Tourist guides are asking for a reaction from the Ministry of Tourism due to non-implementation of the Law on Provision of Services in Tourism

first_imgThe Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH) sent a letter to the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia with the aim of MINT reacting to the non-implementation of the Law on Providing Services in Tourism, ie problems with tourist guides illegally leading groups of tourists to our protected areas.After numerous colleagues who met with our colleagues from Slovenia and other EU countries who regularly illegally visit our cities – protected sites, I had a personal meeting in the middle of Trogir with a colleague from Slovenia who told me that she applied to the contact point and has approval to run in Croatia, points out spec.univ. Kristina Nuić Prka, LLB, President of the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides, adds ” It follows from the above that guides who have received approval on the basis of temporary and occasional activities are not informed that they can not perform the activities of a local tourist guide in protected areas without a special exam?It is interesting that in the commentary of our publication of the provisions of the Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism, the secretary of the Club of Professional Guides of Slovenia addressed me, threatening lawsuits against Croatia with the Court of Justice of the European Union. It should also be noted that I addressed all foreign embassies in the Republic of Croatia and national guides’ associations and (except Italy) received a reply from all stating that unfortunately they could not send a list of their protected sites because it depends on local levels of government. Therefore, we ask for the reaction of the Ministry of Tourism, given the non-implementation of the law. ”Concludes Nuić Prka and adds that she also officially addressed MINT and expects a reaction, as well as the adoption of a list of protected sites.By the way, the list of protected sites in Croatia should have been adopted by the Ministry of Tourism, in accordance with the new one Law on the provision of services in tourism which came into force in early 2018, but to date no decision has been made on protected sites.We single out from the Law on the provision of services in tourism.the provision of tourist guide services to citizens of another Contracting State to the Treaty on the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation on a temporary or occasional basis is regulated in such a way that it can provide tourist guide services in the Republic of Croatia, except in or in protected areas; this equates the position of the above tourist guides with Croatian tourist guides who have passed only the general part of the professional exam:Authorization is given to the Minister of Tourism to prescribe, with the prior opinion of the Minister responsible for culture and nature protection, a rulebook for a list of protected sites (localities) which would be narrower than the current list of tourist sites (localities) by counties, and which would not include public areas, city squares, forests, parks and the like;Tourist guides are interpreters of cultural heritage, we must care how our story is told.However, all this is a negative implication in accordance with the amendments to the Law on Provision of Services in Tourism, which has just allowed foreign tourist guides to tell the story they want about our history without any control or education, ie they believe it is accurate and sufficient. our localities. Although the Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism states that tourist guides can only guide protected areas with a specially passed exam, which is certainly positive and protects our cultural heritage, chaos and anarchy still reign on the ground.To make the absurd even bigger, as the Ordinance on protected localities should have been adopted 60 days after the entry into force of the Law, and to date it has not been adopted, so the current old list of protected localities from 2008.godine. While we think, set up working groups and make slow decisions and thus stagnate, tour guides do what they want without control. Another absurd situation in our tourism.Accurate and quality interpretation is key. We need to care about the story being told about our history, heritage, identity, way of life and culture.last_img read more

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PPF expands global equities portfolio by 17% as net assets rise 9%

first_imgDespite benchmark outperformance and an increase in net assets – through new schemes entering the PPF and levy collections – investment returns were a negative 0.7% due to the lifeboat’s exposure to liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies.Its investible portfolio reached £16.3bn (£20.6bn), up from £14.9bn in 2013, with actuarial liabilities of £12.9bn.However, the fund operates a large LDI book, and an increase in the yield of government bonds saw its liability projections fall and thus also a reduction in the value of LDI instruments.Investment returns, stripping out the LDI portfolio, was 3.4%.Over the year, the PPF made further allocations into debt instruments, money markets, private equity and infrastructure, making its first foray into farm and timberland through asset transfers and active allocation.It also reduced exposure to sovereign debt.Earlier this month, the PPF announced an amendment to its investment strategy allowing it to shift away from derivatives in the face of the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and the lack of counterparty competitiveness.It will now look towards a more liberal asset allocation policy looking for liability hedges and outperformance.Overall, the lifeboat’s funding position increased to 112.5% compared with 109.6%, and it now runs a surplus of £2.4bn.Rubenstein said the fund had begun to benefit from a wider economic recovery as fewer claims were made in 2013-14 after a record number a year earlier.The PPF said its aim of reaching self-sufficiency by 2030 was now 90% certain, up from 87% at the end of last year.The fund’s self-sufficiency aim is to hold assets to match liabilities, with a 10% margin to cover longevity and future claims risk.The fund also said it would conduct an ‘own risk and solvency assessment’ (ORSA) in the coming year.ORSA, a term and strategy lifted from Solvency II regulations, will see the PPF clearly identify risks, assess potential impacts via stress testing and consider additional capital requirements.Despite resistance to being classed as an insurance company, the PPF said its funding margin was designed to cover the costs of unexpected risk, and a core part of the risk management framework.The fund’s compensation payments from 2005 to date rose to more than £1bn, with one-third being paid in the last year.On the announcement of its results, PPF chairman Lady Barbara Judge said the lifeboat continued to “sail smoothly” towards self-sufficiency.“There are signs the upward trend in the economy will continue, and we expect further improvement in our risk profile,” she added.“There are many challenges remaining. Our focus continues to be on maintaining stability in the face of ongoing uncertainty.”Overall, the fund’s levy intake fell over the year, bringing in £577m compared with £644m in 2012-13.The PPF is currently considering amendments to its new levy forumla as it looks to replace current risk-score provider Dun & Bradstreet with Experian. The UK Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has expanded its global equity portfolio in a year that saw the asset class return 19.5%, as its monetary surplus also increased.The PPF acts as a lifeboat fund to UK defined benefit (DB) schemes stranded through sponsor insolvency.Historically, it has avoided equity investments due to risk duplication but now allocates 6.9% of its portfolio compared with 5.6% a year previous.Chief executive Alan Rubenstein said the fund’s global equity portfolio was key to its outperforming its liability benchmark by 2.9% over the year to 31 March.last_img read more

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‘Got input’ on fishing, hunting and trapping regulations?

first_imgInput and ideas can also be mailed to: The form — “Got INput?” — not only allows you to comment on ideas from the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, but also allows you to propose your own ideas on any fishing, hunting or trapping topic. DNR Division of Fish & WildlifeAttn: Got INput402 W. Washington St., Room W273Indianapolis, IN 46204After Nov. 2, DNR staff will evaluate all comments and determine which ideas to forward for consideration by the Natural Resources Commission. Got INput users must register with a username and a password. Indianapolis, In. — The DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife wants to hear your ideas on fishing, hunting, trapping and other fish-and-wildlife-related regulations in Indiana, including special permits.Through Nov. 1, you can use a convenient online form to contribute ideas and provide input on issues the DNR has identified for consideration.The form is at: on.IN.gov/gotinputlast_img read more

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Belleville Motorsports returns as title sponsor of North Central Region for IMCA Modifieds

first_imgBELLEVILLE, Kan. – The 2015 season is Belleville Motorsports’ fourth as title sponsor of IMCA’s North Central Region for Modifieds.The Belleville, Kan., chassis builder will furnish a portion of a $6,000 point fund to be paid out to top 10 drivers in regional point standings. The champion earns $2,500, with $1,250 for second, $625 for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th.The North Central Region includes tracks in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Chris Abelson is the defending regional champion.“BMS holds the unique distinction of being the longest running new partner addition since my tenure began at IMCA in 2000,” said Kevin Yoder, marketing director for the sanctioning body. “It is a relationship I am proud of and I have enjoyed working with Brandon Blochlinger and the entire BMS team during that time. I hope I have the opportunity to work with them for many more years to come.”Drivers are required to display two BMS decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares, which will be presented during the national awards banquet in November, or mailed beginning the next week from the IMCA home office.BMS has won the IMCA Manufacturers’ Cup in five of the six years the award has been given. Points are awarded to participating builders based on top 10 finishes in each of the five Modified regions, with both regional and overall winners determined.This is Belleville Motorsports 14th season as a marketing partner with IMCA, having given special series or special events awards before taking over the regional sponsorship role.Information about BMS-manufactured chassis is available by calling 785 527-5080, on Facebook and at the www.bmsmods.com website.last_img read more

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Wenger looks to next season

first_img Press Association Wenger said: “We had big injuries at the start of the season, after the World Cup, and that we only got our squad together more recently. “Even then we still lost players like Jack Wilshere in November, and then again afterwards. We were not all together. “So it took us some time to find a good balance in the team and we dropped some points because of that, missing players was certainly detrimental to our results.” Manager Arsene Wenger believes the test of just how far his Arsenal squad can go will come next season. The Gunners have been in superb form since the turn of the year, winning 17 from 21 matches with a quarter-final Champions League exit to Monaco the only real disappointing result. Wenger’s squad could yet end up second in the Barclays Premier League and secure a successful defence of the FA Cup with victory over Aston Villa at Wembley on May 30. It will be, though, how well Arsenal are able to kick off the new campaign in August which Wenger feels is to decide the direction of the team, having paid a heavy price for such a slow start in the title race this time around. “That is our challenge, to finish well and take that strength into the next season,” said Wenger, whose side are not in action until Monday night at Hull. “The start of the season is linked with belief as well. We can just strengthen the belief by finishing well.” Wenger believes Arsenal are in a better shape now than 12 months ago, but that much hard work still lies ahead. “I feel that we have made progress, so I look at it in a positive way because what you want from a team is to show during the season that you can grow together and become better,” he said. “We faced a big challenge because Chelsea didn’t drop their level in the title race, and they were more consistent from the start until the end, and that’s why we didn’t catch them up. “Overall, though, we feel we have made progress.” England forward Theo Walcott believes Arsenal could mount a sustained title challenge in 2015/2016 provided they can keep a clean bill of health. last_img read more

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BCB partners with Let’s Bet Sports for 100-Balls 2nd Division Inter-Zone tournament

first_imgTHE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has gained the support of Guyana Lottery Company through their Let’s Bet Sports brand. They have partnered to launch four Internal Zone 100-balls 2nd Division tournaments and an overall Berbice Championship which will see the respective Zone champions battle for the overall title.At the launch of the tournaments in the Guyana National Newspapers Ltd (GNNL) Boardroom, BCB president Hilbert Foster revealed that 90 teams will be participating in the West Berbice, New Amsterdam/Canje, Lower/Central Corentyne and Upper Corentyne Zones.Due to the nature of the sponsorship,, Foster noted that players under the age of 18 are debarred while teams would be allowed a maximum of three First Division players.“The BCB is quite good at organising tournaments of this nature and the Berbice cricketing public loves this version of the game. The main objectives of the 100 balls tournaments are to promote the game at the grassroots level, to develop inter-village rivalry and to allow older players the opportunity to play the game,” remarked Foster.He maintained; “I wish to reassure the management of the Lottery Company that all the tournaments would be well-organised and would achieve all of the objectives. The Lottery Company would also be well promoted in both Regions 5 and 6.”“On behalf of the BCB, I would like to express gratitude to the management and staff of the GLC/Let’s Bet Sports for coming on board with us. Your support would enable us to continue the remarkable transformation of Berbice cricket and for this we would be forever grateful.”Meanwhile, Let’s Bet Sports Brand Ambassador, Rawle Toney, pointed out the brand is not just here to facilitate betting but also aims to give back and assist in development of sports at all levels throughout Guyana.Some of the teams that will be competing across the four zones are as follows:West Berbice: Blairmont Community Centre, Achievers Cricket Club, D’Edward Cricket Club, Cotton Tree Die Hard.New Amsterdam/Canje: Rose Hall Canje, Young Warriors Cricket Club, Tucber Park Cricket Club, Guymine Cricket Club, Mt Sinai Cricket Club, Mental Hospital Cricket Club.Lower/Central Corentyne: Albion Community Centre, Rose Hall Town Bakewell, Kildonan Cricket Club, Fyrish Cricket Club, Courtland Cricket Club, Port Mourant Cricket Club.Upper Corentyne: Scottsburg Cricket Club, Skeldon Titans, No. 72 All Stars, Dukestown Warriors, No. 64 Fighting Marineslast_img read more

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Britt man arrested on sexual abuse charges in Manly

first_imgMANLY — Authorities in Manly say they’ve arrested a Britt man on sexual abuse charges.21-year-old Devonta Hinton is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl early on Tuesday. Manly police say in a criminal complaint that an officer saw video evidence of a sexual act on a cell phone that the girl owned. Police say that Hinton told them they were both high on marijuana at the time and that it was not the first time they had gotten together to have sex. An officer says the girl admitted that she and Hinton had sex a few days earlier.Hinton has been charged with two counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.Hinton is due in court for his preliminary hearing on August 9th.last_img read more

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Fitness for Everyone

first_imgFinding a program to keep fit can be a challenge but here are some thoughts on how to start a healthy, sustainable exercise program.
 Fitness goals should be attainable and you should have some forethought and preparation for each workout. If you’re coming off the couch, there are some factors to keep in mind.Your body may feel fine when not exercising, but many people experience injuries from the first couple of workouts. Who wants to warm up slowly and properly when you can just jump on a treadmill or lift some weights? The truth is that an exercise program should start with some foam rolling (for self-massage to release muscle tightness), then progress to some dynamic stretching and low impact heart rate elevating exercises.After muscles are warmed up and body temperature is elevated, the body is better prepared to handle smart exercise stress. Injuries are what most often keep people from reaching their fitness goals.Starting out with lofty or unattainable goals compounded with an injury is a recipe for failure. An adage to remember is that a body in motion stays in motion, unless it has a sprained ACL or torn meniscus.Not to get too philosophical, but we know for a fact that a better diet and regular exercise combats a plethora of diseases and helps you live a healthier happier life. Improving your appearance and the way you feel is inevitable only with consistent smart exercise. The point is that it’s hard to get in shape and maintain a healthy, focused mindset with reoccurring or initial injuries. Doing what you can to prepare the body for what you’re asking it to do is a recipe for success!The other thing to keep in mind that is vital to a good exercise experience is proper fuel. This is a broad complex topic, but generally speaking, a light meal consisting of low-glycemic carbs approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours before exercise is ideal for most. Even with the perfect pre-workout meal, that plus exertion can lead to mild or moderate nausea, especially in a de-conditioned state. Sometimes it takes a few workouts to learn how certain foods react with your body when followed by exercise. You want your blood sugar level and have some stored fuel, but beyond that there are too many factors affecting dieting considerations to generalize. One tip however: Water must reach body temp to pass through stomach. Cold water has a tendency to slosh around and cause a stomachache. Try drinking water at room temperature to help avoid nausea and cramps.Another thing to keep in mind: accountability when starting an exercise program, makes it easier to stay consistent. There are many different fitness professionals with many different philosophies on how to get fit. Beyond credentials, personality and energy should be determining factors when choosing a personal trainer. Can this person motivate and inspire you to help reach your goals? Also make sure you trust the way your body feels. The best trainer with the most credentials and kinesthetic awareness still doesn’t know how your body feels and responds to exercise. If it feels wrong, chances are it is wrong for your body. It might even be just that particular exercise or just that session. Either way, voicing your concern allows your fitness professional to make a better decision based on how an exercise is affecting you. Good pain must be separated from bad pain.Exercise keeps people feeling passionate and grounded. Readers should be encouraged and inspired to know that there is a way for anybody to get and stay in shape.”Dan Weltman, who owns and operates Rumson Personal Fitness with his wife Darleen, has been working with clients to get their desired results for more than 25 years By Dan Weltmanlast_img read more

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PNG swimmers bag six medal in Oceania Championships

first_imgThe swimming team consisted of Papua New Guinea ‘golden fish’ Ryan Pini who claimed Silver medals in the 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke  and 100m butterfly while Sam Seghers bagged the first Bronze in the 200m freestyle and the other two bronze  were from the mixed and men’s relay.The mixed 4 x 50 medley team of Shanice Paraka (back), Barbara Vali (breaststroke), Ryan Pini (fly) & Sam Seghers (free) took the first of two bronze relay medals.The second bronze was from the men’s 4 x 100 medley relay team of Ryan Pini (back), Ryan Maskelyne (breaststroke), Sam Seghers (fly) and Stanford Kawale (free) finished off the meet on the last race of the competition with a bronze medal.The team including Leonard Kalate (16), Stanford Kawale (20), Ryan Maskelyne (17), Shanice Paraka (17), Ashley Seeto (28), and Barbara Vali (19) swam their Personal Bests and Seasonal Bests in nearly all the swims the team competed in.last_img read more

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More frustration for Excelsior High

first_img Meanwhile, last season’s semi-finalists, Jonathan Grant, sealed full three points courtesy of a Geovanni Shorter penalty in the 75th minute. Excelsior lead the group with four points and they are followed by Holy Trinity and Jonathan Grant on three each, while the out-of-contention Camperdown have a point. Jonathan Grant will face Camperdown, and Excelsior oppose Holy Trinity in the group’s final games. Only the group winners will advance to the semi-finals. Excelsior’s sports master, Xavier Gilbert, said his team managed the game poorly but was confident that that they would get to the semi-finals. “We just have to win the next game and we will be in the semi-finals, and that’s all we have to focus on right now. Fight to the end. We are confident we can make it to the semi-finals,” Gilbert told The Gleaner. Jonathan Grant’s coach, O’Neill Thomas, said his team will be going back to training, with all their focus on the last game. “We will be aiming to play a good game and go for the win,” he stressed. GOAL FROM PENALTY YESTERDAY’S RESULTS: Jonathan Grant 1 Holy Trinity 0 Excelsior High 2 Camperdown 2center_img Excelsior High’s chances of reaching the semi-finals of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup were dented yesterday after they played to a 2-2 draw with lowly Camperdown High at the Constant Spring Complex. It was a very sluggish performance from the Mountain View Avenue-based school, who remained unbeaten in the Manning Cup but will need a win next week against Holy Trinity High to advance. Holy Trinity were clipped 1-0 by Jonathan Grant in yesterday’s opening match of the double-header. Camperdown went ahead yesterday when Jevaughn Jemison scored in the 17th minute. Excelsior, however, drew level two minutes later with a Kimani Decombre strike and later took the lead from the penalty spot. The lanky Chavoy Malcolm cooly slotted home in the 66th minute after Thorne Buchanan’s goal-bound shot from close range was deliberately handled by Jevanni Laing. Laing received a red card for the offence. Despite having a player advantage, Excelsior failed to add to their advantage. They paid dearly in injury time when Nicolai Small punished an error in defence in the 91st minute.last_img read more

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