27 May

Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 24th April

first_imgA 15 Minute Programme presented by Chris Ashmore every Thursday at 7.05pm highlighting all that’s happening in the farming community.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/FarmApr23rd2015.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Facebook Twitter Google+ Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 24th April Pinterest WhatsApp By admin – April 23, 2015 Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota NewsPlayback Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Previous articleDerry look to keep good run of form against BohsNext articleBig Saturday Session 18-04-15 Live Studio Mix admin last_img read more

26 May

No Rationale In Retiring High Court Judges At 62; Increase Number Of Working Days Of Judges To Combat Pendency: Parliamentary Standing Committee

first_imgNews UpdatesNo Rationale In Retiring High Court Judges At 62; Increase Number Of Working Days Of Judges To Combat Pendency: Parliamentary Standing Committee Akshita Saxena16 March 2021 10:33 PMShare This – xGiven the mounting pendency of cases in Indian High Courts and the time taken by the authorities in appointment of Judges, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has expressed that there is a need to revisit the age of retirement of High Court judges. In the 107th Report on Demand for Grants for the Law Ministry for 2020-2021,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginGiven the mounting pendency of cases in Indian High Courts and the time taken by the authorities in appointment of Judges, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has expressed that there is a need to revisit the age of retirement of High Court judges. In the 107th Report on Demand for Grants for the Law Ministry for 2020-2021, the Committee chaired by BJP MP Bhupendar Yadav, and composed by 27 other MPs as its members including Senior Advocates Vivek Tanka and P Wilson said, “When Judges of Supreme Court can work upto 65 years of age, there is no rationale in retiring the High Court Judges at 62, and therefore, reiterates and recommends the [Law & Justice] Department to raise the age of retirement of High Courts judges from 62 to 65 years so that there is uniform age of retirement in both Supreme Court and High Courts.”[In June 2019, then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had requested the Prime Minister to take steps to raise the retirement of High Court judges as 65 years.] It may be noted that the retirement age in different Tribunals has also been increased up to 70 years for Chairman and 65 years for Members. In its report, the Committee expressed concern over the declining rate of judicial appointments in the country, invariably leading to increased number of pending cases. As per the data supplied by the Committee: Appointment of High Court judges has gone down from 126 in 2016 to only 66 in the year 2020, which is a decrease of 52 percent (approx.) over appointment made in the year 2016.4 High Courts including the those at Gauhati, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand were functioning without a Chief Justice as on December 31, 2020.In High Courts, approximately 39% posts of Judges are vacant.As against the approved strength of 1080 Judges in High Courts, only 661 are in position with 419 vacancies.Highest numbers of judges’ vacancies are in the High Court of Allahabad (64), Calcutta (40), Punjab and Haryana (37), Delhi (31), Patna (31) and Bombay (30). As against the retirement of 69 High Court judges in the year 2020, only 66 Judges were appointed in various High CourtsAs compared to February 1, 2020, the vacancy positions of Judges increased by 2.09% as on February 1, 2021— which is 5.63% in the Allahabad High Court, 11.11% in the Calcutta High Court, 7.54% in the Madhya Pradesh High Court, 7.55% in the Patna High Court and 8.24% in the Punjab & Haryana High Court. The Committee notes several reasons for decline in the appointment rate such as time line for appointments are rarely adhered to by the Executive and the Judiciary. For instance, the Committee noted— High Courts are not initiating the proposal for appointment of Judges as per the Memorandum of Procedure; there is a delay upto 6 years in some High Courts in filling the vacancies. [As against 419 vacancies in the High Courts, 208 recommendations were received by the Law and Justice Department and 211 recommendations are yet to be received from High Courts Collegiums.] Overall, the average time taken for appointment of Judges in High Courts is between 5-7 months! Another reason for the delay is high rate of rejection by the Collegiums. In this context the Committee noted that the Supreme Court Collegium rejects about 40-50% recommendations made by the High Court Collegiums. In this backdrop the Report stated, “The Committee notes that there are still a large number of vacancies of Judges in High Courts. The Committee had also taken note of the problem in its previous Reports. It is of the view that justice delivery system in the country is moving towards a stage, where both vacancy positions of judges and pendency of cases are increasing year after year and this state of affairs may erode the trust of public on the justice delivery system. The Committee strongly recommends that existing vacancy positions of judges need to be filled up immediately and the vacancies arising in future should be filled strictly as per the extant guidelines. The Committee also recommends the Department to request all the stakeholders, including High Court Collegiums, to expedite the process of initiation of recommendations so that appointments are not delayed.” With respect to Supreme Court, the Committee has informed that about 12% posts of Judges remain vacant. On top of it, as against retirement of 3 Judges in the year 2020, no appointment has been made. Also Read: Over 400 Judicial Vacancies In Indian High Courts; Four In Supreme Court And 31 In Delhi HC: Law Ministry Tells Lok Sabha Regional Supreme Court Benches In the instant report, the Committee has reiterated the need for setting up of Supreme Court Benches in other parts of the country, with a view to providing justice to the poor, for whom it is impossible to visit the national capital. It said, “This Committee in its Second, Sixth, Fifteenth, Twentieth and Twenty Sixth Reports on the Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Law and Justice had recommended for setting up of Benches of the Supreme Court in Southern, Western and Eastern parts of the country on the premise that it is not possible for the people living in far-flung and remote areas to come to the National Capital for seeking justice for various reasons. The Committee directs the Department to submit its considered view on the matter for its consideration.” Related Reports: Vice President Bats For Regional Benches Of Supreme CourtAmend Article 130 To Establish Regional Benches of SC: Sr Adv P Wilson Writes To Law Minister RS PrasadIdea Of Establishment Of SC Bench Outside Delhi Has Not Found Favour With Supreme Court: Law Ministry Pendency As per the data supplied by the Committee, there are 4.34 crore cases pending in country, which includes 3.77 crore in Subordinate Courts, 57 lakh (approx.) in High Courts and 66,000 (approx.) in the Supreme Court as on 28th February, 2021. Members of the Committee felt that the huge pendency of cases at all levels of judicial hierarchy can be dealt by increasing the number of working days of judges. Socio-economic diversity on Bench The Committee has expressed an opinion that composition of higher judiciary should reflect the socio-economic diversity and inclusiveness and accordingly, it has recommended that the Department should submit its considered view to the Committee on the matter such as social diversity statistics in the appointment in Higher Judiciary to provide effective representation. Also Read: Govt Has Requested To Consider Members From SC/ ST/ OBC Communities, Minorities & Women For Appointment as HC Judges: Law Ministry Note: The Department of Justice has been allocated Rs. 1266.42 crore for the coming Financial Year, which also includes provision of Rs. 200 crore under National Mission for Safety of Women for establishment of Fast Track Special Courts. Click Here To Read/ Download Full ReportNext Storylast_img read more

9 May

A study of the dusk convection cell’s response to an IMF southward turning

first_img[1] One example of the response of ionospheric convection and the polar cap boundary to a sudden change in the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) orientation has been studied by using ground magnetometers, the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN), and Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) particle detectors when the IMF suddenly changed from northward (+ 6 nT) to strongly southward (-19 nT) at 1716 UT on 5 September 1995. The B-z component was fairly constant for similar to2 hours before and similar to25 min after the sudden IMF change. The convection flow changed almost simultaneously over a global extent. This initial change of the convection pattern can be characterized by a sudden formation of a large flow vortex in the afternoon sector. This agrees with the earlier findings by Ruohoniemi and Greenwald [1998] and Ridley et al. [1998]. On the other hand, the response of the polar cap boundary (or its proxy) is more complicated. The Saskatoon radar, located in the late morning sector, observed an equatorward shift of the cusp scatter region simultaneously with the initial response of the convection flows. The DMSP particle data also showed a simultaneous equatorward expansion of the auroral oval in the 2100 magnetic local time (MLT) sector. The radar and particle data indicate the immediate equatorward expansion of the precipitation regions in the noon and premidnight sectors. About 10-20 min after the initial change, there were changes observed in the dusk region, namely, an equatorward expansion of the current reversal boundary observed by the Greenland magnetometer chain in the dusk sector between 1740 and 1750 UT and an equatorward expansion of the convection reversal boundary detected by the Stokkseyri, Halley, and Syowa radars. The delayed responses were observed 18-8 min before a substorm onset was recorded at midlatitude stations at 1756 UT. These observations indicate that there were two kinds of ionospheric responses to the southward turning of the IMF; the first response is the formation of the convection vortex and the equatorward shift of the polar cap boundary at noon and at similar to 2100 MLT, and the second response is the equatorward expansion of the convection reversal boundary in the dusk sector. We make the case that the first response is associated with the propagation of magnetosonic waves and that the second response is consistent with the Cowley and Lockwood [1992] picture of the redistribution of the newly created open flux in the polar cap region.last_img read more

18 Nov

How to develop a tourist destination through events?

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Pula, in cooperation with the Tourist Board of Fažana, the Tourist Board of Ližnjan and the Tourist Board of Medulin, has been organizing three excellent quality and, most importantly, authentic tourist facilities for the 13th year in a row. The first is the summer fair of Istrian souvenirs, gastronomic and gourmet products – Istra Mix, the second is Istra Gourmet – a fair of typical Istrian gourmet products and the Fair of Istrian souvenirs where items are made directly in front of tourists.I know I believe you expected these to be examples of mega big events, but precisely because we all look megalomaniacal, many have lost the “compass” and the essence of the whole story.The motive for coming, especially outside the peak season, is the destination, ie the diverse, high-quality and authentic content of the tourist destination. Not every event should or should be large, those “medium and small” events are extremely important and crucial. They give rhythm and soul to the destination.One big event lasts a couple of days, and such facilities last all year round. The right mix of diverse, quality and authentic content, whether large or small, makes a winning formula for the successful development of tourism.But let’s go in order…ISTRIAN SOUVENIR FAIR For the 13th year in a row, the Pula Tourist Board has been organizing the Istrian hand made summer fair of Istrian souvenirs. At the Summer Fair of Craftsmen every week from 15.6.-15.9. artisans will exhibit, sell and produce souvenirs and handicrafts; Mondays and Tuesdays in Pula. The working hours of the fair are from 15.6-31.8. from 20-23, and from 1.9.-15.9. from 19-22 hours.The interesting thing about this event is that some items are made directly in front of tourists. All exhibitors have T-shirts and bags with the Istrian hand made logo to make the event recognizable. The goals of the event are: to enrich the tourist offer of the city and provide tourists with the opportunity to buy handicrafts and indigenous souvenirs.2018 craftsmen will participate in the Istrian hand made fair in 11:Craft ANDARTE-GLASS, Mrs. Morena Andačić, Pula – decorative and useful glass objectsGlass blowing trade LANCIN, Mr. Marko Celija, Pula – making glass objectsHome craft Kolić Gordana, Pula – objects made of modeled wireHome craft Boris Glišić, Pula – Istrian motifs in stoneHome craft Nadija Radola, Pula – Istrian motifs in stonePTO Vetro Miani, Alen Miani, Umag – unique Murano jewelryOPG Pekica Aleksandra, Svetvincenat – lavender productsDomestic handicrafts Milan Vitasović, Marčana – traditional Istrian instruments, sprts, basketsOPG Predan Branko, Vodnjan – production of soaps, creams and lip balms from medicinal herbsHomemade handicraft Happy horses, Pula – leather products and souvenirsHome craft Eda Mirković, Vodnjan – decoupage box and box with Istrian motifsISTRIA GOURMETIstra Gourmet is the event that is being held for the 10th time this year. , organized by TZO Medulin. It is a fair of typical Istrian gourmet products, products for which Istria has become famous and recognizable – such as prosciutto, olive oil, truffles, wines, brandies, cheeses, honey, homemade cakes (candies, amaretti, ..), homemade jams .The fair is held from 15.06.-15.09., On Mondays in Premantura (placa), on Tuesdays in Medulin (waterfront) in the evening, from 15.06—31.08. from 20-23 h, and from 01.09.-15.09. from 19-22 h. This year it starts on Monday 18.06. with Premantura, and ends on 11.09. in Medulin. The special feature of the fair is that the products can be tasted and presented and sold by the producers themselves (small family farms) from the area of ​​southern Istria. We want to bring domestic products and producers closer to our guests so that they take something typical Istrian to their homes instead of classic souvenirs, especially since one general trend in the world is turning to indigenous versus globalization. In addition, visitors in conversation with manufacturers can get additional information about how which product is produced, etc., which gives it extra charm.A total of 11 exhibitors are participating in the Istra Gourmet event, and the exhibitors are:Craft Kod Milana – prosciutto, ombolo and other meat specialtiesKalavojna doo – wines and brandiesOPG Fiore, OPG Tanger, OPG Crnobori – olive oilOPG Štoković, OPG Bulić – medcraft Vesna Loborika, OPG Jukopila – cheeses and other dairy productscraft Franco – marmaladeVR CHOCO ART – Istrian chocolate collectionISTRIA MIX Istra mix, ie the Fair of Istrian gourmet products and souvenirs – Istrian hand made and Istra gourmet, will also be held from 15.06. to 15.09. for the 8th year in a row in Fažana and the 4th year from 12.7. to 30.8. in Ližnjan.In Fažana, where the event will take place on Wednesday, in addition to the producers of souvenirs (listed on the list of Istrian hand made), the following producers of gourmet products are participating:TRGOVAČKI OBRT KOD MILANA, prosciutto, ombolo, sausagesOBRT VESNA LOBORIKA, cheeseOBRT FRANKO HRELJA, fig, marmaladecraft VR CHOCO ART, chocolate productsKALAVOJNA, doo, wines and sparkling winesAGROUDRUGA FAŽANA, olive oilOPG BULIĆ, medThe atmosphere will be complemented by folklore performed by KUD Kanfanar.20 exhibitors will take part in the Istra mix in Ližnjan, which will be held every Thursday from 23 pm to 8 pm on a green area in front of the Municipality.OPG Komparić, Marko Komparić – fig productsOPG Ivetac – olive oilMosca Bonsai – decorative items, souvenirs and jewelryPlacenta trade – frituleSvjetlana – decorative items and jewelryOlujić – independent artistHomemade Zgrablić Suzana – scented candles, lavender soapsHomemade Happy Horses – leather products and souvenirs Could this tourist story be better?Kudos to the Tourist Boards of Pula, Medulin and Fažana, that is what our tourism lacks. This is the foundation of a tourist destination development – respect yourself and you will respect others.Tourists want to get to know, feel, taste indigenous local products, even if you tell them a story that’s it – the essence of tourism. This must be the foundation of tourism of all tourist destinations, and the rest is an upgrade. The Germans don’t want to try German sausages, but our homemade ones. And if they like it, they will buy it and take it home where, in the company of their friends, they will spread the story of a great vacation and taste our home-made and indigenous sausage. Sausage is just a metaphor, we have to sell ourselves, our culture, gastronomy, history and identity. This is what tourists want to experience. This tourist story is so simple, and yet so ingenious. It should be the standard story of each of our tourist destinations.Also, not all events have to be megalomaniacal that attract tens or hundreds of thousands of visitors. In fact, it is the medium and small events that give the rhythm and soul of the city, have special charms, and participate in the final quality and impression of the destination. We must finally understand that tourism is not the sun and the sea, and that our greatest advantage is precisely this diversity through history, gastronomy, music, culture, customs and everything else. We have thousands of different indigenous stories, we just have to be who we are and tell those stories.Also, one should put oneself in the role of a guest. What can I do in the destination, what can I experience, what can we impress them with? What story might be interesting to them? These are questions we need to ask ourselves. The sun and the sea are great, but that’s not enough. The focus is on content, content and only quality and authentic content.Let us be what we are because tourists want to see, experience and taste just that. We do not need a new big idea of ​​our tourism, but finally we have to be and sell what we are – Istrians, Dalmatians, Slavonians, Međimurje, Zagorje, Ličani…. Croats. Let’s be what we are – indigenous, authentic and credible! That is the story we have to tellTourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories. Tell stories, our storieslast_img read more

18 Nov

From a brave and crazy dream to reality: The popular WRC (World Rally Championship) is coming to Croatia in 2021.

first_img2013 launches specialized sports channel – Creator of TV which broadcasts in almost all cable operators in the country. In parallel with the launch of the channel, Štetner is also investing in a satellite and television center in Jastrebarsko. In 2014, he signed exclusive cooperation agreements with Eurosport and other major television companies. In early 2012, he founded a racing team CREATOR RACING TEAM with the aim of racing in karting and foreign Formula One categories. Also, Stetner is and is a member of the FIA’s digital motorsport group and has been involved in creating rules worldwide, as well as no less important, president of the Croatian Network of Business Angels- CRANE. The start and finish of the race will be in Zagreb, and it will be driven on the local roads of Zagreb, Karlovac and Krapina-Zagorje counties. How attractive these races are is best illustrated by the figure of 836 million spectators who watched the WRC last year. The clubs responsible for the organization of the Croatia Rally are DT from Poreč and Cro Dakar Team from Zagreb, with the support of the Croatian Auto and Karting Association. The story goes something like this. More 2017. The, after Croatia Rally, as a successor to INA Delta Rally, moved to Istria in 2013 as a European Rally Championship, the team around Auto Club DT from Poreč, AK Cro Dakar Team from Zagreb and AK Delta Sport from Zagreb, with the support of the then President of Croatia Matko Bolanča’s car and karting association (HAKS), HAKS vice-president Domagoj Kamenski and HAKS secretary Zrinko Gregurek, started working more concretely on the idea of ​​bringing the WRC to Croatia. Thanks to Zrinko Gregurek, secretary of HAKS, Croatian beauties, tourist infrastructure and winding, slippery, hilly and narrow Istrian and Kvarner roads, with the persistence of project managers Daniel Šaškin, Marin Frček and their team, the WRC was at the door. Then in September, the most important people of the WRC and the FIA ​​visited Croatia to present our ideas and possibilities. It is clear to everyone that one such global attraction is a magnet for extending the tourist season and how much it will do to promote and brand Croatia on a global level. We could clearly see this in the example of the Tour of Croatia race, which was unfortunately destroyed due to private interests and went down in beautiful history. And this can only be achieved with new attractive content and strong entertainment and sports events in the pre- and post-season, such as undoubtedly the WRC. Jean Todt: WRC is coming to Croatia in 2021. Everything listed in short lines, without sleepless nights and all the struggle that was under the media radar, led to yesterday’s video address of Jean Todt on the site Croatian Car and Karting Association – HAKS. Every event or quality content drives the economy, generates consumption, creates a motive for coming, raises the quality of life, not to mention one global event like the WRC. At that time, all the prerequisites for the day’s agreement were on the table, and the organizers wanted the WRC in Croatia to be organized in April, May, early June, late September or October 2019 or 2020. But then the whole story stopped and there was no news about the progress of the negotiations. In 2019, the WRC monitored 836 million viewers, and 13 races attracted more than 4 million viewers, while the races achieved 1.4 billion online impressions. About 1500 accredited journalists report on the competition, and almost 9860 hours of TV programs have been produced and broadcast in more than 150 countries around the world. Feasibility studies prepared in 2017 by the Faculty of Economics and Tourism from Pula, headed by prof. dr. sc. Robert Zenzerović, Cooperative for Ethical Financing from Zagreb and an abbreviated study Department of Economics and Sports Management of the Faculty of Kinesiology in Zagreb headed by Dr. sc. Sanela Škorić et al. Matom Bartoluciem from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, and based on data from other WRC races in the world, proves that this is a project of great benefit to the Republic of Croatia. Also, in the same year, the Kreator Group successfully obtained media rights for the most prestigious sailing race around the world – Volvo Ocean Race ™ and the rights to broadcast the World Motorcycle Championship – MotoGP ™ and other premium sports rights. In 2019, the WRC was watched by 836 million viewers A meeting was held at the highest level, with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, the project had the support of MINT and CNTB, and things were more than promising. In fact, Croatia was granted the WRC in 2018, but Turkey was faster, so in almost a week it obtained all the necessary permits and state guarantees and signed a contract with the WRC promoter for the end of September, which Croatian organizers had hoped for. After that, the term offered to Croatia was in July 2018, which was not acceptable given the seasonal crowds and the peak tourist season, and the organizers want the WRC in Croatia to be organized in April, May, early June, late September or October . In the last seven years, the WRC has recorded a significant trend of growing popularity. This was helped by the implementation of new television technologies with the creative use of footage from helicopters and drones. Interestingly, Jean Todt in his address specifically referred to the successful organization and holding of the 46th INA Delta Rally in Zagreb, which took place at the end of September this year, especially in the context of restrictions and epidemiological measures related to the coronavirus epidemic. I emphasize this because the holding of the 46th INA Delta Rally in Zagreb caused an unnecessary revolt of certain citizens in Zagreb due to the closure of certain streets for the purpose of holding the race, ie the created crowds in the city. Interestingly, maintaining it was the last confirmation and step that today we can say that the WRC is coming to Croatia in 2021. In the most conservative calculations the generated consumption would amount to 22 million euros. Direct profit for the state, only through VAT, is the least four million euros, while the indirect profit of the project through media effects is huge 41 million euros. There he would draw a parallel in the case of the Ultra Festival in Split, where citizens complained that during and after the festival a lot of garbage remains. My comment was the attached article, how we should be happy that there is garbage, in fact let it be as much as possible. Because if there is garbage – there are tourists as well as consumption. But he went back to the chronology. Finally in July 2020, Jean Todt, President World Automobile Federation (FIA) he visited Croatia, and the main topic of the meetings with Croatian officials was the possibility of holding the World Rally Championship race in Croatia. By the way, under the leadership of Jean Todt from 1993 to 2008 – Ferrari won 14 titles in Formula 1, a name that does not need to be specifically represented anywhere in the world. But then in March 2019, the former assistant president and longtime member of the Board of the Croatian Auto and Karting Association, Davorin Stetner he was elected the new president of the alliance. Without any multiplication of the success and effort of the entire team that worked from the beginning on the whole story, but the arrival of Stetner at the forefront was a game changer and a change of direction through a new narrator. Because Davorin Štetner, entrepreneur and investor, was written in capital letters in the history of Formula 2011 in 1 as the youngest private owner of Formula 1 TV rights in the world. An achievement that enabled him to have direct contacts with the leading people of Formula 1, as well as the position of special guest of all F1 events around the world. / / / I ASK THE ORGANIZERS OF THE ULTRA FESTIVAL TO LEAVE US MORE GARBAGE NEXT YEAR That there are at least as many such and other events in the city of Zagreb, that at least the streets are closed as much as possible due to various events, because that befits a modern urban European city, including Lijepa naša. The problem of congestion in the city of Zagreb is already present, but it has nothing to do with the race, but the impossibility of widening the roads, and on the other hand too many cars on the roads. Simply put, the city of Zagreb is not planned to be able to receive as many cars as it operates on the streets of Zagreb every day, and that is a matter of strategic development of the city. Not holding a race. On the other hand, it is also one of the compromises of life in a big city or city center. It’s as if someone in the main square is complaining because they care about concerts in town and are bothered by noise. Everything has its advantages and disadvantages, including life in Zagreb or the city center. It is about many years of struggle, lobbying and positioning Croatia as an ideal destination for the WRC, so that I could write this article today. If only there were more “crazy people” like Davorin Štetner, because without such “crazy people” we would not be writing about the WRC in Croatia today, as well as about many business successes in Croatia. Luckily, we have such dreamers all over Croatia, we just have to give them the opportunity to spread their wings and make us proud, as is the case with the entire team that has worked on the WRC in Croatia for years, not only a dream but also a reality. “This was literally a fight of 11 rounds, and now the most important one awaits us, the organizational and logistical one. Still, the feeling is great because the WRC is, along with Formula 1, the most prestigious octane competition in the world and only selected countries have the opportunity to host this spectacle. In addition to the sports part, we are planning many side events, such as a large economic and investment forum, because sports are first and foremost big business. I am proud and grateful to everyone involved in this complex process! We will show Croatia in the best light and mark 115 years of motoring in Croatia in the best possible way!”, Concluded the president of the Croatian Auto and Karting Association Davorin Stetner. Without thinking about surrendering, the struggle for the arrival of the WRC in Croatia continued. That is how the Government of the Republic of Croatia is 2018. The at its 103rd session, it approved the candidacy for the organization of the World Rally Championship (WRC) in the Republic of Croatia in 2019 and 2020. This was the first precondition for the globally popular WRC to be held for the first time in Croatia, as the FIA ​​and WRC Promoters condition the bringing of one WRC station only by active participation of state institutions in the project on several levels, of course to ensure quality performance and an organization at the level required by the whole event. The World Motorsport Council, the council of the FIA ​​World Automobile Federation, confirmed yesterday that the Croatia Rally is included in the calendar of the World Rally Championship ( World Rally Championship – WRC) for 2021. Croatia will host one of the most attractive sports events in the world from 22 to 25 April 2021. Feasibility study: In the most conservative calculations, the generated consumption would amount to 22 million euros In any case, the arrival of WRC in Croatia is a great thing, an opportunity to promote and brand Croatia, because no matter what we think of ourselves, the brand Croatia is still insufficiently recognized throughout the world. After all, the best ambassadors of Lijepa naša so far have been our sporting successes. Well done to the entire team that has been involved in the entire project of bringing the WRC to Croatia from the beginning until today. We can be proud because Croatia is hosting another global spectacle in Croatia.last_img read more

22 Sep

EPL: 10-man Arsenal force Chelsea to draw

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Arsenal have twice come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Chelsea, despite David Luiz being handed a red card during the first half of Tuesday night’s Premier League contest at Stamford Bridge. After Luiz had prevented Tammy Abraham from converting into an empty net, the former Blues defender was dismissed, leading to Jorginho scoring from the spot. However, during a frantic second half, Gabriel Martinelli and Hector Bellerin both scored equalisers for their team, either side of Cesar Azpilicueta putting Chelsea back in front during the closing stages. After disappointing results at the weekend, both teams started brightly, with Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen squandering the first opportunity of the contest by heading wide from eight yards. Tammy Abraham wasted an even better opportunity moments later, heading the ball straight into the hands of Bernd Leno from six yards after a clever knockdown from Antonio Rudiger. Callum Hudson-Odoi then hit the crossbar for the Blues, although the winger’s inswinging effort which struck the top of the woodwork appeared to be a cross rather than a shot. Arsenal had been second best as the game headed towards the half-hour mark, and their task was made no easier when a mistake from Shkodran Mustafi led to defensive teammate Luiz being dismissed. After a short back-pass from Mustafi, Abraham was able to round Leno before setting himself to convert into an empty net, only for Luiz to cynically prevent the striker from getting his shot away. Despite a defender getting back on the line, VAR ruled that the Brazilian deserved his red card, before Jorginho stepped up to slot the ball into Leno’s left-hand corner. While Chelsea almost doubled their lead through a fine Hudson-Odoi half-volley which was saved by Leno, Arsenal were able to see out the rest of the first half without further damage, even causing their hosts concern at the other end of the pitch. Mikel Arteta had toyed with making an alteration immediately after Luiz’s sending off, but the Gunners returned for the second half with Granit Xhaka in central defence and Mesut Ozil occupying a role in the middle of the park. Despite the Spaniard soon feeling the need to replace Ozil, his bold approach was working with Chelsea failing to get any notable shots away in the final third. The Blues were ultimately made to pay, although Arsenal’s leveller, which came no more than 10 seconds after they defended a corner, was the home side’s own doing. As Martinelli broke forward, N’Golo Kante slipped on the halfway line to gift the youngster a way through to goal, and the forward made no mistake with a composed finish past Kepa Arrizabalaga after a 65-yard run up the pitch. While being clawed back encouraged Chelsea to go back on the offensive, there was still a concern that Arsenal would hit them on the break, leading to the game being played end-to-end. However, Chelsea eventually got their noses back in front through Azpilciueta, who held his run perfectly to volley Hudson-Odoi’s inswinging cross into the bottom corner from eight yards. The Blues naturally would have expected to see out the rest of the contest, especially given that they remained with a man advantage despite a knock being carried by Abraham. Arsenal had other ideas, however, as Bellerin received the ball on the edge of the area before managing to find the far bottom corner with his weaker left foot.Tags: ArsenalChelseaDavid Luizlast_img read more

20 Sep

Must Read: NY Times Columnist Bari Weiss’ Resignation Letter

first_imgBari WeissDear A.G.,It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times. I joined the paper with gratitude and optimism three years ago. I was hired with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages: first-time writers, centrists, conservatives and others who would not naturally think of The Times as their home. The reason for this effort was clear: The paper’s failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers. Dean Baquet and others have admitted as much on various occasions. The priority in Opinion was to help redress that critical shortcoming.I was honored to be part of that effort, led by James Bennet. I am proud of my work as a writer and as an editor. Among those I helped bring to our pages: the Venezuelan dissident Wuilly Arteaga; the Iranian chess champion Dorsa Derakhshani; and the Hong Kong Christian democrat Derek Lam. Also: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Masih Alinejad, Zaina Arafat, Elna Baker, Rachael Denhollander, Matti Friedman, Nick Gillespie, Heather Heying, Randall Kennedy, Julius Krein, Monica Lewinsky, Glenn Loury, Jesse Singal, Ali Soufan, Chloe Valdary, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Wesley Yang, and many others.But the lessons that ought to have followed the election—lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society—have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history. Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know that this is wrong. I do not understand how you have allowed this kind of behavior to go on inside your company in full view of the paper’s entire staff and the public. And I certainly can’t square how you and other Times leaders have stood by while simultaneously praising me in private for my courage. Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm.What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets. Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired. If a piece is perceived as likely to inspire backlash internally or on social media, the editor or writer avoids pitching it. If she feels strongly enough to suggest it, she is quickly steered to safer ground. And if, every now and then, she succeeds in getting a piece published that does not explicitly promote progressive causes, it happens only after every line is carefully massaged, negotiated and caveated.It took the paper two days and two jobs to say that the Tom Cotton op-ed “fell short of our standards.” We attached an editor’s note on a travel story about Jaffa shortly after it was published because it “failed to touch on important aspects of Jaffa’s makeup and its history.” But there is still none appended to Cheryl Strayed’s fawning interview with the writer Alice Walker, a proud anti-Semite who believes in lizard Illuminati. The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people. This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its “diversity”; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany.Even now, I am confident that most people at The Times do not hold these views. Yet they are cowed by those who do. Why? Perhaps because they believe the ultimate goal is righteous. Perhaps because they believe that they will be granted protection if they nod along as the coin of our realm—language—is degraded in service to an ever-shifting laundry list of right causes. Perhaps because there are millions of unemployed people in this country and they feel lucky to have a job in a contracting industry. Or perhaps it is because they know that, nowadays, standing up for principle at the paper does not win plaudits. It puts a target on your back. Too wise to post on Slack, they write to me privately about the “new McCarthyism” that has taken root at the paper of record.All this bodes ill, especially for independent-minded young writers and editors paying close attention to what they’ll have to do to advance in their careers. Rule One: Speak your mind at your own peril. Rule Two: Never risk commissioning a story that goes against the narrative. Rule Three: Never believe an editor or publisher who urges you to go against the grain. Eventually, the publisher will cave to the mob, the editor will get fired or reassigned, and you’ll be hung out to dry.For these young writers and editors, there is one consolation. As places like The Times and other once-great journalistic institutions betray their standards and lose sight of their principles, Americans still hunger for news that is accurate, opinions that are vital, and debate that is sincere. I hear from these people every day. “An independent press is not a liberal ideal or a progressive ideal or a democratic ideal. It’s an American ideal,” you said a few years ago. I couldn’t agree more. America is a great country that deserves a great newspaper. None of this means that some of the most talented journalists in the world don’t still labor for this newspaper. They do, which is what makes the illiberal environment especially heartbreaking. I will be, as ever, a dedicated reader of their work. But I can no longer do the work that you brought me here to do—the work that Adolph Ochs described in that famous 1896 statement: “to make of the columns of The New York Times a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.”Ochs’s idea is one of the best I’ve encountered. And I’ve always comforted myself with the notion that the best ideas win out. But ideas cannot win on their own. They need a voice. They need a hearing. Above all, they must be backed by people willing to live by them. Sincerely,Barilast_img read more