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

Italy shuts stores across country to fight virus

first_img“I can’t even recognise Rome now,” 30-year-old Muscovite Yekaterina said while posing alone for a photo by the usually bustling Trevi Fountain in the heart of Rome.Conte said the closure of nearly everything that had remained open would run for at least two weeks.How Italians will get by in the meantime is not entirely clear.”All shops will be closed except for basic necessities, such as pharmacies and food stores,” said Conte.”Bars, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and canteen services will close. Home delivery is allowed.””No need to rush to buy groceries,” he stressed.Cash injection Conte’s announcement came hours after his government promised to spend up to 25 billion euros ($28 billion) to fight a disease that has put hospitals and the economy under intense strain.The size of Rome’s rescue was the same as one the European Union announced for the entire 27-nation bloc Monday.Italy’s Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri said half the money would be used immediately and the other half stowed away and tapped should the health crisis spiral out of control.Part of the government’s cash injection is meant to help small businesses that are suffering the brunt of an implosion in the number of tourists who visit Italy’s art-filled churches and achingly beautiful hills.The government also put more meat on the bones of an emerging plan to let families temporarily suspend some mortgage and social tax payments.Gualtieri said “partial state guarantees” were being discussed to help Italy’s creaking banks survive a resulting cash crunch.Total shutdown Italy has witnessed nearly 60 percent of the deaths recorded outside China since the epidemic first started spreading from the Asian giant’s central Wuhan province in January.The government responded to the outbreak last month by quarantining 50,000 people in 11 villages that were worst affected in the north.That was followed on Sunday with social distancing measures in Milan’s Lombardy region and surrounding areas in which more than 15 million live and 40 percent of the nation’s economic activity occurs.The Lombardy measures were extended to all Italy on Tuesday morning.Conte’s announcement Wednesday ratcheted the restrictions up another notch.The multitude of measures have had a profound and slightly surreal effect on Italian life.The central streets of Rome were deserted on Wednesday evening and buses that are usually crammed with commuters ran almost empty.Tourists have essentially disappeared and the Vatican’s Saint Peter’s Square has closed to all but those who want to enter the basilica to pray under its soaring dome overlooking Rome.People have been told to keep at least a metre (three feet) from each other and handshakes are frowned upon. Italians have found themselves starting to talk to each other a few steps apart — while often laughing about the regulations along the way.”As soon as the emergency has passed, we will organise a free carbonara day for doctors, nurses and healthcare workers,” a closing note by a restaurant in Rome’s popular Trastevere neighbourhood said.Topics : Italy on Wednesday shut all stores except for pharmacies and food shops in a desperate bid to halt the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 827 in the the country in just over two weeks.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the latest wave of restrictions in a dramatic appeal to the nation that came with the country of 60 million battling its biggest crisis in generations.”Thank you to all Italians who make sacrifices. We are proving to be a great nation,” Conte said in his nine-minute evening prime time address to the nation. Italians have watched ever tighter restrictions slowly eat away at the very fabric of everyday life.An existing clampdown on public gathering and basic travel had already emptied streets and shuttered everything from churches to restaurants.AFP photographers spotted masked sanitation workers in white nylon suits and rubber gloves spraying Florence’s deserted Saint Mark’s Square with disinfectant through a long hose.Cathedrals posted hand-written notes cancelling mass and cafes apologised to their regulars for having to turn them away.last_img read more

Estol George Bodenberg

first_imgA lifelong resident of the Napoleon/Osgood area, Estol George Bodenberg, age 75 passed away early Friday, June 9, at his home surrounded by his family. Estol was born on November 30, 1941, the son of the late Clarence and Alma (Fruchtnicht) Bodenberg on the home farm outside of Napoleon.  Estol grew up with 3 sisters and 1 brother, learning early on that family matters.He attended Napoleon High School and graduated in the class of 1959.  After school he was called to serve his country and was drafted into the Army in 1964.  His service lasted 2 years, seeing time spent from Fort Knox to Okinawa. He returned to the farm after the service, and began his work career.  He was raised in a generation where you worked hard   and provided for your family.  He spent nearly 40 years working as a factory employee at BCA in Greensburg and working long hours on his parent’s farm.  He was a faithful member of St John’s Lutheran Church and served various terms as a council member.Estol met Janet (Amm) of Sunman and was united in marriage on May 11, 1968 at St. Jacob Church of Christ in Sunman, and recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.  Estol and Janet later purchased the farm and built a new home just south of the original homestead.  Estol and Janet were blessed with a daughter, Beth Ann (Brian) Heilers now of Indianapolis and son, Steve (Meghan) Bodenberg of Carmel.  He instilled a strong work ethic, faith, honesty and family values in his children.Estol is survived by his wife Janet, daughter Beth Ann and son Steve;  grandchildren Claire, Natalie, Nathan, and Anna; brother Dave Bodenberg; sisters Alice Huffmeyer, Eileen Knigga, and Emma Lou Menchhofer.Visitation will be Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood from 3:00 pm- 6:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:00 am. at St John’s Lutheran Church in Napoleon with doors opening at 9:00 am.  Memorials may be made to St John’s Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

USC to compete in Aztec Invitational

first_imgThe USC women’s cross-country team will begin its second meet of the 2011 season Saturday, as it is scheduled to partake in the 67th annual San Diego State Aztec Invitational, held in Balboa Park.The course, which runs near the San Diego Zoo, should challenge the Women of Troy.“This meet will be a great chance for the team to race on a tougher, hillier or rugged course,” USC coach Tom Walsh said. “The times will be slower, but they’ll be slower for all teams. I’m trying to teach them not to be so focused on times, but rather on performance.”With only seven entrants in this weekend’s race, USC hopes to better last week’s performance at the UC Irvine Invitational, where it finished seventh.Redshirt junior Shelby Buckley, who opened her first season for USC as its top finisher at the invitational, will be counted upon to lead the Women of Troy to another respectable finish.  The other six runners are all the freshmen recruits, most of who raced for the first time last weekend.The Aztec Invitational, however, will also serve as the first official race for freshman Erica Capellino, who is expected to become one of USC’s top runners.“I’m excited to see how Erica performs,” Walsh said. “She’s been doing so well in training, and hopefully that will carry over. She’s a good hill runner, which is why we wanted her to start out in San Diego instead of last week. Kira Soderstrom will hopefully do really well too; she’s really stepped it up in training.”The meet might prove difficult for the Women of Troy, as the terrain is notoriously rugged when compared to other 5-kilometer courses. Additionally, Walsh noted concerns about the runners going out too quickly in the early goings, which could eventually count for a loss of speed in the middle of the race. This has been a persistent issue for the Trojans in past meets, Walsh added.Though last week’s race proved to be a solid start to the season, Walsh hopes this weekend’s invitational will allow the runners to further prove themselves. The UC Irvine Invitational was the first meet as Trojans for eight of USC’s 10 runners, and the first official collegiate race for the team’s five freshmen.“The first race is always a starting point,” Walsh said. “Runners make mistakes and are more tentative. There’s always a big improvement between the first race and the second. We just need to focus on mental toughness, and not slowing down in the middle.”The race, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in San Diego, will also have a community division in which local runners can participate.last_img read more