November 18

Lužnica Castle Park declared a monument of park architecture

first_imgThe Zagreb County area is characterized by a wealth of natural resources, which include forests, wetlands, karst phenomena and a great diversity of flora and fauna, while protected areas occupy as much as 37.690 ha, which is 12,2% of the Zagreb County. The park around the Lužnica castle in Zaprešić, by the decision of the Zagreb County Assembly, was declared a protected area in the category of monuments of park architecture. The park is designed in the English park style with the influence of a French late baroque garden with shaped hedges along the colorful flower beds. Within the park on the southwest side, a lake rich in flora and fauna with two groves in the immediate vicinity stands out. The whole park is dominated by solitary trees, groups of trees, groves, while on the north side the landscape design of the park is dominated by shrubby species and flower beds of small roses (the influence of the late Baroque, French ground floor is visible). The tree line borders the eastern border to the entrance to the park. In front of the castle on the north side is a magnificent plane tree over 300 years old. Lužnica Castle was built in the second half of the 18th century and is an example of a multi-winged open castle and has the status of a cultural monument of the first category. The Zagreb County Green Ring Public Institution manages a total of 24 protected areas. The purpose of its activities is the management of protected areas in terms of protection, maintenance and promotion and ensuring the smooth flow of natural processes and sustainable use of natural resources. Photo: JU Green Ring of Zagreb Countylast_img read more

September 29

​UK local authorities eye joint stewardship, ESG framework

first_imgAlex Younger, investment and actuarial services manager at Norfolk, said the tender had yet to be launched but would follow shortly after two concept viability days in early October with both the 13 involved LGPS and providers.He said the framework would have “real credibility” due to the involvement of several funds that have previously placed a heavy emphasis on stewardship and ESG, including the Environment Agency Pension Fund, the West Midlands Pension Fund and its counterpart in West Yorkshire.One of the other funds involved, the Lothian Pension Fund, has previously overseen a joint procurement exercise for voting and engagement services that saw Hermes win a contract from three Scottish LGPS.Younger noted the uncertainty surrounding the future shape of the LGPS, with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) currently working with the LGPS Advisory Board on options to pool assets.The London Pensions Fund Authority and the Lancashire County Pension Fund, both backing the new framework, in July agreed a partnership to pool assets, and other London local authority funds have joined to set up a collective investment vehicle (CIV).Younger said the framework team was “cognizant” of the uncertainty ahead.“We are seeking to make future frameworks as robust as possible for an uncertain new model,” he said. More than a dozen UK local authority funds are working on a national procurement framework for environmental, social and governance (ESG) providers, including the provision of proxy voting services.The new framework, currently being drawn up by Norfolk County Council, will cover an as yet unspecified number of areas including proxy voting, ESG data metrics and more general advice where required by local authority pension schemes (LGPS).The framework is the latest being undertaken by the National LGPS Frameworks project, overseen by Norfolk Pension Fund, which to date has launched frameworks including ones for legal advice, custody and investment consultancy services.In July, it announced it was set to hire dedicated procurement staff, citing £16m (€21.8m) in savings as proof of its success.last_img read more

September 17

No. 2 Syracuse uses second-half spurt to run by Connecticut 4-0

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ STORRS, Conn. — Earlier in the game, a Connecticut fan yelled at Syracuse forward Emil Ekblom, “give your sister back your headband,” after Ekblom fell down. The crowd had continually heckled SU goalkeeper Alex Bono. But by the 59th minute, they were barely audible. The Orange scored three goals in 10 minutes to put the game out of reach for the Huskies, who had the majority of the chances in the first 50 minutes of the game.No. 2 Syracuse (12-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) found the back of the net four times in the second frame to turn a once-back-and-forth game into a 4-0 blowout of UConn (4-6-2, 2-1-1 American) at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on Tuesday night. Chris Nanco, Tyler Hilliard, Skylar Thomas and Noah Rhynhart each got on the board to help the Orange, which has scrapped for one-goal wins all year, coast to a victory. “It deflated the crowd, didn’t it?” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “That second goal, and then a third one, they lost the edge from their home support. When you can do that, when you can quiet a crowd down, it makes it a little easier on the pitch.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game didn’t start out in the visitors’ favor, though, as Bono was forced to shank a clearance out of bounds and away from an onrushing forward just a minute in. Then an Ethan Vanacore-Decker free kick peppered the woodwork and a Sergio Campbell header sailed inches wide of the left post. The Orange had its fair share of chances courtesy of Korab Syla, who McIntyre said could’ve won man of the match in his second start, and Julian Buescher, who curled two free kicks inches over the crossbar.But a seemingly different team trotted out of the visiting locker room to start the second half.With less than five minutes gone after the break, Hilliard sent a diagonal cross toward Nanco from midfield. UConn goalkeeper Scott Levene seemed to call off the center back Campbell, but Campbell backed off and Levene stayed on his line. Nanco pounced on the ball and chipped it over an outstretched Levene to break the deadlock.“I just gambled on it,” Nanco said. “It was a miscommunication between the center back and the goalie and it ended up getting through and I was right there for it.”Less than four minutes later, Hilliard slotted home a muffed Huskies’ clearance off a corner kick. Five minutes after that, Thomas poked in a rebound inside the 6-yard box off another corner that the hosts were unable to clear. A 0-0 game was suddenly a three-goal lead, and the Connecticut Goal Patrol slowly filed out from behind Bono.“I thought we came out pretty flat, we just knuckled down,” Murrell said. “I told our boys to relax and we got a few goals.”Noah Rhynhart buried one in the bottom-right corner of the goal with eight minutes to play for his first tally of the year, adding an exclamation mark to a foregone conclusion of a game. Menacing slide tackles no longer littered the pitch, Nanco wasn’t being swung at by Campell and Ekblom wasn’t being chopped down by Huskies defenders.The team that was ranked at No. 2 in the nation earlier Tuesday showed why, and as Nanco put it, “it was about time” that SU gave itself a cushion.Said McIntyre: “Second half, I thought we were outstanding, some of the best stuff we’ve played all year.” Comments Published on October 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more