Crowds on all roads, and HGSS has an important message

first_imgSmart enough. And that this is not just a joke of the HGSS, but of important messages, shows the traffic accident that happened a few days ago on the Adriatic Highway.Source: Facebook HGSS From week to week, HAK warns of huge traffic jams on our roads, of course it is the “peak” of the season and traffic jams (although a mild word for the current situation on our roads) on our roads to and from the sea are something that has already become part part of the adventure. And the journey from point A to point B is part of the annual, right?Unfortunately, due to long-term growth based only on the growth of accommodation capacities, and not on the development of tourist destinations, from year to year we have increasing infrastructure problems in our tourist destinations, including our roads that simply cannot accommodate so many vehicles.The new mainland-Ciovo bridge doesn’t help either, because normally it’s just a short section with two lanes, and traffic jams happen before and after. All this is a consequence because we do not deal with tourism strategically and sustainably. How to expect the growth of arrivals and overnight stays, and at the same time we have not provided the prerequisites for the same, except for the accommodated capacity. But that is a broader topic for another discussion.But as we have a hundred people, a hundred surprises, so in abnormal situations, abnormal things happen, and so on our roads. A team from the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) warned of an abnormal thing in their already legendary way. And this is an opportunity to remind ourselves of some of the legendary messages and warnings for HGSS tourists.last_img read more

Minister Cappelli: The sojourn tax is not a tax, nor a parafiscal levy

first_imgAfter the entire tourist industry, from the hosts in the family accommodation and hoteliers, loudly rebelled against raising the sojourn tax, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board also reacted.MINT and CNTB: Tourist tax funds important revenue of the CNTB for the promotion of CroatiaThe funds collected by the sojourn tax are an important income of the Croatian Tourist Board aimed, among other things, at financing promotional activities, and the proposal of new changes in the sojourn tax is being worked on by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, as a result of coordination and agreement with all stakeholders. changing market challenges with the main goal – strengthening the competitive position of our country on the world tourist map, point out the MINT.The Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gari Cappelli, points out that the sojourn tax is not a tax or parafiscal levy and the funds are not transferred to the state treasury, but to revenues that are returned directly to destinations through redistribution, cities, counties, CNTB and the Red Cross. “The sojourn tax is stated on a separate invoice and can in no way be part of the price of our accommodation offer. The amounts have not changed since 2005, when it was calculated at the level of 35 days of occupancy and the average price of 100 kuna in private accommodation. When you look at how many millions of people have searched our country these days thanks to the strong promotion for the historic success of our footballers at the World Cup, it is invaluable. I am sure that all our dear guests would be happy to contribute to the beauty, infrastructure, offer and promotion of destinations in the Republic of Croatia that they have chosen as their vacation spot.”, commented the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia and the President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli. Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić points out that the funds collected by the sojourn tax significantly improve the functioning of the entire system and enable the implementation of key legal tasks such as promotion, development of tourist offer, encouraging events in the destination and strengthening competencies and professionalization of employees. “We know that the sojourn tax is the most significant income of the tourist board system, and it is the amount paid by the guest and which, for example, through the model of joint advertising, event support, offer improvement and more is largely returned to the system. The competition does not stand still. More money from the sojourn tax means more money to promote the country. This would really help us to continue to follow in the promotional and marketing sense, but also to impose trends in order to strengthen the recognition of Croatia as a tourist destination on the international market.”, concluded the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.NEW REGULATION ON THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENCE TAXThe new Decree on the amount of sojourn tax, which should enter into force on January 1, 2019, determines the amount of sojourn tax paid by persons who spend the night in a catering facility from the group Camps, the lump sum of sojourn tax paid by citizens providing catering services in household and peasant household, the amount of the lump sum of the sojourn tax paid by the owner of the holiday home or apartment for himself and members of the immediate family (“weekenders”) and the lump sum of the sojourn tax paid by the owners or users of the vessel for themselves and for all persons vessel (sailors). The decree proposes to increase the amount of the sojourn tax for persons who use the overnight service in accommodation facilities where the sojourn tax is paid per night (except campsites) by 25% more compared to 2018. Therefore, the amount of this tax in a tourist place of class A in the main summer part of the season in hotels and similar accommodation would increase from 8 to 10 kuna. The regulation also proposes to increase the amount of the sojourn tax for persons providing catering services for accommodation in the household and on the family farm by 15% – it has not changed since 2005.These changes will apply only to A class and apply only in the heart of the tourist year, point out the MINT, adding that the amount of sojourn tax is not determined by location but by seasonal periods and the class of the tourist place. The amount of the sojourn tax does not change, ie it remains at the same level as in 2018 for people who spend the night in a catering facility from the group Camps (types of camps and camping rest areas), and for the owner of a holiday home and apartment and members of his immediate family who pay the sojourn tax in an annual lump sum. For household camps, the amount of the sojourn tax prescribed for private renters applies.RELATED NEWS:CROATIAN TOURIST INDUSTRY AGAINST RAISING RESIDENCE TAX BEFORE RESTRUCTURING THE TOURIST BOARD SYSTEMANNOUNCEMENT OF INCREASE IN RESIDENCE TAX AND TAX CAUSED AN AVAILABLE OF DISSATISFACTIONlast_img read more

Tourism Council members discuss impact of coronavirus pandemic on domestic and international tourism sector

first_imgThe Government of the Republic of Croatia provided four thousand kunas for the preservation of each job and released 93 percent of the company’s tax liabilities, while for the rest of the measures, deferred payment and installment payments for up to 24 months are without interest. In addition to the already presented credit lines intended for maintaining liquidity, the Ministry of Tourism subsidizes additional through HBOR for working capital and liquidity increase with subsidized interest intended for micro, small and medium enterprises in tourism and catering in the amount of HRK 600 million, which will be able to use and tourist boards for three years without interest” pointed out the Minister of Tourism and President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli. The Chinese market has slowly begun to stabilize and in the last ten days we have conducted several online activities with partners such as Ctrip, Mafengwo, Tuniu and Tongcheng. Although it is still uncertain at what point the tourist traffic in the country will start, every crisis ends at some point, and when the conditions are created we will turn to active promotion towards the domestic market, as well as the available markets in the area., he said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, adding that it supports Government measures aimed at the tourism sector. “The measures arrived at a crucial time to preserve jobs and ensure liquidity. At this point, that is crucial. The measures cover all stakeholders in the tourism industry, hoteliers, private renters, campers, travel agencies, caterers, as well as the system of tourist boards. “, he concluded Stanicic. We are in daily communication with all our representative offices in the world and on a daily basis we receive reports on the situation in the emitting markets, he said. CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, and added: “We maintain our presence and visibility on the world tourist map primarily through activities on social networks, where we currently record an above-average range of publications, especially in the Italian and American markets. People are in their homes, and we try to show them lesser-known stories from Croatian destinations in an interesting way with a lot of useful information. We have 18 Facebook pages, each content is carefully selected and adapted to the current situation in each important market, and we strive to continue to promote ourselves as a close and safe market and evoke emotions with photos and soothing messages. Today, the 64th session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian National Tourist Board was held via video call, where the council members discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Croatian and world tourism, previous measures of the Croatian Government intended for the tourism system and measures in various emitting markets. On that occasion, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli referred to the current measures of the Ministry of Tourism and the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the new package of measures that is currently in the parliamentary procedure. “The measures taken so far are aimed at maintaining the liquidity of tourist entities and preserving jobs. Our main goal is to keep the tourism system stable until the preconditions are created for the continuation of normal business so that we are ready to better position ourselves in the market after the end of this current situation. Through only some of the previous measures, we have relieved the system of about 180 million kuna on the basis of the tourist tax and concession fee. Also, Cappelli added that at this moment the most important is the health of the citizens of the Republic of Croatia and guests currently in Croatia and that the Government will continuously implement various measures to minimize the economic consequences of the coronavirus situation and to make the tourism system ready. for the period after the epidemic. The session discussed the situation in other countries, the measures taken and the general situation of tourism companies in Europe and the world, emphasizing the importance of continuous communication with many partners so that cooperation can be intensified after the current situation and thus enable faster recovery. and stabilization of the tourism market.last_img read more

Estonia’s LHV, SEB invest in new regional private equity fund

first_imgEstonia’s LHV Asset Management (LHV) has, on behalf of its pension funds, invested in the €126m BaltCap Private Equity Fund III (BPEF III), along with SEB pension funds in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.The new fund, whose first close raised more than the initial target amount, will continue the “buy-and-build” strategy of its predecessor funds, BPEF I and BPEF II, making equity investments in mature innovative enterprises to build them into “business champions”. The fund will aim to make eight to 10 platform investments in the Baltic and Nordic countries, the enterprise values of these companies typically being €10m to €50m and the fund’s equity investment in them between €10m and €20m.LHV’s pension funds are, in aggregate, one of the largest investors in the fund. Others include the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, the European Investment Fund investing partially through Baltic Innovation Fund 2, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, eQ Asset Management, and family offices. Martin Kõdar, managing partner, BaltCap, said that in addition to the Baltics, BaltCap’s core region, the fund will also focus on Finnish and Swedish companies with a Baltic nexus.Allan Gaidunko,
 portfolio manager, LHV Asset Management, told IPE: “We decided to invest in BPEF III mainly as part of our mission to continue supporting the local economy and the growth of local companies.” He said that in their previous funds, BaltCap’s team had showed their ability to successfully build up and exit local companies.Total pension fund assets managed by LHV amount to around €1.3bn, with about 8% invested in private equity funds.Endriko Võrklaev, fund manager, SEB Investment Management, said: “Today more and more growth stories can be found outside listed markets.”“We consider local private companies a good match to the local pension funds with a long investment horizon,” he added. “Our growing exposure to local economies also helps us to remain competitive against local inflation.”last_img read more

Gold Coast hamptons home proving popular with house hunters

One of the living areas. 16 Brighton Pde, Southport. Luxury at every turn.The house is on a 1553sq m block and features multiple open-plan living areas, seven bedrooms, a timber staircase and a huge segregated parent’s retreat.There is also a pool as well as an alfresco area with built in barbecue.It’s on the market through an expressions of interest campaign closing November 22. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 16 Brighton Pde, Southport is one of the most viewed properties in Queensland over the past week.A JAW-DROPPING Hamptons house on the Gold Coast that has been featured in national magazines was the third most viewed house in Queensland over the past week.The property at 16 Brighton Pde, Southport only hit the market last week but has already racked up thousands of views on realestate.com.au More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Designed by multi-award winning Gold Coast architect Bayden Goddard, this inspiring masterpiece has featured in both Queensland Homes and Home Beautiful,” the listing states.“Awarded Australia’s best room in 2012, the home offers the finest Hamptons-style elegance on the Gold Coast.“From the picture-perfect facade and throughout every room, the finishes and decor have been hand-picked and handcrafted for comfort, functionality and a relaxed family lifestyle.” Why the Coast’s Hinterland suburbs are on top Make a splash in the pool. Margot’s family home snapped up by early buyer No expense has been spared in the design of this Hamptons haven. The kitchen.Agent Aydan Mullin, of Savills Gold Coast, said he had more than 60 inquiries in five days.“I think it’s the fact it’s just that house that everyone has always driven past and always known about,” he said.“When we were there getting photos there would have been at least five different cars stop out the front to take look at it.“It’s in the middle of the TSS (The Southport School) precinct and it’s such a huge parcel of land.” From the front it is a sight to behold. read more

OWC 2019: First look at the programme

first_imgTuesday October 8, 201909:00 – 10:30Linking Northwest EuropeIncreased electricity production also means increased focus on how to get the power to shore. Linking Northwest Europe through interconnecting high-voltage grids means more international cooperation increases the reliability and stability of the electricity supply.11:00 -12:00When gas and offshore wind start datingGas and offshore wind could become quite the love affair. The growing cooperation between the offshore gas and wind industry could potentially be nurtured by, among others, energy islands at sea.Offshore Energy 2019Offshore Wind Conference is held as part of Offshore Energy 2019, (7), 8 and 9 October 2019. Head to the website for more information on the conference and on Offshore Energy. There are also many sponsorship opportunities available. Now more than ever offshore wind is showing true global potential. Join the celebratory tenth edition of the Offshore Wind Conference on October 7 and 8 to discover how offshore wind is powering the energy transition.Source: NavingoWe can already share a look at the Offshore Wind Conference programme with you. Tickets will be available from May 1, 2019.Monday October 7, 201910:00 – 11:00Update NLThis free to attend session is a pre-event to Offshore Wind Conference and offers an update on the developments in the Dutch offshore wind industry11:45 – 13:15The global potential of offshore windThe global potential for offshore wind is growing each day and with that the technological developments to assist in increased offshore wind production. This session delves into the emerging markets, such as US and Asia, as well as innovations such as floating offshore wind turbines.13:45 – 15:45Financing and the business case offshore windWhat new business models will arise to finance future wind farms and increase profitability?15:45 – 16:00Have I got OffshoreWIND news for you!Test your offshore wind knowledge in our challenging quiz, loosely based on the BCC television program ‘Have I got news for you’.last_img read more

Who voted against all attempts to moderate the extreme abortion bill?

first_imgGREEN MPs who voted against all three:Marama Davidson, Julie Anne Genter, Golriz Ghahraman, Gareth Hughes, Jan Logie, Eugenie Sage, James Shaw, Chloe Swarbrick (all 8 MPs) INDEPENDENT / ACT PARTYJami-Lee Ross / David Seymour There were three specific amendments to the abortion legislation that were voted on last night. All three were designed to make the bill less extreme, and to balance the law just a small amount towards the unborn child.They were:1.‘care of a child born’ – a requirement that a qualified health practitioner who performed an abortion that results in the birth of a child after an attempted abortion has a duty to provide the child with appropriate medical care and treatment, no different than the duty owed to provide medical care and treatment to any other child born – DEFEATED2.requirement for abortion procedures post-20 week to ensure that fetus does not feel pain (as per the Animal Welfare Act which requires vets to ensure that animals don’t feel pain) – DEFEATED3.abortions post-20 weeks only for extreme circumstances – DEFEATEDNATIONAL MPs who voted against all three:Amy Adams, Andrew Bayly, Chris Bishop, Andrew Falloon, Brett Hudson, Nikki Kaye, Barbara Kuriger, Scott Simpson, Erica Stanford, Anne Tolley, Nicola Willis, Jian Yang (12)Didn’t vote for all three but voted against ‘care of child born after abortion’:Paula Bennett, Dan Bidois, David Carter, Stuart Smith, Nicky Wagner,Couldn’t be bothered voting on any of them:Judith CollinsLABOUR MPs who voted against all three:Kiri Allan, Ginny Andersen, Jacinda Ardern, David Clark, Tamati Coffey, Liz Craig, Clare Curran, Kelvin Davis, Ruth Dyson, Paul Eagle, Kris Faafoi, Peeni Henare, Chris Hipkins, Raymond Huo, Willie Jackson, Iain Lees-Galloway, Andrew Little, Marja Lubeck, Jo Luxton, Kieran McAnulty, Trevor Mallard, Stuart Nash, Damien O’Connor, Greg O’Connor, David Parker, Willow-Jean Prime, Grant Robertson, Deborah Russell, Jenny Salesa, Carmel Sepuloni, Aupito William Sio, Jan Tinetti, Phil Twyford, Louisa Wall, Angie Warren-Clark, Duncan Webb, Poto Williams, Megan Woods (38)Didn’t vote for all three but voted against ‘care of child born after abortion’:Nanaia Mahuta, Adrian Rurawhe, Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, Jamie Strange, Rino Tirikatene, Meka WhaitiriNZ FIRST MPs who voted against all three:Darroch Ball, Shane Jones, Jenny Marcroft, Ron Mark, Tracey Martin, Clayton Mitchell, Mark Patterson, Winston Peters, Fletcher Tabuteau (all 9 MPs)last_img read more

Many Gay Men Would Support ‘Home HIV Test’: Study

first_imgFRIDAY, Feb. 10 (HealthDay News) — Many gay men who regularly have risky sex would be willing to ask partners to use a new, rapid-result HIV test, a new study shows.HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.The tests, which use a mouth swab and detect HIV antibodies in less than 20 minutes, are currently used in testing clinics across the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of the tests for public use is pending, according to the researchers at the HIV Center at Columbia Psychiatry and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.The researchers interviewed 57 gay and bisexual men, aged 18 and older, who said they had multiple male partners and rarely or never used condoms. Most of the men said they liked the idea of using the test kits to screen sexual partners.The researchers also found that most of the men said they would likely ask partners to take an HIV test and might consider safe sex measures if the partner’s response raised doubts about his HIV status.The study was slated for online publication in February in the Journal of Sex Research.The tests do not detect the initial, acute stage of HIV infection that lasts for a few weeks, but “for men who are already having a high level of unprotected intercourse with multiple partners, access to a rapid HIV test that can be performed at home may prove to be a valuable harm-reduction tool,” principal investigator Alex Carballo-Dieguez, a clinical psychologist, said in a Columbia news release.The researchers noted that an HIV home test could also protect heterosexual people who have risky sex.YAHOO Health News Tweet Sharing is caring! 10 Views no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Many Gay Men Would Support ‘Home HIV Test’: Study by: – February 13, 2012last_img read more

Saudi king approves US military deployment

first_imgThe US announced the deployment ofaround 3,000 troops to the Gulf state, including fighter squadrons, an airexpeditionary wing and air defense personnel, amid heightened tensions withSaudi’s arch-rival Iran. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman attends a summit between Arab league and European Union member states, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt on Feb. 24. REUTERS/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/FILE PHOTO RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s king and crownprince approved the deployment of additional United States (US) troops andequipment, after an attack last month on the kingdom’s oil facilities, statenews agency SPA said on Saturday. The SPA report said only that it camein the context of “historic relations and (a) well-established partnership”between the two countries.(Reuters) President Donald Trump said the Saudisagreed to pay for the deployment. last_img read more

BMV To Extend Hours For Voting ID Cards

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – Local license branches will extend hours to issue ID cards and driver’s licenses that may be used for identification at a polling place.Branches will be open on Monday, Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Election Day from 6: a.m. to 6 p.m.License branches will only process new, amended or replacement ID cards, and renewed, amended or replacement driver’s licenses, learner permits, and CDLs. Aside from disability placards, the branches will not perform any other BMV services.The Indiana BMV provides free, state-issued ID cards for voting purposes to any unlicensed Hoosier, as long as he or she can provide proper documentation and is old enough to vote. The following documents are required to obtain a new state ID card or driver’s license:Proof of Identity document, such as a birth certificate or passport.Proof of Social Security document, such as a Social Security card, pay stub or W-2.Proof of lawful status, such as a birth certificate or passport.Proof of residency, two documents such as a voter registration card, utility bill or bank statement.All license branches will resume regular business hours on Wednesday, November 5.last_img read more