ATOL protection is a term which always comes up when travel firms go bust or when booking a holiday. But what does it actually mean, and why is it so important? Here's our handy guide explaining the scheme? What does Atol protected holiday mean? By law, every UK travel company which sells package holidays and flights is required to hold an Atol, which stands for Air Travel Organiser’s Licence. If a travel company with an Atol ceases trading, the scheme protects customers who had booked holidays with the firm - making sure they don't get stranded abroad or end up out of pocket. It's designed to reassure consumers that their money is safe, and it helps customers if their travel agent goes bust - such as All Leisure Holidays ltd. Atol protection doesn't apply if you buy your flights directly from your airline. And flight-only arrangements bought through a travel agent are not always protected under the scheme - so make sure you always ask. After the airline Monarch collapsed … [Read more...] about What is Atol protection? What it means for you and why it’s so important when you book your holiday
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“The issues that we are talking about aren’t exactly seen as ‘hot shit’ by the German public.” Those were the blunt words of Green party leader Katrin Göring-Eckard in the spring of 2017 after they failed to win the 5 percent of votes necessary to stay in the state parliament in Saarland. That humiliation was followed by months of polls which suggested the German public were contemplating throwing the environmentalists out of the Bundestag too. Given the circumstances, a result of 8.9 percent in the national election almost seemed like a success. A year later and the Green party’s ambitions have radically changed. In the state election in Bavaria earlier this month the Greens became the second biggest party, more than doubling their vote share to 17.5 percent. On Sunday they are projected to win around 20 percent of the vote in Hesse, potentially giving them the power to form a government in the wealthy central state. Meanwhile if a national … [Read more...] about Why is the Green party suddenly flying high in Germany?
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. Sweden imports around 1.3 million tonnes of rubbish each year, most of it from Norway and the UK, and has long been hailed for its efficiency in handling waste. Waste to heat Only one percent of waste produced in Sweden ever reaches landfill, with the remaining 99 percent recycled, reused, or converted into energy. It's that last option which is most controversial: a large amount of rubbish, including a lot of the imported waste, is converted to heat and electricity at so-called 'waste-to-energy' centres. This is done through incineration. Waste is burned at the more than 30 plants across the country, and then used to make heat and electricity. In 2016, that included 1.3 million tonnes of waste from other EU countries, which accounted for between 20 and 25 percent of all the rubbish which was burned in the plants that year. Because Sweden's plants can charge other countries for the … [Read more...] about Why Sweden’s waste imports may not be as eco-friendly as you think
Published 9:15 am CDT, Thursday, August 9, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 52 weeks of growth: 4 ways Puerto Rico is key to world agriculture 1 / 1 Back to Gallery (BPT) - For a region the size of Connecticut, Puerto Rico packs a big punch when it comes to its contribution to world agriculture. Many people are unaware, for example, that the 5,335-square-mile commonwealth is the research and development headquarters for up to 85 percent of the commercial corn, soybean and other hybrid seeds grown in the U.S., part of a biotech industry thriving for 35 years. “Puerto Rico is, in many cases, the first and most important location for the development of new crops,” notes Liliana Sánchez Cortés, a site manager for global agrochemical and seed producer Syngenta. The nation’s importance to the food chain is partly why Syngenta was so quick to help after Hurricane Maria destroyed an estimated 80 percent … [Read more...] about 52 weeks of growth: 4 ways Puerto Rico is key to world agriculture
By Dieter Kurtenbach | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 27, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: July 27, 2018 at 7:40 am Khalil Mack didn’t show up to work Thursday and he isn’t expected to arrive on Friday either. Mack is holding out from Raiders training Camp as part of a contract dispute months — perhaps years — in the making. It wasn’t a surprise that Mack didn’t report to camp with his teammates Thursday — he doesn’t have a new contract — but the lack of shock has not prevented waves of consternation to cascade over the Raiders’ fanbase. I even had a few fans tell me the Raiders should trade Mack because of the holdout. That, of course, is an ignorant and ludicrous idea as well as a complete overreaction. There are three key reasons this Mack holdout isn’t worth your worry. There is one reason to be concerned, though — and fans of the Raiders’ old/new head coach might not … [Read more...] about Kurtenbach: Three reasons why Khalil Mack’s holdout isn’t worth your worry… and one reason it is