Breathtaking natural beauties, the roar of water overflowing over seven magnificent travertine waterfalls and the rich cultural and historical heritage, which evokes the spirit of past times, are the values with which generations grow up along Krk. But without awareness of the preservation of our natural heritage and the sustainable development of tourism, we can destroy our natural resources in the long run.With this motive and goal, in order to preserve the millennial heritage, the Public Institution “Krka National Park” this year started making new business decisions within the project of responsible management and safety of visitors in order to relieve the most famous and most visited site, Skradinski Buk. “National and nature parks are one of our strongest brands, as evidenced by the fact that they were visited by over 3,5 million visitors last year. July and August are the months with the greatest pressure, so it is important that the most visited parks take measures to relieve the most attractive locations, which is now the first thing the Krka National Park has done. The Ministry supports projects of effective visitor management at the national level, both financially and professionally. Since about ten days ago, visitors have the opportunity to buy a ticket to the parks and online. This is another mechanism for better visitor management. With the support of the Ministry, our parks have applied for EU co-financing of 20 visitor infrastructure improvement projects worth around HRK 770 million, which are now undergoing the approval phase. Better visitor infrastructure will facilitate access to parks but also facilitate their effective protection. Therefore, these projects are currently one of our priorities. ” – pointed out Dr. sc. Mario Šiljeg, State Secretary at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy, emphasized that all these activities will contribute to raising the level of quality of visitor management and further development of the areas where the parks are located.Krka National Park is an important economic entity that, in addition to protecting natural beauties and rich cultural and historical heritage, actively participates in strengthening the local community and positioning Šibenik-Knin County as a brand. The Krka National Park brand is recognized worldwide as an unavoidable destination for visitors to the Republic of Croatia and is also its first protected area to implement active measures to limit the number of visitors in order to preserve the recognizable heritage of the wider area along the Krka. “Šibenik-Knin County fully supports all activities of the National Park “Krka”, and related to the limited visit to Skradinski Buk, because the sustainable development of this area is an absolute priority. It is in these activities that we see the challenge of the tourist development of the wider area of the Krka National Park, as well as the entire Šibenik-Knin County. I am pleased to point out the exceptional cooperation with the Krka National Park and once again congratulate you on the successfully applied project “Unknown Krka”, the implementation of which will certainly encourage the development of the rural part of our county.”, Said Goran Pauk, prefect of Šibenik-Knin County.In order to protect the fundamental phenomenon of the Park, increase the safety of visitors and reduce crowds, and to provide each visitor with a complete experience in protected nature, several phases of the project were realized. The main road to Skradinski Buk and the branch office of the Public Institution “NP Krka” in Skradin have been arranged, in which there are now eight points of sale instead of the previous three, and the movement in it is one-way due to efficient service provision. Furthermore, from this summer, visitors will be able to access the boat in Skradin only with a purchased ticket for the Krka National Park, which will reduce the queue for boarding the ship and leave visitors more time to tour the sights in the city of Skradin. “In the year in which we mark the 32nd anniversary of the proclamation of the Krka National Park and the city after which the fundamental phenomenon of the Park is named, we are part of a truly important moment in its institutional history. Founded with the aim of protecting the values created by the symbiosis of nature and man, NP “Krka” for 32 years justifies the role of guardian of our heritage, the heritage we inherited and which we are obliged to leave to those who come after us. And it is through this project, the project of protection of the fundamental phenomenon of the Park, that we are fulfilling the order of civilization that was placed before this institution thirty-two years ago. Providing visitors with more quality time for sightseeing in the city of Skradin makes a strong contribution to the economy of the city, which sees tourism as its most significant potential and strategic direction.”, Emphasized mr. sc. Antonijo Brajković, Mayor of the City of Skradin.This summer, the number of visitors to Skradinski Buk will be limited. Visitors to Lozovac and Skradin will have access to displays showing the available number of tickets for Skradinski buk. Those visitors who will not be able to enter Skradinski buk at a certain moment will be offered alternative directions, ie programs for visiting sites on the middle and upper course of the Krka. “Visitors will be able to spend time waiting to enter Skradinski buk visiting educational hiking trails and lookouts on the middle course of the Krka, will be able to enjoy the sacred heritage that Krka nurtures, discover monuments that testify to the turbulent past of this area, discover undiscovered parts of Krka in one of the many rural households that offer a rich selection of traditionally prepared and organically grown local products. This year’s novelty is also on line reservation and sale of tickets for NP “Krka” via web shop Parks of Croatia so that visitors can plan their arrival in the Park on time and with quality”, Concluded mr. sc. Krešimir Šakić, director of the Public Institution “Krka National Park”.As of this year, the movement of visitors along Skradinski Buk has been one-way. Upon arrival at the site, visitors will be able to get acquainted with the direction of the tour on a map of the area, and there are signposts that will make it easier for visitors to move. Tour direction (Walk this way) is especially prominent and there are signs prohibiting movement for visitors who would head in the opposite direction.Finally, with additional promotional activities, visitors will be invited to plan their arrival time and book tickets for the Krka National Park. One of the promotional tools for this purpose is a short video which you can watch below attached.
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Alongside the technical brilliance of the Sam Mendes’ direction, what struck me were the events and personal stories that inspired the masterpiece. How many amazing stories go unheard every day because other, similar heroes live alone, isolated and uncared for?With the current pressures of Covid-19, the majority of us are experiencing social distancing and isolation. However, many of the UK’s elderly population were already experiencing this, even before lockdown began.I’m conscious that the property industry is part of the problem; the default position has been to keep older people out of sight and out of mind. This is an intellectually and economically damaging approach, when people entering their ’third age’ have so much to give.Britain is soon to face a tide of ageing baby-boomers who currently have little in the way of age-appropriate housing. Currently, less than 1% of people aged over 65 live in dedicated retirement communities in the UK.Investors, like consumers, have quite clear perceptions of retirement communities, and I know very few are positive. Many dedicated retirement homes are far away from amenities and lack good design, with poor consideration for care and wellbeing. Nobody – no matter their age – wants to live in such isolated ‘villages’ that do not encourage engagement with the greater community. Guild Living’s scheme in BathWe need to step out of the mould of traditional retirement operators and developers and bring older generations back to the heart of towns and cities.A starting point has to be offering more choice of where people can retire to and ensuring that independence and wellbeing are at the heart of that offer.That is why our focus is on city centres where infrastructure already exists. We want people to truly engage with communities – that requires everything to be accessible – but also to help facilitate new life experiences and opportunities.We are building city centre communities combining architecture and interiors that support ageing, but that also focus on mixed-use elements. Open-plan green spaces, fitness centres, cafés, cinemas, libraries and onsite nurseries mean each Guild Living community will bring different generations together.I have spent a lot of time listening to older people’s stories and I’ve found that sometimes it takes a simple question to really understand a person and their problems. We are working with academics and researchers, including Professor Malcolm Johnson, who featured on Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, to explore emotional loneliness in older people living in retirement communities.Fixing the UK’s housing market is going to be a battle. But compared with the ageing crisis looming on the horizon, it is a battle worth fighting to build communities that bring people together.By keeping older people front and centre, we can actively tackle these issues but also ensure the incredible 1917-type tales from a bygone era aren’t lost within our modern society.Eugene Marchese is founder and director of Guild Living
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Approximately 20 tons (18.1 tonnes) of equipment, including skis and guns, was shifted using the airline’s IL-76D-90VD freighter aircraft. Given the time sensitive nature of the shipment, air freight was chosen as the most reliable method of delivering the cargoes on time. Upon completion of the competition, Volga-Dnepr carried the equipment back to Norway and Germany.The customer for the charter was UgraMegaSport, the Biathlon World Cup organiser.www.volga-dnepr.com
According to the shipping line, low time charter demand and increasing management and financial expenses were the main factors contributing to the profit decline. However, Coscol reported substantial growth from its multipurpose vessel fleet and has begun optimising its overall fleet structure. Coscol will add between four and eight 28,000 dwt heavy lift vessels to its fleet during 2013. It will decommission between four and eight 60,000-110,100 dwt multipurpose vessels in that time. During 2012, Coscol’s total fleet capacity rose to 1.55 million dwt – up from 1.18 million dwt in 2009. Over this time the average fleet age has fallen from 21 to 12.9 years old. www.coscol.com.cn
The 200,000 sq m steel and breakbulk terminal has handled over 5,100,000 tonnes of steel since its opening in 2009. The terminal provides rail and road links to Monterrey, Monclova, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro, Guadalajara and Mexico City.The new Gottwald crane will be added to the terminal’s existing 100-tonne capacity model, in addition to its heavy-duty forklift range.Clipper Group, which is one of the four shareholders in the IPA Steel Terminal, explained that the new HMK260E crane will be able to execute heavy lifts of up to 150 tonnes in tandem with the terminal’s existing mobile harbour crane. Read more about the Altamira terminal here. www.clipper-group.com www.steelterminal.com
INTRO: The debate about privatising Deutsche Bahn AG will reach a climax in the next few weeks. In the run-up to a decision on a stock market listing, Chris Jackson sought the views of Chairman Hartmut MehdornJackson: Herr Mehdorn, why do you want to float Deutsche Bahn AG on the stock market?Mehdorn: Deutsche Bahn constantly needs capital. Trains, tracks and facilities have to be maintained and modernised. DB AG ceased to be a state authority 12 years ago, and it has to grow in the same way as any other company. In the future the federal government will no longer be available as a provider of capital to the necessary extent. For that reason, it should sell a part of DB AG so that we can obtain fresh capital from the market to implement the growth opportunities of the future.Jackson: In which areas are you aiming for further growth?Mehdorn: We want to grow both in our traditional markets in Germany and to attract more customers to rail. But we also want to continue our involvement in European urban, regional and long-distance transport and to use the opportunities of European liberalisation as we are already doing with Railion in freight transport. In logistics, we have to be in a position to offer our customers worldwide services in order to remain competitive.Jackson: What can Deutsche Bahn customers expect from the stock market flotation?Mehdorn: They will benefit from our being able to continue Deutsche Bahn’s modernisation course with new capital. Customers will get better service and travel even more punctually, in cleaner surroundings and more safely. In logistics, our customers will get a worldwide unique range of services from a single source. The more we can invest, the more tightly-knit our logistics network will become.Jackson: What does your schedule for the stock market flotation look like?Mehdorn: That is a decision to be taken by our owner – the federal government – in the coming few weeks. The fact is that the present offers a very favourable time window. The Deutsche Bahn management and staff have prepared the ground for a stock market flotation in the past few years. We will be fit for the stock market at the end of this year. Now it’s up to the politicians to decide.
Credit: Warner BrosDC’s animated series of films has delivered some really memorable moments over the last few decades. This current iteration of the DC Universe draws to a conclusion here with Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, an epic and brave finale that is packed to the rafters with action, adventure, surprises and shocks.The plot finds the heroes (and some villains) of Earth facing their gravest challenge yet. With reports of an imminent attack on the planet, Superman (Jerry O’Connell) takes a crew to face Darkseid (Tony Todd) head-on in a bid to save humanity. But when things go wrong, the whole fabric of the DC Universe is shaken to its core, leaving a dejected band of heroes the impossible task of mounting a final stand against the forces of darkness.What grabs you first is the sense of risk and escalation that this story projects. Literally from the opening scenes a high-risk factor is established, and this keeps its momentum throughout the film, making each scene a pivotal and interesting watch that serves the greater story. The 90min runtime is lean and full of action, and the events of the movie keeps die-hard fans of the DC Universe happy whilst also being easy to follow for anyone not familiar with all the ins and outs of the lore.Like I said before, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War has a real sense of danger and ominous, foreboding dread running nicely throughout. As a viewer, you really cannot tell how the outcome will play out and that makes for a refreshing watch. There are obvious comparisons with the events that take place in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame. It too features a desperate band of surviving superheroes trying to bring down a greater evil for the fate of the world. The DC heroes here have a bit more baggage with them though which cultivates some great, tension-filled scenes between them.Credit: Warner BrosThe roster of familiar faces is big here, with heavyweights like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn sharing the screen with the likes of John Constantine, Raven, Bane, Trigon, Captain Boomerang and King Shark. There are a lot of famous faces here and for the most part, everyone has a chance to shine onscreen. But be warned, there are a few deaths on the cards here too, which means that a level of unpredictability shadows everything you see and that makes for a great watch.This is almost relentless in the action stakes and therefore it’s a joy to watch. From daring battles on Earth and in Space to Lois Lane ‘fight-clubbing’ Harley Quinn in an underground boxing ring, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War isn’t shy to shed the blood and celebrate the carnage of a war movie. And that is what this is – a war movie with casualties everywhere that keeps you on the edge of your seat.Credit: Warner BrosThe vocal cast are all superb and do exceptionally well here. The regular stalwarts all reliably deliver like Rainn Wilson (Lex Luthor), Jason O’Mara (Batman), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Rebecca Romijn (Lois Lane), Christopher Gorham (The Flash) and Jerry O’Connell (Superman) but the less mainstream characters do a lot of the heavy lifting here too. Matt Ryan reprises his role as John Constantine once again, and in many ways leads this movie (very well). Voice acting hero John DiMaggio is always a joy to listen to as King Shark and Trigon, Taissa Farmiga is brilliant as Raven, Hynden Walch is a joy as a maniacal Harley Quinn, and Tony Todd gives Darkseid the correct level of sinister malevolence to keep the stakes high throughout the story.With high-emotion balancing out nicely with the all-out action, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is a surprisingly poignant and memorable way for this animated DC Universe to bow out. With DC actively moving in interesting directions, I’m not sure what we have coming up next, but if their current iteration of Harley Quinn is anything to go by, we are in for a treat. Seriously, if you haven’t watched the Kaley Cuoco and Lake Bell starring series yet, you are massively missing out on one of the freshest and funniest shows in years. So the future looks bright for DC animation, and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War makes sure the final film in its series delivers a suitably awesome finale for fans to say goodbye, and provides a platform to launch new and exciting ventures from.Cast: Matt Ryan, Taissa Farmiga, Jason O’Mara, Rainn Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Rebecca Romijn, Hynden Walch, Christopher Gorham, Jerry O’Connell, Tony Todd Director: Matt Peters, Christina Sotta Writer: Ernie Altbacker, Mairghread Scott Released By: Warner Bros Certificate: 15 Duration: 90 mins Release Date: 18th May 2020 (DVD/Blu-ray), out now (VOD)
Jamaica has had a long history of anti-Rastafarianism and anti-Blackness coupled with issues of classism and colorism. Despite being popularized by Bob Marley and reggae music, Rastafarians are still a small percentage of Jamaica’s population and face much discrimination outside of their own families/communities. Currently, Jamaica’s Ministry of Education has not set any clear guidelines regarding such discrimination. While there is a general position taken against discrimination, its “soft guidance” leaves room for a school board to make decisions about certain specifics, like appropriate hairstyles for students. While the case may have been dismissed due to legal technicalities, the very genesis of the case has triggered an entire island, where the majority of the population is of African-descent. In the written judgment, handed down on August 3, the panel of judges stated that there was no breach of the child’s constitutional rights. The judgment also suggested that the attorney who represented the family, Isat Buchanan showed a clear misunderstanding of the law in his submissions on the issue of freedom of religion. In the 2018 incident, the girl’s mother, Sherine Virgo was told that her then five-year-old daughter would need to cut her hair before she could attend the Kensington Primary School in Portmore, St. Catherine. The school stated that the wearing of dreadlocks was against its policy due to fears of a lice outbreak at the school. Buchanan also said that the judgment will have further implications for the child and her parents. “The injunction which caused the child to go to the school without being harassed or harmed is now lifted, and the child is at the mercy of the school,” Buchanan said. The fact that a rule of this nature even exists on the island which birthed the Rastafarian religion and culture has shocked the entire diaspora and the world. The potential exploitation of such a rule has also been a factor for Jamaicans that are outraged. Other Jamaicans echoed similar sentiments, saying that the Rastafarian religion and dreadlocks are an integral part of Jamaican culture and as such, there should be no discrimination. In August 2019, the Supreme Court had granted an injunction for the child to attend the school after the Jamaican human rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) filed a motion on behalf of the child and her parents. While the Minister of Education, Karl Samuda declined to comment on the incident, Prime Minister Andrew Holness responded to the outrage, saying that his administration has also been against discrimination. Norma Wright called on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to “wake up and do not allow the courts to strife the rights of Jamaican people.” She posted that “Dreadlocks are revered all over the world and most importantly the Religious practice and symbol of the true Rastafarian. Are you waiting for an uprising of your people?? Please do the right thing and spearhead the abolishment of such unjust ruling.” According to Holness, it is “time to review and amend the Education Act to reflect a modern and culturally inclusive position” that protects children from being barred from schools for religious religions. Rochelle Patten, another Jamaican from the diaspora, said that over the years, she had hoped the culture of discrimination had changed. “It’s not losing our culture. Jamaica has always discriminated against Rastafarians,” she posited to the Facebook group. “I’d hoped that things had changed and that they would have embraced it as part of our heritage and culture. As far as I’m concerned, the Maroons and Rastafarians are the closest link to our African ancestors,” she said. The Virgo family poses for a portrait in 2019. (Diallo Dixon) As Black people in America wage protests over systemic racism, many Jamaicans in the diaspora are incensed over a recent Supreme Court ruling in their home country, that many view as racially discriminatory. In the Facebook group, Linton Thomas took a shot at the judges for the wigs that form part of their uniform. “Those judges need to take off their nasty colonial wigs and think – they are still thinking like the slave owners!”. Virgo said that this is an opportunity for the government to step in and “right the wrongs” of its legal system. But the island’s government cannot overturn the ruling of a court. On the brink of the island’s Emancipation Day holiday, Jamaica’s Supreme Court on July 31, ruled that the constitutional rights of a young girl were not breached when she was barred from attending school because of her dreadlocks. The girl’s father called the ruling another sign of “systemic racism.” Any change would have to be made the Ministry of Education regarding specific kinds of discrimination, to prevent similar incidents to happen in the future. “A child was refused because of her Black hair, you know?” said Dale Virgo, father of the now seven-year-old girl. “It’s so weird that right now in the current climate of the world, in 2020, we are having protests, and Black people are fed up.” In the meantime, the girl’s mother has said that her daughter will continue to sport her dreadlocks. “I will not be cutting her hair! That was never an option on the table. As it is right now, it seems that everything is going the homeschool direction anyways.” In a public Facebook group: JAMAICA DIASPORA Southern USA, Jamaicans living abroad expressed their anger and shock at the ruling. Georgia Bryce posted: “What kind of hifoluted, “Americanized” horse manure nonsense is this?!! Are you kidding me? Rastafarianism/dreadlocks/locks is as Jamaican as it gets. Are we losing our culture here? I hope there is massive corporate resistance, even from the “bald-head” community. KMT!!” with a link to a Washington Post article on the ruling. Buchanan has already indicated that he intends to appeal the court’s ruling. He insisted that the child’s constitutional rights to freedom of expression, the right to religion, equity, equality before the law and access to education, among others, were breached. In a statement on August 1, he said his administration has always maintained that “children must not be discriminated against, nor deprived of their right to an education…”