The Port of Dubrovnik Authority rejected the offer for the construction of the port of Gruž

first_imgThe Governing Board of the Dubrovnik Port Authority concluded at a session held at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure that it maintains its previous position that the formal and legal conditions for concluding a concession agreement for the Gruž terminal with the Turkish-French consortium Dubrovnik International Cruise Port Investment (DICPI) ).Director Dubrovnik Port Authority Blaž Pezo said that according to that conclusion there are no legal elements, and in accordance with the current procedure, that the contract on the construction of the port terminal will be signed with a potential concessionaire on Monday, October 9. “According to the current legal analysis of the law firm we hired, not all the prerequisites for signing the contract have been met”, Said Pezo.Last week, DICPI launched a conciliation process in which the Dubrovnik Port Authority will participate. “If no agreement is reached in that procedure, according to their announcements, they will initiate arbitration. We are ready for that arbitrationSaid Pezo. Pezo pointed out that he considered unfounded the possible request of DICPI for compensation in the amount of HRK 920 million. Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković once pointed out that the pre-contract was terminated, among other things, because they asked the DICPI for state guarantees for the terminal project, which was completely contrary to the terms of the concession tender.Source: HRTRelated news: Fewer trips, passengers and days of stay of foreign ships for cruiseslast_img read more

UNC the place to be? Mack Brown’s blue-chip recruiting easy to see

first_imgBrown explained the phenomenon in a Zoom conference on May 11, and therein lies the answer: Brown’s virtual recruiting tour is one of the biggest reasons for that success.  “The players obviously have been home more,” Brown said. “Their parents have been home more. It’s been easier to get a hold of them for one thing. They can call you and text you. I’m probably having more conversations with parents and recruits than I was when they were coming to campus.”MORE: Answering five questions ahead of a coronavirus-looming seasonThat’s not even Brown’s home-run swing. The NCAA extended the recruiting dead period to July 31 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that might be holding the Tar Heels back. “I love being around the recruits,” Brown said. “I like seeing them in the office. I like having the 1-on-1 conversations with them. As soon as the NCAA will let us, we want to get guys on campus.”  Brown lived up to expectations set last summer when he arrived at North Carolina after a five-year stint in the TV booth. The goal was to make North Carolina a cool place to play again, like he did the first time around from 1988-97. The results indicate that is happening. The Tar Heels have 11 four-star recruits and six of the top 10 players of the state in their 2021 class. Four-star quarterback Drake Maye (Myer Park, Charlotte) could be the heir apparent to sophomore Sam Howell, who is the No. 3 ranked quarterback by Sporting News heading into 2020. The only two quarterbacks ahead of Howell? Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields.  The mid-Atlantic footprint recruiting plan extended to Virginia, and Grimes’ commitment is a sign that expansion is real. Assistant coach Dre Bly — a former NFL star who played for Brown the first time around at North Carolina the first time around — was one of the lead recruiters.  “Recruiting is always a snow-ball effect because when you get really good players and they like it, the other players want to play with them,” Brown said. “They say, ‘This is cool.’ You gotta be the cool place to be. Right now, in a lot of recruits’ eyes, we’re the cool place to be.” MORE: The best CFP contenders in every conferenceBrown continues to look for creative sources to capitalize on that cool factor. The 10-part ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” featured former Tar Heels star Michael Jordan. Brown continues to use Zoom and is exploring more innovative ways to show what North Carolina has to offer. That includes the new facilities that were completed before the pandemic.  What’s going on at North Carolina with Mack Brown?  That is a leading question this week after the Tar Heels received a verbal commitment from five-star cornerback Tony Grimes (Princess Anne, Virginia Beach, Va.). According to, North Carolina is ranked third in the 2021 team recruiting rankings. Ohio State and Clemson hold the top two spots.  The 69-year-old coach has modernized his approach, and he’s building something that might be in between what he had at North Carolina in his first stint and the national championship team he built at Texas. Brown clearly hasn’t lost his touch, and the timing happened to be right.  That’s what going on at North Carolina right now, and “cool” is the best way to describe it. “We’ve got new facilities, facility upgrades that happened right before the pandemic,” Brown said. “I’ve always thought this place should be good. It’s our responsibility to let people realize how cool it is.”last_img read more