By Colombian War College December 29, 2016 Major General Juan Carlos Salazar Salazar, president of the Colombian War College (ESDEGUE, per its Spanish acronym), and Brigadier General Jorge Arnoldo Fuentes Hernández, provost of Honduras’s Defense University, signed an academic cooperation agreement between both educational institutions in late November. The agreement was formalized on the principles of alignment and mutual support between the two Latin American countries. The joint effort calls for student and teacher exchanges, sharing scientific research, and other activities of common interest that may allow for the best use of human talent, infrastructure, and teamwork in educational, training, and specialization programs. It also deals with the exchange of information about graduate programs and the development of joint research projects and activities that may contribute to solving their shared national defense and security issues. In the official ceremony, the president of ESDEGUE recalled the transnational realities and threats common to the region, and emphasized the need to join forces to confront them. “No one is able to solve these problems alone. That is why we need each other,” he said. The provost of Honduras’s Defense University celebrated the signing of the cooperation agreement and highlighted the vast experience Colombia has in the field. “We know that accords are needed with other countries that are much more developed than Honduras. That is why this accord with Colombia is needed,” he stated. The mission of Honduras’s Defense University is to provide training and specialization to professionals in the military, aeronautical, and naval sciences, and to develop their leadership, technical, educational and administrative capabilities. It also includes providing them with a solid ethical and moral formation that will allow them to plan the defense of their homeland, the strengthening of their state, and the peace and stability of their democracy. The Colombian War College provides an interdisciplinary educational approach to training military strategy leaders, as well as national and international civilian leaders to face security and defense challenges.
The Social Council for Tourism sent a letter to the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, presenting a proposal for measures to improve working and employment conditions in the tourism sector and requesting a joint meeting on the issue of tourism staff. Finally, the letter to the mentioned ministries proposes more lobbying during Croatia’s presidency of the Council of the EU, through new budgeting of EU funds, with the aim of opening greater opportunities for projects in tourism. In this regard, improvements and simplifications are proposed measures Permanent seasonal, in such a way that the compensation for the time when the permanent seasonal worker is not working is support outside the measures to encourage employment or co-financing of the salary (contributions to and from the salary) during the time when the permanent seasonal worker is not working.Also, for employment on indefinitely (regardless of age) it is proposed to introduce incentives in the form of exemption from paying contributions from and to the salary for a period of three years. In order to improve working and employment conditions in the tourism sector, it is proposed to regulate the control of extended branch collective agreements, because the basic goal of the social partners is to introduce order and apply equal minimum rights and obligations for all workers and employers. Effective control is necessary in order to achieve the basic goals of the expanded application of collective agreements, which are: reduction of unfair competition, gray economy and payment of wages “on hand” stand out from the Social Council. Photo: Pixabay.com Employment opportunities for workers should be increased through the institute of additional work (from 8 to 16 hours per week with consideration of the obligation to give consent to the employer), in catering and tourism, namely, according to the Social Council, large jumps in business activities, both seasonal and on a weekly and daily organization of working hours. Therefore, it is possible to apply the redistribution in the maximum duration and a shortened daily rest of 8 hours. “The proposals of these two measures are explained by the fact that the stability of employment is a prerequisite for the regulation of housing, family community and living standards in general so that workers have an interest in working and staying in a particular community. It is especially important for tourism to keep the local population in tourist places and ensure the authenticity of the offer and long-term quality of tourist services. If the local population has quality working and living conditions for tourists, that destination will be pleasant and attractive, thus ensuring the long-term development of tourism. ” emphasize from the Social Council in its statement. The assessment of the Social Council, which consists of representatives of trade unions (STUH and SIKD) and employers, is that the issue of availability of the necessary labor force is a priority for further and long-term sustainable development of tourism. They also believe that providing the best possible conditions for employment and work with the aim of greater safety and satisfaction of workers in the tourism sector is in the common interest of all social partners. Therefore, the Social Council for Tourism proposes to the ministries to introduce additional incentives for year-round employment as a demographic measure of stable labor relations for the local population and retention of young people in the Republic of Croatia.
The ski club ”Striž” from Tomislavgrad is organizing a ski school for starters and advanced skiers in the category of Primary school students. This ski school will be held from the 7th of January till the 11th of January 2013.The ski club will organize the transport to Kupres and provide ski equipment during the five days of ski school.