The Croatian Employers’ Association is disappointed with the hasty decision to increase the fee for renewable energy sources, which will increase the price of companies by as much as 15 percent.The increase in the price of electricity is a new blow to the economy and calls into question the sincerity of the Government’s announcements of its intention to reduce operating costs. Although HUP has repeatedly warned of the negative effect that rising electricity prices will have on operating costs and competitiveness of companies, demanding that fees for energy from renewable sources be introduced and increased gradually, the Ministry and Government ignored our warnings and suggestions.Apart from the new increase in costs, making this decision is also problematic from the aspect of predictability of business conditions. Again, conditions change from today to tomorrow without a reasonable deadline for preparations and adjustments. HUP does not question the obligation and need for energy production from renewable sources, but considers that the way in which Croatian governments have made relevant decisions in this regard is problematic.The new blow to the economy, whose VAT rates have not been reduced to dampen rising electricity prices, is not just a problem for employers but directly for citizens – without cost relief and further rising business costs, there is no room for wage increases, new investment and stronger economic growth.
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Phil HaighMonday 18 Nov 2019 10:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Harry Redknapp predicts Man Utd and Arsenal will miss out on Premier League top four Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Unai Emery are in a battle for a top four place (Picture: Getty Images)Harry Redknapp thinks the Premier League’s top four is already set, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all set to miss out on a Champions League spot this season.The top four of Liverpool, Leicester, Chelsea and Manchester City have already made a notable breakaway from the rest of the division.City, currently in fourth, are eight points clear of surprise package Sheffield United who are in fifth, level on points with Arsenal and one ahead of Manchester United.Spurs, who have managed a top four finish in each of the last four seasons, are 14th in the table after just three wins from 12 games so far this season and 11 points off the Champions League places.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Redknapp is more optimistic about Tottenham’s chances of a recovery than either United’s or Arsenal’s given their recent performances.‘Tottenham have it all on now to get in the top four this year,’ Redknapp wrote for the Sun.‘The only thing now in their favour is that Arsenal look so poor. Chelsea are doing great, they’re going to be challenging. Leicester are going to be bang in there.‘But you’re looking at Arsenal, and Manchester United, and wondering if they are going to make it this year.‘I can see both of those two not making the top four unless there is a big improvement.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s been a disappointing season so far for Spurs, I really thought they would be close to Manchester City and Liverpool and challenging.‘It’s difficult. The players haven’t hit the form they did last year. I’m a big fan of the manager and hopefully they can turn it around.’With Manchester City hosting Chelsea on Saturday, the chasing pack will see this weekend as a chance to gain ground on the current top four.Spurs go to West Ham in the early kick-off on Saturday, while Arsenal host Southampton that afternoon and Manchester United go to Sheffield United on Sunday in a big to overtake the Blades.The bookmakers agree with Redknapp’s assessment that the current top four are likely to remain in the Champions League spots, with Chelsea and Leicester both odds-on with Betfair for a top four finish.Arsenal and Tottenham are btoh 4/1 to crash the party, with Man Utd just behind at 5/1, while Sheffield United’s chances have been dismissed at 200/1.MORE: Arsenal target Denis Zakaria’s agent rules out January transfer for Gladbach starMORE: Matthew Upson reveals the two mistakes Unai Emery made after replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal
Anna Porter, principal of Suburbanite Advisory Group. Picture supplied. The first was high income earners in no hurry to have kids or with no desire to have them at all. Ms Porter said that demographic was primarily driven by lifestyle and wanted to be close to shops, restaurant and work, which explained why many of the suburbs with the highest number of DINKs in Brisbane were inner-city. “They’re earning good money and what they want is to just have a nice lifestyle, and that’s fair enough,” she said. The other demographic was made up of younger couples who planned to have kids in the near future and were more willing to compromise to get on the property ladder. “They’re more willing to compromise and get into an area that is more industrial and gentrifying,” Ms Porter said. “They’re still also driving prices up in areas that have traditionally been more industrial, more affordable, on the fringe, and people are getting priced out of these areas.”That might explain why more than 10 per cent of households are made up of DINKs in the outer suburb of Sumner, 14km southwest of Brisbane’s CBD, which is a mix of residential and industry.Even in Mount Cotton, which is 30km from the city centre, 9.5 per cent of households are made up of DINKs. Leonie and Peter Fitzgerald identify as a DINK (double-income, no kids) couple. Photo: AAP/Ric Frearson.FORGET empty nesters, there’s a new force to be reckoned with in Brisbane’s housing market. They are known as DINKs — double-income, no kids couples — and they are pushing up property prices in inner-city suburbs and gentrifying neighbourhoods across the city, according to new analysis of the 2016 Census. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Brisbane has developed a virtual ‘kid-free zone’ around its city centre, with nearly one in five couples cashed-up and childless in some suburbs, the research by comparison site, finder.com.au, reveals.The suburb with the highest number of DINKs per head of population is Teneriffe, just 2km from the CBD, which has 484 couples earning two full-time wages with no dependants.They make up a huge 17.3 per cent of couples in the neighbourhood. The majority of DINKs live close to Brisbane’s CBD.More than one in ten households in Morningside, Fortitude Valley and Albion also identify as ‘double income, no kids’.Bessie Hassan, money expert at finder.com.au, said DINKs were hard to compete with in the property market because they were cashed up and driven by location, which meant they could potentially push out some first home buyers. Social researcher Mark McCrindle.Social demographer Mark McCrindle said the window in which people identified as DINKs had gotten bigger as couples put off becoming parents for longer.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“Rising house prices just means that being a bit more financially stable and secure before the dependants come along is happening a lot later in life,” Mr McCrindle said.“You end up with a longer period of double income and no kids and demographically, there are more people in this category than ever before.“But it’s not a trend that can keep being pushed back because of the biological limits.”Mr McCrindle said house prices had grown at twice the rate of average wages in Brisbane over the past decade, which had also driven a rise in DINK couples.“The reality of rising house prices … is while one income could have attained the Aussie dream once, these days two incomes is pretty much required,” he said.“It’s really the only mainstream way to get a foothold in property these days for 20 somethings and even into your 30s.”Brisbane couple Leonie and Peter Fitzgerald consider themselves DINKs. The pair have lived in their own home in Bulimba — which is made up of nearly 10 per cent of double-income, no kids households — for the past three-and-a-half years and have enjoyed a lifestyle many would envy. Leonie and Peter Fitzgerald at their home in Bulimba, which has a high number of DINK (double-income, no kids) couples. Photo: AAP/Ric Frearson.Mrs Fitzgerald works full-time as a wealth and success coach and property investing expert, while her husband is a sports mindset coach.Together they earn above-average incomes, have a decent property portfolio and holiday overseas once a year.The only child they have at the moment is of the furry variety — a three-year-old rottweiler crossed with a staffy.“Ideally we’ll be blessed with kids,” Mrs Fitzgerald said.“Whatever happens, happens.”But lifestyle has always been important to them, which is why living in Bulimba is so appealing.“Before here, we lived in Bowen Hills, so we used to hang around New Farm,” Mrs Fitzgerald said. “Bulimba is kind of like New Farm — we just fell in love with it.“We like living close to the city because it’s really convenient … and we like the convenience of being able to walk down to have breakfast on the weekend with the dog.”BRISBANE’S DINK SUBURBS Suburb Number of DINK households % of DINKs Average dual incomeTeneriffe 484 17.3% $199,645Newstead 163 13.6% $188,375Morningside 519 11.0% $163,407Fortitude Valley 418 10.8% $159,893Sumner 24 10.8% $126,595Albion 125 10.8% $157,902Gordon Park 188 10.0% $167,194Petrie Terrace 51 10.0% $178,500Bulimba 282 9.9% $199,464Hamilton 342 9.6% $167,413Nundah 583 9.6% $150,569Lutwyche 164 9.5% $159,165Red Hill 229 9.5% $190,737Kangaroo Point 392 9.5% $175,533Mount Cotton 229 9.5% $146,079Gaythorne 135 9.3% $146,879Greenslopes 387 9.3% $155,050Holland Park West 245 9.2% $172,483Paddington 334 9.1% $188,110Virginia 82 9.1% $173,676(Source: finder.com.au; abs.gov.au) Homes in Teneriffe, Brisbane, which has the highest number of DINKs in the city.That’s three times the Queensland average of 5.5 per cent dual-income, childless couples.The typical dual-income-no-kids household in Teneriffe earns a whopping $198,645 per year — much more than the median income in the suburb of $127,972. That’s even higher than the top earning DINK suburb in Sydney, which is Erskineville on $198,177.No wonder Teneriffe has the highest median house price in Brisbane at $2.51 million. HONEY BADGER LOSES BACHELOR PAD HOME FETCHES $2M ABOVE MEDIAN MEGA MANSION PRICE DROP Finder.com.au money expert Bessie Hassan.“An affluent demographic can greatly influence property price growth for both houses and units in a given area,” Ms Hassan said.“Often if suburbs have residents with high disposable incomes, this will drive up property prices as they’re willing to pay a premium for real estate. “Areas with a high number of DINK couples may also attract new businesses, amenities and infrastructure projects to the area which can lift local property prices.” Suburbanite Advisory Group principal and property valuer Anna Porter said there were often two core demographics within the DINK category.
Russia’s shipping company Sovcomflot returned to black in the fourth quarter of 2018, driven by improving tanker rates.For the quarter ended December 31, 2018, the company’s profit reached USD 11.9 million, bouncing back from a loss of USD 106.2 million reported in the same period a year earlier. EBITDA surged by 21.2 percent to USD 166.1 million in the quarter, up from USD 137.1 million.Gross revenue was up by 10.4 percent to USD 413.4 million, compared to USD 374.7 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2017, while time charter equivalent revenue grew by 10.6 percent to USD 300.7 million from USD 272 million year-on-year.Although 2018 proved to be a second consecutive challenging year for the tanker industry, with trading conditions remaining extremely difficult and the spot rates well below their historical averages, there was a visible rebound in freight rates in the Q4. The change reflected a balancing between tanker supply and demand, following a sustained period of tanker fleet removals and an increase in crude oil demand from Asian refiners in particular.For the full year 2018, the company managed to shrink its net loss to USD 45.6 million, compared to a net loss of USD 113 million reported in 2017. Full year revenue was up by 5.9 percent to USD 1.51 billion from a revenue of USD 1.43 billion seen in the previous year.“Looking forward, we remain firmly committed to growing our industrial businesses and this will be central to SCF Group strategy through to 2025. Whilst our conventional tanker fleet swung into profit in Q4 2018, it was insufficient to offset the impact of the dire tanker markets experienced by the industry as a whole in the first half of the year. The outlook for 2019 remains positive and our performance in Q1 2019 has exceeded expectations,” Sergey Frank, President and CEO of Sovcomflot, said.
This, Manikan added, is the reason forexistence of a civil action for declaration of nullity of marriage based onalleged lack of authority of the solemnizing officer as provided under theCivil Code of the Philippines, the Family Code of the Philippines, and the 1997revised Rules of Court. Responding to the show cause order ofMayor Jerry Treñas on the registration of alleged fake marriages, Manikan saidthe “white paper” in the city chief executive’s possession was “spurious,fictitious and clearly manufactured…masquerading as a letter-complaint.” According to Manikan, giving attentionto the “white paper” is a form of “harassment, oppression, misconduct, abuseand a violation of the appropriate provisions of Republic Acts No. 3019(Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices) and No. 6713 (Code of Conduct and EthicalStandards for Public Officials and Employees). He also reiterated that his duty atthe CCRO to register all certificates of marriage presented is “ministerial.” He described what Treñas had as a merescrap of paper not deserving of the mayor’s attention nor a response from himas that would tantamount to requiring a government employee to submit averified answer to a hearsay. ILOILO City – There is no basis toimpose disciplinary action on him, according to Local Civil Registrar RomeoCaesar Manikan Jr. “It must also be stressed sir, that itis elementary in law and jurisprudence, and among legal practitioners,including yourself, that sanctions for celebrating marriages without theappropriate authority are directed at the person committing the said acts, andnot upon the undersigned, the personnel and/or staff, of the CCRO,” Manikanstressed. * no supporting documents / evidenceof any kind The issuance of the show cause order,stressed, did not comply with and/or violate the mandatory and expressprovisions of law and jurisprudence on entertaining anonymous complaints./PN * not signed by any living person(certainly, the signature does not officially exist) “Thus, such ‘white paper’ does notmerit due course,” said Manikan. * impossible to establish the veracityof any statement He also stressed that in law,marriages / certificates of marriage / marriage contracts / licenses arepresumed valid and accorded the presumption of regularity of official functionsby public officers, “not just during the solemnization and recording thereof,but likewise, during the registration thereof with the CCRO.” * there are no specifics as, but notlimited, to which marriages were being referred to, who were the parties, howmany marriages, what were the dates, who received it at the CCRO (City CivilRegistry Office), and numerous other details * personal knowledge of the sender hasnot been/cannot be established “It certainly did not warrant the kindof attention of a very busy city mayor, much more the issuance of a show causeorder,” read part of Manikan’s response to Treñas. * hearsay/speculation Dated July 1, 2019 from a certain“Juan Dela Cruz”, the “white paper” asked the mayor’s office to investigateManikan. According to the complainant, therewas connivance between certain city hall employees and Hall of Justiceemployees to make money from fake marriages (unauthorized solemnizing officer). Manikan argued he could not even beconsidered a “respondent” because there was no valid complaint filed. * the complainant’s identity could notbe ascertained to a reasonable degree The complainant further claimed:“These marriages have not registered through the marriage bureau of the Hall ofJustice, and has not paid the solemnization fee required.” He pointed out that the complaint waseven “absurdly signed” with a “patently fictitious and ridiculously whimsicalsignature composed of three stars and a sun.” * not verified or sworn/under oath He listed the following “fatal flaws”of the complaint: Clearly, according to Manikan, itshould be dismissed outright even as he denied the allegations raised.
Franklin County, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin slide stabilization efforts on Monday, November 13 on U.S. 52 in Franklin County. For the next four weeks traffic restrictions are expected between Cedar Grove and New Trenton.Trucks and over-sized vehicles will be detoured onto State Road 46 during the project. Temporary signals will be installed, reducing traffic to one-way within the project limits.Geostabilization International will be installing strategically placed 30-foot-long soil nails in the slope.
Ripley, County, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jim Black and Nancy Durham have been named to the Ripley County Community Foundation Board of Directors.“Both Jim and Nancy bring a unique set of skills to the Board which will assist RCCF in its quest to be good stewards of the charitable assets under our administration and to ensure our grants are impactful,” said Amy Streator, executive director of the Ripley County Community Foundation.The Ripley County Community Foundation is a unique nonprofit because it was created by citizens from all areas of Ripley County and the board of directors continues to be composed of residents representing all corners of the county.Black is the founder and president of Eagle3 Resource Group, LLC and resides in Delaware with his wife, Debi.“I appreciate and welcome the opportunity to join a team of dedicated individuals that is committed to making a difference in our community,” Black said. “Having been raised in Ripley County and living a large part of my adult life here, I relish the opportunity to contribute to this community in a more meaningful way. I want to thank the Ripley County Community Foundation for placing their confidence in me to help with the many noble causes it serves.”Durham resides in Osgood with her husband Sam and is retired from the South Ripley Community School Corporation. Her family created the Unsung Hero Scholarship in honor of her mother as a way to seal her legacy of giving to others and caring for others.“Although I am not a Ripley County native, this place truly is my home,” Durham said. “My heart is here in these rolling hills. I worked here for 38 years (and more even in retirement), I met my husband here, and I raised my two daughters here. My mother instilled many positive qualities in me, but the one I most cherish is her strong challenge to “give back” to those who have supported and encouraged me. There are many of those people around Ripley County, so I feel privileged to carry their dreams with me as I contribute my time and whatever talents I have to the Ripley County Community Foundation.”
Jonathan Sexton has been taken by surprise to hear that long-time rival Ronan O’Gara will be his coach at Racing Metro. Press Association But the Ireland and Leinster fly-half insisted he is looking forward to working with O’Gara when he moves to Paris next season. O’Gara, 36, has turned down the offer of a contract extension with Munster to take up a two-year deal as kicking and half-backs coach with the wealthy French club. Sexton told RTE Sport: “I thought he’d go for another season with Munster. I thought they’d want to hold on to him. But if he does come over with me it will be great, someone to help me settle in and someone I can fall back on who has a lot of experience.” He added: “I don’t know what his role exactly is, we’ll have to sit down and have a talk. We’ve developed a really good friendship over the last few years. Obviously we didn’t get off on the best note, but we’ve had a really strong relationship and I really look forward to working with him.” O’Gara won 128 caps for Ireland, toured with the British and Irish Lions on three occasions and won two Heineken Cup titles with Munster in a glittering 16-year career. He told Sky Sports: “It’s really, really difficult to leave it behind but there’s a natural cycle to everything and I kind of feel now that I’ve achieved a lot. I’d love to play on but you have to be realistic. I’m going to do the best I can as a coach. “It’s probably a good time to go, I’ve experienced every emotion in the game and after beating Harlequins (in the Heineken Cup quarter-final) and then having a difficult day against Clermont (in the semi-final) it felt like it was a good time to leave.” Irish Rugby Football Union chief executive Philip Browne hailed O’Gara as an “iconic figure” and singled out his drop goal that won Ireland the 2009 Grand Slam as “arguably his finest hour”. A statement released by Munster confirming O’Gara’s playing retirement said his contribution for the province would never be bettered. “Munster’s most decorated player, O’Gara’s been capped 240 times in a career that began in August 1997 and saw him steer Munster to Irish Interprovincial, Celtic League, Celtic Cup, Magners League and two Heineken cup titles. He scored a record 2,625 points, including 1,365 Heineken Cup points to become the all time leading points scorer in that competition, a feat unlikely to be surpassed.”
GUYANA finished with three bronze medals in the team competition of this year’s Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation Mini & Pre-Cadet Championships, after finishing with bronze in the Boys 11 years-and-under, and Boys 13 years-and-under categories, at the event being held in Kingston, Jamaica.The Under-11 Boys’ team, comprising Krystian Sahadeo, Dhanesh Persaud, Colin Wong and Alexander De Abreu, secured 3-0 wins against Trinidad and the Jamaica ‘B’ teams. However, losses against the Jamaica- A team and the Dominican Republic Boys left the Guyanese in third.The promising Sahadeo opened the boys’ bid in the match against Trinidad, winning 3-0 (11-9, 11-6, 11-3) against Sameer Ali.Persaud followed, dropping just one set against Sachin Ramsumair. After conceding the first set 11-13 to Ramsumair, Persaud rebounded with two successive 11-7 sets, then closing off the final game without dropping any points.Next up to the table, De Abreu faced Gabriel John to also take a 3-1 (11-2, 11-8, 10-12, 11-2) win, and close off an opening victory for Guyana.Against the Jamaica-B team, once again a another straight game match against Brian Blake with a 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 margin.Persaud took down Aji Francis in similar fashion ending 11-1, 11-3, 11-9. Replacing De Abreu in this match was Wong, who also had straight games after beating Elijah Moore 11-3, 11-8, 11-9.The Guyana team’s winning streak was broken when Persaud went under against Jamaica’s Azizi Johnson. Sahadeo avenged his team mate with a win against Matthew Fung 11-5, 11-4, 11-6.However, the team sustained another loss when Wong fought valiantly but failed, 3-2 (11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 9-11, 7-11). Sahadeo folded 3-0 against Azizi to end it for Guyana.Against Dominican Republic Sahadeo lost 1-3 (3-11, 5-11, 11-9, 3-11) against Eduardo Darley; Persaud was defeated by Ramon Vila (6-11, 5-11, 8-11). Wong was able to serve up a tough 3-2 win against Yoel Mendonza. But it would be over for the boys after Sahadeo lost 3-0 to Vila.In the Boys 13-and-under category, Guyana were placed in Group two along with Jamaica A, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St Lucia, scoring 3- 0 wins against all three countries to make it into the semi-final round.The team comprised Kaysan Ninvalle, Isaiah Layne, Jonathan van Lange. In the semi-final the Boys lost 3-0 against the Dominican Republic, who won the competition overall. Guyana shared third place with the Jamaica-A team.Guyana also teamed up with St Vincent to form a Mixed team that participated in the Girls 13-and-under team competition, finishing fourth after prevailing over the Jamaica B team.