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Luka Burilović, HGK: The lack of manpower to solve the Slovenian model

first_imgAccording to recently published data, tourism lacks about 2,700 workers despite the fact that 171,044 people are unemployed, which is another warning for urgently finding a solution to the burning problem of labor shortage.To solve this problem, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce proposed the introduction of a more flexible model for setting quotas for the employment of foreigners, which would enable employers to approve the employment of foreigners “as needed”, ie. approving the employment of a foreign worker in a situation when it is proven that there is no available labor force on the Croatian market (the so-called Slovenian model) ““Tourism is our most important economic branch, which makes up almost a fifth of the total Croatian GDP and employs 6-7 percent of all employees in Croatia. In recent years, we have seen an increase in tourist overnight stays and tourism revenues. It is believed that the more favorable trends in overnight stays and tourist income were partly influenced by the result of the more favorable economic situation in the EU, which is the most important emitting market for Croatia. Namely, out of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists, tourists from the EU market realize almost 90 percent of overnight stays. ” points out the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović.Short-term proposals and measures advocated by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce are, in addition to bilateral agreements for seasonal work with neighboring countries to enable foreigners to work in season, legally enable minors to work after 8 pm and work of pensioners without losing the right to pension. As they point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, together with HUP and UPUHH they have already warned that just increasing quotas will not be a solution to the problem of labor in tourism because according to the current Decision on tourism and catering, foreigners cannot be employed as waiters, chefs and maids, who are the most deficient. The needs in the practice of the tourism sector far exceed the current employment opportunities for foreign workers.”For the further development of tourism and the Croatian economy, it is necessary to liberalize the system for employment of foreigners, which will be adjusted to the needs of the market instead of the current system in which the needs for foreign labor are assessed once a year. That model proved to be a failure. Labor shortages are also visible in other sectors, which also has a negative impact on the tourism sector. This is mostly seen in the example of construction.  We come to the conclusion that there are projects, there is secured money for financing, but there is a problem with finding adequate contractors “, warns the president of HGK Burilović, emphasizing that the lack of workers will especially affect construction companies and the tourism sector. start the investment cycle for next season.Prema procjenama, u građevinskom sektoru nedostaje više od 2000 radnika raznih profila, najviše zidara, tesara, armirača, montera suhe gradnje, keramičara i fasadera. Planiramo značajne infrastrukturne projekte, od kojih ćemo dobar dio financirati sredstvima iz EU fondova, ali upitno je u kojem će postotku naše tvrtke sudjelovati u tim projektima s obzirom na to da su zbog nedostatnog broja radnika sve manje konkurentni.Uz nedostatak radnika, iz HGK upozoravaju kako je nužno pojednostaviti proces zapošljavanja (za zapošljavanje stranaca potrebno je 30-ak dana) kako bi se pojednostavila komplicirana administrativna procedura i kako bi tvrtke pravovremeno zaposlile potrebne radnike. “Dugoročno, rješavanje problema radne snage vidimo u uvođenju dualnog modela obrazovanja po uzoru na Austriju i Njemačku. Takvo će obrazovanje, u kojem će se nastava 60 do 70 posto održavati u tvrtkama, a 30 do 40 posto u školama, uključiti mlade na tržište rada još za vrijeme strukovnog školovanja. Prednost učenicima bit će kvalitetno školovanje, bolje mogućnosti na tržištu rada, nastavak rada u poduzećima, ali i financijska neovisnost.” zaključuje Burilovićlast_img read more

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Industrial Agency Team of the Year

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Hygiene, social distancing new priorities in post-pandemic tourism

first_imgThe impact of COVID-19 might linger long after the pandemic ends as stakeholders in tourism, one of the hardest-hit sectors, brace for a major shift in customer behaviour and preferences after the dust settles. As tourists drop travel plans on the back of social distancing requirements, the government, initially set to develop tourism as the country’s economic powerhouse, had to adjust its expectation with a 30.6 percent year-on-year (yoy) drop in foreign visits as of March, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) notes that tourism will see a gradual return, but that there will be a “new normal” before a vaccine is available on a mass scale.In the post-pandemic new normal, after months under lockdown, public officials and businesspeople predict that hygiene, health and physical distance will be travellers’ new main concerns.Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama has pledged to focus on anticipating the new trends in tourism. “For future tourism development, we will focus on principal things to anticipate the trends and the new tourism paradigm, known as ‘the new normal’, where there is higher concern about sanitation and hygiene,” he said in an official statement on Monday.The ministry’s undersecretary for tourism products, Rizki Handayani, said the government was also mulling plans to issue certification as well as standard operating procedures to ensure compliance of tourist destinations and accommodation providers with health and hygiene standards.Rizki also predicted that visitor management for busy destinations, such as world heritage site Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java, would be required to maintain a physical distance between tourists.“If they [the tourists] were okay to go to packed and crowded places, not anymore. They will be more aware of the physical and social distancing concept,” she told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Consequently, tourists might also avoid transit flights to minimize contact and the possibility of transmission, hence direct connectivity to destinations would be preferred in the future, Rizki added.A study by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) confirms the predicted change in preferences. The survey of more than 1,200 Chinese tourists highlights that health and safety had become the main concern for future travels.“The tourists surveyed hope that travel agencies and destinations can do a good job of health and safety protection, take necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of tourists during travel,” the finding reads. Chinese tourists were the largest group of foreign visitors to the country before the pandemic.Meanwhile, the WTTC also suggests that new standards and protocols for safety might be required for tourist facilities.Outlining a new possible protocol, the WTTC said that, in a hotel for example, new protocols may be in the form of check-in involving digital technology, hand sanitizer at frequent points and contactless payment instead of cash.New preference for tourist product  As people get used to the new normal, tourists might also prefer to go to quieter places and opt for nature-based tourism and outdoor activities, Indonesia Travel Agent Association (Astindo) spokesperson Madeleine Sophie said.Madeleine, who runs the Era Tour and Travel company, drew the insight from her consumer survey.“Places that offer natural tourism, outdoor activity would be the new preference for tourists in the future. In the past, people would only go to Instagram-worthy places, even if it was crowded, but now guests will avoid crowded places,” she said.  The finding contrasted the country’s tourism state before the pandemic, where Tourism Ministry data shows that the majority of foreign tourists visit the country for culture-based tourism products.Madeleine also said that tourism products that could offer a local wisdom experience, sustainable tourism and culinary experiences would be preferred by tourists after the pandemic ends. People were also likely to go on vacation in smaller groups or with their family rather than in big groups, she added.PATA’s survey on Chinese tourists also shows that more than half surveyed choose to relax at the seaside, while the rest would opt for homestay and mountain sightseeing in the future.Meanwhile, tourism expert Muhammad Baiquni from Gadjah Mada University said there would be a surge of emerging small-scale, community-based destinations in the future, as people would cease to go to popular destinations like Bali, the country’s main tourism hub.“There will be more destination diversification,” he said, adding that wellness tourism would also be a new favourite in the future. The government has been promoting new destinations as alternatives to Bali, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara, as well as Bangka Belitung Islands.Homesharing platform Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, while laying off nearly 1,900 of its workers on Wednesday, announced that the company would have to evolve its business to meet customers’ new preferences.“People will want options that are closer to home, safer and more affordable. But people will also yearn for something that feels like it’s been taken away from them — human connection,” he wrote in an official note on the company’s website.Topics :last_img read more

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​Alecta attributes strong Q1 in part to dovish turn by central banks

first_imgAlecta reported that the group solvency ratio, however, was down year-on-year at 162% in this year’s first quarter, compared with 169% in the first quarter of 2018.When asked if Alecta planned to make any changes to its portfolios in light of these recent results, Sterte told IPE: “We are not planning to make any major changes, but we are gradually increasing our exposure towards real investments.”The five-year average return for the fund’s DC pension product is now 7.7% and for its DB product the average stands at 6.1%.Assets under management grew to SEK761bn (€72.4bn) for DB pensions by the end of March from SEK734bn at the end of December, and to SEK115bn from SEK95bn for DC. Sweden’s largest pension fund, Alecta, has published strong returns in the first quarter of 2019 for its defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) pension products.According to a report on its key figures for January to March, the fund’s DC product, Alecta Optimal Pension, generated a positive return of 8.1%, compared with -3.5% for the whole of 2018. Its DB product returned 5.6%, compared with -2% last year.Hans Sterte, CIO at Alecta, told IPE: “We have seen very strong returns from equites, which are up 13 percent this first quarter, on the back of softer monetary policy stance from the Fed and other central banks.”In the middle of the first quarter, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) — which has been raising interest rates in the second half of 2018 — said in a report that it would be patient as it determined what level of interest rates could be appropriate to support the economy. In March it said it anticipated no hikes for the rest of 2019 and only one more in 2020. last_img read more

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Shipowners Welcome Push toward European Maritime Single Window Environment

first_imgThe European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) and the World Shipping Council (WSC) have welcomed the adoption of a General Approach on the proposal for a European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe) by Transport Ministers.“With the adoption of this General Approach, the Member States agreed to facilitate, simplify and harmonise the reporting to be done and take a step towards a real internal market for shipping,” Martin Dorsman, ECSA’s Secretary General, commented.European co-legislators have been working intensively to reduce the administrative burden shipping faces. This burden stems from today’s unharmonized and inefficient reporting obligations and mechanisms within the EU.“The shipping industry is looking to the EU Institutions to deliver a European Maritime Single Window environment that remedies the deficiencies and costs that arose from the original Directive and its lack of a common blueprint for implementation by Member States. Because of those experiences it is even more important to make sure the agreed legal framework provides what’s needed to bring about real and tangible benefits to Europe’s maritime commerce,” John Butler, CEO and President of the World Shipping Council said.ECSA and WSC said they are pleased to see in the Council’s text a clear commitment to establish a harmonized data set, which is essential to reach real trade facilitation. The Council has agreed that the data elements must be kept to only the essential reporting information that is required and that additional temporary requirements are only added in exceptional and duly justified circumstances.“This is a very necessary addition, as we must be sure that once the spring cleaning of the reporting obligations is completed, this will not be undone the next day by allowing authorities to request without restrictions, any additional information in parallel to the EMSWe harmonised data set,” Dorsman added.As informed, the European Parliament Transport Committee is also making important improvements to the proposal. Both the draft report of MEP Ms Clune, the rapporteur, as well as several of the amendments tabled by her fellow MEPs are in line with requests from the industry to simplify and harmonize, not only the data, but also the reporting mechanism.“On this last element, the ‘how’ to report the data or the so-called ‘reporting interfaces’, we stress the need to make sure these interfaces are truly harmonised and common, both for system-to-system reporting and manual reporting using websites. We very much welcome amendments from MEPs that look at providing a single access point at EU level and harmonisation of the manual reporting tools (the Graphical User Interface). We stress this would not replace existing well-functioning reporting mechanisms, provided by some port community systems and national single windows,” Dorsman noted.“However, we should not forget these do not exist in all ports and Member States. We cannot miss this unique opportunity to bring all EU ports to an advanced level by providing a common baseline standard, to the benefit of trade in general and short sea shipping in particular,” he further said.last_img read more

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Hodges, Lathram, St. Jude’s are big winners at Cardinal’s opening weekend

first_imgEUNICE, N.M. (March 25-26) ­­– Sam Hodges and Jordan Lathram were the big winners at Cardinal Speedway’s season-opening doubleheader.So was St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.Hodges won Friday and Saturday night features for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. His $500 in winnings –­ $200 from opening night, $300 from night two ­­– didn’t stay in the bank long as the former Cardinal promoter called St. Jude’s on Monday to donate the full amount toward children’s cancer research.“This is the time last year I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I raced opening night in a SportMod, then had surgery and spent the rest of the season as a spectator,” he explained. “I made a deal with the Lord that he saved me and I’d help save somebody else.”“I’m going to donate all the money I win this season,” continued Hodges. “I’ve been good for a year now. Every day is a bonus.”(The St. Jude’s website is www.stjude.org).Hodges won from fourth starting on Friday, ahead of Errick Rogers and Gerald Spalding Jr., and from seventh on Saturday, battling both the cold and a dirt storm. Spalding was second and third went to Kenneth Seay.Lathram also had two wins to show for the weekend at Eunice, in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division.He drew the Friday pole and checked out in a contest that race 20 laps caution-free. Lathram started outside row one on Saturday and led just the last five circuits. The victories came in his third and fourth starts in a new Medieval Chassis.“I went straight to the top of the track on Friday. We had the setup right on point from the start,” he said. “We tightened it up a little for the feature on Saturday.”Mark Lord and Carbie McClearen rounded out Friday’s top three. Dustin White was runner-up and Colin Deming ran third on Saturday.Neal Flowers was first in the opening night feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, ahead of Toby Herring and Dean Deming.Herring collected the Saturday checkers in front of Jerry Harpole and Cory Davis.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod winners were Dustin Robinson and Cory Williams.Following Robinson to the Friday finish were Tanner Houston and Williams. Brandon Ross was second and Chance McDaniel ran third on Saturday.March 25 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Neal Flowers; 2. Toby Herring; 3. Dean Deming; 4. Butch Reid; 5. Cory Davis; 6. Caleb Stone; 7. Roy Don Mason; 8. Danny Lee; 9. Jim Boutelle; 10. Randy Knott; 11. Jerry Harpole; 12. Steve Owens; 13. Jaime Newton.Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Lathram; 2. Mark Lord; 3. Carbie McClearen; 4. Colby Deming; 5. Dillon Hill; 6. Justin Thomas; 7. Jeremy Wooley; 8. Colin Deming; 9. Shawn McCarty; 10. Brian Ray Flowers; 11. Jack Miles; 12. J.D. White; 13. Dustin White; 14. Walter Freeman; 15. Aaron Corley; 16. Cody Stone; 17. Hunter Russell; 18. Will Sheen; 19. Michael Therwhanger; 20. Jake White; 21. Curtis Davis; 22. Cary White.Hobby Stocks – 1. Sam Hodges; 2. Errick Rogers; 3. Gerald Spalding Jr.; 4. Kenneth Seay; 5. Ryan Wilkerson; 6. Jon McGowan; 7. Halie Brown; 8. Gerald Spalding Sr.; 9. Wayne Chadwell; 10. J.R. Patman; 11. Shawn Miles; 12. Larry Deaton; 13. Clint Day; 14. Lee Yeley; 15. Patrick Hill; 16. George Ross; 17. Wesley Mayer; 18. Ricky Yeley; 19. Shawn Wright; 20. Dakota Sikes.Southern SportMods – 1. Dustin Robinson; 2. Tanner Houston; 3. Cory Williams; 4. Rodger Pierce; 5. Chance McDaniel; 6. Brantley Beatty; 7. J.P. Vasquez; 8. Alec Smith; 9. Junior Dosher; 10. Brandon Ross; 11. Brannon Davis; 12. Kyle Lathram; 13. Brandon Davis; 14. Brian Heard; 15. Justin Lathram; 16. Trey Sims; 17. Roger Armstrong; 18. Kenneth Graves; 19. Rickey Beard; 20. Heath Herrington.March 26 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Herring; 2. Harpole; 3. Davis; 4. Stone; 5. Lee; 6. Deming; 7. Mason; 8. Reid; 9. Mike Amadore; 10. Flowers; 11. Knott; 12. Newton; 13. Owens; 14. Owen Puckett; 15. Boutelle; 16. Teddy Taylor.Stock Cars – 1. Lathram; 2. Dustin White; 3. Colin Deming; 4. Hill; 5. Flowers; 6. Colby Deming; 7.Wooley; 8. Miles; 9. Jake White; 10. McCarty; 11. McClearen; 12. Stone; 13. Therwhanger; 14. Russell; 15. J.D. White; 16. Thomas; 17. Freeman; 18. Cary White; 19. Davis; 20. Corley; 21. Lord.Hobby Stocks – 1. Sam Hodges; 2. Gerald Spalding Jr.; 3. Seay; 4. Michael Maraschick; 5. Sikes; 6. Larry Yeley; 7. Rogers; 8. Wilkerson; 9. Gerald Spalding Sr.; 10. Mayer; 11. Brown; 12. Chadwell; 13. Miles; 14. Lee Yeley; 15. Patman; 16. Deaton; 17. Hill; 18. Ashton Hayes; 19. Day; 20. Derrick Thomas; 21. Wright; 22. Cody Hodges; 23. Cameron Fehr; 24. Ross.Southern SportMods – 1. Williams; 2. Ross; 3. McDaniel; 4. Rodger Pierce; 5. Robinson; 6. Vasquez; 7. Smith; 8. Kyle Lathram; 9. Tyler Cook; 10. Jim Pierce; 11. Kyle Singleton; 12. Brandon Davis; 13. Sims; 14. Beatty; 15. Meriah Parke; 16. Tim Welch; 17. Houston; 18. Kenneth Graves; 19. Herrington; 20. Beard; 21. Joel King; 22. Billy Beckham; 23. Travis Graves; 24. Dosher; 25. Heard.last_img read more

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Gustin wins, Hibdon impresses in Britt Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights feature

first_imgThe Dirt Knights Tour is at Buena Vista Raceway for the $2,000 to win Al Ritts Memorial race, another Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier, on Wednesday, July 24. Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. at Alta with 6:45 p.m. hot laps preceding racing.  Hancock County is the only track of the four on the tour schedule this week that he’d raced at previously.  Brown was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner and Cody Nielsen paced the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Ninth starting Colby Fett was first to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers.  Gustin passed travel partner and race-long leader Hibdon on the 26th circuit, then led the last five laps to take the $1,500 checkers ahead of the youngster from Nevada, Jeremy Mills, Kyle Brown and Travis Hatcher.  Hibdon had started from the pole, Gustin from inside row two. Hibdon turned the fastest lap of the night the first time around the oval. He was one of four Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region drivers to start the main event.  The front pair were five seconds ahead of their nearest pursuit by lap 10. Gustin used the middle line to take the lead in traffic and pulled away for his tour career-leading 11th win. Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, he matched the record of three consecutive victories set last year by Ricky Thornton Jr.  BRITT, Iowa (July 23) – Richie Gustin equaled an Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour record with his third straight victory Tuesday at Hancock County Speedway.center_img “I look at the race results and the guys I raced with, and to be able to finish ahead of them was awesome,” said Hibdon, in his first full season in the division. “It’s been pretty fun. I’ve been able to learn a lot from these guys and get a lot of laps in. It was good experience running in lapped traffic and having to make quick decisions.”  The fourth and final tour event of the week is the $1,500 to win show Thursday, July 25 at Kossuth County Speedway in Algona.  Kollin Hibdon, meanwhile, turned heads with his runner-up finish in the IMCA Modified headliner at Britt. Hibdon, who turns 16 late next month and got his driver’s permit shortly before coming to Iowa this summer, had mid-pack finishes to show for the first two Dirt Knights events of the season. Both events will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.  Feature results – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 2. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 3. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 4. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 5. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek; 6. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 7. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 8. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 9. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 10. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 11. Austin Wolf, Algona; 12. Derrick Stewart, Ainsworth; 13. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 14. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 15. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 16. J.J. Wise, Garner; 17. Aaron Benson, Clear Lake; 18. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 19. Al Hejna, Clear Lake; 20. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 21. Alan Bohlman, Cambridge, Minn.; 22. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 23. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 24. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.last_img read more

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Pellegrini appears safe at City

first_img “It (the criticism) was deserved,” the City left-back told Sky Sports News. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game because Palace have been playing really well since they had a change of manager, but we also know a team like us, a club like us, with the objectives we have, have to win games like this so we are not hiding behind anything. “We have heard that some decisions went against us but we don’t want to hide behind these. “The results are not there and we need to be better.” The Frenchman hopes to put a smile back on City supporters’ faces this weekend by claiming victory at the home of their nearest and biggest rivals Manchester United. “The timing is perfect (for a derby),” Clichy said. “On Sunday we are playing against United, they are hitting top form this year and we lost that second position. “So we have a lot to make up for to the fans and Sunday night the city will be all blue or red and hopefully we can make a great day for them because the fans have always been behind us.” City, meanwhile, announced on Wednesday that they will play a post-season friendly against Toronto FC at BMO Field on May 27. But despite being all but out of the title race, Press Association Sport understands there is no current appetite to remove Pellegrini, who is contracted until the end of next season. The Chilean’s performance will be reviewed at the end of the season in line with club policy for all employees. Pellegrini won the league in his first year at the Etihad Stadium, but his chances of retaining the trophy took a significant blow on Monday when City lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace. After the defeat, the 61-year-old appeared determined to see out the three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2013. ”I’m not concerned about my job. That is one thing I am never concerned with,” Pellegrini said. ”I never have fear about it, I do my work, I’m very happy. The team may be having a difficult season but never worry about me. ”We are not thinking about Chelsea, or about the title. We are just trying to win our games.” Gael Clichy accepts he and his team-mates should have done better at Selhurst Park, even though Palace’s first goal – scored by Glenn Murray – should have been ruled out for an offside against Scott Dann. City were level with Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea on New Year’s Day, but they now find themselves fourth in the standings with just seven games to go. City have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions and are nine points behind Jose Mourinho’s side, who have a match in hand to come against bottom side Leicester. Manuel Pellegrini’s job is not under any immediate threat despite Manchester City’s faltering form. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Flattop 5K set for March 28

first_img Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) LAMOINE — Eden Athletics will hold the 10th annual Flattop 5K and kids’ Fun Run on Saturday, March 28.The race is held in honor of the late Bill Pinkham, a dedicated runner in the community.The kids’ one-mile run is set for 9:30 a.m., and the 5K begins at 10. The cost is $15 for 5K runners and $1 for the Fun Run.Races begin at the Lamoine School, which is on Route 184 – about six miles from the intersection of routes 1 and 184.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textRegistration closes on race day at 9 a.m. for the fun run and 9:30 for the 5K. This race is the first event in the 2014 Jack Russell’s Steakhouse Points Series.For more information, call Robin Emery at 667-9219 or Tom Kirby at 667-9771.center_img Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

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Ambode Offers Lifeline to National Stadium in Lagos

first_imgBrimming with the new status of Lagos as one of the marathon destinations in the world, Ambode wants the city to regain its pride of place hosting Super Eagles matches again.In his remark, Dalung promised he will go through the proposal and act on it.“It is only fair that we hand over the stadium to Lagos State for renovation since we’ve given to Enugu, Bauchi and Kaduna states stadia in their domain.“We were trying to drive a concession but Lagos State’s interest in the National Stadium is what we call an overriding interest which is based on equity. If Gov Ambode is interested in the National Stadium then the concession process is already abated” Dalung said gleefully.The minister noted that Nigerian football and its followership started going down when the National Stadium in Surulere ceased to host local and international matches.“No matter how strong your home team is, if you don’t have a common ground where your teams play their big games, the environment counts a lot. Football has so many interests and since we lost the National Stadium Lagos, football started going down,” Dalung further observed.Ambode has since invited the minister for a joint working visit of the National Stadium with the Lagos State government to ascertain the level of decadence and to hold talks on the evaluation and the next line of action to take.The minister praised Lagos State for its successful hosting of the 2nd Lagos City Marathon.He called on the state government to add more entertainment and culture to the event in subsequent editions to get more youths involved in the road race and to ensure that Nigerians benefit more from the mouth-watering prize money on offer. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram At last, life is about to return to the National Stadium complex in Lagos after a decade and half of abandoning the country’s prized sports edifice.At the weekend,  Lagos State Governor,  Akinwunmi Ambode,  made the state’s intent known when he paid a condolence visit to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, at his residence in Abuja.“I will like to bring the National Stadium back to life. The last time a game was played at the National Stadium was in 2005. There is also the employment aspect of football and hosting of matches at the stadium. That includes the jerseys, branding, mama put food vendors, the sign writers, the supporters, merchandising, and so on. We want to bring back the football culture of Lagos State to the National Stadium after its renovation,” Ambode revealed of his intent.last_img read more

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