CNTB Procurement: Organization of a study trip and development of a website

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) has published two procurements on its website, one for the organization of a study trip to Provence, and the other for the development of the national website EuroVelo8 – Mediterranean cycling routes.According to the first procurement, the bidder should offer the services of organization, transportation and accommodation for a study trip to Provence according to the defined specification, the deadline for submission of bids is August 6, 2018, and details are attached.This Call for Expressions of Interest is announced within the EU project “MEDCYCLETOUR MEDiteranean CYCLE route for sustainable coastal TOURism” funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – Interreg Mediterranean program. The deadline for submission of bids is July 31.07.2018, XNUMX.1.INVITATION FOR SUBMISSION OF OFFERS – ORGANIZATION, TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION SERVICES FOR A STUDY TRIP IN PROVENCE2. CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICE OF DESIGNING THE NATIONAL WEBSITE EUROVELO8 – MEDITERRANEAN BICYCLE ROUTESAlso, the CNTB opened the need for a new job, more precisely an expert associate for IT support, and an advertisement for the mentioned job was published. More about the terms of the attached ad:PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANT FOR IT SUPPORT (M ​​/ F)last_img read more

US FDA comes out with guidance for COVID-19 vaccine approval

first_imgSeveral companies such as Moderna Inc, Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca Plc are in the race to develop a vaccine.”While the FDA is committed to expediting this work, we will not cut corners in our decisions,” the FDA said on Tuesday. (https://bit.ly/38fyVS3)Experts have said it could take 12 to 18 months for a vaccine to be developed.Vaccine developers have also been asked for data to support use during pregnancy and to show safety and effectiveness in children, the health regulator said. The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released guidance for approving a coronavirus vaccine, saying the vaccine has to prevent or decrease disease severity in at least 50% of people who are inoculated.More than 100 vaccines are being tested worldwide against the virus, which has claimed over 126,100 lives in the United States, according to a Reuters tally.The Trump administration in May announced a program called “Operation Warp Speed” to speed up the development of COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines, as the country has none approved for treating COVID-19. “The guidelines are pretty standard, they look pretty much like influenza vaccine guidelines,” Gregory Poland, director of Mayo Vaccine Research Group said.”I don’t think that’s a high bar. I think that’s a low to maybe an appropriate bar for a first-generation COVID-19 vaccine.”Flu vaccines are 30%-70% effective in any given year, according to Jefferies analyst Michael Yee. The guidelines could be seen as a relatively high bar given the urgency to accelerate availability of a vaccine, Yee added.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States government’s top infectious diseases expert, cautioned that there is no guarantee of a safe and effective vaccineTopics :last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz joke around with Jorginho after controversial goal

first_img Full Screen Comment Advertisement The Arsenal skipper wasn’t too annoyed about Chelsea’s controversial goal (Picture: ChelseaTV)There were no hard feelings between Arsenal’s players and Jorginho after the midfielder controversially avoided a second yellow card before kick-starting Chelsea’s comeback win.The Gunners went ahead at the Emirates on Sunday through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first-half header but Chelsea rallied in the second period after Frank Lampard ditched his back three and reshuffled his formation.Chelsea grabbed an equaliser through substitute Jorginho, who profited from a mistake by Bernd Leno, but just moments earlier the Italy international should have been sent off. 1 min. story Read More As Arsenal pushed forward to try and secure what would have been only their second win in 16 matches in all competitions, they left themselves exposed at the back and Tammy Abraham snatched all three points for the visitors.Jorginho gave a cheeky little smirk when asked about the incident afterwards, telling Sky Sports: ‘It was not my fault. But in the end we play football not tennis. Contact is normal in football, it was a foul but no more I think.’ Read More Top articles Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Coming Next Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz joke around with Jorginho after controversial goal Read More Skip center_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Dec 2019 9:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link29.7kShares Jorginho and Aubameyang got on like a house on fire (Picture: ChelseaTV)Jorginho, already on a yellow card, cynically pulled back Matteo Guendouzi as he broke away but the referee did not penalise him – and he popped up minutes later to level the scores.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT About Connatix V67539 Read More SPONSORED PLAY Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE / by Metro Skip Ad Luiz and Jorginho shared a touching moment in the tunnel (Picture: ChelseaTV)Despite the controversy, Arsenal skipper Aubameyang did not want to dwell on the incident and laughed and joked with the midfielder in the tunnel after the game before exchanging shirts.David Luiz, who of course played for Chelsea until joining the Gunners in the summer, also shared a chat with his old teammate, hugging Jorginho and also chatting with Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta was rather less forgiving about Jorginho avoiding a second yellow, saying after the game: ‘I think that’s up to the referee but for me it’s very clear. That’s it.‘I blame my team [for defeat]. We are responsible for everything we did wrong on that football pitch. The decisions we didn’t get right, obviously. The other things we cannot control or change them now.’MORE: Arsenal players classily rally around Bernd Leno after howler against ChelseaMORE: Mesut Ozil speaks out after Arsenal loss and says Chelsea did not deserve to winMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal 1/1 Video Settings Advertisementlast_img read more

Bernard Salt’s Sunshine Coast vision

first_imgDemographer Bernard Salt in Brisbane. Picture: Darren England.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHe said “containerisation” meant having people “live and work within close proximity while clustered around a CBD or regional hub”.That, he said, would be the best outcome as the Sunshine Coast grew, allowing more jobs, recreation and spending to stay within the region.He said without containerisation, people’s spending power would bleed to other regions and mean long commutes.“Without containing and focusing growth within the region you’ll never be able to build enough motorways, public transport and commuter infrastructure – the demand will always outstrip supply and the tax base could be better utilised on other infrastructure,” he said. Bernard Salt says in the Sunshine Coast jobs should be taken to the people to balance growth across the region.“The solution is to take the jobs to the people and balance growth across the region – the SEQ Regional Plan can do that by making modest changes to its current draft.”He said the Sunshine Coast could be a regional powerhouse.“Limited, planned and responsible residential development north of the Maroochy River will reinforce the strength of the new Maroochydore CBD. Limiting expansion to the south of Maroochy River risks growth bleeding off to Caboolture and beyond.” He said it only involved “small tweaks to the Regional Plan” which could “yield great dividends” for the Sunshine Coast. Aerial view over Noosa Main Beach and Noosa Surf Club. Bernard Salt says containing jobs and spending within the region will be the way to a better future. Picture: Lachie MillardRENOWNED Australian demographer Bernard Salt has a vision for the Sunshine Coast – and it involves “containerisation”.In a speech at a meeting of the Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland at Maroochydore today, he said there needed to be changes made to the draft South East Queensland Regional Plan to allow “containerisation” to occur across the coast.More than 150 business and community leaders attended the event which was sponsored by Consolidated Properties.last_img read more

Proxy adviser group revises best practice principles

first_imgThe oversight committee will comprise investor and issuer representatives as well as independent members, and will have an independent chair. A spokeswoman told IPE the recruitment process had not yet started but would be completed in the second half of the year.Daniëlle Melis, a Dutch finance professional and chair of the independent review, said: “I am confident that the review process has resulted in a thoroughly reviewed, globally applicable, updated set of principles and guidance.“In particular, this includes new governance, monitoring and reporting structures in which stakeholders can recognise the ambition of the BPPG to act in accordance with the highest standards and to be transparent about their activities and policies.”She added that the current members of the BPPG, the founding signatories to the principles, had “respected investor [and] issuer concerns, as well as differences in various service provider business models notwithstanding being competitors in their respective markets, in order to promote the integrity and efficiency of shareholder voting research services, which play an important role in investors exercising their stewardship rights and responsibilities effectively”.Delineating responsibilities Proxy advisers provide analysis and make recommendations on how to vote on resolutions at listed companies’ general meetings. In the US in particular the industry has been accused of a lack of transparency and conflicts of interest, and of being too influential.According to a BPPG statement on behalf of Melis, there were “continued market misperceptions regarding the alleged over-influence of proxy advisers and/or alleged ‘robo-voting’ on the part of investors”.In a bid to address this, the updated principles highlighted the importance of delineating investor and proxy adviser responsibilities. They stated that “ultimate responsibility to monitor investments and make voting decisions lies with investors” and that the use of third-party services “does not shift this responsibility or relieve investors from any fiduciary duty owed to their clients”.Other changes to the principles included specifying that signatories should disclose to what extent issuers have the opportunity to review or comment on voting recommendations or analysis, and the addition of a paragraph to address investor concerns that they should be in a position to review the research or analysis sufficiently in advance of the vote deadline ahead of a general meeting.Further reading Leading proxy advisory firms in the EU have committed to a new governance and oversight structure in updated best practice principles, in a bid to address a mix of issuer and investor concerns, regulatory developments, and “continued market misperceptions”.The 2019 principles, formally launched today, were the culmination of a two-year independent review process that took into account a 2015 report from EU watchdog ESMA , requirements of the revised EU Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II), the latest stewardship codes globally, and “the important input of regulators, investors, issuers and other stakeholders” received through various channels.The original principles were established in 2014 by a group of proxy advisers – the Best Practice Principles for Shareholder Voting Research and Analysis Group (BPPG) – that came together and after ESMA recommended the industry create a voluntary code of conduct. ISS, Glass Lewis and other companies sponsoring the principles have today agreed to appoint an oversight committee, whose responsibilities will include carrying out an annual review of the best practice principles and signatories’ public compliance statements. Letter from the US: Practitioners defend ESG from executive threat The proxy season was different in the US this year, writes Maria Teresa Cometto – ESG resolutions are under scrutiny by the Trump administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).Analysis: US proxy process under scrutiny – ESG under threat?The PRI issued a warning about potential regulatory headwinds for ESG investors and proxy voting practices ahead of a roundtable discussion hosted by the SEC in November 2018.last_img read more

Democrats’ bid vs Trump off to a messy start

first_imgEarly on Tuesday, hours after votersmade their choices at 1,600 schools and other public locations, Iowa DemocraticParty Chairman Troy Price told reporters to expect results sometime on Tuesdayin the state, the first to hold a nominating contest. WASHINGTON – The Democratic Party’seffort to choose an election challenger to Republican U.S. President DonaldTrump got off to a chaotic start in Iowa, with officials blaming“inconsistencies” for an indefinite delay in the state’s caucus results. The party said it had to make “qualitychecks” after finding “inconsistencies” in the reporting of the data from thecaucus sites, sparking frustration in Democratic campaigns and criticism fromRepublicans. (Reuters)center_img Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters at his rally in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., February 3, 2020. APlast_img read more

Batesville Native Hoping For Florida Primary Win

first_imgCurt Clawson is running for office in Florida’s US Congressional District 19.A former Batesville basketball star and businessman has a big day Tuesday in Florida.Curt Clawson is running for office in Florida’s US Congressional District 19. The primary will be held Tuesday as part of a special election to replace former congressman Trey Radel, who resigned in January for buying cocaine.Clawson attended Batesville High School, and as a senior, led the state of Indiana in scoring and was recruited by Purdue Head Basketball Coach Gene Keady.Clawson attended Purdue from 1981 through 1984. While at Purdue, Clawson served as a senior captain on the 1984 Big Ten Championship Team. He is known for making the first 3-point basket in Purdue history and making two clutch free throws to clinch the Big Ten Championship.Locally, the Clawson name is well known for business success and community charity. Curt’s father, Jack, served as CEO and President of Hill-Rom from 1975 to 1993. Some current and former associates may recall Jack Clawson for his involvement, as he was seen regularly in the manufacturing plant and other areas of the company. The Clawson family was also prominent in the Mormon faith community in Batesville.Before announcing his candidacy for congress, Curt had success as a top executive for Honeywell and American Can Company.With minimal experience in politics, Clawson has chosen to run as the ‘outsider for congress.’“As an outsider candidate who has never held political office, I think one of the things we bring to the table, is that we are going to go at it alone,” Clawson said. “If we do get elected we can represent the will of our constituents and not somebody who helped me win the campaign by making a donation.”The campaign trail has garnered national attention, with him receiving endorsements from Michelle Bachman, Rand Paul and the Tea Party Express.The Clawson family will be all eyes on Southwest Florida on Tuesday, but Curt has not forgot where he comes from.“If I could move Capitol building in Washington D.C. to Batesville, Indiana, we would all be better off in my view, because they could use some of our values!”last_img read more

Saints march on

first_img Press Association Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez strikes secured Southampton a third successive Premier League victory, albeit in somewhat fortuitous fashion in a 2-0 win over Swansea. An intelligent Rickie Lambert pass just evaded Lallana as Saints continued to threaten, finding the breakthrough in the 19th minute. Morgan Schneiderlin cushioned a header back to Davis, whose delicate chipped pass found Lallana and the Saints captain rifled home. It was just the hosts’ second goal from open play this season, but they almost had another soon after as Lallana came close to latching onto a Lambert knock back. The match was now flowing from end to end and Swansea were testing the Southampton defence with increasing regularity. Jose Fonte had to react quickly to head behind a threatening Wayne Routledge cross, before Boruc fantastically denied a header from Michu, wearing a protective scrum cap after receiving a head injury on Thursday. The Polish goalkeeper was again called into action to thwart hopeful efforts from Shelvey and Bony, as well as smother a low Dyer cross. Lambert saw a long-range free-kick parried away when Saints returned to the attack, only for Swansea to come agonisingly close to levelling. Dyer collected a clever backheel from Bony and had time to strike a left-footed effort that hit the inside of the post and flew across the goal before going out for a goal-kick. Davis and Lambert had attempts for Saints, only for Swansea to again threaten as a Dyer cross found Bony, whose powerful header was just pushed around the post by Boruc. Shelvey, Dyer and Bony all had efforts early in the second half as Swansea continued in the ascendancy after Jose Canas was booked for a lunge on Osvaldo. Saints were struggling to deal with the hosts’ possession game and Lovren was given a yellow card for bringing down Bony on the edge of the box. Shelvey floated the resulting free-kick just over, with James Ward-Prowse replacing Osvaldo as Pochettino looked to stem the flow. The change appeared to work as Swansea attacked with less regularity and Saints managed to secure a better foothold on the game. The hosts thought they had made it 2-0 in the 76th minute when Wanyama prodded home Ward-Prowse’s corner, which should not have been awarded in the first place. The Kenyan raced to the corner in celebration, only for the goal to be ruled out by referee Mike Dean to the puzzlement of those inside the ground. The home fans did not have to wait long for a second, though. Chico Flores failed to deal with a ball over the top and Rodriguez took advantage, grabbing possession and slotting home to secure three points. The result was harsh on Michael Laudrup’s team, who showed no signs of a hangover from Thursday’s Europa League clash against St Gallen as they pressed from the outset. After Lallana latched onto a neat ball from Steven Davis to put Saints ahead, Artur Boruc was forced into fine saves to stop Michu and Wilfried Bony levelling. Nathan Dyer also hit the inside of the post as half-time approached, with Swansea continuing in the ascendancy after the break. However, Southampton kept the Welsh side at bay to earn a fifth clean sheet of the term, with Rodriguez slotting home seven minutes from time after seeing a Victor Wanyama goal dubiously ruled out. It was harsh scoreline on a Swansea side that made five changes from the win over St Gallen. One of those to come in was Saints academy graduate Dyer, who burst down the right flank early on only to be blocked off by Dejan Lovren. Jonjo Shelvey tested Boruc soon after as Swansea controlled the early tempo, but Saints soon settled into their stride. Michel Vorm was fortunate to avoid punishment after appearing to handle outside the box under pressure, before Dani Osvaldo wriggled free and fired into the side netting from an acute angle. The clash between two sides known for their attractive style lived up the billing, with play flowing from end to end in a pulsating encounter at St Mary’s. Swansea dominated proceedings after Lallana’s first-half strike, only for substitute Rodriguez to make the most of slack defending to secure a 2-0 win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp expected to name strong Liverpool squad for crunch European tie

first_img Press Association Most of the players who were involved in the weekend win at Chelsea are scheduled to travel, although one definite absentee will be Joao Teixeira, who is ineligible for the competition. Liverpool at the very least have to avoid defeat in Kazan if they are to avoid a tricky conclusion to their Group B campaign. They currently trail leaders Sion (on seven points) by three and are ahead of Kazan by only a point with Bordeaux to follow in their final home game ahead a trip to Switzerland in December. Klopp named a strong side for the home game against Kazan – which ended in a third successive 1-1 draw in Europe. Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho hopes his performance against Chelsea on Saturday can kick-start his season. The Brazilian playmaker had been below his best prior to his two goals at Stamford Bridge that set the Reds on the way to a 3-1 victory. It gave Klopp the first Premier League win of his tenure, and Coutinho hopes there is plenty more to come. He told the Liverpool website: “For me, it was great. I wasn’t playing so well and hadn’t scored for a while, so I was glad to score again and help the team. “I hope (it can be a turning point for me), I hope so. Sometimes when you play, things don’t always go well, but I always work hard. “I’m always looking to improve and I hope from now on I’ll continue improving; not only me, but the team, which is the most important thing.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to take a strong squad to Russia on Wednesday for the Europa League tie against Rubin Kazan. Meanwhile, youngster Jordon Ibe has hailed the methods of Klopp, saying he feels “like a new player”. The 19-year-old came off the bench at Stamford Bridge and played a part in Christian Benteke’s clinching goal. Ibe said: “There is a lot of learning in training. There are times when we are watching and he is explaining something. We have quite a few meetings where he shows us things on video from previous games. It’s great to learn and I’m enjoying it. “Everything is fresh. I feel like a new player and it’s for me to keep improving and trying to stand out in training. I feel good – the whole team are feeling great and fresh. “We’ve won two games, so it’s still new. We just need to win a few more now and I am sure that mentality and confidence will come where we think, ‘We can go there and beat them.'” last_img read more

Study links pollution hazards to socioeconomic status

first_imgA study conducted by a USC professor recently found that low-income communities and communities of color are far more likely to be negatively impacted by climate pollution than their counterparts. The report, co-authored by sociology and American studies and ethnicity professor Manuel Pastor, was released last Wednesday and showed that even though greenhouse gas emissions have decreased overall in California, many industries have actually increased their localized carbon footprints.Common pollutants include particulate matter such as PM10, which has been linked to asthma, cancer, lung disease and heart disease. Such illnesses can be costly, both in terms of medical care and income lost due to missed days of work. Since the report states that communities who live within 2.5 miles of a greenhouse gas-emitting facility have a far higher proportion of low-income people of color, these already at-risk populations are faced with an additional threat to their health.“Often, marginalized or impoverished communities are experiencing other socioeconomic challenges simultaneously,” said Monalisa Chatterjee, a professor of environmental sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. “In this case, these communities are located in close proximity to industrial activities with high pollution levels because of limited affordability and any increase in these pollutants immediately increases their exposure.”California chose to implement the cap-and-trade program in 2013 as a means of reducing emissions. This means that every year the state sets a cap on the amount of emissions that all greenhouse gas emitting facilities must conform to. However, if the facility emits less than its allotted amount, it is allowed to trade the remainder to another company for a profit.One possible reason for the localized increase is a loophole that makes use of offsets — a system whereby a polluting industry can offset its pollution in California by participating and investing in greenhouse gas emission-reduction projects. These reductions are added to the industry’s total in order to meet its target emission rates. However, according to the report, 76 percent of offset credits were generated outside of California. This means that even though these greenhouse gas-emitting facilities are meeting their reduction targets, they continue to pollute their immediate vicinities, increasing the risk of health complications for nearby residents.In California, the cap on greenhouse gas emissions has been dropping annually. In 2006, the target was to reach 1990 levels of emissions by 2020, a target that was recently updated to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. While these goals may be attainable at the statewide scale, Environmental Student Assembly Co-Director Joshua Blockstein said that government leaders must not ignore those who are being directly affected by pollutants in their homes, with nowhere else to go.“It’s a shame that these already challenged communities continue to be impacted by pollution,” Blockstein said. “For residents in lower-income neighborhoods, the harmful health effects of pollution can make it even more challenging to improve their quality of life and living situation.”Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a statewide deal that freed up hundreds of millions of dollars from the cap-and-trade program to be used in the fight against greenhouse emissions. Out of some $900 million, $140 million will be channeled into helping disadvantaged communities combat local climate change. However, the exact strategies were not specified and it is currently unknown how the money might be used to reduce the effect of pollutants on residents.“Systematic evaluation of climate change policy and its impact beyond the process of global warming is very important in getting it right,” Chatterjee said. “We do not want to solve a problem by creating another problem that reduces the quality of our lives and ecosystems in the long run.”last_img read more