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Sunny Hvar and the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia signed a new amendment to the Collective Agreement


first_imgIn recent years, Sunny Hvar records the best results and the longest season in the history of the company, launches a new investment cycle and creates new jobs in one of the most developed tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, while the 2018 season, although still lasting, is the most successful ever, reports from Sunny Hvar and point out that behind excellent business results are their employees.”Sunčani Hvar bases its success on highly motivated and productive human resources, so the achieved business results each year are accompanied by significant investments in improving the compensation packages of all team members, in accordance with the human resources development strategy.” emphasize from Sunny Hvar.And that this is not only in the context of PR and just an empty story, says the fact that in 2018 Sunčani Hvar surprised its employees at the beginning of the season when, in addition to increasing the minimum basic salary, provided additional salary growth for 18 jobs to 12%. “Taking into account the long-term human resources management strategy which is on the one hand focused on the development of talented individuals who turn business experience into a successful career, and on the other hand to encourage satisfaction and motivation of all employees who recognize the company as a place for safe seasonal work. for the second time in a year, it increased salaries, thus exceeding employee expectations. ” they pointed out from Sunny Hvar.As of September 1, 2018, in cooperation with the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services, the Company’s Management Board announced the entry into force of a new Tariff Annex that includes another tariff increase for 20 jobs and guarantees additional salary growth for employees up to 8%. .In October 2018, an additional increase in the minimum basic salary will be applied, and taking into account the salary increases from the beginning of the season, Sunčani Hvar has provided all its team members with a total salary increase of 3% to 20%. Additionally, in July and August, all employees received cash prizes in the amount of HRK 500 net per month due to the achieved business results, and the same is expected for all employees this year and in September!The package that employees receive in Sunčani Hvar is not only reduced to salary but also takes into account the aspect of overall satisfaction through investments in accommodation facilities and food for employees, additional free facilities in accommodation facilities, regular working hours, providing a day off, training and education, and additional benefits of 50% discount in the company’s restaurants and bars.“Permanent Seasonal” ProgramThis year, Sunčani Hvar is also launching a “permanent season” program, a measure of active employment policy implemented by the company in cooperation with the Croatian Employment Service, and offering employees who enter the program financial stability throughout the year will be presented to employees in the coming period. Given that the response of seasonal employees is exceptional, Sunčani Hvar will use the maximum legal number of contracts for “permanent seasonal workers” and sign over 140 of them, they point out from Sunčani Hvar and add “Statistics showing that more than 60% of the total number of seasonal employees are seasonal returnees, and the fact that more than 50% of new candidates apply for jobs on the recommendation of seasonal returnees are real indicators of successful human resource management strategies and satisfaction of all team members. “The only solution to the problem of labor shortage is to improve working conditions and increase wages, there is no other quality and sustainable alternative.last_img read more


Falconer: we do not need national high-rise policy


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Indonesians surprised at other countries being better prepared for pandemic: Survey


first_imgOnly 1 in 5 Indonesians, or 20 percent, said they were “angry and frustrated” as the world went through the coronavirus crisis. However, Indonesians top the list as being the most surprised at how much better prepared other nations were in tackling the pandemic, with 70 percent expressing such a view.Blackbox Research founder and CEO David Black said the sentiment was a result of Indonesian authorities’ slow response during the early stages of the pandemic as well as the country’s limited testing capabilities compared to its Southeast Asian counterparts.”With neighboring countries like Singapore and Malaysia starting to identify cases as early as January, we can see why Indonesians are reflecting on how quickly other countries kicked into gear with the pandemic, as compared to Indonesia, which only took action in early March,” David said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Indonesia, which now has recorded more than 15,000 coronavirus cases and more than 1,000 fatalities, reported its first two cases on March 2. Indonesians are “fairly satisfied” with their country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, yet they are the most “surprised” at how other countries are better prepared to face the global health crisis, a global survey has found.The survey, conducted by Singapore’s social research agency Blackbox Research and digital market research company Toluna from April 3 to April 19, gives Indonesia a relatively high index score of 48 points — slightly above the global average of 45 points — in COVID-19 crisis performance.The score ranks Indonesia ninth globally and seventh within the Asian region. The survey was carried out online and involved more than 12,500 respondents aged 18 to 80 across 23 countries. China comes out on top with a score of 85, as most of its citizens rated the country’s performance “favorably”, followed by Vietnam with a score of 77 and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India, both scoring 59 in the index.Read also: Bali’s Denpasar to impose COVID-19 restrictions that keep businesses runningThe survey noted that New Zealand with 56 points was the only Western nation with an index score above the global average, showing that “citizens in Western countries are generally less satisfied with their countries’ performances.”Japan ranks last in the survey, with an index score of 16 due to its perceived poor political performance and business leadership, among other things, according to Blackbox Research’s poll.On the other hand, only seven of the 23 countries’ political leaders were rated highly for their coronavirus crisis response by at least 50 percent of their respective citizens. For Indonesia, the percentage stood at 37 percent, or below the global average of 40 percent. Most Indonesians were also dissatisfied with businesses performances during the pandemic, as only 29 percent of them felt business leaders had responded favorably to the health crisis, which is slightly above the global average of 28 percent.“Economies all around the world have been dealt a huge blow from COVID-19, and Indonesia, as Southeast Asia’s largest economy, has seen the halting of businesses and reported its weakest pace since 2001,” Black said.”While the Indonesian government has taken decisive measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19, the expectations of a looming recession and workers hard hit by layoffs and forced unpaid leave have led to the general sentiment that business leaders are not stepping up to the crisis.”He underlined that COVID-19 was not the first and might not be the last global pandemic and therefore leaders had to consider the lasting implications of the crisis in order to emerge from it “stronger and more resilient”.Three things people most want to see once the current crisis is over were a full economic recovery in six months, healthcare reforms and better use of technology for contract-tracing, Black added.Topics :last_img read more


Governor Wolf: Nellie Bly Scholarship Program Will Help at Least 25,000 Students Afford College


first_img March 04, 2020 Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Governor Tom Wolf is visiting Kutztown University and East Stroudsburg University today to discuss how his innovative Nellie Bly Scholarship Program would help at least 25,000 students in the state’s university system achieve their dream of earning a college degree while graduating with less debt and building lives in Pennsylvania. The visits are part of the governor’s tour of all 14 state-owned universities.“There is a student loan debt crisis across our country. It’s a burden on young people and their families that can last for years and holds them back,” said Governor Wolf. “The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program will help young people to build lives in our communities rather than struggling to pay student loan bills every month.“The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program fills the gap after other aid programs so thousands of students can afford college at our world-class state system. With less college debt, graduates can buy a car and a home, start a family and save for retirement. The program also strengthens our 14 public universities and creates a talented labor force that Pennsylvania needs to thrive.”The Nellie Bly Scholarship is a needs-based, last-dollar-in program. The scholarship would apply after a student’s Pell Grant and other state grants to enroll in one of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities.To be eligible, students must enroll full-time in a PASSHE undergraduate program and qualify for a federal subsidized student loan. Students must commit to live in Pennsylvania after graduation for the same number of years they received the scholarship. If a student leaves the state early, they must repay the money. The program will be funded by repurposing revenues from the Horse Racing Development Fund annually.“We are very thankful to Governor Wolf for his support of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education,” said Kutztown University President Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Ph.D. “His proposed Nellie Bly Scholarship would enhance Kutztown University’s mission of providing a high-quality education to students with financial constraints by allowing them to graduate on time and with less debt. It also provides incentives to remain in the commonwealth upon graduation and, like so many other KU and State System graduates, contribute to our workforce and communities.”The governor will visit East Stroudsburg University later today to talk with students and university leaders about the need for the scholarship program.“At East Stroudsburg University, our number one priority is student success,” said ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. “However, the students’ path to achieving academic goals is often riddled with challenges, particularly financial. We, as an institution, have been listening to their struggles and are working very hard to increase the number of scholarships we offer each year to ease the financial burden. Governor Wolf’s proposed Nellie Bly Scholarship would certainly enhance our efforts and help students across the Commonwealth to achieve personal success that will ultimately benefit Pennsylvania and the vital workforce produced by our State System institutions.”The scholarship is named in honor of Nellie Bly, an Armstrong County native born in 1864. Bly attended the Indiana Normal School, now Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but left due to the cost. Bly became a pioneering journalist who helped to force reforms to the mental health care system in the early 20th century.Nearly a century later, higher education remains too expensive for many low-income and middle-class families. The student loan debt for Pennsylvania residents is $68 billion, among the highest in the nation, averaging more than $37,000 per student.In addition to the $204 million for the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, the governor’s budget invests in higher education with $12.9 million to support PASSHE’s system redesign and a $60 million increase for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, which serves more than 130,000 students and will increase the maximum award to $4,700.The governor is visiting all 14 PASSHE universities to highlight the importance of the program for the future of the students and the state. The governor has already made stops at Lock Haven and West Chester universities.The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth with 95,000 students. The university system includes Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock, and West Chester. Governor Wolf: Nellie Bly Scholarship Program Will Help at Least 25,000 Students Afford Collegecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Sweden’s AP7 to rein in leverage of equities fund


first_imgSweden’s seventh AP fund (AP7) has said its board decided in the first half of this year to reduce the gearing in its SEK261bn (€27.7bn) equities fund gradually to 125% from 150%.In its interim report for January to June 2015, the state pension fund said that, as part of this plan, it had trimmed the fund’s gross leverage to 139.5% by the end of June.While the normal level of leverage had been set at 150% of the fund’s capital, its board is allowed to reduce this on the chief executive’s recommendation – in situations where it is seen as appropriate to lower exposure to the stock market, for example.The pension fund said it produced a 9.8% return for savers in its balanced Såfa pension fund in the six-month period, which outperformed the average 8.3% return for competitor funds in Sweden’s premium pension system. AP7 operates as a state-owned alternative to the private investment funds in the country’s first-pillar premium pension system.Its Såfa fund is composed of AP7’s “building-block” equity and fixed income funds, with the proportions set depending on customer age profiles.The equity fund generated a 10.5% return in the first half of the year, in line with the benchmark.In absolute terms, the return was SEK24.6bn, and the fund’s total assets increased to SEK260.7bn at the end of June.AP7 said: “The positive development seen in the fund is due to the upswing on global equities markets in 2015, which was intensified by the fund’s leverage as well as the weakening of the Swedish krona.”Active management contributed positively to the result, it said, adding SEK12m, although tactical allocation reduced returns to the tune of SEK38m in the reporting period.It blamed the tactical asset allocation underperformance on the fact the fund had had a lower global equity exposure than the benchmark, adding that this had also had the effect of reducing the fund’s risk level.Meanwhile, the fixed income fund produced a 0.6% return in the period, identical to the benchmark return.The return was SEK99m, while total assets in the fund rose to SEK18.3bn.last_img read more


Qatar to Release LNG Carrier Shipyard Tender in a Few Weeks


first_imgQatar would soon release its tender for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, according to Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the country’s energy minister and the CEO of Qatar Petroleum.“In a few weeks, qualified shipyards will be invited to participate in a tender for the provision of LNG ship construction slots for the LNG shipping fleet required for the LNG expansion project,” he said.The upcoming tender was revealed at the sidelines of the 19th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas in Shanghai (LNG2019), during which Qatar Petroleum unveiled a number of major contracts for Qatar’s LNG expansion project, designed to increase LNG production capacity from 77 to 110 million tons per year by 2024.Some of the contracts include awarding the fabrication and installation of the offshore jackets to McDermott, as well as the deal for early site works required to prepare the site of the four new 8 mtpa LNG mega-trains in Ras Laffan Industrial City.Additionally, Al-Kaabi confirmed that Qatar Petroleum is in the tendering phase for 8 rigs for the development drilling. The onshore facilities FEED will be completed in the next few days, while the main invitations to tenders for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of the facilities would be issued before the end of this month.In mid-February, 2019, Al-Kaabi confirmed the speculations that the Middle Eastern nation would order up to 60 new LNG carriers at a press conference held on the sidelines of the launch of TAWTEEN programme, according to The Peninsula.At the time, he explained that Qatar was in advanced negotiations to order between 50 and 60 gas carriers to transport the additional volume of nearly 50 million tonnes of LNG, including the LNG output volume abroad.last_img read more


‘I do?’ Opposition dogs French gay marriage plans


first_imgNZ Herald 6 Nov 2012A plan to legalize same-sex marriage and allow gay couples to adopt was a liberal cornerstone of Francois Hollande’s election manifesto earlier this year. It looked like a shoo-in for the French President, supported by a majority of the country, and an easy way to break with his conservative predecessor. But that was then. Now, as the Socialist government prepares to unveil its draft “marriage for everyone” law Wednesday, polls show wavering support for the idea and for the president himself amid increasingly vocal opposition in this majority Catholic country. And it’s not just religious and rural leaders speaking out; top figures within Hollande’s own party also are at loggerheads over the plan. The Socialists are now dragging their feet, releasing the bill later than planned and delaying parliamentary debate on it until January. The political hot potato has exposed divisions between urban France, where homosexuality is widely accepted, and the rural heartland, where conservative attitudes hold sway.….Attracting equal controversy, Christian Democrat Party leader Christine Boutin – who brandished a bible in France’s National Assembly in 1998 to protest gay civil unions – has said the law could open the floodgates to moral decline. “(Back in 1998) I said that civil unions would lead to gay marriage. Everyone said: ‘Never. Not at all!’ (But) it’s just the natural direction. The logic of the situation is, that if we’ve got marriage (for all), we’ll move towards polygamy. Why is it so shocking to predict this?” France has allowed civil unions since 1999, and while they were initially seen as for gay or lesbian couples, they have proved hugely popular among heterosexuals, too. France would become the 12th country in the world – and the biggest so far in terms of economic and diplomatic influence, – to legalize same-sex marriage if the bill passes.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10845415last_img read more


Most support child over gay rights: poll


first_img9News 25 June 2015Australians support the right of a child to have a mother and a father over the right of same-sex couples to get married, an opinion poll indicates.The Galaxy poll of 1200 Australians, commissioned by the Australian Marriage Forum, found three out of four respondents agreed society should try to ensure children are raised by their own mother and father.Almost 50 per cent said it was more important for a child to have a mother and a father than the right for two men to marry and create a family, while 30 per cent agreed both were equally important.Almost 20 per cent said the right of men to marry each other was more important.Forum president David van Gend told reporters in Canberra on Thursday that Australians needed to understand that legalising same-sex marriage would violate the birth right of children to have both a mother and a father.“You cannot have both,” he said.http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/06/25/11/08/aust-supports-child-over-gay-rights-polllast_img read more


Dominica observes Drug Awareness Week


first_img Share 783 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Dominica observes Drug Awareness Week by: – November 21, 2011 Image via: tristat.comThe Drug Abuse Prevention Unit wants parents to take a more crucial role in the prevention of the use of drugs by minors.Drug awareness week is being observed in Dominica this week, under the theme “think health not drugs”.Head of the Drug Abuse Prevention Unit Jacinta Bannis is encouraging all schools to observe the celebration by participating in the various activities. “While all categories of drugs will be discussed, more focus will be placed on the danger associated with tobacco use. Schools are encouraged to incorporate the issue of substance use during assemblies, and in the teaching of subject…students are encouraged to write poems, create posters, perform short skits highlighting the dangers of drug use and abuse, they can always march around their schools and neighborhoods chanting slogans to send out their message against the dangers of drug use,” she said.Bannis said schools can also invite resource persons such as policemen, nurses, fire officers and other district officers to talk to students to help build their self esteem to refuse drugs.“Officers will be visiting school but we will not be able to go to all the schools. We also want parents to engage their children in discussing the topic. They can look at various sites on the internet as well. We believe that everyday should be drug awareness day in other to fight the drug around us,” she said.According to Bannis, a survey is currently being conducted to determine the prevalence of drug use in Dominica’s schools.She said the prevalence of drugs is high especially among the secondary schools on the island.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more


Batesville Middle School Football Equipment Pickup Times


first_imgBatesville Middle School equipment hand out will be Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the old Batesville Middle School gym.8th graders at 6:00 pm and 7th graders at 6:30 pm. Parents are asked to bring completed physicals for their player.The first practice will be Monday, August 3, 2015.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clay Kellerman.last_img