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Travel destination Vilnius, Lithuania

Once a part of the Eastern bloc, Lithuania is the southernmost and biggest of the Baltic States.

Since Lithuania joined the European Union in 2004, Vilnius, the capital, has experienced a youthful renaissance. It’s a city on the move, full of tech start-ups, warehouse-style music venues and art festivals. But the city’s claim to fame is its 13th century Old Town, where Medieval streets snake beside fairytale-like churches, and underground beer halls are famous for selling the cheapest beer Europe.

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE 6 misconceptions about rabies

Rabies is one of the deadliest infections known to humans. But, it’s also 100% preventable.

So, in order to help you better understand this virus, Tropical Medical Bureau are here to tell you the truth behind the most common misconceptions about rabies…

‘Rabies is only transmitted by animal bites’
Rabies can also be transmitted through contact with the saliva of an infected animal. The likes of licks or scratches from rabid animals can transmit the virus.

Yes, bites are the most common transmission but when saliva enters any open wound or mucus membrane, the potential to catch rabies is just as likely.

‘It will be obvious if an animal is rabid’
We’re all guilty of having an idea in our head of what a rabid animal will look like and so, of course we’d notice one immediately if we were to see one – false.

Not all affected animals demonstrate clear and visible signs of the illness. With that said, it’s important to always avoid contact with warm blooded animals – such as cats, dogs or even monkeys.

‘I don’t need to worry about rabies in the United States’
Canine rabies isn’t much of an issue in the United States but that doesn’t mean the disease isn’t something to worry about.

In fact, rabies can still be transmitted to humans from wild animals such as prairie dogs, raccoons, foxes, skunks and of course bats.

‘I would easily notice an animal bite’
Studies have shown that in both Canada and the United States, most human rabies infections are associated with bats!

These small creatures tend to leave even smaller puncture wounds – scratches and bites that may not be completely noticeable to the human eye.

‘If I really had rabies, the symptoms would have appeared shortly after I was bitten’
Following the bite of an infected animal, symptoms of the virus can take weeks, months or years to appear.

The length of time before symptoms appear can vary based on where on the body you’ve been bitten and the amount of virus injected. Wild animals tend to be the highest risk.

‘The vaccine just gives me more time to seek treatment’
Actually, the vaccine works by teaching your immune system how to produce the protective antibodies against this horrific disease. After any possible exposure you’ll need to boost those antibodies to a higher level to be certain that you are protected.

We hope you find the truth behind the misconceptions about rabies helpful! For more travel health tips and advice call your local TMB clinic and book in to speak with one of our qualified professionals.

To book an appointment for vaccinations and see a list of our base and associate clinics, please contact Tropical Medical Bureau on 00-353-1-2715-200 or visit www.tmb.ie.

Source: TravelMedia.ie
Niamh Waters
Phone: 086 0492394
Email: niamh@travelmedia.ie

 

Wonderful sightseeing cruise around Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

The shimmering bay of Ha Long with its magnificent limestone formations was the best place for the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) this January 2019. Ha Long city, the capital of the surrounding Quang Ninh province, was all set to welcome some 1500 international travel industry delegates during the week- long event.

When we arrived to the Ha Long Bay we had a wonderful sightseeing cruise trip around this area by Heritage Line boat “Jasmine” on a 2-day pre fam trip to a unique beauty spot.

First day, when the boat set sail into the Bay we have been acquainted with the facilities onboard.A delectable buffet lunch with a feast of choices was served in the restaurant. Savored our first hours in Halong Bay on the boat by simply letting for eyes wander around the scenery.

We arrived to the area of Cua Van, a floating shing village. From here we started to explore a cave, named Tien Ong, and the floating shing village. Tien Ong is the most recently explored cave, Showing evidence of human civilisation dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. The cave is just 5 meters above sea level, 50 meters deep and covers 1,000 square meters.

The voyage continued to the shing village. With a small bamboo boat rowed by the local people we have moved around in the calm sea of this secluded area and got an insight into the village life

After returning to the boat we sailed to the overnight mooring area Luon Bo. During this time Halong Bay revealed its most magnificent beauty – called the “blue hour”.

Second day for early risers tea, coffee and pastries was available in the dining room. A Tai Chi class was offered on the sundeck to ease mind and muscles.

The boat sailed to Ti Top Island. By tender boat we arrived to  this little landmass in the Bay. We had climbing up to the hill to the top of Ti Top Island from where we had stunning views over Halong Bay. It takes 400 stone steps up and about 20 minutes to the top with great panoramic views.

Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. The Bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of over 1,500 sqkm. This extraordinary area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. For many tourists, this place is like something right out of a movie. The fact is that Halong Bay features a wide range of biodiversity, while the surrealistic scenery has indeed featured in endless Days

 

Optimistic forecasts for aviation business in Kaunas

Five hundred aircraft – this is the number of planes that have already been serviced by Kaunas Aircraft Maintenance Service (KAMS), a Ryanair aircraft maintenance base in Lithuania located near Kaunas Airport. “You could say that practically every single Ryanair aircraft flying today has most probably been in our hangars and has been maintained at the hands of Kaunas’ specialists,” Karolis Čepukas, head of the company, said smiling, demonstrating the firm’s two hangars in which two Boeing 737-800 aircraft can be maintained simultaneously.

In the interview below, Karolis Čepukas speaks about his highly skilled specialists, challenges in the labour market and solutions for coping, as well as about the daily life of maintenance workers, which is both romantic and technical and full of modern technology. He has headed KAMS from the very beginning.

Growing need for specific specialists

KAMS’ main activity is the maintenance of Ryanair aircraft. It started operations in 2012 with just one hangar and 45 employees. A year later, the second hangar was opened, doubling the company’s capacity and increasing the number of employees to 100.
“We have experienced stable growth over the last five years and today we have over 200 employees. While we would like to continue growing, we are hindered by a lack of suitably skilled workers. For this reason, we are working a lot with state authorities to generate more specialised training programmes designed for the aircraft industry,” Mr Čepukas said.

“For instance, since the beginning of this year, we have been cooperating with Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Kaunas Mechanical School and Kaunas Technical College – all these educational institutions train aircraft engineering and mechanics-related specialists,” he continued, adding that even after graduating from these studies a young man has to continue training in the company to adjust his abilities and skills to the company’s needs.

It is very clear that in the near future the demand for specific specialists will grow dramatically, for mechanics who are experts in avionics and composites and aviation electricians.
“Only a few specialists in this field are trained in Lithuania annually – which is not enough. Given the trends and the speed as well as the extent to which aircraft depend on electronics, it is evident that there will be continued demand for avionics professionals,” Mr Čepukas noted.

Comprehensive aircraft maintenance – in as little as two weeks

“At first it was intended to provide maintenance for two-year-old aircraft in Kaunas. Each plane would spend a couple of days in the hangar. Currently, we manage to service planes that are from eight to eleven years old. The older the aircraft, the longer is needed for repairs – more areas have to be inspected and checked and more works have to be conducted. All of Ryanair’s planes are the same – Boeing 737-800 – which means that maintenance is simpler: every time it’s the same aircraft and the same maintenance procedures and conditions.”
It takes just two weeks to service each aircraft which, according to Mr Čepukas, is a very short period compared to the normal market situation.
The average age of Ryanair’s aircraft is 6.8 years, which is very little bearing in mind that the lifecycle of an aircraft is 25 years. Ryanair has ordered a further 230 new planes, so the average age of the airline’s fleet will “become even younger” and it is likely that in five years the average age of the fleet will be less than five years’ old.

Proud of the first employees’ accomplishments

After Ryanair decided to set up in Kaunas, the first selection procedures and contact fairs were organised in order to “check” the market and make sure that interest was actually huge.
“A considerable number of those who started with us six years ago are still with us. Those who came as mechanics have become engineers – and this is a considerable achievement both in terms of Kaunas and Lithuania. An engineer certifies the work done; to become an engineer requires at least five years’ experience as well as passing exams in 13 modules and aircraft types. It is a long road and hard work. We are, therefore, justifiably proud of our first ten employees who have become engineers, and this number has been growing annually,” Mr Čepukas said.

Impressive expansion throughout the company

The KAMS operation in Kaunas was the second company established by Ryanair to conduct comprehensive repair of aircraft – the first was set up in Prestwick, Scotland. A third has been set up in Wroclaw, Poland, and a fourth is being established in Spain.
“Given today’s needs, it is obvious that to service the expanding Ryanair fleet efficiently, we need to double the number of hangars in Europe,” the CEO of KAMS said. “We are not the only ones who have been growing and expanding; at the moment, Ryanair has about 13,000 employees, and according to forecasts, in five years the staff will total 20,000.”

Great potential for the aviation business in Lithuania

As Mr Čepukas put it, both Ryanair’s representatives and other aviation industry representatives in Lithuania understand very well that to help existing companies grow and attract new ones, there must be a good pool of employees: “We know that by producing well-trained aviation engineers, mechanics and other specialists, the aviation industry could repeat the success story of the IT industry in Lithuania.
We have seen over the first five years that people who come to us have a critical shortage of skills; for this reason, we established a training department this year, on basic Ryanair maintenance. From now on, we will admit two groups of up to 20 people per year and train them.”
Over two years, during which theoretical and practical training is provided, trainees not only study but also work, and after two years they become fully fledged mechanics and the main labour force of the company.
Source: Kaunasin.lt

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