Condé Nast Traveler points out that Hvar is an excellent destination to visit all year round, especially due to warm summers and mild winters, and points out the well-known Hvar statistics – that this is the sunniest island in Croatia, with more than 2800 hours of sunshine a year. This world-renowned magazine also highlights the rich historical heritage of the town of Hvar – highlighting the 13th-century Fortica Fortress as an unavoidable cultural monument. Also, the editors write about the famous harvest of Hvar lavender, which becomes one of the main attractions in the summer months. Along with Hvar, the five best islands include the Greek islands of Crete, Paros and Mykonos, and the Danish island of Bornholm. “This award is a kind of crown to our successful season behind us. We are honored to be in the company of the world’s best islands – this is a reward for all tourist stakeholders in our city and our island. In the Tourist Board of the town of Hvar, in the post-season we continue to position our town on the world map of year-round destinations with a diverse offer, and we believe in further tourist growth. “points out Petar Razović, director of the Hvar Tourist Board. More than 600.000 readers around the world participated in the selection of the best through various categories. The best hotels and resorts, airlines, villas, spas, airports, cruisers and tour operators, cities and islands were chosen. “We are extremely proud of the recognition we received. Being in such a selected company is a confirmation of year-round flawless work and providing services in accordance with the highest standards in tourism. I am extremely honored that the hotel guests recognized this and voted for us at this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards, ” said hotel director Igor Tabak. In the category of resorts, the hotel Amfora from Hvar took the title of one of the 30 best resorts in Europe. Photo: Sunny Hvar The world’s leading travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has published the results of the Readers ’Choice Awards. The island of Hvar received another international recognition, a great award from the readers of the renowned magazine Condé Nast Traveler, whose votes ranked it at the very top of the best islands in the world and brought the title of the best island in Europe! The island of Hvar was named the best island in Europe in 2019. Hotel Amfora is located in a quiet bay near the center of Hvar with an unobstructed view of the Paklinski islands, which makes it a unique resort on the island of Hvar. Recognized for its spectacular cascading pool and diverse offerings, it is an ideal choice for couples, families and holding business meetings, congresses, conferences and exclusive events, writes Condé Nast Traveler.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 12, 2016 Wolf Administration Announces New Rail Projects That Will Create, Retain 48,000 Jobs Through State Investment Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Infrastructure, Jobs That Pay, Press Release, Transportation Harrisburg, PA – An estimated 9,200 jobs will be created and more than 39,000 will be retained over the next five years due to thirty-one rail projects being made possible by two PennDOT-managed grant programs.“Pennsylvania has the most railroads in the country and these make up a vital component of our economic and transportation activities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These investments underscore our role in supporting jobs and economies across the state.”The State Transportation Commission (STC) voted today to approve $36 million for 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 16 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds and RFAP is underwritten through the new Multimodal Fund, created by Act 89.Act 89 is a far-reaching transportation program that clears the way for significant investments in all transportation modes.For more information on rail in Pennsylvania visit www.penndot.gov.Follow PennDOT on Twitter at twitter.com/penndotnews, on Instagram at instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot, and “like” the department on Facebook at facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation. Following is a by-county list of approved rail freight projects under the programs with the state share:RTAP Projects:Allegheny County:CSX Transportation Inc.– $3 million to construct new main lead track, crossovers, turnouts, and derails to allow intermodal trains to pull off the McKees Rocks mainline to serve the Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminal.Pittsburgh and Ohio Central Railroad — $420,000 to install 2,650 feet of track and one new turnout in the Scully Yard.Union Railroad Company — $3.4 million to repair and rehabilitate the East Pittsburgh Viaduct, including concrete repairs, structure drainage corrections, a 1,600-foot passing siding and adding a new walkway and handrails.Allegheny and Washington Counties:Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co. — $1.2 million to install nearly 20 track miles of continuous welded rail on the railway’s Pittsburgh subdivision.Butler County:Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. — $3.6 million to improve the Butler Yard and shop tracks as well as yard tracks the company leases, as well as restoring a crossover connection and repairing eight bridge structures on its northern subdivision.Carbon County:Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad — $5 million to construct a new bridge across the Lehigh River and approximately 1,200 feet of new track related to the construction of the new bridge.Centre, Columbia, Lycoming and Northumberland Counties:SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority — $3.5 million to upgrade five bridges and replace one bridge.Chester County:East Penn Railroad LLC — $665,000 for turnouts, rail, ties, resurfacing and rebuilding a 2,000-foot siding, as well as replacing 3,800 mainline ties, 110 mainline switch timbers, surfacing five mainline turnouts and 18,750 feet of mainline track.Dauphin County:Steelton and Highspire Railroad — $2 million to construct and rehabilitate 13,026 track feet and 22 turnouts serving the Durabond pipe plant, Chemtron weld plant, Arcelor-Mittal’s interchange loading area, and connecting track to Norfolk Southern’s interchange as well as Steelton & Highspire Railroad’s main yard.Fayette County:D&I Silica — $1.3 million to extend the switching lead track and two unloading pit yard tracks, replace track and relocate a turnout to create a yard for operational flexibility.Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad Company — $2 million to install five yard tracks, and a runaround track to improve Bowest Yard.Lackawanna County:Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority — $630,000 to install 9,000 new ties on the Carbondale mainline track.McKean County:American Refining Group Inc. — $1.6 million to construct 50 feet of track, rehabilitate 1,400 feet of track, one turnout and two crossings, as well as modify six existing loading tracks.Western New York PA Railroad Company LLC — $500,000 to install 7,500 crossties, reconstruct two crossings, and track surfacing.Westmoreland County:Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation – Nearly $1.1 million to replace existing rail and steel components on the Radebaugh Subdivision Rail Relay.RFAP Projects:Allegheny County:Leetsdale Industrial Corporation — $299,862 to construct two new spurs and raise, line and surface track.Beaver County:Middleton Properties West LLC — $633,711 to rehabilitate 4,800 feet of track and construct 2,700 feet of new track.Pennsylvania Southwestern Railroad — $535,610 to rehabilitate five tracks, a pit track and a turnout.Berks, Lancaster and York Counties:East Penn Railroad LLC — $560,000 to rehabilitate the Lancaster Northern and York Line, including tie replacement and resurfacing.Blair County:The Everett Railroad Company — $360,150 to replace 4,000 linear feet of rail, 1,200 ties, one public grade crossing and surface two miles of track.Bradford and Wyoming Counties:Lehigh Railway LLC — $292,713 to install a runaround track at ROCK station and install five rail flange lubricators along Lehigh Railway’s mainline.Centre County:SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority — $298,232 to rehabilitate the Robinson Lane track including replacing one turnout, installing culvert boxes and drainage pipes, surfacing, as well as deck timber and bridge planking deck replacement.Delaware County:Consolidated Rail Corporation — $259,748 to replace three existing railroad diamonds.Lackawanna County:Kane Warehousing Inc. — $227,500 to construct a 1,000-foot track spur and one turnout.Lackawanna and Wayne Counties:The Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad Company Inc. — $690,900 to repair the Delaware-Lackawanna railroad bridge over the west branch of the Lehigh River, including wingwall and backwall restoration, bridge seat cleaning, resurfacing and re-establishment of original bridge elevation.Lancaster County:Alumax Mill Products Inc. — $250,000 to construct a 1,500-foot double rail spur including two new turnouts.Mercer County:Wheatland Tube Company — $262,500 to construct two industrial spur tracks, two turnouts and a loading/unloading pad.Montgomery County:Mittal Steel USA Railways Inc. — $312,550 to repair a 310-foot stone masonry retaining wall, improve 1,085 feet of track and install two turnouts.Schuylkill County:Reading Anthracite Company — $700,000 to reconstruct grade crossings and improve drainage.Union County:Lewisburg & Buffalo Creek Railroad Corporation — $217,000 to repair a stone masonry box culvert and install a 60-inch steel pipe south of the existing structure.Westmoreland County:Three Rivers Marine Rail Terminal LP — $133,945 to rehabilitate mainline track including replacing crossties, bolts and bridge timber, surfacing and installing ballast.
Macki Alvarez-Mena, who graduated from the Iovine and Young Academy in 2018, is the first alumnus to have a full apparel and accessory line sold at the USC Bookstore. Her line will be sold in the store and online until Aug 25. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) A year later, that suggestion became a reality. Alvarez-Mena is the first student to have her own clothing and stationery line in the USC Bookstore. The collection will be available at the store and online until Aug. 25. James said he noticed Alvarez-Mena’s work after seeing social media filters she had created while working as a graphic design intern for USC Athletics. Darren James, the director of retail for USC Auxiliary Services, helped Alvarez-Mena throughout the process. From buying the products her designs would be printed on to working on the bookstore’s marketing campaign for the line, James wanted to involve Alavarez-Mena in the process in any way he could. Alvarez-Mena wants her line to make new and returning students feel the excitement of coming to USC’s campus for the first time whenever they wear and see her clothing designs. One resource at USC for Alvarez-Mena was Elissa Grossman, a professor of clinical entrepreneurship and the director of the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, who first met Alvarez-Mena in a freshman innovation class. “They gave me so much and not in the sense of direct resources,” Alarvarez-Mena said. “Just everything we learned — the passion or mentality, the diligence to get up and do some things and make something out of it was incredible.” This article has been updated to reflect the proper name of Macki Alvarez-Mena. A previous version referred to her as Macki Alvarez-Nena. “The brand has a very specific feel to it, a very traditional feel to it,” James said. “[It] is very unusual to come across artwork that really looks at the brand from a different perspective, and you can see that through the social media filters that she created.” “That was the whole point of me going to the Academy … to gain it all, the knowledge and the resources that I didn’t have as a 12-year-old in order to make it a legitimate business,” Alvarez-Mena said. “I’m just thrilled that everyone at USC is beginning to get a glimpse of what Macki is able to accomplish,” Grossman wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. Walking into the USC Bookstore, visitors are typically met with a sea of cardinal and gold Trojan apparel from big-name brands like Nike and Heritage Apparel. Now, a new display featuring playful apparel and creative stationery designed by recent USC graduate Macki Alvarez-Mena is taking center stage at the store. Currently, Alvarez-Mena is in the entrepreneurial stage of Macki and Company and continues to market her clothing to 7 to 12-year-old girls. The goal of Alvarez-Mena’s company remains the same as it was over a decade ago: She wants to provide young girls with the products and resources that she didn’t have when she was their age. James hopes more USC students will continue to add creativity to the USC brand — he said the bookstore hopes to begin hosting “Pitch Day” events to give students from across campus the chance to pitch product ideas for the bookstore and receive feedback. During her time at USC, Alvarez-Mena, a graduate of the Iovine and Young Academy, was approached by fellow Kappa Kappa Gamma member Jenny Nelson after Alvarez-Mena created a line of apparel for the sorority. Her sorority sister, who worked at the bookstore, suggested Alvarez-Mena design clothing for the bookstore. Alvarez-Mena put this endeavor, called Macki and Company, on hold during high school but always knew she wanted to return to designing clothing. Being a student in IYA provided her with the resources and time to fully dedicate herself to her company. “She cares deeply about the world and is tremendously innovative about how she wants to effect positive change,” Grossman wrote. For over a decade, Alvarez-Mena has known that she wanted to work in creative industries, such as design and business. When she was 12 years old, the IYA graduate started a children’s brand in her hometown of Miami, where she sold hand-painted canvas bags with original designs. Alvarez-Mena cites her time at the Iovine and Young Academy as being instrumental not only in the creation of her clothing line, but also in her post-graduation plans with Macki and Company. “It was really special to share that [feeling] with everyone who I went to school with, and that for them to understand it, for them to get it,” Alvarez-Mena said. “To be able to give back to [a] school that we love so much and share it with my friends and family is the biggest thing for me.”