From next year, the sojourn tax is 25% more expensive

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism (MINT) has proposed an increase in the sojourn tax, which would be valid from 2019.The decree proposes to increase the amount of the sojourn tax for persons who use the overnight service in accommodation facilities where the sojourn tax is paid per night (except campsites) by 25% more compared to 2018. Therefore, the amount of this tax in a tourist place of class A in the main summer part of the season in hotels and similar accommodation would increase from 8 to 10 kuna.The amount of the sojourn tax for 2019 is determined in the following amounts:Thus, with the proposed HRK 10,00 for A class in the main season, we are still the cheapest compared to our competitors in the country, the Ministry of Tourism points out. In our competing countries, the amount of the sojourn tax depends on the regions, the category of the accommodation facility up to the option where it is charged as a percentage of the accommodation price. Thus, the amount of the sojourn tax in Spain is 0,45-2,50 € (Barcelona), in Italy the range of the sojourn tax ranges from 0,20 – 7 €, in Portugal from 1-2 €, in Austria from 0,15-3 €, in Greece 0,50-4 €, in Slovenia 2,5 €, in Germany 0,25-5 €, etc.For the owners or users of the vessel and for all persons who spend the night on that vessel (sailors), an adjustment has been made in relation to the valid Regulation in such a way that certain amounts of the flat-rate tax have been reduced. In doing so, the Ministry accepted the requests of both boaters and nautical tourism ports, as well as other stakeholders in the nautical sector. It is proposed to reduce the flat-rate sojourn tax for boaters and introduce the possibility of paying a flat-rate sojourn tax for boaters for a shorter period of time, ie for 3 days. Also, sailors will be able to pay the sojourn tax, except in port captaincies and in nautical tourism ports.Otherwise, the sojourn tax is the most generous, and thus the most significant income of the system of tourist boards. The public hearing is open until July 21.07.2018, XNUMX. , and you can give your reasoned comments and suggestions below in the attachment.What is your opinion about the increase in the sojourn tax for 2019?Side dish: eConsulting / REGULATION ON DETERMINING THE HEIGHT OF RESIDENCE FEES FOR 2019last_img read more

HGK is asking for a reduction in the VAT rate on soft drinks and beverages, wine and beer

first_imgThey argue their positive expectations from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce with the results Studies on the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of the Croatian accommodation and catering industry commissioned by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in 2018, which clearly shows that this move will reduce the gray economy, increase the placement of domestic products, increase turnover and investment for entrepreneurs, and result in job creation.  The reduction of VAT to caterers to 13 percent from the beginning of 2020 will bring multiple benefits to the economy – emphasize the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK).  According to the Digital Chamber, in 2018, more than 7500 food and beverage preparation and serving companies (NKD 56) were active in Croatia, with a total revenue of more than HRK 11 billion and more than 41 employees. “These figures speak volumes about the importance of the hospitality sector, which is struggling with a shortage of workers and keeping pace with foreign competition. That is why every relief of the catering industry is a step in the right direction”, Concluded Boban.   As already announced from catering circles, due to the reduction of VAT to caterers to 13 percent, there will be no lower prices, but this difference will be invested in raising the quality and increasing the salaries of workers in the catering industry. “Croatia has so far had the highest VAT rate on food preparation and serving in the Mediterranean and one of the highest rates in the EU. With the return of competitors like Greece and Turkey, we have increasingly lost pace and the situation has become unsustainable, so it is good that the Government has reacted. This is a wind in the sails not only for caterers but also for the entire tourism sector. ” Burilović pointed out, emphasizing that he is convinced that the reduction of the VAT rate will open space for businessmen to raise salaries and make new investments. Attachment: Study on the impact of the VAT rate on the competitiveness of the accommodation and catering industry in Croatia The Association of Catering Activities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce emphasizes that they will insist on accepting the request for lowering the VAT rate on soft drinks and beverages, wine and beer. “These are mostly domestic products, and caterers who do not prepare and serve food and desserts will be provided with the necessary space to raise employee salaries and invest in the quality of service. In order to remain competitive in the global tourism market, it is necessary to provide a level playing field for the entire hospitality industry.”, Explained the president of the Association, Drazen Boban. center_img That is why the Croatian Chamber of Commerce welcomed the decision to relieve the caterers, points out the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović, which added that by doing so our entire economy becomes more competitive.  Photo: Helena Lopes, Pexels.com We still do not give up on the requirement to reduce the VAT rate on soft drinks and beverages, wine and beer.- Dražen Boban, President of the Association of Catering Activities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce By the way, for the duration of the e-consultation on the proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on VAT, the Association of Catering Activities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce proposed that the reduced VAT rate be extended to the preparation and serving of dishes and desserts outside the restaurant (catering) and serving soft drinks and beverages, wine and beer. The proposal was partially accepted only in the part of preparing and serving meals outside the catering facility (catering). Cover photo: Matan Segev, Pexels.comlast_img read more

Tyser quits Knight Frank

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Court clears Wharf

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Going places

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Four years on, death of Ambon rights figure still leaves hints of anguish

first_imgAt the time, AMAN and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) raised their suspicions with the Maluku Police, alleging that Yohanes was tortured before he died.But the precinct’s general crimes investigation directorate dropped the case in June 2016, concluding that the human rights lawyer had died in a traffic accident under the influence of alcohol.Yohanes’ tragic death, later amplified after confirming the results of a second autopsy that identified a mysterious concussion to the back of his head, left hints of unresolved anguish up to this very day.A forensics report obtained in a joint investigation of The Jakarta Post and Tempo media group confirms that Yohanes Balubun had suffered some form of trauma to his head, which may indicate foul play. (Courtesy of/Dr. M. Haulussy City Hospital)Even more peculiarities of the case emerged after the case was revisited in a joint investigation between the Post and Tempo media group, after rigorously retracing Yohanes’ steps that night, interviewing witnesses, digging through forensics reports and seeking out second opinions from relevant experts.The investigation has brought to light new evidence and witness accounts that point to the possibility that Yohanes might have been murdered that night.Agus Pattikawa, then subdistrict head of Waihoka in Sirimau, is believed to have been the last man to see Yohanes before the incident. The police dossier stated that Agus had met Yohanes on April 7 at around 3 a.m. near the latter’s home, a few minutes before the latter was found on the side of the road.Police investigators named Agus a key witness and used his account to conclude that Yohanes was drinking and driving.But in a follow up interview, Agus claimed the activist had greeted him calmly as he passed slowly by. “He was riding his motorcycle slowly that night,” he said, insisting that he would not otherwise have recognized Yohanes.The facts would get even muddier from there.Speaking to the Post, Agus said he had met Yohanes an hour before tuning into a Champions League soccer match between Barcelona FC and Atletico Madrid early on April 6, a day prior to the alleged accident. The two neighbors greeted each other at the side of the road just as Agus was taking out the trash. The match was due to start at 3:45 a.m. Eastern Indonesia Time (WIT).The official timeline was off by one day and 15 minutes, based on the city hospital’s record that Yohanes was admitted on April 7 at 3:30 a.m. Based on these findings, Agus could not have been a key witness and the police investigator’s report did not compute.“I was forced to make a statement, so I did. At the time, I forgot when exactly I met Yohanes, but later remembered that it was actually a day before the incident,” Agus said.More details of the investigation were highlighted in Tempo’s coverage of the case.Since then, suspicions have been raised that Yohanes’ death may be related to a number of rights cases that he handled as head of AMAN’s Maluku chapter.It was common knowledge that Yohanes had faced death threats for his advocacy at AMAN. According to Komnas HAM and AMAN Maluku’s records, the lawyer was managing several cases days before his death.He had presided over 10 cases, including a land rights conflict between indigenous Noaulu residents and PT Bintang Lima Makmur, a logging company. He also was involved in mediating a conflict in Dusun Dati Air in Tawiri village. In both instances, it was believed that Yohanes had received some serious threats.For the family of the bereaved, however, reopening the case might prove to cost a little too much, both in terms of anguish and finances.Now a widow, Ruth instantly became the backbone of her household, working to support their two children. She now works as a tailor to meet her family’s daily needs.“Our [financial] condition turned 180 degrees on its head. We were in dire straits at the time,” Ruth recalled.Vandha, her eldest daughter, said she had no desire to reopen her father’s case. It would mean more financial costs for the family, and her mom’s occupation does not offer regular pay.“Since the very beginning I objected to reopening this case because it will cost us a lot of money,” she said. At the time of the incident, Vandha was still a junior high school student.Ruth, however, still harbors some hope that the truth would be revealed someday, especially with the most recent autopsy indicating foul play.She said she hoped that AMAN, Komnas HAM and the police would continue to investigate the case. (rdi) Four years ago, Ruth Lawalata did not expect to bid farewell to her activist husband Yohanes Yonatan Balubun for a final time.In the early hours of April 8, 2016, the former head of the Maluku chapter of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) passed away at the Dr. M. Haulussy City Hospital in Ambon after spending 24 hours in intensive care.“I was hopeful when I saw that he was trying to move his body, but that lasted only for a while. Then he went away forever,” Ruth told The Jakarta Post earlier this month. Ruth remembered vividly how she warned her husband not to party too hard that night as he got ready to celebrate the birthday of Edwin Huwae, then head of the Maluku Regional Representatives Council (DPD), on the night of April 6.“That night, I remember that he wore a blue long-sleeved shirt and a clean pair of jeans. I told him not to drink too much, even though he doesn’t like to get drunk,” she said on April 8.Yohanes was bound to leave for Sorong, Papua the next morning but was instead admitted to hospital, after residents of Jl. Ina Tuni in Ambon’s Sirimau district found him slumped over his motorcycle faced down and unconscious, his head pushing on the horn that gave away his location, halfway down a gutter.This scene of how he was found would replay in the minds of family, friends and colleagues at AMAN for years to come.center_img Topics :last_img read more

The riverfront mansion that set a new auction record in Brisbane

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 When the riverfront mansion at 95-99 McConnell Street in Bulimba sold under the hammer for a record price, my phone exploded with messages on WhatsApp and other social media. Here, the property pocket rocket answers some fast questions about how the sales campaign unfolded, leading to the jawdropping $8.4 million achieved under the hammer.The price eclipsed the previous residential auction record of $7.75 million, which was paid for 39 Griffith Street in New Farm earlier this year. Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett at the Bulimba house. Photographer: Liam Kidston.*** ADDRESS: 95-99 McConnell Street, Bulimba Battle of the riverfront mansions heats up Rival real estate agents from across Brisbane were quick to congratulate Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett on achieving a new residential auction price.And it was a doozy. RELATED: Whopping $8.4m sale sets new auction record center_img THE STATS: 5 bed, 4 bath, 2 car, pool, 1473sq m TIME ON MARKET: 27 days including four weekend viewings and the auction THE CAMPAIGN: We left no stone unturned and the owners were very open to any suggestions for improvement — the floorboards were polished, it had fresh paint, and the landscaping and styling was freshened up. From there we launched a coming-soon campaign to social media and my prestige database, closely followed by advertising on REA and a double-page spread campaign in The Courier-Mail Realestate magazine.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago MARKET RESPONSE: 8560 views online, 49 groups through, two groups inspected over four times, three registered bidders at auction SALES METHOD: Auction, September 18 THE RESULT: Sold under the hammer for $8.4 million, setting a residential auction record for Brisbane. WHY WAS IT POPULAR: The house has an amazing feel as soon as you enter. The flow was impressive with oversized living areas, a quality commercial kitchen and it spills out onto the 1473sq m of landscaped gardens with north-facing riverfront views. The vacant 539sq m block also created options for a tennis court and provided a second jetty.***last_img read more

Oliver Wragg joins Orbital Marine Power

first_imgScottish tidal energy developer Orbital Marine Power has appointed Oliver Wragg as its new commercial director. Wragg also said he believes Orbital has the right technology to achieve a step change in tidal energy commercialisation. Before joining Orbital, Oliver Wragg was the commercial director at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) for over six years. Orbital is manufacturing its first commercial O2 turbine at 2MW and with a swept area of over 600 m2. “He comes with an unrivalled marine energy network that stretches around the world. and I’m certain he will play a pivotal role in building a valuable pipeline of projects for us to grow into in the years to come.” “Oliver joining the team at Orbital is a huge boost for our commercial ambitions. Commenting on the appointment Orbital CEO, Andrew Scott, said: “I am extremely excited about joining Orbital to help drive tidal energy towards commercialisation,” Wragg says. “The time has now come to unlock the prize that is affordable and reliable net zero electricity from the power of the tides. In 2012 Wragg won the Lennard Senior Prize for Outstanding Individual Achievement in the field of marine energy. The first O2 turbine is currently expected to be grid connected at EMEC by the end of 2020 with a view to being fully operational in early 2021. He has been an active board member of Ocean Energy Europe since 2010 last_img read more

‘Wired Knights’ score big in ‘FIRST’ competition

first_imgThe St. Mary’s team members include Declan Bruns, Reece Chapman, William Cunningham, Jonah Hellmich, Garret Kramer, Logan Meyer, Jacob Schneider & coaches Rick Kramer & Matt Roell.Greensburg, In. — Fifth and sixth graders with the Wired Knights robotics team from St. Mary’s School in Greensburg had very successful season.In November they competed in “FIRST” (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics qualifying tournament. The tournament was hosted by Purdue Polytechnic Institute of Columbus.Out of 24 teams in the “FIRST” competition the Wired Knights were first overall and earned a trip to the Indiana FIRST Lego® League Championship.On December 1 the team traveled to the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville and earned the top award for strategy and innovation, fourth place for in robot competitions.last_img read more

JAZ gives IMCA awards for 25th season, returns to decal program for Modifieds

first_imgJAZ certifi­cates valued at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $75 go to the top five drivers in point standings in each of the five Modified regions. Product certificates in the same increments go to top five drivers in national stand­ings for the othr seven divisions.  The Santa Paula, Calif., high performance parts manufacturer again awards more than $14,000 in product certificates based on regional standings for IMCA Modifieds and national point standings for IMCA Sunoco Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. All certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week. Information about JAZ-manufactured seats, fuel cells, safety equipment, pit and fuel accessories in addition to race car plumbing, as well as the company network of dealers, is available at the www.jazproducts.com web­site, by calling 800 525-8133 and on Facebook. “Just the eighth current sponsor to achieve a quarter century of partnership, JAZ is the model of consistency,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “No matter what IMCA division you race, JAZ recognizes and supports each one through their program.” SANTA PAULA, Calif. – JAZ Products marks its 25th consecutive season of IMCA sponsorship in 2020, renewing a generous program of awards for drivers in all eight sanctioned divisions. JAZ also returns to the Modified national decal program and drivers in that division must display two JAZ decals in designated locations on their door panels to be eligi­ble for point fund shares or product certificate awards. last_img read more