BUSY PORTFOLIO IAAF President Sebastian Coe underlined the importance of Usain Bolt’s continued involvement in international track and field after he retires and again pointed to Jamaican athletics as a valuable element in the efforts to build a positive global image for the sport. Coe, who is in the middle of a campaign to reform the organisation’s governance following massive doping and corruption scandals, believes that it is extremely important that the IAAF finds a way to make the most of the Jamaican superstar’s international appeal in its drive to increase the reach of a sport that has struggled to keep pace with others where revenue and influence are concerned. The IAAF boss spent some time with Bolt during last summer’s Olympic Games, which was the athlete’s penultimate championships with next year’s World Championships in London already declared to be his last and gave an idea of what the conversation was about. “We had a very broad conversation, very broad discussion; I am the very last person who would want to usher Usain into retirement. He will decide at the right moment, and we are delighted he is committed to run in London; that’s a good position to be in, but when Usain does decide it’s time to go off and do other things, it’s inevitable he will have a lot of demands,” Coe told The Gleaner. “He (Bolt) is a hugely popular global figure and all sorts of organisations, businesses and third-sector organisations are going to have his time, and I just want to make sure that someone who has delivered so supremely well for our sport carves out a little bit of time in what is going to be a busy portfolio not to be lost to athletics.” Coe was not prepared to go into detail on what Bolt’s role within or with the IAAF would look like but stressed that there is an understanding between himself and the nine-time Olympic gold medal winner. “We have a working proposition that when the right moment comes, he can come and sit down and we can have a very good discussion about what that role can look like, and I think it’s important that we plan for the future. I would be crazy for our sport not to utilise the experience and global status of a guy that not since Muhammad Ali – only since Ali – someone has grabbed such a global space; it’s an extraordinary experience,” Coe added. The Brit also singled out the Jamaican performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as a positive point in a challenging year for the organisation. “Rio was, in terms of performance for track and field, top draw, in large part, courtesy of Jamaica, and I say that with massive respect,” said Coe. “As I have continuously said, we owe a great debt of gratitude to Jamaican track and field, it’s an extraordinary story, and the country remains one of the powerhouses of track and field. I am grateful for the exploits of Usain Bolt and the other extraordinary athletes. This is a huge bonus, a huge asset (for the IAAF),” added Coe. The Jamaicans ended the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with 11 medals. With Bolt (100m, 200m), Elaine Thompson (women 100m, 200m), Omar McLeod (110m hurdles), and the men’s 4x100m relay team mining gold.
Jaycee Marcelino came off the bench to add 13 points, while Mike Nzeusseu posted 11 points, 11 boards, two assists, and two blocks for Zark’s-Lyceum, which also got 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists from MJ Ayaay.“Again, we just have to battle our way. Just to have the peace of mind that we know we did our best, we’ll be at peace whatever the outcome is,” said Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGame 3 is set on Tuesday.The Jawbreakers unleashed a 21-8 opening salvo en route to a 20-point half-time lead, 52-32. PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO / INQUIRER.netZark’s Burger-Lyceum dealt Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian a 98-90 defeat on Thursday to send the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals to a deciding Game 3 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Conference MVP CJ Perez commandeered the Jawbreakers’ signature balanced attack, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists as all but one of the 12 players coach Topex Robinson fielded scored.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Meralco guns for 2nd win vs Tautuaa-less GlobalPort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi kept Che’Lu-San Sebastian in the fight in the fourth quarter as the Revellers got to within 96-90 with a pair of free throws from Jayson David in the final 6.7 seconds.Jayvee Marcelino iced the game at the free throw line with 5.4 ticks left.The defense of Zark’s, managed by Bernard Yang, held on this time, forcing the Revellers to shoot only 37 percent from the field, compared to its 44 percent, that compensated for a 44-67 rebounding deficiency.Bulanadi paced Che’Lu with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Ilagan tallied 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’
Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s not unusual for the 40-year-old global boxing idol.Pacquiao would normally organize fun games during his training camps. One time, he put up a prize for a Team Pacquiao member who would lose the most weight during the duration of the camp. But once inside the gym, Pacquiao turns on his “beast mode.”He sparred on Thursday afternoon for six rounds each against two opponents. After that, with Buboy Fernandez in the mitts, he rehearsed punching combinations.“One second lang (only),” Fernandez told Pacquiao, referring to the time in between shots. Of course, Pacquiao’s staccato of punches was thrown in split seconds.Pacquiao is fighting in the United States for the first time in more than two years, putting his WBA welterweight title on the line against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra That’s because every early evening since the start of the training camp, Pacquiao would ask everyone present in his Plymouth Boulevard mansion to place their bets on the night’s NBA match.He would list the names on a sheet of paper to formalize the deal on which side they’re on. Winners get $100. If there are two games for the night, they get to bet on both of them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHis official photographer, Wendell Alinea, is one of the biggest winners, with $400 so far.“That would be your allowance in Vegas,” Pacquiao told Alinea. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Azkals draw strength from Filipinos in UAE Photographers crowd Manny Pacquiao during the media workout day. —WENDELL ALINEA/MP PROMOTIONSHOLLYWOOD—All of Team Pacquiao was abuzz on Thursday. And it had nothing to do with the sharpness, quickness and power Manny Pacquiao has been displaying nine days before his Jan. 19 fight.From every corner of Wild Card Gym which, thanks to him has become some sort of a minor tourist spot on Vine Street here, every member of the large, disparate posse was talking about one thing: The Manny Pacquiao NBA sweepstakes.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Over in Florida, Broner, speaking to media men via teleconference, said he will defeat Pacquiao and make himself “a legend overnight.”“Pacquiao is a legend, He’s gonna go down as one of the best in boxing business,” he said. “But you know, I feel it’s my time to take over the sport.”“The win would make me an icon,” said the 29-year-old Broner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history
Dear Editor,With the unilateral appointment of the new GECOM chairman, the commission is moving in a go-slow or frustrated mode of work. The commission has opened only the GECOM main centres in the country, and this is causing serious inconvenience to persons who access these offices, especially in Region 6.Imagine, to do a transaction at these GECOM offices, you have to spend close to four hours, or even more; this includes waiting time and the actual transactions. An individual has to take time off to get their transaction done at GECOM, and is indeed losing time and money, and is being deprived of their rights to register or correct situations that can hinder them from being an eligible voter in any elections.GECOM is mandated with the responsibility to ensure citizens are being tended to in a timely and comfortable manner.The commission is trying to frustrate the citizens by using only the main offices, to create a build-up of residents, which leads to frustration and causing them to leave without completing their transaction.GECOM needs to put in more offices to take off the burden on the few centres, so that residents can have their issues addressed in a timely and comfortable manner, to ensure a person or persons is/are not deprived of their rights to vote.So, residents are asking that more centres be established immediately, in order to allow residents to do their business with GECOM in a timely manner.My personal opinion is that this sloth can be the first step in preventing people from voting in the next elections, so I can be wrong if GECOM corrects this situation immediately.Zamal HussainRDC CouncillorRegion 6
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One of Aneacia Neita’s worst fears after her daughter Gabrielle Fennell removed a tumour from the centre of her brain in 2017, was that she would have lost her memory.Aneacia Neita congratulates her daughter Gabrielle Fennell last week Tuesday at Portmore Missionary Preparatory School in St Catherine (Photos: Naphtali Junior)But two Fridays ago, when the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) results were released, Gabrielle secured a place at the much sought-after Ardenne High School in Kingston, Jamaica.Following the brain surgery on November 7, 2017, Gabrielle, who celebrated her 11th birthday last month, spent the next 21 days in intensive care at the Nuttall Memorial Hospital in Kingston.Gabrielle who wrote with her left hand prior to the surgery had to learn how to write with her right hand because she had developed weakness on that side of her body.The Jamaica Observer was told that when she returned to school months after the surgery, her teacher at the time no longer had to write notes and take a picture of it and send to the child’s mother, because Gabrielle had insisted she did not want to be left behind.Post-surgery, she also had to learn how to walk all over again.Gabrielle’s story is one of sheer determination not usually seen in one so young.Barely two months after she began attending Portmore Missionary Preparatory School in St Catherine, Gabrielle had a fainting spell while heading to class on October 23, 2017. She received medical attention at the nurse’s station. Her mother was summoned to school and took her to the pediatrician.By this time, her daughter’s heart rate was irregular and she was subsequently referred to a cardiologist whereafter an ECG and echocardiogram were done, she was said to be fine. But before the end of the week, Neita said, her only child began complaining that she was seeing everything twice.Luckily enough, Fennell had a pair of glasses that she had never worn, having been told that she had slight astigmatism — a common vision condition that causes blurred vision.“She had them from August and she had never worn them, but to my surprise over that same weekend she was in the glasses. She fell asleep in them, it was like she could not operate without the glasses and I felt that something was wrong,” Fennell told the Observer.On October 30, 2017, her pediatrician recommended that Gabrielle undergo a CT scan. When the scan was completed the technician told Neita that he would have to consult with the doctor, before giving her the result.Even though the technician reassured her that it was a regular procedure, Neita said she felt something was wrong. After consulting the doctor, the technician told Neita that he had to do the scan again but this time with contrast.The mother became more anxious. Her fretting got worse when the child’s doctor wanted to see her.“Any smart person knows that if the doctor wants to see you in person it is not good news,” Neita said. She was right.When she returned to the doctor’s office, she was told that a very huge tumour was growing inside Gabrielle’s brain and they were not sure if it was cancerous. At that point, she said she blanked out.“What came to mind was the worst case scenario but then at that moment, it was as if God sent an angel to me. When I was leaving the doctor’s office there was this parent who was there. It was the first time I was seeing her but when I was leaving she said: ‘Mommy, I want to have a word with you. I don’t know what you are going through but God sent me here to give you a message today and he said to tell you that everything is going to be alright’.”“Those words are what I rest on for the entire journey,” she continued.Unable to secure a date to do an emergency magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedure the same week, the mother managed to secure a date the following week. When she received the results, Fennell’s pediatrician recommended her to a neurosurgeon.She was not comfortable with that first neurosurgeon, believing that he appeared pressed for time and did not examine her daughter thoroughly.“When I came out I was furious. I searched the Yellow Pages and called Dr Roger Hunter who answered the phone himself. I explained everything to him. He said that was a large tumor and told me ‘you cannot wait, you have to come and see me today’,” she further explained.The consultation lasted for two hours. During the examination, it was revealed that Gabrielle’s eyes were crossed and her balance was off, among other things.“Dr Hunter showed me the scan and told me that he could have gotten out everything. The previous neurosurgeon said he was not sure [if he could have removed the entire tumor]. Dr Hunter examined everything and set the appointment for November 4, because he said it was urgent and based on the size, a simple sneeze could kill.“The Friday, which was the third of November, we did the pre-blood work and everything in preparation for the surgery. Her father had indicated that he did not want it on Saturday and that he needed some more time,” she said.November 7, 2017, was the longest day of Neita’s life, according to her. The surgery lasted for 12 hours and 18 minutes.The Observer spoke with Dr Hunter who said that when he met Gabrielle days before the surgery, she was exhibiting signs of very high pressure inside her head. He concluded that very large tumor was inside the ventricles of Gabrielle’s brain.“…This was causing tremendous displacement of the surrounding brain and obstruction of fluid consequently causing a severe rise in the pressure inside her head, affecting her vision and also causing severe pain and general unwellness, and so we had to act quickly and promptly,” Dr Hunter explained.Noting that Gabrielle speaks and write quite well, Dr Hunter said children with such conditions as tumour would normally have to sit out an entire grade.“It was absolutely remarkable how she was able to adjust with all the healing after surgery to be able to sit her PEP exam, a completely new exam and gaining highly proficient throughout the core subject areas and a 97 on the ability test is simply remarkable. I am very proud of Gabrielle’s achievement and the difficulties she had to overcome. I’m humbled to have served her, “ the doctor said.Principal Etta Walker of Portmore Missionary Preparatory School was equally impressed with Gabrielle’s progress.“When I got the PEP results last week and I look where she was placed, I was really rejoicing and saying ‘God you are great’. I said to her, ‘you are a miracle child’. When her mother showed me the video of her learning to walk again after the surgery, that was something and you know, look at her today. I am proud of Gabrielle and I know she will do well,” Walker gushed.“This is to show us that you can’t put a limit on God. It doesn’t matter who you are or what stage you are, or what age, sickness will come but faith is what is going to pull us through,” she said, adding that the school family had never left Gabrielle an inch.Even though Gabrielle has not fully recovered, her sixth grade teacher, Nicole Richards said the child does not want to be pitied.“I often have to remind myself that she has some challenges because she does not act that way. She is always volunteering; she doesn’t let anything hold her back. She’s quite a resilient student, she is very motivated and always want to do her best,” Richards noted. Prior to the surgery, Gabrielle was involved in gymnastics and dancing. Despite the fact that she was not placed at her first choice, she said she was happy with her placement at Ardenne High, one of the island’s top schools.Admitting that she had been looking forward to sitting the Grade Six Achievement Test, she said she was upset when the announcement was made to replace the exam with the PEP. But after sitting the first paper, the seemingly shy student said it was manageable. The final paper was “a relief”.The soon-to-be high school student said her mom was her inspiration throughout her ordeal. (Jamaica Observer)
House-to-House Registration-CCJ ruling will take precedence at next statutory meeting-Legal Officer says new voters’ list not necessaryPreparations by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to conduct house-to-house registration remain halted as the elections body is awaiting the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ’s) consequential orders which will give an indication on the way forward.The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) located in Kingston, GeorgetownCCJ President, Justice Adrian SaundersThis is according to GECOM’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Yolanda Ward, who in a telephone interview with Guyana Times on Sunday, explained that the Commission is slated to have its statutory meeting this week where the CCJ ruling will take precedence.This meeting will come on the heels of both the Government and the Opposition submitting to the CCJ, their conditions and proposals as to how and when Guyana should forge ahead so as to have free and fair elections held as soon as possible.Earlier this month, the house-to-house registration exercise came to a halt and Ward had explained that this delay did not necessarily mean that GECOM would have put aside the house-to-house registration process.“I think what had initially happened was that the anticipated timeline to commence the field exercise was scheduled for June 1 . That was what we were looking at tentatively. So, that did not happen but house-to-house registration is still on, just that it will start at a later time than anticipated,” she had said.At that time, according to Ward, this process was expected to last for an average of three months.“The exercise will commence sometime later this month. I do not have a definitive date as yet. The Commission is deliberating on a day to start the process.”Prior to the CCJ’s ruling on June 18 last, the elections body was standing firm by its belief that the exercise is mandatory before the next General and Regional Elections are held.In May, after the statutory meeting, Government-nominated Commissioner Charles Corbin had disclosed that there were some procurement issues at the election secretariat which by extension would delay the process.Nevertheless, Ward had previously told Guyana Times that the training of staff required for the exercise has been completed and they are now in the process of tidying up placements.GECOM had planned to forge ahead with house-to-house registration, even when the country had been awaiting a ruling from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on the December 2018 passage of the Opposition’s No-Confidence Motion.On the other hand, GECOM’s legal officer, Excellence Dazzell had contended that house-to-house registration is not necessary and advised that another less time-consuming process be utilised in accordance with the law to update the list.She recommended that the electoral commission advise Chief Elections Office, Keith Lowenfield to set the machinery in place to extend the life of the voters’ list and as such did not see the need for a new voters’ list. But the lawyer’s advice was set aside by GECOM.CCJ validated passage of Opposition’s No-Confidence Motion against Gov’tOn June 18, 2019, the CCJ threw out Government’s arguments and ruled that the No-Confidence Motion that toppled it on December 21, 2018, was indeed validly passed.Handing down the decision was CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders, who read a summary of the final judgement. Justice Saunders said that the court found that 33, and not 34 as the Government and supporters have argued, was the majority the Opposition needed out of 65 Members of Parliament (MPs) to pass the Motion.“The CCJ decided that the requirement for “a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly”, referred to a majority of the total number of votes or seats in the Assembly, irrespective of the number of members who actually vote.In determining that majority, he added, the court was of the opinion that the “half plus one rule was not applicable”. Justice Saunders informed the courtroom and viewing public that the majority was clearly at least 33 votes.The CCJ also rejected arguments that former Alliance For Change (AFC) MP Charrandas Persaud was constrained from voting against his list, a major plank of the State’s case. Justice Saunders noted that nothing in the Constitution prevents a crossover vote and as such, his vote was and still is valid. The No-Confidence Motion, the CCJ decided, was validly passed.Meanwhile, Justice Saunders informed that CCJ Judge Maureen Ragnauth-Lee had made the observation in her concurring judgement that the Constitution has to be clear regarding Persaud being prevented from voting against his list. She did not believe, as the Government argued, that such a provision was implicit.On the matter of Persaud’s dual citizenship, Justice Saunders noted that the court had decided that had the Government really wanted Persaud out of the National Assembly on those grounds, it would have challenged his presence on the candidate list and eligibility to enter the National Assembly long before the vote – in fact, within a month of the coalition’s victory in 2015.President gives mixed reactions about CCJ’s rulingMeanwhile, President David Granger, in a public address soon after the announcement from the CCJ, claimed to respect the ruling. On the other hand, Granger went back to the position that house-to-house registration was still necessary, even though the activity would push elections back until after November 2019 and was advised against by GECOM’s own legal adviser.“The Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission, Justice Patterson, has previously informed me that the Commission will be ready to hold elections in November 2019. This will be after the completion of house-to-house registration. I now await a recommendation for a specific date from GECOM and I will then issue a proclamation,” Granger said.The list of electors, which was used as recently as the last Local Government Elections last year, only expired April month-end. Further, legal arguments are that a simple and less time-consuming Claims and Objections process can be embarked upon to update the list to ensure persons eligible to vote are registered. This was, however, ignored by the President in his address.Now that the motion has been validated, Article 106 (6) which states, “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence” should take effect, something which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has been calling for since the passage of the Motion on December 21, 2018.
0Shares0000Mario Mandzukic celebrates Croatia’s win against England in the World Cup semi-final in MoscowZAGREB, Croatia, July 12 – Despite the prodigious talent of Croatia’s players, few expected The Fiery Ones to reach the World Cup final — a feat not seen for such a small nation since Uruguay reached football’s pinnacle in 1950.Here are five things to know about the country that on Sunday could become the ninth to have that hallowed star embroidered above its national crest: – Sports incubator –The country of around four million people, which became independent in 1991, produces an impressive number of champions.Apart from footballers, its national handball team scooped a world champions title as well as Olympic gold twice, while the water polo squad were also crowned world champions.Its top basketball players, Drazen Petrovic, who died in 1993, and NBA star Toni Kukoc bounced Croatia into the sporting spotlight.Tennis legend Goran Ivanisevic and current star Marin Cilic, as well as high jump champion Blanka Vlasic, have also made names for themselves internationally.And although Croatia has practically no ski resorts unlike neighbouring Slovenia, it boasts Alpine ski champions such as the likes of sister and brother act Janica and Ivica Kostelic.Croatians have their own name for football, “nogomet”, derived from the word “noga” for leg, making theirs among only a handful of languages not to have borrowed a variant of the word “football”. In neighbouring Serbia, whose language is practically the same, the word is “fudbal”.– The ubiquitous tie –The French side may wish to contemplate the phrase of Norman Davies in his book “Europe – A History”: “At all events, people who deny the influence of Europe’s ‘smaller nations’ should remember that the Croats have the rest of us by the throat.”The British historian was referring to a tie or cravat — worn every day by millions upon millions of men worldwide — whose Croatian origin reaches far into the past and is linked to love and devotion.According to Croatians, for centuries women tied kerchiefs around their darlings’ necks as they set off to do battle in foreign wars.Notably, Croat mercenaries wore them as they fought on the side of King Louis XIV during the Thirty Years War in the 17th century.The humble tie was soon accepted as a fashion accessory by the powerful French court, including the king himself, later spreading to Britain and throughout the world.Its association with the Croat nation resulted in the word cravat.Today, Croatians celebrate Cravat Day on October 18.– The Dalmatians –While the origins of the tie may prove a surprise to the rest of Europe, the country has another export that is universally known and loved.Of Croatia’s seven native dog breeds, Dalmatians, with their distinctive brown or black spots and elegant bodies, have won global fame thanks to Walt Disney’s cartoon “101 Dalmatians”, first released in 1961.Originating from the coastal region of Dalmatia on the Adriatic Sea, these friendly dogs were first depicted in a number of paintings and church chronicles from the 16th to 18th centuries, before becoming sought-after domestic pets hundreds of years later.– Carnivorous currency – Though a member of the European Union, Croatia is not in the eurozone. Its currency the kuna was adopted in 1994 during the independence war to replace the Croatian dinar, which was a successor to Yugoslav dinar.Kuna means marten, whose fur was used as the currency in the Middle Age and is depicted on the face of the coin.The choice stirred controversy as the kuna was also the currency used by the country’s pro-Nazi Ustasha regime during World War II.– 1,000 islands –Tourism accounts for 20 percent of Croatia’s gross domestic product, with some 18 million visitors each year, many attracted to the more than 1,000 islands and islets scattered in the Adriatic Sea.Other tourist draws include the Istria hinterland, the Velebit mountain, and the Krka and Plitvice national parks.Croatia is also the country of “prsut”, a prosciutto ham that became the first national product to obtain the label of controlled European origin.In addition, Istria is known for its truffles, while the local fish soup “gregada” has no reason to envy Marseille’s bouillabaisse.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Hahn said the city has never made a consistent effort to fund gang intervention and prevention programs. “We need a dedicated funding stream,” Hahn said. “The city budget has so many constraints on it that we’re never going to have the political will to always dedicate this amount of money toward ending gang violence.” But City Controller Laura Chick, who is auditing current gang prevention programs, has said the council and mayor should not put a gang tax on the ballot until her review is complete and the city can be sure the money will be spent well. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said he could support the tax measure if the money was spent in communities with the worst gang problems and there is strong oversight and accountability. His office would not say if he supports putting a gang tax on the February ballot. A key Los Angeles City Council committee took a step Wednesday toward putting on the February ballot a $30 million tax measure to fund gang prevention programs. The measure would levy a parcel tax on property owners, averaging about $40 a year. The council’s Rules and Elections Committee asked the city attorney to draft ballot language that would spell out how the $30 million a year would be awarded to gang prevention and intervention programs and how the city would ensure the money is spent The measure, introduced by Councilwoman Janice Hahn, is scaled back from an earlier $50 million parcel-tax proposal in order to make it more appealing to voters. The council would need to vote by Oct. 3 to direct the city attorney to draft ballot language and the full council would have to decide whether to put the tax on the ballot by Oct. 19. Some business groups have already raised concerns with the proposal, especially since property owners are already funding some gang programs through taxes. “We respectively caution the city to fully analyze the collective impact of recent tax increases, such as last year’s trash-fee increase, before proposing another parcel tax increase and to consider the cost to taxpayers of at least $1 million to put this on the ballot,” said Veronica Perez Becker with the Central City Association. Meanwhile, Villaraigosa also announced a school-safety initiative Wednesday targeting low-performing schools in high-crime neighborhoods plagued by gangs. Under the plan, safety will be increased on and around 20 campuses in the region – including four in the San Fernando Valley – through collaborations between the school district, the Mayor’s Office and city services including the Police Department. Using a police crime-tracking database, officials will collect and evaluate statistics to identify emerging patterns and develop prevention strategies, Villaraigosa said. The 20 schools are located in or near the city’s already established Gang Reduction Zones, which represent the areas of the city with the highest concentration of gang crime, said the mayor’s spokeswoman, Janelle Erickson. The four schools targeted in the Valley are all in Pacoima – Arleta High School, Maclay Middle School, Pacoima Middle School and San Fernando High School. Birmingham High, where a shooting took place near campus Monday, also is in a gang-infested area but is not among the schools to receive boosted attention because it’s not in one of the city’s Gang Reduction Zones. Staff Writer Naush Boghossian contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Manchester United and Arsenal are lining up bids for young Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovi-Savic.Lazio are also interested in capturing the KRC Genk starlet, who recently helped Serbia to win the Under-20 World Cup.The Serie A side are currently the only club to submit a bid for Milinkovic-Savic but Genk are thought to be holding out for a Premier League giant to come in for him.And, according to Corriere dello Sport, United and Arsenal are tracking the 20-year-old’s progress and could make a bid this summer.Milinkovic’s younger brother, Vanja, has already signed up with the Red Devils and will join the club’s youth ranks this summer, but the Old Trafford club will have to pay around £10m to capture the older sibling. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic