This year is the largest to date, with a total of 760 backpacks to giveaway. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton children in grades pre-k through 12 got a free backpack with their meal pickup on Tuesday. The next pickup date is Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at the following sites. Horace Mann Elementary School (30 College St)Woodrow Wilson Elementary School (287 Prospect St.)Benjamin Franklin Elementary School (262 Conklin Ave) Since this partnership and giveaway began in 2017, the City of Binghamton and CARES have provided 1,800 backpacks to Binghamton children. Backpacks are available to Binghamton City School District children in grades Pre-K through 12 on a first-come first-serve basis. Inside the backpacks are essential school and art supplies that students will need throughout the acedemic year. “We’re really trying to get them excited and talk about how they feel because school is looking different. So its exciting to be able to talk to the kids about how they are feeling and have them choose the color they want, they really love that. So its a great day its a great experience.” said Denise Yull, the Board President of CARES. The city of Binghamton partnered with CARES (Community Advocated Restoring Educational Standards) for the 4th consecutive year to supply free backpacks to students within Binghamton.
Port 9 beach, the largest investment of the Hotel Tourist Company Korčula this year for the weekend was officially opened to all visitors. Port 9 beach is also the first beach in Korcula to receive a county concession for ten years, and it is a newly renovated, public beach with over 1600 m2 promenade, special ambient lighting, elevator for people with disabilities, horticultural landscaping and VIP area, which will be able to enjoy the guests of Port 9 Resort, as well as other visitors to Korcula and the locals. This is the first such project in Croatia, and the map shows seven locations within the resort intended exclusively for photography, which each guest receives upon arrival. Photo: HTP Korcula The Instagram spots map project is aimed at encouraging guests to explore the Port 9 resort. Guests receive an Instagram location map upon arrival at the resort, and it shows marked locations for photography. At seven different locations within the resort, special corners have been made for Instagrammable photography from the resort: large butterfly wings, small butterfly wings, shell heart, wing sculpture, sitting heart on the beach, picnic point, Instagram frame… Instagram location map If you don’t have a free WiFi signal or the connection is slow and bad, there are no pictures, nor good reviews. It is no longer even imperative to have standard Wi-Fi, but it is necessary to provide its guests with a strong enough signal, ie to be of large capacity, because today’s tourists use the Internet more than ever via their tablets and mobile phones. Ultimately, to simplify, guests want to show off with pictures of their vacation, make it possible for them and so you profit as well as the guests themselves. Win-win. After a large investment in the accommodation capacity of Port 9 Resort in 2017 of 75 million kuna, HTP Korčula is investing heavily in additional facilities and this year’s investment of 2 million kuna in the first phase of beach development continues the continuous development of Korcula as a destination. As part of the arrangement of the beach, a map of Instagram locations has been set up so that guests can capture unforgettable moments on Korčula during their vacation. In the first five months, HTP Korcula generated 6,1 percent higher revenue compared to the same period last year, most guests coming from the United Kingdom (24,3 percent), followed by the French (11,5 percent) and visitors from the United States (9,7 percent). “Korcula is an airline destination and that is why we welcome the growing number of flights to Dubrovnik Airport. Every direct flight means a lot to us, as shown by the data on the increase of guests from overseas countries in our facilities. We recorded 22 percent more guests from the U.S. compared to the same period last year, and the percentage of group travel guests from Taiwan also increased. If we take into account the weather (un) conditions that were not favorable for tourism and catering workers, we are extremely satisfied with the achieved result. It is this continuous growth that encourages us to invest in quality and facilities in our facilities and destinations and our guests, but also fellow citizens and other visitors to the island to provide the most beautiful stay and vacation to remember” pointed out Ivana Hatvalić Poljak, President of the Management Board of HTP Korčula. An interesting project and move by HTP Korčula, because it encourages its guests to interact, and additionally turns them into their ambassadors who do free marketing. That is why it is important to provide quality and free WiFi within your facilities, in order to enable guests to post pictures and videos from your facilities. And when you encourage them through a project like this, then your story expands further. In addition to the beach, the Art Gallery was ceremoniously opened, which will be adorned with solo exhibitions by various renowned Croatian authors such as Charles Billich, Željko Senečić, Nina ErGott and Jasminka Škalić. As tourists share pictures and videos on their social networks, which are of better quality and so the pictures take up a lot more space, it is important to ensure that WiFi is fast and capable upload large images in an instant, especially when more guests are connected to the network, so as not to overload the network. Every image on the social network from your tourist facility published by the guest is a free advertisement. Your free advertisement, as well as free advertisement of a tourist destination. And it is important to emphasize that the motive for coming is not your accommodation, but a tourist destination. That is why it is necessary in your communication to tell the story of a tourist destination, not just your accommodation. Also, the project is award-winning and all guests who visit all 7 Instagram locations and post their photos with the hashtag and #SunnySideOfYou and @ port9resort will be rewarded. Korčula also recorded good upward tourist results, so that in the first five months there were 4,5 percent more arrivals and 1,5 percent more overnight stays than in the same period last year. There is an increase in overnight stays at the level of Dubrovnik-Neretva County of 9,13 percent compared to the same period in 2018. Photo: Instagram And we all know that the most effective marketing, always has been and always will be, the word of mouth, ie personal recommendations. The reasons for this are simple – it’s about trust and honest personal experience, not paid advertising. Investing in a quality WiFi network is an investment, not a cost
More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCuomo should sign bill allowing e-bikesAs an aging Baby Boomer with a sore knee, I was elated to see that the Assembly/Senate finally approved an e-bike bill (Senate bill S5294A).Pretty much every other state in the union allows them. The Class I pedal-assisted e-bikes are wonderful. They look, ride and handle (except cost) like regular bikes. They are quiet, non-polluting and get us back outside getting exercise. They should be allowed wherever regular bikes are. We have wonderful bike trails and many roads with wide shoulders. E-bikes fit in well with upstate tourism.I’m concerned about a recent article in the New York Post (https://nypost.com/2019/06/21/cuomo-pumps-break-on-bill-to-legalize-e-bikes-scooters/) that says the governor plans to veto the bill over New York City concerns. New York City already allows certain e-bikes, so vetoing the bill affects upstaters.Chris NafisRexford Much being said about Israel is falseRecent letters have falsely implied that Jews have no claim to the land of Israel; Jews stole Arab land; Israel is the obstacle to peace in the region; and Israelis, and Israelis alone, are guilty of human rights violations in the region. The truth is noted below.Jews have had a presence in the land for millennia. There is overwhelming historical and archaeological evidence to support this fact. By virtue of this presence, Jews do indeed have a legitimate claim to the land.Arabs also have a legitimate claim to the land. In an attempt to resolve this dilemma, in 1947 the United Nations passed a resolution to divide the territory into an Arab state and a Jewish state. The Jewish side agreed to the resolution, but the Arab side did not and instead attacked the Jewish side.The Jewish forces prevailed, capturing Arab land during the conflict. It’s Israel’s policy that there must be a peace treaty before any land captured in battle will be returned.Israel did return captured land when it signed peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.At the Camp David summit of 2000, a comprehensive peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians was drafted. However, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat withdrew at the eleventh hour without explanation.Both Israelis and Palestinians have been cited for human rights violations, as documented extensively by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light” – George Washington.Don SteinerSchenectadyGrateful for the care received at EllisOn June 25, I went into Ellis hospital for exploratory testing to determine if a heart valve replacement was possible. They did an ultrasound with a camera down my throat and a heart catheterization through my right arm. All of the people I met were compassionate and professional. The nurses, the first was Lorraine, the last was Christine, and Anna was in between, and many others were all good. It was a 12-hour visit because emergencies came in and my routine test was set back, as it should have been.It looks like a heart valve is possible. I hope my doctor takes me back to Ellis.Ken HeckelerGlenvilleU.S. helped destroy democracy in IranIran has a long history of American relationships, some consensual, but some by force. It’s a shameful historical fact that the United States played a role in destroying the Iranian people’s pathway toward a democratic form of government. President Eisenhower promoted a program, “Atoms for Peace,” to sell U.S.-manufactured nuclear reactors.He approached the Iranian government, pointing out that someday, Iranian oil would disappear and therefore they should purchase nuclear reactors to create nuclear power. They agreed, thus starting a nuclear problem for many presidents, including President Trump.In 1952, Mohammed Mosaddegh became the first democratically elected leader in Iran’s history. He nationalized Iran’s oil production that had been confiscated by Great Britain for many years. Winston Churchill asked Eisenhower to overthrow Iran’s government and take back “England’s oil.” The CIA got the job, removed Mosaddegh and put him in jail for three years.The Eisenhower government installed a puppet dictator, Mohammed Pahlavi, known as the shah. After 25 years, he was expelled.In 1988, the captain of the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger plane. His excuse was that the plane was going to attack his ship.Although it was really taking off, 290 people were killed including more than 60 children.When the 9/11 terrorists struck, the Iranians were the only Middle East people who marched in sympathy for the American deaths. Ironically, 15 of the 19 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia, the country Trump seems to favor to purchase U.S. military hardware.Mary Jane ValachovicSchenectady
President Donald Trump’s hopes for a speedy acquittal by the Senate received a boost on Thursday as Democrats suffered a setback in their efforts to introduce new witnesses at his impeachment trial.Democrats had sought to have Trump’s former national security advisor John Bolton testify but a key Republican senator said he would vote “no” when the question of calling further witnesses is put to the Senate on Friday.If the witness motion is rejected, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a key Trump ally, could conceivably call for a vote to acquit the president of the impeachment charges as soon as Friday. A two-thirds majority — or 67 senators — is needed to remove a president from office, and the 53-47 Republican majority in the Senate means Trump is virtually certain to be acquitted.Democrats were particularly eager to hear from Bolton following reports that he claims in an upcoming book to have been personally told by Trump that military aid to Ukraine was tied to Kiev investigating his Democratic rival Joe Biden.The charge is at the heart of the December 18 impeachment of the 45th US president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by the Democratic-majority House of Representatives.Four Republican votes are needed to allow new witnesses but Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who had been considered a possible swing vote, issued a statement late Thursday saying there was no need for more evidence. “It was inappropriate for the president to ask a foreign leader to investigate his political opponent and to withhold United States aid to encourage that investigation,” Alexander said.”But the Constitution does not give the Senate the power to remove the president from office and ban him from this year’s ballot simply for actions that are inappropriate,” he said.Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she would support the call for witnesses, and Utah Senator Mitt Romney has said he was “very likely” to do so.Another wavering Republican — Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — has said she will announce her decision Friday morning.In the event of a 50-50 tie, US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial, could be called upon to end the deadlock. If he declines to vote, the motion calling for witnesses would fail.’Purely partisan impeachment’ Chief Democratic prosecutor Adam Schiff, in a last-ditch bid on Thursday to win over Republican senators wary of a drawn-out process, proposed a one-week time frame to secure new witness testimony.”Let’s have a reasonable accommodation here,” the California lawmaker told the 100 senators sitting as jurors at the historic trial. “We’ll take one week, and you’ll continue with the business of the Senate.”Trump’s defense team rejected the Democratic calls for more witnesses.”They said for weeks it was an overwhelming case,” said White House deputy counsel Patrick Philbin. “If that’s their position, why do they need more witnesses?”White House counsel Pat Cipollone argued for an early acquittal, saying it “would be the best thing for our country.””We’re dealing with a purely partisan impeachment,” Cipollone said, accusing Democrats of using impeachment “as a political weapon.”Voters — not the Senate — should decide Trump’s fate in the November presidential election, he said.Cipollone and Schiff made their remarks during an occasionally testy Senate session during which Democratic and Republican senators directed questions to the House prosecutors and White House defense team.House impeachment managers expressed outrage over an assertion by one of Trump’s lawyers, Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, that a president can do almost anything he wants if he believes his re-election was “in the public interest.”Schiff said the claim echoed the Watergate case of disgraced president Richard Nixon 45 years ago.”What we have seen in the last couple of days is a descent into constitutional madness,” Schiff said.”Almost half a century ago, we had a president who said, ‘Well, when the president does it that means it is not illegal.'””Have we learned nothing in the last half century?” Schiff asked.”That is the normalization of lawlessness,” he said. “I would hope that every American would recognize that it’s wrong to seek foreign help in an American election.”‘Disgrace’ Trump’s defense team has argued alternatively that the impeachment is politically driven, that Trump did not tie Ukraine aid to the investigations he sought, that he had reason to seek a probe into his political rival and that he had the legal right to do so as president.The president has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, calling the entire process a politically driven “witch hunt” and a “disgrace.”Speaking at a campaign rally on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump said, “We’re having the best years in the history of our country and I just got impeached.”Democrats are to hold their first vote in Iowa on Monday in the process of selecting a candidate to face Trump in November’s presidential election.Topics :
Phil HaighSunday 21 Apr 2019 11:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link37Shares Advertisement Head-to-head in last five meetings Wilfried Zaha has declared he wants to leave Palace (Picture: Getty Images)When is Arsenal vs Crystal Palace?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe match is on Sunday 21 April with kick-off at 4pm at the Emirates.Is Arsenal vs Crystal Palace on TV and is there a live stream?Unfortunately not, as Sky Sports are showing the Cardiff vs Liverpool match at 4pm, following Everton vs Manchester United at 1.30pm.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 CityTeam newsAaron Ramsey will miss the game through a hamstring prolem and Sokratis is suspended, but Granit Xhaka and Denis Suarez are being assessed ahead of the contest and may be available.Roy Hodgson is without Jeff Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins.What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)1/2 Arsenal18/5 Draw6/1 Crystal Palace MORE: Tottenham make progress in Christian Eriksen negotiations amid interest from Real MadridMORE: Edu set to become Arsenal’s technical director with Gabriel Martinelli lined up as first summer signing Comment 28 Oct 2018 – Crystal Palace 2-2 Arsenal – Premier League20 Jan 2018 – Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace – Premier League28 Dec 2017 – Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal – Premier League10 Apr 2017 – Crystal Palace 3-0 Arsenal – Premier League01 Jan 2017 – Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace – Premier League Is Arsenal vs Crystal Palace on TV? Channel, live stream, time, odds and team news Arsenal can go third with a victory over Palace (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Arsenal take on Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon knowing that three points will see them leapfrog their local rivals, Spurs, into third in the Premier League.The Gunners have won three matches on the spin with two victories over Napoli and a Premier League win over Watford, taking them into this contest in confident mood.Palace have been struggling for consistency, winning two and losing four of their last six matches, however, they are eight points clear of the bottom three and the threat of relegation has passed.The Eagles have beaten Arsenal just once in their last 18 meetings in all competitions.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement
By: Governor Tom Wolf SHARE TWEET Join Me for a #PAbudget Twitter Town Hall Budget News, The Blog, Videos Tomorrow at 2:45 PM, I’m holding a Twitter Town Hall on my 2017-2018 #PAbudget.Start tweeting me any questions you have at twitter.com/governortomwolf now — and follow along tomorrow at 2:45 PM to see my answers.Tomorrow at 2:45 PM, I’m holding a Twitter Town Hall on my 2017-2018 #PAbudget. Start tweeting me your questions now. pic.twitter.com/6ekE1hkRCw— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 9, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 09, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
These DB schemes had a combined deficit of £1.4bn, compared to a pension surplus of just over £620m for the same companies the previous year, Barnett Waddingham said in its survey “Exploring Southern Europe”.On average, the companies contributed £11,800 per employee to their UK pension schemes, compared with £3,800 per employee outside of the UK.The firm said this significant difference was largely due to the fall in the corporate bond yields over the period.Most of the parent companies included in the survey were leading companies within their sector and could absorb reasonably large pension costs, said Andrew Vaughan, partner at Barnett Waddingham.“However, the impact upon performance and return on investments of the UK subsidiary companies can be more pronounced,” he said.“Multinational companies should continue to focus their attention on pensions costs both at a global level and country level and consider taking action to address any imbalance that exists wherever possible,” Vaughan added. UK defined benefit (DB) schemes linked to some Spanish and Italian companies descended into deficit in 2016, according to a survey from consultancy Barnett Waddingham, as a result of the fall in corporate bond yields.The firm warned of the disproportionately large effect the development could have on the returns on investment of these UK subsidiaries for their shareholders.Even though the UK subsidiaries in the survey on average produced just 15% of their companies’ global revenue, the units accounted for an average 60% of the parent companies’ global DB liabilities and 64% of their global pension contributions.Data collected at the end of 2016 from companies listed on the Spanish IBEX and Italian FTSE MIB indices with British subsidiary companies sponsoring DB schemes showed that 12 companies had around £47.6bn (€53.9bn) of UK pension liabilities between them.
The two largest Swedish pension funds have reported strong investment returns for 2019 on the back of rallying equities, but at the same time, both highlighted strategic shifts they made during the year which were sparked by thinking longer term.Alecta, the biggest fund, reported a 20.3% return on its defined contribution (DC) pension scheme Alecta Optimal Pension for 2019, and 14.1% on its defined benefit (DB) product.Magnus Billing, Alecta’s chief executive officer, said: “During the year, Alecta succeeded in delivering the best return in 20 years, and at the same time increased DB pensions and lowered the risk premiums for health insurance, developed our customer interaction and undertook ambitious improvement work.”The Stockholm-based firm, which manages collectively-agreed occupational pension plans, said the background to the strong investment returns had been rising stock markets around the world. Other contributing factors were a strong real estate market and falling interest rates during the year, it said.During 2019, Alecta said its asset management department had revised the investment guidelines to ensure good long-term returns and good pensions.“Above all, the revision relates to a broader selection of asset classes, preferably an increase in the proportion of real assets,” the pension fund said.Meanwhile AMF, Sweden’s second biggest pension fund, reported it made a 13.7% return overall for last year, and saw its solvency strengthen to 194% from 182% the year before.In preliminary 2019 financial figures, the blue-collar pension fund said equities had been the strongest performer, with this portfolio returning 31.5%, while fixed interest assets generated 2.5%, real estate 9.2% and alternatives 3.7%.Johan Sidenmark, the firm’s CEO, said: “We are delivering a strong return to our four million customers, not least due to the strong year for the stock market.”At the same time, he said, AMF was continuing to see signs of a downturn in the economy, and could see that the long-term challenges posed by the low-interest rate situation were still there.“Therefore, it feels good that in 2019 we could continue our transition to a larger proportion of long-term assets in the portfolio,” he said.CIO Thomas Flodén spoke last summer about the Swedish blue-collar pension fund’s plan to invest at an earlier stage in companies’ development, and stay invested for longer.In the full year results announcement, Sidenmark said that in 2019 AMF had made a number of investments it believed would contribute positively in the long term, both in terms of returns and risk diversification, but also in the transition to a fossil-free society.“We have grown within wind power and currently own capacity of 341 GWH, or about 4% of Sweden’s total capacity,” he said, also mentioning the fund’s first direct investment in forestry though its purchase of a majority stake in Swedish woodland owner Bergvik Skog Öst.
Illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Chevron)Golar: Cameroon FLNG starts full commercial opsGolar said on Monday that its FLNG Hilli Episeyo located offshore Kribi in Cameroon has started full commercial operations.LNG Limited welcomes new investor, raises $21.4m through share placementLNG Limited, the Australian company developing two LNG export projects in North America, has raised A$28.2 million ($21.4m) through a share placement agreement with the Hong Kong-listed investment holding company IDG Energy Investment Group.SK E&S plans to build $1.7 billion LNG infrastructure in PhilippinesSouth Korea’s SK E&S, part of conglomerate SK Group, said it signed a letter of intent on Tuesday with the Department of Energy of the Philippines to propose the construction of LNG infrastructure worth $1.7 billion in the archipelagic country.Keppel O&M to build LNG bunkering vessel for FueLNGKeppel Offshore & Marine through its unit, Keppel Singmarine, has secured an S$50 million ($37.5 million) contract from FueLNG to build South East Asia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel.Chevron completes modifications on 2nd Gorgon LNG trainUS-based energy giant Chevron said it has completed planned modifications on the second production unit at its Gorgon liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Barrow Island in Western Australia. LNG World News Staff
RelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes Bournemouth’s Danish midfielder, Philip Billing, has revealed how he was asked about representing Nigeria by Everton star Alex Iwobi.Billing, who is of Nigerian descent, has represented Denmark at under-19 and under-21 level but has yet to win a senior cap for the nation.He told BT: “It wasn’t until when we (Cherries) were going to play against Everton a couple of weeks ago when Alex Iwobi asked if I might be interested in coming and playing for Nigeria.“He said the coach had asked me. It was the first time I heard anything concrete myself.“It’s a pat on the back that another country would like you to play for them. I just take that as a shrug and proof that you are doing well.“It would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria, even though my father is from there.“I am half Nigerian and I feel that way too but I was born and raised in Denmark. My mother is Danish and my sister is Danish, so it would feel strange to have to play for Nigeria.”Tags: EvertonPhilip Billing