In May, there were more tourist arrivals and fewer overnight stays

first_imgAccording to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), tourists made 128 arrivals and 406 overnight stays in May, with the highest number of overnight stays in the Hotels and similar accommodation group, 64%, followed by Resorts and similar short-stay facilities, 34 %. Most overnight stays were realized by tourists from the United Kingdom, 28%, who averaged 4 overnight stays per arrival.In May 2017, 1 tourists came to commercial accommodation facilities, which is 257% more than in May 4. Tourists realized 2016 thousand overnight stays, of which 4% were realized by domestic tourists and 116% by foreign tourists. Compared to May 10, tourists realized 90% less overnight stays. Domestic tourists came 2016% more and realized 3% less overnight stays, while foreign tourists came 5% more and realized 2% less overnight stays in May 4 than in the same period last year.The highest number of overnight stays of foreign tourists in May 2017 was realized by tourists from Germany (23%), Austria (13%) and the United Kingdom (10%). They are followed by tourists from Slovenia (7%), France, Poland, the Netherlands and the USA (4% each).More tourist arrivals and overnight stays in the first five months In the first five months of 2017, tourists made 2 thousand arrivals and 902 thousand overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities, which is an increase of 8% in tourist arrivals and a 328% increase in tourist overnight stays compared to the same period in 15.Out of the total number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays, foreign tourists realized 2 thousand arrivals and 305 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of arrivals by 6% and an increase of overnight stays by 988%. Most overnight stays of foreign tourists were realized by tourists from Germany (16%), Austria (11%), Slovenia (20%) and Great Britain (13%). In the period from January to May 10, domestic tourists also realized 8% more arrivals and 2017% more overnight stays than in the same period last year.Hotels are still the first in terms of the number of overnight stays In May 2017, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in hotels, namely 1 thousand overnight stays, which is 901% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to the same period last year, the number of tourist arrivals in hotels increased by 46% and the number of overnight stays by 9%.In May 2017, tourists were offered 224 thousand rooms, suites and camping places with a total of 575 thousand permanent beds. In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, a total of 73 thousand rooms and suites with a total of 152 thousand permanent beds were available to tourists. The average occupancy of rooms was 55%, and permanent beds 49%.Most overnight stays of tourists aged 65 and over In May 2017, the highest number of overnight stays was realized by tourists aged 65 and over, 957 thousand overnight stays, which is 23% of the total number of overnight stays. In the total overnight stays of foreign tourists, most overnight stays were realized by tourists of the oldest age group of 65 and over. The majority of overnight stays of domestic tourists were realized by the age group from 35 to 44 years.last_img read more

People moves: More departures from DWS as new COO appointed [updated]

first_imgKlaas KnotFinancial Stability Board – Klass Knot , president of Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank , has been appointed vice-chair of the Financial Stability Board for a three-year term, and will chair the FSB from December 2021.The FSB’s new chair from next month is Randal Quarles , governor of the US Federal Reserve . Quarles replaces Bank of England governor Mark Carney, who chaired the board for seven years.Carney said: “Randy and Klaas will provide strong leadership and continuity as the FSB pivots towards the implementation and evaluation of post-crisis reforms, and to addressing emerging vulnerabilities in the global financial system. Their appointment demonstrates the FSB’s unique role as a member-led, international body for cooperation on global financial stability.”The FSB consists of senior regulators, central bank governors and government officials from 24 countries as well as representatives of 10 international bodies, the ECB and the European Commission.Dimensional – The $596bn (€466.4bn) asset manager has made a series of changes to its leadership team, including the appointment of Michael Holmes as chief technology officer. He joins from Bridgewater Associates and has worked in financial services technology for 25 years.Elsewhere, Carlo Venes has been appointed head of global institutional services, effective 1 January. He is currently head of institutional for Asia excluding Japan, and has worked at Dimensional since 2011.John Romiza is to relinquish his role as co-head of global equity trading in the new year to focus on his responsibilities as co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, with Ryan Wiley becoming sole head of global equity trading. Jason Lapping is to transition from head of Asia Pacific trading to head of international equity trading.The company has also hired Al Sears from BAM Advisor Services as vice president, focusing on technology, and Darcy Keller from the Financial Times as head of corporate communications.“Our clients know we take a long-term view in how we think about markets. We also make long-term investments in our people. Investors in the future will have different needs than today, and we’re strengthening our leadership team so we are well positioned for our clients in the decades to come,” said Gerard O’Reilly, Dimensional co-CEO and CIO.Lyxor Asset Management – The €140.8bn asset manager has named David Lake as chief executive officer for its UK business. He replaces Matthieu Mouly who has moved to France to continue as global head of sales for Lyxor’s exchange-traded fund (ETF) arm.Lake is currently Lyxor’s head of ETF sales for UK and Ireland, a role he will keep alongside his chief executive duties. He joined in June 2017 from Source ETF, where he also led the sales team for the UK and Ireland.Lionel Paquin, CEO of Lyxor Asset Management, said that the UK was “a key market” for the company and it would continue to grow its operations in the country.AXA Investment Managers – AXA IM has named Robert Price as a portfolio manager in its “buy and maintain” fixed income team. He transfers from the company’s liability-driven investment (LDI) team, but will continue to work with European LDI clients. He will also focus on AXA IM’s “cashflow delivery investing” strategies, which have just reached £3bn (€3.4bn) in assets under management.Lionel Pernias, head of the buy and maintain team, said: “As pension schemes become more focused on cashflow delivery, we continue to see growth and demand from providers on buy and maintain credit strategies.”Hewlett-Packard – The €1.9bn Dutch pension fund for computer hardware company Hewlett-Packard has appointed Rita van Ewijk and Otto van’t Hof as trustees on its eight-strong board, representing the employer and workers, respectively. Van Ewijk is an external board member. She also chairs the €170m Pensioenfonds Cindu International.Pensioenfonds Sabic – Pascal Wolters has been appointed as the new independent chairman of the €2.5bn Dutch pension fund Sabic as of 1 January 2019. He is to succeed Jo Mastenbroek , who has been at the helm for two years.Wolters has previously worked for 16 years in asset management, pensions and support at the €409bn civil service scheme ABP and its asset manager and pensions provider APG. Prior to this, he was on the board of the €209bn healthcare scheme PFZW. Since May, he has been an expert board member at SPOV, the €3.9bn Dutch pension fund for public transport.Pensioenfonds Detailhandel – Selma Gouderjaan is to start as trustee for employees at the €20.7bn pension fund for the retail sector (Detailhandel) as of 1 January. She has been trustee for trade at the trade union FNV since 2015, representing union members at chemists and the retailer Ahold.KPMG – KPMG has hired a trio of advisers from Mercer to open an office in Bristol, in the south west of England. George Fowler joins as a partner to focus on larger pension schemes; Paula Champion is a director focusing on mid-sized schemes in the south of England, while also supporting KPMG’s Birmingham-based pensions business; and Matt Flower joins as a senior manager with responsibility for business development.LifeSight – Willis Towers Watson’s UK defined contribution master trust has appointed Caroline Fawcett as a trustee. She replaces Gill Barr, who has stepped down at the end of her term. Fawcett spent 11 years in various roles at Legal & General, and is now a non-executive director at the Money Advice Service alongside a number of other non-exec roles.AZL – Annemieke Visser has succeeded Arthur van der Wal as member of the supervisory board at pensions provider AZL, part of NN Group. Visser – a former director of Delta Lloyd, which was taken over by NN last year – is also director of pension services at Nationale-Nederlanden Life Insurance .AZL’s supervisory board also comprises Michel van Elk, Henriëtte Prast and Willem Stevens. Van der Wal left the board following his appointment as chief executive at Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance on 1 September.ShareAction – Fergus Moffatt has become the responsible investment campaign group’s head of UK policy, joining from the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association. Moffatt replaces Bethan Livesey , who moves to a part-time role as senior fellow. DWS, FSB, Dimensional, Lyxor, AXA IM, Hewlett-Packard, Sabic, Detailhandel, KPMG, Lifesight, AZL, ShareActionDWS Group – The €692bn asset manager has named a new chief operating officer and head of coverage for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with the incumbent staff set to leave this week.Jon Eilbeck , currently COO, is to exit after 19 years at Deutsche Bank’s asset management businesses. He will be replaced by Mark Cullen , currently head of group audit at Deutsche Bank.Thorsten Michalik , head of EMEA coverage, is also set to leave after an 18-year career at Deutsche Bank. Dirk Goergen , head of sales for private clients in Germany at Deutsche’s private and commercial bank, will take up the role as well as leading on DWS’ digital distribution strategy. Both Cullen and Goergen will join DWS’ executive board.  Asoka Woehrmann, who replaced Nicolas Moreau as CEO of DWS Group last month, said Cullen and Goergen were “outstanding individuals” with “a diverse set of qualities” to bring to their roles.He added: “I would like to thank Jon Eilbeck and Thorsten Michalik for their exceptional contributions to both DWS and Deutsche Bank over many years of service and wish them well for the future. With these changes to our executive board, we have the right leadership team in place to focus all our efforts on doing our best for our clients, our investors and our colleagues in DWS.”A spokeswoman for DWS said there were no further board-level changes planned.last_img read more

Homeowners could save thousands switching to better mortgages now

first_imgBased on Brisbane’s median house price of $550,000, owner occupiers with a $440,000 loan could make big savings of $4,494 a year switching to a better loan.Homeowners could save close to $4500 a year off their mortgages by shopping for a better loan deal now, new analysis found.Comparison site Finder insights manager Graham Cooke urged more Aussies to look into how to boost savings across multiple cost centres.“At a time when many households are feeling the financial pinch of COVID-19, we urge Aussies to see how their current loan stacks up,” he said. Don Algie cracks open his land piggybank According to Finder calculations, based on a loan size of $440,000, assuming 80 per cent LVR (based on Brisbane’s median house price of $550,000), the annual saving to be had switching to the best owner occupier variable home loan was $4,494 or $134,835 over 30 years.Finder said it arrived at the figures by reviewing the winner’s interest rate in the final quarter of the Finder Awards assessment period (12 months to May 2020) versus the current standard rates quoted by the big four banks.The winning three year fixed best owner occupier home loan saw calculated savings of $506 annually or $15,188 over three decades using that Brisbane data. The best variable investor (P & I) home loan savings were estimated at $4,124pa or $123,705/30years while that of the three year fixed for the investor category was $431pa or $12,942/30years.Mr Cooke said homeowners could also use apps to identify mortgage savings opportunities.“Once you connect your accounts to the (Finder) app, it analyses your spending behaviour, hunts down savings and sends you alerts when it could make financial sense for you to refinance.” LATEST QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS Auction set for epic Gold Coast mansion once listed for $45m “If you’re paying a higher interest rate or steeper fees, it could be time to switch and save.”He said there had never been a more important time to get a savings boost than now.“For an owner-occupier loan (variable), Aussies could save $4,494 per year or $134,835 over 30 years by switching to the best product on the market.”The comments came after the comparison firm’s 2020 awards named Freedom Lend its home loan category winner. Freedom Lend took out three categories in the Finder Awards including best owner occupier home loan – variable, best refinance home loan, and best investor home loan.Finder’s award for best owner occupier home loan – three year fixed was a product by Well Home Loans, while best investor home loan principal and interest three year fixed was awarded to Tic: Toc and best low deposit home loan (owner-occupier variable) was by P & N Bank & Home Loan. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago MORE: New weapon for property buyers Nuns sell Brisbane laundry for $27mlast_img read more

What You Need to Know About the Mark Regnerus Study of Homosexual Parents

first_imgFRCBlog.com 7 Sep 2012University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus sparked a firestorm of criticism from pro-homosexual activists when his peer-reviewed scholarly article on children raised by homosexual parents was published in the journal Social Science Research in June. Using a large, population-based sample, Dr. Regnerus found that children whose parents had a same-sex romantic relationship while the child was growing up suffer deficits compared to children raised by their own married biological mother and father.Because the study undermined the politically correct claim that such children are “no different” from children with heterosexual parents, and because it reinforced a key point made in defense of the natural definition of marriage as the union of man and woman (namely, that kids need both a mom and a dad), it became urgent for pro-homosexual activists to discredit the study and, if possible, destroy Regnerus.That effort, thus far, has failed. When a liberal blogger who uses the pen name “Scott Rose” filed a complaint with the University of Texas charging Regnerus with “scientific and scholarly misconduct.” Although Rose had little standing to bring such a charge, the University convened a four-person faculty committee (and hired an outside expert in “research integrity”) to conduct an “inquiry” into whether the charges merited in-depth investigation. The conclusion was clear: “Professor Regnerus did not commit scientific misconduct . . . None of the allegations . . . put forth by Mr. Rose were substantiated.” (This was hardly a surprise; as the journal article itself stated, “Both the study protocol and the questionnaire were approved by the University of Texas at Austin’s Institutional Review Board”–before the research was even undertaken.)Because of the importance of the Regnerus study–and the viciousness of the attacks upon it and him–I have written about it several times since its release in June. I am here posting links to each of these papers and posts, to provide the reader with convenient one-stop access to all of them.READ MORE http://www.frcblog.com/2012/09/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-mark-regnerus-study-of-homosexual-parents/last_img read more

March 1, 2018 Police Blotter

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EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U

first_imgWilfried Zaha came back to haunt his former club as his two goals helped Crystal Palace stun Manchester United 3-1 at Old Trafford.Andros Townsend gave the visitors a shock lead after seven minutes before Zaha’s controversial penalty doubled the advantage with a quarter of an hour left. Donny Van de Beek came off the bench to grab the Red Devils a lifeline on his debut but it was too little, too late after a lacklustre display from the hosts.Zaha’s brilliance shone through late on with a fine solo finish to wrap up three deserved points for Roy Hodgson’s side.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a number of surprising changes to his side ahead of their season opener, with Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Daniel James starting ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mason Greenwood.Having already seen his side record a win in their first game at Southampton, Hodgson only made enforced alterations to his line-up, with Mamadou Sakho coming in at centre-back.It was to be expected that with very little football played, United would be the rustier of the two sides. But the sharpness and confidence Palace were displaying must have taken them by surprise.It only took one passage of play to tear apart the Red Devils and Luke Shaw, returning from three months out, was given a rude awakening.The left-back was caught napping as Townsend ghosted in behind him to slot home from Jeffrey Schlupp’s cross.Palace were full value for their lead and United, struggling to piece together any sort of attacking moves, looked to Bruno Fernandes for inspiration as the Portuguese saw a long-range effort saved.VAR checked for a possible penalty when Pogba collided with James McCarthy in the penalty area but after a lengthy stoppage, Martin Atkinson waved play on. Solskjaer decided enough was enough, hooking James after an anonymous display and sending on 18-year-old Greenwood, who was wearing the no.11 shirt for the first time.But there was no marked improvement from United and if anything, Palace looked the more likely side to score.Out of nowhere, Greenwood had a golden chance to level the score but steered his free header wide from Fosu-Mensah’s cross at the far post.Palace began to threaten as United searched for an equaliser but even the visitors may have been surprised by how their second goal came about.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Townsend: Eze’s an incredible talent Jordan Ayew shot from inside the box and his effort appeared to strike Victor Lindelof’s arm.After a long stoppage, Atkinson went to check the VAR monitor pitchside and decided it was a penalty.Ayew stepped up somewhat hesitantly and De Gea kept out his spot-kick.But the drama wasn’t over: the Spaniard had overstepped his line and Atkinson ordered a retake.This time, it was Zaha’s turn and he made no mistake, rocketing his effort into the top corner.United sent on Van de Beek for Paul Pogba and the Dutchman made an instant impact, rolling into the far corner with 10 minutes to go.But Zaha wrapped up the win on 85 minutes, slotting into the bottom corner after receiving a pass from Tyrick Mitchell to get one over his former club and prove why Palace are so desperate to keep him at Selhurst Park.Tags: Crystal PalaceDonny van de BeekManchester UnitedRed DevilsWilfried Zahalast_img read more

Maghera lift Hogan Cup

first_img Robert Keeleghan gave Navan a lifeline with a goal early in the second half, but the south Derry college hit back with a Danny Tallon goal in the 46th minute. Gerard Bradley, Neil McNicholl and O’Hara hit a combined total of 12 points as Maghera saw out the game in a controlled and composed fashion, picking off spectacular points in a dominant finish. Press Association St Patrick’s Maghera won their fifth Hogan Cup title with a 1-20 to 1-10 win over St Patrick’s Navan at Croke Park.center_img The Ulster side controlled the game from the outset, with early scores from Neil McNicholl, James Kearney and Stephen O’Hara getting them off to a strong start. Navan pulled back points through Niall Lyons and James McEntee, but Maghera led by by 0-10 to 0-5 at half-time. last_img read more

Jamie Vardy worry for Leicester

first_img Press Association Jamie Vardy is set for up to a fortnight out through injury, according to reports. The England international has netted 15 Premier League goals this season, including a record run of scoring in 11 consecutive games, although he has just one in his last six. Leicester’s form has dipped slightly too, failing to score in a run of three games that has yielded two points. They host Tottenham in the FA Cup next weekend. center_img BBC Radio Leicester said on Sunday that the 28-year-old – one of the stars of the season – is to have minor groin surgery and will sit out for one to two weeks. There has been no comment from Leicester, who need Vardy’s goals to maintain their title challenge. last_img read more

Man contacts police after someone breaks into home to clean

first_imgAuthorities in Massachusetts are reporting that a man contacted them after someone reportedly broke into his home and began cleaning.The incident occurred on May 15th at a home in Marlborough.The resident, 44-year-old Nate Roman, told reporters that when he came home from work and he had a feeling that someone had been inside of his home. When he checked his residence, he found that the beds had been made, the toilet had been scrubbed, and the rugs had been vacuumed. Roman also reported that whoever cleaned his home also left origami roses on the toilet paper rolls.He told reporters that while whomever cleaned his home did not take anything, he still found it “weird and creepy” and that’s why he contacted police.Authorities arrived and documented the incident but say they have never encountered a case like this before.Roman now believes that he may have left the backdoor open and that maybe a housekeeping service went to his home by mistake.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Department of Health won’t allow Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid pandemic

first_img Associated Press July 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Department of Health won’t allow Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid pandemic.center_img Pennsylvania Department of Health won’t allow Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh amid pandemiclast_img