Testing the quality of the sea for swimming on the sea beaches in the County of Istria in 2017

first_imgFrom 14 to 16 August 2017, the Institute of Public Health of the County of Istria conducted the 209th examination of the quality of the sea on the beaches in the County of Istria. A total of XNUMX measuring points were sampled at sea.Based on individual test results of microbiological indicators at 203 measuring points or 97,13% of samples, excellent bathing sea quality was recorded, while at six measuring points (Novigrad, Novigrad – Karpinjan; Rovinj, Hotel Rovinj – Below the hotel; Pula, Valsaline – FS Bay, Raša, AC Tunarica – Left side of the bay, Bale, Kolone – St. Jakov Bay, Tar-Vabriga, Tarska Vala) or in 2,87% of samples good sea quality was recorded.During sampling, sea temperature ranged from 23,2 0C to 27,0 0C while air temperature ranged from 21,8 0C to 30,0 0C. The results of individual tests are published on the website and are available via the following link: http://www.izor.hr/kakvoca/.last_img read more

The Rijeka 2020 project won the Melina Mercouri award worth HRK 1,5 million

first_imgIn addition to the cultural and artistic program for 2020, the presentation and discussions highlighted the heritage of the project, which remains a lasting value in cultural facilities that are being renovated and built in Rijeka, but also in encouraged activities of citizens who are strongly involved in the project. In several ways, among other things through a rich training program, the Rijeka 2020 team points out. Namely, the European Commission wants to influence the integration of culture into the long-term development of cities with the European Capital of Culture project. Director of the company Rijeka 2020, established for the implementation of the European Capital of Culture project, Emina Visnic points out that the Melina Mercouri Award is a great and important financial confirmation that the project is being successfully managed and developed. “This award is a symbolic confirmation that Rijeka is and that Croatia is in line with European cultural values, that we carry and transmit the values ​​of the European cultural circle, that we write new messages for the future in this project and that we truly belong to it as European citizens.”Visnic pointed out. With these values, the project of the European Capital of Culture was founded, which connects European citizens and raises awareness of the fact of common belonging to the European cultural circle. This is a valuable financial award, which also carries a message of success in the work done so far on the development of the project “Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture”. This award for Rijeka means that it has met all the highly set criteria by the expert panel and that by seriously managing the project by the year of holding the ECOC title, it has achieved all the tasks set before it. The decision to award the prize worth 1,5 million euros was made in Galway after the meeting and the third monitoring of the implementation of the project “Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture”.center_img The Melina Mercouri Award, named after the Greek Minister of Culture who is considered the most deserving for founding the European Capital of Culture project, was won by Rijeka on the recommendation of an expert panel of the European Commission assessing the seriousness and success of the project. Source / photo: City of Rijeka; Rijeka 2020; Pixabay Melina Mercouri, back in 1985, advocated for better mutual knowledge of European citizens, for exchange and conversations about culture. Understanding Europe as a place of a common cultural past, but also a future, she argued that the whole of Europe should be united and that culture carries the strongest potential for peace.last_img read more

The negative side of market liberalization: In Dubrovnik and Split, there is “chaos” in the taxi market

first_imgAs in chaos theory, with the momentum of butterfly wings – the market was liberalized and opened, while on the other hand, as always, it led to some new problems and consequences. That is why, as in everything, it is important to monitor how the market is moving on the ground and in the real economy and what are the consequences, sometimes even negative and unexpected, in order to react properly and influence the improvement of the whole system. Of the Act. Last year, the transport guild sent four inquiries to the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure about how to control whether the law respects new carriers, which, as Topic pointed out, can still be called taxi drivers, but did not receive a response. Also, he added, the Ministry of the Interior did not answer the question about the number of traffic accidents in which vehicles that performed taxi transport were involved. INCREASED NEWS: What has caused problems in some destinations, such as Dubrovnik and Split, is the fact that under the new law, local governments must issue licenses to provide taxi services in their area to all licensees, and not as before, only to those in their area. This means that, for example, a taxi driver from continental Croatia can legally taxi along the coast, which is what happens, and a similar phenomenon occurs as overtourism i.e. too many taxis in one area and the local government has no control. “This kind of anarchy on the streets of Split began after the law was passed. Unfortunately, we have also witnessed a number of traffic accidents, where the culprits were unprofessional taxi service providers, and some of them had fatal consequences.”, It is stated in the announcement. Certainly the solution is not to go back and abolish market liberalization, because the market is the best regulator. Of course in this story it is necessary to ensure fair market competition and how to find a solution to stop the negative consequences of the same, especially in the context of illegal taxi drivers, ie those who break the law, but it is certainly great how the taxi market was finally liberalized (the market is the best regulator) and how the law of market competition rules. Who is faster, better, better, more creative, more innovative… he will survive. Precisely to that fact last year the mayors of the cities of Dubrovnik and Split reacted and warned, who pointed out that the liberalization of the taxi market was expected to reduce congestion and provide a more affordable service of using taxi transport for all citizens and visitors. However, as the mayors pointed out, neither effect occurred in Dubrovnik or Split – two cities under UNESCO protection, but under enormous pressure from taxi vehicles. The economy, like tourism, is a living organism, and it is not enough just to make a decision and the matter is resolved. On the other hand, we live in the 21st century where changes are extremely rapid, which directly affect the economy and the way and culture of living. The changes will be faster and faster. Either we adapt or we disappear – that is the rule of today’s modern market competition. THE EFFECT OF CHAOS THEORY: IF YOUR DESTINATION IS NOT IN THAT REGION, YOU MUST NOT GET OFF THE HIGHWAY Carriers also point out that, presumably, with a small number of fines already written, even fewer will be collected, which directly harms the state budget, and the taxi market is flooded with companies that do not report drivers properly, nor are they professionals, but by driving after full-time in their profession they try to earn extra. According to the New Road Traffic Act that has been in force since 2018, it has finally happened liberalization of taxi markets which has led to fair market competition, increased competition, lower prices and higher quality and service differentiation. THE TAXI MARKET IS FINALLY LIBERALIZED “Since the adoption of the disputed Road Transport Act, the Road Inspectorate has either done nothing, or the institutions believe that this information should be kept secret from the citizens who finance it.” Milivoj Topic points out. However, on the other hand, it has led to major problems or the invasion of taxi drivers to the “most tourist” destinations, such as the city of Dubrovnik and Split, which from year to year achieve tourist records, and thus the influx of taxi drivers from all over Croatia. which additionally overload the poor city infrastructure which, under the pressure of tourism, otherwise bursts at the seams. Last year, there were more than three thousand taxis in Dubrovnik, and before liberalization there were about 220, while in Split there were also about three thousand taxis, and according to the city administration, the optimal number is about 650. A representative of that guild Milivoj Topic he wondered who was interested in hiding statistics on these problems and whether Split would have a collapse of 5.000 taxis next season, most of which would damage the reputation of the profession and the city as a tourist center. DUBROVNIK AND SPLIT AGAINST LIBERALIZATION OF TAXI MARKET, WANT TO INTRODUCE ORDER They reacted to the same problem yesterday from Transport Guild at the Association of Craftsmen of Split, who assessed that there is anarchy and disorder on the streets of that city due to unprofessional taxi service providers, and they see the reason for that in the new Law on Road Transport. “Vehicles are rented or borrowed while the disputed companies attract people to work without borders, and when they can no longer maintain their ‘business model’, they go bankrupt and leave behind even millions of debts. ”, conclude in a statement of the Transport Guild at the Association of Craftsmen of Split. last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 29

first_imgBe consistent when correcting the pastIt wasn’t long ago when statues commemorating former Confederate soldiers were torn down because of the of their past actions and who they offended. Now they’re tearing down Kate Smith’s statue because she sang two songs that spoke of slaves and “darkies.”Yes, those terms are offensive to many. Now explain to me why Mount Rushmore is still standing.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump fans should rethink their supportI want to thank Dave Edwards for bringing a bit of mirth into my life with his April 22 letter:  “Trump stands up for American people.”I agree that Hillary Clinton was an imperfect candidate in 2016. A better candidate would have won the election in spite of the documented interference by the Russians.However, to claim that Mrs. Clinton is corrupt and greedy, especially when compared to Donald Trump, is quite bizarre.  Donald Trump is the most dishonest and corrupt president in my lifetime. He makes policy decisions based on what is good for him, instead of what is in the best interest of the country.He has encouraged violence against members of the news media. He has encouraged local and federal law enforcement personnel to violate the law. It honors both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Both were slave owners. Are you saying it’s OK to own slaves as long as you don’t sing about them? Anything with their picture on it should be abolished.I’m sure a new Mount Rushmore could be created easier than the original.It could have the busts of Frederick Douglas, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King. I’m sure others would want Barack Obama included.As long as you’re correcting past injustices, please be consistent. A clean sweep of everyone and everything.Pete PidgeonScotia He has encouraged people who work for him to not cooperate with law enforcement. He lies about things big and small on a daily basis. He has tarnished the presidency.I would suggest that people stop watching the propaganda spewed by Fox News. Use the time to actually read the Constitution of the United States, the Mueller report and the Federalist Papers.After that, ask yourself if you still believe that Donald Trump has fulfilled his oath to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”Victor RobertsBurnt Hills Agree with writer on faith, sex abusesI would like to say one word in regard to Jerry Bubniak’s April 22 letter, in which he maintains his faith while condemning the Catholic Church for enabling child sex abuse: Amen.Sandra SarnowskiScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

A mall order?

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Fleet sets sail as local rents grow

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Lifelong ambition

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Key points of labor reform in omnibus bill on job creation: What we know so far

first_imgThe government submitted the controversial omnibus bill on job creation to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, marking a milestone that will kick start deliberations on labor reforms that are intended to woo investors, boost economic growth and create jobs.  Some of the key highlights of the bill, a draft of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post, cover issues related to foreign workers, wages, work hours, redundancy and social security. A one-off extra payment as a “token of appreciation” for workers, which the government calls a “sweetener”, is also introduced in the bill.“This is purely to create jobs amid the global uncertainty and the coronavirus crisis by transforming the country’s economy through the omnibus bill,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartato told the press at the House after submitting the bill. “As for now, we will raise the public’s awareness regarding the bill by involving government officials and lawmakers.” The office of the coordinating minister has formed a consultative team consisting of government officials, businesspeople and labor representatives. Still, the government has not yet published the bill for general scrutiny.Major labor groups including the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), the Congress of Indonesia Unions Alliance (KASBI) and the All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI) have refused to join the coordination team. They have also rejected the bill because of its potential detrimental effect on labor rights.Here are some key points and changes related to labor reform in the omnibus bill on job creation compiled by the Post.Severance pay The calculation for basic severance pay remains unchanged, but overall rights for severance payments beyond basic allowances are either reduced or scrapped completely.The omnibus bill on job creation no longer mandates employers to pay for compensation of rights (UPH) for laid-off workers and instead stipulates that the rights can be regulated in a work contract, work agreement or corporate rules. According to Article 156 of the prevailing manpower law, UPH includes unredeemed annual paid leave, transportation costs and a certain sum from workers’ expenses for housing and medicines. The bill also cuts the upper limit for payments for recognition of service period (UPMK) to a maximum of eight months’ salary for a worker’s services of more than 21 years in a company. Article 156 in the manpower law caps the awards value higher at 10 months’ salary for more than 24 years of service.Meanwhile, rigid calculations on rights for severance payments, UPMK and compensation of rights (UPH) that are differentiated based on reasons for the lay-off, as stipulated in the prevailing manpower law, are all scrapped. Instead, the omnibus bill on job creation only requires employers to make severance payment and UPMK according to their time of service.Foreign workersIndonesia will open more chances for expatriates to work in the country, especially in start-ups.In the omnibus bill, foreign workers will also be allowed to work in Indonesia without a permit in positions that range from members of boards of directors and commissioners, and diplomatic or consular staff, to researchers and emergency engineers. Foreign workers in start-ups will also be exempted from work-permit requirements.This compares with a previous stipulation in Article 42 of Law No. 13/2003 on Manpower that only exempts diplomatic and consular staff from work permits for foreign workers.OutsourcingOutsourcing requirements would be significantly relaxed under the omnibus bill on job creation.Currently under Article 66 of the Manpower Law, workers from outsourcing agencies are prohibited from doing core tasks or those that directly relate to the production process. The prevailing rule stipulates workers from outsourcing companies can only have supporting functions.The omnibus bill on job creation amends this stipulation to open the possibility for outsourcing agencies to hire workers for various tasks, including freelance and full-time workers. This stipulation will be further regulated in a separate Government Regulation (PP).RemunerationGovernors across Indonesia will determine the minimum wage of each region, based on the inflation rate and economic growth in the region, to better reflect the need for salary adjustment. A so-called council for wages can provide input during the process, which would comprise government, business, labor and academic representatives. This stipulation is basically unchanged from the existing regulation.However, the significant difference under the omnibus bill on job creation is that labor-intensive industries will not have to adhere to regional minimum wages and the governors of respective provinces will use different formulas in their calculations. More details will be covered in a separate PP, according to the draft bill.Micro and small businesses are exempted from minimum-wage stipulations but must pay their workers above the poverty line rate, the draft states.Labor rightsMembers of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) protest against the omnibus bill on job creation in front of the Parliament Building, Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)A prevailing article that stipulates workers’ rights for paid leave under certain circumstances has been deleted from the omnibus bill on job creation.Article 93 of the Manpower Law allows paid leave of three days when workers get married, two days when their children are circumcised or baptized or get married, or when their wives are in labor or undergoing an abortion. Workers whose family members pass away get one to two days’ unpaid leave in the current regulation.The omnibus bill, however, deletes this stipulation and will only cover regular paid leave rights that include at least 12 days a year for workers that have been with their companies for 12 consecutive months. “Companies can grant long leave, which is arranged in the work contracts, company regulations or work agreements,” the draft bill reads.Further, in a case where a company goes into bankruptcy or is liquidated, labor rights are to be prioritized prior to other payments including to creditors – a stipulation previously uncovered by the existing law.Work hoursEmployers can implement work hours beyond stipulation for specific types of work or business sectors. These special conditions will be further regulated in a separate PP, which were not previously covered by the existing Manpower Law.Work hours as stipulated by the omnibus bill on job creation are eight hours per day and 40 hours per week—five days in a week. Beyond that employers must pay overtime to workers but not exceeding four hours a day and 18 hours a week, according to the draft omnibus bill.LayoffThe omnibus bill on job creation aims to provide a better safety net for workers with a minimum of one year’s service as a separate PP will stipulate compensation payments, according to Article 61A.Employees can be laid off for reasons that include mergers, acquisitions, divestment, business efficiency, business closure after two years’ uninterrupted financial losses or as a result of force majeure, debt restructuring and bankruptcy, among other factors, based on Article 154A.Workers are still entitled to receive their salary and other rights –also including their work responsibilities— during dispute-settlement processes at industrial relations agencies or in court, according to Article 157A. These three stipulations were previously not covered by the current law.Meanwhile, the omnibus bill revokes Article 159, which allows workers to file a lawsuit to an industrial relations court or agency if they want to challenge the reasoning behind the decision to lay them off.Social securityA new social safety net mechanism is added to the omnibus bill on job creation to revise Article 18 of Law No. 40/2004 on the National Social Security System (JSN) and Article 6 of Law No 24/2011 on the Social Security Organizing Agency (BPJS).The social security program for laid-off workers was introduced on top of existing programs that currently cover health, work-related accidents, pensions, old age and life insurance. The BPJS will be responsible for the fund so long as the workers or their employers pay the premiums.“Sweetener” bonusThe government has long campaigned about a “sweetener” in the omnibus bill on job creation that will include an immediate salary bonus depending on workers’ length of service in their companies.According to the draft bill, workers will get the “sweetener” or bonus as follows: one year’s salary for service of less than three years, twice the salary for three to six years of service, three times the salary for six to nine years of service, four times the salary for nine to 12 years of service. Finally, five times the salary for workers with over 12 years of service.The bonus will only be applicable to medium and large companies as micro and small enterprises are exempt from the stipulation. The bonus is a one-off payment to be made within one year after the omnibus law on job creation becomes effective and details will be further regulated in a PP.Editor’s note: The article has been updated to include a section on severance pay.Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMMRT Jakarta, SAJV ink phase 2 contract, look to break ground in 2021

first_imgForgot Password ? Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google The second phase of the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) rail development project has kicked off on Monday with the signing of a contract between city-owned PT MRT Jakarta and Shimizu-Adhi Karya Joint Venture (SAJV), a partnership between Japanese engineering company Shimizu Corporation and state-owned construction company Adhi Karya.MRT Jakarta construction director Silvia Halim and SAJV representative Yutaka Okumura signed the deal, worth Rp 4.5 trillion (US$336.2 million), at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle (Bundaran HI) MRT station in Central Jakarta.Phase 2 involves building a 6.3-kilometer track from HI to Kota Station in West Jakarta.SAJV won the tender for the 58-month initial stage (CP201) of phase 2, which commences in March and is expected to be completed by December 2024. T… Log in with your social account Linkedin Facebook MRT-Jakarta MRT MRT-phase-2 JICA Transportation public-transportation rail-project undergroundlast_img read more