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Norwegian air reconnects Scandinavia with Split and Dubrovnik

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgPhoto: Norwegian air Norwegian airline two times a week will connect Oslo and Dubrovnik te Oslo and Split, until once a week to connect Split with Copenhagen and Stockholm. As of July 1, Norwegian air will reconnect Scandinavia with Split and Dubrovnik, the CNTB reports. “The new airlines, which will start on July 1, will contribute to a larger number of arrivals from the Scandinavian market, especially in Dalmatia, which is traditionally a favorite part of Croatia for Scandinavian guests, ” pointed out the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić. “After the decision that the Swedes can travel outside their country from June 30, tour operators have launched a campaign to book a trip to Croatia with their charter flights, so Apollo and TUI plan to share a plane to Split.”, Said the director of the CNTB in Sweden, Vedran Sušić, emphasizing that it is in the Swedish daily newspaper Expressen announced that the Swedish government will lift the travel ban in two groups of countries as of June 30. The ban for the first group will be lifted on June 30, and for the second at the end of August, with Croatia included in the first group of countries.last_img read more

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After four months, the first river cruiser sailed into Vukovar

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first_imgLast year, 2019 was a record year, and it had 351 cruisers that brought 49.144 passengers to Vukovar, which was an increase of 50% compared to 2018. Photo: City of Vukovar / Vukovar Tourist Board Yesterday, after 4 months, Vukovar sailed the first river cruiser with 90 passengers. It is a ship MS Select Belvedere, which travels from the German Engelhartszell to Bulgaria and landed only in Vukovar, upon return to Passau, also in Germany. In the next 15 days, as they point out from the city of Vukovar, 5 ships are planned to enter the Vukovar river port, which will depend on the epidemiological situation in the area, ie anti-epidemic measures prescribed by the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia and the authorities of other Danube countries. By the way, the first cruiser this season, the ship Ariana, landed in Vukovar on March 10, which started the cruising season for 2020, in which 346 ships were announced to dock, with a great possibility of increasing that number, but due to the coronavirus epidemic, all further entries were canceled and continue to this day on a smaller scale. Guests from the cruise ship in Vukovar mostly visit the exhibition of the Vukovar City Museum, the Museum of Vučedol Culture, the baroque core of the city, and some tour operators offer a program to get acquainted with the war history of Vukovar or in their itinerary a tour of the Franciscan Church and Monastery. Filip i Jakov and the newly opened Franciscan Museum.last_img read more

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Rugby Estates to triple its exposure to M4 corridor

By on October 20, 2020

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LIMEberry Self Serve Frozen Yogurt : Giving Back

By on August 6, 2020

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0If you haven’t heard about LIMEberry Self Serve Frozen Yogurt yet, you probably will! It’s a local frozen yogurt shop, located in Tumwater across from Costco. They have ten different flavors of yogurt and over 45 different toppings. The yogurt is delicious, the staff is friendly, and the place is family oriented. However, the best thing about LIMEberry is not their yogurt, which is delicious but their desire to make our community a better place by giving back. Almost weekly you can walk into their business and be supporting some sort of local or global cause. They regularly have fundraising events in which they give 20% of their proceeds for that evening to a local charity or need. LIMEberry has already helped to raise money for breast cancer, children with leukemia, various local high schools, 4-H, Clean water in Africa, and Boy Scouts.  Stacy Crain the manager says, “Relationships are important to us, and this is our way to develop meaningful and supportive relationships in our community. We take pride in not only trying to be a successful business but in making others successful as well.”  LIMEberry has a facebook page that is updated regularly. You can find all of their information about upcoming fundraisers there. If you are interested in a fundraiser to raise money for a specific need, contact LIMEberry because they will be eager to help!last_img read more

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More on MMR Estimates

By on November 7, 2019

first_imgPosted on December 7, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As many of our readers are likely aware, two sets of estimates of maternal mortality ratios were published this year, by the United Nations (UN) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). After publication of each, the MHTF gathered responses from experts in the field to the released estimates from the UN and IHME.Now that some of the dust has settled on the debate, experts are taking a step back from the actual estimates themselves to focus more on how the estimates were developed and how to improve global health estimates moving forward. To that end, PLosMed has published a series of papers on the topic, “Can we Count on Global Health Estimates?”The editors note:We commissioned articles from several experts to provide insights and opinion on what the estimates mean for global health, how their generation can be improved, and how to move forward with better data, measurement, and coordination. Representing very different institutional and political orientations, the experts nevertheless agree that the debate about health estimates highlights the relative importance of “the global” and “the local.” For example, each commentator emphasizes the importance of improving the quantity and quality of individual health data and of improving the role of local experts at the country level. This suggests that contentiousness about health indicator estimates operates too much at the level of the global and political, and not enough at levels where real data are generated and interpreted.The five papers included in the series offer an excellent continuation of the debate surrounding maternal mortality estimates and offer ways to move forward in increasing the reliability and accuracy of public health estimates.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Doug Ford prepared to walk away from first ministers meeting over agenda

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgTORONTO — Doug Ford’s office says the Ontario premier is prepared to walk away from a meeting of first ministers if it does not include specific discussions on the carbon tax.Ford is set to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal this afternoon ahead of Friday’s meeting of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial leaders.The premier’s office says discussions are underway with federal officials over the meeting’s agenda.Sources familiar with the dispute say Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe have not been satisfied by the federal response that the agenda already includes a discussion on economic competitiveness — a broad topic that Ottawa says will allow premiers to raise all the issues they please.Ontario Government House Leader Todd Smith says the agenda for the meeting doesn’t deal with the concerns of the provinces, which include the carbon tax, a planned General Motors plant closure in Ontario and the oil price crisis.Federal officials have privately conceded that little headway is likely to be made on the official objective of the meeting: reducing interprovincial trade barriers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Aimia to cut costs further as it prepares for end of Air

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – Aimia Inc. share plunged 27 per cent Thursday after the operator of the Aeroplan loyalty card reported a wider quarterly loss and plans to pursue deeper cost cutting.The Montreal-based company plans to trim its costs by $70 million per year by 2019 as it continues to adjust to Air Canada’s decision not to renew its long-term partnership in 2020. It has already sold several businesses, including its British Nectar coalition, and cut staffing in half since 2015 to about 1,600 people.Chief executive David Johnston said efforts to simplify its business to drive further savings will come in ways other than further large layoffs.“We’ve done quite a bit of that this year but there’s some corporate simplification we’re doing — properties, technology — I’m not envisaging material further job cuts,” he said in an interview Thursday.Shares of Aimia Inc. fell more than 27 per cent in mid-afternoon trading after it reported a $214.7-million loss in its latest quarter, hurt by a charge related to the sale of its Nectar program and related assets.Aimia shares were down 65 cents at $1.73 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Johnston declined to comment on the stock movement but said the company delivered good 2017 results despite the challenges of having to deal with Air Canada’s decision in May, which raised questions about Aimia’s future.“The Aeroplan team and the Aimia team have delivered a fantastic financial performance in what was undoubtedly a tough year.”Michael Goldberg of DBRS said the stock decline is due to concerns about the quarterly results, including higher fourth-quarter redemptions, than lingering concerns about the company’s future after Air Canada.The company plans to unveil changes to Aeroplan in the coming months that will focus the card beyond 2020 more on leisure travel of its premium members. It will offer broader choice with multi-airline awards, tailored experiences beyond flights and a simpler customer experience.Johnston said Aeroplan redemptions rose 9.9 per cent in the fourth quarter and four per cent in 2017 mainly because of the availability of lower airfares and more use for non-air rewards not because of member concerns about the program.Gross billings rose two per cent but are expected to decrease a bit in 2018.“Even after that redemption they’re coming back re-engaging with the program and earning more points and that’s a healthy behaviour in a loyalty program and I’m fine with that,” he added.Neil Linsdell of Industrial Alliance Securities said Aimia faces challenges even though more cost cutting is inevitable to address upcoming profit pressures.“Rather than a grand Plan B replacement of Air Canada, Aeroplan may see itself evolve steadily through 2020,” he wrote in a report.Aimia investor Mittleman Investment Management LLC of New York increased its ownership to 10.6 per cent in January and said in a regulatory filing last week that it may push for changes to Aimia’s board, management and seek a sale of some or all of the business.Christopher Mittleman called on management during a conference call Thursday to justify the sale of the Nectar business to British retailer Sainsbury for $105 million earlier this month, saying the rationale behind the transaction was difficult to grasp.Chief Financial Officer Mark Grafton said the sale was the “best risk adjusted outcome for the company.”Johnston declined in an interview to respond directly to the investor’s push, but said efforts to revise Aeroplan post-2020, simplify its structure and maintain a strong balance sheet will deliver for shareholders.“Our shareholders are very clear on those priorities because I talk about them every second I can and we’ll deliver on those and then we’ll deliver for shareholders.”The loyalty rewards company reported a loss of $1.44 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a loss of $57.2 million or 40 cents per share a year ago.The results in the most recent quarter included an impairment charge of $180.5 million related to the Nectar coalition loyalty program and U.K. ISS business.Revenue totalled $398.6 million, down from $440.1 million in the last three months of 2016.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC)last_img read more

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Pak court indicts PMLN chief Shehbaz Sharif son in graft case

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgLahore: An accountability court Tuesday indicted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on charges he misused his authority while he was the chief minister of Punjab province. Shehbaz’s son Hamza, the Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly, was also indicted by the court in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case. Both Shehbaz and Hamza pleaded not guilty to the charges framed against them, which involve the misuse of their authority and the illegal use of public funds. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDuring the brief hearing, Judge Najamul Hassan asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor what exactly the Ramzan Sugar Mills case is, to which special prosecutor Waris Ali Janjua replied that public funds were used for a nullah for the mills, of which Hamza is a director. According to the accountability watchdog, the funds for the nullah – which come to about Rs 20 crores – had been released by then Punjab chief minister Shehbaz. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsShehbaz, 63, served as the chief minister of the politically crucial Punjab province from 2013 to 2018. He became PML-N president after his elder brother Nawaz Sharif was barred from holding the top party position and public posts. “God knows, in last 10 years being the chief minister of Punjab, a province of over 100 million people, I have saved the country billions of rupees. I had nothing to do with this bridge, no money was wrongfully used,” Shehbaz told the court. The court subsequently indicted both, father and son, before moving onto hearing the Ashiyana Housing scam case. Judge Hassan adjourned the hearing till April 23. Shehbaz has already been indicted along with nine others in the Ashiana Housing scam case. He was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau in the probe on October 5, 2018 and released on bail on February 14. On Monday, Hamza was granted pre-arrest bail till April 17 by the Lahore High Court, which also restrained NAB from arresting him in cases pertaining to ownership of assets beyond means, until further notice. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Monday arrested a “key frontman” of Hamza and his brother Salman who allegedly laundered over Rs 50 crore abroad at their behest. Referring to the arrest of Mohammad Mushtaq, the NAB said it believed that the arrest would strengthen its case against both sons of PML-N president Shehbaz. According to the NAB, it had the record of the money laundering transactions of over Rs 50 crore sent by Mushtaq to the accounts of Salman abroad. Mushtaq was leaving for Dubai. But during immigration at the Lahore airport Monday, his name appeared on the no-fly list.last_img read more

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Moroccan bank Citibank and OPIC signed memo of Understanding for support

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first_imgRabat – Moroccan bank “Attijariwafa Bank” has signed with two US institutions, Citibank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) a memorandum of understanding to support loans to small and medium-sized enterprises in Morocco and some sub-Saharan countries where Attijariwafa Bank has affiliates.The agreement provides for increasing to 100 million USD an ongoing credit line.Last July, Attijariwafa Bank had conluded with Citibank a 40 million USD mid-term loaning conventions, supported by a risk-sharing agreement between Citibank and OPIC, to support Moroccans SME’s access to funds.last_img read more

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How Bullpens Took Over Modern Baseball

By on September 28, 2019

The New York Yankees faced a tight spot on July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Their newly acquired starting pitcher, Brandon McCarthy, had gutted his way through 6.2 innings, lacking his best stuff but still holding the Indians to four runs, just one of those earned. Locked in a 4-4 tie, manager Joe Girardi turned to his bullpen, knowing it had no margin for error.The first pitcher out of the pen was Matt Thornton. Instead of battling Indians hitters with an assortment of southpaw soft stuff, Thornton fired two straight fastballs to All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley, the second one resulting in a harmless, inning-ending groundout. The radar gun flashed a reading on Thornton’s heater: 97 mph.The next Yankees pitcher to toe the rubber was Dellin Betances. A 26-year-old rookie, Betances had taken the long route to establish himself in the big leagues. At 6’8” and 260 pounds, he was once a promising starter prospect, but struggled mightily to make use of his huge frame. Converted to relief last season, Betances simplified his repertoire, leaning on his blazing fastball and nasty slurve. The result was a breakout season in a repeat stint at Triple-A, followed by a job in this year’s Yankees bullpen. On this night against the Indians, Betances needed only 10 pitches to retire the side in the eighth inning. The four fastballs he threw in that frame averaged a tick below 99 mph.As the night wore on, a battalion of flamethrowers kept emerging out of the Yankees bullpen. Adam Warren tossed 1.1 scoreless innings, firing 12 fastballs that averaged 95 mph. After David Huff (94 mph) struggled with three batters, Shawn Kelley (94 mph) bailed him out with 1.2 scoreless. The Yankees finally scored a run in the top of the 14th, prompting David Robertson to take the mound. New York’s closer needed 14 pitches to set down the Indians in the bottom of the inning, clinching a 5-4 win for the Yanks. Unlike many of his relief-mates, Robertson almost never throws a four-seam fastball, the kind of straight heat that tends to register the highest radar gun readings. Instead, he throws the cutter, a pitch that bores in on left-handed batters, inducing countless weak groundouts and often chopping their bats into tiny splinters. That night against the Indians, Robertson’s cutter velocity peaked at 95 mph, averaging “only” 93 — a necessary trade-off to get the kind of movement that can cause sleepless nights for its helpless victims.The Yankees are hardly alone in their employment of multiple cheese-huckers. Teams are trotting out pitchers who routinely throw mid-90s fastballs, with gusts up to the high 90s, and occasionally 100 mph or better. Most of those fireballers work out of the bullpen, and they’re needed more now than ever before. In a chicken-and-egg scenario, starters’ inability to go deep into games has created heightened demand for fresh and electric arms out of the bullpen.Thanks to Baseball-Reference.com, we can track the upward trend in reliever use over the past 50 years:The broader trend that goes back half a century is clear. In 1964 (four years after the save rule first came to baseball), teams used an average of 2.58 pitchers per game, including the starter; today, they’re using 3.92 pitchers per game. In ’64, relievers tossed an average of 2.64 innings per game; today, they’re throwing an eyelash more than three innings per game. Starters are getting yanked much earlier now than they did during Willie Mays’s heyday, and relievers are shouldering a greater percentage of the pitching load. But what’s most striking is how much bigger the jump is in the number of pitchers used per game as compared to number of relief innings thrown per game.Bullpens weren’t always like this. In 1960, sportswriter Jerome Holtzman introduced the save statistic to baseball. Holtzman wanted a way to better recognize the impressive contributions of pitchers like Joe Page and Hoyt Wilhelm, relief aces who came out of the bullpen to replace tiring starters, often throwing multiple innings at a time. Over the ensuing 25 to 30 years, bullpens slowly evolved, to the point where managers started to ease back on the role of multi-inning stoppers.The person often credited with the next wave of changes is Tony La Russa. The former White Sox, A’s and Cardinals manager figured he could squeeze more value out of his bullpen by placing a greater emphasis on putting specific relievers in a spot where they’d have the best chance to succeed. If you want to know why a contemporary manager may use three different relievers in a single inning in the name of getting the lefty-on-lefty and righty-on-righty matchups he wants, you can give a lot of the credit (or blame, if you’re not a huge fan of three and a half-hour games) to La Russa.Still, today’s managers might not be so willing to change pitchers so frequently1La Russa gained the greatest notoriety for his pitching changes while in Oakland, when he helped turn situational lefties like Rick Honeycutt into valuable late-inning weapons. But we can’t put all of this on La Russa: Managers use slightly more than one extra pitcher per game, on average, since 1989, La Russa’s one World Series-winning season with the A’s. if they didn’t have all those guys waiting in the bullpen who can throw 95-100 mph at will. So, using FanGraphs fastball velocity data, we set out to answer the question: What percentage of relief pitchers throw 95 mph or better today, as compared to past seasons?Though reliable velocity data only goes back to 2002, that’s still a big spike in a relatively short amount of time: We’re only two-thirds of the way through this season, and already we’ve seen nearly twice as many innings thrown by relievers who average 95 mph or higher on their fastballs than we did just 12 years ago.OK, so we know that managers are using more relievers, and that more of them throw hard. But what matters is whether bullpens are performing better.To measure this phenomenon, we ran another Baseball-Reference query and found that the average bullpen’s OPS+ allowed2That is, on-base plus slugging percentage allowed, re-scaled so that the MLB average is always 100. has dropped dramatically over the past 45 years, from 103 (3 percent worse than the overall league average, a number that includes starters and relievers) in 1969 to 94 (6 percent better than average) this season. The performance disparity between relief pitchers and starters really began to accelerate in the mid- to late 1990s, as the post-La Russa bullpen era fully took hold.Note how the shaded area of the chart is wider than it used to be. As recently as 1988, the OPS+ allowed by starters and relievers was almost equal; now, relief pitchers are consistently hurling much sharper innings than starters. It’s a change that also goes hand in hand with the aforementioned increase in relievers deployed per game. Managers have gotten wise to the fact that more innings should go to the more effective subgroup of pitchers, and that they’re even more effective when called upon in waves to throw aspirin pills past helpless batters.This data gives us a good idea of the “what.” Figuring out why relievers are getting so much faster and so much better is trickier, because it’s more subjective. It’s possible that teams are doing a better job of recognizing which pitchers should be converted into relievers and which ones should remain starters. In the same way the Yankees figured out that Betances was much better suited to relief work, the Cincinnati Reds resisted the temptation to make Aroldis Chapman a starter and let him unleash his electrifying fastball in the closer role instead. Chapman alone might be skewing our data set somewhat, given the frequency with which he launches blinding fastballs, and the incredible results he produces. According to the excellent site Baseball Savant, Chapman has thrown a staggering 257 fastballs that have topped 100 mph this year; every other pitcher in the majors has combined to throw 103 of them.Earlier this year, in an an article about the recent increase in Tommy John surgeries, I discussed why we might be seeing more pitchers assaulting radar guns than ever before. One frequently cited theory holds that kids are specializing in one sport at an earlier age, so once they lock in on baseball they’re building arm strength and pitch velocity more quickly, but also making themselves more susceptible to future injury. That so many can throw so fast, and so many hit the disabled list, makes relievers fungible (with a few exceptions like Betances and Chapman). As a result, managers choose a few relievers from a phalanx of fireballers, then go get a few more if some of them break down.In other words, the pitchers might be on the mound for fewer and fewer pitches, but the trend of harder throwers looks like it’s here to stay. read more

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