Cheryl Burke, AJ McLean Say They’re ‘Both Addicts’ on ‘DWTS’

first_imgThe “Back Porch Bottle Service” singer agreed, noting that his and Burke’s shared struggles have brought them closer together during the tough competition.“I’ve definitely grown since we started this just in my own [way],” he told Us. “I can relate a lot of what we talk about and what we do into my world of recovery, into my family life, into all of it. It’s a great, positive ripple effect.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! “We’re definitely both addicts and just trying to be the best version of ourselves we can be,” the California native said to her partner during their rehearsal package.The “As Long As You Love Me” singer’s journey to sobriety has lasted nearly 20 years. Though he’s faced challenges along the way — including two overdoses and multiple rehab stints — he proudly declared that he’s been clean for 11 months. After relapsing during a trip to Las Vegas, McLean credits his family for helping him back on the wagon. The Florida native shares daughters Ava, 8, and Lyric, 3, with wife Rochelle McLean.“My youngest daughter went to come cuddle with me and then she walked away from me and said, ‘You don’t smell like my daddy,’” the Grammy nominee recalled of his recent relapse. “My kid saved my life.”- Advertisement – After their vulnerable moment in the ballroom, AJ took to Twitter to share his gratitude with his fans. “Feeling like a weight’s been lifted after tonight’s performance. Our Rumba was an artistic expression of my journey to sobriety and all I have overcome within the past year,” he wrote. “To everyone who voted for #TeamPrettyMessedUp tonight on #DWTS, we love you so much!”Cheryl Burke and AJ McLean Connect Over Sobriety During Emotional Dancing With The Stars EpisodeCheryl Burke and AJ McLean on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ on November 2, 2020. ABC/Eric McCandlessAs they continue to build their partnership on the ballroom competition series, AJ and the Dance Moms alum have bonded over more than just their love of performing. In September, the duo revealed that their rehearsal time often turns into “therapy talk” instead.“I always believe that people come into your lives because it’s either a reflection of who you are or who you want to be or who you’re trying not to be,” Burke told Us Weekly exclusively at the time, adding that AJ has been a “positive” influence in her life. “But there’s always this reason. There’s a reason for this energy and energy coming together. … AJ is just a reflection of who I am at times, which is someone who tries to control the situation. I’m seeing him and I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is what I do!’”- Advertisement – Opening up. Cheryl Burke and AJ McLean had a powerful moment about their shared experiences with getting sober during the Monday, November 2, episode of Dancing With the Stars.Before the ballroom pro, 36, and Backstreet Boys member, 42, performed a rumba to Kaleo’s “Way Down We Go,” McLean detailed his battle with drug and alcohol addiction, which began to take over at the height of his career with the boy band. Burke, for her part, recently revealed that she is currently two years sober.Cheryl Burke and AJ McLean Connect Over Sobriety During Emotional Dancing With The Stars EpisodeCheryl Burke and AJ McLean on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ on November 2, 2020. ABC/Eric McCandless- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Earthquake Rattles Parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island

first_img– Advertisement – The earthquake, which happened around 9:10 a.m., had its epicenter at Buzzards Bay, Mass., which is about 50 miles east of Providence, R.I.There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.Preliminary reports to the Geological Survey suggested it was felt as far away as the Long Island Sound, said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the agency.- Advertisement – “We wouldn’t expect there to be significant damage from this earthquake,” Mr. Caruso said. “Earthquakes in this area are commonly felt very far away because the rocks in this area are very contiguous, very old, so they transmit the energy very well from earthquakes.” There have been 26 earthquakes in Southern New England since 1963, he said, but this was one of the largest. A minor earthquake rumbled through parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island on Sunday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.0, the Geological Survey said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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With 11 Million Cases in the U.S., the Coronavirus Has Gotten Personal for Most People

first_imgThose alarming numbers — the highest case numbers and death toll in the world — underscore a reality found in small towns, big cities and sprawling suburbs alike: The coronavirus has become personal. – Advertisement – Researchers estimate that nearly all Americans have someone in their social circle who has had the virus. About a third of the population knows someone — from a close relative to a neighbor to a co-worker to a friend of a friend — who has died from the virus, researchers say. But not everyone is hunkering down in fear or taking precautions as simple as wearing a mask. “As more and more people know someone who gets sick and dies, more and more Americans are likely to take this disease seriously,’’ said Nicholas A. Christakis, a Yale sociologist and the author of “Apollo’s Arrow,’’ a new book about the impact of the virus. “But the effect of knowing people who survived it may lead people to misread Covid as not being as bad as it is.” Ms. Kemp, for one, has become more vigilant since listening to her roommate cough herself to sleep at night. She wears a mask when she walks her dog, and notices when others do not. Wessie and John Dietz, of Sauk County, Wis., wear masks even in their car since their 20-year-old grandson, an electrician’s apprentice, appeared to have contracted the virus from a friend he took a ride with. “I hadn’t even thought about it before that,” Ms. Dietz said.And April Polk, of Memphis, has urged all young people to follow restrictions to curb the spread of the virus since her 24-year-old sister, Lameshia, died this summer. “I was one of the ones that didn’t take it seriously, and it took for me to lose my little sister to realize how real this virus is,” Ms. Polk said. “Every day we’re suffering, and we have to be reminded of what happened and how it happened to her.” The United States surpassed 11 million reported virus cases on Sunday, with one million of those tallied in just the last week. The daily average of new cases is up by 80 percent from two weeks ago. More than 69,000 people were in American hospitals with Covid-19 on Saturday; more than 1,100 deaths are being reported each day on average. – Advertisement – As Covid-19 cases surge in almost every part of the country, researchers say the United States is fast approaching what could be a significant tipping point — a pandemic so widespread that every American knows someone who has been infected. But, as reflected in the polarized response to the virus, the public remains deeply divided about how and whether to fight it, and it is unclear whether seeing friends and relatives sick or dead will change that. Many who have seen people close to them seriously affected say they are taking increased precautions. Others, though, are focusing on how most people recover and are shrugging off the virus — and calls for concerted efforts to combat it. The virus tore through Jennifer L. Stacy’s family over a nine-month stretch, with an older brother, a younger sister and a nephew among those infected. On Friday, Ms. Stacy’s immediate family went to get tested after possible exposure from another family member. His grandson’s family has all been infected, Mr. Rohr said, as have his granddaughters. The guitar and piano player in his rock ‘n’ roll band both got the virus recently, and one was hospitalized. But, he notes, most people recover. “Fear and hysteria have created more problems than the virus itself,” said Mr. Rohr, a city commissioner in Mandan, N.D., the state with the highest rate of known cases in the country. “Most people I know have had sniffles and loss of taste.”Ken Weigel, 57, also knows many people who have been infected with the coronavirus. The list includes himself, his wife and their son, and his 83-year-old mother, who is currently infected.But there is more to consider, he said, than a simple calculation about health risks, like the side-effects of shutting down the economy, stifling individual freedom and isolating people from one another. “There’s so many people dying from suicides and depression and alcoholism and drug overdose, and it’s just wrong,” said Mr. Weigel, who works as a hot shot driver for Halliburton at the oil fields in Minot, N.D. For some, the lessons learned have as much to do with faith as public health.center_img Gabriel Quintas accepts the death of his favorite uncle, Joel, from Covid-19 complications at the age of 39 as the will of God and says that he harbors no anger or resentment. Joel, who worked in a bakery in Champaign, Ill., was not the only one in his family to contract the coronavirus, but he was the only one to die from it in the United States. Gabriel’s own parents and two of his brothers tested positive and so did both of Joel’s young sons, though they all made full recoveries. Just a few weeks ago, Kem Kemp, a high school teacher in Houston, knew no one personally who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Then her roommate came down with a deep cough and was diagnosed with Covid-19. Her brother, a dentist in Amarillo, Texas, also tested positive. A neighbor fell sick with the virus. Two faculty members at the private school where she teaches were required to quarantine. And in the last few days, so were two of the students she advises. “Before, we were watching the numbers on the news,’’ said Ms. Kemp, 62. “Now it’s started creeping into my neighborhood, my school, my home — right where I’m existing.’’- Advertisement – “We don’t want to blame anybody,” Mr. Quintas, 20, said. “It is something tragic that happened and we want to move on.”Research has shown that the lessons people draw from their social networks can be more powerful than anything they read on the news or receive from a government or educational institution they may not trust. How Americans perceive the threat of the virus in the lives of their friends and acquaintances will likely influence their willingness to be vaccinated, researchers said. The perceived threat of the virus may also depend on how close someone is to a person who has died or suffered a long-term disability as a result of the virus. While about a third of Americans know someone who has died of Covid-19, only a small percentage can count a virus victim among their 20 closest contacts, according to a calculation by James Moody, director of a network analysis center at Duke University. “It’s the old joke about Facebook friends,’’ Dr. Moody said. “How many of them will help you move your couch? If you’re talking to a friend of a friend about someone who died, at that point it’s not impactful in the way that tends to shape people’s behavior.’’Mike Weinhaus, who was hospitalized with Covid-19 in St. Louis this spring at the same time as his wife, has actively sought to share their cautionary tale with friends, family and wider social network. His wife, Jane, went on a ventilator, then off, then back on again. Neither had pre-existing conditions. Two of his children and a daughter-in-law have also had Covid-19. But Mr. Weinhaus knows his personal experience can only go so far as a means of persuasion. “When I see people that aren’t practicing social distancing and refuse to wear masks, I do not go up to them and say, ‘You’re making a big mistake,’ because you aren’t going to win that battle,” Mr. Weinhaus said. Like many Americans gripped by Covid-19, Ms. Stacy, 57, a budget analyst, had learned to live with technology as a stand-in for visits to her mother in Charlottesville, Va. An hour away at her home in Locust Grove, Va., she created a bubble with her husband and close relatives, forging a routine of sanitizer, masks and social distancing.And when Virginia relaxed some restrictions over the summer, she worried that it would eventually lead to an increase in cases. Now, as Ms. Stacy awaits her own test results, the virus feels closer than ever — and the need to be cautious more urgent. “I used to mask up and go to the grocery store,” she said. “Now I am ordering online with curbside delivery,” She added: “I still did not anticipate Covid would come into my own house.”Reporting was contributed by Julie Bosman, Jack Healy, Melina Delkic, Dan Levin, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, Rick Rojas, Simon Romero, John Eligon and Mitch Smith. Nearly 2.2 million Americans have lost a close family member to Covid, research has shown, with troubling emotional and financial effects for children, widows and parents. Kristin Urquiza, 39, of San Francisco, said she continues to have nightmares about her father’s death from the disease in late June in Arizona. Rosie Davis, a skin laser technician in Carrollton, Texas, has been attending remote grieving classes since her mother died in May at a hospital: “I will never have closure because I was not able to be next her when she passed,’’ Ms. Davis said. Kerry Knudson, of Sioux Falls, S.D. has “been a wreck,’’ she said, after people in her circle died and her daughter, Jadyn, 13, contracted the virus. With the virus percolating fast through Jadyn’s middle school three months later, Jadyn is still battling waves of exhaustion and fever. But for Dennis Rohr 77, even learning that an acquaintance had died from Covid-19 a few days after sitting beside him at a dinner table has not changed his opinion that the disease is relatively benign. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Pigs and people in China continue to fall ill from puzzling disease

first_img Symptoms of the disease in humans include early flu-like symptoms of fever, nausea, and vomiting, followed by dizziness, confusion, difficulty breathing, weak and rapid pulse, bleeding under the skin, and in some cases coma and/or organ failure, says another Standard story. The disease course in the current cases is distinctive in that patients are dying very quickly after onset of the infection, in some cases within 2 hours, according to numerous reports. Aug 3 WHO statement http://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_08_03/en/index.html See also: Vaccines for swine are reportedly being manufactured in large quantities. No vaccine for humans is yet available. The Chinese government listed S suis as a notifiable disease earlier this week, meaning that doctors encountering patients with suggestive symptoms are required to report them to the government. The causal agent of the illnesses, considered by most experts to be Streptococcus suis, has killed 644 pigs in the southwestern Sichuan province, according to a Reuters story today. One case has also been reported in Guandong province; whether that case is associated with the large Sichuan outbreak has not been determined. Hong Kong has had two cases that coincide with the Sichuan cases, but no association has been confirmed for those either. Aug 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Reports from China today put the number of human cases of the baffling disease spreading through pigs in several areas at high as 212, with some 134 people still hospitalized and at least 14 considered critical. The number of deaths so far stands at 38. Almost all of the people infected are farmers who had close contact with infected animals during slaughter. People can catch the animal-borne disease only when wounds or scratches come into direct contact with an infected animal or when they eat uncooked or undercooked meat from an infected animal. Strict regulations aimed at containing the outbreak have been issued. Exports of pork products from Sichuan were halted last week. Rural farmers are asked to practice strict hygiene and are required to not slaughter, sell, or eat any pigs dying of the disease, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Officials and farmers who fail to obey will be “punished severely by law,” says an Associated Press (AP) story quoting the Chinese commerce ministry. Three officials have reportedly already been dismissed because of failure to enforce the new rules. In Hong Kong, says a story in the Chinese business newspaper The Standard, infected pigs are to be buried in designated areas and then only after applying disinfectant to the carcass and wrapping or bagging it. Some farmers are reportedly refusing to comply. In Vietnam, the government has ordered an immediate halt to the import of pork products or live pigs from affected areas of China, according to Thanh Nien News. China is the world’s largest pork producer, and the Sichuan province is the largest producer in the nation. The severe symptoms and rapid disease course are puzzling to expert observers, who are questioning whether some other factor may be at play, such as existence of a new, more virulent strain of S suis, coinfection with another agent, or another cause altogether. The World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) are all urging China to conduct more tests and/or seek outside help to clarify the situation. WHO fact sheet on S suis, published Aug 2 http://www.wpro.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs_20050802/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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E coli in Topps beef traced to Canadian firm

first_imgOct 29, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The source of Escherichia coli O157:H7 that recently spurred a massive recall of ground beef by Topps Meat Co. probably was contaminated beef trim from a Canadian firm, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced. Among the new federal safety measures for ground beef, the USDA is requiring more testing of domestic and imported ground beef components and will notify countries that export beef to the United States about new policies and programs to control the pathogen. The company that supplied Topps, based in Elizabeth, N.J., with the contaminated beef was Ranchers Beef, Ltd., based near Calgary, Alta. The firm ceased operations on Aug 15, but the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) obtained and tested some of the company’s product that had been in storage and then notified US officials of its E coli O157:H7 findings. In related developments, New Jersey officials announced recently that its inspectors were able to buy boxes of the recalled Topps beef at a retail store 4 weeks after the product was recalled, according to an Oct 25 report from the Associated Press. Oct 9 CIDRAP News story “Spike in E coli–related beef recalls alarms officials” See also: On the three days when the company was known to have produced contaminated batches of beef, it was grinding both domestic and foreign trimmings, the Times reported. Federal investigators at the Topps plant found that the company had reduced its microbial testing on finished ground beef from once a month to three times a year, according to an Oct 23 report in the New York Times. The company also had failed to require adequate testing on beef from its domestic suppliers, and, like other producers, had increased its purchases of meat from overseas, where testing is not always required, the Times report said. The Topps recall was the largest of several recalls related to E coli in ground beef this year. On Oct 23 the FSIS introduced a number of regulatory measures designed to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef. The FSIS said it had delisted Ranchers Beef on Oct 20, meaning none of the company’s products have been eligible for import since that date. The agency announced that it was placing a hold on Ranchers beef, along other products made from Ranchers beef, until the USDA and CFIA complete their investigation. DNA fingerprinting has linked the strain of E coli O157:H7 found in trim from the Canadian company to an E coli outbreak involving 40 illnesses in eight US states and 45 illnesses and one death in five Canadian provinces, according to an Oct 26 press release from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). E coli in samples from the Canadian company also matched the strain that health officials in New York found in intact and opened packages of Topps ground beef from the homes of patients. Oct 26 FSIS press releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_102607_01/index.asp A notice on the Ranchers Beef Web site said the company’s plant was for sale. On Sep 25, Topps said it was going out of business immediately because it could not handle the economic burden of recalling 21.7 million pounds of ground beef. “We appreciate the assistance from our food safety partners in Canada. This piece of information helped us to determine a likely source of contaminated product, which led to the Sep 29 Topps Meat Company expanded recall,” Richard Raymond, USDA under secretary for food safety, said in the press release. Oct 23 CIDRAP News story “USDA announces plans to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef”last_img read more

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Investigators find Salmonella at pistachio plant

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised on Apr 9 to correct details about recalled pistachios.Apr 7, 2009 (CIDRAP News) –Federal and state investigators have detected Salmonella at a California company at the center of a national pistachio recall, as state health departments search for any illness related to the contamination findings.The US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) said yesterday on its investigation update Web page that it and the California Department of Public Health found Salmonella in critical areas of the Setton Farms Terra Bella, Calif., facility, along with the potential for cross-contamination between raw and roasted pistachios.Sebastian Cianci, FDA spokesman, told CIDRAP News that tests are under way to characterize the Salmonella strains that were found in the plant. In late May, independent testing by Kraft Foods, which used the products in some of its trail mixes, turned up four Salmonella enterica serotypes: Montevideo, Newport, Seftenberg, and Larochelle.Based on the new findings, Setton Farms yesterday expanded its recall from just certain lots of its 2008 crop to all roasted shelled and in-shell pistachios and raw shelled pistachios from that year. The FDA said that, because pistachios are used in a variety of foods, it expects the expanded recall to prompt even more recalls of other food products. The company said its raw in-shell pistachios are not subject to the recall.As of yesterday, 220 recalls had been issued for products containing pistachios, the FDA said.So far, no illnesses have been reported in connection to the outbreak, though the FDA said earlier that it had received two customer complaints, one from the east coast and one from the west coast. Officials from state health departments in South Dakota and California told CIDRAP News that they have not yet detected any cases.Claudia Hutton, however, a spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Health, said her department is investigating a possible case, but won’t know for sure until the investigation concludes over the next day or two.Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said it would probably take about 2 weeks after the recall for any confirmed illnesses related to the products to surface.Several steps in the investigation need to occur before cases are linked to the recall, he said.The Salmonella isolates found in the pistachios must be fingerprinted by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and posted to PulseNet. If matching patterns are found in human isolates, public health officials would need to contact and interview patients to see if they had consumed any of the contaminated products. And finally, sick patients who ate possibly contaminated pistachios need to see their physicians and submit samples for testing.”If we get very far beyond that [2-week] time frame with no confirmation, chances are we won’t confirm any at all,” Hedberg said.See also:FDA pistachio investigation updateFDA pistachio recall pageApr 6 expanded pistachio recall noticelast_img read more

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Sindikati: Uprava LRH-a generira neprimjeran odnos poslodavca te se oglušuje na svaki sindikalni zahtjev usmjeren na poboljšanje položaja radnika

first_imgAs the main tourist season approaches, the problem of the workforce in tourism is getting bigger and bigger. The only solution is to improve working conditions as well as increase wages and respect for workers, because without quality workers there is no quality tourism.But still obviously some do not see it that way, and they still operate according to the old patterns of behavior that led to this situation and look to reduce this “cost” to a minimum. One solution in their view is to import labor from the Philippines, Syria, Afghanistan, etc. itd all with the goal of cheap labor and maximizing profits above all else. I’m sure these same people would be happiest if humans were replaced by robots as a workforce. Robots work 0-24, don’t ask for anything, don’t have a break, don’t have to eat, and obey every command. Yes, and they cost nothing.There is no way for these “big” managers to understand that they cannot buy a gold bar at the price of a plastic bar. And yes, then why don’t the same rules apply to their monthly income and severance pay. Also, as is logical and natural, in a 4 or more star hotel where excellent service is expected, such as the price per night per day, can work workers who do not have good working conditions and have low wages. Low salary, and professional and excellent service can never get along.According to the Trade Unions (STUH and SIKD), one of the bad employers in tourism that generates an inappropriate attitude of the employer and ignores any union request aimed at improving the position of workers is the Management of Liburnia Riviera Hotel dd That is why the Trade Union Commissioners of STUH and SIKD from Liburnia Riviera Hotel, Zjad Ramić and Vitomir Trabonjača decided to point out in an open letter the problems of unions and workers in Opatija’s Liburnia Riviera Hotels generated by the inappropriate attitude of the employer who ignores every union request aimed at improving the position of workers.The letter was sent to the President of the Management Board and (for information) to the Ministers of Tourism and Finance, the Director of the Labor Inspectorate, the Mayor of Opatija, the President of the Supervisory Board and the media, which we transmit in full:President of the Management Board of Liburnia Riviera Hotels dd,znamo da smo za Vas samo dva broja, barem ste nam tako rekli na nedavnom sastanku održanom na našu inicijativu. Kao sindikalni povjerenici koji djeluju u Liburnia Riviera hotelima d.d. mi predstavljamo radnike (koji nisu brojevi) koji su učinili sjajnima Vaše financijske brojke. Upravo temeljem tih brojki, Vi i Vaše kolege u Upravi društva, budete redovito bogato nagrađeni bonusima koji premašuju naše petogodišnje plaće.Pitali smo da nam povećate plaće, a vi ste nas ismijali; rekli ste da su one po Vama visoke. Rekli ste i da nemate problema s nedostatkom radnika jer čekaju oni koji žele doći raditi u LRH, čekaju Sirijci, Afganistanci … Još uvijek nemamo zaposlenih, odnosno, nismo u svojim redovima susreli ni Sirijce ni druge.. Imamo manji broj „starih” sezonskih radnika; imamo manji broj vrijednih novih sezonskih radnika koji odlaze vidjevši radne uvjete, a imamo i upravo onakve kakve ste rekli da trebate: „s dvije ruke i dvije noge” koji nemaju znanja o poslu u turizmu. I, naravno, imate nas 300-tinjak (od čega 200-tinjak u hotelskim operacijama) stalnih radnika koji muku mučimo da bismo ih naučili raditi. Sada je početak lipnja, a u svakom hotelu nedostaje sigurno 10-tak radnika da bi se posao organizirao onako kako treba. Što će biti na vrhuncu sezone, točnije, što će biti u srpnju i kolovozu? Da li će biti dovoljno „brojeva” koji imaju dvije ruke i dvije noge i, da li će biti dovoljno nas starih, stalnih „brojeva” koji mogu iznijeti sezonu i to za plaću koja je niža u odnosu na sezonske radnike na istim poslovima. Nije li apsurdno da se sobarice angažiraju putem agencije za zapošljavanje jer ih kadrovska služba ne može osigurati? Nije li apsurdno da domicilni radnici ne žele raditi u Liburnii, već gotovo 90% sezonskih radnika po našoj procjeni nije s područja Opatije i lokalnih općina i gradova, već iz drugih dijelova RH pa se nalaze na smještaju i prehrani kod poslodavca? Nije li apsurdno da dio radnika kojemu ste otkazali Ugovore o radu zbog osobno uvjetovanih razloga jer zbog svojih trajnih zdravstvenih osobina više nisu u mogućnosti obavljati posao za koji su imali sklopljen ugovor o radu, sada rade na istim poslovima kao prije otkazivanja ugovora o radu? Dali ste im neoporezive otpremnine iako nije bilo razloga za osobno uvjetovane otkaze. Da su razlozi za osobno uvjetovani otkaz postojali, sad te iste radnike ne bi ponovno zapošljavali! Postavlja se pitanje da li ste na taj način oštetili državni proračun i lokalne proračune? Na to smo svojevremeno upozoravali državne institucije koje nisu reagirale. Možda će reagirati sada kada im budemo dostavili popis radnika koji rade, a kojima je prethodno ugovor otkazan zbog osobno uvjetovanih razloga. Nadamo se da će ministar financija ispitati situaciju. Nadamo se da će i Državni inspektorat provjeriti poštuje li se zakon kada su u pitanju odmori i dopusti i provjeriti zašto se informatička evidencija ručno mijenja i prilagođava da bi odgovarala zakonskim propisima. Možda će ta ista inspekcija koja je već nekoliko puta bila u Liburniji i koja navodno nije naišla na nezakonitosti, što mi koji tu radimo svakodnevno vidimo, utvrditi i diskriminaciju radnika: po plaći jer za isto radno mjesto sezonski radnici imaju veću plaću od stalnog radnika; po tome jer sezonski radnici koji su tu na smještaju imaju besplatne tople obroke, a stalni moraju svoj topli obrok platiti. Nije li to diskriminacija?Predsjedniče Uprave, namjerno ne pišemo ono uobičajeno „poštovani” jer poštovanje treba zaslužiti, a to Vi svojim ponašanjem prema radnicima niste. Rekli ste da nećete odstupati od svojih stavova i nećete povećati plaću radnicima osim onog nužnog da bi zadovoljili Kolektivni ugovor ugostiteljstva. I nije Vas briga što Vaša konkurencija bitno povećava plaće i dugoročno ulaže u radnike jer, kako ste rekli, Vama je najbitnije zadovoljiti vlasnike i Nadzorni odbor. A oni su jako zadovoljni. U nekoliko godina otkad ste ovdje, vi ste samo kroz bonuse dobili onoliko koliko mi obični radnici tijekom gotovo čitavog radnog vijeka.Ne bojite se ni štrajka. Naravno, imate i razloga da tako mislite. Ali zamislite, hipotetski, da Vam se stalni radnici razbole na tjedan dana i to svi u istom tjednu!Zar mislite da bi ste mogli odraditi bez njih ili bi i Vi stavili transparent na vrata hotela: poslužite se sami, skuhajte obroke sami, natočite si piće, uzmite si ključeve …. Vašim odnosom prema radnicima takav scenarij je moguć u Opatiji bajnoj, u kolijevci hrvatskog turizma.I zato, ovo pismo dostavljamo i ministru Mariću na provjeru i Ministru turizma Gariju Cappelliju koji bi se trebao zabrinuti nad onim što se može i vrlo vjerojatno će se dogoditi u samom srcu sezone. Tada će to biti i njegova sramota. Naravno, ovo pismo nezaobilazno dostavljamo i gradonačelniku Opatije kojemu ništa nije sporno u poslovanju LRH d. d. i koji Vas iz nama nepoznatih razloga svesrdno podržava.Predsjedniče Uprave,jako volimo svoj posao; volimo kada se gost ugodno osjeća i kada je zadovoljan. Tako osjeća većina stalnih i veliki broj sezonskih radnika. Bili smo strpljivi, čekali trenutak da se podmire svi, od vlasnika, Nadzornog odbora, Uprava, očekujući da će doći trenutak kada ćemo i mi radnici doći na red za povećanje plaće. Odbili ste nas na najgrublji način, na način kako to ljudi ne rade. Osjećali smo se poniženo i uvrijeđeno, a samo smo za svoje članove, odnosno za radnike Liburnije, tražili veću plaću i bolje uvjete rada, poput onoga što imaju radnici u drugim turističkim kompanijama.Sindikalni povjerenik SIKD-a Sindikalni povjerenik STUH-aVitomir Trabonjača Zijad Ramićlast_img read more

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Business analysis of travel agencies and tour operators in the period 2007-2017

first_imgTravel agencies have a specific role in the market – they stimulate demand when it is reduced and direct it to selected destinations and are a strong industry of high added value that contributes to year-round tourism.As pointed out in Business analysis of travel agencies and tour operators in the period 2007-2017, conducted for the Croatian Chamber of Commerce by the Institute of Tourism, domestic tourist agencies generate over 80% of their physical turnover from receptive business, which also contributes to the development of tourist products with high added value. 99 percent of travel agencies are in the group of micro and small entrepreneurs, where almost 80% of the total number of employees generate 80% of the total income.According to the results of the analysis, despite the decline in the number of overnight stays mediated by domestic travel agencies by about 13 percent, since 2007 this industry has been continuously increasing the added value of its services. This resulted in an increase in their operating revenues of almost 70 percent and an increase in the number of employees by 17 percent for the period from 2007 to 2017. The crisis saw a decline in revenues in the industry, and the market began to recover in 2016. “This growth in operating income, while reducing the number of overnight stays, confirms that they are  agency guests are those who achieve high consumption and use non-board facilities complexed in high value-added package deals. These are eno-gastro, adventure, health, cultural and all other products of special topics and interests that at the same time move Croatia away from the image of a sun and sea destination, full accommodation capacities out of season and enable year-round tourism., “Said the president of the Association of Travel Agencies of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Boris Žgomba, commenting on these results.In the period from 2010 to 2017, the number of active travel agencies increased by 44 percent, from 870 to 1.254, and revenues by 54 percent, from 3,3 billion to 5,1 billion kuna. The number of employees in 2017 reached a total of 5.540, which is 20 percent more than in 2010.Despite the extremely positive trends in the financial part, Žgomba commented in particular on the decline in the number of overnight stays organized by domestic agencies and the share in the total turnover of the tourism sector: “Unfortunately, the data indicate that the share of travel agencies in the total turnover of the tourism sector is declining, which is the result of unequal market competition of domestic agencies with other market participants. I am thinking of certain foreign online platforms, which are to some extent regulated by the new European Directive on Packages and Related Travel Arrangements, which entered into force in Croatia through the Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism in July this year. But also to accommodation providers, who due to the application of a special procedure for taxation of travel agencies with VAT are placed in a more favorable position compared to agencies, especially in the segment of business travel, “Stressed Žgomba.Namely, if the company reserves accommodation for an employee directly from the hotel, it has the right to deduct input tax, while when it does so through a travel agency, it does not have the right to do so. It is an EU regulation that is directly related to package arrangements, and in this case such a service does not fall under the directive. This was confirmed by a study on the impact of a special taxation procedure on the operations of agencies in the EU, commissioned by the European Commission last year, which issued a recommendation to exclude B2B sales from the scope of the directive in the future.”Since a large number of EU member states are already implementing the above, we expect that our Ministry of Finance will positively resolve the situation even before the mandatory implementation at the EU level.”Concluded Žgomba, adding that the Association is in intensive contact with the Ministry of Finance on this issue.Attachment: BUSINESS ANALYSIS OF TRAVEL AGENCIES AND TOUR OPERATORS, 2007-2017 COMING SOON ON HRTURIZAM.HR / KNOWLEDGE IS POWER – Education and popularization of science in tourismlast_img read more

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British chefs with Michelin stars prepared Croatian delicacies

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) and Great British Chefs (GBC), a leading gastronomic organization that brings together more than 200 of the UK’s best chefs, organized an interactive event for leading British media, influencers and leaders of the British eno-gastronomic scene to promote Croatian potential. cuisine and eno-gastronomy as an important part of the overall Croatian tourist offer. “This is a continuation of the excellent cooperation with the Great Bristish Cehfs organization, which aims to focus on the promotion of Croatian gastronomy in the large and important market of Great Britain. This was also an opportunity for British colleagues to be convinced of the knowledge and skills of Croatian chefs, but also in the quality of our local ingredients and top wines. That Croatia has great potential and a good image in this market is confirmed by the response of many leading media that covered this event, including the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times, Independent, Financial Times, Telegraph, The Guardian BBC and ITV., said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding that in the previous part of the year there were more than 852 thousand arrivals and 4,4 million overnight stays from the UK market, which is an increase of 8 percent compared to last year.The event, which presented the culinary opus of central Dalmatia, was held in the famous London restaurant “Radici”. As part of the program, the best and multi-award winning Croatian chef was presented to the British audience for the first time Rudolf Stefan, owner of the restaurant “Pelegrini” in Šibenik, which is the holder of a Michelin star. “This event is a great opportunity to show what we have learned in collaboration with GBC and top chefs this year. I am glad that the CNTB has decided to support this commendable project by which we have further established that Croatia is not only a country known for its cultural and natural beauties but also a country of excellent gastronomy and good hosts.”, Stefan emphasized.The stars of the gastronomic scene of Great Britain also took part in the program, Francesco Mazzei i Tom Aikens, who recently stayed in Croatian destinations where they got to know the local tradition of preparing traditional dishes. It was this British duo who demonstrated dishes inspired by the aforementioned gastronomic journey in which they discovered the authentic Dalmatian culinary tradition of Split, Šolta and Šibenik. “I am glad that we are able to hold this event in one of my restaurants to share our knowledge and experience about Croatian gastronomy, for now London, and soon the whole world.”, said chef MazzeiThe result of the work of the mentioned three are newly created Croatian dishes presented to more than 20 guests. So Rudolf Štefan prepared black risotto, Tom Aikens prepared sardines marinated with lemon, while Francesco Mazzei prepared a top dish of blacksmith fish together with mushroom puree.The success of the dinner is best illustrated by the comments of many British guests. Thus, Chris Leadbeater from the Daily Telegraph emphasizes that Croatia is already world-renowned for its excellent restaurants and chefs, but also that Rudi’s approach to food simply calls for further research into Croatian gastronomy. Natalie Bloxham from ITV says that during this event she got an insight into another part of the Croatian story and that she will definitely visit our country soon. Positive impressions are also confirmed by Ollie Lloyd from Great British Chefs. “We managed to achieve what we wanted with this event, and that is that two top British chefs use Croatian ingredients in the preparation of meals and thus show what they have actually learned about Croatian gastronomy. All this would not be possible without quality cooperation with one of the best Croatian chefs”, Lloyd concluded. Let’s add that Francesco Mazzei is a significant name in the London restaurant scene and also a TV star with frequent guest appearances on the most watched programs of the British television BBC and ITV. He is a prominent promoter of fresh food, and with his Italian restaurants in prestigious London districts he often receives the highest reviews from critics. Tom Aikens, on the other hand, is the youngest chef to be awarded two Michelin stars, and he owns a restaurant empire that spans several continents.last_img read more

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Airbnb: Guidelines for cleaning apartments in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease

first_imgDownload the cleaning checklist Until we get the mentioned frameworks, as useful information we point out the guidelines for cleaning the apartment in order to prevent the spread of the disease COVID-19, which was brought by AirBnb. The National Civil Protection Headquarters, ie epidemiologists, will adopt a special framework on the functioning and conditions in which hotels and all accommodation facilities will need to be met, as well as on the conditions on the behavior of tourists while staying in Croatia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is possible for a person to become infected with the coronavirus by touching a contaminated surface, such as a doorknob or light switch, and the virus can live on some surfaces for hours or even days. It is therefore crucial that frequently touched surfaces are cleaned and disinfected as often as possible, especially between two reservations. To that end, Airbnb has issued cleaning guidelines that can be useful to hosts who will be renting accommodation during this difficult time. Definitely good check listlast_img read more

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