November 18

Zagorje got its tourist card – Zagorje Card

first_imgFrom February this year, Zagorje also received its tourist card – Zagorje Card, thanks to the Tourist Board of Krapina-Zagorje County.The tourist card is used to increase tourist spending and the sale of experiences and content throughout the county. Tourist card Zagorje Card is free, lasts five days from the day it is picked up, and offers a 10% discount on services in three categories: culture, gastronomy and spa, ie SPA offer.The idea for the Zagorje Card came about last year, and after half a year of preparation in February this year, Zagorje also received its tourist card, which in a short time proved to be a complete success, according to the Krapina-Zagorje County Tourist Board. “We currently have 25 stakeholders, but day by day there are new business tourism entities that want to get involved, which makes us very happy. We initially printed 5.000 cards, but as the response is better than expected, they will have to print new cards, which is great news. “Points out Martina Belina from the Krapina-Zagorje County Tourist Board and adds that the cards are printed in five different variants and motifs, and each card comes with a brochure listing all the stakeholders and their locations, so that tourists can better cope and inform about benefits offered by Zagorje Card.Great news for all tourism workers and tourists, both domestic and foreign, because most importantly, the whole story works great, ie there is demand, and therefore consumption. Rounded cycles and win-win to everyone’s satisfaction.Enjoy sightseeing of Zagorje museums and castles, traditional Zagorje cuisine or spend a day in one of our water parks with thermal water – the message is the Tourist Board of Krapina-Zagorje CountyZagorje card tourist card can be found in all tourist boards, information centers and hotels in the county, and a list of all stakeholders can be found HERE. Also, the Tourist Board of Krapina-Zagorje County invites all tourist entities to contact them if you want to join this great tourist story.  read more

October 19

Bali’s Denpasar to impose COVID-19 restrictions that keep businesses running

first_imgSince last month, the city administration has required all traditional markets, grocery stores, shopping centers and all businesses to run only until 9 p.m. at the latest. Authorities have conducted inspections to monitor compliance with the policy.”Without the PKM we could so far only urge people [to obey], but without sanctions. Now [under the PKM], we are able to sanction those who ignore the measures,” Dewa said, adding that the sanctions varied starting from only a reprimand to the withdrawal of operation permits.While the restrictions are in place, restaurants have been urged to maximize takeouts. “They should reduce the seat capacity to implement physical distancing. So, we urge them to prioritize takeaway,” he said.Students and civil servants will continue to study and work from home. Citizens are required to wear masks while going outside. Authorities previously would give free masks to those found not wearing one while out in public. However, Dewa said, under the PKM, the violators would just be told to return home.Denpasar will also tighten supervision at the city’s entry points and only allow outsiders to enter the area for important reasons. Authorities are set to conduct random COVID-19 rapid tests in the borders.Read also: Bali puts entire village on lockdown after hundreds tested in Bangli regency”Those who seek to enter the city for unnecessary reasons will be denied entry to Denpasar,” Dewa said.The city administration decided to implement the PKM after they found out that many COVID-19 cases in Denpasar involved those who had returned to the city from outside. For instance, Dewa said, a family was infected after the father had come back to the city from their hometown in Buleleng in North Bali.”We hope Denpasar residents understand that the PKM should be implemented to protect all people,” he said. “The faster we can address [the pandemic], the faster we can live normally.”Bali Governor Wayan Koster has warmly welcomed Denpasar Mayor Ida Bagus Rai Mantra’s plan to implement the restrictions. He suggested that all regencies across the resort island, especially those with surging numbers of coronavirus cases, follow suit.As of Wednesday afternoon, Bali has confirmed 332 COVID-19 cases and four fatalities linked to the disease. Out of the total number of infections, 126 are local transmissions while the majority are still imported cases.In Denpasar alone, health authorities have recorded 62 coronavirus cases with two fatalities. At last 47 people have recovered from the disease, while 13 are under treatment at hospitals.Topics : The city administration opted to impose community activity restrictions rather than the generally favored large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as they wanted to keep the local economy running, said Dewa Gede Rai, the spokesperson of Denpasar’s COVID-19 task force.“Under the PKM, people don’t have to close their businesses. All economic activity keeps running with several conditions imposed,” Dewa told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.The new policy allows all businesses, including warung (sidewalk shops), restaurants, malls, traditional markets and grocery stores, to keep operating and other social activities to keep running normally. However, Dewa said, all of them should strictly implement health protocols and comply with the limited operating hours.Read also: Bali relies on local customs in facing COVID-19 outbreak: Governor Denpasar city on the resort island of Bali is set to impose its own kind of mobility restrictions starting Friday in an effort to clamp down on the transmission of the coronavirus.The curbs, officially called restrictions of community activities (PKM), aim to limit people’s daily activities, make masks mandatory in public, tighten security at all of the city’s entry points and enforce a policy of physical distancing.Though most of the measures have been in place over the past two months, the new restrictions will officially be stipulated in a Denpasar mayoral regulation and coupled with sanctions.last_img read more

September 29

UK DC alternatives exposure jumps by one-third in two years

first_imgThe proportion of UK pensions assets in defined contribution (DC) plans invested in alternatives such as property and commodities has grown significantly over the last two years, while exposure to developed equities has fallen, according to a report on the sector.In its latest six-monthly FTSE DC report, asset manager Schroders said the pension schemes of companies in the FTSE 100 index had lifted their exposure to alternatives to 12% by March this year, up from 8% in March 2013.Meanwhile FTSE 250 schemes had raised their allocation to the asset type to 9% from 5% over the same period, the study showed.Exposure to developed equities, on the other hand, had fallen over the past 24 months, with FTSE 350 schemes’ exposure to these assets falling to 71% in March 2015 from 79% in March 2013. This exposure consisted of 29% UK equities and 42% global equities, Schroders said.Schemes of FTSE 100 companies had cut their allocation to UK equities markedly in the last six months alone, bringing it down to 25% from 29%, with total developed equity allocations down to 69% from 72%.The survey threw light on shift towards fixed income that had been occurring over the last 12 months, Schroders said.Among FTSE 350 schemes, fixed income allocations had doubled to 14% from 7% over the period, with the bulk of this growth having taken place over the last six months.Almost a third of schemes in the survey now had a fixed income allocation of at least 20%, whereas a year ago, this had only been true for 3% of schemes, Schroders said.Stephen Bowles, head of UK institutional defined contribution at Schroders, said he welcomed the growing diversification of DC pension scheme investment, noting that auto-enrolment had boosted pension scheme membership.“This means an appropriate truly diversified defined contribution default strategy is more critical than ever before,” he said.More than 5.2m people in the UK now had access to company pension schemes through auto-enrolment, with 4.5m of those belonging DC schemes, the firm said.last_img read more

September 26

Over thirty persons participate in National Petroleum Lubrication Workshop

first_img Share 76 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Over thirty persons participate in National Petroleum Lubrication Workshop by: – August 5, 2011 Mr. Heskeith Brumant handing over certificate to one of the graduates.Over thirty (30) persons who participated in a National Petroleum Lubrication Workshop are being advised to exercise prudence when purchasing brand oils and lubricants.The participants were presented with certificates following the one-day workshop which was held at the Garraway Hotel on Thursday.The workshop aimed to provide the participants with knowledge on lubricants and their technology, information on applications for lubricants and safety guidelines on lubrication storage and handling.Facilitator of the workshop, Dwayne Bryan of Trinidad and Tobago National Petroleum, said that the workshop covered a number of pertinent information on lubrication fundamentals.“It is basically to introduce the participants on the new ultra line of lubricants. We covered areas like the health and safety aspect, general guidelines on what to do and what not to do and best practices on lubrication. The participants shared their views on what goes on in their companies which allowed us to interact with each other to see how best we can move forward with the whole aspect of lubricating equipment”, Bryan said.Dominica National Petroleum is hoping to conduct these trainings on a quarterly basis.According to Bryan, “this is just the first step, we’re hoping to implement it again and this time, to get the mechanics involved. They will see that just not international brands such as Castrol and Shell are in the game but there are other good quality lubricants.”Bryan is advising the participants to be careful when choosing types of lubricants, since brand does not necessarily guarantee quality.“Always compare products…always take a look at data and specifications and not just go and buy brand name or anything you see on the shelf. Always compare products and make your choice based on that,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

September 25

NFA assures Capiz farmers of adequate ‘palay’ buying fund

first_img“Should farmers need to dry their palay to meet the 14 percent moisturecontent required by the food agency, they can use the NFA’s mechanical dryerfor a very minimal fee,” Jumagbas said. This warehouse of the National Food Authority in Barangay Bolo, Roxas City procures a total of 1,215 bags of clean and dry palay from two individual farmers and three farmer cooperatives last Sept. 13, 2019. NFA VIA PIA NFA-Capiz officer-in-charge HerrielleJumagbas said they have adequate fund to buy the palay produce of local farmers. “We will accommodate the palay harvest of our farmers as we donot have a limit as to the number of bags for the province to procure,” shesaid. Jumagbas even urged the farmers to selltheir produce to the NFA especially with the very low buying price of privatetraders. She also said that they can deploy amobile procurement team in the municipalities if there is a request for it.center_img Starting Sept. 13 this year, NFA ispurchasing clean and dry palay atP19.00 per kilogram sans additional incentive such as drying, delivery andcooperative incentive fees. ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The National FoodAuthority (NFA) assured farmers that it has sufficient fund for palay procurement. She said that their warehouses in BarangayBolo in this city as well as in Santa Cruz in Dumalag town and in Mangoso inSigma are open to buy the palayproduce of farmers. Record from NFA Capiz showedthat it has already procured a total of 47,228 bags of clean and dry palay from Jan. 1 to Sept. 13.  (With areport from PIA/PN)last_img read more

September 24

Lady Bulldogs Win Against Lady Wildcats In Volleyball

first_imgIt was an up and down night for volleyball at the dog pound with close sets and blow outs in the same matches at all levels.In the Varsity match the lady dogs followed the pattern of the night, coming out cold and hitting -.083 with 10 errors on 36 swings. Things settled down after dropping the first set, but we still had our share of peaks and valleys. We ran some plays that looked like a college team running quicks, and others we just looked flat and on our heals. Varsity takes out wildcats in the end 20-25, 25-18, 25-12, 15-19.Batesville vs FC Varsity VB (9-30)In the JV match our players really struggled to find the court offensively at the start of the first set, committing way more hitting errors and keeping the game close. The second set was more consistent and fundamental volleyball. Dogs win 25-24, 25-17.Batesville vs. FC- JV VB (9-30)Freshman could not find a rhythm agains the younger wildcat team as the Lady Dogs lose 25-22, 12-25, 15-13.The Bulldogs can take some time to regroup as the varsity team will play on Saturday at the Richmond Invitational. First match of pool play will be against Guerin Catholic @ 9 AM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

September 24

Several in Indiana District 6 support Congressional term limits

first_imgWashington D.C. — U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national movement to limit terms for elected officials, today praised Indiana U.S. House CD-6 candidate, Stephen MacKenzie, for signing its congressional term limits pledge. Previously, candidate Jonathan Lamb pledged his commitment to term limits. The CD-6 House seat will be vacated by current U.S. Congress Member Luke Messer who has not only signed the term limits pledge but has also cosponsored HJR-6 HJR-6 to propose an amendment for congressional term limits through the U.S. Congress. Rep. Messer is not seeking reelection to the House in order to run for Indiana’s U.S. Senate race.In November 2017, U.S. Term Limits had more than 50 pledge signers in Congress. USTL President Philip Blumel commented on the pledges saying, “Stephen’s and Jonathan’s support for term limits shows that there are individuals who are willing to put self-interest aside to follow the will of the people. America needs a Congress that will be served by citizen legislators, not career politicians.”The U.S. Term Limits Amendment Pledge is provided to every announced candidate for federal office. It reads, “I pledge that as a member of Congress I will co-sponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits Amendment of three (3) House terms and two (2) Senate terms and no longer limit.” The U.S. Term Limits Constitutional Amendment has been introduced in both the U.S. Senate by Texas Senator Ted Cruz (SJR2) and the House of Representatives by Florida Representative Ron DeSantis (HJR6).Blumel noted, “We have seen a dramatic increase in those wanting term limits on Congress. More than 82% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve that goal is through congressional term limits. MacKenzie and Lamb know this and are willing to work to make sure we reach our goal.”According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, conducted in January 2018, term limits enjoys wide bipartisan support. McLaughlin’s analysis states, “Support for term limits is broad and strong across all political, geographic and demographic groups.  An overwhelming 82% of voters approve of a Constitutional Amendment that will place term limits on members of Congress.”Blumel concluded, “America is in trouble. Our career politicians have let the people down. It is time to return control of our nation to the people. It is time for a constitutional amendment limiting congressional terms.”The term limits amendment bills would require a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, and ratification by 38 states, in order to become part of the U.S. Constitution.Here is a link to HJR-6.Here is a link to the pledge signed by Jonathon Lamb.Here is a link to the pledge signed by Stephen MacKenzie.Here is a link to the pledge signed by Luke Messer.last_img read more

September 23

California driver strikes gold on Super Saturday at Boone

first_imgFeature Results  Johnathon Logue also won for the second time this season at Boone after taking the lead 13 laps into the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Fourth place paid off for Dusty Masolini, winner of the $750 mystery position drawing.  Cody Laney’s Super Saturday IMCA Modified feature win at Boone Speedway paid $1,000 and put the visitor from California on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Laney led all 20 laps and won going away, earning a spot on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot. Another Californian, Ethan Dotson, drove his ride from sixth to finish second in the Watermelon Classic headliner. BOONE, Iowa (Aug. 3) – Californian Cody Laney collected the IMCA Modified checkers and $1,000 at Boone Speedway’s Super Saturday show, which drew 160 entries in all. Hobby Stocks – 1. Shaun Wirtz; 2. Bryant Johnson; 3. James Johnson; 4. Eric Knutson; 5. Matt McDonald; 6. Aaron Rudolph; 7. John Watson; 8. Daniel Ayers; 9. Seth Butler; 10. Shane Butler; 11. John Ades; 12. Jamie Coady; 13. Curt Reed; 14. Jeremiah Andrews; 15. Cody Reed; 16. Adam Tiernan; 17. William Klosterman; 18. Jack Phillips; 19.  Braden Richards; 20. Daniel Smith; 21. Miciah Hidlebaugh; 22. Jared Myers; 23. Shane Palmer; 24. Mike Smith.  Brandon Pruitt took advantage of his outside front row starting position, grabbed the lead immedi­ately and held off some heavy competition in leading all of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.  Northern SportMods – 1. Johnathon Logue; 2. Gary Pestotnik; 3. Jake McBirnie; 4. Dusty Maso­lini; 5. Dustin Lynch; 6. David Schwartz; 7. Tyler Inman; 8. Tommy Hensley; 9. Brian Schrage; 10. Jake Elmquist; 11. Tyler Watts; 12. Brandon Patava; 13. Robert Moore; 14. Blair Simmons; 15. Bryan Johnson; 16. Danny Fye; 17. Daniel Hagen; 18. Bryan Morris; 19. Brandon Coffman; 20. Mitchell Morris; 21. Ronnie Hults; 22. Colton Nelson; 23. Curtis Veber; 24. Michael Parcel.center_img Ricky Thornton was the $1,000 TiLUBE Challenge winner earlier in the evening while Richie Gustin pocketed $500 for taking the Second Chance Showdown.  Shaun Wirtz caught Bryant Johnson using the top of the track and led the last 10 circuits to top the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main. The victory was the second of the season for Wirtz, who bounced back in a big way after rolling his car last week. Thor Anderson ran at the front of the field all race and finished third, fourth went to Randy Havlik, and Jeff Aikey finished fifth.  Stock Cars – 1. Brandon Pruitt; 2. David Smith; 3. Jeff Mueller; 4. Robert Stofer; 5. Bryan Snell; 6. Donavon Smith; 7. Scott Davis; 8. Josh Daniels; 9. Mitch Dowhower; 10. Jay Schmidt; 11. Rod Richards; 12. Justin Nehring; 13. Wayne Gifford; 14. Mathew West; 15. Andrew Borchardt; 16. Brock Badger; 17. Chris Pruitt; 18. Kyle Rose; 19. Tyler Pickett; 20. Gary Bass; 21. Troy Jerovetz; 22. Aaron Benz; 23. Cody Gustoff; 24. Andrew Burg.  By Joyce Eisele Modifieds – 1. Cody Laney; 2. Ethan Dotson; 3. Thor Anderson; 4. Randy Havlik; 5. Jeff Aikey; 6. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 7. Jimmy Gustin; 8. Jon Snyder; 9. Kelly Shryock; 10. Tim Ward; 11. Brock Bauman; 12. Richie Gustin; 13. Cory Sauerman; 14. Tony Cox; 15. Brandon Williams; 16. Cody Bauman; 17. Ben Wilson; 18. Taylor Musselman; 19. Kollin Hibdon; 20. Clint Wendel; 21. Al Wolfgram; 22. Tony Hilgenberg; 23. Anthony Hofbauer; 24. Brandon Leeman.last_img read more

September 17

Get back: JoJo Marasco conquers pressure; looks to get Syracuse back to where it once belonged

first_img Published on May 9, 2013 at 12:21 am Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Related Stories Get back: Brian Megill leads dominant Syracuse defense as SU searches for 1st title since 2009 JoJo Marasco is free now — mostly.The hate mail has dried up, the distractions are managed and his attitude leads rather than frustrates. The senior knows he wears the same No. 22 donned by former Syracuse greats. Expectations remain, but he’s accepted them. He likes it that way.He also knows that he hasn’t always lived up to those expectations, until now.“I’m having a lot of fun,” Marasco said. “Things are really clicking this year.”Maybe the expectations weren’t fair. But when Marasco came to Syracuse, the Orange needed him. SU lacked his flair, his willingness to try shots, dodges and passes that produced either brilliance or reaming from head coach John Desko.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRegardless, he impressed his national champion teammates immediately.“The first week of practice as a freshman, I think everybody’s paying attention to see if he can ball or not,” former SU midfielder Jovan Miller said.Miller sent Marasco a Facebook message welcoming him to SU after watching the prospective attack score a highlight-reel goal in the Under Armour All-American game.“I think his first week of practice, after a few plays, we were like, ‘Yeah, he can ball,’” Miller said.Right away, Marasco started throwing behind-the-back passes and shots. Desko would yell. But it was that willingness to try what his teammates wouldn’t that made him special. Even as a freshman, Marasco was up for anything.That carried off of the field, too, where Marasco struggled to resist temptations to party before frustrated older teammates reined him in.“Being on the lacrosse team, you get a lot of publicity and you have a lot of friends and stuff,” Marasco said, “and it’s tough seeing all these guys constantly going out and going to the bars and hanging out, and you got to just kind of do your homework.”Chris Daniello, a senior captain during Marasco’s freshman year, knew Marasco from back home because he lived in the next town. Marasco grew up watching Daniello, and they eventually played together.Daniello knew Marasco wanted to be great. It’s why Marasco asked for the No. 22 jersey as a raw freshman. Daniello, who Marasco refers to as an older brother, spelled it out for him.“You can definitely get lost in the mix with the party scene and all that type of stuff,” Daniello said. “You got to remember what you’re there for and what you want to get out of your career.”So Marasco cut back, and his talent shined through. Just as he does now, he starred with the ball in his stick. It’s his toy, and he plays with it better than almost anyone.But he wasn’t done rubbing his teammates the wrong way. Miller recalls a practice after SU beat Army in 2011 — a game in which the sophomore Marasco had run out the clock, evading Army defenders until time expired. During practice, though, Miller overheard Marasco say to captain Joel White, “I’m the reason we won that game in the first place.”Miller assumed he misheard Marasco until attack Stephen Keogh recounted the same conversation.“There was one point where we were like, ‘JoJo, you need to relax because your ego’s getting out of control,’” Miller said.Today, Marasco’s a cool-headed captain. He’s the kind of player Desko compliments for making the right plays on the field, and saying the right things off of it.Even last year, though, he wasn’t all there yet. Top-heavy Syracuse had graduated a two-time national champion senior class. Always the most talented, Marasco became the best of what remained offensively. It was his attack to lead.But when Miller texted Marasco, asking how the team was progressing, he only got vague, uncertain responses: SU could be good. The Orange seemed OK. To Miller, it seemed like Marasco didn’t know.A 9-8 2012 season and a first-round NCAA tournament exit opened Marasco up to scathing criticism. He’d get hateful emails from angry fans. Marasco told his father, Richard Marasco. Both agreed it was his burden to bear.“Twenty-two comes with the baggage of expectations,” Richard Marasco said. “A lot of people in the lacrosse world were like, ‘Who’s this kid to come in and think he can take this number.’ That type of thing. Kind of legitimate questions.“And I guess some of the things could be a lot nastier than that. And, hey, it’s the truth. When you take that kind of responsibility on, people are looking for you and expecting you to perform.”So this season, Marasco helped rebuild the team’s chemistry. The senior class took an RV trip to Ohio, has played pick-up football at Manley Field House and regularly heads to Varsity or Chipotle for post-practice meals. Marasco even gives tips to the next generation of playmakers, like Kevin Rice.“You can tell it’s his senior year,” SU midfielder Scott Loy said, “it’s kind of his last go at it.”Marasco is at ease on the field now. He can no longer hide behind veterans. He’s done overplaying, forcing passes or dodging away from open teammates. Marasco insists he’s not a player the offense needs to be built around. This year, it’s simply flowed around him.During halftime of Saturday’s Big East championship, Marasco had no points and no assists. But SU had eight goals, and each time Marasco caught the ball, he looked perfectly calm, rotating passes through the offense that was well on its way to picking apart Villanova.Now, rest, nutrition and “taking care of your body” are the mantras by which Marasco lives. He’s as comfortable as he’s ever been in an Orange uniform. Still, he’s expected to deliver a national championship. The pressure of the jersey and its number is constant, but that’s what he asked for and who he is.“It’s been there the whole time,” Marasco said. “I struggled with that. … Some things maybe didn’t go my way a couple years, but other than that, it’s finally all coming together.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

September 16

The Final Word: Beat writers evaluate the lessons from Syracuse’s 74-50 win over Oakland

first_img Comments Published on November 20, 2017 at 11:21 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Two days after rolling Texas Southern, the Orange (4-0) suffocated Oakland’s (2-2) high-powered offense in a 74-50 win. The Orange played its “best game” of the season, Oshae Brissett said, and our beat writers break down what you can take away from Monday night’s performance.last_img