The study of the bearing capacities of the Split-Dalmatia County has begun

first_imgBased on a public tender announced in June this year, the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board signed a contract and ordered scientific expert material from the Institute for Tourism, which will answer questions about what is enough in the county’s tourism and infrastructure, where they are in the red and how much space there is. for growth.The aim of the study is to define the total load accommodation capacity for each of the six clusters in the county, according to the Institute for Tourism, which will calculate the carrying capacity of the Split Riviera and especially the city of Split, Makarska Riviera, Dalmatian Zagora and the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis.Based on the analysis of current accommodation capacities, possibilities of reception and arrangement of beaches, traffic and communal infrastructure and natural and cultural resources, it will be found out how many nights and arrivals of tourists can be in the county during the year, especially in the “peak” season in July and August. , without endangering the sustainable development and quality of life of the local community. “It is also necessary to determine the maximum number of accommodation capacities in certain parts of the county with regard to its spatial specifics. We expect the Study to say for each of the tourist clusters of our county what are the tourist figures that this area can withstand, without compromising the balance in the supply of electricity, water and energy and not spatially endangering the area with excessive construction and significantly disrupting quality of life. local population.These are logical questions after years of great growth in popularity and tourist arrivals in our county. All this will be the basis for the work of destination management that will manage the development of tourism in the county. ” points out Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist BoardThe study of the carrying capacity of tourism in the Split-Dalmatia County, prepared by scientists from the Institute of Tourism in Zagreb, should be completed by the spring of 2018. This is the only such example, at least known to me in Croatia, that one tourist destination started by making a study. The preparation of the study should have been the basis for development, not first to build accommodation capacities, and then to do the study. But again, better than ever, there are still things that can be corrected and directed to the right path of sustainable and strategic development.All the problems that are present in the tourism sector are the result of the elements and not strategic development. This is great news for our tourism, especially the Split-Dalmatia County, and I sincerely hope that other tourist destinations will follow this positive example because the strategic development of a tourist destination is the only right path for long-term tourism development.Record tourist results in Split-Dalmatia County According to its results and excellent tourist traffic in August, the Split-Dalmatia County remained at the very top of the country’s tourist regions. Thus, in August alone, based on eVisitor data, 892.328 guests visited the Split-Dalmatia County, realizing 5.969.680 tourist nights, which is six percent more in arrivals and seven percent more in nights than last year, the SDŽ Tourist Board points out.The main part of the tourist year and the first eight months of Central Dalmatia ends with an impressive number of 2.791.556 arrivals, which is 13 percent more than last year and 15,7 million overnight stays. The tourist star of the season is the city of Split, which is still at the top of the list of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, where there were 2.031.003 overnight stays in the first eight months. Makarska had 1.284.076 overnight stays, which is 13 percent more than last year, which placed the two cities among Croatia’s Top 20 tourist destinations. “All the announcements say that the excellent visit will continue during October, so Central Dalmatia is becoming a prime example of the extension of the tourist season in all parts of the county.Stella points out.Split Airport also recorded excellent results, with 2.123.209 passengers so far, which is 24 percent more than last year and thus became the first airport in terms of traffic in Croatia. Most overnight stays in the first eight months were made by guests from Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany and Scandinavia.last_img read more

Bob Wilson has been the man behind Syracuse rugby for 37 years

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 26, 2017 at 12:07 am Contact Evan: By day Bob Wilson is the director of Student Support Services at Syracuse, working in the Psychological Services Center. Wilson’s office, sitting in the basement of the building, is an ode to his true passion: rugby.Hanging on the walls are old rugby photos and the flag of Wilson’s homeland, England. When Wilson leaves his day job, he becomes head coach of the Syracuse rugby team, of which he’s been at the helm for the past 37 years.In 1968, Syracuse was introduced to rugby for the first time by graduate student Peter Baigent. The team had to use rope as crossbars, and consisted of both students and community members. Then, in 1970, Baigent wrote to Wilson and asked if he’d move from England and enroll at Syracuse to support his efforts at developing a rugby club. Baigent knew his friend loved rugby since they began playing together at Loughborough University in Central London.However, for Wilson, rugby wasn’t always his favorite sport. Growing up in England, Wilson played soccer, but he couldn’t continue in high school.“This high school, which was trying to be a poor replica of private schools in the U.K.,” Wilson said, “did not allow soccer, so I played rugby.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWilson helped the rugby program until he graduated. Then, he and his wife, Patricia, moved back to England. After 10 years, the couple returned to Syracuse to be closer to Patricia’s family. It was then that Wilson returned to coach the sport he had helped bring to life with his friend.Wilson describes his first departure as “very hard.”“We had shared rugby, social and family experiences together,” he added. “Several (teammates) are still good friends today.”Once Wilson returned, things had changed and the university and community had split paths. The community members formed the Syracuse Chargers, which still exists today.Syracuse now fields more than 60 players on three different teams and is a no-cut club sport. Yet, this promise to keep any interested athlete has upset upperclassmen who’ve grown frustrated with the high numbers.“There are times when some upperclassmen do not agree with Bob’s mentality of being open to anyone to join the club who is passionate about learning the sport.” said Matt Magargee, one of Wilson’s players. “However, with all the coaches I’ve had and met, I’ve never seen somebody so spirited to teach what he knows about rugby to these 18- to 22-year-old guys.”Magargee is a senior at Syracuse and has been on the rugby team since his freshmen year. He plays back, a position meant for the shorter, shiftier players, like a wide receiver or running back in football. Wilson is a former back, himself.“Bob is basically the core of the backs on the team,” Magargee said. “Without him, we wouldn’t be nearly as competent and competitive as we have been.”Magargee jokes that there’s a rumor that Wilson has never been tackled once in a game. Sometimes during practice, Wilson will take the field with his team.Today, rugby has grown exponentially in the U.S. and recruiting has become the new norm in college rugby. For Wilson, this is a new factor as a coach, yet he has found ways to still bring in players. He sends students or alumni to college fairs in New Jersey and Philadelphia, a youth program in Washington, D.C. and, sometimes, California. He also plans biannual trips to Europe for games. This season, SU will play in Portugal.“We try to keep the name of Syracuse rugby relevant,” Wilson said. Commentslast_img read more

Airbnb Sues PB County Over “Unconstitutional” Bed Tax Requirement

first_imgAirbnb executives and Palm Beach County leaders are clashing yet again.The popular vacation rental hosting platform just filed another lawsuit against the county and tax collector Anne Gannon.The suit, filed in the 15th Judicial Circuit Court on Monday, claims that the county’s new vacation rental ordinance violates the Local Option Tourist Development Act and the Florida Constitution. It also says the ordinance’s “unconstitutional and unlawful provisions” will cause Airbnb to “suffer irreparable harm, the extent of which is incalculable.”Palm Beach County’s revised rules for vacation rentals were approved on June 18.Airbnb is disputing a requirement that it provide bed tax information to hosts and collect a valid bed tax account number from them, before listing the property online.The ordinance also requires Airbnb to collect bed taxes and remit them to the vacation rental host, who then gives the bed taxes to the tax collector’s office. The lawsuit states, “Such [bed tax] obligations improperly transform Hosting Platforms and Booking Services into de facto enforcement arms of the Tax Collector.”An Airbnb spokesperson adds, “We are tired of fighting with Tax Collector [Anne] Gannon when we could be supporting her as we do for all of the surrounding counties. We will continue to try and work with the County to find a solution that allows Airbnb to help facilitate tax collection.”Airbnb currently has an agreement with Florida’s revenue department to collect and remit state sales tax. It also has agreements with Broward, Miami-Dade, and 38 other counties to collect and remit bed taxes on behalf of hosts.According to an email from Gannon, “We are constitutional officers and under our oath of office we are obligated to collect taxes under the contract we have with the county. [Airbnb] only want(s) to remit a bulk payment monthly.”The Local Option Act gives counties the ability to impose bed taxes on a “dealer” for vacation rentals or leases. Airbnb believes it should not be subject to those requirements because it is a platform for dealers, rather than an actual dealer of short-term vacation rentals.Five years ago, Gannon sued Airbnb, as well as three other companies, for failing to register dealers and collect or remit bed taxes. Last January, Circuit Judge James Nutt ruled in favor of Airbnb and the other companies. He wrote at the time, “In short, dealers are limited to those engaged in the business of renting, not the business of servicing those in the business of renting.[Airbnb’s and others’] extensive involvement remains confined to the latter.”Airbnb and HomeAway sued Palm Beach County last November, after commissioners approved the first version of vacation rental rules. The separate lawsuits, which have since been combined, state that the regulations violate state and federal law, and that requiring companies to comply with the county’s rules would violate customers’ rights. The case is currently in federal court.last_img read more

When a whale rings a phone

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Amid the cacophony of cell-phone ringtones these days, add these: the clickety-click-click of a rare Central American poison arrow dart frog, the howl of a Mexican gray wolf and the bellows of an Arctic beluga whale. An environmental group is hoping that the more people hear these sounds from threatened animals, the more they’ll wonder where they came from – and question the fate of the animals and birds that make them. “The point here is education and inspiration,” said Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity’s office in Pinos Altos, N.M. Like other activist groups, the center is looking to capture immediate attention through cell-phone ringtones. Already, some 24,000 people have downloaded the rare rings for free from the center’s Web site. “Nonprofits have been using online tools such as Web sites and e-mail to get out a message, but the handwriting is on the wall as far as the possibilities for mobile devices to be added to that mix,” she said. “Mobile phones are just another piece of the equation. There is still so much room or experimentation.” Peter Galvin, a co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity, came up with the idea for the free ringtones of endangered and rare species as a way to educate people – especially the younger, technologically savvy generation. “And with young people, it has to be interesting and it has to be cool,” he said. The rings are certainly that. In addition to the wolf and the whale, there are ringtones from several species of frogs from around the world, a few South American birds and North American owls. The poison arrow dart frog will be added to the list once Galvin gets back from Panama. He spent three days in the jungle, patiently listening for the calls of the tiny frog. It took similar efforts to capture the sounds of other rare animals. Some at the center say the howl ringtone might be one of the only recordings of the Mexican gray wolf in the wild. Biologists began releasing wolves on the Arizona-New Mexico border in 1998 to re-establish the species in part of its historic range after it had been hunted to near extinction in the early 1900s. While the ringtones might be amusing to hear, Robinson said they’re serious business. “We can get people thinking about something outside their immediate world, a more wilder world,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Four in five voting-age Americans have cell phones, and that number is expected to keep growing. By 2008, as many as 30 percent of wireless users are likely to forgo their land lines, and nearly all cell phones will have Internet capabilities, according to a study by the New Politics Institute. “With the ringtones, this is the tip of the iceberg,” said Peter Leyden, director of the institute, which studies the impact of cell phones – what he and others call “mobile media” – on political and social campaigns. Take, for example, the efforts of U2 front man Bono. He got thousands of people to sign up for the ONE Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting global AIDS and poverty, by asking fans to send a text message during the band’s concerts. Amnesty International also uses text messaging to send action notices to members around the world. Katrin Verclas, executive director of the Nonprofit Technology Network and a coordinator with, said there’s a lot to be learned as campaigns – both political and social – try new ways to connect with people. last_img read more