Month: November 2020

Man City 3 – 0 Olympiakos

first_imgPlayer ratings- Advertisement – Premier League The hosts went straight onto the front foot and had already threatened through Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne when Torres, starting as a lone striker, put City into a deserved lead within 12 minutes.The goal came as the Spaniard played a good one-two with De Bruyne and then calmly side-footed through the legs of Sa.Even with five changes to the side that edged Sheffield United last Saturday, City were a cut above their Greek opponents. Olympiakos were indebted to Sa as he twice smothered inviting crosses with Raheem Sterling ready to pounce on both occasions – but City’s advantage at the interval was a slender one despite their dominance. Olympiakos manager Pedro Martins made a double change at the break involving Bruma, and the winger on loan from PSV Eindhoven transformed the visitors in the second period.City, by contrast, were pedestrian as their recent lack of cutting edge that has seen them score just four times in their last four Premier League games was again evident.Foden’s blind pass from Ederson to John Stones as City played out from the back was pounced on by the veteran Valbuena but the 36-year-old sliced his effort wide having been surprised himself by the gift. Pep Guardiola's side had 16 attempts in the win over OlympiakosImage:Pep Guardiola’s side had 16 attempts in the win over Olympiakos How City made it three wins from threeOlympiakos entered the game without Kostas Fortounis through injury and with a dismal record in England having won just twice in 17 visits, but the most recent of those wins came against Arsenal in the Europa League in February.City have scored 23 goals this term – 13 fewer than they had plundered this time last year – but there’s a growing feeling they are now slipping into gear after an inauspicious start. Guardiola’s men are looking increasingly capable of steel as well as silk and led 1-0 at the break. Team newsGabriel Jesus was on the bench. The Brazil striker has been out of action since suffering a thigh injury on the opening day of the season. With Sergio Aguero still sidelined, winger Ferran Torres again starting at centre forward.Pep Guardiola changed three of his back four for the clash at the Etihad Stadium with John Stones, Nathan Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko starting along with Kyle Walker. Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden also came into the side. Mathieu Valbuena missed a glorious chance to level 10 minutes into the second period before Jesus came off the bench to settle the contest with an unstoppable finish from a tight angle (80).City added a third as fellow substitute Joao Cancelo’s speculative drive surprised Jose Sa to cap a routine win that preserves their 100 per cent record from three group stage matches ahead of facing Liverpool on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports.Olympiakos remain third in Group C while Porto are three points behind City in second place after winning 3-0 against Marseille on Tuesday. Torres tormented the Olympiakos defence, dropping deep and arriving late in the box during another impressive display which included three key passes for his team-mates.Moved to the right following Jesus’ arrival, the 20-year-old returned to his natural position having shown his versatility and capped another lively display with his third goal in four games – one of five shots, more than any other player.Aged 20 years and 248 days, the Spaniard is the third-youngest player in Champions League history to score in four consecutive appearances, behind Kylian Mbappé (18y 120d) and Erling Haaland (19y 107d).What’s next? – Advertisement – Manchester City maintained a perfect start to their Champions League campaign as Gabriel Jesus scored on his return in a 3-0 victory over Olympiakos at the Etihad.Ferran Torres scored in his fourth consecutive game in the competition to give Pep Guardiola’s side the lead after just 12 minutes, but the contest did not evolve into the formality City’s fast start had promised.- Advertisement – By then, Mady Camara had already just failed to connect with Valbuena’s corner but Jesus’ introduction with 22 minutes remaining helped City rediscover their focal point as a second goal duly snuffed out any hopes of a shock Olympiakos revival.Inevitably, De Bryune was involved as the Belgian fed Jesus down the right of the penalty area. The returning Brazilian fashioned a yard of space and the sheer velocity of his shot took the ball away from Sa at his near post and into the roof of the net.There was still time for a third to somewhat flatter City despite their 16 attempts – a ninth in three Champions League games in contrast to their recent domestic struggles to find the net – as Cancelo collected the ball in midfield, drove forward and curled a 25-yard strike with his left foot into the corner. CanceloImage:Joao Cancelo added extra gloss with a late third for the hosts on Tuesday TorresImage:Torres celebrates his strike to hand City the lead over Olympiakos Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola told BT Sport: “In the first half, we played really well. In the second half, we struggled for some moments but when we scored the second one it was over.“We’ve had a good three games, nine points. We need three more points or one more point to qualify. We have five days to recover for Liverpool and then the international break.“They had one or two chances [to equalise]. When we controlled in the way we control, we cannot finish games – we struggle with the second goal – but finally with an incredible goal from Gabriel Jesus and then from Joao Cancelo we win the game.“John Stones is back, an incredible performance – almost perfect. It’s not easy when you’re a long time without playing.“The forecast in the next three days says it will be sunny in Manchester. It’s rare. We’re going to have tomorrow off. After that on Friday and Saturday we’ll prepare for the Liverpool game. But the players need a break.”City tighten up – Opta statsSince conceding five goals against Leicester, Manchester City have conceded only three goals in their following eight games, while they have kept a clean sheet in three consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since September of last year.Since the start of the 2017-18 season, only Kylian Mbappé (15) has made more assists than Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (14) in the UEFA Champions League.Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in nine goals in his last seven appearances in the UEFA Champions League (six goals & three assists).Man of the match – Ferran Torres Guardiola full of praise for Stones Subs: Bruma (7), Pepe (5), Masouras (n/a), Hassan (5).Man of the match: Ferran Torres. Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (7), Stones (7), Ake (7), Zinchenko (7), De Bruyne (7), Gundogan (7), Foden (7), Mahrez (7), Torres (8), Sterling (7). Subs: Gabriel Jesus (6), Rodri (6), Joao Cancelo (6).Olympiakos: Jose Sa (7), Rafinha (6), Semedo (6), Cisse (5), Holebas (6), M’Vila (5), Bouchalakis (4), Camara, Randjelovic (4), El Arabi (5), Valbuena (6). – Advertisement – SterlingImage:Raheem Sterling runs at the Olympiakos defence as City made five changes Sunday 8th November 11:45pm TorresImage:Ferran Torres continued his rich scoring form with the opener for City Manchester City next host Liverpool live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 4pm on Super Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm.Pep Guardiola’s side continue their Champions League campaign at Olympiakos following the international break on Wednesday November 25; kick-off 5.55pm.last_img read more

Donna Shalala, Clinton Cabinet Member, Is Upset in House Re-election Bid

first_imgThe loss came as Democrats struggled with South Florida’s large Hispanic population, a group seen as pivotal to the fortunes of President Trump and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in their quest for the state of Florida and its 29 Electoral College votes. Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Democrat in a nearby district, was also defeated, and Mr. Biden was falling short of Hillary Clinton’s margins in Miami-Dade in 2016. Two years ago, Ms. Shalala, 79, had defeated Ms. Salazar by six percentage points to fill the open seat of Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican who had served in the House for 30 years. Few first-term members of the House arrive on Capitol Hill with the kind of name recognition and credentials possessed by Ms. Shalala, whom Mr. Clinton nominated to be secretary of health and human services in 1993. From 2001 to 2015, Ms. Shalala served as the president of the University of Miami.- Advertisement – In April, Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Ms. Shalala to a commission overseeing the administration of a $2 trillion economic relief program in response to the pandemic. Ms. Shalala’s extensive stock holdings in companies affected by the pandemic quickly became the subject of scrutiny. At the time, Ms. Shalala had said she had sold a number of the stocks in question since she had been elected to Congress, but then faced criticism for not disclosing more than 500 transactions as required by law. She paid a $1,200 fine to the House Ethics Committee in April, The Miami Herald reported. In September, Ms. Shalala was cited for failing to disclose two more stock sales.Ms. Salazar accused Ms. Shalala of profiting off stock sales during the pandemic in an attack ad, without offering evidence to support her claim. – Advertisement –center_img Representative Donna E. Shalala, a Democrat who served as President Bill Clinton’s health secretary, narrowly lost her Florida seat to the Republican candidate, Maria Elvira Salazar, on Tuesday, becoming one of the more notable Democratic casualties in the House.In a rematch of their 2018 House race, Ms. Salazar, a former television journalist, will represent Florida’s 27th Congressional District, which includes Miami and surrounding communities in Miami-Dade County. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘Fuller House’ Cast Would ‘Love’ Another Season

first_img– Advertisement – Bring back that predictability! Candace Cameron Bure is ready to keep telling the Tanner family’s story despite Fuller House ending in June.The actress, 44, told Us Weekly while discussing her partnership with The Salvation Army on Wednesday, November 4, that the cast would also be on board to film another season.Candace Cameron Bure: ‘Fuller House’ Cast Would ‘Love’ to Do Another SeasonCandace Cameron Bure. MediaPunch/Shutterstock- Advertisement – Bure told Us in July 2019 that she wasn’t ready to say goodbye to her Fuller House family.“I’m already prepared for the wrap, but I wish we weren’t wrapping. I wish it were not our final season. I would do this show forever for the rest of my life,” Bure said at the time. “Jodie, Andrea and I joke that we’ll be coming back for Fullest House! We’ll be the Golden Girls of Full House. You never know!”Candace Cameron Bure: ‘Fuller House’ Cast Would ‘Love’ to Do Another SeasonCandace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber on “Fuller House.” Mike Yarish/NetflixBure added that she would be interested in exploring a spinoff pitched by Stamos, 57, which would follow Uncle Jesse’s younger years, before his sister — D.J.’s mother — passed away.- Advertisement – “If there was another connection — producing it or something, then totally,” Bure said. “It just goes to show you how much we all love the franchise of Full House and what this show means to people.”While Bure is hopeful for a potential new season of Fuller House, she’s been keeping busy with her partnership with The Salvation Army. This is Bure’s third consecutive year working with the organization to help millions in need during the holiday season.“They do so much good work throughout the year, and this year, because of the pandemic and COVID, things are different,” she told Us on Wednesday. “You always see around the holidays the red kettles and the Red Kettle Campaign supports so much of Salvation Army’s work that they do through the year — helping families in need through shelter and food and job training and daycare. And this year, because we’re not out as much, we’re not out and about, those kettles are gonna suffer. So, we’re asking everyone to go to and donate there or drop a few dollars in when you do see the red kettle or set up a monthly donation. They’re expecting 155 percent more families will be in need this holiday season.”With reporting by Christina GaribaldiListen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! “We would absolutely love it if we could because I think there are so many fun stories to tell with the Fuller House gang,” Bure said. “The fifth season premiered this year. So, people are still watching the show that aren’t caught up on Netflix. I still receive daily messages five months later that they’re like, ‘What’s happening with season 6?’”The Switched for Christmas star added, “There’s just so much more there. So, who knows? We can only, you know, cross our fingers and hope that the people who control it would allow us to do it.”Fuller House premiered in 2016 on Netflix as a spinoff to the sitcom Full House, which ran for eight seasons from 1987 to 1995. The show followed the adventures of DJ Tanner (Bure) as she raised her three children with the help of her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy Gibler (Andrea Barber). Other stars who also reprised their roles included John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin, who was absent from the final season due to her legal issues. (Loughlin, 56, reported to prison on October 30 to serve two months for her involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal.)- Advertisement –last_img read more

Giuliani adds fuel to discredited theories about voting machines.

first_imgSmartmatic has been used in elections around the world. In Venezuela’s election, the software was manipulated to report a skewed tally. But the company said that it was an anomaly and cited the lack of election monitors as part of the problem. In the United States, monitors from both parties are allowed to watch vote counting.In the tweet, Mr. Giuliani appeared to backtrack on an earlier claim that Dominion Voting Systems, which makes the secure software used by voting machines, was involved in changing tallies, claiming that the company was in fact a “front” for Smartmatic, which he claimed was really doing the computing. Mr. Giuliani had previously said he was in contact with “whistle-blowers” from Dominion, and he claimed, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that the company had altered vote tallies in battleground states that had elected Mr. Biden such as Michigan and Georgia.On Friday, Dominion pushed back against related claims, citing a joint statement by the Department of Homeland Security stating that there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”- Advertisement – On Thursday, a group of federal, state and local officials working with the department said the election was “the most secure in American history.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, continued on Saturday his effort to delegitimize votes cast through electronic voting machines, citing several conspiracies connected to the companies that make the machines and the software they run in a post on Twitter.Looking to sow doubt about the vote count in multiple swing states that were recently called for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., Mr. Giuliani hinted support for a discredited theory that one of the companies that manufactures the voting machines used in some states, Smartmatic, is controlled by the billionaire philanthropist George Soros.- Advertisement – “Look up SMARTMATIC and tweet me what you think?” Mr. Giuliani wrote. “It will all come out.”Hours later, President Trump picked up a similar refrain, stating in a tweet that the election was “stolen” by “privately owned Radical Left company, Dominion,” without providing evidence or explaining why Dominion was distinct among the many other privately owned election system vendors that routinely administer elections in the United States.Speculation that Mr. Soros has any influence over Smartmatic or its operations has been thoroughly debunked, and he does not own the company. Mr. Soros’s distant connection to the company is through his association with Smartmatic’s chairman, Mark Malloch-Brown, who is on the board of Mr. Soros’s Open Society Foundation.last_img read more

EU budget blocked by Hungary and Poland over rule of law issue

first_imgThe two countries object to a clause that links funding with adherence to the rule of law.- Advertisement –last_img

$73 Million Settlement Is Reached in Sex Abuse Suit Involving U.C.L.A. Gynecologist

first_imgElizabeth A. Kramer, a lawyer for the women who filed the lawsuit, said in an email on Monday night that the sexual abuse was pervasive. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The University of California system has agreed to pay $73 million to more than 5,500 women who were patients of a former U.C.L.A. gynecologist who has been charged with 20 felony counts of sexual assault.The settlement terms were made public on Monday in a class-action lawsuit against the university system and the physician, Dr. James Heaps. The suit was initiated by seven women who say Dr. Heaps sexually abused them during medical examinations. – Advertisement – “The settlement, if approved, will provide real and immediate compensation to thousands of women — no less than $2,500 and up to $250,000, or more in extraordinary circumstances,” Ms. Kramer wrote. “In a case involving widespread sexual misconduct, a class settlement compensates survivors who otherwise would not have come forward to seek relief from the courts, through a respectful and confidential process.”Under the terms of the settlement, the University of California system will pay the entire amount. “The incidents described in the lawsuit reflect alleged conduct that is contrary to our values,” U.C.L.A. Health said in a statement on Monday. “We thank the individuals who came forward and hope that this settlement — which is still subject to court approval — is one small step forward for the patients involved.”- Advertisement – In the settlement, the university system and Dr. Heaps do not admit wrongdoing, which is not uncommon. The settlement in the lawsuit, which was approved by the university system’s Board of Regents, still needs a judge’s approval.The civil suit, which was filed in October 2019, is separate from the criminal case against Dr. Heaps, who was employed at the student health center at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1983 to 2010. Dr. Heaps, 64, worked at U.C.L.A. Health from 2014 to 2018. He was initially charged in June 2019 and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. A lawyer for Dr. Heaps did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday night.U.C.L.A. Health said that an independent review of how the university responds to allegations of sexual misconduct by medical professionals — commissioned by the Board of Regents — was completed this year. “U.C.L.A. is committed to policies and procedures to protect patients,” the university system said.One of the women who filed the lawsuit said that Dr. Heaps made sexual comments about her during an exam while he inserted his fingers into her vagina. The woman said that Dr. Heaps inappropriately touched her genitalia and thighs, and asked her if she was dating anyone and how often she had sex, according to the lawsuit. Another former patient said that Dr. Heaps had “fondled, cupped, and jiggled her breasts in a sexual manner, as if for his own sexual gratification or in an attempt to sexually stimulate her.” The $73 million settlement shared some parallels with a $215 million settlement that the University of Southern California reached with former patients of Dr. George Tyndall, the campus gynecologist accused of sexual misconduct involving hundreds of patients during his decades-long tenure. That settlement was approved by a judge in February.last_img read more

The island of Pag on the list of hidden European tourist destinations

first_img3. Province of Salzkammergut, Austria11. Kaszuby, Poland 6. Lednice-Valtice, Czech Republic14. Danube Delta, Romania The island of Pag is on the list of the most special destinations created to inspire travel enthusiasts to choose their next destination. This is the guide “Top Hidden Treasures” presented by Mastercard, and the island of Pag took 7th place among 44 destinations in as many European countries.Ladder Top Hidden Treasures it was created with data from Mastercard and the recommendations of more than 20 travel bloggers and tourism experts from various European countries. Destinations are ranked according to beauty, “indistinguishability” on a European scale, activities they offer, adaptation to different age groups, cost of living and convenience, which means ease of communication, local transport options, security, tourist infrastructure, quality of service and payment options. With high points in all these categories, 7th place Pag, otherwise the 5th largest Adriatic island, certainly contributed specialties such as lace, cheese, lamb, salt and olive oil, but also a rich nightlife and a developed festival scene. The island of Pag is also included among the destinations of the Priceless Croatia program, so Mastercard card users have the opportunity to enjoy the sounds of electronic music and the VIP experience at the three-day festival of the floating NOA Beach Club at the Circus Maximus festival.At the top of the list is Asturias – a province in northern Spain adorned with sights such as the monastery of Covadonga. It is a truly beautiful gem that is not yet flooded with tourists and that offers reasonable prices. In second place is the medieval town of Zebugg in Malta, while in third place is the Austrian province of Salzkammergut with Lake Hallstatt. “Based on Mastercard’s data on where people spend, a unique list of proposals has been compiled that allows a comparison of different destinations in terms of attractiveness, benefits and costs.Said Adam Blake, head of the International Center for Tourism Research at the University of Bournemouth. “Their data, together with information from local sources, make this guide very informative, even for experienced travelers.” Croats travel the most, most often to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Austria and ItalyA study among consumers conducted by Mastercard in 2016 in 13 European countries revealed that Croatians travel as much as 10,8 times a year for leisure within the country. For comparison, Bulgarians do it 12,3 times, and residents of all other countries less; for example, the British 4,5 times. Respondents from Croatia travel to the Eurozone for leisure a record 2,8 times a year, where they are equal to the Swedes, and surpass the inhabitants of all other countries. It is the same in the category of travel outside the Eurozone – Croats do it 1,7 times a year, followed by the Swedes with 1,5 trips a year. On average, most Europeans like to travel short distances in their own or neighboring countries and travel 1,5 times a year for leisure.When it comes to foreign destinations they visit, respondents from Croatia most often travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina (18%), Austria (16%), Slovenia (14%), Italy (13%). When it comes to Croatia as a destination, it is most often chosen by Hungarians (8% of respondents from Hungary last traveled to Croatia for leisure), Poles (7% of respondents) and Italians (4% of respondents).The cards are the companions of modern travelersA 2016 European study also found that 55% of respondents use their card to pay for flight, accommodation and other expenses before the trip, while 45% use the card during the trip. During travel, Europeans spend the most on hotels, buying clothes and in restaurants, and the cards are most often used in grocery stores, restaurants, bars or for transport. Austria, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Estonia are the countries where visitors pay the most with cards. In addition, the results showed that cardholders in Europe in 2016 increased their spending abroad by 12% compared to 2015.When it comes to travel-related spending, respondents from Croatia use 36% of travel funds before travel and 64% on the road, while Germans, for example, set aside 54% for travel expenses before arriving at their destination and 46% at their destination. When it comes to the method of payment, 51% of the amount spent before the trip is paid by Croats by card and 26% in cash, while on the trip 41% of the amount is paid by card and 47% in cash. On the trip, they spend the most on restaurants and nightlife, but also on tolls and fuel. “An increasing number of people around the world are embracing the benefits of cashless travel, whether it is a business or tourist trip. At Mastercard, we want to help everyone who travels make the most of their travels – before, during and after the trip. That is why we provide them with reliable, innovative and simple payment solutions. The ‘Top Hidden Treasures’ guide is designed to help travelers plan new, exciting trips to destinations that are really worth visiting.”, Said Javier Perez, President for Europe at Mastercard. 2. Mdina and Zebbug, Malta10. Velika Planina, Slovenia 1. Asturias and Covadonga Monastery, Spain9. Volos and the Pelion region, Greece 4. Azores, Portugal12. Naarden, The Netherlands 5. Perast, Montenegro13. Cape Kolka, Latvia Top 15 Hidden Treasures Destinations 8. Saaremaa Island, Estonia 7. Island of Pag, Croatia15. Balaton, Hungarylast_img read more

Thanks to the EU, we will finally have to introduce electronic toll collection

first_imgIn the first six months of this year, more than 33.100.000 vehicles operated on all Croatian motorways, which is an increase of 7,6 percent compared to the same period last year, while the revenues of four companies, motorway concessionaires, increased by 10,4 percent. billion and 130 million without VAT. From the beginning of the year to the end of June, there were 2.300.000 more vehicles on motorways in Croatia than in the same period last year, thus increasing toll revenue by HRK 106.600.000.It is probably clear to everyone today that the current toll collection model is unsustainable, too expensive and, most importantly, inefficient. Various various projections and analyzes have been made all these years, and we can only look at our neighbors, already in Slovenia, how it looks in practice and ultimately what the vignettes bring. However, obviously we would never go for this solution on our own for purely political reasons, so we are lucky that the EU took care of the introduction of electronic toll collection.Namely, all EU members will have to have a uniform electronic toll collection system. Thus, the government will, by grace or force, have to introduce such a collection system.Minister of Transport Oleg Butković, visiting New TV announced that in the future highways will be done electronically, so vignettes as such are considered due to EU regulations, and that the Ministry of Transport recently announced a public call for expressions of interest for the study of the future electronic toll collection system in Croatia. ” In the first seven and a half months of this year, compared to the same period last year, there was an increase in the number of vehicles on highways in all categories of vehicles, and revenues increased, despite the fact that we had to introduce seasonal tolls, increase tolls because we said that we will not sell highways, we will not monetize them, but we will start restructuring debt and companies. A few days ago, a public call was announced to express interest in the study of the future electronic toll collection system in Croatia. This is in line with the letter of sectoral policy, all the reforms we have to make in four, five years and in line with the recommendations of the European Commission which says that all EU member states must have a uniform electronic toll collection system. Classic vignettes are a thing of the past at the moment. But some form of electronic billing system – yes. But let’s wait for that study to be over.Said Butkovic.So, a new study is being done again, and we can expect news about the implementation of the new electronic toll collection system in 4-5 years. It is interesting how it is implied that as citizens they did not want to sell motorways, so they raised toll prices, ie introduced a summer toll regime. But, fortunately, we still have to respect the new EU regulations, whether we like it or not, and soon such a cumbersome and inefficient system will have to change.last_img read more

Rural tourism – an oasis of peace and quiet

first_imgThe peak of the tourist season is underway, which we could not help but notice. There is more demand for accommodation on the coast, the motorways are crowded, and the beaches have been provoking public debate lately. Holidays on the Adriatic have obviously become everything but holidays – however, there are alternatives. As new oases of peace and quiet and untouched nature and indigenous experience, among domestic and foreign tourists, villages and various forms of rural tourism are increasingly being profiled.In Vukovar-Srijem County, the heart of Slavonia, there are currently 9 rural tourism facilities, namely: Gondola Sotin, Peasant Household Janković, Peasant Household Fruk, Acin farm, Snašini kućari, OPG Juzbašić – Matkova pecara, OPG Šarčević, OPG Bičanić and Obiteljsko agricultural farm Barbarić. All of the above facilities, in addition to accommodation, of course, have additional content on offer, so let’s make a brief overview:Gondola Sotin is located on the main road Vukovar-Ilok, 8 kilometers from Vukovar. The traffic is very well connected by city and intercity bus lines so a personal vehicle is not a prerequisite for this trip. The location is part of a famous cycling route, and is also located on the famous wine road. The restaurant within the building is part of the project “Tastes of Srijem and Slavonia”, and its gastronomic offer is, of course, focused on traditional indigenous dishes of Srijem and Slavonia.Peasant household Janković from Vrbanja with accommodation includes the possibility of using the service of food, pouring drinks and beverages from its own production. Also, the household offers horseback riding and a quiet rural setting. Fruk peasant household it is suitable accommodation for families, hunters, fishermen and other travelers. As part of the household from Vrbanja, visitors can enjoy organic apple and plum products, as well as other local Slavonian products.Acin farm, is a shocking estate in Tordinci where everything smells of tradition: traditional farm buildings modeled on former apartments, or farms such as balconies, barns, piggeries, horse stables, sheepfolds, gardens, smokehouses, bread ovens… and visitors can participate in some of traditional crafts such as roasting brandy or pork slaughter. The food, which is prepared in the original shocking way, gives a special gastronomic experience; and within the estate, visitors have at their disposal tennis courts, football, volleyball, bowling and the possibility of horseback riding, carriage rides and cars. All this in the immediate vicinity of the bustle of three cities: 12 kilometers from Vinkovci, 14 kilometers from Vukovar and 24 kilometers from Osijek.© GI TepešPeasant household Marica Jovanovac rural holiday house “Snašini kućari” are located in the village of Gradiste not far from Zupanja. Located in one of the oldest houses in the village, visitors can visit a kind of museum of furniture and utility items almost 150 years old, if not more. This ethno house is also intended for vacation, and among other attractions, weaving on a loom and the decoration of decorative zucchini, which are known all the way to Japan, stand out. Certainly, there is a range of delicious Slavonian dishes on offer.Family farm Darko Juzbašić – Matkova pecara is a newly renovated old house in Bošnjaci near Županja with an authentic yard with outbuildings that offer accommodation. Within the farm there is a tasting room for brandies and liqueurs, homemade cured meat products and cakes. Matkova pecara is known for its brandies and liqueurs with which they performed at numerous fairs, from Croatian Village Products in Zagreb, Autumn in Lika, Eco-Ethno, National Exhibition of Fruit Brandy and Liqueurs in Vinkovci and many others where their performance is often crowned. medals, with a sizable amount of gold for the plum brandy. Precisely because of this, visitors can see the entire sequence of production of traditional plum brandy on the estate, but also witness the rural way of life and work in Šokac houses.Peasant household “OPG Sarcevic”, another rural pearl from Bosniaks, also offers a tasting room of brandies and liqueurs, while the household itself has won a number of awards for top quality products produced in the spirit of Shoka tradition and way of life as part of everyday life, festivities and customs.Budimka, ie OPG Bičanić, located in the middle of Ilok vineyards and orchards with a breathtaking view of the Danube, offers visitors a tour of the distillery, vineyards and orchards, then brandy tasting and retail, but also a specific gastronomic offer according to forgotten recipes.Family farm Barbarić, also from Ilok, is engaged in the traditional production of numerous types of brandy and liqueur, as well as wine and Ilok brandy. The entire Barbarić family is engaged in the farm, and in addition to tasting and buying local products, visitors are also offered tasting and buying fruit and a modern interior perfect for private and business trips.The largest number of foreign visitors come from Germany and Slovenia, and the length of their stay is on average 1 or 2 nights. As of July 17, 9 arrivals and 169 overnight stays were recorded in 626 rural tourism facilities of Vukovar-Srijem County.Photo: Vukovar-Srijem Tourist BoardUnfortunately, all of the above economies lack strong and focused promotions. For example, only five of the nine mentioned facilities have their own and modern website, the rest appear as offered content in clusters or tourist boards. More attention needs to be paid to the Croatian rural, a key segment of continental tourism, if we really want to move away from the story of how in the interior, and especially in the east of the country, a well-organized form of tourism should be introduced and formulated tourist content. Travel agencies could very well contribute to this, by creating a unique tourist offer by merging these scattered units into one coherent whole with the story. Unconventional and alternative types of tourism are increasingly attractive to domestic tourists who want to escape from the established, saturated content, while abroad it is part of the standard. The numbers of arrivals and overnight stays in these nine facilities show how persistent foreigners are in finding original and marginal tourist content.In 2017, these facilities recorded 296 arrivals and 864 overnight stays, while this year’s statistics in the first seven months of the year are slowly but surely approaching last year’s record. Namely, until July 17, 169 arrivals and 626 overnight stays were recorded. The largest number of foreign visitors come from Germany and Slovenia, and the length of their stay is on average 1 or 2 nights.Among other great ideas, we can single out the ride on the tourist boat St. Catherine. Sveta Katarina sails the rivers Spačva and Bosut and passes through centuries-old oak forests that are a trademark of this part of Slavonia. Boat ride, offers the possibility of river adventure, bird watching, animals and plant species. Also, there is a ride along the beautiful blue Danube in a panoramic tourist boat Waterbus Bajadera.These exceptional tourist stories, really deserve all the attention I can get. Although they leave the impression of too much risk because they cannot be the bearers of a more massive tourist agenda or the accumulated contents of larger tourist centers, their subversiveness is gladly seen and welcomed in the world. While globally, average travelers tend to escape the hustle and bustle for which they are willing to set aside extra time and resources, we seemingly neglect such potentials or at least put them in the background. It’s high time we start profiling our continental tourism!All relevant information and news about these and similar facilities in the area can be followed on the site Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board.last_img read more

Guests & whole brain: How are we determined by mental preferences?

first_img“Have you heard the requests of that guest”, “I do not understand why they have been coming to this hotel for 10 years” – the comments are in the tourist-hotel-catering everyday life, and we are often their authors. And have we ever wondered why we don’t understand guests and more importantly – the people around us in general?Respect, understanding, acceptance… yes, yes, it all sounds nice and makes sense, but why don’t we still demonstrate such behavior in given situations? Because we are insufficiently aware  that each individual has their own mental preferences and that we are similar or different because of them. There are centers in our mind that are more or less dominant, and the combination of centers and the intensity of dominance of some of them affect our preferences, motivation, and behavior.Tourism is the cruelest demonstration of diversity and that is why it is worth looking at the people around you precisely through the prism of diversity in mental preference. In this case, we observe people – in the role of a guest. It is a Whole rbrain model and tool that is very useful for understanding the behavior of guests (but also all the people we interact with) [1]. Geographical and cultural determinants are certainly something that affects the behavior patterns of certain groups of guests and then generalized (and stereotypically) we conclude that Germans are frugal, Italian gourmands, British demanding, Japanese restrained, etc. Mental preferences are something that determines individual behavior and whose understanding can be very useful primarily to better understand the person standing opposite us, and thus consequently increase his satisfaction, loyalty, consumption, anticipate expectations and become even better hosts. Not with the aim of manipulation, but of understanding, appreciating, accepting which, as much as we want it, is not a very natural state for us. How do mental preferences determine us?Mental preferences are preferences in a style of thinking that is conditioned by the dominance of certain centers in our mind. That does not mean; I have an opinion on this like this, and you like that, so we’re going to discuss it now. The preferred style of thinking significantly determines us – because of it we decide, organize, communicate  – overall we behave the way we behave. Photo: MeraklisWhen our preferred thinking styles are clear, for a guest who calls and asks us by phone before coming on vacation; do I pay extra for the sheets? how big is the pool? and are the beds comfortable? how far is it to the beach? is there drinking water with you? how, why, this or that? … We will no longer roll our eyes and comment “that he is as hard as going on NASA’s expedition”. We will know that such questions are typical of his structured, highly organized profile, which has an extremely high need for security and which is largely detail-oriented. We recognize, appreciate, accept and address him in a way that will be most effective and comfortable for his profile. While I was working at the reception, a visibly upset guest came to me and explained in astonishment how she had just returned from riding from a nearby estate and was overwhelmed because the horses there were neglected and malnourished and something needed to be done about it. Her tumultuous reaction mixed with crying attracted the eyes of the other guests to the reception desk. My reaction as a young receptionist was patient and I would say, bureaucratically helpful. If I had known about my preferred mindset ten years ago as I know it today, it would have been clear to me that this lady is dominated by limbic centers and that they control her behavior. Knowing that this profile of people reacts from a complete emotional center, I would dedicate a lot more time to her today, I would appreciate her care, I would ask her what can calm her down and I would talk to her about certain solutions. Yes, my reaction was professional enough, but it was not respectful enough and did not give that guest added value. What do sheets questions or reactions to malnourished horses have to do with our mental preferences? The answer is – in a significant relationship. Both behaviors are the result of the dominance of a particular center that determines whether we attach more or less importance to something, which we learn faster, and which easier, which will motivate us more, as little as possible, how we will communicate it all outwards, etc. The dominance or activity of individual centers of our mind determines our behavior and functioning with the world around us. And that is why it will be important for some to know everything in advance in detail, to have everything planned and to be 100% safe in the new environment, while for others it will be just a burden. And while someone will choose a destination / hotel / apartment / restaurant because of some original photo, concept or story, others will do it only after a rational calculation where they will get better value for the same money. The first is not reckless, nor is the second stingy, it is a matter of both behaving, in this case both deciding according to the pattern that is most natural to them. And since we are unconsciously programmed to save our energy, we will always approach people’s decision / situation / task / in the same way – which we prefer, which we know and which we are taught. And all around us who have dominant other centers, we tend to condemn and look as if they “fell from Mars.” Four centers / styles of thinking – scientific basisWhen it comes to thinking styles, the whole story begins with American researcher and HR director General Electric, Ned Herrmann [2] who, after years of observing his employees and studying people’s behavior,  in the early 80s he combined two crucial theories on the brain; The key conclusion of this complex study involving important American institutions [5] and scientists is that the human brain is guided by a set of thought styles based on four interconnected centers. These four styles of thought derive from: 1)  limbic and cortical systems consisting of three layers; reptilian or archaic part brain  (primary human needs and his first instincts: protection of the area, hunger, thirst, sleep, reproduction) [6] limbic part brain (emotions, inclinations) and cortical part brain (thoughts, thoughts, logic). 2) right and left hemispheres, where the right hemisphere is “irrational”, “destructured”, and the left hemisphere is rational, “structured.” Ned Herrmann created these “overlapping” theories WHOLE BRAIN model (whole brain model), and for easier understanding of profiles, four colors (blue, green, red and yellow) are used metaphorically in their comparison. Why should understanding these four styles of thinking be useful to us? First because we have the ability to become aware of an essential source of our behavior. Second, we have the ability to raise awareness of an important source of behavior of people around us (including our guests). Third, when we understand, it is much easier to demonstrate appreciation and acceptance when it is most needed. No more excuses! Dino like this, Dino like thatThe good news is that we are all born from all four centers. And a balanced center, that is, equally active, as small children prove to us every day. You know when they cry like it’s the end of the world because you cut their boiled egg in half, and they wanted the whole (red), when they stack cars by color, size in the right drawer / box without anyone’s instructions (green), when you 87689867 times they want ice cream again after you explain that dinner is coming soon (blue) and when they give the explanation for the fog “the air is shivering outside”, they cut half of her head because they are experimenting or smearing television with cream to nourish her skin (yellow). Depending on the situation, the child uses emotions (intuitive emotive), loves discipline and order (reasonable pragmatist), when he wants something he focuses on until he gets (rational realist) and is extremely imaginative and creative (cognitive idealist). Ideally, we would maintain this way of functioning through our growing up and schooling, but it happens that interactions, activities and stimuli from our primary environment stimulate, ie unequally stimulate only some of these centers, which confirms the fact that only 3% of people are whole brain – that is, that all four centers are situationally balanced. A reasonable pragmatistIf, for example, we grew up with a mother who has an elaborate system of putting dishes in the machine and only such is acceptable, who records every kuna spent, who prepared lunch for 13 pm and without apology expects that we are all at the table, who reads small letters on every contract , for you stores a vessel that you returned 2cm away from the intended place… it is very likely that we were required to behave in this way and so our most active was the left limbic structured rational center (green) in charge of organization, control, details and discipline. All this is manifested in our behavior in adulthood.  In any role. Even when we are guests ourselves. When Green goes on a trip, he will need to explore every detail, work out all the itineraries, book all the trips in advance, get well-informed about everyone and everything – because this profile doesn’t like surprises. Control is important to this profile because it gives it a sense of security. When he packs his suitcase, it looks like a pharmacy, everything is neatly arranged and a piece of goods is taken more “because you never know”.  This guest profile wants you to explain everything in detail when asked, and that you are accurate and stick to the plan and program. Cognitive idealistIf we grew up with, for example, parents “my own master”, “home innovators”, artists, freelancers, entrepreneurs, it is very likely that we will prefer unfetteredness, non-structure, innovation and that we will constantly need new ideas. In an environment where we were demonstrated and encouraged to create something new, where creativity was encouraged, our upper right destructured center (yellow) was most stimulated, which is why as adults we strive for creativity and experimentation. Unlike our green counterpart, yellow details are tiring because it is important for him to first see the “bigger picture” and then go into action. If something is not challenging and innovative enough for him – yellow does not move. This is true for any life or professional role. And when we have a guest who is predominantly yellow, we recognize him by his often unconventional way of dressing, unstructured way of communication, questions about some extreme videos, “shifted” concepts – he will be delighted only by what is original, something he will be the first, or maybe the way the employee ingeniously solved some of his situation.  He doesn’t prepare much for the trip, but it’s crucial for him to come home with  a new experience.  If he has a suitcase with him, he is most likely packed “AdHoc” before departure.  Yellow doesn’t want you to bother him with some hotel content that everyone is visiting, you’ll get him if you refer him to something unusual. Rational realistIf we grew up in an environment where the language of numbers, analysis and facts was spoken, in a mathematically-scientific-analytical-financial-medical-legal environment, our communication will also very often be in percentages, ratios, facts – without us aware. In such an environment, decisions were made only when all the facts were presented, the goal and steps (strategy) for their realization were determined. Speaking the language of Whole Brain, we are mostly encouraged by the left upper cortical structured rational center (blue) and what will be important to us throughout life is to achieve set goals, that someone addresses us in a logical and clear way, and that what we do it gives us value (financial, promotional, status). If this is our only dominant center, we will act “too cold” to others because we are rational and relationships often just tire us out. Both private and business. As a guest, this profile will look for destinations / hotels / restaurants / arrangements where they will get the most value for money. In the pizzeria, he will easily study the menu with different dimensions of pizza and put the price and diameter of the pizza in a ratio, calculating that it is more worthwhile to take a large pizza for two.  than that everyone orders for themselves because the bigger pizza was 30% bigger and only 17% more expensive. When he has a calculation, it is easy to decide. When packing a suitcase, he is pragmatic – he takes what he needs, if he needs something – he will buy where he goes.  The blue guest does not like chatter and unnecessary “jackals”. When he asks something, he looks for logical and concise answers. Intuitive emotiveIf there has been a lot of hugging, long conversations about feelings and in your primary environment  preferences, if you have often witnessed all the spectra of emotional outbursts in your loved ones, it is very likely that your behavior will be the same – extremely people-oriented. Through life  relationships and atmosphere will be most important to you, that is, it is very likely that you are the one who will  “Gather and hold” people. Both privately and commercially.  If you are an extrovert you will need to talk about it constantly, and if you are an introvert all emotional amplitudes will be visible through non-verbal communication. In such an environment, the right destructured irrational limbic part (red) is mostly encouraged, and interpersonal relationships are something that is at the top of all priorities for this profile. When deciding on a destination / hotel / restaurant / arrangement, the most important thing will be a recommendation from a friend and that there is a “good feeling” about the whole story. This guest profile is guided by intuition, a  the most important thing about service is that he is experienced as a human being. When he packs his suitcase, he collects things that will be good memories for him and that will make him feel good on the trip. He is most quickly recognized by his initiative to talk and to share his experiences with you. It will be easy to bond with an employee / host who is accommodating and shows empathy. Lost in Translation Human behavior is the eternal inspiration and motivation of research. Psychology but also spiritual practice have made a very significant contribution to this and while man is there will be a need for a better understanding of his behavior. This way of observing reveals to us what a person prefers, what he is oriented towards, what his needs are, and the greatest value of this approach is its applicability in all spheres of life and business, in a way that encourages mutual respect.  The first test was conducted on a sample of 8.000 respondents, and eminent institutes and universities participated in the entire process, and so far over 100 doctoral dissertations on this topic have been written. This article focused on explaining one-dominant profiles that make up only 5% of the population, while among us two-dominant (58%) and then three-dominant (34%) profiles dominate. Some are extroverts and some are introverts and that makes a significant difference. There are no bad profiles, the goal is to raise awareness of what we individually prefer and why. And when it comes to the profession, from this perspective we have to ask ourselves how things work in the field when “frontline” employees who are proven green-red (N = 8191) [7] serve guests of all other combinations. And without being aware of their own and their preferences, needs and expectations?… To be continued…Author: doc. dr. sc. Marinela Dropulic Ruzic, Meraklis,  Attachment: HERRMANN BRAIN DOMINANCE INSTRUMENT Sourcescenter_img [1][2] Herrmann, N. (1996). The whole brain business book: Unblocking the power of whole brain thinking in organizations and individuals. New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Auckland, Bogota, Caracs, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New Delhi, San Juan, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto: McGraw-Hill, 6-19. [3] [4][5] Berkeley Collage, General Electric Corporation, University of Texas, WICAT Education Institute, WICAT Systems, Education Testing Services, Edumetrics Institute, Brigham Young University. [6] The reptilian part of the brain is the smallest part and it was not considered as part of the behavioral Whole Brain model because it has been proven that  we cannot influence primary instincts by behaviors.[7] according to the Herrmann International Europe database. Front line employees are: receptionists, waiters, bartenders, chief chefs, concegilerei, hotel managers.last_img read more