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first_imgReport: State Could Improve Policy, Offset Oil CostsNRDC Report Says Transportation Planning Can Buffer Automotive Fuel CostsVermont could be doing more to protect its citizens from the high costsof fuel oil for our cars and trucks, according to a new report releasedby the Natural Resources Defense Council, a national environmentalgroup.States that adopt laws to promote clean and efficient vehicles, preventsprawl, and invest in public transit, are helping protect their citizensfrom high oil prices, according to the report, “Fighting Oil Addiction:Ranking States’ Oil Vulnerability and Solutions for Change.””Based on this report, the results for Vermont are mixed,” said BrianShupe, the sustainable communities director and energy co-director forthe Vermont Natural Resources Council. “Despite our green image andreputation for forward-thinking policy, this report shows that Vermontis not among the most innovative states when it comes to taking steps toreduce our reliance on oil for transportation.”The report highlights two critical areas related to our nation’saddiction to oil: vulnerability to high oil prices and implementation bystates of policy alternatives and solutions.Vermont ranks 16th among the 50 states with regard to the specificpolicy steps the state is taking to cut down on oil use, but ithighlights some gaps. The report also shows that the state is relativelyvulnerable to high oil prices based on Vermonters’ incomes. According tothe report, Vermont motorists spent an average of $1,856 on gasoline in2007. This amounts to 5.1 percent of the average income, making thestate the 31st most vulnerable to high oil prices. The report does notconsider oil use for heating.One area in which the NRDC report finds Vermont lagging relates togrowth management and planning.”Several states have an agency that coordinates development policieswith state spending decisions to promote smart growth and avoid sprawl,”Shupe explained, “but Vermont lacks such an entity. We did get pointsfor Act 200 (Vermont’s planning and growth management law), although thestate agency planning requirements of that law have been ignored forover a decade.”The report also noted that Vermont lacks a target for reducing vehiclemiles traveled by Vermonters. Between 2000 and 2005, the average numberof vehicle miles traveled increased by 11 percent.”This is largely because we’re developing communities that are notwalkable and are difficult to serve by transit,” Shupe said. “Greaterefforts to promote smart growth, avoid scattered, low densitydevelopment and invest in alternative transportation are critical toreducing our vulnerability to sticker shock at the gas pump.”According to the report, the five states implementing the mostcomprehensive policies to reduce oil use are California, followed by NewYork, Connecticut, Washington and Pennsylvania. In New England, RhodeIsland, Maine and Massachusetts also rank ahead of Vermont.For a copy of the full report go to www.nrdc.org/media/2008/080722.asp(link is external)last_img read more

first_imgAndalucía Film Commission (Spain): Desert Tabernas, Almería The Sisters Brothers by Jacques AudiardCine Tirol (Austria): Innsbruck Old Town Tiger Zinda Hai by Ali Abbas ZafarCroatian Audiovisual Center (Croatia): Island of Vis Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again by Ol ParkerFilm Commission Hesse (Germany): Frankfurt Bad Banks by Christian SchwochowHellenic Film Commission (Greece): Corfu Island The Durrells by Oliver KienleIDM Film Fund & Commission (Italy): Lake Carezza The girl in the Fog by Donato CarrisiMalta Film Commission (Malta): Fort St. Elmo – National War Museum Murder on the Orient Express by Kenneth BranaghRoma Lazio Film Commission (Italy): Valle dei Calanchi, Viterbo Happy as Lazzaro by Alice RorhwacherScreen Brussels Film commission (Belgium): The Happy Prince by Rupert EverettTenerife Film Commission (Spain): Teide National Park Yucatán by Daniel MonzónVienna Film Commission (Austria): Michaelerplatz Red Sparrow by Francis LawrenceWestern Norway Film Commission (Norway): Preikestolen Mission: Impossible – Fallout by Christopher McQuarrie The island of Vis, where the big movie hit “Mamma Mia Here We Go Again!” Was shot, has been nominated for this year’s European Film Location Award – the choice for the best European film location.The award, which highlights the diversity and beauty of European landscapes, is presented for the second time this year, organized by the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN), which has 90 members from 30 countries promoting European locations and the film industry, including the Croatian Audiovisual Center.”The success of the first selection for the European Film Location Award prompted us to turn this award into an annual edition. This year we have 12 beautiful locations to choose from, all of which have played important roles in films and TV series shot during 2017. We believe that this award further contributes to the recognition of Europe around the world. ”, said Truls Kontny, President of the EUFCN.According to Cineuropa, Vis is one of the most beautiful Adriatic islands, which was closed to foreign visitors as a military base from the XNUMXs to the late XNUMXs, thanks to which it has preserved its authenticity. It is added that Vis has a key role in the second part of the film ‘Mamma Mia’ inspired by the music of the Swedish group Abba, in which he plays the fictional island of Kalokairi and presents himself as a paradise island.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ””In recent years, Croatia has been the natural scenery of numerous film blockbusters, series and reality shows, and I am glad that the contribution has been recognized by the profession. It is a great honor for our country to find itself in the prestigious society of countries that have played a central role in world-renowned films over the past year. This nomination further confirms last year’s title of Croatia as a particularly prominent film tourism destination from the leading British publication Financial Times for Business fDi Magazine, and I believe that it will further strengthen Croatia’s position on the European film map. Also, new tourist products are developed from all of the above, which include a tour of filming locations, making authentic souvenirs or storytelling, thus creating additional motives for coming to the destination outside the main months of the tourist year, which ultimately contributes to the overall tourism competitiveness of our country.”, Said the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli when he heard about the nomination of Visa for the best European film destination.You can give your vote to Vis on this one connectors.12 locations in the competition for the award, all of which emphasize the beauty and diversity of Europelast_img read more

first_imgEXPO 2020 Dubai will be held under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, and is expected to be the most visited EXPO exhibition that will bring together over 25 million people from more than 180 countries and provide access to the markets of Africa, Asia, Europe, America, and access to markets with a total of 3,2 billion consumers. The competition invites all those interested in offering the best creative and performance solution for the layout and content of the Croatian pavilion. In addition to the development of the conceptual design, the tender also includes its implementation, maintenance and uninstallation.  The EXPO World Exhibition, which is expected to feature over 25 million people from more than 180 countries, will take place from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. The pavilion for the Croatian presentation for which the conceptual design is required will be located within the theme park “Mobility”, while the theme of the Croatian pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai will be “Mobility of the Mind”.  The tender is open until March 1, 2019, and the Croatian National Tourist Board will hold its oral presentation for interested bidders in mid-January. Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, appointed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia as the National Commissioner for Croatia’s participation in the EXPO, stated: “By participating in the upcoming 2020 exhibition in Dubai, Croatia will have the opportunity to present its economic, cultural, tourist and other potentials and show the world that even a relatively small country can contribute to enriching the world’s treasury of knowledge through innovation and creativity. That is why the National Committee of the Republic of Croatia for the World Exhibition EXPO chose the theme Mobility of Mind through which Croatia will be able to present itself as a country of innovative projects, ideas, inventions and creative individuals who, due to the desire for challenges and openness to the new, sometimes with little resources Recognition. I believe that through the announced tender we will find a bidder who will best translate this energy of Croatian minds into the conceptual design of our pavilion.” The tender for the selection of bidders for the design of the Croatian pavilion at the World Exhibition EXPO 2020 Dubai was published on the website of the Croatian National Tourist Board. Attachment: TENDER FOR SELECTION OF BIDDERS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION OF THE CROATIAN PAVILION AT EXPO 2020 IN DUBAI, ITS IMPLEMENTATION, MAINTENANCE AND UNINSTALLATIONlast_img read more

first_imgBradley carded six birdies, four of which came on the back nine. At one point he pulled within one stroke of Reavie but a double bogey on the par-4 17th hole dropped Bradley back down the leaderboard.Reavie responded with his lone birdie on the back nine a hole later.First birdie on the back nine for Chez Reavie, and he heads to his final hole with a four-shot lead @TravelersChamp. pic.twitter.com/MR5eNw4pdO— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 23, 2019Bradley finished in a tie for second place (13 under) with Zack Sucher. Vaughn Taylor climbed into a top-five after he carded six birdies on the back nine alone to make up for an up-and-down start. Taylor finished in fourth place (12 under) for his best results of the year. Lee Westwood responds to spectator’s ringing phone with simple tutorial Travelers Championship: Zack Sucher has 2-stroke lead over field after Round 2 Travelers Championship: Chez Reavie in control after Moving Day He finished the day at 1-under 69 and 17 under for the tournament.A victory 11 years in the making.Chez Reavie is back in the winner’s circle with a 4-shot victory @TravelersChamp. It’s his first win since 2008. pic.twitter.com/VPntuuxoBO— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 23, 2019Reavie seemingly had a comfortable lead entering the final round and was sitting six-strokes in front of the rest of the field. But, Keegan Bradley managed to put the pressure on the Kansas native.  Related News Chez Reavie didn’t have his best round of the week Sunday, but he was able to get the job done.Reavie, who had not won on the PGA Tour since July 2008 prior to his start at the Travelers Championship, held on to his 54-hole lead and hoisted a trophy for the first time in over a decade. Paul Casey, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Tway rounded out the top five. The trio finished 11 under for the week.There was a sizable tie for eighth place (10 under) that included Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day and Abraham Ancer.last_img read more

first_imgSpeaking in response to the recent HIQA report on St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar and the plans of the HSE to close up to ten beds in the Hospital, Sinn Féin Councillor Cora Harvey has insisted the HSE recruitment ban is to blame.Cllr Cora Harvey will organise a public meeting on St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar.This meeting is being organised in view of the proposed bed closures at the hospital, changes to respite arrangements, the Haddington Road Agreement, the recent HIQA report and any other issues that need to be clarified. The meeting will seek to clarify the plans of the HSE in relation to St Joseph’s and inform the public of developments.“While I am supportive of the role of HIQA as an independent body in ensuring adequate standards of care in our Community Hospitals, it must be remembered that since the recruitment moratorium in the HSE the staff numbers in St Joseph’s have dropped from 37 WTE to 25 WTE. The staff and management of St Joseph’s are being consistently asked to do more with less resources,” she said.“Despite this, he HIQA report acknowledged that the staff in St Joseph’s were knowledgeable, competent and respectful while residents were satisfied with the level of care received, describing the staff as “always friendly and helpful”. However, at the time of the latest inspection for example, there were 10 staff off on leave and one retirement of a clinical nurse manager who had been on night duty. It is only natural that a high level of staff shortages will have an impact on services.“The response of the HSE has been to propose a cut in beds at the Hospital. At present there is a proposal in place to cut the bed numbers up to ten. This comes after the number of beds at the Hospital was reduced by 11 in 2010-2011.It must be pointed out that while there are general concerns in the report regarding the space available to residents, nowhere in the HIQA report does it state that beds must be closed. This report must not be used as an instrument to further cut back services at our community hospital. “When the proposal to cut beds was recently queried, the HSE justified the proposal stating that it was due to beds being under utilised. This is despite an increase in admissions of over 20% and meanwhile, families who avail of respite care for their loved ones have been informed in recent weeks that the frequency of respite care available at the hospital will be reduced.“I am calling on the HSE to immediately clarify their proposal to cut beds at the Hospital and the justification for same, the reasons why the respite care available to families is being cut and how the concerns in the HIQA report will be addressed. It is not good enough that decisions to cut services are made behind closed doors. St Joseph’s is a public hospital and a valued service in the Finn Valley and beyond.“The Government must also lift the moratorium on recruitment and invest in our community hospital network to ensure that appropriate standards are met and our community hospitals are allowed to thrive into the future.” STAFFING BAN TO BLAME FOR CRITICAL REPORTS OF DONEGAL HOSPITALS, SAYS COUNCILLOR was last modified: June 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cora HarveyHIQASAYS COUNCILLORSst joseph’s hosSTAFFING BAN TO BLAME FOR CRITICAL REPORTS OF DONEGAL HOSPITALSlast_img read more