The Advent organization has entered the “mainstream,” and that’s great news

first_imgYes, you can see and “copy”, but copy smart. Some good ideas, a way of arranging, solving some problems, and then you add some new and original value to it. And maybe just some element you liked turns on the light and you get an idea for something new and different. But every Advent can be the most creative, the most innovative, the most beautiful, the different, etc.… there is an opportunity to show yourself and position yourself.  Booking koncerata za Advent i Novogodišnji program Quality content, of course, requires more investment, but only in this way can we ensure good attendance, and thus consumption. Because don’t forget that every exhibitor, whether a restaurant or an exhibitor at the fair, has to pay the rent, cover the costs and of course make a profit, and this can only happen if a certain number of people come and tourist spending is generated. On the other hand, each of these cottages employs at least two people, orders goods, invests in decorating, etc.… so that consumption as part of the event only increases. But one should not look at other Adventists as a competition and no Advent can be the greatest, because let’s be realistic, you can’t compete with Advent in Zagreb. This is said by pure calculus and the law of large numbers. When we look at the economy, consumption, population as well as tourists – simply Zagreb is Zagreb and you can’t compete with it, no matter how great they are. And that’s why you don’t use prefixes like you have a little Advent like in Vienna or like in Zagreb. Copies are copies, be your own and original.  SO ADVENT IN VARAŽDIN HAD THE FIRST AND ONLY IGLOO BAR AND ICE TOBOGGAN, VINKOVAČKO ADVENT IS UNIQUE IN THE CONTENT OF THE GREAT CHRISTMAS CONCERT WHICH IS HELD AT THE WINDOWS OF VINKOVAČKO VIM VIKOVOČKA GOVERNMENT. Last and perhaps most importantly, organizing Advent in your city is first and foremost great content for the locals. It generates consumption, employment and raises quality in the city.  Events like Advent are primarily quality content for locals and visitors, at least when it comes to organizing Advent in smaller cities. If you are aiming for something evening, such as the cities of Split, Rijeka, Zadar, etc.… look at your region as your primary market and base.  Advent bez klizališta nije Advent. Trebate klizalište? Javite se U sklopu novog portala, kvalitetan tim s dugogodišnjim iskustvom u promociji i organizaciji turističkih manifestacija nuditi će i usluge organizacije manifestacije, konferencija, turističkih proizvoda, booking koncerata, audio i foto produkcije, grafičkog dizajna, zakupa i komunikacije s medijima i produkcije turističkih članaka. Ako postavite samo par kućica i bor, a ne uložite u uređenje cijelog prostora te razni sadržaj, od cijele priče neće biti ništa. Jedino kvalitetni sadržaj privlači ljude. Dakle, ulaganje u lampice i uređenje cijelog prostora nije trošak, nego važan čimbenik koji utječe na ukupni ambijent manifestacije. Uključite lokalno stanovništvo, udruge, pojedince, što više sadržaja to bolje. Naravno veliki gradovi iziskuju i poznatije glazbenike koji privlače veliki broj ljudi, pogotovo ako računaj i na turističku komponentu kao motiv dolaska. Najvažniji je raznolik i kvalitetan sadržaj, uređenje prostora i ukupna atmosfera i priča oko manifestacije, a manje top glazbena imena s estrade. It is the greatest power of tourism that connects other industries vertically and horizontally, encourages employment and the generated consumption is dispersed in various sectors. That is why investments in manifestations are investments, not costs. Until a few years ago it was unthinkable, but today every slightly bigger city has its own Advent and that is great news. Primarily because of the quality content that raises the quality in every city, and there is of course the tourist component. Jedan od segmenata u koji se širimo je novi turistički lifestyle portal TurističkePrič koji ćemo uskoro predstaviti. It is certainly most important to invest in quality and diverse content that will be a motive for the arrival of citizens and visitors from surrounding cities and municipalities. Only quality content can attract visitors, both locals and visitors from the surrounding area, and thus generates consumption and earnings for caterers and other exhibitors, and thus create a complete tourist product. Također, ukoliko imate potrebe za najam klizališta za potrebe Adventa, u suradnji s našim partnerima nudimo ključ u ruke. Od najma klizališta, zabavnog glazbenog programa, izrade vizuala, komunikacije i cijele produkcije. Don’t be copies, be unique, be your own. Tell your story.  QUALITY CONTENT CREATES THE MOTIVE OF ARRIVAL AND ATTENDANCE WHICH GENERATES CONSUMPTION AND FINALLY EARNINGS. THIS IS THE ONLY WINNING FORMULA. The organization of Advent has entered the “mainstream”, and every year more and more cities organize their Advent. širi svoje poslovanje te ulazi u novu fazu razvoj. Ako imate potrebu za najam glazbenih izvođača tijekom programa za Advent i Novogodišnjeg programa slobodno pošaljite upit za ponudu na ili na +385 98 9384 256.last_img read more

Arsenal board decide Unai Emery’s fate amid Luis Enrique links

first_imgAn increasing number of fans want Emery to be sacked (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s hierarchy are still convinced the club are on the right path under Emery and have not seen enough issues to warrant getting rid of him.The Gunners have not won a Premier League match since beating Bournemouth at the start of October, losing to Sheffield United and Leicester and drawing against Wolves and Crystal Palace at home.Does Unai Emery deserve more time?No0%Yes0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Unai Emery responds to having worse record than Arsene Wenger after Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester CityMORE: Unai Emery sends message to Arsenal board after demoralising Leicester defeatMore: 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 City Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Nov 2019 10:06 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Arsenal hierarchy still ‘100% behind’ Unai Emery and will not sack him despite Leicester City defeat Advertisementcenter_img Goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison saw off Arsenal (Picture: Getty)But The Athletic’s David Ornstein says Arsenal will not be getting rid of Emery any time soon and remain ‘100% behind’ the beleaguered Spanish coach.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe club’s decision makers – several of whom were at the King Power Stadium on Saturday – still intend to wait until the summer to reflect on the season as a whole and then weigh up whether Emery is the right man for the job.Despite Emery’s struggles, the board are unanimous in their assessment that he should be given the entire season, with all major figures on the same page.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSomewhat incredibly, Arsenal’s hierarchy were actually encouraged by the performance of the side against Leicester and feel there were ‘clear signs of improvement’.Head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu were both at the King Power and there is a recognition that Leicester – who are currently second in the table – are a formidable outfit, especially at home. Incredibly, club bosses actually felt there were signs of improvement in Saturday’s loss (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s hierarchy will not sack Unai Emery despite their woes continuing with a 2-0 defeat away at Leicester City on Saturday which leaves them eight points adrift of the top four places.The Gunners are enduring their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign, with Emery’s record now statistically worse than that of predecessor Arsene Wenger.There are growing calls among the Arsenal fanbase for Emery to be sacked, while reports emerged after the defeat to Leicester suggesting the club are in contact with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique. Advertisementlast_img read more

AP Pension unveils Danish agriculture investment fund

first_imgIts first investment took place around New Year, it said, with the completion of the purchase of a 190-hectare cattle farm in Zealand.Over the next few months, AP Pension said it expected to buy 10 more farms.In the current market, Dal Thomsen said the investment would produce an attractive return relative to risk.“We expect the price of agricultural land to follow inflation, and when everything is taken into consideration and administrative costs deducted, it will leave us with a solid return we expect to be on the right side of 7% before tax,” he said.Under acquisition terms, AP Pension will own the farm buildings and land, with the farmer signing a 10-year agreement, undertaking to run the farm, including the financing of animals, machinery and business borrowing.The farmer will pay AP Pension a rent of 5.2% of the amount invested in the land, and 6.5% of the amount invested in the buildings, and will retain business profits.It said the model allowed the farmer to build up equity to enable him or her to obtain financing for the purchase of the farm when the agreement expired.Dal Thomsen said the pension fund would safeguard returns by carrying out a thorough review of the economics of farms before investing in them.“Danish agriculture is today one of the world’s most efficient, and we see great potential in investment in agriculture,” he said. Denmark’s DKK89bn (€11.9bn) commercial pension fund AP Pension said it has set up a new fund to invest DKK600m in Danish agricultural land and buildings, targeting returns of 7%.The fund, called Dansk Farmland, aims to buy farms in Denmark and lease them back on long-term contracts to the individual farmers running them.Søren Dal Thomsen, managing director of AP Pension, said: “We expect to achieve an attractive return for our customers from the investments in Danish agriculture, at the same time as helping some of the best farmers, who have struggled in vain up to now to borrow the money to buy a farm.”The planned size of the fund is around DKK600m, the pension fund said.last_img read more

Ireland seeks ‘significant’ pension fund investment for social housing

first_imgIreland’s government hopes to attract pension fund capital to its social housing market, as it pledges to treble the number of units under construction by 2020.The coalition government said its construction programme would be made possible by attracting “significant” new sources of finance, naming the European Investment Bank (EIB), the €6.9bn Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and the pensions sector as possible co-investors.Outlining its priorities for the remaining two years in office, the coalition also promised a roadmap and timeline for the introduction of a universal supplementary pension scheme would be published before the end of 2015.Minister for social protection Joan Burton, whose promotion to leader of the junior coalition Labour party led to the government’s outlining its priorities, in March this year said the proposed roadmap would be published in the coming months, and suggested the scheme could be christened MySaver. The 2015 publication date, therefore, seems to be an admission of significant delays, although Burton previously acknowledged that the launch of the new scheme would be linked to a number of undisclosed economic indicators unlikely to be met until Ireland’s unemployment fell below June’s 13.3%.The statement of government priorities said its proposals for the housing market were based around a recent report recommending a cost rental model, whereby social tenants’ rents would be directly linked to the debt burden imposed by the construction costs.The National Economic and Social Council, a government think tank, suggested pension funds and other retail savings schemes could be attracted to the funding of housing construction due to the low annuity rates offered by the low-yielding underlying bonds.In a speech last week, Burton said: “We will set in train a construction programme to triple the number of houses built to 25,000 a year by 2020.”The government said it would publish its proposal for the housing markets by the end of the year, indicating it would draw inspiration from the Swedish rental market’s municipal housing companies.“We will assist approved housing bodies to avail of these sources of funding through new aggregators and financial instruments,” the policy document added.“We will examine the possibilities for new and innovative roles for local authorities in housing provision, via means such as Municipal Housing Companies and arm’s-length management organisations.”Jerry Moriarty, chief executive of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, said that how the resulting issuance interacted with the 10% risk reserve requirements for defined benefit funds – which can currently only be offset with cash or certain government or semi-government bonds – would be a factor in his sector’s interest in social housing.Mention of the ISIF, which will draw its capital from the discretionary portfolio of the National Pensions Reserve Fund once legislation passes through Parliament, could also indicate hopes that the sovereign development fund will act as a cornerstone investor in a housing vehicle, similar to its approach to domestic infrastructure and SME loan funds.Moriarty added that the potential for ISIF as a cornerstone investor could be a way of attracting pension investors, as a direct investment approach would require a significant workload for a comparatively small commitment, due to the size of the country’s social housing market.He said there would be questions over whether time involved could “outweigh the benefits”.The EIB, meanwhile, recently committed to part-fund a new SME bank, the Strategic Banking Corporation Ireland, also backed by Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to Irish government’s statement of priorities 2014-16Link to NESC’s ‘Social Housing at the Crossroads’ reportlast_img read more

Gold Coast agents share their most awkward, strange and embarrassing moments

first_imgAnother agent, who wished to remain anonymous, said one of his open homes was made awkward when a couple got quite close and “carried away” on a couch.He has also been offered cocaine at an open home by a couple who locked themselves in a bathroom.“The couple came out of the bathroom and they’ve said, ‘we’ve left one there for you’,” he said. Imagine being offered drugs on the job.Agents have also had their fair share of embarrassing moments.Harcourts Coastal agents Katrina Keegan and Penelope Nicholls were left red-faced by a cockatiel at an open home.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“After our first two groups had come through, the bird (kept) repeating, ‘can I have your name and number please?’ as people walked past him,” Ms Keegan said.“The owners transferred their pet to another room for further inspections and open homes.” Cockatiels are a dangerous pet to have at an open home.Amir Prestige Property Agents’ Charlon Delos Angeles has learnt to check the garage before setting up for an open home after a Saturday morning ritual went wrong.“I put my head phones in and as I open up the house, I listen to some sort of seriously infectious top 40 hit,” he said.“I still remember one time I did what I usually do as I assumed the owners had left.“This particular morning, I was super energetic and was belting out a Michael Jackson classic at the top of my lungs.“A few minutes into a seriously committed performance, I was shocked to find that the whole family was still at home and had waited until they had experienced the falsetto part of Man in the Mirror to alert me to their presence.”He still has a laugh about it every now and then. MORE NEWS: World Taco Day: the best spots for a Mexican fiesta Gold Coast agents have had some strange and awkward encounters in their day-to-day work.FROM open home hook-ups to dodgy drug dealings, real estate agents have seen it all.Imagine trying to sell a house while a couple are heading for second base on a couch or a pesky pet is cracking on to prospective buyers.Gold Coast agents have shared some of the strange and awkward situations they have encountered in their day-to-day work.Some incidents have been cringe-worthy.John Hendersons Professionals partner Luke Henderson recalls an elderly seller staying behind after an open home to speak with prospective buyers in his underwear.“I think he was proud of how good he looked at his age,” he said. Open homes seem to be the place many agents’ awkward encounters take place …On another occasion, a woman inspecting a house asked if she could raise the fence height as she was concerned the neighbours might be “sticky beaks”.“I asked why so many questions about privacy and she said that she liked to sunbake naked,” he said.“A few months later, after they bought the house, I found the real reason when they were raided for drugs and quickly resold the property.”Ray White Broadbeach agent Troy Fitzgerald won’t forget a door knocking experience.“The very first door I knocked on to invite (the owner) to an open home was answered by a naked 70-something-year-old that yelled at me saying, ‘what the f*** do you want?’ It was rather awkward,” he said. MORE NEWS: Insane $45 million mega-mansion hits marketcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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 Rate1xFullscreenOpen for inspection etiquette for buyers00:41last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (1-29)

first_imgArea Basketball Scores.Friday  (1-29)Boys Games.Batesville  57     North Decatur  55Jac-Cen-Del  74     Oldenburg  62Lawrenceburg 64  South Ripley 63 (OT)Columbus East  54     East Central  45Rushville  74     South Dearborn  64Hauser  89     South Decatur  61Rising Sun  55     Shawe Memorial  40Mt. Vernon  44     Connersville  38Clarksville  42     SW Hanover 33New Washington  61     Switz. County  45Morristown  56     Edinburgh  36Waldron  66     SW Shelby  64  (OT)Jennings County  64     Scottsburg  43Silver Creek  67     Madison  39Girls Scores.Greensburg  55     Lawrenceburg  19Union County  43     Centerville  21last_img read more

Allardyce: Permit rules must stay

first_img “If you put a young player with top-level players, he has more chance to develop. If you put him with average players he has more chance to remain average.” But Allardyce was quick to reject that view. “I don’t agree with that at all,” he said. “There’s already a massive influx of foreign youth coming to academies and us losing the opportunities for young British players to take up those places. “That (abolishing the work permit rule) for me, as an Englishman, is a real no-no. I’m sure Arsene, if he was working in France, would have a similar opinion to me. “Protect your own. We very rarely do it in this country and haven’t done it up until now. “We’ve got to do it somewhere along the line and get more British players through. “If we open up the doors, the floodgates would open and there would be very, very few British players who would even get the chance at a football club.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has rejected suggestions made by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that English football’s work permit rule should be scrapped. The rules state a player must have featured in 75 per cent of his country’s international matches over the last two years – with his country in the top 70 of FIFA’s rankings – to qualify for a ‘Governing Body Endorsement’. Should a player fail to meet those criteria, a club can request an appeal hearing to ” consider whether the player is able to contribute significantly to the development of the game at the top level in England”. West Ham’s signing of Ecuador World Cup star Enner Valencia required an appeal, as did Leicester’s recent acquisition of Croatian Andrej Kramaric. Wenger and Arsenal would also need to succeed in an appeal should they agree a deal for Villarreal’s uncapped Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Paulista. “I think the rules are fine at the moment,” Allardyce added. “You can get a work permit if there is an exceptional talent and it can be proven.” Wenger pointed to the money going out of the country to overseas clubs to sign players like Angel di Maria, claiming he had wanted to sign the Argentina winger as a 17-year-old, and also suggested that opening up the restrictions would help develop young English players. The Frenchman said on Thursday: “If you want to be the best league in the world then you have to accept that you have to produce the best players in the world, so the question is how can you produce the best players? Press Associationlast_img read more

Lori Loughlin to Plead Not Guilty, Unlike Felicity Huffman

first_imgUnlike Felicity Huffman, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband will plead “not guilty” to charges stemming from a massive college cheating scandal.According to a document filed today in Boston federal court, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli will plead not guilty on federal fraud and money laundering charges. Meanwhile, Huffman and 13 wealthy parents, and one coach plead guilty to using bribery and other forms of fraud as part of the college admissions scandal,Huffman, who took a plea deal, and Loughlin, who is fighting the charges, seem to have two very different public relations strategies.Huffman, the “Desperate Housewives” star, pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to a fake charity associated with Rick Singer to facilitate cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the complaint says.She faces up to 20 years in prison. In exchange for Huffman’s plea, federal prosecutors will recommend incarceration at the “low end” of the sentencing range, a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release. They will not bring further charges.A federal judge will have the final say on the outcome for Huffman and the other defendants.Loughlin and Giannulli also waived their right to appear in federal court for an arraignment.Loughlin and her fashion designer husband are accused of paying $500-grand in bribes to get her kids into USC and they face hefty fines and prison time.last_img read more

The Latest: 76ers, Devils rescind employee pay cuts

first_img Associated Press Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website.The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides.The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE.___Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October. Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”___The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak. March 24, 2020 ___Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics say the IOC and the Japanese government have ”chosen the best possible scenario” in postponing the Tokyo Games until next year.The Paris organizers said in a statement Tuesday that “postponing the world’s biggest sporting event is not an easy decision,” but that the IOC did the right thing in listening to “the concerns of the sports world.”The statement added that the ”postponement of the Tokyo Games will make it possible to offer the athletes optimal conditions for preparation and competition.”___ Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach.Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.___The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Road race world champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark says he is happy the International Olympic Committee made the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games on Tuesday rather than wait weeks or even two months.Pedersen would have been among the favorites to win cycling gold this summer. He says he’s sorry for the athletes who had planned their seasons around the Olympics. But he ultimately calls it the right decision, saying that “it shows that we are thinking above the sport and making everyone’s health the priority.”The world cycling calendar has been suspended since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Officials have not decided whether the Tour de France will carry on this July, but most of the events leading up to the Grand Tour race have been canceled or postponed.___The Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off 60% of employees while the National Hockey League season is suspended. If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8.FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.”The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.”___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus. Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.___More AP sports: and Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.” The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___ World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.” DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates.center_img The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled.The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined.Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification.___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed. Co-owner Josh Harris says after listening to his staff and players, it’s clear that the pay cuts was the wrong decision.“This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong.”The teams did not say whether they plan to maintain a four-day work week, which was part of the cuts. Employees benefits were never changed and the teams plan on keeping their 1,500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season. The NHL’s Devils and the NBA’s Sixers are owned by Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.___Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings says it was the “responsible choice” to postpone the Olympics. There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand. In a statement, the group said that while it commended the IOC for its decision, it also pressed the committee to engage with athletes while deciding on a new date for the Olympics.The statement said, “As shown over the past several weeks, no athletes, no Games.”___World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics.The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka. The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.” Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___ The Latest: 76ers, Devils rescind employee pay cuts “When you do something on a grand scale, you want to do it right,” she told The Associated Press. “Give time for the world to heal. I can’t imagine the enthusiasm that’s going to be coming next year, with the whole world coming together to watch this. I know the Japanese people are going to make the best of this.”A three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, Walsh Jennings was in position to make the 2020 Games with new partner Brooke Sweat. They’re treating the coronavirus shutdown like an offseason, staying home with their families and working out on their own.California authorities have taken down the nets all along the Los Angeles-area beaches to discourage people from gathering. Walsh Jennings and her husband, beach volleyball pro Casey Jennings, put up a mini-net in their yard.Walsh Jennings says she understands why the IOC wanted to wait to make the decision.“Can you imagine making this decision after how many years and how much blood and sweat on a global level? People are having a problem calling off weddings, and calling off little tournaments, so imagine with all the billions of dollars that’s gone into this,” she said. “They have a grieving process to go through. They have so many moving parts to think about.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have done an about-face on cutting salaries for employees making more than $100,000. A day after announcing the temporary 20% pay cuts because of the economics effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the teams’ co-owners rescinded them. Groupe CH, which owns hockey’s most storied club, says the layoffs go into effect March 30. Groupe CH also is establishing a $6 million assistance fund that will enhance employment insurance to make sure employees receive 80% of their salary for the following eight weeks and be available for loans to employees.Owner Geoff Molson says: “We are working extremely hard to limit the impact this situation will have on our employees.”___One of the key worldwide athlete groups that called for postponement of the Tokyo Games termed the IOC’s announcement a “bittersweet victory.”The group Global Athlete says it was appropriate for the International Olympic Committee to make the call Tuesday, instead of on a four-week timeline that it had suggested over the weekend. last_img read more

Senate offers resolution on rising tuition

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government finished its Tuesday night meeting by passing all legislation on its agenda, including a funding request and a resolution.Advocacy · Commuter Senator Vicken Antounian and Speaker Pro Tempore Matthew Arkfeld present the tuition representative resolution at Tuesday’s Undergraduate Student Government meeting. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe funding request applies to the USA Today readership program, and the resolution passed applied to the conflict-free minerals.The USA Today readership program has been available to students since late October. The program is currently in its trial stage, and will end within the next two weeks. The program costs $2,760 every 20 days and provides 300 papers each day. The USA Today readership program, along with The New York Times readership program, gives students on campus access to free newspapers.The conflict-free mineral resolution, which was sponsored by senators Jasmine McAllister and Matthew Arkfeld, encourages the university’s administration to purchase conflict-free minerals, often used in electronics, and to reduce the economic support to the current genocide occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo because of the deadly scramble for minerals.The resolution urges the administration to issue a statement acknowledging the link between the products they buy and the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Additionally, the resolution asks the administration to encourage its business partners to also forgo buying these products.Other cities and colleges, such as Stanford University and Pomona College, have implemented this policy. The resolution will be passed onto President C. L. Max Nikias and other administration members.The Campus Affairs committee also presented a resolution to appoint a student representative to attend meetings regarding tuition. Senator Vicken Antounian and Arkfeld sponsored the resolution.The university’s undergraduate tuition rate rose 70 percent from 2001 to 2011, which is about $1,700 per year. Proponents hope the addition of a student representative would better inform students to the reasons behind the tuition hikes.“If you’re paying for something you want to know what you’re getting in return,” Arkfeld said. “That goes into education as well. You know you’re getting a great education going into USC, but we just want to alleviate stress and discomfort that the students and their parents might have when it comes to paying for it.”Wiley Strahan, director of campus affairs and a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, believes the student voice on tuition costs will benefit the entire student body.“It’s important for students to have a voice in their tuition,” Strahan said. “It will be less about why tuition is raising, but what factors go into raising tuition.”The UC schools have one student representative on the system’s board of regents, the body responsible for setting the tuition rates. Similarly, Duke University has a comparable initiative that determines student tuition rates.Strahan hopes a vote for the student tuition resolution will give the university an opportunity to be an innovator and leader among private universities in California. Strahan also believes the students will respond positively to this possible enhancement.“They’ll welcome this change,” Strahan said. “They will like having their input heard by the administrators.”If passed by the senate, the resolution will be delivered to the university’s administration and board of trustees. The student member on the board will be appointed by USG President Mikey Geragos for a one-year term and be selected to represent students’ opinions on the topic of tuition, according to Strahan.The resolution guidelines also stipulate that the student tuition representative attend at least one student senate meeting to present the estimated cost of attendance for the upcoming year. This requirement will help bridge the gap between student government and the administration in regard to tuition costs.Logan Heley, the assistant director of campus affairs and a sophomore majoring in history and broadcast and digital journalism, also projects the administration will benefit from this possible position.“This will be overall beneficial to students, trustees and all stakeholders at USC because administrators can get a student perspective on how the decisions they’re making is impacting students,” Heley said. “It will increase the dialogue between administrators, students and parents.”The senate will vote on the resolution regarding a representative for student tuition next Tuesday.Presentations by academic affairs, alumni affairs and university affairs were also made at Tuesday’s meeting.last_img read more