Press release: Call for Scottish businesses to make their voices heard in future trade negotiations

first_img As an ambitious young company, it is essential that we have the ability to grow our key export markets and take new opportunities as they arise. It is critical at this time that our government ensures we achieve the best possible trade deals with key nations in order that the UK can remain competitive within the export marketplace. I encourage all Scottish businesses to make the most of our new partnership with the Scottish Chamber of Commerce and feed their views about our future trade policy in to their local Chamber. We are committed to a transparent and inclusive trade policy that benefits the whole of the UK and we have made sure Scottish interests influence our trade negotiations through a permanent seat on our advisory group. Scotland’s food and drink industry is a powerhouse of international trade, exporting 41 bottles of world-famous Scotch whisky every second. Two thirds of the nation’s whisky exports, worth £4bn annually, go to countries outside the EU, and the sector directly employs 40,000 people.Scotland also remains a major export and investment hub and is a major centre for financial and professional services, outside London. Scotland benefitted from 141 new investment projects by international companies that created 4,000 new jobs last year alone.One drinks business taking advantage of markets worldwide is Pickering Gin, who export more than 25% of their outputs to markets including Australia, New Zealand, China and America. They employ more than 26 people at their site in Edinburgh.Matthew Gammell, Co-Founder and Head Distiller of Pickering’s Gin said: In such uncertain times, it is essential that Scottish businesses have a voice on the future of the UK’s trade policy. The Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network plays a central role in driving business growth across Scotland’s communities, with a significant focus on maximising international trade opportunities. Matt Lancashire, SCDI Director of Policy and Public Affairs, said: As part of our commitment to the Strategic Trade Advisory Group, we will represent the business views from across the Scottish economy as the UK seeks to secure new trade agreements. We will ensure Scottish businesses are ready and able to take full advantage of expanding their trading footprint in markets around the globe. The UK government and Scottish Chamber of Commerce are today calling on Scottish businesses to make their voices heard in post-Brexit free trade agreements.The Department for International Trade has announced that the Scottish Chamber of Commerce will represent Scottish businesses on the government’s new Strategic Trade Advisory Group.The group, which is chaired by Trade Policy Minister George Hollingbery, will meet at least 4 times a year. It will advise the government on future trade policy issues, including on future trade agreements with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and potential accession to the Trans-Pacific partnership, a group of 11 countries around the Pacific rim.Membership of the group will be reviewed annually, and the government has committed to ensuring Scotland is always represented as it develops an inclusive and transparent trade policy that works for all regions and nations of the UK.Scottish businesses can now feed views through their local Scottish Chamber.Speaking at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Forum event in Edinburgh today, Minister Hollingbery said that future free trade agreements will be negotiated in the interest of the whole of the UK with input from Scottish businesses and the Scottish Government.Trade Policy Minister, George Hollingbery said:center_img Consultations on future free trade deals with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and a group of 11 Pacific nations received a large volume of input from businesses in Scotland.An event attended by businesses and stakeholders in Edinburgh last September revealed strong support for new free trade agreements which would help expand access to key global markets for Scottish exports and businesses.Liz Cameron OBE, Director & Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: We welcome this opportunity for Scottish businesses and civic organisations to discuss the UK’s trade priorities with Minister Hollingbery at our Forum. We have met regularly with the Minister and will continue to make the views of our members known to the UK and Scottish governments and the Strategic Trade Advisory Group to inform and influence future trade negotiations. The UK’s devolved administrations have a direct interest in future trade agreements as we leave the EU and the UK government will continue to work closely with the Scottish Government, through regular policy roundtables, official meetings and public consultations to make sure any future trade deal works for the whole of the UK. We believe that a commitment to open, rule-based system of trade will deliver growth and prosperity, and we have been encouraging the UK to explore joining the CPTPP of growing economies. Scotland’s exports are going from strength to strength and Scottish businesses will play a major role in helping to forge stronger trading relationships as we leave the European Union. Protecting and strengthening our international trading relationships is essential for a more productive and inclusive Scottish economy.last_img read more

When Saturday comes: the rise of the football pie

first_imgWhen you think of a Saturday afternoon at a football match, the thought of award-winning food does not automatically spring to mind.AYE TO A PIE: the award-winning Forres Mechanics’ pieThis could perhaps be forgiven, with the average club serving up mass-produced heated pies from their kiosks. However, some clubs have realised the importance of a half-time pastry and are putting a lot of effort into making top-notch snacks.Food is seen as a key part of a day in the stands, with fans not only consuming pies for warmth and to fill stomachs, but also for enjoyment. For travelling fans, it is sometimes the ‘make or break’ element of the trip, after the result of the match itself.In fact, with hospitality becoming increasingly crucial to sport fans, the food that is served in stadia has the ability to enhance reputations and, ultimately, affect whether some visiting fans return. For home supporters it acts as the deciding factor in whether to eat at the game or to indulge at a nearby pub.It’s not just the corporate boxes at Premier League clubs (famously labelled the “prawn sandwich brigade” by Roy Keane) that enjoy top-quality catering at matches. There are grounds in the lower leagues of British football that pride themselves on treating spectators who sit on the cold terraces to good food.Venture to Morecambe and you can eat award-winning pies made by the club’s own team of chefs. The Lancashire outfit will remember 2010, not only as the year it moved into the newly built £12m Globe Arena, but also for the arrival of Michelin starred head chef Graham Aimson, who changed Saturday afternoons for pie-lovers cheering on the Shrimps.The club is a regular fixture of League Two in the fourth tier of English football, but when it comes to pies, they are top of the league. They were crowned Supreme Champion at the British Pie Awards in 2011 for their ham and leek pie and the winning streak continued in 2012, when the club won a special award to recognise small producers. It also topped three different classes with the pork, apple and cider pie winning the “other meat” class.Local ingredientsAimson says: “When I came to the club, I wanted to serve food made by us and not sell mass-produced pies out of a freezer, not only for events and hospitality but also for the fans in the stands.”The hard work is non-stop for Aimson and his squad of cooks, tweaking recipes, developing new products and rotating flavours. Sourcing ingredients from local suppliers is also a key focus. “It’s good for the local community and helps to keep work in the area,” he says. “We are in a good location to make use of what is around with plenty of farms and the Lake District herds, and it generally tastes better when you use fresh ingredients in the food.”One top-end London retailer certainly seems to agree, stocking the club’s steak and ale and chicken, ham and leek pies on its shelves at £9.95 a pop. It means even more profit comes back into the club and the local community, although Aimson is not looking to roll out the products to other big name retailers.“We sell to small local retail outlets like farm shops. We don’t want the product to become mass-produced, so we stick to the more decadent shops,” he says.The effort that Morecambe makes with its food is not frequently seen at other grounds, but there are a few other clubs who are following in the Shrimps’ footsteps.Football categoryDecember 2012 saw the launch of a football category at the World Scotch Pie Championships to acknowledge pies sold in Scottish football. It attracted 48 entrants including all but one club from the Premier League and outfits throughout the Scottish football league, down to the Highland and Junior divisions.Douglas Scott, chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Meat Traders Association, one of the organisers of the competition, alongside Scottish Bakers, said the companies behind food at football grounds “deserve recognition for their hard work”.Scott says: “It is one of the biggest market for pies in Scotland and some of them are very good. It’s also a good reason for going to watch the football; to have a little treat at half time.”There are different awards within this new category, which saw Celtic take the Speciality Award, however the overall top football pie went to Highland League’s Forres Mechanics for their steak pie.Unlike Morecambe there is no head chef maintaining quality – instead they are supplied by the local family butcher’s shop Murdoch Brothers.Founded in 1916 and situated on Forres’ high street, brothers Ronnie and Graham Murdoch now run the business and have supplied the club for the past two years.Graham Murdoch says: “We have seen a healthy increase in sales since winning the award via our internet site, which we use to sell our products nationally.”last_img read more

Medicaid expansion faces challenges as Jan. 1 deadline looms

first_img Read Full Story With just months remaining before the Jan. 1 rollout of changes to the  Medicaid program that will expand health care coverage to as many as 10-20 million Americans, substantial implementation challenges remain — namely, uncertainty regarding costs and the number of states willing to accept the federal subsidy to expand Medicaid coverage to their citizens.Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of health policy and economics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), provided an overview of the latest policy debates and research findings regarding the Medicaid expansion on July 16, part of HSPH’s summertime Hot Topics lecture series.Implementing the Medicaid expansion “is not going to be smooth sailing,” Sommers said. But, he added, the expanded access for many low-income Americans is “a big step forward in a country that has a long history of health inequity.”Sommers worked on the law as a senior adviser in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, from 2011-2012.Under current guidelines, only low-income people in certain categories including children, the elderly, and the disabled are eligible for Medicaid benefits. But the expansion passed as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 extends eligibility to everyone with family incomes below 133% of the poverty line (approximately $15,000 for a single adult and $30,000 for a family of four). The federal government will pay states 100 percent of new Medicaid recipients’ tabs during the first three years of the Medicaid expansion and 90 percent of those costs in the long run.last_img read more

How Will the Battle for Long Island Play Out Politically?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]J[/dropcap]ust a couple of months ago, New York Democrats looked at Long Island’s political landscape and saw much better prospects for making big changes in Albany than they do now. For years, all nine state Senate seats have been in Republican hands—and in those hands they may likely remain, given what’s happened since summer.With Election Day less than a month away, Long Islanders are just starting to pay attention—if at all—while political candidates are out in full force, hoping to seal the deal, knowing that turnout will be key in this off-year when the White House is not up for grabs.On the plus side for the Democrats, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is leading his Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, by double digits throughout the state as well as on the Island. But that’s the same margin that two key Democratic candidates for state Senate—Adrienne Esposito in the open 3rd Senate District and Adam Haber in 7th Senate District now occupied by Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola)—are trailing their Republican opponents in the latest Siena College/Newsday/News 12 polls (Click here and here).New York Senate Democrats had high hopes that Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) would beat Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) in the open 8th Senate District until Denenberg abruptly withdrew last month after his former law firm accused him of ripping off a client for $2 million—allegations he has vowed to fight. With Denenberg out of the running, however, the odds of the Democrats gaining a clear majority in the state Senate and consigning Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the Republican Senate co-leader, to permanent minority status appear worse than the New York Jets getting in the playoffs.And once again, the East End’s embattled Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) is in a fight for his political life, as national Republican and right-wing political groups have begun pouring in millions of dollars into the race to replace him with state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who lost to him in 2008 by 16 percentage points. Two years ago Karl Rove’s super-PAC and others of that ilk shelled out $4 million on an ultimately futile effort by Randy Altschuler to unseat Bishop. How much they’ll spend this time—considering the freedom allowed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision—remains to be seen, if it ever is seen, given the lack of transparency allowed by the controversial ruling on campaign financing.Interestingly, Zeldin, who has announced he’ll give up his state Senate seat no matter what the outcome is in his Congressional race, is still in the Army Reserves—and the Republican hoping to hold onto that 3rd Senate District for his party, Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, is in the Navy Reserves. Croci was serving in Afghanistan when a scandal broke over the discovery that an estimated 50,000 tons of toxic debris had been dumped illegally in Roberto Clemente Park. Subsequently, other sites have turned up, sparking an investigation by Suffolk District Attorney Tom Spota.The contaminated park has already affected the state Senate race for the 3rd district because when Croci first returned from his latest tour of duty, the Republican candidate was Anthony Senft, a Conservative Party member of the Islip Town Board, who’d been the board’s liaison to the parks department. Adrienne Esposito, the Democratic candidate in that race who heads the nonprofit Citizens Campaign for the Environment, had dubbed Senft “Toxic Tony” as news reports started to come out about the scandal that occurred on his watch. But then Senft dropped out, and Croci took his place on the ballot.Was the issue of the dumping buried? Not so fast, say some.When Croci became Islip Town supervisor after beating the Democratic incumbent, Phil Nolan, by 343 votes, registered Conservatives had accounted for about 12 percent of the votes he got. Subsequently, Croci removed the town’s long-time commissioner of parks, Greg Dawson, a Republican who has since become Suffolk County parks commissioner, and replaced him with Joe Montuori, a Conservative Party activist, who, according to Newsday, is “a longtime ally” of Suffolk County Conservative Party leader Ed Walsh, who is reportedly under investigation by the FBI.Nolan, now president of the Suffolk OTB, spoke highly of Dawson. “He’s a parks professional who bled for parks! They pushed him out.”Croci’s campaign spokeswoman, Christine Geed, insisted that Supervisor Croci had done nothing but insist that the park be cleaned up and those found culpable be brought to justice. “When he returned, he spoke vehemently against those who were responsible,” she told the Press. “He was sickened by that [scandal] and said it publicly.”Scott Reif, a spokesman for Skelos, spoke strongly in support of Croci’s race. “He’s a great candidate,” Reif said. “He’s a leader, he’s a war hero, he’s just came back from serving overseas, and people are rallying behind him.”Rich Schaffer, the Suffolk Democratic chairman, admitted that running against a popular incumbent like Croci instead of Senft made it harder for Esposito. “We knew that was going to make it a much tougher race,” he told the Press. “One of the things that the poll can’t gauge is the level of grassroots enthusiasm and I think that Adrienne has that, based on her 30-plus years of grassroots organizing on issues that are important to our residents like protecting our environment and clean drinking water.“But Croci’s got things to answer for,” added Schaffer.His Suffolk rival, John Jay Lavalle, the Republican county chairman, said the same about Esposito.“Quite frankly, I think her campaign thus far has been disgraceful because she’s been trying to link him to this scandal but the reality is he had nothing to do with it,” Lavalle told the Press. “He wasn’t even here.”Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Queens), leader of the State Senate Democrats’ campaign, believes it’s a valid issue to raise.“Of course it is,” he told the Press. “He either knew about what was going on or left the town in the hands of people who were incompetent to manage it. And so while we appreciate and give him thanks for his service, that does not alleviate him of the responsibility of running the Town of Islip in a proper manner.”In the other Long Island race that Democrats had pinned their hopes on, the incumbent Republican, Jack Martins, the former Mineola mayor, has a 25-point lead over Adam Haber, a businessman and Roslyn school board member who lost a Democratic primary for county executive to Tom Suozzi last year. The two men were civil to each other at a recent candidates forum in Manhasset sponsored by the League of Women Voters, finding some common ground. But where they differ starkly is on the issue of women’s reproductive rights. Martins is firmly pro-life, and Haber is staunchly pro-choice.How Martins will fare in his re-election bid is hard to predict, considering that President Obama won 54 percent of the district’s vote, according to a Haber campaign spokesman. But, while Obama is not on the ballot, Gov. Cuomo certainly is, and surveys show him with a 44-point lead over the Republican challenger.The majority rules[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o matter how the Republican gubernatorial candidate does in November, Republicans say that won’t affect their bid to strengthen control of the state Senate.“We’ve maintained all along through this election cycle that Republicans will have a clear majority,” said Reif. “We expect to pick up seats in other parts of the state. We’re running very strongly upstate, in the Hudson Valley. We expect to have at least 32 seats after November.”Right now they have 29 of the 62 seats in the upper chamber. They’ve been able to wield control with a power sharing agreement with five Democrats who broke from the party three years ago to form the Independent Democratic Conference. Schaffer, the Suffolk Democratic leader, doesn’t think that status quo will be overthrown because neither party will gain a clear majority.“I think the numbers are going to be too close so I think you’re going to have a coalition in the Senate,” said Schaffer. “I think it’s going to be once again people working with a coalition, whether the Republicans with the IDC or the Democrats with the IDC.”That prediction is not shared by Gianaris, leader of the State Senate Democrats’ campaign, who scoffed at the idea.“I think if the Republicans want to celebrate in early October, they’re welcome to it,” he told the Press. “We look forward to celebrating in early November when we’ve won the elections.”He insisted that the party’s internal polls paint a vastly different picture.“October Sienna polls are always polling at the low point for our candidates because Republicans have been spending money for over a month and we marshal our resources for the final month,” Gianaris said. “I would not put a lot of weight in a poll that’s conducted at the end of September. Our plan all along is to communicate with voters when they’re paying the most attention and that started about a week ago…. Two years ago Dean Skelos was announcing that they were going to gain three or four seats on the eve of the election and they lost four. His track record is not that great in predicting election results.”Lisa Tyson, director of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, said the election surveys did have a discouraging effect initially.“People saw that Sienna poll and said, ‘Well, it’s over!’ But it’s not over! Republicans spend early, Democrats spend late,” Tyson told the Press.As for the prospects of the Democrats gaining the upper hand in the state Senate, she admitted that Denenberg’s abrupt departure in September was “a huge disappointment. It was the surprise of the century for many of us. He was going to win that seat! Mr. Venditto is a really lucky guy.”Still, Tyson held hopes that an agreement Cuomo made earlier this year at the Working Families Party’s convention that he would commit the handful of members of the Independent Democratic Conference to caucus with the Democrats in the state Senate would make a significant difference.“We have not heard that that commitment has changed at all,” said Tyson, who is active in the WFP. “So, as long as that stands, I do believe that Democrats will be controlling the Senate.”Cuomo’s coattails[dropcap]O[dropcap]ne of the big unknowns is how much pull Cuomo will have on Democratic voters. He handily won a primary against Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham law professor, but turnout was minimal.“I think Cuomo will help,” said Schaffer, the Suffolk Democratic leader. “I think he’ll help us drive turnout.”His Republican counterpart took the opposite view. Not only will Cuomo have no coattails, he won’t even be able to help himself to victory, said LaValle.“As a matter of fact I’m not even certain Gov. Cuomo’s going to win Suffolk County,” LaValle told the Press.Senate Democrat Gianaris foresaw a different result.“Cuomo is going to win Long Island going away!” Gianaris told the Press. “And he is the head of our ticket and we expect him to deliver significant benefits for our candidates.”How that will play out in Nassau, where Ed Mangano, the Republican county executive, has publicly endorsed the Democratic governor, is an open question.Certainly, supporters of embattled Democratic candidates, like Bishop, hope that having Cuomo on the ticket will carry the day.Nationally, Democrats are hoping that they won’t lose more ground on Capitol Hill, and what happens in New York is key, some say.Still, on the East End, the outcome promises to be a nail-biter.“Look, Tim’s always in a close race, and we know that, and we’re not going to take anything for granted,” said Schaffer. “But I do think that Tim has the edge here because of the work he’s done in the district and because of the way we get our message out to people. I think Zeldin is a far right, Tea Party Republican who’s not right for the district.”Au contraire, says the GOP’s LaValle.“Lee Zeldin is going to be the next congressman, mark my words,” said LaValle, who added that the candidate has learned from his mistakes that cost him the first time he went up against Bishop. “I’m very happy with his progress.”As for the other local Congressional races, no upsets seem to be in the offing.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) appears to be sailing smoothly into the fall election with another term in hand. His opponents, Patricia Maher, an East Meadow Democrat, and William D. Stevenson, a Green Party candidate from Amityville, reportedly raised no money through June 30, and both have zero dollars on hand, compared to the incumbent who is sitting on $2.7 million.Republicans may have hoped to pick up the seat held by retiring Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) but not anymore since the Democratic candidate is the popular Nassau County district attorney, Kathleen Rice, and her Republican opponent is Bruce Blakeman, the county’s former legislative presiding officers, who does not seem to have gained much traction at all since he entered the race. In the last election cycle, Rice was the only county-wide Democratic candidate to win while Ed Mangano, the Republican Nassau County executive, handily won re-election.Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) is facing Grant Lally (R-Lloyd Harbor), who is making his third attempt at running for Congress, having been defeated twice before by the then-Democratic incumbent, Rep. Gary Ackerman. It was his 1994 contest that ultimately cost Lally a $280,000 fine from the Federal Elections Commission for accepting illegal campaign donations.As the Associated Press reported:“In one instance, Lawrence Lally gave $116,000 to his son for his campaign and recorded the transaction as a real-estate sale. Lally received another $18,000 from his father, contending it was for the purchase of his Corvette.”At the time—and even now on the campaign trail when Israel raises the issue—Lally said he signed the agreement to pay the fine because it “was a business decision,” as he told the AP, so he wouldn’t have “to spend a lot of time and a lot of money litigating” with the FEC, which he complained “conducted themselves like gangsters.”Lally, a lawyer, enters this race having won the Republican primary against Stephen Labate, a Deer Park financial planner, by 11 votes.Israel, who has $1.7 million on hand compared to Lally’s $17,873, according to the latest filings, is not taking it easy. “I never in my life have taken one single vote for granted,” said Israel, a former Huntington Town board member.He said he’s drawn a lesson from Lally’s run-in with the FEC in 1998. “This is somebody who is willing to bend, if not break, the rules in pursuit of victory,” Israel told the Press. “I hope he doesn’t resort to those tactics because they didn’t succeed last time and they won’t succeed this time.”Lally is hoping that he can make the race a referendum on President Barack Obama, whose unpopularity has emboldened Republicans nationwide, putting the U.S. Senate in play, and giving them the chance to make huge gains on Capitol Hill, which Israel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is attempting to block.“President Obama said his policies are on the ballot,” Lally told the audience at a recent candidates forum in Manhasset sponsored by the League of Women Voters. “If you don’t like them, vote against them. My adversary, Steve Israel, has said there’s no daylight between himself, House Democrats, his team and President Obama. I ask you to take that fact and keep that in mind when you go to vote this year because I believe we need a check on President Obama to make sure that the worst parts of his policies are changed and that he is held to account.”Asked about Lally’s criticism, Israel scoffed. “Maybe he should have thought about running against President Obama!” he said with a laugh. “I’ve stood up to the president on the issue of tax cuts to the middle class. Mr. Lally blindly and reflexively recites conservative Republican Pary mantras every step of the way.”What message will resonate with voters on Nov. 4 is a question only they can answer when they go into the voting booth. What will drive them to go to the polls is equally unclear.“It all comes down to the ground game and who’s inspiring voters more,” said Tyson, the local progressive coalition leader. “It’s not about mail and television. It’s about door to door—and that’s where Democrats succeed.”But, as she knows all too well, Republicans, especially in Nassau County, can also play that ground game. Who shows up to vote is all that matters in the end.last_img read more

How to extend the tourist season? Arena Hospitalty Group has taken the first step. Now it’s the destination’s turn

first_imgThe solution is content – quality, interesting, diverse and authentic content. The motive for coming is content, one primary and in combination with other additional content or a combination of several thematic motives through culture, sports, entertainment, art, etc.… Also, we need to know who we are addressing (which target group, ie tourist profile) and therefore agree content in the destination we want to develop or I have the prerequisites for development. We must be aware of two facts: The first is that the motive for arrival is a destination, not accommodation, and the second is that out of season the motive for arrival is not the sun and the sea, ie swimming because there is no swimming (except for those few brave swimmers). As I mentioned above, it is important to provide guests with content as well. Thus, in AHG, guests, through various activities organized in cooperation with partners, will offer more than just a vacation on their winter camping through various activities within the camp, as well as in the entire destination. They also organized transportation to the new city swimming pool in Pula and nearby shopping centers, as well as various animation activities within the camps. “Regardless of the day and month, Istria offers numerous historical and natural attractions that will inspire every curious traveler. The two thousand year old Roman amphitheater in Pula, the green and blue archipelago of the Brijuni National Park, the tranquility of the landscape of Cape Kamenjak and its many hiking and biking trails and picturesque historic towns fortified on the Istrian hills are just some of the places worth experiencing without the usual summer crowds. state from AHG part of the offer, which can be attractive to guests and emphasize that the most authentic of Istria can be experienced in the fall and winter. Well done for the proactive step forward of Arena Hospitalty Group, and I sincerely hope that others will follow them and that the destination will not miss this opportunity. How to extend the tourist season? – is an issue we have been revolving around for decades, but unfortunately still without real action or a strategic approach to it, honor the few positive examples. Arena Grand Kazela / Photo: AHG Precisely with the aim of developing year-round tourism and adapting to new market conditions, Arena Hospitality Group (AHG) has decided on two of its camps, one in Puli – Camp Arena Stoja, and others in Medulinu – recently renovated camp Arena Grand Kažela, open all year round.  It is now up to the destination and all other partners to welcome this move, and for everyone to join so that everyone can act synergistically together, as a destination. That is the only right way, no one can do it alone. Everyone in this chain must be on a mission and with a clear goal – we want to extend the tourist season! In doing so, everyone must be aware of how it is a multi-year process, how quality must be looked at, not quantity, etc.… On the contrary, work should be done to create the need for the hotel to open hotels. “Arena Hospitality Group’s wish is to develop long-term tourism in the south of the largest Croatian peninsula in cooperation with the tourist boards of Pula, Medulin and Istria.. At the beginning of this challenging 2020, and after coming out of the scale of unprecedented quarantine, we witnessed the demand for vacation in camps as the most sought-after form of accommodation. We believe that this type of demand will continue in the coming period.”They point out from AHG when asked how they decided on this move. The advantage in Istria is that everything is close, practically everything is half an hour, especially for foreign guests, and that it has long been sufficiently branded through wine, olive oil and gastronomy, as well as various events, from Teran Day to Truffle Day, etc. many smaller stories such as the new event “Autumn on a plate in central Istria” which will take place from 16 to 31 October 2020, in restaurants in central Istria. In this period, caterers will offer a variety of traditional dishes of Istrian cuisine made from autumn ingredients of the region, all in order to strengthen the gastronomic offer of central Istria and further connect family farms and caterers in the postseason. During October, Tao guests will be able to join the harvest of the precious Istrian fruit – olives, and then in nearby Vodnjan and taste some of the best virgin olive oils in the world. By the way, just this week For the sixth year in a row, Istria has been declared the world’s best region for extra virgin olive oil according to the publication Flos Olei 2021. Before that, I must emphasize that the illusion that in every destination we can have tourism 365 days a year, we must be honest and aware that we can not. While on the other hand, tourism is already functioning all year round on the continent, because all facilities are open (from hotels, restaurants to museums, etc.), but of course to a much lesser extent. For example, hotels in Osijek and Vinkovci are open all year round. But that is another topic. Plenty of sunny days and mild Mediterranean climate allow the South of Istria to become a year-round camping destination, and in addition, the destination offers guests a variety of facilities throughout the year – from sports and recreational activities in untouched nature, through exploring the rich cultural and historical heritage. to enjoy the traditional tastes of Istria, they point out from AHG and add: “Guests, especially those who come from urban centers, are increasingly expressing the need to escape from cities to nature where in the fresh air, in an intimate environment of nature can get a good rest from everyday obligations and stress.” Arena Grand Kazela / Photo: AHG In November, during St. Martin’s Day, at one of the many local celebrations, they will be able to taste another top Istrian product – wine, and with a greeting in summer and a welcome in winter, participate in the baptism of young wine. By the way, this year Istria has 60 labeled wines Decanter. “Regardless of the day and month, Istria offers many historical and natural attractions that will inspire every curious traveler. The two thousand year old Roman amphitheater in Pula, the green and blue archipelago of the Brijuni National Park, the tranquility of the landscape of Cape Kamenjak and its many hiking and biking trails and picturesque historic towns fortified on the Istrian hills are just some of the places worth experiencing without the usual summer crowds.”They conclude from AHG. So, the logical sequence is to ask yourself the question: Why should someone come to our destination out of season, if there is no swimming? What will it do? Is the destination “alive”, ie are all facilities open. Because if we all put the key in the lock 01.10. then we can’t even develop tourism, can we? About this topic a little later. But now is the time to connect everything through one offer of Istria, and further accelerate development processes. Arena Hospitality Group has taken the first step. In the mentioned camps during the autumn and winter period, AHG has adjusted the offer, and in addition to classic services such as electricity connection on the pitches in Arena Stoja camp and electricity and water connection and drainage in Arena Grand Kažela camp, guests will also have heated toilets. reception and coffee bar and restaurant within each camp. We need to be aware that everyone in the destination has to “lose” money or work at zero for at least a couple of years. And with a strategic and targeted approach. Because at the moment we do not have the habit of being open out of season, nor do we create the preconditions, nor do we have rounded tourist products. So, in order to extend the season, the destination must be “alive”, restaurants must work, it must have facilities, guests must sleep somewhere, the hotel / s must be open and the guest must do something in the destination. Again, the key is, as always, the synergy of everyone in the destination and the support of the city. As for targeted subsidies, let’s say restaurants have lower rents because they are open all year round to other benefits for entrepreneurs… the more motivation and support the better, so that entrepreneurs are motivated to work and be at least a small plus. Also, in agreement with the Tourist Board, it must invest additional money in events, manifestations, congresses… because destinations are all, not one business entity, no matter how big or excellent it is. What I want to say is that there must be a concrete strategy of what, when and how to work in a targeted way and complete the whole story. From the motives of arrival, promotion, wider content, immersion and communication with entrepreneurs.last_img read more

Difficult-to-control internet has already lost its neutrality

first_imgThat kind of regulatory uncertainty does not generally foster innovation, or for that matter, sound business decisions.Unsurprising, then, that under Pai, the commission quickly announced a proposal to roll back the Obama-era innovations.WHAT COULD HAPPEN?A contentious public comment period followed, but today, the FCC announced the final word: Tier II regulation of ISPs is going away, and the net neutrality rules with it.The internet will be filled today with denunciations of this move, threats of a dark future in which our access to content will be controlled by a few powerful companies.And sure, that may happen.But in fact, it may already have happened, led not by ISPs, but by the very companies that were fighting so hard for net neutrality. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWhen President Donald Trump’s critics have demanded to know what his supporters got in exchange for voting for him, thus far those supporters have had only one concrete achievement they could point to: Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the Supreme Court.Now it looks as if they will have another: the end of the Federal Communications Commission’s push into “net neutrality.”NET NEUTRALITY HISTORYA brief history of that effort is in order.Under the Obama administration, the FCC looked to write regulations that would limit the ability of internet service providers to play favorites with certain services on their network. Fifteen years ago, when I started blogging, it was common to hear that “the internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”You don’t hear that so often anymore, because it’s not true.China has proven very effective at censoring the internet, and as market power has consolidated in the tech industry, so have private firms.Meanwhile, our experience of the internet is increasingly controlled by a handful of firms, most especially Google and Facebook. The argument for regulating these companies as public utilities is arguably at least as strong as the argument for thus regulating ISPs, and very possibly much stronger; while cable monopolies may have local dominance, none of them has the ability that Google and Facebook have to unilaterally shape what Americans see, hear, and read.In other words, we already live in the walled garden that activists worry about, and the walls are getting higher every day. Is this a problem? I think it is. The administration was haunted by the specter of ISPs blocking political content, accepting payments from big content providers like Netflix to prioritize their services (thus making it difficult-to-impossible for upstarts to compete), and otherwise turning the internet into a closed garden rather than the open frontier its architects envisioned.Unfortunately, the FCC ran into a problem: Courts kept telling the commission that it didn’t have the legal authority to force ISPs to keep their networks equally open to all comers.So a couple years ago, the FCC moved to reclassify ISPs as “common carriers” under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.That offered much more scope for regulation, and finally allowed the FCC to realize the dreams of internet activists everywhere.Too much scope for regulation, said critics — including then Commissioner Ajit Pai, now FCC chairman. Pai wrote a blistering dissent to the FCC’s decision, summing up the major problem with the FCC’s move.It forced ISPs into an 80-year-old framework designed for the telephone monopolies of a much different era.Those regulations were more concerned about things like controlling market power than, say, promoting innovation. Consider what happened to the Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi publication, after Charlottesville.One by one, hosting companies refused to permit its content on their servers. The group was forced to effectively flee the country, and then other countries, too, shut it down.Now of course, these are not nice people.Their website espoused vile hate.But the fact remains that what they were publishing was not illegal, merely immoral, and their immoral speech was effectively shut down by a small number of private companies who decided to exercise their considerable control over what we’re allowed to read.And what is to stop them from expanding this decision to other categories, forcing the rest of us to conform to Silicon Valley’s idea of what it is moral and right for us to see?CENSORSHIP FEARScenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? And while the advocates for net neutrality stressed the benefits for competition among content providers, the critics asked what would happen to competition among ISPs, since heavy-handed regulation often acts as a barrier to entry for new startups, which can’t afford to negotiate the regulatory apparatus.REGULATION CONCERNSThose of us old enough to remember the telephone service looked like in the 1970s, before the FCC unwound a little — which is to say, pretty much like the service our parents had when they were children, down to the astronomical prices for long distance calls, and the chunky plastic rotary telephones — can see why critics were concerned about giving the FCC that kind of power to block innovation.No problem, retorted advocates: The FCC just won’t use much of its regulatory power.The technical term is “forbearance,” and the FCC offered to do a lot of it when it brought ISPs under Title II, for example by forgoing its statutory authority to set rates.But offering not to use the power is not the same thing as not having it.A future commission might change its mind, and in the meantime ISPs would have to plan their investments accordingly — knowing that the revenue they’d counted on to make some new project pay off might vanish at the stroke of a commissioner’s pen. But that doesn’t mean that the internet would get better if Google and Facebook and Apple and Amazon were required to make every decision with a regulator hanging over their shoulder to decide whether it was sufficiently “neutral.”The fact that these firms were able to cement their power at the moment when regulators were most focused on keeping the internet open tells you just how difficult it is to get that sort of regulation right; while you are looking hard at one danger, an equally large one may be creeping up just outside the range of your peripheral vision.Indeed, you may be making one problem bigger while trying to solve another.We may indeed be facing a future of less choice and less consumer power.But this decision is unlikely to be what brings us there.Megan McArdle is a Bloomberg View columnist.last_img read more

PREMIUMCOVID-19: Indonesia expands travel restrictions

first_imgGoogle Forgot Password ? Linkedin Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Log in with your social account The government announced on Thursday new travel restrictions for people with a history of travel from coronavirus-hit regions of Iran, South Korea and Italy in the wake of a significant surge of COVID-19 cases globally.The temporary ban, which will come into effect on Sunday, would prevent people who had visited certain regions in the three countries in the last 14 days from visiting or transiting in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said.“After reviewing a report from the World Health Organization, there has been an increase of cases outside China, especially in three countries: Iran, Italy and South Korea,” Retno told journalists in her office on Thursday.“Therefore, Indonesia is to temporarily impose a new policy for travelers from those countries,” she added.The policy will affect people who have a recent history of travel to Tehran,… travel travel-restriction travel-advice Iran South-Korea Italy coronavirus COVID-19 Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesialast_img read more

Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal after Man City refused to guarantee he’d replace Pep Guardiola

first_img Coral BarrySunday 22 Dec 2019 11:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link317Shares Arteta wanted to replace Guardiola (Picture: Getty)Guardiola’s current contract at City expires in 2021 and the deal reportedly includes a break clause.While City were unhappy with Arsenal’s conduct during their pursuit of Arteta, Guardiola backed his former No.2’s move to the Emirates.‘So now he decide to move there. When you have dreams you cannot stop it, you have to follow your dreams,’ Guardiola said. Advertisement Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal after Man City refused to guarantee he’d replace Pep Guardiola Arteta rejoined Arsenal last week as their head coach (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta left Arsenal after Manchester City refused to give the Spaniard any guarantees he would replace Pep Guardiola, reports say.Arsenal announced Arteta as their new manager last week, poaching the highly rated coach from City.Arteta had been Guardiola’s No.2 since 2016 and helped City win back-to-back Premier League titles.Guardiola was thought to be grooming Arteta to take charge of City once he left the club, but the Mirror claim that changed after Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s arrival.ADVERTISEMENT Everton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:44FullscreenEverton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/everton-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2074552/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Dutchman was given an access-all-areas role at the club in September and is believed to be involved in the search for Guardiola’s successor.AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta sought assurances of his future from City in the wake of Van Bronckhorst’s arrival, but was told he was not assured of the managerial role.City’s refusal to promise Arteta the head coach position was a great disappointment for the 37-year-old.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAlthough City rate Arteta highly, they were not keen on the idea of appointing a head coach with no previous managerial experience.Critics of Arsenal’s decision to hire Arteta pointed to his lack of experience as a serious concern.The Arsenal squad reportedly did not want Arteta in charge and asked for new Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti to be appointed instead.center_img Comment Arteta’s position at Arsenal is his first as head coach (Picture: Getty)‘Of course Arsenal was an important part of his career as a football player.‘Going back home is important for him.‘One of the best teams in England and wish him all the best. The results I’m pretty sure he’s going to do an excellent job.’MORE: Freddie Ljungberg heaps praise on Arsenal coach Per Mertesacker after Mikel Arteta appointmentMORE: Mikel Arteta waited for Arsenal squad after stalemate against Everton Advertisementlast_img read more

Siccar farms out West of Shetlands blocks to Ineos

first_imgAn interesting Tuesday for the UK North Sea news. First we reported on Serica’s acquisition of BP’s Bruce assets, now there’s more. Ineos is taking Siccar Point’s interest in the West of Shetlands assets.Siccar Point has informed that it has signed a farm-out  deal with Ineos covering two exploration licences (P.1854 and P.1935) in the West of Shetlands area, containing, what Siccar said was, “the significant Lyon prospect.”Siccar Point Energy’s CEO Jonathan Roger said: “As license operator we are excited to be moving forward in conjunction with Ineos to drill the Lyon prospect. This represents an opportunity to unlock the material gas potential of the most northerly licensed area of the UKCS. We look forward to working with Ineos in this new exploration partnership and to operating our first exploration well.”Geir Tuft Ineos Oil & Gas CEO said Ineos planned to become a significant player in the area.He said: “This deal confirms our aim to take a leading role to develop the Northern Gas Fields using the significant infrastructure investments already made West of Shetland.”“With the purchase of the DONG E&P business earlier in the year, Ineos took over a significant portfolio of producing assets and discoveries West of Shetland. It is clear that the Northern Gas Area holds further opportunities that could help unlock the development of those discoveries. The deal with Siccar complements our assets.”Siccar currently owns a 100 percent ownership in both blocks. Following the completion of the farm-out, Ineos will have 66.666% in each block, with Siccar left with the remaining 33.334% in the blocks. Siccar Point acquired a 100% operated interest in these licenses from the takeover of OMV (U.K.) in January 2017.As for the “significant” Lyon prospect, it is located in the P.1854 license. According to Siccar, the Lyon could contain 1-3 trillion cubic feet of gas recoverable.If Lyon is successful, Siccar thinks it would be large enough to form a new gas-hub development similar to the Total operated Laggan-Tormore fields which have been developed with sub-sea infrastructure with pipelines to the Shetland Gas Plant. Existing smaller gas discoveries in the Lyon area such as Tobermory, Bunnehaven and Cragganmore would all be suitable tie-back candidates into the Lyon gas hub, the company has said.The P.1935 licence is 30 km north of the Lyon Prospect. A number of immature Tertiary gas leads have been mapped on the existing 2D seismic data. If Lyon is successful this licence would provide further upside to the area. 3D seismic would be required to firm up the prospects. Lyon assessment is being completed with a drilling decision at the end of 2017.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

MingYang launches offshore wind business & engineering centre in Hamburg

first_imgMingYang’s order book until the end of the first quarter of 2020 reached 15.23 GW, the company said, of which hybrid drive wind turbines accounted for about 92 per cent. The company has also just announced a 11 MW offshore wind turbine with hybrid drive. MingYang plans to install a prototype of the turbine, MySE11-230, in 2021 and have it ready for deployment the year after. MingYang has established a business and engineering centre in Hamburg, Germany, with an aim to introduce its latest offshore wind turbine products into the European market. In addition, MingYang has joined several international wind organizations such as OREAC, WFO and GWEC, focused on global development of offshore wind.center_img The Chinese wind turbine manufacturer said that it was motivated by the growth of the offshore wind market in Europe, and that with its new centre it also wants to deepen the technical and commercial cooperation with its European partners. “It is believed that with the technology originated from Europe and a strong global supply chain, MingYang could provide a competitive solution and a lower LCoE for the European offshore wind market”, MingYang stated. last_img read more