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

Key to the cities

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Luxurious tri-level home designed with library and master retreat

first_imgThree levels of luxury awaits a new owner at this monstrous four-bedroom property at Bunya.The 9 Birdson Place property was designed by owners Matthew Bailey-Lawrence, a civil engineer and construction manager, and Judy Bos an architect, who works as a project manager for Moreton Bay Regional Council.Standout features of the home include a library and a master retreat with a mirrored walk-in wardrobe. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago9 Birdsong Place, Bunya. 9 Birdsong Place, Bunya.Beautiful bushland surrounds the home, on a 4294sq m block, within the Windarra Estate.Selling agent Justin Comerford, from Ray White — Wilston said the property was built by Lindon Homes, a luxury house builder.last_img read more

UK roundup: Union warns BT over DB scheme review

first_imgThe Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) has voiced its objection to a review by BT of its giant pension scheme.The union said it was “resolute in its determination to defend members’ pensions” and said it could ballot for strike action if the company decided to close the £43.1bn (€48.2bn) BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) completely.BT announced the review in May, but workers were formally told of its scope last week, according to the CWU. The communications company, formerly owned by the UK government, said in May it was considering several options to close a £13.9bn shortfall, including a contingent assets deal with the scheme’s trustees.Union representatives “left the company in no doubt as to their anger and dismay” at the review, the CWU said in a statement on its website. It demanded that the review also take into account a better deal for members of the company’s defined contribution (DC) scheme. The defined benefit scheme was closed to new members in 2001. One representative said closing it to future accrual was a “red line”, while deputy general secretary Andy Kerr described it as “wholly unacceptable”.Kerr said: “While this review is clearly unwelcome and unsettling for BTPS members, it’s incumbent on the CWU to enter constructive discussions with the company, because ultimately it’s crucial we ensure the long-term sustainability of our members’ pensions… The company has been left in no doubt that the CWU is serious about using industrial action, if necessary, to keep the BTPS open for current members – and, encouragingly, BT has stressed it is seeking to establish an agreed way forward.”The BT Pension Scheme’s estimated total liability of £60bn – correct as of June 30 2016 – is almost double the company’s current market capitalisation.The scheme had a shortfall of £13.9bn at the end of June 2016, up by nearly 40% due to a sharp rise in liabilities in the preceding 12 months.The CWU is also involved in a dispute with Royal Mail over changes to its pension scheme.NOW: Pensions withdraws from regulator’s master trust list over admin issueDC master trust provider NOW: Pensions has withdrawn itself from the Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) “assurance list” of auto-enrolment providers.The company – which is backed by Danish pensions giant ATP – said in a statement yesterday that it was attempting to “resolve historic issues processing contributions for a small percentage of clients”.TPR said it had been reviewing NOW: Pensions’ position on the list “due to concerns about the governance and administration of the scheme, including delays processing some contributions and communicating with a portion of members”.“There is no suggestion that the assets of members are at risk as a result of the scheme coming off the list, or that employers whose workplace pensions are in place with NOW: Pensions are not complying with their automatic enrolment duties,” the regulator said.The issue related to NOW: Pensions changing its third-party administrator, the master trust provider said in a statement. It appointed JLT Employee Benefits as its administrator in 2014.Delays had taken “longer than it should” to resolve due to complexities and poor quality data in some cases, NOW: Pensions said.“We should have been more proactive in our communications with affected clients and members regarding these issues and apologise wholeheartedly to those we have let down,” said Morten Nilsson, the company’s CEO. “In this instance, we have fallen short of the standard of service we aim to provide.”Nilsson added that he was “confident” of completing the work and returning to TPR’s list.TPR maintains a list of master trust providers that have passed an audit of governance standards and controls and are deemed to comply with the regulator’s DC code. Following NOW: Pensions’ withdrawal, the list has 22 firms.The People’s Pension passes 3m membersThe People’s Pension – one of the providers still on TPR’s assurance list – has just signed up its three millionth member.The company is the UK’s largest private sector master trust, with £2.3bn in assets. It began its auto-enrolment provision in October 2012 and has signed up more than 65,000 employers, mainly small companies.The National Employment Savings Trust – arguably the most prominent of the master trust providers – had 4.5m members and £1.7bn in assets at the end of March, according to its latest annual report.Patrick Heath-Lay, chief executive of The People’s Pension parent company B&CE, said: “To reach the milestone of 3m members in a little under six years is a fantastic achievement. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of all the team at The People’s Pension, we are proud to have contributed to the success of auto-enrolment and helped ensure that millions of workers are now saving towards their retirement.”last_img read more

MOL, China COSCO Shipping name co-owned Arctic LNG carrier

first_imgMitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and China COSCO Shipping named their first jointly-owned Arctic LNG carrier set to serve the Yamal LNG project, at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard.The 172,000-cbm ice-breaking vessel, named Vladimir Rusanov, is the first of three newbuilding vessels for MOL and China COSCO Shipping’s fleets in the Novatek-operated Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic that recently shipped its first cargo.The vessel is slated to go into service at the end of March 2018, following delivery at the end of December and ice-breaking sea trials in Arctic waters.The Vladimir Rusanov and its sister ships will have independent ice-breaking capabilities enabling them to sail in seas with ice up to 2.1m thick. The vessels will transport LNG from the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta on Russia’s Yamal Peninsula to worldwide LNG markets throughout the year. They will also be able to sail on the Arctic Sea Route to transport LNG to East Asia via the Bering Strait during the summer months.MOL added that the four conventional LNG carriers that will be deployed for the Yamal LNG project, owned jointly with China COSCO Shipping will be launched from 2019 to 2020.last_img read more

Drink Kubuli and enjoy cricket!

first_imgLocalNews Drink Kubuli and enjoy cricket! by: – April 7, 2012 Share Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Kubuli beer lovers now have an opportunity to win free tickets to the third Digicel Cricket Test Match between the West Indies and Australia scheduled in Dominica by submitting photographs of themselves or their friends drinking the beer.DA Vibes Inc and Dominica Brewery & Beverages Ltd. (DBBL), manufacturers of Kubuli Beer and Loubiere Spring Water have partnered on this exciting promotion that will captivate the minds of a wide cross-section of Kubuli-drinking and cricket-loving people.Members of the public are invited to submit interesting photos of themselves or with their friends, drinking Kubuli Beer to photographs must be accompanied by the full name(s), address(es) and contact number(s) of the person(s) submitting the photo.If submitted as a group, the maximum number of persons in the photo should be five as each person will win a ticket to cricket on the day of their choice.Photos submitted will be posted on the Facebook pages of Dominica Vibes and Kubuli Beer to allow the public to get in on the action.The public will then vote by “liking” the photo(s) of their choice. A total of 20 daily tickets will be given away during this promotion.The ten individual photos and six group photos receiving the most “likes” on Facebook will be judged by a panel and 20 persons will emerge as winners.Persons must be 18 years and over to participate.The promotion runs up to April 18 and winners will be announced on April 19.Kubuli and Loubiere are the official beer and water for the Third Digicel Test, scheduled for the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica from April 23-27, 2012.Visit our Facebook Page to Vote for the best PictureDominica Vibes News Tweet 134 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Greensburg Council Allocates $40K For Homeless Shelter

first_imgGREENSBURG – City Council voted in favor of funding $40,000 toward the purchase of a homeless shelter in Greensburg.The shelter would provide housing for those that need it while promoting opportunities for the homeless to live successfully on their own.Keith Hipskind, president of Greensburg Transitional Living Center, requested the funding as the group looks to potentially purchase a vacant building owned by St. Mary’s Catholic Church on McKee Street, according to the Greensburg Daily News.City Council OK’d the one-time monetary gift and the organization will look toward county government and community donations for further funding.The newspaper reports that Hipskind told Council that the non-profit Agape Center could have sixty homeless clients this year. Local schools reported 50 students that were considered homeless last school year.The Transitional Living Center would look to provide housing, education, financial counseling and other services to the homeless. The group will likely request funding from county government next week with hopes of providing housing as early as this winter.last_img read more

No surprises in Ireland squad

first_imgRepublic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill sprang no surprises when he named a provisional squad for his first competitive game. Press Association O’Neill’s initial 36-man party will be whittled down ahead of the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Georgia on September 7, with a friendly against Oman in Dublin four days earlier handing him a final chance to assess his options. He said: “I have had the opportunity to work with the players since last November, and we are well prepared as we embark upon the first of our qualifiers next month. center_img “Oman will provide a good test to start our trip before we travel to Tbilisi. We are focused on the task in hand, and look forward to the challenges ahead of us.” There are no uncapped players in O’Neill’s latest squad, but he will be without veteran defender Richard Dunne, who announced his retirement from international football during the summer. The party includes former first-choice goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, who has returned to club action after joining Sheffield Wednesday following his release by Sunderland at the end of the last campaign. O’Neill has confirmed that Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane will remain his captain. Ireland, who failed to qualify for last summer’s World Cup finals when they finished fourth in their group behind Germany, Sweden and Austria, have been handed a tough challenge once again this time around. They have been drawn in Group D with the Germans, the new world champions, Scotland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar. They made it to the finals of the last European Championships in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, but lost all three group games as they embarked upon a downward spiral which ultimately cost then manager Giovanni Trapattoni his job. O’Neill, assisted by Roy Keane, took over in November last year and his seven friendly matches to date have brought one win, three draws and three defeats, although the manager deliberately chose challenging opposition – Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal – for the end-of-season programme. Squad: David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (Birmingham), Rob Elliot (Newcastle), Richard Keogh (Derby), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly (both Reading), Paul McShane (Hull), Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace), Joey O’Brien (West Ham), Shane Duffy, James McCarthy (both Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Everton), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Aiden McGeady (Everton), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff), James McClean (Wigan), Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler (all Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Jon Walters (Stoke), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Simon Cox (Reading), Conor Sammon (Ipswich). last_img read more

Tennis News Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and 15-year-old Coco Gauff eye Wimbledon quarterfinal

first_imghighlights Coco Gauff faces world number one Simona Halep in the fourth round.Roger Federer is bidding to win his ninth Wimbledon title.Rafael Nadal has won the French Open 12 times. London: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic share top billing on ‘Manic Monday’ at Wimbledon with teenage sensation Coco Gauff. Eight-time champion Federer, four-time winner Djokovic and Nadal, a double champion, all play last 16 ties against opponents who have never before progressed this far. Federer, the second seed, tackles Italy’s world number 20 Matteo Berrettini in what will be the Swiss great’s record 17th fourth-round appearance at the All England Club.     “I don’t know him very well, so that makes it a bit more tricky,” said Federer, chasing a 21st Grand Slam title. Nadal, the champion in 2008 and 2010, also has an unexpected opponent in the shape of world number 69 Joao Sousa, the first Portuguese player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.     Nadal has a 2-0 career advantage over the 30-year-old Sousa, with both wins coming on clay. “He’s a super dangerous opponent against everybody. He is very quick, has a very good physical performance,” said Nadal, looking to back up his 12th Roland Garros title with a third Wimbledon.    Djokovic faces grasscourt rookie     Djokovic insists he will not be complacent about his chances of reaching the final for the sixth time.     The highest seed that the world number one can face before the final is number 15 Milos Raonic, the 2016 runner-up from Canada.     But first up for the defending champion and a 16-time major winner is 21-year-old Ugo Humbert from France who is playing in his first Wimbledon.     Until this year, world number 66 Humbert had never played a grass court match either as a junior or professional. Should Djokovic emerge triumphantly, he would face either Belgian 21st seed David Goffin or Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in what would be his 11th quarter-final at the tournament. Raonic, beaten by Andy Murray in 2016 final, has made the quarter-finals in the last two years.     So far at this Wimbledon, he has fired 59 aces across three rounds and dropped serve just once. Raonic tackles Argentine 26th seed Guido Pella who has reached the last 16 at a Slam for the first time — at the 20th attempt.     The 29-year-old Pella knocked out last year’s runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson in the third round. Roberto Bautista Agut, the Spanish 23rd seed, faces French 28th seed Benoit Paire with both men aiming to make the quarter-finals for the first time. Monday’s other ties see 2017 semi-finalist Sam Querrey face last-16 debutant and US compatriot Tennys Sandgren.     Japan’s Kei Nishikori, a quarter-finalist in 2018, tackles Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Nishikori recorded his 400th tour victory when he beat Steve Johnson in Saturday’s third round.’Keep it up’     In the women’s fourth round, 15-year-old Gauff must overcome the former number one Simona Halep.     “I feel like I’ve always been confident in myself,” said 313-ranked qualifier Gauff who shocked five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round. Seven-time champion Serena Williams believes her teenage compatriot could go the whole way.     “I think there are some 15-year-olds, like me, who wouldn’t know what to do at Wimbledon,” said Williams. “Then you have a 15-year-old like Coco who knows what to do.”     Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty looks in ominous form and although she lost on the grass on the only previous occasion she played last 16 opponent, Alison Riske, it was three years ago. Williams may also be hitting form at the right moment as her win over Julia Goerges on Saturday was by far the most impressive performance of her three matches.     The 37-year-old, who is still tantalisingly one away from equalling Margaret Court’s haul of 24 Grand Slam titles, faces Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.  “I just need to keep it up,” said Williams.     Williams will play Barty in the last eight if both come through Monday’s matches. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova plays Britain’s Johanna Konta in what will be her first appearance in the last 16 since 2014 when she won the second of her titles.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Tipperary duo to start for Munster.

first_imgCashel’s Paddy Butler lines out at 7 while Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan starts at 6.Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony miss out on selection through injuryMurray met with a specialist yesterday and is required to rehab a medial ligament knee injury for the next 6 weeks. The team in full is Felix Jones at full back with Keith Earls and Simon Zebo on the wings.Andrew Smith forms a centre partnership with Captain Dennis Hurley while Ian Keatley is paired with Duncan Williams in the half backs.Dave Kilcoyne, Eusebio Guinazu and BJ Botha are in the front row while  Billy Holland and Toulon bound Paul O’Connell are in the second row.Donnacha Ryan, Paddy Butler and CJ Stander form a formidable back row.The bench consists of Duncan Casey, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Sean Dougall, Jack O’Donoghue, Cathal Sheridan, JJ Hanrahan and Ronan O’Mahony.The game kicks off at 6.30pmlast_img read more