Green Valamar is much more than a socially responsible business. It is the value, promise and business philosophy of the brand

first_imgImagine that each of the 1000 newly planted trees is planted by the hotel guests themselves. Thus, the family spends one day outdoors, in nature and with joint efforts, and they specifically participate in this action. Each tree can be marked with “cardboard – ecological paper” with the family name and date. So through a concrete action, not like on social networks, each guest contributed to the protection of nature – with a concrete action, he left a part of himself in the destination, spent quality time with a family he will never forget and will watch every year the tree grows. Phenomenal positioning on a conscious and unconscious level. It’s the power of emotion, it’s today’s modern marketing. Zeleni Valamar is one of the nine umbrella programs of the company’s socially responsible business, within which activities in the field of environmental protection are systematically carried out and in which almost HRK 100 million has been invested in the previous three years. Attachment: VALAMAR PLANS TO PLANT 1.000 TREES ANNUALLY WITH A NEW INITIATIVE In Valamar, 96% of accommodation units have the ISO 14001 environmental management certificate, and six camps have been awarded the EU Ecolabel. “The implementation of a number of initiatives within the Green Valamar program aims to emphasize the importance of sustainable tourism development and care for the environment as an indispensable criterion for creating new value and long-term quality of the tourist offer.”They point out from Valamar. Valamar’s nine umbrella programs for corporate social responsibility Valamar procures 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. A great example of leadership, because being a leader also means pushing the whole system forward with your example. Leadership in a burst, first by example, as it should be, not just on paper. An ad that “sells” such values ​​is a new step forward and a step forward in promotion, not selling a hotel and a bed. Sell ​​me a story (true story – emotions, experience), not a product. Well done to Valamar, take the road and show us the way. You have something to brag about and show off. The values ​​that are an integral part of the business philosophy and that you live by. Namely, as his wife told me at the time, her husband worked constantly as a successful doctor in the hospital, he was never or very rarely at home, and he almost never had time to spend time with his family, especially with his children. And he also hadn’t been on vacation with his family for years. Until that year, when they finally spent the summer in Croatia as families. It was this banal animated water polo tournament that afforded him quality time with his son. A moment that is more valuable to him than all the diplomas in his career. And that’s why he put it on his wall of pride, because it was that little animation degree that reminds him of the moment he spent with his son and family. That image and moment remained in my lasting memory and a reminder that gave me a sense of the animator’s future work. Wow that talks, right? And all thanks to one worthless animation degree. So this “cardboard” on every planted tree has a terrible value and message. I would like to further emphasize the word through one personal anecdote – he spent quality time with his family. Although Valamar, in my opinion, brags too little about responsible business policy, because that is exactly what modern marketing does today. It is not about selling fog, but about the values ​​they live by and according to which they act concretely. It is the concrete value, promise and strength of the brand. As concrete green steps within the company, to reduce their environmental impressions, as well as concrete actions aimed at improving the society and the destination in which they operate. Today, more than ever, ecology and green business are imperative, and that is what guests are looking for (they will ask for more) and will therefore choose the companies in which to stay. For a long time now, global brands no longer sell products, but emotions and experiences, including tourism. Thus, over 1000 trees and more than 50.000 different seedlings such as tall shrubs and perennials have already been planted in 2019 in Valamar hotels, resorts and camps. The current plant fund of Valamar on a total area of ​​589 ha from Istria to Dubrovnik consists of 30.000 trees. Also, two years ago, Valamar completely eliminated plastic straws from use in its hotels and camps.center_img And when it comes to the use of electricity from renewable sources, this is not news for Valamar, in fact, but only a continuation of the development policy because from the largest tourist company in Croatia, for the sixth year in a row are HEP ZelEn (HEP hydropower plant) certificates , this means that 100 percent of the electricity used in hotels and camps is provided from renewable sources. PLASTIC STRAWS DECOMPOSE AS MUCH AS 500 YEARS, SO VALAMAR RIVIERA DISPOSES OF PLASTIC STRAWS OUT OF USE Cover photo: Valamar Well, back to Valamar. One of Valamar’s ecological actions was cleaning the seabed – I love the Adriatic Sea. Imagine that guests who are otherwise engaged in diving, in cooperation with the diving club in action, emerge garbage from the sea and leave one object of garbage to themselves as an eternal reminder (souvenir) of the day. Garbage as such has no value, nor does a diploma, but when we add a narrative to it it becomes a valuable symbol. Green Valamar is much more than a socially responsible business program. He is a value, business philosophy and currency that is increasingly sought after. Whatever they think about Valamar, they have the facts behind them, and that is that in 2019 alone, they invested 129 million kuna in CSR’s umbrella programs. Procurement of electricity from renewable sources and other energy efficiency and sustainability measures over the past few years have reduced total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70 percent.  Valamar Riviera has developed nine umbrella corporate social responsibility programs, in which it invests minimally 2,5 place their annual income. In 2019, investments were made in these umbrella programs 5,8 place income, respectively HRK 129 million. One of the most famous actions is certainly last year’s Valamar initiative “1.000 Valamar trees”, otherwise the largest green initiative of this type in Croatian tourism, in which Valamar plants at least a thousand new trees a year in its destinations along the Adriatic coast. This largest green initiative in Croatian tourism emphasizes the importance of sustainable tourism development This year, Valamar successfully implemented a project aimed at increasing energy efficiency and ending the use of heating oil in the Corinthia Baška hotel complex on Krk, with a total value of as much as HRK 10,6 million, co-financed by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy. By the way, I had my first contact with tourism at the age of 16,5 when I started working as an animator. As part of the afternoon animation program, there was always some sports activity for guests, ie families, one of which was water polo in the hotel pool for guests. Two small goals were placed on half of the pool on each side and the guests were divided into groups and water polo was played through the entertainment (animation water polo for entertainment purposes, not a real tournament). At the end of the “tournament” we awarded diplomas for all couples and handwritten the names of the teams or the family name as well as a symbolic prize for first place. Nothing special. But the following year, an elderly woman from Germany approaches me, thanks me, and shows me a picture of her husband sitting in his office. At first it was not clear to me why she was showing me a picture of her husband, but when she gave me a narrative or a story with the picture (the power of storytelling with a photo / example Rob Walker and his eBay story SignificantObjects ) I got chills and then discovered my philosophy of tourism (tourism is emotions, experience and stories). Namely, her husband was then one of the three best doctors in Germany, and in his office behind a desk on the wall he had hundreds of various professional diplomas, recognitions and certificates as a result of his work and business success. But in the middle of the wall, among all those accolades, he had framed our animation degree in water polo as well! !! !! last_img read more

China sentences Australian to death in fresh blow to relations

first_img China’s foreign ministry said on Sunday capital punishment was suitable for drug crimes that cause serious harm.”China law stipulates that the law must be equally applied to everyone who commits a crime. China judicial institutions handle the cases of criminals of all nationalities according to the law,” said the ministry in a faxed reply to Reuters.Attempts to reach Gillespie’s family were unsuccessful.”We are deeply saddened to hear of the verdict made in his case,” the Australian foreign affairs department said in an emailed statement to Reuters. An Australian man has been sentenced to death in China, authorities said on Saturday, a development that could further escalate tensions between the two countries.Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to the man, without identifying him.Australian and Chinese media have identified the man as Cam Gillespie, arrested seven years ago on charges of drug trafficking in southern China. Topics :center_img “Australia opposes the death penalty, in all circumstances for all people. We support the universal abolition of the death penalty and are committed to pursuing this goal through all the avenues available to us.”Cam Gillespie was arrested in 2013 with more than 7.5 kg (17 pounds) of methamphetamine in his check-in luggage while attempting to board an international flight from Baiyun Airport in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, according to several media reports.Diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Canberra have worsened since Australia called for an international inquiry into the source and spread of the new coronavirus, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.China has in recent weeks banned Australian beef imports and imposed tariffs on Australian barley. It has also urged Chinese tourists to avoid Australia.The death sentence for drug smuggling is not uncommon in China, where executions are usually carried out by firing squad.Last year, the country sentenced two Canadians to death for drug-related crimes following the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and said it was “not worried in the slightest” by mounting international concern over the verdict. last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Former Astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In accordance with the President’s proclamation, Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all United States and Commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex, Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff effective immediately to honor former astronaut and United States Senator John Glenn.Flags shall return to full-staff at sunset on the day of interment per the President’s order.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: December 09, 2016last_img read more

Siemens insures £1.3bn of liabilities with Pension Corporation

first_imgTechnology group Siemens has completed a £1.3bn (€1.5bn) buy-in of UK pension liabilities with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).The deal covers 6,000 members of the Siemens Benefits Scheme and is the third time PIC has insured defined benefit (DB) scheme liabilities for Siemens in the UK.John Smith, head of pensions at Siemens, said: “We are proud of what we have achieved with this latest buy-in, which is part of Siemens’ long-term pension de-risking strategy. This is one of a number of UK DB pension schemes sponsored by Siemens and achieving this is a significant milestone for the company.”Joanna Matthews, chair of the scheme’s trustee board, highlighted the “speed and efficiency” of the transaction. The deal accounted for more than a third of PIC’s total new business flows in the first half of 2018, the insurer said.On Monday it reported the completion of an £850m buyout with PA Consulting’s DB scheme, and also recently backed a £200m buy-in for the Kingfisher pension fund.PIC’s previous work with Siemens included a £300m buy-in in 2016, using a captive insurer model.‘Unprecedented’ de-risking activityInsurers and advisers have been talking up the potential of the UK’s de-risking market for some time. PIC actuary Matt Richards said the market had become “increasingly bouyant” as companies sought to secure their balance sheets.Stuart O’Brien, partner at Sackers, which advised on the Siemens deal, added that his firm was seeing “an unprecedented level of buy-in and buyout activity”.Data published today by consultancy group Hymans Robertson showed that the combined value of buy-in and buyouts so far this year exceeded the value for the whole year in each year up until 2013.The company cited “very attractive pricing” from insurers and strong recent equity market performance that has encouraged pension funds to lock in gains.James Mullins, head of risk transfer solutions at Hymans Robertson, said 2018 could see as much as £35bn worth of transactions, including insurers transferring legacy annuity business to other insurers. He added: “The end of the 2018 is shaping up to be very interesting. In the current busy market, insurers have more choice than ever regarding which schemes they wish to engage with and use their best pricing on.”last_img read more

Speedcast to provide communications solution for West Bollsta rig

first_imgRemote communication and IT solutions provider Speedcast has been awarded a new multi-year contract on the West Bollsta semi-submersible rig.West Bollsta drilling rig / Image source: Northern DrillingSpeedcast said earlier this week that the fully-managed communications solution developed by the company for the West Bollsta included a dual-redundant C/Ku-band VSAT system, coupled with LAN/WiFi/Industrial WiFi, and WAN services, and PABX service.Speedcast’s EVP of Energy, Keith Johnson, said: “Speedcast’s new solution for the West Bollsta semi-submersible demonstrates our commitment to delivering more than VSAT bandwidth, but developing a solution that seamlessly combines various technologies to best suit our customers’ needs on each asset or site.”Ian Lamplough, head of partner management at Seadrill, added: “When operating the West Bollsta, one of the most modern, highest specification semi-submersible rigs in the world, we need a world-class communications solution. Speedcast was able to deliver exactly what we needed.”The West Bollsta offshore drilling rig is capable of operating in harsh environment areas and ultra-deep waters of up to 10,000 feet. It is owned by Northern Drilling and operated by Seadrill.The rig, previously known as Bollsta Dolphin, will be operating in the North Sea starting in the second quarter 2020 through January 2022, with an eight-month option to September 2022.The contract, which was awarded by Lundin, includes work on the development of the Luno II field and the Rolvsnes discovery.Northern bought the Bollsta Dolphin semi-submersible from Hyundai last December 2017. The original client for the rig, Fred. Olsen Energy canceled the order in 2015 as a result of the delays in the delivery date.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Christian Council urges unity among churches

first_imgFaithLifestyleLocalNews Christian Council urges unity among churches by: – May 15, 2018 304 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! The Dominica Christian Council (DCC), comprising of the Anglican, Methodist and Catholic churches, is this week (14 – 18 May 2018) promoting unity in the midst of diversity as it observes Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over one hundred years, in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity. By annually observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer at the Last Supper “that they all may be one.” The theme for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is, ‘Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power,’ and is taken from the book of Exodus 15:6. Reverend Dr. Novelle Josiah, speaking during a radio program to commence Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Monday 14 May said oneness need not be forced or superficial but instead worked towards.“This we can do by agreeing to disagree, we can also encourage dialogue between different denominations and faith communities, we also need to practice tolerance and respect,” Dr Josiah proposed.“If we were to incorporate all of these in our religious pursuits and expression, then the ideals of Christian unity would be realized,” he added.Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Gabriel Malzaire who was also part of the radio program, said the Dominica Christian Council exists to foster a sense of unity among Christian churches which is done in various ways. Bishop Malzaire noted that the Council does so by hosting joint liturgical services, Opening of the new law term, Commonwealth Day Service, Remembrance Day Service and Independence Day celebrations, and promoting peace on the island especially during general election campaigns.This year, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, will seek to foster greater unity among Christian churches through two Post-Maria trauma workshops and an ecumenical service.The Post-Maria Trauma workshops will be held on Thursday 17 May and Friday 18 May at the Methodist Church on Virgin Lane, Roseau from 9am to 1pm.The workshops will be facilitated by Rev. Stephane Brooks, a Methodist Minister from St. Maarten based in Nashville, U.S.A and Kristen Elizabeth Vincent, a consultant also from the U.S.A.As per Bishop Malzaire, the workshops will take place in two stages; the first one on the 17th will be for pastors and members of the clergy, while the second will target youth ministers, persons involved with youth work and teachers.They are invited “to come together to reflect and learn a little more as to how to deal with the trauma that has been created by the hurricane Maria”.An Ecumenical Service, at the Methodist Church, from 7PM on Friday 18 May will conclude the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.last_img read more

Perfect: Senate presents balanced budget

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Senate Republican caucus recently unveiled our budget proposal to fund state government for the next two years.The proposal is balanced with a strong “rainy day” reserves. The budget also continues to support students and teachers with a $775 million increase in K-12 funding.This week, my fellow senators and I defended a balanced budget by voting down $200 million in additional state spending offered in amendments to the state budget by the Democrats, which would have thrown our budget out of balance.Keeping Indiana’s budget balanced means making tough decisions and living within our means, and I’m pleased with the work we put in to protect Hoosier taxpayers.For more information on the Senate Republican budget proposal, click here.last_img read more

Dyer big part of Swans plans – Monk

first_img The 27-year-old winger has even failed to make the bench for Swansea’s last three games against Manchester United, Burnley and Tottenham but Monk explained that was down to him changing his customary 4-3-3 formation to one featuring a midfield diamond. “These are very difficult decisions for me,” Monk explained. “Nathan had a fantastic start to the season, he had a little dip and then he came back a bit. “He has probably been a bit more inconsistent but he has still contributed fantastically to the team. There are no problems whatsoever with Nathan. “He is one who does deserve to be in match-day squads but unfortunately with the way things are sometimes that isn’t always possible. “The formation we’ve been playing dictates the bench, you have to look what you need and there are normally three or four players who miss out.” Dyer has made over 200 league appearances for Swansea since signing from Monk’s former club Southampton in a £400,000 deal in 2009. The Wiltshire-born winger helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2011 and has been a consistent performer in the top flight – and Monk insists he still has a big part to play at Swansea. Nathan Dyer has been told his future lies at Swansea even though manager Garry Monk has left him out of his last three match-day squads. “I have known him since he was 14 and watched his career, I know him better than probably anyone else in the squad,” Monk said. “Nathan has contributed a lot this season, he is a fantastic player to work with and someone who is at a very good level. “He is a big part of what I am doing here but there are moments within seasons where you miss out. “We have four good wide players in Jeff, Wayne and Nathan and Mo Barrow coming through, they are all different types who can contribute different things and selection depends on who we are playing and how the players have trained. “These decisions are never easy – it’s probably the hardest part of the job – but I am always honest with the players and I think they respect that.” Dyer started the season on fire with three goals in as many Barclays Premier League games and was reported to be in international contention when England manager Roy Hodgson paid a visit to the Liberty Stadium in September. But Dyer’s form has tailed off since that blistering start and he is now behind fellow widemen Wayne Routledge and Jefferson Montero in the Liberty Stadium pecking order. Press Associationlast_img read more

Hot Races in 2020, US President, Broward County Sheriff

first_imgThe 2020 presidential election will surely be hotly contested but, another race is also getting national attention…the battle for Broward County Sheriff.Current Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis and former Sheriff Scott Israel was suspended by him.Both are running for Broward Sheriff in 2020.Sheriff Tony announced his candidacy earlier this week and the Florida Senate just voted to uphold Governor Ron DeSantis’ suspension of Israel for his handling of two mass shootings in Broward.Israel who was elected Broward sheriff in 2012 and 2016 calls his suspension political.Listen to 850WFTL’s exclusive interviews with both candidates here. read more

Guyana Beverage Company confirmed sponsorship package for cycle road race

first_imgWITH preparations moving apace for Monday’s 60 miles open cycle road race, the Guyana Beverage Company (GBC), under its Tampico brand on Wednesday confirmed their sponsorship package for the event.General Manager of the business entity, Robert Selman, officially handed over the sponsorship package to second vice-president of the Flying Ace Cycling Club (FACC), and former national champion Neil Reece.The event is organised by the FACC in observance of CARICOM Day, and is billed for the Corentyne Highway in Berbice.The race will pedal off from in front of the beverage company’s Berbice office at Palmyra, at 10:00hrs, proceed to the No. 51 Police Station and back to the starting line.Speaking at the handing-over ceremony Selman noted that Berbicians have given the company excellent support since its establishment 14 years ago in the Ancient County.“This gesture is a small way of giving back to the community from where we garner our support, especially in the field of sport and education. This is one way to tell the people of Guyana and Berbice ‘thank you for your support over the years’,” Selman said.He added, “The Company doesn’t spend its money on alcohol and parties. He noted that the objective is to try and keep youths off the street.”Selman was high in praise of the work of the FACC and its founder, coach Randolph Roberts. He praised the FACC, calling it a professional organisation and one of the best cycling clubs in Guyana.Roberts thanked Selman and the Guyana Beverage Company for their support.He noted that the gesture by the Company should serve as an example for other businesses to follow.Prizes will be awarded to the first ten finishers overall, first four veterans, first three juveniles, first three 12-14 and first three females. The first two club cyclists will also be rewarded. There will also be ten sprint prizes up for grabs.The juvenile riders will pedal off from Nand Persaud and Company Limited on the Corentyne to the finish line. The 12-14 riders, along with the females, will pedal from Tain UG Campus to the finish line.There will also be races for 9-12 and 6-9 BMX riders. They will be riding from the Berbice Bridge to the finish line.All the top cyclists are in the country and are expected to participate.The event will be started by Patron, former Mayor and prominent businessman Errol Alphonso and Selman.last_img read more