Germany planning for wind turbines of up to 20MW

first_imgGermany planning for wind turbines of up to 20MW FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) is gearing up to launch a mobile grid test simulator that will assess the impact of mammoth wind turbines with outputs of as much as 20MW, thanks to a €12.7 million grant from the German government.Fraunhofer IWES is launching its mobile test facility for grid compliance tests research project, or Mobil-Grid-CoP, which is aiming to develop and commission a mobile grid simulator which will serve to verify current and future grid system services as well as the electrical properties of wind turbines.Importantly, however, the Mobil-Grid-CoP will allow for the testing and optimisation of the grid compatibility of mammoth wind turbines – with the current focus being on wind turbines with individual capacity of up to 20MW.The world’s largest wind turbine about to enter serial production is the 12MW GE Haliade-X turbine, but manufacturers are actively developing ever-larger turbines with the hope of delivering 20MW turbines by the end of the decade.With wind turbines of such magnitude on the horizon a testing setup is necessary, as current test benches – which provide accelerated testing of the electrical properties of wind turbines – cannot cope with turbine output in excess of 15MW.“The mobile grid simulator will be connected directly to the grid connection point at a test site,” added Gesa Quistorf, project manager at Fraunhofer IWES. “The 80 MVA grid simulator enables the testing of objects up to an output of 20 MW, meaning that even entire wind farms and strings can be measured. Furthermore, active disturbance analysis during operation on the grid is possible.”[Joshua Hill]More: Germany gears up to test 20MW wind turbineslast_img read more

The High Country of the Mind, by David Gilligan

first_imgHow many mountains does it take to reach the high country of the mind? We often glimpse it, but how do we get there? What does it take to bring the clarity of our experience of the mountains into all aspects of our lives?It is early evening, midsummer in the mountains. The sun disappears behind the high granite peaks. The air cools. The snow that remains here refreezes. Wildflowers which stood boldly open in the bright day— Kalmia, Dodecatheon, Potentilla—shrink back, as the light grows pale and the air cold. The wind that has whooshed and swirled through this place all day long lies down to rest. The land is hushed. I pull on long pants, two wool shirts, a warm hat, lace up my beat-up shoes, and set out up wide granite slabs for the alpine world.I move with fluidity and efficiency, like an animal. Each breath of the cool, thin air offers a little awakening, and I can feel my body assimilating oxygen molecules. They feel charged. Like the air’s equivalent of whitewater. I set my steps to the rhythm of my breath. My mind clears.Ahead and above is the wide world of granite, snow, streams and thin bands of green exploding with life, a glacial amphitheater ringed by splintered, serrated gray-and-white peaks which rise like enormous standing waves of stone. A few hundred feet above my camp, I reach a wide bench on which is set a deep lake. It is named Sky Blue Lake, but now it is stark, frozen white, its only open water at its outlet. But there are cracks set across its icy surface and some of these emit an eerie glacial blue color that I can only compare to the Himalayan sky. Above and around the lake the land rises in rounded heaps and benches of snow-covered granite, which form buttressed foundations of the surrounding peaks. Although I can hear the sound of dozens of small cascades of snowmelt, the basin seems silent. Underneath the silence is a deep drone, a humming, a persistent vibration. I have felt this before in the high mountains and on the Arctic tundra, but only a few times. It is hypnotic. It induces a trance-like state in me.Here, now, during the crack between the light of day and the dark of night, the brash world of our normal experience yields a little bit to the sublime aspect of reality that is always there but difficult to access. The rules of probability, set by reason, give way to a mysterious sense of possibility. It is not hard to imagine enormous mythical wolverines prowling around here or elemental titans acting as conduits for thunderbolts, casting and smashing boulders, raging and laughing and then growing quiet for an age. It is not such a stretch to relate to the sobering madness of legendary Chinese mountain poets, the transfiguration of Judeo-Christian prophets, the terrible and blissful epiphanies of American transcendentalist naturalists. They are all here amidst this utter stillness and freshening cold. Their story is told in the deep, humming song of this place. The Chinese Buddhist monk and poet, Han Shan tells us:I settled at Cold Mountain long ago,Already it seems like years and years.Freely drifting, I prowl the woods and streamsAnd linger watching things themselves.Men don’t get this far into the mountains,White clouds gather and billow.Thin grass does for a mattress,The blue sky makes a good quilt.Happy with a stone underheadLet heaven and earth go about their changes.P1010926Why do we go to the high mountains? What have such places come to mean in the deep recesses of our consciousness? The answers to these questions lie in our own physical experience: the rhythmic synchronization of breath and step that it takes to ascend into the high country, the alchemy of time on the ground in motion through space, and in our mental process: the meditative trance of the summit experience, the reflections in camp or on the journey home. We respond to time in the high mountains by attaining a state that is relatively rare in the lowlands.Such a state of being has been described and extolled by many, easterners, westerners and indigenes alike. Han Shan says of life on Cold Mountain “silent knowledge—the spirit is enlightened of itself; contemplate the void: this world exceeds stillness.” Henry David Thoreau exclaims of his glimpse into the high country of the mind while on Katahdin, the lone and barren granitic mountain of northern Maine, “Think of our life in nature,–daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it,–rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?” John Muir urges us to the high country by saying “climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” Here are the answers to the question of why we go to the high mountains.Hundreds of such descriptions made by mad mountain poets, philosophers, wilderness prophets, as well as explorers, mountaineers, rangers and other backcountry ramblers can be summed up in one short phrase: we go to the mountains for clarity. In the mountains we gain glimpses into the high country of the mind, where our fragmented and unrelated reality resolves into a single, cohesive whole, and the result is a degree of peacefulness and purposefulness seldom attained in everyday life. We feel this by degrees, each according to our own development in this life in space and time, but we all feel it. Thus mountains become temples in the sky, the original monasteries to which we retreat, sallying back to the mundane world of the lowlands, foray after foray, testing the clarity afforded by retreat against the infinite distractions of the marketplace.Why do we attain such clarity in the high country? The reasons are multiple. Biologically speaking, human beings evolved over a million years of hunting and gathering camp life. The rather sudden cultural transition to an agrarian and eventually industrial lifestyle has been, in short, unsettling to the Pleistocene-attuned human body and mind. Intentionally engaging in aspects of camp life come as a relief to us. As Doug Robinson articulates in The Alchemy of Action, regular physical activity and exertion is the most simple and ancient tonic, the original biochemical high, which makes us simultaneously more ready and more relaxed: more receptive to higher states of consciousness. Combined with the naturally meditative pace of human-powered foot travel, the biochemical and meditative benefits of moving across a landscape are reason enough for periodic refrains to such a lifestyle.Our minds are further stimulated by the multiplicity of organic, non-repeating forms in the natural world, each an expression of the expanding creativity of phenomenal nature, itself an emanation of the infinite creativity of the Absolute, the Tao, the Source, Ultimate Reality, “Tat”, which can not be named. Muir reminds us, “there are no square-edged inflexible lines in nature.” No two snow crystals are the same, but neither are any two leaves or flowers or fruits, streams, rivers, lakes, skies, stones, to say nothing of the more animated creatures of the world: warm and pulsing birds and mammals, intricately moving insects, sliding, oozing mollusks, all our distant kin. Enmeshed in such a matrix of life, we attend to meaningful activities: listening and smelling for water, finding and collecting fire wood, preparing the food that we need to keep warm, to keep moving. All of this amidst the “quietness”, in the vibrational sense of the word, of a place unsullied by too much human business.P1040045 All of this is inherent in wild places, be they desert, mountain, forest or sea. But what of the mountains? What is so singular about the high country? Foremost is the perspective afforded by the combination of the extreme physical exertion implicit in working against the grain of gravity, along with attaining greater and greater heights. More simply put, we can see more the higher we go, and because of the nature of our efforts we are more fit to see. The alchemy of physical exertion is heightened by intentionally engaging in rhythmic breathing exercises while ascending, which alone is a powerful method of increasing one’s receptivity to higher consciousness. The physiological interactions of the body with rarified air exaggerates the effects of such exercise.At 10,000 feet the body is working with 75 percent the amount of oxygen it gets at sea level; at twenty thousand feet it is working with only 50 percent. As the amount of oxygen in the air decreases, the body’s efforts increase. As the air gets thin, life on Earth becomes more ethereal, and as we are pushed further through the curtain that separates life and death, we see much that was veiled before. Even without such exertion, attaining elevational heights can bring about notable shifts in consciousness, as experienced by many upon seeing the world from the perspective of an airplane. When combined, attaining a heightened alchemical state simultaneous with elevation gain is more powerful than either alone, and tends to dissolve the distinction between literal and metaphorical experiences of reality. As the distinction between these two ways of seeing becomes blurred, our perception on the wholeness of reality becomes clearer.We ascend into a world that is raw, elemental, primordial and dynamic because it is in a state of genesis. From a geological perspective the high mountains of the world have all uplifted in the Cenozoic Era, mostly in the last twenty million years, and all are tectonically active. In geographic lingo such mountains—those of the Alpine-Himalayan system and the Pacific Rim Cordilleran system—are diagnostically primary mountains, meaning they are happening now. Interestingly, most of these mountains are also primary in the ecological sense: their bedrock either recently erupted and cooled or scoured down to stark naked stone by the episodic comings and goings of Pleistocene ice. Here, then, is the earth still in the making, and here can be felt the atmosphere of infinite possibility inherent in such places. That high mountains tend to be non-arable, sparsely populated (if at all) by humans and biologically spare all contribute to their clean, monastic aesthetic and their wild nature. Their nature is wild, perhaps, along with the deepest oceans, the wildest on earth; they are freshly hewn and direct from the source, unpredictable, free, unsullied by the vibrations of human consciousness. As if to make certain of this, their heightened state often wreathes them in weather, shrouds them in storms, obscures them in clouds, and whitens their flanks. Forests are wiped out in furious avalanches, hundred ton blocks of rock are wedged off of cliff edges by incessant frost, and there is a catharsis of continual contact with the sky.The raw, elemental, nature of mountains, as well as their dynamic nature of being in a constant state of creation, loom large in the descriptions of those who have known their essences. Han Shan said of Cold Mountain “In the mountains it’s cold. Always been cold, not just this year. Jagged scarps forever snowed in, woods in the dark ravines spitting mist. Grass is still sprouting at the end of June, leaves begin to fall in early August. And here am I, high on mountains, peering and peering, but I can’t even see the sky.” Thoreau said repeatedly of Katahdin that it was raw and unfinished, that it was “primeval, untamed, and forever untamable Nature…the earth of which we have heard, made of Chaos and Old Night…it was the fresh and natural surface of the planet Earth as it was made for ever and ever.” Muir echoed similar sentiments in his own vernacular when reflecting on his experiences in the mountains of California: “…everything is flowing—going somewhere, animals and so-called lifeless rocks as well as water. Thus the snow flows fast or slow in grand beauty-making glaciers and avalanches; the air in majestic floods carrying minerals, plant leaves, seeds, spores, with streams of music and fragrance; water streams carrying rocks both in solution and in the form of mud particles, sand, pebbles and boulders. Rocks flow from volcanoes like water from springs, and animals flock together and flow in currents modified by stepping, leaping, gliding, flying, swimming. While the stars go streaming through space pulsed on forever like blood globules in nature’s warm heart.”P1200979The day wanes and the moon does not rise. The austerity of the landscape is exaggerated by the pale, cold light—there is neither brightness nor shadow. Above the basin, the high peaks grow gray and grim. Above, stars become visible.The peaks and ridges that surround this basin are alluring. Like all high mountains, they beckon me ever upward, closer to the gods, closer to madness, closer to transfiguration, epiphanies. In the mountains, one’s gaze is most easily drawn upward. Here is a vertical landscape which suggests both literal and metaphorical ascension. The first few high peaks I climbed each brought about a certain transformation. I remember every one of those climbs in detail.I came to expect such highs, to crave them, to look forward to the next one during the often long spells in the lowlands. The next few years of ascents were still satisfying but less and less remarkable. I can only recall the details of these climbs if I really set my mind to it, and some I have little memory of at all. As I continued to climb, my own attachment to outcome cast a larger and deeper shadow on my relationship with the mountains. Eventually, while teetering in the wind on one high alpine summit after another, I had to ask myself “what am I still doing here? What am I not getting?”I kept climbing mountains. Eventually, I began to realize that the peaks themselves, though physically the highest places on earth, are only encouragement, and hold no promise of attaining such heights in our own consciousness. I set out to find the high country of the mind. Others led the way:Men ask the way to Cold MountainCold Mountain: there’s no through trail.In summer, ice doesn’t meltThe rising sun blurs the swirling fog.How did I make it?My heart’s not the same as yours.If your heart was like mineYou’d get it and be right here.How many mountains does it take to reach the high country of the mind? We often glimpse it, but how do we get there? What does it take to bring the clarity of our experience of the mountains into all aspects of our lives? When, if ever, do we saunter to the Holy Land, find Cold Mountain, the Pure Land, Ixtlan, Elysium?The mountains themselves are just places, things, and as such they are ultimately traps. Eventually the rush of novelty passes over them like the ephemeral flush of alpenglow. We develop descriptions of the world and make agreements with others about the way things are. That which was once the most obvious: the numinous, ineffable quality of nature, becomes increasingly lost to us as our attention shifts to a phenomenal nature described in greater and greater detail. If we are not vigilant we bring the chatter and clatter and busyness of the marketplace with us wherever we go, and our forays into the mountains become increasingly disappointing. We keep returning there with secret hopes for an experience unusual enough to break us free of our agreements, our detailed descriptions. We come to expect something of them that ultimately we must find in ourselves. We mistake the physical emanation of the Source for the Source itself, even as we mistake the relativities of our bodies and our minds for our own eternal selves.P1000892No one knows for sure whether Han Shan ever lived on an actual mountain which fit the descriptions of his poems. As Gary Snyder observes, when Han Shan describes Cold Mountain he is describing himself, his state of being. For Han Shan, no mountain climbs were needed to get to the high country of the mind. He was always there and always will be. Thoreau, the transcendentalist-naturalist yogic renunciate of America, did not indulge in much mountain climbing following his ascent of Mount Katahdin. For someone of his disposition, that climb was enough to push him across the threshold into the high country of the mind, and his continual access to the high country is evidenced in the works that followed his experience on Katahdin, most notably in his philosophy of wildness as articulated in his lecture, and later his essay, Walking.Following Thoreau, John Muir spent ten years sojourning through the high country of the Sierra Nevada of California and the rest of his life in and out of the high country of the mind. I believe that these two, like Han Shan a millennium before them, passed on with the light of such high country in their eyes. There are others. But for most of us, a lifetime of climbing mountains is never enough, the mountains are mistaken for the high country of the mind and we become dependant on them, even while our experience of them diminishes, becomes dissatisfying and disappointing. I never got to meet the legendary Norman Clyde, and though I am in awe of his thousand ascents of North American mountains, I have never envied him. I do not know for certain, but I suspect (perhaps because I have observed this in myself) he passed on unfulfilled, identifying his self with his experiences of the mountains, suffering from attachment to forms, wavering at the threshold.As I look around at the high peaks and ridges that surround this basin, it strikes me that perhaps all these years I have been headed in the wrong direction, working against gravity instead of with it, climbing up mountains when they themselves are headed down. It strikes me that the ultimate source of every mountain is the sea, and that their story from the moment of their conception is one of gravity and water working together to bring every particle of them to the ocean. The bigger the mountain, the more this is true. I am reminded of the profundity of the hydrological cycle and its implications for the journey of the human soul. We are born like moisture vapor from the sea, gathered into clouds and rained or snowed down upon the world. We spend some time as snowpack, a few eons perhaps in the body of a glacier, then we are released into swift meltwater streams. We become creeks and lakes and rivers, move through plants and animals, eventually, inexorably, drawn back to the source from which we came, until, as the saying goes in the East, “the dewdrop slides into the shining sea.”This evening, these truths are especially evident in the rapid ablation of the snowpack, the steady exposure of granitic bedrock, the cracking and breaking up of lake ice, the release of the bare ground of gravel flats and alpine meadows, and the cold tumult of a hundred rills and runnels and meltwater streams all rushing downslope. Even now, as the land settles into the stillness of night, the water is ever on the move, flowing down a hundred thousand mountains, over and across the curvature of earth, going back to its source. An ancient passage from the Tao The Ching runs through my mind: “To go far is to return home.” And I am reminded of the even more ancient yogic prayer: “Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone beyond beyond, and beyond that to thy homage.”I stare awhile at the steady flow of water moving through the slotted outlet of Sky Blue Lake, then set my foot to the stone and begin to follow the water down.My home was at Cold Mountain from the start,Rambling among the hills, far from trouble.Gone, and a million things leave no traceLoosed, and it flows through the galaxiesA fountain of light, into the very mind—Not a thing, and yet it appears before me:Now I know the pearl of the Buddha-natureKnow its use: a boundless perfect sphere.–Author David Gilligan is a wilderness traveler, a naturalist and a writer.  He teaches natural history and philosophy courses and leads wilderness expeditions for Sterling College, and has worked previously for Prescott College and the Sierra Institute.  His work and personal interests have taken him far afield to mountain regions around the globe. His books include The Secret Sierra, In the Years of the Mountains, Rise of the Ranges of Light and Nature, Culture, Consciousness. Visit davidgilligan.netSELECTED REFERENCESBernbaum, Edwin. 1990. Sacred Mountains of the World. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.Gilligan, David Scott. 2006. In the Years of the Mountains. New York: Thunder’s Mouth.Lane, Beldon C. 1998. The Solace of Fierce Landscapes. New York: Oxford University Press.MacFarlane, Robert. 2003. Mountains of the Mind. New York: Pantheon.Price, Larry. 1981. Mountains and Man. Berkeley: University of California Press.Snyder, Gary. 2009. Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems. Berkeley: Counterpoint.Teale, Edwin Way. 2001. The Wilderness World of John Muir. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.Thoreau, Henry David. 1950. The Maine Woods. New Haven: College and University Press.last_img read more

Buglino Plastic Surgery: Beauty & Excellence With A Personal Touch

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Woodbury-based Buglino Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery utilizes the latest, cutting-edge technologies and techniques to provide patients with an unparalleled level of professionalism, expertise and high-quality plastic surgery services.Headed by Dr. Anthony Buglino, this extraordinary practice specializes in all varieties of plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgery, including facial rejuvenation, breast surgery, body contouring, corrective surgery and non-surgical enhancements. It’s also home to a medical spa, offering chemical peels, HydraFacial, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments and laser treatments. Dr. Buglino, a Long Island native and graduate of Cornell University and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, distinguishes himself by treating the patient as a whole. When applied to plastic surgery, this philosophy embraces preventative healthcare, nutrition, and a relationship when the doctor and the patient work together toward the common goals of excellence and beauty. Dr. Buglino knows these subjects well, since throughout his childhood he was constantly sketching art—describing his passion for plastic surgery as quite literally being “drawn” to the field.“The artistry and versatility is what drew me to my profession,” he says. Education and training are vital to maintaining the highest standards in patient care, and Dr. Buglino’s team is always being updated on how to use the newest technology safely and effectively. He then keeps his patients informed with which innovations and changes are real, which are safe, and ultimately, which have the best outcomes. Buglino Plastic Surgery provides face and body treatments ranging from non-invasive and minimally invasive to more advanced surgical solutions. Body contouring includes liposuction, laser, lipolysis with SmartLipo, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), as well as thigh lifts and arm lifts. Dr. Buglino has extensive experience in breast lifts, breast augmentation and breast reduction, as well as breast reconstruction after cancer surgery. Other aesthetic procedures include non-surgical rejuvenation with the use of dermal fillers and injectables, BOTOX, and even fat transfer.Dr. Anthony Buglino Dr. Buglino is also on “speed dial” for many families with young children for laceration repairs, if needed. Having two young daughters of his own, he lends a softer hand when performing procedures on the little ones. Most plastic surgeons meet pediatric patients in the emergency room because insurance reimbursement can be much higher, but Dr. Buglino says: “I prefer seeing a pediatric patient in the office setting, if possible. It’s much less stressful on the child.”Dr. Buglino has very strong ethics and believes in medicine before money. That credo has given him a loyal following of patients who know they will only receive the best care.Foremost a physician, Dr. Buglino believes in taking the time to discover what each patient wants and needs in order to create a suitable treatment plan. He helps the patients make the best decisions to ensure the best results. “If Dr. Buglino doesn’t feel that it’s the right procedure or the right time to perform the procedure, he won’t do it,” says his staff. “His main focus is always on quality patient care.” Buglino Plastic Surgery offers complimentary personalized consultations. There is no rushing and no compromise. Unique, 5-Star Luxury Concierge Service is another quality that sets Buglino Plastic Surgery apart from other practices. Whether you live on Long Island or are flying in from out of state or another country, this includes assistance with hotel arrangements and transportation to and from your hotel or home. Concierge after-treatment care includes in-home visits, private nursing services and product delivery to patients’ home or office, depending on the level of service preferred. Medical Spa & Aesthetic TeamBuglino Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is also home to Dr. Buglino’s Medical Spa, a one-stop shop for intelligent skincare utilizing the latest technology and in-depth medical science. Dr. Buglino offers his own pharmaceutical skincare line of products for every skin type.The practice recently relocated to a beautiful, 2,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art suite of offices conveniently located in Woodbury, New York. The décor is gorgeous, replete with artwork and sculpture, and the ambiance is soothing. Each treatment room is equipped with the newest technology, while providing every patient privacy and comfort.The medical spa aims to provide inner well-being and outer beauty, striving for every patient to leave looking well-rested and youthfully fresh—not pinched, taut, or overblown. The HydraFacial is being offered during spa week for $50—providing an unheard-of opportunity to try this top-of-the-line treatment, which is gentle and very effective. It treats many common skin concerns, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, congested skin, enlarged pores, rosacea, and both oily and dehydrated skin. Instead of pulling and prodding, the HydraFacial’s unique Vortex-Fusion technology removes dead skin, cleanses, exfoliates, and extracts impurities, and then infuses the skin with serums rich in antioxidants, such as glycolic, hyaluronic acid, growth factors, and skin-plumping peptides. The results are remarkable: Your skin looks super-hydrated, healthier and plumper, with a radiant glow.Customers can schedule a HydraFacial the very same day as a special event and know their skin will be left radiantly beautiful for whatever the occasion. Dr. Buglino’s team has been noting astonishing results among those using HydraFacial as a safe and effective alternative to antibiotics and Accutane. Adolescents and teenagers with acne or “backne” treated with HydraFacial have also been achieving outstanding results. Buglino Plastic Surgery will be participating in Spa Week from April 17th – April 23rd, with bookings beginning on March 20th. Spa Week Specials Include: HydraFacial, Medical Grade Chemical Peel One Area of Xeomin.For more information about Buglino Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, to contact Dr. Buglino, or schedule a consultation, call or visit: Buglino Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery40 Crossways Park DriveSuite 108Woodbury, New York 11797516-864-0700last_img read more

Binghamton University displays Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit

first_imgAnthropology Professor Randall McGuire says this exhibit is important to BU because of the campus’ fairly substantial Hispanic student body, The exhibit is being displayed in about 150 locations around the world. “Most of them are not from Mexico, but there are some,” McGuire said. “And of course this is a part of many of their experiences and family’s experience and connections like that.” This exhibit raises awareness to the 3,200 people who died while crossing the Arizona and Mexico border. VESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University is displaying the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit in the Grand Corridor in the Fine Arts Building. Seventy-five BU students helped write tags with names and some unidentified that died. The exhibit will be displayed on campus until Oct. 17, before it is moved to the University Downtown Center.last_img read more

The study of the bearing capacities of the Split-Dalmatia County has begun

first_imgBased on a public tender announced in June this year, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board signed a contract and ordered scientific expert material from the Institute for Tourism, which will answer questions about what is enough in the county’s tourism and infrastructure, where they are in the red and how much space there is. for growth.The aim of the study is to define the total load accommodation capacity for each of the six clusters in the county, according to the Institute for Tourism, which will calculate the carrying capacity of the Split Riviera and especially the city of Split, Makarska Riviera, Dalmatian Zagora and the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis.Based on the analysis of current accommodation capacities, possibilities of reception and arrangement of beaches, traffic and communal infrastructure and natural and cultural resources, it will be found out how many nights and arrivals of tourists can be in the county during the year, especially in the “peak” season in July and August. , without endangering the sustainable development and quality of life of the local community. “It is also necessary to determine the maximum number of accommodation capacities in certain parts of the county with regard to its spatial specifics. We expect the Study to say for each of the tourist clusters of our county what are the tourist figures that this area can withstand, without compromising the balance in the supply of electricity, water and energy and not spatially endangering the area with excessive construction and significantly disrupting quality of life. local population.These are logical questions after years of great growth in popularity and tourist arrivals in our county. All this will be the basis for the work of destination management that will manage the development of tourism in the county. ” points out Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist BoardThe study of the carrying capacity of tourism in the Split-Dalmatia County, prepared by scientists from the Institute of Tourism in Zagreb, should be completed by the spring of 2018. This is the only such example, at least known to me in Croatia, that one tourist destination started by making a study. The preparation of the study should have been the basis for development, not first to build accommodation capacities, and then to do the study. But again, better than ever, there are still things that can be corrected and directed to the right path of sustainable and strategic development.All the problems that are present in the tourism sector are the result of the elements and not strategic development. This is great news for our tourism, especially the Split-Dalmatia County, and I sincerely hope that other tourist destinations will follow this positive example because the strategic development of a tourist destination is the only right path for long-term tourism development.Record tourist results in Split-Dalmatia County According to its results and excellent tourist traffic in August, the Split-Dalmatia County remained at the very top of the country’s tourist regions. Thus, in August alone, based on eVisitor data, 892.328 guests visited the Split-Dalmatia County, realizing 5.969.680 tourist nights, which is six percent more in arrivals and seven percent more in nights than last year, the SDŽ Tourist Board points out.The main part of the tourist year and the first eight months of Central Dalmatia ends with an impressive number of 2.791.556 arrivals, which is 13 percent more than last year and 15,7 million overnight stays. The tourist star of the season is the city of Split, which is still at the top of the list of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, where there were 2.031.003 overnight stays in the first eight months. Makarska had 1.284.076 overnight stays, which is 13 percent more than last year, which placed the two cities among Croatia’s Top 20 tourist destinations. “All the announcements say that the excellent visit will continue during October, so Central Dalmatia is becoming a prime example of the extension of the tourist season in all parts of the county.Stella points out.Split Airport also recorded excellent results, with 2.123.209 passengers so far, which is 24 percent more than last year and thus became the first airport in terms of traffic in Croatia. Most overnight stays in the first eight months were made by guests from Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Scandinavia.last_img read more

4th International Congress of Historic Towns in Solin

first_imgThe 4th International Congress of Historic Cities is being held in Solin, organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Solin, the President Hotel and the City of Solin.This is the first such project in Croatia, under the motto “Meet, share & build” which aims to encourage meetings (“Meet”Concept) of leading people in tourism and archeology of historic cities, exchange of experiences in terms of their promotion in the domestic and international tourism market (“Share”Concept) as well as the development of new tourism products and arrangements by joint engagement of leading people in the destination’s tourism (“BuildConcept).The theme of the congress is the protection and interpretation of historical attractions and sites in historic cities throughout Croatia through “benchmarking” with cities from abroad. The historical periods to be presented include the period of prehistory to the Middle Ages. Our goal is to present the historical cities of Croatia and abroad from different historical periods with an emphasis on destination management, ie creative and interpretive presentation of historical sites.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The congress brings together lecturers from the tourism and archeological profession from the Department of Cultural Heritage of Jordan, the National Tourist Board of Italy, the city of Krakow, Ljubljana Tourist Board, representatives of tour operators from Egypt, the city of Mostar, cultural institutions from Sibenik, Omis, Solin, Klis and Istria and the Tourist Board. Zagreb.For more information on the program and all the details of the 4th International Congress of Historic Cities, which will be held from March 20 to 23, see herelast_img read more

Arsenal given asking price to sign Axel Disasi from Reims

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Apr 2020 5:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Advertisement Arsenal plan to step up talks to sign Reims centre-back Axel Disasi (Getty Images)Arsenal will need to pay at least €15 million (£13m) to sign Axel Disasi from Reims, according to reports.The Gunners are in talks to sign the 22-year-old centre-back this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his defensive options.According to RMC Sport, Arsenal made an offer in the January transfer window for Disasi but that bid was rejected by Reims as it did not meet their valuation.The French club are reportedly holding out for an initial €15m (£13m) fee but are also demanding add-ons and a percentage of any sell-on fee.ADVERTISEMENTSince Arsenal’s offer in the winter, the report claims that Reims have received bids from three different clubs but all have not met the €15m (£13m) asking price.AdvertisementAdvertisementRMC reports that Arsenal hope to ramp up negotiations for Disasi ‘in the coming days’. Reims are demanding at least £13m from Arsenal for Axel Disasi (Getty Images)Speaking this week, Arteta admitted that Arsenal’s hierarchy have three different transfer plans depending on where the team finish in the league.‘We have a lot of meetings to try and plan the season,’ said the Arsenal manager.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We might have one, two, three different scenarios and we have to be prepared for all of them.‘I’m not a person that likes improvising a lot so yeah we have to know the circumstances can change every week and we have to be prepared as a club to react to that and adapt.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal given asking price to sign Axel Disasi from Reims Advertisementlast_img read more

Parliamentary committee launches ‘inquiry’ into DB reform plans

first_imgAn influential group of UK parliamentarians wants to “inform and influence” the government’s consultation on defined benefit (DB) reform proposals.The Work and Pensions Committee, chaired by Frank Field, today announced it was launching an inquiry into the white paper the government published in mid-March.The committee has been heavily involved in the debate about DB pensions in the UK, and today said the government’s report had adopted one of its main recommendations – to strengthen The Pension Regulator’s (TPR) main anti-avoidance power by enabling it to issue fines to punish “irresponsible activities that cause material detriment to a scheme”.In December 2016 the committee demanded TPR be given powers to enforce “nuclear deterrent” fines on companies that did not adequately fund their pension schemes. Last month’s white paper also proposed tightening the “voluntary clearance” system, which relies on companies deciding whether or not to inform TPR when significant corporate activity might affect a DB scheme. Frank Field MPThe select committee has asked for feedback in relation to questions such as whether improving TPR’s effectiveness was “a matter of greater powers, better use of resources or cultural change in the organisation”, and what could be done to strengthen the regime for clearing corporate transactions such as takeovers.The committee has asked for written submissions by 18 May.The government has indicated that it would consult on its proposals during the rest of this year and into 2019.last_img read more

Hopper Dredger River Thames Passes Sea Trials

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>DEME Group’s latest addition to the fleet, the 2.300m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) River Thames has successfully completed its sea trials in Southeast Asia.According to the company, the newbuild was successfully put to the test near the coast of Batam, Indonesia.The vessel is designed to maintain sea and inland waterways, as well as perform land reclamation. It is equipped with the latest electronic system to improve positioning, sounding and execution of dredging work.To minimize environmental impact during dredging, the vessel is equipped with the latest innovation in the field of overflow – the IHC Plumigator.The 2,300m³ River Thames is the first of two new trailing suction hopper dredgers joining DEME’s fleet in 2020.last_img read more

Warriors run goes on

first_img Ulster appeared to have taken hold of the game with three penalties by Paddy Jackson in the middle of the first half but he had an important miss in the 31st minute and Glasgow closed the half with a fine try from Sean Maitland. The conversion by Finn Russell added to his earlier penalty allowing Glasgow to go in leading 10-9 and they dominated the second half, scoring tries through Tommy Seymour and man of the match Mark Bennett, with Russell converting both and adding a penalty. Glasgow can now look forward to an exciting end to the regular season as they seek a top-two finish, with a previously-postponed home game against Edinburgh next Saturday followed by Treviso away and Zebre back at Scotstoun. The pressure is now on Ulster to retain a top-two place to ensure they get a home tie in the play-offs. They have the difficult all-Irish run-in of Leinster at home and Munster away to wrap up the regular season. On a beautiful Glasgow spring evening the first scoring chance fell to Ulster number 10 Jackson but he sliced his effort from a central position on the home 10-metre line. Glasgow looked the more likely at this stage with good work from Maitland and Seymour. In the ninth minute full-back Peter Murchie broke to the Ulster 22, won a penalty which was tapped and when interfered with, the advanced penalty was hit home by Russell. Ulster were sloppy but as the first quarter ended they got their act together. The renowned Glasgow defence was put under pressure and three close-in penalties were conceded, struck home by Jackson in the 21st, 25th and 28th minutes. The second of those saw Glasgow number eight Ryan Wilson pick up Glasgow’s 10th yellow card of the season, sent to the sin bin by referee John Lacey. Jackson missed a tricky penalty in the 31st minute and Glasgow hit back in the closing minutes of the half to go in ahead. A break initiated by centre Mark Bennett was halted two metres out thanks to a brilliant tackle on Peter Horne by Luke Marshall. But Glasgow kep the pressure on and a wonderful pass from youngster Russell put in Maitland for a 40th-minute try converted by Russell. Within 10 minutes of the restart Glasgow led 20-9. First Russell kicked a penalty, with Ulster flanker Sean Doyle sin-binned. Then a Glasgow line-out drive, with backs attached, ended with one-time Ulster winger Seymour getting the touchdown and Russell converting from the touchline. Ulster came back and Andrew Trimble was cut down under the Glasgow bar before a line-out drive was referred to the television adjudicator, only to be disallowed. Glasgow, boosted by their defensive effort, got upfield and following a line-out drive, centre Bennett came back against the grain to reach the Irish line. Again the TV official was given work to do and this time he awarded the try, which Russell converted. Glasgow closed out the game in the Ulster half, with only a fine tackle from Trimble preventing them from getting the try bonus point. An outstanding performance from Glasgow Warriors took their unbeaten run to five matches as they beat Ulster 27-9, while also moving them to within a point of their second-placed opponents in the RaboDirect Pro12. Press Associationlast_img read more