In October, Croatia Airlines connects Croatia with 15 European destinations

first_imgPhoto: CA In domestic scheduled traffic, Croatia Airlines aircraft will connect Zagreb with five Croatian airports (Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula and Bol on the island of Brač), and flights on the Osijek-Split and Osijek-Dubrovnik routes will continue.  During October, the national airline’s aircraft will directly connect Croatia with 15 international destinations (Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, London Heathrow, Lyon, Munich, Paris, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje and Zurich). In international regular traffic, the capital Zagreb will be directly connected to 12 European destinations, from Split it will fly to 10 European capitals, from Dubrovnik to two international destinations, and from Rijeka it will continue to fly to Munich.   Also, regular domestic flights to 7 Croatian airports continue to be operated, which enables air connections within the state borders.last_img read more

Half world’s workers risk livelihoods being ‘destroyed’: ILO

first_imgTopics : Nearly half of the entire global workforce is in immediate danger of having their livelihoods destroyed by the coronavirus pandemic, the International Labor Organization warned Wednesday.The ILO said the risk fell on those workers in the informal economy, and three-quarters of them, some 1.6 billion people were at risk in the second quarter of 2020.The UN agency said an expected further sharp decline in working hours, due to the COVID-19 crisis, meant that these workers were in “immediate danger of having their livelihoods destroyed”. Working hours plunge The ILO said the crisis was causing an unprecedented reduction in economic activity and working time.It estimates that global working hours declined by 4.5 percent in the first quarter of 2020, compared with the last three months of 2019.Global working hours in the second quarter of 2020 are expected to be 10.5 percent lower than in the last pre-crisis quarter, due to the extension of lockdowns.The ILO said this was the equivalent to 305 million full-time jobs, representing a major deterioration on a previous second-quarter estimate of 195 million.It said the Americas (down 12.4 percent), followed by Europe and central Asia (down 11.8 percent each) would be the regions losing the most working hours over the second quarter.”We all have to think of the human suffering, the human need that stands behind that extraordinary figure,” said Ryder.The ILO found the proportion of workers living in countries with recommended or mandatory workplace closures has decreased from 81 to 68 percent over the last two weeks — mainly driven by the lifting of workplace shutdowns in China.However, the situation has worsened elsewhere, with workplace closure measures increasing. No income, no food “Staying home means losing their jobs, and without wages, they cannot eat,” the report said.It said that almost 1.6 billion informal economy workers, accounting for 76 percent of informal employment worldwide, were significantly impacted by lockdown measures imposed to combat the spread of the virus, “and/or working in the hardest-hit sectors”.More than 95 percent of them are working in units of fewer than 10 workers.The ILO said the worst-affected sectors would be accommodation and food services, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and real estate and business activities.”As the pandemic and the jobs crisis evolve, the need to protect the most vulnerable becomes even more urgent,” said Ryder.”For millions of workers, no income means no food, no security and no future. In its third report on the coronavirus crisis and the world of work, the ILO warned of the impact on the most vulnerable in the labor market, who are often in the hardest-hit sectors.The 1.6 billion people stand in line to suffer “massive damage to their ability to earn a living,” said ILO director-general Guy Ryder.The ILO said the global workforce was 3.3 billion people, of which more than two billion worked in the informal economy — in jobs characterized by a lack of basic protections, no possibility to work from home and no income replacement during the lockdown.last_img read more

Brisbane block on 400sq m sells for a record price

first_img6 Warraba Ave, Wavell Heights.A Wavell Heights property which sold for more than $1 million has broken the record for a 400sq m block in the area.Place – Aspley principal Tristan Rowland said the home at 6 Warraba Ave sold on March 17 for $1.110 million. 6 Warraba Ave, Wavell Heights.The home has polished timber floors and a design which captures city views.The two large bedrooms, including the luxurious master suite captures city views and has his and hers wardrobes, plus an ultra-modern ensuite.Mr Rowland said his agency knew how to get buyers who are not looking at Wavell Heights to come and inspect the area. “The buyer was looking in Clayfield and the under buyer wasn’t even actively looking,” he said.The property is close to schools and public transport. 6 Warraba Ave, Wavell Heights.Mr Rowland said he “smashed” his own record previously set at $1,010,000 at 15 Gurley St.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019He said the property was sold to an executive.“We had 60 groups through and had seven offers,” Mr Rowland said.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is set over two levels.last_img read more

Asian institutional investor tenders Korean equity mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgAn institutional investor based in Asia has tendered a $50m-100m (€37m-73m) Korean equities mandate, using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1375, the investor is looking specifically for active managers focusing on bottom-up, quality companies.Managers should employ the KOSPI index as benchmark, with a tracking error of no more than 6%.They should also have at least $1bn in assets under management and a minimum track record of three years. Applicants should state performance, gross of fees, to the end of September 2013.The closing date for applications is 22 January.The news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients   conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email read more

How much for rugby star Quade Cooper’s luxury Brisbane home?

first_imgOne of the sleek bathrooms in the home.Records show Cooper paid $1.845 million for the property in 2015, but it was extensively renovated by Graya Construction a year ago. The above-ground pool and outdoor terrace.The rugby star and former Miss Universe Australia listed the property in November before moving to Melbourne, where Cooper has signed with the Melbourne Rebels. Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic are selling their Bulimba home. Picture: Adam Head.HOW much would you pay for the home of a rugby star and his model girlfriend?Well, we now know just how much Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic want for their renovated Brisbane pad. This Bulimba property is on the market for $2.65m.The luxury house in Bulimba has been given a $2.65 million price tag after failing to sell at auction late last year.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agocenter_img The home has a rooftop terrace.The home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a pool and a 12m marina berth on the Brisbane River.It is for sale through Damon Warat and Ed Cherry of Ray White. The Bulimba home comes with a 12m marina berth on the Brisbane River.last_img read more

Helix Energy back to the black in first quarter

first_imgHouston-based oil and gas services company Helix Energy Solutions returned to profit in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Looking ahead, Helix expects to see improved results amid increased activity in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.  Siem Helix 2; Source: Flickr; Author: kees torn – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseHelix on Tuesday reported a net income of $1.3 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared to a net loss of $2.6 million for the same period in 2018 and a net loss of $13.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2018.The company recorded revenues of $166.8 million for the first quarter 2019 compared to $164.3 million in the same period last year.In the Well Intervention segment, revenues decreased $7.3 million, or 6%, in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018. The decrease was primarily due to higher rates in the Gulf of Mexico on higher integrated services revenue and higher IRS rental unit utilization in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2019, which were offset in part by higher revenues in the North Sea in the first quarter of 2019.Robotics revenues increased $11.9 million, or 44%, in the first quarter of 2019 from the first quarter of 2018 due to higher overall vessel and ROV utilization, including a higher number of trenching days year over year. Vessel utilization was 88% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 56% in the first quarter of 2018. ROV asset utilization increased to 39% in the first quarter of 2019 from 30% in the first quarter of 2018, and the first quarter of 2019 included 133 trenching days compared to 44 days in the first quarter in 2018.Owen Kratz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Helix, stated, “Our first quarter results for 2019 reflect improved financial performance both year over year and sequentially. Our Well Intervention segment results improved quarter over quarter despite the seasonal slowdown in the North Sea, and our Robotics segment continues to benefit from improved asset utilization and a lower cost structure.“As activity levels increase in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico, we expect to see improved results in 2019 and believe we are positioned to deliver improved results in a challenging market,” Kratz concluded.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

Bing says COVID-19 threat not yet over, calls for vigilance

first_imgMayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City. Leonardia also appealed to Bacolodnons not to share wronginformation about the Covid-19. “That is not yet a cause for us to celebrate. There is notime to celebrate yet… Don’t be complacent,” the mayor said in a pressconference. On Thursday morning, the Bacolod City Inter-Agency TaskForce on COVID-19 reported that “all eight PUIs here have already beendischarged with no confirmed cases as of this report”. The mayor commended the task force led by Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran as chairman, with Dr. Grace Tan of the City Health Office as aspokesperson, for doing an encompassing job to enable the city to prevent andcontrol the Covid-19 outbreak. Last Feb. 7, Leonardia attended the National Disaster RiskReduction and Management (NDRRM) Full Council meeting on the Covid-19 threatheld at the Department of National Defense Social Hall in Camp Aguinaldo inQuezon City. The fast spread of Covid-19 even before vaccines arediscovered should serve as a reminder for the public to be watchful, he said. BACOLOD City – Mayor EvelioLeonardia urged residents here to remain cautious of the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-2019) threat even as the city no longer has patients underinvestigation (PUIs) as of Saturday. “At this age and time when traveling is so easy and somassive, we cannot let our guards down. It’s not that we can just stop peoplefrom entering our ports. We cannot be an island by ourselves,” he added. “The problem is that we also have “infodemic”. Fake news isso unnecessary, it upsets people. They get traumatized and paranoid. It isenough that we have this problem. I appeal to everyone. Use your conscience.Please stop spreading lies and fake news for the sake of society,” he said. Leonardia, the national president of theLeague of Cities of the Philippines, is a member of the NDRRM Full Council. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Worrell sees fireworks early at Langley Speedway

first_imgGlenn Worrell winged his way to the June 30 Virginia Sprint Series victory at Langley Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)By Jim HainesHAMPTON, Va. (June 30) – The annual July 4th holiday visit to Langley Speedway was early this year and after 30 fast laps, Glenn Worrell saw the fireworks in the form of a checkered flag first.Bill Rice and Worrell paced the field to green with Rice out first as Worrell stayed close; on lap two, Worrell drove hard into turn one and to the front. Tony Harris and Mike Leraas were quickly all over Rice for second, using the high line in their bid to get by.By lap four, Harris and Leraas went by Rice and the top three were soon together and going at it hard lap after lap.Worrell kept his car smooth as Harris was going low or high every lap to get an opening while keeping Leraas in third as well. Mike Keeton battled Rice for fourth as the top three were not let­ting up.Traffic was coming up as the white flag waved, giving the chase cars one last shot at Worrell but he did not waver as he powered off the last corners smooth and fast to take his first win of the year.Feature results – 1. Glenn Worrell; 2. Tony Harris; 3. Mike Leraas; 4. Mike Keeton; 5. Bill Rice; 6. Josh Perreault; 7. Daren Bolac; 8. Chris Ware; 9. Neil Sandridge; 10. Matt Mullins; 11. Charlie Ware; 12. Ron Moyers.last_img read more

Fine line for Wales – Webb

first_img Ireland will arrive at the Millennium Stadium on a run of 10 successive Test match victories under their outstanding coach Joe Schmidt. If they topple Wales – Ireland have only lost twice in Cardiff since 1983 – a win against Scotland on Saturday week would secure a first Six Nations Grand Slam for six years and send them into the World Cup later this year with confidence sky-high. “The kick is only as good as the chase, and playing with Bowey (Tommy Bowe) at the Ospreys, every time I put a box-kick up he would always go and get it back for me. “Murray and Sexton are key players, but Bowe, (Rob) Kearney and (Simon) Zebo are good in the air and their chase is obviously as good as the kick. “They have got a lot of dangerous players. “We just need to be on the money, and we know there is no margin for error because Sexton will keep kicking the three points over and he can also put us in the wrong parts of the field. “We just need to keep on top of it and keep lots of pressure on them.” Webb has been one of the individual success stories of Wales’ season, having been selected ahead of 92 times-capped Mike Phillips for the autumn opener against Australia in November, and going on to score four tries in his last six Tests. And Webb’s creative ability has also shone through, which he illustrated by making a decisive break that led to his half-back colleague Dan Biggar scoring a crucial try during victory against France that continued Wales’ Six Nations recovery act. “I do not get nervous before a match,” Webb said: “I try to think it is just another game for my local club. It relaxes me and makes me play with a smile on my face. “If I do see a gap, then I am going to go. “If we score from it, or make yardage and get over the gain-line, then it is all going to help the team and get front-foot ball – then hopefully speed of ball – and create some space out wide for our dangerous backs. “You just have to pick your moment, really. You can’t do it all the time. It is about being smart and picking the right time to go.” Webb, 26, lists three former stars of the world game – Justin Marshall, Joost van der Westhuizen and current Wales assistant coach Rob Howley – as scrum-halves he admired growing up. And the Howley connection – Webb used to be a ball-boy at Bridgend Rugby club when Howley played for them – is flourishing within the Wales set-up. “I want to be the best I can be,” Webb added. “And that means working hard on and off the pitch, honing my skills such as passing and kicking, and keeping my focus at all times. “As long as I do my job the best I can, the rest will take care of itself.” And Howley said: “Rhys is an individual running danger, and he brings the forwards into the game between nine and 10. He has an eye for a break and can score from five or 20 yards. “His kicking and composure is very good, and we have seen over the last two games (against Scotland and France) his ability to be kicking accurately from nine, which is a huge part of the game, particularly in coming out of defence.” Press Association For their part, Wales still have hopes of landing a third Six Nations crown in the last four years. But they are currently two points behind Ireland, while also holding an inferior overall points difference compared with the Irish and fellow title contenders England, whose last two games are Twickenham appointments with Scotland and France. “To win the title would be a massive achievement after the disappointment of losing to England (last month),” said Wales scrum-half Webb, who starts against Ireland for the first time in his Test career. “We know that we have to beat Ireland to remain in contention. “To be fair, they have won 10 games on the bounce. They are a world-class team – the best in Europe. “We have had a good week’s training, and the boys are positive. We’ve stepped it up from the England game, so hopefully we can bring a big performance out this weekend.” Key to Ireland’s victory hopes will be the implementation of tactics by half-backs Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray. They delivered a masterful display in tormenting England two weeks ago, and Wales are understandably on red alert. “It was an outstanding kicking performance,” Webb added. “I don’t know if England did much analysis on them – they didn’t seem to put much pressure on nine and 10 whatsoever. Rhys Webb accepts there can be “no margin for error” when Wales attempt to divert Ireland’s seemingly-relentless RBS 6 Nations title march off course on Saturday.last_img read more

Wenger makes no keeper guarantees

first_img Since the turn of the year, Szczesny has seen his position at the Emirates Stadium lost to David Ospina following a some poor performances coupled with negative off-field headlines when caught smoking in the showers after the Barclays Premier League defeat at Southampton on January 1. Szczesny has not played since the quarter-final win at Manchester United, but Wenger believes the goalkeeper will be sharp enough to come back between the posts this weekend. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has every confidence Wojciech Szczesny is up to the challenge of returning in goal for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley, but will offer no guarantees of the Poland stopper as their long-term number one. Press Association However, the Arsenal manager insists just like any other position within his squad – which has won eight league matches in succession – that it is all down to form. “I believe that before a game you prepare mentally and there is no special problem,” said Wenger. “I replaced Wojciech because he had a bad game. I still think he is a great goalkeeper and I want him as well to have the opportunity to show that. “On Wednesday night, I watched PSG against Barcelona and they (Barcelona) played their goalkeeper number two (Marc-Andre ter Stegen) in the Champions League game. Why? Because you need to give them as well competition.” Wenger continued: “They know the rules. It is based on merit. “If you have a disastrous game you don’t play in the next one, but as well the first priority is the quality of the competition. “You are right (Ospina has done nothing wrong), but if Wojciech remained number one, Ospina would play on Saturday. “Once you have the rule, based on the fact Wojciech had a good game against Manchester United and there is no special reason to drop him (now) for Saturday.” Asked if Szczesny had a long-term future at Arsenal, Wenger replied: “I hope yes, but at the moment it is very difficult to answer that question. What is important is Saturday.” Szczesny’s attitude since being dropped has impressed Wenger. “He has trained well, and is very focused,” the Gunners boss said. “The problem is to repeat the level of concentration. Wojciech has a good potential of focus, but take any goalkeeper in any club, you don’t have many who play every absolutely all the games in Europe. They need their moments of (a) breather where they can recharge and focus again.” Wenger, though, warned against anyone expecting the jersey was theirs to keep. “At the moment it can change again on the performances of Ospina and the performances of Wojciech,” he said. “We are in a competitive world and you have to accept that nothing is definite, every day it can change.” The Arsenal boss added: “As I told you many times it is our job to fight for your places, no matter how difficult it is. “I accept that it is difficult. But when you choose this kind of job, you know it is down to competition.” Wenger rejected suggestions Arsenal’s resurgence was based around the regular introduction of Ospina, rather the fact they had now a near fully-fit squad. The Gunners head into this weekend’s Wembley showdown firm favourites to secure a return to the national stadium at the end of May and another crack at defending their FA Cup crown. Wenger, though, insists there will no air of complacency against the Sky Bet Championship side. “It is exactly the same (pressure as in 2014), maybe the environment is less (pressure), but yourself you have exactly the same. You want to go to the final and get there. You have to absolutely spot on with everything,” he said. “You can always imagine the consequences of not going (through). “You want to keep the positive vibes in the team and around the club, therefore there is only one way, and I have enough experience to know how big this game is.” Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is expected back in full training next week following an ankle problem after a match for the Under-21s. Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, however, faces more recovery time from an inflamed groin. “He is on the way, building up, and he might join in next week in full training and then we see,” said Wenger. Asked if the midfielder was expected back before the end of the season, Wenger said: “I believe so, (but) it is in the balance.” last_img read more