The Coordination of Croatian Caterers submitted to the Government requests for tax relief for the catering business

first_imgThe first set of requirements refers to the reduction of the VAT on food preparation from 25 to 13 percent, the abolition of the Consumption Tax and the other tax relief for the business of caterers. Source: COORDINATION OF CROATIAN CATERERS Also, in the end, the Coordination of Croatian Caterers invites their colleagues from all over Croatia to clearly point out the tax burden, the net price of services and recommendations for leaving the type / tip within all catering facilities. Photo: Pixabay.com “Due to the high tax burden, the Croatian catering industry is struggling to survive. We are looking for urgent measures that will prevent the further exodus of Croatian labor to Western countries and the collapse of a large number of caterers, and stop the immeasurable damage to Croatian tourism. Croatia has the absolute highest VAT rate on food preparation and serving in the Mediterranean and one of the highest rates in the European Union. Such a situation has become unsustainable for us. ” stated Vedran Jakominić, President of the Association of Caterers of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. Today, the Coordination of Croatian Caterers submitted to the Government two sets of requests in which it demands tax relief for the hospitality business. This is done in such a way that the prices of services in the price list / menu are highlighted in the net amount, and the gross amount is displayed in a smaller font just below the net amount.Also, if possible, highlight the net price on the invoice with the increased font Other, to indicate at the bottom of the price list / menu and invoice the recommendation to leave the tip / tip in the amount of 10% of the total invoice if the guest wants to express satisfaction with the service. “Our demands are based on the development principles of the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020 and open space for effective raising of employees’ salaries, improvement of working conditions, procurement of food and products from domestic farms, breweries and winemakers and generation of domestic consumption. Without the adoption of our demands, the exodus of Croatian labor to countries with lower taxes and better business conditions will continue”, Said the president of the Dubrovnik Association of Caterers Ante Vlašić. In the second set of demands, caterers ask the Government to adjust labor law and the Labor Law to the needs of the labor market, among other things by introducing value coupons for occasional jobs in tourism and catering, following the existing value coupons for seasonal work in agriculture. Once again, the caterers emphasized that their goal is primarily to increase the salaries of workers, for which, with the current level of taxes and business conditions in Croatia, there is simply no room. “We operate on the edge of profitability. Balance sheets are negative. There is no space for investments, raising the quality of living staff. We cannot provide the guest – neither domestic nor foreign, with the experience he deserves. Because of that, we can’t even get quality home-made food, certainly not as much as we would like. Because of other people’s unjust decisions, business is our nightmare. 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 us1. It is also an indisputable fact that if someone’s catering facility was worth 2 million kuna, now it is not worth even a third of that due to the excessive tax burden and lack of manpower. ” stand out from the Coordination of Croatian Caterers, which consists of the Independent Association of Caterers, the Association of Caterers of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the Association of Caterers Dubrovnik and the Association of Hospitality and Tourism of Međimurje. last_img read more

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Baby Alligator Found with Drugs, Guns in Florida Arrest

first_imgFlorida authorities who was tracking a stolen car recently also discovered heroin, cocaine, guns and a baby alligator when they went to make an arrest.Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma announced the details of the bust at a news conference Friday.He said a deputy ran the plates on a car, learned it was stolen and then followed it to a Lake Mary house.Courtesy: Seminole County Sheriff’s Office/FacebookDeputies subsequently found the drugs and a baby alligator that was being kept as a pet.Four adults and a 17-year-old were arrested.“Make no mistake, any criminals thinking they can use our coronavirus emergency to take advantage, know that our dedicated men and women are keeping our neighborhoods safe,” Sheriff Lemma emphasized.last_img

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The 14th Annual Friendship Run Returns March 26

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westside Cooperative PreschoolFor the last 13 years, the Friendship Run has provided an opportunity for South Sound runners to dust off their running shoes and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, all while supporting a great cause. All proceeds from the Friendship Run support the Westside Cooperative Preschool (a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit) by providing funding for the preschool’s scholarship program, as well as educational materials and supplies for the school.The Friendship Run celebrates 14 years supporting the Westside Co-op Preschool. Photo courtesy: Westside Co-op Preschool.The Friendship Run started in 2003 with just a 5K race, and a 10K was added for the Run’s 10th anniversary in 2013. We have stroller divisions in both distances, and also offer a free kid’s run for kids age 2 to 8. Prizes are awarded to all age group and grand prize winners.The race is traditionally held on the weekend nearest St. Patrick’s Day, but we decided to have the race one weekend later to give us a better chance of great spring weather.Our course begins at McLane Elementary School in west Olympia, and heads north towards The Evergreen State College. The 5K course loops south on Delphi Road, while the 10K continues on through the College campus and returns to McLane Elementary School.The Friendship Run event also offers several great raffle prizes, generously donated by local businesses (tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5), as well as a large craft area for kids. Childcare is not provided during the race.This year’s Friendship Run will take place March 26. Photo courtesy: Westside Co-op PreschoolRace shirts are provided to the first 75 paid registrants, and will also be available for purchase on race day.Check out the Friendship Run online, and follow us on Facebook for race information and updates.You can register online now.last_img read more

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Leafs score three in the third to outlast Grand Forks 5-3

first_imgThe Grand Forks Border Bruins recently won its first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game in two years on home ice.The Nelson Leafs were looking to avoid being the Bruins second home-ice victim in as many games.The Leafs shook off a couple of early defensive lapses to outscore the Bruins 5-1 en route to a 5-3 Neil Murdoch Division victory Thursday night in the Boundary City.The win keeps Nelson in top spot in the Murdoch Division, four points in front of the idle Castlegar Rebels.The two teams meet tonight in Nelson at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.In a game that had “trap” written all over it, the Bruins surprised the Leafs with two first-period goals by Nelson Minor Hockey grad Colton Dawson and Chase Anchikoski.The lead came despite the Leafs out shooting the Bruins 27-9 in the first frame. However, a late goal by team captain Colton Schell cut the advantage in half before the period ended.The teams exchanged second period goals.Affilate player Brandon Sookro tied the game before Bruins’ Connor Gross restored the one-goal advantage for the home side on the power play.In the third Nelson finally solved Grand Forks netminder Robert Dunsmuir scoring three times to rally to victory.Matt MacDonald and defenceman J.J. Beitel scored less than a minute apart to give Nelson a 4-3 lead.Matthew Naka scored shorthanded late in the third to pad the lead.The Leafs finished the contest out shooting the Bruins 61-27.Adam Maida, a teammate of Sookro on the Kootenay Ice Major Midget squad, made 24 saves to register his first junior career victory in goal.LEAF BANTER: The win kept Nelson undefeated against the Bruins this season. . . .After playing the first eight games with Beaver Valley, Colton Dawson has been a nice find for the Bruins, scoring three goals in 11 games for Grand Forks. Dawson played last season for the Nelson Midget Reps . . .After winning 11 straight, the Leafs have now won three in a row and have points in 15 consecutive games.last_img read more

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Had your auxin training yet?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the growing now of dicamba resistant soybeans and the products to spray on them, we need a plan to avoid the problems we saw with drift and volatility in some areas last year. That means everyone who uses a dicamba product on soybeans must be a Licensed Pesticide Applicator and attend auxin training from the manufacturer; registration and locations found at these websites:www.roundupreadyxtend.com/stewardship/educationhttps://events.basf.uscampaigns/engenia/#stewardshipwww.fexapan.dupont.comFrom my one and a half hour training I learned that to use the products you must:Keep records.Follow buffer requirements.Use no AMS.Apply with an approved nozzle that will deliver large droplets.At 24 inches above the canopy.In winds between 3 and 10 miles per hour.But drive below 15 miles per hour.And spray small weedsPlus rinse 3 times after application.And more…The current labels for the dicamba-soybean products say we shall spray 4-inch or smaller weeds — however, READ the LABEL, the label is the law. But one farmer pointed out to me that the sales representative showed data in their auxin training class that their product will take down 12-inch weeds. Ohio’s farmers already know how to stretch a ruler, so let’s teach that to spray small weeds is a way to delay the development of resistant weeds. Do remember we already have weeds in Ohio resistant to glyphosate and to auxin herbicides. Use a pre-emergent herbicide, spray post small and allow no seed production.last_img read more

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Healthy Child Healthy World, Part 1

first_imgLast year I had a lengthy conversation with a dear colleague and friend, Jill Salisbury, regarding a potential opportunity to educate the residential market about healthy and sustainable homes. We were frustrated with the status quo of showhouses treading the waters of “greenwashing.” Jill had the good fortune of meeting Nancy and James Chuda, founders of Healthy Child Healthy World, and was quickly inspired to pursue the idea of creating a dynamic partnership. Today, that dream is days away from fruition: The design, construction and installation of a healthy, sustainable, interactive showhouse premieres next week.When the Healthy Home 2010: Designer Showcase & Tour opens to the public, a dream will become reality—a true success story merging passion and perseverance. Healthy Home 2010 is targeted to be the first designer showhouse in the nation to integrate green building and healthy interiors through the adoption of a new interior design protocol. RELATED ARTICLES Healthy Child Healthy World, Part 2Healthy Child Healthy World, Part 3A First Look at the Official WELL Building StandardGet Your Own Healthy Green Home for Only $15 MillionThe EPA’s Indoor AirPlus Program Asthma and Poor Indoor Air QualityVentilation Rates and Human HealthHelping People With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity One of the most exciting aspects of Healthy Home 2010 is that it will be the first house in the nation incorporating the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Management Plan for Residential Construction: a system for creating—from the ground up—buildings that contribute to healthier indoor air. The GREENGUARD IEQ Management Plan is a perfect addition to programs like LEED for Homes. GREENGUARD-certified products support some of the most stringent indoor air quality standards, reducing airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which leads to healthier indoor air quality.In a recent press release, Henning Bloech, executive director for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, stated “…we’re happy to collaborate with Healthy Child Healthy World to create a healthier indoor environment for children and their families. The implementation of the new GREENGUARD Building Construction and IEQ Management Plan, which includes the use of GREENGUARD-certified products and materials, will help minimize indoor air pollutants that can negatively affect human health.”Several of us were invited to provide guidance through the Interiors Advisory Board (IAB) to review and edit interior guidelines. These guidelines steered the product specification and selection process, providing overarching design strategies and outlining standards for use by the project team. Besides myself, members of the IAB include Penny Bonda, partner in Ecoimpact Consulting; Leslie Gage, of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute; Leigh Anne Vandusen, owner of O Ecotextiles; Jill Salisbury, principal and founder of el: Environmental Language; and Victoria Di Iorio, education outreach coordinator for Healthy Child Healthy World.Over the next two months, I invite you to follow this blog to find out more about the strategies and initiatives that were adopted, highlighting the following:1) Why this project is significant to the future of healthy, sustainable residential interiors.2) How this project bridges the gap between green construction and healthy interiors.3) Which products with third-party certifications assure healthy indoor air quality.4) Other environmentally responsible initiatives applied to this project.5) How the Healthy Home 2010 embraced and balanced healthy strategies and LEED certification.Check out Healthy Home 2010 for additional information on the home and to purchase tickets for events and tours. As a national nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, Healthy Child Healthy World inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. For more information, please visit HCHW .Check back soon for more!last_img read more

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Ind vs WI: India beat Windies by 80 runs, to play Australia in quarters

first_imgIndia beat West Indies by 80 runs in their World Cup Group B match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. Score | PhotosThey will now play Australia for a place in the semi-finals on Friday. Chasing 269, West Indies were bundled out for 188 in 43 overs with Man-of-the-Match Yuvraj Singh delivering an all-round performance.Yuvraj Singh scored his maiden World Cup ton and finished with figures of 4-0-18-2 to help India win.The West Indies openers Devon Smith and Krik Edwards had batted for a few minutes when R Ashwin justified his inclusion by scalping debutant batsman Edwards. But the off-spinner had to take the help of the review to get his man after umpire had turned down his appeal. Edwards fell for 17 and West Indies lost their first wicket on 34/1 in the 7th over.Post that wicket, the other opener Devon Smith and Darren Bravo put 57 runs for the second wicket before Suresh Raina decided to break their stand in the 17th over. Bravo played an unnecessary pull shot dragging the ball from the off and ended up giving a catch to Harbhajan Singh on 22. West Indies lost their second wicket on 91.However, Smith was still at the crease and he along with Ramnaresh Sarwan went ahead with another timely partnership.Eventually, Zaheer Khan got the better of Smith with his slower ball that pitched on the off and curved in to uproot his off stump. That brought an end to their 63-run partnership and Smith’s innings of 81 runs. The Windies lost their third wicket on 154. Zaheer got the much-needed breakthrough and things started falling in place for India as big-hitter Kieron Pollard too fell. He hooled out on Harbhajan Singh’s ball and ended up getting caught in the deep by Yusuf Pathan on 157/4.advertisementNext the man who performed with the bat and came around to showcase his bowling prowess. Yuvraj Singh claimed Devon Thomas in the 35th over to reduce the opposition to 160/5.Two more wickets — skipper Darreny Sammy and Andre Russell — and the Windies tail was out. And when the tail-enders come to bat things get easy for the bowlers. And they did as India wrapped up the opposition on 188 with seven overs to spare.India innings Yuvraj Singh scored his first World Cup century as India posted 268 after a dismal start that saw Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir walk back on partly scores.Ravi Rampaul scalped Sachin Tendulkar on two. The ball had extra bounce to it and rose to Tendulkar’s throat; even as he tried to defend it the ball took the edge of his bat and keeper Devon Thomas took a clean catch. India fell to 8/1 after winning the toss.There was more to come as a few minutes later, the other opener Gautam Gambhir, opening in place of Virender Sehwag, too fell on a Rampaul delivery. Gambhir went for a big hit but ended up giving a catch to Andre Russell in the deep. He fell for 22 and India fell to 51/2.But, Yuvraj Singh, who has been performing well in the tournament, and Virat Kohli took the Windies bowling head on forging a partnership. However, the two had batted for over an hour that Rampaul struck again to break their 122-run partnership in the 33rd over.The ball dipped in sharply after pitching to crash against his stumps even as Kohli tired to sweep it away. He missed and fell for 59 when the India total was 173.But, Yuvraj Singh was still at the crease and he went on to score his first World Cup century. His ton came off 112 balls and included 10 fours and one six. But, the batsman at the other end, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has not been in form for long, soon departed with leggie Devendra Bishoo claiming his wicket in the next over on 218/4. He could only manage to put 22 runs on board.Post Dhoni’s wicket, new man Suresh Raina too fell with skipper Darren Sammy claiming his wicket 232/5. He could only increase the team total by four runs. Finally Yuvraj Singh too fell after scoring a fine 113 off 123 balls. He wanted to smash Kieron Pollard across the fence but miss-timed the ball to Pollard who made no mistake in taking the big wicket for the day. And India were reduced to 240/6 in the 45th over.Big-hitter Yusuf Pathan too had a brief stay at the crease and departed in the face of Rampaul’s pace. India were 251/7 at the stage. Harbhajan Singh was the next to fall with Pollard taking a fine catch to dismiss him off Andre Russell’s ball.advertisementLater, Rampaul struck back to send tail-ender Zaheer Khan packing and ending with a fiver. Then Russell claimed the last man Munaf Patel to end India’s innings on 268/10 on the first ball of the 50th over.last_img read more

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Narain Karthikeyan may be forced to look at Indy racing

first_imgNarain Karthikeyan may have to look beyond Formula One in the 2013 season, and one option could well be the IndyCar Series in the United States.As the Indian speed king finished 21st in the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit on Sunday, there were mixed reactions.A problem with the brakes meant he had to be careful with his car in the closing stages. But given the dynamics of Formula One in the next season, sources indicated that Narain could well look at Indy racing as a second option.While Narain has categorically stated that he is happy with the Hispania Racing Team (HRT) after having spent two seasons there, the value of racing for a back-of-the-grid team will be evaluated by his sponsors.Another factor which comes into play is the sponsorship money which drivers have to fork out for lower-budgeted teams in Formula One.Insiders say that for the 2012 season, Narain did not pay money to HRT. However, given the current economic situation around the globe, HRT may well look at a driver bringing in a good sponsorship package. As of now, it is more or less confirmed that Pedro de la Rosa will be the main driver and the seasoned pro doesn’t need to bring in any sponsorship.So it means the second HRT driver will need to back himself with sponsorship as these days even in middle-segment Formula One teams, seats are paid for. There is no doubting in terms of star value, what Formula One means to Indian fans is huge and Indy racing doesn’t have a similar following.Then again, even in Indy racing, though drivers have to bring in a sponsorship package, the amounts are not as high as Formula One.Speaking to Mail Today , Narain said: “Formula One remains top priority and my sponsors Tata have been backing me all along. “He refused to comment on the Indy racing possibility.At 35, though Narain still has the pace and is physically fit, finding a seat with a team better than HRT is impossible. However, for any racing driver, it’s very important to be competing, whatever be the championship. And that’s why Indy racing seems a possibility.advertisementlast_img read more

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AUSTOUCH RISE PREDICTED FOR 2005

first_imgAusTouch took off in 2004 and as the year draws to a close Marianne Maguire and her team reflect on the year that has been for AusTouch and make some great predictions about the growth for 2005, including the expected rise in participants in NSW. Please read the attached newsletter for all the information. AUSTOUCH DECEMBER 2004 NEWSLETTERlast_img

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10 months agoAjax midfielder De Jong accepts Barcelona contract offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ajax midfielder De Jong accepts Barcelona contract offerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax midfielder Frenkie de Jong has accepted a contract offer from Barcelona.Sport says the Blaugrana have taken a big leap forward in the push for the Ajax midfielder in recent weeks. De Jong has now given the OK to the club’s proposal, waiting for the two sides to reach an agreement for his fee. Barca has wanted to put a reservation on the player, who has always shown his willing to play at Camp Nou, to try and negotiate a lower fee.Barca have agreed with them that they can move for De Jong in June 2019 if the player wants to go – which he does. last_img

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