This year, too, a street art festival called will be held in Vukovar VUKOVART – goes vertical! co-organized by Vala kulture and the City of Vukovar, as a continuation of last year’s international event VUKOVART – Port of Art 2017. At several locations in Borovo naselje, the facades of buildings will be painted with murals world-famous street artists. Also, after a great collaboration s Planet Street Painting as a co-organizer, this year he is changing that role Val culture.The main goal of the project is to change the image of the city of Vukovar and put it on the maps of European and world contemporary art that will be recognized in Croatia and in the European Union, and finally the world, and last year is proof that the organizers succeeded.The festival will host the most successful artists from the world street art scene, and visitors will be able to observe the creative processes of muralists: Marine Capdevile from Spain, Rickey Lee Gordon from South Africa, Vere Bugatti i Fabia Fedelea from Italy, Elle & Pitra from France and two Croatian artists, Cheza and Sarma. The artists will paint the facades in Borovo naselje and the program will be accompanied by musical performances. The concert of General Woo on the Vukovar promenade is also expected.The festival is also intended for families with children, so the youngest creatives will be able to participate in children’s program “Chalk 2 ” and to announce fresh competition with world artists. The workshop will be led by Filip Mrvelj, who will refresh or restore his 3D image on the Vukovar bridge.The rich program will be completed by the screening of the film “First Journey” by Filip Mrvelj and Krešimir Herceg, which shows a 1000-kilometer long bike ride to the festival where Filip Mrvelj painted a picture of the connection between Croatia and France.The Vukovart Festival realizes the original idea of the organizers to make Vukovar an open-air museum with its new attractive visual identity. The 3D images attract many tourists who come to this city on the Danube every day on cruises. In this way, Vukovar creates a new concept of branding the city by merging the archaeological, cultural and historical heritage with a new urban identity, modeled on famous European destinations such as Berlin. The result of this whole tourist story is that 3D graffiti certainly generated new added value in the tourist offer of Vukovar, and in combination with the rest of the cultural offer if it is combined into a complete tourist product, they can be an excellent new tourist product of Vukovar.This festival promotes Vukovar as a place that accepts all artists, ie creators of new values. Also, this concept changes the visual identity of the city and makes it a more beautiful place to live, but also in a way that the painted areas are an attraction for more and more tourists who come. It is a project that proves that we are systematically working on a continuous tourist offer and that Vukovar is opening up to various tourist interests.On the one hand, by renovating the facades and painting public areas, Vukovar is becoming a more pleasant place to live, while on the other hand, this festival creates a unique tourist attraction that is interesting to both locals and foreign tourists.This is another proof of how the enthusiasm of an individual can contribute to a new added value of the tourist and cultural offer of the city. This event is slowly becoming a new tourist product that can result in the motive of tourist arrivals of visitors to Croatia and even Europe. Yes, you can make a great tourist story out of “nothing”, but nothing goes overnight without the will and long-term work, recognizing the opportunity of the city administration, investing in a better tomorrow and the effort and synergy of all participants.And don’t forget, investing in events is not a cost, but an investment. An investment that in a couple of years will become a motive for coming and generate tourist consumption that is dispersed vertically and horizontally to other industries. That is the greatest power of tourism.Visit Vukovar from May 29 to June 10 and have a new experience – VukovART, port of art
BACOLOD City – A man was shot to death inBarangay Tortosa, Manapla, Negros Occidental. An unidentified suspect peppered Madela withbullets around 12 a.m. on Saturday, it added. The 57-year-old resident Jolito Madelasustained gunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed. Officers of the Manapla municipal policestation have yet to identify the suspect and the motive in the shooting./PN
Having successfully put the house in order, Pinnick whose chairmanship of Delta Football Federation and tenure as director general of Delta Sports Commission recorded 288 medals including 114 gold, 99 silver and 75 bronze medals for the state, beamed his searchlight on coaches and gradually, the national teams were all allocated new coaches, giving preference to ex-internationals alongside other contenders.Ex â€“International, Sunday Oliseh was subsequently appointed to coach the Super Eagles and he had a short stint with the team before he was replaced by a German Coach, Gernot Rohr, an experienced tactician who has coached the national teams of Burkina Faso and Gabon.Pinnick then undertook the tour of Europe and other top leagues in the world where he met and discussed with several Nigerian players. The result was the influx of new faces into the national teams, with a resurgence of interest by different players in playing for the Super Eagles.A new era gradually emerged and competition for places in the team became tough, thereby raising the standard of the team.Within two years, a new Super Eagles gradually evolved and from different friendlies to competitive matches, the team began to win the confidence of the nation, with the coaches putting them through different tactical regimen towards achieving the best formation. Before long, the best eleven, backed by a formidable bench that can support the team at all times emerged.Within a year, the countryâ€™s ratings on FIFA ranking improved tremendously.Though Nigeria missed out of the African Cup of Nations, it was an important learning curve and with 100 per cent support from the Pinnick-led NFF, the national team forged ahead undeterred.Among the new faces thatÂ have now become household names in the national team are Leon Balogun, a fast improving central defender with Mainz FC in Germany; Troost Ekong of Bursador in Turkey, who partners Leon in the defence, Odion Ighalo, Moses Simon, Abdullahi Shehu, Ola Aina, Kelechi Ihenacho, Alex Iwobi, Wilifed Ndidi ,Tyron Ebuechi and others. They have joined the likes of Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Oghenekaro Etebo and Elderson Echiejile in forming a rock solid national team.The 2018 World Cup qualifiers commenced in earnest and the Eagles were drawn in Group D alongside Algeria, Cameroun and Zambia.The team started the qualifiers with a victory in Ndola, Zambia where the Zambian National team, Chipolopolo were defeated by two goals to one with goals coming from Leicester cityâ€™s Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi of Arsenal.Next was the top African side, Algeria who were rated as the best African side in the last World Cup and occupied the top spot in African football ranking. The Eagles thrashed the desert foxes by three goals to one at Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo to move up to the commanding position in the Group with six points.After a long break, the qualifiers resumed in August, but before then the Eagles comprising mostly upcoming players lost by 2 goals to nil to the well prepared Bafana Bafana in the 2018 African Cup of Nations qualifiers. This was a strong lesson for the Eagles and a wake-up call, especially in the World Cup qualifiers.Immediately, the Pinnick-led NFF board sprang to action and the technical team was given a marching order. The team bounced back from the setback with victories in different friendlies. It was also reinforced with regular players that missed the Bafana Bafana match.The result of the action of the NFF was more than what Nigerians bargained for. The rampaging Super Eagles thrashed the defending champion of African Cup of Nation, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun, picking four out of six maximum points. The Lions lost by four un-replied goals in Uyo and forced the Eagles to1-1 draw in Yaounde in the return leg of the round-robin encounter. The Eagles then extended their lead at the top of Group D, posting a total of 10 points.Meanwhile, the Pinnick-led NFF started as early as September to put all plans in place to ensure that the Chipolopolos crash in Uyo on October 7 in order to facilitate easy passage to the 2018 World Cup for the Eagles and making the final qualifying match against Algeria a mere formality by end of the year.This came to pass when the Zambians came calling in Uyo and were beaten by a lone goal scored by Arsenalâ€™s Iwobi. Thus, the Super Eagles became the first African country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. What a feat!Our Football is gradually taking shape and the sky is the limit. The Pinnick touch has paid off and the Eagles are not looking back. Next is the resumption of 2018 Nations Cup qualifiers and the Eagles are set to make Nigeria proud again.Perhaps it is pertinent at this juncture to ask who is Amaju Pinnick?Amaju was born as the 15th of 19 children to the family of Chief Oritsetimeyin Japhet Pinnick. He graduated from the University of Benin, with a second class upper in Political Science and Public Administration in 1994.Â From Primary School through Secondary to University level and afterwards, Pinnick has always been involved in football and Nigeria has started to benefit from his experience and expertise.In March 2017, Pinnick won a seat into the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.He defeated incumbent Moucharafou Anjorin of Benin Republic by 32 to 17 votes at the CAF elective Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Nigeria thus made a return to the highest organ in CAF since the exit of Dr. Amos Adamu.As the Super Eagles march forward to the 2018 World Cup, setting good examples for other national teams including the Flying Eagles, U-23, U-20, U-17 and Super Falcons, one could only hope that the new found aura of victory around the senior national team would stimulate an enduring rebirth for Nigerian football.A new era beckons in Nigeria Football. The Pinnick magic is paying off.â€“Mohammed ibn Mohammed is the Sports Communications Manager @First World Communications @Consulting Limited, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Working with clear focus, Amaju Pinnick triumphed over initial distractions including litigation and instantly began consultations with football stakeholders across the country with a single minded objective of forming a united and focused football body that would work assiduously towards uplifting Nigerian football.Next was the strategic plan. Working side by side with the NFF executives, particularly the Chairman of the League Management Committee, a tested football administrator, Mallam Shehu Dikko and Mr.Seyi Akinwunmi, another experienced football bureaucrat, who are both Vice Presidents in the Nigeria Football Federation Board, the Pinnick-led Board came up with series of innovations and modern techniques in managing the national teams. One of this is the periodic visits to different clubs across the world where our national team players ply their trade. This has improved the hitherto frosty relationship between the country and the clubs, especially on timely release of players for national teamsâ€™ assignments. When Amaju Melvin Pinnick emerged as the President of Nigeria Football Federation on September 30, 2014, little did football loving Nigerians know that a messiah who will revolutionise the game had hit the Glass House in Abuja
Haags Bosch contract controversyThe Communities Ministry has once again reached out to the public in defence of the process used to award the $221 million contract to Puran Brothers Disposal Inc for the development and maintenance of the controversial Haags Bosch solid waste disposal site at Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD).The Ministry had come under fire last week by another contractor, Cevon’s Waste Management, which had also bid for the contract. Cevon’s had accused Government of going against protocol to hand the project to Puran Brothers.The Ministry had immediately responded to the claims by Cevon’s, but has again made a statement in this regard.The release said that the Ministry would at no time seek to deny any interested stakeholder the opportunity to contribute to the integrity and reliability of the process that would lead to improved solid waste management.“The Ministry further reiterates that it will act with dispatch in accordance with the necessary provisions to secure the environmental integrity in the operation of sanitary landfills.”According to the Ministry, no effort will be spared to ensure the highest standards of integrity, civility and ethics at the other municipal landfill facilities.Cevon’s Management, following the award of the contract to Puran Brothers, had moved to file a protest with the Bid Protest Committee (BPC). It said the decision to award the contract to Puran Brothers Disposal Inc was unfair and biased. Cevon’s also cited low price, technical competence, operation methodology and past performance as reasons for the protestLast week, the $221 million one-year contract was inked between the Communities Ministry and Puran Brothers Inc for that company to maintain the Eccles, EBD dumpsite. Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, when questioned by Guyana Times assured that the awardee was found to be the most suitable among the bidders for the project.He said efforts to bring relief to residents of Eccles and neighbouring communities have been, over the past several months, in the pipeline to ensure that the Haags Bosch Landfill facility was transformed into a site which complied with international and environmental standards.The Ministry said it remained committed to ensuring that new measures were implemented to guarantee the effective management of waste.At the signing of the contract, Bulkan had said that the signing of the new contract provided for different and improved features, including the use of a compactor unit to more efficiently manage waste and to extend the lifespan of the landfill site.“There will be daily cover of the waste to prevent odour and other unsanitary effects. There will also be proper firefighting equipment,” he said, since there have been numerous fires during the last couple of months, following the departure of the previous contractor.The Communities Minister said it was expected that a “fresh approach” from what was said was the continuation of an intended meaningful relationship between Central and Local Government.