Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa became a member of the Moët & Chandon Privilege Club

first_imgOnly a few locations in the world have succeeded in becoming a member of the Moët & Chandon Privilege Club, which further speaks of the strict selection process and top quality standards that the Ikador Hotel and its Nobilion restaurant have managed to meet. The philosophy of the Moët & Chandon Privilege Club originated deep beneath the streets of French Épernay, among the famous 28-kilometer-long Cretaceous cellars. It is a place where generations of main cellarers (chef de Cave) strictly keep the keys to private galleries where the rarest and most prized collections of Grand Vintage champagnes rest. From rare, never-before-announced vintages, to magnums and jeroboams, this exclusive selection is available only to a handful of the world’s most famous restaurants, and now, for the first time, to the Croatian public.  The collaboration with the Moët Hennessy group and one of the most famous champagne houses Moët & Chandon, is a natural continuation of Icador’s concept by which he creates unique experiences for his guests and visitors. Icador’s Nobilion restaurant can thus boast a selection of very rare specimens from the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage collection, thus opening the door to a whole new level of gastro-oenological experience. In addition to Moët & Chandon, visitors to Nobilion can also enjoy other rarities of this famous group, such as those from the champagne houses Dom Perignon and Krug, as well as exclusive specimens of Hennessy cognac. Ikador has 16 accommodation units (9 double rooms, 7 suites) and is categorized with 5 *. center_img Photo: Icador The most luxurious boutique hotel on the Adriatic, Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa from Lovran has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with the French champagne house Moët & Chandon. Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa opened its doors in the spring of 2019, and even then it could boast of membership in the renowned hotel association Leading Hotels of the World, but also a number of carefully selected, world-famous partners who successfully promote not only the Opatija Riviera, but also the whole of Croatia as a destination of luxury and supreme hedonism.last_img read more

APG calls on governments to support green bond market

first_imgIn addition to APG, new signatories include BlackRock and Legal & General Investment Management, Europe’s two largest institutional managers, according to IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers 2015.Several of the signatories – including AP4, APG and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System – recently participated in a $1bn green bond issuance by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, Germany’s state-owned development bank.As of the end of 2014, APG’s green bond portfolio accounted for 0.5% of its corporate bond holdings, or €356m, comprising bonds issued by the European Investment Bank and GDF Suez, among others.Sean Kidney, chief executive of the Climate Bonds Initiative, said there was “enormous opportunity” to deploy green bond financing and cited financing needs arising from individual countries’ pledges to reduce carbon emissions.The organisation also launched a guide in conjunction with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), detailing how the public sector could grow the green bond market.The guide, ‘Scaling up green bond markets for sustainable development’, urged governments to develop green project pipelines to allow investors to better plan for issuances, and for participation in the Green Infrastructure Investment Coalition – an association launched this year that aims to bring together investors, governments and development banks to discuss projects.Nick Robins, co-director of the UNEP Inquiry, added that the opportunities presented by green bonds had caught the attention of policymakers.“At COP21, many discussions have centred around climate finance and the level of investment needed to bring about low carbon outcomes,” he added.“Green bond market development is seen as a real option. This report can only assist governments, policymakers and ultimately institutional investors in developing sustainable climate finance outcomes.”According to the Climate Bonds Initiative, green bond issuances so far this year have exceeded $41bn.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ‘Scaling up green bond markets for sustainable development’ guideLink to Paris Green Bond Statement APG has called on governments to encourage the growth of the green bond market, arguing that a clear regulatory framework would allow it to meet its obligations to beneficiaries.The €402bn Dutch pension manager joined 26 other investors worth a total of $11.2trn (€12.1trn) in signing the Paris Green Bonds Statement, which calls for a “large and robust market that makes a real contribution to climate change”.Coordinated by the Climate Bonds Initiative, the statement is identical to one backed by Sweden’s AP funds published last year.Released as the UN climate change conference in Paris (COP21) nears its end, the statement has attracted the support of 10 new institutions, resulting in a $9trn growth in signatory assets.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant gets treatment, remains questionable with shoulder injury

first_img“(Gary) hasn’t given me any concern that this is how it’s going to be the rest of the season,” Scott said. “I think this is one of those things that the wear and tear of playing for 20 years and the surgeries have taken a little bit of a toll on him.”Brown to D-LeagueOn Friday, Anthony Brown made his second start in place of Bryant and recorded five points and five rebounds against Philadelphia.On Saturday following practice, he was assigned back to the D-League with Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly.It has been that kind of season for Brown, but the rookie from Stanford is starting to find his groove and maximize his time on the court, no matter how limited. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Every game for me, I feel like I’m getting more comfortable,” Brown said Saturday, “First time I was out there against (Oklahoma City), the game was moving so fast for me, and now it’s starting to slow down a bit game by game.”Besides his two starts, Brown has only played more than 20 minutes just once this season. He’s seen action in nine game with the Lakers while playing seven with the D-Fenders, including Saturday’s contest with the Bakersfield Jam.Even in limited action, Brown’s play has earned him a supporter in Scott, who not only praised Brown for his decision-making but for his defense. Scott envisioned Brown moving into a full-time backup role playing 15-20 minutes a game, though it has yet to be determined when.“He just needs more time and he’ll get that,” Scott said, “His experience with just being in school for four years I think absolutely helps him out.”Until then, Brown, who was a standout player at Ocean View High School, is learning how to adjust and thrive when he can.“I’m just trying to make an impact any way I can. Shooting, defense, rebounding,” Brown said, “I just have to be ready for my shot knowing that I’m not going to get a ton of shots.”center_img Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that Kobe Bryant will be questionable to play Sunday against Phoenix with a shoulder injury that kept him out of Friday’s win against Philadelphia.Bryant came in for treatment Saturday and did not practice with the team. Scott said Bryant told him his shoulder had improved, but the team will make a decision Sunday on if he can play.“From yesterday to today he said it felt a lot better,” Scott said, “What that means, I don’t know yet.”Scott added that he did not get any indication from Lakers head athletic trainer Gary Vitti that this is a long-term issue, but rather another sign of the game taking its toll on Bryant, who has missed five games this season.last_img read more