Based on preliminary estimates, ski areas nationwide tallied 57.1 million visits for the 2008/09 season, making it the fifth best season on record. Over the last 10 seasons (1999/00 – 2008/09), the industry has averaged 56.7 million visits. The 2008/09 season represents a 0.8 percent increase from the 10-year average, and just a 5.5 percent decrease from the record 2007/08 season of 60.5 million visits. At 13.8 million visits in 2008/09, the Northeast region was up 5.5 percent from its 10-year average. Meanwhile the Southeast region, at 5.62 million visits, was up 3.8 percent from its 10-year average; the Midwest region, with 7.41 million visits, was down 1.1 percent from its 10-year average; the Rocky Mountain region, with 19.79 million visits, was up 1.3 percent from its 10-year average; and finally the Pacific West region, with 10.54 million visits, was down 5.8 percent from its 10-year average.Relatively favorable snow and weather conditions in most parts of the country during much of the season provided a strong counterbalance to the challenging economic conditions. Based on resort comments, the impact of the economy varied somewhat depending on resort location and resort type. Many day-ski areas in close proximity to major metropolitan markets benefitted as many guests chose to ski and ride at locations closer to home. Meanwhile destination resorts often reported fewer overnight visits and shorter stays. Many resorts commented that snow and weather conditions had a more powerful impact on their visitation than the economy. Overall average snowfall was down just 10 percent. The Southeast realized a 31.2 percent increase in average snowfall; the Midwest was up 1.1 percent; the Northeast was down just 10 percent; the Pacific West was down 10.2 percent; and the Rocky Mountain region was down 14.2 percent. A final report will be issued in July. For more information visit nsaa.org. THE NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION, LOCATED IN LAKEWOOD, COLO., IS A TRADE ASSOCIATION FORMED IN 1962 FOR SKI AREA OWNERS AND OPERATORS NATIONWIDE.
“Regarding the start of work of caterers in these specific conditions, we have suggested to the State Inspectorate that their actions be primarily educational and preventive, with the aim of pointing out omissions, if they are minor mistakes that can be corrected., said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber Joze Tomaš and invited caterers to contact directly to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce ŽK Split if they have difficulties in organizing work in accordance with the decisions and instructions, in order to cooperate with the competent institutions in a constructive way to resolve misunderstandings and find solutions. Considering the preparations for the resumption of work and the prescribed conditions, but also other topics and problems that caterers have, today the representatives of the hospitality industry gathered in the Professional Group of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber held an online session. Vice President of the Association of Catering Activities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Stipe Jelicic informed about the Proposal of Measures for Hospitality of the National Association of Caterers and the course of negotiations with the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia regarding the proposals of caterers, who are trying to reconcile the requirements of social distance but also more normal business and relaxation in facilities. “While the current conditions for the operation of catering facilities are no longer relaxed, I am of the opinion that the vast majority of caterers will have neither the conditions nor the motives to work”Said the president of the Professional Group of Catering Activities of ŽK Split Ivan Malada. For each of the mentioned topics, concrete proposals and ways of acting were given at the session, and it was agreed that, depending on the issue, the Professional Group would urgently send letters with its proposals to the local self-government, ie the City of Split, the Croatian Employment Service, the State Inspectorate. of the National Association and the HGK itself further towards the ministries and the Government. In addition to the priority topic of the beginning and working conditions of catering facilities from next Monday, the session discussed tax burdens and levies, lease of public areas and business premises owned by the Republic of Croatia and local self-government units, unfair competition, moratorium on credit indebtedness and other issues of importance. for the business of caterers. The third phase of easing the measures, which begins on May 11, will enable the operation of catering facilities and only on outdoor areas and terraces, while respecting special epidemiological measures.
Aon, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Gabler, Hymans Robertson, LPP, PKH, Schroders, StapiStapi – Ingi Björnsson, chief executive of Icelandic pension fund Stapi, has requested to leave the fund. He will continue working at Stapi until a new chief executive has been appointed, or until an agreement has been made with the pension fund’s board. Stapi said it had begun the process of finding a replacement for Björnsson. PKH – Johann Despriée has been appointed as chief risk officer/chief compliance officer at PKH, the Norwegian pension fund for health enterprises in the Oslo metropolitan area. He comes to the pension fund from Lillevold & Partners where he was a partner and chief executive, and was also PKH’s actuary. Despriée has also worked as actuary for the Norsk Hydro pension fund.Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) – The £12.5bn (€14.5bn) pension services provider has appointed Alan Schofield to its board as a non-executive director, representing Lancashire County Council. Schofield is deputy chair of the council’s pension fund committee, and was closely involved in the work that led to the establishment of the LPP in April 2016. He is one of two shareholder non-executive directors on the LPP board and will serve as a member of the remuneration and nomination committee. Lancashire County Pension Fund was one of LPP’s two local government pension scheme founders. Gabler – Olav Rune Øverland, chief executive of Norwegian consultancy Gabler, has decided to leave the firm after working there for 17 years. Gabler’s CFO Aksel Bjerkvik has been appointed by the board as chief executive until a permanent replacement for Øverland is in place. The departing chief executive said he had reached a point where he wanted to hand over responsibility to a new leader and reflect on his own future. Chairman of Gabler, Johan Solbu Braaten, said Øverlund had generated both results for the firm and shareholder value. Dimensional Fund Advisors – Gerard O’Reilly will become co-chief executive officer alongside Dave Butler as of the last week of September. Eduardo Repetto, who has been serving as co-CEO and co-chief investment officer, will be leaving the Texas-based investment manager that month. He will have been at Dimensional for 17 years. O’Reilly is currently co-CIO and has been with Dimensional since 2004. He will continue as CIO and join the parent company’s board of directors. Aon – Lucy Barron has joined the company’s investment consulting team as a partner, coming from AXA IM, where she was head of solutions management. In that role she led the team responsible for working with clients to structure, implement and manage liability driven investment (LDI) solutions. Before this, Barron held client-facing LDI roles with Legal & General and Insight Investment.Schroders – The asset manager has appointed Stephen Bowles to the newly created position of head of delegated sales, for defined contribution and defined benefit schemes. He will have responsibility for the distribution of the firm’s growing fiduciary management services. In connection with Bowles’ appointment, Tim Horne has been promoted to head of UK defined contribution. Horne joined Schroders in 2011 from what was then Towers Watson. Hymans Robertson – The actuarial and advisory consultancy has appointed Richard Purcell to the role of technical and innovation lead within its life and financial services practice. In this role, he will be driving product innovation services for life insurers. He joins from Vitality, and previously held risk and valuation roles at Pensions Corporation and Willis Towers Watson. Purcell is also editor of The Actuary, the magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries.
What’s a Ghana Premier League season without guff and quotable quotes?Unthinkable.This past season, which finised on Sunday, did not start without controversy.A court action by King Faisal forced the late commencement of the league by almost five months.The legal drama was not enough as the season had to go through its fair share of rather interesting highlights. Find out how eroticism affects football in this country in this Joy Sports wrap on the most memorable quotes from this season.– Players are rarely blamed for the poor performance of teams and this is not unique to Ghana. Coaches are usually the first victims in a club’s quest for positive results after a string of disappointing runs. Just two months into the new season, a hero had become a villain. After leading Kotoko to two back-to-back league titles and an FA cup trophy, this was the message to Mas-ud Didi Dramani from the club.“We have parted company with Didi by mutual consent. It is a tough decision but the two parties believe it’s best for us. We wish coach Dramani well in future endeavours” – Kwaku Ahenkorah, Kotoko Communications Manager (March 2015)–The situation was not different at Didi’s former employer, Hearts of Oak. Kotoko’s arch-rivals were going through their own crisis on the field and in the club’s board room. For the first time this century, Hearts lost to visiting Hasaacas in Accra leaving the club in the twelfth position. This angered a lot of fans who reached out to the media to express their dissatisfaction. According to some fans, Addo was rather focused on winning big in the lottery than on the field. Herbert was sacked just seven days after that. “We always see Herbert Addo holding a pen and looking through papers but as opposed to our initial thought that he was seeking new formations and tactics to avert the team’s poor form, he was rather working lotto plans.” – Anonymous fan (July 2015)–Speaking of the media and coaches, who can forget Coach Bashir Hayford’s attack on sports journalists? The media provides a platform for diverging ideas to be heard and, sometimes, these opinions might not be in good taste for some people. That is somewhat natural and pretty much understandable. However for Bash, the media bashing was enough (pun intended). He was tired of playing nice to journalists who criticised him – with one even calling for his outright sacking.“Majority of the sports journalists in the country don’t respect at all. Some of us were given good training at home…so for me when you do that, I will catch in a corner and beat you.” – Bashir Hayford, AshGold coach (June 2015) –Bashir Hayford has since then led his players to successfully “fight” for Ashanti Gold’s first league title in 19 years.Anyway, AshantiGold won the league on the second to last match day with 52 points. This season’s league has been strong, competitive and interesting. So competitive that it was still unclear the teams who would be make up the relegation party until the end of the last match day.Hang on. Did we just say competitive? The agent of Black Stars boss Avram Grant does not think so. Saif Rubie’s interview with the BBC began with questions about why Grant had not been seen in Ghana for over two months.Of course, Grant was not holidaying, he was out there in Europe scouting for the next Black Star. But shouldn’t Grant be scouting for that star right here in Ghana as well? According to Rubie, there was no need since the league did not churn out quality players anyway. This caused a huge uproar in the local media, who don’t really like the guy anyway. All this forced the Ghana Football Association to issue a strong worded statement that sent Saif Rubie hiding in the hole he came from much to the delight of Ghana’s antagonistic media. This really is a classic case of “the enemy’s enemy shall be my friend” since the media and the GFA are not necessarily the best of buddies. “Mr Rubie is far remote from the issues at hand and we would appreciate it if he steers clear from issues he doesn’t understand or has knowledge of…Now that Mr Grant is an employee of the GFA, we will deal directly with him if there any issues. We believe we can amicably solve any differences if they arise.” – GFA (August 2015)– Moral of the story?Dear Avram Grant, don’t stay too long on your scouting escapades. One feeling Grant however knows very well is being second; not good enough to be first. In 2008, he led Chelsea to second place at the Champions League final, losing on penalties. He lost the AFCON final in similar fashion to the Ivory Coast earlier this year.Asante Kotoko’s coach David Duncan can relate, too. He has not won a ‘major’ trophy in his coaching career.To David Duncan, the SWAG Cup and other invitationals are major and his inability to win the league title nor FA Cup despite coming very close does not interrupt his slumber. But you and I know that those titles don’t really count. He was unable to lead Kotoko to the title defence of the league and then the FA Cup where he lost 2-1 in the final to Medeama. For Duncan, the drought does not really bother him.“I lose no sleep when people talk about the facts that I haven’t won the league. If you go back into your archives or annals and find the types of cups I have won, [they are] the type of cups that no quarter is asked for and no quarter is given.” – David Duncan, Kotoko coach (July 2015) Perhaps, the reason why Duncan has not been able to win anything with Kotoko this season is because his players’ attentions are somewhere else. According to the GFA’s Status Committee member, Kofi Manu, these players are interested in the erotic. How apt it was, that this information was disclosed by a man whose nickname is “Blue Blue.””These players do not sleep. I tell you all the time, they don’t sleep…The fact that they are in bed does not mean they sleep…They spend their nights making calls, browsing the web and watching porno!” – Kofi Manu; GFA Status Committee member (April 2015)–Results in football in many parts of the world almost always have a third party perceived to be involved in and it is very rare that this third hand is not the referee.The poster boy of complaints about referees worldwide is Mourinho and it appears in Ghana, we have found ours in a certain Yakubu. The President of New Edubiase; Abdul Salam Yakubu launched a scathing ethnic attack on a particular group of referees claiming there was a conspiracy against his club.”All my team’s matches have been officiated by Accra and Ewe refs… Everyone is against us… [I do] not need referees from the Volta and Greater Accra regions for the rest of my games.” – Abdul Salam Yakubu, Edubiase President (August 2015)–There was late drama 12 days to the end of the season. How would the country’s football be like without the antics of Hearts and Kotoko? It is almost unimaginable. After Kotoko had managed to revive their hopes of staying in the league, they were hit with the ultimate quote of the season. Before September 1st, they had won four out of their last five, drawn once and were in third place. By dusk on September 1, they had dropped to 15th after the Phobians had filed a protest against them for using Obed Owusu; claiming Owusu was unqualified to have played the game they [Hearts] had lost 2-1 when the two sides met in Accra. The Disciplinary Committee upheld the claim much to the disdain of Kotoko. The decision very much changed how the league will eventually end with Hearts who were headed for relegation given a lifeline.“Accordingly, Hearts of Oak is awarded three points and three goals in respect of its match played against Kumasi Asante Kotoko. Three points and three goals are also deducted from the total accumulated points of Kotoko. A fine of GHC 5,000 is to be paid by Kumasi Asante Kotoko, half of which is to go to Hearts of Oak.” – Ghana Football Association. (September 2015)–So the season has ended, we will take stock of how events turned out; the positives and the negatives. Of course it is not a perfect league [perhaps Saif Rubie’s point] with one of its problems being the lack of attendance.Globalization has made it possible for many to watch – and follow religiously – football from other parts of the world especially in Europe.One plan proposed by the GFA’s spokesperson, Sannie Darra is a ban on foreign football shown on local television. People who watch foreign football do not watch it on free-to-air media any way so that certainly is a no brainer.But Daara’s boss has a much better plan.From next season, grumpy old men with a nostalgia for the past will not be the only people at our stadiums. The GFA President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, believes that renting sexy girls to our stadiums is the cure to getting more men to the stadium.“I have said this thing over and over again. We must let sexy ladies enter our stadia and the men will readily follow them into the stadium to watch games. Most of these men [will] hear that beautiful girls are coming to the stadium today, [and] jump and follow them to the stadium.” – Kwesi Nyantakyi (September 2015)–What about women? Shouldn’t we also get handsome men to incentivise them to go to the stadium? The point is to get people to go to the stadiums to watch football but if they are going for other reasons, wouldn’t that be a deviation to solving the problem?No matter.The winners of this year’s competition, Ashanti Gold have an twelfth man on the field whenever they play in the club’s CEO, Kudjoe Fianoo. The 62-year old has been at helm of administrative affairs for AshGold for a decade and has safely delivered the much sought after title to the club after 19 years of searching.The ‘Champion Chairman’, as he has now been christened by the club’s fans, believes the time has come for him to bow out. He is leaving AshGold modestly when the applause is loudest and it would take a lot to convince him to reconsider his decision to resign. “Ten solid years. What I needed to do; I feel like I have done it. I want to leave Ashanti Gold on a high and I have delivered the league title. If I had not won the title, I would not have left.” – Kudjoe Fianoo, Chairman of AshGold (September 2015)These quotes put into perspective the major happenings of the season from the kickoff until the end. You’ll be sure there’ll be more sensational stuff next season.See you then!–Get more league reviews* OTI ADJEI: An expert’s alternative FCPPL season review* Joy Sports FCPPL Season Review: Stats and numbers round-up * 7 things we learned from #SurvivalSunday* 60 photos that tell the FCPPL 2014/15 season story* Joy Sports Season Review: Top 10 flops* Survival Sunday: Olympics, Lions relegated as Kotoko ensure safety–Follow Kwasi on Twitter @KG_Asiedu and Gary @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Twitter and Facebook with our hashtag: #JoySports