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Launched portal for the promotion of active tourism in Croatia – Active in Croatia

first_imgA new internet portal called Active in Croatia started working today.The portal was launched with the aim of presenting active tourism in Croatia, and its mission is to present in detail the largest and best domestic sporting events. This is a response to current tourist trends that show that global travelers are increasingly choosing destinations that, in addition to natural beauty, also offer active leisure.”Croatia is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer, but we have long known that our tourism can not live from three summer months. Hundreds of recreational sports competitions are held in Croatia, huge money is invested in the development of infrastructure, especially in the construction of bicycle paths. Our country offers beautiful nature in the interior, offers mountains, forests and lakes, and all this can be a reason for the arrival of tourists and their active vacation. We are here to bring them closer to everything Croatia in terms of active tourism can offer its guests.”Said the founder and editor of the Active in Croatia portal Zvonimir Mikašek. In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”It should be noted that the entire content of the portal is available in English.last_img read more

PFZW takes stake in green bonds as part of sustainability drive

first_imgIt is also taking part in a joint venture with Vantage London, which redevelops offices and aims to significantly increase energy efficiency.Last year, PFZW started implementing a 50% reduction of carbon emissions from its equity holdings, to be completed in 2020. It said this year it would look at the reduction potential of its alternative equity, property, and credit allocations.The scheme added that it had transferred part of its responsible investment team to its asset manager, PGGM, in order to increase PGGM’s sustainability expertise.The healthcare pension fund reported a net return of 12% for the year, with equity and private equity generating 13% and 14.6% respectively. Private real estate returned 9.4% and infrastructure yielded 7.3%.PFZW said credit and high yield delivered 11% together, while structured credit gained 21.7%. Securities and credit investments had benefited from a strong US dollar, the fund said.Meanwhile, equity, property, and infrastructure received an additional boost from improving economic prospects as well as low interest rates, it added.The scheme made clear that its credit investments had “maximum tailwind”, benefiting from low and falling interest rates, narrowing spreads, and limited defaults.With a yield of 22.4%, commodities was the best returning asset class, thanks to rising oil prices. The scheme also attributed a 12.3% return on emerging market debt to dropping interest rates and appreciating local currencies.Fixed income produced 13.7% as an effect of declining interest rates on government bonds and interest swaps.PFZW explained that its 0.5% allocation to mortgages gained from movements between the moment of quote acceptance and the execution of the mortgage contract, leading to a return of 9.5%.The scheme indicated that it had driven down asset management costs to 0.46%, a reduction of one-quarter since 2013. Transaction costs stood at 10.3 basis points.It made clear that reducing its administration costs of €67.90 per participant was hampered by costs following new legislation, stricter supervision, and new ICT systems. PFZW said it expected a reduction to €60 by 2020, rather than the planned €58 by next year.The healthcare pension fund also said that it had replaced indexation based on salary inflation with consumer index-linked inflation compensation, and that it would no longer invest with the aim of providing indexation in arrears. The €187bn Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW has started investing in green bonds as part of its plan to quadruple its sustainable investments to €20bn by 2020.In its annual report for 2016, PFZW said it had invested in ABN Amro and Alliander green bonds with proceeds backing energy-efficient buildings and thermal grids, a form of geothermal energy production.The Netherlands’ second-largest pension fund said it had also invested in food security through credit from fertiliser manufacturer Eurochem, and in green projects in Brazil through Latin American paper producer Suzano Papel e Celulose.The investments come amid rapidly growing interest in the asset class. Nikko Asset Management has estimated that the green bond market could double in size to $400bn (€366bn) by the end of this year, and could exceed $1.2trn by 2020 if it continues on this growth trajectory.last_img read more

Anthony surges to victory at Arokium Memorial 50-miler in Berbice

first_imgMICHAEL Anthony returned to top form on Sunday, producing a breathtaking ride to grab the Philip Arokium Memorial 50-Mile road race in Berbice.Anthony and Andrew Hicks managed to put distance between themselves and the peloton from the start of the race, for a two-way sprint down the back stretch to the finish line.Hicks, who is known for his explosive finishes, could not hold off Anthony who was simply too powerful at the death. The latter crossed the finish line in two hours 12 minutes 11 seconds to claim the $50 000 cash prize, a trophy and bragging rights.Meanwhile, Andre ‘Padlock’ Greene with Balram Narine came in third and fourth respectively. Marcus Keiler, Christopher ‘Chicken Legs’ Griffith, Ajay Gopilall and Ralph Seenarine placed fifth to eighth in that order.Of the eight sprint prizes up for the taking, Deeraj Garbarran copped two while Hicks and Anthony had three apiece with Narine and Curtis Dey taking one each.The evergreen Junior Niles was the top veteran cyclist while Paul Choo-Wee-Nam and Jaikaran Sukhai settled for second and third respectively.Over in the Juveniles category, Mario Washington beat last year’s winner David Hicks to cop first place while Steve Bhimsen finished third.Shemika Teixeira retained her title in the female category while Deancea Welch and Maria Carrington placed second and third in that order.The race was organised by the Flying Ace Cycling Club (FACC) in honour of the late proprietor of the Arokium Funeral Establishment, Philip Arokium.The route began at Alexander Street in New Amsterdam, and proceeded to the turning point at Nand Persaud Rice Mill at No.36 Village, Corentyne, before returning for the finish at the point of origin.last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff weekly bookings: March 30 – April 6, 2015

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for March 30 to April 6, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows: Everhart, Justin A.34Peck, KS200 E 4th Ave, Belle Plaine, KSBPPDDWS4/2/15 Burgin, Carl W.51Mulvane, KS1419 Mundell Dr, Mulvane, KSSUSOProbation Violation3/31/15 NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Goatee, Jared A.23Belle Plaine, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence4/2/15 Sanchez, Alexander M.20Winfield, KSOxford Police DepartmentOXPDBurglary; Theft of prop/services, Criminal Damage to property3/31/15 Buckley, Billy J.52Wichita, KS500 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOFTA4/2/15 Pluimer, Normand R.27Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailMPDFTA4/2/15 Buckley, Daisy N.32Wichita, KS777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KSKRGCForgery; Making or altering a written instrument4/2/15 Jones, Keith J.20Wichita, KSSedgwick CountySUSOAggravated Battery4/3/15 Main, Ross L.25Belle Plaine, KS200 E 9th St, Belle Plaine, KSBPPDDUI4/5/15 Cabrera, Richard J.47Wellington, KS400 S Fair St, Wellington, KSWPDPoss of opiate; use/poss w/intent to use drug para4/2/15 Hays, Timothy S.28Wellington, KS921 W 7th St, Welllington, KSWPDCriminal damage to property/Assault4/5/15 Christopher, Gary E.34Wellington, KS608 N Washington, Wellington, KSWPDProbation Violation, Poss of opiate, Poss of para4/1/15 Swing, Jeremy M.30Overland Park, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence4/3/15 Hill, Timothy J.29Haysville, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOFTA4/2/15 Gardipee  Dan M.54Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOProbation Violation4/1/15 Jones, Keith J.20Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOAggravated battery4/2/15 Deloria, Kevin E.31Wellington, KS2400 N A St, Wellington, KSWPDDUI/DWS4/4/15 Kissaru, Obed E.27Dallas, TXKTA mp 35KHPDWS4/2/15         Goatee, Jared A.23Belle Plaine, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence4/3/15 Smith, Zachary R.34Oxford, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOProbation violation/FTA4/4/15 Komareak, Anthony P.54Derby, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOServing sentence4/2/15 Roberson, Kendall C.21Wellington, KS610 E HillsideSUSOServing sentence4/2/05 Swing, Jeremy M.30Overland Park, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence4/2/15 Kelly, Matthew R.28Caldwell, KS312 W Ave C, Caldwell, KSCAPDAggravated assault4/5/15 Sandoval, Ariel J.22Mayfield, KS400 N K49, Conway Springs, KSSUSODUI3/31/15 Brown, Amanda J.33Wellington, KS217 E 19th St, Wellington, KSWPDCriminal damage to property4/5/15 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 3/30/2015 thru 4/6/2015  Hill, Timothy J.29Haysville, KSSedgwick CountySGSOFTA4/3/15 Tracy, Augustus R.20Argonia, KS100 S Bluff Rd, Argonia, KSSUSODUI/TOC4/5/15 Medina-Valabez, Juan M. 39Washington, NCKTA mp 18KHPOperate vehicle w/ no liability/Operate a vehicle without a valid license4/5/15 Kissaru, Obed E.27Dallas, TXKTA mMP 35KHPDWS4/3/15 Webb, Gary W.60Wellington, KS921 W 7th, Wellington, KSWPDBattery4/5/15last_img read more