Public 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.
In a statement published yesterday, ESMA guided regulators “to not prioritise their supervisory actions towards entities that are expected to be exempted again in a relatively short period of time and to generally apply their risk-based supervisory powers in their day-to-day enforcement of applicable legislation in a proportionate manner”.The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today said it would not require pension schemes or their counterparties to start putting processes in place to clear derivatives in line with EMIR.“This approach is subject to any further statements that may be issued by ESMA or the FCA,” the UK regulator added. “We, in any event, continue to recognise that the clearing of derivatives is a prudent risk management tool.”ESMA cannot disapply a directly applicable EU legal text or delay the start of some of its obligations.PensionsEurope last month called for regulators to make clear that the clearing obligation would not be enforced for pension funds in the expected intermission between the exemption and any extension.“It is clear that both the Council and the European Parliament want to extend the clearing exemption and we expect them to wrap up negotiations pretty quickly,” said Matthies Verstegen, senior policy adviser at the association.“In the meantime, ESMA’s statement should be sufficient ground for national supervisors to allow pension funds to continue accessing the bilateral market. This is very reassuring as it would be difficult to deal with an unforeseen clearing obligation at the eleventh hour.”Both the EU Council and the Parliament have backed further exemptions for pension schemes, albeit for different lengths of time. The Parliament’s version proposed retroactively exempting derivative contracts executed during the gap between the EMIR exemption expiring and any new exemption kicking in. Europe’s top financial regulator has suggested to national supervisors that they do not force pension funds to abide by derivative clearing rules when an exemption expires next month.The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) told regulators to “not prioritise” enforcing the rules introduced as part of EMIR. An extension of pension schemes’ temporary exemption from clearing rules – which would require them to hold cash against derivative positions – is under discussion as part of so-called “Refit” negotiations between the EU Council and the European Parliament.However, it is too late for an agreement on this to enter into force by the time the current reprieve runs out in mid-August.
New Delhi, Mar 8 (PTI) More than 3500 hospitals in the country are providing treatment to patients through various traditional medicinal systems, including Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.”As per information reported by the states and UT, as on April 1, 2015, the total number of AYUSH hospitals providing AYUSH medical treatment in the country is 3,598.”Out of which 2,818 hospitals are of Ayurveda, 257 of Unani, 274 of Siddha, 7 of Yoga, 35 of Naturopathy and 207 of homoeopathy,” Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said.He said as on April 1, 2015, the total number of AYUSH dispensaries was 25,723 out of which 15,291 are of Ayurveda, 1,461 of Unani, 803 of Siddha, 185 of Yoga, 94 of Naturopathy, 7,856 of Homoeopathy and 33 of Sowa Rigpa.He said vacant posts of AYUSH doctors under Central Government Health Service are filled by the government in consultation with the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which advertises the posts and conducts the examination.He said the proposal for filling the posts of Medical Officers and Research Officers has been sent to the UPSC recently.The vacancies can be filled up only after UPSC recommends the candidates and the pre-appointment formalities of those recommended are completed in consultation with the respective state authorities, he said. PTI TDS AAR SK AAR