The Sinj Alka Museum is the winner of the Europa Nostra Award – the European Union Award for Cultural Heritage

first_imgThe European Union’s cultural heritage awards were presented in Berlin last weekend. The winners of the awards were announced in May by the European Commission and the leading European heritage network – Europa Nostra. Among the 29 winners of this prestigious award from as many as 17 European Union countries who excelled in conservation, research, dedicated work, education, training and raising awareness of cultural heritage, there was an authentic Croatian story. Namely, it is the Museum of the Sinj Alka.Europa Nostra was founded in 1963 as a pan-European association of civil society organizations operating in more than 40 European countries. The organization’s goal is to save endangered European monuments, places and landscapes, supported by a wide network of public institutions, private companies and individuals. Today, Europa Nostra is considered the voice of civil society dedicated to preserving and promoting Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Its current president is the world-famous opera singer and conductor Placido Domingo, and the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage, or the Europa Nostra Prize, which he has led since launching in 2002, contributes to the design and implementation of European heritage strategies and policies.Launched by the European Commission, the award aims to highlight and promote excellent examples in heritage conservation, research, management, volunteering, education and communication. The award, which seeks greater recognition of cultural heritage as a strategic resource of the European economy and society, is also supported by an EU program called “Creative Europe”.In a 16-year tradition, a total of 2.883 applications were submitted, and in the meantime, as many as 485 projects from 34 countries were awarded. Spain leads in the number of awards, first on the list with as many as 64; it is followed by the United Kingdom with 60 awards, while Italy is in third place with 41 awards.The EU Cultural Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award has strengthened the capacity of the European heritage heritage sector, and by highlighting best conservation practices, has encouraged a number of cross-border knowledge exchanges by connecting participants into a large network of contacts. On the other hand, for the winners, this prestigious award brings greater international recognition, opens up new funding opportunities and increases the number of visitors, while at the same time raising awareness of the common heritage and European identity. Also, the award is a key tool for promoting European heritage, especially in this, 2018, which has been declared the European Year of Cultural Heritage.In the spirit of the current European Year, it seeks to understand the past in order to create a stable starting point for a common future. The focus is on the interpretation of cultural heritage in the context of building a stronger society, job creation and prosperity, the importance of heritage in building relationships with the rest of the world and how, precisely because of these benefits, ultimately protect it. The aim of the European Year of Cultural Heritage is to encourage people to explore Europe’s cultural heritage, then to protect and recognize its unique value and to reflect on the place that cultural heritage occupies in the lives of Europeans.This year’s awards ceremony took place as part of the European summit on cultural heritage. The meeting, entitled “Heritage Exchange – Exchange of Values”, was organized by Europa Nostra, the German Cultural Heritage Committee and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation with the aim of promoting the European Agenda and the Cultural Heritage Action Plan as a permanent legacy. .to June 18th. The European Heritage Award Ceremony, held on 24 June at the Berlin Congress Center, was hosted by European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and Placido Domingo, while the European Year of Cultural Heritage in Germany was attended by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank- Walter Steinmeier. An independent jury selected the best of the 22 entries, including successful and award-winning projects to restore a Byzantine church in Greece, develop a new method of preserving the heritage of European historic houses, establish a cultural education program in Finland related to cultural heritage and others.But among all the commendable European projects, there was one domestic one.The Sinj Alka Museum was opened on its 300th anniversary, in 2015, five years after the Sinj Alka was inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. The museum is dedicated to the annual knights’ tournament which is held in Sinj every August, and with the opening of this Museum, the alka becomes available throughout the year and provides a newer and more complete insight into the history and significance of this custom. The museum is intended for all age groups, and through an interactive and multimedia exhibition space it strives to provide as detailed information as possible about various elements of the competition, rules and history. Numerous educational workshops and lectures are organized in the Museum, while the visitor is provided with an insight into the digital archive, which includes videos from the competition and the procession.However, what needs to be emphasized, and what the jury did not miss, is that this Museum with its work and activities in a tangible and visible way contributes to the development and improvement of tourist infrastructure of Sinj, as well as the preservation of this intangible heritage.”This award is of exceptional importance to us and we are extremely honored that it was won by the Museum of the Sinj Alka in such a strong competition. We received the award in one of the seven categories offered, namely Education, training and awareness raising. Every award and recognition for work, including this one, is a valuable promotion of the Museum and the City, as well as the entire Republic of Croatia in the wider European and world context. I believe that it will have a positive impact on the work of the Museum, but also on the tourism of Sinj, which is an excellent introduction to the upcoming 303rd Sinj Alka.”, Said the head of the Sinjska Alka Museum, Boris Filipović Grčić.The Sinj Alka Museum was initiated and financed by the Sinj Knights of Alka, and is co-financed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and local and regional self-governments. You can follow the work of the Museum on the official one website i Facebook profile.last_img read more

Chainbow’s pot of gold

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Pope cancels main public appearances to stop crowds gathering amid coronavirus

first_imgBoth the address and general audience will be held without public participation inside the official papal library in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace and will be viewable on the internet or television, the Vatican said in a statement on Saturday.Popes began giving regular Sunday blessing from the window in 1954 and have done so nearly every Sunday since, except for when the pontiff is sick or out of Rome.On May 17, 1981, four days after he nearly died in an assassination attempt, Pope John Paul delivered the blessing with a feeble voice from his bed at Rome’s Gemelli hospital.The Vatican also said that the participation of the faithful at Francis’ morning Mass in his residence has been suspended until at least March 15. Pope Francis has cancelled his regular appearances in public to stop crowds gathering to see him and will stream them on the internet from inside the Vatican because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.The Vatican said that on Sunday the pontiff will not address crowds from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, and will also not hold his general audience from there this Wednesday. Both attract tens of thousands of people.It will be one of the few times in the past 66 years that a pope will not appear at the window, a ritual deeply engrained in Roman tradition, with some families attending every week. The 83-year-old pope cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy, but the Vatican has said he is suffering only from a cold that is “without symptoms related to other pathologies”.A Vatican employee tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, the first case in the tiny city-state that is surrounded by Rome.A Vatican source said the patient had participated in an international conference hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Life last week in a packed theatre several blocks from the Vatican. Participants at the three-day conference on Artificial Intelligence included top executives of U.S. tech giants Microsoft and IBM.The death toll from the new coronavirus in Italy, the worst-hit European country, stood at 197 on Friday with more than 4,600 cases, most of them in the north. In Rome province, 49 people have tested positive and one has died. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Brisbane’s population picks up, but more people moving to Pimpama

first_imgHouses in Ipswich, where areas like Springfield and Ripley are experiencing strong population growth.Mr Matusik told The Courier-Mail Pimpama’s population was growing at a rate he didn’t believe was sustainable.“It’s a reflection of where land supply is on the Gold Coast at the moment and I think that will calm down,” he said.“But if the Gold Coast is going to continue expanding, those areas will become more like North Lakes in due course.”Sydney’s population grew by just over 100,000 people in one year for the first time, taking that city’s total numbers to 5.1 million.Australia’s big east coast cities carried most of the growth — Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane accounted for over 70 per cent of Australia’s population increase. Darwin, Adelaide and Perth grew at 1 per cent or less.TOP FIVE POPULATION GROWTH AREAS IN QLDSuburb Population change 2016-17 Population as at June 30, 2017 1. Pimpama, Gold Coast 30.8% 12,5862. Jimboomba 7.9% 28,639 3. North Lakes-Mango Hill 6.7% 33,2254. Coomera 10.3% 15,227 5. Springfield Lakes 8.7% 17,468 (Source: ABS) An aerial shot of Pimpama on the northern end of the Gold Coast. Picture: skyepicsaerialphotography.Net internal migration was the main driver of growth, accounting for almost 90 per cent of population change.Other areas to experience significant population growth include Jimboomba on the southern outskirts of Brisbane, North Lakes-Mango Hill in the Moreton Bay region, Coomera on the Gold Coast and Springfield Lakes in Ipswich. Brisbane’s population hit 2.4 million in June 2017, according to ABS figures.BRISBANE is back among Australia’s fastest-growing cities thanks to a growth spurt, but more people are flocking to areas outside the state’s capital.New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the city’s population grew by 48,000 in the year to June 2017 to hit 2.4 million — the fastest rate of growth in four years. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Suburban homes in Brisbane’s southwest.In Brisbane, net overseas migration was the biggest contributor to the surge, with 38 per cent of the population growth coming from overseas.Births accounted for 37 per cent of the growth, while interstate migration accounted for 25 per cent.The fastest and largest-growing area in Queensland is Pimpama on the Gold Coast, which grew by 3000 people or 31 per cent in 2016-17. Springfield Lakes has experienced strong population growth, according to the ABS.Ripley in Ipswich, the inner Brisbane suburb of Newstead and Peregian Springs on the Sunshine Coast were the fastest growing areas in the state in 2016-17.ABS demography director Anthony Grubb said the latest population estimates were the first to include data on the components driving population growth in capital cities and regions.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago ENJOY YOUR OWN SLICE OF PARADISE DOWNSIZERS DRIVING LUXURY UNITS PALM BEACH PAD SELLS FOR $3.3M “It is now possible to not only see how much population is changing in an area, but to understand why this change is occurring”, he said.Michael Matusik, director of independent property advisory Matusik Property Insights, believes Queensland’s improving population growth should impact house prices, but it hadn’t so far because the state’s economy also needed to improve.last_img read more

​SEB joins major Danish pension funds in SDG fundraising round

first_imgThe pensions arm of Sweden’s SEB financial group has backed a government-backed Danish investment fund targeting commercial investment in developing countries.SEB Life & Pension is one of three new investors committing capital to the Danish SDG Investment Fund, which supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its investment.The other new investors in the final round of fundraising were Secure SDG Fund and Chr. Augustinus Fabrikker, the investment company of the Augustinus Foundation.In June 2018, the fund was launched via a deal between IFU – Denmark’s state investment programme for developing markets – and pension providers PKA, PensionDanmark, PFA, ATP, JØP/DIP and PenSam. The IFU agreed to contribute 40% of the capital with the private investors putting in 60%.Following the latest fundraising, the total commitment hit DKK4.85bn (€650m), compared to DKK4.1bn in June. However, this was slightly below the original target of DKK5bn.Rebecka Elkert, responsible investment specialist at SEB Life & Pension, said: “We see the investment as an important part of our efforts to let sustainable investments permeate our traditional portfolio management.”The fund was an innovative example of public and private capital joining forces to make a difference, and at the same time make commercial investments with solid returns, she said.“IFU has more than 50 years of experience investing in developing countries and lifting people out of poverty,” Elkert said.Torben Huss, CEO of IFU, said: “We are very pleased to welcome three more investors and complete the fundraising for the Danish SDG Investment Fund very close to the original target of DKK5bn.”The Danish SDG Investment Fund will make equity investments in companies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and parts of Europe, mainly in cooperation with Danish businesses.Because the new fund aimed to mobilise capital in developing countries, in total the fund’s investments were expected to be around DKK30bn, IFU said.last_img read more

Bench warrant for Dice vacated

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews Bench warrant for Dice vacated by: – May 29, 2012 Dennison “Dice” Joseph.A bench warrant which was issued for Dennison “Dice” Joseph who failed to appear in the Magistrate’s Court when his name was called on Tuesday morning has been vacated.Joseph showed up in Court over an hour after his name had been called and explained to magistrate Candia Carette-George that he had “overslept”.Magistrate Carette-George told Joseph vacated the warrant stating that, although his excuse was “inexcusable”, what went to his credit was that he had “always been present” for his previous trial hearings.Joseph was charged in 2009 for possession of cannabis with intent to supply to another.His matter is now adjourned to July 12th, 2012.Meanwhile theft of a $2.85 container of iodine salt has left an impatient man of Newtown with a fine worth a hundred times the value of the salt.Patrick George pleaded guilty to stealing the container of salt from “Save-A-Lot” supermarket on May 25th, 2012.It is the prosecution’s contention that George entered the supermarket and retrieved the container of salt from the shelf, walked in the direction of the cashier where he waited for a brief moment, then walked past the cashier and out the door failing to pay for the salt.Upon his exit he was approached by the super market security who found the salt in George’s pocket and sought the assistance of a police officer who was in the vicinity.The officer then cautioned George who replied; “Officer it had too much people in the line and I had to go and check my scene. Look I have my money in my pocket to pay for it. I know I wrong but the thing just go up in my head”.Before sentencing magistrate Candia Carette-George asked the defendant if there was anything he wished to say to the court.He said” I didn’t go there with intentions to do that and I am sorry. That’s not something I accustom of doing”.Carette-George said she would not impose a custodial sentence since George had not been before the court over the past seven years.He was fined $285.00 to be paid by June 30th, 2012 or in default serve one (1) month imprisonment.“With a little patience you could have saved yourself that embarrassment” Carette -George told the defendant after handing down her sentence.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share 16 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Luiten in control in Wales

first_imgHolland’s Joost Luiten put himself in pole position to make up for the disappointment of missing out on the Ryder Cup in the ISPS Handa Wales Open on Saturday. Luiten, who was considered for a wild card by European captain Paul McGinley, carded a third round of 65 at Celtic Manor to turn a one-shot deficit into a two-shot lead over Ireland’s Shane Lowry. Both players got off to a flying start on a day of low scoring, Luiten making birdies at the first, third and fifth and playing partner Lowry responding on the second, third and sixth. Press Association “Joost is playing lovely but I felt like I played lovely myself. Just warm up the putter tonight and see what happens tomorrow.” France’s Gregory Havret carded a 66 to lie three shots off the lead on 11 under alongside former champion Thongchai Jaidee, who shot 67. Havret, who finished runner-up to Graeme McDowell in the 2010 US Open but has not won on the European Tour since 2008, said: ” I played good. Unfortunately the last three holes were not as good as the first 15, but it was definitely a good round. “Anything red (under par) in this beautiful course is always good, and that’s three in a row and hopefully another one tomorrow.” Of the three Ryder Cup players left in the field, Welshman Jamie Donaldson was best placed on eight under after a 68, with Lee Westwood three under after a 68 which featured a birdie-eagle finish. In contrast, Thomas Bjorn fired a level-par 71 made up of 18 straight pars to remain two under. But while Lowry could then only manage a string of 12 consecutive pars, Luiten birdied three of the last four holes to continue his superb recent form. The 28-year-old was fourth in the Italian Open, the last qualifying event for the Ryder Cup, and after being overlooked for a wild card two days later, finished fifth in the defence of his KLM Open title on home soil last week. “I f you had these last couple of events counting for Ryder Cup qualification maybe I have a chance, but you know when the date ends and the qualification stops and you have to play well before that and I didn’t do that,” Luiten said. “You have to be realistic. “I’m just happy that I’m playing good again and just want to keep going again. “I’m happy with a good score today. I played solid, consistent, hit a lot of greens and holed some nice putts to start with. I didn’t really make a lot in the middle part, but came back strong at the end with three birdies on the last four, and I’m happy. “You’re in the last group, the greens are not as good as in the morning maybe and you just have to be patient out on the greens. They are quite soft and you have to create chances every hole and they will go in eventually and luckily it did for me at the end.” Lowry, who won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 and the Portugal Masters in 2012, said after his 68: ” I got off to a flyer and just nothing really happened for me. I did make three good par saves, but I would have liked to make a couple more birdies and probably should have. “I’m right where I want to be for tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it. I’ m still there. If you had given me this Thursday morning before I stood on the first tee, I would have taken your hand off. I’m where I want to be and I feel like I have a chance tomorrow. last_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Desperate times call for desperate measures

first_imgBy Veturi SrivatsaIndia have announced their playing eleven for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and on paper the team looks better balanced than the sides that won in Adelaide and lost in Perth to be 1-1 in the four-Test series.Desperate times call for desperate measures. Seldom has one seen both the opening batsmen struggling for runs and getting dropped for the third Test of a series. Both Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul have invited their omission, getting dismissed in the two Tests they played in strange ways. When you are not in nick you get the best of deliveries and you also tend to worry about your technique.The Indian team management is so desperate that it is willing to convert a middle-order batsman, Hanuma Vihari, into an opener and give a Test cap to Mayank Agarwal, who joined the squad after Prithvi Shaw went home injured even before the Test series got under way. The change enabled the team to play Raindra Jadeja.One only hopes the selectors, captain and coach do not make Vihari’s life miserable by pushing him up and down like they did with V.V.S. Laxman before the genial Hyderabadi put his foot down against being a guinea pig. But by then he had big runs in the middle order against the likes of Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. He was pushed to No. 6 with Saurav Ganguly going up the order and he had to nurse the lower-order batsmen to carry the team ahead. He even got hundreds and won Tests batting with the tail.Cricketers are willing to do anything to find a place in the eleven. When an inconsistent Rohit Sharma realised he had no place at No 6, he offered to open the innings. It may not have made sense for many, but his backers put forward the theory that if he could open in the One-Dayers so successfully he could make necessary adjustments even in Tests.Mohammad Azharuddin wanted Ganguly to open the innings on his return to the side after the disastrous 1992 tour Down Under since he had been opening in the One-Dayers. But the left-hander was adamant he would not open in Tests.Like Vihari, Agarwal also bulldozed his way into the team with tons of runs in domestic cricket. He was in the running for a spot for the last two Tests in England, but the selectors preferred the other opener Shaw and the sound Vihari.Agarwal did not lose heart and kept getting his hundreds in domestic cricket to get into the Test squad against the West Indies, but again could not get into the eleven. He was again ignored when the selectors preferred to go in with the experienced Murali Vijay and Rahul and Shaw, who got a hundred on debut against the West Indies.Agarwal finally got his due, but not to bat with a regular opener. The reserve wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel opened in Tests, but they could not have risked playing him with Rishabh Pant already there.It is not easy to open in Tests howsoever a batsman is sound technically. But mentally, it is not easy, even if someone like Rahul Dravid or Cheteshwar Pujara walks out at the fall of an opener in the first over. Dravid and Pujara came in to bat in any number of Tests even before the new ball bowlers could warm up, particularly overseas. What does Vihari think of opening the innings? It is unfair to force him to go out with Agarwal, who himself has no experience of playing the new ball in a Test match situation, just because he looked technically well suited. There is a mental aspect to it, too.Ravi Shastri himself opened the innings and got a double hundred in Australia after starting his career as a left-arm spinner and lower-order batsman. He might inspire Vihari just as some others like M.L. Jaisimha, Manoj Prabhakar and Nayan Mongia, who opened to accommodate an extra batsman or a bowler when they were not cut out for the job. Mongia scored his only Test hundred (152) as an opener against Australia at Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi in 1996.In fact, Jaisimha batted in the top-order for his state, Hyderabad, and opened in Tests. It was thought this was one way of accommodating Jai in the team as it would have been difficult to accommodate him in the middle-order. When asked about the contradiction, his captain Nawab Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi quipped that on Indian wickets, even he could open!Strange things have happened in Indian cricket. On the tour of England in 1967, Tiger Pataudi opened the innings with two wicketkeepers Farokh Engineer and Budhi Kunderan in the Birmingham Test. Kunderan, playing in what turned out to be his last Test, even shared the new ball with V. Subramanya so that all famed four spinners could be played!(Veturi Srivatsa is a senior journalist. The views expressed are personal. He can be reached at sveturi@gmail.com)Also Read: India drop struggling Rahul, Vijay for Boxing Day Testlast_img read more

‘Road to Mecca’ set for December 1

first_imgNINE of the country’s top teams will have a chance to overthrow National Club Champions, Colts, when the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) bounce off their annual ‘Road to Mecca’ tournament on December 1 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. The finals will be played on December 24.The tournament will be launched officially on November 25 at the Marriott Hotel where details will be given, but, according to GABF president, Nigel Hinds, cash prizes will be a minimum of $1.2 million, in addition to trophies and giveaways.Hinds stated that Banks DIH is the ‘Presenting Sponsor’ and has committed $1 million in sponsorship under their Coca Cola and PowerAde brands. Other Sponsors are on Board in the Platinum, Gold & Silver Category.Colts, who also holds the title of Georgetown’s best club, will battle the likes of Ravens, Amelia’s Ward Jets, Half Mile Bulls, and Rose Hall Jammers in Group A of the ten-team tournament.In Group B, Linden’s leading club, the Victory Valley Royals, will be joined by last year’s finalist Retrieve Raiders, along with Pacesetters, Plaisance Guardians and the winner of the qualifier tournament which is being contested between newcomers Cobras, along with UG Trojans, Pepsi Sonics and Republic Bank Nets.last_img read more

The Latest: Britain reverses, fans no longer going to sports

first_img July 31, 2020 The Racing Point driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and will miss Sunday’s race at Silverstone and another the following week at the same track while in isolation.Perez says he was visiting his mother in Mexico after she was hospitalized following a “big accident.”Perez says it is “one of the saddest days in my career” missing races “but it just shows how vulnerable we (are) to this virus.”The Mexican used a private jet to fly home and says he has no symptoms.The pandemic delayed the start of the season by more than three months. The Latest: Britain reverses, fans no longer going to sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Britain has reversed course and now says spectators will not be able to attend sporting events in England because the coronavirus infection rate is rising. Associated Press Fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as part of pilot events but Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans will no longer gather at sporting events until at least Aug. 15.They were initially approved to test procedures ahead of a planned wider re-opening of stadiums in October.The Oval cricket stadium in London has been used as a test for fans returning in the last week.___Formula One driver Sergio Perez says he might have contracted the coronavirus during a trip to Mexico between races in Hungary and Britain. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more