Staff entitled tp pay rises while on maternity leave

first_img Comments are closed. Pay rises awarded to pregnant workers must be taken into account whenworking out their maternity leave pay, even if the increase took place justbefore they stopped work to have a baby, the European Court of Justice (ECJ)has ruled. It has intervened in a case brought by Michelle Alabaster against heremployer, the Woolwich Building Society, which has dragged on since 1996 in UKand EU courts. She had complained that a pay rise just before her maternity leave had notbeen reflected in her maternity pay, claiming the building society hadtherefore committed illegal sexual discrimination. The Woolwich and the British Government opposed this, noting the pay risecame after the reference period used to calculate maternity pay (ending 15weeks before maternity leave). Proceedings ended up at the Court of Appeal,which referred them to the ECJ for guidance on EU law. It has ruled that under European case law “any pay rise awarded betweenthe beginning of the period covered by the reference pay and the end of thematernity leave must be included” in calculations. The Court of Appeal also asked how to take account of such a belated payrise, but the ECJ said it was for national authorities to decide, in theabsence of EU law. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Staff entitled tp pay rises while on maternity leaveOn 13 Apr 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Proctors assaulted after exams

first_imgPost exam celebrations are being scrutinised by the University after allegations of assault on two members of staff following morning exams on Tuesday.Students have been warned to ensure that they behave in an appropriate fashion upon leaving Examination Schools, after increased concern from the University over public order.A letter from the Proctors forwarded to all members of Balliol JCR read, “We write to inform you of an incident which occurred in Merton Street yesterday (5 June 2012) after the examinations in the Examination Schools finished at lunchtime. Two members of our staff were injured by an out-of-control man thought to be a student who was ‘celebrating’ with one of the Finalists.“Those injured were a Proctors’ Officer (who sustained bruises and abrasions to his hand, which is today so swollen that he cannot use it) and an Assistant Proctors’ Officer (who sustained a black eye and bruised ribs and who has today been sent home from work).“Many of you will know the latter, who is a long-standing and loyal member of staff. The man in question ignored instructions to stop what he was doing and ran away from the scene. The Proctors are currently investigating this case, which may become a matter for the Police.”In forwarding the email, Douglas Dupree, the Balliol College Dean, added, “As anyone who has found themselves on the wrong side of University discipline knows, the Proctors take very seriously inappropriate behaviour (and behaviour against the University rules) by fellow students greeting those finishing exams. This incident will no doubt underline the sobriety by which any infractions are evaluated. The Master joins me in wanting to bring this to your attention.”The police have downplayed their involvement, stressing that this was a matter that would be dealt with by the University independently. A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police commented, “Police were called by university staff at 1.35pm on Tuesday, who asked if police had CCTV of a man who allegedly had pushed past two proctors at the university. The CCTV cameras had not recorded any footage of the incident.“The Proctors were not injured and the member of staff reporting the matter said he did not want it formally reported to the police, but that the university would be dealing with the student themselves. There is no further police involvement.”News of the incident has been met with mixed response among students. Whilst many feel that the celebrations are a harmless Oxford tradition, some have condemned the “rowdy” nature of them. First year lawyer John Huxley said, “Trashing is a nice tradition, but if it boils over into violence, then it’s gone too far.”However, others have criticised the University for being “too harsh” on students celebrating the end of finals. One student commented, “Finalists deserve to have a few minutes of fun straight after they’ve finished.“Of course I don’t condone violence, but exuberance is understandable, and sometimes it’s harmless fun that’s punished. But I don’t agree with the use of eggs. That’s just not cool.”last_img read more

Man, 19, killed after crash, shooting in Marine Street in South Bend

first_img By Jon Zimney – July 3, 2020 0 637 Facebook IndianaLocalNews Twitter Twitter WhatsApp (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A 19-year-old man was killed in an apparent shooting in South Bend.It happened around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, July 3, in the 1600 block of Marine Street, near Miami and Calvert.Police arrived at the scene to find a car crashed near a tree.  One person inside the car, identified as Jeremiah Parker, was pronounced dead at the scene.The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is conducting the investigation.  Anybody with information Is asked to contact Michiana Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP.The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office released the following information:At approximately 1:25 a.m. this morning, July 3, 2020, the South Bend PoliceDepartment received a report of gunshots fired and a vehicle crash in the 1600block of S. Marine St. Officers were dispatched to the area and located one male adult victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was inside of a vehicle and was removed by first responders who assessed him for life saving measures. It was determined that the victim was deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.Per protocol, the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit was activated and iscurrently handling the investigation.Several witnesses have been interviewed. At this time, no arrests have been made.The victim has been positively identified as Jeremiah Parker, 19 years old, and the familyhas been notified. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday morning, July 6th, in Fort Wayne. Once the examination is completed, results of the autopsy will be shared with the media.This is an active and on-going investigation. If anyone has information, they areencouraged to please contact County Metro Homicide at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at288-STOP. Man, 19, killed after crash, shooting in Marine Street in South Bend Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Previous articleWest Nile Virus discovered in mosquitoes in MishawakaNext articleGirl, 14, ejected w/serious injuries after crash Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Announce 2018 Summer Tour Dates

first_imgBéla Fleck and the Flecktones have recently announced a number of new 2018 summer tour dates that span across June and July. While more dates are anticipated to come in future weeks, the group composed of Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, and Howard Levy have confirmed at least eight of these new dates. Thus far, in 2018, Fleck and the Flecktones have performed a four-night run in early February, with dates in South Carolina and Florida ahead of the run’s culmination at Snarky Puppy’s GroundUP Music Festival.As detailed by JamBase, the band’s run will begin at Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York, on June 26th ahead of a two-night detour into Canada for performances in Toronto and Ottawa. On June 29th, the band will return stateside with a performance at Lenox, Massachusetts’ Tanglewood ahead of a headlining show at the iconic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, on June 30th. On July 1st, the group will return to Canada, this time to Montreal at Theatre Maisonneuve – Place des Arts. The tour dates close out with shows at Kansas City, Missouri’s Uptown Theater on July 9th and Bonner, Montana’s KettleHouse Amphitheater on July 12th.Upcoming Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Tour Dates06/26 – Kodak Eastman Theater – Rochester, NY06/27 – Jazz Fest – Toronto, ON, CA06/28 – Ottawa Jazz Festival – Ottawa, ON, CA06/29 – Tanglewood – Lenox, MA06/30 – The Capitol Theater – Port Chester, NY07/01 – Montreal Jazz Festival – Montreal, QC, CA07/09 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO07/12 – KettleHouse Amphitheater – Bonner, MTlast_img read more

SMC seniors to house pets

first_imgThis fall, Saint Mary’s seniors are not the only residents of Regina Hall South. The hall has opened its doors furry friends as well. Senior Mara Scott, who lives in Regina South, said is thrilled to be able to spend more quality time with her cat, Oonaugh, who is named after an Irish Celtic goddess. “At first I was planning on living in another dorm,” Scott said. “But once I heard Regina South was allowing pets to live in rooms, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to live in Regina South.” Scott adopted Oonaugh from the Humane Society in January when the organization was waiving adoption fees. “I own cats and rabbits at home, so having a pet all on my own was something that I really wanted and really looked forward to,” Scott said. “Oonaugh has really warmed up to me since her adoption, and she will be a great companion while we are away from home at Saint Mary’s.” Senior Regina South resident Jess Gambill adopted a miniature pinscher from Pet Refuge when she moved into the residence hall. “His name is Spencer, and I had been searching all summer for a perfect dog like him,” Gambill said. “He is about 10 years old, and he will be arriving at Saint Mary’s sometime next week.” Gambill said Spencer’s training and good behavior would make him the perfect pet for dorm life in Regina South. “I instantly fell in love with Spencer,” Gambill said. “This will be a great experience for all of us living in the dorms with our own pets. More responsibility is a good thing for seniors to take on.” Five cats and three dogs now reside on several floors of Regina South, resident advisor Autumn Nelson said. “The students were required to register their pets before moving in,” Nelson said. “They also had to register them with the county.” A veterinarian from the Morris Animal Hospital is also working with the residents of Regina South, Nelson said. “At first I was worried about smells and noises coming from the newest residents to Regina, but so far it has been smooth sailing,” Nelson said. “I can definitely tell that the animals will adapt to dorm living pretty quickly.” Scott said she is also pleased with how the transition is going with the pets in the dorm. “By showing the College and the students on campus that living with pets is beneficial to us and our pets, I believe that more students will want to live in Regina South with their pets in the years to come,” Scott said. As Gambill waited for Spencer to move into Regina South as well, she agreed the hall’s new policy has been a good one so far. “Everyone on campus has been so supportive of pets being allowed to live here,” Gambill said. “It’s a truly great feeling knowing you will have someone you can count on to be there when you get back to your dorm everyday.”last_img read more

Senate meets with officials, discusses GreeNDot proposal

first_imgIn a meeting last night in the Lafortune Student Center, the Notre Dame student senate met with Club Coordination Council (CCC) chair Jordan Isner to discuss CCC fund allocation and expenses. It was the first meeting between the two organizations since legislation was passed mandating CCC leadership meet with the senate at least once a semester.Isner, a senior, explained to the senate the function of the CCC, the process by which it allocates funds to clubs, how it decides which clubs receive cuts or support, how it reallocates funds during the winter and spring, alternative methods to funding clubs, the six types of clubs and the percent of expenses for clubs covered by the Student Union. Per Isner’s presentation, about 16% of clubs’ total expenses are covered by assistance from CCC funds, as compared to the 31% to 100% of expenses covered by the Student Union for the various student councils, Student Union Board and other student government organizations. The next slide revealed clubs receive 40% of all funds while the student government received 58% of all funds.Isner explained to the senators at the meeting the 40% figure marked a 3% increase from last year due to legislation passed in the spring, and a substantial amount of CCC’s funds go towards club sports. These facts and figures prompted a discussion as to whether or not clubs should be appropriated more money. Arguments amongst the senators primarily centered on the number of students these clubs catered towards, whether some of the more expensive clubs such as Men’s Rowing warranted their allocation of funds and other questions addressed toward Isner.“I was happy to get to talk to senate about how the spring allocation process went last spring,” Isner said after the meeting. “I think it’s important that the CCC remain as transparent as possible with the senate, and I look forward to working with the senate this semester to help clubs as much as possible.”Once debate had closed on the CCC presentation, the topic of next week’s meeting with the student union treasurer, senior Christine Arcoleo, was briefly mentioned. She is representing the Financial Management Board who allocates the previously mentioned 58% of funds for student government.“For next week, I’m excited to explain to the senate how the Financial Management Board allocates money to the various student union organizations,” Arcoleo said after the meeting, “It will be beneficial for us to have a debate discussing the discrepancies between the CCC’s funding and the student union organization’s funding.”The next topic of the night was a new resolution S01920-16, which is currently in committee. The resolution would seek to require that “all officials, elected and appointed, enumerated in [the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body] must complete a violence prevention training course as recommended by the University’s Gender Relations Center.” GreeNDot is the current recommended program.The resolution has not passed. Debate on the bill primarily focused on the usage of the word “must” as opposed to “should,” and potential ramifications to leaders who miss the established deadline. The usage of the word “must” would require punishments to those non-compliant, and “should” makes the resolution highly recommended but not actually required. Other concerns were about how many students would now need to be certified and when to schedule the course.Senators mentioned explicitly the offices this change would impact include: student body elected officials; the executive cabinet; class council elected officers but not members; Hall President Council’s chairs, presidents and vice presidents; CCC officers but not members; Judicial Council president and vice president but not subordinate members; freshman and hall representatives; all of Freshman Class Council and all of Financial Management Board. There are potentially other offices this would affect as well.Student body vice president Patrick McGuire, a junior, supported passing the resolution once it had gone back through constitutional committee to update the wording of the resolution. “I think having student leaders who are really visible being GreeNDot certified is a great way to have a very visible presence of violence prevention on campus,” McGuire said after the meeting.In an update from last week, student leaders from Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Saint Mary’s met to discuss potential replacements for the recently-cancelled Midnight Express. The two main ideas floated was a subsidized ride sharing plan through Lyft or Uber, and a replacement shuttle owned by the University.Finally, the senate will be meeting in two weeks with Notre Dame Police Chief Keri Kei Shibata and associate vice president for residential life Heather Rakoczy Russell to discuss the changes to ID card access. The student government will also be hosting its student government “First Year Bonanza” this Sunday.Tags: Club Coordination Council, Financial Management Board, greeNDot, Midnight Express, Notre Dame Student Government, Senatelast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Frances Ruffelle to Lead Wild Party & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Frances Ruffelle to Lead The Wild Party in LondonTony winner Frances Ruffelle will headline Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party in London. Directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, it will be the inaugural production at The Other Palace, formerly the St. James Theatre, when it reopens in February 2017 as the newest addition to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatres Group and a home for new musical theatre. The composer was inspired to purchase the venue after the experience he had premiering his Broadway hit School of Rock at New York’s Gramercy Theatre. Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, The Wild Party is scheduled to run February 11, 2017 through April 1 and will officially open on February 20.Legal Drama Over Hamilton MerchandiseIt’s a case of say no to this. A lawsuit was filed on October 7 regarding unofficial Hamilton merchandise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HamiltonCo, the hit’s production entity, is suing GearLaunch and SunFrog claiming that they are retailing unauthorized merchandise. We will keep you posted.Main Stem Alum Gerry McIntyre Fights DeportationBroadway vet Gerry McIntyre, whose Great White Way credits include Anything Goes and Once on This Island, is facing deportation. A GoFundMe post reveals that he may be forced to return to Grenada, where he hasn’t been since he was four-years-old, despite the fact he is gay and homosexuality in the country is punishable by up to a 10-year jail sentence. Renowned law firm Wildes and Weinberg, which has represented clients including Melania Trump and John Lennon, has taken on the case. McIntyre’s trial is currently scheduled for September 2017.Jessie Mueller & Harry Connick Jr.’s On Stage MishapBack in 2011, Tony winner Jessie Mueller starred alongside Harry Connick Jr. in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Check out below as the pair talk about an awkward Broadway moment they shared on his new talk show, Harry. Mueller is currently headlining Waitress at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Frances Ruffelle in ‘The Wild Party.'(Photo: Fern Berresford ) P.S. Watch as stage and screen star Sarah Paulson gets put on the spot by Jimmy Fallon and reveals her hidden love of Salt-N-Pepa songs by rattling off a verse of “Shoop” with The Roots on The Tonight Show.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Shaky tree

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaDue to its internal makeup, a pecan tree naturally makes a big crop every other year. This means some years are better, or worse, than others for pecan growers. But a new technique can stabilize production and help make each year a good year, says a University of Georgia pecan specialist.“The greatest challenge to consistent pecan production is the tree’s tendency to bear a large crop for one or maybe two years followed by a small crop for a year or two,” said Lenny Wells, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.This on-off cycle, or what is called alternate bearing, is something Georgia growers have dealt with since the nut was commercially introduced in the state in the 1920s. During “on” years, the tree produces a lot of nuts, but their quality can be poor. During “off” years, nut quality can be good but economic returns low because total production is low, he said.Scientists have debated for years why the tree has this cycle, Wells said. But at its most basic level, alternate bearing is controlled by plant hormones. And hormone levels depend on the size of the previous year’s crop, or nut load.So, the key to consistent year-to-year production is crop-load management, he said, or simply reducing the number of nuts on a tree during an on year.Pecan harvest in Georgia starts in late October. To gather nuts, growers typically use a machine that vibrates the tree trunk, shaking the nuts from its canopy to the ground below, where they are later scooped up. The same technique can be used earlier in the season to remove some of the immature nuts, thinning the crop load during an on year, Wells said.“When nut thinning is done correctly, it is a sound and highly effective management tool for minimizing the alternate-bearing tendency and increasing the profitability of some cultivars,” he said.Wells conducted a two-year study using Cape Fear, a common pecan variety. Five trees were mechanically thinned in 2007, which was an on production year, and five trees were not thinned. The two-year production value of the thinned trees was $513.55 each compared to $237.94 each for the non-thinned trees. “Not all cultivars or trees within a cultivar will require thinning in a given year, nor do all cultivars respond to thinning in the same manner,” he said. “Some cultivars may be more easily damaged than others when trunk shaking in the summer.”The thinning technique is simple in theory, but takes skill and timely efforts, he said.The time to thin nuts will vary with cultivar and location, as well as from year to year. But for most varieties grown in Georgia, the time will be July through early August. If the crop is thinned too early, the nuts are small and will require forceful shaking that can damage the tree. If thinning occurs too late, the benefit for next year’s crops can be lost.A nut’s maturity is determined by slicing through it to expose the ovule, which eventually becomes the kernel and nut.“This thinning may not work for all growers, but it is a tool that can increase returns for growers over the lifetime of trees,” Wells said.last_img read more

Drug Trafficking Damaging Amazon Basin

first_img Colombia “Illicit crop growers have started to develop mechanisms to avoid the state’s eradication efforts,” said Víctor Nieto, a researcher for Colombia’s National Forest Research and Development Corporation (CONIF). “Initially, this type of crop grew in open fields, so they were easily identifiable on satellite images, and police planes could fumigate and eliminate those crops,” he said. Illicit crop growers attempted strong counter-measures, Nieto said. “They sought ways to halt the advance of crop dusters and even went so far as to string high-tension aerial cables from one hill to another, so the planes would run into them and crash.” But eventually farmers settled on a different approach: cutting back natural forests, and leaving only trees that provided greater aerial coverage. “This allowed the crops to blend in with the tree canopy, making the crops more difficult to eradicate by crop dusting from the air,” Nieto said. “The success of this approach encouraged the clearing of natural forests in patches or lots resulting in serious loss of forested areas, a decline in the quality of remaining forests, and interference with flora and fauna naturally found in ecological corridors associated with these forests.” “Needless to say, the waste created by the processing camps – residue from chemicals used to extract the active drug components – is dumped into streams and rivers in the heart of the rain forest. The cans, plastic containers and other waste are randomly discarded in rain forest.” “It is very difficult for other crops to compete against a business as profitable as coca production, so the community devotes is time to that,” he said. Market pressures tend to foster dependence on illicit farming once it has begun, Nieto said. “Everything is affected by the market. Profitable crops increase the value of consumer products in the region and, therefore, the community near the production area has no choice but to enter the supply chain or be left out of the consumer market.” “In 2009, at the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen in 2009, then-president of Colombia Álvaro Uribe called on participating countries to strengthen their commitment against the production, consumption and trafficking of narcotics. That commitment could involve even more meetings than were originally contemplated,” Nieto said. Illegal armed groups have taken a financial stake in illicit crops, Nieto said, complicated the issue even further. “Years ago, guerrilla groups like the FARC and ELN were destroying oil pipelines as a tactic to attack the government and the interests of multinational capitalists,” Nieto said, and “recent governments have invested heavily in the elimination of armed groups.” A few years ago, the guerrillas undertook “visibility” projects, he said. Their goal was to create instability and unrest with actions such as destroying pipelines. “These ideas are no longer used, and today the armed groups only seek economic benefits for financing the war (or leaders). This, for the community, seems to be the current lesson.” The international community has responded to the environmental hazards of illicit farming with programs like the UN’s “Familias Guardabosques,” Nieto said. The UN program develops sources of income for rural communities as an alternative to cultivating narcotics. “Then, the question was one of sustainability from a financial standpoint,” he said. “It was argued that once the financial resources ran out, families would return to non-legal businesses. State resources were dedicated to the program, along with international cooperation.” A new approach has gained support, Nieto said: paying communities for preserving forestland the same amount that they would gain for cutting it down. “It started with the analysis of how much money communities near forests could be earning if they harvested timber from the forests, and the data showed that after felling, removing and selling the timber, the profits were not worth the effort put into it, or the value of the existing forests,” he said. The idea has been successful and implemented with great transparency, Nieto said. “Continual monitoring, which allows for assurance of conservation and new bids for mitigation of climate change and reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, seems to be the way to create sustainability of the project over time. The plan is still new and in a transitional phase, but is an excellent way to simultaneously solve several of the community’s problems.” All of these programs are only playing environmental defense, however, and none have found a way to restore the damage already done according to Nieto. “There are no serious forest restoration or recovery programs, and we can only possible eradicate [illegal] crops and wait for nature to do the rest. The forest is not capable of quickly rebuilding its forest cover; all of this will require many years of work,” he said. “In the end, the real loser is mankind,” Nieto said. “We will lose forests that capture carbon, and we will then experience the effects of climate change.” “Frequent reference is made to Colombia having been declared one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, a national point of pride. It has been our country’s goal to attain this recognition, and hopefully it might help to garner support for conservation. In any event, a country like ours needs support in order to realize characterization and conservation. Biodiversity characterization and conservation should be tools for social development, and this is not always the case,” he said. Ecuador faces different challenges, engineer Sonia Díaz from the National Council for the Control of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (CONSEP) said. “Ecuador is not a country of drug growers. Rather, it is considered a transit country, and the greatest ecological damage in the world occurs on our northern border with Colombia because of the crop dusting that has been done since 1997. You can see how this has adversely affected rivers, biodiversity of native species, and the populations in that area,” she said. Dr. Aguilar Alfaro from the Center for Biology at Universidad de Central de Ecuador agreed. “The damage to the ecosystem, extinction of species, contamination of water, soil, plants and air, not to mention damage to large areas of fertile ground, has affected the production of crops such as potatoes and corn.” By Dialogo December 03, 2010 DRUGS should be legalized and taxed, what is forbidden is attractive to young people. LEGALIZE DRUGS NOW! On the other hand the real problem in every part of the world is the Capitalist System that is forever changing in one way or another the climate, in these regions (You all know which ones I am writing about) the temperatures reach levels that 30 years ago were imaginable. That is why CANCUN is important, change the capitalist system not the climate. To my knowledge the most interested one should be the most powerful to head this change setting the example to the world what is more important, life or a system that is already destroyed? Greetings BUT, IN THE END WHO BENEFITS FROM DRUG TRAFFICKING? THE LARGE FLOW OF MONEY THAT MAINTAINS THE DRUG MARKET; WHERE DOES IT COME FROM AND WHERE DOES IT GO? WHY ISN’T THE DEMAND FOR DRUGS TACKLED IN THE SAME WAY AS THE SALE OF DRUGS? ARE THE WORLD BANKS THE ONES WHO RECEIVE THESE DRUG MONIES? AND IF THIS INTERNATIONAL BANK THAT LAUNDERS THE MONEY FROM THE DRUG TRAFFIC; WHY HASN’T THERE BEEN ANY INTERVENTION AND WHY HASN’T INTERVENTION BEEN MADE PUBLIC? Excellent detailing of the damage done by illegal drugs to the environment and not only to the individuals hooked on them. Lots of talk, little action against climate change and its origin in South America because millions of miners are destroying our Amazonian jungle and the most important river in South America which is the Amazon River. We need to add to this the destruction of our ecological reserves such as Tambopata and Manú by the miners. Even though we have promises from the countries that say they fight against this evil, the miners in Peru continue to destroy the South American jungle and to pollute the Amazon River. Drug trafficking organizations are causing significant damage to the Amazon rain forest and watershed in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela, endangering the region’s diverse flora and fauna and threatening the planet’s “green lungs.” In addition, the production of staple crops such as potatoes and corn has suffered as farmers have been forced to grow coca plants. Dialogo recently interviewed environmental officials in some of the affected countries about the damage caused by illicit drug production. center_img Ecuador Peru Drug trafficking is a threat to the environment in Peru as well, said César A. Ipenza Peralta, advisor to Peru’s Ministry of the Environment. “It is obvious that drug trafficking has one of the greatest impacts on the Amazon, leading to severe deforestation of tropical forests and contamination of the watershed.” Chemicals used during the three stages of the cocaine refining process sometimes produces over two metric tons of waste per hectare of coca, he said – and the local impact of the drug trade on soil, hydrology and biodiversity are often devastating. Farmers use large quantities of toxic pesticides are used to help clear new land and to control weeds and insects. Piles of processed coca leaves dumped near streams can cause further environmental problems, he said. “The leaves are saturated with toxic chemicals and, as they decay, they become the main source of pollution for any nearby water source since they add a huge amount of organic matter to the water. This increases oxygen demand and can severely affect a waterway for a long stretch,” Peralta said. “The environmental damage to the country caused by drug trafficking includes deforestation, loss of species and biodiversity, pollution of rivers and water sources and loss of aquatic resources (fish),” he said. But Peralta voiced optimism on government efforts to save the environment from the ravages of the drug trade. “We believe that Peru has made great strides in terms of biodiversity issues and effectively protecting species,” he said.last_img read more

A symposium on sustainable development and education in tourism was held

first_img“In the last few years, Croatia has recorded a huge growth in tourism. In addition to many positive aspects, such development also brings some negative things, such as our economy’s over-dependence on the sector. Although we must take advantage of the positive, the opportunity to promote domestic production through tourism, we must take care of the sustainability and preservation of our cultural heritage in our destinations., said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for International Affairs and the EU Ivan Barbaric at the ASEM Symposium on Tourism Promotion in Zagreb. “Tourism has become one of our strongest sales channels, not only within our borders, but also for export because many guests are looking for our products that they had the opportunity to taste during their stay there.”, Said Barbarić, adding that one of the key problems of the tourism industry is the lack of manpower that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is trying to solve in the long run by introducing dual vocational education. He stressed that Croatia and Japan have many similarities in terms of tourism development and that we can learn a lot from each other. Keiji Takiguchi / Photo: HGKThe Ambassador of Japan to Croatia, Keiji Takiguchi, stated that Croatia is one of the countries with the highest tourist potential in the world. “Kif we are celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations this year, we have decided to hold this symposium in Zagreb with the aim of further promoting Croatian tourism. Minister Capelli welcomed the idea and we decided to focus on educating the tourism workforce. Another important item is the sustainability of tourism, it should be approached systematically, taking into account not only the economy, but also the environment and culture. “, Takiguchi said, thanking Croatian institutions for their co – operation. Minister of Tourism Gari Capelli said that the number of Japanese tourists in Croatia is growing at a high rate and praised the generally good indicators in this tourist season. “Our plans for 2019 are even more ambitious, which means we will have to plan carefully to protect our destinations. We need to strengthen the continental tourist offer and generally raise our service to a higher and more complete level. Our guests from Japan are a great clientele for just such an offer and they recognize it well. Tuna and Sushi Days are a great example of cultural and economic cooperation between Croatia and Japan. “, Capelli pointed out. ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) consists of 51 countries and two organizations (ASEAN and EU Secretariat). The goal of the organization is to create opportunities for dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe in politics, economy, culture and society. At the 10th ASEM Symposium held in 2014, tourism was recognized as a driver of economic growth and as the main form of establishing direct contacts between people, so Japan decided to organize symposia on the subject. The symposium is also organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Croatia.last_img read more