UNESCO charters handed over to the Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks

first_imgAt the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, held in July 2017 in Poland, beech forests in the Northern Velebit National Park, within the Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi Strict Reserve, together with beech forests at the Suva draga-Kliment and Oglavinovac-Javornik in the Paklenica National Park and beech forests in 10 other European countries, are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.And yesterday, the UNESCO charters were finally handed over to the director of the Paklenica National Park, Natalija Andačić, and the director of the Northern Velebit National Park, Irena Glavičić Sertić.The exceptionality of beech forests in the Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks is based on their originality, geographical position, age and size. Specifically, it is about 1289,11 hectares of beech forest in the Northern Velebit National Park or 2031,87 hectares of forest in the Paklenica National Park. The inclusion of new areas on the World Heritage List has resulted in an integrity that is of exceptional value and is proof of the natural and undisturbed development of Europe’s beech forest ecosystems.The director of the Northern Velebit National Park, Irena Glavičić Sertić, pointed out that being on the world heritage map is both an exceptional honor and a responsibility for them. Natalija Andačić, director of the Paklenica National Park, said that beech forests are a valuable ecosystem in which there are species and habitats that are mostly endangered in Europe. This charter will significantly contribute to the preservation not only of beech as a species, but also of the overall ecosystem it supports.This is the third extension of the list of countries with beech forests. Beech forests of Slovakia and Ukraine were the first to be inscribed on the World Heritage List “Primitive Beech Forests of the Carpathians” in 2007. The expansion followed in 2010 with the entry of German ancient beech forests while the third expansion is the result of an international research project launched in 2012 under the leadership of Austria. During the project, a list of 126 areas of significant pristine and ancient beech forests of Europe was obtained, of which 63 were selected for nomination. These are areas in Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine and Croatia.The inscription on the World Heritage List is a confirmation that the natural beauties of Croatia are managed in the best possible way with the aim of protection for future generations and that Croatia is among the richest European countries in terms of biodiversity and natural beauties.Related news:INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO DECLARE IMOT LAKES UNESCO GEO PARKTHE VISA ARCHIPELAGO BECOMES THE SECOND UNESCO GEOPARK IN CROATIAPAPUK NATURE PARK THE FIRST CROATIAN GEOPARK UNDER UNESCO PROTECTIONMUNICIPALITY OF MRKOPALJ LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO PUT WHITE AND SAMARA ROCKS UNDER UNESCO PROTECTIONTHE STONE LACE OF THE ISLAND OF BALJENAC WILL CANDIDATE FOR UNESCO!STEĆKI inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden’s presidential bid

first_img Clinton, a onetime US secretary of state, former senator from New York and wife of past President Bill Clinton, lost the 2016 presidential race against Trump in an election that is still the source of anger and consternation among many liberals who expected to elect the first female president but also wrestled with whether they chose the right candidate.The endorsement came at a Biden campaign town hall focused on the impacts of the novel coronavirus on women, who are expected to play a critical role in the most competitive swing states in the election. Biden introduced Clinton as the woman who should be president now.Biden is already his party’s presumptive nominee after his rivals dropped out, including Senator Bernie Sanders, who bitterly clashed with Clinton when they contested their party’s 2016 primary.Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president, and Clinton his first secretary of state. Both simultaneously considered presidential runs, but Biden ultimately decided against mounting a campaign then as he grieved over the death of his son Beau. Obama endorsed Biden’s current campaign two weeks ago.Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said in a statement, “There is no greater concentration of Democrat establishment than Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton together. President Trump beat her once and now he’ll beat her chosen candidate.”  Topics : Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed fellow Democrat Joe Biden’s campaign for the office she once sought on Tuesday.”This is a moment that we need a leader, a president like Joe Biden,” she said during a joint event online with the former vice president.The endorsement, while no surprise, marks the latest in a series of high-profile Democrats lining up behind Biden ahead of what is expected to be a tight Nov. 3 election rematch between their party and Republican President Donald Trump.last_img read more

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Maersk Oil lifts profit on higher oil price, lower costs

first_imgMaersk OIl-operated Culzean development in the UK North SeaDanish oil company Maersk Oil increased its profit and revenues for the second quarter of 2017 helped by higher oil prices and lower costs. According to a financial report on Wednesday by Maersk Oil’s parent company, A.P. Moller – Maersk, Maersk Oil recorded an underlying profit of $184 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $130 million in the prior-year period.This result was driven by a higher average oil price of $50 per barrel versus $46 per barrel in 2Q 2016, lower costs and one-off income totaling $66 million related to tax and provisions. The result was partly offset by the lower entitlement production.The company’s revenues also increased totaling $1.37 billion in the second quarter of this year compared to $1.29 billion in the prior-year period.Maersk Oil reduced operating expenses excluding exploration costs and costs related to purchase of oil and gas for resale, by 3%, to $452m versus $468m in 2Q 2016.Cash flow used for capital expenditure was $259m, versus $330m in 2Q 2016, primarily directed at the Culzean, UK and Johan Sverdrup, Norway developments.The reduced entitlement production of 284,000 boepd, versus 331,000 boepd in 2Q 2016, was due to Qatar, where cost reduction and higher oil price led to fewer entitlement barrels for cost recovery in addition to unplanned production losses lowering the gross production.Maersk Oil exited Qatar in July after 25 years, having produced more than 1.75bn barrels of oil from the Al Shaheen field. The company said the exit from Qatar by mid-July progressed as planned. The economic finalization of the exit is still subject to review; however, Maersk Oil does not expect any adverse impact from this.Lower year-on-year production from mature assets in the UK also contributed. In Denmark, Kazakhstan, US, Algeria and Iraqi Kurdistan, production was in line with or slightly higher than same period last year due to good operational performance offsetting natural decline.The oil price is impacted by the prolonged OPEC production cuts agreed in May 2017 and was within a range of $44-55 per barrel in 2Q 2017 compared to $40-50 in the same period last year. Global supply surplus appears to extend also into 2018, however, significant uncertainty remains in the oil price outlook, the company concluded.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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More NCAA Corruption

first_imgBig time college basketball took another hit last month.  According to an article by Tom Hayes & Associates in the Indy Star, a federal jury in New York found former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins, and amateur league director Merl Code guilty of fraud.  These 3 were accused and found guilty of handing out money under the table to high school star players.  For example, prosecutors claimed they gave out $100,000 to try to lure a prospect to go to a college that used Adidas equipment.According to testimony, the college was not aware of these payments.  However, it cost Rick Pitino of Louisville his job and Bill Self of Kansas to be closely monitored with one young man who is currently waiting to be cleared to play for the Jayhawks.  Coach Self vehemently denies any knowledge of such transactions, but he is holding the player out of action until the matter is resolved.If you are a parent of a highly skilled young athlete, you have to be very observant of what your son/daughter is being promised if they choose to go to a certain college.  According to my knowledge of NCAA rules, the only thing they can offer you is a scholarship.  Supposedly, even the gift of any athletic equipment or clothing is illegal.  These are considered bribes.  It is a shame how some of these young athletes are targeted by outsiders who are not interested in their education, but only the money that they could make if the athlete attends a school that they sponsor.last_img read more

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Two-night IMCA One Night Stand is this weekend at LaSalle Speedway

first_imgLaSALLE, Ill. – One night of IMCA racing just won’t be enough for the One Night Stand at LaSalle Speed­way.Presented by Hoker Trucking, the third annual spe­cial retains its name while expanding to two days Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4 and 5.IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models and Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMods race each race for $1,000 to win on opening night and for $3,000 to win on night two.Both Modified features are qualifying events for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speed­way Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Per­formance State points will be awarded both nights in all three divisions; Side Biter Chassis North Central Re­gion points will be given for each Modified show as well. There are no entry fees.Minimum start money on Friday is $200 for Late Mod­els and $125 for Modifieds. Late Models get $250 to start, Modifieds $150 to start on Saturday. Start money both nights for Northern SportMods is $100.Tow money in all three divisions is $75.Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to fol­low. Spectator admission for adults is $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Kids 11 and under get in free when accom­panying a paid adult and pit passes are $35 both days.The Thursday, Aug. 3 open practice runs from 6-10 p.m. Pit passes are $25 and there is no charge for grand­stand admission.More information is available by calling 815 223-6900 or by emailing tony@lasallespeedway.com.last_img read more

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Ward rebuilds, repeats in IMCA’s Dirt Works Eastern Region

first_imgA.J. Ward repeated as champion of IMCA’s Dirt Works Eastern Region for Modifieds. He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)IONIA, Mich. – A.J. Ward was as fast on the interstate as he was on the dirt.He’s got a second straight Dirt Works Eastern Region championship, among a trailer full of IMCA hon­ors, to show for all that speed.The Ionia, Mich., driver got on line to find a new ride after getting caught up in an early May wreck. He bought and picked up a 2015 BMS ride out of Iowa mid-week, drove home and rebuilt the car in just a day and a half, then promptly topped a $1,500 to win event at I-96 Speedway.He finished the season with 17 feature wins, earning track titles at I-96 and Crystal Motor Speedway and another Allstar Performance Michigan State crown.“I don’t believe you’re a true champion until you stay on top,” said Ward. “Our whole goal this year was to repeat as regional champion and have a solid shot at the national points, and we accomplished that.”He rallied after restarting at the back of the field to beat Gary VanderMark and Myron DeYoung to the checkers at Lake Odessa in a late June outing. Ward went no more than five races (the span from July 3-15) without a win before getting back in sync.“We hit kind of a dry spell at Crystal but we got our motivation back and got nine wins in our last 15 starts,” he said. “Our whole focus was spot on. I was racing better and the number of wins showed it.”Ward’s track-by-track numbers showed nine wins at I-96, six at Crystal and two, including the Battle by the Bay, at Tri-City Motor Speedway.A two-time heat winner, Ward raced his way into qualifying features three nights at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. He ran third in his final sanctioned start of the sea­son, Crystal’s Great Lakes Nationals.Ward will go into 2018 with 81 IMCA Modified career wins and new regional and national aspirations.“I want to get to 100 career wins, hopefully by or just after mid-season,” he said. “We will have new sponsors and new equipment and are going to hit everything as hard as we ever have next year. Hopefully the wins and the points will follow.”The only other Michigan driver to win an IMCA Eastern Region title is Rick Stout, in 1995 and 1996.Starts-38Wins-17Additional Top Fives-10 HIS CREW: Ryan Bennett, Tony Williams, father Frank, son Kraton, Spencer Flint, Jeff Dygert, Kyle Shattuck, Brandon Linderman and Jordan King.HIS SPONSORS: Four Seasons Mobile Pressure Washing, Level 5 Construction, Darin Elliott with Green Ridge Realty, CL Trucking & Excavating, Smokey Mountain Tobacco, Ionia Race Car Swap Meet, the Ben­nett family, Tommy Fochmocher, and Animal House Dog Grooming, all of Ionia; XLT Engineering of Kaw­kawlin; Abbott Hayes Pool Construction of Bath; TWI Installation and S and M Video, both of Stanton; Seaver Motorsports of Sheridan; Wellman & Son Machine Shop and White’s RV Rental, both of Fenwick; Brinn Inc. of Bay City; BMS of Great Bend, Kan.; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton, Neb.; Wehrs Machine of Ban­gor, Wis.; Bob Harris Enterprises of Ames, Iowa; Quickcar Racing Products of Lebanon, Tenn.; and Close Racing Supply of Eldred, Pa.last_img read more

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Carthage Deputy Town Marshal faces charges after burglary investigation

first_imgRushville, In. — In early April around 11:30 p.m., an off duty Carthage Deputy Town Marshal, Jonathan R. Hancock, 38, interrupted a burglary in progress at a local business in Carthage.  Hancock, who lives near the business, confronted three suspects as they were coming out after breaking in, identifying himself as a police officer.  The suspects began to flee on foot during which time the officer gave chase and fired shots, but none of the suspects were struck.One juvenile suspect was caught and taken into custody, but the other two suspects fled and are still at large. The Rush County Sheriff’s Department is conducting the burglary investigation, and the Indiana State Police were requested by the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office to conduct an investigation into the shots fired.After the shots fired portion of the investigation was completed by Detective Sergeant Scott Jarvis it was turned over to the Rush County Prosecutor’s Officer for their review. After their review, a warrant for the charges of Level 6 Felony Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon; Level 6 Felony Impersonation of a Public Servant; Level 6 Felony Official Misconduct of a Public Servant and Level 6 Felony Pointing a Firearm at Another was issued for John Hancock.The Impersonation of an Officer charge stems from Hancock not completing his yearly Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) required training in 2018, to remain certified as a police officer in Indiana. Hancock turned himself in at the Rush County Jail today and later bonded out.  This is all the information available for release, and any further questions should be referred to the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office.last_img read more

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Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library start curbside services this week

first_imgGreensburg, IN—The Greensburg – Decatur County Public Library is pleased to announce that it will be starting curbside pickup on Wednesday, May 13. The Greensburg Library will be open 10 am – 6 pm Monday through Thursday for Curbside Pickup only. There is a limit of 10 items per pickup. You can browse the online catalog to choose books, magazines, or DVDs that you would like to request, but they ask that you do not place these items on hold through the Evergreen online system. Only materials owned by the Greensburg Library will be available for hold and check-out. To check out an item either call the Library at 812-663-2826 or email at curbside@greensburglibrary.org to request your items. A staff member will take your request for fulfillment. Please have your library card handy as we will need it to process the request.Staff will call each patron to arrange a pickup time during the pickup hours.When arriving for pick-up, pull into one of four designated curbside pickup spots that will be marked by a sign with phone number and instructions, call the Library at 812-663-2826, and let staff know that you are here to pick up a hold, giving your name and parking spot number.After you notify the Library that you have arrived, open your trunk, hatch, etc., get back into the car, and please stay in the car. Staff will deliver your items to your trunk or hatchback and make no contact. If you have items to return, please place those in the book drop for proper handling and quarantine.last_img read more

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Providence faces tough test vs No. 19 Marquette

first_imgProvidence faces tough test vs No. 19 Marquette Associated Press SUPER SENIORS: Marquette has relied heavily on its seniors. Markus Howard, Sacar Anim, Koby McEwen and Brendan Bailey have collectively accounted for 73 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 84 percent of all Golden Eagles points over the team’s last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Alpha Diallo has either made or assisted on 48 percent of all Providence field goals over the last three games. Diallo has 25 field goals and eight assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Providence is 0-6 this year when it scores 61 points or fewer and 15-6 when it scores at least 62.WINNING WHEN: The Friars are 13-0 when holding opponents to 40 percent or worse from the field, and 2-12 when opponents shoot better than that. The Golden Eagles are 12-0 when they hold opponents to 68 points or fewer and 5-8 when opponents exceed 68 points.DID YOU KNOW: Marquette as a team has made 10.1 3-pointers per game this season, which is seventh-most among Division I teams. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 19 Marquette (17-8, 7-6) vs. Providence (15-12, 8-6)Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 19 Marquette presents a tough challenge for Providence. Providence has won three of its seven games against ranked opponents this season. Marquette came up short in a 73-65 game at home to Creighton on Tuesday.center_img February 20, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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England criticised for not making most of conditions against Australia

first_img(REUTERS) – England’s 64-run loss to Australia in the World Cup on Tuesday left their semi-final qualification hopes in the balance and British media outlets settled on a similar theme, focusing on the hosts’ lack of application as compared to their rivals.Australia (12 points) sealed the first semi-final spot with their sixth win while England – fourth with eight points and two games left – must now keep one eye on other results with Bangladesh and Sri Lanka breathing down their necks.England great Geoffrey Boycott called their batsmen “one-dimensional” and “flat-track bullies” and that was evident from some of their dismissals by bowlers Jason Behrendorff (5-44) and Mitchell Starc (4-43), who thrived in seam-friendly conditions. “England have simply been unable to deal with surfaces that have not allowed them to play their go-to explosive and aggressive game,” former cricketer Steve James wrote in The Times.“(Eoin) Morgan said afterwards that it would have been a ‘horrific’ decision to bat first… in these conditions, but from now on should he consider batting first? That is three losses chasing now.” Although England won the toss and elected to bowl at an overcast Lord’s, Morgan was let down by his bowlers as Australia’s patient 123-run opening stand gave them a platform to set a competitive total.By contrast, England were stumbling at 26-3 with James Vince, Joe Root and Morgan back in the pavilion by the end of the sixth over. “England were guilty of bowling too short in seam-friendly conditions as Aaron Finch (100) and David Warner (53) made headway in an opening stand… their third ton-plus partnership of the tournament,” David Ruse wrote on Sky Sports.“Australia were 44 for no loss after their first 10 overs as they dealt with the short stuff, England were reduced to 39-3 after their initial 10 as they floundered against the pitched-up deliveries.”Former English captain Michael Vaughan was particularly critical of Vince, whom he gave 1/10 in his player ratings in The Telegraph, after Jason Roy’s replacement failed for the third time and fell for a duck in the second ball of the innings. “England have a decision to make. No point continuing to play him (Vince) after three failures,” Vaughan wrote.“How is he going to suddenly turn it on against India in a game when if they lose they could be out (of) the World Cup when he has no form behind him? “They will have to wheel out Jason Roy or, if not, promote Moeen Ali or Chris Woakes to open. Neither options are ideal but they can’t do any worse.”England’s final two matches are against the two remaining unbeaten sides in the tournament – India and New Zealand.They are two teams England have not beaten in seven attempts at the World Cup since 1992, prompting another former captain Mike Atherton to borrow a phrase made famous by former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson. “It is squeaky bum time now.”last_img read more

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