Dubrovnik is finally reducing the arrival of cruisers. From next year, a maximum of two cruisers a day in Dubrovnik

first_imgDubrovnik has finally taken the right step in the context of reducing the excessive influx of tourists into the city from cruise ships, and in agreement with cruise companies has agreed that a maximum of two cruisers will sail into the most desirable cruise destination in the Mediterranean, bringing a maximum of 5000 visitors.Namely, after Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković started talks with the world’s largest cruise companies last year, gathered in the CLIA association, the problem of large crowds due to the simultaneous entry of up to seven cruisers from which 10 passengers would go on a tour of the city at once began. to be addressed. With a better schedule for the arrival of passenger ships, a maximum of two cruisers a day will come to Dubrovnik from next year.”Contracts with cruise companies have been signed for next year so we will have a maximum of two cruisers a day throughout the week, Monday through Sunday. Sometimes there will be only one, sometimes two will arrive at the same time or one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. We strived for that, and now we have achieved it ” Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic told Jutarnji list, and stressed that there is still a solution to traffic jams, which, he is convinced, is due to the liberalization of the taxi market, due to which more than a thousand taxi drivers worked in Dubrovnik this season.In addition to the agreement on the schedule of cruise arrivals, Dubrovnik also uses a system of cameras that count visitors when entering the historical ensemble, in order to avoid excessive crowds. In addition, through the project “Respect the City” is developing an application for direct communication with guests through which they will be advised the best time to visit the historic center, and by the end of next month will be presented a calendar through which you can see the estimated number of guests inside the ancient walls.”The key to the success of any destination is management, and we have done this by making contact with the world’s leading CLIA group, which brings together all the world’s key cruise operators. We have agreed on a better schedule for the arrival and departure of ships from cruises, which has significantly relieved the historic core and there are no more negative images in the media with congested entrances and blocked Stradun. The excellent coordination of the competent services was the most deserving in solving this problem ”Added Franković and pointed out that there are still days of the week when they do not have a single cruiser.By the end of this year, Dubrovnik will have 440 passenger ships with about 740 thousand passengers, or 3 percent fewer ships than last year, but 5 percent more passengers. And this year, the people of Dubrovnik welcomed the millionth passenger in the port of Gruž two days before last year.last_img read more

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GMS: Gadani One Signature Away from Welcoming Tankers

first_imgGadani shipbreaking yards are one signature away from reopening to tankers, according to a report from GMS, a cash buyer of ships for recycling.As understood, the one remaining signature required is from the Chief Minister of Balochistan, Sardar Sanaullah Khan Zehri, who remains reluctant to sanction any reopening.End buyers have been petitioning the Chief Minister and the government to reopen Gadani to tankers, GMS said, adding that high ranking Pakistan Ship Breakers Association members recently asked the Minister to push the matter, however, without any success.“This fiasco has played itself out against the backdrop of a significant depreciation of the Pakistani Rupee, which has knocked more than USD 20/LDT off the local offerings and this has further dampened end buyer enthusiasm and any aggression to buy at decent rates (for now),” GMS said in its report.The Chief Minister banned the demolition of tankers and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers at Pakistan’s Gadani shipbreaking yards in February 2017, following two incidents which caused dozens of fatalities.The incidents, caused by the absence of safety measures, included an explosion on November 1, which killed at least 28 workers, and a fire on January 9, which took the lives of another 5 workers.last_img read more

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‘Tell me a bedtime story’

first_imgHe instructed his knights to search far and wide, high and low, day and night to find a warrior/teacher that could instruct his knights in the art of combat and lead them into war. Day after day the King’s scouts looked for and sought after the perfect warrior/teacher without success. The King was getting along in years and he knew that the end his time on earth was growing nigh.One one rainy dismal day as the scouts returned, the trumpets sounded the song of success from afar and the people assembled. After all of the ruffles and flourishes were completed into the court of King Artus walked a young and brazen knight Sir Charles from the land of Noll with his head held high and a gaze of steel. He approached the throne of King Artus with arrogance, confidence and fearlessness. All in the court gasped with horror when the young knight did not bow or get on his knees when he stood before the King. King Artus was puzzled by this disrespectful and unprecedented behavior. He asked the young knight, “Why do you not bow and get on your knees before the throne?” “Your Highness” replied the young knight, “if you require that I bow and get on my knees to honor you I will do so willingly and immediately but it will be difficult to serve you and teach your knights the art of war and lead them into battle from my knees. However, I feel in my heart that bowing and trembling before you can never honor you as victory will.” “Ha ha ha,” laughed the King as he sized up this young, brash warrior. “I can have your head in an instant to satisfy the hunger of my dogs but you are right, you can only truly honor me when you honor this kingdom which is constantly being besieged by attackers and usurpers. Can you bring the Steelers Nation peace and victory and what do you need from me in order to accomplish these things?” The young general replied, “The first element that is needed for us to be the conqueror is to possess a strong defense.“Way far away in the land of Texarkana there is a young warrior by the name of mean Joseph of Greene who will be a great defender of the throne and will be the linchpin of our future victories.” The King replied, “I do not need or wish to know any of the details, you have the power to draft into the Army any of the soldiers that you need for us to be successful.” So off went the young leader and over the years he engaged the services of the most feared warriors that the world had ever seen.The knights of the black and gold table had names like Sir Terry of Bradshaw, Sir Lynn of Swann, Sir John of Stallworth, Sir Jack of Ham, Sir L.C. of Greewood, Sir Dwight of White and Sir Michael of Webster. Sir Charles of Noll finished his service to the King after planting the flag of the “Blackandgoldius” on the summit of “Mt. Super Bowlius.” After those resounding victories, the old grizzled general submitted his resignation to Rooney Royal Family. A new young general was appointed to lead and his name was Sir Bill of Cowher. General Cowher paid for the services of mercenaries with names like Sir Rod of Woodson, Sir Greg of Lloyd, Sir Joey of Porter, Sir Jerome of Bettis, Sir Kordell of Stewart, Sir Kevin of Greene, Sir Dermotti of Dawson, Sir Yancy of Thigpen and Sir Bam of Morris. After losing one “Mt. Super Bowlius” battle Sir Bill claimed victory in his second battle in bitterly cold land of Detroit. Time waits for no man and Sir Bill of Cowher fulfilled his obligation to the Rooney Royal Family and he too left the kingdom. The current commanding general is named Sir Michael, Lord of Tomlin. He has molded his army with old, experienced fighters from the age of Cowher with names like Sir Ben of Roethlisberger, Sir Hines of Ward, Sir Casey of Hampton, Sir Aaron of Smith, and Sir Heath of Miller. All had great stories of strength and valor to tell the new fighters with names like Sir Michael of Wallace, Sir Ziggy of Hood, Sir Antonio of Brown and one Sir Santonio of Holmes now in exile. Sir Michael Lord of Tomlin also led his charges to “Mt. Super Bowlius” twice, planting the flag on the summit once. After being defeated in the mountains of Denver heading toward “Mt. Super Bowlius,” returning tired and beaten, he banished his second in command, Sir Bruce from the Kingdom of Arians to the domed city of Indianapolis. Tell me a bedtime story, tell me a bedtime story not about close defeats but no excuse victories.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) Listen my children and you shall hear of a tale of daring from both far and near. A long time ago in a land far, far away there was a man who ruled the kingdom of “Blackandgoldia.” King Artus of Rooney was a very wise and kind ruler who ruled his subjects with a firm but very gentle hand. However, time after time his small kingdom faced attack after attack from rogue kingdom seekers and bands of soldiers from all points His knights were fearless and loyal to the king but untrained and he knew in his heart that they would never hold up the chalice of victory. He decided that once and for all he was going to establish borders that no man would dare cross. last_img read more

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Worst offensive game of season drops Steelers to wild card hunt

first_imgJust when you thought the Steelers offense couldn’t get any worse, they laid a rotten egg, 20-14, against the lowly Cleveland Browns (3-8) in what has to be the worst offensive game of the season, maybe during the Mike Tomlin era.The loss dropped the Steelers to 6-5, three games behind the Baltimore Ravens who extended their lead in the AFC North to 9-2, while the Cincinnati Bengals pulled even with Pittsburgh with a 34-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. This changes the meaning of this weekend’s game in Baltimore from a battle for the division title to the Steelers battling for a playoff berth. A loss to the Ravens coupled with wins by the Indianapolis Colts (7-4) and Bengals (6-5) could drop the Steelers out of the playoff hunt with just four games left. There’s only two wild card slots.The defense has played great ball in the past two games which have all been losses, but they have kept the team in every game despite one of the most ineffective offenses in the NFL the past three games. Despite injuries to Troy Polamalu, LaMarr Woodley, and James Harrison, the defense is ranked number one in the NFL overall, and without a doubt deserves that ranking. The offense has been as bad as the defense has been good.Ben Roethlisberger’s return for the Ravens game is doubtful. Hopefully he doesn’t rush back and be ineffective as he was last season when he came back before he was healed.The problem with the offense is not just the quarterback slot, but with the absence of Antonio Brown because of an injury, Mike Wallace has been rendered invisible by opposing teams’ defenses. He has been doubled teamed, and because of his lack of creativeness to get open, his production has dropped tremendously. He had no catches in the Browns game. Wallace is being exposed as a one dimensional receiver, which is far from what he wants to be paid for. Brown is expected back in the Ravens game which will boost the offense and special teams.The running game stunk up things against the Browns, primarily because none of the players could protect the ball, with all four runners fumbling. But they didn’t just lose the ball, they lost it in the other team’s territory which left the Browns with a very short field. The defense was able to hold in most cases, but eventually gave in with no help from its offense.The Ravens offense has not been tearing the league apart either in the past two games, barely pulling out wins. But they did win. They beat the San Diego Chargers in a miracle finish to tie the game in regulation time then a field goal in overtime for a 16-13 win. The previous week they barely got past the Steelers 13-10.The Bengals have actually been playing the best ball offensively, but they have to prove they can beat the Ravens or the Steelers before they are considered serious contenders. But if the Steelers keep losing to weak teams, then the Bengals don’t have to beat them.The Steelers’ four games after the Ravens are: the San Diego Chargers, 4-7, at home, the Dallas Cowboys, 5-6, in Dallas, the Bengals at home, and the Browns at home.The Bengals’ remaining five games are: the Chargers, Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Steelers and the Ravens.The Indianapolis Colts’ final five games are: the Detroit Lions, 4-7; the Tennessee Titans,4-7; the Houston Texans, 10-1 twice and the Kansas City Chiefs, 1-10.It should be a battle to the finish for the two wild card slots. LT SCORES—Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons returns an interception for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns Nov. 25, in Cleveland. (Courier Photo/Thomas Sabol) last_img read more

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Westport Winery Savoring the Gold in Oregon

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Westport Winery more gold medals or higher than any other winery at the 2017 Savor NW Wine Competition held the first week of March in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This competition is a precursor to the popular Savor Cannon Beach Food & Wine Festival that will be held on March 9-12. Westport will be pouring all of their award-winning wines at their Cannon Beach tasting room during this event.The Best of Class Gewurztraminer medal was awarded to Captain Gray. The grapes for this wine were harvested in 2015 at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Grays Harbor Symphony and Bishop Performing Arts Center in Aberdeen. The sculpture commemorating this wine was created by Westport ceramic artist Kimmi Kerns. The label is a portrait of the winery by watercolorist Barbara Sampson. Rapture of the Deep, Westport’s 100% sparkling cranberry wine, earned Best of Class in the non-grape wine category. The photograph on this wine’s label is by winery co-owner Blain Roberts. Its sculpture was created by Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis. This wine benefits Harbors Home Health & Hospice. Double gold medals were bestowed upon Maritime Sparkling Riesling, Ancient Mariner Pear Riesling, and Swimmer Petite Sirah. The Riesling grapes were also harvested at Red Willow Vineyard, while the Petite Sirah was hand-picked at Olsen Brothers Estate Vineyard near Benton City, Washington. These wines benefit the Northwest Carriage Museum, Coastal Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA), and the Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, respectively. Both the Maritime and Ancient Mariner labels were painted by watercolorist Darryl Easter, while the Swimmer label features a childhood photo of Dana Roberts, Westport’s director of winemaking.Additional gold medals were earned by Shiver Me Timbers, a blend of Riesling, passionfruit, orange and guava; Lighthouse, a dry Riesling from Red Willow Vineyard; and Charterboat Chick, the winery’s rich Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine six times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery’s second location, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE REVIEWS

first_imgSAT, SEPT 19AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2SUNDERLAND 0GOALS:-BOURNEMOUTH:WILSON 4; RITCHIE 9.Bournemouth were able to celebrate a first-ever home win in the Barclays Premier League, thanks to two goals within the opening nine minutes. The Cherries side took the lead early on through Callum Wilson, who fired in a low finish from Dan Gosling’s pass. Matt Ritchie extended the advantage soon after with a stunning volley into the top corner of the net to send Sunderland to the foot of the table.ASTON VILLA 0WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1GOALS:-WBA: BERAHINO 39.Saido Berahino scored on his first start since threatening to go on strike to help West Bromwich Albion win their local derby against Aston Villa. Albion almost took the lead within 60 seconds when Salomon Rondon’s header was parried away by Villa keeper Brad Guzan. But before the interval, Berahino stuck out a foot to steer James Morrison’s shot home.CHELSEA 2ARSENAL 0GOALS:- CHELSEA:ZOUMA 53; HAZARD 90.Chelsea won only their second Barclays Premier League of this season against nine-man Arsenal. Kurt Zouma headed the opening goal after 53 minutes before Eden Hazard’s shot flew in off Calum Chambers late on. But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was furious after Arsenal defender Gabriel was sent off seconds before half-time for kicking out at Diego Costa. And then Santi Cazorla was given a second yellow card for a foul on Cesc F‡bregas.MANCHESTER CITY 1WEST HAM UNITED 2GOALS:-CITY: DE BRUYNE 45. WEST HAM: MOSES 6; SAKHO 31.Manchester City’s perfect start was punctured by West Ham, who added their scalp to that of Arsenal and Liverpool. Victor Moses drilled in his first West Ham goal with a low 20-yard shot which crept inside Joe Hart’s left-hand post. The visitors doubled their lead when Diafra Sakho hooked in from six yards. City’s record-signing Kevin De Bruyne fired in to halve the deficit, but West Ham held on to move intosecond place.NEWCASTLE UNITED 1WATFORD 2GOALS:-NEWCASTLE: JANMAAT 62. WATFORD: IGHALO 10, 28.Newcastle dropped into the relegation zone after Odion Ighalo’s double led Watford to a second successive victory. Nigeria international Ighalo, who has now scored 20 goals in 24 league games in 2015, claimed the opener after 10 minutes. The striker then took Troy Deeney’s pass to round Krul before the break. Daryl Janmaat gave Newcastle a lifeline.STOKE CITY 2LEICESTER CITY 2GOALS:-STOKE: KRKIC 13; WALTERS 20 . LEICESTER: MAHREZ PEN 51; VARDY 69.Leicester came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Stoke City and maintain their unbeaten start to theseason. Jamie Vardy equalised after Riyad Mahrez scored his fifth goal of the season from the penalty spot. Bojan Krkic, making his first start of the season, had given Stoke an early lead from Marko Arnautovic’s pass. Jonathan Walters doubled the advantage but Stoke are still searching for their first win of the season.SWANSEA CITY 0EVERTON 0GOALS:-NONE.Swansea and Everton emerged with a point apiece from a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium. Everton had the better of a dull first half, although Swansea’s Bafitimbi Gomis came closest to scoring when skewing wide of Tim Howard’s goal. Both teams improved after the break, but Everton striker Romelu Lukaku twice shot over the bar when through on goal.SUN, SEPT 20LIVERPOOL 1NORWICH CITY 1GOALS:-LIVERPOOL: INGS 48. NORWICH: MARTIN 61.Daniel Sturridge made his first Liverpool appearance in more than five months as Brendan Rodgers’s side were held to a draw at home to Norwich. Danny Ings came on to score his first Liverpool goal but Russell Martin profited from Simon Mignolet’s error on a corner to level, just before Sturridge came off.SOUTHAMPTON 2MANCHESTER UNITED 3GOALS:-SOUTHAMPTON: PELLE 13, 86. UNITED: MARTIAL 34, 50; MATA 68.Anthony Martial’s great start at Manchester United continued as the £36-million striker scored twice at Southampton. United went behind when Graziano Pelle converted a loose ball. But Martial equalised and then took advantage of a terrible Maya Yoshida backpass to slot in a second. Juan Mata added a third and while Pelle headed a late second, Unitedheld on.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1CRYSTAL PALACE 0GOAL:-TOTTENHAM: SON 68.Son Heung-min scored his third goal in two games to give Tottenham their first home Barclays Premier League win of the season against Crystal Palace. The South Korea international, signed this summer from Bayer Leverkusen, followed up his two goals in Spurs’ Europa League tie in midweek with the winning goal on the break. His low shot under Alex McCarthy came after Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris had made a superb save from Bakary Sako.last_img read more

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