UK Labour Party vows to hit oil and gas industry with £11bn ‘windfall tax’

first_imgLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn ‘accepts hostility’ from oil and gas companies over tax plansLaunching his party’s manifesto today, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “We can no longer deny the climate emergency we can see it all around us. We have no time to waste.“The crisis demands swift action, but it isn’t right to load the costs of the climate emergency onto the nurse, the builder or the energy worker.“A Labour government will ensure the big oil and gas corporations that profit from heating up our planet will shoulder the burden and pay their fair share.“North Sea oil and gas workers have powered this country for decades, often working under dangerous conditions. We won’t hang them out to dry.“This fund will safeguard a future for their skills and communities with new careers and secure, well-paid jobs.“The scale of climate breakdown is huge. Our response must be on a scale to match.“I accept the hostility of the big polluters because we will make sure they pay their fair share of the costs of their destruction, create a million climate jobs and build the healthy, green economy of the future.” The plan to tax oil and gas firms is part of a wider ‘green transformation’ of the UK economy envisioned by Labour in its manifesto for the country’s upcoming General Election Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced the tax at the manifesto launch (Credit: Rwendland/Wikimedia Commons) The UK Labour Party has vowed to hit oil and gas companies with a “windfall tax” that could reach up to £11bn ($14.2bn).This would form part of a “just transition tax” designed to finance a “green transformation” of the UK economy, should Labour win power in the 12 December General Election.The one-off levy forms part of a wider policy response to climate change issues, in which Labour says it will spark a “green industrial revolution” and create up to a million new jobs. Industry warns tax rises could hit investment and threaten jobsLabour is targeting oil and gas firms it believes have paid less than their fair share of taxation compared to peers in other countries — such as Norway and the Netherlands — who are extracting from the North Sea region.Labour’s plan is a headline announcement from its manifesto launch, and while the party claims all policies are fully-costed, the precise workings of the levy have yet to be revealed.The policy is unlikely to generate much goodwill from those within an oil and gas industry that is already feeling the mounting pressure of opinion against fossil fuels, and the demand to transition to cleaner methods of generating energy.Spokesman for trade association Oil and Gas UK Gareth Wynn said: “Any increase in tax rates will drive investors away and damage the long-term competitiveness of the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry, threatening jobs and future tax revenues and needlessly damaging the UK economy.“Our industry is already in action to play its part in helping the UK achieve its net zero emissions target, and is doing so alongside minimising our reliance on imported oil and gas.” Environmental activists welcome Labour’s plansEnvironmental campaign groups have welcomed the pledges, with Labour’s intentions to address climate concerns expected to play an important role in election campaigning.Greenpeace head of politics Rebecca Newsom said: “This manifesto takes the climate and nature emergency seriously. It’s great to see Labour prioritising vital additional government investment to transform every sector of the economy, bringing with it enormous opportunities to address social inequality, poverty and poor public health.“However, Labour’s manifesto still stops short of getting full marks at this stage. Its policy for tackling exploding aviation emissions is not fit for purpose, and the commitments on plastic pollution and waste don’t go far enough.”Lauren Townsend, a spokesperson for grassroots campaign group Labour for a Green New Deal, which lobbies the party on climate-awareness issues, added: “This is quite simply the most ambitious programme of climate action ever seen in this country.“By 2030, Labour’s transformational Green Industrial Revolution will have created a million unionised, good green jobs, overseen a five-fold increase in offshore wind power, and made 27 million homes warmer and more energy-efficient.“What’s more, it will be the big polluters which pay for all this, not working people.”last_img read more

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German Navy corvette Oldenburg ready for UNIFIL mission

first_img View post tag: UNIFIL View post tag: F263 Vessels The German Navy’s corvette Oldenburg (F263) is to deploy to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The ship is scheduled to leave its homeport Warnemünde with its Delta crew on September 10, 2018, according to the navy.The patrol of the coast of Lebanon comes twelve months after the previous deployment, Corvette captain Thorsten Vögler said, adding that the crew underwent the necessary preparations and training before setting sail for Lebanon.Oldenburg belongs to the K130 Braunschweig class — Germany’s newest class of ocean-going corvettes.Established in 1989, UNIFIL aimed to restore international peace and security and confirm the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon.UNIFIL, which has around 10,500 peacekeepers coming from 41 troop contributing countries, maintains an intensive level of operational and other activities amounting to approximately 13,500 activities per month, day and night, in the area of operations. Share this article September 6, 2018 View post tag: FGS Oldenburg View post tag: German Navy View post tag: Deutsche Marine Back to overview,Home naval-today German Navy corvette Oldenburg ready for UNIFIL mission German Navy corvette Oldenburg ready for UNIFIL missionlast_img read more

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YESTERDAY-“Haynie Day”

first_imgMayor William Dress (left) sits next to George W. Haynie during “Haynie Day” on May 19, 1937. The location was the Woods Drug Store at the junction of Second Street, Parrett Street, and Adams Avenue. The event celebrated the re-opening of the store, which had been heavily damaged by a major flood earlier in the year. Haynie, who was nicknamed the “Mayor of Goosetown,” operated a pharmacy on the site from 1886 to 1928, when he sold the store to H. A. Woods. Today the area is still known as Haynie’s Corner.FOOTNOTE: We want to thank Patricia Sides, Archivist of Willard Library for contributing this picture that shall increase people’s awareness and appreciation of Evansville’s rich history. If you have any historical pictures of Vanderburgh County or Evansville please contact please contact Patricia Sides, Archivist Willard Library at 812) 425-4309, ext. 114 or e-mail her at www.willard.lib.in.us.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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‘The Passion of Postcards’ Presentation on Thursday

first_imgLongtime residents of Ocean City Paul and Ruth Anselm share their passion for postcards at the next Ocean City Historical Museum Thursday night series at 7 p.m. July 24. The lecture is free and open to the public.If a picture is worth a thousand words, this collection of photos is worth millions. Exemplars will be on the screen for all to see as the Anselms reflect on their years of collecting.Both Ruth and Paul have been volunteers at the museum for several decades and Paul is a former president of the Board of Directors of the museum. Ruth has coordinated volunteers and Paul coordinated the physical needs of the museum through relocation and major changes at its Community Center host location.  The Ocean City Historical Museum preserves history and celebrates those who make history.The museum is in the midst of a new members drive with memberships ranging from $25 for individuals, $50 for families, $125 for benefactor. Corporate sponsorships are also provided by businesses in Ocean City. Members receive special opportunities and discounts at the museum.— News release from the Ocean City Historical Museumlast_img read more

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Baker heads up top job at Maple Leaf UK

first_imgCanada-based Maple Leaf Foods has announced the appointment of Peter Baker as the new head of its UK operations, Maple Leaf Bakery UK. He will take over the role of MD, effective 6 April, after Maple Leaf’s parent firm Canada Bread announced the departure of former MD Peter Maycock last month.Baker, based at the company’s Park Royal office in London, has over 30 years’ experience in baking, including chief executive of La Fornaia from 2003-2007, a company bought by Maple Leaf in late 2007. Prior to that, he was MD of British Bakeries.last_img

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Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, July 27-30

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook By Brooklyne Beatty – July 24, 2020 0 495 WhatsApp Google+ Thursday, July 30, 2020 – Marshall County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Centennial Park 1600 N. Michigan Street (C League Parking Lot), Plymouth, IN 46563 Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – LaPorte County10 a.m. – Noon CDTWHERE: Marquette Mall, 201 W. US 20 (outside of J.C. Penny), Michigan City, IN 46360 TAGSdistributionElkhart Countyfoodfood bankfreeIndianajulyKosciusko CountyLaPorte Countymarshall countymobilenorthern indianascheduleSt. Joseph County (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has released its mobile food distribution schedule for next week.Fresh, perishable items and dry goods are offered free of charge on a first come, first served basis for up to 400 households in need of food assistance.Food is distributed drive-thru style; just pop open your trunk and pull up to receive your items. For those with trunks that don’t open, there will be an area available to load items.The schedule is as follows:Monday, July 27, 2020 – Elkhart County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE:  Kroger, 130 W. Hively Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46517 Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Twitter Previous articleMan paralyzed after crash in Elkhart FridayNext articleEarly morning stabbing in South Bend Friday, one arrested Brooklyne Beatty Thursday, July 30, 2020 – St. Joseph County3 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDTWHERE: Food Bank of Northern Indiana, 702 Chapin Street, South Bend, IN 46601 Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, July 27-30 Facebook WhatsApp Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – Kosciusko County10 a.m. – Noon EDTWHERE: Kosciusko County Fairgrounds, 1400 E. Smith Street (front parking lot), Warsaw, IN 46580 Pinterestlast_img read more

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News story: Government promises more funding to fight superbugs

first_img £5 million to fund the development of new ways to diagnose and tackle drug-resistant ‘super gonorrhoea’ £3 million from the Department for International Development to fund an accelerator which will find new ways to diagnose AMR and ensure antibiotics are being used appropriately £1 million to evaluate technologies to detect poor quality and fake medicines that pose a risk to public health AMR is a global issue due to the ease and speed with which drug-resistant infections can spread across countries.The government is also developing a new longer-term vision where AMR will be contained and controlled by 2040. This will be published in the new year and supported by a new 5-year national action plan across human and animal health, the food chain, agriculture and the environment.Professor Dame Sally Davies said: Antimicrobial resistance threatens the future of modern medicine and global food security, placing millions of lives across the world in danger. The UK is committed to tackling AMR, both at home and internationally, through a variety of concrete actions. There is no single solution, it will take time and commitment from all sectors but working together as a global community we will mitigate this threat. £9 million to the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) £1.5 million funding for a fellowship programme in developing countries to build capacity for calculating and mitigating the economic cost of AMR £1 million to an International Reference Centre providing practical support to developing countries to improve their ability to collect data on AMR to better tackle it across human health, animal health, agriculture and the environmentcenter_img The announcement was made at the Call to Action on AMR summit in Ghana.The UK government is co-hosting the Call to Action on AMR event with the governments of Ghana and Thailand, Wellcome Trust, World Bank and the UN Foundation.The 2-day event celebrates innovative AMR initiatives from around the world and urges the international community to work together to slow the spread of AMR.The UK is being represented at the summit by the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies. It will announce a number of commitments at the summit, including: The £9 million funding for FIND will be made up of:last_img read more

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Berkshire Hills Bancorp and Rome Bancorp announce preliminary results of merger consideration

first_imgBerkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc (Nasdaq: BHLB) and Rome Bancorp, Inc (Nasdaq: ROME) today announced the preliminary results of elections made by Rome Bancorp, Inc stockholders as to the form of merger consideration to be received in the pending merger of Rome Bancorp with and into Berkshire Hills Bancorp. The election deadline for Rome Bancorp stockholders to have made merger consideration elections in connection with the proposed merger expired at 5:00 p.m., EDT, on March 18, 2011.Of the approximately 6,777,551 shares of Rome Bancorp common stock outstanding as of March 18, 2011:The holders of approximately 5,043,184 shares, or 74.4%, elected to receive Berkshire Hills Bancorp common stock;The holders of approximately 710,243 shares, or 10.5%, elected to receive cash; andThe holders of approximately 1,024,124 shares, or 15.1%, submitted elections expressing no preference as to the form of merger consideration or did not make a valid election.Under the terms of the merger agreement, 70% of the outstanding shares of Rome Bancorp common stock at the time of the merger will be exchanged for shares of Berkshire Hills Bancorp common stock, and all remaining outstanding Rome Bancorp shares of common stock will be exchanged for cash. Each Rome Bancorp share exchanged for stock will receive 0.5658 shares of Berkshire Hills Bancorp common stock. Each Rome Bancorp share exchanged for cash will receive $11.25. Stock consideration was oversubscribed by those participating in the election. As a result, stockholders who elected to receive cash or who did not submit a valid election form will receive all cash consideration. Stockholders who elected to receive stock will receive both stock and cash.After the final results of the election process are determined, the actual merger consideration, and the allocation of the merger consideration, will be computed using the formula in the merger agreement and will be based on, among other things, the actual number of shares of Rome Bancorp common stock outstanding immediately prior to the closing date, the final results of the election process and the value of Berkshire Hills Bancorp common stock for the five trading days immediately prior to the date the merger becomes effective. A press release announcing the final merger consideration will be issued after the merger is completed.A more complete description of the merger consideration and the proration procedures applicable to elections is contained in the proxy statement/prospectus dated January 28, 2011 and mailed to Rome Bancorp stockholders of record on or about February 2, 2011. Rome Bancorp stockholders are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus carefully and in its entirety. Copies of the proxy statement/prospectus may be obtained for free by following the instructions below under. “Additional Information About the Merger and Where to Find It.”Berkshire Hills Bancorp and Rome Bancorp expect to complete the merger on or about April 1, 2011. The proposed merger, which was approved by Rome Bancorp stockholders on March 9, 2011, remains subject to the receipt of final regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.BackgroundBerkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank ‘ America’s Most Exciting Bank(SM). The Company has $2.9 billion in assets and 42 financial centers in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Berkshire Bank provides 100% deposit insurance protection for all deposit accounts, regardless of amount, based on a combination of FDIC insurance and the Depositors Insurance Fund (DIF). For more information, visit www.berkshirebank.com(link is external) or call 800-773-5601.Rome Bancorp is a publicly held, one-bank holding company whose wholly-owned subsidiary, The Rome Savings Bank, maintains its corporate offices in Rome, New York. Rome Bancorp, Inc. is incorporated in the state of Delaware. The Rome Savings Bank, regulated by the Office of Thrift Supervision, operates five full-service community banking offices in Rome, Lee, and New Hartford, New York. Rome’s primary lines of business include residential real estate lending, small business loan and deposit services, as well as a variety of consumer loan and deposit services.Forward Looking StatementsThis news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 about the proposed merger of Berkshire Hills Bancorp and Rome Bancorp. These statements include statements regarding the anticipated closing date of the transaction and anticipated future results. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words like “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” and “intend” or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could” or “may.” Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include delays in completing the merger, difficulties in achieving cost savings from the merger or in achieving such cost savings within the expected time frame, difficulties in integrating Berkshire Hills Bancorp and Rome Bancorp, increased competitive pressures, changes in the interest rate environment, changes in general economic conditions, legislative and regulatory changes that adversely affect the business in which Berkshire Hills Bancorp and Rome Bancorp are engaged, changes in the securities markets and other risks and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in documents that Berkshire Hills Bancorp files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Additional Information About the Merger and Where to Find ItIn connection with Berkshire Hills Bancorp’s proposed acquisition of Rome Bancorp, Berkshire Hills Bancorp has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 with the SEC containing a proxy statement/prospectus dated January 28, 2011, which has been mailed to Rome Bancorp stockholders. Investors are urged to read these materials, and any other documents filed by Berkshire Hills Bancorp or Rome Bancorp with the SEC, because they contain or will contain important information about Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Rome Bancorp and the merger. The proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials, and any other documents filed by Berkshire Hills Bancorp with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov(link is external).SOURCE Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. PITTSFIELD, Mass. and ROME, N.Y., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Long Island Farmers’ Markets 2016

first_imgMORE: Nothing like a summer concert at Jones Beach. Here’s our complete list of performers MORE: Why didn’t we think of this? Learn how an online farmers’ market delivers fresh produce Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Farmers markets are getting down to business across Long Island. Here is our annual list, which will be updated as new dates and locations are added. Did we miss one? Let us know! There’s nothing like fresh food brought from the field right to your kitchen table.Amityville: 9/11 Memorial parking lot, Route 110. Fridays, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. June 3 through September. 455 Albany Ave. Thursdays, 3p.m.-6p.m. June 30-Sept. 29. Village Hall parking lot located at 21 Ireland Place. Fridays, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. June 3-Nov. 18Babylon: Train station parking lot. Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 3-Nov. 22Bay Shore: The Community Band Shell on Main Street. Fridays, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. May 20-Sept. 23Bellport: 471 Atlantic Ave. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 7-Oct. 29Bethpage: 326-328 Broadway. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23-Nov. 19Bridgehampton: 151 Mitchell Ln. Fridays, 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m. May 20-Sept. 30Commack: 74 Hauppauge Rd. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 30-Oct. 27Deer Park: Tanger Outlets at the Arches. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4-Nov. 5East Hampton: Nick & Toni’s parking lot, 136 N. Main St. Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 27-Sept. 2 Great Neck: 125 Community Dr. Sundays, 9 a.m.-1.p.m. July 10-Oct. 30Greenport: 2nd and South Streets Lot near IGA. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 28 to October.Hampton Bays: St. Mary’s Church, 165 Ponquogue Ave. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 28-Sept. 3Hempstead: YALE Child Care Center 160 Baldwin Rd. Wednesdays, 3:30pm-6:30 pm June 29- Sept. 28Huntington: Route 25A, East of Route 110 North. Sundays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 29-Nov. 20Islip: Town Hall parking lot, 655 Main St. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 28- Nov. 18Kings Park: Municipal Lot 25A on Main Street, across from fire department. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 5-Nov. 20Long Beach: Kennedy Plaza, 1 W. Chester Street. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4-Nov. 23Malverne: Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s, 480 Hempstead Ave. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 4th-Oct. 8thMattituck: Harbes Farm 715 Sound Ave. Open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m.Montauk: Village Green on Montauk Highway across from Chamber of Commerce building, Thursdays, June 9-Sept. 1 and Fridays, Sept. 9-30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.Mount Sinai: Rose Caracappa Senior Center, 739 Rte. 25A. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4 to Oct. 29.Nesconset: 127 Smithtown Blvd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4-Nov. 16New Hyde Park: Municipal lot across Village Hall, 1441 Jericho Tpke. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 4- Nov. 24Northport: Cow Harbor parking lot on corner of Main Street and Woodbine Avenue. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 4-Nov. 19Patchogue: 7-Eleven parking lot, 225 E. Main Street. Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 8-Nov. 4Railroad Station Parking Lot. Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 12-Nov. 20West of Route 112 on Montauk Highway. Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 17th-Nov. 4Port Jefferson: Steam Room parking lot at corner of Rts 25A and 112. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 8-Sept. 29Port Washington: Town Dock on 247 Main Street. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. June 11-Oct. 29.Riverhead: Reopens Fall 2016. Date to be announced.Rockville Centre: Railroad Parking Lot No. 12 at corner of Long Beach Road and Sunrise Highway. Sundays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 29-Nov. 20Rocky Point: Depot Park at corner of Prince Road and Broadway. Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 29- Nov. 20Roslyn: Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searingtown Rd. Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 1 -Nov. 23Roosevelt: Family Health Clinic parking lot, 380 Nassau Rd. Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 10-Oct. 30Sag Harbor: Corner of Bay and Burke Streets. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 21-Oct. 29Seaford: East end of railroad station parking lot on corner of Washington Avenue and Sunrise Highway. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. May 28-Nov. 18Sea Cliff: 253 Glen Ave. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 2-Oct. 29Shelter Island: Haven’s House Museum and Grounds, 16 S. Ferry Rd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 28- Sept. 3Southampton: 25 Jobs Lane. Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 29-Oct. 9Southold: North Fork Table & Inn parking lot, 57225 Main Rd. Fridays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. May 27-Sept. 2Westhampton Beach: 85 Mill Rd. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7-Nov. 26Wyandanch: New Shiloh Baptist Church, 221 Merritt Ave. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. July 9-Oct. 8-Compiled by Ana Borutto,Alure cube,Alure cube East Meadow: 832 Merrick Ave. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 20-Sept. 30East Setauket: 93 North Country Rd. Fridays, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. May 13-Oct. 28Elmont: 2150 Hempstead Tpk. Tuesdays, 10am-1pm June 28-Sept. 27Farmingdale: Village Green on Main Street. Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. begins June 5.Flanders: Crohan Community Center, 655 Flanders Rd. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 2-Oct. 15.Freeport: Freeport Recreation Center, Merrick Road. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 9-Oct. 29.Garden City: 101 County Seat Dr., behind Supreme Court. Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. June 7-Nov. 22last_img read more

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Find out how the Black Egg made a revolution in tourism

first_imgEight years ago, the group purchase market opened in Croatia, which later experienced its expansion through various versions and similar portals, and finally consolidation in the market.Today, the strongest site for group shopping on the Croatian market is undoubtedly Crno Jaje, which, despite its later entry into the market, with its proactive and different business philosophy and promotion, literally swept the competition and today has over 250.000 newsletter users, which is a powerful and efficient sales tool. . What is interesting to me personally is the fact that Crno Jaje introduced a small revolution in tourism, especially when we talk about the promotion of continental tourism, the sale of tourist packages in the pre- and postseason and cooperation with hotels, which is not based on cheap packages.The above facts are more than enough reason to talk to Hrvoje Bujas, the founder and owner of Crni Jaj, who points out that Crno Jaje is not synonymous with cheap accommodation but as an excellent channel for promotion and sales. “We were recognized by the strongest hoteliers in Croatia, and that fact only shows that Crno jaje is not a synonym for cheap accommodation, but as an excellent sales channel and a smart modality of work for the largest hoteliers. They know when, how and how to use Black Egg as a sales platform. ”Bujas points out and adds that they cooperate with Valamar, Maistra, Toplice Sv. Martin, Supetar Waterman Resort and many others.At the mention of group shopping the first association that binds is cheap accommodation, and he would never connect three-, and especially four- and five-star hotels, to cooperate with the group-buying platform. But, as Bujas himself points out, hoteliers have found their niche, a niche that works great as a sales channel, especially in the pre- and post-season. “No one can fill a hotel in seven days like we can, there is no tool on the market other than Black Egg. Our strength lies in the trust and strong customer base. We have over 250.000 newsletter subscribers who have been loyal customers for the last six years, and this is not a database that has been purchased, but has been built day by day for the last six years. “Emphasizes Bujas.Ok, great, but what does it look like in practice, I wondered out loud, and Bujas speaks like a sleeve, a concrete example of the last collaboration that was sold out in a couple of days during our conversation. “Recently, in cooperation with Toplice Sv. Martin worked on a special project “Međimurje and Dalmatia” with which we created a special content and experience, three days, ie two nights, on the basis of half board for two people. On Friday there was a Međimurje dinner and music, and on Saturday there was a Dalmatian dinner and the guest was the klapa Iskon. What is the power of Black Egg is exactly this – in just three days we sold out 110 hotel rooms. Find me which sales channel and marketing campaign can sell out 110 rooms in three days. We work with all hotels, and it is interesting how we sell 4 and 5 star hotels better, not the cheapest accommodation. What has proven to be very successful is that we are working on a practical turnkey system – promotion, sale and collection of funds and the transfer of funds to the hotel”Bujas points out and adds that hoteliers have long understood the values ​​of Crni Jaje and that Crno Jaje is not a group purchase from seven years ago, but a new modality of fast, efficient and quality filling of capacity.And I have to admit that he dispelled all my doubts and in fact it was only then that I realized the true concept of Black Egg, and that is fast and efficient sales. Because selling 100 nights in three days is more than an impressive success. Also, what is positive and systematic, that through the campaign in the above-mentioned cooperation with the Spa Sv. Martin was not selling accommodation, but content and a special whole experience. We all know that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but diverse, quality and primarily authentic content, especially when we talk about the pre- and post-season as well as continental tourism. People do not travel or come to destinations for accommodation, but for content.And this is where we come to a great link, which came to me in an interview and a deeper story about Crni Jaj as a platform for the promotion of destinations in the pre- and post-season, and especially in continental tourism. Also, Crno Jaje has definitely started and raised some destinations in the continent such as Baranja, Lika, Zagorje, etc.… „Eight years ago, practically no people were travelers, except for ski trips and larger European cities. In general, I think that people traveled about 10-15 percent, and by entering the market of group travel portals and the arrival of a new pricing modality, especially adapted for continental tourism and the Adriatic in the pre- and postseason, Croats became travelers again. travel more and more around Croatia. So we’re talking about continuous growth over the past eight years, and I can say that there’s been one complete change within people’s positioning. People really want to escape from Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, ie big cities during the weekend and go somewhere. “This is exactly the niche we missed – domestic visitors and domestic consumption, because they are the base for the pre- and post-season, and especially for continental tourism. And when we talk about weekend travel, then it is ideal for people to go by car to closer destinations, primarily in Croatia, which are within 100 to 200 kilometers. Thus, it is most ideal for someone from Zagreb to go by car to Slavonia, Zagorje, Gorski Kotar, Međimurje on weekends… so go in a circle where you are with the car within two hours of driving. “It is in this field that we have done a great deal, thanks to our partners from the continent, from larger to smaller, who have recognized the power of the Black Egg precisely to create the motive of coming and filling accommodation. One critical mass was gained for continental tourism to show its “teeth”, and Crno jaje has been and will remain a great promoter of continental tourism since day one.. Personally, I think that only through Black Eggs did they practically invent some destinations. Over 2.000 coupons were sold for our partner in Lonjsko polje, which is a phenomenal result, and I would certainly highlight the excellent cooperation with Baranja, Međimurje and Gorski Kotar, where we sold thousands of coupons. “Certainly, in Crni Jaj, like all other continental destinations, we can look forward to the introduction of the so-called Cro cards that are just aimed at developing tourism and increasing consumption on the continent. Of course, Cro cards, whenever they are implemented, are expected to be a good step forward this year, but as a one-time solution and without a clear strategy for the development of continental tourism, there will be no long-term success or quality development of continental tourism.Currently, there are two proposals on the “table”, the first that the employer pays the employee five, and the second 10 thousand kuna. It is important to emphasize that 50 percent of the funds from the card would go to accommodation, 25 to 30 percent would go to catering services, food and drink, and the rest of the money could be used for museums, wellness and similar facilities. So a Cro card would be another bank card to which the employer would deposit money. Of course, those employers who want it, because otherwise there are no sanctions, and the state would return the same money to the employer through tax relief in the amount of 25 to 100 percent of the amount paid.So, I certainly support the introduction of Cro cards, although it is not yet defined how and under what conditions, which will significantly affect the success of the whole story.It is interesting that over 1.500 coupons – arrangements in Croatia were sold through Crni Jaj in January alone this year, the validity of which is until April 01. We are talking about the zero season or before the season.In my free judgment, and in accordance with the offer of domestic travel agencies, Crna jaje can certainly be declared a travel agency that sells the most domestic travel to domestic tourists (not counting the peak season)..But let’s go back and go a little deeper into Black Egg, how the modality of working with Black Egg actually works. As Bujas points out, there are three models of cooperation, and the best one is partnership, when they agree on the best possible campaign through communication. “The basic model of cooperation is when the partner exclusively wants to promote an action that he has designed, defined and arranged, and he wants to promote it through the Black Egg. We believe that the best modality of cooperation is always the partnership, where together we agree on the best possible campaign. We know what our 250.000 customers really want, when and at what prices, and we certainly aim for each partner to be satisfied with the collaboration and the overall campaign. In addition to our channels, from the web, social networks and newsletter database of 250.000 users, we also cooperate with the leading national TV company, Nova TV and Dom TV, which has a reach of about a million people a day. There are 10 to 15 spots of 25 seconds a day, and we offered our partners a share in that segment, so they get 5-6 broadcasts on a daily basis. We usually do a 14-day contract, so the partners get over 50 broadcasts in two weeks, and when they turn it into money, it is worth about 20.000 euros of media space on television alone. The third modality is an additional TV special where we shoot a special TV clip lasting 1 minute and this video is played up to 5-6 times a day, but we do such campaigns for clients with higher accommodation capacity. “Bujas saidA number of hotels have been working successfully with us for years, adds Bujas, and Crno Jaje is an ideal tool for hotels to generate demand and fill hotels in the pre- and post-season and for special promotions and sales, ie filling accommodation in 15 to 20 days. ” When we talk about the Adriatic, especially in the pre- and post-season, we are one of the strongest tools to create the motive of arrival and fill the capacity in the period when there are no tourists. It is difficult to expect that foreign tourists will come in February or March in a larger number, and there is a focus on domestic visitors. For example, last year, when we organized the New Year’s Eve for the first time on Brač in Supetar, where everything was closed at that time and there were no programs or visitors, we managed to fill Supetar Waterman Resort completely through the campaign. And not only that, the result was that restaurants, cafes and other facilities were opened in Supetar, thanks to the occupancy of the hotel and Crni Jaj. So, Supetar was alive in that period, and until a year or two ago there was nothing. It is proof that a quality story can be made even out of season. ” Bujas proudly points out, and I have to admit he has something to be proud of, and that is exactly the best proof of the efficiency of the whole platform, like it or not.Finally, Bujas emphasizes that no agency can offer and ensure the sale, ie filling of accommodation in such a short time. “In general, I think that at this moment we are the only ones who can place and sell a tourist product in 7 to 14 days, all thanks to a strong overall campaign and our positive image. ” concludes Bujas.All in all, Crno Jaje is an ideal and efficient tool for selling accommodation in a short time, not only targeted, but also when a hole has occurred during the season and hoteliers are left with a couple of empty rooms during the week during the peak season. sell. The only thing I can conclude for the end is how Crno Jaje definitely made a small revolution, especially in continental tourism, as well as the sale of content for the pre- and post-season.Opportunities are around us, use Black Egg for your tourist stories and don’t forget. You have to sell content, authentic content, not accommodation.last_img read more

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