Landlords, become sea ambassadors: 10 little things you can do for our sea…

first_imgCover photo: Catherine Sheila from Pexels “We want to draw attention to the environmental, social, economic and cultural importance of marine ecosystems as well as the causes of their degradation, in order to preserve them and thus contribute to raising public awareness and improving relations that local communities, visitors and tourists develop and nurture with the sea.” aMORE festival. Namely, the organizers of the aMORE festival published a leaflet: 10 little things you can do for our sea… which is intended for the education of tourists. As a renter, you can print a pdf flyer and place it in your accommodation in a visible place, as well as share it on your social networks. Let us guard our sea, the sea from which we live. What if there is no tourism? Where would they be? The sea as well as space are our most valuable resource, let’s preserve it. If we don’t guard our sea, who will? The story is very simple and it only takes a little of your effort. In order to make as many tourists and travelers aware of the importance of preserving our sea, the organizers of the aMORE festival, the first festival entirely dedicated to the sea where art, culture, science, new technologies, innovations, stories and legends intertwine, invite all renters to become ambassadors. must. You can download the leaflet in English and Croatian attached. Side dish: 10 little things you can do for our sea… Also, the organizers of this great initiative are asking for help in translating the leaflet into other foreign languages, in order to expand the whole story. last_img read more

Japan mayor under fire for ‘women dawdle at shops’ remark

first_img“Men can snap up things they are told (to buy) and go, so I think it’s good that they go shopping, avoiding human contact,” the 56-year-old added.When challenged by a reporter, he acknowledged his remarks might be viewed as out-of-touch, but said they were true in his family.But online he was roundly condemned, with one Twitter user accusing him of being “disrespectful to women and men.”Read also: Putting women, girls at heart of COVID-19 response and recovery in ASEAN: Turning challenges into opportunities Another dubbed his comment “full of prejudice against women,” adding “there are indecisive men and nimble and sharp women.””Does he think (shoppers) like to take time?” added a third. “They are thinking about menus and prices.”But there was some support for the mayor.”That’s right. Elderly women in particular are always chatting away, unconcerned about shopping,” wrote one user.Despite its highly educated female population, Japan ranked 121 out of 153 countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2020 gender gap index, primarily because of its poor showing in political representation.Traditional gender roles are still deeply rooted in Japanese society and women are often still expected to take primary responsibility for childcare and domestic chores, even while holding down professional jobs.Topics : The mayor of Japan’s Osaka has come under fire for suggesting men should do grocery shopping during the coronavirus outbreak because women are indecisive and “take a long time.”Japan is under a state of emergency over the pandemic, and residents in some areas have been asked to shop less frequently and only send one family member out to get supplies to limit contact.Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui told reporters on Thursday that men should be entrusted with grocery runs because women “take a long time as they browse around and hesitate about this and that,” Kyodo news agency reported.last_img read more

Lawmakers agree to endorse Perppu on COVID-19 in next plenary session

first_imgHowever, given the urgency, both factions agreed to discuss the Perppu in a plenary session.”COVID-19 has had great impacts on health, economics and public welfare. Therefore, we understand the urgency of this regulation,” Dolfie Othniel Frederic Palit of the PDI-P said.The Perppu allows the government to extend the state budget deficit beyond the legal cap of 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and allocate the spending for programs related to COVID-19 handling without the approval of the House. The spending will be declared costs to save the country from the outbreak, and any officials executing the related policies “in good faith and according to the law” cannot be subject to criminal or civil charges.It has sparked anger among civil groups that challenged the Perppu at the Constitutional Court over fears that it could lead to budget misappropriation and embezzlement if passed. In their petition filed with the court on April 9, the groups demanded the revocation of contentious provisions stipulating that officials responsible for fiscal and monetary policies cannot be criminally charged when using the state budget to counter the negative economic impacts of the health crisis.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedHendrawan Supratikno of the PDI-P said the party would support the government’s efforts to weather the outbreak impacts. However, he reminded that the Constitution stipulates that “all citizens are equal under the law””Article 27 [of the Perppu] is a modification of Article 48 Law No. 9/2016 on the prevention and resolution of financial system crises. There should be additional sentences in the Perppu that give assertion that they cannot go against the law ‘unless there is an abuse of authority’ so that policymakers be careful,” he said.In addition to the government coalition, parties outside the coalition, namely the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the Democratic Party and the National Mandate Party (PAN) have also agreed to ratify the Perppu into law.”Regarding Article 27, PAN thinks that it does not violate any legal product because we already have it in existing legal products,” Eko Patrio of PAN said.Topics : “For the 2021 state budget, we want the government’s commitment to discuss it with the House as usual,” Supriyanto of the Gerindra Party said in a virtual meeting with government representatives on Monday.Some Gerindra faction lawmakers, as well as those of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) previously voiced their objections against the executive order, raising concerns that it could overstep the House’s right to deliberate the state budget.The lawmakers also previously objected to Article 27 on government officials’ impunity.Read also: House grills govt over ‘unconstitutional’ Perppu The House of Representatives’ budget committee has agreed to endorse Regulation in Liew of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 on COVID-19 pandemic response amid public outcry over contentious articles that would grant the government the power to allocate large sums of money and a legal shield protecting the execution.Despite agreeing to endorse the regulation in a plenary meeting scheduled for May 12, the House members, however, asked the government to discuss the 2021 state budget with the House through the normal process, not through a presidential regulation (Perpres), like the revision to the 2020 budget.last_img read more

£22bn UK pension fund ‘should divest from fossil fuels now’, say protesters

first_imgCampaigners gathered outside the office of the UK’s largest local government pension fund today to call for it to divest from fossil fuel companies.Campaign groups including Fossil Free Greater Manchester and Extinction Rebellion demanded that the £22.5bn (€25.1bn) Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) exit completely from its stakes in fossil fuel firms. Citing data compiled by Fossil Free UK, the campaigners claimed that as much as 10% of the fund’s portfolio was invested in such companies.In a press release ahead of the protest, Fossil Free Greater Manchester member Stuart Bowman argued that GMPF was “totally out of touch with the public mood” and had “no clear plan” for divestment.However, GMPF – part of the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) system – said in a statement yesterday that it was “working hard to become carbon neutral” by 2050 or sooner, in line with a plan set out in 2017. It was in the process of moving £2.5bn of assets into low-carbon strategies “targeting a significant reduction in carbon footprint and intensity”. Representatives of GMPF met with Fossil Free Greater Manchester last week. While both parties agreed on a goal of a zero-carbon economy “as quickly as possible”, GMPF said it was also “committed to a just transition ensuring the interests of workers and communities are properly taken into account”.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Source: Fossil Free Greater ManchesterFossil Free UK campaigners outside the office of Greater Manchester Pension Fund on 19 July 2019A spokesperson for the fund said: “We are the biggest local government investor in renewables and energy efficiency with £0.5bn invested and leading investment opportunities for other funds.”The spokesperson added that GMPF’s work on renewable energy and related investments “needs to be balanced” with the fund’s strong performance track record. The pension fund said it had added £3.7bn of value “above that of the average LGPS pension fund”.GMPF also highlighted its fiduciary duty to ensure that investment decisions “do not threaten financial performance”. Over the past three years, it said, the investment portfolio achieved more than £400m in additional returns than if it had removed stakes in companies such as oil giant BP or gas distributor Centrica.Rushing to divest would cause “material financial detriment” to GMPF, the spokesperson said, with potential consequences for public sector employers, workers and council tax payers, all of whom could be forced to pay more towards the pension scheme.Other LGPS funds have also rejected blanket divestment strategies. A number of large schemes responded to criticism from Friends of the Earth last year by stating that divestment did not affect the companies involved.Earlier this month, pensions minister Guy Opperman called on pension schemes to play a major role in the UK government’s plan to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.Further readingClimate change protesters disrupt pensions conference Campaigners from Extinction Rebellion interrupted an LGPS conference in May to call for schemes to divest from fossil fuelsLow-carbon indices: Work in progress Providers acknowledge that low-carbon indices are imperfect, but argue they are an invaluable tool to help reduce climate change risk in a portfoliolast_img read more

Atsu keen to embrace Everton chance

first_img The Ivory Coast international has not played since October and is still a month away from full fitness but is effectively the only back-up striker to Lukaku. “A lot will be down to how Arouna Kone adapts to being fully fit. It is a big area we are going to keep an eye on,” said Martinez, who denied reports he was ready to sell the striker. “At the moment it is difficult to say when he is going to be fit but I have an incredible confidence in him. “I am very happy, today, at the start of the season, with the business we have done.” Loan signing Christian Atsu admits he seized the opportunity to join Everton and play in the Barclays Premier League as he does not know when he will get his chance at Chelsea. However, Atsu, who joined Chelsea on a five-year contract from Porto last September and was immediately farmed out to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, is not yet thinking about long-term plans. “I can’t tell you the future but I don’t know how long it will take for me to get back to Chelsea,” said the Ghana international. “Looking at the players Chelsea has my playing time would not be much and for me I have to play football as a young player. “Right now I am really focused on Everton and at the end of the season we will see what will happen. “I think Everton is a really good club and I am here to work hard and to help the team. “This is my first season in the Premier League and it is a really high level for me and a big opportunity to prove myself and also to help the team.” Atsu is Martinez’s fourth signing this summer after Lukaku and Gareth Barry turned their loans into permanent deals and midfielder Muhamed Besic joined from Hungarian side Ferencvaros. Martinez said he was “not desperate” to bring in any more signings in this transfer window but much may depend on the fitness of Arouna Kone. Press Association The 22-year-old will spend the coming campaign under the guidance of Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park, following in the footsteps of Romelu Lukaku who did exactly the same last season before signing permanently this summer. Some of his comments mirrored those of Lukaku, who said after he completed his £28million deal that he wanted more pitch time and did not think he would get it at Stamford Bridge. last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar’s fitness dodgy affair as pressure mounts on Brazil

first_imgNew Delhi: A bruised and hurt Neymar will aim to get Brazil’s FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign back on track on Friday as one of the favourites of the tournament eye for a victory over Costa Rica. Neymar was fouled for a record number of times (10) in a single World Cup game in 20 years in Brazil’s lackluster 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Sunday.The world’s most expensive player then limped out of training on Tuesday. However, he returned to training pitch 48 hours ahead of the tie in St. Petersburg. The Switzerland match was PSG forward’s first game after a four months setback following a broken bone in his right foot.”Neymar is one of the best players in the world. Of course having him in our side is a big plus for us,” said Coutinho.”He is so important. He is always creating the play, creating space.” Brazil were left frustrated with the treatment that Neymar got against Switzerland. The Brazilian federation further complained to FIFA.Neymar and co. will face Costa Rica on Friday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News MS Dhoni’s short-run missed by umpires during Adelaide ODI, watch here

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s stellar knock helped Team India to clinch the Adelaide ODI on Tuesday against Australia. It was Virat Kohli’s 39th ton and MS Dhoni’s return as a match finisher performance which led to the historic win by six wickets. But, one thing which went unnoticed during the match was a single by Mahendra Singh Dhoni where the wicket-keeper batsman forgot to touch the crease which is known as a short run. The incident also went unnoticed by the on-field umpires as well as by the third umpires.Now, a video has surfaced over the internet where MS Dhoni can be seen taking a run after hitting the ball but unintentionally forgets to touch the crease on the non-strikers’ end. The whole incident went unnoticed by the umpires.Also Read | You cannot calculate Dhoni’s value, says Sunil GavaskarIt happened during the 45th over of the Indian innings after the spinner Nathan Lyon bowled the last ball of his over.During the match, Virat Kohli also went past 6,000 ODI runs overseas. When Kohli fell for 104, it seemed that the chase would fizzle out but Dhoni showcased his calmness and guided India home. The fact that India did not have to chase over 300 owed much to Bhuvneshwar’s exploits earlier in the day. Kohli is the 19th player to achieve this milestone and the fifth Indian to go past 6,000 runs in ODIs.Kohli’s century was his 39th in ODIs and it puts him just 10 away from reaching Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 49 centuries. The fact that he still has a massive gap with Tendulkar with so few gaps in number of tons underlines his class. This was his 64th international century, helping him go past Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara’s tally of 63 runs. Kohli also slammed his fifth century in Australia, putting him level with Rohit Sharma and Sangakkara for most centuries by an overseas batsmen Down Under.Also Read | Mumbai Police trolls Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s Koffee With Karan comments in styleRecently, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar also applauded MS Dhoni for his recent performance and said that the veteran’s value to the team cannot be calculated despite the lack of consistency. last_img read more

The Latest: Organizers postpone Edinburgh Marathon

first_img March 14, 2020 The Latest: Organizers postpone Edinburgh Marathon Associated Press Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___More AP sports: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times UK):___12:45 p.m. The Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The race was due to take place on May 24, but organizers have announced it will be postponed.Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday, ___10:45 a.m. Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist.The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.”The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive.With Cutrone and Pezzella added to the list with Vlahović, there are now nine Serie A players who have tested positive. The others are Daniele Rugani of Juventus plus five Sampdoria players: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus.last_img read more

Ramson Jnr is new Sport Minister!

first_img– Culture and Youth mergedBy Stephan Sookram Charles Ramson Jnr. will take up his tenure as the Minister with responsibility for Culture Youth and Sport following the swearing in of new government ministers yesterday.Ramson Jnr, a former presidential adviser to the Donald Ramotar administration, has now been handed the keys to a sector many feel should have its own subject minister.This was not the case in the previous government as the sport sector was absorbed and ultimately overshadowed by the education sector.After his swearing in at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre (ACCC), Ramson gave a quick comment saying, “As far as sport is concerned, right now sport is very disorganised, so I want to be able to start to get sport organised in this country.”While he did not outline his plans for the sector, Ramson Jnr is no stranger to the sporting world, being an active participant in cricket; he now has the job of reforming the sport sector.One of the many things the new minister has to look at is the refurbishment and ultimate development of the South Dakota Race track into an international venue.In its manifesto, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) campaigned heavily on the refurbishing and further development of the Timehri-based motorsport circuit, the home of racing locally.President Irfan Ali had spoken to this on numerous rallies and it is also outlined in the party’s manifesto, indicating that there are plans to revamp the venue.Other plans outlined for the sector in the Manifesto are to ensure that each region has a premium, multi-purpose sporting facility that could be used for multiple events.This ties into the PPP/C’s plan to also build sport academies to serve all regions, another plan outlined in the manifesto.The Manifesto also outlined plans for the provision of incentive packages for the businesses that provide sponsorship or employment opportunities for sports persons and athletes.Outside of the Manifesto, the new minister is also expected to look at the reform of the sector, including the long promised sport policy.last_img read more