Tsotne Japaridze, whose tour agency Traffic Travel organises adventure holidays in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, described the pain that the virus inflicted on his business and those who rely on it. Japaridze employs three people full-time, hires 15 guides and drivers during the summer season, and sends tour groups to 30-odd vineyards, guesthouses and private houses around the country. His company can be seen as a powerful core diffusing revenue that supports hundreds of people. At the start of the crisis, Japaridze put his employees on unpaid leave (“It was a difficult decision but I had no option,” he said). As tourism vanished, demand has exploded for services that do not require customers to leave their homes. One of Japaridze’s former guides, who used to take tour groups to the beautiful Svaneti region of Georgia, is now making ends meet by delivering food on his motorbike. … [Read more...] about The end of tourism?
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“They are not going to spread it out smoothly all over the place like creamy peanut butter,” said Vicky Arroyo, who heads the climate centre at the George University law school. “It's going to be more lumpy than that. Some states will have less ambitious targets, and some states will have more.” … [Read more...] about US set to unveil rules to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30%
Amid the bad news for big solar installations, there were crumbs of comfort for smaller scale renewables. Community solar energy projects, with people clubbing together to put up panels in their local area, will be allowed to double their size, from 5MW to 10MW, and people who choose to put solar panels on their roofs can expect a bigger share of the subsidy pot than farmers and other large property owners who choose ground-mounted models. … [Read more...] about Solar farms to lose UK government financial support
A Destiny's Child reunion had been heavily rumoured for weeks before Coachella kicked off, with one source telling Page Six: "Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child are reuniting. It was teased, rumored, squashed, so nothing much else was said … But it's happening. … [Read more...] about Beyonce shocks Coachella with surprise Destiny’s Child reunion: ‘My sisters, I love you’
Mum-of-three Beyonce is showing off her killer curves as she pushes her derriere out in her simple but sexy little black dress, while Michelle, rocking a black jumpsuit, has her eyes closed as she pulls her best pout. … [Read more...] about Kelly Rowland shares epic Destiny’s Child picture as trio party in Los Angeles following Coachella reunion