Join the Eco Domus Eco Friendly Accommodation certification program

first_imgOne of the general goals of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the County of Istria is the sustainable development of tourism in Istria, and the development of Istria as a quality tourist destination. Following these goals, which are based on the Master Plan for the Development of Istria Tourism from 2015-2025, the Eco Domus program was launched, which aims to encourage diversification and raising the quality of accommodation through harmonization with the principles of sustainable development and sustainable tourism.  The Eco Domus program is intended for small tourist accommodation facilities that are categorized as holiday homes or as apartments (only if the entire facility in which they are located is managed by the same person) with a total capacity of up to 30 beds.  For now, the Eco Domus program includes 26 facilities that meet at least 50 basic criteria in 12 categories, namely: Villa Baldaši, Baldashi (Vizinada), Villa Milica, Sajini (Barban), Villa Ladonja, Manjadvorci (Barban), Apartment Margerita, Bezjaki (St. Peter in the Forest), House Una, Kranjčići (Svetvinčenat), Villa Dubravka, Pinezici (Tinjan), Agrotourism Ograde, Katun Lindarski (Pazin), Villa Marten, Brajkovici (Kanfanar), Apartment Oliveto, Medulin, Villa Dolce Vita, Motovun, Villa Gašparini, Cerion (Visnjan), Zatka, Čepić (Kršan), Lavarino Royal, CasaMenta and Villa Kabola from Marcana, 4 Seasons House, Roč, Apartment Nik, Mihatovici (Nova Vas Porecka), Villa Aria, Višnjan, Home & Apartments Sabina, Pula, Villa Deep Blue, Rabac, Villa Benic, Gradišće (Žminj), Villa Ana and Villa Nina, Karigador (Brtonigla), Villa Gelci, Market (Labin), Veli Kus, Badnjevari, (Žminj) and Villa Moncalvo, Golaš (Bale). As part of the Eco Domus program, through the criteria for inclusion and obtaining a stamp, local values ​​are evaluated through informing guests about local cultural and historical heritage, local natural values, facilities and events, landscaping with indigenous plant species, promotion of traditional products and souvenirs, on the possibilities of learning and / or participating in traditional customs, promotion of local cuisine and typical food products, etc.  Side dish: Public invitation for inclusion in the certification program for Eco friendly accommodation in Istria The basic characteristics of Eco Domus accommodation are social and ecological responsibility, complete protection of the environment and health, use of eco-certified detergents, use of eco-certified toiletries, use of natural materials, water and energy saving and waste sorting and recycling. “It is a continuation of activities related to the diversification of private accommodation in the Istrian County, which we started with the Istra Bike & Bed project, and continues with the Eco Domus program, which encourages private renters to adapt and offer their facilities and services in a responsible and sustainable way. “ They point out from the Istria County Department of Tourism and add that when choosing facilities, preference is given to renters from those areas where systematic selective waste collection and disposal is already carried out, who are registered for year-round operations and have been renting for at least 2 years. “Sustainable tourism development is very important because it meets the needs of tourists and the domicile population. It seeks to manage resources in such a way that economic, social and environmental needs are met by maintaining cultural integrity, basic ecological processes, biodiversity, and the systems on which life rests.. ” The head of the Administrative Department for Tourism, Nada Prodan Mraković, points out: All information, conditions, forms and criteria for obtaining the Eco Domus certificate can be found in the attachment.last_img read more

End of an era for Chartwell

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Another back-to-school purchase for many families is a new home

first_imgRemax Real Estate Agent Garry Byrnes outside 314 Stanley Street, North Ward.IF you’re looking to get the best return possible for your investment property, consider buying in school catchment zones.According to Senior Buyers Advocate from National Property Buyers Rob Di Vita, houses within a school catchment zone can be up to $50,000 to $100,000 more expensive than surrounding areas.“What tends to happen is when owner-occupiers are buying in those zones, they tend to be a bit more emotional and pay a premium to get in,” he said.“While the catchment zone effect can vary from between an extra 5-20% when it comes to price, the premium families are willing to pay often depends on the school’s academic record.”With Townsville at the bottom of the property market, now is certainly a good time to invest says RE/MAX sales agent Garry Byrnes.Mr Byrnes, who predominantly sales property within the CBD district, said North Ward’s Townsville Grammar School and Belgian Garden’s State School were big draw cards for parents looking to buy.“Townsville has been experiencing some buyer activity where the buyers are taking the location of schools, both private and public, into consideration with their preferred suburb,” he said.“I’ve been fielding an increase in buyers and have been selling homes to those looking to move into North Ward, Castle Hill etc with a view that their children can attend the schools, private and public, located here. “The end result is that everyone in the family can enjoy the facilities and lifestyle these suburbs offer as well as provide good schooling.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020As properties in school catchment zones tend to be located in sought after inner-city areas, Mr Di Vita said he recommends clients buy within school catchment zones, provided they don’t pay too big a premium.“If their (the buyers’) view is to hang onto it for 10-15 years, based on historical growth patterns the property will perform and they will make their money, generally speaking, if they are buying in the right area,” he said.Di Vita says the only real no-no about buying in a school zone involves buying a home that is opposite or next to a large school as the traffic and noise may be an issue for potential buyers in the future. But not all property experts recommend buying in a catchment zone.According to Simon Pressley, Managing Director at Propertyology, investors should recognise that not all buyers are swayed by catchment zones.“It’s worth keeping in mind though that this is not a one size fits all thing; it’s not like everyone living within a particular part of town has school-aged children and or wants them to go to that one school,” he said.“Catchment zones are one of those subjective things which are important to some people and not important to others. When searching for investment properties, Propertyology places more priority on considerations like affordability, proximity to employment, dwelling styles, future housing supply, and rental return.”Can’t afford to buy, renting may be another alternative according to Di Vita.“It depends on their (buyers’/parents’) long-term goals too, but we’ve assisted with that. sometimes if it’s well beyond their means, that’s certainly a consideration,” he says.Parents and investors should keep in mind that the reputations of top schools do change over time and new schools are being built with excellent facilities.last_img read more

ESMA warns companies to disclose DB assumptions in accounts

first_img“As the discount rate is usually considered a significant actuarial assumption, ESMA expects issuers to disclose any significant judgements that management has made in its determination in accordance with paragraph 122 of IAS 1 – Presentation of Financial Statements,” it said.“In addition, issuers should provide disaggregation information on plans and fair value of the plan assets when the level of risk of those plans is deemed to be different as required by paragraphs 138 and 142 of IAS 19.”The regulator further noted that the financial impact of IAS 19 revisions – which saw changes introduced that affected how companies could smooth expected returns of DB funds – should be disclosed in an additional statement.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ESMA’s European Common Enforcement Priorities The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has warned financial regulators they must guarantee that companies publish the actuarial assumptions underlying their pension liabilities to ensure a consistent approach to reporting across the European Economic Area (EEA).Publishing the European Common Enforcement Priorities for 2013, ESMA chairman Steven Maijoor noted that a consistent approach was important to allow the accuracy on which investors relied.“Considering the focus on asset quality in the financial sector, listed financial institutions and their auditors should pay particular attention to properly measuring financial instruments and the accurate disclosure of related risks,” he added.The regulator said in its statement that it would like to remind issuers of the “importance of disclosing the significant actuarial assumptions” used to calculate the present value of any defined benefit (DB) obligations incurred by the company.last_img read more

Stabilis Energy enters deals to expand LNG, CNG presence in Mexico

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Stabilis Energy)U.S. LNG producer and provider Stabilis Energy has made two strategic transactions to expand its presence in the distributed liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) markets in Mexico.Stabilis said that it completed the acquisition of privately held Diversenergy and its subsidiaries to create a distributed LNG marketing and distribution company in Mexico.Also, the company formed a joint venture with Grupo CLISA and other former owners of Diversenergy to pursue investments in LNG and CNG assets in Mexico.Diversenergy provides the chilled fuel to customers that use LNG as a fuel in mobile high horsepower applications and to customers that do not have natural gas pipeline access.As a result of the acquisition, Diversenergy and its Mexican subsidiary became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Stabilis.The transaction was structured as an equity purchase with Diversenergy’s owners receiving cash and Stabilis common stock consideration. Financial terms of the transaction were left undisclosed.Lee Kellough, former CEO of Diversenergy, will serve as the president of Stabilis’ Mexican subsidiary Diversenergy S.A.P.I. de C.V. and SVP of Stabilis.Stabilis also formed a joint venture with CryoMex to pursue investments in distributed natural gas production and distribution assets in Mexico.The JV, operating as Energía Superior Gas Natural LLC, plans to invest in LNG and CNG production, transportation, storage, and regasification assets that serve multiple end markets throughout Mexico, including the industrial, mining, pipeline, utility, marine, and over-the-road transportation markets.According to Stabilis, the JV plans to begin immediately evaluating LNG and CNG asset development opportunities in Monterrey, Sonora, and Mexico City regions.These assets could include LNG liquefaction facilities, cryogenic rolling stock equipment, CNG compression stations, and pressurized rolling stock equipment, among others.According to an article published by the Houston Chronicle on Thursday, Stabilis Energy is eyeing Monterrey as the location of its first LNG plant in Mexico.last_img read more

Danes Plan Thor Tender Meet-Up

first_imgThe Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and Energinet are hosting a market dialogue in November for potential bidders and investors in the coming tender for the Thor offshore wind project.The market dialogue, which will be held on 25 November, aims to optimize the tendering material in order to ultimately obtain the lowest possible bid price.The main elements of the tendering process will be presented and discussed, including the timetable, pre-qualification conditions, award criteria and financial terms, compliance penalties, environmental assessment and issues related to the grid connection.According to DEA, the potential bidders will have the opportunity to influence the framework conditions and the tendering material for the project.A detailed program for the market dialogue is expected to be published at the end of September, with more information to be revealed at the end of October.To remind, DEA and Energinet held a technical market dialogue on preliminary site-investigations for the Thor site in May, which resulted in requests for supplementary surveys.Thor is the first of three 800MW offshore wind projects to be constructed in Danish waters before 2030, with an option for the developer to boost the wind farm’s capacity to up to 1GW.The project will be built off Nissum Fjord in the North Sea and is expected to feature 13-15MW turbines set to be operational between 2024 and 2027.last_img read more

UWF Volleyball Splits Tune Up Matches with Spring Hill and Mobile, now 30-5 on the season

first_imgUWF Volleyball Splits Tune Up Matches with Spring Hill and Mobile, now 30-5 on the season Share Nov. 7, 2007 Box Score  MOBILE, Ala. – The West Florida Volleyball team defeated Spring Hill College 30-14, 31-29, 30-18, and then fell to the University of Mobile 30-23, 20-30, 28-30, 32-30, 13-15. The two matches were played back to back on Monday night at the Outlaw Center on the Spring Hill College campus in Mobile, Alabama. The Argonauts are 30-5 on the season, and have now tuned up for the Gulf South Conference tournament that begins on Friday in Searcy, Arkansas.The University of Mobile moved to 30-4 on the season with their win over the Argos in a five set thrilling match. The Argos lead 12-10 in the deciding game, but Mobile scored five of the last six points to pull out the win. Meanwhile, Spring Hill dropped to 16-16 on the season with their third loss this year to West Florida.Seniors Isabela Gualberto and Danielle Spitzer both hit above .400 in the win over Spring Hill. The two were very efficient, making the most of their attack opportunities. Meanwhile, Junior Luciana Rapach led the team with 10 kills. Junior Setter Madeline Gonzalez dished out 36 assists and added nine digs to help set up the middle and outside hitters. Junior Libero Jerica Carter led the defense with 14 digs, while Spitzer was responsible for 10 blocks. Spitzer’s block total was a team best for this season.In the Mobile match, Kimberly Clark put down 18 kills, seven blocks, and recorded 19 digs; however, Whitney Knight of Mobile had the best night with 20 kills and an attack percentage of .370, along with 13 digs. Mobile out hit the Argos by a .247 to .162 margin, and squeezed out the victory in a tough five game match. Rapach and Gualberto added 18 and 17 kills respectively, while Gonzalez recorded 55 assists.West Florida travels to Searcy, Arkansas this week for the Gulf South Conference tournament. The Argonauts play at 2:30 Friday against Ouachita Baptist. If they win that match, they will play either Henderson State or West Alabama in the Semifinal match at noon on Saturday. The final is scheduled for 7:00 pm Saturday night. All UWF matches will be broadcast on stretch internet. Go to the UWF Athletics home page and look for the stretch internet link on the right tool bar. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff Friday

first_imgImage from PixabayStatewide— Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15.Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff on Friday to commemorate Peace Officers Memorial Day.last_img

GSA boys topple Lee Academy, DI-S to post 2-0 start to season

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 BLUE HILL — The faces of the boys wearing George Stevens Academy’s maroon and white basketball uniforms have changed a lot over the years; the team’s mission, winning the Gold Ball, has not.Long one of Hancock County and Downeast Maine’s top basketball programs, the GSA boys’ success has reached new heights in recent seasons. With the Eagles having won the past three Class C titles, no member of the current team has played a varsity season that didn’t conclude with a state championship.Even without many of the standouts who contributed at one point or another en route to back-to-back-to-back state championships, this year’s Eagles are still capable of putting on quite a show. They’re fast, they’re tough, they’re potent on both ends of the floor and, most importantly, they’re determined to bring another trophy back home.“Everyone thinks we’re not going to be as good as we really are,” team captain Percy Zentz said. “All five starters on our team can score and defend. People just haven’t taken notice because they haven’t seen them yet.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOpposing players, coaches and fans are definitely taking notice now. Although GSA is just two games into the new season, the 2-0 Eagles look for the moment as if they’ve picked up where they left off last winter.“I think we’ve showed a lot of good things in different ways so far,” GSA head coach Dwayne Carter said after the Eagles’ win over Deer Isle-Stonington on Tuesday. “In the first game, we were able to get a win despite how tight we looked most of the game. Tonight, we showed how good our defense can be and how that defense can transition into offense.”GSA’s first game of the year came at home Saturday against Lee Academy, which gave the Eagles their only loss of the season last year when it beat them 62-47 in the opener. This time, Carter’s team trailed after the first quarter but improved incrementally with each period to secure a 53-41 victory.GSA’s Andrew Szwez attempts a hook shot against Deer Isle-Stonington’s Zach Billings during the second half of a high school boys’ basketball game Dec. 11 in Blue Hill. Szwez scored 12 points against the Mariners after scoring 10 against Lee Academy. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLReece Dannenberg led GSA in scoring against Lee Academy with 21 points, his total coming entirely via 3-pointers. A senior this year, Dannenberg is just one player who will be given a chance to thrive in a more prominent role this year.“A lot of our role players the past few years have been really good 3-point shooters, but they just haven’t shot as much because they’ve been behind other good 3-point shooters,” Zentz said. “I think that’s going to be a problem for other teams because they’re not going to know which guy to guard.”On Tuesday, visiting Deer Isle-Stonington experienced that dilemma firsthand in the latest battle between the two Penobscot Bay foes. Dannenberg, Tanner Ashley, Caden Mattson and Andrew Szwez combined to sink 10 3-pointers for the Eagles, who outscored the Mariners (0-1) 30-0 in the second quarter of a 75-27 win.Mattson, who made five shots from beyond the arc for GSA, led the team with 20 points. The Eagles also got 13 points from Zentz, 12 from Szwez and 11 from Ashley in the victory.As prolific as GSA was from 3-point range against Deer Isle-Stonington, the team’s passing, post play and defense were also on display. Combining quickness and efficient ball movement on offense and unyielding energy on defense, the Eagles sprinted out to a 55-8 lead in the third quarter before the second-stringers entered the game.“It’s a game of runs, and we went on one that just kept on going and going,” Carter said. “Individually, everyone played very solid, and the chemistry and teamwork was there, too.”GSA’s next game will be on the road against Ellsworth at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 14. Ellsworth lost 64-55 on the road against Orono on Saturday but improved to 1-1 Tuesday with a 61-49 road win over Old Town (0-2).“It’s never easy against Ellsworth, and going into their place just makes it even more of a challenge,” Carter said. “They’re a well-coached team, and they always have kids who can shoot the ball really well. We’re going to have to put it all together if we want to win.”Sumner boys beat Central, BucksportThe Sumner boys’ basketball team won tight contests against Central and Bucksport to secure a 2-0 start to the 2018-19 season.Sumner earned a win in its first game Saturday when it defeated Central 60-58 in Corinth. The Tigers then beat Bucksport (0-2) 49-46 at home Tuesday. Senior Colby McLean was Sumner’s top scorer in both games with 22 and 16 points, respectively.The Tigers’ next game will be at home against Deer Isle-Stonington at 6:30 p.m Thursday, Dec. 13.center_img Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Troy Camp is senior gift recipient

first_imgThe class of 2015 voted to support USC Troy Camp with its senior class gift.According to a press release from USC’s Office of Annual Giving, this year’s poll had the closest vote in senior gift history. Out of the four different organizations, USC Troy Camp narrowly won with 35 percent of the total votes.The JEP Community Van was the runner-up with 33 percent, followed by USC Good Neighbors with 19 percent and USC Friends and Neighbors Day with 13 percent of the votes.“The USC senior gift is a time-honored tradition that unifies each graduating class and recognizes its unique contribution to USC,” according to the senior gift page on the USC website. “The USC Senior Gift provides an opportunity for each senior to foster their long identity as a member of the Trojan Family.”Troy Camp is one of the oldest and largest student-run philanthropies on campus, according to its website. It provides mentoring and leadership programs for students in South Los Angeles.This year’s Senior Gift Advisory Board is aiming to set a new record for participation in the senior gift with 97 percent of the graduating class, in hopes of raising $20,000. The senior gift campaign begins on March 23 and will end on June 30.last_img read more