A contract was signed for the development of a Management Plan for the monumental ensemble of the City of Dubrovnik

first_img“The commission has prepared procurement documentation and prepared a project task according to UNESCO guidelines, and it implies cooperation of city administration and institutions with the private sector, associations, citizens, civil society organizations and its success will depend on the success of its implementation in all management moves. world good ”Mihaela Skurić, director of the Institute for the Reconstruction of Dubrovnik, emphasized in the introduction “This is the first management plan in the Republic of Croatia for the UNESCO-protected area, which is why we have included the University of Zagreb, the University of Dubrovnik, as well as foreign experts with experience in developing a management plan to respond well to this task.” concluded the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb Krunoslav Šmit. The City of Dubrovnik, the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Zagreb and the Institute for the Reconstruction of Dubrovnik have signed an Agreement on the execution of services for the preparation of the Management Plan for the monumental ensemble of the City of Dubrovnik. The Management Plan is a planning document based on which a framework for the management of the World Heritage Site “Old Town of Dubrovnik” is created in order to preserve and improve the properties of outstanding universal value under the protection of UNESCO, while developing modern life through sustainable management and use of good and its contact zone. “The management plan will define everything we have problems with on a daily basis and thus life will be much easier for the city administration, residents and all businesses that want to do business in the historic core, because the rules of the game will be known. We are preparing and adopting a buffer zone, we are really taking care of the UNESCO protected area on several levels”Said the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and concluded that it is crucial to preserve the protected cultural heritage in the best possible condition for future generations. The management plan is prepared for the period from 2020 to 2025, and it should elaborate the goals, define priorities through the action plan, and propose specific conditions and measures, organizational models and rules that should be adopted by the City Council, all for the purpose of optimal protection and preservation of World Heritage assets in key processes of inclusion in modern life and economic development. Mayor Franković thanked the Institute for Reconstruction, the Ministry of Culture headed by Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Mayor Tanja Lolić and all those who participated in the long process that preceded the signing of the contract.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, March 1

first_imgThere are only two choices. One is to have a wall recognizing its true purpose.The other is to tear down the wall.So far, I have yet to see the governor, senators or representatives of California demanding the wall between Tijuana and San Diego be torn down.Andy Beiniks    Charlton 1) The city of Schenectady does have at least one small sidewalk-sized snow machine, which it uses to clear certain city and county walks, sometimes.2) When my neighbors and I clear our walks on Guilderland Avenue, the city fills them back in.Snow plows travel up and down the street, usually well over the speed limit, and the very heavy snow and slush are thrown over the snowbanks, onto our sidewalks.Usually, the stuff freezes before we can get back out to re-shovel (not that it matters, the plows come by again after we do), but even when it doesn’t, the mixture from the streets is so heavy it isn’t worth trying to shovel it again, unless you have a physical therapist on speed dial.So the city has the capability of clearing the sidewalks.It really needs to do so after the homeowner has already cleared a path, and the city fills it back up again — as it has been doing for the more than 30 years I’ve lived on Guilderland Avenue.Kurt C. SiegelSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Plows put the snow back on sidewalksSara Foss’ Feb. 25 column was very interesting, regarding municipalities’ policy of clearing sidewalks.I’d like to add two things to her commentary: Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWall is designed to delay, not defeatThe opinion piece by Ieva Jusionyte on the effectiveness of the border wall, published on Feb. 24 shows a complete lack of understanding as to what a wall is supposed to accomplish.He states, “…no matter the design, the fence does not deter unauthorized migrants.” The actual purpose of protective walls is to slow an intruder until a reaction force can arrive.  Why does a bank vault have thick concrete walls and a thick door? It’s to slow down someone trying to break in until the police arrive.If the police aren’t going to bother showing up, you could take a jackhammer to the walls of the bank branches on Route 50 in Glenville on a Sunday to leisurely break in and take the contents of the vaults.So-called technological solutions such as drones, motion detectors and video cameras really only work in conjunction with a physical barrier that establishes a final protective barrier.  If walls and fences are that ineffective, why does the military put up walls and fences around their compounds in Afghanistan and Iraq?If you choose to believe Ieva Jusionyte and other critics of the effectiveness of a wall, then you would believe that the military wasted a lot of time, effort and money building walls and fences in Afghanistan and Iraq to protect our forces.last_img read more

Iran’s Khamenei urges fight against ‘tragic’ virus resurgence

first_imgKhamenei’s speech was his first to MPs since the new parliament took office at the end of May, dominated by conservatives and ultra-conservatives elected in February polls. According to his official site, Khamenei praised healthcare workers for “their sacrifices”.But he also strongly criticized “some people who do not even do something as simple as wearing a mask”, saying he felt “ashamed” of such behavior. Khamenei’s comments came as infections have again been on the rise in Iran since early May.  According to figures announced Sunday, 194 deaths from the COVID-19 disease and 2,186 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours. The health ministry announced a record 221 deaths in a single day on Thursday. In total, 257,303 cases have been reported in the country, including 12,829 deaths, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said Sunday in a televised press conference. The rising toll has prompted authorities to make masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces and to allow the hardest-hit provinces to reimpose other measures against the virus.Iran had closed schools, cancelled public events and banned movement between its 31 provinces in March, but the government progressively lifted restrictions from April to reopen its sanctions-hit economy.On Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani said the country could not afford to shut down the economy, even as the outbreak worsened.Iran must continue “economic, social and cultural activities while observing health protocols”, Rouhani said during a televised virus taskforce meeting.But he reminded Iranians that restrictions, such as a ban on public and private gatherings, remained in place.”Gatherings, whether for funerals, weddings, parties, seminars or festivals are all harmful” to public health, Rouhani said.Authorities have previously reported the spread of the virus in areas where such bans had been ignored.On Sunday, Khamenei also told lawmakers that “parliament has the right to question… but is not permitted to insult or slander government officials”.His comments came a week after a session in which MPs heckled Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, largely over his key role in negotiating a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.The deal had given the Islamic republic relief from international sanctions in return for limits on its nuclear program, but Iranian conservatives staunchly opposed the multilateral agreement, arguing the US could never be trusted.The US unilaterally abandoned the accord in 2018 as a prelude to reimposing biting sanctions.  Iran’s supreme leader Sunday called the resurgence of the novel coronavirus in the country “truly tragic” and urged all citizens to help stem what has been the region’s deadliest outbreak.”Let everyone play their part in the best way to break the chain of transmission in the short term and save the country,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a video conference with lawmakers, according to his office. Iran has been struggling to contain the outbreak since announcing its first cases in February, and has reported more than 12,800 deaths since then.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Brisbane home values stay strong despite falls in Sydney, Melbourne

first_imgBrisbane home values are holding steady, despite falls in other capital cities. Photo: Nearmap.com.au.The month-to-date index shows Melbourne values are down half a per cent, while the Sydney market is down 0.2 per cent so far this month. Across all capital cities, dwelling values have slipped 0.2 per cent so far in May.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoCoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said Brisbane was outperforming the larger capital cities because its home values were not falling, even though they were not growing much.“Brisbane on paper is looking like a very good market,” Mr Lawless said.“It’s affordable, has high yields and is seeing strong population growth. It just hasn’t seen a kickstart in property values.” WHERE TO BUY FOR UNDER $500,000 CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless, pictured in Sydney.Mr Lawless said the decline in unit values in Brisbane was also easing.“We’re not seeing the unit marketplace as soft as it has been over the past few years,” he said.“We expect oversupply concerns to start to wind down somewhat.”But he said it was too early to tell if the unit market had reached the bottom. PARTY LIKE IT’S 1869 IN THIS ‘OLD-WEST’ STYLE CABIN IN THE WOODS Home values in regional markets such as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast were performing well, while regional mining areas were recovering.The CoreLogic Home Value Index provides a detailed summary of how house and unit values have shifted across the capital cities and regional markets of Australia. Brisbane home values are holding steady, despite falls in other capital cities. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.BRISBANE continues to defy a softening in home values, despite falls in the larger capital cities, an exclusive preview of the latest figures from property researcher CoreLogic reveals.The official end-of-month results are due to be released on Friday, but for the first 29 days of May, Brisbane home values actually rose 0.1 per cent.Year-to-date, they are holding steady.The preliminary reading is foreshadowing a more substantial fall across Melbourne, where the slide in dwelling values has previously been more resilient. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more

PH arbitration victory ‘illegal, invalid’ – Chinese Embassy

first_imgPresidential spokesperson Harry Roque, meanwhile, admitted over at a virtual press conference on Tuesday that the two countries have different beliefs on the said arbitral award. “It is hoped that the Philippines could make concerted efforts with China in jointly securing the hard-won sound momentum of bilateral relations and upholding peace and stability in the South China Sea,” the Embassy said. China, however, has refused to recognize the ruling and has built artificial islands there and has prohibited Filipino fishermen from fishing and interfered in petroleum exploration./PN “Malinaw ang salita ng Presidente habang umiinit ang rivalry – kailangan itaguyod natin ang pang nasyonal na interes ng Pilipinas,” he stressed. “Isasantabi muna ang bagay na hindi mapagkasunduan, tulad nitong territorial dispute.” “Unang-una po, hindi tayo nagkaka sundo sa bansang Tsina sa arbitral award na ‘yan,” Roque said. “Ang disagreement na ito ay hindi sumatutal ng ating relasyon sa Tsina. Isusulong natin ang pwede nating isulong sa pagkakaibigan natin sa Tsina.” “China’s position is consistent, clear and firm. The South China Sea arbitration and its so-called award are illegal and invalid. China does not accept or participate in the arbitration, nor does it accept or recognize the so-called award,” the embassy said. The statement further said Chinese government hopes, with the current state of China-Philippines relations, the two country can work together to uphold peace and stability in the South China Sea. In a statement, China insisted both the arbitration and the Philippines’ victory have no merit. “China firmly opposes and will never accept any claim or action based on aforesaid award. It has to be highlighted that China and the Philippines have already reached consensus on properly handling the so-called arbitration case, which has laid down solid ground for the turning-around of bilateral relations,” it added. The Hague, in July, 2016, recognized the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, which the Filipino called as West Philippines Sea. Manila – The Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in favor of the Philippines over disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea four years ago was “illegal and invalid,” according to the Chinese embassy in Manila.last_img read more

Players must raise game – Anichebe

first_img “We’ve had some good results against top teams, but the next couple of games against teams around us are the games that are important for us. “They’re the games we need to start picking up points from.” Albion have not kept a clean sheet since January 1, and the 25-year-old Nigerian added: “The most important thing is we need to be really hard to beat. “It doesn’t matter about scoring one, two or three goals. “The most important thing is keeping a clean sheet and being hard to beat then try to nick a goal or give our players the chance to do something special.” With 10 fixtures left to go this season, the Baggies are currently 17th in the Barclays Premier League and separated from the relegation zone by goal difference alone. They have not won any of their seven matches under Mel following his appointment in January and reports have suggested the Spaniard’s job is under threat. Anichebe is in no doubt that things need to change – but on the pitch, in terms of the players’ performance. “We’re in a serious position and we need to pull our socks up and get some points,” Anichebe, quoted by West Brom’s official website, said. “The next game (Saturday’s trip to Swansea) we need to improve and all of us know that. “It’s down to us as players to go out there and play as well as we can. “It’s not all down to the head coach. We, as players, need to go out and do well for the team and the supporters. “Whatever team the head coach puts out, we’re the ones who step over the line and we need to work hard and fight.” West Brom’s last outing saw them beaten 3-0 at The Hawthorns by Manchester United on Saturday. After Swansea, they face Hull and Norwich away, either side of hosting Cardiff. Anichebe said: “We can’t be too down about last Saturday because we’re not going to play Manchester United every week. West Brom forward Victor Anichebe has emphasised the urgent need for him and his Albion team-mates to up their game, stressing that head coach Pepe Mel cannot take all the blame for the club’s current predicament. Press Associationlast_img read more

9th American tourist dies in the Dominican Republic

first_imgAnother tropical vacation has ended in tragedy as 55-year-old Joseph Allen of New Jersey becomes the ninth American tourist found dead in the Dominican Republic.Allen’s family told NBC News that he was found unresponsive in his hotel room at the Terra Linda Resort on June 13th while on a trip to celebrate a friend’s birthday.Dominican Republic officials are calling the nine mysterious deaths isolated incidents.However, multiple reports say that tainted alcohol could have played a role in the string of American deaths.Less than two years ago, the Dominican National Police shut down five labs manufacturing alcohol and seized 100 tanks of product that were unsuitable for human consumption.Fox News breaks down the mystery surrounding the deaths of the eight other American tourists which have occurred in less than a year.Allen’s family is reportedly in the process of trying to bring his body back to the U.S. in an attempt to determine his cause of death.They join eight other families currently searching for answers about the loss of their loved ones.last_img read more

2020 edition of Paris Marathon cancelled due to COVID Pandemic

first_imgPARIS: The 2020 edition of the Paris Marathon, which was re-scheduled to take place on November 15, on Wednesday, has been cancelled due to implications put forward by coronavirus pandemic.The marathon was initially scheduled to take place on April 5 but was postponed to November due to COVID-19 crisis in the city. The organisers have now confirmed that this year’s marathon have been entirely scrapped and will now take place next year. “There will be great disappointment among those who have sacrificed time training for what had become an autumn marathon,” organisers said in a statement as per BBC Sport. “We will be working side by side with the city of Paris to put on a 2021 edition that brings together the most passionate runners on the most beautiful streets in the world.” This development comes just days after it was announced that 2020 edition of the London marathon will take place on October 3 but it will be only an elite race. This year’s Boston, Berlin, New York and Chicago marathons have already been cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic. (IANS) Also watch: #Newsmakers: Sizal Agarwal, 112 Rank Holder, UPSC 2019 with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Local Group Rescues Dog Trapped Under AC Units in Bahamas Since Dorian

first_imgA dog that had been trapped under air conditioning units in Marsh Harbour since Hurricane Dorian has been rescued.Using infrared heat-seeking technology mounted on a drone, a search and rescue team from Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee found the animal on Friday morning.Lauree Simmons, president and founder of the center, says, “They texted me and they said urgent, “We need a plane now. We had a plane there within an hour.”She adds the dog is being named “Miracle,” because, “It’s truly a miracle that he survived this long on his own.” Another dog who was trapped under the air conditioning units did not survive.Simmons says of Miracle, “Hopefully, we can find his owners. If not we’ll find him a wonderful home.” She continues, “I want everybody to know the crisis [in the Bahamas] is not over,” as there could be other dogs who are afraid to move around due to heavy equipment being used for the cleanup efforts.last_img read more

Ellis warms up for The Masters

first_img27 Mar 2018 Ellis warms up for The Masters Tags: Harry Ellis, The Masters England’s Harry Ellis has just taken a winning step towards next week’s outing on the world stage when he will tee up in The Masters.He won his place at Augusta National with his dramatic victory in last summer’s Amateur Championship and he’s just played the traditional warm-up against the US Amateur Champion in the Georgia Cup.Ellis, who has represented England at every level, eased his way to a 6/5 win over Doc Redman at the Golf Club of Georgia. “I was really happy with the way I performed and it has definitely given me some good momentum for the next couple of weeks,” he said afterwards.Now he’s putting the finishing touches to his preparations for The Masters, which he describes as: “Absolutely a dream come true. It is one of the pinnacles of our sport and every golfer in the world wants to one day experience a round at the famous Augusta National, let alone be a part of the field for the Masters.“I am extremely excited and will embrace and enjoy every part of such a fantastic opportunity.”Ellis’s own special Masters’ memories include Tiger Woods’ amazing chip-in on the 16th in 2005 – and last year’s shoot-out when Sergio Garcia beat Justin Rose to the Green Jacket.Rose, of course, is a Hampshire legend. Ellis also hails from the county, from Meon Valley, and he is following in the footsteps of yet another Hampshire golfer, 2016 Amateur Champion Scott Gregory. “I remember him telling me that I would love the course set up because it suits my game. From my visits so far, I would agree with him,” said Ellis.But he’s not putting any pressure on himself. “I actually have low expectations, if not any expectations for the week, if I am honest. When my game is in a healthy spot, I know what I can do and I have a lot of belief in my ability. If it all comes together for the week and I make the weekend great. If not, I can walk away with my head held high and say what an incredible experience.”Ellis’s Amateur Championship triumph also won him an outing in last year’s Open and that experience is helping him now. “I found from the Open that energy levels and time management are the biggest areas to monitor and I feel that I am in a good spot for my preparation for this year’s Masters.“At the end of the day, I am still young and still progressing and learning. That is why I am fortunate to even have the opportunity to play in events of this magnitude.”The 22-year-old first picked up a plastic club when he was 18 months old. Before too long he was making golfing headlines when he became the youngest-ever winner of the English Amateur at 16.There’s been tough times, too. Ellis’s mother passed away in 2013 and he comments: “Facing adversity after losing my mum in 2013 was a major influence as I wanted to prove to myself that I can overcome adversity and become even better.”He’s always enjoyed tremendous family support – and he’ll have close relatives with him at Augusta. “My family have been incredible over the years. The support they have shown me through highs and lows is extremely humbling and I am grateful to have such an amazing family.”Ellis also has thanks for his own team, Kristian Baker, Karl Morris and Chris Sells, and to Florida State University, where he is a student. “Coach Jones and Coach Duck gave me a phenomenal opportunity and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. They believed in me from the beginning and we have had some special times as a team over my four years.”Playing for England and with other elite amateurs has also played its part. “I was 13 when I first had England training and although I have not been part of the training for the past four/five years, I have to say that being around other great players and challenging each other to get better definitely helped my successes through my teen years. Representing my country was always a great honour and privilege too.”Caption: Harry Ellis, left, with Doc Redman after the Georgia Cup match. (Image courtesy The Golf Club of Georgia).last_img read more