“Our ultimate goal is a completely revitalized, landscaped and restored Fortress of St. Nicholas that will be open to visitors during the season. This requires enormous effort, hard work and continuous efforts in securing financial resources. But, once we finish this life project of ours, we will leave to future generations a restored, originally preserved and dignified UNESCO monument by which the city of Šibenik and Šibenik-Knin County will be recognizable all over the world.” he pointed out Goran Pauk, County Prefect of Šibenik-Knin County. It is the Fortress of St. Nikola in Šibenik will welcome the first visitors at the grand opening on June 15, after it was closed to the public for almost two years. During this period, construction works were carried out on the cleaning of the building, the necessary rehabilitation and safety of visitors. The ship’s pier at the main entrance has been rehabilitated and safe and organized access to the site has been provided. This created the necessary preconditions for the opening of the fortress, but the real work of its restoration is yet to come. The two-hour visit will include an attractive boat ride through the Šibenik Channel and a tour of the fortress accompanied by trained staff and the use of a multimedia guide. The daily maximum capacity of visits is limited due to the limited number of places on board, safety conditions and protection of monuments, but also the quality of the experience of all visitors. The ticket price includes: organized boat transport from the Šibenik waterfront to the fortress through the significant landscape “Kanal-Luka in Šibenik” and contact zone, escort on board and at the fortress, use of multimedia guides with headphones and return to Šibenik according to the established schedule of regular departures from the Šibenik waterfront , every day from Monday to Sunday, as well as visitor insurance. Tickets will be available at the point of sale on the Šibenik waterfront and online at www.kanal-svetog-ante.com. Opening of the Fortress of St. Nicholas in the Channel of St. Ante is the result of a series of projects funded by the European Union, Šibenik-Knin County and the Ministry of Culture within the Government of the Republic of Croatia. The first significant step was made in 2013, when, through the project of Tourist Valorization of the Channel of St. Ante, landscaped promenade and access road to the fortress. In May last year, the second phase of the project worth 26 million kuna was contracted, during which a visitor center and accompanying infrastructure will be built. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Conservation Department in Šibenik, a great deal of work was done, which resulted in the registration of the fortress of St. Nicholas on the UNESCO World Heritage List. After that, an additional 2,6 million kuna was provided for the preparation of project documentation for the complete renovation of the facility, and the Ministry of State Property allocated the County the space of the former barracks in Minerska Bay for 50 years. This season, it will be possible to visit the fortress only by an official ship departing from Šibenik. All ships for the Fortress of St. Nikola leaves and returns to the Šibenik waterfront, near the intersection of the Croatian Navy Coast and the Dr. Franjo Tuđman Coast. “We are happy that the fortress, which has a special meaning for all of us, will open its doors. I thank our fellow citizens who recognized the complexity of the project and showed great patience all this time. I can already announce with pleasure that during the first working day we will provide free tickets for all visitors and in the period from 17 to 25 June we will provide free tickets for half the capacity of the ship for residents of Šibenik – Knin County to get acquainted with the offer, but also experienced the fortress in a whole new way. I would also like to thank from the bottom of my heart the Ministry of Culture, the Conservation Department in Šibenik, the employees of Šibenik-Knin County and everyone who helped us open the doors of the proud sea guard of Šibenik.” pointed out Anita Babačić Ajduk, director of the Public Institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County, which manages the fortress. The city of Šibenik, one of the few cities in the world with two cultural monuments on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage – the Cathedral of St. Jakov and the fortress of Sv. Nicholas.
It cited the stringent conditions attached to a merger, which would have allowed schemes to temporarily keep their assets ringfenced if the coverage ratio differed too much, allowing different funding levels to gradually converge within a five-year period.Several political parties linked their criticism to objections voiced by the sector.In October, the Dutch Pension Federation asked the government to withdraw its bill, because of the multitude of constraints set for a merger between sector schemes.It highlighted the condition that merger partners with assets above €25bn would be excluded from the proposed rules, limiting the options for small pension funds to join larger ones.Speaking to Dutch financial newspaper FD, Pension Federation director Gerard Riemen said that, under the proposed rules, six smaller schemes in the building industry would not be allowed to join the €56bn BpfBouw, the main scheme for the sector.In addition, the planned legislation required potential merger partners to be affiliated and that no more than five pension funds could merge into a new scheme.Moreover, merger partners would have to split up if their funding levels failed to converge within five years.The federation also indicated that the proposed solutions for bridging funding differences between merging schemes, and letting participants benefit from increased scale, were not workable.The Pensions Federation said it was pleased with the minister’s decision to withdraw the bill. The Dutch government has abandoned legislation aimed at enabling mandatory industry-wide pension funds to merge.In a letter to parliament, social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees said he would consider alternatives to achieving benefits of scale for sector schemes that wanted to consolidate.The decision followed fierce criticism of the proposed bill from both the pensions sector and parliament. All said that the legislation – tabled by the previous government – would make mergers needlessly complicated.Last April, the lower house of the Dutch parliament welcomed additional options for consolidation in the pensions sector, but had also made clear that the proposed legislation was the wrong instrument.
Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally.____More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports FIBA president Hamane Niang and secretary general Andreas Zagklis says that in “no circumstance should our passion to play basketball surpass the importance of following the instructions of the public authorities” when it comes to helping ensure public health.FIBA says it plans to make decisions soon about the Basketball Champions League, the Basketball Champions League Americas and the Basketball Africa League — as well as all suspended international competitions.FIBA also is monitoring the Olympic developments as the world begins bracing for — and in some cases, advocating for — a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games. Since qualifying is not yet completed, FIBA says “there is a growing need for answers to be provided quickly.”Niang and Zagklis added that “we will not ask our players to go somewhere, where we would not send our own children.”___ Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics.The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event.Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24. ___The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.Spanish authorities say more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths.___ The Carolina Hurricanes will temporarily close offices at PNC Arena beginning Tuesday so employees in hockey and business operations can work remotely due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.In a statement Monday, team president and general manager Don Waddell says the team will continue to operate “as normally as possible given the circumstances.”The team also announced there will be a blood drive Thursday at the arena in partnership with UNC REX Healthcare, WakeMed and The Blood Connection. Precautions will include asking donors to wait in their cars to allow for social distancing, spacing donor chairs “as far apart as possible” and encouraging donors to make an appointment.___The Kansas City Chiefs are matching the charitable work of their players, announcing that the organization will donate a number of meals equal to the number players donate to food pantries in the metropolitan area. Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed.UEFA says the Europa League final, due on May 27 in Gdansk, Poland, and the Women’s Champions League final, scheduled for May 24 in Vienna, Austria, are also postponed.___South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin isn’t sure athletes from winter sports should get another year of eligibility despite missing the sport’s premiere event, the NCAA Tournament.Martin said Monday that only a small percentage of college seniors are included in the sports’ postseason tournaments. He says the vast majority completed their seasons before conference tournaments and other postseason events were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Martin’s Gamecocks had their opening game of the SEC Tournament called off two weeks ago.The NCAA is expected to vote on granting eligibility for athletes affected by COVID-19 on March 30.Martin says he’s struggling with giving another full season to players simply because they missed out on the championship phase of college basketball’s year. He says: “I get that’s a hard decision and a decision that eventually has to be made.”___Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are pledging $1.5 million to relief funds in Ohio combating the coronavirus pandemic. The team announced that the Haslams have earmarked $1 million to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and $500,000 to the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund.The Haslams also own the Columbus Crew in the Major Soccer League.Their gift follows contributions by Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who donated $50,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi’s donation of 100,000 meals to the food bank.___Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger is trying to remain patient while biding his time back home in Switzerland and hoping the NHL’s regular season will resume eventually. “We would have liked a clear statement now that the games definitely won’t take place on the scheduled dates and that discussions on alternative dates were being held,” Hörmann says. “We would prefer a postponement until next year at least.”The Olympic Games are due to begin in Tokyo from July 24.___UEFA has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul.UEFA says no decision has been made finding a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight. The IOC says it is considering all options. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation. Four tournaments over five weeks were to start June 4 . The event annually draws dozens of international and domestic riders and horses, and thousands of spectators, to the facility near Calgary, Alberta.Canada’s Olympic champion Eric Lamaze, the all-time money leader at Spruce Meadows, and international riders such as American Kent Farrington, Britain’s Scott Brash and Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat compete there.“These are such trying times and truly without precedent,” Spruce Meadows President and CEO Linda Southern-Heathcott said Monday in a statement.Spruce Meadows planned to offer $6 million in prize money in 2020. September’s Masters has not been canceled.___ The manager of Turkish soccer club Galatasaray says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus.Fatih Terim announced on Twitter on Monday that he was “in safe hands in hospital” and asked fans not to worry.The 66-year-old Terim had called for the postponement of Turkey’s league games after the country continued games without spectators even after most other leagues in Europe stopped. The league games were halted on Friday.Earlier, Galatasaray’s deputy president Abdurrahman Albayrak also tested positive for the virus.___ The challenge began when wide receiver Tyreek Hill donated 6,000 meals to Harvesters and challenged his teammates to do the same. Tight end Travis Kelce upped him by donating 12,000 and 15 weeks’ worth of food for Operation Breakthrough, which distributes supplies to children in poverty. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes answered with 15,000 meals and $100,000, and safety Tyrann Mathieu drove the total to more than 100,000 by donating another 30,000 meals.Chiefs general manager Brett Veach also said he will donate an unspecified number of meals to local food pantries.___Germany wants the Olympic Games postponed until next year at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak.German Olympic Sport Federation president Alfons Hörmann tells news agency dpa he would have liked a clearer stance from the IOC, one day after the governing body said it would make a final decision on postponement within four weeks. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.___ Kjøll says she respects the IOC’s request to “come up with a well thought-out and good plan for when the games can be completed.”The Norwegian federation previously had said the Tokyo Olympics should only to take place once the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.The Canadian Olympic Committee has said it will not be sending athletes to the Olympics unless the games are postponed by a year. Australia says it was advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.___Basketball governing body FIBA is telling players around the world to stay inside. Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo is being turned into an open-air hospital to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.The 45,000-seat stadium that was built for the 1950 World Cup is expected to have more than 200 beds and should be ready in 10 days. Construction began on Saturday.___The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country are not sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled.Berit Kjøll says “it will not be possible to carry out a Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in July as planned” because of the growing coronavirus outbreak. Constantino was speaking to Rádio Observador.He says “I hope the games are postponed.”Constantino’s comments come a day after the IOC said it was considering a postponement and would make a final decision within four weeks.Constantino says Portugal’s Olympic team is not prepared at the moment, adding “some athletes found alternative ways to prepare themselves, but others don’t have the conditions to do so.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The acclaimed equestrian summer tournament at Spruce Meadows in Canada has been canceled because of COVID-19. March 23, 2020 Krueger says he’s “still hanging on to the possibility,” and adds he’s been trying “not to let my brain go there until that plug is actually pulled on us.”Krueger spoke to Buffalo-area reporters during a conference call Monday, 12 days after the NHL postponed its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Sabres were waiting to play a game in Montreal on March 12 when the league announced its decision. The team then flew home.The first-year Sabres coach and the players remained in Buffalo through the weekend in anticipation that teams would eventually be allowed to hold practices. He booked a flight to Switzerland once the NHL pushed back its timeline from a two-week break to 45 days.Krueger keeps in touch with players and team management by text, and says he has no knowledge of any Sabres testing positive for COVID-19.The Sabres had 13 games remaining and had fallen out of playoff contention. A group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.Athletics Association president Christian Taylor and vice president Emma Coburn say “we’re imploring the IOC to announce the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics much sooner than in four weeks’ time.”Taylor is a long jumper and Coburn is a runner. Both competed for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The group says more than 4,000 athletes have responded to a survey it conducted, with a large majority favoring postponement. Krueger believes there is still much to be gained for the Sabres to continue playing, but adds he’ll abide by whatever decision the NHL reaches on whether to resume the regular season.As for the possibility of the NHL holding its playoffs in the summer and awarding the Stanley Cup as late as September, Krueger said “there’s nothing that I cannot imagine as an option.”___The president of the Portuguese Olympic Committee says he hopes the Tokyo Games are postponed.José Manuel Constantino says “the most reasonable thing is for the IOC, the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo government and the Japanese authorities to find a consensual solution to allow the Tokyo Games to take place on another date.” Dina Asher-Smith, the world champion in the 200 meters, has also called for a quicker decision by the IOC.The British sprinter writes on Twitter “does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training – whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway.”___The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “it’s clear the games can’t be held in July.” Associated Press “Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement released Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee.AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Australia has athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country.“With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” Carroll said.The Canadian Olympic Committee earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these games.” The Latest: Acclaimed equestrian tournament in Canada off
Victor Moses Moses arrived at Stamford Bridge from Wigan for £9m in 2012 and has scored 18 goals in 128 games.Since joining Chelsea, the former Nigeria international has had loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chelsea winger Victor Moses has completed a medical before his proposed loan move to Turkish club Fenerbahce.Moses is set to sign a deal until the end of the season after arriving in Istanbul on Wednesday.The 28-year-old has been restricted to five appearances this season, with his only start coming in September’s EFL Cup win at Liverpool.