The countdown continues: Dubrovnik caterers close bars for 60 minutes in the “3 to 12” action

first_imgCaterers: If there are no us, there will be no jobs 4. Access to investment credit lines (HBOR) A survey based on almost 500 caterers from all over Croatia found that almost 60% of caterers recorded a decline in business of more than 50%, and almost 40% face the fact that in these conditions will not survive until next season. On the other hand, as many as 80% of employers will be forced to resort to terminating contracts with employees. World coffee day with free coffee 3. Access to liquidity lines (HAMAG) Survey: 80% of employers will be forced to resort to terminating employee contracts Photo: Kod Kapetana Hvar / Source: Udruženje ugostitelja Split The measures required by caterers are: 1. Suspension of VAT collection until 1.3.2021. 2. Permanent reduced rate of 10% on all food according to the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy from 2013 (according to the law on food – food, coffee, beer, juices, water and wine) center_img The countdown continues: On Wednesday, September 30, Dubrovnik caterers will close the bars for 60 minutes in the “3 to 12” action, but they will also call for free coffee the next day. “If there are no us, there will be no jobs. We do not ask the Government to give us money or give us anything to the detriment of other taxpayers. We just want to be taken less in the name of taxes in the coming years and to be provided with credit lines that we would of course return through business in the coming, hopefully better years. The widely announced credit lines through Hamag Bicra and HBOR have remained empty letter on paper, and commercial banks do not grant loans to vulnerable companies and crafts in their arrangements”Point out the Association of Caterers Dubrovnik. – For the first time, we have decided to activate, unite and ask the Government for concrete measures to save the economy of our city and the whole of Croatia., emphasize from the Association of Dubrovnik caterers. Following the actions “5 to 12” organized by the Association of Caterers of Kvarner and Istria, and “4 to 12” organized by the Association of Caterers Split and colleagues from all over Dalmatia, the Association of Caterers Dubrovnik together with caterers from the area joins the action “3 to 12”. Because of all this, the Association of Caterers Dubrovnik, together with colleagues from the surrounding area, decided to take action. “3 to 12 ”and on Wednesday 30.09. from 11.57 to 12.57 suspend serving your guests to draw attention to the seriousness of the situation. Numerous companies such as travel agencies, agencies for organizing “events”, carriers, shipping companies, laundries, traders, small renters and of course our fellow caterers, without serious proactive measures will not wait until the beginning of next season, they point out. Dubrovnik Restaurant Association and add that the government’s measures to preserve jobs have really helped their employees, but now employers also need help to keep those jobs safe until next season. As a continuation of the action, the next day 01.10. on World Coffee Day, the locals participating in the action will serve coffee to their guests free of charge in the same time period from 11.57 to 12.57. 5. State guarantees for loans with commercial banks, following the example of other European countrieslast_img read more

Djokovic, Nadal through to Australian Open second round

first_imgDEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic reached the second round of the Australian Open tennis yesterday by beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in straight sets.The 12-time Grand Slam champion secured a 6-1, 7-6(7-4), 6-2 victory in an entertaining match in Melbourne.World number nine Rafael Nadal earlier reached the second round with a commanding display.The injury-hit Spaniard, who lost in the first round last year, beat Germany’s Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.World number two Djokovic will next face Denis Istomin or Ivan Dodig while Nadal, attempting to win his first Grand Slam title since 2014, will play Marcos Baghdatis.‘MELBOURNE FEELS LIKE HOME’Djokovic, 29, was hardly stretched as he took the first set inside 31 minutes as Verdasco, who received warm support from the crowd, badly mistimed several shots.But Verdasco broke straightaway in the second set, putting Djokovic under pressure. He eventually forced a tie-break despite a slew of unforced errors.However, his inconsistency meant he could not capitalise on Djokovic’s errors and the Serb went on to secure his place in the second round.“It feels like home,” said Djokovic. “It feels like coming to the place where I have an amazing number of incredible memories.“When I saw the draw I thought to myself, this is going to be the only match I could focus on.”IMPRESSIVE NADAL CRUISES THROUGHNadal, 30, had played just four matches since September’s US Open after struggling last year with a wrist injury.He dominated Mayer from the start, taking just over two hours to secure a straight-sets victory in 39 degree heat.“I was healthy enough to practise the way I wanted to, so that’s important for me,” Nadal added.“I’ve had a longer period of time here in Australia; it was a great experience and I was able to play in Brisbane.”RAONIC AND DIMITROV MAKE SECOND ROUNDThird seed Milos Raonic went through with a comfortable 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Germany’s Dustin Brown.The 26-year-old Canadian, a semi-finalist last year, hit 18 aces and 46 winners, and will next face either Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller or American Taylor Fritz.Brisbane International champion Grigor Dimitrov beat Australia’s Christopher O’Connell 7-6(2), 6-3, 6-3, while France’s Richard Gasquet also advanced after a 6-4, 6-4 ,6-2 over Australian Blake Mott.HISTORY ON COURT 19Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic and Argentine Horacio Zeballos played out a mammoth match on court 19 lasting five hours and 14 minutes.Karlovic, the 20th seed, eventually took the fifth set 22-20 after a total of 84 games. He won 118 of the 226 points played.The match, which Karlovic won 6-7 (6-8), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 22-20 is the longest at the Australian Open in terms of games since tie-breaks were introduced for the first four sets in the 1970s.It is the joint-second longest in terms of time, alongside Nadal’s semi-final win over Verdasco in 2009 and behind only Djokovic’s defeat of Nadal in the 2012 final.However, it falls almost six hours short of the longest match in history – John Isner taking 11 hours and five minutes to beat Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 in a match decided 70-68 in the final set. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Saliva, neutral umpires out in ICC changes

first_imgTHE use of saliva to polish cricket balls, the end of neutral umpires and an additional use of the Decision Review System (DRS) per innings are all measures set to be introduced to international cricket’s playing conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) 16-person Cricket Committee, chaired by former India spinner Anil Kumble and including former Australia women’s captain Belinda Clark, recommended that sweat could still be used to polish the ball because medical advice shows “it is highly unlikely that the virus can be transmitted” that way.The recommendations would be presented to the ICC’s Chief Executives’ Committee for approval in early June, after which they will be adopted into playing conditions for international cricket.The regulations will then be assessed by individual member boards for adoption in their own domestic playing conditions.Reports the ICC was to legalise ball-tampering have proved unfounded amid numerous suggestions sparked by fears bowlers would be unable to shine the red ball in Test and first-class cricket due to health fears.Shane Warne went as far as to suggest using weighted balls to help pace bowlers generate swing, while Australian kit manufacturer Kookaburra says it is developing a wax applicator to enhance shine and aid swing.Teams will be allowed to take sweat from their forehead or arms and use that to help shine the ball, but licking fingers to apply saliva will be outlawed.No detail has been provided on how the measures will be enforced, or what the penalty will be for breaking them.The ICC’s Cricket Committee also recommended on Monday that local match officials be appointed for all international cricket in the short term – an end to the use of neutral umpires in elite cricket – “given the challenges of international travel with borders being closed, limited commercial flights and mandatory quarantine periods.”The ICC’s Elite Panel – a select group of 10 umpires, deemed the world’s best including Australians Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker – is used in almost all Test matches around the world since its introduction in 2002.If there are not enough Elite Panel umpires available, then umpires from the ICC’s International Panel can be used. This includes four Australians: Shawn Craig, Paul Wilson, Sam Nogajski and Gerard Abood.The ICC updates its umpire panels on July 1 annually.An additional DRS review per team per innings is also set to be introduced in each of cricket’s formats as an interim measure.“We are living through extraordinary times,” committee chair Kumble said.“And the recommendations the committee made today are interim measures to enable us to safely resume cricket in a way that preserves the essence of our game whilst protecting everyone involved.” (Cricket Network with AAP)last_img read more

Boston MA – Reported by Elite Traveler the Priv

first_imgBoston , MA – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineCommitted to the arts, and to the environment, the 424-room luxury InterContinental Boston launches its fifth art exhibition since opening in 2006. ‘Wild at Heart,’ an indoor/outdoor animal sculpture exhibition by Essex, Mass.-based artist, Chris Williams, features large-scale bronze and steel sculptures of numerous wild critters from tree frogs to giraffes and octopi to owls. In conjunction, InterContinental Boston is offering a ‘Wild at Heart’ package starting from only $399.00 per night (valid through November 2010) that includes a private behind-the-scenes tour and admission to Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo and a small one-of-a-kind animal sculpture by Chris Williams with 10% of the proceeds of each package sold donated to National Geographic. The exhibit will be on display at InterContinental Boston through mid-December 2010.Of the sculptures, a majestic eagle landing at its tree nest graces the Atlantic St. entrance of the InterContinental Boston. The lobby is home to an octopus and seascape with sea anemones and an array of coral, an owl perched in a tree and a tree frog amidst a bamboo habitat. In Sushi-Teq, the hotel’s popular sushi and tequila restaurant/bar, hangs an octopus with its hand-blown glass head illuminated and the private dining room in Miel “Brasserie Provençale” is home to a bee. The InterContinental Boston’s two acre waterfront promenade graces an austere vulture peering towards the water which is also situated on Boston’s Harbor Walk and a gentle 14’ giraffe adjacent to Miel’s outdoor terrace.“As one of the leading and newer contemporary hotels on Boston’s burgeoning waterfront, we are committed supporters of the arts and are thrilled to present the incredible work by local Massachusetts sculptor Chris Williams,” says Tim Kirwan, general manager, InterContinental Boston. “His animal sculptures bring a majestic and whimsical element to our expansive lobby and a not-to-be-missed visual component to the Atlantic Ave and waterfront sides of our hotel. And, with proceeds from our ‘Wild at Heart’ package benefiting National Geographic, we support their efforts in protecting and sustaining wild animals such as these and our planet.”InterContinental Boston’s ‘Wild at Heart’ Package Through the ‘Wild at Heart” package, InterContinental Boston donates 10% of the proceeds of each package sold to National Geographic. The National Geographic society has funded more than 9,200 research, conservation and exploration projects, and supported geography education-based programs and public events that bring stories from the field to audiences worldwide. As one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, National Geographic was founded in 1888 with a mission to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge. Today the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. The ‘Wild at Heart’ package includes:• Deluxe accommodations at the InterContinental Boston • Private behind-the-scenes tour and admission to Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo • A small one-of-a-kind animal sculpture by Chris Williams • A copy of National Geographic’s The 100 Best Vacations To Enrich Your Life • Overnight parking • Late check-out (2 p.m.) • 10% of the proceeds of each package will be donated to National GeographicFranklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled within Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Here, guests can experience the most innovative and intimate indoor gorilla exhibit in the world. Visitors to the signature Tropical Forest can stand face-to-face with the Zoo’s seven western lowland gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations in the state-of-the-art indoor exhibit. While at Franklin Park Zoo, there is also the African lion in the Kalahari Kingdom, the tigers in the Tiger Tales exhibit, the Masai giraffe and Grevy’s zebra on the Giraffe Savannah, and the many other remarkable species that call the Zoo home. Not to be missed is the new Aussie Aviary – an interactive exhibit featuring hundreds of brightly-colored budgies (small parakeets).www.intercontinentalboston.comlast_img read more