Croatia has met the conditions for two important economic and tourism projects with the United States

first_imgThe visa-waiver program means that Croatian citizens can travel to the United States without a visa for a maximum period of 90 days, for tourist or business reasons. The visa-free agreement for Croatian citizens should be signed in the coming months, as well as the abolition of visas, as Croatia has met all the conditions in this fiscal year, which ends in the United States on September 30. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on an official visit to Croatia today, and a meeting on cooperation and alliance between the two countries was held in Dubrovnik. The US Secretary of State confirmed that the conditions for two extremely important projects, which have been under development for decades, have been met – abolition of visas for Croatian citizens (visa-waiver) and signing an agreement on avoiding double taxation. By the way, only Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus are the only members of the European Union that need a visa for the United States. Photo: US Embassy in Croatialast_img read more

South Korea sees largest spike in virus cases in nearly two months

first_imgSocial distancing rules have been relaxed in South Korea and facilities such as museums and churches have reopened. Some professional sports — including baseball and soccer — started new seasons earlier this month, albeit behind closed doors.Students have been returning to classes since last week, although some schools were forced to turn away their pupils over concerns of new virus cases in their neighborhood.The country endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside mainland China, and while it never imposed a compulsory lockdown, strict social distancing had been widely observed since March.But it appears to have brought its outbreak under control thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” program. Topics : It was the largest increase since 81 cases were announced on April 5.An outbreak at a warehouse of e-commerce firm Coupang in Bucheon, west of Seoul, has seen 69 cases, said the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Around 4,100 workers and visitors to the building were under self-isolation, with more than 80 percent tested so far, vice health minister Kim Gang-lip told reporters.”We are expecting the number of new cases linked to the warehouse to continue rising until today as we wrap up related tests,” he added.center_img South Korea reported its biggest spike in coronavirus cases in nearly two months on Thursday, as officials scramble to tackle fresh clusters that have raised concerns of a possible second wave of infections.The country has been held up as a global model in how to curb the virus and has begun to ease restrictions, but is now rushing to contain new infections as life returns to normal.Officials announced 79 new cases Thursday — taking its total to 11,344 — with most fresh infections from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area.last_img read more

Three quarters of German investors ‘consider sustainability criteria’

first_imgMore than half (57%) of those taking into account sustainability criteria stated being satisfied or extremely satisfied with doing so.Of those that stated they did not consider sustainability criteria, 57% cited the absence of specific requirements as the main reason, according to Union.The manager noted that only one third of the surveyed investors indicated being aware of the European Commission’s sustainable finance action plan.An investor’s company values was mentioned by 83% of those surveyed as being an important or very important motivation for considering sustainable investment criteria.Union also highlighted that, although two-thirds of respondents were “convinced” that sustainable investments could have a decisive impact on the global climate, only a minority (39%) had information about the climate impact of their own portfolio.Union also asked investors about their views of how a low-carbon transition could impact employment, with 55% indicating they did not expect Germany’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 to threaten jobs.The surveyed investors had around €6.5trn of assets under management between them. Respondent groups included insurance providers (18%), large companies (12%), pension providers/pension funds (13%), charitable foundations/church organisations (18%), credit institutions (21%), and investment management companies (18%). The share of German institutional investors taking into account sustainability criteria in their investment decisions has reached an 11-year high, according to a survey by Union Investment.Nearly three quarters (72%) of 201 surveyed institutional investors indicated doing so, a year-on-year increase of seven percentage points and the highest level since the survey was first conducted in 2009.Investment management companies were most likely to state that they factored sustainability criteria into their investment decisions (92%), followed by churches and charitable foundations (86%).last_img read more

Largest donor-funded Caribbean private sector program launched

first_img Share 9 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional Largest donor-funded Caribbean private sector program launched by: – October 13, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share (L-R_ Bruce Golding and Alan Duncan)KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding on Tuesday launched the largest donor-funded regional private sector development program in the Caribbean. Alan Duncan, Minister of State in the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development joined the prime minister in addressing the event.The US$40 million Compete Caribbean program is a five-year joint initiative of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DfID), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It was developed, in consultation with governments, regional institutions and private sector bodies, as a response to the need for greater coordination among development agencies. In the keynote address, Golding said, “The launch and implementation of the Compete Caribbean Program is appropriate and timely because it adds to the work already identified in the region and it brings new energy, resources, and further strength and velocity to the development of the region.” He added that in terms of competitiveness policy, the region must “move from policy direction to policy execution and it is not beyond our capacity or achievement. The urgency is not at the doorstep. The urgency is upon us now.”Duncan, who is on a three-day visit to the region, praised the partnership between the UK, Canada and the IDB that developed the Compete Caribbean initiative. He noted that “Growth was poor in the Caribbean even before the global downturn. Tinkering at the edges of the problem won’t work. The Caribbean must find new markets to increase exports and create jobs. Compete Caribbean aims to do exactly this.”The one-day launch event was attended by senior Caribbean government officials and leading Caribbean business people. In addition to panel discussions on “Fostering Economic Growth through the Private Sector in the Caribbean” and “Experiences Doing Business in the Caribbean”, a special panel on attracting investment featured representatives from Portland Private Equity, Leopard Capital and Scotiabank.Executive Director, for Compete Caribbean, Jose Jorge Saavedra, highlighted that “improving competitiveness is the key to success for every country in the globalized economy of the 21st Century. It is also the predominant issue that will determine what kind of economic future lies ahead for the Caribbean”. Saavedra also provided details on a number of exciting special initiatives that were already underway, such as the Caribbean Competitiveness Centre, the Conversations on Growth Initiative and the Compete Caribbean Fellowship Program.With a focus on increasing growth and creating jobs, the program recognizes that competitiveness is particularly important to Caribbean small states if they are to overcome the inherent limitations posed by their size and take advantage of global trade opportunities.The program will work with governments, regional organizations and the private sector to develop better policies and strategies for to promote private sector growth; improve the investment climate and cut red tape; and through a Challenge Fund, provide grants to firms that seek to develop innovative products and services for export.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Board ‘overrules’ Angelicum closure notice; school head quits

first_imgFriday morning, the Board issued what it called a “corrective statement.” Part of it read: “This is to inform the public that the Board of the Trustees of Angelicum School, Inc., Jaro, Iloilo City hereby overrules and recalls the announcement of the ‘Notice of ASIL’s Cessation of Operation’ as issued by her Director last May 27, 2020.” The Board of Trustees of Angelicum overruled the announced cessation of the school’s operation. Opened in 1978 with 70-plus students and four teaching staff, Angelicum School Iloilo pioneered the non-graded, open-classroom education system in the Philippines. Gatela’s announcement of Angelicum’s closure alarmed Mayor Jerry Treñas. He expressed fear that more private schools here could shut down, thereby adversely affecting the education of students and economically displacing private school teachers./PN In a “Corrective Statement” issued yesterday, the Board clarified that it and the Provincial Council of the Dominican Province of the Philippines “didn’t approve any cessation of operation.” “The experience of the 4th Grading Period was difficult for all of us. The sad part was that (Angelicum) was not ready and failed miserably in delivering the services,” read part of Gatela’s statement. ILOILO City – Angelicum School Iloilo is not closing after all. The Dominicans, a religious order, operates Angelicum, a Catholic private school here offering preschool, elementary and high school education.center_img The Board also announced it had accepted the resignation of Angelicum school administrator Father Maximo Gatela. The corrective statement was signed by Father Napoleon Sipalay Jr., prior provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines (DPP) and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Angelicum School. As the situation of uncertainty continued, according to Gatela, “we cannot prolong the 4th Grading experience throughout the whole school year nor keep you hanging in the air.” Gatela issued a statement on Wednesday night announcing that Angelicum would cease operating by July 1, 2020. In announcing Angelicum’s cessation of operation on Wednesday night, Gatela cited the difficulty that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created. It is also known for the Lizares Mansion in its compound, a former heritage house and one of Iloilo City’s imposing landmarks.last_img read more

Women Who Coach

first_imgA couple of weeks ago I wrote an article on the time-consuming job of men coaching in high school. Today I am writing about the other side of the coin–women coaching in high school. Here it is the husband who has to take over the day-to-day running of the household. This is not overwhelming unless the husband also has a full-time job away from the house. Then it is just like his female counterpart. Today the term “house husband” is an acceptable description of those men who stay home and run the house, because the wife’s job does not give her as much “family time”. These guys have the same myriad of tasks that the wife runs into when the husband is the coach. He has to diaper the young ones, run the older ones to all of their activities, take care of them when they are sick, etc. Neither job is an easy one, and it takes just as special a partner no matter which person has the coaching job. The woman coach comes home with the same frustrations as her male counterpart and has to do the same coaching tasks. I can’t imagine a household where both parents are head coaches. Here is where you hope a grandparent is close enough to help out or the kids wind up in day care like so many other working-parent households. Either way, the stay-at-home parent is left raising the family most of the time.last_img read more

MBB : Boeheim, SU hope to continue success against UConn’s Walker in Big East semifinals

first_imgNEW YORK –– One day short of the two-year anniversary of their epic six-overtime classic – the game that trumps any other in the storied canon of Big East tournament games – Syracuse and Connecticut will renew their rivalry at Madison Square Garden tonight (7 p.m., ESPN) in the tournament semifinals.But leading up to the game, the focus has been cast on one player who is the only remaining Husky star from the night and early morning that was March 12 and 13 of 2009. He is also the unquestioned star of this year’s tournament after his last-second quarterfinal heroics Thursday.He is Kemba Walker. And despite the fact that Jim Boeheim’s acclaimed 2-3 zone muzzled Walker into his worst performance of the season on Feb. 2, the SU head coach expects the Walker who has a knack to carry his team and hit big shots to show up versus Syracuse Friday.‘I don’t take anything out of the (Feb. 2) Connecticut game,’ Boeheim said after Syracuse’s 79-72 quarterfinal win over St. John’s on Thursday. ‘I don’t think they played well. Kemba had probably his worst night of the year and we know that wont happen (Friday) night.’On Friday, Boeheim expects the Walker who, as a freshman two years ago, hit a shot with 1.1 seconds left in regulation to force the first overtime of six. He expects the Walker who earned first team All-Big East honors earlier this week, only to top it Thursday with a 24-point performance in a heart-stopping upset of top-seeded Pittsburgh – capped off by a beautiful walk-off step-back jumper which left Pitt center Gary McGhee in a heap on the floor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe expects that Walker, the Walker who pillaged pretty much every team but Boeheim’s this year. Not the Walker who only went for eight points – the only game this season where Walker has been held to single digits – in the then-No. 6 Huskies 66-58 loss to SU on Feb. 2.But if Walker’s history against SU foretells anything, it is that the Orange has his number. Two years ago in the six-overtime classic, a then jumper-less Walker struggled in an abysmal 4-of-18 and 0-of-7 shooting performance from behind the 3-point line.Two years ago, though, Walker wasn’t the one and only savior and workhorse for a loaded No. 4 UConn. He has been this year and was expected to be on Feb. 2. In that contest, Walker struggled against a scouting report devised by another former star of the Big East tournament – Gerry McNamara. McNamara conveyed to the Orange guards that within the 2-3 zone they must not let Walker shoot, never mind score. He only shot the ball six times in a second half during which the Huskies took 27 shots.After the game, it left UConn head coach Jim Calhoun so frustrated he refused to talk about any Husky player other than Jeremy Lamb, who scored 22 points.‘Individually I don’t have comment on any of our players except Jeremy,’ Calhoun said. ‘I thought he played terrific.’‘I thought tonight we got beat,’ Calhoun added. ‘But I don’t think we should have gotten beat.’The man who stepped up for Walker that night, Lamb, said he felt the mentally tough Bronx-native Walker let the referees take over his game.‘I just think he let the referees get in his head,’ Lamb said. ‘Once he didn’t get certain calls he got a little frustrated.’Frustrated is the last thing Walker will be Friday, his complete confidence super-saturated after his heroics Thursday.Boeheim is bracing for him. He knows he has two players left over — Rick Jackson and Kris Joseph — from the six-overtime game where he said he had ‘never been prouder of any team he ever coached.’Boeheim’s two include Jackson, who has grown to become the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year and best big man two years after coming up in the clutch. He slammed home a game-tying dunk with four seconds left in the first overtime in 2009, and set a timely screen to free Andy Rautins up for a game-tying 3-pointer in the third overtime.Still, though, tonight isn’t about Jackson. It’s about Walker. And the same number of points Boeheim held Walker to two years ago and the last time out, eight, is the amount of games Boeheim thinks the energizer bunny Walker could play in this tournament. Yes, eight. That is the kind of regard Boeheim holds Walker — even if the coach has held him in check.Said Boeheim: ‘I think Kemba Walker could play eight nights in a row.’aolivero@syr.eduThe Daily Orange beat writer predictions:Brett LoGiuratoSyracuse 70, Connecticut 68Can’t you just feel a Fab Melo game-winning layup? March Madness!Tony OliveroSyracuse 68, Connecticut 66If there is one team Kemba doesnt want to play it’s Cuse. Eight versus the zone in the six-overtime game. Eight on Feb. 2.Andrew L. JohnSyracuse 73, Connecticut 71Four wins in four days is pretty difficult to pull off, even for the best player in the country. Published on March 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Super Bowl 53: Rams RB Todd Gurley is 100 percent, coach Sean McVay says

first_imgRams coach Sean McVay is confident Todd Gurley will be 100 percent when the Rams face the Patriots in the Super Bowl. McVay provided an update on his running back Friday after the team held its final practice before Sunday’s game. He revealed Gurley is “feeling good” and he expects Gurley to “play a big role” against New England. Related News “He didn’t have that many touches, but he still played a good amount of snaps,” McVay said (via ESPN). “We just weren’t able to run it as much as we’d like to, because New Orleans did a nice job stopping us. Then, we were in some two-minute situations at the end of the game and the end of the half where you’re more inclined to throw it. He should be good.”When asked about his knee earlier this week, Gurley said, “I’m good.”The Rams are expected to have a completely healthy roster heading into the Super Bowl as there are no injury designations. Gurley, coming off a knee injury that caused him to miss the Rams’ final two regular-season games with inflammation, didn’t have many touches during the NFC championship game, causing some speculation as to whether he fully recovered from his injury.Gurley played 32 of the team’s 68 snaps, finishing with five touches for 13 total yards, including a 6-yard touchdown run against the Saints. Super Bowl 53: Todd Gurley, Sony Michel in ‘perfect’ spots, says ex-Georgia teammatelast_img read more

For Mickelson, it’s not easy being rich

first_imgby Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Columnist It’s not always easy being rich, as Phil Mickelson reminded us the other day. There are taxes to pay — apparently lots of them — and the price of a tank of jet fuel seems to go up every day.A million dollars a week just doesn’t go as far as it used to, now that the wealthy are paying more in taxes. For Mickelson, things have gotten so bad that he’s thinking of moving from California so the state doesn’t get a cut of the $47 million that Golf Digest estimates he made last year.Thankfully, it’s not quite to the point where Tiger Woods and his buddies need to hold a car wash to raise money for Lefty. He has, after all, made an estimated $400 million in the last decade and even the greediest of tax collectors doesn’t take it all.And he does seem to realize — though a bit belatedly — that one thing rich people shouldn’t do is complain to people who aren’t rich about the taxes they have to pay. Mickelson was barely done moaning about the taxman the other day when he began a round of apologies that continued Wednesday at his hometown tournament in San Diego.“I’ve made some dumb, dumb, mistakes, and, obviously, talking about this stuff was one of them,” Mickelson said.Not to worry. There are ways to stay put at home and still have enough left over for a few of the Five Guys hamburger franchises he loves so much.Among them are:WIN LESS: What good is winning when you have to pay so much of your earnings to the government? Sure, it goes against Mickelson’s competitive instincts, but there’s a good living to be made in the middle of the pack on the PGA Tour, where almost everyone is a millionaire. This week’s winning payout at Torrey Pines is $1,080,000, but why deal with the anguish of giving so much of it away? Luckily Mickelson has already taken an important step in that direction by winning only two times since capturing the Masters three years ago.THINK SILVER: Back in the days when the Tournament of Champions was held in Las Vegas and people still had silver dollars, the winner was paid every year with a wheelbarrow full of the coins. It might take a dump truck to hold enough silver dollars for today’s huge purses, but imagine the fun Mickelson could have when the IRS comes by to take its share. POOR PHIL–Phil Mickelson answers a question about comments he made about taxes during a news conference following his round in the Pro-Am at the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines on Jan. 23, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)last_img read more

Bonds to attend Pirates opening day

first_imgBarry BondsPITTSBURGH (AP) – Barry Bonds, Dick Groat and Jim Leyland are going to help the Pittsburgh Pirates honor their award winners from last season on opening day.The former Pirates stars will be on hand Monday when Pittsburgh celebrates its first winning season and trip to the playoffs since 1992 before playing the Chicago Cubs.Bonds, the 1992 NL MVP, and Groat, the 1960 winner, are set to give center fielder Andrew McCutcheon his NL MVP award. The recently retired Leyland, Manager of the Year in 1990 and ’92 with the Pirates, will give Clint Hurdle the award he won for guiding last year’s club to a 94-68 record.Jack Wilson, a 2004 Silver Slugger winner for best-hitting shortstop, is going to give McCutcheon and third baseman Pedro Alvarez their Silver Sluggers.last_img