Dubrovnik FestiWine turns Dubrovnik into a city of wine friends

first_img3rd Regional Wine Festival ‘Dubrovnik FestiWine’will be held in the period 25/04 – 01/05. 2016 in Dubrovnik, organized by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and produced by the Dubrovnik PartneR agency.As part of this year’s Dubrovnik FestiWine, the last weekend in April, wine lovers and connoisseurs will have the opportunity to meet the best Dubrovnik wines in one place, participate in wine workshops and tastings, socialize with renowned winemakers and be part of a rich off program. “After the successful editions of the Festival and the strong promotion of the County’s wine offer, Dubrovnik has once again become a wine-friendly city as it has been successfully for centuries and we will continue to work on the further development of our county as a recognizable wine region. ‘ pointed out Nikola Dobroslavić, prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva CountyIt is very important that the events, in addition to tourists, include the local population and local entrepreneurs, especially caterers. It is imperative that the whole city lives tourism as well as any major event. As part of the Dubrovnik FestiWine wine festival, it will also be held ‘Dubrovnik wine setemans’ from 25.04-01.05.2016 where numerous restaurants, hotels and wine bars in their offer to guests, at promotional festival prices, will allow them to taste top regional wines that go well with the fine delicacies of the Dubrovnik area. By participating in the Dubrovnik Wine Festival, catering facilities acquire the label ‘Wine friendly’ which will be displayed in a visible place of the participating object. A list of restaurants, hotels and bars participating in this year’s ‘wine setemana’ can be found here.A great tourist story that should definitely be supported and experienced. Recommend your guests to visit the Dubrovnik FestiWine wine festival, and it is certainly more than desirable to taste the local wine offer together with the guests. Your guests will appreciate it.Events Program: FestiWine Gala, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace / 28.04.2016Wine gastronomic spectacle whose entire income is intended for scholarships and further education of young culinary talents. We will present selected wines from the Komarna vineyards as a challenge to top chefs to create a gala dinnerChef guest Zdravko Tomšić and chef host Petar Obad The wine is presented by sommerlier Aleksandar NoršićThe dishes are presented by gastronomic journalist Sanja Krmpotić Gourmet Radovan Marčić takes us through the Dubrovnik festiWine galaThe chefs are assisted by last year’s ‘FestiWine challenge’ scholarship holders Luka Matić and Vinko Cvitanović Wine exhibition, Lazareti / 29 – 30.04.2016/XNUMX/XNUMXA central wine event that traditionally brings together many renowned winemakers and a multitude of visitors, experts and journalists. Join us in Lazareti:April 29 – from 14.00 pm to 22.00 pm April 30 – from 11.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m.  We are going to Pelješac to the realm of wine / 01.05.2016A day of open cellars of winemakers from Pelješac, as part of which we will host numerous visitors and guests of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.last_img read more

The Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board is against raising the VAT rate on catering services

first_imgAt the 21st session of the Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board held on Friday, November 25, the final financial plan for 2017 and the rebalance of the financial plan for 2016 were adopted.The President of the Tourist Council, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahušić, introduced an additional item on the Agenda entitled “Raising the value added tax rate on catering services”. Namely, as pointed out, the proposed increase in VAT by the Government of the Republic of Croatia is extremely harmful, and the negative impact of such a decision would affect market competitiveness, season extension, planned investments and employment in the industry, both in Dubrovnik and in Croatia in general.”In Dubrovnik alone, direct damage is estimated at HRK 100 million a year”, Warned Vlahušić.The Tourist Board took a unanimous position that the VAT rate on catering services should remain at 13%, and that it should be reduced to 2020% by 10, the level in force in the surrounding countries, and as defined by the Strategy. development of tourism in the Republic of Croatia until 2020.last_img read more

Be hosts in family accommodation, not real estate agents

first_imgLast week I had the honor of being one of the panelists at the 3rd Family Accommodation Forum organized by the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (ZOT) which is intended for hosts in family accommodation. First of all, we must praise the large attendance of the Forum, which only shows how the tourist workers in Zagreb care about education, constructive discussion and development of the entire market.One of the constructive discussions was how to be a good host and accordingly how to have good grades on the booking portal and be filled. As I communicate on a daily basis with a lot of tourist staff, as well as hosts in family accommodation, I can say from experience that there is one rule, pattern or secret shared by all successful hosts in family accommodation.The secret of success is to be human and to care, ie to be a host, not a real estate agent.There is the biggest difference between successful and less successful, all the way to the host’s approach to their guests. It is this interaction and communication with guests that is the biggest advantage and the very essence of family accommodation. That’s why it’s called family accommodation, isn’t it? Being a real estate rental agent or a host in family accommodation are two totally different things as well as occupations. Family accommodation is not a real estate rental business. This is a much deeper and more significant connection between the host and the guest. You are no longer private renters as it is still written, the terminology is used and the whole category is classified, but you are the host in the family accommodation.The tourist boom has definitely happened in Zagreb and the city of Zagreb is slowly but surely, regardless of many other problems, starting to live tourism. What is great is that there was a great fusion of public and private, all because the interest of the private sector was created – and that is earnings. Thus, various restaurants, hostels, cafes are being opened by the private sector, entertainment and cultural programs are being organized, and of course more and more rooms and apartments for rent. Everyone would now catch the train at once while demand is much higher than supply and earn extra revenue. That’s great, but again, let’s get back to the beginning of the stories. It is a full time job that requires a lot of sacrifices and the main thing – it is not renting an apartment as in the case of a real estate agent, but you must be a host and at the service of guests 0/24. You sell the service, not the property. And service is a key factor in tourism.The Zagreb funicular is the shortest cable railway in the world intended for public transport, a great story and experience, isn’t it? Take a funicular ride with your guests and tell them the story of the cityYes, you are the hosts in the family accommodation. Once you understand that and change the whole paradigm, I’m sure you’ll be successful in the long run. That’s the whole philosophy of family accommodation. The sooner you understand this, the easier it will be for you and you will catch the rhythm, because the process of self-regulation of the market has already begun, ie it makes a difference from the weaker, medium and successful ones. According to the Zagreb Tourist Board, about 1.300 hosts in family accommodation are registered in Zagreb, which makes a total offer of 5.312 beds, which is an annual growth of 50 percent. There are a total of 1.331 accommodation offers on Booking.com in Zagreb. But supply is still less than demand, but even that will be short-lived.So be prepared and raise the quality of service, arrange accommodation as if you live in it yourself to feel the feeling and warmth of home and do not forget – the motive for coming is not accommodation, but the destination. The experience and content of the destination is why people travel, so you have to sell the experiences, stories and content of the destination.Treat your guests like a real host. After all, our hospitality is our biggest advantage and definitely what we are known for. The big difference in these two concepts is precisely in emotion, and humans are by nature emotional beings. When you dedicate yourself to someone and show that you care, those are strong emotions and you have a guest forever.Let you care.last_img read more

Illyrians from Biograd na Moru were awarded a halal quality certificate

first_imgIlirija dd, a tourist company from Biograd na Moru, was awarded a halal quality certificate for the implementation of the halal quality management system in the preparation and provision of food and beverage services and accommodation for as many as three tourist facilities: Hotel Adriatic, restaurant “Marina Kornati”, event ship “Nada”, a floating congress center of 35m and a capacity of 180 people with a complete restaurant, kitchen and bar, and Ražnjevića dvore AD 1307, the first diffuse hotel in the Republic of Croatia.Goran Ražnjević, President of the Management Board of Ilirija dd, was awarded a halal certificate by Mr. Aldin Dugonjić, head of the Center for Halal Quality Certification of the Islamic Community in Croatia. Mr. Goran Ražnjević pointed out that the implementation of halal quality standards represents a long-term strategy and policy of Ilirija dd and its commitment to continuous quality improvement in the overall service of the company at the level of all its sectors, which is supported by today’s event, because achieving high halal quality standards. it is a proof of Ilirija’s readiness and commitment to service excellence and adaptation to the requirements of the tourist market, which increasingly recognize Croatia as an attractive tourist destination.”It is our pleasure to award a halal certificate today for the first hotel in central Dalmatia, which further enriches the tourist offer of this area. The recognition of Croatia on the halal market is increasing every day and certainly with the further increase of the infrastructure, the possibilities of even better positioning on the market are opening up. In Croatia, about thirty catering and hotel facilities and six travel agencies can boast a halal certificate, and Ilirija dd is just one of them. “- said Mr. Dugonjic, head of the Center for Halal Quality Certification.The implementation of the halal quality management system standard, which was implemented simultaneously in four facilities within the company, which are different in the nature of the offer and service, also meant educating our employees, adjusting the process of preparing and providing food and beverages in accordance with halal standards and connecting with certified suppliers, therefore, the award of certificates, as well as a continuous commitment to improving the quality of our services and products, is proof of our readiness to adapt to the specific wishes, requirements and standards of guests.last_img read more

New research suggests belief in afterlife preserves hope when thinking about death

first_imgShare on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Pinterest The prospect of death does not necessarily leave people feeling hopelessly mortal but depends rather on afterlife belief, suggests new research from psychologists at the University of Kent.Dr Arnaud Wisman and Dr Nathan Heflick, of the University’s School of Psychology, set out to establish in four separate studies whether people lose hope when thinking about death – known as Terror Management Theory – under a range of different conditions.The research was based on the premise that self-awareness among humans has been shown to create the potential for hope – or the general expectation and feeling that future desired outcomes will occur.center_img LinkedIn Paradoxically however, this self-awareness, which is thought to be unique to humans, also renders them conscious of their own mortality – known as mortality salience. The psychologists found that mortality salience affected feelings of hope among people with high and low self-esteem in different ways.Researchers first established that mortality reduced personal hope for people low in self-esteem, but not for people high in self-esteem. However, afterlife beliefs helped to preserve hope, even among those with low esteem who experience hopelessness when faced with the prospect of their own mortality.In two studies, the team tested to see if ‘immortality’ would help people with low self-esteem remain hopeful when thinking about death. In one, half the participants read a (bogus) statement indicating that scientists are convinced that there is life after death or a statement arguing that there is no life after death.In the second, the researchers required that people read either a (bogus) statement that there was an identified gene that promises greatly elongated life, or a statement arguing that no such gene has been identified.Both promises of immortality (life after death or elongated life on earth) preserved hope for people with low self-esteem when they had just thought about their own death.The study was published in Cognition and Emotion. Emaillast_img read more

Experts map surgical approaches for auditory brainstem implantation

first_imgShare Share on Twitter A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can’t benefit from cochlear implants. A team of US and Japanese experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches for auditory brainstem implantation in the June issue of Operative Neurosurgery, published on behalf of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons by Wolters Kluwer.Dr. Albert L. Rhoton, Jr., and colleagues of University of Florida, Gainesville, and Fukuoka University, Japan, performed a series of meticulous dissections to demonstrate and illustrate surgical approaches to auditory brainstem implant placement. Their article shares exquisitely detailed anatomic color photographs, along with step-by-step descriptions of two alternative routes for neurosurgeons performing these demanding implant procedures.Anatomy and Approaches for Auditory Brainstem Implantation Pinterest Auditory brainstem implants can restore varying degrees of hearing to patients with “retrocochlear” hearing loss. These patients have deafness caused by damage to the cochlear nerves — sometimes called the acoustic or auditory nerves — which transmit sound information from the inner ear to the brain. The cochlear nerve damage most commonly results from brain tumors associated with a genetic condition called neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2).Auditory brainstem implants are similar in principle to the more commonly placed cochlear implant, used in patients with damage to the cochlea — part of the inner ear. Because of the need to place the implant and electrodes in the brainstem, rather than the inner ear, the surgery required for auditory brainstem implantation is much more complex.In a series of ten cadaver brainstem dissections, the researchers explored the anatomy of the region that the neurosurgeon must navigate to perform auditory brainstem implantation. They also mapped out the best neurosurgical approaches, both for surgery to remove the tumors and for auditory brainstem implant placement.Based on their findings, Dr. Rhoton and colleagues detail two surgical approaches: a “translabyrinthine” and a “retrosigmoid” approach. They outline a step-by-step route for both approaches, designed to provide safe access to the area while minimizing trauma to the brainstem and surrounding structures. The authors highlight the value of using endoscopes to help in visualizing and accessing the target area for implant placement.More than 1,000 auditory brainstem implant procedures have been performed worldwide so far. The procedure was previously approved only for patients with NF2 aged 12 years or older. Recently, clinical trials were approved for children with congenital malformations or other causes of retrocochlear deafness.Minimizing damage to the brainstem and associated blood vessels appears to be a critical factor in achieving good speech recognition after auditory brainstem implantation. The hearing results are also better in patients with a shorter duration of deafness.Dr. Rhoton and colleagues hope that their descriptions and illustrations will help to increase understanding of the anatomy and surgical approaches to auditory brainstem implantation, contributing useful hearing to adults and children with NF2 and other causes of retrocochlear deafness.center_img Share on Facebook Email LinkedInlast_img read more

When it comes to cocktail parties, musicians really know how to mingle

first_imgShare on Twitter Anyone who’s tried to hold a conversation at a bar knows that background noise can make it nearly impossible to hear what the other person is trying to say. This dilemma is officially known as the “cocktail party problem,” but scientists theorize that it doesn’t affect musicians quite as badly as it does the rest of… Pinterest Share on Facebook Email Share LinkedInlast_img

Why it hurts to see others suffer: Pain and empathy linked in the brain

first_imgThe study is based on two experiments on a total of about 150 participants – which is an unusually large number for this kind of study. The financial expense and general inconvenience of running fMRI studies, means scientists usually just involve some 20 or 30 people.The painkiller trickAll the participants in the study were given a tablet that they were told was an approved, highly effective, expensive, over-the-counter painkiller (to ensure it had the maximum chance of working). However, none of the participants actually had a real painkiller but a placebo. This effect, called “placebo analgesia”, has been shown to be highly effective at reducing the amount of pain one perceives. However the authors wanted to know whether it affected how pain and pain empathy are processed in the brain.A second group of people were also given this placebo analgesia, and 15 minutes later a second tablet – a drug that reverses the action of a painkiller. However, the participants were told this tablet would enhance the action of the painkiller, so they weren’t expecting it to counteract any previous drug they were given. The authors wanted to know whether the “placebo analgesia” could be reversed in the same way real painkillers can.After waiting for the placebo painkiller to “take effect”, and checking that it had “worked” in all people, participants underwent various experiments. These involved receiving a short painful electrical shock to the back of the hand (the strength of this had previously been matched for differences in individual levels of pain threshold – we’ll call this self pain) and watching a picture of someone they had earlier met receive the painful stimulus (we’ll call this pain empathy).Participants were then split into two groups: some received a real and painful shock (or watched someone receive it), while others received a painless stimuli. The painless stimulus was administered in the same way as the electrical stimulus, but at a lower current.Participants were asked to rate the amount of pain they felt during self pain and were asked to rate the level of unpleasantness they felt while watching another person receive pain (pain empathy). And they also underwent fMRI during self pain and pain empathy.The results?In the first experiment with the one tablet only (placebo painkiller), 53 people received real pain and 49 people received (pretend) pain stimuli. The placebo painkiller reduced the amount of pain the participants reported feeling and also reduced the amount of unpleasantness they reported feeling while watching someone else experience pain. At the same time, the fMRI scan revealed that the network of regions that usually process pain showed a reduction in activity for placebo (pretend) pain compared to real pain.In the second experiment, where 50 participants took an additional tablet – 25 had the real drug that reverses the action of a painkiller and another 25 people a placebo. The real drug was found to reverse the effects of the placebo analgesia on self pain and also on pain empathy, each by a similar amount. This confirms that the effect of the “pretend” painkiller can be reversed in the same way that a real (drug) painkiller can.This means that empathy for pain is likely to be processed very similarly (in the brain) to first-hand pain. We can infer that this is because both self pain and pain empathy are changed in the same way by the painkiller-reversing drug, and because placebo analgesia also reduces pain empathy in the same way as it reduces pain. The fMRI results add further evidence that this is indeed what is going on.Exploring empathy furtherThis is therefore consistent with the theory that empathy for pain occurs as a result of simulating another person’s feelings within one’s own brain. It also provides further evidence that the feelings of pain and pain empathy occur as a result of similar processes within the brain.Further, patients who have damage and/or disease in the parts of the brain that fall within this network of pain-processing areas, often experience a reduction in ability to feel empathy for pain. This suggests that the ability to feel pain is necessary in order to experience empathy for pain.Going forward, the research could be useful to explore empathy in other contexts. For example, the researchers suggest addressing the question of whether the pain from other events – for example social rejection – is processed in a similar way. This study certainly provides a new angle to investigate the feelings of pain and empathy – namely by manipulating two experiences to see if they are processed in similar ways.Another suggestion is that taking painkillers may decrease one’s feeling of empathy for pain – but that topic needs further research. A way to do this could be to compare the results of this study using placebo painkillers with a similar design using real painkillers.Rebecca S. Dewey, Research Fellow in Neuroimaging, University of NottinghamThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Share on Facebook Pinterest Share The human brain processes the experience of empathy – the ability to understand another person’s pain – in a similar way to the experience of physical pain. This was the finding of a paper that specifically investigated the kind of empathy people feel when they see others in pain – but it could apply to other forms of empathy too. The results raise a number of intriguing questions, such as whether painkillers or brain damage could actually reduce our ability to feel empathy.The researchers used a complicated experimental set up, which included using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures blood flow changes in the brain. However, brain imaging alone can’t prove a link between pain and “pain empathy”. This is because the same brain areas are activated in each case, partly because there is a lot of overlap generally between the brain areas used for feelings and emotion. Another factor is that fMRI is not a direct measure of brain activity – the blood flow measure is instead something that we infer to accompany brain activity.The authors therefore took a new approach. They investigated whether the way a drug changes how the brain processes pain and empathy for those in pain can be used to understand the similarities and differences between these two experiences.center_img Email LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Recognizing the basic structure of language is not unique to the human brain

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share A team led at Newcastle University, UK, has shed light on the evolutionary roots of language in the brain.Publishing in Nature Communications, the team led by Dr Ben Wilson and Professor Chris Petkov explain how using an imaging technique to explore the brain activity in humans and monkeys has identified the evolutionary origins of cognitive functions in the brain that underpin language and allow us to evaluate orderliness in sequences of sounds.This new knowledge will help our understanding of how we learn – and lose – language such as in aphasia after a stroke or in dementia. Share on Twittercenter_img Pinterest Email Scanning the brains of humans and macaque monkeys, the research team has identified the area at the front of the brain which in both humans and monkeys recognises when sequences of sounds occur in a legal order or in an unexpected, illegal order.Professor Petkov said: “Young children learn the rules of language as they develop, even before they are able to produce language. So, we used a ‘made up’ language first developed to study infants, which our lab has shown the monkeys can also learn. We then determined how the human and monkey brain evaluates the sequences of sounds from this made up language.”The team first had the humans and monkeys listen to example sequences from the made up language, allowing them to hear what were correct orderings in the sequence of sounds. They then scanned the brain activity of both species as they listened to new sequences that either had a correct order or could not have been generated by the made up language.Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) revealed that in both groups a corresponding region of the brain – the ventral frontal and opercular cortex – responded to the order that both species had learned to expect.These results suggest that the function of this frontal region, which is one of the areas involved in processing the order of words in a sentence in human language, is shared in both humans and primates, revealing its evolutionary origins. This brain region seems to monitor the orderliness, or organisation, of what is heard, which is an important cognitive function that provides a foundation for the more complex language abilities of humans.These results provide first evidence that some of the functions of this brain area, which include understanding language in humans, are shared by other animals.Professor Petkov adds: “This will help us answer questions on how we learn language and on what goes wrong when we lose language, for example after a brain injury, stroke or dementia.”Building on these developments, the Newcastle University team, with their neurology collaborators in Cambridge and Reading Universities have begun a project to study the function of this brain region and its role in language impairment in aphasic patients with stroke, which might lead to better diagnosis and prognosis of language impairment.Professor Petkov explains: “Identifying this similarity between the monkey and human brain is also key to understanding the brain regions that support language but are not unique to us and can be studied in animal models using state-of-the-art neuroscientific technologies.”last_img read more

Diversifying clinical science to represent diverse populations

first_imgFocusing on the role of family in the lives of African American youths, Tamika Zapolski and colleagues find that supportive parenting weakens the link between discrimination and later drug use by reducing symptoms of depression. These results suggest that support from parents may be critical to preventing drug use among African American teens, especially for those who have experienced discrimination. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest But the changing demographics and increasing heterogeneity of populations around the world suggest that researchers must do more to ensure that their science better mirrors reality.“Unless we start to embrace the fact that not all human beings are alike, clinical science will become increasingly irrelevant to most of the population,” Rosmarin says.Research has already revealed ethnic and cultural differences that cut across all the domains of mental health, including incidence, prevalence, treatment, and prevention. Accumulated data show, for example, that individuals in different groups experience symptoms and disorders differently, they have varying perceptions of mental health services, and they have differential access to mental health care.It is time to recognize, says Clinical Psychological Science editor Alan Kazdin (Yale University) that “ethnicity and culture are not add-ons but are fundamental to the core processes we study.”This special series presents three research articles that investigate mental health issues in diverse contexts, using theory-driven, evidence-based approaches. The aim of the series, says Rosmarin, is to demonstrate what a sophisticated, rigorous ‘diversity science’ has to offer, paving a way forward for researchers in clinical science.As part of a longitudinal study investigating mental health among Vietnamese- and European-American adolescents, Anna Lau and colleagues find that teens’ symptoms varied according to their cultural values, as mediated by stigma. These findings suggest that cultural values shape individual beliefs about mental health, ultimately influencing mental health outcomes over time. Emailcenter_img Despite increasing attention to issues of diversity in scientific research, participant populations in behavioral science tend to be relatively homogeneous. Understanding how people differ across various dimensions, and how those differences are driven by underlying psychological, biological, and social processes, is critical to building a rigorous and comprehensive clinical science.A special series in Clinical Psychological Science highlights the importance of broadening the traditional scope of clinical science research, advancing the field so that it can adequately address the needs and concerns of diverse populations.“Despite commitments to diversity in the by-laws and ethics codes of our professional associations, as well as widespread calls for the development of basic cultural competencies in clinical practices, psychological scientists remain a largely homogeneous group and our science is similarly narrow in scope,” special series editor David H. Rosmarin (McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School) notes in his introduction to the special series. LinkedIn Share Investigating Native Americans’ spiritual practices, Melissa Walls and colleagues find that spiritual involvement is associated with either positive or negative mental health outcomes, depending on individuals’ experiences of discrimination and historical loss. These findings suggest that the effects of culturally-based spiritual practices on Native Americans’ mental health are not linear but are instead moderated by environmental factors.The three articles in the series investigate outcomes across racially and culturally diverse groups, but Rosmarin and Kazdin emphasize that diversity science encompasses many other characteristics and dimensions, including gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, family composition, and geographic location.“Arguably, diversity includes all those domains by which we vary and that systematically influence the topics we study,” Kazdin writes in his introduction to the series. “One could not represent these in any single journal issue, set of articles, or perhaps even a single book. We have in the articles that follow a small set of research to make the issue of diversity salient, to convey that much more is needed and that diversity is fundamental to what we study in many of the sciences (social, biological) and in this case, psychological science.”last_img read more