Craft bakers hold off on passing on VAT increase

first_imgCraft bakers are waiting until spring to put up prices, fearing a VAT rise could jeopardise trade during the toughest time of the year. Although many don’t sell that many VAT-rated products, such as hot takeaway food, the hike to 20% would compound a patchy Christmas nationwide.Chatwins won’t put prices up in its coffee lounges until Easter, said chairman Edward Chatwin: “January wouldn’t be the best time to do it so we’ll lose that margin for the next few months.”And Price & Sons in Ludlow plans to wait until its annual price rise when ingredient costs go up.Eat-in food in Scottish bakery Ashers’ cafés as well as some takeaway products in its retail shops will be affected, said MD Alister Asher: “January and February are usually quieter, so we plan to hold prices for a couple of months and will move them when things pick up in March.”Paul Clark, of Phat Pasty, said the VAT increase was hitting it hard as the firm sells lots of hot products such as soup, bacon rolls and breakfast products. “We haven’t passed those price increases onto our customers yet. Obviously it will impact on margin but we’re currently absorbing those costs into the business,” said Clark.More than 70% of small firms expect the VAT rise to have a negative impact on their business, according to a member survey by the Federation of Small Businesses. However, small bakery outfits such as kitchen table cupcake makers might be able to escape the increase, because self-employed people with a turnover excluding VAT under £150,000 can register for a flat-rate scheme with HM Revenue & Customs and pay a fixed rate of tax which is considerably lower than the standard 20%.last_img read more

Press release: Government’s response to the Taylor review of modern working practices

first_imgThe Low Pay Commission (LPC) welcomes the Government’s response to the Taylor review of modern working practicesBryan Sanderson, Chair of the Low Pay Commission said:The LPC’s view has always been that ‘good work’ is relevant to all workplaces, irrespective of earnings or hours worked, and we were pleased to see this set out in the Taylor review. In particular we supported the review’s highlighting of practices for some low-paid workers, which in some cases result in one-way flexibility benefiting only the employer.As such, we welcome the Government’s response to the review and look forward to considering the potential of a premium rate of the National Minimum Wage, as well as other possible solutions to the issue of one-sided flexibility. We will use our experience, knowledge, and analysis and work with our stakeholders to provide evidence-based advice to the Government.We are particularly pleased that the Government has committed to implementing the recommendation on payslips that we made in our Spring 2016 Report. This required employers to provide hourly-paid staff with a payslip that clearly states the number of hours they are being paid for. Government has gone further than this, extending the right to payslip to all workers, not just employees. This will make these rights easier to both communicate and understand and therefore aid complianceNotes:1. The Low Pay Commission is an independent body made up of employers, trade unions and experts whose role is to advise the Government on the minimum wage. The National Living Wage is the legally binding pay floor for workers aged 25 and over. The other minimum wage rates comprise: the 21-24 Year Old Rate, the 18-20 Year Old Rate, the 16-17 Year Old Rate and the Apprentice Rate.2. The LPC’s remit prescribes different requirements in relation to the NLW than for the four other bands of the minimum wage. For the NLW we are asked to make recommendations on the pace of increase towards a target: an ‘ambition…that it should continue to increase to reach 60 per cent of median earnings by 2020, subject to sustained economic growth’. For the other rates we are asked to ‘help as many low-paid workers as possible without damaging their employment prospects’.3. Our full recommendations for April 2018 and underpinning analysis were published in our 19th report. The rationale for our recommendations is also included in a letter from the LPC Chair to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.Press enquiries8th Floor Fleetbank House 2-6 Salisbury SquareLondonEC4Y 8JXEmail [email protected] 020 7211 8772Out of hours 07720 212676Share this pageShare on Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more

STS9 Is Offering A Free Download Of Their Fall Tour Opener In Minneapolis

first_imgJust a week ago, STS9 hit the famed Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis, MN to kick off an extensive fall tour. The band just released a new album, The Universe Inside, and has been bringing the heat at live shows played across the country!The tour opener was no exception, as STS9 opened with “Give & Take” and brought out a ton of classic tunes throughout the night. They even found time to break from “World Go Round” and play “1999,” covering Prince in his home state of Minnesota. A fitting tribute, and a highlight of the show.With more tour dates coming up soon, the band is getting fans excited by offering up a free download of this show. Just click this link to automatically start the download, and check out the full setlist below.Setlist: STS9 at the Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis, MN – 10/20/16SET I: Give & Take, Moon Socket, Orbital, Summit, Vapors, Rent, When The Dust Settles Reprise, World Go Round>>1999>>World Go RoundSET II: Out Of This World. Lo Swaga, Hidden Hand Hidden Fist > Glogli > Instantly, What Is Love?, Awesome feat. Cool Kids (STS9 remix) > The Unquestionable Supremacy of NatureEncore: Mobsters > Surreality > EBlast_img read more

Susan Burton wins 2010 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award

first_imgThe Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School has named criminal justice system activist Susan Burton this year’s recipient of the Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award for her work empowering formerly incarcerated women to reenter society, maintain their sobriety, and reunite with their children. The award and $125,000 prize, bestowed biannually to a leader who has “struggled to correct social injustice,” will be presented to Burton at a ceremony in Cambridge on Tuesday, Oct. 12.A former inmate and drug abuser who served six prison terms over the course of two decades, Burton founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project (ANWOL) in 1998. Today the organization operates five homes in the Los Angeles area. Of the 500 women who have sought shelter in these homes in the past 12 years, 75 percent of them have remained drug- and alcohol-free for at least 18 months, 400 have been discharged from parole, and 150 have been reunited with their children. In addition, more than 700 have had their records expunged thanks to ANWOL’s legal advocacy services.“I am honored to be chosen for such a prestigious award,” said Burton. “I know the importance of receiving help to heal from the experience of incarceration, and I am delighted to be able to assist those who need it the most. I also must acknowledge that there have been so many along the way who have helped me to help others—I didn’t do this alone.”Casey Otis-Cote, associate director of CPL’s Gleitsman Program in Leadership for Social Change, observed: “As someone who was once caught up in the ‘prison industrial complex,’ Susan learned firsthand that willpower and determination alone are not sufficient to escape the cycle of entrapment that often accompanies incarceration—drug treatment, therapy, advocacy, and legal advocacy must be part of the solution. ANWOL is unique in the Los Angeles area for this range of structural supports that it makes available to women leaving prison.“And thanks to her involvement in wider circles of education and policy making,” Otis-Cote continued, “Susan is changing the way that former prisoners are perceived and treated—and in the process creating a cadre of engaged citizens who understand the forces that led to their predicament and have the tools to transform their lives. She is the consummate grassroots change agent.”See event information on Harvard Kennedy School website.last_img read more

Oscar winner Matt Damon on his Harvard years

first_imgActor Matt Damon, former Harvard College student and recipient of the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, talks of his time on campus, his lifelong desire to be an actor, and how a College playwriting course assignment later turned into the Academy Award-winning screenplay for “Good Will Hunting.” Damon is nominated for an Emmy for his performance in HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra.”last_img

The power of babble

first_imgWhat do babies need in order to learn and thrive? One thing is conversation — responsive, back-and-forth communication with their parents and caregivers. This interactive engagement is like food for their developing brains, nurturing language acquisition, early literacy, school readiness, and social and emotional well-being.A dispiriting number of children don’t get that kind of brain-fueling communication, research suggests. In early childhood policy (and in the wider media), much attention has been paid to the so-called word gap — findings that show that low-income children hear 30 million fewer words, on average, and have less than half the vocabulary of upper-income peers by age three. But putting that alarming number in the spotlight obscures a more critical component of the research, says Harvard Graduate School of Education literacy expert Meredith Rowe: It’s not so much the quantity of words but the quality of talk that matters most to a child’s development.In a commentary published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, Rowe joins forces with Boston Medical Center pediatrician Barry Zuckerman to offer specific guidance to pediatricians and parents about just what kind of talk is most important, and at what ages and stages in a child’s growth. Rowe and Zuckerman (who launched Reach Out and Read, an early childhood literacy program that provides books to children at pediatric visits) are collaborating across disciplines to reach an often elusive audience: parents of infants and toddlers around the age of three, who haven’t yet started preschool.Good talk, early “Parents should not get the wrong message and be stressed out about talking all the time or meeting a set number of words per day,” Rowe and Zuckerman note. “Instead they should focus on finding time for even brief high-quality, loving interactions.”Here’s what that looks like at different ages.Birth–6 months: Responsive “motherese”Effective communication during these early months is infant-directed speech, colloquially called “motherese.” This is the retinue of exaggerated sounds and facial expressions that parents use to gain their infants’ focused attention. (Regular adult speech doesn’t capture infants’ attention; neither does speech on television.) When parents respond warmly to an infant’s babbling, they set the stage for language learning — and create a bond that lays the groundwork for resiliency.6–18 Months: Babies as language spongesInfants’ receptive vocabulary — words they can understand — increases dramatically now; they can point to their nose about six months before they can say “nose.” They learn best from social interactions with caregivers that focus on the here and now — on real objects or bright pictures of an object. Gesturing — especially pointing (and naming) — is key in this stage.18–36 Months: Upping the anteAs verbal and cognitive skills develop, parents can begin to have more challenging conversations with their toddlers. Asking “what” and “where” questions, taking turns in conversation, and using more and different words are essential during this period.36 Months and older: Beyond the presentAt this age, children learn most from conversations about the past and the future. Parents can begin to build their child’s storytelling skills, talking about what happened first and what came later — even recording a child’s play on a smartphone and then asking the child to describe what’s happening. At this age, ask challenging “why” and “how” questions, and answer a child’s questions with clear explanations.Additional resourcesHow to lay the groundwork for your child’s vocabulary growth.How to build knowledge and literacy by focusing first on talking.last_img read more

Artist explores racial injustice through monologues

first_imgAs part of the annual Margaret M. Hill Endowed Visiting Artist performance, Anna Deavere Smith gave a lecture and performance titled “From Rodney King to Michael Brown: The Narrative of Ferguson,” in which she performed monologues from her first play, “Twilight: Los Angeles,” and her most recent project on the school-to-prison pipeline — the practices that push at-risk youth out of schools and into the criminal justice system.Professor of Theatre Katie Sullivan introduced Smith. She said Smith was the first visiting artist when the endowment began in 2006, so it was appropriate to invite her back for the 10th anniversary, especially in light of recent racial tensions in America.“As we have watched our country struggle with racial division and inequality once again these last two years — from Ferguson to Baltimore, and Cleveland, and then Chicago — it seemed a good time to hear from [Smith] again,” Sullivan said. “She has the wonderful capacity to engage in conversations and ultimately to listen carefully to everyone as she carves out space for us to understand each other on complex and distressing national issues that involve us all politically, racially and culturally.”Smith said she travels around the country and interviews different people who were involved in or who witnessed different racial injustices.“My grandfather told me when I was a girl, ‘If you say a word often enough, it becomes,’” Smith said. “For the last many years, I’ve been going around America with a tape recorder trying to become America word for word by repeating what people say and putting myself in other people’s words, the way you would put yourself in someone else’s shoes.”Smith said the excerpts from her plays focused on law enforcement and education. She said she would perform pieces from her play from 1992 and from her most recent play to show how tensions have not necessarily changed over the years.“One of the things that plagues America from time to time is the relationship between law enforcement and individuals,” Smith said. “ … We also haven’t really gotten over the sort of chasm between social classes and races, which means some people are left outside of opportunity.”According to Smith, her first play focused on the riots that ensued after the killing of Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers was captured on film and spread worldwide. Similarly, her most recent play focuses on the riots that ensued after the killing of Freddie Gray by Baltimore police officers was captured with a smartphone camera and broadcasted to the world. Smith performed as Stanley Sheinbaum, Elaine Young, Cornel West, Keith Godfrey, Kevin Moore and Michael Tubbs — all people she had interviewed — to illustrate the experiences of people who have been pushed to the edges of society.“I want to look at this because it’s sort of remarkable that it keeps happening,” Smith said. “The question is: Are there things that we here in this room … can do in our own lives to keep things from happening?”She said her performances are not about the police officers, citing a speech by President Barack Obama in which he said fixing the problem does not start with trying to fix the officers.“This is really a problem of poverty,” Smith said. “It’s a problem of who is left behind. The cops in many ways are here for all of us — including me — to protect us against the possibility that those who are disenfranchised will harm us, our property or our loved ones. They are in the trenches to protect us, so we need to get it together and do something about this gap that we have.”Tags: Anna Deavere Smith, Ferguson, Margaret M. Hill Endowed Visiting Artist, race, Rodney Kinglast_img read more

Speaker Smith ultimatum to lawmakers: Stick with the program

first_imgby Anne Galloway on March 11, 2011 Whether you’re talking about your household checking account or the state General Fund, the math can be boiled down to a simple subtraction problem: revenues ‘ expenses = X.In good years X equals surpluses; for the last four years, that X has been a negative number in the many millions at the beginning of the state budgeting process. This year the figure in red represents 12 percent of the state’s budget, or about $176 million. In this legislative session, there is no Uncle Sam at the ready to bail out states with fistfuls of ready cash. In fact, the old man may have empty pockets next year and leave us with a new deficit problem caused by significant reductions in programs like the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (that federal cut would amount to $14 million if it goes through).In order to resolve this year’s budget gap, Gov. Peter Shumlin has proposed an austere budget that would cut $43.8 million from the Agency of Human Services and raise $30 million in new taxes on medical providers. He has refused to consider using budget stabilization funds (rainy day money) or raising ‘broad-based’ taxes, i.e. income taxes, to soften the blow to programs for the elderly, developmentally disabled and mentally ill.Despite public pressure and internal rumblings in the General Assembly, it appears that Sen. John Campbell, president pro tem of the Senate, and House Speaker Shap Smith have locked arms with the governor on the no new taxes pledge. When Campbell and Smith stood in front of 1,000 people who gathered in front of the Statehouse to protest the human services cuts on Wednesday, neither leader offered much comfort in the way of promises to restore the cuts. Smith, for example, told the activists he wouldn’t make promises he couldn’t keep.Several Progressive members of the General Assembly meanwhile are pressing for taxes on the wealthy to ameliorate the worst of the reductions in state spending. The Democratic leadership, however, is doggedly singing the familiar refrain: ‘We can’t tax our way out of this.’It was in this light that Speaker Smith issued an ultimatum to the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday: Stick with the program.Smith made an appearance in front of the committee to reinforce party discipline. He asked lawmakers to accept the governor’s budget, as is, and to refrain from the temptation to raise income taxes or place a levy on sugar-sweetened beverages.He argued that the governor’s budget already raises a significant amount of revenue ‘ $30 million in new health care provider taxes.‘The budget does not balance if we do not have $30 million in new revenues,’ Smith said. ‘The scope of what the governor has proposed is a good direction to go in.’The speaker then ticked off a list of talked-about taxation options he said ‘I think we should avoid.’ At the top? A sugar-sweetened beverage tax. ‘It’s not that I don’t believe it’s appropriate at some point and time,’ Smith said. He told the committee it would make more sense to levy a tax on soda as part of a health care package at some point as a way to incentivize healthy behaviors. ‘Sin taxes’ shape behavior, in his view, and they are ‘not the best way to generate stable revenue.’The speaker took care to say he ‘broadly’ supports the Vermont Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commission report, but he hoped legislators ‘would not confuse’ that with the capacity to raise taxes. While he didn’t foreclose on the possibility that taxes could be increased, he strongly urged lawmakers to refrain from using the restructuring of the tax code as a vehicle for raising taxes.Smith said the commission’s recommendations were revenue neutral (they didn’t raise more in taxes), and he wants House Ways and Means to keep it that way.‘We ought to be cautious about moving away from that framework,’ Smith said. ‘We may need a new framework in the future.’The dirty little secret, Smith said, is ‘we can’t raise that much money in income taxes’ (for fiscal year 2012) unless the state retroactively applies the rates. Anne Galloway is editor of ( is external))last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events October 20–26

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Weekend RiotJohnny Costa and Bruce Weigner comprise the must-watch Weekend Riot, hailing from Philly, who aim to break the conventional pop music mold. Armed with numerous covers, as well as original hits, such as “25 Minutes” and “Remember This Night,” this duo has been wowing crowds since 2014, both in live shows and on their popular YouTube channel. They dig engaging the audience at shows, so attendees should be prepared to participate, and of course, rock out! Warming up the crowd are Vista, Kenzie Moore, Sarah Barrios, Call The Station and Jenna Rose. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $15. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20.MaryAnn DiMarcoThis psychic medium and author will be signing copies of her new book Believe, Ask, Act: Divine Steps to Raise Your Intuition, Create Change, and Discover Happiness, and sharing her spiritual journey as a communicator to the afterlife. Get ready to be amazed, and if you have any questions about loved ones who’ve passed on, ask her. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 20.Chase RiceThis country superstar has a way of inspiring audiences and soothing listeners’ souls. Not your grandmama’s country singer, Rice blends elements of hip hop, rock, pop and electronic music to bring a refreshingly new dynamic to the classic genre. “Gonna Wanna Tonight” is his second Top 5 country radio hit after “Ready Set Roll” went platinum. This rockin’ show definitely won’t disappoint! Supporting acts include Ryan Hurd & Lacy Cavalier. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $30-$75. 8 p.m. Oct. 20.Martin BarreEnglish rock musician Martin Barre is best known for his membership in progressive rock band Jethro Tull from 1969 through 2014, and his solo career has spawned four studio albums, with no signs of stopping. Infamous for his incredible four-minute solos at the beginning of Jethro Tull’s songs “Quatrain” and “Conundrum,” Barre continues to explore and construct “tricky complex melodies” on his acoustic guitar, which critics say are “elegant even when he is rocking hard.” His most recent album releases include Order of Play and Back to Steel, featuring more experimentation as well as remnants of his favorite techniques from Jethro Tull’s glory days. Not to be missed. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $40-$45. 8 p.m. Oct. 20.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Halloween Events 2016LattermanThese Huntington hellraisers are known for melodic punk rock with shouted dual vocals from Phil Douglas and Matt Canino, incendiary guitars, and socially conscious lyrics. They officially split in 2007, but have been rocking sporadic reunion shows since ’11. Resurrecting hits like “No Matter Where We Go” and “Turn Up the Punk,” among many other local faves, this gig is destined for the books. Opening the show are Wax Phantom and Way Harsh. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $18, $20 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Jessie’s GirlBreak out the Converse, strap on a headband and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! Get ready to dance, dance, dance! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $15-$30. 8 p.m. Oct. 21.Jessie’s GirlKevin Griffin This guitarist, vocalist, producer and songwriter founded alternative rock band Better Than Ezra in 1988, and brings it back to New York to play their big hits, including ones from their most recent album, All Together Now. Griffin is known for his big stage personality, falsettos, inviting audience members onstage to play instruments, skilled mimicry of singers like Bruce Springsteen and Aaron Neville and interruptions of his songs with verses from popular rock ballads. Wow. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $25-$30. 8 p.m. Oct. 21.Gathering TimeWith strong roots in traditional folk as well as ’60s and ’70s folk-rock, this trio’s recently-released fourth album, Keepsake, debuted at No. 1 on the Folk DJ Charts in March. This is a chance to catch these talented musicians live, all up close and personal, in the intimate setting, while sipping a hot, welcoming latte. Definitely worth checking out, especially with high-octane caffeine. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. $10-$15. 8 p.m. Oct. 21.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Halloween Haunted Houses 2016Blue RootsThis five-piece blues band is not to be missed. At every show, they bring a special attitude and energy that is simply contagious. They cover songs from The Allman Brothers to Hank Williams, and always keep blues at the root of each tune. Blue Roots offers strong vocals, creative arranging, and top-notch instrumental delivery. This high-energy ensemble will be sure to bring a fantastic show. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. $10. 8 p.m. Oct. 21.Young M.A.Brooklynite Young M.A. is storming the rap scene, with more than 1.8 million views of her “Brooklyn (Chiraq Freestyle)” video on YouTube. She’s been featured in Rolling Stone and as a top performer at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards as she makes a name for herself as a serious up-and-coming artist. Authentically exploring her life as a young Brooklyn storyteller, cultural arbiter and entertainer, Young M.A. speaks her truth as a female rapper in a delightfully raspy voice, with her most recent summer anthem “OOOUUU” gaining tremendous success, just like past hits “Body Bag” and “Karma Krys.” Also performing will be DJ Self, DJ ALLSTAR and DJ Will. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $20. 10 p.m. Oct. 21. Giuseppe Verdi’s La TraviataStar tenor and director Rolando Villazón brings his unique vision to the immense and tragic love story of Violetta and Alfredo, setting Verdi’s masterpiece within the vibrant world of the circus. Olga Peretyatko, recently seen as Gilda in Paris Opera’s Rigoletto, stars as Verdi’s enthralling and heartbreaking heroine, alongside the young Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan. This film screening will take place in the Concert Hall. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (AUPAC), 1 South Ave., Garden City. $20. 2 p.m. Oct. 22.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Pumpkin Picking Guide 2016Lisa LampanelliThis is one comedian that doesn’t hold back. “The Queen of Mean,” as she’s known, is not afraid to push a few buttons in her quest to insult anyone—especially celebrities—with a pulse. Seriously, no one is safe. Get ready for some cringe-inducing jokes, spiked with an extra shot of attitude and moxie. Lampanelli has performed at the top comedy clubs in the country, and her comedy specials have aired on a number of cable TV networks, including HBO and Comedy Central. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$89. 8 p.m. Oct. 22.Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman – An Evening of Yes Music & MoreFounded in January 2016, these hellraisers bridge generations of legendary singers with vocalist John Anderson, guitarist/singer Trevor Rabin, and keyboardist Rick Wakeman, all formerly of the band Yes, the most successful prog rock group of all time. With old favorites such as classic ’80s hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart” to new songs created recently, this tour is constructed by legendary concert producer Larry Magid, bringing back past and future glory of the band after a 25-year hiatus. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $89.50-$135. 8 p.m. Oct. 22.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Fall Festivals and Fairs 2016Bernadette PetersThis singer and actress is known for her five-decade career and as one of the most critically acclaimed Broadway performers, with nominations for seven Tony Awards, wining two, and nine Drama Desk Awards. She is known for her roles on Broadway in shows like Mack and Mabel, Song and Dance and Gypsy. Her tour will be jammed packed as she performs signature songs from some of the Broadway shows in which she has starred. Peters will dazzle the crowd and have audience members mesmerized. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $65. 8 p.m. Oct. 22.Music Factory Presents A Tribute NightThis trifecta of tribute bands includes Tom Sadge, a Neil Diamond tribute; Idol Kings, a Journey tribute; and Stand Bac, aka “The Real Fleetwood Mac Tribute.” Need we say more? This is surely going to be one musical smorgasbord for the books. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $35. 8 p.m. Oct. 22.Maniac At LargeThis one-night only double-feature screens the 1980 serial killer flick Maniac and its shocking sequel, Maniac Cop 2. Director William Lustig will be on hand to discuss both films! Get ready to be terrified and amazed! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $18-$22. 10 p.m. Oct. 22.Laura Lynne JacksonThis homegrown psychic medium and bestselling author will be hosting a one-night event in which she will be conducting a special reading of the audience. Jackson is one of the 19 scientifically certified psychics in the world, and has read for hundreds of different people. Her abilities have made her one of the most requested psychics by the media. This will truly be an unforgettable night! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $45. 3 p.m. Oct. 23.MORE THINGS TO DO: Long Island Oktoberfest 2016 EventsRoomful of BluesThe lightning-in-a-bottle blowout blues band that gave rise to some of genre’s greatest legends will be in full swing showcasing the jumping, swinging, rocking side of the blues with alums including Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard. They will be joined by local blues greats Kerry Kearney, known for his soaring slide guitar leads, along with an acoustic set by this generation’s next great acoustic bluesman, Rob Europe. Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St., Riverhead. $39. 7 p.m. Oct. 23.Rumer WillisThis talented actress and singer is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. She is well known for winning season 20 of Dancing With The Stars, with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Earlier this month, she set out on her Over The Love Tour, which features a post-modern cabaret. Her set list features many classics, with hits from Billie Holiday to Amy Winehouse. Her powerhouse voice will capture the crowd, and everyone will be singing along. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $45-$50. 7 p.m. Oct. 23.StyxThis multi-platinum-selling band’s self-described mission to conquer the planet, one venue at a time, remains solidly on track. Put rock and roll legends Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips together (along with the occasional surprise appearance by the original bassist Chuck Panozzo) on stage, and their power is unstoppable. When they get rolling and their freak flag is flowing, they’ll blow the roof off, with their classic rock standards like “Come Sail Away,” “Lady” and “Mr. Roboto.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50-$124.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 23.MORE THINGS TO DO: Apple Picking on Long Island 2016Colbie Caillat This beachy, Grammy Award-winning California acoustic pop singer/songwriter rose to fame in 2007 with popular hits “Bubbly” and “Realize,” and has won the hearts of many with her upbeat, feel-good songs. Some of her other chart-topping hits include “Try,” “I Never Told You,” “Fallin’ For You,” “Brighter Than the Sun” and “I Do.” This year, Caillat is beginning a new chapter in her life, with the release of her brand new album, The Malibu Sessions. Get ready, because this concert will sure be a breath of fresh air. Opening the show are Justin Young & High Dive Heart. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $29.50-$69.60. 8 p.m. Oct. 23.SEED: The Untold StoryIn celebration of National Food Day comes this harrowing and heartening David vs. Goliath story about passionate seed keepers fighting against chemical seed companies. This documentary follows reluctant heroes rekindling a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seed. Guest speakers Ken Ettlinger, Steph Gaylor and Cheryl Frey Richards from Long Island Regional Seed Consortium will guide discussion following the film. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24.Arts Matter!An opening reception will be held for this 19-piece exhibit featuring local artists in a juried art contest. The words were all inspired by the North Shore of Nassau County. Talk about transcendental artistic translations! North Hempstead Town Hall is located at 220 Plandome Road in Manhasset. Free. 6 p.m. Oct.25.Dr. Andrea LibuttiThis doctor, autism specialist and local author will be signing copies of her new book Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, And Hope for a New World. Hear her story, ask questions, and be inspired! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Oct. 26.Henry RollinsThe former frontman of influential hardcore punk band Black Flag who later became an actor, writer and radio and TV show host, is taking his politically provocative spoken word show back on the road. As with any of his gigs, expect it to be spiced with rage as well as wit. He has much to discuss. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $30-$40. 8 p.m. Oct. 26.The Dirty HeadsSince the release of their 2008 debut album Any Port in a Storm, this five-piece has been fusing reggae and hip-hop into a unique, absolutely infectious hybrid of pure enjoyment. Expect hits off all five of their albums, and expect to be floored. You will surely need some “Oxygen” after singing along all night at this concert! Supporting acts include New Beat Fund and RDGLDGRN. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $30-$69.50. 8 p.m. Oct. 26.Main Art: Acoustic pop songstress Colbie Caillat brings her beachy, feel-good tunes to The Paramount on Oct. 23! (Photo: Colbie Caillat official Facebook profile)-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Natalie Coloprisco, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

Danijela Čavlović, HGK: While they congratulate us in Europe, some in Croatia are worried about the growth of private accommodation

first_imgWe will remember the last year by the best tourist results in recent Croatian history. Double-digit growth in overnight stays and arrivals exceeded even the most optimistic expectations, especially in October and November, where in some destinations it amounted to 30%, and we achieved more than 100 million overnight stays three years earlier than planned by the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy. 2020The strongest growth was achieved in family accommodation, where in the first 11 months 14% more overnight stays and even 20% more arrivals were recorded. Croatia was declared the absolute winner at the awards ceremony for the best European house of the year organized by the European Association of Family Accommodation, which brings together more than 20 million beds, while the Russians chose us as the best destination for family accommodation. “Bravo, you are a great example of the orderliness of this market, and we see that it is getting higherYou are investing in quality, ”they tell us in Europe, where they are still trying to find ways to more effectively regulate this important segment of the collaborative economy.However, it turns out that in Croatia they are not so impressed by the growth of this type of micro-entrepreneurship, which through more than 85.000 registered households directly or indirectly employs 350.000 people and generates income of 2,5 billion euros. We have even witnessed that some are seriously concerned with the explanation. “that Croatia needs more hotel accommodation than family accommodation because it is in line with the above-mentioned Strategy ”. On the other hand, politicians constantly point out that the demographic picture is devastating, and they are worried that people have managed to put their real estate into business and feed themselves and their families by watching their neighbors take their lives to Germany or Ireland. No work. “No, it is not the problem of the family but those who buy apartments in Zagreb, Zadar, Split… and make money on them”, Explains our interlocutor in a high position in the executive branch.So isn’t profit a goal considering the invested capital and operating costs, if the investor has registered the maximum allowed 20 beds per address and OIB by law? He also employs a laundromat, taxi drivers, nearby restaurants, increases the turnover of shops, museums, clubs… If you are worried that they may earn a lot more than 230.000 kuna per year as a lump sum (the threshold for entering the VAT system is from 1.1.2018. raises to 300.000 kuna) why do you not send them to the supervision of inspectors of the Ministry of Finance, ie the Customs Administration, which should determine whether the owner of the accommodation reports all guests and shows the total income?Another problem that has emerged thanks to good tourist figures is the lack of manpower. With 180.000 unemployed, we had to increase quotas for employing foreigners, which is fine because our people are accepted as workers in other countries, but the question is how many of them will want to work for Croatian wages and at the same time smile and patiently answer numerous tourist inquiries? Or maybe we could use the model from the 80s of the last century when Croatia achieved much higher tourist numbers, and workers were recruited from the local population, which especially in the coast has a tradition of tourism for more than a century.Hotel houses paid scholarships for the education of future waiters, chefs, maids, receptionists knowing that these young people grew up in a tourist environment and have a high culture of dealing with guests. Although hotel salaries were not high even then, the difference was compensated by transferring the excess guests to the apartments of their parents, grandparents and other relatives… In this synergy of hotels and family accommodation everything worked – there was no shortage of labor to his country and from his work.Photo: www.kvarnerfamily.hrBut somehow with each new change of structures we forget the models that have proven their effectiveness and bring new ones that too often benefit only a few, which we have especially witnessed in the last few months. At the same time, we are concerned that households make up more than 50 percent of the total tourist capacity, because, as our interlocutor says, this is not the case anywhere in the world.So shouldn’t we finally be pleased and proud to be at least in something of a ‘role model’ in much more successful markets instead of thinking about limiting or even reducing the growth of this micro-entrepreneurship thanks to which still a large part of the population decides to stay in this country full of life?Author: Danijela Čavlović, President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Family Tourism AssociationRelated news:CROATIA THE ABSOLUTE WINNER IN CHOOSING THE BEST HOLIDAY HOMES IN EUROPE! FAMILY MICRO ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN TOURISM – A ISSUE OF SURVIVALBE A HOST IN FAMILY ACCOMMODATION, NOT REAL ESTATE AGENTSlast_img read more