NP Kornati started a project for the protection of dry stone walls and olive groves

first_imgKornati National Park has started with the implementation of the project “Rediviva Kurnata: Promoting the sustainable use of natural heritage in the Kornati National Park” worth as much as 58 million kuna, of which as much as 85 percent will be from EU funds.The main goal of the project is the sustainable use and management of the Kornati National Park through the protection of natural values ​​and heritage of the Kornati National Park, the development of visitor infrastructure and visitor facilities and improving the level of safety and experience of visitors. The project plans to establish presentation centers in Murter, Betina and Vrulje (within the Park), to establish better control of the entry of visitors to the Kornati National Park, as well as to develop an Action Plan for visitor management.”We have started the reconstruction of the dry stone wall, two hundred meters long in the area, which the people of Murter call “Archaeological Bay”. Employees of our institution and residents of Murter are working together. To the mutual satisfaction and with the enthusiasm I would like for other environments”Said Josip Zanze, director of NP Kornati for Free Dalmatia.Yes, in addition to the protection of the natural resources of the Kornati archipelago, it also envisages a significant improvement of the tourist and catering infrastructure through three visitor centers, more than 200 anchorages. “We cannot stand idly by regarding the large number of olive groves on the Kornati islands, which are no longer cultivated by the elderly population. We will hire an agronomist, who will not only take care of the protection and harvesting of olives, but also initiate the branding of the production of oil, cheese, and even the famous Kornati lamb. Rather, the NP Kornati and Kurnatari will also benefit from the work. As a clear example of the symbiosis of our institution with the people of Murter and especially the remaining, mostly elderly inhabitants of the islandsZanze added.In addition to infrastructural and multimedia solutions that are planned to be introduced in the Kornati National Park, educational content for visitors and the local public will be introduced, as well as the organization of symposia. Additional educational value will be achieved by networking parks near the Kornati National Park, but also by valorizing the natural heritage using new technologies that monitor the condition of olives and potential changes in order to educate nature conservationists / olive owners about their condition.Related news:DRY WALL CONFIRMED AS CULTURALLY GOOD!DRY WALL CANDIDATED FOR UNESCO INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGElast_img read more

Rivals unite to develop Leeds

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Eade on:Finding a way out of the Maze

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BREAKING: Jokowi announces Indonesia’s first two confirmed COVID-19 cases

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced that two Indonesians have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the first two confirmed cases of the disease in the country. Jokowi said that the two people, a 64-year-old and her 31-year-old daughter, had been in contact with a Japanese citizen who tested positive in Malaysia on Feb. 27 after visiting Indonesia in early February. “When we received information [about the Japanese citizen] a team in Indonesia immediately traced who the Japanese citizen met with,” Jokowi told reporters at the State Palace on Monday. “We checked [the two people] and this morning I received a report from the health minister that they tested positive for the coronavirus.” Read also: BREAKING: Three people in Singapore latest to test positive for COVID-19 after visiting IndonesiaHe said the government was well-prepared to handle COVID-19 cases. “We have prepared over 100 hospitals with isolation rooms with good isolation standards. We also have equipment that meets international standards,” he said. Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, who was also at the State Palace, said that the two women were residents of Depok, West Java, and were currently being treated at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Suroso) in Jakarta. Prior to this announcement, Indonesia had no confirmed cases of COVID-19, raising concerns about the country’s detection ability. (kmt)Topics :last_img read more

Study: ‘Social responsibility’ top driver of fixed income ESG integration

first_imgMotivations for incorporating ESG factors within fixed income (% citations, ESG investors)Invesco interviewed 159 fixed income professionals for its latest study, reflecting the views of 121 institutional – defined contribution and defined benefit pension funds, insurers and sovereign wealth funds – and 38 wholesale investors managing over $20trn (€18.2bn) in assets as at the end of December 2019.“What really interested us was just the rate of change in allocations to different asset classes or themes,” Tolchard told IPE. “One of the things we picked up was this shift to emerging markets, with allocations to emerging market debt (EMD) increasingly really dramatically over 12 months and within that the allocation to China going up as well.”The study found that 72% of the interviewees had an allocation to EMD, up from 60% in the previous study and 49% two years earlier.Of those invested in EMD, the average allocation was much higher in APAC (7.2%) and EMEA (6.5%) than in North America (3.6%).Invesco reported that specialisation was on the rise, in particular among investors attracted by returns rather than diversification, who prefer country-specific allocations.In total, 63% of respondents said they preferred country-specific allocations, with broad EM investors more frequent in North America than in the other regions.China changesIn EMEA, investors exposed to China had an average allocation of 1.8%, expected to grow to 2.7% in three years’ time, according to the survey. Their average allocation three years ago was 1.1%.Invesco said the approach to investing in China seemed to be changing, with 44% of respondents in this year’s study expressing a preference for onshore over offshore exposure.Of those favouring onshore 81% did so due to enhanced access, 56% due to their being a broader range of issuers, and 44% on account of enhanced yields. Overall, integration of ESG considerations in fixed income had “rocketed”, said Invesco, with 80% of surveyed EMEA investors reporting this practice and 69% of APAC, up from 51% and 38% the year before. Social responsibility is the most popular factor motivating fixed income investors to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations, according to a survey by Invesco.Investors interviewed for the asset manager’s third annual global fixed income study were given a range of motivating factors to choose from, with 75% picking social responsibility, 67% ‘stakeholder wishes’, and 60% saying they were motivated by a desire to align with beneficiary beliefs.Half of investors that have incorporated ESG factors within their fixed income portfolios cited return enhancement as a key driver, with Invesco highlighting this figure as a reflection of a change in investor attitudes about ESG.“Across all regions, very few investors report that integrating ESG has hindered returns, and in the case of EMEA, a majority (52%) have said that integrating ESG has improved them,” said Nick Tolchard, head of EMEA for fixed income at Invesco.center_img Nick Tolchard, head of EMEA, Invesco Fixed IncomeInvesco said the survey showed fixed income investors were becoming increasingly risk averse before the market turmoil the coronavirus outbreak unleashed in the first quarter of 2020.Two in five (43%) respondents thought the economic cycle would be ending within a year, although most anticipated a soft landing, according to the survey.“The perception that spreads were tightening drove many investors to cautious positions,” said Tolchard. ”Given what COVID-19 has done to the market, those investors may be relieved.“However, not all investors were so cautious, meaning some are having to manage significant volatility in what would traditionally be seen as high-quality assets, such as consumer goods, oil & gas, and travel.”The full Invesco report can be accessed here.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

UQ continues to drive million dollar sales in St Lucia

first_imgOne of the bedrooms.Caroline Munro Property director Caroline Munro said the property was purchased by a UQ academic.“The location is very close to the university and is in a nice, prestigious street,” Ms Munro said.The agent said about 100 groups inspected the house, which had four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and four written offers had been submitted during the campaign. There is a fireplace in one of the living spaces.The sale was slightly higher than the suburb median sale price, which according to CoreLogic data is $1,203,500.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThis makes it the eighth most expensive suburb in Brisbane City Council, yet its convenience remains alluring to buyers. The house at 24 Mervyn Grove, St Lucia, sold for $1.335 million.THE proximity to University of Queensland (UQ) continues to drive million dollar sales in St Lucia.The two-level house at 24 Mervyn Grove recently sold for $1.335 million.center_img The kitchen is large and modern.She said she believed the proximity to the university would always remain a drawcard for the suburb.“St Lucia is a suburb where the buyer demographic is professional families that value education and good amenities or are attached to UQ… and there is always a steady number of buyers.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Chronic non-communicable diseases leading cause of premature deaths in Dominica

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Dr. Martin Christmas. Photo credit: GIS NewsChronic Non-Communicable Diseases have continued to be the leading cause of premature death in Dominica-an issue that the Ministry of Health has vowed to address.Stakeholders in the health sector met to discuss plans for the observance of the 4th Caribbean Wellness Day carded for the Second Saturday in September.     According to Acting Director of Primary Health Care Services is Dr. Martin Christmas, “These chronic and non communicable diseases continue to be our main threat in terms of premature deaths among our persons both male and female. Heart disease continues to be at the top of the list provoked by a number of risked factors which we have identified as unhealthy diets and practices,” he said.Dominica Vibes News 36 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyleLocalNews Chronic non-communicable diseases leading cause of premature deaths in Dominica by: – July 22, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Ivy Tech Batesville, Lawrenceburg schedule info sessions for students and families

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Ivy Tech Community College is inviting high school students and their parents to a special event April 19 to learn about the College and how to navigate the necessary steps for enrolling.College 101 will be from 6-8 p.m. April 19 at the Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Riverfront campus, 50 Walnut St. in Lawrenceburg, and the Batesville site at 1 Ivy Tech Drive in Batesville. The open house-style event will offer students and their families the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with Ivy Tech faculty and staff to find out what Ivy Tech has to offer.All high school students, whether they are looking to complete a certificate or degree and enter the workforce quickly or pursue a four-year degree, are welcome to attend College 101. Some topics that will be covered include:Apply and review Admissions StepsCampus TourMeet with FacultyDiscuss Financial AidLearn more about ASAPStudents and parents can drop in anytime between 6 and 8 p.m. for refreshments, conversation and the chance to ask questions.RSVPs are requested and can be completed at IvyTech.edu/College101. For more information, contact Sammie Hardebeck at Ivy Tech Batesville campus at shardebeck3@ivytech.edu or Allie Lay at Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg at R11Express@ivytech.edu.last_img read more

Capital FC upset Botafago in penalty shootout; Eagles United thump ToppXX 4-0

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanCapital FC upset Botafago in sudden-death penalties 6-5, but top-ranked Eagles United flew clear of any hiccups with a 4-2 thumping of Topp XX when the first set of quarter-finals in the Linden Town Week inaugural Linden Mayor’s Cup football championship were played Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.Playing the first quarter-final game, Botafago took the lead in the 20th minute through Jamal Haynes from a clustered play, but Duquan Hercules would level things when he scored from a free-kick for Capital FC in the 26th minute and when the first period ended, the score was 1-1. Entering the second-half, both teams played aggressive football but neither would trouble the score sheet and the game would end 1-1 after regulation play.Overtime failed to produce a winner since, in the 93rd minute, Capital FC through a Andre Mayers penalty coming off a foul in the box took the lead and were looking good but that was not enough because Botafago were able to knot the scores again, this time in the 104th minute as Antoine Gill fouled after a penalty was awarded from a handled ball by the Capital FC defender and found the back of the net.The scores remained locked at 2-2 and penalty kicks were needed to seek a winner.When the five mandatory penalties were taken, both teams netted them and the scores were locked 5-5.However, as the sudden-death kicks were to be taken, Capital FC made their first shot good and then their goalkeeper Norbert Sansculotte parried out the attempt by the Botafago player to earn their passage to the semifinals after a tense quarterfinal match.In the second game, Eagles United, led by a brace from Donovan Francis, conquered Topp XX 4-2. Francis first sent Eagles United into the lead in the sixth minute of the game but Topp XX, through Abrahim Brown, would tie things up 1-1 in the 17th minute before Kellon Primo gave the Eagles back the lead 2-1 in the 28th minute. Eagles United increased that advantage to 3-1 from the boot of Francis in the 48th minute and when Colywn Drakes stretched it to a 4-1 score in the 50th minute, the end result was never in real doubt.And even though Travis Waterton would score for Topp XX in the 78th minute to make it a 4-2 game, the game eventually ended in favour of the number one ranked Eagles United who will take on Capital FC in one of the semifinals.However, come Sunday, the other quarterfinal matches will be played with Winners Connection facing Silver Shattas in one game and the other tie is between Net Rockers and Blueberry Hill United.last_img read more

Syracuse offensive line looks to gel with moving parts, integrate new playbook after poor 2014

first_imgOmari Palmer called last year’s offense despicable.“I believe we were 122nd last year in the NCAA in offense, which is godawful,” Palmer said. And while the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs didn’t perform anywhere near an optimal level in 2014, Palmer takes stock in his unit’s contribution to that disappointment, too.Syracuse graduated its starting left tackle and center in Sean Hickey and John Miller, respectively. A rash of injuries plagued the offensive line last year, and the quarterback’s protective seal was consistently banged up in some form.Now, three months have passed. Almost everyone is healthy, but there are still moving parts and inexperience on a line that is also adjusting to its second new offense in two years. It’ll get to showcase its growth in Saturday’s spring game, which will be just another step in the progression of a unit that embodied SU’s struggles last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’re making strides,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “You’re starting to see those five guys play together as a unit, make calls, do a better job with picking up blitzes and passing off stunts and exchanges in the gaps.”Now that spring practices have concluded, the Orange has a good idea of who’ll start on the offensive line on Saturday. Senior Ivan Foy is at left tackle, senior Nick Robinson at left guard, juniors Kendall Moore and Jason Emerich will contend at center in place of the injured Rob Trudo, freshman Aaron Roberts at right guard and the junior Palmer at right tackle.And with Trudo’s injury, a unit that once had 60 percent of its starters sidelined at once has been able to test its depth of 15 players before preseason even kicks in — when SU will bring in five more offensive linemen.“The offensive line is supposed to be five guys playing as one and having guys injured here and there is always going to be tough,” Robinson said. “Just know that if one of us goes down, there’s going to be another guy ready.”The first four or five practices of the spring started with elementary learning, Shafer said.That means installing a new offense, learning the new verbiage of it and getting a feel for a different cadency system. Then comes communicating different calls against its own defense’s blitzes and stepping with the correct foot once the ball snaps. About halfway through the spring’s 15 practices is when the unit can progress to a little bit higher learning, the head coach added. That’s when the linemen can focus on learning greater chunks of the playbook — so much so that the line feels comfortable running the same play over and over against its own defense.“We’ve had team periods where we would run 16 straight outside zones, going left, right, left, right,” Palmer said. “The defense knows what’s coming, we know they know what’s coming and we don’t really care.”It’s a return to the blue-collar mentality that the offensive line wanted to be known for last year, and the next step in getting back to full strength for the first time in a long time.And a unit that couldn’t stay as one, as Robinson called it, is now working to do so, as it hopes to redefine itself after a season of disappointment.“Now that we’re finishing up spring ball, now it’s starting to come together,” Shafer said. “We’ve got a long way to go to get to where we want to be, but they’ve made good progress.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2015 at 11:17 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more