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_imgGROS ISLET, South Africa, Jun 10, CMC – Captain Jason Holder has minced no words in his assessment of West Indies’ stunning defeat to minnows Afghanistan, describing the performance as “poor” and calling on his embattled side to change their mental approach for today’s must-win encounter.The Caribbean side produced a dreadful performance in Friday’s opening One-Day International at the Darren Sammy National Stadium, crashing to a shocking 63-run defeat to the ICC Associate nation.Chasing a modest 213 for victory, West Indies were embarrassingly bundled out for 149, with 18-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan picking up seven for 18 – the fourth-best figures in ODI history.“I think Afghanistan played better cricket and they deserved to win the game,” Holder said in a frank interview.“When we look back on our performances, I don’t think we were as energetic as we wanted to be in the field. We lapsed a bit in the end. I felt the bowlers did a reasonable job but when we batted, we were in no uncertain words, poor.“We’ve got to be better as international cricketers. I just felt we didn’t show that intent up front. I think the pitch was a very good pitch, it was not one that hampered stroke-play so I think we all have to be accountable for our actions as batsmen and now going forward into this game on Sunday – a must-win game – we just need to put things right.”West Indies were heavily favoured to make a clean sweep of the series against a side with little experience against major Test-playing nations.But opener Javed Ahmadi struck a career-best 81 to lift the visitors up to 212 for six off their 50 overs, aided by some loose bowling at the back end of the inings which saw 52 runs coming off the last six overs.In reply, the Windies struggled to score from the outset and after crawling to 52 for two after the first 20 overs, lost their last eight wickets for 81 runs.Holder said it was clear his players needed to make adjustments to their mental approach.“It’s more of a mindset. I think we’ve got to adjust our minds to the fact we are playing a very important series against Afghanistan,” the Barbadian all-rounder explained.“I think we just lacked energy at many stages of the game, especially in the field, and it’s something we’ve been talking about in the dressing room for a while, so I think if we can improve our attitudes and body language on the field – look more alive during the innings – I think that would go a long way and then obviously we can trasncend that into our batting.”He added: “The intent wasn’t there when we batted. I think we can put the Afghans under a little more pressure when they bowl to us and just try to stamp our authority on the game.”He was quick, however, to praise his bowlers even though pointing out they could have had more of an impact earlier in the Afghanistan innings.“We could probably look for a little more wickets in the middle overs. I think things kind of meandered in the middle and we just tried to push through the overs,” Holder noted.“We were always behind in terms of over-rate. If we could be ahead of the game a bit earlier, it gives us a bit more cushion as the game goes on. Those are a few areas I can point out [where we need to improve] but I am still pleased with the way the guys bowled.”The second ODI is set to bowl off at 14.30 hrslast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThere wasn’t an empty seat inside of the Alpena Senior Citizens Center as a celebration of ‘Older Americans Month’ took place Sunday evening.The national event recognizes older adults for their continued movement within the community. Mayor Matt Waligora declared a proclamation for the May of month to be designated for ‘Older Americans Month.’Sunday the center presented an award for ‘Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year.’ That lucky winner went to Mr. Jim Mott. Overwhelmed with emotion, Mr. Mott thanked his wife for being his backbone.“Behind every good man, is a good woman… I’ve been with my wife 50 years, and I’ve know the joy I have had with this marriage,” Mr. Mott said.This year’s theme was called age out loud, which gives aging a new voice, reflecting on what today’s older adults have to say. Like Mr. Mott, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and participating in their communities.Mr. Mott said he was taken by surprise when he won, but said it truly felt good to be recognized.“Oh I say thank you to everybody. It was so nice, so nice,” he said.Another person that was recognized was the oldest senior at the center. Mrs. Edna Manning born in 1913 is still enjoying the center at the age of 103. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers and plenty of hugs from family and friends.Next year the center plans to do awards for both, a female, and male winner.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Senior Citizens Center, Older Americans Month, Outstanding Older Citizen of the Year, senior livingContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Science is Magic!’ Summer ProgramNext Senator Stabenow Visits Alpena & East Tawaslast_img read more