Extended deadline for legalization of illegal construction

first_imgBy consensus, the Croatian Parliament decided to extend the deadline for submitting requests for legalization of illegal buildings until June 30, 2018, but noting that on-site inspections should be intensified in order to prevent illegal construction.This is not a new legalization, because this deadline applies only to persons who had the right to submit applications in 2012, when the law came into force, said State Secretary of the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning Dunja Magaš, presenting the final proposal to amend the Law on dealing with illegally constructed buildings.The deadline is extended to June 30, 2018 due to the large number of unresolved cases, but also due to the legalization of as many buildings as possible. Namely, as Maguš said, with yesterday’s 826 thousand requests for legalization, 558 thousand cases have been legally resolved. The state, on the other hand, earned 2016 billion kuna from legalization fees by the end of 1,318, she said.The legal changes also increase the percentage of funds earned from legalization fees for local self-government units from 20 to 30 percent, which MPs also welcomed.In the afternoon, the deputies also supported the final proposal for amendments to the Law on Physical Planning, which harmonizes it with the EU directive and which enables spatial planning in the protected ecological-fishing zone and the continental shelf of Croatia.last_img read more

Sitting Volleyball: B&H in Semifinals

first_imgThe team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in sitting volleyball qualified for the semi-finals of the European Championships in Elblag. The volleyball team of B&H in the quarterfinals defeated Netherlands with 3:0 (25:23, 25:11, 25:8) last night. Semi-finals are scheduled for today and the top four teams qualified  for the semifinals are B&H, Ukraine, Russia and Germany.(Source: Fena)last_img

Online cricket getting more and more popular during the pandemic

first_imgAdvertisement 50NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3oWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4uu3l( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4qeptWould you ever consider trying this?😱mCan your students do this? 🌚kh5Roller skating! Powered by Firework While cricket already is one of the most popular sports in India it still keeps growing in popularity. The national team has a huge fan following and the Indian Premier League (IPL) has become the hottest T20 tournament in the world with cricket fans all over the world gathering to witness some of the IPL teams in action.Advertisement However, as we are all well aware at this point, COVID-19 completely turned all industries, including cricket upside down. Because of the new coronavirus, the IPL has been postponed and it might not even be held this year. And as one can imagine, this news was pretty devastating for all the cricket fans all over the world, who were anticipating this event. But lucky for them, the online entertainment industry is becoming more and more popular every day. With people getting into gaming, esports, or gambling online, playing real money online casino games, cricket games just became available too and they are a great way to pass time and stay connected with the sport at the same time.Advertisement By far, one of the most famous games in this category is the World Cricket Championship (WCC) and the fans of this game can expect some improvements in the near future. Nextwave Multimedia, the group which owns the WCC has recently signed a deal with Aakash Chopra, former Indian test opener and now a commentator, in order to provide commentary on the games. And this event is quite important as it will be the first time that a professional cricket commentator will be providing commentary for a cricket game in India.Advertisement And this move will not provide more comfort and fun to the users but it is also expected to drive even more fans towards the game even though the World Cricket Championship (WCC) has enough of them already as there are 2.5 million daily active users and 10 million monthly active users from many different countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, UK, and India, of course. Just like many other video game companies, gambling outlets, and other online entertainment service providers, the WCC has seen a 20% rise in its revenue with in-app purchases growing by over 100%, and the number of active users also increasing by 25%.Now is a perfect time for a lot of brands to get in touch with the WCC and strike a deal with them as it is about to surpass 110 million downloads. This game has a large captive audience which becomes very clear after seeing the number of monthly and daily users. Brands that focus on cricket can profit especially well and should make sure they seize this opportunity.Chopra himself revealed that he is very enthusiastic about this project and to go on the platform. He also views this as a challenge as it will be definitely very different from commentating on a live game where you can somewhat predict what will happen.WCC has even more exciting features with more high-quality graphics and animations and better controls and shots, including better artificial intelligence in store for us, which will provide a better gaming environment. All of this will further establish this game as one of the best on the market and a lot of people, and not just the cricket fans are anticipating the new updates and modifications which will take the experience to another level.ALSO READ:BCCI’s SOP for domestic cricket: Arogya Setu app, consent forms and more! Advertisementlast_img read more

Family Law: Who Has the Right to Keep Fluffy After the…

first_imgBy John P. Paone, Jr., Esq. and Victoria E. Paone, Esq. |Americans have a love affair with pets. According to a recent survey, “three-fourths of Americans in their 30s have dogs, while 51 percent have cats.” It is not uncommon for people to spend thousands of dollars per year on pet clothing/accessories, food, photographs, medicine and the like. But what happens to “Fluffy” when parties go through a divorce?Under the common law, pets were treated as chattel-put another way-just a typical piece of property to be distributed like an automobile or a piano. In today’s world, however, there is a growing consensus that pets are more like family members and less like property. New Jersey courts have mirrored this sentiment and the leading case on this issue demonstrates that disputes over animals during divorce litigation can no longer be resolved by using basic property principles. In a case decided by the New Jersey Appellate Division, the court held that reimbursing a party for a dog’s monetary value (i.e. what you paid for the animal) is not an adequate remedy for purposes of compensating a party for the loss of the “special value” that some pets hold to their owners. That’s right, the court decided that money cannot resolve all problems even in the context of divorce litigation!This case further stands for the proposition that courts can and should determine which party has a “sincere” interest in possession of the pet and which party is merely asserting an interest in the pet “out of greed, ill-will or other sentiment or motive similarly unworthy of protection in a court of equity.” In determining whether a party or whether both parties have a true and equal interest in their pets, the court directs that focus should be placed on establishing “the facts and circumstances which endow the chattel with special…value.”Most commonly, the court will consider testimony and other proofs from parties demonstrating which party acts as the primary caretaker of the pet. Meaning, the court can contemplate who “potty trained” the animal, takes the animal to medical and grooming appointments, feeds and bathes the animal, etc. In addition, the court can consider whether a party had possession of the animal prior to the marriage. Furthermore, the court can examine where the children of the marriage primarily reside and deem whether it is in their “best interest” to enjoy the animal’s companionship at their primary place of residence.Less compelling factors that a court might also consider when determining possession of a pet is the party who is the title owner of the animal and if a certain party made the preliminary investigations or took the initial steps to acquire the pet. At this time in New Jersey, the test is not what is in the “best interest” of the pet. However, that may soon change based upon experiences in other jurisdictions.On September 27, 2018, the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed into law Assembly Bill 2274 which provides for the courts to “assign sole or joint ownership of a pet animal taking into consideration the care of the pet animal” in the context of a divorce case. Considering the “care” of a pet is akin to considering the “best interest” of a child when determining custody. Assemblyman Bill Quirk, who introduced the law, said “it’s time family pets received the status they deserve — family members.” This law takes effect January 1, 2019.It remains to be seen how New Jersey law will develop over the next few years regarding this very important issue of pet custody in divorce cases. Although the interpretation of pets as more than basic “chattel” is a fairly recent development in the law, it would not be surprising should New Jersey go the way of California and adopt a standard akin to that used for deciding child custody. In the interim, pet owners who are about to go through a divorce should consult with an attorney about how to pursue legal rights and remedies regarding custody and possession of Fluffy in a matrimonial action.John P. Paone, Jr., Esq. and Victoria E. Paone, Esq. are divorce and family law attorneys with the Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski & Murray, with offices in Red Bank and Woodbridge.This article was first published in the Oct. 25-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Nelson skaters shine at West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition

first_imgNelson skaters won a total of three bronze medals during the weekend West Kootenay Invitational Figure Skating Competition this past weekend at the NDCC Arena.The host club entered a total of 27 skaters in the 44 event schedule weekend and has the largest number of entry level skaters in the STAR 1 event with15 skaters. Charly Defouw won Bronze in the very competitive STAR 8 Women’s free skate with a dramatic program to the soundtrack of Romeo+Juliet.last_img

Duo get bail for possession of ecstasy

first_imgA minibus driver and a taxi driver were hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to charges relating to possession of ecstasy tablets. The two men were held during a sting operation by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).Twenty-five-year-old Samuel Bruce, called Samie Wintz, of Lot J 944 Jackson Street, Tucville, Georgetown and Kelder Roxana Halley, 21, of Lot 224 Gibson Street, Guyhoc Park, Georgetown appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to the charges.The charge stated that the two were found with 63 grams of ecstasy pills in their possession on October 15, 2018.Bruce’s Attorney, Tiffany Jeffery, in a bail application, informed the court that the illegal drug was not found in her client’s vehicle or in his possession.However, CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford stated that Bruce handed the illicit tablets over to an undercover CANU officer, who subsequently gave an oral statement.Meanwhile, Prosecutor Sandiford, who objected to bail, informed the court that Halley gave a confession statement.According to facts presented in court on Friday, Halley was accused of orchestrating the drug exchange by telling Bruce that she was in need of the ecstasy pills. She was represented by Attorney-at-Law Bernard DaSilva.The defendants were each placed on $150,000 bail, and the matter was adjourned until November 9, 2018, but they were ordered to report to the CANU Headquarters on Mondays and Fridays until the investigation is completed.last_img read more

Good snooze good news for worker’s heart

first_imgAt the same time, the immune system shores itself up. Increasingly, researchers are recognizing the role the immune system plays in heart disease. “We all know that the three pillars of health are diet, exercise and sleep, and, sometimes, people forget about the importance of sleep,” said Dr. Alex Chediak, president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a University of Miami researcher. Nighttime sleep has been much more thoroughly studied than napping. But researchers assumed that the benefits of nighttime sleep accrue from naps as well. The study released Monday is believed to be the largest ever to examine the link between napping and health. Napping, researchers believe, allows people a chance to reset their heart rates and blood pressure in the middle of the day. The researchers quizzed study participants about their siesta habits, defining regular nappers as those who took a midday break at least three times a week, with the nap lasting a minimum of 30 minutes. It was that group that derived the greatest benefit, with a 37percent drop in deaths attributable to heart disease. The effect was far more modest among those who napped only occasionally, and it was not considered statistically meaningful. The researchers said that while workingmen appeared to benefit the most from naps, they could not reach any conclusions for workingwomen because there were relatively few in the study. For retirees, siestas did not lower heart-disease risk. There’s a well-recognized biological impetus for the desire to take a break midway through the waking hours: Our bodies tell us to, said Michael Twery, director of the federal government’s National Center on Sleep Disorders Research. Drowsiness recurs right before bedtime. “The human biological clock has two cycles each day, with two dips,” Twery said. “One of those dips occurs shortly after lunch for most people. This is a period when many people feel perhaps a little sleepy, drowsy, less awake.” Napping has historically received scant attention from researchers, but with heart disease still ranked as the nation’s No.1 killer, specialists said the Harvard study should give rise to more definitive nap research. “Given how prevalent cardiovascular disease is, any intervention that could effectively lower risk would be welcomed and worthy of further study,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a cardiovascular specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “The challenge now is how people read this. If they read it as, `I can continue to smoke, not eat healthy, not exercise, and just take a nap in the afternoon and be protected from cardiovascular disease,’ then that is absolutely not the right message to be sending.” In the 24/7 pressure cooker of American society, it is unlikely that many employers – or workers, for that matter – will embrace a 30- or 45-minute nap during the workday, sleep specialists acknowledged. If anything, they said, countries where napping has been part of the culture, notably Spain, have increasingly abandoned the practice. But there are a few places left that champion the midday nap. At a New England company called Yarde Metals Inc., in Southington, Conn., the nap room was upgraded last week to include a full-body massage chair that incorporates aromatherapy and motion. It can simulate the sounds and sights of a beach or a babbling brook. “It leads to improved safety,” said marketing director Susan Kozikowski. But even if workplace napping is unlikely to become widespread in the United States, there is something to be learned from the siesta study, said Dr. Michael Irwin, a sleep specialist at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience. “The take-home message is we do need a good night’s sleep, we do need to look at how much sleep we get and optimize that,” Irwin said. “We need to recognize that sleep is a behavior we can control as humans, and if we do that, our overall health will improve in this country.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – At last, science has come up with proof that naps are good for you. Tell your boss! Tell your spouse! People who take at least three daytime naps a week lasting 30 minutes or longer cut their risk of dying from a heart attack by 37percent, according to a new study released Monday by a team of American and Greek researchers. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and in Athens reported that Greeks who took regular 30-minute naps were 37percent less likely to die of heart disease over a six-year period than those who never napped. The scientists tracked more than 23,000 adults, finding that the benefits of napping were most pronounced for workingmen. Researchers have long recognized that Mediterranean adults die of heart disease at a rate lower than Americans and Northern Europeans. Diets rich in olive oil and other heart-healthy foods have received some of the credit, but scientists have been intrigued by the potential role of napping. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that napping was more likely than diet or physical activity to lower the incidence of heart attacks and other life-ending heart ailments. Still, the authors cautioned that further research is needed to confirm their findings. “We don’t want the world to start sleeping in the afternoon yet. A single study never conveys a public health message,” said Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, a Harvard professor and author of the study, who says he stopped napping when he moved to the United States 20 years ago. Specialists not involved with the study said there are sound biochemical reasons to believe that a nap may help protect against heart disease. Essentially, they said, sleep at any time of day acts like a valve to release the stress of everyday life. Blood pressure and heart rates slow. last_img

Packers 33, 49ers 30: Fourth-quarter collapse yields fourth straight loss

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wisc. – Aaron Rodgers’ fourth-quarter comeback ability wrecked what had all the makings of a 49ers upset Monday night.The 49ers couldn’t hold a second-half lead as Rodgers guided the Packers to a 33-30, walk-off victory at Lambeau Field. Mason Crosby’s 27-yard field goal as time expired capped off the comeback and sent the 49ers (1-5) to their fourth straight defeat.“It was a fun night, up until that last minute and seven seconds,” tight end George Kittle said.That’s all it took …last_img read more

The Evolution of Immaturity

first_img[Guest Article]  Blame evolution for your teen’s immaturity.  The Discovery Channel has published a review of an upcoming paper by Bruce Charlton, professor of biology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  Charlton is a promoter of Evolutionary Psychology, a developing field of Psychology that attempts to explain all human characteristics in light of their evolutionary history.  In this paper, Charlton focuses on the observation that in the last fifty years, people have matured later, and in fact, many have not matured completely:Specifically, it seems a growing number of people are retaining the behaviors and attitudes associated with youth.  As a consequence, many older people simply never achieve mental adulthood, according to a leading expert on evolutionary psychiatry.  Among scientists, the phenomenon is called psychological neoteny.Charlton attributes the current trend to our modern environment, in comparison to our “hunter/gatherer ancestors”:“…While the human mind responds to new information over the course of any individual’s lifetime, Charlton argues that past physical environments were more stable and allowed for a state of psychological maturity.  In hunter-gatherer societies, that maturity was probably achieved during a person’s late teens or early twenties”, he said.    Charlton explained to Discovery News that humans have an inherent attraction to physical youth, since it can be a sign of fertility, health and vitality.  In themid-20th century, however, another force kicked in, due to increasing need for individuals to change jobs, learn new skills, move to new places and make new friends.Charlton attributes the failure to mature to the pressure of the educational system, which keeps people in school, at submissive positions, far beyond the time when they should have been developing their assertive personalities.  The result is adults that display immature characteristics:“By contrast, many modern adults fail to attain this maturity, and such failure is common and indeed characteristic of highly educated and, on the whole, effective and socially valuable people,” he said.  “People such as academics, teachers, scientists and many other professionals are often strikingly immature outside of their strictly specialist competence in the sense of being unpredictable, unbalanced in priorities, and tending to overreact.”  Charlton added that since modern cultures now favor cognitive flexibility, “immature” people tend to thrive and succeed, and have set the tone not only for contemporary life, but also for the future, when it is possible our genes may even change as a result of the psychological shift.  The faults of youth are retained along with the virtues, he believes.  These include short attention span, sensation and novelty-seeking, short cycles of arbitrary fashion and a sense of cultural shallowness.Charlton predicts that based on evolutionary selection, this will become a dominant genetic characteristic over time:Charlton added that since modern cultures now favor cognitive flexibility, “immature” people tend to thrive and succeed, and have set the tone not only for contemporary life, but also for the future, when it is possible our genes may even change as a result of the psychological shift.The obvious next question one should ask is if this immaturity has not already become apparent in the departments of Evolutionary Psychology.    Assuming that all our psychological traits evolved due to environmental pressures, Charlton feels that if our environment encourages immaturity for long enough, we will become genetically disposed to immaturity.  This sounds Lamarckian.  History shows, contrariwise, that societies have only been successful at fostering maturity for a limited period of time.  How does he know our society is not simply paralleling the example of Rome, where maturity rose and fell with its civilization?    Charlton seems to offer conflicting sources for our immaturity problem.  First, he attributes it to the pressure of the educational system, and uses as an example the immaturity of “academics, teachers, scientists, and many other professionals”.  If this is true (and this academic’s thinking provides anecdotal evidence for it) then we will be fine, since most people do not pursue advanced educations.  Most people, however, would agree that the problem goes well beyond academia.  It is a symptom of society in general.  Charlton’s second explanation, that the problem began in the mid 20th century with the pressure to “change jobs, learn new skills, move to new places and make new friends,” seems to contradict his first explanation.     Either way, since society has had these same pressures for thousands of years, why is there any vestige of maturity remaining now?  We should have evolved into children long ago, as soon as we got past the hunter-gatherer stage.  There is no reason evolution should wait until the middle of the 20th century.  We are becoming immature because evolutionary thinking like this rejected the absolute authority of our Creator over us, leaving us adrift to pursue our baser instincts and desires, like spoiled children.—DKThis story illustrates how the universal acid of Darwinian thinking is more pervasive and insidious than a set of armchair speculations by academics.  Charlton’s type rationalize immature behavior as evolutionary adaptations rather than moral wrongs.  If immaturity leads to reproductive success, it must be OK; why fight it?  But under their own assumptions, it is impossible to determine who is calling whom immature.  For example, David Brooks of the New York Times is cited at the end of the Discovery Channel article lamenting the loss of wisdom and maturity of our predecessors in today’s society that blurs the “bourgeois world of capitalism and the bohemian counterculture.”  Yet what is wisdom in Darwinland if not reproductive success?  Brooks needs to let his hair down and get dirty with the new inhabitants of the fitness peak.  Then history will have to judge the outcome of the war between the Bohemians and the Visigoths (05/09/2006).(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Capital gains for Delhi

first_imgThe heat is on, literally. With the ambient air temperature hovering around the 43 degree Celsius mark in the Capital and other parts of India also facing the heat, playing cricket is not easy.Yet, as teams in the Indian Premier League start focussing on the business end of the tournament, the heat is literal and figurative. In all, the teams have to play 14 matches in the league stage before separating the wheat from the chaff.And with the weekend derby approaching, Delhi Capitals will be fancying their chances against the once formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Feroze Shah Kotla on Sunday.It has been an interesting journey for both the teams till now. In the past, RCB, led by Virat Kohli, have been favourites on paper, though, this time around, they have failed to click as a unit. Kohli was initially struggling with his own batting form before is now finding the sweet spot.The bigger success story has been the rise of Delhi Capitals. Before the start of the season, when the team underwent changes, there was anticipation as well apprehension. Diehard fans, who have been backing erstwhile Delhi Daredevils, knew that with so many changes taking place in the team – including a change in ownership – there was a lot to look forward to.And they have not been disappointed with Delhi Capitals now third in the points table after having played 11 matches till now. It has been a fairly consistent performance from the side, led by Shreyas Iyer.advertisementAt a time when most of the other IPL teams have heavyweights as captains, Iyer has been focussed on the job and has ensured the team goes about its task in a professional manner. Compared to Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and R.Ashwin, Iyer may not have that halo around him. Yet, to marshal the resources on the field and ensure the team, fires have been good for the captain.The Delhi Capitals batting has looked solid and the best part is there has been no dependence on just one player. There is star power and there are proven performers who have clicked at the right time. If Shikhar Dhawan has shown he can be devastating on his day, then the man who must be feeling ‘left out’, Rishabh Pant, has served ample notice of his explosive talent with a whiz-thud 78 against Rajasthan Royals last week.If Dhawan and Pant, two batsmen who can decimate the rival attack have been playing to potential, the job is still unfinished. Delhi Capitals have to play three more league matches and are looking at topping the table so that they will be placed comfortably in the playoffs.While one has always known Dhawan to be a batsman with enormous potential in breaking down the bowlers, Pant has come under great scrutiny. The experts and armchair critics never minced words when they said Pant needs to curb his strokeplay. Yet, when Pant goes about his demolition job and scores runs, the same critics start singing praise.Delhi Capitals have the potential to do well in future matches as big knocks from Iyer and Prithvi Shaw are also due. Iyer was circumspect while talking to the media on Friday about his team’s chances on Friday ahead of the marquee clash against RCB.If Delhi’s batting has looked solid despite the occasional collapse, in the bowling department, Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morrison have bowled with a large heart. For all those who have watched matches at the Kotla, the wicket has been very poor. With no grass on the track and it resembling a runway fit for an aeroplane to land, there has been a low bounce. Perhaps, the home advantage has been used well by Delhi Capitals with Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly quite vocal in backing the youngsters in the side.Delhi would do well to play the way are till now and not get defensive at this stage. For a team to undergo a big shakeup and come together with new players has been impressive.At a time when the IPL is being held at the same time as the general elections, it is good matches are being held on the prescribed old home-and-away format. There is great interest in both elections and the IPL, with one former captain also entering the fray — Gautam Gambhir.Controversies have been part and parcel of the IPL and even today, R.Ashwin “Mankading” Jos Butler is being debated. At a time when Ashwin may not have found too many supporters from fellow cricketers in India, the Kings XI Punjab skipper has been fully backed by well-known umpire Simon Taufel in a well-articulated column in a cricket website.advertisementThe sport needs characters who can stir the spot. So, be it Ashwin involved in a controversy or MS Dhoni entering the field and arguing with the umpires, the IPL is all about club cricket being played at a fever pitch!last_img read more