Split-Dalmatia County joins the initiative of beaches without cigarette butts. “Coast without cigarette butts” campaign launched

first_imgSplit-Dalmatia County, as a concessionaire on the maritime domain, has launched a campaign “Coast without cigarette butts” with the aim of keeping the beaches clean. If you also want paper ashtrays in your destination and beaches, contact Association I love Vlasic and join the project. According to the letter, the Split-Dalmatia County will provide funds to make the campaign as successful as possible through brochures, paper ashtrays, posters and media visibility. As it is done in the letter to express the interest of the concessionaire, it is not yet known who got involved in this campaign, except for now the city of Kastela, which has publicly announced that it supports and joins the campaign. Apart from the fact that with this action we all together contribute to a cleaner environment, we also participate in fire prevention, given that an unquenched cigarette butt is one of the main causes of fire. So, anyone can join this action, in fact, it would be desirable, in order to preserve our environment, both for ourselves and for the development of tourism. Thus, in its letter sent to all assigned concessionaires, they invite them to join this campaign by informing bathers and service users about the need to keep the environment clean. For this purpose, SD County has made an information poster that will be delivered to all assigned concessionaires. The obligation of the concessionaire, if they express interest, would be a drink for each delivered filled can or paper ashtray as a reward, if the concession was awarded for performing catering activities, the letter points out. However, I do not know how this could be regulated in accordance with fiscalization, and it is not good how something is imposed because it is a cost of the concessionaire, regardless of the commendable action. / / / SO SIMPLE, FUNCTIONAL AND INGENIOUS – FREE PAPER ASHTRAYS FOR THE BEACH INSTALLED IN VLASICI By the way, following the example of a story from a place in the south of Spain where you get a drink in exchange for a glass full of cigarette butts, this idea and practice began to spread in Croatia. Thus, among the first Beach bar Mocca on the island of Krk, they set up cans for cigarette butts for all bathers, and Camp Slanica from the island of Murter gives free drinks for every ashtray brought.center_img Also, the Murter – Kornati Tourist Board set up ashtrays on all beaches in Murter at the beginning of the summer, and now the Split-Dalmatia County is joining this great story and initiative as a beach concessionaire. Also, the Split-Dalmatia County calls for the installation of paper ashtrays or cans (bowls, cans, etc.) that can be used for ashtrays, while the installation of plastic cups and bowls for collecting cigarette butts is not allowed. Photo: Association “I love Vlasici” Paper ashtrays were first introduced in Croatia by the Volim Vlašići Association, from the island of Pag, and this year the project was extended to the town of Hvar. / / / PAPER ASHTRAYS FROM NOW ON THE BEACHES OF HVAR It is enough for the County to provide posters, brochures and paper ashtrays to each concessionaire, as well as to condition some environmental standards when awarding concessions, such as the number of trash cans, plastic disposal, etc.… last_img read more

Indonesia, Japan commit to ‘cooperation’ against COVID-19

first_imgIndonesia and Japan have committed to closer cooperation to address the spread of COVID-19 while calling for strong collaboration within the international community to fight the pandemic.The commitment was made on Monday during a phone call between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.Retno reportedly used the occasion to also convey Indonesia’s appreciation for Japan’s recent help in evacuating the Indonesian crewmen of the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan. “Indonesia and Japan are committed to intensify bilateral, regional as well as international cooperation through the G-20 mechanism in fighting COVID-19,” Retno tweeted on Monday.Meanwhile, Motegi said on Monday in a statement issued through the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta that it was high time that the international community came together to curb the further spread of the lethal virus around the world.He said that Japan had decided to contribute 1.5 billion yen (US$13.6 million) in emergency aid for distributing to affected countries through the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.The phone call between the foreign ministers took place  in lieu of a bilateral meeting that had been scheduled prior to the outbreak.This year’s Indonesia-Japan meeting of foreign and defense ministers would have been be the second “2+2” meeting since 2015, when Retno and then-defense minister Ryamizard Ryacudu met with their Japanese counterparts, then-foreign minister Fumio Kishida and then-defense minister Gen Nakatani, for the inaugural meeting in Tokyo.On Tuesday morning, Indonesia had reported 579 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while Japan had reported 1,128 confirmed cases. Topics :last_img read more

US tightens rules on four more Chinese state ‘propaganda’ outlets

first_imgThe state-run news organizations will be required to report details on their US-based staff and real estate transactions to the State Department. Their reporting will not be restricted, officials said.”These four outlets are not media outlets; they are propaganda outlets,” David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for East Asia, told reporters.He declined to say if the four outlets would be asked to reduce their US-based staff — action taken against the five organizations that were earlier designated.The announcement was further evidence that a closed-door meeting last week in Hawaii between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi did little to ease tensions. Topics : Pompeo said later that he considered China a “rogue” player and said he was “very frank” in expressing his concerns to Yang including over Beijing’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and its proposed security law in Hong Kong.The state news outlets earlier designated as foreign missions were the Xinhua news agency, the China Global Television Network, China Radio International and the US distributor of the People’s Daily.After the United States ordered them to cut by nearly half the Chinese nationals working for them, Beijing hit back by expelling US citizens working for three major newspapers — The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.Beijing said at the time it was taking reciprocal action against the “oppression” of its reporters. Media rights advocates have voiced misgivings about the approach of President Donald Trump’s administration, saying it gave China a pretext to kick out journalists who have fearlessly reported on the coronavirus pandemic and the mass incarceration of Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims.center_img The United States on Monday changed the status of four more Chinese state media organizations, denouncing them as propaganda outlets, renewing a feud with Beijing.The State Department said it was reclassifying four outlets — China Central Television, the China News Service, the People’s Daily and the Global Times — as foreign missions rather than media outlets in the United States, adding to five others designated in February.All nine outlets “are effectively controlled by the government of the People’s Republic of China,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.last_img read more

MMH announces new partnership with The Christ Hospital for Oncology Care

first_imgBatesville, IN —Margaret Mary Health has made the strategic decision to partner with The Christ Hospital for medical oncology coverage at the Margaret Mary Cancer Center. This new relationship is effective immediately and will allow the program to provide better local support and care for patients with expanded access to experienced, specialized providers, and clinical trial research. While the physician coverage will be provided by The Christ Hospital, patients will continue to be supported by the same outstanding Margaret Mary cancer care team.In the coming months, Margaret Mary will be welcoming several oncologists from The Christ Hospital to their medical staff. Dr. Soumit Basu is the first oncologist to join and will be providing patient care at the Cancer Center on Six Pine Ranch Road. Dr. Basu is board certified and specializes in medical oncology and hematology. He completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio and his fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.Margaret Mary is committed to providing cancer patients the services and support needed throughout their cancer care journey. For additional information or questions regarding this new partnership, please contact the Cancer Center at 812.932.4673.last_img read more

LIVE: African Player of the Year awards

first_img*****Complete list of winners at the 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony in Accra Thursday:Player of the Year1. Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool/ENG), 2. Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool/ENG), 3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Borussia Dortmund/GER)Women’s Player of the YearAsisat Oshoala (Nigeria, Dalian Quanjian/CHN)Youth Player of the YearPatson Daka (Zambia, Liefering/AUT)Coach of the YearHector Cuper (Egypt)Club of the YearWydad Casablanca (Morocco)National Team of the YearEgyptWomen’s National Team of the YearSouth Africa African Player of the Year Award nominees, Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (L) and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (R), attend a media briefing on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony. PHOTO AFPSalah completes awards hat-trickAccra, Ghana | AFP | Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is the African Player of the Year. The Egyptian, scorer of 23 goals in all competitions midway through his first season at Anfield, has now been voted African Player of the year, BBC African Footballer of the Year and Arab Player of the Year.Salah, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon were  the contenders for the highest African individual football honour.The scoring feats of Salah  installed him as the public and media favourite to succeed Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City as the number one African footballer.“I want to be the best Egyptian footballer ever,” said Salah after receiving the BBC award last month.“When I came to Liverpool I hoped to show everyone my abilities. I scored a lot of goals with Roma and am very happy being successful at Liverpool.”#AiteoCAFawards2017 TweetsSalah also starred for Egypt, scoring five of the goals that qualified his country for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 28-year absence from the global showpiece.Salah and Mane will leave Accra soon after the awards ceremony as Liverpool have a Friday night FA Cup third-round derby date with Everton.However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not hesitate to release his African duo for the Accra ceremony, which will include six other awards.“It is a sign of respect,” he told reporters in Liverpool. “We sleep in a hotel and they sleep in a plane. That is the only difference.”Salah is a doubt for the Merseyside showdown, though, having missed the English Premier League victory at Burnley this week owing to a groin strain.Salah coud become only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to hoist the symbol of individual brilliance.It would be the first time since 1986 that north Africans have won successive editions of the poll, which this year involved national coaches, journalists, officials and the public.Morocco midfielder Mohamed Timoumi was the 1985 winner, followed by compatriot Badou Zaki, one of two goalkeepers to be voted the best African footballer.Footballers from the west of the continent have dominated recently with Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast each winning four times.While Salah has made the top three for the first time, prolific Bundesliga scorer Aubameyang finished first once and second twice in the past three award ceremonies.Mane came third last season, but his valuable input for Liverpool has been overshadowed by Salah, second in the Premier League scorers’ charts behind Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

‘Almost’ Showtime is back! But the Clippers upgraded, too (July 10)

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier by Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier:10—Let’s not get it twisted. You’re gonna have a real hard time even thinking about any comparison of any team today to the original “Showtime” team that featured Kareem, Magic, James Worthy, Byron Scott, A.C. Green, Michael Cooper, Jamaal Wilkes and Kurt Rambis. But what the legendary NBA organization Lakers are putting together is moving in the right direction. So much so, that Vegas already has them 50/50 to win the West with the Clippers.:09—So here’s how the West shapes up. Lakers—already with LeBron…still the best player in the game bar-none. Nevermind the craziness about Leonard and Durant, now joined by Anthony Davis, a resigned Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green and another superstar to come! By now you know that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George signed with the Clippers. Couple them with Montrezl Harrell, Landry Shamet and Patrick Beverley along with future Hall of Fame Coach “Doc” Rivers and the heat in L.A. got turned up real high.:08—The rest of the West remains interesting at best. Houston with ball-hog James Harden…just ask Chris Paul…and Eric Gordon keeps them an exciting team at best. OKC without Paul George is only a Russell Westbrook funny clothes wearing show, be mindful and know this to be truth. Golden State is not done, and they will challenge; Minnesota—no. Phoenix Suns—no. Denver—no. And New Orleans with the Zion Williamson show will not live up to the billing. Mark my word.:07—The NBA East is a bit of a toss-up. Of course, Toronto won’t be winning anything but free wings at the local KFC now that Leonard and Green are gone. I have zero clue why Jimmy Butler left the 76ers for Miami and the Heat unless of course it was for the heat on the beach. The Atlanta Hawks will continue to be the maybe team and the place where they make movies; Boston…Indiana…in a good place but, as of now, not a place to win gold. Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit are just picking up paychecks. And, if you’re one of those people that really think that the additions of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are going to take the Brooklyn Nets to the promised land, are overdoing your meds. We’re talking two years, maybe three before that dream comes true. The Knicks? Well, they’re still in New York!:06—The most important sports event in the world at this moment is the USA women’s soccer bringing home the gold in good ole USA—abusive, dominating and supreme confident fashion. Now everybody connected with this global power…pay these women what they’re due!!!.:05—Shout out to my man Greg down at the Kingsley Center. A hard-working brother that has game. He’s a big-time reader and that puts him in “The Locker Room.” Welcome aboard my brother and please keep reading.:04—Speaking of Greg…and I just was. He wanted to know the greatest basketball players in City League history. Here’s my top 15, but I could be wrong! #1. Kenny Durrett. #2. Ricky Coleman. #3. Robert “Jeep” Kelly. #4. Sam Clancy. #5. Maurice Lucas. #6. DeJuan Blair. #7. Larry Richardson. #8. Pete Gibson. #9. Larry Anderson (UNLV). #10. Kirk Bruce. #11. Maurice Stokes. #12. Clarence Hopson. #13. Ron Carter . #14. Darelle Porter. #15. DeAndre Kane. Text me your top 15, at 412-628-4856.:03—Here’s all you need to know about the Pirates. Number one—Kevin Cameron…the man that said he would not go to a Pirate game again until the team was sold, was spotted at a game recently…“What the What!” And the second thing is this—as much as we hate to admit the Bucs are in the thick of it, beating up on the Cubs and Brewers like Forty Going North! And here at the All-Star Break, the Pirates are just 2.5 games back of the first-place Cubs!:02—If you like basketball, and I know you do, you need to get your “too old to play butt” up to Ammons Rec Center in the Hill and watch the future stars; and take a few dollars with you so you can donate to the program. Darelle Porter and Dr./Coach Karen Hall have brought Ozanam all the way back. Call Ammons for game times.:01—As always and forever, the most important thing in life for you to do is to vote…and vote Donald Trump out!!!:00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

Molly Maguire’s Opens Its Doors Just In Time For St. Pat’s

first_imgRUMSON — Mike and Kathy Maguire like to kid each other that they have another child. That child—their sixth, in fact—is their new restaurant and bar.While the name and the owners are new, the location it occupies has a long history in the borough as a comfortable, local pub and restaurant.The Maguires are the new owners of Molly Maguire’s Blackpoint Inn, 132 East River Road. The restaurant, which they acquired last October, had its official grand opening last Thursday, and will, the Maguires said, continue to serve traditional Irish fare and be the comfortable spot that patrons have come to expect over the years.Mike Maguire, who works full time as medical sales rep, said recently he had wanted to name one of his children Molly. It is a name he always liked and one he thought would be in keeping with the names of his other children, whose names all begin with M. “But my wife said ‘I will never name my child after a bar,’” Mike explained.The Maquires had been considering starting a business of their own and had looked into a number of possibilities when they heard that the former Murray McGregor’s was available.“We were looking at all different avenues to make something for ourselves and our family,” Kathy Maguire said.“I wasn’t as gung-ho as my husband for a restaurant, she acknowledged. “But I did say it would have to be the perfect place,” and when she saw the location and the community she thought it was “the perfect spot for our family… we would just grow into the place and make our home here.”“That’s exactly what we have here,” she said.And Mike finally got his Molly.Kathy also liked adding the words ‘Black Point Inn’ to the name “Molly Maguire’s” because of the history of the inn and its importance to the area. Before the Maguires took it over, the location had been Murray MacGregor’s Publick House for the last couple of years, before that it was Briody’s, a well-known restaurant and watering hole. Prior to Briody’s the bar/restaurant had been known as the Black Point Inn for many, many years.“We have a lot of older folks come to our restaurant,” she said, “and they come in and say, ‘As a kid I remember it as the Black Point Inn.’ And it’s just nice to hear that people stay in the community.”So much so, she said, that she and Mike are hoping to eventually relocate to the borough, especially given the time they will be spending here.The restaurant will continue the tradition of food and live music at Molly Maguire’s, with an entertainment lineup that includes Pat Guadagno, Dave McCarthy and others. “And that’s what makes this place comfortable,” those traditions, she said. “You can meet your old friends, you can meet new friends and have fun.”Mike and Kathy Maguire are the new owners of Molly Maguire’s in Rumson. They celebrated the grand opening of their new restaurant on Thursday, March 1. The parents of five children, the Maguires joke that their new restaurant is their “sixth child.”last_img read more

RBR to Hold Relief Effort Sunday and Monday, Nov.4-5

first_imgRED BANK _ A relief effort has been organized for Sunday and Monday Nov. 4-5, by Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) at the Salvation Army.The effort is being held to assist people in the area who are most impacted by the hurricane and will take place at the Salvation Army, 180 Newman Springs Road. The organizers are seeking donations of nonperishable food, snacks, water, toiletries, new and gently used clothing and blankets from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.RBR is also seeking volunteers to join in this effort. Volunteers are asked to bring bags or boxes for sorting.  While the school survived the storm well, it is still without power and will be closed on Monday, Nov. 5. School officials will evaluate reopening on a day-by-day basis.last_img read more

SA starts social grant clean-up, upgrade

first_imgSassa is to conduct home visits during this period to accommodate beneficiaries over 75 years of age, bedridden beneficiaries at their homes and institutions such as hospitals. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) is embarking on a major project to re-register and verify the identities of the country’s social grant beneficiaries in order to rid the system of corruption and ensure that grants are paid to the right people only. A rigorous information campaign will be run by Sassa to educate beneficiaries, community members and organisations about the new system. Beneficiaries of the child support grant will be required to bring their babies, along with their birth certificates. Fingerprints will be taken of the child to verify his or her identity. With the new system, beneficiaries will be issued with a SASSA-branded smart card which they can use anywhere in the country. She said the cost for the entire process to re-register beneficiaries was about R15-million, which included the upgrading of the call centres where people can call 0800 601011 if they have problems or want more information. During the second phase – from 1 June to 31 December – existing eligible beneficiaries, including bank beneficiaries and children, will be enrolled on the new biometric-based payment system at Sassa pay points, local offices and designated sites. Biometric-based payment system Working with Home Affairs “During this period, particularly from 1 April, beneficiaries should continue to collect their grants at their respective pay points including banks … new beneficiaries will be enrolled on to the new biometric-based payment system as from 1 March 2012 at Sassa local offices upon application,” she said in Pretoria last week.center_img 20 February 2012 “For many beneficiaries, this will be a dream come true … The system will allow the right person to be paid the right amount and be enrolled within close proximity of the communities where they live,” Dlamini said. She urged beneficiaries to bring their IDs and existing SASSA-branded cards, when re-registering, warning that no one would be re-registered without these documents. Sassa also has interfaces with the Home Affairs system, which will enable them to easily get information, such as if a beneficiary has died. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said the process would be completed in two phases, with the first phase starting in March and ending in May. She also allayed fears that there would be disruptions in the paying of social grants during the re-registration of over 15-million beneficiaries. Dlamini warned that apart from the child’s birth certificate and fingerprints, there were no other ways of verifying the child’s identity. The department will be working with the Home Affairs Department to check and confirm if the child belongs to the mother. Sassa CEO Virginia Peterson said 686 000 beneficiaries had been “lost” in the system and they would be following up on them. This included people who had died or moved to another province, for example. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more