Cover Crops Help Warm Up and Dry Out Fields

first_img SHARE Previous articleASA Praises House Passage of Energy and Water Appropriations BillNext articleSome Farm Bureau Wins during 2015 Indiana Session Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cover Crops Help Warm Up and Dry Out Fields Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Name Sym Last Change Facebook Twitter How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 By Gary Truitt – May 4, 2015 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Cover Crops Help Warm Up and Dry Out FieldsHans KokCold and wet field conditions have slowed planting progress this spring, but the use of cover crops can help warm up and dry out a field faster. More and more Indiana farmers are planting cover crops in the fall to hold topsoil in place and to improve soil health. Hans Kok, with the Indiana Conservation Partnership, says cover crops are helping to warm up and dry out fields faster this spring, “We have research that shows fields with cover crops are warmer than fields without. I think it is because of all the biological activity going on underground. Earthworms moving around and microbes getting active.” He added many no-till farmers report that, in side by side tests, fields with cover crops are several degrees warmer.In addition, farmers who let their cover crops stand a little later in the spring will find the crops are taking up water, helping to dry out fields faster. Thus, Kok said growers should not be in too big of a hurry to kill off their cover crops, “It is fine to let them stay in the field for a while. In fact, you can plant corn or soybeans right into the cover crop and then come back and kill the cover crop later.” He said some adjustments may need to be made to the planter; but, in this late spring, it is OK to plant before the cover crop is removed.Some cover crops did not do well this winter because of the harsh, cold temperatures. Kok told HAT this year there was an abnormally high level of winter kill, “I have seen fields with green cover crops and some that looked streaky. I have also seen some fields where the cover crops were almost all dead.” He speculates that, in addition to the harsh winter, low nitrogen levels in some fields at the end of last year may have also contributed to the winter kill. He said more research is needed in this area. STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe Facebook Twitter Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Cover Crops Help Warm Up and Dry Out Fields Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 All quotes are delayed snapshotslast_img read more

Shots fired at journalist’s home in Sardinia

first_img News News ItalyEurope – Central Asia Organisation Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Follow the news on Italy ItalyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Receive email alerts October 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Shots fired at journalist’s home in Sardinia to go furthercenter_img November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia IReporters Without Borders today condemned a shooting attack in the early hours of 21 October on the home of journalist Giovanni Maria Sedda in Gavoi, a village near Nuoro, in Sardinia. Six shots were fired at the front door just before 1:00 am. Sedda was at home but neither he nor anyone else was hurt.Stressing that the attack could have serious consequences, Reporters Without Borders called on the local authorities to do everything possible to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.The correspondent in Nuoro for the Sardinian daily La Nuova Sardegna, Sedda told Reporters Without Borders he was sure the attack was an act of intimidation linked to his work. He recently wrote about brawl that took place during a party in Gavoi on the night of 11 October in which a group of inebriated individuals stabbed a man. A witness’s car was subsequently vandalised. People in the village held a march against violence on 20 October. Help by sharing this information December 2, 2020 Find out more News News November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Knight scores 21 to lift Southern Utah over Montana 64-63

first_img Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — John Knight III had 21 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 2.6 seconds left, and Southern Utah beat Montana 64-63 in a Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.Maizen Fausett had 14 points and Harrison Butler added eight rebounds for Southern Utah. Tevian Jones, who entered averaging 19.5 points per game, was held to three points on 1-of-7 shooting. Knight also grabbed nine rebounds.Josh Vazquez had 14 points for the Grizzlies. Vazquez tied it at 63 with 31 seconds left. December 3, 2020 /Sports News – Local Knight scores 21 to lift Southern Utah over Montana 64-63 Written by Tags: Big Sky/John Knight III/Montana Grizzlies/SUU Thunderbirds Basketballlast_img read more

Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus concludes Portsmouth visit

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus concludes Portsmouth visit View post tag: HNLMS Walrus Authorities Royal Dutch Navy submarine HNLMS Walrus paid a weekend visit to Portsmouth, UK, becoming the first submarine in two years to visit the Royal Navy base.Walrus is on the return leg of her operational sea training which she is undergoing after completing a dry-dock maintenance in 2017.Prior to entering Portsmouth, Walrus made a port call in Cork, Ireland, early February.The 62 crew have been training with HMS Argyll, HMS Montrose, RFA Tidespring, 820 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) and HNoMS Helge Ingstad off the coast of Plymouth as part of their training with the Royal Navy’s flag officer sea training (FOST) organization.Lt Cdr Jan-Willem Vroegop, the commanding officer of HNLMS Walrus, said: “We are here in Portsmouth for some rest and recreation. For the past three weeks we have been working with FOST.“During those exercises we’ve been acting as a hostile submarine, so our main task was to search for the frigates and the main target, RFA Tidespring in order to test the boat and her crew.“We work with the Royal Navy quite a lot, training with FOST; usually we go to Plymouth but sometimes we come to Portsmouth.”The Walrus, which was commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1992, is equipped with four 21-inch torpedo tubes and 20 Honeywell torpedoes, with the boat specialising in stealth missions. The vessel is a diesel submarine, is 68 metres in length and can remain submerged for very long periods.HMNLS Walrus spent the weekend in Portsmouth before resuming her training off the South Coast exercise areas. She is due to return home in March. February 20, 2018 View post tag: FOSTcenter_img View post tag: Dutch Navy View post tag: Portsmouth Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus concludes Portsmouth visit Share this articlelast_img read more

Public Health Lecturer Pool

first_imgEvidence of teaching effectiveness in health-related subjectareas at university or college levels;Leadership or supervisory professional experience in publichealth or closely related field; andAbility to effectively design, teach, and assess undergraduateand graduate courses in-person, online, and in hybridformats. Department SummaryThe Department of Public Healthand Recreation (PHR) at SJSU is a multidisciplinary academicdepartment that awards B.S. degrees in Public Health andRecreation, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The PHRDepartment is one of the largest and fastest growing departmentswithin the College of Healthand Human Sciences. As highlighted within thedepartment strategic plan, our vision is that “We aspire to beinnovators and leaders in learning and teaching, scholarship, andprofessional practice to ignite social change towards a morevibrant, prosperous, and just world where the optimal health andwellbeing of individuals and communities are achieved andsustained.”With our slogan of “Achieving Health and Wellbeing for All,” we arecommitted to preparing leaders who promote health and improve theenvironments in which we live, work, learn, and play. We strive toembrace a Teacher-Scholar-Practitioner Model through student,alumni, faculty, and community engagement to advance practices inpublic health and recreation fields. Specifically, our PublicHealth programs consist of concentrations in Community HealthEducation (CHE) at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as wellas Population Data Science (PDS) at an undergraduate level. Coursedescriptions for the undergraduate and graduate public healthprograms can be found here .Brief Description of Duties Preferred Qualifications Teach courses in undergraduate and/or graduate Public Healthprograms;Participates in ongoing assessment of general education andstudent learning objectives and program outcomes, continuousimprovement of teaching and learning, and adherence to all Councilon Education in Public Health (CEPH) accreditationrequirements;Work collaboratively with colleagues on public healthcurriculum-related processes such as teaching multi-section coursesto ensure the quality, rigor, relevance, and consistency of ourcurricula;Attend mandatory meetings and training sessions asrequired;Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experienceunderstanding the needs of a student population of great diversity– in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language andacademic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teachingstrategies and advisement.All Faculty should be organizing their classes within theCanvas Learning Management System (LMS), the official LMS providedfor the SJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not,must be anchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-studentconnection in a common space as all students are directed to log into Canvas for online access to their classes. You will have accessto this system prior to the semester start date. Required Qualifications This is a continuing open position.The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American PacificIslander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students arefirst-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university iscurrently ranked fifth nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversityof its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community canbenefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: September 21, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific DaylightTimeApplications close: Conditional AppointmentPlease be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget andenrollment considerations and subject to order of assignmentprovisions in the collective bargaining agreement betweenCalifornia State University and California Faculty Association.These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in whichavailable courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenureline faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.Salary Range – To commensurate with experience.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: CVCover LetterStatement of Expertise, including professional experience,courses you are qualified to teachList of References Master’s degree in public health or closely related field;Minimum two years’ professional experience in public health orclosely related field;Commitment to teaching excellence in public health-relatedsubject areas; andDemonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to educational goalsof diverse student populations as might have been gained ineducation, training, teaching, professional involvement, and othercomparable experiences.last_img read more

Farm-to-table pizza experience

first_imgMetro-Atlanta students will soon have an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at one of the hottest, most popular foods on the market today — pizza. It’s true that some pizzas come from a restaurant, and some pizzas come from the freezer — but before that — each and every pizza starts its journey on a farm. On May 8 and 9 at the State Farmers Market in Forest Park, Ga., University of Georgia Cooperative Extension staff, specialist and volunteers will take students on a guided tour of a demonstration farm where pizza ingredients are grown — giving them new insight into the origins of a food they eat on a regular basis. “Activities like this are important because many children know very little, if anything about agriculture and where their food comes from,” said Jessica Hill, UGA Extension coordinator for Dekalb County. “Most think their food comes from the supermarket or a restaurant, not realizing that it all has its start on a farm.” Helping children to understand the origin of the food they eat is also an important part of increasing students’ awareness of proper nutrition and the importance of fruits and vegetables in their diets, said Kim Siebert, UGA Extension coordinator for Clayton County. The event is open to school and home school groups and is built around Georgia’s Performance Standards for fourth and fifth grade. Exhibits on the origins of pizza ingredients — from cheese, to tomatoes, to dough and even pepperoni and sausage — will be presented in a circuit of stations set up around the State Farmers Market Exhibit Hall. There will also be stations focusing on the importance of staying active and the Choose My Plate nutrition guidelines. Students will spend 10 minutes at each of the seven stations before being served a pizza lunch on site. To find out more information about the Pizza Farm experience or to register your group for the field trip, visit extension.uga.edu/k12/pizza-farm. Pizza Farm 2013 is being coordinated by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and sponsored by Georgia 4-H and the Georgia Department of Agriculture.last_img read more

National Retirement Security Week: Helping our members save for retirement

first_imgDid you know that almost half of all Americans have no retirement savings at all? This is an alarmingly high amount of people who have not been able to plan for their future. This week is National Retirement Security Week, designated to helping people put themselves in control of their future finances. This important week sheds light on the problems American’s have in saving for retirement, and actions that can be taken to increase that statistic. One-third of the American population has an income of $28,000 or less, which makes it extremely difficult to save for retirement. With all the monthly expenses that people have such as rent/mortgage, groceries, and utilities, the one thing they can put off is retirement savings. One effective way to help credit union staff, members and those in your communities understand what life might be like after retirement is through the Foundation’s “Retire on Track” Retirement Fair program. This is a goal-oriented and interactive experience, similar to Reality Fairs for teens, that allows participants to imagine their life in the future to better focus on a present plan to get there. This program is designed to help members at all stages of their life, no matter what their current retirement savings situation may be. The fair encourages participants to think about the lifestyle they wish to maintain in retirement, and develop savings goals to help them where they want to be. These fairs can be conducted at your credit union, or can be done in your community through partnerships with local organizations. It is a powerful exercise that helps individuals at to understand where their finances should be upon retirement.The good news is, many people believe they will never have enough saved for retirement but they may be wrong. “Most retirement planners tell people they will need to save 80% of what they are earning before retirement,” said Mark Lynch, Senior Program Manager at the Foundation. “In reality, the average person only needs to save about 50%-60% of their income.”The reason for this lower percentage is the expenses that individuals are paying before they retire may no longer exist in retirement. For example, many people have their houses paid off, and they save costs associated with work such as gas, eating out for lunch, and wardrobe. One of the biggest reasons is actually saving for retirement itself! In the last few years working, many people cram to save 20% of their income for retirement. Another large reason is taxation, individuals who are in retirement pay a lot less in taxes.This information tells us that the real power of the Retirement Fair is that it helps people work out what their percentage is, depending on their circumstances. It helps credit union members, staff and others to get a really good picture of what they plan to do in retirement, and work back from there to see how much they need to save. While Retirement Fairs are a great tool for helping your members save for retirement, there are other ways to help members to save. A great example of one credit union who is doing great work to help people with retirement savings is Sunmark Federal Credit Union in New York. Sunmark FCU hosts “Speed Savings” events, where members and non-members can sign up in advance to attend the event. Set up like speed-dating, attendees visit different booths and learn about lending, insurance, mortgage and savings (including retirement) with Sunmark FCU. This is an experience designed to help those in attendance who may do their banking somewhere else to see how much the credit union can save them. If they have a positive experience, they can make an appointment to come back and talk with someone, especially with a retirement planner.So, if a non-member learns that the credit union could refinance their auto-loan and mortgage, saving them $150 per month, that is $150 that person could put towards retirement savings. This is a great way to help those who may not be saving enough for retirement, or saving any at all because of their monthly expenses. NARPP’s National Retirement Security Week has many resources to help you reach members of all ages in saving for retirement. Click here to see some of those resources.  If you are interested in learning more about Retirement Fairs, you can watch this short video highlighting a fair and the impact it had on participants. You can also visit the Foundation’s website ncuf.coop to see how to download your own “Retire on Track” Guide and Materials. Together, we can work towards improving financial security for everyone. 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lacey Yasick Lacey is the Communications Manager for the National Credit Union Foundation. She works to develop and execute all communication efforts that support the Foundation’s national programs and engagement strategy.Lacey … Web: www.ncuf.coop Detailslast_img read more

Getting strategic meetings back on track

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: www.risingaboveenterprises.com Details We’ve all been there: The strategic planning session that opened with the intent of staying at the highest levels of conversation and found itself in the weeds the moment the discussion swung to marketing, branch locations, Millennials, and the list goes on. While it is important to include these and other issues in strategic meetings, maintaining the focus on “what” needs to be accomplished versus “how” it will be achieved is significant.  A board is tasked with balancing risk and return; ensuring members’ needs are met; and, providing strategic guidance to the CEO. Often, the level of detail in board conversations correlates with the life cycle of a credit union or a line of business. For a credit union just getting started (a few charters are approved each year), its board would be fairly involved in operational discussions as the credit union acquires members, generates revenue, and builds capital. Since most credit unions are mature and established in the industry, a board’s dialog might focus around new lines of business, different markets to serve, or increased concentration in a grouping of loans.If a conversation with your Board feels like it’s getting too operational, redirect the discussion back to strategy. Staying mired in the details can create an unneeded setting that lessens the value provided from the Board and CEO. Below are some phrases to help steer the conversation back on course.“Let’s establish and focus on our general objective.” How to market to potential members near a new branch can get very meticulous very quickly if left unchecked. Where a yearly marketing plan was once the norm; marketing is now very flexible and fluctuating with the use of analytics, business intelligence, and digital outreach. In this case, the general objective is to increase membership tied to a new branch. This pivot back to the overall objective keeps a board focused on the real reason for a new branch (adding and serving members), rather than the hands-on methods of accomplishing the goal.“Are we taking too much risk? Are we being too conservative?” Entering a new line of business (commercial lending), a vastly different market (metropolitan area hundreds of miles from your established footprint) or increasing concentration in a product that caused losses in the past (high loan-to-value residential lending) can cause much concern for a board. While a board might agree that the new direction is necessary, uncertainty is common. A board may need to examine several scenarios to understand different outcomes. A board may ask for more attentiveness during execution, or it may perceive well-managed risk allows for greater than planned growth and business development. Regardless, it’s imperative to clarify your Board’s comfort with new risks.“What gauges of progress are most beneficial?” In most cases, boards just need to see signs of progress, especially with new ventures or adjustments in current business plans. In the examples above, a board may want to receive updates on new members from new branches; net yield from commercial lending; market awareness and market share in a new city; and, past real estate delinquency comparisons – all as new or expanded endeavors become more mature as part of your ordinary operations. Providing this kind of information to a board allows it to provisionally be a bit more involved, recognizing that successful results will allow it to focus on new areas of growth and risk to the credit union.Keeping a strategic meeting’s focus on what must be done, not how it is done, is key to achieving the highest outcomes from all participants. Consider using some of these tools the next time it seems that the conversation feels like an operations update, rather than a discussion about the next phase of growth for your credit union. You will accomplish more at your meeting and ensure that the roles of all parties are best utilized for the benefit of your credit union’s members. last_img read more

Cancer survivor, national champion heads to UNLV for year 2

first_imgTOWN OF UNION (WBNG) – Former Maine-Endwell star, Mia McCarthy finished her first year cheer-leading at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. “I might not be able to handle it as much so I’ve defneitley been overly cautious and careful because I don’t know how it would affect me,” she says. In that first year McCarthy helped the University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels to a National Championship. “The best was my very first basketball game it was a huge game it was like a huge game, everyone was there and it was something like I’ve never experienced before,” McCarthy told 12 News. Only a year and a half removed from cancer, McCarthy said she is at a higher risk to contract the virus. In 2019, McCarthy battled back from lung cancer to help the Spartans in the STAC Championships. Now, at end of the month she will head back to Las Vegas for year two. She says, “We’ll go back and quarantine for two weeks and we have to get a test, they stopped all voluntary workouts because a few athletes got COVID.” She said support of her coaches is the reason she can feel safe heading back. center_img That sense of comfort can help McCarthy focus on her goals. She says she hopes to win another ring. A championship that was a bit more special for the freshman from Endwell. She says that weekend was special for her because it was one year since she had been cancer free. “You never expect to be a national champion so every time I hear that it brings me back and is so amazing,” she says. “There’s a lot of nerves with a lot of people but my coaches have done a good job at making me feel comfortable,” she says. She recalls her excitement cheer-leading at the college level. last_img read more

Nedo Pinezić: Turismophobia

first_imgWhen Tim Clancy, an expert on mountain tourism and sustainable and responsible tourism development, sent me a short video report from Spain about the new emergence of demonstrations against tourism and tourists, I first encountered the term “tourismphobia”.I have to admit that the work seems a bit intimidating. The main epicenters of hostility towards tourism and tourists are Barcelona and Mallorca. The protests are led by the extreme left-wing organization Arran. In addition to demonstrations shouting slogans and carrying banners against tourists and tourism, several incidents were reported: throwing smoke bombs at a restaurant, raiding a tourist bus, intimidating tourists by masked protesters, cutting tires on tourists’ bicycles… Uncomfortable, uncomfortable and combined with the recent terrorist attacks in Spain may be detrimental to the tourism future of some destinations like Barcelona.HUGE HOTEL CAPACITIESSome media hastened to blame Airbnb for everything, because it has multiplied the offer of capacity for rent in private apartments, houses. Interestingly, of the many OTA platforms, only Airbnb is named. However, the spokesman of the protesters, Pau Pico, stated another reason for creating “tourism phobia”: “We want to stop the destruction of space and the exploitation of the working class by the hotel industry“. In Barcelona, ​​which has a population of 1,5 million, Booking.com alone offers accommodation in 303 hotels. The same portal offers accommodation in Mallorca in 382 hotels, 20 resorts, 12 hostels, 90 apartments, 6 villas, etc. Mallorca and Barcelona together have more hotel capacity than our entire country. The whole of Croatia has about 600 hotels.HIGH RATE OF UNEMPLOYED YOUNG PEOPLEIt sounds paradoxical that one of the most developed tourist countries in Europe has one of the highest rates of unemployed young people under the age of 25. A large number of young Spaniards in search of a better life are leaving Spain, before Brexit primarily to the UK, and now Germany is the number one destination. The reason is simple – the tourism industry usually offers only the possibility of seasonal employment. Even if you work in tourism, salaries are low with a lot of overtime in difficult conditions. The bad impacts of tourism on the lives of the local population accumulate over years, decades and once they exceed the limit of endurance – reports “tourism phobia”.LIMITATIONS, GROWTH ZONE GROWTH AND NEW DISSATISFACTIONSBarcelona has already introduced a moratorium on issuing permits for the construction of new hotels, but in the absence of capacity and investment opportunities, investors are renting and buying apartments and offering them, illegally, to the tourist market. Usurped residential neighborhoods, residential areas occupied by noisy tourists, are a new reason for the dissatisfaction of the local population. The mayor is threatening draconian penalties, they have filed a lawsuit against Airbnb, issued ordinances banning the rental of apartments to tourists, but nothing has affected the reduction of traffic to terrorist attacks and demonstrations against tourists. Barcelona is simply too popular, everyone wants to experience it, for years it was among the top 10 destinations in the world. Finally, “tourism phobia” and terrorism result in declining demand and falling prices in all types of accommodation. If this negative process continues, it could provoke new dissatisfaction of all those who have focused their work on services related to the mass arrival of tourists.Tourism should not be a goal but a means to achieve a goal – a better standard of living for the local population – Nedo Pinezić”TOURISMOPHOBIA” IN CROATIAAt the peak of this tourist season, some media in Croatia, encouraged by the news from Spain, started a story about the excessive impact of tourists on our coast, which creates unwanted crowds, problems with infrastructure and blamed everything – family accommodation. Family accommodation in Croatia, as well as Airbnb in Spain, have allegedly escaped control and are the main reason for the excessive number of tourists who disrupt the normal course of life in our tourist destinations. The media spins call for an end to capacity growth in family accommodation, a moratorium on new categorization solutions and similar moves until hotel capacity becomes the predominant type of accommodation.According to such a proposal, 200.000 beds should be built in about 200 hotel resorts and at the same time the same number of beds in households should be “removed from the market”. Just over 30.000 households should stop hosting guests. Camps that can accommodate up to 10.000 tourists in one day, for now, are not the subject of media “questioning” the justification of existence. Efforts to turn the Croatian coast into a Spanish one are nothing new. Joint domestic and foreign consultants have been advocating for this for a long time, by chance from Spain and from Barcelona.IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CLEAR GOAL – IT’S GOOD EVERY TIMEPlacing tourism in the place of an independent industry that is viewed solely through profit glasses is the most common mistake made by economic planners. Tourism should not be a goal but a means to an end – a better standard of living for the local population. It seems that even in the time of dictator Franco in Spain, the foundation was laid for this first way of developing tourism, which flourished and eroded itself for years. “Big traffic – low earnings”, others would say, and the local population, reduced to seasonal workers and extras, pressed by numerous communal problems, will say that there is no benefit from such tourism, which was exemplary for us in Croatia until yesterday.It is becoming increasingly clear that the centers of power see Croatia as an ideal position for building all kinds of residences for spending free time. Big money is fleeing politically unstable and undemocratic countries and seeking refuge in an area where it would quickly wash away and even make a profit. The bill is disturbed by the “natives” who dared to receive tourists in their homes in a legal way, so the construction of new accommodation facilities does not fit very well into the planning tables. The goal of a policy that would plan to introduce a higher real estate tax rate for legally rented apartments and houses and that would “recategorize” tens of thousands of households through “recategorization” would certainly not be demographic renewal, raising the living standards of the local population, staying young people in Croatia in the homes of their ancestors.Such a policy could be said to have missed the main goals of the survival of a nation that is disappearing at an ever-increasing pace. Or would the goal be to accelerate the liberation of Croatia from its citizens? I hope that such a policy will not take root and that Croatia will not be brought into a state of real “tourism phobia” in the Spanish way.Published by: Nedo Pinezićlast_img read more