The Sava River in Zagreb is becoming an open stage for creative industries

first_imgAt the end of the Sava Bridge tram turnoff, works on cleaning and maintenance of areas in the inundation zone of the Sava River have begun, which in itself is of course no news, but as the works unofficially mark the beginning of the Sava bank, ie the Sava project activity, the Sava returns to Zagreb. Sava, this is certainly one of the great things that will completely change Zagreb for the better.The City of Zagreb will soon lease the seven-kilometer-long Zagreb banks of the Sava on both sides of the river from Hrvatske vode, in order to revive an area neglected for more than half a century, with the aim of returning citizens to the Sava and urban revitalization of Zagreb’s banks. The project “Activities on the Sava” will set up temporary facilities at five locations, including multi-purpose pavilions, sunbathing areas and swimming pools. In addition to increasing the quality of life, Zagreb will get a new training ground and an open stage for the music, cultural, urban, tourist and all other creative industries.The newly renovated locations will offer citizens sports-recreational, cultural-entertaining and catering facilities. From hiking and biking trails, outdoor stages, cinemas, artificial topographies, lookouts, sports fields, sand-filled beaches and a number of prefabricated buildings that will be dismantled within 24 hours, if necessary, when the Sava water level rises. “At five locations on both banks of the Sava, temporary prefabricated facilities will be located, including a film screening system, multipurpose pavilions, sunbathing areas and swimming pools. When designing such an urban landscape of the city, we respect the green belt of inundation, but we also take care of the modern needs of the citizens. Interconnected public spaces are put into the function of multipurpose use of different social groups. Citizens will be able to use the arranged spaces along the Sava this summer”, Announced Sanja Jerković, head of the City Office for Strategic Planning and Development of the City.The competition for this project was announced as part of the city project “Activities on the Sava” which ended in 2015, and the work “Swamp On the River” by Carlos Zarc, Sara Palomar and Jose Luis Hidalgo from Spain and Zuhal Kola from Turkey was selected. The amount of 20 million kuna was provided from the city budget, but the City expects that a part of the money will be able to “withdraw” from EU funds. The realization of this project is planned for 2018.See more about the whole project on the official website openact architecture&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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Ellsworth swim team earns split against Bangor

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth took to the pool for the first time in 2018 when it took on Class A Bangor on Tuesday, and the Eagles earned an impressive split with the visiting Rams.The boys’ team defeated Bangor 100-70 for one of its biggest victories of the season. The girls’ team came close but fell to the Rams 90-78.“Bangor has great swimmers, and competition was keen for many races — even down to the third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes,” Ellsworth head coach Jim Goodman said. “The spirit and cheers were deafening throughout the meet. We had a lot of our swimmers make best times, and several made the cut times for the state championships.”Ellsworth’s next meet is at home against Foxcroft at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Libya Slave Trade: Stop the Crocodile Tears, Act to Save Our…

first_imgSeveral major factors contribute to this debacle that remain unchecked, and the sad reality is that many more Nigerian lives will be lost or dehumanised in places like Libya. Firstly, the quality of life in our country has steadily sank to survival levels over the years. Secondly, our population is exploding at an alarming rate and we are now reaching frighteningly unmanageable numbers. Thirdly, and perhaps most significantly, is that culturally, we have managed to ingrain in our minds that everything good happens outside Nigeria, especially in Europe and America. Across different spectrums of our lives, we have abandoned the need to develop from within and instead embraced foreign alternatives.For years now this column has preached the need for a thriving domestic sports industry and why the government and biggest brands should work together to ensure ours becomes one. We need to positively engage and reward our people, especially the young, otherwise we will continue to face these kinds of crisis. Just look at the rising wave of crime and other problems in the country – the kidnappers, the ritual killings, the 419 scammers, the brutal robberies, the continued wanton spread of sexually transmitted diseases, the rising number of teenage mothers, the restive youth in our communities becoming militants or religious extremists etc. If we do not quickly create opportunities that engage millions of our citizens, then we face being swallowed up by the resultant problems. We have known for some years now that young Nigerians desperate for what they see as a better life overseas have repeatedly opted to undertake the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe. Many have succeeded in their quest, but many more have perished in the stormy waters. These tragedies have made global headlines for years, but when international news network CNN recently broke the news that some of these Nigerians were among Africans being traded as slaves in war-torn Libya, international outrage reached new decibels while our country’s image sank to new lows. There is no better way to engage and influence a people to lead healthier and more disciplined lives than through sports. The more progressive nations know this and employ sports in a big way: not just to drive commerce, but to inspire better values in society. Rather than employing sports the same way, we are enslaving ourselves with our addiction to foreign sports. The popularity of the English Premier League is an example of this. It is amazing how from the most literate to the stark illiterate, from the young to the old, from the man in the village to the man on Banana Island, we Nigerians now define ourselves by what happens in football leagues continents away. Our TV and radio stations, print publications and social media hubs are suffused with stories and images of foreign sports and foreign sports icons.These people fleeing Nigeria ought to be home earning a decent living from competing in one sport or the other. Those who are not athletes can still work in a variety of ways in the industry. Some can be officials, maintenance or security staff, managers of talent etc. When we throw our resources at foreign sports we contribute to  withering Nigeria and the desperation of our people to flee our borders. Jobs and quality living that they should safely have at home are what they are now dying at sea to find in Europe.Where are the sponsors for the NPFL?Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Alpena City Council Members vote yes on fireworks

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— Fireworks will go on this year for the annual 4th of July show in Alpena if allowed by Governor Whitmer. The City of Alpena made the decision in a 3 to 2 vote despite concerns surrounding COVID–19.Residents were able to raise $14,000 and Lafarge has matched those funds up to $12,000.Council and community members both had different opinions about continuing with the original date and those opposed suggested pushing the fireworks show back to as late as September.Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora  and others in favor of having the show said many residents are in support of the 4th of July date. Waligora says,” The decision to implement social distancing and requiring residents to wear masks will be determined by state government.”Residents will have the option to either stand outside or view the fireworks from the inside of their vehicle.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Community organizations rally together to raise money for familyNext Black accepts position at Thunder Bay Junior High Schoollast_img read more

South African Football Association suspends officials over match fixing claims

first_imgThe South African Football Association says it has suspended officials, including its president, after a FIFA report into match-fixing ahead of the 2010 World Cup found “compelling evidence” that one or more games were fixed by betting syndicates.The South African Football Association says it has suspended officials, including its president, after a FIFA report into match-fixing ahead of the 2010 World Cup found “compelling evidence” that one or more games were fixed by betting syndicates.The association made the announcement in a statement on Monday.On Saturday, the association said that it was “infiltrated” by now-convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his “bogus” football company Football4U, which was a front for the Asian syndicates. No players have been implicated in fixing matches. Instead, referees appointed by Football4U are believed to have fixed the games.SAFA didn’t identify the games but South Africa’s 5-0 win over Guatemala was under suspicion.SAFA says FIFA’s report also recommended “further examination” of some South African officials.last_img read more