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first_imgThe Call for Proposals for Quality Labels has been published, which awards grants to exercise the right to use quality labels: Croatian quality i Originally Croatian. Znak Croatian quality carry products that are produced or services provided in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, and meet a higher level of quality than that established by the legislative framework and normative criteria for the type and category of product. The mark is recognition of the Croatian manufacturer / service provider and product / service, and at the same time it is a guarantee to the consumer that it is a product / service that satisfies the highest level of quality and represents the top quality in the world offer. The aim of the Call is to increase the visibility of the quality of services and products of SMEs, which will provide the preconditions for increasing revenues from sales, exports and overall competitiveness and consequently contribute to the creation of Croatian identity in the common and world market. The highest amount of support that can be awarded to an individual project is HRK 75.000,00. You can find more details and tender documentation here. Znak Originally Croatian carry high quality products and services of the Republic of Croatia that were created as a result of research and development work, invention, innovation or long tradition. The call is intended for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises with the aim of increasing their competitiveness by obtaining quality labels and contributing to increasing the recognition of Croatian products and services on the open market. Cover photo: Lukas, Pexels.com / Illustration HrTurizam.hrlast_img read more


first_imgGreek containership owner Danaos Corporation has decided to install scrubbers on six vessels and is looking to equip a further five ships with these systems.Danaos said it has committed to installing exhaust cleaning systems on six boxships of which two are owned by the company’s joint venture Gemini Shipholding Corporation.“These vessels have been chartered out for periods of at least three years in duration and since these are all vessels that are currently on short term charters, these transactions significantly improve income visibility,” John Coustas, Danaos’ CEO, commented.In addition, Danaos unveiled it is currently in discussions to install scrubbers on five more containerships.“Danaos has been actively focused on positioning our fleet ahead of the implementation of the new regulations,” Coustas said.The scrubber project has been unveiled in the company’s financial report which shows that Danaos posted a net income of USD 148 million in the first nine months of this year, compared to USD 61.1 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.Operating revenues rose to USD 343.1 million during the nine-month period of 2018 from USD 337.6 million recorded in the first three quarters of 2017.In August, Danaos managed to cut its debt by approximately USD 551 million as it consummated the agreement with certain of its lenders to refinance approximately USD 2.2 billion of the debt maturing on December 31, 2018.“Danaos completed a very significant refinancing transaction in the 3rd quarter of 2018 that reduced our debt by USD 551 million, reset financial covenants and extended debt maturities to the end of 2023 on the back of a sustainable new amortization profile. This transaction has strengthened the company’s growth prospects over the next five years by removing all balloon payments and maturities of existing debt during that period,” Coustas explained.Coustas further said that the charter market has remained consistently soft in the past few months. Ongoing trade tensions and high newbuilding prices have negatively impacted newbuilding. However, this is seen as positive for the medium term market outlook.“We maintain our high charter contract coverage of 90% in terms of operating revenues and 78% in terms of operating days over the next 12 months. This insulates us from the near-term soft charter market.  Through the six charters described above on vessels with scrubbers and an additional two fixtures that have been secured for durations of three years, our charter coverage has improved, and our contracted revenue has increased by more than USD 160 million,” Coustas noted.Danaos’ current fleet comprises 59 containerships aggregating 351,614 TEUs, including four vessels owned by Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, a joint venture.last_img read more


first_img Published on February 17, 2018 at 6:29 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 On Saturday, against Albany, Syracuse rarely had the ball. When it did, not much came of it.Syracuse rarely won at the faceoff X, often lucky not to let up a fast break opportunity. If SU had numbers pushing in transition, the passes almost always failed to connect. Sometimes the ball tipped off a running player’s stick, other times it sailed several feet above a leaping offender. Once Syracuse finally fired at the Albany cage, the shots weren’t the best scoring chances, Syracuse head coach John Desko said.For the first time in 27 years, Syracuse lacrosse scored three goals.“Some of our shots were turnovers,” Desko said. “We threw it right in the stick a few times, we really needed a goal to get things going and we just gave it right back to them.”A week removed from a 21-point outburst against Binghamton, No. 7 Syracuse (1-1) struggled to find any offensive rhythm, or even possession, in its 15-3 loss against No. 4 Albany (1-0) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Great Danes outshot Syracuse 50-23 while winning 17 faceoffs to Syracuse’s five.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeveral times the referees placed a shot clock — which comes following an extended offensive possession where the offense isn’t attacking — on Albany. Syracuse had no such issue. It didn’t have the ball long enough for that. When the Orange did have possession, its offense faltered anyway.“Defensively I thought we did a great job of not giving them great opportunities,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said. “And then the fact that TD (Ierlan) won so many faceoffs for us, and we had the ball so much, it kind of gave offense a chance to get into a rhythm.”Just more three minutes into the game, sophomore midfielder Jamie Trimboli scored a man-up goal to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, defender Nick Mellen deflected a pass from Albany’s Connor Fields all the way to the opposite restraining box. Syracuse won the ground ball and quickly worked the ball around, eventually resulting in a goal.The Syracuse players hooted and hollered, grouping up and exchanging high-fives around the 25-yard line. But the celebration was premature. A flag had been thrown before the shot because defender Tyson Bomberry crossed midfield without a teammate staying onside for him. The goal didn’t count and SU would have to wait for more than 30 minutes of gameplay to celebrate its next goal.“They kind of dodge from up high and they just like to get defenses spread out,” Albany goalkeeper JD Colarusso said. “But we stayed tight, we got in the feeders’ hands and we were just all over them. Our defense played incredible today.”On Thursday, Desko pointed out how diligently his team handled the ball against Binghamton in its first game of the season, noting teams don’t usually commit fewer than 10 turnovers in a game — a feat SU accomplished in its season opener. Against Albany, Syracuse gave the ball away 14 times.In the two-quarter long lull of offense, Syracuse was sloppy. Early in the second quarter, Matt Lane was open in his sweet spot, along the hash marks roughly 15 yards from the cage. The 6-foot-7 senior midfielder took the feed and unleashed a rocket wide right over the Albany cage. Still, SU had the ball.Moments later Nate Solomon found Stephen Rehfuss open in front of the crease. The ball never sank into the mesh of Rehfuss’ stick, though. Instead, it bounced off his chest and was scooped up by Albany for another Great Danes possession.“The offense was hurried,” Desko said. “We were behind, we felt like we had to catch up and you can’t do that against a seasoned defense like this.”Throughout the first half, Syracuse’s offense failed to complement its defense. While goalkeeper Dom Madonna stopped nine Albany shots and the defense allowed just two combined points from All-American Connor Fields and the nation’s top recruit entering this season, Tehoka Nanticoke, the SU offense turned the ball over.After a penalty kill from the Orange midway through the second quarter, Rehfuss had the ball on the far hash-mark opposite the team’s benches. The sophomore attack sent a pass through several Albany sticks in the direction of both Brendan Bomberry and Brendan Curry. Neither caught the ball. Again, Albany retained possession.Later in the quarter, senior faceoff specialist Seth DeLisle gave SU a much needed possession off a faceoff win. Eventually the ball worked around to Curry who found midfielder Tucker Dordevic along the hash marks. The freshman spun around, and sprinted down the alley. As Dordevic cocked back for a shot, his momentum wasn’t carrying toward the net, instead it faded away from his target. Consequently, his shot was weak, falling directly into the stick of Colarusso for one of his 10 saves.“We didn’t make the goalie move,” Desko said. “A couple times he just stood there, he didn’t have to move.”Midway through the third quarter, Syracuse ran a textbook fast-break offense. Tyson Bomberry received a pass at midfield and moved the ball along to Brendan Bomberry. The attack passed once more to Nate Solomon for a goal.But it was too late. It had been nearly two quarters since SU celebrated what it thought was its second goal prior to the offside call.Though the goal drew Syracuse within 5 of Albany, the lead only got bigger from there, and efficient offense from the Orange remained a rarity. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgFour Zambian police officers have been charged with murder after allegedly causing the death of two people watching the Chelsea v Manchester United football match in a bar.Police say the bar was staying open late illegally to show the crunch English Premier League game.Patrons refused to leave the bar and police threw a tear gas canister in the southern town of Mazabuka.This led to a stampede in which a woman of 21 and a man of 23 died, police say.The BBC’s Mutuna Chanda in Zambia says bars are only allowed to stay open until 2230 local time (2030 GMT) – half-time in the game between the defending champions and the current league leaders.English football is extremely popular in Zambia, as in many countries across Africa. Our correspondent says there were protests in Mazabuka, 100km (62 miles) south of the capital Lusaka, after word spread on Wednesday about the deaths.Protesters smashed windowpanes at the police station and burnt refuse bins.The protesters also blocked the Great North Road that connects Zambia’s tourist capital Livingstone to Lusaka.Extra police officers were sent to the town and calm has been restored.Source: BBClast_img read more