OlderWorld Travel Awards honours hospitality leaders in Asia The opening marks the second Renaissance hotel in the city. “As China’s most successful economic zone and a driving force of the Greater Bay Area of southern China, Shenzhen is an important destination for both business and leisure travellers,” said Henry Lee, president, Greater China, Marriott International. “Renaissance Shenzhen Bay is the latest addition to Marriott International’s expanding portfolio of 15 hotels across nine distinctive brands in Shenzhen. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Marriott has welcomed the opening of Renaissance Shenzhen Bay Hotel in Nanshan, an affluent district to the south-west of Shenzhen. The area is home to Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park, among the largest technology headquarters in the country.- Advertisement – Guests can also stay active during their stay with a dip in the spacious 25-meter indoor heated swimming pool offering spectacular views of Shenzhen Bay area, or workout at the fully equipped 24-hour fitness centre.“Shenzhen is on the forefront of global technological innovation and Nanshan is the emerging epicentre of high-tech companies, which attracts both international and domestic travellers for business and leisure,” said Chris Shum, complex general manager for Renaissance Shenzhen Bay and Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bay. “We look forward to welcoming our guests to discover the unexpected experiences in one of the best neighbourhoods in Shenzhen, as well as curating a relaxing and comfortable stay for them through our design-led spaces and excellent F&B outlets.” NewerRed Sea Development awards US$2bn in contracts “This opening strengthens our presence in this fast-growing city, meeting the demand for business travellers and MICE clients while also connecting leisure travellers with wonderful new discoveries in Shenzhen through the Renaissance brand.”Renaissance Shenzhen Bay is conveniently situated at the core of the action at Shenzhen High Tech Park, a short 35-minute drive to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and 15 minutes from the Shenzhen Bay Border Crossing connecting nearby Hong Kong. The hotel features 293 stylish rooms and suites offering views of Shenzhen Bay and the surrounding neighbourhood.- Advertisement –
Veljko Ostojic has been appointed director of the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT), the largest association in the Croatian tourism sector, founded in May this year. Elected by the Board of Directors of the association, Ostojic will be in charge of its operational management. HUT President Tomislav Popović, President of the Management Board of Maistra, has already been elected at the Founding Assembly.HUT was established to address the strategic issues of Croatia’s most important industry, which accounts for 18 percent of GDP and more than 10 percent of employment in Croatia. By uniting the largest associations of the Croatian tourism sector – the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association and the Croatian Camping Association, together with the leading tourism companies operating in the country, HUT is focused on uniting all interested hotel and tourism companies and professional associations in hospitality and tourism. to ensure the further development of Croatian tourism, primarily in the context of raising competitiveness, increasing employment and the overall positive contribution to the Croatian economy. The founders of HUT generate about 70 percent of the total revenue in the sector, and in accordance with the Statute of the association is open to new members for the purpose of cooperation and active creation of the business future of the tourism sector.The Croatian Association of Tourism and the Croatian Association of Employers are organizing a round table “How to encourage investment through tax reform” tomorrow, July 5, at 12 noon in the premises of HUP (Radnička 52), which will open a discussion on the effects of announced tax changes on growth and development of the domestic economy. and will raise the issue of VAT changes that would stimulate investment growth, employment growth and GDP growth, and strengthen the international competitiveness of the domestic economy.In addition to Davor Majetić, director of HUP and Veljko Ostojić, director of HUT, the round table will be attended by Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić, owner of Sunce Concern and member of the executive board of HUP Jako Andabak, partner in HD Consulting Branko Bogunović and professor with Faculty of Economics Boris Cota.
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ILOILO City –The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has dropped the plan to totally phaseout old public utility jeepneys (PUJ) by July 2020. Local transport groupswelcomed the move. But they have some reservations. He added: “Lain gid ya kon kami gapasad. Mabal-annamon ang ibutang nga mga materyales.”/PN Should theyfail to submit their petitions, their routes will be opened to applicationsfrom cooperatives that were able to modernize their units, the DOTr stressed. “We are happy,”according to Raymundo Parcon, president of the Iloilo City Loop Alliance This did notsit well with local transport groups. “Diin nga region may pinakanami mag obrasang jeep? Indi bala diri saIloilo? Kompara mo sa mga kompaniya sangmga salakyan nga haruson isa ka tuig nagakalkal na tungod nga mass producedila. Ti karun magkwa kami sang P2.4million nga salakyan, maglab-ot twoyears basi madagdag na kaha ya,” saidParcon. Passengers wait for their turn to board this jeepney in Barangay Buhang, Jaro, Iloilo City. The jeepney is the core of Philippine public transport. It started as remodeled army vehicles left behind by US forces after World War II. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Through Sen.Grace Poe who chairs the Senate public services committee, Parcon’s grouppressed for the following: However, hesaid, there are some points they want to raise to the national government. Jeepney driversare actually not against transport modernization, stressed Parcon, and they infact formed the Western Visayas Transport Cooperative (WVTC) to procure modernjeepneys as required by DOTr. * to considerPUJ rehabilitation instead of purchasing modern but cost-prohibitive PUJs “Imbes nga buligan kami sang gobyerno, daw gina-threaten pa kami,” said Parcon. “We are fortransport modernization. But we want to protect individual jeepney operators,too. The program should not lead to the displacement of individual operatorsdue to the consolidation of their units into transport cooperatives,” saidParcon. * to extend thetransition period of the modernization program for another three to five years. DOTr is lettingold jeepneys remain on roads as long as they pass the motor vehicle inspectionsystem or roadworthiness test. Modern jeepneysare required to have, among others, Euro 4 engines that meet the European Unionemission standards on harmful chemicals (such as toxic sulfur, benzene andcarbon dioxide, etc.), Global Positioning System, automatic fare collectionsystem, dashboard camera, speed limiter, and closed-circuit television camera. He appealed tothe government to let individual jeepney operators buy their own Euro 4 enginesand built the body (kaha) of theirjeepneys instead of outright purchasing a modernized jeepney that costs P2.4million. But under thisrevised timetable, PUJ operators whose units have passed the road worthinesstest will be granted a provisional authority (PA) only that is valid for oneyear. After a year, their units will have to undergo the test again. To apply for aPA, the DOTr said operators must submit a petition for consolidation of unitsfor a transport cooperative in June 2020 as well as a petition stating theirintention to join the modernization program. “We will followthe DOTr criteria for modern jeepneys. We want to have compliant units, too,because we want to officer the public better service,” said Parcon. DOTr said theJune 2020 deadline was scrapped because very few jeepney operators across thecountry have modernized mainly due to financial constraints. of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association. Their group isespousing that individual PUJ operators be allowed to modernize their ownunits. Despitedropping the plan to phase out old jeepneys by June 2020, DOTr will still pushthrough the modernization program. “Kon kami mabakal sang makina, kami mapasad sang kaha,malab-ot lang guro sa P1.5million,” said Parcon, stressing that Iloilo jeepney builders are known for thegood quality of their work. Thegovernment’s move to modernize jeepneys aims to improve public transport safetyand minimize air pollution.
Menna told The Two River Times he was grateful to the party for reaffirming its support for him.“The committee and the local party recognizes that stability has been good for Red Bank,” he said this week. “Although all of us have had our differences on the municipal council on various policy issues, we look to maintain a pretty steady progressive and civil outlook.” RED BANK – Borough Democrats jumped out of the gate early to announce their candidates for the 2018 municipal election, a list that includes a longtime incumbent and two under-30 residents new to politics.At an annual mini-convention held on Feb. 26, Mayor Pasquale Menna overcame a primary challenge and was nominated to run for a fourth term for the mayor’s seat. Political newcomers Hazim Yassin and Kate Triggiano were both picked to run for two seats available on the Borough Council.Ed Zipprich, who is both the Borough Council president and Red Bank Democratic Committee chairman, said this year’s meeting was the first contested convention in over 20 years.Menna has been mayor since being first elected in 2006. He had received public support from many voting Democrats, including new state Sen. Vin Gopal and state Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey (D-11), who all represent Red Bank. Menna was challenged by Ben Forest, a West Side resident, local activist and longtime member of Red Bank Board of Education. Forest subsequently endorsed the party ticket. He said Red Bank is going through a thorough “municipal review” as it looks to solidify its place in Monmouth County, which consistently leans to the right politically.“I think that I have the vision as well as the historical background of being involved in some of these issues to try and deal with these new challenges, at least for a few more years,” Menna said, alluding to addressing af fordable housing obligations and finding the right solution to Red Bank’s downtown parking shortages. “I can help prepare the groundwork for others to take the mantle.”Menna has been a consistent face of Red Bank Democratic politics for years. He served on the Borough Council for 18 years prior to being elected as mayor 12 years ago. Seeking his fourth term, Menna has never faced a primary challenge and has also only faced a general election challenge once – that was in 2006 against Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley, a Republican.Should Menna win a fourth term, he would tie former mayor Edward J. McKenna Jr., his predecessor, as Red Bank’s longest-serving mayor.Menna is a lawyer with Red Bank offices and holds a number of political appointments, most notably as the attorney for the Borough of Matawan.Joining Menna on the ticket this year are Yassin and Triggiano, two local activists turned first-time candidates.Yassin is a 28-year-old resident of Branch Avenue who serves as an alternate on the borough Planning Board. He works as a financial representative for the United Wealth Group, based in Monmouth Junction. Last year he served as the president for the American Muslim Action Network and before that was a spokesman for the Islamic Society of Monmouth County, located in Middletown. He’s also treasurer of the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation, which provides STEAM grants to teachers. Yassin said he became an activist last year while working on Gopal’s state senate campaign, which translated to this push to run in Red Bank. He said his two main issues are focused around supporting education services and revitalizing Red Bank’s downtown.“We need to be smarter about how we’re developing and be smarter with how we interact with the business community,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve done a good enough job of building that bridge with RiverCenter,” Red Bank’s business district organization.Yassin also said he’s heard from residents that shopping in the downtown has become too expensive and he’d like to inquire about “bringing some of those lower-cost stores in” to make “a better experience for everybody.” Mayor Pasquale Menna was picked by local Democrats to again lead the ticket and run as mayor for a fourth consecutive time in 2018. If Menna wins, he would tie his successor, former mayor Edward J. McKenna Jr., as Red Bank’s longest tenured mayor. Photo by Jay CookBy Jay Cook | Triggiano, his running mate, has been a familiar face at local progressive events and happenings. She’s a 29-year-old homeowner on Leighton Avenue. Triggiano works as an organizer for Clean Water Action, an environmental advocacy group. She also serves as the chair to the borough’s environmental commission and is on the Red Bank Zoning Board.Triggiano hopes to be “a bigger part of the conversation and the future of our town,” while focusing on issues important to her: environmental work, infrastructure improvements and looking to strengthen Red Bank.“Having all of your residents being comfortable in your town is important,” she said. “I don’t think that’s an East Side/West Side thing, I think that’s a Red Bank thing. If any part of our community feels under attack or unwelcome, I would stand for them.” ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLEWhile Red Bank’s Democrats have already decided their game plan, the borough Republicans are still crafting theirs, said Michael Clancy, chairman of the Red Bank Republican Committee.“We’re still in the process of figuring that out,” he said this week. “I can’t comment on who it’s going to be yet, but we’re still in discussions about what we’re going to do.”While they have until early April to officially file petitions, those candidates could be the two incumbent Republicans on the Borough Council – Mark Taylor and Michael Whelan, elected in 2015. Clancy said they both have expressed interest in running again.Clancy also said “it’s a possibility” the Republicans will put a candidate up for the mayor’s race, something they haven’t done for 12 years.“There’s potential talks about running somebody up against (Menna),” he added, declining to say who the candidate could be.This article first appeared in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Fans just didn’t see the same team that waxed Beaver Valley a week ago 12-0.Saturday, the Rockets matched Nelson in goals through 40 minutes.Linden Horswill, Colton Schell and Bryce Nielsen scored for the Leafs while Keith Wake, with a pair, and Jacob Bergeron replied for the Rockets.However, in the third the Leafs managed to finally wear the Rockets down, taking advantage of its third power play of the frame to snap the 3-3 tie.“Everyone is playing well right now, everyone is has been chipping into the streak,” said Beitel.Aaron Dunlap sealed the victory with an empty net goal in the final minute.Nelson out shot the Rockets 41-25 making a winner out of Brett Soles.James Leonard took the loss in goal for Golden.The Leafs now travel to Fruitvale Tuesday for a mid-week encounter against the Nitehawks.Beaver Valley definitely won’t be in a good mood having lost 12-0 to Nelson the last time the teams played.If that wasn’t bad enough, the defending KIJHL champs dropped a 3-0 decision Saturday to the Grand Forks Border Bruins.The Bruins, snapping a 19-game winless streak, have only two wins this season, both coming against the Hawks.Goalie Dominic Stadnyk was the story in this game, stopping all 58 shots the Hawks fired at him.BLUELINES: Nelson is expected to have sniper Colton McCarthy back in the lineup. The Salmon Arm player recently completed a three-game stint with Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. After two straight losses, the Tribe scored a 4-1 win over Kootenay Ice Saturday in Cranbrook. McCarthy was held off the score sheet. Castlegar kept pace with Nelson by stopping Spokane Saturday. It wasn’t something Pablo Picasso would have been proud to put his name to, but it was still a win.The Nelson Leafs scratched together enough good hockey in Saturday’s tilt against the Golden Rockets to squeak out a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory at the NDCC Arena.The win increased Nelson’s consecutive victory streak to nine and kept the Leafs in front of second-place Castlegar Rebels in the Neil Murdoch Division.“Two points is all we wanted,” said Leaf defenceman J.J. Beitel, who scored the winning goal on the power play in the third period.“We’ve had a good last couple of months and we’ll take the wins anyway they come.”Saturday’s game was the second in as many nights the Leafs have been pushed.Friday Grand Forks gave Nelson all they could handle in a 4-1 Leaf win.“We stress a lot in the dressing room to take each team like they’re the top team,” Beitel explains.“Sometimes it’s a little harder to get up for some teams, but we’re getting the wins so we can’t really complain.”It’s not like the Rockets are a bad team. The Eddie Mountain opponent sits third in division standings eight points behind Fernie with a 10-9-0-2 record.