A public debate was launched on the justification for drafting the law on islands

first_imgA public debate on the new Islands Act has been launched, ie a draft proposal for a census impact assessment for the Islands Act proposal has been presented.By passing the new Islands Act they intend to encourage island development, especially according to the concept “Smart” islands, and the application of blue and green economy as ipto revive the demographic renewal of the island.An important change is the new, significantly improved, methodology calculation of the development index  and classification (ranking) of islands according to the level of development – especially due to the introduction of the corrective factor of the development index and indicators for the calculation of the island development scale, harmonization of Croatian island policy with European island policy and many others.Now is the time to think loud and clear and get involved in the public debate with arguments, later it will be too late if you do not react now.eConsulting: CONSULTATION ON THE DRAFT PROPOSAL OF THE STATEMENT ON THE IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF REGULATIONS FOR THE PROPOSAL OF THE ISLANDS ACTlast_img read more

Zinedine Zidane responds to Real Madrid links with Arsenal target Houssem Aouar

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Oct 2020 1:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.9kShares Advertisementcenter_img Zinedine Zidane responds to Real Madrid links with Arsenal target Houssem Aouar Houssem Aouar has attracted the attentions of a lot of big clubs (Picture: Getty Images)Zinedine Zidane says he can see Houssem Aouar playing for Real Madrid in the future, but says the club will not be making a move for him during this transfer window.The Lyon midfielder has been linked with a string of top European clubs, with Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal all interested in his signature.Real Madrid looked like they might be able to beat the competition to his signing after Zidane contacted his fellow Frenchman over a move and Aouar was reportedly very keen on the switch.However, the Bernabeu boss has since ruled out a big for the 22-year-old, at least for this transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t know what information you have,’ Zidane said, via Spanish publication Marca. ‘He is a great player, without a doubt, I know, and maybe one day he will be able to play for Madrid, but now there is this squad and we are going to start with this.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityA similar message came out of Paris Saint-Germain, with sporting director Leonardo saying: ‘Aouar it’s a dream but it may not be the right time.’Juventus have reportedly been put off by the £50m asking price, which leaves Arsenal in the driving seat as they look to snap up the midfielder.The Gunners have already seen a £32m bid turned down and they will need to significantly improve that to get their man, but if they do, the path now appears clear for them to make the signing.MORE: PSG chief says Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is ‘dream’ signingMORE: Zinedine Zidane holds talks with Houssem Aouar as Real Madrid register interest in Arsenal targetFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Tweed River Dredging Project Kicks Off

first_imgImage source: CoastalwatchThe sand dredging operations on the Tweed River entrance – part of the New South Wales Government’s Tweed Sand Bypassing project – will get underway over the weekend, reports Echonetdaily.Tweed Sand Bypassing is a joint initiative of the New South Wales and Queensland State Governments. The project’s objectives are to establish and maintain a safe, navigable entrance to the Tweed River and restore and maintain the coastal sand drift to the beaches on the southern Gold Coast of Queensland.About 150,000 cubic meters of sand will be dredged from the river entrance over 6 to 8 weeks to maintain a clear channel for boating.According to Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, maintaining a clear and safe entrance to the Tweed River is crucial for both commercial and recreational boating, and to support the coastal lifestyle which is an integral part of the region’s identity.“This dredging protects the economic viability of the region. It allows commercial fishermen to navigate the river to make their living, and provides tourism operators, commercial yachts and other recreational water users continued safe passage,” said Provest.The dredging involves the permanent sand bypass jetty at Letitia Spit which collects naturally drifting sand that would otherwise accumulate at the river entrance, reported Echonetdaily.The dredged sand from the entrance will be relocated offshore of Duranbah Beach and the southern Gold Coast beaches. Some dredged sand will also be deposited offshore of Tugun/Bilinga and possibly Fingal.last_img read more

Marriage can reduce crime by increasing self-control

first_imgHealthCanal.com 26 Sep 2011Marriage can potentially help reduce crime by enabling people to develop greater self-control, according to a new study examining changes in marital status, self-control and marijuana use between late adolescence and early adulthood. The study by Dr Walter Forrest, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University and Associate Professor Carter Hay, from Florida State University found that young marijuana users who went on to marry were less likely to have continued using the drug than those who remained single. The research also uncovered a key reason for the change was that those who married also experienced significant improvements in self-control. “Self-control is one of the strongest predictors of differences between people in terms of their involvement in crime,” said Dr Forrest. …This latest study indicates that the link is due in part to the effects of marriage on self-control. “Our study shows that improvements in a person’s level of self-control are related to changes in their involvement in crime over time. It also shows that marriage is a significant source of those improvements,” said Dr Forrest.http://www.healthcanal.com/mental-health-behavior/21147-The-benefits-marriage.htmllast_img read more

De Lima wants to regulate gadget use among students

first_imgStudents using a cell phone for text messaging, Quezon City, Philippines.Bullit Marquez/AP “These guidelines shall likewise establishthe procedure to be observed in cases of abuse of mobile devices and electronicgadgets in the commission of other student misconducts such as cheating andbullying, as well as promote the responsible use of mobile devices andelectronic gadgets,” De Lima said./PN “Regulating the use of mobilephones and other electronic gadgets in schools is one of the immediatesolutions that the government can take to improve the learning conditions forour students and help them towards better performance in our schools,” shesaid. De Lima said she filed Senate Bill No.1271, which aims to improve the academic performance and achieve academicexcellence of the students. “Making life easier and more efficientare just some of the benefits brought about by the advancement of technology.However, excessive use of mobile devices can also lead to an array of negativeeffects and hazards,” she added. Under De Lima’s SB No. 1271, theDepartment of Education is mandated to promulgate clear-cut guidelinesregulating the use of mobile devices and other electronic gadgets in theschools. According to the Programme forInternational Student Assessment (PISA), the Philippines ranked last among 79countries in reading comprehension among 15-year-old students, with the countryending up below ranks 70 in mathematics and science.center_img Even if mobile phones and otherelectronic devices were useful in bringing higher quality teaching andlearning, De Lima said that there is a need to balance student performance withintegrating mobile devices in educational system. “Other noted adverse effectsinclude psychological and physiological complications, and mental healthissues, which interfere with education, diminish academic performance, andcontribute to increase in teenage anxiety, depression and suicide,” De Limasaid. “It is the duty of the State to providestudents with a more focused, positive and supportive learning environment thatis free from any distractions that prevent them from performing poorly inschool,” De Lima said. De Lima also noted that a study whichfound out that unrestrained use of mobile phones poses risks to students,leading them to fare poorly in elementary and junior high school primarily dueto lack of sleep that affects their concentration and retention. MANILA –Sen. Leila de Lima is pushing ameasure that would regulate the use of mobile phones and other electronicgadgets among students in private and public schools.last_img read more

BACIWA: 3-day water service interruption to hit Bacolod

first_img “Due to shutdown of the bulk water, only the pumping stations of BACIWA will supply the water for three days and low water pressure is expected,” Gemora pointed out. BACOLOD City – Several areas in this city will experience water service interruptions starting today, June 23 until June 26 due to emergency leak repair activity. She explained that about 15 percent of its daily water supply – from 80 million liters a day – will be lost due to the three-day shutdown. * Portions of Mandalagan, Taculing and Banago * Downtown area * Barangays within Rizal and Lopez Jaena streets Gemora disclosed that some areas of this city may likely experience no water supply at all. BACIWA assistant general manager for operations Jenelyn Gemora said the low water pressure was caused by an emergency shutdown of the Bacolod Bulk Water Inc.’s (BBWI) water treatment plant to repair a major leak in the intake line and to install additional treatment equipment.  * Barangays Estefania, Villamonte and Montevista * Burgos Granada Road In its advisory, the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA) said water service interruptions will affect the following areas: The BBWI has a contract with BACIWA to supply bulk water for 25 years in the amount of P1.1 billion for Injection Points No. 1 and 2 in barangays of Granada and Mansilingan respectively. However, the Injection Point No. 2 has yet to operate./PNlast_img read more

Smiley’s adds Sprint Cars to post-season IMCA program

first_imgMESQUITE, Texas – Drivers in a sixth sanctioned division receive awards this season, with the addition of Sprint Cars to the Smiley’s Racing Products program with IMCA.The high-performance parts manu­facturer and distributor gives $50 gift cards to top 10 finishers in national point standings for IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Gift cards of the same value, also redeemable at Smiley’s Mesquite, Texas, location go to top 10 drivers in the Razor Chassis South Central Region for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, the EngineQuest Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and the Charger Chassis Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. “Smiley’s Racing Products is a natural partner with the Sprint Car division and by adding their support it strengthens their presence outside of Texas with our Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Smiley’s has been a great partner over the years and we appreciate owner Tom Lorenz and his entire staff for their continued support.”Also home to Hoosier Tire Southwest, Smiley’s Racing Products returns to national decal programs for both Northern and Southern SportMods and drivers in both divisions are required to display two Smiley’s decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares. The 2015 season is Smiley’s Racing Products’ 11th as an IMCA marketing partner.Information about Smiley’s products is available by calling 972 289-7223, on Facebook and at the company website.last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through March 29

first_imgIMCA Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 781; 2. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 596; 3. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 475; 4. Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 473; 5. Kelsie Foley, Tuc­son, Ariz., 439; 6. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood, N.D., 411; 7. Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive, Iowa, 404; 8. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 386; 9. Spencer Wilson, Minot, N.D., 382; 10. Brent Schlafmann, Bis­marck, N.D., 338; 11. Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas, 336; 12. Scott Sluka, Casa Grande, Ariz., 333; 13. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 331; 14. Rob Slott, New Waverly, Texas, 316; 15. Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 313; 16. Russell Allen, Brawley, Calif., 311; 17. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 302; 18. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 301; 19. Garth Dushanek, Avondale, Ariz., 295; 20. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 288.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars ­– 1. Michael Day, Greenville, Texas, 112; 2. Austin Mundie, Carroll­ton, Texas, 88; 3. Trey Schmidt, Spring, Texas, 79; 4. Daniel King, Conroe, Texas, 78; 5. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., 76; 6. Bruce Crockett, Porter, Texas, 71; 7. Kent Lewis Sr., Willis, Texas, and Tyler Harris, Vidor, Texas, both 70; 9. Chris Kelly, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, both 69; 11. Brandon Jennings, Moore, Okla., and Shane Sellers, Tuttle, Okla., both 67; 13. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, and Mike Gabriel, Winnie, Texas, both 66; 15. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 65; 16. Blake Baccus, Crandall, Texas, 63; 17. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 61; 18. Gary Owens, Pauls Valley, Okla., 59; 19. Cody Whitworth, Oklahoma City, Okla., 57; 20. Dillon Laden, Blanchard, Okla., 54.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 501; 2. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 428; 3. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 401; 4. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 383; 5. G.W. Egbert IV, Belton, Texas, and Bryce Pritchett, Combine, Texas, both 312; 7. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 300; 8. Dennis Losing, Apache Junction, Ariz., 284; 9. Duain Pritchett, Combine, Texas, and Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, both 264; 11. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 254; 12. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 246; 13. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 245; 14. Zach Spillman, Marble Falls, Texas, 242; 15. Dillon Smith, Hewitt, Texas, 238; 16. Charles Co­sper, Belton, Texas, 222; 17. Mike Childs, Hudson Oaks, Texas, 216; 18. Justin Wierenga, Killeen, Texas, 215; 19. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 214; 20. Vance Honea, Phoenix, Ariz., 211.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Bradley Stafford, Desert Hills, Ariz., 284; 2. Allen Hakes, Phoe­nix, Ariz., 272; 3. Max Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 250; 4. Kyle Cardinal, Paradise Valley, Ariz., 232; 5. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., 196; 6. Joseph Peterson, Chandler, Ariz., and Brian Johnson, Yuma, Ariz., both 182; 8. Lenna Miller, Yuma, Ariz., 164; 9. Ryan Wilkerson, Midland, Texas, 158; 10. Gerald Spalding Jr., Abilene, Texas, 147; 11. James Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 145; 12. Mike Erwin, Yuma, Ariz., 130; 13. Rick Hibbard, Yuma, Ariz., 128; 14. Scott Jeffery, Yuma, Ariz., 113; 15. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., Leonard L. Manos, Yuma, Ariz., and Michael Whissen, Yuma, Ariz., each 107; 18. Jason T. Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., 102; 19. David Irvin, Clarkdale, Ariz., 99; 20. Taylor Huss, Fairbury, Neb., 79.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 452; 2. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 414; 3. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 376; 4. Ronnie Bell, Lo­rena, Texas, 314; 5. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 304; 6. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 261; 7. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, and Kyle Wilkins, It­aly, Texas, each 241; 10. Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, 237; 11. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 227; 12. Shane Priddy, Merkel, Texas, 219; 13. Jay Coone, Weatherford, Texas, 217; 14. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 211; 15. Scot Raney, Sherman, Texas, 193; 16. Gerald Hender­son, Georgetown, Texas, 188; 17. Steve Hayes, Eastland, Texas, 181; 18. Brock Shirley, Spring­town, Texas, 173; 19. Nick Clinkenbeard, Weatherford, Texas, 169; 20. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 159.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 680; 2. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 636; 3. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 494; 4. Mark Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 458; 5. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 421; 6. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 384; 7. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo., 335; 8. Sean Isaacks, Tucson, Ariz., 317; 9. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz., 299; 10. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, and Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb., both 292; 12. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 280; 13. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 267; 14. Marlowe Wrightsman, Peoria, Ariz., 252; 15. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 243; 16. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 228; 17. Brady Bjella, Willis­ton, N.D., 213; 18. Charles Hunt, Yuma, Ariz., 211; 19. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., 209; 20. Eric Folstad, Glenburn, N.D., 207.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 318; 2. Howard Watson, Weather­ford, Texas, 309; 3. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 257; 4. Brian Bagent, Killeen, Texas, 184; 5. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 182; 6. Clifton Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 181; 7. James T. Morehead, Cleburne, Texas, 162; 8. Dakota Dees, Weatherford, Texas, 140; 9. Pamela Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 138; 10. Rick Saupp, Stephenville, Texas, 131; 11. Robert Rutledge, Azle, Texas, 101; 12. Jack Lewis, Temple, Texas, and Billy Ayres Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., both 99; 14. Charles Burrows, Azle, Texas, 98; 15. Jacquelyn Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 96; 16. Bill Hall, Killeen, Texas, 94; 17. Jeff Toler, Mineral Wells, Texas, 76; 18. Phalan Bukowski, Mineral Wells, Texas, 68; 19. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 40; 20. Drake Bohlmeyer, Beatrice, Neb., 39.last_img read more

Hammers swoop for Song

first_img Song revealed it was a conversation with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce that led to his decision to move to east London and he is targeting European qualification. “When I spoke to the manager, he gave me very good advice,” he told whufc.com. “I had a very good chat with him and that’s why I am coming here. We have to do better than last season. I think the club has very good ambition and I hope we can maybe catch the European positions, because that would be very good for the club. “West Ham is looking to be a very, very big club in the future. The club has a great project and it is a very big project with very big ambition. “I think it’s great for the fans that the club wants to be one of the biggest in England. That’s why I chose to come here. I always said that if I was to leave (Barcelona) one day I would return to the Premier League. “It was a very hard decision when you have options of a lot of clubs who are playing in the Champions League, but at the end of the day I chose West Ham because I wanted to come to the Premier League.” Song, who won one Primera Division title during his spell in Spain, is likely to be West Ham’s final summer signing – taking the total of new recruits to eight. Carl Jenkinson has also joined on loan while Aaron Cresswell, Cheikhou Kouyate, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Diego Poyet and Mauro Zarate have been signed on permanent deals. West Ham have announced the signing of Barcelona midfielder Alex Song on a season-long loan. Press Association The 26-year-old Cameroon international struggled to hold down a regular place at the Nou Camp following a move from Arsenal in 2012 and returns to the Barclays Premier League with the Hammers – who paraded their new addition to fans ahead of the clash with Southampton. Clubs throughout Europe were put on alert when it emerged Song would be allowed to leave Barcelona – with West Ham having won the race to take him to Upton Park on a temporary basis despite reported interest from the likes of Napoli and Galatasaray. Allardyce said he hoped to complete one more deal before Monday’s transfer deadline and, with the acquisition of Song, it would be seen as a surprise if any other new faces came in. Song was sent off in Cameroon’s 4-0 World Cup defeat to Croatia in his last competitive game and could make his debut in the Premier League trip to Hull after the international break, following in the footsteps of his cousin Rigobert Song, who turned out for the Hammers between 2000 and 2002. Although Allardyce also insisted he did not foresee anyone leaving, bringing in Song leaves doubts over the future of Mohamed Diame – who has been heavily linked with a move to QPR. last_img read more

QC finish 10th, Business School 15th in Sir Garfield Sobers Cricket

first_imgA TOUGH final week of battle for Queen’s College and a win by Business School in their last match propelled the Guyanese schools to 10th and 15th positions respectively, when their campaign in the 2019 Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket competition concluded on Friday in Barbados. Queen’s College, who looked solid after week one, with two wins and two no-results, lost four consecutive clashes, while Business School won two games in their second week after failing to register a win in week one.CREDITABLE PERFORMANCEQC coach Mark Harper was satisfied with his team’s performance.The former national cricketer/coach said that despite the lack of turf preparation (due to rain), the boys were competitive in most of their games.“I think it was a creditable performance. They showed a lot of improvement from last year.”According to the experienced coach, although the team should have won at least two more games in the tournament, the side stepped up.“I think QC need to build on this performance. With a bit more development and exposure, I think the team can become much better.”SENSATIONAL ROSSGary Ross spun his way to 6-24 for Queen’s College in their last game.In their final game, a battle for ninth position in the 17-team event, QC went down by three wickets to 360 Cricket Academy.QC batted first and tallied 140-9 from their allotted 40 overs. Vickash Jaikaran led the attack with 37, while skipper Navindra Persaud added 22 and Idris Allen 17 not out.In reply, left-arm orthodox bowler Gary Ross brought the Guyanese school back into the game after spinning his way to 6-24, but Cricket Academy were able to reach the required target in 38.1 overs.Meanwhile the Business School ended on a high after they defeated Queen’s Park Club (T&T) by 17 runs in a low-scoring clash.Business School batted first and reached 84 before they were bowled out in 26 overs.Only Ushardeva Balgobin (17) and Tathesh Shivrattan (10) reached double figures.In reply, Stephan Wilson finished with 4-20 while fellow spinner Shivrattan took 3-24 to bowl out the Trinidadian side for 67 in 28.5 overs.last_img read more