In the history of U.S. space flight, neither NASA nor the FAA have permitted a vertical launch over private homes or people directly downrange. The risk to people and property from an exploding rocket is too great. But that may soon change if a private launch facility across from Georgia’s Cumberland Island National Seashore is approved.Cumberland and Little Cumberland Islands have just become the first communities in America to be directly downrange from a vertical launch spaceport awaiting license approval from the FAA. Hikers and campers on Cumberland Island National Seashore would be endangered by the proposed launch site, and more than sixty private homes lie in the path of rockets that Camden County commissioners hope someday to launch.On January 29, the Camden County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners filed an application to launch commercial/non-federal rockets over the Cumberland Island National Seashore and Little Cumberland Island. Camden County’s proposal to launch vertical rockets over people and their homes is without precedent in the United States.According to the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed spaceport, rocket failures are reasonably expected to occur every 18 months (a 6 percent stated failure rate with 12 proposed launches each year). It will only take one rocket failure to completely destroy Little Cumberland Island and the northern end of Cumberland Island.“What other national park or neighborhood in America faces the prospect of destruction every 1.5 years as a result of the actions of its own local government?” asks Rebecca Lang, a resident of Little Cumberland Island.Aerospace Corp. was engaged to analyze the risks associated with launching rockets from the proposed site, but Camden County has refused to make the results of the analysis public.Little Cumberland Island Homes Association, Inc., the Southern Environmental Law Center, and other groups and individuals have submitted Georgia Open Records Act requests for public disclosure of the risk analysis for the proposed spaceport. Camden County denied the requests, relying on an inapplicable exception to Open Records Act. This risk analysis contains impact dispersion diagrams of debris fields from rocket explosions all over the National Seashore and the homes of its residents.Little Cumberland Island is within the boundaries of the Cumberland Island National Seashore and is home to the longest running Loggerhead Sea Turtle Research program in the world. The Little Cumberland Lighthouse was built in 1838 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Cumberland Island National Seashore attracts 50,000 hikers and campers each year and is a United Nations Global Biosphere Reserve.For more information on the threats that Spaceport Camden poses to Cumberland Island National Seashore, visit ProtectCumberlandIsland.org.
In Jadranka Hotels, one of the subsidiaries of the Jadranka Group, the number of employees has doubled in the past 10 years. The consequence of this is an increasing number of domestic and foreign tourists who come to Lošinj every year, as well as extra-hotel facilities that try to extend the tourist season on Lošinj to the whole year. It is interesting to note that both permanent and permanent seasonal employees received Christmas bonuses, and all others in proportion to the duration of their employment. In addition to Christmas, Jadranka is once again providing her employees with a gift for children up to 15 years of age worth 600 kuna. Jadranka Group, one of the largest tourist and trade companies in Croatia, this year again rewards the work and effort of its employees with a Christmas bonus in the amount of as much as 2.500 kuna. This salary supplement is the final confirmation of the quality work of all employees. Jadranka Group currently employs almost 800 permanent employees, and during the tourist season this number rises to about 1.700 employees, which makes them the largest employer on Lošinj and Cres. In addition to benefits such as salary supplements, the Jadranka Group takes care of the training and education of its employees, so it invests at all levels. multimillion amounts for their development. Opportunities for additional education are numerous – from in-house workshops and internal Gastro Academy to external training programs for specialized occupations, such as concierge, sommelier, bartender and butler. Photo: Jadranka group “We in the Jadranka Group firmly believe that only continuous effort and work can bring progress, but we also believe that they should be recognized and rewarded. We are extremely proud of our employees and the successes we have achieved together in the past year. We are guided by the idea that employee satisfaction is just as important as the satisfaction of our guests and customers.”, Said Sanjin Šolić, President of the Management Board of Jadranka Group. One of the most significant moves of this tourist and trade company from Lošinj is arranging a facility to accommodate seasonal employees. Investment in a facility for the accommodation of employees, which monitors the quality level of the 4 * hotel, is the first such investment on the island of Lošinj, and is extremely important for ensuring quality accommodation. The working conditions offered by Jadranka are an excellent incentive for all those interested in working in tourism – especially during the summer months.