Welcome awards presented – for excellence in tourism in Zadar County

first_imgAs part of the Welcome project – an award for the best renters in Zadar County, awards for excellence in tourism were presented. Welcome awards for the best renters in Zadar County is a project of Zadar County which aims to encourage and emphasize the importance of a quality approach in managing family accommodation. The aim of the project is to raise the quality and enrich the offer of family accommodation in the Zadar County.  In the “rooms” category, the first prize was won by Ana Katalinić from Starigrad, the second place went to Darija Longina from Zadar, while the third place was won by Nada Baranović from Kožino. By the way, a couple of years ago, the Zadar County launched the Family Accommodation Loan Program Welcome, through which it provides financial support to renters whose facilities are holders of quality labels Welcome, specifically by co-financing the interest rate and securing favorable loans. The award for the best holiday home went to Sandra Sudinja from Sukošan, while Neda Šimović from Poljica came in second with a silver kuna plaque. The best in the “apartments” category was Katarina Bakija from Pakostane, the second was Senka Otavijevic from Sutomiscica, while the third was Davor Keran. Prizes are awarded in three main categories of accommodation: rooms, apartments / studio apartments and holiday homes.  Thus, hosts in family accommodation can use a loan in the amount of HRK 30.000,00 to HRK 150.000,00, with a loan repayment period of up to 5 years, a grace period of one year and a fixed interest rate of up to 5% per year. However, for hosts in family accommodation who are or will become part of the Welcome family, Zadar County subsidizes interest on approved loans with four (4) percentage points for investments in the islands of Zadar County (except the islands of Vir and Pag) and rural areas counties that do not have access to the sea) so that the interest for end users can ultimately be 1% per year. “Our county is visited by an increasing number of tourists every year. But the numbers are only part of the story. What we have to work on is raising the quality of accommodation, services, offers, all with the aim of attracting the highest quality guests. We see the project of rewarding the best renters as an additional incentive to all those who systematically invest in quality and try to follow the requirements of guests every day and keep up with trends in tourism.”, Said Bozidar Longin, Zadar County Prefect.last_img read more

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It’s all about the location of this Gold Coast home

first_imgIt’s all about the waterfront location for 44 Cocos Cres, Broadbeach Waters. IT may have a blue bathroom and 70s kitchen but this Broadbeach Waters property’s waterfront location is sure to entice buyers.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 44 Cocos Cres, which was once destined to become a RSL prize home, is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years.Agent Luke Henderson of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach said the vendor purchased the home in 1980. 44 Cocos Cres, Broadbeach Waters.He said the 803sq m property would be a water lover’s paradise.“You could enjoy the lights of Broadbeach while dropping a line in the water from the jetty bynight and during the day you could take your boat or jet ski out for cruise,’’ he said.“There’s plenty to do in the neighbourhood because there is a great park close by and it’s only a short stroll to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.“The location is so good the new buyer might even be able to entice their children to get offtheir iPads.”The property is on the market at offers Over $1.3 million. 44 Cocos Cres, Broadbeach Waters. 44 Cocos Cres, Broadbeach Waters. “The home was intended to be an RSL prize home but the builder encountered some cash flow problems so it was not completed on time,’’ Mr Henderson said.“As a result the Webb family bought the home for $92,000 and they have owned it ever since.”Mr Henderson said the home had north-eastern views over the canals to the city skyline with a 19m frontage to a “pretty waterfront bay” just off Nerang River.“The home has been well maintained, is very liveable and has great potential for the nextMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoowners to put their own design stamp on it,” he said. 44 Cocos Cres, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more

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Charity Commission needs more powers, say MPs

first_imgIn its report on the draft law, the committee said abuse – distinct from honest mistakes and persistent mismanagement – is rare in the charity sector.But it said, when such abuse does occur, the financial costs and reputational damage to the charity sector can be considerable.The committee supports the proposal to introduce a power for the Charity Commission to issue a statutory warning to a charity where there are regulatory concerns, as a useful tool that falls in between issuing guidance and the opening of an inquiry.It also supports extending the list of offences for which conviction would automatically disqualify a person from acting as a charity trustee, to include terrorism, money laundering and perjury.But it called for an extra provision to prevent individuals disqualified from trusteeship from assuming another position of power within a charity, and a power allowing the Charity Commission to prevent or restrict trustees from taking certain action.In addition, the committee expressed concern over the desire by both government and Charity Commission to include a power to disqualify someone who has been found not “fit and proper” by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in relation to a charity.It said there were significant misgivings over the move to apply tax law, and recommended that, before finalising any provision on a “fit and proper person” test, there should be further discussions between the Charity Commission, HMRC and the Cabinet Office, which published the Bill.William Shawcross, chairman of the Charity Commission, said: “I am delighted the joint committee has given the draft Bill its vote of confidence and has supported our calls for additional powers to be added to the legislation.“The Bill will help us deal more effectively with charities that are at risk of deliberate abuse or the negligent action of trustees.”Shawcross added: “The committee noted the unusual consensus behind these proposals – its endorsement underlines the importance of the draft Bill becoming law swiftly.”A Cabinet Office spokesman said it would be for the new government elected in May to decide whether and when to introduce the legislation to Parliament. The Charity Commission – the regulator for foundations and charities in the UK – needs more powers to ensure effective regulation of the sector, an influential committee of MPs has said.But the joint committee on the Draft Protection of Charities Bill – draft legislation published in October 2014 – said effective safeguards must be in place to ensure charities and their trustees are treated fairly by the Commission.Lord Hope, chair of the committee, said: “Much of what is proposed, including extending the scope of offences that would disqualify someone from being a charity trustee to include money laundering and terrorism offences, is designed simply to close loopholes.“But there are areas where it can be improved further before the government introduces a Bill in the new Parliament.”last_img read more

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A step closer to a ban on smacking

first_imgThe Connexion 2 July 2016Family First Comment: This is interesting. In France, they’re thinking about banning smacking – BUT…“The measure… is seen as symbolic. The ban comes with NO criminal penalties, but it ‘sets a clear principle, which is intended to be repeated to fathers and mothers, and inform their future behaviour’.”FRANCE has moved a step closer to an outright ban on smacking after MPs voted in favour of an amendment prohibiting ‘the use of physical violence’ against children.The amendment to the Equality and Citizenship bill, adopted on Friday, included a clarification of parental authority in the Civil Code that specifically excludes ‘any cruel, degrading or humiliating act, including any use of physical violence’.The measure, which must be approved by the Senate before it becomes law, is seen as symbolic. The ban comes with no criminal penalties, but it ‘sets a clear principle, which is intended to be repeated to fathers and mothers, and inform their future behaviour’, said MPs Marie-Anne Chapdelaine, François-Michel Lambert and Edith Gueugneau, who proposed the amendment.Minister for Families, Laurence Rossignol, said she welcomed the amendment as an ‘indispensable tool for the prevention of child abuse’.Last year, the Council of Europe warned that France is violating the European social charter because French law does not prohibit parents and others from corporal punishment of children in a sufficiently clear manner.Earlier this year, the government sent a 16-page leaflet to all couples who were expecting a baby offering advice on parenting that warned against the use of corporal punishment.http://www.connexionfrance.com/france-mps-ban-smacking-corporal-punishment-view-article.htmllast_img read more

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PM Skerrit sees crucial key role for Caricom

first_img Share Share Tweet Share 7 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews PM Skerrit sees crucial key role for Caricom by: – July 13, 2011 Sharing is caring! Hon. Prime minister Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit says there is a role for regional governments in the management of West Indies cricket but says key questions about ownership of the regional game needed to be answered. In a telephone interview with CMC Sports, Skerrit contended that cricket was too crucial to Caribbean life and development, for governments to be excluded. “It is unfortunate that people believe that in order to democratise something you have to get politicians out of the system,” Skerrit said. “We are the ones who build infrastructure on the behalf of tax paying citizens. Take Dominica for example, the stadium (Windsor Park) is owned by the people of Dominica, the taxpayers and we are their legal representatives. “There is no reason why one should believe you should leave out politicians in cricket or any sport for that matter. There are ways and means in which government can assist in the management and development of players.“While I respect the principles of the ICC (cricket’s world governing body), at the end of the day how do you leave out government in a very important aspect of the country’s development and in this case, the region.” He was speaking against the backdrop of estranged opener Chris Gayle’s call for Caricom’s intervention in his impasse with the West Indies Cricket Board. The talismanic Jamaican was repeatedly overlooked for selection for the just concluded series against India, and a stormy meeting in Jamaica last month between Gayle and the WICB failed to broker a solution. Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo backed Gayle’s call for Caricom intervention in the matter, with the Community subsequently deciding at the Summit last week in St Kitts, to reactivate the sub-committee on cricket to deal with the affair.Skerrit, who last week witnessed Dominica’s first ever hosting of a Test at Windsor Park, said the issue of the ownership of West Indies cricket needed to be seriously addressed. “The fundamental question which I think the Caribbean people and the Heads of Government will have to assist them in answering is who owns West Indies cricket,” he asserted.“This has always been a very important question that hasn’t been really answered with any definitive response. “When the players are at odds with the West Indies Cricket Board and the Heads are asked to intervene, then the WICB says ‘look this is our business this has nothing to with any government or any politician.’ “When the West Indies Cricket Board has issues with the players and they ask us to intervene, then the players tell the Heads it’s none of their business that this is a matter between an employee and employer.” Skerrit said while regional governments had already invested significantly in terms of stadia, there was room for their role to be expanded further. He said he also saw regional governments playing their part in mediating in the current turbulent relationship between the WICB and WIPA, with the aim of returning West Indies cricket to its halcyon days. “We believe that cricket goes beyond the West Indies Cricket Board and the West Indies Players Association and it is in the interest of every Caribbean citizen to see there being a harmonious relationship between the two,” Skerrit noted.“We believe the Heads of Government need to give greater focus to the issues of the development of cricket. Obviously we put in the infrastructure but in terms of the management and the development of players I think we would want to certain assist the West Indies Cricket Board and WIPA to see what we can broker in engendering a better relationship between the two. (CMC)The Guardianlast_img read more

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Brookville Main Street project complete!

first_imgBrookville, In. — Main Street in Brookville has reopened after a $2.7 million makeover. North Vernon-based Dave O’Mara Contracting completed the project that included drainage, new sidewalks, pavement rehabilitation, signage, signals and lighting.Members of Main Street Brookville, Indiana Inc. praised the management of the project. Superintendent Scott Works was the “point man” to keep businesses operating and complete the work on time. Works and project staff helped residents navigate a sometimes challenging and constantly changing worksite.It was a pleasant ending for a project that started under a cloud of concern.Before the project began a group of residents and business people raised serious questions to Indiana Department of Transportation officials and company representatives. That campaign included correspondence with state and local leaders plus the website savebrookville.org.last_img read more

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Chelsea fans demand Benrahma signing after Brentford play-off display

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian ActressesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Another added: “Chelsea fans are you guys watching Benrahma right now? Dat guy is f***ing good!!!! Can we sign him and let Willian leave pls #BRESWA.” read also:Leverkusen reject Kai Havertz transfer request to join Chelsea A third user said: “Chelsea don’t sleep on Benrahma I beg @ChelseaFC.” The Algerian has been linked with the Blues and Arsenal, but he could stay with the Bees if they win promotion to the Premier League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Brentford winger, Said Benrahma, is impressing Premier League fans with his playoff displays. The attacker was in great form as his side played Swansea City in the second leg of their playoff semi-final in the Championship. Benrahma helped Brentford overturn a 1-0 loss with a 3-1 win at home. Goals from Ollie Watkins, Emiliano Marcondes and Bryan Mbeumo got the win for Brentford. “I hope Chelsea is still interested in Benrahma, cos that lad has high potential,” a Chelsea supporter wrote online.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Twenty-two injuries reported in school bus crash

first_imgAurora, In. — A crash involving a bus from the South Dearborn Community School Corporation crashed injuring 22 Wednesday morning.A report from the Indiana State Police says shortly before 8 a.m. the trash truck driven by Mark Rumpke, 38, of Cincinnati, was parked on the side of State Road 350 near Mt. Sinai Road when the bus driven by Raymond Nies, 64, of Moores Hill ran into the rear.Both vehicles came to rest in the eastbound lane of State Road 350.  Brian Rumpke, who was standing outside of his vehicle, was struck by debris and sustained non-life threatening injuries.  Nies sustained serious injuries.  Both were transported to High Point Health in Dearborn County, Indiana for treatment.  Nies was later transferred to University of Cincinnati Hospital for further treatment.There were twenty-two students of the South Dearborn School Corporation on the school bus at the time of the crash.  Those students were between 6th and 11th grades in school.  Seventeen students were transported from the scene by ambulance to High Point Health for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  A 13 year old male student was initially entrapped in the bus.  He was later freed from the wreckage.  He was transported to High Point Health before being transferred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.The four remaining students were transferred to a different bus and were transported to South Dearborn Middle School and High School.  At least one of those students was later transported to High Point Health by a family member for evaluation of minor injuries.Both Nies and Rumpke submitted to blood draws while at High Point Health although alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors at this time.The Indiana State Police worked with the South Dearborn School Corporation and the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department in quickly determining the identities of all children on board and getting their families notified.State Road 350 was closed in the area for approximately four hours for crash investigation and cleanup.The crash remains under investigation.The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department, Aurora Police Department, Lawrenceburg Police Department, Moores Hill Police Department, Aurora Fire Department, Moores Hill Fire Department, Dearborn County EMS, Ripley County EMS, and South Dearborn School Corporation.last_img read more

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CM Sarbananda Sonowal felicitates Hima, gives away Rs 1.6 crore

first_img“The success of Hima Das will be a source of inspiration and encouragement for the coming generation of players in the State.”-CM SonowalGUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbanadnda Sonowal today felicitated Hima Das, the outstanding athlete of the State for her recent achievements in the Asian Games and IAAF World U-20 Championship at a function held at Srimanta Sankardev International Auditorium here today.Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal while congratulating Hima Das on her extraordinary achievements in the recently concluded Asian Games said, “Assam is proud of her achievements. The success of Hima Das will be a source of inspiration and encouragement for the coming generation of players in the State”.He also assured to help Hima with modern and advanced training so that the sprinter can carry forward her gold run in the coming international events.He handed over a cheque worth Rs. 1.60 crore to Hima Das. He also handed over a offer letter to Hima to make her the Sports Ambassador of Assam.Sonowal also offered her a job in the senior category of Sports and Youth Welfare Department and requested Hima to consider the offer.He said that the success of Hima is a step towards of transforming Guwahati into Sports Capital of the country. “The success of Hima is a message to the world about the sporting talents available in Barak, Brahmaputra, hills and plains of Assam,” he added.Responding to Secretary General of India Olympic Association Rajeev Mehta’s request of setting up a Sprinter Academy in Assam, Sonowal said that State Government is seriously considering for establishing Sprinter Academy in the State to provide advanced training to the budding sprinters.Sonowal at the same time congratulated Hriday Hazarika for winning gold at ISSF World Championships in South Korea and termed the day as a glorious day for sports in Assam.Expressing her feelings on the occasion, athlete Hima Das thanked Chief Minister Sonowal to augur a favourable ambience for sports in the State. She said that Chief Minister’s decision to set up 500 play grounds all over the State and the Government’s pro-sports policy will enable Assam to seek more medals in the international events. She also hailed the State of the art infrastructure built in Assam and she attributed the recent sporting success to the sprawling sports infrastructure.Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma while speaking on the occasion acknowledged the role of Chief Minister Sonowal for announcing financial incentives for medal winners of the athletes of Assam in Asian Games and Olympic events.Union Minister, several Ministers from the State, MPs, MLAs, officials of Indian Olympic Association, yesteryear sporting legend and Arjuna Awaree Bhogeswar Baruah, sports personalities and host of dignitaries from cross sections of the society were present on the occasion. This is stated in a release.last_img read more

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Sky is the limit for ‘incredible’ Ben Stokes, says Joe Root

first_imgMANCHESTER: England skipper Joe Root has lavished praise on all-rounder Ben Stokes, who played a crucial role in team’s emphatic win over West Indies in the second Test of the ongoing three-match series.On Monday, England defeated West Indies by 113 runs at the Old Trafford to level the series. “He’s (Stokes) Mr Incredible. I suppose. I certainly think he can keep performing at this level. I think the sky’s the limit for him really,” Root said after the match as per ESPNcricinfo. “To have such a complete game, and so many different gears at your disposal, allows you the ability to keep getting better,” he added. Stokes, who played a patient 176-run knock in the first innings, came out all guns blazing while opening the batting in the second innings as he scored 78 runs off just 57 balls. His knock helped the hosts set a challenging target which they defended successfully by bowling out the West Indies for 198. Besides, Stokes also picked up three wickets in the game and was adjudged the Man of the Match. “If he (Stokes) continues to read situations the way he is, and keeps the confidence that he’s playing with at the moment, there’s no reason why we can’t continue to see such brilliant performances as we have done this week, and over the last 12 months really,” Root said. “I think everyone understands that we are watching a player at the peak of his powers, at the peak of world cricket, delivering time and time again. “We have to savour that, we have to appreciate that and understand that we are, without trying to pump his tyres too much, in the presence of greatness,” he added. IANS Also watch: #NewsMakers: Exclusive chat with Priyasha Bhardwaj, Actor In conversation with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

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