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Blue Lagoon pays seasonal incentives for 2.587 workers, students and pupils

first_imgThe Blue Lagoon has been continuously rewarding its employees for years with the payment of seasonal incentives, for which it has set aside almost 1,5 million kuna (gross II) this year.The seasonal incentive has already been paid for June, and will be paid with the salary for July. The amount of the incentive is 500 kuna (gross I), and it was realized by all workers who also realized the monthly fund of hours. For workers who have not earned a monthly fund of hours, the incentive is paid in a proportional amount, for the month of July will be paid on the same principle.Otherwise, stimulation covered a total of 2.587  workers, students and pupils. The payment and calculation of the seasonal incentive are regulated by the Blue Lagoon Collective Agreement, and it is important to note that the incentive paid in this way is included in the amount for the calculation of the pension. Plava Laguna continuously rewards its employees, and this year the basic salary was additionally increased (by 4%) and the total material rights of workers (on average 7%). “Every year, the workers of the season are chosen who win special awards, and those who have shown themselves especially attend trainings in order to advance even more in their work. Plava Laguna is the first company in Croatia to employ more workers employed in one of the forms of permanent cooperation, and less than half of them are seasonal workers ” stand out from the Blue Lagoon.This year, as much as 10 percent of the total capital budget has been invested in the construction and arrangement of personal homes, and there is a tendency for further continuous investment so that workers have the best possible living conditions both at work and in their free time. “Plava Laguna is continuously improving the rights of its workers, as well as the conditions of accommodation and stay of workers in our destinations. We will continue to increase the quality of conditions, as well as accommodation, because we are aware that development is based on satisfied workers.”, They conclude from the Blue Lagoon.last_img read more

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The oldest street festival in Croatia Cest is d Best announces its arrival in Zagreb

first_imgArt competitions “messengers” are the internationally known Cest is d Best, which will be held this year in the period from May 29 to June 5. With a rich art program in those days in Zagreb will be held about 2 free concerts in the squares and streets in the city center, and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the circus performances of numerous artists from around the world. The theme of this year’s art program is called “Zagreb Legends “, and all the necessary information as well as the tender documentation for all three art competitions can be downloaded at the official iwebsite. In addition to a lot of fun for visitors, this year will be organized id Best Food Festival as part of Cest is d Best.center_img This week, the international street festival Cest is d Best announced and announced three art competitions on the official website of the festival, announcing this year’s 23rd edition of the oldest street festival in Croatia and one of the most visited events in Zagreb.last_img read more

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Bukopin inches closer to solving liquidity problems, regaining customer trust

first_imgPublicly listed Bank Bukopin is inching closer to solving its liquidity problem amid reports that customers are facing difficulties withdrawing their funds, sparking concerns over the bank’s health.The Financial Services Authority (OJK) said in a statement on Tuesday that it had approved the shareholders’ plan to inject more capital through a rights issue after a series of leaked documents exposed commotion among Bukopin’s shareholders. The plan was actually approved during a shareholders meeting on Oct. 24, 2019.“We support Bank Bukopin’s corporate action to restore its customers’ and the public’s trust, especially regarding the bank’s services in the future,” the OJK said in the statement. How it all startedIn June, media outlets reported that Bank Bukopin’s customers were seen lining up for hours just to withdraw or transfer money at the bank’s branch offices. Other customers took to social media to complain that they could not withdraw money from their accounts.It was later revealed that the bank was limiting daily withdrawals and requiring customers seeking to make withdrawals of more than Rp 10 million (US$692.98) to contact the bank two days prior.Bank Bukopin later issued a statement, explaining the withdrawal limits at several branches were “situational” so that the bank could still allow customers to make transactions.“This is an adjustment that we need to make and management will continue to inform our customers,” the bank said in a statement to the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on June 25.The measure was taken because the bank’s consolidated short-term liquidity coverage, known as the liquidity coverage ratio (LCR), stood at 112.03 percent in the first three months of the year, while its consolidated long-term liquidity coverage, known as the net stable funding rate (NSFR), stood at 100.31 percent.Both figures were nearing the OJK’s minimum threshold of 100 percent.However, the OJK has since lowered the threshold to 85 percent for BUKU III category banks — banks with core capital between Rp 5 trillion to Rp 30 trillion, such as Bukopin — to stimulate the banking industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Meanwhile, the bank’s loan-to-deposit ratio (LDR) stood at 90.92 percent in the first quarter of this year, below the 92 percent maximum threshold set by Bank Indonesia (BI). The figure, however, was significantly higher than the 85.1 percent recorded in the first quarter of last year.This situation triggered panic among some customers, with many rushing to take their money out of the ailing bank.Shareholder commotionThe bank’s alarming liquidity condition could have been resolved long before a withdrawal limitation needed to be imposed, as the bank had received shareholder approval for its rights issue plan last year.However, a letter issued on June 10 by the OJK to conglomerate PT Bosowa Corporindo revealed that the company, founded by tycoon and politician Aksa Mahmud, was obstructing Kookmin from injecting capital into Bukopin, which would make it the controlling shareholder of Bank Bukopin.There was no controlling shareholder in Bukopin at the time, as the major shareholders, Bosowa and Kookmin, held only 23.34 percent and 22 percent stakes, respectively. Meanwhile, the Indonesian government owned a 8.92 percent stake and the public held 45.69 percent.In the letter, the authority advised the company to prioritize the public and customers’ interests. It also warned that the company could face criminal charges if it failed to do so.The OJK issued again a warning letter dated June 26 to Bosowa president director Sadikin Aksa, instructing the conglomerate to support Kookmin Bank’s plan to become the controlling investor and shareholder in Bukopin and solve its liquidity issues, Kontan.co.id reported.“We are assessing the legal aspect of a plan to increase Kookmin’s stake,” Bosowa president commissioner Erwin Aksa said, as quoted by Kontan.co.id on June 27.Given the commotion, the OJK then asked state-owned Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) to provide “technical assistance” to Bank Bukopin to help solve its liquidity issues. It also allowed BRI to help select the bank’s board of directors, according to an OJK letter, which was not confirmed nor denied by the authority.Rights issueLater in June, Bosowa and Kookmin announced a commitment to exercise their rights to conduct a rights issue. Kookmin also said it would act as a standby buyer to absorb the unexercised rights.Kookmin has deposited $200 million in Bank Bukopin’s escrow account, while Bosowa has also deposited Rp 239 billion, according to the company’s letter to the OJK.The bank will now issue 4.66 billion new B-class shares, equal to 40 percent of its current total shares, for Rp 180 apiece starting July 13. Stocks in Bukopin, traded under the code BBKP at the IDX, were priced at Rp 185 as of 1:32 p.m. Jakarta time on Friday, up 0.5 percent from the previous closing.Should other minority shareholders not exercise their rights, Kookmin’s ownership of the bank would rise to 37.6 percent from 22 percent, while Bosowa’s ownership would rise to 23.36 percent from 23.34 percent.Despite the commitment from the majority of shareholders and support from the regulator to solve the bank’s liquidity problems, Bank Bukopin appears to have lost the trust of many customers after the difficulties they faced making withdrawals.Center of Reform on Economics (Core) Indonesia economist Piter Abdullah said on Thursday the customers’ behavior could be considered a rush, and said it was unlikely to be seen among customers of other banks.“However, the problem that Bank Bukopin faces could result in customers losing trust in the bank itself,” he said during a webinar organized by Infobank.Speaking to The Jakarta Post, banking expert Paul Sutaryono said that to prevent a rush the OJK and the Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS) needed to reassure the public that their savings were safe. “If the OJK and [Bukopin] management are transparent and give the public a sense of certainty, customers may calm down and this will prevent […] a systemic impact on the industry,” Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) economist Bhima Yudhistira said.Topics : The approval also paved the way for South Korea’s KB Kookmin Bank to become Bank Bukopin’s controlling shareholder.“We are grateful for the shareholders’ and the regulators’ support since the start of this capital injection process,”Bukopin president director Rivan Purwantono said in the statement.Bukopin has faced problems at a time when the country’s banking industry is experiencing slumping loan growth due to cooling economic activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.Loan disbursement grew 5.7 percent annually in April, slowing from 7.9 percent in March, Bank Indonesia (BI) data show. At the same time, third party funding expanded 8.08 percent year-on-year (yoy), also cooling from 9.54 percent annual growth in March.last_img read more

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In Sweden, female priests now outnumber male ones

first_imgFor the first time in history, Swedish female priests outnumber their male counterparts, sixty years after they were first allowed to don the clerical collar, the Church of Sweden said Wednesday.Of the 3,060 priests currently serving in Sweden, 1,533 are female, or 50.1 percent, according to Cristina Grenholm, secretary for the Church of Sweden.”From a historical perspective, this parity happened faster than we earlier imagined. A report from 1990 estimated that women would be half of the total clergy in 2090. And it took thirty years,” Grenholm told AFP. Unlike the Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church of Sweden has allowed female priests since 1958 and first ordained three women in 1960.In 1982 the Swedish parliament also scrapped a “conscience clause” that allowed members of the clergy to refuse to cooperate with a female colleague.Women have been over-represented on theological courses, especially since the separation of church and state in 2000, and accounted for 70 percent of those training for ordination in a study in 2013. “Many parishes during the Sunday service try to have both a man and a woman at the altar,” Grenholm said. “Since we believe that God created human beings, both men and women, in God’s image, it is essential that we do not only speak about it, but that it is also shown,” she added.However, there is a wage gap between male and female pastors — averaging 2,200 Swedish kronor ($248 or 215 euros) per month according to the church’s newspaper Kyrkans Tidning. Grenholm said this was due to more men being in higher positions of authority.In Sweden, ministers in the Church of Sweden have the title of priest, while those serving in parishes outside the former State Church are referred to as pastors.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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How Unai Emery used Jack Wilshere to inspire Arsenal star Joe Willock

first_imgHow Unai Emery used Jack Wilshere to inspire Arsenal star Joe Willock Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 5 Oct 2019 7:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShares Willock impressed against Standard Liege (Picture: Getty)‘Willock is improving a lot and if he keeps progressing like he is, I don’t know how far he can go,’ said Emery.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He started training with us from my first weeks at the club and in the last couple of months of last season I took him to one side to speak with him.‘I told him, “Jack Wilshere has left us, Aaron Ramsey is leaving and there is a really big opportunity for you to take that space in the team”‘.‘It was a big challenge for him to step up and now he is playing in the first XI because he deserves it.‘His progress is a very positive example for all the other young players of what can be achieved.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWhile negativity remains around Arsenal, the academy products have helped bring some much-needed positivity to supporters.The likes of Willock, Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have all featured under Emery this season.And the Spaniard says it’s important for him to show the youngsters that there’s a pathway into the first team.‘The first thing I learned when I came to Arsenal was how important the young academy players are to this club,’ said Emery.‘It is my responsibility to carry on that work because these players more often learn quicker than those who are signed into the club’MORE: Danny Murphy predicts who will win the Premier League and Champions League Joe Wilock has been urged to replace Jack Wilshere (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery says he urged Joe Willock to step into Jack Wilshere’s shoes following the midfielder’s departure from the Emirates.Wilshere was one of the early casualties of Emery’s reign and the England international joined West Ham after being told he had no future at the club.Like Wilshere, Willock has come through Arsenal’s academy and the midfielder was on target during the Gunners’ 4-0 win against Standard Liege on Thursday in the Europa league.And Emery admits he held a one-on-one chat with Willock last season to tell him that he had an opportunity to replace Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, who was set to join Juventus.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mike Pence: What does the new US Vice President really believe?

first_imgNewsHub 12 November 2016Family First Comment: Actually, when you read what he believes – as opposed to the ‘loaded’ heading by the media – he sounds SUPERB! US Vice President-elect Mike Pence is little-known in New Zealand, but unlike his boss Donald Trump, he has been a politician for 16 years.But what does he actually believe? Here’s a dozen things you might not know about the present Governor of Indiana.He doesn’t believe in evolution  He relies on science and truthIn 2002 Mike Pence devoted an entire speech on his “theory of the origin of man” to the House of Representatives. He told the House, “I believe that God created the known universe, the earth and everything in it, including man.”He went on to say: “I also believe that someday scientists will come to see that only the theory of intelligent design provides even a remotely rational explanation for the known universe.”He thinks gays can be turned straight  He believes that people know what’s best for themselves – autonomy of the individualIn 2002 Mr Pence penned ‘A guide to renewing the America dream’ on his website. In it, he wrote: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour.”While Mr Pence once advocated for conversion techniques, there’s no evidence he supported the use of electroshock therapy to ‘cure’ gays, as is often claimed.He opposes marriage equality  He believes in traditional historical cultural marriageMike Pence has previously called being gay a “choice”, and has said keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but “God’s idea”.In the same 2002 guide mentioned above, he wrote: “Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage.”Three years later he signed the Federal Marriage Agreement that worked to officially define marriage to be between one man and one woman.He doesn’t believe in condoms  He believes in the best health and protection for young peopleIn 2002 he told CNN: “Frankly, condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases.”He thinks the LGBTQ community shouldn’t be protected from discrimination   “sincerely held religious beliefs or convictions” should be protected.In 2015, Mr Pence also signed into a law an Act which protects businesses from punishment if they deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when it’s based on “sincerely held religious beliefs or convictions”.Instead, he supports abstinence-only education: “We ought to be sending a message to kids across the country… that abstinence is the best choice for young people.”He is anti-abortion  He is pro-lifeAlthough it is legal, many states have their own legislation which prevents abortion after a certain period of time.Abortion became legal after landmark case Roe vs Wade, which Mr Pence wants “sent to the ash heap of history”.Given that stance, if Mr Pence has his way he would probably make abortion illegal, or at least refuse to fund it.“We ought not use their taxpayer dollars to provide or promote abortion at home and abroad. Let’s end taxpayer support for abortion providers, specifically Planned Parenthood, once and for all.”Although Mr Pence does not have as much power Mr Trump, if anything happened to the President-elect, this is the man who would lead the country for a year before another election would be held.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/world/mike-pence-what-does-the-new-us-vice-president-really-believe-2016111212last_img read more

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Wilshere issue drags on

first_img “Human beings are human beings, with their strengths and weaknesses. We know this is not good. Overall, these players are professional. “Wilshere was on holiday [when he was caught smoking]. You cannot control the players on holiday.” Arsenal were unavailable for immediate comment when contacted on Wednesday evening. Press Association Wilshere has been criticised in the past for two high-profile incidents of being pictured with a cigarette, first outside a London nightclub in November 2013 and again last summer when at a pool party while on holiday in Las Vegas with England goalkeeper Joe Hart following the World Cup. Speaking in July, Wilshere said: “The smoking? Of course I regret it. I have been seen before doing it. I said then I made a mistake and I have made a mistake again. People make mistakes. “I am young and I will learn from it. I realise the consequences it has and the effect on kids growing up. “I have kids myself and I don’t want them growing up to think their dad smokes and it is okay for a footballer to smoke, because it’s not. “It is unacceptable and I will accept the consequences and I will move on.” In April 2012, Arsenal’s Morocco forward Marouane Chamakh was pictured holding a shisha pipe just hours after the defeat at QPR. Last month, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger spoke out against footballers smoking following revelations goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny lit up in the showers after the 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, since when the Pole has not started a Barclays Premier League match. “Players here are judged on their performances. Ideally, the best way to have a high level of performance as possible is to follow the rules that allow you to perform,” Wenger said. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could find himself at the centre of another smoking row after pictures emerged of the England international holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub. Wilshere, 23, is currently recovering from ankle surgery after an injury in the defeat by Manchester United on November 22, and is expected to be in contention for a first-team return by the end of the month. A picture of Wilshere, reported to be from when he attended a London nightclub during last week, was uploaded to Instagram, before being removed, but was then subsequently reposted on Twitter, sparking much debate across social media as to the player’s behaviour. last_img read more

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Richards picked Villa over Inter

first_img The 27-year-old defender alerted the Italian giants, who are managed by his former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, to his availability as he spent last season on loan at Fiorentina. Inter first made their interest known in January and made another approach at the end of the season as Richards’ contract at City expired and he became a free agent. “It doesn’t matter how much money you are offered, I thought, ‘I can’t keep doing this’. As a player, especially in the Premier League, if you get offered (the chance) to play somewhere regularly, you have to take it. That’s me anyway – it’s the sort of person I am. “I’m not going to stay on the bench or at home on the weekends just for more money.” One point Richards, who was speaking earlier this week at Villa’s official kit launch for the 2015-16 season, was keen to make was that he had no issue with City boss Manuel Pellegrini. Richards was impressed by the job the Chilean did in the 2013-14 title-winning season, even though he made just two appearances in that campaign. He is surprised the team then fell below expectations last term. He said: “I got on with him well. Everyone thinks that because he didn’t play me, I didn’t like him. I don’t think like that. He was a good manager. “He came after Mancini and tried to settle the dressing room down a little bit because you know what Mancini was like, he had his heart on his sleeve. “It was a shame Mancini didn’t even get more time because I think he could have done even better. “But Pellegrini sort of came in, and spoke to the players a lot more. I wouldn’t say (there was more) harmony, because that would be unfair on Mancini, but Pellegrini let them know how good they were. “It worked the first season because they won the Premier League. “But last season I don’t know what it was. It shows that you can’t just be nice as a manager, you need more than that. “Having said that, in the Champions League they could only register 21 players, so other teams had another four players to choose from.” But instead of opting to stay in Serie A, where he had struggled for games with Fiorentina, Richards decided to return to the Premier League in the hope of reviving his career. He said: “There were quite a few clubs in for me, some abroad, but having not played so much at Fiorentina, I thought it was right to come home. “I was speaking to Inter as well with Mancini. They tried to get me in January but that didn’t materialise. “I spoke to him afterwards but I wanted to come back to England. I didn’t want to be out in Italy and then the manager gets sacked and I’m fighting for my place in the same situation. That’s one of the main reasons I chose to come back.” Another option Richards had was to stay at City, having been offered a new deal, but he felt it necessary to move on after three years of little action. Richards was influential in City’s FA Cup and Premier League wins of 2011 and 2012 respectively but injuries and the form of Pablo Zabaleta restricted him to just nine league appearances in the subsequent two years. He then went to Florence on a season-long loan but played just 10 games in Serie A. He said: “I got offered a four or five-year deal and the manager said to me, ‘I want you to stay’. I said, ‘I’m not playing enough’. “When I was playing I was picking up hamstring injuries because I wasn’t playing enough. Micah Richards has revealed he turned down a move to Inter Milan to join Aston Villa this summer. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Awal Mohammed sustains a thigh injury

first_imgBlack Stars defender Awal Mohammed sustained a thigh injury on Wednesday night just 72 minutes when his club side Maritzburg United played 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs at the Peter Mokaba Stadium .The 25-year-old is set for medical examinations to determine the severity of his injury by the close of Thursday.Sixteen minutes into the second half it was Sheppard who again forced a save out of Khune, but Chiefs would soon react to this United pressure and were almost rewarded 20 minutes into the second half.Morgan Gould’s header sailed just wide. Shortly after a goalkeeping blunder by Walters allowed Chiefs back into this encounter. Mathoho, who managed to connect to a cross by Tshabalala looped the ball over the United keeper, who was off his line.Awal Mohammed’s substitution broke the defence set up of United which saw Chiefs equalize easy.The goal seemed to rejuvenate Chiefs for a brief spell, but the league leaders couldn’t penetrate the United defence. The visitors were disappointed by the result, but Chiefs will be most relieved. Chiefs still lead the PSL league with 51-points whiles Maritzburg United lie sixth with 32 pointslast_img read more

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Mo Farah’s coach Alberto Salazar denies doping allegations

first_imgAmerican coach Alberto Salazar on Tuesday denied allegations of doping made by the BBC, which he accused of “inaccurate journalism” which was adversely affecting his Olympic medallists Mo Farah and Galen Rupp.An investigation by the BBC television programme Panorama in association with American website ProPublica alleged that Salazar had given Farah’s training partner Rupp the banned anabolic steroid testosterone.But the Cuban-born coach, who has worked as a consultant to UK Athletics for two years, plans to respond in detail to the accusations as soon as possible.”I have said all along that I believe in a clean sport, hard work and I deny all allegations of doping,” he said in a statement.”The BBC and ProPublica have engaged in inaccurate and unfounded journalism, with a complete lack of regard for both Galen and Mo.”Given the time and effort the BBC and ProPublica committed to making these false allegations I hope that media and fans will afford me a short time to show the accusers are knowingly making false statements. “I will document and present the facts as quickly as I can so that Galen and Mo can focus on doing what they love and have worked so hard to achieve.”Briton Farah, 32, won the 5,000 and 10,000 metres double at the 2012 London Olympics. American Rupp, 29, took the silver medal in the 10,000.–last_img read more

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