with the aim of identifying the advantages and disadvantages and detecting the directions of future development of Špancirfest. ” The opinion of the citizens is very important to us, so we invite everyone to fill out the survey questionnaire and express their opinion, praise, criticism and suggestions related to the Varaždin festival”They point out from the Varaždin Tourist Board and add that citizens can send their loud thoughts until February 28, 2018.Two heads are always smarter than one, so here is an opportunity, except on Facebook, to get actively involved with argumentative praise, criticism and ideas for the future development of Špancirfest, all with the aim of constructive discussion and quality development. Certainly praise for the Varaždin Tourist Board for its open communication, because after all, if the local population does not identify and if it is not included directly or indirectly in the festival and the whole story, then everything makes no sense.It is precisely open communication and constructive discussions that are chronically lacking in our society as a whole, and thus in our tourism, because only in this way can we grow and develop as individuals and as a society.You can fill out the survey herelast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Severe Storms in Southwest Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 27, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Aid for Survivors of Severe Storms in Southwest Pennsylvaniacenter_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved his request to declare a disaster in Fayette County after significant wind, flood and in some cases, mudslide damage to homes and businesses from severe storms and a tornado in February.“These storms damaged property and disrupted lives,” said Governor Wolf. “Low-interest loans will go a long way in helping those affected by the storms.”Homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by the Feb. 15-17 storms in Fayette County, as well as neighboring counties Greene, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the SBA Disaster Loan Programs.Low-interest loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. SBA regulations permit loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Businesses and nonprofits can borrow up to $2 million to restore damaged or destroyed buildings, inventory, equipment and assets. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial qualifications.The SBA will establish a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to assist anyone who wishes to apply for a loan. The DLOC will be open at the following location and times:Fayette CountyUniontown City Fire Department84 N. Breeson Blvd.Uniontown, PA  15401Opening: Thursday, March 29, 11 a.m.Days/Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Closed SundayClosing: Thursday, April 5, 3:30 p.m.SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the disaster loan outreach center to issue loan applications, answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the application process and help individuals to complete their applications.Individuals and businesses unable to visit the center in person may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed applications should be returned to the DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is May 29, 2018.  The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Dec. 27, 2018.last_img read more

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Brisbane jeweller Jenny McLaurie’s Alderley home ready for auction

first_img28 Braeside Terrace, Alderley.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoMs McLaurie, from Jed & Jewel, specialises in custom designed one-off pieces for clients.She said it was time to move on from her home as she planned to downsize to another property nearby.Canda Reynolds, from McGrath Estate Agents Paddington, said the home was architecturally designed by Brisbane’s Richard Lonn.Ms McLaurie said she would miss the 180 degree panoramic views from upstairs.“This home has been great for entertaining, we’ve had some nice parties here. Sometimes we’ve had up to 10 people drinking champagne in the spa,” she said. 28 Braeside Terrace, Alderley.She said the home would best suit a family with teenagers.“There’s a media room downstairs with four bedrooms and upstairs there’s the parent’s retreat,” Ms McLaurie said. The property is going to auction on February 4 at 10am. 28 Braeside Terrace, Alderley.Brisbane jeweller Jenny McLaurie’s multi-level Alderley home is ready to sell under the hammer next month.The property, at 28 Braeside Tce, is on a 794sq m block and features a swim spa, air-conditioned wine cellar and plenty of parking.last_img read more

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Pension fund for Dutch dentists shifts investment strategy

first_imgSPT, the closed pension fund for dentists and dental consultants in the Netherlands, is to adjust its investment policy to safeguard pensions over the short term and grant indexation over the long term. In light of its low investment target and low risk tolerance, the pension fund is to shift its overall portfolio to 65% European government bonds of at least AA rating – also intended as a hedge of the interest risk on its liabilities – and 35% equities and other securities.The €1.6bn scheme said its new return portfolio – half of which is allocated to developed market equity – must allow for an indexation of 0.85%.But it also stressed that the new investment mix was liquid and therefore easily transferable to another pensions provider, in the event that SPT ceased to exist. According to SPT, of its current 7,400 participants, approximately 45% have already retired.The pension fund expects this percentage to increase to 77% over the next decade, while the number of participants will fall to 6,600.This means the fund’s investment horizon – as well as its recovery period in times of trouble – will become increasingly shorter.Last year, SPT had to pay €53m in pension benefits, but it predicted that, within 11 years, this amount will rise to €80m.Until now, SPT’s investment portfolio has been 25% securities, 60% fixed income and 15% derivatives.The pension fund said that, under its new investment policy, it will avoid “high-cost” investments, as well as asset classes with “unclear sources of return and risk”, such as hedge funds and private equity.This also goes for investments that are illiquid or carry a possible obligation to additional payment, it said, as well as investments “without a reliable market mechanism”, such as property and infrastructure.SPT has also excluded investment classes focusing on active currency positions.The pension fund said its new investment policy was based on the existing financial assessment framework (FTK) from 2007, noting that a new FTK could trigger further changes.last_img read more

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Ireland running out of time on IORP II, trade body warns

first_imgPeter Fahy, chairperson of the IAPF, said: “The government is way behind schedule when it comes to the IORP II directive.“They have left it extremely late to act and have not granted pension trustees and employers any opportunity to consult on how the directive, which provides for proportionate implementation, should be implemented in Ireland.“Assuming the government meets the implementation deadline at this late stage, it will still not allow trustees any realistic opportunity of complying with the new requirements by the 13 January deadline.”He added that, without an exemption or alternative arrangements, employers with small schemes could discontinue pension provision completely.“This is clearly not in the interests of the members of those schemes,” Fahy said.Consultants and regulator The Pensions Authority have previously warned that IORP II placed an onerous compliance burden on pension scheme trustee boards, given Ireland’s relatively small pensions sector.The new rules include ‘fit and proper’ tests for trustees, written policies on key areas of risk management and outsourced services, and minimum standards for communication with members.The Pensions Authority published guidance for trustees regarding what to expect from the IORP II directive at the start of October, but it must be transposed into Irish law by January. The Irish government has yet to legislate for the introduction of IORP II, meaning trustees do not have enough time to comply with its requirements, the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) has warned.“The government has not granted pension trustees and employers any opportunity to consult on how the directive should be implemented”Peter Fahy, IAPFAt the association’s annual governance conference this week, the IAPF said the government had been focusing too much on other aspects of pension reform, leaving just six weeks to legislate for and implement governance rules stemming from the EU directive.It called for a temporary exemption from new IORP II rules for schemes with 100 members or fewer, until they were able to access master trusts or auto-enrolment structures.last_img read more

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The most affordable Gold Coast suburbs within an hour of Brisbane

first_img MOST AFFORDABLE SUBURBS More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago(Suburb, median house price, travel time by car)Ormeau — $475,250, 35-55 minutesOxenford — $499,000, 40-65 minutesPacific Pines — $530,000, 45-70 minutesCoomera — $549,985, 40-70 minutes Source: OpenAgent.com.au Coomera is considered one of the most affordable suburbs for houses within an hour’s drive of Brisbane.GOLD Coast house hunters who regularly travel to Brisbane should consider property in four suburbs to help save time and money.Coomera, Ormeau, Oxenford and Pacific Pines are the most affordable suburbs within an hour’s drive of Brisbane, according to new research from OpenAgent.com.au.Ormeau had the lowest median house price at $475,000 as well as the shortest commute time by car, ranging between 35 and 55 minutes.Oxenford followed closely behind with a median house price of $499,000 and travel time between 40 and 65 minutes. Ormeau also made the list with a median house price of $475,250.OpenAgent data analyst Carson Teh said living a little bit further away from the Coast’s centre would save homeowners a lot of money.“Living somewhere closer to the Gold Coast’s centre such as Surfers Paradise comes with a whopping median house price of around $1.27 million and a median unit price of $365,000 despite having a longer commute to Brisbane,” he said.“Despite being relatively peaceful suburbs, Coomera, Ormeau, Oxenford and Pacific Pines are all located next to the M1 making it easy to both access and escape the city.“These are the most affordable suburbs with a realistic commute to the Brisbane CBD and access to the Gold Coast’s beaches, theme parks, night-life, shopping and great weather.” It takes between 30 minutes and an hour to travel to and from each of the four suburbs and Brisbane.Ray White Nerang principal Clint Hynes said demand for property in the four suburbs was always high because of their proximity to Brisbane and the Coast’s centre.“They (buyers) want something halfway,” he said.“They want good access to the M1 to go north and also the lifestyle that the Gold Coast provides.”He said public transport, with train stations at Coomera and Ormeau, also made it easier for residents to commute between the two cities.While Pacific Pines had one of the highest median house prices at $530,000 and the longest commute time, Mr Hynes said the suburb’s amenities attracted people.“It’s got plenty of parks, the block sizes are good and it’s got good access (to the M1),” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29last_img read more

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TGS in Malvinas Survey Offshore Argentina

first_imgTGS has secured the Malvinas 3D multi-client project offshore Argentina. The Malvinas 3D survey will cover approximately 7,300 square kilometers of highly prospective Malvinas Basin, which saw spirited interest during Argentina Round 1 earlier this year.The survey will employ one Shearwater vessel, with operations set to start in Q4 2019 and run until Q2 2020.Initial products will be available in early 2021, with final products slated for H2 2021, TGS noted.Kristian Johansen, CEO at TGS, said, “We are very pleased to announce this offshore Argentina project. The Malvinas MC3D survey clearly supports TGS’ growth initiative in the South Atlantic and will build on the great momentum seen by the previous Spectrum 2D campaign in helping to open up this frontier area for further exploration. We will continue to prioritize this high potential region and look forward to playing a dynamic role in future developments.”The project is supported by industry funding. TGS operates as NOPEC Geophysical in Argentina.last_img read more

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Sala’s death: Family to mark anniversary in ‘quiet contemplation’

first_imgEmiliano Sala was buried in his native ArgentinaMercedes said she used to go over to France every year to celebrate Sala’s birthday on October 31 and stay with him, bringing with her ingredients for traditional Argentinian dishes such as empanadas. “He (Sala) was shy, but he would always stop, open the windows and start signing autographs and taking selfies,” said Mercedes. “All those fans, today, are the ones that I want to thank, because they are still sending me pictures I had never seen before. “I receive so much stuff from France, from England, from the rest of Argentina.” Dario spoke of how tight-knit a unit they were while Mercedes said she would speak with Sala as often as two or three times a day. “There was distance, but it was like we were all together,” Dario said. “He’d ask me a lot about football, about the team, about his performances.” Read Also: Salah: EPL title is the most important goal, not invisible tag Mercedes says she had never recovered from the death of her eldest son. “I can’t say I found peace, unfortunately,” she said. “I’m still fighting. “I am practically dead while living. It’s been a terrible, terrible year. I loved him so much. I would tell him every day… what a son he was.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney PrincessesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldMost Popular Movies With Sylvester Stallone6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Rarest And Most Valuable Card In The Whole WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World The death of Cardiff forward Emiliano Sala in a plane crash a year ago will be marked by his family on Tuesday in “private, quiet contemplation of their loss”, their lawyer said. The 28-year-old striker was killed when the small plane taking him to join the then Premier League side after being bought from French side Nantes for £15 million ($19.5 million, 17.6 million euros) crashed off the Channel island of Guernsey. Emiliano Sala’s family will mark the year anniversary of the Argentinian striker’s death in private quiet contemplation their English lawyer said There are still unresolved issues surrounding the player’s death, such as who was responsible for the crash in which pilot David Ibottson also died, and, above all, the payment of the 17-million-euro ($18.85 million, 17.6 million euros) fee agreed for his transfer. British aviation accident investigators said Tuesday they would release their final report into the crash by the end of March. In September, football’s world governing body FIFA ordered Cardiff, relegated last year to the Championship, to pay the first instalment of the transfer fee of six million euros. But the Welsh club has taken the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, whose decision is not expected until June.I The Sala family – who suffered another tragic loss when his father Horacio died of a heart attack three months after his son – said their priority was for a full inquest to take place so they could find out what happened on that fateful night. “The Sala family will mark the anniversary of the untimely death of Emiliano in private, quiet contemplation of their loss,” the family’s lawyer in Britain, Daniel Machover, said in a statement. “The family’s primary concern remains for the full inquest to take place as soon as possible, so that they can finally learn the truth about what happened and ensure that no family has to suffer a similar preventable loss of a loved one.” The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said its investigation “is now at an advanced stage and we intend to publish our final report by the end of March 2020.” Sala’s death will be commemorated by supporters in Cardiff on Tuesday and Nantes will remember their former player on Sunday when they play another of his former clubs, Bordeaux. – ‘What a son he was’ – The family – Sala’s mother Mercedes and his younger siblings Dario and Romina – told the BBC when they visited them in Argentina in late December they were overcome by the outpouring of grief and gifts they had received. Even Sala’s French hairdresser had paid the family a visit.last_img read more

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Other Sports Question of losing finals will not come to me again: PV Sindhu

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: PV Sindhu was up in the final of a badminton tournament again. She was carrying excessive emotional baggage. In seven finals, since her win in the Korea Open, she had suffered defeats in the final. Each defeat more heart-breaking. With each loss, there were questions raised on whether Sindhu had the mettle or the attitude to perform under pressure in a high-stake final. With each loss, badminton fans were starting to believe that Sindhu would be the proverbial bridesmaid in every tournament. However, Sindhu showed her mettle and class when it mattered the most. After overcoming the odds in the year-ending Badminton World Tour Finals, Sindhu saved her last for the best when she overcame Nozomi Okuhara 21-19,21-17 to break her finals hoodoo and become the first Indian shuttler to win this tournament.Speaking after the end of the tournament, Sindhu said the win has taken a lot out of her emotionally and it reflected when she screamed with joy after winning the final point. “Somewhere, every time people have been asking the same question. I think the question won’t come again to me, asking why all the time I lose in the finals. I can say now that I have won the gold and I am really very proud of it. No words, it’s been a wonderful tournament for me and it’s also the year end. I am really very proud. The year has ended on a beautiful note,” Sindhu said after the end of the match.Read More | PV Sindhu breaks six-match losing streak, overcomes Tai Tzu Ying in the Badminton World Tour FinalsSindhu had a really good tournament and it began in grand style when she finally broke her jinx against world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying with a come-from-behind win in a thriller. After six successive losses in 13 meetings, Sindhu got the better of her nemesis 14-21 21-16 21-18. In the semis, she beat 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon in a tense semifinal to emerge victorious 21-16 25-23. However, it was her win against Akane Yamaguchi that gave her the mental space to do well.Read More | PV Sindhu clinches 2018 Badminton World Tour Finals titleSindhu credited her opponents fight but it was sweet revenge for her, after having lost the 2017 World Tour Finals to the same opponent in Dubai. “Whenever I play against Okuhara or Yamaguchi, I never think it’s going to be easy. Every time we go into the court, it’s going to be tough. Today each point was important, we had (rallies of) 30 strokes, 40 strokes. It’s not easy to play against the Japanese. Okuhara played well but I just gave 100% and played all out today,” Sindhu said.The year has ended in grand style for Sindhu, who had won the Korea Open in 2017. After that, she lost in the final of the Hong Kong Open to Tai Tzu Ying and in the Super Series Final to Yamaguchi. Her heartbreak continued when she lost in the Indian Open to Beiwen Zhang and in the 2018 Commonwealth Games final to Saina Nehwal. In the Thailand Open, she lost to Okuhara and in the World Championships, she suffered heartbreak against Carolina Marin, against whom she had lost in the final of the Rio Olympics in 2016. After suffering yet another heartbreak against Tai Tzu Ying in the Asian Games, Sindhu has dispelled the pain in grand style. last_img read more

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