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City holding info session on proposed massive Collegetown project

first_img Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: Matt Butler As it is currently proposed, the project would include 440 housing units, 73,424 square feet of commercial office space and 33,212 square feet of retail space, with more space for industrial and community uses. It is slated to cost $145 million in total for local development firm Novarr-Mackesey. Due to Collegetown zoning restrictions, the project will need a planned unit development approval, which normally allow projects to violate zoning if they bring enough community benefit to the local area to outweigh the zoning concerns.The public will be able to hear more about the project at the information session on Monday, Dec. 7, scheduled at 5:30 p.m. The link for more information about the livestream, which will be hosted on the City of Ithaca’s YouTube page, is available here.The full PUD application is available here. ITHACA, N.Y.— The City of Ithaca will be holding an information session in early December regarding the proposed planned unit development zone for the Collegetown Innovation District, the long-rumored housing and commercial project that was introduced earlier in November. Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at [email protected] More by Matt Butlerlast_img read more

Adria Hotel Forum will be held in Belgrade from next year. Reason? Lack of interest in Croatia

first_imgBringing the biggest global investment funds in Zagreb – was the brave vision of Marina Franolić, the organizer of the Adria Hotel Forum (AHF), and some would say just let go. How to bring top people from the hotel industry in Europe to Zagreb? How to reach people at all, who are practically impossible to reach in a meeting? There were a lot of questions and challenges in my head, and at the very thought that it could happen, many would wave their hands.But after a few years, in spite of everything and everyone, the Adria Hotel Forum became the largest hotel and investment conference in Southeast Europe and one of the five largest in Europe, and the organizers fulfilled their vision.  However, after six years of holding, the AHF is leaving Zagreb and Croatia and will be held in Belgrade next year. The reason, classic Croatian. Lack of interest, both from domestic hotel experts and hoteliers, sponsors and cities, counties and ultimately the State.This relocation realizes the original idea of ​​the Forum that the AHF be organized in all capitals of the region, points out Marina Franolić and adds: ” Our initial idea was for the AHF to “move” and to be held in the capitals of the region, given that it is positioned as a regional conference. So far, we have realized the “regional aspect” through the topics in the program and the panelists who represented the region, but this step is very important for us to further confirm our status. ” Although the official version is of course much milder and different, and certainly as was the long-term intention of the Forum, someone had to write the other side clearly and loudly.By the way, last year alone, investors who manage a total of more than $ 500 billion, as well as vice presidents, managers of global hotel companies, presented themselves in Zagreb, but even that was not enough to show greater interest in both domestic management forces and the state. ultimately who should care about development and what European investors are in her backyard.Every year, European hotel experts come to the AHF, who are otherwise practically impossible or very difficult to reach, and who manage thousands of hotels, monitor the global market and know how the hotel industry will develop in the coming years. We are constantly talking about investments and market development, and when investors come to our door, the door remains closed. Getting their 5 minutes is extremely difficult, and getting them on a “full day” in your backyard is a great opportunity.And I have to admit as conference attendees, every year I wondered how it is possible that there are no our domestic hotel managers. Interest was embarrassingly low, and everyone knew about the conference. You look and you don’t understand what the “handle” is. And so again from year to year. They are here for the investor, they came, and then they need to sell the story, interest them and show them where, how and why to invest in Croatia.But we missed the opportunity. I wonder how many opportunities we need to understand that those who are proactive, brave, think differently, who are fast and agile, and who break down all the barriers in front of them, or at least try, grow and develop. There is no grace in the business world, either you are or you are not.It’s like one start-up among tens of thousands of applications manages to get a chance to present their project and idea on the Shark Thank show in front of multimillionaires and mega entrepreneurship stars, and then doesn’t even bother to sell the story. You had your 5 minutes, but you didn’t use them. Focus and capital go further. So in this case, only without millions of media pomp and audience, and we did not even try to present well, let alone delight them. It’s an opportunity to make a real show and throw “gloves in the face”, so that investors fight among themselves who will be faster and better with the offer.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”PS By the way, one of the Shark Tank investors was born in Croatia, and he proudly points that out, but the question is whether anyone has ever contacted him.On the other hand, Croatia also had its 5 minutes or 5 years while it is in trend, but the trend lasts 3-5 years, and then the focus of global media and investors turns to new markets. Five years ago, we could only dream that all global tourist media would write about Croatia and advertise us for free, which has been the case for the last few years. Did we take our chance? What message and story did we tell about our tourism and how did we position it?But let’s get back to the topic. Feel free to read the list of panelists and speakers for all six years HERE, and then the logical question arises: How is it possible that most of our hotel experts and managers had no motive to be present and talk live with top experts in the industry.That says a lot about our tourism and our leaders who run it. That says a lot about the business climate in Croatia. Some things are a lot clearer now, right? And then how to succeed and do business in Croatia, if the top people in the profession who keep the budgets and the direction of our tourism are not interested in what European experts will say “cream de le cream”?It’s as if Bill Gates is coming to Zagreb, and the top IT forces are not coming to the conference, or let’s say Philip Kotler, a synonym for marketing, comes and is one of the world’s greatest experts, and 100 people come. Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit, but not much, but you get the point of the story.A couple of years ago, Marina Franolić stated that capital does not go where it is nice, but where the return on investment is most likely. In Croatia, obviously, there is no prospect, and even less interest from our side. It is not this whining, on the contrary, the AHF has fulfilled its mission, brought in European hotel experts as well as investors and investment funds, and brought together the profession at the level of the whole of Europe.Marina Franolić, AHF: We have to be much more aggressive in the market in order to compete for capital that can realistically go anywhere.Unfortunately, there was no real interest, so without whining, and no pomp, she moved on and organized a conference where there is interest. And in this case, it is Serbia and Belgrade.But let’s get back to the topic of investment and whether there is any investor interest at all.On the one hand, investors came to Croatia, which obviously speaks of great interest in investing in Croatia. I was interested in Marina Fanolić’s first-hand opinion and experience, given that she has been in direct contact with them these years.”Yes, there is a much greater interest of foreign investors to invest in Croatia than a couple of years ago. However, the interest is mostly focused on already existing operating hotels (ie acquisitions), and much less on the development of new locations. There are several reasons for this. One of the main ones is that large international “private equity” funds have a limited term that they invest in a location, which is from 5 to 7 years. In that period, it is not realistic that you will start a project in Croatia, get permits, build, put into operation, and then financially stabilize. In Western European countries, there are developers working on this first phase, and investors are entering the phase when the hotel is built and ready for operation. Then 5-7 years makes sense. The second is, of course, the administration for which we are known today, not in a positive sense. There are other reasons, but what is worth emphasizing is that there are still no transactions in which the funds are interested. Franolić points out, and adds that they are in communication with a number of investors on a daily basis, and now some smaller funds and companies that both invest and operate their hotels have shown interest: “But we have to be much more aggressive in the market to compete for capital , can go anywhere. ” says FranolićWe have been talking about Zagreb on the Sava for years and nothing has moved, and in Belgrade some of the buildings have already moved in – Marina FranolićWhen asked what the investment climate is like in Croatia, and what it is like in Belgrade and the region, Franolić points out that Belgrade has recognized the strength of international hotel brands, while in our country it is often heard that brands are expensive.”First of all, it should be taken into account that Belgrade is much bigger than Zagreb. In addition, it has certainly developed more intensively in the last few years and opened up much more to foreign capital. An example is Belgrade on the water. We have been talking about Zagreb on the Sava for years and nothing has moved, and some of the buildings there have already been moved in. In addition, they recognized the strength of international hotel brands. We often hear that brands are expensive, but it’s not just a matter of price. Namely, the strength of the brand is in international visibility. When a brand like Accor, InterContinental and Hilton announces the news through their channels to open a new hotel, it is much more powerful than any individual hotelier can achieve. A good example is DoubleTree in Zagreb, whose owners are now opening two more hotels (Canopy opened 10 days ago, and the Garden Inn will next year) and which have contracted the Hilton brand for everything. In addition to raising the value of the hotel, the brand also raises the value of the destination.”Pointed out Franolić and concluded that the Adria Hotel Forum represents the entire region every year, so in 2019 in Belgrade will be one of the topics the return of Turkey, Greece and North Africa and their impact on tourism in the Adriatic and Mediterranean.Adria Hotel Forum 2019 under the slogan “Is the future bright?”But either way, the AHF goes further. The only internationally recognized hotel-investment conference in the region, Adria Hotel Forum (AHF), will be held 20-21. February in Belgrade at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.The theme of the seventh AHF is “Is the future bright?“, And will touch on the issues of the new financial crisis forecast for 2020, compare the bureaucracy that investors face in the countries of the region and other competing countries, and examine what projects are in focus for investors. In its six years of existence, the Adria Hotel Forum has positioned itself as one of the five largest investment conferences in Europe, bringing together over 1.800 participants, 250 panelists and 150 partners. The importance of the Forum is also proven by the arrival of world names of the hotel industry who visit our region only because of this conference. This year, the Forum brought to Zagreb more than $ 500 billion in investment funds, AccorHotels’ senior vice president of development for Europe, Hilton’s vice president of development for Eastern Europe and Belmond’s senior vice president for global development.Along with representatives of global hotel companies, investors and consultants, the ministers of several regional countries have already confirmed their arrival in Belgrade. Take advantage early bird prices that are open until December 7, and more information can be found on our official site.last_img read more

Syracuse basketball podcast: Digesting SU’s postseason ban, previewing Pittsburgh with Eric Devendorf

first_img Comments In The Daily Orange’s first-ever episode of its Syracuse basketball podcast, we talk with former SU guard Eric Devendorf about the university’s decision to self-impose a postseason ban and just how a team can move on without tournaments to play for.Devendorf stands by Jim Boeheim and discusses the team’s lack of consistent scoring options while previewing the Orange’s first game since the postseason ban was announced — SU’s 4 p.m. tipoff against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Published on February 6, 2015 at 8:15 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Patterson vows to stop shooting 3s after criticism from Boeheimlast_img

Okpekpe Organisers Give Timeline for Registration of Athletes

first_img”To pick up your race number you will need to print a copy of your orderconfirmation email or Order Number and present a form of identification (a driver’s licence, school ID, etc.)”.Amodu who also revealed that those who are unable to make it to the pick-up venue can send a third party to pick it up for them with proper form of identification.“We feel it is important to give this registration timeline very early because of the nature of the race. It is an IAAF silver label race which means it is a world-class race comparable to all the other silver label road races across the globe.“We thus want to tidy up logistics for the administrative and technical organisation of the race very early,” said AmoduLike it was last year, this year’s edition will be the first IAAF Silver Label 10km race of the year.It will hold six days after the IAAF Gold Label Tata Consultancy Services World 10km in Bengaluru, India on May 19 and on the same day the IAAF Gold Label Ottawa 10k holds in Ottawa, Canada.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing with the technical assistance from the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have given Wednesday, May 22, as the closing date for registration of athletes for the seventh edition of the only IAAF Silver Label road running event in Africa in 2019 which holds on Saturday May 25 in Okpekpe, Edo State.Zak Amodu, the race’s Director of Organisation said the online registration for the historic race will close on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019.”Accreditation and number pick up will begin on Thursday, May 23 and end the next day, Friday May 24. It will start at 8:00 a.m. each day at Yak Hotel along Auchi-Benin Road,” revealed Amodu who insisted that there will be no accreditation on race day.last_img read more

No Ronaldo, no goals as Zidane splits trousers

first_imgZidane’s wardrobe malfunction Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP |Champions League top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was a frustrated spectator as his Real Madrid side played out a slow-burning 0-0 draw at Manchester City in Tuesday’s semi-final first leg.Injury prevented the Portuguese superstar from adding to his 16-goal tally and in his absence the visitors were unable to convert the handful of chances they created, with a sensational late Joe Hart save to deny Pepe the closest either side came to a goal at the Etihad Stadium.As an occasion, City’s first semi-final appearance in the competition was a let-down, but by preventing Madrid from notching an away goal the tie’s underdogs safeguarded their hopes of reaching the final ahead of next week’s return leg at the Bernabeu.“We played a very intense game and defended well,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini.“This season we have played very well away. Now we go to the Bernabeu with the same attitude as playing at home.“Real Madrid must attack a little bit more. You cannot take too much from the first leg. We can see from the second leg who will go through.”Pellegrini, though, will be without David Silva for the second leg after he was forced off by a hamstring injury, while his Madrid counterpart Zinedine Zidane was left sweating on the fitness of Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who went off at half-time.“I’m happy with the game,” said Zidane, who expressed hope that both his ailing forwards will be fit for the return leg.“We had the ball more in the second half, had a couple of chances. We’re a little bit disappointed, because we possibly deserved more.“Before this game it was 50-50. I think it’s still the same, 50-50.” City’s semi-final arrival was an event seven and a half years in the making for the club’s Emirati owners and there was a carefully stage-managed attempt to generate an atmosphere prior to kick-off, with fans given blue and silver foil flags and a flurry of streamers greeting the teams.The star attraction, alas, was on the bench, glowering in a grey Real Madrid anorak. Ronaldo took his place among the visiting officials after failing a pre-match fitness test on a thigh strain.City seemed determine not to let their guests settle into a rhythm and with Fernandinho setting the tempo for their pressing, they did exactly that.But with neither side able to create any chances, the most notable act of the first half was the departure of Silva after he injured himself in a sliding challenge on Gareth Bale that earned him a booking, which saw 19-year-old Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho join the fray.Benzema, a pre-match doubt with a knee problem, was replaced at half-time by Jese and despite the touchline exhortations of Zidane, who split his trousers for the second Champions League match running, his side could not make the breakthrough.When they belatedly hit the target, Sergio Ramos hanging in the air to meet Toni Kroos’s corner from the right with a firm header, Hart saved comfortably.And when they conspired to beat Hart, Jese looping a header towards goal from Dani Carvajal’s right-wing cross, the crossbar came to the England international’s rescue.City started the second half with a left-foot sighter from Sergio Aguero that whistled over the bar, but they did not threaten again until a stoppage-time Kevin De Bruyne free-kick that Keylor Navas tipped over.In the minutes prior to that, the visitors had started to knock on the door.After Bale had given City a scare by curling narrowly wide from the edge of the box, Hart produced two demonstrations of the razor-sharp reflexes that have come to his side’s rescue so many times on big European nights.First, he stuck out his left boot to deflect away a downward header from Casemiro and moments later a starfish-style block prevented Pepe from snatching a late winner from point-blank range.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Hammered by Patriots, Steelers must face impressive Raiders

first_imgWithout two of their three starting defensive linemen and two key offensive linemen the Steelers looked very average as Tom Brady picked the defense apart going 30 of 43 for 350 yards and 5 touchdowns while the Steelers offense struggled putting only 3 points on the board in the first half.However, the Baltimore Ravens 26-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons helped as they remained in a tie atop the AFC-North Division.The next game is another must game against the red hot Oakland Raiders who are coming off a bye. The Raiders are on top the AFC-West with a 5-4 record but have been blistering in their last five with a 4-1 record. They have an explosive running game and Jason Campbell has brought an exciting air attack as well. The Raiders’ defense has been one of the best in the game.The Steelers as usual had an outstanding second half, especially fourth quarter as they put 23 points on the board but they had fallen too far behind, and Brady didn’t let up.Brady maintained his mastery of the Steelers, throwing three touchdown passes to rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski, who played his senior season at Woodland Hills, and scoring one himself as the Patriots bounced back from a humbling 20-point loss to the Cleveland Browns. No NFL team wins more on its home field than Pittsburgh, but no opposing player wins there like Brady, who has won six of seven overall against the Steelers and four of five at Heinz Field. He now has 14 career touchdown throws and three interceptions against the Steelers.“They beat us in all phases,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.The Steelers played most of the game without wide receiver Hines Ward (concussion), whose streak of 186 consecutive games with a reception ended.“I wanted to go back in, but they wouldn’t let me,” Ward said.Brady methodically led drive after drive by throwing underneath Pittsburgh’s two-deep zone defense. The quick throws to Wes Welker confused the Steelers’ defense and negated Pittsburgh’s oft-successful blitzing schemes.The Steelers, unable to solve New England’s defense for most of three quarters while trailing 17-3, took advantage of a 38-yard pass interference penalty to advance to the Patriots 8 late in the third quarter. But Roethlisberger threw incomplete on second and third down, and Jeff Reed missed a chip-shot 26-yard field goal—his seventh miss of the season.Pittsburgh finally got into the end zone on Roethlisberger’s 6-yard throw to Emmanuel Sanders with just over 12 minutes remaining. By then, the game was all but over.Pittsburgh was without Roethlisberger’s blind-side protectors, left tackle Max Starks (neck, out for season) and left guard Chris Keomeatu (knee, ankle) and, with backups playing, Roethlisberger was sacked five times. Rashard Mendenhall was held to 50 yards on 11 carries one week after Cleveland’s Peyton Hillis pounded New England’s No. 29-ranked defense for 184 yards and two touchdowns.The Raiders game will be the first time in years that the game will be huge to both teams. The Raiders must win to stay in first place in the AFC-West where they are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs. The same is true for the Steelers who are tied with the Ravens on top of the AFC-North. A loss by the Steelers and a Ravens win would not only drop them out of the North lead but would put them in jeopardy of losing a playoff spot.Basically the Steelers are going to have to find a way to win without the injured players which may include Ward, or watch another season go down the tubes after an impressive start. After the Patriots blowout are Steelers still an elite team or just another good team that may or may not make the playoffs?New England hammered the Steelers 39-26 in every aspect of the game Sunday night making one wonder if the Steelers are still a championship contending team. TOUGH NIGHT AT THE OFFICE —Steelers running back Mewelde Moore stands on the sidelines during final minute of loss to the Patriots Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) last_img read more

UST’s depleted state fuels Eya Laure ahead of UAAP Final Four

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas finished the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament with a 10-4 record which is currently the third best team in the ladder.The Golden Tigresses also returned the Final Four after missing the Season 80 semifinals despite having a depleted team.ADVERTISEMENT Star rookie Eya Laure, though, treats her team’s limited lineup as a source of motivation for UST’s semifinals matchup against defending champion De La Salle.“I’ll use their absences as a motivation because it’s also a factor and I wish that they’re here with us, but here we are,” said Laure in Filipino after UST’s win over National University, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSeason 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini played just four games for the Golden Tigresses after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee while middle blocker Tin Francisco is also out with the same injury.There’s also Laure’s older sister and Season 77 Rookie of the Year EJ Laure, who sat out Seasons 80 and 81 due to injuries. MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img Warriors prepare for rested James Harden, Rockets in West rematch Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “This season is for Ate Sisi (Rondina), the coaching staff who’s always supported us, and for those who always believed in us,” said Laure. “This is also for Ate Milena, Ate Tin.”Laure added she wants to help UST rise from a dismal Season 80 campaign wherein the Golden Tigresses finished seventh with a 4-10 card.“Last season everyone was really downtrodden and it pains me to see it because I see all the hard work and sacrifices,” said Laure, who didn’t play for two UAAP seasons due to the implementation of the K-12 education system.Laure, despite not playing in the UAAP for Seasons 79 and 80, still trained with the high school team in 2017 and 2018.“Before they took the floor, we were the ones who trained and I can see their hardships and how hard they get hurt,” said Laure.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

a month agoHoeness takes new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Hoeness takes new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegenby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has taken a new swipe at Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.Hoeness has been angered by Ter Stegen’s claims that he deserves Germany selection ahead of Bayern’s Manuel Neuer.He snapped: “I would have expected him to be cornered and say things are not going that way. It has damaged the reputation of an impeccable athlete like Manuel.”Hoeness claims Ter Stegen has made Neuer sound like “old scrap that should be removed after the Euros”.He also slammed the German Federation for not taking action against Ter Stegen.”I do not expect any reaction from you,” he explained and added: “Their only virtue is to go for a walk in the forest and whistle.” last_img read more

MKO member dies in police custody

first_imgAPTN National NewsA northern First Nation is accusing both the RCMP and Health Canada of negligence after one of their band members died while in custody.Witnesses say Tracy Okemow of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak First Nation repeatedly called for help but was allegedly told to quit faking.She was later rushed to Winnipeg hospital where she later died.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has more on this developing story.last_img