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A strike of workers in Croatia Airlines has been announced for Thursday

first_imgHowever, the workers’ organization Croatia Airlines (ORCA) announced a strike.After the meeting held with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Andrej Plenković, on July 06.07.2018, 20, an agreement was reached with the Prime Minister’s promise that the necessary conditions will be created soon, primarily the appointment of a new and competent Management Board. a collective agreement that is the foundation of all civilized western airlines, including Croatia Airlines.After that, the start of the strike was postponed, but as they point out from ORCA, unfortunately for them, the Prime Minister did not fulfill his side of the agreement and they were forced to announce the strike of the day again. 08.08.2018. starting at 6 p.m. morning. “We would like to emphasize once again that this was the last option for us, but after not even the last agreement resulted in any reaction from the owner’s representatives, unfortunately for all of us, we were forced to take this step.. ” conclude from ORCA.The reason for the strike is poor working conditions, too many working hours and low wages, especially in the context of competition and at the level of the profession in Europe.Croatia Airlines: ORCA union strike to cause losses of up to EUR 800.000 on each day of strikeThe CA management also reacted to the announced strike, and in the manner of the claim concept, warned that the loss for the company would amount to EUR 800.000 per day of the strike, that the strike would affect almost 7000 passengers only on the first announced day of the strike union demands, represented an increase in wage and benefit costs of more than 30 percent, or about $ 53 million annually.By the way, Croatia Airlines ended the first half of this year with the best financial result in the last four years. In the first six months of 2018, a total of 949.007 passengers were transported, which is 5 percent more than in the same period in 2017, with a achieved passenger occupancy factor (PLF) of 70,9 percent, which is an increase of 1,3 percentage points.In 2018, Croatia Airlines started flying to two new destinations, Mostar throughout the year and Dublin during the summer season, and new seasonal routes were introduced from Dubrovnik to Munich and from Split to Copenhagen. In addition to the new routes, this year’s summer flight schedule also increased the number of weekly flights on some existing routes. Croatia Airlines aircraft also fly to all eight new European destinations, ie on all seasonal routes introduced during 2016 and 2017 – from Zagreb to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Bucharest, Lisbon, Milan, Prague and St. Petersburg.During the summer flight schedule, Croatia Airlines today connects Croatia with 40 destinations in 23 European countries in regular international traffic, and in cooperation with partners from the Star Alliance and the whole world.last_img read more

USS assets hit £68bn as deficit climbs again [updated]

first_imgSir David added: “It is a very difficult balance to strike in the midst of continuing low interest rates and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, tuition fees and university funding, and the global economy. These factors make both past benefits and the benefits being earned today more expensive to fund. The UK’s largest pension fund has reported an estimated shortfall of £5.7bn (€6.4bn), despite reaching assets under management of £68bn.In its annual report for the 12 months to 31 March 2019, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) said it was 92% funded, using estimates and assumptions based on its controversial 2017 valuation.The scheme’s employer organisation and workers’ union are still attempting to reach an agreement over future contribution levels, after a threat to close USS’ defined benefit section triggered nationwide strikes last year.In his introduction to the annual report, published today, chair of trustees Sir David Eastwood acknowledged that there were “no easy answers” to the scheme’s funding problems “but we are committed to working with our stakeholders to find a way forward that protects all that is good about USS”. Sir David Eastwood, USS“While we might reasonably assume that conditions will be better in the future, we also need to weigh in the potential consequences of being overly optimistic in this regard, which could be severe.“We acknowledge the challenges in levying higher contributions and have worked hard to find ways in which these can be escalated gradually, or made contingent on events.”He also highlighted the performance of USS’ in-house investment team. Despite underperforming its internal benchmark by 1.6 percentage points during the year, over five years the scheme has added £389m of value.It also maintained its cost base at 34 basis points for investment management costs, the same figure as last year. Bringing staff in-house over the past five years helped reduce costs from 47bps to 34bps, USS said.center_img Credit: Warwick University UCU branchUCU members striking at Warwick University over USS proposalsElsewhere in its annual report, USS said it would seek to improve its member communications in the months and years ahead. The pension fund has been criticised by some of its members for a lack of communication, particularly regarding the ongoing dispute around the calculation of liabilities.Bill Galvin, USS’ chief executive, said he was “proud” of the pension fund’s work during the year, but added: “Nonetheless, it is clear that some members feel that we have not handled or communicated the complex issues we are grappling with as well as we might.”USS’ latest “member perception” survey found that just 31% of members reported having a positive relationship with their pension fund, down from 38% a year earlier. Just under a quarter (23%) said they held a negative view of USS.The pension fund said the valuation process and USS’ handling of it were “clearly… strong drivers of the outcome”.In a bid to address these issues, USS said it would overhaul its website and member online portal, expand its direct interactions with members, and provide “enhanced support” to members about retirement options.This article has been amended to correct the deficit figure – USS reported a shortfall of £5.7bn, not £7.3bn as previously stated.last_img read more

Duterte to call for Congress special session on Bayanihan 2

first_imgThe government wanted new funding for testing subsidies and hiring of 50,000 contact tracers, the Palace spokesperson added. Roque earlier said the government could only afford a stimulus package worth P140 billion, which is similar to the Senate’s proposal.  “Importante naman talaga na ma-renew o ma-extend po ‘yang Bayanihan dahil napakadami pong mga benepisyo gaya ng sa health workers na natigil nung napaso na po itong Bayanihan Act,” Roque said in an interview with Teleradyo. Meanwhile, House of Representatives Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said the House is ready to approve the second part of the Bayanihan law to further help the government address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III informed him that the Executive branch intends to ask the Senate and House of Representatives to convene in a special session after details of the stimulus package have been ironed out. Last week, President Duterte told the Association of Southeast Nations that he would ask Congress to pass measures to boost the Philippines’ response to the pandemic. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will urge Congress to call for a special session to pass the proposed stimulus package for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response and recovery efforts or Bayanihan 2. “The House leadership under Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is committed to approve the Bayanihan to Recover as One bill or the Bayanihan II to help President Rodrigo Duterte kickstart our economy and strengthen the government’s fight against the spread of COVID-19,” Romualdez said. Congress adjourned session last month without passing the bill seeking to extend the validity of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which gave Duterte special powers for three months to effectively tackle the COVID-19 crisis. The law expired on June 25./PNlast_img read more

Efe Ajagba, Kiladze in heavyweight showdown

first_imgRelatedPosts Dabiri-Erewa hails reelection of Nigerian as UK Mayor, Ajagba’s US boxing victory Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba battles Rice Efe Ajagba gets date to battle Cojanu Unbeaten hard punching Nigerian heavyweight contender Efe Ajagba will battle Iago Kiladze in a 10 round fight.Nigeria’s Ajagba (11-0, 9 KOs) most recently passed the toughest test of his professional career when he defeated fellow 2016 Olympian Ali Eren Demirezen by 10-round unanimous decision in July.The 25-year-old Ajagba went viral around the world in August 2018 when his opponent, Curtis Harper, walked out of the ring after touching gloves to start the first round.Ajagba won the fight without throwing a punch as Harper was disqualified. Living in Stafford, Texas and training with Ronnie Shields, Ajagba has increased his competition and added knockouts wins over Amir Mansour and Michael Wallisch this year.The 33-year-old Kiladze (26-4-1, 18 KOs) broke a three-fight losing streak by fighting to a split draw in May against undefeated heavyweight Robert Alfonso. Kiladze’s losses had come against top heavyweight Adam Kownacki, Michael Hunter and Joe Joyce, who own a combined 34-1 record. Kiladze is originally from Georgia and now fighting out of Los Angeles.This boxing event is headlined by the highly anticipated WBC Super Welterweight Title rematch between Tony “Superbad” Harrison and Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo. Tags: Efe AjagbaKiladzelast_img read more

Brief glimpse encourages Taylor

first_imgEngland’s five debutants had little more than an hour to impress before rain cut short their big day in Dublin, but did enough to please captain James Taylor. Taylor’s opposite number William Porterfield chopped on to the pace of Wood, and said: “He can be quite a skiddy bowler, and obviously he’s got good skills. “He can swing it both ways – and looking down the line, playing on more abrasive surfaces, I think ‘reverse’ is a great skill he’s going to have as well, and something England will obviously utilise in the future.” As for Ireland, who still have so few chances to test themselves against Test-playing opposition outside of global tournaments, Porterfield was not inclined to be too critical of their struggles in awkward conditions. “We knew it was obviously going to do a bit … but it wasn’t in any way a bad wicket,” he added. “We were four down pretty quickly, but I wouldn’t say the wicket contributed to a lot of the dismissals. “We nicked a few … and it’s just kind of petered out into one of those days.” Only 18 overs were possible in the one-off Royal London one-day international at Malahide CC, where Taylor marked his first match in charge by winning the toss before bad weather ended the contest with Ireland on 56 for four. A miserable forecast proved very accurate, and there was never any chance of resumption before a 3pm abandonment. By then, though, there was a maiden international wicket each for Mark Wood and David Willey – and slip catches too for James Vince and Jason Roy, both fellow new boys in this format. Play continued through half an hour of rain which then became too heavy, and did not relent throughout the afternoon – with the venue gradually emptied as a near 10,000 sell-out crowd accepted the inevitable. Taylor could only voice his disappointment that the occasion was ruined by bad weather, but was delighted to see England’s latest call-ups make the most of what little opportunity they had. “The guys all performed exceptionally well up top, and did exactly what they needed to do,” he said. “The pitch obviously offered plenty of assistance … and we got off to a great start. “The guys did all they could really in the limited amount of time they could express themselves.” He was pleased too to see the returning Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn demonstrate they are in decent form with the ball. “Mark and Willey got a wicket. Bressie was exceptional as well, and Finny bowled well at the end.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho seemingly targets Arsene Wenger as Diego Costa fallout continues

first_img Costa is absent for the second game of his three-match suspension at Newcastle on Saturday after he was sanctioned by the Football Association for grappling with Laurent Koscielny in last week’s 2-0 win over Arsenal. The FA rescinded a ban for Gunners defender Gabriel – although he has since been hit with a one-match ban for improper conduct – but Mourinho refused to comment on the decisions. “We cannot lose matches, we cannot be below expectations. “There is one that for some reason is outside that list. Good for him.” Mourinho repeatedly declined to name the individual he believes to be the exception – “Just one out of 20,” he added – but appeared to be referring to Wenger, who pushed him in the Stamford Bridge technical area in October 2014. He has been Arsenal boss since October 1996. “You know,” Mourinho said. “He can speak about the referees before the game, can speak about the referees after the game, can push people in the technical area, can cry in the morning, can cry in the afternoon, nothing happens. Can be not achieved, keep the job, still the king. It’s a privilege.” Mourinho insisted his comments were “not strong” and was asked why he thought there was an inconsistency. “A good question. I don’t have a theory. I just have a reality,” Mourinho added. “Just something that is real and is objective. If I speak about the referee, I am suspended. “If I push a manager in the technical area, I am banned from the stadium. “If I speak about players from other clubs and I ask for suspensions, I am in trouble. “So, clearly, the facts are there. I don’t envy (him). It’s good for him.” Mourinho said the club were still awaiting the written reasons for the FA’s decision, although it is understood they were sent on Thursday. Following the midweek Capital One Cup win at Walsall on Wednesday, Mourinho said “retaliation is allowed” in relation to Gabriel’s kick which was aimed at Costa. Asked on Friday what he meant, Mourinho referred to the decision last season to suspend Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic for taking exception to a challenge from Burnley’s Ashley Barnes. Mourinho said: “The reaction to something that happened before was always punished in football and now we now that it is not always. You can do that.” Former Brazil striker Pele this week said Costa was not a good example to children. Mourinho declined to respond. “It is his opinion,” the Blues boss said. “He’s a big one and has the right of his opinion. No critics from me.” Radamel Falcao or Loic Remy will start up front in Costa’s absence, with Willian (hamstring), Oscar (knee) and Pedro (thigh) all fit to feature. Remy could play against his former club, but Mourinho says it is “not relevant”. “Loic wants to play every game,” Mourinho said. “I don’t think it’s a motivation for him to score against Newcastle more than it’s a motivation for him to score against Walsall. “Players don’t think about those things. They want to play and score against everyone.” The Portuguese has never won a league game at Newcastle. Asked why, he said: “They score always one more goal than us.” “If I answer I’m going to be suspended,” Mourinho said. “I don’t want to touch the theme and everything that surrounds this situation because I want to be on the bench. “I don’t comment and I tell you why: some managers can speak about the referee before the game and after the game and some others cannot. I am in the list of the ones that cannot. “An imaginary list, but clearly.” Mourinho was asked about the pressure on Steve McClaren, the boss of Newcastle, who have one win in 17 league games and none since the former England boss was appointed in the summer. He appeared to take the opportunity to wade into Wenger but, when asked if he meant the Arsenal manager, declined to name the Frenchman, a long-time adversary. “I think in this country, only one manager is not under pressure,” Mourinho said. “Steve is under pressure, I am under pressure, Brendan (Rodgers, the Liverpool boss) is under pressure, (Manchester City’s Manuel) Pellegrini is under pressure. Jose Mourinho appeared to launch an astonishing attack on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as the row over Chelsea striker Diego Costa’s retrospective ban rumbled on. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Monmouth

first_img Published on November 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse enters its third game of the year unscathed but now is set to square up against a much stiffer opponent. The No. 18 Orange (2-0) takes on Monmouth (1-1) in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. on Friday. Syracuse has beaten opponents by an average of 36 points so far this season.Here’s everything you need to know about the Hawks.All-time series: 1-0, Syracuse leads.Last time they played: Syracuse defeated Monmouth 108-56 on Dec. 8, 2012 in the teams’ only meeting. Brandon Triche led the way with 18 points while Dajuan Coleman racked up 14 rebounds. The 108 points was Syracuse’s highest output in a game that season.The Monmouth report: The Hawks were a bubble team last season after losing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Monmouth is even better this year. The Hawks beat Drexel, 78-65, in its season opener and lost by one in overtime to South Carolina on the road in its second game. Four of Monmouth’s five starters are averaging in double figures: senior center Chris Brady (15.5), redshirt sophomore guard Micah Seaborn (14.0), senior guard Je’lon Hornbeak (13.5) and senior guard Justin Robinson (13.0).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This is a very good basketball team, a very accomplished team playing on the road,” Boeheim said. “They’ve got all the ingredients to have a great team. Lots of veterans … a Tournament team for sure.”Daily Orange File PhotoHow Monmouth beats Syracuse: The Orange is still adjusting to playing the 2-3 zone as a team. When opponents are able to find space on the perimeter and can knock down shots, SU is susceptible. On the first possession of the game against Holy Cross, a 3 was made on Frank Howard’s side.  Boeheim immediately went to his bench.It’ll be a tough challenge for Monmouth to overtake the much bigger Orange in the Dome, but if the Hawks can improve its 27.3 3-point percentage so far this season, Monmouth will have a chance to expose Syracuse’s flaws.Stat to know: Negative-6 — Monmouth has been outrebounded 90-84 on the season. Syracuse enters the matchup with a significant size advantage. SU can capitalize on its size by outrebounding the Hawks.Player to watch: Justin Robinson, point guard, No. 12Robinson has played more minutes than anyone on Monmouth this season and it’s well deserved. He finished third in the MAAC last season with 19.3 points per game. He ranked first in the league with 2.2 steals per game. This season, he’s averaging 13 points per game while also leading the team with 4.5 assits per game. If he can distribute the ball to open players and simultaneously create for himself, Monmouth could be on its way to putting together the pieces for an upset. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Emma Polaski ‘picking up where she left off’ with sophomore leap

first_img Published on December 1, 2018 at 12:12 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Last year as a freshman, Emma Polaski played too passively. She often deferred to more experienced teammates. She was just “learning the ropes” like most freshmen, SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. Both Polaski and Flanagan agreed she had all the necessary offensive skills and instincts, and she didn’t necessarily need to address specific flaws in her stickwork or fundamentals. A change in mindset was, apparently, the only thing she needed. “This year I definitely have more confidence when I have the puck,” Polaski said. “I just decided this year that scoring is really where I’m going to make an impact on the ice.”After contributing as a role player in her freshman season last year, Polaski leads the team in scoring through 15 games with eight goals, two more than she had in her first year in Orange. She scored three goals in a weekend series sweep against Lindenwood in mid-October and notched her first career hat trick versus RIT on Nov. 16. For the bulk of the season, Polaski has played on the first line with senior Brooke Avery and Kelli Rowswell. She’s also on the power play unit. “She’s just picking up where she left off,” Flanagan said. “It’s not a surprise at all because she does have really good offensive instincts.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPolaski joined the team last year as a recruited, preferred walk-on. Before Syracuse, she attended the Lawrenceville (New Jersey) Prep School, where she trained daily in a college-like hockey program. Flanagan remembers coaching against Polaski’s dad, who played at Princeton, when he was an assistant at St. Lawrence in the 90s. “She shoots it like her dad,” Flanagan said. “She’s got that gift.” Freshman center Lauren Bellefontaine said Polaski has the hardest shot on the team. In her freshman season, Polaski played all 36 games, scored six goals and tallied 13 points on 2.1 shots per game. Her first collegiate goal came against No. 1 Wisconsin in the fourth game of the season, but she struggled to find her footing as she scored one goal in her next 16 games. She admits to being “flat-footed” in the offensive zone last year. Polaski grew more comfortable with the team as the season progressed, registering seven points in the final seven games. This year, in 15 games, she’s netted eight goals and recorded 11 points on 2 shots per game. She’s making her shots count, converting on 26.6% of her attempts, the highest mark on the team.Where Polaski makes most of her impact is in front of the net — screening goalies, redirecting shots, corralling rebounds. Flanagan describes it as a “nose for the net.” She often scores ugly goals, but being scrappy in the danger zone is a strength of her game. “I’m just going to get myself to the front of the net and get my stick on the puck wherever I can, so that’s just been my mentality all season,” Polaski said.Her third goal against RIT, which gave the Orange a two-goal lead in the third period, came off a redirected slap shot from defenseman Lindsay Eastwood. Her scoring breakout was overshadowed by disappointment, though, as Syracuse blew a 4-2 lead in the last eight minutes of the game. Polaski was nonetheless named an NCAA Women’s Hockey star of the week after her performance. “She did a really good job going to the net,” Flanagan said. “She just always wants the puck. When she’s out there, whether it’s in practice or in games, she’s always calling for it. She wants the puck, she wants to score goals, and that’s what I want to see.”The biggest area Polaski needed to improve in after her freshman year was tracking back on defense, she said, adding her defense was “all over the place” last year. Toward the end of last season, she watched film on her lack of awareness in the D-zone and keyed in on how the senior forwards defended. She now feels more comfortable in that area. Polaski began her SU career with a goal against Wisconsin, and she’ll get a chance to do more damage against the No.1 Badgers in their upcoming weekend series. All she has to do is continue her aggressive mentality and make her way to the front of the net. “Getting the puck to her is really key in getting our chances,” Bellefontaine said, “because she’ll capitalize.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Defender Nick Mellen selected 4th overall by Boston Cannons in MLL Draft

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: May 4, 2020 at 10:14 p.m.Former Syracuse defender Nick Mellen was selected fourth overall by the Boston Cannons in the MLL Draft on Monday night. He was listed in mock drafts and described by front office members as one of the top selections available, and will join former teammate Tyson Bomberry with the Cannons.Mellen spent five years with the Orange, but only played in parts of four after redshirting his sophomore season and missing all but one game in 2020 due to a leg injury. He still finished fifth all-time in program history, with 55 caused turnovers, consistently serving as one of Syracuse’s top cover defenders while earning two All-American honors.“I didn’t know he’d be there,” Boston head coach Sean Quirk told The Daily Orange. “I’m a bit surprised, not shocked, certainly about the way we were able to pick him up.”In his freshman season, Mellen ranked second and third on the Orange with 14 caused turnovers and 38 ground balls, respectively. The local West Genesee (New York) High School product went on to lead SU with 22 caused turnovers during the 2018 season — his first as its top cover guy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut in 2020, after a third season pairing with Bomberry and Marcus Cunningham at close defense, Mellen stepped into a larger role when they both graduated. In the season-opener against Colgate, however, Mellen hobbled off the field in the third quarter and didn’t play another minute the rest of the season. Two days before his slated return against Rutgers on March 14, the NCAA canceled the season amid the coronavirus’ outbreak.But Mellen still received his chance at playing professional lacrosse with the Cannons. On April 13, he became the first SU lacrosse player to announce he wouldn’t use the extra year of eligibility, instead registering for the MLL draft. Mellen is the first Syracuse player drafted this year after the Orange’s other five graduating starters chose to return with the NCAA’s eligibility relief.“He’s just a prototypical professional defenseman that we feel like will earn his spot to get in the mix right away,” Quirk said.This story has been updated with additional reporting from senior staff writer Arabdho Majumder. Comments Published on May 4, 2020 at 8:01 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

Conte Rejects Real Madrid Job

first_img​ Former Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte has reportedly ‘ruled himself out’ of contention to become the new Real Madrid coach following the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui on Monday, a day after Los Blancos were humiliated 5-1 in El Clásico by Barcelona.Conte had been the early favourite to succeed Lopetegui, but Real instead chose to appoint Santiago Solari as a short-term interim option after seemingly failing to reach an agreement with the Italian.Now, a report from Sky Sports claims that Conte has withdrawn from the running altogether. Antonio Conte rejects Real Madrid job Sky explain that Conte, who was sacked by Chelsea in July, feels the project on offer in Madrid is ‘not right’ for him and will therefore extend his ongoing break from football until the summer.This update comes shortly after Belgium national team coach Roberto Martinez was installed as the new favourite to land the job instead after his stock has risen massively since 2016.That same report on Martinez originating from the Daily Mail also alleges that misgivings about Conte from ‘key figures’ in the Real dressing room were part of the reason the ex-Juventus boss will not be getting the job in the Spanish capital.Conte has enjoyed great success in his managerial career so far. After earning his stripes with Bari and Siena in Serie B, he guided Juventus to three successive Serie A titles. He was then appointed Italy coach, before leading Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2017.A downturn and falling out with several players in his second season saw him sacked and replaced by Maurizio Sarri in the summer, despite delivering an FA Cup just two months earlier.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more