Not so long ago, the very mention of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) was associated only with negative connotations, and expectations were very low, while today the scale is certainly high, and expectations are justifiably high, as befits the HGK.The main function of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is to be a partner to the private sector, both at home and even more so when entering foreign markets. And when we talk about tourism, what I can confirm with certainty is that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Sector for Tourism, through their County Chambers and Sections in Tourism, are an extended hand to the tourism sector.Throughout the year we witness various educations and seminars, professional meetings, both through the Tourist Council and through various tourist sections from adventure tourism to family accommodation, analysis and publications, conferences and forums, the Group of unique luxury hotels was founded, and certainly one of the most important support to our tourism and domestic production through the action Let’s buy Croatia and the specialized project Croatian product for Croatian tourism.Of course, it can always and must be better, faster and more active, but the most important thing is that today entrepreneurs in tourism in Croatia have a stable and strong partner in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. What is the situation in our economy, can we finally connect blue and green Croatia, how to include as many Croatian products as possible in our tourist product – as well as many other questions answered by the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović.INTERVIEW / Luka Burilović, HGK: Reducing imports, greater self-sufficiency and rounding off the production and sales process, as it is popularly called – from the field to the table – is our ultimate goalOver the four years, you have participated in numerous conferences, meetings with businessmen, visited numerous companies… what is the real situation in our economy and what are your predictions in 2018?The past year has seen economic growth in many fields, including shifts in production, consumption and exports, and a reduction in the budget deficit and public debt. We also had a record tourist season, with an increase in wages, employment and retail trade turnover. However, the data of countries close to us in the European Union show that we are still lagging behind and that we are not growing as fast, even though the growth itself is higher than the EU average. For that, we need deeper reforms, such as reform of education, public administration and the judiciary.I believe that GDP growth will continue this year as well, so that we can expect a positive trend in terms of foreign trade, since growth is also expected in our key foreign trade partners. The situation in Agrokor will continue to be one of the major challenges, in the solution of which the key is the dialogue of all involved and the willingness to compromise in order to preserve healthy and quality parts of the system, the Croatian policy and jobs.Tourism is growing from year to year, but we count overnight stays and arrivals, but not tourist spending, which is the most relevant, and unfortunately too little in Croatia, as well as its dispersion to the local economy. How do you assess the development of our tourism? Are we going in the right direction? What are the most significant problems plaguing our business people in tourism?This year, for the first time, Croatia records 100 million overnight stays and revenues of more than EUR 10 billion, which are definitely record numbers. But further growth and development are needed. Better conditions of the business environment can raise Croatia on the competitiveness scale and ensure the sustainability of Croatian tourism, influence the further growth of investments and new employees, and initiate the growth of other economic sectors.Last year, 817 million euros were invested in Croatian tourism, and for this year the announcements are even more optimistic because over 900 million euros of investments are expected. However, they are invested mainly by domestic hotel companies, while investments by foreign investors are still modest, mostly due to too frequent changes in the legal and fiscal framework. The key things that bother our businessmen and hinder further growth are tax relief, resolving legislation that hinders development and investment, especially related to property and real estate taxes, the issue of regulation of tourist land, sojourn taxes and the systematic elimination of employment and labor shortages. Also, the extension of the season would affect the overall growth of the tourism sector.The combination of Blue and Green Croatia, so simple and logical, we have everything, production and on the other hand the need, ie through tourism consumption, but still just a dream. It is insane that Slavonia, the Dalmatian hinterland and the interior of Istria do not support tourism on the coast, what is the solution and how to speed up this process?We have to connect green and blue Croatia, and since I am a Slavonian, I believe that this region can give a big boost to development. The share of our products in tourism is still insufficient and we must strive to be as high as possible. The attractiveness of the continent is numerous, so we need to work on outgrowing the status of a destination that depends on the sun and the sea. By developing a tourist offer that promotes the complementarity of the tourist potentials of the coast and continental regions, we can help the development of other parts of Croatia. Since rural areas in Croatia face significant demographic problems, rural tourism can be one of the answers to the question of how to start economic activity, revitalize rural areas and enable people to stay in the countryside.We can speed up the process by activating unused tourist resources, renovating and raising the quality of accommodation capacities and creating additional tourist facilities in underdeveloped tourist areas, by improving the renovation of buildings and areas of significant historical, cultural and traditional values. In addition to the offer itself, a significant factor can be quality and indigenous products of continental Croatia. Continental Croatia has great potential for positioning as a destination for health tourism, primarily due to the presence of numerous clinics and special hospitals, as well as a rich offer of spa tourism. We have to connect green and blue Croatia, and the “Croatian product for Croatian tourism” campaign is one of the models to make this 20-year-old phrase a reality.The Buy Croatian campaign celebrated 20 years, and regardless of the effort, recognizability and success of the campaign, I still have a weak representation of Croatian products in the tourist product. What are the daily plans for the Buy Croatian project? Did hoteliers also respond to the Buy Croatian campaign and how to complete the entire production and sales process from the field to the table? The specialized project Let’s buy a Croatian-Croatian product for Croatian tourism proved to be an extremely successful b2b event?The specialized campaign Let’s buy Croatian – Croatian product for Croatian tourism was launched in 2015 to connect economic entities in tourism with other businessmen and sectors, and for twenty years we have been talking about how important it is to buy domestic and emphasize Croatian quality. Support for our manufacturer has never been more necessary than today because they are the ones who create a quality product and enable the creation of new jobs. This idea should become a lifestyle all 365 days of the year. Domestic products must be the key to the recognition of our tourism.Namely, due to its development, tourism can function as a lever for the development of other activities. We do not mean only the gastronomic offer, but also the wood processing industry, creative industry, IT… At the last edition of the action in 2017 in Zagreb exhibited about a hundred producers from the food sector, cosmetics, furnishing and tourism providers, as well as over 30 hoteliers, members of the family accommodation community and boaters. There is a growing connection between Croatian tourism and producers, especially food, construction, wood processing and other industries, so that in some hotel houses the share of Croatian products rises to more than 70 percent. Numerous hotel companies are also leaving their investment projects for the construction of new accommodation capacities to domestic contractors.The importance of tourism for our economy is immeasurable and that is why we must use absolutely all the opportunities that are given to us to promote domestic production through it. Reducing imports, greater self-sufficiency and rounding off the production and sales process, as it is popularly called – from the field to the table – is our ultimate goal. We want to connect the public and the private, the sea and the continent, big and small, so that together we can do our best and use the huge potential that we have as a country.I am extremely pleased with the numerous testimonies of our entrepreneurs and companies that at B2B meetings, within the specialized project Croatian Product for Croatian Tourism, they concluded long-term business cooperation, placed their products in large hotel chains and established cooperation with small family hotels – Luka Burilović, HGKThe balloon with the workforce in tourism has been inflating for years and it was only a matter of time before it burst. One of the solutions you are advocating is the introduction of dual education, and even according to the HGK survey, 80 percent of companies support the idea? We have a labor shortage, which is particularly pronounced in the sectors of tourism, construction, shipbuilding and agriculture, and at the same time our young people are leaving the education system to enter the labor market with skills that are not in line with the needs of entrepreneurs. With 180.000 unemployed, businessmen are short of 30.000 workers. It is very clear that this cannot end well if we do not start soon and start changing things from the ground up. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce has proposed a model of dual vocational education that can make education more efficient and flexible. By addressing this strategically important issue, we can simultaneously address several economic and social issues, from labor and unemployment to the issue of demography.The chamber has managed to increase quotas in these four years, but it was a firefighting measure. We need a reform of education, where the proposal of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is the introduction of dual vocational education modeled on Germanic countries, which would include the modernization of occupations, work on their attractiveness and changes in legislation.The just opened office of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China is a big step forward and a link with the Chinese market. There is a huge chance for Croatia, both for tourism and for the export of Croatian products. What are the expectations and what can entrepreneurs in tourism get and expect from the representative office? Are Chinese businessmen interested in investing in the tourism sector? We currently export the most wood, wood and plastic molding machines, fire engines, leather goods and medicines to China, and it is a market with 2,6 times more people than in the entire EU. The representative office will work on removing obstacles for further growth of trade and other activities. The biggest difficulty for domestic exporters is the lack of defined certificates and procedures for certain types of products. We will also work on finding niches for the placement of products and services for customers with higher purchasing power.The presence of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce on Chinese soil will have a positive effect on strengthening economic relations, and accordingly the recognition of Croatia as an interesting destination for Chinese tourists. The purchasing power of Chinese citizens is growing significantly from year to year and they are increasingly traveling and exploring world and European destinations. We see that the number of Chinese tourists in Croatia is constantly growing. There is also interest in investing in the Croatian tourism sector, for example in Krapinske Toplice, a direct investment of 30 million euros by Chinese investors is in the process of realization. The Chinese Southeast European Business Association (CSEBA) plans to invest 30 million euros in the purchase and renovation of the Toplice hotel and the start of construction of residential villas and bungalows through Zhongya Real Estate.According to the new restrictive regulations of the Chinese government regarding direct investments abroad and certain areas for investment, during 2017 there was a noticeable decline in Chinese investment, but this trend improved towards the end of 2017. The Chinese authorities are certainly encouraging investments under the Belt and Road initiative, and Croatia is in a key position by sea initiative. Here we see the potential for investment in tourism infrastructure.The tourism sector is one of the most active sectors, has a strong county network, with various communities from family tourism, hostels, adventure tourism, travel agencies… participate in organizing various trainings, congresses, forums, analyzes, frequent meetings of the profession and the selection of Tourist Flower – quality for Croatia. An excellent positive example of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce as an extended hand to entrepreneurs, in this case the tourism sector. How satisfied are you with the work of the tourism sector and what are your future plans? Through its activities, the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has become a recognizable and desirable partner for the entire tourism sector. In addition to networking all stakeholders and representing the common economic interests of entrepreneurs through associations and communities, I would certainly highlight the work on drafting legislation related to the tourism sector and the drafting of several national strategic documents. I am glad that the activities of the Sector include the awarding of the brightest examples of success in tourism through the Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia award and numerous high-quality events, such as the Family Accommodation Forum and the new Nautical Days.This year, the sector will continue to work on solving key problems that limit the growth and further improvement of the tourism sector, primarily tax relief, the problem of labor shortages and legislation.Finally, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce led by you began to blow a new wind, a lot has been done and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has finally become a partner to entrepreneurs, what are you most satisfied with and what are the priorities for the next period? In the period when the trust of businessmen in us was expressed undermined, we managed to create a service that meets the real needs of our members. I would like to emphasize the creation of new services, business rationalization, representative office network and business internationalization, work permit quotas for the economy and the Chamber’s dual education model. I believe that these results give me credibility for the new mandate, and the crown is the reward for the implemented reforms for the best chamber of Southeast and Central Europe and the unconditional opinion of the state audit.In the next period, my goal is to make sure that policy makers respect the voice of the economy even more strongly so that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of its members, becomes a co-creator of economic policies of long-term and strategic importance. An example of such successful cooperation is the agreement signed with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs on the opening of the Chamber’s missions within diplomatic and consular missions, which is an important part of the novelties related to helping businessmen in internationalizing their business. I intend to transfer the same services we offer to the digital sphere for a simpler and better understanding of the members and more efficient work of the Chamber itself. The third strategic goal is dual vocational education, as a long-term solution to the burning problem of labor shortages.Related news:ANTONIA URLIĆ NEW DIRECTOR OF THE HGK TOURISM SECTORDANIJELA ČAVLOVIĆ ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY TOURISM COMMUNITY AT THE Croatian Chamber of CommerceIVA BENCUN NEW PRESIDENT OF THE HGK ADVENTURE TOURISM COMMUNITY
The recommendation of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) regarding the conduct of extracurricular activities in the event of the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the implementation of contracted student trips overnight and caused additional problems for schools, parents and travel agencies. “I would like to emphasize once again that the money paid for student trips was not lost, but it is important to understand that it did not remain in the accounts of travel agencies but was forwarded to partners abroad and / or in Croatia, and colleagues invest all available funds in negotiating negotiations. new terms or returns. It is extremely important that in the curricula for the new school year, extracurricular classes are certainly planned so that, if the epidemiological situation allows, we will be able to realize delayed trips and, hopefully, plan new ones. If the trips are canceled, we want the parents to know that they have the right to a replacement trip through the issued voucher or refund in accordance with the concluded contract and in accordance with the applicable legislation.” emphasizes Fain. UHPA members are in constant contact with schools and parents and jointly coordinate further actions and make decisions that will primarily be in the interest of students. Long-term cooperation and correct relations are a guarantee that the final decisions will be to the satisfaction of all. “We consider making such an important recommendation in the late afternoon at the end of the working week unacceptable, especially in the midst of the realization of already postponed student trips. This kind of action caused, I can freely say, chaos and panic among parents and teachers, and with its vagueness and (non) binding form, it further complicated the already difficult situation for travel organizers. The consequences of such actions are, on the one hand, disrupted business relations created over the years and millions in losses on the other”, points out Tomislav Fain, president of UHPA. According to UHPA estimates, the value of school trips that take place over a period of one school year is around HRK 350 million. Due to the pandemic and undefined recommendations, losses in the tourism industry for the 2019/20 school year. exceed the amount of 230 million and most, due to canceled trips “frozen” in the business accounts of hotels, airlines, carriers and other providers of contracted services. The Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) and members specializing in the organization and implementation of extracurricular activities consider such a procedure unacceptable. “The greatest satisfaction for colleagues in agencies is a satisfied client. Consequently, the basic purpose of our existence is to provide a service that will make it possible. Unfortunately, in this extraordinary situation, some have ignored the demands and rights of clients by putting their business interest first. By doing so, they caused damage to the entire industry of this travel agency and put their business in a negative context in the public. The UHPA condemns such conduct, which has caused enormous damage and cast doubt on the operations of all agencies. As I have stated countless times so far, it is the obligation of the travel agency to operate in accordance with the legal regulations and there is no deviation from that. ” concludes Fain. Tomislav Fain, UHPA / Photo: UHPA Poor timing and vagueness of the CNIPH recommendation disrupted long-term successful cooperation with school institutions and made it impossible for travel agencies to organize business trips, UHPA points out.
Authorities in Anhui province, China, have reported that a Chinese national who visited Bali late last month has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as Indonesian authorities scramble to verify the information on Wednesday.The administration announced via Weibo on Feb. 6 that the Huainan Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Feb. 5 that a patient, identified only as Jin, flew on Lion Air flight JT2618 from Wuhan – the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak – to Bali on Jan. 22. The patient stayed on the island for about a week before flying on Garuda Indonesia flight GA858 from Bali to Shanghai on Jan. 28.The patient was found to have been infected with the virus that causes the disease on Feb. 5 by Huainan CDC according to the Weibo post. “For passengers on the aforementioned flights, please enact preventative measures immediately,” wrote the Anhui administration on its Weibo account, which is a local version of Twitter.”Please don’t go out for a while and if you get a fever, go to the nearest hospital,” the statement said. “Please use masks when you travel to the medical center and don’t use public transportation,” it went on.Garuda Indonesia spokesman Dicky Irchamsyah said he had not yet received a report about the case but “will check up on it.” Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala separately said he would also look into the case.Meanwhile, the Health Ministry’s disease control and environmental health director general, Anung Sugihantono, said his office had not yet received the information and was still “confirming it” but he was quick to say that it was “a rumor”. The ministry advises regular washing of hands, avoiding uncooked meat and wearing face masks when sick to minimize the chances of contracting the disease. The regulatory body also has two hotlines for more information: 021-5210-411 and 0812-1212-3119.The Post’s verificationThe Post first obtained the information about the Anhui administration’s statement from a Chinese citizen who sent a letter to us on Wednesday. The citizen provided two links: one was the Weibo post and the other was a search page for “Epidemic situation, public transportation epidemic inquiry”.We asked two Chinese journalists from two respected media in China to check whether the links are official or not and both confirmed that the links are official.The Chinese citizen who first informed us about the alert from the Anhui provincial authorities provided an English translation of the Weibo post and we also asked an Indonesian journalist friend who understands Chinese to translate it into Indonesian.The Post also ran a search with keyword “GA858” on the public transportation history site and found a result dated Jan. 28 that contained a link to the Weibo post from Anhui. We also searched the site with the keyword “JT2618” but it did not show any result.The Post tried to contact the Anhui and Huainan CDC offices on Wednesday to find more information about the patient but our calls were not answered. Indonesian Ambassador to China Djauhari Oratmangun told the Post he had yet to receive any information about the matter but he would find out more information.Topics :
– target population;- financial incentive;- default fund options;- fee structure;- payout phase.Peksevim said: “Due to the unique characteristics, including the higher price volatility and more uncertainty of EM financial markets, it is important that life-cyclefunds’ portfolio structures are appropriately designed.”Her project focuses on developing a new life-cycle investing model for EM pension funds by integrating both volatility and uncertainty in these financial markets.“The main goal of this work is to design a new life-cycle fund that can be offered as a default option in EM pension funds and contribute to the understanding of long-termoptimal portfolio allocation in EM financial markets,” she said.The Pensions Scholarship Trust was set up in 2019 with the purpose of furthering education and research across Europe into the area of pension and retirement incomeprovision. It is the successor to the former IPE Pensions Scholarship Fund. The Pensions Scholarship Trust has made a full grant of €5,000 to Seda Peksevim in support of her work on designing a new life-cycle investing model for pension funds in emerging markets (EM).Peksevim, a researcher at the Center for Applied Research in Finance (CARF), is currently undertaking a PhD programme under the supervision of Vedat Akgiray, professor of finance at Boğaziçi University.According to Akgiray, Peksevim has become “one of the most promising researchers on the subject matter in the country”.Peksevim’s work on the Optimal Design of Mandatory and Auto-Enrolment Pension Systems in Emerging Market Economies’ aims to focus on five key parameters:
Polished floorboards in the classic property at Chapel Hill. It’s dual levels allow for split living for bigger families. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 3PM AUCTION: 1 Highgreen Close, Kuraby, Qld 4112At 3pm, Ray White Springwood/Daisy Hill agent Faraz Peyman has 1 Highgreen Close, Kuraby, going under the hammer. It’s a four bedroom, two bathroom, five car space property that “must be sold either prior to auction or at auction” this weekend.The property is fully kitted out with solar power, solar heated inground pool and solar hot water. It has a 2,500 litre water tank, light diffusing blinds on the windows, two garden sheds, the lights are LED and there is Crimsafe all around the home. 11AM AUCTION: Auction preview: 21 Ootana Street, Chapel Hill, Qld 4069Another five bedder, this time at 21 Ootana Street, Chapel Hill, goes under the hammer an hour later at 11am with three bathrooms and a twin garage.Ray White West End agent Luke O’Kelly saw a lot of prestige around the grand dual level family home which sits on a large 1,528sq m block.He described it as perfect “for a family looking to put their personal touch on an already spectacular home” and the dual levels allow for the creation of a teenage retreat or private guest zones. 95 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, goes under the hammer at 9.30am on Saturday.A rare fixer-upper in a million-dollar waterfront suburb is among just eight homes going under the hammer in Brisbane this Saturday as part of a 61-strong statewide roster.The Queensland Capital’sofferingranges from a sprawling seven bedroom home to luxury family properties to a very popular fixer-upper in million-dollar suburb Bulimba.Ray White Bulimba agent Tanya Douglas told The Courier-Mail that there was a lot of inspection activity going on since 2019 kicked off.“Numbers are really good since the new year began,” she said, “It feels like there’s a lot more positivity and energy in the market.” 3.30PM AUCTION: Auction preview: 5 Blaxland Court, Mount Ommaney, Qld 4074The final auction of the day for Brisbane — and also the largest home going under the hammer in the Queensland capital this weekend — is 5 Blaxland Court, Mount Ommaney. It’s a seven bedroom, three bathroom, five car space home which goes to auction at 3.30pm. 2PM AUCTION: 14 Uluru Place, Forest Lake, Qld 4078.Also going under the hammer at 2pm is 14 Uluru Place, Forest Lake — a house with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a dual car garage. Brendan Lewington and Leisa Le of @ap-realty Property Sales and Management listed it as being just minutes from Forest Lake Shopping Centre, parks and schools. It’s a classic family home in Brisbane’s western suburbs, with two living areas, a master with walk-in robe and ensuite, and the gardens have a shed and rainwater tank with pump. And a nice modern kitchen for growing families. The home is on the market for the first time in almost 40 years.Agent Tina Saidi of Ray White Centenary is expecting big things from this one as it’s the first time this home has come on the market in almost 40 years.“Size will surprise in this beautifully presented dual-living property, perfect for large families,” was how she described it. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK 10AM AUCTION: 40 Melbourne Avenue, Camp Hill, Qld 4152At 10am the fate of 40 Melbourne Avenue, Camp Hill, will be decided. The five bedroom, three bathroom, double car space property was listed by Sean Wallis and Kelly Qualtrough of McGrath Estate Agents Paddington as an executive family home.A lot has been packed into the 405sq m block including a contemporary kitchen with butler’s pantry, plunge pool and deck plus an alfresco zone. It also has multiple living spaces upstairs and down.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago Homes in the area are tightly held. The Camp Hill home has tonnes of contemporary features. 2PM AUCTION: 37 Norman Street, East Brisbane, Qld 4169 At 2pm, a three bedroom, dual bathroom home located just 3km from the city centre goes under the hammer. The home at 37 Norman Street, East Brisbane, was marketed by agent Steve Yates of Place New Farm as a “charming Queenslander in a tightly held pocket”.Think timber fretwork, high ceilings, VJ walls, polished timber floorboards, spacious timber decks and classic verandas. 9.30AM AUCTION: 95 Bulimba Street, Bulimba, Qld 4171. Loads more that can be done with this inner-city ring gem. 9AM AUCTION: 74 Warburton Street, Bardon, Qld 4065.For those who want to just move right in without any further work, the first auction on Saturday might be of interest at 74 Warburton Street, Bardon. Kicking off at 9am, the three bedroom, two bathroom, two car space home is being marketed by Judy Newlands of McGrath Estate Agents New Farm as the “ultimate urban oasis”.“It’s a breezy Byron Bay beach house style oasis within easy reach of the CBD, with parks, buses, shops and restaurants nearby,” was how Ms Newlands described the property.The home was made for entertaining with indoor/outdoor flow, timber flooring, a very stylish kitchen, and a swimming pool. And it has a pool. The home definitely could do with an upgrade.She’s marketing the fixer-upper at 95 Bulimba Street, Bulimba with colleague Summer Mitchell, with the property set to go under the hammer at 9.30am on Saturday. It’s currently a three bedroom, single bathroom, single car space home and could definitely do with a fresh upgrade or even an uplift to a two-storey house — unsurprising given it’s hitting the market for the first time in 23 years.“It’s attracting a lot of families that are wanting to break into the area and are prepared to do a reno to get into that address,” Ms Douglas said.
Ministry of the Presidency and Kares Engineering INC make massive contributionsPLANS for the hosting of the first-ever Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club MS Patron’s 20/20 Cup – The Green Economy Trophy tournament – recently received a major boost with massive donations from the Ministry of the Presidency and Kares Engineering of Parika, Essequibo.Guyana’s leading youth and sports organisation would be hosting the tournament which promises to be one of the biggest-ever hosted in Guyana in tribute to its fifth Honorary Patron, H.E President David Granger’s 72nd birthday, which will be celebrated on July 15.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, vice-president Mark Papannah and club captain/executive member Shawn Pereira received $125 000 worth of trophies for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners along with the Man-of-the-Final.The Ministry of the Presidency also made a financial contribution towards the hosting of the tournament. Chief Executive Officer of Kares Engineering Inc., Mr Radesh Rameshwar, also handed over a cheque for a very significant figure towards the prizes for the top four teams and Man-of-the-Final.CEO of Kares stated that he was very impressed with the work of the RHTY&SC MS and that he shares the club’s vision of making a positive difference in the lives of youths. He noted that it is very important that Guyana should promote a Green Economy and educate its population on the danger of Climate Change and its effects on our daily way of living.Kares Engineering Inc., he stated, was fully committed to fulfilling its responsibilities as a corporate entity and expressed confidence that the relationship between the RHTY&SC MS and his company would be expanded in the future.Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster expressed gratitude to both the Ministry of the Presidency and Kares Engineering for their contributions with special mention being made of Colonel Francis Abraham and Major Smith of the Office of the Presidency along with Radesh Rameshwar and Satya Kishun of Kares Engineering. He reassured both donors that the Patron’s Cup would not only be well organised but would achieve all of its objectives.The tournament will feature eight teams – six from Berbice and two from Demerara. The Demerara Cricket Club and the Georgetown Cricket Club have been officially invited to be part of the tournament while RHT Gizmos and Gadgets, Tucber Park, Blairmont, Upper Corentyne and Young Warriors are expected to participate.The organisers are currently awaiting a response from the Albion Cricket Club on their participation. The winning team will take home $500 000, 1st runners-up $300 000, second-placers $100 000, fourth-placers – $50 000 and Man-of-the-Final – $50 000.Funds raised from the tournament will be used to purchase school bags, educational materials and bicycles for less fortunate students across Berbice.The main aim is to assist them to complete their education. Funds would also be used to assist less fortunate clubs across Berbice with cricket balls and other equipment. A 40-page youth information booklet would be produced by the RHTY&SC to educate youths on the Green Economy and Climate Change.The tournament is scheduled to bowl off July 2 with the semi-finals set for July 9. The final is set to be played under lights at the Albion ground on a date suitable to the hectic schedule of President David Granger.
One day after Tyler Ennis shocked the nation with a buzzer-beating heave to save Syracuse’s undefeated season, The Daily Orange spoke with Tony McIntyre, his father and former AAU coach at CIA Bounce.The Daily Orange: Let’s get right into it. Where did you watch Tyler’s buzzer-beater against Pittsburgh, and can you walk me through what the reaction was like?Tony McIntyre: We watched it with a bunch of our coaches from the program and some family and friends in our basement. He hit the shot and we all jumped around like little kids.The D.O.: What else do you remember from the play?T.M.: The family was there and then we had three coaches there from our program. One of the coaches used to coach Tyler as a younger kid, and then one of the guys who I run the program with now was there. We were all just sitting around watching, and analyzing the game like we always do, talking about what we would do and wouldn’t do. We were actually shocked that Pitt took the timeout. As soon as they took the timeout, I thought, ‘We’re going to at least get a good shot off.’ So once the shot went up, it was almost like quiet for a sec and then everyone just started jumping around. You felt like you were kind of at the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe D.O.: Has Tyler ever made a shot like that, that you can remember, at any level?T.M.: He’s hit shots, but in terms of what it meant, the undefeated season, on the road and being down, I think that’s probably one of his bigger shots. But he’s hit some good shots. Last year at ESPN Rise, he hit a big 3 to take the lead, and then Jalyn Patterson of Montverde hit a buzzer-beater about two seconds later to win it. So he’s been pretty good with us and all his teams, hitting big shots through high school.The D.O.: Did you get a chance to talk to him after the game at all?T.M.: Yeah, I actually called him, I think he had just finished his ESPN interview. I pretended like I didn’t watch the game. I just said, ‘Hey, did you guys win?’ He was like, ‘Oh, shut up. Don’t tell me you missed that?’ It was actually funny. I just ask how it felt and he said, ‘As soon as I let it go, I knew it was good.’The D.O.: Have you ever seen him look that happy on the court or have that big of a reaction after a play?T.M.: Nah. I think that’s probably one of the better ones I’ve seen, to be honest. I’ve seen him give you a little smile or fist pump once in a while when a teammate does something good, but I think that one was more toward the crowd. He loves being in situations where the crowd is into it. You’re playing on the road and I think that was more one where the crowd was getting at him, so it was kind of the payback. ‘You got me the whole game, so let me get back at you.’The D.O.: So he’s now beaten Pitt twice this season almost single-handedly. Do you know if he has any kind of relationship there?T.M.: For him, two of his teammates play for Pitt. Mike Young from St. Benedict’s last year and then Jamel Artis. Nos. 1 and 2 on Pitt, he both played with at St. Benedict’s. So I think there’s a little rivalry there in terms of like my school, your school. That kind of stuff. A friendly rivalry.The D.O.: It seems that he gets better with every game. Even Jim Boeheim seems surprised with his growth. Has Tyler done anything this year that’s surprised you?T.M.: Not really. I didn’t think early on he shot the ball as well as he could. I think a lot of people say he’s got to work on his shot, but I think he shoots it a lot better. He just doesn’t shoot it enough. But I think he does what he has to get his teammates the ball and keep the offense moving. He shoots it when he’s open and shoots it when he has to make it, but one of the things that he and I talk about are getting into the (Carrier) Dome to shoot in the Dome because it’s obviously different shooting there than at the Melo Center.The D.O.: With all that Tyler’s done, he’s rising on all these NBA Draft boards. Have you guys talked at all about that? Where do you stand in making that decision?T.M.: We haven’t really talked about it at all, to be honest. It’s probably every kid that plays college basketball’s dream to play in the NBA, but if everything’s right, all the stars align and they win the national championship, that’s something that we’d definitely talk about later. But right now, we want to win. He wants to win and he doesn’t even want to think about it to be honest.The D.O.: So does anything distract him?T.M.: Not really. It sounds so stupid because there’s got to be something, but there just really isn’t. He’s having fun, he’s really comfortable, he likes his teammates, he likes his coaching staff and he feels like that’s his family and he’s home. He’s just enjoying his college life right now. That’s actually one of the things. That kid makes sure he does his schoolwork. He graduated St. Benedict’s with a 4.0. He wants to make sure he gets good marks at Syracuse. I think he had a quiz first period today, and he was there.The D.O.: Is there anything else that you remember from last night, or talking to him about the shot at all?T.M.: Today he was kind of shocked that he got a phone call from Joe Biden, the vice president. He was kind of shocked by that. He sent me a text, like ‘Hey, can you believe I just got a phone call from the vice president?’ He was in shock a little bit. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 14, 2014 at 12:48 am Contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Stephen_Bailey1
© IRFU New Ormond Park plays host to a Tipperary derby in the Ulster Bank League on Friday night.Nenagh Ormond entertain Cashel hoping to avenge their defeat when the sides met last November. The home side go into the game in third place in Division 2A – six points behind table toppers Malone – with Cashel in 6th place 17 points off the pace.Nenagh manager John Long says it’s likely to be a tough battle.Kick off this Friday evening is at 7.30pm in Nenagh.
1853 Its all over. Ghana win by 3 goals to nil. Black Stars top Group B with Mali securing second place after a 1-1 drawn game with DR Congo.1843 Niger win a corner. Quickly taken but well defended and Ghana switch from defence into Attack with Solomon Asante tearing off from his markers. He is brought down heavily.1839 Its still 1-1 in the Mali- DR Congo game. Mali qualifies together with Ghana in the group if the score line remains the same.1835 Gyan out Clottey in for Ghana1833 Rabiu pulls off a great save. He has been on holidays for most part of the second half. He palmed away a goal bound shot.1830 Derek Boateng comes in for Rabiu Mohammed. 1819 Back to the Ghana game and its Gyan again who miss two glorious opportunities. His first was a shot too feeble to beat the Nigerian and the second was a total mis-kick but its Ghana still leading comfortably.1815 Its still 1-1 after 61 minutes in the other group game. Mali will qualify ahead of DR Congo if the results remain the same.1813 The Nigerians lift up their game. They make an incursion on the right, sends in a cross and oo Fatau spills it badly but nobody to connect.1811 Ghana on rampage. Kwadwo Asamoah makes a run on the left and sets up Gyan but a timely clearance denies a Gyan brace.1807 Goal!!!!!! Its John Boye an unlikely source. He connects a rebound after the Nigerian goal keeper spills an Asamoah Gyan header. 1802 The players of the two teams make their way onto the pitch and get ready for the second half. Ghana get the second half underway. No changes to either side. Back from recess 1745+1 Referee whistles for the end of the first half.1743 Nigerian goal keeper pulls a superb save to deny Ghana’s third goal. Great build up on the left from Gyan. He finds Badu who whips it low and hard but the Nigerian’s outstretched left hand palms the ball away for corner. Great piece of goal keeping.1734 The Nigerian breach the Ghana defence on the right with a great run and a superb cross but Kofi Dankwa fails to get a touch to the cross as the ball goes just across the face of goal. 1723 Another Ghana goal and its Christian Atsu with goal of breath taking genius. All credit to Asamoah Gyan who releases Atsu with an inch perfect cross. Atsu controls it on his chest before connecting it for Ghana’s second goal. GOAL!!!!! 1715 Elsewhere in the other Group B game which is being played concurrently, DR Congo and Mali are tied 1-1 after just 15 minutes.1710 The Nigerians react rather quickly. They win a corner which is converted deep and Fatau Dauda spills in the air after a little shove behind. The Nigerian striker whips it in FOR A GOAL but their jubilation is cut shot. Referee judges that as a foul on Fatau Dauda.1707 After just 7 minutes Captain Asamoah Gyan put the Black Stars ahead with a well taken goal. GOAL!!! Live Update Ghana play Niger in the final Group B game in the ongoing Nations Cup tournament.The Stars need just a draw to book a quarter final place but the Nigerians need nothing than a win.Watch the live match below
Ghana Premier League champions AshantiGold have set out to make the most of the extended pre-season to adequately prepare them for the CAF Champions League.The Miners are scheduled to play Algerian outfit MO Bejaia in February with their opponents actively participating in the Algerian league.The lack of competitive matches for Ashantigold is certainly a worry for Ashantigold CEO Kudjoe Fianoo and Ghanaians with fears their opponents could be a notch above them in terms of fitness and match rhythm.However, Fianoo has devised strategies in the interim to make way for the delayed Ghana Premier League.“We need to make sure that we quickly put our house in order so that we can have enough playing time,’ Fianoo told Joy Sports.“We are looking for a tournament in Tanzania and hopefully another tournament in Nigeria that is going to feature champions in the sub region.” “With a couple of matches, we should be ready to meet them.”“They could play more matches that wouldn’t make us overwhelming underdogs. I have believe and faith in my team that we can stand the test of time.”The first leg of the tie is scheduled to be played in Obuasi within the week of 12-14 February.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports