Croatia’s green light for the EC to continue the construction of the Istrian Y.

first_imgThe European Commission approved Croatia’s extension of the contract with Bina-Istra, the concessionaire of the Istrian Y, which gave the green light for the construction of the full profile of the motorway on the section Pazin-tunnel Učka in the length of 165 km worth 28 million euros.The European Commission confirmed that Croatia’s plan is in line with state aid, and Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said extending the Istrian Y concession would boost regional growth and investment, improve public safety and reduce traffic congestion.”After two years of a procedure that involved exhaustive negotiations with the concessionaire, international financial institutions and the European Commission, I was pleased to receive this news from Brussels. The construction of the 2 B1 phase of the Istrian Y from the Učka Tunnel to Pazin will begin soon. It is a large and important infrastructure project with which this Government continues with a large investment cycle in the construction of transport infrastructure. Following this Decision, we initiate the procedure of adopting the Decision of the Annex to the Concession Agreement issued by the Government of the Republic of Croatia. In parallel with this project, 2 B2 phases are being designed, ie other pipes of the Učka tunnel and the construction of the full profile to the Matulji junction is being completed.”, Said the Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butkovic.Works on the section Pazin-tunnel Učka should last a total of 3 years.last_img read more

Leaked report details Netherlands’ proposed new pension system

first_imgThe option of a real-terms pensions contract was reportedly also being discussed by the Social and Economic Council (SER), the Dutch government’s main advisory body made up of employers and workers.The real-terms feature was reportedly brought in to the discussions as the unions kept their objections to individual pensions accrual, favouring collective accrual instead.The individual pensions accrual was to be dropped, according to De Telegraaf, as the deliberations within the SER didn’t show “much added value ultimately”.The government’s plan for a quick increase to the retirement age was also strongly opposed by the trade unions.According to the draft pensions agreement, the government’s agreed increase to the state pension (AOW) age – due to rise to 67 in 2021 – is to be postponed to 2025.Subsequently, the AOW age will rise by six months, rather than 12, for each additional year’s improvement in life expectancy.The draft accord also provided for mandatory pensions saving for self-employed, albeit with an opt-out, De Telegraaf reported.The next stageAccording to Tuur Elzinga, the FNV’s pensions negotiator, there had been no agreement “as several texts and proposals are in circulation and nothing has been signed yet”.Although Elzinga declined to reveal details about the concept, other sources confirmed or recognised the content of De Telegraaf’s story.One source told IPE’s sister title Pensioen Pro that the three main unions were discussing the issue with VNO-NCW and that they preferred to complete the final agreement through the SER.Were this accord to become the position of the social partners, it would present a dilemma for social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees.Postponing the state pension age increase would cost the government billions, while the preferred individual pensions accrual – which formed part of the coalition agreement – would be off the table.Recently, the government resolutely rejected a request from the social partners in the building industry for a state pension entitlement after a working career of 45 years.The other aim of the coalition government – to abolish the system of average pensions accrual – could still be honoured according to the draft, albeit under certain conditions. Individual pensions accrual will not form the backbone of a new pensions system in the Netherlands, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.Citing a “draft agreement” between employer organisation VNO-NCW and trade union FNV, the newspaper said that the players had opted for a collective pension arrangement.The concept offered fewer guarantees but with more scope for indexation, resembling a pensions contract under real terms rather than nominal ones.However, the FNV has emphasised that there was no definite deal yet.last_img read more

School Receives Grant For Steel Drum Bands

first_imgOldenburg Academy recently received large grants from both the Ripley County and Franklin County Community Foundations to support a project entitled: “Integrating the History, Culture and Music of Traditional Steel Drum Bands into the Curriculum and Community”.“This funding will enable the Academy to create a steel drum band by purchasing cello and bass pans for completion of a steel pan ensemble. Students will eventually perform at OA, other local schools, at area health care facilities and at community events,” said OA Marketing Communications Coordinator Kayla Wessling in a news release.As part of this program, OA intends to educate students and nearby communities regarding the origin, instrument design and manufacture, playing techniques and cultural significance of island music.Examples of how OA may integrate the culture of steel drum into present curriculum includes: students of Physics will be exposed to the nature of sound, English students will hear the stories of the Caribbean natives, Social Studies students will become familiar with the geography, enculturation and integration of the steel drum into island life, Project Lead the Way engineering students will explore the unique design of pans, and drama students will perform folkloric interpretations.The Academy will also offer a Steel Drum band course for all interested students.last_img read more

Another Trabzonspor player tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The novel coronavirus hit Trabzonspor anew on August 15 as the Turkish football club reported another player had contracted the virus.“After one of our first team players tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, another player tested positive for the virus via the PCR [polymerase chain reaction] test. He was taken to home isolation and his treatment has begun,” Trabzonspor said in a statement. Like August 14’s announcement, the Black Sea club did not give the player’s name.August 14 saw a Trabzonspor player test positive for the novel coronavirus and go into home confinement for isolation and treatment.Trabzonspor’s first team players are set to gather at the club premises on Monday to prepare for the new season and to be tested in groups.Tags: COVID-19Positive TestTrabzonsporTurkeyTurkish Leaguelast_img read more

Hughton job speculation ‘crazy’

first_img Pilkington felt Norwich could have triumphed by a greater margin, but emphasised the sheer fact that a win – and an away one at that, only the club’s second in the league in 2013 – had been achieved was the most important thing. He was also delighted with his own role in it, having made his first Premier League start of the season. “I thought we could have had more goals,” he said. “We had a game plan where we wanted to press high and get in their faces, win the ball up high and create chances from there, and I think we did that. “But it’s all about winning games at this level and picking up the three points, especially away from home. It is a massive win for us. “I’ve not been in the team recently. I’ve had to wait for my chance. I had a few niggles in pre-season but I’m over that now, and hopefully I can keep my place.” Hughton went into the contest with his team having won one, drawn one and lost three of their opening five top-flight games this term and reports suggesting he could be facing the sack if they were beaten at the Britannia Stadium. Norwich went on to claim a 1-0 victory, moving them up from 17th to 14th in the table. And afterwards Hughton – who guided the club to 11th last season in his first campaign in charge, and then had his squad bolstered by a considerable spending spree over the summer – admitted he had been under more pressure than usual in the build-up to the fixture due to his side’s league position. Pilkington, meanwhile, made it clear what he thought about the speculation the axe could have been hovering over Hughton. “It’s crazy,” the 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international told Press Association Sport. “I wrote on Twitter asking if it was too early for Paolo Di Canio (the former Sunderland manager, who was sacked on September 22) to go, given we’re only five or six games into the season. “We have brought a lot of new players in and it takes time for them to gel. But you have seen (at Stoke) what we can do.” The lively Pilkington provided the assist for the 34th-minute goal that secured all three points for Norwich, teeing up Jonny Howson, who fired in from outside the box as the Canaries took advantage of sloppy play from their opponents. The visitors had already hit the bar through Ryan Bennett and were good value for their lead. They survived a scare after the break when no penalty was given despite Leroy Fer pulling back Kenwyne Jones in the box – the Norwich man later admitted he had done so – but subsequently came close to scoring again, with it requiring a great save from Asmir Begovic to keep out Robert Snodgrass’ curling shot. Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington feels it was “crazy” that there was talk of Canaries boss Chris Hughton’s job being under threat ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League match at Stoke. Press Associationlast_img read more

Arsenal closing in on Paulista deal

first_img There were concerns Gabriel might not secure a work permit given he is uncapped for Brazil and rules state a player must have played in 75 per cent of his national team’s matches in the last two years. The Gunners, however, successfully argued the 24-year-old is an exceptional talent who will benefit the top level of English football. The athletic centre-back will boost Arsene Wenger’s defensive options, which have often been stretched this season due to injuries. Villarreal announced on Saturday that Arsenal striker Joel Campbell would move to the Yellow Submarines on loan until the end of the season as part of the deal. Campbell impressed while playing for Costa Rica at last summer’s World Cup but the 22-year-old is yet to start a Barclays Premier League match for the Gunners this season. Arsenal are putting the finishing touches to the signing of Villarreal’s Gabriel Paulista after the Brazilian defender was granted a work permit. Gabriel has received formal approval from the Home Office and will undergo a medical at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Monday while waiting for a visa application to be processed. Press Association Sport understands there are still formalities to be completed in what is a complicated transfer but that Arsenal expect to confirm the move in the next 24 hours, most likely on Tuesday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Berlais lands Auteuil prize

first_imgGitane Du Berlais ran her rivals ragged as she made all the running to win unchallenged in the Prix Juigne at Auteuil. The French-bred mare, trained by Willie Mullins, soon built up a long lead under Jacques Ricou and though that was reduced in the closing stages, she never looked like being caught. Gitane Du Berlais had won the Grade One Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase at Sandown on her previous start and, sent off the 15-8 favourite, she followed up with the minimum of fuss in this Grade Three hurdle over two and a quarter miles. Dos Santos was second ahead of Nando in third. Gordon Elliott’s Bayan, the other Irish-trained runner, had every chance but faded into sixth. Mullins said: “I was more surprised what she did in the Scilly Isles than that. We thought after Sandown we’d go to France as it was the start of the Auteuil season so we might have an edge on race fitness. “When we looked at what we would have to do to win a good prize in Cheltenham this looked a nice option. “It was either go to Auteuil or to Naas or to Cheltenham. She won’t go to Cheltenham, she’ll go to Fairyhouse for the Ryanair Gold Cup. That’s her next target.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Stoke boss Mark Hughes could break up quartet which dismantled Manchester City

first_img The City clash at the Britannia Stadium saw Hughes select playmakers Ibrahim Afellay, Marko Arnautovic, Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan Krkic together from the start for the first time, while Jonathan Walters dropped to the bench. And the decision was handsomely rewarded as the Potters delivered a superb performance in a 2-0 victory. The win has generated considerable excitement about Hughes’ men – one Spanish newspaper labelled them ‘Stokelona’ – and the Welshman admits it has given him plenty of confidence in that system. But he has also emphasised it was a gameplan he had felt was appropriate specifically for the City contest. “It was something I had been thinking of for quite some time and it was just about making sure we picked the right game to do it,” Hughes said. “We looked, as we always do, at previous games the opposition had played, what they had done well, what they had done poorly, what their strengths and weaknesses were and what we could exploit, and built a gameplan based on that knowledge. “And that is exactly what we are doing with the game we are preparing for this weekend.” When then asked if that meant it might be all change selection-wise for the meeting with the Hammers, Hughes replied with a smile: “I wouldn’t say that – but you never know!” Stoke go into the match lying 11th in the Barclays Premier League table, a point worse off than seventh-placed West Ham. The Potters started their league campaign poorly and, although they have recovered significantly and managed to follow up last month’s victory over champions Chelsea by winning at Southampton, they were subsequently beaten at strugglers Sunderland before bouncing back with the City result. Stoke boss Mark Hughes has stressed sticking with the same dynamic line-up that dismantled Manchester City last weekend may not necessarily be the right approach for Saturday’s game at West Ham.last_img read more

Brother motivates Keseley

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoAthletes often draw their motivation from all kinds of places. A shot at playing time. A bad loss the year before. But no matter what level of play, the kind of push you get from a sibling rivalry might take the cake.When you grow up in the kind of hockey family UW junior forward Angie Keseley did, it’s nearly impossible to escape some good-natured trash talk here and there.”I’m always rubbing (the two national championships) in my brother’s face,” Keseley said with a grin. “He’s a great player, but I’ve got him there.”Indeed, the rings Keseley got seem to be about the definitive thing she can hold over her older brother Jon’s head. Last year, the two Keseleys — separated by two years, Jon the elder — had almost the exact same stat line at the end of the year: Angie finished with 12 goals and 12 assists, whereas Jon, a senior last year for Division III Gustavus Adolphus, was one goal shy of the same numbers. 24 points to 23 — a tough loss for anyone, not to mention a big brother. But rivalries aside, the Keseley playing in Madison is quick to credit her brother, as well as her father, who also played hockey in college, as the two people most influential in her early love for the game she has come to embrace.”I was around five when I first started,” Keseley recalled. “Since both my dad and my brother played already, I just kind of fell into it.”Lucky for Badger head coach Mark Johnson, Keseley ended up falling right into the Wisconsin program after ending a brilliant high school campaign at St. Louis Park (Minn.) High School with nearly 300 career points in 101 varsity games.You would think with numbers like those, Keseley’s biggest impact would be felt solely on the offensive end of the ice, but according to her coach, this is far from the truth.”(Keseley) has a good set of skills, so when she does get the puck, she is able to do some things and create opportunities for the players around her, but her biggest asset is that she understands and anticipates really well,” Johnson said. “We coaches call it ‘hockey sense.’ It’s something that is very hard to teach, but for those players that have it already, they can read off what players are doing and respond to that very effectively.”The versatility that Keseley brings to the ice is one of the reasons she shares a line with two of the most talented players on the Wisconsin team in Meghan Duggan and Erika Lawler, both of whom spent this last weekend playing for the U-22 national team in the Four Nations Cup in Leksand, Sweden. “Angie certainly complements (Duggan and Lawler) on that line. She knows how to position herself to create opportunities with them on the ice,” Johnson remarked.Keseley also feels that her line has been a perfect fit for each of them, saying that playing with Duggan and Lawyer has been “quite the experience.” “Both of them are unbelievable players and make me a better player when I’m out there with them,” Keseley said. “They add so much to the line. I don’t know what I would do without them.”Fortunately for Keseley, that question never had to be asked this weekend, as the women’s team got a well-deserved break from the grueling schedule while four of the UW players spent the weekend in red, white and blue.Johnson acknowledged that while the weekend off was certainly helpful for catching up on some rest, it has given UW’s next opponent, second-ranked University of New Hampshire, an edge in that it has continued to play in games while Wisconsin only practiced.”It’s going to be tough to get back into game form. When you take a week off, it gives you a chance to work on some things, but at the same time, you can practice all you want — it’s still not the same as actually being in a game,” Johnson said. “We will need to adapt to that really quickly, or we’ll find ourselves in behind real fast.”While the Badgers certainly have that to worry about, Keseley will also look to keep her name in the box score. Keseley finally broke out of a six-week stretch of pointless games in the first game against Minnesota two weekends ago, notching her sixth goal of the year in the huge rivalry game.Of course, one should have expected Keseley to show up in a rivalry game, after all, without her brother to battle, who else is she going to put up goals against?last_img read more

STAFF : SU softball wins 4 of 5 in Florida-hosted Lipton Invitational

first_imgThe Syracuse softball team won four of its five games at the Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend. After losing its opener to No. 3 Florida, the host team, the Orange won its next four games and held each of its opponents scoreless.Syracuse (16-3) only managed three hits in its 2-0 loss to the Gators (19-0) on Friday. Junior pitcher Jenna Caira pitched a complete game in the loss. In its second game of the day, SU blanked Pacific (9-5) in a 4-0 win. Junior Kelly Saco scored twice and drove in two runs on a home run and a double.SU blew out Gardner-Webb (3-10) 15-0 Saturday. The game ended in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule after junior Stephanie Watts’ second home run of the game. Watts went 3-for-8 with three RBI and three runs scored to lead the team’s 15-hit attack. Sophomore Stacy Kuwik allowed just one hit on the mound.The Orange defeated North Dakota State (7-13) 3-0 in its second game Saturday. SU scored all three runs in the first inning. Juniors Lacey Kohl and Hallie Gibbs hit back-to-back home runs in the inning. Caira gave up two hits to earn the win.In its final game Sunday, Syracuse shut out Valparaiso (7-9) in a 6-0 win. Gibbs went 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Orange. SU scored three runs in the second inning highlighted by an RBI triple by sophomore Ashley Dimon. Caira pitched a complete-game two-hitter for the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will participate in the Spring Break Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend to take on the host Virginia, Fordham and Princeton.TennisSyracuse won its ninth match of the season against Temple on Sunday 6-1. The Orange moved to 9-2 on the season and has won eight of its past nine.Emily Harman played at the No. 1 singles position for the first time this season and defeated Temple’s (4-5) Theresa Stangl in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Harman and freshman Maddie Kobelt helped SU clinch the doubles point by defeating the Owls’ top pairing of Stangl and Christine Clermont 8-3. At the No. 1 doubles spot, Harman and Kobelt had their eighth win this season.No. 2 singles player Alessondra Parra defeated Elyse Steiner in a closely contested match that took three sets. After winning the first set 6-2, Parra dropped the second set 2-6 before winning the third set 10-8. The match was the first time Parra has not played at the No. 1 singles position this season.Kobelt, Simone Kalhorn and Aleah Marrow each won their matches in straight sets at the No. 3, 5 and 6 positions, respectively.Co-captain Christina Tan fell short after winning the first set at the No. 4 singles position. Yana Mavrina took down Tan 3-6, 6-2, 10-2 to earn the Owls’ only point in the match.— Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff Published on March 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more