Published by: Hrvoje Bujas, business owner Black Egg, GoHome i Insure.me My great-grandfather Jakov Belamaric Pivalo was a waiter (or you “boss” of waiters in Krka, then a renowned hotel), he spoke 4 languages (Hr, Eng, Ita and Njem.), He was always in a suit (at least that’s what my grandmother told me ), he loved his job, his profession, he was excellent and appreciated in that.So in the first half of the 20th century Šibenik had its own guild and waiters were a pillar of the then slow development of tourism…Today, the waiter is almost a sparrow, and the waiter is the one who has nothing else to do… as he finished college, he has no job, so here is a “poor” waiter.Sorry!The waiter should be the main PR and salesman of the catering facility, the one who presents the owner of the same, who brings him added value, who in a broader picture presents and develops our tourism as a whole.A waiter should become a profession that is valued, he speaks with due respect… after all, as a student I was a waiter “bloody” it’s a job, run here and there, wear, no working hours, and you see and hear everything…Only those who have a license and a school could be waiters, and they should be adequately paid for that.Ah… and our schools are below the level, only there would need a total rosada, not to mention Reform!
Seismic players: Report puts energy in jeopardy The American Petroleum Institute (API) is disappointed with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on seismic surveying in the Gulf of Mexico.API said it had previously joined the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), the National Ocean Industries Association, and the Offshore Operators Committee to submit detailed comments on BOEM’s Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. It said the final Programmatic EIS failed to take into account extensive industry mitigation efforts and use the best available scientific information in setting new operational measures.“While we appreciate BOEM moving forward in this process, today’s decision is based on a flawed interpretation of scientific data,” said Andy Radford, API Senior Offshore Policy Advisor. “It also disregards the fact that the natural gas and oil industry has been conducting safe, effective seismic research in the Gulf of Mexico for decades with effective mitigation measures that provide strong protections to marine life. We urge BOEM to consider these important facts as this process continues.”API says that seismic surveys are a safe and proven technology that help make offshore energy development safer and more efficient.“Advances in seismic imaging technology and data processing over the last decade have dramatically improved the industry’s ability to locate oil and natural gas offshore. In addition to the oil and natural gas industry, seismic surveys are commonly used by the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation, and the offshore wind industry. A rigorous permitting process ensures that seismic surveys are properly managed and conducted so they have minimal impact on the marine environment,” API, representing, 625 members, including large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms, said.“Our industry remains committed to improving the scientific understanding of the impacts of our operations on marine life,” said Radford.“Seismic surveying in the Gulf of Mexico is a critical part of safe offshore energy development that is necessary if we are to continue to harness our nation’s energy potential for the benefit of American energy consumers.” The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued the final programmatic environmental impact statement regarding the proposed geological and geophysical surveys in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.According to Earth Justice, an environmental group, the four-volume, 2592 pages, BOEM document, concluded seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico would cause significant harm to marine mammals.The analysis finds that as many as 31.9 million marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico will be injured and harassed by oil and gas seismic surveys. This includes 80 percent of the Gulf’s endangered sperm whale population, estimated at 763 animals. Sperm whales will experience as many as 760,000 harassing exposures to airgun blasting over the next decade, Earth Justice said.“Oil industry airgun blasts harm whales and dolphins rather than giving them the protection they deserve. We can’t keep treating the Gulf of Mexico with such flagrant disregard,” said Miyoko Sakashita, ocean program director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Trump’s promises to expand offshore drilling will amplify the damage we’re doing to whales and other marine animals.”The draft estimates that seismic blasting would cause as many as 588 injuries to the Gulf’s Bryde’s whales—of which only 33 individuals remain—or about 17 times for each member of this imperiled population.The report, Earth Justice says, estimates that oil and gas seismic surveys will harm whales and dolphins with as many as 4.3 million instances of injury, including permanent hearing loss.The report also outlines possible mitigation measures, including closure areas where seismic blasting would be banned, and reductions in the amount of activity permissible each year.Oil industry disappointed International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) President Nikki Martin published the following statement after BOEM issued its final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS):“Today, the BOEM issued a final PEIS that jeopardizes one of the most important regions for energy resources, the U.S Gulf of Mexico (GOM). In choosing its preferred alternative, the agency disregarded fifty years of successful seismic survey exploration alongside vibrant thriving marine ecosystems in the GOM, and issued a final PEIS that ignores the best available science.“While we are still reviewing the details of the final PEIS, it appears to remain overly precautionary with seriously flawed marine mammal effects analysis for seismic activities and is unsupported by best available information, thus leading to the proposed alternative which poses non-scientific and unnecessary restrictions on geophysical surveys.“For nearly eight decades, geophysical surveys have been conducted in the GOM, including extensive activity for the past fifty years, and there is no documented scientific evidence of this activity adversely affecting marine animal populations or coastal communities.”“Mitigation measures for the sake of “precaution” based on unsubstantiated claims from anti-energy development interests should have no basis in U.S. statute or regulation and threaten the economic and operational feasibility of performing geophysical surveys in areas ripe for updated data to support future lease sales and production. Specifically, an arbitrary 4-month near-shore closure in all coastal waters, including state waters, has no scientific merit or environmental benefit and should be precluded from the BOEM’s Record of Decision.“Last year when the BOEM issued its draft PEIS, the industry urged the agency to rely on science and risk-based regulations consistent with existing practices which are both effective and operationally feasible and not bow to the political pressure of the anti-oil and gas agenda which refuses to look at the long-standing history of environmentally safe seismic operations in the Gulf of Mexico.“For nearly eight decades, geophysical surveys have been conducted in the GOM, including extensive activity for the past fifty years, and there is no documented scientific evidence of this activity adversely affecting marine animal populations or coastal communities. Geophysical surveys have taken place alongside multiple industries, including successful fishing and tourism industries, and within a thriving ecosystem with an abundance of marine life.“IAGC will review the PEIS in detail and work with the Trump Administration to encourage BOEM to issue a Record of Decision that reflects the Administration’s commitment to rational decision making based on a clear-eyed review of the best available science and recognizes the positive, critical contributions of geophysical surveys in the GOM for locating and producing safe affordable energy.”Offshore Energy Today Staff
Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay The Noel Meade runner came home ahead of Balko Des Flos at odds of 8 to 1, with Outlander back in 3rd.It was a disappointing run for triple Gold Cup winner Sizing John who finished well behind, as did second favourite Yorkhill.That was the second of two Grade Ones on Day 3, with Apple’s Jade winning the Christmas Hurdle for Gordon Elliot.However the race was marred by the death of Nichols Canyon who suffered a fatal fall at the half-way stage.The Willie Mullins 7 year old won eight Grade Ones, and was also the only horse to beat Faugheen when he won the Morgiana Hurdle two years ago.Victory for Apple’s Jade was the second of the day for Elliot, while Noel Meade also took the final race of the day with Snow Falcon.Meanwhile there was also success for Tipperary at today’s card in Limerick – Fethard trainer Harry Kelly saddled a welcome winner when Great Trango ran out a game scorer in the opening race while Joseph O’Brien’s High Sparrow took the closing race. There was further success for Tipperary at both Leopardstown and Limerick today .Joseph O’Brien enjoyed back to back winners with Hardback in the 1.50 Novice Handicap Hurdle and Alighted in the 2.25 Flat Race.Road to Respect has claimed the Leopardstown Christmas Chase in a 1-2-3 for the Gigginstown House Stud.
FILE PHOTO; Micho answers questions at a previous matchSoweto, South Africa | AFP | Serb Milutin Sredojevic is expected to succeed Swede Kjell Jonevret, who quit Wednesday, as coach of troubled South African club Orlando Pirates.Jonevret won only six of 18 matches in charge and his fate was effectively sealed during June when Pirates were thrashed 4-1 by SuperSport United in the South African FA Cup final.“He was a good coach, but lacked the man-management skills to deal with a lot of prima donnas in the changeroom,” a club insider told AFP.Pirates, the first South African club to be crowned African champions, have failed to lift a trophy in the past two domestic seasons.Sredojevic arrived in Johannesburg this week and although non-committal, confirmation is expected soon of his return to the Soweto club he coached for seven months before leaving early in 2007.Although he did not win any trophies, the Serb guided the “Buccaneers” to the 2006 CAF Champions League semi-finals, where they lost narrowly to CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.Sredojevic resigned as Uganda coach last weekend, six months after taking the “Cranes” to their first Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 39 years.The 47-year-old told reporters in Kampala that he had run out of patience with Uganda football officials, who owe him $64,000 (54,000 euros) in salaries.Popularly known as “Micho”, the slightly built European began coaching in Africa 16 years ago with Ugandan outfit Villa.Other clubs he worked with include Saint George of Ethiopia (twice), Pirates, Young Africans of Tanzania and Al Hilal of Sudan. Share on: WhatsApp His national coach stints were with Rwanda and Uganda, where he enjoyed considerable success.Apart from Cup of Nations qualification, the “Cranes” are challenging Egypt for a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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