Watch this heartwarming video of Kamala Harris’ ancestral village in India celebrating her win

first_imgFollowing the 2020 election results, celebrations only increased. Hundreds gathered in the small village home to mostly farmers to hand out sweets and celebrate a person of Indian descent as vice president of the U.S.“We feel a sense of euphoria! Very happy, very excited, very proud,” S.V. Ramanan, caretaker of the Hindu temple in Harris’ ancestral village told NPR. “I hope this scene reaches Kamala. She should know we’re here celebrating her.”Harris has spoken about her Indian roots and the values her trailblazer grandfather has instilled in her many times. Her grandfather was among millions who joined India’s independence movement, she shared—this amongst other conversations inspired her ideals of justice she said. Additionally, Harris garnered a strong following in India during her vice presidential nominee acceptance when she mentioned the support she has received from her “chittis” or aunts in Tamil.- Advertisement – But that is not the only tie Harris has to India. Her uncle Gopalan Balachandran, who lives in New Delhi, has been a long supporter of her and even plans to travel to Washington, D.C., when it is time for her inauguration. The suspense and delay in results “didn’t affect me at all because I studied the data. … I knew she was going to win. So, I was not tense, except I wanted the final results to come in so that I could go and sleep,” he told Reuters.Watch the beautiful celebrations below:- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img “A woman hailing from this small village now holds one of the highest positions in U.S. It’s a proud moment,” R Kamaraj, a government minister in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, told Reuters.Celebrations and prayers in the small Tamil town in South India began weeks before Harris’ win. Residents started praying and celebrating for her following her name being on the presidential ticket. While her family moved away from the village years ago—the community has held a heartfelt spot for Harris. Villagers in Thulasendrapuram, South India, celebrate Kamala Harris’ historical win- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bostic says Fed’s tools still have ‘juice’ and will be used if the economy slows

first_imgAtlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic said the central bank is prepared to step in with more policy help if needed to help businesses and people get through what could be some tough months ahead.Even with the prospects of at least two vaccines becoming available in the coming months, Bostic said there are multiple pockets of the economy that will need assistance.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “The vaccine is definitely positive news and will definitely lead to I think a pretty robust recovery once it gets into the population deep enough,” Bostic told CNBC’s Steve Liesman during a “Squawk Box” interview. “But we really have short-term and intermediate-term concerns with the spike in the virus and what that’s going to do for business in terms of the things that they’re able to produce, in terms of consumers and their willingness to go out and buy things.”He spoke just minutes after the October retail sales report came in a bit softer than expected and with concerns mounting over how consumers would navigate rising coronavirus cases and the prospect of restrictions on activities and business.With fiscal aid from Congress running out and little progress made recently in getting a bill through, the focus has shifted to what else the Fed might do to help. The Fed already has sliced short-term borrowing rates to zero and implemented a slew of programs aimed at market functioning and lending, though they have been lightly used for the most part.- Advertisement – Bostic said he thinks the programs should continue “until we are well beyond the crisis period.”One of his chief concerns is over the potential for an uneven recovery and complacency that could occur if some businesses recover and others don’t. That’s where he thinks the Fed should be aggressive.“I think the economy is fine, but I do believe the recovery could be more robust than it is currently playing out to be,” he said. “We know there are communities that are hurting. The virus has hit them extremely hard. We know small businesses have been on the edge for quite some time. We need to be thinking what ways we can act to help them get through this with minimum damage.” Bostic did not answer directly on whether the Fed would increase the pace of its asset purchases, which are currently running at $120 billion a month. Like other officials in recent days, he said the topic is under discussion but no decisions have been made.“We are committed to using all of our tools. They have some juice and we’ll deploy them as necessary,” he said. “The retail sales number gives us a sign, but there are lots of other things that we’re going to learn between now and then and that will give us some guidance as to how we should think about our next move in terms of assets.”Though the take-up on the Fed’s Main Street lending and other programs has been relatively light compared to their capacity, Bostic said he thinks they should continue. Fed and Treasury officials are in talks on whether to keep the facilities going when they expire at the end of the year. The Treasury collateral is necessary for that to happen.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Vietnam claims headway in avian flu battle

first_imgFeb 15, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnamese and international officials concerned that the Lunar New Year would encourage the spread of avian influenza had some good news: the travel-heavy holiday didn’t bring any new reports of human cases, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday.”It seems that we did not see the increase in the number of cases that we were worried about,” Hans Troedsson, World Health Organization (WHO) director in Vietnam, told AFP. “But what we really need now is to work on the long term.”After a seasonal lull, the H5N1 virus reappeared in people in Vietnam in late December. A dozen Vietnamese have died of the illness since then, and four more became ill. In addition, a Cambodian woman who fell ill at her home died in a Vietnamese hospital.Along with the letup in human cases, there are signs of headway in the Vietnamese government’s battle to quell outbreaks among poultry.”The situation is much better compared to the days before New Year,” Bui Quang Anh, head of the agriculture ministry’s animal health department, told AFP. Seven of the 34 provinces and cities fighting avian flu had gone 21 days without reporting any new cases in poultry, Anh reported. New outbreaks were reported in three areas, which was called the lowest figure since the recent resurgence of H5N1.Still, about 4,500 birds, mostly on small farms, were culled on Feb 13, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported today. The outbreak has affected 34 provinces and cities and led to the deaths or culling of more than 1.5 million poultry, VNA said.Troedsson said that while the current prevention and monitoring measures were effective, the battle against H5N1 is in its infancy, according to the AFP story.”It’s mainly an agricultural issue. Not only is it a matter of getting rid of the virus but also to change the structure of the poultry production,” he reportedly said.In Thailand, officials were preparing to cull poultry in affected areas to prevent the spread of H5N1 to other districts, according to a story yesterday by the Chinese news service Xinhua. More than 1,000 chickens had been culled in Phrompiran district, the worst hit district in Phitsanulok province, which has seen a number of outbreaks recently.In Thailand today, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra tabled a proposal to cull more than 10 million ducks and institute an emergency plan to cope with avian flu, the Bangkok Post reported. A meeting between experts and the affected business groups will be called next week, a spokesman told the newspaper.The prime minister’s hesitation stemmed from doubts that culling domestic ducks would be the most effective strategy and concern that taking steps to prevent human-to-human transmission might send the wrong signal about the possibility of human cases in Thailand, the Post reported.Most human cases of avian flu have resulted from contact with sick birds. However, two Thai women probably acquired the disease from a family member whom they cared for in a hospital last September.last_img read more

Second Egyptian dies of bird flu; H5 virus found in mink

first_imgMar 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A second Egyptian has died of H5N1 avian influenza, and the virus may have infected a mink in Sweden, according to recent reports.The Egyptian victim, Fatma Mahmoud Youssef Sabra, 30, lived in the Qaliubiya governorate north of Cairo, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Egyptian authorities confirmed that she died of H5N1 infection, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement. The agency said she became ill on Mar 12 after slaughtering chickens at home; she was admitted to a hospital Mar 16 and died Mar 27.The first human case in Egypt involved another 30-year-old woman from the same governorate, who died Mar 17.As previously reported, tests by the Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3) confirmed three other human cases in Egypt, for five total cases to date. The WHO listed the patients as a 32-year-old man who worked on a farm where poultry were culled shortly before he fell ill on Mar 16, a 17-year-old boy from a poultry farm in the Nile Delta who fell ill Mar 18, and an 18-year-old girl from the Kafr-El-Sheikh governorate who fell ill after butchering sick poultry. She has been hospitalized since Mar 25, but the man and the teen-ager have recovered, WHO said.The WHO has postponed adding these cases to its case count until confirmatory testing is completed, the agency said today. The current tally is 186 human cases, including 105 deaths.Conflicting reports on the status of avian flu in Iraq have emerged in the past 3 days. A WHO spokeswoman told Reuters news service on Mar 27 that avian flu was under control in Iraq, in comments that appeared focused on the virus’ spread in poultry.Today Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that birds in a district of Baghdad have tested positive for H5N1 flu, while a man elsewhere in the city has been hospitalized with signs and symptoms consistent with avian flu. Tests on birds from the Kamamaliya district were positive for H5N1, said Ibtisam Aziz, a spokeswoman for the Iraqi government’s avian flu committee. The tests were conducted after a man who died earlier this week was suspected of having avian flu, AFP reported. A relative of the man had similar symptoms but has since recovered, Aziz said.Reports did not say when test results for those three suspected human cases were expected.Mink had H5 flu virusIn Europe this week, an H5 virus has been confirmed in a new species, a mink found in Sweden. There have been no confirmed reports of H5N1 avian flu in mink, according to a species list maintained by the US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center.The mink had an aggressive H5 virus and was euthanized, the National Veterinary Institute in Sweden said, as reported by Reuters Mar 27. The animal was found in the Blekinge region of southern Sweden, where several infected birds have been found.The institute said the mink was thought to have contracted the virus by consuming infected wild birds, the suspected mode of transmission to felines as well.Bird cases continue to spreadThe H5N1 virus has now been confirmed in twomore European countries where it was suspected of killing wild birds, news services reported. A dead swan found last week in southwestern Czech Republic had the virus, and confirmatory tests are under way at the European Union reference lab in England, AFP reported today.The English lab has confirmed H5N1 in a buzzard that was found in Denmark, south of Copenhagen, AFP reported in a separate story today. Denmark has now reported a dozen cases of the virus in birds.In western India, the culling of a quarter-million chickens began today, following newly confirmed cases of H5N1 in several villages, AFP reported. Four hundred cullers began the culling, which was expected to last 5 days and span 1,500 square kilometers in two states, said Bijay Kumar, animal husbandry commissioner in Maharashtra state.Meanwhile, concerns have arisen over the handling of samples from poultry in India. Spoiled samples have hampered efforts to identify new outbreaks, according to AFP. Only one lab in India is testing for H5N1, and it has been handling as many as 5,000 samples a week. However, conditions outside the lab in Bhopal are posing problems, said H.K. Pradhan, head of the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Madhya Pradesh, in an AFP interview.”The samples are coming from far-off places and the cold chain is not maintained properly so the virus dies,” Pradhan said. “In some areas ice is not readily available” to preserve poultry carcasses, he added. “The state authorities need to take more care.”In Israel, authorities in Jerusalem ordered culling of poultry at Kibbutz Ma’aleh Hahamisha today after H5N1 was found there yesterday, The Jerusalem Post reported online today. Israel earlier had culled 1.2 million poultry from 53 farms in 14 communities in only 9 days, the agriculture minister was quoted as saying.See alsoMar 29 WHO update on situation in Egypthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_29/en/index.htmlUS Geological Survey list of species affected by H5N1 avian fluhttp://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/avian_influenza/affected_species_chart.jsplast_img read more

Drug-resistant Salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef

first_imgDec 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday issued a public health alert about ground beef products that may be contaminated with a multidrug-resistant form of Salmonella that has sickened 38 people in four western states.The alert, issued by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), said the illnesses are associated with multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serotype Newport in ground beef that may have been ground and sold at Safeway supermarkets in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico between Sept 19 and Nov 5.Epidemiologic investigations and a case-control study by state health officials in Arizona and California and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found an association between fresh ground beef products and 38 illnesses that exhibited the same rare pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern in the CDC’s PulseNet system. The cases include 16 from Arizona, 18 from California, 1 from Idaho, and 3 from Nevada.The FSIS said that despite intensive, continuing investigations, it could not identify specific establishments, lots, and products that would warrant a recall.”FSIS has no reason to believe that these products are still available for sale in commerce,” the statement said, adding that people who purchased ground beef from Safeway stores on the affected dates should look for the products in their freezers and discard or destroy them.Safeway, Inc., based in Pleasanton, Calif, said in a press release yesterday that to date, no Safeway product has tested positive for S Newport and that no illnesses have been reported in Hawaii or New Mexico, though Safeway supermarkets in those states are included in the FSIS advisory. “There is a single reported case in Idaho that has no apparent ties to Safeway stores,” the company said.However, in response to the FSIS alert, Safeway said it is asking customers who have raw ground beef products in their freezer purchased in the stores listed in the advisory between Sept 19 and Nov 5 to dispose of them.In its advisory, the FSIS warned that in infected patients, the multidrug-resistant Salmonella strain can increase the risk of hospitalization and treatment failure.Over the past decade, the prevalence of multidrug-resistant S Newport strains has increased dramatically in the United States. A previous study found that the most common multidrug-resistant S Newport phenotype—MDR-AmpC—increased from 1% of human S Newport isolates in 1998 to 21% of such isolates tested in 2003. The trend worries health officials, because Newport MDR-AmpC shows decreased susceptibility to ceftriaxone, the treatment of choice for invasive salmonellosis in children.In 2002, an outbreak of Newport MDR-AmpC in ground beef sickened 47 people in five eastern states, according to previous reports. A case-control study linked the illnesses to ground beef consumption, and the pathogen was found in raw frozen ground beef from one of the patient’s homes.Studies have suggested that dairy cattle are a major reservoir for multidrug resistant S Newport. A study published in the November issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases focused on Wisconsin, a major dairy state. The researchers found that Wisconsin residents with S Newport infections during the 2003 to 2005 period were more likely to have multidrug-resistant strains, compared with the rest of the nation.The researchers determined that patients with Newport MDR-AmpC infections were more likely than those with pansusceptible strains of S Newport to have reported contact with cattle, farms, and unpasteurized milk.The authors wrote that intensive Newport MDR-AmpC surveillance is needed in major dairy states, and more efforts are needed to promote appropriate use of ceftiofur and other antimicrobial drugs in dairy cattle. Healthcare providers should avoid prescribing antibiotics to patients who have low-risk Salmonella infections, and public health messages should stress the importance of pasteurizing milk and cooking meat safely, the researchers said.See also:Dec 20 FSIS public health advisoryDec 20 Safeway press releaseJul 2, 2002 CIDRAP News story “Drug-resistant Salmonella Newport infections linked with eating ground beef”Karon AE, Archer JR, Sotir MJ, et al. Human multidrug-resistant Salmonella Newport infections, Wisconsin, 2003-2005. Emerg Infect Dis 2007 Nov;13(11):[Full text]last_img read more

Zadar County Tourist Board invites hosts to the club of quality family accommodation “Welcome”

first_img20.04.09,00-11,00 in Benkovac (City Library Hall, Kneza Branimira 46) 19.04. 09,00-11,00 in Nin (Dom kulture, Trg Hrvatskih branitelja 1)13,00-15,00 in Biograd (Adria Hotel Hall, A. Šenoe 42) Currently, in the area of ​​Zadar County, 213 hosts in family accommodation are in the club of quality “Welcome”, and the Tourist Board of Zadar County invites all hosts who have not yet joined to apply for the 5th round of calls for candidacy in the club of family accommodation “Welcome” .Due to the importance and specificity of private accommodation in Zadar County and the fact that increasing the quality of accommodation in existing facilities and raising the level of services can create preconditions for strengthening and extending the main season, Zadar County Tourist Board in cooperation with local tourist boards is implementing the project Labeling in family accommodation under the marketing name “Welcome”.”We invite all private landlords who meet the criteria prescribed by the Ordinance to apply with the prescribed documentation by April 26, 2018. to their local tourist community and become members of the “Welcome” quality club and thus achieve additional promotion through the channels of the Zadar County Tourist Board, such as the official website and printed materials distributed through tourist fairs and presentations. ” stand out from the Zadar County Tourist Board.Sign up for the Welcome Family Accommodation Club HEREAlso, new and existing members can meet additional criteria and become certified as accommodation specializing in:WELCOME RURAL – indicates a stay in a renovated traditional holiday home in a rural setting with additional services / value.WELCOME CITY – means staying in accommodation facilities in old city urban cores.WELCOME FAMILY – refers to accommodation in facilities oriented to the segment of families with children up to 12 years.WELCOME BIKE part of ZADAR BIKE MAGIC project – accommodation with basic infrastructure standards for cyclo-tourists.Special lending conditions for hosts in family accommodation that are part of the Welcome project – interest for end users may ultimately amount to 1% per year.It is important to point out that in order to improve the living conditions of guests, and supporting the Welcome project of the Zadar County Tourist Board, Zadar County announced a loan program for private renters who have entered or want to enter the “Welcome” project, and the credit potential is as much as 10 million kuna.Thus, hosts in family accommodation can use a loan in the amount of HRK 30.000,00 to HRK 150.000,00, with a loan repayment period of up to 5 years, a grace period of one year and a fixed interest rate of up to 5% per year. However, for hosts in family accommodation who are or will become part of the Welcome family, Zadar County subsidizes interest on approved loans with four (4) percentage points for investments in the islands of Zadar County (except the islands of Vir and Pag) and rural areas counties that do not have access to the sea) so the interest for end users can ultimately be 1% per annum. See more details about credit terms HEREEducational workshops Family accommodation quality club “Welcome” As part of the project, a series of EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS will be held in the following days, as follows:18.04. 09,00 -11,00 in Zadar (Rector’s Palace Hall, Poljana Šime Budinića 3)13,00 -15,00 Starigrad-Paklenica (NP Paklenica Hall, F. Tuđmana 14a) Program / topics:Announcement of the fifth Public Invitation to enter the quality club “WelcomeFamily accommodation lending programTrends in tourismReview of legal regulations, issues and various current issues 13,00-15,00 in Pag (Rector’s Palace Hall, From Hospital 2) &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;br /&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Eurostat: Camping statistics in the EU

first_imgSome time ago, Eurostat (European Statistical Office) published the report “Tourism Statistics – Annual Results of the Accommodation Sector” for 2015, which is interesting because it has a separate camping sector.Tourist accommodation capacity in 2016Regarding the capacity of the camps, Croatia can accommodate 250.456 people in the camps.In the Mediterranean, France can accommodate 2.840.256 people in camps, Italy 1.174.821, Spain 777.308 people, Portugal 203.580 and Greece 83.577 people. It is interesting to note that in Europe, France has 2,9 times more capacity in campsites than the total accommodation capacity of the Republic of Croatia, Italy has 1,2 times more capacity, and the United Kingdom has 1,4 times more capacity in campsites than the total accommodation capacity. capacity of the Republic of Croatia.In Croatia, campsites spend 22,5% of overnight stays, with Denmark (34,7%), Luxembourg (32,8%), France (27,7%) and Sweden (27,3%) having a higher share. In Italy, camps cover 13,5% of overnight stays, while in Spain 8,1%.Percentage share of type of accommodationCoastal and continental tourismThe full report of the European Statistical Office with the main indicators can be downloaded HERE12th Congress of Croatian Camping from 12-14.11.2018.This year’s 12th Congress of Croatian Camping will be held from Monday 12.11. until Wednesday, November 14.11.2018, XNUMX, in the continental part of our country.The Croatian Camping Association has not yet revealed the exact location, but they say that at the Croatian Camping Congress they will be able to find out what is happening in camping in Croatia and Europe, look at the latest MH models and various camping equipment and take the opportunity to meet friends and colleagues from others. camps, and announce that they will soon publish more information about the program as well as the final location of the 12th KHK,Like most tourist destinations in Croatia, camps are growing in the first six months of this year. Thus, in 2018, from the beginning of the year to June 14.6, a total of 566.649 arrivals and 2.797.238 overnight stays were realized in our camps, which represents an increase in arrivals by 10% and overnight stays by 13%. At the annual level, all counties are in the black in terms of the number of overnight stays (the largest increase in coastal counties is in the Split-Dalmatia County with + 28,0%), while only three counties are in the red with -5,5%, Šibenik-Knin County with -3,2% and Zagrebačka with -1,7%).last_img read more

The Tourist Board of the Municipality of Baška has published a series of new promotional videos

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the Municipality of Baška has published a series of new promotional videos.One main video inviting guests to meet them, and six short videos segmented into six categories, each telling its own story. From history, nature, beaches, gastronomy, active tourism and fishing days.The main video consists of parts of smaller segmented videos, but not with all the frames, so each short video still has more frames and is unique to each. We should certainly praise this way of video production, so that in addition to one main video, shorter ones are also made, which are segmented by tourist products. Although, I have to admit that I miss the stories in the shorter videos, and I would definitely advise that in the smaller videos, a little more attention be paid and the rounded story is told, and not just a mosaic video.# VisitBaška: Get to know us…# VisitBaška: History# VisitBaška: Nature# VisitBaška: Sea & Beaches# VisitBaška: Gastronomy# VisitBaška: Fishermen’s Day# VisitBaška: OutdoorEvery tourist worker in Baška should share these videos Everyone who deals with tourism in Baška should share these videos on their websites, newsletter campaigns and social networks, and thus get involved in additional promotion of the destination. Everyone is interested in that, and promotional materials serve just that. This further enhances the promotion and the whole destination grows. If you have guests for whom you know their motives for coming and what interests them, make a special promotion where, for example, in addition to Outdoor video, create added value through the article. What all the destination offers for active tourism, where are the bike paths, sports facilities, etc.… round out the whole story with additional information. You are the ambassadors of your destination. If you don’t tell the story of your destination, who will?Great pre-season in Baška According to the eVisitor system, which records the turnover of registered tourists, in the period 01.01.-31.10.2018. A total of 180.387 arrivals and 1.006.627 overnight stays were realized in 5. Compared to last year, the number of arrivals increased by 1,25%, while the number of overnight stays increased by XNUMX%.The largest number of nights in the period 01.01.-31.10.2018. was realized in households 446.020 (1% less), then in camps 274.933 (+ 2,5%), followed by the number of overnight stays in hotel accommodation 209.715 (+ 3,3%), and in other catering facilities 75.959 (+5,5) .XNUMX%) overnight stays.The increase in tourist traffic in the pre- and post-season is especially important for these excellent results, the Baška Tourist Board points out, adding that the importance of events and the development of specific tourist products in Baška, especially outside the main summer season, has been shown through recorded visits and overnight stays.In the first 5 months, 93.375 overnight stays were realized, which is 34% more overnight stays. In September, a total of 131.417 overnight stays or 12% were realized. more, and in October 18.552 overnight stays or 2% more. “It was at our most important event in October, the Baška Outdoor Festival, that a historic result was achieved, the first millionth overnight stay ” conclude from the Baška Tourist Board.last_img read more

A new promotional video of Lika-Senj County has been published

first_imgNumerous beauties and destinations of Lika-Senj County are annually visited by millions of tourists, and major tourist brands such as Plitvice Lakes, the island of Pag, Nikola Tesla or Senj are recognized around the world as top tourist destinations. In the following period, this tourist film will be shown at international tourist fairs and numerous tourist film festivals, point out the Tourist Board of Lika-Senj County. That is why the Lika-Senj County Tourist Board is entering 2019 with the launch of a new promo film that shows all the beauties of this beautiful and diverse county in four minutes. From mountains, rivers and lakes to enchanting landscapes on the coast. Thus, the video harmoniously intertwines the natural beauties of Plitvice Lakes, the imposing Velebit, the magical beaches of the island of Pag, gastronomy, sports and recreation, entertainment and cultural and historical heritage. There are also Brinje, Perušić, Otočac and Gacka, Smiljan, Gospić, Senj, Karlobag, Vrhovine, Zrće… The promotional film was produced by Balduči Film from Zagreb, under the direction of Bobby Grubić, three-time winner of the prestigious Emmy Award and producer Spomenka Saraga, and takes viewers and potential tourists on an adventurous and interesting walk through Lika-Senj County. The concept was jointly conceived by Balduči film and the Lika-Senj County Tourist Board.last_img read more

Coordination of Croatian caterers opened negotiations with trade unions

first_imgThe aim of the meeting was to find a solution to the burning problem of labor shortage in Croatia and to ensure better working conditions, primarily in the form of wage growth. “The next step is to open negotiations on collective agreements for next year. By reducing the VAT on the preparation and serving of food in catering facilities, we have been given a great responsibility and it is up to us to justify it after it enters into force. Apart from the meeting with the unions, yesterday we also met with the President of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, Dragutin Ranogajc. Representatives of HOK presented their proposals for further measures of tax relief, we believe that this is a good direction. However, it is now up to us to develop and adapt them in the coming period so that we can possibly present them to the responsible institutions and the general public. Let’s go step by step”, Concluded Vedran Jakominić, President of the Association of Caterers of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. CATERERS PRESENTED THREE REQUESTS FOR RELEASING THE ENTIRE SECTOR “We are aware that raising wages is an established precondition for retaining a domestic worker. We have made a proposal to raise the salaries of employees in the catering industry by 10% of the salary prescribed by the collective agreement. On the other hand, it is necessary to emphasize that each business of catering facilities is specifically dependent on which part of Croatia it is. It is difficult to compare the business of catering facilities in Sisak and Dubrovnik and impose equal conditions on everyone, because this would lead caterers in, for example, smaller cities across continental Croatia to a situation where they can no longer continue to operate. “Said Marin Medak, a representative of the Coordination of Croatian Caterers, and added that their proposal is the introduction of vouchers for occasional work in order to provide domestic workers with an additional source of income. Continuous education of both workers and employers is the key to the development of hospitality in Croatia.center_img With this mission, the representatives of the Coordination of Croatian Caterers yesterday met with the representative of the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia Eduard Andrić and the representative of the Association of Independent Employers Petar Lovrić. RELATED NEWS: Collective agreements at the regional level would provide better conditions for workers in the hospitality industry throughout Croatia, emphasize the Coordination of Croatian Caterers.last_img read more