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

Under Trump, US reputation hits rock-bottom: Pew global survey

first_imgIn the United Kingdom, 41 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of the US, the lowest percentage registered in any Pew Research Center survey there. In France, only 31 percent see the US positively, matching the grim ratings from March 2003, at the height of US-France tensions over the Iraq War.Germans give the US particularly low marks on the survey: 26 percent rate the US favorably, similar to the 25 percent in the same March 2003 poll.The US’ global reputation rebounded after the Iraq war and following the election of Democratic president Barack Obama. In France in 2009 for instance, the US favorability rating reached 75 percent.Data from Pew Research Center also shows that the US’ favorability rating drop from last year’s figures in all 13 countries surveyed. The erratic style of United States President Donald Trump’s leadership and his administration’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected 6.7 million people and killed more than 197,000 in the country, has battered the superpower nation’s standing in the world, sending its favorability rating in some countries to an all-time low, a fresh Pew Research Center survey has found.The public opinion survey, conducted in 13 countries by interviewing more than 13,000 people between June 10 and Aug. 3, found that 83 percent of respondents have no confidence in the leadership of President Trump, while only 34 percent express a favorable opinion of the US.The US’ reputation took a serious hit especially in Europe, the country’s traditional ally. Part of the decline over the past year is linked to how the US has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, Pew Research Center director for global attitude research Richard Wike said in a press briefing on Tuesday.”People have admired the US for its scientific achievement and technology, and this public health challenge came along and people thought the US could deal well with this big public health challenge,” Wike said.Wike added that the world viewed Trump’s personal attributes and leadership qualities in a negative light.”People say he was intolerant, he wasn’t well qualified, he was arrogant, dangerous and that’s part of the story why he has the lower rating.”Also, some of Trump’s isolationist policies, including withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Accord and a number of free trade agreements, has further damaged the US’ standing in the world, he said.The survey also found that the public views President Trump more negatively than other world leaders.Among the six leaders included in the survey, Angela Merkel receives the highest marks: A median of 76 percent across the nations polled have confidence in the German chancellor. French President Emmanuel Macron also gets largely favorable reviews of 64 percent. Ratings for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are roughly split.In this “most-trusted leader” category, Trump, with an 83 percent disapproval rating, lands below Chinese Premiere Xi Jinping with 78 percent and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who only got a 23 percent approval rating.The only positive review that President Trump received was from Europeans who have favorable views of right-wing populist parties.For instance, supporters of Spain’s Vox party are likely to view Trump in a positive light: 45 percent are confident in his ability to handle international affairs. In Germany, 34 percent in the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) gave a positive review of Trump, while in the UK, 33 percent of the Brexit Party views the Republican president in a favorable light.(Left to right) Foreign Affairs Minister of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, and Foreign Affairs Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan participate in the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on the South Lawn of the White House on September 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Agence France Presse/Alex Wong/Getty Images)Some of the efforts Trump made to improve his standing in the world, including his attempt to broker a peace deal in the Middle East, which recently materialized in the normalization between Israel and Arab countries like Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, could only do so much to undo some of damages that he had exacted in international politics.”We have seen negative ratings in Jordan over the years, pretty low ratings in the Palestinian territory and from some other countries in the region […] in the past two decades, the reviews have been negative toward the United States,” he said.The new Pew Poll is devastating for how the world sees us. Confidence in the U.S. has plummeted to historic lows. The global public has even greater trust in Putin and Xi Jinping than Trump. We need new leadership. | Pew Research Center— Nicholas Burns (@RNicholasBurns) September 15, 2020Former US Ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Nicholas Burns said the new poll was “devastating” and the country needed a new leadership to undo whatever damages Trump had wrought upon the US’ standing in the world.”Confidence in the US has plummeted to historic lows. The global public has even greater trust in Putin and Xi Jinping than Trump,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

‘NO EXTENSION’ Businesses sans permits face closure

first_imgThe most prevalent type ofbusinesses in the city were in wholesale trade and merchandising, followed bythe food and beverage and hospitality sectors, with real estate and leasingcoming in fourth. ILOILO City – The deadline for businesspermit renewal this year is Jan. 20 and it won’t be extended, said Mayor JerryTreñas. On Jan. 21 the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) of the citygovernment will start inspecting business establishments. “BPLO inspectors will check allestablishments. Those that have nobusiness permits or failed to renew them would be padlocked,” said Treñas. Treñas recently reprimanded BPLO chiefNorman Tabud for complainingthat the latter’s office did not have enough logistics to check if some businesseswere operating without permits. Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN BPLO’s 2018 data showed that the business sector here was predominantlymade up of microenterprises – around 90 percent of which had asset sizes of notmore than P3 million. The BPLO would be assisted by the Bureauof Fire Protection, City Tourism and Development Office and the City Treasure’sOffice. In a related development, the mayor issueda memorandum to barangay captains that the community tax certificate (CTC) or cedula would no longer be a requirementin the issuance of the barangay clearance for business. center_img “So very disappointing, it should nothappen again,” Treñas stressed. It recently came to Treñas’ attention that aseptic tank desludging company had long been operating without a businesspermit. He was referring to the MalabananSiphoning Services which littered the city with stickers advertising itsservices yet the BPLO had no idea it did not have a permit. “Nag-createna ko gani task force para mabuligan sya,” stressed the mayor. Treñas said the CTC would now becomputed and paid together with the business tax and other fees at the CityTreasurer’s Office. This is in line with the one-time assessment and one-timepayment at the business one-stop shop at the City Treasurer’s Office.  According to the mayor, this is part of the city’s effort to further streamline its Business Permits and Licensing System. The goal is to make securing and/or renewing business permit easier, he stressed./PNlast_img read more

The day Liverpool beat Norwich 5-4… in 1962

first_img Bill Shankly’s Liverpool were top of the table, captained by Ron Yeats, with Ian Callaghan in midfield, while Roger Hunt and Ian St John led the attack. The Reds, unbeaten in the league at home at that stage of the season, went ahead after 25 minutes through Jimmy Melia, but mid-table Norwich were level within three minutes when Jimmy Conway shot past goalkeeper Bert Slater. Hunt converted a cross from winger Alan A’Court to send Liverpool into half-time 2-1 ahead. Allcock then equalised after 56 minutes following a poor defensive header by John Molyneux. Within a minute Liverpool were in front again at 3-2 as Hunt collected a mis-hit shot from Melia to knock the ball past Norwich goalkeeper Geoff Barnsley. The game looked over on the hour mark when Dick Scott deflected a cross from A’Court into his own net. Norwich swiftly reduced the deficit back to 4-3 as Allcock’s header went in off the underside of the crossbar. Melia settled Anfield nerves with a volleyed fifth goal 10 minutes from time, but Allcock set up a tense final two minutes as he completed his hat-trick. However, unlike in Norfolk on Saturday, there was to be no stoppage-time drama. Liverpool Daily Post reporter Adrian Killen summed up the match, writing: “Liverpool made hard work of it, but if so, defensive failings were the cause.” Allcock – who had played in the 1958/59 FA Cup giant-killing side after transferring from Bolton – remains the last man to score three goals at Anfield and end up on the losing side. The forward went on to make 389 appearances for the Canaries and following his retirement, Allcock joined the family funeral business with his son in Norwich. Liverpool beat Norwich 5-4 in an extraordinary Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, which was settled by Adam Lallana moments after Sebastian Bassong looked to have earned the Canaries a point. It is not the first time the two sides have played a nine-goal thriller. In January 1962, the teams met at Anfield in the old Second Division, in a match which would see Norwich forward Terry Allcock score a hat-trick and still finish on the losing side – with the Canaries also losing 5-4 on that occasion. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Heartbreak for Tipp as the Cats claim Liam McCarthy

first_imgThe Cats got on the scoreboard in the 8th minute with a point from a free….followed a couple of minutes later with another bringing the two sides level. Kilkenny took the lead in the 11th minute but a free taken by Seamus Callinan brought the sides back level for the second time.Tipperary consistently ran at the Kilkenny full back line a number of times but failed to find the back of the net with two shots from Callinan denied…however, in the 28th minute, following a great passage of play, a second point from Shane McGrath followed just seconds later by a stunning goal from Callinan meant Tipp were in the driving seat heading towards half time. Tipp went into the break leading the Cats by 2 points…on a scoreline of 1-07 to 8 points and the momentum was high following a brilliant score, once again from Shane McGrathKilkenny had the better start to the second half, and only for the skill of Darren Gleeson, would have found the back of the net two minutes after the breakHowever, the game had turned in the Cat’s favour and 2 points from both TJ Reid and Colin Fennelly meant Tipp trailed by 3 in the 46th minute…however Noel McGrath reduced that gap seconds laterA point from a placed ball brought the gap to the narrowest of margins…and some stunningly brave defending by James Barry, once again, meant Kilkenny were denied a goal.Eoin Larkin stretched the lead for the Cats and then in the 56th minute, a foul in the square meant Tipp were awarded a penalty…which Seamie Callinan sent over the bar with ease.However, Richie Power responded down the opposite end of the pitch less than two minutes later and scored a goal for Kilkenny…this was followed by a second goal from John Power in the 63rd minute….on the third time of trying after two stunning saves from Darren Gleeson bringing the score to 2-15 to 1-12Kilkenny remained in the lead…but after points once again from John Bubbles O’Dwyer and a mammoth strike from Captain Brendan Maher…the gap was narrowed to 5….then in the 69th minute of ordinary time, Seamus Callinan rocketed the ball into the back of the Kilkenny net to keep the Premier in the game…However, it was not to be….Tipp remained two down and after three minutes of additional time, the final whistle was blown….ending the Premier County’s run in this year’s championship. The final score from Croke Park in the 2014 All Ireland Senior Hurling Final Replay: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14. The lead swung back and forth throughout the full 73 minutes of play but in the end, the Cats proved too much for Eamon O’Shea’s men. The game started well for Tipp as Shane McGrath put the first score of the game on the board for the Premier with a long range shot from the middle of the pitch in the 3rd minute. This was followed by a great goal chance for Bonner Maher who was denied on the line, but just seconds later Noel McGrath pointed leaving Tipperary leading by 2 points to no score. last_img read more