Venice has introduced entrance fees for tourists

first_imgThe goal of this measure is for tourists to bear the high costs of maintaining a popular tourist destination built on water as well as one of the responses to mass tourism that is literally destroying Venice. Also, this measure mostly applies to tourists who come for one day and do not pay the sojourn tax because they do not spend the night, which is most true for guests from cruise ships. The City Council of Venice on Saturday made a decision on charging the entrance to Venice for tourists, for all tourists, both for day tourists and for those who spend the night.  By the way, over 30 million tourists visit Venice every yearcenter_img The ticket will cost from 2,50 to 10 euros per person, depending on the travel season and with some exceptions such as a ticket for students, people who travel briefly to Venice, etc.last_img read more

Online grocery shopping to drive e-commerce growth as PSBB reimposed: Experts

first_imgThe platform saw spike in demand in the second quarter this year, he added.“Every time the government announces a new regulation on PSBB measures, we see an uptick in demand, but then it goes down. This is because people are adapting to the new normal and they are not as panicked as before,” he said during the webinar.  David said that HappyFresh saw its first big spike in demand at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in April. The company has since adapted to cater to the growing need, such as by hiring more personal shoppers and increasing its stocks.“More and more people are relying on e-grocery platforms, but the more important thing is how to make it a permanent habit once the pandemic is over,” he added.Read also: Online groceries thrive as customers avoid supermarketA survey by management consulting company Redseer in August found that more than half of Indonesian respondents said their spending on e-grocery platforms had increased during the pandemic, while up to 60 percent said they would continue to buy groceries online in the future.“Online grocery platforms will continue to see good growth, even as other categories such as fashion and electronics start to bounce back in the second half of the year,” the firm’s Southeast Asia partner Roshan Raj Behera told The Jakarta Post on Sept. 7.In May, Redseer calculated that the gross merchandise value (GMV) of e-grocery platforms would grow 400 percent this year, while beauty and personal care would grow 80 percent, fashion 40 percent and electronics 20 percent.The firm also predicted that Indonesia’s e-commerce GMV would reach US$40 billion this year, surpassing India’s e-commerce GMV.Similarly, a survey by Facebook and Bain & Company revealed that consumers in Southeast Asia were buying groceries online almost three times more often this year compared to 2019. The study indicated that online grocery platforms were enjoying the highest level of penetration in the online retail market, with other categories such as fashion and personal care growing 1.4 times on average.Last year, only 20 percent of respondents in Indonesia said they bought groceries online, with that number rising to 31 percent this year, the survey showed. Meanwhile, Myanmar had the highest percentage of respondents who said they bought groceries online at 40 percent.Topics : “I believe the demand for groceries and food items will still be high,” he said during a webinar hosted by MarkPlus on Sept. 11. “So, this is an opportunity for sellers to tap into the growing sector.”Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced at a press conference on Sunday that the capital would return to full-scale PSBB on Monday, albeit with several relaxations, after months of “transitional PSBB”, amid a continued rise in COVID-19 cases. The measures will remain in place for two weeks and could be extended.During the PSBB period, schools, tourist sites, recreational areas and public parks, among other areas, will be closed. Meanwhile, traditional markets and malls will be allowed to operate at 50 percent visitor capacity, but restaurants and cafes will only be allowed to provide takeaway and delivery orders, Anies said.E-groceries platform HappyFresh marketing vice president David Liem said the reinforcement of PSBB measures would lead to a surge in the demand on the platform. The rise in popularity of online shopping, particularly online grocery shopping, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the enforcement of large scale social restrictions (PSBB) is predicted to be the driving force of growth in the e-commerce sector in Indonesia and Southeast Asia this year, experts have said.Indonesia E-commerce Association (IdEA) chairman Bima Laga said the use of e-commerce platforms to shop would increase again as Jakarta entered another phase of PSBB on Monday.last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgSPF Beheer, Swiss Life, Mercer, Woodford IM, Jupiter, Aegon AM, VAM GroupSPF Beheer – The provider for the €15bn railways scheme SPF has appointed Justus van Halewijn as its new CIO as of 1 February. He is to succeed Marcel Andringa, who has started as an executive trustee for asset management at the €38bn metal scheme PME in September. During the past two years, Van Halewijn has been head of investment management at Achmea, the department managing the insurer’s €40bn in assets. Prior to that, he was head of investment strategy research at asset manager Blue Sky Group for nine years.Swiss Life – Simon Heim has been named head of Swiss Life’s employee benefits legal practice, where he will continue to focus on Swiss regulatory matters. Heim previously worked as a pensions lawyer and consultant at Towers Watson.Mercer – Ben Gunnee has been named UK head of fiduciary management, starting next year. Reporting to European head of fiduciary management Michael Dempsey, the new role is a promotion for Gunnee, who currently heads up the Middle East investment business. He was previously a director of the Mercer Sentinel Group. Woodford Investment Management – Gavin St John-Heath and Simon Osborne have been appointed chief risk and operations officer and head of compliance, respectively. St John-Heath will join from BlueQuant Capital Management early next year, having also worked at Petronas Energy Trading. Osborne, meanwhile, joins from Nuveen Investments and has also worked at PIMCO, in both its London office and California headquarters.Jupiter – Stephen Mitchell has been appointed head of strategy for global equities. He will join from Caledonia Investments, where he has worked since 2011. Prior to this, he worked at Fleming & Co and JP Morgan Asset Management.Aegon Asset Management – The asset manager has appointed Thurstan Robinson as global head of communications and marketing. Based at Aegon Asset Management’s headquarters in The Hague, he joins from Aegon Global Pensions, where he was responsible for media relations.VAM Group – Stephan Kevan has been named group marketing director. He most recently worked at NinetyEast Financial as chief marketing officer and has also worked at old Mutual and Barclays Wealth.last_img read more

VALUE YOUR VOTE 2017: Abortion

first_imgThe good news is that abortions are at the lowest rate since 1990. But some political parties want to ‘decriminalise’ abortion and consequently diminish safeguards that exist for vulnerable women. Decriminalisation will pave the way for late term and partial birth abortions, and ‘gendercide’ (abortion based on the sex of the unborn child, usually targeting female babies). Terminations could be possible up-to-birth, and not only because of ‘severe foetal abnormality’. Women’s health and the rights of the unborn child would be threatened. Coercion to have an abortion is a major issue and the current law goes some way to putting safeguards around that. A sound law should not leave women exposed to harms such as those recently witnessed in the US trial of Kermit Gosnell who operated a dangerous legal abortion facility resulting in a client’s death. A good law should promote informed consent and complete information about abortion and related risks, and provide women with independent pregnancy counselling. Abortions can harm women – a fact acknowledged by half of New Zealanders according to a survey in 2017. The abortion rate will continue to drop as knowledge of the prenatal development of the unborn child increases, and as an increasingly pro-life younger generation become parents themselves. The ‘bunch of cells’ argument which has driven the ‘right-to-abortion’ argument has now been exposed as simply poor science.(click on image/s to download PDF)last_img read more

Eduardo Camavinga on Liverpool radar

first_imgRennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is now being followed by Liverpool. Barca are considering bolstering their midfield with the €50m-rated Camavinga but could face competition for his signature from Liverpool. Read Also:Manchester City set eyes on Eduardo Camavinga’s progress Camavinga has emerged this season as one of the hottest teenage transfer properties in Europe this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sport says Liverpool have joined Barcelona and host of clubs in pursuit of teenager Camavinga. Manchester United and Arsenal have already been alerted by the 17-year-old’s form since becoming a regular in Ligue 1.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe World’s Most Desirable Fruit – Pink PineappleA Lot More People Should See Hanna’s Fantastic Bread MasterpiecesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Largest Cities In The Worldlast_img read more

Frieda R. “Fritz” Thalheimer

first_imgFrieda R. “Fritz” Thalheimer, age 97 of Batesville, died Friday, March 3, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born November 23, 1919 in Oldenburg, she is the daughter of Nora (Nee: Haverkos) and Joseph Gehring.  She married Marce Thalheimer September 12, 1942 at Holy Family Church and he preceded her in death March 21, 1999.  A homemaker, Frieda was a member of St. Louis Church and a former member of Hillcrest Country Club.She loved playing cards and was a member of several Bridge and 500 card clubs over the years.  Although her eye sight had begun to fail, just the other week, she called out plays her family had missed playing solitaire.  Before the onset of Macular Degeneration, Frieda was an avid reader, whose tastes leaned towards romance novels.  She also used to do quite a bit of sewing and crocheting as well as putting out a garden and canning the excess for winter.  After Marce retired, they enjoyed taking trips to Florida with friends, usually going for a few weeks at a time.She is survived by her daughters Marcia Eckstein of Kokomo, Indiana, Linda Harlow of Southport, North Carolina, Lou Thalheimer of Columbus, Ohio, Sue Kelly of Pueblo West, Colorado; brothers Myron Gehring of Batesville, Dennis Gehring of Springfield, Illinois; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by sister Thecla Parker and brothers Rev. Gordon, Rev. Irvin and Rev. Owen Gehring.Visitation will be Tuesday, March 7th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.last_img read more

Township merger bill passes committee

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The House Committee on Ways and Means passed a bill Monday authored by Republican state representative from Batesville Cindy Ziemke that would require small townships to merge with one or more contiguous townships.According to Ziemke, the bill would require townships under a population of 1,200 to merge with one or more townships within the same county. The newly formed township would need to meet that population requirement as well as elect a new township trustee and board members. While many Indiana townships operate efficiently and transparently, some struggle with high overhead costs relative to the services they provide taxpayers.“The motivation behind this legislation is to provide the most efficient, fiscally sound local government possible at the township level,” Ziemke said. “I have been working closely with the Indiana Township Association to come up with a bill that consolidates small township operations, but maintains the same township services and transparency Hoosiers expect.”According to Ziemke, House Bill 1005 contains multiple requirements to assist small townships during this proposed transition. For example, guidance by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance would be required upon request for local governments, like small townships, when reorganizing. The DLGF would also be required to perform a fiscal impact study of the township merger free of charge.Additionally, the committee amended the bill to urge an interim legislative committee to study better mechanisms to fund township firefighting services. That committee would consider whether these township services should have a minimum funding level or tax rate.“House Bill 1005 includes additional provisions that improve township government accountability and services,” Ziemke said. “It would empower citizens denied township assistance the option to appeal the denial to the county board of commissioners.  This legislation would also cap township board salaries at $7,000 per year and require all townships to develop a capital improvement plan if their capital fund exceeds 150 percent of the township’s annual budget estimate.”last_img read more

Max Papis Innovations renews awards in four IMCA divisions

first_imgMOORESVILLE, N.C. – Second-year sponsor Max Papis Innovations has renewed an awards program that pays off for top drivers in four IMCA divisions.The Mooresville, N.C.-headquartered company gives MPI steering wheels with custom stands to the 2018 IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car na­tional champions.Second and third-place finishers in national standings for the same divisions all receive $50 gift certificates.Owned by veteran driver Max Papis, MPI has customers at all levels of the sport and its quickly expanding its share of the dirt track market. Its network of dealers covers 20 states and Australia includes Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, Karl Performance, Larry Shaw Race Cars and Smiley’s Racing Products.“One of the visions of MPI was to make innovative and safe steering wheels that are accessible to drivers in all forms of racing. I have always been a supporter of grassroots racing so partnering with IMCA was a no-brainer,” said Papis. “IMCA embodies what grassroots racing is all about and I’m proud to support the series and all their racers. We look forward to being a part of the IMCA family and expanding the safety and comfort of our steering wheels.”All awards from Max Papis Innovations will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Information about MPI steering wheels and accessories is available at the www.maxpapisinc.com web­site, by calling 704 208-4344 and on Facebook.“The steering wheels for our national champions are not only high quality improvements for their race car, but they made great display pieces at the national banquet in Lincoln,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “The innovation and craftsmanship are what you would expect from someone as respected as Max and we are proud to partner with him again in 2018.”last_img read more

I’ll set new record in Tokyo Paralympics  – Five-time paralympian

first_imgRelatedPosts Cleric urges Christians to avoid ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life It’s unfair to discuss 2023 election now, opposition tells Enugu PDP I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike A five-time paralympian, Lucy Ejike, says she will leave no stone unturned to set a new record in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo in September. Ejike, a para-powerlifting athlete, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday that she was training tirelessly to be in form to fly Nigeria’s flag at the paralympics. NAN reports that the Enugu State-born athlete represented Nigeria in paralympic games in Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. She won gold and silver medals. Ejike said: “Performing well or winning medals in paralympic is not easy. “However it all depends on your commitment; I train a lot; it has become part of me because I cannot do without it. “I take every session of the schedule as preparations for the games, and it has really helped me to achieve much in my career.” The Nigeria’s flag bearer in the Rio Paralympics clinched gold medal in the women 61kg division with a lift of 142kg at the Rio Games. She told NAN that she would do her best to break records in Tokyo. Ejike said Tokyo 2020 would be an opportunity to record more feats in her career and bring greater honour to Nigeria. “I always aspire to achieve something new at every appearance in the games because that is where I can stand out,” she added. NAN reports that Ejike featured in the 2019 International ParaWorld Championships held in Kazakhstan in July and won a gold medal with a lift of 132kg. NAN.Tags: AthensEnugu StateLucy EjikeTokyo Paralympicslast_img read more

Adkins bullish ahead of next season

first_img “Obviously we want to play in a certain manner but it has got to be winning football. The players sampled the Championship last year so I’d like to think that gives us a good opportunity with the stability that we’ve already got at the club to look to strive to keep improving on what we’ve got. “It is about winning – we are all well aware of that. It is not easy for anybody in the Premier League, especially to go on and win games.” All four goals were scored by members of the Championship-winning side, with a Hal Robson-Kanu brace complemented by Adam Le Fondre and Jem Karacan strikes. However, speculation as to whether any such players will now move on is rife, especially in regards to Le Fondre. Like so many times this season, the former Rotherham striker came off the bench at Fulham – a role he has become increasingly frustrated with. Asked if he has a role to play, Adkins said: “Very much so. I think he has set a record for coming off the bench to score in the Premier League. “You need to have a squad of players next season and to be successful you have got to go and score goals. You can’t just rely on one player to do that. “We’ve got to make sure we’ve got enough players in the squad to go and score goals and Adam is obviously one of them.” Adkins was pleased by what he saw from his side as they won 4-2 at Fulham and, having managed Southampton to second place behind triumphant Reading last season, believes they are well placed to come straight back up. “The important thing is that the squad here won the Championship last year,” he said after winning his first game as Royals boss. Nigel Adkins believes Reading’s experience of the npower Championship gives them a “good opportunity” to make a Barclays Premier League return at the first attempt.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more