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House resolution calls for mediation to head off 400 layoffs

first_imgAs the Douglas Administration began the process of laying off 30 state workers ahead of an expected 400 more, the Legislature passed a joint resolution today to send the process to mediation. The House passed the Joint Resolution, JRH 26, calling for the administration and the Vermont State Employees Association to enter into a formal mediation process to resolve differences regarding state payroll savings. Since the beginning of the legislative season, the administration has said that the state needs to save an addition $17 million in payroll to help reduce the cost of state government. In the current fiscal year, the nonunion (exempt) state workforce has been reduce by 3.5 percent to 586 workers and nonunion workers have had their pay frozen, with those making over $60,000 taking a 5 percent pay cut. Meanwhile, the union workforce has been reduced 2.7 percent to 7,597 workers without any adjustments to pay or benefits.The Douglas Administration has the ability to lay off workers, but under the collective bargaining process it cannot change pay or benefits without the approval of the union. The state was expected to notify 30 workers today that they were being laid off, but the union has some ability to transfer those layoffs to other unionized workers. The administration has said it needs to lay off an additional 400 or so workers if a pay and benefit deal is not struck with the union.At the beginning of the session, Douglas said at least 600 state workers would need to be laid off. According to press reports, rank and file members of the five unionized bargaining units are themselves divided on the issue of whether to suffer the layoffs, or instead cut pay and benefits. The administration wants to reduce overall costs for future fiscal years rather than taking the union offer of just reducing costs in the next fiscal year, through furloughs and other one-time cost saving measures.Senate leaders, meanwhile, have offered up a couple of different plans as compromise to avoid layoffs, including furloughs for two years and some pay reductions of 3.5 percent. The administration’s non-layoff proposals have included a 5 percent wage cut and a health insurance premium increase from 20 percent to 30 percent. The Senate plan has included a cut in the number of communications positions within the Douglas Administration from 10 to five. There has been an on-going battle between the administration and the Legislature over these positions. Democratic legislators have seen these positions as part of the public relations machine for the administration. The Democrats see these cuts as a way for the administration to shoulder more of the pain. The administration has always bristled at the notion that these are just PR positions and instead insist that they perform the vital role of informing the public of what is happening in state government.The joint resolution calls for the mediation process to be completed no later than Tuesday, May 5. With two weeks left in the session and further revenue downgrades today, it is imperative that the Administration and the union find a way past the gridlock to find payroll savings, preferably without laying off workers, said Speaker Shap Smith.  In these difficult times, we all must make difficult choices and I hope that, with a formal mediation process, the Administration and the State Employees Union can reach a compromise.last_img read more

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The Germans replaced the Americans in luxury accommodation

first_imgHalf of the participants in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce survey recorded a shortening of the number of overnight stays since the beginning of the corona crisis, while a smaller number recorded an increase or equal duration of guests’ stay. Most of the respondents introduced benefits and additional facilities in the form of discounts, and to a lesser extent the offer of gastronomic packages, boat tours and sports facilities. All emphasize the need to intensify marketing activities in traditionally strong markets that are currently in decline, but also in all markets from which it is possible to visit Croatia by car.  Like everything in this year’s tourism, there have been significant changes in the luxury hotel segment. A survey conducted among members of the Group of Unique Luxury Hotels of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce showed that the structure of guests in this segment of tourism has changed significantly. Among the respondents, online advertising dominates in attracting guests, whether it is social networks, Google advertising or Booking.com, and to a lesser extent fairs. “We continue with strong marketing activities in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil because once lost markets are harder to regain than to gain new ones. Therefore, I appeal to the system of tourist boards not to redirect marketing funds intended for promotion in overseas markets. On the contrary, we need to think about the future, because all this will pass one day, and we must be ready for it”, Concludes Milinović.  Nenad Nizić: Our goal is to position ourselves on the international market through top service Hotel Meneghetti Modern consumers of luxury today want unique experiences and destinations that provide authentic and rich nature, culture and history. It is precisely the unique experiences of the backbone and the differentiation of the brand Stories, Croatian Unique Hotels – a common hotel brand of the Group of Unique Luxury Hotels at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which was presented at the beginning of 2017. The Germans replaced the Americans in luxury accommodation “Our goal is to position ourselves on the international market through top service, unique offer and a special gourmet experience. The crisis we are all going through shows new trends, but reaffirms that the product is the most important and after this crisis our guests will be even more looking for small hotels with the most authentic and personal experience, on which Stories hotels base and develop their offer”, He emphasized Nenad Nizic, President of the Group of Unique Luxury Hotels of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Tomislav Milinović, the director of the Calvados Club travel agency also notices a change in emitting markets. “Otherwise, our main markets are the USA, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia. Other markets are below 5 percent of total turnover, and the EU market is negligible for us. However, agencies and clients from the European market, mostly from Germany and Scandinavia, are now contacting us. However, they are really only looking for luxury accommodation like villas, apartments in a luxury hotel or yacht”, Explained Milinović. You can find out more about the whole project as well as the list of hotels included in the project “Stories, Croatian Unique Hotels” at www.storiescroatia.com “We have undertaken a number of additional marketing campaigns in collaboration with long-standing partners, agencies, DMCs, the media and on social media, and the results are tangible. Booking has become exclusively short-term and therefore very unpredictable, but it is much more intense than we expected. There are obvious oscillations that show a strong and immediate reaction of guests to any change in the situation in Croatia or surrounding countries. The influence of the media or policy changes of individual governments change the picture from day to day”, Said Jurić. “Currently, most of our guests come from the German-speaking area and from Croatia, and there is a noticeable increase in arrivals from Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, etc. Most of them are guests who come by car, and a number come by plane. , often on a private flight. Our experiences with them are extremely positive and in most cases they are guests who visited us for the first time, looking for an alternative to long haul destinations they otherwise visited. Interestingly, many have noticed how much easier it is to choose a closer destination, and many of them have announced a revisit, given that we have met their expectations in terms of a high degree of privacy, quality of accommodation and services.”, She pointed out Sandra Jurić, sales and marketing director at the Meneghetti Hotel, which is a member of the Stories group, Croatian Unique Hotels.  Cover photo: San Rocco – Boutique Hotel When it comes to advertising on social networks, the markets of greatest interest to all are the United Kingdom, Austria and Germany, followed by Slovenia and other European countries. Before the advent of coronavirus, the US was the priority market for most respondents, and now it is Germany. It is interesting that we are increasingly visited by guests who before the pandemic spent their annual at exotic long haul destinations such as the Bahamas and the Seychelles, and that a large number of them have announced a return visit to Croatia.  By the way, HGK through the brand Stories, Croatian Unique Hotels promotes small luxury hotels that are associated with the Group of unique luxury hotels HGK. last_img read more

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Tottenham Welcome Man United for Last Match at White Hart Lane

first_img“Sunday (today) will be special for everyone who loves Tottenham, but the future is exciting. It is important we take the soul, smell of WHL to the new stadium. It’s sad and exciting.”United boss Jose Mourinho says that with just 15 players available, changes should be expected with the hectic final weeks his side face where they will play four games – including the Europe League final against Ajax.Mourinho said: “I have to give some minutes to everyone because we have only 15 players, we don’t have more, so I have to play them. But I have to play them mixed. I have to play them by periods and I don’t have another solution.“We can win a trophy and by winning that trophy we can play Champions League next season, so that’s the game. We are not going to say that matches are not important matches. They are important. But we have one that is more important than others.”Tottenham’s Danny Rose will miss out on a farewell appearance at White Hart Lane as he continues his recovery from a knee injury. The left-back has been sidelined since the 0-0 draw with Sunderland on January 31 and though he has returned to first-team training, the 26-year-old is short of match fitness and won’t be risked.Pochettino will be without three youngsters for the match; Cameron Carter-Vickers (USA), Joshua Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters (both England) have joined up with their respective nations in preparation for the FIFA U20 World Cup.Alongside Rose, Eric Lamela (hip) and Harry Winks (ankle) continue their rehabilitation and will not feature in the remaining games of the season.Marouane Fellaini serves the final game of his three-match ban and Eric Bailly is likely to start following his red card against Celta Vigo on Thursday.Luke Shaw (foot), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee), Marcos Rojo (knee), Ashley Young (hamstring) and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (shoulder) are out for the season and the United boss could be tempted to include U23 starlets Axel Tuanzebe and Scott McTominay after the pair made their debuts against Arsenal last weekend.Spurs’ only win in their last 15 home Premier League games against Manchester United came in last season’s 3-0 victory (D6 L8). That 3-0 defeat for United is the only time they’ve conceded in their last five Premier League games against Spurs, keeping four clean sheets.Jose Mourinho has failed to win on his last four Premier League visits to White Hart Lane (D2 L2) and hasn’t won a league game there since August 2005, when his Chelsea side defeated Spurs 2-0.Spurs have lost more Premier League games against United than against any other opponent (32) – indeed, in their top-flight history Spurs have lost 77 games against them, eight more than they have against anyone else.Tottenham could go unbeaten at home for the first time in a league season since 1964/65 (W16 D2 L0 this season).Jose Mourinho hasn’t seen his side score in an away league game against any of the current top six clubs since January 1 2015 in a 5-3 defeat at Tottenham while Chelsea manager. Four of the seven games since have finished 0-0 (L3).Harry Kane has scored against 23 of the 25 clubs he has faced with Tottenham in the Premier League – though he’s yet to score in six appearances against United.Three of United’s four Premier League defeats this season have been in games played on a Sunday immediately after a European match.Spurs have won their last 13 home league matches – one short of their club record run of 14 between January and October 1987.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tottenham Hotspur will aim to consolidate second place in the Premiership as they host Manchester United in the last match to be played at White Hart Lane as they make plans to move to a new ground. Today’s encounter is expected to be a highly emotional affair with Tottenham vacating the stadium that has been their home for 118 years and Mauricio Pochettino says his side are ‘focused’.He said: “We’re still disappointed about last Friday. Training from Monday to Wednesday was difficult. We missed a big chance to put pressure on Chelsea. Before that game, we thought it was possible to win the title. We are okay now. We are focused on United.last_img read more

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Becky Lynch on doing things her way in WWE, SummerSlam, waiting for Ronda Rousey to return

first_imgIt’s one thing to make it to the top of the WWE Universe. It another thing to stay there. Just ask “The Man.”It’s been nonstop Becky Lynch — the current “RAW” women’s champion — over the last year when her WWE’s career exploded to another level behind her sharp tongue and relentless work ethic both in and out of the ring. For her to come out and talk about how much it means to her to get a title shot against her friend, I’m not your friend anymore. I’m your opponent. You’re trying to take away something I’ve worked my entire life for, something I care about more than anything. I’m going to beat the hell out of you in your home country and snap your arm in front of your family if that’s what it comes down to.SN: Considering how the two of you were tied together for so long, do you miss not having Ronda Rousey around WWE?BL: Do I miss her? Absolutely not. If she wants to come back, I’ll still be holding onto the championship and happy to face her. I didn’t run. She ran. I still want that singles match. I still want that singles match so whenever she wants to come back and face me, I’ll be right here waiting, carrying this division that she abandoned. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearLynch had her defining moment at WrestleMania, winning both the “RAW” and “SmackDown” women’s championships as women headlined the annual mega-event.Now, she’s trying to enjoy the fruits of the labor, but there is no stop. But there are perks that come with the job. That includes donning the cover of the upcoming WWE2K20 video game alongside fellow WWE superstar Roman [email protected] just announced that The Man @BeckyLynchWWE & The Big Dog @WWERomanReigns will be on the cover for #WWE2K20!! https://t.co/JPkWvEa492 pic.twitter.com/Di37NOL6Nl— WWE (@WWE) August 5, 2019This Sunday at SummerSlam in Toronto, Lynch will put her “RAW” women’s championship on the line in a submission match against Toronto’s own Natalya in front of what should be a raucous crowd at the Scotiabank Arena.Just hours before the Aug. 5 edition of “RAW” in Pittsburgh, Sporting News spoke with the “Irish Lass kicker” about making the cover of the upcoming WWE2K20 video game (out on Oct. 22 and available for pre-order now), trying to stay on top of the mountain, her upcoming SummerSlam match and her arch-nemesis Ronda Rousey.SPORTING NEWS: You are on the cover of the new WWE2K20 video game alongside Roman Reigns. What was your reaction when you found out?BECKY LYNCH: You know, “The Man” doesn’t shriek but I may have shrieked when I found out. It’s pretty cool. There’s certain things you want in your life. One of them is main-eventing WrestleMania, one of them is to be a playable character in a video game. And to be on the cover of the video game — stop it. That’s next level stuff. SN: You wanted this spot, these opportunities for a long time. Now you’ve had them for close to the last year. Has it been everything you thought it would be?BL: Absolutely. Absolutely. It’s a lot of targets on your back. It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of no sleep. It’s a lot of running on adrenaline and I love it.SN: There’s always a process of getting to this stage in a career. Now that you’re there, that you’ve main-evented WrestleMania, you’re on the cover of the new WWE 2K video game, how difficult is it to maintain this position?BL: Yeah, it’s probably harder, you know because you’re always the hero on the chase to the villain and the victory, right? Everybody wants to support you when you’re climbing but once you get there, everybody kind of wants to knock you down a peg or two … or three or four or five. So, the work gets harder. We are in the business of how have you entertained me lately.OK, yeah, you did something cool last week but what have you done this week? What did you do on Twitter? What did you do in Instagram? So, it’s always constantly thinking of more ways to evolve and then you’ve got more attention, you’ve got more eyes on you. You always have to be thinking. You always have to be creative and working and trying to evolve.SN: This huge boom in your career really began a year ago at SummerSlam when you attacked Charlotte Flair following your match. Did you think that was going to be a career-altering moment?BL: Yes, I actually did at the time because I knew that the people were there supporting me and that I knew once you decide that you’ve had enough and you’re not going to take crap anymore, people can feel that because we’ve all felt like that. We’ve all been in that position where we’re taking so much and we’re just sick to death but finally, one day, you wake up and say enough’s enough. I’ve done things the right way — now let me do them my way and see where that gets me. And let me tell you from experience, it gets you pretty far. SN: Obviously, you had success in WWE before that moment but it had never been to this level. Is there any part of you that wonders ‘what took them so long to really get me like this?’BL: The fans were always behind me. Fans were always with me. The reason why I got where I am was because of them. It was them telling the people behind the stage ‘She’s got something. We like her. We have a connection with her.’ When I was on top of that ladder in Chicago at Money in the Bank (in 2018), the crowd went mad and that showed everybody that I have something.People that thought I was destined to be good but not great, a good hand, somebody who can make people look good, somebody that can make people into stars but wasn’t necessarily a star herself. The crowd and the reaction, that changed everybody’s perception backstage which then pushed me to the next level. SN: We all know that you and Seth Rollins are in a relationship and we’ve seen you work together in WWE including a match teaming up at Extreme Rules in July. We haven’t seen you together on TV since then. Would you like to work together or is it better to go your separate ways on screen?BL: I think it was cool to see us side-by-side but we both have our own divisions to carry right now. So, I think let me go and do my own thing, let him go and do his own thing. We’ll be fighting and defending for my championship and hopefully his championship after SummerSlam.I think when you see two bad asses fighting together, that’s cool. When you hear about them being in a relationship every few minutes, maybe not so cool. (laughs)SN: Is it tough to have that kind of a spotlight? It’s one thing to be seen together in public but it’s another when you’re doing your job together and the job is in the WWE, which is very unique and brings a different kind of spotlight. BL: Yeah, it is what it is. It was cool to work with him and he is the best at what he does and I’m the best at what I do. Side-by-side, I think that’s awesome. I think when we put the focus on the wrong thing, then things can get a little bit skewed.Knock knock @NatbyNature #summerslam #canadasnewhero pic.twitter.com/6289wmoHTF— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) August 5, 2019SN: You’re going to facing Natalya at SummerSlam for your “RAW” women’s championship. Do you think the buildup and the match will be more satisfying considering the history between the two of you and that you’ve known each other for more than a decade?BL: We’ve known each other for 14 years. I had my first tour with Nattie 14 years ago in Japan. Before that, I met her, I think in September in Canada and we’ve got through a lot. We were the closest of friends and then she stabbed me in the back. When I got my face broken, when I was concussed, she held my hand when I was getting stitches and then she goes off and trains Ronda Rousey to try and beat me. When she knows all that I’ve been through to get where I am, it busted my heart a little bit.last_img read more

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