Plava Laguna was the first to translate the “savings” created by the amendments to the Ordinance on income tax into workers’ rights

first_imgThe Association of Hospitality and Tourism within HUP initiated changes in the tax treatment of accommodation costs and hot meals for seasonal workers so that they would not be treated as a salary in kind but as necessary business expenses. A logical change that, for some inexplicable reason, has always been a mitigating circumstance for all employers in tourism.In line with the positive change, leading travel companies they stated that they would make a decision to redirect the funds resulting from this tax relief to increase the material rights of workers. Thus, Plava Laguna is the first tourist company to fulfill its “promise” and decide on the “savings” caused by changes to the ordinance on income tax, more precisely the fact that accommodation and meals for seasonal workers will no longer be considered a gift in kind and will not be taxed accordingly. translate into workers ’rights.In agreement with the representatives of the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia, Plava Laguna agreed that starting from February 1, it will subsidize the hot meal service 50 percent for all who are not users of personal accommodation, since users of personal accommodation already have a free hot meal . “This is just one of the measures we want to contribute to increasing the material rights of workers. We remind you that from June 1.6.2018, 4. basic salaries for all workers of Plava Laguna will increase by 5%, and in this way there will be an increase in the total material average rights for workers in the destination Poreč in the amount of almost 9 percent, and the destination Umag over XNUMX percent“, Emphasize the Management of Plava Laguna and add that in agreement with the union for 2018, the gift in kind will amount to the maximum allowed 600 kuna, instead of the previous 400 kuna.// POREČ BLUE LAGOON PRESENTED A NEW BRAND STRATEGY AND VISUAL IDENTITYBlue Lagoon at the level of material rights exercised by workers is one of the most successful tourist companies in Croatia. In addition to the increased salary from June 1.6.2018, 70,00, Blue Lagoon workers can also count on holiday pay of HRK 500,00 gross per day of vacation, one-time payments of HRK 2500 gross for June and July, Christmas bonus in the amount of maximum non-taxable amount of HRK 12, ie a proportional part for workers who have worked for less than 2 months and longer than XNUMX months, as well as as a gift to a child in the maximum non-taxable amount.”The Blue Lagoon is continuously improving the rights of its workers, as well as the conditions of accommodation and stay of workers in our destinations. This year, we will invest as much as 10 percent of the capital budget, or 50 million kuna in the improvement of personal accommodation. We will continue to increase the quality of working conditions, as well as accommodation, because we are aware that development is based on satisfied workers.”, They say from the Blue Lagoon.Related news:BLUE LAGOON INCREASES THE MATERIAL RIGHTS OF WORKERS WITH A NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTHOTELS ANNOUNCED INCREASE IN SALARIES FOR SEASONAL WORKERSFINALLY FOUND SOLUTION AGAINST LACK OF LABOR IN TOURISMlast_img read more

Sainthood explained: Understanding John Paul II’s beatification

first_img Tweet Share FaithLifestyle Sainthood explained: Understanding John Paul II’s beatification by: – April 26, 2011 Pope John Paul II in Berlin, Germany, in 1996. He will be beatified in Rome on Sunday.Rome (CNN) – the beatification of Pope John Paul II this Sunday will probably be the biggest event in Rome since his death in April 2005, with at least 300,000 people expected to turn out for the ceremony and more than 2 million to take part in beatification-related activities in Rome, including a vigil service on Saturday in Rome’s Circus Maximus and visits to John Paul’s tomb.Beatification is the next-to-last step in the sainthood process. It means the candidate can be referred to as “blessed,” and that one miracle has been confirmed in his or her name. Another miracle is required for canonization, the formal act of declaring someone a saint.Here are more questions and answers about the process – and about John Paul II:What is a saint, and how many are there?Catholics believe a saint is someone who lived a holy life and who’s already in heaven. Saints are considered role models for people still on earth, and are capable of interceding with God on someone’s behalf when a request for help is made in prayer.The actual number of saints is impossible to calculate. One well-known work called “Lives of the Saints” lists 2,565 Catholic saints but that doesn’t count thousands of others celebrated in local regions all over the world. The Catholic Church has a feast, All Saints’ Day, on November 1 to honor the countless saints who aren’t formally canonized.So how does one become a saint?In one sense it’s a democratic process, beginning with a grassroots conviction that a given person lived a holy life. From there, things unfold in three stages. First, Church officials make a study of the person’s life. In John Paul’s case, a four-volume study stretching over more than 2,000 pages was produced, including testimony from more than 100 witnesses.Next, one miracle after the candidate’s death is required for be beatification – and another for canonization. Usually the miracles are healings, which must be instantaneous, permanent, and complete, in addition to scientifically inexplicable. Catholics see the miracle as God’s seal of approval, a way of verifying that the saint really is in heaven.As pope, John Paul II made the sainthood process faster and simpler – but it’s still not cheap. The biggest expenses are usually the ceremonies for beatification and canonization. When St. Josemaría Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, was canonized in 2002, Opus Dei estimated that it had spent roughly $1 million on the process from beginning to end, stretching over three decades.Why the rush to beatify John Paul II?John Paul’s beatification is the quickest in modern times, made possible because Pope Benedict XVI waived the normal five-year waiting period after death to get someone’s beatification rolling. Benedict was responding to crowds who chanted “Santo Subito!” (Sainthood Now!) at John Paul’s funeral Mass and to a petition signed by the cardinals who elected Benedict.In one way, the pace of John Paul’s cause is a result of his own policies. He sped up saint-making in 1983, a move meant to lift up contemporary role models of holiness. Since then, at least 20 candidates have been beatified within 30 years of their death. For the record, John Paul’s is not the most “fast-tracked” sainthood of all time. That distinction belongs to St. Anthony of Padua, who died in June 1231 and was canonized less than a year later.What was John Paul’s miracle?It concerns a 49-year-old French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre Normand, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2001 and whose religious community prayed to John Paul II after his death. After writing the late pope’s name on a piece of paper one night, Sister Marie-Simone reportedly awoke the next morning cured and was able to resume her work as a maternity nurse. The miracle has a poetic arc, since John Paul also suffered from Parkinson’s.Last year, media reports implied that the sister had fallen ill again and that a physician had questioned the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The Vatican resolved those doubts to its satisfaction, as the miracle was approved by its panels of medical and theological consultants. Sister Marie-Simone will attend the beatification ceremony in Rome this weekend.Why was John Paul II such a significant pope?Tradition recognizes 264 popes since St. Peter, described in the Bible as the leader of the disciples of Jesus and regarded by Catholics as the first pope. Only a handful of popes, however, have left a deep mark on history, and John Paul II belongs on that list.He played a key role in bringing down Communism, made 104 foreign trips and is commonly regarded as having been seen in the flesh by more people than any other figure in history, and improved ties with Judaism and Islam. Internally, John Paul II reenergized Catholicism, inspiring a “John Paul generation” of young lay people, priests and bishops. Some commentators have suggested that he will be remembered as John Paul the Great.That said, there is debate over some aspects of John Paul’s record, including his handling of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis. Officially, the Vatican insists that beatifying and canonizing a pope is not the same thing as endorsing every decision of his papacy. Instead, it means that despite whatever failures occurred, the pope was nevertheless a holy man.What’s the next step in making John Paul a saint?Officials will begin looking for that aforementioned second miracle. If one is approved by the Vatican and by the pope, John Paul II could then be canonized. It’s not clear how long that might take, but there doesn’t seem much suspense about the eventual result: Sooner or later, the Church will add “St. John Paul II” to its list.By John L. Allen, Jr., CNN Senior Vatican Analyst Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share 33 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Par value

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE H’mm, let me see.  The last time that I checked the word par meant equal and the word value meant worth.  Okay equal worth or as the French might say, equipoise or something similar.  Now let’s take the case of the city of Pittsburgh sports franchises, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Now I know the rules, Pittsburgh like many of the “blue collar” Eurocentric cities across America was founded on the principles of hard work, ya know an equal day of blood sweat and tears for a mythical day of so-called equal pay.  Now, now, now, that being said let’s get busy. The Steelers recently signed Steve McLendon D-lineman/Nose tackle to a three-year contract. The deal was reportedly worth $7.25 million with $1.67 million of that in a signing bonus.  McLendon is truly a product of the Steelers “homegrown system” joining the team as a rookie in 2009.  According to a report by Ed Bouchette, “McLendon, projected to replace Casey Hampton as their starting nose tackle, was a restricted free agent who [recently] paid a visit to the Green Bay Packers.”Why in the hell do the Pittsburgh Steelers seem to have a problem or some sort of macabre fetish in regards to signing players that they know are vital to their continued success.  Pittsburgh knew that two years ago Casey “Big Snack” Hampton was on his way out. They should have then “snuck” in the back door and signed McLendon to a five or six year a few seasons ago. The deal should have been back loaded with performance and health clauses along with a signing bonus that could have stipulated that the “dough” be distributed in such a way that it would have little or no effect on the “cap.”  It seems to me that the Steelers management rolls into the negotiating table like a bull in a china shop armed with a few cans of Vienna sausage, along with a couple pieces of Swiss cheese with a few soda crackers on the side. Hey whatever happened to the filet mignon, caviar, champagne and a bit of schmoozing? Nowadays the allure of placing a few more zeroes in the coffers of Bank of America holds a little more juice for the Pittsburgh Steelers players than strolling past six Lombardi trophies on their way to work.  Why in the hell do other teams have to put bonfires under the asses of the Steelers management by riding into the Steel City on white horses armed with fat checkbooks and ink pens dripping with promise in courting the Steelers players who only have a desire to play for the Black and Gold and only wish to call the city of Steel home. I don’t understand why the management team of the Black and Gold seem to almost always get caught with their pants down or more often than not experience the “ostrich syndrome.”  Oh, you say that you don’t know what the “ostrich syndrome” is?  Well it means putting your head in the sand before figuring out that you cannot inhale earth, fire or water and continue to inhabit the earth; well, only with the exception of becoming part of the landscape.  Pittsburgh knew about the promise of departed wide receiver Mike Wallace. They knew that the “slew-footed” wide receiver could out run the nearest “speeding” bullet and a ten yard gain could be a reasonable yards per reception stat being as though most defensive backs played at least ten yards off of the line of scrimmage when they were  faced with single coverage of Monsieur Wallace.  Did Mike Wallace “dog it” and preserve himself for unrestricted free agency so that he could get paid?  He most possibly could have. Did the Steelers “dog it” by calling his number less, and having him involved less and less attempting to dilute his value all the while making it appear that his less than productive year was based on his lack of effort. They most possibly could have. Wallace is just one of the latest examples of the Steelers planting the seed and nurturing the tree only to have another franchise have sweet nectar running down their chin. Now back to the desert. The Steelers allowing ex-first round running back Rashard Mendenhall to depart for the less humid desert oasis of the Arizona Cardinals after Mr. Mendenhall experienced a “less than stellar” 2012 campaign including a short term lease in the doghouse and another holiday weekend or two in the outhouse of one Mike Tomlin.  What were the violations of Rashard?  Well from what I can see and the snippets of conversations that I have been privy to; he was just  Rashard, being Rashard, selfish, questionable work ethic, semi hands of stone. When Mendenhall was drafted along with reciever Limas “please don’t send me across the middle Boss” Sweed, I could not figure out why the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears (who were in the same market where Mendenhall played his college ball) passed on Rashard. See folks unless your name is Roethlisberger or Polomalu your chance at getting some serious dough in Pittsburgh is slim and none. (Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

Makeover complete, Steelers ready for resurgence

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, left, stands with the team’s first-round draft selection, linebacker Ryan Shazier from Ohio State, before Shazier is introduced at a news conference at the headquarters of the NFL football team in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 9, 2014 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The faces Ike Taylor grew so accustomed to seeing line up alongside him over the past decade have disappeared.Ryan Clark? Gone. Ditto Brett Keisel. And LaMarr Woodley. Larry Foote too.All Pittsburgh Steelers veterans with Super Bowl rings.All now are a part of the team’s past after another offseason purge, part of the inevitable churn from which no franchise – not even the one with more Lombardi Trophies than any other – is immune.Of the 90 players who will report to Saint Vincent College on Friday when the Steelers open training camp, only seven stood on the field in Tampa on that cool February night five years ago when Pittsburgh beat the Arizona Cardinals for its sixth championship.The 34-year-old Taylor knows he may be part of the next wave out the door. He’s just trying to keep it propped open as long as he can, even if it means the longtime court jester has suddenly become one of the de-facto elder statesmen.“There are a whole lot of new faces,” the cornerback said with a laugh. “That’s a good and bad thing. It’s a good thing that I am still here. I’ll give a shout out to everybody who left. But football is football. Football, you have to understand as a player, is a business.” Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)And business wasn’t so hot for the Steelers in 2013. Only a resurgent 6-2 second half allowed Pittsburgh to avoid its first losing season since 2003. The Steelers haven’t missed the playoffs three consecutive years this millennium. To keep that streak alive, they spent the long winter and spring giving the defense a needed jolt of speed and youth.The early returns are promising. Cornerback William Gay likened practice during organized team activities to a track meet. One in which the defense that finished 13th in the league in yards allowed last year did less chasing and more catching.“These boys are running,’” Taylor said. “When you look at it on the field and you actually play with them, you can see that they are running.”Perhaps, all the way back to the postseason. Here’s what to look for as Pittsburgh begins its 47th summer at Saint Vincent.SLIM SHAZIER: Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier runs like a safety and hits as if he’s a linebacker. The Steelers can deal with the 6-foot-1, 237-pound Shazier’s relative lack of size if it means he can move sideline to sideline as quickly as he did in three standout years at Ohio State. On a defense where youngsters typically only start when necessary, Shazier could be the exception as the Steelers search for someone to replace Foote.LOADED BACKFIELD: Le’Veon Bell put together the best rookie season by a Steelers running back since Franco Harris in 1972, with 1,259 yards from scrimmage. He’ll have plenty of help this fall from beefy LeGarrette Blount, who signed after spending last year in New England and rookie Dri Archer, whose 4.27 40-yard dash time at the draft combine has offensive coordinator Todd Haley dreaming of ways to use him.OUT OF THIS WORILDS: Pittsburgh liked enough of what it saw from outside linebacker Jason Worilds and his team-high eight sacks in 2013 to hand him the transitional player tag and cut ties with the oft-injured Woodley. Worilds and the Steelers, however, have not yet agreed to a long-term deal and the 26-year-old missed most of the offseason workouts because of a nagging leg injury.NO HUDDLE HYPE: The Steelers rallied from a miserable 2-6 start in 2013 thanks in large part to an uptick in offensive production due to an increased reliance on the no-huddle. Expect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to be given even more freedom in 2014. Pittsburgh averaged 28 points a game during its 5-2 run to close 2013. Roethlisberger expects the offense to be even more productive with the addition of wide receiver Lance Moore and the potential of 6-foot-4 rookie wideout Martavis Bryant, who gives Roethlisberger the big red zone target he’s lacked since Plaxico Burress left town the first time nearly a decade ago.HEALTHY LINE: Who knows what 2013 would have looked like in Pittsburgh if center Maurkice Pouncey hadn’t torn up his right knee eight plays into the season? It took the line weeks to stabilize, and by then it was too late. Pouncey is healthy and happy after signing a contract extension in June. His return buoys a group of youngsters – including rapidly improving guard David DeCastro – that was one of the better units in the league by the end of last year even with Pouncey on the sideline in sweatpants.___AP NFL website: and read more