Dalibor Bilić, BTravel: We see further development in the development of digital platforms that will connect social networks, tourism and wellbeing

first_imgBTravel, one of the fastest growing Croatian and regional tourist agencies, in 2017 generated revenue of HRK 65,5 million, which is an increase of 70,12% compared to the previous year.This is a great business success for the agency that was founded less than three years ago, at the end of 2015. Today, BTravel employs 32 people and in addition to Zagreb, it also has offices in Pula, Ljubljana and Belgrade. The basis of business is categories incominga (tourist groups from Western Europe, mostly from Austria and Germany), MICE and business tourism and the category by which BTravel is unique in the market – sports tourism. The additional offer consists of school groups, as well as the offer of skiing and wellness, which recorded a growth of 100% compared to the previous year.”The concept of our business consists of connecting the interests and needs of different sectors of the economy with tourism and travel and achieving added value through this synergy. We also see further development in innovations, ie the development of digital platforms that will connect social networks, tourism and wellbeing, thus setting the latest trends in the industry.” said Dalibor Bilić, President of the Management Board of BTravela.Since May last year, BTravel has also been the exclusive travel agency of the BBCC (British Business Center Croatia / British Chamber of Commerce) and the agency’s special emphasis is certainly on the British market. “Data from the Association of British Tour Operators (ABTA) from 2016 show that almost 86% of Britons travel annually, with at least once a year traveling to a foreign country. So, it is about almost 40 million people. Given that British overnight stays in Croatia in 2016 reached 3 million, it is clear that there is much room for growth. The British are quality guests, who usually spend more than others, and Croatia is their destination that they have only been discovering in recent years.. ”Said Dan Vidošević, Corporate Director of BTravel at the Brit Travel Afternoon panel held at the end of the year, on the topic of young British tourists and their travel habits.The panel concluded that it was imperative to extend the Croatian tourist offer to the whole year, including continental tourism. More than half of Britons travel to other cities for a city break (53%), followed by holidays, continental and all-inclusive tourism. The picture in Croatia is that the British are mostly young tourists interested only in entertainment, but the figures of the Association of British Tour Operators (ABTA) show the opposite. Namely, according to statistics for 2016, only 8% of British tourists travel for the festival.</p>
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Former BT property chief to head Network Rail estate

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TNO scheme to increase private equity holdings to 7.5%

first_imgThe €3.4bn pension fund of Dutch technical research institute TNO plans to increase its private equity investments from 4.4% to 7.5% of its portfolio during the next two to three years.In its annual report for 2017, it said it had appointed several new managers to achieve this goal, which would involve annual investments of approximately €80m.Hans de Ruiter, the scheme’s chief investment officer, said that the new investments – through Gilde, Vector and Strategic Value Partners – would be largely funded by the proceeds of existing private equity holdings.He added that the pension fund had hired consultancy Wilshire to select, monitor and report on unlisted equity investments. Last year, the scheme’s private equity holdings lost 3.8%, but in 2016 the allocation returned almost 13%.The Pensioenfonds TNO said that it had reduced its exposure to US high yield bonds by 1.5 percentage points, in favour of local currency emerging market debt.The company scheme also cut European equity from 10.4% to 5.8% of its portfolio, in favour of US and emerging markets equities.It appointed Robeco and Quoniam as smart beta managers for a new 8.8% allocation to worldwide equity investments, which would come at the expense of regional holdings.TNO also added listed property as a new asset class, aiming for a 2% allocation in line with its existing holdings of unlisted real estate.The pension fund reported an overall result of 3.6% for 2017, including a 1.2% profit from its currency and interest rate hedges.Its equity holdings – 24.2% of the portfolio – delivered 9.8%, while its property portfolio produced 4.4%.Fixed income (67.2% of TNO’s investments) had generated 0.8%, with emerging market debt gaining 3.4% US high-yield bonds lost 4%. The scheme’s exposure to residential mortgages gained 4.7%.The pension fund had an overlay for its emerging market equity investments, targeting 25% of best-in-class companies ranked on environmental, social and corporate governance criteria. It said it planned to extend this overlay to developed markets stock.By the end of 2017 the TNO scheme had already excluded 10 countries under UN sanctions as well as 45 firms from its investment universe, including manufacturers of controversial arms and companies that derived more than 5% of their turnover from tobacco.It said that, after running several scenarios for its own future, it saw enough reasons to continue as an independent pension fund, citing the current input of the social partners in the pension plan, its controls on costs and its service level. TNO said it had decided against merging with a sector scheme or joining a general pension fund.The Pensioenfonds TNO reported administration costs of €308 per participant. It spent 0.78% in total on asset management and transactions.At June-end, its coverage ratio stood at 114.8%. The scheme has 4,260 employees, 6,320 deferred participants and 5,355 pensioners.last_img read more

Sausage recall issued due to ‘extraneous materials’

first_imgXenia, Oh. — Bob Evans Farms, Inc., a Xenia, Ohio, establishment, is recalling approximately 46,734 pounds of pork sausage link products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of clear hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.The raw pork sausage link items were produced on Aug. 1, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]12-oz overwrap trays labeled “BOB EVANS MAPLE PORK SAUSAGE LINKS.” These products contain a Use by date of Oct. 16, 2018 or Oct. 19, 2018, and Lot Code of 8213.12-oz overwrap trays labeled “BOB EVANS BROWN SUGAR & HONEY.” These products contain a Use by date of Oct. 16, 2018, and Lot Code of 8213.12-oz overwrap trays labeled “FRESH FROM MEIJER MAPLE FLAVORED SAUSAGE LINKS.” These products contain a Use by date of Sept. 06, 2018, and Lot Code of 8213.12-oz overwrap trays labeled “GIANT EAGLE MAPLE PORK BREAKFAST SAUSAGE LINKS CARAMEL COLOR ADDED.” These products contain a Use by date of Sept. 10, 2018, and Lot Code of 8213.12-oz overwrap trays labeled “SCHNUCKS MAPLE RECIPE BREAKFAST SAUSAGE.” These products contain a Lot Code of 8213.The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST 6785.” These items were shipped to retail locations in Ind., Ill., Md., Mich., Mo., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., Va., and Wis.The problem was discovered when the establishment received consumer complaints of extraneous material in the pork sausage products.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.last_img read more

Taylor: Spurs are not a one-man team

first_img He added: “Everybody’s talking about Gareth Bale because he’s playing well and scoring goals. He’s one of a number of players that we’re going to try to have shackle on Monday night to get a good result. “I wouldn’t want to suggest that Tottenham are a one-player team because they’re not. “They’ve got lots and lots of exceptional players and we’ve got to make sure that we keep as close an eye on those players as we can, but also go and do our stuff as and when we get the chance.” Spurs go into the match sitting fourth in the Premier League and with a Europa League tie against Inter Milan on the horizon. A last-gasp strike from Moussa Dembele sealed their progression at the expense of Lyon on Thursday night, but Taylor remains confident West Ham can secure the three points and haul themselves up to 11th spot. “They are on a high now from the Europa League progression into the last 16, so it’s going to be a difficult game for us,” he said. “It’s a local derby and we want to overturn what was a disappointing result at Tottenham. Everybody at the club at the moment is in a positive frame of mind and in good spirits, and that for me is a fantastic thing. “Everyone’s full of confidence and morale is high, so hopefully we’ve got a good end to the season coming up.” West Ham midfielder Matthew Taylor has urged his team-mates not to spend too long thinking about Gareth Bale when Tottenham visit Upton Park on Monday. Bale has been one of the top players in the Barclays Premier League this season, with the 23-year-old already hitting 21 goals across all competitions. “The main thing for us on Monday night is to try and worry about ourselves,” he said. “We understand that Tottenham have got lots of fantastic players and they are a great team but we’re not bad ourselves.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Patchell guides Blues home

first_img Wet and windy conditions at Arms Park meant several errors were committed by both sides. It was the visitors who started brightly although Parks failed to get Connacht’s first points on the board after seeing his penalty attempt from halfway land just short of the crossbar, while Patchell also booted off the right post. Pat Lam’s men went ahead in the 12th minute, however, when they burst forward and George Naoupu’s pop pass to Healy allowed the wing to slide over, with Parks adding the extras. Patchell got Cardiff off the mark with a penalty from the halfway line after Naoupu had infringed at the scrum and the Welshman added another to cut the deficit to a point before his drop goal gave the Blues a 9-6 lead. Parks gave Connacht a slender advantage with a penalty on the stroke of half-time and the Irish side came out firing after the interval, with Healy only denied a second try by a vital intervention from Filo Paulo. They then fell behind as Cardiff’s forwards won a penalty at the scrum, which left Patchell with a simple three-pointer to give Cardiff a 12-10 lead. Cardiff had several chances to score their first try of the night, but failed to kill off the game, while both Parks and Patchell missed with penalty attempts. Patchell would redeem himself with a well taken three-pointer from the right and added another as the Blues took an 18-10 lead into the final five minutes. Rodney Ah You was sin-binned to leave Connacht to close out the game with 14 men and a high tackle from Paul O’Donohue gave Patchell the chance to take his tally to 21 points for the evening, which he did with aplomb. Press Association Young Cardiff fly-half Rhys Patchell scored all 21 points for the Blues, who claimed their first RaboDirect Pro12 win of the season in a 21-10 triumph over Connacht.center_img Twenty-year-old Patchell, who has already represented Wales twice this year, was nigh-on flawless with the boot, scoring six penalties and a first-half drop goal. Connacht had a 10-9 lead at the interval thanks to wing Matt Healy’s try while former Blues fly-half Dan Parks, who is now player-coach with the Irish province, converted and added a penalty but they faded thereafter and Patchell scored 12 unanswered points to seal victory for Cardiff at Arms Park. last_img read more

In the backfield, faces are familiar

first_imgPressure released · The comparisons to Reggie Bush have finally subsided for junior Joe McKnight, who now looks to maximize his time in the Trojans’ crowded backfield. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan Running backs at USC have a lot to live up to. Nicknamed “Tailback U,” the Trojans have had some of the greatest rushers in NCAA history, including five Heisman Trophy winners.It is no surprise, then, that the Trojans have one of the deepest backfields in the nation set to take the field in 2009. Many Trojans believe that all six of their top tailbacks could star at most Division-I programs. USC ranked 22nd in the nation last season in rushing offense at 195 yards per game, and returns all of its tailbacks and fullbacks.The Trojans employed a three-man rotation at the tailback position for most of last season, with senior Stafon Johnson, redshirt junior C.J.. Gable and junior Joe McKnight getting more than 80 percent of the carries. However, the coaches remained noncommittal when asked if they would use a similar rotation this year.“I don’t know how the rotation is going to go this year. We never know,” running backs coach Todd McNair said.“We’ll see how it pans out,” added offensive coordinator John Morton. “Usually they’ll all play.”Johnson was the Trojans leading rusher a season ago (705 yards, nine touchdowns) and enters his senior season tentatively atop the depth chart. He combines an ability to run between the tackles with a breakaway speed to become perhaps the Trojans’ most complete back. Yet Johnson said he has no complaints about the rotation.“No problem at all because for the most part we were successful with it,” Johnson said.He also dispelled the notion that one running back needs to get a majority of the carries in order to get in a rhythm.“You want to be hot so you don’t have to get hot,” Johnson said. “That’s the mindset you’ve got to have.”McKnight entered his first fall camp two years ago under immense pressure to fill the void left by the stylistically similar Reggie Bush. His first two years have been solid, though not as spectacular as some fans had hoped. McKnight seems poised, however, to have his best season yet in 2009, entering camp fully healthy after recovering from four dislocated toes suffered in January’s Rose Bowl.“It feels so good to be healthy [for] the first season in my USC Trojan career,” McKnight said. “I’m more relaxed, more comfortable. I couldn’t really say I was having fun my first two years, but now I’m really having fun.”McKnight was second in rushing on the team with 659 yards and led USC with 7.4 yards per rush. He is also dangerous in the passing game, catching 21 passes last year, and often lines up as a slot receiver. The one statistical knock on McKnight is his lack of finding the end zone, with only seven touchdowns in his career.Gable is coming off some late-season struggles from a year ago, when he was benched for fumbling in games against UCLA and in the Rose Bowl against Penn State. Gable expressed frustration at the time with the coaches’ decision to leave him out but once again figures to be in line for a lot of carries.“Why wouldn’t he be? He’s the first freshman running back in USC history to start and he’s started since his freshman year,” McNair said. “Yeah, a couple games the ball got away from him, but he’s good to go.”Gable brings a lot of experience to the group, with 18 career starts. He rushed for 617 yards and eight scores last season.Redshirt junior Allen Bradford, who was forced to sit out most of last year with a hip injury, is also back and ready to contribute. Though he doesn’t have more than 15 carries a season during his career, Bradford brings a power-running style that the top three backs don’t possess.“I’m just trying to break the rotation, make it a fourth guy,” Bradford said. “[I want to] be the power guy.”Redshirt sophomore Marc Tyler and redshirt freshman Curtis McNeal will also compete for playing time. Tyler is a big back who rushed for 198 yards a season ago, getting most of his touches once the game was decided. He had an impressive showing in spring practice, but so did McNeal. The 5-foot-8 speedster was the Trojans’ leading rusher in spring scrimmage.The starting fullback position will once again be manned by redshirt junior Stanley Havili. Once a tailback in high school, Havili was converted to a fullback, where he has flourished in both the blocking and receiving game, catching passes out of the backfield with his blend of soft hands and speed. He has 596 career receiving yards and eight touchdowns.“I try to bring another dimension to this offense, try to be a threat when I’m outside receiving the ball,” Havili said. “I can create matchup problems when I go one-on-one with linebackers.”During the 2008 season, the coaches moved D.J. Shoemate to the fullback position to help backup Havili. Now entering his sophomore year, Shoemate possesses similar pass-catching qualities that now define the position for USC. Senior Adam Goodman will be a reserve fullback used mostly to block.last_img read more

Despite early adversity, USC still hopeful

first_imgThe USC women’s volleyball team has a habit of stacking up wins to start the season.Juggling act · USC coach Mick Haley has been forced to make several lineup changes following injuries and the ineligibility of Falyn Fonoimoana. – Daily Trojan file photoBefore this year, the No. 12 Women of Troy (7-3, 2-1) hadn’t lost more than two of their first 10 matches since 2005, when they started 4-6 before recovering to reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.Much of the same was expected this year after reaching the Final Four last season, landing USC the No. 2 spot in the preseason poll behind three returning All-Americans and a top-10 recruiting class.But after sophomore outside hitter and reigning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Falyn Fonoimoana was declared ineligible on the eve of the season, the Women of Troy sputtered out of the gate, losing two of their first three matches, including an embarrassing 3-0 sweep at the hands of unranked Central Florida.They won their next four matches before their home opener against then-No. 8 UCLA, which was heavily promoted by USC’s marketing department in an attempt to set an attendance record for a volleyball match at the Galen Center.The record was set, but the 5,385 spectators witnessed the home team fall to the rival Bruins in a 3-0 sweep.“I think we were in a funk before we ever walked in the gym, and we couldn’t get them focused properly,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “And sometimes when that happens, you try too hard when you have a crowd like that.”The Women of Troy rebounded last weekend, however, by sweeping Washington and Washington State on the road, but their expectations have definitely been tempered since first receiving that lofty preseason ranking — the team was ranked No. 12 in the poll released Monday.Some of those early-season struggles can be attributed to injuries sustained by sophomore middle blocker Alexis Olgard and junior middle blocker Natasa Siljkovic, players expected to compete for the starting middle blocker spot.In their absence, freshman Hannah Schraer has been forced into the starting lineup.Haley praised the play of Schraer, who was not expected to receive much playing time this season, but admitted, “Hannah isn’t as good as a blocker as [Olgard] is.”Olgard and Siljkovic are expected to return to the rotation soon, but one player USC will miss for the entire season is Fonoimoana.Fonoimoana started in 31 of 34 matches last year, and was second on the team in kills (3.34 kills per save) and points (3.93 points per save) en route to winning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors.Fonoimoana was expected to be a key contributor for the Women of Troy, but just one week before the team’s first match, it was announced she was ineligible for the 2011 season.“[The personnel losses] have affected our ability to defend,” Haley said. “We’re just having trouble defending our opponent’s counter-attack, and that starts at the net with our blocking … And Falyn is [listed at 6-foot-4], so she takes up a lot of area up there.”Haley also pointed to the left side of the team’s counter-attack as an area in need of improvement.Sophomore outside hitter/opposite Kirby Burnham had been starting as left outside hitter before the team’s trip to the Washington schools, before Haley decided to insert sophomore Sara Shaw in her place.The move seemed to spark the team’s offense, as Shaw set a career-high of 15 kills in USC’s victory over No. 4 Washington, and added 11 digs to record the double-double.Haley hopes he has found the winning lineup for the Women of Troy; they’ll endure arguably the toughest two-game stretch of their schedule this weekend when No. 1 California (13-0, 3-0) and No. 2 Stanford (8-1, 2-1) come into town.“[The schedule] has just worked out that way,” Haley said. “It’s very challenging, but we want to beat those teams at the end of the year, so playing them early gives us a good benchmark to know what to do if we play them later.”Haley is encouraged by his players perseverance in practice despite the disappointing losses, and is confident the team will be back to its winning ways soon enough.“We win 80 percent of the time here [at USC], and when we don’t do that, it’s upsetting,” Haley said. “If we weren’t getting good effort in practice, I would be more concerned than I am right now. If I can get this kind of effort every day for the next two months, we’ll be very good [at the end of the season].”last_img read more

Syracuse defense shakes up Providence, 2-1, in its first win of the season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 The crowd collectively gasped, partially out of surprise and partially out of concern for Allie Munroe. The junior defender had dived across the ice, her body parallel to the ground in an effort to block an incoming Providence shot.The attempt sailed innocently over her, hitting Abbey Miller’s chest pad for one of the goalie’s 31 saves in the game. Munroe’s display of determination did little to physically stop the attack, but it served as a microcosm for Syracuse’s collective defensive effort against the Friars.While Miller played a key role in the Orange’s effort defensively on Friday, it was the play of the teammates in front of her that paced Syracuse (1-3-1) in its 2-1 win over Providence (3-2-0) in Tennity Ice Pavilion. When a Friar player wasn’t getting one of her shots deflected or poked away by an Orange skater, she was losing the puck before she could even wind up her stick. Providence looked to retrieve the loose pucks, yet found itself greeted by two things: a Syracuse defender and the boards.“We’re a pretty big team,” said Miller. “Physically, just being able to keep them on the outside and not giving them good opportunities and just pressuring them hard is good.”Lindsay Eastwood, a 6-foot-1 redshirt sophomore, led the defense that pestered the Friar forwards up and down the ice through a handful of defensive tactics. Eastwood, along teammates Brooke Avery and Kristen Siermachesky, stood noticeably taller than their Providence counterparts, a size advantage that the Orange looked to exploit.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse blocked seven shots during the contest and also totaled 10 penalty minutes thanks to its willingness to stay physical with the Friars throughout the game. Siermachesky was one of the Orange’s main perpetrators to beleaguer Providence, and she received penalties twice for her physicality. At one point, she checked a Friar skater so hard into the boards that Siermachesky, herself, had to be helped off the ice.But size advantages don’t always have to be utilized through force. Often, it’s just the opposite, said head coach Paul Flanagan.“I think at times, we see somebody like Lindsay use her size, just effectively, not having to hit anybody, but just protecting the puck,” Flanagan said. “She could use her size to get herself out of a situation, and she carried the puck pretty well.”Syracuse made a point of both carrying pucks out of scuffles as well as clearing pucks out of its zone, two things that Flanagan said the team executed well on. Providence rarely got second-chance opportunities, instead having to fight for even one clear shot on goal during a possession.When the Friars finally did get a clear line to the net, their attempts were often deep slap shots, forced to be taken from nearly the blue line – shots, thanks to Miller’s play in net, that won’t net teams many goals against the Orange.“The defense did really well,” said Miller. “They did a good job of keeping shots outside for the most part, and also just winning battles down low and stuff like that.”All the small battles Syracuse won ultimately translated into a complete game victory. After allowing 11 goals in its first four games, Syracuse let Providence push across just one score, a goal that came in the midst of a power play. The Orange might’ve physically faltered, but its mindset showed what Syracuse needs to do to be successful.“We heard it on the bench,” Avery said. “All of our teammates were yelling, ‘Defense first, defense first.’” Commentslast_img read more

Coca-Cola to Host Three-city Golf Tourney for Customers

first_imgAs part of its global Customer Appreciation Week, beverage giants Coca-Cola Nigeria, will host the second edition of its annual customer appreciation golf tournament, to celebrate and acknowledge its loyal customers across Nigeria.The golf tournament will be held across three cities (Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja), and will be attended by key stakeholders, distributors, customers and media; with six winners to emerge from the well-contested 18-hole tournament.The winners will get an all-expense paid trip to Mauritius to participate in the AfroAsia Mauritius Open Pro-AM Tournament in November. “We are conscious of the role strategic customer relationship plays in any successful business enterprise and how it delivers a huge boost to any company’s competitive advantage.“The Customer Appreciation Week is in line with our vision to collaborate and appreciate partners, inspiring moments of optimism and happiness using customer activities and rewarding engagements,” observed Head of Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nwamaka I. Onyemelukwe.Commenting further, Managing Director, Datof Golden Heritage Limited, Mrs Elizabeth Abiodun-Toki, highlighted the importance of the event to key customers like her.“Coca-Cola continues to show us their immense gratitude. I have been a distributor of Coca-Cola since 1989 and they will always have my support. I am very proud of Coca-Cola for their growth over the years. My hope is that the company continues to host exciting events like this and we look forward to having a bigger and better competition in the coming years,” she concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more