first_imgAccording to the Vukovar Tourist Board, 351 cruisers with 50.000 foreign visitors arrived in Vukovar last year, which is an increase of 50% compared to the year before. As the collection of tourist tax for cruise ships is introduced from the second year, Vukovar should count on half a million revenues, which should be invested in tourist infrastructure. Vukovar expects half a million kuna in revenue from the tourist tax for cruisers RELATED NEWS: DUBROVNIK AND SPLIT HAVE DECIDED ON THE AMOUNT OF THE TOURIST FEE FOR CRUISEScenter_img At the 26th session of the City Council of the City of Vukovar at the end of last year, the City of Vukovar adopted the Decision on the amount of tourist tax for cruise ships. Thus, all ships with a capacity of 50 to 200 passengers as well as those with a capacity of 201 to 500 passengers from 2021 will pay a tourist tax in the same amount – 1.500 kuna.last_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrateful to motorist who helped after fallAs I was preparing to cross Route 236 after walking in the beautiful Halfmoon Town Park, I lost my balance and fell. I could not get up.A young man stopped his car and got me back on my feet. He helped me to his car and drove me back to my apartment about 2 minutes away.Age and illness are taking some of my independence away, but my heart is stronger today because of this wonderful act of kindness by a stranger. Thank you.Janet GlynnHalfmoon Country is in trouble if Trump doesn’t winIn response to Gary Philip Guido’s Oct. 20 letter (“Praying for Trump and his speedy trial”), you and the rest of the Democratic liberals are so off base.Did you want Hillary in there when she had our men killed. The deal she and Obama made with Iran was bad.I’m a 100 percent disabled World War II vet and can see what Trump is trying to do. You Democratic liberals should let him do what he said he would do if elected. I’m a good Democrat.The Democratic Party used to be a good party. They did what was good for the people and the country. Trump doesn’t need the money, he loves this country and is trying to protect us. What have you done for this country?This country is in trouble if he doesn’t get elected again. Freedom is not free.Vincent BelardoAlbanyRiggi, Perazzo serve all of city’s residentsMembers of the Schenectady City Council are ‘members-at-large,’ which means ‘as a whole,’ as opposed to divided into districts.Candidates are voted in to represent the best interests of all city residents.Having attended City Council meetings or watched the meetings on channel 1303 over many years, I am extremely impressed with two council members who are running for re-election.Leesa Perazzo and Vincent Riggi are the ultimate of what a ‘members-at-large’ City Council member strives to be and have shown their love and dedication for the city and its residents.Both return calls, listen attentively, attempt to resolve the concerns of residents (or instruct them where to go for answers), speak out for those who feel too intimidated to come forward, and ask for more time when deciding important issues (when deemed necessary).Leesa Perazzo has been to numerous neighborhoods bringing along groups of volunteers to clean up graffiti and garbage on multiple occasions. Both have shown the courage to think outside the box with innovative ideas.I believe that Mayor Gary McCarthy is pointing the city in a positive direction with new initiatives.      Flora L. RamonowskiSchenectadyOstrelich an honest, pragmatic legislatorI have known Michelle Ostrelich for about 12 years. When I met her, she was involved in many community organizations.Since I met her, she has played several important roles in the Schenectady community.She was an outstanding president of the local community center I belong to, a PTO member and president in Niskayuna, and most importantly a good, caring friend.Michelle has always been kind, compassionate and caring, but she is also pragmatic and honest.These are qualities that I would look for in a colleague, partner, friend, family member and most certainly elected representative I spent a day campaigning with her in her state Senate quest. We traveled hundreds of miles through Hamilton, Herkimer, Saratoga  and Fulton counties in one day.She knocked on lots of doors and met hundreds of citizens. She listened to their concerns and created a platform to best serve those constituents.Her pragmatic and ethical approach to life will serve Schenectady County well.Vote for Michelle Ostrelich for county legislator, Schenectady deserves her.Christopher OgnibeneNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

first_imgA proposal for a new set of figures to be reported by Swiss Pensionskassen has been rejected by the Swiss government for cost reasons.Two years ago, consultancy PPCmetrics was commissioned by the Swiss government to look into the financial figures currently reported by Swiss Pensionskassen.It was to determine whether these figures gave an indication of the true economic situation of a pension fund and which indicators might make their reports more comparable.The final report by PPCmetrics has now been published (see link below), and includes a proposal for new key figures to be reported by the Pensionskassen. The suggestion was that these would allow the supervisory authorities to devise a traffic-light system to identify and monitor those pension funds whose financial sustainability is compromised. However, the government has decided it will not make any new set of key figures mandatory.“For the government it is questionable whether the profit of a unified model would justify the costs,” it said in a press release.Lukas Riesen, partner at PPCmetrics, thought it was question of political will more than costs.“The government has decided against increased transparency,” he told IPE.He added: “The basic information for the figures we proposed is already being calculated by the pension funds – it would have been a simplification to concentrate on a few meaningful figures.”In their report PPCmetrics found that many figures currently reported by the pension funds were not really helpful.Current standard indicators like the funding level do not take into account the technical parameters applied to calculate it or the ratio of active to retired members in a fund.Riesen does not think any supervisory body will go against the government’s position by prescribing the use of the proposed new set of key indicators. “But the economic reality will force many pension funds to look at their true financial status,” he said.According to him many pension funds and also some supervisory authorities that are “taking risk management seriously” are already calculating economically true funding levels and other amended benchmark figures.“Our set of key figures takes a longer-term look at the financial situation of a pension fund both from the perspective of a provider as well as that of an active member,” he explained.Under current regulations pension funds are free to report funding levels based on any parameters they choose, but an economically true valuation would mean they have to report a lower funding level.,Supporting documents Click link to download and view these files PPC Metrics Feasibility Study (with English language summary)PDF, Size 1.49 mblast_img read more

first_img “But it would be three games winning on the trot before we would even consider ourselves being able to start to feel a little bit safe. “Even if we win the game at West Brom, it’s a nice start, it’s a good start, but we are still in that position.” It has been lost on no-one that, whatever happens this weekend, Allardyce, just like Paolo di Canio, Gus Poyet and Advocaat before him, will go head-to-head with arch-rivals Newcastle in his second game at the helm with each of his immediate predecessors having sampled derby victory after losing their opening fixture. But Allardyce said: “Looking forward to the Newcastle derby will be a lot easier, a lot better for me, if the lads can go out and get a result at West Brom.” The former West Ham boss has made little secret of his immediate intention to shore up a defence which has conceded 18 goals in its first eight league games, including two against the Hammers last time out as they surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw. Allardyce will be without suspended duo Sebastian Coates and Jeremain Lens for the clash with the Baggies, but a man who both played and coach on Wearside earlier in his career is relishing his first game. Asked how he would feel when he heads for the dug-out, Allardyce replied: “Very proud. For whatever has happened here, there have been 40,000 fans turning up at home – I think it’s the seventh-highest attendance in the league and in all fairness, they haven’t had too much to cheer about. “But they keep wanting to turn up and they keep wanting to support the team, and obviously I have got to try to make sure they go home happy from now on, make sure they come and look forward to the next game because they have seen us win.” Sam Allardyce admits it could take three successive wins for Sunderland to start feeling like they can drag themselves out of Barclays Premier League relegation trouble. Press Associationcenter_img The 60-year-old will send the team he inherited from Dick Advocaat out for the first time at West Brom on Saturday, when even a victory would only be the start for a team five points adrift of safety and without a win in their opening eight league games. Allardyce said: “Every game is enormous for us. We will have to be consistent, we will have to be resilient, we will have to be mentally tough in terms of believing in ourselves to try to get ourselves out of this position because in all honesty, winning three games on the trot is going to be very difficult for us. last_img read more