Pathway To Paris is a concert that coincides with the Global Climate Action Summit, bringing together high-profile musicians, artists, activists, politicians, and other public figures to advocate for cities to work to address climate change. The event takes its name from the Paris Agreement, a global agreement secured by the U.N. that encourage countries to mitigate their greenhouse-gas emissions, and seeks to encourage cities to meet and exceed the Paris Agreement’s climate targets.On September 14th, the fourth-annual Pathway To Paris concert will be held at San Francisco’s Masonic. Heading the lineup is Patti Smith, the famed singer-songwriter and poet whose daughter, Jesse Parris Smith, co-founded the event with Rebecca Foon (both of whom will also appear during the show). Also headlining is Bob Weir, the famed Grateful Dead guitarist, and Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Other musicians on the bill include Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Eric Burdon, formerly of War and The Animals, Tibetan musician and activist Tenzin Choegyla, and French pop-soul singer Imany.In addition to the musical performances, Icelandic visual artist Olafur Eliasson has created a special interactive piece for Pathway to Paris, which will engage the audience in a collaborative work of art. As noted in a press release, “Artist Olafur Eliasson will turn the whole audience into artists by creating an interactive collective artwork. Eliasson leads a choreography that motions its audience to hold up a Little Sun solar lantern. The result is a visually striking solar-powered ‘sunrise’ which raises awareness for climate action and energy equality.”As noted by Jesse Paris Smith,In the world of music, the best way to improve is through collaboration. This is the same with the critical issue of climate change. We must join together to make this the most ambitious collaboration of our century. We will not be able to implement crucial and challenging solutions to climate change, plastic pollution, and all urgent environmental problems as long as we stand divided. Inseparable from the issue of climate change is the need for world peace, global communication, and an international collaboration unmatched by any event in human history.All proceeds from the fourth-annual Pathway to Paris concert will be donated to 350.org, Pathway to Paris, and the United Nations Development Programme. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 13th, at 10 a.m. (PT) via LiveNation.com, with tickets also available via all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone. For more information, head here.
MORTAL SALTIt sounds almost unbelievable: In less than two years, family accommodation has become undesirable due to the great recognition of the tourist authorities and the greatest strength of Croatian tourism. It all started with Gary Cappelli sitting in the chair of the Minister of Tourism. What prompted this man from the people, an islander, former mayor of Mali Lošinj, micro-entrepreneur, landlord, founder of a family accommodation agency to lead a chase against everything that “raised” him and enabled him to make such career progress? The answer to this question we will probably never know. “Give the man power and you will see what he is like.” This is an old saying that is confirmed on this occasion as well.”Salto mortale” or a disastrous transformation will mark it for a lifetime.PRESSURE AND JUSTIFICATIONSThere are various justifications for the constant pressure on family accommodation. At first, they insisted on poor quality, equipment, despite the excellent ratings of guests. For several years now, Croatian family accommodation has been winning the flattering titles of the best in Europe, the best in the world. As this argument was not enough, they started calling out family accommodation for unfair competition to small hotels. Thus, household boarding houses are accused of kidnapping guests from 4-star hotels because they have more lenient business conditions, lower costs, lower taxes. As this argument “does not hold water” because it would be a shame for guests from a four-star hotel to flee to a regular boarding house, last year the family accommodation was named as the reason for overtourism, overcrowding in the peak season, and this year as the reason tourists… Not good at all, neither too many nor too few tourists.In addition, the public is “bombarded” with constructions about big business that pays too little tax. The average household earns HRK 45.000 a year, the annual return on investment is 6%, so you don’t have any business at all costs. Now, however, family accommodation has become a competition to large hotel chains as well… There are no hotels because it pays more to “rent apartments” !? And then when the “renters” are burdened with taxes, investments in hotels will start, as well. Family accommodation is not good because the average consumption of a guest staying in it is too small. The price of hotel accommodation is higher, so it is spent more.And we know that the average spending on a trip that starts with leaving home and ends with returning home is globally 155 euros per person per day. When you travel closer the travel costs are lower. When more is spent on accommodation then less is spent outside of accommodation and vice versa. In any case, accommodation accounts for only 30% of the total cost of travel… Then some respected economists said that “renters in tourism” are more privileged than students in terms of benefits !? Well, a reputable journalist calculated that the owner of an apartment pays as much as 12% income tax when he rents an apartment, and that is much more than “renters in tourism”. She forgot to add a 30% deduction to the reported price if the contract is tax reported at all. Then the tenants pay utilities, there is no sojourn tax, equipping such apartments for tenants is much more modest, there is no inspection, eVisitor, agency commissions, etc.… Finally, they try to restructure the capacity in family accommodation. It’s like building with a predetermined categorization. It is built for completely different reasons, because it is laughable, because it is possible because investors are building real estate for sale with the story that buyers will be able to rent it and return the money invested. Then ready-made real estate is categorized or not categorized and rented anyway. I don’t know if there were any other excuses for this unprecedented chase, but they will surely invent new reasons.WHY IS THIS HAPPENING NOW?On one occasion I had the opportunity to see the forecast of the development of individual countries in the European Union. This prediction divides the European Union into two parts, a “two-speed Europe”. Developed countries are positioned in the central and northern part of Europe, “second speed” countries are positioned along the Mediterranean and in the east. In this division, Croatia is also presented as a European resort, a summer resort. This is no accident. In diplomatic circles, among EU politicians, the mention of Croatia uniquely awakens an association with the beautiful coast, in the summer, with tourism. Croatia is destined for tourism. Everything else, for one reason or another, has disappeared. Tourism remains and survives. The Croatian coast is currently the most interesting building plot in Europe. Everyone would like a piece of our coast, the island. Real estate investors sniff the opportunity like shark blood, miles away and unmistakably. Geostrategic position, traffic accessibility, temperate climate zone, good general security, diversity and playfulness of the coast and islands and much more attract investors to Croatia.Real estate buyers are looking at an opportunity to recoup part of their investment and enjoy their “second home” for most of the year. However, there are already a lot of built real estates, and the ratio of those for housing and those for tourism is such that further tourist construction can hardly fit into the spatial-crossword puzzles. Therefore, the number of registered tourist capacities must be reduced. This opens up space for building new ones. Because the apartment is for housing, and the apartment is for tourism. The more apartments there are for housing, the more apartments for tourism can be built. Logically, right?TAKEOVER OF REAL ESTATEAfter forcing the domicile population to give up the legal provision of catering services in the household, the next move of the “shadow people” could be to continue to tax property owners on their shores and islands through their puppets in power, especially in more famous tourist destinations such as Dubrovnik, Hvar … Since young people leave, have no job other than seasonal, cannot survive as micro-entrepreneurs, will not be able to legally provide catering services in their parents’ real estate, parents will be left alone. Under the burden of new benefits, they will decide to sell “family silver”. The elderly alone in the house, without the young people to take care of them, will sell their real estate below cost to have adequate care in a nursing home for the rest of their lives. Thus, the plan for the complete takeover of land, real estate on the Croatian coast and islands from the natives will disappear, which will disappear. If the young people return one day, they will have to buy an apartment in the apartment complexes of the new owners. There will be complete foreigners, tourists, in their homeland. And they will pay dearly for every day spent on “Europe’s most beautiful beach”.HOW CAN WE PREVENT THE POPULATION POGROM AND TAKEOVER OF REAL ESTATE?This “property war” has gone so far that no associations can help resist the violent pressure of big business. On the one hand, political action is needed. On the other hand a legal battle. Sooner or later, a political option will have to be generated that will protect the interests of micro-entrepreneurs, landowners and real estate owners in attractive positions, the domicile population. I hope that will happen as soon as possible, maybe in the next election cycle. The legal battle will be fought constantly. Specialized legal and financial advisers will soon be needed who will be able to “match” the moves of an interest group that has both money and power. And their power is so great that they no longer care at all in their moves. They simply have no one to answer for their moves. Opposition is virtually non-existent.THE FUTURE OF CROATIAN TOURISMCroatian tourism is unfortunately losing its attractiveness in many destinations. Where there are no people, there is no life, there is no tourism. With the first autumn gusts of the bora, life dies down in many small places on our coast and islands. Sheep pass through Zrce, but also in other famous places life dies down. In cities like Zadar, Šibenik, Split in the afternoon and evening there are fewer and fewer people, Poreč is eerily deserted in November, Krk’s shop windows are closed “with paper” behind All Saints… If there are no young families there is no future. Not only in terms of the vibrancy that tourism needs but also in terms of community survival.THE FIRST THING SHOULD BE PUT FIRSTIf our politicians who speak about the need for demographic renewal are credible, then every measure, every law, every rulebook would be seen through “demographic glasses”. The most important would be the effect on stopping the decline in the number of permanent residents. Family accommodation has so far proven to be one of the most effective levers for the revitalization of demolished houses, abandoned settlements, dilapidated apartments… Due to tourism and a number of related activities, people come to work in Croatia, some even live permanently. Because of family accommodation, hundreds of thousands of people have jobs in household maintenance, technology, swimming pools, in the production and sale of equipment for facilities, in agency activities, in catering, transport, IT industry, in trade and entertainment… That politicians are credible and really want demographic renewal, such a chase for family accommodation would be impossible.Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.comThe views and recommendations expressed in the author’s columns, advice and comments are exclusively the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff of the HrTurizam.hr portal.
Authorities in St. Lucie County have issued a mandate requiring the public to wear face coverings while in public places.The emergency order was established Monday after health officials identified 3,061 cases of COVID-19 in the area.“Our numbers have continually increased,” said Health Director for St. Lucie County Clint Spreber. “Protection increases when all people are wearing face coverings.”Under the order, those in the area are required to wear face coverings in all public buildings and businesses, as well as in outdoor areas when social distancing cannot be observed.Face mask must also be worn at indoor and outdoor restaurants at all times except for when “actively consuming food and beverages.”The mandate does not apply to children under the age of two or to those with severe medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask.The mandate will remain in place for the next 30 days. Those who do not obey the order will be subjected to fines up to $125.
PITTSBURGH (AP)—B.J. Monteiro and Andre Marhold scored 17 points apiece as Duquesne coasted to an 84-66 victory over Green Bay on Sunday. The Dukes (1-1) took a 30-14 lead with 5:47 left in the first half after a 12-1 run, and the Phoenix (1-1) never trailed by less than 10 points after that. Duquesne, which lost to No. 16 Arizona 67-59 in its opener Wednesday, shot 46.2 percent (30 of 55), including 54.5 percent (18 of 33) in the second half, a far cry from last season, when it shot 88.2 percent (15 of 17) in the second half of an 81-71 win at Green Bay.Sean Johnson contributed 14 points, T.J. McConnell had 12 points and seven assists and Eric Evans 10 points for Duquesne.Jarvis Williams scored 17 points for Green Bay and Alec Brown had 14 points and 10 rebounds, his second double-double in two games. SLAM DUNK— Duquesne’s Andre Marhold scores two of his 17 points on a slam dunk against Green Bay during the Dukes 84-66 win in their home opener at the A. J. Palumbo Center on Nov. 13. (Courier Photo/Chris Lopez)
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsJanuary 31 at 7:30 pmFirst Prize Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, violist Veit Hertenstein is one of the most exciting musicians on his instrument to emerge in years. He has already garnered recognition for his exciting stage presence and virtuoso artistry. Highlights this season debut include recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and the Levine School of Music as well as performances at the Davos Festival in Switzerland, and the Usedom Festival and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany.Mr. Hertenstein will make his New York debut at Merkin Hall in the Peter Jay Sharp Concert and his Washington, D.C. debut at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater next season presented by the Young Concert Artists Series. He was also awarded YCA’s Slomovic Prize and seven performance prizes. Mr. Hertenstein has participated in the Marlboro Festival, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and the Verbier Festival in 2009 and 2010, where he was awarded the “Henri Louis de la Grange” special viola prize. He appeared at Seiji Ozawa’s International Music Academy in Rolle, Switzerland in 2008. As a guest artist, Mr. Hertenstein has appeared with the Trio Wanderer, the Modigliani Quartet, and has performed chamber music and conducted educational outreach with the violinist Midori in Japan in 2010.In addition to winning a viola concerto commission from Pro Helvetia to be written by Swiss composer Nicolas Bolens, Mr. Hertenstein has won several important competitions. In 2009 he was the first violist ever to win the New Talent Competition of the European Broadcasting Union, founded by Sir Yehudi Menuhin in 1969, which led to radio broadcasts throughout Europe. That same year Mr. Hertenstein was a prize-winner of the first Tokyo International Viola Competition, which led to performance at La Folle Journée festivals in Nantes, France and Tokyo in 2010 and 2011, as well as an appearance at the Viola Space Festival in Tokyo in 2011 where he also conducted master classes. In 2007 he was the first violist to win First Prize at the Orpheus Competition in Zurich, which brought his debut recording on Euro-Classics.Mr. Hertenstein has performed in master classes for György Kurtag, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gabor Takács-Hagy, Yuri Bashmet, and Kim Kashkashian and in turn has taught master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory.Born in 1985 in Augsburg, Germany, Mr. Hertenstein began studying the violin and piano at the age of 5 and switched to the viola when he was 15. At the age of 19, he studied with Nicolas Corti, violist of the Amati Quartet at Zurich Hochschule der Künste. In 2009 he earned an artist diploma at the Haut Ecole de Musique in Geneva working with violist Nobuko Imai and with Miguel da Silva, violist of the Ysaye Quartet. He plays a 1701 David Tecchler viola.Tickets are $16.00 Adults and $5.00 Youth. Please contact the Box Office at 360-753-8586 or www.washingtoncenter.org for ticket sales.