Minister Cappelli visited the XX Congress of Croatian Hotel Entrepreneurs organized by the UPUHH association and participated in a panel discussion “Political Hour” which aimed to generate proposals for long-term plans for tourism. In addition to Minister Cappelli, the panel discussion was attended by Dr. sc. Martina Dalić, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia and Minister of the Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts; Tomislav Boban, State Secretary at the Ministry of State Property; Kristjan Staničić, Director of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board and Zdravko Zrinušić, Assistant Minister of Finance and Director of the Tax Administration.Deputy Prime Minister Martina Dalić assessed that Croatia’s attractiveness contributes to the success of tourism, that tourism is a healthy business and that next year, due to the expectation of a series of laws related to strategic investments, investment incentives and tourist land, some tourism problems could be solved more easily. investments and successful results. She told hoteliers to pay attention to the quality of the offer and services, and she also believes that it would be good for Croatia to have more global hotel brands. She announced that the Ministry of Economy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, and related to EU funds, will consider publishing calls for investments in tourism on the continent up to 100 million kuna, which would be good for Slavonia, for example. “We will not be enslaved to square footage but to quality, and we will do everything on deregulation and decentralization through changes in tourism laws. Next year we will certainly have a stronger pre- and post-season than this year, while in July and August we can expect similar results as this year, which means a large number of tourists. “, Cappelli said.Photo: MintAssistant Minister of Finance and Director of the Tax Administration Zdravko Zrinušić believes that more order should be introduced and the inspection of renting accommodation should be strengthened, and that tourism, in addition to VAT, should be met with other measures, such as reducing corporate income tax. Ronald Korotaj said that the current VAT rate of 25 percent for catering is not competitive and that hoteliers and the entire tourism have not felt much benefit from tax reforms.State Secretary for State Property Tomislav Boban explained that the new law on tourist land should help dispose of that land and stronger investments, while Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli pointed out that by 2020, if this pace continues, we will approach the planned investments in tourism of seven billion euros. He also announced the (re) categorization of family accommodation with the aim of increasing its quality and better market positioning.
SUNMAN, Ind.– Ripley County dispatchers indicate horseplay may be to blame for one man suffering injuries in Sunman early Tuesday morning.They say two men got into some sort of scuffle leading to emergency units being called to the scene around 12:30 a.m.One man was airlifted to a Cincinnati hospital and his identity and condition was not immediately released.
Students gathered outside Tommy Trojan on Wednesday afternoon to raise awareness about violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and to petition the university to release a statement against conflict minerals, which are mined under conditions of conflict or human rights abuse. The event was sponsored by Jewish World Watch and the Political Student Assembly and organized by USC STAND Against Genocide.Conflict-Free ’SC · Sophia Geanacopoulos, a sophomore majoring in international relations, paints a banner during the “Come Out for Congo” rally, which took place on Wednesday, March 12, in Hahn Plaza. – Hailey Sayegh | Daily TrojanEthnic tensions and violence over land disputes have been responsible for the uprooting of millions of lives in the Congo region for decades, yet details about the scope and depth of the conflict are still unknown to the general public.“There is still a serious gap between the severity of the conflict and the knowledge that we have about it here,” said Francesca Bessey, the administrative director of USC STAND. “A lot of people simply don’t know that there is a conflict, that millions of people have been killed either through violence or displacement.”Bessey said the goal of the petition was not to shame companies, but was instead meant as “positive reinforcement” to encourage companies to be aware of the conflict and their actions shaping it. The petition asks USC to release a statement certifying that the campus is conflict mineral-free as well as to express support for the conflict-free business initiatives already underway.“Our unique power is that we are students at universities, which are big name consumers and investors, so we do have influence over the business world, particularly if this happens in conjugation with other universities,” she said.Students at the rally said it was important for people to be aware of the issue so that they could be more mindful about the statement their purchases were making.“Consumers are indirectly helping fund this conflict, so it’s not like other international issues where you feel like you can’t do that much — your purchasing choices have a direct influence,” said Erica Behrens, a sophomore majoring in international relations.Not all students, however, were supportive of the rally’s efforts. Sneha Chug, a freshman majoring in business administration who travels frequently to the DRC, warned against making sweeping generalizations about the Congo, saying that such blanket statements cloud the issue and hurt indigenous business. She stressed the conflict is mostly limited to the eastern region of the country, where a shared border with Rwanda has created tensions that frequently result in violence.“The issue is that around the world they are declaring the entire country, and preventing trade with the entire country,” Chug said. “So essentially you’re hurting the north, south, west and central portions of the country.”Chug also said that though there are illegitimate mining operations in the country, there are also legal operations that provide gainful employment that are being hurt by negative press and sanctions arising from the labeling of the country as a conflict zone.“I have no problem with increasing accountability, but with an understanding that increased accountability leads to either increased costs or corruption,” she said.Bessey said that USC STAND is not advocating a boycott of all mineral imports from the Congo, but rather a redirectment of foreign investment away from conflict mines to legitimate operations so that the people of the Congo get a share of the wealth generated from their natural resources.She said several organizations in the DRC have been working to establish and implement a certification process for mines to determine which are legitimate and conflict-free. Investment could then be directed toward these mines, ensuring that business remains within the DRC.“The problem is that the legitimate businesses don’t have financial support right now, because many companies are still in business with the warlords,” Bessey said. “This may increase costs in the short term, but once violence stops being profitable, the market will correct itself.”
Julia Erickson | Daily TrojanEducational review · U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. held a roundtable discussion about various issues in the educational system at USC Rossier School of Education on Wednesday. afternoon.U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. visited USC’s Rossier School of Education Wednesday to discuss issues facing the nation’s education system, such as inadequate teacher preparation and lack of diversity,The roundtable discussion also included Karen Symms Gallagher, dean of the Rossier School of Education, Ted Mitchell, under secretary of education and multiple Los Angeles Unified School District teachers.The roundtable began with panelists pointing out holes in a federal education bill passed by the Senate on Dec. 9 2015, which gave significant power to states and local districts. While the legislation’s goal was to increase innovation by allowing the local governments to pinpoint issues within their community, many believe that state governments are still not doing enough. For example, King explained that the teachers are often not adequately prepared for the challenges associated with diverse classrooms.“Historically, information collected with teacher preparation programs has been at a surface level,” King said. “We haven’t necessarily gotten the information that teacher preparation programs need for continuous improvement.” Several teachers explained that the main difficulties stem from a broken system of supply and demand. Educators often want to teach in “easier,” or more appealing settings, as they do not have a strong support system or safety net after completing training. As a result, public school systems end up lacking teachers willing to teach STEM and higher-level courses, and have an overabundance of teachers willing to teach first through fifth grade. Teachers are also less willing to teach in low-income neighborhoods, leading to a deficit of teachers in areas like downtown Los Angeles. “We have significant equity gaps around access to effective teachers,” King said. “Too often, it’s our low income students and students of color, our English learners who have the least access to effective teachers even though they need that the most.”Mitchell said that the Department of Education planned this trip to Los Angeles because California is the most populated state in the country, and he hopes that understanding California’s educational system will help the federal government be more responsive to educational needs in different states.“We are in California because one in 10 teachers in America teach in the state of the California, so getting it right is a big deal,” Mitchell said. “Not only because of the numbers, but also because America is always being invented day in and day out in the state of California, whether that’s technology, demographics or cultural expression.”Gallagher said that the Department of Education hopes to further use technology to collect data that will support teachers. She emphasized that data is important because it starts conversations, and when it is sent back to states, governmental organizations are able to be more responsive to state educational needs. “We need to have principals. We need to have current teachers working with us so that we get feedback on our students and graduates,” Gallagher said. “And that’s where the data piece is so important. LAUSD and USC have data about the effectiveness of our graduates, and we know what they see we need to do more. Data is a way to start that conversation.”