Cruisers brought 208 thousand tourists in the first half of the year

first_imgIn the period from January to May 2018, 40 foreign cruise ships sailed into Croatian seaports, making 145 cruises. There were 208 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 308 days.The largest number of trips was made by ships under the flag of Malta (31 voyages) and Italy (30 voyages), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships under the flag of Italy (69 thousand passengers) and Panama (61 thousand passengers).Out of a total of 145 round trips, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (57,2%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (20,7%), which is a total of 77,9%. The remaining 22,1% of trips were made in the following counties: Istria (8,3%), Zadar (7,6%), Šibenik-Knin (4,8%) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar (1,4%).Source: CBSThe most visited was the port of Dubrovnik, followed by the ports of Split and Zadar The port of Dubrovnik (112 visits) had the most visits of foreign cruise ships, followed by the ports of Split (62 visits) and Zadar (29 visits).Fewer trips and days of stay of foreign cruise ships, and more passengersIn the period from January to May 2018, the number of trips of foreign ships for cruises decreased by 3,3%, and the total number of days of stay of ships in the same period decreased by 11,2%. In the mentioned period, the number of passengers on these ships increased by 17,0% compared to the same period in 2017.Related news: IN THE PRE-SEASON, MOST ARRIVALS FROM GERMANY, AUSTRIA AND SLOVENIAlast_img read more

Hong Kong formally objects to US demand for ‘Made in China’ export label

first_imgHong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a one country, two systems agreement that promised it a high degree of autonomy for 50 years.Many credit its unbridled capitalism, guarantees of a wide range of rights and freedoms, and independent legal system with helping Hong Kong to prosper as a global financial hub and interface for China and the world.But critics say the new security law, targeting activities that Beijing considers to be subversion, secessionism, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces, effectively brings Hong Kong closer to China’s authoritarian system.Supporters of the law say it will bring stability after a year of anti-government protests.The United States has extended until Nov. 9 its enforcement deadline on the “Made in China” label, from Sept. 25 previously.  Commerce Secretary Edward Yau said he formally asked the US consulate to relay Hong Kong’s request for withdrawal of the new regulations to US trade officials.”Such regulations go contrary to WTO (World Trade Organization) regulations and infringe upon our rights as a separate customs region,” Yau told reporters. “We are a separate, and indeed, independent member of the WTO.”Yau, who first complained about Washington’s move in August, said Hong Kong reserved the right to seek dispute settlement at the WTO.The comments come a day after the WTO ruled that additional tariffs imposed by the United States against China in 2018 were inconsistent with global trading rules. Topics :center_img Hong Kong has filed a formal objection with the United States over its demand for “Made in China” labels on goods exported from the Chinese semi-autonomous city, the commerce secretary said on Wednesday.Washington’s move last month followed China’s imposition of a national security law on the former British colony and a US decision to end a special status that had allowed Hong Kong different treatment from the rest of China.Now Hong Kong authorities find themselves in a bind over having had to reject the “Made in China” label at a time when they are cracking down on activists opposing China and the city’s pro-Beijing government.last_img read more

Governor Wolf to Award $4 million in Grants for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs to Battle Addiction Epidemic

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today will award $1 million grants to four organizations to build medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction. A formal announcement will be made at Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, a collaboration between Penn State Health and UPMC Pinnacle, 2501 N. Third Street, Harrisburg, at an 11:45 a.m. press conference today.Gov. Wolf will be joined by Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, CEO of Penn State Health, dean of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State’s senior vice president for health affairs; Acting Secretary of Human Services Teresa Miller, Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Physician General Rachel Levine; Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith; and physicians from Penn State Health associated with the grant and addiction program.Grants also were awarded to the Allegheny Health Network, Geisinger Clinic, and WellSpan Health.“Medication-assisted treatment helps someone suffering from the disease of addiction to recover from their illness,” Gov. Wolf said. “Through these grants, we can expand access to this treatment to all Pennsylvanians in their own communities through a ‘hub-and-spoke’ network of health care providers.”Pennsylvania’s hub-and-spoke model has an addiction specialist physician at the center as the hub, providing expert guidance and support to primary care physicians in rural and underserved areas of the state who serve as the spokes. The primary care physicians will provide the direct-patient care, including the medication-assisted treatment prescription. Patients also will be connected to drug and alcohol counseling in their communities.The grants are funded through the 21st Century Cures grant, a $26.5 million federal grant received by the Wolf Administration to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder. Twenty-three organizations applied.The Wolf Administration holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids as a top priority. To continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf, working with the General Assembly, has included the following in the 2017-18 budget:Expanding access to life-saving naloxone by providing $5 million through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to first responders, law enforcement, and other public entities across the commonwealth;Maximizing federal 21st Century Cures Act funding, which includes $26.2 million in each of the next two years for Pennsylvania, to expand access to treatment services, particularly for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured; andProviding $2 million to expand specialty drug courts to expand treatment strategies that divert offenders into more meaningful treatment and recovery.Some of the administration’s other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:Working with the legislature to establish a new law limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor and to individuals discharged from emergency rooms to seven days;Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) through the legislative process so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines;Increasing the number by 25 of rural Medicaid providers who are able to prescribe MAT through funding from a federal grant;Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients, including guidelines specific to orthopedics and sports medicine;Creating the warm handoff guideline to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;Teaming with the legislature to establish education curriculum on safe prescribing for medical schools;Educating and encouraging patients to properly use, store and dispose of unused prescription medications through drug take-back initiatives, and expanding the number of drug take-back locations to more than 600; andIncreasing the availability of naloxone. Governor Wolf to Award $4 million in Grants for Medication-Assisted Treatment Programs to Battle Addiction Epidemic October 17, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Hillside estate could be yours

first_img18/18 High Vista Drive Mount Louisa“We designed and planned it ourselves to include everything we’ve ever wanted,” Mr Wilkinson said. The elevated three-level, five- bedroom home has panoramic views of the city, mountains and surrounding natural bushland. “We saw the potential the site had,” Mr Wilkinson said.“There was no question, we had to have it.”Mr Wilkinson said when they considered the build, they wanted to create a home that was “high in the trees” with spacious rooms and large windows to allow for lots of light and breeze. 18/18 High Vista Drive Mount LouisaTHE owners of this hillside estate, bought it 10 years ago with the intention to build their dream home.Owners Shaylene and Martin Wilkinson thought the 4491sq m block of land at 18/18 High Vista Drive, Mount Louisa would be perfect. 18/18 High Vista Drive Mount Louisa“We wanted it to feel like it was a part of the natural bushland that surrounds it,” he said.Mr Wilkinson said the home is a “private retreat in the middle of the city,” far from neighbours.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“You have your own space here,” he said.On the main level, there is a large open-plan living, kitchen and dining space that extends out to a covered deck, soundproof theatre room complete with tiered seating and surround sound, laundry, separate toilet and bathroom and additional covered patio area ideal for use as a two-car garage space. 18/18 High Vista Drive, Mount Louisa 18/18 High Vista Drive, Mount Louisa“It’s always felt like that. We’re downsizing because our kids have grown up, and we don’t need so much space for just two of us.”Mr Wilkinson said it was going to be hard to say goodbye to the expansive elevated views. “When you come home from a long day at work, just one look at that view instantly changes your mindset,” he said. 18/18 High Vista Drive Mount LouisaOn the upper level, there are four spacious bedrooms, a master suite complete with large walk-in robe and ensuite, additional bathroom, separate toilet and covered patio, accessible via three of the four bedrooms. The ground level of the property has a fifth bedroom with ensuite, wine cellar and three-car garage with storage. Mr Wilkinson said that given the size and layout, the property would appeal most to families. “It’s a big, inviting family home,” he said. 18/18 High Vista Drive, Mount Louisa“It’s a really nice feeling.“It makes it easy to put work out of your mind.”Marketing agent Chris Cotterall of RE/MAX said the property was a standout in the area. “Houses like this, they’re few and far between.”last_img read more

Low-interest loans available for flood, storm victims

first_imgBrookville, In. — President Trump has declared 18 Ohio counties as primary natural disaster areas.  As a result, Franklin County was declared a contiguous disaster due to severe storms, flooding and landslides that occurred February 14, 2018, through February 25, 2018.  Under this designation, producers with operations in any primary or contiguous county are eligible to apply for low-interest emergency loans.Emergency loans help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding and other natural disasters or quarantine.Producers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. Producers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses, to a maximum amount of $500,000.For more information about emergency loans, you may contact the Decatur County Farm Loan Program staff at 812-663-8674.  This office is located in Greensburg Indiana and provides funding for Franklin County through Farm Loan Programs.  You may also visit online.last_img read more

Local residents selected as Girl Scout board members

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Thirteen community leaders were recently elected to serve as members-at-large on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Board positions were filled by individuals from a variety of communities in central Indiana.Members-at-large include Mary Azar Callahan, Monica Brownewell Smith, Roberta Courtright, Marco Dominguez, Krystal Fleeger, Tara Hamashuk, Elizabeth Kmiec, Jennifer Ping, Michele Richey, Taryn Stone, Ken Warner, Ella West, and Dr. Nikki C. Woodson.Mary Azar Callahan is from Indianapolis and is sales strategy and support for Midwest Region Business Banking of JP Morgan Chase.Monica Brownewell Smith is from Indianapolis and is an independent contractor with Barnes & Thornburg.Roberta Courtright is from Indianapolis and is director of community and player relations of the Indiana Fever/Pacers Sports and Entertainment.Marco Dominguez is from Indianapolis and is director of community relations of Financial Center First Credit Union.Krystal Fleeger is from McCordsville and is quality control team leader of Eli Lilly and Company.Tara Hamashuk is from Noblesville and is a student at Noblesville High School.Elizabeth Kmiec is from Batesville and is manager of trust administration with ClearPoint Federal Bank and Trust.Jennifer Ping is from Indianapolis and is principal of Bose Public Affairs Group and managing director of strategic business services.Michele Richey is from Greensburg and is counsel at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana.Taryn Stone is from Indianapolis and is a partner with Ice Miller Legal Counsel.Ken Warner is from Terre Haute and is vice president wealth manager of Omega Portfolio Management.Ella West is from Avon and is a student at Avon High School.Dr. Nikki C. Woodson is from Indianapolis and is the superintendent of schools for the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township.last_img read more

Bucksport wrestler sees her future in the ring

first_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Postscenter_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Bio BANGOR — Most teenagers can’t say they have been punched in the face by a professional fighter.Jayda Bailey isn’t like most teenagers. The 15-year-old aspiring mixed martial artist spent her summer training in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her Ultimate Fighting Championship idols. Holly Holm — a UFC fighter slated to face women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in November — spared Jayda no blows while sparring.“She gave me a double-bloody nose,” Jayda says. “It was amazing.”Jayda, a Hermon High School sophomore who wrestles with the Bucksport team, developed a passion for mixed martial arts three years ago — around the time Rousey began soaring into national prominence. With women’s MMA on the rise, Jayda is part of a growing group of female fighters challenging gender stereotypes regarding toughness.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut in the early stages of this trend, Jayda’s peers don’t exactly understand her involvement in the sport.“She’s different, so people will razz her at school,” says Jayda’s father, Jassen Bailey. “Even fighters get bullied a bit.”Jayda describes herself in school as “awkward” and “that little, quiet kid who people think it’s OK to pick on.” But for three hours a day, six days a week (except during high school wrestling season), she escapes to MMA gyms in Bangor and Augusta, where she transforms into her alter ego, “Lil Killah.”“It’s like I have a second life,” the 5-foot-3 fighter says inside Young’s MMA gym in downtown Bangor. “I come here, and I’m a totally different person.”Jayda has been involved in martial arts since age 5, when Jassen enrolled her in taekwondo classes for self-defense skills. She stuck with it for years, though she says its formal style never really “sparked an interest” in her.Jayda tried out more conventional sports throughout her childhood in search of that spark. Jassen laughs while remembering his daughter on the basketball court, looking as smooth as a kid trying to throw a medicine ball.“I’ve never been athletically gifted,” Jayda says. “I’m shocked that I’ve actually found a sport I have a future in.”At age 12, Jayda began training at Young’s, where she discovered boxing, kickboxing, grappling, wrestling and jujitsu — all the disciplines that comprise mixed martial arts.Jayda kicks an opponent while sparring at Young’s. PHOTO BY RICK MCHALEShe became hooked.Young’s MMA owner and coach Chris Young says Jayda has developed into a well-rounded fighter over his three years training her.“She’s very unique. That’s for sure,” Young says. “You don’t see a lot of kids — I don’t need to say girls — putting the kind of time she puts into this. I have professional fighters on my team who don’t put in as much time as she does.”Jayda quickly advanced from children’s lessons to adult classes, where she practices with fighters twice her age. UFC fighter and Bangor native Emily Kagan noticed Jayda’s potential and used her connections to get Jayda into the exclusive Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque. Jayda spent eight weeks training with, and getting beat up by, UFC fighters.“I was this little fan girl among all these pros,” Jayda says. “It was inspiring being around fighters who actually made it. My dreams became real.”Jayda’s ultimate goal is to become a UFC fighter. She plans to continue honing her skills in the individual techniques before her 18th birthday — the minimum age at which she can enter an MMA cage match.Jayda’s jujitsu coach in Augusta, Jarod Lawton, says she has the potential to “go all the way.”“It’s just a matter of time,” Lawton says. “She has all the ingredients to become a professional fighter.”One of those ingredients, Lawton says, is having a supportive dad. Jassen drives Jayda to every practice and across New England regularly for competitions.“It has become everything I’ve ever wanted to do,” Jayda says. “I’ve started caring less about what people think about it. Everyone has their own judgments.”Jayda’s maturity makes it easy to forget she’s only 15. But the mention of Ronda Rousey instantly pulls away that veil, exposing a giddy teenager.“Oh-oh my God,” Jayda says. “I swear, I do everything in the name of Rousey. I’m obsessed.”The arm bar — a Rousey classic — has become Jayda’s favorite move.Until Rousey, the UFC didn’t even have a women’s division. Its president, Dana White, had always maintained he would never allow women into the sport. Rousey changed his mind.In late 2012, White, who happens to be a Hermon High School graduate, announced the formation of a women’s division and installed Rousey as its first champion — a title she has yet to relinquish.Young says it’s no coincidence women have started to outnumber men in some of his classes in recent years.“They’re starting to realize that this isn’t just a sport for men anymore,” Young says. “It’s girls like Jayda who are paving the way.”Still, the UFC isn’t exactly inviting to women. The company offers only two women’s weight classes — strawweight and bantamweight — compared to the men’s eight.And the sight of scantily clad ring-card girls always confused Jayda as a kid.“I’d see them on TV walking around in high heels, a bra and underwear,” Jayda says, “and I remember thinking, ‘Why aren’t they in the cage fighting?’”This kind of one-dimensional representation of women hasn’t made things easy for female fighters. Jayda says she has heard every reason for why girls shouldn’t fight, ranging from “they’re not strong enough” to “girls shouldn’t mess up their pretty faces for that.”Jayda takes a deep breath. She has yet to suffer any serious injuries from MMA, but those words appear to have left an impression.“People assume girls aren’t as tough as guys,” Jayda says. “We can do what they can.”Jayda says the first punch she ever took to the face stung for a couple seconds, but she got used to it.“Your face builds up a tolerance,” she says. “It sounds so much worse than it really is.”As for delivering blows – Jayda says that gets easier, too.“First, you feel apologetic,” she says. “Then, you feel empowered.”Jayda has heard the phrase “hit like a girl” used as an insult so many times growing up, she came up with a standard response years ago.“Thanks,” Jayda will say. “Maybe you can learn to hit like that someday.”Jayda poses with her martial arts championship belts. PHOTO BY RICK MCHALEJayda has won martial arts tournaments across New England. Most notably, she is a two-time “Black Fly” Brazilian jujitsu champion — an annual state tournament in Rangeley.Before competitions, Jayda says she will stare down her opponent, refusing to break eye contact. Everything else — the crowd, her nerves, her timid high school self — fades away.“Just breathe,” Jayda will think to herself. “Remember all the people who told you that you couldn’t do it. Then do it.”Jayda says winning those tournaments — hearing her name booming over the intercom while receiving a gold belt — often reduces her to tears.“It’s just like, I went through all that hard work and actually accomplished something,” she says. “For a half second, you feel like you’re important.”Jayda plans to return to Albuquerque next summer to train among the best of the best. And while most teenagers won’t go on to become professional athletes, Jayda Bailey isn’t like most teenagers.To sponsor Jayda, visit her website at read more

Princess She Is Not conquers CP Got Even to win Guyana Cup

first_imgPRINCESS She Is Not with Trinidadian jockey Nicholas Patrick mounted on the mare stormed past a star-studded field to cross the finish pole first and take the 10th Guyana Cup feature event for horses classified A and Lower on Sunday at the Port Mourant race track.With revenge in the minds of jockeys, two-time defending champion C.P Got Even was under pressure from the starting gates with $4M and 1800 metres away.The animals were off to an even start with Princess She Is Not of the Shariff Racing Stables maintaining the early lead to win handsomely by about four lengths from Jack in my Style, Lady Budapest and Just call me Boss.The winner received an additional $500 000 cash bonus and the winning jockey $50 000.Other winners on the day were Isn’t She Charming, Red and Lovely, It’s my Choice, Cat Massiah, Quiet Strom, Awesome Cash, Royal Cash and Mystery Man.Colin Ross was crowned the champion jockey, while the Jumbo Jet stable was declared the champion stable.Meanwhile, chief organiser Nazrudeen Mohammed Jr said the event was a huge success and an incident-free one. He promised an even larger event next year.The mega event was staged in observance of Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary.$30M in cash and trophies were distributed to first- to fourth-place winners.The 10th running of the Guyana Cup will go down in the annals of history as the biggest horse race meet in Guyana so far where thousands turned up to witness their favourite horses and jockeys.last_img read more

Rally held to celebrate return of the Victory Bell

first_imgTradition · Members of the Trojan Knights stand with the Victory Bell at a rally the organization hosted in Hahn Plaza Wednesday. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanThe Trojan Knights hosted a rally in front of Tommy Trojan Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the return of the Victory Bell, the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual USC and UCLA football game.The bell gets painted in the colors of the winning school. Though the bell has remained “true blue” for the past three years, it was restored to cardinal and gold when USC reclaimed it after Saturday’s 40-21 rout of the Bruins.Members of the Trojan Family stood before Tommy Trojan and awaited the band, who marched in at noon accompanied by the Song Girls.After leading the band in “Fanfare” and “Fight On,” band director Arthur C. Bartner pumped up the crowd.“Did we beat the Bruins?” he yelled, receiving cheers in response.Bartner then gave a speech about the true symbol of gameday,“Now people think it’s Tommy Trojan, people think it’s Traveler, no! It is the sword,” he said. “But we’re not here to honor the sword; we’re here to honor the Victory Bell!”After the band played “All I Do is Win,” Dr. Bartner introduced Clay Helton, USC’s newly permanent head football coach.Helton thanked the Trojan family for their support at the football games the past season and commended the players for “fighting through some adverse conditions to bring home the Pac-12 South championship,” before ringing the bell.The Trojan Marching Band then played “Tusk” before Bartner presented fifth-year senior Cody Kessler, who spoke about his experience as a third-year starting quarterback.“I couldn’t think of a better way to end my career playing at the Coliseum by beating UCLA and bringing home the Victory Bell,” Kessler said.He also proceeded to ring it, drawing claps and cheers from the audience.The rally ended with the So-Cal spell out and “Conquest.”Students, faculty, staff and others in the community then received the opportunity to ring and take a picture with the Victory Bell. University President C. L. Max Nikias was among those who rang the bell.Andrew Li, a freshman majoring in business administration, attended the rally.“I’m glad we finally got to have the Victory Bell back at USC for the first time in three years,” he said. “Hopefully we can have it here during all four of my years.”The Knights obtained the Victory Bell from the UCLA Rally Committee Monday. The Victory Bell has been a completely student-run tradition since the Knights stole it from UCLA in 1941 and a deal was brokered by the student body presidents of both schools in 1942.Will Orr, president of Trojan Knights, went to retrieve the bell along with other senior members and partake in the tradition for the first time, since USC hasn’t won since he’s been at school.“To be able to come back around senior year as president, go over to UCLA and just to pull the bell out of the heart of Westwood was one of the best days ever,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”Repainting it was a long and involved process, according to Donald Annarella, communications director for Trojan Knights, After retrieving it from Westwood, the Trojan Knights spent five hours sanding off the UCLA blue paint before painting the bell cardinal.“The Victory Bell is a symbol both schools hold in high regard,” Annarella said. “It only adds to our prestige, image and tradition when we actually have the bell and maintain it.”The Trojans have two more important games before the end of the season, but for now the University celebrates the conquest of UCLA.“We are very, very proud to bring the Victory Bell to USC,” Helton said.last_img read more