Croatia Airlines departs flights from Zagreb to Split and Dubrovnik

first_imgFollowing the decisions and instructions of the public health and civil aviation authorities, this protective measure was taken preventively by the company to reduce the potential risk of coronavirus transmission during the flight. Under the new measure, passengers should come on a flight with protective masks or face covers and use them throughout their stay in the cabin of the aircraft. Acceptable face covers include two-layer cotton face masks, medical (surgical) face masks and filter half masks with and without valve. As of May 11, Croatia Airlines (CA) will start with the partial renewal of flights within Croatia by introducing two daily flights (morning and evening) on ​​the routes Zagreb – Split – Zagreb and Zagreb – Dubrovnik – Zagreb. Currently, the only international flights are operated on the route Zagreb – Frankfurt – Zagreb, once a day.  Photo: Croatia Airlines One of these measures is and mandatory use of masks or face covers on Croatia Airlines flights As of May 4 this year, the use of protective masks or face covers is mandatory on all flights of Croatia Airlines, the national airline and a member of the Star Alliance.  CA points out that their aircraft are equipped with high-quality filters for purifying the air in the passenger cabin, which is brought from the atmosphere at a constant flow, and the air in the passenger compartment circulates vertically. With the introduction of flights Zagreb – Split and Zagreb – Dubrovnik, the national airline begins a partial renewal of air traffic within Croatia Since the beginning of the epidemiological crisis, no cases of infection have been recorded on Croatia Airlines flights, the company points out, adding that it will continue to adapt to the current situation and official decisions and instructions of public health and regulatory bodies. Find out more information for passengers regarding COVID-19 HERElast_img read more

In virus-stricken Indonesia, many can’t afford to self-quarantine at home

first_imgStaying home is considered key in suppressing COVID-19 transmission, but many Indonesians confirmed or suspected of having the disease cannot afford to self-isolate because of lack of space.Ambulance driver Bambang Siswoyo, 46, was suspected of having COVID-19 in July when he developed asthma so bad that his wife had to help him get up in the mornings. A chest X-ray showed white spots on his lungs. He was swab-tested, but the results never came back to him as “they were lost”, he said quoting health authorities.Siswoyo, who since 2004 has been working for a community health center (Puskesmas) in Sidoarjo, East Java, one of Indonesia’s epicenters of the outbreak, spent over two weeks, until August, isolating himself in his kost (rooming house). He lives in a 4 meter by 4 m room, which he rents for about Rp 250,000 (US$16.81) per month. It has one small bed that he shares with his wife and son — who refused to take refuge at their relatives’ houses while Siswanto was in isolation.”We couldn’t keep a distance from each other and we slept on the same bed […] I took up the space at the foot [of the bed],” Siswanto said, adding that he worried about infecting his family members.Before going into self-isolation, Siswoyo had been transporting confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients to hospitals. He said he had to shower up to five times a day to make sure he did not transmit the virus to his family.”It was suggested that I isolate in a hospital, but I’ve heard from other people that I would have to pay [the medical bills]. I was afraid because I don’t have any savings, so I rejected the suggestion,” he said. “I was afraid that if something came up, I would have to pay for photocopies [of administrative documents] because I didn’t have money at all at the time. I had to borrow money even for food.” Read also: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figuresJakarta is seeing a similar problem. When the novel coronavirus infected dozens in Muara Baru, North Jakarta, in May, some coming from the same families and households, residents and some advocacy groups did all they could to find a government-run quarantine facility.Self-imposed quarantine would not work because houses in the neighborhood are small and shared by many family members and are adjacent to one another, said resident Herdayati, who actively takes part in the Jakarta Urban Poor Network (JRMK).Letting confirmed patients stay at home could pose further transmission risks to other family members or residents in the neighborhood, she said. At the time, the local Puskesmas was still looking for a place to isolate them, but within two or three days after civil society groups stepped in, the infected residents were eventually taken to a government-run facility.”They’re informal workers, so they couldn’t go to work and earn money at all. It’s a very unfortunate situation. We provided them with meals.”Read also: COVID-19 creeps into Jakarta’s kampungsIn a country with cities that have house price-to-income ratios that are higher than those in New York in the United States, Singapore and Tokyo, according to a 2019 World Bank report, one-fifth of its urban dwellers — or some 29 million Indonesians — lived in slums in 2015.Their living conditions prevent them from accessing proper health services.Even by paying more, more living space is not necessarily guaranteed, the World Bank report said, with more than half of poor and vulnerable households residing in metro cores being overcrowded, defined as less than 8 square meters of floor area per person.Overcrowding is especially severe in Jakarta’s core, with the share of households experiencing it rising from 28 percent to 35 percent in 2016, the report said.Meanwhile, to be eligible for self-quarantine at home, the Health Ministry’s COVID-19 protocols require that houses have good air ventilation with restricted mobility of people and with shared rooms being kept to a minimum.Even if people in the households have to share rooms, they have to keep a 1 m distance from each other and sleep on different beds. Patients must wear masks around their family members and have separate cutlery that is washed with dish soap and warm water after use, according to the protocols. The surfaces of toilets must be routinely cleaned.Patients’ clothes, bed sheets, towels and masks must be cleaned using hand gloves and dipped in 60-90 degrees Celsius water, with other family members required to avoid contact with these contaminated goods.Amid concerns that not everyone can follow these protocols and also over emerging household clusters, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Sunday that all confirmed cases with mild to no symptoms must be isolated at government facilities instead of at home starting on Monday.The central government is now partnering with up to 15 two- and three-star hotels that can accommodate up to 3,000 guests each to provide self-quarantine facilities for Jakarta’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, on top of preparing two apartment towers of former Kemayoran Athletes Village to house nearly 5,000 mild to asymptomatic patients for isolation.Read also: Athletes village in Jakarta to house asymptomatic COVID-19 patientsThe hotel groups have also agreed to provide similar facilities outside the capital, the government said, with the Health Ministry planning to transform its training centers in Cianjur in West Java, Batam in Riau Islands, Semarang in Central Java and Makassar in South Sulawesi into self-isolation facilities.But experts said that facilitating only confirmed cases was not enough, and instead, similar facilities must be provided for suspected cases and close contacts of confirmed cases in order to effectively break the chains of transmission.Masdalina Pane of the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) said monitoring for suspected cases and close contacts remained very weak, adding that the government must also provide better assistance for those quarantined to fulfill their basic needs.Read also: Contact tracing the missing link in Indonesia’s battle with COVID-19Experts have also urged for the revision of the Health Ministry’s protocols so that all close contacts must be tested right away instead of simply being suggested to self-isolate for 14 days.Isnani Dzuhrina, a lecturer in Malang, East Java, completed her self-isolation at home last week safely, but she recalled how she constantly feared about infecting her children while living in self-isolation with them.She said health authorities, who ordered her to go into self-isolation after she came into close contact with a confirmed case, should have tested her right away for clarity.“The local Puskesmas didn’t check on me daily, but I was asked to report if I developed symptoms because they said they had many cases to monitor.”Topics :last_img read more

Sea Trucks sheds four vessels as part of restructuring efforts

first_imgSea Trucks Group Limited, a provider of offshore vessels and services, has transferred the ownership of four accommodation and construction DP3 vessels to new owners thus reducing its debt by $215m. FTI Consulting, the company in charge of liquidating Sea Trucks, said that the Jascon 25, Jascon 28, Jascon 31, and Jascon 34 vessels were transferred to a new owner by bondholder appointed receivers.Sea Trucks also transferred shares in associated operating companies, in a restructuring approved by the group’s bondholders.As for the impact of the restructuring on Sea Trucks, it means that the vessels are sold and owned by a new company with an improved balance sheet.Following the restructuring, the liquidators will focus efforts on pursuing repossession of remaining Sea Trucks owned vessels located in Nigeria, most of which are subject to pre-existing security not affected by the restructuring.The restructuring also provides the liquidators with funding and the support of all key stakeholders to take the necessary steps to recover Sea Trucks owned vessels and resolve associated disputes, including pursuing recoveries in relation to potential acts of misfeasance committed by former directors and officers of Sea Trucks companies.FTI added that the vessel sales reduced the debt owed by Sea Trucks group under its secured bonds by $215 million.To remind, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the High Court of Justice of the British Virgin Islands placed Sea Trucks under provisional liquidation in May 2017.The court appointed Chad Griffin of FTI Consulting LLP and Ian Morton of FTI Consulting (BVI) Limited as joint provisional liquidators of the company. The joint liquidators appointment was related only to the Sea Trucks Group, being the group holding company. The company’s subsidiaries were not subject to insolvency proceedings.last_img read more

Next Geosolutions Adds New Team Members

first_imgNext Geosolutions has recently welcomed three new team members, Alison Lucas Collier, Francesco Varriale and Jose Maria Alvarez Alda.Alison Lucas Collier, an experienced technical and management professional who has worked at consultancy level supporting engineering in energy development projects during her roles at Fugro, Gardline, 4C Offshore and DeepOcean, has joined Next Geosolutions as tender manager.Alison’s technical specialism originates from working offshore as a surveyor and data processor after her first degree in hydrography and astronomy at Plymouth, then developing to gain an MSc in GIS. Her technical experience base is primarily in geomatics and GIS product delivery, including supporting business critical ICT infrastructure and database systems.In addition, Francesco Varriale has joined the team and brings with him six years’ experience in the oil and gas industry as a project geophysicist for CGG.Francesco’s background is fully centred on seismic data processing. His PhD was the natural progression of Francesco’s master’s degree, that involved the reprocessing of legacy seismic data acquired by AGIP (ENI Group) in the Phlegraean fields.Francesco will now be concentrating on project management and resource allocation for marine surveys at Next Geosolutions.Jose Maria Alvarez Alda BSc (Hons) Marine Navigation, has joined the company as a project manager.He has over 20 years’ experience in managing a diverse variety of offshore construction and subsea installation projects, cable laying operations, cable landings, cable remedial works, cable burial, diving activities, ROV operations, and geophysical, geotechnical, PLGRs and UXO surveys.Jose works in co-operation with the QHSE manager, operations director and commercial manager and is responsible for issuing quality control plan and QHSE documentation, allocating personnel and equipment to the project and controlling project costs, managing invoicing, and ensuring vessels preparation and readiness documentation.Jose and Alison will be based in the Norwich office in the UK, whilst Francesco will play his role from the Italian office of Napoli.last_img read more

Sibalom farmers receive free farm inputs from DA

first_img“We have 3,650 hectares of irrigated rice land. The average palay yield per hectare on irrigated land is 4.2 metric tons,” he said. “Farmers in Sibalom no longer have to worry about their farm inputs as they are starting to plant already,” said Estoya. The turnover of the free agricultural inputs on June 9 was led by DA-6 director Remelyn Recoter. SAN JOSE, Antique – Farmers in Sibalom town have availed themselves of free agricultural inputs from the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Rice Resiliency Project.Albert Estoya, chief of the Sibalom municipal agriculture office, said that 9,138 bags of urea fertilizer, 1,220 bags of hybrid seeds and Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) certified inbred seeds were distributed to the rice farmers. Department of Agriculture-Western Visayas VIA PNADepartment of Agriculture (DA) in Region 6 director Remelyn Recoter (3rd from left) leads the turnover of agricultural inputs to Sibalom, Antique farmers on June 9, 2020. The farm inputs were given by the DA under its Rice Resiliency Project. According to him, Sibalom – biggest municipality in this province with 76 barangays – has a palay area of 6,500 hectares. “With the free farm inputs, the farmers are now assured that they have free seeds and fertilizers to use,” Estoya added. As of June 11, 75 farmer associations around the municipality under the umbrella association of the Sibalom Alliance of Rural Based Organization have already received seeds from the DA.“We distributed the seeds through the farmer associations,” he said. A farmer under the Expanded Inbred and RCEF can get two free bags of urea fertilizer after purchasing two bags of fertilizers.Those who use hybrid seeds, on the other hand, should first buy two bags of fertilizer to receive three bags of urea fertilizer from the DA.A farmer is advised to keep the sacks of the palay certified or hybrid seeds and receipt of purchase from a DA-accredited store to claim the free fertilizers.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

St. Louis 7th Grade Boys Basketball Results vs. St. Mary’s

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 7th grade basketball team travelled to St. Mary’s in Greensburg on Tuesday night. The team played good defense and had a balanced scoring attack to bring home a victory by the final score of 28-14.Defensively the team was led by Tyler Kuntz and Ben Schebler. On offense, Jack Abplanalp did a fine job of running the offense most of the night and the team had eight players make it into the scoring column as Will Freeland, Riley Schebler, Andrew Oesterling, Karson Macke, Lleyton Ratcliffe and Sam Voegele all had four points each. Kurt Siefert and Jack Forbeck both tossed in two points each.The Cardinals next game is Tuesday at Brookville Middle School and then they play Thursday at Mt. Carmel. Both games will start at 5:30.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Mildred Lovell

first_imgMildred Lovell, age 91 of Batesville, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born January 18, 1928 in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Anna (Nee: Oesterling) and Ben Haverkos.  She married Clifford Lovell September 17, 1949 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg and he preceded her in death September 17, 2003.The family farm was an important part of Millie’s life.  When she was a little girl, she’d listen to the baseball game on the radio, keeping score, so she could let the men know what happened when they came in from work.  As she got older, she too, went to work on the farm and took over its operations in 1971.  She ran it for nearly 30 years before turning it over to her nephew.  After retiring from farming, she became a snowbird and spent winters in California.  Millie’s other passion was bridge.  She played every Monday and Tuesday in Batesville and has taught many locals how to play.  A number of years back, the newspaper did a story about her and referred to her as “Mrs. Bridge.”  She always enjoyed hosting the family at Easter and Christmas which would include the family favorite, her homemade butterscotch pie.Millie is survived by her brother Paul Haverkos of Loveland, Ohio as well as 12 nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband and parents.  Visitation is Saturday, March 16th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Srs. of St. Francis Convent Chapel due to remodeling at Holy Family Church.  Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Carl Langenderfer O.F.M. officiating.  Entombment and committal services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, March 18th at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The family requests memorials to the Holy Family Capital Improvement Fund.  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

Allardyce savouring Hammers success

first_img Questions are bound to be asked if the Hammers can last the distance on this occasion, but with Chelsea and Arsenal the next opposition Allardyce is not looking too far ahead. “It’s not often a team are breaking the barriers everybody else doesn’t expect them to break,” Allardyce said. “You should enjoy the moment and continue to enjoy the moment for as long as it lasts. Hopefully it will last for a good while yet. “We’ve sustained our position between sixth and fourth in recent weeks. We’ve a considerable amount of games now. The end of January will tell us what we can possibly achieve. “It’s about the consistency of winning and that is what we’ve got to challenge ourselves to try to do. You can’t afford to slip up too many times if you’ve played well and you don’t win, because you’ll end up slipping away and out of the elite end of this league. “At the moment we’re living with it, we’re enjoying it and the players who have applied themselves magnificently well all season are reaping the rewards.” Leicester, whose winless run was extended to 12 games, were culpable as West Ham claimed a fourth win in five games. Paul Konchesky, Barking born and playing against his old club, presented Carroll with the opening goal moments after the Hammers striker had missed a straightforward opportunity. Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing were on target in a 2-0 win over Leicester which means the Hammers are fourth in the Barclays Premier League at Christmas. It is their highest position on December 25 since the 1985-86 season when they finished third. But there was little Leicester could do to stop Downing’s strike, as the playmaker curled a sumptuous shot into the far corner. Adrian saved well to deny substitutes David Nugent and Leonardo Ulloa late on as West Ham kept a cleansheet in a comfortable win. The only negative for Allardyce was James Tomkins’ departure, as a precaution, due to a hamstring problem. “We’ve had a very good day,” Allardyce added. “Everybody expected us to win. We have won. That gives us a little bit of leeway for the next two coming up.” On the goals, Allardyce said: “A very composed finish from Andy on a one-on-one. He missed an easier chance before that. “The whole team is playing really well, but Stewart crowned off a very good performance again with another goal. His outstanding contributions on a consistent basis have been a revelation for us this season.” While West Ham are on a high, Leicester are bottom. Only twice before – West Brom in 2004-2005 and Sunderland last season – have the side at the foot of the Premier League standings on Christmas Day avoided relegation. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson rued his side’s failures in both attack and defence. “Individual mistakes have been costly for us, but you’ve got to score enough goals and we’ve just not been doing that,” Pearson said. Pearson was fined £10,000 and given a one-match touchline ban following his altercation with a fan during last month’s loss to Liverpool. But Pearson, who often watches from the stand, was on the touchline at Upton Park as he awaits the written reasons for his punishment from the Football Association. The supporters sang about the Foxes boss early in the contest. “It’s not a story about me,” said Pearson, whose side host Tottenham on Boxing Day. “What is important is that the fans stay behind the club and the players. ” Pearson has experience of a great escape, having been assistant boss to Bryan Robson at West Brom when they survived on the final day. “It really is about us making things happen ourselves,” Pearson added. “I look around the dressing room and we’ve certainly got nobody who’s giving up any sort of a fight. “We’re a side experiencing the polar opposite of what we experienced last year and that in itself is difficult. Get back to work and find the answers.” Press Association Sam Allardyce is determined to revel in West Ham’s best start to a season in almost 30 years. last_img read more

St. Pete’s seeks revenge on Canisius

first_img February 28, 2020 St. Pete’s seeks revenge on Canisius Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img LEADING THE WAY: Canisius’ Malik Johnson has averaged 12.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and six assists while Majesty Brandon has put up 13.4 points and 4.1 rebounds. For the Peacocks, KC Ndefo has averaged 7.7 points, five rebounds and 2.3 blocks while Aaron Estrada has put up 8.1 points.CREATING OFFENSE: Johnson has made or assisted on 41 percent of all Canisius field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for nine field goals and 19 assists in those games.BEHIND THE ARC: St. Peter’s’s Estrada has attempted 50 3-pointers and connected on 34 percent of them, and is 8 for 19 over his past five games.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Golden Griffins have recently gotten buckets via assists more often than the Peacocks. Canisius has an assist on 42 of 69 field goals (60.9 percent) across its past three contests while St. Peter’s has assists on 38 of 66 field goals (57.6 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: St. Peter’s is ranked first among MAAC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 35.2 percent. The Peacocks have averaged 12.3 offensive boards per game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSt. Peter’s (15-12, 12-6) vs. Canisius (10-18, 5-12)Koessler Athletic Center, Buffalo, New York; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Canisius goes for the season sweep over St. Peter’s after winning the previous matchup in Jersey City. The teams last played on Jan. 12, when the Golden Griffins shot 48 percent from the field while holding St. Peter’s’s shooters to just 45.3 percent on their way to the four-point victory.last_img read more