Simulation of population growth in coastal countiesSource: HGK According to the calendar, most overnight stays in commercial accommodation facilities during the year are realized in July and August: in July about 29%, and in August about 33%, which clearly shows that seasonality is one of our biggest problems, says the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in the tourist season.In 2017, as many as 49,2 million overnight stays, or about 95% of the total number of overnight stays in those two months, were realized in six coastal counties. Considering that over 60% of all tourist overnight stays in the year are realized in July and August, and 91% of tourist overnight stays are realized in 6 counties, we can talk about the territorial concentration and time constraints of Croatian tourism. It becomes even more visible if we compare the number of realized tourist nights in the best (August) and worst (January) month of the year: the ratio is around 60: 1. For comparison, the first next country in the EU in terms of this ratio is Greece, with approximately 20: 1.”According to estimates of the increase in the number of “inhabitants” for the six strongest tourist counties and their individual cities and towns and the impact of seasonal increase in demand on their functioning, the data show a high concentration of overnight stays in only two months of the central season. Croatia. From this additionally arises the need to expand the offer and generally measures that would allow the extension of the season, or allow a longer tourist pre-season and post-season. This is especially true for smaller, tourist-attractive places where, during the main tourist season, the number of “inhabitants” increases more than five times, which requires the adjustment of infrastructure and other supply of goods and services to such short-term increased demand.Said the director of the Sector for Financial Institutions and Economic Analysis, Zvonimir Savić. The calculation showed that the range of the expected increase in population in August 2018, based on the arrivals and overnight stays of tourists in the counties in Adriatic Croatia, is moving from 40% in Split-Dalmatia to 129% in Istria County. In order to assess the growth of demand in trade and tourism, to assess the load on communal infrastructure at the peak of the tourist season, but also to further emphasize the extreme seasonality of tourism in Croatia, HGK made a calculation that results in an estimate of population growth in coastal counties and stronger tourist centers. In Medulin (a municipality of about 6.000 inhabitants) and Nin (a town with less than 3.000 inhabitants) an expected increase is 469% and 447%, respectively. That means yes population during August increases by about 5,5 times in both places due to the arrivals and overnight stays of tourists. This represents the largest increase among the observed tourist centers in Adriatic Croatia in August.Read this extremely important and interesting analysis in its entirety in the attachment.PRLOG: HGK analysis / Estimation of population increase in the tourist season
Economy, Environment, Human Services, Infrastructure, Innovation, Press Release, Severance Tax Harrisburg, PA – Massive Rebuilding Plan Funded by a Severance Tax Will Prevent Flooding, Eliminate Blight, Expand Broadband to All Pennsylvanians Governor Wolf’s vision for Pennsylvania includes vibrant towns and cities with new development, opportunities in rural and disadvantaged areas, and a modern, interconnected commonwealth.“Over the past four years my administration has worked hard to improve our infrastructure and build strong, stable communities across the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “We’ve made progress, but we still have more work to do.”To achieve these goals, Governor Wolf is announcing a major new infrastructure initiative, Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax. Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four-years in significant, high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.“It is far past time that Pennsylvanians stop allowing our commonwealth to be the only state losing out on the opportunity to reinvest in our communities,” said Governor Wolf. “And as long as that is allowed to continue – my vision of a restored Pennsylvania that is ready to compete in the 21st century economy will never become reality.”Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas outlined below, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about local needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high priority, high impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.High Speed Internet AccessRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding to completely bridge the digital divide in every community in Pennsylvania, making Pennsylvania a better place to work, do business, and live. Grants will be available to support installation of infrastructure to bring high speed internet to every corner of the commonwealth. Funding will support every phase of the process from feasibility testing to connection.Storm Preparedness and Disaster RecoveryCritical Flood Control InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for flood prevention that will protect against severe weather and save homes and businesses in flood prone areas across the state. Restore Pennsylvania will provide funding to help towns and cities prepare for flooding and severe weather, upgrade flood walls and levees, replace high-hazard dams, and conduct stream restoration and maintenance.Helping Families RebuildRestore Pennsylvania will establish a disaster relief trust fund to assist individuals who suffer losses that are not compensated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or other programs.Stormwater InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide grants to municipalities moving forward with Pollutant Reduction Plans to help them implement creative solutions to comply with their stormwater mandates and transform their communities. Additional state funding will reduce the need for new stormwater fees, which have proven unpopular where they have been proposed. Additional incentives will be provided for communities that are working collaboratively with their neighbors to tackle the problem in the most efficient manner possible.Downstream Manufacturing, Business Development, and Energy InfrastructureDownstream Manufacturing: Pad Development, Business Development, Site Selection, and Energy EfficiencyRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for infrastructure that helps build manufacturing facilities and other downstream businesses for the natural gas produced in Pennsylvania while helping businesses and individuals use more of Pennsylvania’s natural gas in their homes, creating jobs, lowering costs, and improving energy efficiency.Getting Natural Gas to BusinessesRestore Pennsylvania will provide increased spending flexibility to ensure that more communities and businesses across the state have access to low-cost, clean-burning natural gas. Restore Pennsylvania will also provide grants to help downstream businesses install combined heat and power and micro-grid systems at existing or new facilities.Demolition, Revitalization, and RenewalBlight Demolition and RedevelopmentRestore Pennsylvania will increase resources for addressing blight by providing financial resources at the local level to establish land banks and acquire and demolish blighted buildings in order to create new development opportunities or provide new green space. The funding will be administered by entities established by the legislature as land banks or demolition funds.Brownfield Clean-UpRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding to ensure the continuation of Pennsylvania’s Brownfields program, ensuring that more sites can be returned to use for recreation, or returned to the tax rolls as commercial, residential, or industrial sites.Contaminant RemediationRestore Pennsylvania will fund expanded efforts to remove lead and other contaminants from communities.Green InfrastructureRestore Pennsylvania will provide significant new funding to enable new environmental projects and new recreational opportunities across the state, including infrastructure and maintenance in state parks, creation and revitalization of new local parks, and funding for new hiking, biking, and ATV trail projects.Transportation Capital ProjectsRestore Pennsylvania will provide funding for local road upgrades, create new flexible funding options for businesses that need local infrastructure upgrades to enable development projects, and multimodal and large-scale capital projects for transit.PA Back RoadsRestore Pennsylvania will accelerate progress of projects to resurface, repave and repair four-digit roads and provide technical assistance and funding for dirt and gravel roads throughout the state.Business OnRampRestore Pennsylvania will create a flexible funding tool to enable capacity upgrades needed to support development where Transportation Infrastructure Investment Funds are not available.Public Transit System ProjectsRestore Pennsylvania will support new capital projects at public transit capital projects throughout the state.Many members of the legislature recognize the need to invest in communities across Pennsylvania.“As the Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee, I appreciate the difficulty behind fairly and effectively raising revenue,” said Rep. Jake Wheatley. “This is a reasonable severance tax, with exciting new ideas on how to maximize our investment. That’s why I’m pleased to be one of the prime sponsors of this legislation, along with looking forward to working with the governor and my Republican colleagues to finally get this done.”“Restore Pennsylvania is a bold and innovative plan to inject billions of dollars into infrastructure projects across the commonwealth through a fair severance tax,” said Senator John Yudichak. “I applaud Governor Wolf for working in a bipartisan fashion to craft a plan that will benefit all Pennsylvanians.”“It is time that we faced our responsibilities honestly and tapped our vast natural gas resources in a way that will allow us to invest in Pennsylvania’s future success,” Rep. Thomas Murt said. “Restore Pennsylvania will help us upgrade transportation infrastructure, fight blight, and address contamination issues like lead and PFAS in my district and throughout the commonwealth.”“We can no longer afford to lose billions of dollars by not having a sensible severance tax on drillers,” said Sen. Tom Killion. “I thank Governor Wolf for his strong leadership on this issue. I am proud to work with Senator Yudichak on passing the governor’s proposal in the senate. Let’s finally get this done for Pennsylvania’s families.”View the full plan here. January 31, 2019 Governor Wolf Outlines Plan to Restore Critical Pennsylvania Infrastructure SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Oyebajo, who died on Tuesday, November 7 at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, few weeks to his 71st birthday and was buried yesterday in Lagos, according to Muslim rites.His death occurred barely four months after the passage of Matthew Jacob, the first Director of PGAN.Oyebajo was one of the four Nigerian caddies selected by Chief Anthony Enahoro and sponsored by Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) in 1968 for a professional training in England.The others are Emmanuel Lawrence, Patrick Okpomu and Festus Makelemi.A year later, they formed the PGAN along with their English instructor, John Nosworthy, with Jacob as the administrator. Oyebajo was the Resident Professional at Ikeja Golf Club.Oyebajo captained West African team against Great Britain in the 1970sHe has trained and mentored several golfers and professional golfers across the country.Some of the prominent people he taught the art of golf included the first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson (rtd), Otunba Olusola Adekanola, Senator Akin Odunsi and Regular Professional Gboyega Oyebanji.Known for his uprightness, Oyebajo was at different times a past Captain of the national team, former Head of Caretaker Committee and former Director of PGAN.While reacting to the news of the death yesterday, present Director of the professional Golfersâ€™ Association of Nigeria, Samson Lawal, said Oyebajoâ€™s death was a big shock to the body.â€œJamiu had a strong character and lived his life for golf. His passion and strong leadership qualities were readily available for the association and individual members to tap free. He was perhaps, the most respected member of PGAN. We will miss him dearly,â€ mourned the PGAN director.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaOne of the founding fathers of the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Jamiu Oyebajo is dead.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Students at Alpena High School interested in the health and science field have a new state–of–the–art piece of equipment to look forward to this fall.The Anatomage table will allow students to view anatomy and physiology more in–depth without the use of a human model.Health Occupation Instructor, Jennie Spomer is excited and already preparing for her fall class.Spomer finds the table to be very effective for learning and feels it will make things clearer for the students.She added that there are many career opportunities for students taking health occupation classes including physical therapy, a dietitian, and even becoming a state certified nurse’s assistantClasses will begin in late August and the course will be taught in both a hybrid and classroom setting while adhering to social distancing guidelines. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alcona Schools new classroom procedures broken up by grade levelsNext Residents vote yes for ambulance millage
Story and photos by Rick GeffkenIt’s easy to miss the small white stone nestled between the flagpoles at Veterans Memorial Park in Highlands. The hill rising near the Shrewsbury River is dominated by the tribute to thousands of 9/11 victims: two imposing bas-relief sculptures, and four engraved boulders. If you happen upon the small white stone you’ll see a bronze plaque inscribed with these few words: “Dedicated to those who made the Supreme Sacrifice in World War II.” The names of 13 Highlands men who died during that long ago conflict follow the inscription.This unimposing tribute to a few deceased veterans did not escape the notice of Walter Guenther of the Highlands Historical Society. He found that the stone was originally in Huddy Park in the Water Witch section of town before it was moved to the park on the corner of Bay and Shrewsbury avenues. He strongly believes these patriots deserve to be remembered today, 71 years after the fighting stopped.Guenther grew up in Highlands after his family moved from Nanuet in New York to Marine Place in the borough in 1943. “It seemed like all the older Highlands men were vets in those days. We played Army as kids in all our parks. I walked right by these names, didn’t know anything about them.”After attending Cornell University and enjoying a career in corporate finance, Walt settled in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. They returned to Highlands every summer to spend time with Walter’s siblings and his mother. A few years ago, he joined the local Historical Society where his parents had been charter members. When he asked other members about the names on the World War II plaque, he was surprised that very little was known about the men. “I’ve always respected vets, though I’m not one myself,” he says. “They gave their lives for their country and we ought to know as much as we can about them.” Thus began his search to honor the service of the forgotten.Walt estimated that at least three generations have passed since World War II, and it was unlikely any of the parents of the 13 were still alive. Who else might know about them? Remaining relatives might not often think about the men who shipped off to the Pacific or to Europe in the 1940’s. Sad memories fade, people move away, old photographs and letter molder away in attics or basements. Maybe some of these servicemen were just summer residents or even unmarried and therefore would have had no family connections at all in the Highlands.Guenther visited the Highlands VFW and the American Legion Post to inquire about the names on the stone. “Nobody seemed to know. Same story when I went to Town Hall.” But he did discover that 265 men and five women from Highlands volunteered or were drafted for military service. “Thirteen deaths out of 270 seemed pretty high to me,” he recalls. Walter started digging in online resources like census records and newspapers. Obituaries for a few of the names yielded tiny biographical details. He found that all 13 were enlisted men, none were officers. One particularly heroic story emerged from Guenther’s investigations. That story revealed a Highlands family devastated by two tragedies.Try as he might, Guenther could not find any military records for Ernest Arnath who died while serving in the Navy. Cross-checking the last name, Walt found that the man’s first name had been transcribed incorrectly. He was Eugene Arnath, and he was a decorated hero.Arnath was a seaman on the USS Sculpin submarine patrolling the waters near Truk Island in the South Pacific in 1943. When a Japanese destroyer discovered it, the sub was subjected to a withering hour of depth charges. Forced to surface, the submariners were easy targets for the destroyer’s guns. The American crew scrambled to defend themselves. Eugene Arnath returned many rounds of fire from the sub’s deck gun until he was hit and killed. His heroism was rewarded with a Bronze Star. Many of his shipmates were killed, a lucky few captured.We can only imagine the devastation on Arnath’s mother, Clara Bloodgood Rugg Arnath, when she received the awful news back in Highlands. Her grief was compounded when, less than a year after Eugene’s loss, another son, from a previous marriage, Charles Rugg, was also killed in combat.Charles Rugg was a rifleman with the US Army’s 29th Infantry, one of the battalions which stormed Normandy Beach in France. Though he hasn’t yet discovered exactly where Charles died, Guenther believes Rugg made it off that beach during the famous invasion of 1944, but was cut down further inland just a few weeks later. Charles Rugg’s remains are with thousands of his comrades in arms in a U.S. cemetery in Normandy. We don’t know if Clara Arnath, a two-time Gold Star Mother – the designation used for women who lost sons during the war – was ever able to visit Charles’s gravesite.At a June meeting of the Highlands Historical Society at the new Community Center, Walt Guenther revealed the personal stories of these men and the seven other deceased soldiers and sailors he has researched. Each deserves mention here:Samuel Parker (Coast Guard), lost at sea in the North Atlantic in 1942George “Red” Hauber (Navy), died during Battle of Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands, 1942Michael “Oats” Patterson, killed in North Africa, 1943Willard Robertson (Army), tank battalion trooper, died in Normandy in 1944Lewis Mount (Army), killed during tank battle in Europe, 1944Edward Minor (Navy), salvage diver lost off Norfolk, Virginia in 1945Robert Matthew (Navy), aviation mechanic, MIA from aircraft carrier, Jan. 1946 (yes, records state his death as after the official armistice.)Guenther is not discouraged that he has uncovered little about Leroy Smith, John M. Greene, Kenneth Furey and John Ryan Jr. The very evening of his talk, a historical society member mentioned she knew relatives of one of the deceased. Someone else gave him a newspaper article with promising leads to follow.“Maybe someone who reads about this in The Two River Times will recall something, too. Or might recognize a last name associated with Highlands in those days,” Guenther says optimistically. Guenther is determined to pursue and publish the stories of these young, brave men.Walt Guenther intends to write a full report on all 13 for the Highlands Historical Society. President Russell Card is confident it will be a valuable document for the society’s archives and all borough residents. “Walt found out so much in such a short time, I just know he’ll do a comprehensive job.” Walt plans to record all he finds on a CD, maybe even a book on the contributions of the men from this small town. “I’m going to give copies to the VFW and American Legion. A couple of generations from now, they won’t have to start from scratch for information on these brave guys.”
It was the Devyn Parker show for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.The senior forward scored a career high 38 points to lead the Bombers to a 67-39 West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball victory over the Salmo Falcons Thursday at the Hangar.Parker was a one-person wrecking crew in the second half as the Bomber senior scored 26 points powering LVR to out score the Falcons 35-10.Jayden Roch added six points while Marley Foot had 12. The Bombers return to the Hangar Friday to co-host the second annual Kootenay Klassic High School Girl’s Basketball Tournament with Mount Sentinel.LVR opens against Boundary Central of Midway at noon Friday.Selkirk Storm of Kimberley meets Nakusp at 2 p.m.At Mount Sentinel the Wildcats host Stanley Humphries Rockers while Prince Charles Comets of Creston plays David Thompson at 2 p.m.The final is noon Saturday at the Hangar.
…no valuation in 2 decades The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC) on Thursday revealed that the reason it is cash-strapped is because of the large amount of debt it is owed by large businesses.According to Town Clerk Royston King, this totals over $4 billion. He informed media operatives that many large business enterprises are guilty of undervaluing their properties and assets, thus ensuring they pay less than they are legally required to.King stated that, in many instances, the business owners are paying a standard domestic rate when in fact they should be paying the commercial rate.“We have an amount outstanding of over $4B owed to this Council by mainly big businesses. Those who neglect to pay their rates and those who are undervaluing their properties so they are paying, for example, the commercial rates of 250 per cent, they’re paying the domestic rate of 40 percent,” the Town Clerk said.King explained that as long as a building is completely constructed, the proprietors would have to contact the Valuation Department, and thereafter the Council would calculate the correct amount of money that has to be paid. Those who do not adhere to these regulations would be hauled before the courts.“The property owners know that once they complete building, that they have to approach the Valuation Department for revaluation, and they have to approach the City Council so that we can calculate the correct amount of taxes or rates that they are expected to pay, and that they go ahead and pay it. In the event that they neglect and refuse to pay it, the matter is taken to the court.”Additionally, King noted that as it relates to a valuation procedure, the council has not had one in some two decades, which leaves a window open for these business owners to continue paying smaller amounts of monies.“The trouble we have (with) the process to recover outstanding sums from defaulters is [that] it is so cumbersome that it serves as a disincentive to the Council, (which) actually collects this money.Instead, it should be a deterrent, instead of serving as a disincentive. By the time you go through the process to actually collect the money and to actually have a judgment, so many years would have passed and so many things would’ve changed,” he said.As such, the M&CC is still required to supply the same quality of services for a lesser quantity of revenue. This, as a result, affects some of the projects which the Council should’ve embarked on, which includes the restoration of City Hall, which is currently in a deplorable state.The Town Clerk further explained, “So we are in a vicious circle, having to supply vital municipal services with very limited money, and we go on and on as the years goes by. We have not had valuation in over two decades, and as a result of that, we are really, really strapped for cash, and that is why some of the things you see, like the physical condition of the City Hall building.It is because the council doesn’t have the money to prepare, restore and preserve the building.”In March of this year, it was reported that the cost of the restoration exercise was estimated at some $400 million, and the project is a collaborative effort between the European Union (EU) and the National Trust of Guyana.
Resurfacing works that have improved a busy section of road between Raphoe and Convoy have been welcomed locally.The works follow the completion last year of the replacement of some 6km of the local mains water pipe network carried out by Irish Water.The new road surface between Convoy and Raphoe.Praising its completion, Councillor Liam Doherty said: “I very much welcome the completion this week of the resurfacing of the Convoy to Raphoe road route.” “This work was very badly needed as the condition of the route was quite poor and had fallen into a state of disrepair, something which was compounded by the completion last year of the pipe replacement programme by Irish Water.“While of course this work was necessary to improve the quality of the drinking water, replacing the local piping network required the excavation of a considerable amount of the roadway above and this – understandably – took its toll on the quality of the road’s surface in the areas affected.“I am therefore delighted that, after much lobbying, that Donegal County Council has this week finally completed the resurfacing of the road between the two towns.”Resurfacing of east Donegal road welcomed locally was last modified: April 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Liam DohertyconvoyRaphoe
Money may not buy you love but it can now buy the comforts of an Emirates lounge.The Dubai giant is allowing members of its Skywards frequent flyer program who do not already have access to its premium lounges to buy their way into the resting places of the elite.But it isn’t cheap.A four-hour stint in an Emirates business class lounge will cost $US100 while a similar stay in its first class facility costs $US200.The offer is only available to Skywards members travelling on the carrier’s flights and guests accompanying eligible business and first class lounge customers.“This has been implemented in response to increasing demand from our valued customers for guest access to our lounges,’’ a spokesman said. “Credit card payments can be made at the lounge check-in counters.”Emirates is among a number of airlines that allow people to buy access to their lounges but there are alternatives.Priority Pass touts access to more than 1000 airport lounges for an annual fee. The basic pass costs $US99 a year but people using this pass must part with a further $US27 to access a lounge for three hours. The $US249 standard plus pass comes with 10 free visits, while the $US359 gives the holder free access.Not all airports have participating lounges but some, such as Singapore’s Changi, have a range of options from which to choose.You can also sign up directly with a lounge operator.Plaza Premium Lounge, for example, has 140 lounges at 35 international airports that offer facilities such as comfortable chairs, showers, food and beverages, television and newspapers.Online reviews of some lounges have been mixed but they are cheaper than Emirates with gift cards offering three visits at $US147, five visits $US219 and 10 visits at $US349.Credit cards provide another way into airport loungesEligible American Express cardholders get free access to a network of high-standard lounges the operates in the US and international locations such as Sydney, Mumbai and Buenos Aires. The free entry is limited to higher-end cards and in some cases to two visits a year. Diners Club also runs a lounge program with access to more than 700 lounges worldwide.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After grabbing international media headlines last winter, the Ohio Pork Council is pleased to launch their new-and-improved Bacon Vending Machine at Ohio Stadium just in time for football season. The Bacon Vending Machine was available for the first home game of the season for Buckeye fans to purchase ready-to-eat bacon, while supplies last, at Ohio Stadium all season long.“The Ohio Pork Council is proud to support Ohio State Athletics and could not think of a more fitting location to launch our new Bacon Vending Machine than Ohio Stadium,” said Nathan Schroeder, District 1 Director, a pig farmer from Putnam County, Ohio. “Thanks to the Bacon Vending Machine, fans can cheer the Buckeyes on to victory with a classic game day favorite — bacon.”Developed in collaboration with Innovative Vending Solutions, the custom machine features a variety of ready-to-eat bacon for fans to enjoy at an affordable price. The modern machine also features a touch screen interface with educational videos and facts about Ohio’s pig farming community on display — enabling consumers to learn more about responsibly raised pork.“In partnership with the We Care initiative, the Bacon Vending Machine serves as a unique conversation piece for Ohio’s pig farmers to educate consumers about their commitment to responsible animal care and providing quality pork products,” Schroeder said.The Ohio Pork Council invites Buckeye fans to visit the Bacon Vending Machine, located near section 37A in the south stands, at each home game for the remainder of the season.For more information about Ohio’s pig farming community, visit www.OhioPork.org.