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first_imgIn the period from January to November 2017, the number of voyages of foreign cruise ships decreased by 16,7%, and the number of passengers on these ships decreased by 13,9% compared to the same period in 2016. The total number of days spent by ships in the same period is lower by 17,7%, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).In the period from January to November 2017, 82 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, which made 677 cruises. There were 936 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 1 days. The largest number of voyages was made by ships under the flag of the Bahamas (437 voyages) and Malta (163 voyages), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships under the flag of Italy (155 thousand passengers), Bahamas (245 thousand passengers) and Panama (193 thousand passengers).Out of a total of 677 trips, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (64,1%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (18,6%), which is a total of 82,7%. The remaining 17,3% of trips were made in the following counties: Zadar (6,1%), Istria (4,7%), Šibenik-Knin (3,8%), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2,5%) and Lika-Croatia. Senjska (0,2%).The port of Dubrovnik had the highest number of visits by foreign cruise ships (530 visits), followed by the ports of Split (223 visits) and Korčula (129 visits).Source: CBSlast_img read more

first_imgThis house at 15 Shaun Place, Keperra, is for sale through Harcourts Solutions. Picture supplied.On Brisbane’s southside, James Curtain of Place Estate Agents is seeing houses snapped up the fastest in suburbs like Seven Hills, Wishart and Mansfield.“There’s no doubt suburbs like Seven Hills are performing very well,” he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“I think one of the reasons why is it has lagged behind surrounding suburbs and is often forgotten. “It’s right on the Norman Park border, it’s elevated, has an emerging cafe society and many luxurious homes under construction.“We’ve sold four homes in past month in and around the $1.6 million mark there.”In Wishart, 12km from the CBD, the median price is now $701,250 — 40 per cent higher than it was just five years ago.“We’re getting 50 to 60 groups through Wishart homes and they’ve sold very quickly and pushed beyond the expected price point,” Mr Curtain said. Greg Townsing and his four girls, Bella, 13, Mimi, 7, Talulah, 9 and Yasmin, 11, at the home they are selling in Wavell Heights. Picture: AAP/John Gass.According to CoreLogic, houses are selling the fastest in Keperra, 12km north west of the Brisbane CBD, where the median time on market for houses is 11 days.Christine McKay of Harcourts Solutions said many older homeowners in the suburb were selling to a younger generation.“Keperra is an old suburb,” she said.“The majority of people have lived here 40 to 60 years. Now, they’re selling to a new generation.” Greg Townsing and his four girls, Bella, 13, Mimi, 7, Talulah, 9 and Yasmin, 11, at the home they are selling in Wavell Heights. Picture: AAP/John Gass.IF you want a house in one of these Brisbane suburbs, you better move quick.Demand is so strong in some pockets of the city this spring selling season, at least one house sells every day of the year on average — and real estate agents are struggling to keep up.On Brisbane’s northside, Wavell Heights, McDowell, Keperra, Gaythorne, Geebung and Chermside have been identified as some of the suburbs where houses are selling the fastest.Fitzgibbon, Mansfield, Wishart and Seven Hills are among the most in-demand locations for buyers on the southside this season.Tristan Rowland of Place Estate Agents said homes were selling like hot cakes in Wavell Heights.“I can’t hold onto them,” he said.“Two weeks max and they go out the door.”The median house price in Wavell Heights has jumped nearly 20 per cent in the past three years, according to property research firm CoreLogic.“It’s really gentrified,” Mr Rowland said. “It’s become Clayfield 2.0.” Brisbane’s fastest selling suburbs are close to the city and affordable. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Mr Rowland said the suburb attracted a mix of demographics, including people who wanted to live close to the airport, high income earners including professionals, manufacturing workers and the medical fraternity.“There are a lot of post-war houses being knocked down and big contemporary homes being built. It’s a knock down, build brand new market.” A little further north, the suburb of Geebung is also attracting buyers because of it’s proximity to Wavell Heights and the redevelopment of Westfield Chermside shopping centre.“Geebung’s so affordable,” Mr Rowland said. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE “Only a year ago we were selling renovated knockdowns for in the early $400,000s. The other day I sold one for mid-$500,000s.”He said the Chermside house market was also “very strong” because of its affordability, the shopping centre and its proximity to hospitals.Greg and Gabrielle Townsing have put their family home at 39 Fordham Street, Wavell Heights, on the market to move closer to the school their four children attend.Mr Townsing said it was historically a good time of year to sell and the family was staying in the area.“It’s got a nice feel to it, not too far from the city, and it’s got good transport options in terms of major roads,” he said. Place Estate Agents real estate agent James Curtain. Photograph: Renae Droop.He said the suburb was piggy backing off the growth of the inner-city suburbs of Coorparoo and Holland Park.“It’s the next wave. When you look at its fundamentals, it’s got good schools, access to the motorway and is good value.”Mr Curtain said houses were also selling quickly in Mansfield, which fell into a similar category to Wishart and was benefiting from the growth in Carindale. Tenants from hell on the rise Housing markets continue to cool Swim star buys on the Goldie CoreLogic head of research Cameron Kusher said the fastest selling suburbs were generally close to the city, but more affordable.“They probably haven’t been the most desirable suburbs historically but people are coming around to fact they’re close to city and have good public transport, so we’re seeing a bit of gentrification in those areas,” he said.Mr Kusher said many of the most in-demand suburbs had post-war houses with the potential for renovation on larger blocks.“I think there’s still some good opportunities in those markets.”BRISBANE’S 10 FASTEST SELLING SUBURBSSuburb Average days on marketKEPERRA 11FITZGIBBON 13MANSFIELD 15BOONDALL 15FERNY HILLS 16ALBANY CREEK 16GAYTHORNE 16CHERMSIDE WEST 17PETRIE 17GEEBUNG 17(Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

first_imgIn addition, the pension fund’s 55% hedge of the interest risk of its liabilities delivered a return of 1.33%, also due to the fall in rates.The pension fund of the institute for applied technical research reported a 1.03% return on its 26.5% equity allocation, adding that its 3.8% property holdings – mainly retail and residential property through non-listed funds – produced a positive result of 1.33% over the first quarter.In contrast, private equity – making up 7.3% of the scheme’s investment mix – generated a loss of 0.54%, chiefly due to a re-valuation at 2013-end, the scheme said.Its full hedge of liquid investments in the main currencies contributed -0.08% to the quarterly result. The €2.6bn pension fund of TNO has said it benefitted from falling interest rates over the first quarter, resulting in an overall return of 3.86%.As a consequence, assets under management increased by €86m, while funding improved by 1.6 percentage points to 111.7%. The scheme’s 55.5% fixed income allocation generated a return of 3.74%, which directly affected its assets, it said.At the same time, the falling interest rate only resulted in a limited decrease of the discount rate, following the three-month average mechanism.last_img read more

first_imgOffshore helicopter operator CHC Helicopter has transferred approximately 15,000 passengers to and from the world’s largest offshore facility – Shell Prelude FLNG – since its arrival to the Prelude field offshore Australia.CHC said that the transfers were made with the four S-92s helicopters racking up 2,782 flight hours and 171,080 nautical miles with no injuries or incidents.Prelude is located 475km north-northeast of Broome and is in the process of being commissionedApproximately 800 people are working and living on Prelude and the adjacent accommodation support vessel during this commissioning phase of the project.“In the midst of all of this activity, the team in Broome have had to contend with two cyclones (hurricanes) and tropical lows which have dumped 1.5m (5ft) of rain on the coastal town and airport, where CHC has its base, in the last three months alone. That equates to more than two years’ worth of rainfall,” CHC said.When it comes to Shell’s Prelude project, the 488-meter-long and 74-meter-wide floating facility is located Browse Basin, approximately 475km north-north east of Broome in Western Australia, secured with 16 mooring chains since August 2017. Prelude FLNG facility will stay at the location for 20 to 25 years.The largest floating facility ever built will unlock new energy resources offshore and produce approximately 3.6 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year. It will remain onsite during all weather events, having been designed to withstand a category 5 cyclone. Production from the Prelude field is expected to start later this year.The Prelude FLNG project is operated by Shell in joint venture with Inpex (17.5%), KOGAS (10%) and OPIC (5%).Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

EOI Invited for Cairns Dredge Project

September 28, 2020 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgDredging contractors are being invited to provide Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the removal and placement of dredge material for the Cairns Shipping Development Project, the Queensland Government said in its latest release.The EOI is the first part of a two-stage process to procure a dredging contractor based on their experience, methods, equipment and capability to meet strict environmental requirements and timeframes.Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said that while a number of approvals still needed to be obtained by Ports North, calling for expressions of interest from dredging contractors was a major step forward for the Cairns Shipping Development Project.“The Queensland Coordinator-General granted environmental approval for this project in February,” Mr Bailey said.“Ports North has since been working with the State Government on a detailed business case in accordance with the Building Queensland Framework, as well as with the Federal Government to finalize approvals as soon as possible.”Member for Cairns, Michael Healy, added that the upgrade to the Port of Cairns was vital for economic and tourism growth in Far North Queensland region.“The widening and deepening of the existing navigation channel to allow larger cruise ships to berth at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal would unlock other benefits too,” Mr Healy said.“The project will also enable future expansion of the HMAS Cairns Navy base; improve access and efficiency for bulk cargo and larger visiting Navy vessels and increased resilience for the Port of Cairns against extreme weather events.”Subject to finalizing all project approvals, Ports North plan to start work in 2019 and have the first larger cruise ship entering the upgraded channel in late 2019.Dredging will occur over a 12-week period.last_img read more

Thyme Chicken Marsala

September 26, 2020 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_img Share Marsala (mahr-SAH-lah), either sweet or dry, is a popular Sicilian wine that’s primarily used in cooking and desserts. The dark wine is fortified with alcohol and has a smoky flavor. It adds richness to this quick chicken dinner. This type of chicken marsala can be done from start to finish in 30 minutes or less. Your family will think you called for takeout from your neighborhood Italian restaurant.nutrition facts * Servings Per Recipe 2 servings * Calories311 * Total Fat (g)17 * Saturated Fat (g)3, * Cholesterol (mg)59, * Sodium (mg)350, * Carbohydrate (g)10, * Fiber (g)2, * Protein (g)23, * Vitamin A (DV%)119, * Vitamin C (DV%)81, * Calcium (DV%)0, * Iron (DV%)11, * Vegetables (d.e.)1.5, * Very Lean Meat (d.e.)3, * Fat (d.e.)3.5, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie dietingredients 2 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 8 ounces total)1 tablespoon all-purpose flour2 tablespoons olive oil1 medium carrot, cut into thin bite-size strips1 small red or yellow sweet pepper, cut into thin bite-size strips2 cloves garlic, minced1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper1/3 cup dry Marsala1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushedHot cooked linguine (optional) directions Place each chicken piece, boned side up, between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Working from the center to the edges, pound lightly with the flat side of a meat mallet to 1/4-inch thickness. Remove plastic wrap. Coat the chicken with flour, shaking off excess. Set aside.In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Add carrot strips; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add sweet pepper strips, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir about 5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Divide the vegetable mixture between 2 dinner plates. Cover and keep warm.In the same skillet heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add chicken. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink, turning once. Place the chicken on top of cooked vegetables.Add Marsala and thyme to skillet. Cook and stir for 1 minute, scraping up any crusty browned bits from bottom of skillet. Pour the Marsala mixture over chicken. If desired, serve with linguine.Yahoo ShineBetter Homes Gardens 17 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Food & DiningLifestyle Thyme Chicken Marsala by: – July 2, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews National Community Day of Service to focus on cleanup and beautification by: – November 2, 2011 Share Tweet 45 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Hon. Gloria ShillingfordA call has been issued to all Dominicans to support the island’s second cleanup and beautification programme as the island observes National Day of Community Service on Friday, November 4th, 2011.This is the second time that the Ministry of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs in collaboration with the Department of Local Government and the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation have dedicated National Community Day of Service towards cleaning and beautifying the island.At the media launch to highlight the programme on Wednesday, the Minister of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Honorable Gloria Shillingford said that this year’s programme will be observed island wide and will be the first of three cleanup and beautification programmes planned for the rest of government’s financial year.The resources which are set aside this year for National Day of Community Service will go towards village councils and improvement committees to enable them to undertake cleaning and beautification activities.“A sum of $150,000.00 will be distributed among village councils and improvement committees for the following: transportation for disposal of garbage, purchase of garbage bags and gloves, purchase of plants and flowers and transportation of plants,” Minister Shillingford said. Hon. Dr. Kenneth DarrouxMinister responsible for Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries, Honorable Dr. Kenneth Darroux said that this year’s programme further emphasizes the need for more focus to be placed on maintaining a green and beautiful Dominica for a healthy environment. He therefore called on Dominicans to embrace the theme chosen to celebrate Dominica’s independence; “Celebrating 33: Joining Hands in Unity”, encouraging citizens to put their differences aside and work together on that day. “I would like to make a special appeal to Dominicans for this community day of service, we know that it’s been three years now since the Honorable Prime Minister made a special appeal for us to turn away from the usual concrete and steel projects to beautification and I think that this has been justified. It not always about the roads and the bus stops and the resource centers and while all of these are important, keeping a clean and green environment is equally as important”.The Ministry is also recognized the need to sustain and maintain the programme again this year as a result of last years’ success.Dr. Darroux believes that all citizens should take responsibility for the cleanliness of their environment and is of the view that programmes and projects like these should be done throughout the year.“I don’t think it should be just a one day programme or that we concentrate on beautification projects only on November 4th, I think its something that all village councils, community groups, churches and schools should get involved in year round. I also think that once the attitude sets in and we train our children in growing up to do that, then as the years go by, we will see change”.Mrs. Claudine Roberts Local Government Commissioner, Mrs Claudine Roberts said that they have received great feedback from local councils on the island and look forward to a productive programme this year.“At the close of our working day at 4:00pm, we were very happy to have delivered all cheques made payable to forty two local authorities and twenty two improvement committees. Letters were also issued in terms of what is expected of them on that day and also the entire field staff of Local Government were summoned to an emergency meeting to give them a briefing of what is expected of them on that day.” The staff of the Local Government Department of the Ministry of Social Services will provide overall supervision, management and coordination of the National Day of Community Service activities.last_img read more

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img Discover Dominica Authority launch “I am Dominica. Are You? T-shirt Design Contest” Discover Dominica Authority is having a T-shirt design contest for it’s “I am Dominica. Are You?” Campaign. The Authority is looking for a new design that goes beyond the typical t-shirt. The competition is open to all Dominican nationals and residents especially those savvy in arts. The Authority encourages artists, fans, and T-shirt design enthusiasts to participate in this exciting “I am Dominica. Are You? T-Shirt Design Contest”. The contest will run from February 15th to March 31st 2012.Submission forms and guideline for the contest can be obtained from the office of the Discover Dominica Authority’ s main office at the Financial Center or at the Information Office on the Bayfront.For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube. Press Release 18 Views   no discussions LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday February 17, 2012 by: – February 22, 2012last_img read more

Twisters Hang On To Win Against Knights

September 23, 2020 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgOldenburg came away with another win tonight, 2-1 over South Dearborn. OA’s goals came off Ben Kraus in the early minutes of the first half. The second goal was a PK made by Max Kirschner with 1:30 left in the game. OA is now 6-1-3.Courtesy of Twisters Correspondent Sandy Mahoney.last_img

Van Gaal wants complete performance

September 20, 2020 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_img Press Association United needed a 94th-minute equaliser to scrape a draw against Chelsea in October, but the team have improved so much since that ending the Blues’ unbeaten home run on Saturday would come as no surprise, even though Van Gaal may have to drop Wayne Rooney into midfield due to an injury crisis. Van Gaal’s men have moved within eight points of the Barclays Premier League leaders after six successive wins, the latest coming last weekend when they thumped Manchester City 4-2. After nine months at the helm, everything is starting to click for Van Gaal. Champions League qualification looks all but assured, attractive football has returned to Old Trafford and the United players have started to get to grips with Van Gaal’s much-publicised philosophy, But being the perfectionist he is, Van Gaal still thinks there is room for improvement. “We are progressing and playing more like a team,” the United manager said. “There is more balance. I do believe that we can play very well but we haven’t played very well for 90 minutes. “First we have to play 90 minutes very well. Against City we didn’t manage that because the first 15 minutes was not good.” Van Gaal has taken encouragement from the fact that his United team seem much more comfortable playing against their top-four rivals, which is apt given that Chelsea, managed by his former protege Jose Mourinho, have not lost at home in the league for almost a year. David Moyes could only manage one victory against top-four opposition last year – that came against Arsenal in November. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants to see a complete performance from his team when they come up against league leaders Chelsea on Saturday. But his successor has lost just once against their Champions League rivals – versus City at the Etihad Stadium. Van Gaal puts the improvement down to a better understanding of his philosophy. “It’s because they know why they have to play in a certain way,” he said. “You are capable but unconscious and I want them to be capable and conscious. Then, at the end, they are unconscious-capable, that they are doing it from their stomach. “Now we have reached the point they’re doing it as a team, not as an individual because football is a team sport, so that is the difference.” The Dutchman still has reservations about United’s ability to beat teams from lower down the table who park the bus against them. “We have a big deficit in height,” he said. “When you speak with a basketball coach one or two centimetres is very important. “In football it is the same because a third or quarter of the goals come from set-plays.” Chelsea will provide United with perhaps their toughest physical test of the season as they look to move 10 points clear at the top of the table and maintain their formidable home record. Michael Carrick is out for two weeks with a calf injury and Daley Blind is missing with an ankle problem, so Van Gaal is considering playing Rooney as a holding midfield to protect the back four from stars like PFA player of the year nominee Eden Hazard. Van Gaal said: ”Blind and Carrick could play in the holding midfield position, and I don’t have another option or I have to play Wayne Rooney again in that position.” Radamel Falcao, James Wilson or Marouane Fellaini will lead the line as Robin van Persie is not match fit after two months out with an ankle injury, Van Gaal said. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Jonny Evans are also out so Chris Smalling will have an inexperienced partner alongside him in central defence. Paddy McNair has begun 11 games for United and Tyler Blackett has not started a league game since November, but when asked if he had any reservations about either player Van Gaal responded in a blunt if somewhat confusing manner. “That’s also a truth like a cow,” he said. “That’s a Dutch expression – it means a rhetorical question. You know the answer already.” Van Gaal gave Mourinho his first break in coaching at Barcelona 18 years ago. The Portuguese’s touchline antics and comments in the media have annoyed many in the game, but Van Gaal thinks his extremely successful coach is somewhat misunderstood. “He’s a modest guy and no-one can imagine that. That’s a pity,” he said. last_img read more