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Valamar Riviera has signed a purchase agreement on the acquisition of the Petersbühel 4 * hotel in Austria, and the acquisition of the hotel in Obertauren represents an important step in expanding the company’s business outside Croatia. The hotel has 80 accommodation units and is in a great location in the winter tourist destination of Obertauren. Austria is a significant tourist country for holiday tourism with a number of potential synergies for Croatian tourist companies and is therefore a logical choice to start internationalizing. Željko Kukurin, President of the Management Board of Valamar Riviere and added “Internationalization of business is one of the key strategic goals of the company’s development in the coming period, and this is an important step in expanding the company’s business outside Croatia. Austria has a developed holiday tourism, especially in winter, and represents a logical first step in expanding beyond Croatia, given the projected synergies in employment, operational management and emitting markets that are very similar to those we have in summer. I believe that this is the beginning of the development of Valamar’s new business model, which will further raise the company’s value for shareholders, but also create added value for other company stakeholders.” Kukurin concluded.Valamar is recognized as a top employer in tourism with 6.600 employees, and in its 33 hotels and resorts and 15 camping resorts along the Adriatic coast – from Istria and Kvarner to Dubrovnik – it can accommodate about 57.000 guests a day.
Clinton paved the way for Donald Trump to weather the “Access Hollywood” video, for Franken and Conyers to get away with their allegedserial groping, and now for Moore to possibly become the next U.S. senator from Alabama.As for Alabama’s Republican majority, they are left with horrible choices. Some will choke down their bile and vote for Moore to stop a far-left Democrat from taking Alabama’s Senate seat.Others will enthusiastically vote for Moore, believing the lie that the charges against him are all part of some “vast left-wing conspiracy.” Others simply won’t vote at all. This much is certain: They are in this terrible position because of the death of shame in America.For that, we can thank one man: Bill Clinton.Marc A. Thiessen is a fellow with the American Enterprise Institute and former chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush. For Clinton, it worked like a charm. He forced his supporters to choose between power and principle – knowing full well that power would win out.The feminist movement – the very people who should have been championing Clinton’s victims – instead sided with him. Gloria Steinem beclowned herself in a notorious 1998 New York Times op-ed where she attackedClinton’s accusers, made excuses for his deceit and made light of his crimes.All 45 Senate Democrats voted to acquit Clinton in his impeachment trial.Today, with the cavalcade of revelations of sexual transgressions by politicians and celebrities, some Democrats are expressing belated regret that their party rallied around Clinton.Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who occupies Senate seat that Hillary Clinton once held, now says that Bill Clinton should have resigned. Isn’t that convenient?Now that the Clinton political machine is finally defunct, liberals come forward to condemn him? How courageous. Categories: Editorial, OpinionPity poor Alabama voters.On December 12, they must choose between a radical pro-abortion Democrat and an alleged sex predator who has been accused of pursuing and molesting teenage girls. There is no good choice in that equation, and Alabamians should not have to make it. In an earlier era, Roy Moore either would have done the honorable thing out of his own sense of shame or would have been forced to step down so by state party leaders. Instead, he is staying in the race – with the full complicity of Alabama Republican leaders who have defended Moore and attacked his victims.In refusing to step down, Moore is executing a playbook written three decades ago by the 42nd President, Bill Clinton.During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Clinton figured out that if you have no shame and ignore calls to resign, you can survive any scandal.All you have to do is lie repeatedly (“there is nothing going on between us”) and show no remorse when you are caught doing so.When more women come forward with more allegations, deny them, too, and create just enough doubt that your supporters will feel justified sticking with you.Blame your opponents for conducting a political witch hunt to run you out of office.If the evidence becomes overwhelming, then admit “a critical lapse in judgment” but declare it is time “to move on” because “we have important work to do.” More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Liberals not only allowed Bill Clinton to survive; but in his post-presidency, they made him into a Democratic icon – feting him at party conventions and nominating his wife for the White House, hoping to recapture the old Clinton magic.Clinton gambled that Americans would eventually forget his misdeeds. And he was right. He paid no lasting political price for his serial sexual misconduct. Moore is following the Clinton plan to the hilt: Deny the accusations, blame his opponents for carrying out a witch hunt and make his supporters complicit in his misdeeds through their disgusting rationalizations.“You can’t be a victim 40 years later,” said Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry, R, channeling his inner Gloria Steinem. “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter.They became the parents of Jesus,” Alabama state auditor Jim Zeigler blasphemously declared. Bill Clinton’s legacy was to teach a generation of politicians that shame is for losers. After all, Moore is not alone.Across the aisle, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Sen. Al Franken , D-Minn., are also betting that if they just hang on, Americans will forget and they too can survive.
Luxury watch brand Hublot is now sponsoring WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather.Hublot has officially named Floyd as its “Ambassador” and he fought with the Hublot brand on his trunks against Manny Pacquiao in the richest fight in boxing history on Saturday night in Las Vegas.CEO Ricardo Guadalupe said it’s a tremendous honor and a privilege being allied with Floyd Mayweather, stating that his historic achievements were fulfilled with patience and commitment – great characteristics to represent this magnificent brand.
“But the next game is coming, and all of them are really important for us,” said the manager, with Liverpool facing Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday before next weekend’s Merseyside derby with Everton.– ‘Credit to the analysts’ – Coutinho’s 87th minute free-kick effectively killed off the game, with the former Inter Milan player drilling a low shot under the defensive wall after the Brighton defenders jumped in anticipation of a chipped effort.Klopp revealed the goal was down to thorough work by Liverpool’s s video analysis team.“I love goals like the free-kick. It was a credit to the analysts. They see something like this in the video meeting. But you have to have the ability to do this.”For Brighton this was their first home defeat since they lost to Manchester City on the opening day of the season.But Brighton manager Chris Hughton said Liverpool were the most impressive side to visit the Amex Stadium so far this season.“Up with Man City, Liverpool are the best offensively in the division. They’ve got pace and that’s the hardest thing to deal with.“We’ve been good so far and this was our toughest test. We’ve fallen short and they’re now aware of what can happen. Occasionally, we are going to get days like this. Importantly, it’s about how we bounce back.”Hughton added: “We were too naive and we haven’t been like that against anybody. We got served a lesson today and we need to learn from that.”Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool boss Jurgen KloppBrighton, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool’s immediate target is to establish themselves in the top four of the Premier League before they start looking towards leaders Manchester City.Klopp’s side confirmed their recent progress with a 5-1 win away to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. It was Liverpool’s fifth win in six league matches, with one draw, since their 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.The Reds’ success on the south coast left Liverpool in fourth place, a point ahead of Arsenal following the Gunners’ 3-1 loss at home to Manchester United in Saturday’s late kick-off.Liverpool’s latest win typified the attacking strength that has delivered 25 goals in the last eight games in all competitions, a tally that has drawn comparisons with Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring City side.“In our calmer moments we played good football,” said Liverpool manager Klopp. “I don’t know if you can compare us to Manchester City but we are a really good football team and we know that.“But we need to carry on, that’s the most important thing,” the German added.“It’s important that it’s good because we need the points, and we want to stay as close as possible to the teams in front of us.“We cannot get them immediately because they obviously win a lot of games as well, but we want to be as close as possible to them,” said Klopp, whose side could end the weekend 14 points adrift of City if Guardiola’s men beat West Ham on Sunday. Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah led Liverpool’s attack with Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke held in reserve on the bench.Firmino scored twice after Emre Can had put Liverpool ahead and Coutinho added the fourth after a Glenn Murray penalty had brought Brighton back into the game before the Brazilian’s shot was turned into his own goal by Lewis Dunk.“The next game is coming, and all of the forwards are really important for us. It’s cool to have these options,” Klopp said.
Facebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by On Q FinancialWhen faced with the idea of purchasing a home, we have choices. We choose what area of Thurston County suits us and our families best, which real estate broker fits our personality and needs, and who to trust to handle the financing aspect of the transaction. The emphasis and importance on your mortgage has never been bigger, and working with the right Mortgage Consultant can change your entire experience.Chris Johns helps local home buyers navigate the process of purchasing a new home. He enjoys all our area has to offer with his family, seen here.It is quite common for me to get a phone call or e-mail from a real estate broker working with a buyer that has obtained a pre-approval letter from out of state or an ‘internet’ type lender. Most of the top real estate brokers that I work with in the Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater areas understand that a pre-approval letter from an out of state lender can very often hurt the client’s ability to get an offer accepted. Both the online and the out of state loan officers are often less experienced in the industry, unfamiliar with County building codes and local guidelines, and unable to meet with you face to face. All of these factors go into making their process more cumbersome, complicated, and stressful.Today, financing is the #1 key and most essential element in executing a home purchase transaction. My experience shows that listing agents will hesitate to advise their seller clients to accept a buyer’s offer when a pre-approval is provided by an unknown or out of area lending entity.For the consumer, the perception of doing a pre-approval on-line is that it’s easier and faster. The true reality is that a very high percentage of all loans done in America are underwritten to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae guidelines. Any lender executing these loans will follow the same guidelines with only minor variances on guidelines, and will need to collect the same financial documentation. The major difference, and most crucial piece of a purchase transaction, is the assortment of issues that can and do arise on nearly every transaction. Experienced mortgage loan officers anticipate these issues.Common hiccups that occur during a purchase include:Source of down payment changesIncorrect tax returns submitted by buyerThe appraisal comes in lower than anticipatedHealth and safety items need to be repairedBorrower no longer qualifies because of a late information additionIRS verification comes back a mismatchLarge deposits into accounts can’t be sourcedChris Johns enjoys the educational aspect of his role as a mortgage consultant, which includes helping clients understand their options.Another important factor that should not be overlooked is, a great mortgage consultant will be your lender for life. When you work with a local lender you will find a financial ally that cares not only about closing on time, but also plans to be there for you long term. Effective mortgage consultants want to help you manage your home loan into the future just as a financial planner manages your portfolio. A mortgage is often the biggest debt most people will incur in a lifetime and you should have a single, trusted mortgage advisor available to you now and 10 years from now.Question: How do you get your home offer accepted by the seller and assure that your loan will close on time?Answer: By acquiring your home loan through an experienced problem solver who can be your local advocate to walk you through the process. A local mortgage consultant with years of experience is the key to a successful and stress free home buying experience.The material provided is for information and educational purposes. These programs are available only to qualified borrowers. Programs are subject to change without notice. Some restrictions may apply.On Q Financial, Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender
Throughout the KIJHL season The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr will take a capsule look at the players on the Nelson Leafs hockey club.Today we focus on California-native Nick Newman, who is not one of the traditional hockey players Leaf fans have seen go through the Green and White dressing room over the years. If fans see Nick Newman strum his hockey stick like a guitar to celebrate his next goal, please don’t be alarmed.Because it’s not the sound of the surf off the California coast this 6-foot, 180-pound American-born hockey player misses.It’s the sound of his guitar or harmonica or piano or time spent doodling Newman chooses to occupy idle time when he’s not burning up the ice for the Nelson Leafs.“I like all kinds of music . . . I guess especially classic rock,” Newman said during the recent off-weekend the Leaf enjoyed.“I like to play my guitar or my harmonica and write my own music.”Newman is not your traditional Canadian hockey player who eats, sleeps and breathes the sport — although Newman does possess a love for the pond game.Instead he enjoyed a love for music at a young age that mirrored his time on the ice.“I’ve always liked hockey and I guess my goal is to play (U.S.) college, hockey,” explained the native of Santa Clarita, California, the fourth largest city Los Angeles Country.“But after hockey I’d probably like to do something like combining music with that of a conception artist.”“My family works in film industry so I have all the connections,” added the 18-year-old Newman. “Something in visual affects, working for Pixar (animation studios).”Newman has been one of the pleasant surprises for Leaf coach Frank Maida.Arriving during training camp via the Vernon Vipers of the B.C. Hockey League, Newman has managed to help stabilize a scoring attack that lost its top scorer when Patrick Martens bolted for Junior A hockey.“I was scouted by the Vernon Vipers, who really liked me and had been watching me over the past few years at various tournaments,” Newman explained. “I was sent here to Nelson via (former Leaf coach) Chris Shaw who is now with Vernon.”Newman, the oldest of two sons for Tina and David Newman of Saugus, California, started hockey when he was three years old after witnessing a Los Angeles Kings game on television.He graduated through the minor hockey ranks to the Los Angeles Junior Kings U-18 team.However, the transition to the Canadian game did not come as easy as fans may think.“(The KIJHL) definitely is very different,” said Newman, tied for second in team scoring, two points behind leader Colton Schell. “A lot of people disagree with me but I feel Canadian hockey is more aggressive and physical.”“For me the way I play is a lot more on the skill side of the game, like European hockey where there’s a lot more flow to the game . . . it’s not very physical.”The transition to Canadian hockey was slow for Newman, who feels it took him 15 games to get adjusted.“I had no time or space to do anything,” said Newman, who’s mother Tina is a production executive for Disney and father, David, a freelance cinematographer. “But I’ve been able to adjust to it and I actually like it better . . . I think it’s more fun.”The crazy schedule that saw Nelson Leaf players fall quicker than timber at a mountain logging show has seen Newman playing with a host of different wingers.The influx of new line mates has not slowed Newman on the ice as the centerman has only been held off the score sheet in five of 26 games this season.“I honestly believe our team is the best in the league even though we haven’t played like it of late,” said Newman, liking the fact there no true one line on the Leafs but four equally skilled sets. “We kind of got on a high after we started beating everyone early in the season but injuries really set us back.“But we’ve been winning a lot lately so I think we’ve turned it around.”Newman & Company have just the opportunity to prove to all the league Nelson is the team to beat when the club faces a tough part of the schedule beginning Friday at the NDCC Arena against the Castlegar Rebels.The game is the first of two in December against the second-place Rebels.There is also a two-game set against Beaver Valley, the second overall team in the KIJHL and the always-tough Spokane Braves.“(Head coach) Frank (Maida) is putting a lot of importance on these next games coming up,” said Newman, scoring 17 times this season.“We were going to have the weekend off but since these big games are coming up he’s making us stay in shape by running and biking and working out.”And when he’s not running or biking there’s always time to clear the head by strumming on his guitar, with pen or pencil in hand.Nick Newman Fast Facts Age: 18Born: Santa Clarita, CalifHometown: Saugus, Calif.Height: six feetWeight: 180 poundsShoots: leftFavourite Pre-game meal: Eggs & ToastFavourite Hockey Player: Dustin Brown, L.A. KingsFavourite NHL Team: Los Angeles KingsFavourite Music: Likes all music, classic rockHobbies other than hockey: Art & music, plays guitar, harmonica, piano, writes own musicFuture Goal: Scholarship to U.S. College Hockey Team and continue pursuing music and art email@example.com
The Fernie Falcons held off a late charge to edge the L.V. Rogers Bombers 38-37 in the final of the West Kootenay Rumble High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday at the Mount Sentinel Gymnasium.Vinnie Watson missed the second of a two-shot foul allowing the Falcons to hold off Bombers.“It wasn’t to be,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.“The Fernie Falcons were crowned champions of the 2014 West Kootenay Rumble.”The tournament, hosted by LVR and Mount Sentinel Wildcats, attracted teams from the Okanagan and Kootenays.Trailing by four points in the final minute, LVR point guard Robby Dixon was able to cut the margin to two points thanks to a baseline jumper.Fernie missed two free throws on the offensive end and LVR had one last possession to tie.The Bombers then ran an isolation play for Dixon who faked a shot and handed off to Vinnie Watson in the post who was fouled in the act of shooting with 1.7 seconds left in regulation, putting LVR on the line with an opportunity to tie.Watson, LVR’s player of the game in the final, converted the first foul shot but missed the second. LVR gained the rebound but with time running out failed to convert the basket.Watson who played the majority of the game, led LVR in scoring with nine points.Dixon and Josh Matosevic, injured during the game, each netted eight points while Jake Anderson and Eamon Studer both chipped in six points.LVR, without the services of starter Kai Shave due to illness, opened the tournament by stopping Prince Charles Comets of Creston 60-39 Friday afternoon in front of the student body.The Bombers held period leads of 16-4, 32-17 at half, 47-23 after three quarters.Matosevic picked apart the PCSS zone defense with 22 points while Studer had nine points and both Dixon and Watson each netted eight points.LVR advanced to the final by blasting Heritage Christian School Saints of Kelowna 66-43.LVR jumped to a 17-9 lead after one quarter before going up 34-18 at the half.Dixon garnered player of the game accolades with 20 points, while Matosevic netted 18 points.Grade 10 Watson was in tough against the Saints size but managed to chip in nine points.Studer and Darian Johnson rounded off the scoring contributions with eight and seven points, respectively.Despite the win, LVR had no answer for the Saints’ smooth-shooting Sam Belli who netted 21 points.The Bombers return to action Thursday when the team travels to Trail to meet the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks.
To celebrate the NBA Finals, Chipotle has announced it will give away $1 million worth of free burritos.Want to score one? You’ll need to listen closely during the basketball games and keep your smartphone at hand.Here’s the deal: Every time one of the official broadcast announcers — the principal play-by-play announcer, color commentator or sideline reporter — mentions the word “free” during the games, Chipotle will Tweet a code good for one free entree.But you’ll have to be as quick to …
The federal government has quietly given a subsidiary of East Coast business giant J.D. Irving Ltd. more than $40 million in funding that an expert says could have trade implications for the New Brunswick firm.Atlantic Wallboard LP received the so-called conditionally repayable contributions between 2006 and 2012 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) under a much-vaunted shipyard redevelopment fund.However, records obtained by The Canadian Press through an access-to-information request show that the company, which makes gypsum wallboard products commonly called drywall, has not been required to repay at least $35 million.In all, Atlantic Wallboard has repaid just over half a million dollars — or 1.3 per cent of the total loans.The funding represents a polarizing approach to economic development that critics dismiss as handouts for private companies, while proponents argue it spurs investments and creates jobs.Both Irving and ACOA say the company has met all the financing conditions, exceeding its investment requirements and creating a sustainable, long-term business.But an economics expert says the federal agency used “murky language” by calling the money conditionally repayable to describe what is effectively a subsidy.Ian McAllister, who headed the regional development unit of the federal Finance Department in the early 1970s, questioned whether it was a manoeuvre to skirt trade rules.“It’s what I might call deliberate obscurity to try to not break the rules,” said the retired Dalhousie University economics professor. “ACOA and the Irvings may not want clarity because it then puts them in a confrontational situation with the U.S. government.”McAllister added: “With NAFTA renegotiations at the moment, it’s the last kind of thing they’d want to have out.”It’s a suggestion that Irving spokeswoman Mary Keith dismissed, noting that imports of gypsum wallboard from Canada are estimated to account for less than one per cent of U.S. consumption.The Saint John company, part of a conglomerate of forestry, shipbuilding and oil and gas companies founded in the late 1800s, is one of the newer branches of the Irving family enterprise.The company produces several types of wallboard under license to CGC Inc., a subsidiary of USG Corp., distributed in Canada and the northeastern United States.The roots of Atlantic Wallboard can be traced back to the early 2000s when Ottawa sought to reduce shipbuilding capacity in Atlantic Canada.Overcapacity had been a recurring problem for Canada’s shipyards, and between 1986 and 1993 the federal government provided nearly $200 million to spur an industry-led downsizing to curb capacity in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.In 2003, the federal government ponied up cash for the East Coast, saying it would provide up to $55 million to help redevelop the Saint John shipyard site.“The government made available a shipyard redevelopment fund if we committed to permanently close the shipyard and agreed not to build ships at the site for at least 15 years,” Keith said in an email. “The Atlantic Wallboard business was developed as a result of the closing of Saint John Shipbuilding and the federal government making available the shipyard redevelopment fund.”She said the program called for matching dollar-for-dollar investments — a requirement Irving has exceeded.“We have complied fully with all aspects of the shipyard redevelopment fund and the investment has created a long-term sustainable business,” Keith said. “The 10 year old conditionally repayable contribution (not a loan) was specific to the government of Canada’s shipyard rationalization program to address the economic hardship caused by the loss of the shipyard in Saint John (SJSL) which directly employed over 3,200 people at peak.”The gypsum wallboard manufacturing plant now employs 91 people, in addition to rail and truck workers who move the product to markets, she said.ACOA spokesman Robert Bourgeois said the first $35 million loan provided to Atlantic Wallboard in 2006 did not require repayment.“Repayment was based on the project achieving certain success factors or milestones during the life of the agreement,” he said by email. “The agreement terminated on November 28, 2015, when it reached its sunset date. No amounts were deemed repayable as the required milestones for repayment had not been achieved.”The following two conditionally repayable loans inked in 2011 and 2012 totalling $7.4 million remain active, with about $540,000 in principal repaid.“Atlantic Wallboard LP remains in compliance with the terms of the contribution agreements and ACOA continues to monitor the projects,” Bourgeois wrote, adding that “any repayment triggered indicates that the company has met the required milestones for repayment for those years of operation.”While $42 million is a substantial sum, it’s still less than a quarter of the $200 million Ottawa set aside to help curb shipyard capacity elsewhere — and a small fraction of the cash infusions provided to companies such as Bombardier Inc. or the auto sector in southern Ontario.“In the big picture, it’s peanuts,” McAllister said. “It’s a drop in the bucket.”He added that large companies like the McCains or Irvings have demonstrated entrepreneurial leadership in a depressed region, serving as “building blocks” for the economy.“That’s not to say they haven’t gotten away with more than they should have, but they’ve been good for the welfare of the region in a big economic way.”