Istra Inspirit is among the finalists of a prestigious international competition

first_imgIstra Inspirit has once again entered the company of finalists of a prestigious international competition ‘Sustainable Cultural Tourism Destination 2018’ organized by ECTN – ‘European Cultural Tourism Network ‘ whose goal is the development and promotion of cultural tourism at the European level, and consists of representatives of countries, institutions, research bodies and non-governmental organizations (29 members in 19 countries). This competition is held in European Year of Cultural Heritage  – #EuropeForCulture, and all the more significant is the fact that Istra Inspirit entered the final selection of ECTN members who applied for the competition in the category ‘Contributions by Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs)’. The main prize will be awarded at the 11th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF CULTURAL TOURISM IN EUROPE entitled ‘Cultural heritage as an asset for responsible and sustainable tourism’ (‘The importance of cultural heritage for responsible and sustainable tourism’) which will take place from October 25-27 in Cyprus.This recognition is another proof and confirmation of the long-term successful work of Istra Inspirit, a project of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County implemented within the Istrian Development Tourist Agency, which has so far been recognized as a significant product of cultural tourism and awarded prestigious prizes (6) for the most creative tourist program:  CBTour – award for the best creative program of Croatian business tourism, MRAK (Network for development and creativity) – award for the best creative and innovative tourist product, ‘Simply the best’, ‘Golden goat 2012 / Capra d’oro 2012’, ‘Golden Zoom Awards’ – the best marketing campaign of a tourist destination awarded as part of the Travel Zoom conference in Bled, Slovenia, ‘Creative Tourism Award’ –  award for the most creative experience in 2014 given to Istra Inspirit  awarded by the international organization Creative Tourism Network from Barcelona, ​​2015.Also, for the end, it should be added that the UNWTO included Istra Inspirit  among the 28 best tourist stories in the world, and which are included in the prestigious and recognized book Tourism Stories published by the World Tourism Organization, which is certainly another confirmation of the excellent concept.RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Pie king Frank Goldstein has swapped his beachfront pad for sky-high living

first_img73 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.It has now sold and settled through Luke Henderson of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach.“The home has officially settled for the new owners,” Mr Henderson said.“The price it sold for is quite reflective of the area.“There are not many beachfront opportunities especially on Hedges Ave which is one of the most tightly held beachfront areas of the Gold Coast.”The house has ocean views and is on the north eastern corner of Gold Coast Millionaire’s Row, Hedges Ave and Seaside Ave.The three-storey home has six bedrooms plus a theatre room. On the ground floor is a kitchenette, living areas and two of the six bedrooms.The home was built in 1992 and overlooks a patrolled beach.The sale of the beachfront mansion settled on the same day as Mr and Mrs Goldstein’s purchase of a $1.7 million apartment in the Eddie Kornhauser-built Hedges 252 apartment building.The apartment is less than 1km from their former home. 73 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.The Goldstein’s are swapping their six-bedroom seaside mansion at 73 Hedges Ave for a luxurious three-bedroom apartment down the road. The couple originally bought the 405sq m Hedges Ave, block which came with an old cottage on it for $670,000 in the late eighties.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago Frank Goldstein in front of his Hedges Ave home. Picture: Regi VarghesePIE-KING Frank Goldstein and his wife Regina have sold their beachfront mansion on Hedges Avenue for $4.755 million. Mr Goldstein is the man behind well known family-run Gold Coast bakery, Goldsteins, which was established in 1944.He is a second generation baker and pastrycook who has been instrumental in the growth of the business.last_img read more

FRC plans overhaul of UK corporate governance code

first_imgThe UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has unveiled plans for a shake-up of the country’s corporate governance code.In a statement, the FRC said it will “take take account of work done by the FRC on corporate culture and succession planning” as well as the issues raised in the government’s green paper on corporate governance and an inquiry carried out by the business, energy, and industrial strategy (BEIS) select committee.Speaking at the launch of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators’ The Future of Governance initiative, Sir Win Bischoff, FRC chairman said: “The prime minister has a vision of an economy that, in her words, ‘works for everyone’. This needs UK businesses to thrive so that all stakeholders including workers, customers, suppliers and society itself benefit through jobs growth and prosperity.“With all this in mind, we will conduct a review of the current UK corporate governance code. This will consider the appropriate balance between the code’s principles and provisions.” He said that the review would not “throw out the baby with the bathwater” and would instead build on the “current strengths of UK governance” such as the unitary board, strong shareholder rights, the role of stewardship, and the FRC’s ‘comply or explain’ approach.The FRC plans to launch a consultation on its proposals later this year following the conclusion of the BEIS review of UK corporate governance.The consultation on the BEIS green paper closed on 17 February.The green paper seeks comments on executive pay, strengthening the employee and customer voice, and corporate governance in large private businesses. Sarah Wilson, chief executive of Manifest Proxy, a provider of shareholder voting services, said she welcomed the FRC’s review in the light of corporate governance failings at the likes of Sports Direct and Royal Bank of Scotland.“The prime minister and parliament have collectively expressed concerns about the lack of trust in business and investment,” she said. “That is deeply worrying, irrespective of your political point of view.“Governance and stewardship have always been issues which go beyond the foundations of good accounting. The opportunity to involve a wider stakeholder base will be welcomed by many.“Clearly the timing of the green paper, the FCA review [of banking culture], and now the FRC review shows that there remain deep concerns about the finance industry almost 10 years on from the Financial Crisis.Ms Wilson added that she also expected the upcoming Brexit negotiations to impact upon the review.“The extent to which UK company law, listing rules governance, and stewardship standards will take on a more UK-centric approach and how the FRC will work with overseas bodies remains to be seen, but clearly this is a priority for many.”In its response to the BEIS green paper, the Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association – the UK’s pension fund trade body – called for new measures on executive pay. These included requiring a “super majority” of shareholders to back an executive pay policy, and for disclosure of the pay ratios between CEOs and UK employees throughout companies. ”This provides a useful insight into the culture and business model of a company,” the association said.last_img read more

Fourth sales campaign for Gold Coast luxury mega mansion

first_imgThe price guide of this luxury mansion is going up and down like a yoyo.A fourth agent is set to try their hand at securing a buyer for a Coast mega mansion which sets a benchmark in luxury living.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAn epic waterfront family home01:47And with a new agent comes a new price tag at an eye-watering figure.A fourth agent is attempting to secure a buyer for 38 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands.It’s a piece of waterfront luxury.The Sovereign Islands property has been on the market since December 2016 when it was listed with a $7.8 million price guide, according to CoreLogic data.That price was then reduced to $7.25 million.Another drop to $5.98 million happened earlier this year, however price expectations were still around $6.5 million.In a renewed push to sell the luxury listing Kollosche Broadbeach director Michael Kollosche has taken over the campaign with a $6.375 million price tag.MORE NEWS: Multimillion-dollar mansion sells amid ‘unusual’ sales surgeMORE NEWS: Where first-home buyers have the upper handThe five-bedroom house now has a $6.375 million price tag.It was designed by Bayden Goddard.Mr Kollosche said after just one week on the market with his agency there had been plenty of local inquiries, with Melbourne and Sydney buyers also likely to show interest down the track.“The feedback I have had from most of the buyers that have inquired is it’s a little bit different to the standard Sovereign Islands home,” he said.“It has a nice modern feel, a timeless design, is really well finished with a good use of space.“It’s a beautiful home that presents really well.”Plenty of room to store your favourite wine.Entertaining is easy with this outdoor kitchen and Japanese Teppanyaki bar.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion has a seemingly endless list of opulent inclusions from imported marble, a 1200-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar and a waterfront alfresco area with a Japanese Teppanyaki bar and outdoor kitchen completed with three fridges and an ice machine.A saltwater pool, sunken firepit with built-in seating and a recreation room offering a wet bar and feature wall made from reclaimed Melbourne brickworks remnants adds to the resort-style inclusions.The home’s recreation room.Cocktail anyone?The main bedroom is suited to a five-star hotel with polished parquetry floors, water views, a kitchenette with a bar fridge and zip tap, concealed TV, marble ensuite, steam room and a dressing room.Owners Ben and Nicole Westaway bought the home in 2007 and breathed new life into it with an extensive renovation three years ago.“We completely rebuilt it,” Mr Westaway told the Bulletin in February.“I wanted to redesign the property to maximise the aspect.”What a view to wake up to each morning.The lavish main bedroom’s ensuite.Renowned Gold Coast architect and friend Bayden Goddard redesigned the house from its bare bones and interior designer Romaine Alwill styled it.“The roof and one wall were basically the basis of what hung around,” Mr Westaway said.“We just took a lot of time with the detail.”“I think the black and white themes and soft natural stone rather than the usual beige have really popped.”Mr Goddard said he aimed to maximise the location and lifestyle, while making a house suitable to a range of buyers.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more

TenneT Picks RPS Energy for UXO Consultancy Services

first_imgThe Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030 sets out plans for the development of additional 7GW of offshore wind capacity in the Dutch North Sea between 2024 and 2030. The tender covers six offshore wind zones, the 700MW Hollandse Kust Noord, the 700MW Hollandse Kust (west) Alpha, the 700MW Hollandse Kust (west) Beta, the 700MW Ten noorden van de Waddeneilanden, the 2GW IJmuiden Ver Alpha, and the 2GW IJmuiden Ver Beta. As the designated offshore grid operator for the future wind farms, TenneT is responsible for the engineering, procurement, installation, construction, and operation of the connections between the offshore wind farms, through converter platforms, to the onshore network. TenneT has awarded RPS Energy Ltd with a contract to provide unexploded ordnance (UXO) consultancy services covering zones in the Dutch North Sea identified in the Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030. The tenders for the new wind farm zones will be opened from 2021 onward, starting with the Holland Kust (west) zones.last_img read more

Premier League newcomers Leeds eyeing QPR whizkid Eze

first_img Loading… English Premier League newcomers, Leeds United are in a desperate bid to sign Eberechi Eze from the Queen Park Rangers. The newly-promoted team celebrated their Championship title in midweek, securing a place in the Premier League. Now coach Marcelo Bielsa will set his sights on making the necessary transfer moves to compete in the top flight. According to The Sun of UK, Eze is the man Bielsa wants to add creativity to the team.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeThailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth12 Countries Whose Technological Progress AmazesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img Read also:QPR Supporters Club gesture excites Eberechi Eze The England under-21 star is an attacking midfielder who is wanted by the likes of Tottenham, West Ham United and Crystal Palace. But Leeds are willing to bid higher to secure the player, who had 13 goals and eight assists this term. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Candidates registered for Primary election in Franklin County

first_imgBROOKVILLE TOWN OFFICESClerk-TreasurerKolb, Derrike (R)Gillman, Gina (D) Judge of the Circuit Court Div 2Kellerman, Clay M (R) Ward 1Leffingwell, Brooke (R)Marmouze, Gary “Gig” (D) Brookville, IN– The following is a list provided by the Franklin County clerks office of all candidates registered for the 2020 Primary Election Candidates for Franklin County offices as of January 31.  Precinct Committeemen (Republican Party – elected at Primary)Baxter, Brian                         Brookville 5Beneker, Jolene M               Brookville 3Campbell, Brian G               Brookville 4Combs, Patricia R.               LaurelFritz, Dennis                         Highland 1Hall, Cindy K                        Brookville 1Koch, Joann                          Brookville 2Kohlsdorf, Michael E.         Highland 2Linkel, Jake                           ButlerRoberts, Ervin                      SpringfieldSizemore, Joseph M           MetamoraStokes, Gary M                    Whitewater 2Tekulve, Todd J                   Ray 1 County Commissioner Dist. 3 (Districts includes Blooming Grove, Laurel, Posey, Salt Creek 1 & 2, Ray 1 & 2, Oldenburg and Batesville)Wilson, Thomas E (R) TreasurerBeneker, Jolene M (R) Ward 3Campbell, Chuck (R)Flaspohler, Darrel (D) RecorderMaxie, Hollie R (R)Murray, Stephanie (R) State Convention DelegateBailey, LaVedaBeckman, Kimberly THale, William PJohnson, David RLoos-Johnson, Stacey LPersson, Christina AStuart-Hale, Gretchen BVohland, Thomas W County Council At Large (3 members)Bischoff, Glen R (R)Lanning, Carroll (R)McQueen, Dean (R)Oglesby, Rebecca (R)Shorter, Kirk P (R) SurveyorSeig, Robert G (R)Bailey, Glenn (D) Ward 5Ward, Curtis (R)last_img read more

Ellsworth, Bucksport, GSA compete in season’s 1st outdoor track meet

first_imgELLSWORTH — Athletes from Ellsworth, Bucksport and George Stevens Academy competed in the first meet of the outdoor track season Wednesday at Husson University’s Cameron Stadium.On the boys’ side, Ellsworth enjoyed a successful day with Mark Berry and Mike Kazmierczak finishing a respective first and second in the 400-meter dash and Nick Cormier winning the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 54.20 seconds. The quartet of Jack Sandone, Bailey Bishoff, Henry Scheff and Javon Williams took second in the 4-by-100 relay.For Bucksport, Carter Tolmasoff ran the 100-meter dash in 11.29 seconds to beat out Bangor’s Landyn Francis by one-hundredth of a second. Tolmasoff joined Nate Sawyer, Jade Smith and Logan Stanley to give the Golden Bucks a relay win in the 4-by-100.GSA’s Meredith Bradshaw Thomas, Jeremiah Scheff, Eric Mote and Clark Morrison took second in the 4-by-800 relay with a time of 9:27.52.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHancock County competitors had big days on the girls’ side as well with four local athletes claiming event wins. Oshi Ragot (800-meter run) and LeeAnn Varnum (shot put) won events for GSA, and Autumn Paul of Ellsworth (discus throw) and Addie Morrison of Bucksport (200-meter dash) added first-place finishes. GSA also won the 4-by-100 relay.Ellsworth brought home fourth place on the boys’ side with 68 points, and GSA (40 points) and Bucksport (33 points) followed in fifth and sixth, respectively). The Ellsworth girls earned 79 points to place third with GSA (69) claiming fourth and Bucksport (61) coming in fifth. Bangor won both team events.last_img read more

Australia hail Smith as Bradman incarnate

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – The Steve Smith double-century at Old Trafford that continued his brilliant Ashes campaign has generated wonder Down Under, with Australia media branding him a modern-day Don Bradman yesterday.The Depression-era Bradman’s batting average of 99.94 invites no comparison but Smith’s feats in England mark him out as the next most effective tormenter of the nation’s bowlers.Back at the crease after missing the third Test through concussion, his 211 propelled him to 589 runs for the series at an average of 147.25, leaving England’s Headingley saviour Ben Stokes (327 at 81.75) well behind in second place.Smith’s three double-centuries against England is second only to Bradman’s record five, while his 11th Ashes ton moved him past Steve Waugh’s 10 into outright third overall.Only Bradman (19) and England’s Jack Hobbs (12) have more Ashes hundreds.“Books detail Bradman’s greatness, sepia toned newsreels of his deeds fill a museum that bears his name,” Russell Gould wrote glowingly in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.“There was even a song written about him.“‘Our Steve Smith’ is more likely to be a trending hashtag.“But however it’s captured this era, this display of sheer cricketing dominance will live well beyond this time, and this team.”Smith has now five centuries from his last six Tests against England and averages 65.37 in the Ashes, also second only to Bradman among Australian cricketers.His day-two exploits pushed Australia to a mammoth 497 for eight declared, with England 23 for one at the close of day two on Thursday, and under huge pressure to keep the series alive.Bradman’s lofty record of 5 028 Ashes runs has remained the benchmark for 70 years and 30-year-old Smith (2 615) may struggle to mow it down, even if his formidable gifts and hunger remain undimmed for years.But the former captain is well on the way to being regarded as one of the all-time greats, according to former Australia players.“He could be anything. We might be seeing history in the making here,” former Test batsman Mike Hussey said on ESPNcricinfo.“We think no-one can beat Bradman. I don’t think he’s going to even beat Bradman. But he maybe is pushing the bar higher and higher.”Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting described Smith as a “genius” and seemingly impervious to any bowler’s plans.“To think how good Bradman must have been – to be a third again better than what Steve Smith’s doing at the moment – is ridiculous,” Ponting told Cricket Australia’s website (cricket.com.au).“(Smith’s) got four, five, six years of good cricket ahead of him, which if you add it up, that’s probably another 80, 90 Test matches.“Then he’s played 150 games and could have all sorts of numbers and records by then and let’s hope he does, because the way he’s going about it now, the way he’s playing, he deserves to get the rewards from that.”last_img read more

Students, faculty glad it’s Nikias

first_imgWith the announcement that Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias will serve as USC’s next president, students and faculty members say they have high hopes for the continued growth of the university.Student leaders said they hope Nikias will be visible and accessible throughout his tenure as president.“If he came out showing a huge interest in listening to the student voice and listening and helping the students accomplish what they want to accomplish to make USC a better place for all of us, we couldn’t ask for more than that,” said Chris Cheng, the Undergraduate Student Government president-elect. “We’d love to see him proactively engage with the students.”Both Cheng and Johannes Schmitt, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, said they hope to hold regular meetings with Nikias to advocate student concerns.“Something I know the students would appreciate is having their input given to him because he does make tremendous decisions for the university,” Cheng said.Schmitt said Nikias has a tough task in succeeding Sample, but he does see several areas he hopes will be improved during Nikias’ presidency.“The challenge for the next president is … to make the Trojan experience not only for undergraduate students but for graduate students as well,” Schmitt said. “Many of the things that are there for undergrads do not exist, at least to the same extent, for graduate students.”Schmitt said increasing graduate-student housing to guarantee university housing for all first-year graduate students and offering competitive scholarships are ways to better include USC graduate students.Amy Shah, incoming president of the University Residential Student Community, said housing is a primary concern among undergraduates as well.“One of the ways to make USC stronger and have more people connected to it is by making it more residential and … making this really a home than a place where you are five days a week,” she said.Undergraduate students also see the potential for improvement in academics, specifically the quality of professors, classroom dynamics and educational opportunities.“A lot of emphasis needs to be put on showing students the opportunities available to them through their classes,” said Eric Ronan, the Interfraternity Council president.Students have many concerns they hope Nikias will address as president, ranging from expanding the Lyon Center to making transportation more environmentally friendly. Sabha Salamah, a sophomore majoring in policy, planning and development, said the key is “having an open dialogue with the students to learn their concerns, so he could effectively address them.”Students agreed that appointing Nikias as president will help continue the university’s success, though some noted there could have been benefits to hiring an outside candidate.“The only downside I see is that you can’t bring good change from an outside perspective,” said Velma Coronado, a junior majoring in accounting, who would like to see more diversity in the USC student population.Schmitt noted that many were still upset students were unable to sit on the search committee, but they appreciated that the committee considered their concerns about maintaining continuity.“Because Provost Nikias has been here for so long and is as much a part of USC as anyone else, I think he can continue to build on what President Sample has done and take it in the next direction,” Shah said.Faculty members agree that Nikias’ familiarity with USC will be good for the university.“USC has a very unique culture, and I think it takes some time to understand what it means to be a part of the Trojan Family and I think Max has that now in his blood,” said Warren Bennis, professor of business administration, economics and finance as well as a faculty representative on the presidential search advisory committee. “It’s an enormous advantage.”Bennis noted that he thought because Nikias is familiar with the university and how it runs, he will not be afraid to make changes.“Max is capable of both, on one hand, adhering to and celebrating the symbols of what has led to our success, as well as reinventing in some significant uncharted ways of creating a new [and] a better USC,” said Bennis, who was formerly the president of the University of Cincinnati. “We can’t afford to do the same old thing.”Bennis said that USC faces different challenges than it did 20 years ago, which will require a new perspective, the ability to gauge the future of the job market and the hiring of interdisciplinary professors.Thornton School of Music Dean Robert Cutietta said he hopes Nikias will expand Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative and make that the centerpiece of his presidential philosophy.“The arts are transformational. He can articulate that better than any of us,” Cutietta said. “Somebody like him who understands the arts and the power of the arts — that can be infectious.”Another challenge Nikias will face is fundraising in a difficult economic climate, Bennis said, but faculty members are confident in his abilities.“He has shown tremendous ability to engage people that are not necessarily USC alumni to support the university,” said Yannis Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering.Robert Rasmussen, dean of the USC Gould School of Law, said Nikias’ experience as a professor, dean and provost will help him set a course for the school’s future.“Provost Nikias already understands both why we’re a great university and how we can become an even better university,” Rasmussen said. “His emphasis on transcending boundaries is really going to transform who we are and continue to make us one of the leading universities in the world.”Because Nikias will not need a year or two to become acquainted with the university, many believe he will be able to hit the ground running. The transitional period could have stalled USC’s recent growth, which some said they believed might have weighed heavily in the selection process.“He has a very good sense of what needs to be done here,” said Elizabeth Daley, dean of the School of Cinematic Arts. “Max Nikias is a real visionary leader [and] absolutely the right person, at the right time, to lead this university.”last_img read more