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In the first six months, Lošinj recorded very good tourist results, thus achieving a total of 491.700 overnight stays and 89.500 arrivals with an index of an increase in overnight stays of 19%, and arrivals of 20% compared to the previous 2016.The largest increase in guests was recorded in the segment of hotel accommodation, 19%, and the offer of Lošinj hotels was enjoyed by as many as 35.500 guests who spent 155.000 nights. ”We are extremely pleased with the tourist results so far, especially because this year we have invested a lot of effort to organize numerous events for the needs of all our guests. We expect even better results in the coming months and the continuation of positive indicators of a successful tourist year so far, said the president of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić.After the excellent results achieved in the first six months, the island of vitality with the organization of numerous events continues to successfully navigate the tourist year.
Lewandowski said that about 1,400 members of his union have lost their jobs since the TTF was run dry, and it could not have come at a worse time.“The fact is, this would be like retail (businesses) losing the Christmas and holiday season,” he said, in regards to summer as the key construction season in New Jersey.Recently laid-off Victoria Barden, who was a foreman at George Harms Construction Company in Howell for the past year, said that state officials need to step up to the plate.“It’s not a matter of Democrats and Republicans, it’s a matter of potholes and bridges,” said the Berkeley Township resident.Barden, along with about 50 other workers, saw their last day of work on Aug. 17. She considered herself to be one of the lucky few who made it through to the second round of layoffs.One veteran union laborer who was not afforded that opportunity was Jackson resident Wayne Goldman.“I just got forced into retirement after 31 years because they won’t release the money for the transportation fund,” said Goldman, who was a member of Local #172.While he does have a partial pension still coming in the mail monthly, the balancing act between mortgage payments and ensuring his college-student daughter can make it through the semester, the TTF depletion has worn him down.When asked if he had seen a similar occurrence in his career, Goldman responded by saying “Never. I’ve seen ups and downs, some years we’re slow and some years we’re really busy, but now it’s completely dead.”“Everybody is responsible for putting us in this situation, but everyone can be part of the solution,” Lewandowski said. Story and photo by Jay CookRED BANK – In a showing of both solidarity and disappointment, unemployed workers suffering from a halt in construction throughout the state took peaceful protests to the Two River area earlier this week.On Aug. 23, the Laborers’ International Union for North America (LIUNA) converged on Red Bank and Middletown to voice their displeasure to state elected officials regarding the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and its depleted bank account.On Tuesday, the TTF, which is used to fund the planning, construction, engineering and repairs of bridges and roadways in New Jersey, reached the 54-day mark since Gov. Chris Christie first announced its funding had ceased.The unemployed workers are calling on senators throughout the state to take action in reinvigorating the TTF.An advertisement truck, which the Laborers’ Union of North America (LIUNA) used throughout the day, projected blaring music and pro-TTF ads on the body.“They (state officials) know the importance of this, they know what transportation means, but I don’t think they understand the urgency of why they have to do it now,” said LIUNA spokesman Rob Lewandowski.Dressed in bright orange shirts, about three dozen LIUNA members gathered outside Sen. Jennifer Beck’s Red Bank office on Monmouth Street Tuesday afternoon, using whistles and music to grab attention. Earlier in the day, the same group was outside of Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos’ office in Middletown and at the foot of the southbound side of the Route 35 bridge to Red Bank.LIUNA embarked on this protest campaign two weeks ago, and has traveled the state spreading awareness for the political traffic jam they are currently caught in.