Australian Navy upgrading Collins-class submarines

first_img Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarines are set to receive upgraded control and communications systems under two separate contracts announced by the Australian government on October 4.The first project addresses obsolescence in the control system to allow safe operation of the submarines, while the second provides improved submarine communications capability.“On average, 120 people per year across New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia will be employed over the life of the program,” Australian defense industry minister Christopher Pyne said.“Combined the projects will inject approximately $540 million into the Australian economy over the next 20 years, with $300 million going into South Australia, $65 million to New South Wales, and $175 million to Western Australia.”While ASC will manage the integration of the updated systems, Defence has engaged SAAB Australia to update the control system.Raytheon Australia, Collins combat systems integrator, will be in charge of coordinating the communications upgrade. Authorities October 4, 2017 Australian Navy upgrading Collins-class submarines Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy upgrading Collins-class submarines center_img View post tag: Collins-Class View post tag: Royal Australian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Open consultation: Adding folic acid to flour

first_imgWe’re seeking your views on our proposal to make it mandatory for flour millers to add folic acid to flour (a process known as ‘fortification’).Mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid should help raise people’s levels of a vitamin called ‘folate’.Raising folate levels in women who could become pregnant would help reduce the number of babies born with birth defects of the brain, spine or spinal cord, known as ‘neural tube defects’.We want to introduce this change across the UK.last_img read more

Merroir to Terroir: The Best Fest for Oysters is in Harrisonburg, VA

first_imgPhoto courtesy Ashley Robinson Tickets are on sale now: $30 later bird, $35 in advance, $45 at door. Tickets include wine tasting from each winery. VIP tickets are $75 and include the tasting plus a wine tote bag with a festival shirt, a collectable patch, or pin and a hat. Tickets for children and non-drinking adults are also available. VIP or not, all attendees will get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of On Sunny Slope Farms. The oysters for the festival come from Bruce and Daniel Vogt of Big Island Aquaculture from Hayes, Virginia. Big Island Aquaculture is a small, family run business serving our customers with great tasting oysters, while helping sustain the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and promoting its rich culture.  Their briny oysters are often referred to as the best in the bay–and during the festival–the best in the Shenandoah Valley. Do not miss this culinary expert showcase- Specialty Oyster Dishes paired with these Exquisite Virginia Wines.While you are in the Shenandoah Valley, why not stay the night?  Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, the newest hotel in Harrisonburg, blends a sophisticated style with relaxing comfort. Featuring well-appointed rooms and suites with mountain and downtown views, as well as fine dining, fitness facilities, Hotel Madison is an elegant and inspiring choice. This upscale hotel provides superior accommodations, event spaces, and staff services.Wineries/VineyardsNorth Mountain Vineyard & Winery, CrossKeys Vineyards, Bluestone Vineyard, Brix and Columns Vineyards, White Oak Lavender Farm & The Purple WOLF Tasting Room, Cave Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Castle Glen Estates Winery, Third Hill at DeMello Vineyards, Narmada Winery, and Hunt’s Vineyard.Culinary PairingsDayton Tavern, Paella Perfecta, Hops Kitchen, Mashita, Taj of India, Smiley’s Ice Cream, and Kraken CakesProceeds from this event go to the Artisans Center of Virginia, the parent organization of Virginia’s Artisan Trail Network and the Virginia Oyster Trail.Sponsored by: Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center, Blue Ridge Insurance Services, Inc., Visit Harrisonburg Virginia, 93-7 NOW, Ruffles & Rust Florals, Another Chance Vintage Rentals, Visit Rockingham County, VA, Virginia is for Lovers Get your Oyster fix while supporting the Artisans Center of Virginia at On Sunny Slope Farm. Their 2nd annual Wine and Oyster Festival, on August 5, 2018, at 11:00 AM, will have fun for the whole family. Enjoy tastings from Virginia wineries, coastal oysters, and an array of craft foods as you explore local artisan booths and are entertained with live music and fun activities. Spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day! Photo courtesy Ashley Robinsonlast_img read more

Illogicality in the Law on Tourist Tax

first_imgCover photo: Henry & Co. from Pexels I must also warn of the illegal process of adopting the Tourist Tax Act. Namely, the text of the proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax, which was in the process of public debate from 19.09. 2018 to 18.10. In 2018, it did not contain a provision on the payment of a flat fee on extra beds, but it was subsequently inserted immediately before the enactment of the Law on 09.05. 2019 in the Croatian Parliament. This grossly violated the prescribed procedure for passing the Law. The interested public could not comment on the provision of payment of a flat tourist tax on an extra bed for services in the household and on the family farm because this provision was not in the text given for public consultation. In addition, the insertion of the said appendix significantly changes the significance and impact of the entire Act on the business conditions of the owners of accommodation in the household and on the family farm. This raises the question of whether the Law was passed in an illegal manner and is in fact null and void and subject to repetition of the entire procedure? ARTICLE 12 OF THE LAW IN CONFLICT WITH ARTICLE 11 OF THE RULES Article 12 I quote: Persons providing catering services in the household or on the family farm pay an annual lump sum tourist tax for each bed (main and auxiliary) and the accommodation unit in the camp and camp-rest area, ie according to the capacity in the Robinson accommodation facility used for the provision of accommodation services in accordance with a special regulation governing the performance of catering activities. – completed quote. Due to the above, I hold that the insertion of the obligation to pay a flat-rate sojourn tax for household accommodation service providers on an extra bed is contrary to the legal provisions of the same Act on full or partial exemption from the obligation to pay the tourist tax. Also, this provision is contrary to the provisions of the ordinance on the classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the household and on the family farm. ILLEGAL PROCEDURE FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE LAW ON TOURIST TAX? Furthermore, in the Tourist Tax Act (OG 52/19, in force since 30.05 May 2019, in Article 5, paragraph one, it is stated that tourist tax is not paid by children under 12 years of age. In the same law, Article 6, paragraph 1 states that tourist tax reduced by 50% is paid by children aged 12 to 18. So the most common users of an extra bed are either completely exempt from paying the tourist tax or pay a tax reduced by 50%. Having in mind the different treatment of extra beds in the Regulations on the classification and categorization of catering facilities that were in force for a certain year, today we have accommodation facilities with expressed and those with unexpressed extra beds. The current Ordinance also does not require the disclosure of extra beds. Consequently, it will happen that the owners of facilities that have a categorization according to the latest Ordinance will not be charged with the sojourn tax (and tax) for extra beds, while owners with an “older” categorization will be charged with the stated extra beds. Of course these owners will massively apply for a new categorization without extra beds which must be done by the end of this year. The large number of facilities that need to be visited and new solutions issued, and the small number of executors at UDUs, will create a chaotic situation and unnecessary tensions. CONSEQUENCES OF SUCH A LEGAL PROVISION WHY CAN’T YOU PAY A FULL TOURIST TAX ON EXTRA BEDS?center_img I would like to draw your attention to the suspicion of the illegality of the provision on the payment of sojourn tax on an extra bed in a household from Article 12 of the Tourist Tax Act (OG 52/19, in force since 30.05.2019). The only possible payment of the tourist tax on extra beds would be after the overnight stay of persons who are obliged to pay the tourist tax. The collection of a flat tourist tax (and then a tax) on extra beds is too much of a burden that cannot be justified by anything. Extra beds are mostly used by children who do not pay the fee or pay only half of it. Extra beds are only available on request and are generally not charged separately. Their quality is also not the same as permanent beds, so it is completely illogical that tourist tax and tax are charged on extra beds as well as on permanent ones. If a flat tourist tax were paid for extra beds as stated in the Act, then an apartment with two permanent and two extra beds would be treated as an apartment with four permanent beds. This presupposes a new way of classifying and categorizing catering facilities, according to which extra beds become permanent. If the user of the extra bed does not pay the tourist tax, can the owner of the accommodation be required to pay the same? ARTICLE 12 OF THE LAW IN CONFLICT WITH ARTICLE 5 OF THE SAME LAW From the stated article of the Ordinance, on the basis of which the categorization of accommodation facilities in the household is performed, it is prescribed that the extra bed does not express in the capacity of the object except in the studio apartment (6).It is also prescribed that the extra bed (folding) is furnished at the request of the guest (sofa, two-seater, armchair, etc.) it does not have to be prescribed elements: bedside table or shelf, bedside lamp, carpet next to the bed and the ability to turn off and turn on the main lights from the bed (6). It is obvious that the extra bed is not in use except at the request of the guest, that it does not meet the requirements of the basic bed and that it is not expressed in the capacity of the facility. Accommodation capacity of the building is determined by the number of fixed beds, and in the studio apartment by the number of extra and fixed beds, depending on the area of ​​the module. (2) The household facility has the following capacity: 1. single room – one bed (one person), width up to 120 cm, 2. double room – two beds (two single beds or one double bed), 3 triple room – three beds, if the area of ​​the module for a double room is larger by 3 m4, 3. apartment and holiday house – one, two or three beds in each room (for the third bed the area of ​​the module larger by 5 m3), 3. studio apartment – maximum four people on extra (folding) and / or fixed beds in an existing building. (4) An extra bed can be placed in a single or double room, if the area of ​​the module is larger by 5 m3. (XNUMX) There may be two extra beds in the living room of the apartment and the holiday home if they are not in the rooms. (XNUMX) Extra bed (folding) is set at the request of the guest (sofa, sofa, armchair, etc.). Along with XNUMX of them, there are no prescribed elements: a nightstand or shelf, a night lamp, a carpet next to the bed and the possibility of turning off and on the main lighting from the bed. (6) Extra bed is not expressed in the capacity of the facility, except in the studio apartment. – completed quote. Namely, in the Ordinance on the classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided in the household (OG 69/17), Article 11 states, I quote: Simply put – paying a flat tourist tax for extra beds is not justified, it is not legitimate, it is not fair. The only fair way to collect the tourist tax per extra bed is to collect the tax per night spent for persons from 12 to 18 years 50%, and for persons over 18 years 100% of the prescribed fee, according to the records in the visitor. LEGAL PROVISION CONTRARY TO OTHER PROVISIONS FROM THE SAME LAWlast_img read more

Family First at the World Congress of Families

first_imgFamily First is currently at the World Congress of Families (WCF) which is the premier global gathering of parents, youth, lawmakers, scholars, religious leaders, and advocates united to support the natural family—and for the first time in history, the global gathering is in the United States. It’s a massive four-day event. www.wcf9.orglast_img

“Field Trip Friday”: Ocqueoc Falls

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis In this week’s Field Trip Friday we invited the sports guys to join us on our trip to Ocqueoc Falls!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious MI Social Media DayNext Alpena Optimist Club Hosts Traditional Duck Racelast_img