RELATED NEWS: Photo: Valamar Riviera Valamar Meteor and Dalmatia Sunny Hotel by Valamar again this year earned a prestigious award for excellent accommodation service chosen by the guests of one of the largest British tour operators and Valamar’s strategic partner Jet2holidays. Makarska hotels managed by the largest Croatian tourist company Valamar Riviere received a new award for the quality of service. Excellent results are due to the company’s clear mission and vision, as well as business strategy and continuous investment in destinations and facilities, improvement of existing and development of new and innovative concepts and content for guests and the local community, said Matko Maric, director of the region.When you have been winning the prestigious award of guests from all over the world for many years, then it really confirms that you are going in the right direction and that you are doing a good job. We want our guests to feel comfortable and to provide them with an unforgettable stay during their holidays in our hotels and destinations. We are continuously investing in raising the quality and standards of our services, so I am especially pleased that our guests recognize and appreciate this” Every year, Jet2holidays conducts a satisfaction survey among its guests during their stay in the partner’s accommodation in the categories of food, services, family vacations and all inclusive services, and Valamar’s hotels continuously win the highest guest ratings and confirm the quality from year to year. Makarska hotels that have been managed by Valamar Riviere since last year consist of the Meteor 4 * hotel with 277 accommodation units, the Dalmatia 3 * hotel with 190 accommodation units and the 2 * Riviera hotel complex with 258 accommodation units, which represents more than 40 percent of the total offer. accommodation units in hotels in the area of Makarska.
Governors Wolf, Corbett, Legislators, Stakeholders Host Roundtable to Discuss Economic Impact of New Shell Plant July 22, 2016 Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Pittsburgh, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today met with former Governor Tom Corbett, legislators, local government officials, businesses, and other stakeholders in Pittsburgh to discuss downstream economic opportunities and workforce needs following the recent announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that the company plans to build a new ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.“It’s important to recognize what this project will do for the revitalization of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry,” Governor Wolf said. “This facility will serve as the center piece in the region for the creation of new markets for polyethylene with added potential of attracting additional manufacturing investments that will lead to even more business attraction and job creation for generations to come.”“I’m proud to be part of the team that was able to bring the ethane cracker plant to Pennsylvania,” said former Governor Tom Corbett. “This project will bring economic growth to Western Pennsylvania, and also proves that the commonwealth is an ideal location to grow a business and create jobs.”The discussion, which was held at JLL Center in downtown Pittsburgh, focused on the project’s demand for at least 6,000 full-time construction jobs and 600 full-time permanent jobs, as well as the estimated $6 billion economic impact on the region.“This project will have a truly positive impact on our region, and it further reinforces western Pennsylvania as a key player in the energy industry,” said JC Pelusi, Market Leader, JLL. “Our firm is proud to have been part of this collaborative effort from the beginning as we helped Shell throughout the site selection process, and today’s discussion with key stakeholders really underscores the importance of this private-public partnership.”Shell’s Cracker Plant will be one of the largest of its kind in North America, and the largest single ‘from-the-ground-up’ industrial investment in the Pittsburgh region in a generation. The company is expected to break ground in late 2017, with commercial production expected to begin early next decade.“Contrary to reports, manufacturing still has a strong presence in our region. The announcement by Shell ensures that we will continue to see the growth of factory and manufacturing jobs for years to come,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “We know that there will be a significant down-stream impact due to the building of the petrochemical plant. I commend the Governor, not only for his leadership in securing this announcement, but also for his foresight in talking about workforce and other future needs.”The complex will use low-cost ethane from shale gas producers in the Marcellus and Utica basins to produce 1.6 million tons of polyethylene per year. Polyethylene is used in many products, from food packaging and containers to automotive components.“The establishment of the cracker plant is an excellent step forward for Beaver County and Southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Senator Jay Costa. This project will serve as a regional economic engine and be a catalyst for further development not only in shale but in associated industries. The new facility has the potential to create jobs and economic energy for generations to come.“When combined with our ample shale gas reserves, the plant positions Pennsylvania to be a leader in energy development among all states. I’m grateful for the commitment from the business to work together to grow jobs, develop our regional infrastructure and invest in our communities.”“This exciting development of a new industry is being helped by state tax credits and we all have an interest in the jobs and economic benefits it will provide,” said Rep. Frank Dermody. “I’m grateful to Governor Wolf for getting personally involved in making sure that the project will be done in the right way to benefit all of western Pennsylvania.”For more information on the Shell Cracker Plant’s impact on Pennsylvania’s economy, go to http://www.newpa.com/key-industries/naturalgas/.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The win moves Tottenham up to fifth, level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool as Sherwood, who opted against sticking with a 4-4-2 formation here, remained unbeaten in the Premier League since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas. Sherwood, who admitted Swansea should have had a penalty for Dawson’s push on Bony when the game was goalless, has been delighted by his start as Spurs boss since signing an 18-month deal. But he is in no doubt as to what is expected of him when it comes to the London club’s finishing position. “It’s been good, we know there are going to be tougher tests ahead, but it’s been a good start for me,” he said. “If the season were to end tomorrow I don’t think the chairman (Daniel Levy) would be too happy because we are fifth. “The final league position has to meet the expectation of the club otherwise it’s ‘goodbye Charlie’. “The club needs to finish in fourth place, we want to finish in fourth place. Anything other than that will be a disappointment but realistically we should be in amongst it.” Adebayor has now scored six goals in seven appearances under his new manager, but Sherwood insisted the striker’s revival is not down to him. Tim Sherwood saw his Tottenham side beat Swansea 3-1 to record a fifth win in six Premier League games, but knows his job will be on the line if he does not deliver Champions League qualification. Emmanuel Adebayor headed Spurs in front in the 35th minute and then tapped in their third after a Chico Flores own goal had doubled the visitors’ lead. Wilfried Bony hit the bar and had a good penalty appeal for a push by Michael Dawson turned down in the first half, before getting Swansea’s consolation late on. “I haven’t said anything to him, I have just given him the stage to play on, he hadn’t had that stage for a while,” said Sherwood. “I haven’t made Emmanuel Adebayor a good player, I think we already know he has been a good player at every club he has been at. “We just needed to get some consistency out of him and I am sure if he continues to enjoy playing he will keep performing well. “He is enjoying it, if you enjoy yourself playing football you will get the best performances out of yourself. “He is no different to anyone else. He has a smile on his face, is scoring goals and is enjoying it. “We are trying to encourage the boys to roll the ball into him because he makes things happen. He dictates the pace of the game for us and he likes to get it wide as he knows there is a chance he can score from the cross. “After his first goal he grew even more and started dominating the game for us. But there’s been no magic wand from me. He has always been a good player.” Swansea, meanwhile, remain just three points above the relegation zone after another defeat and another injury, as Jonjo Shelvey’s hamstring problem saw him join Michu, Michel Vorm, Pablo Hernandez, Jonathan de Guzman, Nathan Dyer, Jose Canas and Garry Monk on the sidelines. Their injury woes and the alarming manner in which they faded following Adebayor’s opener will be very troubling for manager Michael Laudrup, who admitted his side are in a difficult spot having failed to win in eight league games. He said: “Everything is black and negative right now. Let’s start again tomorrow or the day after and see if we can get some players back to fitness and back in the team. “Then it is a matter of getting a win, like with a lot of teams in our situation. “Even if it seems a dark, difficult moment for us, we can say the other teams are still there around us. “We just need a little more luck in certain situations.” Press Association
As he did on the mound for much of this season, junior right-handed pitcher Wyatt Strahan led the way for USC. The Trojans’ Friday night ace was a third-round selection of the Cincinnati Reds, and at 93rd overall became the program’s highest draft pick since 2009. Another junior RHP, Nigel Nootbaar, was USC’s next selection, going in the 12th round to the Baltimore Orioles. An excellent season for senior third baseman Kevin Swick was capped with a 22nd-round selection by the Chicago White Sox, while senior left-hander Bob Wheatley was picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 26th round.Given his rock-solid performance over the past three seasons, Strahan’s high selection came as no great surprise. As a freshman in 2012, the Villa Park, California native allowed only four earned runs in 22 appearances out of the bullpen. He finished the season with a 3-3 record and a miniscule 1.37 ERA in 26.1 innings. Strahan entered the starting rotation in 2013, making a statement in the tough Pac-12 with a 4-3 record in 12 starts. He also led the team with a 2.45 ERA in 80.2 innings pitched. Though Strahan was faced with high expectations going into his junior season, the hard-throwing righty mirrored his team and actually improved in many categories. In 15 starts Strahan managed career-highs in innings pitched (104.1), strikeouts (89), while posting a 6-5 record with a 3.28 ERA. His work garnered him Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors after a complete game shutout victory over Arizona and his first First Team All-Conference selection. Strahan, who has long impressed scouts with his 6-foot-3, 225-pound frame and mid-90s fastball, was a 27th-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school in 2011. Now he will have to choose between USC and the pros for the second time.Nootbaar has been a strong presence out of the Trojan bullpen for the past three years. He made 14 appearances as a freshman in 2012, including four spot starts, and finished with a 1-3 record and a 3.31 ERA. In 2013 Nootbaar became USC’s go-to reliever, recording 38 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched. He was 2-6 with a 5.10 ERA in 20 appearances, including four more starts on the season, while also picking up three saves. The El Segundo, California native’s opportunities declined in 2014 with the emergence of sophomore standouts Brent Wheatley and Kyle Davis, but Nootbaar remained as effective as ever. In nine appearances he managed his lowest career ERA, 2.81, and struck out 14 batters in 16 innings pitched. Even with this decreased output, Nootbaar’s tools were impressive enough for a relatively high draft selection. He was also helped by impressive performances in both the Cape Cod and Alaskan Collegiate summer leagues.Swick is perhaps the best story of any of the Trojans’ draftees. The former walk-on cracked the starting lineup only nine times as a freshman in 2011, but quickly turned his career around after a stint in the California Collegiate Summer League. He became a regular starter in 2012, hitting .258 with 23 RBIs. Swick made an even more dramatic improvement as a junior, bumping his batting average up to .305 while blasting two home runs and driving in 16 runs as USC’s regular third baseman. This season the senior provided experience and offensive consistency for a youthful Trojan squad, batting .299 with a career-high 24 RBIs. Swick’s impressive start to the season also earned him his first career Pac-12 Player of the Week award in early March. The La Canada, California native’s consistency with the bat was matched only by his consistency in the classroom, where he was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic Honoree and USC’s first Capital One Academic First Team All-American. Swick, who was a business administration major and psychology minor, graduated this spring with a 3.83 GPA.Rounding out USC’s 2014 draft picks was Wheatley, a senior southpaw who regularly took the mound on Saturdays and Sundays this year. Another Villa Park native, Wheatley spent his first two seasons as a valuable part of the Trojan bullpen. In 2011 he spent time learning the ropes of Division I baseball, recording a 6.39 ERA in 18 appearances.Wheatley improved greatly as a sophomore, deflating his ERA to 3.46 and holding opponents to a .242 batting average in 26.2 innings pitched. Even after taking over the big stage as a Friday night starter in 2013, he continued his upward trajectory. Wheatley was 3-4 in 13 starts, but finished the season with a career-best 2.78 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.This season, Wheatley conceded his Friday-night spot to Strahan, but still provided valuable starting pitching depth for the Trojans. In 12 starts, Wheatley was once again 3-4, finishing his senior year with a 4.32 ERA and 34 strikeouts. Moving on to a resurgent Blue Jays franchise might be tough for Wheatley, as USC blood runs deep in his family. Bob was joined by his younger brother Brent on the Trojan pitching staff this year, while the pair’s father, Bob Sr., played basketball at USC.The MLB draft is a tense time for college baseball coaches, and not just because of the potential loss of talented underclassmen such as Strahan. In order to evaluate their options and decide if forgoing college is the right choice for them, many high school recruits wait to sign letters of intent until after the draft. At a top-flight program such as USC, elite high school commits often choose to instead sign with a pro team, leaving coaches scrambling.The Trojans have already been struck by this curse once this season, as Jake Gatewood, a shortstop from Clovis, California who issued a verbal commitment to USC, instead signed with the Milwaukee Brewers as the 41st overall pick. On the other hand, the Trojans actually benefitted from the struggles of another commit, pitcher Mitch Hart of Granite Bay, California. Hart failed to live up to expectations during his senior season, causing his draft stock to plummet from the third or fourth round to the 35th round. Now, conventional wisdom and a smaller signing bonus dictate that he will choose the college route. If Hart’s subpar senior year was a fluke, USC could have another ace waiting in the wings to replace those who leave to chase their MLB dreams. Following a bittersweet season that ended just short of a postseason berth, the USC baseball team received some validation last week in the form a successful showing at the 2014 MLB Draft. Four current Trojans, along with two 2015 recruits, were selected, doubling the team’s total from a year ago.Slick Swick · Former Trojan walk-on Kevin Swick was selected in the 22nd round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. Swick batted .305 through 49 games for the Trojans last season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan