first_imgBenson and Delevingne called it quits after nearly two years together and the same month, the Spring Breakers actress was linked to G-Eazy.The Pixels star publicly acknowledged her split from the Carnival Row actress for the first time on May 13, by “liking” an Instagram post about rumors she was dating the “Let’s Get Lost” musician.“Can’t Ashley have friends now? STOP SAYING ASHLEY CHEATED! OR EVEN CARA! They just need friends right now more than ever,” the post “liked” by Benson read.- Advertisement – Love in the fast lane! Ashley Benson and G-Eazy went from zero to 60 with their romance, starting as collaborators and turning to lovers.The Pretty Little Liars alum was spotted spending time with the “Everything Will Be OK” singer weeks after Us Weekly confirmed on May 6, 2020, that she’d split from Cara Delevingne.- Advertisement – The Chronically Metropolitan actress brought G-Eazy as her date to her sister Shaylene Benson’s intimate wedding the following month.The “Still Be Friends” singer, who previously dated Halsey, revealed in June 2020 that he and Ashley were collaborating again on his new album, Everything’s Strange Here.The Days of Our Lives alum was spotted two months later wearing a diamond ring in August 2020, prompting fans to speculated that the lovebirds might’ve secretly gotten engaged. In the photos, the Ask Me If Care star had a sparkler on her left hand while grocery shopping with G-Eazy.The pair have yet to comment on their budding relationship, but the “I Mean It” musician did gush over Ashley’s talents in an October 2020 interview.“She’s an exceptionally talented person in so many different spaces,” G-Eazy told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “She’s a special one. It just blew me away that you can have such a hidden, special talent that the world doesn’t get to see as often.”Scroll down to relive the couple’s whirlwind romance. The Ratter actress and G-Eazy (real name Gerald Gillum) sparked relationship speculation after they were seen out in Los Angeles the same day, after previously teaming up in April to record a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”The pair fueled dating rumors further when they were seen kissing in a video that was posted by the Daily Mail on May 14. A day later, a source told Us that the duo were “hanging out and seeing each other, but it’s not serious.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img How Eddie Hearn broke the bad news to Whyte “I said: ‘Dude, really? Did you not watch me against Bellew? Call him out!’“Maybe Whyte is the type of guy who sees the weak guy. Derek Chisora goes after the toughest guy.“I always wondered why he called me out as I was coming out of the ring, busted up and concussed.“That, for me, said a lot about Dillian.”Whyte: Why wasn’t Haye in Chisora’s corner? – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – David Haye suggested Whyte vs Chisora III When Whyte’s rematch with Alexander Povetkin was postponed to a target date of January 30, Chisora was put forward as an alternative opponent for November 21.It would have meant a three-week turnaround for Chisora from his fight with Usyk.Chisora’s manager Haye said: “Derek might be 85 or 90 per cent but that is more than enough to beat Whyte.“Who is the better fighter? Dillian thinks he is. But he hasn’t watched his most recent fight too many times.“We’ll see what Dillian’s appetite is for this trilogy.“This version of Derek? The Derek we saw on Saturday would knock out the Whyte that we saw against Povetkin.” 1:13 How Eddie Hearn broke the bad news to Whyte Dillian Whyte questions David Haye’s role with Derek Chisora David Haye has hit out at Dillian Whyte for challenging him in the moments after his career came to an end.Two-weight world champion Haye ended his decorated career with two stoppage losses to Tony Bellew but claims Whyte launched a poorly-timed challenge in 2018.“After my fight against Bellew I was finished,” Haye told Sky Sports News. Haye retired after two losses to Bellew Haye retired after two losses to Bellew

first_imgBig night out! Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin and more country music couples hit the red carpet at the 2020 Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday, November 11.Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker at the Music City Center in Nashville, the CMAs marked one of the only in-person awards shows of 2020. While Lambert, 37, went into the night with the most nominations, she only took home one trophy: Music Video of the Year for “Bluebird.”- Advertisement – Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Rascal Flatts and fiddler Jenee Fleenor all pulled out of the show for coronavirus-related reasons. While Brice, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Fleenor all confirmed that they tested positive for COVID-19, Lady A’s Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood announced one of their family members has the virus. Rascal Flatts, meanwhile, said it “received a positive COVID test within the band,” which consists of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney.Scroll through for the hottest duos on the carpet: The singer took the stage during Wednesday’s show to perform “Settling Down” for the first time. The track features McLoughlin, whom she married in 2019 after a whirlwind romance, in the music video.“My favorite part of filming was watching my husband sort of come to life on camera,” Lambert gushed during a live Q&A on YouTube last month. “It was his video debut and he’s so sweet and humble about it, but he really killed it, so that was fun to watch.”Underwood, 37, and Fisher, 40, were also on hand at Wednesday’s show. While the American Idol alum was nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood didn’t win. She still had the support of the former NHL star, with whom she shares sons Isaiah, 5, and Jacob, 21 months.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Fun night at the CMAs congrats to all the winners! Proud of you @CarrieUnderwood,” Fisher wrote via his Instagram Stories.A common-theme during the CMAs was how happy the stars were to be out amid the coronavirus pandemic, but not everyone made it to the show as several stars were forced to cancel their appearances after testing positive for COVID-19.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgMeanwhile, more people are becoming hospitalized with the virus than at any point during the pandemic so far. More than 69,900 people are hospitalized with Covid-19 in the U.S., the highest number of patients since the virus was discovered in China 11 months ago, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by journalists at The Atlantic.“We need to do everything we can to support health workers, keeps schools open, protect the vulnerable and safeguarding the economy,” Tedros said. “There is no excuse for inaction.”This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates. The coronavirus has infected more than 54 million people around the world and killed at least 1.3 million people so far, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. According to WHO’s latest situation report, the Americas have accounted for 43% of the globe’s total Covid-19 cases while Europe has reported just over a quarter.Many countries in Europe, including the United Kingdom, France and Germany, have taken strict actions to curb the virus’ spread, shuttering nonessential businesses and advising residents to stay home as much as possible.The U.S. is reporting a record-high weekly average of 148,725 new cases a day on Sunday, a more than 30% increase compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Hopkins. Some states are beginning to impose more stringent actions, though so far the measures have varied in severity.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Surging coronavirus outbreaks in counties across Europe and the Americas are “extremely” worrying and are beginning to stress health-care systems “to the breaking point,” the World Health Organization’s top official said Monday.“This is a dangerous virus which can attack every system in the body. Those countries that are letting the virus run unchecked are playing with fire,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing at the agency’s Geneva headquarters.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgEven as Trump was exercising his power in bold new ways, the potential threats awaiting him if he lost the election were proliferating and intensifying. Not only was the Manhattan D.A.’s investigation progressing, but a watchdog group had accused Trump’s re-election campaign of illegally funneling $170 million in funds to unidentified recipients through firms controlled by the campaign’s recently deposed manager, Brad Parscale, and other officials. (The Trump campaign denied any wrongdoing.) Out of office, Trump would almost certainly face financial problems too. The presidency had been good for business, bringing in tens of millions of dollars in foreign projects to the Trump Organization, providing a steady stream of favor-seeking patrons to Trump’s Washington hotel and allowing Trump and his children to bill the government for hundreds of “official visits” to his properties. But his golf courses had been losing millions of dollars every year, and he had $421 million in personal debt obligations, most of which is coming due in the next four years.And so, in the final weeks of his term, Trump moved into a new sphere of potential criminality, directing all of the weight of the government’s executive branch toward his re-election effort. He turned the White House into a stage prop for the Republican National Convention, pardoning a former prisoner and participating in a naturalization ceremony as part of the festivities. In October, days after checking out of Walter Reed hospital with Covid-19, Trump held a campaign rally on the South Lawn. Even this was not enough to move his poll numbers. Still trailing in the final days of the campaign, Trump lashed out at some of his staunchest allies in the administration for not using their power aggressively enough on his behalf, even calling out Barr for failing to arrest his political rivals, including Biden, and trying to push the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to make public Hillary Clinton’s more-than-four-year-old emails.In 1939, in the face of widespread claims that Works Progress Administration employees were being pressured to work on Democratic Party campaigns, Congress passed a law known as the Hatch Act to prevent federal officials from exploiting their authority for partisan purposes. Most presidential administrations have since taken pains to separate their public and political operations, so as not to break the law. Civil violations of the act are handled by an independent agency known as the Office of Special Counsel. President Obama’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro, was censured for discussing the 2016 election during a TV interview. He issued a public apology, explaining that the error was inadvertent.- Advertisement – The Justice Department had by now been transformed under Barr. There seemed to be no Trump problem that the agency wouldn’t at least try to fix. It began a counterinvestigation into the F.B.I.’s investigation into Trump’s campaign, tried to block the distribution of a memoir by the former national security adviser John Bolton that was unflattering to Trump and intervened in a defamation lawsuit brought by the author and columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused Trump of raping her in the mid-1990s, arguing that Trump’s insulting comments about her fell within the scope of his official duties as president. (Trump has denied Carroll’s allegations.)Trump, meanwhile, continued to test the limits of his seemingly limitless authority. He pushed out five inspectors general charged with overseeing the conduct of the executive branch, commuted Stone’s prison sentence and openly defied the authority of the other two branches of government in an effort to stoke his political base. Rather than nominating Chad F. Wolf, who oversaw the administration’s “law and order” response to the racial-justice protests in Portland, Ore., to serve as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Trump appointed him acting director to avoid the Senate confirmation process. Even after the Government Accountability Office and a federal judge ruled that Wolf was most likely serving in his job illegally — and that many of his actions may have thus been unlawful — Trump left him in place. He similarly disregarded a federal judge’s order compelling him to restore the Obama-era DACA program that enabled hundreds of thousands of immigrants to remain in the United States.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Presidents and vice presidents are exempt from the statute’s civil provisions. Because they are effectively always on the job, some of the prohibitions — like the one against engaging in political activity while on duty — would be difficult to apply. Dozens of Trump administration employees, including at least nine high-level appointees, have been investigated for Hatch Act violations. Kellyanne Conway violated the act on more than 60 occasions, prompting the Office of Special Counsel to recommend that Trump remove her from her position as a senior White House official. (“Blah, blah, blah,” Conway said at the time. “Let me know when the jail sentence starts.”)But the Hatch Act also has criminal provisions from which the president is not exempt; one is the prohibition against using one’s official authority to influence a federal election. “That’s the very heart of the Hatch Act,” Kathleen Clark, a professor of legal and government ethics at the law school at Washington University in St. Louis, told me. “Public power is for public good, not for private good.” Trump’s flagrant violations of this prohibition were widely noted at the time of the Republican convention. Neither Trump nor his senior staff seemed that worried about it. “No one outside the Beltway really cares,” his chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said.last_img read more

first_imgApr 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials have warned consumers to make sure they fully cook frozen meat and poultry products, in the wake of several Salmonella infections linked to frozen chicken entrees sold in Minnesota and Michigan.Four cases of salmonellosis have been linked with frozen, prebrowned stuffed chicken entrees in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported in a news release yesterday.About nine salmonellosis cases associated with similar products have been reported recently in Michigan, according to Steven Cohen, a spokesman for the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in Washington, DC.”We don’t have a recall situation and we don’t have an adulteration situation because Salmonella is not an adulterant” on uncooked poultry, Cohen told CIDRAP News yesterday. “We want to remind people to cook [these products] at safe cooking temperatures for poultry.”The entrees implicated in Minnesota were sold at Cub Foods stores under the Cub name, the MDH reported. They were produced at an Illinois plant with the plant code P-1358, which appears on product labels with the USDA inspection logo. Products from the same plant may have been sold by other store chains, officials said.”While these products are breaded and prebrowned, and so may appear to be precooked, they are in fact still raw and need to be prepared accordingly,” Minnesota State Epidemiologist Dr. Harrry Hull said in the news release.An FSIS statement said consumers heated the products in microwave ovens and might not have realized they contained raw chicken. Such products should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165°F, the statement said.Minnesota investigators determined that at least four cases of salmonellosis from January through March involved the same strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, the MDH said. At least one package of frozen chicken with broccoli and cheese from a Cub store was found to contain S Heidelberg that matched the strain identified in the four illness cases.Cub voluntarily pulled the implicated product lots from store shelves, the MDH said. Cub officials told MDH they would redesign the labels before putting the products back on shelves.Cohen said he didn’t know which stores in Michigan sold the implicated products. He added that a number of different facilities provided the raw product used in the entrees. The FSIS is investigating “to see if there’s anything in the product that was unusual or if time and temperature parameters were adhered to in the entire supply chain,” he said.USDA testing has shown that, on average, about 13% of raw broiler chickens contain Salmonella, according to Cohen. The standard in the USDA’s HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) rule is 20%, he said.He said FSIS plans to look at how frozen chicken entrees are marketed and consider whether the package labeling should be changed to make it clearer that the products are raw.See also:Apr 21 FSIS news release read more

first_img The report by the majority staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) delayed informing the World Health Organization (WHO) that Speaker was traveling internationally despite having what was thought at the time to be extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). Under the International Health Regulations, the CDC should have informed the WHO immediately, but instead the agency waited 2 days, the report says. On May 29, the CDC publicly announced the incident in an effort to alert people who had flown on the same transatlantic flights as Speaker so they could be tested for TB. Soon afterward, Speaker was flown to National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, which specializes in treating respiratory diseases. Tests there eventually showed that he had MDR TB, not XDR TB, meaning that more drugs were likely to be effective. But the CDC said it still would have publicized the case even if it had known the true diagnosis when Speaker was traveling in Europe. The report continues, “Under the International Health Regulations, CDC should have informed the World Health Organization (WHO) that same day of this significant public health risk. Instead, CDC delayed an additional 48 hours before informing WHO on May 24. Had the CDC informed the WHO earlier of the situation, European authorities may well have been able to apprehend Mr. Speaker while he was still overseas.” Government officials could legally have prevented Speaker from traveling within, outside, and back into the United States, but failed to use “aggressive” measures soon enough. CDC reviewing the reportShelly Diaz, a CDC spokeswoman in Atlanta, said yesterday the agency was reviewing the committee’s report but was not ready to comment on its specifics. Slow notification of WHOThe House committee report says the CDC “did not properly adhere to the International Health Regulations” in handling Speaker’s case. The agency told CBP on May 22, a day after the positive test for XDR TB, that Speaker was believed to be a significant public health risk, the report says. “To date, the CDC has not developed a plan to repatriate a patient given the exact same set of circumstances,” the document states. Other findings in the report include: Jul 5 CIDRAP News story “Severity of TB case in health scare downgraded” The report also faults the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its role in various aspects of the episode and says it is not clear whether the federal agencies are working hard enough to prevent similar problems in the future. A CDC spokeswoman told CIDRAP news yesterday the agency was still reviewing the committee’s report and was not prepared to comment on its specifics. The committee also questions the CDC’s handling of the problem of returning Speaker to the United States without endangering anyone else. The CDC was considering various options, including using its own plane, when it learned on May 24 that Speaker had already re-entered the country, the report notes. The CDC contacted Speaker in Rome on May 22 and told him not to travel, pending further CDC instructions. But Speaker and his wife changed their itinerary to elude health authorities and, after several flights in Europe, flew from Prague to Montreal. They then rented a car and re-entered the United States, even though US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had been warned not to let them cross the border. The CDC finally located him on May 25 and ordered him into isolation, the first such action by the agency since 1963. Diaz said the agency is conducting its own review of the episode, but she couldn’t predict how soon that would be completed. Agencies ‘didn’t follow the playbook’Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the committee, said in a news release, “This was a real world incident, and there was a breakdown at the intersection of homeland security and public health. The government has numerous plans and policies in place to secure our communities, but they just didn’t follow the playbook. This certainly raises questions about our homeland security if the government had this much trouble countering TB, let alone countering terrorism.” See also: It took several hours for DHS to get Speaker on the Transportation Security Administration’s “no fly” list, because the fact that he was not a terrorist caused confusion about which list he could be put on. “Though it is clear that all parties involved in this episode are aware of these shortfalls, it is not as clear to the committee that they are being addressed with the urgency and attention necessary to prevent a similar series of events from occurring again today,” the committee says in a summary. “We’ve taken major steps to improve our performance,” including efforts to improve communication with state and local public health agencies, the WHO, and other national health ministries around the world, she said. The “egregious failure” of the CBP to keep Speaker from re-entering the country remains unexplained, but the CBP has made changes to prevent such mistakes. “We provided a lot of information for the report,” she said. “There’s no question that there are lessons to be learned. We’ve been looking at the CDC actions.” May 29 CIDRAP News story “Airline trips by resistant-TB patient trigger alert” The report also says the CDC, in managing the incident, “relied too heavily on strong interpersonal relationships” with officials in other US and foreign agencies, rather than using formal channels. For example, the agency worked with CBP personnel at the Atlanta quarantine station instead of CBP officials in Washington, DC. Also, in communicating with the Italian Ministry of Health, the CDC worked with a former CDC employee who was on the staff there. Sep 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – US health officials failed to follow international health regulations and made other errors in dealing with Andrew Speaker, the man with drug-resistant tuberculosis who sparked a health scare by traveling overseas in May, according to a report released this week by Democrats in Congress. Against health officials’ advice, Speaker flew from Atlanta to Paris on May 12, when he was believed to have multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB. After learning on May 18 of his trip, the CDC tried to locate him and warn him not to travel on commercial flights because of the risk of exposing others, according to an agency timetable of the events. On May 21 a CDC test indicated he had the more dangerous XDR TB.last_img read more

first_imgJun 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials in Hong Kong, in an effort to stem to spread of the H5N1 avian influenza virus, recently followed through with their proposal to ban live poultry from overnight stays in market stalls and retail outlets.The revised food commerce law stipulates that live poultry sellers must cull any live birds that remain in stalls or shops by 8 pm every day and that live poultry are banned from the premises until 5 am the next day, according to a government press release. The ban goes into effect Jul 2.”By banning live poultry stocking at retail outlets overnight, the chickens will be culled to avoid virus accumulation in the retail outlet environment, better protecting public health,” the government said in the press release.Merchants who don’t comply with the ban can have their license revoked, be fined $50,000, and be jailed for 6 months, the press release said. Retailers are also required to cleanse and disinfect poultry areas every night and take safety precautions such as wearing protective gear, Hong Kong’s government said. Those who don’t comply face cancellation of their sales licenses and rent contracts.The government’s ban is the latest step in what might lead to a complete ban on live poultry sales in Hong Kong. In early June, animal health workers detected the virus in poultry feces at several market stalls. They did not say if the testing was done in response to sick or dead birds, and the source of the virus has not been determined.The outbreaks have prompted a strong response from the government, which has proposed banning all sales of live poultry and discussed compensation packages with groups representing farmers and merchants.However, the idea of phasing out live poultry sales has provoked anger among some trade groups, who believe that the government’s compensation offer is unfair. Some poultry industry workers have threatened to release their poultry into the street. At a recent protest, some poultry industry workers threw eggs and empty chicken cages in front of a legislative building, according to a Jun 27 report from Channel NewsAsia, a news service based in Singapore.Elsewhere, animal health officials in Pakistan on Jun 26 filed a report with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) confirming H5N1 avian influenza in an outbreak at a poultry farm in North-West Frontier Province, apparently putting to rest the local poultry association’s claim that the virus subtype found in the birds was the lower pathogenic H5N9 instead of H5N1.The tests confirming the H5N1 findings were performed at the National Animal Sciences Institute, a national reference laboratory for avian influenza, in Islamabad.The outbreak, near Swabi, struck broiler flock of 3- and 6-week-old chickens, killing 4,000 poultry, according to the OIE report. The remaining 2,000 birds were destroyed. Officials isolated the farm for 1 month, are monitoring nearby areas, and have ordered vaccination of poultry within a 1-km radius of the outbreak area.The source of the outbreak was probably contact with wild birds, the OIE report said.In other developments, a representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned that East Timor is at risk of H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks because of its proximity to Indonesia, the country that has been hardest hit by poultry outbreaks and human cases, according to a Jun 26 report from Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.Chana Opaskornkul, an FAO emergency coordinator in East Timor, told IRIN that it was only a matter of time before the virus crosses the border and that there is little the government could do to prevent the virus from spreading. Indonesia is on East Timor’s western border. One of East Timor’s provinces is bordered on three sides by Indonesia.Paulo Ferreira, a border patrol officer in East Timor, told IRIN that smuggling of fighting cocks could lead to H5N1 outbreaks, because the birds are cheaper to buy in neighboring Indonesia’s West Timor province. “We have security patrols which go up and down the border, but the smugglers watch for the patrols and they know the schedules,” he said.East Timor is also vulnerable to H5N1 outbreaks because hospitals and clinics outside the capital Dili lack avian influenza plans, and farmers in rural areas have little access to veterinary services or information about the disease, the report said.”We need to do more, and the government definitely needs to hire people to do more outreach,” Opaskornkul told IRIN.See also:OIE reports on 2008 outbreaksJun 26 IRIN reportlast_img read more

first_imgAfter signing the contract with the Ministry of Tourism and holding a press conference, the implementation of a unique and commendable project “3D in Croatian tourism – training for the host of the ship, host of accommodation facilities and host of the tourist family farm” began, funded by European Social Fund in the amount of HRK 1.953.931,36. The project holder is the Ambitio School for Adult Education Institutions from Zagreb, which will implement the practical part of the program with the support of partners Polo Line doo from Baška, Pustara Višnjica doo from Slatina, Horvat turizam putnička agencija doo and the Skipper4you brand, and Ambitio Sana doo from Zagreb.”Over the next two years, the project will develop and implement three training programs, for the host of the ship, the host of the accommodation facilities and the host of the tourist rural family farm, in the implementation of which 50 unemployed persons from vulnerable groups under 25 and older than 54 years. “Pointed out Alen Stranjik, director of the Ambitio School. In this way, they will specifically try to contribute to employment growth through the development of competencies for integration in the labor market, especially for vulnerable groups 25- and 54+ in order to improve their skills and integrate more easily into the labor market. According to, Croatia has 25% of the world’s total charter fleetThe idea of ​​training hosts came from a real need in Croatian tourism. Let’s just take the fact that Croatia is the No. 1 destination in the world in terms of number of bookings and number of charter vessels, said Miroslav Horvat, owner of Horvat turizam putničke agencije doo, and added that for now there is no formal education program for housewives and I support this project. . “This is supported by the fact that the image of nautical tourism is changing, because guests are looking for a service like in a hotel. As comfort has increased, so have vessels and the services required on board. Wider education is needed because of quality staff, on which the development of nautical tourism will depend. The job is attractive, dynamic and well paid. ”Horvat points out.According to, Croatia has 25% of the world’s total charter fleet and 33% of the world’s bookings. The strategy for the development of nautical tourism envisages an increase in the number of charter vessels from 3500 to 5000 by 2020, and the need for 750 workers of this profile is expected in the future. On family farms, the situation with guests could be even better, given that the number of family farms is expected to increase from 317 to 400, which indicates the need to train another 250 people. Anita Pipić from the family tourist farm Pustara Višnjica doo from Slatina pointed out that further development of this activity is expected in the future, and that the owners of larger family farms with an educated housewife could expand their offer even better. He sees the solution to the problem of lack of work in rural areas and old age for people older than 54+ through this program of housewives, which can also solve their existence. “Private accommodation has undergone a complete transformation. Today, a lot more is invested in the design of a facility and the guest expects a lot more. Communication via the Internet has enabled the guest to directly assess the capacity of the service, which means that travel agencies have a much greater task in satisfying the guest. For example, in our agency there are 92-95% of foreign guests who are looking for, for example, cleaning services, information about excursions, knowledge of a foreign language. In that sense, I see a justification for launching such a training program”Branka Polonijo, director of the Polo Line doo travel agency from Baška, pointed out at the conference. Also, according to statistics, the number of family accommodation units is expected to increase from 274 to 290 thousand, which results in the need to train at least 1000 workers in the future. Project leader Antonija Stranjik points out that it is already possible to apply for the project “3D in Croatian tourism – training for the host of the ship, the host of accommodation facilities and the host of the tourist rural family farm”, and the plan is to visit all counties in the coming months and CES to involve and educate 50 unemployed persons under the age of 25 and over the age of 54. The plan is to start education in the summer of 2019.last_img read more

first_imgPS Read how they “bought” me in Pula forever with one ordinary coffee. Most hoteliers would view this famous coffee as an expense rather than an investment. But it’s about a lot more than one coffee. Coffee is consumed by millions of people, and drinking coffee is a passionate ritual without which consumers cannot imagine their normal day.So, it is about strong emotions and experiences that we associate with passion. I wonder, as hosts in family accommodation, do you offer your guests the opportunity to enjoy their daily ritual on vacation as well? Also, the same question applies to hotels, regardless of the fact that hoteliers are interested in increasing non-board consumption through their bars, but there is a solution for that as well.If not, then our guests are deprived of one very important experience, and we know that the overall experience is crucial.The hosts in the family accommodation sell not only the accommodation but also the whole experience. Those who consume coffee on a daily basis view coffee as a passion and as a daily ritual and if we deny it to them, we all lose. As guests because they do not have a real experience, and so do you as a host.Imagine the feeling of drinking coffee on the terrace or balcony overlooking the sea. Priceless, isn’t it? Why deprive guests of that experience?Allow your guests to enjoy their ritual and on vacation, trust me, they will be thrilled. And when the guests are thrilled then they come back again, right? Of course, the level of satisfaction in tourism is influenced by various factors because the mosaic consists of a thousand cubes, but each cube, no matter how small, is crucial for the final picture of the mosaic, ie the overall experience.Today on the market you have a variety of coffee machines, from classic for mocha coffee or cafetiera to a machine with a system of capsules that allow the preparation of espresso coffee. Offer guests more options, from filter coffee to espresso and popular Turkish coffee. I know most immediately look at it as a cost, but it’s not a cost, but an investment. An investment in the overall experience of your guest.As I mentioned above, hotels also have their chance to offer the same experience, a morning coffee on the hotel balcony with amazing views. The solution is to place espresso machines, from classic to branded that offer full service, Franck, Lavazza, Nescafe Dolce Gusto… that offers coffee in capsules, in the rooms.I experienced a great example at the Olympia Sky Hotel in Vodice, where there is one capsule espresso machine in each room. When I first came to the room, I was greeted by two capsules, free of charge, and the rest is paid, and every day the maid puts on new capsules if they are used. So, I was greeted by a free coffee that I did not expect, and as I am a passionate coffee drinker, I was thrilled because I did not expect it, and of course I drank at least two coffees every day, like my wife, on the balcony in the morning with sea view. So, win-win, the hotel increased earnings and gave added value, and I as a guest was thrilled to be able to sip my favorite beverage in the morning on the balcony.Again, let’s get back to the experience of drinking coffee on the balcony overlooking the sea. Let him be with your guest all the time and think about how to delight him. The classic way of tourism based only on renting accommodation is slowly but surely disappearing. The market has already started to self-regulate and if you don’t change the way you do business you will simply disappear.OF THREE PEOPLE, TWO DRINK COFFEE. WORLD ANNUAL COFFEE CONSUMPTION PER POPULATION IS AN AVERAGE OF 4,8 KG. THE AVERAGE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION IS 5,8 KG, AND IN CROATIA, ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES, 5,1 KG PER POPULATIONThe culture of drinking coffee in EuropeOne is the countries that consume the most coffee and there are the USA, Brazil and Germany in the first places – but the order looks completely different when it is converted into consumption per capita.According to a study by the International Coffee Organization (ICO) in Europe, the largest coffee consumers are Finns, when we look at per capita consumption, followed by Norwegians, Danes, Austrians… and big coffee drinkers are Italians, Greeks, Germans, and even Slovenes who drink 5,8 kg of coffee per capita per year, while Croats drink 5,1 kg per capita.European Statistical Office – StatistaSo all the research tells us that coffee is much more than coffee, and the ritual of drinking coffee is an everyday experience of almost every tourist. Also, this investment will bring you a higher star as well as a better review on booking portals, and you know for yourself how crucial this is today. And of course, you have to pay attention to the quality of the coffee, not put in the cheapest coffee you can buy. Those who think “out of the box” will definitely profit, and the coffee machine will pay off in an instant. Offer coffee, ie the possibility of making coffee to your tourists, and it is always desirable to drink at least one coffee with them in order to get to know each other better and be a real host. At the same time, always look to offer Croatian products because that is how you encourage the local economy, which is the meaning of tourism. We have more than quality products, and not that all the money goes to stimulating imports again, because in the long run it is not self-sustaining.By doing so, we respect ourselves and sell what we are – Croats. And that is the very essence of tourism.To conclude, offer the possibility of drinking coffee to your tourists. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.last_img read more