Pioneering Bulgarian alpinist dies during K2 expedition

first_imgSOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A Bulgarian mountain climber has been found dead during his attempt to reach the peak of the world’s second-tallest mountain, K2. Bulgaria’s Foreign ministry said in a statement that a Pakistani army helicopter crew confirmed the death of 42-year-old Atanas Skatov on Friday. Bulgarian national radio cited the Nepalese organizer of the expedition as saying that Skatov is believed to have fallen while changing ropes during a descent to base camp. Skatov in 2017 became the world’s first vegan to scale the highest mountains on every continent, known as the Seven Summits.last_img

Contracts signed on co-financing additional medical assistance teams in tourist destinations

first_img“Stalni porast broja gostiju i financijskih učinaka u turizmu rezultat je, između ostaloga, imidža Hrvatske kao sigurne destinacije, što postaje važan čimbenik u odabiru destinacije. Potvrdu tome dalo je i posljednje TOMAS istraživanje u kojem su turisti u hrvatskim turističkim odredištima vrlo visoko ocijenili osobnu sigurnost kao element zadovoljstva. Osim timova medicinske pomoći, Ministarstvo turizma sufinancira i Hrvatsku gorsku službu spašavanja i Crveni križ te koristim priliku da zahvalim svima na naporima koje ulažu u očuvanju sigurnosti svih posjetitelja i domicilnog stanovništva” said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.  Od 2008. godine od kada se Projekt sufinanciranja dodatnih timova medicinske pomoći provodi, Ministarstvo turizma je, zaključno s ovom godinom, izdvojilo 18,9 milijuna kuna za pružanje adekvatne medicinske pomoći turistima i domicilnom stanovništvu u županijama s najvećim udjelom broja turista u ukupnom broju turista tijekom četiri vršna mjeseca. Riječ je o sredstvima koja su namijenjena sufinanciranju troškova plaća liječnika, medicinskih sestara/tehničara te troškova sanitetskog materijala u periodu od lipnja do rujna.  Ravnateljica Hrvatskog zavoda za hitnu medicinu Maja Grba-Bujević predstavila  je djelovanje i rad timova hitne medicinske pomoći tijekom ljetnih mjeseci i naglasila kako iznimna važnost hitne medicinske službe do izražaja najviše dolazi upravo od lipnja do rujna kada dolazi do znatnog povećanja intenziteta prometa na cestama, ali i porasta broja posjetitelja i gostiju na našoj obali i otocima. “U tom smo razdoblju u Hrvatskom zavodu za hitnu medicinu prošle godine u sedam primorskih županija imali gotovo 60 posto više intervencija nego u odnosu na prva četiri mjeseca što ukazuje na nužnost pravodobne i kvalitetne hitne medicinske skrbi”. Riječ je o dugogodišnjem projektu Ministarstva turizma kojem je cilj podići razinu medicinske usluge tijekom vršnih turističkih mjeseci u godini i osigurati potrebnu medicinsku skrb stranim turistima i građanima Hrvatske u turističkim odredištima u priobalju te posebno na otocima, kao i na području glavnih prometnih pravaca. Tako će i ove godine Ministarstvo turizma sufinancirati potrebe sedam županija za dodatne medicinske timove u turističkim odredištima iznosom od 1,5 milijuna kuna.center_img U Ministarstvu turizma potpisani su danas Ugovori o sufinanciranju dodatnih timova medicinske pomoći u turističkim odredištima tijekom turističke 2019. godine sa sedam županija (Istarska, Primorsko-goranska, Ličko-senjska, Zadarska, Šibensko-kninska, Splitsko-dalmatinska, Dubrovačko-neretvanska).  Attachment: Odluka o sufinanciranju dodatnih timova medicinske pomoći u turističkim odredištimalast_img read more

PGGM and Shell assess joint bid for green energy firm Eneco

first_imgDutch asset manager PGGM and energy giant Shell are interested in acquiring Dutch energy company Eneco, citing its sustainability credentials.Both companies said they were assessing the options for a joint bid in the controlled auction of the Rotterdam-based energy firm.Last December, Eneco and its shareholders committee announced the start of its privatisation process. Eneco is currently owned by 53 Dutch local councils, with Rotterdam and The Hague as the largest shareholders. Its value is estimated at between €2.5bn and €3bn.PGGM – the €215bn asset manager for the large healthcare scheme PFZW – and Shell said they offered the expertise, the ambition and the financial firepower to continue and extend Eneco’s sustainable strategy and contribution to the energy transition. PGGM has put sustainability as the cornerstone of its investment policy and has made long-term investments in the energy transition worldwide.It said Eneco could contribute significantly to its portfolio of sustainable investments as well as the reduction of the carbon footprint of pension capital. It would also offer a “unique opportunity to invest directly in the local economy”.Currently PGGM has a €7bn stake in climate-related investments, as part of a target to invest €20bn by 2020 into impact investments related to climate, food and clean water security and care.At the end of 2015, healthcare scheme PFZW vowed to halve its carbon footprint over a four-year period through divestment of its stake in 200 carbon-intensive companies, reinvesting the proceeds in the best performers in its portfolio. A spokesman for the pension fund said it had completed three-quarters of this process.Shell said it was increasing its activities in the energy transition through investments in wind and solar energy, electrical mobility and the power sector. It invests between $25bn and $30bn (€22-26bn) annually.Change of interestIn 2017, when asked by IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro, the largest Dutch pension funds showed little enthusiasm about the idea of taking a stake in Eneco.At the time, both PFZW and the €409bn civil service scheme ABP declined to respond to questions about investing in the company.The metal industry scheme PMT said it was not considering a bid, while its sister scheme PME said it lacked a mandate to actively search for such deals.Eneco had previously highlighted that a new owner should provide stability, have a long time horizon and be a responsible investor.Dutch unions FNV and CNV also said they preferred a sustainable and solid local stakeholder, such as the large Dutch pension funds.The auction plan is subject to approval from Eneco’s approval. The aim of the investors was to establish Eneco as a growing and competitive supplier of sustainable energy products and services for customers in north-west Europe.Frank Roeters van Lennep, PGGM’s CIO for private markets, highlighted that the energy transition offered attractive opportunities for sustainable long-term investments, and said that Eneco could play an important role in realising the consortium’s joint targets.Shell added that it would offer access to innovative start-ups and technologies for digital developments and mobility as well as a significant number of partners and customers.“This offers opportunities in the entire energy chain, from the production of renewable energy to trading and delivery at home, on the road and at work,” said Maarten Wetselaar, director of Shell’s new Integrated Gas & New Energies division.Sustainability targetslast_img read more