OULC passes motion mandating ‘educational discussion’ on antisemitism

first_img“But I think if we really want this motion to be as strong as possible then it really needs to be able to draw as much support as possible from the entire party.“The best way to do that is having a motion that everybody can really get behind, that doesn’t pin the blame on anybody, that just signifies a general commitment to take this forward as an issue and to absolutely ensure that this kind of pernicious evil is eradicated from the party by everyone.“So perhaps if we drop that sentence it would allow it to have to scope to draw everybody behind it in a meaningful way.”During the meeting it was raised that the wording of the motion was important, because of OULC’s “very recent issue of antisemitism”.In 2016, OULC was investigated by now-Somerville Principal, Baroness Janet Royall. Her report concluded that then members of the club had engaged in anti-Semitic acts.In June, a motion was passed by the club condemning Labour MP Chris Williamson for his “actions and statements regarding antisemitism”. The motion also said that “antisemitism, anti-Semites, and those who excuse or absolve them, have no place in the Labour Party”.Another separate motion at the meet-ing was debated which if passed would have mandated OULC to campaign for a “People’s Vote with an option to remain” in the EU, and to “call for Labour to come out for remain in such a vote”.The motion was rejected by OULC members, mirroring the policy of the national Labour Party to reject calls for another EU referendum.An earlier caption of this Facebook upload referenced a clause that was, as described in the article itself, rejected by a majority at the meeting. As by itself this was potentially misleading, the caption has been amended. We apologise for the oversight. Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) has passed an amended motion mandating the Club to “hold an educational discussion on the history of antisemitism on the left”.The motion comes after a summer in which the issue of antisemitism plagued the national Labour Party.Referring to recent issues of antisemitism on the left, the motion read: “Antisemitism is an ideological poison which, by seeking to explain the world in conspiratorial terms and pose as a politics of resistance to the powers-that-be, is particularly and specifically toxic for the left.”However, during the debate an amendment was tabled and eventually passed, to remove a section of the original motion, which noted: “The issue of antisemitism has been cynically exploited for factional ends by the right, both within the party and more widely.”The member who proposed the amendment removing this section said in the meeting: “I actually think that it’s almost more factional to make it into a left/right within the party issue.“When you’re talking about the is-sue of antisemitism being ‘cynically exploited for factional ends by the right within the party’, I really don’t think that’s helpful to fighting antisemitism whether you’re on the left or on the right of the party, or wherever in the party.“We should all be committed to fighting it.”In support of the amendment, another Club member said: “I think its brilliant that this motion is actually being put forward, and substantively I agree with the vast majority of it, because it is such a pernicious issue across the entirety of the left.last_img read more


The daily consumption of sailors is 40 percent higher than the daily consumption of the average Croatian tourist

first_imgThis year, for the second time, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is organizing the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nautical Days, and the rich congress program is intended for businessmen from the nautical tourism sector. The aim is to take advantage of the large representation of exhibitors, vessels and equipment in one place and to educate, communicate and gather information on key topics affecting maritime and nautical tourism. The program includes, in addition to sessions of professional nautical associations and communities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, numerous professional presentations. And on the first day and after the official opening, introductory speeches were held. The Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism spoke at the first presentation Dragan Kovacevic te Secretary of State in the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina.  State Secretary for the Sea from the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Maja Markovčić Kostelac she introduced  new legislation for nautical tourism and maritime affairs, while the director of the Main Office of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić presented the results of the nautical season 2018 and the promotion of nautical tourism in 2019.Dragan Kovačević, Croatian Chamber of Commerce: Nautical tourism must not be a victim of institutional inconsistency”The daily consumption of sailors in 2017 of 126 euros per day is 40 percent higher than the daily consumption of the average Croatian tourist. One third of that amount is spent by boaters on catering services, sports, entertainment and culture, which clearly shows that through nautical we can build all other forms of tourism and grow from a country of seasonal tourism to a destination of year-round tourism. Nautical tourism is becoming the most dynamic tourism product and has huge potential, but we need to make wise moves so that this is the last year in which we record stagnation or a slight drop of 1,2 percent in arrivals”, Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovačević at the opening of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nautical Days, which are held as part of the 20th Biograd Boat Show.He also referred to the sojourn tax for sailors, which was the central topic at last year’s Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nautical Days, but also to the current Maritime Property Act. “In the future, nautical tourism should not be managed by more ministries, state institutions and more units of local and regional self-government. It must not fall victim to institutional inconsistencies and overlaps, “Said Kovačević, noting that the amount of sojourn taxes cannot be the result of administrative mathematics, but a carefully structured system that takes into account the real life and needs of boaters. State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina  he spoke about the reform package of tourism laws aimed at decentralizing professionalisations and contributing to the balanced development of the system of tourist boards. The reforms relate to the Law on Tourist Boards, the Law on Tourist Tax and the Law on Tourist Membership Fees. “As for the nautical of the important Law on Sojourn Tax, the new Law on the Distribution of Sojourn Tax Revenues will follow the land model, which will give 65 percent of revenues to local governments, 15 percent to county tourist boards, and the remaining 20 percent to the CNTB Head Office. promotions”, Glavina pointed out. According to the current Law on Sojourn Tax, 50 percent of the funds are distributed to the CNTB Head Office, 40 percent to local self-government units and 10 percent to national parks. Glavina also emphasized that from 2020, the county assemblies will determine the amount of the sojourn tax, and not the Government as before, which will contribute to further decentralization and strengthening the development tourism potential./ / / CALCULATION OF RESIDENCE TAX FEES FOR BOATERS IN 2019State Secretary for the Sea from the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Maja Markovčić Kostelac presented new legislation for nautical tourism and maritime affairs relating to amendments to the Law on Harbor Master’s Offices, the Law on Amendments to the Maritime Code and the Law on Maritime Property and Maritime Affairs ports. “The reform of maritime legislation, which we are implementing through amendments to the three core laws, will lead to an increase in the competitiveness of the maritime economy, the digitalisation of the maritime system in the next 3 years,  raising the safety of navigation and the protection of the sea and the effective management of maritime assets “, emphasized Markovčić Kostelac.Growth of nautical tourism”In the period January – September 2018, more than 440.000 arrivals and more than 3 million overnight stays in nautical charter were registered, which are approximately at the level of last year, while the leading markets in terms of the number of overnight stays in nautical charter are traditionally Germany and Austria”, Said the director of the CNTB Head Office Kristijan Staničić, adding that significant efforts are being made in the CNTB’s promotional activities in the field of nautical tourism, through the Brand campaign, PPS Preseason and PPS Postseason campaigns and through social networks.RELATED NEWS:NEXT THREE DAYS BIOGRAD NA MORU IS THE CENTER OF NAUTICS OF CENTRAL EUROPE – BIOGRAD BOAT SHOWRESEARCH RESULTS PRESENTED “ATTITUDES AND CONSUMPTION OF NAUTICIANS IN CROATIA – TOMAS NAUTIKA YACHTING 2017.”last_img read more


Congress blasts toy giant Mattel

first_imgCongress members blasted toy giant Mattel Inc. on Wednesday for failing to detect the recent flood of lead paint contamination in Chinese-made Barbie dolls, Thomas and Friends train sets and millions of other toys. Democrats and Republicans alike accused the El Segundo-based Mattel of negligence as the House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee convened a two-day hearing on tainted toys. Several also charged the company with obstructing a congressional investigation into how the toys made their way into the hands of U.S. children. “Mattel chose to gamble with our children’s health, apparently for a few extra dollars,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. The company, she said, “has forfeited the right to expect any parent to trust them.” Added Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas: “When you can’t trust Thomas the Train and you can’t trust a company like Mattel, it’s just staggering that we have to worry about some of these issues.” Since August, Mattel and other companies have recalled millions of toys made in China because of excessive levels of lead and small magnets that may detach. Lead may be toxic if ingested by children, causing brain damage and learning problems. About 86 percent of all toys sold in the U.S. are manufactured in China. On Wednesday, company CEO Bob Eckert unveiled a raft of new safety measures, including independent inspections of all Chinese-made toys. He said he hopes to win back the confidence of America’s parents in Mattel toys. “My No. 1 goal is to make sure that this holiday season’s toys are the safest ever,” Eckert told the committee. Los Angeles is home to nearly 300 toy manufacturers and wholesalers, doing an estimated $5 billion annually in sales. While the reeling toy industry makes up only a small part of the local economy, Los Angeles County chief economist Jack Kyser said the safety implications are widespread. With China as the Los Angeles customs district’s largest trading partner, he said, lingering concerns about product safety could hurt other industries, like apparel manufacturers that import dyes or furniture and lighting designers that also import parts. “It’s not just toys that have safety concerns. There are a lot of ramifications for everybody who is importing from China,” Kyser said. “A lot of people are watching.” Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, joined Wednesday’s hearing to note that Mattel alone employs more than 2,000 people in her district and to praise Eckert for the company’s actions since the lead crisis came to light. But she also issued a warning. “Employees lose jobs if employers don’t behave responsibly,” she said. She urged Mattel to bring its manufacturing back to the United States, as did other lawmakers. Mattel didn’t get all the blame Wednesday for the tainted toy crisis. Said Committee Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., “there’s a lot of blame to go around for everybody.” Several lawmakers pointed to the under-funded and under- staffed Consumer Product Safety Commission. Thirty years about 800 people worked to ensure product safety. Today the agency employs about half that number. Acting commission Chair Nancy Ord and Commissioner Thomas H. More urged Congress to give the agency more funding to modernize outdated labs and the tools to regulate products made with lead. Currently, the commission can not regulate lead unless its presence in a product may cause “substantial personal injury.” While the agency has negotiated an agreement with Chinese officials that include strict new safety measures, lawmakers questioned whether it will be enforceable. Ord agreed that the agency has no mechanism to enforce sanctions or other consequences if Chinese officials fail to meet new safety standards and suggested that the market itself will enforce the regulations. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more