Amy Jackson, bakery technologist at Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), has been named as one of five contenders for Food Scientist of the Year in the UK Food and Drink Federation Awards 2018.Jackson has been shortlisted for her work helping bakers across the UK and Europe to reduce sugar, fat and calories in their cakes, biscuits and other baked goods.From Tate & Lyle’s technical service centre and ingredient blending facility in Mold, Flintshire, she has adapted hundreds of product recipes to improve their nutrition profile, without compromising taste or texture, and has helped bakery customers to implement these changes at their sites. “It’s a real honour to be shortlisted for this national award alongside leading brands and industry peers,” said Jackson. “Nutrition and bakery have always been passions of mine and it’s really rewarding to be able to help customers to make their pastries, muffins, pies and celebration cakes that bit healthier without compromising on taste.”Also shortlisted for the award are Premier Foods’ Mike Jordan, Nestle UK’s Stephanie Marty-Terrade and Simon Flanagan and Rob Griffiths from RSSL, which recently opened an acrylamide laboratory.Her work is particularly pertinent given the increased pressure on bakery, and other, manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar in their products. It was revealed earlier this year that food and drink suppliers had fallen short of government targets to reduce sugar.
What would be logical and fair is to release the landlords from the first installment of the lump sum if by 31.07. they did not have an overnight stay, as well as those who checked out their capacities, so they should be exempted from paying the tourist tax for 2020. Exceptionally, for providers of accommodation services in households and family farms from the City of Zagreb, Krapina-Zagorje and Zagreb counties where no overnight stay was recorded in 2020, the calculation of the first installment of the annual lump sum tourist tax for 2020 was not initiated, taking into account the negative consequences of the earthquake. On March 22, 2020, it hit Zagreb and its wider surroundings. Also, Velenik states the whole chronology of the story. Circular letter to the offices of municipal and city tourist boards sent from the Main Office of the CNTB, which we transmit in full: We would also like to inform you that on 31 July 2020 the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the annual lump sum membership fee for persons providing catering services in households and on family farms and on the Tourist Board forms for paying membership fees to the tourist board was published in the Official Gazette. a settlement will be launched in the coming days, of which you will be informed in detail after it is visible within the eVisitor system. ” You will be notified in a timely manner of further steps related to the calculation of the remaining two installments of the annual lump sum tourist tax due on 31 August and 30 September 2020. “Dear colleagues,following the letter of 17 July 2020 in which we informed you and the initiation of the calculation of the annual flat rate of tourist tax for providers of accommodation in households and family farms for 2020, below we inform you about the change related to the calculation. “I checked out the accommodation in July and had no traffic, and I still got a charge of the Lump sum and Membership fee for the whole of 2020.”Is just one of the landlords’ answers to this absurd move by the CNTB. Even though they didn’t spend a single night, even though they checked out – they still have to pay the debt that was waiting for them in the eVisitor system. Although it is quite clear to everyone that this Decision is absurd and illogical, especially at the current time of the covid19 pandemic, we expect the statement of the main officials, MINT and CNTB, as soon as possible, the urgent adoption of a new Ordinance on the manner of collection of the lump sum of the sojourn tax (regardless of vacations) and instructions on how renters should behave in this situation. Communication and argumentative discussion is the key, and that is where we fall the most. Taking into account additional consultations with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, conclusions from the coordination meetings of the Croatian Tourist Board with the system of tourist boards held in July 2020 and the arguments of tourist boards regarding the method of calculating the annual lump sum tourist tax for 2020, we inform you that on 31 July In 2020, the calculation of the first installment of the lump sum in question was initiated, the due date of which is 31 July 2020 for all providers of accommodation services in the household and on the family farm, regardless of whether they recorded an overnight stay in 2020. ISTRIAN TOURIST BOARDS REBELLED AGAINST CNTB DECISION Regardless of whether the renters have made overnight stays so far, some have even checked out the accommodation because they had no traffic, the Croatian National Tourist Board demands that all renters pay a lump sum in full for 2020. Although the CNTB held regional meetings with certain county tourist boards, there is noise in communication, as some local tourist boards have been informed, and some have not, about this decision. At least according to the current information I have. It is the local tourist boards that are currently under the “attack” of angry renters on a daily basis, their citizens. And the most important question: Why did no one communicate with the landlords before making such a decision? The CNTB’s decision was first revolted by Istrian tourist boards, which sent a joint letter on August 04th, asking for such a decision to be annulled. That is why the director of the Poreč Tourist Board, Nenad Velenik, convened a press conference, since they are called every day by shocked people and renters, reports IstraTeeraMagica.eu It is also important to point out that the calculation of the first installment of the annual lump sum of the tourist tax was initiated for taxpayers who obtained a decision to cease providing accommodation in the household in 2020 as well as for those who reduced capacity in accommodation facilities due to that as of 1 January 2020, the Ordinance on the method of collecting the lump sum of the sojourn tax of persons providing accommodation services in households and peasant households is no longer in force (OG 92/09 and 110/16). We kindly ask you to inform the payers of the lump sum in question in your area about this notice. It is not disputed that those renters who had a turnover pay a lump sum, but for those who did not have a single overnight stay, and who checked out before 01.07. its capacity is more than absurd. Needless to say, this is an extraordinary year and tourist season caused by the covid pandemic19. A key question arises, which is obviously the reason for this situation and disagreement, why no new one was adopted Ordinance on the method of collecting the lump sum of the sojourn tax? Especially in this extraordinary situation, which would define all the doubts, even legal obstacles. Of course, the problems are much deeper, from mistrust between everyone in the tourism sector, poor communication without open argumentative discussion and constructive dialogue between the public and private sectors. “According to the decision of the Ministry of Tourism, the flat-rate tourist tax was reduced by 19% for everyone due to COVID 50, and the announcement of the payment for an extra bed was forgiven. Our landlords had to pay the reduced tourist tax in 3 installments: 31.07., 31.08. and 30.09. The CNTB asks us by e-mail of July 17 to inform private landlords that those who have not had overnight stays by July 31.07 will not have the obligation to pay the 1st installment. The same e-mail mentions that we will inform them in a timely manner for the other 2 installments. However, in the e-mail we received from the CNTB on 3.08. specified mail from 17.07. refutes with the remark that the 1st installment for which the deadline expired (July 31.07) will have to be paid regardless of whether the landlords had a recorded overnight stay or not ” Velenik points out. Many landlords have already paid new debts, so that they do not have to pay interest. Many renters are in a difficult financial situation, not all have 10 or more apartments and large financial stocks. “All of us (local tourist boards of Istria) sent a letter to the CNTB asking them to reconsider the decision because they put us in a situation where we have about 50 angry landlords who threaten us to the point that we will have to provide security services. to protect ourselves”Pointed out Velenik and emphasized that no one contacted the local tourist boards regarding this decision of the CNTB, nor did they ask them for their opinion. Photo: Pixabay.com
The Hogges and Cowins Book Festival and Writers Conference will be held from : March 2 – 3, at the Carrie P. Meek Manor Apartments (Barbara Carey-Schuler Residents’ Center) at 330 N.W. 19th Street, Miami, Florida 33136, with the theme “The Enduring Power, Creative Joy and Beauty of Words.”The event is hosted by the Urban League of Greater Miami, and all the activities and events are free and open to the publicKeynote SpeakersBea L. Hines Bea L. Hines was born in Williston, Florida. At a young age, her parents separated, and she moved with her mother to Miami, Florida. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Hines was always a creative and talented writer, having started writing as a child, creating short stories for her younger brother and writing poetry. In 1966, she was hired as a file clerk in The Miami Herald’s library. A year later, she enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College and studied journalism for three years. In June of 1970, she was promoted to general assignment reporter at The Miami Herald, becoming the first African American woman to work as a reporter for the paper. Hine’s work was featured in the education and the “Living Today” sections of the Herald. From 1980 to 1985, she wrote an issues column for the newspaper that garnered much praise. She also wrote other columns for The Miami Herald, including ones entitled “Parenting Again” and “Neighbors in Religion.”Hines is in great demand as a speaker. She has taught and led journalism workshops at several universities, including Savannah State University, the University of California-Berkley, Florida A & M University, and the Memphis State University. She has been awarded many honors for her writing and community efforts. In 1981, her columns were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and, in 1985, she was recognized as one of the top five women columnist in the country by Savvy Magazine. She was a nominee for the Knight-Ridder Outstanding Service Award and was named a Herald Legend in 1994. She was also honored by the Region Four chapter of the National Association of Journalist by being named to its Hall of Fame. Lillie Q. Odom Lillie Q. Odom is a Miami-Dade County resident for over six decades and as of September 6, 2016 is devotedly serving her second (four-year) term as the Councilmember for Residential Seat One (1) in the City of Miami Gardens. Its population is over 113,000 and is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County, Florida and the thirty-third (33rd) incorporated municipality. Her Residential Seat One (1) has approximately twenty-five thousand residents. Councilwoman Odom graduated from North Dade Junior/Senior High School and was recently inducted into their Hall of Fame. She earned her degrees from Miami Dade College and Nova University. She is a retiree from Florida Memorial University and Miami Dade College (2003) as an Associate Financial Aid Director. She is also a retiree from the City of Miami Gardens (2011); she was the Executive Assistant to the Mayor/Council and Community Outreach Specialist. Her many years of employment included careers in retail, medical, banking, higher education, and government, as well as, entrepreneurial undertakings.Prior to the incorporation of the City of Miami Gardens, Councilwoman Odom worked tirelessly in her community. As one of the founders of the city, she voted as the Secretary for the City’s Incorporation Committee, to pursue the vision and mission. A pioneer in her own right, she was the first contractual city employee. She was tasked with setting up the first office of the city and was officially the first Executive Assistant to the first Mayor and Council of the City of Miami Gardens. Subsequently, she was the first Community Outreach Specialist, first Staff Liaison selected by the original city council to the Elderly Affairs, and the Commission for Women Committees.In addition to her elected duties, Councilwoman Odom is the:Preservationist/Historian of the City of Miami Garden’s archivesFounder and motivator of the City’s Veterans Affairs CommitteeCoordinator and supporter of community groups that specialize in educating and encouraging citizens to live HIV/AID-free and healthyAdvocate for the social improvements for the elderly citizens and youth populationSupporter of the Homeowners Associations and Crime Watch GroupsCouncilwoman Odom’s leadership skills are esteemed. She is a keen listener and an inspirational teacher. She is a board member for several organizations. Her many recognitions and awards as a professional, volunteer and community outreach specialist is a distinct declaration of her passion for public service. Some of her leisure activities are reading, traveling and commitment to her grandchildren.