Two bidders are fighting for the contractor of the Electronic Toll Collection System Study

first_imgIn the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, financial offers were opened yesterday in the process of selecting the contractor for the Study of the Electronic Toll Collection System.In accordance with the tender proposals, a total of four technical and financial bids were received: Community of Bidders Ernst & Young Consulting Croatia and Ernst & Young GmbH Germany, Bidder MultiContract Consulting from Hungary, Bidder IDOM Consulting from Spain, Bidder CGI Czech Republic from the Czech Republic.After the evaluation of technical bids in which it was determined that two bidders meet the technical requirements, the commission conducted a second round in which the public opening of financial bids was carried out. communities of bidders Ernst & Young consulting Croatia and Ernst & Young GmbH Germany (Value of financial bid – 1.124.080,00 euros) and the bidder IDOM Consulting from Spain (Value of financial offer 875.526.43 euros). Both bidders offered project teams formed by domestic and foreign experts, according to the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure.The consultant selection procedure is carried out with the consent of the World Bank and in accordance with the procedure (QCBS – Quality and Cost Based Selection), which consists of 8 steps. The final selection of advisors for the preparation of the Study of the Electronic Toll Collection System, which is being carried out as part of the Project for Modernization and Restructuring of the Road Sector of the Republic of Croatia, is expected in early July.Seasonal toll prices from June 15 to September 14 bring a 10% price increase From Friday, June 15 to September 14, seasonal toll prices will be introduced on motorways operated by Croatian Motorways (HAC) and the Rijeka-Zagreb Motorway (ARZ). Seasonal toll prices are introduced for IA, I. and from this year and for II. group of vehicles, and on III. and IV. vehicle group does not apply. In the seasonal period, the unit toll price for vehicles IA, I. and II. groups increases by 10%.The model of seasonal toll prices, which was introduced last year, during the 3 summer months in a period of increased traffic intensity, is one of the accepted measures of financial restructuring of companies in the road sector. The introduction of seasonal toll prices for certain categories of vehicles stems from the fact that about 40% of total annual traffic is realized in the summer months, and on some motorways the number of vehicles increases up to three times in summer compared to the rest of the year.last_img read more

China virus death toll surges past 300

first_img“Foreign nationals, other than immediate family of US citizens and permanent residents… will be denied entry into the United States Health Secretary Alex Azar had announced.Australia said it was barring entry to non-citizens arriving from China, while Australian citizens who had travelled there would be required to go into “self-isolation” for two weeks.Vietnam suspended all flights from mainland China effective Saturday, while Russia announced it would halt visa-free tourism for Chinese nationals and stop issuing them work visas.Similar expansive restrictions have been announced by countries including Italy, Singapore, and China’s northern neighbour Mongolia. The death toll from China’s coronavirus epidemic soared to 304 on Sunday, as an increasing number of countries imposed extraordinary Chinese travel bans to combat the spread of the disease.With Britain, Russia and Sweden among the countries confirming their first infections, the virus has now spread to more than two dozen nations, sending governments scurrying to limit their exposure.The United States and Australia are leading a growing list of countries that are putting temporary but sweeping travel restrictions on Chinese nationals or those who have travelled to China within the last two weeks. The United States, Japan, Britain, Germany and other nations had already advised their citizens not to travel to China.Thousands of Hong Kong medical workers voted to commence a four-day strike from Monday to push the government to close its border with mainland China to stop the virus, which has already spread to the financial hub.Britain said Saturday it was temporarily withdrawing some diplomatic staff and their families from across China, a day after the US State Department ordered embassy employees to send home family members under the age of 21.- ‘Unkind’ -Beijing insists it can contain the virus and called Washington’s advice against travel to China “unkind”.The US emergency declaration also requires Americans returning from Hubei province to be placed in mandatory 14-day quarantine, and health screening for American citizens coming from other parts of China.The virus emerged in early December and has been traced to a market in Hubei’s capital Wuhan that sold wild animals.It spread globally on the wings of a Lunar New Year holiday rush that sees hundreds of millions of Chinese people travel domestically and overseas.The economic fallout continued as Apple announced that all its China stores would be closed until February 9.China’s central bank said it would offer financial support to businesses hit by the public health emergency. Mea culpa With public anger mounting in China, Wuhan’s top official admitted late Friday that authorities there had acted too slowly.”If strict control measures had been taken earlier the result would have been better than now,” said Ma Guoqiang, the Communist Party chief for Wuhan.Wuhan officials have been criticised online for withholding information about the outbreak until late December despite knowing of it weeks earlier.China finally lurched into action last week, effectively quarantining whole cities in Hubei and tens of millions of people.Unprecedented safeguards imposed nationwide include postponing the return to school, cutting bus and train routes, and tightening health screening on travellers nationwide.Authorities in Hubei have extended the new year holiday until February 13 and suspended marriage registrations from Monday to discourage public gatherings.The city of Huanggang, east of Wuhan, said only one member of each household would be permitted to leave the house every two days to buy necessities. But the toll keeps mounting, with health authorities in Hubei on Sunday reporting 45 more deaths in the preceding 24 hours.The number of confirmed infections across China passed 14,300 on Sunday, the National Health Commission announced — far higher than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak of 2002-03.SARS, which is caused by a pathogen similar to the new coronavirus and also originated in China, killed 774 people worldwide — most of them in mainland China and Hong Kong.The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global emergency on Thursday but later warned that closing borders was probably ineffective in halting transmission and could accelerate the virus’s spread.But authorities around the world pressed ahead with preventive measures.- ‘Latent racism’ -Thai health officials on Friday said a taxi driver became the kingdom’s first case of human-to-human transmission.Thailand joins China, Vietnam, Germany, Japan, France and the United States with confirmed domestic infections.The health crisis has dented China’s international image and put Chinese nationals in difficult positions abroad, with complaints of racism.China flew overseas Hubei residents back to the centre of the outbreak in Wuhan on chartered planes from Thailand and Malaysia, citing “practical difficulties” the passengers had encountered overseas.Countries including Japan, Britain, France and the US have scrambled to evacuate their nationals from Wuhan, with more governments planning airlifts.Topics :last_img read more

Shell accused of lying about clean up

first_imgSouth Africa Police accused over Marikana deaths Related FOCAC: Clean energy projects in Africa Zuma accused of making sexist comments Oil giant Shell is once again in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. It’s being accused of not cleaning up oil spills in the Niger Delta as it promised. CCTV’s Kelechi Emekalam reports.last_img

2019 NFL Draft prospects: Big board of top 100 players

first_imgThe 2019 NFL Draft is fast approaching, but has changed in terms of players’ stocks before it arrives later in April. As teams have gotten closer looks at the top prospects at the NFL Combine in late February and pro day workouts in March, some have risen or fall on draft boards around the league.Here is a look at the best 100 players available in the 2019 NFL Draft regardless of position, and how high each might be selected based on team needs, position scarcity and other factors. 29. Irv Smith, TE, AlabamaSmith is a technically sound run blocker and route runner who has shown some vertical receiving juice to go with compact size (6-3, 243 pounds).30. Trayvon Mullen, CB, ClemsonMullen is emerging after an up-and-down 2018 season to stand out with his size (6-1, 194 pounds), speed, length and physicality.31. Drew Lock, QB, MissouriEntering the draft as a four-year starter from Missouri, Lock has the arm to go with his ideal size at 6-4, 225 pounds. He also has the fearlessness and elusiveness NFL teams like in an aggressive passer. 21. Marquise Brown, WR, OklahomaBrown offers plenty of flash as a field-stretching receiver at 5-10, 160 pounds. He has elite vertical speed, plus great quickness going into and coming out of routes.22. Devin Bush, ILB, MichiganBush cleans up against the run with his quickness, and at 5-10, 225 pounds, he has all the attributes teams need in a cover linebacker.23. Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida StateComing off 15.5 sacks in his final Seminoles season, Burns is a dynamic edge pass-rusher and athlete. At 6-5, 231 pounds, he needs to get a little tougher in order to be used on running downs in the NFL.24. Cody Ford, G/OT, OklahomaFord is a tough mauler at 6-4, 330 pounds who can open running lanes from right tackle or guard. He is athletic enough to develop as a pass-blocker, too.25. N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona StateAt 6-4, 216 pounds, Harry is a matchup nightmare through the red zone. He also can be a strong deep threat.26. Byron Murphy, CB, WashingtonWhat Murray gives up in size (5-11, 170 pounds) and press coverage potential, he makes up for in speed, aggressiveness and ball-hawking skills.27. Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre DameTillery was a beast as a three-technique at Notre Dame. At 6-7, 305 pounds, he matured well with his play and temperament to unleash the best of his inside pass-rush skills. 28. Jaylon Ferguson, OLB/DE, Louisiana TechCarrying some nice pop as a pass-rusher and having been productive in that area,  Ferguson will get on the field first in the NFL as a big (6-5, 269 pounds), natural run-stopper on the edge. SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Live pick tracker | TV schedule | Day 2 winners & losers2019 NFL Draft prospects: Big board of top 100 players1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio StateBosa, at 6-3, 270 pounds, can be dominant rushing the passer from any spot with great strength, length and smarts. He carries more explosive upside than brother Joey of the Chargers.2. Josh Allen, OLB/DE, KentuckyAllen is loaded with moves to get to the quarterback at a sleek 6-4, 258 pounds. He also has the athleticism to help in second-level pass coverage.3. Quinnen Williams, DT, AlabamaWilliams shot up the draft board as a disruptive interior force for the Crimson Tide. His massive frame (6-4, 295 pounds) suggests Aaron Donald-like potential.4. Rashan Gary, DT/DE, MichiganGary is rising as a high-upside, versatile player. He uses his hands, power and big frame at 6-5, 280 pounds to occupy run-blockers, and he also has some intriguing inside pass-rush ability.5. Montez Sweat, OLB/DE, Mississippi StateSweat brings ideal size (6-6, 241 pounds) and relentless productivity as an edge pass-rusher. He fits best in a base 3-4 scheme.MORE NFL DRAFT:• 7 safest prospects in 2019• 7 riskiest prospects in 2019• Derek Carr to Redskins and other player-for-pick trades6. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole MissMetcalf is a classic size-speed prospect at 6-4, 230 pounds who can both stretch the field and use his strength to catch contested balls in traffic and in the red zone.7. T.J. Hockenson, TE, IowaHockenson has the ideal size at 6-5, 243 pounds to do anything and everything at tight end with his hands, physicality, smarts and agility. He can be the next great all-around player at the position.8. Clelin Ferrell, DE, ClemsonFerrell’s size at 6-5, 260 pounds provides a good baseline as an outside run-stopper and explosiveness as a pass-rusher.9. Ed Oliver, DT/DE, HoustonOliver has slipped only because there’s a question of what position he fits best on the defensive line. He has become more of an end/tackle tweener at 6-1, 274 pounds in many scouts’ eyes rather than a can’t-miss inside pass-rush presence. But he is still a top-five line prospect.10. Devin White, ILB, LSUWhite shows elite athleticism while covering ground against the run and has good enough instincts to be a top intermediate cover man. At 6-0, 240 pounds, he is easily the rangiest defender in the 2019 class.11. Greedy Williams, CB, LSUWilliams carries a long, lean frame at 6-3, 184 pounds with rare speed, quickness and agility for his size. He is not the most physical player, but he is fundamentally sound in coverage, and he uses his length well at the line to break up routes.12. Jawaan Taylor, OT, FloridaTaylor offers great agility, smarts and technique to handle most athletic edge-rushers given his size at 6-5, 334 pounds. He has been rising up boards as scouts learn he can be more than just a right tackle. 32. Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas StateRisner is a technically sound lineman with a mean streak to pair with his physicality. He is being undersold as a pass blocker, but he is already a huge (6-3, 308 pounds) asset in the running game.33. Noah Fant, TE, IowaLike his Iowa teammate Hockenson, Fant is an athletic receiver. But at 6-4, 232 pounds, he needs some work to develop into a reliable in-line blocker.34. Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. StateAs a deep threat, Harmon’s size (6-3, 214 pounds) and speed stand out. But he is also a savvy route-runner and a tough, willing blocker.35. Daniel Jones, QB, DukeJones has all-around, pro-tailored skills to go with his ideal size at 6-5, 220 pounds. He also has bonus qualities with his tough physical and mental make-up.36. Deionte Thompson, S, AlabamaThompson is a rangy playmaker at 6-2, 196 pounds who can clean up everywhere against the pass. He’s solid in run support, too.37. Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio StateJones is a natural inside pass-rusher who needs some bulking (6-3, 283 pounds) and coaching in order to be used on running downs. But he can develop well in that area.38. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, StanfordAt 6-3, 225 pounds, Arcega-Whiteside can both stretch the field as a deep threat and fight to win battles in the red zone.39. Garrett Bradbury, C, NC StateAt 6-3, 306, Bradbury has the smarts, leadership qualiities, agility and strength needed to be a long-term NFL starter at his position.40. Jachai Polite, OLB/DE, FloridaAlthough a little undersized at 6-2, 242 pounds, Polite’s speed and athleticism are off the charts. He is a freak who channels some of former Gator Jevon Kearse.41. Greg Little, OT, Ole MissLittle has the size (6-5, 325), agility and athleticism to suggest great upside as a pass protector, but his technique needs refinement, and he must learn how to better use his strength to his advantage.42. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole MissBrown, at 6-1, 230 pounds, fits the profile as a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. He is a strong-handed, reliable route runner who is tough enough to make big plays after the catch, even in traffic.43. Taylor Rapp, S, WashingtonAt 6-0, 212 pounds, Rapp plays like an extra linebacker on the field with his work in run support. He also is a capable upfield player vs. the pass, at his best when blitzing and covering a short area.44. Nasir Adderley, S, DelawareAdderley has a good blend of cornerback coverage traits and physical tackling against the run and after the catch, playing longer and meaner than size at 6-0, 200 pounds.45. Mack Wilson, ILB, AlabamaWilson has the size (6-2, 236 pounds), ranginess and toughness against the run to be the next solid inside clean-up man from the Tide.46. David Montgomery, RB, Iowa StateAt 5-11, 216 pounds, Montgomery has steadily emerged as a strong, all-around feature back prospect. He finishes runs strong and has shown some good hands and wiggle as a receiver.47. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa StateButler has a massive frame for the position at 6-6, 225 pounds. He can dominate going up to get balls in traffic, especially in the red zone.48. Juan Thornhill, S, VirginiaThornhill has great size (6-0, 210 pounds), smarts and coverage skills. He also cleans up well against the run.49. Yodny Cajuste, OT, West VirginiaCajuste plays with good power and length at 6-5, 315 pounds as best pure edge run blocker in the class. He needs to become a smoother pass protector in order to be trusted on the left side.50. Zach Allen, DE, Boston CollegeAt 6-5, 280 pounds, Allen is a big, smart, strong, high-effort player who excels at stopping the run. He has room to grow as a pass-rusher, too.center_img 81. L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State82. Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama83. Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia84. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M85. Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky86. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford87. De’Andre Walker, OLB/DE, Georgia88. Amani Hooker, S, Iowa89. Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan90. Beau Benzschawel, G, WisconsinMORE: Each team’s worst-ever draft pick91. Greg Gaines, DT, Washington92. David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin93. Michael Dieter, G, Wisconsin94. Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State95. Emanuel Hall, WR Missouri96. Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern97. Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas98. Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson99. Christian Miller DE/OLB, Alabama100. Andy Isabella, WR, UMass 51. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama52. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina53. Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame54. Te’Von Coney, ILB, Notre Dame55. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State56. Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State57. Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State58. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia59. Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington60. Kris Boyd, CB, Texas61. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple62. Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt63. Chris Lidstrom, G, Boston College64. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida65. Gerald Willis III, DT, Miami66. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic67. Joe Jackson, DE, Miami68. T.J. Edwards, OLB, Wisconsin69. Darrell Henderson, RB, MemphisMORE: Most painful NFL Draft slides ever70. Khalil Hodge, ILB, Buffalo71. Jacquan Johnson, S, Miami72. Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State73. Eiijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia74. Oshane Ximines, OLB/DE, Old Dominion75. Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford76. Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo77. Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame78. Martez Ivey, G, Florida79. Charles Omenihu, OLB/DE, Texas80. Ryan Finley, QB, NC State 13. Kyler Murray, QB, OklahomaMurray has some “it” qualities at quarterback to go along with his Heisman Trophy-winning passing and running. He lacks ideal size at 5-10, 195 pounds and isn’t the pocket prototype, but his playmaking ablity is attractive enough for him to be drafted earlier than his profile suggests.MORE: Best, worst fits for Murray in NFL Draft14. Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio StateHaskinks cemented his stock late in the Buckeyes’ 2018 season, when he had some jaw-dropping games with his big arm and downfield accuracy. He has ideal size as a strong pocket passer (6-3, 220 pounds) with the right dose of athleticism.15. Josh Jacobs, RB, AlabamaA smart, complete back at 5-10, 216 pounds who runs with good vision and power, Jacobs is equally elusive as an outside runner and receiver.16. Deandre Baker, CB, GeorgiaBaker plays bigger than size (5-11, 185 pounds) and can give any team a smart, physical coverage presence.17. Christian Wilkins, DT, ClemsonWilkins brings size at 6-4, 315 pounds, and he is the most versatile of the Tigers’ first round-worthy linemen. He is equally adept at controlling blocks vs. the run and getting to the passer.18. Andre Dillard, OT, Washington StateDillard is light on feet for his size (6-5, 306 pounds) and carries all the natural pass-protection skills NFL teams love.19. Jonah Williams, OT, AlabamaWilliams is a smooth pass protector who also is big enough at 6-5, 301 pounds to pave the way in the running game.20. Dexter Lawrence, DT, ClemsonLawrence is a textbook inside run-stuffer with ideal size (6-4, 351 pounds) to both occupy and engulf overmatched blockers.last_img read more

Hamilton wins fifth Formula One world title

first_imgA puff of smoke signalled an engine failure and his eighth ‘Did Not Finish’ (DNF) of the season while his 21-year-old Dutch tyro team-mate secured a repeat of his 2017 triumph, his second win this season and the fifth of his career.Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen came home third ahead of Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Renault ahead of Charles Leclerc of Sauber, Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren, Marcus Ericsson in the second Sauber and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso.For Ferrari, it was a first double podium success in Mexico since 1990 with Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell. Share on: WhatsApp Mexico City, Mexico | AFP | Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth drivers’ world championship on Sunday to draw level with Juan Manuel Fangio in the Formula One record books when he finished fourth behind a victorious Max Verstappen in the Mexican Grand Prix.The 33-year-old Briton’s only remaining championship rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who needed a victory, with Hamilton outside the top seven, to keep his hopes alive, finished second.Hamilton’s success – the third time he has taken the title without finishing on the race podium – elevated him to a supreme club alongside Fangio with only seven-time champion Michael Schumacher ahead of him.He was adding the 2018 crown to his championship wins in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017.He celebrated by executing ‘doughnut’ wheel spins for the cheering crowd before leaping out of his car and into the arms of his team.After being congratulated by Vettel, Hamilton said: “It’s a very strange feeling, a very humbling experience. To complete this when Fangio did it as well, it’s a very surreal feeling.”““That’s how you do it – that’s how you drive, Lewis,” said Hollywood film star Will Smith on Mercedes team radio after Hamilton took the chequered flag.Hamilton, who started third on the grid, struggled with chronic tyre-wear after making a strong start in his Mercedes and settled for a cautious cruise to the title without a podium finish.Verstappen, upstaged by his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying on Saturday, came home 17.108 seconds ahead of Vettel after the luckless Australian pole-sitter retired with nine laps remaining.last_img read more