Claude Puel will remain with his 3-4-3 formation, even after it has been proven there is not enough personnel available to fulfill itLeicester City is 11th in the English Premier League standings.The team has won twice and lost three times to have six points already. With eight goals scored and nine received, fans are asking for a change.But The Foxes boss Claude Puel is not considering changing his 3-4-3 system yet.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I am not in the habit to change something. For example, about our last game, if I change the system defensively just to find the good solidity after we can lose all the good aspect from the offensive play,” he was quoted by Foxes Of Leicester.“With four at the back, we can drive the play. I want to keep our quality and possibility to attack and then to correct in our game the defensive aspect: win duels, more aggressiveness, these good things. They are good ingredients.”“Changing the system sometimes, why not? But it is not my concern or my thought at this moment because we made mistakes and we know why we made them. I think it is important to be responsible and correct them,” he concluded.
Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) and its partner Monte Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) have continued to promote their Japanese IR ambitions via a cultural exchange program under which the Monaco Boys Choir is currently performing a series of concerts in Japan.The concerts included a performance at the Philia Hall in Yokohama on Monday night which saw the Yokohama Boys and Girls Choir invited to meet and perform together on stage, with members of the choirs’ families also invited to enjoy the concert as guests. Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More RelatedPosts Twenty-nine boys from Monaco and about 60 school children from Yokohama participated in the event – singing “Do-Re-Mi” from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music “as an expression of hope and solidarity for a long-lasting friendship between the two choirs and for Monaco and Yokohama.”Speaking at the event, GEG’s COO Japan Ted Chan said, “As a company we invest great effort in community activities such as these, because we strongly believe that providing young people with cultural and educational opportunities is very important. Through the universal language of music, we can quickly build strong friendships to bridge the cultural divide between Monaco and Japan and we look forward to doing more in the future.”In March 2017 GEG and SBM announced a strategic partnership with a mutual commitment to enhance the respective businesses and brands of each company and to work together on the development and operation of entertainment businesses including Integrated Resort projects in the Asia-Pacific region – specifically Japan.Under the framework of the partnership, GEG and SBM have collaborated on a number of educational, arts and cultural initiatives that “assist young people in building a more solid foundation for their future lives and careers.”The Monaco Boys Choir, established in the 18th century, is one of Europe’s most prestigious boys’ choirs and has performed in more than 30 countries.The Yokohama Boys and Girls Choir, founded in 1965 as a symbol of Yokohama, boasts a long history of performing in diverse events hosted by public organizations, including the annual Yokohama Port Anniversary Ceremony events
New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm RelatedPosts Lower VIP rolling chip volume has seen City of Dreams Manila record a 5.6% decline in net revenue to US$612.9 million for the year ended 31 December 2018.According to financial information released by Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation on Monday, VIP volume fell 3.6% from US$11.51 billion in 2017 US$11.10 billion in FY18. A slightly improved win rate of 3.2% saw City of Dreams Manila record revenue from VIP of US$355.1 million. 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Load More The mass market segment produced stronger results, with mass table drop up 14.6% to US$787.3 million and slot machine handle rising 16.6% to US$3.55 billion. Mass table revenue came in at US$249.6 million on the back of an improved win rate of 31.7%, up from 29.6% in 2017.Non-gaming revenue was slightly up to US$117.1 million.City of Dreams Manila is a joint venture between Melco Resorts’ Philippines arm and local real estate company Belle Corp, which owns the land upon which the property sits.Belle Corp recently announced record revenues for 2018 on the back of a significant rise in its share from City of Dreams Manila. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team
CNET Magazine A solar farm grows in Appalachian coal country 10 Photos Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown on voicing a not-always-perfect pig Share your voice 1:31 Comments Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan 9 reading • Harnessing the sun in coal country Smart Home Random Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ Mining the sun in Kentucky coal country • Tags Crammed into a narrow river valley in the Appalachian Mountains, the city of Pikeville, Kentucky, feels closed off from the rest of the world. It’s a sensation that starts miles away from town as I slowly drive a meandering road that climbs through the hills. Rough-cut cliffs of bare rock close in beside me, and a bobcat briefly trots alongside my rental car. See more great stories from CNET Magazine. Mark Mann Picturesque and tiny — its population is just 6,700 — Pikeville is the county seat of Pike County, Kentucky’s easternmost point. Like many places in central Appalachia, it’s historically a coal town, where Ross Harris Group, a family coal company that owns roughly 300,000 acres of land in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee, has been a fixture for more than three decades. Coal is still a significant part of its portfolio, but as the industry continues to decline, RH Group has diversified. I’m here to learn about one of its more surprising ventures, a 700-acre solar farm planned for two nearby mountaintops previously used to mine coal. Though solar power may seem better suited for the flat deserts of the Southwest, RH Group has decided that moving beyond coal is critical for its survival. Ryan Johns, the company’s vice president of business development, credits coal with powering the industrial revolution and making possible many of the machines we use today. He also knows the reality of a finite resource. Made of fossils millions of years old, coal isn’t being replaced by more fossils once it’s dug out of the ground. Coal mining, particularly strip mining, also can significantly mar the rugged beauty of nearby mountaintops and contaminate waterways with runoff from the work site. By investing in a renewable energy project, Johns hopes to keep RH Group competitive in today’s economy and save jobs in a rural part of the country that most renewable energy companies have ignored. Construction on the solar project has yet to begin, and the company has a fight ahead of it with the state government, but Johns is optimistic it’ll succeed. “It’s not about renewables versus coal,” he says. “This is about doing what is right and taking a resource that has already been used [coal] and repurposing the land to keep creating jobs and keep producing energy for our country.” Enlarge ImageRyan Johns gazes out over an old mountaintop coal removal site — land that will eventually become a 700-acre solar farm. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Fossils Johns drives me and my video producer, Tyler Lizenby, up into the hills surrounding Pikeville to the site where the solar farm will eventually be built. We’re joined by Adam Edelen, founder of Edelen Ventures, a former Kentucky state auditor and a Kentucky gubernatorial candidate for 2019, and Kenny Stanley, RH Group’s land agent. As we climb higher, Johns points out a darker section of rock embedded in a hill bordering the road — that’s coal, he says. We’re literally surrounded by coal. RH Group mines metallurgical and thermal coal here at both underground and mountaintop sites. Metallurgical, or “met” coal, goes into the steel that’s in buildings and cars. Thermal coal is used for power generation. We ultimately reach an elevation of 1,600 feet.It’s a chilly, clear November morning with a view of Virginia to the east. Johns hands me a stray piece of coal from the ground, an artifact from an old mining operation that ended 15 years ago. It’s lighter than I expected it to be, and more brittle; a piece breaks off easily while I’m holding it. Today the area is full of tall grass, which attracts elk and deer. Johns points out the areas that will be covered in solar panels. While we talk, a couple of trucks pull up. Johns tells the drivers they’re on private land, and they drive off. Not long after, we hear rifle shots in the near distance. Deer hunting season is still a few days away, so they’re most likely getting target practice in beforehand. Now playing: Watch this: Aug 28 • In pursuit of perfect ice See All CNET Magazine Life partners Johns says the idea for a solar farm came out of a “perfect storm” that devastated the region’s coal business. It began around 2010 when a lot of customers switched from coal to gas as natural gas prices dropped. Then in 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency introduced the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which required older coal-fired power plants to reduce mercury emissions, a byproduct of coal. Jobs disappeared and a lot of coal companies filed for bankruptcy. Many people moved away from Appalachia in search of other work. According to a report from the state government, coal production in Pike County declined 12.3 percent year over year in the third quarter of 2018 and 80 coal jobs were lost. Enlarge ImageAdam Edelen talks about how he and Johns came up with the idea to build a solar farm. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Johns knows that the jobs aren’t coming back. “So we have to have other alternatives,” he says. “We think that’s just the smart way.”Before Johns and Edelen came up with the idea of harnessing the sun, they talked about turning the land into shooting ranges or ATV courses. They also considered wind power, but Johns tells me Kentucky is a low-wind state. Plus, windmills can be an eyesore and you have to do a wind study for at least a year to test their viability as a power generator. Edelen finally suggested a solar farm in a moment of desperation. “What in the world is that?” he remembers Johns asking. “I said, ‘Man, I don’t know. It’s like solar panels or turbines or something.'”Kentucky’s weather doesn’t have the reputation of Florida’s, but Johns is optimistic that solar power can work anywhere in the state. Kiran Bhatraju, founder and CEO of Arcadia Power, a company that connects consumers to regional renewable energy programs, says Johns isn’t off-base. How many sunny days versus rainy and cloudy days a state gets doesn’t impact things as much as you might think. “This is a trope about solar that is sort of ill-defined,” he says. “Massachusetts has some of the most solar [power facilities] in America.” Two and a half years after starting the project, Johns and Edelen estimate that they’ve spent thousands of hours on it. Though they’re old college friends, their wives joke that they’re life partners. They’re planning to start construction this summer and open the farm by 2021. But there’s a final hurdle: finding a place to sell their solar energy. Kentucky law states that you can sell solar power to a utility company, but not directly to a person or a business. Edelen believes the model is outdated and is holding Kentucky back from innovating by not embracing renewable energy initiatives and options for customers. He hopes his project will be a catalyst for change. “There is an age-defining fight with the utilities that’s coming,” Edelen says. American Electric Power subsidiary Kentucky Power, a utility company that serves Pikeville and surrounding areas, is working on its own 20-megawatt solar project. Tammy Ridout, AEP’s media relations manager, tells me in an email that it will help meet the growing interest of its customers in renewable energy. By 2030, AEP plans to add additional wind and solar projects totaling over 8,000 megawatts. Johns and Edelen say the difference between the AEP and RH projects is that their company is working toward what they call a “democratization of power production,” where people have the choice between being their own utility or paying a utility company for power. Hatfield and McCoy We jump back in the truck to visit the second section of the future solar farm. On the way, Johns mentions that the solar engineers from EDF Renewables — the company helping design the layout of the panels on the hillsides — named the two different sections of land that will make up the solar farm “Hatfield” and “McCoy.”The Hatfields and the McCoys were two warring families who lived in the same area in the late 1800s, a fact that Pikeville tourism focuses heavily on. A brochure at my hotel advertises a Hatfields and McCoys “Historic Feud Tour.” The front cover reads, “Visit actual sites from America’s most famous feud!”Johns and Edelen give me their own version of a tour. We were on Hatfield before; now we’re on McCoy, I think. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Johns and Stanley don’t like the names very much — Stanley wonders why you’d want to name anything after people who killed each other — but it’s too late. They’ve stuck.Where Hatfield was desolate and overgrown with plant life, McCoy, just on the other side of a ridge, is still an active mine that is scheduled to close in April. Someone is dragging a massive tire behind a truck. Another truck is dumping rocks into a pile. It’s hard to imagine a solar panel farm existing here in three years, but Johns and Edelen have ambitious plans. They say the solar project is the first of its kind ever to be built on a mountaintop removal site. It’s going to be big — again, 700 acres — and include about 500,000 solar panels.”[The solar farm] will be the largest in Appalachia in an area buffered by the oldest mountain range in the world,” Edelen says. “So this is not just a monument to the future but one that’s visible from space, and I’m so excited about that.”The Hatfield section of the land is covered in tall grass; this are was last mined over a decade ago. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Here comes the sunOnce built, the solar farm should produce 100 megawatts of power, enough juice for about 18,000 homes. RH Group expects to temporarily employ more than 200 people to help install the solar panels, after which it’ll need about 30 to 50 full-time workers to take on security jobs, monitor the flow of the panels and maintain them. Edelen tells me the company will give hiring preference to out-of-work coal miners.Johns and Edelen are also thinking about the businesses that investing in renewable energy could attract to Kentucky. “Without renewables, your Googles, your Facebooks, they won’t come into the area,” Johns says. “They just won’t do it.”I asked a few people in town, an employee at a hotel and a couple of people working at Pikeville’s Kentucky Career Center, about the solar farm the following day. None of them had heard of the project yet. Though Johns and Edelen expected resistance from the coal community, they say that hasn’t happened. People in the area want work and keep asking when they can apply for a job.”We started to call around, and the pitch was, ‘Hey, we’ve got a coal company with unlimited land resources that’s willing to partner with a renewable energy firm on a mountaintop removal site to put a bunch of coal miners back to work. Are you interested?'” he says. “Everybody said yes.”They don’t plan to stop with this one project, either. They want to expand renewable energy throughout Kentucky. “It is a game changer not just for this area and our region, but it’s potentially a game changer for the whole country,” Edelen says. “If we can demonstrate that the promise of renewable energy can be realized in the forgotten places of this country, it means that we’ve driven the revolution home and there’s no turning back.” This story appears in the Spring 2019 edition of CNET Magazine. Click here for more magazine stories.
A Methane hydrate sample under a rock encrusted with deep-sea mussels on the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)What are methane hydrates and what role could they play in global warming? That’s the question a listener posed this week for the segment Ask a Climatologist.Listen nowBrian Brettscheider said methane hydrates are clumps of gas entrapped in water lattice – a kind of ice-like structure — on the continental shelf floor. Some scientists think of these hydrates as a ‘time bomb’ for climate change. Brettschneider says the idea is that warming oceans could eventually release the methane into the atmosphere.Methane is a greenhouse gas and it’s more potent carbon dioxide.“Depending on the time scale, it’s 20, even 50 times as potent as carbon dioxide,” Brettschienider said. “So there’s quite a bit of concern about methane hydrates, that as temperatures rise, the very delicate equilibrium that methane hydrates are in based on temperature and water pressure, that these might be disassociated and released and work their way to the atmosphere and cause kind of a runaway greenhouse gas effect. That’s the concern that people have.”But, are scientists concerned?Brettschneider said that the U.S. Geological Survey looked at several studies conducted over many years and their analysis showed that there was less methane hydrate out there than originally thought. These researchers also concluded that the catastrophic potential of methane releases from these sources was much less likely than some people thought. And the time frame for the release of methane hydrates into the atmosphere is in the centuries.“But along the way most of that will sink back into the sea bed floor,” Brettschneider said. “So the net effect is it could still be bad, but probably not as bad as we were thinking just even a few years ago.”Got a question only a climatologist can answer? Go ahead and ask him.
Leading soft drink companies, including Pepsi and Coca Cola, have denied claims that products in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles contain harmful toxins.A study conducted by All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH) under Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) of the Union Health Ministry has revealed that PET bottles of soft drinks contain five types of toxins. The report showed increased amount of leaching with rise in room temperature.It also found heavy metals such as antimony, lead, chromium and cadmium and Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in PET bottles used by the soft drink firms.Commenting on the allegations, a PepsiCo India spokesperson said, “We have received no intimation or a copy of the cited test reports. Without an understanding of the methodology used, we would be unable to comment on the reports.”Assuring the safety of their PET bottles, PepsiCo said: “We would like to emphatically reiterate that our products comply with the permissible limits for heavy metals as laid down by the food safety and standards regulations in India.”Similarly, Coca Cola India also said that they will be able to comment in details on receiving the report.”We have not received any communication or notice from any of the concerned government departments pertaining to testing of our products and have learnt about the subject only through the said newspaper report,” a spokesperson said.
.The indefinite strike enforced by bus owners and workers in Gopalganj was withdrawn on Tuesday afternoon, reports UNB.The decision to call off the strike came at a meeting among the district and police administration and bus owners and workers held at the deputy commissioner’s office.Deputy commissioner M Mokhlesur Rahman Sarker, police super M Saidur Rahman Khan, Gopalganj Bus Owners’ Association president Abul Hossain, its general secretary Sheikh Mushfiqur Rahman Liton and Gopalganj Motor Workers’ Union president M Jasu Sheikh, among others, attended the meeting.Earlier on Monday morning, the bus owners and workers enforced the indefinite strike in the district protesting the torching of a bus and demanding stopping the plying of illegal vehicles on Dhaka-Khulna highway.Two people, including a student of Gopalganj Polytechnic Institute, were killed as a bus skidded off the road and fell into a ditch at Gopinathpur in Sadar upazila on Sunday morning.Angered at their fellow’s death, students of the institute blocked the highway, vandalised several vehicles and torched the bus responsible for the accident.
Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesNearly three times as many people are at risk for serious flooding than was previously thought, according to new flood plain research from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.Researchers there say nearly 41 million Americans are in a 100-year flood zone. That’s 28 million more than FEMA estimates.In the audio above, Oliver Wing, the lead author of the study, tells Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin that the current methods to predict who’s at highest risk for flooding are outdated, with some of the maps dating back to the 1970s.“We know that hundred-year flood plain will not be the same in the 1970s as it is today,” Wing said.He says American flood plain maps should be updated because a lot of decisions are made based on whether or not a particular property is located within a flood plain. Wing said the line delineating what’s inside and what’s outside the flood plain is arbitrary, and that plenty of development happens just outside the line. But those properties are not really any safer than being just inside the line. In other words, surging flood waters don’t care about theoretical boundaries.“Your risk reduction from being just out of that flood plain is virtually negligible compared to being just within it,” he said. “So, I think it’s certainly problematic treating it as a binary issue — that there is no inside or outside a flood plain.”Wing says he can’t tell officials in the United States how they should use this new information but only that he thinks it should be used.“If this research serves to make Americans more aware of their flood risk, then that can only be a good thing,” he said. Share
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now » This story appears in the December 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Can’t Live with It’I use Skype regularly to communicate with clients in the U.S., Europe and Asia and sometimes set up conference calls. Although Skype provides a valuable service at no cost, its security is poor and customer service nonexistent. In the spring, I began receiving unsolicited calls at my home and office from Skype-based numbers. I unplugged my office phones and left a voicemail advising people to try me on another number. Clients were concerned–one asked if I couldn’t pay my phone bill–and I missed other important calls. I tried calling Skype but there is no phone number associated with the phone service. After searching the web, I discovered you could post issues on one of its forums. Eventually Skype stopped the calls. I determined that my phone numbers had been harvested from my Skype profile. Skype is the de facto standard of international business callers, so despite my fears of further security compromises and poor customer service concerns, I still use Skype upon request.”–George Cohen, president, George Cohen Communications Inc., BostonCan’t Live Without It’We literally use Skype all day, every day to communicate between employees and vendors in different locations. Also, both offices use Skype Chat as back-channel communications during conference calls with remote clients. By chatting back and forth, we make decisions literally while the client is asking a question, and decide who on the team is best qualified to do it. We then use chat to pass snippets of information or even full files to help them answer the question. It’s a lot of fun to watch knowledge being passed by a group on one channel and hearing it disseminated by an individual on another channel–all in real time and with great effectiveness. We save Skype Video for more in-depth conversations, creative team meetings or for presentations that need visual representation. We also use it as a social tool to bring the two offices together. Screen sharing is a great feature for offices in multiple locations. Everything runs smoother when we use Skype and fewer mistakes are made.”–Jay Lohmann, creative partner, TagTeam Creative, Dallas and Colorado Springs, Colo. November 13, 2009 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
ABERGLASSLYN, Australia — In the past year Australian travel agents have come under attack from OTAs with advertisements launched by Webjet publicly dissing agents. Not surprisingly, the agents are fighting back.We reported in January the viral video of David van de Meer from helloworld in South Perth, Australia mocking clients were stuck in Bali after booking with an OTA. Now Sarah Fenton, an MTA (Mobile Travel Agents) Travel Expert, has written a open letter letting consumers know why it’s better to book with an travel agent.In her post she highlights agent-exclusive EBBs: “Online is not always the best price…and rarely the best value. Wendy Wu is an Asia Travel Specialist and as a Travel Agent they have given me (and other agents) exclusive access to 2018 Earlybird deals BEFORE they go on sale to the general public.”She continued to point to the advice and other savings agents can offer: “Bigger savings, smaller deposits, and all because you booked with a professional travel agent who can guide you through a choice of airfares (including seat selection and menu choices) to match your tour choice and assist with passport advice, visas and foreign currency and stopover options and airport transfer advice and travel insurance options and pre tour hotel selection and how to avoid jet lag and which airlines have the best entertainment options for your children and the best legroom for you … shall I continue with all the things the Internet does not offer personal advice on?”More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedWendy Wu, the tour operator mentioned, thanks Fenton in the comments section, saying, “It’s so wonderful to hear such lovely words. You, like all travel agents work extremely hard in the industry and we are extremely grateful for all that you do for both us, as operators and our loyal clients.“We hope that this pre-access helps you kick off the Early Bird deals, and enables you the freedom to sell to your loyal customers.“We are proud to stand with our travel agent partners, such as yourself, to help you grow your business.“So, a big thank YOU from all of us here at Wendy Wu.” Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Australian agent lets loose on OTAs in open letter Posted by
Hannah J. Ryan Helena Molina, a biologist at the University of Costa Rica, is studying the growth of sea life in the Golfo Dulce, off the southern Pacific coast. Marvin Villalobos checks a GPS on his boat in the Pacific Ocean. For example, he said Costa Rica’s Mixed Institute for Social Aid is working on a strategy to get the fishermen new motors. Donald McGuiness, a former president of FECOP, negotiated the deal with the trawlers to keep them out of the gulf. He understands local fishermen’s gripes with the fisheries institute, noting several complaints with Incopesca’s practices. But there’s a sentiment in FECOP that fishermen also need to be more flexible in order to build a sustainable community, he says. Asking for compensation and better boats only serves shortsighted purposes, according to the expert. FECOP wants fishermen to work on a comprehensive business plan. Tourism and artisanal fishing communities must now figure out how to turn the sustainable brand into reality, he says.McGuiness also criticizes the recent proliferation of illegal fishermen in the Golfo Dulce. He says some of the same fishermen attending Fenopea meetings sneak into the waters at 2 a.m., cast nets and tow in huge illegal catches. The fishing tourism federation is unsure how to deal with this ongoing problem, McGuiness says. He used to loan a boat to the Coast Guard, the only entity allowed to arrest illegal fishermen. For two years, the crew patrolled the gulf until the contract ran out in May 2011.McGuiness says he’d like to start the patrol program again and set up radars to monitor activity in the waters. But implementing these plans requires investment and a concerted effort by all groups involved in protecting Golfo Dulce. Villalobos zooms his boat around the gulf’s mouth. He checks with each fisherman, who tell him they’re not catching anything. Out in the ocean, as authorities and conservation groups contemplate how to stave off illegal fishing, Villalobos wonders in which direction the gulf will go next. “I think it’ll work,” Villalobos says. “We knew we had to make these changes. We want to make these changes, but what we need is the government to help us.” Facebook Comments Hannah J. Ryan Today, marine biologists studying the gulf have reported a slow resurgence in fishand shrimp in the 750-square-kilometer area, the largest responsible fishing zone in Central America.A press trip sponsored by conservation organization Pronature brought more than two dozen journalists to the southern Pacific port city of Golfito last week for a day of boating and discussing the responsible fishing area.Behind sunglasses and in an unbuttoned dress shirt, Villalobos powers the motorboat through the ocean, gabbing about the beaches, water and beauty of whale-watching season. He has a license to fish in the zone, and at one time supported his family with what he caught. But the 55-year-old boat captain considers himself a full-time tour guide these days, even if there’s only enough tourists for two or three trips a week. In these times, a couple tours can be more profitable than a week’s worth of fishing, he says.A few years ago, fishermen struggled because they couldn’t take on trawlers that pillaged the waters. Now, anglers face difficulties because they are not catching fish.Members of the Golfo Dulce-based National Federation of Artisanal Fishers (Fenopea) and marine scientists extolled the rebirth of ocean life in the region. But the trip also showed the challenges that lie ahead. Fenopea, which consists of six fishermen’s associations from around Golfo Dulce, dreams of turning business in the sustainable fishing area into a profitable practice.Villalobos guides his lancha toward another local resident, Cirilo Quintero, who is president of the Association of Puntarenitas Fishermen. Quintero is fishing with his two children near the Osa Peninsula town of Puerto Jiménez. His daughter hooks a shimmering red fish about the size of her forearm and pulls it on board. Quintero looks at his daughter and laughs, joking to reporters that she’s caught two fish today, which is more success than he’s had.Someone asks him how often he winds up with nothing in his bucket. The fisherman turns downbeat. Quintero has lived in the gulf for 48 years, and claims that this is the worst he’s ever seen the place.Still, he supports sustainable fishing, as does Villalobos. Quintero says it’s the only way to keep the gulf alive for his children and grandchildren. The Golfo Dulce is no longer dying, he says, but nor are artisanal fishermen like Quintero reaping the benefits of the revival. “We’re in a very bad situation,” Quintero says.Nirlady Artavia, of Fenopea, describes a tangible vision for local fishermen. She says as long as they can keep the trawlers out, artisanal fishermen can benefit from more favorable prices. In the future, Fenopea members hope to develop a brand for their sustainably caught seafood, which could sell for an even higher market price. Artavia says the group also wants to push the renewed Golfo Dulce as a tourist destination. This could establish the area as a popular sport fishing destination and bring dividends to the artisanal fishing community, whose members could give tours and supply fresh catches to hotels and other businesses. But Artavia admits organizing the effort has been a challenge. Many residents are bitter with the government. Boaters and fishermen seen out on the water, including Villalobos and Quintero, blame the government for not aiding them as the area transitioned into a responsible fishing zone. They curse the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) for not making the fishermen’s own livelihoods – which rely on handlines and outdated equipment – sustainable. The most vocal fishermen do not take issue with the responsible fishing area. Quintero explains that the situation was no better before with shrimpers controlling the waters. But, he says, artisanal fishermen think the government is neglecting them. Gerardo Zamora, of Incopesca’s Golfito office, said they are collaborating with the small-scale fishermen, but improving the situation is not a quick fix. He said Incopesca and other governmental and private entities are working with the fishermen to teach sustainable fishing techniques and how to better commercialize their product.“We are conducting a series of projects in order to implement everything that is reflected in the [responsible] fishing plan,” Zamora said. No related posts. From the print editionGOLFO DULCE, Puntarenas – Marvin Villalobos leans forward in his boat and revs the motor. “I think I see dolphins over there,” he says, looking out to a swath of blue several hundred meters ahead.The bottlenose dolphins appear in seconds, riding the wake around the boat. Onlookers pull out their cameras.Venturing into another part of the gulf, Villalobos pulls his boat close to two sea turtles at the ocean’s surface. Cameras snap. This is a different reality for Golfo Dulce, located off the southern Pacific coast. Several years ago, local and foreign shrimp trawlers overran the waters, bringing the gulf’s resources to near-oblivion. Trawlers, which use large funnel-shaped nets that scrape the ocean floor, netted as much un-targeted marine life as shrimp. Sea life dwindled. Shrimp trawlers dominated the local market by selling volumes of low-priced shrimp, and artisanal fishermen couldn’t compete. Each big score by the trawlers led to the discarding of tons of conger eels, snappers, sailfish and other species.Then, in 2008, sport fishing operators, artisanal fishermen, shrimp trawler owners and conservationists worked out a million-dollar deal to ban trawlers from the gulf. The agreement, headed by the Costa Rican Federation of Fishing Tourism (FECOP), had the body of water declared a “marine area of responsible fishing” in 2010. The plan called for teaching local gill-netters sustainable practices and doing biological studies to monitor sea life in the region.
“The objective is to change the forms of how they design products, process products, and pack products to ensure a niche in the market with a higher price and a higher value added,” she added. “That helps us raise the productivity of the country.”The Minister of Foreign Trade and President of the Board of Directors of PROCOMER, Dyalá Jiménez, added that the program is seeking to strengthen Costa Rica’s already “consolidated image as a green country.”Costa Rican First Lady Claudia Dobles attended the launch event.“Our country is positioned internationally as a decarbonization laboratory,” Dobles said. “Therefore, the government’s actions are aimed at promoting processes like this, where productive transformation is intended to improve the environmental sustainability profile of Costa Rican companies.”PROCOMER and CRUSA will choose at least 25 companies that are developing green projects. They have to be small and medium-sized enterprise of up to 100 employees; qualify for PROCOMER’s exporter diagnosis; and plan a project within one of the following categories: energy efficiency, renewable energies, emission reduction, water use, and integrated waste management.A PROCOMER technical committee will then examine the companies and the CRUSA Foundation will reward them with funding of up to 80 percent of project costs. A total of up to $4 million will be awarded throughout the whole competition.Businesses that have already completed the PROCOMER exporter diagnosis have until Sep. 28 to send in their proposals. Businesses new to that process must request an application by Sept. 14.The winners will be announced on Oct. 12.For more information, companies can visit the page www.crecimientoverdecr.com or contact PROCOMER through the email email@example.com. Facebook Comments The Promoter of External Trade of Costa Rica (PROCOMER) and the Costa Rica United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA) have joined forces to launch a new contest to provide financial support for 25 small and medium-sized companies developing green transformation projects.The contest, called Crecimiento Verde (Green Growth), will identify SMES to to receive donations to improve their energy efficiency, renewable energy use, emission reductions, water use, or integrated waste management.“For the CRUSA Foundation it is very important to stimulate the economic growth of the country,” said Michelle Coffey, Executive Delegate of the CRUSA Foundation, at the launch of the contest last week. “We believe that it is one of the principal objectives that we should focus on as a country.”With Crecimiento Verde, CRUSA is working to support and promote resource efficiency as well as productivity, Coffey said in a statement. Related posts:Misión Tiburón: The husband and wife team protecting sharks in Costa Rica This week in the Peace Corps: Camp GLOW empowering young women worldwide This week in the Peace Corps: A volunteer’s time in Talamanca Apply now: CRUSA offering full-ride scholarships to US colleges CRUSA, Amigos of Costa Rica launch Tico Times philanthropy news section
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