Bozinovic: We are in contact with colleagues from Slovenia and Austria. Most of the Croatian counties are in the green while only three counties are in the red zone

first_imgItaly introduced yesterday mandatory testing on covid19 for all who come to Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain. News which of course unfortunately immediately resulted in the return of Italian tourists as well as the cancellation of reservations. “One of the main reasons for these mild clinical pictures is that mostly young people are infected, but they must be responsible for others not for themselves. They move among others, they may have to be with the elderly and the sick, with their household”Pointed out Alemka Markotić, director of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases“ Dr. Fran Mihaljević added you “I appeal to young people to try to realize that they do not have to give up entertainment completely, but they must be responsible, they must keep their distance, respect hygienic measures… I ask young people who have always and everywhere been leaders in good things to curb those numbers. ” There is intensive communication with all colleagues, including colleagues in Austria and Slovenia. It is most emphasized that the epidemiological situation is viewed through the counties selectively. For now, we have no announcement that Austria will put Croatia on the red list, said Minister Davor Božinović and added: “Most of the work is done to point out the specificity of certain situations in the regions. The situation is not the same in counties where more than half of the patients are sick today and in some others. Most of the Croatian counties are in the green while only three counties are in the red zone”Bozinovic added. The Italian government has announced that all costs related to providing protection against COVID-19 will be reimbursed to citizens. For this reason, Italians are likely to practice testing in their country of origin, but we will soon publish a list by counties where Italian tourists can be tested for covid in Croatia. Currently, about 820 thousand tourists stay in Croatia, or at the level of 68% compared to last year. Most tourists are in Istria County, followed by Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Split-Dalmatia and Zadar County. Also, today the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced warning for travel to Croatia. However, there are no bans for now, but they recommend not to travel to Croatia. Currently, most new cases are in Zagreb and the Split-Dalmatia County. Most of the infected in Zagreb returned from summer vacations, and they are younger people, about 2/3 of them were at sea and stayed at larger gatherings in night bars that work after midnight, said Krunoslav Capak, reports Večernji list. Robert Koch Institute: Croatia is among the largest exporters of corona to Germany In the past 24 hours, 208 new cases were recorded, so the number of currently ill (active cases) in Croatia today is 961. According to the RKI data for August 11, currently 260 cases of covida19 have been imported from Croatia, while the last report from yesterday (August 13.08) does not list imported cases. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) publishes daily reports on the state of the coronavirus pandemic in Germany with relevant information on the number of new infections, etc. Among the data that can be found in the daily report RKI for August 11, Croatia clearly stands out as one of the countries from which coronavirus is mostly “imported” to Germany, reports Index.hrlast_img read more

Harlequins extend Gray’s contract

first_imgJoe Gray has become the third Harlequins player in the space of eight days to have his contract extended until 2014.Mike Brown and George Lowe recently signed new deals at The Stoop, where Gray, 23, has impressed since arriving from Northampton Saints two years ago.“I am really pleased to have re-signed,” said the former England Under-20 hooker.AdChoices广告“Since joining Harlequins, not only has my rugby improved but also my enjoyment for the game. The team plays a great style of rugby and I am excited about the future.”Quins director of rugby Conor O’Shea said:  “Joe has made an incredible impact. The person, as much as the player, is an important part of what we believe in.“We believe Joe has the ability to get better and better, and we are looking forward to him achieving his goals with us over the coming years.”last_img read more

Oped Lets see a TransPacific Partnership that respects workers rights

first_imgRelated posts:Ex-trade minister Anabel González: TPP, like CAFTA, will help Costa Rica in long run US, Latin American leaders push hard for proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership US lawmakers ease Obama’s path to Pacific trade deal Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators push hard for deal TheTrans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations has been characterized as the most progressive trade agreement in our history, with the strongest labor and environment provisions ever.But what is the benchmark? To date, the United States has never had a trade agreement that protects basic rights and raises wages and living standards for working people. Previous agreements have failed to ensure the integrity of the democratic process and preserve consumer and environmental protections. Comparing this pact to previous agreements sets a pretty low bar.While there have been some small improvements to the labor chapters of trade agreements over the years, the enforcement record has been mediocre.In April 2008, the AFL-CIO, together with several Guatemalan labor unions, filed a petition under the Central America Free Trade Agreement. This is the first step in initiating a complaint when there has been a violation of the labor commitments in a trade agreement. The petition alleged that the Guatemalan government failed to enforce its own labor laws — tolerating repression of union activity and blacklisting, as well as violence and intimidation, including the assassination of two union officers.Seven years later, a dispute settlement panel has yet to hear the case — and workers continue to wait for justice.In March 2012, the AFL-CIO and more than 20 Honduran labor organizations alleged that Honduras, too, was failing to enforce its labor laws. This petition detailed egregious violations affecting hundreds of workers. Not only did the Honduran government fail to protect workers from beatings and assassination, but its own police and soldiers were implicated in a number of cases. Despite the egregious and repeated violations, the Obama administration took almost three years to even publish a report. Workers wait for justice.In April 2010, the U.S. and Colombian governments, with an eye toward speeding ratification of the long-stalled U.S.-Colombia trade deal, announced a “labor action plan,” which was intended to bring Colombia into compliance with internationally recognized labor rights. Since the plan’s announcement, 105 Colombian trade unionists have been assassinated. Clearly, the new standard — reportedly similar to what’s included in the TPP — is insufficient to the monumental task of creating a fair playing field for U.S. and Colombian workers. Workers wait for justice.The labor movement has fought for more than 20 years to include enforceable labor provisions in trade deals. Workers in the United States — and in our trading partners — have an economic interest in ensuring that basic rights are respected. If employers can violate the right to unionize with impunity, they can easily bring down wages, for all workers, globally.That’s why the AFL-CIO, working with union federations from the other TPP countries, has offered suggestions to our government over the past five years to improve the labor chapter — and address the failures of prior trade deals.Our recommendations include, among other things, the right to bring a labor claim based on a single egregious violation (such as a mass firing or violent attack), clear rules and deadlines that would require timely action on meritorious cases, protections for migrant workers, a ban on goods produced with forced or child labor, an independent secretariat to study and review labor practices and new standards related to labor inspections and decent work.We don’t know yet whether any of our proposals made it into the TPP, since the text has not been made public. But the administration has given no public indication that our suggestions have been incorporated into its own negotiation text — let alone the negotiated draft. Until we hear something different, we remain unimpressed by the administration’s boasts about how strong and progressive the labor chapter is. We have heard those promises before.Vietnam, Mexico, Brunei and Malaysia — all TPP countries — are notorious labor and human rights violators, currently out of compliance with the standards supposedly in the TPP. There is no known plan to withhold TPP benefits until these countries comply.This raises serious doubts about whether the TPP will create a level playing field for workers. History shows we have one chance to get this right. That is why we oppose giving the Obama administration “fast-track” negotiating authority that would limit Congress’s ability to influence a final deal. The administration should release the TPP text and let the public judge for itself whether this deal will truly raise labor standards and conditions for workers when similar language included in past deals has been ineffective. Anything less is irresponsible.– – – –Trumka is president of the AFL-CIO. Facebook Commentslast_img read more