Tourist film “Magic Cordoba” won the Grand Prix at the Zagreb Tourfilm Festival

first_imgIn Zagreb, at the 9th International Tourist Film Festival, Zagreb Tourfilm festival, otherwise a full member of CIFFT – International Association of Tourist Film Festivals, organized Balduci film, awards were given to the best films from 41 countries, from Brazil, USA, China, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Austria, France, etc.  This year, the festival was not held in the usual way, with many guests from the country and the world in a cheerful atmosphere, but due to the situation with the corona virus, it was held without audiences and classic film screenings, while films from the official competition were seen on social media.  An international jury headed by the President of the Jury John Driedonsk from the Netherlands, awarded the prize for the best film of the festival – the Grand Prix to the Spanish film MAGIC CORDOBA. center_img Magic Cordoba from Filmservice International on Vimeo . There were also several Croatian films in the competition, which won significant awards. The awards went to the Rijeka Tourist Board RIJEKA and MISS YOU, Kaštela Tourist Board entitled KAŠTELA – SEVEN REASONS TO VISIT, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board CENTRAL DALMATIA – A DREAM WAITING FOR YOU, Zagreb Tourist Board film “ZAGREB LOVES YOU”, and Croatian National Tourist Board “CROATIA YOUR NEXT FILMING DESTINATION”. See the list of all winners in the attachment:last_img read more

‘Alive but sort of dead’: Retailers to see slow recovery despite restrictions easing

first_imgThe government’s decision to gradually lift the PSBB has allowed shopping malls to re-open their doors and retailers to go back to business, albeit in a limited way and with strict health protocols.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto signed on June 19 a decree on health guidelines for public facilities, including hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. Such establishments are obliged to provide hand sanitizers in public spaces, clean these areas with disinfectant at least three times a day and maintain proper ventilation.It is mandatory for both employees and guests to undergo temperature checks and wear face masks in these areas. Meanwhile, the 50 percent cap on venue capacity that has been widely used by businesses is not included in the decree, which instead has a 1-meter social-distancing rule.Pilarmas Investindo Sekuritas equity analyst Maximilianus Nico Demus also said on Thursday that the malls’ re-opening might not necessarily boost retailers’ performance as the COVID-19 pandemic had shown no sign of subsiding.“As long as the number of confirmed cases has yet to show signs of slowing down, consumers will prefer to save their money instead of going shopping,” he told The Jakarta Post over the phone.Indonesia recorded more than 1,200 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total infection number to over 50,100 with at least 2,600 deaths, official data show.Maximilianus believes the recovery in the retail companies’ performance might not happen before next year.“The recovery will start to happen if the spread of the virus declines, scientists find a vaccine for the virus or the government provides a huge fiscal and monetary stimulus package,” he said.Despite the bleak projection, some stocks have an advantage over other publicly listed retailers. “Retailers that have an established online presence can reap more advantages because customers will still have a shopping alternative,” Maximilianus said.Publicly listed retailer PT MAP Aktif Adiperkasa chief digital officer Amit Keswani seemed to be managing his company’s expectations, along with its parent company publicly listed PT Mitra Adiperkasa (MAP), about business prospects this year.“[The year] 2020 is about riding through it, continuing investment and connecting with our customers more closely. I don’t think we’ll start seeing 2019 numbers until 2021,” he said during an online discussion organized by the British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia on Tuesday.MAP Aktif sales jumped by 19.2 percent yoy to Rp 7.4 trillion (US$517.61 million) in 2019, while its net profits skyrocketed by 96.14 percent yoy to Rp 693.18 billion.Meanwhile, MAP recorded a 12.47 percent increase in sales to Rp 8.14 trillion last year with net profits of Rp 1.03 trillion, up by 6.8 percent yoy.Topics : “In stark contrast to the minimum-to-no visits to durable goods, besides F&B [food and beverages] stores, people are still rushing to supermarkets to buy basic necessities, while staying vigilant about maintaining their health by purchasing vitamins at drug stores.”The large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented in several regions, such as virus epicenters and business centers Jakarta, Bandung in West Java and Surabaya in East Java, forced retailers, factories and offices to shut down to contain the coronavirus spread, severely limiting demand as people stayed at home.Retail sales slumped by 7.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) in April, signaling weaker private consumption. Meanwhile, the trade, services and investment sector on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has recorded a 21.87 percent fall so far this year as investors have dumped such stocks. The main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), lost more than 22 percent of its value during the same period.Mirae equity analyst Christine Natasya in a research note on June 3 expected the retail sector to recover gradually starting the second half of this year following the government’s decision to postpone the Idul Fitri collective holiday to December. The holiday postponement was taken to prevent people from going on mudik (the Idul Fitri exodus) in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Easing mobility restrictions in various regions across Indonesia will not provide an instant boost to the country’s retail sector as wary consumers are expected to still limit their store visits amid a steady rise in COVID-19 cases, analysts have said.Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia economist Anthony Kevin found that customers did not immediately flock to shopping malls despite the reopening, adding that even those visiting malls still avoided durable goods stores.“Alive but sort of dead. This is what we thought when visiting several malls in Jakarta and Bekasi [in West Java] as we found that people are still holding back from visiting malls,” he wrote in a research note dated June 19.last_img read more

Call for UK regulator to act as media company scheme ‘dumped’

first_imgFrank Field MP“In particular, it would be helpful to have an explanation of why it was not possible to find a solution that would have avoided the pension scheme entering the PPF.“It is difficult to understand why it is possible for JPIMedia to acquire the business, no doubt in the expectation of generating a profit from it, but without taking any responsibility for its pension scheme.“Might I ask whether, in the light of this and similar cases, you consider that adequate protections are in place to prevent schemes being dumped on the PPF, at cost to pensioners and levy-payers?”A TPR spokesman said it would work with the PPF and administrators “to understand the circumstances surrounding the sale and its implications for the Johnston Press Pension Plan and its members at this challenging time”.He added: “Our role at this stage is to assess the terms of the sale of the business to ensure the pension scheme has been treated appropriately. We continue to work closely with the scheme trustee and the PPF.”A spokeswoman for the PPF said it anticipated a formal notice from the company “soon”, and emphasised that scheme members’ benefits were protected.Deficit pressuresJohnston Press’s board put the company up for sale in October as it struggled to finance a £220m debt payment due by 1 June 2019.Its pension scheme was 92% funded with a £47.2m deficit at the end of 2017, according to the company’s latest annual report.Johnston Press has been paying an annual deficit reduction contribution since 2014 as part of a recovery plan agreed with the trustee board. This contribution was £10.6m in 2017 and was due to increase by 3% a year until 2024.An updated formal actuarial valuation was supposed to have been signed off by 31 March 2017, but the company and trustee board missed this deadline, citing “ongoing discussions”.The annual report stated: “The trustees and the plan’s advisers have met with TPR and had regular conference call updates over the course of the year to keep TPR updated on the progress of the discussions.” “It is clear from Johnston Press’s annual reports that it has been engaged in active discussions with the Pensions Regulator for some time now,” Field said. “Might I ask you please to provide the committee with a detailed description of the Pensions Regulator’s involvement to date with Johnston Press? A politician has challenged the UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) to explain how a media company was able to be bought out of bankruptcy but offload its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme.Frank Field, chair of the UK parliament’s Work and Pensions Select Committee, wrote to TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb yesterday after Johnston Press – publisher of several local and regional newspapers – went into administration.The company was immediately bought by a consortium of bondholders, known as JPIMedia, but as it was officially declared insolvent its £561.4m (€631.5m) is expected to enter the Pension Protection Fund’s (PPF) assessment period. At the time of writing, the PPF had not been formally notified of the insolvency, a spokeswoman for the lifeboat scheme said.In his letter, Field challenged TPR over whether there were sufficient measures in place to stop schemes from being “dumped on the PPF”.last_img read more

REVEALED: What we want in a home according to our clicks

first_img“Waterfront” is very popular in our real estate searches.One curious omission from the top 10 was something that many Queenslanders would consider a necessity, airconditioning. “That may not be a keyword search because I think a lot of people have just come to expect it,” Ms Hetherington said. “Shed” was the 10th most searched term, which she said could be because they were more popular a generation ago, but current real estate buyers favoured indoor living. Top ten Queensland real estate keywords.When they moved in seven years ago only a handful of their neighbours had a pool, but today, all except two of the houses in the street have their own pool. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“I think it is a family thing, and Coorparoo has a lot of families,” she said. She is selling her home, but she is certain that her next home will have to have a pool. Director and buyers’ agent at Property Pursuit, Meighan Hetherington, said although pools were heavily searched for, they were not always an advantage when it came time to sell.“People are entirely invested in having a pool or not having a pool,” Ms Hetherington said.“It is either ‘we have to have a pool’ or ‘I don’t want to have a pool because of the maintenance’.” Adding a pool, she said, might attract the type of buyer that has to have one but it may not increase the value of the property. Other common search terms were “waterfront”, “granny flat”, “dual living”, “view”, “furnished” and “duplex”.“Nras”, which is short for the National Rental Affordability Scheme, a federal government program to subsidise rents for lower to middle income workers was the second highest search term. Sally Bird believes a backyard pool is essential in Queensland, and the data backs her up. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Queensland’s love affair with the suburban backyard swimming pool shows no sign of ending, at least according to what we search for when looking at homes online.Data from realestate.com.au reveals that we are a picky bunch when it comes to looking for a home, with pools at the top of the list. “Pool” was the most common keyword for people looking at property to rent and buy in Queensland in searches on realestate.com.au in the six months to May 31. And with warm weather across much of the year, the simple backyard (or frontyard, or rooftop) swimming pool might be that luxury that thousands of Queenslanders cannot imagine themselves living without. Coorparoo resident Sally Bird said a swimming pool was essential when she was looking for a home for their family. “Everyone said to me ‘don’t get a pool’ because it cost so much to maintain,” Ms Bird said. But with solar panels on the roof and simple water testing available at shops like Bunnings, she had not found the pool to be costly nor a chore. “It takes five minutes to clean,” she said. center_img Sheds might not be as popular with millenials as they were with Baby Boomers.last_img read more

Udinese chief: Premier League will cancel rest of season

first_imgPremier League will follow Belgium’s top tier and cancel the rest of its season, according to Udinese sporting director Pierpaolo Marino. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature Look With Liverpool 25 points clear atop the table, the Premier League was suspended last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, the league announced that its suspension would continue indefinitely. Many leagues around the world have been brought to a standstill, with Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League having cancelled the rest of its campaign and awarded the title to leaders Club Brugge. Marino, whose club are owned by Giampaolo Pozzo – the father of Watford owner Gino, believes England will do likewise. “The Belgian Federation has already sanctioned the end of their league, despite the threats of sanctions from UEFA,” Marino told Sportitalia. “In England, the Premier League is about to release a similar statement, because the situation there is becoming very, very serious. I frankly just hope we can enjoy football again after the coronavirus. “It doesn’t matter how long it takes, we need to get out of this danger zone. I am worried for the next seasons, not the old one.” Marino could eventually be proven correct, as FA chairman Greg Clarke admitted on Tuesday that it may not be possible to complete the 2019-20 campaign. “We are committed to finishing the professional football season as this resolves the issues of promotion and relegation together with title winners on merit,” Clarke told the FA’s official website. “However, we may not be able to finish the season as football is not our priority, human life is, and we will do as the government directs as the pandemic unfolds.” Should the Premier League season be ended prematurely there will be questions as to whether Liverpool will be declared champions, with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently holding a near-unassailable lead. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin offered some good news for Reds fans on Tuesday, saying he can see “no way” Liverpool will be denied the title whether the season is completed or not. “I see no way for Liverpool to stay untitled. If the championship resumes, they will almost certainly win it – theoretically, it has not yet reached the guaranteed level, but it is practically close,” the UEFA chief told Slovenian publication Ekipa. read also:EPL clubs ask players to take 30% wage cut amid COVID-19 crisis “However, if it could not be played, it would also be necessary to announce the results in some way and find some key on how the champions should be determined. And, of course, again I do not see a scenario in which that would not be Liverpool,” Ceferin added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Lambert set for Liverpool medical

first_imgSouthampton striker Rickie Lambert is expected to undergo a medical at Liverpool on Saturday after the two clubs agreed a fee for the England international. Press Association Sport understands the Reds will pay an initial £4million for the player with the possibility of further add-ons, although reports of the deal costing £9million are wide of the mark. If everything goes to plan Lambert will travel to Merseyside after England’s friendly with Peru at Wembley on Friday night and could be confirmed a Liverpool player as early as Monday. Merseyside-born Lambert will provide some much-needed back-up to frontline strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and, having fought his way through the divisions to earn a World Cup call, he will relish the chance to return to the club which he left as a teenager after failing to make the grade from their academy. Manager Brendan Rodgers’ interest in Lambert came out of left-field while he was pursuing deals for the striker’s Saints team-mates Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. Lallana was seen as the primary target to bolster the Reds’ midfield, with Lovren less so for the centre of defence, but Lambert looks like being the first through the door at Anfield in what is expected to be a busy summer as they look to strengthen ahead of a return to the Champions League. Liverpool have made a bid, reported to be in the region of £16million, for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno but are still in negotiations with the Europa League winners. Press Association Sport understands further talks with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can over the weekend are likely to give a clearer idea of whether the Germany Under-21 international will also move to Merseyside. Although there is a buy-out clause of about £10million which Liverpool are willing to meet, the player’s wage demands are proving a significant stumbling block. However, what interest the club had in Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to provide competition for Simon Mignolet has cooled and they are no longer considering the Dutchman as a viable target. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Palm Beach County

first_imgThe National Weather Service in Miami has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Eastern Palm Beach County in Southeastern Florida until 4:30 p.m.“60 MPH Wind Gusts, NWS reports.Locations impacted include West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach.CBS12 reported a Significant Weather Advisory for northeast Palm Beach until 4 p.m., with hail, gusty wind and funnel clouds possible as these storms move east at 10 mph.Click here for live updates.last_img

Test matches in England could be cut from five to four days under ECB plans

first_imgBy Nick HoultTHE traditional five-day Test, which has been a feature of the English summer for nearly 70 years, will end in 2020 if the England & Wales Cricket Board(ECB) successfully argues for the introduction of four-day matches.The ECB is leading the push for Test matches to be reduced to four days after the 2019 Ashes summer, believing it is the best way to breathe new life into the game’s oldest format and is confident it has the support of broadcasters and host grounds.A four-day Test would start in England half an hour earlier at 10.30am to give teams more time to bowl the increased number of overs in a day and with all venues now having floodlights, play would be extended where possible.Sources have told Telegraph Sport the ECB will put its weight behind the switch to four-day Tests at the next board meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in New Zealand in October, which will discuss the ongoing restructuring of the game and introduction of a Test championship in 2020.The ECB’s support for four-day Test cricket will alarm traditionalists, who already feel the game is being squeezed by too much Twenty20 with the introduction of a new league in England in two years’ time.Reducing Test matches to four days will help the ECB and other boards schedule their domestic Twenty20 leagues and ease the workload on players.It is understood the ECB’s new broadcast deal does not guarantee Test matches will be scheduled for five days, removing one potential obstacle for change.A shift to four-day Tests would enable the ECB to guarantee Thursday starts for each match, which is the preferred option for Test match grounds as it allows them to maximise corporate income.Next summer, England and India are squeezing a five-match Test series into seven weeks, forcing Trent Bridge to host a game that starts on Saturday, making the sale of corporate hospitality boxes very difficult.Test matches have been scheduled over five days since 1973. A series that year between New Zealand and Pakistan was the last to be played over four days.But South Africa announced last week it plans to play a four-day Test starting on Boxing Day against Zimbabwe and the ICC are set to give it approval at its October board meeting.More experiments with four days are expected around the world over the next 12 months as the initiative gathers momentum. (Telegraph)last_img read more