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  • Foreign river cruise ships want to go to the Republic of Croatia, but they can’t

    first_imgAccording to the CBS, in the first five months of 2020, foreign cruise ships recorded a decrease in the number of voyages of 91,2% and the number of days spent on the Croatian Adriatic by 87,8% compared to the same period in 2019. The number of passengers on these ships recorded a decrease of 98,5% compared to the same period in 2019.  The HGK river tourism community demands that “river cruising”, ie passenger ships carrying more than 40 passengers, be allowed to dock in inland ports, which is now prohibited. Last year, 61 passengers visited Eastern Slavonia and Baranja by river, and passenger ports on the Danube and Drava recorded 560 docks with continuous annual positive growth trends. Already in June, some river cruise programs began, in compliance with all epidemiological recommendations, organized by the German company Nicko Cruises, and announcements of the return of river cruises continue, organized by A-Rosa, European Waterways and Croisi Europe.  “It is not profitable for companies to operate with less than 20 percent of normal capacity. I point out that, in accordance with the measures adopted, the companies have already provided five percent of passenger capacity for accommodation in the event that one of the passengers becomes infected with coronavirus, and I therefore urge that the Decision be changed as soon as possible. “, says Božana Matoš, President of the River Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, who sent a letter on behalf of the Community, ie a request to amend the Decision to the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Public Health Institute. Croatia is recognized as a river cruise destination “Some of these cruise companies also have cruise programs in Croatia, and the current Decision does not allow them to dock in one of the passenger ports on the Danube and Drava, so an urgent change in the Decision is needed, which would not limit the number of passengers on river cruises.”, Explains Matoš, especially in the context of the latest data on the decline in the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports. “Unfortunately, these are very bad numbers and Croatia will recover from this situation for a long time, but at the same time it is an opportunity to strengthen river cruises, provided that the said Decision is amended in time.”, Said Matos, emphasizing that recommendations and instructions were adopted in June under the auspices of the EU Healthy GateWays, to start the organization of river cruises based on the recommendations and instructions of the World Health Organization in which the number of passengers on river cruisers is not limited.  Namely, due to the coronavirus, at the end of May this year, a Decision was passed on the necessary measure of banning the entry of passenger ships on international cruises to seaports and inland ports. This decision introduced a ban on the entry of passenger ships carrying more than 40 passengers to inland ports and thus directly prevented the return of river cruises, given that river cruisers have a capacity of up to 220 passengers.   The recommendations introduced measures to protect passengers in order to prevent the spread of infection, such as daily temperature measurement, mandatory distance of passengers, wearing masks, special epidemiological measures during boarding and disembarking and the use of common areas, etc.last_img read more

  • National HIV/AIDS Coordinator supports development of AIDS policy in Dominica

    first_imgLocalNews National HIV/AIDS Coordinator supports development of AIDS policy in Dominica by: – November 16, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share Nurse Julie Framption. Image via: dominicasource.comNational HIV and AIDS Response Program Coordinator nurse Julie Frampton says the development of a new HIV/AIDS policy for Dominica is a step in the right direction. Dominica has developed a new HIV/Aids policy to guide workplace activities and relationships within the education sector. Stakeholders met last week at a four-day workshop on the development of an HIV/AIDS/STI’s and other Life Threatening Illnesses Policy. The Policy is expected to be presented to government soon for approval. “This has been planned for a while and we are pleased with it. It is important to have policies to guide HIV issues. Without policies in place, you do not have a leg to stand on in terms of providing prevention education. While we have the HIV issues being taught at some schools i9n Family Life Education however we have some set back’s because we need dedicated teachers for the subject and we are just not getting that,” she said.Frampton said she hopes government implements the policy with haste.According to nurse Frampton there is a record of fourteen new reported cases of HIV in Dominica for this year. “That is not good. In the past we have seen 10 and 12. We want to encourage people to continue to practice safe sex and be mindful. Your ultimate responsibility is to protect yourself,” she said.Dominica Vibes News 33 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

  • New Farmers Can Benefit From Federal Loan Changes

    first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is improving farm loans by expanding eligibility and lending limits to more beginning farmers.Traci Bruckner, senior associate for agriculture and conservation policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, says the changes are part of a successful micro-loan program that has benefited first-time farmers.“It gives them that ability to get some access to credit, and start to build a history and start to develop their farming business,” says Bruckner. “Then they can grow from there. It’s really helping give a leg up, so new farmers can get started and then get stronger as they enter into agriculture.”Bruckner says the eligibility and lending changes will help more people who want to get into farming and ranching, as well as those who want to improve their current operations.According to Bruckner, another important change is the micro-loan program’s flexibility, which no longer requires a farmer to show they have filed income taxes for three years to be able to buy land and become eligible for loans. She explains not all new farmers are necessarily new to agriculture.“We’ve worked with a lot of beginning farmers that have apprenticed on farms, they’ve interned on farms or worked for farmers,” she says. “So we were asking them in the Farm Bill to loosen up that requirement and let other types of experience count towards that management and financial experience they need, to show they can pay back a farm ownership loan.”Bruckner adds more than half of USDA loans now go to beginning farmers.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

  • Bennett is Mr Guyana

    first_img… Campbell defends Mr Physique title, Fung wins Ms BikiniBy Faizool DeoMARLON Bennett has been known as ‘Bolo’ for most of his career and early Monday night the veteran bodybuilder was called ‘Pops’ by several persons in the crowd at the Guyana Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (GBBFF) Senior National Championships. But by the end of the event he had a new name – one he had craved for a long time: Mr Guyana.Rosanna Fung (right) defeated Angela Barroncas in the Ms Bikini competition.The top local bodybuilding tournament at the National Cultural Centre saw Bennett upstage his younger opponents – Caerus Cipriani and Carlos Petterson Grifith – to take the overall title.Also triumphing were Emerson Campbell, who continued his dominance in the Mr Physique category and Rosanna Fung, who defeated a chiselled Angela Barroncas (Singh) in the Ms Bikini battle.The Fitness Express-sponsored event was seen as the dawn of the post-Kerwin Clarke era. The four-time champion had decided to focus on international competitions and to give other local bodybuilders a chance to vie for the coveted title. And they did battle for it.Leading the charge was 42-year-old Bennett, who stormed his way to the Masters title, the Under-154 pounds title and then after a fierce battle, the overall title.Bennett, who trains at Fitness 53, said that the win was motivation for him and he hopes it can be a motivation for other ageing athletes in the sport. He added that he was confident of an overall victory when he heard that Clarke was not competing because he was the only competition.”The seasoned bodybuilder credits his focus and consistency for his run in the sport, which has spanned approximately two decades.“I love the sport; you have to love something to go after it over and over.”Although Bennett was the only multiple winner, all of the finalists had to win their divisions to advance.Cipriani, who finished second overall, had defeated Floyd Fabian Roza in the two-man battle of the Under-176 division, while overall third-place finisher Petterson Grifith retained his heavyweight title after getting past Rhon Loncke (who finished with two second-place trophies) and Alex Hamilton. Also in the mix was 26-year-old Derran Harris, who finished fourth overall with a promising package.Emerson Campbell (middle) defended his Mr Physique trophy ahead of Tariq Dakhil (right) and Yannick Grimes.Harris, who won the Novices bodybuilding competition this year, finished ahead of Tejpaul Gwendsammy in the Under-143 pounds category.Meanwhile Lifetime Gym’s Leon Benjamin, who finished fifth, was able to get past Henry Bassy from Buddy’s Gym and Julian Alleyne from Fitness 53, to take the U-164 title.In the Masters category, Bennett had gotten past Loncke and Donald Lindie, while in the Under-154 pounds he got the better of Jermaine Bacchus and Darius Ramsammy.MR PHYSIQUE Although there were clear separations in the bodybuilding divisions, the same cannot be said for the Mr Physique. That battle was intense and the four Space Gym competitors delivered crowd-pleasing performances.In the end, Campbell proved his superiority to retain his title. Tariq Dakhil upstaged former champion Yannick Grimes to finish second, while reigning Mr Novices Physique Delroy Phillips finished fourth.In the two-woman Ms Bikini competition, Fung worked the judges and audience from her first step on the stage. She brought out a sassy side, which, along with her figure, helped to fend off her equally impressive Space Gym mate Barroncas.Meanwhile, president of the GBBFF, Keavon Bess, who acted as MC for the evening, promised the contestants that next year’s competition would be bigger and that the federation is looking to increase the prizes.He said it might include a motorcycle or a motorcar.Along with Fitness Express, Space Gym, Fast Graphics, Stage of Champions, Digital Technology and Ellies Trading all contributed towards the success of the event.last_img read more

  • Latino Graduate Student Association vital for Latinx community

    first_imgFor Greer and many students like her, LGSA is a vital on-campus resource. The group is dedicated to helping Latinx graduate students find new and exciting opportunities in their fields and foster professional networks to support them after they leave USC. When Diana Greer first arrived at the Rossier School of Education, she had trouble finding a Latinx community to connect with on campus until she discovered the Latino Graduate Student Association during her first year. A year after joining the group, Greer became its co-president. Along with co-president Laura Delgado, a third-year graduate student studying educational counseling, she plans programming that connects graduate students within the Latinx community. Some of the organization’s most popular events include Noche de Estrellas, an end-of-year celebration for members, and an annual Friendsgiving dinner for those who are unable to go home for Thanksgiving.  The Latino Graduate Student Association executive board also helps run initiatives like the Undergraduate Mentoring Program, which help undergraduate students navigate college life. (Photo courtesy of Diana Greer) “Seeing the [general body meeting] was a big step in allowing everyone to come together,” said Hernandez, who is studying integrated design, business and technology. “Being able to see all of us together in one space at one time, chatting about how we can empower each other and make our lives better … was really powerful.” Greer said LGSA’s events and programming initially drew her to the organization because she wanted a place to celebrate and connect with her culture. Greer, a mother of one, said LGSA also helped connect her to other Latinx parents on campus and helped her find a community at USC. “[Our most important role] is to foster community,” Delgado said. “It’s a very different experience, being a graduate student compared to being an undergrad. We want to foster this sense of belonging.” “Right away, one of the students came to my classroom and said there [were] a lot of student parents that come that [I] just didn’t know [were] parents,” Greer said. “He connected me to other student parents and from there I was able to create a single mother USC type of support group for myself.” “I felt like I didn’t have a lot of Latinx friends in my cohort, or I didn’t see many, so I decided to start coming out to mixers and events,” said Greer, a second-year graduate student studying educational counseling. “[LGSA] just became like family instantly. To be able to hang out with students who look like you, talk like you, maybe eat the same food as you — it was very comforting for me, at a predominantly white institution, to be able to find Latinx students on campus.” Greer said that the team takes time to assign all 25 students on the roster to a mentor who shares their interests, looking for commonalities in hometown, major and background when choosing each pair. The Undergraduate Mentoring Program, or UMP, is one of LGSA’s larger initiatives. Undergraduates get paired with a graduate student mentor who can give them advice on navigating college. Recently, the organization partnered with Graduate Student Government to host a general body meeting and discuss issues USC’s Latinx graduate student community faces. The two groups invited graduate students to voice their opinions and speak directly to those who effect campus policy. GSG Director of Diversity and Equity for Programming Xavier Hernandez said the town hall-style event was a huge success.  For Delgado, connections like these make LGSA so vital to the Latinx community on campus. As co-president, she hopes to facilitate these relationships throughout the coming year.last_img read more

  • Premier League action this evening

    first_imgJames McClean could make his debut for the hosts while David Silva, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero are all fit for the visitors after recovering from illness.Kick off is at 8.Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes his old side need a world class striker to lead their line.  Arsene Wenger’s team were beaten 2-nil at home by West Ham in their opening Premier League game of the season. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been heavily linked with a move.Parlour has said the transfer market should be utilised for Arsenal to match their fellow title contenders.last_img read more

  • GOtv to Air FIFA Confederations Cup

    first_imgThese acquisitions now sit alongside SuperSport’s already substantial offering that includes the major leagues, Champions League and the SA Premier Soccer League.“Soccer is among the jewels in the SuperSport crown,” said Felix Awogu, General Manager, SuperSport West Africa. “We have long enjoyed the thrills of the World Cup and FIFA’s other properties and this new arrangement prolongs what has become a great partnership.”Other FIFA events on the broadcast calendar are the FIFA Under-20 and Under-17 World Cups, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and, in 2018, the FIFA Under-20 and Under-17 Women’s World Cup tournaments.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram GOtv subscribers will have access to live broadcast of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia as well as other FIFA tournaments on SuperSport.SuperSport confirmed itself as Africa’s home of world football after completing a broadcast deal with FIFA for its major international rights for the 2017/18 season. GOtv customers’ football experience will now include the FIFA World Cup, which takes place in Russia in June 2018.last_img read more

  • VIDEO: Ghana wins FIFA U-20 World Cup on this day

    first_imgOn this day in 2009. Agyeman Badu converted the last spot kick to earn Ghana and Africa it’s first World Cup in Egypt.This was after the Black Satellites had played majority of the game with ten men after defender Dan Addo was sent off for a second bookable offence.Members of the team include Dede Ayew, Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Addo, Opoku Agyeman, Ransford Osei and player of the tournament Dominic Adiyiah.Watch the drama as it happened in Cairo six years ago.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

  • Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, March 17, 2015•8:37 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to lights in the 100 block S. Woodlawn, Wellington.•10:08 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block N. U.S. 81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Shirley J. Martin, 63, Noble, Okla. and Floyd D. Moore, 72, Wellington.•10:19 a.m. Shirley J. Martin, 63, Noble, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for failure to yield right of way and no valid drivers’ license.•11:03 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency in the 1600 block W. 8th, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint in the 1400 block N. Park, Wellington.•12:25 a.m. Officers investigated harassment by telecom device in the 700 block N. Douglas, Wellington by a known subject.•3:40 p.m. Jennifer R. Foster, 40, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.•4:15 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal welfare check in the 300 block E. 11th, Wellington.•7:05 p.m. Jordan T. Steffes, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large, no rabies vaccine and no Wellington registration.last_img read more

  • Sea Bright Budget Proposal Increases Slightly For 2012

    first_imgTHE BOROUGH OF Sea Bright held a special meeting on Monday to discuss the town’s 2012 budget proposal. By Alison Bitterly He addressed several of the budget’s goals, such as fiscal responsibility, health programs, local infrastructure, and stabilizing the tax rate. While the town’s overall fiscal situation remains stable, Bascom notes that there have been some changes to the budget due to limited funds. “There’s where we want to be, and then there’s what we can afford,” he said Monday. “In the end, you still have a strong budget and a town that will continue to provide the same services you have today.” Nevertheless, Sea Bright’s property taxes will only be affected slightly going into 2012, with an increase of 2.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. The average amount of property taxes paid by a home in Sea Bright is $6,739, compared to an average of $7,754 statewide and $8,040 countywide.  In short, Sea Bright has managing relatively well in light of New Jersey’s ongoing economic obstacles. Bascom’s presentation also illuminated the ongoing effect of dwindling State Aid. He acknowledged that “[while] inflation continues to grow… State Aid continues to decline, leaving more and more of the burden on the local property taxpayer”.  In 2012, State Aid will make up 3.02% of operating revenue, with property taxes at 74.41 percent of revenue—a distribution that has been more balanced in the past.center_img Sea Bright’s Chief Financial Officer, Michael Bascom, provided council members with information and statistics on the new budget. After months of editing and revision, the budget currently stands at $5,333,649.24—up from $5,200,440.81 from 2011, but still slightly lower than $5,344,631 in 2010. Overall, Sea Bright projects that its budget will remain stable, with the exception of items outside of local control, such as state aid. The town’s borough council continues to focus on balancing a stable tax rate with a functioning local infrastructure. In these uncertain economic times, that often requires caution. “Something little in a small town can change things quickly, so we have to be careful,” Bascom said, acknowledging the need for fiscal vigilance. “We want to communicate a stable budget for the long-t Even so, certain changes will be made to compensate for Sea Bright’s limited funds. While police hourly wages are slightly up, police and public employment pensions have decreased somewhat. There has also been a minor increase in spending on health programs. Most other areas of the budget, including beach and sewer utility, remain stationary—despite the borough council’s desire to increase spending on beach improvements.last_img read more