first_imgIt is interesting to point out that this project is the first in Croatia whose Study of the Impact on World Heritage, Dubravko Bačić from the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb, was confirmed by UNESCO. The plan was made by the architectural studio 3LHD, by the Dubrovnik architect Marko Dabrović. The planned spatial plan included a hotel complex that was to have 600 beds, a garage with 500 parking spaces, a congress and concert hall. But Viktor Vekselberg opted for a five times smaller hotel complex with 210 beds in the hotel and 60 in the villas. A hotel of this status has the potential to make Dubrovnik the host of the highest economic and state gatherings. Youtube: Vilin Studios At this year’s session of the Dubrovnik City Council, the mentioned changes to the planning solutions of the complex should be adopted. Namely, if the City Council adopts new spatial documents in the next year, all the needs of the permit will be issued and the demolition of the existing hotel and the construction of a new one will begin.center_img The dilapidated building of the Dubrovnik Hotel Belvedere should soon, it seems, be demolished. In his place, the Russian rich man Viktor Vekselberg plans to build a much smaller but extremely exclusive hotel. It is a project in which he is ready to invest between 120 and 150 million euros, and the hotel could have as many as 7 stars. Photo: imgur / ionizationlast_img read more

first_imgTopics : China revoked the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters, in a rare move punishing multiple journalists at a single news organization over an opinion piece.The government made the decision after it said the Journal refused to apologize for a “racially discriminatory” op-ed, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters in Beijing on Wednesday. Foreign journalists need press passes issued by the foreign ministry to qualify for visas to report in the country.The Wall Street Journal reported that the three were Deputy Bureau Chief Josh Chin and reporters Chao Deng and Philip Wen. Chin and Deng are both US nationals, while Wen is an Australian citizen. “The editors used such a racially discriminatory title, triggering indignation and condemnation among the Chinese people and the international community,” Geng told reporters in an online press conference. “China demands the WSJ recognize the severity of its mistake, make an official apology and hold the persons involved accountable.”China expelled a Wall Street Journal reporter last August after the paper published a report detailing allegations that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s cousin was involved in gambling and potential money-laundering in Australia.The US this week designated five Chinese state media companies as “foreign missions,” a decision that reflects the Trump administration’s view that Xi’s Communist Party is imposing increasingly draconian government-control over news services, senior State Department officials said. The designation requires the outlets to adhere to requirements similar to those imposed on embassies and consulates in the USUS puts restrictions on five Chinese state media outlets“China and the US, and a number of Washington’s allies, aren’t just decoupling parts of their economy,” said McGregor, of the Lowy Institute. “With decisions like these, they are entering parallel news and information universes.”China’s foreign ministry denounced the US designation on Wednesday, saying the country’s media outlets helped promote understanding and adding that Beijing would “reserve the right” to retaliate. “We urge the US to discard its ideological prejudice and Cold War zero-sum-game mentality, and stop ill-advised measures that undermine bilateral trust and cooperation,” Geng said.center_img “This marks a new low in relations between China and the foreign press, and says a lot about Beijing’s broader antipathy to the West,” said Richard McGregor, a former Financial Times bureau chief in Beijing who’s now a senior fellow at the Lowy Institute. “Beijing is looking to lash out at its critics. Once it has gotten over the coronavirus crisis, expect to see more such measures.”While China has declined to approve press credentials for foreign journalists before, it’s rare for authorities to punish three reporters at once from the same news organization. It also sets a worrying new precedent for news outlets with staff in China as the article was written by an author based in the US who wrote opinions, which are generally removed from news-gathering operations.The Feb. 3 article described China as the “sick man of Asia,” a phrase often used by 19th century European powers to describe the weakened state of the Qing Empire, which then governed China. A representative for the Wall Street Journal in Beijing didn’t immediately reply to an email requesting comment.The op-ed ran as China began battling the deadly coronavirus, which has now claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people and delivered a massive setback to the world’s second-biggest economy. The government has described the virus as a threat to “social stability” in China and tightened restrictions on online expression.last_img read more

first_img“The government will remain consistent with the PSBB policy, but the COVID-19 task force will have broader authority,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency head Doni Monardo told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He added that the expanded authority would include ease of access to human resources, equipment and logistics mobilization, immigration, customs and quarantine, permits, goods and services procurement, rescue, sector and agency command and money and goods management and accountability.Achmad Yurianto, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters, told the Post on Tuesday that the declaration of a national emergency would not result in a shift of policy, adding that the government would strengthen its existing measures instead.As of Monday, the pneumonia-like illness had infected 4,557 people in Indonesia and killed 399, with 380 recovering from the disease. Jakarta has become the epicenter of the outbreak, recording 2,186 cases with 204 fatalities and 142 recoveries. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has declared the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia a “non-natural national disaster” in a Presidential Decree.“[This decree] declares the non-natural disaster caused by the spread of COVID-19 a national disaster,” states the decree, which was issued on Monday.The decree also states that efforts to mitigate the outbreak are to be led by the COVID-19 Task Force with the cooperation of regional administrations, ministries and national agencies. “Governor, regents and mayors, as the leaders of the COVID-19 task force [in their respective regions], have to mind the central government’s policies when making any policy,” states the decree.Some regions with a high number of cases have declared large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). They are Jakarta; the municipalities of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi; Bogor and Bekasi regencies; the municipalities of Tangerang and South Tangerang; and Tangerang regency and Pekanbaru municipality.Nationally, the government has advised the public to stay at home and maintain distance in social interactions.Passengers wait for a commuter train to arrive at Depok station in West Java on Monday, April 13. Under the large-scale social restrictions (PSSB) policy, the commuter train has limited its operational hours. (JP/PJ Leo)center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgJapanese shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed long-term towage agreements with Kotug Smit Towage (KotugSmit) effective early 2017.As disclosed, the agreements cover MOL’s container, tanker, dry-bulk and car carrier divisions, and relate to the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, London and Southampton. “With this strategic partnership, both organizations aim to boost their operational performance by benefiting from smart collaboration and sharing operational knowledge and valuable information,” a joint press statement said.“This partnership embodies many years of mutual trust and shared values in terms of loyalty, commitment and goodwill. The strong relationship between both our organizations at all levels, from global headquarters, across different divisions to the operational levels in local ports, resulted in a good dialogue about optimization of operational performance and efficiency,” Masao Fukushima, Chief Executive Representative, Europe and Africa of MOL said. “This partnership with MOL underlines our principle, believing that harbor towage is about professional cooperation between all people involved,” KotugSmit’s CEO René Raaijmakers commented.KotugSmit was established in April 2016 through the merger of the European harbour towage activities of KOTUG International and Smit, a daughter company of Boskalis, setting as their focus the European markets. The company’s fleet features 64 tugs.last_img read more

first_img Tweet Share Share LocalNews Prevost Motion & Halcrow Report Confirm UWP International Airport Plan by: – August 4, 2011 Hon. Norris Prevost.Prevost Motion & Halcrow Report Confirm UWP Money & Work on International Airport, says former Minister of Ports Norris Prevost. Mr Blackmore’s claims that UWP did not leave money (EC$108M) for the construction of a new airport, or that the Airport designed by Stanley and Planning, on Runaway “G” would not meet ICAO standards or would not be an all weather airport, are dead wrong and misleading.Mr. Blackmore and his Labour government chose the wrong airport, and completely missed the flight in April 2003, when they rejected the motion which I brought to Parliament on behalf of the UWP, asking government to set up a special Committee comprised of Members of Parliament from all three political parties, to work with government in arriving at the best short, medium and long term solutions, to Dominica’s critical air access problem.The motion, entitled Re-Examination of Possibility of Constructing the International Airport, reported in the Hansard of Parliament for 28th April 2003, confirms the work done and  money EC$108million, left by UWP. The Halcrow Report Confirms Technical Feasibility  of the Design.The motion read: “Whereas the Dominica labour Party, the Dominica Freedom Party, and the United Workers Party all agreed in their 2000 Election Manifesto that an international Airport was absolutely vital to Dominica’s medium and long term tourism development, and Dominica overall economic development; And Whereas all three political parties committed themselves to the construction of an international airport; And Whereas substantial work had been done by the UWP Government towards the construction of an international airport including, (1) purchasing the land (2) negotiation of 12.5m Euros (EC$34.5m) from the European Union and US$20m from the Govt of the republic of China on Taiwan (ROC); And whereas at this moment govt intends to spend the bulk of the 12.5MEuros ($34.5M) on improving Melville hall Airport; And Whereas these improvements to Melville hall will only meet the very short term needs of Dominica’s tourism development; And whereas a large investment in Melville Hall Airport at this stage would make it very difficult for Dominica to economically justify the construction of an international airport for the next 15 years; Be it therefore resolved that government reconsiders its decision to light Melville hall Airport, and re-examine the possibility of continuing with the international airport. And be it further resolved that parliament sets up a special Committee comprised of Members of Parliament from all three political parties, to work with govt in arriving at the best short, medium and long term solutions, to Dominica’ critical air access problem.” Every member of the Labour govt voted Dominica’s international airport.  1. The Halcrow Report Confirmed Technical Feasibility of UWP DesignStanley and Planning report page 1-5, guidelines and Assumptions, confirm that “ICAO standards apply”; p6-9 confirms runaway “ G” to have 99.85 wind coverage, less severe to moderate terrain problems, moderate excavation, moderate costs, and uninterrupted airport operation. The technical feasibility of the project is further confirmed by The Halcrow Report, which concludes categorically  p51 “..The scheme remains, however a technically feasible one and has been used as the basis for comparison with the option of upgrading Melville hall”. Mr Blackmore and Labour’s claims that UWP did not leave money are dead wrong. They are misleading and should be completely ignored.Press ReleaseHon. Norris Prevostcenter_img Share 55 Views   one comment Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_img Ukraine’s former undisputed cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk holds that spot and he is not willing to let it go. Usyk is due to face Derek Chisora later this year and will then turn his attention to forcing his No. 1 position with the WBO. “Usyk has been the WBO mandatory challenger for more than one year,” his co-promoter Alexander Krassyuk told Sky Sports. “He has agreed to let AJ versus Pulev happen, with regards that the winner fights him next. This statement is still solid. Whether fans storm the arena or not the fact remains that the viewership will as usual hit the roof. Read AlsoEkundayo ‘enjoys’ training with Anthony Joshua The Joshua versus Ruiz jnr clash it will be recalled reportedly broke the all-time UK pay-per-view (PPV) record. The Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB) revealed that Sky Sports Box Office generated 1.284 million buys on fight night, and a further 291,000 buys over the following two weeks, totaling 1.575 million buys in the UK. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Unlike the December 7 2009 battle of Saudi Arabia that saw Anthony Joshua reclaim his title from Andy Ruiz jnr, December 12 show against Kubrat Pulev will be without fans. Organisers are however intensifying prayers against the coronavirus pandemic in the hope that before December the menacing virus which has its origin in Chinese City of Wuhan, would have faded into oblivion. Anthony Joshua’s date with Kubrat Pulev has been confirmed for December 12th at the O2 in London but promoter Eddie Hearn continues to wait for government approval when it comes to fans in attendance. Pulev is the mandatory for Joshua’s IBF title and the Bulgarian has been keen for the bout to be rescheduled after their June date at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was shelved due to the pandemic. The belief has been that once Joshua beats Pulev and Fury takes on Wilder in December, then the British pair can take each other on in a huge undisputed clash next year. Anthony Joshua and Kubirat Pulev may battle in an empty arena Dillian Whyte’s WBC mandatory was an issue but that disappeared last week when he was knocked out by Alexander Povetkin. But another issue remains and that is a pending WBO mandatory for Joshua. Loading… Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes12 Actors Who Always Play Bad Characters8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney PrincessesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”last_img read more

first_imgGary Lee Brandes, age 65 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019.  The son of Ralph Brandes Jr. and Clara (nee: Centers) Brandes was born on March 24, 1954 in Milan, IN. In 1973 he graduated from Milan High School.  Gary married Doris Jean (nee: Faust) Brandes in 1985 in Batesville.“Lucky” as his driver friends would know him, enjoyed being a truck driver for Hill-Rom. He received his 3 million mile safe driving award in 2018. He also enjoyed working outdoors, fishing and spending time with his Milan buddies.  He was an avid Colts fan who never knew a stranger. Most of all, he cherished spending time with his family.He is survived by his wife, Doris; children, Jason (Angela) Brandes, Katie Brandes (and her fiancé Chris), Doug Fredrick (and his girlfriend Libby), Lisa (David) Reames; grandchildren, Lucas, Marcus, Allison, Ovie and Hazel; Siblings, Linden Brandes, Ralph Brandes III and Greg Brandes along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph Jr. and Clara Brandes.Visitation will be Monday, May 13, 2019 from 4 pm – 8 pm with funeral services on Tuesday, May 14th at 10 am all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.  Burial to follow in the Old Milan Cemetery with Pastor Chris Renick officiating.Memorials may be given in memory to the American Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Heart Association c/o the funeral home.Online condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

first_imgLeicester manager Nigel Pearson believes his side’s early Capital One Cup exit exposed the deficiencies of a squad he knows is in dire need of strengthening. Less than two weeks into their return to the Barclays Premier League, City are already out of one cup competition following a shock 1-0 defeat to SkyBet League Two Shrewsbury at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday. Pearson made eight changes to the side beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at the weekend, which included blooding four debutants – three of whom were rookies – but he still feels the game was there for the taking. Instead, the Foxes lacked quality and conviction to see off manager Micky Mellon’s side, underlining Pearson’s concerns about his squad. Pearson has so far brought in six new faces, including a club record signing in £8million Leonardo Ulloa, but knows he needs more. Asked whether he would be making any further new signings before the closure of the transfer window at 11pm on Monday, Pearson said: “Possibly. I don’t know. “One of the things that is apparent from last night’s game, when you look at other players having opportunities, is that we do need to strengthen. We need more depth, and we’ll try and do that. “Whether that is doable or not is dependant on a number of things, but we continue to work to get players to strengthen the squad. “People seem to think it’s only recently we’ve been trying to do things, but that’s not the case. “It’s been a very frustrating summer for us. The targets we’ve been trying to bring in have not happened. “So you could look at this final week and say ‘if we’ve not done it since May, it’s very unlikely we’ll do it now’. Press Association “I’ve a very balanced view on whether we’ll get any deals done. If we do, good, and if we don’t we’ll have to deal with it I’m afraid.” Former Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has been heavily linked, as has James McArthur at Wigan, with reports claiming talks remain open between both clubs in the latter case after an initial £5million bid was rejected. Pearson, however, is refusing to go into detail about his targets as he added: “I’ve not mentioned players by name apart from Cambiasso, and only because he was put into the public domain by somebody else. “So I don’t intend now to talk about players at no point I have mentioned. “If other people decide to bring potential deals into the public domain, that’s entirely up to them. “But I certainly won’t be discussing those sorts of details because it is totally inappropriate and totally unprofessional.” last_img read more

first_img The Magpies climbed into the top five in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday evening as a result of a 1-0 victory over QPR, their fifth in succession in the league and sixth in all competitions. That represents a remarkable turn-around for a manager who just a matter of weeks ago was facing concerted calls for his head from disgruntled fans. The 53-year-old is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he prepares for a December fixture list which includes clashes with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United as well as a derby showdown with Sunderland, although he is not unduly concerned by the task ahead. Asked how important it was to have beaten QPR ahead of that tough schedule, Pardew said: “You could have argued that three games ago, four games ago. “We had Manchester City and Liverpool and Spurs and we sailed through that, so don’t look at the fixtures and think that there’s anything that we can’t deal with. “It is a tough December, there’s no doubt about that, but the team is in such a good place today, we were so disciplined today. “I think anybody who recognises Premier League football and watches it on a regular basis would see that as a really powerful performance from a young team, so that was really good for us.” What was not so good for Pardew and his players was the sight of Ryan Taylor leaving the pitch in tears just 34 minutes into his first league start for 993 days, after fighting his way back from two cruciate ligament injuries. The midfielder, who had arguably been the most influential player in the game until that point, could have been forgiven for fearing the worst when he slumped to the ground in some distress after anxiously flexing his knee, although he was able to walk to the dressing room. By chance, the surgeon who operated on him, Richard Steadman, was among the crowd at St James’ Park and accompanied him to hospital, and Taylor later allayed concerns over any significant damage via his Twitter account. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists his team should fear no-one as they attempt to extend their remarkable run of form. He tweeted: “Thank you all for your positive messages. I appreciate them all, just to let you know I have no major problem, and I had to come off today just to be on the safe side. “I was just gutted to come off, that’s why I got so emotional as I’ve worked so hard to get back. Thanks again.” The news will have allowed Pardew to enjoy his weekend after all with the manager having admitted Taylor’s predicament had taken the edge of a hard-earned victory. Newcastle enjoyed the better of the game, but were unable to make the pressure tell until 12 minutes from time when they finally broke the visitors’ stubborn resistance, skipper-for-the-day Moussa Sissoko spinning on Sammy Ameobi’s pass before shooting firmly past keeper Rob Green. Substitute Papiss Cisse might have cemented the win in injury time after running on to Sissoko’s beautiful reverse pass, but although his scuffed shot beat Green, former Magpie Joey Barton was able to clear before the ball crossed the line. QPR left Tyneside bemoaning their luck after believing they were finally about to open their account away from home this season, but ultimately leaving with a sixth successive defeat which saw them slip to the foot of the table. Defender Nedum Onuoha told the club’s official website, www.qpr.co.uk: “Most of us thought we were in the game – we felt it was one of those games that was probably going to end in a draw, and then to concede when we did was a shame and we just couldn’t come back from it. “I believe we deserved a point because this is a team that had won five on the bounce and to be honest, overall we probably didn’t have than many moments where we were under a great deal of pressure, so a point would have been something we were after. But it just didn’t happen.” Press Associationlast_img read more