The Tourist Board of the Istrian County is especially proud to announce that Istria will realize more than 4 million overnight stays for the first time in June. Last year, Istria realized 3 million overnight stays in June, so that this year’s result in June will be almost 37 percent stronger, which in concrete figures means more than a million overnight stays for the month of June alone.With such figures before and after the season they look much better and after many years of systematic work, excellent cooperation between the private and public sector, joint work of all stakeholders in preparing the tourist season and constantly improving the living conditions of our guests, we obviously return the effort. – point out from the Tourist Board of the Istrian CountyIstria thus proves that it is a well-organized and organized tourist destination, and a large role in the whole story is played by the private sector which has designed a very high quality offer with the affected price and invested significantly in raising the quality of accommodation and organizing large TOP events such as: Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, Open Air Festival, Beach Polo in Rovinj, Sea Star Festival in Umag, Rise Up Festival in Porec and many others that in the pre- and post-season become a motive for the arrival of many guests and generate quality content in tourist destinations.
In terms of third-quarter asset allocation, the main shifts since the previous quarter have been a 3-percentage-point fall in equity and equity fund investment (to 27% of the total portfolio), and a similar rise in cash holdings, to 11%.The overall share of bond and bond-fund investment remained unchanged at 54%.Geographically, the share of Latvian assets increased by 4 percentage points to 43%, including rising investment in venture capital and real estate funds that focus on the Baltic region.The share held by Eastern European assets rose by 2 percentage points to 20%, while the Western European share fell from 17% to 16%, and that of global/international markets from 14% to 12%.Close to 91% of all investments were in euro-dominated securities, with some 7% in US dollar assets.Assets since the start of the year increased by 10.3% to €2.2bn, boosted by a 1-percentage-point increase in the contribution rate, to 5%, which came into effect in May.In 2016, the rate rises by a further percentage point.Membership fell by 0.5% to 1.24m.Third-pillar pension fund returns showed a similar trend, with the average year-to-date yield falling to 0.47%, from 3.47% in the second quarter and 5.34% in the first.The five balanced-strategy funds generated 0.48%, and the active, equity weighted ones a much lower 0.01%.Over the quarter, the balanced funds reduced their equity and equity-fund exposure by 2 percentage points to 9%, and their bond holdings by 3 percentage points to 65%, while cash holdings increased by 5 percentage points to 15%.The active funds also reduced their equity holdings – from 41% to 38% – while the share of bonds in the portfolio increased from 44% to 45%, and cash from 6% to 8%.As a result of the third quarter’s poor investment results, the total asset value for both types of plan fell by 0.7% over the previous quarter to €304m.Since the start of the year, assets have grown by 8.1%, and membership by 5.1% to 248,016, of which 22% are employers paying their workers’ contributions.The LKA report noted that the average age of participants in 2015 was 46 years, as a savings culture among younger workers has yet to develop in Latvia. Latvia’s pension funds averaged a positive nine-month return as of the end of September despite a volatile third quarter.Returns were down substantially, however, on the record performance achieved in the first quarter.According to the Association of Commercial Banks of Latvia (LKA), second-pillar funds generated an average return of 0.28%, down from 2.71% in the second quarter and 9.5% in the first.The eight active, equity-weighted plans generated 0.13%, the four balanced ones 0.00% and the conservative plans 0.75%.
Trainer John McConnell feels the future is bright for Play The Game after a tremendous effort from the front in last week’s Canford Cliffs Stakes. McConnell said: “We were delighted with him. It was a very good run, up against some good opposition. “It’s always a bit gutting to get done late on like that, but the over-riding feeling was that we were very pleased. “He’s always shown us promise, but we wouldn’t empty them at home and we leave a little bit for the track. “The ground was quick when he won at Leopardstown and he seemed to handle that softer ground well the other night, so he seems pretty versatile. “We don’t have anything specific in mind. He’ll probably be entered for what used to be the Golden Fleece Stakes in Leopardstown (Juvenile Turf Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend) and the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh. We might even look at races further afield. “There’s not a lot for him for the next couple of weeks, so we’ll leave him off now and look forward to seeing him over a mile and taking a lead.” An impressive winner on his debut at Leopardstown in late June, the Lawman colt set out to make all the running stepped up to Listed class at Tipperary and was only caught late in the day by the more experienced Waipu Cove from Ger Lyons’ stable. Play The Game was a clear second and is now set for a short break before tackling a mile next month. Press Association
Meanwhile Mario Gomez is set to lead the line for Germany against Slovakia in their Euro 2016 last 16 knock-out match. The 30-year-old striker scored the only goal as the 2014 World Cup winners beat a stoic Northern Ireland 1-0 in their final Group C match to set up a knockout clash with the side that shocked them 3-1 in a pre-tournament warm-up game.Manager Joachim Low praised Gomez for his contribution last time out and is set to continue with him up top with Mario Gotze in behind on the left.Asked what the goal meant to him, Gomez, who missed out on Brazil 2014, said: “A lot. I am finally in my best form and know I am capable of finishing those chances we get. It’s great when your work results in a goal, but once again I never thought for a second about winning the Golden Boot – I just want to win the Euro. That’s all that matters to me.”Germany progressed into the last 16 after topping their group on goal difference. Slovakia meanwhile secured their place in the knockout stages as a best third-placed side following a 0-0 draw against England in their final Group B game.Germany have won 13 of their last 16 games at major tournaments, drawing two and losing one. Joachim Low’s side has averaged 71.9% possession over their first three games, the highest ratio so far at Euro 2016.In the last game of the day, Belgium face surprise Group F winners Hungary. Belgium manager has said Marc Wilmots he would rather play England or Spain than Hungary.“We would have nothing to lose against those teams. The press acts like the game against Hungary will be a walkover,” Wilmots said. “Did people not see them play against Portugal? There are no more small teams in international football.”Hungary are 100-1 outsiders to win the tournament and captain Balazs Dzsudzsak said the whole team are delighted with how their tournament has gone thus far.“At the moment everything seems like a dream, and we’re always asked after the matches what we feel,” he told Uefa.com. “I think our answers are too simple because we are still affected by what happened in Budapest and in Hungary – 15 million people went out of their minds.”Mousa Dembele and Yannick Carrasco are in contention for Belgium, who will be hoping Everton striker Romelu Lukaku will continue his goal scoring form.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Germany play Slovakia, Belgium face HungaryHosts France continue their quest to win a third European title with a second round clash against Ireland in Lyon today. France have had a week to prepare for today’s match, and could be fresher than their opponents, having rested several key players in their final group game. The Republic of Ireland, however, arrive in Lyon battle-hardened – with this effectively their second “knock-out” game in the space of five days.France are set to recall key players such as Dimitri Payet, N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi, who were rested in the draw against Switzerland as they look to secure a quarter-final berth. Ireland are somewhat motivated by revenge, as a Thierry Henry handball led to the goal that eliminated Ireland from World Cup qualification 10 years ago, while sending the French through.Martin O’Neill’s men knew nothing but a win would do against Italy last Wednesday and Robbie Brady’s header sent them through. It is the first time they have progressed beyond the group stage at a European Championship finals, and their first knock-out game at a major tournament since the 2002 World Cup.