Macron’s popularity drops to new low as French fuel tax revolt rages

first_imgThe results were published against the backdrop of the Yellow Jacket protests. Named after the neon garments worn by activists, the movement takes issue with a planned hike in tax on gas announced by Macron. Since the weekend, the demonstrations have involved 280,000 people and resulted in at least 528 injuries, including one fatality.Nearly three in four people could identify with the protesters, according to the poll, but the method of protest divided respondents: 52 percent disapprove of it, while 46 percent approve.“We have received the message from the citizens. It invites us to go further. In order for the ecological transition, which is necessary, not to be socially unacceptable, it must be fair, equitable and democratic. We must therefore mobilize all those who will make it acceptable, so as not to leave anyone behind,” Agence France-Presse quoted Elysée Palace advisers as saying on Thursday. French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has slipped to a new low, according to an opinion poll published Friday, as he grapples with protests against a planned hike in tax on gasoline.Macron’s office sought to assuage concerns about the fuel tax by signaling he would introduce new measures to make sure the country’s move to greener energy is “fair, equitable and democratic.”The survey by pollster BVA found only 26 percent of French people have a favorable opinion of Macron. That’s a drop of three points from last month, putting Macron’s rating 19 months into his presidency below those of his immediate predecessor François Hollande (48 percent) and ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy (29 percent) at the same stage of their terms of office.last_img read more

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Kenyan farmers optimistic about electrified protection from elephants

first_imgKenyan stevia farmers to benefit from trade deal with China A close-up of a section of an electric fence erected to keep elephants away from the farms of residents in Thome area in Laikipia County, Kenya.Farmers in Thome area in Laikipia County, Kenya, have a reason to smile thanks to an electrified fence put in place to protect their crops from elephants.The three-feet high, 20 kilometers long fence is co-funded by the county government of Laikipia, conservation charities Space for Giants and the Leopardess Foundation, and the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (Batuk).Residents and authorities in Laikipia frequently complain about the damage the elephants cause to farms, the environment as well as the threat they pose to people.The damage to farms results in economic losses for the farmers.“In one night, you could find the elephants have destroyed your farm,” said John Mundia.  “In some cases, the money I had invested was a loan from a bank. The bank will not know that the elephant had eaten the harvest. They (the bank) will demand I pay the loan. I believe the fence will be of great help to us.”Space for Giants’ project officer Samuel Githui said the organisation wanted to reduce the risks and costs borne by people living near wild animals and also protect wildlife and its habitats.Space for Giants’ project officer Samuel Githui (left) explains the features of the electric fence to representatives of the Laikipia county government, including Governor Ndiritu Muriithi (second left).“For any successful fencing project, there are three factors: design, maintenance and reinforcement. Once you have the right design for the fence, then, you are sure whatever you are deterring will be a success. This fence must also be maintained on a daily basis,” Githui said.Githui noted that the biggest threat to the fence is humans, who are likely to damage it for reasons that include forcible entry and use of fence materials for firewood. Githui said there must be stiff penalties for people who damage fences to deter future incidents.Space for Giants said the new fence, which replaced the old one that was damaged by both elephants and humans, is a completely different design with pioneering features.The fence’s posts have been shortened to make it difficult for elephants to lever them out of the ground. The fence uses low-level ‘outriggers’, wires from the main fence line placed at a 45 degrees angle to shock the elephant before it can reach the post using its trunk or tusks. The shocks, however, do not fatally harm the elephants.With the completion of the section of the fence, farmers have reported that they are safer and that they expect more yields when the next harvest comes.Related Kenyan president announces $10m fund for khat farmerscenter_img Zimbabwe’s white farmers optimistic about land compensation pledgelast_img read more

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Gegara Corona, Maskapai El Al Gunakan Pesawat Penumpang Kosong untuk Keperluan Kargo

first_imgBoeing 787 Dreamliner El Al saat baru tiba di Ben Gurion International Airport. Foto: AMIR COHEN/REUTERS Maskapai El Al dilaporkan telah menawarkan pesawat penumpang kosong untuk penggunaan kargo. Hal itu dikarenakan maskapai asal Israel tersebut telah mengalami penurunan jumlah penumpang besar-besaran sejak wabah virus corona atau Covid-19 yang semakin mengkhawatirkan belakangan ini.Baca juga: Last Flight, Boeing 747-458 El Al Airlines Lukis Penampakan Indah di UdaraDikutip dari jpost.com, Senin, (16/3), maskapai menawarkan armada Boeing 787 Dreamliner-nya untuk keperluan kargo tersebut. Selain itu, maskapai juga menawarkan armada lainnya yang lebih besar, Boeing 777. Hanya saja, tarifnya lebih mahal dibanding ‘pesawat kargo’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Rencananya, maskapai akan memberlakukan model bisnis seperti itu hingga beberapa waktu mendatang sampai waktu yang belum dapat dipastikan. Dalam pengaplikasiannya, maskapai tersebut menawarkan lima hingga 10 pesawatnya untuk mendukung model bisnis tersebut, khususnya barang-barang berupa bahan mentah dan barang-barang lainnya yang urgent dibutuhkan oleh orang banyak, seperti obat-obatan dan bahan-bahan pelindung lainnya (masker dan sejenisnya).Terkait tarif, pihak maskapai mengaku bahwa cara penghitungan (tarifnya) sama dengan ketika kondisi pesawat penuh. Seumpama, Boeing 787 Dreamliner yang mampu mengangkut sekitar 20 ribu ton kargo komersial, perusahaan yang ingin menggunakan layanan tersebut hanya perlu membayar seharga 340 penumpang. Tentu saja lebih murah bila dibanding kapasitas kargo itu sendiri (dibandingkan total berat 340 orang dengan kapasitas maksimal 20 ribu ton kargo).Hanya saja, karena metode penghitungannya yang membuat kargo jadi lebih murah, pelanggan yang memakai jasa tersebut harus membayar untuk perjalanan pulang-pergi, sekalipun pesawat tak mengangkut muatan apapun sepulang dari bandara tujuan.Manajer Divisi Kargo El Al, Ronen Shapira, mengatakan kepada surat kabar terbesar di Israel, Yedioth Ahronoth, bahwa hal tersebut dilakukan sehubungan dengan menurunnya jumlah penumpang di seluruh dunia dan di saat yang bersamaan, permintaan penerbangan kargo justru mengalami peningkatan. Maka dari itu, tak heran, bila maskapai sampai harus menambah jumlah operasional pesawat kargo, selain pesawat penumpang yang juga dioperasikan untuk keperluan kargo.Meski demikian, maskapai tidak terlalu berharap banyak dari lonjakan permintaan tersebut (kargo). Terlebih untuk membantu laju keuangan perusahaan kembali ke kondisi sedia kala. Ronen mengaku, bahwa sekalipun mengalami lonjakan tajam, kargo tidak berdampak terlalu signifikan, mengingat, layanan kargo rata-rata berkontribusi sekitar delapan persen terhadap pendapatan keseluruhan El Al.Baca juga: Lima Bulan Koma Pasca Terjangkit Campak, Pramugari El Al Israel Airlines Hembuskan Nafas TerakhirVirus corona belakangan memang sangat mengkhawatirkan, khususnya bagi industri penerbangan global. International Air Transport Association (IATA) atau Asosiasi Transportasi Udara Internasional sendiri memperkirakan, jika krisis virus corona sama dengan wabah SARS pada awal 2000-an silam hal itu sangat mungkin akan menyebabkan hilangnya pendapatan (profit loss) maskapai global tahun ini sebesar Rp417 triliun atau turun sekitar 4,7 persen sepanjang tahun 2020.Bila itu terjadi, tentu saja ekosistem bisnis di dunia aviasi juga akan kena imbasnya. Terlebih, IATA memperkirakan, dampak tersebut (profit loss) sebagian besar akan terkonsentrasi di beberapa maskapai di kawasan Asia-Pasifik.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedKata Konsultan Penerbangan: Sebagian Besar Maskapai Global Akan Bangkrut Akhir Mei!17/03/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Tujuh Penerbangan Ini Tak Lazim Akibat Corona, Nomor 6 Paling Aneh!02/04/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Bukan Nama Anak Artis, Ini Dia Fakta Unik Seputar El Al Airlines26/10/2018In “Featured”last_img read more

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Sleepin Hotel, 711 Beverage Depot and Atlantic Marine Supplies support for b/building c/ships

first_imgThe National Seniors Championship scheduled for July 15 at Parc Rayne Inn, Houston is fast approaching. It is now crunch time for the athletes and the bodybuilding federation. Executive members of the body are working assiduously with corporate Guyana to help offset expenses for the event and subsequent incentives for the gladiators.President, Coel Marks told Stabroek Sport recently that the Trophy Stall, Zoon Online Shopping, Atlantic Marine Supplies, 711 Beverage Depot (Pet Boys) and Sleepin Hotel are some of the latest entities that have signed on to help shoulder the weight.The flagship event of the federation, will see the top musclemen and women in the 592 gracing the stage.  Said Marks “We have some great athletes lined up despite the fact that reigning champ, Bruce Whatley is still tentative. All the competitors are very anxious to grace the stage at one of the best venues a bodybuilding show has been hosted in recent years. A venue that’s sure to draw a very diverse audience.” Marks concluded “The night is slated to have other entertainment pieces to keep patrons engaged. A surprised artiste also will be showcased. It’s should be a fun filled show displaying Guyana’s best.”Fitness Express, The Ministry of Social Cohesion and Body Alive are also some of the sponsors onboard so far. Admission is set at $2500.last_img read more

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Alpha says thanks to yiayia and pappou

first_imgThe young children from Alpha Children’s Centre joined their grandparents in a special breakfast last week. The children enthusiastically and proudly shared their achievements with their grandparents. They discussed their portfolios, artwork and the displays in their rooms also the various activities and projects that the children were working on.This was an opportunity for Alpha to say thank you to the Grandparents for the hard work and their assistance in profoundly supporting the children’s development, interests and needs in many ways.For more information on the various programs, the Greek Bilingual and Multicultural Programs delivered at Alpha contact Kelly Ioannou on (03) 9429 1488. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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