In August, airports recorded 70% less passenger traffic

first_imgThe most significant international passenger traffic was realized with the airports of the United Kingdom, 141 thousand passengers, which is a decrease of 59,6% compared to the same period last year. In August 2020, Croatian airports recorded 584 passengers or 807% less than in the same month last year, when the turnover was 70,0 passengers, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Source: CBS Circumstances caused by the spread of COVID-19 disease directly affected the decline in passenger traffic at Croatian airports.center_img The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport with 271 thousand passengers (a decrease of 59,5% compared to August 2019, when 669 thousand passengers were transported), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 117 thousand passengers (a decrease of 77,6% in compared to August 2019, when 522 thousand passengers were transported) and Zagreb Airport with 93 thousand passengers (a decrease of 75,2% compared to August 2019, when 374 thousand passengers were transported). The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in August 2020 was 11, a decrease of 613% compared to August 41,5, when the number of landings and take-offs was 2019.last_img read more

Robert Upshaw is off to promising start with Lakers thanks to life mentor

first_imgRobert Upshaw, the Lakers rookie center by way of Fresno State and Washington, stood between Okafor and the hoop, as tall and wide as one of the gaudy casinos lining the Las Vegas Strip.When Okafor lunged left, Upshaw beat him to the spot. When Okafor went right, Upshaw used his feet and upper body to cut him off. Frustrated, Okafor dropped his head and tried bulldozing a straight path to the basket. Only Upshaw held his ground. As a last resort, Okafor rose up for a shot. But Upshaw was having none of it, rising up right along with him to easily swat Okafor’s shot away.At that very moment, the imagination of every Lakers fan watching at the Thomas & Mack Center or on televisions across the country ran wild.After spending the last two seasons as a virtual layup line for opposing teams, allowing them to dance their way through the paint for easy baskets, have the Lakers uncovered the kind of rim-protecting big man they so sorely need? “When you think about a true five man who can get in the middle of the paint, who can block a shot and can rebound and who can get out there and change the complexion of the flow, Robert Upshaw can do that,” Lakers summer league coach Mark Madsen said.The defensive presence Upshaw has provided the Lakers through their first two summer league games has been first-round quality. The reality is, Upshaw is an un-drafted free agent rookie carrying so much excess baggage that NBA teams wouldn’t even invest a second-round pick in him last month.And that’s astonishing for a 7-footer who averaged a national-best 4.5 blocked shots last season at Washington.But then, playing basketball has never been the problem for Upshaw.It’s everything that happens over the 22 other hours of the day that’s been the issue.Upshaw’s draft-day nosedive was the result of getting kicked off teams at Fresno State and Washington for a variety of team violations, ranging from failed drug tests to missing class.During his freshman year at Fresno State, the former top-50 recruit was suspended twice by Bulldogs coach Rodney Terry over a five-week span and then finally booted from the program for good when he messed up a third time.After sitting out a year upon transferring to Washington, Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar applied tough-love tactics on Upshaw by attaching playing time to class attendance and staying on the straight and narrow. It worked — for a little while. With Upshaw defending the paint last year, Washington started the season 11-0 and was ranked in the top 20.But less than 24 hours after going toe-to-toe with Utah big man Jakob Poeltl with 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, Upshaw was kicked off the team for violating team rules.Washington was never the same, going 2-10 the rest of the way.Upshaw never recovered, either. After emerging as one of the top center prospects in the country, he saw his draft stock plummet so severely that he now has to back-door his way to the NBA dreams.He’s in Las Vegas, of all places, trying to rehabilitate his image.“And I completely understand what’s at stake,” Upshaw said.It’s ironic, in a way.With the help of self-introspection and by surrounding himself with positive people — including a life mentor — Upshaw traces the root of his issues to a sense of entitlement. “It was me assuming I had it all,” he said. “Because that’s what I did. And that’s how I acted. And I paid for it. Twice. And that’s on me.”In doing so, Upshaw forced himself into a corner so narrow, he now has to work a thousand times harder to get what he mistakenly thought he already had.With very little room for error.The way Upshaw sees it, he’s getting a third chance to get this right. There might not be a fourth.“I’m not going to be perfect. Nobody is,” Upshaw said. “But I know this is what I want. I know this is what I want to do with my life. And I know what I have to do.”The on-the-floor stuff should not be a problem.Despite playing in just 41 games over the last three years — and none since January — Upshaw has acquitted himself well with the Lakers. He is a defensive and rebounding natural with surprising touch around the basket. Assuming he stays clean off the court, it’s easy to imagine Upshaw making the team and earning a spot in the rotation behind starting center Roy Hibbert. “I’m nowhere near 100 percent. But I’m getting in shape as we speak,” Upshaw said. “I’m working hard. Things are starting to come back for me. And once I get my feet under me, get back in the shape I need to be, things are going to be even better.”It’s already off to a promising start. LAS VEGAS >> The entry pass reached Jahlil Okafor on the left block, one of the go-to sweet spots from which he typically carves up opposing big men. As he’s done so many other times before, the 6-foot-11 Philadelphia 76ers lottery pick turned to square up his defender. Three options were available: Power drive to his left or right for a layup. Or step back for a short floater.Point being, with his nimble footwork, advanced offensive post game and an array of moves at his disposal, Okafor could pick and chose his route to a bucket.Or so he thought.But there was one very big problem, and he stood an even 7-foot with a 7-foot-5 wing span and a thick, powerful body.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more