A unique attraction opened in Croatia: Skywalk

first_imgThe lookout point can be reached by the Biokovo road, which leads from the entrance reception of the Biokovo Nature Park, approximately 6 km east of Makarska, to the highest Biokovo peak, Sv. It runs at an altitude of 1762 meters, which makes it the highest paved road in Croatia. The total value of this project is approximately HRK 31 million, of which grants from the European Structural and Investment Funds amount to around HRK 27 million. The rest is financed by the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency and own funds of users and partners – Makarska Development Agency MARA and the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service – HGSS. Landscaping of the Skywalk Biokovo is part of the project ‘New Adrion – Promoting sustainable use of natural heritage PP Biokovo, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020, and is the largest and most demanding financially project in the history of the Public Institution “Biokovo Nature Park”. From the Heavenly Promenade, the view is of Tučepi, Podgora and Makarska, the Dalmatian islands of Hvar, Brač, Vis, Korčula, Pelješac, and in particularly nice weather, after the famous Biokovo bora clears the horizon, the view reaches Cape Monte Gargano in Italy. The lookout is located at an altitude of 1228 meters above sea level, on the 13th kilometer of the Biokovo road, next to the info – center. It is a horseshoe-shaped lookout, with a glass base for walking, which in the most convex point in the length of 12 meters covers the cliffs of Ravna Vlaška. The most impressive and complex part of this EU project is the construction of a horseshoe-shaped belvedere outside the cliff with a glass surface for walking called the Skywalk Biokovo. Approximately eight million kuna was invested in the construction of this building and the reconstruction of the existing lookout. The lookout is open to all visitors from Thursday, July 02nd.center_img Photo: For Biokovo Nature Park Plamenko Cvitić Photo: For Biokovo Nature Park – Plamenko Cvitić As part of the lookout, a geological pillar was built – a three-dimensional view of the cross-section of the rocks that formed the area of ​​Biokovo from its inception until today with a geological table of time and a description of the age and type of rocks. The Skywalk, a unique visitor attraction in Croatia, opened in the Biokovo Nature Park. Skywalk Biokovo is located in the southwestern part of the Biokovo Nature Park, in the area of ​​Ravna Vlaška, at an altitude of 1228 meters above sea level, on the 13th km of the Biokovo road and next to the info – center. last_img read more

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EIOPA details first stress test for workplace pension funds

first_img“The stress test will retrieve valuable information on the sensitivity of IORPs (Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision), sponsoring undertakings and members and beneficiaries to such a scenario,” Bernardino said.The regulator said it was running the stress test and the quantitative assessment alongside each other to minimise the burden on IORPs.Both exercises will run until 10 August, the deadline for data to be submitted to the national supervisory authorities (NSAs).On 19 May, there will be a workshop with participating IORPs, and a Q&A procedure for the institutes will go on between May and August.From the end of August into September, EIOPA will then carry out what it described as a centralised quality assurance of all submissions, and finally, in December 2015, it will publish the results of the stress test analysis.The stress test exercise will be conducted in seventeen European countries and cover both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pensions.EIOPA said it would use the quantitative assessment to gather data from pension funds on the potential uses of its controversial holistic balance sheet (HBS) idea – which critics have said is too standardised – within an EU-wide supervisory framework.The outcomes would, it said, help EIOPA in further developing its advice to the European Commission on EU solvency rules for IORPs.At the same time, EIOPA has published responses to the consultation it launched last year addressing further work on the solvency of IORPs.Among other things, the paper discussed possible uses of the HBS, such as an instrument to set funding requirements.The responses reveal many negative reactions to this idea from the pensions industry.The UK’s BT Pension Scheme questioned whether EIOPA’s proposed one-size-fits-all approach was the best way forward.“Developing and complying with a mandatory and prescriptive regime predicated on the use of a holistic balance sheet will inevitably be time-consuming and costly for IORPs,” it said, adding that it did not see that this would lead to better outcomes for IORPs or their members than the processes already used locally.On the sponsor side, umbrella employers’ association Gesamtmetall in Germany described applying more solvency requirements to pension funds via a “Solvency II-like” approach using the HBS methodology as “objectively unnecessary and counter-productive”.Jerry Moriarty, chief executive of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, told IPE: “Like most people in the pensions industry, we struggle to see why EIOPA is proceeding with the stress tests, since the European Commission has taken the issue of solvency away from the IORP review that’s currently taking place.“It seems to us this is going to cause quite a bit of work and cost to schemes but doesn’t add anything to the protection of schemes across Europe, as it’s largely an academic exercise.” The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has announced details of its first stress test for occupational pension funds, as well as a quantitative assessment of the solvency of the institutions.The stress test is aimed at judging how resilient pension funds are to tough market scenarios, as well as a longevity scenario, the EU regulator said.Gabriel Bernardino, chair at EIOPA, said: “Pension funds are already experiencing a challenging environment with low interest rates and rising life expectancy.”He described the long period of low interest rates – combined with the fall in asset prices as risk-on financial markets had been reappraised – as a key vulnerability for the occupational pensions sector.last_img read more

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Rugby league star Scott Prince puts price tag on Gold Coast house

first_imgThe house was built by the couple in 2012.The four-bedroom waterfront house offers a pool, waterfront entertainment area, open-plan design and city skyline and Hinterland views. The property was built in 2012 after the couple knocked down the original house, which they spent $1.3 million on in 2008. Rugby league legend Scott Prince and his wife Kristy are seeking more than $1.775 million for their home. Picture: Tara Croser. A price tag has been added to the listing of Scott Prince’s palace.RUGBY league legend Scott Prince has revealed his price hopes for his luxury Gold Coast house, which hit the market in May. The former Gold Coast Titans captain and wife Kristy were originally going to try their luck at auction but a price tag of more than $1.775 million has since been added to the listing. The Prince family are selling to buy two new properties.The pair are selling to buy two new properties, one in Brisbane and another on the Gold Coast, to better juggle their time and work commitments. Prince works with the Brisbane Broncos and their indigenous program, while his wife works on the Coast and their two daughters attend school locally. “The girls love the school and we don’t want to uproot them and of course we all love the Gold Coast lifestyle,” Prince said when the property was listed last month. “This literally was our dream home that we designed and built with Adenbrook Homes — I am sure it will easily become someone else’s dream home.“Being on the water is what the Gold Coast is all about, it’s a great family home and also a great spot for entertaining.”Prince’s long rugby career included stints with the North Queensland Cowboys, Brisbane Broncos, West Tigers, Gold Coast Titans, indigenous All Stars and the QLD State of Origin Maroons. While Prince won’t be taking the field for the highly-anticipated clash, he is still involved heavily with the team. “Go Queensland!,” Mr Euler said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNRL stars tackling the property game00:50 MORE NEWS: Gold Coast records biggest drop in sales activity across Queensland The waterfront home at 6 Garden Grove, Carrara.Scott Euler of @realty, who is marketing the house at 6 Garden Grove, Carrara, with Nicola Buchanan, said Prince had been flat out in the lead up to tonight’s State of Origin game. “Due to Scott’s business and football commitments it meant he was going to be away this weekend for the auction so we felt it was best to put it back to a private treaty,” Mr Euler said. “We have had a great mix of buyers, both local and interstate, show some interest and there are positive signs post-election, which is great for the real estate industry.“There’s a mix of young families wanting it for that space it offers with the 1424sq m block and, the jewel of the crown, the 22m water frontage.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“And surprisingly some older buyers too … appreciating the low-set position that it offers opposed to having stairs.” MORE NEWS: Qld wins the ‘Real Estate of Origin’last_img read more

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US state passes tough abortion bill

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 18 January 2019, anti-abortion activists participate in the `March for Life,` an annual event to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the US, outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPThe Alabama senate passed the most restrictive abortion bill in the United States on Tuesday, banning any termination of pregnancy and punishing doctors who perform the procedure with life in prison.The text, which the Republican-led senate sent to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk for signature into law, does not include exceptions in cases of rape or incest.The largest human rights defense organisation in the United States, the ACLU, promised to file a lawsuit to block its implementation, although the bill’s backers have expressly said they want to bring the case to the Supreme Court.Now that the court has a conservative majority in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election, some Republicans want it to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that recognized women’s right to abortion.”You just raped the state of Alabama yourself,” state senate Democratic leader Bobby Singleton said after senators eliminated an amendment seeking exceptions to the abortion ban.”You’re saying to my daughter you don’t matter in the state of Alabama… It’s ok for men to rape you and you’re gonna have his baby if you get pregnant,” he added, his voice sometimes breaking with emotion.last_img
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UPDATE Fort Bend Driver With AntiTrump Message Released From Jail After Being

first_img Share Photo via Sheriff Troy Nehls’ Facebook page Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls said on November 15th, 2017 that he was hoping to have a “meaningful dialogue” with the driver about the expletives and the confrontational tone of the message of the truck.The driver of a truck displaying an expletive filled message against President Donald Trump was arrested for an outstanding warrant from August, according to KHOU. She has since been released, and said the circumstances of her arrest are suspicious to her.“People abuse the badge, in my opinion, and money talks,” Fonseca told a gaggle of reporters, after her release from the county jail. “Money on that end, and people with money, on the other end.”“The arrest of Karen Fonseca was for an outstanding Felony Warrant arising out of an investigation conducted by the Rosenberg Police Department. The only connection between her arrest and her decision to drive around with an obscenity displayed on her vehicle was the fact that it lead us to her name which in turn revealed the existence of this Felony warrant. Once this connection was made, personnel did their job in a professional and appropriate manner by serving this Felony warrant,” said via email Caitilin Espinosa, PIO Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.Karen Fonseca said she’d been stopped by law officers, but that they had no grounds to issue a citation.“It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” the 46-year-old Fonseca told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s just our freedom of speech and we’re exercising it.”Fort Bend County Sheriff’s OfficeKaren Fonseca, 46, was arrested for an outstanding warrant, related to fraud.Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls on Wednesday posted a photo of the truck message on Facebook alongside a request to speak with the driver.A Texas sheriff is concerned a truck displaying an expletive-filled, anti-Trump message could lead to confrontations: https://t.co/B5IREOIAiw pic.twitter.com/1jeJ0mI1jF— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 16, 2017Nehls in his post said that a county prosecutor told him the message could warrant a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. But at a news conference later Wednesday, he seemed to back away from that idea. Nehls said he supports freedom of speech but worried that profane messages could incite others and lead to confrontations that would disturb the peace he’s pledged to keep. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said Thursday that Nehls’ post was removed once the pickup driver was identified. “Due to the hate messages he has been receiving toward his wife and children, the sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further,” spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa said by email. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas posted on Facebook that Fonseca’s message is protected speech and urged her to reach out to the organization. The ACLU noted a 1971 U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned the conviction of a man for disturbing the peace for wearing a jacket with an expletive as part of an effort to protest the military draft and the Vietnam War. A woman who raised her middle finger in October to Trump’s motorcade as it passed her in Virginia was fired from a government contracting firm for violating the “code of conduct policy.” But the Texas case differs in that a government entity threatened punitive action for vulgar material directed at the president. Lynne Rambo, a law professor at Texas A&M University specializing in the First Amendment, said Thursday that the 1971 Supreme Court case made two points clear: the state’s attempt to regulate profanity or civil discourse is not a sufficient reason to justify restricting speech, and profane language directed at a specific person is different from vulgar content that’s broadly disseminated. “It’s state action to threaten as (Nehls) did and he really ought to know First Amendment law better than that,” Rambo said. Fonseca says the message has been on the rear window of the pickup for nearly a year and it’ll stay there for the time-being. “There’s no law against freedom of speech, nothing in the law book here in Texas,” she told KHOU-TV in Houston. “I’ve been stopped numerous times, but they can’t write me a ticket.”last_img read more

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Texas Among Numerous Redistricting Challenges Pending In Courts

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2017.The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on a lawsuit alleging partisan gerrymandering in the drawing of a Maryland congressional district. Eight years after the 2010 Census provided the basis for legislative redistricting, several other cases alleging unconstitutional gerrymandering in various states also are still working their way through the court system.In Pennsylvania, a recent court ruling reshaped congressional districts for this year’s elections. But many of the other cases could have a greater impact in the years to come. That’s because they could set precedents that states must follow during the next round of redistricting after the 2020 Census.Here’s a look at some key redistricting cases ruled upon recently or still pending in courts:WISCONSINPartisan breakdown: State Assembly — 63 Republicans, 35 Democrats, one vacancy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal court in November 2016 struck down Wisconsin’s state Assembly districts enacted in 2011 by the Republican-led Legislature and Republican governor as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander in violation of Democratic voters’ rights to representation. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in October 2017 and has yet to rule in the case. It could set a precedent for whether and how courts can determine if partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional.___MARYLANDPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — seven Democrats, one Republican.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed in 2013 by Republican voters alleges that the Democratic governor and Democratic-controlled Legislature unconstitutionally gerrymandered the 6th Congressional District in 2011 to dilute the voting power of Republicans. The district had been held by a 20-year Republican incumbent. It’s since been held by a Democrat. The U.S. Supreme Court is to hear arguments Wednesday challenging a federal court’s refusal last August to bar continued use of the redistricting plan. The lower court put the case on hold pending guidance from the Supreme Court.___TEXASPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 25 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State Senate — 20 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State House — 94 Republicans, 56 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: U.S. and state House maps enacted in 2011 by the Republican governor and GOP-led Legislature were tossed out in 2012 by a federal court, which produced new interim maps. Those maps were permanently adopted by the Legislature and governor in 2013. But last year, the federal court ruled that some districts were racially gerrymandered to weaken the electoral power of growing minority populations. The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked lower court orders to redraw two congressional districts and nine state House districts for the 2018 elections and is scheduled to hear arguments April 24 on an appeal of the lower court rulings.___PENNSYLVANIAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 12 Republicans, six Democrats if Democrat Conor Lamb’s lead holds up in a March 13 special election to replace resigned Republican Rep. Tim Murphy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in January that the U.S. House districts enacted in 2011 by a Republican governor and GOP-led Legislature were an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander favoring Republicans. The Democratic-led court in February imposed new district boundaries that analysts said could boost Democrats’ electoral prospects. The U.S. Supreme Court and a lower federal court both declined March 19 to halt or overturn the use of the new districts in this year’s elections.___NORTH CAROLINAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — 10 Republicans, three Democrats. State Senate — 35 Republicans, 15 Democrats. State House — 75 Republicans, 45 Democrats.The claims: Racial and partisan gerrymandering.The cases: The U.S. Supreme Court in January temporarily blocked a lower court’s order for state lawmakers to again redraw North Carolina’s congressional districts, pending an appeal of the panel’s ruling. That ruling held that the Republican-led legislature engaged in unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering when it redrew districts in 2016. Lawmakers were redrawing districts because a different federal judicial panel had stuck down the Legislature’s 2011 redistricting plan as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. Separately, the U.S. Supreme Court in February temporarily blocked portions of the lower court’s decision redrawing state legislative districts. That was pending an appeal of the panel’s ruling that the Republican-led legislature’s 2017 redistricting plan violated the state constitution and contained racial biases left over from the maps it originally approved in 2011.___VIRGINIAPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — seven Republicans, four Democrats. State Senate — 21 Republicans, 19 Democrats. State House — 51 Republicans, 49 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The cases: The U.S. Supreme Court last year ordered a lower court to reconsider previously rejected claims that a Republican-led Legislature and governor unconstitutionally diluted black voting strength in the state. The claim was that Republicans did so by packing a high percentage of black voters into 11 state House districts under a 2011 redistricting plan. That case is still pending. A separate case pending before the state Supreme Court alleges that 11 state House and Senate districts are not compact enough. In yet another case, a federal court in 2016 redrew congressional districts after ruling that black voters had been illegally packed into a particular district to diminish their voting strength elsewhere.___GEORGIAPartisan breakdown: State House — 116 Republicans, 64 Democrats.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed last April alleges that two state House districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered by the Republican-led Legislature in 2015 to increase the percentage of white voters and decrease the percentage of black voters. Both Republican incumbents were re-elected over black Democratic challengers in 2016. Pre-trial motions to grant a preliminary injunction against continued use of the districts are under consideration.___MICHIGANPartisan breakdown: U.S. House — nine Republicans, four Democrats, one vacancy. State Senate — 27 Republicans, 11 Democrats. State House — 63 Republicans, 46 Democrats, one vacancy.The claim: Partisan gerrymandering.The case: A federal lawsuit filed in December by Democratic voters alleges the U.S. House and state legislative districts enacted in 2011 by a Republican governor and Republican-led Legislature are unconstitutionally gerrymandered to dilute the voting power of Democrats. Republicans have controlled the state legislative and congressional delegations since then. Pre-trial motions to dismiss the lawsuit are under consideration.___ALABAMAPartisan breakdown: State Senate — 26 Republicans, seven Democrats, one independent, one vacancy. State House — 70 Republicans, 32 Democrats, three vacancies.The claim: Racial gerrymandering.The case: Most state House and Senate candidates will be running for office under new districts this year. That’s the result of a lawsuit alleging that maps approved in 2012 by the Republican-controlled Legislature packed too many black voters into certain districts. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 ordered the maps to be reconsidered by a lower court, which struck down a dozen districts last year. The Legislature then redrew 25 of the 35 Senate seats and 70 of the 105 House seats, reducing racial polarization in most districts. The court dismissed a challenge to the new maps last October.last_img read more

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CharmTV to Debut Summer 2014

first_imgBeginning during the summer of 2014, the City of Baltimore will re-launch TV25 Baltimore as CharTV. The new network will deliver content that spotlights the essence of Baltimore. CharmTV will highlight the positive attributes of Baltimore City, its people, neighborhoods and local businesses. The network will also feature a new prime-time block of programming that can be viewed online and on-air.For more information: www.tv25baltimore.comlast_img

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