There will be no ban on opening new apartments, the recategorization process is expected

first_img“This is not a ban initiative, nor is it being thought about and planned, but it is a matter of working well. We also talked about this at a meeting with representatives of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, led by President Martina Nimac Kalcina, with the message that everyone in the destination, including family accommodation must participate and contribute to the creation of quality products”, The minister explained. “Given that, we are satisfied that it was said that there will be no ban or restrictions”, Said Nimac Kalcina and added that most private accommodation, approximately 70 percent, is categorized with three stars. Cappelli announced that this is why we should wait for the development and adoption of a new tourism development strategy, which will be a national plan for the sustainability of tourism, which will, among other things, define further procedures for family accommodation. Completion of the strategy is planned for this year. A statement by the tourism minister last week that the tourism ministry is considering a temporary ban or restriction on opening new apartments in a way that would allow cities and counties to restrict the opening of new apartments has raised a lot of dust among private renters. She pointed out that the Community absolutely agrees that for the sake of sustainable development, the destination should be diversified in relation to all types of accommodation and catering facilities, and local authorities should be empowered to make decisions that would affect the destination in that direction, but not prohibitions and restrictions, rather than other decisions and tools. Nimac Kalcina: We are satisfied that there is no ban and we imitate sustainable development The president of the Association of Family Accommodation at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Nimac Kalcina, believes that local units should decide for themselves in which direction to develop their destinations and take care of the equal ratio of all catering facilities, including family accommodation. He added that the meeting concluded that they will have the best information on everything after recategorization in the next three to four years, which will not only cover everyone from family accommodation, but also other types of accommodation in tourism. Reactions came from all sides, and social networks were “heated” by various comments. However, there will be no bans or restrictions on opening new apartments. Namely, at the meeting of the representatives of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce with Minister Gari Cappelli, it was concluded that private accommodation renters and those who intend to do so do not have to worry or fear work bans because they will not, but re-categorization which will cover everything, reports H1. Source: N1last_img read more

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance sets out ‘demanding’ methodology needs

first_imgThe Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (NZAOA) has issued a “call for comment” in a bid to spur the development of methodologies that would better support its members in pursuing their carbon neutrality goal.According to the group, no existing initiative currently fulfils enough of its methodological requirements for its members to converge on it.Investors in the Alliance have committed to reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their investment portfolios to net-zero by 2050, to be aligned with the Paris Agreement objective of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.They seek to do this in particular by aiming to drive decarbonisation across sectors by engaging with companies and policymakers. Their commitment includes reporting regularly on their progress and establishing intermediate targets every five years. “In order for us to monitor progress and report against this 1.5°C target and feed this ambition into the COP26 process in close coordination with the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance as well as the TCFD secretariat, we express a need to develop robust measurement methodologies,” the group said in the call for comment document.The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) is considering how asset owners and managers could disclose information on the position of their investment portfolios relative to the transition to a net-zero carbon economy, and has created an ‘Implied Temperature Rise Associated with Investments’ working group that coordinates closely with the NZAOA.“While various solutions providing an ‘implied temperature rise’ metric already exist, more convergence is urgently needed”Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance“While various solutions providing an ‘implied temperature rise’ metric already exist, more convergence is urgently needed,” said the NZAOA. “The NZAOA is not designed to develop such solutions.“Instead, this ‘Call for Comment’ defines the core methodology principles required and is launched in order to generate adequate methodology developments that will better suit our needs.”‘Demanding’ requirementsNZAOA described the requirements as “demanding,” saying its members recognised this and did not expect any provider to fill all the gaps, but considered them “a roadmap to highlight a trajectory over time”.The requirements include that the methodology should:favour reported data over inferred data;be based on documented and transparent principles so that the results produced by calculations can be replicated by other investors using the same databases;be based on GHG emissions footprinting including Scopes 1 and 2, and Scope 3 for sectors “where these are material”; andhave basic principles that are “simple to explain to non-specialist audiences while the full underlying methodology may remain complex”.Other requirements are that methodology provides investors with a metric that:is expressed in terms of a forward-looking carbon key performance indicators (KPI) as well as a “temperature KPI”; andmust be able to be expressed at individual issuer and portfolio levels (including multi-asset class portfolios).‘Preference’ for carbon intensity based on enterprise valueIn the call to comment the NZAOA also revealed its backing of at least one element of the approach to calculating carbon intensity that has been recommended by the EU sustainable finance technical expert group (TEG) for EU climate benchmark categories – and strongly criticised by Scientific Beta.The asset owner group said it had “a preference for footprint intensity normalisation rules based on enterprise value,” bringing up a point over which there was recently a clash between Scientific Beta and a member of the technical expert group (TEG).According to a spokesperson for the NZAOA’s monitoring reporting and verification working group, “the reason for our focus on enterprise value (EV) is to achieve some consistency with the EU climate transition and Paris-aligned benchmarks”.“EV was chosen over revenues because it creates less volatility in all the tests performed and shows less differences across sectors,” the spokesperson added. “In that way, it is better applicable to diversified strategies.”The NZAOA’s ’Call for Comment’ document can be viewed here.last_img read more

Men’s soccer freshmen mature early with time on pitch

first_imgThis year, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team has plenty of players that are going through the very stressful transition from high school to college.The adjustment from high school to college is difficult for every student, especially one that plays a sport, but for the college athlete, they must adjust to new teammates, new coaches and a new style of play on top of a new academic atmosphere.After the men’s soccer team lost 12 players from last year’s NCAA tournament team, the team’s new crop of freshman are battling through their first collegiate season while making that adjustment. The team’s 1-5-1 overall record this year may imply that the new guys are struggling to adjust, but the reality of the situation is that the players have adjusted well thus far and are continuing to progress.One of the biggest adjustments for the players, despite the obvious speed and physicality of the college game, is how much is demanded of them from the start and the pressure to produce right away.“I think they are always learning,” head coach John Trask said. “We are asking a lot out of these guys and they knew that coming in. They knew that they were going to be expected to perform and obviously we would like to see that at a higher level, but also knew they were going to struggle initially.”According to Trask, the team is still getting settled.With 12 new freshmen currently on the team, many of them were forced to be put into a big role on the team from the very first match. Many of them were called upon to play and a few of them were even starting in the first match against a talented San Francisco team Aug. 29.While it may seem that Trask was forced to play so many freshman because they take up so much of his roster, he still had the confidence to play them because of their physicality, despite the fact that all of them are still developing skill-wise.“I think they all come from good clubs, they have all had good coaching, and physically most of those guys are up to par,” Trask said. “When you look all the way through our freshmen class, you see some really gifted athletes…They still have room to grow as players, but they have a physicality that allows them to compete as freshmen.”Among the youngsters is freshmen forward Mark Segbers, who leads the team with four goals this season.Segbers was not initially a starter for UW, but after impressing the coaching staff in the team’s first two matches, scoring two goals in the second contest against Xavier, he found himself on the pitch for the opening kickoff in the team’s third game against George Mason.Being asked to be a starter so early on in your college career can be quite nerve-racking for a freshman, but Segbers explained that it was ultimately the support of his teammates and coaches that helped him settle into his role.“I would say I was a little nervous for the first game, but all the other guys on the team really gave me confidence. They really make you realize that you are out there for a reason,” Segbers said. “The encouragement from both them and the coaches turns those nerves into confidence and helps you play out there like you have been playing for a year already.”Another freshman that was asked to take on a huge role from the very start is forward Chris Mueller.Mueller felt the need to adjust before he even stepped foot on the pitch. The overall atmosphere and temperament of the student body at Wisconsin was something Mueller never personally experienced in high school.“It was much bigger,” Mueller said. “Right away all the buildings and all the people swallow you. The atmosphere is much different too. It has more of a school spirit vibe than high school. Everyone here is in it for the Badgers and everyone is a Badger. In high school, students didn’t seem as proud to be there as they are here.”Once Mueller took his first steps onto the pitch, he also had to adjust to the college game, as all freshmen do.“It is much more physically and mentally demanding,” Mueller said. “You could take a lot of breaks in academy and high school-level soccer, but in college soccer you never have time to click off. It’s much more physical. You always have to be aware and it’s always a battle.”Mueller, after starting three games for the Badgers, currently finds himself coming off of the bench for the team. For Mueller, the adjustment continues, as it does for all of Wisconsin’s freshmen.Coming off of being stars on their high school teams, these young men must once again work their way up the team against older, more experienced players. And that, in the end, may be the biggest adjustment of them all.“I think part of it is just the demands that are put upon them and the fact that they’re playing against older, more experienced players again,” Trask said. “It seems like with most teams we play, their average player is at least a year older than ours, and that is really tough on the younger players.”last_img read more

Thunder honor victims of Oklahoma City bombing with new City Edition uniforms

first_imgWe Remember Those Who Were Changed Forever. | April 19, 1995 pic.twitter.com/TAnkx3TSvL— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) July 23, 2019The uniform includes “The Survivor Tree” on the waist belt of the shorts. “The Survivor Tree” remains standing despite facing a 4,000-pound bomb and symbolizes human resilience and strength. The uniform set also incorporates a blue ribbon with the quote “We Remember Those Who Were Changed Forever, April 19, 1995.” As the 25th anniversary of 4/19/95 approaches, we were honored to work with the OKC National Memorial & Museum to create our 2019-20 City Edition uniform. It’s a tribute to those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever.🔗 https://t.co/mimmv8ZiET pic.twitter.com/Y9ix5jFz7o— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) July 23, 2019″April 19th, 1995 changed our city forever,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in OKC’s news release. “The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum serves our community by helping us remember those lost, yet also tells a story of a city that comes together with compassion.”Last season was the first time Nike presented the City Edition uniforms for NBA teams. The point of the uniforms was to take characteristics of a team’s city and naturally integrate them into the jersey design. The Thunder decided to take it the next level.The City Edition uniform is one of four new uniforms fans will see OKC in next season. The Thunder have revealed their new City Edition uniforms for the 2019-20 season, which will honor those who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing as the 25th anniversary of the tragic incident approaches on April 19, 2020.The Thunder partnered with the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum to create the game day attire, featuring the times 9:01 and 9:03 within the vents of the shorts. The first time was included to represent the innocence of the city before the attack, while 9:03 constitutes the time after the attack when the city began to unite and heal. The words “service,” “kindness” and “honor” are shown above the jersey’s tag, representing the Oklahoma standard.last_img read more