Most of the leading domestic chains have become involved in the portfolio branding process by increasing the total number of domestic brands in the market. This trend is in line with developments in the European market, but the motives for these processes are not yet entirely clear (for example, portfolio sales or regional expansion). The report showed that the Croatian hotel market is stagnating in the development of the offer mainly because the current market is favorable for the development of private accommodation (low taxes, regulatory environment), but also because of low incentives for hotel development, which is the key reason for dominance of domestic hotel chains – 9 percent of hotel companies generate 85 percent of total industry revenue. The annual global report of the consulting company Horwath HTL on hotel chains “European Chains & Hotels Report 2019” covers 22 European countries, including Croatia. Domestic chains as the main drivers of growth The hotel market still relies on the summer season Although Zagreb is on the rise (with three new internationally branded projects planned), the majority of projects are based on coastal areas (as much as 75 percent) and well-known destinations (Hvar, Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Porec). Key statistics for Croatia / Horwath HTL Domestic chains were active in the investment market where the largest hotel chains opened at least one new property in 2018. The top five hotel chains have opened eleven properties, or 2,5 new rooms on the market. Others were primarily based on the development of small hotels. In 2018, growth was recorded, however, with the risk of slowdown that occurs due to the recovery of the Mediterranean region, but also development strategies aimed at earning money without a significant increase in value-added supply, competitiveness begins to lose. On the other hand, pre- and postseason offers significant growth potential that can be captured by smart initiatives and management. In Zagreb, as the only continental destination on the rise, three new hotel chains were opened in 2018, and three are planned. Ranking by degrees and size / Horwath HTL High seasonality and the current level of business in Croatia (ranked 58th and 159th in terms of issuing building permits) remains a major obstacle for international investors, especially in terms of taking development and ownership risks. But there are still positive examples in the market that can boost investor confidence. Horwath’s report to 22 countries cites information that in 2018, there were a total of 146.600 hotels on the market, or over six million rooms. France had the most hotels within the hotel chain, as many as 3885, while Albania had the least branded hotels. Attachment: HORWATH HTL / European Chains & Hotels Report 2019 The report showed that the main potential is off-season offers. In Montenegro, great potential has been recognized due to the favorable conditions it offers to investors and the encouragement of a luxury tourist product. Greece is back in the top 15 world tourist destinations. In 2018, they opened 150 new luxury hotels, which contributed to the fact that one in five Greek hotels falls into the category of four or five stars. And, although on shaky ground over Brexit, the United Kingdom has invested almost € 4 billion in its hotel sector. Ratio of international and domestic brands / Horwath HTL New brands of domestic chains Ranking by destinations / Horwath HTL
By Richard MartinBARCELONA (Reuters) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected Brazilian club Santos’ case against Barcelona relating to the signing of Neymar in 2013, the Spanish club said in a statement on Tuesday.Santos had presented a claim to soccer’s world governing body FIFA in 2015 asking for 61,295,000 euros ($69.21 million) in compensation and damages after Barca made a payment to Neymar’s father and the family company N&N before signing the Brazil forward for an initial fee of 57 million euros.“The CAS found that the contract between Santos and Neymar was ended by mutual agreement and that Barcelona did not flout the transfer agreement when it paid additional fees to the player’s father and the firm N&N,” Barca said.“Barcelona did not commit any fraudulent conduct when it signed a pre-transfer agreement with Neymar nor when it signed the transfer with Santos.” The statement added that Santos had been ordered by CAS to pay Barca’s legal fees of 20,000 Swiss Francs ($21,253.99).Santos released a statement saying they “regret but respect the decision”, adding that the club was “undeniably hurt by the transfer”.Neymar’s transfer from his boyhood club to Barcelona was shrouded in legal troubles, leading Spain’s High Court to launch a fraud and corruption investigation into the player, who denied any wrongdoing, over the value of his transfer. The investigation also led to Barca’s then president Sandro Rosell, who brokered the deal, resigning from the club in 2014.Neymar enjoyed a trophy-laden four years at Barcelona and formed a world-beating front three with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez before joining Paris St Germain for a world record fee of 222 million euros.Neymar then sued Barca over the partial payment of a loyalty bonus worth 26 million euros but lost the case and was ordered to pay his former club 6.7 million euros for breach of the last contract he signed with them in 2016. Despite their legal battles, the Brazilian tried to force through a return to Barcelona last year and refused to train with PSG at one point, but the Catalans ultimately failed to meet the French side’s asking price.Barca were expected to make another swoop for him this summer but president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Wednesday the club were unlikely to make another offer for Neymar due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
5 Oct 2014 Chapman doubles up with North of England crown Windermere’s Adam Chapman held off a challenge from England A squad team-mate Jamie Bower to clinch the North of England Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship by a single stroke. His victory means Chapman has completed a North/South double having won the South of England Championship at Walton Heath in July. The 19 year old England international held his nerve on the fourth and final round at Pannal in a thrilling encounter that was decided on the final hole. Chapman needed a par on the 18th for victory and a precise iron shot from the tee set up a simple pitch to six feet. The Cumbrian teenager had started the day with a four-stroke lead over nearest challenger Bower, but bogeys on the third and fourth saw the Yorkshireman, from Meltham quickly trim the gap to one. Chapman’s birdie on the sixth calmed the nerves and he played steadily until a drive into the trees on the short par four 14th saw him drop a further shot. However, the set-back proved an inspiration as he birdied the next two holes before dropping a further shot at the 17th. His par on the last saw him finish the round at one over 73. Chapman put himself in pole position from the start with an opening seven-under-par 65 followed by two rounds of 69. “I’ve played nicely this week and hit the ball well but I’ve had a bit of luck too with some good lies and bounces. I played with a new putter and that seemed to work well,” he said. Lifting the Shaw Plate was the second time Chapman has tasted victory at the famous Yorkshire course this season – in July he won the Pannal Rose Bowl by six shots. Leading final scores: 276 A Chapman (Windermere) 65 69 69 73 277 J Bower (Meltham) 68 70 69 70 279 D Brown (Bedale) 71 69 72 67 280 A Wilson (Darlington) 71 70 67 72
Submitted by Concern for AnimalsRob Rice Homes is donating a large amount of barely used furniture from their model homes.Concern for Animals will hold its annual community garage sale on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Rick’s Automotive, 3527 Pacific Ave SE* from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. One of the group’s biggest fundraising events, it has been significantly boosted this year by a sizable donation of show quality furniture.Concern for Animals is an organization that for 35 years has assisted low income families with the food and medical needs of their pets and rescue animals. The local non-profit depends on donations, membership, small grants and fundraising events like the annual garage sale to fund its programs that include low-cost spay and neutering, emergency medical care and a pet Food Bank.“For at least 15 years the sale has drawn a lot of people looking for real bargains while supporting our mission,” says Janey Hanson, board president of Concern for Animals. “The community goes all out to donate items and attend the event. We couldn’t provide the help for animals and their owners without all of the amazing generosity.”This year, the sale will feature an entire house-full of model home furniture donated by Rob Rice Homes, a regular supporter of the group’s efforts.The new Concern for Animals building was completely remodeled by Rob Rice and his sub-contractors at no charge.“Being animal lovers, Rob and I recognize the incredible work of Concern for Animals,” says Helena Rice, wife of the local builder. “We are thrilled the furniture will help families and seniors care for their pets. We have family members who are rescue animals and we understand the deep bond between pets and their owners. It is a great cause.”Those wishing to donate items for the sale may do so on Thursdays in May between 4:00 pm and 6:00 at Rick’s Automotive location. Concern for Animals will provide tax-deductible donation forms for each donation. Concern for Animals cannot accept clothing, TVs, computers, electronics or workout equipment for the sale. Facebook186Tweet0Pin0 *To get to Rick’s Automotive for donations and the sale, follow Pacific Ave to Fones Road in Lacey. Once on Fones, make a left on to 6th Street and follow the garage sales signs back to a large warehouse with a sign to Rick’s. There will be event garage sale signs that will mark the location.More about the Concern for Animals can be found at www.concernforanimals.org.
By John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Mike Meier and Megan Paska are in the business of farming organically, raising fruit and vegetables, some livestock and honeybees on a portion of a 20-acre estate in Locust.But there is a bigger picture and message to what these two young farmers/ business partners are doing.Mike Meier, left, with intern Amy Portman, is co-owner of Seven Arrows East Homestead in Middletown, and raises organic fruit, vegetables and honeybees in Locust.“It’s really about homesteading,” Meier said. “Sure this is our livelihood, how we pay our bills … but it’s about how we live.”Seven Arrows East Homestead at 160 Hartshorne Road sits on a sprawling estate overlooking the Navesink River that has been owned by the Knipscher family since 1959.Meier and Paska, who are working to grow sustainably and organically for themselves and others, began their first planting season this spring on the approximately 3 acres using a format called “community supported agriculture” or CSA. That is “a common business model” in the industry and means that their “mini-farm” is one that benefits all who participate, Meier said.“Your neighbors buy a share,” he said, though in this case, it extends to more than those who live in the immediate vicinity of the rustic neighborhood.Seven Arrows – the name was taken from the title of a book by Hyemeyohsts Storm – has about 30 shareholders right now. A share costs $660 for the season – 22 weeks at $30 a week. Seven Arrows already has a waiting list of people who want shares for next season.“It’s a shared risk, shared benefit,” Meier said. But more importantly, the shareholders “also feel very connected to what’s happening out here on the farm.”Megan Paska, co-owner of Seven Arrows, a mini-farm on Hartshorne Road, raises about 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables.Right now about 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables – including tomatoes, kale, cabbage, cucumbers, green peppers, apples “and the most amazing garlic” – are being raised on about three-quarters of an acre. Along with the produce, they raise chickens, ducks, turkeys and goats.Paska, who is an expert on urban beekeeping and has a book being published on the subject, tends to about 10 hives on site and sells the honey.The farm is “also about fostering the romantic relationship with food,” Paska said.By that she meant, people get to see what is grown, how it’s grown and get to know who is growing it, something they are finding many are interested in. The business partners note that people are buying what is grown locally and want really good ingredients for those recipes they’re getting while watching The Food Network.“We’re focused on growing really dynamite food,” Meier said.“We don’t make a lot of money but we eat better than anyone we know,” Paska said.Seven Arrows East also operates a small farm market, open to the public on Sunday afternoons, where Meier and Paska sell the remainder of what they grow.Some livestock is raised on the farm.Marie Jackson, a CSA member who owns and operates the Flaky Tart bakery in Atlantic Highlands, isn’t only interested in getting fresh produce from the farm for her family. “Whatever they have, I try to snag for the bakery,” she said.She is especially partial to tomatoes and uses them in the bakery’s tomato tarts, which “have a cult following.“I’m so in awe that they came here, working the land, raising these beautiful things that we’re privileged to enjoy,” Jackson said. “That’s what we’re looking to do, aren’t we? We’re looking to grow healthier things, grow it locally, support our neighbors and create a community – and they’re doing it.”That community they have created also includes a yoga retreat, operated in a cottage on the farm property by friend Summer Quashie.“We’re trying to be living examples of sustainability,” said Quashie, as customers and clients also look to sustain mind and body.“The farm and the yoga are intertwined and will continue to be so as long as we grow here,” Meier said.For Paska it’s all connected in what she calls “living aesthetically … living your life, growing your food, helping people feel more connected.”Seven Arrows is East Homestead is located on a portion of a 20-acre estate in Locust.Meier, 26, who is originally from South Florida, and Paska, 33, who hails from Baltimore, Md., got to know each other when they were living in Brooklyn. Quashie, 37, who grew up in Middletown, was also living in Brooklyn, operating a yoga studio. Paska and Meier were involved in urban farming there, with Paska beekeeping and Meier running a rooftop farm for a company called Brooklyn Grange.“I knew after that experience I wanted to continue growing and farming,” he said.The three relocated after finding out about the property from mutual friends who said the owners might be interested in leasing land for farming. Paska and Quashie live on the property in separate cottages. Quashie operates her yoga retreat there, catering mostly to weekenders from New York, and conducts yoga lessons a few evenings a week. Meier lives in Middletown, where he also works with Impact Oasis, a not-for-profit organization that works with autistic adults. Meier is helping that organization establish its own small farm, he said.Meier and Paska hope that the CSA model catches on in the area.“If we could crank out a few new farmers who can do this,” Meier said, “that would be great.”
After scoring two goals in two games to open the season, the Leafs dropped 15 against Fernie and Columbia Valley during the weekend — albeit, a dozen came against Ghostriders in a 12-3 shellacking.Morey believes with a little luck around the net, Nelson could be undefeated heading into the weekend.“I think we could be 4-0 had we had better finish around the net,” he said.Rookie Ryan Cooper leads Nelson in scoring with five points in three games with Jackson Zimmermann, Ethan Beattie, Sawyer Hunt and David Sanchez tied for second, each with four points.Zimmermann leads the Leafs in goals with three.In goal is where Nelson has shined with Josh Williams currently in seventh spot in goalie stats with a stingy 1.50 goals against average in two games.Quinn Yeager is 14th overall with a 2.34 average.Injury updateMorey said forward Logan Wullum is very close to returning to the lineup. Wullum, out with a hand injury, played briefly against Fernie and is now considered day-to-day.Morey said the Leaf assistant captain should be back when Nelson travels to Grand Forks to meet the Bruins.Meanwhile defenceman Michael Bladon is waiting for medical clearance.The rookie rearguard has yet to see action this season.Edmonton native Troy Glionna has left the team for personal reason and has been released.In three games with Nelson, Glionna did not register a point. Fresh from playing the past seven consecutive games at home — four regular season and three exhibitions — the Nelson Leafs venture out for a three-game road trip.The Leafs, 2-1-1, travel to the Lilac City Friday for a division rivalry game against the Spokane Braves.Spokane is off to a good start with the only blemish an overtime loss in four games. The early season result has the Braves tied for top spot in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks Border Bruins.Nelson will have a new face in the lineup as the Green and White acquired 6’1”, 180-pound forward Jaiden Laporte from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Leaf GM Lance Morey said Laporte became available after being a late cut from the Northern Alberta squad.“Jaiden is a power forward who processes a big league shot,” Morey said about the new acquisition.“I think it adds another dimension to help our offensive output.”“Adding another big body up front just adds to an already strong forward group that is becoming very tough to play against,” Morey added.The Leafs travel to Creston Saturday for the fourth meeting of the season against a team from the Eddie Mountain Division.Next week the Leafs conclude the three-game road trip against the Border Bruins in Grand Forks before returning to the NDCC Arena to face Creston Saturday, September 30.Lack of finish around the net proves costly early in the season
South Africa’s Department of Housing and Anglo Platinum, the world’s leading producer of platinum group metals, have signed a deal to build houses for mining employees in Limpopo and North West provinces. Financial sector commitment According to the department, South Africa’s four major banks had last month informed Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu that they had already spent R38-million of the R42-billion they had committed as part of the Financial Services Charter. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material In terms of the agreement, signed in Johannesburg last week, Anglo Platinum is to invest R1.4-billion to buy land and to service the 20 000 housing stands, while the government subsidy contribution is expected to amount to more than R900-million over 10 years. SAinfo reporter Public-private partnerships Housing Department acting director-general Kaba Kabagambe said the deal was an example of the government and the private sector working together to accelerate social projects. 17 November 2008 Those funds where directed towards people who earned between R3 000 and R8 000 per month, the department said, adding that both the minister and the banking sector were verifying the figures and discussing further partnerships. Together with the government contribution, the total investment in the project comes to over R2.5-billion, including social and economic amenities. The 40-square-metre houses feature two bedrooms, a kitchen and a living space. “One of our biggest challenges to fast-track housing delivery is servicing land,” Kabagambe said in a statement last week. “We are indeed breaking new ground together.” Anglo Platinum CEO Neville Nicolau added that by assisting their employees to get houses, the company was contributing to improving their lives and those of their families. Through the partnership, the housing department will release the necessary subsidy for those who qualify for houses under the Breaking New Ground housing project, which is aimed at creating sustainable communities complete with schools, clinics and other amenities.
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Indian men’s hockey team national coach Harendra Singh on Tuesday resigned from his post after his side crashed out of the Asian Games final with a 3-4 defeat by Malaysia in the second semifinal in Guangzhou, China.India’s hopes of a gold medal and a direct berth in the 2012 London Olympics were dashed by a spirited Malaysia, who rode on Muhammad Amin Rahim’s 75th minute golden goal to progress to their maiden title clash, where they will meet seven-time champions Pakistan, on Thursday.Soon after the unexpected loss, Harendra tendered his resignation to Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra taking full responsibility of the team’s disastrous showing in the semifinal.”Keeping in view of the dismal performance of the men’s hockey team in the semifinal match against Malaysia today, I hereby tender my resignation as the national coach of the men’s hockey team with immediate effect,” he wrote in his resignation letter to Batra.”I accept the moral responsibility for the debacle at the 16the Asian Games,” Harendra added.In his resignation letter, he also thanked the HI and various government bodies apart from the players and his colleagues for their support during his association with the national team.”I am grateful to Hockey India, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India and Sports Authority of India for all the support and encouragement I received during my tenure as a national coach.”I am thankful to all the officials of the said organisations for giving me this wonderful opportunity to serve for the country. I would also convey my gratitude for the kind of unconditional support I received from my countrymen as well as well wishers form various countries during the said appointment,” he wrote.advertisement”I would also like to put on record the support I received from the members of the media. I would fail in my duty If I do not convey my sincere thanks to all my players and support staffs who stood by me in each and every occasion during this eventful tenure. I wish all the luck to the Indian men’s hockey team for the future,” Harendra signed off.However, Batra said, in no way, the federation would accept Harendra’s resignation at this crucial juncture and had asked him to continue with the job.”I had received his mail and also talked with him over phone. I told him that it is not right to be emotional. We have a bronze medal match to play and I asked him to concentrate on that match,” Batra told PTI.”It is good that he has taken moral responsibility but it is not the right time to take this step. All this can be sorted out after returning to India. I asked him to be with the team and work together so that we can return with the bronze medal,” he added.
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ben Berkley is a Michigan alum, and a “Chad Henne fanatic” according to his Twitter bio. His new fiance Alex Jackson is a Wolverine fan as well. The pair got engaged last night in Los Angeles, and Berkley was anxious to share the good news with the Harbaugh clan on Twitter. He even wants Jim Harbaugh to officiate his wedding ceremony. @JayHarbaugh @CoachJim4UM I proposed last night with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind #goblue #harbaughofficiates pic.twitter.com/8K9WOfkDyZ— BB (@b_berk) June 17, [email protected] can we get @CoachJim4UM to officiate haha. We’ll have a Southern California satellite camp that weekend!— BB (@b_berk) June 17, 2015We fully support this idea, and hope Harbaugh at least attends the wedding. Congratulations to Ben and Alex!