Zagreb’s Esplanade Hotel is the best hotel in 2018

first_imgAt the traditional annual tourist event – Days of Croatian Tourism, held on October 24 and 25, 2018 on Hvar, organized by the Croatian Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Tourism, awards and recognitions for the best in tourism were presented in several categories.Zagreb’s Hotel Esplanade was crowned with two prestigious awards – for the Best City Hotel and Hotel of the Year.The awards were presented to the general manager, Ivica Max Krizmanić, who has been in charge of the hotel for almost seven years, and whose working life at the Esplanade is a full quarter of a century. “The Esplanade is truly an exceptional hotel, my whole team and I are especially happy and proud today to be a part of its distinctive and luxurious history. Esplanade is a kind of institution and icon of Croatian hospitality, gastronomy and design that has been irresistibly attracting guests with its famous charm and personality for almost 95 years. The hotel has always been known for its excellent service, and we continuously strive to follow this tradition, following the needs of modern guests, new trends and the development of new technologies in the world to provide guests with an unforgettable experience. ” Krizmanic points out.Hotel Esplanade was and remains the center of Zagreb’s social life, a favorite gathering place of many generations of Zagreb citizens, and has always been the first choice of statesmen, royal families and people from the world of showbiz.. ”I am proud of these great achievements and recognitions and of my entire team, which creates wonderful memories for guests every day with their positive energy, individual, original approach and feeling of love for this hotel. This prestigious Zagreb Lady is the pride of Zagreb and a synonym of top hotel management, and the awards are just a confirmation of our efforts, dedication and successful business results. I thank the profession that recognized this and congratulate once again from the bottom of my heart to everyone.” Krizmanić pointed out and added that from the very beginning of the Esplanade it was of great importance not only for the city of Zagreb, but also for Croatia.Since the beginning of 2018, Hotel Esplanade has received many prestigious recognitions and international awards and is included in globally respected guides. A kind of hotel Oscars – World Luxury Travel Awards were awarded to the hotel in as many as three categories – Luxury Architecture Design Hotel, Luxury Historical Hotel for Croatia and Luxury Heritage Hotel for Southeast Europe. Hall of Fame TripAdvisor certifications have been awarded to Zinfandel’s Restaurant, Le Bistro and Hotel Esplanade for years of excellent guest reviews.For two years in a row, both hotel restaurants have been included in the Michelin guide, while chef Ana Grgić has been named the “Great Chef of Tomorrow” by the Gault & Milau gourmet guide for Croatia 2018.last_img read more

Icelandic pension chiefs resign after being named in Panama Papers

first_imgChief executives of two Icelandic pension funds have resigned after being embroiled in the Panama Papers scandal.Kári Arnór Kárason and Kristjáns Arnar Sigurðssonar, chief executives at the ISK157bn (€1bn) Stapi pension fund and the ISK171bn Sameinaði pension fund, respectively, stepped down following an investigation by RÚV, the Icelandic public broadcaster.The investigation by news programme Kastljós revealed both were named in the so-called Panama Papers, a cache of millions of documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca initially leaked to a German newspaper.In a brief statement released 27 April, Sigurðssonar said he had decided to resign but claimed he had always acted with integrity and taken care to comply with existing laws and regulations. In a separate statement, Sameinaði said the fund’s director of operations, Ólafur Haukur Jónsson, would fill the vacancy left by Sigurðssonar’s departure until a permanent replacement could be found.Kárason offered greater detail in his statement, saying he had notified Stapi’s board of his decision to resign but emphasised that he had not profited from either of the companies he was linked to in the leaked files.The outgoing Stapi chief executive said one of the companies, based in Luxembourg, was set up in 1999 by Kaupthing Bank, and that he gave the bank’s staff “full and unreserved power of attorney” to conduct its business.He said he believed the company was eventually wound up, and that its investments proved unsuccessful, and that he was not in possession of any documents relating to its activities.“Although it is difficult to be sure of events occurring 16, 17 years ago,” Kárason continued, “I am nevertheless fairly certain I never invested any funds in this company and received no payments from it.”The second company, launched by MP Bank at Kárason’s behest in 2004, was paid an initial fee of ISK305,200 (€3,500), but never went into operation.“[The investment] was included in tax returns, valued at the amount of start-up cost and amortised three years later, as a total loss,” he added.“Thus, I earned no gain or yield from these companies, and they bear no relation to tax evasion.”Kárason said there was “no doubt” he should have informed his superiors at Stapi of both companies’ existence.“Although the serious nature of the events I have described here is surely a matter of opinion,” he added, “my assessment of the current social discourse with regard to offshore companies and tax havens is that it cannot be regarded as acceptable for a man in my position – that is, in charge of an establishment responsible for managing public pension savings – to have been associated with business operations of this kind.”Kárason has been with Stapi since its launch in 2006, when Nordurlands Lifeyrissjodur, where he was managing director, merged with a second pension fund.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (September 24-29)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report  (September 24-29)Players of the Week.Volleyball: Elexah Roepke – South Ripley and Kate Grote – Shawe MemorialGirls Soccer: Maggie Schmidt – MilanBoys Soccer: Landon Cole – Rising SunORVC Report(September 24-29)2018Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Marjorie Fohl – age 91 of Cedar Grove

first_imgMarjorie A. Fohl, of Cedar Grove, was born on August 2, 1930 in Cedar Grove, a daughter to William and Ester Kunkel Haas.  She married Robert Fohl and together they raised seven children.  Marjorie worked at Sperry Rubber and Plastics for 34 years, and was a member of Holy Guardian Angels Church, the Daughters of Isabella, and the Cedar Grove EMS.  She loved her flower gardens, spending time with family and working at the Rose Bud Junction in Metamora on the weekends.  On Wednesday, August 5, 2020 just 3 days after her 90th birthday, she passed away at Brookville Healthcare.Those surviving who will cherish Marjorie’s memory include her children; Gary (Patricia) Fohl, Daniel (Marlene) Fohl, both of Cedar Grove, Karen Fohl Bischoff (Steven Bohman) of Batesville, Robin (Mary Jo) Fohl of Brookville, Dale (Beverly) Fohl, Terrance (Cindy) Fohl, both of Cedar Grove, and Kyle Fohl (Brenda Paxton) of Brookville; 15 grandchildren, Robert, Ryan, Randal, Jason, Kurt, Derrick, Jeffrey, Eric, Emily, Abby, Kaitlin, Michele, Adam, Chelsea, and Aaron; 16 grandchildren, Garret, Conner, Lexi, Allison, Charlotte, Macy, Megan, Austin, Isabella, Mary, Zoey, Dilyn, Isla, Kinley, Emma and Layne; a brother, John Haas; sisters-in-law, Edith Haas and Jeanette Haas, and a brother-in-law, Donald Falk.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by twin granddaughters, Carrie and Christina; three sisters, Marilyn Haas, Carol Hannah, and Shirley Falk; one brother, Bill Haas, and a brother-in-law, Dennis Hannah.Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 9 until 11 a.m. at Holy Guardian Angels Oratory in Cedar Grove.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be officiated by Father Vincent Lampert and burial will follow in the church cemetery.Due to the COVID-19 precautions and state mandates, all attending will be asked to follow proper social distancing protocol, including wearing a mask. If you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.Memorial contributions can be directed to the Holy Guardian Angels Cemetery – made payable to St. Michael (please note HGA cemetery in memo).  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Marjorie Fohl.last_img read more

Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic Wins Opener in Rogers Cup

first_imgToronto: Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has gotten off to a solid start in the North American summer hard-court season, defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Mirza Basic 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in the first round of the Rogers Cup here.Also on Tuesday, a pair of top-10 players — Bulgarian No. 5 seed Grigor Dimitrov and Croatian No. 6 seed Marin Cilic — moved through to the third round with three-set victories over Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and Croatia’s Borna Coric, respectively, reports Efe. The ninth-seeded Djokovic had initially been due to face Hyeon Chung, in what would have been a rematch of a 2018 Australian Open contest won by the promising young South Korean.But when Chung withdrew from this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament with a back injury, lucky loser Basic took his place in the draw.Djokovic dominated the first set, but he had to win the second set in a tiebreaker after twice squandering service-break leads due to sloppy play on serve. (IANS)last_img read more

Trinidadian elected to head WBA Women’s Committee

first_imgPANAMA CITY, Panama (CMC) – Trinidad & Tobago’s Shivana Inalsingh has been appointed the director of the World Boxing Association’s Women’s Championships Committee.Inalsingh was elected to the post during a recent meeting of the hierarchy of the Association which heard its president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza announce the new members of the board of the oldest body to govern professional boxing.Inalsingh was the only English-speaking Caribbean official to be named in a key role of the association which is dominated by officials from Latin America.The vice-president of the association will be Nicaraguan native Renzo Bagnariol and the director of World Championships will be Venezuelan native Carlos Chavez and the second will be the Panamanian Julio Thyme.Meanwhile, in the Women’s Championships Committee, the deputy director from Peru is Kina Malpartida.Bulgarian native Mariana Borissova will be the International Coordinator of the organisation.The Classifications Committee of the WBA will be directed by Canadian George Martinez and the deputy director will be Panamanian native Aurelio Fiengo. In the case of the world classifications, the directors of each regional body registered in the WBA will have participation.The Treasury will be charged to Venezuelan Julio Quintero. The Executive Secretary will be Panamanian native Gustavo Padilla and the Officers Committee will be directed by the Puerto Rican Luis Pabon and the deputy director will be the American Raul Caiz.last_img read more

England Men Win First Cricket World Cup

first_imgEngland defeated New Zealand to win the men’s World Cup for the first time after one of the most amazing games of cricket ever played was tied twice on Sunday.In an emotional and electric atmosphere at Lord’s, both sides scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 when they batted for an extra over apiece. It meant England were crowned world champions by virtue of having scored more boundary fours and sixes – 26 to New Zealand’s 17 – in the entire match.That it even got to that stage was astonishing in itself and came as a result of a barely believable conclusion at the home of cricket – the first tie in a World Cup final.England required 15 from the last over of the regular match. Ben Stokes hit a six and then benefited when a throw from the deep hit his bat as he dived for ground and was inadvertently deflected for four overthrows.He could not get the two needed from the last ball – Mark Wood was run out coming back for the second – but ended 84 not out and joined Jos Buttler for the super over.In glorious evening sunshine, they were roared on by a febrile crowd that belted out Sweet Caroline in the change of innings.When New Zealand replied, Jimmy Neesham hit Jofra Archer’s third ball for six, then scrambled to leave Martin Guptill needing two from the last delivery.As Jason Roy’s throw came in from deep mid-wicket, a diving Guptill was short when Buttler removed the bails, sending England and the whole of Lord’s into delirious celebration.England were all but out of the game at 86-4, squeezed by New Zealand’s skilful bowling, sharp fielding and smart tactics.Gradually, they were dragged back into contention by Stokes and Buttler through patience, calmness and a little fortune.Buttler was the more fluent, scooping and driving, but when he was caught at deep point for 59, England still needed 46 from 31 balls.It was at this point that Stokes, the man who was hit for four sixes in the final over in England’s 2016 World T20 final defeat and was cleared of affray 11 months ago, took control.After Liam Plunkett was held at long-off in Neesham’s 49th over, Trent Boult carried the ball over the boundary for a Stokes six before Archer was bowled.That left 15 needed from Boult’s final set. Two dots were followed by a heave over deep mid-wicket, then came the outrageous moment of fortune.Diving for his ground to complete a second run, Stokes’ bat was inadvertently struck by the throw and deflected the ball for four overthrows to make six in total.With three runs needed from two balls, Adil Rashid was run out coming back for a second. When Wood suffered the same fate from the final ball, the match was tied.The drama of the finale was at odds with almost all of the match, which was an attritional affair on a tricky surface.New Zealand stuck doggedly to a plan that centred on batting patience. Henry Nicholls’ 55, and 47 from Tom Latham, held things together in the face of some probing England bowling.The value of the Black Caps’ pragmatism in reaching 241-8 was shown when England came to bat.Matt Henry had Roy caught behind, the miserly Colin de Grandhomme ensured Joe Root suffered a similar fate, Lockie Ferguson got Jonny Bairstow to play on, then took a wonderful catch to hold Eoin Morgan at deep point.England were floored, then came Stokes, the tie, the super over, and an unforgettable conclusion.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

MTA, LADOT contemplating cutting routes

first_imgStudents without cars could soon find themselves with even fewer options for getting around Los Angeles.Passenger on · A student boards the DASH at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street. DASH prices are set to increase soon, and LADOT is also considering cutting some bus routes. – Vicki Yang | Daily Trojan Because of massive budget deficits, Los Angeles’ major public transit systems — the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation — are considering hiking fares and cutting bus lines.Both MTA, which runs the regular bus routes, and LADOT, whose services include the DASH and the Commuter Express, are researching ridership levels around the city as they consider which lines to shut down.“It’s in the early stages,” said MTA spokesman Rick Jager. “It’s irresponsible to say which lines will be cut. [At the moment] we have no plans on how to deal with the deficit.”Jager noted that the number of riders tends to be high in the USC area, but he could not say for sure if the routes near USC would be safe.MTA has seen a significant drop in ridership recently, causing a large budget deficit that will reach $250 million by the end of the 2011 fiscal year.Last year, the MTA board approved a 25-cent fare increase, which was set to take effect in July. The increase was postponed by the passage of Measure R, which increased sales tax in Los Angeles County by a half-cent to help finance transportation projects. Fares are now expected to rise this July, jumping from $1.25 to $1.50 per ride, with daily pass fares rising from $5 to $6.LADOT is facing similar deficits and will also hike up bus fares and cut some less-popular bus lines.“The bottom line is that we haven’t raised the rates from a quarter since the line started in the ’80s,” said Bruce Gillman, LADOT spokesman. “The money that underwrites our lines have been cut — there’s been a drop in Prop C funds. No line in our transit system operates at a profit. By raising the fare, we hope to keep our system running.”LADOT bus fares will increase from 25 cents to 50 cents per ride, though it has not yet decided when this increase will happen. It plans on cutting some lines with low numbers of riders, though at the moment it is unclear which lines will go. In the meantime, six different public hearings will be held across Los Angeles in the coming months as an opportunity for riders to voice their comments and concerns about the proposed changes and reductions.Some feel, however, that these public hearings might not have a bearing on the final transit decisions.“It could or could not have an effect on their final decision,” said Barbara Lott-Holland, co-chair of the Bus Riders Union. “If the public comes out overwhelmingly and says these budget cuts are unjust and how they should redistribute their funds, then it’s possible that public opinion will outweigh [its decisions]. Or, LADOT could have already made up their minds.”MTA has not announced any public hearings, but law mandates that a hearing be held before any major changes are enacted.Despite the increases in bus fare, students say riding the bus will still be the best option for getting around.“We have Zipcars, but the bus is still cheaper,” said Yogesh Shrivastava, a graduate student studying computer science. “If you have to go somewhere near, the bus is the only option.”Shilpi Sanchetee, a graduate student studying computer science, agreed.“The frequency [of the buses] is not good,” Sanchetee said, “But sometimes you don’t have another option.”Lott-Holland encouraged everyone to go to the LADOT public hearings and voice their concerns.“We are urging the public in large to support the Bus Union Clean Air and Economic Justice Plan,” Lott-Holland said. “It can be used to expand the bus system countywide while staying within the city’s budget and without including fair increases and line cuts.”One of the public hearings will be held at the South Los Angeles Community Center in the USC area on Feb. 17.“I would definitely go,” said Shrivastava, “that will affect a lot of people. We should always contribute to things that make a difference.”last_img read more

Munster stalwart facing disciplinary hearing.

first_imgMunster second row Donncha O’Callaghan has been cited for an alleged kick to the head of an opponent during their win over Ulster on Friday night.The player’s hearing, before an independent disciplinary committee, will be held later this week, details to be confirmed.The Reds have a big game this weekend when they host Clermont in the Champions Cup on Saturday.last_img

AEW Dynamite results & highlights: Cassidy defeats Jericho; Omega and Page retain title

first_imgAEW Dynamite Grades: B+Also Read l AEW Dynamite results, AEW Dynamite Highlights: Chris and Jake score wins; Cody defeats EddieAEW Dynamite results: Orange Cassidy defeats Chris Jericho in a $7,000 Obligation MatchThe $7,000 Obligation Match began with Orange Cassidy backing Chris Jericho into the corner and hitting him with a series of kicks and punches. He sent the former world champion flying out of the ring and went on to deliver a slingshot crossbody. Le Champion fought back with a big boot, but Cassidy soon recovered and delivered a series of dragon screw leg whips on Jericho’s leg. The brawl between Santana, Ortiz and Best Friends began which distracted the referee and gave Jake Hager enough time to attack Orange Cassidy. Chris Jericho punished OC for a couple of minutes before Cassidy performed a roll-up and clinched the biggest victory of his career. WE RECOMMEND 6 months ago AEW Dynamite results: Jeff Cobb makes debut, Nyla Rose crowned new Women’s Champion WATCH US LIVE 1 month ago AEW Dynamite results: Chris Jericho and Jake Hager score wins; Cody defeats Eddie Kingston Adil Khan First Published: 13th August, 2020 12:04 IST COMMENT The champs are feeling the pressure now #AEWDynamite— All Elite Wrestling on TNT (@AEWonTNT) August 13, 2020 Also Read l Jon Moxley pulls out of AEW Dynamite due to possible COVID-19 exposureImage Source: AEW/Twitter SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TVcenter_img 6 months ago AEW Dynamite: Jeff Cobb makes his AEW debut to lay waste on Jon Moxley 4 weeks ago Matt Hardy gets busted open on AEW Dynamite, claims “that literally could have killed me” With the hands in his pockets!Watch #AEWDynamite NOW on @TNTDrama or for our International fans. #AEWonTNT @AEWonTNT— All Elite Wrestling (@AEWrestling) August 13, 2020 The Young Bucks defeat Stu Grayson and Evil Uno (The Dark Order) (AEW Dynamite Grades: B) AEW World Champion Jon Moxley Ruins MJF’s Campaign Speech (AEW Dynamite Grades: B-) AEW TNT Champion Cody defeats Scorpio Sky (AEW Dynamite Grades: B+) AEW World Tag Team Champions Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Adam Page defeat Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy (Jurassic Express) (AEW Dynamite Grades: B+) AEW World Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida defeats Heather Monroe (AEW Dynamite Grades: C-) Orange Cassidy defeats Chris Jericho in a $7,000 Obligation Match (AEW Dynamite Grades: B+) FOLLOW US On this week’s AEW Dynamite, AEW World Tag-Team Champions Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Adam Page defeated Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy to retain their title. Orange Cassidy made an appearance as he defeated former AEW World Champion Chris Jericho in a $7,000 Obligation Match. Apart from these headliners, the night featured some incredible matches like The Young Bucks vs Stu Grayson and Evil Uno, Hikaru Shida vs Heather Monroe, Cody vs Scorpio Sky, and others. Several major AEW superstars like Jon Moxley, MJF, Matt Cardona and Brodie Lee also made an appearance on this week’s AEW Dynamite.Also Read l AEW Dynamite Results, AEW Dynamite Highlights: Omega and Page retain their title; Allin and Moxley win tooAEW Dynamite results: Major matches/segments that happened this weekAEW Dynamite results: Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Adam Page defeat Jurassic ExpressAs Kenny Omega and Jungle Boy traded blows, Marko Stunt got on the apron to distract the champion. Kenny Omega asked Stunt to step down before grounding him with a slap. This led to a furious exchange between JB and Omega. Jurassic Express started to build some momentum, but Adam Page took over by punishing Jungle Boy. Luchasaurus tried to fight back, but Omega hit him with a V-Trigger and a couple of snapdragon suplexes. He then went outside and slapped Marko Stunt before the champs delivered their finishers on Jungle Boy at the same time for the win. Last Updated: 13th August, 2020 12:04 IST AEW Dynamite Results & Highlights: Cassidy Defeats Jericho; Omega And Page Retain Title AEW Dynamite results: AEW World Tag Team Champions Kenny Omega and ‘Hangman’ Adam Page defeat the Jurassic Express. Orange Cassidy defeats Chris Jericho. AEW Dynamite Grades: B+Also Read l AEW Dynamite results, AEW Dynamite Highlights: Mike Tyson issues stern warning to Chris JerichoAEW Dynamite results: All matches/segments that happened this week Written By 1 month ago AEW Dynamite Results: Omega and Page retain their title; Allin and Moxley win toolast_img read more