Croatia Airlines: In extraordinary circumstances, the priority is passengers whose trips should start in 72 hours at the latest

first_imgIn accordance with the new situation related to the coronavirus epidemic, Croatia Airlines, as a national airline, is continuously adapting its business activities to the current epidemiological situation in Croatia and abroad and the recommendations of the Croatian and world public health authorities.  Zbog toga je tvrtka, uz dosadašnje telefonske brojeve Kontakt centra 6676 555  i 072 – 500 505,  otvorila i dodatni broj telefona 0800 – 7777 kako bi se svim putnicima u najkraćem mogućem roku izašlo u susret i regulirala sva njihova prava. Osim toga, mobilizirani su i dodatni ljudski potencijali prodajnog osoblja i to na nekoliko lokacija unutar tvrtke, navode iz CA. “Zbog velikog broja telefonskih poziva, a s ciljem što veće operativne učinkovitosti,  kompanija je u aktualnoj situaciji prisiljena prioritet dati putnicima čija putovanja trebaju početi najkasnije za 72 sata. Svi ostali korisnici usluga mole se za razumijevanje i strpljenje, a pritom treba naglasiti da će svaki putnik i svaka zrakoplovna karta biti obrađeni i to u skladu s prilagođenim pravilima, koje je tvrtka donijela zbog epidemije koronavirusa” naglašavaju u priopćenju iz CA te zaključuju kako svi putnici trebaju kontaktirati prodajno osoblje Croatia Airlinesa prije datuma planiranog putovanja. This is a basic precondition for regulating their travel rights, which includes an agreement on travel arrangements in the post-epidemic period.center_img As the CA points out in a new statement, in these extraordinary circumstances, priority is given to passengers, especially those who have already purchased tickets for domestic and international flights. Photo: CAlast_img read more

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ACMC to Build Tidal Blades for Orbital O2 Turbine

first_imgOrbital Marine Power has awarded the composite blades contract for the company’s first commercial O2 tidal turbine to A C Marine & Composites (ACMC) who will carry out the manufacturing at their facilities in Gosport, Hampshire (England).The contract will see ACMC build 10m composite blades for both of the O2’s twin rotors (four blades in total) giving the machine a swept area of over 600 square meters, the largest ever on a tidal turbine.The O2, capable of generating over 2MW from tidal stream resources, will become the world’s most powerful tidal turbine when it enters operation in 2020 as part of a long-term project at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney.Improvements in Orbital’s platform design have allowed for a rotor diameter increase of 4m on the company’s previous, record breaking, 2MW SR2000 turbine, with the O2 capable of producing electricity for over 1,700 UK homes.Andrew Scott, Orbital’s CEO, said: “Gosport’s A C Marine & Composites have an impressive track record in delivering high quality composites solutions to a range of sectors including marine energy. We are delighted that they are supporting the commercialisation of our technology through the O2 project. We believe this contract demonstrates the strong potential for the UK’s advanced materials sector to supply high value components to the emerging, global tidal stream market.”Alex Newton, director, A C Marine & Composites, said: “We are extremely proud to have been awarded this contract by Orbital Marine so becoming part of the wider UK supply chain for the O2 project. Our structured production philosophy and in-house resin infusion technology will no doubt add value to this commercial tidal stream project. This is also a great opportunity for A C Marine & Composites to work on a project that will have a positive impact on the environment, whilst reaffirming the UK’s commitment to renewables.”Orbital’s contract with ACMC follows recent contract awards as part of the overall build programme for the O2; these include the power trains contract to SKF, O2 platform manufacturing contract to TEXO Group in Dundee and an anchors contract to FAUN Trackway in Anglesey.last_img read more

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There is no drugs problem in rugby, insists Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip

first_img Press Association Governing body World Rugby has called on all players in training or match action on Saturday to sport T-shirts sporting the slogan ‘#KeepRugbyClean’. Ireland’s players donned special pink tops in training at Wembley Stadium, ahead of facing Romania in Pool D on Sunday. Former South Africa international Chiliboy Ralepelle is the latest star to be banned for performance-enhancing drugs, the hooker handed a two-year sanction after testing positive for anabolic steroids. “I don’t think there’s a problem in the sport, the procedures in place are pretty good and stringent,” said Heaslip, who will captain Ireland on Sunday. “To give an example, we give an hour a day of our time off to say where and when we can get tested.” Triple European champions Toulon have recently been embroiled in an illegal doping storm, French prosecutors launching investigations alleging banned substances were provided by pharmacists in the south of France. Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal moved quickly to scotch the rumours and allegations, but a black cloud of suspicion has remained ever since. “I’ve been tested numerous times, especially in this last quarter, the last three months,” said Heaslip, outlining World Rugby’s testing programme. “I’ve been tested quite a bit, both after games and at 0630 in the morning. “As much as you don’t like it, it gets done, and it’s part and parcel of the game, and the authorities do a great job keeping the game clean.” center_img Jamie Heaslip insists rugby has no drugs problem, as World Rugby heralds ‘Keep Rugby Clean Day’.last_img read more

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NFF Congress Ratifies Postponement of State FA Elections

first_imgAn extra-ordinary General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation yesterday ratified the decision of the NFF Executive Committee of 26thJanuary 2019 to postpone the elections into the Boards of the Football Associations in the 36 States and the FCT.At an emergency meeting (e-meeting), the NFF Excutive Committee had decided:“That given the various complaints that have been received and ventilated in several fora regarding the ongoing electoral processes geared towards the conduct of elections into the Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT, and against the backdrop of the nationwide elections taking place between February and March 2019, the Executive Committee resolved that the current electoral processes in the States be suspended immediately. “Executive Committee has thus charged the NFF Football Reform Committee, which composition was approved by the NFF Congress at its Annual General Assembly in Asaba, Delta on 24th October 2018, to see the pattern, composition and electoral processes as one of its major assignments in the work of recommending a comprehensive reform of Nigerian Football.”In Lagos yesterday, with all 44 Members of the NFF present alongside the NFF Executive Committee, at the meeting held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, the decision was unanimously ratified after a motion moved to that effect by former NFF 1st Vice President and current Chairman of the Imo State Football Association, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam. The motion was seconded by Mohammed Nasir Saidu, Chairman of the Sokoto State Football Association.The NFF Executive Committee had also asked each of the Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT to hold an extra-ordinary Congress (before the expiration of its tenure) to pick a new date between 26th May and 30th June 2019 as the terminal date for its board and date for its Elective Congress, to be presided over by the current boards of respective State FAs recognized by the NFF.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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#NCSpecial Match Day 7: Home delight for Hearts, Kotoko, Karela and Dwarfs

first_img–By: Citi Sports Match day 7 of the GFA Special Competition saw Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko, Karela and Ebusua Dwarfs recording victories in their respective home matches.Hearts of Oak got a 2-0 win over Inter Allies at the Accra Sports Stadium with second half goals coming from Robert Addo Sowah who scored with a header and Joseph Esso. Esso found the net to seal a counter attack late in the game. Inter Allies goalkeeper Saeed Salifu was sent off in the second half for handling the ball outside the penalty area.Asante Kotoko got the same score against Berekum Chelsea at the Baba Yara Stadium. Emmanuel Gyamfi and Abdul Fatawu Safui scored for the Reds as they got their first win over Berekum Chelsea since December 2017.Emmanuel Osei Baffour was the hero for Karela as they beat Liberty Professionals 1-0 at Ayinase while Dwarfs pipped WAFA by a lone goal. Albert Gaisie got the winning goal for Dwarfs.The Betway Derby between Aduana Stars and Medeama ended 1-1 in Dormaa. Bright Adjei scored for Aduana Stars while Kalibo Deby Toussaint was on target for Medeama.Dreams FC and Elmina Sharks played out a goalless draw in Dawu and the same score reproduced itself in the match between Eleven Wonders and Bechem United.In all, 7 matches were played, 8 goals were scored in 4 home wins and 3 draws.On the Zone A table, Kotoko are in top spot on 13 points from their 7 matches played. Medeama, Aduana Stars and AshGold follow in that order.In Zone B, Karela leads with 13 points with WAFA and Hearts tied on 12 points and Elmina Sharks on 11 points.last_img read more

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Global Investment Bank wins maiden Luv FM Inter-Bank Games

first_imgGlobal Investment Bank go into the records as overall winners of the maiden edition of the Luv FM Inter-Bank and Family Fun Games.The event staged on Saturday, October 22 at the Opoku Ware School Park in Kumasi saw 12 financial institutions slug it out for supremacy in a bouquet of sporting disciplines.Children of the workers had a good time as they engaged in recreation outside home.Global Investment Bank emerged tops in the table tennis and second runners-up in the sack relay for men and women as well as women penalty shoo–out For their prizes, they went home with a 50—inch LED TV donated by Electroland Ghana, in addition to a giant trophy.Starlife Insurance came second while Energy Bank picked the third spot.Esich Insurance beat Zenith Bank 5-4 on penalties to clinch the soccer trophy.Other winners are Dalex Finance who were first in the Men’s Relay, Starlife Insurance for the Women’s Relay and Zenith Bank grabbed the snooker.last_img read more

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‘I’m only 17 – no need to rush my career’ – Conor Gough

first_img9 Dec 2019 ‘I’m only 17 – no need to rush my career’ – Conor Gough Tags: England Boys’ Squad, English Men’s Amateur Championship, Walker Cup Conor Gough has confirmed he wants one more crack at the Walker Cup in 2021 before he even considers trading the amateur ranks for a professional career.The 17-year-old English Men’s Amateur champion has the golfing world at his feet after a year in which he started to realise his outstanding potential as one of England’s, and indeed Europe’s, top talents.Already hailed as one to watch after winning the British Boys’ Championship and McGregor Trophy in 2018, Gough’s stunning victory at Hankley Common in August confirmed his status as one of the rising stars of world amateur golf.That win earned him a slot in the GB&I Walker Cup side which lost to a strong USA team at Royal Liverpool in September.Gough will finish 2019 ranked as Europe’s top male amateur.He is currently rated number three in the world.Yet Gough is remaining grounded and for now puttting all thoughts of a pro career to one side to simply ENJOY his game and focus on schoolwork at St Joseph’s College in Berkshire.Gough will also enjoy hanging out with his mates, spending time with his girlfriend and playing county football.For Gough, the correct balance in life will improve his golf in the long run and it’s hard to argue with such a mature approach from a laid-back young man with wisdom beyond his years.After attending a session with the England boys’ squad at Woodhall Spa, Gough said: “I am 100% sure that I won’t be turning pro before the Walker Cup in 2021 no matter what my results are like next year.“I want to do as much as I can as an amateur. There’s no rush to turn pro. I’m only 17.“I will just keep on playing golf.“No-one will change my mind on what I want to do. No-one can tell me differently.“Right now I don’t need to think about anything other than getting up in the morning to go to school, practice after school and then playing in my competitions.“It doesn’t need to be complicated.“I have to keep it simple and keep on winning.“At the end of the day it’s a game to be enjoyed. I’m only 17 and there’s no point stressing. I just go out and play.“I know for a fact that all golfers miss out on things because they have to be dedicated. But if I have a week between competitions during the season I don’t play.“I just go out and see my mates, see my girlfriend and just make sure I don’t miss out on a social life.“I want golf to be my career, but there are other things in life to consider.“I’d love it to be my job and I do work hard at it. But if you focus everything on golf it will have a negative impact.“It messes up the balance which everyone needs. I definitely play other sports to take my mind off it – you have to.”Gough could have joined fellow 17-year-old Ben Schmidt in the England men’s squad for 2020, but will stay with the boys’ set up to allow him to split time between his ‘A’ levels and golf.For the youngster from Stoke Park, this is a wholly sensible option.“Ben has got a lot more freedom with his education. I’m doing ‘A’ levels for the next two years,” added Gough who is studying sociology, sports science and business.“You have to get through them – if golf doesn’t work out I have to have a Plan B.”When chatting to Gough, there is no hint that he is one of the most talked-about amateur golfers in the world.He’s as chilled as they come with a positive attitude, a polite manner and a keen focus on what he needs to do to make the most of his ability.Take his week at this year’s English Men’s Amateur as a case study.Gough knew he needed a big week to boost his Walker Cup credentials. He fine-tuned his game, sharpened his mind and delivered when it mattered most.“I was very focused on what I had to do that week,” he said.“I feel like every time I have to do something big, I focus in a different way.“I was playing very, very well and had one outcome in my mind. That was to win and that’s what I achieved.“I didn’t put myself under pressure, but I knew I could win.“I don’t think there was anyone there that week who could have beaten me the way I was playing.”Gough is currently plotting his schedule for 2020 and working on his game with England Golf coaches such as Rob Watts and Mike Kanski.He may have ended the year flying high in the rankings, but he takes these things with a pinch of salt.“It’s definitely a very nice feeling to see my name at the top of the European rankings,” said Gough.“Last time I looked I was also world number three.“But I don’t think of myself as the third best in world. I just go out to win.“When I go to a big competition there’s a genuine feeling that most people in the field can win, but it does give me an extra boost to know that I’m rated highly.“I’m in the middle of planning for 2020 now and looking at the different goals I want to achieve.“Everything is geared towards that 2021 Walker Cup.”Photograph credit: Leaderboardlast_img read more

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$2.5 M In Grants To Help Weather The Storms

first_imgBy Wilson Conde and John BurtonState administered grants totaling $2.5 million will be used for repairs of a Sandy-damaged marina as well as preparing some coastal communities to better withstand future flooding and storm damage.The state will spend $1.5 million for capital repair work to the Leonardo State Marina in Middletown, which underwent severe damage following Super Storm Sandy in 2012.The storm damaged, and in some parts, destroyed the Marina’s docks, concession building, boat ramp, gas pumps, and entire electrical system, among other things.“Leonardo sustained significant damage due to impacts from Sandy,” said Bob Considine, press director for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.The money will go toward engineering and design plans, and securing the necessary permitting from the DEP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineering for the bulkhead and rip-rap repair and replacement. About 600 feet of bulkhead and 250 feet of stone rip-rap along the Marina will be repaired. It sustained damage when it was flooded with six feet of water above the bulkhead during Sandy.Considine said the DEP has already dredged the Marina to accommodate boats, and also restored the electrical system and boat ramp during the Spring following Super Storm Sandy; but has decided not to replace the gas pumps or the concession building.The grant package includes approximately $900,000 in funds the National Oceanic and Administrative Administration (NOAA) is making available to the DEP for the New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES) initiative, which aims to study how to adapt and better protect the infrastructure in communities located between the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers against future coastal hazards.NJ FRAMES partners the Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program with the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR), the Louis Berger Group, the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Borough of Oceanport as the representative of the Two River Council of Mayors.“It is something that will benefit all 15 towns of the Two River Council of Mayors and Highlands,” said Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey.The funds will be used to draft a Regional Adaption Planning Project, which will look how to establish an interrelated plan for the communities to better withstand significant weather events, which are getting more severe, according to Coffey.“Flooding is the number one issues,” for these communities, like Highlands, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright and others, he said. That is is becoming increasingly apparent with each storm, Coffey stressed. “Obviously, things are different now, with each storm, with high tides,” Coffey said.The study, the mayor explained, will also take into consideration public interest, economic implications and actual costs.The project is expected to begin next month and take approximately 36 months.In exchange for the funds, communities are expected to provide in-kind support, with the use of municipal facilities for public outreach and contributions from municipal professionals, such as their engineers.The partnering groups will use a scenario-based approach to help the Two Rivers Council determine and understand the range of costs and benefits of planning resiliency decisions in communities surrounding the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. Using a vigorous public stakeholder process that includes the visions of the involved communities, the NJ FRAMES project is expected to produce a plan identifying independent and regional measures that maximize efforts to improve resiliency.“The expertise of coastal scientists, combined with the input of affected communities and residents will help us identify these important next steps to be taken to protect this region from the effects of devastating floods,” said DEP Commissioner Bob MartinRep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06), said that the grants give a major boost for local efforts to recover from Sandy’s impact, as well as protect against future storms like Sandy.“As we continue to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, we have the unique opportunity to improve our infrastructure in Monmouth County to ensure that we are better prepared for the next storm,” Pallone said. “Grants like these for the Leonardo State Marina and the Two Rivers region will make our community more resilient in the future, while also providing critical funds to continue these ongoing repair efforts.”Jason Reimer, a resident of Middletown, said that Sandy hurt the Marina, and that any repairs and upgrades that could be done there would be a boost to the neighborhood. “The marina is definitely in need of repair and upgrades for sure,” Reimer said. “It will bring a lot more people to the area (once it’s repaired).”Leonardo resident Joseph Giliberto said he’s hoping that the project will address the flooding issues that have frequently battered the neighborhood around the marina during most storms, especially when there’s a high tide.“Anything they can do about it to stop the flooding would be more than welcome,” Giliberto said.Joan Marchetta said she used to greatly enjoy the Marina’s aesthetic elements, such as the vegetation and the glassed in information center that was in front of the harbormaster’s house, until they were both damaged by Sandy and demolished afterward. She is disappointed by how the Marina currently looks compared to before Sandy, particularly the placement of a portable toiled in front of a neighbor’s house. “The Marina is a mess, and has been since Sandy,” she said. “I hope there’s something in the plans to make it beautiful again.”Middletown Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante said that although he had no specific knowledge of the Marina repair project’s details because the NJ DEP is running that project, he believes that any work to repair the Marina would be beneficial for Middletown.“It’s an integral part of the (Middletown) economy,” Mercantante said of the Marina. “A lot of residents use it, so seeing it restored would definitely improve the local economy.”last_img read more

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ZMapp Drugs ‘Cured’ 100 Monkeys

first_imgMultiple news agencies announced Saturday, that ZMapp had cured 100 percent of monkeys that were inoculated with a different strain of Ebola in a Canadian study of the virus.According to researchers, health officials and medical teams, the vaccine has not undergone the normal human clinical trial stages. However, a small handful of infected people agreed to be injected with the vaccine.CBCNews.com reported yesterday that one Ebola survivor now pleads with the vaccine manufacturer to hurry with the production of the drug.The drug that is being referred to as a “monumental achievement,” only had about 20 doses in stock, and all have been exhausted.Researchers said once a living host has been sick for too long, there are those instances wherein possible treatments cannot turn back the damage already done to the body by the hemorrhagic virus.According to USA Today, a newspaper circulated across that country, of the small amount of people who have received the vaccine, only two have died.  These were “a Spanish priest and a Liberian doctor.” This  means it could be that they may have received the vaccine too late, the newspaper said.The monkeys which were given a lethal strain of Ebola recovered, and were given the drug five days after infection.With only a small number of Ebola patients testing the drug, it is hard for researchers to conclude whether it is the main reason for the patient’s recovery.In the wake of numbers of Ebola cases increasing in West Africa, health officials, medical teams and pharmaceutical researchers have scrambled to find a treatment of the virus to help reduce and contain the spread of the epidemic in the West African affected countries.Thomas Geisbert, an Ebola expert, said one of the infected Americans, Kent Brantly, didn’t just receive the vaccine but he also had a blood transfusion from an Ebola patient who survived — so his case isn’t one hundred percent ZMapp.The research report,  published in the Journal Nature, states that humans should receive three scheduled doses to optimize the efficacy for recovery. While the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimates that the current outbreak will infect more than 18,000 people, Gary Kobinger, who works for Canada’s Public Health Agency, said the drug is manufactured by a bio processing plant in Kentucky, and can only produce 20 to 40 doses per month. But the question remains, does Zmapp work for humans? Kobinger told The Washington Post, “I think it strongly supports that concept, but it’s not proven.”The spokesman for the owner of the Kentucky Bio processing plant believes that the three doses are theory.  Since conclusive human studies have not been done, the real issue is to have everyone’s focus on the clinical, and development steps to help find the correct dosing requirements, and speed up processing, he said.ZMapp could obtain approval of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in six month, maybe less, under their accelerated review titles.So far, Kobinger said, none of the animals tested has  shown any side effects. He also indicated that the Zaire Ebola strain now appears to be mutating as it moves from host to host, and researchers can’t be sure that Zmapp will solve the Ebola problem.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Private Sector dependent on Govt favours, political connections – report

first_imgGuyana’s Private Sector is dependent on Government favours and patronage and further; the nation’s history of political instability, authoritarian tendencies, and unaccountable Government has meant that the Private Sector often operates at a disadvantage.This is contained in the most recently released international report on Guyana that was prepared for review by International Donor partner, United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Outside of Government, the small businesses that make up Guyana’s Private Sector are major employers, contributing an estimated US.8 million, which gives the Private Sector more access to the Government than regular citizens to lobby for their interests.It was found that while the Private Sector is dependent on Government favours, the Administration is seen more tolerant of criticism.Political connectionsThe report was also critical of the local Chambers of Commerce scattered across the country. According to the USAID commissioned report, Chambers of Commerce seemed to be active in most towns, although their members were only a fraction of the commercial operators in their areas because local businesses do not see the value of joining or paying membership fees.It was observed however that “They were participating with the [Regional Democratic Counicls] RDCs to prepare the regional development plans and had many issues related to governance.”Some of these included the tax system and need for simplification, centralised Government systems, lack of information and data at the local level, and concessions to foreigners but a lack of incentives for local persons to start a business.The report found too that “Chambers of Commerce also complained about the need for political connections, especially for small businesses to get a loan at a bank.”The report documented that while the chambers organised into a Regional Chamber of Commerce in the 1990s with donor support, this body still meets but only intermittently.It was recognised too that despite the limitations, the local Private Sector has demonstrated an interest in, and actively pursues, “a more robust and responsible private media, better physical security, and strong institutions that are transparent and accountable… Business owners, through their associations in chambers of commerce and Private Sector organisations, actively lobby Government on these and other matters and make themselves available to serve on Public Sector boards and constitutional commissions.”Mining corruptionThe role of mining and its contribution to the Guyana economy was also flagged, given its level of importance and it was observed that this industry is plagued by corruption and mismanagement at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).According to the findings of the international report, “Corruption in the sector and mismanagement by GGMC has accompanied increasing problems in the sector… These include environmental degradation, inefficient and unsafe mining operations, and smuggling of gold out of the country.”The mining industry is regulated by the GGMC, which, according to the report “employs a small number of mining officers (300) to inspect and administer thousands of mining operations across difficult to reach hinterland terrain.”It was observed too that there are gaps in the existing laws and regulations, such as how to deal with prospective licences, retention of licences, and the need for a miner identification card.last_img read more

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