Adris Group achieved double-digit growth in all key business indicators

first_imgIn the first nine months of this year, the total revenues of the Adris Group amounted to HRK 4,7 billion, which is 12 percent more than the revenues generated in the same period last year. Revenues from the sale of goods and services amount to 4,1 billion kuna and are 20 percent higher than last year. Net profit amounts to HRK 752 million, which is a growth of 20 percent.Compared to the same period last year, Maistra achieved four percent more overnight stays, with an increase in the average price of overnight stays of three percent, which led to an increase in operating revenues of 10 percent. EBITDA (profit before depreciation, interest and taxes) amounts to HRK 540 million and is 10 percent higher than last year. EBIT (profit before interest and taxes) recorded a growth of nine percent and amounted to HRK 407 million. The realized net profit of HRK 359 million represents an increase of 12 percent compared to the first nine months of last year. Current booking confirms the current positive revenue growth trends. The completion of the Park Hotel, a key product in the process of completing the top hotel offer in Rovinj, is underway.”Adris is operating successfully. Our businesses are growing and sustainable in the long run. We do not reduce ambitions, we invest. In the past eight years, we have invested seven billion kuna, increased competitiveness, exported. We are extremely focused on organic growth and business excellence, ready for new acquisitions as well“Said the President of the Management Board of the Adris Group, M.Sc. Ante Vlahović.The process of business integration of the company HUP into the tourist part of the Group is in progressPhoto: MaistraThis year’s acquisition of the Adris Group, HUP Zagreb, is a company that significantly contributes to the strengthening of the tourism part of the Group and which also achieves the growth of all key business indicators. These indicators, in addition to Zagreb hotels, also include the operations of Dubrovnik hotels within the Hotels Dubrovnik Riviera branch.Compared to the same period last year, HUP realized nine percent more overnight stays, with an increase in the average price of overnight stays of five percent. Operating revenues are higher by 13 percent, and EBITDA is 145 million kuna and 14 percent higher than last year. EBIT recorded a growth of 24 percent and amounted to HRK 113 million. The realized net profit in the amount of HRK 96 million is 25 percent higher.The process of business integration of the company HUP into the tourist part of the Group is in progress. The aim of the project is to establish a unique model of tourism management in order to continue long-term sustainable growth. Today, the tourist part of the Adris Group has 83 percent of hotel capacity at the level of four and five stars. In addition to a quality portfolio and operational excellence, the foundation of sustainability is positioning in three growing and internationally recognized destinations – Rovinj, Dubrovnik and Zagreb.Related news:ADRIS GROUP ANNUAL REPORT EXCEEDED AGAIN WITH CREATIVE SOLUTION – TESTED FOR CHALLENGESlast_img read more

Stafford Heights home has garden surprise

first_imgThis house at 40 Karloff Drive, Stafford Heights will go to auction on February 8.LINDA Love wakes up every morning and thinks of something to be thankful for. More often than not, it’s her garden.“What’s that Chinese proverb? If you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden,” she said. The outside courtyard.So in selling 40 Karloff Drive at Stafford Heights, she is leaving a house full of happiness that was built by her late husband 31 years ago.“A true garden is shared,” she said.“A lot of my friends are in the garden. Memories of my mother and mother-in-law. It’s more than just a garden.” Brisbane auction market fires up FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK The suburbs about to go boomcenter_img The elevated 1345sq m property on a circular drive backs on to the bushland around Downfall Creek which was an adventure playground for Ms Love’s four boys when they were growing up. The property is set back from the road.Late last year, Brisbane City Council moved to further secure the green corridor around Stafford Heights by buying six hectares of bushland close to Karloff Drive. The area is an important koala habitat.“I thought we may have had koalas out the back of our place too, but the marks on the trees are from possums,” she said.Karla Lynch of Ray White New Farm is selling the Alex Enborisoff- designed house which was extensively renovated six years ago to enhance its art deco and Mediterranean influences.“We opened it all the way up,” Ms Love said. The renovated kitchen on the ground level.“It’s always been a lovely home but when the renovations were done, I (now) feel it’s the way it should have always been.”The house has living areas downstairs with a home office by the entrance and a separate powder room.The renovated kitchen looks over a large dining area and down to the family room. The open-plan dining area.“I’d have to say that’s my favourite room. It leads on to a billiard room as well,’’ she said. “That’s where we’ve done most of our entertaining (we can have anything up to 40 people for Christmas lunch) and because it’s so open you can talk to people in all of those rooms.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoWalking out of the dining area to the courtyard, there are stairs leading up to the swimming pool which has its own outdoor change room with a shower and toilet. The salt water inground pool with cave feature and waterfall.A formal lounge and dining room are on the other side of the house.“Because of the layout, it’s very functional, you can be together but there was always enough room for each of us to pursue what we wanted to do as individuals and not get in each other’s hair.”All five bedrooms are on the upper level with the main bathroom. The master bedroom.The master bedroom and ensuite have been most recently renovated ahead of the property’s listing.What appears to be the smallest bedroom is also the most interesting with a spiral staircase leading to a loft area that almost doubles its floorspace.“There’s sadness in going but the realisation is that I’m one person rattling around in a huge house,” Ms Love said.“It’s always been full of laughter and kids and I’d like to think that someone is going to have as much fun and happiness here as we have had.”The house will go to auction on February 8 at 11am. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIESlast_img read more

It’s Freezing Out. Who Wants To Surf?

first_imgBy Charles Hoffmann |Hat…check. Gloves…check.  Scarves…check. Wetsuit? Check!It’s bitter cold on the beach and the wind is howling. The flags are whipping loudly. Deal beach is nearly empty, with the precious few people around bundled up and layered from head to toe. A reasonable person would long for a warm coffee and an electric blanket today, however local surfers Zach Yates of Little Silver and Frank Massa of Shrewsbury are right at home despite the Arctic-like conditions.Changing their hats and gloves for a wetsuit and boots is natural for them as they prepare to “paddle out” for their afterschool surf session. As for their ritual, Massa said, “It’s hard to put into words why we like it so much, but we just do.”The two Red Bank Regional seniors are not easily affected by Mother Nature and her cold, vicious wrath. It may seem like a bizarre activity, surfing through the brutal Jersey winters, but committed wave riders won’t be hanging up their wetsuits anytime soon. This pair of adrenaline junkies are committed to surfing 12 months of the year, regardless of the temperature.Photo by Charles HoffmanAs Massa and Yates talked about their passion for surfing in the warmth of a nearby pizzeria, their faces illuminated the dreary November day. “We love to get away from the ‘everyday,’ ” Yates explained. “When we are out there, it’s like nothing else is going on in the world.”  Remarkably, the intimidating weather hardly fazes the duo. “Even on an ice-cold day with snow on the ground, I just can’t say ‘no,’ ” said Yates with conviction.“Paddling out can be pretty hard with a thick, heavy wetsuit in the winter, but it’s definitely worth it,” agreed Massa.While teens are often criticized for their time spent in front of the TV and on the computer, surfing steers far from that stereotype. It is a healthy, exhaustive activity that requires every muscle in the body to perform. Plus, it’s not only fun, it is essentially free – not including some surf wax and the post-surf session burrito. The enjoyment is obvious as the hollers and congratulatory yells can easily be heard beachside.It is certainly moving to see their youthful, carefree mentality. The sport has been overwhelmingly impactful to these two youngsters over the years. Both credit their supportive parents, who have been taking them to the beach year-round since they were kids. Mazza’s father would often photograph the beach scenes while Yates’ father would be happy to join him in the water.Surfing is clearly shaping their future paths as well; both are heading to college next fall and neither will end up far from the beach. They are each looking at schools in California and Florida.This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Middletown Democrat Sparks Firestorm

first_img“The comments made (by) Jeana Sager shouldn’t be said on camera or behind closed doors, because they are unequivocally wrong. Her false and demeaning assertions do not represent the values of the Monmouth County Democratic Party or the dozens of Democratic candidates trying to better their community across our county,” county chairman David Brown said in a statement Sept. 21. “Our party will not stand for or support this disgraceful way of thinking, which is why we are refusing all resources to the Sager campaign and formally withdrawing the endorsement of the Monmouth County Democrats. Let it be a clear message: The Monmouth County Democratic Party will not stand for this disgraceful behavior now or in the future.” “But what constitutes a criminal?” Sager asked. “Because to me, a lot of police are criminals.” “Just saying ‘a lot of cops are criminals’ is not something that I could endorse or be part of or be comfortable campaigning with,” he said. Saying “a lot of police are criminals,” she can be seen standing outside the Middletown Township municipal building and offering her views on drug policy to members of the public, which included at least one journalist and marijuana advocates who had spoken at the township committee workshop meeting earlier. Sager’s remarks, first reported by More Monmouth Musings, a website friendly to Republicans, ignited a political firestorm and threw the upcoming contest for two seats on the governing body into turmoil. Her fellow Democrats denounced her comments, with even her running mate, Sean F. Byrnes, saying he was suspending his candidacy over what she said. Members of the township committee, including Mayor Tony Perry, and the president of the Middletown PBA issued statements critical of her as well. Perry reacted Sept. 21 to Sager’s statement by saying the Democrat had “chosen to double down on her feelings and comments.” Sager can be heard talking on the roughly 15 1⁄2-minute-long video saying that, if elected to the township committee, “I would love to start addressing drug policy.” For instance, she offered her support for needle exchange programs. In addition to angering her party, Sager also was criticized by the leader of the police union in the township. Middletown PBA Local 124 president Adam Colfer said her comments “are completely unacceptable.” “All across the country members of law enforcement are continuing to face the real threat of physical violence, so the last thing we would expect is to be branded ‘criminals’ by someone who wants to serve in elected office,” he said in a statement released Sept. 20. “Candidate Sager should apologize immediately to the Middletown Police Department, and to law enforcement ever ywhere, for her hateful rhetoric against the very people who have chosen to take on the responsibility of protecting our neighborhoods.” After the video’s release, Democrats sought to distance themselves from Sager. The leadership at the party’s local and county levels issued statements on the same day saying they had pulled their support from her. “Ms. Sager appears to be using her candidacy as a platform for her offensive and dangerous agenda that would be nothing short of harmful and detrimental to Middletown and its future,” he said. According to More Monmouth Musings, the video of Sager speaking was shot by “marijuana activist” Edward Grimes, who put it on Facebook. The website published the entire video as well as an excerpt of it. In a statement Sept. 20, Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore called Sager’s comments about police “disgusting and highly offensive.” But he said he was “equally disturbed with Ms. Sager’s covert plan, if elected, to decriminalize drugs and create safe injection sites and needle exchanges within this community.” MIDDLETOWN – Jeana Sager, a Democrat running for Middletown Township Committee, remained in the race despite bipartisan calls for her to drop out after video surfaced last week of her making anti-police comments in June. “Nothing will change unless there is a court order,” she said by email. But in her statement, Sager sought to turn the tables on her critics, particularly members of the township committee. Sager, who could not be reached for comment, appeared to be referring to an incident involving officer Carl F. Roth, who allegedly hit a motorcyclist in Ashland, New York, in August. The victim was not from New York, but Canada. Sager, though, sought to inject gender politics into the race by noting she was the only female candidate of the four people running for township committee. “It is a sad state of affairs when Americans cannot have honest conversations about timely issues such as police violence and the racist and prejudicial drug war, which is killing our youth, without fear of political crucifixion by both political parties,” she said. “The off-the-cuff conversation, which occurred in June in a parking lot, was not a prepared speech. I was not discussing a Middletown campaign platform. I was talking about issues that impact families in my community. My opponents held on to this information while they figured out how to hurt my candidacy, a move which clearly shows ulterior motives rather than being the forthright and honest people they would have you believe they are.” But Byrnes said he had suspended his campaign. Recognizing that she is running in a Republican town, she said she has to be “careful how I speak.” “We have withdrawn our endorsement of her candidacy for Township Committee and will commit no resources to her campaign, which we have asked her to end,” he said in a statement Sept. 21. “We are proud of our candidate Sean Byrnes who issued a statement setting for th his absolute disagreement with her comments and thanking the police for their service. In addition, we have spoken to county and state Democratic leaders who are in complete agreement with us.” By Philip Sean Curran “With regards to my reference to police crime, Mayor Perry, who is calling for my resignation, is one of the biggest hypocrites who sat silent along with Republican candidates Rick Hibell and Kevin Settembrino, when a Middletown police officer recently almost killed a New York resident while driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of a severe accident,” Sager said. “I encourage people to take a deep breath and focus on what was actually said about police violence and not what people say was said. If we can’t have an honest conversation about police, some of whom act criminally, then we are not protecting our citizens or the police who risk their lives for us.” Later, she said she wants to remove drug users from the criminal justice “realm” and said she did not want to stigmatize drug users as having an illness. In response, Sager released a statement Sept. 21 in which she did not apologize for remarks about police, called the controversy an “immature distraction” and said she was being attacked for her views. At this stage, Sager and Byrnes will remain on the ballot as the opponents to Republican incumbents Kevin M. Settembrino and Rick W. Hibell. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon said Sept. 23 that ballots have been printed. “There are plenty of people that I hang around with that are drug users and they use drugs recreationally and responsibly,” said Sager. Michael DiCicco, chairman of the Middletown Democratic Party, called her remarks about police “inaccurate, unfounded and hur tful.” In comments captured on video outside Town Hall in June, Middletown Township Committee Democratic candidate Jeana Sager made an anti-police comment that has sparked intense reaction from leaders of her own party, the PBA and the mayor. Democratic running mate Sean Byrnes has since suspended his bid.Photo courtesy YouTube “These liberal reckless polices have no place within our town, our county or anywhere in our state,” he said. “Our children should not be taught that it’s OK to inject drugs because we make it safe or be forced to walk over (hypodermic) needles on the way to school or while playing in our parks as children in San Francisco and other social utopias are being forced to do.” At one point, one man in the small group calls for getting the “criminal speakers” out of high schools who deliver opioid awareness messages. “People have always come up with reasons to silence and push women out of politics,” she said in her statement. “Just because I want to have tough conversations about difficult issues, some private and some public, doesn’t mean I will be bullied out of this space by the very cowards who think they are in a better position to ignore these issues to the detriment of our community.”last_img read more

Warren Gatland calls England’s Kyle Sinckler an ‘emotional timebomb’

first_imgRugby union Share on Facebook It is the dig at Sinckler which resonates most, however. The prop appeared in all three British & Irish Lions Tests against New Zealand under Gatland in 2017 and has gone on to establish himself as England’s first-choice tighthead. In both their Six Nations matches so far he has been involved in flashpoints, however, with Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony and France’s Arthur Iturria.“There is sometimes a challenge with temperament,” said Gatland, who brushed off speculation linking him with the England job after Jones leaves his role. “He is aware of it, as are other players. He has been involved in a couple of incidents this Six Nations. Emotionally he can be a bit of a timebomb. We will not be going out to antagonise him but the big challenge for him is to keep his emotions under control.”England have informed Wales of their decision to keep the Principality Stadium’s roof open, as was the case two years ago – with Jones stating: “It’s still a winter sport, isn’t it?” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Read more Wing commanders: why Six Nations quicks are rolling back the years Six Nations Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Eddie Jones Six Nations 2019 Warren Gatland Read more Wales rugby union team England rugby union team Share via Email Share on Twitter Gatland consistently questions why it is not Wales’s choice but believes England decision not to travel earlier will be more costly. “I think it is a significant mistake,” he said. “Going through Newport at 5pm on a Friday is not the best thing to do and it will be an experience for them with tractors and buses holding things up.”Jones has a 100% record in his four matches against Wales, and an England victory would put them two wins away from the grand slam. It is the first time he and Gatland have locked horns in Cardiff, however.“They’re going to be full of emotions,” Jones added. “They’ve been saying they’re ready to rip off heads … the senior players are holding them back. It’s Warren’s last game [against us] as Wales coach, it’s a big week for them, a lot of expectation. That can either be wind in your sails or a ball and chain.”Gatland moved to play down the pressure on his side. “The only quotes I can see about this being the greatest Wales team are from Eddie Jones,” he said. “I wouldn’t be disrespectful enough to say this was the greatest Welsh team ever. It’s a long way off being the greatest Welsh team ever. He’s the one talking us up.” My form is having a mental effect on England’s opponents, says Jonny May Warren Gatland has responded to Eddie Jones’s attempts to wind up Wales before the Six Nations game on Saturday by describing the England tighthead Kyle Sinckler as an “emotional timebomb”.Gatland also called England’s decision to delay their journey to Cardiff until Friday afternoon as a “significant mistake” and dismissed Jones’s claim that Gatland’s current side are the greatest in Welsh history. The England coach had earlier questioned whether Wales can handle the expectation that comes with seeking a record 12th consecutive win in what will be Gatland’s last Six Nations match against England. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Topicslast_img read more