“Our ultimate goal is a completely revitalized, landscaped and restored Fortress of St. Nicholas that will be open to visitors during the season. This requires enormous effort, hard work and continuous efforts in securing financial resources. But, once we finish this life project of ours, we will leave to future generations a restored, originally preserved and dignified UNESCO monument by which the city of Šibenik and Šibenik-Knin County will be recognizable all over the world.” he pointed out Goran Pauk, County Prefect of Šibenik-Knin County. It is the Fortress of St. Nikola in Šibenik will welcome the first visitors at the grand opening on June 15, after it was closed to the public for almost two years. During this period, construction works were carried out on the cleaning of the building, the necessary rehabilitation and safety of visitors. The ship’s pier at the main entrance has been rehabilitated and safe and organized access to the site has been provided. This created the necessary preconditions for the opening of the fortress, but the real work of its restoration is yet to come. The two-hour visit will include an attractive boat ride through the Šibenik Channel and a tour of the fortress accompanied by trained staff and the use of a multimedia guide. The daily maximum capacity of visits is limited due to the limited number of places on board, safety conditions and protection of monuments, but also the quality of the experience of all visitors. The ticket price includes: organized boat transport from the Šibenik waterfront to the fortress through the significant landscape “Kanal-Luka in Šibenik” and contact zone, escort on board and at the fortress, use of multimedia guides with headphones and return to Šibenik according to the established schedule of regular departures from the Šibenik waterfront , every day from Monday to Sunday, as well as visitor insurance. Tickets will be available at the point of sale on the Šibenik waterfront and online at www.kanal-svetog-ante.com. Opening of the Fortress of St. Nicholas in the Channel of St. Ante is the result of a series of projects funded by the European Union, Šibenik-Knin County and the Ministry of Culture within the Government of the Republic of Croatia. The first significant step was made in 2013, when, through the project of Tourist Valorization of the Channel of St. Ante, landscaped promenade and access road to the fortress. In May last year, the second phase of the project worth 26 million kuna was contracted, during which a visitor center and accompanying infrastructure will be built. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Conservation Department in Šibenik, a great deal of work was done, which resulted in the registration of the fortress of St. Nicholas on the UNESCO World Heritage List. After that, an additional 2,6 million kuna was provided for the preparation of project documentation for the complete renovation of the facility, and the Ministry of State Property allocated the County the space of the former barracks in Minerska Bay for 50 years. This season, it will be possible to visit the fortress only by an official ship departing from Šibenik. All ships for the Fortress of St. Nikola leaves and returns to the Šibenik waterfront, near the intersection of the Croatian Navy Coast and the Dr. Franjo Tuđman Coast. “We are happy that the fortress, which has a special meaning for all of us, will open its doors. I thank our fellow citizens who recognized the complexity of the project and showed great patience all this time. I can already announce with pleasure that during the first working day we will provide free tickets for all visitors and in the period from 17 to 25 June we will provide free tickets for half the capacity of the ship for residents of Šibenik – Knin County to get acquainted with the offer, but also experienced the fortress in a whole new way. I would also like to thank from the bottom of my heart the Ministry of Culture, the Conservation Department in Šibenik, the employees of Šibenik-Knin County and everyone who helped us open the doors of the proud sea guard of Šibenik.” pointed out Anita Babačić Ajduk, director of the Public Institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County, which manages the fortress. The city of Šibenik, one of the few cities in the world with two cultural monuments on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage – the Cathedral of St. Jakov and the fortress of Sv. Nicholas.
The aviation industry is facing difficult times and a long recovery. The time of low-cost flights will be behind us
Photo: Emirates Surely the time of cheap ticket prices is behind us. The price of flights will increase significantly in the long run, ie it will be in some realistic framework of sustainability. Emirates is the first airline to introduce rapid passenger tests on COVID-19 It is currently not possible to bring hand luggage on flights, except for computers, handbags, briefcases or baby care items. All other items must be handed over at check-in, and Emirates grants passengers an increase in the amount of checked baggage allowed in addition to the amount they might otherwise bring on board. After each flight, all Emirates aircraft undergo a thorough cleaning and disinfection process in Dubai. Emirates thus became the first airline to introduce rapid passenger testing on COVID-19 just before travel. A rapid blood test was performed by DHA representatives at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport, and the results were available within 10 minutes. Kako će koronavirus utjecati na zračni promet i aviokompanije? – jedno je od pitanja koje se logično postavlja i raspravlja globalno među strukom. According to forecasts, the real recovery of the tourism sector will begin only when the vaccine is found, and will last 2-3 years. Then the psychological / safety barrier between people will be removed, so that they can travel freely. According to current estimates, both scientists, epidemiologists, and the World Health Organization (WHO) should not expect the vaccine for another 12 months, if not longer. Of course, that does not mean that people will not travel, but certainly not in great intensity and as before. Everyone agrees that this situation will significantly affect our future way of life, business and thus the way we travel, ie the entire tourism sector. One thing is for sure, the world will be measured before and after the coronavirus. There is also the factor, ecology and sustainability, where until a year or two ago, airlines were under great pressure, and even in the Scandinavian countries, a protest and movement against air travel was launched. In the post-coronavirus era, it is ecology and sustainability that will be further expressed and sought after. Also, it will take a long time to start traveling freely as before, as well as the same intensity. We will certainly not travel all over the world and travel by plane for 5 or more hours, but will travel more regionally, locally and not too far from our home, especially in Europe. Also, the recovery will be much longer because for a while people will certainly not fly airplanes, at least en masse through the prism of tourism. The perception and feeling of fear of traveling (especially long journeys) and of being pushed like a sardine on a plane, certainly does not go aside for airlines. As well as the financial condition of the population and the long recovery and stabilization of the economy. Also, the option of having every other seat on the plane empty, respecting spacing measures, is neither sustainable nor cost-effective for airlines. The whole market pressure for cheap flights, even before the impact of the coronavirus, has led many companies to financial problems or bankruptcy, (Thomas Cook, Monarch Airlines…) because the sustainability of this business model is based solely on constant high passenger traffic with extremely high occupancy each flight. What all the changes will be is difficult to predict at the moment, but it is certain that the aviation industry will have major and long-term negative consequences. The current coronavirus pandemic is affecting all industries, and especially the tourism sector that is most directly affected. Sure and how you will have to think carefully about how to organize airports, from the check-in process, airport movements, bag collection lanes as well as boarding the plane itself. It was a question of when that bubble would burst, and now the impact of the coronavirus has only accelerated the whole process and brought many airlines to the wall overnight. States will also save financial assistance from national airlines, but certainly not low-budget ones. One of the probable scenarios is that passengers will have to be tested for coronavirus at borders, including airports, ie additional preventive measures will be introduced. Keeping in mind the social distance, Emirates has placed protective barriers at each check-in counter as additional safety measures for passengers and employees during any interaction. All employees at the airport are required to use gloves, masks and hand sanitizers. Passengers must also wear their own masks when at the airport and on the plane and follow social distancing guidelines. This state of emergency has already bankrupted some low-cost airlines, from Germanwings to Flybe, and will only unfortunately be followed by the bankruptcy of the same. Simply, so far, there has been too much pressure on the lowest possible ticket prices for low-cost flights, and airlines have been operating with a profit margin of 3-5%. “The testing process went smoothly and we want to take this opportunity to zwe thank DHA for their initiatives and innovative solutions. This would not have been possible without the support of Dubai Airport and other government bodies. We are working to increase the number of tests in the future and their introduction on other flights, which will allow us to conduct tests on COVID-19 on the spot and instant confirmation for Emirates passengers traveling to countries that require them. The health and safety of airport staff and passengers remains paramountSaid Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer. In coordination with the national health organization Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the airline Emirates introduced additional preventive measures, so on yesterday’s flight to Tunisia, passengers were tested for COVID-19 before leaving Dubai. For health and safety reasons, Emirates has adapted the range of services intended for passengers so that magazines and other printed reading materials are not available to them, while food and drink are still served, but in customized packaging and in a special way to reduce contact with staff. One of the possible scenarios shows us Emirates. Sve u svemu, turistički sektor očekuje više nego izazovno vrijeme, a pogotovo avionsku industriju koja će ova kriza puno dublje pogoditi. Trenutno je teško bilo što planirati i predviđati kako će točno neke stvari funkcionirati. Ljudi će i dalje putovati, a turizam će se oporaviti – to je sigurno. No isto tako sigurno je i to kako će doći do velikih promjena u turističkom sektoru. For the end, I would point out good advice Kjell A. Nordströmoma, who points out that companies now have to experiment, as scientists often do. They test and see how things work. So the business sector needs to start experimenting, not planning.
Image Courtesy: JAXPORTTwo large container cranes were moved by barge on June 11 up the St. Johns River from the Jacksonville Port Authority’s (JAXPORT) Blount Island Marine Terminal to the port’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal.According to JAXPORT, the cranes are being permanently relocated to service Crowley Maritime Corporation’s new liquefied natural gas (LNG) -powered vessels, which will be based at Talleyrand.“The repositioning of the cranes is part of JAXPORT’s plan to maximize the use of each public seaport terminal and its assets to generate the biggest returns for the community” JAXPORT said.Designed specifically for service between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico, the Commitment Class ConRos, El Coquí and Taíno, will use clean LNG as their primary fuel, providing reductions in emissions as compared to existing fossil fuels.El Coquí, which was launched on March 20, is expected in service in the second half of 2017, and Taíno is expected to begin service in the first half of 2018.The Commitment Class project by Crowley features a USD 550 million investment that includes the next generation ships as well as a new 900-foot pier, three new specialized cranes, and new gate and terminal operating systems at the company’s Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Citing his own sources, Palabrica saidthe price of rice has dropped to as low as P7 a kilo and this could furthersink this rice harvest season. According to Sangguniang Panlalawiganmember Matt Palabrica, NFA itself announced it was ready to buy palay (should be clean and dry with 14percent moisture content and 95 purity) from local farmers at the followingmaximum prices: P20.40/kg for individual farmer and P20.70/kg forcooperatives/organizations. While farmers have blamed the RiceTariffication Law (RTL) for the drop of palayprices to as low as P6 to P10 per kilo, he noted that hoarders have manipulatedrice prices. The stations are in four points only:the NFA main office in Jaro, Iloilo City and in the municipalities of Dumangas,Pototan and San Dionisio. “It is much better if NFA has buyingstations in all municipalities. This way it could reach out to a lot offarmers, especially those who have difficulty transporting their produce,” saidPalabrica. Dar said he has formed a CrisisManagement Task Force on Rice to facilitate implementation of identifiedmeasures in relation to the drop of palayprices, and other appropriate measures. ILOILO – To help farmers overcome thedeluge of imported rice that has caused prices to drop, the National FoodAuthority (NFA) has been urged to set up palaybuying stations in each town of the province. He also tasked the grains agency tofocus and intensify palay-buying inareas where prices are low. “Maynagsasamantala and we will apply the full force ofthe law,” he stressed./PN Local governments may also subsidizefarmers and buy palay from them, headded. But there’s a problem, said Palabrica.NFA does not have many palay buyingstations in the province. Dar also divulged that the Departmentof Agriculture (DA) will be forging a memorandum of agreement with theDepartment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to buy NFA rice to be givento Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P) beneficiaries nationwide in lieu ofthe P600 monthly rice cash allowance. Agriculture secretary William Dar saidNFA will speed up the “turnaround” of palay-ricestocks by up to four times, which will create a multiplier effect. “When the RTL was being finalized,that season binagsak na nila ang presyong palay. Paano mo ma-a-attribute saRTL ‘yan?” Dar said. An unprofitable low price of ricewould mean losses to farmers as they won’t be able to recover their expenses inproducing the staple.
Saturday, January 25, 2014â€¢1:37 a.m. Aaron K. Campbell, 29, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with burglary, assault on law enforcement, obstruction of official duty and criminal damage to property.â€¢2:15 p.m. Officers investigated violation of protection order of a known suspect in the 1100 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢3:11 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 800 block W. Hillside, Wellington.â€¢3:12 p.m. Jerrod M. Portenier, 32, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving while license is suspended.â€¢7:45 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 100 block N. A, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Haley N. Goodman, 25, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Tammy M. Mansfield, Wellington. Sunday, January 26, 2014â€¢1:08 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of vehicle parts by an unknown suspect in the 200 block E. 3rd, Wellington.â€¢3:06 p.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the 500 block E. 4th, Wellington. Wellington Police notes for Friday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014:Â Friday, January 24, 2014â€¢12:30 a.m. – No news release.â€¢12:04 p.m. Brian S. Boor, 21, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property and criminal restraint.â€¢12:34 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to vehicle tire and scratched in the 1400 block N. Day, Wellington.