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Crikvenica International Health Tourism conference in the best health destination

first_imgIn about ten days, the Crikvenica Riviera, which was recently declared the most successful health destination in Croatia at the Days of Croatian Tourism, will host an international conference dedicated to health tourism.Namely, in the Hotel “Omorika” in Crikvenica November 16 and 17, 2017 for the fifth year in a row to maintain Crikvenica International Health Tourism Conference (CIHT), a conference organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica, and co-organized by Thalassotherapia Crikvenica and the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster.The CIHT conference will bring together prominent and esteemed domestic and foreign lecturers and participants from the field of medicine and the economy, primarily tourism. In addition to lecturers from Croatia, experts from the USA, China, Ukraine, Poland, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Germany will share their valuable knowledge and experience with the conference participants.It is a grand opening November 16, and the first day of the conference is divided into four parts, and this year for the first time one of them will not contain classic presentations, but a round table is organized on the topic “Health tourism – yesterday, today, tomorrow”. Gari Cappelli, Minister of Tourism, Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Denis Kovačić, Deputy Minister of Health, Vladimir Mozetič, President of the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster and Željko Miljanić, founder, majority owner and director of the Rident Polyclinic, will take part in the discussion.Participants expect a number of interesting presentations from the Crikvenica Tourist Board, which cover a variety of educational topics, such as respiratory rehabilitation, experiences and expectations of patients from the United States, different models and sources of funding in health tourism, how to increase profits by meeting patients, how satisfied patient becomes the best promoter, integrative medicine as a strategically important opportunity for our county and traditional Chinese medicine and many others.Participation in the CIHT 2017 conference is free, and applications are still ongoing, exclusively through the website: read more

Mountain and electric bicycles are now offered by the Papuk Nature Park

first_imgThe Nature Park has long been known as a sponsor of numerous sports events that include cycling, and by purchasing mountain and electric bicycles and renting them, they try to bring this popular sport closer to more and more people, not just trained cyclists. The public institution Papuk Nature Park invests in the tourist infrastructure and increases the tourist potential not only of the Park, but also of the entire area around the Park by implementing the UNESCO Geopark Geoprices project. RELATED NEWS: Papuk Nature Park continues its record tourist season with new investments. You will be able to rent the mentioned two types of bicycles in two categories – up to 3 hours or from 3 to 10 hours. Tourists will pay 60 or 150 kuna for exploring the beauties of Papuk by mountain bike, and for renting an electric bicycle, they will have to pay 90 or 250 kuna, depending on the duration. PP PAPUK INTRODUCES HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT IN ITS TOURIST OFFERcenter_img In the last year, a lot of great tourist stories come to us from PP Papuk. More on that in the attachment. Therefore, if you want to enjoy the view of Papuk from this perspective, we suggest that this weekend take your company to the Forest Park Jankovac or Velika where you can rent a mountain or electric and thus contribute to our Geopriča continue its journey on two wheels. PS Papuk Nature Park is located in Slavonia and so on a new dimension of the entire tourist offer of Slavonia Also, PP Papuk announced that they will soon become the owners of buses that will connect all areas of the Park and allow visitors to visit as many of its locations as possible during one visit to the Park. A new tourist attraction will soon be seen over Papuk – a flying hot air balloon of the Papuk Nature Park, and we must certainly praise the cooperation with the local population and micro and small entrepreneurs. last_img read more

Morningside Queenslander-style home to sell under the hammer

first_img34 Deviney St, Morningside.This Morningside home has the traditional charm of a Queenslander combined with the convenience of modern open-plan living.Caroline and Mark O’Connor bought the 34 Deviney St, Morningside property about three years ago.Mr O’Connor said they were looking for a Queenslander-style home and the property at Deviney St was a perfect fit.Once the couple took ownership of the home, they gave it a “bit of an overhaul”.On the top level of the home, there is an open-plan living and dining area and a modern kitchen with stone benchtops, ample storage and quality appliances. The second storey opens to the veranda, which overlooks the in-ground pool, while a study nook is tucked away next to the kitchen. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The master bedroom, also on this level, has timber floors, character windows, a big walk-in robe and an ensuite with dual basins.Downstairs, the two additional bedrooms have built-in robes and the main bathroom has a bathtub. The rumpus room has sliding doors that open to the downstairs entertaining area. This paved, poolside barbecue terrace spills onto a secure, sunny lawn.Mr O’Connor said the downstairs entertainment area and pool were a family favourite and a great place to host barbecues and get-togethers with friends. The home has VJ walls, timber floors, ducted airconditioning and a 6kW solar power system.There is a single garage with internal access and an additional carport. The property is walking distance to Morningside train station, the tennis centre and local supermarkets.last_img read more

Newcastle consider manager options

first_imgNewcastle managing director Lee Charnley will draw up a fresh short-list as he looks to appoint a head coach following an eventful few weeks on Tyneside. The Magpies eventually secured their Barclays Premier League status on Sunday with a 2-0 win over West Ham, their first in 11 attempts at the end of a run which threatened to condemn them to life in the Sky Bet Championship. They did so with John Carver at the helm following his appointment until the end of the season in January in the wake of Alan Pardew’s surprise departure for Crystal Palace. Carver remains adamant he wants the job on a permanent basis, confident he can improve markedly on a return of just 13 points from the 19 league games of which he took charge given better fortune on the injury and suspension front, and a summer during which much-needed reinforcement work can be carried out. The 50-year-old, who had initially been asked to take over on a caretaker basis, was handed the reins for the remainder of the campaign when Charnley, having considered a series of candidates – among them Steve McClaren, Remi Garde and Christophe Galtier – opted not to make a permanent appointment, with the man he wanted not available at the time. However, Press Association Sport understands the picture has changed significantly since then, and not least because of owner Mike Ashley’s revelation at the weekend that he is ready to invest in the squad and target silverware. McClaren, who twice stayed loyal to Derby when approached by the Magpies, was sacked by the Rams on Monday evening, but there has been no fresh contact between the two parties, while speculation linking Burton’s Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink with the club was greeted with raised eyebrows at St James’ Park on Tuesday morning. It is understood Charnley will take his time once again, with sources on Tyneside insisting nothing is imminent, although a decision is expected within a matter of weeks as the club plans for a brighter future. Carver’s situation needs to be resolved – he has five years remaining on his contract, although has indicated he would have no problem returning to his role as number two if he did not get the main job – and given the support he has received from both Charnley and Ashley, his credentials, bruised as they may have been by the events of the last five months, will be assessed. However, the number both of potential candidates and clubs looking for new managers has changed since January and Ashley’s investment plan – which was announced in a surprise television interview before he knew the club’s fate – has moved the goalposts somewhat. Nevertheless, there will be a limit to the type of candidate Newcastle can attract and while the likes of McClaren, Garde and Michael Laudrup are likely to be considered, Galtier has signed a contract extension with St Etienne and Thomas Tuchel has replaced Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund. Big names such as Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez are simply not on the club’s horizon. Whoever does get the job will work alongside Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr to address last season’s problems and implement Ashley’s transfer policy, which seems certain to change this summer. But one of last term’s few success stories, Daryl Janmaat, has admitted the current crop of players let Carver down during the second half of the campaign. He said: “John deserved the win against West Ham because he has worked really hard with the team. He tried everything. I feel sorry for him – we let him down in games and it can’t happen again.” Janmaat is hopeful the squad will be significantly stronger by the start of the new season and admits he is looking forward to a big few months for the club. He said: “I think we need it in some places. I am looking forward to that and hopefully we have a really great squad next season.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Three Guyanese players named in Windies-A  One-Day squad to face India-A

first_imgTHE interim selection panel of Cricket West Indies (CWI) has named West Indies-A One-Day and (Four-Day) ‘Test’ squads for the India-A Tour of the West Indies, starting next month.Three Guyanese players have been named in the  Windies-A One-Day squad. They are Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford and pacer Romario Shepherd.The A-squads comprise a combination of players with international match experience – headed by the likes of Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase – excellent performances in regional competitions over the last few years – and led by the irrepressible Leeward Islands Hurricanes spin-bowling all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall.The squads were chosen by the interim selection panel, chaired by Robert Haynes with the assistance of former West Indies opener Stuart Williams and former Barbados Pride chairman of selectors Hendy Wallace. Additional input was provided by interim West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer and captain Jason Holder.With the series acting as a trial for a number of hopefuls for both teams and overlapping with the series duel between the senior teams of the two sides, West Indies-A will make five changes to the squad for the final ‘Test’.Keemo PaulNine of the 15 players in the One-Day squad have played One-Day Internationals for the senior West Indies team, 10 of the players in the squad for the first and second ‘Tests’ have played full international Tests for the senior side and six Test players will appear in the third match.The selection panel has named Chase as captain to lead the One-Day side in the series of five One-Day matches, all set to be played in Antigua at the Coolidge and Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds.The captaincy of the ‘Test’ squad will be split between Test opener Brathwaite for the first two of the three ‘Tests’ and fellow Barbados Pride batsman Shamarh Brooks for the last match of the series, which will be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.Brathwaite, fellow opener John Campbell, Chase, Cornwall and wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich will leave to join the senior team’s preparation camp for the two-Test series between West Indies and India which starts on August 22 in Antigua.On the appointment of Chase as One-Day captain, Haynes said: “The discussion was based on our desire to expose leadership in order to be able to have a wider pool of players with such experience. In our estimation, Roston is the right person to lead the team during this series as one of the players with significant international experience and we believe that the experience can be personally beneficial as well for his game.”On the appointment of Brathwaite and Brooks as Four-Day captains, Haynes said: “As the incumbent vice-captain of the senior West Indies Test team, this will allow Kraigg to continue to get the opportunity to develop his leadership skills and he is best placed to galvanise the team during these vital games for our preparation.“Shamarh has been captaining the A-team for some time now and as such it would be best for continuity that he gains more exposure in this role.”On the A-Team players for the ‘Test’ series, Haynes said: “It was felt that the regular Test players who are available should play the first and second Four-Day matches of this series. This would be part of their preparation for the upcoming senior team Tests against the Indian senior team, as they would have had limited red-ball match practice in recent times.“As such, the squad for the third Four-Day match will have five replacement players. This will allow the regular Test players to gain recovery time before they enter the preparation camp for the Tests against the Indian senior team.”SQUADS:ONE-DAY – Roston Chase (captain), Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Akeem Jordan, Kjorn Ottley, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Devon Thomas.1st & 2nd TESTS – Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shermon Lewis, Raymon Reifer, Jomel Warrican.3rd TEST – Shamarh Brooks (captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Miguel Cummins, Akim Frazer, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Chemar Holder, Brandon King, Shermon Lewis, Raymon Reifer, Jeremy Solozano, Jomel Warrican.last_img read more

Pinnick Seeks Moses’ Return to Eagles

first_imgThe Nigerian Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick is poised to meet with Chelsea winger Victor Moses and his representative in a fortnight in a bid to lure him back to the Super Eagles fold ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations.‎Moses quit the Nigerian national team after 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 27 year old winger cited family reasons and club commitments as reasons.He played 37 times for the Super Eagles, scoring 12 times since making his debut in 2012. Moses won the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria in 2013, and represented the nation at two World Cups, in 2014 and 2018.In an interview with Channels TV sports program, Sports Tonight, Pinnick however said that if Moses insists on his stance, then the NFF will organise a proper testimonial for him similar to what England did for Wayne Rooney.“With all due respect to Nigerians, I’m talking with Victor Moses because I believe he is somebody who has paid his dues and you don’t just leave Nigeria unceremoniously and I told him that,” Pinnick said.“It’s not as if they are no players but you see, we should encourage our player when they say ‘oh I’m retiring’, maybe it’s out of ego, we need to bring them in.“It’s like your wife saying I’m not going to this event, you’ll go and beg her, she will go to the event and of course make an impact.“The same thing here. He has paid his dues. I recall the Nations Cup we won, he scored two penalties in the game against Ethiopia with ten minutes to go and that catapulted us to the quarter final. So you just don’t say he wants to go, let him go.”“I will be meeting with him and his agent in a fortnight and even if he wants to go, there must be a ceremony for him and that’s the truth.“Look at what England did to Wayne Rooney, they brought him back. We must celebrate them all the time and that’s the truth,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Nate Romine leads Air Force after a semester away from the Academy rehabbing

first_img Published on November 15, 2016 at 11:51 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 On a play-action pass at the 1-yard line, Nate Romine rolled out to survey his options. When he didn’t see any open receivers, he tucked the ball and dove toward the end zone. Two defenders sandwiched Romine and another sideswiped the quarterback. Before a doctor told him he had torn his ACL and MCL, Romine walked into the trainer’s room thinking he’d be fine. Later, he learned he’d be out the remainder of the season. “The perfect storm unfortunately happened,” Romine said. “I felt a painful sensation in my legs for 30 seconds. When I got the news I was like, ‘Oh crap.’ To have the doctor tell you ‘Hey, your season’s done,’ it’s a whole different mindset you got to get in.”A little over a year later, the pain has eased. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound quarterback has Air Force (7-3, 3-3 Mountain West) rolling to another year of bowl eligibility. The knee injury derailed his junior season, forcing him to leave the academy for a semester via a medical turnback, but the Falcons’ signal caller now is responsible for 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions in his senior campaign. “He’s gone through a treacherous, extensive rehab,” Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun said. “He’s a fighter. He’s what you want.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCourtesy of Air Force AthleticsRomine came into the 2015 season thinking he’d pilot the offense. He started the first two games, running for more than 100 yards in the season opener. But the Week 2 injury set him back. He gave himself only that night to sulk over it. For six weeks, he was locked in a brace and on crutches. He’d perform quad exercises, leg raises and air squats for hours each day. Around the time of the surgery, Romine had to take midterm exams and write a few papers. He could sleep only an hour or two per night, and four hours became a good night’s rest. “It was like ‘Groundhog Day’,” he said, referencing the Bill Murray movie. As a result, Romine’s grades slipped. His military ranking, which determines the order of merit for jobs upon graduation, also fell. He decided to take a semester off via a medical turnback, similar to a redshirt season except the player must withdraw from the Academy for a semester. If Air Force’s superintendent approves, the player is granted a ninth semester and fifth year of athletic eligibility.Romine lived with a sponsor family off campus in Colorado Springs, paying rent and buying his own groceries. His contact with Air Force coaches was limited, and he could not participate in team activities. His minimal contact with the academy revolved mostly around rehabilitation with school trainers. He showed up to therapy sessions at 9 a.m. and didn’t leave until 5 p.m. Following his surgeries Sept. 18-19, 2015, he worked on anti-gravity machines, non-impact walking and light lifts. He stayed with his host family until mid-December, watching Falcons games in the stands with his parents because he wasn’t allowed on the sidelines.Weeks later, Romine got back in the weight room. He graduated to agility drills and jumping the next spring. Last May, he got his full strength back. “As soon as he could get up on one leg, he was in the weight room,” said senior offensive lineman Dylan Vail, who’s known Romine for four years. Romine’s emergence as a force at quarterback has been a reflection of several factors. Next to the help of Romine’s parents and trainers, nobody may have been as important in his recovery than Kale Pearson. A former Air Force quarterback, Pearson sustained a similar injury to Romine’s in the 2013 season opener. He rebounded to get the starting job for his senior year in 2014. Pearson handed Romine the book by Drew Brees, “Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity,” which the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl MVP quarterback penned about his recovery from an injury. Romine also read Tony Dungy’s autobiography, “Quiet Strength,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” The books helped carry Romine through months of rehab. “There were times I thought I wouldn’t be able to play again,” he said. “Now, I don’t really think about it. I just go out there and play ball.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers enter NCAA Tournament with much to prove

first_imgWhen Wisconsin fell to then-No. 4 Virginia by seven points in the Battle 4 Atlantis Title game this fall, it served as validation more than a crushing defeat. The No. 25 Badgers mustered up just 46 points, as the Cavaliers’ usual stout defense stymied the Wisconsin backcourt. Despite outscoring Virginia in the second half, Wisconsin was limited to just 18 percent 3-point shooting. Ethan Happ led the Badgers with 22 points, but with no one else in double figures, Wisconsin was simply outlasted by an elite opponent.But after a 2017-18 season in which Wisconsin missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades, the showing in Atlantis was promising. By competing toe-to-toe with a stacked Virginia team — last season’s No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament — and dominating other tough opponents early in the season, Head Coach Greg Gard’s bunch gave fans reassurance that this season would not be like the last — Wisconsin would find its way back to the big dance, where it has had a place for so many years.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin struggles in Big Ten Tournament Semifinal with loss to Michigan StateThe No. 4 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (23-9, 14-6 Big Ten) fell to the No. 1 Michigan State Read…Ever since the Badgers rattled off an 11-2 start to the season, it’s been somewhat up-and-down. To put it plainly, Wisconsin has been severely inconsistent.While students were away for the winter recess, the Badgers went just 3-5, including home losses to Minnesota and Purdue and road losses to Western Kentucky and Maryland. Then came a brilliant stretch from Happ, who led Wisconsin to a Jan. 19 upset of then No. 2 Michigan at the Kohl Center, kicking off a six-game win streak that fittingly ended Feb. 6 in Ann Arbor. Over the regular season’s home stretch, Wisconsin’s inconsistencies were dramatically exposed. The team shot just 29 percent from deep over the season’s final month after shooting a remarkable 41 percent during the winning streak. Opponents exposed Happ’s brutal free-throw shooting struggles, while his teammates struggled to pick up his slack over a difficult stretch of Big Ten play. Wisconsin’s backcourt, which looked poised to properly and consistently supplement Happ’s offensive production at the beginning of the season, significantly lost its steam. Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice could not deliver on a nightly basis despite shouldering heavy responsibility, and Nate Reuvers has not looked the same after a promising January.Men’s basketball: Ethan Happ becomes first three-time All-Big Ten honoree in UW historyFor the third consecutive year, Ethan Happ earned himself a spot on the first-team All-Big Ten team. Happ becomes just Read…In their place, role players like Khalil Iverson and Brevin Pritzl have demonstrated leadership, carrying the team at times down the stretch. Iverson’s revival over the last few games of the season gave Wisconsin’s offense a newer, more explosive dimension that had yet to be unleashed. Pritzl’s premier outside shooting has opened up the floor for Happ and, in turn, given others open looks. And Kobe King, whose role on the team has seemed murky at times, looked more confident in the Big Ten Tournament, particularly against Michigan State where he helped the Badgers force 15 turnovers. Wisconsin has dealt with the ups and downs of a season that many critics did not see coming with resilience. A 23-10 record, one of the nation’s top players and an emerging supporting cast give Wisconsin much to celebrate and look forward to entering the big dance.But even as the South Region’s No. 5 seed, the Badgers face a difficult path ahead. They will face No. 12 seed Oregon — the Pac-12 Tournament champions and winners of eight straight — in the First Round in San Jose, California Friday. A win there will secure a date with either No. 4 seed Kansas State, a team that heavily relies on its tough defense and experienced upperclassmen, much like Wisconsin, or No. 13 seed University of California-Irvine, who won 30 regular season games and relies on a slow tempo similar to Wisconsin’s.Men’s Basketball Roundtable: Questions before March Madness kickoffAs Wisconsin men’s basketball begins postseason play Friday, we asked a panel of our basketball writers — Ben Kenney, Harrison Read…Yes, the south region is loaded with slowed-down offenses and stingy defenses. It’s fitting that its No. 1 seed is none other than Virginia, who Wisconsin would likely face in the Sweet 16 if they are still dancing.It’s unclear whether the Badgers’ supporting cast will show up, or whether Davison and Trice can shoot like they did to open the season. Perhaps more concerning is Happ. Will his free-throw shooting be an open wound that opponents will expose? Will teams expose a one-dimensional Badger offense that relies heavily on low-post scoring?We’ve shouldered these questions and concerns all season. It’s time for Gard, Happ & Co. to finally answer them and present themselves in their true form with their season on the line.last_img read more

Ireland’s Euro 2016 hopes given massive boost

first_imgA moment of genius from Hendrick created the 69th minute goal from Walters that secured a crucial win over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.Hendrick beat three defenders as he cut-in off the left wing before sliding-in a low cross that Walters managed to bundle over the line.Afterwards, O’Neill praised the battling spirit shown by his players. The final score at the Aviva was 1-0. The win leaves Ireland four points clear of Scotland in the battle for third place after the Scots suffered a 3-2 loss to group leaders Germany at Hampden Park.Also in Group D tonight, Poland boosted their goal-difference with an 8-1 win over Gibraltar.Elsewhere, Northern Ireland are still on course to reach Euro 2016An injury time goal in Belfast last night meant a 1-1 draw with Hungary for Michael O’Neill’s team, who remain top of Group F.England are among the teams in action tonight. Roy Hodgson’s side have already secured their place at next year’s Championships as they prepare to host Switzerland tonight in Group E.Hodgson will be without midfielder Michael Carrick tonight at Wembley after the Manchester United star was forced to withdraw from the squad through injury.Among tonight’s other games, Sweden will host run-away Group G leaders Austria while Spain and Slovakia are tied on 18 points apiece in Group C as they prepare to face Macedonia and Ukraine respectively.All of those matches will kick-off at 19:45.last_img read more

Concerns over Rising Port Charges

first_imgAkintola Williams Deloitte stated that its value chain analysis of a 20-foot container laden with cargo worth N36.42 million ($100,000) imported into Nigeria from China, revealed that about N6.5 million would be required to clear and transport the container out of the port.Of this amount, it said about N5.3 million (representing 82.1 per cent) is paid to the NCS as Import Duty, Comprehensive Import Supervision Scheme (CISS), ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS), Port Development Surcharge and Value Added Tax (VAT).According to the report, other actors in the value chain include: Shipping Companies, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Terminal Operators, Clearing Companies and Haulage Services providers.It said shipping companies are responsible for 13.8 per cent of the port cost (N897,000); terminal operators 1.8 per cent (N117,000); Customs 82.1 per cent (N5.3million); transporters 1.1 per cent (N71,500) and clearing agents (N78,000).According to the report, “The value chain of a typical container terminal operation begins with the shipment of the goods through a shipping line to the host country. The consignee pays the freight charges for the shipping as well as the container deposit fees. Demurrage charges may apply where the consignee fails to return the containers on time.“Upon arrival of the container at the Nigeria port, the Consignees pays terminal handling charges, storage charges, delivery charges and customs examination charges to the terminal operators. In addition, the consignees also pay the relevant customs import duty. Consignees pay for logistics services to get the goods out of the terminal. Consignees pay for the services of the clearing agents (where applicable). Large companies are directly responsible for clearing their goods.”Notwithstanding their huge investment and meager earnings, the report stated that terminal operators bear the burden of most of the challenges at the port.“Terminal operators face huge challenges in the area of storage as the terminals are used as “cheap storage warehouse alternatives” by cargo owners.Meanwhile, there are many questions as to why or what is responsible for the high port charges across the nation’s sea ports. While some said shipping companies deliberately rip Nigerians off, others believe government over the years has failed to do what is necessary to avert unnecessary charges that drive business away from the ports.Expert’s ViewsExperts believe the government is to blame because it has failed to put the right policies in place. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Cowry Asset, Mr. Johnson Chukwu said 65 per cent of the cargoes coming to West Africa are destined to Nigeria but only 30 per cent of the cargoes are discharged in Nigeria because of high import charges, bad port roads and rarity of port infrastructure to facility trade.In his keynote address on ‘Port Charges: How Plausible,’ at the first national conference of Shipping Correspondents Association of Nigeria (SCAN), in Lagos, Chukwu wondered why Nigeria should allow Cote d’Ivoire to build the largest seaport in Africa when a larger chunk of cargoes are destined to Nigeria.According to him, right now, Nigeria is rated the largest supplier and manufacturer of cement but there is no singular effort to have facilities to export the product.He warned that if the common ECOWAS tariff is fully implemented, Nigeria will lose business because the common ECOWAS tariff means that once a tariff is paid in one country, no other tariff will be paid in any other country in West Africa.To this end, he absolved the shipping companies and terminal operators of the high charges because having faced a lot of infrastructural challenges which impact negatively on their business, it makes some business sense if they hike charges to recover their expenses.“We do not have enough infrastructure to handle the volume of cargoes we receive. Sixty per cent of the cargoes coming to West Africa are destined to Nigeria. But only 30 per cent of the cargoes are discharged in Nigeria. If 60 per cent cargoes are destined to Nigeria, why should we allow Cote d’Ívoire to build the largest seaport? The shorter the value chain the lower the cost,” he said.Why NIMASA Imposes LeviesBut the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said that the Federal Government of Nigeria official gazette no 158 Marine Environment Management (sea protection levy) Regulation 2012 empowers NIMASA to impose levies on all commercially operating vessels of 100 GT and above in Nigerian waters.Peterside, who spoke through the Head Shipping Development, Mr. Ogadi Anthony, said that the agency introduced the Marine Environment Sea Protection Levy (SPL)via the Marine Notice dated August 9, 2012.The Sea Protection Levy (SPL) is to be paid by all commercially operating vessels of 100 GT and above in Nigerian waters and also on all potential oil polluters, installations and pipelines.In her remarks, the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala-Usman, assured stakeholders that the authority is working hard to create a level playing ground for all operators, urging stakeholders that all hands must be on deck to improve port efficiency and competitiveness.Bala-Usman, who was represented by the Manager, Audit, Sarah Oghomienor, said: “We have been working hard to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness at the ports. It is not only the port charges that is so depressive, it is the entire system, the infrastructure, the roads, the insurance, among others are culminating to the higher cost. I think the onus lies on all of us. Its our responsibility, we should go to any length to ensure that we all benefit from the industry. We at NPA are working relentlessly to ensure that it is a win-win situation for all stakeholders,”She urged the media to support the reforms in the industry and celebrate the innovations just as they highlight the challenges.MAN Blames Shipping CompaniesHowever, local manufacturers and other industry operators decried the high cost of clearing cargoes at Nigerian seaports, describing it as a cankerworm that has forced so many companies into extinction.The stakeholders, including the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACIMMA), Association Of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANCLA) and National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), among others who gathered at the maritime industry summit in Lagos, bemoaned the effect of high port charges on the survival of their businesses.President, MAN, Frank Udemba Jacobs, said port charges are major source of worry for the manufacturers and it has contributed to high cost of production. Jacobs therefore called for reasonable ports charges.Jacobs, who was represented by Niran Olajobi, bemoaned the deplorable of ports access roads and the gridlock, which has contributed to the charges, urging government to immediately fix the roads.President, NACIMMA, Mrs. Alaba Lawson, however, commended the federal government on the initiatives of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) for its action plan aimed at creating enabling environment and easy movement of goods across borders, calling for full implementation of the action plan.Speaking on the theme: “Port Charges: How Plausible?” she said: “Delay in clearance of cargoes at Nigerian ports still persist despite PEBEC’s intervention which is a far cry from what is practicable in other African ports such as Ghana and Benin republic. The ports have a low level automation, data base and integrated process system. We urge government to put in place more effectively strategies to improve the overall efficiency at the ports and reduce the cost of doing business at ports to make Nigerian ports a hub for international freights and trade.”Vice President ANCLA, Kayode Farinto, said the high cost at the seaports is ridiculous, very high and it is killing the industry.“In fact we should commend the importers that are still bringing their cargoes through our ports. They deserve an award,” he said.He called on the NPA to facilitate the review of the concession agreement in other tackle the issue of arbitrary increase of prices by the terminal operators, due to foreign exchange and other bottlenecks.Farinto said, while Nigerian charges are going up, the neighbouring countries are busy reducing their charges, hence, the lost of cargoes to those ports.On his part, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, said there should be commensurable service to the costs and anything less is unacceptable.Bello, who was represented by Ignatius Nweke, pledged that the NSC would continue to do its best to make Nigerian ports efficient, effective and attractive.Stakeholders’ ResolveAt the end of the summit, stakeholders agreed that charges in Nigerian port is ridiculous, very high, contributing to cost of production and it is killing the industries.In a communiqué released at the end of the summit, they agreed that: “Government should put in place strategies to reduce the cost and improve on the ease of doing business at the nation’s seaports. That all hands must be on deck to improve on ports efficiency and competitiveness. That there should be a commensurate service to the costs, and anything less is unacceptable.”They pointed out that so many factors are contributing to high cost of doing business at the ports, which includes, insurance, poor cargo clearing process and deplorable ports access roads among others.They therefore, called on the government to immediately fix the port access roads, create alternative routes and adopt intermodal transport to ensure easy movement of cargoes in and out of the seaports.“The NPA should facilitate the review of Ports Concession Agreements, so as to be able to solve the foreign exchange and other bottlenecks hindering the operations of terminal operators. Neighbouring countries are reducing costs, while Nigerian costs keep rising and making it difficult to be competitive within the sub-region.Lagos ports, the communiqué read, have remained the most viable port in Nigeria because, “we have refused to open up other ports in Calabar, Warri, Port Harcourt to decongest Lagos port. Government and stakeholders should facilitate the establishment and construction of new deep seaports across the country.“There is need for automation of cargo clearing process in other to reduce human interface and corrupt practices at seaports. The capitalist system reigning at the ports should be immediately checked.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eromosele Abiodun examines stakeholders’ call on the federal government to put in place measures to reduce port charges and improve the ease of doing business at the nation’s seaportsLast year, Nigeria’s leading accounting firm, Akintola Williams Deloitte, in a report, blamed the high cost of doing business at the nation’s seaports on the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and other government agencies, claiming that Customs processes are responsible for not less than 82.1 per cent of the charges incurred by consignees.The report was titled: “Public Private Partnership (PPP) as an anchor for diversifying the Nigeria economy: Lagos Container Terminals Concession as a Case Study.”last_img read more