Press release: New anti-knife crime school lessons ahead of summer

first_img Early intervention is a key part of our Serious Violence Strategy and it’s vital that we give young people the tools and resilience to keep themselves safe over the summer holidays. I’m pleased that our current lessons on knife crime have proved successful and that we are able to strengthen them even further, and I’d like to thank every teacher who has taken the time to deliver them. We are pleased to build on the popular #knifefree PSHE teaching resources we produced with the Home Office last year. These new materials are designed to challenge inaccurate perceptions about knife crime, help young people develop the confidence to resist pressure to carry knives, and to recognise positive role models. We encourage all schools to download and deliver these free materials. The lessons explore how role models can influence young people’s attitudes, decisions and behaviour in positive ways and signpost young people towards support services and the #knifefree website. They also include the true story of Dean, a teenager who was arrested for carrying a knife but managed to turn his life around through meeting James, a worker at a local support centre.The new lesson plans are a welcome addition to the current PSHE syllabus after a series of lessons on knife possession were introduced last year.Jonathan Baggaley, PSHE Association Chief Executive said: The Home Office has been working with the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Association and teachers to create new and improved school curriculum materials on knife crime ahead of the summer holidays.Today (5 June 2019) 20,000 PSHE teachers were sent new lesson plans that will further equip them to challenge myths and communicate to their pupils the realities of carrying a knife.Aimed at children aged between 11 and 16 years old, the hour-long lessons have been created in partnership with the PSHE Association and developed based on feedback from teachers.Lesson plans feature real-life case studies of young people from the latest #knifefree campaign along with new content on the importance of having good role models.Victoria Atkins, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability said: Current lessons on knife crime that were developed by the Home Office and the PSHE Association have been downloaded over 14,000 times since they were introduced in July last year.This action follows a recent relaunch of the #knifefree campaign, which aims to discourage teenagers from carrying knives through sharing real-life stories.In addition to the government’s ongoing engagement with schools and youth organisations, the Home Office has appointed the charitable foundation Impetus to manage its £200 million Youth Endowment Fund to help prevent young people being drawn into a life of crime and violence.The Home Office also has a £22 million Early Intervention Youth Fund which is already supporting 29 projects in England and Wales.last_img read more

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Actor John Lithgow to receive Harvard Arts Medal

first_imgAward-winning actor John Lithgow ’67, Art.D. ’05, will be awarded the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal by Harvard President Drew Faust on April 27.The award ceremony, presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Board of Overseers in association with the American Repertory Theater, will include a discussion with Lithgow moderated by Faust. The event, to be held at 4 p.m. in the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., will be the official opening event for Arts First, Harvard’s annual festival showcasing student creativity in the arts. This year is Arts First’s 25th anniversary.The medal honors a distinguished Harvard or Radcliffe graduate or faculty member who has achieved excellence in the arts and through it made a contribution to education or the public good.“John Lithgow is an extraordinary actor who has enriched and entertained the world with unforgettable stage and screen performances,” said Harvard President Drew Faust, “We owe the launch of Arts First — this year celebrating its 25th anniversary — to his unfailing efforts and his lifelong belief in the abundance and power of our creative community. He has shaped the experiences of countless people at Harvard and beyond, and it will be an honor to present him with this year’s Harvard Arts Medal.” Lithgow, the 24th recipient of the Harvard Arts Medal, has been called an “actor’s actor” who has played a wide range of dramatic and comic roles on stage, film, and television. A history and literature concentrator at Harvard, from which he graduated magna cum laude, he has written that his undergraduate years were “the most active and creative of my life.” He later studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art on a Fulbright scholarship.Born in Rochester, N.Y., Lithgow was raised in a theater family. His mother was a former actress, his father a producer and director who ran the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J.Lithgow has amassed numerous credits and won accolades from critics and audiences worldwide. His performance as Roberta Muldoon in the film adaptation of John Irving’s novel “The World According to Garp” garnered an Academy Award nomination and earned him best supporting actor nods from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Circle.For his stage work Lithgow won the 1973 Tony Award for best featured actor in David Storey’s “The Changing Room.”Beginning in 1996 Lithgow conquered television playing the extraterrestrial Dr. Dick Solomon in the NBC sitcom “3rd Rock from the Sun,” for which he won two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe. His most recent role is in the acclaimed Netflix series “The Crown,” for which he won the 2016 Critics Choice Television Award as best supporting actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Winston Churchill.Lithgow is also the author of several children’s books, including “Mahalia Mouse Goes to College,” published in 2007 by Simon & Shuster. “Farkle & Friends,” a series of children’s concerts that he continues to perform around the country, is a CD of the same name released by Rhino Records in 2002, and other recordings for children have earned Lithgow four Grammy Award nominations. His memoir “Drama: An Actor’s Education” was published by HarperCollins in 2011.Admission to the award ceremony is free but tickets are required, and are available in person at the Harvard Box Office at Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke St., Cambridge, or by calling 617-496-2222 or visiting www.boxoffice.harvard.edu (phone and online ticket orders are subject to service fees). Ticket distribution for Harvard affiliates (two per person with a valid ID) begins April 18; ticket distribution for the public (two per person) begins April 20. Some remaining tickets may be available at the door one hour prior to event start time.Arts First, showcasing student and faculty creativity, will take place April 27-30. Sponsored by Harvard’s Board of Overseers and produced by the Office for the Arts at Harvard with partners across the University, this year’s edition will also feature a gala performance on the evening of April 28 celebrating the festival’s anniversary and the University’s growing arts landscape, as well as the all-day Performance Fair on April 29 showcasing more than 200 music, theater, dance, film, visual arts and multidisciplinary events at indoor and outdoor venues. All events are open to the public, most are free of charge. For more information, contact the Office for the Arts at Harvard at 617-495-8676, or visit www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/arts. Arts First festival showcases many kinds of imaginative expression at Harvard Creative, cultured, and diverse Relatedlast_img read more

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How Hurricane Maria led to U.S. shortage of IV bags

first_imgU.S. hospitals are facing widespread shortages of IV bags in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which damaged and temporarily shut down several Puerto Rico factories owned by a major manufacturer of the bags.IV bags, used to mix and deliver liquid medications or salt water to patients through an intravenous line, are one of the most highly used items in hospitals. There are workarounds to deal with the lack of the bags, such as injecting medications with a syringe. But experts from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are concerned that the lack of bags could negatively affect patient care.Paul Biddinger, director of Harvard Chan School’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program and chief of the Division of Emergency Preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital, said in a Feb. 20, 2018 article in The American Prospect that he’s worried about cardiology patients, who use blood thinners and anti-arrhythmic drugs, which are often injected via an IV bag.Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of Global Health and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute at Harvard Chan School, said that using unfamiliar protocols can add new stresses to an already tense hospital environment.Read the American Prospect article: How neglect of Puerto Rico Sparked a National IV Bag Shortage Read Full Storylast_img read more

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IBEW Local 300 Endorses Obama for President

first_imgSouth Burlington, Vt. – (July 31, 2008) – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for President of the United States.The 1,200-member labor union represents public and private sector employees throughout Vermont. IBEW Local 300 has initiated an aggressive internal political action campaign to involve its constituency in the electoral process.”After eight years of the anti-worker Bush Administration, Sen. Obama is the clear choice to lead our wonderful country in the right direction,” said IBEW Local 300 Business Manager Jeffrey Wimette. “It is no mistake that Sen. Obama earned a 98 percent lifetime rating from the AFL-CIO for his unwavering support of working families. He is the lone major party presidential candidate that will fight for good wages, quality healthcare, secure retirement, fair taxation, responsible trade and the freedom to form unions.” IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill echoed that assessment.”Now is the time to unite behind the candidate who offers the best chance to reverse the disastrous policies of the past eight years,” he said. “We as a people face difficult choices on healthcare, energy policy and building jobs and opportunity in a world increasingly bound by economic and environmental issues. Barack Obama offers positive leadership to navigate our way into the future instead of continuing the failures of the past.”A collaborative effort between AFL-CIO affiliated unions nationwide, the 2008 election marks labor’s largest mobilization ever for pro-worker candidates. To date, union volunteers have focused on rallying 13 million voters, knocked on 60,000-plus doors, delivered 1.5 million worksite fliers, and sent 500,000 mailers to union swing voters in key battleground states. ABOUT IBEW LOCAL 300Based in South Burlington, IBEW Local 300 serves 1,200-plus working Vermonters at some of the state’s most successful businesses, including American Electric, Ben and Jerry’s, Brown Electric, Burlington Electric Department, Central Vermont Public Service, Century Electric, Entergy-Vermont Yankee, E.S. Boulos, Green Mountain Power, Peck Electric, Sherwin Electric, Vermont Gas, Washington Electric Cooperative and several municipalities. Local 300 members earn a living wage, healthcare coverage and best-in-class retirement benefits. The organization is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and represents approximately 750,000 laborers in utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, government and more. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among AFL-CIO unions because of its size and highly skilled constituency.For more information, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Matt Lash at (802) 864-5864, [email protected](link sends e-mail) or www.ibewlocal300.org(link is external).last_img read more

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The Nature of Bass: Victor Wooten

first_imgVictor Wooten’s bass playing is unmistakable. Known for mixing fluid jazz technique and heavy doses of funky thump, his virtuosic acrobatics have undoubtedly taken the instrument to a new level of range. For the past three decades, Wooten has exercised his chops as a member of Grammy-winning banjo-driven fusionists Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. These days, though, he’s spending a lot less time in the tour bus and a lot more time in the woods.This summer the bassist is leading a full schedule of music camps at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature at Wooten Woods. He’s turned a secluded 150 acres along the richly bio-diverse Duck River into an idyllic retreat for musicians. The property is located west of his Nashville home in the small town of Only, Tenn.Wooten has been hosting music and nature camps for close to a decade, at first renting space at a nearby state park. When he realized teaching in this setting would become a permanent endeavor, he decided to purchase his own land in 2008. The idea is to give musicians of all levels expert instruction in a peaceful environment. “In the woods you can let go of your nerves and baggage and just play,” Wooten said during a recent interview. “I find people trying to get better on an instrument make faster progress in this natural setting.”Years ago, Wooten took classes with naturalist Tom Brown, Jr. He noticed some striking similarities between learning wilderness skills and making music and soon started incorporating similar exercises into his music teaching. He believes being in the forest heightens the senses and that ultimately translates to better playing. During courses that cater to specific instruments, students are divided into groups and rotate between instructors, who offer instruction on theory, soloing, and the relationship between music and nature. There are also more specific portions of the camps devoted to naturalism and survival skills.“We’re trying to raise the awareness of the student in different areas,” Wooten adds. “It gets them away from the normal aspects of music. Most musicians think they need to lock themselves in a practice room all day. That’s true to a certain extent, but it’s a slow way to improve. You need to get out and interact with others—or to use a musical term, jam.”Wooten certainly has plenty of experience to relay. He was playing in a family band with his brothers by age 5. The group opened for soul legend Curtis Mayfield, and by the time he had finished high school Wooten had shared the stage with War, Frankie Beverly, and the Temptations. Wooten met Fleck in the late 1980s, and along with his brother Roy Wooten, joined the banjo ace to form the Flecktones. The group picked up five Grammy Awards between 1997 and 2012 and along the way blurred the improvisational boundaries between jazz and bluegrass in front of audiences around the world. Wooten also fronts his own band and has released nine solo albums dating back to 1996. Although he’s certainly not done being a professional musician, this husband and father of four is happy to have found a new musical outlet that keeps him closer to home.“Now tours are being booked around camps,” Wooten says. “It’s time for me to share what I’ve learned from years of being on the road.”Interlocken Music Festival – Sept. 5-8Massive new festival heading to the Blue Ridge!Just when you thought the festival landscape couldn’t get anymore crowded, a late-season announcement is bringing the Blue Ridge a high-profile bash that could be an annual game changer. The Interlocken Music Festival is taking place September 5-8 at the idyllic Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Va. Located on a 4,800-acre expansive property between Charlottesville and Lynchburg, the festival is shaping up to be a long weekend of jam-rock nirvana that’s expected to draw up to 30,000 people. Initial artists announced include Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Furthur featuring Bob Weir and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, the Black Crowes, and the String Cheese Incident. The festival is also focusing on unique collaborations like String Cheese playing a set with country rock hero Zac Brown and Panic doing a full set of Credence Clearwater Revival tunes with John Fogerty. Furthur will also play a set featuring the Dead’s acoustic masterpiece Workingman’s Dead. Additional artist announcements are coming soon. interlockenfestival.com.last_img read more

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The CUInsight Experience podcast: Linda Bodie – Figuring out what works (#25)

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Welcome to episode 25 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of CUInsight.com. Today’s guest is Linda Bodie the president and CEO of Element Federal Credit Union in Charleston, WV. We discuss her path to leadership as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. Linda also talks about what small credit unions should do to stay relevant and thrive in today’s market.Linda and I started our conversation at CO-OP Think this year talking about diversity and inclusion — a huge topic in the industry today. Unfortunately, many times the words are used interchangeably but diversity is more of an adjective and inclusion is more indicative of acceptance. We delve into Linda’s path to the top and the challenges she has faced a woman and a lesbian in a male-dominated industry. We then move through various topics surrounding the fundamental differences in experience between women and men. From there we discuss the process that Linda feels will have the most impact on changing the culture within credit unions and business in general. Finally, we discuss the role of technology in evening out the playing field between credit unions and larger banking institutions. Tune in to today’s episode to learn all about how addressing diversity and inclusion leads to better collaboration and sustainability! After all, sustainability is the goal of every credit union in today’s banking environment.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, StitcherHow to find Linda:Linda BodiePresident & CEO of Element Federal Credit [email protected] | LinkedInShow notes from this episode:Conference mentioned: CO-OP Think EventSoftware mentioned: SkypeSoftware mentioned: FaceTimePlatform mentioned: iPhoneApp mentioned: Element Federal Credit Union AppShout out: Element Federal Credit Union PromiseAlbum mentioned: ABBA – The Greatest HitsBook mentioned: The Purple Cow by Seth GodinBook mentioned: Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. SeussPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Samantha Paxson, Jill Nowacki (Ep. 4 & Ep. 18), Tracie KenyonYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[00:03] – Welcome back to the show! Randy introduces Linda Bodie, today’s guest.[02:05] – We discuss the difference between diversity and inclusion.[03:27] – What are the biggest challenges to women and the LGBTQ community getting a seat at the table?[05:41] – We then discuss how education can impact inclusion.[06:59] – Linda shares the challenges she faced in reaching the top.[09:24] – Given her experiences, Linda has worked to change the culture of the industry.[11:30] – At what level should the biggest changes be made, individual, local, or national?[14:11] – What advice does Linda give to those who want to get involved in the process of change?[15:45] – Use what you have to get to a solution – Linda talks about what that means.[17:42] – Element Federal Credit Union was the first institution to have remote deposit capability on the iPhone.[19:09] – We discuss the Element promise and the employee pledge.[21:05] – When you hear, that’s what’s always been done, how does that make you feel?[22:02] – There are three components to Element’s ability to thrive in a shrinking industry, attitude, grit, and collaboration.[24:21] – Is there a fundamental belief in credit unions that will need to change?[25:41] – How does Linda feel about technology within the credit union environment?[28:09] – What inspired Linda to become CEO of a federal credit union?[29:02] – Linda’s inspiration for the job switched due to the boring nature of the industry.[30:37] – Linda identifies as a servant leader who is not afraid to cause a ruckus.[31:12] – Her employees describe her leadership style as being a chameleon, she changes with the needs of the credit union.[32:17] – Linda doesn’t think her leadership style has changed, she’s simply improved upon it.[34:02] – Linda believes you should do what you love and love what you do. Also, don’t click anything in email.[35:02] – What mistakes does she see young leaders make over and over?[36:15] – Treat other’s the way you want to be treated, but also recognize their uniqueness.[37:52] – What does Linda do to clear her head when she comes up against a wall?[40:11] – Engage your staff and stay involved in the community to keep the credit union relevant.[41:33] – Linda loves to be outdoors and play drums when she has free time.[43:28] – Linda reaches back to kindergarten to recount the first time she got in trouble.[44:38] – If she doesn’t get up early then her day is off. She also spends time with their pets.[45:30] – Best album of all time: ABBA – The Greatest Hits[46:23] – Book she recommends: The Purple Cow by Seth Godin and Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss[47:11] – As she’s gotten older, self-care has become more important. Things are less important, she’d prefer experiences.[48:02] – When Linda thinks of success, she doesn’t think of a particular person. Instead, she thinks of those who have overcome obstacles and accomplished the things they set out to do.[49:01] – Be true to your authentic self and you’ll make better decisions and be happier.last_img read more

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Cortese restaurant open after fire, no injuries reported

first_img—– This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further information. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further information. 1:14 P.M. UPDATE: The Binghamton fire and police departments have responded. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Dispatchers have told 12 News that the fire at Cortese’s restaurant is now out. 11:18 A.M. UPDATE: They say no injuries were sustained in the fire.center_img —– PHOTO CREDIT: Cortese Restaurant Facebook Page Griswald and Robinson Streets remained blocked to traffic. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Emergency crews are responding to a fire at Cortese’s restaurant at 117 Robinson St. Monday morning. The restaurant’s owner told 12 News that everything is “okay” and the business is operating. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Cortese Restaurant is open following a fire at its location Monday morning.last_img read more

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Croatian tourism is based on family accommodation

first_imgThese “complex organizations of associated labor”, state-owned enterprises, were in charge of infrastructure development, education and employment of people, development of agriculture and the like according to the principles of contract economy. Entrepreneurship development was not allowed. In the transition, we received the transformation of these SOURs into capital companies for which only profit became important, regardless of the moral and material debt to the homeland and the people. The “new SOURs” no longer perform the function of the old ones, but in the minds of the people, especially those in power, the system has not changed. Only a change of generation will bring about change. When young people who have gone out into the world return. That is why the transformation of family accommodation from the level of overnight stays to a small family hotel is slow and difficult. Sustainable family hotels are created by improving service through generations. As a rule, grandchildren are the ones who can set up a small hotel on “healthy feet”. This is the case in all developed world tourist destinations with a long tradition and high quality of service, such as Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria… Of course, a business reduced to 3 months may not be enough to cover the costs of business and development. No matter how much you work and earn in those three months in the other nine months you will spend it all.That is why basic services in family accommodation can only be a supplement to the household budget. From this income, real estate is maintained, children are educated, older members of the household are supported, and increasing fiscal and parafiscal levies are paid. It is well known that young people are offered a very small choice of permanent employment opportunities, so many seasonal workers earn a “full” salary at the level of the year with additional income from household accommodation services. Those who are in a better position, who have higher traffic and a higher price, sooner or later find themselves in a situation where they have to improve the service, upgrade it to the service of a boarding house, small hotel, restaurant and the like. It’s actually a normal, healthy growth of entrepreneurship that lasts for decades. There is no quick enrichment in tourism, except in the case mentioned by SOA these days, which is “laundering dirty money” through tourism.Currently, the number of registered facilities for accommodation services in the household is 92.000, 350.000 people are directly involved in jobs related to this service. Thanks to family accommodation, the generated guest traffic is around 2 billion Euros by the end of August alone. By the end of the year, that amount is estimated to reach 2,5 billion euros.I am especially pleased with the increase in the offer of legal accommodation in apartments in cities, because Croatia is an exception here as well. Our people, thanks to an increasingly flexible legal framework, prefer to work legally than to rent apartments as in Berlin, Barcelona and other major European cities – in a “non-tourist” way. According to the provisions on fundamental human rights and freedom of movement, you can receive other people in a private apartment, home, without asking the permission of the authorities. So it is, at least in democratic social systems. Also, citizens from EU countries and the European Economic Area do not have to report a change of residence for up to 6 months of residence outside their place of residence. Thus, apartment owners in cities where passengers stay for an average of up to two nights can provide accommodation for passengers without categorizing the accommodation. They can also rent an apartment on the basis of a lease agreement, which exempts them from paying the sojourn tax. I think that public authorities must take special care of the hosts of accommodation in cities for precisely these reasons. Such an offer should be gathered, promoted, branded, rewarded. On the other hand, large cities in the world impose an obligation on digital platforms to calculate and pay the sojourn tax for guests sent to accommodation, regardless of whether it is tourist accommodation. It is currently a major legal battle with an uncertain outcome. As for the strategy for the development of Croatian tourism, it was already behind the changes that are taking place at the global level when it was written. Our society has not yet realized that the digital industrial revolution has taken place, that the habits of travelers have changed especially in generations x, millennials, Z. We are also unaware of the emergence of a new economy and the gradual decline of the old neoliberal model of economy that undermined its foundations. It is impossible to build a sustainable development strategy on old settings. Our economists are not futurists, we need help from the world’s academic circles of young scientists and economic experts of the new economy, the economy of sharing. After twenty years of volunteering at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, behind me is a great and valuable experience imbued with the constant need to prove faith in their own strength.We respect every well-meaning investor in our economy, but above all we must give trust, encouragement and support to our man. People who live in this area, in their homeland would like to stay and live in that environment, they are happy there. A good tourism development is one that helps people to live in their home, to be happy, to communicate with other people, to receive them into their home regardless of racial, religious and other differences. Sustainable and responsible tourism has this irreplaceable role of exchanging ideas, customs, cultures, livelihoods. When we think of such tourism then it is actually a lifestyle that we share with our guests. It means that we have to keep our customs, gastronomy, food production, in general the way of life for the survival of ourselves and because of the unique appeal of such a lifestyle that is highly valued by our guests. I hope I have helped, at least a little, ordinary people to keep faith in their original values ​​and motivate them to stay and survive in their country.Author: Nedo PinezićRelated news:DANIJELA ČAVLOVIĆ ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE FAMILY TOURISM COMMUNITY AT THE Croatian Chamber of CommerceCROATIA THE ABSOLUTE WINNER IN CHOOSING THE BEST HOLIDAY HOMES IN EUROPE! Rural House Kod Slapa, Bogatic / Bookin.comFamily accommodation in Croatia is growing from year to year in terms of both capacity and traffic. Traffic growth is still greater than capacity growth. This tells us that the season of using family accommodation in some destinations has significantly lengthened. All major cities and their surroundings have a significantly longer season of demand for family accommodation compared to classic bathing places. The same applies to accommodation near major attractions, such as Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik and in places where hotels are closed during the winter months or not at all (Varaždin, Cres, Krk ().According to the data available so far, for 8 months of this year, 31 million overnight stays were realized in family accommodation. In August alone, the strongest tourist month, 13 million overnight stays were realized in family accommodation, 4 million more than in all hotels and camps combined. Currently, the number of registered facilities for accommodation services in the household is 92.000, 350.000 people are directly involved in jobs related to this service. Thanks to family accommodation, the generated guest traffic is around 2 billion Euros by the end of August alone. By the end of the year, that amount is estimated to reach 2,5 billion euros. Croatia would not have that income without such family accommodation. This is a concrete contribution to the national economy that Croatian citizens make with their private property. In this way, they keep tens of thousands of micro-entrepreneurs connected in their activities to family accommodation. In addition, the consumption of guests from family accommodation is not controlled and channeled as with package deals. Guests of family accommodation spend their money wherever they want, are extremely mobile and support a wide range with their spending.As far as public sector support is concerned, the spears are still being broken, so this support is not equal to the contribution that family accommodation makes to society. Large systems seek to influence business conditions and financial aid flows in their favor. Here the situation is similar to that in agriculture and imports. However, thanks to the cooperation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian Tourist Board, this is slowly changing in favor of family micro-entrepreneurs in tourism. The issue of harmonization of categorization standards is still open, it is being discussed, satisfactory solutions are being sought, as in the case of credit programs for investment in quality under favorable conditions. I hope that this will also go in the right direction and that finally the Croatian man, the Croatian host, will receive full support and recognition in his own country after numerous international recognitions. The current unfavorable situation for family micro-entrepreneurs was partly “sponsored” by the state of consciousness from the previous system when only large SOURs were important.center_img The excellent placement of Croatian family accommodation at this year’s competition for the best accommodation in Europe is another great recognition of Croatian tourism.Croatian tourism is based on family accommodation, not only in terms of physical traffic, but also in terms of the interaction of hosts and guests, and in terms of quality, which is getting better. The luxury segment in family accommodation is represented in a relatively small percentage, we may have 1.000 facilities that can be presented that way. These facilities meet high standards of aesthetics, privacy, security, contact with nature, a high level of service provided “tailored” to the guest and special comfort facilities. We can classify a much larger number of facilities in the premium segment, there are up to 10.000 of them. This segment includes all types of comfortable accommodation, such as holiday homes, spacious urban apartments and the like.Most of the accommodation offer was positioned in the “standard” segment. This is the level that is most in demand, as with all other goods and services. If we wanted to compare our “standard” accommodation with the number of stars, then it is accommodation for three and a half stars. Compared to the same segment in Italy and France, our “standard” accommodation is much better. In the third segment “economic”, we have up to 20.000 facilities. These are mostly older facilities that were built and categorized according to standards from 20 and more years ago, but also newer facilities that target the audience looking for a basic accommodation service at a good price.last_img read more

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Merkel ‘deeply concerned’ by rapid jump in coronavirus infections

first_imgChancellor Angela Merkel is deeply worried about sharply rising new coronavirus infections in Germany, her spokesman said Monday, urging citizens to keep to strict hygiene measures including masks if social distancing cannot be maintained.”The development of infection numbers is of great concern to us,” Steffen Seibert said. “We can see from some of our European friends where that could lead.”In a meeting with her CDU party’s top brass, Merkel warned that new infection numbers — currently at around 2,000 a day — could leap to 19,200 daily by Christmas if the trend “continues in this way,” party sources told AFP. The chancellor’s warning came a day before she is due to hold a video conference with the premiers of Germany’s 16 states on the next measures to take to keep infections down.Germany began to ease stringent measures including shop closures or limits to the numbers of people meeting from late April, after weeks of lockdown brought new infections down from the peak of around 6,000 daily. But with travel picking up again, particularly during summer holidays, and larger gatherings taking place, contagion has returned swiftly.During the CDU meeting, Merkel also reportedly cited where priority would lie in terms of which sectors to keep open while fighting the pandemic. “We must set priorities — keeping the economy running, schools and kindergartens open. Football is secondary,” she said, according to Germany’s top-selling Bild daily.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil convinced Mohamed Elneny to join Besiktas

first_img Comment Arsenal star Mesut Ozil convinced Mohamed Elneny to join Besiktas Ozil is yet to play this season (Picture: Getty)While Ozil is a central figure in the Arsenal squad, the midfielder is yet to feature for the club this season.Illness and injury has kept the 30-year-old sidelined this season, but Ozil did make the bench for Arsenal’s last game before the international break.Arsenal resume club action on Sunday with an away trip to Watford.MORE: Why William Saliba is back at Arsenal’s training groundMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Ozil told Elneny to join Besiktas (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil advised Mohamed Elneny to join Besiktas after falling out of favour at Arsenal under Unai Emery.Elneny has spent three years at Arsenal, but joined Turkish giants Besiktas on season-long loan during the summer.The 27-year-old was not in Emery’s plans and revealed he sought advice from Ozil before deciding to make the move to Turkey.‘Mesut is an amazing man,’ he told Milliyet.ADVERTISEMENT Watford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:54FullscreenWatford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/watford-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-2005254/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘He is a person that I really care about. We had wonderful moments together at Arsenal.‘Of course, I spoke with him before my decision to come to Besiktas. Mesut knows the country very well.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He advised me to join Besiktas. After I completed my move to the club, I called him and invited him here.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Sep 2019 10:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.1kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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