18 Nov

By adapting, everything is possible, even to hold an event like Vinkovci Autumns

first_imgHowever, many visitors, who will have to follow the instructions, will be able to enjoy the performances of Croatian KUDs. Namely, the camera crew of Vinkovci Autumns, at the end of August and the beginning of September she traveled from Dubrovnik to Vinkovci and in 17 cities she filmed 23 cultural and artistic societies. On that way the spirit of the Vinkovci Autumns spread throughout Croatia, and the final product, after eight days of filming, will be displayed on a video wall in the center of Vinkovci. Vinkovci Autumns were on tour in Croatia where recordings of KUDs took place Photo: Vinkovci Autumns Every year, about 8.000 participants take part in the Vinkovci Autumns, and through 10 days of the Autumns, they attract about 100.000 visitors. How and what next? We will preserve the tradition, because tradition is one of the main tourist products of Vinkovci, a city located in an area where people have lived continuously for more than 8.300 years, a city where two Roman emperors were born and where despite all challenges and problems there are people wide souls ready to give you an unforgettable experience of Autumn in Vinkovci. Vinkovci Autumn on set in Zadar Thus, Vinkovci will once again, for the 55th time, show how they are a city that above all adheres to tradition. The program of the event was greatly influenced by the measures. Everything that Vinkovci Autumns are famous for will take place, but on a smaller scale. That’s right central parade, without which it is difficult to imagine the event, will pass through the streets of the City on Sunday, but only KUDs from Vukovar-Srijem County will be found in it. Still, we have no doubt that it will Grand opening on Friday, the parade will attract the largest number of fans of tradition, and that is why Vinkovci Autumns exist, preservation of tradition. We have no doubt that despite the measures, the City will come alive again in those four days, many tourists will visit Vinkovci, admire the costumes and carriages that hardworking Slavonians have prepared throughout the year – since the last Vinkovci autumns. They will eat “gifted underpants” at the daughter-in-law’s, drink a good drop and enjoy the sounds of the tambourine from morning to morning. center_img They are bigger than anything, nothing will turn them off! – verses of Bečar, a UNESCO-protected cultural heritage, which best describes this year’s edition of the event, which has lasted in Vinkovci for more than half a century. Streets and squares will take over tradition and costumes for which they are known Vinkovci Autumn. One of the largest traditional events in Croatia and beyond, which took place even during the Homeland War, and will be held in this time of crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. Vinkovci Autumns have been proudly preserving and nurturing Croatian traditional culture for 54 years, and the holding of this year’s Autumns was a great challenge, in accordance with the epidemiological situation and recommendations. Thus, this year’s Autumns have adapted to the current situation: instead of ten, they will be held for four days, and Vinkovci will not host cultural and artistic societies from all over Croatia and abroad, nor will there be large concerts accompanying the event. This year the key word is – adjustment. An adaptation that the Vinkovci Autumns embraced, and through a great idea and realization they held a tour of Croatia where they recorded KUDs in the cities that were to perform at the National Festival of Original Croatian Folklore. While this year’s 55th Vinkovci Autumns have been reduced to the framework, in accordance with all epidemiological measures, that they can still be held in Vinkovci. Vinkovci Autumns are not just another event, it is an event for which everyone is preparing, both participants and visitors. Hotel and private capacities are filled, not only in Vinkovci, but in the entire county and beyond. This is the best indicator of what this event, which has a traditional sign, has grown into. Photo / Video: Vinkovci Autumns The content is provided by HrTurizam in cooperation with Vinkovački jesenilast_img read more

29 Sep

Pension fund for German doctors makes foray into real estate development

first_imgThe development was sold by US investors that “do not want to do the refurbishment needed in the near future from their location and were looking for German buyers”, Kretschmer said.He said the ÄVWL was able to take on this kind of development risk because it had been building up a sufficient risk buffer.“Our main aim is not to achieve the highest return possible per year but to achieve stable returns over the long run,” he said.For 2013, the Versorgungswerk reported a net return of 4.4%.It also pointed out that it has used not even half of its risk budget, roughly 16% of overall assets under management (€10bn).“This way we can ensure that, even if the interest rate environment remains low, we will be able to achieve our discount rate annually until 2018,” Kretschmer said.With respect to equities, the ÄVWL will maintain a “low two-digit allocation” and “certainly not 30%”, making “tactical but not strategic adjustments”.“There is too much volatility in equities, and this means it will crash at one point or another, and the equity market is very politically driven, as well as highly leveraged, which all means downturns can happen quickly and strain the ongoing return,” Kretschmer said.Last year, the slight interest rate increase, as well as the sell-off in emerging markets, hurt the overall performance of the Versorgungswerk, while alternatives and real estate generated “above-average returns”.For 2014, the ÄVWL will cut back on covered bonds and go into emerging government bonds, where Kretschmer now sees opportunities after the downturns in May-June 2013 and January 2014.He said the Versorgungswerk’s anticyclical approach also suited a deal it was currently closing in London, where it is selling an asset bought in a fire-sale briefly after the Lehman crisis.“We want to cash in on overheated markets,” Kretschmer said.The ÄVWL said it it had been approached “a lot” for debt investments, which it will be “looking into”, if they generate sufficient returns at a certain level of risk. The €10.5bn Versorgungswerk for doctors in Westfalen-Lippe (ÄVWL) will take on a €200m real estate development project as part of its long-term strategy to generate stable returns and build sufficient risk buffers.In recent years, the ÄVWL – joint winner of the 2013 IPE country award for Germany – has increased its investments to infrastructure and real estate, both via direct investments and loans for developments. Andreas Kretschmer, managing director at the ÄVWL, told IPE the Versorgungswerk wanted to continue to build up these investments this year.“We are about to close a deal on a €200m investment in a real estate project development in an inner-city location of a German city,” he said.last_img read more

17 Aug

Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stays centered amid swirling trade rumors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers LOS ANGELES — In most other games, in most other situations, it would have gone unnoticed.Luke Walton called a timeout late in the first quarter, and as the team walked toward the bench, TV cameras caught Walton approaching Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and appearing to make a passionate critique. Caldwell-Pope never broke stride as he seemed to wave Walton off.Without sound, there are a number of ways to interpret that. One is the way Walton and Caldwell-Pope said it happened: It was a heat-of-the-moment exchange in the game, one of countless such interactions that happen all the time. Pope went on to be a helpful player in the Lakers’ 108-105 victory over the Heat on Monday night, scoring 11 points and adding three assists.“It’s just coaching,” Walton said. “He knew what he did. He acknowledged it. We moved on.” Caldwell-Pope strongly denied that was the case.“He was just telling me what I did wrong,” he said. “It was just a coaching moment. We didn’t get into it. It was a coaching moment. Took in what he said, and just locked in (during the) second half.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.That’s the difficulty of being the subject of trade rumors: micro-analyzing of tension that might or might not exist. Most around the team observe Caldwell-Pope to be nothing if not professional: On Monday morning, he was LeBron James’ shooting partner in an after-practice contest against Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball, as well as assistants Miles Simon and Brian Shaw. There are no clear signs that he’s drifting from the group, even as reports have cited that he could be traded as early as Saturday.In fact, Caldwell-Pope has played his best basketball of the season in December: In the last five games, he’s averaging 11.4 points and a steal per game, while shooting above 41 percent from 3-point range. It’s been a needed boost as the Lakers have dealt with injuries to Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram, shortening the guard rotation.Caldwell-Pope isn’t deaf to the circling rumors about him being traded: He allowed the slightest of smiles to escape as he was asked about the difficulty of dealing with such reports. But he also said he’s not too worried about it, either.“I’m just focused right now,” he said. “Playing here now.”MOVING ON UPWith 28 points against the Heat, LeBron James crossed a number of thresholds in the record book.To start, it was his 900th consecutive game in at least double figures. James passed Paul Pierce for 10th place with most double-digit games, now up to 1,162. James has failed to score in double figures only eight times in his career. James also secured his 778th win of the regular season, tying Paul Silas (his first head coach in Cleveland) for 19th-most all-time by an individual.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs But the context of Caldwell-Pope’s situation – with an ESPN report naming him as a potential trade chip in a deal with the Phoenix Suns – brings with it incredible scrutiny. It’s probably not fair that body language, playing time and all sorts of other interactions will be weighed as signs of strain between Caldwell-Pope and the Lakers, but it’s happening.Spectrum broadcast cameras lingered on the moment between Walton and his player as the team headed into the timeout, and a viewer could have taken it to mean that Caldwell-Pope was ignoring his coach. Some observers on social media did make that assumption.last_img read more