FIRST DHT ON THE CONTINENT: THREE DAYS OF RICH PROGRAM AT THE DAYS OF CROATIAN TOURISM IN SLAVONIA “The sustainability of our tourism, the tourism industry and financial institutions focused on tourism financing are closely interconnected and interdependent. In this context, our intention is to correctly set long-term sustainable goals, the achievement of which will achieve stability and predictability of tourism development.”, Said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović on the occasion of the Croatian Tourist Forum. The forum will bring together the business, institutional and financial sectors to discuss the challenges of sustainable tourism development and the importance of further investment in high-quality tourism infrastructure and offerings. Find out more details about the Croatian Tourism Day program in Slavonia in the attachment. On the third day of the event, as part of the 19th Croatian Tourist Forum organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Having in mind the challenges of sustainable tourism development as well as the importance of further investments in high-quality tourism infrastructure and offer, this year’s panel was dedicated to the financing of the tourism sector called Financing the sustainable development of tourism. HTF will be held on October 4.10, 12 – 13: 30h, in Tvrđa, in Osijek. RELATED NEWS: The panel will be attended by: Victoria Zinchuk, EBRD Director in Croatia, Anton Kovačev, Head of the EIB Zagreb Office, Boris Bekavac, President of the Economy Committee of the Association of HGK Banks (TBC), Josipa Jutt, President of the HGK Hotel Association, Cluster General Manager, Hilton International, Frano Matošić, State Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Ivo Kunst, Institute of Tourism, Marko Jurčić, Advisor to the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, moderator. Photo: Pixabay.com Representatives of the Croatian tourism sector will gather from October 2nd to 5th in Slavonia for the first continental Days of Croatian Tourism, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board.
The German pension fund for a Catholic aid organisation in Cologne is one of three Pensionskassen in talks with the country’s regulator BaFin regarding the potential impact of 2017 losses.The €546m Caritas Pensionskasse (Caritas PK) is currently discussing its 2017 balance sheet “in close coordination with the actuary, the accountants and the BaFin”, the pension fund told IPE in a statement.Last week, BaFin issued a statement saying it had banned Caritas PK from taking on any new business since May, after finding that its recovery plan for meeting its solvency requirements was “inadequate”.It is the first time BaFin has issued a Pensionskasse with such a ban. However, over the past year the regulator has frequently issued warnings to insurance-based pension funds regarding their funding structures. BaFin’s office in BonnA detailed account of the solvency issues will only become available once the annual reports for both pension funds have been approved. A spokesperson for Caritas PK told IPE that its annual report would only be published once the general assembly had approved it. However, the general assembly was not due to hold another meeting this year, the spokesperson said.Industry sources told IPE that it was unlikely the Caritas PK would take on new business any time soon.Kölner PK blames rulebookThe Kölner PK is also currently not taking on any new business as it lacks funding to continue operations under the regulatory framework for mutual insurance companies.If this situation continues, the fund will have to start planning for internal runoff.In its 2016 annual report the Kölner PK’s board blamed – in part – “nonsensical measures” deriving from regulation for starting the fund’s solvency problems.Some regulatory requirements had forced the fund to sell off assets at the wrong point in time, the pension fund said, while some money put aside for the Zinszusatzreserve – the interest rate buffer – could have been better spent on filling the funding pool. Germany’s Bundesrat building in BerlinThe regulatory burden and reporting requirements for Pensionskassen and other German pension vehicles are unlikely to reduce any time soon.Germany’s lower chamber of parliament, the Bundestag, this month approved the government’s draft rules implementing the EU’s IORP II pension directive, known as the EbAV II.The pension fund association aba said “there is hope” that its objections to the prospect of EU-wide harmonisation for occupational pension funds had been heard.The draft bill has to be passed by the upper chamber of parliament (the Bundesrat) in a vote scheduled for today, with BaFin then due to issue circulars and guidelines on the actual implementation and industry-specific issues.What is already certain, however, is that the EbAV II will mean more reporting and internal risk assessment requirements for pension funds.“Overall the requirements for providers will increase significantly,” said Michael Hoppstädter, managing director of consultancy Longial.– Barbara Ottawa Earlier this year Caritas PK and its affiliated pension fund, the €329m Kölner Pensionskasse (Kölner PK), informed members about difficulties regarding the funding situation and possible cuts to pension payouts. Cologne’s Caritas and Kölner Pensionskassen face solvency problemsBoth the Caritas and Kölner funds are structured as mutual insurance companies – Versicherungsverein auf Gegenseitigkeit (VVaG) – which brings with it certain solvency and interest rate “buffer” requirements.The talks with BaFin now fall under the remit of Olaf Keese, who takes over joint management of the Caritas and the Kölner Pensionskassen this month. As a result of his appointment Keese will resign his seat on the board of the Peugeot pension fund in Germany at the end of the year.Tax consultants’ fund talking to BaFinFunding problems have also been reported at the pension fund for German tax consultants, the €992m Steuerberater Pensionskasse VVaG, with BaFin involved in negotiating a recovery plan. The fund itself declined comment.“All this is completely uncharted territory for the industry and the regulator,” one source told IPE.Insurance-based Pensionskassen had been performing well in Germany despite the funding requirements placed on them by their guarantees, but a mix of the low interest rate environment, challenging demographics and regulatory requirements has caught up with them.Some providers have chosen to sell their Pensionskassen business to run-off companies, with Frankfurter Leben having bought two funds earlier this year, from AXA Germany and Cofra Group.More regulation incoming as Bundestag passes IORP II bill
Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Semenya is among a minority of female athletes who have an unusually high level of testosterone, which gives them added strength. The media-shy South African has faced constant legal battles during her career, leading to temporary bans from competing in her favourite 800m. The latest testosterone regulations left her with a choice of competing in the 200m or a distance longer than the mile. She has not returned impressive times over longer distances in the past, which prompted her to seek 200m qualification for Tokyo. Read Also: Ronaldinho: Paraguay appeals court rejects release request Semenya must trim another 0.69 sec off her Pretoria time to secure a place in the South African Olympics team. The 200m world and Olympic records are held by American Florence Griffith-Joyner, who clocked 21.34 sec at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Away from athletics, Semenya joined a Johannesburg-based football club last year but was unable to play immediately because she missed the registration deadline. Star South African 800-metre athlete Caster Semenya said on Friday she hopes to compete in the 200m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. South African Olympics champion Caster Semenya (R) wins the 200m final at a provincial championships in Pretoria Friday The 29-year-old is prohibited from defending her 800m Olympics title because she refuses to adhere to testosterone regulations set by governing body World Athletics. Semenya, and other female athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD), are banned from competing in races between 400m and the mile unless they take testosterone-lowering medication. She won the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics 800m titles and was the world champion over the distance in 2009, 2011 and 2017. The South African must clock a 22.80-second 200m to qualify for Tokyo and her best time, achieved Friday in Pretoria when winning a provincial championships final, is 23.49 sec. “My dream has always been, and will continue to be, to compete at the highest level of sport,” Semenya said on her Instagram account. “So in order pursue my goals and dreams, I have decided to change events and compete in the 200m. “This decision has not been an easy one, but I look forward to the challenge, and will work hard, doing all I can to qualify for Tokyo and compete to the best of my ability for South Africa.” Semenya took the athletics world by storm 11 years ago when becoming world champion in Berlin at the age of 19. But as her list of successes lengthened, rival female athletes began to question how the South African could leave them trailing in her wake.
A Catholic priest was robbed in front of his Oronoque Street, Queenstown, home on Tuesday afternoon after conducting business at a city bank.Catholic priest, Paul MartinReports are Father Paul Martin was robbed at gunpoint of cash and important documents at about 13:00h.According to a social media post by Catholic Media Guyana, as the priest exited his car in front of his driveway, another car stopped behind him from which a man exited, pointed a gun at him and demanded the bag, which contained the cash. The priest complied and handed over the bag, after which the gunman reentered the car and fled the scene. The matter was reported to the police.
Walker with muscle: A paper by Kaya and Higuchi from the University of Tokyo discussed how myosin motors, the active force-generating machines in muscle, adjust their walking steps with non-linear elasticity.1 Myosins work together in muscle. Their ability to reduce stiffness and adjust their walk is essential: “the load-dependent changes in the step size are an essential property of skeletal myosin,” the authors said. Their last sentence explained why this contributes to their effectiveness: “Such molecular properties may be inherent in the assembly of molecular motors and may reduce molecular interference, leading to the high mechanical efficiency of muscle contraction.” You have your elastic myosins to thank for every simple or complex move you make. For more stories about myosin this year, see 04/19/2010, 02/19/2010, and 01/19/2010.Junk with control: It wasn’t long ago when any non-coding region of the genome was considered junk. No longer; lincRNAs are emerging as stars of regulation and control (see 08/02/2010). Another finding to that effect was published in Science by an international team from Stanford, Harvard and the Weizmann Institute in Israel.2 They studied one lincRNA called HOTAIR that has two specific binding domains for making histone modifications. Histone is the protein on which DNA winds. It contains molecular tags that affect translation – the “histone code” (see 12/22/2009, bullet 5, with its embedded links). The team found that HOTAIR, an RNA generated from non-coding DNA, is intimately involved with the regulation of histone by forming a scaffold for PRC2 and LSD1 proteins: “The functional consequence of coordinate targeting of PRC2 and LSD1 by HOTAIR is gene repression,” they said. What they found may apply to other cases: “Some lincRNAs may be ‘tethers’ that recruit several chromatin modifications to their sites of synthesis while other lincRNAs can act on distantly located genes as ‘guides’ to affect their chromatin states,” the concluded. “On the basis of their dynamic patterns of expression, specific lincRNAs can potentially direct complex patterns of chromatin states at specific genes in a spatially and temporally organized manner during development and disease states.”Repairmen with teamwork: A team at Zheijiang University in China studied the partners in DNA interstrand cross-link repair, one of many repair pathways active in the genome. Fanconi anemia is a disease caused by mutations in 13 Fanc genes.3 “Here, we characterize a previously unrecognized nuclease, Fanconi anemia?associated nuclease 1 (FAN1), that promotes ICL repair in a manner strictly dependent on its ability to accumulate at or near sites of DNA damage and that relies on mono-ubiquitylation of the ID complex,” they said, referring to the tagging of a repair site with ubiquitin, a “ubiquitous” cellular tag signaling a site for repair or demolition. “Thus, the mono-ubiquitylated ID complex recruits the downstream repair protein FAN1 and facilitates the repair of DNA interstrand cross-links.” For more on DNA repair teams in the cell, see the 07/18/2001, 07/26/2002, 01/30/2003, 02/13/2004, 03/31/2005, 08/14/2007, and 03/14/2010 entries.These three papers are examples of many that are continuously being published in leading journals that (1) explore highly-specific molecules involved in vital cellular processes and (2) say nothing about evolution. Examples could be easily multiplied.1. Kaya and Higuchi, “Nonlinear Elasticity and an 8-nm Working Stroke of Single Myosin Molecules in Myofilaments,” Science, 6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 686-689, DOI: 10.1126/science.1191484.2. Tsai, Manor et al, “Long Noncoding RNA as Modular Scaffold of Histone Modification Complexes,” Science, 6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 689-693, DOI: 10.1126/science.1192002.3. Liu, Ghosai, Yuan, Chen and Huang, “FAN1 Acts with FANCI-FANCD2 to Promote DNA Interstrand Cross-Link Repair,” Science, 6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 693-696, DOI: 10.1126/science.1192656.Who needs evolution? Not these authors. Not medical science, genetics, or cell biology, either. Let’s move along, and leave Darwinism to rust in pieces.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Reports continue to show that vital cell processes depend on finely-tuned proteins and RNA molecules. Most of the papers that discuss these specialized molecules fail to mention how they might have evolved, as shown in three papers in the recent issue of Science.
Nestlé’s Milo brand is getting behind football in South Africa by supporting its development in schools. (Image: Nestlé Milo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ravi PillayNestlé public affairs manager+27 11 889 6799 or + 27 82 908 2580RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s children get football fever • Peace football tournament for SA • Football for Hope to unite SA • Fly the Flag for Football toolkitJanine ErasmusThe 2009 Nestlé Milo Champions tournament brought almost 6 000 schools from around South Africa together in Soweto to compete for the trophy, as well as R100 000 (US$13 300) for the winning school to invest in a health, wellness or nutrition initiative.With the 2010 Fifa World Cup now scant months away, football fever in all forms is gripping the nation as never before. Last year’s Milo Champions competition, run in collaboration with the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) and the Supersport television channel, was the second edition.About 94 500 would-be football stars participated in the 2009 tournament, with around 75 000 children from some 4 800 schools taking part in the 2008 event.Dorothy Langa Primary School in Limpopo province was the ultimate winner, snatching the title from Mpumalanga’s Mapula Sindane School in an exciting final that came down to a penalty shoot-out. Dorothy Langa, with two goals to Mapula’s one, emerged triumphant.“It is great to see that school competitions like this are not dominated by one school,” said Dorothy Langa head coach Mpho Mathopa. “Our achievement has reflected the true spirit of competition and shown that there is a balance of football talent in the country.”Developing future talentThe competition was open to all South African primary schools, and took place over four months. District and regional winners went through to the provincial play-offs, and the nine provincial winners progressed to the national finals at Hyundai Park in Soweto.“We want to see growth in school soccer in our country,” said Sasfa president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko. “Next year we will make sure that more schools take part in this wonderful tournament.”Global food giant Nestlé has invested generously in the Milo Champions tournament. In addition to the grand prize, each provincial winner walked off with R10 000 ($1 320), while the runner-up took home R75 000 and the third-placed team won R50 000 ($6 600).The programme is intended primarily to foster young football talent in South Africa while promoting an enthusiasm for the beautiful game and an awareness of the importance of healthy living. As well as valuable football coaching from top players, all participants received comprehensive nutritional education.Nestlé South Africa MD Yves Manghardt said, “We at Nestlé hope that each child who has played in this tournament comes out a winner, having learnt about teamwork, determination and most importantly why sports and a healthy lifestyle are qualities that will stand them strong through life.”Nurturing football skillsDorothy Langa chose to use the money for a new football field, which was officially opened towards the end of 2009. The 68m x 50m field, complete with borehole to ensure that the pitch is always green, was a welcome addition to the school’s infrastructure.To celebrate the occasion former Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish gave a coaching clinic at the school. Fish is Nestlé’s Milo brand ambassador for good health, and also took time to visit each of the nine finalists beforehand to help with their preparations for the big day.At the same time Nestlé launched the South African branch of its Healthy Kids programme. This is a global initiative that aims to fight the growing problem of malnutrition and obesity in children between the ages of four and 16. By encouraging good nutrition and exercise, Healthy Kids aims to raise a healthier, more active generation.The programme was introduced to the world in April 2009 by Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke.Regional competitionIn anticipation of the first World Cup to take place on African soil, the Milo brand is deepening its association with football in South Africa by extending the Champions tournament to the entire African continent.The inaugural African Milo Champions tournament was launched in September 2009 and features top under-13 teams from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Regional stages are already underway, and the final will take place in South Africa in May 2010, just before the month-long Fifa World Cup kicks off in June.
Letters to Groundspeak The kitchen at Groundspeak is stocked with pretty much the standard condiments and food you’d find in any kitchen. The fridge is home to ketchup and mustard and some random unlabeled containers. The corner coffeemaker generates a little morning rush hour traffic as Lackeys clamor for a cup of morning energy.But this week, Lackeys walked into the kitchen recently and walked out with more than coffee. It’s what appeared on the cabinets that gave those leaving, coffee mug in hand, with a feeling of affirmation.Letters taped to the cabinets read, “Once again your donation is making school cool” and “I also want to thank you for donating to our class. I think it is the sweetest thing anyone did to our class.”Groundspeak donates money for GPS devices to a cause called DonorsChoose.org. The donations put GPS devices in the hands of students.The Lost & Found video crew visited a Texas, USA class that received a donation of GPS devices. You can watch how a teacher intertwined a lesson plan about science with the outdoor adventure of geocaching.The students went geocaching. They solved problems in small groups, learned direction and distance, and engaged with technology.More than 30 letters from different classrooms have arrived at Groundspeak over the past year and we are committed to putting more GPS unites in the hands of students.Letter to GroundspeakA half-dozen thank you letters from students are on display in the kitchen now. One line from a grade school student reads, “Thank you thank you thank you (1,000,000,000 times) much for donating to our class.” How the letters are signed may say more. Some of the chunky grade school writing spells out “thank you” or “your friend” or even “love.”But students aren’t just thanking Lackeys. They’re not just affirming that geocaching can be a powerful force for learning. They’re thanking geocachers for making this donation possible. You fuel Groundspeak. Those letters of thanks (a 1,000,000,000 times much) are really written to you as well.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTeaching Geocaching and a Lackey to Complete a 5/5November 22, 2011In “Community”Refer a Friend – Help Kids Learn about GPSMay 25, 2011In “Learn”GeoWoodstock IX 2011 – A Lackey Report from PennsylvaniaAugust 19, 2011In “Community”
As you can see, there’s a strong correlation. Nine of the 10 most popular teams based on Google searches also ranked in the top 10 in ticket sales this season, the exception being the Philadelphia Flyers.Further, there are huge differences in ticket sales between the top and bottom teams. Whereas fans spent only $27 million on Florida Panthers tickets this season, they shelled out more than $184 million (in U.S. dollars) to see the Toronto Maple Leafs play.Most of the differences are based on discrepancies in ticket prices rather than attendance. The NHL is a terrific live-spectator experience — I say this as someone who spends way too much on Rangers tickets — and most NHL teams can sell out their arenas if they charge the right price. But the right price varies. Whereas the average ticket cost $236 in Toronto, it was $74 in Tampa.The relationship is even clearer if we chart the data:You’ll notice that there are some diminishing returns to having more fans in your area.3I’ve used a logarithmic curve to fit the data, which tracks it more closely than a linear fit. Perhaps this is because there are only so many good seats available for each game or because larger markets like Toronto and New York have more non-hockey substitutes for the fan’s entertainment dollar.Still, the correlation is clear, and very strong. The size of the fan base, based on Google searches, accounts for 81 percent of the differences in ticket sales.4The 81 percent figure reflects the coefficient of determination of the regression line.You could undoubtedly do a bit better still by accounting for other factors, like how well the team has played recently. The on-ice success of the Chicago Blackhawks may explain why they do so well at the box office, for instance.But there aren’t a lot of exceptions, and there aren’t a lot of favorable precedents for a hockey team in Las Vegas. The Nashville Predators are a comparative success story — they’re a very good team that’s made some inroads in a highly non-traditional hockey market. And yet, while the Preds are usually selling out their rink, fans are paying comparatively little for tickets. So Nashville ranked just 24th in NHL ticket spending this year, and the Predators have barely been breaking even financially.Several other teams in non-traditional hockey markets — the Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers, for instance — are losing money. And most of them play in metro areas with considerably larger populations than Las Vegas.When should you be skeptical of Google Trends data? Sometimes ambiguities of language can cause problems. (Do you mean Kenny Rogers the singer or Kenny Rogers the pitcher?) And as the complexity of the analysis increases, so can the potential for error. It proved to be more difficult than Google expected to determine which searches predicted flu outbreaks, for example — although that was more an issue of flawed analysis than faulty data.In this case, though, Google is just stating the obvious: Putting an NHL team in a small market in the middle of the desert isn’t a good gamble. You may have doubts, as some readers did, about whether Google searches are a reliable way to predict that an NHL expansion team would struggle in Las Vegas. But it’s actually a pretty good way to forecast this kind of thing, and there’s another way to prove it:It turns out that there’s a strong relationship between Google searches and an NHL team’s bottom line. How often fans are Googling the term “NHL” in a metro area reliably predicts how much they’re spending on hockey tickets.In the chart below, I’ve estimated how much fans spent on tickets at each NHL arena during the past regular season. The process is simple: I just took total home attendance and multiplied it by the average ticket price.1The average ticket price is estimated based on a 50/50 blend of face-value and resale-market prices. For face-value prices, I used data from Team Marketing Report. For resale prices, I used data from TiqIQ, averaging prices from the start of the 2014-15 season and its most recent report in February. Then I compared ticket spending against the estimated number of NHL fans in each market based on Google search traffic.2The only new wrinkle: I subdivided fans between the New York Rangers, the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils based on the relative Google search volume for each team in the New York metro area. The Rangers are more popular than the other teams and capture more than half of New York’s hockey fan base. I did the same in the Los Angeles area; the LA Kings are more popular than the Anaheim Ducks.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dismissed claims by Jurgen Klopp that his team are showing “no sign of weakness” in the race for this season’s Premier League title.Liverpool remain the only unbeaten side in England’s top division this season and lead City by a point at the top of the table ahead of Friday’s trip to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux.A win for the Reds would see City lag them by four points by the time they kick-off against Crystal Palace on Saturday.Both clubs will conclude their busy festive schedule when they face off at the Etihad Stadium on January 3 and Guardiola, whose team have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last seven games, feels they’ve got a lot of improvements to make before that game.“Any team has strong points and weak points,” Guardiola said, according to Goal.“Of course, we have weaknesses and we are working on it. Of course we have. But that’s normal.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“These kinds of comments I put in the perspective that there must be [weaknesses].”Meanwhile, Guardiola has revealed the club will be without the pair of David Silva and Vincent Kompany when they face Crystal Palace on Saturday.“[Silva] started to train. He had the first steps but still he is not ready for tomorrow,” Guardiola said.“I don’t know if he will be ready for the Christmas period.”“Vincent is better but for tomorrow he is not able.”
October 23, 2018 Posted: October 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Another Del Mar cliff collapse renews calls to move train tracks Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – Another major cliff collapse happened in Del Mar, making it the fourth one in the last month.This is not only dangerous for the locals, it’s also potentially dangerous for the trains that run along the coastline.KUSI’s Dan Plante has the details. Dan Plante,