Hamilton, Fun Home & More Pick Up 2016 Grammy Nominations

first_img View Comments Nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were announced on December 7, and five Broadway cast recordings have been nominated for Best Musical Theater Album.This year’s nominees are Hamilton (Atlantic), Fun Home (PS Classics), An American in Paris (Masterworks Broadway), The King and I (Universal Music Classics) and Something Rotten! (Ghostlight).Traditionally, select nominees from the Musical Theater category perform during the pre-show ceremony, when a majority of the awards are presented. However, as Hamilton continues to burst the Broadway bubble and appear on several charts beyond Cast Album, an appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda and his co-stars on primetime TV would leave us satisfied.As is often the case, the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category is stuffed with nominees boasting musical theater ties. The nominees include Josh Groban’s Stages, which features musical theater staples and a duet with Audra McDonald and Kelly Clarkson, Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap for The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, Seth MacFarlane’s No One Ever Tells You, which includes show tunes and Great American Songbook selections, plus My Dream Duets from Barry Manilow, which pairs the crooner with several late performers, including Judy Garland.The 58th Grammy Awards will air on February 15, 2016 on CBS.last_img read more

Agency of Transportation begins testing TowPlow

first_img‘The Agency is looking forward to seeing the results of testing this equipment during a storm’ noted Scott Rogers, Director of Operations for VTrans. ‘We are always looking to improve our service for Vermonters and are focused on becoming more effective and efficient. We hope new technology such as this can help us better achieve our goals.’If the results of an initial test are positive, the Agency may look to test the equipment in other parts of the state for the remainder of the winter season.The TowPlow is a steerable snowplow trailer equipped with a 26-foot plow and a granular spreader. In conjunction with a standard plow truck, the combination is able to plow a 24-foot pathway ‘ the width of two typical traffic lanes. This allows the truck and TowPlow combination to cover as much ground as two standard plow trucks. This equipment, if successfully deployed, could allow the Agency to adjust its approach to snow and ice control on Vermont’s interstate highways.In the initial test, the TowPlow and plow truck combination will be deployed during normal hours (4 am to 10 pm) to clear the travel lane and breakdown lane. During night patrols (10 pm to 4 am) the TowPlow and plow truck combination may be used to clear the passing lane and travel lane. During the first few test runs, the TowPlow and plow truck combination will be followed by a VTrans pickup with flashing strobes.Drivers are advised to use caution when approaching or passing the TowPlow and plow truck combination. The Vermont Agency of Transportation announced today that it will begin testing a TowPlow as part of its ongoing effort to explore new technologies to improve winter maintenance operations during heavy snow events. The new equipment test will take place during the next few storm events along I-89, northbound and southbound, between Brookfield (mile marker 35) and Berlin (mile marker 50).last_img read more

Conservation: Access vs. Preservation?

first_img“Imagine only two groups allowed in the Empire State Building or the Eiffel Tower each day,” said one local. “Or only ten people can stand at the ocean’s edge and watch the sun set over the curve of the earth. This is the equivalent to what you are proposing.”   For now, any solution that keeps public lands from being destroyed, damaged, or sold to private interests is a win. But how will the outdoor community respond when crowds and human waste necessitate a climbing ban at a beloved crag? Or when threats to endangered wildlife require camping closures in Shenandoah or Pisgah? It may not be as simple as chaining the gates.  “There have always been stakeholders that come to conservation measures with different perspectives,” he said. For him, any voice advocating conservation is a good one. While the end result may be a debate over access and preservation (a debate he thinks is worth having), Sterling says we need to get there first.  While most large conservation and outdoor groups oppose the legislation—including the International Mountain Biking Coalition (IMBA)—it’s an obvious crack in the otherwise steadfast unity of the outdoor industry when it comes to land protection, and a clear example of preservation taking a back seat to recreational access. The Sustainable Trails Coalition, a biking organization campaigning for the legislation, has left no questions about its motive: Its members want access to wilderness, and they are willing to partner with traditionally anti-public lands Republican lawmakers to get it.  Fighting a way in The Wilderness Act—one of the most important and preservation-focused laws ever—has banned any kind of “mechanical transport” in wilderness areas. If you want to explore a designated wilderness, you can’t use a mountain bike or any other machine, limiting the potential damage and impact to the land. But two bills before Congress—H.R. 1349 and its Senate partner S. 2877—are trying to change that. The bills propose a change to the Wilderness Act allowing some forms of human-powered mechanical vehicles like strollers, wheelchairs, and bicycles.  “Frankly, I don’t care whether an individual wants to ride their mountain bike or wants to protect the species on that land,” said Sterling. For him, advocacy is advocacy and, at least at this point, most everyone is on the same team.  The two clauses of that charge—to preserve the land, as well as to allow people to enjoy it—might not have seemed at odds in a time of simpler conservation ethics, fewer tourists, and no mountain bikes, drones, or RVs. But today, there is a fierce tug of war over what exactly the purpose of land protection should be. Are we protecting our lands to preserve the scenery and wildlife in its natural form? Or do we protect it simply so that we can have beautiful mountains in which to ride singletrack and clip bolts? “The service’s purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”  Responses to the proposed quotas were decidedly bent toward access. Most were opposed to quotas, permit fees, or any effort to limit their access to publicly owned lands.  The permit solution  “I think it’s inevitable that we’re going to see more access regulations as more people spend their days on public land,” he said. “The Forest Service and other agencies have a mandate to manage those lands sustainably. I don’t love that my local wilderness areas have gotten so crowded that they need to add these restrictions, but I don’t oppose it.” In the end, Forest Service officials scaled back their proposal and implemented a seasonal, limited-entry quota system at select trailheads. In their final decision, the forest supervisors wrote, “We believe the selected alternative…best meets the purpose and need to manage visitor use to reduce recreation-related impacts and to protect and enhance wilderness character.” As more people venture outdoors, impacts from increased use have become an urgent issue.  The tug-of-war over public lands   Even climber-advocacy groups like The Access Fund took a pro-access stance: “We support proposed changes for overnight-use permits under Alternative 4, however we oppose the implementation of any online system to administer limited entry day-use permits which would limit climbers’ ability to access the Wilderness areas.” Excess human and dog waste, illegal trails, damage to rare and endangered species, trash at trailheads and campsites, and crowded summits have prompted the U.S. Forest Service Officials in Oregon to propose a quota system for portions of the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests. By limiting the number of people who can enter certain areas at certain times of the year, the Forest Service aimed to explicitly limit access in favor of preserving the land.  Does it matter? Do our motivations really matter as long as land is being protected? Not to John Sterling, Executive Director of the Conservation Alliance.  The National Park Service was created rather quietly in 1916 by a relatively unknown piece of legislation called the Organic Act. Taking up just over a page in the Federal Register, it was a benign administrative reorganization that called for a small subsection of the Department of the Interior to be known as the National Park Service, charging it with, as it would turn out, a somewhat paradoxical task: Especially today, as the battle for national monuments intensifies and activists clash, an unspoken question lingers: why exactly are we protecting public lands? Is conservation more shallow than we think?  Maybe that tug-of-war between keeping our public lands accessible while ensuring their beauty and wildlife stick around for generations to come was what the architects of the Organic Act had in mind all along.last_img read more

Court retools professionalism program course requirements

first_img June 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Court retools professionalism program course requirements Mark D. Killian Managing Editor To establish a basic level of professionalism, the Supreme Court has amended Bar rules to require new Bar members — even those in government service — to take the Young Lawyers Division’s Practicing With Professionalism program.Originally set up in 1988 as a mandatory basic skills course — Bridge-the-Gap — to ensure newly admitted lawyers had an opportunity to begin their careers with some practical understanding of the practice of law, it has evolved over the years to focus on professionalism and ethics issues. The court acted May 12 in response to a Bar petition to amend the rules to reflect that reality. Case no. SC04-914.The court amended the rules to codify that the PWP will be one day in length (the old Bridge-the-Gap was a two-day program) and allow new lawyers to complete the course up to 12 months before admission to the Bar (formerly eight) or 12 months after being admitted. The court also changed the rules to increase the required number of elective, basic substantive CLE programs offered by the YLD from two to three that new members’ must take durring their initial three-year CLE reporting cycle.“I think this is a big victory for all Florida lawyers because the court finally in an opinion identified professionalism as a compelling interest,” said YLD President Michael Faehner, adding the division will work with representatives from government lawyers groups to fine-tune the specifics of the professionalism program.The division also will begin discussions about putting on more basic-level substantive courses to meet the anticipated greater demand, Faehner said.In its petition, the Bar said much of the prior criticism directed toward the PWP was that it contained too much substantive material that was inapplicable to many lawyers’ practices, particularly those of government lawyers. The Bar contended that by reducing the PWP to one day and eliminating the substantive materials, the professionalism and ethics portions could be refocused to apply to all new lawyers, regardless of their practice.“Because the amount of time that new Bar members spend in a course dedicated to ethics and professionalism has been reduced, we conclude that it is logical to compensate for the time taken out of the PWP by requiring attendance at an additional basic YLD course, where the attorney can select the most relevant subject matter,” the court said.The court also amended the rules to no longer to exempt full-time government employees from attending the PWP, but did adopt a “grandfather clause” that leaves the deferral in place for certain government employees and exempts others from the PWP altogether. The rules now provide that full-time government employees who were deferred from the PWP requirement at the time of the amendment to the rule continue to be eligible for the deferment as long as they continuously remain in government practice. Those employees who were deferred from the PWP requirement at the time of the amendment to the rule and had already or thereafter served for six years in governmental practice are also granted the exemption.As amended, the rule continues to allow full-time government employees to defer the requirement that they attend three basic YLD courses. However, the rules were further changed to completely exempt from the three basic YLD courses those members who have been continuously engaged in the practice of law for a Florida or federal governmental entity as a full-time employee for a period of at least six years.“In eliminating the deferral of government employees from the PWP requirement, we find that the Bar has a compelling interest in informing its new members of vital information and explanations necessary for the practice of law in Florida,” the court said. “Further, we conclude that in order for government lawyers to receive the best professionalism training possible, they must hear the views of private sector lawyers.”The court said the purpose of the revisions is to foster a community of professionalism that transcends practice area. Court retools professionalism program course requirementslast_img read more


first_img Letters Diversity As a speaker at the recent Bar diversity symposium, I’d like to address some of the concerns expressed in a June 15 letter to the News. My remarks at the symposium concerning surveys did not suggest that the Bar need concern itself with “the sexual habits of lawyers in the name of diversity.” Rather, as noted in the final report, “it will be difficult to mirror society without knowing our current composition.” Thus, the report concluded, “a survey must include all categories of diversity identified at the symposium.”Although sexual orientation was one of the categories identified by the first diversity symposium, the survey of voluntary bars undertaken in response did not include the only gay/lesbian bars listed in the Bar Journal directory. Moreover, the bars chosen were not presented with a single question about discrimination based on sexual orientation.Any written survey requires voluntary self-identification. This admittedly presents challenges and, in a culture where discrimination may result from identification, some will choose not to respond. But that is no more reason to exclude gay and lesbian attorneys than it is to ignore other categories that may require self-identification — the disabled or ethnically diverse lawyers, for example.I do not recall any suggestion of “lowering expectations or standards in the name of inclusion. . . . ”A 1994 study by the Los Angeles County Bar showed that gay or lesbian attorneys earn substantially less than their heterosexual counterparts. Similarly, in its 1999 survey, a Washington, D.C., task force found that while 38.4 percent of heterosexuals were earning $150,000 or more, only 19.6 percent of lesbian and gay lawyers did so. The task force also found gays and lesbians continue to be under-represented as partners, which has negative consequences in terms of compensation as well as advancement. In Washington state, officials worked, consulted, and studied for two years before producing their landmark report, In Pursuit of Equality : The report of The King County Bar Task Force on Lesbian and Gay Issues in the Legal Profession (1995). That study concluded, “The current state of affairs is a disgrace.”In January 2001, the California Judicial Council Access and Fairness Advisory Committee became the first state to comprehensively evaluate sexual orientation as it relates to the courts. The results were shocking:• One out of every five court employee respondents heard derogatory terms, ridicule, snickering, or jokes about gay men or lesbians in open court, with the comments being made most frequently by judges, lawyers, or court employees.• 32 percent of court employees heard ridicule, snickering, or jokes about lesbians and gay men in settings other than open court.• 28 percent reported hearing negative comments and 21 percent heard derogatory terms about gay men or lesbians.• 48 percent of court employees who observed negative actions or heard negative comments in open court took no action in response.• 56 percent of gay and lesbian court users in a contact in which sexual orientation became an issue did not want to state their sexual orientation , and 38 percent felt threatened in the courtroom setting because of their sexual orientation.If our noble profession countenances discrimination against any class of persons, let it be a choice made with knowledge. History can then judge the decisions we make armed with that knowledge. That was my point at the symposium. Larry D. Smith Maitland July 15, 2005 Letters letterslast_img read more

US credit unions locked in cyber battle with their regulator

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Sarah N. LynchA common question asked of people in positions of power is what keeps them up at night.For Debbie Matz, the head regulator for 6,350 of the nation’s credit unions, it’s an easy answer: a cyber hacker sneaking in through a credit union vendor, cracking through to the larger U.S. financial system and wreaking havoc along the way.For years, Matz has warned about a general vulnerability of third-party vendors in U.S. financial markets, with little success.But the rise of cyber attacks, particularly the massive breach at Target Corp that reportedly exploited a data connection between the retailer and its heating and ventilation systems contractor, has given new urgency to Matz’s call.last_img read more

NAFCU joins suit against FCC

first_imgA federal appeals court judge is allowing NAFCU to enter a suit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s order on Telephone Consumer Protection Act prohibitions on autodialed calls to account holders. NAFCU will participate in a joint brief to be filed Dec. 2.The association filed its motion to intervene in September and now becomes a party in the petition filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeking a review of the FCC order. The order responds to 19 petitions from various businesses and organizations that, among other things, sought clarification of FCC rule changes under TCPA that took effect in 2013. The various petitions are being consolidated.The FCC order allows a narrow exemption for certain autodialed calls to address potential account fraud or identity theft. However, NAFCU is asserting the order is too broad in its definition of what qualifies as an autodialer.The association is concerned that the order could lead credit unions to cease important communications with members about their accounts over fear of inadvertently violating the rule. It is participating in this litigation against the FCC to help protect credit unions’ right to communicate with their members and preserve the institutions’ unfettered ability to alert members when necessary to protect their accounts and information. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events April 2 – 8

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Coal ChamberThe band has gone through several notable changes since its birth more than two decades ago, not unlike many successful bands, but despite the ups and downs Coal Chamber has remained deeply popular among its loyal fan base. The metal-goth hellraisers, who banded together in Los Angeles in 1993, retooled after a brief hiatus and is now back to producing powerful tracks and even more impressive live performances. Warming up the crowd are Filter, CombiChrist, American Head Charge, Saint Ridley. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30. 6 p.m. April 2.Eve to AdamThis New York-based quintet, which credits Guns ’N’ roses, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters as major influences, has earned high praise for its hard rock-style music. Founded in 1999, the band is bringing a wealth of experience to LI for what its fans can only assume will be a powerful and delirious performance. Opening the show are I Exit, NFU, Afterburn. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $10. 7 p.m. April 2.Funkin’ APerhaps no one on Long Island does funk like Funkin’ A. The eight-piece band of skilled—and all uniquely talented—musicians deliver a fun-filled (and did we say unique?) sound that you can’t help but groove to. What’s more, the band is made up of homegrown Long Islanders who enjoy LI’s live music scene as much as the revelers who fill up local venues throughout the year. Funk yea! (Yep, we went there.) The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free. 8 p.m. April 2.Black Label SocietyThis heavy metal band from the West Coast has been tearing it up for years, producing multiple studio albums and unleashing thunderous live performances in cities across America. Now, the band’s LI fans will get a chance to witness Black Label Society’s spirited and mind-blowing performances firsthand. The opening act is Wino. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com$22-$45. 8 p.m., Apr. 3.OrgyJoin this “death pop” metal band from L.A. as they embark on their “Sick Talk Tour.” Listen in rapt attention as lead singer (and Orgy-founder) Jay Gordon unleashes the vocal mastery you first heard in their first hit, the incredible remake of “Blue Monday.” Getting the party started are 9Electric, Death Valley High, Level 2.0, Candy Brain and Electric Caves. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 7:30 p.m. April 3.Brownshoe Jazz EnsembleThis five-piece jazz ensemble will warm up this cool spring weather. With original songs, vocalist Jeff Lange seduces the crowd while Jim Satten and Dave Ice produce profound melodies that are punctuated by the perfect piano playing of Joe Roberts. Drummer Robert LaMonica keeps the beat, ensuring that all who venture out to toe-tap along will have a fabulous, jazz-filled evening. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. April 3.Ranger Powers’ Live Animal ShowNo, not those multi-colored superheroes morphin’ and battlin’ evil using magical powers and Zords! Ranger Eric Powers engages children in educational discussions about animals, nature, and the environment, and introduces them to hedgehogs, skunks, tarantulas, tortoises and snakes. Now that’s a true superhero, with true magic, and plenty of critters to usher in some positivity and light! Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson. northhempsteadny.gov $5. 2 p.m. April 4.Michael BoltonIf you can remember when Michael Bolton’s curly gold locks flowed down to his shoulders, then you know how long this quintessential American performer has been crooning—and grooming—since he started singing in New Haven’s seedier bars as a teenage heartthrob. These days, some 53 million album sales later, he’s a little more close-cropped, but his booming voice can still blow the roof off any concert hall. The guy’s got some pipes that others can only dream about. How does he do it? He tells all in his new memoir, The Soul of It All: My Music, My Life. When you come to think of it, MB and his music are truly inseparable. You can’t have one, without the other. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $50.50-$110.50. 8 p.m. Apr. 4.All Time LowThis gushy foursome from Towson, Maryland have been toying with girls’ tender hearts since 2003 when they first formed in high school. They’ve practically been touring ever since, but they never hit bottom—despite their name, which they took from a lyric by New Found Glory—nor do they ever reach the end of the road, just the end of their last song before launching into another. With Alex Gaskarth on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jack Barakat on lead and backing vocals, Zack Merrick on bass and backing vocals, and Rian Dawson on drums, they’ll be rocking out with all the emo pop-punk power they can muster. And when everybody comes together in the dark, they’ll light up the night with their sparks! Pre-order their new EP, “Future Hearts.” Extended acoustic performance and autograph signing presented by Looney Tunes. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com 6 p.m. April 6.Lorraine BraccoThis actress and author will sign her new book, To The Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Rejuvenate, and Be The Best You Can Be. In it, she presents her Clean Up Your Act Program, a comprehensive plan to help women over 40 look and feel younger. The program includes an intensive liver cleanse to reboot the body to start fresh on the path to optimal health by eliminating gluten, sugar, eggs and dairy. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. April 7.HopperThis is not the tale of Terance Hopper, the Nassau County whistleblower who shed much-needed light on the county’s dilapidated, neglected and mismanaged sewage treatment plants Cedar Creek and Bay Park (for that, CLICK HERE, HERE and HERE). A contemporary re-imagining of Grimm’s The Frog Prince, this is a story of two disparate teens trying to navigate the road of adolescence without any clear guide but their own hearts. The musical, infused with a pop-rock score, was written by Adelphi University Department of English Associate Professor and award-winning Off-Broadway playwright Anton Dudley (City Of at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Getting Home). Runs through April 12. Olmsted Theatre, Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, One South Ave., Garden City. $20. 7:30 p.m. April 7.Robby Krieger of The DoorsOne of Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, songwriter and guitar-maestro Robby Krieger comes to Long Island to awe, entertain and strum. This former Doors musician is credited with co-writing some of the most iconic tunes of all time, including “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times” and “Love Her Madly.” Break on through to the Paramount to catch this amazing performance. With Special Guest Vocalist Waylon Krieger; “An Evening of The Doors Greatest Hits.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $19.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. Apr. 7.One-Eyed DollThis goth-punk duo from Austin, Texas is out on their Witches tour celebrating the release of their latest album, which features lyrics based on court documents from the original Salem witch trials. “It’s meant to be listened to in one sitting, from beginning to end, like a movie,” says Kimberly Freeman, the uniquely talented vocalist, guitarist and visionary—part pixie, part vampiress—who teamed up with Jason “Junior” Sewell on drums about nine years ago. Their live set is both “heavy/sinister and sweet/vulnerable,” as they put it. In their tongue-in-cheek love song “Crush,” Freeman sings about how much she’d like to cut off her new boyfriend’s skin so she could turn him into covers and stay forever close to him, and if anybody dared to say anything unkind about him, she’d set their house on fire. Such demented devotion is heartfelt indeed! And coming from one of “The Top 20 Most Extraordinary Female Guitarists,” according to Guitar Player Magazine—Revolver, the “World’s Loudest Rock Magazine,” called her the “Hottest Chick In Hard Rock”—that’s certainly saying something. More darkly entertaining delights for their die-hard fans (and novitiates) lie in wait. With Halo to Havoc, Life After Death, Plague of Humanity and Discipline Theory. Amityville Music Hall, 189 Broaway, Amityville. $13, $15 DOS. 7 p.m. April 8.Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jaime Franchi, Rashed Mian, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

An absurd decision that got the landlords on their feet

first_imgWhat would be logical and fair is to release the landlords from the first installment of the lump sum if by 31.07. they did not have an overnight stay, as well as those who checked out their capacities, so they should be exempted from paying the tourist tax for 2020. Exceptionally, for providers of accommodation services in households and family farms from the City of Zagreb, Krapina-Zagorje and Zagreb counties where no overnight stay was recorded in 2020, the calculation of the first installment of the annual lump sum tourist tax for 2020 was not initiated, taking into account the negative consequences of the earthquake. On March 22, 2020, it hit Zagreb and its wider surroundings. Also, Velenik states the whole chronology of the story. Circular letter to the offices of municipal and city tourist boards sent from the Main Office of the CNTB, which we transmit in full: We would also like to inform you that on 31 July 2020 the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the annual lump sum membership fee for persons providing catering services in households and on family farms and on the Tourist Board forms for paying membership fees to the tourist board was published in the Official Gazette. a settlement will be launched in the coming days, of which you will be informed in detail after it is visible within the eVisitor system. ” You will be notified in a timely manner of further steps related to the calculation of the remaining two installments of the annual lump sum tourist tax due on 31 August and 30 September 2020. “Dear colleagues,following the letter of 17 July 2020 in which we informed you and the initiation of the calculation of the annual flat rate of tourist tax for providers of accommodation in households and family farms for 2020, below we inform you about the change related to the calculation. “I checked out the accommodation in July and had no traffic, and I still got a charge of the Lump sum and Membership fee for the whole of 2020.”Is just one of the landlords’ answers to this absurd move by the CNTB. Even though they didn’t spend a single night, even though they checked out – they still have to pay the debt that was waiting for them in the eVisitor system. Although it is quite clear to everyone that this Decision is absurd and illogical, especially at the current time of the covid19 pandemic, we expect the statement of the main officials, MINT and CNTB, as soon as possible, the urgent adoption of a new Ordinance on the manner of collection of the lump sum of the sojourn tax (regardless of vacations) and instructions on how renters should behave in this situation. Communication and argumentative discussion is the key, and that is where we fall the most. Taking into account additional consultations with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, conclusions from the coordination meetings of the Croatian Tourist Board with the system of tourist boards held in July 2020 and the arguments of tourist boards regarding the method of calculating the annual lump sum tourist tax for 2020, we inform you that on 31 July In 2020, the calculation of the first installment of the lump sum in question was initiated, the due date of which is 31 July 2020 for all providers of accommodation services in the household and on the family farm, regardless of whether they recorded an overnight stay in 2020. ISTRIAN TOURIST BOARDS REBELLED AGAINST CNTB DECISION Regardless of whether the renters have made overnight stays so far, some have even checked out the accommodation because they had no traffic, the Croatian National Tourist Board demands that all renters pay a lump sum in full for 2020. center_img Although the CNTB held regional meetings with certain county tourist boards, there is noise in communication, as some local tourist boards have been informed, and some have not, about this decision. At least according to the current information I have. It is the local tourist boards that are currently under the “attack” of angry renters on a daily basis, their citizens. And the most important question: Why did no one communicate with the landlords before making such a decision? The CNTB’s decision was first revolted by Istrian tourist boards, which sent a joint letter on August 04th, asking for such a decision to be annulled. That is why the director of the Poreč Tourist Board, Nenad Velenik, convened a press conference, since they are called every day by shocked people and renters, reports IstraTeeraMagica.eu It is also important to point out that the calculation of the first installment of the annual lump sum of the tourist tax was initiated for taxpayers who obtained a decision to cease providing accommodation in the household in 2020 as well as for those who reduced capacity in accommodation facilities due to that as of 1 January 2020, the Ordinance on the method of collecting the lump sum of the sojourn tax of persons providing accommodation services in households and peasant households is no longer in force (OG 92/09 and 110/16). We kindly ask you to inform the payers of the lump sum in question in your area about this notice. It is not disputed that those renters who had a turnover pay a lump sum, but for those who did not have a single overnight stay, and who checked out before 01.07. its capacity is more than absurd. Needless to say, this is an extraordinary year and tourist season caused by the covid pandemic19. A key question arises, which is obviously the reason for this situation and disagreement, why no new one was adopted Ordinance on the method of collecting the lump sum of the sojourn tax? Especially in this extraordinary situation, which would define all the doubts, even legal obstacles. Of course, the problems are much deeper, from mistrust between everyone in the tourism sector, poor communication without open argumentative discussion and constructive dialogue between the public and private sectors. “According to the decision of the Ministry of Tourism, the flat-rate tourist tax was reduced by 19% for everyone due to COVID 50, and the announcement of the payment for an extra bed was forgiven. Our landlords had to pay the reduced tourist tax in 3 installments: 31.07., 31.08. and 30.09. The CNTB asks us by e-mail of July 17 to inform private landlords that those who have not had overnight stays by July 31.07 will not have the obligation to pay the 1st installment. The same e-mail mentions that we will inform them in a timely manner for the other 2 installments. However, in the e-mail we received from the CNTB on 3.08. specified mail from 17.07. refutes with the remark that the 1st installment for which the deadline expired (July 31.07) will have to be paid regardless of whether the landlords had a recorded overnight stay or not ” Velenik points out. Many landlords have already paid new debts, so that they do not have to pay interest. Many renters are in a difficult financial situation, not all have 10 or more apartments and large financial stocks. “All of us (local tourist boards of Istria) sent a letter to the CNTB asking them to reconsider the decision because they put us in a situation where we have about 50 angry landlords who threaten us to the point that we will have to provide security services. to protect ourselves”Pointed out Velenik and emphasized that no one contacted the local tourist boards regarding this decision of the CNTB, nor did they ask them for their opinion. Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

Scientists say France could lose control of virus ‘at any moment’

first_imgFrance could “at any moment” lose control over the spread of the coronavirus, the government’s COVID-19 scientific council warned Tuesday as official data showed the first rise in intensive care patients since April.In an opinion prepared for policy-makers, the council warned “the virus has recently been circulating more actively, with an increased loss of distancing and barrier measures” since France emerged from a strict two-month lockdown in May.”The balance is fragile and we can change course at any time to a less controlled scenario like in Spain, for example,” it said. ‘Probable second wave’ The rate of confirmed infections has exceeded 1,000 per day since late July.Prime Minister Jean Castex on Monday urged France “not to let down its guard” in order to prevent a new national lockdown.”We are seeing an increase in the figures for the epidemic which should make us more attentive than ever,” Castex said.Paris and the southern city of Toulouse joined the ranks of local authorities  taking steps to oblige people to wear masks outdoors in certain situations, on top of the national requirement to cover up in shops and other shared spaces indoors.Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo had urged the city’s police prefect to use his powers to make masks compulsory in busy outdoors spaces such as the banks of the Seine river, open-air markets and around train stations.The scientific council said the government’s response to a “probable second wave” of coronavirus infections will have to be different to the first.It urged the authorities to put in place “prevention plans” for the largest and most densely-populated metropolitan areas, with localized home-confinement strategies to be tightened or loosened in step with epidemic development.However the culture ministry confirmed that audiences of up to 5,000 will be allowed at events under “certain conditions” such as mask-wearing from August 15.Yonathan Freund, an emergency doctor at Paris’s Pitie-Salpetriere hospital, is among experts to caution against over-reacting.”The situation in France today does not justify saying there has been a worsening,” he told AFP.”If there are 1,000 cases per day, it is because the virus is still in circulation, and it is normal,” he said.Epidemiologist Antoine Flahault said the focus of authorities seems to have shifted from preventing another run on hospital beds — an acceptable risk approach — to suppressing virus circulation to the lowest possible level, or a doctrine of “zero risk”. And the council warned of a possible “resumption of circulation of the virus at a high level” by autumn 2020, after the August summer holidays.In the short term, retaining control is largely in the hands of citizens, it said.The message was underscored by President Emmanuel Macron who urged the public on Tuesday to remain “vigilant” and continue applying anti-infection measures such as keeping a safe distance from others, regular hand-washing, and wearing masks in public spaces.Data released by the health department on Monday showed the number of people in intensive care had risen by 13 over the weekend, breaking a downward trend observed since April, when strict stay-at-home orders were in force. It rose by another four on Tuesday to a total of 388. Topics : Twenty-nine new deaths were reported over the same period, bringing the country’s toll to 30,294.At the height of the outbreak in April, more than 7,100 people were receiving intensive care in French hospitals, which had 5,000 intensive care beds available when the crisis hit.Thousands of confirmed new infections were registered last week, prompting some cities and regions to impose local restrictions amid reports of people ignoring social distancing and public mask-wearing guidelines.last_img read more