RELATED NEWS:DO YOU KNOW THE STORY OF MARY?VALAMAR INVESTS 11 MILLION HRK IN MODERNIZATION OF LAUNDRY IN POREČ At the third round of collective bargaining between representatives of the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services (STUH) and representatives of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera dd from Poreč held on April 4, 2017, STUH managed to increase the basic salary of all employees by as much as 3.5 percent.The salary increase starts on June 1 this year in the amount of 1 1/2 percent, while the remaining 2 percent starts on December 1 this year. In addition to this increase, the tariff annex to the Collective Agreement has been changed, whereby the surplus occupations (cooks, waiters, cleaners značajno) are significantly raised coefficients, so no one will be able to have a salary less than 4 thousand kuna net, ie it is a salary increase of 2 1 / 2 percent.Thus, this year in Valamar, the total wage bill will be increased by 6 percent in gross amount.At the collective negotiations between the representatives of the trade union and the company’s management, the employees of Plava laguna dd were provided with an increase in the basic salary, which will be applied as early as 1 May. As they point out in the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia (STUH), an increase in the basic salary by 3 percent has been negotiated, so now it will amount to HRK 3.820,00.The employer explained to the Trade Union the intention to harmonize the salaries and other material rights of the employees of Istraturist dd Umag with the contracted rights of the employees of Plava laguna dd Poreč, given that Istraturist dd Umag merges with Plava laguna. Alignment began in 2016 and is likely to end during 2018. Due to the large difference in workers’ rights, the union accepted the employer’s proposal that the application and payment of the increased basic salary start on May 1, 2017.The salary increase applies to all Blue Lagoon workers, and better material conditions are prepared for the seasonal workers (provision of three hot meals, increase in capacity as well as accommodation standards).
He added: “We discussed that napakahirap ng competition ngayon. Lahatng imports na dumating mayquality. Magandang labanan ito.”/PN “Hindilang naman kami. Lahat ng teams arelooking for a great conference like TNT, Ginebra and the others. I think magaganda ‘yung batch ng imports ngayon,” Victolero said. Aside from the Beermen, the Hotshotswill also keep an eye on the other teams that have brought in quality imports.It is once again tapping the services of reinforcement Romeo Travis. Added Victolero, who started theHotshots’ preparation for the title defense in Aug. 18, “Alam naman namin na San Miguel is also looking for a grand slam. Kailangan lang namin mag-prepare ng maayos.” Hotshots head coach Chito Victolerosaid playing the spoiler’s role to the Beermen’s aspirations is an addedmotivation for his squad but admitted that it is easier said than done. “Nandoon‘yung added pressure. Piero addedconfidence and added motivation din saamin. We are the defending champion. We are looking forward to thisconference,” said Victolero. MANILA – Magnolia Hotshots isdetermined to spoil the grand slam bid of sister team San Miguel Beermen as ittries to defend its championship crown in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup whichstarts on Sept. 20.
It all worked out in the end for St. James pitcher Davis Daniel, but it was a wild ride.St. James pitcher Davis Daniel throws for the South team in game one of the AHSAA All-Star Sports Week at Riverwalk Stadium Montgomery, Ala. on Tuesday July 21, 2015.Daniel signed with Auburn on Friday morning, making a “dream come true” for the senior right-hander.He committed to N.C. State as a sophomore, and changed his decision to Auburn and coach Sunny Golloway in the summer.When Golloway was fired in September, Daniel said the “panic” that followed was subdued by the hire of Butch Thompson less than a month later. Thompson, noted as one of the best pitching coaches and recruiters in the country, was an assistant coach at Mississippi State.“It was very big. I actually had an offer from Mississippi State, so it came down to pretty much wherever Butch was going to be. Luckily he got the job at Auburn, so I got to stay at home,” Daniel said. “There was some panic at first, but once we started hearing rumors that he was going to get the job, I think it kind of settled everybody down, and that’s where I wanted to be.”It wasn’t just the coaching search that made Daniel’s journey to Signing Day arduous. He suffered an elbow injury late in the season, forcing him off the mound in the playoffs.He put any concerns to bed with a dominant performance in the North-South All-Star Game, and is ready to improve on last year’s playoff run.Daniel had a 0.74 ERA and a 5-1 record for the Trojans last season. He struck out 82 batters in 47 innings, throwing three shutouts and two no-hitters.“I was definitely worried. It’s something that crosses your mind for sure, especially when your right arm is what you’re counting your whole future on. It helped that it wasn’t anything too serious, so I think it worked out for the best,” Daniel said.
Government has approved some US0,000 into a study that would seek to determine if natural gas could be utilised for electricity generation.Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the proposal by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was given approval by Cabinet on Tuesday.The two-month desk study will be undertaken by Energy Narrative, a United States oil and gas consultancy firm.During the eight-week period, energy work will seek to verify natural gas supply projections, verify natural gas demands projections, analyse the technical feasibility of the proposed natural gas pipeline, compare the proposed natural gas pipeline with other transportation media, analyse the technical feasibility of existing power generation equipment, integrating new gas fired electricity generation equipment, analyse the cost to deliver natural gas and estimated impact on electricity prices and prepare the interim report.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Wednesday evening told the local business community that the Government has decided to bring the natural gas to shore.The latest information from ExxonMobil, which will be producing Guyana’s first oil, quantifies the available natural gas, which was found along with the oil, at around 30-50 million cubic feet per day.Trotman said that amount can provide a 200 megawatt generation plant.However, Government is still to decide how the natural gas will be used.The considerations for the use of the gas include generating electricity, and fuelling the alumina plant if it is resuscitated or used in industry.Minister Trotman said those are decisions that have to be made along with the decision on where the gas will go if there was going to be a pipeline along the coast whether from Georgetown to Crab Island.The company has submitted its financial and technical proposals to the Government, Minister Harmon noted.
And in case you were missing the basics What are the Northern Lights?Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, the Aurora occurs when highly-charged electrons from the solar wind collide with different atmospheric elements in the area around the North Pole. They work in an 11-year cycle, and we’re currently in a phase of high activity after 2014’s ‘solar maximum’. Normally, the Northern Lights will stay active for two to three years either side of this period of high activity, meaning that this year could be your last opportunity to see them!When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?As with many natural phenomena, the Northern Lights are unpredictable and it’s hard to say with any scientific certainty when the best time to see them is. Technically, they’re ‘on’ all year round, it’s just that the summer sun makes them invisible from about April until August. So, that means you might have a better chance of seeing the Aurora from September to March. However, conditions can be very different throughout this period: the autumn months bring fairer weather, good if you don’t think you could stand the Arctic winter, while the long dark nights during January to March offer some of the best chances to catch the lights in action above the thick, pristine snow.Where can you see the Northern Lights?Although we can’t predict far in advance when the magic solar winds will appear for each and every light show (get the latest on the Aurora forecast), we can advise on some of the best Northern Lights viewing points, and offer some alternative activities for when there’s a no-show.Read on for more suggestions on atmospheric and downright magical travel destinations How to see the Northern Lights on a budget6 ideas for cheap places to see the Northern Lights.Destinations to make you believe in magicFrom a milkshake lake to a land of fairies, from Scotland to Senegal, be amazed at 10 of the world’s strangest and prettiest places.Planet Earth at its finest: our top nature travel destinations10 of the world’s top natural beauties in one stunning photo gallery.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 6. Scotland, United KingdomYou don’t have to travel far to be within eyesight of the Northern Lights. In February this year, the coast of Caithness in the far north of Scotland was one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis – check out the seriously awesome video below.Scotland has a fair few places for finding a dark sky at northerly latitudes and if Aurora activity is forecast it’s not far to do an on-spec Lights chase. If you want winter adventures too, Aviemore and the Cairngorms National Park is a good bet, although you may have to get up high somewhere like Glenshee for snow cover. However, as the frost melts and winter edges towards spring in the Cairngorms, there are all manner of activities you can try, from munroe-bagging (that’s mountain climbing to you and me) up Cairn Gorm mountain itself to hiring a bicycle in the Royal village of Ballater and going for a ride in the beautiful nature reserves near the Queen’s Scottish home, Balmoral.How to get to Scotland: Fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow and jump on a train up to Aviemore (around 3 hours from either city), or fly to Inverness for places further north. Alternatively, make like James Bond and hit the lonely roads of Glencoe and other famous locations as you drive through Scotland – the views as you go aren’t bad either.Best time to book flights from the UK to Scotland: 18 weeks before departure.Book now 3. Jukkasjärvi, SwedenThe village of Jukkasjärvi in the Kiruna region of Sweden is home to the country’s first ice hotel. Northern Lights tours by night flight operate from Jukkasjärvi, but down at ground level, take a tour of the Esrange Space Center, where you can admire Sweden’s starry skies if the Aurora isn’t visible. There are plenty more (cheaper) options for places to stay in Kiruna than an ice hotel, and you can still see the Lights, as well as do fun winter activities like snowmobiling.How to get to Jukkasjärvi: The northern part of Sweden is pretty remote so you’ll have to fly to Stockholm before flying on to Kiruna. There are alternative travel options but the road is long (36 hours!) so we’d recommend waking up to the magical snow-laden scenery on a night train direct from Stockholm (prices vary according to ‘comfort level’, see Sweden’s national rail website for details).Best time to book flights from the UK to Sweden: 19 weeks before departure.Book now ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. Northern CanadaWith the cost of a long-haul flight to factor in, Canada is more expensive compared to the other destinations on this list. However, the ‘Aurora Oval’ covers the majority of the country, including the provinces of Yukon, Northern Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and British Columbia. Canadian Geographic have a brilliant map of aurora locations online, and Dark Sky Finder so you can zero in on prime Aurora viewing spots. With the right conditions, you’re highly likely to see the Northern Lights in Canada, and you can fill the rest of your holiday with skiing at resorts like the huge 8000-acre site at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. Around an hour and a half’s drive south is Vancouver, a good base if you fancy some city action, as well as myriad waterfalls and whale-watching opportunities. Take a look at our [top tips for a fantastic trip to Vancouver](http://www.skyscanner.net/news/top-7-things-do-vancouver here).How to get to Canada: You can find flights to an amazing 73 airports in Canada on Skyscanner, many with wonderful names, such as Thunder Bay, Red Deer, and Yellowknife in Northwest Territories.Best time to book flights from the UK to Canada: 30 weeks before departure.Book now Image: Kitty Terwolbeck, CC BY 2.0.2. Kakslauttanen, FinlandAt the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finnish Lapland, you can Aurora gaze from the comfort of your own glass igloo, and stay in a traditional log cabin complete with sauna and open fire. If the Lights don’t play ball, try snowy activities such as a reindeer safari or rent some walking skis to explore the nearby Urho National Park. Planning for a Christmas holiday for next winter? It’s a mere two hours to the Russian border by road to see Santa in his home at Korvatunturi – or you could take the more traditional route, via dog sled, through the park (and avoid the border crossing).How to get to Kakslauttanen: There are no direct flights to Ivalo (a 30 minute ride from the hotel) from the UK, but there are flights from Manchester, London and Edinburgh with stop-offs in Helsinki. Alternatively, you could fly into Helsinki, and make your own way up north.Best time to book flights from the UK to Finland: 24 weeks before departure.Book now 7.IrelandCross the Irish Sea and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to see the Northern Lights in Ireland. The most northerly point in the whole of Ireland is actually in the Republic, at Malin Head in County Donegal. This area was subject to a striking display of activity a few years ago, though March 2016 saw the Northern Lights reach as far south as County Cork. Stay in the nearby town of Inishowen if you want a base for a few nights – the excellent Inishowen Lodge B&B on the other side of the headland has views across the water to Northern Ireland from the terrace. If you’re extra keen, pop over the border and chase the Lights all the way along the beautiful shores of County Antrim or the ‘Causeway Coast’. Find more spectacular places to look for Northern Lights, right on your doorstep, with our guide to spotting Aurora in the UK.How to get to Ireland: Donegal has its own airport, a couple of hours’ drive from Inishowen. NI’s Derry-Londonderry airport is even closer, at under an hour away (a good excuse to explore both sides of the border!).Best time to book flights from the UK to Ireland: 16 weeks before departure.Book now 1. Svalbard, NorwayYou can’t get much further north than Svalbard. Up between the 74th and 81st parallel, this island belonging to Norway is well into the Arctic circle – and generally the higher the latitude, the better your chances of seeing the Aurora. The Northern Lights season is between November and February, but the majority of visitors come to experience a different natural phenomenon: the Polar Night. Between mid-November and the end of January, Svalbard is without daylight and in the eerie blue twilight, there are often more Aurora viewing opportunities. Visit outside of this period (ie. when you can see) and you’ll be well-compensated with chances to spot reindeer, walrus and polar bears, as seen on Frozen Planet.How to get to Svalbard: There are flights from the UK to Oslo, then onto Longyearbyen – the main settlement on Svalbard and logical base for a visit, with its handy Basecamp hotel. We mentioned Tromso in last year’s guide – you might find that more accessible.Best time to book flights from the UK to Norway: Seven weeks before departure.Book now 4. Reykjavik, IcelandReykjavik is still the most affordable and accessible place to see the Northern Lights, but it’s getting more popular. In January 2015, 9,003 Britons visited Iceland, probably because, Lights aside, there’s plenty to fascinate about this land of geysers, volcanoes and blue ice. The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is on the way to the capital from Keflavík International Airport, stays steamy all year round and costs €40 online for a standard day ticket. And don’t miss hunting out Iceland’s Game of Thrones locations while you’re in the country. How to get to Reykjavik: Thanks to easyJet, flights are reasonable: at the time of writing, the cheapest return flights are from Edinburgh, Birmingham and London Luton. Accommodation can be pretty pricey, but have a look for deals with budget hotels like Alba Guesthouse. If you’ve ever considered visiting Greenland, you can fly there from Reykjavik. It’s extreme, but the Aurora is visible from late September to early April.Best time to book flights from the UK to Iceland: 14 weeks before departure.Book now Related6 best places to see the Northern LightsIt’s no surprise that glimpsing the Northern Lights tops most people’s bucket lists. The ethereal display of dancing colours is possibly the most-awe-inspiring sight in the world. But like any natural phenomena, the Aurora Borealis is as elusive as it is beautiful. 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