Papaya on Zrće was named the sixth best club in the world by DJ Mag

first_imgAnother great recognition comes from the international community – Papaya club located on the beach Zrce has positioned itself as the sixth best club in the world according to DJ MAG, the most influential electronic music magazine.The results of the competition are based on the votes of tens of thousands of club fans from all over the world, and the success is even greater when added to the fact that Papaya made a jump of three places compared to last year, from the previous, also high, ninth place. In first place was the Green Valley Club from Brazil, in second place was USHUAïA in Ibiza and Zouk from Singapore in third place.Apart from Papaya, which took 6th place, Noa Beach Club took 13th place among Croatian clubs, Aquarius is in 25th place, while Kalypso is in 33rd place and Revelin club is in 40th place.In addition to this news, for the destination of the island of Pag, the town of Novalja, but also the whole of Croatia, extremely important tourist news that will certainly affect the increase in visits to the destination, is that in Novalja an investment “boom” is happening. Boutique hotels, resorts and villas are springing up, themed restaurants of world cuisine are opening and the whole destination is experiencing an investment boom. In support of this is the opening of this year’s boutique hotel with 4 * of our national football team member Dejan Lovren on the Novalja waterfront, following the example of his colleague Messi who bought a hotel in Ibiza.Papaya opens its doors to its visitors on May 22 with the popular Summer Opening Festival, which is a symbol of the beginning of an exciting season and an invitation to all local visitors to have fun at the first after beach parties in Croatia.last_img read more

US companies criticized for cutting jobs rather than investor payouts

first_imgUS companies laying off workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic but still paying dividends and buying back shares are drawing criticism from labor unions, pension fund advisers, lawmakers and corporate governance experts.While most US companies are scaling back payouts after a decade in which the amount of money paid to investors through buybacks and dividends more than tripled, some are maintaining their policies despite the economic pain.Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, Halliburton Co, General Motors Co and McDonald’s Corp have all laid off staff, cut their hours, or slashed salaries while maintaining payouts, according to a Reuters review of regulatory filings, company announcements and company officials. “This is the time for large companies to try to help, for systemic reasons, to keep things flowing,” said Ken Bertsch, executive director of the Council of Institutional Investors. The council’s members include public pension funds and endowments that manage assets worth about US$4 trillion.Read also: Five more months to business as usual: Business playersRoyal Caribbean, which has halted its cruises in response to the pandemic and borrowed to boost its liquidity to more than $3.6 billion, said it began laying off contract workers in mid-March, though the moves did not affect its full-time employees.The company has not suspended its remaining $600 million share buyback program, which expires in May, or its dividend, which totaled $602 million last year and is set quarterly. “We continue to take decisive actions to protect (our) financial and liquidity positions,” Royal Caribbean spokesman Jonathon Fishman said. He declined to comment specifically on the layoffs or shareholder payouts.While Royal Caribbean’s rival Carnival Corp has also laid off contract workers, it has suspended dividends and buybacks as it raised more than $6 billion in capital markets to weather the coronavirus storm.Unemployment surgeGoldman Sachs analysts forecast this week that S&P 500 companies would cut dividends in 2020 by an average of 50 percent because of the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.While there has been criticism of companies maintaining investor payouts, only those receiving financial support from the US government under a $2.3 trillion stimulus package are obliged to suspend share buybacks.US companies hare buybacks and dividends payouts. (Reuters/-)Layoffs contributed to US unemployment skyrocketing last month. Jobless claims topped 6.6 million in the week ended March 28 – double the record set the prior week and far above the previous record of 695,000 set in 1982.Companies say job cuts are necessary to offset a plunge in revenue but their critics say they should consider turning off the spigots to shareholders before letting employees go.“If companies are paying dividends and doing buybacks, they do not have to lay off workers,” said William Lazonick, a corporate governance expert at the University of Massachusetts.Workers at franchised McDonald’s restaurants say they are getting fewer shifts since dining areas were closed in March, leaving only carry-out and drive-through services open.Alma Ceballos, 31, who has worked at a franchised McDonald’s near San Francisco for 14 years, said she could not pay her rent after her schedule was cut to 16 hours from 40 and her husband, a janitor at Apple Inc’s Cupertino, California, campus was laid off.McDonald’s, which has suspended buybacks but maintained its annual dividend, worth $3.6 billion in 2019, told Reuters its staffing and opening hours were not related to “making a choice between employees and dividends”.About 95 percent of its US restaurants are run by franchisees who decide staffing. McDonald’s said it was offering rent deferrals and other help to keep franchises open and employing workers.Read also: Tens of thousands of workers across Indonesia laid off because of COVID-19 outbreak“McDonald’s could commit to 30 days of income for all workers,” Mary Kay Henry, president of the labor union SEIU which has 2 million members, said in an interview with Reuters. “Corporations need to pay their fair share here.”‘It’s just wrong’General Motors has halted normal production in North America and temporarily reduced cash pay for salaried workers by 20 percent. It paid its first-quarter dividend on March 20 and has a month before declaring its next dividend, a spokeswoman said, adding that GM would assess economic conditions before deciding.“Our focus in the near term is to protect the health of our employees and customers, ensure we have ample liquidity for a very wide range of scenarios, and implement austerity measures to preserve cash,” spokeswoman Lauren Langille said.Oilfield services firm Halliburton furloughed about 3,500 workers in its Houston office starting on March 23, according to a letter sent to the Texas Workforce Commission obtained by Reuters. It has also cut 350 positions in Oklahoma.Halliburton cited disruption from the coronavirus as well as plunging oil prices as the reason for the furlough. In March, it paid its first-quarter dividend to shareholders as planned.A Halliburton spokeswoman declined to comment on the furlough and the company’s dividend policy.Read also: Coronavirus drives record US job losses amid economic shutdownSome of the companies laying off workers while still paying out shareholders, such as General Motors, signed an initiative last year from the Business Roundtable, a group of chief executives, pledging to make business decisions in the interest of employees and other stakeholders, not just shareholders.Large asset managers such as BlackRock and Vanguard have cited managing “human capital” as a priority for companies in which they invest. Yet they have been reluctant to publicly press companies to avoid layoffs during the crisis.Vanguard told Reuters it “recognizes the need for companies to exercise judgment and flexibility as they balance short- and long-term business considerations”.BlackRock did not respond with a statement when contacted for comment.“Profits should be shared with the workers who actually create them,” US Senator Tammy Baldwin, a long-standing critic of share buybacks, told Reuters in an email.“It’s just wrong for big corporations to reward the wealthy or top executives with more stock buybacks, while closing facilities and laying off workers.”Topics :last_img read more

Kyrgios tells bitter rival Nadal: ‘Let’s do Insta’

first_imgThey met again at Wimbledon last summer when Nadal won but fumed after the Australian appeared to spear a ball directly at him. Topics : “Rafa lets do Instagram live together. I am down with it. Rafael Nadal let’s do it,” wrote the Australian on Instagram.Kyrgios and Nadal have endured a bitter relationship on court.Last year, the 19-time Grand Slam winner accused the Australian of “lacking respect” after Kyrgios won a stormy encounter in Mexico.Kyrgios responded by claiming the Spanish world number two was “super-salty”.center_img Australian tennis maverick Nick Kyrgios invited Rafael Nadal to take part in a cozy video chat on Sunday despite their stormy on-court relationship.As the coronavirus has sent the tennis season into hibernation until July 13 at the earliest, a host of players have recently taken to social media for face-to-face exchanges.So, on Sunday, after the BBC had asked for suggestions as to the most sought-after facetimes, Kyrgios was quick to respond.last_img read more

For Italy’s Muslims, lack of burial space deepens grief in pandemic

first_img A rectangle of pebbles In the cemetery of Bruzzano, on the outskirts of Milan, 50-something Mustapha Moulay gazes at a greyish earthen tomb in the Muslim section of an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic cemetery.”It was God’s will,” he said of the death on April 7 of his 55-year-old wife from COVID-19.She contracted the virus in a Milan hospital where she had been admitted a month earlier for a minor leg operation, said Moulay, who was born in Morocco and has lived in Italy for 32 years.The grave has no tombstone, and is simply marked out with a rectangle of pebbles. The freshest graves are strikingly destitute.The graves of those who died pre-coronavirus look more permanent — with cement borders and sometimes a marble slab engraved with the crescent moon.Many other Italian Muslims however were forced to travel long distances to bury their dead, or leave bodies for days in morgues, or even keep them at home while seeking a space. Italy’s Muslims number around 2.6 million, or 4.3 percent of the population. Living mainly in the country’s north, 56 percent hold foreign citizenship, many from countries in North Africa or South Asia.No official statistics are available on the number of Muslims, whether Italians or foreign nationals, who lost their lives during the outbreak. ‘A dignified burial’ Under Islamic tradition, the dead must be buried as quickly as possible, preferably within 24 hours.One of the most extreme cases was that of Hira Ibrahim, a Macedonian woman in Pisogne, near the northern city of Brescia, whose mother died from coronavirus.Ibrahim had to keep her mother’s body at home for more than 10 days for lack of a Muslim cemetery in her community, according to the newspaper La Repubblica.Countless Muslim families faced similar tragic predicaments during the crisis, the paper said.Tchina, the imam, said the problem persists even after the biggest waves of deaths have subsided.The body of a Muslim who died in Milan last week was transported some 50 kilometers away for burial, he said.Tchina thanked mayors “who opened their [Catholic] cemeteries during this crisis to ensure a dignified burial” for the Muslim dead.The president of Milan’s Islamic Centre, Gueddouda Boubakeur, said that some families in Brescia and Bergamo — two of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus — had to wait “a very long time”.Thanks to the combined efforts of municipalities and central government authorities, solutions were ultimately found most of the time, he said.”We didn’t consider the distance. We went to the first town that accepted the bodies. Our concern was above all to find space,” Boubakeur said. Topics : Italy’s Muslim community, like others, suffered many deaths as the coronavirus pandemic hit the Mediterranean country hard.Compounding the pain for the religious minority has been the grim reality of a lack of space to bury their dead.Imams and Muslim community leaders are now calling for more Islamic cemeteries, or additional space in the country’s existing graveyards, as the faithful increasingly want to be buried in Italy, their home. “We have experienced the pain [of the pandemic], but it has sometimes been deepened when some families could not find a place to bury their dead because there were no Muslim sections in the town cemeteries,” Abdullah Tchina, imam of the Milan Sesto mosque, told AFP.More than 34,000 people have died from the virus in Italy, mostly in the industrial north, and for months global air travel has been at a near-standstill.As a result, Muslims who died of COVID-19 or other causes could not be repatriated to their countries of origin, as was the practice previously.That led to a spike in requests for burials — and the realization that Italy lacks the space. Handful of cemeteriesThe Union of Islamic Communities of Italy lists just 76 Islamic cemeteries in the country, which counts nearly 8,000 municipalities. The oldest was built in 1856, in the northeastern city of Trieste, while Rome’s date back only to 1974.Under Italian law, cemeteries “may provide for special and separate sections” for non-Catholics, but they are not required.Boubakeur acknowledged the government’s cooperation, but urged more “political will” to create additional Muslim burial spaces.”After this pandemic, 150 municipalities responded positively to our requests” to provide a Muslim section in their cemeteries, Boubakeur said — just a fraction of the nearly 8,000 municipalities.Going forward, the need for Muslim burial plots will only increase as immigrants and their offspring prefer to be interred in Italy.”We used to have a kitty to pay for sending back bodies to their country of origin, but no longer,” Boubakeur said.”Some old people still want to be buried in their country of origin. But many have children, grandchildren in Italy and now prefer to be buried here.”Younger Muslims “want to be buried in Italy because they’re Italian”, Boubakeur said.last_img read more

WINAIR announces summer schedule

first_imgWINAIR has advised that for the peak part of the summer (July 13 – August 31) they will increase their flights from regularly scheduled 4 flights per week, to 6 flights per week into Dominica.The announcement was made on Thursday 21 May 2015, that flights will now operate daily, except Tuesday. There will be new times with the flights to accommodate this schedule.New Times:WM 103;PTP – DOM – 07.00 – 07.30DOM – SXM – 08.00 – 09.00WM 104;SXM – DOM – 17.30 – 18.30DOM – PTP – 19.00 – 19.30 Tweet Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsTravel WINAIR announces summer schedule by: – May 21, 2015 210 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Lions Club and Hands Across the Seas Assist in Literacy Efforts

first_imgLocalNews Lions Club and Hands Across the Seas Assist in Literacy Efforts by: – December 1, 2011 Tweet Share Share Lion Glenda Joseph handing over supplies to Mrs Celia Nicholas, Principal of the Dominica Community High SchoolTwenty-six (26) schools and organizations were better equipped to improve the literacy efforts in Dominica through donations of schools supplies and reading material by Hands Across the Seas through the Dominica Lions Club.A number of preschools and secondary schools including CALLS, DYBT and education officials, among others, received supplies ranging from musical instruments, electrical supplies, photocopier, educational materials and books in what has become an annual partnership between the Lions Club and Hands Across the Seas, a charitable organization led by Harriett and TL Linskey of the US.The Lions Club and the various Peace Corps Volunteers on the island identify the school, which provide wish lists of items required to assist in the every day delivery of lessons to students of those institutions.These lists are prepared and presented at least six (6) months in advance to give the donors ample time to source the materials from business, organizations and individuals in the US through their site: www.handsacrossthesea.net/HandsWishLists.htm Dominica Lions Club members with the recipient of the school suppliesThe Lions Club would like to commend the efforts of Hands Across the Seas and their donors for the efforts which they put towards ensuring that all possible is done in assisting the literacy efforts on islands and to the schools for taking up the challenge and partnering with the Lions, Peace Corps Volunteers and Hands Across the Seas. The schools, on their part, were enthusiastic about receiving their supplies and assured the partners that all efforts would be made and to put them to best use.Press ReleaseDominica Lions Clubcenter_img Share 926 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Pepe Reina praises controversial Covid-19 protests

first_img Read Also: La Liga: Spanish Prime Minister confirms restart date The ex Liverpool man has established himself as figure of political controversy due to previous remarks. He has publicly criticised the Catalan independence referendum, and openly indicated his support for Vox’s leader Santiago Abascal, as per reports from COPE prior to the 2019 General Election. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Former Spanish international Pepe Reina has backed the widespread protests from far right Spanish political supporters across the country. Protesters took to the streets, inside their cars, to protest at Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s handling of the coronavirus lock down. The 37-year old, currently on loan at Premier League side Aston Villa, tested positive for the virus in March, however he appears to be against the measures enacted by Sanchez. “Ah! It appears that folks have gone out into the streets, haven’t they?” the former Villarreal keeper tweeted from his official account. Reina’s comments come just hours after Sanchez confirmed both La Liga’s Primera and Segunda Divisions can both restart their 2019-20 seasons behind closed doors from June 8.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their Death7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phonelast_img read more

Alderweireld focus on European push

first_img Press Association Eyebrows were raised last summer when the 26-year-old moved to St Mary’s on a season-long loan, just months after playing for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final. Alderweireld’s form on the south coast has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham, but Ronald Koeman’s side have the option to make the deal permanent for just £6.8million. “It is has been a very nice season,” Alderweireld said. “We like to play football, we have a good team and we have good results. “We are playing for the European spots so I am happy.” The win over Hull was unconvincing but gave Southampton’s faint top-four hopes a boost. Bettering the fifth place of 1985 looks a big ask but not impossible after James Ward-Prowse’s penalty and a late Graziano Pelle strike. “We just have to look to ourselves and not to look to other teams,” Alderweireld said. “We know we have six games left, so it is going to be a hard sprint. “The games are all tough, like next week Stoke away. It is a very difficult game, but we are going to try and win our games. “We know we have Tottenham at home so we can do good business, but first we have to go to Stoke and that is going to be difficult.” The result leaves Hull further in the mire given they face an unenviable run of fixtures from now until the end of the season. City have a two-week break before their next match at Crystal Palace, where Michael Dawson knows they need to put Saturday’s disappointment behind them. “It is a massive disappointment,” the Hull skipper said. “The first half, I thought we got right at them and I think (goalkeeper Steve Harper) Harps probably made one save. “We were hoping to do the same in the second, but goals change games, big decisions in games. “The yellow card incident where Alex (Bruce) is covered in claret, where (Graziano Pelle) has caught him flush straight in the face, t hat for me is a red card, but obviously with the penalty the ref got that right. Two big decisions. “There was a lot more chances created by us than them, but at the end of the day we go away with no points which is a massive disappointment for us. “The teams in and around us are winning, so it’s about ourselves. We need to starting picking up some points.” Toby Alderweireld is ignoring the background noise about his future, such is the on-loan defender’s determination to complete Southampton’s “special season” by securing European qualification. The Belgium international has expressed a desire to stay at Saints, but the waters are muddied by Atletico’s ability to nullify the buy-out clause by paying them £1.5million. Jose Luis Perez Caminero recently indicated the Primera Division club would invoke that clause, saying Diego Simeone’s men were counting on him for next term, but Alderweireld is unclear whether he will be at St Mary’s, the Vicente Calderon or elsewhere. “I saw something in the Spanish papers,” Alderweireld told Press Association Sport. “I don’t know, I didn’t hear from them. We will see. “It is not (frustrating) because it does not matter what they say, what is in the papers. “I am just focused on Southampton and we are playing for a European spot, so it is going to be a special season. “I am focused, I am happy here, so, yeah, no problem for me.” Alderweireld has been one of Southampton’s best players in a remarkable season. Many predicted a relegation battle for Koeman’s men, yet Saturday’s 2-0 win against Hull saw them equal the record Premier League points tally of 56 set last year. last_img read more

Syracuse volleyball records first-ever ACC win

first_imgSyracuse (6-12, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) recorded its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference win on Friday, defeating Virginia (10-8, 3-3) 3-1. Unfortunately for Syracuse, the team could not follow that up with a win on Sunday, losing to Virginia Tech (16-4, 4-2) 3-1.In the first set on Friday, the Orange struggled to a 15-25 loss. The team fought back in the second set, utilizing a 9-3 run at 10-8 to eventually take the set 25-19. In the third set, the Orange rode a 9-2 run with the score at 13-12 to take the set 25-20.In the fourth set, the Orange rattled off eight straight points after facing a 17-19 deficit, taking the set 25-19 off a Gosia Wlaszczuk ace.Captain Lindsay McCabe had a career night with a personal best 12 blocks and eight kills. Outside hitter Silvi Uattara led the team with nine kills and eight digs. Setter Erica Handley led the team with 38 assists.Against Virginia Tech on Sunday, the Orange kept it close for much of the first set, but the Hokies used a 3-0 run at 14-14 to eventually claim the set 19-25. The Orange started the second set well, taking a 10-7 lead, but would go on to lose the next 12 points and fall 15-25.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange began to mount a comeback in the third set, riding a 9-3 run at 12-12 to later take the set 25-19. The Orange again hung with the Hokies in the fourth set, battling them to 21-23 before losing the final two points and the match.Uattara posted her second double-double of the season with 16 kills and 10 digs. Junior captain Nicolette Serratore posted 13 kills. Junior Melina Violas led the team defensively with 15 digs, and Handley led the team in passing with 40 assists.– Compiled by Ryan Raigrodski, staff writer Comments Published on October 14, 2013 at 12:12 amcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women of Troy top conference poll

first_imgFresh off of their second national title in four years, the USC women’s water polo team topped the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s preseason poll. Four times since Jovan Vavic became the head coach of the men’s and women’s water polo teams at USC, he’s been able to coach both teams to a national championship in the same school year (1998-99, 2003-04, 2009-2010 and 2012-13).Fearless leader · Coach Jovan Vavic has the opportunity to win national titles in men’s and women’s water polo for the fifth time. – Corey Marquetti | Daily Trojan The poll predicts that Vavic is likely to accomplish the feat for a fifth time. After winning the national title with the men’s team this past December, the MPSF preseason poll narrowly predicted USC women’s team to finish first in the conference that has won every national championship since water polo became sanctioned as a varsity sport by the NCAA in 2001.Much like last year’s national championship game, the team finished just a hair ahead of second-place Stanford. The Women of Troy beat Stanford 10-9 in overtime in last year’s national title bout and received four out of seven first place votes in the poll, with Stanford receiving the other three.UCLA finished third in the poll, indicating that little has changed in the national landscape of women’s water polo in the last two decades. USC, UCLA and Stanford have combined to win all 13 of the national titles in the sport’s history, and the runner-up has also come from the trio 11 of those times.Two years ago, it was Stanford that squeaked past USC in the 2012 title bout with a 6-4 win. But USC had the upper hand against the Cardinal in the 2010 final, which the Women of Troy also won 10-9.Junior driver and last year’s MPSF player of the year Monica Vavic, daughter of the head coach, returns from last year’s team along with senior All-Americans Flora Bolonyai, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Madeline Rosenthal and Kelly Mendoza.The Women of Troy open competition at the Triton Invitational in San Diego on Feb. 8. The team will also unveil the new Uytengsu Aquatics Center on March 7 against CSU Bakersfield.last_img read more