November 18

Excellent cooperation! Prima Furniture equipped Bluesun 5-star hotels

first_imgPrima Grupa, the largest Croatian furniture manufacturer, has equipped two Bluesun hotels with its highest quality furniture – SENDTIDO Bluesun Berulia in Brela with 4 stars and the TUI BLUE Jadran hotel in Tučepi with 5 stars. According to the wishes and needs of the client, more than 700 top-quality bearings have been produced in Prima’s plants. Thus, these two hotels of the highest category, by choosing smart solutions, provided their guests with superior sleeping comfort.Certainly a big compliment to the Blue Sun Group who recognized and became aware of the importance of encouraging local production. Let’s not be fooled and be sure that BlueSun, like everyone else in the premium segment, had high standards and expectations in accordance with the 5-star categorization, which were obviously successfully met. So, it is possible, in fact, that the quality as well as the design of our products certainly do not give up by the competition. Regardless of the “local patriotism” of the Sunce owner, he certainly saw the ratio of quality, performance and price because in the end it is a business process that must meet high standards in order to continue to achieve high accommodation prices.Due to their durability and longevity, mattresses produced in Prima are a quality and long-term choice for furnishing hotels and apartments. Primini box bed systems are created for top comfort, and in combination with durable mattresses they guarantee comfort, quality sleep and body regeneration, which is extremely important for guests when talking about health tourism and accommodation of higher categories. With these features, as well as the affordable price, they were guided in Bluesun hotels and stand out from Prima Gurpa. “The hotel decoration project requires a careful selection of furniture made of top quality materials, durable and long-lasting, and yet functional and visually attractive. Increasingly demanding guests expect a complete experience and want to feel relaxed and comfortable, like in their own home. That is why we are extremely proud that Prima furniture is recognized as an ideal solution to meet the needs of Bluesun hotel guests. “, Pointed out Renato Radić, director of Prima Group.Source: SENDTIDO Bluesun BrelaBy the way, Prima Group is the largest manufacturer and retail chain of furniture in Croatia and the region. It has 8 own production plants and an extensive retail network of as many as 63 showrooms, of which 55 in Croatia and 8 in Macedonia. It employs more than 1500 staff. Prima’s furniture has been recognized for its quality by customers in the demanding Western European market, so today Prima’s products enrich homes in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy and other countries. “Although we are recognized on the market as manufacturers of furniture, I also produce mattresses and we are proud that we have set high standards and that this is a Croatian product and production. It is extremely important to us that we cooperated with the travel company Blue Sun, ie on the arrangement of two of their hotels, since we did some finishing touches according to their requirements in accordance with the high categorization, which we successfully fulfilled to the mutual satisfaction. We are actively present in the tourist segment and we have a wide offer for hotels, apartments, villas and houses, ie the entire tourist program. ”Point out from Prima Group.Buy and use Croatian products, from agriculture to furniture, because the quality and design do not lag behind foreign furniture, in fact, they offer a better ratio of quality and price. But most importantly, by buying Croatian products you encourage the development of the local economy, and thus the retention of the local population in Croatia. The greatest power of tourism is precisely that it is not one industry, but connects various industries vertically and horizontally, and it is imperative for the tourism sector to maximally encourage and use local resources. Precisely for the reason that tourism spending is dispersed to as many local industries and participants as possible so that everyone can make a living from tourism, not just one because it is not self-sustaining.Unfortunately, our tourism closes figuratively in one “resort”, we encourage imports and foreign products, and yet we do not appreciate our quality, production, products and people. Which is insane and counterproductive, and ultimately not economically viable. That is why young people emigrate even from cities that live directly from tourism on the Adriatic, because simply three months of tourism as well as less involvement of the local population (except as cheap labor, and interestingly we are talking about tourism which is a highly profitable sector) enough to survive the whole year as well as for a quality standard of living.So make the most of local resources, from furniture, agriculture, souvenirs as well as the whole range of products and services involved in the tourism industry. Due to the “couple of kuna” difference in price, because foreign products have a lower price due to the large amount of production, you encourage foreign companies and foreign markets, while domestic ones are failing. Of course, I am not against foreign companies or foreign products as well as healthy competition, but we should certainly encourage and take care of domestic production, as do all other countries that care about their economies, from Germany, Austria to Slovenia.Source: TUI BLUE Jadran, TucepiAnd there is a big difference between domestic and foreign owners of the hotel industry. Of course, I emphasize again that I am not against foreign investments or anything like that, in fact, but foreign hotel chains are managed through excel spreadsheets, which do not know the emotions, long-term, the importance of the local economy. To trivialize, one kuna invested in the satisfaction of the guest, tomorrow brings five if the guest comes back again and recommends your accommodation to their loved ones. Kuna may keep someone in Bjelovar or Slavonia more tomorrow, so he doesn’t go to Ireland or Germany to look for his place under the sun. And accordingly, maybe then there would not be so many problems with the workforce, which will only show in the coming years, because the family would stay in Croatia. Interesting how the circle turns and how everything is connected, right? The whole system is unsustainable if local resources are not used and if tourist spending is not dispersed to as many local entrepreneurs as possible.I am free to draw a parallel as we close in on one resort.We have examples of how tourism has developed in Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and it is quite clear that closing in one resort is unsustainable, while on the other hand we must look to Bavaria, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland who make maximum use of local resources and live in In the first sense, tourism, in fact, live it all year round. Domestic production and products are high quality and competitive, they may not be as branded as foreign ones, but they are certainly on the same or even higher level in terms of quality. The combination of blue and green Croatia is possible, as well as the placement of Croatian products through the tourism sector. Indeed, for all the above reasons, it should be imperative.An excellent example is the Jadranka Group from Mali Lošinj, which cooperates with over 60 domestic family farms throughout Croatia – from the islands of Cres and Lošinj, Istria and Kvarner, Međimurje, Slavonia and Baranja. “For us, this form of cooperation is important because, in addition to providing our guests with quality and home-made food, on the other hand we help the local economy. Due to the recognizable connection of green and blue Croatia within its entire offer, the Jadranka Group is today the largest purchaser of products of domestic family farms. ” Goran Filipović, a member of the Management Board of Jadranka Group, points out. A statement in which everything is said and the whole paradigm of the union of blue and green Croatia. Yes it is possible, and Jadranka Grupa is, at least as far as I know, the only real example that rounded off the whole story and connected blue and green CroatiaStart from yourself and encourage the local economy, because maybe your son or daughter will have to move outside Croatia tomorrow because there will not be enough work and business activities in your city. It’s interesting how that circle turns and how everything is connected, right?Unfortunately after a couple of attempts I was not able to get a statement from the BlueSun Hotel either, but they certainly deserve praise for this great collaboration and for boosting the local economy. You buy domestic and Croatian products. It’s all up to the people, start from yourself and don’t forget it’s all up to you.PS This is not a paid PR article, but a positive example of excellent cooperation and synergy of tourism with domestic production and products #kupujmohrvatskolast_img read more

September 23

IMCA Modifieds on lidlifter at Cottage Grove

first_imgTickets are $13 for adults, seniors, juniors and military are $10, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children five and under are free.  A family pass (two adults and up to four youth) sells for $35. VIP skybox seating is $25 and pit passes are $30. COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Cottage Grove Speedway gets the new race season started on Saturday, April 20 with and has a special Easter Eggstavaganza (featuring over 2,000 eggs and an appearance by the Easter Bunny at intermission) planned during the night.  By Ben Deatherage  Pit gates open at 1 p.m., the front gate opens at 3:30 p.m., time trials are at 5:30 p.m. and racing is scheduled to kick off at approximately 6 p.m.   IMCA Modifieds are on the evening card. last_img read more

September 23

500th career win is highlight of Nichols’ 8th championship

first_imgMike Nichols won his career 500th feature in the division and added an eighth IMCA Sunoco Stock Car national championship trophy to his hardware collection this season. He is pictured with Speedway Motors President Clay Smith at left and IMCA President Brett Root at right. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) HARLAN, Iowa – The two most important numbers to come from Mike Nichols 2018 season were 500 and eight.Nichols won his 500th IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature in extending his record-tying national champion­ship total to eight. He’s just the second IMCA driver to reach the 500 win mark and shares the modern era national championship record with Hobby Stock driver Shannon Anderson.“Our biggest milestone was reaching 500 wins,” said the Harlan, Iowa, speedster, who raced to the landmark checkers on Aug. 26 at Dawson County Raceway. “A third straight national champion­ship was very important and it’s definitely a who’s who of national champions that I’ll be standing on stage with at the IMCA banquet, but the 500th win was a goal we wanted to reach this year.”Nichols totaled 42 feature wins, at 11 different tracks in five states while upping his division best total to 503 career checkers.The EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region champion won all 13 starts at Dawson County and eight of 10 at Crawford County Speedway. Nichols had a streak of 14 straight wins from April 29 to June 15.“We only had one DNF all year. Not having DNFs helps you win championships,” said Nichols, who ran in the top five in 50 of his 53 outings. “First you have to finish before you can finish first.”Just getting to the track was a challenge at times for Nichols, who balances traveling for work with completing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and the trials of building a new house.He and wife Anita have lived in a motor home next to his shop on the building site since June. They hope to be moved into the new house in mid-December.“It’s been a crazy, hectic season. I’ve had to rely on my crew, especially Paul Zimmerman, more this year because of all the stuff we’ve had going on,” Nichols said. “There were a few hiccups but it turned out to be a very successful season.”The all-time IMCA leader with 36 career track championships, Nichols had previously topped na­tional point standings in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2017.“It’s been a magical ride, especially the last four or five years,” he said. “You know runs like this are going to end and it will be sour when it does, but you have to enjoy it while it lasts.”Wins-42                    Top Five Finishes-50           Starts-53HIS CREW: Wife Anita, Justin Gessert and Paul Zimmerman co-crew chiefs, Tuffy Zimmer­man, Mike Diercks, Stan Nichols, Julie Schneider, Brian Dotzler, Wendall Cross, Chris Gaul, Josh Niel­sen, Lon Lefeber, Mike Onnen and Sterling Sorensen.HIS SPONSORS: EQ Cylinder Heads of North Las Vegas, Nev.; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls; Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines; Bassett Racing Wheel of Burlington, Wis.; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; Moser Engineering of Portland, Ind.; Jim Hiland and Bilstein Shocks, Mooresville, N.C.; QuickCar of Lebanon, Tenn., and FAST Ignition and Comp Cams, both of Mem­phis, Tenn.; Eibach Springs of Corona, Calif.; CP Carrillo/Bullet of Irvine, Calif.; Dirt De­fender of Red Oak, Texas; Kevko Oil Pans of Fairmont, Minn.; Mi Casa Family Restaurant, Ad­vanced Communication Services, Dotz’s DJ Service, Petersen Motors and the Rust family/Rusty Iron, all of Harlan; Pizza Ranch of Harlan and Denison; McClellan Electric of Denison; Gaul Farms of Earling; Elements 102 of Atlantic; Motorsports Warehouse of Boone; B & B Chassis of Belle Plaine, Minn.; KS Engineering of Albert Lea, Minn.; Interstate Power Systems of Minneap­olis, Minn.; Luke Cochran and SSS Motorsports of Springfield, Neb.; FX Suspension of Phillips, Neb.; Koch Farms of Cambridge, Neb.; One4 Cutz of Omaha, Neb.; VP Heartland Fuels of Manhat­tan, Kan.; Western Carriers of WaKeeney, Kan.; Champion Racing Oil of Clinton, Mo.; SixNine Design of Jamesport, Mo.; and The Joie of Seating, Concord, N.C.last_img read more

September 16

Winning return for Bennett

first_imgHe took victory on yesterday’s opening 221 kilometre stage relegating multi-grand Tour stage winner Nacer Bouhanni and this years Milan San Remo and Paris Roubaix winner John Degenkolb to the minor placings.The Bora-Argon 18 rider holds a 3 second lead going into today’s 180 kilometre stage.The 24 year old hasn’t raced since his spectacular high speed crash in Belgium last month.last_img

December 18

Billions invested under auto programme

first_img12 October 2011South Africa’s Motor Industry Development Programme – set to be replaced by a new programme in 2013 – has facilitated more than R32-billion in investments since 2000, with R4-billion to be invested in 2011, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the opening of the 2011 Johannesburg International Motor Show on Monday.The motor industry is a substantial employer in South Africa, contributing at least 6 percent to the country’s goss domestic product and almost 12 percent to its total exports.Despite the knock the industry took as a whole due to the global recession of 2008-09, with at least 20 000 jobs lost since 2008, many more still benefit from employment opportunities.“An estimated 90 000 people are directly employed in automotive manufacturing, whilst about 200 000 are employed in retail and aftermarket,” Davies said.New incentive programmeA new incentive programme, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), will come into effect in 2013, seeking to pick up where the MIDP leaves off by stimulating the expansion of local production to 1.2-million vehicles per annum by 2020.Davies said the sector would also benefit from new preferential procurement regulations that come into effect on 7 December.The regulations will empower the Department of Trade and Industry to designate industries where tenders should prescribe that only locally manufactured products will be considered, or that only locally manufactured products with a prescribed minimum local content threshold will be considered.“Government is also embarking on a procurement effort in support of local production,” Davies said.“In the automotive industry, we are looking at designating buses for local procurement, wherein we would seek for government and state agencies to buy locally manufactured buses. We may also include other categories of vehicles.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

December 18

Sanitary pad project gives poor and rural girls dignity

first_imgMany girls use unhygienic alternatives to sanitary pads, such as newspaper or even sand and leaves, which puts them at a huge risk of infection. And nine million girls aged between 13 and 19 miss a week of school every month, for lack of saitary pads. Project Dignity is an effort to change this (Image: Barnes is an extraordinary woman. She has given hope to young girls, she has given them the opportunity to be free, to participate in daily activities, not to feel shamed or embarrassed, and has empowered them – all with a sanitary pad. They have their dignity back, through her initiative, Project Dignity.For many of us, buying sanitary pads is as easy as buying bread and milk. But this is not the case for millions of girls and women in South Africa. They are at a permanent disadvantage as they are forced to stay at home as they are unable to afford this basic necessity. Barnes was named the 2013 Clarins Most Dynamic Woman of the Year earlier this month in Johannesburg. The event, held at Summer Place in Hyde Park, celebrated the ground-breaking intervention that allows girls and young women in townships and rural areas to attend school while they are menstruating.“My youngest daughter, who attends a remedial school due to her dyslexia, came home with appeals from her school for sanitary pads and panties,” says Barnes. “I went to the school to find out what it was all about, and discovered just how many South African girls skip school while menstruating. I immediately thought of my own daughter. If she missed a week per month of school there is no way she would catch up. It’s tragic that anyone in their teen years should be faced with this dilemma.”Girls use unhygienic alternatives to sanitary pads, such as newspaper or even sand and leaves, or sitting on cow patties. Doing this puts them at a huge risk of infection. And, according to Barnes, of nine million girls aged between 13 and 19 years in South Africa, “80% of those were missing a week of school every month… That’s just time you can’t make up and it’s affecting their education.”A pattern maker and designer with a large clothing chain, Barnes has a background in construction, fabrication and quality control. Using these skills, she decided to design something to address the problem, coming up with her sanitary pad packs. At her own cost, Barnes has been producing these packs and delivering them to schoolgirls in KwaZulu-Natal where she lives. “One pack should last a girl her entire high school career,” says Barnes, who believes that finding a solution to this critical issue is her calling.Watch the videoTHE PROCESS OF THE PADBarnes realised that she had unearthed a massive social challenge and that donations of sanitary products would not provide a sustainable solution. It drove her to find a solution. She designed and constructed underwear with a built-in, waterproof yet absorbent gusset that acted as a sanitary towel.“It was fully washable and lasted as long a pair of panties does.” But every time the pad needed to be changed, the underwear would also need to be changed and would need time to dry. Each girl would have to have at least 12 pairs. “I then moved on to a [pair of panties] with a built-in gusset and separate sanitary towel which slipped into the gusset, but I found it very difficult to insert and remove.”After much experimentation and several trial runs, the Subz Panty and Pad evolved. Barnes had created underwear with a clip-on, reusable pad that ensured the girls needed never worry about running out of this essential item.“It is a normal [pair of panties] with press studs and a separate sanitary towel which has clips on it. The [underwear] is mad of 100% cotton knit and the elastic has a standard, non-woven, rubber base so it won’t stretch out of shape. The pad is 100% cotton with an outer hydrophobic layer and inside hydrophilic layer which is absorbent.”Barnes says that the panties are washable and will last three to five years. A pack of three pairs of underwear and nine reusable pads costs R150. The pad is fully washable and has SABS absorbency approval. The Subz Panty and Pad has been endorsed by a gynaecologist and pharmacist.“I know girls are fussy, so I made them out of nice fabric, and they come in all sizes. Initially, I was aiming at helping rural schoolgirls, but all women who menstruate can use them. The added benefit is that they are hugely ecologically friendly.”EDUCATIONWhile handing out Project Dignity’s Subz packs, Barnes also gives the girls a set of education sessions on puberty, menstruation, personal hygiene, sexual health and HIV.Well-known fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee has collaborated with her in developing two interactive aprons for the education sessions, one depicting the puberty process and the other the menstrual cycle. The body parts on the aprons are removable, allowing Barnes to demonstrate the body’s functioning in a very practical way.“The eggs are visible in the ovaries and the fallopian tubes clip on and off for ease of demonstration… The uterus is also removable and through the demonstrations the girls can fully understand the menstrual cycle. These are incredibly practical tools to use, and allow us to drive home the vital facts. Ultimately, the process is just as important to the girls as the Subz packs themselves,” she explains.“A lot of the girls are from child-headed homes and do not have anyone at home to talk to about these crucial issues. Our sessions are very interactive, and Gert-Johan Coetzee’s involvement here has been amazing, in every sense of the word. When a girl asked me once: ‘Where does the blood come from?’ I realised that education on these issues was woefully lacking. If language is a barrier, a teacher or principal translates, but mostly, English is understood,” she says.“The girls are so excited to get help with this as they don’t want to miss school,” she says. “For some, it is the first time they have received panties.”With the aid of corporate and personal donors, Barnes has already been able to distribute 30 000 Subz Panty Pads to girls around the country. Project Dignity has spread to other parts of South Africa, and has been taken to Zanzibar by Margaret Hirsch, the owner of the Project Dignity sponsor, Hirsch’s appliance retailers.MOST DYNAMIC PRIZEIn winning the Clarins award, Barnes received a cash prize of R150 000 and will receive a further R50 000 in 2015 to ensure the sustainability and expansion of the project.“What I do is incredibly rewarding,” she concludes, “providing a sustainable solution and seeing these young girls who can flourish and contribute to the fabric of our society.”last_img read more

December 1

‘Badals obstructing Guru Purab celebrations’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday accused Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal of hampering coordination between the State government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for the celebration of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.“Three [State] Cabinet Ministers had met the SGPC representatives this morning [Tuesday] and had an amicable discussion on the issue. As advised by the Jathedar, two representatives had been nominated by the Punjab Congress to discuss the matter with the Akal Takht and the Akali Dal and the meetings had gone off smoothly. However, Sukhbir and Harsimrat are trying to scuttle an amicable settlement of the issue at every step for their political gains,” said Capt. Amarinder at Dakha in Ludhiana.‘Unprincipled party’Speaking to journalists, Capt. Amarinder alleged that the Akalis had always “exploited religion” for their vested interests. Terming the Akali Dal an “unprincipled party”, he pointed to its “double standards” in its ties with the BJP, against which it is fighting tooth and nail in Haryana while seeking votes for its candidates in Punjab. “This kind of petty politics had alienated them [SAD] from the people and reduced the Akalis to a non-entity,” he said, adding that given the current scenario he did not see the Akali Dal and the BJP on the same plank in the 2022 Assembly elections in Punjab.In response to a question on the final programme of Kartarpur Corridor inauguration, the Chief Minister said the Indian government was working it out with Pakistan. He also hit out at Pakistan over the imposition of a $20 (₹1,430) fee on Indian pilgrims visiting Kartarpur Gurdwara via the corridor.Terror threatCapt. Amarinder added that Pakistan was making all-out efforts to revive terrorism in Punjab by pushing in weapons and militants, especially after the developments in Kashmir, but asserted that his government was fully prepared to tackle the threat.On Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s statements blaming Punjab and Haryana for the high levels of pollution in Delhi, Capt. Amarinder said though the stubble being burnt in Pakistan and the northern States were carrying pollutants to the national Capital due to the westerly winds, it was only a small part of the problem. “The bigger issue is that Delhi has more pollution of its own than Haryana and Punjab put together,” he said, accusing Mr. Kejriwal of trying to “divert the blame to other States in order to hide his own failures”.last_img read more

August 3

Ajay GoelWordzen IncLocation MequonFounder Ajay

first_imgAjay GoelWordzen Inc.Location: MequonFounder: Ajay GoelFounded: 2015 Service: Email drafting and marketing toolsWebsites:, gmass.coEmployees: OneGoal: Reach 15,000 paying customers by end of 2019Experience: Goel previously founded email marketing firm JangoMail, which had grown to $6 million in sales when he sold it to a private equity group in 2013.The No. 1 Sales & CRM tool on Google’s G Suite Marketplace isn’t a Silicon Valley tech platform like Salesforce or HubSpot. It’s an email marketing tool called GMass created by Mequon company Wordzen Inc.With more than 100,000 users and an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, the email marketing platform built by developer Ajay Goel has taken off.Ajay GoelCredit Lila AryanGMass is a program that allows users to mail merge and send mass emails using Gmail, and Goel said even Google’s own employees use it.“We have customers at almost every major tech company,” he said. “I didn’t call them; they found me.”Unlike some of its competitors, GMass can be used from within the Gmail interface, which is familiar to many people already, without logging in to and learning another platform.“We compete with a lot of well-funded companies from Silicon Valley and around the world,” he said. “My company is not funded at all. I bootstrapped it from the beginning.”That was made possible by Goel’s previous entrepreneurial success. He built Dayton, Ohio-based email marketing platform JangoMail, which he grew to 12 employees and $6 million in annual sales before selling it to a private equity group in 2013 for an undisclosed price.Goel launched a new company, Wordzen Inc., in 2015, and it now has two products: GMass and Wordzen, an email composition tool. He’s the sole full-time employee, and works with a number of remote freelancers.Wordzen was the company’s first product. It provides human editors to review an email for sentence structure, organizational style, tone, voice and grammar. Editors are also available to write an email for a user who has spoken the message into his or her phone.But GMass has gained more traction, mainly because almost every company or organization is doing some type of email marketing, he said.“It’s everything from a teacher using it to keep in touch with parents of their students, to salespeople at software companies using it for cold prospecting and setting up demos of their software,” Goel said.GMass has reached about $1.5 million in annual recurring revenue, and Goel is aiming to reach 15,000 paying customers and hire another employee by the end of the year. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more