The caterers presented three requests to relieve the entire sector

first_imgThe caterers have defined a common position on the following requirements: The meeting was attended by Marin Medak, from the Independent Association of Caterers, Vedran Jakominić from the Association of Caterers of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Stipe Jeličić from the Association of Caterers Split and Petar Lovrić from the Association of Independent Employers of Entrepreneurs. These measures will benefit not only caterers, but the entire economy, employers, workers and citizens of the Republic of Croatia, they said in a joint statement. Reducing the income tax rate from the current 24% to 18%Recognition of representation expenses in 100% amountNon-taxable treatment of tips in the economy On the occasion of the 4th round of tax reform and the announced public consultation on this topic, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts received representatives of caterers’ associations.  The participants of the meeting expressed satisfaction that lowering the tax rate in catering and those catering facilities that do not offer food preparation and serving enabled lower VAT in accordance with the Food Act, but expressed concern that the effect of some of the proposed measures will be negligible. burden entrepreneurs in adjusting tax books. All present agree that it is necessary to point out to the competent authorities the expected difficulties and additional costs that minimal measures may cause, and that it is necessary to work systematically to improve government decisions and legal changes that improve business conditions.last_img read more

Voter fraud panel is gone, but threat isn’t

first_imgPresident Donald Trump has dissolved a commission he established that was predicated on the fabrication that American elections are rife with corruption.As the institutional embodiment of one of the president’s more outlandish lies — that voter fraud accounted for Hillary Clinton having received 2.9 million more votes in the 2016 presidential election — the panel, known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, convened just twice.It was sued repeatedly, met with contempt from state election officials of both parties, had no impact on the conduct of elections and will be little missed.It would be comforting to say that’s the end of the story, and that the absence of evidence of significant voter fraud discredits the entire issue.In fact, even though his voter-fraud panel was exposed as a fraud itself, Trump and some others in his party show no signs of dropping their unfounded contentions, for one big reason.They provide a pretext to rationalize voter suppression.Restrictive voter-ID laws and other such stratagems are the GOP’s main means of fighting the electoral consequences of long-term demographic trends empowering minorities and other constituencies that tend to favor Democrats.By mid-century, whites are projected to make up less than half the U.S. population, a chilling prospect for Republicans. Most prominent Republicans have tiptoed around Trump’s vitriolic crusade to delegitimize the nation’s electoral system.Even Vice President Mike Pence, who chaired the voter-fraud commission, seemed content to keep it at arm’s length and firmly in the hands of the vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.Kobach is a Republican notorious for his rabid voting fraud conspiracy theories and immigrant-bashing.Nonetheless, phony fears of voting fraud have had a very real effect on Republican state officials, candidates and especially lawmakers across the country.Emboldened by the president’s hyperbole, they have continued to press for more exclusionary voting laws and to lend credence to nonsense about corrupt elections.That’s just one example, but a particularly toxic one, of how Trump debases his own party. Trump himself made no bones about the pretext he hopes his baseless assertions will provide.“Push hard for Voter Identification!” he tweeted Thursday after he dissolved the commission, while also repeating the falsehood that U.S. voting is “rigged.”In service of perpetuating that fallacy, the president announced he had instructed the Department of Homeland Security “to review its initial findings and determine next courses of action.”Thus did Trump make clear his intention to politicize an executive agency with 240,000 employees.The test for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, sworn into office a month ago as the sixth person to hold that job, is whether she’ll permit it to happen.If Homeland Security officials are deployed to comb through voter registries, they may find minor, statistically insignificant cases of illegal voting.In the process, they also will do grave damage to their department, giving Americans ample reason to believe they have been coerced into running an overtly partisan errand.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post: More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: 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 motoristslast_img read more

Going places

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Lives shattered by South Africa’s forced sterilizations

first_imgFour years ago, Bongekile Msibi, already a mother of a now 15-year-old girl, consulted a doctor after trying unsuccessfully to have a second child.She was shocked, shattered and bewildered, she said, when the doctor told her that she could not conceive because she did not have a uterus.”I couldn’t comprehend what the doctor was saying. How possible is that because I have [had] a baby [before]?” the 32-year-old told AFP, holding back tears. “That means I had a uterus.”She traced her steps back to the only hospital she had ever been admitted to, Johannesburg’s Chris Hani Baragwanath, one of the largest healthcare centers in Africa.There, she said that an obstetrician nonchalantly told her that her uterus was removed after she delivered her baby in 2005.She is one of dozens of women whose lives were wrecked by forced sterilization conducted at 15 public hospitals in the country’s largest provinces of Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal, a recent investigation found. ‘Playing God’But “the department lacks empathy and sympathy, they are very insensitive”, she said.”It’s as if they just removed a nail and it will grow back. You are just treated like someone who is annoying,” Msibi said, at her house in the district of Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.”I can’t just sit back and be okay with the fact that I don’t have a uterus, I don’t even know why I don’t have a uterus.””There is that feeling that, ‘I’m not complete'”.After the report was published, the health ministry agreed to meet the complainants, but that brings little comfort to the women.Msibi, like many of the other victims, broke up with her partner after the shocking revelation.”My relationship with my ex-fiancé ended, we had to break up because he wanted children and I could not give him children,” a teary eyed Msibi said, accusing the doctors of taking “advantage” of women and playing “God”.”They feel entitled to do whatever they want to do,” she said.The national health ministry has noted the report.As well as having agreed to meet the complainants, Lwazi Manzi, the ministry’s spokeswoman, said it was trying to arrange a meeting with the gender commission.But the CGE wants the Health Professions Council of South Africa to investigate the medical professionals involved.  ‘Cruel, torturous, inhumane’ In a scathing report published last week where it documented 48 cases of coerced sterilizations, South Africa’s Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said it uncovered “cruel, torturous or inhumane and degrading treatment” targeting black women who were mostly HIV positive.The procedures — mostly undocumented in the hospitals’ records — were conducted on women who gave birth via caesarean section between 2002 and 2015.While Msibi is not HIV-positive, she was just 17 years old at the time of the procedure.When she returned to the hospital in 2016, she was told the step had been taken to save her life — although nobody had informed her of this at the time.South African health laws forbid forced or coerced sterilization, although doctors may sterilize without consent in special circumstances, to save a life.Tamara Mathebula, who heads the CGE, told AFP that the probe revealed that in most cases healthcare professionals told patients that sterilization was necessary “because you are HIV-positive, because you have TB [tuberculosis], because we feel you have too many babies…  you are poor, we can’t allow you to continue”.But “that’s not the compelling reason for a doctor or a nurse, to tie your tubes, or to take out your uterus,” she said.In testimonies to the commission, victims claimed that hospital staff had threatened to deny them medical attention if they refused to sign the consent papers, the report said.Others were forced to sign while in “extreme pain”, unaware of what they were consenting to, it added.But for Msibi, there was no consent form, nor were there records to show what procedure was done on her.For the past three years, she has waged an uphill battle — writing to, and staging a sit-in at, the health department — in search of answers about her missing uterus. Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Takes Action on Multiple Bills

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed the following bills passed by the General Assembly: House Bill 26, House Bill 44, House Bill 99, House Bill 126, House Bill 149, House Bill 163, House Bill 353, House Bill 504, House Bill 544, House Bill 645, House Bill 927, House Bill 983, House Bill 1013, House Bill 1216, House Bill 1228, House Bill 1233, House Bill 1284, House Bill 1294, House Bill 1511, House Bill 1822, House Bill 1840, House Bill 1884, House Bill 1885, House Bill 1886, House Bill 1936, House Bill 1951, House Bill 1958, House Bill 2049, House Bill 2052, House Bill 2075, House Bill 2124, House Bill 2453, House Bill 2476, House Bill 2557, Senate Bill 6, Senate Bill 31, Senate Bill 299, Senate Bill 353, Senate Bill 403, Senate Bill 554, Senate Bill 627, Senate Bill 676, Senate Bill 748, Senate Bill 764, Senate Bill 771, Senate Bill 772, Senate Bill 773, Senate Bill 796, Senate Bill 798, Senate Bill 801, Senate Bill 802, Senate Bill 803, Senate Bill 804, Senate Bill 888, Senate Bill 897, Senate Bill 915, Senate Bill 916, Senate Bill 919, Senate Bill 945, Senate Bill 947, Senate Bill 948, Senate Bill 949, Senate Bill 961, Senate Bill 1005, Senate Bill 1007, Senate Bill 1078, Senate Bill 1092, Senate Bill 1095, Senate Bill 1098, Senate Bill 1127, Senate Bill 1156, Senate Bill 1171, Senate Bill 1205, and Senate Bill 1209.The governor also vetoed House Bill 83, House Bill 2157, and Senate Bill 1172 and said the following in veto messages on the bills:House Bill 83“This legislation restricts the state’s flexibility to restructure outstanding debt to reduce future liabilities for citizens of the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Maximizing the commonwealth’s ability to secure the least costly interest rate and repayment terms is essential to enable the commonwealth to reduce annual debt service payments whenever possible to enable savings to fund other essential commonwealth programs.”House Bill 2157“This legislation renders certain agricultural education programs ineligible for state and federal funding. Specifically, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is the single state agency that is federally authorized to approve these programs,” said Governor Wolf. “Last year, my administration distributed approximately $57,000,000 in state Career and Technical Education funding to schools across the commonwealth. By removing program approval authority from the department, this bill would impair those schools’ ability to receive this funding and would eliminate funding for agricultural education programs approved under this bill’s provisions. In addition, the bill would require schools that currently receive Federal Perkins funding for Agriculture Education programs to forego such funds, costing those schools $6,345,299.”Senate Bill 1172“This legislation alters the existing standard in determining price gouging and permits pre-established increased costs during emergencies. Further, the legislation encourages the prices of consumer goods and services to be increased prior to a state of disaster emergency being declared. This legislation undermines the purpose of the act by reducing the standard for determining an unconscionable excessive price and shortens the period of this prohibition,” said Governor Wolf. “Rather than burdening consumers, I look forward to continuing to work with the General Assembly to protect the citizens of the commonwealth during a public emergency.” October 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Takes Action on Multiple Billslast_img read more

Porsche drives VBV’s growth with transfer of Austrian pension fund

first_imgThe largest Austrian pension fund is set to grow further by taking on Porsche’s retirement plan, one of the last remaining company Pensionskassen in the country.On 2 April the general assembly of the €7bn VBV Pensionskasse will vote on the takeover of the Porsche fund, according to a notice in Austria’s official gazette. The vote is understood to be a formality, but it has not been disclosed when the transfer will be finalised.It is also unclear by how much the VBV will grow, as Porsche has not disclosed any details of its Austrian pension plan. Over the past decade various other company Pensionskassen in Austria have been transferred to multi-employer providers. The main reasons cited in most of these cases were complexity in regulatory requirements, and asset management having led to increased administration costs.In addition, many companies did not want to build the in-house expertise to deal with the increased complexity of Austria’s pensions system.In several cases the complete transfer was preceded by outsourcing asset management to one of the multi-employer Pensionskassen.Among the larger transfers were Unilever, Shell, Generali, Siemens, Infineon, Austrian federal energy company Verbund, regional energy provider EVN, and the economic chamber WKÖ. Now, there are only two independent company Pensionskassen left: IBM Austria, and the fund for Austrian social insurance (Sozialversicherungen).In early 2016, the first sale of a multi-employer Pensionskassen provider since the initial consolidation phase in the early 1990s was finalised, when Bonus bought Victoria-Volksbanken’s Pensionskasse and Vorsorgekasse. Read more about the VBV Pensionskasse in the upcoming April edition of the IPE magazinelast_img read more

NegOcc town cancels classes; port city bans ships from China

first_img“Furthermore, this is to put everyone’shealth and safety the top priority,” Nicor-Mangilimutan added in the order thatwas issued on Thursday. In a statement posted on Facebook onThursday, he clarified that the international vessel Sea Music would not beallowed to dock or to anchor in the seas of San Carlos City, and subsequentlyissued the order to refute earlier reports that the ship would have a coldlay-up in the city’s waters. (With a report from PNA/PN) On Thursday, Provincial AdministratorRayfrando Diaz, a member of the Provincial nCoV Task Force, said a resident ofLa Castellana, located in central Negros, has asked to be quarantined aftermanifesting flu-like symptoms. In the north, the City of Carlos hasprohibited vessels arriving from China, Hong Kong, and Macau from anchoring inits port. The person, who had traveled to HongKong, was brought to the isolation facility of the Teresita L. JalandoniProvincial Hospital in Silay City. BACOLOD City – Classes in all levels in La Castellana, Negros Occidental weresuspended on Friday amid the threat of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). In Executive Order (EO) 020-006, Mayor RhumylaNicor-Mangilimutan said the move is “a precautionary measure to contain andmitigate the spread of the dreaded disease, the nCoV, that has claimed hundredsof lives in China and has created havoc in various parts of the country.” Mayor Renato Gustilo issued EO 50 onThursday addressed to the Philippine Ports Authority and the Philippine CoastGuard, reiterating the Department of Health’s guidelines for all seaports thatwere issued by Health Secretary Francisco Duque last February 4. “Pursuant to the said departmentcircular, and in view of the absence of quarantine facilities and qualifiedpersonnel in the city, all vessels calling from China, Hong Kong, and MacauSpecial Administrative Regions shall be directed to proceed to the competentport in Cebu and Manila,” Gustilo said. “Under no circumstances must suchvessels be allowed to lay, berth, dock or anchor in any part of the territorialwaters of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.”last_img read more

Tyson Library announces reopening plans

first_imgVersailles, IN—Tyson Library will begin a phased reopening beginning Monday, May 11 with curbside pickup.  Curbside pick-up will begin on Monday by appointment only.  You can schedule your book or movie pick-up by calling the library at 812-689-5894.  There is a link to a google document on the library Facebook page and you can click here to access the library website that can be used to choose your items, but you will still need to call to schedule a time.  Also available will be “grab n’ go” pickup bags for staff chosen books with a theme, such as dinosaurs or tractors.The procedure for pick up is as follows:Once the online form is completed, a library staff member will call the number listed on the form to schedule a time to pick up the items.When you arrive for your pick-up call the library at 812-689-5894 to let us know you are here.Remain in your vehicle and a library staff member will bring your items out and either place them in your opened trunk or on the table set up on the front sidewalk.After the staff member has left, come to the table to collect your items.If you have any items to return, they can be left in the tote that will be sitting by the table.Virtual programs only will be offered this summer.  Check our Facebook page to see what is offered.  Virtual storytime has already begun for children ages 2-6.last_img read more

Cabral excited by new challenge

first_img Press Association Basle reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, only to lose out to eventual winners Chelsea over two legs, in a run which captivated the club’s fans. However, Cabral, whose Champions League experience could be invaluable to manager Paolo Di Canio, is well aware of the level of support at the Stadium of Light and is looking forward to running out there for the first time. He said: “The Champions League was very good and a great experience for the young players. “Last year, we played in the Europa League and for a Swiss club to reach the semi-finals was very good also. “Now I am playing for Sunderland in England. I am happy. In Basle, there are passionate fans – around 20,000 or so per game – but this is different. “Every game we play, the fans are always there and that is important for the team. In the game, I battle for the fans.” The 24-year-old claimed five league titles and three Swiss Cups during his time with former club Basle, and also had the opportunity to play Champions League and Europa League football. However, he believes England’s top flight represents a whole new test and he is keen to take on the challenge. He told the Black Cats’ official website, “This is a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to it. Playing in Basle, we won everything in Switzerland, and I played in the Champions League and Europa League. Now I have a new challenge in England and, for me, it is the best league.” center_img Sunderland midfielder Cabral is relishing the prospect of testing himself in the Barclays Premier League after winning everything he could in Switzerland.last_img read more

Sadio Mane seals Southampton’s Premier League win against Swansea

first_img Centre-half Van Dijk, the £13million deadline-day signing from Celtic, headed an early opener before Dusan Tadic struck at the start of the second half. Mane then added the third to make it nine goals for free-scoring Saints this week following their Capital One Cup demolition of MK Dons. But Southampton gave themselves some breathing space in the 54th minute when Pelle’s neat chip sent Tadic scampering in behind. The Serbian midfielder looked to have gone too wide but as he cut back inside and shot, the ball looped up off the boot of Ki and flew over Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. And just as Saints fans began regaling their Welsh visitors with a chorus of Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Mane popped up with his fourth goal of the season. Ashley Williams only half-cleared after Pelle prodded the ball goalwards and Mane was on hand to guide a precise, low shot inside Fabianski’s right-hand post from 20 yards. Swansea did at least manage a consolation, ending their recent goal drought, after Neil Taylor was brought down by Jose Fonte in the 82nd minute and Sigurdsson stepped up to tuck in the spot-kick. TWEET OF THE MATCH “@RonaldKoeman: Not our best game but high efficiency and important points! #SaintsFC” – The Southampton boss obviously wanted more from his side despite a comfortable win. RATINGS Southampton Maarten Stekelenburg: 6 Cedric Soares: 6 Jose Fonte: 6 Virgil van Dijk: 7 Ryan Bertrand: 7 Steven Davis: 7 Dusan Tadic: 7 Victor Wanyama: 7 James Ward-Prowse: 6 Sadio Mane: 8 Graziano Pelle: 7 Subs Oriol Romeu: 6 Jay Rodriguez: 6 Swansea Lukasz Fabianski: 5 Neil Taylor: 6 Ashley Williams: 5 Federico Fernandez: 5 Kyle Naughton: 5 Ki Sung-Yeung: 5 Jack Cork: 5 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 5 Jonjo Shelvey: 6 Andre Ayew 5 Bafetimbi Gomis 5 Subs Eder: 5 Jefferson Montero: 5 Leon Britton: 5 STAR PLAYER Sadio Mane: The Senegalese forward looked in the mood from the first whistle and caused Swansea problems all afternoon. Deserved to cap his performance with a goal. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Mane’s goal: Williams only half-cleared the ball and Mane was calm enough to guide the ball inside Fabianski’s left-hand post from 20 yards. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Swansea came to soak up Southampton pressure and maybe hit them on the break. It didn’t work. Southampton’s slick attacking trio of Pelle, Tadic and Mane were too good for the visitors. MOAN OF THE MATCH Swansea leaving Bafetimbi Gomis isolated up front: The French striker always looks a threat when he is on the ball, but cannot do much without it. Might as well have not been on the pitch. WHO’S UP NEXT Chelsea v Southampton (Premier League, Saturday October 3) Swansea v Tottenham (Premier League, Sunday October 4) Swansea, by contrast, are now without a win from their last four matches, although they at least registered their first goal in that stretch when Gylfi Sigurdsson tucked away a penalty. However, the Swans were well beaten by then, as Saturday’s first England-versus-Wales showdown went to the home side. The Swans could have taken the lead in the sixth-minute when Maarten Stekelenburg parried Jonjo Shelvey’s shot into the path of Ki Sung-Yueng. But unfortunately for Ki, the South Korean midfielder’s finish would have looked more at home at Twickenham as he blazed high over the crossbar. Saints began to threaten after Victor Wanyama robbed Andre Ayew and fed Graziano Pelle, who teed up Mane for a shot which he dragged across goal and inches wide. And the opening goal arrived in the 10th minute when Van Dijk shook off the attentions of his marker, former Saint Jack Cork, to power in a near-post header from James Ward-Prowse’s corner. Swansea briefly threatened to rally before half-time but Shelvey’s shot flew over and Stekelenburg saved well low down from Ki. Garry Monk made a double change at half-time, hauling off Cork and the ineffective Bafetimbi Gomis. Virgil van Dijk’s first goal in England and Sadio Mane’s third in a week helped fire Southampton to a 3-1 win over Swansea. Press Associationlast_img read more