Open public debate on the Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in the County of Istria from 2019 to 2025

first_imgGet involved in the public consultation process that lasts until January 28.01.2019, XNUMX. g, because it is a happy and important strategic document. For more information on how to get involved in counseling, see HERE. Cover photo: Now, a consultation with the interested public on the Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism of the County of Istria, which is being prepared for the period from 2019 to 2025. The main goal is to obtain a complete document on the basis of which the cycling tourism of the Istrian County should be developed, which is also one of the guidelines of the operational product development strategy from the Master Plan for Tourism Development of Istria until 2025. As pointed out by the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County, through questionnaires and workshops with all key stakeholders analyzed the current situation regarding plans, projects, legislation and other aspects that affect the development of this specific tourist product. The aim was to determine the advantages, disadvantages, opportunities and limitations on the basis of which the vision and goals of further development of cycling tourism in the County of Istria were defined. Since the bike product in Istria began to develop in the late XNUMXs, the operational plan for the development of cycling tourism brings together all existing cycling infrastructure destinations, facilities, services, supply and demand and plans projects in the coming medium term.  Last year, the Administrative Department for Tourism of the County of Istria was approved a grant from the Ministry of Tourism from the Tourism Development Fund in 2017 for the project Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in the County of Istria. RELATED NEWS: Attachment: DRAFT / OPERATIONAL CYCLOTURISM DEVELOPMENT PLAN OF ISTRIA COUNTY FOR THE PERIOD FROM 2019 TO 2025 “Cyclotourism is an important tourist product that attracts an increasing number of visitors and tourists to the Istrian County, therefore, by involving as many stakeholders as possible, we want to plan the development of this segment of tourism, and thus influence sustainable product development, satisfaction of tourists and locals. raise the level of road safety. ” stand out from the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County. According to the TOMAS 2017 survey, as many as 23,5% of tourists / guests ride a bicycle during their stay in the County of Istria, which is convincingly the highest of all Croatian counties. They are followed by Lika-Senj County with 16,9% and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County with 11,1%. Also, of the 30 activities offered during your stay in the destination, cycling is in a very high sixth place.last_img read more

Take steps to curb flooding problems

first_imgThe National Environmental Policy Act was never intended to be a club to beat down every major construction project; it was meant to balance the environment versus other needs. The only negative environmental effect of the Prattsville Pumped Storage Project might have been more turbid water entering the Esopus Creek trout fishery.However, this could have been mitigated with a release of hypolimnion water at the base of Gilboa Dam. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This would support a renewed trout fishery between Gilboa Dam and the Blenheim-Gilboa lower reservoir. Water leaving Blenheim-Gilboa would support a warm water bass fishery, water for recreation, for irrigation and for purity.If the PPSP had been built in the ‘70s with a flood gate, they could have drawn down Gilboa reservoir some 30,000-40,000 acre feet of water ahead of the major storm in 1996 because there was six inches of water in the snow pack. When the storm hit, the reservoir could have impounded water during the worst part of the storm, reducing peak flow from 80,000 cfs [cubic feet per second] to 40,000 cfs. Seventy-five percent to 90 percent of the flood damage would not have occurred and the two man who died during the flood would not have died.The PPSP would have required only five miles of new rights-of-way to connect to the existing Blenheim-Gilboa r.o.w.I suggest that the Power Authority pay New York City $300 million towards the cost of rehabbing Gilboa Dam and pay the city, as a large industrial user, how much it takes to keep water in Gilboa Reservoir during droughts to keep its project running effectively.Richard Moody Jr.SchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Five killed, 90 hurt in violence in Indian capital, hospital official

first_imgOne police constable was among those killed in the violence that erupted just ahead of US  President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the capital city. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are set to meet for talks on Tuesday at a venue located a few miles away from where the clashes occurred.Tension in parts of the city remained high on Tuesday with schools remaining shut in some areas, amid news reports of fresh clashes. At least five metro stations in the city were closed.Monday’s clashes were among the worst seen in Delhi since the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) began in early December. India’s capital has been a hotbed of protests against the law, which eases the path of non-Muslims from three neighboring Muslim-dominated countries to gain Indian citizenship.This has led to accusations that Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are undermining India’s secular traditions. The BJP denies any bias against India’s more than 180 million-strong Muslim minority, but objectors have been holding protests and camping out in parts of New Delhi for two months.Topics : At least five people were killed and about 90 were injured in clashes in the Indian capital during protests over a new citizenship law, a senior hospital official told Reuters on Tuesday.”Some of the people brought in had gunshot wounds,” Dr Rajesh Kalra, additional medical superintendent at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, said of Monday’s clashes.The clashes erupted between thousands demonstrating for and against the new citizenship law. Police used tear gas and smoke grenades, but struggled to disperse the stone-throwing crowds.last_img read more

Activists, survivors step up campaign for sexual violence bill after another delay

first_imgOn Tuesday, Marwan Dasopang, the deputy chairman of House Commission VIII, which oversees social affairs, said there was a plan to exclude the bill from the priority list, because its deliberation was “too complicated”.The plan became official on Wednesday, as the coordination meeting of the House Legislation Body decided to exclude the bill from the priority list.Marwan said lawmakers were still divided over the bill, just like in the previous sitting period. Therefore, the commission needed more time to lobby the leaders of party factions at the House.To meet the House’s target, Marwan said, the commission must pass the bills on its priority list by October 2020. “However, it still a long way for the sexual violence bill, as we need to hold many hearings with members of the public. We wouldn’t make it by October,” he said. Marwan went on to say that the commission would propose the bill again for the 2021 priority list, citing it was still on the House’s list of unfinished bills.Read also: House to yet again delay sexual violence bill, citing scheduling difficultyThe decision has angered women’s rights activists and sexual abuse victims who have been fighting for years for the bill.“You know what’s hard? Healing from trauma of being a victim of sexual assault. #SahkanRUUPKS,” the user of Twitter account @NurulDwiAstari tweeted on Wednesday. Nurul used the hashtag #SahkanRUUPKS (pass the sexual violence eradication bill) along with thousands of people on social media to criticize the House’s decision.Yknow what’s hard?Healing from trauma of being a victim of sexual assault.0 DPRRUU PKS#SahkanRUUPKS #SahkanRUUPenghapusanKekerasanSeksual— Nurul Dwi Astari (@NurulDwiAstari) July 1, 2020Under the current law, victims of sexual abuse in Indonesia are not entitled to any help from the government. They have to use their own money if they want to go through legal proceedings or rehabilitation. Therefore, the bill, is pivotal for the victim’s protection and well-being.“This data is not a joke. Women lives matter. There is no exception. #SahkanRUUPKS,” Twitter user @aisyahirr said on Twitter, attaching gruesome statistics on sexual violence in Indonesia recorded by The National Commission for Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan). The data show that the recorded cases of violence against women has increased from 348,446 in 2017 to 406,178 in 2018 and 431,471 in 2019.This data isn’t just a joke. Women lives matter. No exceptions #SahkanRUUPKS— Aisyah Indah R (@aisyahirr) June 30, 2020The Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH APIK) found that fewer than 5 percent of the recorded sexual violence cases have been legally processed.Organizations with the Coalition for Safe Public Spaces (KRPA), which is part of the RUU PKS campaign team, created memes and videos to protest the House’s decision.“Data on sexual violence are available everywhere, there is an increasing in sexual violence; are the House members not embarrassed to say that it’s ‘difficult’ to the victims?” reads one of the memes by the KRPA.PerEMPUan founder Rika Rosvianti, a member of the KRPA coalition said she hoped the campaign could raise awareness on the fact that the fight for the bill has been going on for years.“This decision made by the House is insensitive. […] The sexual violence issue must be a priority right now, because during the COVID-19 pandemic, sexual violence victims become more vulnerable during quarantine,” Rika told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.On Wednesday afternoon, the House of Representatives Instagram presence @dpr-ri was showing a livestreamed online press conference of the House’s rejection of Israel’s move to annex part of Palestine. However, during the livestream, the account was flooded with messages and comments from activists and survivors of sexual violence.Hundreds of the messages using the hashtag #SahkanRUUPKS spammed the House’s Instagram account, demanding the members focus first on what is happening in the country and seriously fight for the rights of victims of sexual violence.Topics : Activists and victims supporting the sexual violence eradication bill (RUU PKS) have stepped up their online campaign to push for the bill’s passage after the House of Representatives announced yet another delay in the deliberation of the draft that has been in limbo for about four years.The hashtag #SahkanRUUPKS (pass the sexual violence eradication bill) is trending on Twitter and has taken over discussions on social media since Tuesday.last_img read more

Police arrest customary leader in Central Kalimantan over land dispute

first_imgThe Central Kalimantan Police reportedly arrested the customary leader of the Laman Kinipan community, Effendi Buhing, on Wednesday in relation to a years-long land dispute between the indigenous group and palm oil company PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari (SML).The National Committee on Agrarian Reform (KNPA) said in a statement that at least six of the community members had been criminalized by the company and the police so far, including Effendi.“Today we witness again the criminalization of a Laman Kinipan public figure who has been struggling to defend and protect his customary land from eviction,” the KNPA said Wednesday, adding that tensions had escalated recently prior to the arrest.The community members had also experienced intimidation from the company, who made use of the security personnel to “end the indigenous community’s fight over their land”, the committee went on.The Laman Kinipan community was expelled from their land in Lamandau regency in 2018 as SML claimed to have obtained permits to manage around 19,000 hectares of the land.Read also: Indigenous peoples see Jokowi’s omnibus bill as threat to their landThe first permit, No. 1/I/PKH/PNBN/2015, was issued by the Environment and Forestry Ministry in March 2015, while the second was issued by the National Land Agency in 2017 under registry number 82/HGU/KEM-ATR/BPN/2017.The KNPA said the permit issuance was “legally flawed” because the process had neglected the consent of the Laman Kinipan community who had lived in and managed the land for generations. The KNPA had further urged the government to stop the plunder and criminalization of the indigenous people.The Central Kalimantan police separately claimed that Effendi was found to be the mastermind behind a violent theft inside the SML plantation area in June.Effendi, the police said, had ordered four other members of the community named Riswan, Teki, Embang and Semar to take a chainsaw from workers at the plantation by force.“Riswan, Teki, Embang and Semar said during questioning that Efendi Buhing had masterminded the robbery,” the police spokesperson said, claiming that all procedures of the arrest had been properly conducted.Topics :last_img read more

South Florida ball to celebrate Trinidad and Tobago 55th Anniversary of…

first_imgSouth Floridians are being invited to join the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Ball Committee, Inc. in celebrating celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago. Broward, FloridaThe Trinidad and Tobago Independence Ball Committee, a not-for-profit organization, is proud to present the 15th Annual Independence Ball to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the independence of Trinidad and Tobago. This anniversary falls on August 31, 2017.Ball is also fundraiser for charityThe T&T independence ball is an initiative to raise funds to donate to the Cyril Ross Nursery, a home in Trinidad and Tobago for children affected with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds will also go to the Florida Memorial University Caribbean Students’ Fund.The Signature Grand located at 6900 State Road 84 in Davie is the location for the ball which will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 7pm to 2am.The Ball committee will celebrate the anniversary by enjoying the food, fun, cultural presentations, mix and mingle with friends and family and still make a financial contribution to the lives of our youths. This is an all-inclusive event to include valet parking, an hors d’oeuvres hour, dinner, bar services, cultural performances, a live Caribbean band and DJ music.last_img read more

Messi scores twice as Argentina routs Nicaragua 5-1.

first_imgEarly on in Friday’s first meeting between Argentina and Nicaragua, Scaloni’s team failed to inspire in front of a sell-out crowd of 25,000 at San Juan del Bicentenario stadium in San Juan, Argentina.Aguero looked dangerous in the opening stages and Messi really should have done better on 12 minutes when he uncharacteristically shot wide from close range.Nicaragua, however, were defending well while regularly asserting their physicality — Messi was twice hauled down in the opening half hour — to frustrate Argentina and their supporters.River Plate’s Matias Suarez had a shot pushed onto the post by visiting keeper Justo Lorente on 26 minutes but the two time World Champions were being made to work hard for openings.Nicaragua, ranked 129th in the world and competing in their second successive Gold Cup, will prove a stern test for Costa Rica, Haiti and Bermuda despite this thrashing. They have yet to win a game in two appearances at the tournament — lost six with just one goal scored — but won’t go down without a fight.Messi, however, is a danger for any team and his brilliant run and finish saw the Barcelona star beat three defenders before clinically finishing past Lorente. He grabbed his second soon after when Aguero’s shot was parried.Scaloni withdrew key men Messi and Aguero at half-time, which allowed Martinez, 21, to impress with a well taken efforts on 63 and 72 minutes. Watford’s Roberto Pereyra made it five with nine minutes remaining while Nicaragua’s deserved consolation came through Juan Barrera’s late penalty.Argentina play Colombia in Salvador before taking on Paraguay and Asian champions Qatar in Group B.Share on: WhatsApp Argentina’s Lionel Messi scored twice during the friendly against Nicaragua in San Juan, Argentina.Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  Lionel Messi scored a first-half double as Argentina warmed up for the Copa America with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Nicaragua on Friday in San Juan.The Central Americans, who will participate in this month’s Gold Cup tournament while Argentina battle it out in Brazil, frustrated the home side initially.But it was left to captain Messi to spark his side into action in their only warm-up match ahead of the tournament, expertly opening the scoring on 37 minutes before grabbing another just 96 seconds later.Lautaro Martinez, the Inter Milan forward, also scored twice, coming off the substitutes bench at half-time to give coach Lionel Scaloni food for thought ahead of the opening match with Colombia on June 15.Scaloni, brought in after Jorge Sampaoli was sacked following a disastrous showing at the World Cup last summer, is aiming to build a younger team and end Argentina’s 26-year wait for a trophy.Indeed, in Scaloni’s Copa America squad only Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria remain from the one that was beaten by Germany in the World Cup final in Rio five years ago.An on-song Messi, however, is needed for the South Americans to prosper over the next few weeks.Messi has lost three Copa finals —- 2007, 2015 and 2016 — and the last time Argentina won an international title was in the same competition back in 1993, when the diminutive forward was just six years old. They have reached four of the last five finals.With Brazil missing the injured Neymar for the showpiece event, which starts on June 14, Argentina are one of the favourites.last_img read more

Celebrating Local Artists at The Gift Gallery

first_imgFacebook62Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Kaylene Fischer for The Gift GalleryLocal craftsman Tom Johnson creates hand made knives.With the large corporate stores and online sales booming in today’s technological world, the person behind the creation tends to be forgotten or overlooked. That is why The Gift Gallery takes great pride in showcasing local artists in their store.With having over 30 local artists at The Gift Gallery, we not only provide an opportunity for people to sell their handcrafted work, we offer those quality, special, and often one-of-a-kind gifts to our customers. The community comes together in not only helping small businesses remain, but allows artists to continue their creative workHere at The Gift Gallery, we appreciate both our vendors and our customers. That is why each month we celebrate four of our vendors. We want everyone to get to know more about the talented people who supply our store with their wonderful creations. This month we welcome a new vendor. We would like to welcome Lorraine Ripley with her custom jewelry and African décor.For our customers, we also offer free drawings during holidays throughout the year as a way to say thank you for your continued loyalty and business. We also provide free jewelry appraisals each month. During our free jewelry appraisals we have a food tasting featuring items from our specialty food section. We like to give people the opportunity to try what delicious foods we carry here at the store.This month, we would like to introduce you to our February vendors of the month.Stew Waldrop of Creative Iron Works is a master of metal art.Stew Waldrop you may have already heard of. Creative Iron Works is a small family business in Tenino, Wshington. Stew has a passion for creating beautiful works of art.He’s worked in metal fabrication and welding for 20 years, but only recently discovered his desire and talent for creating metal art. Although Stew has many standard articles for sale, he really enjoys using his imagination to create custom pieces such as welcome signs, decorative gates, fire pits, 3D, and other unique items as special ordered by individuals.  As a business, their primary goal is a continual commitment to excellence, integrity and complete customer satisfaction.25 years ago Tom Johnson saw that there was a knife making class at The Evergreen State College. He decided it would be a fun thing to try, so he took the class and made several knives with different disciplines. Over the years Tom made knives for himself, friends and family. Tom and his wife discussed the idea of doing what he enjoys as a hobby and side business. So they talked about a business name, type, style and materials of knives to produce. He also makes custom made leather sheaths for each knife. That is what brings Tom to us today.Country Girl Glam by Lanette Dyer says, “I’m a simple country girl who loves pearls and still enjoys playing dress up to go out to the big city! I share and sell it all. I want you to feel the glam inside and out. We have the purse, jewelry and scarf that you need to accessorize that outfit or a great gift for your best gal pal. We also have fun unique Seahawk inspired gifts.  Come in and shop and glam up your inner country girl.” Lanette’s country chic style is loved by all ages.The Sewster Sisters sew handmade goods of all kinds.April Thompson and Nancy Johnson are two grandmas who like to sew so they decided to become the Sewster Sisters. April had raised her children in Olympia. Nancy had just moved to the area from Pennsylvania. For the first time, they lived close enough to pursue their sewing hobby together. They enjoy using quality fabrics, unique patterns and & expert workmanship to make a variety of items; quilts, bags, purses, cosmetic bags, placemats, table runners and more! The Sewster Sisters, like most of our vendors, take custom orders. Look for them at your local craft fairs as well!Are YOU a local artist that has hand-crafted items that you would like to share? We have a few Open Spaces here in our Store. Come in and see where you can sell all of your creations! We have great prices for great spaces, see store for details.You can find us on our website (please excuse us as our website is under construction) and be sure to like us on Facebook.last_img read more