Biden: ‘We can’t wait any longer’ to address climate crisis

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says “we can’t wait any longer″ to address the climate crisis, and that’s driving his ambitious effort to stave off the worst effects of global warming. Biden has issued executive orders to cut oil, gas and coal emissions and double energy production from offshore wind turbines. The orders target federal subsidies for oil and other fossil fuels and halt new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. But there’s political risk for Biden and Democrats as oil- and coal-producing states face job losses from moves to sharply increase U.S. reliance on clean energy.last_img

Cappelli: Family accommodation has become a real estate business, we are for quality family accommodation

first_imgIn the show ‘And now the government ‘ The Minister of Tourism, Gary Capelli, was a guest, where he spoke about the current amendments to the Law on Tourism and announced the final amendment to the Law on Tourist Land, which should open space for new investments.He said that the Government will solve the 6 most important laws in tourism, the Law on Tourist Services was recently resolved, now we have the Law on Catering Services, package 3 of the Law and at the end of the year, together with Minister Goran Marić, the Law on Tourist Land – which is point at and in tourism that will lead to additional investment.He explained the importance of these 3 laws that have not been changed for 17 years, these laws have made their own, they have made Croatia a tourist destination, and we have meaning and quality. Croatia must step out, go to new market demands, we are going to a different organization, he added. Speaking of the sojourn tax, it will be decentralized and its amount will be decided at the local level – cities and municipalities will make their proposals, and the counties will bring the amount of the sojourn tax. Cappelli also referred to tourist membership fees – we introduced some new taxpayers such as banks, and we removed some, those for whom it was a pure parafiscal levy.A special focus will be on total quality management, and the Minister invites everyone to embark on this project because it is the measurability of everything that tourist boards do, and the city as a destination. We need to measure the level we have reached in the tourist offer, he believes.Cappelli: Family accommodation has become a real estate businessThis summer, it was commented that the apartments were not full enough, but we must say that we have reached the number of 56.000 more beds in private accommodation, so we must say that we have a shortage of the same number of guests. He said that today we have 7% more guests than last year and that is some maximum we could reach, we have to bring the disproportion of family accommodation, camps and hotels to one level, but the market will say that.Currently, the ratio is 56% of family accommodation versus 15% of hotel accommodation, and the rest are camps. The problem is in those 56% of private accommodation because you have 71% of them with three stars. We are for quality family accommodation, it used to be a social measure, it is no longer, it has become a real estate business, and we are against it, he said.The consultation lasts until mid-October, after which all criticisms and proposals will be considered, he expects that, in addition to well-intentioned, ‘make-up’ criticism, he expects that the package of laws could be in the Government at the end of October.Watch the whole show hereRELATED NEWS:HUNT ON FAMILY ACCOMMODATION AND POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCESHUB: IT IS NOT LOGICAL THAT BANKS WHICH DO NOT PERFORM REGISTERED TOURIST OR SERVICE ACTIVITIES ARE EXPECTED TO BE SUBJECT TO THE LAW ON TOURIST MEMBERSHIP FEESMINISTRY OF TOURISM PRESENTS DRAFT PROPOSAL OF TOURIST LAW PACKAGESlast_img read more

Gold Coast: Top 5 property sales of 2018 so far

first_img31-33 The Corso Isle of Capri from the air.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 31-33 The Corso, Isle of Capri — $8.8 million It took less than one week for entrepreneurial businessman David Baird and his wife Marion’s property to be sold to an Asian buyer.Ray White Broadbeach agent Sam Guo handled the Baird’s sale and said a quick interstate trip helped seal the deal.Mr Guo said the Isle of Capri property was in one of the best positions on the Gold Coast. A penthouse in Surfers Paradise holds the top sale so far of 2018.WE are only four months into the year but the Gold Coast has already recorded several multimillion-dollar sales.From lavish penthouses to riverfront mansions and beach houses, there are plenty of luxury properties changing hands on the Glitter Strip.These are the top five of 2018 so far: Sam Guo in front of 31-31 The Corso on the Isle of Capri. Picture Mike Batterham The biggest sale of 2018 so far: 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise. 150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach. GCB 31-33 The Corso Isle of Capri. 2623 Virginia Drive, Hope Island. Picture: 150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach. 150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach — $5.3 million It was a quick sale for this spectacular Main Beach penthouse.The Xanadu North three-level luxury residence hit the market in December. Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige said the Xanadu North three-level property was on the market for 32 days before it sold.“Both the buyers and sellers are ecstatic over the purchase.”CoreLogic data reveals the property last changed hands in 2014 for $4.06 million.A heated pool, theatre, bar and wine cellar are among its standout features. Soak up that view from 712 Pacific Parade, Currumbin. 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise. 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise — $9.5 million IT’S one of the country’s best penthouses with a huge 21 car spaces and now it holds the Gold Coast penthouse record.Property development company owner Ron Bakir sold his palatial Surfers Paradise apartment for $9.5 million in January.The sale of the apartment tops the city’s previous penthouse high of $9.2 million, set six years ago when Melbourne builder Peter Devitt bought the apartment that crowns Main Beach’s Liberty Panorama tower.Michael Kollosche of Kollosche Prestige Agents handled the sale. What a beach house! 712 Pacific Parade, Currumbin. 712 Pacific Parade, Currumbin — $4.4 million The only sale on this list on the southern Coast, this Currumbin property stands out for its spectacular beachfront location.It changed hands in January through Currumbin Realty’s Richard Plumb and Mark Ryan.Every bedroom has ocean views while there is also a huge front deck for dining or relaxing.Other features include a media room, pool and double garage.The property also has income potential from short-term holiday letting. 2623 Virginia Drive, Hope Island. Picture: 2623 Virginia Dr, Hope Island — $5.05 million This ultra-modern house is on a 1000sq m of land with 20m of water frontage which overlooks the Marina Harbour. Outdoors is an entertainment area with a built in barbecue kitchen which overlooks the swimming pool and a 14 metre pontoon.Inside are four bedrooms, while the main bedroom has an ensuite and large walk in wardrobe.The home also has a games room with a billiard table and fully equipped media room. It was listed for sale through Rita Na of Hope Island Resort Realty.last_img read more