The tourism and hospitality sector is on the verge of collapse, and at the same time we are paying the highest VAT rate in Europe

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgAfter the meeting, the President of the Independent Association of Caterers Marin Medak and the President of the Association of Caterers of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Vedran Jakominić presented the requests to the Government of the Republic of Croatia and relevant institutions, with the aim of saving the tourism sector finds before complete collapse. “Precisely because of this alarming situation, it is time for the Government to finally start a dialogue with the representatives of the caterers. ”reports from the Coordination of Croatian Caterers. CATERER’S APPEAL: THE SEASON IS BORN, WE MISS WORKERS “We have the absolute highest VAT rate on food preparation and serving in the Mediterranean and one of the highest rates in the European Union. We demand an urgent reduction of that rate to 13%, as well as the abolition of the consumption tax of 3% because these rates prevent us from adequately paying the domestic workers we want to employ instead of foreigners. We are in tax scissors that do not allow us to develop and destroy not only our sector but also tourism as a key branch of the Croatian economy. Our income is practically nationalized through high taxes and benefits, and all risks and obligations remain with us. Our initiative has now grown into an active Coordination of Croatian caterers as a result of the urgent need for change”, Said the president of the Independent Association of Caterers Marin Medak. The caterers are asking for an urgent meeting with the Government. A working meeting with key stakeholders was held in Zagreb today, organized by the Coordination of Croatian Caterers, at which the problems faced by Croatian caterers were discussed and a message was sent to the Government that VAT on food preparation and serving must be urgently reduced from the current 25%. at 13%. Related news:center_img The working meeting was attended by representatives of the Association of Taxpayers Lipa, Croatian Tourism Association, Association of Independent Employers, Coordination of Producers of Spirits at HUP, representative of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Croatia Mladen Novosel, suppliers and many Croatian caterers. The coordination of Croatian caterers consists of caterers throughout Croatia, including the initiators of the initiative Association for Catering and Tourism of Međimurje, Association of Caterers Dubrovnik, Independent Association of Caterers and Association of Caterers of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. It was said that measures such as the introduction of a quota for foreign workers are only a temporary solution, while Croatia needs a quality and long-term strategy for the development of tourism and hospitality that will enable Croatian workers to stay in Croatia instead of going abroad. Photo: Pexels.com “If we compare the distribution of catering turnover in Croatia and in comparable Mediterranean countries, the total share of the state and workers in transport is almost the same (59% vs. 58%), but when we pay attention to the net amount a worker receives, we get the answer where the money is. A worker in our country receives exactly 50% of the amount he could receive, and the entire difference is appropriated by the state. It is humiliating to watch people leave the country, while messages come from the Government that it is the employer who is insatiable. According to Fina, just over 120 entrepreneurs had 882.884 employees last year, a turnover of around HRK 680 billion, and a profit of HRK 22 billion (or 3%). It is clear that money is not with us. We expect that in cooperation with all stakeholders – small breweries, winemakers, family farms and unions, we will succeed in our intention to defend our economy. To direct revenues to our colleagues and domestic producers and thus strengthen the economy, but also reduce dependence on tourism.”, Concluded the president of the Association of Caterers of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Vedran Jakominić. NO CATERER MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE DEVASTATION OF THE CROATIAN COAST BY USING FINGERSlast_img read more


USC to partner with SETI for projects and research

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgSearch for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, commonly know as SETI, recently agreed to partner with USC to “pursue the study of the living universe.”The SETI Institute is a non-profit organization that performs research and has a center for education and public outreach.The collaboration will be effective immediately. As a result, USC will gain access to the Institute to embark on joint projects. According to Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research, involvement is expected from physics, astronomy, biology, electrical engineering, computer science, cinema and the Keck School of Medicine.“USC and the SETI Institute have common interests in understanding life in all its forms, as well as communicating with students and the public on exciting scientific topics,” Hall wrote in an e-mail. “We are looking forward to starting joint research programs, education and internship opportunities for students, and creation of multimedia for science education.”The idea of a collaboration emerged three months ago when Dr. David Agus, the director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and the USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center, met with Jill Tarter, the Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. at a conference. There, they talked about a possible collaboration between USC and SETI.Although the exact details of the collaboration are not yet known, Hall and Dr. Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at SETI, see benefits for both USC and SETI.Although it is still in discussions, people from the SETI Institute might come teach classes at USC.Research opportunities for the faculty will also be prevalent, and, if things go according to plan, so will undergraduate summer internships.“There are a lot of things we do that might be of interest to some of the students and some of the faculty at USC,” Shostak said. “We’re also interested in the stuff that you do in film and television and that sort of thing because we do a lot of outreach here; there are television crews here all the time and it will be useful to have, for example, material made that illustrates the kind of work we do and whatever we’re doing with USC.”One of the major shared interests is looking for microbial life in otherwise inhospitable environments.For some students, the prospect of working with SETI is exciting.“It would be really cool especially since I am a computer science major and SETI does things like listen to noise from the universe and try to find intelligent signals within that noise,” said Nakul Joshi, a freshman majoring in computer science.last_img read more


Video: On the Beat: Beat writers break down Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament draw

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

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22nd round of BiH Premier League has finished

Posted On Aug 16 2020 by

first_imgYesterday, with the match Sarajevo-Leotar, the 22nd round of BiH Football Premier League has finishedOlimpic defeated Široki Brijeg with 2:1; Željezničar defeated Radnik with 3:0 and Čelik defeated Zvijezda with 4:1.Rudar and Borac played 1:1, and Travnik defeated Gradina with 1:0, just as did Velež against GOŠK.Zrinjski defeated Slavija with 2:1 and there were no goals in the match of Sarajevo and Leotar.First team of the League is Željezničar with 51 points, followed by Sarajevo with 45 points, Borac with 39, Olimpic with 37, Široki with 34, Čelik, Slavija, Leotar and Zrinjski with 33, Rudar with 28, Velež and Radnik with 26,  Zvijezda and Travnik with 23, Gošk with 16 and Gradina with 5 points.last_img


Mount Sentinel Grad Katie Wayling sets up shop in Florida

Posted On Aug 3 2020 by

first_imgThe Panthers, 21-8, opened States with a five-set victory over Florida State College at Jacksonville.However, Palm Beach State lost to top ranked Miami-Dade 3-1 and before being swept 3-0 in the rematch against Florida State College at Jacksonville.By the way, the weather in West Palm Beach recently has been a balmy 26 C.
The Nelson Daily: Take me through the way you got to attend Palm Beach to play volleyball.Katie Wayling:I look at life as one big adventure.  As my grad year came to it’s last few months I started thinking more and more about how I could get out and live life to it’s fullest.I began to realize all the opportunities that were right there in front of me so I set out to pursue one and it landed me here. I started by researching schools in areas that I would like to travel to.  After emailing several different schools, I came across PBSC (Palm Beach State College).  I contacted the coaches and after they reviewed my game footage they offered me the full ride scholarship. How could I pass up the opportunity to not only play volleyball at the collegiate level, but also travel to a place I have never been before!  I took the chance, packed my bags and hopped on a plane to Florida saying goodbye to everything familiar to me . . . and all I can say is I couldn’t be happier with my decision.TND: How’s the volleyball experience?   KW: Not only are my coaches very kind, but they make me see the game in ways I didn’t know existed. Running plays I have never ran before makes things new and exciting so I enjoy every opportunity I get to get better. I feel as though I have become a much stronger setter since training here.  I have a great time with all the girls on and off the court and have certainly made friendships that will continue down the road for many years to come. This is the exact level I wanted to compete at so I am very content.
TND: Are you getting lots of time? 
KW: We started the season running a 6-2.  I would play three rotations, sit three rotations, then back in for three again and so on.  About a month into the season we began running a 5-1 with me as the starting setter. I have been getting plenty of playing time with the exception of a couple games that I was out due to a shoulder injury. 
TND:  Do you live on campus?KW: The majority of student-athletes live in Emerald Lake’s apartments and town houses.  It is a very nice complex surrounding a lake less than a mile off campus.  I live in a two-story town house with three teammates. The houses are very nice and spacious- LOVE having my own room.
 
TND:  Did you think last year at this time, during Grade 12 season with the Cats, you’d be playing varsity volleyball in Florida?KW: I had no idea where life was going to take me at that point. TND: Did your time at Mount Sentinel prepare you for life outside the Kootenays?KW: The months I spent with classmates, (the) teachers of Quest for Community, the things I experienced and life lessons I discovered in that time span have had more impact on shaping me into the person I am today than anything else in my life.  TND: And what about all those bus rides, tournaments and provincials as a member of the Wildcats?KW: All of the great times and achievements that were had with (varsity volleyball coach) Joe (Moreira) and the Cats will never be forgotten.
 [email protected] As an athlete at South Slocan’s Mount Sentinel High School, Katie Wayling has done it all — well almost everything.Moving from Stanley Humphries in Castlegar during her Grade 9 year the budding volleyball/basketball star made an immediate impact on the varsity girl’s teams.During the four years at Mount Sentinel Wayling was part of a pair of provincial titles, both — B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championship in 2007 and B.C. High School A Girl’s Basketball crown in 2008— coming in the same school year. Wayling, 18, achieved the rare feat while playing with older sister Kendra.Something very rarely accomplished at the high school level, especially in the Kootenays.Wayling also played for Team B.C. Volleyball squad in the summers of 2007 and 2008.But athletics is not the only highlight of Wayling’s schooling.In January of this year, the daughter of Rand and Christine Wayling was part of the Mount Sentinel School trip that was in Haiti during the earthquake.Which was an event that definitely gave the 5’7” setter from Canada a different outlook on life.So much so that Wayling has allowed very little moss to grow under her feet as she is now attending school in sunny Florida at Palm Beach State College, located 60 miles north of Miami in Lake Worth, Florida.The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr caught up with Wayling prior to leading the mighty Panthers into the National Junior College Athletic Association Florida State Championships Women’s Volleyball Championships in Winter Haven.last_img read more


A’s Japan Opening Day kicks off brutal start to regular season schedule

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgTOKYO — Every schedule has its challenges over the course of 162 games, but this is extraordinary.After the A’s open the season in Japan and then play the Giants in the three-game Bay Bridge Series, they will embark on a stretch of 18 consecutive game days. The first eight are at the Oakland Coliseum against the Angels and Boston Red Sox. Then they go on the road for 10 at Houston, Baltimore and Texas.Not only is there an obvious fatigue factor in play here, but playing for 18 straight days …last_img


New Stanford biodegradable wearable takes your data to its grave

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… A wearable electronic device that can dissolve in vinegar and is currently considered to be the lightest, thinnest electronic device, was recently unveiled by researchers at Stanford University. This technology can help reduce electronic waste while maintaining privacy.See Also: How personal beacons can help keep women safeThe need for biodegradable tech in an era when new gadgets are constantly being introduced and quickly discarded, causing tons of electronic waste, presented the key concern and main focus for the team of researchers who have shared this new device. The team designed this wearable electronic device to totally dissolve when vinegar is poured on it. Having a biodegradable wearable option presents an answer to the privacy problem that occurs when new devices are discarded in favor of new ones, hoping that the cautionary measures taken to erase old data are effective enough to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.The decomposing polymer that the device is made of ranks as one of the thinnest and lightest electronic gadgets that’s ever been made. The team has synthesized the biodegradable semiconductor by utilizing a molecule taken from tattoo ink, and has created a base by weaving plant fibers into a new, extra-thin film.  Inside the structure are embedded electronics. When placed in vinegar, or even a less acidic liquid, the entire thing melts away within a 30 day timeframe.An answer to e-waste?In the near future, this technology will likely be used for storing sensitive digital information that could rapidly and easily be destroyed and kept a secret. It can also possibly be used for biological sensors, and implantable medical devices.  Testing has been done with the device in mice to research whether this idea would work.  The device is currently still not safe for use in humans. But it may be in the future.According to an ENDS Europe agency report about electronic waste, due to an increasing built-in obsolescence, in 2012 defective appliances were replaced at the rate of 8.3 percent, which is an increase from 3.5 percent in 2004. Recent studies share that a huge majority of young adults own smartphones, and approximately 30 percent of American upgrade their phones every two years. This helps add to a huge amount of waste that estimates show will produce more than 50 million metric tons of electronic waste by 2018.  The solution to this problem looks as though it may be here, with this new biodegradable wearable. Electronic waste is a real problem, causing poisonous groundwater by leaching hazardous materials like mercury into the ground. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts Follow the Puckcenter_img Amanda Razani Tags:#e-waste#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Stanford#top#waste#wearable Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more


‘Banana boat’ crew LeBron, Carmelo, Chris Paul at courtside for Wade’s last game

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgCarmelo Anthony, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul and Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James. from left, pose for a photographs on the court after Wade’s final NBA basketball game, against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — Dwyane Wade had some superstar fans on hand for his final NBA game.LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony were all sitting courtside in Brooklyn on Wednesday night to watch Miami’s game against the Nets.ADVERTISEMENT The four players are close friends and former teammates on the U.S. Olympic team.Wade went over to the corner where they were sitting and hugged each before starting his final game before retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Afterward, Wade finished his season-long custom of exchanging jerseys with players by giving his to Anthony. Anthony was one of the people who persuaded Wade to return this season and enjoy a farewell tour, but then he didn’t last long enough with the Houston Rockets to play against Miami.”We have a brotherhood that’s just so much more than basketball.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte READ: In his final NBA game, Dwyane Wade drops triple-double for Miami HeatWade punctuated his career with one last triple-double, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 113-94 loss to Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics READ: #L3GACY: Dwyane Wade goes out a winner in MiamiJames told Fox Sports Southeast that it was important for them to be there because their friendship goes beyond basketball.“CP played last night, we had our last regular-season game last night and Melo’s right here in New York so we kind of made the plan, made the decision to come up here,” James said. “Listen, we couldn’t miss D-Wade’s last game. This is the last time he’s going to be on an NBA floor wearing that Miami Heat uniform, that No. 3, so we’re happy to be here to support.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Warriors series up next as Clippers drop to 8th despite win over Jazz Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew –@KingJames said he couldn’t miss @DwyaneWade’s #OneLastDance pic.twitter.com/X4LaxpcV7m— ESPN (@espn) April 11, 2019“I didn’t get an opportunity to play against Melo this year and exchange jerseys with him,” Wade said. “That was a missing piece out of this whole season, so everything worked out great for him being here, for me having an opportunity to give him my jersey.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more


Texas Football Staffer Took Shots At Texas A&M And Baylor’s QB Development During NFL Draft

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgMike Giglio says how certain Texas schools don't teach enough about football.Texas Staffer Takes Shot At A&M, BaylorAs strange as it sounds, Baylor has been the dominant college football program in Texas over the last few seasons, and Texas A&M is still basking in the glow of its move to the SEC and the exciting Johnny Manziel era in College Station. Texas, meanwhile, is in the middle of a full rebuild under Charlie Strong, who enters his second season in Austin. That isn’t preventing Texas director of player personnel Mike Giglio from taking shots at Baylor and A&M. During today’s final day of the NFL Draft, Giglio used an ESPN clip to promote Strong-product Teddy Bridgewater over an unnamed Manziel, and took a shot at Baylor’s quarterback development after the Jets took Bryce Petty in the fourth round.Sounds like that’s what helped @teddyb_h2o become NFL Rookie of the Year instead of that spread QB taken before him pic.twitter.com/n1UGmGFlRb— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015Not much teaching going on up there huh? @McShay13 said he identified fronts in HS! Come to ATX & learn to be a pro! pic.twitter.com/w7cIuiz2Dw— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015The NFL Draft is a tremendous opportunity for top programs to promote themselves to fans and recruits. For the most part, they don’t do it by putting down rival teams, but Giglio doesn’t seem to have any issue with taking some shots today. [247Sports]last_img read more


Joe Lunardi’s Latest Bracketology Has Both Pitt, Syracuse Among Final Teams In

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgJoe Lunardi's hair looks suspect.Twitter/@RPreslanWe’re just five days away from Selection Sunday, and college basketball fans – especially those in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Storrs and Cincinnati – are starting to freak out. Which teams are locks? Which teams are on the bubble? Which teams need to win their conference tournaments to get in? ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the answers.Wednesday morning, Lunardi dropped his latest version of bracketology, which makes a few things clear. Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament is likely a play-in game. UConn vs. Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament like is too.Lunardi currently has Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Monmouth and Saint Mary’s as the last four teams in. He has UConn, Oregon State, Tulsa and Valparaiso as the first four out. Here’s his entire bracket, via ESPN.Just Posted: The newest Bracketology, via @ESPNLunardi, heading into today’s action https://t.co/H59p1D2lP9 pic.twitter.com/mKsa6aAbZd— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) March 9, 2016 College basketball fans – does Lunardi have it right? Will you be watching all of the action today?More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>last_img read more