Arcotel Allegra in Zagreb is closing its doors

first_imgBack in 2003, the ARCOTEL Allegra hotel was opened in the center of Zagreb, and now, 15 years later, at the end of December 2017, the lease agreement at the Branimir Center expires. ARCOTEL Hotels Group tried to extend the lease agreement, but it did not materialize, so this 150-room hotel closes its doors on December 31, and until then it will operate in full.”We as a hotel group wanted to continue working with this hotel. We believe in the destination and we are interested in new hotel projects in Zagreb“, Explains Martin Lachout, CEO of ARCOTEL Hotel AG.The ARCOTEL Group is positioned in the business and city hotel segment with currently 11 hotels in Austria, Germany and Croatia. In August 2017, the third hotel in Vienna, ARCOTEL Donauzentrum, was opened. The family-owned company, founded in 1989 in Vienna, attaches great importance to a personal and individual environment with an international standard and top quality, and the group employs more than 850 satisfied employees.”ARCOTEL Allegra has grown in my heart and I have many fond memories of this hotel. We would like to thank all our guests, clients, business partners and companions”, Concludes Dr. Renate Wimmer, owner of the ARCOTEL group.last_img read more

Foot traffic catches a break

first_img Rather than cutting into traffic lanes, Hall said, the proposed project calls for the purchase of a 5-foot-wide area of Triple-E Machinery Moving Inc.’s property, which is located along the block. John Ballas, city engineer and public works director in Industry, anticipates work will begin in about four weeks. It should be completed in three months, he said. The end result may not eliminate the hazard, but it will buy the city a little more safety when it comes to its pedestrians. “This will be a very positive step,’ said Gary Rapkin, Mountain View School District superintendent. “I think any time cities and school districts can come together to do something that provides for the safety of children and adults, they’re doing a good thing.’ Hall and Rapkin said they did not know of any pedestrian injuries or deaths related to the busy thoroughfare. — Araceli Esparza can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303, or by e-mail at araceli.esparza@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 At issue is a stretch of Garvey Avenue that serves as an on- and off-ramp for the 10 freeway. The zone is also a primary access route for students of nearby Madrid Middle School and Mountain View High School in El Monte. Seventh-grader Crystal Chavez, 12, described her walk to Madrid Middle School as “scary, because the cars are coming fast, and they’re right next to you.’ For Raul Salcedo, one of several crossing guards at the intersection, patrolling the student-versus-motorist traffic is not his biggest challenge. “From like 2:30 to 2:45 (p.m.), there’s like 500 kids coming this way,’ said Salcedo, 48. “The problem is not the traffic the problem is the space.’ Via the upcoming project, the existing 7-foot-wide walkway between Garvey southbound to Clora Place will be widened to 12 feet to leave more space between pedestrians and oncoming motorists. Pedestrians, mainly school-children, who walk along Durfee Avenue near the San Bernardino (10) Freeway can expect a little more elbow room during their travels. City Council members recently approved a sidewalk extension they hope will alleviate foot- traffic congestion that has become a safety concern for school and city officials in the last few years. El Monte and Industry will split the $250,000 cost of the project, said Dante Hall, El Monte’s deputy city manager for community development. “It’s a real good gesture from City of Industry,’ said Hall. “It really wasn’t their problem; their boundaries just happen to be in that area.’ last_img read more

Bulls win Cape Epic for second time

first_img30 March 2009Despite its fearsome reputation, this year’s Absa Cape Epic, which ended in Lourensford on Saturday, saw only 118 riders of the 1 196 cyclists that had entered the eight-day event fail to finish. It was the highest percentage of finishers in the history of the race, even though many participants felt it was the toughest edition of the Cape Epic yet.Known as “the Magical and Untamed African MTB race”, this year’s event, brought together many of the world’s leading mountain biking competitors, for seven gruelling stages, covering 685 kilometres.The early pace in the race was set by the powerful combination of Switzerland’s Christoph Sauser, the cross-country mountain bike world champion and South Africa’s Burry Stander, the world under-23 cross-country champion.Altered the outcomeRiding as Songo.info, the pair dominated proceedings, building up a six-minute lead, until the kind of mishap that can happen at any time in a tough event like the Cape Epic occurred and incontrovertibly altered the outcome of the race.Heading down a downhill track near Greyton, during stage four, Stander had an accident and destroyed the front wheel of his bicycle. Max Knox, one of South Africa’s top MTB competitors, in a magnanimous gesture gave his bike to Stander so that Songo.info could carry on.They eventually finished 20 minutes behind the stage winners in ninth place, but worse was yet to come for the former race leaders. The race referees, after a number of teams had objected to the help received by Stander, penalised Songo.info a further 15 minutes. Later, this was extended to an hour when Sauser admitted that Stander’s broken bike had been carried by a third party.Bulls in the leadFrom being comfortably in charge of the race, the Swiss/South African combination tumbled down the standings and out of serious contention, leaving the way clear for Team Bulls, consisting of the German duo of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm, to take the stage victory and move into the overall lead.It would prove hard to dislodge them from first place. After all, Platt and Sahm had finished runners-up in 2008 and had won the race in 2007.The stage win by Team Bulls came at a price, however, and it required a tremendous amount of courage from Karl Platt to ensure they took the line honours. He had dislocated a shoulder in the race’s prologue and dislocated it once more on the fourth stage.Songo.info stage winsSauser and Stander fought back on the next stage, pushing hard to stand atop the podium for the stage. In fact, the Songo.info riders captured five of the seven stages, as well as the prologue, but they couldn’t overcome the time they lost on stage five.Victory on the last day went to Spain’s Lukas and Mathias Fluckiger, with the South African combination of Brandon Stewart and Max Knox, Team DCM Chrome, finishing second.They were followed across the line by the Multivgan Merida team of Germany’s Hannes Genze and Jochen Kaess. Fourth place was shared by Platt and Sahm of Team Bulls, who finished arm-in-arm with Songo.info’s Sauser and Stander.Overall winAlthough Team Bulls took the overall win, it was only on stage four that they finished ahead of Songo.info. They claimed the overall title with a time of 28 hours, 10 minutes, 13.8 seconds.It was a third victory in the event for Platt who, besides his win with Sahm in 2007, also took the honours in 2004 with Namibia’s Mannie Heymans.Second place went to the Trek-Brentjens team of Bart Brentjens, from the Netherlands, and Chris Jongewaard, from Australia, in 28 hours, 15 minutes, 07.9 seconds.Sweden’s Emil Lindgren and Switzerland’s Andreas Klugler, racing as Felt Factory 2, finished in third place.The top South African team was the MTN Energade combination of Kevin Evans and David George, who picked up the Best African Team award. Songo.info, the dominant team in the race, had to settle for sixth position.Women’s winThe Absa Ladies team of England’s Sharon Laws and South Africa’s Hanlie Booyens dominated the ladies’ race. They won every stage, which gave them a convincing overall victory.Laws and Booyens finished in 37 hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds, over five hours ahead of second placed Robyn Adendorff and Sarah van Heerden of WSP – Jeep Girls, an all-South African team. Another South African pair, Nolene Saunders and Sarah Wielopolska, racing as Tread Magazine, took third place.MixedMountain Bike Hall of Fame member Alison Syder captured the mixed title with South Africa’s Nico Pfitzenmaier in 32 hours, 13 minutes, 09.5 seconds. Racing as the Adidas Tree team, they ended nearly 40 minutes ahead of Epic rookies, Esther Suss and Marcel Bartholet of Switzerland, competing as Team Wheeler iXS Pro.IMC/Momentum GT/Activeworx – an all South African duo, made up of Yolanda Speedy and Paul Cordes – completed the podium positions.MastersThere was a fantastic dice for honours in the Masters category. Victory went to Doug Brown of South Africa and Barti Bucher of Switzerland, the Absa Masters, who finished just over three minutes ahead of Cycle Lab Toyota’s Shan Wilson and Andrew Mclean.Over three-and-a-half hours further back, Doug Andrews and Rich Bartlett of the USA secured third place.The Absa Cape Epic is the most widely televised mountain bike race in the world. The 2008 race was broadcast in more than 175 countries in 17 languages.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more