first_imgSURFACE CREATES NEW PROBLEMS Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinzeic.com The Ministry of Tourism is preparing another legal paradox. They want to stop the legalization of tourist traffic, that is, to enable the stopping of “categorization”. The reason is, allegedly, the load on the infrastructure in certain tourist destinations and the departure of residents due to tourism. Categorization? It is not a real means of regulating these problems. Flats are built and bought for someone to stay in. Temporarily, occasionally or permanently. They don’t build and they don’t buy to gape empty. If they are categorized then those staying in them will be registered as tourists and the owners will pay the tourist tax, income tax and tourist membership fee. In addition, the owners will be able to legally cooperate with travel agencies, cleaning and maintenance agencies, employ seasonal assistance… So they will create legal jobs in support activities. Such “categorized” accommodation is also available under the supervision of the Tourist Inspectorate, the Economic Inspectorate. If they will not be “categorized” then those who live in these apartments will be in the status of owners and their friends, tenants and their friends. If we want to be honest and objective then we have to look at what we are discussing from multiple angles. The basis of smart planning is (should be) related to the permanent population in a tourist place. If that were the case, then the spatial planning and the building permit would be related to the investor’s residence. The same applies to the purchase and sale of flats / real estate where homeless buyers (and anyone can register their residence in the place of ownership of the flat) would pay a significantly higher purchase and sale tax than resident buyers (Swiss model). Also, the construction of leisure houses (cottages) would be limited in space, floor, volume, design (as it was in the former state). Development and housing planning (I guess) should also take into account the employment opportunities of tenants in the real sector (unless everyone will be employed in the public sector, which can flourish indefinitely). If all this is gone, then what do we have? In the period of a decade and a half, every 7th job in Croatia “disappeared”. In that period, we lost 144.000 active residents. In Dalmatia alone, 60.000 jobs were “lost”. When we talk about the workplace, we mean “indefinite” employment. The number of permanent residents in the historic centers of tourist places will not increase due to the inadequacy of apartments for living by modern standards and due to the disappearance of jobs near the place of residence. Only residents who are tied to the same zone by work can live in the historic center of the tourist place, especially if they work twice, older people who do not have the opportunity or do not want to leave their home. Everyone else goes to the periphery where they can achieve a better standard of living. The chaotic situation in spatial planning, real estate trade and finally in the incompatibility of public infrastructure with approved, planned and built housing capacities. WHERE DID THE JOBS DISAPPEAR? The only benefit of reducing the number of categorized apartments will be for investors who will “open up” the possibility of building new, better, more beautiful tourist facilities instead of those that are “decategorized”. “On paper” there will be a lack of commercial tourist facilities.center_img At the same time, a new construction cycle will be launched, a new, large-scale “concreting” of the coast, emigration of the population and (dis) sale of Croatian “oil” (coast). They will not be registered as tourists, and the owners of these apartments will not pay fees, taxes, membership fees, nor will it be possible to supervise the tourist inspection in such apartments. And all other jobs related to such apartments will not be “visible” or recorded. Without such a status, a young man is incapable of credit, unable to pay rent, unable to provide housing. He can only be a “seasonal resident” of a tourist place employed in seasonal jobs in tourism with a stay in a “staff hostel”. All other possibilities disappeared in the whirlwind of war and postwar. The list of failed companies is impressive, and the “new industry” has not come to life. PEOPLE GO FOR BUSINESS Not to be outdone, the measure of “decategorization” is “throwing dust in the eyes.” This measure will not solve the targeted problems, in fact, new, even bigger ones will be produced. PERMANENT RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN LEAVING HISTORICAL CENTERS FOR DECADES This trend is happening in all cities, so there is a noticeable increase in the number of inhabitants in the peripheral settlements of cities such as Rijeka, which are not nearly “tourist” like Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik… Viškovo “on the edge of Rijeka” is the largest and youngest municipality in Croatia it is also growing. Historic towns in central Istria were abandoned long before the emergence of tourism in these places. Venice itself, its strict center, was abandoned by 40.000 inhabitants in the 60s. At the same time, settlements like Mestre-Marghera where cargo and industry have moved have increased… As many as XNUMX% of apartments in the historic center of Venice have been declared unsuitable for today’s standard of living. Dubrovnik’s historic core is also not exempt from this phenomenon. “CATEGORIZATION” OF APARTMENTS IS AN ACT OF LEGALIZATION OF EXISTING TRAFFIC IN TOURIST ATTRACTIVE PLACES The problem of depopulation is related to many other circumstances, tourism is the least “guilty”. Indeed, in one part it still makes its modest positive contribution. It connects people to a place where they can earn income from tourism. The question is until when? WE ABOLISHED PLANNING PROVISIONS FROM THE FORMER STATE AND SOWED A DISORDERlast_img read more

first_imgAn entertainer’s paradise.The man cave includes a built-in bar with stone benchtops, a wood-fire stove, bathroom, guest room and century-old pool table that can be potentially included in the sale. Mr Lynch said the man cave made him the envy of his mates. “I’d say the man cave is about 120sq m and the full size pool table easily fits in it,” he said. This house at 35-37 Peel Rd, Ningi is for sale for $998,700 through Leigh Roberts of Trevor Hicks Realty on Buderim.“We did a big renovation in 2013/2014 and put in a large entertaining area for teenage kids,” he said. Have a great night in with your very own man cave in the Moreton Bay region.THIS six-bedroom Ningi property comes with the ultimate man cave plus a huge shed and resort style swimming pool. Owner Glen Lynch said the house at 35-37 Peel Rd, Ningi was built to be a family home and was expanded as the family grew. Off-grid escapes for doomsday preppers The reconditioned antique pool table that could come with the house. “I bought the pool table second hand and when I had it (reconditioned) I was told it was 110 years old. It plays like new though.” Mr Lynch said the outdoor area has seen plenty of use for everything from family barbecues to milestone birthdays. The property also comes with a huge shed with four roller doors, three phase power and enough height to put in a hoist. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019One of the four bathrooms.The master suite includes a big walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with corner bath. The three remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a playroom and family bathroom. Outside, a huge veranda with an impressive outdoor kitchen overlooks the inground pool and connects to the man cave. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES The house sits on a landscaped, fenced 3000sq m block and has 630sq m of internal space. Built on a grand scale, there is a double lockup garage at the front of the home and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space. To one side of the living space there is a lounge room, bathroom and guest room. There is room for nine cars on this property.There are also two garden sheds, solar power and a water tank. Queensland’s tightest rental markets revealed FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error However, ESPN reported Thursday night that experts had declared Donald Sterling mentally incapacitated, leaving Shelly Sterling as the sole trustee with the power to sell the team.Donald Sterling’s attorney Maxwell Blecher had indicated a pending legal battle earlier Thursday afternoon.“He is resisting and will resist any sale of the team forced by the NBA,” Blecher said by e-mail.Asked if Donald Sterling would be amenable to voluntary sale if the league’s June 3 hearing to terminate his ownership is delayed, Blecher said: “If that occurs — which we doubt — we’ll see where it leads.”If a $2 billion sale is finalized, the Clippers would fetch the second-largest price ever in North American pro sports, behind the $2.15 billion the Los Angeles Dodgers sold for in 2012. It would also shatter the record for the sale of an NBA franchise, currently set by the Milwaukee Bucks’ $550 million price tag earlier this month. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, an amount that would more than triple the top price ever paid for an NBA franchise.A source close to the negotiations confirmed the agreement, which was signed by Ballmer and Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling. The Los Angeles Times first reported Ballmer’s agreement on Thursday afternoon.Ballmer is worth an estimated $20 billion, according to Forbes, which ranks him as the world’s 35th richest man. Though the deal still requires the approval of the NBA, the league had vetted Ballmer last year during his unsuccessful attempt to buy the Sacramento Kings. The league has not yet indicated how it will respond.The deal may also need to fend off a fight from controlling owner Donald Sterling, who was banned from the league for life last month after TMZ published audio of his racist comments. Shelly Sterling — who co-owns the team in a family trust — had obtained written consent from him to manage the sale, but Donald has since reversed course and publicly vowed to fight the sale.center_img The staggering number could ripple through professional sports, setting a new baseline for team valuations. Some sports investment bankers said the price likely rose in part to unique factors, such as the compressed bidding time frame and the desire to be the person who helped the league rid itself of Donald Sterling.Another said that paying more than $1 billion for a major-market franchise is “reasonable,” but compared the Clippers’ bidding process to “uncharted waters.” Regardless, the result will make other owners ask higher prices in any future sales.“It will in the mind of every current NBA owner,” said Robert Caporale, chairman of Game Plan LLC and an adviser on several past NBA franchise purchases. “They will all believe their team is now worth as much money. But that always happens. The market tends to stabilize, but … it will have an effect not only in the NBA, it could have an effect across all of sports.”In Ballmer, the Clippers would get an owner with deep pockets and strong ties to the tech world. His bid to buy the Kings with Seattle investor Chris Hansen fell short, but revealed a man who possessed both vision and a willingness to spend.A league source familiar with those negotiations lauded Ballmer and Hansen for the way they handled Kings employees and the press, and the plan they laid out for the organization.“Hansen was the spokesperson and Ballmer was the money behind it,” said the source. “They were in concert with everything that happened. They were going to have Phil Jackson as their GM. They were looking for quality at every turn. They had people in mind for every position in the organization the day before they started to bid on the Kings.“That’s how thorough and precise they were. Ballmer was the passion and energy behind it and Chris had more of the even-keeled business approach behind it. Steve was at meetings pumping his fist and pounding tables and was more of the ‘Rah, rah guy’ behind the operation. Many said he was the most intense guy they ever dealt with.”Although Ballmer lives in Seattle, fans in the Northwest shouldn’t hold out hope for a franchise. The NBA would be unlikely to approve such a move, and Ballmer has said publicly that he would keep the Clippers where they are.In fact, it was his insistence on moving the Kings to Seattle that helped sink his bid a year ago. The league source said Ballmer and Hansen misjudged how entrenched the Sacramento fan base was, adding that then-commissioner David Stern was also “hellbent” on keeping the franchise there as part of his legacy.“If I get interested in the Clippers, it would be for Los Angeles,” Ballmer told The Wall Street Journal two weeks ago. “I don’t work anymore, so I have more geographic flexibility than I did a year, year-and-a half ago. Moving them anywhere else would be value destructive.”Fans and civic leaders are eager for the transition. While Donald Sterling may still fight a sale, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said Thursday he was surprised at how quickly negotiations to sell the team were progressing.“This is happening on a faster pace than any of the professionals thought it would go,” Wesson said.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000The Spanish football federation and Spanish Prime Minisister Mariano Rajoy insisted that Spain would indeed go to the World Cup in Russia © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Dec 15 – The governing body of world football (FIFA) confirmed on Friday that it has written to the Spanish federation (RFEF) warning they could be suspended form the 2018 World Cup because of political interference.Earlier in the day Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Spain had received “no such letter from FIFA.” The issue centres on the RFEF presidency. Angel Maria Villar, who was also a senior FIFA and UEFA official, resigned after being arrested in July on suspicion of embezzling funds. Villar was replaced, on an interim basis, by Juan Luis Larrea, another long-time football administrator.Even though he is only a stand-in, Larrea has made clear he wants to see out Villar’s term, which was due to end in 2020. The Spanish National Sports Agency (CSD) has objected and that prompted FIFA’s warning, reported on Friday by the daily El Pais.“We can confirm that FIFA recently sent a letter to the Spanish FA (RFEF) expressing its concern at the current situation in the association and reiterating that, under the FIFA Statutes, all member associations must manage their affairs independently and ensure that there is no interference by third parties in internal matters,” said a FIFA statement.“FIFA is in contact with the RFEF, and a joint FIFA-UEFA delegation will be sent to Madrid shortly to monitor and assess the situation in the association,” the statement continued.The RFEF and the Spanish government insisted on Friday that Spain would go to the World Cup in Russia.“I just can’t see that scenario,” Rajoy said at a press conference in Brussels. “I am absolutely convinced Spain will go to the World Cup, and will win.”Rajoy said Spain’s sports minister had told him the Spanish authorities had “received no official communication from FIFA but only a letter from a member of FIFA requesting a meeting.” He said his government’s attitude was “exemplary.”Villar was re-elected for an eighth term as president last May. He had run the RFEF for 29 years until his arrest on suspicion of creating a network of corruption in Spanish football.Last month, Luis Rubiales, the former head of the players’ union and an ally of Villar’s put forward a motion of censure against Larrea with the objective of becoming president himself. That motion is scheduled for a vote on January 16.At the same time, the Spanish cabinet, acting on requests from the CSD, demanded fresh RFEF elections because of irregularities in the vote last May. FIFA sees this as external political interference.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more