Šibenik attracted more than 50 million kuna from the EU for the revitalization of fortresses

first_imgAt the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee in July this year, which took place in Krakow, Zadar and Šibenik were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. UNESCO protection was given to the Venetian ramparts of Zadar and the Šibenik fortress of St. Nicholas.Thus, Šibenik became the first city in Croatia with two cultural monuments on the UNESCO list, which certainly additionally means the wind behind the development of cultural tourism in Šibenik. At the same time, it provides access to funds for much-needed renovation and protection of the facility itself and the entire access zone. The fortress would preserve its original shape and become a central attraction and gathering place within the area of ​​the significant landscape of the Canal Harbor in Šibenik. Together with the arrangement of the promenade, the beach and the future visitor center in the former Minerska barracks, the UNESCO stamp will be the crown of the project of the Tourist valorization of the Channel of St. Ante in Šibenik, which started in 2010. Šibenik-Knin County for the tourist valorization of the fortress of St. Nikola in Šibenik and the protection of traditional architecture, within the Operational Program ‘Competitiveness and Cohesion’ of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds, 4,3 million kuna was approved.Thus, the Šibenik-Knin County has so far attracted more than 50 million kuna of EU money just for the revitalization of fortresses, reports Business diary.Sv. Nikola is now bringing in another 2,05 million kuna for the revitalization, and 2,3 million kuna has been allocated for the protection and presentation of the local autochthonous architecture, the dry stone wall. “Šibenik is extremely proud of all its four fortresses”, Commented for Poslovni dnevnik from the office of Mayor Željko Burić, reminding that so far Sv. Mihovil and Barone have become cultural and tourist attractions that attract many visitors from all over the world. “The history of the city is woven into them, and our intention is to restore and protect them, make them functional and show the world the wealth we have”, They say from the office.Šibenik Fortress of St. Nicholas on the UNESCO World Heritage List last_img read more

Disaster response: Region 6 LGUs ill-equipped?

first_imgILOILO City – The recent typhoon“Ursula” showed which local government units (LGUs) were prepared to respond tonatural disasters and which were ill-equipped, according to Director JoseRoberto Nuñez of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Western Visayas. “Meronpalang problema doon sa taas. Ganito ang sitwasyon ng bundok ng Batad. Sa mga ganito,kailangan ng communication and equipment,” said Nuñez during a recentmeeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(RDRRMC). Nuñez suggested that LGUs invest indisaster response equipment. OCD would be checking each LGU’sdisaster risk reduction and management plans. Nuñez said he won’t approve plans ofLGUs which have not invested in disaster response equipment. All LGUs must make their areasresilient to disasters and the first step is make sure they have the capabilityto respond to disasters such as flooding and landslides, among others, hestressed. The equipment LGUs have to invest inshould depend on the kind or type of hazard that poses risk to their areas, hestressed. “Dapatmeron tayong action plan, contingency bawat LGU,” said Nuñez. He cited as example the municipalityof Batad in Iloilo province where a family of six fleeing “Ursula” was sweptaway by raging floodwater when the typhoon struck on Christmas Day. For her part, Director Ro-Ann Bacal ofthe National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in Western Visayas urgedLGUs to identify “critical areas” where the resources of the nationalgovernment are necessary. RDRRMC also counted 226,268 damagedhouses in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo. “There will be a checklist,” saidNuñez. The OCD director acknowledged that hehad no authority to sanction LGUs that fail to invest in disaster responseequipment thus he is leaving it to the Department of the Interior and LocalGovernment to take action. “We have trained personnel. They couldnot just invest in equipment without the properly trained personnel,” saidNuñez. Three provinces of Western Visayasincurred millions of pesos of damage from “Ursula.” Consolidated data from the RDRRMCshowed “Ursula” displaced 338,335 families (1,461,165 persons) in WesternVisayas. Three provinces, one city and 23 municipalities declared a state ofcalamity. “We need to go where the attentionneeds to be hastened. With the report of the provinces, we hope you can guide uswhere the critical areas are so we can also plan out where we will be able toassist the LGU,” she said. For those prone to flooding, theycould invest in search and rescue equipment. The agri-fishery sector initiallyestimated losses at P1.387 billion while the Department of Public Works andHighways estimated the damage to infrastructure at P48.9 million./PNlast_img read more

The Latest: Tulane looking for new foe for home opener

first_imgThe West Coast Conference has postponed all conference fall competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The conference announced the decision on Thursday, saying the “welfare” of the student-athletes was the “guiding principle.”The league says it is working on plans to ensure a safe environment to conduct the 2020-21 WCC men’s and women’s basketball seasons in the winter.The postponement does not preclude schools from scheduling non-conference competitions in low-risk sports in the fall.___ The USTA says the sort of “controlled environment” that will be used for the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” at the smaller tournaments that are being scrapped.___New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions.The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts. They are the 53rd major college football program overall to opt out. New Mexico State noted it had four games left on its schedule, plus the state of New Mexico has a 14-day quarantine for those traveling into and out of the state. Tulane had scheduled Southland Conference member Southeastern Louisiana for its season-opener at Yulman Stadium on the Thursday night before Labor Day weekend.The Southland’s decision to postpone fall sports while investigating the possibility of playing in the spring has put the Green Wave’s first game in doubt.Tulane plays in the American Athletic Conference, which for now has maintained its fall football schedule.Tulane was scheduled to play 12 games before the Southland’s decision, which for now has at least temporarily reduced the Green Wave’s 2020 slate to 11 contests.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Tulane University officials say they’re “actively pursuing” a new opponent for the school’s Sept. 3 home opener after the Southland Conference announced on Thursday it was postponing football and all other fall sports. August 13, 2020 Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference, said the board determined that an entire fall sports season wasn’t likely.___Five lower-level tennis tournaments in the United States in September have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. Tennis Association — which plans to hold the U.S. Open and another tournament in New York starting Aug. 20 — announced Thursday the cancellations of all ITF World Tennis Tour and ATP Challenger events in other cities around the country next month.Those tournaments are ATP Challengers in Cary, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, and ITF stops in Champaign, Illinois; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Lubbock, Texas. Houston Baptist and Central Arkansas are still planning to play non-conference football games after the FCS-level Southland Conference decided Thursday to postpone league games this fall with the intent to explore playing those in the spring.Southland Conference presidents also authorized planning for spring semester championship events for volleyball, soccer and cross country, while allowing schools to participate in limited fall competition if they choose to do so.Houston Baptist plans to honor its existing contracts to play non-conference football games against North Texas, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech. Central Arkansas intends to play its scheduled opener Aug. 29 against Austin Peay, and a game at Arkansas State.“While not unexpected, it is still a sad day for our fall sport student-athletes,” HBU athletic director Steve Moniaci said. “We are taking measures to ensure they can compete safely in a limited capacity this fall and be prepared should the league resume play and reschedule the championships for the spring.”UCA athletic director Brad Teague said his school was “moving forward with its fall campaign in all sports, playing a reduced schedule.” New Mexico State says it will explore playing football in the spring.“Rival New Mexico has postponed its season as part of the Mountain West’s decision to attempt to play in the spring.New Mexico State competes in the Western Athletic Conference for other sports, and that conference also announced it would not have fall sports this year.___Fans will be allowed into MotoGP races for the first time this season, at the Misano circuit in Italy next month. The Latest: Tulane looking for new foe for home opener Associated Press ___French golfer Alex Levy has been withdrawn from the Celtic Classic, which started on Thursday.Levy came into contact with a friend who has tested positive for the coronavirus, the European Tour said in a statement.The contact happened while Levy was at home in France last weekend. When he arrived at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales on Tuesday, he tested negative. He is showing no symptoms, the tour said, but he has been withdrawn from the tournament as a precaution and must self-isolate for 14 days.___ The region of Emilia Romagna has given the circuit permission to open to a maximum of 10,000 fans a day for the doubleheader of the San Marino and Emilia Romagna MotoGP rounds.There will be strict measures in place to protect against the coronavirus, and fans will not be allowed to roam around. The circuit has a capacity of around 110,000 including more than 40,000 in the stands and welcomed approximately 160,000 people across the three-day weekend last year.Organizers say in a statement: “It is a decision that makes us emotional because it also represents a green light for the restart of world sport finally in front of the fans.”The first three MotoGP rounds were held without fans and no spectators will be allowed into the upcoming doubleheader in Austria. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more