UberBOAT available today in Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik

first_imgThe world premiere of the UberBOAT service, which will be available during the summer months in Croatia, was officially presented in Split today. Through Uber’s application, users will be able to order a speedboat for transfers from the coast to the island, as well as for half-day and full-day excursions in just a few strokes on the smartphone screen in Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik. The goal of the service is to provide all users with a unique, reliable and safe transfer at sea with the experience of ordering speedboats on request.UberBOAT has already been announced by numerous influential media outlets such as the American magazine Architectural Digest, the British Independent and Metro, the German Bild, the influential portal Welt and many others. The new Uber service was also recognized by the American Thrillist, whose video about UberBOAT was watched by as many as 2,7 million people and collected more than 19 comments, which certainly brought us a lot of free advertising, ie our tourism.”We want to provide users as well as many foreign and domestic tourists in Croatia with a reliable and simple service. By launching the UberBOAT service, our goal is to provide a new way of exploring and traveling along the Croatian coast, which will significantly contribute to the development of Croatian tourism. In addition, I’m excited to launch the service just at a time when Uber has globally crossed as many as 5 billion rides, an increase of 3 billion in the last 11 months. It shows how much customers want our services, and it is a motive for us to continuously work on new, innovative solutions”, Said Davor Tremac, Uber’s CEO for Southeast Europe.UberBOAT is offered through two separate services, transfer from the mainland to the island or vice versa, and as a half-day or full-day adventure. The price of a transfer from Split to Hvar (or vice versa) on a speedboat for up to eight passengers is 2600 HRK, while the price of a larger XL speedboat that can accommodate up to 12 passengers is 3300 HRK. In addition to transfers, users can rent a speedboat for a half-day or full-day adventure to nearby islands, the price of which depends on the miles traveled and the duration of the adventure.Users can determine their own travel plan or organize an adventure according to the suggested most popular excursions, and the speedboat will be with them as much as they want, regardless of whether they visit famous sea caves or sail from island to island.With this service, sailing ends at the place of embarkation on the same day as the embarkation. The UberBOAT service does not offer the possibility of spending the night on a speedboat or renting a boat without a captain. The UberBOAT service always implies the presence of captains and sailors. “I am very happy that UberBOAT was launched in Croatia, I think it is a great service for both locals and tourists. It will enable them to get to the desired destinations faster and easier, and we will have more work and safer earnings. A lot of people have already heard about the service, both locals and foreigners are inquiring about transfers and excursions, so I think this will be a good season as far as UberBOAT is concerned”, Said Said Hadžiarapović, captain on the Uber platform.last_img read more

Baby cut from mother’s womb has opened his eyes

first_imgThe Chicago infant who was hospitalized in grave condition after being cut early from his mother’s womb has briefly opened his eyes the family is reporting.The family shared pictures of the moment on their Facebook page Sunday.Police say the infant’s mother 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa, who was 9-months pregnant at the time, went missing in April.An investigation later found that Ochoa had been communicating with 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa on Facebook and that Clarisa invited her to her home with an offer of free baby clothes.Once Ochoa arrived to the home, Clarisa and her 24-year-old daughter Desiree Figueroa allegedly invited Ochoa inside and distracted her with photos of Clarisa’s late son. At some point Clarisa then grabbed Ochoa while her daughter used a cord so strangle her. Once Ochoa was unresponsive, Clarisa forcibly cut the baby from her womb and placed him in a bucket. She then called police and told them that she had just given birth and that the baby was not breathing.When authorities arrived, they reported that they noticed blood on Clarisa’s upper body, however, there was no other indication that she had just given birth.Investigators later connected Ochoa’s disappearance with Clarisa’s story when friends of Ochoa told authorities that she had been communicating with a woman online. Authorities then searched the Figueroa’s home and found Ochoa’s body in a trashcan with the rope still around her neck. A DNA test later proved that the infant who was brought to the hospital belonged to Ochoa.Clarisa and her daughter has since been arrested for the murder of Ochoa. Authorities also arrested Clarisa husband who they believed helped clean up and hide the body after the murder.Authorities reported that Clarisa told friends and relatives that she was pregnant and planned to raise Ochoa’s infant as her own after her 20-year-old son died of natural causes.Doctors are reporting that while the infant has opened his eyes, he still remains in grave condition and is still on life-support.last_img read more

Syracuse lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about No. 12 Albany

first_imgAfter dominating Siena, 18-5, last weekend, No. 5 Syracuse (1-0) hosts No. 12 Albany on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Orange impressed in its season opener without five of its top six scorers from last season due to graduation. The Great Danes haven’t played a game this season and are coming off a quarterfinal loss to Notre Dame in last year’s NCAA tournament.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.All-time series: Syracuse leads 12-1Last time they played: After each team scored four goals in the first quarter, Syracuse took control of the game and defeated Albany 17-12 on April 2, 2015. Faceoff specialist Ben Williams went 24-of-27 from the X and the Orange’s first-line midfield combined for nine goals. Lyle Thompson had four goals and three assists, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with a Syracuse offense that fed off Williams’ strong performance.“I have never seen a face-off performance like I’d seen either,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said after the game. “The kid was unbelievable in the X. That was ultimately the difference in the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Albany report: With Thompson now graduated, the Great Danes offense — which led the country with 17.1 goals per game last year — will likely share the ball more since the two-time Tewaaraton Award winner held it approximately 70 percent of the time, Syracuse head coach John Desko said. Sophomore Connor Fields (66 goals and 22 assists) and Onondaga Community College junior transfer Seth Oakes (54 goals and 12 assists) will be counted on to carry the offensive load. Senior John Maloney was fourth on Albany last year in scoring and is the top returning midfielder.“We’ve had to reinvent ourselves since September,” Marr said at Albany’s media day. “Without Lyle, we’ve had to find a go-to guy.”At the faceoff X, Cason Liles took the most faceoffs on the team last season but transferred, according to Inside Lacrosse. Connor Russell, who took the second most faceoffs was injured during fall ball.On the defensive end, Albany returns senior Josh Babcock, junior James Burdette, sophomore AJ Kluck and sophomore Stone Sims. Marr said all four will contribute in front of senior goalie Blaze Riorden, who saved 56 percent of shots, allowed 9.93 goals per game and scored one of the most memorable goals of last season.How Albany beats Syracuse: Win the possession battle and capitalize on opportunities. Against a patient offense like Syracuse’s, Albany can’t afford to commit turnovers and waste chances. No matter who takes faceoffs for the Great Danes, Williams is projected to have the edge. An offense searching for its new quarterback must figure it out early otherwise it could fall behind the way Siena did last week and not be able to climb back. Though Albany’s defense, which allowed 10 goals per game last season (28th in country), is its most experienced unit, Syracuse’s Dylan Donahue will likely control the game again. It’ll come down to whether Fields, Oakes and Maloney can match it on the other end of the field.“I think they’re going to share the ball and who knows, they could be even more dangerous,” Desko said, “just because they’re willing to put the ball in other people’s sticks and I think the other players are good players.”Numbers to know:66 — Fields’ 66 goals last season ranked first in all of Division I.22.9 — Lyle Thompson accounted for 22.9 percent (121 out of 528) of Albany’s points last season. Fields, who accounted for the second most points, accounted for just 16.7 percent.1,097 — It’s been 1,097 days since Feb. 13, 2013, the only time that Albany beat Syracuse.Player to watch: Fields’ role in the new look Albany offense will be fascinating to observe on Sunday. Though Marr has said he’ll have to contribute in more ways than he did mainly as a finisher last year, it’s yet to be seen how successful he can be without Thompson. When you’re the leading goal-scorer in all of Division I, all eyes will be locked on you at the start of the following season. Comments Published on February 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more