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Luka Burilović, HGK: The lack of manpower to solve the Slovenian model

first_imgAccording to recently published data, tourism lacks about 2,700 workers despite the fact that 171,044 people are unemployed, which is another warning for urgently finding a solution to the burning problem of labor shortage.To solve this problem, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce proposed the introduction of a more flexible model for setting quotas for the employment of foreigners, which would enable employers to approve the employment of foreigners “as needed”, ie. approving the employment of a foreign worker in a situation when it is proven that there is no available labor force on the Croatian market (the so-called Slovenian model) ““Tourism is our most important economic branch, which makes up almost a fifth of the total Croatian GDP and employs 6-7 percent of all employees in Croatia. In recent years, we have seen an increase in tourist overnight stays and tourism revenues. It is believed that the more favorable trends in overnight stays and tourist income were partly influenced by the result of the more favorable economic situation in the EU, which is the most important emitting market for Croatia. Namely, out of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists, tourists from the EU market realize almost 90 percent of overnight stays. ” points out the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović.Short-term proposals and measures advocated by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce are, in addition to bilateral agreements for seasonal work with neighboring countries to enable foreigners to work in season, legally enable minors to work after 8 pm and work of pensioners without losing the right to pension. As they point out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, together with HUP and UPUHH they have already warned that just increasing quotas will not be a solution to the problem of labor in tourism because according to the current Decision on tourism and catering, foreigners cannot be employed as waiters, chefs and maids, who are the most deficient. The needs in the practice of the tourism sector far exceed the current employment opportunities for foreign workers.”For the further development of tourism and the Croatian economy, it is necessary to liberalize the system for employment of foreigners, which will be adjusted to the needs of the market instead of the current system in which the needs for foreign labor are assessed once a year. That model proved to be a failure. Labor shortages are also visible in other sectors, which also has a negative impact on the tourism sector. This is mostly seen in the example of construction.  We come to the conclusion that there are projects, there is secured money for financing, but there is a problem with finding adequate contractors “, warns the president of HGK Burilović, emphasizing that the lack of workers will especially affect construction companies and the tourism sector. start the investment cycle for next season.Prema procjenama, u građevinskom sektoru nedostaje više od 2000 radnika raznih profila, najviše zidara, tesara, armirača, montera suhe gradnje, keramičara i fasadera. Planiramo značajne infrastrukturne projekte, od kojih ćemo dobar dio financirati sredstvima iz EU fondova, ali upitno je u kojem će postotku naše tvrtke sudjelovati u tim projektima s obzirom na to da su zbog nedostatnog broja radnika sve manje konkurentni.Uz nedostatak radnika, iz HGK upozoravaju kako je nužno pojednostaviti proces zapošljavanja (za zapošljavanje stranaca potrebno je 30-ak dana) kako bi se pojednostavila komplicirana administrativna procedura i kako bi tvrtke pravovremeno zaposlile potrebne radnike. “Dugoročno, rješavanje problema radne snage vidimo u uvođenju dualnog modela obrazovanja po uzoru na Austriju i Njemačku. Takvo će obrazovanje, u kojem će se nastava 60 do 70 posto održavati u tvrtkama, a 30 do 40 posto u školama, uključiti mlade na tržište rada još za vrijeme strukovnog školovanja. Prednost učenicima bit će kvalitetno školovanje, bolje mogućnosti na tržištu rada, nastavak rada u poduzećima, ali i financijska neovisnost.” zaključuje Burilovićlast_img read more

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Shipowners Welcome Push toward European Maritime Single Window Environment

first_imgThe European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) and the World Shipping Council (WSC) have welcomed the adoption of a General Approach on the proposal for a European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe) by Transport Ministers.“With the adoption of this General Approach, the Member States agreed to facilitate, simplify and harmonise the reporting to be done and take a step towards a real internal market for shipping,” Martin Dorsman, ECSA’s Secretary General, commented.European co-legislators have been working intensively to reduce the administrative burden shipping faces. This burden stems from today’s unharmonized and inefficient reporting obligations and mechanisms within the EU.“The shipping industry is looking to the EU Institutions to deliver a European Maritime Single Window environment that remedies the deficiencies and costs that arose from the original Directive and its lack of a common blueprint for implementation by Member States. Because of those experiences it is even more important to make sure the agreed legal framework provides what’s needed to bring about real and tangible benefits to Europe’s maritime commerce,” John Butler, CEO and President of the World Shipping Council said.ECSA and WSC said they are pleased to see in the Council’s text a clear commitment to establish a harmonized data set, which is essential to reach real trade facilitation. The Council has agreed that the data elements must be kept to only the essential reporting information that is required and that additional temporary requirements are only added in exceptional and duly justified circumstances.“This is a very necessary addition, as we must be sure that once the spring cleaning of the reporting obligations is completed, this will not be undone the next day by allowing authorities to request without restrictions, any additional information in parallel to the EMSWe harmonised data set,” Dorsman added.As informed, the European Parliament Transport Committee is also making important improvements to the proposal. Both the draft report of MEP Ms Clune, the rapporteur, as well as several of the amendments tabled by her fellow MEPs are in line with requests from the industry to simplify and harmonize, not only the data, but also the reporting mechanism.“On this last element, the ‘how’ to report the data or the so-called ‘reporting interfaces’, we stress the need to make sure these interfaces are truly harmonised and common, both for system-to-system reporting and manual reporting using websites. We very much welcome amendments from MEPs that look at providing a single access point at EU level and harmonisation of the manual reporting tools (the Graphical User Interface). We stress this would not replace existing well-functioning reporting mechanisms, provided by some port community systems and national single windows,” Dorsman noted.“However, we should not forget these do not exist in all ports and Member States. We cannot miss this unique opportunity to bring all EU ports to an advanced level by providing a common baseline standard, to the benefit of trade in general and short sea shipping in particular,” he further said.last_img read more

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Negrenses near Kanlaon urged to be vigilant

first_imgMount Kanlaon is the highest point in Negros Island and in the Visayas at 2,465 meters above sea level. People living near the foot of the stratovolcano are urged to be prayerful and vigilant after a recent series of volcano-tectonic earthquakes jolted some parts of Negros Occidental. ARCHIE ALIPALO/PN BACOLOD City – People living near the foot of Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Island have been urged by their respective local authorities to be vigilant and prayerful after a recent series of volcano-tectonic earthquakes jolted some parts of Negros Occidental. In La Castellana, Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan said she felt a strong tremor around 1 a.m. She was able to get in touch with some village officials afterwards. Residents in neighboring towns such as La Castellana and Pontevedra as well as in the cities of Bago and Bacolod also felt the 2:06 a.m. temblor at Intensity IV. Magnitude 4.7 tremors were felt in La Carlota at 1:01 a.m. and 2:06 a.m. Phivolcs said Kanlaon’s seismic monitoring network recorded 136 tectonic earthquakes on the western flanks during the 24-hour observation period. In Bago City, the city government posted on its Facebook page a call on its residents to stay safe following the earthquakes. It also warned local government units to strictly prohibit entry into the four-kilometer radius permanent danger zone “due to the further possibilities of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions”. He added the local government unit has been monitoring the earthquakes which started around 4 p.m. on June 21.center_img On Monday, Mangilimutan met with personnel of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to discuss the local government’s preparedness. The mayor also urged her constituents to pray for their safety. “As always, what we do is we confirm it with Phivolcs if it’s volcanic or tectonic. We just have to prepare, we don’t know anytime Mt. Kanlaon might erupt,” she said in a radio interview. The DOST-Phivolcs also advised civil aviation authorities to “avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ejecta from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. (With a report from PNA/PN) “Pray, be vigilant and keep safe,” La Carlota City Mayor Rex Jalando-on said on his Facebook post. Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Phivolcs reminded Negrenses that Mt. Kanlaon, which straddles the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, is still on Alert Level 1, or at an abnormal condition and has entered a period of unrest. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s (Phivolcs) Kanlaon Volcano Bulletin No. 22 issued at 8 a.m. on June 22, four earthquakes took place at 1:01 a.m., 1:04 a.m., 1:34 a.m., and 2:06 a.m. the same day with recorded magnitude of 3.2 to 4.7. The tremor at 1:01 a.m. was felt at Intensity V in La Carlota and Intensity III in Bago and Bacolod cities.last_img read more

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Final Four 2019: Virginia’s Tony Bennett coaches like a pro, but didn’t learn that in NBA

first_imgTony Bennett learned a lot about basketball playing in the NBA. He learned about coaching, though, with the time he spent as a college assistant coach.“When you come in and say: ‘This is going to happen; We’re going to be a Final Four team.’ Or, ‘We’re going to win the ACC.’ You believe it, and you hope it, and then you just go to work,” Bennett said.“Having gone through that as a player and a coach, that was an incredible advantage for me. It is: ‘Can you build a program and compete against the best, and then how far can you push it?’” MINNEAPOLIS — Occasionally, when he is in the home of a prospect he is trying to recruit, Virginia coach Tony Bennett will make the point — because it is effective and, most definitely, because it is the truth — that he has realized the dream that all young players are trying to reach: He has played in the NBA.Bennett spent two full seasons with the Charlotte Hornets in the early 1990s, and part of a third. He scored 36,870 fewer career points than Karl Malone, but 538 more than 99.999 percent of humans walking planet Earth. MORE: SN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2019-20This also separates him from nearly every other man who has coached in the Final Four over the past three decades. Bennett will attempt to become the third former NBA player to win an NCAA championship since 1990 in Monday night’s title game against Texas Tech.Only four other coaches who reached the Final Four played in the NBA or ABA. That’s a possible 120 coaching slots over 30 years, only eight of which were filled by former NBA players.Billy Donovan grabbed half of those, winning titles in 2006 and 2007 at Florida and reaching the Final Four in 2000 and 2014. Kevin Ollie won the championship with UConn in 2014. In 1999, former ABA point guard Jim O’Brien made it with Ohio State. In 1997, it was nine-year pro Clem Haskins with Minnesota.“Listen, I played about 15, 13 minutes a game. I was a backup point guard,” Bennett told Sporting News. “I don’t pretend like I was this big-time player, but I was in the rotation, and I played.“I think that helps guys say, ‘Hey, I had to work my way to get there. So I think maybe in some things recruiting-wise, it helps, and just things I learned from watching them. When you play against Michael Jordan 15 times in your career and get to play in the playoffs and go against the players, there’s just stuff you figure out.”On his way to becoming a Division I head coach, however, Bennett also spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at this level. He was at Wisconsin under his father, Dick, who got the Badgers to the 2000 Final Four. When Dick resigned early in the 2000-01 season, Tony stayed with interim coach Brad Soderberg, who now serves as his assistant coach. When Wisconsin chose to hire Bo Ryan in advance of 2001-02, Tony stayed with him for two seasons until his father decided to give coaching another go at Washington State.Tony had a broad background as a player and coach when his father retired, and Tony became the Cougars head coach in 2006.“One of the things that drew me to have a chance to coach in the ACC, because of the storied programs and the storied coaches, the Hall of Fame coaches: Can you go and take a team and build your program in a way that you think is best and compete against the best?” Tony Bennett told reporters Sunday. “There’s a way that I know works — or that I believe works.”MORE: Kyle Guy gives foul ending to Auburn’s dream seasonBennett’s achievement is interesting, considering the current experiments by some athletic departments with hiring coaches who had been working in the NBA and owned no college coaching experience, or no recent experience. Avery Johnson’s departure from Alabama represented another failure for this approach, but it was only the most recent. Johnson went 75-62 in four seasons and made one NCAA Tournament.Tulane took a shot with Mike Dunleavy, who had never worked as a college coach and had been out of the game entirely for a half-dozen years. He went 24-69 in three years and won four games in his final season. Rutgers gave Eddie Jordan three years at the start of its Big Ten membership, and he went 29-68.At St. John’s, Chris Mullin is 14 games under .500 and has made one NCAA Tournament, entering the 2019 First Four and losing to Arizona State. Mullin had not coached before taking over the Red Storm; he worked as a broadcaster and team executive. Patrick Ewing spent over a decade as an NBA assistant coach before taking over the Georgetown program. He has been in charge of the Hoyas just two seasons and is 34-29.Farther back, you had Clyde Drexler retire from the NBA to become head coach at Houston, his alma mater. He compiled a 19-39 record. Bob Hill hadn’t been a college assistant in 15 years when he began his tenure at Fordham in 1999. He went 36-78.Perhaps the only former player who broke this mold was Fred Hoiberg, recently hired as coach at Nebraska, who excelled in his five seasons at Iowa State. Although he had not coached after finishing his playing career and instead worked as an executive with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he made the NCAA Tournament four times in five seasons.This is the example Vanderbilt hopes new coach Jerry Stackhouse will resemble. He played 18 seasons in the league and twice appeared in the NBA All-Star Game. He spent two seasons as an NBA assistant, with Toronto and Memphis, and two as head coach of Toronto’s successful G League teams. He also sponsored a summer team for teenage basketball prospects.There are some doubts among college head coaches whether playing and coaching in the NBA is an ideal way to prepare to coach Division I.Coaching in the NBA is almost exclusively about basketball. There is strategy, player development and player psychology. But a college head coach is also his own general manager. He must devote time to scouting talent to determine who can help the team win, then sell those prospects on choosing his program over dozens of others.“Several things pop out. The first thing is the recruiting piece,” one NCAA Tournament coach told me on Sunday. “I don’t know how you recruit as a head coach if you haven’t recruited as an assistant. When you have those deep-rooted relationships and then you become head coach, that relationship becomes amplified. You may not have to call those contacts as much, but when you do, it means so much more. They want to help you.”MORE: Kihei Clark makes Final Four genius of BennettBeyond the basketball side of things, there is the “mentorship” angle, as the coach put it: dealing with young athletes going through the college experience, including social life and academic matters. And there is dealing with family members, donors and other constituencies that are not present or influential in the NBA environment.last_img read more

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Florida man blames horse he stole for home break in

first_imgAuthorities are reporting that a Florida man claimed that he attempted to break into a home because his horse got into the homeowner’s yard.The incident occurred Thursday at a home in Pasco County.The homeowner identified as Steve Ferguson told authorities that he caught the suspect, Lonnie Maddox, breaking into his home and confronted him. Maddox told Ferguson that it was actually his horse who broke into the home and that he was only trying to get her.When authorities arrived, Maddox then told them that the horse wandered into Ferguson’s yard through a broken fence so he went after it. Once inside the yard Maddox says he became curious about the inside of the home because he was considering renting it.Surveillance video from the home shows Maddox walking around the home with the horse. Maddox then tries to get into the home through the front door but when he was unsuccessful, he then breaks a window.Authorities found the horse several blocks away from the home but it was later discovered that the horse did not belong to Maddox.The horse has since been returned to it’s rightful owner while Maddox was taken into custody and charged with burglary of a dwelling.last_img read more

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