Zimbabwe after Mugabe

first_imgA faction within Zimbabwe’s military seized control of the troubled southern African nation last week in a coup d’état that effectively ended the harsh, 37-year rule of President Robert Mugabe. He was expelled by his own political party, which, after he failed to resign by a Monday deadline, announced it would begin an impeachment process against him.The world’s oldest head of state at 93, Mugabe has held an iron grip on power since 1980, ascending to the presidency as a revolutionary fighter during the once-prosperous country’s push for independence from minority white rule in the late 1970s. The only leader Zimbabwe has known, he was the last remaining leader from the African liberation movement still in office.Mugabe and his wife, Grace, who had been angling to succeed him, have been under house arrest since Nov. 14. Although he has not formally resigned and talks continue to decide what’s next, recently ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is widely believed to be the leading candidate to take power because of his close ties to the military.Glen Mpani is a Ford Foundation Mason Student Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. He is an authority on democratic governance in southern Africa, focusing on political party development, local government, and elections in the region. He spoke with the Gazette about Mugabe’s future and what a new regime may mean going forward in Zimbabwe, a nation rich in resources but beset by failing infrastructure.GAZETTE: Why is this happening now, and is it a surprise to you or the Zimbabwean citizenry?MPANI: The events are a culmination of a political crisis that Zimbabwe has been confronted with for the last decade or so. The country has a multitude of problems because of bad governance by the ZANU-PF [Zimbabwe African National Union — Patriotic Front] party under the leadership of Robert Mugabe. While he has failed to govern effectively, he has also suppressed individual freedoms, such as freedom to participate, and access to information. He basically made sure that no one, or no competitive electoral process, could allow for altering power. So he has been able to build a dictatorship around him and, because of that, Zimbabwe has been isolated. Economically, it has become dysfunctional, and many Zimbabweans have left the country.Now, his inability to address succession issues within his political party, along with intraparty problems within ZANU-PF, has brought us to where we are. In the last two or three years, a former vice president was expelled from the party. Her name is Joice Mujuru. Because she had shown that she wanted to take over from him, she was expelled from the party, and a number of individuals were expelled from ZANU-PF. Mnangagwa was fired for the same reason. He had shown ambition and so was kicked out of the party. But, the difference is that Vice President Mnangagwa has always had and has very strong links with the army. He was minister of security since independence. Basically, he is one of them. So the implosion that has taken place — and this is very important for everyone to understand — involves the issue that Mugabe should go. There’s consensus that he has done enough damage to Zimbabwe.The war veterans who were brutalizing people, who didn’t want people to voice their concerns about the army, are now the ones in the forefront of toppling Mugabe. Those leading the movement are not toppling Mugabe because they want to bring democracy. They are toppling Mugabe because of self-interest, because they want to have their man appointed as the president. So there’s an alliance of convenience.GAZETTE: Do you expect Mnangagwa to slide into power, and is there anything that could prevent that from happening? What’s going on behind the scenes?MPANI: The crux of the negotiations are basically: How do they get Mugabe to leave office? The issue that is central right now is the legality of it. Unless one is to simply say “This is a coup,” the army cannot come in and say he should leave. Secondly, the other issue on the table is that this is a party matter that needed to be dealt with at the party level. The problem they’re also dealing with, which has become the big challenge, is that the preferred choice of the army was recently fired as the vice president. If Mnangagwa wants to be appointed president, Mugabe has to reappoint him or rescind his dismissal, and then he can take over once Mugabe resigns. Yet Mugabe is not interested in reappointing him.GAZETTE: Was pushing him out Mugabe’s fatal mistake?MPANI: Mugabe may have made a number of blunders, including his failure to know that his time is gone. I think his wife has annoyed many people in Zimbabwe. I think the people are concerned more with the moral or psychological victory — “Let’s get Mugabe out, and his wife, yeah!” But the future, in terms of what sort of a transition they aspire to, no one is willing to have that conversation. The opposition has gone through this thinking that they can achieve democracy by supporting a faction within ZANU-PF, but this is only a small part of the problem. To make matters worse, some of the people pushing for Mugabe’s resignation have been the most violent and brutal. There have been human rights violations. There were countless reports of violations they committed on civil society during the land-reform campaign. There were many instances where the army was involved in illegal actions in Zimbabwe. Just getting rid of Mugabe won’t solve the problems. The reality is, he is gone. Whichever way that happens, he is no longer going to be president of Zimbabwe. So what? Who have we entrusted the future of the country to? This is what Zimbabweans at the moment are blind to, and they need to be able to address and resolve that.GAZETTE: What do you think will happen to Mugabe and his wife? And what do you think the public wants to see happen to them? Is anybody seeking to exact revenge?MPANI: We should not be naïve. Mugabe still has people who look at him as someone who fought the liberation struggle and achieved a lot for the people of Zimbabwe. There are people who still adore him and look at him in that light. And on the African continent, there are people who still celebrate Mugabe as an icon. He was a founding father. So I would not doubt that at some point, once the dust has settled, there might be that process of trying to look at him as someone who fought the liberation struggle. But, as things stand right now, the attitude toward him is that they just want him to go, which is understandable.GAZETTE: Is he in danger of assassination or being forced into exile?MPANI: I don’t think they will kill him. What might be negotiated is for him to go somewhere with his family for awhile to allow the transition process to take place. I don’t see him as an individual who would want to spend the rest of his life outside Zimbabwe. I think he would want to come back. For now, they are likely to make sure that he leaves the country.GAZETTE: How has the army and the military veteran community been able to acquire and sustain such power over the decades? Why are they in power and Mugabe is not?MPANI: One is that they fought in the liberation struggle. They have been part of the ruling party, and they have occupied positions in government, in the military, in security. Some of them have been ministers. Some of them have been ambassadors. So they have played a very pivotal role in the structures of Zimbabwe. The war veterans regard themselves as the vanguard, the ones who decide what happens in terms of who governs Zimbabwe and how it is governed. Over the years, they’ve said in no uncertain terms that no one who doesn’t have liberation credentials or who doesn’t come from ZANU-PF can lead the country. They have been the glue that has held together Mugabe’s leadership. We are now being held ransom by these individuals. Zimbabweans are forever grateful to these old veterans because of what they’ve done.GAZETTE: In a recent New York Times op-ed, you said that the army takeover is not going to result in the kind of positive change people want and need. Why not?MPANI: In successive elections since 2000, the army has been helping this regime and making sure that Mugabe wins at all costs, regardless of the situation. The only thing that has moved them now is that their interests have been threatened. That is why they’re now saying, “Enough is enough.” The agenda they are pushing has nothing to do with the country; it’s about themselves. Even if they are going to revive the economy or they are going to provide opportunity, it’s not going to be for the general interests of Zimbabwe. It’s going to be for their own personal interests. In all the succession fighting that is happening in ZANU-PF, no one has shared what they want to do in regard to reform. It’s all about, “I don’t want Mugabe’s wife” in power.Zimbabwe is facing a leadership crisis. It needs a new form of leadership, and the crisis does not really affect the power of the ruling party. The opposition is confronted with this problem. Civil society is also confronted with the problem. So you need a new breed of leaders to come in who understand how to reform the country, who understand how to take the country forward, and who can make a new agenda. Recycling the same individuals will not change anything in Zimbabwe.GAZETTE: What role, if any, do you think the international community should play in this saga, including the United States, the European Union, the United Nations, and others?MPANI: If we say we want a democratic path, I think it would be wrong for them to come in and say “Anything that is not Mugabe is OK.” Let’s have a principled agenda. If it involves democratic reform and economic recovery, they should support a process that allows Zimbabweans to elect the leadership they want and a proper process of electoral reform and governing. If they want to engage in cutting and pasting and patching up, it’s not going to work. I can tell you that the British are keen on installing anything other than Mugabe. That’ll provide a semblance of normalcy, of Mugabe having gone, but we’ll never see any change. Whenever the election comes, why not have a transitional arrangement that is provided by individuals who are respected, with multiparty stakeholders around the table? Prepare a pathway toward an electoral process. Hold an election. Allow whoever wins to run the country. That way you are able to address the things that Mugabe has denied Zimbabweans, create an opportunity of selecting an individual who can end the violence, and create conditions where the country has security, where information is managed, but where individuals are not.GAZETTE: What are Zimbabwe’s greatest challenges for avoiding more autocratic rule and moving toward true electoral democracy?MPANI: Because of where we are right now, I think Zimbabweans need this moral or psychological victory, for Mugabe to go. That’s one step, because a proper conversation cannot be had while Mugabe is at the top. I get it. But accompanying that, Zimbabweans need to be clear in terms of who or what the alternative is. I don’t think removing Mugabe and handing his power over to a faction within his political party provides a brighter future for Zimbabwe. I think it’s taking us way back. It’s important that it’s a vision that allows an independent council to enable Zimbabweans to move toward elections. That’s one issue that needs to be dealt with. Secondly, there needs to be renewal within the opposition. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangarai is caught up in the same problem because his organization also needs to reform. In addition, Zimbabwe needs to open up to a new leadership where more people who are not in the political system can jump in and take up leadership positions. That’s important.Our problem is a leadership crisis. All these other issues about reforming the economy, restoring Zimbabwe on the international stage — as long as we fix our leadership problem, all those other things will come to pass.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

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University delays Commencement ceremony

first_imgNotre Dame’s Sunday Commencement ceremony will be delayed one hour, according to an email sent to the community Saturday and to a University press release.According to the email, the ceremony will take place in Notre Dame Stadium, as originally planned, but will now begin with the procession of graduates at 10 a.m. rather than at 9 a.m. to avoid any storms passing through the area.Stadium gates will now open to ticketed guests at 8 a.m., and all graduates should report to the north side of Hesburgh Library at that time, the email said.According to the email, the schedules for all diploma ceremonies on Sunday afternoon remain unchanged.Tags: Commencement 2017, Notre Dame Stadiumlast_img

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For the Last Time to Receive World Premiere Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows For the Last Time Show Closed This production ended its run on June 20, 2015 New jazz musical For the Last Time will receive its world premiere off-Broadway. Directed by Will Pomerantz, with music and lyrics by Nancy Harrow and a book by Pomerantz and Harrow, the production is set for a limited engagement May 19 through June 20. Opening night is scheduled for May 28 at Theater Row’s Clurman Theatre.The cast will feature Brittany Campbell (The Civil War), Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Macbeth), Kim Exum (As You Like It), Britton Smith (After Midnight), Anita Welch (Bubble Boy), Reggie D. White and Jason Veasey (Beautiful).For the Last Time is inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Marble Faun. In 1950’s New Orleans, four young artists create an Eden of music and art. But the past forces its way into their lives, and an act of passion changes everything. View Commentslast_img read more

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Fiscal Fitness 2004

first_imgBy Michael RupuredUniversity of Georgia All you have to do is turn on the nearest television or radio tohear advertisements targeted to people who have bad credit or toomuch debt. The thing to remember is that each of these agenciesis providing a service to make a profit, not to help you get outof debt. These companies offer to provide a range of goods and services,from copies of your credit report to relief from creditors. Someof them even offer to fix your credit report altogether. It’swise to know which are legitimate offers because when it comes toyour credit, there are plenty of offers out there that aren’t. One payment, but higher interestOne service that you hear a lot about is debt consolidation. Somecompanies that frequently advertise themselves as creditassistance agencies are in truth debt consolidation lenders.Instead of helping you develop a payment plan to get out of debt,they encourage you to take out another loan, which will pay offall of your credit card balances. The sales pitch usually emphasizes that instead of making a lotof payments to a lot of creditors, you’ll have only one monthlypayment to make. However, the sales pitch does not tell you thatyou’ll usually pay a very high interest rate (not to mentionmiscellaneous fees) for this kind of loan. It also doesn’t tellyou how much longer you’ll stay in debt – typically, at leastfive years.But don’t despair. It is possible to get a good deal on aconsolidation loan, especially if you own your home. Mostfinancial institutions offer home equity loans, in which youborrow against the equity you have in your house. The advantageto a home equity loan is that the interest is tax deductiblewhich is not the case with credit card debt. Don’t trade unsecured debt for secured debtHowever, the risk of borrowing against your home equity isthat you’re tradingunsecured debt (credit cards) for secured debt, which is subjectto foreclosure or repossession. If your circumstances change andyou can’t pay, you could lose your home.In addition, many people do not have the discipline to stop usingtheir credit cards once they’re paid off. This means that inaddition to having a debt consolidation loan balance to repay(regardless of what type of loan it is), without discipline, youcould go out and run up your credit card balances all over again. If you truly want to get out of debt, it’s probably best to leavedebt consolidation loans alone. If borrowing is your problem,borrowing more isn’t the solution!last_img read more

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Newly signed small business jobs bill has already cleared $1.5 million loan backlog for Vermont firms

first_imgTotal:7125$1,556,300 Source: Congressional delegation. 10.7.2010 Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) announced Thursday that loan funds from the Small Business Jobs Act signed by President Obama last week (September 27) have already cleared the backlog of business expansion loans that had been approved, but not yet funded, for small businesses in Vermont.The lawmakers report that the U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded $1.5 million in loans to five Vermont firms that had applied and been approved for small business loans and been approved but not awarded, due to a shortfall of loan funds. The earlier American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 increased guarantees and reduced fees in SBA’s two largest lending programs. High demand quickly exhausted those loan funds, but small businesses were allowed to continue applying in case added funding became available.Leahy said, ‘The Small Business Jobs Bill was slow to pass, but it’s fast out of the gate. Months of foot dragging by some in Congress delayed this relief for the credit crunch that has been felt up and down Main Street. With these improvements, small businesses in Vermont already are beginning to see some relief in sight that will help them create jobs and hasten the recovery.’Sanders said, ‘In the midst of the very difficult recession that we’re in, helping small businesses receive affordable credit is imperative. Small business creates most of the new jobs in this country and it’s important that we do everything we can to help them.”Welch said, ‘I continue to hear from businesses around the state how important access to credit is in order to grow and create jobs. As Vermont’s small businesses look to expand in our economic recovery, it is vital they have the resources they need to succeed.’The new Small Business Jobs program boosts commercial lending with a $30 billion lending fund for health Main Street banks to boost capital access to small firms wanting to grow their businesses and hire new workers; it provides tax relief to small businesses in Vermont and nationwide; and it modernizes the application for SBA’s lending programs.Tight credit has been a problem for many small businesses in Vermont since the economic near-meltdown of 2008. In April Leahy organized a free statewide conference for small businesses in Vermont to learn more about the variety of commercial lending options available through local banks, credit unions, nonprofits, state entities and the federal government. Over the past two years Congress and the Obama Administration have enacted a wide variety of small business tax relief and tax incentive measures, including allowing firms a bonus depreciation to immediately write off half of the cost of depreciable property; extending the carry-back on net operating losses from two years to five years; and implementing a new payroll deduction for businesses that hire new workers.Following is the list of the new Vermont SBA loan grantees: COMPANYCITYCURRENT EMPLOYEESJOBS CREATEDTOTAL APPROVED LOAN AMOUNTDalee Fed, Inc.BARRE4010$648,000Fischer’s Fancies, LLCCOLCHESTER77$20,000Fischer’s Fancies, LLCCOLCHESTER77$60,000Hidden Waters, LLCWEST HALIFAX11$50,000Plageman, Gagnon & DaughtersWILLISTON60$169,000Rocky River Capital Partners, LLCSOUTH BURLINGTON40$424,300Thomas A. Coleman, DDSBRANDON60$185,000last_img read more

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Trailhead Shorts: Energy Miles, Adventures, and Ride Across America

first_imgEnergy Mile TestingPhoto: Randall Holcombe Energy MilesHiking a mile uphill is as difficult as hiking 1.6 miles on flat ground, according to a new study performed by Western Carolina University.Must Do AdventuresWatch the Shredders The East Coast Surfing Championship in Virginia Beach is the longest-running surf contest in the country. Last year, they were treated with head-high surf thanks to Hurricane Danielle. August 24-28. surfecsc.com  Moonlight Hike August 13 is the full moon. Find a lonely peak and try a night hike sans headlamp, or head to Tallulah Gorge State Park and take a guided night hike deep into the gorge and across the 250-foot long suspension bridge that joins the 1,000-foot rock chasm. Forage for Fruit August is the end of blackberry season at high elevations. Check out the West Virginia Blackberry Festival in Clarksburg on August 4-6 for a blackberry baking contest. August 6 is also the annual Blackberry Harvest Festival at Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery in Virginia.Ride Across America, By the Numbers30: Number of years bikers have officially been racing across the United States. 3,000: Miles solo bikers and team relays pedal during RAAM, which is 30 percent longer than the Tour de France. 170,000: Distance the bikers climb as they travel across 12 states. 12: Days allotted to solo bikers to finish. 8 days, 8 hours, 6 minutes: Time it took Christopher Strasser, the solo category winner, to reach the finish line last year.Unbreakable DeterminationSleep deprivation, dehydration, and a fractured pelvis—three challenges that Katie Spotz faced during the Race Across America, a 3,000-mile, around-the-clock bike race from Oceanside, Ca. to Annapolis, Md. Spotz fractured her pelvis during a training ride days before the race. Instead of scrapping plans for the ride, Spotz switched vehicles from her road bike to a handcycle and completed the ride with teammate Sam Williams.last_img read more

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Are Energy Audits a Scam?

first_imgA home energy auditor inspects a hot water heater. Companies offering energy audits are generally reputable and legitimate and will help you both save money and reduce your carbon footprint if you follow their advice. Credit: USDADear EarthTalk: There are a number of companies out there now doing “energy audits” for the home, after which they try to sell you attic insulation and other products and services. Is this just a scam or would it be wise for me to look into this?— Bill Richards., New York, NYFor the most part, companies offering energy audits are reputable and legitimate and will help you both save money and reduce your carbon footprint if you follow their advice in regard to upgrading things like insulation, windows and appliances. “A home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient,” reports the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). “An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time.”“During the assessment, you can pinpoint where your house is losing energy,” adds DOE. “Energy assessments also determine the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling systems [and] may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity.”You can conduct your own energy audit if you know where to look for air leaks (drafts), water waste and other key areas of a home’s inefficiencies. The DOE’s energysavers.gov website has guidelines to help homeowners conduct their own do-it-yourself home energy assessments. For instance, DOE recommends that homeowners make a list of obvious air leaks, such as through gaps along baseboards or at the edges of flooring and at wall and ceiling junctures. The potential energy savings from reducing drafts in a home can be as high as 30 percent per year, reports DOE. (The DOE website also provides information on other ways to save money and resources through less obvious things such as outdoor landscaping. It also posts guidelines for energy-efficient designing and remodeling.)You should also check the filters on heating and cooling equipment to see if they need to be changed so as to keep your furnace and air conditioners functioning at maximum efficiency. And if these or other appliances over 15 years old consider replacing them with newer models that meet federal EnergyStar efficiency criteria. Also, swapping out older incandescent bulbs in light fixtures with higher efficiency compact fluorescent or LED bulbs will save money and energy.A professional energy auditor with dedicated assessment tools and the knowledge of how to use them will in all likelihood carry out a more comprehensive assessment than you can do yourself. “Thorough assessments often use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.”If you are concerned about enlisting a for-profit firm that upsells its own energy efficiency upgrade services based on a “free” energy audit, check with your utility to see whether it offers unbiased, independent energy audit services (which it may do for free or for a nominal cost). The assessor from your utility may be able to recommend window and door replacement companies, heating and cooling specialists and other vendors nearby that do reputable work to make your home is not only energy efficient but warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.CONTACTS: DOE Energy Savers, www.energysavers.gov; EnergyStar, www.energystar.gov.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

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Novartis claims success in trial of cell-based flu vaccine

first_imgOct 24, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Swiss pharmaceutical maker Novartis claimed success last week in a phase 3 clinical trial of a seasonal influenza vaccine produced in cell culture rather than in eggs, the conventional production method.In a news release, the company said volunteers who received the vaccine had at least as strong an immune response as did volunteers immunized with an egg-based vaccine containing the same flu virus strains.The company, which presented preliminary findings at a flu vaccine conference in Vienna, said the safety profiles of the two vaccines were similar.Flu vaccines have been grown in chicken eggs since the 1950s. A number of companies are working on cell-based production, but no cell-based flu vaccine has yet been licensed. Novartis said it applied for European Union approval of its vaccine in June.”Novartis is committed to bring cell culture–derived influenza vaccine to market,” company CEO Jorg Reinhardt said in the news release. Cell culture is seen as a slightly faster and considerably more flexible production technology than the egg-based method.The Novartis vaccine is grown in canine kidney cells. Company officials said the product is a subunit vaccine, meaning it contains individual viral proteins rather than whole virus particles.In the phase 3 study, conducted in Poland in the 2004-05 flu season, 1,300 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60 and 1,354 volunteers older than 60 were randomly assigned to receive the cell-based vaccine or an egg-based vaccine, Novartis reported. Each volunteer received one dose.Researchers found no difference in the immunogenicity of the two vaccines, both of which met all three immunogenicity criteria of the European Union’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, the news release said. Rates of local and systemic side effects were similar for the two vaccines in both age-groups.When asked how long it takes to produce the cell-based vaccine, company officials told CIDRAP News by e-mail, “Currently, basically the same as egg-based except lead times are much shorter and start-up is more flexible.”Officials said Novartis has completed phase 1 and 2 trials of the vaccine in the United States and will report the results in 2007. Currently the company is “in dialogue” with the Food and Drug Administration about the design of a phase 3 trial, they reported.last_img read more

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We discover what the new tourist pearl of Karlovac County will look like – the Cave House near Plitvice

first_imgThe Cave House should be ready by 2021, a unique and extremely attractive project of the Public Institution Barać’s Cave, which on Monday signed a contract awarding them almost from the European Cohesion Fund HRK 20 million for the “Cave House” visitor center. This is one of the largest investments in tourism in the Karlovac County and certainly great news for the entire Plitvice region.The main attraction and reception point of the project is the visitor center which contains presentation / museum units, speleological-educational center with depot and library, multipurpose multimedia hall, catering space, office space, children’s playroom, souvenir shop, cloakroom and exterior area with presentation points and parking. , total area of ​​2000 m2. The goal is to achieve a unique, innovative and attractive presentation of cultural and natural values ​​of the site, to provide visits to visitors with special needs and to create a modern infrastructure for various educational and recreational activities.Everything will be accompanied by modern technology for creating experiences and interpreting natural and cultural heritage, which is a big step in conjuring up experiences in the modern age. In addition, this project of building the Cave House will stimulate interest in culture and nature among the local population, and develop awareness of nature conservation and the importance of sustainable interaction between man and nature. “It is projects like this that leave a big mark and finally put into operation some of our most beautiful and valuable resources, and that is natural heritage. It is a great responsibility for us who manage protected areas to put resources in the function of sustainable development and to be a generator of new jobs and economic activities. The realization of the project will directly contribute to the increase of the number of visitors to the site, education of the local population and visitors about the natural heritage and the increase of the tourist recognizability of the municipality of Rakovica as a natural heritage destination.. “, Said the director of the Public Institution Barać Cave Tihana Oštrina.Buried underground as an authentic representation of natureThe building is designed in such a way that its propositions correspond to the locality it represents, and for that reason it is buried underground. Thematically and interpretatively, two larger units are distinguished in the building – general biological-geomorphological themes about the locality that were processed on the ground floor of the building, and a kind of “showroom”. In this way, the visitor first perceives the themes, educates himself about the concepts and basic characteristics, and then, descending into the underground of the center, has the opportunity to experience it through a series of multimedia displays, sensory chambers and similar effective exhibits.The partner in the project is the Public Institution Plitvice Lakes National Park, and the common goals are to develop joint programs and facilities for better management and dispersion of visitors and directly create conditions for extending the stay of visitors to the destination. The company Muze doo from Zagreb is responsible for the initial conceptual design of the interpretation, the attractive architecture is from Stopostopriodno from Zagreb, the conceptual design of the center’s layout and equipment was made by Kultura doo from Bjelovar and the project application was prepared by Kocka doo from Šibenik.See more about Barać’s caves herelast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, August 13

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems will deprive us of our freedomsWhen I was young, I was inspired by the words in the Declaration of Independence that proclaimed “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That proclamation is different now, at least for the present-day Democrats in governments across the land. They advocate “abortion, dependency and the pursuit of political power.”  If you support abortion, are not worried about dependency and if you don’t mind losing many of your freedoms to the government, then be sure to vote for Democrats in 2020.Richard ColyerSchoharieSomeone rein in Trump’s obsessionsHow ironic that President rump is able to generate some patriotism so late in life after no such display 50 years ago, as shown on his bone spurs deferment.Some freshmen congresswomen, aka, The Squad, have stoked the patriotic president’s ire. He wished they return to their countries of origin: Massachusetts, New York and Michigan. Three of The Squad are originally from here. Trump’s Squad squawking is the same old venomous squawk, different day. His obsessive desire to malign and denigrate these freshmen representatives could be construed as a kind of perseveration associated with some kind of disorder or one with diminished capacity. This could be a very worrisome affliction that may warrant a professional evaluation. His obsessive “spew du jour” is toxic and divisive. Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Cummings, Rev. Sharpton and others are in his revengeful, unstable cross-hairs. A professional evaluation seems justified to assess if he is fit to be the president or is he a misfit?His Twitter assaults have become a repugnant read for this independent. Trump certainly qualifies as a man in need of supervision. Is anyone left in the White House to whom he will listen? Time for problem-solving, not making more.John CoffenbergDelansonBDS discriminatory;  condemnation validMatt Oill’s August 4 letter (“BDS ban violates right to free speech”) claims that the recent House approval of a bill condemning the BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) movement is an attack on free speech. The Gazette title refers to a “BDS ban.” Both are incorrect. People who want to engage in boycott actions against Israel are free to do so. The House bill simply, and correctly, identifies BDS as a movement that “promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace.” It was passed by a 398-17 vote, a rare and welcome bit of bipartisanship.Oill asserts that BDS doesn’t seek to “delegitimize Israel.” But that’s exactly the core mission of BDS. In 2013, Omar Barghouti, the BDS founder, said: “Most definitely we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine.”Oill also believes that BDS does not “target the Jewish faith.” But in fact, BDS denies that the Jewish people have any historic claim to the land of Israel. What does it tell you about a movement that it claims there weren’t any Jews in ancient Israel? It’s worse than weird, no?BDS leaders and proponents engage in age-old anti-Jewish bigotry, like claims that Jews secretly control the world and care only about money. BDS receives funding and other support from organizations tied to known terrorist groups, most notably Hamas.Many well-meaning Americans want to believe BDS is a nonviolent rights campaign. But wishing doesn’t make it so. Jessica Hornik EvansAlplausMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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