The National Association of Caterers on the eve of the upcoming weekend, on the occasion of the latest decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters on limiting the working hours of bars, calls on all caterers to, as always, adhere to all measures and recommendations prescribed by the epidemiological services and the Headquarters. “It is unfair that today caterers who operated in accordance with all prescribed measures, as well as the entire region without increasing the number of infected, such as Istria and Kvarner, are punished for omissions in several clubs. We oppose the limitation of working hours, as the bars include too many restaurants, ranging from quiet cafe bars on the beach in Istria to the largest clubs on the Adriatic. Our suggestion is that each club or other facility specified as a hotspot be immediately temporarily closed for 14 days with testing of all employees”, Says Marin Medak, president of the National Association of Caterers. A big problem of Croatian bars is the high value added tax, which is calculated on the service of drinks and beverages at a rate of 25 percent, to which the local government most often adds a consumption tax. At the same time, in the Mediterranean countries, drinks and beverages are taxed at significantly lower VAT rates, and some countries are now cutting up to 5% VAT in catering due to the coronavirus epidemic and subsidizing the consumption of citizens in catering facilities. However, accepting the epidemiological reality, the Association must emphasize that the decision was made without respecting the hospitality profession and the specifics of the work of a wide category of diverse facilities that fall under the bars. The National Association of Caterers makes its professional capacities available to the Civil Protection Headquarters and calls for dialogue As always, the National Association of Caterers makes its professional capacities available to the Civil Protection Headquarters and calls for dialogue with the aim of preserving the health of Croatian citizens and the business of economic entities. For the caterers, these ten days of working time restrictions will not mean too much, most of us have already failed financially, Medak points out and adds: “We are facing a catastrophe for caterers and a tragedy for their employees, mostly young people who will look for their happiness outside Croatia after losing their jobs. The only chance to survive and look forward to the next season, which may be better, is to speed up the lending to caterers for liquidity through HBOR and HAMAG BICRO and to enable us to make that money through a lower VAT rate on beverages we will return in the future”, Concludes Medak. The National Association of Caterers also called for more frequent inspections and penalties for caterers who do not adhere to epidemiological measures, as such caterers harm the public health and business of all those who consistently implement the measures.
LG Electronics continues to widen its smartphone portfolio. Earlier this year, the Korean electronics giant launched its premium flagship devices – the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ – the the MWC 2019 in Barcelona. And while the launch of its first 5G phone, V50 ThinQ, has been delayed in Korea, the tech giant has introduced a new smartphone – the LG X4 (2019) – in its home country for 297,000 won (Rs 18,100 approx).The budget LG X4 (2019) is the successor to the LG X4 that was launched in March last year with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 system-on-chip in the core and Android 7.1.2 Nougat running on board. The LG X4 that was launched last year also featured a bunch of other features such as the LG Pay, LTE connectivity and a 3,000mAh battery.The LG X4 (2019) that was announced recently, on the other hand, comes with 5.7-inch HD display and it measures 153×71.9×8.3mm and weighs 145g. The newly launched budget smartphone is powered by Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762 SoC processor and it will ship with dated Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box instead of Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 9.0 Pie. Unlike last year’s X4, which came with 2GB RAM and 16GB memory, the newly launched smartphone sports 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.The device, apart from being upgraded in terms of the software and storage, has also been updated in terms of camera. While the last year’s model came with a 5MP front camera and an 8MP rear camera, the X4 (2019) sports an 8MP camera in the front and a 16MP camera with phase-detection auto focus at the back.advertisementIn addition to this, the phone also comes with some of LG’s other audio technologies such as hi-fi quad DAC for a high resolution sound, DTS:X technology with support up to 7.1 channels of stereoscopic sound. The phone also features support for an AI camera, time helper, which as the company says flashes the flash when the timer is set and LG Pay.The LG X4 (2019) comes with 3,000mAh battery, which the same as the one that was present in the last year’s device and it features MIL-STD 810G military grade certification. The LG X4 (2019) would be available in the country in Platinum Gray and Aurora Black colours later this month.ALSO READ: | Foldable phones: With V50 ThinQ, LG brings knife to a gun fight with Samsung and HuaweiALSO READ: | LG patent hints at a smartphone with triple front camera setupALSO READ: | LG blames 5G connectivity for delayed V50 ThinQ 5G launch