Croatia remains a favorite nautical destination in Europe

first_imgAfter another tourist boat charter season in the Mediterranean, Zizoo an online boat rental platform, reveals to us this year’s most sought-after summer destinations and the latest trends in the nautical world, based on a bianual industry report.From wedding fleets to this year’s most visited marinas, we bring you a brief overview of this year’s trends in nautical tourism, with an emphasis on Croatia, as a convincing number one destination.Top rated destinations in 2017If we take into account the growing popularity of Croatia as a tourist destination and the almost ideal sailing conditions it offers, we are not surprised that more than 64% of the total number of requests and a little more than half of Zizoo reservations in 2017 are for Croatia. The most sought after locations in Croatia were Split, then Pula, and Trogir. The second most sought-after destination was Greece, which accounted for 20% of the total number of charters this year.* 71% of German and more than 80% of Austrian clients chose the Croatian coast this year.* Almost 40% of American clients opted for Croatia, while slightly more than half were looking for a ship in Greece.* With clients from Great Britain, Croatia has overtaken the leading Greece this year.”As predicted, the areas with the largest number of charters were northern and central Dalmatia”, Says Sinan Masović, Zizoo’s CFO of Croatian origin. We are not surprised by the fact that D-Marin Marina Dalmacija in Sukošan, as the largest marina in Croatia and the winner of the award “Tourist Flower 2015” for the marina of the year, hosted the largest number of clients. It is followed by Split ACI Marina, Marina Mandalina (Šibenik) and Trogir ACI Marina.Boat brandsZizoo’s growing fleet in Croatia includes over 4,200 sailboats, catamarans, speedboats, motor yachts and dinghies. German and Austrian clients prefer to spend their holidays on models such as Bavaria, Beneteau and Jeanneau, while American and English clients prefer to book Lagoon catamarans or Elan sailboats. Larger groups of family and friends preferred the Bavaria Cruiser 46, as well as the 37, 40 and 50, while the most sought-after catamaran models were the Lagoon 380 and 39.* Of the total number of requests for sailboats, Germans and Austrians preferred to choose Bavaria Yachts sailboats, which make up as much as 35%, while 21% chose Jeanneau.* American and British customers, on the other hand, convincingly gave preference to Lagoon catamarans, which accounted for almost 65% of the total demand for catamarans.trendsAs Croatia continues to arouse interest among young travelers, both from the EU and the rest of the world, so the demand for authentic and unusual travel is growing. This season we have gathered a diverse clientele with a wide range of sailing experiences including:* Younger clientele eager for interesting experiences, who prefer to sail, often with a crew, instead of planned, commercial excursions.* Clients who have planned unique events such as weddings on 3 different ships, birthday parties at the gulet or various corporate trips.Also, thanks to the possibility of booking motor boats and speedboats in real time with one click on Zizoo, a large number are clients who spontaneously decide to rest on board in a one-day or weekend arrangement.Related news:EASY BOAT RENTAL – ZIZOO RECOGNIZED BY INVESTORSlast_img read more

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Mainland China reports eight new coronavirus cases, two in Beijing

first_imgIn Beijing, 47 percent of the 334 confirmed cases since June 11 were staff at the Xinfadi market, Pang Xinghuo, a senior Beijing disease control official, told a media briefing on Sunday.Of all the cases in the city since then, 98 percent were “mild and normal,” she said.Xu Hejian, spokesman of the capital city told the briefing the new coronavirus situation in Beijing was “stabilizing” and “controllable”, but transmission risks remain.Also on Sunday, China reported seven new asymptomatic patients, up from four a day earlier.As of Saturday, mainland China had 83,553 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. China’s death toll from the COVID-19 remained 4,634, unchanged since Mid-May.Topics : China recorded eight new coronavirus cases for July 4, up from with three a day earlier, the national health authority said on Sunday, while city officials in Beijing said nearly all the cases in a recent outbreak in the capital were mild.Of the new cases, six were imported and two were in Beijing, which has been scrambling to quash an outbreak traced to a massive wholesale market in the city early last month.Read also: China says G4 swine flu virus not new; does not infect humans easilylast_img read more

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Brussels urged to tackle ‘deliberate’ asset management protectionism

first_imgThe European Commission should ease the regulatory burden on boutique asset managers and tackle any remaining protectionist measures acting as barriers to a single market, a think tank has urged.A joint report by the New City Initiative (NCI) and Open Europe said laws including the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) were imposing an “onerous” regulatory burden that was hindering growth in the sector.It added that the UK government had previously said the benefits of AIFMD and UCITS rules would only be felt by those in the industry that availed themselves of EU-wide passports to sell products overseas.Dominic Johnson, chairman of the NCI and chief executive at Somerset Capital Management, also noted that, even in the case where managers wished to be active cross-border, they faced hurdles. He cited member state regulators drawing out compliance procedures or other member state-specific rules acting as barriers even when an EU passport has been acquired.“You’d expect you’d be able to hitch up your wagon filled with prospectuses and drive around Europe trying to sell your wares,” he said.“Lots of countries, they either don’t know how to apply the rules, don’t understand what the rules are – or there is still deliberate protectionism to stop financial services companies going from country to country.”Johnson compared the European situation with that of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.He acknowledged that registering and compliance did involve costs, but he argued that, once initial hurdles were overcome, asset managers had access to the entirety of the country’s market.He also questioned the lack of distinction between retail and institutional clients in much of the recently enacted European regulation – arguing that only one of the two groups justified the amount of regulation.“If I were trying to sell my product to Slovenian pensioners, then I fully understand there needs to be a high degree of regulation, possibly even over-regulation,” he said.“But if you’re trying to do institutional work across Europe, it’s completely ridiculous that you have to comply with so many of these regulations.”Asked whether certain countries – such as the UK and Ireland, where pension trustees are often non-professionals – did not still warrant such protection, he said: “The difference between an institution and a non-institution is that the institution is a sophisticated investor. You have to say, just because you’re a badly run institution, that doesn’t excuse you.”The report by the NCI – backed by asset managers worth £400bn (€546bn) – said that, while the industry was susceptible to crises, they were “different and possibly more easily [managed]” than those that could face the banking sector.“While there were examples of different types of asset managers getting into trouble during the recent financial crisis,” the report says, “these seem to be largely isolated incidents rather than systemic flaws.”In an effort to allow for the growth of boutique managers, the report recommended that the AIFMD exemption be increased to €500m, up from its current €100m.It also criticised the idea of a financial transaction tax, being discussed by a minority of EU member states, as “hugely harmful” and called for it to be dropped.last_img read more

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Coronavirus brings Adidas sales collapse in China

first_imgRead Also: Sport will rebound in China but coronavirus exposes flawsDespite the novel coronavirus’ spread to some other countries in the region, “we have not yet observed any major business impact outside of Greater China,” the company said.Looking ahead, Adidas said it could not predict how big the impact of the virus would be on its annual results.Bosses will provide an update when the company releases its 2019 earnings data on March 11, it added. German sportswear maker Adidas said Wednesday store closures in China had brought plummeting sales since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak in late January.A meltdown in Chinese sales for Adidas“Our business activity in Greater China has been around 85 percent below the prior year level since Chinese New Year on January 25,” the Bavarian company said in a statement.Adidas said it faced “a significant number of store closures” on its roster of 500 owned stores and 11,500 franchises in China, while many fewer people are shopping at those which remain open.The group’s “Greater China” region, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, has for years been one of the fastest-growing areas of the world for Adidas sales.And the Asia-Pacific region as a whole accounted for around one-third of Adidas’ 6.4 billion euros ($6.9 billion) in revenues in the first nine months of 2019. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone MoviesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?15 Most Astonishing Staircases In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Best Cars Of All TimeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

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World Athletics issue reminder of rule limiting height of track spikes

first_img In some cases, this may apply to the entire race. These amendments were based on “significant ongoing discussions” with the Working Group on Athletic Shoes, established this year, and with shoe manufacturers. The 40mm maximum depth for road shoe soles, introduced amidst vigorous debate over the ethical justice of Nike’s groundbreaking VaporFly Next% shoes, remains in place. Before January 31, the only stipulations on sole height were for high jump – 19mm – and long jump – 13mm. read also:World Athletics to expel Russia unless it pays $6.3m fine But sole height limits have now been set out for all types of shoes, with field events other than triple jump having a maximum of 20mm and triple jump and cross-country having an allowance of 25mm. One of the initial concerns about the new range of advanced shoe models was their high cost, leading to worries that only top sponsored athletes could afford them. Subsequently, the new measures also included the establishment of an “Athletic Shoe Availability Scheme” for unsponsored elite athletes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 World Athletics has issued a reminder of the rule which reduces the maximum allowable height of soles in spiked track shoes. Member federations and event organisers were reminded about the recently introduced rule five, which governs competition shoes. The amended rule, which puts a sole height limit of 25 millimetres on all shoes worn in track events of 800 metres and above in distance, came into force on July 28. The height limit was also reduced to 20mm for events below 800m. World Athletics reminded organisers that national championships and other domestic competitions must be held under the governing body’s technical and competition rules. This means that rule five must be applied in full for the competition results to be recognised as valid. Member federations were also reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that all athletes, officials and competition organisers are aware that rule five must be applied in full. If a member federation or competition organiser permits an athlete to compete in non-compliant shoes, the athlete’s individual results from the competition will be marked in World Athletics’ records and statistics as invalid.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBig Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap Opera12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie7 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting The Tasks DonePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

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Platt warning for United

first_img City may have conceded defeat to United in their Barclays Premier League title defence but their hard-earned 2-1 win in the derby at Old Trafford not only restored pride but made a psychological point. The aim now for City is to secure second place and regroup sufficiently over the summer to launch a stronger challenge next season. The former England international, Roberto Mancini’s first-team coach at the Etihad Stadium, said: “The potential is being realised. It is a very good team, it is a very good football club. It is not going away.” Press Association He added: “That is the main message, not just to come out of last night but forever. “Regardless of what happens in the league this season, we aren’t going away. “We will be there next year and long may that continue. We will keep getting stronger and stronger.” The manner of City’s performance in securing back-to-back wins at Old Trafford for the first time since 1972 prompted many to wonder how they had allowed United to go into the game 15 points clear. Platt told City TV: “More than a fantastic result it was a terrific performance. You are never going to dominate a game for 90 minutes against Manchester United but we restricted them to very few opportunities. “The opportunities they did have were on the counter-attack, which you expect from a team like them, but we took the game to them, we had territorial advantage, we created opportunities. “We were composed throughout, which was a good thing. But not only that, we showed character as well. Having conceded the goal to go 1-1 we showed the character to finish it off with a great goal from Sergio.” center_img Manchester City assistant boss David Platt has warned Manchester United the Blues will not go away.last_img read more

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Officials in Colorado have voted to give every newborn $100 for college

first_imgLawmakers in Colorado have voted to give $100 to every newborn in the state as a start to their college fund.The bill titled HB 1280 received its final approval earlier this week and will go into effect beginning in 2020.Under the bill, parents who set up a college savings account for their child will receive a $100 tax-free contribution to the account through the state.The bill’s sponsor Rep. Leslie Herod (D-Denver) says she issued the bill because she wanted to “kick-start their dreams:”“What we found is that when a young person has $100 and $500 in their savings account, they are much more likely to go to college.”While many were worried that the money would could from taxpayers, officials reported that the money will be provided by a private company called College Invest.The nonprofit company currently runs Colorado’s 529 savings accounts and is committed to raising the estimated $3 million annually, privately and through grants.Republicans, however, seemed concerned about the possibility of not raising enough funds and the possible invasion of privacy by sending all birth certificates to the Department of Education.“In this age of privacy, I don’t know if we want all the birth certificates going to the Department of Education,” Sen. Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs) Hill said.Despite concerns, the bill is now on its way to Gov. Polis’ desk, where he is expected to sign the legislation.last_img read more

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Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

first_imgAlthough some states are still under a lockdown, President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend.“Today I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services,” Trump said.President Trump warned governors that they “need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, for this weekend.” And he warned that if governors don’t abide by his request, he will “override” them.For months the reopening of religious services have been a controversy, and now that many states are starting to reopen, Trump and the White House administration believe it is safe to reopen churches in accordance with the CDC guidelines.Following Trump’s announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for communities of faith that include taking steps to limit the size of gatherings and considering holding services outdoors or in large, well-ventilated areas.last_img read more

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Cricket News IPL 2019: Kings XI Punjab’s star aim to break title drought

first_imghighlights New Delhi: A camaraderie of eleven Kings is ought to do well in any circumstances, at least that’s what we expect out of them. But wait, is that the case with our very own Kings XI Punjab? Well, unfortunately, no. The team, which was built around a lot of big names have twice been close to getting their hands on the coveted trophy in eleven years, but haven’t managed to do it. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that they haven’t done justice with their strength on paper, to be blatantly honest. If we rewind the clock to the eleven IPL editions so far they finished in the top four only twice, finishing as runner-up once in 2014. They never quite had a fairytale run, and when they did the fairytale ending eluded them. But at the end of it, there have been many sparkling performances for the Kings to wear in their crown, although made of gold and not a diamond. The likes of Paul Valthaty, Adam Gilchrist, Virender Sehwag, Sandeep Sharma, and Shaun Marsh may have helped the side to turn agony turn into ecstasy in past, but going forward the requirement would a little more if the team wants trophy cabinet to have its first IPL trophy. The twelfth edition of the premier franchise-based T20 league will bring new hopes under the same leader, however, will the result be different? – We will find out in less than two months time. Kings XI Punjab complete squad: Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthy, Sam Curran, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet BrarSupport Staff:Coach: Mike HessonBatting coach: Sridharan SriramBowling coach: Ryan HarrisFielding coach: Craig McMillanPhysiotherapist: Brett Harrop For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Two Indian Players to watch out for: Mayank Agarwal: Mayank, who start in the line up as the third opener but seeing his form over the last couple of years now, the franchise wouldn’t want to keep this talent on the bench. With this, all eyes will be on Agwarwal whether is able to capitalize on this opportunity. Varun Chakravarthy: Varun, who wasn’t a known in the cricket fraternity before the last Tamil Nadu Premier League season has gone leaps and bounds due to his pure wrist spinning abilities. The upcoming IPL season will help him to get renowned at the world stage. However, it is likely that he will start on the bench at the start of the season if the franchise decides to utilise Mujeeb’s experience. Two Foreign Players to watch out for:Sam Curran: Curran was exceedingly successful against India in June last year. However, whether he will be as effective as he was in the English conditions – this remains to be seen. Chris Gayle:Gayle made an interesting statement before starting 2018 IPL edition. He said that IPL cannot happen without the involvement of Chris Gayle aka Universe Boss. On some grounds, it remains true eyeing what he brings to the table. Seeing his form against England, he can be deadly dangerous for the opposition. Past Record:2008: 3rd2009: 5th2010: 8th2011: 5th2012: 6th2013: 6th2014: 2nd2015: 8th2016: 8th2017: 5th2018: 7th Kings XI Punjab will begin their season against Rajasthan Royals on March 25.The team will start the season under a new coach Mike Hesson.Kings XI has never won IPL title in the 11 seasons so far. last_img read more

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Gombe Rocks for Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Tournament

first_imgThe city of Gombe, capital of the state known as ‘Jewel in the Savannah’, is bubbling as the annual Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini-Tournament moves up north for the very first time. The tournament which begins today will run till September 22.Akinwunmi, who is the 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation and Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, has been sponsoring a charity mini-tournament for some years now in Lagos State, which has attracted immense media and public attention, as well as infectious ecstasy.The competition’s main objective is provision of scholarships for smart but indigent children and support for ailing ex-international players. Over 200 children have been supported through the Courage Education Foundation, which has chosen the game of football to bring people together and raise funds for the Foundation’s goals. Seyi Akinwunmi A thorough and deliberate debonair lawyer of over 30 years at the bar who has disdain for doing things in half measures, Akinwunmi has driven the mini-tournament and the foundation with a touch of class, charisma and consistency.“Our goal is to provide the perfect platform for the gifted but indigent child to fulfill his dream, through combining good education with a career in sport. The truth is that talents abound in the nooks and crannies of our country. They are waiting to be discovered and nurtured. Most are from poor homes and need support to climb that ladder to get close to their dreams,” said Akinwunmi.Best –practice conditions for the tournament in Gombe include that all players must be 13 years or below at its commencement; players must come from the same school as scholarship grant will be paid directly to the relevant schools; evidence of attending school and birth certificate/authenticated document compulsory and; letter from school and State FA verifying child is in school and medically fit to partake.The winning team will get the sum of N100,000 while the two best players from host Gombe State will get scholarship grant of N150,000 each and the best player from each of the other five States in the North East will go home with scholarship grant of N150,000 each.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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