Days of Adriatic squid in Northwestern Istria as a real guide to the development of our tourism

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Adriatic Squid Days, now a traditional gourmet event, is returning to Northwestern Istria. From 1 December to 7 January, visitors to the Croatian capital of wine and outstanding culinary tradition will be able to enjoy a number of traditional and unconventional Adriatic squid dishes.This gourmet event, in addition to being an additional motive for visiting northwestern Istria during the Christmas holidays, seeks to valorize extraordinary squid from the Adriatic Sea which is hunted precisely in the winter. It aims to raise awareness of their value in the kitchen and encourages caterers to devise new, creative recipes based on this seafood.With emphasis on Adriatic squid, not the one from Patagonia, which in combination with modern cuisine are presented in an attractive way. And that is exactly the key to success and the very essence of tourism. Selling an authentic story. “Never forget who you are, what you are and where you come from, nor forget your knowledge of local products. I would not want Croatian chefs to make the same mistake as Italian or Spanish, who try to satisfy tourists and forget the tradition”Said French chef Lionel Levy with a Michelin star in Osijek after the workshop organized by the CNTB, where he literally opened the eyes of the audience and showed how local food can make a top presentation of dishes that belong to the very top of world cuisine. You just need to add innovation, presentation creation and respect local ingredients. The combination of tradition and modernity, that is the main message, and that it is certainly possible, he presented in a practical way – perk from the fish in an innovative and different way.”It is important to protect and defend the recipes of your ancestors, otherwise they will get lost. Defend the recipes of your ancestors!Levy concluded. A strong message from chef Lionel Levy that can certainly be interpreted as the philosophy of the whole tourism because that is exactly the very meaning of tourism. People travel to get to know new ways and culture of living, and authenticity is the very essence of tourism. We seem to be ashamed of our history, traditions, identity, way of life, etc.… we have to start respecting ourselves, so that others can respect us, and the tourism workers who create our tourism product are not aware that this is our biggest advantage, our incredible diversity. and authenticity. We constantly strive to be some copies, and figuratively we sell French wine to the French.Days of Adriatic squid in IstriaThat is why the Days of Adriatic Squid, as well as all other gastronomic events and tourist stories, were small or large, which respect the tradition of extremely important, long-term sustainable and a real signpost in which direction our tourism must develop. It must be our main tourist product – our authentic story. We can learn so many lessons from this example, and the most important one is to stimulate the local economy, which is the meaning of tourism, to increase tourist spending and disperse to as many participants as possible at the local level, not to finance imported products. It is insane to import tomatoes, lettuce, etc.… We are thus destroying our economy and our resource, and we are only dealing with form through rental tourism, not content. And that is not sustainable in the long run, which we can see day by day in any of our tourist destinations. Everyone loses, and even hotels in the end because the motive for coming is not accommodation, but diverse, quality and authentic content.Because I wonder why someone from Zagreb would come to Istria to eat a Zagreb steak? Of course not. This is exactly what they are aware of in Istria, and the most important interest of the guests goes in favor of that, so from year to year the event attracts more and more guests from the entire region. “Istria is a destination that has a rich offer for the whole year, and with this event we confirm that the season in our country never really ends. Everyone who decides to visit Istria before Christmas will be able to enjoy our rich tourist offer in which the Days of Adriatic Squid are the icing on the cake. Last year’s experiences have shown that such events are extremely popular, because they are rich and interesting, and at the same time Istria at this time of year provides an opportunity for a true vacation for everyone who needs it.”, Said Michelle Babić, director of the office of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Brtonigla.Delicious dishes of this prominent delicacy whose quality surpasses squid from other seas, this year will be prepared by as many as ten local restaurants that have prepared promotional prices for this occasion. Top chefs have also designed new creative recipes for their visitors in order to offer dishes for everyone’s taste. The squid is thus composed in several sequences, in more spicy and lighter variants and in combination with interesting side dishes. Exactly what chef Levy said, a combination of tradition and modern interpretation of food. “Our goal is to show visitors that squid, with a little imagination and creativity, can find a place on a plate for any occasion. I believe that our visitors will know how to recognize this and that they will be happy to return to us in the future, but also that they will dare to experiment in their own kitchen based on our creations.”, Said Anton Kernjus from the tavern Astarea. Inspirational squid dishes as part of this event are prepared in taverns and restaurants Astarea from Brtonigla, Rondo and Lux ​​Casino Hotel Mulino from Buje, Giovanni and San Bendetto from Novigrad, Buščina, Melon and Nono from Umag and Toni and Vila Vilola from Savudrija. See a list and locations of all restaurants here.During the year, northwestern Istria hosts as many as four different gourmet events in which it brings visitors closer to Istrian specialties, such as shellfish, asparagus and fish leaf. Although these events are held outside the summer months, from year to year there is an increase in attendance, which further confirms that Istria has positioned itself as a year-round destination that offers its visitors a rich culture and customs that guests are always happy to meet.Some will say that it is easy for Istrians and they again, but they see only the tip of the iceberg and forgetting how tourism in Istria has been developing strategically for years, and how they have successfully combined what is imperative – local tradition and culture and authentic tourist product . We all have the same opportunities, and it is only a question of our will and proactivity, and the answer to the main question: Do we want tourism or not?If the answer is yes, then we must start dealing with tourism strategically and sustainably.last_img read more

​AP1 hires former top ECB woman to fill CEO gap

first_imgAP1, one of the big four buffer funds backing Sweden’s state pension, has hired Kristin Magnusson Bernard – a former senior employee of the European Central Bank – as its new chief executive officer.The appointment ends a period of temporary leadership for the SEK352bn (€33.2bn) Stockholm-based fund, following the sacking of its previous CEO Johan Magnusson in September for breaching the fund’s trading rules.Urban Hansson Brusewitz, chair of the board at AP1, said: “In Kristin Magnusson Bernard, AP1 gets a CEO who combines long-standing experience from leading specialist and high-performing teams with excellent communication skills.“Kristin possesses broad and deep experience from the financial industry, both in Sweden and an international context, where she developed strategic and analytical asset management capabilities,” he said. However, by the time Magnusson Bernard steps into her new job, the fund will have been without a permanent CEO for a year, since she is set to start on 1 September 2020.At that point, she will take the reins from Teresa Isele, who has been acting CEO since September 2019.Hansson Brusewitz also said Magnusson Bernard’s strong commitment and engagement in sustainability matters would be valuable for the fund’s continued work in that field.The incoming chief’s most recent job was country senior executive in Nordea Markets Sweden and head of macroeconomic research in Nordea, AP1 said.After going to Nordea in 2016, she worked in several leading positions within the markets and investment banking divisions of the bank, the pension fund said.Before that, she held senior positions at the ECB in Frankfurt as well as at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. in the US.Magnusson Bernard said her mission as CEO of AP1 was to continue the assignment to manage the pension capital and achieve good returns, and at the same time support sustainable development.“The Swedish national pension fund system has a very significant task and I am very proud of being part of the continued development of AP1 as a stable, responsible and active investor,” she said.Magnusson Bernard’s appointment makes it likely that in September, three of the four main AP buffer funds – AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4 – will be led by women, since AP4 is now the only one whose chief is male.last_img read more

Barbados records decline in HIV infection rates

first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional Barbados records decline in HIV infection rates by: Caribbean Media Corporation – September 4, 2015 Share 104 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Red ribbon, symbol of a commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Clipping path included.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados says the annual rate of HIV infection cases is on the decline.Health Minister John Boyce, who did not give figures, says this is due to the expanded use of anti-retroviral therapy in the HIV treatment programme as well as steps now being taken to decentralize HIV services and offer diagnostic and treatment services outside of the HIV programme.Addressing a Caribbean Regional Health Policy Project workshop earlier this week, welcomed the outcomes of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Health Policy Project which he said provided a country-specific road map for a coordinated response to the challenge of stigma and discrimination in health care facilities in the Caribbean..The workshop was held under the theme “Stigma Reduction – Moving from Understanding to Outcomes”.“While medical and technological innovations such an anti-retroviral treatment can help to prolong life for persons living with HIV, there are aspects of the response which cannot be addressed in this way. Our attitudes are personal, they influence our behaviour and interactions with each other, either consciously or unconsciously,” Boyce said.He told delegates that it was therefore necessary to have in place programmes for constant training and retraining to help health care workers to understand their own belief systems and attitudes that might influence their response to clients.In addition, the Health Minister stated that appropriate policies and legislation needed to be enacted to force change where necessary.Boyce acknowledged that both financial and technical assistance would be necessary to take the process forward, as well as greater engagement with partners in civil society.He pledged the Barbados government’s commitment to take action on the findings of the Health Policy Project and to ensure the implementation of the necessary training, as well as the development of the recommended tools.“It is my hope that the Government of the United States will continue to see this as a valuable project and will agree to provide ongoing technical and financial assistance to sustain these activities so that we can look forward to the elimination of marginalization of persons who need to access services within our health sector,” he added.last_img read more

GCQ in Iloilo Province: What businesses are allowed to operate?

first_img* manufacturing/processing of basic food products * mining and quarrying * services in the personal care industry, such as, barber shops and beauty parlors, provided that only haircut and other similar essential personal care services shall be allowed;  services involving substantial physical contact such as massage and manicure shall not be allowed * amusement and gaming establishments * those providing other basic necessities (ex. agricultural supply stores, hardware stores, auto supplies, gasoline stations, liquefied petroleum gas) Under Section 11 of Defensor’s Executive Order No. imposing the GCQ, the following are not allowed to operate: * establishments in the tourism and recreation industry * public utilities providing for power, energy, water, telecommunications, information technology, and waste management * agriculture, fisheries and forestry * those providing food/water and other related necessities * professional services, such as, but not limited to legal services, accounting and auditing services; and scientific and technical services * logistics service providers/common carriers, engaged in cargo handling, warehousing and freight hauling/forwarding * shopping centers and malls * fitness establishments Hotels and similar establishments for accommodation are also prohibited from operating. However, they may accept the following: foreign guests who have existing booking accommodations as of May 1, 2020; guests who have existing long-term bookings; distressed overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) and stranded Filipinos or foreign nationals; repatriated OFWs in compliance with approved quarantine measures; and non-OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine. * non-essential, non-leisure wholesale and/or retail establishments * business and knowledge process outsourcing companies * companies/firms engaged in the manufacturing/processing of export productscenter_img * veterinary clinics He, however, stressed that social distancing measures must be shall be observed. The list of businesses and industries that may now operate has gotten longer as Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. further reduced the number of those still prohibited from reopening. * services providing for health needs (ex. hospitals, medical facilities and laboratories) * essential public and private construction projects, such as, but not limited to, sewerage, water services facilities, health facilities, and such other priority projects ILOILO – This province starts being under a general community quarantine (GCQ) today until May 31 unless extended or lifted earlier. Defensor stressed the importance of stimulating the province’s economy now after two months of quarantine, and what better way to do this than by reopening businesses? * establishments in the leisure industry * media * those providing essential health/medical hygiene products What are these prohibited establishments? What are these businesses and industries? * other essential services, such as postal and courier services; repair and installation of machinery and equipment; leasing and rental of machineries and equipment; repair of IT equipment and other essential household appliances; security services; laundry services; funeral services * financial services providers, such as (banks, stock markets, credit facilities, pawnshops, money transfer services; and payment and remittance centers “If the economy is not functioning, the community quarantine won’t be sustainable and it will not be effective,” explained Defensor. He described as a “bigger challenge” the recovery of the local economy “while implementing effective quarantine measures.”/PNlast_img read more

Diona Lee Holt, age 83

first_imgDiona Lee Holt, age 83 of Batesville, IN passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg, IN. Born May 19, 1933 in Milan, IN she was the daughter of Francis & Ruth (Herin) Akers. She retired after 25 years at Batesville Casket Co. Diona loved gardening & especially tending to her flowers. She loved to read, cross stitch & collected porcelain dolls.Diona is survived by her daughters Carolyn Reese, Teresa Isaacs (Daniel), & Melody Bridgeford (Late Craig) and sons Daniel Holt (Debbie), David Holt, Steve Holt (Penny), & Randy Holt (Renee). She will also be missed by her 16 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great grandchildren and her sister Francine Cull (Kenny). In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Tim Holt.Memorial Services will be Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2pm at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN. Her wishes were to be cremated and she will be buried in Batesville Methodist Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the family for expenses c/o Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN  47006Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

United cut interest bill

first_imgManchester United have cut their interest bill by £10million a year after a major refinancing through Bank of America. Press Association Through the new loan with Bank of America, club sources estimate they will save approximately £10million per year. United’s present debt is £370million, the sum remaining from a highly leveraged takeover by the Glazer family in 2005. Despite dire warnings of United’s financial position since that time, the Old Trafford outfit have won five Premier League titles and played in three Champions League finals. With their commercial income rising rapidly, it now seems that United are able to compete in the transfer market, hence the £24million arrival of Robin van Persie last summer. It is also thought new manager David Moyes will have funds to spend should he wish this summer. center_img United have refinanced £177.78million of outstanding sterling bonds, on which they are currently paying a rate of 8.75 per cent. In addition they have refinanced approximately £17million of dollar bonds on which they are currently paying 8.375 per cent. last_img read more

Serbia strike back for Ireland win

first_img Ireland thought they had taken the lead with less than two minutes gone when Hoolahan played the ball out to McClean and then made it into the middle to latch on to skipper-for-the-night Glenn Whelan’s volley towards the far post. Had the Norwich man not touched the ball, it would probably ended up in the back of the net anyway, but his celebrations were cut short by an offside flag despite replays suggesting midfielder Dusan Basta had played him on. Ireland, however, did not have to wait too much longer to go ahead, although it was a rare slip by Ivanovic which gave them their opportunity. Long chased down a long clearance and managed to hold off defender Milan Bisevac as Ivanovic attempted to feed the ball back to Stojkovic. However, the defender left his back-pass well short and Long calmly side-footed over the keeper to open the scoring. Serbia might have been level with 21 minutes played had McCarthy not managed to clear Ivanovic’s header off the line, but Long should have doubled his tally on the half-hour after Hoolahan carved the visitors open once again. His astute pass put the Hull man in on goal, but he was unable to beat Stojkovic with either of two attempts. Forde had to be equally resilient five minutes before the break to claw away Dusan Tadic’s swinging effort, but Ireland did not heed the warning and were pegged back within three minutes of the restart. Aleksandar Kolarov was the architect and he and Tadic exchanged passes on the edge of the box before the Manchester City man crossed for Dordevic, only for McCarthy to get there first and bundle the ball into his own net. Long passed up another glorious opportunity five minutes later after Hoolahan had caught the Serb defence square once again, but this time he tried to chip Stojkovic and only succeeded in steering his effort wide. Ireland were made to pay for their profligacy on the hour when substitute Zoran Tosic’s mishit shot fell perfectly for Dordevic, who stabbed it past Forde to give his side the lead for the first time. The home side struggled to regain the upper hand as O’Neill shuffled his pack, and it was Kolarov who came closest to altering the scoreline with a late strike from distance which was well-saved by Forde. Shane Long passed up an opportunity to prove he could succeed Robbie Keane as Serbia came from behind for a 2-1 win and condemned Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to a first defeat. Long twice shot straight at keeper Vladimir Stojkovic on the half-hour and then fired harmlessly wide eight minutes after the restart to let Serbia off the hook, and they were to take full advantage. Ljubinko Drulovic’s men had levelled three minutes into the second half when Ireland midfielder James McCarthy bundled the ball into his own net with his defence in tatters. But there was worse to come for the home side on the hour when striker Filip Dordevic found himself in the right place at the right time to win it from close range. Dordevic’s effort ensured O’Neill’s unbeaten run came to an end at the third time of asking on a night when he took the opportunity to have a look at the depth of his squad. He cannot have failed to be impressed by Hoolahan, whose 61 minutes on the pitch were packed with the kind of intelligence and a craft which prompted such consternation at former manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s repeated refusal to select him. There was a lively contribution from winger James McClean too while keeper David Forde pulled off three fine saves to deny Serbia further joy. In truth, the visitors were good value for their victory after a shaky start, and it was they who looked the more likely to add to their tally as time ran down. O’Neill had charged his players with the task of taking the game to Serbia while paying attention to their defensive duties, and he must have been delighted with what he saw in the opening exchanges. The 27-year-old Hull striker marked his 44th senior international cap with his 11th goal for Ireland in record goalscorer Keane’s absence, but should really have been leaving the Aviva Stadium with the match ball. Long capitalised on an uncharacteristic eighth-minute error by Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic to give the home side a deserved lead, but then passed up two glorious opportunities to add to his tally with playmaker Wes Hoolahan terrorising the visitors’ defence. Press Associationlast_img read more

McClaren rejects kicking conspiracy

first_img Monk, however, was delighted after Swansea built on their opening-day draw away to champions Chelsea with a comprehensive victory, courtesy of goals from Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew. “I talked to the players all week that good teams and good players are able to back up good performances with another one,” Monk said. “We did that and we executed the plan very well. “We looked dangerous at points of the game and showed maturity when they went to 10 men as we didn’t force the game but took the openings when they came.” Newcastle’s defeat came after an opening-day draw at home to Southampton, and McClaren said: “We’ve learned nothing today apart from we need to keep 11 players on the field. “I don’t think you can judge us on that game and that performance, which is a shame. “It’s kind of a waste of a game when we need to learn about the players and how we go about things.” Newcastle went down timidly to a 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat after right-back Daryl Janmaat had been sent off four minutes before half-time for two bookable offences. The Dutch defender was booked for his second foul on Montero after 17 minutes and, after almost bringing him down again inside the penalty area, he was banished for tugging back the Ecuadorian winger deep inside Swansea’s own half. Press Association “You could see their tactics was basically try and kick him (Montero), and full credit to the referee for spotting it straight away,” Swansea manager Monk said after the game. “Quite rightly the player was sent off in the end. “We talked before the game about Jeff being protected and that’s important because it will be a tactic going forward.” But Newcastle boss McClaren dismissed Monk’s claim that Newcastle had sought to stop Montero by targeting him for rough treatment, with the former England manager insisting his team do not play that way. “We haven’t got a team capable of doing that and I don’t think the game represents that now,” said McClaren. “Our team is a football team, not kickers, so I would dispute that. “As always, you make your presence known to your opponent, which we did, but there was one tackle too many. “I thought the red card was harsh, he was a long way from goal and it was a little tug. I thought the referee could have been lenient.” Steve McClaren rejected Swansea boss Garry Monk’s accusation that Newcastle tried to stop Jefferson Montero with a tactic to “basically try and kick him”.last_img read more

Andrea Foster –an aspiring Olympian

first_imgTHIS week’s Noble House Seafoods’ Personality-of-the-Week is 19-year-old Andrea Foster, a national athlete, who has represented Guyana numerous times both regionally and internationally, and has acquired several medals under her belt.Andrea is a multiple CARIFTA Games bronze medallist and gold medallist at the Hampton International Games, while she was also once selected to represent the prestigious World Championships.An aspiring Olympian, Andrea is currently a student of the Essex County College, thanks to her athletic ability. Andrea was offered a sports scholarship to study for an Associate Degree in General Science at the college after her continuous outstanding performances.Andrea is a middle distance athlete, specialising in the 800m and 1500m distances, though she never shies away from the challenge of also contesting in the 3 000m and 10km distances in events.fosterShe describes athletics as “her life”. Though she now confidently speaks of her dreams of representing Guyana at the Olympics, Andrea was not always enthused at the idea of being an athlete. As the daughter of former national sprinter, and current bodybuilder Alisha Fortune, many thought Andrea would have a natural inclination for sport, but she actually did not.It was not until she was continually prodded by her teachers in high school for having an athletic mom and not being an athlete that Andrea finally gave in. And so it was in 2011, after dabbling in debating as an extracurricular activity, she decided to also do athletics.“It was my teachers that got me to run. They said my mom can’t be an athlete and I’m not,” she recalledSo goes the tale of another athlete, who got involved in sports through influence at school. Representing her school Bladen Hall Multilateral, Andrea advanced through the different levels of the National Schools Championships, or Nationals as we’ll call it, in 2011 and continued every successive year.In 2012, she had her first chance to represent Guyana regionally at the CARIFTA Games, and on her first time out she won a bronze medal for her efforts. Then in 2013 she was again on a national team among those who represented Guyana at the Tri-nation Inter-Guiana Games.Last year, her local performances were enough to see her selected to represent Guyana at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China.For this year, she has won another two bronze medals at CARIFTA Games in her 800m and 1500m events. She later won gold in both these events at the Hampton International Games. She also continued her dominance at the local level.But then she departed Guyana in August for the USA, where she now represents Essex and continues her training and hopes of perhaps representing the Golden Arrowhead at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.last_img read more

‘Sons of Champions’ boxing card set for boxing night

first_imgThe Guyana Boxing Association (GBA)/Briso Promotions Boxing Night card could see the outbreak of `World War Three’ as former national bantamweight champion, Clairmont Gibson, has threatened his nemesis, Keevin Allicock.The threat came after Allicock defeated Gibson to take the Terrence Ali National Open Bantamweight title; a title that Gibson held for a year.Allicock, however, is determined to hold on to the title, causing Gibson to declare `war’ on Tuesday night in the feature bout of the evening, which will have 11 amateur bouts, including one all-female clash.The 18-year-old Albouystown resident Allicock, who will be fighting out of the Forgotten Youth Foundation Boxing Gym (FYF), addressed the media yesterday at the Windjammer Hotel, saying that he is in fine condition.He said he is always prepared for any eventualities and come Tuesday night, he will give boxing buffs and his many supporters something to shout about.Gibson, who represents the Guyana Defence Force, in response to Allicock, said this is a rematch.Like Allicock, Gibson is urging boxing fans and supporters to come out in their numbers.Present at the press conference yesterday were GBA president Steve Ninvalle; head of Briso Promotions group, Seon Bristol; and GBA’s technical director, Terrence Poole.In opening remarks, Ninvalle said his association has been working very hard to make the card a reality with quality fights throughout the night (Tuesday), and while it is the association’s first approach, the partnership between the GBA and Briso Promotions will make it an annual one.Ninvalle informed that what was to have been the feature bout on the night’s card between Dennis Thomas and Desmond Amsterdam, will be no more as Thomas has not been given time off from his employer–the Guyana Police Force–to prepare for the contest, due mainly in part to him being required to be on duty during the Christmas holiday season.However, Thomas’ place will be taken by Aluko Best who lost to Thomas at the Terrence Ali National Open Championships last month and according to Poole, he (Best) would definitely not want to lose against Amsterdam.Bristol in brief remarks said he is happy to be a part of the GBA’s first Boxing Day tournament, as he is here in Guyana to build amateur boxing. He said the pugilists will receive trophies, medals and a small token at the end of the contests.Ninvalle also explained that over the past month the fighters that will be on show come Tuesday night have been exposed to two important competitions – the National Open Championships as well as the Caribbean Championships, where Guyana won three gold medals and a silver “and now they will be involved in the ‘Sons of Champions’ Championships.”last_img