Bluesun Hotels will manage the Velaris resort in Supetar

first_imgAfter announcing the joint venture of its Sunce concern and the German TUI, the world’s largest tour operator, which entered the co-ownership of a Croatian hotel for the first time, the Hotel Jadran in Tučepi, Jake Andabaka announced that TUI and Bluesun hotels through their joint company Punta Zlatarac Tucepi bought 32 hectares of land on Brac.These are the famous bays of Tiha and Stiniva near Sutivan, where they plan to build a luxury hotel complex with two to three hotels of the highest category. Land buyers cite the possibility of building up to three hotels, several villas and a facility to accommodate workers.In addition, the company Hoteli Zlatni Rat from Bol on Brač, which is a member of the Jake Andabaka concern, leased the settlement in a top location in the island’s capital – Supetar, for five years. These are the Velaris resort, the former Pliva resort, which includes the 4 * Hotel Amor, the 4 * Villa Vela Luka and two 3 * pavilions, with a total capacity of 172 rooms.Photo: Velaris Resort”This project will bring additional value to our existing operations on the island of Brac, all through the company Hotels Zlatni rat” stands in the statement of the Sun concern. Andabak has been present in Bol with its hotels for a long time, and the expansion of capacity and strengthening the position on the domestic tourist market will certainly contribute to its ownership of Brac Airport.Related news: EXCELLENT COOPERATION! PRIMA FURNITURE EQUIPPED BLUESUN 5-STAR HOTELSlast_img read more

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Volunteers are a Vital Resource During Sandy Aftermath

first_imgVoluntary Agency Liaison staff at FEMA work with the state umbrella organization, New Jersey Voluntary Organi­­za­tions Active in Disaster (VOAD). FEMA provides information on the extent of damage from the disaster to VOAD. The organization then contacts its local partners who provide direct services to disaster survivors.Disaster assistance is coordinated over the long term by VOAD to make sure everyone who needs help receives help. TRENTON – When a disaster strikes, volunteers are a vital resource. They represent the compassionate face that brings comfort to disaster survivors and provides for their immediate needs.“Working together as friends and neighbors is spontaneous after a disaster” said FEMA Volunteer Agency Liaison Manager Ken Skal­itzky. “This approach is really what makes a community whole again.”One group of volunteers recently was recognized when Middletown Mayor Anthony P. Fiore presented the Key to the City to Dave Karr, whose volunteer staff from the Southern Baptist Convention, Okla­homa Dis­aster Relief, prepared more than 1.5 million meals for disaster survivors.“It was a real honor,” Karr said. “I was told they rarely do this. I accepted on behalf of the whole Oklahoma team.”Karr’s team and the organization they represent are typical of the volunteers working in New Jersey, both locally and from out of state. More than 100 organizations manage thousands of dedicated volunteers.Here are some of the major organizations and their services:Adventist Community Services – manages warehouse distribution of supplies for disaster survivors.Mennonite Disaster Service – doing cleanup, repairs, and rebuilding homes.The Salvation Army – provided Thanksgiving dinner or lunch in several locations throughout  the state. The Transitional Sheltering Assist­ance social services programs connect needs with available resources.Samaritans Purse – doing muck outs, removing dirt and debris; cleaning up and sanitizing homes to prevent mold.Southern Baptist Con­ven­tion/Oklahoma Disaster Relief – 117 volunteers prepared more than 1.5 million meals to date, and is deploying 41 emergency relief vehicles across New Jersey to continue feeding disaster survivors.The Red Cross – more than 4,000 volunteers assisting with meals, sheltering, essential supplies, and health services.United Methodist Com­mittee on Relief – volunteers working on “muck outs.”Catholic Charities – 363 volunteers serving at relief sites offered financial and other material assistance to some 3,000 families.  The sites are now closed.last_img read more

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Get the 2010 World Cup Fan Guide

first_imgDownload the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee’s comprehensive 92-page guide to the tournament, packed with information on stadiums, host cities, fan parks and much more.There’s useful information on everyday matters such as banking and food, as well as tips on safety and staying healthy. The guide also has advice on transport – road, rail and air – as well as accommodation and communication.The section on stadiums is particularly useful, with maps showing how to get to each stadium, where to buy tickets, the nearest airport and transport nodes, as well as detailed layout plans of all of the stadiums indicating gates and seating. Also provided are rules on stadium conduct and items prohibited in the stadiums.The handbook also outlines the history of South Africa, and has a nifty guide to South African slang.Download the 2010 Fan Guide (PDF, 6.4 MB)last_img read more

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Africa’s first biofuel flights take off in South Africa

first_imgHistory was made in mid-July. Africa’s first sustainable biofuel powered flights successfully flew between Johannesburg and Cape Town.The South African Airways (SAA) and Mango Boeing 737-800s used biofuel to power their engines on 15 July 2016. The fuel is made from a tobacco plant cultivated in Limpopo. Under Project Solaris, the plant, also named Solaris, produces small leaves, flowers and seeds which are crushed to extract a vegetable crude oil. It is a nicotine-free, hybridised tobacco plant.Growing the crops locally had contributed to the country’s National Development Plan of economic and rural development, said Musa Zwane, SAA’s acting CEO. He also noted that the project had established a regional bio jet fuel supply chain, something of which we could be proud.Nico Bezuidenhout, Mango CEO, echoed Zwane’s pride. “The project also shows how, when various role players come together and collaborate, success is imminent,” he said.Environmental impactThe World Wildlife Fund South Africa (WWF-SA) said the aviation industry was one of the fastest growing sectors but it was also responsible for much of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.Biofuels could play a key role in the move of the aviation industry from using hydrocarbon fuels.“These are fuels manufactured from oils, sugars and biomass from plants, rather than from fossil fuels,” the organisation said of biofuels. “Because plants remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere biofuels typically can reduce the emissions from flights by between 25% and 75%.”It noted a study from the Stockholm Environmental Institute which estimated that “biofuels could feasibly reduce aviation’s emissions by as much as 9% between 2020 and 2035, while still being produced in a responsible manner”.While the biofuel industry is tiny at present, concerns have been raised about the land used to harvest these plants, water consumption and other agricultural impacts. WWF-SA and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) are studying the sustainability of biofuel crops.“This means factoring in the population growth and agricultural demand within the region [since the displacement of food crops has been a key concern of first-generation biofuels], the protection of endangered species and critical ecosystems, and the securing of essential water resources as the climate changes.”Project Solaris has RSB certification.WWF-SA’s James Reeler said: “By using RSB-certified feedstock, SAA has demonstrated its concern with not only reducing its carbon footprint, but also ensuring that the biofuel supply chain reduces other social and environmental risks.”Project Solaris received RSB certification in September 2015 for producing the crop in line with the RSBs global standard. It is a GMO-free plant that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil.RSB is an independent global multi-stakeholder coalition that works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials. Its certification scheme verifies that biomaterials are ethical, sustainable and credibly sourced.South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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Filmmaking Tip – Shooting Night Exteriors on a Budget

first_imgThe nighttime exterior shot is one of the greatest challenges for filmmakers on a budget. This filmmaking tip will make lighting your scene a lot easier.Top image from Frank GlencairnNighttime exteriors typically require a ton of powerful lights (and generators) to illuminate your scene, which naturally poses a problem if your budget is limited. This is especially the case for wide shots where there is such an expansive area that needs to be lit. It doesn’t matter how fast your lenses are or how sensitive your low-light camera may be, there is no substitute for great lighting techniques when trying to capture a cinematic look.Image from Pinewood GroupThat said, one of the best and most effective tricks of the trade in this type of situation is very simple: water. For years filmmakers have been using water on streets, sidewalks, asphalts, etc. to create a more reflective surface. By evenly spraying the concrete surfaces in your shot, you’re able to brighten up your scene drastically.You might be wondering if this technique will make it seem as if it’s raining in your scene, however if done right, this will never be an issue. In fact, some of the biggest feature films use this very same method on set to do exactly what I’ve described above – Not because their budgets can’t accommodate proper lighting, but more so because they prefer the aesthetic of the shiny street at night.Image from ShutterstockIf you’re working on a tight budget, then it’s essential that you’re able to think outside the box. It can be a waste of time to think about how to get more lights on set or how to come up with the money for such a thing. Instead, you should think about how to make the lights you already have more effective. In situations like the one I’ve described in this article, the problem is not necessarily solved by shooting with the most light sensitive camera. You may just need a trick or two up your sleeve. What kind of tricks? The kind described in the following PremiumBeat articles!5 DIY Lighting Tips For Filmmakers on a BudgetLighting Tips to Consider Before Shooting Your Next FilmAdd Drama to Your Lighting Setup with Negative FillGot any other tips for lighting on the cheap? Share your knowledge in the comments below!last_img read more

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Improvement Works to be Undertaken at Dunn’s River Falls

first_img The St. Ann Development Company Limited (SADCo), is to undertake a number of improvement works at the Dunn’s River Falls and Park to enhance the overall sustainability of operations, whilst meeting the needs of patrons. Story Highlights Specifically, SADCo plans to establish a new service court to include changing rooms, lockers and shops, and a VIP entrance, as well as redevelop the craft market at the Dunn’s River Falls and Park. This is outlined in the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, tabled in the House recently by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke. The St. Ann Development Company Limited (SADCo), is to undertake a number of improvement works at the Dunn’s River Falls and Park to enhance the overall sustainability of operations, whilst meeting the needs of patrons.Specifically, SADCo plans to establish a new service court to include changing rooms, lockers and shops, and a VIP entrance, as well as redevelop the craft market at the Dunn’s River Falls and Park.This is outlined in the 2019/20 Public Bodies Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, tabled in the House recently by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.In addition, in order to improve its financial sustainability, SADCo, in collaboration with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), will pursue the increased marketing of the managed facilities with a view to increasing revenues by 10 per cent annually.Also, the organisation projects to realise a profit of $35.12 million, the document notes.The SADCo, an associated company of the UDC, was incorporated in 1967. The company partners with the UDC under a management contract to oversee the management of several properties/attractions in the tourism sector.Its main activities are focused on the sustainable development of several properties, including Dunn’s River Falls and Park, Green Grotto Caves, Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios Bay Beach, Roaring River, Laughing Waters and undeveloped lands in surrounding communities in the parish of St. Ann.In accordance with its mandate, SADCo is committed to the efficient management and orderly development of the UDC’s assets in its portfolio.The company seeks to achieve its strategic objectives by undertaking activities and projects that enhance revenues, contain operating expenses and improve service delivery.last_img read more

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