As promoters, but primarily protectors of Croatian heritage and the environment, we have decided to give up all types of business related to cruises and cruises, said Alen Mandić, founder and director of Secret Dalmatia, for the portal Total Croatia News added: “Over the past years, we have witnessed increasing and numerous consequences of cruise tourism in Croatia. There are some positive sides, but most are negative. Cities that are part of the world heritage, such as Dubrovnik, are more and more destroyed by thousands of tourists who visit them at the same time. Crowds of people, who not only spoil their tourist experience, make the lives of the locals bitter.In line with good practice, we intend to meet all the commitments made to date, but we will no longer accept tourist and travel requirements set by cruise passengers and excursion operators. ” said Mandic. Source: Total Croatia News Secret Dalmatia, a boutique travel agency, known for its ethical and innovative tours, has decided to take a symbolic stance in protest of pollution, Find out more about Secret Dalmatia HERE Carnival Corporation and their subsidiary Princess are some of the biggest polluters of the sea. The Financial Times reports that large ships in their fleet pollute ten times more than all 260 million cars in Europe. This data is the product of a study by the European think tank “Transport and Environment”, which investigated 203 cruisers that sailed European waters in 2017. The organization found that Carnival Corporation and its brands are the “proud” owners of as many as seven of the twenty most polluting cruisers. As the number of tourist visits continues to grow, so does the environment. One of the main culprits, which often lingers in the media, are certainly cruisers. Giant ships, transporting thousands of visitors, pollute the sea, which is also the main attraction of many destinations. Definitely a floor-length hat for this move, because everyone says this or that is right, but no one starts on their own. However, Alen Mandić did just that, started from himself and thus showed by example how he stands on the first line of environmental defense and the most important resource from which everyone in the Adriatic lives. We firmly believe that we, who profit from the beauties of Croatia, must be on the first line of defense of its environment. This is our small contribution in the hope that we will preserve the beauty of Croatia for all future generations of locals and tourists.”, Concluded Alen Mandić, founder and director of Secret Dalmatia. Within hours of the decision, Mandic said it was the first time he had immediately put the agency’s new policy into practice, rejecting an inquiry into a lucrative cruise around Sibenik. The relationship between tourism and the environment is very fragile, and recent media coverage of the cruise company Carnival Cruise Line and their pollution has led Croatia’s leading boutique travel agency Secret Dalmatia to a demonstration and protest. Carnival Cruise recently received a $ 20 million fine for pollution, and the whole situation has once again put the cruise of the cruiser on the environment in the forefront of the media.
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FBI News:Josea M. Kazhe, 19, of Mescalero on the Mescalero Apache Reservation has been charged in connection with an alleged assault with a chainsaw that occurred Dec. 24, 2019.The FBI and U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs arrested Kazhe March 3 in Mescalero.Kazhe is charged federally with assault resulting in serious bodily injury. He had an initial appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.The FBI and BIA are investigating.Charges in criminal complaints are only accusations. The public is reminded that all defendants are considered innocent unless convicted in a court of law.The FBI does not release mugshots of defendants.
Performers from Westhampton High School will be recognized during the Teeny Awards.The show must go on! The Teeny Awards, an annual high school theater recognition program, will be broadcast live from Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Thursday night at 6. They are being dubbed, “the 18th Annual Quaran-Teeny Awards.”East End Arts, which founded the program in 2002, will run the ceremony on Facebook Live on the Teeny Awards Facebook page. Christiaan Padavan, a local musician and radio personality, will host. There will be a special senior tribute and performances from schools whose shows were canceled this year.Eighteen schools participated in the program this season with 30 shows scheduled, 19 of which happened since schools closed in March amid the pandemic.“Now entering its 18th year, the program recognizes and celebrates talented theater students across the East End of Long Island,” the East End arts said in a press release.Awards are presented in the categories of Lead Male and Female in a Musical, Lead Male and Female in a Play, Supporting Male and Female in a Musical, Supporting Male and Female in a Play, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Performer, and Judges Choice, a special award for exceptional performances. Technical and production crew will receive recognition as well.The nominees were announced virtually on June 14. They are:PLAYLEAD MALE IN A PLAYYanni Bitis, Pierson-Sag HarborBenjamin Giordano, Rocky PointJosh Kaplan, Westhampton BeachMike Marziliano, BellportLiam Sproul, Port JeffersonNick Vicinanza, Southold-GreenportLEAD FEMALE IN A PLAYKyla Andreas, LongwoodSophie Cline, Westhampton BeachJacquelyn Constantine, Southold-GreenportGaylin Davey, PiersonMolly Lambert, Rocky PointAutumnMargaret Walthers, BellportSUPPORTING MALE IN A PLAYQuinn Bruer, Southold-GreenportThomas Gallagher, LongwoodIan Hubbard, Hampton BaysSimon Mraz, Southold-GreenportThomas Schiavoni, PiersonReese Springer, Hampton BaysSUPPORTING FEMALE IN A PLAYMolly Brennan, Westhampton BeachEva Doyle, PiersonJade McGarrity, Port JeffersonAllie O’Connor, Hampton BaysAlison Pensa, Hampton BaysMaren Taylor, LongwoodMUSICALLEAD MALE IN A MUSICALAndrew Bova, Miller PlaceColin Freedman, East HamptonMichael Marziliano, BellportSimon Mraz, SoutholdSteven Rosche, Center MorichesJacob Schiavone, RiverheadLEAD FEMALE IN A MUSICALMegan Duffy, MattituckLily Kutner, RiverheadCaroline O’Dea, Center MorichesSilvia Rackwitz, SoutholdJuliet Rand, SoutholdAbby Tyler, MattituckSUPPORTING MALE IN A MUSICALLandon Bennett, SoutholdJack Burkhardt, BellportKevin Chabla, East HamptonTJ LeClaire, Center MorichesIsaiah Mraz, SoutholdTroy Sica, BellportSUPPORTING FEMALE IN A MUSICALEmma Butler, BellportJulianne Donohue, Miller PlaceSarah Jordan, RiverheadMadison Kelly, RiverheadHailey Nitti, RiverheadDana Treadwell, RiverheadOUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN A PLAY OR MUSICALGabbi Bush, Rocky PointMax Eberle, East HamptonOlivia Galway, BeachJoseph Miletti, Miller PlaceViolet Rand, SoutholdKatie Russell, SoutholdAukai Young, MattituckOUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHYNaomi Cichanowicz, Violet Rand, Katie Russell, SoutholdSavanna Kelly, MattituckLily Kutner, RiverheadHaily Nitti, RiverheadShea Rodriguez, SouthamptonOUTSTANDING POSTER DESIGNJaden Jacino, Westhampton BeachElla Neese, SoutholdJulia O’Malley, LongwoodJudith Quiroga, East HamptonMorgan Watrous, BridgehamptonRiley Watson, Rocky PointJUDGES’ CHOICE AWARDThis award is chosen by the judges in a vote. It is for a particular scene, musical number, dance number, ensemble effort, or group that the judges feel stands out enough to warrant the special recognition.“I’ve Decided to Marry You” from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” at Southoldtaylor@indyeast.com Share read more
Cairn has entered into a farm out agreement for the sale of a 10% interest in the Catcher development and adjacent acreage in the UK North Sea.With effect from 1 January 2014 Dyas UK Limited (Dyas) shall acquire 10% in each of the following UK Continental Shelf licences P1430, P2040, P2070, P2077 and P2086 by funding Cairn’s exploration and development costs in respect of the licences up to a cap of $182million.Following this transaction Cairn will retain a 20% interest in the Catcher licence and a reduced interest in each of the remaining licences as detailed below. As a result of this transaction Cairn will reduce its capital expenditure to the end of 2017 in the Catcher area by approximately $380m (inclusive of the carry payment detailed above) to $200m.Licence P1430 (Catcher) received UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) approval of its Field Development Plan (FDP) in June 2014. Licences P2040, P2070, P2077 and P2086 are adjacent licences in the Greater Catcher area.Simon Thomson, Chief Executive, Cairn Energy PLC, said: “Cairn remains focused on delivering value for shareholders from disciplined capital allocation and portfolio management across a balanced asset base. This value enhancing transaction provides us with significant additional operational flexibility to deliver the Group’s strategy.”The transaction remains subject to DECC, partner and third party approvals.Press Release, September 25, 2014 read more
The home at 12 Tangorin St, Wynnum.A four-bedroom Queenslander has sold under the hammer in Brisbane’s bayside as the Wynnum market continues to heat up.The property at 12 Tangorin St, Wynnum sold for $717,500 at auction on Saturday.Marketing agent Karen Chappell of Ray White Bulimba said the four-bedroom home attracted six registered bidders.“The opening bid was $485,000 and we progressed right through to $710,000 where we paused,” she said.“We spoke to the vendors and the property was called on the market at $710,000.”Ms Chappell said the highest bidders were a Sydney family who had been renting in the area.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“They were looking to get into the market in Brisbane — they were after that bayside lifestyle,” she said.“They plan to move in, unpack and put in a nice family pool — there’s plenty of room for it in the big backyard.”Ms Chappell said she was seeing great levels of interest in the Wynnum market at the moment.“I’d say about 80 per cent of that interest is coming from outside of Wynnum,” she said.“It’s coming from Sydney and suburbs like Tenerife, New Farm and Bulimba, that eastern corridor in Brisbane.“Buyers are looking for a lifestyle change.“I’m seeing people looking in all levels of the market though the top end is performing really well and we’re also seeing high numbers of first homebuyers at open homes in the lower end.” read more
“Moreover, dashboards will be of most use to savers if they can see all their pensions,” added the PLSA.In its response to a call for input on data standards by the Pensions Dashboards Programme (PDP), the lobby group said the onboarding window should be delayed until pension schemes had had sufficient time to prepare the data they hold, ensure its accuracy, and the robustness of their process for matching individuals to their entitlements.“This will need to be communicated to schemes in a clear, comprehensive timeline as soon as possible,” it said.“Initial dashboards should show – at launch – all or very nearly all the benefits members have accrued or the project may fall at the starter’s pistol”Nigel Peaple, policy and research director at the PLSA and a member of the Pension Dashboard Prototype Project Steering GroupERI challengesIn the PLSA’s view, moving ahead with dashboards providing an incomplete picture of an individual’s pension entitlements would present several risks, such as further saver disengagement resulting from seeing a potentially lower retirement income than is likely, or misleading savers approaching important decision points, such as retirement.The association supports pension providers being required to supply a figure for a saver’s “estimated retirement income” (ERI) for each pension to ensure individuals had comparable information. However, there were several technical challenges associated with providing this information that would influence the timeline necessary to deliver dashboards, it said.There was also a communications challenge to do with presenting a consolidated – DB and DC – picture of an individual’s pension entitlements, the PLSA said.Nigel Peaple, policy and research director at the PLSA and a member of the Pension Dashboard Prototype Project Steering Group, said: “The progress schemes have made in addressing the data challenges they face is highly encouraging, particularly given current circumstances. That said, we should not pretend that real challenges do not remain and we need to give the industry time to ensure data is complete and accurate.“The Pension Dashboard should connect people with all their pensions. We have concerns that launching with too few participating schemes will provide savers with an incomplete picture of their pension entitlements and present very real risks to users. Initial dashboards should show – at launch – all or very nearly all the benefits members have accrued or the project may fall at the starter’s pistol.”Earlier this week LCP partner Steve Webb called for the government to be clearer about what meeting dashboard requirements would involve for schemes, saying that one approach could lead to a “multi-million pound compliance bill”. Initial dashboards should at launch show all or “very nearly” all the benefits pension scheme members have accrued, but the onboarding process should not be rushed to achieve this end, the UK’s pension fund body has said.According to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), a survey it carried out showed that 75% of schemes – both defined contribution and defined benefit – stated they should be able to make available within 24 months the data available on annual benefits statements or on request.“This is encouraging, but the onboarding timeline should not be designed to suit the capacity of the simplest schemes – it needs to be flexible enough to cater for those schemes that might need more time to prepare,” it said.It cited as an example that only about half (48%) of DB schemes currently provided information on the accrued rights of deferred members as part of the annual benefit statement, which was not a legal obligation, saying that a requirement to provide this data point for the dashboard would take some time to address. read more
The vessel was named Höegh Jeddah at a naming ceremony in Mangalia, Romania.Höegh Jeddah is the second in a series of two vessels, which have a car carrying capacity of 6,500, delivered to Höegh Autoliners from Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries this year.Ingar Skiaker, ceo of Höegh Autoliners, commented on the vessel delivery: “Both Höegh Jeddah and her sister Höegh Jacksonville are part of our fleet renewal programme, replacing older vessels that are being phased out.”Höegh Jeddah will be operated by Höegh Autoliners through a long-term bareboat charter from the vessel’s owners, Ocean Yield AS. www.hoeghautoliners.com www.oceanyield.no
Avril Andrews, through her organisation, the Alcardo Andrews Foundation, feed hundreds of people daily. Like many other feeding projects, the premises of the Alcardo Andrews Foundation, based in Hanover Park, has been a hive of activity when volunteers cook and dish food for the most vulnerable.Founder of the organisation, Avril Andrews, said since they operate from her home, her family is up by 6am every day to prepare. Ms Andrews started the organisation five years ago, after her son was murdered. The organisation is named after him. The feeding programme is just one of the various offerings of the Alcardo Andrews Foundation which also conducts workshops, and has a support group for mothers whose children died because of gang violence. As activities increased over the years, the Andrews family had to make use of their home.“I salute my family. My husband opened up our home for the community. We run workshops from home every day. We also deal with gender-based violence and do referrals. By 10am we start with the feeding programme, then we also have an after care programme. Our day is only done around 6pm. Our cooked food and the handing out of it, are all done under our carport.“With Covid-19, we started handing out sandwiches, and not long after that, we received some support from Harfield Village. “We also serve 600 portions of cooked food daily. “We noticed last year already, the need for a more suitable space to do our work, because as much as my family are involved, running the organisation from home, is also overwhelming for all of us,” Ms Andrews said.Last year, during the height of gang violence, Ms Andrews said teenage boys were throwing stones at each other on an open piece of land, near the Andrews’ family home.“I started talking to our neighbours about these boys who used that land to be violent with one another. “That land was like a war zone. That motivated me to apply for the lease of the land. I made enquiries, established that the land belongs to the City of Cape Town, and initially, a City official told me that the City had no plans for the land,” Ms Andrews said.After Ms Andrews applied, she was told to make contact with her ward councillor, Antonio van der Rheede, who informed her that the land has been earmarked for future development.Hanover Park forms part of the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (MURP).Mr Van Der Rheede said he appreciates what Ms Andrews does for the community, but the land is not available.“The need is so great out there. The reality is that we have little available land in Hanover Park. “The land Ms Andrews is referring to has been earmarked for development after extensive consultation with residents, as part of the area’s central business district (CBD) upgrade. “I invited Ms Andrews to some of the workshops where this was discussed. There is no way that I , even the City, can override these plans. It has been endorsed over a period of two years. These are not plans I drew up – it came from the community themselves,” Mr Van Der Rheede said. read more
The shadow justice minister has criticised as ‘self-serving’ performance data released on the company contracted to provide court interpreters. The data, published by the Ministry of Justice last week, revealed that hundreds of cases were still being disrupted by a shortage of interpreters three months into the contract. Applied Language Solutions took over the provision of interpreters to courts in February under a contract which aims to cut costs by a third. Members of several groups representing professional interpreters are refusing to work with the Capita-owned company. The performance data reveal that from 30 January to 30 April Applied provided an interpreter in 81% of the cases where courts requested one. Its performance target was 98%. There were 26,059 requests for interpreters at courts and tribunals in England and Wales, covering 142 languages in the period. Overall ‘fulfilment’ rate for requests increased from 65% in February to 90% in April, with success rates varying between 58-95% for the 20 most requested languages. The figures were given to the MoJ by Applied, and verified by ‘spot checks’ carried out by the courts service, the MoJ said. Andy Slaughter (pictured) said this week that the figures were ‘substantially self-serving’. Even so, he added, they indicate ‘meltdown’ from day one, and show that hundreds of hearings are still being disrupted. He said the figures failed to quantify knock-on costs of the failures to provide interpreters: ‘In some incidences, where people have been detained unnecessarily in custody overnight or where Crown court trials have been adjourned, those costs could run into thousands of pounds.’ An MoJ spokesman said: ‘We have seen a significant and sustained improvement in performance. We continue to monitor the improvement on a daily basis.’ read more