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In Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik, cruisers emit almost 190 times more kilograms of sulfur oxide than cars

first_imgThe results show that only two luxury cruise brands Carnival Corporation and PLC in 2017 emitted as much as 10 times more sulfur oxide, which is the cause of many diseases, than all 260+ million cars in Europe. Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Norway are most exposed to air pollution caused by cruise lines. One of the more important recommendations is that the European Union should introduce standards for zero-emission cruisers in European territorial waters. It is also recommended to extend the area under SECA control to the rest of the European seas. RELATED NEWS: The analysis also reveals that in the control areas of sulfur oxide emissions (SECA), where the strictest standard for the amount of sulfur in fuel is prescribed, air pollution is worrying. The Danish coast, for example, is completely covered by SECA, but cruisers emitted as much as 2017 times more sulfur oxide in 18 than 2,5 million cars. This reflects the effectiveness of the Road Fuel Quality Directive and the failure to implement the same standards in maritime transport. Research conducted by the Transport & Environment Association testifies to air pollution in European destinations where cruise ships dock. In the first five months 19% more cruise passengers In 2017, forty cruisers sailed in Dubrovnik, spending 2.791 hours at their destination and releasing 6.344 kilograms of sulfur oxide. For comparison, there are 27.173 vehicles in the Dubrovnik area that released 331 kilograms of sulfur oxide that year. In 2017, nine cruisers sailed into Rijeka and spent 5.908 minutes on the berth, emitting 10.169 kilograms of sulfur oxide into the air. On the other hand, 67.792 registered vehicles in the Rijeka area released 826 kilograms of sulfur oxide in the same year.center_img The research included 203 cruisers, and data, such as coordinates and speed, were obtained according to the Automatic Ship Identification System (AIS), according to which fuel consumption and associated emissions of harmful substances into the air were estimated. In total, only these three Croatian ports hosted 78 cruisers that spent 42.324 hours at berths and released 3.589.093 kilograms of sulfur oxide into the air in 2017. The fact is that even a relatively small number of cruisers emit huge amounts of harmful substances into the air.  You can find the complete research HERE. Source / photo: Transport & Environment The research also included three Croatian ports, Rijeka, Dubrovnik (Gruž) and Split, which ranked 16th, 32nd and 42nd on the list of the 50 most polluted European ports. Split took the last place on the scale of pollution of the mentioned Croatian ports. In 2017, it was visited by forty-seven cruisers that spent 3.535 hours on the berth and emitted 5.266 kilograms of sulfur oxide. There are 89.473 registered vehicles in Split, and they polluted the air with 1.090 kilograms of sulfur oxide in the same period.last_img read more

Barcelona and Real Madrid knocked out of Copa del Rey

first_imgMarcelo and Rodrygo both scored late in the second half and while Mikel Merino added a fourth for the visitors, a Nacho Fernandez header set up a wild final three minutes, in which Andoni Gorosabel was also sent off.Ten-man Real Sociedad held on for a superb win to progress to the last four while Madrid’s run without success in Spain’s domestic cup extends to six years.“It hurts, we have to be honest, nobody likes a defeat,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.One consolation might have been the display of the 21-year-old Odegaard, who is beginning to live up to the hype after signing for Madrid aged 15.On loan at Sociedad, the plan was for Odegaard to stay one more year at Anoeta but this glittering display, that earned him a standing ovation from the home fans when he went off, may well persuade Madrid to recall him early.Their 21-game unbeaten streak comes to an end after an uncharacteristically careless performance in which a rotated side highlighted the importance of the likes of Casemiro, Raphael Varane and Thibaut Courtois.Courtois’ replacement Alphonse Areola was at fault for at least one of the goals while Marcelo was typically unpredictable at left-back, a position the more dependable Ferland Mendy has made his own in recent weeks.Eden Hazard is training again but the wait for his return goes on while Gareth Bale was again left out of the squad completely.Yet Zidane’s changes should take nothing away from Real Sociedad, who showed why they were pushing for a place in La Liga’s top four earlier this season, before a dip in form has seen them slip to eighth.“It is the second time in 32 years we’ve reached the semis,” said their coach Imanol Alguacil. “We were convinced we could do it. But we haven’t achieved anything yet.”Share on: WhatsApp PHOTO by FC BarcelonaMadrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona and Real Madrid both crashed out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday night as Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad pulled off a shock Basque double to reach the semi-finals.Barca were beaten 1-0 by Bilbao at San Mames, where Inaki Williams scored a dramatic 93rd-minute winner, after la Real had seen off Madrid 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller at the Santiago Bernabeu.Two sensational upsets added another layer of excitement to a competition that has been full of surprises this season, with Bilbao and Real Sociedad now joining Granada and second division Mirandes in an unfamiliar line-up for the draw on Friday.For Barca, defeat was particularly painful, coming at the end of a turbulent week that saw Lionel Messi engage in a public spat with the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal and Ousmane Dembele ruled out, probably for the rest of the season, with another hamstring tear.To make matters worse, Gerard Pique hobbled off with his own injury problem in the second half against Bilbao and now looks doubtful to face Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday.Messi’s riposte that “everyone should take responsibility for their own decisions” after Abidal suggested Ernesto Valverde was sacked last month because of the players, means Barcelona are in political turmoil off the pitch.And the fear is Messi could even leave in the summer by activating a clause in his contract that allows him to walk away from the club for free.Defeat in the Copa del Rey, a distance third in Barca’s list of priorities this season, will not dictate Messi’s thinking but another setback certainly adds to the sense of a club currently in a state of crisis.Quique Setien has now lost two of his opening six games in charge, with a Champions League tie against Napoli fast-approaching. The fall-out from another disappointment in Europe would prove longer-lasting.– ‘It hurts’ –For a rotated Madrid side, who sit top of La Liga, the loss against Real Sociedad was perhaps less damaging, even if they conceded as many goals in 69 minutes as they had in their last 11 matches.Martin Odegaard, on loan at la Real but allowed to face his parent club, scored the opener before the superb Alexander Isak hit two to give Real Sociedad a remarkable 3-0 lead.last_img read more

Suisham’s winner lifts Steelers over Browns 30-27

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham (6), left, is congratulated by teammates agter hitting a 41-yard field goal as time ran out in the fourth quarter of the NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 30-27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Johnny Manziel’s time is coming. For now, the most famous backup quarterback in football is merely a student.Brian Hoyer, the journeyman veteran who beat out the Heisman Trophy winner for the starting job in Cleveland, provided a lesson in resilience on Sunday. Then Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers provided another in how to finish.Again.Roethlisberger hit Markus Wheaton twice during a last-gasp drive to set up Shaun Suisham’s 41-yard field goal as the Steelers survived 30-27.“Well, that was exciting, wasn’t it?” joked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.That’s one way of putting it. Another might be harrowing after Pittsburgh let a 24-point lead evaporate.Still, in the end it was Roethlisberger doing what he always seems to do when he faces the Browns. Roethlisberger improved to 18-1 against Cleveland after one last audible set up Wheaton for a 20-yard gain.“When (Suisham) lines up to kick it, I was on the sideline like, ‘This was why we have him,’” Roethlisberger said. “There was never a doubt he was going to make it.”There never is when the Browns (0-1) play in Pittsburgh (1-0). Cleveland hasn’t beaten the Steelers on the road in 11 years, though for the first time in a long time the gap in the decidedly one-sided rivalry appears to be narrowing.Roethlisberger passed for 365 yards and a touchdown, running back Le’Veon Bell had 197 total yards and a score and Antonio Brown caught five passes for 116 yards with a touchdown. Brown added a highly entertaining (if illegal) kick to the face of Cleveland punter Spencer Lanning — and still the Steelers needed every last second to hold off the Browns.“We can’t apologize for the way we win,” Roethlisberger said. “We just have to win games.”Cleveland’s second-half rally came without receiver Josh Gordon (suspension), running back Ben Tate, who left in the second quarter with a knee injury, and tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder).It also came without Manziel. He spent his NFL debut in a baseball cap watching Hoyer nearly engineer one of the unlikeliest upsets since the franchise’s reincarnation in 1999.The northern Ohio native who was nearly out of football when the Steelers gave him a short stint as a backup in 2012 completed 19 of 31 passes for 230 yards and a 9-yard touchdown to Travis Benjamin. That tied the game at 27 with 11:15 to go.“I told those guys at the end of the game that I’ll take that team to the end of the Earth if we’re going to fight back like that,” Hoyer said.Scrapping is nothing new to Hoyer, who held off Manziel during an uninspired training camp battle. Coach Mike Pettine promised the well-traveled Hoyer he wouldn’t have to spend games looking over his shoulder. Pettine flatly answered “no” when asked if he considered going to Manziel after the Browns fell behind 27-3 at the half.“The way the game went we just never felt the need for him,” Pettine said.The Browns ditched their methodical attack for an uptempo no-huddle that kept Pittsburgh off-balance. When Tate went to the sideline, rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell provided a jolt.West darted for 100 yards and Crowell scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Browns somehow pulled even.It just wasn’t enough. After sometimes frantic play for the first 50 minutes, both teams squandered chances to take control. Cleveland’s last gasp came with a first down its  20 with 1:53 to go. A sack, an incompletion and an ill-advised screen gave the Steelers the ball back at their 43.Roethlisberger found Wheaton for an 11-yard gain on second down and connected with Wheaton again at the Cleveland 24. Suisham, who signed a contract extension during training camp, smacked the winner down the middle.Earlier, surrounded by playmakers and emboldened by an expanded no-huddle offense, Roethlisberger passed for 278 yards — including a beautiful 35-yard rainbow touchdown to Brown — in the first 30 minutes as the Steelers raced to the 27-3 halftime lead.The highlight came on a rollicking punt return by Brown in the second quarter. He tried to leap over Lanning, only to have his cleat smash into Lanning’s face. The play drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on Brown — perhaps the first ever by a punt returner — and comic laughter from the sun-splashed crowd delighting in what appeared to be  another mauling in a series full of them.“I tried to get over him,” Brown said. “There was no intent to hurt him. It was just a bad outcome of a play.”The penalty hardly stopped the Steelers, who needed two plays to spring Bell for a 38-yard touchdown run that made it 24-3.NOTES: Cameron caught two passes for 47 yards before aggravating a shoulder injury that has bothered him all summer. … The Steelers are 11-1 in their last 12 home openers. … Pittsburgh RB Dri Archer left the game with left knee and ankle injuries and did not return.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Rock Review: In Good Hands With Scott Elk

first_imgStory and Photos by Chris SpiewakMusic today is not all about a fancy website, or the perfect recording you made in your basement, or a spiffy photo shoot. It’s still about hard work, hundreds of hours of rehearsal and face-to-face meetings with club owners who “might” hire you. It’s still “survival of the fittest,” so bring your ability, a smile and a positive attitude. One local musician who is doing just that is Ocean Township’s Scott Elk. Working hard and smart, he has built a large fan base with talent and a positive approach.Growing up in Marlboro, Elk was born into a music family. His father sang and played guitar for the band The Spare Parts in New York back in the 1980s, and introduced Scott to the piano at age 5. After graduating high school, Scott’s father gave him an acoustic guitar. With his knowledge of the keyboard firmly engrained, Elk sought to tackle the fretboard during his college years. Upon graduating, and beginning his day job as a pharmaceutical company representative, Elk decided it was time to present his music talents to the people.Starting out as a solo performer at places like The Dockside in Sea Bright and Sawa Pier Village in Long Branch, Elk began to slowly make a name for himself. He partnered with Abe Kassin for many years, performing at Taste in Red Bank and The Eventide Grille in Sea Bright. He struck up a friendship with longtime local music supporter Debbie Noce of Social Butterfly Event Planning, and quickly found himself appearing at popular spots like The Wine Loft, The Ocean Place Resort & Spa, and the Tiki Bar at The Channel Club. Noce has an eye for talent, and had no qualms about booking Elk into the trendy venues. In fact, one of Elk’s claims to fame was a result of an appearance one night at The Wine Loft in Pier Village. It was a dark and chilly Friday night in January of 2014, and Elk dragged his equipment through the damp, cold air. Damp, cold air is not good for the vocal cords, and Elk sensed that he was not at his best that night. Sometimes tea and honey will help your voice, and sometimes 100 percent pure adrenalin will get you going, too.You see, Scott Elk was – and is – a big Goo Goo Dolls fan. On this fateful night, someone special would walk through the doors of The Wine Loft; this certain person was John Rezeznik, lead singer for The Goo Goo Dolls. Rezeznik was in town for a Light of Day Foundation performance, and was staying at the nearby Ocean Place Hotel. Elk recognized him, introduced himself, and the two sat and chatted after Elk’s first set. Fast forward two weeks to The House of Blues in Atlantic City, where The Goo Goo Dolls were getting ready for their show. Ticketholder Elk made his way in early for the sound check, and Rezeznik recognized him and had him come onstage to sing “Black Balloon,” one of the band’s biggest hits. A YouTube video shows Elk “killing it” that night; surely the band was impressed as well.With the taste of success on his palate, Elk decided that if one or two musicians are good, then three or more can only be better. These days, he is part of the EMW trio, featuring himself and local young guns Kyle Ward of Rumson on lead guitar and Aaron Manzo of Colts Neck on bass. Putting down the guitar for his other project, the band Guilty Pleasure, Elk lets his vocals shine during renditions of Pearl Jam, Duran Duran, Train, Bon Jovi and U2. Assisting Elk in Guilty Pleasure is lead guitarist Lou Borella, bassist Michael O’Hara, keyboardist Ernie Wiggins and drummer/vocalist Adam Marshall. The boys are busy almost every weekend during the summer, so it is not hard to catch either group at a club near you.Heeding his parents teaching to “be good to others,” Elk also volunteers his time to charitable causes. He was a big part of Restore The Shore events after Super Storm Sandy, and has been the master of ceremonies at two different fundraisers for John Bon Jovi’s Soul Kitchen in Red Bank.Visit www.scottelkmusic.com for the latest news and events; catch a show soon, and let Scott prove to you that rock and roll is in good hands for years to come at the Jersey shore.Chris Spiewak is currently the bassist for Rock/Blues cover band VyntEdge.last_img read more