Drought Intensifies.

first_imgSoil Moisture Low …A bigger concern than the lack of rain is the lack of soil moisture. Soil-moisturemodels from the National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration’s Climate Prediction Centerindicate that soil moisture across the state is between the first and 10th percentiles forthe last day of May.At the first percentile, we would expect soils to have more moisture in 99 of 100years. At the 10th, we would expect the soils to have more moisture in nine out of 10years.With little soil-moisture recharge last winter, reserves are quickly being depleted.One measure of the rate at which soil moisture is changing is the waterbalance, a simple moisture accounting system…. And Getting LowerTo calculate the water balance, take the rainfall during a given period and subtractthe soil-moisture loss due to evaporation and plants’ water use during that period. Anegative water balance means that the soils lost moisture during the period. A positivevalue means the soils gained moisture.Between April 1 and May 30, all Georgia locations lost soil moisture. Somewater-balance values include -10.74 inches at Dublin, -10.50 at Tifton, -10.48 at Newton,-9.65 at Midville, -9.51 at Fort Valley, -9.09 at Vidalia, -7.98 at Griffin, -6.96 atCamilla, -6.93 at Watkinsville, -6.66 at Alma, -5.54 at Valdosta, -4.86 at Jonesboro,-4.39 at Duluth, -3.44 at Gainesville, -2.48 at Rome and -0.75 at Blairsville.Streamflows statewide remain at record- to near-record-low flows for the end of May. TheAltamaha, Flint, Little, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Ohoopee and St. Mary’s rivers set dailylow-flow records for May 31. Wildfire Dangers RisingWildfire dangers are increasing. A measure of wildfire drought is the Keetch-Byram Drought Index from the U.S. Forest Service. The KBDI scale runs from zero to800.As of May 30, KBDI values were greater than 600 across the southern quarter of Georgia.KBDI values greater than 500 were south of the fall line (Columbus to Macon to Augusta).With KBDI values greater than 500, expect excessive site damage when fires break out.With values greater than 600, just suppressing fires becomes a major problem.Drought Likely to ContinueI expect the drought to continue through the summer, barring a tropical weather system.This outlook is based on two factors.The first is that with normal weather, soils in Georgia lose moisture during thesummer. Thus, even if Georgia returns to normal rainfall patterns, the soils will keepgetting drier.The second factor is the lack of soil moisture for thunderstorms. During the summer,most of Georgia’s rain is the result of scattered afternoon and evening storms. Without areadily available local supply of moisture, these storms will be diminished. Keetch-Byram Drought Index June 1, 2000 Source: Climate Prediction Center, NOAAcenter_img ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia’s dry May has intensified drought conditionsstatewide.Many places in middle and south Georgia had less than an inch of rain in May. Acrossnorth Georgia, May rainfall totals were generally less than 2.5 inches. Normal rain totalsfor May should be between 3.5 inches along the coast to almost 5 inches in the mountains.In middle and south Georgia, rainfall totals for May include 0.04 inches at Tifton,0.21 at Newton and Vidalia, 0.30 at Macon, 0.34 at Camilla, 0.36 at Augusta, 0.41 atDublin, 0.57 at Fort Valley, 0.66 at Alma, 0.78 at Columbus, 0.96 at Savannah, 1.08 atValdosta, and 1.18 at Midville.Rainfall was greater in north Georgia but still well below normal. May totals were 1.07inches at Rome, 1.14 at Watkinsville, 1.51 at Griffin, 1.62 at Blairsville, 1.85 atAtlanta, 2.02 at Duluth, 2.17 at Athens, 2.52 at Jonesboro, and 2.77 at Gainesville. The higher the KBDI numbers, the greater the danger of wildfire. In areas where the numbers are 600 or greater, just putting fires out becomes a problem. Most of south Georgia is above 600.last_img read more

Jordan Poffenberger: Half the Blade, Twice the Paddler

first_imgHe may still be one year shy of drinking age, but Jordan Poffenberger has been paddling on the wild side since before he could vote. The 20-year-old boater from Fairfax, Va., has already run some of America’s toughest whitewater and claimed titles in the world’s premiere competitions.His boating resume includes hitting Oregon’s 80-foot Metlako Falls (101 feet total from pool to pool), racing the Class V Great Falls of the Potomac, slalom racing Washington’s Little White Salmon, and winning gold at the Freestyle World Championships at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina last year. He returned last month from Europe with silver in the overall Freestyle World Cup.Though all these achievements deserve kudos alone, what makes them especially impressive is that Poffenberger accomplishes them with a single paddle blade. Poffenberger doesn’t see paddling a C-1, canoe style in a kayak, as a disadvantage and neither do the top dogs of whitewater.“Through the years, it has been great watching him progress in the sport as a C-1er and push the limits,” says Adriene Levknecht, five-time Green Race champion and bronze medalist at the World Freestyle Championships. She’s known Poffenberger the last six years and competed both in the Green Race and in the last two world freestyle competitions alongside him. “He keeps up with all the double bladers out there and normally with more style!”Poffenberger talked to BRO about paddling with the single blade amid a boating community dominated by kayaking. When and why did you choose paddling C-1 instead of kayaking?I first picked up a C-1 paddle when I was around 10 years old. Honestly, initially I just chose C-1 because of the local paddlers Joe Stumpfel and Seth Chapelle. They were so good they would beat all the K-1ers at the local freestyle competitions. But now I continue doing it because I feel I have a lot more boat control and feel for the water as a C-1er. I also feel that the possibilities in a C-1 are limitless. I think that there is more potential in a C-1 than in a K-1 as far as running harder rapids and doing bigger tricks and combos as well as new tricks. Though it may be much more difficult to realize that potential.What have been some of your favorite accomplishments?That’s a tough one. I was very excited to have set the C-1 world record in waterfall height on Oregon’s Sahalie Falls. I then broke the record again going over Metlako, but Sahalie was much more exciting for me just because it is such a challenge. Running Tomata 1 in Mexico was also a very exciting thing for me. This past year winning the Freestyle World Championships was huge. That’s been something I’ve been working toward and dreaming of ever since I started paddling freestyle.Talk us through preparing and finally running Metlako Falls.Metlako is a very simple drop, especially compared to Sahalie Falls, which I had run a few days before. Metlako is a bit more stressful just because it is complete flatwater up to the lip of an 80-something-foot waterfall. Other than that, it is like any other rapid. You picture your line and then clear your head and fire it up. I will say that I did stay away from the lip, mostly just because mentally, it is really difficult to force yourself to paddle off of a waterfall like that. I definitely prefer drops with entrance rapids, as the rapids give you something to focus on.What motivated you to run it?Well for all the money of course (joking)! There are a lot of reasons, the biggest ones being just the urge to push myself. Progression is always a big thought in my head, not only in myself but also for the sport. Metlako was kind of a stepping-stone to hopefully bigger things. Just like anything, in order to get better, you have to practice.What else do you enjoy when you’re not paddling?Boat design and whitewater course design are some of my main interests. I have been lucky enough to be able to work on the new Liquidlogic prototype playboat with Shane [Benedict] quite a lot the past few years. Also a couple years ago I had an internship with the McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group, which is an engineering firm where I was able to help out on a few different whitewater parks. As far as other interests, I’m going to George Mason University for civil engineering. Obviously getting an engineering degree is working toward whitewater course design.You just turned 20. What do you want to have accomplished by the time you can celebrate your first drink (legally)?I honestly don’t really have any goals for before I turn 21. Most of the things I want to accomplish are very dependent on both the places I travel and the water levels at those places. I really just hope to continue to progress my paddling as a whole, including creeking and creek racing, waterfall running and freestyle in both waves and holes. I’d like to compete more in C-1 and C-2 slalom. I really want to take up squirt boating as well.last_img read more

Salvadoran Naval Force Deals Blow to Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 11, 2018 In early May 2018, Naval Task Force Trident of the Salvadoran Naval Force (FNES, in Spanish), identified and intercepted a vessel 290 nautical miles off the coast of Punta Remedios, department of Sonsonate. Aboard, authorities found 33 packages containing 947 kilograms of cocaine worth $25 million. With information from U.S. Coast Guard aircraft, FNES used a maritime patrol and two outboard-powered speedboats to carry out the interdiction operation as part of the cooperation and security agreements between both countries. The information enabled naval authorities to seize the suspicious vessel and drug cargo. “Participation and cooperation are key to bring operations to a successful conclusion,” FNES Ensign Raúl Edgardo Romero, chief of the Assault Team, told Diálogo. “The combined, joint, and interagency effort, which we have with different U.S. security [agencies] and their Coast Guard, as well as with the Prosecutor’s Office and the Salvadoran Civil Police’s Antinarcotics Division, made this seizure possible.” During the maritime operation, agents arrested the crew of the outboard-powered fishing vessel, consisting of an Ecuadorean and a Colombian national. “This cargo is Naval Task Force Trident’s largest drug seizure in 2018,” Captain René Francis Merino, chief of FNES’ General Staff, told Diálogo. The combined and joint effort allowed for the seizure of 1.6 tons of cocaine so far in 2018. From 2016 to 2017, authorities seized nearly 16 tons of cocaine. “We are proud of our record drug seizure in recent years,” Cap. Merino said. “Narcotraffickers no longer use our national waters to transport drugs. We reduced it by 90 percent,” he said. Eyes wide open El Salvador is among the Central American countries international drug traffickers use to transport drugs between South America, the United States, and other countries to the north. “Help from the United States has become very important, not only for operations, but also logistics, and the continuous specialized training of our personnel,” Ensign Romero said. “Thanks to the cooperation of U.S. Southern Command [SOUTHCOM], our personnel received better training and conducted significant seizures since 2015,” Cap. Merino added. According to Ensign Romero, cooperation with the U.S. military enables Salvadoran officers to keep their “eyes wide open” on criminal organizations’ activities when operations come into force. Thanks to SOUTHCOM, Salvadoran officers learn new interdiction techniques and tactics, vessel boarding, and registration audits with strict adherence to human rights, he said. “Interdiction and arrest operations of people linked to narcotrafficking also improved the capabilities of Task Force Trident’s members,” Ensign Romero said. “U.S. military courses and training comply with the requirements of the Salvadoran naval institution to guarantee success and security of operations.” Beyond the 200 miles In 2016, FNES’s efficiency rendered seizures non-existent along the Salvadoran coast. “Drug traffickers decided to go offshore after realizing that navigating in Salvadoran waters was dangerous for them,” Cap. Merino said. “We adapted our Naval [Task] Force Trident to operate beyond the 200 territorial maritime miles.” Narcotraffickers use different routes to transport drugs. The Galápagos Islands are a strategic point to transit cocaine from Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia to Guatemala or the border between Mexico and Guatemala—and in some cases directly to Mexico. The work doesn’t end with interdiction at sea. The Prosecutor’s Office must then press charges and attempt to indict the criminals. The Civil Police supports technical aspects and all data processing, while naval personnel attend trials to testify. “Nearly 99 percent of cases are prosecuted. Without these testimonies, these cases wouldn’t be successful,” Cap. Merino said. “Here, we can see the work of three institutions [FNES, Prosecutor’s Office, and Civil Police] that fight against drug trafficking and organized crime.”last_img read more

Brazilian and Peruvian Service Members Attend Humanitarian Demining Course

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo October 10, 2018 The Brazilian Peacekeeping Operations Joint Training Center (CCOPAB, in Portuguese), a unit of the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) conducts the Mine Action Internship annually. Nine service members—six from EB, one from the Brazilian Navy, and two from the Peruvian Navy—completed the five-week course on August 17, 2018. The course prepares participants for international missions. “Since Brazil committed to international humanitarian demining operations, the Army regularly holds a course on this topic to ensure we always have service members capable of meeting scheduled commitments or unexpected demands,” said EB Colonel Marco Antônio Estevão Machado, CCOPAB commandant. Brazilian service members in Colombia Five out of the seven Brazilians who took part in the last internship were pre-selected to deploy to Colombia, as per a memorandum of understanding the ministries of Defense of both countries signed in February 2018. With this agreement, Brazil committed to expanding collaboration on the removal of explosive devices in some regions of Colombia. The Brazilian Armed Forces now has 15 expert deminers, who are instructors and technical consultants, but do not carry out search and disposal of explosive devises. Peruvian Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Robert Ángel Huertas Vargas and Navy Chief Petty Officer Miguel Ángel Cabrera Chalan are part of the Peruvian Peacekeeping Operations Training Center. The Peruvian service members took the course in Brazil to participate in the United Nations Organization (UN) Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO, in French). The Peruvian Armed Forces currently participate in five peacekeeping missions, including MONUSCO, with about 230 service members. Academic exchanges between service members, Col. Machado said, are common in Latin America. “The Latin American Association of Peacekeeping Operation Centers gets together twice a year. During those activities, participants from each country make academic offers and inform of opened courses for international participation,” he said. International responsibility CCOPAB’s Mine Action Internship has two phases. The objective of the first two-week phase is to present participants with all international theoretical documentation regulating humanitarian demining. The material includes handouts and video classes, and is available for students on the internet. “This saves us time and resources during the internship, allowing students to get to the live phase with some understanding of the subject they will learn about,” Col. Machado said. The three-week-long second phase takes place at CCOPAB’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro and at some of EB’s units nearby. Instruction starts with classroom training and moves into the hands-on stage, with demining in the field. “First, we touch on what the UN refers to as cross-cutting subjects, or basic knowledge all service members abroad must possess,” said Col. Machado of the content that refers mainly to code of conduct. “After all, service members abroad represent their countries; poor conduct may result in repercussions at the political level,” he said. The course also includes subjective content to prepare service members to face stress and facilitate adjustment to new cultural environments. In the field In the final phase, students move to EB’s Specialized Instruction School near CCOPAB’s headquarters. Interns identify mines on a field, using scanning equipment and other tools, and carry out demining tasks, destroying or deactivating explosive devices. “It’s very important that this phase takes place in the field because we face real challenges. This is very useful to service members who will work on demining in Colombia, where part of operations are done on the ground in the very dense vegetation of the Amazon forest,” said EB Staff Sergeant Rômulo Gomes Casale, one of the course participants. Although Staff Sgt. Casale is not set to participate in a specific mission abroad, he belongs to a database of service members authorized for deployment on humanitarian demining missions. EB requires a certificate of participation in CCOPAB’s Mine Action Internship and command of a second language to remain in the database. The course is currently taught in Spanish as per the collaborative demining agreement with Colombia. According to Staff Sgt. Casale, Peruvian service members’ participation in the internship provided a great opportunity to practice language skills. “The exchange with the Peruvian service members was very positive, providing information about their Army’s general operations and about Spanish. They explained details of nomenclatures and demining terms that we are not familiar with, but which can be very useful in daily practice,” he said. The Brazilian Peacekeeping Operations Joint Training Center (CCOPAB, in Portuguese), a unit of the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) conducts the Mine Action Internship annually. Nine service members—six from EB, one from the Brazilian Navy, and two from the Peruvian Navy—completed the five-week course on August 17, 2018. The course prepares participants for international missions. “Since Brazil committed to international humanitarian demining operations, the Army regularly holds a course on this topic to ensure we always have service members capable of meeting scheduled commitments or unexpected demands,” said EB Colonel Marco Antônio Estevão Machado, CCOPAB commandant. Brazilian service members in Colombia Five out of the seven Brazilians who took part in the last internship were pre-selected to deploy to Colombia, as per a memorandum of understanding the ministries of Defense of both countries signed in February 2018. With this agreement, Brazil committed to expanding collaboration on the removal of explosive devices in some regions of Colombia. The Brazilian Armed Forces now has 15 expert deminers, who are instructors and technical consultants, but do not carry out search and disposal of explosive devises. Peruvian Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Robert Ángel Huertas Vargas and Navy Chief Petty Officer Miguel Ángel Cabrera Chalan are part of the Peruvian Peacekeeping Operations Training Center. The Peruvian service members took the course in Brazil to participate in the United Nations Organization (UN) Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO, in French). The Peruvian Armed Forces currently participate in five peacekeeping missions, including MONUSCO, with about 230 service members. Academic exchanges between service members, Col. Machado said, are common in Latin America. “The Latin American Association of Peacekeeping Operation Centers gets together twice a year. During those activities, participants from each country make academic offers and inform of opened courses for international participation,” he said. International responsibility CCOPAB’s Mine Action Internship has two phases. The objective of the first two-week phase is to present participants with all international theoretical documentation regulating humanitarian demining. The material includes handouts and video classes, and is available for students on the internet. “This saves us time and resources during the internship, allowing students to get to the live phase with some understanding of the subject they will learn about,” Col. Machado said. The three-week-long second phase takes place at CCOPAB’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro and at some of EB’s units nearby. Instruction starts with classroom training and moves into the hands-on stage, with demining in the field. “First, we touch on what the UN refers to as cross-cutting subjects, or basic knowledge all service members abroad must possess,” said Col. Machado of the content that refers mainly to code of conduct. “After all, service members abroad represent their countries; poor conduct may result in repercussions at the political level,” he said. The course also includes subjective content to prepare service members to face stress and facilitate adjustment to new cultural environments. In the field In the final phase, students move to EB’s Specialized Instruction School near CCOPAB’s headquarters. Interns identify mines on a field, using scanning equipment and other tools, and carry out demining tasks, destroying or deactivating explosive devices. “It’s very important that this phase takes place in the field because we face real challenges. This is very useful to service members who will work on demining in Colombia, where part of operations are done on the ground in the very dense vegetation of the Amazon forest,” said EB Staff Sergeant Rômulo Gomes Casale, one of the course participants. Although Staff Sgt. Casale is not set to participate in a specific mission abroad, he belongs to a database of service members authorized for deployment on humanitarian demining missions. EB requires a certificate of participation in CCOPAB’s Mine Action Internship and command of a second language to remain in the database. The course is currently taught in Spanish as per the collaborative demining agreement with Colombia. According to Staff Sgt. Casale, Peruvian service members’ participation in the internship provided a great opportunity to practice language skills. “The exchange with the Peruvian service members was very positive, providing information about their Army’s general operations and about Spanish. They explained details of nomenclatures and demining terms that we are not familiar with, but which can be very useful in daily practice,” he said.last_img read more

Buffalo School Board Passes Resolution Calling for Paladino’s Ouster

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Carl Paladino (Photo credit: Hannonjd Director of New Media, Paladino For The People)Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who ignited a firestorm last week over his racist comments about the Obamas, has 24 hours to resign from his seat on the Buffalo School Board. Otherwise the board will ask the New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to have him removed.By a vote of 6-3, the Buffalo School Board on Thursday adopted a resolution, which effectively serves as an ultimatum to Paladino: Get out or be forced out.Paladino served as President-elect Donald Trump’s New York State campaign co-chair during the election.The vote comes almost a week to the day that Paladino’s racially insensitive comments sparked controversy. In a response to questions from the Buffalo alt-weekly Artvoice, Paladino said he wished that President Barack Obama would die of Mad Cow disease and that First Lady Michelle Obama would “return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe.”An unapologetic Paladino initially said his remarks, which many criticized as outright racist, were nothing more than an attempt at humor. But in a letter to the paper on Tuesday, he said he mistakenly passed along his comments to the newspaper rather than his friends, which he claimed were the intended recipients of his wishes for 2017.Paladino, who was defeated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2010 gubernatorial race, titled the letter: “I certainly am not a racist.”Although his local support has waned, Paladino has resisted calls to resign. The school board’s resolution characterized Paladino’s comments as “unambiguously racist, morally repugnant, flagrantly disrespectful, inflammatory and inexcusable comments” that casts the western New York city in a bad light.“Mr. Paladino’s behavior has irrevocably impacted the work of the Buffalo Board of Education by negatively impacting the Buffalo City School District in its goal of safeguarding the nights of all students in promoting a safe and healthy environment in which students are treated respectfully, by everyone,” the resolution states. He was elected to the school board in 2013.Paladino issued a statement late Thursday suggesting that the board’s vote was politically motivated.While not explicitly stating that he’d resign, Paladino said he’d “fight to the end to continue to expose corruption.” The comments that stirred the controversy came in response to a series of New Year-related questions from Artvoice, titled, “What do we want for 2017?,” which it sent to notable figures in the Buffalo area.Paladino replied: “Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught having relations with a Herford. He dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.”Asked who’d he’d like to “go away” next year, Paladino responded: “Michele Obama…I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”As criticism mounted over his comments, Paladino issued an apology letter to Artvoice saying that he “never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities. To them I apologize.”He added that he received the paper’s survey at “an emotional moment” as he was listening to Obama’s recent statement on the situation in Aleppo, Syria.“Your survey questions provided me with the spark to vent and write deprecating humor about a bad President for whom the mainstream media continues to seek an undeserved legacy,” Paladino said.Gov. Cuomo was quick to decry Paladino’s remarks, as was a spokesperson from Trump’s transition team, who called the comments “absolutely reprehensible.”The school board’s vote comes one day after the Buffalo Common Council, the city’s legislative body, voted unanimously to have Paladino removed from his seat.Earlier the Buffalo News reported that Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz called on Paladino to resign immediately, as did Assemblyman Sean Ryan D-Buffalo, who said Paladino’s comments are “outrageous, dangerous and disturbing.”Paladino has refused to bow out, and the controversy continues.last_img read more

Assemblywoman Lupardo calls for environmental impact statement on proposed Endicott battery-recycling facility

first_imgThe new permit would need to go through a public review and comment period. That would only apply to the modified portions of the permit. “The goal was to create an “industry cluster” with world class battery  research and manufacturing interests present in the area,” Lupardo said in a news release. In addition to No Burn Broome, the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition also spoke out against the facility. The DEC issued SungEel MMC Americas LLC an air state facility permit in March. In May, the DEC told SungEel that the permit would need to be modified after more information about poly-flouroakyl substances in lithium-ion batteries came out. A thorough exploration of the potential dangers of this “first of its kind operation” in the U.SDue consideration of the impacts on an already health-compromised communityA formal exploration of the fire and explosion risks for the recycling facility, the storage facility, and transportation to and from the facilityAn evaluation of alternatives to the proposed high temperature method of recyclingPublic hearings at which the citizens of Endicott could express their feelings about this project The organization says it would support the environmental impact statement because they say it would allow the following: (WBNG) — Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo joined environmental groups in calling upon the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct a full environmental impact statement for the proposed battery recycling facility in Endicott. No Burn Broome, one of the environmental groups Lupardo joined, says it supports the recycling ion-lithium batteries, but not by a process that creates by-products. Lupardo says the initial announcement about the battery facility was well received, however, concerns about the environment surfaced over time. According to Lupardo’s office, the DEC is currently waiting for the company to respond to their request for additional information regarding the poly-flouralkyl substances. “But with time, a number of critical concerns have been raised by Endicott residents and local environmental groups who have contacted my office. After doing months of homework, and consulting with industry experts, I am convinced that a more detailed environmental review is needed by the DEC, especially now that the project permit is on hold,” she said.last_img read more

Private renters under attack: Who profits and what are the consequences?

first_imgFollowing the events of the past months, it is hard not to get the impression that private renters have become a thorn in the side of the domestic tourist scene.Starting with the banalization of activities, especially the emphasis on profitability with humorous calculations that indicate  lucrativeness  and encourage further expansion. Apartments and holiday homes pop out of the country like mushrooms after the rain, ignoring the actual cost of entering the business, operating costs, the duration of the season of only a few hectic weeks, and especially the uncertainty of business. Tourist demand has never been more dynamic in its decisions, loyalty is almost non-existent, and an increasing number of new destinations from year to year increases the competition, more precisely, reduces the likelihood of choosing us as holiday destinations. In a given environment, a feeling of helplessness and devotion to the hope that there will be a tourist prevails. So there is no guarantee of business, the uncertainty is great, we can only fear that there will be an escalation as a problem with migrants, an environmental disaster, a natural disaster or simply rain that has recently shown the power to destroy that long-awaited season. Let’s imagine that one year our coastline is left without income from tourism, a frightening picture, not only for entrepreneurs but also for the government. The importance of tourism in our economy and the contribution to the state budget in which private renters participate with half of the realized overnight stays is well known. Tourism, specifically, renting private accommodation is not a machinery that guarantees, but anxiety and expectation without much possibility of influence. But since the drive is currently in overproduction, the government has decided to come for its share of the pie. New levies in the form of a sojourn tax increase and a tax lump sum await renters in the coming year. The position that landlords have so far been treated as a privileged species is emphasized. The pointing of the finger by other entrepreneurs inside and outside the business has started, on the principle of why it is good for them and bad for us, let it be bad for them as well. Shouldn’t the case, let’s call it, of an incentive approach to taxation of private renters, be an example of the desired state of the entire hospitality industry. The question is what the government is aiming at, only budget revenue or, as it is partially pointed out, a measure to raise the quality of accommodation in a private household, assuming that low-quality accommodation will not be able to meet its earnings and leave the business. Photo: Pexels.comWhy would levies force entrepreneurs to close, why not educate them, point out market needs, teach them how to specialize and target their facilities in niche markets and raise awareness of the importance of quality service in tourism for sustainable business. It seems that we forget that it was private renters who raised Croatian tourism. Current numbers  the largest share of accommodation capacities and realized overnight stays. Many coastal places have only accommodation facilities in the household. Without the offer of accommodation, the tourist demand has no need or possibility of staying in a certain destination. In this way, private renters create the basis for the development of the destination, because tourists who use their accommodation spend in the destination for example on restaurant services, agency services, trade services, public services. Private renters are a generator of multiplier effects on the local community – Dr.sc. Goran Čorluka Landlords provide accommodation services in places where there are no hotels and where the hotel is very likely never to be. It is an abstract thesis which advocates the position of exclusivity in the circles of the tourist profession, ie that accommodation capacities in the household prevent the development or entry into the market of hotels. The question is, is the private landlord really a competitor to the hotel?The specificity of Croatian tourism in the international environment is precisely the large share of accommodation capacity in the household. They are a tribute to authenticity and autochthony that we must not lose. It is desirable to develop a strategy by which we will valorize this specificity on the market. But judging by current developments, private renters will be exposed to the challenge by the government. The expected recategorization is an additional blow, especially for those who will not be able to meet the new criteria, followed by renovation or closure of the facility. With an increasingly competitive environment and insane demand, the livelihoods of many are questionable. It is necessary to emphasize that the income from the dumping of private accommodation on our coast feeds families, educates children, pays bills, builds the future and creates perspective. State levies will act as a tribute and potentially depopulate the coastal area of ​​the Republic of Croatia. If the coast is threatened by the scenario of Slavonia, because if not from renting, what will people live on? What are the employment opportunities? Is the coast becoming a new zone of demographic issues? I appeal to the analysis of the benefits and harms of the planned activities. Let us nurture and appreciate what we have, what keeps us on our feet. We think long-term and strategically, because it is not a situation and time for wrong moves. Author: dr. Sc. Goran Ćorluka, Head of the Department of Trade Business, Department of Professional Studies, University of SplitRELATED NEWS:RENTERS HAVE THE MOST BENEFITS FROM TOURISM?THE MUNICIPALITY OF TISNO WILL NOT INCREASE THE PRICE OF THE Lump sum FOR RENTERS, AND YOUR CITY OR MUNICIPALITY?VIENNA TERMINATES COOPERATION WITH AIRBNBlast_img read more

Commission to follow up ICW reports on irregularities in Pinangki’s case

first_img“We will study and delve into the substance of ICW’s report as per the commission’s standard,” KomJak head Barita Simanjuntak said on ThursdayHe added the commission would make a decision on the report during a meeting on Monday.“If it concerns how they handle their case, we will question them and gather information in accordance with our authority.”Read also: Attorney General, former Supreme Court chief mentioned in indictment against Pinangki Kurnia Ramadhana of ICW said the three prosecutors did not perform their job properly in investigating Pinangki’s alleged crime, including by not digging into why Djoko trusted Pinangki regarding his acquittal.Kurnia also claimed that the prosecutors did not follow up the statement of the Attorney General’s Office’s supervisory unit that Pinangki reportedly told her superiors about her meetings with Djoko.Furthermore, ICW also said the prosecutors did not coordinate with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prior to handing over Pinangki’s dossier to the Jakarta Corruption Court.During the indictment hearing, prosecutors said that Pinangki offered an “action plan” to Djoko that would involve Attorney General ST Burhanuddin and former Supreme Court chief justice Hatta Ali in securing the convict’s acquittal.The Attorney General’s Office had also found Pinangki guilty of an ethics violation for going to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019, reportedly to meet with Djoko while he was still at large.Djoko spent more than a decade on the run after evading imprisonment in 2009. He was arrested in Malaysia and deported to Indonesia in late July.Topics : The Prosecutors Commission (KomJak) will look into reports of ethics violations allegedly conducted by three prosecutors who are handling a bribery and money laundering case implicating prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari in connection with graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra.Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) filed a report of ethics violation to the commission against three prosecutors, identified as SA, WT and IP, on Thursday. The watchdog said it had found at least four irregularities in the handling of Pinangki’s case.Pinangki is accused of assisting Djoko during his time as a fugitive from law enforcers. She allegedly accepted US$500,000 from Djoko for conspiring to secure the Supreme Court’s acquittal for him.last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud Extendieron la Orden “Quédese en casa” a los Condados de Beaver, Centre and Washington Para Mitigar la Propagación del COVID-19, Total de Condados Ahora: 22

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Español,  Press Release,  Public Health Orden enmendada del Gobernador WolfOrden enmendada de la secretaria de saludGuía para quedarse en casaMientras el Estado continúa buscando Alivio para salvar vidas y detener la propagación del COVID-19, hoy, el Gobernador Tom Wolf y la secretaria de salud, Dra. Rachel Levine revisaron sus órdenes de “Quédese en casa” para incluir a los condados de Beaver, Centre y Washington, llevando al total del Estado a un total de 22 condados bajo la orden de quedarse en casa. Esta orden entra en vigencia a las 8:00 PM del sábado, 28 de marzo de 2020, y continuará hasta el 6 de abril de 2020.Ahora, la orden incluye a estos 22 condados: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland y York.Las personas pueden salir de su vivienda solo para realizar cualquiera de estas actividades permitidas individualmente y traslados esenciales permisibles:Tareas esenciales para mantener la salud y la seguridad, o la salud y la seguridad de su familia o miembros de la vivienda (incluyendo mascotas), como obtener medicamentos o suministros médicos, visitar a profesional de la salud u obtener suministros que necesiten para trabajar desde su hogar.Obtener los servicios o suministros necesarios para sí mismos, su familia o miembros de su vivienda, o como parte de esfuerzos voluntaries, o para enviar dichos servicios o suministros a otras personas para mantener la seguridad, sanidad y funcionamiento esencial de residencias.Participar de actividades al aire libre, como caminar, correr o trotar si mantienen un distanciamiento social.Realizar trabajos para proporcionar productos y servicios esenciales en un comercio de sustento de la vida.Cuidar a un miembro de la familia o mascota en otra vivienda.Cualquier traslado relacionado con la provision de o acceso a las actividades individuales o de comercios desustento de vida antedichas.Trasladarse para cuidar a ancianos, menores, dependientes, personas con discapacidades u otras personas vulnerables.Trasladarse a o desde instituciones educativas para recibir materiales para el aprendizaje a distancia, para recibir alimentos y cualquier otro servicio relacionado.Trasladarse para regresar a un lugar de residencia desde otra jurisdicción.Traslado requerido por ley u orden del tribunalTraslado requerido para no residentes para regresar a su lugar de residencia fuera del commonwealthCualquiera que realice traslados para sostén de la vida no requiere documentación para demostrar la razón de su traslado.Se exceptúan las siguientes operaciones:Actividades comerciales relacionadas con el sostén de la vidaProveedores del cuidado de la salud o servicios médicosAcceso a servicios del sostén de la vida para residentes de bajos ingresos, incluyendo bancos de alimentosAcceso a servicios de cuidado de niños para empleados de comercios de sostén de la vida que permanezcan abiertos: a instalaciones de cuidado infantil que funcionen bajo el Departamento de Servicios Humanos, Oficina de Desarrollo del Niño y permiso de Aprendizaje temprano; cuidado de grupos o de niños en familia que funcionen en una vivienda y programas escolares de día parcial funcionando bajo una excensión de las órdenes de cierres comerciales del 19 de marzo d 2020.Medios de comunicación de noticiasCumplimiento de la ley, personal de servicios de emergencia médica, bomberosEl gobierno federalInstituciones religiosasLas personas sin techo no están sujetas a esta orden, pero se los insta enfáticamente a encontrar refugio y los organismos gubernamentales deberán hacer lo necesario para brindarles un techo.Los alumnos internacionales, y cualquier otro alumno que no tuviera lugar para vivir debido al cierre del campus, están exceptuados y pueden seguir en las viviendas del campus.En este momento, el cumplimiento de la ley se focalizará en garantizar que los residentes sean conscientes de la orden y que informen al público sobre las prácticas de distanciamiento social y no del cumplimiento. Para denunciar a un negocio que no cumpla con lo antedicho, póngase en contacto con su agencia de cumplimiento de la ley local a su número de no emergencias de la Policía del Estado de Pennsylvania que esté más cerca. Por favor no llame al 911 ni al Departamento de Desarrollo comunitario y económico para realizar denuncias. Los funcionarios de cumplimiento de la ley deberán referirse a la Guía de Obligación de Cierre Comercial disponible online.Lea la orden original del Gobernador Wolf aquí o véala en Scribd. Lea la enmienda del Gobernador aquí o véala en Scribd.Lea la orden original de la secretaria de salud, Dra. Rachel Levine aquí o véala en Scribd. Lea la orden enmendada de la secretaria de salud, Dra. Rachel Levine aquí o veála en Scribd.Para obtener la información más actualizada de COVID-19, los residentes de Pennsylvania deben visitar: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.Ver esta página en inglés. El Gobernador Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud Extendieron la Orden “Quédese en casa” a los Condados de Beaver, Centre and Washington Para Mitigar la Propagación del COVID-19, Total de Condados Ahora: 22center_img March 28, 2020last_img read more

Studio unit works its inner rockabilly to the max

first_img2/186 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace Qld 4000THIS Brisbane studio unit is working its inner rockabilly to the max, with striking interiors that create a very unique inner city base.The property at 2/186 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace, has hit the market with a price of $205,000.Marketed by Anthony Quintner of Ray White Paddington as a “high yield investment” the studio would have a gross rental return of about 6.4 per cent.The “unique” black, red and white interior design has attracted good tenancies, with the current resident paying $255 a week, locked in through to February 26 next year. The exterior is nothing like the studio. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoA tidy and functional kitchen. Bathroom decor The home has multiple uses for various spaces.The kitchen comes with a cooktop, fridge, microwave and front loading washing machine, and the vendor was also willing to negotiate on throwing in the furniture too.According to the listing, the apartment also made good use of “clever space saving features” like a loft-like bed under which were two long daybeds, lots of shelving and clever cupboards.“Enjoy inner city living with walk-to-everywhere convenience,” it said.The property has body corporate fees of about $1600 a year, as well as Brisbane City Council gross quarterly rates of $313.58.last_img read more