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HOK’s reaction to the text “Caterers without the right to vote”

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first_imgRelated to the text "Non-voting caterers”, Authored by Zoran Lukić, President of the Croatian Association of Waiters and Bartenders, published on the website hrturizam.hr on June 13, 2016, and which was transferred from the portal Barmen.hr, we announce the response Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) which we transmit to you in full. As the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Employees of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts is unjustifiably called out in several places in this text, this is the reason for our address in front of the Guild, with the intention of correcting incorrectly stated or incorrectly emphasized allegations.From the above text, we single out the allegations to which we react: ....it is unfortunate that only caterers and representatives of CEHs are silent when the state strikes levies on the back….… .I never once heard on television that the CEH of the caterer rebelled and got to his feet….… ..I was present at some seminars and meetings where ideas were presented - take for example a seminar on the “New Labor Law” where only representatives of large hotel houses were present and proposed laws that would facilitate work in hotels (a system where they have all the departments arranged and it is not a problem for them to have an economist in the kitchen…) but there was NO ONE present representing the little caterer, which is most important for the image of tourism in the country… ..… .The sessions of the CEH of caterers are always closed and, unfortunately, we cannot act in isolation from the outside on important plans and changes that directly affect the development strategy of the Croatian hospitality sector. I would be overjoyed that all the membership fees that caterers have to pay actually make sense and contribute to the improvement of business conditions of the caterer …….The Guild of Caterers and Tourist Employees of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) gathers over 16.000 craftsmen and caterers and is the most numerous Guild of HOK, and currently about 78.000 trades are active in the Republic of Croatia. Guilds are established to harmonize and resolve professional issues of the industry to which the craftsman belongs, craftsmen organize their professional work by guilds at the level of associations of craftsmen (cities and municipalities), regional (county) Chamber of Crafts and HOK.There are 9 guilds at the Croatian Chamber of Crafts (Guild of Carriers, Guild of Caterers for Tourist Workers, Guild for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Guild of Trade, Guild of Construction, Guild of Hairdressers and Beauticians, Guild of Production Crafts, Guild of Service Crafts, Guild of Agriculture and Freshwater Fisheries). Initiatives coming from the field, the Guild considers at the local and national level and sends proposals to the competent local and state authorities, in order to jointly eliminate the problems and obstacles encountered by caterers and tourism professionals in their business.Representing the interests of the membership is the primary task of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, as well as the Guilds. The author of the text states that he did not meet anyone who would represent the small caterer at seminars and meetings where the new laws were discussed. The question is whether the author of the text is a craftsman or a company. Namely, craftsmen (of all activities, including the caterer), are members of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, and companies of all activities - doo, jdoo (as well as caterers) are members of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.Anyone who sees their interest in such an association and joins more and more, as they get to know the activities of the professional gathering, as well as the work of the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Workers, can join the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts as voluntary members. Everyone is welcome, as is Mr. Lukić if he is registered as a caterer or wishes the catering profession well. Our Guilds independently organize discussions on new laws, and in addition, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts has representatives of the profession in numerous working groups and commissions at the ministries, thus directly participating in the preparation of new laws.Nenad Šepak, President of the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Workers of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts / Photo: HOKWhat does the Guild of Caterers and Tourism Workers do? Lot.In the past, the caterers have proactively worked to reduce the VAT from 25% to 10% (now to 13%), by including wine and beer in food products, we have enabled the application of a rate of 13%, we have lifted the rigorous smoking ban - the only one in Europe, changed the law on 0,0 per mille, abolished the certification of price lists and standards, abolished the collection of signatures of tenants, abolished the search for administrative solutions for working hours, expanded the tourist zone, reduced payments for monument rent, reduced rent for business premises, abolished the ban on alcohol 6 to 8 hours, enabled the transfer of minimum technical requirements, increased personal deductions and increased consumption, participated in the drafting of the new Law on Hospitality, returned the profession to the laws and regulations on hospitality.In Zagreb, caterers managed to reduce consumption taxes by 33%, revised price lists, ordinances and decisions on communal order and public areas and the installation of terraces. How many caterers, for example, wrote to the Government and asked that guests can smoke in their bars, remember the famous 0 per mille of blood alcohol, VAT reduction from 25% to 13%, then extremely useful and free guides and documents for self-management HACCP system, whose price was initially € 5.000?And all this is used by caterers (not only craftsmen, members of HOK, but everyone), thanks to their representatives in the Guild and experts in the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts who defended the requests of caterers in contacts with the ministries. All activities of the Guild are public and transparent, information from the sessions is published on the website www.hok.hr and on the Facebook page of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts and are distributed to the media, and press conferences are also organized.Value Added Tax ActWith the support of the Ministry of Tourism, a lower VAT rate (initially 10%, then 13%) was prescribed for catering services, which greatly contributes to the competitiveness of this economic sector and equalization of business conditions compared to other EU countries.Leadč good hygiene practices and HACCP leadsčThe development of the Guide to Good Hygienic Practice and the HACCP Guide for the Catering, Trade, Confectionery and Bakery activities has provided a direct benefit for our members, which is measured in tens of millions of kunas. Since HOK initiated the adoption of national guides that are publicly available, craftsmen are not forced to bring guides for each activity per person, and thus significant savings have been made to our members.More flexible regulated smoking in catering facilitiesAfter the restrictive Law on Restricting the Use of Tobacco Products, when the possibility of smoking in catering facilities was completely excluded, the HOK initiative changed the law so that smoking is allowed completely in small bars up to 50 square meters, or for larger bars in separate special rooms.Mitigated per mille in the Road Traffic Safety ActAfter the restrictive Law on Road Traffic Safety, which allowed driving with only 0 per mille of alcohol in the blood, at the initiative of HOK, changes were accepted to a reasonable extent, which provided sufficient traffic safety and normal business and consumption of food and beverages in restaurants. . Until this change, significant losses were recorded in the entire catering and wine production.For caterers, smaller subscription for HRT Prema Croatian Radio and Television Act OG 137/10, legal and natural persons performing catering activities in accordance with a special law by paying a monthly fee for one receiver in a catering facility acquired, through the commitment of HOK, the right to use three additional receivers in the same catering facility without paying a monthly fee.Law on Catering ActivityThe Guild actively participated in the preparation of the draft Law on Hospitality, which entered into force in early August 2015.The Ministry accepted some long-standing requests from the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Workers:greater possibility of extension of working hours for catering facilities by local government and self-government;in catering facilities it will be possible to trade on a smaller scale (sale of souvenirs, paintings, snack products, printed matter, etc.) in accordance with a special regulation governing the performance of trade activities;the possibility for caterers to provide accommodation services in rooms such as rooms, apartments, studio apartments and holiday homes, regardless of the organizational form, in business and residential buildings;the caterer is allowed to deny, in addition to serving alcoholic beverages and beverages containing alcohol, a guest he deems to be under 18 years of age;a public Central Register for catering and tourism services is established;it is planned to reduce the maximum and minimum amounts of fines for individual offenses, and prescribe higher fines for repeat offenders, and reduce the amount of fines for those that can be imposed at the scene of the offense. The amounts of fines are equal for natural persons, craftsmen and legal entities;our greatest success is that the Guild's request was accepted that each catering unit must have an employed professional (with the appropriate qualification or with a passed exam on professional qualification and a master's exam).Of course, there are still unresolved issues, such as, for example, the consumption tax, the recognition of entertainment expenses, inspections, occasional employment, but the Guild is continuously working on resolving them. "With respect,President of the Guild of Caterers and Tourist WorkersCroatian Chamber of Trades and CraftsNenad Šepaklast_img

Brain blocks new memory formation on waking to safeguard consolidation of existing memories

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first_imgShare Pinterest Email Throughout our waking lives we are exposed to a continuous stream of stimuli and experiences. Some of these experiences trigger the strengthening of connections between neurons in the brain, and begin the process of forming memories. However, these initial memory traces are fragile and only a small number will become long-term memories with the potential to last a lifetime. For this transition to occur, the brain must stabilize the memory traces through a process called consolidation.Let’s sleep on itDuring consolidation, the brain produces new proteins that strengthen the fragile memory traces. However, if a new experience occurs while an existing memory trace is being consolidated, the new stimuli could disrupt or even hijack the consolidation process. Share on Twittercenter_img Share on Facebook The brain partially solves this problem by postponing some of the memory consolidation to a period in which new experiences are minimalized, that is, while we are asleep. But what happens if we wake up while consolidation is taking place? How does the brain prevent events that occur just after awakening from interrupting the consolidation process?A new study by Prof. Abraham Susswein of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University, has now answered this question. Published today in eLife, the article’s first author is Roi Levy, whose doctoral research — conducted in Prof. Susswein’s lab — is described in the present study, which also includes part of the doctoral research of David Levitan.Susswein and his colleagues have used a seemingly unlikely subject for their study, namely the sea hare Aplysia. These marine slugs are convenient for neuroscientific investigation because of their simple nervous systems and large neurons, and because they have been shown to be capable of basic forms of learning.Just after training during waking hours, proteins are synthesized to initiate the consolidation of new memory. Consolidation proteins are produced again in greater quantities during sleep for subsequent processes on the memory trace. The researchers found that blocking the production of consolidation proteins in sleeping sea slugs prevents these creatures from forming long-term memories, confirming that, like us, they do consolidate memories during sleep.Overcoming Memory BlockSusswein, Levy and Levitan now show that exposing sea slugs to new stimuli immediately after they wake up does not trigger the formation of new memories. In a learning paradigm affecting sea slugs’ feeding activity, the animals were trained after being awakened from sleep. On awakening, interactions between new experiences and consolidation are prevented because the brain blocks long-term memory arising from the new stimuli. However, when the researchers treated the slugs just prior to the training with a drug that inhibits protein production, they found that the new stimuli could generate long-term memory. These findings show that proteins blocking the formation of new memories prevent an experience upon waking from being effective in producing memory. Removing this block – by inhibiting protein production – allows experiences just after waking to be encoded in memory. This even applies to experiences that are too brief to trigger memory formation in fully awake sea slugs.Susswein: “The major insight from this research is that there is an active process in the brain which inhibits the ability to learn new things and protects the consolidation of memories.”Two Heads are Better than OneThe researchers also compared learning by fully awake sea slugs trained in isolation and those trained with companions. They discovered that training in social isolation appears to inhibit new learning, and identified similar molecular processes common to both training in isolation and to training on waking from sleep.For the Future“Our next step following on from this work,” says Susswein, “is to identify these memory blocking proteins and to fathom how they prevent the formation of new memories.” He adds: “We may also find that the blocking process accounts for why we cannot remember our dreams when we wake up.”An important future challenge is to investigate whether the same proteins could ultimately be used to block unwanted memories, for example, in cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. LinkedInlast_img

MEDCO Names David Hittinger Director of Business Development

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first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pa. — MEDCO has announced that David Hittinger has joined the company as director of business development – tools and equipment. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement MEDCO is a leading PBE supply, mechanical tools and equipment distributor, headquartered in Philadelphia. The company operates eight warehouses in the U.S. and two warehouses in Canada. In this role, Hittinger will be responsible for all tool and equipment activities associated with national accounts for the automotive and industrial businesses, a major area of focus for MEDCO. Hittinger will be located at MEDCO headquarters in Philadelphia and will report to John Casanova, vice president of sales and customer service. Before joining the MEDCO team, Hittinger was automotive vice president sales and marketing at Danaher Tool Group. Prior to that, he was market manager for Thomas & Betts Inc. His extensive experience in automotive also includes management positions with Cooper Automotive. According to Andrew Keim, president of MEDCO, Hittinger’s knowledge and experience in the national tools and equipment marketplace will allow him to play a major role in the company’s growth. “We have been searching for the right person to direct business development and grow national accounts for MEDCO. I am convinced that Dave brings the right set of skills to accomplish this goal.” In commenting on the decision to join MEDCO, Hittinger said, “MEDCO has a unique advantage in the tool and equipment business because of its warehouses across the U.S. and Canada.” He added, “Having more than 40,000 readily available SKUs from industry-leading manufacturers allows us to respond and deliver quickly for our customers. That, combined with the excellent systems already in place and the strong reputation earned over decades in this business will make my job that much easier.”last_img

Four Short Films About Manhattan Project National Historical Park Debut Tuesday At Nature Center

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first_imgJoin the National Park Service at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 to see the debut of four short films that were developed for Manhattan Project National Historical Park. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Courtesy/PEECPEEC News:The National Park Service is hosting a debut of four short films that were developed for Manhattan Project National Historical Park.The event will be held in the planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and followed by a brief update from the park, along with a presentation on dark skies.This event is free to attend and open to the public. The Los Alamos Nature Center is at 2600 Canyon Road.The films feature poignant interviews highlighting personal experiences with the Manhattan Project. Learn more about Manhattan Project National Historical Park at nps.gov/mapr.Formally established in November 2015 via a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Energy and the National Park Service to preserve portions of three World War II sites where the United States developed the first atomic weapons, the park marks the history of the people, science, events, and controversy associated with the creation of the atomic bomb in the top-secret effort known as the Manhattan Project. Under the agreement, the NPS and DOE jointly manage and administer the park.For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.last_img

Oxford-Cambridge Arc requires joined-up thinking

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Bill Hoffpauer Joins CRP Automotive As Regional Sales Manager – Southeastern US

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first_imgAt left, David McSwain; at right Bill HoffpauerCRP Automotive, a leading source of OE-quality replacement parts for European and Asian import vehicle applications, has announced the appointment of Bill Hoffpauer as its regional sales manager for the Southeastern U.S. Hoffpauer has taken over the responsibilities of CRP Automotive’s former Southeast manager, Daniel McSwain, who has retired after nine years of service with the company.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementHoffpauer will be responsible for managing the sales portfolio of CRP Automotive’s six-brand family in the Southeastern U.S., including both regional and national accounts. He also will play key roles in helping to expand relationships with current customers, as well as establishing new accounts and business opportunities.Prior to joining CRP Automotive, Hoffpauer worked at Valeo Service USA from 1997 to 2015. While at Valeo, he held several key sales management positions including national sales manager and was responsible for a wide territory that included the United States, Canada and Mexico, along with other export markets.At CRP Automotive, McSwain was a regional sales manager for the Southeast and previously held the position of Eastern domestic sales manager. He has enjoyed a distinguished 25-year career in the automotive aftermarket, having also served with Snap-on, Pennzoil, United Marketing and PTC.Trevor Potter, vice president of sales at CRP Automotive, made the announcement and noted, “This is a bittersweet moment for CRP Automotive. While we are sad to see Dan McSwain retire, we are delighted to welcome Bill Hoffpauer to our aftermarket team. Dan McSwain has been a great asset to this company and his dedication, skill and knowledge will be missed, but we wish him nothing but good things to come in his retirement.”AdvertisementPotter added, “Bill Hoffpauer is an award-winning sales executive with just shy of two decades of executive and sales management experience in the automotive aftermarket. His excellence in sales and proven leadership in territory management will give our steadily growing organization a significant advantage in the market, and we look forward to his contribution.”last_img

Latest Chart Ferox LNG station operational in Poland

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Low Freight Rates Affect Maersk Group’s Profit

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first_imgDanish shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk Group delivered a profit of USD 438 million in the third quarter of 2016, down from USD 778 million seen in the same period a year earlier, negatively impacted by lower container freight rates.Maersk’s underlying profit for the quarter was at USD 426 million, compared to USD 662 million reported in 2015, predominantly driven by a loss in Maersk Line and with lower underlying results in APM Shipping Services and APM Terminals, while the company’s Maersk Drilling and Maersk Oil recorded increased underlying profits.“The result is unsatisfactory, but driven by low prices. We generally perform strongly on cost and volume across businesses,” Søren Skou, the Group CEO, said.The group’s revenue decreased by USD 933 million or 9.2% compared to the third quarter of 2015, mostly related to Maersk Line with a decrease of USD 659 million due to 16% lower average container freight rates, Maersk Oil with a decrease of USD 95 million due to 8% lower oil prices and decreased rates in Damco and Maersk Tankers.This was partly offset by 11% higher container volumes in Maersk Line and 7% higher volumes in APM Terminals.The group’s subsidiary Maersk Line continues to face challenging market conditions as it posted a loss of USD 116 million in the third quarter of the year, compared to a profit of USD 264 million seen in the same period in 2015.Revenue of USD 5.4 billion was 11% lower than in the third quarter of 2015. The development was driven by a 16% decline in average freight rates to 1,811 USD/FFE partially offset by an 11% increase in volumes to 2,698k FFE.The group’s APM Terminals delivered a profit of USD 131 million, down from USD 175 million reported a year earlier. The profit was 17% above the result reported in the second quarter of 2016.APM Terminals handled 9.5 million TEUs in the third quarter, an increase of 7% compared to 8.9 million TEUs reported in the same period of 2015, mainly due to the acquisition of Grup Marítim TCB.Excluding the Grup Marítim TCB acquisition and terminals divested during 2015, APM Terminals handled 1.5% more volumes than in the same period last year, mainly driven by growth in Salalah, Oman and Maasvlakte II, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.Image Courtesy: DP World London GatewayOn June 23, Maersk Group initiated a strategic review to evaluate the strategic and structural options with the objective to generate growth, increase agilities, unlock synergies, and maximise shareholder value.In September, the company said that the future Maersk Group will be an integrated transportation and logistics company, while the objective is to find structural solutions for each of the oil and oil related companies.As a consequence, the group’s portfolio will be reorganised into two separate divisions: Transport & Logistics and Energy.The Transport & Logistics division consists of Maersk Line, APM Terminals, Damco, Svitzer and Maersk Container Industry, while the Energy division consists of Maersk Oil, Maersk Drilling, Maersk Supply Service and Maersk Tankers.“The implementation of the new strategic direction and the restructuring of the group is progressing, and we look forward to sharing further details at the Capital Markets Day on 13th of December,” Skou said.In line with previous expectations, the group still expects a result significantly below last year’s of USD 3.1 billion and specifies an expected underlying result below USD 1 billion. Gross cash flow used for capital expenditure is still expected to be around USD 6 billion in 2016, against USD 7.1 billion seen in 2015.last_img

Halting a project: Breaking up is hard to do

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Illegally-closed cross-border railway reopened

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first_imgOrlen lodged a complaint with the European Commission, which ruled that LG had abused its dominant market position.In 2017 the Commission fined LG €27·9m and required it to bring the infringement to an end, which could best be accomplished by reinstating the line.‘The EU needs a well-functioning rail freight market. It is unacceptable and unprecedented that a company dismantles public rail infrastructure to protect itself from competition’, the then Commissioner in charge of competition policy Margrethe Vestager said at the time.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# EUROPE: The reinstated 19 km railway between Mažeikiai in Lithuania and Rengė in Latvia was officially reopened February 15, when ministers and officials from both countries attended a ceremony to mark the departure of a train carrying oil to Latvia from Orlen’s Lithuanian refinery.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Lithuania’s vertically-integrated railway LG had closed and dismantled the link from Orlen’s refinery to Latvia in October 2008.The closure was ostensibly because the line was in poor condition, traffic levels were not sustainable and other cross-border routes had spare capacity.However, Orlen had considered transferring its business from LG to another operator, and closing the line meant that any competitor would need to use a much longer route to access the refinery.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Following a competitive tender, in early 2019 Vitras-S was awarded a €9·4m+VAT contract to reinstate the line.This included the rebuilding or repair of 19 km of track, five level crossings, six bridges, three culverts and communications and electrical systems.President of Orlen’s management board Daniel Obajtek said reinstatement of the railway symbolised the improvement in Polish-Lithuanian intergovernmental relations since 2016. ‘Good co-operation translates into very tangible economic benefits for both parties’, he said.last_img