Metamorphosis at the Met

first_imgMetamorphosis at the MetOn 5 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Inhis new role as HR director for the Metropolitan Police, Martin Tiplady tellsRoss Wigham about the challenges he faces in strengthening HR so it canimplement the cultural changes proposed by the Police Reform BillMartin Tiplady, new HR director of the Metropolitan Police, has just steppedinto one of the most challenging jobs in the country at a time when the forceis undergoing a huge culture change. He is under no illusions about the size of the task facing him, as the forceprepares to go through a radical programme of modernisation set out in therecently published Police Reform Bill. The Bill outlines plans to change police pay and conditions, raise standardsand introduce new civilian community officers. “Modernising is a key challenge to HR in the Met. The Police ReformBill presents us with a range of issues, such as employing a new type of force;the use of auxiliaries; and pay and conditions,” he said. Tiplady was attracted to the job exactly because of the scale of thechallenge, which he told Personnel Today will include cutting red tape andtransforming the HR operation. “I really want to make this an HR department that is supporting andassisting the organisation develop. It has to be more about helping to relievethe management function and providing a set of tools they can use,” hesaid. “Around HR there is a lot of bureaucracy and form filling and, frankly,we have got to get rid of some of that. “The biggest challenge is bringing about structural, people and systemschange – it’s a classic personnel to HR transformation.” Importantly, Tiplady has the backing from inside the force to make changehappen. “There’s a strong view at the very top that HR is crucial to thisorganisation. You don’t get that as much in a commercial organisation and Idon’t have to fight to be heard,” he said. The reform Bill will help HR modernise the Met by setting out clear standardrequirements, explained Tiplady. “The police reform will help HR by creating a clear set of standardsyou can benchmark against and deliver.” A key goal for the Met is to become an employer of choice. The force hopesto introduce more flexible work arrangements and increase benefits. Free traintravel for staff within a 70-mile radius is already starting to helprecruitment, he added. “The Met has made it clear it wants to find more ways in which it canbe flexible about work patterns. We have some scope to accommodate that at themoment, and the police reform will encourage more flexible ways of working aswell as a work-life balance,” said Tiplady. “In the Met there is a desire to be as innovative and flexible aspossible in the way people work. We have 38,000 employees and we’ve got theability to bring about some real culture change, creating choices forpeople.” The Met is also developing more innovative recruitment methods to increasediversity, such as visiting Bollywood cinemas and sponsoring the Chinese NewYear. Tiplady said: “It’s now about keeping the momentum going. We havetargets and we have to make sure we get it right with a well-balancedintake.” Staff retention is also high on the HR agenda. Tiplady is looking to keepolder officers in the Met beyond the current 30-year cut-off point. “The reforms may enable us to find a way of retaining people after 30 yearsof service and for them to keep their pension benefits. There is a provision totest ‘the retention after 30 years’ scheme and we are in talks with the HomeOffice about being used as a pilot. “The ability to retain experienced officers alongside the intakes we’reexperiencing would have considerable benefits.” The Met is also backing the idea of strengthening the force with theintroduction of community wardens who will be given some police powers to helpreduce the burden on full-time officers. “We want to develop a scheme where you employ a new type of policefamily which has a limited police function. We are working through what thismight be in terms of training, and whether these roles would be paid ornot,” said Tiplady. “We also need to look at how we can link up with other agencies whoemploy people with responsibility for caretaking or security.” The police reform Bill is also looking to cut the high levels of sicknessabsence in the force, and Tiplady admits that is a priority for the Met HRteam. “The last impression we want to create is that there is a high degreeof malingering. But, of course, it’s the malingering aspect we need to dealwith and that’s where the focus will be,” he said. “We are about mid-table for the UK in terms of police force sicknessand there is scope to improve. We are trying to find out exactly what iscausing the levels of sickness we have and how we can improve.” New performance standardsA national competency framework aimed at eliminating variationsin performance between the 44 forces in England and Wales has been formallyadopted by the Chief Constables Council.It aims to standardise training, skills, responsibility andperformance for each rank, across all forces.For HR managers and directors in the service it will have a bigimpact on the way they deal with issues like planning, tenure, postings,re-deployment and sickness management. Officers and staff will be appraisedagainst specific standards for each role. The strategy has been developed by acombination of research and interviews with officers around the country and aprofile for each role has been created identifying: the core purpose of thejob; key activities; behavioural competencies and the knowledge and skill sets.The Police Reform Bill– The package includes changes to thelaw and non-legislative measures aimed at tackling variations in performance,recruitment, training and support, to help improve policing.– The measures will expand certain police powers and increasethe role of support staff working within the force– The Bill also proposes an annual policing plan based onnational priorities and allows the Home Secretary to intervene in failing forces– An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) willencourage a more open system to increase public confidence and help bring aboutmore consistent standardswww.homeoffice.gov.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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IRS To Review GOP Inquiry Into Clinton Foundation

first_imgIRS To Review GOP Inquiry Into Clinton Foundationby Matt Vespa for TOWNHALLGuy wrote that some have called it a slush fund; others have noted that it’s a bank where favors are deposited with the Clinton family. Either way, Hillary Clinton may soon have to face questions about the dealings of her family non-profit, which has already found itself in ethical hot water over the timing of some donations and corresponding actions favorable to the donors. For example, Hillary Clinton (and Barack Obama) was against the Columbia Free Trade Agreement, mostly due to human and labor rights concerns. One energy company, Pacific Rubiales, was at the center of the labor controversy. Its founder Frank Giustra gave millions to the Clinton Foundation, as did Rubiales, and Clinton did a 180-degree turn in her position on the matter. Giustra is now on the Clinton Foundation’s board of directors.Also, there were arms deals that soared into the billions that went to governments that donated millions to the Foundation. Well, now, the Internal Revenue Service has confirmed that they’re referring GOP inquires into those matters to their exempt organizations division for review to see if any felonious activity occurred, the same division that landed the embroiled the agency in scandal after it was alleged that they were targeting conservative non-profits. The Daily Caller was the first to report on this matter (via Fox News):The IRS confirmed in a letter it is looking into claims of “pay-to-play” practices at the Clinton Foundation, after dozens of Republican lawmakers requested a review of potential “criminal conduct” at the organization founded by the family at the center of this week’s Democratic National Convention.Commissioner John Koskinen wrote in a July 22 letter to Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn that the issue has been “forwarded” to the IRS “Exempt Organizations Examinations” program in Dallas.Asked for comment on the referral, the agency said in a statement: “The IRS receives referrals from a variety of sources. We forward all referrals to the appropriate area for consideration of whether there are issues that justify further review. We have standard processes and procedures we follow when we receive information or referrals from outside groups. Due to federal privacy protections, the IRS cannot comment on individual taxpayers or organizations.”The request for an examination came in a July 15 letter from 64 House Republicans including Tennessee Rep. Blackburn. In the run-up to the Democratic convention where Hillary Clinton was nominated for president Tuesday, they asked the FBI, IRS and Federal Trade Commission to examine the dealings of the foundation.“From the information we have been able to gather, it appears the Clinton Foundation is a ‘pay to play’ sham charity that needs to be investigated,” Blackburn said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Clintons have used their Foundation to personally enrich themselves at the expense of American foreign policy. At a minimum, the Foundation’s tax-exempt status needs to be reviewed and revoked immediately.”Just like the FBI, don’t expect much from the IRS referral. There may be a lot of damaging information and odd coincidences between the donor, the donation, and the favorable event that benefited an interest connected with the individual, but this is from an agency that’s also been dragging its feet on releasing documents relating to whether they did target conservative organizations. That’s still a thorn in its side, and I doubt the agency will be enthusiastic about possibly torpedoing Clinton with a finding that play-to-play does occur at the Clinton Foundation. It’s a wonderful mirage. At the same time, we can say that Clinton is still under FBI investigation since their probe into the charity hasn’t concluded.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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HAJOGLON, MARY (nee: Sousanes)

first_img93, of Bayonne, passed away on September 22, 2018. Wife of the late Constantine “Gus” Hajoglon. Mother of Joanne and Debra Ann Hajoglon. Sister of the late Sam Sousanes, Peter Sousanes, Catherine Koumoulis, Claire Olympios, and Gus Sousanes. Aunt of Nick Koumoulis & his late wife Elena, Chris Koumoulis & his wife Rae, Joanne Villa Rosa & her husband Cesare, and Christine O’Boyle. Funeral arrangements by CAIOLA-STELLATO Funeral Home, 691 Avenue C.last_img

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McVitie’s taps indulgence trend with chocolate brownies

first_imgPladis-owned McVitie’s has extended its range with two chocolate brownies to tap into the indulgence trend.Its new Moments Brownies comprise Double Choc Fudge and Creamy White Choc variants.Available now with an rsp of £1.85 for a pack of five individually-wrapped bars, the brownies are topped with milk chocolate ganache or white chocolate cream and smothered in milk chocolate.They are the category’s first fully chocolate-enrobed brownies, said the firm.“Indulgence is a key trend in the category and growing numbers of shoppers now tuck into cake during typically indulgent moments – whether that’s an evening treat or during a moment of ‘me-time’,” said Claire Hooper, head of marketing – cake at Pladis UK and Ireland.Cake bars continue to drive growth for the pre-packaged cake category, with a 24% increase in the past two years, according to data firm Kantar. Bought by one in three British households, they are worth £48 million, it added.“Our individually packaged cake bars are already a winning proposition, but we’ve spotted an opportunity to help retailers drive incremental sales by upping the indulgence factor and adding a touch of chocolate-smothered luxury to our bestselling portfolio with this unique new proposition,” Hooper added.McVitie’s Moments Brownies are available in a pack of five individually wrapped bars across major retailers, including Tesco, as well as convenience and wholesale.last_img read more

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Professor Barry Bloom named AAAS Fellow

first_imgBarry R. Bloom, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), is among 15 Harvard faculty members named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2011.Bloom, who served as dean of the HSPH faculty from 1998 to 2008, was chosen for his many contributions to and leadership in the areas of infectious diseases, vaccines, and global health. A leading scientist and former consultant to the White House, Bloom continues to pursue an active interest in bench science as the principal investigator of a laboratory researching the immune response to tuberculosis, a disease that claims more than two million lives each year.Founded in 1848, the AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of Science.last_img read more

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Tix Now On Sale to See Carson Elrod & Matthew Saldivar in Important Hats

first_img Important Hats of the Twentieth Century Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 13, 2015 View Comments Tickets are now available to see Carson Elrod and Matthew Saldivar in the world premiere of Important Hats of the Twentieth Century. The Manhattan Theatre Company’s off-Broadway production, directed by Hand to God’s Moritz von Stuelpnagel, will begin previews on November 10 at New York City Center—Stage II. The Nick Jones comedy will open officially on November 23.Elrod takes on the role of Sam Greevy, an in-demand fashion designer in 1930s New York. Saldivar will play Paul Roms, a designer whose latest collection features anachronistic sweatshirts, tracksuits and skater pants. Their rivalry escalates as Greevy wraps his head around where—and when—these pieces come from.Additional cast members include Remy Auberjonois, Jon Bass, John Behlmann, Reed Campbell, Maria Elena Ramirez, Triney Sandoval and Henry Vick. Related Showslast_img read more

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The Man With The Magic Beard, or, I’m Better At Making Videos Than You Are

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York “Hey Conforti,” the imaginary people who follow this pseudo-column say, “Stop showing like, uplifting stuff. This is the internet. I want to see stupid time lapse videos that are stupid but then again, are sorta awesome and kinda funny but not like ROFL funny but kinda funny and something I could show someone and be all like ‘Hey, check out this video out, it’s stupid but kinda cool and sorta funny’.”Hm. Actually, I’ve got just the thing.last_img

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Exit Polls Showed the Vote Came Down to Covid-19 Versus the Economy

first_imgPre-election polls throughout this election season had shown that roughly four in five voters held strong opinions on Mr. Trump and his leadership, and strong feelings on both sides continued to define this year’s election. Updated Nov. 3, 2020, 10:16 p.m. ET If you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election ResultsHere’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. Reflecting a pervasive pessimism, nearly two-thirds of voters said they believed the country was heading in the wrong direction, according to an Associated Press canvass of those who had cast ballots — and those voters overwhelmingly picked Mr. Biden. And while Mr. Trump had attempted to focus the campaign on anything other than the pandemic, it remained a defining issue: More than four in 10 voters said it was the most important problem facing the country, far more than any other issue. A separate survey — the traditional exit poll, conducted by Edison Research — asked the question differently; it found that, as important as it was to them, only about one in five voters considered the virus the top issue affecting their vote. More said the economy was, and a similar share said racial inequality decided their ballots. Moderate voters also swung heavily for Mr. Biden, in a tacit rejection of the “radical” label that Mr. Trump had sought to pin on him. Throughout his term, Mr. Trump has alienated moderates with his rhetoric, and was never seen favorably by most independent voters.It was these voters at the center whom Mr. Biden had most aggressively targeted, using a message of unity and American tradition to offer voters a respite from the bombast of the current president, and to push back against the Trump campaign’s portrayal of the Democrat as a tool of the left.For the first time, not one but two probability-based, scientifically sound voter surveys were conducted amid the election. The Edison exit polls, conducted on behalf of a consortium of news organizations, were carried out by phone with voters who had cast ballots early, and by in-person interviews at voting places.The Associated Press also conducted its own voter survey, called VoteCast, using a panel of online respondents assembled by NORC, a research group based at the University of Chicago. Among those voters who cast ballots for him four years ago, about nine in 10 supported him again this time. But Mr. Biden held onto an even stronger share of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 supporters. As the country faces a dual national crisis — a monthslong pandemic and economic devastation — voters were deeply divided on what mattered more: containing the coronavirus or hustling to rebuild the economy, according early exit polls and voter surveys released Tuesday.Their opinion of which was more important fell along starkly partisan lines, with those who viewed the pandemic as the most pressing issue favoring Joseph R. Biden Jr. for president, while those who named the economy and jobs broke overwhelmingly toward re-electing President Trump.- Advertisement –center_img Far fewer said they knew someone who had died from the virus, but among those who did, the vast majority chose the former vice president. The overall trends in the results were consistent between the two organizations’ surveys, though the exit polls appeared to show Mr. Trump running strongly in more states than the VoteCast survey did. The two polls also asked different questions of their respondents; results from both are referred to in this article.In contrast to four years ago, a very small share of voters, in the single digits, said they had decided within the past few days, according to the exit polls. Four years ago, 13 percent said they had decided in the final week, according to exit polls. Views of the virus also cleaved to politics: Roughly four in five Trump supporters called it at least somewhat under control, while as many Biden voters said it was “not at all under control.”Those who reported that the pandemic had taken a personal toll tended to back Mr. Biden. More than a third of all voters said they or someone in their household had lost a job or income over the past eight months, and most of those voters favored Mr. Biden.Those who did not vote in 2016, a group that the Trump campaign said would be key to re-election, appeared to show up in significant numbers — but they mostly turned out to oppose him. First-time voters appeared to favor Mr. Biden by wide margins.- Advertisement – The overwhelming majority of Trump supporters called the economy excellent or good while an equal share of Biden supporters said it was doing poorly.- Advertisement – Among white voters, there were stark divides along lines of gender as well as education. While Mr. Trump appeared on pace to come close to repeating his blowout win in 2016 among white voters without college degrees, Mr. Biden held a lead among white voters with a college education.That group was one among many — including suburbanites and political independents — that Mr. Trump had narrowly won when facing Mrs. Clinton, but whose support he had long since lost.In certain key states, Mr. Biden appeared to fall short of Hillary Clinton’s support four years ago among Latino voters, particularly men. In Florida, the exit poll put his lead in the single digits with Hispanic voters, and in Texas he was barely winning three in five.But elsewhere his margin among Hispanic voters was much stronger, and nationwide he ran ahead of the president by more than two to one. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Dubrovnik breaks records in all segments, but also literally shoots at the seams

first_imgLast year, 1.991.000 passengers passed through Dubrovnik Airport (ZLD), and on Friday, for the first time in its history, ZLD reached the number of two million passengers within a calendar year.The historic result of Dubrovnik Airport, which received this year new terminal capacity of 3 million passengers, is certainly not accidental, and Dubrovnik Airport expects to draw the line at about 2,3 million passengers this year.The walls of Dubrovnik are also joining the trend of breaking records. Thus, this year, fifteen days before last year, the Dubrovnik Walls were visited by one million tourists, regardless of the increase in ticket prices from HRK 30, ie to HRK 150. By the end of the year, the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities (DPDS) points out that it will have over one million and one hundred thousand visitors. By the way, the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities has started renovating the Fortress of St. John, and by the end of the year it is expected that the Fortress on Prevlaka will get a new owner, the Municipality of Konavle, and thus under the direction of DPDS will start reconstruction, which will certainly be another additional cultural and historical pearl of Dubrovnik.THREE MILLION NIGHTS ACHIEVED IN DUBROVNIK 9 DAYS EARLIER THAN LAST YEARWe all know well that a fire is extinguished when smoke appears, not when a fire breaks out. Thus, in tourism, in accordance with the growth in the number of arrivals and overnight stays, especially in Croatia where cities are relatively small in terms of fusion,According to the E-visitor tourist check-in and check-out system, Dubrovnik has achieved record tourist results in all types of accommodation since the beginning of the year, with 17% more arrivals and 15% more overnight stays. As of September 03, three million overnight stays were realized, which is 9 days earlier than last year, not including the data on realized nautical overnight stays.From January 1 to September 02, 2017, 876.076 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is as much as 17% more than in the same period in 2016. There were 2.985.324 overnight stays, ie 15% more than last year. In the first eight months, the most numerous tourists were from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Sweden, Australia, Italy, and Norway. Markets that stood out in the increase in the number of arrivals are: the United Kingdom (28% more), the United States (39%), China (58%), Brazil (32%), India (64%).From January 1 to September 02 this year, 455.342 guests stayed in hotel accommodation, which is an increase of 7% compared to last year, and 1.546.984 overnight stays were realized, 6% more than last year. In the first seven months of this year, there were 305.048 arrivals in private accommodation, ie 28% more than in the same period last year and 1.066.725 overnight stays, which is 23% more than in 2016.EVERYTHING IS SUPER AND EVERYTHING IS FOR FIVE?We all know well that a fire is extinguished when smoke appears, not when a fire breaks out. Thus, in tourism, in accordance with the growing number of arrivals and overnight stays, especially in Croatia, where cities are relatively small in figure,According to the E-visitor tourist check-in and check-out system, Dubrovnik has achieved record tourist results in all types of accommodation since the beginning of the year, with 17% more arrivals and 15% more overnight stays. As of September 03, three million overnight stays were realized, which is 9 days earlier than last year, not including the data on realized nautical overnight stays.From January 1 to September 02, 2017, 876.076 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is as much as 17% more than in the same period in 2016. There were 2.985.324 overnight stays, ie 15% more than last year. In the first eight months, the most numerous tourists were from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Croatia, Sweden, Australia, Italy, and Norway. Markets that stood out in the increase in the number of arrivals are: the United Kingdom (28% more), the United States (39%), China (58%), Brazil (32%), India (64%).From January 1 to September 02 this year, 455.342 guests stayed in hotel accommodation, which is an increase of 7% compared to last year, and 1.546.984 overnight stays were realized, 6% more than last year. In the first seven months of this year, there were 305.048 arrivals in private accommodation, ie 28% more than in the same period last year and 1.066.725 overnight stays, which is 23% more than in 2016.EVERYTHING IS SUPER AND EVERYTHING IS FOR FIVE or?The idyllic image and prosperity of Dubrovnik is tormented by long-standing problems which, unfortunately, no one has dealt with strategically, and as it usually happens, unfortunately everything comes to a head – the city is cracking at the seams. It is unfortunate that UNESCO must threaten us with taking away the flattering title because we do not care about preserving the walls themselves, as well as that we still have problems with parking, electricity, sewage, water and generally too much load on the entire infrastructure. Worrying is the fact that we live in the 21st century, and we have problems with the distribution of water and electricity. There is also the problem of accommodation of tourist workers. Houses and apartments are rented on all sides, people “move” to garages so that they can put their property in the function of tourism, especially those gold real estate valuable within the walls, and the walls remain without population and authenticity. Prices of services and products are growing rapidly, and quality does not follow the same. Dubrovnik Airport has expanded, and there is still no expressway to Dubrovnik. In line with the large growth of tourists, Dubrovnik also has a problem with the disposal of garbage, which is accumulating more and more from year to year.If the purpose of tourism is to increase the quality of life for the local population, what does that mean for the citizens of Dubrovnik who have lost the city and do not have that quality of life, especially those who are not directly connected to tourism. However, someone needs to work in other activities as well. By the way, in the historic core in 2016, there are 516 service facilities, and the number is only growing every year, while the population is falling. With once 5.000 inhabitants within the walls, today there are only about 1.500. A good portion of the local population only has crowds, noise and a more expensive cost of living, but I wonder where that “compensation” is for the local population in the context of increasing the quality of life in the city? To what extent is the local population involved in tourism in general, and does tourist spending disperse to the local economy? Or are we financing imports again?Growth, growth and only growth, and why isn’t infrastructure growing as well? There are a lot of problems, especially when we know that Dubrovnik cannot really expand, and the reason for all the problems is only one – that Dubrovnik has not developed strategically and sustainably. Problems are much easier to solve when they happen, and even easier to plan and fix them before they even occur. But the question is where all these years spent a lot of money from tourism in Dubrovnik?The new mayor Mato Franković has introduced some positive changes that look more like firefighting measures because they are not systematically and strategically connected, and we know how tourism is complex and multidisciplinary and connects various industries vertically and horizontally. One affects the other, as in nature where everything is perfectly arranged and coordinated, but if we break one chain, the whole system collapses and the consequences are far-reaching. At the end of August, the Management Plan for the historic core of Dubrovnik was adopted, but Dubrovnik is not only within the walls, so it is necessary to make a strategic development plan for the city of Dubrovnik and its wider surroundings and start its implementation as soon as possible. It should certainly be one of the city’s most important documents in recent history, and whether the document will remain just blank letters on paper or end up in someone’s drawer will be shown by time.Time is short, the city is literally bursting at the seams. Do we want tourism or not? If so, then we must be aware of how tourism must be sustainable and how we must deal with tourism strategically because if we skip all the stairs and just chase money and growth without thinking in the long run, we will have big problems that will cost us a lot later, if not disastrous . Dubrovnik is in that situation today. To be or not to be?MINT, CNTB or someone else is not to blame for this situation, it is the fault of the local community because they are the ones who are developing the tourist destination. The main question for the current development of tourism in Dubrovnik is the quantity or quality and the elements or strategic development? We have money, knowledge, resources, creativity and even solutions to problems – again, it’s up to us.Related news:DUBROVNIK & KONAVLE WALKING FESTIVAL GREAT TOURIST STORY AND PLATFORM HOW OUR TOURIST PRODUCT SHOULD LOOKDUBROVNIK AND KAŠTEL GOMILICA SELECTED FOR THE BEST FILM LOCATION OF EUROPElast_img read more

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COVID-19: National Police name 33 suspects for allegedly stockpiling masks, hand sanitizers

first_imgRead also: Staple foods safe, but masks, sanitizer gone from markets as consumer behavior shiftsHe said the police would charge the suspects under Article 107 of the 2014 Trade Law, which stipulates that producers or traders who stockpile goods, contribute to market scarcity and artificially increase prices face a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to Rp 50 billion (US$3.57 million).The suspects, he said, could also be charged under Article 197 of the 2009 Health Law, which states that any person who distributes unauthorized health equipment could be sent to 15 years’ imprisonment and be fined up to Rp 1.5 million. However, this charge would only apply to the suspects if they also distributed unlicensed products.“We will take stern action against those who have stockpiled or hoarded masks and hand sanitizers as both goods are needed by the public in times of pandemic such as now,” Asep said.Topics : The National Police have named 33 people suspects for allegedly stockpiling masks and hand sanitizers and selling them at higher prices amid increasing demand for the commodities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The suspects were named in 18 separate cases, as reported by regional police forces across the archipelago, National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said. Jakarta reported the most cases with six followed by the East Java Police with four cases and the West Java Police with three.“We have named 33 suspects who are deliberately hoarding masks and hand sanitizers. However, we didn’t place all suspects in custody, as we have only detained two of them,” Asep said in a press conference on Thursday.last_img read more

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