first_imgConsequently, Croatia has by far the highest ratio of the most visited and least visited month in the year when the EU is observed. Namely, according to Eurostat data, at the level of the entire EU, in the strongest month (in 2018 it was August) there are about four times more overnight stays than in the weakest month (in 2018 it was February), while in Croatia in August averages 58 times more overnight stays (2018 times in 55,7) than in January (in 2018 it was exceptionally February). However, one of the main pains of Croatian tourism is the pronounced seasonality, which is a big problem in business and day-to-day development. According to the analysis “Regional aspect of tourist seasonality”Made by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, shows the seasonality of Croatian tourism. In this analysis, the spatial and temporal concentration of Croatian tourism is shown using the number of realized tourist nights in commercial facilities and the number of hotels and camps. July and August still have the largest share in overnight stays throughout the year, which together make up about 60% of overnight stays throughout the year. The level of this percentage is reflected in the comparison with other European Mediterranean countries (the average of six Mediterranean countries is 34,6%), where Croatia has by far the largest share. The pronounced seasonality of Croatian tourism causes, among other things, a great deal of pressure on the communal infrastructure due to the almost simultaneous arrival of a large number of tourists. According to the calculation, the range of population increase in August 2019, based on tourist overnight stays in six coastal counties, ranged from 43% in Split-Dalmatia to 126% in Istria County. In July, these increases were slightly smaller, ranging from 38% in Split-Dalmatia to 112% in Istria County. At the end of the analysis, they conclude that given the weak temporal and spatial utilization of Croatia’s tourism potential and tourism demand (in Croatia and the world), there is still great potential for greater financial benefits from tourism. Increased financial benefits would bring, among other things, an increase in economic activity and employment in each county because tourism can have a positive impact on a number of other activities. Photo: Jacek Abramowicz, Pixabay.com Read the full analysis in the attachment. “Croatian tourism is strongly seasonal, and due to the importance of tourism and long-term favorable tourism trends, we have presented this seasonality in more detail in this analysis. Namely, according to the European Statistical Office, Eurostat, Croatia is in a relatively high eighth place among EU member states in terms of the number of overnight stays in “hotels and similar facilities, resorts and similar facilities for short breaks and camps and camping areas”. generates foreign exchange income from tourism, which is higher than the GDP of almost all Croatian counties separately (except the City of Zagreb). However, the success of Croatian tourism is largely limited by space and time concentration. This concentration in this analysis is shown at the county level with data on the number of overnight stays and the number of hotels and camps.. ” Cover photo: Pixabay.com In this analysis, the spatial and temporal concentration of Croatian tourism is shown using the number of realized tourist nights in commercial facilities and the number of hotels and camps. Some data suggest a reduction in this concentration, but it is still present to a significant extent. Data on the number of tourist nights in commercial facilities show that the counties of Adriatic Croatia generally have a relatively high level of overnight stays, but this is recorded in a very small number of months a year, while the counties of Continental Croatia generally have relatively low seasonality with low levels of overnight stays. Attachment: HGK / REGIONAL ASPECT OF TOURIST SEASONALITY Croatia is in a high eighth place in terms of the number of overnight stays (according to data from 2018) observed by EU member states. In front are Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Greece and the Netherlands.last_img read more

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first_imgFront line medics in one of Latin America’s coronavirus epicenters are lifting the lid on the daily horrors they face in an Ecuadoran city whose health system has collapsed.In one hospital in Guayaquil overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, staff have had to pile up bodies in bathrooms because the morgues are full, health workers say.In another, a medic told AFP that doctors have been forced to wrap up and store corpses to be able to reuse the beds they died on. ‘It kills you psychologically’ The number of daily deaths fell last week but that was scant consolation for this nurse, who says he is tormented by what he has experienced.When he goes home, after a 24-hour shift, his feet hurting, he tries to rest but then the “nightmare” strikes.He dreams of running until he falls and knocks “open the bathroom door with the number of bodies… and you can’t go back to sleep.”His home life has also changed. He is following strict isolation so cannot see his parents or brother.When he goes home he begins his ritual of disinfecting his car and shoes, hosing himself down on the patio before washing his clothes in hot water.”I eat on a plastic table away from everyone. I leave my home with a mask, I can’t hug anyone, not even the pets,” he said.Every now and then he thinks about the psychological mark left on him every time he has to make do with hooking them up to cannula tubes when what they really need is a ventilator.”They tell you, ‘It’s okay — give them oxygen and a slow drip serum and leave them,'” he told AFP.”But what if that was my mom? What if it was my dad? That kills you. It kills you psychologically.”AFP sought comment from health authorities in Guayaquil but did not get a reply.A national public health authority official said he had been in an emergency unit in Guayaquil where bodies were piled up. “A morgue for eight deceased persons and you have to manage 150 bodies, what can you do? You have to put them anywhere nearby that you have space,” he told AFP. The official said the number of cases in Guayaquil rose dramatically and rapidly in a matter of days, overwhelming an inadequate emergency healthcare system.”There was such a speed of contagion that it reflected a large number of seriously ill and a large number of deaths at a specific time,” he said.  Patients were discharged or referred to other facilities “to free up all these beds” for coronavirus patients, he told AFP.”They took out anesthesia machines from operating rooms to replace them with ventilators.”People are alone, sad, the treatment wreaks havoc on the gastrointestinal tract, some defecate; they feel bad and think they will always feel that way, and they see that the person next to them starts to suffocate and scream that they need oxygen.”It isn’t just hospitals that have been overwhelmed, but morgues too.”The morgue staff wouldn’t take any more, so many times we had to wrap up bodies and store them in the bathrooms,” the nurse said. Only when the bodies were “stacked up six or seven high did they come to collect them.”A 26-year-old colleague, also a nurse, confirmed the chaotic scenes.”There were many dead in the bathrooms, many lying on the floors, many dead in armchairs,” she told AFP. Topics :center_img ‘Sanitary disaster’ Guayaquil’s health system has collapsed under the pressure of the coronavirus, and it seems to be having catastrophic knock-on effects.In the first half of April, the province of Guayas, whose capital is Guayaquil, recorded 6,700 deaths, more than three times the monthly average.The disparity suggests that the real COVID-19 death toll is far greater than the official nationwide tally of fewer than 600.President Lenin Moreno has acknowledged that Ecuador’s official coronavirus tallies “are short” of the true figures.A 28-year-old doctor at a second Guayaquil hospital, who also insisted on anonymity, conjured a similarly grim picture of health services in crisis. “Bodies were in the corridors of the emergency ward because the morgue was full,” the medic told AFP, describing “20 to 25 corpses” waiting to be taken away.”It was up to us to collect and wrap the corpse and store it so we could disinfect the bed for the next patient,” he added.At the first hospital, refrigerated containers were brought in to store bodies, some of which remained for up to 10 days.Some family members “break the covers… so the fluids come out. It’s a sanitary disaster,” said the 35-year-old male nurse. Ecuador has recorded close to 23,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 600 deaths, with Guayaquil by far its worst affected city. But the real toll is thought to be far higher.A 35-year-old nurse at the first hospital who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the trauma of what he saw had affected him professionally and personally.When the health emergency broke out in March, every nurse went from caring for 15 patients to 30 in the space of just 24 hours, he added.”So many people arrived that… they were practically dying in our hands,” said the nurse.last_img read more

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Effective today, all 67 Pennsylvania counties are either in the yellow or green phase of reopening and Governor Tom Wolf announced that 12 additional counties will move to green at 12:01 a.m., June 12. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York.“As of one minute after midnight this morning, every county in Pennsylvania has moved out of the red phase,” Gov. Wolf said. “And, at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 12, 12 more counties will move from the yellow into the green phase.”The final 10 counties that moved out of red and into yellow today include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia.There are 33 counties currently in yellow and 34 in green.Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania outlines any remaining restrictions for counties that are either yellow or green.Yellow PhaseAs of June 5, these 33 counties are in the yellow phase: Adams, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York.Outdoor dining begins in the yellow phase today. Guidance is available here.As regions or counties move into the yellow phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.The purpose of this phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible.Work and Congregate Setting RestrictionsTelework Must Continue Where Feasible.Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders.Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance.Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place.Schools may provide in-person instruction only in accordance with Department of Education guidance.Social RestrictionsStay-at-Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation.Large Gatherings of More than 25 Prohibited.In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable.Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed.Restaurants and Bars May Open Outdoor Dining, in Addition to Carry-Out and Delivery (effective 6/5/2020).Green PhaseAs of June 5, these 34 counties are in the green phase: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland.After a county transitions to the yellow phase, the state is closely monitoring for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, the county will transition to the green phase.The green phase eases most restrictions by continuing the suspension of the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it is equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.Work and Congregate Settings RestrictionsContinued Telework Strongly Encouraged.Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements.All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy.Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance.Congregate Care Restrictions in Place.Prison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual Facilities.Schools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth Guidance.Social RestrictionsLarge Gatherings of More Than 250 Prohibited.Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy.Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only.Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged.All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy.Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols.The state continues to use risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University, with additional criteria including contact tracing and testing capability, a sustained reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations, and infection rates, to make decisions on county moves.After a county transitions to the yellow phase, the commonwealth will closely monitor for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for fourteen days, we will transition the county to the green phase.The state continues to increase testing and ramp up contact-tracing efforts. Earlier this week, the Administration announced that the Department of Health has surpassed its testing goal for May, more drive-up and walk-up testing sites are opening, and the state now has nearly 400 people conducting contact tracing.As all counties are now in some stage of reopening, the governor today thanked Pennsylvanians for their hard work to get to sustained case reductions.“As we continue to bring down the number of new COVID-19 cases and increase our testing rate, our new plan of action is transitioning to identify, isolate, and eliminate,” Gov. Wolf said. “Thank you all for continuing to do your part.”Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 05, 2020center_img Gov. Wolf: 12 More Counties Going Green on June 12last_img read more

first_imgAP3’s inflation holdings accounted for more than 37% of the gains seen over 2015.The equity risk category followed inflation, returning 3.4%, but only contributed 28% to the fund’s return, behind the 30% contributed by AP3’s currency risk category.The interest rate and credit exposure fared worst of the five risk categories, only achieving returns of 1% and 0.8% return.In a statement, AP3 nonetheless highlighted that its annual return since inception in 2001 stood at 5.5%, ahead of the income index used as a basis for adjusting the income-related pension payment, which the buffer funds help finance.“The fact our return on invested capital has exceeded the income index by 2.5 percentage points on an annual basis reflects the strong contribution to the stability of the pension system we have made during the period,” Hessius added.At the end of 2015, AP3 managed SEK303bn (€33bn) in assets, having contributed nearly SEK5bn to the pension system.AP3 recently announced a series of sustainability targets that will see it treble its green bond holdings to SEK15bn and double its exposure to water treatment to SEK20bn. Sweden’s AP3 returned nearly 7% over 2015, with its inflation risk category posting by far the strongest returns.Despite the return’s being down by nearly half compared with 2014, chief executive Kerstin Hessius said she was satisfied with the results, “especially in the light of the turbulence we saw in the financial markets”.The return, down from 13.8% in 2014, nonetheless saw AP3 outperform its benchmark by 4.4 percentage points.The fund’s exposure to inflation, which included its real estate holdings, achieved a return of 14.7%, far ahead of its four other risk categories.last_img read more

first_imgAt the same time, one should beware “unrealistic expectations of ESG reporting”, said Hoogervorst.“ESG reporting is good, but direct public policy action is often better and more effective,” he said.As an example, he cited the political decision to force supermarkets to charge for plastic bags. This had led to an 85% reduction in the use of plastic bags, whereas sustainability reporting by a grocery chain, despite its genuine commitment to it, had failed to keep its plastic bags from burdening the environment for many years, he said.And while it was positive that the G20 had asked the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to address climate-related disclosures, Hoogervorst argued that “we need more drastic action from our politicians to prevent the catastrophic consequences of climate change”.It was crucial that pricing, for example by means of a tax, fully reflected the external environmental effects of economic activities, he continued, as this would encourage development and use of environmentally sustainable alternatives.Ultimately, in such a scenario financial reporting would become sustainability reporting, he said.Hoogervorst’s intervention comes at a time when investors have been urged to take action to help mitigate climate change. Investors have called for relevant action from businesses and policy makers. Today, 10 companies announced they had committed to implementing the recommendations of the FSB’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) within three years. It has been reported that they were the first companies to do so, although many more have expressed backing for the TCFD’s recommendations.The task force’s reporting framework is voluntary, although there have been calls for it to be made mandatory. The UK government yesterday said it had officially endorsed the TCFD recommendations and encouraged all listed companies to implement them.With respect to asset pricing properly capturing environmental impacts, EU policymakers are said to have recently made progress on the bloc’s carbon market. A week ago, representatives from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached a conditional agreement on doubling the rate at which surplus emissions allowances will be removed from the Emissions Trading System (ETS) and placed in a reserve during the first five years of operation.The move was hailed as a breakthrough by some. The International Investors Group on Climate Change said investors welcomed the progress made in the negotiations to limit the ETS surplus and boost the carbon price. “This ambition must be maintained,” it said.The European Commission has embarked on a project to develop a EU strategy on sustainable finance, and the High Level Expert Group advising it has included strengthening ESG reporting requirements among its eight early recommendations to the Commission. The group has called for asset pricing to be strengthened by improving ”the assessment and management of long-term material risks and intangible factors of value creation”. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting is not a panacea for all social or environmental challenges, the chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has suggested.Speaking at a conference in Brussels yesterday, Hans Hoogervorst acknowledged a need for more standardisation and harmonisation of ESG reporting requirements and said there were things the IASB could do to bring improvements in that field.However, the organisation, which develops the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), was not best placed to take the lead on creating “more clarity in the somewhat chaotic world of wider corporate reporting”, he said.Instead, public authorities should take the main responsibility for this given that so much of ESG reporting was intertwined with public policy goals. last_img read more

first_imgRoscoe E. Moody, 89, of Effingham, Illinois, formerly of Osgood passed away at 7:25am, Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Brookstone Estates in Effingham. He was born near Benham on January 11, 1927 the son of Marion and Lula Gray Moody. He was married to Betty Rickroad and she preceded him in death on May 26, 1984. Survivors include one daughter Marilyn Irene Cornet-Hale of Berea, Kentucky; four grandchildren Ross (Carla) Cornett of Altamont, Illinois, Sandy Cornett of Shumway, Illinois, Marc Sanders of Clarksville, Tennessee, and Anette Youngblood of Green Castle, Pennsylvania; four great-grandchildren Lantz, Trevor, Evan, and Logan Cornett all of Altamont, Illinois; one brother Ray Moody of Milan. He was also preceded in death by his parents: Marion and Lula (Gray) Moody, wife:  Ruth “Betty” Rickroad-Moody, brother: Ralph and his wife Fleta Moody, sister: Ella Ruth and her husband Ralph Evans. Mr. Moody was a 1945 graduate of Cross Plains High School and was a veteran of WWII serving with the US Army from December 20, 1945 until his discharge on December 29, 1946. Roscoe rose to the rank of Sergeant and for service to his country he received the WWII Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal. In civilian life he was a driver for Baylor Trucking in Milan and was the general manager of the Bobber Auto/Truck Plaza in Effingham. After his retirement he was employed with Dust & Sons in Effingham. Roscoe was a Life Member of the Versailles American Legion and was a 53 year member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge. Masonic services will be held on Thursday, January 5th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with funeral services to follow. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be from 10am Thursday until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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first_img Press Association Gareth McAuley scored two headers in Torshavn while Kyle Lafferty fired in his sixth goal of the qualifiers to defeat the 10-man Faroes and leave O’Neill’s team on the cusp of history. Northern Ireland have not reached a major international tournament since the 1986 World Cup, but the current squad can end that long absence from elite international competition with victory over Hungary in Belfast in three days’ time. “We know the significance of three points,” O’Neill said of the Friday night victory. “It’s a fantastic prize for the players, well deserved. They’ve won three of the four games away from home which is phenomenal in any campaign. “I genuinely can’t see them letting this opportunity…them not taking it – I can’t see how they won’t take it.” The possibility that his men could choke with the prize so tantalisingly close is not one O’Neill fears either. Instead, he is looking forward to a Windsor Park meeting with the Hungarians which could end in joyous celebration. “It’s a great scenario to be playing for qualification in our home stadium,” O’Neill added. “The pleasing aspect of it is we do have a little bit of a safety net there as well. A lot of people talked about this as a must-win and a pivotal game – it really isn’t. The work we did in the early part of the group gave us a buffer that we didn’t need tonight. “We can go into that (Hungary) game and do everything possible to win that group. We’re top and I just think the players will respond. “This is the game that was going to be the nervous game. The next game, I think they’ll handle it. I look at the intensity of the team, right through the team, there wasn’t a player that didn’t perform tonight. I just thought we were excellent to a man. “We just have to continue that. The effects of the game tonight and the fatigue element of it, I don’t think they will be a factor given what’s at stake.” McAuley, who scored in the reverse meeting between the two countries last year, gave the visitors the perfect start with a 12th-minute header at Torsvollur. Stuart Dallas’ error contributed to Joan Edmundsson’s equaliser, but Edmundsson was then dismissed after the hour mark for two cautions, both picked up for rash challenges on Oliver Norwood. Within 10 minutes McAuley had nodded home another free-kick and Lafferty rifled in a third, completing a “perfect evening” for O’Neill, whose men rose to the top of their group thanks to Romania’s stalemate in Hungary. Faroes boss Lars Olsen claimed Edmundsson’s red card was the key moment. “I was very pleased after the first 45 minutes,” he said. “I think the beginning of the second half it became better and better. We have control, we don’t give any chances away and then of course the red card changed the game. That’s the way I see it. “The way the match was played, I’m a little bit disappointed because I think we played very well if you see it compared to the game we played in Belfast. We were much better today. I congratulate Northern Ireland with the victory but I’m a little bit disappointed.” Michael O’Neill is now adamant his Northern Ireland side will be in France for Euro 2016 next summer after a 3-1 victory in the Faroe Islands moved them to the top of their Group F qualifying group.last_img read more

first_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Latest Posts Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017center_img Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 ORONO — The string of post-season playoff wins ended for the Bucksport Golden Bucks on Wednesday afternoon as they fell to the top-seeded Orono Red Riots 5-0 in the Class C Northern Maine girls’ soccer championship final.The 15-1-1 Red Riots scored the only goal they needed less than two minutes into the game when junior striker Becky Lopez-Anido gathered in a loose ball in front of the net and pushed it past Bucksport junior goalkeeper Bree Coombs.For the next 30 minutes, the Bucksport defense withstood the almost constant scoring threat provided by Lopez-Anido and junior strikers Daphne Murphy and Aashild Fridtun, the latter a Norwegian exchange student.But with 7:50 remaining in the first half, Lopez-Anido took a pass from Fridtun at the corner of the penalty box and beat Coombs with a shot to her left to give the Orono a 2-0 lead.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Red Riots dominated play throughout, allowing just one long-distance Bucksport shot on goal late in the second half while peppering Coombs with 40 shots of their own.Three more of those found the net in the second half.Fridtun took a pass from Murphy and lined a hard shot off Coombs’ hands and into the net less than three minutes into the second period.Lopez-Anido completed a hat trick with her third goal at the 22:49 mark, rolling a ball into the back corner of the net from about 15 yards out, and Murphy capped the scoring with another shot off Coombs’ hands with 15:54 to go.“Without question, they were very motivated, very ready for us today and they did a great job,” said Bucksport coach Mike Garcelon.“We worked hard all season and had a great defensive run at the end of the year,” he said of his own team. That run gave the 7-7-4 Golden Bucks upset wins over third-ranked Central and second-ranked Houlton in quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.Garcelon already is looking ahead to picking things up next year where they left off this season. “We’ve got four seniors who had great years and certainly were the heart and soul of the program, but then I’ve got a lot of young, young kids coming back and a lot more coming up next year.”Orono will now face the Southern Maine champion Waynflete Flyers, who bested Madison in overtime, for the state Class C title on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Presque Isle.last_img read more