Croatia Airlines is suspending scheduled flights from its international destinations to Split, Dubrovnik and Rijeka

first_imgPassengers from canceled flights, in addition to the possibility to continue their journey to their final destinations via Zagreb, have the right to change the flight date or refund in case they cancel the trip altogether, reports CA. In accordance with the latest situation regarding coronavirus infection in Croatia and in accordance with the latest protection measures and recommendations of the competent Croatian public health authorities, Croatia Airlines will suspend planned flights from international destinations to its Croatian destinations on the Adriatic coast – Split, Dubrovnik and Rijeka.  In particular, international flights Split – Frankfurt – Split, Split – Munich – Split, Dubrovnik – Frankfurt – Dubrovnik and Rijeka – Munich – Rijeka are suspended, and passengers from these flights to their final destinations will be transported via Zagreb, which will allow Croatian public health at the same time enable and facilitate health surveillance of air passengers.center_img Photo: Zagreb Airportlast_img read more

West Coast view: Roger Vincent

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Dutch government ‘offers concession on retirement age’: report

first_imgThe FNV has also demanded an improved approach to inflation compensation, as well as mandatory pensions accrual for people in flexible work contracts and self-employed workers.De Volkskrant reported that the cost of the compromise was estimated at €500m. The Dutch government is prepared to slow down its planned increase for the retirement age for the state pension in return for trade unions’ support for reforming the Netherlands’ pensions system, according to a national newspaper.De Volkskrant cited several sources as confirming that social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees had offered to roll back the government’s earlier decision to raise the state pension (AOW) age to 67 in 2021.Instead, the increase would be postponed by four years, to take place in 2025.Slowing down retirement age increases is particularly important to FNV, one of the Netherlands’ largest unions, which had made the issue conditional to its support for system reform. Wouter Koolmees, the Dutch government’s social affairs ministerPreviously, Koolmees had stuck to the government’s decision to increase the AOW age to 67 in 2021, with subsequent rises linked to life expectancy improvements.The FNV declined to comment on the Volkskrant report, with a spokesman highlighting that the minister hadn’t issued an official announcement.“Moreover, the AOW age is part of the current complex negotiations about a new pensions system,” he added.A spokesman for the minister also declined to comment this morning.More hurdles to tackleIf the Dutch government was prepared to slow down the increase of the retirement age for the state pension, it would remove one hurdle to reaching an agreement about system reform.However, the controversial issue abolishing average pensions accrual would remain.The government wants to adopt a degressive accrual approach, meaning younger workers would accrue proportionally more pension rights than their older colleagues. However, it has not made any commitment to compensate older workers as a transitional measure.The costs of a transition from average to degressive pensions accrual have been estimated at between €25bn and €100bn, depending on the degree of compensation.Trade unions and employers have been negotiating a new pensions contract, as the backbone of a new pensions system, for several years.The latest deadline of 1 April 2018, set by Koolmees, passed without a result, meaning the government’s stated aim of bringing a new system in 2020 was unlikely to be met.last_img read more

Charming Queenslander with a ’mini-me’ treehouse up for grabs

first_imgREAD MORE Unique home with a cricket pitch in the front yard More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 READ MORE This house at 161 Francis St in West End is going to auction on August 3.THIS charming Queenslander wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Alice in Wonderland, with its off-white complexion, original features and tropical garden creating a fantasy-style ambience. The property in Townsville’s inner city suburb of West End is up for auction on the first Saturday of August and there’s no doubt the kids will be convinced.Setting a new precedent for cubby houses, the property boasts a two-storey treehouse surrounded by mature gardens and lush lawn. “It (the treehouse) has been beautifully constructed, it’s very much the same style of the home.”The main house also has plenty of character, featuring a retro-style orange and white kitchen splashback and large glass doors boasting an outlook to the tropical back yard. Keeping with tradition it also has charming Queenslander features like casement windows, high ceilings and tongue and Groove walls. REMAX agent, Michele Hyde, who is marketing the property said the house has already attracted a string of buyer attention with the treehouse being a main attraction. “At the first open house we had about 20 people through it and got one offer,” Ms Hyde said“When the current owners were looking at it they couldn’t get their children out of the treehouse, and that’s certainly what were finding with other families at the open homes. Where property prices have risen most over the past year “There’s not much else like it so it’s hard to put a price on it. “People always respond well to a well maintained Queenslander.” Ms Hyde said the house has been well-kept and cherished by the current owners. “The house has been beautifully maintained and the owner is an architect so he’s actually extended part of the house,” she said. last_img read more

Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus

first_img MORE: Amazing home has an entire skate park inside it Mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag Queenslanders have been fortunate to avoid Melbourne-style coronavirus lockdown, with most against moving interstate now.Queenslanders were also the most likely to move home in the next 10 years, coming in at 50 per cent compared to the national figure of 43 per cent.When it came to where Queenslanders’ dream home location was, it was all about parks and wildlife.A massive 44 per cent said post COVID-19, “I now prefer living somewhere with easy access to parks and green spaces.One in five Queensland said the location did not matter as much now but cost and affordability did, which was also the same for those who now want to live closer to family (20 per cent).Just 8 per cent want to live in the city now while 15 per cent were after a change living away from the city.Stockland Communities sales general manager Stephanie Mackenzie said the global pandemic had forced Australians to spend more time in their homes and communities.“The phrase ‘there’s no place like home’ is ringing true more than ever. This new way of life has seen people think more critically about whether their current home and neighbourhood meets their needs and lifestyles and, importantly, the impact of these on the health and wellbeing of their families,” she said. Just 8 per cent of those surveyed wanted to live in the city now, with more people looking for wider spaces.“A new trend has emerged, with Australians now wanting the convenience and services of the inner city but the space and community living of the suburbs. People don’t want to settle for one or the other.”Despite everything Queenslanders, South Australians and Tasmanians were the least likely to move interstate, with 77 per cent of Queenslanders saying they would not consider it, an 83 per cent of South Australian and Tasmanian respondents.If a Queenslander did decide to move post COVID-19, it would be for a better lifestyle (65 per cent, for better job opportunities (35 per cent), to be closer to family/friends (35 per cent), to buy the home I want for less money (21 per cent) or because it’s too busy in my current city/state (8 per cent).More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ8 hours ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 COVID-19 sparks Aussie renovation boomcenter_img Alyse MacPherson and her partner Jarrod Macumber at their new home in Springfield. Picture: Supplied.Forget butler’s pantries and all that jazz, if you want to know what Queenslanders want most out of where they live post coronavirus, you’re going to have to get a little wilder. New research by one of the country’s biggest developers of housing estates Stockland found that Queenslanders were the least satisfied of all Aussies (17 per cent) with the space in their home “after having spent significantly more time there during lockdowns”. Over half of Queensland respondents said sustainability and environmental features were more important to them now (51 per cent), while 47 per cent said outdoor living was more important to them now, and 35 per cent picked smart technology.“Connectivity to outdoor space, community and parks remain the preference, more so than before COVID,” according to Stockland, with 73 per cent of Queenslanders preferring a smaller home with little outdoor space but connected to a great community and parks.Australian social researcher, Dr Rebecca Huntley, said spending months at home and away from family and friends had seen a significant shift in Aussies’ desire for personal space but also closeness and connectedness to the world around us. “Our homes have always been important to us but they are now our ‘everything’. I anticipate we’ll see a remarkable change in how and where we live in the future, as well as increasing emphasis on looking for communities that meet our changing needs.”Among those who have chosen to live close to parks and wildlife were Alyse MacPherson and her partner Jarrod Macumber who have bought in Springfield in Brisbane west. LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more

City Approves Abatement For Proposed Apartments

first_imgCity officials in Batesville are set on attracting more young professionals to the downtown area.Council approved a10-year tax abatement for RomWeber Flats, as developer Bruce Rippe begins an apartment project strategically aimed at providing local living space for employees at top local corporations.The plan is to construct 45 apartments that will offer unique amenities including a tanning and exercise area, community rooms, and storage lockers. Rippe says the rent will be in the range of $800 to $1,000.The $6.6 million project will include one and two-bedroom apartments that will be energy efficient with utilities cheaper than in other locations, Rippe added.“The project can fill a [need] that is here or really anywhere in Southeastern Indiana,” Rippe said. “Between Cincinnati and Indianapolis there is nothing really like this.”“It is a really important element to success of major employers to have talent living in Batesville rather than commuting.”The 10-year abatement was approved unanimously by council members. The next step for Rippe is to finalize financing on the project. He says construction could start by the end of 2014 and may take a year before completion.last_img read more

Ince joins Forest on loan

first_img Ince, who Pearce knows well from his time as England Under-21 manager, joined Hull from Blackpool in the summer but has found first-team opportunities limited at the KC Stadium and has not been involved in Steve Bruce’s squad for the past month. Ince is a proven quality at Championship level, having scored 18 goals for Blackpool during the 2012/13 season – a campaign which saw him named the Football League Young Player of the Year. Reds boss Stuart Pearce has been in talks with the Barclays Premier League club for several days and on Thursday morning an agreement was reached for the 22-year-old winger to move to the City Ground on a deal until December 28. Pearce is keen to breathe new life into his side’s promotion push, following a seven-match winless run in the Sky Bet Championship, and Ince will go straight into the Forest squad for Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield. Press Associationcenter_img Nottingham Forest have completed the loan signing of Hull midfielder Tom Ince.last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal Striker, Bendtner Starts 50-day Sentence

first_img“Of course I wish it hadn’t happened,” said the Danish international. “Both for me and for the taxi driver involved who subsequently lost his job.”The incident took place in September. At trial, the City Court of Copenhagen was shown CCTV footage in which it appeared Bendtner struck the driver in the face.He said the driver threw a bottle or a can towards him and his girlfriend when they left without paying.In a lengthy post on Instagram, he added: “No matter how he [the driver] behaved and what he said, it’s not something I wanted for him. There were undoubtedly many other and better ways that each of us could have resolved our disagreement.“If I had just paid the amount the taxi meter showed, my girlfriend and I might not have been pursued by a car with an enraged driver behind the wheel.“If only I hadn’t made this decision, which I made in a split of a second while everything was boiling over.”Bendtner dropped his appeal against the sentence in late November to “focus of his club and family”, with the Norwegian season beginning in March.“I will probably never, agree with the City Court’s judgment, but I have dropped my appeal because I would like to be ready for the season with Rosenborg,” he added, saying the club is the “warmest and most loyal employer” he has had in his career.The former Juventus player, who is still training six hours per day at home, said he has started writing a book with “openness not specially typical in top footballers”.He added: “Fortunately, it is never too late to learn and prepare for the future, and so I have decided to gather the stories that did both good and evil to me for almost 31 years.“This is not the story of me driven by speculation and sensation, but by my strong memory.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ex-Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has started his 50-day sentence for assaulting a taxi driver and posted a picture of his electronic ankle tag.The 30-year-old, who plays for Norwegian side Rosenborg, is serving his sentence at home in Denmark.He admitted hitting the taxi driver but said it was because he felt threatened.last_img read more

Tyreek Hill injury update: Chiefs WR expected to play vs. Chargers, report says

first_img Chargers injury update: Melvin Gordon (knee), Austin Ekeler out vs. Chiefs The Chiefs (11-2) hold a one-game lead over the Chargers (10-3) in the AFC West going into Thursday’s game in Kansas City. *Chargers…but all you spelling bee champs are on it. https://t.co/2uNWahxYYi— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 12, 2018Hill injured his heel during Sunday’s 27-24 victory over the Ravens. He left the game briefly and returned, though he wasn’t sure after the game what the prognosis was as he said, “My foot is bad.” He finished Sunday’s game with eight receptions for 139 yards, including a crucial 48-yard catch on a late fourth-down play. He enters Thursday’s matchup as the NFL’s second-leading receiver with 1,258 yards on 74 catches with 11 touchdowns. Related News Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is expected to play in a critical AFC West showdown against the Chargers.The team listed the 24-year-old wide receiver as questionable Wednesday while he continues to deal with a heel/wrist injury. He sat out of Monday’s practice and was limited Tuesday and Wednesday. But, despite his questionable status, ESPN reported Hill will be on the field Thursday.  Tyreek Hill injury update: Chiefs WR’s foot injury is ‘nothing serious’, report sayslast_img read more

Lakers’ Avery Bradley eager to prove himself – and to face his former Clippers teammates

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — Sure, new Lakers guard Avery Bradley is looking forward to facing his former Clippers teammates, but he wasn’t about to provide any juicy bulletin board material to inspire them.Not that Bradley, a tenacious defender and mild-mannered interview subject, isn’t highly motivated now that he’s back in L.A. and entering his 10th season in the NBA.That’s especially true following last season, when he struggled to gain traction with the Clippers, averaging just 9.2 points and shooting 38.3 percent before being traded to Memphis at the deadline. He turned it around in his 14 games there, averaging 16.1 points and four assists while shooting 46.3 percent.“I’ve always been a player who played with a chip on my shoulder,” Bradley said during Lakers media day on Friday. “Last year I feel like I was able to get a better groove once I got to Memphis, but this is a whole new season, a whole new opportunity for me to prove myself and prove what I can do. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead center_img “That’s my little brother,” Rondo, 33, said. “Got maybe four, five little brothers on this year’s team. I played with a lot of guys on this team that I have on past teams, so that’s what I was looking forward to, as well. I got (Bradley) at a young age, I got him as a rook, and he was willing to listen from the jump. Anything I asked him to do, he never questioned it, he just did it.“So being able to reunite with him this year on this particular team, having a chance to do some special things, I’m excited for him. He has something to prove – but we all have something to prove, not just a guy in his situation. It’s been almost two decades since I won a championship, so I’m looking forward to getting back to the promised land and continuing to grow with guys who want to get there, as well.”As for the Lakers vs. Clippers rivalry?“I think it’s good, not only for the NBA, but it’s gonna be good for the city of Los Angeles,” said Bradley, diplomatically. “This is what the city is all about – great sports teams. And having two competitive organizations be the center of the game of basketball, I think it’s gonna be good.“I’m looking forward to playing against those guys,” he added. “They were able to put together a great team this summer and, like I said, I think it’s good for the sport. We play this game to compete against the best players and the best teams, so I’m looking forward to going up against those guys.” Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ “There’s no bigger stage than this, so each and every night, every opportunity I get, I’m gonna try to prove and show the world that I’m the best perimeter defender in the NBA.”The change of scenery served him well last season, he said, because it allowed him to get to a better place personally.“I think just my confidence,” said Bradley, who the Clippers acquired as part of the Blake Griffin deal with Detroit in January 2018, but who then was sidelined soon thereafter with a groin injury that required season-ending surgery.“(In Memphis) I was able to get physically and mentally in a great place and it helped me just go out there and play the game of basketball, which I love to do. … I think I even forgot that I was coming off a groin injury that I had surgery on, and I wasn’t able to work out the majority of the summer. So sometimes you can start the season off bad – not to make excuses – but I was able to just get in the right groove. It helped me get that confidence back and it’s gonna carry over into the season.”And, oh, is Bradley ready for this season. “I wanted to challenge myself to reach my full potential as a player,” Bradley, 28, said. “And I feel like whenever you can surround yourself with the superstars in LeBron (James) and Anthony Davis, you have to be on your ‘A’ game.“I learned that earlier in my career (playing for the Boston Celtics), playing with the KGs (Kevin Garnett) and the Paul Pierces: Every single practice, every single walk-through, you have to make sure you’re prepared. I wanted to challenge myself to make sure I got back to that point.”Rajon Rondo, another of Bradley’s teammates from his time in Boston, played a significant part in his joining the Lakers, Bradley said: “Ultimately, it was gonna come down to me, my wife, my family – but having Rondo here, Rondo’s always been a brother to me, and we always said if we can play with each other again, with our mentality, our dog mentality, we would try to take advantage of it.”Related Articleslast_img read more