In 2019, there were 21 million arrivals and 108,6 million overnight stays

first_imgResults by markets Source / CNTB – eVisitor In the hotel segment, 67% of hotel overnight stays were realized in the organized traffic segment. For family accommodation, the share of organized overnight stays was 14%, while the share of individuals was 86%. In the structure of commercial accommodation, during 2019, traffic in family accommodation dominated (43%), followed by accommodation in hotels (28%). Slightly less than half of the turnover in hotel accommodation was realized in 4-star facilities (47%), followed by 3-star facilities (31%). In 2019, 4-star facilities spent almost half of their nights in the camps. “Top 10” destinations in Croatia according to the total tourist traffic (measured by overnight stays) in the period January-December 2019. RELATED NEWS: In 2019, Istria recorded the largest number of overnight stays in the national context (ahead of the Split-Dalmatia County and Kvarner). The total turnover in 2019 (overnight stays) is dominated by the German market (19,5%), followed by the domestic market (12,7%), Slovenia (10,1%) and Austria (7,1%). Positive results for 2019, compared to the same time period of the previous year, were achieved from most significant emitting markets.  Overall, 28% of tourist overnight stays in the period January-December were realized on the basis of traffic in the organized segment, while 72% were individuals. center_img When we talk about family accommodation facilities, the highest turnover during 2019 was realized in the segment of the 3-star category (72%). According to the eVisitor system, in 2019 the number of foreign tourist arrivals was 18.267.166 (an increase of 4,4%), while 2.424.455 domestic tourist arrivals were recorded (an increase of 9,0%). In the same period, 94.812.813 overnight stays of foreign tourists were realized (growth of 1,7%) as well as 13.830.741 overnight stays of domestic tourists (growth of 7,6%). During 2019, the majority of tourist traffic was registered in commercial accommodation facilities (85%), while traffic in the nautical segment was 3%. Non-commercial accommodation capacities participate in the total turnover with a share of 12%. Results by counties / clusters REVENUES FROM FOREIGN TOURISTS IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS NINE PERCENT HIGHER Growth in the number of arrivals and overnight stays is recorded from distant markets of China, USA and Canada, as well as Ukraine, Spain, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, the UK and domestic market.  Markets recording growth in arrivals with a slight decline in the number of overnight stays are Belgium, Denmark, Finland and Poland. South Korea recorded a decline in arrivals with an increase in overnight stays. Markets that are declining in overnight stays and arrivals are the Czech Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The total (foreign and domestic) number of arrivals in 2019 was for 20.691.621 (growth of 4,9%), while also recorded 108.643.554 overnight stays (growth of 2,4%). Finally, according to the Croatian National Bank (CNB), in the first nine months of 2019, revenues from foreign tourists amounted to nine billion and 447 million euros, which compared to the same period last year (eight billion and 678 million euros) represents an increase of nine percent, or 769 million euros. last_img read more

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When “small” things make a difference

first_imgWe never take photos again, and we never have fewer photos Thus, thanks to the power of Instagram, many smaller destinations due to the large influx of tourists have major problems in the context of overtourism. Just recently, the Austrian village of Hallstatt, which was declared the “best Instagram city in the world”, reacted with a request that tourists no longer visit them. “There are a lot of glass rocks in the hotel that reveal different scenes of Rovinj. Instead of applying graphics and logos that serve to warn of the glass surface, verbal and auditory associations are printed here that unobtrusively enter the frame with a view of the city. ”  stated in the Bruketa & Žinić & Gray agency. Each name of the bar, restaurant and part of the interior hides a story whose main protagonists are travelers, sailors, saints, factory workers or characters from the novel, associated with that place. Stories or fragments of them can be found in various places in the hotel, from the room and the travel diary, through the introductory pages of the menus and wine lists, all the way to the markings on the glass. When was the last time you took a photo? Family or from a trip? or better yet when you looked at the photos you took, especially the ones back a couple of years ago? Inspired by this idea, the team of the Bruketa & Žinić & Gray agency created a visual identity based on the guest’s interaction with the destination. And that’s where some great details, in my opinion, small but big things that make a difference are hidden. THE POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN TOURISM Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is the most luxurious hotel in Croatia, as well as the largest individual tourist investment of the Adris Group, and just recently it deservedly became part of one of the world’s largest organizations in luxury hospitality, The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW). But before the story from the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, let’s spice up the whole story a bit. The power of photography has always been impressive, both before and today. Even in the digital world, thanks to social media, and especially Instagram back a couple of years. Even a great photo on social media can be a motive for the younger population to come. Only that they too can fill their Instagram wall with the same photo and get thousands of likes. The power of photography and social media As they point out from the Bruketa & Žinić & Gray agency, the next architectural idea of ​​the hotel and its entire branding is discreet and visible only where it is necessary, such as the main entrance. “Instead, communication is carried by a verbal identity made up of local stories and legends that have also served as inspiration in naming individual hotel segments: Viva Eufemia, Laurel & Berry, Cap Aurea, Cissa, Bitinada, Primi Terreni ” Today, thanks to the fact that we all have a great camera (cell phone) in our pocket, which is ready always and now to shoot a good photo, the need or way of life to share photos on social networks, we photograph more than ever in human history, but unfortunately we never have “less ” Photography. And when the story is constantly repeated and returned from the subconscious, the power of photography and free marketing is even stronger. The same goes for an authentic and original souvenir. And the proof of that thesis is best shown in the photo below. As they point out from the Bruketa & Žinić & Gray agency in today’s digitalized world, physical memory means something again and is in a way exclusive. “ANDdentity is thus in the function of a catalyst, conveys stories about Rovinj, and inspires the guest to introspection and record their own stories and experiences” Remember, remember, remember… In addition, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj is in many ways special and attracts attention. In this story, we will focus on visual identity and communication, ie small details, celebrating human creativity, which impresses me day by day. Local story – the importance of authenticity Unfortunately, we have thousands of photos trapped in our cell phones or hard drive as well backup, which we rarely or never watch. We don’t have time or we don’t have the habit of taking photos anymore, which is logically in line with the times we live in. But just the other day due to renovations I was cleaning the attic and old closets where I found old dusty photo albums. It is not enough to say that the old pictures aroused strong and powerful emotions, but it is also a pity that today I have no more photos, real, ie made photos. The city even closed the roads in an attempt to deter tourists, but without any luck. Mayor Alexander Scheutz said Hallstatt is an important work of cultural history, not a museum, and that they want to reduce the number of tourists by at least a third, but that they do not and do not know how. A topic we can write a book about, but let’s move on….center_img Although we like to think that we are conscious and rational beings, we make 50-90% of decisions on a subconscious and emotional level. – points out Dalibor Šumiga, a behavioral marketing specialist from the company PromoSapiens. Anyway, the little things work and make a difference, and so do these examples like the Polaroid camera, the power of photography, and the famous word remember that keeps creeping into my head. But, as logical, natural and simple as they may seem, this is the genius of the same, and behind them are hours and hours of creative thinking. Authenticity cannot be copied, it is unique and it is authenticity that creates a comparative advantage over all others. That is why authenticity is the main essence in tourism. As in the tourist product, promotion, design, architecture and visual communication. PS Not so long ago, a photo aroused my desire and motive for coming to one of our tourist destinations – Rovinj. How and why read in the attachment. Photo as a regular visitor to Rovinj and the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj Namely, it is a UNESCO site since 1977, and as it says The Sun , supposedly that place was the inspiration for the Disney movie Frozen. The town has a population of 780, according to Deutsche Welle, and last year this small destination was visited by 1 million tourists from China alone. This is how the mentioned creatives came up with the idea to make Grand Park Hotel Rovinj for their client diary which together with Polaroid camera gets each guest to be motivated to record their experiences of Rovinj. What is the connection between the photo and the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj? Excellent positioning and visual that can certainly become a potential trigger in the brain whenever a hotel guest sees or reads the word remember, to remember Rovinj, ie the Grand Park Hotel. And that is the greatest power in branding. We are free to put this message in the category of subconscious advertising. In the world of marketing, it has long been a well-known fact that our subconscious mind listens, sees and receives information without us even being aware of it. As I mentioned above, the power of photography, imagine the power of that photography as a constant reminder of the destination and “that” moment, when it is in the living room. Apart from the fact that every day, I emphasize every day, reminds guests of an unforgettable experience, so photography is also the subject of discussion of every guest who comes to your home. Because surely like every guest when they see that photo they will either ask the host about it or they will spontaneously attract attention and initiate interaction. PHOTOGRAPHY AS A MOTIVATION FOR COMING TO A TOURIST DESTINATION Photo: Bruketa & Žinić & Gray Agency Thus, one small village in Austria has six times more tourists per capita than Venice. And all because of the need to take a selfie from this popular Instagram destination. If it was not published on Facebook or Instagram, as if it did not happen – it is a well-known folk proverb in the modern digital age in which we live. One of the specifics of the hotel is certainly the unique view of the city visible from almost all rooms, and the view from the hotel to the old town of Rovinj is the most photographed photo of the hotel. It was with this idea and emotion that Bruketa & Žinić & Gray were guided. Attachment: Just as it was pointed out, today physical photography has become an exclusivity. Funny, but so be it. And if one of the photos taken with a Polaroid camera from the Grand Park Hotel Rovinj ends up in a frame somewhere in the living room or refrigerator, the photo gets a new factor – free marketing and strong positioning on a conscious and unconscious level. Powerful, isn’t it? It is also about strong positioning, both on a conscious and unconscious level. last_img read more

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Tax Administration: 30% less invoices issued

first_imgFor all activities in the period from 24.02.-19.07.2020. in relation to the period from 23.02.- 19.07.2019. it’s visible 30% reduction in the number of accounts, i 19% invoice reduction, are new data published by the Tax Administration, which relate to the analysis of data from the fiscalization system for the days 24.02.2020. to 19.07.2020. and for the period from February 23.02.2019, 19.07.2019. to XNUMX/XNUMX/XNUMX years Source: Tax Administration In the activity G-Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles is visible 23% reduction in the number of accounts, i a 11% reduction in the invoice amount. Comparing the period from 13.07. to 19.07.2020/2019/XNUMX compared to the same period in XNUMX, it can be seen that it was achieved for all activities 23% reduction in the number of accounts, i 18% invoice amount reduction. In the activity G – Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles is visible 19% account reduction, the a 9% reduction in the invoice amount. center_img In activity I – the provision of accommodation and food preparation and serving is visible 30% account reduction, and the invoice amount of 39%. In activity I – providing accommodation and food preparation and serving is visible 48% reduction in the number of accounts and 57% in the account amount.last_img read more

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Promotion of Croatia as a safe and desirable nautical destination on the Nautical Channel

first_imgCroatian National Tourist Board through the show “Safe Harbor promotes nautical tourism on Nautical Channel, followed by more than 200 million viewers in over 100 countries. This year we finally experienced done upgrade our nautical tourism. Average consumption of nautical tourists is 126 euros per day, and in the charter 183 euros per day. More than 30 percent of that money is spent on other forms of tourism, from cultural to wine and gastronomic offerings, according to research TOMAS NAUTIKA YACHTING 2017 This is one of the good examples of meaning CNTB, as a national tourism organization with the main goal of promoting our tourism and brand on the global stage. Of course, one project does not make a strategy, but it is certainly commendable to position our nautical tourism on one of the best nautical platforms. A total of 20 five-minute shows from various Croatian nautical destinations will be broadcast with the aim of representing Croatia as safe and desirable nautical destinations and attracting as many sailors as possible to our country. By the way, the Nautical Channel was created in 2011, by merging the Sailing Channel and the Yacht & Sail channel, and is broadcast via hundreds of well-known world platforms. The content of this program is focused on sailing and nautical sports, surfing, kite-boarding, nautical news, travel and interviews with famous athletes.  Destinations that will be promoted through 20 shows on the Nautical Channel are Vis, Dubrovnik, Cres, Korcula, Rovinj, Split, Mali Losinj, Primosten, Rab, Brac, Skradin, Makarska, Pag, Murter, Omis, Vodice, Ugljan, Ston, Sibenik and Dugi otok. So from now on through the service “e-Nautics“Ministries of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, enabled online application the arrival of a foreign vessel or a Croatian boat in Croatian territorial waters, for the purpose of payment and taking over the electronic confirmation of payment of the navigation safety fee. Also, it finally makes it possible for boaters online tourist tax payment. According to the CNTB, in addition to the tourist offer of the destinations themselves, the shows will present various attractions and attractions for boaters, safe ports and bays, marinas and a rich Croatian eno-gastronomic offer. Special emphasis in the shows was placed on excellent Croatian traffic position and proximity to emitting markets, and staying on nautical vessels has been highlighted as one of the safest forms of accommodation.center_img In the summer part of this year, nautical charter achieved 70 percent of last year’s result, only in the previous part of September, almost 200 nights in nautical charter were realized. As we know, nautical is the first to open and close the tourist season in our tourism, with a fleet of over 4.300 vessels, more than 140 nautical tourism ports with over 17.000 berths and over a million cruise passengers, Croatia is certainly nautical superpower and we are one of the most important nautical destinations not only in the Mediterranean but also globally. Croatia as a leader in nautical tourism Namely, the e-Citizens system, which currently has over 800.000 users, has been richer by three more e-services since the beginning of this year. One of the novelties, at least as far as tourism is concerned, is a new service through “e-Nautics”. So this year it is open and multilingual portal nautika.evisitor.hr which guides boaters in a simple and clear way through the process of registration and payment of tourist tax. For promotion of nautical tourism you should definitely take a look at our main communication web platform Croatia.hr , which brings various articles and information on nautical tourism. News for boaters and nautical tourism Photo: bohdanchreptak, Pixabay.comlast_img read more

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We bring you the story of how the first website of the tourist board was created, which was adapted for people with disabilities

first_imgLet’s not just stop with public institutions When researching the term “Accessibility”(Digital accessibility) from Lloyds noticed that a large part of the population has problems with dyslexia, low vision and blindness. This was an additional motivation to implement special specifications from the very beginning when creating the website, which will be used by a wider circle of users. That’s why Lloyds decided to devise their own solution for digital accessibility at this level of complexity. Domagoj Ostović, Lloyds: The job turned out to be extremely demanding and challenging, but we are proud to have been given this opportunity Za blind personse have adapted the website so that the user’s screen reader recognizes the text, images, links, as well as the options of the page itself (buttons, links, menus, etc.), whose adaptation allows the blind person to use the website and all its functionalities. To this end, they have implemented “ARIA” (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) tags that screen readers use to recognize the content of the website. Font adjustment, night view and additional font color contrast options, font spacing, line spacing, and screen reader adjustment are just some of the accessibility settings they are proud of. The first website of a tourist board that is adapted for people with disabilities and made according to the highest standards of web adaptation in Croatia is the website of the Zadar Tourist Board – zadar.travel Increase font size and modular font scale In addition to companies from the tourism sector, institutions and companies providing health services (polyclinics, clinics, etc.) from Lloyds are invited to adapt their websites in a way that adapts them for people with disabilities. “In general, all activities that fall within the tertiary and quaternary sectors of the economy should think about improving their digital products because they are important to people with disabilities. ” concludes Ostović. To embed accessibility customization to make your website available to a wider range of users, contact Lloyds by email: weare@lloyds.design. At the end of September, the legislation came into force European Web Accessibility which requires that all EU public sector websites must be adapted for a wider range of users, emphasizing the needs of people with disabilities. Given the large number of such sectors in Croatia, this is a great opportunity, but also a challenge for IT companies whose main activity is the development of digital products, especially the development of websites and mobile applications. In addition to functional and design adjustments to the font, ie size and spacing, which are, for example, important for dyslexics, the site also has the ability to work in dark mode, but also an integrated content reader in all languages ​​that automatically turns on if used by a visually impaired or blind person. has the system turned on by default on your computer, as well as many other functions.  Kristina Tubić from the Croatian Association of the Blind states that about 80 million people with disabilities live in the European Union, most of whom travel and visit tourist destinations. This information should motivate tourism institutions, accommodation and tourism service providers to adapt their digital solutions to a wider range of users. Such a change will, on the one hand, have a socially beneficial effect, while on the other hand, it will affect the overall improvement of the business. In theirs accessibility adjustments they use an open source font called OpenDyslexic, a font specifically designed for dyslexics that is constantly being improved according to user feedback. To make it easier to recognize letters, they use a font whose letters have thicker bottoms, which more clearly shows the direction of the letters. The thickened bottom makes it easier to recognize which side of the letter is down or up, that is, the different thickness of the letters helps so that the brain does not turn the letters over. A font where the bottom of each individual letter is equally bold also helps the line of text. Such unique letter shapes can help prevent confusion when reversing and replacing letters. OpenDyslexic font Dark mode work It was on the topic of an adaptive website to the needs of people with disabilities that I spoke to an IT company Lloyds design from Labin which is a leader in digital accessibility of websites in Croatia and which has designed its own solution for digital accessibility at this level of complexity. The main goal was that the website has a real value that is its purpose, and not just to do the job according to the given criteria and to provide comprehensive tourist information to guests with disabilities who visit Zadar.  The project of adapting content on the web for people with disabilities was done in cooperation with disability associations in Zadar, especially with the umbrella Association of the Physically Disabled of Zadar County, so that all changes have real value and provide information to guests with disabilities visiting Zadar.  Digital accessibility: How to adapt websites for the needs of people with disabilities according to the new European Web Accessibility legislation Furthermore, the OpenDyslexic font increases the spacing between letters when using a special type of italic font to make the letters easier to read, or to alleviate the symptoms of dyslexia.  Although the regulations stipulate that the public sector is obliged to adapt to people with disabilities, Ostović believes that the private sector should adapt to existing and future, ie potential users, in order to raise awareness and improve its business. In addition to the option to include a special font type, there is also an option to increase font size which helps visually impaired people to read the content of the website more clearly. On zadar.travel website implemented modular scale for fonts. When the user activates the option for a larger font, the fonts on the modular scale are increased by one level more, an adequate size for the visually impaired. This level of adaptation of the website was done for the first time, and we realized it in cooperation with associations of disabled people, Ostović emphasizes and adds that he would like to thank Mr. Filip Jadrijev, Secretary of the Association of Physically Handicapped of Zadar County, for feedback implementation of the adaptation of the website for persons with disabilities for the needs of the website of the Zadar Tourist Board. After they created a new website for the Zadar Tourist Board, they started talking about the directive that requires public sector entities to adapt their digital solutions for users with special needs, says Ostojić about the moment when Lloyds began to deal intensively with the challenge of adapting the web. sites for the needs of people with disabilities. Also one of the functionality of accessibility customization is night mode rada. Although they implemented it at the client’s request, they used it to enhance the contrast with additional text coloring options so that people with color blindness could read the content of the website more easily. The text coloring option is also available on the original version of the zadar.travel website. The article was done in collaboration with Lloyds design Lloyds design is a digital agency that provides a comprehensive service of digital product development in a way that in addition to the development of mobile and web applications provides a service of creating and developing a visual identity or brand, and the development of custom systems. Their team consists of passionate individuals who love good food, socializing, dedication, simple things, trends and Google. They have over 300 successfully completed projects for clients around the world – UK, USA, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, France, and many others. “The project is very important, because it is not intended only for users in Zadar, but also for all guests with disabilities who come to Zadar from all over Croatia and the world. As I am a physically disabled person who uses a wheelchair, it was important to me that the website of the Tourist Board provides information on where and how disabled people can move around Zadar, or whether they can visit restaurants, theater and museums, or how to access apartments and the like. . In that sense, I expect the site to have more and more information day by day”Pointed out during the presentation of the adapted website, Filip Jadrijev, Secretary of the Association of the Physically Disabled of Zadar County, and concluded that they now finally have a unique place that can be visited by a large population of people with disabilities, regardless of disability In the continuation of the conversation with Domagoj Ostović, CEO of Lloyds design-a find out how the accessibility adaptation they implemented on the redesigned website of the Zadar Tourist Board enabled the use of the website to a wider circle of users and what feature of the adaptation it serves, ie what problem it solves.  IT company Lloyds design from Labin is a leader in digital accessibility of websites in Croatia We are the first company in Croatia to design solutions for digital accessibility at this level of complexity, he pointed out Domagoj Ostović, CEO of Lloyds designand added that they have simplified the solution as much as possible, thus making the use of customization options tailored for more and less experienced users. “Easy usability is the result of many hours of work and research guided by the recommendations of CARNet ” emphasizes Ostović. “In my opinion, this is a high level of adjustment. Thus, the zadar.travel website is now accessible to all blind and partially sighted people, but with different levels of low vision. As we have different levels of low vision, by emphasizing the nuances of contrast or color, we have taken into account all the tasks in the adaptation of the web. The job proved to be extremely demanding and challenging, but we are proud to have been given this opportunity. ” Ostovic pointed out Option for increase in thinning it helps both visually impaired and dyslexic people, ie it improves the readability and speed of reading the text. Option for increasing the spacing between letters helps dyslexic people reduce the symptoms of dyslexia by reducing reading errors caused by mixing and substituting letters. Larger spacing between letters improves readability and letter recognition. The solution is to incorporate a 2-pixel spacing which spacing is optimal to recognize letters faster and easier, while on the other hand maintaining word clarity to avoid misreading. Increasing the spacing between letters last_img read more

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What if the Founding Fathers had free speech wrong?

first_imgBut what did the founders understand those words to mean?A remarkable answer comes from Jud Campbell, a University of Richmond law professor, who has just produced what might well be the most illuminating work on the original understanding of free speech in a generation.In a November article in the Yale Law Journal, Campbell argues that the founders meant to protect a lot less speech than most of us think.It’s a jarring claim.For decades some influential readers, including Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, have said that the First Amendment is an “absolute,” meaning that it forbids any restrictions on speech.Most others, including members of the current Supreme Court, insist that it doesn’t go quite that far.For example, government can regulate bribery, obscenity, perjury and false commercial advertisements – not to mention false cries of “fire!” in a crowded theater. At the same time, engagement with the historical materials raises hard questions for free-speech enthusiasts.Campbell contends that on the original understanding, Citizens United (the Supreme Court’s decision protecting the right of corporations to spend money on political campaigns) “would likely have to go.”His analysis also suggests that the First Amendment was probably not meant to protect hate speech, flag-burning or efforts to promote terrorism.On these issues, it makes sense to grapple with 18th-century understandings, and to do so with humility and respect.Campbell’s elaboration of those understandings shows that in expanding protection of freedom of speech, the United States has made a ton of progress – but that in some areas, we may have lost a sense of balance along the way.Cass Sunstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He is the author of “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media” and a co-author of “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness.”More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists But almost everyone agrees that, with well-defined exceptions, freedom of speech is the general rule, and that it is the Supreme Court’s business is to protect it.Campbell contends that the founding generation did not see things this way.In his account, theirs was an altogether different political world, and their concepts and principles were not at all like ours.Campbell starts with the claim that much of the founders’ thinking was organized around the idea of “natural rights” — rights that people could have without any government at all. Unlike the rights to a jury trial and to due process of law, the right to speak counted as a natural right.But this didn’t mean that free speech was an absolute, or even that courts should protect it.Far more modestly, it meant that speech could be restricted only to protect the public good, and only when the people’s representatives voted in favor of the restriction.For the most part, it was up to the legislature to decide whether speech needed to be regulated to protect the public good – understood, in James Madison’s terms, as the “safety and happiness of society.” It would also allow the government to punish efforts to deceive others (and deception is a pretty large category).Campbell illustrates these points by noting that in the founding period, there was vigorous debate about the Sedition Act of 1798, under which people could be fined or imprisoned for writing, printing, uttering or publishing “any false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government of the United States, or either House of Congress, or the President, with intent to defame, or bring either into contempt or disrepute, or to excite against either the hatred of the people of the United States.”From the standpoint of law in the 21st century, that’s plainly unconstitutional.But in the founding era, most people seemed to think that it was fine.One commentator insisted that “[t]he freedom of the press and opinions was never understood to give the right of publishing falsehoods and slanders, nor of exciting sedition, insurrection, and slaughter, with impunity.”Campbell’s research raises serious questions for “originalists” – those who believe, with Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch, that the meaning of the Constitution is settled by the original understanding of its terms.Do we really want to go back to the 18th-century view of freedom of speech?center_img As one writer explained, “Political liberty consists in a freedom of speech and action, so far as the laws of a community will permit, and no farther.”Campbell offers two important qualifications. First, the founding generation opposed licensing of the press.In that way, they sought to forbid prior restraints on what members of the press could say (without necessarily forbidding subsequent punishment through criminal trials).Second, they thought that (in Campbell’s words) “well-intentioned statements of one’s views were immune from regulation.”That means that so long as your speech was not meant to mislead or harm others, you were protected.These qualifications would afford considerable protection to free speech — but from the point of view of current law, not nearly enough. It would allow the government to enforce norms of civility – as with laws punishing blasphemy and profanity.It would allow punishment of falsehoods – as through expansive use of libel law to extract big damage awards from newspapers and broadcasters (as favored by President Donald Trump). Categories: Editorial, OpinionAccording to the most famous words of the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech.”last_img read more

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Border wall will only serve to divide us

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe often rely on simple approaches to understand strangers around us.One approach is to try to understand who and what a person admires and imitates. Another is to admit that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so don’t play judge.A major item that is coming up for debate this year is the border wall between our nation and Mexico.Border walls have a very long and questionable history. Most have failed in their goals. They’ve defined national borders, kept hostile enemies at bay, and prevented their own citizens from fleeing.An example we all know would be what many Westerners called “Wall of Shame,” or the Berlin Wall. What did it say about its builders and what they thought of people? Does our president admire the Berlin Wall?Switching to beauty being in the eye of the beholder, who doesn’t swell with patriotic pride at the sight of the Statue of Liberty? In contrast, I remember driving along the towering and threatening wall near Tijuana and wondering why Mexican nationals are treated like criminals. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I can’t remember a church that has a wall in front.Walls are barriers we choose to erect. Large, imponderable, formidable walls are an insult to the beauty of the world. Walls define others as different and undesirable. An unquestioning us versus them approach. What do walls say about us?Don CooperAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Three seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Feb. 20

first_imgWhether or not you attend the event, you can take action to protect youth from being exposed to smoking on the big screen by signing this petition: www.change.org/p/mpaa-nato-r-rate-smoking-to-make-kid-rated-movies-smokefreeYasmin Torres SchenectadyThe writer is an 11th-grade student at Niskayuna High School and a member of Schenectady County Reality Check (www.realitycheckofny.com). Why bring politics into halftime show?I’m an avid reader of The Daily Gazette and cannot help but comment on Jack Osterlitz’s Feb. 13 letter on the halftime show of the Super Bowl. Why is it today you cannot criticize something without blaming the Democrats or Republicans? His comparison to the halftime show and the Democrats is appalling. I know it’s your opinion, Mr. Osterlitz, but you took the actual criticism away from the show and put it on the Democrats. Why? I find that both parties find any way possible to criticize each other. Whatever happened to working together? Since this is the opinion page, this is just my opinion.  Peggy McHale Ballston Spa Trump needs to be held in check, againTrump fulfills a key campaign promise – to build a wall – misdirecting billions of federal dollars completely around Congress  for an imaginary emergency.Time to get out the lawyers. Again. To keep the “chief” in check. Again and again. Thank you for your time and attention.Jon LemelinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinecenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSmoking in movies sends bad messageThe Oscars are airing on Feb. 24, host-less but not without more than its share of smoking featured in its nominated films. In fact, the youth-rated films nominated for an Oscar this year contain twice as much tobacco as youth-rated films in 2018. Why does that matter?According to the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, movies with smoking will recruit 6 million American kids to smoke in this generation and cause 2 million smoking-related deaths. Rating these movies R would cut these deaths in half and save 1 million lives. As a member of a teen program called Reality Check, which empowers youth to become leaders in the movement against tobacco use and the tobacco industry, I want to bring attention to the fact that smoking in youth-rated films has caused underage kids to start smoking. During the week leading up to the Oscars, I’ll be volunteering at free smoke-free movie event from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today (Feb. 20) at the Schenectady County Library to help raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and the impact of tobacco imagery shown in films. The event will feature the Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time, which contains no smoking imagery, and will include trivia games, giveaway prizes, and pizza for families that attend. last_img read more

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Towering ambition

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Hugo Jackson takes European plunge…as TrizecHahn is ready to quit

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