Open applications for the “Marco Polo” tourist award

first_imgNamely, this is an award that is a joint project of the People’s Republic of China and sixteen countries of Central and Eastern Europe gathered under the initiative “China +16”. The initiative encourages interested countries to design an original tourism product or route for the Chinese tourism market. This award was created at the initiative of the Croatian delegation in Dubrovnik in 2018 during a meeting on tourism cooperation between China and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Projects can apply until May 31, 2019 to the e-mail address, while the winner will be announced on September 9th. The awards ceremony will be held on October 23 at the 5th Tourism Conference “China +16” in Riga. The application deadline is May 31, 2019. Applications for the Marco Polo International Tourism Award have been open since the beginning of this month. “Marco Polo” will be awarded once a year for the past year in recognition of the contribution of tourism entrepreneurs such as tour operators and travel agencies for the best tourism product that includes local history, tradition, culture and tourism of special interest, but also includes at least three Central and Eastern European countries. . Applications must be completed in English, and the description of the tourist product must contain the company profile (max. 150 words) and the main characteristics, goal, results achieved and impact on the local community. Also, the application may contain additional documents such as photos, videos, pictures and the like. The application form is submitted in PDF format, and additional documents must be submitted together with the application form. The advantages of the award are certainly the presentation of the awarded products at a high-level meeting for tourism in Riga, a one-year promotion through communication channels and a network of TCC and 16 Central and Eastern European countries, the “Marco Polo Award” with a recommendation of tourism cooperation China – CEEC and the awarded gold medalist has the opportunity to participate in CITM Shanghai 2019 at the invitation of the CNTO Budapest. Links to the relevant documentation can be found below: APPLICATION FORM, ELIGIBILITY AND EVALUATION CRITERIA, APPLICATION RULES, APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS.last_img read more

Retail warehousing: The next generation

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Australia rejects China’s racism warning to students

first_imgAustralian officials and leading universities on Wednesday rejected China’s claims students should be “cautious” in choosing to study Down Under because of concerns over racist incidents during the coronavirus pandemic.China’s ministry of education warned students on Tuesday there had been “multiple discriminatory incidents against Asians in Australia” during the pandemic, ramping up diplomatic tensions between the two countries.The advisory was the latest in an escalating dispute between Beijing and Canberra that was deepened by Australia’s call for an independent inquiry into the origin and handling of the coronavirus in central China last year. Topics : Racism toward Asians has reportedly increased during the pandemic, with the New South Wales anti-discrimination commission saying instances included people being bullied for wearing a face mask, spat at and harassed in public, and racist language written across cars and private property.Vicki Thomson, chief executive of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight universities, told AFP they would “be very concerned” if Beijing’s warning deterred students from coming to Australia.”We’ve had no evidence provided to us that there are issues of racial discrimination occurring on our campuses, and I think it’s worth noting that we don’t have a lot of students on our campuses at the moment,” she said.Thomson lamented that the sector had been “caught in the middle” of geopolitical tensions.Australian universities are already facing massive losses as an indefinite coronavirus border closure locks out the foreign students who pump billions of dollars a year into the sector.Beijing’s travel advice was largely symbolic but could interfere with a proposal to create a “secure corridor” for overseas students to return to Australia.Education is Australia’s fourth-largest export — behind iron ore, coal and natural gas — with more than 500,000 international students enrolled last year, bringing about Aus$37 billion into the economy.China’s statement came a day after a foreign ministry spokeswoman warned of “a lot of discrimination” against Chinese people in Australia — and days after Beijing told citizens not to travel there at all.As China has pursued a more combative foreign policy and sought to assert itself on the world stage, tensions with many democracies have risen.In response to Australia backing the call for an independent virus inquiry, China’s ambassador in Canberra threatened a widespread consumer boycott of Australian products — a warning followed up by a bar on four major Australian beef exporters.That was followed in May by an 80-percent tariff on Australian barley over dumping allegations, a move grain growers say will cost at least Aus$500 million (US$350 million) a year.center_img Beijing reacted furiously to the demand, targeting Canberra on several fronts, including tourism, trade and now Chinese students, the largest overseas group in Australian universities.Australian Education Minister Dan Tehan hit back Wednesday, saying the country was a multicultural society that welcomed international visitors.”Our success at flattening the curve means we are one of the safest countries in the world for international students to be based in right now,” he said in a statement.”We reject China’s assertion that Australia is an unsafe destination for international students.”last_img read more

Excluding ‘controversial’ companies improves returns – NN IP

first_imgThe study was conducted in co-operation with the European Centre for Corporate Engagement at Maastricht University.Researchers at Groningen University recently reached a similar conclusion about excluding investments in fossil fuels.The economists Auke Plantinga and Bert Scholtens found that excluding energy companies such as Shell did not come to the detriment of returns.Bos said that no more than 5% of the 3,000 surveyed companies in developed countries were in the most controversial category.According to the study, companies behave “controversially” if they, for example, are involved in conflicts, trigger court cases and demonstrations, commit offences or cause environmental problems.“An increasing frequency of offences usually signals there is something wrong,” Bos said.“At Volkswagen, for example, the number and seriousness of the controversies had already risen before the problems with the cheating software came to light.”Bos added that companies with a positive ESG momentum, such as Visa or clothing company VF Corporation, tended to deliver better returns than already high-scoring firms.“This phenomenon shows investors should not only look at the absolute score but also at the momentum,” he said.“If companies combine this with engagement, they could also affect the direction of change.”NN IP’s study was limited to developed countries, but the head of Equity Specialties said it would be extended to emerging markets.“My intuition tells me many companies have even more potential to raise their ESG scores over there,” Bos said.“We will look into whether this will also lead to better returns.” A study by NN Investment Partners (NN IP) has suggested excluding companies that behave “controversially” does not come at the expense of returns but rather can actually improve investment results.The study – on the correlation between ESG factors and returns – also found that companies improving their ESG scores tended to deliver better returns than those that already enjoy the highest scores.Jeroen Bos, head of the Equity Specialties boutique at NN IP, said: “Pension funds could factor this in to their investment policies.”He added that encouraging companies to improve their ESG scores through engagement also lead to better results after adjusting for risk.last_img read more

Insurance company seeks India equities manager via IPE Quest

first_imgA European insurance company has tendered a US$200m (€188m) Indian equities mandate via IPE Quest.The insurance company is looking to invest in large cap equity or companies of all sizes, according to search QN-2281.It has a preference for a Ucits-compliant pooled vehicle.The investments should be actively managed and the benchmark should be the MSCI India index. Bidding managers should have at least $500m of assets under management for this asset class, and at least $1bn in total firm-wide assets. They should have a track record of at least two years in Indian equities, but a minimum of five years is preferred.The maximum tracking error is 10%, but there should be a divergence of at least 2%.Interested parties should state performance gross of fees to 31 December 2016.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email read more

Man caught ‘stealing’ game fowls

first_imgThe 47-year-old Dennis Montanez stole twofighting cocks worth P16,000 owned by Joselito Villanueva, police said. He was detained in the lockup cell of PoliceStation 7, facing theft charges./PN Montanez – resident of the village – wascaught around 11 p.m. on Jan. 13, the police added.center_img BACOLOD City – For allegedly stealinggame fowls, a man was arrested in Barangay Vista Alegre.last_img

Authorities remain silent on charges connected to restaurant raids

first_imgBatesville, In. — Law enforcement officials have remained tight-lipped about the nature and scope of the criminal investigation into a raid conducted at four Mexican restaurants Thursday, but this statement has been released:In response to inquiries regarding the search warrants served Thursday across southeastern Indiana, the involved law enforcement agencies and prosecuting attorneys issue the following statement:In Indiana, prosecutors are bound by the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct. Pursuant to those Rules, we may not offer comment on this matter at this time, except to state that a criminal investigation is pending. In the same way, all law enforcement officers are bound to honor those Rules and will not be offering comment on the pending investigation.If the investigation results in charges, there will be public records to which the public may be referred for further information. In the meantime, all subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.Respectfully,Lynn M. Deddens                                                   Nathan W. Harter IVDearborn/Ohio County Prosecutor                              Decatur County ProsecutorMelvin F. Wilhelm                                                  Philip J. CavinessFranklin County Prosecutor                                            Rush County ProsecutorAndrew Bryson                                                      Union County Prosecutor                                                Indiana Office of the Attorney GeneralLindsay Hyer                                                                                   Indiana State Excise PIOlast_img read more

Ronaldo becomes Europe’s all-time leading scorer

first_imgMoscow, June 20: Cristiano Ronaldo became Europe’s highest ever scorer in international football when he struck an early goal in Portugal’s Group B match against Morocco here on Wednesday.Ronaldo’s diving fourth-minute header at Luzhniki Stadium was his 85th goal for his country, breaking the record held by Hungary great Ferenc Puskas, Xinhua news agency reported. The 33-year-old Real Madrid star equalled the record with a hat-trick against Spain last Friday. Puskas scored 84 international goals for Hungary between 1945 and 1956. (IANS)last_img read more

IBF Put Pressure on Joshua to Defend Title

first_imgAnthony Joshua will not have a “firm date” imposed by the IBF for his mandatory defence against Kubrat Pulev as talks continue over a venue for the fight.Before Joshua can meet Tyson Fury in an undisputed heavyweight championship fight in 2021, with financial terms already agreed, he must make a mandatory defence against Pulev which has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk is also breathing down Joshua’s neck while WBC mandatory Dillian Whyte is due to challenge for Fury’s belt by February 2021. ANTHONY JOSHUA A statement from the IBF to Sky Sports reads: “Given the current circumstances we are being flexible.“It is difficult to put a firm date on mandatory obligations at the moment. Everyone is working hard to get things going with boxing again and hopefully everything will be on track soon.”Joshua-Pulev was originally scheduled for June at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, a first fight on British soil in two years for the IBF, WBA and WBO champion.Staging the fight behind-closed-doors has been ruled out and a “smaller venue” in the UK, with a potential date in November, is now bei ng considered by promoter Eddie Hearn.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Women’s soccer team full of leaders

first_imgAn armband doesn’t usually have any inherent meaning. It’s merely a piece of brightly colored fabric. But, in one place that yellow armband, something otherwise small and meaningless, brings with it power and a great deal of responsibility.On the soccer field, an armband isn’t just the sign of a great player, but more importantly the sign of a great leader. It’s an honor and a privilege bestowed upon only a select few who prove themselves worthy of leading the team: the captain.Now, on the field only one person can wear the armband, as it’s reserved for the field captain. For the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, junior Cara Walls occupies that role of field captain. But what’s both interesting and unique is the fact that Walls only occupies the position of captain on the field. Off the field, she’s not a designated team captain. In fact, not a single person on this year’s Badger squad is a designated captain.It seems odd to be captain-less, but as sophomore midfielder McKenna Meuer explained, the team’s structure made the rather outlandish idea a perfect fit.“I think it’s very rare to find a team that has enough leadership qualities that you don’t even need captains,” Meuer said. “The whole reason you assign captains is so that when things get a little bit hectic or if you have a lot of people that don’t step up then you have those designated people that fill that role. It’s really special to find a team where there’s so many people with so many good leadership qualities that you don’t need to designate that.”Actually, the Badgers were in the process of designating captains during the season’s beginnings as the players voted on who those captains would be for the upcoming season. But following that vote, Badgers’ head coach Paula Wilkins decided to step in and change things up a little.According to Wilkins, democracy in soccer is not something that usually pays dividends. With the players and personalities present on her roster however, democracy was, for the first time in her coaching career, in order.“Well, I came up with the concept or the idea and then I kind of brought it to the team and see what their thought process was,” Wilkins said. “I think we have a lot of different types of leaders and I think that to limit it to one or two people was going to be an issue. And I thought that something different, something to kind of build on and talk about throughout the season, and we’ll see how this goes.”But what exactly made Wilkins and the players agree that having no team captains was the right choice? For starters, the Badgers have 18 underclassmen out of a total roster of 26 players, and only two of the upperclassmen are seniors, Alev Kelter and Nicole La Petina, who both sat out last year – Kelter to focus on hockey and La Petina because of an injury. So Wilkins didn’t have a clear cut choice for captain.However, the biggest part of the decision wasn’t that Wisconsin has an unusually small senior class and an unbalanced roster with only one less freshman (7) than the total of upperclassmen (8). In fact, the decision was based on just how balanced the Badgers are, not in a sense of age or experience, but in leadership ability.“No one is afraid to step up,” Walls said. “No one is afraid to say anything about how they feel, and we all kind of feel like we’re on equal playing fields. It makes it a really fun dynamic for the group.”That equal playing field makes for an equal balance of power that for once isn’t dominated by only a select few players, allowing players to settle into their natural roles.“There’s no hierarchy,” Wilkins said. “They’re all coming from the point is they want the program to be successful and they all have their different roles. I think when they know their roles that’s really important.”Just what those roles are differ from player to player. Regardless, one thing is certain: They are the ones ultimately in charge of the team, captains or no captains.“I always tell players they make the team,” Wilkins said. “I’ll never score a goal. I’ll never make a save. They spend more time interacting with each other than I would ever. I see them at practice and I see them sometime outside but they obviously live together and are in the training room together, locker rooms together, classrooms together. They spend much more time [together] and so they create that atmosphere and I think those personalities really kind of come together and mesh.“I think it’s been their sincerity with each other that has really made a difference.”Any sort of governance always has cons to counter the pros. With no designated leader, there is room for discord and chaos among the masses with a very slight chance of anarchy.But so far for the Badgers, Wilkins’ experiment has gone off without a hitch. The Badgers are 4-1-1, and internally they have had fewer problems than past years.It remains to be seen whether Wisconsin’s success both on and off the field continues, but the unorthodox strategy has proved quite fruitful to this point in the season.While only one armband might be on the field during the game, in reality, that single armband unites the Badgers, which could make for a special season.“We’re all on the same level,” Meuer said. “We all have the same amount of importance on the team and I think that’s really cool and I think ultimately that’s going to be one of the biggest contributors to our success this year.”last_img read more