As part of the most important European attraction fair (EAS 2016) in cooperation with Kirmes & Park Revue from Germany, which took place in Barcelona, the aquapark Istralandia won the award European Star Award 2016 – Europe’s Best water parks and is proclaimed as the fifth best auqapark in Europe.In first place is the aquapark Siam Park from Tenerife (Spain), in second place Costa Caribe from Spain, and in third place Tropical Islands from Germany. The international jury evaluated the quality and safety of the attractions, the quality of the catering offer, cleanliness and tidiness, the horticultural arrangement of the entire aquapark, the kindness of the staff and the content of the animation for children and adults. The award is even more significant as this is only the third year of operation of the Istralandia aquapark, as well as the fact that there were 300 aquaparks from all over Europe in the competition. Since the first day, Istralandia has seen an increase in visitors, and this year it was visited by more than 190.000 visitors “This year we are recording an increasing trend of visitors as a result of increased marketing activities, organizational improvements, quality enrichment of animation activities and of course favorable weather conditions that accompanied us during the tourist season. ” Silvio Kraljević, the park manager, pointed out and added that this recognition means a lot to the whole team, which he is extremely proud of and which has done a great job.When it is known that there are 300 aquaparks in Europe, and in Croatia’s immediate surroundings in Italy there are more than 110 aquaparks led by Aqualandia Jesolo and Caneva Aquapark from Lake Garda, which won 6th and 9th place and which are on the market more than 25 years, the success of this great Croatian tourist story is even greater. “The increase compared to 2015 in relative terms is 5% or 9.000 more visitors in the 2016 season“Kraljević points out and adds that with the intensified visit, there was an increase in consumption as a result of the enrichment of the offer, the opening of new catering outlets and the continuous education of staff.In the third year of its existence, Aquapark Istralandia has already won 11 awards at the local, regional and international level, which is just proof that quality facilities with great effort, commitment, constant investment in improving service quality and ultimately successful management brought sure success. The success of the Istralanida aquapark, as well as all other tourist companies from small to large, is the success of the local community as well as the entire tourist economy of Novigrad and Brtonigla.
Melissa Arias is the founder of Lemonade Living, a non-profit in Los Alamos that helps people with developmental disabilities and special needs to have more fulfilling lives. In order to help their clientele gain on the job training, Lemonade Living began operation of Rose Chocolatier, a local chocolate shop Oct. 1, 2019. By teaching people to make chocolates, bake pastries and serve espresso drinks, Lemonade Living is able to create a year-long, open-door job training program that didn’t previously exist in Los Alamos. Lemonade Living formed the Developmental Disabilities and Special Needs Roundtable to coordinate services between local organizations and fill service gaps for our families with developmental disabilities and special needs. LEMONADE LIVING News: When Arias started out, Lemonade Living was called Lemonade Therapy Co-op of Los Alamos, also known simply as Lemonade. The original goal was to utilize existing County, small business and nonprofit services to form a cooperative of activities for community members with developmental disabilities. She thought Lemonade would need to build a therapeutic riding program in order to bring this service to Los Alamos. When Arias’s daughter was young, they had birthday parties with horseback riding and fishing. One of the guests was a young boy with autism who was non-verbal. Arias explained, “In Los Alamos, people were going from having a full support staff for their child or student in the school system to having no services at all once they graduate or age out.” Families were asking, “Should we leave the hill to get services?” “Kristin is not just about riding therapy,” Arias said. “She has an extensive background in services for the developmental disabilities community. She brings together a great group of women who are very caring and skilled at being able to help young adults and kids alike in developing their riding skills. But it’s not just about developing riding skills. It’s about tapping into their peace and confidence, and helping people develop physically and emotionally. Kristin has the heart for that. She has an amazing drive, and amazing kindness. She really helps encourage the kids, so they have a fantastic experience. She has a fantastic team. She has wonderful animals, who are also part of her team. She has a great location. She worked her tail off to accomplish what she has. I hope the community will really consider going to her for these services because they’re wonderful. I absolutely love what Kristin has done! My daughter is now able to receive therapeutic riding locally from Kristin Tobias, Miranda Parga, and their wonderful team of volunteers! The Gifted Horse is a dream come true for my family, and for Lemonade Living.” The goal of the Roundtable is not to compete, but to fill gaps in service. What is Lemonade Living? People with special needs require special services, and when those services are not available, most often, caregiving falls to family, especially in small communities. Families of young adults with special needs have had to decide whether to move away, travel for services elsewhere, or go without. Forming the Developmental Disabilities and Special Needs Roundtable Kristin interviewed with Lemonade Living, but decided to start her own nonprofit, The Gifted Horse. In a matter of months, Tobias made the riding lessons possible, with the help of Ashley Armijo, of the New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding in Santa Fe. Arias had begun volunteer orientation in Armijo’s program just before learning that Kristin was ready to build her own program. So she helped them connect. For example, Doris Roberts, the founder of All Individuals First, was already making it possible for people to go on outings in the community with her day program. That meant that Lemonade Living did not have to manage that piece of the puzzle and could focus on Therapeutic Riding, the Farm to Kitchen program and a Residential Campus. When Arias founded Lemonade Living, she envisioned a program that included:Opportunities inspired by positive experiences gained by her daughter in the Living Skills program at LAHS, developed by teacher Robyn Collom.Day program including field trips and cultural experiences.Coaching for job skills to gain employment or operate a small business.Farm to Kitchen program.Therapeutic riding.Residential Campus with core activities center and therapy services. Lemonade Living founder Melissa Arias. Courtesy photo Lemonade Living is ‘making life sweet’ for others through its therapeutic horseback riding programs. Photo by Melissa Arias How Kristin Tobias Reached Lemonade Living’s First Activities Goal by Starting the Gifted Horse What happens if the parents can no longer provide the care? Arias said, “I was reading all sorts of stories with worst-case-scenarios where people with autism became institutionalized and because of their disability or certain behaviors were medicated and restrained. That is terrifying to me.” “We put him on a horse, and he started talking. His mother got so excited and emotional,” Arias said. “For a parent who has been anxiously waiting for their child to begin speaking and suddenly he’s uttering words. It’s a big deal, and a beautiful thing. And when you put a kid on a horse, these things can just happen.” Arias was thrilled. “If there’s a part of the project that someone can just run with, I’m thrilled. She accomplished it on her own, and in an amazing time frame. It feels like a great success for us. She just made that whole part of the plan come together by making it her own. As the Roundtable of service providers grows, it’s blossoming into a wonderful thing. The Gifted Horse is a huge part of that.” The mission of Lemonade Living is to enrich and empower the lives of young adults with developmental disabilities. The Lemonade Board of Directors began work to make the riding program a reality. Laura Tietjen, then secretary of Lemonade Living’s Board of Directors, met Kristin Tobias and knew that she could be the one. Laura invited Kristin to interview at a board meeting. The members of the board were excited to learn that Kristin has a background in ABA Therapy and Developmental Disabilities Case Management in New Mexico. And Kristin shared that building a therapy riding program is her dream and passion. “Many smaller organizations offering services are often founded by a parent. People who light up when you tell them about what you’re trying to do usually are people who have a loved one with special needs,” Arias said. “That’s where the understanding comes from.” At Rose Chocolatier, there are all kinds of jobs that require attention to detail, such as measuring ingredients for pastry production, folding cake and cupcake boxes, applying stickers and bows, and most certainly, the details and art of chocolatiering. Arias said, “Every job there needs to be done carefully and well.” She said, “Frankly, in many businesses there are jobs that are very important, but sometimes tedious and time consuming. Most people might be tempted to rush through those duties or not give them the care that they deserve. But an employee with autism or other developmental disability often excels at this type of task due to greater attention to detail and interest in doing a meticulous job. There’s huge value there.” Roundtable members include All Individuals First, Family Strengths Network, The Gifted Horse, Global Hydranencephaly Foundation, Lemonade Living, Los Alamos Makers, Los Alamos Public Schools and The Family YMCA. Individuals with special needs bring real value to businesses For more information on the skills that individuals with special needs bring to the workforce, read the article, “Hiring those with disabilities isn’t charity, it’s good business,” by Caitie Burkes, in the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. A participant in the therapeutic horseback riding program at Lemonade Living. Photo by Melissa Arias “We’re hoping to encourage businesses to offer jobs to individuals with developmental disabilities,” Arias said. “Business owners may not completely understand the value of employing people with developmental disabilities, especially in terms of attendance and attention to detail.” The motto of Lemonade Living is “making life sweet”. Because of the experience at the birthday party, Arias knew that therapeutic horseback riding was an important ingredient. But she didn’t know how it was going to come about. The Gifted Horse is at 650 North Mesa Road, Lot 15/16 in Los Alamos. For information, call 505.709.8444 and visit https://www.facebook.com/LosAlamosEquestrainNonprofit/. For information about Lemonade Living, call 505.695.2792, email email@example.com or visit https://www.lemonadeliving.org/. According to Arias, people with developmental disabilities possess skills that are often overlooked by employers searching for the most “highly qualified” candidate. When Arias’s daughter with special needs left the school system they were faced with the tough decision of staying in Los Alamos or leaving to get the services. There were programs in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Texas that were possibilities. But they wanted to stay in Los Alamos. That’s when she decided to take it upon herself to build up the services here in Los Alamos. And when she did, she was pleasantly surprised to find out that she was not alone. People with special needs, especially autism, is a growing segment in our population. Families have a desire for quality services, and they usually feel the need to be a part of it. “Having a job is not just about money, but about having a purpose and place in the community. There are young people who work at places such as Smith’s or the Reel Deal Theater. There are some ongoing jobs in the community. And there are temporary jobs that are provided through an IEP with the school. The problem is that these job opportunities are very limited, and they might not be ongoing.” Several local nonprofits are working together to serve this growing segment of the population. “At some point, when you’re aging, you need a backup plan,” Arias said. “I realized that it was arrogant to think that I could do it all on my own.” The Gifted Horse offers therapeutic riding, day camps, and private lessons at the North Mesa Stables, 650 North Mesa Road, Lot 15/16. This transition was devastating for many, including her daughter. When she started collaborating with other organizations, she found that other people shared similar goals for the community. Most important, the programs needed to fill service gaps in Los Alamos, that affect families from the moment students age out of high school until the time they become senior citizens. Photo by Melissa Arias
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Aquind, part of Offshore Group Newcastle, has supported the launch of RenewableUK’s 2015 manifesto at a special reception at the House of Commons.The North East England-based company, which has developed the innovative Triton steel jacket foundation for the offshore wind sector, sponsored the RenewableUK Parliamentary Reception, which was attended by MPs, peers, civil servants and representatives from the renewables industry.Among the speakers at the event, which took place at Sixty One Whitehall, was Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Caroline Flint.The event saw the launch of the RenewableUK 2015 Manifesto, which sets out the policy challenges facing the UK government and renewables sector in the run up to the general election next year and how the next government can support continued growth in the wind, wave and tidal industries in the next Parliament.RenewableUK also unveiled a new regional supply chain and jobs map, which illustrates the rapid growth of the renewables industries. The UK supply chain has evolved dramatically in recent years with companies developing new technologies and service solutions to meet the requirements of the industry.Among them is Aquind’s foundation structure, which is designed for large wind turbine generators located in depths in excess of 30 metres, which is relevant for more than 70 percent of offshore wind farms in Round 3 developments.Kirill Glukhovskoy, Corporate & Business Development Director for Aquind, said: “Some types of renewable energy like onshore wind and solar are approaching grid parity with traditional generation. Renewable energy has become an important contributor to the global energy mix. It has become possible because of earlier commitments to support renewables made by many countries.“Britain is uniquely positioned to grow the benefits from its onshore and offshore wind and marine energy resources. To further develop these technologies, build out local supply chains and accumulate skills and expertise we need at least 15-20 years of policy certainty.“It would help create thousands and thousands more jobs across the country re-energising many communities still suffering from the decline in shipbuilding, steel and other manufacturing industries like Wallsend. Breaking up this commitment will not only stop the progress but will destroy the existing achievements.”Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of RenewableUK said: “It was great for us to work with Aquind on this reception, and to have such a good example of the potential of the offshore supply chain presenting to MPs and Peers”.Press release, June 30, 2014; Image: recognitionpr
A collaborative effort between Instream Energy Systems and IT Power Consulting to design a floating tidal platform has been approved for financial support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).Instream Energy Systems, a Canadian hydrokinetic technology company, will collaborate with IT Power Consulting (ITP), an international energy consultancy based in UK, to complete Instream’s second generation platform design for the deployment of their multi-turbine array hydrokinetic system, ITP’s press release reads.Instream’s surface-based, vertical-axis hydrokinetic turbine, designed in partnership with BAE Systems, has a simplified surface-mounted design and maintenance approach to decrease capital and operating costs.According to ITP, its versatile design is suitable for near shore environments resulting in a flexible, cost-effective solution that can be deployed in the UK and internationally.Joe Hussey, Offshore Group Manager at ITP, said: “Designing a floating platform for Instream’s vertical axis turbine opens up vast market potential in the UK and further afield. This is a significant project within the tidal stream industry and IT Power are excited to be involved.”In addition to financial support approval, the project has also received the EUREKA label.The EUREKA label helps innovators increase competitiveness in the global economy by accessing technology, expertise, and international markets. EUREKA projects are financed through public and private support mechanisms, including NRC-IRAP.Ken Miller, President of Instream Energy Systems, said: “We are excited our project with ITP has been endorsed for EUREKA status. The EUREKA label adds a stamp of quality to our project.”NRC-IRAP helps firms to develop technologies and commercialize them in a global marketplace. It provides provides business advice, technical assistance and financial support to help Canadian enterprises undertake technology innovation.Image: Instream Energy Systems
A recent highlight saw a purpose-built gas turbine being flown to Nigeria. With a total weight of 95 tonnes, it was the heaviest single piece of cargo ever handled by any of the dnata FreightGatecargo terminals and ramp teams.Other examples of over-sized cargo recently handled by the dnata team include a 25 tonne turbine generator, heavy vehicles weighing up to 30 tonnes per piece and pieces of cargo that exceed 15 m in length.In response to the growing volume, dnata has steadily been increasing and improving its fleet of equipment to service the Dubai World Cargo (DWC) operation. In addition to the standard cargo-handling equipment, dnata has also invested in specialised equipment to help handle the out-sized loads, including a specially fabricated ’40 foot dolly’ engineered by dnata’s ground support equipment (GSE) team which allows for the safe and easy transportation of loads up to 12.2 m in length.The GSE team has also modified a standard aircraft loader to enable it to interface seamlessly with bulk-loaded aircraft and added a crane able to handle loads above 14 tonnes.Stuart Hayman, vice president of cargo operations for dnata, says: “It has been a year of records being set and then just as quickly being exceeded. We measure our volumes for each shift and we often handle volumes in excess of 1,000 tonnes in these 12 hour shifts.”dnata currently handles a wide variety of freighter aircraft types at DWC, including: Ilyushin IL76s, Antonov AN124s,Hercules C130s, Airbus A300Fs, Boeing 747Fs, Boeing 777Fs and the newest freighter in the skies, the Boeing 747-8F which can carry a payload of up to 134 tonnes.www.dnata.com
Netherlands based Fairmount Marine was contracted by Maersk Line to tow the 398 m long 156,907 dwt Emma Maersk container ship from Port Said, Egypt, to the Palermo repair yard, 1,276 m (2053.5 km) away. The convoy began its journey from the Mediterranean port on February 17 and reached its destination on February 25. www.fairmount.nl www.maerskline.com
The heavy topside and its flare boom were loaded onboard the 14,800 dwt vessel BBC Amber, which has a lifting capacity of 800 tonnes, from a barge in Ingleside, Texas.After the long voyage to Malaysia, the topside was discharged at the Tembikai offshore oilfield, located approximately 150 km east of Terengganu, through a 90 degree double banking operation onto the installation crane vessel SK2000.SapuraKencana subsidiary TL Offshore contracted BBC for the transport and installation of the central processing platform. www.bbc-chartering.com
Frank de Jong joins CLA as chief operations officer, having most recently served as director of product development at CargoLogicManagement. In his new role, he will be responsible for flight, ground and technical operations. De Jong succeeds Sten Rossby, who takes up another executive role in the industry.CLA has also appointed Freddie Overton to the commercial team, responsible for driving the expansion of CLA’s transatlantic operations. Prior to joining CLA, Overton served as regional director for Europe and the Americas at IAG Cargo. Sean Pettit has joined the CLA management team as head of financial control; Sarah Owen is promoted to the role of head of the operations control centre. The appointments come as CLA prepares for the next stage of its fleet expansion. Subject to regulatory approvals, the carrier will take delivery of its fourth Boeing 747-400ERF in October 2018.www.cargologicair.com
GERMANY: The two prototype Coradia iLint fuel-cell powered multiple-units began operating in revenue service on September 17, following a formal launch the previous day with a ceremony at Bremervörde attended by representatives from the federal and Land governments, regional transport authority LNVG and operator Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser. Hailed by the manufacturer as the world’s first fuel cell trains, the Salzgitter-built iLints will be operating on 100 route-km of the Elbe-Weser network between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude, replacing older diesel trains. They are designed to operate at speeds up to 140 km/h. The roof-mounted hydrogen tanks give the trains a range of around 1 000 km, sufficient for a day’s operation. At present, the prototype trains are being refuelled using a mobile filling station at Bremervörde, where the hydrogen gas is pumped from a steel container next to the tracks at Bremervörde station. A permanent filling station is to be built at the EVB depot by 2021, when Alstom is due to deliver a further 14 iLints to LNVG under a contract awarded in November 2017. LNVG Managing Director Carmen Schwabl said that up to 120 diesel trainsets used on regional services in Niedersachsen would be coming up for renewal in the next few years. ‘With the test operation starting today, Niedersachsen is performing real pioneering work in local transport in co-operation with Alstom and EVB’, said Land Minister of Economy & Transport Bernd Althusmann. ‘In successfully proving the operability of the fuel cell technology in daily service, we will set the course for rail transport to be largely operated climate-friendly and emission-free in the future.’ According to federal State Secretary for Transport & Digital Infrastructure and Commissioner for Rail Transport Enak Ferlemann, Federal Government, the development of fuel cell technology is ‘a strong sign for the mobility of the future’ as an efficient alternative to diesel. The federal government has been actively supported the development with funding from the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technology. Read more about rolling stock strategies to replace diesel trains on German regional lines in the September 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.