Cardiff-Bristol City: All-change on Severnside after last season’s derbies cost two managers their jobs | Football News

first_imgLee Johnson led Bristol City to an eighth-place finish last seasonImage:Lee Johnson was sacked by Bristol City after a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff earlier this year – Advertisement – Transitioning from assistant to boss can be a tricky task but Holden appears to have handled the task well. “For me, the only change is I now make the big calls,” he says. Cardiff manager Neil WarnockImage:Neil Warnock left Cardiff after a 1-0 defeat to Bristol City last season Bristol City's Marley Watkins (left) in action with Cardiff's Marlon PackImage:Bristol City’s Marley Watkins (left) in action with Cardiff’s Marlon Pack – Advertisement – “There’s so much more to come from us as well and that starts tomorrow evening.”Dean Holden is the man who succeeded Johnson, meanwhile, appearing to be preferred over high-profile candidates interviewed such as Chris Hughton – and many doubters were silenced after a terrific start in the dugout.They ultimately finished 12th and have won five of their opening 10 games this season, keeping touch with the leading pack in seventh.- Advertisement – His players have taken to him. Callum O’Dowda has called Holden an “exceptional” head coach and commented that, while their relationship has not changed, the way the team plays has. And they will need that without the fans this weekend.“(The way we play) it has been a big transformation at this club,” he says. “If there were fans it would be an advantage. It’s a strange one, weird times, uncertain times but in a way we’ve got to create our own atmosphere.”Holden, meanwhile, sees the positive side and the ability for the team to “literally help out supporters get through the weekend”.“It’s as simple as that,” he said. “We know what it means to the wider community. Our job is to go out and put smiles on faces and let’s hope we can do that.” Rewind 12 months and the world looked very different – especially for the two Championship teams either side of the Severn Estuary.Cardiff and Bristol City both had different managers in Neil Warnock and Lee Johnson and were chasing a place in the top-six after mixed starts to the campaign – but the two Severnside derbies would ultimately cost both of them their jobs.- Advertisement – Neil Harris is now in charge at Cardiff and steered them into the play-offs, losing in the semi-finals to another local rival in Swansea City, and he admitted having to work “extremely hard at tidying up” when he arrived.“It’s been a little bit crazy at times. On the whole it’s been enjoyable and a learning curve but times flown,” he said ahead of the clash with Bristol City live on Sky Sports on Friday night. It is almost one year to the day since Warnock left after a 1-0 home defeat to Bristol City and it was the same result in the reverse fixture, eight months later and in the midst of a global pandemic, that saw Johnson sacked by the Robins.last_img read more

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Biden Wins Presidency, Ending Four Tumultuous Years Under Trump

first_img– Advertisement – In a sign of how much Mr. Trump alienated traditional Republicans, a number of prominent members of the party endorsed Mr. Biden’s candidacy, including Cindy McCain, the widow of former Senator John McCain; the party’s other two presidential nominees this century, George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, declined to endorse Mr. Trump.Yet for all his lofty language about uniting the country, Mr. Biden was a halting candidate who ran a cautious campaign, determined to ensure that the election became a referendum on Mr. Trump. The former vice president fully returned to the campaign trail only around Labor Day, and for weeks he limited his appearances to one state every other day or so. He went west of the Central time zone just once during the general election.- Advertisement – This irked his party’s base but made it difficult for Republicans, from Mr. Trump down the ballot, to portray him as an extremist. Mr. Biden was largely absent from the appeals of G.O.P. candidates, who instead used their advertising to insist that the Democratic Party would be in the hands of more polarizing figures on the left such as Senator Bernie Sanders.Unlike the last two Democrats who defeated incumbents after voters tired of Republican leadership, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Mr. Biden will not arrive in the capital as a youthful outsider. Instead, he will fill out a Democratic leadership triumvirate, which includes Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, of lawmakers who are 70 or older.center_img As he prepares to take the oath, he will return to Washington confronting a daunting set of crises. Mr. Biden will be pressed to swiftly secure and distribute a safe vaccine for the coronavirus, revive an economy that may be in even more dire shape in January than it is now, and address racial justice and policing issues that this year prompted some of the largest protests in American history.And he will do so with a Congress that is far more polarized than the Senate he left over a decade ago, with many Republicans having embraced Mr. Trump’s nativist brand of populism and Democrats increasingly responsive to an energized left. If Mr. Biden cannot bridge that divide as president and elicit some cooperation from the G.O.P., he will face immense pressure from his party’s progressive wing to abandon conciliation for a posture of combat.Mr. Biden has held out hope about working with Republican lawmakers while declining to support his party’s most ambitious goals, like single-payer health care and the Green New Deal; he has resisted structural changes such as adding justices to the Supreme Court.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Samsung May Launch Flagship Galaxy S21 Phone Early to Grab Huawei Share, Say Sources

first_imgThe South Korean company shipped 59 percent fewer Galaxy S20 5G series handsets in the United States in the second quarter compared to the previous model’s performance a year earlier, according to research firm Canalys. In contrast, Apple shipped 15 percent more of its flagship iPhone 11 than last year’s best-seller, the iPhone XR.Samsung, which lost its No.1 position to Huawei in the second quarter, regained the crown in the third thanks in part to the US restrictions on Huawei.A person at one major supplier of smartphone chips said Huawei’s stockpiles were expected to run out some time early next year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – South Korean chip industry officials hope Joe Biden’s presidency will ease some of those restrictions, although they are far from certain as they also expect the incoming US administration to maintain a tough stance on China.Samsung is preparing to launch its new Galaxy S21 as early as late January next year, whereas it previously launched its flagship S20 phone in early March this year, the sources said, asking not to be identified because the plan is not public.Samsung declined to comment.- Advertisement – Samsung, however, faces intensifying competition from Chinese rivals like Xiaomi and Oppo, which are expected to take advantage of Huawei’s struggle to retain market share.Apple also launched its iPhone series in October, about a month later than usual, stepping up competition.© Thomson Reuters 2020 Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Samsung may launch its flagship Galaxy S smartphones more than a month earlier than expected in a bid to grab market share from Huawei and fend off competition from Apple, three sources familiar with the matter said.Huawei once challenged Samsung’s top position in the global smartphone market, but the Chinese rival is in survival mode with US restrictions choking off its supplies of chips used in smartphones and telecom equipment.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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A liberal Democrat and a QAnon-backing Republican converge on Capitol Hill for freshman orientation.

first_imgBy Friday, Ms. Bush took to Twitter that say that some of her Republican colleagues apparently were unfamiliar with Ms. Taylor, who was killed by the police in Kentucky in a case that drew international attention and sparked massive protests. – Advertisement – “It’s Day One, so I’m wearing my ‘Breonna Taylor’ mask,” she wrote. “A few of my Republican colleagues have called me Breonna, assuming that’s my name. It hurts. But I’m glad they’ll come to know her name & story because of my presence here. Breonna must be central to our work in Congress.” For her part, Ms. Greene, who was seen briefly removing her American flag mask upon checking in at orientation and declined to talk to reporters, ridiculed her new colleagues on Friday for promoting the wearing of face coverings to stop the spread of the coronavirus.“Our first session of New Member Orientation covered COVID in Congress,” she tweeted. “Masks, masks, masks …. I proudly told my freshman class that masks are oppressive. In GA, we work out, shop, go to restaurants, go to work, and school without masks. My body, my choice.”- Advertisement – On of the most striking features of the new class is the large number of Republican women. Of the 10 incumbent Democrats who lost their seats in last week’s election, eight were defeated by Republican women. “It’s not just Democrat women that have the monopoly on breaking glass ceilings; Republican women have been doing it all their lives,” said Representative-elect Nancy Mace of South Carolina, who knocked off a centrist Democrat. Ms. Mace is the first woman to graduate from the Citadel and the first to represent her state in Congress. “To see us double the number of Republican women in the House this year is pretty phenomenal. It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is. If you want women to have a seat at the table, if you want to be in office, we have to run in order to win,” she said. “That’s what we did this year.” She appended the hashtag “#FreeYourFace.” The virus is surging in Georgia. Over the past two weeks, deaths are up 56 percent, hospitalizations are up 10 percent and new cases are up 26 percent. About 300 people died of the virus in Georgia in the past week. Representatives-elect Cori Bush, a progressive Democrat wearing a Breonna Taylor face mask, and Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon-promoting Republican whose entourage sported MAGA gear, arrived at freshman orientation in Washington within minutes of each other on Thursday, offering vastly different visions for their parties and for a new Congress.The freshman class of the 117th Congress — featuring a surge of conservative women who stunned centrist Democrats at the polls last week, but also an ascendant left that ousted establishment Democrats in primaries — is undergoing an unusual pandemic-era orientation process on Capitol Hill. – Advertisement – Despite their deep ideological differences, many of the first-year lawmakers said they were hoping to collaborate. “We’re going have to be able to work together,” Ms. Bush said. “We have districts that have needs that are similar. Hopefully, they’re willing to listen to me. I’m willing to listen to them. I’m already seeing Make America Great Again hats, but I have on my Breonna Taylor. So we’re going to talk and hopefully this 117th, it will show the diversity.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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USDA to help small meat plants improve food safety

first_img In addition, FSIS employees will meet with plant operators to learn more about their needs, and the agency will hold joint training sessions for small plants and FSIS workers. The initiative is aimed at the more than 6,000 federally inspected plants classified as small or very small, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a news release. Small plants are those that have between 10 and 500 employees and more than $2.5 million in annual sales. Very small plants have fewer than 10 workers or less than $2.5 million in sales. See also: The new program follows a national series of listening sessions that helped the FSIS identify “innovative ways for small and very small establishments to fully benefit from our safety program,” said Dr. Richard Raymond, USDA under secretary for food safety. In the program, the FSIS said it will provide a toll-free telephone number and a Web page to help small plants and will provide better access to technical resources, including scientific validation materials and training information.center_img The FSIS also plans to inform plant owners of loan programs available through the USDA’s Rural Business and Cooperative programs. Plant owners will be able to get loan guarantees to help them borrow money for upgrading facilities and equipment, said Thomas Dorr, USDA under secretary for rural development. Jun 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced plans to provide more help to operators of small meat, poultry, and egg-product plants in improving their food safety programs. May 31 USDA news releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_053106_01/index.asplast_img read more

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USDA to name poultry plants with Salmonella problems

first_imgFeb 6, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it is preparing to begin publishing the names of poultry and meat plants that have trouble controlling Salmonella, as the agency extends a set of policy changes designed to reduce the prevalence of the pathogen in meat.Starting Mar 28, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will publish online the names and test results for plants where more than 10% of product samples are found to have Salmonella contamination, the agency announced last week. That step will focus first on broiler (young) chicken plants, which have had the most difficulty with Salmonella.The USDA said the coming changes are the result of a Salmonella-control initiative it launched 2 years ago, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Salmonella had become the most common foodborne pathogen, accounting for 38.6% of cases. USDA had seen an upward trend in Salmonella contamination from 2002 through 2005, with about 16% of broiler chicken samples testing positive in 2005.”The initiative includes concentrating resources at establishments with higher levels of Salmonella and changes to the reporting and use of FSIS Salmonella verification test results,” the USDA said in a Jan 28 announcement.Plants sorted by performanceIn the “risk-based” sampling program, poultry and meat plants are sorted into three categories according to their Salmonella test results. The best-performing plants, those in category 1, are sampled by the USDA less often than those in categories 2 and 3, according to FSIS officials.Laura Reiser, an FSIS spokeswoman in Washington DC, said more plants are being tested under the new program, but the overall number of product samples will stay about the same. Category 1 plants are tested at least once every 2 years and category 2 plants at least once a year, while category 3 plants may be tested “multiple times” annually, she told CIDRAP News. She said the switch to the risk-based sampling approach began shortly after it was announced in February 2006.The FSIS collects about 75 sets of product samples for Salmonella testing each month, according to the agency news release. A set is a series of samples collected at one site on successive days—51 days in the case of broiler chickens.The FSIS’s current “standard” for Salmonella in tested poultry and meat samples is a 20% contamination rate, based on baseline sampling in the 1990s, according to Reiser. To be in category 1, firms must limit Salmonella to half of that standard (10%) or less. Firms that have Salmonella in more than 10% but fewer than 20% of samples will be in category 2, and those that exceed 20% are in category 3. The names and locations of category 2 and 3 plants will be published on an FSIS Web site starting Mar 28, the agency said.Chris Waldrop, a spokesman for the Consumer Federation of America, based in Washington, DC, welcomed the move to publish the names. “We have talked to FSIS and encouraged them to post this information on the Web,” he told CIDRAP News. “They’ve taken a while to do it. . . . We’re pleased that they’re going to post that information on the site. It’s good information for consumers to know.””I think what FSIS came to see is that the Salmonella problem in poultry was bad enough that this was a measure they needed to take in order to drive the industry to change,” Waldrop said.The plan to publish names was also praised by Nancy Donley, president of Safe Tables Our Priority (STOP), an advocacy group based in Northbrook, Ill., that works to prevent illness from foodborne pathogens, but she added some qualifiers.”If companies can be identified, that’s something we hope will spur them on to take measures to make sure they don’t get put on that list,” she said.However, Donley observed the plan will not enable consumers in a grocery store to tell whether a product came from a plant with a good record or not. “It’s probably not going to be a huge benefit to the consumer. But it’s going to make it more apparent to those of us who are watching who the good actors are and who the bad actors are,” she said.10% contamination rate in chickenThe latest Salmonella testing results published by FSIS show that 10.6% of all broiler chicken samples and 9.4% of all turkey samples tested in the third quarter of 2007 had Salmonella. The results varied with plant size. For broilers, they ranged from 8.2% for large plants to 12.5% for small plants and 21.9% for very small ones. For turkey firms, the rates were 9.6% for large plants and 8.7% for small ones; no figures were available for very small firms.Salmonella contamination rates were much lower in nonpoultry meat products—3.0% in market hogs, 1.3% in cows and bulls, 0.2% in steers and heifers, and 4.1% in ground beef. The highest levels were found in ground chicken, 28.3%, and ground turkey, 16.3%.In the same quarter, 74% of broiler plants (139 of 189) and 84% of turkey plants (31 of 37) achieved category 1 (a 10% or lower Salmonella rate), FSIS figures show. Twenty-three percent of broiler plants were in category 2 and 3% in category 3. For turkey plants, 16% were in the second category, leaving none in category 3.At first glance, the 10.6% contamination rate for broiler chickens, for example, indicates an improvement from the 16% contamination rate seen in broiler chickens in 2005. However, the FSIS says that because of the changes in the sampling program, comparisons with figures from earlier years, or even with the previous quarter, are not valid. The reason is that, with the risk-based program, the plants chosen for testing are no longer a representative random sample, according to the FSIS’s Reiser.The FSIS is working on nationwide studies of the prevalence of various foodborne pathogens in order to provide a baseline for future comparisons and trend spotting, according to the quarterly Salmonella report. A 12-month study of pathogens in broiler chickens is under way, and more studies are being planned, the report says.Shifts in samplingAs part of the switch to risk-based inspections, the FSIS is cutting back on sampling at ground beef plants producing less than 1,000 pounds a day, according to the agency announcement. Officials said those plants account for a large share of samples but a very small percentage of the ground beef supply. For efficiency, the agency will sample those plants less often but will run Salmonella tests on samples that are already collected for Escherichia coli O157 testing.Also under the new program, category 1 plants have the option to “test new procedures, equipment, or processing techniques to facilitate improvements” in Salmonella control, the FSIS said. One thing that means is that they can increase their production line speeds, according to Reiser. As part of the deal, they must collect and test samples from each production line on every shift.”These additional samples will provide the agency with key microbial data on attribution of human illness to FSIS-regulated products,” the FSIS release stated.The agency said it is also taking steps to uncover links between foodborne Salmonella and human illnesses. Under a plan developed last year, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service is comparing the pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns of Salmonella isolates collected by the FSIS with those of strains collected from human patients and provided through the CDC’s PulseNet system.The USDA just recently began submitting Salmonella PFGE patterns to PulseNet, according to Reiser. “Now, all will be added and clusters of illness will be looked for,” she said.Consumer groups’ concernsWhile welcoming the FSIS plan to reveal the names of plants with Salmonella problems, Waldrop and Donley expressed concern about some other aspects of the agency’s Salmonella program.Donley suggested that moving to a risk-based sampling program now is premature. “There’s just not enough good data to support going in a whole risk-based direction,” she said. “There’s not a good data infrastructure.”She pointed to last year’s massive ground beef recall by Topps Meat Co. as an example of potential problems with risk-based inspection. The company recalled 21.7 million pounds of ground beef because of possible E coli contamination.If the same risk-based system had been in use for E coli, Topps Meat would have been a category 1 facility, with reduced inspections, Donley said, adding, “So it goes to show you there’s a hole in that.”Both Donley and Waldrop had reservations about the possibility of faster production lines in meat and poultry plants. “If something like that happens, you’d want to make really sure that plants were still maintaining food safety,” said Waldrop. “In the past you could link increased line speeds to reduced sanitation and increased problems in terms of worker safety.””As speed picks up, it’s harder and harder for inspectors to do their jobs,” commented Donley. “There’s certainly a worker safety issue too—those birds are whizzing by.”She and Waldrop also wondered if the FSIS policies will eventually lead to unwarranted complacency about Salmonella. They speculated that could happen if all or nearly all plants eventually meet the 10% standard for category 1.”Eventually all the plants will be able to meet it and you won’t have any further gains,” said Waldrop. “The ideal would be to move it [the cutoff percentage] down on a regular basis.”Donley agreed: “If you see that type of movement, that’s great, but then are the performance standards too low? There needs to be continuous improvement.”See also: Jan 28 FSIS News release:http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_012808_01/index.aspMar 6, 2006, CIDRAP News story on Salmonella monitoring changeshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/march0606salmo.htmlFSIS Salmonella test results for Jul-Sep 2007http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/Q3_2007_Salmonella_Testing/index.aspFSIS Salmonella sampling results for 1998-2006http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/Progress_Report_Salmonella_Testing/index.aspFSIS prototype form identifying plants with Salmonella problemshttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Salmonella_Initiative_Prototype.pdflast_img read more

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House passes bill giving FDA new food safety enforcement powers and resources

first_img ·     Requires food facilities to have safety plans to identify and mitigate food safety hazards Meanwhile, Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of United Fresh Produce Association, an industry trade group, said in a statement yesterday that the House bill contains many important provisions that will improve food safety and boost consumer confidence. Though the group supports the improvements, “There are still important issues that we will address with the Senate as it begins its work on food safety legislation later this year,” the statement said. Trust for America’s Health(TFAH), a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, said in a statement today that the bill will strengthen the nation’s efforts to prevent foodborne illnesses, which it says sicken about 76 million Americans each year. Yesterday’s vote followed a defeat of the bill the previous day during a special vote designed to limit discussion and prevent amendments to the bill, according to media reports. The bill fell shy of the two-thirds majority needed to pass under the rules of the special vote. The next step is for the Senate to take up the issue, which probably won’t happen until this fall, the New York Times reported yesterday. The Senate has proposed similar measures in its Food Safety Modernization Act, introduced in March by a bipartisan group that includes Sen Dick Durbin, D-Mich., and Sen Judd Gregg, R-NH. ·     Increases the frequency of FDA inspections at food facilities Jul 31, 2009 (CIDRAP News) –The US House of Representatives yesterday passed sweeping legislation that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more power and resources to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks. Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, said in the statement that the reforms represent commonsense updates.” Americans have a right to expect their government will ensure the foodsafety system is focused on fighting modern-day threats and will prevent unnecessary illness. This victory is a great start.” Jul 31 HHS and USDA joint statement The draft guidance reflects principles outlined by President Barack Obama’s Food Safety Working Group and lays the groundwork for enforceable produce safety standards, the HHS statement said. ·     Provides stronger enforcement tools, such as mandatory recalls Jul 31 TFAHstatement Dingell said in the statement that the bill has the support of consumer, food safety, and industry groups.” The Food and Drug Administration—the Agency responsible for regulating about 80% of the food supply—has been expected to adequately protect American consumers with outdated authorities and woefully inadequate funding,” he said. “It is a monumental piece of bipartisan legislation that will grant FDA the authorities and resources needed to effectively oversee an increasingly global food marketplace.” ·     Produces more resources to support the FDA’s food safety activitiescenter_img According to Dingell’s office, the law: ·     Gives the FDA tools to ensure that imported foods meet US safety standards Several groups praised the House’s passage of the food safety bill. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), in a statement yesterday, said under the current system, food facilities might be visited by an FDA inspector once every 5 to 10 years. It said the proposed law would increase inspections to every 6 to 12 months for high-risk facilities, every 18 months to 3 years for low-risk facilities, and every 5 years for warehouses. Groups praise House actionCaroline Smith DeWaal, the CSPI’s food safety director, said in the statement,” FDA has been operating under the same law for 70 years and can do little more than respond to outbreaks after the fact. This bill gives the FDA more authority and real enforcement teeth to help prevent more outbreaks, illnesses, and deaths.” ·     Expands FDA trace-back capabilities during foodborne illness outbreaks See also: Vilsack announced that the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service is issuing guidance for inspectors to begin conducting routine sampling of bench trim for Escherichia coli. “Bench trim” refers to pieces of meat leftover from steaks and other cuts that processors use to make ground beef. HHS, USDA unveil new guidance documentsIn related developments, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new strategies that they said are designed to protect the nation’s food supply, according to a statement from the HHS. Jul 30 CSPI statement Sebelius said the FDA has unveiled new draft guidances to minimize contamination in leafy greens, tomatoes, and melons. “These proposed controls provide a guide for growers and processors to follow so they may better protect their produce from becoming contaminated,” she said in the statement. Jul 30 UnitedFresh Produce Association press release The Food Safety Enhancement Act passed by a vote of 283 to 142, according to a statement yesterday from Rep John D. Dingell, D-Mich., the bill’s author. Dingell’s office said the act is a bipartisan collaboration between members of the Energy and Commerce committee and negotiations between chairmen of the house Agriculture and Ways and Means committees.last_img read more

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CERP received binding offers for the purchase of shares in Hotel Makarska and Hotel Maestral

first_imgYesterday, in the premises of the Center for Restructuring and Sales (CERP), a public opening of binding offers for the purchase of 621.086 shares of HOTELI MAKARSKA dd, Makarska and 355.520 shares of HOTELI MAESTRAL dd, Dubrovnik was held.For the purchase of 621.086 shares of the company Hoteli Makarska dd, two binding offers were received by Valamar Riviera i Meat industries Braća Pivac.The company MESNA INDUSTRIJA BRAĆA PIVAC doo, Vrgorac offered a price of HRK 155.000.000,00 for the purchase of shares of HOTELI MAKARSKA dd, Makarska, which are the subject of the sale, which represents HRK 4.914.568,10 higher than the initial price, which is determined in the amount of HRK 150.085.431,90 for shares from sale. On the other hand, the company VALAMAR RIVIERA dd, Poreč offered a price in the amount of HRK 172.661.908,00 for the purchase of shares of HOTELI MAKARSKA dd, Makarska, which are the subject of sale, which is HRK 22.576.476,10 higher than the initial price which was determined in the amount of HRK 150.085.431,90 for shares from sale.Continuation of successful cooperation between Valamar Riviera and AZ mandatory pension fundValamar Riviera and AZ mandatory pension fund continue successful investment model by which they jointly realized the acquisition of Imperial dd on the island of Rab in 2016 As part of the binding offer, Valamar Riviera also announced that it has concluded a cooperation agreement with Allianz ZB doo mandatory pension fund management company from Zagreb, which established a relationship of joint action towards the company Hoteli Makarska dd“By privatizing the company Hoteli Makarska dd, Valamar Riviera and AZ, mandatory pension funds intend to invest significant funds in the development of the destination Makarska with the aim of raising the quality of tourism to guests with higher purchasing power and creating new jobs in the interest of all stakeholders.”They point out from Valamar.In the procedure of public collection of bids for the purchase of 355.520 shares of the company HOTELI MAESTRAL dd, Dubrovnik, a binding offer was received and submitted by the company J&T IB CAPITAL MARKETS, Prague, Czech Republic. The company J&T IB CAPITAL MARKETS, Prague, Czech Republic offered a price in the amount of HRK 114.271.238,40 for the purchase of shares of HOTELI MAESTRAL dd, Dubrovnik, which are the subject of the sale, which represents the amount of the determined starting price. “In the coming days, CERP’s expert services will perform detailed analyzes of the above-mentioned offers for the purchase of shares in both companies.”Point out from CERP and add that the deadline for submitting binding offers for the purchase of shares of JADRAN dd Crikvenica has been extended until January 15, 2018 until 14:00.last_img read more

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Revenues from tourism in the first six months of 2018 increased by 10 percent

first_imgAccording to the Croatian National Bank (CNB), in the first six months of 2018, revenues from foreign tourists amounted to EUR 3 billion, which is an increase of 10 percent compared to the same period last year, ie EUR 276 million more revenue. The growth of revenues from foreign tourists was recorded in the second quarter of 2018, and from April to June, 2 billion and 558 million euros of revenues from tourism were generated, which is 9 percent more than in the same period in 2017, or 222 million euros more. The share of tourism revenues in GDP in that period was 19,7 percent, or 1,6 percentage points more than last year in the same period.”At the moment, we have already exceeded 100 million overnight stays a month earlier than last year, and what makes us especially happy in the first half of this year, we generated 3 billion euros in revenue from foreign guests, which is 10 percent more than in the same period last year. . Revenue growth in tourism is the basis for further development, investment and increased competitiveness, which is why in our activities, programs and legislative changes we focus on increasing the efficiency of the tourist system, quality growth and diversification of supply. The results achieved so far are a confirmation of the great step forward made towards year-round tourism, but I believe that we will be even more successful in the future.. “, commented Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.According to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic in the commercial and non-commercial segment and in the nautical charter, more than 28 million tourist overnight stays were realized in Croatia by 09/2018/100, which is a month earlier than last year.RELATED NEWS:THIS YEAR, 100 MILLION NIGHTS ACHIEVED A MONTH BEFORE 2017last_img read more

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