Dubrovnik is one of the leading congress destinations in Southeast Europe

first_imgAt the congress fair “Conventa 2018”, which is being held in Ljubljana from January 23 to 25, Kongres magazine awarded Dubrovnik the “Meeting Star Award” in the category of destination that can accommodate up to 1200 participants.Gorazd Čad, editor-in-chief of Kongres magazine and co-founder of “Convente”, presented a great recognition and award to the director of the Tourist Board, Romani Vlašić, and pointed out that the interest in Dubrovnik is growing every year. They also point out that this year’s Conventa has hosted the largest number of buyers so far, especially from the United States, who have shown great interest in Dubrovnik, one of the leading international destinations in Southeast Europe.Prizes were awarded in four categories, and in addition to Dubrovnik, Vienna, Ljubljana and Kranjska gora received prizes in the other three categories.Kongres magazine is one of the leading media in the congress industry, and gathers and distributes knowledge related to the organization of meetings of the world’s best experts, and they predict that about 4.000 meetings will be held at the fair.last_img read more

Diversifying inward investment

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Russia may start Phase III trial of COVID-19 vaccine in mid-August: RIA

first_imgA Russian institute developing one of the country’s potential coronavirus vaccines hopes to start its final stage testing in a small section of the general public in mid-August, the RIA news agency cited the institute’s director as saying on Monday.Globally, of 19 experimental COVID-19 vaccines in human trials, only two are in final Phase III trials – one by China’s Sinopharm and another by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. China’s Sinovac Biotech is set to become the third later this month.Early results from the first small-scale human trial of the vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow has shown it to be safe for use, according to a separate RIA report on Sunday. “Around 14-15 August, I hope, the small amount of vaccine that we should be able to produce will enter public circulation,” Alexander Ginsburg, the institute’s director, was quoted as saying.This will be equivalent to a Phase III trial, since people getting the vaccine will remain under supervision, RIA reported, citing Ginsburg.Phase I and Phase II trials typically test the safety of a drug before it enters Phase III trials that test its efficacy on a bigger group of volunteers.Human trials of the Gamaleya Institute’s vaccine began on June 18, with nine volunteers receiving one dose, and another nine testing the prospective booster dose.The group did not experience any significant side effects and is due to be released from hospital on Wednesday, RIA reported on Sunday, citing a director at the Sechenov University in Moscow where the trial took place.”Data currently available… shows the volunteers to have developed an immune response to the coronavirus vaccine,” the defense ministry, involved in the trials, was cited by RIA as saying on Monday. Another 20 volunteers were administered the vaccine at a military hospital on June 23. Topics :last_img read more

Task force asks police, military to test personnel at jobs law protests

first_imgEditor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : Wiku added that he hoped that university management and companies would perform rapid tests on students and workers who participated in the rally. He said he expected companies to establish their own COVID-19 task forces.According to reports to the task force, of the 253 protesters arrested in North Sumatra, 21 showed reactive test results. In Jakarta, 34 of the 1,192 protesters arrested had reactive results. In East Java, 24 of the 650 protesters arrested had reactive results. In South Sumatra, 30 of the 261 protesters arrested had reactive results. In West Java, 13 of the 39 protesters arrested had reactive results, and one of the 95 protesters arrested in Yogyakarta had a reactive test result.Read also: Over 9,300 personnel deployed to secure Jakarta as omnibus law protests enter 2nd week“In total, there are 123 reactive test results from protesters arrested in the six provinces so far. We are still waiting for the test results from Central Java,” Wiku said. A joint force of 9,332 policemen, soldiers and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers was deployed in the capital on Tuesday during a Job Creation Law demonstration, according to the police.Widespread protests erupted across the country after the House of Representatives passed the bill on Oct. 5. Some protests have been marred by violent clashes between protesters and security forces. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said it had received at least 1,500 reports of alleged police violence from Oct. 6 to 8 during the national strike against the new law, organized primarily by labor unions. Another round of protests occurred on Monday.The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) previously warned of the possibility that new COVID-19 clusters would emerge from demonstrations against the Job Creation Law and noted the difficulty of tracing virus transmission that had resulted from the demonstrations that had taken place in many parts of the country. (iwa) The national COVID-19 task force has called on the National Police and the military to test personnel deployed to the Job Creation Law protests because protesters arrested in several regions have had reactive test results.“We ask the police and the military to carry out COVID-19 tests on personnel who handled jobs law protests last week,” task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.Wiku highlighted the importance of rapid testing as a screening method to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further. “If there are reactive results from the tests, we must immediately trace their contacts,” he said. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoaplast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Five Below to Expand and Relocate National Headquarters in Philadelphia

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Five Below to Expand and Relocate National Headquarters in Philadelphia SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 27, 2016center_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that Five Below, a specialty value retailer catering to teens and pre-teens, will expand and relocate its national headquarters in Philadelphia, a move that will create 154 new, high-wage jobs.“I am pleased that Five Below has chosen to keep its national headquarters in Philadelphia where it can continue its success story at a new location,” Governor Wolf said. “Today’s announcement of 154 new, high-wage jobs marks the second headquarters announcement this month in the City, proving once again that Pennsylvania has the ability to attract and retain major employers.”Five Below will expand operations by relocating to 701 Market Street, Philadelphia. The company has signed a long-term lease to occupy 180,000-square-feet of office space and another 15,000-square-foot of retail space. Five Below will invest $10.5 million in tenant improvements and new equipment, and has committed to create 154 new, full-time jobs over the next three years and retain 211 existing positions.“We knew from Day one we wanted Five Below’s headquarters to be in Philadelphia,” said Joel Anderson, CEO of Five Below. “The brand began its amazing legacy here and that’s where it will continue. We can’t say enough how excited we are to stay in Center City Philadelphia and relocate our national headquarters to the emerging vibrant Market East neighborhood. The new office space is truly incredible. Five Below will always be Philadelphia Proud.”Five Below received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $900,000 Pennsylvania First program grant, and $462,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.“I am thrilled Five Below has committed to remain in Philadelphia with its recent decision to locate its new headquarters in Market East,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “For the past 15 years, Five Below has built an iconic brand, and we are proud to support the company as it continues to grow.”Five Below (NASDAQ: FIVE) is a specialty value retailers offering a broad range of trend-right, high-quality merchandise targeted at the teen and pre-teen customer all priced at $5 and below. The company operates more than 500 stores in 32 states.For more information on Five Below, visit www.fivebelow.com.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Great Barrier Reef island home for sale on Hicks Island

first_imgReefview on Hicks IslandEVER dreamt of throwing it all in and moving to a deserted island?Scott McCahon did and made it a reality but a change in life circumstances means he’s ready to pass on his slice of Great Barrier Reef paradise to someone else.Hicks Island is 600km north of Cairns and just a stone’s throw from the exclusive fishing getaway Haggerstone Island. All this pic needs is a beer.Perched atop a rugged knoll is Reefview, the McCahon family’s stunning home which can be used as a weekend getaway, AirBnB, but also has everything needed to be a very comfortable family home.“Following the sale of our pharmacy business in Weipa we have relocated to the Atherton Tablelands and bought a lovely cattle farm,” said Mr McCahon. “Additionally our kids have entered a new phase with one completing their second year at JCU and our son about to commence Year 12 in 2020. “All these things have prompted a reluctant desire to offer for sale a house we own on Hicks Island. Aerial view.“This much-loved property has been an integral part of our family life for a number of years now, thus it is somewhat reluctantly that we offer a unique and rare chance to own a house on the Great Barrier Reef that will make you the envy of your friends and colleagues. “Stay for a weekend or a month, open it up to your friends for special occasions, corporate retreats or simply indulge yourself on this magnificent property in one of the most desirable locations in the world, just a few hours’ travel from major Australian capital cities.” Timber features inside.Part of the Home Islands group, Hicks Island is in a general use fishing zone and has some of the best reef fish and pelagic fishing available anywhere on the east coast.Billfish, mackerel, coral trout, red emperor and painted rock lobsters are easily caught from the island and there is always protection to be found from the dry season trade winds.Catch mud crabs and crayfish metres from the front door, too. Reefview is a luxury timber pole home with all modern conveniences, according to Weipa Real Estate’s Geoff Bryant. A comfy home.“The property has been recently extensively renovated to ensure a new owner simply moves straight in and begins immersing themselves in the delights of the Great Barrier Reef,” he said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“The property comes with an extensive list of inclusions including two boats, all terrain vehicles (ATVs) all furniture and household goods. “The idyllic property is for sale or equivalent value swap at a realistic price and we expect keen interest.” Hicks Island also has an 800m-long airstrip allowing convenient and quick access from both Cairns and Weipa and several air charter companies offer flights (both fixed wing and helicopter) to and from Hicks Island.The master bedroom has an airconditioner, private veranda and full-length windows on two sides with views to Haggerstone Island, Forbes Island and Moody Reef.The deck area has been extended by an extra 4.5m and for a bit of luxury a stained timber lined ceiling was added. Insect screens have also been added giving year-round comfort for residents.There is also a plumber-installed sewerage and waste disposal system.The house is serviced by six rainwater tanks – about 50,000 litres of water – and freshwater can also be sourced from one of the three dams.The asking price is $990,000 but that price is negotiable.Or ask about an equivalent property value swap.For more information, contact Mr Bryant on 0408 772 592, 4069 9921, or email reception@weiparealestate.com.aulast_img read more

Dairy farmers offered additional safety net

first_imgWashington D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is encouraging dairy producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which will provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices. With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set the enrollment period to run from April 9, 2018 to June 1, 2018.“We recognize the financial hardships many of our nation’s dairy producers are experiencing right now. Folks are losing their contracts and they are getting anxious about getting their bills paid while they watch their milk check come in lower and lower each month. The Bipartisan Budget Act provided some much-needed incentives for dairy producers to make cost-effective decisions to strengthen their farms, mitigate risk, and conserve their natural resources,” said Secretary Perdue. “This includes our support of America’s dairy farms. We encourage dairy producers to review the provisions of the updated program, which Congress shaped with their feedback. Those changes are now in effect, and I’d ask any producers who are interested to contact their local USDA service centers.”About the Program:The program protects dairy producers by paying them when the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount elected by the producer.Changes include:Calculations of the margin period is monthly rather than bi-monthly.Covered production is increased to 5 million pounds on the Tier 1 premium schedule, and premium rates for Tier 1 are substantially lowered.An exemption from paying an administrative fee for limited resource, beginning, veteran, and disadvantaged producers. Dairy operators enrolled in the previous 2018 enrollment period that qualify for this exemption under the new provisions may request a refund.Dairy operations must make a new coverage election for 2018, even if you enrolled during the previous 2018 signup period. Coverage elections made for 2018 will be retroactive to January 1, 2018. All dairy operations desiring coverage must sign up during the enrollment period and submit an appropriate form (CCC-782) and dairy operations may still “opt-out” by not submitting a form. All outstanding balances for 2017 and prior years must be paid in full before 2018 coverage is approved.Dairy producers can participate in FSA’s MPP-Dairy or the Risk Management Agency’s Livestock Gross Margin Insurance Plan for Dairy Cattle (LGM-Dairy), but not both. During the 2018 enrollment period, only producers with an active LGM-Dairy policy who have targeted marketings insured in 2018 months will be allowed to enroll in MPP-Dairy by June 1, 2018; however, their coverage will start only after active target marketings conclude under LGM-Dairy.USDA has a web tool to help producers determine the level of coverage under the MPP-Dairy that will provide them with the strongest safety net under a variety of conditions. The online resource, which will be updated and available by April 9 at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy farmers to quickly and easily combine unique operation data and other key variables to calculate their coverage needs based on price projections. Producers can also review historical data or estimate future coverage based on data projections. The secure site can be accessed via computer, smartphone, tablet or any other platform.USDA is mailing postcards advising dairy producers of the changes. For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/dairy or contact your local USDA service center.A link to the fact sheet about the program is here.last_img read more

Messi unfairly blamed for Argentina’s woes – Stoichkov

first_img “In South Africa [at the 2010 World Cup under Diego Maradona], they had a great team and where did it end and why? No one asks it. “Later in Brazil, Argentina reached the final and when [other players] have clear opportunities, the fault lies with Messi and Messi loses. “In the Copa America, they have lost two finals on penalties. And again, Messi cannot win, but what do we do with the players who failed and Messi assisted them? They are hiding.” Nevertheless, Stoichkov does not think all is lost for Argentina ahead of Qatar 2022. “Sooner or later the glory of Messi will end,” he added. “Then we must value everything that was done in football. read also:Messi’s numbers which frighten Mallorca “I believe that in 2022 in Qatar this Argentine national team will have the last great opportunity to win the World Cup in its history. “With Lautaro Martinez, with Paulo Dybala, with the last campaigns, I imagine, by Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria. There is a very competitive team.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live InPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney PrincessesThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now Barcelona great, Hristo Stoichkov, has revealed that Lionel Messi ‘is always unfairly blamed’ for Argentina’s failures and that his team-mates are guilty of “hiding” on the biggest stages. Despite sweeping the board during a glittering career with Barca, six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has never lifted a major honour with Argentina. There were a succession of near misses during the past decade, with Germany beating La Albiceleste after extra time in the final of the 2014 World Cup, before Chile prevailed on penalties in the 2015 Copa America and Copa America Centenario showpieces. The 2020 Copa America was due to start on Friday but has been put back 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, while the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is likely to be Messi’s final tilt at the big prize. Speaking to Argentinian station Radio Villa Trinidad, Stoichkov said he felt the 32-year-old had shouldered an unfair share of criticism over the failures of his national team. “To see a friend happy, like Leo, and to stop him suffering so much for not being able to win a World Cup, I would change my Golden Boot, which I got at the 1994 World Cup, to see Messi world champion,” said the ex-Barca forward. “Always when he loses, Messi has the blame and they never talk about those who are next to him and fail. Loading… last_img read more

Super Bowl Weekend!

first_imgEven though most of you will be preparing for a big Super Bowl weekend, I will be concentrating my efforts on the IATCCC (Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches) clinic being held in Indianapolis.When I wrote this article, the New England Patriots were a 2.5 point favorite over the LA Rams.  Again this year, most of the country will be rooting against Brady and the Patriots; but if you are a bettor, I would recommend you put your money on the Patriots rather than the Rams.Due to one of the worst calls ever made in an NFL game, the Rams survived over the New Orleans Saints.  With all the replays we now have in sports, this play certainly should have been looked at.  However, referee calls are only looked at if it involves fumbling, scoring, or out-of-bounds.Despite the controversy over that call, it should be a very competitive game and the Rams certainly have played well enough to represent their conference in the Super Bowl.  Belichick will be the League’s longest active head coach against one of the youngest coaches, the Ram’s Sean McVay,  ever to lead a team to the Super Bowl. McVay is just 32 years old.last_img read more

Cattermole stunned by great escape

first_img But it was then that something remarkable happened: they remembered how to win football matches. Having been denied victory at Manchester City only by a late goalkeeping error, they defied the odds to beat both Chelsea and Manchester United on their own pitches to pave the way for a completely unexpected great escape which was sealed against the Baggies with a game to spare thanks to goals from Jack Colback and Fabio Borini. Cattermole, whose own form over that run of games proved inspirational, said: “When everyone is writing you off, it’s your job to go out and play. “We are all competitors and we don’t give in. That’s where we are as people and that’s probably why we have made it in the game. We have shown our character. “You can say all the cliches, but, ultimately, it came down to us playing some good football and sticking together.” Poyet celebrated on the pitch with his players after the final whistle, having completed the mission he was handed last October. A man who wears his heart on his sleeve, he admitted the enormity of the situation had got to him at times, and there was one overriding feeling as he and owner Ellis Short congratulated each other on an emotional evening on Wearside. Poyet said: “I think there was a little bit of relief for both, for him and for me.” The 46-year-old Uruguayan will prepare his players for Sunday’s final-day clash with Swansea knowing the pressure is off, and already turning his attention to preparations for the new campaign and the more immediate task of dealing with a host of out-of-contract players. By contrast, opposite number Pepe Mel will head into Sunday’s showdown with Stoke looking for a reaction after a poor first-half display in the north-east which left his side with a mountain to climb. West Brom are not yet mathematically safe, although Norwich would need them to lose to Stoke and beat Arsenal with an improbable swing in goal difference to overhaul them. It appears unlikely that out-of-contract Zoltan Gera will get his swansong in a Baggies shirt against the Potters, having failed to train since suffering a hamstring injury last month. Mel said: “Zoltan Gera has not trained with the team since his injury, so it really is very difficult, almost impossible, that he will play.” However, while Wearside is celebrating now, there is also an acknowledgement that the lessons of an eventful campaign must be learned. Cattermole said: “I think there will be a day in the summer when we wake up and think, ‘That was some achievement’. “It hasn’t sunk in yet, but, as lads, we have got to thank everyone who has had to deal with the whole season. “We have stuck together and come through it. We don’t know how, but the results have been absolutely incredible. There isn’t another word. “We have pulled it off and we have got to be looking at pushing the other end of the table next year. That’s what we have got to aim to do. “It was a bit too close for anyone’s liking. We have got to learn lessons from that and improve, because when you see nights like (Wednesday) night and the Cardiff game with the place full, it means a lot.” The fightback inspired by head coach Gus Poyet has been little short of miraculous. A 1-0 home defeat by Everton on April 12 left the Black Cats at the foot of the table and seven points adrift of safety with just six games remaining. Cattermole and his team-mates woke up on Thursday morning to the realisation that they will be playing Barclays Premier League football once again next season – something which looked a remote possibility just a few weeks ago. They will do so by virtue of a remarkable series of results which has seen them take seven points from a possible nine from trips to Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, a maximum return from Cardiff’s visit to the Stadium of Light and Wednesday night’s 2-0 home victory over West Brom. Press Association Lee Cattermole is not quite sure how Sunderland managed to dig themselves out of relegation trouble. last_img read more