Monday, 11 December 2017

Cinderella



Festive Period Working Hours for Sodexo Helpdesk & Festive Period Schedule For Waste Services



CESSAC Shop / Lady L's Shop / Dhekelia Cafe Christmas Opening Hours




CHANGES TO LOCAL OVERSEAS ALLOWANCE (LOA) IN BFC

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 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 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.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Dhekelia HIVE now Open!


I will Re-post on the Dhekelia HIVE Blog when the HIVE is back open.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Dhekelia HIVE Opening Hours December 2017


Young Achiever Awards 2017



Nomination Forms can be collected from in the Dhekelia HIVE

AFF Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AFFoffersurvey



You could WIN one of three HP tablets courtesy of DXC Technology, just for taking part.

WEATHER WARNING IN THE TROODOS

WEATHER WARNING IN THE TROODOS

As the weather worsens in Cyprus and more notable in Troodos, we may experience a few days of freezing temperatures. It acts as a good reminder that we need to check if our vehicles are ready to meet the winter challenges. Winter vehicle care is not only essential to keep your vehicle protected from snow, ice, and plummeting temperatures – it could also save your life.
It is a legal requirement to make sure your vehicle is fit for the road. In winter, due to the harsh weather conditions, we need to ensure that the battery is well maintained and that there are appropriate anti-freeze agents in your radiator and windscreen bottle. In winter weather, take special care that lights, brakes, steering, exhaust system, seat belts, demisters, wipers and washers are all working.  Additionally, check the fluid levels in your vehicle at least weekly. Low brake fluid may result in brake failure and a collision.
Before you start your journey you must be able to see clearly, so clear any snow and ice from your vehicle.During your journey keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be ten times greater than on dry roads. Further information can be sought from the Command Master Driver or click this link: ‘Driving in adverse weather conditions’p> 

HIGHWAY CODE FOR CYCLISTS

HIGHWAY CODE FOR CYCLISTS

Cyclists should wear:
· A cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations, is the correct size and securely fastened;
· Appropriate clothes for cycling. Avoid clothes which may get tangled in the chain, or in a wheel or may obscure your lights;
· Light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which helps other road users to see you in daylight and poor light;
· Reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark.
At night cycles MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. They MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1 Oct 85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.
Cyclists should:
· Keep both hands on the handlebars except when signalling or changing gear;
· Keep both feet on the pedals;
· Never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends;
· Not ride close behind another vehicle;
· Not carry anything which will affect your balance or may get tangled up with your wheels or chain;

· Be considerate of other road users, particularly blind and partially sighted pedestrians. Let them know you are there when necessary, for example, by ringing a bell. It is recommended that a bell be fitted.

CHRISTMAS FLIGHT UPDATES

CHRISTMAS FLIGHT UPDATES

JABC have published the December schedule on their webpage which includes the operating dates over the Christmas period.  The table below indicates flights in numbers and pinpoints those which are filling up.
The overnight stops (in Tues/Sat -out Weds/Sun) will continue into the new year and the foreseeable future.



Inbound
Outbound
Flt No
Date (Dec)
Y Seats remaining
Flt No
Date (Dec)
Y Seats remaining
RR2300
2
103
RR2301
3
97



RR2321
4
85






RR2302
5
3
RR2303
6
177
RR2300
9
73
RR2301
10
97



RR2321
11
26






RR2302
12
110
RR2303
13
147
RR2300
16
145
RR2301
17
89



RR2321
18
30






RR2302
19
150
RR2303
20
99
RR2300
23
185
RR2301
23
165






RR2302
27
73
RR2303
28
92



RR2321
29
19






RR2300
30
158
RR2301
30
189

55 AEC BFC COMMUNITY LEARNING PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE FOR JAN 2018

55 AEC BFC COMMUNITY LEARNING PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE FOR JAN  2018

The BFC Community Learning Programme offers a range of recreational, vocational and academic courses across a variety of locations. The CLP is open to all entitled BFC personnel including military staff, civil servants, locally employed civilians and BFC dependants over the age of 18.
For a full programme of courses, please contact the AEC Tel (Civ) : +357 2596 3800

Tel (Mil) : 94120 3800 Email: BFC-JETS-55AEC-EPIOffMgr@mod.uk

LEAVE DURING THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

LEAVE DURING THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD

During the minimum manning period from Mon 18 Dec  – Wed 3 Jan 18, staff are encouraged to take leave and avoid unnecessary carry over into the next leave year.
CBF has granted an additional 2 days stand down for military personnel. Civilian staff should treat these 2 days as staff development working from home if they choose.On call support arrangements should be in place where required.

For further details, please find the attached document.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Thursday, 23 November 2017

ALCOHOL AWARENESS


ALCOHOL AWARENESS

With Christmas fast approaching, please see the latest Alcohol Campaign Poster.
This year’s campaign is targeted towards individuals who think it is still ok to ‘have a couple of drinks, before getting behind the wheel’.

Further resources and copies of the poster aare available to support any Unit initiative towards Alcohol Awareness via tO1 (SSM) Dan Knott RLC | Command Master Driver, WO1 Dan Knott ( Mil - 94120 3519  (Civ +357 2596 3519 BFC-HQ-J4-CmdMstrDvr@mod.uk. Further information specifically targeting Drinking and Driving can be obtained from the Think.Gov website.

SBAA Updates

SBAA UPDATES


STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY PART OF BIRD TRAPPING SUCCESS STORY

Illegal bird trapping has remained a police priority for the force for some time now but this year, experts outside of the police have also noticed a drastic decline in trapping activity within the ESBA.
There a number of reasons that police officials have attributed this to but with more officers dedicated  to combating trapping than ever before and the increased use of technology like hidden cameras and a high-tech drone, it is easy to see why trappers are finding it harder to set mistnets.
Chief Inspector Mustafa Kemal, who oversees the SBA Police Community Action Team in charge of bird trapping operations, said it has been a successful season of operations for many reasons.
He explained: “We have dedicated a lot of resources to illegal trapping this year and that includes more police officers carrying out regular patrols in conjunction with Bird Life Cyprus, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Committee Against Bird Slaughter, as well as utilising military personnel to remove illegal irrigation pipes which encourage the growth of acacia that helps camouflage the mistnets.”
The use of military personnel has had an undeniable impact on bird trappers, with more than €30,000 of illegal irrigation pipes removed from trapping sites.

But perhaps even more significant is the increased use of hidden cameras and the high-profile use of drone technology according to the chief inspector.


BE BRIGHT BE SEEN

BE BRIGHT, BE SEEN
If you’re a motorist then you’ll know how difficult it can sometimes be to see pedestrians wearing dark clothes at night or when visibility is poor. Your child will have been learning the road safety message ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ at school, and it’s important that you as a parent or carer help your child to be easily seen near traffic. This is an issue for all children, especially as many school uniforms are dark. Most primary schools don’t have rules about outer garments, so selecting a bright coat can help, as can providing fluorescent and reflective armbands, school bags etc.
How can my child be seen more easily?
 On dull days your child can wear bright or fluorescent colours
· Special high-visibility tabards and other clothing can be bought from many retailers
· Fluorescent armbands can also be worn over coats and other clothing
· Bags are also available in bright colours or with high-visibility strips
 If walking near traffic at night reflective clothing is needed
· Reflective clothing reflects light from car and bike headlamps
· Reflective armbands and clothing can be bought for children
· Remember that fluorescent colours do not show up in the dark

For older children who may consider fluorescent and reflective armbands and clothing ‘uncool’, stickers can be bought which can be put on bags or coats. This message isn’t only for children – adults should ensure they wear bright clothing too. 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas Flight Updates

CHRISTMAS FLIGHT UPDATES

The Cyprus Air Trooping Service (CATS) schedule is changing from 1 Dec 17.
JABC have published the December schedule on their webpage which includes the operating dates over the Christmas period.

The overnight stops (in Tues/Sat -out Weds/Sun) will continue into the new year and the foreseeable future. 

Malaria Cases Northern Part Of Cyprus

MALARIA CASES NORTHERN PART OF CYPRUS

In September, Public Health England reported three cases of malaria amongst UK residents who all travelled to a resort in Ayios Amvrosios in the Esentepe area of the Northern part of Cyprus. Esentepe is east of Kyrenia.
It has still not yet been proven if they caught the illness in the Northern part of Cyprus or elsewhere. The last locally recorded cases of malaria in Cyprus were in 1967.
International, UK, and Cypriot Government experts are continuing to clarify the situation and the Joint Services Health Unit will monitor their findings.
It is important to note that there no other areas of concern on the island. This includes the Akrotiri Salt lake and its surroundings
All visitors to the coastline of the Northern part of Cyprus should adopt the following anti-mosquito bite measures:
Ensure that your garments are suitable for protecting as much of the body as possible (long sleeves and long trousers). Particularly when outside on an evening or early morning.
Use an insect repellents on all exposed skin that contains an approved active repellent substance such as DEET.  Re-apply as per the manufacturers direction.
Anyone who develops a fever like illness or shivering within 4 weeks of travelling to the Northern part of Cyprus should report it to their local medical centre and inform the Medical Staff that they have recently travelled to Northern part of Cyprus.

All personnel are reminded that healthcare in the Northern part of Cyprus is not covered by BFC, the Cyprus government or an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).  All travel to northern part of Cyprus is to be covered by appropriate health insurance at personal expense.