Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s veteran lawmaker, the former State Sen. Owen Johnson, who spent 40 years in public service until his retirement in 2012, has died at the age of 85, it was announced today.“Owen Johnson was beloved by his constituents and respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, including eight governors who served during his career in the Senate,” said Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the co-leader of the State Senate whose Republican majority counted on Johnson’s continuing support.Johnson had represented the people of Suffolk County in the State Senate from 1972 to 2012, when he finally decided not to run for re-election. At the time he was facing a challenge from long-time Democratic legislator, Rick Montano (D-Brentwood). Instead, Assemb. Phil Boyle became the Republican candidate and won the Senate seat.“Owen Johnson’s leadership helped countless citizens far beyond the boundaries of his senate district,” said Sen. Boyle (R-Bay Shore). “I am proud to say that Owen was not just my senator but he was my mentor and friend. He will be sorely missed.”Up in Albany, Johnson, or “O.J.” as he was known by his colleagues and friends, was the long-time leader of the Senate Finance Committee. “He was a staunch advocate for a state spending cap, which we have strictly adhered to in the past four enacted budgets,” said Skelos in his statement. “Senator Johnson sponsored the original legislation to create the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and the first bill to provide drivers with an insurance discount or a reduction in points for successfully completing a defensive driving course, among many other legislative accomplishments.”Back in his district, Johnson was known for his helping his constituents with their concerns, as well as promoting tourism, strengthening the local economy and boosting the marine fishing industry, as well as preserving the area’s natural resources, which included hosting his annual beach clean-up days. Johnson attended West Babylon Grade School and Babylon High School, according to his official bio, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then graduated from Hofstra College in 1956.He reportedly died of natural causes, at home with his family, according to his former chief of staff, Rory Whelan.“Owen Johnson left an indelible mark on the Senate and forged a legacy of extraordinary service to the people of Suffolk County,” said Skelos.He is survived by his wife Christel; two children, Owen and Christen; his son-in-law Dan Tymann; and his granddaughters Eliza and Scarlett.
At the beginning of the year, the company HD Consulting, in cooperation with the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, prepared an analysis that included assessment of the direct economic and fiscal effects of different VAT rates on a cumulative period of five years, comparing the rate in Croatia with competing Mediterranean countries and the rest of the European Union, which has raised a lot of dust in the profession.According to the results of the study and estimates of the fiscal effect of the existing rate, the state will start earning less at new rates from 2019 than at 2016. Also, the study of the VAT rate in tourism predicts 41% less investment and 71% less new employees by 2021.Research: Trends in current hotel and camp booking trendsEncouraged by inquiries from the tourism sector, this year HD Consulting decided to launch a new market research, especially because it is the only research in tourism that deals with the future – by moving the current trends of booking hotels and camps, and not by the past – by recording the achieved business results.In order to gain insight into current information from the tourism market, HD Consulting in early May 2018. conducted a primary survey on the current trend and state of booking hotels and camps in the regions of Croatia for 2018. A series of interviews were conducted with sales managers in a number of successful hotel and tourism companies with a portfolio of hotels and campsites. The research covered the coastal regions – Istria, Kvarner, Dalmatia and Dubrovnik.The research showed that in general, booking in hotels and camps in the coastal area of Croatia for 2018. overall better than last year at this time. Also, the growth rates of prices for 2018 compared to last year in the facilities in which investments were made, are higher and range on average from 7-10%Leading travel companies in hotels and campsites for 2018 have 10% to 15% better revenue in books in early May 2018 than in the same period last year. It is noticeable that booking from the German market is moving slower this year than last year, given that the market situation in Turkey is improving and much of the German market is returning to Turkey.Sanja Čižmar, Senior Partner of HD Consulting: Markets such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia recorded booking growth rates ranging from 40% to as much as 90% in the first quarter We estimate that the current year in the tourism market in terms of sales will be very demanding due to the return to the tourism scene of competitors in the Eastern Mediterranean, which in re-conquering the market offer significant discounts and improve their air connections, says Sanja Čižmar, Senior Partner of HD Consulting. how with such actions traditional Mediterranean destinations, including Croatia, can hardly fight on an equal footing. “Markets such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, which have had significantly reduced tourist arrivals in recent years, are returning to the big door and in the first quarter recorded booking growth rates ranging from 40% to as much as 90% more than last year. Some of the western Mediterranean destinations, such as Spain, are already signaling a decline in bookings compared to the same period last year, so we were interested in what trend is present in Croatia. Therefore, we have included sales managers in a number of hotel and tourism companies in the research of booking trends, focusing our interest on the current situation and trends in hotel and camp reservations. points out Čižmar.The results of the research showed that in general, booking in hotels and camps in the coastal area of Croatia for 2018. overall better than last year at this time, which is encouraging given the current developments in the Mediterranean. “Interestingly, such a positive booking trend was achieved in a situation where, as expected, hotels and camps with competitive products for 2018 raised prices by an average of 4-5% compared to last year. This was a consequence of last year’s high level of demand, which is a significant step forward because in previous years they raised prices inflationarily (around 1,5-2%). Of course, hotels and campsites that are dependent on the German or British market are experiencing a relative reduction in bookings from these markets, which are once again turning to Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia. Also, the schedule of holidays in our significant emitting markets, this year brings a slightly weaker booking for June and somewhat for July. pointed out Čižmar and added that there is a noticeable trend of deliberate slowdown in sales to large partners for the main season, leaving more capacity for individual guests who are a more lucrative segment for hoteliers due to higher prices compared to tour operators.In the end, Sanja Čižmar concludes that the booking situation for this season is encouraging at the moment, but the game has not yet been resolved for the very top of the season in which most businesses are generated (July and August) since a good part of the capacity is still unfilled. will depend on the demand of individual guests who have not yet made a reservation.Attachment: SITUATION AND TRENDS IN BOOKING OF HOTELS AND CAMPSITES IN CROATIA 2018Related news: STUDY OF VAT RATE IN TOURISM FORECASTS 41% LESS INVESTMENT AND 71% LESS NEW EMPLOYEES BY 2021
How Eddie Nketiah convinced Mikel Arteta to block loan move and keep him at Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement The forward will remain at the Emirates this month after being recalled from Leeds (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have made a last-minute U-turn over Eddie Nketiah’s future and the forward will now remain at the Emirates for the rest of the season after impressing Mikel Arteta.The 20-year-old’s loan at Leeds United was ended early at the start of the January window, with the club looking to get him more regular game time elsewhere after only starting twice in the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa.There were a host of clubs in the running to take him on loan, notably Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, while even Aston Villa had been credited with interest. Nketiah has trained with the first team since returning from Leeds (Picture: Getty)But after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picked up a three-match suspension for a late tackle against Crystal Palace, and with Alexandre Lacazette failing to score in his last six matches, Arsenal’s stance on Nketiah has changed.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Arteta had been keen to take a closer look at Nketiah in training before deciding his next step and has been so impressed he now wants to hang onto the youngster.Nketiah has impressed Arteta with his attitude and application in training since returning from Leeds and it has been decided that he will stay and compete for a place in the first team.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalIn addition to the Premier League, Arsenal are still competing in the FA Cup and Europa League, with plenty of opportunities to give Nketiah game time in both Cup competitions.Nketiah has made eight Premier League appearances for Arsenal previously, scoring once against Burnley, while he netted three times during his loan stay at Leeds. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Jan 2020 8:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Comment Arteta has been keeping a close eye on Nektiah and likes what he’s seen (Picture: Getty)Despite not starting very often, Nketiah made 17 appearances in the Championship – and two in the Carabao Cup, scoring in each – and Arteta felt the striker had benefitted from playing in such a competitive squad under a manager like Bielsa.Asked if Aubameyang’s ban could influence his decision on Nketiah, Arteta had said after the Palace game: ‘It didn’t before and at the moment I think we have to think medium to long term with Eddie. We have to respect his evolution, his development, and we don’t have to make decisions just based on two or three games.’MORE: Liverpool poach Arsenal head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll despite Mikel Arteta interventionMORE: Mikel Arteta plays down John Stones interest but teases Arsenal transfer wishlistMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City
Though Undergraduate Student Government can seem insular, student leaders utilize the methods at their disposal to create campus change.One powerful method is the resolution.“Resolutions basically gauge student interest,” said Samantha Cheng, a USG residential senator. “They’re not really binding but they’re a way for us to show administrators that yes, this is something students want.” Issues from the student body often arise during various committee meetings, which always have at least one attending senator with the authority to spearhead a resolution effort if it materializes.“It can be brought up by regular students,” Cheng said. “If they have an issue, they can come to us. The resolutions do have to be sponsored by a senator who normally helps in drafting it.” Senators and members of the particular advocacy committee then do preliminary research. “They ask, ‘Has it been done before?’” Cheng said. “Has it been approached by USC students in the past? How is it at other schools? If you do the research behind it to back it up, it’s effective.” Cheng explained that the keystone of a resolution is evidence from polls surveying students on a particular issue after doing the research behind it. “We go to the entire student body; we promote it on Facebook and through our website so students can take the surveys and we see how relevant it is to them,” Cheng said. “If they say, ‘Yes, this is something I want to do,’ then we start to come up with the resolution.” The extension of the drop deadline, for example, was one of two resolutions passed last semester; student support played a crucial role in the effort’s success.“A resolution basically says we have gone to USC students, we have the statistics, we have the poll which is supposed to be representative of the selected body,” said Aaron Rifkind, USG senior adviser and current residential senatorial candidate. “It’s saying, ‘We have data in support of this idea.’” From there, USG officers speak with administrators before drafting the resolution.“Senators don’t pass resolutions if they know they’re not going to be successful,” Rifkind said. “The ones we do pass usually have sway. They carry weight, and to keep it that way we don’t want to start doing silly things the administration doesn’t care about or we know they won’t pass.” The resolution itself then includes the history of the issue on campus and at other schools of similar size, what change students want, and evidence of why it should be changed. Senators often take advantage of insight from administrators to guide them on policy.“Most of the time you can try speaking to undergraduate advisers or ask people on campus affairs, they’re really attentive to what you have to say, and they’ll give their opinions,” Cheng said. A completed resolution is then presented to a 12-member senate one week and voted on in the next. There are three Greek, three commuter and six residential senators. Cheng said the success of a resolution ultimately depends on which facet of campus affairs it addresses. “With the drop deadline, for example, it was ultimately up to the administration because it was an administrative issue, so when the resolution passed they were the ones who said, ‘Yes, we’ll implement this,’” she said. “With issues on things like SCampus, though, you can run into legal issues.” Changing parts of the SCampus, for example, requires going through a legal process in addition to the administrative motions of passing a resolution, as SCampus serves as a contract. In addition to the extension of the drop deadline, the ongoing renovations of Leavey Library stemmed from a USG resolution that articulated student interest. “I think USG members are the best ones to make those kinds of changes,” said Sean Thomas, a freshman majoring in biology. “They should have a say in what goes on in the libraries and on campus in general because they know from a student perspective what people like.” One misconception Rifkind has observed about USG is that students believe it to be more exclusive than it actually is, since resolutions and other work confined within the walls of TCC 205. “What most students don’t know is that anyone can come to hear the presentations made for resolutions,” Rifkind said. “Committees have to present once a month to senate and I don’t know if students are aware that this happens, or that it’s a venue they could use if they wanted to get something changed.” One student proposed that USG do more outreach and promotion of what the organization really gets done. “A town hall-type meeting would be a good idea, or some digital form of it, and then making an effort to talking to student groups on campus more and actually going up to them instead of waiting for them to make a complaint,” said Tyler Matheson, a freshman studying business administration. Ultimately, the senators and the resolutions they create to improve the school are meant to be representative of the needs of the student body. “The senators are here to represent the students on campus,” Rifkind said. “The only elected positions on USG are senators, the president and vice president, so the senators do their best to voice the student support.”