World Economic Forum: Croatia ranks 27th in the competitiveness of the tourism sector

first_imgFor more than a decade the World Economic Forum (WEF) engages tourism industry leaders to deeply analyze the competitiveness of the tourism sector. This year’s report’s Competitiveness Index put Spain at the top of the list, followed by France, Germany, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland. The categories in which Croatia recorded the worst scores were “business environment” (123rd place), “human resources and the labor market” (103rd place), “prioritization of the travel and tourism sector” (57th place) and “price competitiveness” ( 97th place). The full WEF report “The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report” can be found HERE. Ratings by country Overall ranking Source: World Economic Forum On the other hand, Croatia deviated from the European average in the categories of “security” (35th place), “health and hygiene” (22nd place), “readiness for information and communication technologies” (54th place), “openness to foreigners”. “(27th place),” environmental sustainability “(14th place),” air transport infrastructure “(44th place),” road, rail and sea transport infrastructure “(47th place),” tourism services infrastructure “(5 . place), “natural resources” (20th place) and “cultural resources and business travel” (32nd place). This year, Croatia found its place in the 27th position of the overall standings, which is a shift of 5 places from the 32nd position in which it found itself in the 2017 report. In this place, Croatia is 17,6 percent more successful in the competitiveness of the tourism sector than the world average, or 5,9 percent more than the regional (southern Europe). The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report, which is published every other year, indexes the competitiveness of the travel and tourism sector of 140 economies and measures a set of factors and policies that enable sustainable development of the sector, which in turn contributes to the country’s competitiveness. Grades by categorieslast_img read more

The Government of the Republic of Croatia presented three phases of easing measures, find out what and when everything opens

first_imgAt the 226th session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the Proposed Conclusion of Fr. measures to launch economic and other activities and activities in the conditions of the declared epidemic of COVID-19 disease. Taking into account the current epidemiological situation, in order to initiate economic and other activities and activities with regard to the restrictions introduced following the declared epidemic of COVID19, it is necessary to undertake the following: Enabling the work of all business entities that perform the activity of trade, except those that operate within the shopping centerEnabling the continuation of work for all business entities that perform service activities, except those in which close contact is established with clients, while respecting measures of physical distance (for example, shoemaker, tailor, making keys, travel agency offices, photo studio)Introduction of public urban and suburban transport lines and high-speed lines for islands not connected by ferry lineEnabling the operation of libraries, museums, galleries, antique shops and bookstores Providing training for athletes I. and II. categories in individual sports and senior sports teams that perform in the highest level of competitionEnabling the implementation of the state professional exam for priority groups of students  All activities and activities from Phases 1, 2 and 3 can take place only in compliance with all epidemiological measures. Allow gatherings of up to 10 people in one place, while respecting physical distance measuresEnabling the operation of shopping centers, while respecting special epidemiological measuresEnabling the work of preschool institutions and classroom teaching from 1st to 4th grade and special classrooms and work with children with disabilities who have a teaching assistantFacilitating laboratory, artistic and clinical exercises and practical work in small groups in higher educationIntroduction of inter-county transport lines and domestic air transport linesEnabling the operation of catering facilities exclusively on outdoor areas and terracesEnabling the operation of catering facilities in accommodation facilities only for users of accommodation servicesEnabling the operation of national parks and nature parksExpanding the possibilities for issuing e-passes Phase 3 begins on May 11th The measures will be relaxed in three phases: HORIZONTAL MEASURES Phase 1 starts on Monday 27.4. Enabling the operation of the public health system in full, with exceptions in accordance with the measures of the Ministry of HealthEnabling the private health system to operate in full, while respecting special epidemiological measuresEnabling the work of all business entities that perform service activities in which close contact is established with clients, while respecting special epidemiological measures (for example, hairdressers, beauticians, barbers, pedicurists) Phase 2 begins on May 04th Continuation of adherence to all measures of physical distance, the highest standard of hygiene and disinfection of the premisesContinue to comply with the obligation of employers to ensure working conditions in accordance with epidemiological measures and to enable work from home where possible, organize remote meetings and prohibit the arrival at work of workers with body temperature and respiratory syndromesContinuation of the ban on holding public events and large gatheringsMake recommendations and instructions for the use of face masks, protective and medical masksDevelop recommendations and guidelines for the elderly, people with chronic non-communicable diseases and other people with an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 diseaseMake recommendations and instructions on the number and retention of people indoors according to the square footage of the facilityDevelop recommendations and instructions for two-shift work in storesMake recommendations and instructions for carrying out agricultural activitiesDevelop recommendations and instructions for holding the state matura from June 8 to 29, 2020.Make recommendations and instructions for holding religious gatherings from May 2, 2020.  The General Staff of Civil Protection of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Institute of Public Health will prepare all recommendations and instructions, both for hotels and catering facilities, as well as for all other economic branches.last_img read more

Number of underfunded Dutch schemes drops to 42

first_imgHowever, underfunded pension funds – with a coverage of up to the minimum required level of 104.2% – represented most active participants.More than 20 schemes, with 3.2m employees, 1.9m pensioners and 4.1m deferred members combined, had a funding ratio of between 100% and 104.2%.If a pension fund’s coverage ratio is still short of the required minimum of 104.2% at the end of 2019 or 2020 – depending on the moment their shortfall started – they must make cuts to pensioner benefits.At end-June, the funding level of four of the five largest pension funds in the Netherlands was short of the minimum level.Europe’s largest pension fund, the €414bn civil service scheme ABP, had a funding ratio of 103.9%, according to DNB.The €203bn healthcare scheme PFZW’s ratio was 100.6%; PMT, the €72bn sector scheme for metalworking and mechanical engineering was 101.9% funded; while PME, the €47bn pension fund for the metal and electro-technical engineering industry had a funding ratio of 101.4%.With a coverage ratio of 117.7%, building industry pension scheme BpfBouw was in the best financial shape of the five largest schemes in the Netherlands.Multi-sector pension fund PGB closed the second quarter with a coverage ratio of 108.5%.Funding at the large company schemes of ING, Shell, ABN Amro and Rabobank stood at 143.2%, 129.5%, 130% and 118.3%, respectively, at June-end. The number of Dutch pension funds with a funding shortfall has decreased from 63 to 42 during the past nine months, according to regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).Its statistics revealed that at the end of June the average coverage ratio of a sample of 130 schemes exceeded 110%.Under the Netherlands’ financial assessment framework (FTK), at this level schemes can start granting partial inflation compensation.The schemes in DNB’s sample had 1.4m active participants, 1.1m pensioners and 3m deferred members.last_img read more

Massive cleanup drive ‘Limpyo Iloilo’ kicks off today

first_imgTherewill be a province-wide simultaneous clean-up at 4 p.m. after a 3 p.m. programfollowing the caravan. Joiningtoday’s kick off are 43 towns, national government agencies, the academe (public and private elementary, secondary and tertiary schools), and thebusiness sector. Through“Limpyo Iloilo” he wanted the province to have a “clean province identity.” ILOILO – The massive province-wide cleanup drive“Limpyo Iloilo” starts today with a 2 p.m. caravan from the provincial capitolto the national comprehensive high school in the municipality of Santa Barbara. Theactivity will emphasize solid waste management to reduce littering, throwingand illegal dumping of wastes along plazas, waterways and other public places. Other“Limpyo” partners come from nongovernment organizations, the religious sector,people’s organizations, youth organizations, and cooperatives.center_img PENRO urged participants to conduct a“waste audit” after every cleanup and submit a report. (With a report from Louine Hope Conserva, Capitol news/PN) “LimpyoIloilo aims to achieve a clean province for health, tourism and progress, andpromote the culture and character of cleanliness, and spirit of volunteerismamong Ilonggos,” said Defensor. “Letus make cleaning a daily habit,” said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. TheProvincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) spearheads thiscampaign which will be done every third Saturday of each month in line with Provincial Ordinance No. 2018-184, Series of 2019 (“An ordinancerequiring all local government units in coastal areas of the province of Iloiloto conduct a community-based coastal clean-up activity once a month”).last_img read more

Lady Pirate Indoor Track Results

first_imgA handful of Lady Pirate track athletes competed at two different indoor locations over the weekend. Lily Grimes was the only Greensburg girl to travel to UIndy for the Whiteland HSR Qualifier on Friday night. She placed 3rd in shot with an indoor PR of 39’5.5″. She is currently ranked 2nd among all the small school throwers in the state of Indiana and will be competing at the Hoosier State Relays on Saturday March 24.On Saturday morning a small group of Lady Pirates traveled to Purdue University to compete in the McCutcheon HSR Qualifier. The day started with freshman Elizabeth Pavy placing 25th in the 55m dash out of 55 girls with a time of 8.26. Freshman Shannon Pake tied for 7th in High Jump with a 4’6 clearance. Cami Jones, Cathy Newhart, Julia Ankney, and Brenner Hanna of the 3200m Relay team placed 3rd with 10:36.84. A similar group of Newhart, Pavy, Jones, and Hanna also did well in the 4000 Distance Medley Relay by placing 3rd in 13:38.32.Another small group of track athletes will be traveling to DePauw this Friday to try to improve on their marks and qualify for HSR. Updated small school rankings can be found at  Courtesy of Pirates Coach Katina Tekulve.last_img read more

St. Nicholas 4th-grade wins inaugural Mini Soap Box Derby

first_imgSunman, IN—The Indy 500  Festival in partnership with the Indianapolis Soap Box Derby, announce the top finishers from the inaugural Mini Soap Box Derby Race.In the first year of partnership, the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis Soap Box Derby invited participating fourth-grade classrooms in the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program, to partake in the first-ever Mini Soap Box Derby Race. Each class assembled and raced 1:13 scale-models of Soap Box Derby race cars. There were 43 classrooms that competed in the momentous race on May 11, 2019.The first place mini-car in the competition was from Mrs. Schwering’s 4th-grade class at St. Nicholas School in Sunman, Indiana.last_img read more

Ranieri Urges Leicester to Raise Game

first_imgThe Foxes have won just twice in eight Premier League games and slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday leaving them just two points above the relegation places.Hardly the ideal preparation for tonight’s Champions League Group G game with second-placed FC Copenhagen even if the English side top the table having won their first two games in the competition.“Sometimes you can play well and sometimes not so well. Like at Manchester United, the first half at Chelsea was no good but in the second half we played very well,” said Ranieri at the eve of match press conference.“They fight and last season we were more compact but now everyone knows about us.“Now we are in the balance, in the middle, and not as good as last season but it’s normal for a team like Leicester.”Ranieri, who in the immediate aftermath of the Chelsea defeat accused his players of being sloppy defensively, said it was understandable that the team hadn’t clicked immediately as there had been a fresh influx of players.“We want to improve but it’s normal when we start the season to have something to work on because new players have come and everything is new,” said Ranieri.“I think we can fight in every match. Now our training sessions are Premier League and Champions League. We are getting better and have to be solid and strong and don’t make any pressure about relegation.”Foxes Danish international goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel concurred with Ranieri there was no need to push the panic button immediately.“We’ve had to look at ourselves in the mirror and get back on it. It’s a massive test tomorrow,” said Schmeichel.“It’s not a time to worry or panic. We come good in the middle of a season and really good towards the end.“I remember playing Tuesday nights in the Championship. We’ve come a long way and it’s important to remember that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says he is not worried by the English champions poor domestic run and had every confidence they would rediscover their winning ways.The 64-year-old Italian added the manner in which the team was showing fighting qualities satisfied him they would turn the corner sooner or later.last_img read more

Keck creates new center for ear-centered research

first_imgThe new USC Sound Professional and Vocal Performer Center in USC Keck School of Medicine opens at the end of the year and will cover care for “elite listeners,” as it works to use information for ear research.The center will offer specialized help involving the ears, nose and throat. While the clinic can assist anyone, it is catered to those who use their voice and hearing for their professional lives, including individuals working in sound production, professionals in the entertainment industry and politicians.“They use their ears, their hearing, for what they do everyday,” said John Oghalai, the otolaryngology department chair. “We [also] have a lot of singers, and people that use their throats for their instruments too, and they often are having a lot of more complex voice issues than regular users.”Normal hearing tests do not always pick up subtle issues, Oghalai said. The new center hopes to provide opportunities for advanced testing to help people with more specific issues.In addition to service, the clinic will also focus on research. When an individual chooses to have an appointment, they volunteer for a multi-disciplinary, three to four hour visit aimed to help the evaluation center improve its services. For one of the hearing tests, the ear creates an “echo” of the noise that can be recorded with a sensitive microphone, according to professor of otolaryngology Carolina Abdala. “We have created a test to use the information [from the echos] to tell how healthy the ear is,” Abdala said. “It might be able to discover pathologies that are so nuanced that audiogram, a basic hearing test, misses.”This test, Abdala adds, could then help with future intervention or technology like hearing aids.last_img read more

Women’s basketball falls to Cal for second straight conference loss

first_imgSenior guard and team captain Mariya Moore drives to the basket against Fresno State. (Josh Dunst / Daily Trojan)Two Pac-12 teams battled for their first conference win on Sunday night at Haas Pavilion when No. 18 Cal defeated USC 66-59.The Trojans, holding a 10-4 overall record and 0-3 conference record, left with two straight losses in Pac-12 play at Stanford and at home against crosstown rival UCLA. The Bruins also defeated Cal in an overtime contest on Jan. 4. With this defeat in the books, the Women of Troy have also lost five straight games against Cal.The Golden Bears pushed to an early lead with 3-pointers from guards freshman McKenzie Forbes, sophomore Kianna Smith and graduate student Receé Caldwell. Senior center Kristine Anigwe, the leading rebounder in the nation, controlled the battle down low against junior forward Kayla Overbeck, forcing her to the bench with two early fouls.  Senior guard Mariya Moore led all scorers in the first quarter with 10 points, including a last-second 3-point shot from near half-court that trimmed Cal’s lead to 18-15. Moore, an All-American at Louisville before transferring to USC two seasons ago, tied the game 18-18 at the beginning of the second quarter after an and-one layup in transition with an assist from younger sister junior guard Minyon Moore. Junior center CJ West, junior forward Jaelyn Brown and Anigwe all dominated the low post for Cal, each scoring and contributing an offensive rebound. Mariya Moore continued to shoot well from the perimeter, keeping USC within one possession with under five minutes remaining. Redshirt freshman guard Shalexxus Aaron got on the board in the second quarter with a corner three.Cal led the rebounding battle 19-11 at halftime, prompting USC head coach Mark Trakh to emphasize rebounding in a timeout halfway through the second quarter. Mariya Moore tied the game 29-29 with a near-half court 3-pointer to barely beat the shot clock with two minutes left in the half. But Cal finished the half on a 7-0 run that featured threes from Forbes and senior guard Asha Thomas, extending the lead to 36-29 at halftime.  Mariya Moore led all scorers with 18 points — the most the Bears have allowed to one player in a half this season. The Bears doubled their lead in the first four minutes of the third quarter, forcing a USC timeout during a 15-4 run. Anigwe added another 8 points and five rebounds to her total.Freshman forward Jillian Archer got on the board for the Trojans in the third quarter, and Mariya Moore hit two more threes to reach her season-high 24 points before the end of the frame.  “I really didn’t know how many threes I had until after the game when the coach told me,” Mariya Moore said. “I’d rather have not scored if it means we won the game.”  Cal’s 15-point lead was cutdown to 11 as Moore hit her seventh 3-pointer of the afternoon. Minyon Moore brought it to 7 points with a scoop layup, contributing to a 10-2 run for the Women of Troy to start the fourth quarter.Anigwe fouled out with five minutes left in the game, finishing as Cal’s leading scorer with 21 points and 16 rebounds. The teams traded baskets as the game winded down. Mariya Moore converted two and-one layups in the last two minutes for the Trojans for a career-high 36 points, taking the deficit down to 4 points. However, with 27 seconds remaining, the Trojans were forced to foul and couldn’t secure the comeback. In 38 minutes of action, Mariya Moore finished with 36 points, five rebounds and five assists, finishing 7-14 from beyond the arc. “[Mariya] did a great job,” Minyon Moore said. “I’m sad we didn’t get the win with her career high. [But] I’m super prJosh Dunst / Daily Trojanoud of her that she got back to her groove coming from Louisville. She looked how she’s always looked our whole lives.”Even with an encouraging performance from Mariya Moore, the loss sticks out for the program. No other player scored more than 6 points, and USC trailed by as many as 18 points in the third quarter. The Women of Troy dug themselves a hole too deep to climb out of.“If we can just fix the third quarters we can go up against anybody,” Mariya Moore said. “We’re going to continue to fight.”The Women of Troy will return home to face Oregon at the Galen Center on Jan. 11.last_img read more

Kings hire former WNBA star Lindsey Harding as assistant coach

first_imgWomen are continuing to break into the NBA’s coaching ranks.The Kings are hiring former Duke and WNBA star Lindsey Harding as an assistant coach, the team announced Friday. She most recently worked as a player development coach for the 76ers in 2018-19. The Kings also announced the addition of former UNLV and NBA player Stacey Augmon and former Warriors assistant Rico Hines.Harding is just the latest addition to a growing list of women climbing the NBA coaching ladder. It includes Boston’s Kara Lawson, San Antonio’s Becky Hammon, Dallas’ Jenny Boucek, Cleveland’s Lindsay Gottlieb and others. Related News James Harden won’t play for Team USA at FIBA World Cup Kevin Durant injury update: Nets superstar shares recovery photos on Instagramcenter_img Sacramento has made some big changes in its leadership this year, as it hired Luke Walton as its new head coach in April after firing Dave Joerger.Walton had only good things to say about the Kings’ acquisition of Harding. “Lindsey is a rising star and I’m so excited to have her join our incredibly experienced team of coaches,” Walton said. “Her basketball IQ and proven success on the court will be a valuable addition to our growing team.”The Kings were better than many expected them to be in 2018-19 and finished ninth in the Western Conference with 39 wins. They tallied just 27 wins in 2017-18. Sacramento’s new staff will have its hands full next season though, as their division rivals the Lakers and Clippers have added stars this offseason. They’ll still have to worry about the Warriors and Rockets as well.last_img read more