Positive dialogue between tourist guides and the Ministry of Tourism

first_imgA meeting of representatives of tourist guides and Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli was held at the Ministry of Tourism to discuss constructively the issue of foreign tourist guides and EU directives, ie how to protect domestic tourist guides and open the market to tourist guides from EU countries.The common conclusion of the meeting is that foreign guides working in Croatia must also, like domestic tourist guides, pass the exam for guiding in protected localities. “I agree with our guides that the parties must also pass the exams, so today we agreed that in the next ten days we will jointly come to some kind of document that we will try to solve.Said CappelliThe position of tourist guides was unanimous in the context of maintaining county licenses, while the Minister gave full support in order to protect the profession as much as possible, in relation to the expectations of the EU towards the Republic of Croatia. Also, as Trutanić points out, Minister Cappelli said that the Ministry will benefit from the knowledge that some of the guides have about international and European law, in order to better protect Croatian heritage and identity, which our profession represents to foreign tourists in the first place. “There was also talk of an educational curriculum for guides and escorts, where quality would be raised, and the rest within the required EU standards. Colleague Bakija from Zadar gave a presentation of a two-year education program that would keep the general, special and practical part of the exam, and education would be related to public higher education institutions, which would have a positive impact on combating inflation of guides.”Points out Nikica Trutanić, tourist guideA positive example of Cyprus was also presented, which successfully protected localities and local guides, giving EU colleagues access to their market. “We also encountered a positive reaction from the Minister and his team, which formed a working group to draft a new law and regulations, which included colleagues Nuić, Penić, Talijan, Sučić, Miškulin, colleagues Bakija and Sjekavica (as representatives of all present at today’s meeting). meeting) and 3-4 representatives of the Ministry.”Concludes TrutanićIn this way, Minister Cappelli should be commended for his concern for the profession, for being open to dialogue and for proactively receiving tourist guides immediately for a constructive and well-argued discussion on current issues. This should be normal, but unfortunately so far it has not been such a practice, but the rule was “Who is stronger and closer to the fire”.The first meeting of the working group has already been scheduled, which will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Ministry of Tourism.last_img read more

DNV GL publishes new research

first_imgThat’s according to newly published research by DNV GL. New Directions, Complex Choices: The outlook for the oil and gas industry in 2020, is based on a survey of more than 1,000 senior oil and gas professionals and in-depth interviews with industry executives. The research suggests that significantly, more companies are pursuing multiple routes, including diversifying into renewable energy, decarbonising oil and gas production, and increasing investment in decarbonised gas such as hydrogen.“While the industry is experiencing persistent uncertainty, growing complexity, and new risks, we also see an industry taking bold decisions, building greater efficiencies and rising to long-term challenges as the world pivots towards a lower carbon energy future,” said Liv Hovem, CEO of DNV GL – Oil & Gas.“Our research shows that the oil and gas industry has placed decarbonisation at the centre of its agenda, and it will remain a priority despite uncertainty from volatile market conditions and stalling expectations for industry growth in 2020.” Oil and gas companies’ plan to increase investment in renewable energy sources is up from 34% in 2019 to 44% in 2020, according to the research. Offshore wind leads this effort with 63% of organisations expecting to increase their investment, up from 40% last year.The industry’s intention to increase investment in the hydrogen economy has more than doubled in a year. 42% of respondents said they would boost spending in this area for 2020, up from 20% for 2019.“More and more people in our sector are realising that we cannot sit and wait for the perfect solution to jump to a completely decarbonised energy system. The industry will emit too much CO2 in the meantime, so we have to start on decarbonising the oil and gas sector with the technologies we have already in order to meet national and international climate goals.”Cost efficiency will be the top priority for nearly one third of senior oil and gas professionals’ organisations (32%), up from 21% a year ago. Eight out of ten (81%) respondents believe the industry needs to develop new operating models to achieve further cost efficiencies, recognising the fact that much of the more obvious cost-cutting has already taken place following the 2014 oil price crash.Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit www.gasworld.com/subscribe to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.last_img read more

Ateneo opens post-Valdez era with sweep of UST

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member This is Ateneo’s first UAAP match without the three-time UAAP MVP Valdez, who steered the school to a couple of championships.Alexine Cabaños had the unfortunate fate of throwing away UST’s final serve that sealed Ateneo’s win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“People expected us to have jitters but at the end of the game what we trained for eventually showed,” said Jia Morado, who took over the captain’s role from Valdez. “There were some points when we were shaky but we were able to get a grip of things.”Jho Maraguinot was the standout offensive player for Ateneo as she led the Lady Eagles with 15 points but Morado also set up other players at their side of the floor. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlyssa Valdez may have already left, but Ateneo hasn’t forgotten its winning ways.The Lady Eagles swept the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses, 25-20, 25-21, 25-22, Saturday at the start of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Returning players Mich Morente and Kat Tolentino combined for 17 points while Bea De Leon added seven.EJ Laure and Cherry Rondina combined for 27 points to lead UST. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study MOST READcenter_img Santiago admits NU got ‘excited’ in poor start vs UE 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View commentslast_img read more