RELATED NEWS: “Appearances at this year’s fairs and presentations in our strongest markets – Germany, Austria, Italy and Slovenia – gave us a good insight into the beginning of this tourist year and what tourism workers in Kvarner can expect. Although the tourist year 2019 will be challenging for many destinations, the announcements of our partners confirm that the interest of guests, especially from Germany, for Kvarner will not wane”Concludes Perišić Živadinov. Even according to the announcements of Kvarner hoteliers, representatives of camps and a large number of employees from the tourism sector in general, which preceded Easter, good and positive numbers were expected in Kvarner. And that came true. According to the official data of the eVisitor system, during 4 holidays (from Good Friday to Easter Monday) there were 28.500 guests in Kvarner who spent 99.000 nights, which is even 100% more when compared to the Easter holidays in 2018. In hotels, most of which were opened on the Opatija Riviera, almost half of overnight stays (49.000) were realized. 23.000 overnight stays were realized in household facilities, and 22.000 overnight stays in camps, mostly on the Kvarner islands. Most overnight stays were realized on the island of Krk (32.300), followed by the Opatija Riviera (23.400), the island of Lošinj (15.500), the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera (10.000), Rijeka and its surroundings (6.300), the island of Rab (5.500), and the island of Cres. (5.300) and in Gorski kotar (850). Guests from Germany, Croatia, Austria, Italy and Slovenia stayed in more than 100 open hotels and as many as 25 camps, as well as a large number of holiday homes and apartments. At the same time, German guests realized 25% of the total number of overnight stays, while domestic guests and guests from Austria realized 14% of the total number of overnight stays, and guests from Italy 11%. That a record number of guests stayed in Kvarner during Easter this year is also proven by comparisons with 2017 or 2016. So this year there were 37% more overnight stays compared to 2017, when the Easter holidays were in the same period of April and even an incredible 147% more compared to 2016, when the Easter holidays fell at the end of March. Namely, Kvarner continues with positive tourist results in the pre-season period, which is the main goal of all Kvarner tourist workers in the last few years, and in the first 4 months of this year it is currently recording 10% more overnight stays. From year to year, the Kvarner Tourist Board, together with the system of tourist boards and our tourist economy, the main focus is to create motives for the arrival of guests in Kvarner in the pre- and post-season, says the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, Ph.D. Irene Peršić Živadinov adds: “In the last 8 years, if we look only at the pre-season periods, we are talking about a jump of as much as 90%, while in the total number of overnight stays for the same period we have achieved an increase of 50%. This pronounced trend of increasing the number of guests, both foreign and domestic, shows us that we have a well-established Development Strategy on which our activities and programs are based, with an emphasis on filling the period outside the main summer tourist season.” OVER HALF A MILLION NIGHTS WERE ACHIEVED DURING THE EASTER HOLIDAYS OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR DEVELOPMENT OF CYCLOTURISM IN KVARNER SIGNED
Of the country’s 893 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 78 fatalities reported as of Thursday afternoon, 515 cases were recorded in Jakarta, which also had the highest number of deaths with 46.Cases of infections continued to rise in the capital city — the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak — with hospitals scrambling to treat more patients each day as reports emerged that medical workers faced strain with short supplies of protective gear in both referral and regular hospitals.Jakarta’s COVID-19 task force chief Catur Laswanto said the city had provided medical workers with decent quarters so that they could take some rest calmly and comfortably without having to return home after long hours in the hospital.Read also: ’If you love them, don’t go home’: Urban migrants decide to stay put amid COVID-19 The Jakarta administration has provided special accommodation for doctors and nurses in the capital to support those on the front line in the fight against COVID-19.A total of 220 rooms with 414 beds have been prepared for the medical workers in the Grand Cempaka Business Hotel managed by city-owned enterprise PT Jakarta Tourisindo (Jaktour).“The medical workers handling COVID-19 patients are the front-liners in the battle against the coronavirus. They are helping the people in this time of crisis while braving great risks to their health. We must fully support them and help them,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Thursday in a written statement. “They don’t have to travel far to go back home. Their families would be relieved too if their medical worker-relatives were given this facility to ease their work in handling COVID-19,” he added.A total of 138 medical workers from Tarakan General Hospital and Pasar Minggu General Hospital moved into the Grand Cempaka Business Hotel on Thursday. Hundreds more will follow, Catur said.The hotel is equipped specifically to cater to the medical workers’ needs, as each room will be routinely disinfected. Disinfectant chambers are also available at the entrance and exit door.Authorities have also provided 15 Transjakarta buses and 50 school buses to shuttle medical workers.Anies mentioned that the initiative was the work of many parties including the Jakarta-based Muslim philanthropic organization Dompet Dhuafa and city-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya, which provided the disinfectant chambers, as well as Foodstation Jakarta, the Jakarta Bank, milk brand Diamond, Terra Restaurant and the Indonesian Food Service Association as the food donors.“Don’t let medical workers fight alone. Let’s support them and help them,” Anies said.The Jakarta administration is currently preparing three more hotels to cater to medical workers under Jaktour, with a total capacity of around 700 rooms. (aly)Topics :
Ireland’s offshore oil and gas association has welcomed the government decision this week to block a bill that would ban the issuing of further licenses for oil and gas exploration and production.Illustration: COSLInnovator drilling rig is expected drill Barryroe wells in Ireland soon. Image source: LundinHad it been passed into law, the Climate Emergency Bill proposed by People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith would’ve banned future offshore exploration block awards, putting Ireland shoulder to shoulder with Costa Rica, Belize, France, and New Zealand as nations who’ve banned future oil and gas exploration.The move has been welcomed by the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA) who said that “the Government of Ireland has taken an important step to ensure energy security, protect the environment, and create jobs, by allowing gas and oil exploration to continue.”The representative organization for the Irish offshore oil and gas industry says the decision not to proceed with the Climate Emergency Bill “has paved the way for finds similar to the Kinsale and Corrib gas fields which currently supply 60% of gas to Irish homes and businesses.”Mandy Johnston, CEO of the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association said: “Government has recognized that using our own natural resources is not only good for energy security but also good for the environment and jobs. The facts speak for themselves: Russian Gas imported to Ireland creates 34-38% more greenhouse gas emissions than using Irish gas, while Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) imported from Qatar creates 22-30% more.”She said there was no realistic scenario under which gas and oil will not be required to contribute a major part of Ireland’s energy supply in the short to medium term.Johnston said: “Brexit, and political instability in the Middle East and Russia, together with the lack of established gas interconnection with mainland Europe, leave us extremely vulnerable to massive major gas and energy disruptions.“Other countries have recognized this challenge. Only a handful have banned offshore exploration. The only European country that has done so is France, and it has a stable nuclear infrastructure powering over 50% of its needs”“Other countries have recognized this challenge. Only a handful have banned offshore exploration. The only European country that has done so is France, and it has a stable nuclear infrastructure powering over 50% of its needs. Conversely, Norway is generally cited as one of the more progressive low carbon economies in the world and is today the largest producer of oil and gas in North West Europe.The Irish Offshore Operators’ Association is fully committed to continuing to work with communities, policymakers and others to identify and implement policies which are based on science, evidence, and facts. We must work together to create progressive policies which can make a meaningful and positive impact, without undermining the prosperity of Ireland for our future generations.”In a recent debate, Fine Gael politician Jom Daly argued the bill would not lead to a reduction Ireland’s emissions and would force the country to import fossil fuels it already uses and would continue to use “at a time when the Kinsale gas fields are due to cease production in the very near future and Corrib production is already in decline.” He also said the measure would reduce the country’s energy security.Bríd Smith, who authored the Climate Emergency Bill, said the latest government action showed “the utter hypocrisy of the Government on climate and renders null and void any other measure in the Climate Action Plan.”“If we can’t stop new exploration for fossil fuels while knowing that 80% of existing reserves need to stay in the ground then we will never limit climate change to 1.5 degrees. Nothing else this government announces on climate can be taking seriously if they continue to support looking for more reserves of fossil fuels,” Bríd Smith said.She said that Solidarity/ People Before Profit would continue to fight the decision. She urged climate activists to attend a protest outside the Dáil next Tuesday at 5.30pm called by the group ‘Not Here Not Anywhere’ on the issue of the Climate Bill and the governments blocking of 53 other bills from the opposition.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Boys SoccerOn Country 103.9 WRBI, The East Central Trojans defeated The Batesville Bulldogs 2-0.The JV tied at 1-1.Batesville vs. EC Soccer (9-30)Submitted by Batesville Coach Chris Fox.Girls SoccerEast Central won against Batesville in Varsity & JV action.East Central at Batesville (9-30)Submitted by Var Vee.Middle School SoccerShawe Memorial won against Jac-Cen-Del 5-2.Submitted by JCD Coach Larry Hammond.TennisShelbyville Varsity beat Batesville 4-1.Batesville JV won 7-2.Batesville vs. Shelbyville (9-30)Submitted by Batesville Coach Mike McKinney.VolleyballSouth Decatur won against Jac-Cen-Del 25-19, 25-16, 25-21.Jac-Cen-Del at South Decatur (9-30)Submitted by Var vee.Middle School Southeast Indiana TourneyGreendale 7th Grade Team won against Batesville 25-8, 25-14.Greendale 8th Grade Team won 25-23, 19-25, 15-10.Submitted by Batesville Coach Shelly Prickel.St. Louis victorious over South Dearborn 25-16, 24-25, 15-14.St. Louis 8th also won 21-25, 25-22, 15-4.The Cardinals will battle Jac-Cen-Del at Milan Tuesday Night.Submitted by STL Coach Randy Obermeyer.SwimmingSunman-Dearborn Middle School Girls winners over South Dearborn 135-35.The Aqua Trojans Boys also won 127-44.Sunman-Dearborn vs. SD MS Swimming (9-30)Submitted by Sunman-Dearborn Coach Brandon Loveless.FootballBatesville JV defeated Lawrenceburg 52-28.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Nobbe.