The project of transforming the Rijeka Delta into a green oasis

first_imgThe Delta Park project proposes an easy way to transform the parking space, the northern part of the Delta, into a new city central park. In the entire existing parking lot, the planting points of an individual tree and the open space zones of the future park would be marked graphically, in the correct raster. Gradual planned planting, with the idea of ​​citizen participation, would fill the entire area of ​​the Delta. In the first phases, the parking lot would function, and the time would be abolished for occasional events and manifestations. Over time, this space would be transformed into a central central city park – the forest, the new “lungs” of the city. New recreation zone, interactive, social and public space for all citizens Delta Park / 3LHD More information about the Delta Park project can be found HERE. Although there have been several ideas and plans for the Delta over the last six decades, unfortunately none have come to life. One of the main reasons is primarily financial. Investments of several hundred million euros are simply not realistic and achievable. The Delta Park project, as well as others from the “Sweet and Salty” program direction, would give a completely new dimension and appearance to Rijeka and would very likely place the city as one of the leaders in the northern Adriatic. “Of course, especially in widespread cities such as Rijeka, a certain parking space must be provided, it can not only be abolished, but with the development of public transport, electric bicycles, car-sharing or new city projects it is possible to free Delta from cars in the long run. For a start, we start with about 20 trees, little by little we can conquer that area and in a few years we will have a park, a forest or at least a combination of parking and forest. In addition, two new promenades would be created, which is also a great thing for the center of any city, including Rijeka.”Concludes Begović. Precisely because of that, the conceptual solutions of the program direction “Sweet and salty” were created. It is a series of smaller but attractive architectural and design projects that would cost the city budget relatively less. The target areas of these interventions would be the zones along Rječina, Mrtvi kanal and Molo longo, as well as the multi-confessional pavilion of Nikola Bašić and zipline, which we recently wrote about. “The project is at the same time grandiose and simple, it does not plan sudden cuts or large investments, but relies on more modern methods and gradual realization. In addition, it fits perfectly into the whole ECOC because, among other things, it includes citizens who can donate money for one tree, similarly, local businessmen can, all with the idea of ​​community participation in creating a new public space”, Said Sasa Begovic from 3LHD for Novi list. Delta Park / 3LHDcenter_img The idea of ​​a green oasis in Rijeka has been discussed for a long time, but it has never been realized. This green oasis includes promenades, trees, benches and landscaped space for facilities, reports Novi List. The last two ideas are very close to realization, and the Delta Park project, by the 3LHD architectural studio, would fit in perfectly. It is an award-winning studio that has already designed the Veterans’ Bridge in Rijeka. Although at first the idea of ​​a park / forest in the center of Rijeka seems too ambitious, the gradual and organized realization of smaller projects still seems achievable. Delta Park plan / 3LHD The emphasis is on the realization of the project in phases over several years. In other words, the parking lot would gradually disappear and turn into a park – “one place – one tree”. “The idea is that the current space intended for vehicles or parking, gradually and systematically transformed into a long-awaited public space – a new city central park. This can be achieved by a simple method of careful planning and with the involvement and participation of citizens. In agreement with the city, it would be planned to gradually abolish certain parking spaces and gradually plant trees in their places, from the north to the south of the Delta. Temporary parking would be abolished for occasional public events, and in the final phase it would be open glades in the forest park with various facilities. Two new city green promenades are being formed along the Dead Channel and along the Rječina. On the west coast, along with the existing zones of the Liberation Monument and the Veterans Monument, we are creating space for a Multi-confessional pavilion and space for maintaining ships. These are new open spaces, which, in addition to the existing ones, encourage social interaction and coexistence“, Reads the description of the Delta Park project. The wider center of Rijeka has a significant problem of lack of green space, especially when it comes to the Delta and the parking lot next door. Source: Novi List / Photo: Delta Park / 3LHDlast_img read more

Soros hunts company stakes in global push

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African ambassadors complain to China over ‘discrimination’ in Guangzhou

first_img“The Guangdong authorities attach great importance to some African countries’ concerns and are working promptly to improve their working method,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a statement published Sunday, referring to the province in which Guangzhou is located.”African friends can count on getting fair, just, cordial and friendly reception in China,” he said, adding the foreign ministry will stay in close communication with Guangdong authorities and address the “African side’s reasonable concerns and legitimate appeals”.Zhao’s statement did not reference the ambassadors’ note to Wang and did not mention the allegations of discrimination against Africans in the city.Foreign affairs official Liu Baochun told a news conference separately on Sunday that Guangzhou is enforcing anti-virus measures on anyone who enters the city from across the national border, regardless of nationality, race or gender.The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe on Saturday dismissed the accusation that Africans were being deliberately targeted.”It is harmful to sensationalize isolated incidents,” it said in a tweeted statement. “China treats all individuals in the country, Chinese and foreign alike, as equals.”Disappointment The ambassadors’ note highlighted a number of reported incidents, including that Africans were being ejected from hotels in the middle of the night, the seizure of passports, and threats of visa revocation, arrest or deportation.On Saturday, Ghana’s foreign minister of affairs Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said she had summoned the Chinese ambassador to express her disappointment and demand action.Kenya’s foreign ministry has also “officially expressed concern”, adding the government is working with Chinese authorities to address the matter.On Friday, Nigerian legislator Akinola Alabi tweeted a video of a meeting between the leader of Nigeria’s lower house of parliament, Femi Gbajabiamila, and Chinese Ambassador Zhou Pingjian. In it, Gbajabiamila demanded an explanation from the diplomat after showing Zhou a video of a Nigerian complaining about mistreatment in China.The ambassador said in response to the questions from the house leader that he took the complaints “very seriously” and promised to convey them to the authorities back home. In recent days Africans in Guangzhou have reported being ejected from their apartments by their landlords, being tested for coronavirus several times without being given results and being shunned and discriminated against in public. Such complaints have been made in local media, and on social media.The ambassadors’ note said such “stigmatization and discrimination” created the false impression that the virus was being spread by Africans.”The Group of African Ambassadors in Beijing immediately demands the cessation of forceful testing, quarantine and other inhuman treatments meted out to Africans,” it said.The note was sent to State Councilor Wang Yi, the Chinese government’s top diplomat, copying the chair of the African Union, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and all African foreign ministers. African ambassadors in China have written to the country’s foreign minister over what they call discrimination against Africans as the country seeks to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus.Several African countries have separately also demanded that China address their concerns that Africans, in particular in the southern city of Guangzhou, are being mistreated and harassed.Having brought under control the original outbreak centered on the city of Wuhan, China is now concerned about imported cases and is stepping up scrutiny of foreigners coming into the country and tightening border controls. It has denied any discrimination.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Buzzfeed closes news operations in Britain, Australia

first_imgGroundbreaking website Buzzfeed said on Thursday that it would be shuttering part of its loss-making news operations in Britain and Australia, as it scales back global ambitions to cut costs.”For economic and strategic reasons, we are going to focus on news that hits big in the United States during this difficult period,” a company spokesperson said.Many news outlets have been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with plummeting advertising revenues and already struggling operations pushed deeper into the red. “BuzzFeed gave us space to experiment with covering politics for a young audience,” Australian news editor Lane Sainty tweeted.She lauded her staff’s work to “tackle important and often under-covered beats like abortion, LGBTQ rights, Indigenous affairs, immigration and internet culture.””I’ve always been grateful for that & very proud of our work.”More cost-cutting measures are expected, including in the United States, where “workshare programs” are being touted as a way of avoiding furloughs.”Those options need to meet our savings goals, be legally and logistically workable, and allow us to keep producing kinetic, powerful journalism,” Buzzfeed said.This year “news will spend about $10 million more than it takes in,” it added. Topics :center_img Ten staff in Britain and four in Australia will be furloughed, in a move that is expected to become permanent.The company will no longer cover local news in the two countries, but said: “In the UK, we still plan on retaining some employees who are focused on news with a global audience — social news, celebrity, and investigations.”The four Australian posts were “no longer essential during this time of sharply limited resources,” the company added.Once maligned as a funnel for little more than celebrity gossip, clickbait lists and cat pictures, Buzzfeed has developed into a news force to rival more established outlets.last_img read more

Commemorative Rp 75,000 bill in high demand as thousands place orders in one day

first_img“In practical terms, my wife will probably need [the Rp 75,000 bill] the most since she depends a lot on bills when shopping at traditional markets,” he added.The exchange schedule after Sept. 3 is not yet accessible, but citizens wishing to purchase the special bill — issued to commemorate Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day — still have other opportunities since the registration process is opening gradually in two stages.The first stage is from Monday at 3 p.m. until Sept. 30. The places of exchange include the BI headquarters and 45 representative offices in all provinces.The second stage is from Oct. 1 until completion. The exchange will be available at the BI headquarters and representative offices, as well as designated banks. After Bank Indonesia (BI) issued a special commemorative Rp 75,000 (US$5.08) bill on Monday, enthusiastic citizens stormed to the central bank’s website to take their share of the available quota.By Tuesday morning, the appointment slots available at pintar.bi.go.id for the public to exchange their money with the new bill at the BI headquarters in Central Jakarta and BI representative offices across Java were all full up until Sept. 3.“Early this morning I accessed the website to register for the exchange at the Semarang branch office [in Central Java] but the quota was full,” father of two Toni Rendra told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. BI Deputy Governor Rosmaya Hadi said in a press conference on Tuesday that as many as 68,051 citizens had registered for the exchange via the website, which is equivalent to 97 percent of the quota available for the first 10 days of exchange.She said the remaining 3 percent was available at representative offices in the provinces of Papua, West Papua and Gorontalo as well in Sibolga in North Sumatra, Lhoksemauwe in Aceh, Ternate in North Maluku and Mamuju in West Sulawesi.Rosmaya said BI would provide a quota of 300 of the Rp 75,000 bills per day for the BI headquarters and 150 bills per day for each representative office.The central bank, she added, deliberately divided up the exchange schedules with a limited number of bills in each period so that people would not flock to exchange centers amid the coronavirus pandemic.“We have calculated how [the citizens] should exchange [the money]; the schedule, the duration, so we can still follow COVID-19 protocols,” Rosmaya said.She acknowledged the public’s enthusiasm for the commemorative bill since its launch, saying that BI would reevaluate the exchange timelines.BI has set a limit of one bill per citizen. In total, it will release 75 million of the Rp 75,000 bills.Topics :last_img read more

Dominica government committed to development of SME sector

first_imgLocalNews Dominica government committed to development of SME sector by: – January 19, 2012 45 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Alexander Stephenson: “The government of Dominica remains committed to the development of the SME sector in the country.”Executive Director in the Employment and Small Business Agency within the Ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs, Alexander Stephenson has announced that the government of Dominica is committed to the development of the Small and Medium Size Enterprise (SME) Development sector.Stephenson who represented the Minister with responsibility for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs Dr. Colin McIntyre at Wednesday’s forum on SME’s that government’s commitment to the sector is based on that sector’s importance towards national and economic growth.He says although the requests for assistance to develop SME’s are enormous and the complaints of challenges faced within that sector equally enormous, the government has undertaken several initiatives to assist the development of SME’s.“Government’s commitment towards SME’s is rooted in the importance of this sector to national economic growth and development in terms of job creation, poverty reduction/eradication, the empowerment of entrepreneurs, etcetera. Among the many initiatives undertaken by this government recently, which could be characterized as being of direct assistance to SME’s is the establishment of the Small Business Support Unit in October, 2008.”Stephenson also highlighted the tremendous progress which the Small Business Support Unit has made since its inception. He said, “To date, over 2, 700 applicants have been received/processed and over 950 of these have been assisted financially. The overall impact at the household level and otherwise has been tremendous. Applicants are from all over the country and assistance is being requested for all types of businesses”.According to Stephenson while government’s assistance to the SME sector continues, “it is crucial that the appropriate policy and legislation is in place to ensure that our objectives are met”. He also stated that while the government has spent over $7 million in soft loans and grants through the Small Business Support Unit, “provision of credit or cash may not always be the answer to the many challenges confronting the SME’s”.The government is therefore seeking additional means of facilitating the development of the sector and made particular reference to the NDFD, DYBT, Aid Bank, the various commercial banks, credit unions, the DAIC, the Bureau of Standards, the DMA who have been working with the government in the development of SME’s.Stephenson proposes that a policy should be implemented which will “document government’s commitment to the development of the sector and therefore serve as a guide in the prioritizing and the implementation of actions agreed towards achieving pre-determined objectives”.He also anticipates that the policy will provide the legal framework within which SME’s will be assisted, which could be in the form of technical or financial incentives.Stephenson asks that all stakeholders; entrepreneurs, agencies and citizens appreciate the importance of the SME as its benefits which include; employment creation, emergence of new entrepreneurs to the establishment of businesses in areas where none currently exist, empowerment of women particularly rural women, expansion of cottage industries” are enormous.He urged the participants of the Forum to commit themselves to the development of the sector as well as national development. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

FFA Convention to go virtual for 2020

first_imgThe National FFA Organization will host the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo as a virtual experience this fall on multiple outlets. This decision, recommended by National FFA staff and affirmed by the National FFA Board of Directors, is due to the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.The national convention will be hosted by the 2019-20 National FFA Officer Team and continue the tradition of celebrating and inspiring the hundreds of thousands of FFA members who are becoming what the world needs next. The event will allow FFA members, advisors, alumni, supporters, sponsors, and exhibitors to connect more than ever before through virtual events, activities, and competitions.The national convention will occur virtually during the week of Oct. 28, as previously planned. Be sure to mark your calendar for Aug. 12 as the organization will release specific details regarding the schedule, registration details, special guests, and other pieces that deliver high-value and impact for FFA members. Delegates from across the country will also join virtually to accomplish the official business of the student-led organization as spelled out in the National FFA Constitution.last_img read more

Man arrested on allegations of strangulation and firearm charges

first_imgColumbus, IN — A Columbus man was arrested on Sunday evening by Columbus Police Department SWAT members after a domestic incident where he allegedly strangled a woman and held a gun to her head.SWAT arrested Parker Broady, 24, of Columbus, after serving a warrant at his home. JNET Narcotic investigators later served a second warrant at the residence and another man who resides there, Jalen Nichols, 24, of Columbus, was arrested after drugs were allegedly observed inside the apartment.Broady was charged on allegations of criminal confinement, intimidation, strangulation, pointing a firearm, domestic battery, and interference with the reporting of a crime. Nichols was charged on allegations of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.last_img read more

Gerard Deulofeu wants more first-team opportunities at Everton

first_img Press Association Gerard Deulofeu has revealed that he has asked Everton manager Roberto Martinez for further first-team football in a bid to accelerate his development. The promising Spanish forward returned to the club on a permanent basis from Barcelona during the summer having impressed while on loan during the 2013/14 season and he was a peripheral figure during a loan spell at Sevilla last season. His arrival is among the reasons there is again optimism surrounding Everton’s prospects – the potential for a long-term partnership forming between the Spaniard and Ross Barkley is particularly promising – and Deulofeu hopes that his winning goal in their recent 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat of Reading will prove the catalyst for a regular starting position. center_img “The manager had told me to be calm, that it is a long season and there will be a lot of opportunities to play,” said Deulofeu ahead of Everton’s Premier League fixture at West Brom on Monday evening. “I have told him that I want to play now and I hope that I can play a lot more and help the team. “This is my third professional season: a year in Everton, last year at Sevilla and now back here. I need to be a first-team player. I need to play a lot of games and feel important to a team. If you have a lot of confidence, I believe everything will be fine.” Deulofeu was once so highly thought of at Barcelona that he was expected to progress into their first team but even if those expectations proved beyond him, he believes he is at the right club to progress. “The last three months in Sevilla I did not play a single game but my physical shape is good and I am ready to play whenever I am needed. “I am so happy to be back here. One of the most important reasons for coming back was that I had been so happy here during the year I had on loan. I felt at home here, very comfortable. “I am very happy with the goal against Reading. The goalkeeper did not attack it especially well but what is important is to score and help the team. “It is great for my confidence too. I need to play more minutes. I want to play more minutes. This, for me, is very important. I find it hard to be on the bench. Like all players, I do not like being a substitute. But I have to wait for my chance and try to take it when it comes.” last_img read more

Ticket prizes confirmed for CPL Guyana leg

first_img… Amazon Warriors to begin one week next Tuesday TICKET sales for the Guyana leg of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League have been confirmed and will be available shortly at the CPL Guyana Office located at 238 Camp and Quamina Streets, Georgetown.Chronicle Sport confirmed yesterday from a source close to the Guyana Amazon Warriors unit, that tickets are expected to cost $5 000 for the Red and Green Stands; $3 000 for the Orange Stand and $2 500 for the Grass Mound.Four exciting and high quality matches are set to be played in Guyana, with the host team (Guyana Amazon Warriors) taking on the Jamaica Tallawahs on August 17 from 20:00hrs; Trinbago Knight Riders on August 19 from 12:00hrs; Barbados Tridents on August 20 from 18:00hrs and St Lucia Stars on August 22 from 18:00hrs.This year the organisers have put in place many security features to prevent counterfeiting and unlike some other venues, tickets for the Guyana National Stadium are numbered to match the seat numbers which will eliminate the possibility of overcrowding.For further information on ticketing contact can be made to the CPL Guyana office on 231-5344, 231-2035 or 225-5840 and by e-mail – cplguyana@gmail.com.Meanwhile, the Warriors unit will assemble for a one-week training camp next Tuesday before getting down to serious business the day after.The encampment period will run until August 1. Thereafter, the squad will depart for Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 2. During the Florida leg, the Warriors will play St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in two games before returning to the Caribbean.The South American-based franchise have been one of the most consistent sides since the tournament’s inception, reaching the final in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2015, the Guyana Amazon Warriors reached the semifinals phase.The fifth edition of Hero Caribbean Premier League opens on August 4 in St Lucia and the final is set for September 9 in Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more