Maj. Dragan Jokic, the Chief of Engineering of the 1st Zvornik Brigade, turned himself in to the Office of the Prosecutor in Banja Luka. After being formally arrested, he was transferred the ICTY detention unit in The Hague. According to the indictment, Maj. Jokic was a member of the Brigade Staff and an advisor to the Brigade Commander during the period from July to November 1995 when more than 5,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were summarily executed and buried in the Brigade’s zone of responsibility.Meanwhile, another Bosnian Serb accused of commanding units during the same period was scheduled to make his first appearance before the ICTY tomorrow.Vidoje Blagojevic is charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for his alleged acts as a colonel in command of the Bratunac Brigade during the seizure of Srebrenica. He was transferred to the Tribunal’s custody late last week and will appear tomorrow morning before Tribunal Judge Liu Daqun.The indictment alleges that Bosnian Serb Army units under Mr. Blagojevic’s command and control “expelled and participated in numerous incidents of opportunistic killings, as well as systematic summary executions of thousands Bosnian Muslim men.”The indictment also charges that Mr. Blagojevic and the units under his command “participated in an organized and comprehensive effort to conceal and cover up the killings and executions by burying the bodies of the victims in isolated sites scattered throughout a wide area.”
At the meeting of its executive board last week, the Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) approved US$8.3 million in grants to support farmers, farmers’ organizations, agricultural research and training programmes, along with $102 million in loans for rural development programmes.The loan of $29.2 million to China, for example, assists farmers living in remote areas of South Gansu province, where natural resources have deteriorated and there is only poor access to water for irrigation and drinking. The programme which will receive the funds will support irrigation, terracing, tree-planting and training toward improved farming methods.Another loan, of $19 million, aims to improve the lives of small farmers, traders and processors in Ghana who depend on roots and tubers for their livelihood. With women making up at least one-half of the beneficiaries, the programme will focus on both better production and marketing methods.The $8.1 million in grants are targeted to a wide range of programmes, including those supporting assistance to rural organizations in the countries of the Southern Cone Common Market of South America (MERCOSUR), improved management of indigenous trees and shrubs in the countries of the Sahel, and agricultural research and training in Eastern and Central Africa.
The largest glacier in the Swiss Alps, the Aletschgletscher, is melting rapidly and could disappear altogether by 2100. Geir BraathenThe world’s climate is changing rapidly and these changes are evident on a daily basis. Global temperatures are rising, rainfall patterns are changing and the weather in many parts of the world is more erratic and unpredictable than ever before. The effects are widespread; natural habitats are changing, biodiversity is being lost, farming cycles are being disrupted and water stress is becoming more common than not. Natural hazards such as floods, droughts, hurricanes and heatwaves are becoming more extreme and frequent costing countries billions of dollars and destroying homes, infrastructure and livelihoods. The climate crisis is threatening people’s well-being, food security and worsening poverty.In June this year, the UN Secretary-General said the world needs to create conditions for “harmony between humankind and nature.”What is meant by a nature-based solution?Nature-based solutions are actions that protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that also address societal challenges, thereby simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits. So, whether its food security, climate change, water security, human health, disaster risk or economic development, nature can help us find a way. And climate change is a very important part of the solution puzzle. There are many ways to address climate change, but one of the most effective and immediate ways is using what is on our door step… nature. For example, nature-based solutions can focus on reducing emissions from deforestation and agricultural practices and enhancing the ability of natural ecosystems to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Remember, it is carbon dioxide that contributes to the greenhouse gases that lead to global warming.The UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit provides an opportune moment to catapult nature-based solutions to the forefront of climate action. What range of solutions are available?Most nature-based solutions for climate change come from strengthening or restoring existing natural ecosystems. For example, forests don’t just absorb carbon, they also defend us from its most devastating impacts. Carefully planted tree species can act as firebreaks, keeping trees next to farmland can protect crops from the erosive forces of intense rain, and forests can alleviate inland floods due to the sponge-like way they absorb water. World leaders will be gathering at the United Nations in New York next week at a Climate Action Summit convened by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Ms. Andersen will be there to promote the idea of nature-based solutions to combatting climate change.UNEP is supporting one of the nine summit action tracks designated by the Secretary-General under the leadership of the Governments of China and New Zealand. UN News asked Ms. Andersen how nature can help to reverse climate change.How is climate change affecting the natural world? Mangroves provide effective and cheap natural barriers against coastal floods and shoreline erosion. Changing our land practices alone could deliver 30 per cent of the emissions reductions that we need to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate action by 2030.Restoring peatlands and other natural ecosystems are also effective nature-based solutions. Find out more here about the benefits of peatlands: How effective are they and at what financial cost?Nature is available now and we should use it; there are no quick technological fixes that have the same scale of impact that nature-based solutions offer. In fact, these solutions could deliver more than a third of the emissions reductions needed globally by 2030. Crucially, what is urgently required is an increase in investment to unlock the potential of nature. Right now, these solutions receive less than three per cent of available climate funding, even though they are extremely cost effective. And, they offer a very high return on investment potentially adding trillions of dollars to the global economy. For example, the building of the Great Green Wall an ambitious project to reverse desertification in the Sahel region of Africa could create 10 million jobs there by 2030 and have other benefits including slowing migration.These solutions have to be integrated into climate adaptation and mitigation efforts. Globally, governments must align their efforts and commit to investing in these solutions as part of their national policies. How important are nature-based solutions in the overall fight against climate change?The bottom line is that we cannot limit warming to 1.5°C (or 2°C for that matter) without natural climate solutions. Nature-based solutions have the potential to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 12 gigatons each year. This is roughly equal to emissions from all the world’s coal fired plants. At the same time, it is important to keep in mind, firstly, that increasing ambition requires us to commit simultaneously to an energy transition and greater investments in nature. And secondly, if we don’t act on nature now, then nature’s ability to protect humanity will diminish even more. So, nature is on the table as a solution to climate action, but only just and we have to seize the moment. The good news is nature is forgiving and it’s time we gave it the chance it deserves. Are there enough projects underway right now globally to make a difference? The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Inger Andersen, addresses a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. UNEP/Cyril VillemainWe are in a period of global emergency, but also in a period of unprecedented momentum. Young people are holding us to account, and every week a government somewhere in the world, commits to climate action. Nature-based solutions are immediately available, cost-effective and can be scaled up depending on need. And every country in the world can act. And we have many examples of success. When the Great Green Wall is completed in 2030, restored land will absorb carbon dioxide equal to keeping all of California’s cars parked for 3½ years. In Niger, farmer-led reforestation has improved tree cover, reducing women’s time in collecting firewood from three hours to 30 minutes. And Medellin in Colombia reduced temperatures by more than 2°C through turning their concrete jungles into urban forests.So, we need to scale up initiatives like this, build on political momentum and deliver at the scale and pace needed to propel us beyond the ambitions of the Paris Agreement because when we give nature a chance, we have a better shot at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMoments before coach Urban Meyer addressed the media on Monday, an Ohio State spokesman said the school is unable to comment on the investigation surrounding the death of walk-on senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge or the medical treatment he received at OSU.Karageorge’s body was found Sunday afternoon near his apartment in Columbus after being reported missing on Wednesday. Columbus Police said the cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.The Columbus native had last been seen around 2 a.m. on Wednesday. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s family was concerned his disappearance had something to do with concussion-related injuries, of which he reportedly had a history.During his Monday press conference, Meyer said Karageorge’s death is an “incredible tragedy.”Meyer added that Karageorge “loved” his time as a football player at OSU. He joined the team in August after competing as a varsity wrestler for three seasons for the Buckeyes.On Friday, the OSU Department of Athletics released statements from Meyer and team physician Dr. Jim Borchers. Borchers’ statement said he was “not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes.”After police confirmed Karageorge’s body had been found, OSU athletics released a statement expressing the shock and sadness of learning of the player’s death.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time,” the statement said.When asked about how the OSU handled Karageorge’s health, Meyer said he could not comment but expressed his faith in the medical staff.“This is the best group of medical people I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said.
The Earl of Snowdon on his furniture empire, Ikea flatpacks, support of new artists and why he sold Princess Margaret’s valuables Despite selling bespoke commissions worth thousands of pounds, the Queen’s nephew insists “Ikea is not the enemy,” admitting: “I have made pieces in my holiday time for my wife and assembled them, there’s only the odd argument.” It is one of many revelations – including that he cannot work a digital television – as we chat at Linley, the 57-year-old furniture maker’s eponymous luxury store in London’s Belgravia where he is supporting up-and-coming artist Kerry Lemon, a scholar of the art charity… Lord Snowdon is enthusing about the design quality of flat-pack furniture.
The PERUMIN mining convention is one of the key mining events in Latin America, organised by the Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru (IIMP) since 1954 and this year will run from September 16-20 in Arequipa. PERUMIN also hosts the Mining Technology Exhibition EXTEMIN, presenting a range of national and international suppliers of mining goods and services. The Putzmeister Underground Division will showcase its concrete spraying system 4210 SPM WETKRET DUAL DRIVE, as well as the low-profile concrete mixer MIXKRET 4. The Putzmeister Solid Pumps division will be present, which supplies high density piston pumps for transporting tailings and backfilling paste in mining. Furthermore, the Putzmeister Powercreter Magnum will be exhibited, a wet shotcrete pump for concrete repair works.The SPM 4210 WETKRET DUAL DRIVE version has a dual drive system so that all the components can be operated both by diesel engine and electrically. The machine is optionally available with an on-board electric or diesel air compressor. Its reinforced spraying arm provides a vertical spraying reach of 10 m, and the maximum concrete output of the Putzmeister double-piston pump mounted on the equipment is 20 m3/h. The proportional remote control, which can be operated both by cable and wireless, allows the easy operation of the spraying arm as well as the regulation of the concrete output and the adjustment of the pre-defined additive dosage. The peristaltic additive pump is equipped with an automatic dosing device to synchronize the additive dosage with the concrete flow, assuring spraying accuracy and quality. With heavy-duty axles and a reinforced articulated turning system, the SPM 4210 WEKTRET series is also designed for the heavy duty working conditions in mining. MIXKRET 4 is equipped with a 6-cylinder, 130 kW turbo engine, providing high climbing and moving power as well as the possibility to work at high altitudes. With the ICVD drive system (Integrated Continuously Variable Drive) it is possible to drive through the entire speed range without interrupting the traction force, increasing comfort for the driver and reducing fuel consumption. Putzmeister states: “The compact design and heavy-duty axles, both used for steering and driving (4WD and 4WS), provide mobility and manoeuverability in narrow galleries and tunnels. Furthermore, the machine features an automatic speed control system for moving down slopes fully loaded at the maximum secure speed. The cabin, mounted in machine direction, and the night-vision camera at the rear, facilitate manoeuvering and ensure visibility conditions at all times, increasing safety. The concrete transporting and mixing drum of Putzmeister Mixkret 4 provides a concrete capacity of 4 m3 and optionally includes an additive discharging system for transporting and transferring additives to the shotcrete equipment.” The solids pumps company of the Putzmeister Group manufactures high density piston pumps for pumping slurries, sludges and pastes that will be on show at EXTEMIN. In mining, the pumps transport tailings to the dam/filter or transport backfill paste into the underground mines. The pump system features a piston pump, a hydraulic power pack to drive the pump and an electric cabinet with a PLC, control and operation panel. Putzmeister piston pumps can operate with a solid content of up to 85 %, depending on material composition. Finally, with an output of up to 150 bar they can pump over distances of up to 11 km and achieve effective pumping throughputs of approximately 500 m³/h. With a capacity of 3.8 m3/h and a concrete pressure of 122 bar, Putzmeister Magnum Powercreter is described as the most versatile concrete repair pump by Putzmeister. It is ideal for wet-process shotcrete applications. The Powercreter magnum has a 34 kW Deutz diesel engine and conveys low slump concrete and packaged high-performance materials over long distances.
Pretium Resources announces that the first gold has been poured at the Brucejack high-grade underground mine and that the flotation and gravity circuits are now operational. In addition, gold-silver flotation concentrate is being produced and bagged, with initial shipments scheduled. Construction crews continue to be phased out as construction winds down and the operations team ramps up toward commercial production this year.Brucejack is located in northwest British Columbia, approximately 65 km north of Stewart. The property consists of 122,133 ha and the primary focus is the Valley of the Kings deposit which is comprised of high-grade visible gold within a lower grade gold quartz stockwork system. A feasibility study completed in June 2014 updated in December 2016 outlined Proven and Probable mineral reserves in the Valley of the Kings of 8.1 Moz of gold (15.6 Mt grading 16.1 g/t Au).
Not to make any assumptions, but I doubt many Nintendo Switch owners will see this hidden menu anytime soon. While there are a decent amount of games on the system, a good deal of them are currently available on other platforms. People like me who do not plan to buy another Switch game until Mario Odyssey comes out will probably never see this menu at all in 2017.On the flip side, this menu shows that Nintendo was thinking ahead. Given enough time, players will most certainly end up owning a great deal of Switch games. Whenever the Virtual Console finally launches, I’m sure many will start to fill their Switch systems with all manner of awesome, old-school Nintendo games. We’re already getting a small dose of classic titles on Switch, and it’s likely Nintendo will continue delivering more of these games. Just make sure you pick up an SD card to house all of these classic gems.If you are a Switch owner, I’m curious to know if you have unlocked the “all software” menu yet. Let me know in the comments below.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Even though the Nintendo Switch’s current relatively small library continues to grow, most folks only own a few games for the system. Because of that, navigating through one’s game library is a simple task. But what happens if you own a lot of games? Are you relegated to scrolling through everything in your library? Not necessarily.If you have more than thirteen games for Nintendo Switch, you’ll unlock a hidden “all software” option on the main menu screen. This was discovered by EuroGamer‘s Martin Robinson, who is apparently a huge fan of Nintendo’s latest console. Thanks to this new option, users will be able to easily select games without the need to scroll sideways. Very handy! ‘Oninaki’ Is an Interesting Game Marred by Poor Design ChoicesCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target
Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes’ new GLE gets the AMG 53 treatment 0 More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Geneva Motor Show 2019 Whenever Mercedes-Benz launches a new model, it’s only a brief matter of time before we see the inevitable AMG variants. To that point, meet the new Mercedes-AMG GLE53: the higher-power version of the 2020 GLE-Class we first tested late last year.Performance wise, the GLE gets the same upgrades as Mercedes’ other AMG 53 models, the E53 and CLS53. Power comes from a 3.0-liter, turbocharged I6 engine, which on its own produces 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes’ mild-hybrid EQ Boost starter generator provides an additional 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque for small bursts, and powers the 48-volt onboard electrical system.With a nine-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels, Mercedes claims the AMG GLE53 will sprint to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds. That isn’t a huge increase over the 5.5-second 0-60 time of the GLE450, mind you, which uses a less-powerful version of this 3.0-liter engine. But hey, every tenth of a second counts, right?Enlarge ImageFender flares and big exhaust outlets are a dead giveaway that this GLE means business. Mercedes-Benz The GLE53 gets Mercedes’ Active Ride Control system, which uses the four-corner air suspension for continuously adjustable suspension damping. The variable-ratio power steering gets a different tune for this sportier GLE, and the brakes are upgraded to provide the necessary stopping power this AMG can throw down.Visually, you’ll be able to spot the AMG GLE53 thanks to its 15-strip “Panamericana” grille, standard 20-inch wheels, fat fender flares and quad-tip exhaust. Inside, the GLE53 gets the same high-quality, super-lux interior as the rest of the GLE range, right down to the dual-screen MBUX infotainment system, with natural-speech voice commands (just say, “Hey, Mercedes…”).Pricing isn’t available just yet, but expect the AMG GLE53 to command a hefty sum over the GLE450’s $61,150 starting price. Following its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next week, the Mercedes-AMG GLE53 will arrive in US showrooms in late 2020. In the meantime, onto the next AMG. Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: The next chapter in SUV luxury Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 35 Photos Mercedes-Benz SUVs Luxury cars Performance Cars reading • Mercedes-AMG GLE53 brings 429 horsepower to the Geneva Motor Show More From Roadshow Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous • 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value See All Tags Share your voice
Stay on target Play ‘Fallout 76’ Nuclear Winter Battle Royale as Long as Yo…Fallout 76’s Bags Are Broken, Too Fallout games are notorious for being extremely long. Because of that, seeing a person speedrun through any of the titles is impressive. One gamer decided this wasn’t good enough, and went about finishing every single game in the series in under two hours.This amazing feat was accomplished by a YouTuber who goes by the (hilarious) handle of tomatoanus, who finished every game in 1 hour and 37 minutes. He played each game consecutively without taking a break. According to the video description, tomatoanus was pleased with his overall run, though he felt the Fallout: New Vegas portion could have gone better. Even if he feels this run wasn’t one hundred percent perfect, it is still far beyond what most Fallout players are capable of achieving. AdChoices广告The user had to exploit a number of cheats and bugs in order to finish the games in record time. While some may see this as cheating, the speedrunner isn’t doing anything that isn’t already possible in the base games. In fact, most speedrunners achieve low completion times because they take advantage of in-game quirks. This user should be judged on the same basis as everyone else.In other Fallout news, singer Dion DiMucci is currently taking Bethesda to court over their “repugnant” use of one of his songs in a Fallout 4 commercial. Though he made a general agreement with Universal for his songs to be used in ads, he claims that he still needed to be personally asked for approval. According to DiMucci, the commercial is filled with “morally indefensible images.” He also says if he had known what his song, The Wanderer, would be used for, that he wouldn’t have agreed to let Bethesda use it. He is seeking $1 million in damages for the case, along with legal costs. You can read more about that by following this link.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The theme of this year’s Festival was Vertical Gardens.As Delhi witnessed a pleasant days, visitors in huge numbers came to see the unique floras on display. More than 5000 various floras are on display at this year’s festival. The highlight of this year’s Festival is the specially designed Vertical Gardens of size 20 ft. X 30 ft.This year’s theme Vertical Gardens encourages the use of vertical space for gardens indoors and outdoors. It is enlightening, garden enthusiasts about planting on roofs, walls and creating structures within small spaces as green covers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Various competitions were organized in more than 30 odd categories and an on the spot painting competition for children’s was also held today.Garden Tourism Festival is the only Festival in India where people finds plethora of floras on display. There are Rudraksh plants all the way from Nepal for sale, Orchids from Sikkim, Bonsai plants, Cacti etc. There were alos stalls where visitors could buy plants and other equipments.Apart from providing visitors a glimpse into some of the most exquisite flowers, Delhi Tourism has also created an Adventure Park at the venue to indulge visitors in outdoor activities such as Rappling, Flying Fox, Burma Bridge, Zorbing Ball etc. This zone is witnessing tremendous response from adventure enthusiasts.
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A rights group says six people convicted of allegedly plotting an Islamist coup in the United Arab Emirates are staging a hunger strike.The Emirates Centre For Human Rights said Sunday the six were among more than 65 people who received prison sentences of up to 15 years in a mass trial that underscored the widening crackdowns on perceived Arab Spring-inspired dissent across the Gulf region. Rights groups have accused the UAE of widespread violations, including jailhouse abuses, against those put on trial. The suspects included teachers, lawyers and even a cousin of one of the UAE’s rulers.The Emirates Centre said five, including prominent rights lawyer Mohamed al Mansoori, went on hunger strike Wednesday over complaints of mistreatment by authorities and a sixth has since joined them.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up The vital role family plays in society How men can have a healthy 2019
TravelManagers Australiabecome a Personal Travel Manager here From top right some of the many PTM and NPO participants at TravelManagers’ NSW, South Australia, West Australia and Queensland state meetingsTravelManagers State Meetings a winning formula with Personal Travel ManagersAustralia’s leading personal travel manager network TravelManagers, recognized 36 personal travel managers for their five-year service at the latest round of bi-annual state meetings across Australia. A total of 149 personal travel managers have achieved this status having been with the company for five years or more.Executive General Manager – Michael GazalThe fact that over thirty percent of personal travel managers have been with the company for more than five years does not surprise Michael Gazal, TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager.“TravelManagers is a company that really cares about its people and recognizing talent and providing opportunities for growth is of absolute importance to us. We provide training, famils, technical support and mentorship, amongst other things. The ability to be your own boss with the freedom and flexibility to work how and when you choose, we know works.”A total of 262 personal travel managers attended the November state meetings held in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane together with 22 national partnership office staff and three partner suppliers.“As much as the personal managers love the networking aspect, the key focus for these bi-annual state meetings is ensuring everybody is kept up to date with developments in our business. We’ve been holding local state meetings with our personal travel managers twice yearly for the last eight years. These meetings are designed to complement our national annual conference as we believe consistency and providing relevance and adding value is the reason we obtain extremely high participation rates across all states.”Mark Carter formerly a Contiki Holidays European tour director, industry trainer and leader delivered the keynote presentation on value and success, which proved hugely valuable to the personal travel managers.“Mark’s presentation was excellent, as he made you review your business ideas and ways of dealing with your clients,” says Peter Carmichael, representative for Merewether,, New South WalesTravelManagers’ Marketing Manager Chrissy Tayfield and her team provided an update on what’s new in marketing followed by group activities providing a series of ‘real life’ marketing scenarios in order to collect and share their ideas on networking, encouraging repeat and referral business, supporting your local community, hosting an event, planning a travel expo and building business alliances.Marta Fergusson, representative for Reedy Creek, Queensland was inspired by the presentations and welcomed the benefit of networking with the other personal travel managers.“I really got a lot out of the entire day and have come away with some tips from my fellow personal travel managers that I plan to implement. It was the first time I really came away thinking ‘I can do that too!’”Gazal is proud that the TravelManagers’ state meetings are a winning formula with personal travel managers.“The feedback over the years from our personal travel managers has always been that our inclusive strategy, strong business focused agenda, large contingent from our national partnership office and hosting by our locally based business partnership managers really works,” he says.A virtual state meeting was held via webinar for the personal travel managers who could not attend in person.“We follow up with a webinar so that everyone has the opportunity to be part of the team process and across new developments,” says Gazal.In addition to the bi-annual state meetings and annual conference, personal travel managers enjoy a range of networking and training opportunities throughout the year.“The national partnership office together with business partnership managers facilitate frequent regional meetings around suburban clusters and regional centres in country areas. Regular supplier and technology training as well as multiple weekly webinars covering a wide range of both general and specialist subjects are ways in which we continually ensure our personal travel managers receive the latest information at a time and place that suits them best,” says Gazal.Personal travel managers being recognized for five year service from top centre are Richard Le Comte (Cleveland, QLD); Irena Bryant (North Epping, NSW); Bec Crosbie (Alfredton, VIC); Rebecca Harrison (Brookfield, QLD); Dionne Smith, Girards Hill, NSW) and Lucrezia Caruso (Athelstone, South Australia).For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagers TravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 490 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagers Australia – Barry Mayo
With Vasiliko already an oil storage facility and Cyprus looking ahead to a lot of hydro-carbon activity in its seas, one company is ready to act in case of an oil spill.Vasiliko-based environmental protection company VSS EPE’s readiness was recently put to the test when it played a big part in cleaning up the oil spill in Greece which blackened popular beaches and bays in Athens’ Argo-Saronic gulf in September.The Greek double-bottomed tanker Ayia Zoni sank while at anchorage near Piraeus on September 9. It had on board 2,500 tonnes of fuel oil and gas. Only two of the eleven crew were on board at the time, the captain and the chief engineer. Both were charged with negligence.What had been thought a containable spill is now being described by officials as an ecological disaster after thick tar and oil pollution drifted toward residential areas.Officials assessing the oil spill on the beach (Katerina Nomikou)Operations manager Giannis Spyrou from VSS EPE was the first of four people, along with necessary equipment, who were sent to help.“I remember receiving a phone call from my director who informed me that I had approximately six hours to get ready to go to Athens, in order to meet the Greek team of our sister company EPE,” he told the Sunday Mail.“I experienced a shock when I saw the oil spill I saw the minute I arrived at Salamina and I felt compelled to start working immediately to limit the damage.”He met with the team and after a short briefing went to work though it was still dark. “We have very similar training so we each know exactly what everybody’s role is,” Spyrou explained.The priority is to go to the wreck of the ship which had caused the spill to establish where the oil was. The next was to obtain a weather forecast to see where it might move.The Cyprus team stayed for two weeks trying to contain the spill, working from the early morning until late at night until they and their Greek partners had it more or less under control. They worked onshore, where the oil was being removed with shovels from the beaches as well as off shore.But most of the work was done with the help of the vessel Aktaia, a skimmer vessel which can remove oil from the surface of the sea and which can operate offshore, near a shore or in a port.It opens its doors at the front and lets in the oil mixed with water. It has the ability to – mostly – separate the water from the oil and while the water goes back into the sea the oil is stored in the ship’s tank.Aktaia, the skimmer vessel which can remove oil from the surface of the seaThe Cyprus company has its own Aktaia which can store 100 cubic metres of oil. In addition, it owns another vessel, which can travel at 21 knots. In this way it can deploy antipollution equipment to platforms currently operating in the Cyprus sea within four hours. It also has twin unfolding sweeping arms for spill containment or dispersant spraying, an operational crane for loading and skimmer operations and a storage for waste.Both are always on standby. VSS EPE employs people who live in the area so they can be ready quickly. Indeed, their contracts require that the equipment must be ready within 30 minutes. The company which was formed in 2015 through a joint venture with Greek environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) has contracts with the VTT Vasiliko oil storage terminal and the electricity authority of Cyprus.It will have even more responsibilities when the oil and gas companies which were formerly based in Larnaca move to the area, something that is happening at the moment, and increased drilling in the seabed will take place.The spill is now being described as an ecological disaster after thick tar and oil pollution drifted toward residential areasThe oil and gas companies have directives to protect the environment, but as yet there is a lack of a binding legislation, a gap that worries the company, which says it’s environmentally sensitive as well as a business.As yet the company has not had to deal with a major spill, which Spyrou fears could be a disaster for our main income, tourism.“With all the activities in the area it is not a question of if something happens but when, and we hope we will be able to contain such a spill. 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Winery offering lower prices for Xynisteri grapes GRAPE growers in Paphos are protesting over the prices being offered for their Xynisteri grapes by the island’s largest winery after this year’s bumper crop of the white wine variety.Annual grape collection at Sodap’s Kamanterena winery in Stroumbi got underway on Monday and will last a month, but producers are unhappy that Sodap has decided to reduce the price of Xynisteri this year from 390 euros per tonne to 300 euros.Thirty-three per cent of grapes collected in Cyprus go to Sodap.The problem has arisen after a glut of the white grape, following the lifting of a partial ban on the indigenous fruit. Previously, Xynisteri was only grown in limited, designated areas.Andreas Ioannides and his family have been growing the Xynisteri variety in Polemi village for years and usually take their produce to Sodap. He told the Sunday Mail that along with other growers, he is concerned about the huge drop in prices.“Last year the price was much better and I had 10,000 kilos, this year I have 12,000, I have already contacted a Limassol winery to see if they may be interested in my grapes, but it would be much better if Sodap took them and at last year’s price,” he said.He said that this year there had been a bumper crop of Xynisteri in the area.Ioannides will harvest his grapes on September 28, calling in extra manpower to pick and load the grapes onto trucks and will then try to unload them at Sodap winery first.“We will take the grapes there and see, I hope they will take them,” he added.A Sodap employee, who wished to remain unnamed, told the Sunday Mail that the fault lies both with the government and the growers themselves.“There is no coordination, no discussion with the wineries to ask what grapes are needed, or to ask themselves when they are planting, how and where they will sell their produce,” he said.He explained that as the variety is reasonably easy to grow and is a high producer, especially if well irrigated, many growers ditched previous varieties, such as Chardonnay and instead planted Xynisteri. This has led to a huge amount being produced this year.A grower can expect to collect 500 kilos of Chardonnay grapes per hectare per year, while Xynisteri can yield up to 3,000 kilos per hectare.“Our needs at Sodap this year are around 1.2 million kilos of this grape, but around 2.2 million are being grown,” the Sodap representative said. “The small wineries don’t want many of them, as there is an abundance and so the growers are coming to us, as we are a co-operative. They are demanding that we buy their produce but at a higher price which suits them, but not what we are offering, or what is feasible.”In previous years, he said, the government, pre-election time, pressured Sodap to buy surplus grapes. However, he said that such moves are counterproductive and could spell the end for the industry as wineries would face extortionate debts and even be forced out of business.“It’s an election tactic in my opinion, but this got us into a huge amount of debt in the past, millions of euros, as we had to borrow this money as loans from the state.”Following the sale of the company’s Limassol winery, Sodap no longer has any debts, and does not want to make the same mistakes again. Nor does it want to force up the price of their products.Another issue, according to Sodap’s chief winemaker/oenologist, Stephanos Stephanou, is that Xynisteri has to be drunk fresh and young. Within the first year after the grapes have been collected, the wine has very good acidity and aromas, which disappear after this time frame, and that it’s not feasible to use the grapes later on.“Generally, it has been a very productive year for Cyprus grapes overall, they have ripened well, with the exception of around five per cent of Mavro which has been spoiled.”No final decision has been taken about the excess grapes.The Sodap representative said that the company would most probably take the surplus, but at 300 euros per tonne and not 390 euros per tonne the growers want.“We will only be able to use this extra for box/carton wine and we will have to export it. However, nothing is agreed yet,” he said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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