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More than 6,2 million kuna is being invested in the construction of breakwaters and the installation of pontoons in the port of Poreč

first_imgThe Port of Poreč Authority continues to invest in the Poreč waters, and will start the construction of the Barbaran breakwater immediately after the New Year. The plan is to build a pier and set up a pontoon in the port of Poreč, in front of the city administration building with the aim of relieving the port in the season, and this is an investment in the amount of 1.480.000 kuna from the Port Authority’s own funds. Of this amount, 130 kuna is also planned for the installation of electricity and water cabinets in the sports port of Poreč. The deadline for performing the works after obtaining the necessary permits is 000 days.   Photo / Source: Poreč Port Authority The amount of the investment is HRK 4.785.981 without VAT, and the funds are provided from the own revenues of the Port Authority, the County of Istria and the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, reports the Port of Poreč and adds that the deadline for completion is 135 days. job.  It is a project that will make a breakwater that will protect the port of Poreč from northwest and west winds, as previously made a breakwater between the cliffs of Sarafel and the mainland. last_img read more

Memorial should be welcomed in Nisky

first_imgRe April 3 letter, “Holocaust memorial should be welcomed”: I agree wholeheartedly with Claudia Fennicks.Regardless of fear mongering, lower property values, vandalism and so on, let’s not forget why the Holocaust memorial is being built —to remember the Holocaust and its millions of victims. Presently, a wave of anti-Semitism throughout our nation and college campuses grows unabated  — more reason why this Holocaust memorial should be built on its planned site.We have our 9/11 memorials, memorials to many other groups, people and causes. No longer shall we give into deniers, revisionists and haters. Sheila and Bob DiSarro, I wouldn’t mind this memorial by my house — I’d be honored. Further, for this memorial to be built on lands owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany is a huge step in the right direction. We know that to some degree, some leaders in the church looked the other way and were in many ways complicit in sending Jews to the ovens. The Holocaust is a reminder that will never leave the rest of us either — lest we forget.Gerald PlanteSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

​APG wins first appraisal-of-share-value lawsuit against Safeway

first_imgAPG Asset Management, the €424bn asset manager for the Dutch civil service scheme ABP, has won an extra $33m (€29.3m) from the sale of its shares in Safeway after a US court ruled that the original share price agreed for the company’s takeover should be increased.Last January, the Safeway grocery chain was sold to Albertsons, a rival supermarket operator owned by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, for $9.2bn.Investors were to be paid $32.50 in cash per share, plus a share of proceeds from the sale of ancillary businesses such as joint ventures.The total received by investors to date has been $34.92 per share. However, five institutional investors – including APG and hedge fund companies Merion Capital and Magnetar Capital, which between them owned over 6% of the Safeway shares – launched an appraisal lawsuit challenging the price.The Delaware Court of Chancery has now ordered Safeway to pay $44 per share to the investors who called for an appraisal.For APG, this represents a total uplift of $33m on the original $92.8m cash proceeds of its 2.8m shareholding, which had made up around 1.3% of the total Safeway stock.Merion and Magentar have also accepted the settlement, while the other two litigants are continuing legal action, according to press reports.The number of appraisal cases in the US has surged in recent months.Hedge funds in particular often employ the tactic of purchasing shares just before a takeover, opposing the bid, then suing for a bigger payout.APG says it is the first time it has taken part in an appraisal suit.Harmen Geers, spokesman at APG, told IPE: “This ruling is significant for us in the sense that appraisals were little used until recently.“But we intend to make use of it whenever we think it can help us to make sure our pension funds and their participants receive every euro to which they are entitled.“The fact that in the first instance we have taken this route it has led to a very significant extra payout only emboldens us.”When asked whether there would be a growing trend for European pension funds to file lawsuits for appraisal of share values, Geers said: “It would only be logical for other European pension funds to take an interest in this specific course of legal action.”last_img read more

Ocean Network Express considering LNG as fuel

first_imgImage courtesy of ONESingapore-headquartered Ocean Network Express (ONE) is considering the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel in order to comply with IMO regulations, coming into force on January 1, 2020.The transport company noted the revised IMO regulations will limit sulphur content in fuel oil to less than 0.5 percent, compared to the current limit of 3.5 percent.After conducting studies, ONE noted that adopting low-sulphur compliant hybrid oil (0.5 percent sulphur content) is the most realistic, short-term solution, available in order to be compliant with the revised regulations.The company added it is ‘carefully considering’ other solutions such as exhaust gas cleaning systems and using LNG as fuel which may be adopted in the future.As the first step in its attempt to prepare for the new regulations, ONE plans to implement a revised bunker surcharge mechanism with effect January 1, 2019, which is considered to be more appropriate to the revised cost scenario.Under the new mechanism, fuel price will be calculated based on past three months average bunker price in key bunkering ports.ONE expects to start bunkering hybrid oil from the fourth quarter of 2019.last_img read more

Qatar Airways: Cabin crew can now get pregnant

first_imgQatar airways cabin crewQatar Airways has relaxed its policies and rules that saw cabin crew who would get pregnant be sacked.This is after the airways faced criticism from trade unions and other international organisations for practicing discriminatory labour clauses.The airline’s labour policy stipulated that it could sack female cabin crew employees if they get married or pregnant during the first five years of their employment.But as per the new rules, women who are pregnant are offered temporary ground jobs while staff can get married after notifying the company.The International Labour Organisation (ILO) had criticised Qatar Airways for its treatment of its female cabin crew.An inquiry was set up by the ILO in response to complaints brought forward in June 2014 by the International Transport Workers’ Federation and International Trade Union Confederation, prompted by testimony from serving and former cabin crew.Other policy regulations including the need for close male relatives to pick up women staff from work will continue to remain in place, the airline added.Qatar Airways employs around 9,000 cabin crew, out of which three-quarters are women.Earlier this year, the Gulf carrier was criticised by the International Labour Organisation for its discriminatory polices, especially regarding pregnant women.ILO acknowledged the health risks for pregnant women face when operating as cabin crew but urged the Gulf carrier to put in other policies that will ensure that female staff will retain their jobs.“Protective measures should include action taken to ensure that a woman worker does not lose her job during pregnancy and that maternity is not a source of discrimination in employment and occupation,” a report by ILO said.The committee also noted that the prohibition for women employees to be dropped off or picked up from the company by a man other than their father, brother or husband amounts to “discrimination based on sex.”ILO issued the report following complaints made by the International Trade Union Confederation and the International Transport Workers’ Federation about Qatar Airways’ staff policies.But Qatar Airways has said that the change in employment policies was a result of an internal review and not due to international criticism.last_img read more

San Carlos City buy-bust nets 13 sachets of ‘shabu’

first_imgPrior to the suspects’ apprehension, they sold suspected shabu to an undercover officer around 7:30 p.m. on July 26, it added. BACOLOD City – Thirteen sachets of suspected shabu weighing about 16 grams were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 6, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. An antidrug personnel conducts an inventory of items seized from five individuals, who were nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay 6, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on July 26. PDEA Regional Office VI Danilo More, Criz Jean Fernandez, Wilmar Talledo, Joseph Abordo, and Christian Zapanta yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. They were detained in the lockup facility of the San Carlos City police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them. (With a report from PDEA Regional Office VI/PN)last_img read more

Ruth Ann Bussell

first_imgRuth Ann Bussell, age 57, of Moores Hill, Indiana passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at High Point Health Care in Lawrenceburg.  She was born on September 12, 1960 the daughter of Roscoe and Thelma (McIntosh) Burns in Manchester, KY.  She was a graduate of Booneville High School.Ruth enjoyed the company of her family and loved to sing and record various songs.She is survived by her father, Roscoe, sons; Jeremiah Rice of Moores Hill, Anthony (Christina) Rice of Moores Hill, and Christopher (Lyndsey) Rice of Morehead, Ky.  She is also survived by grandchildren; Harley, Corey, Tristan, Adalynn, Tenley, and Mason, along with brothers; Rocky (Brenda) Burns, Hobert (Polly) Burns, and Stanley Burns all of Kentucky, and sisters Judy (Gary) Kincer of Milan, Karen (Robert) Rumsey of Aurora, and Mayme Jean (Dewey) Bowling also of Aurora. She was preceded in death by her mother Thelma S. Burns.A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, with funeral services being held at 1:00 pm following visitation at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Luiz: Chelsea can still finish well

first_img He added: “We can still win the Europa League, are still in the FA Cup and fighting for a better position in the table so I think we can still get there and this season can still be very good.” Luiz will be in a familiar surroundings on Monday night when he plays for Brazil against Fabio Capello’s Russia at Stamford Bridge. It will be a special moment for the defender and a special moment for the Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who spent seven months in the Chelsea hot-seat during the 2008-09 season. Scolari defended his record at Chelsea and insisted he was not given enough time to make his mark at the club. Chelsea were fourth in the Barclays Premier League and still in both the FA Cup and Champions League when Scolari was sacked in February 2009 after just seven months in the hot-seat. “I believe my time at Chelsea was not as bad as people have been talking about,” Scolari said. “I don’t think (I was given enough time) but it was a decision from the management.” Scolari was sacked by Russian owner Roman Abramovich so the club could “maintain a challenge for the trophies we are still competing for”. David Luiz is convinced Chelsea can end their winter of discontent on a positive note by completing a trophy double. Chelsea are 19 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United and they crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages. Most of the season has been played to the soundtrack of angry supporters chanting reminders to interim boss Rafael Benitez that he is not welcome at Stamford Bridge. Luiz recognises Chelsea have been poor but he is determined the club can rescue their season by lifting the Europa League crown and the FA Cup, and he said: “I think we are not playing at the level expected from Chelsea and not doing so well this season but in any case I believe we are because we are still competing for three titles.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

United ponder badge change

first_img Press Association “I described it to our staff that we are a 135-year-old club and that’s what you have to remember. We are a football club, a club with a capital C. “Strapped to that is a commercial business that’s going to fund a lot of the player purchases going forward here and we have to be supportive of both. “We’ve got to make sure they co-exist together but don’t impact each other and that’s where we are trying to balance it.” After replacing David Gill in the chief executive role at the beginning of the month, Woodward is on a steep learning curve. He is leading the attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, whilst he might also be bracing himself for a transfer request from Wayne Rooney, who is said to be unmoved over his desire to complete the transfer of the summer by joining Chelsea. Initially appointed by the Glazer family to expand their commercial operation, Woodward works closely with the much-derided American family, whom he insists have no intention of selling the club despite reports of interest from Qatar. “They are long-term owners,” said Woodward. “They first bought the club eight years ago and there won’t be any change for many, many years.” Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is considering whether to re-introduce the words ‘football club’ to the Red Devils’ badge.center_img The words were controversially removed in 1998 following an image change, irritating many supporters. Now Woodward, who returned early for United’s pre-season tour on “urgent transfer business” has been consulting with the Glazer family about reversing that move. Speaking to Sunday newspapers, Woodward said: “I didn’t like that change of badge. (Joint-chairman) Joel (Glazer) didn’t like that change. We will look at that and have a think about that. We are a football club, not a business. last_img read more

University reviewing Blackboard

first_imgWith Blackboard reaching its 11th year at USC, a team of evaluators has been assembled to assess the benefits and flaws of the program for students and faculty.As of spring 2010, 78 percent of USC faculty and 86 percent of students had at least one class listed on Blackboard. Fifty-two percent of all USC classes use Blackboard for grading, content or class-wide communication, according to Susan Metros, deputy chief information officer for Technology Enhanced Learning and chair of the Blackboard committee.Nine different focus groups, made up of students, professors and administrators, plan to evaluate Blackboard using individualized rubrics that suit the needs of each group’s members.The rubric, Metros said, allows students and faculty to discuss their particular needs in order to improve USC’s learning management system for the better.Metros said she hopes to work with the library to coordinate the Blackboard system. E-reserves would possibly give students an even greater access to online articles and sources.Another idea, Metros said, is allowing professors to post content into a general folder that any student in any of their classes can easily access.“The rubric system is a very unique way to do this,” Metros said.On the administrative side, Blackboard aims to expand its product so that it would have some features of a social networking group.In the future it could include ways of tracking activities throughout a student’s time at a university, letting students put together a portfolio to save course work online or allowing advisers and other people within the university to keep online files.“Even though Blackboard aims to enhance [its] product, we don’t know if USC would go in that direction with them,” said Gene Bickers, vice provost for Undergraduate Programs. “In five years we could also have a completely different learning management system.”Although the Blackboard system was revamped a few years ago, the program is still due for an evaluation since it has been at USC for 11 years, Metros said.“What’s convenient for faculty is not always the best choice for students and the other way around,” Bickers said.Although the university will probably not change the Blackboard system any time soon, Bickers said, the university does need to go through these timely evaluations to adjust its software.Blackboard originally came into use in 1999 when USC administrators hoped to shift from using different systems for grading, content and communication to one succinct program.Although there were many options, faculty decided on Blackboard as USC’s core learning management system.“For the last two years, previous Provost [and now President C.L.] Max Nikias asked faculty to have Blackboard sites in case of emergency,” Metros said. “This provides some semblance of teaching just in case students can not get to campus.”“Blackboard makes it convenient to have everything for your classes gathered online — you don’t have to keep track of so many papers and it’s great for organizational purposes,” Bickers said. “It’s also an easy way to keep track of grades throughout the semester.”Students, such as Danya Nourafshan, a junior majoring in psychology, said they appreciated the perks of Blackboard and use it regularly for various purposes.“It’s great to be able to send class e-mails for questions or concerns and have extra copies of important class documents online,” Nourafshan said.last_img read more