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Also, caterers emphasize that the season was better than in other Mediterranean countries, but not enough to bridge the gap created by complete quarantine in the spring, falling tourist numbers and the abrupt end of the season due to the closure of other borders. The action is designed as a continuation of the recent action of caterers from Istria and Kvarner with the same goals, only this time it is not called “5 to 12” but “4 to 12”, to draw attention to the fact that time to act competent institutions is running out and it will soon be too late. Tabak: We are not asking for alms, but to be able to borrow – I am pleased that the caterers responded in such large numbers, but even more pleased that our guests recognized the importance of the action and accepted with understanding our reasons why we stopped serving them for 60 minutes. Our demands for measures needed to preserve jobs and prevent the collapse of the economy are clear – suspension of VAT collection until 1.3.2021, permanent preferential rate on food – which according to the Food Act includes food, coffee, beer, juices, water and wine – of 13% or 10%, access to credit lines of HAMAG BICRO for liquidity and HBOR for investments, said Jelena Tabak from the Association of Caterers Split. The action was initiated by the National Association of Caterers and the Association of Caterers Split, but it spread to Zadar, Šibenik, Dubrovnik and other Dalmatian cities and towns and was a complete success, the organizers point out. Only in Split is it closed hundreds of shops, in Zadar and its surroundings more than two hundred of them – in Zadar, as well as in Hvar, only the facilities of local leaders of the Croatian Chamber of Crafts were opened, which for completely incomprehensible reasons stifles the initiatives of its members, the organizers point out. More than a thousand caterers from all over Dalmatia today are starting at 11 hours and 56 minutes, as part actions “4 to 12”, for an hour stopped serving guests at their facilities to alert difficult condition in which their profession found itself. The vast majority of caterers in Dalmatia have closed their facilities The caterers decided to take action since it was due to a coronavirus pandemic endangered survival catering itself and numerous jobs on which tens of thousands of employees and members of their families depend in Dalmatia alone. A survey of a sample of almost 500 caterers from all over Croatia found that almost 60% of them recorded decline in business greater than 50%, and almost 40% face the fact that in these conditions they will not survive until next season. As many as 80% of employers will be forced to resort cancellation of the contract employees. – We do not ask for any alms, nor do we want other people’s money. We are only asking to be allowed to borrow in order to survive until next season, and to be relieved of the tax burden to some extent so that we can pay the loan. There are a number of other measures that could help us at the local government level, from relieving consumption taxes to reducing concession fees, but key measures that will help all caterers – VAT and availability of liquidity and investment funds – must be addressed at the state level., says Jelena Tabak.
TVNZ News 4 Nov 2011A man has pleaded guilty to two child abuse charges in a high profile case in West Auckland that shocked New Zealanders. The man entered guilty pleas to representative charges of neglect/cruelty of a child, and a representative charge of assault on a child when he appeared in the Auckland District Court yesterday. He remains on bail and sentencing is to take place on December 20. The maximum penalty for neglect of a child is five years imprisonment, while the maximum penalty for assault on a child is two years imprisonment. The man’s wife earlier pleaded guilty to 25 child abuse charges.Call for release of inquiry findingsMeanwhile, Family First is calling on the Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett to release the findings of the independent ministerial inquiry into the case. Family First National Director Bob McCoskrie says “the excuse” for not releasing the report earlier was that the case was still in progress. With the guilty pleas of both parents, the Government can now release the report, and should do so immediately, he said. McCoskrie said Family First believes the report will show shortfalls in collaboration and information sharing between government-funded agencies, an insufficient response when there were so many “red flags”, limited resources, and failings in targeting at-risk families and “rotten” parents , McCoskrie said.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/guilty-plea-in-high-profile-child-abuse-case-4503083Father who tormented 9-year-old pleads guiltyNZ Herald 5 Nov 2011The father of a west Auckland girl found hiding in a cupboard after being subjected to months of torture and abuse has pleaded guilty to his part in her horrific ordeal… As a result of the case Social Development Minister Paula Bennett demanded a review and report on the girl’s care. That report has been presented to Ms Bennett, but she has yet to release the findings. She could not comment yesterday, saying it was inappropriate to speak about the case until after the girl’s parents had been sentenced. But advocacy group Family First wanted the report made public. “The excuse for not releasing the report earlier was that the case was still in progress. With the guilty pleas of both parents, the Government can now release the report, and they should do so immediately,” said national director Bob McCoskrie. Mr McCoskrie said the fact that the girl’s family had been involved with CYF, a family support agency, a registered ACC counsellor, a court-appointed psychologist, the child’s court-appointed lawyer and a child and youth mental health service was “ample proof that the ‘bottom-of-the-cliff’ approach” was not working.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10764004