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Open competition for the award “Marco Polo – famous travel writer”

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgThe Croatian Association of Tourist Journalists and Writers in Tourism, in cooperation with the Association of Tourist Journalists of the Croatian Journalists’ Association, is announcing a competition for the awards “Marco Polo- famous travel writer“For 2020. Learn more about all application conditions HERE, and the Marco Polo Awards Regulations can be downloaded here. Proposals for the award are submitted from the date of publication of the competition on the official website until November 15, 2020. The evaluation committee reserves the right to request a supplement to the incomplete proposal, as well as to withdraw from consideration of the proposal submitted late.center_img The annual award is given to an individual journalist for the best travel report if it is in accordance with the Ordinance on the awarding of prizes, medals and recognitions “Marco Polo – a famous travel writer”.last_img read more

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‘My salary is enough to rent a helicopter’: KPK chair Firli Bahuri denies violating ethics

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgCorruption Eradication Commission chairman Firli Bahuri has said his salary is enough to rent a helicopter, dismissing suspicion that a recent trip he made using a helicopter taxi service is an ethics violation.“I used my salary to expedite and simplify my tasks. I did all of that to support my duties and not for luxury. My salary is enough to rent a helicopter, not to live a life of luxury,” the two-star police general said in a written statement on Monday as quoted by tempo.co.Firli published the statement in advance of his ethics hearing with the antigraft body’s supervisory council scheduled for Tuesday. He was accused of committing an ethics violation following reports of him using a private helicopter on a personal trip from South Sumatra’s capital of Palembang to the city of Baturaja in the same province in June. The Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) reported Firli to the supervisory council, accusing the chair of living a “hedonistic lifestyle”.Firli confirmed that he would attend Tuesday’s hearing. “This mechanism is an activity to clarify and explain in detail the object of the problem. I really appreciate this process,” he said. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

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Nepotism not always bad, Mahfud MD says

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first_imgHe said Indonesia was not unique in that regard, and that nepotism was not necessarily a bad thing.Read also: ‘Political dynasties’ to take center stage again in 2020 electionsMahfud then cited an example in Bakalang, East Nusa Tenggara, where the sibling of a local politician offered to take over their relative’s post due to the latter’s incompetence.“So those who practice nepotism don’t always have bad intentions,” he added.Political discourse surrounding the forthcoming regional elections has recently been rife with speculation regarding the candidacy of several family members of the country’s top officials.Among them are President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka and son-in-law Bobby Afif Nasution, who are running in the mayoral races in Surakarta, Central Java, and Medan, North Sumatra, respectively.Other notable names include Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s daughter Siti Nur Azizah and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s niece Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo – both running in the South Tangerang mayoral race. (rfa)Topics : In response to controversy surrounding the candidacy of incumbents’ and political elites’ relatives in the upcoming regional elections, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has said that the nepotism is not against the law, nor is it inherently contradictory to the country’s democracy.According to Mahfud, the practice of nepotism is inevitable in any major political event, including the regional elections set to take place on Dec. 9.“Many of us may dislike nepotism. But we have to admit, there’s no legal or constitutional reason to prevent a person from being running for office based on nepotism or [family connections],” Mahfud said during an online discussion on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf: Trump Administration’s Fuel Economy Plan Rips off PA Consumers, Workers, Communities

By on October 16, 2020

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Trump Administration’s Fuel Economy Plan Rips off PA Consumers, Workers, Communities Economy,  Energy,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Trump Administration’s plan to weaken current fuel efficiency standards:“The EPA’s plan to weaken fuel economy standards hurts Pennsylvania’s consumers, workers, and everyone who wants to breathe cleaner air. Fuel economy standards are lowering gas bills, spurring innovation to create jobs, keeping air cleaner, and creating demand for cleaner domestic energy and renewable technology,” said Governor Wolf.“The current standards have led to the development of new technologies, manufacturing innovation, and new jobs throughout the U.S., while reducing consumer expenditures on gasoline. These standards were developed with substantial public input and rely on scientific evidence to promote advanced vehicle technologies and reduce air pollution, while saving Pennsylvanians at the pump.“Rolling back these standards will cost consumers every time they fuel up and is another example of the Trump Administration’s disregard for its responsibility to protect the health and safety of American citizens. At a time when advanced manufacturers are expanding in Pennsylvania and developing the next generation of clean vehicle technologies, we need to encourage innovation, not turn back the clock. I strongly urge the EPA to prioritize public health over special interests and abandon this reckless plan to roll back fuel savings standards.” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 04, 2018last_img read more

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​KLP sues Danske Bank after scandal deals €12m blow to shareholding

By on September 29, 2020

first_imgBergan described the lawsuit KLP had joined – which is seeking DKK1.5bn (€201m) in damages – as a very standard class action.“We participate in class actions quite often; whenever there is money on the table we claim our right in the settlement, and monitoring the cases that are out there is a service we get from an external provider,” she said, adding that in certain jurisdictions, including Europe, it was necessary to be part of the action from the beginning in order to be part of the settlement.While KLP would opt out of any collective actions it thought were unreasonable, she said this particular case was not considered as such.Sigetty told IPE the plaintiffs in his action were mostly pension funds, asset management trusts and similar entities.“The investors suffered losses because Danske Bank did not comply with the money laundry legislation and its obligations to inform the market of important matters,” he said.“When this was reported by the press, the shares dropped more than 50% over time as matters were revealed,” said Sigetty. Norway’s Kommunal landspensjonskasse (KLP) has confirmed it has joined one of the many investor lawsuits now underway to seek compensation from Denmark’s biggest bank after a huge money-laundering scandal halved the value of its shares in two years.KLP is one of 63 plaintiffs in a writ submitted on 27 December 2019 in the Copenhagen district court by lawyer Ole Sigetty, partner at the firm Németh Sigetty.Jeanett Bergan, KLP’s head of responsible investment, told IPE: “In the last two years, our holdings of Danske Bank equities have lost half of their value as a result of the money-laundering case.”The NOK745bn (€75bn) pension fund’s stake in the Danish bank is now worth NOK120m, she said, providing a figure which implies the fund lost around €12m. Danske Bank headquarters in CopenhagenThis collective lawsuit is only one of the class actions being brought against Danske Bank for investment losses suffered as a result of the affair that pension funds have joined.Danish law firm Njord is working on a case and partner Thomas Ryhl told IPE it expects to file well before the end of this year.“We expect to file the joint claims of a double-digit number of large institutional investors, each representing a number of savings and pensions funds,” he said.A year ago, the firm said it assessed that Danske Bank had failed to comply with its obligations to disclose information to the market about the gravity and scale of the money laundering issues in a timely manner — which resulted in inflated prices for the bank’s share.Ryhl said he would argue that since then, the actions of public authorities and other claimants, as well as the stories covered by the media, had only served to further strengthen the case against Danske Bank.In October 2019, US law firm Grant & Eisenhofer said a second wave of lawsuits in a case it was bringing had been filed in Copenhagen’s city court by an international coalition of institutional investors in the ongoing financial fraud case against Danske Bank.Olav Haazen, a firm director who represents the investor group, told IPE the group included five pension funds from three Scandinavian countries.“Class actions are an important part of the legal system to provide a justice tool for smaller individuals”Jeanett Bergan, head of responsible investment at KLP“Since the second wave of filings, we have over 200 institutional investor claims and our damages claims are approximately $800m,” adding that with a third wave of claims his firm would file in February, this figure would probably reach €1bn.In a general comment on the class actions, Danske Bank said in a statement it was defending itself against these claims.“The timing and completion of any such lawsuit is uncertain, and we consider any development together with our external counsel. At this stage, we have no further comments,” the bank said.Bergan said that despite the legal case, KLP was on good, cooperative terms with Danske Bank.“We have a very good dialogue with Danske Bank, and they are now making sure they have the AML (anti-money laundering) system in place to lower future risks,” said Bergan.“A lot of people would criticise investors for being part of these cases, because it is the shareholders who carry the cost of them. But at the same time, if we didn’t take part, we would lose out because we would not benefit from the recovery,” she said.Bergan said it was also important to be involved for the sake of broader corporate responsibility, and the necessity of having it tested in law.“Class actions are an important part of the legal system to provide a justice tool for smaller individuals,” she added.last_img read more

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Wärtsilä Re-Liquefaction Plants Ordered for New LNG Carriers

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgFinnish engineering company Wärtsilä has won a deal to supply its re-liquefaction plants to three liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, currently under construction.One of the vessels in question is being built at South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard for the international owner and operator Gaslog. The other two are for Norway-based Knutsen and are being built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) yard. The ships were ordered in April, May and June 2017, respectively.The re-liquefaction plant ordered for these vessels features Wärtsilä’s latest mixed refrigerant (MR) technology, an energy efficient solution for smaller liquefaction applications. The new installation will have a capacity of 1.5 – 2.5 tons/hour (t/h). The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery commencing February 2018.“We are proud of the success of Wärtsilä’s advanced re-liquefaction plants based on MR technology, and this success is reflected in these latest orders,” Timo Koponen, Vice President, Flow & Gas Solutions at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said.last_img read more

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Ex-Eagles midfielder handed 5-Year ban for attempted match fixing

By on September 26, 2020

first_img Loading… The former Nigerian international was found guilty in court in November 2019 having first arrived in Sweden in 2014, signing for Stockholm-based club AIK fresh from a fairly uninspiring spell at Blackburn Rovers. The offence involved a match between AIK and IFK Göteborg in the Allsvenskan. It wasn’t the greatest attempt in history as the match was called off shortly before kick off when the authorities were made aware of the attempt by the player who was approached. Former Super Eagles and Man City midfielder ​Dickson Etuhu has been handed a five-year ban from football by the Swedish FA for his involvement in a match fixing scandal back in 2017. Read Also: Osimhen dreams Premier League move, consults Ighalo Injuries eventually led to Etuhu being released by AIK and dropping down five divisions to play for IFK Rössjöholm, before he hung up his boots in 2017. While Etuhu may have officially hung up his boots years ago, the announcement will certainly tarnish any hope he had of a future in the sport. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Most Expensive (And Surprising Things) Keanu Reeves Ever Bought20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Best Cars Of All TimeEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon In ​a statement the Swedish FA said: “The Disciplinary Board has decided to suspend two people because they have deliberately tried to persuade a football player to underperform in one of the team’s matches. “Through their actions, these people have violated the anti-match fixing regulations, and they are therefore suspended for five years. “The ban includes training, competing or performing any assignments in any sports.” What it means is that Etuhu, who played for Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup, is banned from playing for or coaching any Swedish club until April 2025. Etuhu enjoyed a 14-year stint in England. Starting at ​Manchester City, he was one of David Moyes’ final signings as Preston boss, where he impressed in the ​Championship for almost four seasons and earned a move to Norwich City. He was signed by Sunderland in 2007 upon the Black Cats’ return to the ​Premier League under Roy Keane. His best spell, however, came at ​Fulham as he was in the heart of Roy Hodgson’s midfield that famously went all the way to the Europa League final in 2009/10. And of course he scored this cracker.last_img read more

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Canadian nat’l in Negros Occ. tests negative for nCoV

By on September 25, 2020

first_imgHe added the patient, who was admittedat the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH), wasdischarged from the hospital on yesterday. He also urged the public to alwaysverify information related to nCoV from the Department of Health website and torefrain from spreading fake news. As of Wednesday, the City HealthOffice reported two more PUIs – a 67-year-old male, a foreign national, who hada layover in Taiwan, and a 30 to 40-year-old Filipino male who traveled to HongKong. The remaining two PUIs were also atthe hospital waiting for the laboratory results from the RITM. BACOLOD City – A43-year-old Canadian national who was under investigation  for a possible 2019 novel coronavirus acuterespiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) infection had tested negative for thevirus. One of the two is a 12-year-old with ahistory of travel to Hong Kong and Macau while the other is a 58-year-oldfemale. They are now confined in atertiary hospital, she addedcenter_img Dr. Julius Drilon, medical centerchief II, said in a statement that this was based on the result of theconfirmatory testing from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). CHO Environment and SanitationDivision head Grace Tan said the swab samples of the latest two patients wouldbe sent to the RITM as soon as possible. “The CLMMRH is assuring the publicthat the hospital is implementing strict infection control measures inproviding treatment to these patients,” Drilon said. The Bacolod City Disaster RiskReduction and Management Council  has passed a resolution requesting for aP10-million budget that will be utilized by the inter-agency task force for theprevention and control of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Quantum Foundation offers Help During COVID Time-of-Need

By on September 20, 2020

first_img(West Palm Beach, Fla.) – To help those struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, Quantum Foundation has allocated $250,000 to 20 Palm Beach County qualifying nonprofits to help meet the basic needs of the county’s most vulnerable residents. The money is being used for rent assistance, food distribution, toiletries and other basic needs.This is the 10th year for the annual Quantum in the Community initiative, which has set aside $1 million for Palm Beach County nonprofits.The remaining $750,000 will be distributed in the fall. All the money stays local.Restoration Bridge International: Quantum Foundation recently funded basic needs in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Restoration Bridge International, based in Lake Worth, was a recipient of that funding. RBI gives food to the homeless, migrant communities, section 8 housing, residents of transitional recovery homes, seniors, vets, churches – over 78 organizations in total. Each Saturday morning, Restoration Bridge distributes free food to anyone in need in the parking lot at Church By The Glades at 127 South M Street in Lake Worth. Individuals and families receive boxes of fresh produce, dairy, meat, and more.The money will fund essentials such as meals, hygiene products, rent/utility assistance, clothing, transportation, and more. The funding comprises the first round of awards in honor of Quantum Foundation’s 10th annual Quantum in the Community initiative. This year, $1 million has been allocated for Quantum in the Community. Usually awarded in the fall, immediate needs pushed up a partial payout of the QIC funding, with the balance of the $1 million ($750,000) to be distributed in November.“The COVID-19 pandemic brought forward longstanding health inequities in disinvested communities, exposing the impacts of the social determinants of health such as economic and social conditions that influence a group’s health status,” said Eric Kelly, president of Quantum Foundation. “Health equity is our way forward, and these vulnerable communities need culturally competent care and basic needs now more than ever. Health is not the absence of illness, but rather a positive state of physical and mental well-being, and these grants are a step in the right direction.”The funds are unrestricted and will go toward operational support as well as programmatic needs. Since March, Quantum Foundation will have given away $900,000 in COVID-19 relief funding with $650,000 additional funding outside of the QIC grants. All the money allocated will stay in Palm Beach County and cover all areas from Tequesta to Boca Raton and Belle Glade to Riviera Beach.A committee of Quantum Foundation staff and board members carefully considers each application, and grantees must meet eligibility requirements. To learn more, visit the Quantum Foundation website here.Quantum Foundation’s mission is to fund initiatives that improve the health of Palm Beach County residents. In 1998, Quantum Foundation marked its rookie year as one of Palm Beach County’s newest and largest philanthropic organizations with an impressive $7.6 million granted to more than 40 Palm Beach County projects. Just over 20 years later, with assets of approximately $155 million, the organization’s focus remains on keeping Palm Beach County healthy. Their awards to date total more than $145 million and have impacted hundreds of local nonprofit organizations. Every dollar the foundation grants continues to stay in the county to benefit local communities. For information about Quantum Foundation, or to learn about applying for grants, please visit www.quantumfnd.org or call 561-832-7497.Full List of Grantees Belle Glade/Pahokee – $25,000 Church of the Harvest Food/financial assistance: Glades Area Pantries offers a food and clothing pantry, furniture, and financial assistance. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, Church of the Harvest has distributed more than 200 tons of food and over $12,000 in financial assistance. Light House Café Food assistance: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lighthouse began serving to-go meals and has increased by nearly 3,000 meals since March 18. Boynton Beach/Delray Beach – $20,000 Eat Better Live Better (EBLB) Food assistance: EBLB is focused on being a solution to the food crisis caused by COVID-19 by delivering healthy groceries to families in need. Partnering with Digital Vibez & Project Smile, EBLB distributes nearly 100 boxes of groceries twice a week. Operation 120 Basic needs: Operation 120 provides temporary supportive housing, food, clothing, toiletries, transportation, and basic needs to homeless and at-risk female veterans. Jupiter/Tequesta – $40,000 CareBag Basic needs: CareBag provides proper hygiene to homeless and families in need. The organization provides PPEs and coordinates with local churches to provide meals. St. Vincent de Paul Financial assistance: Since COVID-19, St. Vincent has assisted 69 Jupiter residents for a total of $57,646. Riviera Beach/Lake Park – $30,000 Joint Mission Basic needs: Joint Mission provides veterans with free, including beds, mattresses, linens, and other home necessities. Riviera Beach Community Outreach Basic needs: The organization provides direct services such as food distribution, assistance with Palm Tran discount bus passes, applying and enrollment in SNAP benefits, clothing for children and adults, and weekly on-site essential healthcare services. St. George’s Community Center Food assistance: St. George currently serves an average of 300 meals per day, Monday through Friday, and 80 meals on Saturday to homeless individuals in Riviera Beach. Lake Worth/Lantana – $20,000 Arms of Hope Food assistance: Requests for hot meals has increased 40 percent, and in the last four months Arms of Hope has provided 42,405 meals. Restoration Bridge Food assistance: Run by an all-volunteer staff, in 2019 Restoration Bridge provided 6,806,534 pounds of food to Palm Beach County residents. Due to COVID-19, the organization has seen a 40 percent increase in food distribution. North Palm Beach/Palm Beach Gardens – $30,000 FFA Foundation Financial assistance: FFA Foundation helps clients in early recovery with transportation, rental, and utility assistance. In 2019, FFA gave away $51,000 in financial assistance to Palm Beach County residents. Hands Together Food and financial assistance: Over the past two and a half months, Hands Together has served 759 families (3,190 people) 4,610 ready-to-eat meals. The organization has also been working with several Haitian pastors to provide for their parishioners and has provided $14,000 in rent/utility assistance over the past three months. Wellington/Greenacres/Royal Palm Beach – $25,000 Society of St. Vincent Financial assistance: Society of St. Vincent helps with funding to provide temporary housing for homeless families until they can be placed in a permanent home. The organization also assists with past-due rent, utility bills, and food. Wellington Cares Basic needs: Wellington Cares provides necessities such as transportation, medication prescription fees, and other services to 2,340 seniors in the community who prefer to remain living in their home. West Palm Beach – $60,000 Buccan Provisions Food assistance: Since COVID-19, Buccan Provisions has served 125,000 meals with 15,000 weekly meals provided. Extended Hands Food assistance: In 2019, the Hands Choice Pantry distributed non-perishable food items, fresh produce, meat, dairy, and bread to more than 3,000 families (feeding over 7,000 individuals) and its soup kitchen served more than 15,000 hot meals. Since COVID-19, services have increased 31 percent compared to the same time last year. Feed the Hungry Food assistance: Serving more than 10,000 families with over 140 pounds of food per family, Feed the Hungry also provides food to several small food pantries and shelters. HACER Food assistance: HACER regularly serves between 150-175 families at each distribution, and since COVID-19, the organization is now serving more than 500 families at each distribution site. Hospitality Helping Hands (HHH) Food assistance: The organization’s weekly grocery distribution serves more than 1,000 families each week. To date, HHH has provided more than 20,000 families with nutritious food. A unique element of weekly distributions is the addition of diapers and pet food.last_img read more

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