Monday, 11 December 2017
CHANGES TO LOCAL OVERSEAS ALLOWANCE (LOA) IN BFC
Following the recent on site visit by the LOA review team from the UK, the revised rates of Local Overseas Allowance is to be introduced with effect from 1 January 2018. These rates are based on the current Forces Fixed Rate of Exchange of 1.11 Euros to the £.
With the cost of living rising in the UK and staying around the same in Cyprus there will be a decrease in LOA (see this attached document for rates). The new rates are compared to the last major review, which took place in 2011.
THE GREAT CHRISTMAS TURN OFF IS COMING!
The ‘Great Christmas Turn Off’ is an energy saving campaign encourages all staff, contractors and lodger units to turn off non-essential energy consuming equipment in the run up to, and during, the Christmas minimum manning period.
With an average annual BFC utility spend of €14m, and most of our infrastructure reliant on manual controls for heat, light and power, we have historically saved significant amounts of money by turning off non-essential equipment during the holiday season.
€14m equates to around €38,000 per day across the estate so when we all take action to turn off it really does make a difference.
Each station typically saves 5-15% off their monthly consumption during our switch off campaigns, that’s a potential saving of €30,000-€100,000 in just over two weeks. All at the flick of a switch!
How can I support the Great Christmas Turn Off Campaign?
You can contribute to the Turn Off campaign by taking the following actions:
· Turn off computers that are not in use (leave DII machines plugged in)
· Switch off monitors – even from standby
· Switch off printers, scanners, photocopiers and shredders
· Switch off empty fridges.
BASES REMOVE ILLEGAL IRRIGATION PIPES ON CAPE PYLA
Bases authorities removed more illegal irrigation pipes from Cape Pyla last week in another blow to bird trappers in the area.
This latest round of removals means a total of more than 28 kilometres of pipes have now been seized and destroyed in an attempt to stop illegal trappers targeting migrating songbirds within the Sovereign Base Areas.
The irrigation pipes, which are laid by criminal trapping gangs, are used to water invasive acacia trees which provide cover for mistnets that are used to snare the birds so they can be killed and sold as delicacies in restaurants.
Bases spokesman Sean Tully pointed out that although the migration season for songbirds has now finished, there wouldn’t be any let-up in the Bases efforts to combat this crime.
He explained: "There will be no rest in our efforts to tackle the issue of bird trapping. We remain committed to detect, deter and disrupt the activity of illegal trappers and our dedicated Crime Action Team (CAT) from the SBA Police continue to patrol night and day and every trapper caught will be prosecuted."
Bases personnel committed close to 400 man-hours to tackling the problem in November alone and officials are becoming ever-more resourceful in their fight against bird trapping.