The Allman Betts Band Launch World Tour At Brooklyn Bowl [Pro-Shot Video/Photo]

first_imgLoad remaining images “Welcome to the first-ever live show of the Allman Betts Band,” Devon Allman told the eager audience at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday night. Fans didn’t know what to expect: were Devon, son of Gregg, and Duane Betts, son of Dickey Betts, teaming up to cover their fathers’ classic tunes or to break new ground? It turned out to be some of both, and the overwhelming conclusion was these guys are for real on both fronts.The band’s lineage extends beyond the two front men to include Berry Oakley, Jr., son of the Allman Brothers Band’s original bassist. All three have been playing for years on their own and with various acts on the jamband scene. Last year, Duane, taking time off from Dawes, regularly sat in with The Devon Allman Project.In addition to a major tour with dates booked through the end of the year, the Allman Betts Band has recorded an album, Down to the River, scheduled for June release. Chuck Leavell and Peter Levin appeared on the album, but veteran jambander John Ginty is handling keyboards on tour. Guitarist John Stachela is a welcome addition, a slide guitar superstar who’s among the very best. With such depth of talent on stage, the band quickly found its footing with original material to open the show.No one was clamoring for “Whipping Post,” but the first of the Allman classics, “Blue Sky,” received a rousing welcome. Devon took to acoustic guitar for “Multi-Colored Lady” as a tribute to his parents. “I lost both my mother and father in the past two years,” he said. “This is the song my Dad wrote for my mother.”Among the many highlights were a soulful take on “Seven Turns” and an energetic cover of “Purple Rain,” with songstress Jessica Lynn joining the band. The set closed with an extended version of “Dreams” before the band returned for encores that included “Good Ol’ Days” from the new album and Berry Oakley, Jr. taking the mic on a lively “Shakedown Street.”We would be remiss if we didn’t offer a shoutout to The Mallet Brothers, the pride of Maine, for a terrific opening set that not only got the crowd primed but had music fans visiting the band’s merch table to learn more. Check out the Allman Betts Band’s website for upcoming shows in your area. Their first show was way beyond our expectations, and things are just getting started.The Allman Betts Band – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY – 3/27/19[Video: Relix]Allman Betts Band | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 3/27/19 |Photos: Lou Montesano Photo: Lou Montesanolast_img read more

West End Urinetown Star Jenna Russell on Her Stage Spill & More

first_img How did you get this role? I’ve known Jamie for years because he assisted Michael Grandage on Guys and Dolls, so we knew each other from then and we had been wanting to work together. But it was Soutra Gilmour who designed Merrily and then Urinetown who told me this was happening and it went from there. I went along to audition and my voice was really down in my boots because I’d been doing Merrily, which was quite hard vocally, so I screeched my way through the audition. Welcome back to the West End for the first time since Merrily We Roll Along—and in another American musical! I know, and one that I also actually saw in New York. I was there [in 2002] for my first visit as a grown-up seeing my friend Johnny Cake in Medea. I had lunch with Michael John LaChiusa who told me to get my bum down to the theater to see it. So I did even though I didn’t know anything about the show, and I just loved it. What about the piece did you respond to? I remember just laughing at the bravery of it—it felt so fresh and brave. And if you know your musicals, you can hear how clever [the creators] have been pastiching everything from West Side Story to Les Miserables to Kurt Weill. At the same time, what’s great is that you don’t need to be a musical theater fan to still get the fact that the numbers are great. In the meantime, you’re leaving Urinetown early because you already have your next job! I know, and it usually never happens like that, does it? After I finished Into the Woods [in Regent’s Park in 2010] I couldn’t get arrested for a year and a half. But, yes, I’m leaving our show at the end of November to begin rehearsals for the play Di and Viv and Rose, which we open at the Vaudeville at the end of January. What has it been like working with Jonathan Slinger as Officer Lockstock and the rest of this eclectic cast? I mean, here we have one of our greatest Shakespearean actors bringing to this musical a twinkle but a very dark, knowing twinkle. I think I speak for all of us when I say that this was one of the happiest rehearsal periods I have ever had: Jamie totally understands the need for actors to play around and be ridiculous at times. It’s like someone said: he lets you play with all the toys in the box and then gradually takes away the ones you don’t need. Yes, and I think what [director] Jamie Lloyd’s current production brings out is how serious the piece is at the same time. Absolutely. The show is funny and witty but it does pose some serious questions or as far as you can do so in the musical form. The thing is, the world is not a happy place and people do get bumped off if they stick their heads above the parapet. I love the fact that we’re out there every night talking about these things and offering an exciting take on a well-trodden form. I read that you fell off the stage during previews? I did, though I was fine if a little shaken. It was weird: I’ve been performing for 33 years so you sort of feel like you know what you’re doing and then I slipped and fell backwards and grabbed hold of the lighting rig. Luckily, I didn’t land on anyone, so no one was hurt in my attention-seeking moment [laughs]. Jenna Russell needs no introduction as a London musicals mainstay, with credits ranging from Sarah Brown in the Michael Grandage-directed Guys and Dolls to a range of Sondheim musicals that include Sunday in the Park with George (which she reprised on Broadway) and Merrily We Roll Along. Russell is back on the West End this fall leading the commercial transfer of Urinetown to the Apollo Theatre, playing tough-as-nails bathroom warden Penelope Pennywise. Broadway.com caught up with the ever-delightful Russell to talk being busy, lavatories, and taking a tumble during previews. It obviously worked since you got the part! Yes, Jamie smiled at me in an understanding manner and said, “Yeah, you got the job.” [Laughs.] View Comments Are there other American shows you have your eye on that have yet to come here? Gosh, well, I’d love to do Diana in Next to Normal. That’s such an extraordinary piece, and it would be great with Jamie directing and tapping into the deep sadness that the central female character has. I’d also love to do Grey Gardens. And I hear Pennywise was your audition to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd? I know, how camp is that? The thing with Sweeney is that was my introduction to Sondheim at age 14 and I’ve actually never seen a production of it because I didn’t want to know what anyone else has done. It’s become a little obsession of mine that I can’t see it because the show is in my head. Jamie actually said on Twitter that he would direct it, so I’m going to see if that’s legally binding: I’m going to photograph the tweet and send it to my lawyers [laughs]. And one of your co-stars, Samantha Spiro, previously played Mary in Grandage’s Merrily We Roll Along in the 2000 Donmar production. You know, I hadn’t thought about that. Maybe we should have a sing-off—or a Mary-off! It could get vicious. You play a lavatory attendant which prompts the inevitable question: Have you ever had to pay to pee? [Laughs.] What a great question! I have, I think, yes, at Victoria Station. And in France you have to pay to pee quite a lot. The thing is, I actually feel for poor Pennywise: can you imagine standing by urinals day in day out with that as your life? Pennywise’s big number, “It’s a Privilege to Pee,” comes near the beginning—what is it like to start off with such a bang? Nancy Opel [the role’s originator] has one of those extraordinary voices and I have to confess that in the beginning I was a bit scared: she’s just so impressive in terms of having a powerhouse voice that I thought, “I’ll have to do something else with the number and try and find other little ways around it.” I have this big burst at the beginning and then glug down a lot of water and get to breathe a little bit.last_img read more

Amuse chef named Top Chef of the Champlain Valley

first_imgShawn Calley, Executive Chef of Amuse at the Essex Resort & Spa was named Top Chef of the Champlain Valley at CVAA’s benefit to support Meals on Wheels. Calley went head to head against Donnell Collins of Leunig’s Bistro (2010 Top Chef winner) and Matt Birong of 3 Squares Cafe. Calley’s winning appetizer and entrée were a carrot bisque with local balsamic vinegar reduction and  rabbit quenelle (Vt. Quality rabbit done in fricassee style, lightly sautéed rabbit liver, kohlrabi julienne slaw, ravioli of greens on a pistachio and reduced local balsamic).   According to Calley ‘It’s really an honor to be voted Top Chef, and I’m very proud of my teammates Master Chef Arnd Sievers and Chef Jean-Luc Matecat for doing such a phenomenal job. I wanted to create something that not only shows my passion for food but also reflects what we’re bringing to the area with Amuse. Burlington has never seen a restaurant like this before; it’s going to be a lot of fun.’Nearly $25,000 was raised to support Meals on Wheels at the Top Chef of the Champlain Valley, enough to provide over 8, 300 meals to seniors in need. Over 235,000 Meals on Wheels are delivered each year in the Champlain Valley to homebound seniors. Nearly 400 people packed the Maple Ballroom at UVM’s Davis Center to watch Calley be named the new Top Chef. The panel of judges included Rod Rehwinkel, Executive Chef  & Owner of Clear Culinary Consulting, Sam Palmisano of Pulcinella’s (2008 & 2009 Top Chef winner), and Tim Elliott, Executive Chef and Owner of Stone Soup. Rehwinkel marveled about the amount of detail and items on the plate asking ‘did you make some of this before you came today.’  The Top Chef of the Champlain Valley recognizes the talents of the areas’ top chefs and supports local farms, using all Vermont ingredients in this gourmet cook-off.  CVAA is a non-profit organization that empowers seniors to live well. CVAA works with seniors and caregivers, offering guidance and providing the support and services they need, when they need them. With the help of community partners and volunteers, CVAA serves over 10,000 seniors. Established in 1974, CVAA is known as the resource for seniors in the Champlain Valley (Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties).For more information call 1-800-642-5119 or click on cvaa.org.last_img read more

Sound Beach Man Charged With Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspected hit-and-run driver has been arrested for allegedly killing a 40-year-old woman while the victim was walking in her hometown of Miller Place last year, Suffolk County police said.Christopher Campbell, 35, of Sound Beach, was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving a fatality.Vehicular Crimes Unit detectives said that the suspect was driving a box truck eastbound on North Country Road when he struck Tracy Mangino while she was walking along the road shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.The victim died at John T. Mather Hospital Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson.Campbell will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

The magic employee engagement question

first_img 169SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Buchanan Holly Buchanan is the author of Selling Financial Services to Women – What Men Need to Know and Even Women Will Be Surprised to Learn. She is the co-author of The … Web: www.SellingFinancialServicesToWomen.com Details You have a great employee. You’ve invested time and money in training him or her. You’ve created a strong company culture. You offer a competitive salary. You think your rising star is engaged….until he or she turns in their notice with vague language about “pursuing other opportunities.”While there are many programs focused on employee engagement, often the reason someone leaves is because of a frustration with their current job or circumstance.   Most companies do multiple question written surveys to uncover challenges. But if you really want an honest answer, sit down one-on-one and ask this one magic question:What’s the one thing we could change that would help you be more successful at your job?Then zip it up and just listen.You are not asking for a laundry list of complaints. You are asking for one specific thing.   By using the phrasing, “help you be more successful” you are focused on how to help them achieve a positive outcome.When I work with credit unions I always ask employees and managers this question and the answers are telling.   Here are some examples:“More peer-to-peer learning.   When we can, we try to listen in on each other calls. But it would be great to have a more formal process for sharing with each other, a chance to share specific situations that came up and how we handled them.”“A better understanding of my career path. What skills do I need in order to get promoted and what actions do I need to take to get to the next level? And how long will that take?”“The ability to pull up (x) information without having to go to a whole other screen.”“We offer one of the best cultures and pay in the industry. I’d love to change our exit interview process to gain a better understanding of why we have such high turnover rates.”You may or may not be able to make the requested change.   But if someone identifies this as the one key to being more successful, it will provide 3 things:1 – A better idea of where the true pain points are that need to be addressed2 – New ideas on ways to improve processes3 – An employee or manager who feels heardThe key to number three is to do something about it. If you absolutely can’t make the change requested, have a clear explanation as to why.     If you can make the change, do.Start right now. Find an employee, assistant, or colleague and ask him or her this question.   The answer is sure to provide valuable information.last_img read more

3 ways to save money and simplify your life

first_imgWe’re all busy, and life is pretty crazy. Juggling your personal life and a career can be quite stressful, and at times, very expensive., How often do you feel this way? If the answer is ‘too often’, it may be time to make a few changes. Here are three ways you can simplify your life and save money in the process.Set it and forget it: Keeping up with all of your financial responsibilities can be a hassle and an unnecessary stress in your life. To make this process easier, create a budget, stick to it, and automate as many payments as you can. When you don’t have to think about bills and savings accounts, it’s a lot less stress in your life, plus you don’t have to worry about late fees and missed payments.Get rid of your junk: After a long day, it’s nice to enjoy your home and all your “stuff.’ But how much of that ‘stuff’ are you really using? What’s important and what’s just clutter? You really think that kayak from college is going to ever be more than an artifact collecting dust? Getting rid of the clutter in your life can bring you peace and put a few extra dollars in your pocket. Have a garage sale, and donate whatever doesn’t sell to a local charity.Downsize your life: Are you running yourself to death getting from Point A to Points B, C, and D? Slow down a little. Between baseball, soccer, cheerleading, and ballet, your family can get way too busy. Figure out what’s important and cut out the stuff that doesn’t really matter. Being on-the-go less means being at home more, relaxing more, and spending less money on fast food and sporting goods. Have a newly empty nest? You probably don’t need as much room these days, so think about moving your nest into a smaller tree. 84SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Kvarner family concept as a signpost in which direction family accommodation should be developed

first_imgWhat is happening with private accommodation in 2019 – is an issue that is constantly highlighted in the media and social networks these days. “This means that all our efforts and tasks have succeeded. We encouraged and pointed out to our landlords the importance of increasing the quality of accommodation, and thus increase the quality of the overall offer of Kvarner. Because quality accommodation requires quality offer and facilities in the destination ”  points out the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, Irena Peršić Živadinov “From all this, it can be concluded that there have been large disparities between quality and price in the field. Therefore, we need to pursue a quality pricing policy to achieve guest arrivals at last year’s level. What was our goal, is to attract better quality guests, but this can only be done by investing in the offer and not by unjustified price increases without new investments. With today’s online booking tools, guests can easily compare the quality of the offer and the price, and bypass what they think does not offer “value for money”Concludes Peršić Živadinov. The following figures show that such initiatives are welcome but also well accepted among Kvarner landlords: “Most of all, we are pleased with the fact that we managed to increase the occupancy and attendance of the region outside the main season. Total overnight stays in the pre-season in all types of accommodation have increased by as much as 63% over the last 8 years! While this increase in overnight stays in family accommodation is much higher than the average, and amounts to a high 193%,”Says the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board and adds that all indicators said that the progress of the tourism business is possible only with raising the quality. We simply have a surplus of supply and less demand. The market has done its thing, and of course the quality in every segment always stands out. The initiative, which was preceded by a series of professional lectures aimed at landlords through the Kvarner Family project, first yielded great interest, and later very active involvement in this process. The renters used the credit potential of HRK 5 million over 3 years, from building a swimming pool, through additional landscaping, purchasing new devices or adapting their facilities to obtain additional labels such as Pet, Bike or Hike Friendly, said Peršić Živadinov, Director of the Kvarner Tourist Board and adds that for tangible results it was necessary to wait a year or two, and get feedback from the field. In addition, it should be emphasized that the higher the number of stars, the better it is possible to get a better price, which in the end brings renters and higher earnings. Landlords in Kvarner have recognized that investments in quality pay off and that the results are long-term and more than useful. And they see this best on days of occupancy, ie on their account, which is much thicker than other renters who did not go through the quality improvement. Although the whole thing around private accommodation is much more complex, ultimately the market happened. After years of expansion, we have reached a point where supply is greater than demand. There is no room for panic, all this was planned in accordance with global tourist trends this year, but few renters followed and heeded all warnings all these years. “Although here we primarily look at raising the quality of family accommodation, I must point out that we have started the same thing in the field of gastronomy, outdoor activities, cultural heritage, health tourism, etc. Thanks to everything, we see that increasing the quality of accommodation and offer was generally one of the most important prerequisites for achieving more nights and arrival, and this is an indicator of how the direction is right for us ” emphasizes Peršić-Živadinov. It is not disputed that we need to raise quality accommodation and offers, but mostly destinations, encourage family accommodation and hosts, not real estate business, and it is also not disputed that we need more hotels, especially small family and boutiq hotels. But everyone forgets that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a tourist destination. Of course, again, this is not just about accommodation, but about the destination. For example, with Pet friendly accommodation, the destination has a veterinary station, “Pet Friendly” agency, dog grooming salon, “Dog Friendly” restaurant and cafe, beaches, etc.… because the motive for arrival is not accommodation, but a tourist destination. Kvarner family concept as a signpost in which direction family accommodation should be developed Great motive for someone to join the Kvarner family quality label. And to that you just need to add even more motives, from free professional photography of accommodation, education, free branded towels for guests, special promotion, fairs… the more market motives the better. Namely, the results of the analysis in Kvarner indicate one positive trend: The higher the number of stars in the accommodation, the higher and longer its occupancy. Thus, family accommodation is an advantage and a positive story in Kvarner. An example of how it develops and how family accommodation should be developed throughout Croatia. Participation in major world tourism fairs not only contributes to better visibility and promotion of the destination, but also places where tourism professionals have the opportunity, thanks to a series of lectures but also meetings with partners and other tourism professionals from around the world, learn and gain knowledge and experience about new trends and future tourist expectations, points out the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, Ph.D. Irena Peršić Živadinov adds that it is precisely because of these experiences, but also because of the knowledge of the situation at home, that the Kvarner Family loan program. So, not everything is black and white. There are a lot of questions, to which we have to give an answer in order to connect and network everything into a tourist mosaic. Tourism is much more complex, for just one answer and comment. In the first six months of this year, 34% of all overnight stays in the Kvarner area were realized in family accommodation. But interestingly, on the example of Kvarner, this is an advantage and proof of the thesis that it is important to raise the quality of family accommodation and that someone must strategically deal with the same, ie the process of developing family accommodation. On the other hand, according to the analysis, the occupancy of family accommodation from 01.07. to 17.07. 2019, which records 9% fewer overnight stays, with family accommodation with 5 * it is evident that this type of accommodation achieves as much as 32% more overnight stays, and the one with 3 * (which has the most in Kvarner) by 11% less. Family accommodation in Kvarner has always accounted for almost 50% of all accommodation capacities. For many years, thanks to detailed statistics, it has been established that a large part of these figures were 3-star facilities. That is why the Kvarner Tourist Board started branding family accommodation through the launch of the Kvarner Family project back in 2011, in order to encourage and educate landlords to constantly work and monitor what the modern guest is looking for and needs. The competition is growing day by day and it is becoming increasingly difficult to stand out with just one ad on booking.com, and on the other hand, tourists have a choice. Logically, those accommodation that is not of better quality will be the last to be filled. A matter of market competition. This year there are more beds in total, and fewer (or the same) guests, and pure mathematics says that some will remain empty, ie will be less filled, which was announced this year, and has been warned for years. Growth in 2017 compared to the year before was an incredible 44% in realized overnight stays, and last year in 2018 the increase was 27%. Also, according to research conducted by the Kvarner Tourist Board, it can be seen that household facilities with the Kvarner Family quality label are better filled than household facilities without the label for a total of 30%. For example, the apartments in the Kvarner Family system with 5 * located on the Opatija Riviera had the best occupancy – 105 givea., while the same quality in the same area outside the Kvarner Family system only 57 days. Kvarner Tourist Board Irena Peršić Živadinov / Photo by Luigi Opatija But let’s get back to private accommodation. First, we need to make a clear distinction hosts in family accommodation, private renters te real estate agents (those who bought a plot and erected a building with ten or more apartments). But, again, the fact is that the good majority unfortunately did not raise the quality, that you can find everything on the market, (we have a selection, reviews, pictures and prices on booking portals and they are the best proof of categorization, ie stars have replaced reviews) the market has played its part and it is great for the day-to-day development of tourism. The situation is similar with holiday homes where 3 * recorded a minus of 81%, which is largely caused by a large increase in prices of this accommodation without additional investment compared to previous years, while holiday homes with 5 * recorded more overnight stays by as much as 36%. We have the best example in Kvarner, where a quality label has been developed Kvarner family. The just mentioned concept shows how they managed to raise the quality in family accommodation, and the market rewards them with a longer season and better earnings from tourism. The message is clear – do not lower prices, but raise quality The continuation of the story was an additional specialization through the branding of accommodation with the labels Pet, Bike or Hike Friendly, and later they included restaurants under the label Kvarner Gourmet and Food. For the Kvarner Gourmet quality label it is necessary to satisfy everything, and for the Kvarner Food quality label at least 75% of the defined conditionscenter_img It is constantly said that we need more hotels. That this is not is not at all obvious, but is private accommodation a competition to hotels? If so, then hotels have a big problem with themselves. It’s about a different profile of tourists, so it’s out of place to talk about it at all. But the real question is why do we not have more investments in hotels in Croatia? And especially in greenfield investments? Who prevents hotels from working all year round? The reason for this is certainly not private accommodation, but the destination, market and economic, legal frameworks, etc.… Pet, Bike or Hike Friendly But let’s go in order… Thus, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, three commercial banks and the Kvarner Tourist Board launched a line of loans within the Kvarner Family project to help renters involved in the project raise the quality or specialize their facilities to accommodate “specific” guests: eg guests traveling with their pets, cyclists, guests hiking or hiking… On the one hand, I have quality accommodation, say 4 *, and the destination is late and at a much lower level. We have a problem again. I emphasize again as a parrot – the motive for coming is the destination, not the accommodation. Personally, I consider and see family accommodation as our advantage, at least it should be. Because the hosts in the family accommodation, welcome the guest, talk to them, socialize and just give the best references to our guests. THESE are the ambassadors of our tourism. It is a relationship that is much more than just handing over the keys to the accommodation. Family accommodation should be branded, quality should be raised and small family hotels should be encouraged to open. Family accommodation is our tradition and should be our advantage. But someone has to lead those processes. Unfortunately, other quality labels in family accommodation in Croatia are lagging behind and are developing too slowly, dealing more with form than content. In the market and global competition, those who want and engage in market development succeed. So this success story in our backyard is a great example of how to develop family accommodation in Croatia, and not to stifle it, destroy it and blame it for all the problems of our tourism. Kvarner Family: Hospitality with a guarantee – it is a message and a promise and a slogan of the whole concept that has the trust of the guests and to which the guests return. Precisely because of the host, the color quality and added value. That’s the way to go. The story about renters, ie private accommodation in Croatia, is much more complex and cannot be viewed from only one angle, and that is why the current media “chase” towards it is ridiculous to me. Yes, there is everything in the offer of accommodation, especially in the past few years, but the main problems of our tourism are not in private accommodation. If only it were that simple. The main problems are in our heads, destinations that have not developed infrastructure, a dysfunctional system as a whole, poor supply and content, brand and most importantly values ​​for money etc.… In 2018, just 2 years later, the situation was already significantly different: 2.700 facilities with 16.500 beds in 4-star family accommodation, and as many as 322 facilities and 2.150 beds rated with 5 stars. According to these data, it is clear that the 4-star capacities recorded an increase of more than 50%, and those from the 5-star category a fascinating 130% The Kvarner family concept is the best proof of how to accommodate family accommodation. And here we are talking about market development, not inertia.  Don’t lower prices, raise quality – the main message for years. In 2016, there were 1.800 facilities with 11 beds in 4-star family accommodation and only 143 facilities or 5 beds with the highest XNUMX stars; The “Pet Friendly” label is a welcome sign for pets, and Bike and Hike object labels are tailored to the needs of lovers of active holidays and carry the label, which means that they are adapted for accommodation and meet the specific needs of cyclists and hikers. Also, through the project, about 30 travel agencies are included, which in their offer emphasize the promotion and filling of capacities with the labels “Kvarner Family”. The market is the alpha and omega, the law – and it is precisely market, strategic and sustainable tourism that we must deal with, not that tourism happens to us by inertia. That is why we are where we are, because we have been developing tourism by inertia for years and no one has watched what will happen tomorrow, let alone followed global trends and trends. Strategy, brand, vision, synergy, sustainability are still foreign concepts in our tourism, honoring a couple of positive examples. Everyone is guilty because we are ultimately hypocritical. Everyone would change, but not to concern them. Our biggest problem is precisely in the strategic development of tourist tourism and destinations, ie the chaos in destinations. Tourism is complex and complex because it is not one industry, but it connects various other industries vertically and horizontally. On the other hand, guests are not stupid, value for money is the main currency, and accommodation stars have replaced reviews on booking portals. On the other hand, private accommodation is not represented, managed, strategically and smartly developed by anyone, except in one part of ZOS HGK, and yet it all started with him and is the largest share of accommodation capacity. When there is no smart leadership, then there is anarchy and chaos, and that is exactly what has happened to us these years, and now everything is paying off. Tourism, as well as family accommodation, should be dealt with and developed, and not allowed to develop spontaneously and uncontrollably. So, it is quite clear that the chaos in the market is not the result of poor private accommodation, but that we are not dealing with strategic and sustainable development. We do not deal with market development. It is not questionable that there is any kind of accommodation, but who controls it and gives the categorization? Who allowed one building to be taller, another wider, one blue, another red, etc.… where there is the same architecture and visual identity of the destination throughout the story. Why does our sewer go to the sea? Why is the shore concrete? Just look at Vodice and Makarska, which destroyed their space due to unplanned “development”. Interestingly, on the other side of the coast, there is no chaos in Tuscany and everything is the same architecture, color and building material. How’s that? How’s that? This was confirmed by a recent statistical review in 2019, which shows that family accommodation in the Kvarner area has continued the excellent trend of a significant increase in the number of nights in family accommodation with 4 or 5 stars. Also, I don’t know if you know, in 2013 it was passed National program for the improvement of family accommodation. But the story is somewhere in the drawer. This is just one small part of the story, and in response to a ridiculous chase on private accommodation as the main culprit. Not to defend the same, as I said, there is everything on the market, but the problems of our tourism are much bigger. If only it were that simple. For years, the story of raising quality in private accommodation has been taken care of, hundreds of trainings have been held, but still some have not taken all the announcements seriously and have not invested in raising quality, promotion, professional photography and raising their overall performance. In the 3 years that the loan program has been open, more than 60 loans worth HRK 5 million have been approved. It is important to emphasize that these loans have aroused great interest due to subsidized interest rates – for example, renters from the area of ​​Gorski Kotar and more remote Kvarner islands (Union, Mala and Vela Srakane) interest rate on the loan was only 1%, while the interest rate for all other landlords was maximum 2%, and the remaining 4% interest was co-financed by the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. After all, the market will clearly show, as shown this year, without effort, investment in promotion, quality, etc.… there will be no success. And finally, the example of the Kvarner family concept clearly says everything – development strategy, brand and quality. Every destination could have followed this positive example, but it didn’t. So no whining now. As with voting in elections, if you did not vote, you have no right to whine. We all know everything, everything is available, but we are hypocritical. But the market does not ask or care. 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How Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia played a key role in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer deal

first_imgMichy Batshuayi enjoyed a productive loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, temporarily replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty) Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in a club-record £56million deal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s club-record £56million move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal would never have happened without the co-operation of Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia, according to Dick Law.Concerned at the prospect of missing out on Champions League qualification, Arsenal smashed their transfer record for the second time in the space of seven months having already paid Lyon £52m to acquire the services of Alexandre Lacazette.Arsenal’s former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat played a key role, using his Dortmund contacts, in convincing Aubameyang to join the Gunners but it was Law who ensured a complex three-way deal which also involved Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi got over the line.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The Aubameyang deal was crazy because Giroud wanted out,’ Law told Goal.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Jul 2019 9:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Olivier Giroud scored for Chelsea against his old club Arsenal in last season’s Europa League final (Picture: Getty)‘Chelsea were loaning Michy Batshuayi to Dortmund and Aubameyang was coming to us. It was the three-way deal.‘Dortmund said if we don’t get the player from Chelsea, then Aubameyang doesn’t leave and, of course, if we didn’t get Aubameyang, we weren’t going to let Giroud go.‘In football, we don’t end up talking to our counterparts on a personal basis very much, but we were at such loggerheads during that three-way move that I called Marina [Granovskaia] and said everything was going to live or die on the three of us trusting each other.I’ve got so much respect for Marina, she’s always been a straight shooter. And she said if we get Giroud, we will loan our player to Dortmund and then you guys can sort yourselves out with them. And that’s what happened.’More: 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 Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Comment How Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia played a key role in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer deallast_img read more

Laurent Koscielny breaks silence over his Arsenal exit after completing Bordeaux move

first_img Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Laurent Koscielny says his Arsenal exit was planned for ‘months’ (Bordeaux)Laurent Koscielny claims he his ‘thankful’ for his time at Arsenal despite going on strike in order to force through his move to Bordeaux.The 33-year-old officially completed his return to Ligue 1 on Tuesday having refused to travel with Unai Emery’s squad for their pre-season tour of the United States.Koscielny, who was subsequently stripped of the captaincy before his departure, angered Arsenal in his Bordeaux announcement video by removing the Gunners shirt to unveil the French club’s kit.But the defender is adamant that he discussed his intention to leave Arsenal ‘months’ before he finally ended his time at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Koscielny went on strike to force his Arsenal departure (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘However I hope you understand, and in any case I cannot be thankful enough for these years past at Arsenal.‘I am aware of everything that the club and you supporters have brought to me.‘But it is time for me to go home so today my will is to join the Bordeaux.‘This is a new challenge that I count on taking with determination.’More: 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 Top articles Advertisement Advertisement Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Full Screen by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next Read More PLAY Read Morecenter_img Laurent Koscielny breaks silence over his Arsenal exit after completing Bordeaux move 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 8:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link864Shares Comment SPONSORED Skip ‘I have spent wonderful years with this club, nine years during which I learned, evolved, grew up.‘This experience made me the player I am today. My decision to leave has been discussed for months with my club, my teammates, my coach, and it has been a well thought decision.‘I see this departure like a new turning point in my life as a player but also in in my life as a man and a family man. Video Settings About Connatix V67539 ‘As you know I engaged with Bordeaux. After nine years spent at Arsenal, I took the decision to leave,’ Koscielny posted on Instagram.Nouveau joueur, nouveau maillot, retrouvez-le dès maintenant ici ➡ https://t.co/6Jb2BRKbIo pic.twitter.com/eCfsGaSUYS— FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) August 6, 2019 Read More Skip Ad 1/1 / last_img read more

Coast clear for first German pure DC plans from 2018

first_imgThe German Pensionskasse for the financial industry, the €26.6bn BVV, will offer pension plans without guarantees for its members from 2018, it said.The announcement came shortly after the smaller chamber of the German parliament, the Bundesrat, passed the country’s pension reform law – “Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz” (BRSG) – on Friday. This was the final step in the legislative process.Its passage means that Germany might see its first pure defined contribution plans in the second pillar in 2018, when the law comes into effect. The law makes it possible to set up occupational pension plans without guarantees as part of collective bargaining agreements. The BVV noted it “is prepared” for the new legal framework and confirmed in a press release it will be offering pension plans without guarantees from next year when the law comes into effect. “With the new law the legislator makes organisations like the BVV, which are run collectively by employer- and employee representatives, the centre of occupational pensions,” said Helmut Aden, board member at the BVV.The new defined contribution pension plans will only be available for companies having signed on to collective bargaining agreements. The same applies to some other provisions in the new legal framework, such as subsidies for smaller companies and lower earners, and the right to auto-enrol members if they are given an opting-out option.  Before the vote in the Bundesrat the minister for the province of Baden-Württemberg, Manfred Lucha, had noted he would vote in favour of the law but criticized it for not going far enough.He said he doubted it will reach as many companies as planned because many small and medium-sized companies have not joined a collective bargaining agreement.Lucha proposed a review of the law at a later point and possible adjustments, which could include making it mandatory for companies to offer occupational pension plans.In a first reaction to the passing of the law on Friday, Reiner Schwinger, head of northern Europe for Willis Towers Watson Germany, noted it might take some time to truly come into effect.“We might only see the first collective bargaining agreements containing pure defined contributions plans in a year’s time.”He added: “Many companies will now carefully assess their occupational pension offerings and this might lead to a run on guarantee products in the short term.”In a survey among insurance-based Pensionskassen, Willis Towers Watson had found only limited interest in the new product without guarantees.last_img read more