18Nov/20

On the eve of the tourist season, the cleaning lady is most lacking

first_img“Here is another Croatian paradox. A country with more than 150 unemployed on the stock market has a shortage of 15 cleaners”, RTL presenter Tomislav Jelinčić announced the show”Potraga“In which the topic was the departure of cleaners abroad in search of better conditions. The fact is that a large number of cleaners leave Croatia and are employed in other Western European countries where they work for twice the salary. This activity is currently the most sought after in Croatia. According to some estimates, there will be a shortage of over 15 of them on the Adriatic this season, and in Zagreb they will be missing throughout the year. “Tu se pojavljuje iproblem što smo mi računali da ćemo tu radnu snagu naći u zemljama bivšeJugoslavije, prvenstveno Bosni i Hercegovini, pa onda Makedoniji, dijelomSrbiji, međutim i ti ljudi su shvatili da im je bolje otići u Austriju,Njemačku, Irsku… Kad već odlaze od kuće bolje im je tako nego doći uHrvatsku. Tako da evo sve to je dovelo do toga da mi stvarno u ovoj sezoniimamo veliki problem”, Concludes Andrić. If something does not change in the Croatian legislation, this situation could happen next year, if not worse. Although cleaners Marta Budimir, Ines Jurić and Fahreta Nuhanović agree that working in Croatia has its advantages, they point out that working abroad means far higher salaries. “Dobro, u dijeluprijašnjih godina bili su krivi poslodavci. Mi smo imali situaciju kad sesmanjio PDV pa poslodavci, suprotno očekivanom, nisu digli plaće zaposlenima. Međutim,sad su oni dovedeni u poziciju da moraju dignuti plaće.  To im je jedino rješenje i sad su krivi i onii država koja ne shvaća da im mora otvoriti prostor da bi mogli dignuti plaće”, Andrić emphasized. Josip Željko Đurinek, vlasnik servisa za čišćenje, naglasio je: “The service currently has 28 employees and is still missing. There is definitely a job on the market and a dozen more employees could certainly be hired.” “In Zagreb, I worked in some places for 35 kuna per hour, in some 40, and here there is still a big difference. Here I get 15 euros per hour”, Said Goja Šantek, a cleaner who currently works in Munich, Germany. “Most of these poor women work for three thousand kunas. And in the end they were exploited for no pay. And the fact is that both those individuals and private individuals who employ them, employ them on contracts for a month, thus blackmailing them, anything that objections the second month will not get paid”, Andrić points out. Eduard Andrić believes that an increase in salaries and job security would greatly improve the whole situation. “The problem is that our tax policy in relation to this activity, tourism and catering, cannot be competitive with those countries we mentioned in the region, and our politicians do not understand that the only way out of this situation is the exodus of our young people. those of middle age from Croatia, in increasing wages and job security”, He points out. “The fact is that the countries in our area from Austria onwards, Austria is perhaps the closest in this regard, offer far higher wages. In Austria, maids can earn, say, 900 euros. Plus accommodation, plus food”, Said Eduard Andrić, President of the Trade Union of Tourism and Services. He adds that this has never been the case. The shortage of labor, primarily maids and cleaners, has led to an increase in Croatia’s import quota. However, Andrić says that even that will not save the season. On the websites where jobs are advertised, but also on the pages of the Labor Exchange, most ads are for cleaners. Employers who advertise for seasonal jobs often do not offer food, and some even apply. If they offer an application, then it is assumed that they will lower the salary. Working hours are mostly slippery, as are days off. The situation is somewhat different in hotels, camps and larger companies. Often at least one meal and one day off a week is offered, as well as paid accommodation, but that is why salaries are lower and there is more work. On the other hand, cleaner Fahreta Nuhanović stated that she does not intend to go to the season. She says her salary is less than what seasonal workers get, but at least she’s safe. Although many owners of cleaning agencies and services claim to offer starting salaries of at least four thousand kuna, but that they can not find workers. “Well basically I think people generally don’t want to work, there’s definitely work to be done here in the market, but I think it’s generally made some rumor that there’s something better out there”, Explained the owner of the agency Josip Željko Đurinek. And what does this lack of seasonal staff mean for full-time workers? “And what that means is that those who are permanently employed and who have experience will take, as in these past years, the burden of doing the season on their backs and simply these people will be exploited to the end at the end of the season.”, Concluded Andrić. Source / photo: RTLlast_img read more

18Nov/20

Darija Reić, CNTB representative in Great Britain: The British will look for smaller tourist locations or “hidden gems”

first_imgDarija Reić, CNTB office in Great Britain: It was on the topic of a possible air bridge as well as interest in Croatia from the UK market that I spoke with the director of the CNTB Representation in the UK. Darija Reić. Also, most importantly, there is a great demand, and travel agencies from the UK, are overwhelmed by the demand for travel to Europe, as well as to Croatia. Which is always crucial, if there is a high demand, there is also the interest of travel agencies and airlines. As Patel points out, the plan of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to enable the British to go on vacation to the safest destinations without quarantine for 14 days, and it is expected to come into force on July 6. When asked about the interest in Croatia on the British market, Reić pointed out that Croatia is highly ranked as a safe destination, since the beginning of the pandemic, and even today. Photo: HTZ Raić points out that the British are extremely careful about the value of money, and logically, as well as their reduced travel budget, in accordance with the whole situation. “The British traditionally like to get more for their money, and in light of the pandemic and weakened economic power, it is to be expected that price will be a strong motivator in choosing a destination” “Split and Dalmatia and Dubrovnik and the Neretva Valley are traditionally the favorite regions of the British. What many certainly want to experience is, for example, a visit to Dubrovnik without the usual crowds. In light of the pandemic and social distancing, tourists will look for smaller “tourist locations” and the so-called. “Hidden gems”, which are very common on the coast and islands, and they should be given special attention to communication activities. Well-known specialized travel magazines have authority and weight, and national newspapers mostly have sections dedicated to travel that serve as inspiration to readers, with a huge reach, especially online. Nowadays, when we really spend a lot of time on mobile phones and laptops, online communication is crucial, and interactive content such as video ads attract special attention.” For a few days now, the media has been talking about negotiations between Great Britain and certain European destinations on the so-called “air bridge”, including Croatia, and yesterday the whole story received additional media focus, but also concrete official outlines. center_img Namely, Priti Patel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Dailymail she said that negotiations were under way with certain countries, regarding the establishment of an air bridge without quarantine, and that the ministry was working “overnight” to make them happen. In order to better position itself on the UK market, Raić points out that the CNTB campaign is underway on the UK market, and that currently the British will be looking for smaller tourist locations or “hidden gems”Which are very common on the Adriatic coast and islands. Certainly important and more than useful information for everyone who will target the British market with promotional activities. “In the last two days since the news of the announcement of the categorization of destinations to which you can travel from the UK without the need for quarantine on return, there has been increased interest in Croatia, which ranks high as a safe destination since the pandemic. Airlines operate their programs in accordance with the decisions and recommendations of the Government, and we already have flight announcements from the beginning of July to Pula and Rijeka, and from mid-July to Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik. The UK office is also showing high interest and increased public inquiries, especially over the past weekend.”Reic points out. Considering the whole health situation, but also the economic crisis, the question is how much it has left a mark on the financial power of British tourists who are known as guests with high consumption. According to the research Thomas Summer 2017 tourists from Great Britain are right behind tourists from the USA in terms of the highest daily consumption per person – 139 euros. And in the past few years, consumption has certainly grown even more, thanks to the large number of young British tourists who have visited festivals on the Adriatic. As for the negotiations on the air bridge, they are conducted at the state level, and the CNTB office in London, as Reić points out, continuously communicates that we are open to British tourists and that Croatia is a safe destination, ready to receive guests. What is currently important is concrete negotiations at the state level, not just media speculation, and there is great interest in Croatia from the UK market, and more official positive news can be expected in the coming days around the air bridge between the UK and Croatia. .last_img read more

29Sep/20

UK roundup: Regulator under fire again over Carillion negotiations

first_imgSource: UK ParliamentFrank Field MPTPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb told the inquiry the regulator had “robustly supported the trustees during negotiations about scheme funding” and made clear to the trustees and employer that it would use enforcement powers if agreement was not reached. The regulator did not take any formal enforcement action until after Carillion collapsed, but in a statement today it argued that the threat of action had persuaded the company to agree to higher contributions.But Field criticised the regulator, saying it “started its arduous process of chasing money down from Carillion a few days after it was formally announced there was no money left”.Under UK pensions rules, trustees and employers have a maximum of 15 months to agree a funding arrangement following the date of a formal actuarial valuation. These are typically carried out every three years.Following a valuation of Carillion schemes as of 31 December 2008, the company and trustees failed to agree on employer contributions. The trustees argued for annual deficit reduction contributions of £35m “as a minimum”, following an independent covenant assessment, but the company refused to pay more than £23m.The trustees wrote to TPR in March 2010 requesting assistance to settle the dispute. They said there was a “difference of opinion” about what Carillion could pay, given “bullish” results and a 12% increase in shareholder dividends.The situation flared up again in 2012, prompting the trustees to request regulatory assistance again in 2013. This time the company offered payments of £33.4m a year for 15 years from 2014, compared to the trustees’ demand for £65m a year from 2013. The trustees also warned that the pension schemes were “falling behind relative to other Carillion stakeholders” and “taking a disproportionate amount of risk”. Politicians looking into the collapse of Carillion have hit out at the bankrupt company’s management and the UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) for their roles in the demise of several pension schemes connected to the firm.Carillion was forced into liquidation on 15 January with a number of pension schemes it sponsored entering the assessment period for entry into the Pension Protection Fund. The combined pension deficit was £804m (€911.6m) according to the company’s last annual report.The UK parliament’s Work and Pensions Select Committee and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee launched a joint inquiry into the collapse soon afterwards and have requested dozens of documents and correspondence records dating back more than a decade. Letters from the Carillion pension trustees to TPR were published this morning by the joint inquiry and demonstrated the strained relationship between the trustees and the employer.Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, said: “These letters suggest the Carillion directors were contemptuous of their pensions obligations. “Over two successive 15-month negotiations they refused to give an inch to the pension schemes. Their private pleading that the company could not afford more was in stark contrast to the rosy picture – and bumper dividends – being presented to the outside world.”center_img Sir Philip Green urged to get regulatory sign-off on any sale of ArcadiaFrank Field has separately written to British businessman Sir Philip Green urging him to seek regulatory approval for any sale of his UK high street retailers.Sir Philip is the former owner of BHS, a department store chain that collapsed into administration a year after he sold it for the nominal fee of £1. He later agreed to pay £363m into BHS’ pension scheme, following an intervention from TPR.Recent UK press reports have speculated that Sir Philip was considering selling his Arcadia business – which includes fashion chains such as Burton and Topshop – to a Chinese company. He has denied the rumours.In his letter, dated 19 February, Field said: “Members should continue to expect that pensions promises made to them during your tenure wil be honoured in full by any future owner. The sale of the company should not be materially detrimental to the ability of the schemes to meet those promises.”He asked Sir Philip to commit to seeking clearance from TPR and to publish any such application to the regulator “in the interests of transparency”.Under UK rules, employers can seek approval from TPR ahead of corporate activity to ensure that pension fund issues are being adequately addressed. The Work and Pensions Select Committee has argued for this to become mandatory ahead of any merger or acquisition event involving UK companies.last_img read more

28Sep/20

MOL Launches Large-Scale Ferry Sunflower Kirishima

first_imgThe newly built large-scale ferry Sunflower Kirishima, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ subsidiary Ferry Sunflower, was launched on September 15.Following the launching ceremony, the vessel, which has room for 20% more truck compared to its old namesake, departed the Nanko Sunflower Terminal in Osaka Prefecture for the Port of Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture.With a length of 192 meters and a breadth of 27 meters, the new ferry features a gross tonnage of 13,659 tons. It has a capacity to carry over 700 passengers and 121 large trucks.Together with its sister ferry, the Sunflower Satsuma, which was launched on May 15, the units will enhance their role in promoting a strong modal shift from long-distance transport by trucks to ocean transport by ferries driven by the need to reduce environmental impact.last_img read more

24Sep/20

Ind. Senator Coats Named “Hero of Main Street”

first_imgCoats (center) receives the award from Grant Monahan of Indiana Retail Council and Steve Thomas, Senior Vice President for Kohl’s Department Stores.WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) has been named a 2014 Hero of Main Street by the National Retail Federation for advocating federal policies that support the growth of local retailers.“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Indiana’s economy, and we need to encourage them through the right federal policies,” said Coats. “Creating a climate where Main Street can grow and expand will benefit all Hoosiers.”The award is based on voting record, bill sponsorship and efforts to reform the Affordable Care Act and U.S. Tax Code.last_img read more

24Sep/20

Baby Emmitt Conrad Ash

first_imgBaby Emmitt Conrad Ash passed away July 18, 2018 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.  Emmitt was the son of Travis and Lacee (Alloway) Ash of Milan.Emmitt Conrad is survived by his parents, sister: Lucy Jade Ash and brother: Clayton Michael Ash, Maternal Grandparents: Mike and Diane Alloway and Paternal Grandparents: Herbert Ash and Victoria Pflueger. Maternal Great-Grandparents: Lucille Alloway and Edward and Thelma Laws of Milan, many aunts, uncles and several cousins.Funeral service will be private at the convenience of the family.  You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street, Box 243, (812)654-2141.last_img read more

21Sep/20

Morning handed Punchestown mission

first_img Pat Fahy’s stable star was a Grade One winner over hurdles at the meeting last year and has twice been placed at the highest level over fences this term. He lost little in defeat when third in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last week and Fahy is hoping the ground will be a little slower at Punchestown. “It was maybe just a touch too quick for him,” said Fahy. “Maybe if they’d gone quicker early in the race, he might have been like Lord Windermere in the Gold Cup, a bit outpaced, but then they would have come back to him at the end. “Time will tell, if the ground was slower they might not have got away from him at the finish. His jumping was spot on, though. “We’ll stick to the novice route this year, he won’t go for the Irish National. “He got light coming home so I need to build him back up now and get him ready for Punchestown.” Press Associationcenter_img Morning Assembly will return to the scene of his finest hour for the Growise Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival.last_img read more

21Sep/20

Scarlets hold on for Connacht win

first_img Replacement centre Gareth Maule claimed the bonus-point try a minute from time, squeezing under the posts. But that was after Scarlets saw a 25-11 lead shrink to 25-23 in the space of two minutes following tries by wing Fionn Carr and full-back Robbie Henshaw. Two minutes later Richard Kelly, who had replaced Ball at half-time, went over but the referee said the player was held up. After scoring the opening try Jonathan Davies was involved in the second as scrum-half Gareth Davies went over under the posts for his ninth try of the campaign. Priestland converted to take his side in to a 20-6 advantage. Scarlets followed that with an incredible try started with Liam Williams in his own 22. Priestland and Kristian Phillips continued the counter attack finished off by Josh Turnbull. Scrum-half Kieran Marmion grabbed a try back for Connacht from a quick tapped penalty as the Irishmen reduced the deficit to 14 points at 25-11. Connacht finished strongly and grabbed two tries in the space of three minutes. First Carr latched on to a chip from replacement outside-half Miah Nikora, who also converted to cut the deficit to seven points, and he was followed over by Henshaw. But Nikora could not convert which would have drawn the scores level. In a dramatic finish Maule stretched over for the fourth try, but McKeon scored Connacht’s fourth. And after Maule’s score, Connacht managed to have the final say with a fourth try for Ewen McKeon to secure two bonus points. Scarlets welcomed back Rhys Priestland for the first time since the RBS 6 Nations Championship and also included their other Wales stars Davies, Liam Williams, Ken Owens, Rhodri Jones and Jake Ball. The Scarlets went cruised into a 7-0 lead inside two minutes through Wales centre Jonathan Davies. The move began after a quick tapped penalty in their own half by Priestland. Impressive wing Jordan Williams went on a 40-metre run before putting Davies over. If the home fans thought it was going to be a try-fest in the warm spring sunshine they had to rethink as Connacht replied with two penalties on six and 21 minutes. But Scarlets gave themselves some breathing space three minutes later when Priestland struck a 40-metre penalty from in front of the posts. Priestland struck the post with a second penalty eight minutes from half-time as Scarlets took a 13-6 lead in to the break. Four minutes into the second half Priestland had a chance to further improve his side’s lead only to find the post again with his 35-metre attempt. Scarlets had to endure a Connacht comeback late in the second half before claiming a 32-30 bonus-point victory in a dramatic RaboDirect Pro12 contest at a sun-drenched Parc y Scarlets. Press Associationlast_img read more

21Sep/20

Cabrera leads at Wells Fargo

first_img Rose arguably had the shot of the round after he made a 75-foot putt to claim an eagle on the par-five fifth hole. Cabrera parred the first two holes before claiming a birdie on the third, although that was cancelled out on the next hole with a bogey on the fourth. Three more birdies saw the 44-year-old go out in 33 and a further three on the back nine in consecutive holes from 10 to 12 saw him finish on 66. The two-time major winner was pleased with his first round performance and praised the changes made to the course. He told pgatour.com: “It was a really good first round. I played really good on the greens. “The changes are really good and on the 16th hole it is a really good change. “I felt really good putting.” Mickelson had an up and down opening round, going out in 32 with birdies on the first, third, seventh and eighth holes, before bogeys on the 13th and 17th holes cancelled out two of the birdies he carded on his return, on the 10th, 12th and 15th holes. Flores started and ended his round with a bogey, but shot seven birdies to go level with Mickelson, while Cink, who started on the back nine, enjoyed his opening round as he finished a further stroke back. The Argentinian thrived on the new Bermuda grass greens and hit seven birdies, with the only blot on his card a bogey at the par four fourth hole as he finished the round holding a one stroke lead over Americans Phil Mickelson and Martin Flores, who were tied for second. Stewart Cink, Jonathan Byrd and Webb Simpson held a three-way tie for fourth place with a cluster of nine players including Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Scotland’s Martin Laird tied for seventh on three under. Angel Cabrera held the lead after the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte after he carded a six-under-par 66 on Thursday. Cink said: “It was a good round. Up and down a little more up than down. This golf course is not easy. You can play pretty well and still take your lumps out there. I kind of did and overall it was a good round and I am pleased. “I’ve always felt fairly comfortable playing at Quail Hollow. It’s a fun place to play and there are a lot of challenging shots out there but the course will reward good play. “I have a good attitude while I’m here. I feel comfortable and the course forces you into being in a good frame of mind.” Northern Ireland’s McIlroy started on the back nine and came into the clubhouse with 69 after three bogeys and six birdies in his opening round. However, despite not recording as low a score as others on the course, the 24-year-old was boosted by his putting performance. “I felt like I played solid,” he said. “I gave myself plenty of looks for birdies and I felt like I putted a little better today than I have done in the past few weeks. “I was looking to go a couple more under par after the turn but I bogeyed three and four but bounced back nicely on five and six and I was trying to squeeze a couple more but I think anything sub 70 today is a good score because the wind is a little gusty out there.” Press Associationlast_img read more

21Sep/20

Duff makes Melbourne move

first_imgDamien Duff has agreed a one-year deal to join Melbourne City on a free transfer. The 35-year-old , who won the Premier League twice with Chelsea and earned 100 caps for the Republic of Ireland, left Fulham at the end of last season after spending five years at Craven Cottage. Duff joins ahead of the 2014-15 A-League campaign as Melbourne City’s 18th confirmed squad member, with speculation set to continue over further high profile arrivals at the club. Melbourne City have already confirmed that David Villa will join the club on a short-term loan before linking up with sister club New York City for the 2015 MLS campaign. Head coach John van’t Schip said Duff’s vast experience in England would be integral to the team and would assist in the development of the squad’s younger players. “We’re excited to have a player of Damien’s quality and experience for this season,” he said. “We believe he can offer international standard quality on the pitch and will also be a great professional example for our younger players. “His career speaks for itself. He has achieved almost everything at club level and has been a great player at an international level too. “He comes to us straight from the English Premier League with Fulham, so he has been playing at the highest level against top teams and top players. “When we met with Damien, he was excited about the opportunity here and keen to work with us to help make this project a success.” City also announced they have re-signed promising duo Stefan Mauk and Ben Garuccio until 2016 and 2017 respectively. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more