Will Pula get a tram again? It would be a complete hit

first_imgIt is a great idea and project of engineers Livio Nefat and Ivan Skol who are just finishing the project on the introduction of an electric tram in Pula by reactivating the abandoned railway tracks in the city, writes Voice of Istria.The introduction of an electric tram along the waterfront would significantly reduce traffic summer congestion and eliminate the collapse of the streets of Pula. As no one has thought of that before and why the project has not been realized for a long time, the question arises, because the advantages are multiple.The calculation shows that almost a million people pass through the waterfront in Pula every year, and the highest concentration is logical in the summer months. They are all potential users of the future tram. Instead of cars entering the city and too narrow roads, they could board the tram in large parking lots.Ultimately, the benefits would be manifold. The city would use its abandoned resources – the railway and solve in an environmentally friendly way part of the traffic jams. “Thousands of tourists a day from suburban tourist areas, from settlements, camps, hotels from various places in Istria come to the center of Pula in summer by car and bus to see its sights, to board boats for tourist tours or go to evening performances in the Arena. They park wherever they reach in the city center, and more and more in the large parking lots offered at the entrance to the city – on Mandrač, the flooded part of the Riva in the north, and on the Field of Mars and the former Industrokem in the south. There are currently no adequate targeted means of transport. Walking in the summer at 35 degrees is a problem for everyone. After all, they want to be comfortable, they just can’t walk, they would like to ride”Points out Livio Nefat for Glas Istre.According to his idea, an ecological tram would initially run on the so-called the northern part of the tram route from the parking lot on Mandrač near the railway station and then along the waterfront all the way to the Forum. If the railway was extended as planned and realized the southern part of the bisector, the tram would take tourists and other passengers from the Forum to the future garage on the Field of Mars, where there are other larger parking lots. Tourists would therefore leave their vehicles in the mentioned parking lots, Mandrač and Marsovo polje in order to go to the city by public transport – electric tram.According to the business plan they prepared, the first phase of the investment is worth around five million kuna, and it could pay off within three years. The calculation shows that nearly a million people a year walk along the waterfront to see the city and the city’s cultural sights, board boats, excursion boats, buses on the waterfront or go to a concert and other events at the Arena. They are all potential users of the future tram.In addition to connecting the entire city, both vertically and horizontally, the authors of the project think much more broadly, and thus state that this way can connect the airport to the city and the future cruise terminal.The wish of the author is to present the Project “Tw” upon completion to the city of Pula. It is the City that decides whether it wants to get involved and bring it to life or not. Without them, realization is not possible, among other things, due to the availability of financing channels through European money. In this way, the entire project would be easier to start and later develop.Photo: City of PulaThe Pula tram started running 114 years ago, so it fell into oblivionBy the way, it is interesting that in 1904 an electric tram was ceremoniously put into operation in the City of Pula, which marked the very beginning of city traffic in the 20th century. But, with the end of the First World War, the tram stagnated and, after 30 years of service, the “good old tram” ?? it ceased to operate on April 16, 1934, and was replaced by buses as we know them today.Source: Glas Istrelast_img read more

Suspected leader of ‘carnap’ group falls

first_imgLucas said the Highway Patrol Group 6was contacted and Vista’s background was further verified. Vista was also a suspect in thestealing of a Toyota Vios in Bacolod City in January of this year. The suspect was caught at around 10a.m. on Saturday for traffic violations (driving a motorcycle without pertinentdocument and not using a helmet). The 62-year-old Rolando Vista was aresident of Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City. He was detained at the BarotacViejo police station. ILOILO City – A suspected leader of arobbery group targeting motor vehicles in Western and Central Visayas regionswas arrested on March 7 in Barangay Poblacion, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. A background check on Vista wasconducted and the police station learned more – Vista had two standing arrestwarrants for carnappping (criminal case numbers 2019-36571 and 2019-26250) inDumaguete City. One of suspect’s group’s modusoperandi is to rent vehicles from car rental services then sell the vehicles tounsuspecting people. The Barotac Viejo police discoveredafterwards that the motorcycle was stolen in Dumaguete, City. “Akalanamin simple carnapper lang pero leader pala ng carnappinggroup operating in regions 6 and 7,” said Lucas. According to Police Colonel PaulKenneth Lucas, Iloilo police director, Vista was also using the name “AlexLucena”.  Vista could not be reached for commentas of this writing./PNlast_img read more

Fishing boat capsizes in Ilog; 1 missing

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – At least one fisherman was rescued, while another was still missing after their small fishing boat capsized off the coast of Barangay 1 in the town of Ilog in Negros Occidental late Tuesday night.Authorities identified the rescued fisherman as 35-year-old Ivar Avansenia, while his sibling, 32-year-old Isagani Avansenia remains missing.Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Negros Occidental chief, Lieutenant Commander Jansen Benjamin said at around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, the two brothers were fishing when their vessel, FBCa Gadying 1, snagged a fishing line and caused their vessel to capsize.The elder Avansenia managed to cling on the capsized boat, while his younger brother was nowhere to be found. The elder Avansenia was later rescued by fishing vessel FBCa Marilyn Rose, which was skippered by 36-year-old Jenni Villegas.Upon arrival at the town of Ilog, Villegas and his men immediately informed the local barangay, which in turn forwarded the information to the PCG’s sub-station in neighboring Cauayan.Benjamin said search and rescue operations are still being conducted for the younger Avansenia, while the PCG also informed all vessels passing by the waters of the municipality to look out for the missing fisherman./PNlast_img read more

Friendship Insurance agent receives award of excellence

first_imgIndiana Farmers Insurance Field Marketing Manager Bruce Wissel presents the Circle of Excellence Award to Friendship Insurance Agent Tami Thayer on Wednesday, November 26. Thayer was one of four in the state to receive this honor.Vevay, In. — Friendship Insurance Agent Tami Thayer recently received Indiana Farmers Insurance’s Circle of Excellence Award. Recipients are nominated by Indiana Farmers employees and chosen based on their professionalism, focus on the customer, and knowledge of Indiana Farmers Insurance products and services.Thayer has worked 20 years in the insurance industry, spending the last decade with Friendship Insurance’s Vevay Office. Her unwavering commitment to those she serves and works with is undoubtedly one reason she was selected.“Tami has earned praise from our staff for her production, underwriting skills, attention to accuracy, and promptness in response to our correspondence,” said Indiana Farmers Insurance Field Marketing Manager Bruce Wissel. “She is always pleasant to talk with and helpful in finding the right solutions. She understands the importance of providing accurate information and looking out for the interests of the insured, agency, and company.”The announcement came as no surprise to Friendship leadership and Thayer’s coworkers.“This award is recognition for what we and our customers already know,” Friendship CEO Chris Meyer said. “Tami has a deep knowledge of the world of insurance as well as a solid work ethic, which she shares with her customers and our community.”“Tami is very thorough and takes pride in her work,” said Friendship Insurance Agency Sales Manager Tom Lewis. “She is very pleasant to work with and truly values the relationships with her customers. She is doing a great job.”This recognition did catch Thayer off guard. She has appreciated the kind words offered by those at Indiana Farmers and her Friendship family.“I am very humbled because I come to work every day to do my job,” said Thayer. “My clients are my family, my friends, and my neighbors. I always want to do my best for them. Receiving this award helps me know I am doing a good job for our companies too. The excitement of all this and all the well wishes from my coworkers makes me feel like Ed McMahon has shown up at my house with a large check, flowers, and balloons. It is awesome.”Friendship Insurance is a local, independent insurance agency working with the nation’s top insurance companies including Indiana Farmers Insurance. You can find Friendship Insurance offices inside the branches of The Friendship State Bank throughout southeastern Indiana.last_img read more

500 PBC Poll Workers Plan to Skip Primary; Debate Set for Sunday

first_imgNearly 500 of Palm Beach County’s 3,500 poll workers are unlikely to show up for work on Tuesday because of fears of the coronavirus, according to Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.However, her office has been training replacements and expects to have at least 3,200 workers to deploy to the county’s 454 polling locations on Election Day. She held six training sessions on Friday and two more on Saturday.Some of the poll workers, many of whom are over age 60 — which puts them in the category most vulnerable to the virus — quit out of fear of catching the virus, or because their doctor recommended it, Link says.“We probably overstaffed for the election to begin with because we have new equipment,” she adds. “I wanted as many people to use it as possible,” as training for the far heavier turnout expected in November’s presidential election.To assure cleanliness at the polls, Link is supplying workers with bleach, hand sanitizer and gloves, and is ordering them to wipe down equipment and surfaces at least once per hour.If a voter comes in with a cough, her staff will not ask them to leave. Rather, “Hopefully people will be quick. Get them in, get them out. Poll workers would wipe up after that person.”Voters may bring their own pens, black ink preferably.“Rovers” and election clerks will restocking polling places that run out of supplies such as sanitizer and hand wipes.Early voting ends at 16 sites across the county at 6 p.m. Sunday, although voters can still pick up absentee ballots at elections headquarters at Military Trail just south of Southern Boulevard. Voters may also assign a family member or friend to pick up a ballot if they sign an affidavit, which is available at pbcelections.org.Don’t wait until Election Day – cast your vote TODAY! Lines are short and locations are CLEAN! Early Voting is open now through March 15th from 10am-6pm. For locations, maps, addresses, and wait times, please visit https://t.co/Is3pa4M8Y0 pic.twitter.com/4kbhgox9j9— Wendy Sartory Link, PBC Supervisor of Elections (@pbcelections) March 12, 2020 Absentee ballots are available until 5 p.m. Monday, and must be returned by 7 p.m. Tuesday.Meanwhile, Link’s office has mailed letters to voters in the 17 precincts at assisted living facilities that have been moved telling them where they must vote on Tuesday.Despite the circumstances, more Floridians are taking advantage of early voting this year than in 2016.Statewide, nearly 526,000 voters — 64 percent of them Democrats — cast ballots at early voting sites through Saturday. In 2016, early voting drew a total of 538,000 voters.About 29,000 early votes had been cast in Palm Beach County through Saturday morning, just past the total of 28,889 from four years ago. Additionally, 80 percent of the county’s early voters were registered Democrats.As of Saturday afternoon, 1.27 million Floridians had cast vote-by-mail ballots, 51 percent of them Republicans, the Florida Division of Elections reported.In Palm Beach County, 77,800 votes had been cast by mail, 63 percent of them from Democrats. Palm Beach County has nearly one-million registered voters.The four states holding presidential primaries on Tuesday — Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Ohio — will not postpone their elections because of coronavirus outbreaks, according to officials from those states.The Democratic primary includes former Vice President Joe Biden against Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with more than a dozen other candidates, many of whom have dropped out.On the Republican side, while President Trump is the presumed nominee, the Florida ballot actually includes three contestants.Aside from the presidential primary, 20 Palm Beach County municipalities have races and referendums on Tuesday’s ballot, which is open to residents of any political party or none, but they must live within their city’s limits. The presidential primary is open to registered Republicans and Democrats.Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 11th Democratic presidential debate is set to take place Sunday.In an effort to prevent further transmission of the virus, the Democratic National Committee announced last Thursday that it will hold the debate in Washington, D.C., with no live audience, rather than the original planned location of Arizona, which is one of four states voting on Tuesday.The debate is being hosted at 8 p.m. ET by CNN, and will take place at the network’s studios.It will be moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash and Jake Tapper and Univision’s Ilia Calderón.last_img read more

It’s a Boy for BoJo!

first_img(London) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds are announcing the birth of a baby boy.The baby was born early Wednesday in a London hospital. Johnson is only this week back at work after a trip to the ICU battling a nasty case of COVID-19. Symonds also showed some symptoms, but both she and the baby are doing “very well” according to a spokeswoman. Two weeks ago the British Prime Minister was thanking healthcare workers for saving his life and now he is welcoming a new life into the world.It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS for saving my life.The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/HK7Ch8BMB5— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) April 12, 2020last_img read more

Trump Coming to Town to Discuss Recent Environmental Efforts

first_imgU.S. Republican Rep. Brian Mast, of Stuart, helped pass that legislation, and will be with the president on Tuesday.“The outdoor experience of Florida is why people love Florida,” he explains. “That could be our springs, Everglades, beaches, lagoons, Lake Okeechobee, fishing, hunting — our strongest attribute is our outdoor experience.”On a different note, The Post adds that Donald Trump Jr., and senior campaign adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is his girlfriend, will participate in a “Trumptilla” boat parade here on Monday. President Trump is set to make his first trip to town in six months, as he seeks a change in “environment.”The White House confirmed over the weekend that the commander-in-chief will be in Jupiter on Tuesday to promote his administration’s “continued conservation and environmental protection efforts in the region,” according to an official and The Palm Beach Post.For example, the Great American Outdoors Act, provides nearly $2 billion a year for five years to maintain park areas, roads, wildlife refuges and schools.President Trump is scheduled to visit Jupiter on Tuesday, a White House official confirmed Saturday. https://t.co/xiH0x739be— The Palm Beach Post (@pbpost) September 5, 2020last_img read more

Amuneke Lists 15-year-old in Tanzania’s 39-man Squad

first_img“I believe it is time we start to build a team and think of the future,” Amuneke said.“We need to start to think of the youth and see how we can start to integrate in the system.”John scored in the Tanzania’s opening game as they lost 5-4 to Nigeria and went onto play in the losses to Uganda and Angola as the hosts failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament.Amuneke also pointed out that Tanzania have an African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Sudan a week after the Nations Cup.As well as the youngsters the squad includes both overseas-based players and those from the local leagues for the CHAN.“The squad is not just for the AFCON but also the CHAN after that,” he explained.“So as the technical team we are planning how we can switch straight to CHAN after the AFCON.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Emmanuel Amuneke Tanzania’s Nigerian coach Emmanuel Amuneke has included 15-year-old Kelvin John Pius in his initial 39-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.John, who is nicknamed Mbappe after the French star Kylian, impressed at the recent Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations that Tanzania hosted last month.Another youngster Claryo Boniface from the under-20 side is also on the list.last_img read more

Limited squad will travel to Claremont

first_imgAfter a solid performance at last weekend’s Texas Relays, the USC track and field team will send a limited contingent of runners to the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational this Saturday in Claremont, Calif.“We will have quite a few athletes competing,” USC coach Ron Allice said. “But it all really depends on who we think needs to race and who needs to rest.”The athletes not attending the Pomona-Pitzer meet will train through the week and get ready for next weekend’s Mount SAC Relays, one of the more high-profile meets on the Trojans’ schedule. Allice declined to say if he would hold some of his stronger runners back from competing in order to rest for next weekend.“I really don’t like to say [who will be competing] because I do have some of my first-liners competing there,” Allice said. “I’d rather not categorize. For me to draw a line in the sand for a difference between this athlete and that athlete, that could be misconstrued.”The entries posted on the Pomona-Pitzer athletic website appear to suggest a compromise between resting USC’s top competitors and maintaining a strong team that should have a good showing on Saturday. While standouts like senior men’s sprinter Ahmad Rashad, junior men’s hurdler Oscar Spurlock and junior women’s distance runner Zsofia Erdelyi are notably absent, USC does possess the No. 1 seeds in both the men’s 110- and 400-meter hurdles in junior Brendan Ames and sophomore Duane Walker, respectively.“I’m trying to elevate some people from one category to another,” Allice said of the athletes he is sending to Claremont. “These are people I think can get a better qualifying standard and have better standing in more important meets down the road.”Even with all the shuffling around, Allice says the team remains united and focused on both this weekend and the more important meets that lie ahead.“We’re doing what we need to do to continue to have this team develop to where we would like it to be during the championship part of the season,” Allice said. “That’s the focus and will remain the focus.”last_img read more

USC records weekend victories

first_imgThe No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team notched back-to-back wins against No. 15 UC San Diego and No. 7 UC Irvine this weekend.The Trojans beat the UC San Diego Tritons in straight sets with scores of 25-23, 28-26, and 25-23. Although this victory was earned in a sweep, the victory was less-than-decisive.“They beat us to 20 in all three sets,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “We managed to turn it on late in each set though.”Senior opposite Murphy Troy led the charge with 11 kills earned at a .417 clip. Troy and freshman libero Henry Cassiday shared the match-high with seven digs.“We weren’t very sharp in any way, shape or form,” Ferguson said. “They had some runs off our errors and stayed in long enough to make it interesting.”UC San Diego senior setter Phil Bannan managed to serve USC out of system for the majority of the match.Despite an uncharacteristically high number of errors from the Trojans, the Tritons managed to hit at only a .181 clip for the match, including .000 in the second set.Senior middle blocker Calvin Ross was expected to be UCSD’s biggest threat, but was held to two kills earned at a -.167 rate.“We forced him into quite a few errors,” Ferguson said. “That’s one of the few places where we executed.”Saturday’s match was competitive from start to finish, finishing with scores of 25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 27-25.The match featured a revamped UC Irvine team (12-10, 9-7). The Anteaters featured a new starting setter in senior Anthony Spittle, and senior outside hitter Jordan DuFault and sophomore libero Will Montgomery returned from injury.“With DuFault, [junior opposite] Carson Clark, and [senior outside hitter] Corey Yoder, Irvine has the best group of pin-hitters in the country after us,” Ferguson said. “And with Spittle running their offense, they’re going to be very fast.”However, DuFault left the match during the first set. Freshman libero Jeremy Dejno filled in with 12 kills.Troy again led the charge with 16 kills. Junior outside hitter Tony Ciarelli added 12 kills, five digs, and four blocks.The Trojans hit .339 to UCI’s .240 for the match.The Anteaters used 6’4” backup outside hitter Kevin Carroll at middle blocker for the match against senior middle blocker Austin Zahn and junior middle blocker Steven Shandrick, who measure in at 6’8” and 6’7” respectively.“Carroll did a good job blocking, especially considering he’s spent only two weeks playing middle blocker,” said senior opposite Murphy Troy. “But, our two middles match up great against anyone in the country.”UC Irvine was riddled with errors, committing 20 service errors to USC’s nine and 27 attacking errors to USC’s 12.After splitting the first two sets, the Trojans got hot in the third, finishing with a .478 hitting percentage.“We show up at the right times,” said senior setter Riley McKibbin. “It’s good to win one in four against them. We’ve got a huge rivalry.”The Trojans’ advantage at middle blocker ended up paying huge dividends at the end of the match.With the match tied at 25-25, senior middle blocker Austin Zahn had a huge kill to give the Trojans the edge in a deuce game.With the Trojans up 26-25 in the fourth and final set, junior middle blocker Steven Shandrick showed up with a huge block to end the match.“As a team, we channeled a lot of energy into the match,” Shandrick said. “Whenever games go that long, it’s great to get that last point. It was awesome. No other way to describe it.”The fiery McKibbin ended the match with a leap onto the scorer’s table to ring in praise from the crowd.“I’m just stoked to win,” McKibbin said. “Not only did we win a really close match, but now we’ve closed out the second 3rd of our season with only one loss.”last_img read more