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Japanese airline ANA returns with direct flights to Ljubljana and Dubrovnik from Tokyo and Osaka
Earlier this year The Ministry of Tourism stated that “the strategic goal of the Ministry is to develop Croatia as a destination that is accessible to various airlines, especially before and after the peak of the summer season. That is why we are turning to the Asian market, primarily Korea, Japan and China. ” Source: Association of Croatian Travel Agencies In relation to the introduction of regular routes to Croatia and the acceptance of the Air Service Agreement between Croatia and Japan, the first round of bilateral negotiations took place in November last year. The Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed that there is a stable demand for air connections between Croatia and Japan in the future, as well as JTB Travel, the largest Japanese travel company. The first flight from Osaka to Ljubljana is expected on August 31, and the first flight from Tokyo to Ljubljana on September 14. The first charter will fly from Dubrovnik to Tokyo on September 7, and to Osaka on September 21. Passengers will be transported by Ana’s Boeing 787-9 which has a seating capacity for a maximum of 395 passengers. The largest Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) is returning with charters to Ljubljana and Dubrovnik from Tokyo and Osaka organized by the largest Japanese tour operator, JTB Travel. The number of Japanese tourists visiting Croatia is constantly growing. Thus, a total of 159.574 tourists from Japan were recorded last year, which is an increase of 12,3 percent compared to 2017. Most of them remained in Dubrovnik, followed by Zagreb, Plitvice Lakes, Split and Opatija.
Gobernador Wolf: Se otorgan $2 millones en subvenciones para centros comunitarios para personas de la tercera edad en 2019-20
Sheraden Healthy Active Living CenterProgramas y serviciosAllegheny$45,000 Center for Life-WindberMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraSomerset$25,800 Coatesville Area Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraChester$76,270 Marysville/Rye Senior Citizens’ CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraPerry$13,943 View this information in English. LifeSpan Chartiers Senior Resource CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraAllegheny$64,346 Whitehall Active Community CenterProgramas y serviciosLehigh$10,038 Vintage, Inc.Mejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraAllegheny$85,000 Pottstown Area Seniors CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraMontgomery$9,050 Hamlin Senior CenterTecnologíaWayne$15,000 Canton Active Living CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraBradford$19,402 Chambersburg Senior Activity CenterProgramas y serviciosFranklin$40,448 Coal Region Adult Community CenterProgramas y serviciosNorthumberland$10,500 The Center at Spring Street, a program of Boyertown Area Multi-ServiceMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraBerks$76,846 West Chester Area Senior CenterrMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraChester$35,000 Rose Tucker Active Adult CenterTecnologíaLuzerne$14,191 Meyersdale Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraSomerset$66,300 Windy Hill Senior Center, Inc.Programas y serviciosYork$22,026 Schoolhouse Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraDelaware$30,123 The Rutherford House Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraDauphin$34,235 Millerstown Senior Citizens CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraPerry$7,670 Red Land Senior CenterProgramas y serviciosYork$8,090 Bullskin Township Senior Citizens, Inc.Mejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraFayette$36,726 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Berwick Senior CenterProgramas y serviciosColumbia$17,725 South Side Market HouseMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraAllegheny$51,000 Center in the ParkMarketing y enlacePhiladelphia$30,442 Central City Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraSomerset$25,871 June 24, 2020 Washington Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraWashington$50,220 Central Blair Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraBlair$21,780 Main Line Senior Services DBA Wayne Senior CenterProgramas y serviciosDelaware$23,194 Carlisle Senior Action CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraCumberland$6,248 Williamsburg Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraBlair$47,722 Active Aging of Cambridge SpringsTecnologíaCrawford$5,000 Senior Center NameProject TypeCountyAmount Confluence Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraSomerset$43,470 Crispus Attucks Active Living CenterProgramas y serviciosYork$20,390 Latrobe Center for Active AdultsMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraWestmoreland$38,800 Español, Press Release, Public Health, Seniors En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que 60 centros comunitarios para personas de la tercera edad en todo el estado recibirán las subvenciones 2019-20 del Departamento de Envejecimiento de Pennsylvania para centros comunitarios para personas de la tercera edad por un total de $2 millones de fondos asignados por la Asamblea General de la Lotería de Pennsylvania.“Los centros comunitarios para personas de la tercera edad desempeñan un papel inmenso para los residentes mayores de Pennsylvania al ayudarlos a envejecer en su ámbito”, dijo el Gobernador Tom Wolf. “Las subvenciones empoderarán a estos centros para realizar los cambios deseados para beneficiar en mayor medida a los asistentes regulares al tiempo que atraen a una nueva generación de participantes”.Las subvenciones ayudarán a los centros para personas de la tercera edad a financiar proyectos basados en sus aplicaciones, como la actualización y modernización de las instalaciones, la provisión de nuevos programas de salud y entretenimiento, la actualización de la tecnología y la mejora de las oportunidades de comercialización.“Estos proyectos tendrán un efecto positivo para los centros comunitarios para personas de la tercera edad que reciben las subvenciones y los adultos mayores a los que sirven. A medida que volvemos a la sensación de normalidad, los residentes mayores de Pennsylvania pueden estar ansiosos por regresar a su centro comunitario local para personas de la tercera edad y realizar las actividades que disfrutaron antes de las órdenes de quedarse en casa además de experimentar algunas nuevas oportunidades que pueden surgir una vez que se completen estos proyectos”, dijo el Secretario de Envejecimiento, Robert Torres.Hay más de 500 centros comunitarios para personas de la tercera edad en todo Pennsylvania que tienen una variedad de ofertas como comidas nutritivas, oportunidades educativas, servicios de transporte, asesoramiento financiero y de seguros y programas de ejercicios físicos. Las ganancias de la Lotería de Pennsylvania ayudan a financiar estos programas cada año.“Estamos muy orgullosos de que la Lotería de Pennsylvania haya podido proporcionar más de $30 mil millones en fondos para impuestos sobre bienes inmuebles y reembolsos de alquiler, asistencia con recetas médicas, comidas a domicilio y otros servicios cruciales de los que dependen las personas de la tercera edad”, dijo Drew Svitko, Director Ejecutivo de la Lotería de Pennsylvania. “También estamos orgullosos de poder decir que seguimos siendo la única lotería de la nación que destina todos los ingresos a programas que benefician a las personas de la tercera edad”.Para recibir más información sobre los centros comunitarios para personas de la tercera edad y otros servicios y programas que ofrece el Departamento de Envejecimiento de Pennsylvania, visite aging.pa.gov.A continuación se muestra la lista de los Centros comunitarios para personas de la tercera edad ganadores y los montos de las subvenciones: Mountain Citizens Action Group, Inc.Mejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraFayette$9,600 Elizabeth Seton Center, BrooklineProgramas y serviciosAllegheny$32,000 Lewistown Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraMifflin$26,950 Mechanicsburg Place: A Senior Center and MoreMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraCumberland$54,861 Littlestown Area Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraAdams$25,500 Riverview Community Action CorporationMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraAllegheny$54,000 Gobernador Wolf: Se otorgan $2 millones en subvenciones para centros comunitarios para personas de la tercera edad en 2019-20 Middletown Senior Community CenterProgramas y serviciosBucks$30,372 Millersville Senior CenterProgramas y serviciosLancaster$46,000 West Shore Senior CenterProgramas y serviciosCumberland$10,570 Center at the MallMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraBeaver$35,858 Carmichaels Activity CenterServicios de nutriciónGreene$10,014 South Central York County Senior CenterServicios de nutriciónYork$7,220 The Open Link (The Center at The Open Link)Mejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraMontgomery$58,488 Marconi Center-South PhiladelphiaMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraPhiladelphia$41,455 Weatherly Senior CenterProgramas y serviciosCarbon$5,100 Earl J. Simons CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraWayne$143,505 Senior Adult Activity Center of Phoenixville AreaMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraChester$32,975 New Kensington Center for Active AdultsMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraWestmoreland$33,450 West Newton Senior CenterProgramas y serviciosWestmoreland$18,650 Southern Blair Senior CenterTecnologíaBlair$11,200 Somerset Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraSomerset$60,000 Active Aging Center of MeadvilleProgramas y serviciosCrawford$7,260 Johnstown Senior Activities CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraCambria$10,000 Hazelwood Healthy Active Living CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraAllegheny$65,000 Luis Munoz Marin Senior CenterMejoras y renovaciones a la infraestructuraLancaster$42,106
Joseph Mariathasan: USS debate raises profound questions for UK DB
The Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) held a roundtable last week on the issues of pension funding raised by the USS debate, with protagonists from two schools of thought regarding pension liability valuations.On one side were those who believe that pension liabilities are akin to bonds and can be valued as such, while the other side believes that cashflows, not present value calculations, are what should drive investment policy. Credit: Warwick University UCU branch UCU members striking at Warwick University over USS proposals earlier this yearThe debate – if it can be called that – was a great disappointment. The two sides have fundamentally different philosophical frameworks for defining the valuation and hence the management of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes and no amount of arguments are likely to create a consensus, any more so than the creation of a ‘consensus theology’ could have arisen from the religious wars of the past.Religious wars were ultimately settled by an acceptance of the freedom to worship as one wishes. That option is not available for the protagonists in the debate over pension valuations.The one thing both sides can agree upon is that the crisis surrounding USS is due to failures in the system of pension regulation and control rather than in the management of USS itself. That raises the point that, quite apart from the ‘theological’ arguments over valuations, the more important question is whether and how DB schemes can remain in existence. That issue, along with issues such as finding other providers of risk capital for the UK economy, are still to be resolved .The writing on the wall for DB pensions came when what used to be regarded as promises to pay pensions on a ‘best efforts’ basis became legal liabilities. Managing a DB pension scheme thus became a risk management problem, not an investment one, so eliminating all investment risks irrespective of the costs trumps any other objective.For many individuals with DB pensions, that has provided extremely attractive transfer values – in many cases, members have been offered 40 times their annual pension when considering transferring out, as a result of the yields on gilts and index-linked gilts falling to low levels as pension funds have bought them up to match liabilities.Perhaps the most important product of the JEP’s report was that the second phase of its work should seek to determine whether there is an alternative methodology for future valuations that could provide long-term stability for USS while enjoying the support of all parties.Where does this leave USS ? Guy Coughlan, chief risk officer, points out that the real issue is not whether USS has a current surplus or deficit in terms of accrued obligations, but whether contribution rates will be sufficient to generate the income for the fund to provide for the continued accrual of new pension benefits in a world of lower returns. It is this issue, he argues, that is the real driver behind the recommendation to increase contribution rates.It is difficult to see how the JEP by itself can solve the underlying issue of the high cost of guaranteed annuities that lies behind the demand for higher contributions. The panel may be able to postpone any drastic decisions for a few more years, and it is conceivable that market conditions could change for the better with regard to prospective asset returns.Given the importance of the higher education sector, however, there may be a case for future governments to consider alternative options, which could range from granting a state-backed guarantee, to measures enabling more risk-taking.At the extreme, the government could even take on historic liabilities as it did with the Royal Mail Pension Plan a decade ago, absorbing assets to help pay down the national debt and pay pensions to academics out of general taxation, as is currently the case with civil servants.Ultimately, pensions are just one element of the total compensation package offered to academic staff. What they should be and how they should be delivered cannot be separated from a more general discussion on how academic staff should be paid in order to attract and retain talent in a critical sector for the UK. The first report of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP) on the valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) was published on 13 September. This should keep academics happy for a while and gives the management of USS a clear direction on which way to head.However, while this provides a compromise of sorts, the underlying issues that gave rise to the passionate debate and industrial action have not actually gone away.As expected, the JEP has come out with a set of recommendations that should enable the future contributions rates to be set at levels significantly lower than originally proposed. It has done this through a series of tweaks to the investment assumptions used by USS enabling the JEP to recommend reduced contribution levels.The key changes they have put forward involve re-evaluating sponsors’ attitudes to risk and the reliance on the sponsor covenant; adopting a greater consistency of approach between the 2014 and 2017 valuations, which affects the scale and timing of deficit recovery contributions; smoothing future service contributions to ensure greater fairness between generations of scheme members; and using more current information, including recent market improvements, new investment considerations and the latest data on mortality.
Danish FSA to probe market-rate pension payouts
Denmark’s financial watchdog has launched an investigation into market-rate pensions provision and the associated risk transfer to scheme members that has occurred since the products gained prevalence.The Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) said the study would examine the payout process and how companies managed investment risk – and whether this newer pension model was of benefit to its customers.Carsten Brogaard, Danish FSA deputy director, said: “The payout process in market-rate schemes can be very different from the traditional guaranteed pension schemes.“Payments cannot be expected to be stable, and for some products payments may vary significantly in size over the payout period. We must have a better overall overview of this.” In recent years, Danish pension providers favoured market-rate pension products – which are linked directly to financial market performance – over the traditional average-rate products that smooth returns from year to year, and sometimes include a yield guarantee.In some cases companies have switched customers to market-rate products automatically, and in other cases clients have been given a choice.The FSA said the reason for the “theme survey” was that the risk in market-rate products, previously carried by companies, has been transferred to individual pension savers who must bear any losses on the investments.The regulator said it would focus particularly on the decisions taken by pension companies’ supervisory boards on the payout process.Linked to this, it said it would investigate the stability of pension payouts and how this was included in the risk management of the product – including the extent to which stabilisation and smoothing mechanisms were used.The FSA said it expected to publish its conclusions later this year.This is not the first time the Danish FSA has honed in on market-rate pensions. In early 2017, it released a paper scrutinising, among other things, consumer risk in the market-rate model.
Changing Dutch accrual rates needs more attention, says Shell scheme
Shell’s Dutch scheme lost 0.6% on its investment portfolio last yearThe Shell scheme posted a 0.6% loss on investments in 2018, according to the annual report. This would have been a 2.2% decline without its interest rate hedge position, the scheme said.Private equity holdings and matching assets were Shell’s best performing asset classes, with returns of 13.4% and 14.9%, respectively. Real estate delivered 3.7% through positive revaluations as well as rental income.In contrast, listed equity holdings fell 8.7%. Shell attributed a 4.1% loss on fixed income to rising risk premiums for emerging market debt and risk-bearing credit.It described the 0.9% loss on hedge funds as disappointing, given its long-term return goal for the allocation was Libor plus 3%.In its annual report, the Shell pension scheme also said it had decided to raise its allocation to Dutch residential mortgages by €1bn.The board explained that, despite the asset class’s limited liquidity, the investment offered an attractive return, adding that mortgages’ long duration matched the scheme’s long-term liabilities.It reported asset management and transition costs of 0.58% and 0.1%, respectively. Administration costs amounted to €267 per participant.At year-end, the Shell scheme had 7,685 workers, 18,665 pensioners and 7,280 deferred members. Discussion about pensions reform in the Netherlands are paying insufficient attention to the potential impact of the transition from average to degressive pensions accrual, according to the Dutch pension fund of Shell.In its annual report for 2018, the €27bn SSPF argued that a new pensions contract – which is subject to negotiation between the government, employers and unions – was not relevant to every pension fund. However, the government’s decision to abolish the current pension accrual method would affect all Dutch schemes.“Compensating older workers for the negative effects of degressive accrual through a new pensions contract won’t be feasible for many pension funds,” the closed pension fund said.It concluded that, if the government’s plans were implemented, the scheme’s contribution rate of 23.5% last year would have to rise significantly, without delivering a better pension. Therefore, the Shell scheme advocated granting schemes sufficient legal leeway in the transition to a new way of pensions accrual, to enable closed schemes to carry on with their existing pension plan.Separately, the pension fund said it planned to decrease its investment risk when its funding was improving, and vice versa, based on a new asset-liablity management study.As a consequence, it had reduced its allocation to return-seeking assets by 10 percentage points to 5.1% in 2018, while increasing its interest rate hedge from 10% to 25% of liabilities.At year-end, the pension fund’s coverage ratio stood at almost 128%, enabling the scheme to grant a full 1.6% inflation compensation.Private equity offsets listed losses
Chalet on the hill for sale
A QUIRKY Castle Hill home complete with ocean views has come on to the market for the first time in 24 years.6 Cottesmore Crescent in Castle Hill will be sold at auction on October 2.It has four bedrooms, two bathroom, two car spaces and is on a 772 sqm elevated block of and.Located in Townsville’s most expensive suburb the home has ocean views, cool breezes and is only minutes away from The Strand and some of the city’s best schools.The has vaulted, beamed ceilings and a charming front veranda reminiscent of a mountain chalet. 6 Cottesmore Cres, Castle HillRay White Julie Mahoney owner Julie Mahoney said the owner was sad to be leaving her home after more than two decades living there but needed to downsize.“It has an original and immaculate construction that has survived many cyclones including Yasi,” she said.“Each person that has come through the home knows that it is a Tomi home.“It has beautiful views and a wonderful sea breeze that flows through the home.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The house has been immaculately maintained during the past 24 years and still has the original kitchen which has ocean views. 6 Cottesmore Cres, Castle Hill“It is an ideal entry level home to Castle Hill Hill,” she said.“it is mainly single level with dual car access.“It is a beautifully established home with well maintained gardens and it has fabulous neighbours making it a great long-term residence. 6 Cottesmore Cres, Castle HillThe living area is open and airy flowing on the front patio.The master bedroom has an ensuite and built-in wardrobe and also has ocean views while the remaining three bedrooms also have built in hair wardrobes.The partially covered front patio is spacious and cool with access tot he gardens as well as views of Castle Hill, the city and the ocean.The dual carport also has an attached shed with laundry.Ms Mahoney said it would be an ideal home for someone keen to buy into the suburb of Castle Hill.
Today’s toddlers spend 11 hours or more in daycare
Stuff co.nz 10 May 2015It is dark when Sarah Topsom wakes her children and it is dark when they get home.On a good day the alarm sounds at 5.15am, on a bad day it is 4.30am.Their daughters are dressed and bundled into the car. It can be up to two-hours in peak hour traffic to travel from Army Bay, north of Auckland, into the city centre.Once they arrive at work the children can be in daycare from seven to 11 hours before the journey home.On a busy day, Topsom is the first to drop the children off and last one to pick them up.“Sometimes you feel terrible because you run through the door with a minute to spare,” she said “But I’m not the only who thinks they’ll be the last one to pick up the kids.”This isn’t an unusual story.http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/68415296/todays-toddlers-spend-11-hours-or-more-in-daycare.html
Spinach and Bacon Quiche.
Tweet Sharing is caring! 25 Views no discussions Share Food & DiningLifestyle Spinach and Bacon Quiche. by: – April 1, 2011 Share Share A quiche is simply a pie filled with an egg-and-cream mixture and various meat or vegetable ingredients.This one has a mixture of bacon and spinach for a delicious meal that can be served any time of the day. If you do not have the time to make your own crust, use a rolled, refrigerated, unbaked instead to speed up the preparation time for this delicious pie.Ingredients1 recipe Pastry for Single-Crust Pie1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)6 slices bacon, chopped8 beaten eggs1/2 cup dairy sour cream1/2 cup half-and-half, light cream, or milk1/4 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon ground white pepperDash ground nutmeg (optional)3 cups lightly packed chopped fresh spinach2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 3 ounces)1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese (2 ounces)Cherry tomatoes, cut up (optional) DirectionsPrepare and roll out Pastry for Single-Crust Pie. Line a 9-inch pie plate with the pastry. Trim; crimp edges as desired. Line the unpricked pastry shell with a double thickness of foil. Bake in a 450 degree F oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes more or until pastry is set and dry. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook onion and bacon until onion is tender and bacon is crisp. Drain on paper towels.In a bowl stir together eggs, sour cream, half-and-half, salt, pepper, and, if desired, nutmeg. Stir in onion mixture, spinach, and cheeses.Pour egg mixture into the hot, baked pastry shell. Bake in the 325 degree F overn for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. If necessary, cover edge of crust with foil to prevent overbrowning. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with cherry tomatoes.Makes 6 to 8 servingsSpinach Quiche: Prepare as above, except omit the bacon. Cook the onion in 1 tablespoon butter or margarine. Stir into egg mixture with spinach and cheeses.Recipe source: BHG.com
Ex-Oton MENRO employee arrested in buy-bust
ILOILO – A former employee of themunicipal government of Oton, Iloilo was arrested in Barangay Poblacion West,Oton in a buy-bust operation of the police. “We have been monitoring him. He onlydealt with persons he knew,” said Moyo. The buy-bust was carried out at 7:05p.m. An undercover officer of the Police Regional Office 6’s Regional DrugEnforcement Unit bought from Legislador a sachet of shabu for P1,200. The suspect further said he was only auser, not a pusher, and that his supplier was based in Iloilo City. Legislador faces a charge forviolation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN He, however, declined to name thesupplier. Moyo said the supplier is based inBarangay Bakhaw, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, citing intelligence information. According to Police Major GervinsonMoyo, Legislador was in their list of drug suspects. Legislador denied selling shabu. Healso claimed the police “planted” the sachets supposedly recovered from him. William Legislador, 43, was taken tothe Oton police station on Nov. 16. He used to be connected with the MunicipalEnvironment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Oton. The suspect was dismissed from theMENRO a few years ago, he added.