Hoteliers have announced a pay rise for seasonal workers

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first_imgHUP-Association of Hospitality and Tourism initiated changes in the tax treatment of accommodation costs and hot meals for seasonal workers so that they would not be treated as a salary in kind but as necessary operating costs.Employers in tourism therefore welcomed the Government’s decision that the costs of accommodation and hot meals for seasonal workers will no longer be taxed as wages in kind. Leading tourist companies, led by Valamar Riviera, Maistra and Plava Laguna, have decided to redirect the funds resulting from this tax relief to increase the material rights of workers.According to the Association, the salary increase is necessary to increase the attractiveness of tourism and prevent further departure of employees from Croatia, and many tourism companies will use this tax relief to increase salaries and improve working conditions in preparation for another successful tourist year.It was employers in tourism who stressed the importance of further fiscal relief in order to open space for wage increases in the sector. With the joint cooperation of HUP members, with the support of the relevant Ministry of Tourism, this initiative has been successfully implemented. In December 2017, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted a package of measures for retaining and increasing employment, through which a decision was made on tax relief for all entrepreneurs who provide accommodation and hot meals for their seasonal workers. Through the adopted amendments to the Ordinance on Income Tax, the Ministry of Finance envisages that taxpayers will be relieved of an additional HRK 266 million.Related news:last_img

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first_imgMoscow march against fascism in UkraineMoscow — As I arrived at the Hotel Metropol in Moscow, directly across from the entrance to Red Square, I saw the AntiMaidan demonstration being set up to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the neofascist coup in Ukraine, whose social support came from regressive demonstrations in Maidan Square in Kiev. Nearly 100,000 people marched in Moscow, representing various political forces in Russia, including the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Russian veteran organizations, Greens and Nightwolf Bikers, among many others. Their aim was to send a message that a “Russian Maidan” or a color “revolution” orchestrated by Washington or a Western non-governmental organization would be resisted. It was a show of strength among what could be referred to as patriotic Russian elements.I went to Moscow as part of a small delegation of peace activists from the United States. Our goal was to demonstrate that among working people of all countries, cooperation is possible and in our best interests. The other delegates were Óscar Hernández-Santoyo of Milwaukee, an immigrant rights activist with “Youth Empowered in the Struggle,” and Joe Iosbaker, of the Rasmea [Odeh] Defense Committee and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression.Demonizing Russia and expanding NATOIn the last few years, the mouthpieces of the Pentagon and State Department and their obedient media have once again begun hyping up the imaginary threat of the great Russian bear in the Kremlin, endlessly plotting the demise of the so-called “Land of the Free.” As Russia has begun to get back on its feet after the overthrow of the Soviet Union and the abolishment of socialist measures during the turbulent 1990s, it has once again started to stand up for itself and its allies. Russia’s defense of Iran and Syria from U.S. imperialism, while based on self-interest, is nevertheless very much appreciated by these countries as well as by anti-imperialist activists around the world. With the Russian government refusing to be pushed around at will by the U.S., it is facing “consequences.” Since 1990, NATO has expanded into 12 countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, most of thom are former members of the Warsaw Pact, which was the military alliance of the Soviet Union and its allies. NATO is thus encircling Russia militarily and politically. The goal is to intimidate and apply pressure on Russia, just as the U.S. did to the USSR decades ago, which had a significant role in the USSR’s dismemberment.Since the U.S./EU-backed coup in Ukraine, where the U.S. State Department handpicked the Kiev junta leadership, the Russian government has defended its interests. From Moscow’s viewpoint, the Kiev coup was one intervention, one encroachment too far. Because Moscow is standing up for its interests, the Russian government has come under attack.The result is a game of chicken between the world’s largest superpower and its NATO military bloc on one side, and Russia on the other. Russia’s large military is designed to defend Russian territory. The U.S. Armed Forces, on the contrary, stretch across a myriad of bases littered around the entire globe. Should Washington’s aggressive stance lead to conflict between two nuclear powers, it could mean the end of humanity.Our host during our stay in Moscow was Alexander Ionov, president of the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia. This is not a homogenous organization representing one ideological current. Some of its members subscribe to Korean socialism and some are “Putinists,” that is, champions of the Russian president, among other tendencies. The underlying current among the membership is staunch opposition to Western imperialism and the belief that all nations have the right to self-determination. On the wall in the group’s office are framed photographs of Hafez and Bashar Al-Assad of Syria, Kim Il Sung of socialist Korea, Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara of Cuba, Moammar Gadhafi of Libya and Omar Torrijos of Panama — all political leaders that U.S. imperialism has demonized. The Anti-Globalization Movement held weekly demonstrations in solidarity with the Cuban 5 political prisoners as well as a demonstration in solidarity with the “Black Lives Matter” movement outside the U.S. Embassy. Human toll in Donbass bombingIn Donbass, the southeastern region in Ukraine that is in revolt against the Kiev regime, the U.S.-armed and -directed Ukrainian army indiscriminately bombs the civilian population. In the last year, an estimated 6,000 people have died in the fighting, many of whom are noncombatants. While in Moscow, I visited a hospital where seven Ukrainian children are being treated for injuries sustained in the shelling. One was a 10-year-old boy named Vanya, who is a famous case. One day when Vanya and his five-year-old brother were playing outside in the garden, the junta’s shelling struck their home, bringing it completely to the ground. Vanya’s brother died, and Vanya’s legs were blown off, he lost one arm, and he was entirely blinded by shrapnel. We visited others whose conditions were not as serious, but whose lives will be forever altered by this conflict that they had no responsibility for starting and had no say in. The head doctor at the facility has publicly called for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Putin to conduct their negotiations over the conflict near Vanya’s hospital bed, so they can be aware of the human toll at stake and to highlight who is bearing the brunt of the suffering.Most of the attendees at the Anti-Globalization Movement conference held in Moscow in late February were young and belonged to the organization. Besides our U.S. delegation, there was a speaker from Iran and a Venezuelan Embassy representative. The declaration of the conference, which this writer had a role in drafting, was based on mutual cooperation among the various peoples of the world. This understanding shaped the character of the event. From what I could see and ascertain, the Russian government does not seek conflict with the West, from which it can gain nothing. The sanctions imposed on them — which also affect the economy of the European Union countries — are mutually harmful to all parties, with the exception of a miniscule grouping inside the NATO sphere. The Russian ruling capitalists themselves, at this present stage, are primarily interested in commerce, and even German imperialists lose business because of the sanctions. Russian capitalists are in no way capable of, let alone interested in, landing on U.S. shores or bombing U.S. cities as they are portrayed in the Western media. To believe such tales, one would have to be completely ignorant of the balance of forces vis-a-vis NATO. Russia does not have bases stretching across the world. It does not have troops in Mexico and Canada. The vast majority of Russia’s army is behind Russia’s borders.We hope to further cultivate a relationship among the Anti-Globalization Movement, the Russian people and ourselves. To stop U.S. leaders from plunging humanity into a nuclear armageddon, we will be vocally on the side of those defending themselves from reckless imperialist aggression.Tom Michalak is an activist in Detroit with the national youth group Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST).FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

TCU’s new website designs causes some issues for departments

first_imgDepartment of Education’s Title IX changes could impact TCU students Twitter Starting school in the ‘red zone’ Caroline Lovehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-love/ Caroline Love Linkedin ReddIt The TCU marketing department is redesigning campus websites printThe marketing department is responding to faculty criticism as it redesigns TCU’s websites, which could take at least two years to finish.Holly Ellman, associate director of strategic communications management, said the reasons for the redesign were to improve promotion of the university, and website efficiency and navigation. “Ultimately, the goal is to provide a better user experience for both internal and external audiences,” she said. The changes are being applied by the web and marketing teams of the marketing and communications department, along with the help of deans and department chairs.The website redesign has received criticism from some professors in multiple departments, including theater, Spanish and Hispanic studies and English. Krista Scott, an associate professor in the theatre department, said the theatre program has lost potential students because of the changes. “We’re losing applicants daily,” she said. “We’re losing very talented students.”Students applying to the BFA theatre program are required to submit a portfolio and other information to a specific online program in order to receive an invitation to audition. “There is no explanation of that step,” Scott said.编辑触摸共享全屏制作你自己的了解更多接触图片分享图像…全屏Information about the portfolio review was previously missing from the TCU websiteDavid Bedford, an instructor in the Spanish and Hispanic studies department, said it seemed like information was removed from his department’s website, but he said it might be related to the navigation changes. “I had to guess where they might have put things,” he said. “It can be frustrating. Part of the frustration is the loss of control.” He said the marketing department has listened to their requests to upload information and has a feeling things are working out. Steven Sloan, the chair of the Spanish and Hispanic Studies department, said he has been working with Taylor Quales, the marketing representative for the Addran College of Liberal Arts, to address problems. “She’s already addressed a number of issues that we had,” he said.编辑触摸共享全屏制作你自己的了解更多接触图片分享图像…全屏Ellman said the website redesign is a constantly ongoing process and the marketing department has already learned lessons.“Thanks to faculty feedback, we have worked quickly to address issues,” she said. “Such feedback, in addition to website analytics and user testing, will help us identify any other potential problems and courses of action to solve them.”Sloan also said the redesign was in a transition period but was beginning to improve. “We all have to be patient with each other,” he said. The marketing department is working with the faculty senate executive committee to address complaints and consider faculty suggestions. “The most effective websites are constantly being monitored and improved in order to achieve the best possible results,” Ellman said. Caroline Lovehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-love/ Caroline Love graduated from TCU’s journalism program in May 2019. During her senior year, she interned at KERA and C-SPAN in Washington D.C. If she’s not working on a story, she’s probably watching Friends. Caroline Lovehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-love/ Caroline Lovehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/caroline-love/ ReddIt Students share ideas at ‘I Am Heard’ sexual assault forum Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Title IX advocate works to support TCU survivors of sexual assault World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution + posts Facebook Facebook Linkedin Previous articleDistrict 9 comes up short in 2018 proposed bondNext articleTCU Flu Clinic to offer fewer vaccines this year Caroline Love RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img

Concern grows about imprisoned journalists as country’s main paper is shut down

first_imgNews RSF_en June 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders today denounced the closure of the country’s biggest daily newspaper, Hamshari, and said it was concerned about the fate of two arrested journalists. Five reformist papers have now been shut down in the past three weeks by the regime’s hardliners. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News “The present offensive against Iran’s most popular newspapers is alarming and the excuse for the closure of Hamshari is clearly bogus,” said Reporters Without Border secretary-general Robert Ménard. “At this rate, the non-conservative press will simply disappear in Iran,” he said, calling for the ban on all five papers to be lifted at once and for the two journalists to be freed, along with seven others. There are more journalists in prison in Iran than anywhere else in the Middle East.Hamshari was suspended for 10 days after refusing to print a right-of-reply article from Ali-Reza Majub, secretary-general of the government-controlled trade union, the Workers’ House, and other officials. The paper has been singled out by the authorities, who have banned its circulation beyond the capital, on the pretext that it is owned by the Teheran city authorities.At the same time, Taban, a paper in the northern town of Gazvin, was also suspended. Since the beginning of the year, three other papers, the dailies Hayat-é-No, Bahar and Nowrooz have been suspended.Little has been heard of the two journalists, Alireza Eshraghi and Ali-Reza Jabari, since their arrest on 12 January and 28 December last. Esraghi, of Hayat-é-no, was picked up after the paper reprinted on 8 January a 1937 US newspaper cartoon about the pressure exerted by then-President Franklin Roosevelt on the US Supreme Court, represented by a bearded, black-robed old man resembling the Islamic regime’s founder, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It was printed alongside an interview with a social science professor about “social collapse” in Iran. The cartoon was considered insulting to Khomeini’s memory and the paper was closed. Esraghi is being held at Evin prison, near Teheran. On 19 January, intelligence ministry officials took him to his office and searched it. The same day, another Hayat-é-No journalist, Akram Didari, was summoned by the religious court for questioning.Jabari, a translator and freelance contributor to several independent newspapers, including Adineh, was arrested at his office in Teheran on 28 December by non-uniformed individuals. The next day his wife went to Adareh Amaken, a city police department considered close to the intelligence service and which has summoned many journalists for questioning in recent weeks. She was told nobody by the name of her husband had been arrested. She was given the same answer at the central police station.An interview with Jabari was published on 25 December in a Persian-language newspaper in Canada, Charvand, in which he said the country’s hardline spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Guide of the Islamic Revolution, wanted the crisis in Iran to get worse. Jabari, a member of the Iranian Writers’ Association, has translated many Iranian works, some of them banned, into English. His wife is concerned about his fate because he has heart problems. to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News February 25, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information January 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern grows about imprisoned journalists as country’s main paper is shut down News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020last_img

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