In the first 7 days, Poreč Bike Share attracted more than 300 users

first_imgPoreč Bike Share, the most modern system for automatic bicycle rental that provides citizens and guests of Poreč with a simple, fast and affordable form of transport in the city, in just seven days attracted over 300 users who made more than 500 rentals and pedaled more than 1000 kilometers.Poreč Bike Share consists of 70 bicycles arranged at 5 stations that can be rented at any station and also returned at any other station, which significantly facilitates uninterrupted cycling for all users. This Valamar investment is worth more than one million kuna, and was realized in cooperation with Sistema javnih bicikla doo, a licensed nextbike partner known throughout Europe.But, most importantly, Poreč received additional content, and it is precisely the quality, variety and most importantly authentic content that makes a tourist destination successful.last_img read more

Broward Summer Youth Program Teaches Environmental Appreciation

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Broward Municipal Services District Broward County Parks’ Summer Recreation program now includes a NatureScape Broward Butterfly and Herb Garden Summer Program for the 50 children. The children include Caribbean-Americans, ages 6-10 attending Boulevard Gardens Community Center in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). Broward County’s NatureScape staff, Habitat Steward volunteers from the National Wildlife Federation and University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Master Gardeners will educate youth on various environmental topics.Children will experience planting a butterfly garden in grow bags. They’ll also learn about the lifecycle of different species of butterflies, principles of environmental stewardship, caring for plants, holistic benefits of natural herbs and more. Upon completion, the youth will participate in a graduation ceremony.The educational program is a collaborative effort between Broward County’s Environmental Protection, Growth Management Department and Broward Parks and Recreation Division. The collaboration is in support of the BMSD Health Community Zone. The County and its partners, Boulevard Gardens Community Group, Inc., Broward Regional Health Planning Council, and TOUCH Broward have made this special program possible.Recently, members of Boulevard Gardens Home Owners Association attended a NatureScape presentation to learn about the Butterfly and Herb Garden Summer Program. Residents were given native plants to start their own backyard wildlife habitats. Health Foundation of South Florida is instrumental in providing opportunities for youth in the BMSD Healthy Community Zone to learn about the benefits of gardening and protecting natural habitat.NatureScape Broward promotes Florida-friendly landscapes that conserve water, protect water quality, and create wildlife habitat. It encourages the use of native plants that provide quality and sustainable food sources for resident and migrating wildlife. The NatureScape vision includes all Broward County residents and all types of properties – from backyards to public parks.The BMSD HCZ NatureScape Butterfly & Herb Garden Summer Program is a collaboration between BMSD Internal Committee members, Broward County Planning and Development Management Division, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, and Parks and Recreation.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

Tua Tagovailoa praises Jalen Hurts for staying at Alabama

first_imgAlabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa praised fellow quarterback Jalen Hurts for sticking with the Crimson Tide, despite an interesting quarterback situation that unfolded this season. Tagovailoa was tabbed as the starter for the 2018 season after he took over for then-starting quarterback Hurts during halftime of the College Football Playoff national championship game against Georgia. Hurts had been Alabama’s starter during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.  College Football Awards 2018: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa wins Maxwell Award Alabama found itself in an eerily similar situation as the national championship game when Tagovailoa went down with a sprained ankle during the SEC championship game last weekend. Hurts stepped in and rallied the Crimson Tide to a 35-28 victory over Georgia. Tagovailoa had surgery Sunday and is expected to be back with the team and practicing within two weeks, which means he could play in the Orange Bowl, according to The Athletic.  Tua Tagovailoa injury update: Alabama QB sprained ankle in SEC championship gamecenter_img “(It’s a) testament to Jalen’s hard work he’s put in the offseason,” Tagovailoa said Thursday at the college football year-end awards after winning the Maxwell Award. “To character — it shows the kind of character he has, with his faith as well. The kind of background he comes from with his family support. I think it’s something very special for him to have stayed, and I definitely think he deserves everything that’s coming his way right now.“I think it’s a bigger testament to how he was raised, with his family, how they raised him. I think they’ve done a tremendous job with that. Jalen’s an all-around great person. He’s a great student, and on the field, he’s just a very good supporter to me and Mac Jones as well. Mac Jones is a great supporter of us. But you know, just an all-around great person.” Related News “You can look at it in two ways. You can look at it in a positive way, where OK, this is something that I’ve dealt with. How am I going to go about doing things now? Or you can look at it as, dang, I’m just gonna keep getting injured,” Tagovailoa said of his injury. “There’s either a positive or a negative, and I try to look at the positive side of it.“If it was meant for me to get hurt, it was meant for me to get hurt. I don’t know. I don’t know how life works. That’s just how it works sometimes. That’s just how the ball rolls. We’re dealt with adversity sometimes, and it’s just how you respond.”Top-ranked Alabama will face Oklahoma on Dec. 29 with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Nature Boy

first_imgChicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro tags out Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen during the second inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles/File)“There was a boy, a very strange enchanted boy. They say he wandered very far, very far, over land and sea. A little shy and sad of eye, but very wise was he. And then one day, a magic day he passed my way.  And while we spoke Of many things, fools and kings, this he said to me.”The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” (Recorded by the great Nat King Cole, written by Eden Ahbez)I have observed Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen from his time working his way up to play in the big leagues to the present.Aubrey BruceThe first time we met was at a Pirates media function at the Lexus Club, (It was named something else back then) at the moment I am having a senior memory episode.  Anyway, he politely introduced himself to me and to be quite honest, I had a terrible migraine headache that day, and if all I had to do to get into heaven was to remember that conversation in its entirety; let’s just say that I’d better be stocking up on bottled water.He was joined at the table by ex-Pirates pitcher Ian Snell who I remember being very excited about an upcoming MMA event that was scheduled to air that night.  However, the thing that I remember the most about the encounter was that these were just young men, interested in other things happening in their lives and not just throwing and catching a ball. McCutchen was at ease, peaceful and very down to earth.Please push the fast forward button for me.The other night during when McCutchen suffered a “minor” ankle injury during a Pirates’ loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, I heard one of the post game radio so called “pundits” speculating and discussing the injury saying in a very sly, slick  and “wicked, wicked, yeah” way that; “the injury didn’t appear to be serious.”O’kay Dr.Vinnie Boom-Boom.  I have observed the shingle outside of your office door and the walls within, and I swear, I really do swear that for the life of me, I cannot find a medical degree hanging anywhere in your vicinity.The next game when McCutchen hit a double and “glided” into second base the “nurse practitioner” disguised as a journalist gloated, “I had a feeling that the injury was not that serious.”See boys and girls that bugs me, that really really bugs me.Tell you why; A few years ago, I experienced severe muscle cramps as a result of my long battle with spinal scoliosis.  Into my ER cubicle marched a “teaching phlebotomist” with 3 or 4 “ducklings in tow” hanging on every word that the “expert” had to say.  He attempted several times to extract blood but was unsuccessful.“Have you ever used drugs?”  He asked in a very arrogant and irritated way expressing anger at me because of his shortcomings. “I fired back, “read the chart, furthermore you are not a doctor and I am not about to publicly share my medical history with you and a bunch of students; schools out.”He turned as red as a beet, turned to his students and said to them as if I wasn’t there; “sometimes patients can be uncooperative but you can’t lose your cool.” Seems to me that he had already lost his cool and I was about to lose mine.See, I wasn’t that sick. If he had said one more word; I would have leaped out of that bed and lit his behind up, “junior doctor” or not.My anger was not just at him. I was reflecting on a book that I had read that was written by Dr. Harriet Washington titled; “Medical Apartheid.”  The book profiled some of the most insidious and inhumane human experimentation ever chronicled after the medieval period.  In the book Dr. Washington writes that; “Researchers who exploit African-Americans were the norm for much of our nation’s history, when Black patients were commonly regarded as fit subjects for nonconsensual, non therapeutic research.”The book also points out that slaves were also “rented out” for experimentation during the winter months when there were seeds to be planted or crops to be harvested.Even today Blacks mythically have a higher pain tolerance, thus powerful Schedule II medications are often grudgingly and sparingly prescribed for African Americans.  Even the injuries of the great Roberto Clemente were often questioned when his performance was subpar as a result of an injury.Will the “Pirates nation” really love young their young MLB superstar Andrew McCutchen through thick and thin, healthy or injured? Only time will tell.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741last_img read more