The most visited seaports are Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar

first_imgForeign cruise ships in the period from January to October 2018 made the same number of voyages as in the same period in 2017, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). In the mentioned period 2018, the number of passengers on these ships increased by 9,4%, while the total number of days spent was lower by 6,8% compared to the same period in 2017.A total of 644 cruises of foreign ships were realizedIn the period from January to October 2018, 72 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, with 644 cruises. There were 976 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 1 days.The largest number of voyages was made by ships flying the flags of the Bahamas (167 voyages) and Malta (147 voyages), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships flying the flags of Panama (257 thousand passengers) and the Bahamas (213 thousand passengers).Source: CBSOut of a total of 644 cruises, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (56,5%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (24,7%), which is a total of 81,2%. The remaining 18,8% of trips were made to the following counties: Zadar (6,2%), Istria (5,4%), Šibenik-Knin (5,0%) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2,2%).The most visited seaports are Dubrovnik, Split and ZadarThe port of Dubrovnik (487 visits) had the most visits of foreign cruise ships, followed by the ports of Split (224 visits) and Zadar (111 visits).last_img read more

Israel orders evangelical GOD TV off air

first_imgHot could file a new request for Shelanu that would include “a truthful and detailed” characterization of the channel, the statement added.A spokeswoman for Hot said that the company was “cooperating with the council and will act in accordance with its decisions on the matter”.In one promotional clip for Shelanu, GOD TV director Ward Simpson tells viewers, “we’re going to preach the Jewish Jesus to the nation of Israel… they’re going to hear the gospel presented to them in their native tongue”.In a separate online video response to the criticism, he acknowledged that “proselytizing in Israel is a very touchy subject” but went on to say that preaching about Jesus was a mission.GOD TV broadcasts religious content in around 200 countries and claims to have several hundred million viewers. Israel enjoys vigorous support from evangelical movements in the United States but keeps a lid on missionary work in the Holy Land.While Israeli law only expressly forbids the giving of money or gifts to encourage conversions to another religion, missionary activities in general are closely monitored by the authorities and are offensive to many Israelis.According to Israeli government data, around two percent of the population is Christian, mainly Arabs. Israel’s media watchdog said Sunday that it had withdrawn the broadcast license from US-based evangelical network GOD TV, accusing it of seeking to target Jews with Christian content. International Christian network’s GOD TV launched its Shelanu [Hebrew for “ours”] channel at the end of April on Israeli cable provider Hot, describing it as catering to Christians. But the channel provoked an immediate outcry in Israel, with then-communications minister David Amsalem accusing it of being a “missionary channel” seeking to convert Jews to Christianity. The Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council launched an investigation to determine if GOD TV had misrepresented its content when it applied for a licence. Council chairman Asher Bitton said on Sunday that following the probe and a hearing, he had informed Hot that Shelanu broadcasts must be removed within seven days.”The channel is aimed at Jews with Christian content, in contrast to the original broadcast request, which stated it was designated for Christians,” Bitton said in a council statement.It said that a Christian channel for Jews would not be automatically disqualified in the future, but that it would have to seek council approval, which Shelanu had not done.center_img Topics :last_img read more

This is what $1.73 million can buy you on the Gold Coast

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoCheck out that view!“Each of the two separate living areas adjoin large usable north facing entertainment terraces,” the listing states.“The living spaces separate the spectacular master suite with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite offering privacy at one end from the other two large bedrooms at the other end of this whole floor apartment.” This Surfers Paradise apartment sold for $1.73 million.A STUNNING sub penthouse on the Gold Coast has changed hands for $1.73 millionPositioned in the boutique residential-only Sentinel building in Budds Beach, 48/40 Riverview Pde features 360 degree views of the river, city, ocean and Hinterland. Cook up a storm in the kitchen.center_img The luxurious lounge. The complex has a pool, gym and barbecue areas.Ray White Prestige Gold Coast- Surfers Paradise agent Glen Williams handled the sale.last_img read more

UK’s Pensions Infrastructure Platform makes senior hires

first_imgThe Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) has made two senior hires as the organisation looks to step up its process to become an approved investor.The platform, backed by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and seven founding pension fund investors, is seeking authorisation from the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to become a registered investor.It has hired Ed Wilson as investment director and Paula Burgess as COO.Wilson joins from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was in the commercial banking arm focusing on renewable energy, infrastructure, utilities, debt solutions and capital markets. Burgess was head of assurance at CCLA, the Church of England’s investment and property management company.At CCLA, Burgess oversaw compliance, risk management and internal audit functions after she had spent 10 years at Russell Investments.Mike Weston, chief executive of the platform, said the arrival of the pair would accelerate the PIP’s investment management ambitions.As a platform, it has helped channel more than £500m into a public/private partnership equity fund via its founding investors and partner schemes.It also supported partner asset manager Dalmore Capital, part of the winning consortium for a £4.2bn London infrastructure project.Speaking earlier this year, Weston said it was essential to have appropriate people within the company for FCA authorisation.He also said he would recruit a head of risk and an investment analytics team.The PIP is set to launch a multi-strategy infrastructure fund, pending FCA authorisation.In February, Weston said: “It is important we do everything we have to do in describing this novel concept [to the FCA].“We should benefit by the fact we are investing in very simple products – real tangible assets, not complex structured derivative instruments.“We might lose in consideration by [the PIP’s] being a new, different structure with founding investor pension schemes backing the concept.”last_img read more

Shelf buys jack-up rig from Diamond Offshore for $90M

first_imgOffshore driller Shelf Drilling has entered into a definitive agreement to buy the Ocean Scepter jack-up drilling rig from Diamond Offshore.Shelf Drilling said the cost for the rig, including the purchase price, the expected costs for the planned reactivation, and mobilization of the rig for its intended purpose, is expected to be $90 million.“This all-in cost is substantially in line with the three jack-ups purchased by Shelf Drilling in 2017,” Shelf Drilling said on Monday.The Ocean Scepter rig was built in 2008 and is of KFELS Mod Super B design. It is currently located in the US Gulf of Mexico.Upon delivery, the rig will be mobilized to the Middle East, and the Group’s total shallow water rig count will increase from 39 rigs to 40 rigs.Shelf Drilling said it would finance the acquisition with proceeds from the Initial Public Offering (IPO) completed earlier in June, and cash on hand. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, and the rig is expected to be delivered during the third quarter of 2018.last_img read more

Egypt’s ex-president passes away at 91

first_imgThe once burly autocrat with thetrademark sunglasses, who became frail after multiple surgeries towards the endof his life, spent years in custody for his role in the deaths of protesters,but was freed in 2017 after the convictions were overturned. Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who faced multiple charges after his overthrow, including over the deaths of protesters in 2011 and for corruption, appeared with his two sons Alaa (R) and Gamal at their trial in Cairo in September 2013. AFP His death was confirmed by thepresidency and on state television. (AFP) His son Alaa Mubarak wrote on Twitter:“This morning my father, President Mubarak, passed away”. Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak,who ruled for three decades before he was ousted amid the Arab Spring protestsin 2011, died Tuesday at age 91.last_img read more

Colombia midfielder Quintero to miss Copa America

first_imgBuenos Aires: Colombia international midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero is set to miss this year’s Copa America after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for Argentina’s River Plate.The 26-year-old was forced off the pitch just before the hour mark on Sunday after his left knee buckled under a challenge from Jorge Figal in River’s 3-0 home victory over Independiente in the Superliga Argentina, reports Xinhua news agency.Scans showed the former Porto and Rennes playmaker sustained a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, River said in a brief statement.The news is a major blow to both River Plate and Colombia.Quintero, scorer of River’s decisive extra-time goal in a 3-1 win against arch-rivals Boca Juniors in the Copa Libertadores final last December, will miss the remainder of the Superliga Argentina season and the Recopa Sudamericana, scheduled for May 22 and 29.He will also miss the Copa America, to be played in Brazil from June 14 to July 7. Colombia has been drawn in the same group as Argentina, Paraguay and Qatar for the continental tournament. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Other Sports India Open Badminton to be held in Indra Gandhi Stadium for first time

first_img“Historically India has registered good results in this tournament and I am confident our players will repeat the feat this year too; especially playing at a new and historic venue like Indira Gandhi Stadium,” BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma said.The tournament has evolved a long way since its inception in 2008. The first three editions of the India Open, then a Grand Prix Gold level tournament of the BWF tournament structure were hosted in Hyderabad. It was upgraded later to a BWF Superseries Tournament in 2011 and since then India Open is part of the World Tour and hosted at the National Capital.With the Olympic Qualification starting later this year; this year’s India Open will see a host of top players from world badminton trying to amass as many ranking points possible to guarantee a direct entry for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India Open will have a new address this time with Indira Gandhi International Stadium (IGI) set to host the ninth edition of the World Tour Super 500 badminton tournament from March 26 to 31. After eight successful years, the USD 350,000 tournament will return for its ninth edition with the best names in the business descending on the capital for the event.This marque tournament was previously held at the Siri Fort Sports Complex for the last seven years. The Indira Gandhi International Stadium (IGI) in the past has hosted landmark sports events like the 1982 Asian Games and recently, the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. All the matches will be played at the K.D Jadhav Indoor Hall located within the IGI stadium. highlights India Open will have a new address this time with Indira Gandhi International Stadium.The tournament was incarnated in the year 2008.The next Olympics will be played in Tokyo in 2020. last_img read more

Volleyball team takes talents to Indiana

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald PhotoOver the past two weekends, the UW volleyball team has enjoyed some good-looking victories, going 5-0 in the comfortable surroundings of the UW Field House.Now, the Badgers (10-1, 2-0 Big Ten) are out to prove themselves as road warriors.”It’s always tough going on the road, because we don’t have our faithful fans in front of us cheering us on,” outside hitter and co-captain Sheila Shaw said. “We have to find it within ourselves and find our own fire, and try to block out the other fans.”Wisconsin, which moved up two spots in the NCAA rankings to No. 8 after home wins over No. 5 Minnesota and Iowa, will have to do just that when they play No. 19 Purdue Friday and Illinois Saturday.”We would love to go into those gyms and come out with two wins. That’s obviously our goal,” head coach Pete Waite said. “I want to see our kids step up to the challenge and answer to every great rally or good play our opponents make. Their crowds are going to be going nuts, so if we can silence some crowds, we’re going [to] be doing pretty well.”Both the Boilermakers (11-2, 0-2) and the Fighting Illini (10-3, 1-1) have the potential to knock off the Badgers. UW went down to both squads on the road in 2004.”Last year, we had some really bad games at Purdue and Illinois,” libero Jocelyn Wack said. “We just want to go out there and prove that last year was just a fluke and this year, we’re bigger and better and ready to compete.”Recently, the Badgers’ success has been due in large part to having a balanced team.While Wack, who takes a 42-match double-digit digs streak into the weekend, is UW’s main defensive threat, there have been hefty contributions from outside hitter Maria Carlini and defensive specialists Amanda Berkley and Megan Mills.”We did a lot of work in the preseason having everybody make a move to get to the ball,” Wack said. “We’ve been working really hard on the whole team playing defense together, and I think [this season] we’ve really shown that we’re doing that.”There has been a major transition in the passing game, of late. The Badgers have been implementing a two-setter system, with Jackie Simpson and Katie Lorenzen splitting time on the court.”I think it’s awesome having two setters that can run the offense really well,” Simpson said. “It keeps the opponents on their toes, they don’t really know what to expect.”And then there is, of course, the balance of the hitting game. Wisconsin, as they have for most of the season, enters the weekend boasting five players with at least 2.5 kills per game, led by Audra Jeffers with 3.73 per game.”When our passing and defensive games are [working], it’s really easy to get our hitters going and get our setter to distribute the ball to any of her options,” Shaw said.Purdue knows a little something about balanced offenses. Led by 6-foot-4 freshman Danita Merlau at 3.25 kills per game, the Boilermakers also have five players with 2.5 kills per game, and another at 2.48.”Like us, Purdue has a lot of balance,” Waite said. “They have got a number of people that they will go to offensively. They’ve even got two freshmen who are pretty key in their offense.”Waite added that the No. 19 Boilermakers have been underrated in the NCAA polls.”Purdue is better than their ranking,” he said. “They just haven’t gotten a lot of credit early, because their early season schedule didn’t match them up against any great teams that they could beat, but they’re very strong, especially at home.”Illinois, despite having multiple attacking options, centers its offense around senior hitter Rachel VanMeter, who is averaging almost six kills a game.”VanMeter definitely gets about twice as many attempts as the rest of her team, and she is scoring well, so we’ll have to watch out for her,” Waite said.With thrilling victories at home fresh in mind, the Wisconsin players are hitting the road confident about their chances to add to their lead in the Big Ten standings.”I think whenever you’re on a big winning streak and you’re beating some awesome teams, you’re always going to get more confidence with wins,” Shaw said. “It’s really good for us because the more confident we are, the better we’re going to play.”last_img read more

Scouting Pittsburgh with Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill

first_img Published on October 5, 2012 at 2:58 am Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu The Syracuse defense will face a tough task on Friday against Pittsburgh. The Panthers rank second in the Big East in scoring, averaging 29.2 points per game. They have displayed a balanced offensive attack in the last two weeks, defeating Virginia Tech 35-17 and Gardner Webb 55-10. Star running back Ray Graham is getting closer to full health after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL in the offseason, and freshman Rushel Shell has already emerged as an impressive weapon in the backfield, rushing for 157 yards against the Hokies. Meanwhile, senior quarterback Tino Sunseri, who has endured an up-and-down career, has been sharp in the pocket. He has thrown for eight touchdowns and just two interceptions while completing 67.2 percent of his passes.The Daily Orange caught up with Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill to break down the Orange’s matchup with the Panthers on Friday night and gauge the mentality of the team after a disappointing 1-3 start.The Daily Orange: Coming off the bye, with the 1-3 start, what has the atmosphere been like around the team? How have you focused to ready for this game?Marquis Spruill: We watched film. We made the corrections that we needed to make. We’re working on getting better every day. The losses, we can do nothing but learn from them, so we learn from them, flush them, we focus on the next opponent that we have.The D.O.: Coach Marrone has talked about penalties and other areas to improve during the bye. What did the team specifically work and focus on?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMS: I would say all the areas on film that we’ve been struggling that we’ve tried to make those a big emphasis in practice this week — whether it be trying to force turnovers, trying to prevent turnovers, prevent penalties, the whole nine.The D.O.: Improving tackling has been one thing Marrone has mentioned. How important will that be going against a team with a running game like Pittsburgh’s?MS: Tackling’s going to be very important, very crucial in the game. They have a great tailback in Ray Graham. We work on hitting drills every day but this past bye week, we got to practice (tackling) a little bit more than usual and I think it’s helped out.The D.O.: Ray Graham’s been a great player in the conference for a while. How is the team preparing and what is it like getting ready for a player like him?MS: He’s a great player. He has good feet, nice moves. He has good vision for a tailback. But we just have to play our defense like we’ve been doing thus far.The D.O.: Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri has also played well in the last two games to lead his team to wins. What does the defense expect from him after watching film this week?MS: It’s the same thing as Ray Graham. We just got to play our game, read our keys, break on balls. Hopefully we get some turnovers. If not, three-and-outs, things like that.The D.O.: What is the key for the team to come out with a win Friday night?MS: The key for us is everybody has to do their job. You can’t be scared. You can’t hesitate to make moves. You got to just do it and if you’re wrong, at least you’re doing it at 100 miles an hour, just do it and hopefully your teammates out there, they’ll fix you. Everybody, we just got to play, play like we know we can.The D.O.: Has there been any hesitation in the losses that you guys have noticed, and how do you get that aggressive mentality even if you might not be doing the right thing at all times?MS: Yeah, I’ve seen minor hesitation from certain players, but you know it’s things that the coaches point out and tell us as a group and things we fix in practice. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more