Ascena restructuring approved post-bankruptcy

first_img Email Address* Under the terms of the deal, first disclosed late last year, 900 of the company’s stores were required to remain open — but a big mall owner has challenged Sycamore’s intentions to keep up that end of the agreement.Simon Property Group, the country’s largest mall owner, objected to the plan after Sycamore disclosed its intention to close 160 stores in Simon-owned malls.The mall owner told the court in February that Sycamore was preparing to violate the spirit of the restructuring plan by preserving stores whose leases expired the soonest. Once the plan took effect, leases would expire, leading to the closure of more locations.Sycamore “has repeatedly bankrupted retailers it acquired to the detriment of their creditors,” the objection reads. The document goes on to cite Sycamore’s alleged failure with retailers Nine West and Belk.Mall owner Taubman filed an objection backing up Simon’s.It’s not the first time Simon has clashed with Sycamore.Sycamore similarly previously offered $1.75 billion to buy J.C. Penney, which is now owned by Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management. Under their plan, Sycamore would rebrand 250 JCPenney stores to the Belk name and liquidate the rest. The plan was eventually rejected.Contact Sasha Jones Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Ascena owns Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant, Lou & Grey and Cacique. (Getty)A bankruptcy court has approved Ascena Retail Group’s Chapter 11 plans.Under the plans, Ascena — which owns Ann Taylor, Lane Bryant, Loft and Lou & Grey — will be renamed Mahwah Bergen Retail Group.Ascena originally filed for bankruptcy last July. In December, private equity firm Sycamore Partners agreed to acquire the company — and bring it out of bankruptcy — for $540 million. The deal is valued at $1 billion overall.As of Oct. 31, 2020, Ascena had total assets of $2.2 million and total liabilities of approximately $3 million. A representative for Ascena did not respond to a request for comment.Read moreAscena rescued from bankruptcy by private equity firmJ.C. Penney bankruptcy plan approved by judgeAnn Taylor and Lane Bryant parent company files for bankruptcy Full Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlink Contact Orion Jones Full Name* Message* Message* bankruptcyCommercial Real EstateRetaillast_img read more

New bill would force co-op boards to explain rejections

first_imgThe bill is sponsored by Manhattan Democrat Brian Kavanagh, who heads the Senate housing committee.ADVERTISEMENTAssemblyman N. Nick Perry, who sponsored an Assembly version of the bill, told the Journal that more transparency is needed to root out discrimination, intentional or not.“The intent is to prevent discriminatory decisions,” the Brooklyn Democrat said.This is not the first bill of this kind, however. Similar measures in the past failed to overcome strong opposition from co-op boards. Opponents say they fear that clearly stating the reason for rejections would make them more vulnerable to litigation.“I am concerned that something like this may actually create fodder for somebody who wants to make a claim of discrimination where the reasons [for rejection] may be legitimate,” Steven Wagner, a real-estate attorney, told the Wall Street Journal.Unlike in condominiums, residents of cooperatives own shares of their buildings, rather than their units. As a result, co-op boards have been known to be more stringent in reviewing applications. They are entitled to reject prospective residents as long as their decisions don’t violate housing discrimination laws.[WSJ] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda Tags Assemblyman N. Nick Perry and Sen. Brian Kavanagh (Getty, iStock, NY State Assembly)State lawmakers are proposing rules to add transparency to co-op and condo boards’ application review process.A new Senate bill would require residential co-op and condominium boards that reject applications from prospective buyers to explain why in writing, the Wall Street Journal reported. Applicants are often frustrated as they have no idea why they got rejected and some sue, alleging discrimination.Read moreCondo, co-op boards mull vaccine mandates for building workersBreak quarantine? Your co-op board can sueCo-op boards battle coronavirus with more rules, litigation Email Address* Message* Full Name* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink co-opscondo marketfair housing actResidential Real Estatetri-state weeklylast_img read more

Billy Joel Tribute Band in an Ocean City “State of Mind” with VFW Benefit…

first_imgThe band NYSOM is ready to put on an awesome show to benefit Ocean City’s VFW Post 6650 July 7 at the Music Pier. ( By Maddy VitaleVFW Post 6650 Commander Michael Morrissey hopes a benefit concert July 7 at the Ocean City Music Pier by Billy Joel cover band, NYSOM, will raise a lot of funds to help the post with its projects in the community.“Our VFW Post supports scholarships. We give funds to the community,” he said. “We make sure our post looks good and whatever is left over from the benefit, we put back into the pot for more projects.”Morrissey, a retired Army sergeant, said the benefit has been successful in the past.“We have been doing this benefit for seven years. It is profitable because of the support from Mayor Jay Gillian, the City, and the Chamber of Commerce,” Morrissey said. “We are combat veterans. We are proud of that and like to take care of our own. We feel we do good work. We aren’t heroes. We are just people helping people.”Clark Manley, Senior Vice Commander of Post 6650 and a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marines, said of the concert, “We are trying to raise funds by putting on a good quality concert for the community. Ocean City is a big supporter of the veterans. We go out and we do these things with the whole purpose of doing things for the community.”The NYSOM concert is from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $40 and are on sale at just as the VFW members are eager to host a successful event, the performers are excited to put on an awesome show.“In our typical shows we will do between 30 and 40 songs. We have a great band,” said Marc G. Dalio, lead singer and pianist of NYSOM.The band really engages the audience, he said.“We encourage people to sing along with us. We do Billy Joel trivia and let the audience decide some of the songs. It is a good time,” Dalio said. “It is not a sit down and be quiet concert.”Marc G. Dalio, lead singer and pianist of NYSOM, says the shows are always a fun time. ( is an award-winning performer, whose stage credits include leading roles in such Broadway shows as Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. He is currently the coordinator of the Musical Theatre Program at New Jersey City University.The other band members also have impressive resumes, with Broadway shows and performances with other well-known musicians, Dalio noted. Dave Battelene plays guitar and Mike Ravenda is on bass. Steve Schwesinger is the saxophonist. Isaac Del Rosario plays the keyboards, Paul Dinkin is the drummer and backup vocalists are Ashley Leone and Jenna Ravenda.Dalio, who is from Sussex County, said the band has never played the Ocean City Music Pier before, and can’t wait.“I spent time up and down the shoreline,” Dalio recalled. “As a kid from North Jersey, it is a rite of passage to go to the shore. I do remember spending some time in Ocean City, as any New Jersey resident should, so I am really looking forward to going back down.”For Dalio, the concert holds a special significance.His father, who is deceased, was in the Navy. Dalio grew up going to Fourth of July parades and other events where he watched veterans and learned about all the good they do for each other and the community.“My father ingrained in me early on to have a deep respect for the military,” he said.He has hopes that the show will not only showcase NYSOM’s talents, but also assists VFW Post 6650 in its work.“I hope the place is super-crowded,” Dalio said of the Music Pier. “Our hope is that the VFW does a lot of things they are hoping to do with the money.”Dalio, who grew up at a time when Billy Joel and Elton John were the big artists, formed NYSOM, which stands for New York State of Mind, a Billy Joel hit, in 2015.He said a student’s father at the university he works at said, “‘You ought to do Billy Joel.’ It had always been in the back of my mind.”While the plan is to bring a fantastic concert to the Music Pier, the performer also said, “Nobody is going to be Billy Joel. I think we play the music really well. I know I can’t, and don’t, sound like Billy Joel. But we share with everyone else our love for Billy Joel the best way we can.”For more information about VFW Post 6650 visit or call (609) 391-8660. For information about NYSOM visit City VFW Post 6650 hosts benefit concert at the Music Pier July 7, featuring NYSOM. (Courtesy VFW Post 6650)last_img read more

Mayor’s Message: Sept. 25

first_imgDear Friends,The city continues to plan for a new public safety building to replace our century-old police station structure. I plan to hold a public town hall meeting this fall to share information on a potential concept and cost. Public safety is an important part of what defines “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” and it will always be a top priority for me.We’re also planning a town hall meeting to share plans for new road and drainage projects and bayside dredging work. I will provide dates and details on these meetings as soon as they are available.City crews continue to clear paths for storm drainage outfall pipes on the newly replenished beaches at the northern end of the island. Though they are marked, please use caution when walking or driving near the trenches at the end of the pipelines.All registered voters should expect to receive a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 3 general election by Oct. 10. Cape May County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti prepared this 7-minute video  explaining how the ballots should be completed and returned.Because the election process will be so different this year, it’s important to understand how to make sure your vote is counted. The video does a good job of providing step-by-step instructions and options for returning your ballot. More information on the election is available at .Registration is open for a new Halloween House Decorating Contest in Ocean City. This will be a safe and fun way to get in the spirit of the holiday. More information is available here.Finally, I want to note the passing of Edwina Wagner, who died this week at age 91.Former Councilman Roy Wagner and “Winnie” are loved by many in town, and Winnie was a volunteer with St. Damien Parish, the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Clothes Closet, First Night Ocean City, the Ocean City Historical Museum and other local programs.I hope you will join Michele and me in extending deepest condolences to Roy and all of the Wagner family and friends.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

List of COVID-19 test sites in Michiana released Tuesday

first_img Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews List of COVID-19 test sites in Michiana released Tuesday Pinterest A nurse at a drive up COVID-19 coronavirus testing station, set up by the University of Washington Medical Center, talks to a person arriving to be tested as they sit in their car, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Seattle. UW Medicine is conducting drive-thru testing in a hospital parking garage and has screened hundreds of staff members, faculty and trainees for the COVID-19 coronavirus. U.S. hospitals are setting up triage tents, calling doctors out of retirement, guarding their supplies of face masks and making plans to cancel elective surgery as they brace for an expected onslaught of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Do you need to get tested for COVID-19?Incident Command has released a list of area testing sites, though keep in mind you must be issued a doctor’s order to receive a test.The locations for testing are as follows:Goshen Urgent Care on US 33Goshen Health Emergency Room (ER) tent outside the doorBeacon’s Elkhart General Hospital tent off of Arcade Ave.St. Joseph Physician Network People’s Clinic will begin testing on 4/13 for patients who are part of Select Health Network off of County Road 17South Bend Clinic at Healthy Beginnings 1400 Hudson St. (preregistration at 574/307-6870)Heart City Health, testing at all three locations you may obtain doctor’s order onsiteAccording to House Bill 6074, testing is free to everyone. If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed but you will not receive a bill for any balance. If you are uninsured, you will not be charged.The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including COVID-19, is to do the following:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% or higher alcohol.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Practice social distancing (no group functions such as book clubs, meetings, and/or congregations of 10 or more)Stay home unless you need to go somewhere essential.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. TAGSBeacon’s Elkhart General HospitalcoronavirusCOVID-19ERGoshen Health Emergency RoomGoshen Urgent CareHealthy BeginningsHeart City HealthIncident CommandMichianaPeople’s ClinicSouth Bend ClinicSt. Joseph Physician Networktest sites WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Facebook Facebook Google+ By Brooklyne Beatty – April 7, 2020 1 793 Previous articleMishawaka woman angry at boyfriend allegedly attempted to set fire to his truckNext articleISDH: 34 more deaths, 568 new cases of COVID-19 Brooklyne Beatty WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Roberts Bakery picks up Made in the UK Award

first_imgCheshire bakery Frank Roberts & Sons has won a manufacturing award following a year that saw its market share rise from 2.95% to 3.44% [Nielsen w/e 20 June 2015].The company was awarded the national Food & Drink accolade at the Made in the UK Awards, coming first of the top five wrapped bread brands.Mike Roberts, deputy chairman of Frank Roberts & Sons, said: “As a family-owned bakery steeped in history, we are delighted to have won the Made in the UK Award, which recognises our growth against the backdrop of an increasingly challenging market. We have worked hard to ensure that the quality of our products, staff and service never falters.“This award follows a strong year for the business, with continued growth in market share. In the past year alone we have invested in capacity with the opening of our third bread plant, expanded our Little Treats Co biscuit decorating capability and developed a new sandwich thins plant based in Ilkeston.”Judges said: “The fact that the company is growing, investing in technology and staff were the key elements which make Frank Roberts an outstanding choice.”The awards are held in association with UK Trade & Investment.last_img read more

A vision of floating cities

first_imgBy the end of this century, sea levels could rise worldwide by 3 feet or more, inundating coastal cities and spurring catastrophic storms roughly every three years.In Africa, at least 20 cities — including Cairo, Egypt; Cape Town, South Africa; and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo — are especially vulnerable to rising seas. At the top of the list is Lagos, Nigeria, a fast-growing, low-lying coastal city of 13 million. By the year 2100, sea levels there are expected to have risen nearly 4 feet.Houses and roads in Lagos are built on spongelike terrain that was once sandbars, lagoons, and mangrove swamps. Lagos is also riven with a confluence of inland rivers, adding to its vulnerability to flooding. In 2011, intense rainfall flooded homes, overwhelmed sewers, and turned streets into rivers. Hardest hit in such events are the poor. Slums already hold 70 percent of people in Lagos, a city that draws 3,000 more residents every day.In the face of that watery future, Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, founder of the firm NLÉ and a recent visitor to Harvard, proposes a solution: Build houses that float. His African Water Cities Project envisions a future in which modular coastal dwellings are built on platforms stacked with flotation devices.Adeyemi delivered a lecture on the project March 7 at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). That week and the next, he was one of four architects on campus who work in Africa, attending one conference on African development (where design panels and lectures were organized by Africa GSD, a student group) and another on public spaces.Their projects are spread out in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia, Rwanda, and Nigeria. But they share the idea that architecture can be a powerful tool for social justice, including an appreciation of all things local, from labor and crafts to materials and design.For his floating cities, Adeyemi had a ready-made local model: Makoko, a slum Venice of 2,200 buildings and 150,000 people on the edge of Lagos. “Everything happens on water,” he said of what he called a “dream world” on the edge of the sea. “It’s an example of maximum urbanization with minimum means.” The streets are water, the cars are gondolas, and the houses are propped on stilts.Inspired by the clever minimalism of the local residents, he showed a picture of a house with a lumber roof and a bamboo façade. Its owner stood near the kitchen space and open-air bathroom. “This man has all he needs,” said Adeyemi.Makoko’s commerce is afloat too. In another picture, a woman rowed from house to house in a boat full of goods, sort of the local “mall,” he said. Century-old Makoko also provides Lagos with a third of its fish and most of its milled lumber.Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi, founder of the firm NLÉ, recently spoke at Harvard on his concept of floating cities.One “seed,” afloatAdeyemi’s prototype structure — he called it a “seed” — was started in 2011 and dedicated earlier this month. The Makoko Floating School is a three-story, 720-square-foot building afloat on a platform of recycled barrels and fitted with solar panels. Its louvered sides and peaked roof, sloping into a rainwater collection system, echo the aesthetics of the nearby houses. “It’s not quite a building,” said Adeyemi, “and it’s not quite a boat.”In deciding on flotation options, “We settled on the solution we found right there,” he said of the recycled barrels. The same local-is-best ethic applied to the structure’s wood frame and bamboo finish and to the labor, which was provided by “local carpenters who build boats,” said Adeyemi.The project started from a sense of personal responsibility. Makoko’s former school was a sagging frame house on reclaimed land and needed replacing. The ensuing floating school soon led Adeyemi to a conception of greater scale that could help coastal African cities respond to the effects of climate change. Floating structures, modular in design, could be linked into neighborhoods, he said. Someday, whole floating cities could even migrate from one coastal area to another, giving urbanization mobility.For his floating cities, Adeyemi had a ready-made local model: Makoko, a slum Venice of 2,200 buildings and 150,000 people on the edge of Lagos. “Everything happens on water,” he said of what he called a “dream world” on the edge of the sea. “It’s an example of maximum urbanization with minimum means.”Present-day Makoko just grew, and it works, despite its seeming chaos. “There is no planning in the conventional sense,” said Adeyemi, and the predictable challenges are stubbornly universal: sanitation, education, housing, and a utilities infrastructure for water, waste, and power.The project was barely under way when disaster loomed, not from a flood, but from a Lagos city plan to tear down seaside slums. Five hundred Makoko homes were razed, and thousands of residents displaced. Adeyemi and others stepped in, offering the power of their new idea. That was enough, he said, to put resettlement plans on hold for now.With help from the United Nations Development Programme, the floating school — the tallest building in Makoko — was finished. “It’s become a sort of icon for the community,” said Adeyemi.A watery futureMore floating schools, churches, and theaters could be next, he said.“It’s very inspiring. Every image you show shouts pleasure,” said H.W.J. “Henk” Ovink of Adeyemi’s presentation. “But it’s so fragile politically.”Ovink would know. He’s director general for spatial planning and water affairs in the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, a key post in a low-lying nation that for centuries has dealt with the politics and technology of invasive seas.He called the Makoko project “almost an island on the water, in a political sense” in Nigeria, where, as with most places, visions of floating cities are not part of the conversational landscape. In the Netherlands, he added, “this would be in our DNA.”The U.N.’s interest is helpful, said Ovink. But the issues of coastal sea level rise and the fate of coastal cities are just beginning to get attention. He told Adeyemi, “You are in the beginning and the middle of a very complex political debate.”Even if there were no debate, asked Ovink, would this model of modular floating structures be better than what is there now, and could it scale up in applications elsewhere? “We tried this in the Netherlands,” a nation of 17 million people where only 2,000 live in floating structures. “I hate to disappoint you. We have a culture of living with water, but it doesn’t mean we want to live on water,” he said.But Makoko has already made Lagos officials think more of the reality of a water-vulnerable city, said Ovink, making the project a way “to enlarge the debate.”There might be another way to rethink the Africa floating cities idea, he added. Ovink proposed Adeyemi do a studio — a test-case class — on floating buildings that are on coastal land, not on the water. That might be a useful vision for cities confronting rising seas, a brand of architecture that is not fixed on foundations, but that depends on buoyancy.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s implements Master’s program in speech pathology

first_imgWhat started out as an undergraduate program squeezed into three classrooms has expanded and updated to become a feature academic program at Saint Mary’s, director of clinical practice in the department of communicative sciences and disorders Janet Lovett said.In June 2013, the College implemented its changes to the new master’s program and the current communicative disorders clinic housed in the Madeleva classroom building, Lovett said. The clinic treats clients from the surrounding areas.The new master’s program, speech pathology, will simply be referred to as the communicative sciences and disorders department (CSD), though the undergraduate students still receive their degrees in communicative sciences and disorders, Lovett said.“There are 20 Saint Mary’s seniors, and there are four Notre Dame students who are co-exchange students who can’t really take it as a major but take all the required courses,” she said. “Total, I think, our major is about 95 students across all three years.”All seniors will participate in the clinical practicum for the fall semester, during which they will be assigned two clients, Lovett said.“This year we have 40 clients. We will be building the clinical population in anticipation of the start of the program,” Lovett said.The news of an anticipated master’s program in communicative sciences and disorders excited many in the Saint Mary’s and South Bend communities, but for now, the graduate program is considered an additional focus, Lovett said.“We hope to take our first students in the fall of 2015. We have an accreditation visit coming up in October [from] the Council on Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA),” Lovett said.In the meantime, faculty and staff want to keep the undergraduate program strong on its own, providing and maintaining the same level of opportunities it currently offers, Lovett said.“We have to build the clinic especially. We have the faculty in place. We have five faculty now, but the clinic needs to be able to provide enough experience in a lot of communication disorders for the graduate students to get at least a portion of the 400 hours they have to have in order to get certified need,” Lovett said.“It’s a long process,” she said. “There’s an academic piece. There’s a clinical piece. There’s a resident kind of [period], what we call clinical fellow. You practice under the mentorship of a full-fledged speech pathologist. Then you have to make sure you meet your requirement to meet clinical requirement, your C’s.  In Indiana you have to be licensed also, and most states around us do require [the same].”Colleges and universities now incorporate a five-year program for audiology students that combines undergraduate and master’s degrees, Lovett said.  Saint Mary’s does not currently plan to offer a master’s in audiology, Lovett said.The clinic’s future goals include developing a telepractice program, Lovett said. Telepractice is a type of speech language pathology that clinicians use with long-distance clients.“It’s very similar to providing speech services to people who need speech therapy,” she said. “Telepractice will be training the clinicians [in] what are the questions you ask, what do you practice, [what are] the things you have to do if you’re licensed in Indiana and your client is in Montana, or vice versa, [and] you have to be licensed in that state,” Lovett said.Lovett said she was one of the first to be hired for the master’s program. As an adjunct professor with fellow communicative disorders professor Susan Lathem, Lovett helps bring clients to the program and hires the clinical staff, including program chair Dr. Michael Flahive, Lovett said.“As the program director, he is responsible for making sure all the academic and clinical pieces are in place,” she said. “Obviously I’m in charge of the clinical, but he’s in charge of everyone. He makes sure that our students are in a position to go out and do what they’re supposed to do and getting the appropriate grades. We work hand-in-hand when it comes to what we’re supposed to do.”Seniors Emily Scanlon and Emily Hazen have enjoyed the activity and opportunity their major has offered them during their time at Saint Mary’s, Hazen said.“We love the program. I really like all the professors [and] clinicians. We’re glad we decided to focus on this area,” Hazen said.Hazen and Scanlon each completed 25 hours of observation last semester watching the members of the class of 2014 work with their clients, Scanlon said.  This year, they will use what they’ve learned through watching students engage with clients, Scanlon said.“We’ve seen how it’s done,” Scanlon said.The clinic and master’s program will have a chance at accreditation in October when the CAA comes to evaluate the system and facilities, but students such as Scanlon and Hazen will continue to pursue the study of communicative sciences and disorders either way, Scanlon said.“It doesn’t really seem like work, because we love it,” she said.Tags: master’s program, SMC, speech pathologylast_img read more

COVID-19 UPDATE: 266 New Cases Reported In Chautauqua County Friday

first_img30 85 14 2 Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 40-493 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.06%US Fatality Rate: 1.7%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/29/2020 14048- Dunkirk57 32 1 14138- South Dayton2 165 2 3 4 14710- Ashville9 80-89164 20-29828 Zip Code 21 Total 18 4635 14738- Frewsburg10 60-69569 86 3.6% COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 14784- Stockton1 439.5 Percent Active Cases 819 38 99.7 0.8% 0-19580 3 20 0.0% 21 26.5% 14081- Irving2 92.7 50-593 847.6 14740- Gerry0 494.3 20 14724- Clymer2 96.8 2.1% 96 0-390 14787- Westfield9 14747- Kennedy7 139.8 52 Age Group 19 0.7% 1.0% 14720- Celoron1 60-693 502.5 72 6.65% 1.1% 0 90+83 0 536.1 14733- Falconer9 14136- Silver Creek10 14 Symptoms Symptoms Known3407 70-7911 254.1 14769- Portland1 213 14782- Sinclairville3 370.4 4 509.8 14 0.3% Age 14767- Panama3 3 554.4 0.53% 17 579.2 14712- Bemus Point6 22 12.51% 201.2 MAYVILLE – During Friday’s COVID-19 update, the Chautauqua County Health Department reported 266 new cases of the virus.In an update to the department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, leaders say 722 cases are now active, up from 645 the day before.In Jamestown 213 cases are active with 82 new cases reported in the update.Of those, 42 people are hospitalized, down from 43. The seven-day average percent positivity rate decreased to 11.2 percent from 12.4 percent.Since the start of the outbreak, there have been 4,635 cases of the virus with 3,873 people recovering and 40 related deaths in Chautauqua County.More from local health leaders is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 103 0.86% 0.3% 384.6 0.8% 0.4% 158 18 3.8% 52 642.6 14723- Cherry Creek1 175 394.9 722 2.2% 14718- Cassadaga2 1 218.7 38 119 184 75.58% Number 1229 1.9% 266 13.31% 13.1% 80-8917 1.1% 0.3% Number 1036.9 50-59686 40-49649 3.1% 14 14775- Ripley3 6 237.2 Percent of Total Cases 1.6% 14781- Sherman0 3 554.2 772.4 39 0.3% 9 629.3 556.9 464.2 47 4 143.6 147 95.8 2.7% 101 0.8% 14716- Brocton0 14 1.79% 17.7% 14726- Conewango Valley1 70-79308 146 4 14063- Fredonia27 0.0 10.37% Fatality Rate by Age Group 33 24.42% 14062- Forestville2 17.86% 30-39617 Yes2575 1 17 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 12.28% 14.00% 12.28% 14736- Findley Lake1 Percent 14701- Jamestown82 100.0% 14722- Chautauqua0 3.4% 0.00% 3.61% 14757- Mayville6 0.6% 36 New Cases 3.57% 6 2.2% 424.5 0.5% 181.2 14750- Lakewood9 All Ages40 0.7% 124 2.6% 0.46% Total Cases 4.0% 0.44% 14 3.54% 369.6 No832 14728- Dewittville0 Fatality Rate 90+3 Total Deaths 605 Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kristjan Staničić, CNTB: Where one invests in quality, there are no problems with achieving good results

first_imgThis year, the fact that large destinations have higher tourist traffic, such as Zagreb and Split, came to the fore, said Kristjan Staničić, director of the Croatian Tourist Board. This year, he adds, there has been an increase in domestic guests in the pre- and post-season. There is also an increase in distant markets, the USA, China, Korea, Australia. The Minister of Tourism Gari Capelli, the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board Martina Bienenfeld, the president of the HGK Family Tourism Association Martina Nimac Kalcina and Sean Lisjak from the HGK Marina Association were guests at the Open. The structure of everything that is happening in both Zagreb and Croatia actually shows that we are not stagnant and that we have very good results so far compared to what we planned, said Martina Bienenfeld, director of the Zagreb Tourist Board. For Zagreb, we forecast growth of between 2 and 5 percent, Zagreb currently has 3% more arrivals and 4% more overnight stays, so we are at the level of Croatia, and Advent is yet to come. “About 33% had a better season, 33% the same, 6% said they had a great season. 25% said they had a worse one. This means that there was still a large occupancy, people were satisfied. As for those who had a 25% worse season, I think that there is a limit when a part of the renters has to ask themselves what they are doing wrong and why they were poorly filled in the peak season”, Said Kalcina. “The result is very clear. At the moment we have 4 percent more arrivals, 2 percent more overnight stays, but most importantly the financial results are better than last year. It is fiscalized that in catering services, accommodation services, agency services, even 13% more, and when we add this some average is about 8% more, about 600 billion and XNUMX million kuna is more fiscalized than last year”, Said the minister. The Minister supports everything that can make progress in tourism. In addition, he points out that one of the most important laws on tourist land will follow, which, he says, will be sent to the procedure very soon. It, he adds, enables over 3 billion of new investments, employment and what comes with it. “We can actually say that we are a destination of 365, and we record about 100 registered guests every month from the beginning of the year until the end, which is actually very good. In the summer months a lot more. For us, these are guests who continue their vacations in another destination in Croatia, but the rest of the year, these first six months and after, now what awaits us are guests who come to Zagreb on purpose because they discover the capital.She added. “Nautics does not have great challenges that it cannot cope with. What I always emphasize is that within some legal solutions to bring new preconditions for new steps in nautical as such, ie the marina where we will open the possibility of additional earnings. All our marinas are more or less adequately filled, 98% is the occupancy of marinas”, States Lisjak. In continental tourism, the increase in arrivals is 30%, the minister said. He points out that it is planned to invest 575 million kuna in tourism in five Slavonian counties. “Two important messages emerge: where there is investment in quality, there is no problem with selling capacity and achieving prices. And the second is the extension of the main tourist season to the pre-season and post-season, which is one of our strategic goals”, Said Stanicic. “After a few years, this year we are seeing an increase from Russia, Ukraine, France, Brazil. Thus, the World Cup affected the visibility of Croatia and the strengthening of the brand’s strength in the global emitting market. I think that the Croatian National Tourist Board, together with the ministry, thanks to our footballers for their success, used it well for promotional purposes.” Nautics is going in the direction we expected. With about 17 thousand berths for guests whose structure does not change so intensively, with all the investments that marina owners make, we achieve the results we have planned, claims Sean Lisjak, Association of Marina HGK. “But unlike Croatia, the structure of our guests is significantly different. The most numerous guests are from South Korea, the most numerous per night are guests from the USA. The Germans are traditionally second to us, however, the structure of our guests in the top ten are guests from all over the world, and the least actually European”, Explained Bienenfeld. As for small renters, the vast majority were well filled and this shows that there is still a great deal of interest in private accommodation. The information she receives about the season is positive, said Martina Nimac Kalcina, president of the Family Tourism Association. What was the highlight of the tourist season? Why did we have a slight minus in July and growth in August? Have we succeeded in striving to have tourism all 365 days a year? What do we do for promotion in our country and in the world? Are we threatened by competitors in the Mediterranean? What will the next season be like, will we lower prices and increase the salaries of employees in tourism? Do we have enough workers? All indicators show that we have planned well and with quality, the minister added. “There were about 800 more people in Croatia this year. I avoid those physical numbers, the financial results are important to me, which were very good. So we changed the laws, went to recategorization. Where there is investment, there are results – in campsites, hotels and private accommodation far greater occupancy. If I say that St. Peter in the woods villas with pool have 160 days occupancy I think I said it all. They are 50 km from the sea.” If we were to evaluate the tourist season by physical indicators and by what happened in July, it would be that something was wrong, however, nothing new is happening that has not happened before, commented the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli on the July minus . Source / photo: Croatian Radio and Televisionlast_img read more