Varaždin County was the first to launch a project of free bicycle transport by train

first_imgCover photo: Varaždin County Tourist Board / / Illustration: HrTurizam Varaždin County, in cooperation with HŽ Putnički prijevoz, was the first in Croatia to launch a project of free bicycle transport by train with passengers. Citizens and tourists thus, in addition to purchasing a transport ticket for a passenger, also have the right to free transport of bicycles in trains running in the Varaždin County. “Varaždin is currently the last point on one of the most beautiful and longest bicycle routes from the source to the mouth of the Drava. Over 200.000 bicycles pass through this route and a good part of them use integrated transport, which enables their much wider radius of movement. This is important news for tourists, but also for the local population. ” said Miran Bojanic Morandini, director of the Varaždin County Tourist Board. By the way, for the transport of bicycles in the direction of travel, HŽ Putnički prijevoz charges an amount of 15 kn regardless of the kilometer distance, but with this cooperation, the transport is free for tourists and citizens of Varaždin County. In this way, new opportunities for sustainable travel of our citizens and tourists are opened, which greatly contributes to the reduction of pollution, but also traffic safety.center_img This is one of the many measures implemented by Varaždin County in order to achieve sustainable transport. Some of the goals are to increase the share of bicycle transport and increase the share of rail transport of passengers, point out the Tourist Board of Varaždin County. Photo: Varaždin County Tourist Board By combining transport by bicycle and train, tourists who visit Varaždin County, but also the local population, get wider travel opportunities, which results in a better and more meaningful offer. “In two years, we have provided more than 1.700.000,00 kuna for the development of cycling tourism and cycling routes in Varaždin County. Varaždin County is one of the three counties in Croatia that has introduced the quality standard Cyclist Welcome Quality, and as many as 30 accommodation and catering facilities from the area of ​​Varaždin County have become part of it.”Concluded Natalija Martinčević, chairwoman of the Varaždin County Tourist Board.last_img read more

These are the areas primed for property price growth on the back of increased infrastructure spending

first_imgProperty values on the Sunshine Coast, where this home at16 Pacific Heights Court, Coolum Beach is listed for sale, are tipped to grow off the back of infrastructure spending. Picture: has three of the top five regions tipped for future property price growth on the back of infrastructure spending.All three regions have had their share of property market ups and downs, but according to Terry Ryder of Hotspotting things are about to turn around.The Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Townsville all make it into his top five, joined by Penrith City and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.Mr Ryder said infrastructure development was the most powerful creator of capital growth in real estate.“It has been a key factor (among others) in driving the growth in property markets across Sydney, where tens of billions of dollars are being invested in new and improved infrastructure,’’ he said.“It generates business activity and jobs, while improving the amenity of the locations whichdirectly benefit. This, in turn, creates demand for real estate.’’He described the Sunshine Coast as a “national market leader’’ boosted by $20 billion worth of projects. Townsville, where this home at 126 Eyre St, North Ward is for auction, is also tipped for a property resurgence. Picture: Gold Coast made the list as big spending continued in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in 2018.It also had strong population growth and low vacancy rates.“For a long time, Hotspotting has avoided recommending the Gold Coast because of itspoor track record on capital growth and its boom-bust history,’’ he said.“But the Gold Coast cannot be ignored. It has become one of the leading LGAs inAustralia for sales activity, coupled with low vacancy rates.’’CoreLogic figures reveal of all the property sales on the Gold Coast in the June quarter, 91.1 per cent were for more than owners originally paid. On the Sunshine Coast it was 92.8 per cent.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said migration to southeast Queensland had lifted of late and the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast markets appeared to be benefiting from that. The Gold Coast property market, where this home at35 Brittanic Crescent, Sovereign Islands is scheduled for auction on November 4, is predicted to experience price growth. Picture: Ryder said it was transforming from a tourist resort town to a major regional city with strong population growth.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoHe said it was well known that Townsville had been through difficult times but it was poised for a strong recovery, boosted by big infrastructure spending.The latest CoreLogic Pain and Gain report revealed last week that the area continued to chalk up a high number of loss making sales – 46.1 per cent of homes in the June quarter sold for less than the owners originally paid.But Mr Ryder said a $2 billion military expansion, mining projects and the port redevelopment would be a big boost to the area.last_img read more

Buyers rights on moving day

first_imgClose-up Of Person Hand Holding House Key In Hand. For Sold on CairnsRECENTLY, I had a buyer leave me four messages while I was in a meeting, each more frustrated than the last. The problem? It was moving day and they arrived at the property to discover things weren’t up to scratch. The windows weren’t spotless, the floors could have benefited from a sweep and the oven clearly hadn’t been touched in a while.The buyer was irate. They wanted to know what recourse or options they had at their disposal to remedy things at the seller’s expense.In this particular instance, there was nothing that could be done.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 2020Under the terms of a standard contract of sale, the seller is required to hand over the property on settlement day in the same condition it was in on the day of sale (barring the usual wear and tear).In many cases buyers are coming from a rental situation so they are very used to being put under heavy scrutiny by the managing agent on the condition/cleanliness. But there is no such requirement under a sale contract. A good tip for buyers is to document the state of the property on the day the contract is signed. This can also be further supported during the building and pest inspection by being a little more thorough and taking a closer look at things like: check that all lights work, the split system air conditioning unit works, and anything else that is coming with the property. If during this process you are not satisfied with the working order or general cleanliness this is the best time to raise them with the agent. It should be noted cleanliness does not form part of the building and pest discussion but raising it here may alert the sellers to it being a potential issue. Buyers should exercise their right to inspect the property the day before settlement to ensure the condition of the property is as expected. Also, check that all fixtures and fittings that are included in the contract have been left in the property. If there is an issue at this inspection settlement can be potentially delayed. The above points cover what to do once a price has been agreed upon. If, however, during the early inspections prior to submitting your offer you are concerned that cleanliness may be an issue, you can request a special condition be inserted into the sale contract at the time of making your initial offer. This can save you a lot of heartache and disappointment when the deal has been done and it spells out clearly what your expectations are on this issue right up front and the seller can factor that in as part of their process too.last_img read more

This is where sellers have overwhelmingly chalked up massive property profits

first_imgSellers on the Sunshine Coast were more likely to turn a profit than any other council area in Queensland. Picture: Lachie Millard.QUEENSLAND homeowners have pocketed more than $2.1 billion in property profits in the last three months as new figures reveal there is little pain in the market.While property price growth has slowed the overwhelming majority of sellers achieved more than they had paid for their property during the September quarter, according to the latest CoreLogic Pain and Gain report. Within the Brisbane City Council region 90.4 per cent of property sales in the quarter achieved a profit, with a median profit of $182,500. Councils outside of Brisbane also did well during the quarter with Logan, Moreton Bay and Redland all recording more than 90 per cent of sales for a profit.The report analyses sales during the September quarter and how many properties sold for more or less than the owners previously paid for them.It said with the housing market experiencing a slow down in the rate of price growth, it was anticipated that nationally the number of loss making sales could increase in the next couple of quartersCoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said the figures hadn’t changed dramatically in Brisbane during the quarter.“I think in Brisbane things are pretty steady as she goes, except I guess the one talking point is we have probably seen a slight edging higher of resales at a loss for houses, which had been trending lower for quite a while and obviously units are still pretty inflated,’’ he said.“We have seen upticks in loss making sales like that in the past. It is nothing too concerning yet, but certainly something to watch if it continues.’’More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Overwhelmingly Brisbane home sellers made a profit in the September quarter. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia BaxterThe best performing council region in Queensland was the Sunshine Coast, where 93.4 per cent of sales were for more than owners originally paid.The median profit was $121,000 and a total profit of $290,350,926.Mr Kusher said coastal areas had experienced a massive turnaround in the past couple of years.“The Gold and Sunshine Coasts in particular. I think that again reflects the fact that in terms of value growth the Gold and Sunshine Coasts are actually stronger than Brisbane at the moment.“I think a lot of migration we are getting into southeast Queensland is into the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and not necessarily into Brisbane.’’The report found that nationally 90.8 per cent of properties which were resold in the September quarter were at a price at or more than the previous purchase price.This was only 0.1 per cent lower than the previous quarter.Regional markets still struggled with more than half, 52.5 per cent of properties sold in Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region sold at a loss.Central Queensland was not much better with 44.3 per cent of sales at a loss and in Townsville 42.9 per cent were for less than owners originally paid. In the Wide Bay region about a third of properties sold for a loss.last_img read more

Is cannabis a cure for brain cancer?

first_imgNZ Herald 20 July 2016Family First Comment: When claims meet scientific rigour, #dontbelievethehype “”There are a lot of claims in the public sphere suggesting that cannabis is useful in all sorts of cancers, but the science not always supporting these claims.”Is cannabis a cure for brain cancer?Despite its high profile in the media as a potential agent, there’s little scientific evidence to suggest whether it can actually make a difference.With a just-awarded grant, and the unique advantage of having human brain cancer cells to study, a team of University of Auckland researchers hope to get to the bottom of the issue.Associate Professor Michelle Glass said while preliminary studies examining the link had been interesting, there had been few to draw on so far.“There are a lot of claims in the public sphere suggesting that cannabis is useful in all sorts of cancers, but the science not always supporting these claims.”It had been a confounding area for researchers to tackle, as cell or animal based studies were not always translated to more complex human models.READ MORE: read more

EPL: Spurs force Norwich to two-all draw

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs EPL: Spurs, Everton light up London Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane struck a late penalty to salvage a 2-2 draw at bottom side Norwich City, who were controversially denied a goal by a VAR review, in an entertaining Premier League clash on Saturday. Kane was brought down in the area and stepped up to secure a point in his 200th Premier League match after Serge Aurier’s own goal had given battling Norwich the lead for the second time. A first-half strike by the home side’s Mario Vrancic was cancelled out by Christian Eriksen’s free kick after the break. Norwich also had a Teemu Pukki effort harshly ruled out for a wafer-thin offside decision following a VAR review that left the home fans singing, “It’s not football anymore.” The result leaves Spurs in fifth place with 30 points from 20 games, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea who have a game in hand at Arsenal on Sunday, while Norwich stay at the foot of the table with 13, six points from the safety zone. The hosts went ahead with a low strike by Vrancic from the edge of the area in the 18th minute after Spurs defender Juan Foyth was dispossessed by Emiliano Brenda. They thought they had scored again after 33 minutes when Pukki ran onto a ball over the top by Vrancic to slot home and while referee Kevin Friend awarded a goal, VAR’s decision was that the Finland striker was fractionally offside. Spurs made the most of their let off with a goal 10 minutes into the second half from Eriksen who planted a free kick into the top corner after Jamal Lewis had handled outside the area. Norwich then had some luck themselves when Tottenham’s Ivorian right back Aurier diverted the ball past his own keeper Paulo Gazzaniga after team mate Toby Alderweireld hit it against him while trying to stop Pukki bearing down on goal. “I think the same defensive mistakes we made in the first half, we made in the second half. This is being a little bit of our history,” said Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho. It was left to England forward Kane to salvage a draw for the visitors when he was brought down by Christoph Zimmermann and fired the spot kick home after 83 minutes. It was his 136th Premier League goal — his 150th league goal in total — and only Alan Shearer and Sergio Aguero have scored more Premier League goals in their first 200 appearances.Tags: Norwich CityTeemu PukkiTottenham HotspurVAR reviewlast_img read more

NFF Budgets $ 193m for Next Year

first_imgFemi SolajaThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday night earmarked a total of N7 .5 billion for total expenditure of the federation in the coming year which amounts to $193,049,000.This was part of the major decisions reached at the NFF’s Annual General Meeting which held in Benin, Edo State. Its Executive Committee also approved the 2018 Financial Statement and the proposed 2020 Budget. In the new year, Nigeria will be involved in World Cup qualifying series from March as well as resume in August, the pursuit for a place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals to be held in Cameroon.The Committee noted the unimpressive outing of both the U17 and U20 national teams in global championships this year, as well as the non-qualification of the Super Falcons and the U23 men’s team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.The federation resolved that henceforth, players, coaches and backroom staff of national teams would be tasked to work much harder in their different positions to bring honour to the country from any international match/championship.The federation’s board was particularly unhappy about the performances of the Super Falcons and the U23 boys despite the active and tremendous support and encouragement from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.As a follow up to the harsh remarks by the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, on the poor state of the country’s football at the opening session of the AGM, the Glass House has mandated the NFF boss, Amaju Pinnick, to meet with the Minister with a view to charting a new road map for growth.Meanwhile, the NFF has announced the withdrawal of Nigerian teams from future beach soccer tournaments as a result of the poor performance of the Super Sand Eagles at the last FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Paraguay.Super Sand Eagles lost all their group matches and conceded a whopping 28 goals at the tournament in the South American nation.They lost 10-1 to Portugal as well as 5-6 and 12-2 to Oman and Brazil respectively.“Nigeria will only return after a ‘certain benchmarks, most importantly the creation and sustenance of a beach soccer league in the country, are met,” the Head of Public Relations NFF, Ademola Olajire stressed in a statement last night.He said further that a five-man committee headed by the Chairman of the Organising Committee of the federation, Seyi Akinwunmi and including Mallam Shehu Dikko, Alh. Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu and Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has been put in place to determine the modalities and guidelines, and to encourage states wishing to launch full-steam beach soccer leagues and compete among themselves or internationally.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Shriver to be Annenberg grad speaker

first_imgFormer First Lady of California and journalist Maria Shriver will speak at the Annenberg Communication Commencement on May 11 at 10:45 a.m. in McCarthy Quad, after the USC commencement ceremony.Larry Gross, vice dean, School of Communication director and professor, said Shriver’s speech will be inspiring and relevant to graduating communication students at USC.“We’re very pleased that she’s agreed to come and speak,” Gross said. “She’s been devoted to improving possibilities and careers for women, particularly in communications, and that applies to a lot of our graduates.”In addition to serving as California’s First Lady from 2003 to 2010, Shriver is a Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, and authored six New York Times bestselling books. She is also an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities and has worked to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease.In 2009, Shriver partnered with the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and other organizations to launch The Shriver Report: A Women’s Nation Changes Everything, a study that reveals women’s progress in the workforce and its impact on American society.Elizabeth Krane, a senior majoring in communications looks forward to hearing what Shriver has to say.“I’ve heard of her, but I don’t really know much about her. I’m sure she will [have something valuable to say],” Krane said.Kristy Pyke, a senior majoring in public relations, said that Shriver is an inspiration for women in communication.“It is an honor to have such a strong-willed, inspirational woman like Maria Shriver as our commencement speaker,” Pyke said. “She has truly come to represent the modern day woman, and I am thrilled to hear what advice she has to give my graduating class.”Journalist Christiane Amanpour is the speaker for the journalism and public relations ceremony.last_img read more

Veikkaus to strengthen responsible gambling strategy in 2020

first_img Related Articles Submit Share Veikkaus seeks new wagering lead as Kauhanen departs to lead Finnish Hippos June 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Lottery leaders to address COVID-19 crisis at SBC Digital Summit April 17, 2020 Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Finnish gambling monopoly Veikkaus has outlined plans to strengthen its responsible gambling strategy in 2020, which will include a reduction in the number of slot machines it operates across Finland.Having gained approval from the Veikkaus board of directors, the gambling monopoly could cut the number of slot machines by an estimated 3,500, as well as pushing for compulsory identification in order for customers to play slots and other games.“Responsible gaming measures have been planned and will continue to be numerous in the coming year,” Veikkaus’ director of responsibility Pekka Ilmivalta said. “We will be involved in the planning of this work, for example, with those dealing with gambling problems, as well as with addiction experts.”Other changes will also include amending the group’s marketing strategy to focus more on promoting responsible gambling, as well as changes to the way Veikkaus reports its financial results. This means that the profit that Veikkaus generates from gaming activities will be presented minus the winnings paid to players.Its responsible gambling strategy will also play a key role in determining the performance-based bonuses for its management. In the coming twelve months, evaluating the effectiveness of operations will have a weight of 40%, measured by operating expenses as a percentage of gross margin.Veikkaus has emphasised that if the indicator for the effectiveness of operations exceeds the indicative level for gambling harm, the 40% efficiency measure will be cut completely from the bonus.Other criteria for bonus payments will include the number of customers, which will carry a 35% weight, and the development of staff experience at a weight of 25%.Veikkaus has warned, however, that the change to its operating strategy could lead to a €50m decline in earnings.last_img read more

Clippers coming off back-to-back losses going into game vs. Jazz

first_imgCLIPPERS vs. UTAHTip-off: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Staples Center TV/radio: Prime Ticket/KFWB 980, KWKW 1330Update: An eventful two-game road trip north meant two losses, including a heartbreaking overtime defeat to Portland on Thursday night. … The Clippers (20-11) aren’t closing their eyes to the possibility that forward Blake Griffin is being targeted by the opposition to goad him into confrontations to try to waylay his concentration or get involved in an altercation. The NBA said Andrew Bogut, not Griffin, should have picked up a technical foul that led to Griffin’s ejection during Wednesday’s loss to Golden State. Griffin called the tactics “cowardly basketball.” … Griffin had 35 points and Chris Paul had 34 plus 16 assists against Portland. The rest of the team, however, made only 18 of 54 shots. The Clippers lost despite committing only five turnovers, but they shot only 12 free throws. … It was the second time Paul and Griffin scored 30 or more points and had double-doubles. They are the only Clippers to do so since 1985-86. … Paul, as is his custom, took the blame for both defeats. He missed a layup at the end of the two-point loss at Golden State and had a shot to win the game in regulation at Portland. “I had a great shot to win the game. We should never have been in overtime,” Paul said. “It doesn’t feel, good, I’ll tell you that much. Two tough losses, should have been wins, but luckily we have a chance to fight and luckily it wasn’t a Game 4, elimination game.” … Utah, which faced the Lakers in Salt Lake City on Friday night, entered Friday with an 8-23 record (only 3-10 at home). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more