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In the first six months, Lošinj recorded very good tourist results, thus achieving a total of 491.700 overnight stays and 89.500 arrivals with an index of an increase in overnight stays of 19%, and arrivals of 20% compared to the previous 2016.The largest increase in guests was recorded in the segment of hotel accommodation, 19%, and the offer of Lošinj hotels was enjoyed by as many as 35.500 guests who spent 155.000 nights. ”We are extremely pleased with the tourist results so far, especially because this year we have invested a lot of effort to organize numerous events for the needs of all our guests. We expect even better results in the coming months and the continuation of positive indicators of a successful tourist year so far, said the president of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić.After the excellent results achieved in the first six months, the island of vitality with the organization of numerous events continues to successfully navigate the tourist year.
After several loan spells under erstwhile Manager, Jose Mourinho, the arrival of Antonio Conte gave Victor Moses some respite as he enjoyed regular playing time under the Italian in his two-year stint at Stamford Bridge. With the sack of Conte, the arrival of Maurizio Sarri, regular shirt has been far and between for Moses. After the Nigerian had initially insisted that he would stay back and try to adapt to Sarri’s style of play, the 2013 AFCON winner is considering a move away from Chelsea. Kunle Adewale asks if another loan spell is looming for MosesOne of the reasons Victor Moses gave for quitting the national team was to concentrate on his club career but the objective seems to be defeated as he is finding regular playing time difficult under Chelsea new manager, Maurizio Sarri.“I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career,” Moses had said while announcing his retirement from the national team. The Blues winger has failed to impress Sarri, who arrived in the summer after replacing Antonio Conte.Under Conte, Moses was a key player – fitting in at right wingback in his three-at-the-back system.However, Sarri has switched the formation to 4-3-3 with Eden Hazard and Willian as his first-choice wingers.The 27-year-old has appeared in just five matches this season, completing a full 90 minutes just once.The former Crystal Palace star has indicated that he was looking to leave in January because of the lack of game-time. And he recently admitted he was thinking of departing the club where he came up through the academy.He said: “Right now, it’s not a good season for me, but I have to find some way to get back on.“How? I do not know, but it’s up to me to figure that out. But right now it looks hard. We have good results and we play super football, which only makes it harder.”His new stand is in contrast to his earlier decision to stay back and fight for the shirt.Speaking in an interview with Chelsea FC’s website earlier in the summer, Moses insisted he was not looking to leave the club but embrace the Italian’s methods.“We’re looking forward to it. Obviously, we have a new manager now, he’s got a new philosophy and we’re looking good in training. We just want to work hard together as a team and make sure we understand what he wants from us and do the best we can this season.“Chelsea is a big club. It’s a club with a great history, we’ve won loads of big trophies, and we always want to do that.“With the players we’ve got and ability that we’ve got, we just want to keep on working hard together to make the club great and keep doing well,” he said.After a Superlative performance for Wigan Athletic during the 2011/12 season, the coaching crew of Chelsea signed on Moses. But as a result of not having enough playing time, he was sent on a season loan to rivals, Liverpool in September 2013. He was then shipped to Stoke City and West Ham the following seasons. But with the arrival of Conte at Stamford Bridge after the sack of Mourinho, Moses found a new lease of life. Before Conte’s arrival, Moses had not played a league game for Chelsea for more than three years but he became a key role in the former Juventus Manager’s 3-4-3 system, which was a huge turnaround for a player who, partly because of injury, started only 38 league games in the past three seasons, completing 90 minutes just 12 times.“I played as a wing-back a lot during my career, particularly when I was younger in the mid-to-late 1990s when that system was least popular in the Premier League. I used to enjoy it because, like Moses, it suited my game. Like him, I was more of an attacker than a defender and wing-backs have the freedom to get forward when they want.“You have to be disciplined defensively and decide when to join the attack or hold back, but you have the freedom of the touchline and the ability to impose yourself on the game far more than you can as a normal winger. By timing your runs, you can come from deep with a head of steam and burst into great positions – the sort of thing that Moses was doing when he used his power and pace to great effect,” Conte had said.Moses admitted that he always hoped to play regularly for a big club like the Blues, but struggled to make any impact on the first team at Stamford Bridge until Conte arrived and his 3-4-3 formation has brought the best out of the 26-year-old. “I’ve always wanted to play for this big club, it’s one of the best clubs in the world at the moment and I’m enjoying every single minute. I just want to keep on working hard and helping my teammates out,” he told Chelsea’s official website.The arrival of another Italian at Chelsea in the summer had to change the narratives and Moses has now fallen behind in the pecking order.This may, however, be good news for Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr as Moses would most likely need the national team as a launch-pad in his search for a new and equally high profile club in the mold of Chelsea – meaning he could consider his stand and stage a comeback to the Super Eagles.Moses shocked soccer loving Nigerians in early August as he announced his retirement from international football after playing 37 matches and scoring 12 goals for Nigeria.He made it known on his social media account that he will play no part wearing the green and white colours of Nigeria after he joined the national team in 2012 since switching allegiance from England to Nigeria. “I would like to announce that after much thought I have made the decision to retire from playing international football. I have experienced some of the best moments of my life wearing the Super Eagles shirt and have memories with me that will last a lifetime. Nothing will ever compete to what it felt like to represent Nigeria on behalf of our country.“However, I feel that now is the right time to step away in order to be able to focus fully on club career and my young family as well as to allow the next generation of Super Eagles stars the opportunity to step up and to flourish.“We are blessed as a nation to have so many exciting young players coming through and now is their time.“I have already spoken to the manager by telephone and would like to say thank you to him and his staff, the NFF and all of my teammates for all of their support over the years.“Most importantly, I would like to say thank you to the Nigerian people for believing in me and supporting me over the years. It’s meant the world to me and my family and I will always be a proud Nigerian supporting the team.“Thank you for the memories and good luck to the team for the future.” With regular shirt at Chelsea no longer in sight, the national team might be the new option for Moses to continue playing at the top flight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Victor Moses
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24 November 2015Bilateral talks between South Africa and Italy, with a view to renewing political and economic relations, were held in Rome between the two countries this month.Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, minister of international relations and co- operation, met her Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni, minister of foreign affairs. The two exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern, including enhancing trade and investment, and exploring further areas of co- operation such as the development of small business, infrastructure and the ocean economy, among others.The two ministers discussed the current European migration crisis, security issues and terrorism. Gentiloni was officially invited to visit South Africa during the course of 2016, said the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.A memorandum of understanding between the nations was signed in 2003 to establish a framework for regular bilateral consultations at ministerial or deputy ministerial level. Areas of co-operation under the framework included science and technology, police, defence, tourism, arts and culture, and agriculture, among others.Bilateral trade between Italy and South Africa increased remarkably last year, reaching a six-year high after rising almost R7-billion.Trade figures are expected to increase following an announcement this year that South Africa was among three countries identified by the Italian government as a potential strategic supplier of products such as raw materials, and semi-finished and intermediate products in metallurgical, steel, alloys and foundries.South Africa’s exports to Italy are dominated by mineral products, hides and skins, and iron ores; there is scope for increased exports of agricultural products, platinum, titanium and alloys. Imports from Italy consist mainly of machinery, vehicles, electrical and electronic equipment as well as pharmaceutical products.Source: South African Government News Agency
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University ExtensionIt seems everyone has a “package” that gives an extra yield bump. Many of these packages contain micronutrients. In Ohio, because we generally have clay in our soil and reasonable levels of organic matter, we don’t usually see a yield impact from applying micronutrients. But should we be concerned about micronutrients?Our soil tests are most reliable for pH, phosphorus and potassium and can work reasonably well for zinc, too. We usually use a combination of soil and tissue tests to determine micronutrient deficiencies. Soil pH can also help us know where to look for deficiencies. See your copy of the Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide for descriptions and pictures of nutrient deficiencies by crop.Typically we will see deficiencies occur in small isolated areas of a field first. When these are noted, pull both a soil and a tissue sample out of the “good” area and out of the “poor” area and compare the results. Also check a recent yield map for losses in that area. Nutrient deficiencies I have seen of late are potassium from early dry conditions and occasionally sulfur — neither of these are micronutrients however.It is interesting to note that we have two different philosophies in Ohio on nutrients. We build and maintain for the macros, but wait until we see deficiencies and apply as needed for the micros. This difference in philosophy results from the fact that we have so few micronutrient deficiencies in Ohio.Are we short on sulfur yet? Maybe, in some very low organic matter soils, but generally probably not. In nine trials I have conducted over the past six years I have yet to see an increase in yield from the addition of sulfur, but I am doing the work again this year. I do expect as we continue to clean up our power plant emissions that we will eventually see a need for added sulfur. In the meantime, save your money, or do a little trial work of your own.What about that other “stuff” that costs just $5 an acre. I regularly check out those advertisements, and listen to the sales pitch at farm shows but usually walk away without making a purchase. I recently had a farmer tell me about a product that was absolutely the “best ever, and guaranteed to boost yield.” I asked him why I never heard of it? Because if it’s that good, there would be 25 university tests showing how great it is… and we (the OSU Agronomic Crops Team members) would be telling everyone about it.
A California company is nearing completion of a manufacturing plant that soon will be turning out medium-density fiberboard (MDF) made from rice straw instead of wood fiber. CalPlant 1 is building the $315 million facility on 276 acres of land in Willows, California, some 85 miles north of Sacramento, in an important rice-growing region. When complete, the company says, the plant will produce the equivalent of 140 million square feet of 3/4-inch MDF per year. MDF, almost all of which is currently made with waste wood fiber, is widely used in cabinets, doors, and floor substrates. CalPlant 1 said its panels will have no added formaldehyde and will have the same performance characteristics as wood-based MDF.RELATED ARTICLESCabinet Manufacturers Group Supports Federal Formaldehyde LegislationGreen Building Priority #3 – Ensure a Healthy Indoor EnvironmentMineral Wool Makers Dropping Formaldehyde Binders According to the company, the process has several environmental benefits, including the use of 300,000 tons of rice straw per year—about 20% of the rice straw produced in the Sacramento Valley. All of the feedstock for production will come from rice growers no more than 25 miles from the plant. After California banned the practice of burning waste rice straw in 1991, some farmers began flooding fields with water after harvest to accelerate the decay of the waste straw. The use of rice straw to manufacture MDF would give farmers another option for disposal. Output from the plant will be enough to meet 30% of the California MDF market, according to a company news release. In addition to medium-density board, CalPlant 1 will produce panels in a range of densities and in thicknesses up to 30 mm (1.18 inches). Plywood manufacturer Columbia Forest Products, an early investor in the project, will market the panels. The plant is being constructed on land owned by the family of Jim Boyd, a rice farmer who originally approached Jerry Uhland, now the president of CalPlant, with the idea in the 1990s, Architect Magazine said in an article about the company. Boyd died in 2009 but his daughter Suzy is active in the company. The panels will use pMDI as a binder, helping the MDF comply with federal regulations designed to limit formaldehyde emissions. CalPlant vice president Elizabeth Whalen told Architect the company hoped to move to a more naturally derived adhesive in the future, such as the soy-based resin used in some of Columbia’s panel products. The panels are expected to be ready for sale in the first quarter of next year. They will be distributed through Columbia Forest Products and also sold directly to manufacturers that use a lot of MDF, such as millwork, cabinet, and flooring producers, Whelan said in an email to GBA. The MDF will be available across North America, she said, adding, “but logistically speaking, the freight costs, especially on thicker material, will be a factor for some buyers.” A full-scale launch of the product—including a brand name—will take place in the first quarter of next year. The MDF will be “priced competitively” with wood-based panels now on the market. The company’s focus is on California at the moment, Whelan added, but that could change in the future. “Rice is grown in other regions of the U.S. and globally,” she said, “making rice straw as a raw material an abundant and annually renewable resource, so ultimately we’d like to expand this technology to other regions.” Non-wood MDF is uncommon MDF is typically made with waste sawdust and shavings derived from lumber production, says Jackson Morrill, president of the Composite Panel Association, a trade group. Efforts to use alternatives, such as wheat and rice straw, have proved largely unsuccessful in the past. Dow BioProducts, for example, abandoned efforts to make fiberboard panels with wheat straw and a polyurethane binder in 2005 because it cost too much to produce. One non-wood MDF on the market is Wheatboard, which is made of wheat straw and a non-formaldehyde binder called MDI. It’s available through Chesapeake Plywood, a distributor in Baltimore, where a 4×8 sheet of 3/4-inch material costs $65.20 ($43.47 per unit when bought in a unit of 50 sheets). Early attempts at making MDF with agricultural waste straw failed for a number of reasons, Morrill said, but the new plant in California is “progressing nicely” and represents a 20-plus-year effort by its founders to bring the idea to fruition. A key selling point for the rice-straw MDF is the use of a resin that contains no formaldehyde, a chemical listed as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Although most MDF is manufactured with urea-formaldehyde binders, Morrill said in a telephone call that those panels are still able to meet emissions limits established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board. MDF made with no-added-formaldehyde resins is available, Morrill said, but it’s not common. Producers have stuck with urea-formaldehyde for a number of reasons, including cost and production issues that can crop up with resin substitutes. Morrill called CalPlant a “win-win-win” because it will help to solve what had been a environmental headache for California rice growers. The manufacturing process also could represent an important tool for combating air pollution elsewhere. In India, for example, rice straw is consumed in huge fires that blacken the sky. Capturing the rice straw in a product with a potentially long life also would appear to offer some of the same carbon-capture advantages that wood products have. Morrill, however, said he didn’t know how carbon sequestration between the two materials compared. Water use and methane issues CalPlant lists reduced water use as an environmental advantage of its manufacturing process—fewer fields would have to be flooded after harvest—but the state’s Department of Water Resources also sees some advantages to the practice. Peter Bostrom, chief of the department’s water use and efficiency branch, said farmers typically flood fields with 3 to 4 inches of water after harvest. He said he didn’t have an estimate of exactly how much water is used annually for that purpose, but said a “significant number” of acres across the Sacramento Valley are flooded each year. Is that an environmental problem? Not necessarily. The artificial flooding creates habitat for migrating birds, could help fish in the region’s rivers by providing places where insects can breed, and helps flush salts from the soil. Flooding takes place in fall and winter, which is not prime irrigation season, and the water can help recharge underground supplies. “The actual water cost is probably minimal,” he said. “The Sacramento Valley has traditionally been a floodplain through history, so often these areas would have been flooded anyway in the winter. In some cases, the flooding of these fields can occur from winter rain alone.” Bostrom, a former rice farmer himself, said rice straw can be used as bedding for animals and for soil retention at construction sites. It also can be chopped up and turned into the soil, although that practice can lead to rice stem disease if rice is planted in the same ground the following year and crops are not rotated. Flooding does not allow the disease spores to build up, so it’s been “relatively effective” in that way as an alternative to burning. CalPlant will give farmers another option for disposing of the straw. “What’s being proposed fits into the state’s and the department’s perspective of trying to promote a variety of ways to improve water use and environmental concerns across the valley across multiple fronts,” he said. “You can’t flood the entire valley in the winter, so this provides another option for using rice straw.” Rice cultivation also has an impact on methane emissions. According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the flooding that’s an integral part of rice cultivation makes rice paddies a source of methane through a process called methanogenesis. The more than 540,000 acres of rice paddies in the state account for 2% of statewide emissions, contributing an average of 797,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year between 2000 and 2017. CARB didn’t break down the emissions that could be attributed specifically to post-harvest flooding, so it’s not clear how operations like CalPlant might change the emissions picture. Methane emissions from rice fields are a problem, CARB spokesman Dave Clegern said, but “their contribution pales when compared to methane emissions from dairies and other livestock facilities.” Those operations account for more than half the annual methane emissions in the state. Still, CARB has developed a carbon offset protocol for rice farmers, which describes the most effective means for reducing the release of methane. -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.
The first phase of panchayat election in Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday recorded a 74.1% voter turnout, with the Kashmir Valley clocking 62.1%, a quantum jump from the civic election percentage of 35.1 just 30 days ago.According to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shaleen Kabra, the border district of Kupwara in the Valley witnessed the highest polling at 71.9%, while Ganderbal in central Kashmir registered the lowest 11.9%.“At least 5,585 candidates were in the fray for 420 sarpanch and 1,845 panch seats in Phase I,” Mr. Kabra said.Unlike the civic body polls, the panchayat elections are being contested on a non-party basis, opening a window for both regional parties — the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party — to have proxy candidates.But the National Conference’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani reiterated that his party “will stay way from the panchayat polls, too, but contest Assembly polls”.No violenceThe police said there were no reports of any militant violence or protests during the polling in Kashmir.In Srinagar, where one block was up for polls, 21.8% of the electorate cast their ballot.According to the State Election Commission (SEC), 85 sarpanchs and 1,676 panchs have already been elected unopposed in Phase I.The areas close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla and Kupwara showed more enthusiasm for voting. In Uri of Baramulla, Roshi Begum (100), wife of Mohammad Gazi, came out to vote with her family.
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