Croatian coast still the safest in the Mediterranean: In coastal counties only 0,238 new cases per 100.000 people

first_imgThe Croatian Tourism Association launched a website four days ago www.croatiacovid19.info with the aim of timely and accurate informing the public about the number of COVID-19 cases in Croatian regions. Namely, until yesterday, in the last 24 hours, according to the data of the county headquarters, only five new cases of COVID-19 were recorded from Istria to Dubrovnik. Given that this area has about 1,4 million inhabitants, it means that we have only 0,357 new cases per 100.000 inhabitants.  However, there are more than 700.000 guests on the Adriatic, so the situation is even more favorable – 0,238 new cases per 100.000 people.center_img The Croatian coast is still the safest destination for EU guests in the Mediterranean, according to the latest data on the number of newly infected and total active cases.last_img read more

Grateful for kindness after mother’s fall

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt’s with grateful hearts that my mother and I wish to publicly thank the Glenville first responders who came to her assistance after a sudden fall outside a local business on Feb. 2. We particularly thank the Glenville police officer who was miraculously just feet away from us when mom fell. He rushed to her side and called the medics. His direction to me, his compassion and kindness provided a sense of calm. Thank you, too, to the thoughtful customer who stopped to help me get two grocery carts to my car. By the time I finished getting the groceries into my car, Mom had already been moved indoors. Another customer, “Dusty,” had provided a transport chair for mom to sit in, along with a warm blanket, while Mohawk Ambulance Service personnel capably attended to her injuries. What a special feeling knowing that there were so many caring people that surrounded her in her time of need. Please forgive me for not recalling each of your names. But know that your kindnesses will never be forgotten.Darleen KellyCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Returns roundup: Bond market rally boosts pension fund interim results

first_imgOthers Etera1.35.9 Alecta0.1/-1.877.7 PensionDanmark1.3/3.225.4 PKA5.633.6 Switzerland Varma-0.341.3 Ilmarinen-0.635.7 Nordics Government Pension Fund Norway0.421.4 KLP2.747.9 Returns in the low single-digits were common across the European pensions landscape in early 2016, as bonds rallied while equities slumped. Susanna Rust looks at the half-year performance of many large Nordic asset owners. Nordic asset owners have faced a volatile few months plagued by equity losses, as shown by the half-yearly results announced in recent weeks by pension providers and Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, Europe’s largest.Returns have ranged from a 2016 half year result of 6.7% at Denmark’s ATP to minor losses such as those seen by Finland’s Varma and Ilmarinen. Many reflect on the impact of the UK’s Brexit referendum, and the resulting uncertainty, although there was little immediate impact following the vote. Around a dozen Nordic pension providers have announced interim results, as reported by IPE.  Veritas0.92.8 AustriaPensionskassen – average0.22center_img Elo120.8 Oslo Pensjonsforsikring 1.68.6 Notes: The figures for PensionDanmark are for its two main investment fund options. The figure for Oslo Pensjonsforsikring represents value-adjusted profit on customer funds. Alecta returns are for its DB and DC products, respectively.    Sweden Finland Government Pension Fund Global1.3 (Q2)769 Norway Denmark A positive contribution to returns from the bond market was a common theme, dragging returns above zero as equities otherwise often produced a loss for many. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), announced a 2016 second quarter return of 1.3%, saying that fixed income was the best peforming asset class, and Carsten Stendevad, outgoing chief executive at Denmark’s €107bn ATP, praised the returns from alternatives and bonds – including the listing of DONG Energy – as contributing to the strong return, while Danish equities netted a loss.Selected pension scheme 2016 interim returnsCountryPension fund/provider2016 interim returns (%)Total assets €bn Pensionskasse Basel-Stadt1.5610.3 ATP6.7107 The second quarter of 2016 saw the ECB inaugurate its Corporate Sector Purchase Programme (CSPP), with Bank of America Merrill Lynch credit strategists in late June noting the “impressive speed” with which the central bank acted under the CSPP.”While we don’t think CSPP will act as a cure for credit volatility, we do see it acting as a very effective “pain killer”, just as the outperformance of IG credit relative to equities, post Brexit, has shown,” they wrote at the time.The impact of the UK voting to leave the European Union was discussed by several asset owners in their interim reports. NBIM’s Grade noted the relative market instability – and decline – brought on by the Brexit vote, with variations between sectors in the subsequent recovery. A similar analysis was given by some of the Finnish pension providers, with Stefan Björkman, chief executive at Etera, saying that Brexit “did not rattle Etera’s investment portfolio or solvency”.“The market movement caused by Brexit has not had any greater impact on our investment portfolio than normal day-to-day fluctuations,” he said.The sentiment was shared by ATP’s Stendevad: “If you had asked before Brexit, we would have expected a negative impact on our portfolio, but the opposite has been true with both stocks and bonds performing better than expected,” he explained.But not all investors were quite so positive about Brexit.NBIM cited the “increased volatility and uncertainty” as the reason for writing down the value of its sizable UK real estate portfolio. Nevertheless, the uncertainty was not enough to deter it from further exposure to the market, as it finalised a deal for a prime asset in the centre of London in the weeks after the UK’s vote.last_img read more

DNV GL nets Tyra verification deal with Maersk Oil

first_imgDNV GL, a certification body and classification society, has won a contract to provide independent verification services for the Maersk Oil redevelopment of the Tyra field, off Denmark.The Tyra field in the Danish North Sea has been one of the centers of Denmark’s national energy infrastructure since 1984, providing 90 percent of the country’s gas production.DNV GL said on Wednesday that the contract would be coordinated from Denmark, with teams of experts from multiple DNV GL offices supporting the construction in fabrication yards across the world over the next five years.The scope of work includes independent verification and support services and ultimately the certification of all greenfield activities.This work will take place during the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, hook-up, and commissioning phases for two new jackets and eight topsides. These consist of one central processing facility, one accommodation platform, four wellhead modules, and two riser modules.DNV GL added that its independent third-party verification would help Maersk Oil ensure transparent package status and the real-time reporting of equipment-salient points, provide technical assurance, and enable Maersk Oil to manage project risks.Liv Hovem, Senior VP of DNV GL – Oil & Gas, said: “We’re very proud to have won the verification contract for the Tyra redevelopment and look forward to furthering our collaborative relationship with Maersk Oil.“Maersk Oil’s Tyra project is extremely complex, involves a wide range of technical disciplines and requires global support. Drawing on our global and local presence, we will utilize our worldwide network of technical experts to provide on-demand support.“Having worked with Maersk Oil on successes such as Halfdan Phase 4, Tyra Southeast B, and Culzean, we’re pleased to further our business relationship.”According to DNV GL, the major parts of the work included in the contract would only be executed given that Maersk Oil takes the final investment decision on the Tyra redevelopment project.To remind, Maersk Oil reached an agreement with the Government of Denmark in March for the full redevelopment of the Tyra offshore facilities. A decision was made to invest in the project by the end of 2017. Prior to the agreement, Maersk said that Tyra would stop producing in late 2018 and that the facilities would be decommissioned.last_img read more

15 marketing partners to receive awards during IMCA national banquet in November

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Fifteen marketing partners will be recognized with special awards during the national IMCA banquet next month. Speedway Motors, IMCA’s longest tenured sponsor, receives a 35-year award. Bassett and Intercomp both get 20-year awards. Ten-year plaques go to Chevrolet Performance, Dynatech Headers, Landrum Springs and Smiley’s Racing Products. Recipients of five-year plaques include Allstar Performance, Arnold Motor Supply, CPD Racing Tools, HJC Motorsports, Integra Shocks, PRO Shocks, Summit Racing Equipment and Sweet Manufacturing. 2014 champions and rookies of the year receive awards, as do promoters of tracks to be recognized with length of sanction awards. IMCA’s national awards banquet is Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Neb. Room reservations can be made by calling 866 706-7706 and requesting the IMCA group rate. Tickets are $35 and banquet reservations should be made by Nov. 20, by mail or by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201. The champions’ reception will be held at the Smith Collection of American Speed, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln on Friday, Nov. 28.last_img read more

Swans snap up Barrow

first_img ” I’m delighted to be here,” said Barrow, who becomes the third Swansea Under-21 squad recruit in a week following the signings of striker James Demetriou from Nottingham Forest and midfielder Giancarlo Gallifuoco, who was previously at Tottenham. “I now can’t wait to get going and improve each day in training and try to score some goals. “I like the way Swansea play football, it reminds me of how I used to play back home. I’ve watched a lot of their games on TV and I was impressed with what I saw. “They like to give young players a chance and hopefully I can progress here.” Press Association Swansea have completed the signing of Gambian striker Modou Barrow for an undisclosed fee. center_img The 21-year-old arrives from Swedish club Ostersunds FK on a performance-related contract and will now link up with the club’s under-21 squad. Barrow, who scored 10 goals in 19 appearances for Ostersunds last season, will hope to progress to Garry Monk’s senior squad after settling in at the Liberty Stadium. last_img read more

Bilic wants more quality

first_img The Irons were expected to make short work of the Maltese Cup winners, having seen off FC Lusitans of Andorra 4-0 on aggregate in the first round. Bilic took his place in the Boleyn Ground dugout for the first time since his summer appointment and named a strong starting XI. “We played without some players who are extra special, and with more freshness for these players and the ones who are missing, we will get that. “I am really happy that I have a group that I can work with and will listen, to improve, which is what makes me optimistic.” Bilic added: “It is not job done, of course. They will probably play the same way in Malta, and will wait again for some long ball, some mistake or counter-attack, but we are quite confident. “We still have respect for the stage we are playing on and our opponents. We have a very busy schedule because we did not know were were going to play in Europe. “I am not saying it is going to be the same squad in Malta, but it is the game which we will try to put the best team.” Birkirkara head coach Giovanni Tedesco was satisfied with his team’s efforts. He said: ” I am very proud of my players, we were playing against a very good team coached by an excellent manager, so there is nothing more I can ask from them. “We will try (to beat West Ham in Malta), it will be difficult for sure, but the simple fact that we still have something to play for in the second game is something we would have signed up for before the round.” However, West Ham, missing s triker Diafra Sakho through suspension and others easing back into pre-season, were left frustrated as the visitors dug in. With time looking set to run out, Tomkins bundled the ball into the net following a corner to give the Barclays Premier League side the slenderest of leads to protect in next Thursday’s away leg. “It is more relief because we scored at the end, but I think we played well, especially the first half,” said Bilic. “We didn’t play really quick, but quick enough against this type of opposition. They are a decent side, they are not, with all respect, Real Madrid, but they are not like the team from Andorra or San Marino. They can make your job more difficult. “It was okay for this stage of pre-season, the crosses were not brilliant, but then we created three or four chances, were a bit unlucky with hitting the post, but also we did not have the quality. “We lost a bit of patience in the second half and were just playing square balls and lost a bit of strength and freshness, which is impossible to have at this stage of pre-season. “Then in the last 15 minutes, we raised the tempo and put the pressure on them, to score the goal from a set- piece , which we fully deserved. “We are well organised and are working hard for each other, but in the last third of the pitch, well, there you need some extra quality. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic accepted his side had lacked a cutting edge in attack after a scrappy goal from defender James Tomkins in the 90th minute gave them a 1-0 win over Birkirkara in the Europa League second qualifying round first leg clash at Upton Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Tokyo governor says

first_imgBy Linda Sieg, Ami MiyazakiTOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, often floated as a future Japanese premier, said on Monday the Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming the novel coronavirus, even as her city grapples with stubborn spikes in cases.Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak as suffered in some other places but a recent increase in cases in Tokyo, which accounts for more than a third of its more than 20,000 total, has fanned worries about a second wave of infections.The 2020 Olympics were scheduled to start this month but were postponed because of the coronavirus. Koike has pledged to win public support for the Games, although a media survey showed a majority think they should be cancelled or postponed again.“I want to host them as a symbol of the world coming together to overcome this tough situation and of strengthened bonds among humankind,” Koike told Reuters in an online interview. She declined to specify a deadline for deciding if the Games could go ahead.A media-savvy former television announcer who speaks English and Arabic, Koike is to many a paradox: a global thinker with a nationalist tinge; a political outsider who advanced with help from old-boy mentors, and a risk-taker who shied away from the big gamble of running for parliament in 2017 as head of her upstart “Party of Hope”.The party floundered after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election. Instead, Koike stayed on as Tokyo governor and has won plaudits for her straight-talking handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in contrast to what critics called Abe’s clumsy response.She was re-elected by a landslide last week, reigniting talk she has a shot at becoming Japan’s first woman prime minister.On Monday, she sought to brush such speculation aside. “I’m happy that people have hopes for me but I received support for a second term as governor,” she said.“I want to protect the lives and health of the people of Tokyo by addressing the immediate issue of policies for the coronavirus. That is my greatest mission.”POLITICAL MACHINE? Tokyo’s jump in COVID-19 cases comes as Abe’s government prepares to launch a campaign to promote domestic tourism, but that has raised concern about spreading the virus outside the capital.Koike said it was important both to contain the virus and revive the slumping economy.“At present, a tough situation continues but … by taking a proper response in Tokyo, I want to advance both the prevention of infections and social and economic activity,” she said.Tokyo accounts for about 20% of Japan’s economy. Koike, who clashed with Abe’s administration over the timing of a state of emergency, and over which businesses to target for shutdowns, said she wanted greater clarity on local governments’ authority during the crisis.A veteran member of parliament before defying Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to make her 2016 bid for governor, Koike also wants to make the metropolis a global financial centre by luring foreign talent. Still, speculation persists that she could yet aim for Japan’s top job.She has already broken several glass ceilings: first female governor of Tokyo, Japan’s first female defence minister and the first woman to run for LDP president.But creating a new political machine to vault her to the top would be tough, political analysts said. “Does she have what it takes to be prime minister? Absolutely. But she doesn’t have the political machine that can make it happen,” said a source who has advised Koike for years. A return to the LDP fold would also face obstacles, given that mutual antagonism runs deep.last_img read more

Mission accomplished for UW with sweep

first_imgIn a series against Ohio State that wasn’t supposed to mean much to the Badgers, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team accomplished plenty this weekend. Wisconsin had already clinched the conference, and the last two series of the season were supposed to just be warm-ups for the postseason. In short, the Badgers just wanted to go into the playoffs on a high note.Mission accomplished.In just two games, the No. 2 Badgers got a ton of distractions out of the way. In Friday’s game, senior forward Sara Bauer recorded two goals, giving her 200 career points — a feat that has been accomplished by just six others in NCAA history.”At this point in the season, I think the team is the biggest thing,” Bauer said. “We’re coming into the home stretch, [and] we’re trying to stay focused. We won our last two games here, and [we need to] get on a roll going into the playoffs.”Prior to Sunday’s game, Wisconsin paid tribute to the six seniors who will be graduating this year. The six players, Bauer, Christine Dufour, Heidi Kletzien, Meaghan Mikkelson, Phoebe Monteleone and Bobbi-Jo Slusar, are among the best players the program has seen, which is shown by the fact that three of those six players are the captain or an assistant captain.”There’s a lot that we all bring, on the ice and off the ice,” Slusar said. “It shows that our team is a very good team, and that there are individuals, but … it’s an overall team effort. … [It’s a] leadership thing, we’ve been around, we’re experienced and we try to lead by example.”On top of that, the Badgers were awarded the WCHA regular season trophy after the game. For the second consecutive season, Wisconsin was able to hoist the trophy in front of the home crowd.As if that wasn’t enough, the Badgers still had hockey to play. The festivities of the weekend seemed to have distracted the team a bit, as both games told the same story: play flat-footed for a period, then try to make up for it during the other two periods.In Sunday’s game, the third period was the rough one for Wisconsin. After building a three-goal lead going into the period, thanks to goals from Bauer, Slusar and freshman Meghan Duggan, Wisconsin gave up two goals to the Buckeyes.Coming out strong, Ohio State recorded seven shots on goal in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the period. Co-captain Tessa Bonhomme led the charge, recording a goal just after the Buckeyes’ power play ended, making the game 3-1. Junior forward Erin Keys followed that up with a power-play goal, making it a one-goal game.The Badgers buckled down from there and snuffed out the potential comeback, resulting in Wisconsin’s 3-2 victory.It was the same story on Friday when the Badgers were thoroughly outplayed in the first period. The Buckeyes struck first with a pair of goals in the first period, while out-shooting the Badgers 14-6. Wisconsin finally got their heads back into the game when Bauer recorded her first goal late in the period, cutting the deficit to one.The final two periods belonged to Wisconsin, as Bauer added her second goal and three other Badgers scored. The five unanswered goals gave the Badgers a solid come-from-behind 5-2 victory. The sweep of the Buckeyes gives Wisconsin a record of 27-1-3 and brings the Badgers’ unbeaten streak to 17 games. Ohio State falls to 16-12-4.”I think … we started pretty badly [on Friday],” Bauer said. “[On Sunday] we didn’t finish on such a high note, and I think coming into these playoff games we’re going to need to play 60 full minutes.”Despite the distractions and lapses in play, the Badgers still came out with another pair of victories and just more experience as they continue their drive toward the playoffs. After all, the team isn’t looking for the WCHA regular season trophy. They have their sights set on another national championship.”That’s the goal every year — you want to go after the championship,” Bauer said. “That’s the whole idea. As a team, you want to go after that as your biggest goal.””So far we’ve had a lot of success, but … I think there’s more to come,” Slusar said. “Winning this is just the first step, and we have a couple more big steps to go, and that’s what we’re striving for. … Win that big title again.”last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgView Roundup in a larger mapThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary on Monday, April 1.Miscellaneous incidentsat 9:53 p.m. DPS officers responded to Troy Hall to check on the welfare of a student who was reported to have been behaving erratically after being notified that he was being evicted due to the fact that he was not currently enrolled in classes. The student was not present at the time of the report and had not yet removed his belongings from the premises.at 5:21 p.m., a manager at Denny’s reported that two suspects ate their meals and left without paying for them.at 1:16 p.m., a radiation alarm was activated by a body as DPS officers were escorting mortuary personnel into the loading dock at the Keck Hospital. The mortuary personnel were instructed to return the body to the hospital morgue and the officers cleared the scene after notifying a nursing supervisor.at 1:16 p.m., DPS officers responded to a student who cut her finger with a saw while working on a project in the May Ormerod Harris Hall, Quinn Wing & Fisher Gallery. The officers examined the student then transported her to the  Engemann Student Health Center for medical treatment.at 1:01 p.m., DPS officers responded to a staff member complaining about abdominal pain and a severe headache in the Gwynn Wilson Student Union. An LAFD RA unit was requested and Unit #846 responded. The RA unit examined the staff member then transported her to Kaiser Cadillac Hospital for medical treatment.last_img read more