Fortress of St. Nicholas and officially under the protection of UNESCO!

first_imgYesterday, a ceremony was held at the Šibenik Theater to present the charter on the occasion of the registration of the Fortress of St. Nikola to the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the charter was handed over to the prefect Goran Pauk by the UNESCO Assistant Director for Culture Francesco Bandarin. By the way, in the morning, before the award ceremony, the UNESCO flag and the flag of the Republic of Croatia were ceremoniously placed on the walls of the fortress. “This is a historic moment for Šibenik when we become the only city in Croatia with two UNESCO monuments. Next to the Cathedral of St. Jakov, the fortress of St. Nikola is the pearl of our historical and cultural heritage, which we are infinitely proud of, and at the same time it will be the last restored Šibenik fort. Our fortresses are the generators of the future of this city. We believe that this legacy of our ancestors, once the defensive shield of the city, will bring new value and recognition in the world to Šibenik in the future.”, Said Mayor Zeljko Buric and thanked everyone who worked on the project.UNESCO Assistant Director for Culture Francesco Bandarin expressed his enthusiasm, stating that the fortress of St. Nikola is the most beautiful fortress he has ever seen and he singled out the world’s metropolises that have more than one UNESCO monument London, Berlin, Beijing, and among them is now Šibenik. “By entering the imposing fortress of St. Nikola on the World Heritage List, little Šibenik found itself in the company of large and few cities that have as many as two UNESCO monuments and I congratulate you on that. I must say that the fortress of St. Nikola is one of the most beautiful fortresses I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of them in my work. ”, said UNESCO Assistant Director for Culture, Francesco Bandarin.Mayor Goran Pauk pointed out that they were extremely proud of the proclamation in Krakow at the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in July this year. He reminded that for the previous works on the fortress of St. HRK 1,5 million was allocated to Nikola, while HRK 500 thousand was invested in the preparation of documentation.last_img read more

UK’s Southwark pension fund to shed fossil fuel investments

first_imgShe also said the fund would look into investing in renewable energy.Colley said: “The commitment to cut pension investment in fossil fuels long term … is a measured and carefully considered decision based not only on ethical practice and the council’s continued drive to reduce exposure to fossil fuel but also on reducing the financial risk of investing in traditional energy sources, which will ultimately become obsolete.“The council will explore new opportunities to invest in the development of sustainable energy infrastructure alongside other local authorities, through the London CIV (collective investment vehicle).”Colley said the council was a long-term investor, aiming to deliver “a truly sustainable pension fund.”The announcement was made as part of the fund’s new responsible investment principles.A local campaign group – Fossil Free Southwark – collected around 1,000 signatures on a petition that was presented to the council’s Cabinet.Tim Gee, a local resident and campaigner, said on behalf of the group: “We warmly welcome these new investments principles that have been endorsed by the Cabinet and hope the Pensions Advisory Panel will put these principles into practice at the earliest opportunity.”Arabella Advisors, a firm that gives advice on philanthropic matters, said this month that the value of assets behind institutions and individuals that had committed to some kind of divestment from fossil fuel companies had doubled in the last 15 months to $5trn (€4.7trn).Pension funds and insurance companies now represent the largest sectors committed to divestment, the firm said, adding that this reflected the increased financial and fiduciary risks of holding fossil fuels in a world committed to staying below 2° Celsius. The London Borough of Southwark Pension Fund has become the second fund in the UK’s Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to commit to selling off its investments in fossil fuels, following an announcement yesterday.With £1.2bn (€1.4bn) in assets, the pension fund is the largest in the UK to divest from fossil fuel related investments.In September, the £735m Waltham Forest Pension Fund said it was committing to divesting from fossil fuels.The chair of the Southwark pension fund, councillor Fiona Colley, Cabinet member for finance, modernisation and performance, announced the pension fund’s commitment to divesting over time any current investments in fossil fuels, because of growing financial risks.last_img read more

‘Obamacare’ sign-ups top six million

first_img Tweet Share Obama spoke with supporters of the health law from Rome, where he met Italian PM Matteo Renzi on ThursdayUS President Barack Obama says six million people have signed up for health insurance through his signature healthcare overhaul programme.Mr Obama announced the figure in a conference call with supporters days before the end of the sign-up period for new enrolees.The figure falls short of the White House’s initial goal of seven million.But the programme, widely known as “Obamacare”, was crippled at its October launch by technical glitches.Since then, it has largely overcome those problems and most Americans can now sign up without significant hurdles.The 2010 law, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is intended to extend health insurance to the roughly 48 million Americans who do not receive it through their employers, the government, or a costly privately purchased plan.It also aimed to slow the growth in the cost of healthcare.Among its central provisions are online marketplaces called exchanges run by the states and by the federal government on which individuals can purchase health insurance plans, sometimes with generous subsidies.‘No stone unturned’Under the law, Americans who go without health insurance in 2014 and beyond pay a penalty.The health law has been vigorously opposed by the Republican Party and by conservatives in the private sector who see it as an inappropriate government intrusion into the massive healthcare industry and an affront to personal liberty.They have sought to undermine the law on numerous legal and political fronts.The first “open enrolment” period during which Americans can sign up for a health insurance plan through one of the exchanges comes to an end on 31 March, although the Obama administration has extended the deadline for some people who continue to have trouble signing up.On Thursday, Mr Obama spoke on the phone from Italy with several thousand volunteers and workers guiding Americans through the often confusing process of signing up for insurance through the exchanges.“The president thanked the group for all their hard work to date and discussed the importance of building on this progress over the last four days of open enrolment,” the White House said in a statement.“The president encouraged the navigators and volunteers to redouble their efforts over the next four days and leave no stone unturned in trying to bring affordable health coverage to as many Americans as possible by the March 31 deadline.”BBC News Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestylePolitics ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups top six million by: – March 28, 2014 30 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more