Passenger growth at airports of 14% achieved in February

first_imgIn February 2018, Croatian airports recorded 229 thousand passengers or 13,9% more than in the same month last year, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).The largest passenger traffic was realized by Zagreb Airport, with 170 thousand passengers (increase of 10,0% compared to February 2017), followed by Split Airport with 29 thousand passengers (increase of 28,5% compared to February 2017) and Dubrovnik Airport with 24 thousand passengers (an increase of 6,2% compared to February 2017).The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 61 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 17,7% compared to the same period last year. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in February 2018 was 4, which is an increase of 098% compared to February 2017. </p>
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A Jewish president? Sanders, Bloomberg vie to bust US barrier

first_imgWhite House hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg could hardly be more different in their politics, but in one striking way they share a similarity marking a milestone in US presidential campaigning: both men are Jewish.Should Senator Sanders, the progressive torchbearer and current Democratic frontrunner, or centrist billionaire Bloomberg, who is polling in third, win the nomination and then the election against incumbent Donald Trump, America would have the first Jewish president in its history.The contest may have reached a peak Jewish cultural moment at a recent Democratic debate when Sanders and Bloomberg, both 78-year-olds either born or living in New York, compared their heart health on stage. There is little love lost between them, as evidenced in January when Bloomberg sand-bagged his fellow member of the tribe during an address at a Miami synagogue.”I know I’m not the only Jewish candidate running for president,” the media tycoon said, between quoting Leviticus and jokes about Wolfie’s deli.”But I am the only one who doesn’t want to turn America into a kibbutz.”The rise of Sanders has sparked a debate about whether values embraced by Jews, like social justice, are best achieved through policies including universal health care, or by unwavering defense of Israel.Sanders antagonized many in the community Sunday by announcing he was boycotting the upcoming annual meeting of AIPAC, Washington’s influential pro-Israel lobby, because it provides a platform for “bigotry.”Sanders has repeatedly insisted he supports Israel but opposes policies that he says hurt Palestinians. In Tuesday’s debate he branded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “reactionary racist.”Sanders’s dominance in the race has been a point of pride for some Jews, but anxiety for others.”Sanders is a harder person to cheer for than what the centrist Jewish community fantasized would be the first time they had the chance to consider a Jewish candidate,” Kligfeld said. ‘Proud’ Jewish identity For several decades Jews have voted overwhelmingly Democratic.More than two-thirds of American Jews oppose Trump, despite his proclamations that he is Israel’s most ardent defender, according to pollster Gallup.But only 11 percent of Jewish voters support Sanders for president, while eight percent back Bloomberg, Pew Research Center polling from January shows.Kligfeld noted how much less of a focus their faith is compared to 20 years ago, when Democratic moderate Joe Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, was the vice presidential nominee.Al Gore’s running mate stirred a spirited debate about Judaism and the White House, notably about how Lieberman could serve as vice president if he observed the Sabbath rule barring work from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.That Sanders and Bloomberg are less observant than Lieberman may have assuaged similar concerns.With Trump accused of stoking flames of a culture war, and amid a wave of anti-Semitic violence and other hatred, the success of Sanders and Bloomberg is notable.”It’s definitely significant (that) two very different politicians but both of Jewish heritage and proud of their Jewish identity can be in such a prominent national political position,” said Logan Bayroff, director of communications for J Street.The progressive pro-Israel group does not endorse candidates but has said it will support the Democratic nominee against Trump. Many policies of Sanders and other Democratic candidates “line up with our views and the views of the majority of American Jews,” Bayroff said.In his first presidential campaign, in 2016, Sanders largely avoided discussing his Jewishness.He has been more open about his identity this cycle. In December he used a blowtorch to light a Hanukkah menorah in Iowa, where he recalled how his father emigrated from Poland to flee anti-Semitic attacks.In November he wrote an essay in Jewish Currents magazine in which he said several relatives were “murdered by the Nazis.”Topics : And yet the fact that two Jews are in prominent positions in the 2020 race — 16 months after a white nationalist murdered 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue — has been met with muted celebration within the Jewish community, and a sense of detachment among the broader public, observed Rabbi Adam Kligfeld.”It’s amazing, stunning, surprising and odd how little is being made of that data point,” Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, told AFP.”Maybe that’s a good sign.”The two are also drawing concerns. Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, while Bloomberg is a multi-billionaire accused of buying his way into the presidential race.last_img read more

‘Instant hoteliers’ sell latest project in Brisbane

first_imgThree more bedrooms, including the master bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in robe, are located on the second floor. Extravagant castle going under the hammer The kitchen has high-end appliances, a walk-in pantry and a polished quartz island bench with a breakfast bar. Terry and Anita on the Channel 7 show Instant Hotel in 2017.The show features couples with short term rental-style properties travelling between homes and rating their experience.Terry, a builder, and Anita, who has a background in interior design and finance, spent 12 months renovating their two-bedroom worker’s cottage in West End for the show, turning it in to a luxury rental property.Since the show, the couple have been busy doing what they do best, and that is renovating and flipping properties.Property data shows that 10A North Street sold in October last year for $850,000, followed by 12 North Street in December for $870,000.Their latest sale at 10 North Street was finalised earlier this month, selling for $860,000.It was sold by Place New Farm agent Alex Rutherford, who has handled all of the sales for the couple on North Street.“That price is a record price for a townhouse in that area and for that lot size,” Ms Rutherford said.“It was bought by a local professional couple who liked the finished, the location and the fact that it is within walking distance of the shopping centre.” Massive million-acre kingdom for sale The townhouse has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and space for two vehicles.It has a wooden entry with a smart lock feature which opens into the ground levels with concrete floors. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59Brisbane’s ‘reno royals’ have sold their latest project — a luxury townhouse at Newmarket.Brouquee, the renovation company owned by Terry Brouwers and Anita Bocquee, has now sold three properties in North Street — numbers 10, 10A and 12.The couple shot to prominence after they won the first season of Instant Hotel during its debut year in 2017. MORE: New Aussie city makes global property rich list There is a mud room, laundry, and a fourth bedroom on this floor, which has access to a fully-fenced, private courtyard and yard with artificial grass. Upstairs, the first floor also has polished concrete floors and timber hardwood features, and is home to the open plan living spaces including the lounge, dining room and kitchen, which open on to a deck with its own built-in barbecue, wine fridge and cabinetry. This house is as ‘good as gold’ More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe low maintenance backyard at 10 North St, Newmarket Other features include ducted airconditioning, ceiling fans, high ceilings and a home automation system.Sunshine Coast mother and son duo, Debbie and Justin, won season two of Instant Hotel earlier this year, beating fellow Queenslanders, Gene and Sharon from Cairns.last_img read more

Dubai’s $12-million World Cup horse race cancelled

first_img Read Also: Enyimba confirm abduction of Ojo by gunmen, caution media The event was created by horse enthusiast Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. The main race is a Group 1 flat race of 2km run on a dirt track and has been won by Maktoum’s own Godolphin stable with Irish horse Thunder Snow mounted by the great Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon in the last two seasons. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DronePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny Loading… center_img Racing’s ‘Dubai World Cup’ has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus, organisers said on Sunday. The thoroughbred charge along the Meydan course will be halted this year This year’s event was scheduled for March 28. The main race carries a purse of 12 million USD (11.2 million euros) at the state-of-the-art Meydan racecourse in Dubai. “Dubai World Cup has decided to postpone the 25th edition of the global event until next year,” a statement said.Advertisementlast_img read more

Other Sports Max Verstappen wins dramatic German Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel finishes 2nd

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Hockenheim: Max Verstappen took full advantage of his rivals’ calamities on Sunday to win an epic, rain-lashed and wildly-spectacular German Grand Prix for Red Bull ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. The 21-year-old Dutchman secured his second win of the season and seventh of his career, finishing ahead of four-time world champion Vettel, who had started 20th and last on the grid. New dad Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso was third as he secured only his third Formula One podium.     The race was a disaster for champions Mercedes who were celebrating their 200th Formula One start of the modern era and 125 years of motorsport, both defending five-time champion Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate Valtteri Bottas crashed and failed to score any points.     Hamilton eventually finished 11th after making six pit-stops as he missed out on points finish for the first time in 23 races while Verstappen continued his rich streak of consistency. Lance Stroll of Racing Point came home fourth to deliver his team’s best finish ahead of Carlos Sainz of McLaren, Alex Albon of Toro Rosso and Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo.     Romain Grosjean was eighth for Haas ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo and Kevin Magnussen who was 10th for Haas. “It was amazing, but really tricky out there,” said Verstappen, who made four pit-stops and survived a complete 360-degrees spin.     “To make the right calls, you had to be focussed. We put on the slick tyres and we had a 360! But it was alright.”      Vettel, for whom the result brought redemption after he had crashed out while leading in heavy rain last year, said: “It was a long race and at some stages, it felt like it was never-ending. I am just very happy.”      Kvyat confirmed that he became a father on Saturday night when his partner Kelly gave birth to a daughter. He said: “It was amazing! Amazing to be back on the podium and incredible for Toro Rosso, after so many years, it’s great to get a podium.”center_img Max Verstappen won his seventh career Grand Prix.Lewis Hamilton missed out on the points table for the first time after 23 races.Sebastian Vettel crashed out while leading the German Grand Prix in 2018.last_img read more

UTSA looks to sweep ODU

first_imgUTSA looks to sweep ODU BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Old Dominion’s Malik Curry has averaged 13.4 points while Xavier Green has put up 12.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. For the Roadrunners, Jhivvan Jackson has averaged 27.3 points and 5.8 rebounds while Keaton Wallace has put up 18.7 points and 4.8 rebounds.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Curry has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Old Dominion field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has 32 field goals and 26 assists in those games.PERFECT WHEN: UTSA is a perfect 5-0 when the team blocks at least five opposing shots. The Roadrunners are 8-16 this season when they block fewer than five shots.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Monarchs have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Roadrunners. Old Dominion has 30 assists on 67 field goals (44.8 percent) across its past three matchups while UTSA has assists on 27 of 75 field goals (36 percent) during its past three games.PACE OF PLAY: The upbeat UTSA offense has averaged 74.3 possessions per game, the 19th-most in Division I. Old Dominion has operated at a slower pace and is averaging only 67.4 possessions per game (ranked 260th, nationally). Associated Press March 3, 2020center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUTSA (13-16, 7-9) vs. Old Dominion (12-17, 8-8)Chartway Arena, Norfolk, Virginia; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UTSA goes for the season sweep over Old Dominion after winning the previous matchup in Norfolk. The teams last played each other on Feb. 6, when the Roadrunners shot 42.3 percent from the field while limiting Old Dominion’s shooters to just 38.8 percent on the way to the four-point victory.last_img read more

Boeheim reflects on Team USA’s gold medal in 2014 FIBA World Cup

first_img Published on September 17, 2014 at 7:25 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Boeheim responds to Yahoo! Sports article criticizing USA Basketball coachesBoeheim previews Syracuse basketball’s 2014-15 season after Team USA World Cup successcenter_img Lost amid the discussions during Jim Boeheim’s press conference was the fact of victory.Boeheim spent a lot of breath talking about a Yahoo! Sports’ article criticizing USA Basketball and speaking about Syracuse’s upcoming season.But sometime during his Wednesday afternoon press conference at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center he was able to reflect on another successful venture overseas as an assistant coach with the USA Basketball program, which is coached by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. The U.S. defeated Serbia, 129-92, on Sunday night to capture gold in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Madrid, Spain.“These guys were so good they made it look easy,” Boeheim said on Wednesday. “We are the only country that can have our 10 best players not play and still be able to win. That’s how deep we are.“… All that was written this past summer was about who wasn’t playing and we won by the biggest margin we’ve ever won by in the championship.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and other NBA superstars who once donned the USA uniform were absent. It didn’t matter.In the clinching victory, tournament MVP Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and James Harden chipped in 23 to bring more hardware home to the U.S. The team averaged a 33-point margin of victory throughout the nine games, the highest average for Team USA since 1994.Boeheim’s involvement with the national team program dates back to 1990 and includes gold medals from the 2010 World Championships and the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Now the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup can be added to that list.“It was fun to do it with this team. They were good,” Boeheim said. “They worked hard and it was really a great — long time — but a great 30-something days.” Commentslast_img read more

Senior runs and bikes cross country for a cause

first_imgSamantha Turner, a senior majoring in English, will trade planes and cars to bike cross country this summer.Turner will be biking to raise awareness about cancer, but is not the first time she will take part in such an event as she ran across the country from San Francisco to Baltimore in 2013. She will be biking with the 4K for Cancer, an organization that raises money for the Ulman Cancer fund in Baltimore, Maryland. For every dollar that each participant raises, the 4K Cancer Fund donates 90 cents to a young person affected by cancer.Turner explained that she was motivated to become part of 4K for Cancer by the cancer patients.“I just really want to be part of the cure. I just think it’s so unfair,” she said. “With cancer, you are so helpless. There really is nowhere to turn. Your entire life falls in the hands of doctors.”When Turner ran the across the United States, she ran with a group of 21 college students from all over the country. It took her and her teammates 30 days. This time around, she expects that the bike trip will take 70 days.Turner explained that though it may seem counterintuitive that biking will take longer than running, it is because of the way in which the two are carried out.“When we ran, we were separated into two vans of 15 people. The van would then drop two people off every two miles. When the van was finished dropping off the last pair, it would go back and pick up the people that were first dropped off.”The states her team ran through in 2013 were California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Idaho, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.“It was an incredible experience,” Turner said. “Since we were not allowed on highways, we usually took back roads and I was able to see parts of the United States that very few people have actually seen.”This year, Turner will be biking from Baltimore, Maryland to Portland, Oregon.Along the way, they will stop by “hope houses,” where cancer patients receive treatment if the nearest hospital is too far away.“It was very emotional stopping by hope houses because you see people receiving chemotherapy which is extremely harsh on the body.”In doing so, they also hope to raise awareness as they conduct their trip.“In order for the 90 cents of every dollar we raise to be allocated to a young person affected by cancer, we don’t sleep in hotels,” Turner said. “We don’t pay for housing so we stay in places like churches or high school gyms.”The group will do some sightseeing if they finish their miles early, but oftentimes they aren’t left with extra time.“We usually woke up at 4:30 in the morning, so we could start running by 5:30 to avoid the heat,” Turner said. “The earliest the team finished was 12 p.m., but if the team was taking a while to run, we could be done until 5 p.m.”Turner said that the hardest part of the trip was being separated from her family and friends. It was even more difficult when she did not have cellphone service and wanted to share something special about the trip with her family.Nonetheless, Turner described her trip as being incredible.“I met some of the best people in the entire world. They were people willing to sacrifice so much for others,” Turner said. “Each of them had a relation to cancer, a family member that they cared about and it was just amazing to meet so many people care for someone other than themselves.”Turner said that her main motivation for competing is to let the young patients know she supports them.“This year, I am dedicating my trip to them,” Turner said. “My only wish is for these people to know that somebody cares about them. If I were in their position, I would want someone to do the same.”So far, Turner has been the only Trojan to participate in 4K for Cancer.“It would be amazing to see other people from USC to take part, even if it’s alumni.”Turner said that her main goal is to raise awareness about the cancer community.“I just want to tell people about my story, of what I am doing, to give back to the cancer community. I am an incredibly lucky person and it’s just part of being human to just give back,” she said.last_img read more