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Monthly Archives: November 2020

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Kailyn Lowry Has a ‘Weird Unspoken Loyalty’ to Ex Javi Marroquin

first_imgThe Teen Mom 2 star and Marroquin, 27, wed in September 2012 and split nearly four years later in May 2016. The pair share 6-year-old son Lincoln.“I have a weird, unspoken loyalty to him that I have not figured out yet,” she said. “I would always wish the best for him.”Kailyn Lowry Says She Has a Weird Unspoken Loyalty to Ex Javi Marroquin Despite Divorce DramaJavi Marroquin and Kailyn Lowry in 2014. Tony DiMaio/startraksphoto.comLowry revealed that throughout the pair’s divorce, she “let him tell whatever he felt like he wanted to tell, whatever he wanted to film about, whatever he made up in his own head.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – She continued: “I let him talk about it and drag me through the mud and I never defended myself, ever.”The Hustle and Heart author admitted that she didn’t defend herself in the past against Marroquin’s negative remarks because of their complicated relationship.“I think part of it was, like, when Jo and I split, it was so messy and just a disaster and it didn’t get us anywhere,” she said. “I felt like no matter how much I defended myself, people were gonna believe what they wanted to believe anyway.”- Advertisement – No hard feelings. Kailyn Lowry does not harbor and negative feelings toward her ex-husband, Javi Marroquin, despite their past drama.“I don’t hate Javi at all,” Lowry, 28, told “Coffee Convos” podcast cohost Lindsie Chrisley on the Thursday, November 5, episode of their show. “I just don’t hate him.”- Advertisement – The 16 and Pregnant alum added: “He has this great image. He’s a great guy, he’s a great dad, he’s a hard worker, and he is all those things. But it was useless pretty much for me to even sit here and try to convince people of my side.”After Lowry filed for divorce, the pair appeared on Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars where their relationship drama came to a head.“But the truth came out. It really did. I feel like the truth revealed itself in time. It took a long time,” the reality star explained. “And when we went on Marriage Bootcamp and the lie detector test came out, I feel like in my heart of hearts that the truth really did reveal itself by itself.”She added: “I didn’t even have to do that. But even still, I think that everyone makes mistakes and I don’t hold any of those things against him now.”Last month, Lowry apologized to Marroquin’s fiancée, Lauren Comeau, after sharing her ex’s flirty text messages on Teen Mom 2.During the October 13 episode of the MTV series, Lowry claimed that Marroquin asked to hook up with her even though he is currently engaged to Comeau, with whom he shares 20-month-old son Eli.“I want to publicly apologize to Lauren in regards to tonight’s episode,” Lowry wrote via Twitter. “She didn’t deserve the humiliation she was put through due to a situation between Javi & me. I’ve been in her shoes and I’ve felt that pain, however have never experienced that being exploited on tv.”Lowry has had rocky relationships with all of her exes through the years. She shares son Isaac, 10, with ex Jo Rivera, and sons Lux, 3, and Creed, 3 months, with ex Chris Lopez.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!last_img read more

Filip Hrgovic stops Rydell Booker in fifth round then calls for tougher tests | Boxing News

first_imgFilip Hrgovic stopped Rydell Booker Filip Hrgovic stops an opponent who went the distance with Kubrat Pulev and James Toney; Olympic bronze medallist is now undefeated in 12; he mentioned Derek Chisora and Michael Hunter; Hrgovic has two KOs in the past two months Last Updated: 08/11/20 7:28am Filip Hrgovic stopped Rydell Booker
Filip Hrgovic stopped Rydell Booker

Ashley Benson, G-Eazy Are ‘Super Serious’ After 6 Months Together

first_imgThe pair, who first sparked romance speculation in May weeks after Benson, 30, split from Cara Delevingne, have grown together over the past few months, thanks in part due to the coronavirus pandemic.Ashley Benson and G-Eazy Are Super Serious After Bonding During COVID-19 1Ashley Benson and G-Eazy Laurent Vu/SIPA/Shutterstock; MediaPunch/Shutterstock“They’re definitely having fun and doing well,” the insider says. “They’re super comfortable with each other and have bonded a ton during the quarantine.”The 31-year-old rapper — whose real name is Gerald Earl Gillum — and the Pretty Little Liars alum became Instagram official earlier this month.- Advertisement – “She’s an exceptionally talented person in so many different spaces,” he told Entertainment Tonight in October. “She’s a special one. It just blew me away that you can have such a hidden, special talent that the world doesn’t get to see as often.”The pair sparked engagement rumors two months prior when the Pixels actress was spotted in August wearing a diamond ring while out at a Los Angeles grocery store.Ashley Benson and G-Eazy Are Super Serious After Bonding During COVID-19Ashley Benson and G-Eazy Marksmen/MEGAThe couple have been photographed many times out and about in L.A. since becoming an item in May. The duo spent Memorial Day together in Malibu weeks after they were seen kissing in a video posted earlier that month.A source told Us at the time that the pair were “hanging out and seeing each other” but explained that it wasn’t serious at the time.G-Eazy previously dated Halsey from 2017 to October 2018.Benson, for her part, split from Delevingne, 28, in May after nearly two years of dating.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! “I MISS HALLOWEEN ALREADY 😢😢😢 🦇🦇🦇,” G-Eazy captioned a series of photos on Instagram in November of the couple dressed as Batman and Catwoman for Halloween.The Spring Breakers actress shared photos of the pair’s couple costumes on her account, writing, “🖤🖤🖤.”Last month, the “Everything Will Be OK” singer gushed about his girlfriend when commenting on the duo’s musical collaboration on his album, Everything’s Strange Here.- Advertisement – Heating up! Ashley Benson and G-Eazy’s relationship is going strong, six months after the two began seeing each other.“Ashley and G-Eazy have become super serious,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “But not in terms of an engagement, marriage or a baby yet.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump’s lawsuit in Arizona is so pathetic, they’re trying to keep evidence hidden from the public

first_img– Advertisement – Maricopa County attorney Thomas Liddy argued against sealing it, saying that the public “has a right to know how flimsy Plaintiffs’ evidence actually is.” The judge agreed. The “evidence” will be public, with proper redactions. But, boy, did Team Trump get blasted by Liddy. He said it was “not a standard, run-of-the-mill election law challenge” and that the Republicans were attempting to hide “significantly more than what is protected by statute with no legal or factual basis.”“This case goes to the heart of election integrity, and alleges widespread, systemic failure by the Maricopa County Defendants, their employees, and their processes,” Liddy wrote. “And it is not just that they alleged these baseless claims, it is the manner in which they alleged it so widely spread and volitionally to the press, on the internet and on Plaintiffs’ fundraising letters. Because of that, it is not in the interest of justice to do this in secret.” He was not happy.- Advertisement – He also noted that Langhofer intended to include Election Day voting center footage and reminded everyone that it is not legal to take pictures or video not just inside a polling place, but within 75 feet of one when voting is taking place. It’s a Class 2 misdemeanor. He argued that Team Trump in taking this footage had already invaded the privacy of voters as well as violating their “right to vote in secret,” with the intent to “use the fruit of that potentially illegal activity to advance a civil case.” No word yet on whether he intends to bring charges against the operatives who filmed voting. He needs to.He wasn’t done yet. “Plaintiffs chose to bring this lawsuit, calling into question the integrity of the electoral process,” Liddy said. “The public deserves to see all the evidence so that it can have confidence in this election.” The judge agreed. All information that needs to be redacted will be redacted. The evidence will not be sealed and Arizona voters will be able to see exactly how Team Trump is trying to take their votes away.last_img read more

Wall Street ‘old boys club’ lets in more women

first_img– Advertisement – Women hold third of board roles at FTSE 100 firms- Advertisement –last_img

Biden and Harris will speak about the economy today.

first_img“We’ve got a busy, busy Day 1 under any scenario here,” he said. Regardless of the outcome in those races, Mr. Klain, a veteran Democratic operative, said that Mr. Biden already planned to quickly rejoin the Paris climate accord, protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers and act on health care.- Advertisement – As the nation faces the twin crises of the coronavirus pandemic and an economy it has ravaged, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will speak this afternoon about their long-term plans to oversee the recovery.Mr. Biden’s remarks, delivered with Ms. Harris from Wilmington, Del., will come as the pandemic reaches new heights in the United States but as early data shows hope of an effective coronavirus vaccine. On Sunday, Mr. Biden’s pick for White House chief of staff, Ron Klain, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his team’s top scientific advisers would begin consultations with officials at drug companies this week.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mr. Klain also said that Mr. Biden spoke with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, on Friday about the need for urgent action on a coronavirus relief bill. Mr. Biden has yet to speak with Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, Mr. Klain said.Much of what Mr. Biden may be able to accomplish will depend on two January runoff elections in Georgia, which will determine control of the Senate. Two Democratic challengers — Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock — are seeking to unseat Republicans. Mr. Klain suggested that Mr. Biden was likely to campaign in Georgia.last_img read more

WHO begins pandemic guidance update

first_imgMay 6, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – World Health Organization (WHO) officials today kicked off a 4-day meeting in Geneva to begin revising pandemic preparedness guidance for countries, amid warnings that the risk of an influenza pandemic has not waned since the last update.The new guidance will reflect important advances since the last guidance was issued in 2005, the WHO said in a recent statement. For example, several companies are working on or have developed H5N1 vaccines, clinicians have more experience treating patients who are infected with the virus, and the new International Health Regulations specify how member nations and the WHO should respond to pandemic influenza threats.Keiji Fukuda, coordinator for the WHO’s global influenza program, in an address to about 150 expert participants, said the pandemic threat remains substantial, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. “We can’t delude ourselves. The threat of a pandemic influenza has not diminished,” he told the group.Fukuda told the group that more than 150 countries have preparedness plans, but their levels of detail vary, with some amounting only to brief statements acknowledging the risk, the AP reported.The WHO statement said working groups at the meeting will focus on topics such as disease control, surveillance, nonpharmaceutical interventions, and pandemic communications. New draft guidelines from the meeting will circulate for comments. The WHO said it expects to publish the new pandemic planning guidance by the end of the year.Supamit Chunsuttiwat, an infectious disease expert with Thailand’s health ministry who is chairing the meeting, said the pandemic influenza risk is probably expanding, Reuters reported today. He told Reuters that the H5N1 virus persists on three continents and has infected humans in Indonesia, Egypt, and China this year.”We are concerned that the spread through migratory birds hasn’t stopped. Once the virus is established in birds it is difficult to get rid of the virus and the risk (to humans) remains unless countries develop good control of transmission in birds,” he told Reuters.Fukuda said the WHO’s global stockpile of the antiviral medication oseltamivir (Tamiflu) contains 5 million treatment courses, and the organization is developing a vaccine stockpile that will initially contain 150 million doses, Reuters reported.Since 2003, when the WHO began recording H5N1 cases, the virus has sickened 382 people, of whom 241 died.See also:WHO statement on pandemic planning guidance meetingApr 12, 2005, CIDRAP News story “WHO issues new plan for pandemic flu preparedness”last_img read more

Salmonella source still a mystery as cases top 800

first_imgJun 27, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Frustrated federal officials today reported they were still hunting for a major break in their investigation of a nationwide Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tomatoes, and for the first time they hinted that another type of produce might be responsible for the illnesses, which have now risen to 810 confirmed cases.David Acheson, MD, associate commissioner for foods at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), at a press briefing today said teams of investigators have spent the past week taking hundreds of samples from farms, packing houses, and distributors in Florida and Mexico.Of about 1,700 samples collected so far—mostly of tomatoes—none have yielded the relatively rare Salmonella enterica Saintpaul strain found in the sick patients, he said.In early June the FDA warned consumers not to eat raw red plum, red Roma, or red round tomatoes, or products that contain any of those varieties, unless the growing areas are on a list posted on the agency’s Web site. The agency is focusing its investigation on farms in southern Florida and certain Mexican states that were harvesting tomatoes when the outbreak began.America’s biggest produce outbreak?Patricia Griffin, MD, chief of the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters that states are still completing and submitting laboratory results. She said the number of cases shown to match the outbreak strain has risen to 810, from 36 states and the District of Columbia. The latest illness onset is Jun 15, which is 2 days later than the CDC’s last update.Though the epidemiologic investigation shows that there is a strong connection between the sick patients and tomato consumption, Griffin said the CDC is keeping an open mind about the possibility of other contaminated produce items, especially since many of the case-patients reported eating salsa, guacamole, and other items that contained a mix of produce ingredients.Griffin said the outbreak is considered to be ongoing, though a large portion of the illness onsets occurred in the last 2 weeks of May and in early June. She said it wasn’t possible to provide an epidemiologic curve because data on the outbreak are still coming in.As in other recent updates on the outbreak, the CDC said the new cases mainly reflect increased surveillance by state health departments and completion of lab tests, rather than a surge of new cases.Based on information from 523 patients, at least 95 people were hospitalized, but no deaths have been blamed on the outbreak. (As mentioned in the CDC’s earlier updates, however, salmonellosis may have contributed to the death of a Texas man who died of cancer.)The outbreak may be the largest ever attributed to fresh produce in the United States. Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told CIDRAP News he was unaware of a larger outbreak.In 2006, an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to fresh spinach sickened 205 people. In 2004, three multistate Salmonella outbreaks involving tomatoes totaled 561 cases, according to previous reports.Distribution complexities hamper trace-backAcheson said an important lesson investigators have learned over the past week is how complex the tomato packing and distribution system is. Tracing backward from boxes delivered to stores or foodservice institutions is difficult, because packers often include tomatoes from different growing regions, both domestic and imported. “They’re repackaged to meet specific customer requirements, such as small ripe tomatoes,” he said. “This is a very common practice.”To further complicate matters, Acheson said investigators have found that in some instances, Florida tomatoes were repackaged in Mexico and Mexican tomatoes were repackaged in Florida.”This makes tracing extremely difficult. It’s important to control expectations—we may never find the smoking gun,” he said.Acheson said federal investigators consulted with tomato industry experts early on in the search for the source of the contamination. “We’ve learned a lot about growing systems and packaging. We’ve gotten a lot of cooperation,” he said.He expressed frustration with the trace-back problems, but said he wasn’t’ sure if laws regulating packaging would solve the problem. “We’ve got to improve the process. We’re not getting an answer fast enough,” he said.Expert: Systemic flaws hobble outbreak investigationEarlier this week, Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, an infectious disease expert who has led large outbreak investigations, including some involving tomatoes, criticized the federal government’s handling of the Salmonella outbreak. In an interview published Jun 24 on, a Web site and blog published by food industry expert Jim Prevor, Osterholm charged that the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have bungled the effort to find the source of the contamination.Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, further clarified today in an interview with CIDRAP News that his criticisms are mainly aimed at the entire foodborne illness surveillance and investigation system and not any one individual or agency. He said the current leadership structure at the agencies is inadequate for meeting the demands of a fragmented and disjointed surveillance and outbreak investigation system.Public health authority rests with state and local departments, Osterholm said, and he acknowledged that federal officials often don’t have the authority to assign outbreak response a higher priority. He said communication between state and local health departments and federal public health officials is often poor and that states vary widely in their ability to conduct and quickly report laboratory tests. “We have a very fragmented system with major delays. For time-sensitive outbreaks, you can’t have that happen,” he said.”The overall system is broken,” Osterholm said. “It looks like we’re doing a lot, but I want to know how many cases we’ve prevented—a very small percentage, I would argue.”He questioned whether the FDA and CDC are making the best use of industry experts who are not directly involved in the outbreak. “In many instances, industry has the best intelligence. You bring together wise, experienced people who don’t have a vested interest,” he said, adding that current outbreak investigations are often hampered by inexperienced field personnel who depend too much on looking at farm, producer, and distributor records.Osterholm also criticized the media for focusing too much on the large number of cases in the outbreak, which he said leads people to believe they are still at great risk for tomato-related illnesses. Reporters should press the CDC for more details about the peak of the illnesses, which would provide a more realistic assessment of the current risk, he argued.”The media is so poorly trained on these issues. They need to ask more meaningful questions to put the outbreak in context,” he said.An incomplete case-control pictureCase-control investigations are a very powerful tool during outbreak probes, but the FDA appears to have made a major mistake by tracing back only the tomatoes eaten by the sick patients ate and not those consumed by the healthy controls, Osterholm asserted. He said tracing the control-group tomatoes would help investigators zero in on tomatoes from some sources and eliminate others. In this instance, tracing the control tomatoes would also help authorities zero in on whether tomatoes really are the source of the outbreak, he said.At a Jun 20 news briefing on the outbreak, a reporter asked Acheson if investigators had tried to trace tomatoes consumed by the healthy controls. “We’ve not done that, we don’t routinely do that,” he said. “It’s an intriguing possibility, but no, we don’t do that.”In the first investigations of multi-state tomato-related Salmonella outbreaks, back in the 1990s, tracing the tomatoes consumed by both case-patients and healthy controls was a key step in finding the source of the problem, according to Osterholm and Hedberg, who worked together on the investigations.”If you don’t trace control tomato sources, you have no perspective on the many possible sources that show up for cases,” Hedberg told CIDRAP News recently. He and Osterholm both said that unless the FDA takes this step, it may never find the source of the outbreak.Murky rationale behind cleared growing areasOsterholm also charged that the FDA has failed to explain clearly how it has determined which states and countries are not associated with the outbreak. Since early in the episode, the agency has posted an online list of states whose tomatoes were judged to be safe. Consumers have been advised not to eat raw red plum, red Roma, or red round tomatoes unless they come from one of the listed growing areas.”Right from the get-go, it was unclear how FDA was coming up with that list,” Osterholm told the Perishable Pundit. “If any place not producing in late April/early May is safe, why the confusion and piecemeal additions to the list day by day? . . . If FDA believed states and countries not in production at the time of the outbreak were safe, they should have included all states and countries in that category.”On the other hand, he said, the FDA has suggested that tomatoes might be getting contaminated by a re-packer somewhere along the distribution chain. If that’s the case, the list of safe areas would be invalid, he charged. In any case, it’s unclear whether the list is based on dates of production or some other criterion.Osterholm’s conclusion was that the list “was based on those [growing areas] that screamed the loudest, and from a public health standpoint that’s not right.”The FDA and CDC this week declined invitations from CIDRAP News to respond directly to Osterholm’s critique, saying their experts were too busy dealing with the outbreak.See also:Jun 27 CDC Salmonella outbreak updateSep 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “CDC warns of Salmonella risk from tomatoes”Dec 1, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Produce linked to more disease cases than poultry”last_img read more

The Tourist Information Center was officially opened in Zadar

first_imgIt began with a short satirical play about tourist habits and the need for information, and ended with the grand opening of the long-awaited Tourist Information Center as – as pointed out – the “new home of Zadar tourism”.A modern tourist information center was inaugurated in Zadar yesterday, located in the most beautiful part of the renovated Cedulin Palace in the heart of the old town, as a cultural heritage monument and under the Zadar ramparts, which have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since Sunday. The TIC covers more than 1.300 square meters of outdoor courtyard and indoor space with a reception and offices for the city and county tourist boards, and a total of HRK 15 million has been invested in the renovation. The contractor was “Community Krekić Avangrad”, the supervision was led by the company “D&Z”, while the renovation project is the work of Zadar architects Ivo Letilović and Igor Pedišić from “AB Forum”.”Zadar finally got the Tourist Information Center we have been waiting for a long time”, Said the director of the Zadar Tourist Board Ante Rados at the opening of the Zadar TIC, expressing gratitude to all who recognized and helped the realization of this great project: conservators, designers, contractors, the City of Zadar and the Ministry of Tourism, as well as his colleagues in the Tourist Board , the Supervisory Board, the Tourist Board and the former director of the Tourist Board Zvonko Šupa.I believe that this tourist center in the historic center of Zadar in the most attractive part of the Cedulin Palace will provide valuable and useful tourist information to all tourists and will be a central place for managing tourist activities, ie a place for promoting and strengthening the tourist identity of Zadar and Zadar County. and added: “The record tourist numbers and the increase in overnight stays and guest arrivals is not accidental, and since the beginning of the year it has increased by 23 percent, while in June alone it has grown by as much as 30 percent. This is a consequence of the great work of all those who participate in tourism and proof that Croatia is a constantly growing destination for year-round tourism. The City of Zadar and the Zadar County prove with their tourist services and quality from year to year that they are competitive and quality destinations, so I congratulate everyone who runs Zadar tourism. One of the proofs of that quality work is this TIC”Seven centers opened and HRK 21 million allocated  The Tourist Information Center in Zadar is not the only one that has been implemented by the Ministry of Tourism through cooperation with local self-government units and through its programs. In the past five years, the Ministry has allocated a total of 21 million kuna and opened seven tourist centers in the last two years. “The realization of projects related to information and promotional centers intended for tourists creates preconditions for the development and improvement of the year-round tourist offer. The ministry recognized the importance of building tourist information centers and visitor centersSaid Minister Cappelli.Zadar County is the fourth tourist region in Croatia with Zadar as the center and the most important destination, said Mihaela Kadija, director of the Zadar County Tourist Board and added: “Everything we normally offer to tourists and our entire tourist offer now have their own representative space and a central place for the presentation of this wealth. Thus, Zadar tourism and all those guests who choose Zadar County for vacation, finally got their home”last_img read more

Young people in finding a new tourist niche – DogMa hotel

first_imgThe turbulent, uncertain and difficult to predict environment “forces” individuals and companies to improvise and “deviate” from already existing ways of operating and doing business. The only real way to find market opportunities is to observe and forecast trends and analyze recent events. The tourist-hotel-catering world is facing many globalization challenges, and everyone already knows that we have to adapt to tourists as quickly, better and cheaper as possible, depending on their profiles, motives and lifestyles.The trend of overtime work, tension and stress as a part of their everyday life dominates among people, which consequently reflects on their interpersonal relationships; which are disturbed, not nurtured, and not developed. As much as we are in number in this human form, so is the number of our perspectives, attitudes, preferences and opinions, regardless of whether they have a positive or negative sign. And without going into the depths of understanding these nuances and needs, we cannot help noticing the growing trend of pets, especially in the dog category, in this element of living and interpersonal relationships. What led to this trend is a question posed by the researcher in me. I don’t have scientifically confirmed answers either, but I question whether it has anything to do with mutual understanding and the quality of communication? Maybe a man gets along better with a dog than with his breed? Imagine a smiley face in this place.And when we put the joke aside, it’s worth asking what does this trend have to do with tourism? Because we can’t help but notice that in addition to affecting our private lives, coexistence with animals also creates new trends in the tourism market, which is confirmed by the fact that 37-47% of Americans own dogs, and 30-37% of them own cats [1]. A TripAdvisor survey of a sample of 1000 respondents confirms this trend and indicates that 33% have more than one pet, with 60% having dogs, 57% cats, and 16% other species. It is important to know that 41% of pet owners have stated that they will only stay in pet-friendly facilities and 48% of them care more about the comfort of their pet than about their own comfort. Those who traveled with dogs highlighted brands such as La Quinta, Hilton, Marriott and Southwest as desirable five-friendly brands [2], however, there is still no brand that has been developed and absolutely adapted to this segment of travelers providing absolute comfort throughout the journey to both owner and pet. It is interesting to know that 35% of pet owners shorten their vacation because of pets [3], and it would be even more important to ask how we can “use” this information to our advantage. Especially in Lijepa Naša, so that we transform a somewhat discriminatory attitude into a business venture and contribute to the development of a new market niche for our tourism. Yes, right in Lijepa Naša oriented towards mass family tourism.DogMa hotel projectWhile on the one hand we emphasize in marketing and marketing that we respect animals and the people associated with them, as an eternal advocate of young people I use this text to reiterate that we respect both the ideas and the way of thinking of young people. Simply put, they are a window into the future. We can learn from them and we can grow faster with them. And wise is he who understands this in the business, educational, but also in the family aspect.Students are considered to be the strongest drivers of innovations, projects and products of the new generation, and with this value the international Adria Student Innovation Contest (ASIC) 2018 was created, organized by the Adria Hotel Forum (AHF). The purpose of the competition is to present the best ideas and teams to experts in the field of hospitality and tourism, and the theme of this year’s competition was “New hotel brand”. I would say this is a great opportunity to combine creativity, knowledge, innovative thinking, teamwork and demonstrating presentation skills. It was also a great opportunity to listen to the level of proactivity among the students.And those students who were high on the scale of engagement, motivation, required skills and knowledge reluctantly embraced this opportunity and started creating something together. At the Faculty of Interdisciplinary, Italian and Cultural Studies in Pula, five proactive students “listened” to the market and these trends and created an interesting project called DogMa. It was also recognized by the jury in the mentioned competition (ASIC) 2018, taking an excellent third place. These wonderful young women; Silvija Kukuljević, Ella Antić and Katarina Jug, Sandra Lorencin and Valentina Vajda created and presented a project that tries to offer a solution for exactly that segment, ie the profile of tourists in the market that we recognize as neglected; for tourists who travel with dogs and are not willing to leave them alone during vacations. It is a brand of a hotel specializing in dogs and their owners, which will provide services to dogs that their owners are used to only at home (dog salon, walking service, training parks, wellness…), so that owners can freely enjoy rest without worrying about where and how their pets feel. The hotel will be decorated according to criteria that allow dogs to feel at home. The first sample of hotels was designed in Pula, Croatia, while the long-term plan includes the construction of a hotel chain at the level of European Union countries. Croatia is a very attractive tourist destination (based on an increase in the number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays) with Istria as the leader among all counties. Since it is almost impossible to find accommodation in a hotel that fully meets the needs of dogs and their owners, DogMa Hotel would be the first hotel of its kind to operate in this region.What’s in the background?In addition to the fact that the competition was a stimulus for reflection on the hotel market and the product, it is important to point out those hidden values ​​in this story. And it is very important that they do not remain hidden! First of all, it was once again confirmed that we as humans, regardless of age, conditions and circumstances, have different motivational pedals. That is, some will be motivated by recruits and social status, others will be motivated by teamwork and recognition, the third by security and structure, the fourth by something else, so there is no standardized motivational pedal. And despite the fact that all these students had equal opportunities, and that they were promised a prize, only a few of them found motivation in that competition and project. And this is an important knowledge that should serve as a starting point in communication, the reward system and the creation of an organizational climate and in the education system, in all our organizations but also in life relationships in general. Just ask yourself what motivates you, and what motivates your sister / brother or colleague? And when you notice different needs, the question is how much does it make sense to force a “one size fits all” approach?This group of students and their mentors (Sanja Dolenec, M.Sc., Assoc. Prof. Tea Golja, Ph.D., Iva Slivar, Ph.D. and Tamara Floričić, Ph.D.) once again confirmed that the functioning on the pillars of teamwork such as: openness, trust, interdependence and realization create effective teams and are a guarantee of success. Although these principles of teamwork took place spontaneously, today this team serves as a confirmation that the “synergistic effect” can be extremely powerful and motivating. In creating the project, they combined all their talents but also resources such as knowledge, skills, time, resources, recommendations into one combination that led them to the results. And I can really serve as an example.And lastly what should have great value in our private and professional functioning is the beauty of mentoring. When you have next to and behind you a person / s from whom you can learn, who is willing to transfer knowledge to you, who believes in you and from that faith “pushes” you into challenges, you really have the blessing of OPPORTUNITY, so just turn ON mode and use it on mutual pleasure.That happened here. And that is the growth of the profession. And the result is multiplicative.Author: Marinela Dropulic Ruzic, Meraklislast_img read more