“This is not a ban initiative, nor is it being thought about and planned, but it is a matter of working well. We also talked about this at a meeting with representatives of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, led by President Martina Nimac Kalcina, with the message that everyone in the destination, including family accommodation must participate and contribute to the creation of quality products”, The minister explained. “Given that, we are satisfied that it was said that there will be no ban or restrictions”, Said Nimac Kalcina and added that most private accommodation, approximately 70 percent, is categorized with three stars. Cappelli announced that this is why we should wait for the development and adoption of a new tourism development strategy, which will be a national plan for the sustainability of tourism, which will, among other things, define further procedures for family accommodation. Completion of the strategy is planned for this year. A statement by the tourism minister last week that the tourism ministry is considering a temporary ban or restriction on opening new apartments in a way that would allow cities and counties to restrict the opening of new apartments has raised a lot of dust among private renters. She pointed out that the Community absolutely agrees that for the sake of sustainable development, the destination should be diversified in relation to all types of accommodation and catering facilities, and local authorities should be empowered to make decisions that would affect the destination in that direction, but not prohibitions and restrictions, rather than other decisions and tools. Nimac Kalcina: We are satisfied that there is no ban and we imitate sustainable development The president of the Association of Family Accommodation at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Nimac Kalcina, believes that local units should decide for themselves in which direction to develop their destinations and take care of the equal ratio of all catering facilities, including family accommodation. He added that the meeting concluded that they will have the best information on everything after recategorization in the next three to four years, which will not only cover everyone from family accommodation, but also other types of accommodation in tourism. Reactions came from all sides, and social networks were “heated” by various comments. However, there will be no bans or restrictions on opening new apartments. Namely, at the meeting of the representatives of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce with Minister Gari Cappelli, it was concluded that private accommodation renters and those who intend to do so do not have to worry or fear work bans because they will not, but re-categorization which will cover everything, reports H1. Source: N1
But because there were no strong market movements over the course of the year – unlike volatility seen in past years – no opportunity presented itself for Etera to add value by investing tactically, he said.Puhakka added that, as a result of the weak overall return, Etera amended its investment strategy and would now place greater emphasis on the optimisation of its strategic asset allocation rather than relying on tactical investments.Assets under management at Etera fell to €5.51bn at the end of 2013, down from €5.7bn in December the year prior and the lowest level since March 2012.Correspondingly, the provider’s solvency ratio continued its year-long decline from 21.3% to 15.2%, the lowest level since September 2011 – after it announced nine-month investment returns of -5.2%.Etera’s results are behind other mutuals, including Veritas Pension Insurance, which returned 7.4% on investments in 2013, aided largely by a 18.3% return on its equity holdings.Although the insurer’s head of investments Niina Bergring noted that fixed income holdings returned a more “moderate” 1.5%, real estate investments grew by nearly 6%.Veritas saw its solvency ratio increase by nearly 4 percentage points year on year to 27.8%, and said it had achieved a real return of 5.1% over the past five years. Finland’s Etera has seen assets under management dip to their lowest level in nearly two years after the pensions mutual admitted to “disappointing” returns of just 0.3% from investments, down from nearly 10% in 2012.According to preliminary results, Etera’s equity and fixed income returns were “weak”, although it did not disclose how the two asset classes fared.Chief executive Hannu Tarkkonen said its investment strategy did not work in 2013 and blamed the investment climate.Jari Puhakka, the provider’s CIO, noted that equities were the dominant force for growth in 2013.
Man admits assaulting a child after smacking 4-year-old son on bottomStuff co.nz 9 October 2018Family First Comment: As we predicted would happen… fortunately the judge had more common sense than politicians. But here’s the underlying issue. “The man had met with the mother of the child in a restorative justice meeting, where the woman said she wanted the man to accept responsibility for his actions, and learn a more positive way to interact with their children.” #TimeToChangeTheLaw www.ProtectGoodParents.nz A Picton man smacked his 4-year-old son on the bottom “in punishment” for crying and screaming.The child had no injuries. Police charged the man with assaulting a child.The man, who cannot be named, was looking after his children on December 11 last year, when he put his hand over the 4-year-old’s mouth to quieten him, before smacking the boy’s bottom once, a police summary of facts said.The man admitted assaulting a child and appeared at the Blenheim District Court on Monday for sentencing.His lawyer, Nick McKessar, applied for a discharge without conviction, saying the consequences and “stigma” the man would face as a result of a conviction were more severe than the crime warranted.The man had met with the mother of the child in a restorative justice meeting, where the woman said she wanted the man to accept responsibility for his actions, and learn a more positive way to interact with their children.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/107691954/Man-admits-assaulting-a-child-after-smacking-4-year-old-son-on-bottom Parents worse off without smacking – Duncan GarnerNewsHub 10 October 2018 Duncan Garner has admitted he thinks smacking should be in a parent’s disciplinary arsenal after refusing to use it on his own children.Smacking has been back in the headlines recently after a Picton father was taken to court for smacking his child.The man, who has name suppression, was discharged without conviction after a complaint was laid against him by the child’s mother.He has been charged under a 2007 amendment to the Crimes Act that removed the legal defence of “reasonable force” for parents prosecuted for assaulting their children.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/lifestyle/2018/10/parents-worse-off-without-smacking-duncan-garner.htmlSmacking prosecution likely result of ‘over energetic’ police officer – expertNewsHub 10 October 2018 A legal expert has defended the anti-smacking law after a Picton father was taken to court for smacking his four-year-old.The man, who has name suppression, was discharged without conviction after a complaint was laid against him by the child’s mother.Massey University professor of humanities Chris Gallavin said the case was likely an oddity, but does not represent a failure of the 2007 amendment to the Crimes Act.The amendment removed the legal defence of “reasonable force” for parents prosecuted for assaulting their children.“Here at most we have perhaps an over energetic police prosecution sergeant or the officer in charge who has pushed through a prosecution which has resulted in a discharge by way of without conviction,” he said.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/10/smacking-prosecution-likely-result-of-over-energetic-police-officer-expert.html
RJ Barrett wants to play in Madison Square Garden.The former Duke wing is hoping the Knicks will select him with the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, he told reporters Monday. Barrett said he’s not planning to meet with any other team after working out with New York. “It’s this and then the draft,” Barrett said, via SNY. “If that ends up and I’m still there at three, I’d love for them to take me. … This is the place I want to be, so I hope they draft me.”R.J. Barrett won’t be meeting with any other teams, and says that he wants to be a Knick:”This is the place I want to be, I hope they draft me” pic.twitter.com/E1i11C1C17— SNY (@SNYtv) June 10, 2019Barrett said he has already started to develop a relationship with Knicks coach David Fizdale. Related News Knicks free agency rumors: New York betting favorite to sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving NBA Draft 2019: RJ Barrett says ‘it would be a lot of fun’ to play for Knicks “We want to build this team the right way. We’ve always said we’re going to continue to work hard during the draft process. We believe we’re a team that can draft well.’’The Knicks are hoping to have a busy offseason as they’re expected to pursue multiple stars. They’ll reportedly look to sign Kevin Durant and have also been linked to Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, amongst others. “We’ve been talking,” Barrett said . “Spoken a couple of times. He was at the workout just now. He’s a great guy. I love him.”Barrett averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 35.3 minutes per game during his lone season at Duke. He shot 45.4% from the field and 30.8% from 3-point range. The Blue Devils finished 2018-19 with a 32-6 record and advanced to the Elite Eight, where they fell to Michigan State.”New York is my favorite,” Barrett told reporters last month. “Every summer I visited. I have family there. That’s where my mom grew up, so I’ve definitely been there a lot.”Barrett, 18, is considered the third best prospect in the 2019 draft class behind Duke teammate Zion Williamson and Murray State point guard Ja Morant.“We’re excited about where we are,’’ Knicks president Steve Mills said last month, via the New York Post. “We know we’ll get a good player at three. So, it’s something we’re excited about and look forward to. Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Knicks expected to ‘push hard’ to sign star
The Iowa Business Council’s second-quarter Economic Outlook Survey for 2020 shows some improvement in what the managers of the states’ largest businesses expect in the coming months. I-B-C executive director Joe Murphy says it’s a modest improvement.He says the overall score in overall economic outlook index rose to 41point-two-five — which is an increase of three-point-seven-five points from the first quarter. That first quarter mark was the lowest point of the survey since 2009. Murphy says this projection is a step in the right direction.“We’re optimistic that we’re seeing some sort of ascendency in our numbers as we project out the next six months. However, anything below 50 represents negative economic sentiment — so clearly we are still in that negative sentiment zone,” Murphy says. “But again, I think there are some reasons for some cautious optimism as we look ahead.” The survey measures members’ expectations for sales, capital spending, and employment. He says the one thing that is known right now is there still remains a lot of things that are unknown about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on business“Businesses, whether you are a small, medium or large business, you need certainty in the markets and the economy in order to make decisions and project forward a better platform to hire and invest and to do the business that you want to do,” according to Murphy. Murphy says Iowa’s economy was doing well before the pandemic hit — and that has helped the optimism that the state will recover.“When you look at our unemployment rate — while it is quite high, particularly for Iowa — it’s still within the top five or so lowest unemployment rates in the country,” Murphy says. “Obviously that is not to say that we are happy with where we are at. But my point is that we are able to weather economic strife better than other states. That was the case in the Great Recession, and that is the case right now.” Most members site the unfavorable business climate due to COVID-19 and other regulatory challenges coupled with an unfavorable domestic economy as their primary challenges to business. Half of the respondents noted layoffs or furloughs as a result of COVID-19. Of those employers, 80 percent expect to rehire some or nearly all of that workforce. Sixty-percent expects to make these rehire in the coming seven to nine months with an unknown rehire date for the remaining 40 percent.