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USA: Bechtel Plant Machinery Lands Contract for Naval Nuclear Propulsion Components

first_img USA: Bechtel Plant Machinery Lands Contract for Naval Nuclear Propulsion Components View post tag: Machinery View post tag: plant View post tag: Bechtel Share this article View post tag: lands View post tag: components View post tag: propulsion Industry news View post tag: contract Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Bechtel Plant Machinery Lands Contract for Naval Nuclear Propulsion Components View post tag: Navy View post tag: nuclear View post tag: News by topic Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc., Monroeville, Pa., is being awarded a $261,564,863 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for naval nuclear propulsion components.  Funds in the amount of $140,761,199 are obligated at time of award. Work will be performed in Monroeville, Pa. (97.7 percent), and Schenectady, N.Y. (2.3 percent).  Contract funds in the amount of $1,000,000 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.This contract was not competitively procured.  No completion date or additional information is provided on naval nuclear propulsion program contracts.  Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-12-C-2106).[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 18, 2011; Image: bpmionline View post tag: Naval November 18, 2011last_img read more

Fourberries out of ten? No, at least an eight

first_imgFrench farce returns to Oxford this week with La Compagnie Molière d’Oxford performing ’Les Fourberies de Scapin’ at Wadham’s Moser theatre. The rarity of French theatre performed in French should deservedly draw a good crowd as did last year’s ’Le Malade Imaginaire’. One of Moliere’s best loved plays, Les Fourberies de Scapin is a farce set in Italy. On the return of their fathers from abroad, Léandre and Octave are both faced with the prospect of marrying two unknown women. Since Léandre has just proposed to a young gypsy called Zerbinette and Octave has recently married Hyacinte, they seek the help of the wily servant Scapin to resolve their problems… Well cast in the challenging and unrelenting role of Scapin, Christophe Schramm’s engaging and memorable performance is reason enough to see the play. His good looks and charm as the scheming Scapin are irresistible. The rest of the cast, not all native speakers, do very well in portraying the humour and energy of this demanding play and the initial impact is maintained throughout. The use of set and levels is effective in its simplicity. Equally, the costumes are basic yet functional and don’t detract from the acting. A few well chosen elements of directorial interpretation are instrumental in making this production more suited to and enjoyable for its audience. For those with dubious French skills, the physical nature of the play still undoubtedly entertains, and when combined with the scene by scene synopsis given out at the start it is possible for all to follow and enjoy. All in all, whilst seeming like an obligation for Europhiles, this opportunity to see French theatre is a chance which should not be missed and happily turns out to be a real pleasure to watch.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

Cassopolis woman, 36, seriously hurt after crash in Mason Township

first_img Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ By Jon Zimney – January 1, 2021 1 384 Google+ IndianaLocalMichiganNews Pinterest Facebook Cassopolis woman, 36, seriously hurt after crash in Mason Township Facebook WhatsApp A 36-year-old Cassopolis woman was injured in a crash near the intersection of Cassopolis Road and Grange Street in Mason Township.The collision happened around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31.The investigation shows the woman was traveling northbound on Cassopolis Road but went off the roadway and struck a tree. The woman was ejected from the vehicle and was taken to South Bend Memorial for serious injuries.Seat belts were not used and no airbags were deployed. It is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. Previous articleFreezing rain to lead to hazardous driving conditions on New Years DayNext articleBiologist: Bald eagles now thriving in Indiana Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Press release: UK Visas and Immigration announces streamlined visa process for Maldivian students and offers temporary visa application service in Male.

first_imgThe Temporary Enrollment Location (TEL) will operate on 7th and 8th August 2018 from 09.00 am to 05.30 pm from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives (1st Floor Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male).Applicants wishing to use the temporary VAC will follow the normal application process by submitting their forms, paying for their visas and booking their appointments online via have agreed to waive routine interviews for customers applying for a Tier 4 student visa via the TEL – making the process more convenient to those who use the TEL.This is an optional service and those in Maldives are free to travel to the nearest visa application centres in Sri Lanka or India.Maldivians will also have access to a streamlined application process, announced by the UK Home Office in early July. Maldives was added by UKVI to a list of countries known as Appendix H. This means Maldivians – along with other applicants from Appendix H countries – who are applying for Tier 4 visas will not be required to provide evidence of finances, qualifications or evidence of their English language ability with their application, although they must still meet these requirements – and UKVI reserves the right to request the documents in certain cases.The UK welcomes students from Maldives, and recognises the contribution they make to the UK, both intellectually and culturally. The streamlined visa processes hopes to provide greater access to Maldivian students as they access the UK’s internationally recognised higher education system.For specific queries on the visa application process contact the International Enquiry Servicelast_img read more

Speech: Speech by UK ambassador during the Queen’s Birthday Party in Mogadishu

first_imgWelcome Queen’s Birthday Party, our guest of honour H.E. Deputy Prime Minister, Mahdi Ahmed Khadar.This may be a humble patch of astroturf on an airfield but it’s greatly elevated by your presence. I know that one day, if your government’s vision for reform succeeds, we’ll be able to build a new Embassy downtown.And H E Mohamed Waare, President of Hirshabelle state. I salute your efforts this year in responding to floods and to improve security.Speaker of the Upper House and Somalia’s Commander of Defence ForcesFederal Police CommissionerAnd to all our distinguished Somali friends – delighted to see such a large number of Ministers, former ministers, Members of Parliament, Chairs of Parliamentary committees, officials, and members of civil society.Some of you are British Dual nationals – so this is your Queen’s birthday party as well as mineAnd a warm welcome to our international friends and partners from Mogadishu and Nairobi.General Jim AMISOM Force Commander – Sir, we salute your efforts and the sacrifices made by AMISOM troops over many years to create the space for the promising political developments we are seeing today.Phil Evans from the UK’s Department of Intl Development and his colleagues from NairobiRosie Tapper from British Office in HargeisaLieutenant Colonel Paul Lestrange and British MilitaryMy own team, who, led by my Deputy Mary Shockledge, brilliant job of making our embassy look so good and logistics. Round of applause please for them and our wonderful caterers.To our Somali guests I have a few things I want to say.First, you are – together – the movers and shakers who will shape the future of this countryThe people who will – together – ensure that Somalia’s future is not defined and limited by its recent pastWho will ensure that unity, peace and prosperity triumph over conflict. That the cowardly attacks we saw earlier this month including on the Ministry of Internal Security are ended once and for all.That governance and rule of law can be rolled out across the countryThat trust in Somali security forces is rebuiltYou – and the choices you make – will matter, not just to yourselves but to future generationsA lot of pressure? Well, perhaps. But you are not alone and there’s no better time to be shouldering these challenges of remaking a nation.In the partnership between the President and the PM you have the guiding light of a stable federal leadership.In fledgling new federal member states, like Hirshabelle, you have the beginnings of a new, cooperative way of organising the country and sharing power, resources and responsibilities.In the UK you have a steadfast supporter.A supporter who’s here not to pursue narrow self-interests – but something bigger and of mutual benefit.A stable, sustainable Somalia. A Somalia at peace with itself and at peace with the region.What does UK support mean in practice?Let’s start with money. The present year we are spending £323 million of UK taxpayers’ money in total.On developmentOn security sector reformOn humanitarian reliefUK money not always visible, because it is channelled through multilateral agencies, especially in case of humanitarian relief. But it is there, underpinning the international community’s ability to stand by Somalia at its times of greatest need.When the floods came, it was medical supplies, food and tents paid for by the UK that helped provide much of the initial relief.And when you hear about EU funding, please remember the UK’s contribution to this. 15% of all EU development and humanitarian funding comes from the UK.You may have heard we’re leaving the EU. But UK money will continue to flow through the EU and into Somalia for years to come.Last week at the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels it was confirmed that the EU will be providing Somalia with euros100million of direct budgetary support. Euros 15 million of this amount will come from the UK’s contribution to EU development funds.Good news – and a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister, his economic reform plans and the cooperation now gaining momentum between the Federal Gov and the Federal Member States.And later this year we hope to see another major vote of confidence in Somalia when the World Bank approves a $140 million grant to Somalia for economic reforms and infrastructure.Again, the UK is a major contributor to the World Bank. $18 million of that grant will come from the UK’s contribution to World Bank fundsBut money isn’t all we offer.We also use our voice and convening power to support Somalia – and to rally others to support you.At a time of so many competing needs around the world, that’s important.It’s why last year’s London Somalia Conference was a milestone. Generating a new phase of momentum for a new phase of Somalia’s long march back from collapse.Out there in the world’s international fora, Somalia has no stronger friend than the UK. Take the issue of debt relief. Somalia owes its creditors more than $5bn and cannot access concessional financing in the meantime from international financial institutions.That’s a major obstacle. The UK is helping Somalia and the international community work together to find a way forward on debt relief. This could be a game-changer for Somalia.Somalia will need to continue to play its part. The Federal Government is to be congratulated for successfully completing a second IMF reform programme. The next IMF programme will be challenging. It will require painful changes. But it is critical to Somalia’s future. We call on everyone here to pull together to support the Federal Gov in delivering it.Expertise is something else we provide, where Somalia needs it and we have it to give, including advisers who can work closely with ministers and ministries to help them translate their visions and policies into plans and actions.And supporting civil society and developing Somali talent. We do that too. Many Somalis have won Chevening Scholarships in recent years to study in the UK. Some of those scholars are now in government and here today.And this year I was particularly pleased we were successful in winning places for on the British Government’s prestigious and highly competitive International Leaders’ Programme for two exceptionally talented young Somalis -Ilwad Elman, a champion of human rights and the cause of women and girlsand Adam Haji Ali, Chief Justice of Somaliland.I congratulate them both and wish them well on their forthcoming leadership programmes in the UK.So, we support Somalia with our walletWe support it with our voiceWith our networksAnd with opportunities for future leadersAnd throughout all of this we are determined to do so in a way that’s inclusive of all SomalisPrime Minister is championing here an inclusive politics agenda. We fully support that.Agreements on the constitution, on the one person one vote elections that will be held on 2020, on how resources and responsibilities are to be shared between centre and the regions.I’d hope we all agree that such fundamental advances must be made inclusively if they’re to bring stability to Somalia and a firm foundation to build on.Inclusion more widely is something the UK is determined to champion – at home, in Somalia and across the world.This week in London we hosted the world’s first ever Global Disability Summit, with more than 700 delegates from across the world gathering to commit to making the world a better, more inclusive place for people with disabilities.I’m pleased to say Somalia was well represented – by a delegation led by Deqa Yasin, Minister of Women and Human Rights.Global estimates put rates of disability between 10-16%. In Somalia the figures are likely to be higher still, due to the effects of malnutrition and prolonged conflict. Over 25% of the Somali households we reach with humanitarian cash transfers have a person with disability living among them.So let’s work together to end the social stigma against people with disabilities here in Somalia and promote disability inclusion.Be assured we’ll be practising what we preach. My colleagues in DFID Somalia are looking across our support programmes to identify opportunities to advance disability inclusion.For example, we’re exploring how to ensure Somali farmers affected by disabilities can benefit from a programme to promote inclusive markets in Somalia.And we’re looking too at the support we’re providing for girls’ education in Somalia.The UK is already providing 53,000 marginalised girls in Somaliland, Puntland, Galmadug and Benadir with access to education. That in itself is a major contribution to inclusion. The next phase is likely to see over 200 schools supported on disability inclusion. Over 2,800 girls with disabilities are likely to benefit.So, inclusion is something the UK is committed to developing as a shared value with Somalia. We want this not just because inclusion is right, but because it is essential. With so many displaced people and marginalised groups, Somalia’s only path forward is to put inclusion front and centre of everything it does.Two other values are fundamental to our partnership. Accountability and transparency.I promise you all today that in all of the support we provide to Somalia, we’ll continue to be both accountable and transparent.Continue to work in partnership and friendship with other countries, through the aid coordination mechanism and the Comprehensive Approach to Security mechanism set up in London.The challenges Somalia faces – and the opportunities it must now seize – are too complex and big for any one donor. We must all work together. Putting Somalia ahead of any national interests as we do so.Let me end by thanking all of you again for coming here today. You’ll have noticed the bunting fluttering in the wind. I have news for you. These are the winds of change. Moving across the Horn from Ethiopia and Eritrea, where historic, bold steps are being taken to end years of confrontation and conflict and open up new possibilities for economic integration in this part of Africa.I say to our Somali friends – as others said in Brussels last week – take advantage of those winds of change. Get your own sails out. Move faster on reconciliation and political reforms. Above all, be prepared to compromise for the greater good, as PM Abiy and President Isaias are doing. Things are moving forward in the Horn – don’t get left behind.I’d now like to propose a toast as is the custom to H.E. President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed Farmajo of Somalia.last_img read more

Oteil & Friends And Gov’t Mule Trade Sit-Ins At Tower Theatre [Audio/Video]

first_imgOn Friday night, Gov’t Mule kicked off their New Year’s Eve run at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, PA before heading to the Beacon Theatre for the next two nights in New York City, NY. Warren Haynes and company were joined by Oteil & Friends, who kicked off their own NYE run at The Capitol Theatre on the previous night.The ever-evolving lineup that backs bassist Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band) this time around features legendary keyboardist Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), guitarists Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive) and John Kadlecik (Furthur, Dark Star Orchestra), drummer Jay Lane (Furthur Primus), vocalist Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, The Nth Power). With so many friends in one place, collaborations were bound to take place–and, indeed, they did.Oteil & Friends used the title track of his 2017 album, Water In The Desert, to kick off their eight-song set, which was carried through with covers of Janis Joplin‘s “Piece Of My Heart”, Jerry Garcia Band‘s “Tough Mama”, “Tore Up Over You”, and “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, Grateful Dead‘s “Scarlet Begonias” and “So Many Roads”, and “Unconditional Love”. Warren Haynes, who toured extensively with Burbridge during their years together in the Allman Brothers Band, joined the band for a beautiful version of “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”.“Tough Mama”“Scarlet Begonias”“Tore Up Over You”“That’s What Love Will Make You Do”[Videos: Sean Roche]<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Audio: vwmule]For the headlining performance, the collaborations continued with Melvin Seals, Jennifer Hartswick, Weedie Braimah, and saxophonist Ron Holloway joining Mule during the first set for a cover of Little Feat‘s “Spanish Moon”. During the second set opener, Holloway returned for a “Mule” sandwich, which featured a section of Van Morrison’s “I’ve Been Working”. Pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier surprised the audience for a special sit-in with Ron Holloway during the encore for a cover of Tom Waits‘ “Going Out West”.“Spanish Moon” w/ Ron Holloway, Melvin Seals, Jennifer Hartswick, and Weedie Braimah“Goin’ Out West” w/ Ron Holloway & Roosevelt Collier[Videos: Sean Roche]Oteil & Friends will return to The Capitol Theatre tonight, December 29th, before throwing it down at NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl on December 30th and 31st with special guests Jen Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) on trumpet, trombone, and vocals. For the band’s forthcoming New York dates to ring in 2019, Oteil & Friends will also be supported by visual artist Johnathan Singer, who will lend his legendary visuals to the mix. Pay-Per-View webcasts of Saturday, December 29th’s performance at The Cap, as well as Oteil & Friends’ pair of Brooklyn Bowl shows on December 30th and 31st, can be purchased here.Gov’t Mule will return to The Beacon Theatre in New York, NY for their annual celebration on December 29th, followed by their three-set extravaganza on December 31st, where the band will be joined by guitarist Jackie Greene and drummer Shawn Pelton. Tickets for Gov’t Mule’s upcoming New Year’s run are still available here for all three performances.Setlist: Oteil & Friends | Tower Theatre | Upper Darby, PA | 12/28/18Water In The Desert, Piece Of My Heart, Tough Mama, Scarlet Begonias, Tore Up Over You, So Many Roads, That’s What Love Will Make You Do, Unconditional LoveSetlist: Gov’t Mule | Tower Theatre | Upper Darby, PA | 12/28/18Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground, Game Face, Time To Confess, Spanish Moon, (with Melvin Seals, Jen Hartswick, Weedie Braimah, Ron Holloway), Revolution Come, Revolution Go, I’m A RamII: Mule (with Ron Holloway), Thelonius Beck, Beautifully Broken, The Man I Want To Be, I Think You Know What I Mean, When The Levee Breaks, 30 Days In The Howl, SoulshineE: Going Out West (with Roosevelt Collier, Ron Holloway)last_img read more

Strong showings

first_imgHarvard ice hockey is flying high. With the Crimson men and women both ranked in the top four nationally, the sport some call the fastest game on earth has been bringing new excitement to the renovated Bright-Landry Hockey Center.“They’re playing great hockey this year,” said former men’s coach Bill Cleary ’56, looking on as the Crimson hosted St. Lawrence Jan. 17. Gesturing across the arena, where more than 3,000 fans streamed through the refurbished concourse under images of past Harvard greats, he added, with a broad grin: “It’s like a brand-new rink.”Certainly for the Harvard men there’s a new spirit in the air. Coming off back-to-back campaigns of only 10 victories apiece, this year’s team got off to one of the best starts in the program’s history. Since the 1988-89 national championship season, only the 1992-93 squad reached 10 wins faster than the 2014-15 team.Paced by the high-scoring line of Jimmy Vesey ’16, Alexander Kerfoot ’17, and co-captain Kyle Criscuolo ’16, and with defense from net-minder Steve Michalek ’15, Harvard (12-4-2, 8-3-2 in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference), with 10 National Hockey League draft picks on its roster, is second in the ECAC and fourth in the U.S. College Hockey Online Division 1 rankings.Charlestown native Vesey, a forward who has been drafted by the Nashville Predators, is second in the country in goals, with 17 in 18 games. Harvard ranks third in the nation in offense and power plays. The Crimson’s 12 wins include road victories against nationally ranked opponents such as Boston College, Boston University, Quinnipiac, UMass Lowell, and Colgate.The team hit a rough patch in January, dropping three of five games, including a last-minute 3-2 heartbreaker against archrival Cornell in New York. Harvard bounced back with a 6-1 win at 15th-ranked Colgate on Jan. 24. On Friday, Vesey and Co. duel with Union, last year’s national champion.Clarkson’s Pat Megannety feels the heat from Harvard forward Devin Tringale ’18. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFrom there, the Crimson will compete in the Beanpot tournament on Feb. 3, facing off against second-ranked Boston University, which has won the fabled battle for Boston bragging rights 29 times. The victor will meet Boston College or Northeastern in the final on Feb. 9. Harvard hasn’t won the Beanpot since 1993.“Obviously we’d love to have a good showing,” said co-captain Max Everson ’15, a defenseman drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs. “That first game against BU is going to be a great matchup. They’ve got some incredible talent on that team. I don’t want to make any predictions: I know we’ll be ready to go and I know they will, too.”Beyond, the NCAA tournament beckons, with the Frozen Four set for Boston this year, April 9 and 11.“Right now we have our eyes on the league, continuing to put up two points a night, and four points a weekend,” said Everson, a native of Edina, Minn. “Our long-term goals are very much looking forward to [the NCAA tournament]. If we’re fortunate enough to get there and have a decent seed, I think we definitely can make some noise.“As well as we’ve done so far, I think our best hockey is yet to come,” he added.The most valuable player in Harvard’s victorious 1989 NCAA tournament has caught echoes of that run in this year’s campaign.“We have a video from that season and I showed it to the team on the bus,” said Ted Donato ’91, now in his 11th season as head coach. “They were able to see the atmosphere that was on campus, the atmosphere that was in Bright Arena, and see the team on a national stage. I think the players can envision what potentially lies ahead. They know there’s a lot of work to do.“One similarity to me is, we’ve been able to have a very strong offensive team, and have a lot of players able to win us a game,” said Donato. “That ’89 team had a lot of different offensive weapons, and was a fun team to watch. It had the style of play we’ve been chasing for a few years: to be not only successful, but a team that’s fun to watch and fun to play for.”Team-building efforts that began last spring are paying dividends now, said Donato, describing how a former Navy SEAL commander studying at the Kennedy School of Government, Adam LaRue, met with coaches and players to talk about leadership. “He had the guys develop an ethos — a recommitment, not only on the ice, to how we wanted to be viewed, in the classroom, on the ice. We really focused on having a room full of leaders.”The Harvard women, meanwhile, have forged an outstanding season of their own, snapping off 10 wins in a row from November to January. Led by captains Kalley Armstrong ’15, Samantha Reber ’15, and Michelle Picard ’16, the Crimson (14-3-2, 11-2-1 in the ECAC) are second in the league and fourth in Division 1.Miye D’Oench ’16 high-steps as she flicks a puck toward goalie Emerance Maschmeyer ’16 during practice. As of Jan. 26, the women’s team is ranked fourth in the nation. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerHead coach Katey Stone credits the success to a “team with strong leadership working hard consistently.” The Crimson will face seventh-ranked BU in the opening round of the Women’s Beanpot on Tuesday.“It’s great to have two teams in the national picture,” Stone said. “It certainly adds to the buzz around the rink.”The rink itself accounts for some of the buzz. A major renovation and expansion of the Bright-Landry Hockey Center has been a springboard for Harvard’s hockey renaissance, the coaches said.The project included construction of a 20,000-square-foot addition between the hockey facility and the Albert H. Gordon Track. Among the upgraded spectator amenities are new concession, souvenir, and hospitality areas. Other enhancements include new locker rooms for the men’s and women’s hockey teams, as well as new sports medicine and workout facilities and coaches’ offices.The former Bright Hockey Center has been renamed in recognition of support from the late C. Kevin Landry ’66 and his family. Support for the renovation also came from Johanna and John Boynton, both Harvard College Class of ’88.“The renovations to the rink have made a significant difference in the players’ resources to prepare for success,” Stone said. “We now have a top-notch Division 1 hockey facility.”Said Donato: “For a number of years this was a great and electric place to come to for game night. We’re hoping to get that atmosphere back.”last_img read more

An appealing proposition

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA board unveiled proposed regulations yesterday which, taken as a whole, would create a more formal and uniform appellate process by which credit unions could appeal regulator determinations. Although these changes may not seem all that important, they are actually much needed reforms that are long overdue. Another proposal would mandate that members have more information before voting on voluntary mergers.Here is why you should care:First in the interest of full disclosure, as I started reading through these proposals last night after turning on game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, I fell asleep faster than an old man in a nursing home after taking his evening meds. As a result, I will be describing these in more detail in the coming weeks as I seek credit union feedback. But for this morning there is one specific aspect of the proposal that I want to highlight. continue reading »last_img read more

India, South Korea, Vietnam confirm H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgMay 9, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Authorities in India’s West Bengal state today confirmed a new H5N1 virus outbreak in the Darjeeling district, as agriculture officials in South Korea reported that the virus had struck birds in the eastern part of the country, pushing the number of recent outbreaks to 35.Rajesh Pande, a senior government official in Darjeeling, one of India’s primary tea-growing regions, said about 300 backyard poultry died last week near the town of Siliguri in the foothills of the Himalayas, according to a report from Reuters today.”Tests in a central laboratory confirmed the recent poultry deaths from the H5N1 strain of the virus,” he told Reuters.The outbreak in Darjeeling district brings the number of West Bengal districts that have been hit by the virus this year to 15. An extensive round of outbreaks in the state began in early January, prompting culling operations that destroyed about 4 million birds. Though officials announced in late February that the virus was under control, reports of sporadic outbreaks have continued.In early April veterinary officials announced that the H5N1 virus had spread to birds in Tripura state in far eastern India. West Bengal and Tripura both share borders with Bangladesh, which also reported several outbreaks earlier this year.Elsewhere, agriculture ministry officials in South Korea today confirmed that bird deaths in Chuncheon in the eastern part of the country were caused by the H5N1 virus, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. The report did not say how many birds were affected or if the outbreak struck a farm or backyard poultry.Officials said the latest confirmation raises the number of recent outbreaks in South Korea to 35, AFP reported.On May 7, the ministry confirmed that birds at an aviary in Seoul were infected with the H5N1 virus, according to another AFP report. The outbreak, in Gwangjin district in eastern Seoul, marked the first detection of H5N1 in the city.To prevent the spread of the virus, authorities culled 53 chickens, turkeys, and pheasants in the aviary, poultry at a nearby park, and birds at an amusement park in the southern part of the city, according to the AFP report.In early April the H5N1 virus reappeared in South after about a year’s hiatus. The outbreaks occurred first at farms in the southwest and then quickly spread to southern and eastern provinces.In other developments, animal health officials in Vietnam said H5N1 outbreaks have recently been confirmed near the southern city of Can Tho, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.The virus struck 1,131 poultry, mainly chickens, in a backyard poultry flock in a rural district, the Xinhua report said. Veterinary workers culled the remaining 829 birds at the site.Agriculture officials said the latest confirmation brings the number of areas currently experiencing outbreaks to three, Xinhua reported. The others are Son La province in northern Vietnam and Vinh Long province in the south.last_img read more

A simple example of how to directly raise the quality of a destination in family accommodation

first_imgWe know how important communication is in tourism, and especially in family accommodation where the hosts become the ambassadors of our tourism and the most important feature and what distinguishes the hosts from the landlords, is communication and attitude towards the guest. The hosts in the family accommodation greet the guests, hang out with them, give advice and have a different relationship with the guests than the classic renters who just give the key and see the guests in seven days when they leave. I would only add that such actions should be related to the hosts in the family accommodation who are in some quality label. In Istria we have Domus Bonus the label of the quality of family accommodation, which according to the data of the Tourist Board of Istria is in the phase of improvement and a new brand strategy is being prepared. Maybe then things like the one below would not happen to us, where we are ashamed. According to them, the picture published by the Facebook page Megatroll Split was taken at the Split airport, and shows a driver waiting for a guest with the name Kind regards. Simple, efficient and without a lot of intelligence. This raises the quality of the entire destination in the long run, because in addition to the fact that the hosts can communicate better with the guests, they can also recommend the best places. The registration fee for the course lasting 30 teaching hours was HRK 200,00 per student, while the remaining amount was paid to the full cost by the Tourist Board. Forty people successfully took the courses and completed them, and the goal of the education is to raise the quality of work with guests and their satisfaction and better tourist results. An excellent simple example of how to directly raise the quality of the destination and family accommodation comes to us from Rovinj. The Tourist Board of the city of Rovinj has moved to a new space Source: FB Megatroll Split Namely, the Tourist Board of Rovinj-Rovigno in cooperation with the Public Open University of Rovinj-Rovigno organized foreign language courses (Italian, German and English) adapted to private accommodation for Rovinj citizens – natural persons, who are registered as providers of catering services in the household to ensure better, more efficient and better communication with potential guests. Cover photo: The driver waiting for guests at Split airport, apparently just copied the last part of the email which obviously seemed to him like the name and surname of the guest who will land in Split and who needs to be picked up at the airport.center_img The previous location was replaced by the Rovinj Tourist Board with a newly renovated and modern office and a spacious attractive information point consisting of a reception area and an exhibition space where all promotional materials of the destination are on display for free choice, guests from the Rovinj Tourist Board and add: Of course, the basis is English, and other languages ​​in accordance with arrivals in a tourist destination or strategic development towards a new market. Any comment is redundant… Thus, each tourist community has the resources and can organize a free course for their hosts in family accommodation, of course only if they care about quality and strategic development. These are the basics and the first steps, without any cleverness, but again a rare occurrence in our destinations. As much as it can be fun to watch two people who don’t speak the same language try to understand each other with their hands and feet, yet don’t vote like a seagull on the cover, talk to your guests to understand you. Knowledge of the language, at least English, is the first prerequisite for tourism. “The new location of the office is special because in the past the bridge connected the island with the mainland, and the remains of the old city walls are now part of the space where the new office of the Tourist Board is located. The attractiveness of the busiest location is also defined by the fact that six streets and two squares merge on Trg na mostu, which will make the office more accessible to many guests and citizens. ” The design and decoration is signed by the architect and interior designer Antonio Balzareno from the Pula studio Fabrika doo, who decorated the bright and airy space with natural materials and decorated it with old historical photographs of Rovinj. Photo: Rovinj Tourist Board After several decades of business at the Pina Budicina Coast location, the Rovinj-Rovigno Tourist Board has moved to new premises, at Trg na mostu 2 (near the Rovinj-Rovigno City Museum). last_img read more