Public call for allocation of funds from the Fund for co-financing the implementation of the EU project at the regional and local level for 2018 published

first_imgPublished public call for allocation of funds from the Fund for co-financing the implementation of EU projects at the regional and local level for 2018 for the use of grants may apply local and regional self-government units, legal entities majority owned or co-owned by local and regional units ) self-governments and institutions whose founders are local and regional self-government units and which have concluded an Agreement on the allocation of grants from EU funds.The conditions and criteria for the allocation of the Fund, eligible areas of co-financing, amounts of co-financing, the manner of submitting applications and other important elements for the allocation of the Fund are set out in the Public Call for Funds and Instructions for Beneficiaries.The available amount of funds allocated in the public call procedure is HRK 200.000.000,00. Applications for the allocation of the Fund will be received from August 16, 2018 until the use of funds planned for 2018, and no later than December 15, 2018, all the necessary application forms, available on the website of the Ministry in the section Public calls and tenders .last_img read more

Jafari-Fini tightens grip on Chesterton

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Presidential hopeful Bloomberg proposes new taxes, protections to rein in Wall Street

first_imgUS Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday outlined a sweeping financial services policy proposal to rein in Wall Street trading, boost consumer protections, increase Americans’ access to banking services and crack down on financial crime.The left-leaning platform marks a striking turnaround for the former Republican New York mayor and Wall Street investment banker who made his US$60 billion fortune in financial services and in the past has criticized reforms introduced following the 2007-2009 financial crisis.Trying to make a virtue of his Wall Street heritage, Bloomberg’s campaign argued on Tuesday that “as the founder of a successful global financial technology company, he understands the system well and is uniquely qualified to make it work better for all Americans.” Among the most eye-catching proposals are a tax of 0.1 percent on transactions in stocks, bonds and payments on derivative contracts, bolstering the “Volcker Rule” ban on banks’ proprietary trading and setting a trading speed limit – all of which take aim at Wall Street clients of Bloomberg Inc’s trading terminal.The proposal also pledges to reinforce protections eroded by the Trump administration by boosting bank capital levels, toughening banks’ annual health checks and restoring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rules curbing payday lending and its ban on imposing mandatory arbitration on consumers.Bloomberg also waded into the long-running debate on the future of housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were bailed out during the financial crisis. He proposed to merge them to ensure taxpayers are fully compensated for the risks of guaranteeing the firms’ securities.While Bloomberg’s platform does not go as far as proposals backed by progressive rival presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who have called for big banks to be broken up, it underscores how far the Democratic Party is moving to the left on financial and corporate policy issues. Bloomberg, a latecomer to the race who has so far spent $188 million of his own money on the campaign, will step onto the Democratic debate stage for the first time on Wednesday after exceeding the double-digit polling threshold set by the Democratic Party, with 19 percent support.“Our sense is that these proposals are primarily intended to blunt progressive attacks, especially with Bloomberg joining the debate stage for the first time on Wednesday evening,” Isaac Boltansky, director of policy research at Washington-based Compass Point Research & Trading, said in a note.“But the overarching tone of the proposals underscores the populist shift in the Democratic party and the heightened potential for significant policy shifts.”Bloomberg has previously proposed major tax hikes on the wealthy, including a higher capital gains rate and a 5 percent surtax on annual incomes that exceed $5 million.His newest proposal would also address the student loan crisis by automatically enrolling undergraduate students in income-based repayment plans, installing caps on debt payments and making it easier to discharge student debt via bankruptcy. It would curb debt collection agencies and bank overdraft fees.Touching on a key theme of Warren and Sanders, Bloomberg also proposed measures to boost Americans’ access to the financial system by offering a range of banking services through the US Postal Service, as well as launching a pilot program for free or nearly no-cost bank accounts.Adopting another familiar Democratic idea, Bloomberg proposed a new “corporate crime” team at the US Department of Justice that would be discouraged from using non-prosecution agreements, which impose fines without criminal charges.The proposals, in particular a transaction tax, are likely to spark strong pushback from the financial lobby, which is already fighting aggressively to rebut the idea. Such a tax was rejected by the Obama administration, but it has gained traction in Democratic circles in recent years.Under Bloomberg’s plan, the tax would be phased in gradually, starting at 0.02 percent, to “minimize any unintended consequences.”Ken Bentsen, CEO of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, said a transaction tax would hurt middle class savers and retirees.“At a time when market development, efficiency and competition are driving the cost of investing toward zero, it makes little sense to increase the cost through what is essentially a sales tax. Further, the threat such a tax poses to the efficiency of the US capital markets is real. It begs the question, ‘What’s the point?’”Bloomberg began his career at investment bank Salomon Brothers, where he became a partner before later being laid off amid a company merger. He subsequently founded Bloomberg, the financial information and media giant whose desktop terminal is synonymous with Wall Street trading.Many Democratic-leading financiers had seen Bloomberg as a safe pair of hands and on Tuesday some analysts played down the risk his presidency would pose to the industry.“To win, a Democrat needs a plan to focus on big banks,” said Cowen Washington Research Group analyst Jaret Seiberg in a note “Bloomberg understands markets, which makes it less likely that he would push policies that could hurt the economy.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery must drop Granit Xhaka for Aston Villa clash, insists Charlie Nicholas

first_imgUnai Emery must drop Granit Xhaka for Aston Villa clash, insists Charlie Nicholas Advertisement Granit Xhaka has been below-par so far this season (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal boss Unai Emery has no option but to drop Granit Xhaka for Sunday’s clash against Aston Villa.The Swiss midfielder has come in for fierce criticism so far this term after putting in a number of below-par performances.Xhaka played a full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Frankfurt in Germany on Thursday and Emery is expected to freshen up his side for the visit of Villa.Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi could both come back into the side and Nicholas says it’s time for Xhaka to be dropped.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Granit Xhaka’s been below-par this season (Picture: Getty)‘They must get more from Nicolas Pepe and he must be match fit now,’ said Nicholas.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Pepe needs to use his trickery and pace to help Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Unai Emery must stick with Reiss Nelson or Joe Willock.‘How can you make sense of the defence? I don’t know who will partner David Luiz. It doesn’t matter whether there are one or two midfielders protecting the back four and I think it is time to leave Granit Xhaka out of the side.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal threw away a two-goal lead against Watford in their last Premier League match.Nicholas is expecting plenty of goals at the Emirates but says Arsenal have enough firepower to overcome Villa.‘There are a lot of goals for Arsenal at home. Dani Ceballos must play and Mesut Ozil too – they moved it around well last week,’ said Nicholas.‘I like Mateo Guendouzi but he is young, naïve and gets attracted to the ball. They need to sort themselves out in defence and if they are not good enough, you leave them out. Put Lucas Torreira in front of midfield.’MORE: David De Gea hits back at critics of his form at Manchester United Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Sep 2019 6:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShareslast_img read more

Virtual buyers bypass borders

first_imgBuying site unseen is fast becoming the new norm for southern buyers.Today’s border closure is unlikely to deter tech-savvy southern buyers who are turning to the Gold Coast as a safe haven during the COVID-19 crisis.Agents across the city are reporting a surge in transactions made sight unseen by buyers interstate, with no signs of slowing down. The weather, beaches and property prices are attractive to southern buyers. Photo: NCA NewsWire / Steve Holland Mega mansion set to go under the hammer Top end buyers splash their cash on main river Holiday accomodation provides may feel the pinch of fewer tourists travelling over the border. Photo Matt Roberts/Getty ImagesFive of the nine parties bidding on a Broadbbeach apartment on Wednesday were from Sydney and Melbourne. “Four of them hadn’t viewed the property personally but had done a private FaceTime inspection and were more than happy to proceed on that basis,” said Harcourts Coastal agent Tolemy Stevens. “If you take that back to the numbers two or three months ago, the trend is doubling, if not tripling, with buyers in the marketplace happy to do business via FaceTime.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Holiday rentals may feel the pinch RELATED: Southern buyers flee to Sunshine State The Gold Coast residential real estate sector continues to perform.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said the COVID crisis had made the Gold Coast more attractive than ever.“With the outbreaks in Melbourne and NSW doing all it can to keep things under control, for people down south the Gold Coast looks like a safe haven,” Mr Bell said. While the border closure would restrict the ease of doing business, Mr Bell said buyers had become more confident making virtual transactions.“The weekend before last we sold nine properties to people in Sydney, ACT and Melbourne who bought sight unseen,” he said. “With the greater use of technology, people are not prevented from buying.” While the residential real estate sector is in a strong position to weather the border blockade, holiday accommodation providers may bear the brunt. “Hospitality and holiday rentals will feel the majority of the impact,” said Andrew Henderson, Real Estate Industry of Queensland Gold Coast zone chair. “If the border isn’t open for the next school holidays, it could really hurt a lot of operators.”Mr Henderson said Queenslanders had “taken up the baton” to support tourism by booking holidays within the Sunshine State. last_img read more

Book too hot to handle for store

first_imgWairarapa Times-Age July 4 2013The novel voted as the best children’s book of the year contains explicit sex and drug-taking scenes which had one Wairarapa bookstore scrambling to pull it off their shelves.Ted Dawe’s Into the River claimed top prize in the annual New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.The author makes no apology for the provocative content, saying the story needs to be told, even at the risk of upsetting parents and booksellers.One scene describes, in extensive detail, two adolescents having fumbling sex in shallow water.Award organisers have sent “explicit content” stickers to all booksellers to warn potential buyers.The 2013 Kiwi Kids’ Good Book Guide lists the book’s target age as 13 years and over but Masterton Paper Plus says the book is only suitable for those over 15.Book manager Sue Reid said, while she usually monitors books when they arrive, the store had initially stocked it as it was a self-publication and had been “flying under the radar”.Mrs Reid said the book had now been removed from shelves.“While we are saying free speech, and people are free to write what they want, the conflict is that this is a children’s book winner. The book is actually aimed at 15-plus and it won in the category 13-plus.“The content is graphic and people who are pretty liberal have commented on how graphic it is.“Some of the staff have looked at it, and said ‘Oh my goodness’.”Mrs Reid said some Masterton school libraries had chosen not to stock the book, even before it won the award.Merchandise manager Catherine Raynes said the Paper Plus group left it up to individual stores to make the call.http://www.times-age.co.nz/news/book-too-hot-to-handle-for-store/1932452/last_img read more

Anti-communist leader gunned down

first_imgBACOLOD City – An anti-communist group leader was shot dead on the national highway in Barangay 2, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. It was also reported that the Aguilar was a confidential agent for the Philippine National Police.He was rushed to the San Carlos City Hospital where the attending physician declared him “dead on arrival.” The 47-year-old Vivencio Aguilar sustained a gunshot wound on the head, a police report showed.  He is the president of Kilusan at Alyansa ng mga Dating Rebelde. According to police investigators, Aguilar – resident of Barangay Rizal, San Carlos City – was sitting inside his tricycle after buying construction materials with his brother-in-law when an unidentified suspect fired at the victim around 9:30 a.m. on May 3.The suspect then fled the scene onboard a motorcycle of a man waiting at a distance.center_img This police officer interviews a witness of the shooting incident that killed Vevincio Aguilar, an anti-communist group leader, in Barangay 2, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on May 3. BRIGADA NEWS SAN CARLOS Officers of the San Carlos City police station have yet to identify the suspects and the motive in the killing./PNlast_img read more

Jason M. Wintz

first_imgJason M. Wintz, 31, formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Reno, Nevada. Born November 22, 1988 in Batesville, he is the son of Tammi (Nee: Blair) and the late Steve Wintz. He married Billeigh Hankins of Batesville on September 14, 2013 and they resided in Reno. Jason was very career minded, serving as a Senior Manufacturing Manager at Hamilton Company. His recent work included spearheading a mass production of ventilators due to the COVID pandemic. When Jason wasn’t working, he and his wife, and their dog, Kaya were always up for any adventure. Some of his favorite hobbies included; rock climbing, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, biking, skiing, and recently paragliding. Jason and Billeigh were always eager to explore new places and try new things. Jason always had a smile on his face. His family and friends describe him as kind, generous, selfless, and humble. Family and friends were of top priority to Jason. Jason will be dearly missed by his wife Billeigh and Kaya of Reno; mother Tammi; sisters Allison (William) Baum, Becca Wintz, all of Batesville, Brooke Wintz of Cincinnati; nephews Bronson and Griffin Baum; grandmothers Geraldine Wintz of Batesville and Janet Blair of Oldenburg, as well as, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. In addition, Jason will be fondly remembered by his in-laws, Bill and Shannon Hankins of Sunman, and brother in law Mylz of Florida. Jason’s wishes were to be cremated following a private viewing held in Reno, Nevada. If you wish to make a donation in Jason’s honor, please donate to The American Safe Climbing Association at https://www.safeclimbing.org/index.htm.For online condolences go to www.weigelfh.com.last_img read more

Cricket News Ambati Rayudu reported for suspect bowling action in Sydney ODI, to undergo testing in 14 days

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ambati Rayudu had a tough time in the Sydney ODI, bowling two overs and conceding 13 runs. With the bat, he was trapped LBW for 0 by Jhye Richardson and he used up a review which proved to be costly as MS Dhoni fell victim to a poor umpiring decision when he was dismissed for 51. Rayudu’s troubles have mounted as he has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the game and he will have to undergo testing. In a statement released by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the match official’s report, which was handed to the Indian team management, cited concerns over the legality of his action.The statement further read, “Rayudu’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Rayudu is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”Read More | Dhoni’s fifty in Sydney ODI criticised by former players, social mediaIn the Sydney ODI, Rayudu bowled with a different action. When the Andhra player had started bowling, his action was more upright but here, he bowled with a slight flex. Although he conceded just three runs in his first over, he conceded two boundaries to Usman Khawaja in his second over which allowed Australia to build momentum.Read More | Shubman Gill – From U19 World Cup winner to India team selectionRayudu’s bowling troubles could present Virat Kohli some selection headaches heading into the next seven ODIs against Australia and New Zealand. With Hardik Pandya suspended, he might be tempted to draft Vijay Shankar in the squad purely as a bowling all-rounder. Kedar Jadhav is present in the side and he might get a look-in for Adelaide. However, the Indian skipper has not tried the legspin combination of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal outside the subcontinent too much but this latest development might force Kohli to bring about some balance in the lower middle order and the bowling line-up.India lost the Sydney ODI by 34 runs despite some fabulous batting from Rohit Sharma, who blasted his 22nd century and seventh against Australia. Dhoni gave him good support for 51 but the former India skipper’s knock was deemed too slow by social media, resulting in added criticism as the time draws near for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 which will be held in England. last_img read more

Troy Camp creates second family for kids

first_imgClick here to view this article with more media in our “It Takes a Village: USC and the Community” project package.Plastered on the wall of Healy Hut, a small hut in one of the giant cabins at the Idyllwild Pines conference center, is a butcher-paper poster covered in quotes. At the top of the wall is a title: “Kids say the darnedest things.” The wall documents all of the ridiculous things kids say each year on the camping trip that Troy Camp provides for free for local elementary school students. Every year, the organization takes 200 third, fourth and fifth graders from Los Angeles Unified School District schools to a camp in the San Bernardino mountains. The week creates mentoring relationships between these students while providing them with new experiences such as hiking and horseback riding. The week is one of the many ways that the Troy Camp organization creates a massive impact on the growth and development of local children.USC is home to hundreds of service organizations aimed to mentor and better the lives of the surrounding community — Troy Camp is one of these organizations. Focusing on the development of local children, the members of Troy Camp aim to provide a common ground between the University and its neighbors through a commitment to service and friendship. Troy Camp, one of USC’s largest philanthropy organizations, yields an impact that extends beyond just elementary, middle and high school programs in the community. The organization utilizes a one-on-one approach that aims to enrich the lives of each individual member personally, establishing bonds that don’t just last for the length of a school year, but for life. Through mentorship programs, after-school workshops and camping trips, Troy Camp is dedicated to creating a community between local students and USC students.A personal approachThe organization fulfills their motto of being committed to friendship through their outreach and interactions with the youth of Los Angeles. The program is divided into three parts: Yearlong Programming, Leaders in Training and TC Leads. Although each branch of the program is different in its programming, all three retain the same goals of leading and inspiring.“Beyond just tutoring and mentoring our kids, each camp counselor strives to be a positive influence, as not just someone they see once or a couple times a week, but as a role model and figure in their life,” said Olivia Chui, a Troy Camp counselor. “Every single day, there’s been opportunities to share and make the kids smile.”The first program, Yearlong Programming, is an elementary school program catered toward the students who previously attended the summer camp in San Bernardino. Each month, the campers and their counselors meet up to go on trips to places such as Disneyland, the Los Angeles Zoo and the museums in Exposition Park. There are also special events for cooking holiday meals together and competing in an annual Olympics between different teams of campers. These activities — just like the summer camp — are free for all of the former campers.Leaders in Training, the second program, aims at an older demographic of students. The program meets with middle school students every other week and leads them in leadership activities, group discussions and community service activities. The main focus of the program is to prepare middle school students for the transition into high school, and to create a solid base of study habits and leadership skills for students who might not have access to reliable mentors.The middle school program leads into TC Leads, Troy Camp’s high school program. This after-school program is designed to continue building leadership skills while supporting students on their path to college. Each week, counselors work individually with students to help them through managing a high-school-level course load and applying to colleges. A main part of this mentoring process aims to help students find their passion and take the necessary steps to pursue it.Every other week, TC Leads holds workshops to cover topics that range from college applications and interview skills to gender issues and social media. These workshops are meant to fill the gaps of topics that school curriculums often leave out and allow students to broaden their skill set and understand their own lives better.All of these programs are completely free for the students involved, and each of them hold the same goal — to develop a mentoring community between USC students and local students in order to inspire local children to pursue higher education. This goal has been developed for decades by the organization, which is one of the oldest on campus.Focused on supportTroy Camp started in 1948 when Otis Healy decided to sponsor a trip for several underprivileged local kids from the South Los Angeles area to camp in Jenks Lake. Since that year, Troy Camp has taken hundreds of local Los Angeles children on a memorable and free week-long camp every single year. They also form mentor and mentee relationships with the camp counselors from USC.At the summer camp, students get to enjoy stations with a variety of activities like an arts and crafts station, a mad science station with science experiments and demos, a FAME station for dance and theatre, an Outdoor Exploration station for hikes, and Impact, a station that focuses on building important character traits such as trust and respect. A main part of the camp is a cabin where camp members get to take turns riding horses.Between the camp in the summer and the extracurricular programs throughout the year, Troy Camp maintains strong bonds with all of its campers throughout their primary and secondary education. Chui elaborated that this is the key difference between Troy Camp and other volunteer organizations.“The main difference is consistency,” Chui said. “[We] go to camp with the kids, but it doesn’t end there. We still stay involved and see them. There have been counselors who have stayed with their kid from elementary school up until high school. It’s really humbling to see these kids being involved and see them being involved in their journey from being in elementary until high school. Most counselors come back. It’s about being with them for every step of the way.”While Troy Camp was created to make an impact on the youth around the community, it seems as though the positive influences are mutual. Many counselors feel that the time they spend with their mentees is just as helpful to themselves as to the student they are involved with.“I think that Troy Camp opened my eyes to just the different personalities and perspectives on campus, which I really needed,” said Harrison Quan, a Troy Camp counselor. “Working with the students is always fun, to mentor and have some small sort of impact on their lives is super gratifying, not just for the kids, but for me.”The silly jokes and memories written on the Healy Hut wall don’t just represent the ridiculous things that the kids at camp say. They also show how much each student enjoyed the adventure that the Troy Camp counselors gave to them.Between all the ridiculous things the kids say like “virgintarian” instead of “vegetarian,” in the middle of the quote wall, one question reads, “What does Troy Camp mean to you?”In small squiggly blue marker letters, it says, “The best family ever.”last_img read more