United States and Latin American militaries participating in the UNITAS-Partnership of the Americas witnessed a first at the 2012 iteration of this U.S. Southern Command exercise: the presentation of energy efficient equipment and technologies adapted for tactical operations. During the event, conducted at Camp Blanding, Florida, from September 2 – 16, 2012, more than 1,500 service members from the U.S. and 10 Southern Command Partner Nations from South and Central America had the opportunity to attend demonstrations of the Pre-positioned Expeditionary Assistance Kit (PEAK), the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Networks (GREEN), and the Solar Portable Alternative Communications Energy System (SPACES). PEAK, in particularly, was purposely developed by a team of engineers under the coordination of SOUTHCOM’s Science, Technology and Experimentation Division to provide portable water purification, renewable power generation, communications and situational awareness capabilities that are key both in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in remote areas, as well as in real world military operations. The system was first tested at the end of 2011 by a group of Honduran and U.S. Military in Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-B), Honduras, a country that is frequently battered by merciless mudslides, floods, and other weather-related harshnesses. This time, in Florida, U.S. and Paraguayan Marines, as well as U.S. Army soldiers received a four-day training package on how to use the different capabilities that PEAK brings to the table, such as providing potable water from any water source to include salt water, renewable solar power, and communication networks that can save the day when water sources become contaminated as well as when power lines, phone lines and cell towers are down. This expeditionary system also provides Internet-based tools such as geomapping of pictures and messages to determine what resources are necessary to react to a particular problem, and determine where to focus the resources. The training was followed by a capabilities demonstration to senior leadership representatives from Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. The other two technologies presented at UNITAS- Partnership of the Americas were providing power to the forward Battalion Aid Station and Motor Pool Dispatch Office tents supporting the exercise. Both portable systems, SPACES and GREEN operate by converting solar energy into electrical power. According to Captain Mark Minella, with U.S Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH), both technologies have been employed by Marine units in Afghanistan to help decrease fuel consumption at forward operating bases. SPACES is a lightweight system composed of collapsible solar panels and batteries that can provide power for tent lights, laptops, and tactical radios, among other equipment. Its portability allows for recharging on the go, and cuts down on the need to take extra radio batteries into the field. On its part, GREENS is 300-watt, photovoltaic/battery system perfect for attaining a significant cut down in fuel use at larger sites. Both the technological demonstration and trainings at UNITAS-Partnership of the Americas 2012 were organized by MARFORSOUTH’s Logistics Division, in coordination with Headquarters Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office, U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command and USSOUTHCOM Science, Technology and Experimentation Division, which are all committed to look for ways to lessen the military footprint in the environment. “Our goal with PEAK and PEAK-like systems is to improve expeditionary capability. This includes the ability to forward deploy for contingencies with reduced footprint and low-cost infrastructure. Our efforts in this area, sponsored by the Department’s Science and Technology portfolio, is to look to the future to bring new and innovative concepts to improve the sustainment of operating forces while minimizing the requirements on fossil fuels and the impact on the environment,” concluded Juan Hurtado, director of the SOUTHCOM’s Science, Technology and Experimentation Depatment and science advisor to the command. By Dialogo January 09, 2013
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Students and parents rally outside of Merrick Avenue Middle School on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.A Merrick Avenue Middle School teacher who lost his job following his cameo in Bravo’s Princesses: Long Island is now in the middle of the latest scandal stemming from the reality show.Stefan Serie, a 30-year-old health teacher/coach and fitness instructor, appeared briefly in the June 2 premiere episode of the reality show. Two weeks later, the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District board of education stripped him of the tenure he was granted one month prior. He said he was then pushed to resign.“They did one, two skits, and then he was done,” Clifford Serie, the teacher’s father, said at a rally for his son outside the school last week. “My son is an excellent teacher. That I know.”In the episode, Serie – who was rated “highly effective” by the school – is seen in the background of “Princess” Erica Gimbel’s pool party. He asked another guest if he’s also a trainer, took off his shirt to jump into the pool, had a drink and chopped up ice for “Princess” Ashlee White. With his shirt on.He did not say his name or that he’s a teacher. A fight between “Princess” Amanda Bertoncini and Sara Schapiro, a teacher and “south shore girl,” overshadowed his appearance. Serie spends the fight off to the side, distancing himself from the drama.Clifford Serie noted that Stefan was on the beach last year when he was recruited to be on the show because they needed muscular guys.John DeTommaso, the school district superintendent, said in a statement that Serie submitted his letter of resignation June 26 and the Board of Education accepted his resignation July 9.“As this is a matter of personnel, the district legally cannot disclose any further details,” he said in the statement.Serie has reportedly hired an attorney who is threatening to sue the school district if he is not reinstated.More than 100 students and parents rallied July 24 outside the school board meeting. Board of Education President Susan Schwartz said that the district would not comment on individual employees, but allowed people to speak during the public comment section of the meeting.Parents, wrestling team members that Serie coached, and several students stood up and spoke about the impact Serie had on their lives.Christine Grassman, who runs the Facebook page “Support Stefan Serie” and organized the rally, said: “To erase years of dedication, of teaching, of community service over a shirtless cameo in a ridiculous television show? It does not add up.”A Bravo representative declined to comment on the Serie situation, but a producer from the show’s production company, wrote to the New York Daily News, saying that the situation was “extremely unfair” to Serie.Princesses: Long Island has already had its share of controversy. In the same episode that Serie is in, Ashlee White called Freeport “a ghetto,” which led to another protest. White later apologized.Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) called for a boycott, saying that the show promotes Jewish stereotypes.And, most recently, Amanda Bertoncini told a model to pretend to feed beer to the statue of a firefighter that died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Bravo took the footage out of the episode.
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In the period from January to August 2017, the number of trips of foreign cruise ships decreased by 16,8%, and the number of passengers on these ships decreased by 13,7% compared to the same period in 2016. The total number of days spent by ships in the same period is lower by 17,7%, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.66 foreign cruise ships sailed into seaports In the period from January to August 2017, 66 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, making 431 cruises. There were 610 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 964 days.The largest number of trips was made by ships under the flag of the Bahamas (109 voyages) and Malta (100 voyages), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships under the flag of Italy (150 thousand passengers), Bahamas (133 thousand passengers) and Panama (131 thousand passengers).Out of a total of 431 trips, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (66,1%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (15,8%), which is a total of 81,9%. The remaining 18,1% of trips were made in the following counties: Zadar (6,5%), Istria (4,4%), Šibenik-Knin (4,2%), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2,8%) and Lika-Croatia. Senjska (0,2%).The port of Dubrovnik is the most visited seaport The port of Dubrovnik had the most visits by foreign cruise ships (355 visits), followed by the ports of Split (138 visits) and Korčula (91 visits).
Grants are awarded to projects that promote a new tourism product to strengthen the overall competitiveness of the destination in which the school is located, based on connecting public, civil, private sector and science (development), positive effects on environmental protection, introduction of new technologies and inclusion of strategically defined special forms of tourism (nautical, health, cultural, business, golf, cycling, rural and mountain, eno and gastro, youth, social, etc.)… The Ministry of Tourism has brought the results of another tender for the award of grants in 2019/2020. years. Based on the program “Occupation Promotion” – PROMOTION AND STRENGTHENING OF COMPETENCIES OF PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS FOR TOURISM in 2019/2020. In total, almost HRK 745.000,00 was approved for all 20 received projects. You can see more information about the selected projects in the attachment. The goal of the Program is to improve the quality of hospitality and tourism staff and secondary vocational education in general in the tourism sector through the promotion, strengthening of competencies and raising the quality of human resources and raising the quality of staff in the hospitality industry. Attachment: Decision on the selection of projects of secondary vocational and art schools in tourism in the 2019/20 school year. years
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Wolf Administration Advises Motorists to Avoid Interstate 78 West of Allentown As Crews Clear Multi-Vehicle Crash, Urge Caution Traveling in Areas Across State SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 26, 2016 Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration is urging drivers to exercise caution on roadways across the state, and with continued instances of snow melt causing icing conditions, PennDOT today urged motorists to avoid Interstate 78 in the area between Allentown and Hamburg and to use caution when driving elsewhere.“Freezing rain and melted snow is causing icy conditions in many areas of the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “I am urging drivers to exercise caution before traveling today, and if you can avoid driving, stay home. A major accident on I-78 west of Allentown has already caused backlogs. I applaud PennDOT and State Police for quickly responding to clear the scene but drivers should avoid I-78 if possible or be prepared for possible delays as the backlog clears.”Freezing rain across stretches of Pennsylvania created rapidly forming ice patches and PennDOT crews continue to monitor the interstates and other routes and treat as needed. Before the freezing rain started, message boards along Interstate 78 were activated urging motorists to use caution and lower speeds. The pavement had been treated beforehand.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.Additionally, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has upgraded the state Emergency Operations Center has to Level three due to poor road conditions and multiple accidents in the Interstate 78 corridor.The State Police have mobilized troopers to work with local fire and police to clear the scene as quickly as possible511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Large windows and doors fill the house with natural light and open up to reveal an expansive outdoor patio overlooking the pool, complete with a fountain. The house is on the market for $850,000 and is situated on a 643sq m allotment. “It’s at the top end of the market in terms of price and design, so it is definitely appealing to a particular type of buyer — probably someone who loves golf, given it looks out across the golf club.”The house features striking black bamboo flooring throughout the living spaces, with a white and black colour palette making it a blank canvas for stying. READ MORE Explore Property agent Giovanni Spinella, who is marketing the property, said the house had received interest from a number of serious buyers. “The house has been laid out with the master suite taking up the entire top level,” Mr Spinella said. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We’ve had a lot of interest, with genuine buyers coming through at the open homes. This ex-display home is on the market at 14 Signature Dr in Rosslea for $850,000A HIGH-END former display home is on the market in Rosslea’s Fairways Estate, with features exclusively designed by local building company Pro-View Homes understood to be attracting interest. The four-bedroom house was nominated in the 2019 Master Builders Housing and Construction awards which was held last Friday night at The Ville. READ MORE All the winners from the NQ Master Builders Housing and Construction awards
Having fended off bids from former Toffees boss David Moyes at Manchester United in the summer, Martinez said they wanted to reward Baines’ loyalty with an improved deal but the Spaniard has been wary of speaking publicly about negotiations. Keeping Baines out of the hands of United would be a major coup for Everton and a sign of how Martinez’s arrival in the summer has had a huge effect. The club sit just one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and have lost just twice all season as the Spaniard’s change in style has reaped instant rewards. Martinez significantly gave youngster Ross Barkley a key role in his midfield and has seen the 20-year-old blossom as a result, winning his first senior England cap and putting himself in with a good chance of securing a place in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad. Barkley is contracted until 2016, having signed a long-term deal in December 2011, but could also be in line for a new contract to match his rising importance to the side. The midfielder, out with a broken toe for possibly three weeks, travelled with the rest of the squad for a warm-weather training break in Tenerife at the weekend. Press Association Everton hope to be able to plan for a long-term future with Leighton Baines after reports suggested significant inroads have been made over contract negotiations. Despite manager Roberto Martinez’s reluctance to talk about a new deal for the England left-back, Press Association Sport understands there has been considerable groundwork done over the last couple of months. That appears to have paved the way for the 29-year-old, whose current contract expires in 17 months, to extend his stay.