Let us remind you that not so long ago in 2017, Carwiz established itself in Croatia in a very short period of time as an equal market player and over time a leader who expanded its business to the European, African, Asian and American markets in just one year. Based on current indicators, there is no reason to doubt that global expansion and strengthening of the position will not continue in the new 2020 year. In addition to the franchise countries in Carwiz, they also manage thirteen branches in Croatia, and in order for everything to be ideally harmonized, they take care of Ivan Ažić, Director of Development and Željko Županić, director of logistics together with colleagues who work every day to improve the service. Dobrilović has repeatedly emphasized that all teams and employees are responsible for the growth of Carwiz, but he especially emphasizes his closest team. Sales Director Borko Ribić, who manages sales in twenty countries, advises franchise managers who care about existing franchise partners and negotiate with potential ones. “Traveling the world and seeing my brand in almost every corner is something I had hoped for and aspired to, but achieving such global success in just one year is more than a vision of one man, for me it is a product of togetherness, a clear goal and the highest level of team motivation.”, Admits Krešimir Dobrilović. Realized strategic goals in Carwiz rent a car, along with revenue growth and market dominance, once again showed that knowledge, perseverance and vision form the formula for success, namely the success of an incredible 55 million kilometers, which represents 1.400 laps around the planet with Carwiz vehicles. Photo: Carwiz Presence in as many as twenty countries, from Greece and Iceland, through Ireland, Turkey, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Portugal, all the way to the Baltic countries, Morocco, the Caribbean and two branches in the United States is unique success. Although it is the end of the year, Carwiz is working full steam ahead, so franchise managers are negotiating with potential partners from New York, Canada and Austria, while intensive preparations are underway for appearances at international fairs in Istanbul, Berlin and the International Car Rental Show. in Las Vegas to be held in early 2020. In negotiations with potential partners from New York, Canada and Austria Caring for the image and reputation of the Carwiz brand, nurturing internal and external communication and other marketing activities in as many as twenty countries with his team is led by the director of marketing, Barbara Mrkić. Four continents, twenty countries, more than fifty cities, over sixty branches, 55 million kilometers and 10.000 vehicles – this is the summary of last year’s Croatian rent-a-car, which successfully marketed its business model around the world. “We continuously analyze market events, set goals and raise quality, which resulted in 54% more rent compared to last year and 74% higher revenue than last year, which is why I can say that I am more than proud of my team.” Dobrilovic added.
MPs reject withdrawal agreement againThis afternoon, MPs in the UK’s lower house of parliament voted against the withdrawal agreement for the third time in as many months. The agreement was rejected by a margin of 58 votes.Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, has called an emergency meeting for 10 April to discuss the implications.In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have decided to call a European Council on 10 April. #Brexit— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 29, 2019In a statement, the European Commission said the likelihood of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit had increased because of the result in Westminster today.“The EU has been preparing for this since December 2017 and is now fully prepared for a ‘no-deal’ scenario at midnight on 12 April,” the Commission said. “The EU will remain united. The benefits of the withdrawal agreement, including a transition period, will in no circumstances be replicated in a ‘no-deal’ scenario. Sectoral mini-deals are not an option.”The UK had been due to exit the EU today, but the government was twice defeated in its attempts to pass its withdrawal agreement through parliament. The EU extended the Article 50 deadline until 12 April to give the UK government time to explore other options.‘Deeply disappointing’ UK prime minister Theresa May signed the letter triggering Article 50 – and formally beginning the Brexit process – two years agoSeparately, the FCA has “reaffirmed” a commitment with the US regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to “continue close cooperation and information sharing” after Brexit.The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was originally signed in 2006 and relates to all elements of financial regulation between the UK and US.Andrew Bailey, the FCA’s chief executive, recently met with SEC chairman Jay Clayton to sign two updated MoUs regarding cross-border and international regulation and information sharing.Bailey said: “As part of our preparations for Brexit we have been working with our partners in the EU and globally to ensure there is minimal disruption. These MoUs will ensure the UK can continue to be a key market for funds and fund managers. Today’s amendments will ensure continuity and stability for consumers and investors in the UK and US.”Clayton added: “The SEC and the FCA have a long history of effective cooperation on supervisory and other matters. The amended MoUs we entered into today reaffirm this commitment and collaboration with respect to the oversight of our respective registrants for the benefit of each of our markets and investors.” Nausicaa Delfas, executive director of international at the FCA, said: “The documents published today are the final stages in our preparations in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an implementation period: they ensure that firms have certainty of the financial regime they will be operating within, and so can plan accordingly to meet the needs of their customers.”The FCA’s policy statement is available here. Chris Cummings, the Investment AssociationChris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, the lobby group for the UK’s £7.7trn (€8.9trn) asset management industry, described the situation as “deeply disappointing”.“The immediate and now urgent priority is to avoid a no-deal cliff edge that would be the worst possible outcome for millions of savers and investors and for the asset management industry,” Cummings said.“It is deeply disappointing that given we are potentially just days away from leaving the EU, we continue to see this political paralysis. Whatever form the next political moves take, the government has to deliver a deal which protects the British economy and does not further damage investors’ confidence in the UK as a place to do business.“It is now urgent that politicians find a way to work together that protects UK savers, our economy and our international competitiveness.”Cummings had already called for asset managers to implement their contingency plans for a no-deal scenario, saying earlier this month that they had “no choice” due to parliament’s “paralysis”.He added today: “The industry also needs certainty about how future regulation will impact us, and our customers. The UK is the largest centre for asset management in Europe and maintaining that position is crucial to the health of the UK economy, so we need the UK to have a strong voice in the rules and regulations that govern us.“It is also vital that the industry can continue to offer products and services across borders. Currently, UK investors can save into more than 10,000 different funds and we need to maintain that access so that they have the widest possible choice to grow their money.” The UK’s financial regulator has finalised its rulebook for asset managers and other market players in the event of the UK leaving the EU without agreeing a withdrawal deal.The announcement comes as UK lawmakers voted against the withdrawal agreement struck between UK and EU negotiators in November – the third time the agreement has been rejected.The measures finalised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today relate to companies in the European Economic Area doing business within the UK, and vice versa. They were mostly unchanged from plans set out a month ago, the FCA said in a statement, and generally allowed for firms to keep operating under existing rules for a limited period of 15 months, despite the potential abrupt end of the UK’s EU membership – now set for 12 April.
GEORGETOWN open their 2019 SBF Petroleum Jaguars One-Day League against defending champs Essequibo today at the Bourda Cricket Ground with both sides looking to gain much momentum in pursuit of this year’s crown.The obvious main bout in the first round of matches will be played at the iconic Bourda Ground, home turf of the Leon Johnson-led Georgetown team. Although the champs will be playing out of zone, Essequibo side are virtually unchanged from last season barring the inclusion of newbie Nokta Moses.Skipper Anthony Adams has led the franchise from the start, with both bat and ball while the usual suspects like Kemol Savory, Ricardo Adams, Kevon Boodie, Akinie Adams, coupled with the returning Ronsford Beaton, will certainly help with regard to seniority.Chris BarnwellThe aforementioned players have been the mainstay of the champs, as they continue to produce either with ball or bat. Another huge bonus will be the return of Keemo Paul to the side when the 2019 Hero CPL concludes, helping to stretch the line-up even further.Johnson and his men will not be fazed by their opponents as they too possess a star-studded team, who are no strangers to international or regional limelight. With the likes of national batsmen in Robin Bacchus, Windies U-19 players Raymond Perez and Joshua Persaud, veteran all-rounder Chris Barnwell and Johnson himself; Georgetown will definitely be a handful.In the bowling department, the home team will want much from veterans Steven Sankar and seamer Paul Wintz, while national spinner and former Windies U-19 skipper Ramaal Lewis could have ideal support from more Windies youth players in spinner Ashmead Nedd and pacer Qumar Torrington.Leon JohnsonThe other encounters for the first round will also be interesting as a number of big players will be on show in Berbice. Lower Corentyne and East Bank will do battle at Albion ground while West Demerara will face Upper Corentyne at Port Mourant. East Coast and West Berbice cap off the opening round as they are scheduled to play at Lusignan while defending champs Essequibo will battle Leon Johnson-led Georgetown at Bourda ground.Georgetown squad: Leon Johnson (captain), Raymond Perez, Robin Bacchus, Christopher Barnwell, Winston Fraser, Ramaal Lewis, Paul Wintz, Steven Jacobs, Joshua Persaud, Adrian Hinds, Qumar Torrington, Joel Spooner, Ashmead Nedd and Steven Sankar.Essequibo squad: Anthony Adams (captain), Keemo Paul, Ricardo Adams, Kemol Savory, Nealand Cadogan, Parmesh Parsotam, Akinie Adams, Kevon Boodie, Quintin Sampson, Nokta Moses, Joshua Jones, Mark Williams, David Williams and Ronsford Beaton. (Clifton Ross)
USC Libraries fully implemented its first suggestion from the Essential Ideas website by extending the Von KleinSmid Center library hours this week.The site allows USC community members to post suggestions related to libraries and allows other members to vote for posted suggestions.After receiving 140 votes, a suggestion to extend hours at the Von KleinSmid Center Library was implemented. The library now open three hours longer to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and to 8 p.m. on Sunday.Previous customer surveys had already brought the issue to USC Libraries’ attention. Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for USC Libraries, said this is the first time a suggestion has fully gone through the process of getting votes, being reviewed by USC Libraries and going into effect.“Extending the hours is not a surprising change because it’s something that kept coming up,” McHarg said. “Students said they wanted [various] other libraries to be open later as well, and these requests consolidated in this more general suggestion to extend VKC’s hours.”McHarg said USC Libraries expects to see more activity on Essential Ideas this year after the website launched toward the end of last semester.“It’s been in a pilot phase until now and, as the semester progresses, we expect more folks to catch on and start participating,” McHarg said. “We’re looking forward to an active and vocal group telling us what that they need from our libraries.”Suggestions currently under review include an initiative to make HOMER more easily searchable, adding more electrical outlets in Doheny Library, allowing online study room reservations and adding more vegetarian options at LiteraTEA. McHarg said USC Libraries is also planning to make printing available at Doheny.
Tomorrow night when the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team (3-1, 1-0) travels to the Bren Center to face No. 3 UC Irvine (4-1, 1-0) in a rematch of last year’s NCAA final, there will be a lot more at stake than a chance at revenge.This year’s Trojan team, full of seasoned veterans and battle-tested leaders, understands that an early-season matchup against the Anteaters represents an opportunity to make a lasting statement as they go forward through conference play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.“The last two seasons UCI ended our season, so we don’t care for the Anteaters too much,” junior outside hitter Tri Bourne said. “If there is going be a statement game this season this is going to be it, and we will make a statement.”Though last year’s heartbreaking five-set loss to UCI in the national championship left the Trojans with a bitter taste in their mouths, they enter the 2010 season with the loss serving as a source of inspiration. As the team has its sights set squarely on the ultimate prize in collegiate sports, the match that got away last May has motivated the players to become a more disciplined and focused unit this year.“I think that the main thing for us is having the mindset where we just play our game instead of trying to play better than we already are,” Bourne said. “We were given the No. 1 ranking in the country, [and] even though we believe that we deserve it, we all know that we have to prove that.”For UCI, 2006 AVCA Coach of the Year John Speraw’s team comes into Friday’s match with the Trojans red-hot after losing opening night to No. 6 BYU. After their four-set loss to the Cougars, UCI closed the Elephant Bar Tournament with two convincing victories over No. 11 UCSD and No. 7 Long Beach State.Leading the Irvine team in their quest to become the first repeat national champion in men’s volleyball since the 1996 UCLA Bruins achieved the feat are sophomore opposite Carson Clark — and senior outside hitter Cole Reinholm — who had a career-high 21 kills in the team’s win over UCSD earlier this month.For the Trojans, this week has already created some early-season praise from around the conference, after the team Wednesday night dispatched crosstown rival UCLA in just four sets on the Bruins’ home floor (30-26, 29-31, 30-26, 30-28). Despite the big win over their main rivals, this year’s Trojans embrace the concept that in order to win a national championship, the team must not rest on its laurels at any point.“Despite a big win against rival UCLA, we understand that we need to approach each game one at a time,” senior middle blocker Hunter Current said. “Every team, including UCI, wants to ruin our season and we’re looking to prove them wrong every time.”While fourth-year coach Bill Ferguson feels confident about his team’s chances Friday night, he admits that in order to beat a team of UCI’s caliber, his team must improve from the service line.“We haven’t been able to put teams under pressure with our service game,” Ferguson said. “It is something we need to continue to improve upon if we want any consistent success at a high level.”So while notions of a statement game or a chance to seek revenge may initially surround tomorrow night’s huge 7 p.m. matchup, when the whistle blows, the Trojans will have only one thing in mind when they face the Anteaters: to win.“This match is a good step for us,” Ferguson said. “Winning on the road in our league is very tough. Any time we can get a win, we will definitely cherish it.”
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