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Jadrolinija’s reaction to the problem of traffic jams at the entrance to the port of Supetar

first_imgLast week we wrote about the problem of heavy traffic jams at the ferry port in Supetar, where huge crowds are created during the season, and tourists have to wait for more than three ferry arrivals to board the ferry to Split, which is at least frustrating for tourists and has a bad effect on tourism.In the city of Supetar, they are aware of the problem, and through the Municipal Company GRAD doo, which is owned by the city of Supetar, they increase the number of employees in the port and traffic wardens, and as they point out, they have been writing to Jadrolinija since 2016 So recently, they again sent a request to Jadrolinija to try to solve the problem together.”I don’t know how many times we want to inform you about the growing problem of traffic jams in the port of Supetar, caused by the impossibility of all vehicles to board the ferry to Split in adequate time. Namely, as you should know best, in recent years there has been a constant increase in the number of vehicles and passengers in the ferry port Supetar and they are “former” exclusively weekend crowds and for the whole week in the period from July 15 to August 31 and even and by mid-September.”Points out Marijana Šemanović in a statement and request to Jadrolinija, director of the Utility Company GRAD doo and adds that congestion leads to total traffic collapse, resentment and nervousness of tourists as well as negative images for the island of Brac, Supetar and the entire Croatian tourism.At our request from Jadrolinija, they point out that they understand the situation in the port of Supetar and introduce additional lines in a situation where a ship is available, and that they informed the regulator of regular passenger traffic on the Adriatic, the Agency for Coastal Shipping, about this issue.“Jadrolinija, like all other shipowners on the Adriatic, maintains the sailing schedule in accordance with the sailing schedule defined by the Coastal Shipping Agency and in accordance with the signed concession agreements. Annual sailing schedules are coordinated with representatives of local government and self-government, the Agency and shipowners. However, additionally on lines where possible and where traffic requires, and at the request of local government, Jadrolinija regularly introduces additional travel, both in season and throughout the year, with the approval of the Agency. The regulator of regular passenger traffic on the Adriatic is the Coastal maritime transport (headquarters in Split; It prescribes all the rules and conditions for the maintenance of each line, such as the sailing schedule, ticket prices and the type and required capacity of ships for all shipowners. The agency has a contract signed with each shipowner for the maintenance of the line, which is awarded to the shipowner by public tender. Regarding the request of the City of Supetar, Jadrolinija understands the situation in the port of Supetar and introduces additional lines in the situation when a ship is available for that. Also, the letter was forwarded to the Agency as the competent authority regarding possible changes in the sailing schedule. ” stand out from Jadrolinija.SUPETAR HAS BEEN REQUESTING THE INTRODUCTION OF AN ADDITIONAL FERRY LINE FOR YEARS DUE TO TRAFFIC CROWDS, JADROLINIJA DOES NOT RESPONDlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Administration’s Efforts Helped More Than 2,000 Companies Train Their Existing Workforce

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the most recent impact figures for the incumbent worker training program funded through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). This past year, the administration supported the training of more than 44,000 employees at more than 800 companies statewide. A total of 120,000 workers at more than 2,200 companies across the commonwealth have been supported through the program since the beginning of the Wolf Administration.“Workforce development is one of this administration’s top priorities due to its enormous benefits for both employers and workers,” Governor Wolf said. “Incumbent workforce training programs not only help businesses ensure that their employees have the skills they need to thrive in their work, but it also benefits workers who can use the training as a way to gain expertise that leads to higher-paying jobs. We’re proud to have supported training that has led to more than 120,000 success stories for Pennsylvania workers.”DCED provides funding through the Workforce & Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania program to companies to assist specifically with incumbent worker training. The program is administered through a network of educational partners that include community colleges and universities across the commonwealth. Eligible in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to Pennsylvania can apply to access training funds which in turn can be used for a wide range of training based on the needs of the employer.From the start of the Wolf Administration through June 2017, a total of more than $25 million in DCED funding supported the training of 120,462 employees at 2,245 companies. In the most recent full fiscal year alone, Fiscal year 2016-17, DCED supported the training of 44,003 employees at 806 companies with just under $9 million in funding.By focusing exclusively on incumbent worker training, DCED’s program serves as a complement to other state initiatives to develop the workforce like apprenticeship programs, STEM education, and career and technical education. Incumbent training enables employers to better adapt to the changing global economy through their current workforce rather than hiring brand new workers – or moving to other areas with a greater supply of a specific talent base. For workers, incumbent training programs not only strengthen job security, but lead to more advanced and more marketable skills.“In order to strengthen their workforce, more and more companies are looking inward at how to develop their own employees, rather than outward through hiring new ones,” said Thomas Venditti, statewide director of the Workforce & Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA), DCED’s flagship incumbent worker training program. “This program is a valuable resource for businesses looking to develop their workers because it enables companies to expand their employees’ skill sets, teach them new technology, and create a more productive environment.”DCED’s incumbent worker training program is a vital component of Governor Wolf’s initiatives designed to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce by equipping workers with the skills they need to succeed in a rapidly-evolving global economy. In his 2018-19 budget, Governor Wolf proposed PAsmart, a new workforce development initiative to improve coordination and services across commonwealth agencies including training and business engagement activities within DCED and the Department of Labor & Industry. PAsmart provides a $50 million investment in education and job training to improve access for Pennsylvania students and workers to education, training, and career readiness programs. These targeted investments for 21st-century skills will assist employers with meeting their workforce needs.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to workforce development, visit the DCED website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. April 18, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces Administration’s Efforts Helped More Than 2,000 Companies Train Their Existing Workforcecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

ABP pays higher fees to hedge funds despite 2017 losses

first_imgAsset management costs at Dutch civil service pension scheme ABP increased from 60.9 basis points to 64.5 basis points in 2017 – including higher fees to hedge fund managers, despite the scheme’s allocation losing 7.5%.ABP spent the most, in absolute and relative figures, on private equity and hedge funds, according to its annual report. For both asset classes the scheme increased its spending relative to 2016.Of ABP’s 64.5 basis points paid in total management costs, hedge funds and private equity accounted for 39.3 basis points.In absolute terms, ABP paid just over €1bn of management fees for private equity and €505m for hedge funds, on a total invested capital in 2017 of €18.9bn and €18.5bn respectively. This marked an increase in absolute and relative terms compared to 2016, despite a sharp drop in returns in both categories. Private equity generated a return of 9.7% (€1.7bn), compared to 14.8% in 2016. Hedge funds turned 7.9% gain in 2016 to 7.5% (€1.5bn) loss last year.ABP still spent more on costs because this performance was better than the asset classes’ benchmarks.Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW, which published its annual figures last week, also reported an increase in asset management costs. ABP stated that, just like PFZW, the increase was due to higher performance fees. Its management fees decreased.PFZW stopped investing in hedge funds in 2015 .ABP’s total investment return came to 7.6% for 2017, down from 9.5% in 2016.The board of trustees called the high costs for private equity and hedge funds “striking”, since the investments in these categories accounted for 10% of total assets while absorbing 60% of total asset management costs.However, the board said the high costs for private equity and hedge funds were justified because of their positive contributions to the scheme’s return and risk profile.Within the hedge fund allocation, the return on investment in US dollar-based hedge funds was positive. By partially hedging the currency risk, ABP booked a return of 3.4%. However, the effect of the dollar on the investments was still negative, meaning ABP lost €1.6bn on its interest rate hedge.The Netherlands’ regulator, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), reported in December that Dutch schemes’ management costs fell slightly during 2016, from 0.47% to 0.45% on average.DNB data collated by IPE’s sister title Pensioen Pro in March indicated that the country’s pension schemes were in aggregate reducing their exposure to hedge funds.last_img read more

Khalifa Port Set to Handle Capesize Ships under EGA Deal

first_imgPort developer and operator Abu Dhabi Ports is to welcome some of the world’s largest bulk carriers as part of a long-term port facility deal signed with UAE-based industrial company Emirates Global Aluminium.Under the agreement, EGA would use Capesize vessels to import bauxite from the Republic of Guinea in West Africa for Al Taweelah alumina refinery through Khalifa Port. The parties informed that, with this deal, Abu Dhabi Ports would be able to develop the port to become the first in the Gulf capable of directly handling these massive ships.Abu Dhabi Ports will fund and complete dredging and widening works to the Khalifa Port approach channel and basin including EGA’s berth. The dredging will deepen the channel to 18.5 metres and basin to 18 metres basis zero tide.EGA plans to use large dry bulk ships to import raw materials without the need to transfer all or some of the cargo to smaller vessels outside the port, reducing long-term shipping costs and improving environmental performance.The development at Khalifa Port is expected to lead to larger ships calling in to Abu Dhabi, boosting the Emirate’s position as a global maritime trade hub.EGA is currently constructing UAE’s first alumina refinery next to its aluminium smelter in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi, located adjacent to Khalifa Port. Upon achieving full-production, the Al Taweelah alumina refinery will process five million tonnes of bauxite per annum.“Khalifa Port will be the first port in the region with capsize vessel handling capacity, and with EGA’s long term commitment, will give an important boost to trade and investment in KIZAD and more broadly in the region,” Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports, said.Bauxite ore from Guinea will be transported to Abu Dhabi via the global shipping firm Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), under a separate agreement with EGA. One of the vessels K Line will use for this service was named Cape Taweelah in a ceremony held earlier this year.last_img read more

Lightning in High School Sports

first_imgIf you tried to listen to the Batesville/Milan football game last Friday night, you know it was interrupted by lightning.  I know the Indiana rule, and I believe it has become basically a national rule.  If lightning is observed, the field must be cleared and you must wait 30 minutes before returning to the field.  Every time there is a lightning strike, the clock restarts.  The lightning does not have to be close at hand, just observed by an official on the field.This is a very good rule because we all know that lightning is not predictable.  Strikes sometime seem to occur even when there are no threatening clouds visible above you.  This can become quite aggravating when any school is trying to determine what to do with an outdoor sport that can be played  even it is raining.  This is especially troublesome if football, track, and golf are involved.  Sports like baseball, softball, and tennis are effected differently in rain. Their fields become muddy or the court becomes to slick.There is no rule to help officials know when to call a game, meet, or match and reschedule it.  Sometimes these delays drag on for several hours when re-scheduling on a different day becomes quite a headache.  Safety has to come first!last_img read more

Area Boys Basketball Regional Scores (3-10)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball Regional ScoresSaturday  (3-10)Class 3A @ SouthridgeEvansville Bosse  75     Greensburg  58Silver Creek  55     Southridge  40Championship: Evansville Bosse 81-55Class 2A @ PaoliAustin  51     Southwestern  49Forest Park  55     South Knox  41Championship: Forest Park 70-49last_img

Suarez committed to Liverpool cause

first_img Press Association The Uruguay striker has hit top form this term with 25 goals, 18 of which have come in the Barclays Premier League, but his performances have not always been matched by Liverpool’s results. The Reds’ inconsistent campaign has increased speculation over Suarez’s future – even though he signed a new contract at Anfield just last summer. He has been heavily linked with a number of clubs, including Manchester City and Bayern Munich. However, Suarez said on “I always say the same thing, every kid or young player growing up dreams of playing here at Liverpool, and today, here I am, highly privileged doing just that.” Luis Suarez remains “comfortable” and “extremely happy” at Liverpool despite a season of mixed fortunes on Merseyside.center_img The Bayern link is given added weight by the fact their incoming coach from next season, Pep Guardiola, is the brother of Suarez’s agent, Pere. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers nevertheless is confident the club’s probable lack of Champions League football next season – they sit eighth in the standings, 10 points off a top-four place with 11 games remaining – will not persuade his star man to leave. Suarez added: “I enjoy every minute to the maximum because it’s a great opportunity that my life has presented me and for which I am very pleased. “I’m here at a club where I always wanted to be and where I always wanted to play, and for that I’m extremely happy. “I don’t know if it’s my best form but I do know that I continue to feel comfortable and happy in a side where my team-mates help me a lot. “That’s an important thing for a player. I also think that when you feel good out there on the pitch it shows that things can go well.” last_img read more

Greensprings Football Camp Has Come to Stay, Says Kanu

first_imgFormer Captain of the Super Eagles, Nwankwo Kanu, has expressed his belief that the annual Greensprings Football Camp now in its seventh edition has become a permanent feature in Nigeria’s football calendar.As the face of the football clinic, the Ex-Arsenal star lauded the management of Greensprings School led by its director – Mrs Lai Koiki for keeping faith with the camp, adding that it has added value to football in the country.“I am always excited to be part of this initiative, especially watching it grow over the years, because not many of this kind of camp succeed for a very long time. The management of the school has remained committed to the sustenance of the camp, despite all odds and without any sponsorship. For this kind of gesture, I think more quality players will come through to the national teams,” he said. Already, two products of the camp, Musa Alli and Elvis Onyenze; who benefited from the Greensprings scholarship award, have featured for the Nigerian national U-15 team and Kanu believes this kind of experience would help the youngsters in their career.“I am particularly thrilled by the annual scholarship awards offered to the “Most Promising Player” by Greensprings School at the closing ceremony of the football camp; this generous gesture by the school will help Nigeria produce educated footballers who will be in a better position to negotiate their contracts and make better decisions for a life after football.“For me, this is the best legacy we can bequeath our children,” the former Inter Milan striker further observed.Kanu has promised to be on ground to motivate participants during the camp which holds between April 8 and 13 at the Lekki campus of Greensprings School.For this year’s Greensprings Kanu Football Camp (GKFC), the organisers will once again offer educational scholarship to the “Most Promising Player” at the camp.Also, this year will witness other exciting activities such as movie night, inspirational presentations, swimming, penalty kick contests and a host of other team games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse-Maryland game in Big Ten-ACC Challenge date announced as Nov. 27

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR Syracuse will host the Maryland Terrapins on Nov. 27 for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Monday morning.The Orange is 1-3 all-time in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in its four years in the ACC. SU beat Indiana in 2013-14, then lost at Michigan, hosting Wisconsin and at Wisconsin last season. You can find a preview for Syracuse-Maryland here.The only school not included in the Challenge was Pittsburgh. All ACC-Big Ten Challenge games will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2.Here are the rest of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge games:Monday, Nov. 27AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWisconsin at VirginiaTuesday, Nov. 28Florida State at RutgersNorthwestern at Georgia TechIowa at Virginia TechLouisville at PurdueIllinois at Wake ForestWednesday, Nov. 29Duke at IndianaClemson at Ohio StateBoston College at NebraskaMiami at MinnesotaPenn State at NC StateMichigan at North CarolinaThursday, Nov. 30Notre Dame at Michigan State Commentslast_img read more

Men’s Basketball: Badgers to be featured in ESPN, CBS TV lineups

first_imgThe men’s basketball season tickets sold out in four minutes Thursday — and those ticket-holding Badgers fans might find themselves on TV.The ESPN and CBS Sports family of networks jointly announced Thursday morning that they will be broadcasting 10 Badgers’ basketball games for the upcoming 2015 season.Starting Jan. 5, 2016, when the Badgers travel to Bloomington to take on the Indiana Hoosiers, they will be back in primetime. A 7 p.m. CT tip-off has the game slated for a national audience on ESPN as part of the network’s Super Tuesday lineup.Wisconsin will continue to play other high-profile conference games against Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue.Complete men’s basketball TV lineup: Jan. 5: Wisconsin at Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPNJan. 9: Maryland at Wisconsin, noon or 1 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2Jan. 17: Michigan State at Wisconsin, 1:30 or 4:30 p.m., CBS SportsJan. 26: Indiana at Wisconsin, 7 p.m., ESPNFeb. 4: Ohio State at Wisconsin, 7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2Feb. 13: Wisconsin at Maryland, 6 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2Feb. 18: Wisconsin at Michigan State, 9 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2Feb. 21: Illinois at Wisconsin, TBDFeb. 28: Michigan at Wisconsin, TBDMarch 5 or 6: Wisconsin at Purdue, TBDlast_img read more

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