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18Nov/20

Vukovar introduced a system of public bicycles

first_imgPublic bicycles are an increasingly popular form of transport in 14 Croatian cities and municipalities, and today Vukovar joined the company and thus became the fifteenth and easternmost city in Croatia to introduce the Nextbike system of public bicycles.After the official presentation of the project, a test ride on public bicycles from the city center to Borovo naselje followed, with a short refreshment at Ina’s station. The Nextbike system of public bicycles in Croatia has 20.500 registered users, significantly reduces emissions, traffic jams, noise and parking problems, and cycling has a positive effect on mental and physical health.But the most important thing is that from today, Vukovar residents and all tourists can combine train, bus and public bicycles and thus travel faster, healthier and cheaper while protecting the environment in which we live – through integrated public transport. “In recent years, to the delight of the citizens, Vukovar has received several bicycle paths, of which the most important is certainly the one that is still under construction, ie the bicycle path along the state road D2 in the part of Kudeljarska and Priljevo streets. This is exactly the route we took on the new public bicycles and which is certainly the most important route because it connects the center of Vukovar and Borovo Naselje. Our citizens have a culture of cycling, so I am convinced that this initiative will be very well received. With the new bicycle path and bicycles in the public transport service, we will improve the connection of all parts of Vukovar and at the same time reduce traffic jams. This project is just one in a series of steps we are taking to raise the quality of life of our fellow citizens, but also to present our city in a new European spirit that will surely meet the approval of both citizens and tourists who see Vukovar as the central destination of the Croatian Danube region., ”Said Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava.This greenest, healthiest and most cost-effective form of public urban transport is fully in line with EU directives and the vision and plans of the City of Vukovar related to sustainable development. Beautiful Vukovar, as the civilizational starting point of Europe in which culture developed for five thousand years and the city that suffered the greatest war destruction, needs projects facing the future. Development is a matter of piety, but also the fact that Vukovar citizens like all citizens of this country want to finally stand by their European neighbors, and this is possible only with continuous investment in sustainable construction, education, employment and sustainable mobility that connect all segments of society.Nextbike provides citizens, students and tourists with the most affordable, fastest, healthiest and most fun transportation. A user who registers nextbike bikes can use them in more than 140 cities around the world. Nextbike is ready to welcome new cities and companies that invest in sustainable mobility and continuously invests in new technologies and improving the user experience, says Krešimir Dvorski, director of the Public Bicycle System, adding that in order to feel safer in traffic, Nextbike organizes several cycling school and encourages cities to improve cycling infrastructure. “Launching a public bicycle system in Vukovar was our great wish a few years ago when we were thinking about how to connect the far east of Croatia with all other major county centers. By combining different forms of public transport, each of us can quickly, easily and conveniently get from point A to point B without owning a car. We thank the City of Vukovar and INA as the general sponsor of the system maintenance for recognizing the importance of the project for the local community. Thanks to them, from today, the people of Vukovar can enjoy all the benefits that the public bicycle system brings them”Dvorski concluded.last_img read more

29Sep/20

UK funding deficit halved in January despite equity downturn

first_imgSource: Mercer, JLT Employee Benefits, PPF “Holding cashflow generative assets, such as government bonds, credit and private market debt, can help protect pension schemes during an equity shock like the one experienced in January,” he added. “We find that for cashflow-negative schemes with funding gaps to close, equity shocks can be very problematic if the scheme is relying on disinvestment to fund cash outflows.”Tunningley highlighted that hedging opportunities were available for some pension funds regardless of the future path of equity markets.“For those looking at reducing funding level risk, market conditions today look particularly favourable,” he said. “Linker dealing spreads are tight, repo can be accessed readily and cost effectively, meanwhile 10-year swap rates are back to pre-Brexit levels. Whether or not volatility persists in global markets, these are attractive opportunities for UK pension schemes.”  DB funding estimates from consultants were less emphatic.JLT Employee Benefits estimated that the combined DB deficit across the private sector fell by 17% during January, from £150bn to £124bn.According to Mercer, the DB schemes attached to FTSE 350 companies were only marginally better funded at the end of January than they were at the start, as the combined deficit shrank from £76bn to £73bn.The FTSE All Share index fell 1.9% in sterling terms in January, and lost 4.1% this month up until 12 February.The yield on UK 10-year gilts rose from 1.19% on 1 January to 1.51% at the end of the month. It has since risen to 1.6%, its highest level since April 2016.How UK DB pension deficits have changed since 2015 The aggregate funding position of UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes improved in January despite the equity market volatility that hit investors towards the end of the month.Data from the Pension Protection Fund showed the aggregate shortfall across 5,588 schemes halved during the first month of 2018 to £51bn (€57.5bn). Schemes were on aggregate 97% funded, compared to 94% at the end of December.Combined assets fell by 0.9%, but rising government bond yields pushed down liabilities by 3.9%.Andy Tunningley, head of UK strategic clients at BlackRock, said schemes had on aggregate 10% less in equities than five years ago, meaning they were better protected from stock market volatility.last_img read more

26Sep/20

Caribbean open data movement set to open a world of possibilities

first_img Share Share 12 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Photo credit: siliconcaribe.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A Caribbean open data initiative, backed by the University of the West Indies and the International Development Research Centre of Canada, could improve the region’s access to public information of national significance.A slate of local and regional experts will be gathering for the first regional event of its kind on open data. The conference, titled “Developing the Caribbean”, will be hosted simultaneously across Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago from January 26 to 27. ‘Open data’ is a term used to describe the idea that certain information should always be readily available to everyone. Such access to data should be without copyright, without patent, or without any such restriction that would prevent the end user from determining how the data is used.One of the featured speakers at the event is Trinidad-born technology expert Bevil Wooding, an international advocate for the open data movement in developing countries. He described open data as “potentially one of the most significant advances in how public access to public information is leveraged for the common good”.Wooding, founder of the non-profit BrightPath Foundation, explained that under the Trinidad and Tobago Freedom of Information Act established in 1999, if a member of the public desires access to public information, he or she has to make a formal request for that information to be released. However, with open data, access public information and public datasets is in commonly accessible formats via the Internet for public consumption. “Typically, a substantial amount of important public information, ranging from official crime statistics and national census data to government land allocations and taxation revenues from the energy sector, is locked away in government data repositories. Though it is supposed to be public information, held in trust by the government, it is inaccessible to the public. With open data, governments can take the initiative, in the interest of transparence and accountability in governance and provide access to these public datasets,” he said.He went on to share that such a move to open data brings benefits to both the government and the general public.“Governments can effectively ‘crowd-source’ the work of interpreting and analysing data to the public. Such crowd-sourcing can transform static data into valuable public information services at a pace and in a manner that simply would not be possible given government’s constraints. This opens the door to all kinds of new innovative applications and services,” Wooding said.“Of course, a new level of transparency and accountability can be facilitated when data is made publicly available. This is one reason why, across the world, governments in both developed and developing countries are moving to make more public data available,” he added.Many governments including the US, UK, Canada, India, Brazil and Kenya have opened up their data on sites such as data.gov, data.gov.uk, data.gc.ca, opendatsata.go.ke, with other countries joining the movement at a strong pace.The open data philosophy is straightforward, Wooding said. “The responsibility for making information available to the public falls squarely on those who have the information, as opposed to those who demand it.”Organisers of the upcoming conference are hoping to significantly raise the awareness of how public information can help to solve problems and provide new services to citizens. Web developers will collaborate through live video streaming of all presentations, and groups from other territories will be encouraged to participate virtually. The conference will be recorded and the live stream opened up to the public.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Caribbean open data movement set to open a world of possibilities by: – January 20, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

19Sep/20

World record-breaking England destroy Pakistan as Alex Hales hits 171

first_img(REUTERS) – England amassed a world record one-day international total of 444 for three as they crushed Pakistan by 169 runs at Trent Bridge yesterday to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Jos Buttler struck the last ball of the innings for four to take Eoin Morgan’s men past Sri Lanka’s 443 for nine against Netherlands in July 2006.Hales plundered 171, the highest individual limited-overs score by an England batsman, before Buttler reached his fifty off 22 deliveries, another record for his country.The hosts passed their previous highest total of 408 for nine, made against New Zealand last year, while captain Morgan got to his half-century off 24 deliveries as he and Buttler shared an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 161.“Quite a monumental knock from Alex Hales,” said Morgan. “To score 171 in any form of the game is remarkable and our innings was based around that.“Records are hugely important, it emphasises we’re not just a chasing side. We probably have 17 or 18 players who have played in the last year and a half and could come into this side.”Hales flayed four sixes and 22 fours in his 122-ball knock to surpass Robin Smith’s 167 not out against Australia in Birmingham in 1993.Caught off a no-ball on 72 and dropped on 114, the 27-year-old right-hander passed Smith’s score by pulling Hasan Ali to the mid-wicket boundary.PAKISTAN PAINThe bowler trapped him lbw with the next delivery to end a second-wicket stand of 248 with Joe Root, who fell soon after for 85, but the pain was far from over for the Pakistan bowlers.Buttler hammered six sixes and three fours to get to his half-century and finished 90 not out off 51 balls while Morgan ended unbeaten on 57.Hales and Root’s partnership was also England’s third-highest in one-day internationals.Pakistan, in reply, were bowled out for 275 in 42.4 overs with paceman Chris Woakes the chief destroyer, taking four for 41.Opener Sharjeel Khan hit 58 but wickets fell at regular intervals until Mohammad Amir smashed 58 in 28 balls to share an unlikely last-wicket stand of 76 with Yasir Shah (26 not out).Amir’s half-century was the first by a number 11 in ODIs.“It was very tough today,” said Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali. “I think there were exceptional innings from Hales and Buttler.“On a wicket like this, you really need to support the bowlers and that didn’t happen.”ENGLAND inningsJ. Roy c S. Ahmed b H. Ali 15A. Hales lbw b H. Ali 171J. Root S. Ahmed b Nawaz 85J. Buttler not out 90E. Morgan not out 57Extras: (b-6, lb-8, nb-9, w-3) 26Total: (for 3 wickets, 50 overs) 444Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-28, 3-28.Bowling: M. Amir 10-0-72-0 (w-1), H. Ali 10-0-74-2 (nb-3) W. Riaz 10-0-110-0 (nb-2, w-2), M. Nawaz 10-0-62-1, Y. Shah 6-0-48-0, Az. Ali 1-0-20-0, S. Malik 3-0-44-0.PAKISTAN inningsS. Aslam c Ali b Woakes 8Sh. Khan c Stokes b Woakes 58Az. Ali c Rashid b Woakes 13B. Azam c Morgan b Stokes 9S. Ahmed c Root b Rashid 38S. Malik c Buttler b Plunkett 1M. Nawaz c Morgan b Rashid 34H. Ali b Ali 4W. Riaz lbw b Wood 14Y. Shah not out 26M. Amir c & b Woakes 58Extras: (b-4, lb-2, nb-1, w-5) 12Total: (all out, 42.4 overs) 275Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-50, 3-83, 4-106, 5-108, 6-155, 7-164, 8-180, 9-199.Bowling: M. Wood 10-0-75-1 (w-2), C. Woakes 5.4-1-41-4 (w-1), L. Plunkett 6-0-30-1 (w-1), B. Stokes 4-0-14-1 (w-1), M. Ali 7-0-36-1 (nb-1), A. Rashid 10-0-73-2.last_img read more

20Jan/20

Superstakes sponsors to honour media personalities

first_imgFive veteran media personalities will be honoured by Superstakes title sponsors Burger King at Caymanas Park tomorrow for their contribution to the sport over the years.They are The Gleaner’s racing writer Orville Clarke, Lindy Delapenha, a former director of sports at Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation; radio racing analyst and Gleaner columnist Dr. Paul Wright; racing commentator Brian ‘Spuddy” Rickman and Karl Angell of the Racing Observer.All will be guests of the sponsor and promoters Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) in the Director’s Room during the meet and in addition to receiving awards, each will have a race run in their honour on the well supported 12-race programme, featuring the 38th running of the Burger King Superstakes over 2000 metres.The programme kicks off at 11.000 a.m. with the Orville Clarke Trophy over 1700 metres to be contested by nine starters (four-year-olds and up non winners of two). Top contenders are MINY LEE (Shane Ellis), HOMECOMING ((Anthony Thomas) and VESPERS (Javaniel Patterson).The second race over 1100 metres for the Brian Rickman Trophy for maiden three-year-olds has attracted 11 starters, the eighth race for the Dr Paul Wright Trophy to be contested by 14 starters, while race number 10 for the Lindy Delapenha Trophy will see 13 facing the starter and the closing race for the Karl Angell Trophy to be contested by a maximum field of 16.last_img read more