PSB approves Southern Loop-Coolidge Connector grid upgrades

first_imgThe Vermont Public Service Board, in an order praising public outreach efforts and utility planning in southern Vermont, has approved a series of transmission upgrades designed to improve electricity reliability in Vermont and across the region.The 122-page order, issued late Wednesday, approves construction of a 345-kilovolt transmission line between Vernon and Vermont Electric Power Company’s (VELCO) Coolidge Substation in Cavendish.  The board also approved a new substation in Vernon and an expansion of the Coolidge Substation.  These components are collectively known as “the Coolidge Connector.”  To address local reliability problems on Central Vermont Public Service’s system, the board also approved a new Newfane substation and an approximately one-mile 345 kV loop between Newfane and the planned 345 kV Vernon-to-Cavendish line.  The combined projects are known as the “Southern Loop Project.”“We conclude that the Southern Loop Project is essential to address regional and local reliability problems that are both significant and pressing,” the PSB wrote. “We further conclude that the need for the Project cannot be replaced or deferred by alternatives, including demand-side management measures, local generation, and smart-grid technologies.”VELCO and CVPS filed a petition with the PSB in 2007, outlining multiple strategies to support electric system reliability.  The strategies, consistent with recommendations that resulted from an unprecedented public outreach process, included the work approved Wednesday by the PSB; deferring a second 49-mile transmission line; and the use of non-transmission alternatives to enhance local reliability.  CVPS is completing more than $11 million in work to install voltage support equipment approved earlier as part of the plan.  In addition, targeted demand response measures and energy efficiency are being used to reduce customer demand.  CVPS is also looking for new generation sites in the region as part of the broader reliability plan.“We have carefully considered a wide range of possible alternatives, both traditional transmission upgrades and non-transmission alternatives, to address these local and regional reliability problems,” the board said. “Among traditional transmission solutions, the proposed Project is the clearly superior option, because it is the lowest-cost transmission alternative that effectively resolves the reliability concerns. Non-transmission alternatives, including demand-side management measures, local generation, and smart-grid technologies, cannot resolve the regional and local reliability problems that confront VELCO and CVPS… These possible alternatives suffer from various deficiencies, ranging from an inability to resolve effectively the fundamental reliability issues, to excessive costs compared to the proposed Project, to significant barriers that preclude timely implementation.”The board rejected recent criticism of the project, much of it claiming the project was unneeded.“We recognize that load growth in Vermont has been held in check in recent years in large part due to energy efficiency efforts,” the board said. “We also recognize that electric loads will likely be lower over the near term, due to the current economic downturn. These factors have led some public commenters to call for a delay in approving the Southern Loop Project, to provide an opportunity to develop alternatives to the Project that focus on energy efficiency, local generation, and smart grid technologies. However, close inspection has revealed that there are no alternative solutions that would be sufficient to avoid or defer the need for the Project for the fundamental reason that the load threshold for the needed upgrades was exceeded years ago.”CVPS President Bob Young and VELCO President John Donleavy welcomed the order.  “We have worked extremely hard over the past several years to be open, transparent and collaborative with affected towns and landowners as we addressed the reliability concerns that the project is intended to solve,” they said in a joint statement.  “Projects of this scale will always require substantial public dialogue, at times difficult, but this project and this order demonstrate that, done well, a public dialogue can produce outcomes that meet both utility and public needs.”The board recognized that dialogue, and praised CVPS’s and VELCO’s efforts.“The Petitioners have presented final design detail plans, have completed or nearly completed all critical environmental review and permit applications, and have engaged in both an extensive public outreach process and collaborative efforts with other parties, including local communities and the affected permitting agencies,” the board wrote. “We recognize and appreciate these efforts undertaken on behalf of all of the parties, and believe that they have been instrumental in producing an efficient process and positive result.”last_img read more

European Investment Bank to stop funding natural gas projects by 2022

first_imgEuropean Investment Bank to stop funding natural gas projects by 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The European Investment Bank said on Thursday it would stop funding fossil fuel projects at the end of 2021, a landmark decision that potentially deals a blow to billions of dollars of gas projects in the pipeline.The bank’s new energy lending policy, which it said was approved with “overwhelming” support, will bar most fossil fuel projects, including traditional use of natural gas.Under the new policy, energy projects applying for EIB funding will need to show they can produce one kilowatt hour of energy while emitting less than 250 grams of carbon dioxide, a move which bans traditional gas-burning power plants.The policy raises new risks for the gas industry, which has more than $200 billion in liquefied natural gas projects lining up to go ahead worldwide over the next five years, aiming to provide a cleaner alternative to coal and oil.“The EIB’s new financing criteria will make lending to gas projects very difficult,” Nicholas Browne, a Singapore-based research director with global energy and mining consultancy Wood Mackenzie, said in a note. “In turn this would be a major strategic challenge for companies that have identified gas as the key driver of future growth,” he said.Under the new policy, gas projects would have to be based on what the bank called “new technologies,” such as carbon capture and storage, combining heat and power generation or mixing in renewable gases with the fossil natural gas.More: European Investment Bank to cease funding fossil fuel projects by end-2021last_img read more

How Music Helped Save a Mountain

first_imgSome say that fiddles saved this mountain. As I set out on the Betty Place Trail at Bluff Mountain, just outside of Hot Springs, I found it befitting to see signs of spring unfolding as soft green ferns came poking out of last year’s rotten leaves in the shapes of fiddle heads.I continued up the trail which wound through the lush cove forests at the foot of Bluff Mountain.  As I listened to the stream, energized by recent rains, and watched its clear, cool water duck in and out of moss-covered rocks, cascading down the slope, I recalled the words of a song that has come to be associated with this old mountain—Once I had you and the wildwood, now it’s just dusty roads, and I can’t help but blamin’ your goin’, on the coming, the coming of the roads.“The Coming of the Roads,” has been sung every spring since the inaugural Bluff Mountain Festival in 1995 by one of its founders, Dr. Betty Smith.  Betty and her husband Bill were among the first to know about the threat to their beloved mountain when they discovered a road being put up on the backside of Bluff.  The U.S. Forest Service had the woods through which I walked slated for a large-scale logging operations that would cover over 300 acres.Bluff Mountain-2Anglers, hikers, hunters, ecologists, artists, musicians, and local businesses have relied on the diverse resources associated with Bluff for generations.  In 1995, these groups all recognized that a clear-cut would have profound impact on the community and a destabilizing effect on the delicate balance of flora and fauna. A grassroots movement began to take shape.Citizen concerns included habitat destruction for wildlife; disruption to the pristine streams; and scarring of the breathtaking views that draw thousands of tourists to the area; all for an operation that would cost more than the income from the sale itself!  Impassioned community members formed the Bluff Mountain Defense Coalition and from there launched a more formal Don’t Cut Bluff campaign.Though individuals involved recognized that their relationship with the forest and the mountain varied widely, they found that their love of the mountain and for traditional music afforded them a common intersection from which they could stand together against the Forest Service—the intersection of mountains and music.  And so when the traditional methods of resistance that included letter writing campaigns, fundraising, street protests, and filing appeal after appeal, couldn’t budge the decision, they held a music festival.As I crossed over a shallow part of the creek, catching a glimpse of a dark colored salamander as it darted under a soggy, fallen log, I considered what would have been lost had the Forest Service’s plan found footing on the steep, wildflower covered banks of this mountain.  The proposed roads in the project would require 26 stream crossings and infringe on protected lands surrounding the world famous Appalachian Trail.Headwater streams high on this mountain were so pure that when I hiked here last fall with Mary and Rob Kelly, partners in the efforts to save Bluff, Mary knelt down and drank straight from the clear water.  As she rose, she recalled this history, but also voiced concerns for a more recent development impacting Bluff.  The Forest Service had reemerged after 20 years to work on a revised forest management plan that at first draft has designated Bluff, yet again, for logging.I continued on, stepping over roots and rocks, careful to avoid the delicate spring ephemerals that bloomed early to bask in sunlight dappled by leafless giant oaks.  The roads that had threatened years ago, knocked again at the door to this forest.  I crouched to inspect a jack-in-the-pulpit more closely.  These special flowers are one of my favorites, green with dark purple stripes, and a single hooded leaf that tops the vase shaped plant.  It just beckons you to lift it open and peer inside—similar to the draw I feel towards Bluff Mountain as I relish the early spring sun like the little white bloodroot flowers.What strikes me about Bluff Mountain’s history is how the community relied on the musical tradition to propel its movement forward.  Music is as rich here in Madison County as the forest floor was this early spring morning as I came to a turn in the trail.This has been the case for generations.  Rodney Sutton, a cofounder of the festival and a strong advocate for saving Bluff Mountain, recently shared with me, “There was an active old-time and bluegrass community in Madison County with folks like Gordon and Arvil Freeman playing regularly.  Bluff Mountain gave a boost to new bands being formed and a sense of excitement to showcase the music, dance, and ballad singing from here in Madison County.  Folks were willing and eager to take part in sharing their love of their musical heritage to save Bluff Mountain.”When a community recognizes the value of its heritage, as the Hot Springs community did with traditional music in order to protect Bluff, I think it reinforces the importance of that tradition.  The deep musical identity, represented by ballad singers, fiddlers, and dancers was central to this effort, and as Rodney said was energized by the call to action.  Mary Kelly spoke at last year’s 20th anniversary celebration of the festival saying, “The first festival was a protest.  By the time the third one came around in 1997, it was a celebration,” for the community had successfully warded off the threat.    It has continued to be a celebration for the community, never forgetting why it was started, but expanding to support the arts in Madison County.At this point in my hike, if I continued straight the trail would grow steep, climbing up the newer Bluff Mountain Loop trail.  If I turned left, I could continue meandering along the creek, seeking out painted trillium and lady slippers, taking time to explore.  The citizens committed to saving Bluff had no real choice in their path—it was going to be steep.Bluff Mountain’s story is not unfamiliar to the Appalachian region. There is a long history of exploitation in mountain communities as extractive industries have sought to profit from coal, lumber, natural gas, or other minerals.  There is also a long history of intergenerational communities standing together against these threats.  Engaging the elders in a community is important because young people see their commitment to a place or a tradition and how they are defined by it, and are themselves inspired to take action.I turned left to follow the trail back down the creek to my car, choosing a more leisurely path for today.  Passing again the young fiddle head ferns at the foot of the giant hardwood forest, I imagined the trees to be the Betty and Bill Smiths, the Rob and Mary Kellys, the Rodney Suttons and other individuals who had stood here 20 years ago as protectors of this forest.  The young ferns that sprung up in their shade seemed to represent young fiddlers like Rhiannon Ramsey who performed old tunes learned from Arvil Freeman while young dancers like Kelsey Sutton, who had been selling raffle tickets at Bluff since she could walk, clogged to the Junior Appalachian Musicians string band.  And I was encouraged.  Should the need arrive, the music would be here.A favorite quote sprung to mind as I eased my car out of the parking lot at the trailhead, “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum, 1968)  Last fall, Mary and Rob taught me the history of this place, but today, discovering it quietly on my own, I understood why people fought so fervently for this forest.  I knew I’d be back here soon to watch spring give way to summer.The 2016 Bluff Mountain Festival will be held on June 11th in Hot Springs under the shade of giant magnolia trees starting at 10:00 a.m.  As always it will celebrate the fiddle, ballad, and dance traditions along with local artists and delicious food.  With the forest management plan scheduled to be unveiled this year, it is as important as ever for a wide show of support! Join the Madison County Arts Council for the 21st annual festival. Details are available at  If you’re not in town for the festival, you can always take to the trail—directions to the trailhead are available here. Related Articles:last_img read more

November 15, 2002 News and Notes

first_img November 15, 2002 News & Notes November 15, 2002 News and Notes News and Notes Stephen M. Barbas of Barbas, Weed, Koenig, Nunez & Wheeley in Tampa has been elected chair of the Academy of Holy Names Board of Trustees. David S. Willig of David S. Willig, Chartered, in Miami, participated in a joint program with the Chamber of Notaries of Quebec at the Fourth Florida-Quebec Forum in Montreal. He spoke on the topic of “Florida’s Civil Law Notary Statute.” Thomas B. Tart, general counsel and vice president of the Orlando Utilities Commission has been named to the Board of Directors of the Florida Municipal Electric Association. Dan Mitchell of GrayHarris in Tampa recently spoke to the Progressive Insurance Company in Tampa on “Trial Preparation and Strategies.” David G. Bates of Gunster Yoakley in West Palm Beach has been named to the Board of Directors of the Enterprise Development Corporation. Ellen Pilelsky of Oppenheim Pilelsky in Weston has been named to the Professionalism Committee of the Broward County Bar Association for 2002-03. David B. Pakula of Ft. Lauderdale received the 2002 Amicus Award from the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. Robyn Spalter of Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin in Miami has been elected treasurer of the Federal Bar Association for the 2002 fiscal year. She was sworn in during the FBA’s recent Annual Meeting and Convention in Dallas. David Sampedro of Panter, Panter & Sampedro, P.A., in Miami, recently presented “Document Gathering, Production and Management for the Litigation Paralegal in Florida” for the National Business Institute in Miami. Harry Shevin of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley in West Palm Beach spoke at the ACLU 2002 Lawyers Conference at the Pier House in Key West. He spoke on “Jury Trials: Picking the Theme and Defining the Debate.” Robert E. Pershes of Bucking-ham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, in Boca Raton and Ohio, recently lectured on discovery of electronic data at the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C. Perry S. Itkin of Dispute Resolution, Inc., in Ft. Lauderdale received the 2002 Award of Appreciation from the Florida Supreme Court’s Dispute Resolution Center. The award, which honored Itkin’s advancing of the understanding of alternative dispute resolution in Florida, was presented at the 11th Annual Dispute Resolution Center Conference in Orlando. Paul A. Turk, Jr., of Gunster Yoakley in West Palm Beach has been appointed vice president of the Stetson Lawyers Association for 2002-03. Michelle R. Suskauer of The Suskauer Law Firm, P.A. in West Palm Beach, has been elected president of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. James P. Dati of Bond, Schoeneck & King., P.A., in Bonita Springs has been named to the 2002-03 Leadership Bonita Springs Program by the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce. Ray Ferrero, Jr., president of Nova Southeastern University and a former president of The Florida Bar, has been named an ex officio member of the Florida Council of 100. He will serve on the K-20 Education Committee. Jep Barbour of Marks Gray, P.A., in Jacksonville has been appointed as chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Medical Defense Committee and also recently was elected to the The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section’s Executive Council. Cynthia Crofoot Rignanese of the Law Offices of J. Kelly Kennedy in Winter Haven has been reelected president of the Winter Haven Women’s Bar Association. Edward M. Ricci of Ricci, Leopold, Farmer & McAfee, P.A., in West Palm Beach spoke on “Preserving Statutory Bad Faith Claims When Handling Auto Negligence and Premises Liability Cases” at the recent Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Insurance Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale. Jason J. Guari of Ricci, Leopold, Farmer & McAfee in West Palm Beach spoke on insurance contracts, ethical consideration, and bad faith issues at the recent Insurance Coverage Law in Florida seminar held in West Palm Beach. Kenneth F. Murrah of Winter Park has been honored for outstanding alumni work for the Emory University School of Law. Frank Gassler of Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa has been appointed co-chair of the Committee on Products Liability Litigation of the ABA’s Litigation Section, and reappointed vice chair of the Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Section of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Alan F. Gonzalez of Walters Levine Brown Klingensmith & Thomison, P.A., in Sarasota was the guest speaker for the “Breakfast with The Harris” group at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. D. David Keller of Bunnell, Woulfe, Kirschbaum, Keller, McIntyre & Gregoire, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale has been elected as a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Henry Mehlman of John Hancock Funds in Boston recently spoke on managing a large public mutual fund in the current unsettled market at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. Evan J. Gonshak of the Law Offices of Gonshak & Gonshak in Miami, has been named as chair of the Greater Plantation Chamber of Commerce for 2002-03. Elliott Wilcox of the Ninth Circuit State Attorney’s Office recently presented “Beyond ‘What Happened Next?’ — Improving Direct Examination” at the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association’s DUI Trial Advocacy School. John Cyril Malloy III of Malloy & Malloy, P.A., in Miami spoke at recent Trademark 101: Fundamentals seminar sponsored by the International Trademark Association at Nova Southeastern University. Mildred Beam of Mateer & Harbert, P.A., in Orlando recently spoke on physician compliance, fraud, and abuse issues and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act at the National Medical Association’s annual conference in Hawaii. Michael Rosenberg of Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg in Coral Gables was a speaker and panel member at the AILA 2002 Global Immigration Summit held recently in New York City. He addressed tax issues related to immigration. Christopher Larmoyeux of Larmoyeux & Bone in West Palm Beach has been included in the 2003-04 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Anna (Holly) Benson of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone in Pensacola, was recently named Legislator of the Year by the Florida Medical Association for her work in the House of Representatives on health care issues. Russell Klemm of Cayton & McCulloh in Maitland was a guest presenter on legal issues impacting mandatory homeowner associations at the 12th Annual Neighborhoods Conference sponsored by the City of Orlando. Keith Scott Grossman of Ft. Myers was recently awarded the Advanced Toastmaster designation from Toastmasters International. Neal McCulloh of Cayton & McCulloh in Maitland spoke on litigation matters for community associations and the Marketable Record Title Act for the Community Association Institute. Andrew Needle of Needle Gallagher & Ellenberg, P.A. in Miami, was a featured speaker at the “Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in Florida” seminar held recently at the Radisson Mart Plaza hotel in Miami. Richard M. Benrubi and Jene P. Williams of Liggio Benrubi & Williams in West Palm Beach recently spoke on homeowners’ insurance claims at insurance seminars sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Tom Patka of Tampa has been appointed to the Community Advisory Committee of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. Brian McDonough of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alha-deff & Sitterson’s Miami office spoke on “Multifamily Housing: Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits” at the national association of Bond Lawyers workshop held recently in Chicago. Joseph G. Jarret, an assistant Polk County attorney, presented “Truancy Reduction Paradigms” to members of the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission, and published “Police Use of Force Liaiblity” in the Public Risk Journal and “The Effects of Domestic Violence on Truancy” in The School Resourcer Magazine. John Bolanovich of Bogin, Munns & Munns in Orlando recently spoke on “How to be an Educated Consumer of Legal Services” at the Uptown Chapter of the Orlando Business Network International Group. He also spoke on “Common Legal Issues Confronting Restaurant Owners and Operators” at the Florida Restaurant Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show. Henry M. Cooper of Fogel & Cohen in Boca Raton published “The Electronic Communications Privacy Act: Does the Answer to the Internet Information Privacy Problem Lie in a 15-year-old Federal Statute? A Detailed Analysis” in The Florida Bar’s Computer Law Journal. Gerald A. Rosenthal of Rosenthal & Weissman, P.A. in West Palm Beach, and his wife, Ingrid, were recently presented with the Investor Award by the American Lung Association and the American Thoracic Society at a ceremony in Atlanta. Leonard Gilbert of Holland & Knight LLP and a former Florida Bar president has been inducted as a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, based in Golden, Colo. Stephen R. Looney of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth in Orlando spoke on “The Pediatric Surgical Associates Case and Reasonable Compensation for Closely Held Businesses” at the 37th Annual Southern Federal Tax Institute. Mark Bently of GrayHarris’ Tampa office, has been reelected to the Ybor City Development Corporation Board of Directors for 2002-03. Rick Ellsley of Kupnick Campbell Malone, et. al., in Ft. Lauderdale recently published “How to Find a Quality Nursing Home” in the Weston Gazette. Scott G. Hawkins of Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., in West Palm Beach has been reappointed as chair of the University of Florida Alumni Giving Committee, and will serve on the UF Foundation Board of Directors and Executive Committee. George H. Mazzarantani of Abel Band Russell Collier Pitchford & Gordon, Chartered, in Sarasota has been appointed to the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Patricia Menendez-Cambo, chair of Greenberg Traurig LLP’s international practice group, has received the Union Planters Young Hispanic Leadership Award, presented by the Hispanic Heritage Festival. Leslie J. Lott of Lott & Friedland, P.A. in Coral Gables, recently moderated the International Trademark Association’s “Trademark 101: Fundamentals” seminar at Nova Southeastern University. She has also been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Howard D. Rosen of Donlevy-Rosen & Rosen, P.A. in Coral Gables, recently presented “Asset Protection and Offshore Trust Planning Strategies” to the Estate Planning and Administrative Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Barry A. Nelson of Nelson & Levine, P.A. in North Miami Beach, was recently reappointed as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law graduate program in taxation. He will teach an estate planning workshop. Nelson also serves as chief of The Victory School, Inc., board, which serves children with autism and related disabilities. Paul Breitner and Alexander Barthet of The Barthet Firm in Miami were recent presenters at Lorman’s Seminar on “Solving Water Intrusion and Mold Problems in Florida” recently held in Miami. The seminar addressed the increase in mold litigation, methods for finding and removing mold, and insurance coverage issues. Joel Hirschhorn of Hirschhorn & Beiber, P.A., in Maimi, has been named president of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.last_img read more

Inside credit union marketing: Why you can’t be afraid of the camera anymore

first_imgWe all know a camera stuffed into a mobile phone changed everything. Now we are all reporters clad with megapixel lenses in our pockets, showing everything from funny baby pictures, tasty meals, and crazy cat videos, to live product demos, behind-the-scenes tours, and, yes, our selfies. It’s this instant gratification of the photos or videos from our smartphone or tablet that allows our story to be told now – not waiting for next week’s issue, the 5 o’clock news, or that Feb. 21-23 conference. They’re told right now.In addition, new real-time video apps like Periscope, Meerkat, and Blab – not to mention the stalwarts Skype and Hangouts, are progressive channels to deliver your message and receive instant, immediate feedback from your audience. What’s happening today with the camera is unprecedented – which means getting in front of the camera has never been more vital to the enhanced exposure of your organization.Why?Nothing brings out the true personality of you and your company like being on video. Again, these new online apps make it easier than ever to deliver your message and receive vital feedback from your audience. All you have to do is douse your fear of the camera and embrace the lens as one of your prime communication channels. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Croatia is still not sufficiently recognizable in health tourism

first_imgHotel “Omorika” in Crikvenica on Thursday, November 16, 2017, was a meeting place of health, tourism and knowledge. The reason for this was the fifth CIHT (Crikvenica International Health Tourism) conference, held in the organization of the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica and the co-organization of the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster and Thalassotherapy Crikvenica.This year’s international conference gathered an enviable and record number of participants, about 150 of them, from Croatia, the USA, China, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Slovenia. In the introductory speech, the director of the Crikvenica Tourist Board, Marijana Biondić, introduced the audience to the Crikvenica Riviera, the best health destination in Croatia in 2017. Interesting and educational presentations by lecturers from Croatia, USA, China, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Germany presented current trends in the business world and medicine and provided answers to various questions. Many of them reiterated the importance of connecting everyone whose activities are related to health tourism as quickly, efficiently and with quality as possible, as well as the necessity of constant investment in human resources and promotion.There was talk about patients’ expectations, experiences from different world markets, concrete examples for new opportunities for cooperation in the field of health tourism (for example, cooperation between Croatia and Russia), but also successful international cooperation, such as between the Chinese Houliping TCM Hospital Group and Croatian. How to increase your profits by knowing your clients, what are the possible methods of financing health tourism, how does a satisfied client become an ambassador, what is a virtual 360 and Healing Hotels of the World?The central part of the conference was a round table on “Health tourism – yesterday, today, tomorrow”, which was attended by Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Denis Kovačić, Deputy Minister of Health, Vladimir Mozetič, President of the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster, Nevenka Kovač , director of the Polyclinic “Medico” and Vlasta Brozičević, head of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Polyclinic “Terme Selce”. A short introduction was made by Alfred Franković, manager of the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster, and then a dynamic discussion began. Among other things, issues related to the proposal of the new Law on Health Care are open, primarily the position of health tourism and the need for compliance with the Law on the provision of tourism services. Assistant Minister of Health Denis Kovačić said that more intensive cooperation between the two key ministries – tourism and health – has finally begun, legislation is being harmonized and preconditions are being created so that entities can operate normally and offer their services on the market.Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić emphasized that the intensive development of health tourism is finally supported and, after the long-awaited legal framework, its strengthening and expansion is expected, as well as Croatia’s positioning on the world health tourism map. Emphasizing that Kvarner is the flagship of health tourism in our country, Director Staničić praised the successful work and initiative of private clinics, such as Terme Selce. It was said several times during the discussion that Croatia is still not sufficiently recognizable in health tourism, regardless of the comparative advantages and rich tradition, and that more should be invested in the promotion and intensification of the presentation of health tourism. The participants also agreed that the strengthening of health tourism in Croatia can have a significant impact on the decline of seasonality and increase income, and that in the development and promotion of this selective type of tourism, other segments are extremely important, such as outdoor, sports, gastronomy, cultural and historical sights… In the concluding part, it was repeated that positive changes are visible, that health tourism has finally started to gain in importance in terms of legislation that is a necessary prerequisite for further development and growth.Also, it is especially important to efficiently and quickly connect, network and cooperate all those involved in the “chain” of health tourism – from the creators of the service, who must constantly invest in quality, while maintaining authenticity and introducing modern world trends, through the legislator who must provide adequate financial and logistical support to those whose main role is the intensive promotion of Croatian health tourism.

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Open applications for DHT on Hvar, as well as the program of events

first_imgThe October meeting of tourist workers as part of the Croatian Tourism Day will be held on the sunniest Croatian island, Hvar, in the town of Hvar from October 24 to 25, 2018, which this year marks 150 years of tourist tradition.DHT gathers over 1000 people every year, and this year the participants can expect numerous lectures, workshops, gatherings and additional events in which world-famous foreign and domestic tourism experts, opinion makers and  influencers from business and social life. This year we will talk about the relationship between the film industry and tourism, the construction of Croatia as a national brand, Croatia as a new gastronomic icon in Europe, the visibility and promotional importance of tourism bloggers, etc.Among the world-renowned experts, the arrival at DHT was confirmed by Al Merschen, President and Founder of MMGY Global, one of the most important marketing and PR companies in the United States, who will talk about the state and potential of Croatia in the US market. who will participate in the panel “Film Industry and Tourism”. At the Days of Croatian Tourism, among other things, a research will be presented: “What kind of tourism do we want – a study of the sustainability of the Split-Dalmatia County”, and  There will also be a traditional round table of representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia with tourism workers and the Croatian Tourism Forum organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. As the culmination of this event, recognitions will be given and awards will be given to tourist workers, ie destinations and tourist offers that make Croatian tourism more and more successful from year to year.ONLINE LOGIN DHT HvarDHT Program 2018 HvarFor all those who want to plan for the long term, next year the Days of Croatian Tourism will be held in Slavonia, more precisely in Osijek.last_img read more

Local cadres oppose PDI-P decision to nominate Jokowi’s son-in-law for Medan mayoral race

first_img“Akhyar is a Marhaenist who is close to [a lot of] the party’s members. Our support for him grew after [we saw him] receive unfair treatment [from the party],” he said.Marhaenism is a socialistic political ideology that originated in Indonesia and emphasizes national unity, culture and collectivist economics.The head of the PDI-P’s Medan executive board (DPC), Hasyim, told the Post that only a handful of members opposed Bobby’s and Aulia’s nomination.“Most party members gladly accept and fully support the decision.”Hasyim added that the pair was a very strong contender in the December election. Besides the PDI-P and Gerindra, the pair is backed by the Golkar Party, NasDem Party, Hanura Party, United Development Party (PPP) and the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI).”I’m optimistic that the pair nominated by the PDIP-Gerindra coalition will win in the Medan mayoral election,” he said, adding that the Bobby and Aulia reminded him of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who won the 2012 Jakarta gubernatorial election.Hasyim said the PDIP-Gerindra coalition had a strategic meaning for the 2024 presidential election.Meanwhile, Bobby’s nomination came after Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, secured his ticket with the PDI-P to run in the Surakarta mayoral race in Central Java. (nal)Topics : Several local members of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) have expressed their disapproval of the party’s decision to nominate President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son-in-law, Bobby Afif Nasution, for the Medan mayoral race in North Sumatra.They created the PDIP 98 Exponent Forum to show support for Medan acting mayor and former PDI-P senior politician Akhyar Nasution, who was initially a strong contender to be nominated for the upcoming election.”We set up the forum [to represent] members of the party who are disappointed that the party nominated a non-cadre for the mayoral race,” forum head Gumana Lubis told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. PDI-P executive Puan Maharani announced on Tuesday that the party would nominate Bobby and Gerindra Party politician Aulia Rahman to respectively run for mayor and deputy mayor in Medan. Bobby officially joined the PDI-P in March in a bid to contest the race.In late July, Akhyar switched parties from the PDI-P to the Democratic Party after the ruling party refused to back him in the city’s mayoral election. Akhyar’s candidacy is backed by the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the Democratic Party.Gumana, who also heads the party’s Medan Johor branch, predicted that 60 percent of traditional PDI-P voters in Medan would likely vote for Akhyar, as both Bobby and Aulia are non-cadres.Read also: PDI-P officially nominates Jokowi’s son-in-law for Medan mayoral racelast_img read more

Six Nations 2019: Rory Best praises Ireland reaction as champions get off the mark

first_imgRory Best praised Ireland for its reaction to defeat against England in Saturday’s beating of Scotland, although he acknowledged they still must improve.Last year’s Six Nations Grand Slam winners were stunned by England in its Dublin opener, but they bounced back with a 22-13 triumph at Murrayfield. Six Nations 2019: Wales captain Jonathan Davies frustrated despite win over Italy “We have a lot of belief in what we’re doing and how good a team we are,” Best told BBC Sport. “That was a really tough game, it was tough mentally in the build-up to it.#GuinnessSixNationsThanks for the incredible support in Scotland today. It got us over the line! #TeamOfUs #SCOvIRE #ShoulderToShoulder— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 9, 2019″We asked for a reaction, we asked for a physical reaction that we probably didn’t get last week and I think we got that. “It wasn’t the most spectacular game of rugby there ever was, but I think it was two teams going hard at each other and we are very, very grateful to win.”We had our chances and we took them, we were clinical. We’ve obviously got a lot of improving to do but, at the same time, we just had to wear them down.”They were well organized in defense and we knew how dangerous they would be in attack. By and large we fronted up to the task, as we had to.” Ireland lost Johnny Sexton to injury in the first half yet still had too much for Scotland, with Conor Murray, Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls going over to pull clear of the hosts.And while Best was still not entirely content with the performance level, he reiterated his belief in the rallying visitors. Related Newslast_img read more

JBLM Commanding General Is Thurston Chamber Forum Speaker

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County ChamberThe Thurston County Chamber of Commerce has the distinct honor of hosting Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, Commanding General of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis McChord as he addresses the Thurston County community for the first time as the November 14 Forum speaker.Returning to the Northwest in July after most recently serving as commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning., Lt. Gen. Brown had previously been stationed here from 2002-2006 as Commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.Lt. Gen. Brown will speak on the structural changes in chain of command, operational changes, and the economic impact of our community from JBLM at Forum.Forum is held at Saint Martin’s Norman Worthington Center from 11:30am to 1pm.  The cost is $30 general admission, $20 for online prepaid Chamber members and $25 for members at the door. Reservations are requested at 360.357.3362 or is sponsored by:Port of Olympia, Capital Aeroporter, & Heritage Bank Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more