Mission senior housing project survives divided vote by council in early test

first_imgThe affordable senior housing project that has been proposed for the west side of Mission survived its first vote in the city council, but not without some dissent from council members.Register to continuelast_img

The Adriatic Supervisory Board has accepted an investment plan of over 10m euros

first_imgThe Supervisory Board of Jadran dd from Crikvenica, a tourist company that owns 8 hotels, 2 campsites and a tourist resort on the Crikvenica Riviera, at today’s session approved the company’s Management Board to implement an investment plan worth over 83 million kuna.After the completion of this year’s investment cycle worth over 40 million kuna, which resulted in raising the categories of hotels Katarina and Omorika to four stars and expanding the offer of mobile homes in the camp Selce, the Adriatic Administration has begun preparations for a new investment cycle in 2017. the team made an estimate of all these investments. The investments include six facilities, and the realization depends on the speed of obtaining the necessary permits and the financing model.The accepted plan envisages landscaping hotel Esplanade in Crikvenica, and after renovation the facility will be positioned as a family boutique hotel with a high four star instead of the current three star category. The renovation will include a complete reconstruction of the new and old part of the hotel built in 1929, which has not been in operation since the fire that engulfed it in 2001, the creation of a wellness and SPA zone, infrastructure works and landscaping. The value of the total investment is HRK 32,8 million, and the planned completion of the works is expected in July next year, provided that a building permit is obtained soon, for which all the necessary documentation has been submitted.”Our goal is to return Crikvenica to where it belongs – to the top of Croatian tourism” Dino Manestar, President of the Management Board of Jadran ddStrategic business plan for the period from 2016 to 2025 All investments are also foreseen in the Strategic Business Plan for the period from 2016 to 2025, which was adopted in February this year, but for certain investments the dynamics were accelerated. In addition to the Esplanade, a third phase of landscaping is planned Hotel Omorika which, after the four-star categorization was confirmed in June, will further enrich its content by arranging a wellness center with a swimming pool in the former disco club “Oleander” with an investment value of 11,3 million kuna. The second phase of landscaping will continue in Selce hotel Katarina with an emphasis on the arrangement of the health center, wellness, indoor pool and SPA zone, as well as the arrangement of congress halls, parking and the environment of the facility to complete the positioning of the facility as a four-star spa hotel. The total amount of the investment is estimated at just over HRK 15 million, and the end of the works is expected in May 2017.In addition to Katarina, the old part of Selce is planned to be renovated by June next year Hotel Slaven which is currently not in use, as a three-star holiday hotel with an investment value of HRK 10,2 million. Further landscaping is also planned camp Selce in order to further raise the categorization to the level of four stars, which includes the arrangement of toilets, children’s playground, entrance road, check-in zone, parking with charging stations for electric vehicles, environment, households and services, accommodation for seasonal staff, etc. with total value investments of HRK 15,2 million.”By accepting the investment plan, we show that we are continuing with the planned path of development of the Adriatic with a clear vision of the company in the future. It is a successful, modern and strong tourist company that provides a high level of service to its guests in all facilities, and everything we have achieved in the past gives us a strong motivation and impetus for future success with the support of all our employees and all people of Crikvenica. Since we came out of bankruptcy, I repeat that our goal is to return Crikvenica to where it belongs – to the top of Croatian tourism, and that goal is getting closer to us with each project.” said Dino Manestar, President of the Management Board of Jadran ddIn addition to accepting the investment plan, the Management Board informed the Supervisory Board about the recapitalization procedure, which will, in accordance with the Strategic Business Plan adopted in February this year, try to attract investors needed to implement an investment plan worth over 300 million kuna. In 2021, most of the Adriatic facilities were categorized with 4 stars.last_img read more

BASF Names Juan Carlos Ordo

first_imgTORONTO – A recent study from BrandIntel, a provider of market intelligence, found that consumers care about green issues when they align with their own economic interests. When it relates to the automotive industry, BrandIntel’s study showed the majority of consumer discussion focused on fuel and fuel economy as well as alternative technologies, such as hybrid vehicles. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement For the report, BrandIntel tracked more than 2 million raw search results on the Internet but refined those results through technological filters and human analysis. The study reviewed 1,100 consumer mentions on green automotive technology. BrandIntel analyzed the most pertinent consumer-created content on the Internet to measure for assigned sentiment scores and share of discussion, rating the physical and emotional value of the results (positive or negative). The report, titled, “Managing Sustainability: Analyzing User Generated Content to Understand the Issue,” looks at consumer discussions and sentiment scores around green automotive technology chatter and the issues in which these alternative technologies are discussed. Based on analysis of consumer-created content, the report captures data from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2007. “Our research suggests that consumers are voicing concerns about green issues almost exclusively in the context of their personal economics — green is good, but it’s most potent when it aligns with the consumer’s wallet,” said Alan Dean, vice president of research at BrandIntel. “Consumers are also quick to see which auto manufacturers have credibility creating green vehicles and which manufacturers put in ‘just enough effort’ to appear green. Additionally, consumers have moved beyond the surface issues and are engaged in complex discussions about the lifetime environmental footprint of new technologies.” Advertisement Among the report’s key findings: — More than 80 percent of consumer discussions focused on fuel economy, indicating that consumers perceive the value proposition experienced with green auto technologies and indicates a willingness to consider more economic vehicle options. — Of the discussions focused on green IT issues, automakers not in support of new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards are viewed more negatively by consumers. For example, consumers questioned Toyota’s position in opposition to the new CAFE standards, as consumers have traditionally seen Toyota as a green company. — While diesel technologies are making significant strides, consumers still use the word ‘hybrid’ three times more suggesting that consumers’ associations between ‘green’ and ‘hybrid’ are more prevalent than ‘green’ and ‘diesel.’ — Toyota, Honda, Mercedes and Volkswagen have green credibility due to their hybrid and diesel vehicle offerings. Conversely, discussion around GM, Chevrolet and Chrysler brands reveals that consumers do not perceive these manufacturers to have green credibility due to their large truck and SUV fleets, as well as weaker diesel/hybrid vehicle lineups.last_img read more

East Africa tests the waters

first_imgSERIOUS moves are afoot to take the metre-gauge networks of East Africa into the private sector. Last November CPCS Transcom and its local partner Kisarika & Malimi won a C$1·7m contract from the Tanzanian government to act as lead transaction advisors for the privatisation of Tanzania Railways Corp.The contract followed an unsuccessful bid process which resulted from a government decision to restructure TRC in 2001. CPCS Transcom will revise the planned concession agreement, assist with the tendering procedure and help evaluate the bids. Concessioning is expected to start in June.Privatisation of Kenya Railways Corp and Uganda Railways Corp is now mooted for 2005. In the meantime the East African Community hopes to spend as much as KSh313bn to ‘harmonise’ the region’s railways and ports. Operation of the interdependent network as three separate entities is ‘uneconomical, insecure and subject to manipulation’, says URC Managing Director Daudi Murungi, who expects most of the funding to be sourced from the ‘donor community’. Look for proposals in April.Meanwhile, a resolution to form an Association of East Africa Railways & Marine Services to improve co-operation, and especially cross-border services, was taken at a recent meeting in Nairobi, attended by KRC Managing Director Andrew Wanyandeh, Daudi Murungi of URC, TRC’s Linford Mboma and Charles Phiri of Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority.Both Tanzania and Zambia have agreed in principle to the idea of privatising Tazara, which provides a 1067mm gauge link between Dar es Salaam and New Kpiri M’Poshi. A feasibility study funded by the World Bank has begun, and Zambian Communications & Transport Minister Bates Namuyamba envisages a similar approach to that used for concessioning Zambia Railways. While Zambia expects to earn about US$1·5m annually in concession fees, around US$40m is to be invested in the first five years, with a further US$60m to be ploughed into infrastructure and rolling stock during the concession period.Passenger services were restored in December west of Nakuru on KRC’s main line; they had been withdrawn following a derailment in August 2001 near Lela on the Kisumu branch in which 16 passengers died. Thrice-weekly through trains from Nairobi are running to the port of Kisumu on Lake Victoria, and a shuttle runs four times a week on the 50 km branch to Butere.last_img read more

Kaohsiung tram signalling contract awarded

first_imgTAIWAN: China Steel Corp has awarded a contract for Thales to supply signalling for the extension of the Kaohsiung light rail line, the supplier announced on January 19. The 4½ year contract includes the supply of interlockings, traffic light priority systems and automatic vehicle location detection. Trial operations started in October 2015 between Lizihnei and Kaisyuan Jhonghua, and were extended in June by one stop to Kaohsiung Exhibition Centre. This is part of the 8·7 km first phase, which has 14 stops. Two further phases would create a circular 22·1 km, 37-stop circular route. CAF supplied the signalling for the first section under a turnkey contract awarded in 2013 that also includes rolling stock. The bidirectional trams are equipped with CAF’s ACR onboard energy storage technology for catenary-free operation.last_img read more