Tony Stempeck, Guardian of a Restaurant’s Legacy, Dies at 63

first_imgAround a decade ago, Mr. Stempeck devised a way to determine what exactly went into the dishes.“I went down to the restaurant, weighed every canister of spice in the kitchen, she made the sauce, I reweighed the canisters, and then we knew,” he told The Reno Gazette Journal.- Advertisement – After the death of Mr. Stempeck’s mother, Ms. Kramer ordered business cards for him inscribed with her old title: owner-operator.They arrived the day Mr. Stempeck died. One night while working at Casale’s he took the purse of Janet D’Amico, a customer, and hid it behind the bar to keep her around. They had a whirlwind courtship, married in 1990 and divorced in 2003. Ms. D’Amico died in 2007.In addition to his daughter Haley, Mr. Stempeck is survived by another daughter, Cierra Marin; two brothers, Charlie and John Stempeck; three sisters, Madaline Zanoni, Maria Rogers and Helen Jayme; and his partner, Lynne Clark.A devoted father, Mr. Stempeck ordered wood chips and top soil for the construction of a playground at his daughters’ elementary school. He volunteered in the school’s front office, as a crossing guard, at bake sales, at spaghetti buffet fund-raisers. Casale’s regulars, accustomed to the Tony who poured shots of Jägermeister, found it hard to believe, but for two years running he was parent of the year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – For the first time, the Casale’s family had written recipes.“We’ve been raised to take the restaurant over,” Mr. Stempeck added. “It’s a part of keeping Old Reno alive.”Anthony Patrick Stempeck was born on March 2, 1957, in Reno. His mother and his father, Casimir Stempeck — known by his Navy nickname, Steamboat — ran Casale’s, which Ms. Stempeck’s maternal grandparents had founded as a grocery store in 1937. Tony grew up in a house out back, so close that he could leap from his front door into the back door of the restaurant. He graduated from Sparks High School in 1975.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Lufthansa to offer ‘negative only’ flights between German cities | News

first_img– Advertisement – Those who do not wish to be tested will be transferred to an alternative flight at no additional cost. LH2058, which leaves Munich for Hamburg at 09:10, will be the first test flight to carry 100 per cent negative passengers. Retrospectively, the second daily flight on which all passengers are tested will be the LH2059 from Hamburg to Munich.- Advertisement – Upon completion, customers will receive their test results within 30 to 60 minutes and only on presentation of a negative test will the boarding pass be activated and access to the gate be granted. Alternatively, passengers can present a negative PCR test taken no later than 48 hours at departure. Lufthansa takes care of the entire testing procedure with no hidden or extra costs for the passenger. – Advertisement – OlderFroggatt takes up Abercrombie & Kent leadership rolecenter_img Lufthansa will start the first test runs for comprehensive Covid-19 antigen rapid tests on selected routes between Munich and Hamburg on November 12th. In partnership with Munich and Hamburg airports, as well as biotech company Centogene and the Medicover Group’s medical care centre, MVZ Martinsried, the airline is offering its customers the opportunity to be tested free of charge before departure on two daily flights. – Advertisement – Passengers are simply required to register in advance and allow a little more time before departure.“With our test strategy, we are pursuing the goal of using the data obtained to gain important insights into the use of rapid tests.“Successful testing of entire flights can be the key to revitalizing international air traffic,” said Christina Foerster, Lufthansa group executive board member for customers.All negativeAnimesh Kumar, director of tourism consulting at GlobalData, an analytic company, said all negative flights could be a way to rebuild trust in the aviation sector.He explained: “Increasing consumer confidence is the only way for the travel and tourism industry and segments like airlines and hospitality to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Globally, several destinations require the travellers to produce a negative Covid-19 test result either before the boarding or at the time of the arrival. “The move allows the customers to opt for either a home test or visit an empanelled collection centre.”He added: “Airlines across the globe are coming up with measures to facilitate this process of getting tested and increasing the consumer confidence. “If airlines offer rapid antigen tests at the airport and ensure that only those who have tested negative are allowed to board, it will help in elevating the consumer confidence. “However, it would also be an operational nightmare and may not be feasible for all flights. “Negative-only flights can be attempted on routes that are popular in the holiday seasons as that may provide the much-needed boost to all stakeholders in the travel and tourism industry.”last_img read more

Fidelity Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card Review

first_imgBelow, CNBC Select breaks down the rewards, benefits and fees associated with the Fidelity Rewards Visa Signature Card to help you decide if it’s the right card for you.Fidelity Rewards Visa Signature Card reviewFidelity® Rewards Visa Signature® CardFidelity® Rewards Visa Signature® CardInformation about the Fidelity® Rewards Visa Signature® Card has been collected independently by CNBC and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of the card prior to publication. Rewards2% cash back on every eligible net purchase Annual fee Cons1% foreign transaction fee Terms apply for all eligible accounts, subject to IRS rules.The 2% cash-back rewards value applies only to the points you redeem for a deposit into an eligible Fidelity account. You can choose to redeem your points for other rewards such as travel, merchandise, gift cards, and/or statement credit, but the redemption value could possibly be less.Using data from the data location firm Esri, CNBC Select estimates that the average American spends about $1,844 in retail purchases per month (see our methodology). Using Fidelity’s cash-back calculator, charging $1,800 per month to your Fidelity Rewards Visa Signature card could translate to $432 cash back in a year and $19,312 in your investment portfolio over 20 years. Additional benefitsLike all Visa Signature® cards, the Fidelity Rewards card comes with a number of perks, including 24-hour concierge service; special offers on travel, dining, sporting, entertainment and shopping; emergency cash and card replacement; travel and emergency assistance services; accident services and auto rental collision damage waiver; lost luggage reimbursement; and roadside dispatch.You can make contactless payments with this card, so all you have to do is tap to pay at checkout (where that service is available).The card also has zero-fraud liability, so if your card is used without your consent and you report it, you won’t be held liable for the costs.Terms apply for all benefits.FeesBottom line Intro APR Fidelity Rewards Visa Signature Card rewardsCardholders with a qualifying Fidelity investment account can earn unlimited 2% cash back on all eligible spending, with no categories or limits on reward points earned. They can then put that cash directly back into the market.Every eligible $1 spent equals 2 Reward Points, which don’t expire. Points can be deposited in up to five qualifying Fidelity accounts at once. Eligible accounts include most nonretirement accounts as well as the following:Traditional IRARoth IRARollover IRASEP IRAFidelity Charitable® Giving Account®Fidelity HSA®Fidelity®-managed 529 College Savings Plan accounts- Advertisement – Regular APR Our methodologyTo determine which credit cards offer the best value, CNBC Select analyzed popular credit cards available in the U.S. We compared each card on a range of features, including rewards, welcome bonus, introductory and standard APR, balance transfer fee and foreign transaction fees, as well as factors such as required credit and customer reviews when available. We also considered additional perks, the application process and how easy it is for the consumer to redeem points.CNBC Select teamed up with location intelligence firm Esri. The company’s data development team provided the most up-to-date and comprehensive consumer spending data based on the 2019 Consumer Expenditure Surveys from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can read more about their methodology here.Esri’s data team created a sample annual budget of approximately $22,126 in retail spending. The budget includes six main categories: groceries ($5,174), gas ($2,218), dining out ($3,675), travel ($2,244), utilities ($4,862) and general purchases ($3,953). General purchases include items such as housekeeping supplies, clothing, personal care products, prescription drugs and vitamins, and other vehicle expenses.Taking this annual budget of $22,126 and dividing it into monthly categories, CNBC Select estimates that the average American monthly spend is $1,843.83.CNBC Select used this budget to estimate how much the average consumer would save over the course of a year, two years and five years, assuming they would attempt to maximize their rewards potential by earning all welcome bonuses offered and using the card for all applicable purchases. All rewards total estimations are net the annual fee.While the five-year estimates we’ve included are derived from a budget similar to the average American’s spending, you may earn a higher or lower return depending on your shopping habits.Editorial Note: Opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the CNBC Select editorial staff’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any third party. – Advertisement – Credit needed Either 3% of the amount of each transfer or $5 minimum, whichever is greater ProsStraight-forward cash-back programYou can deposit your rewards in up to five qualifying accounts at a timeVisa Signature® perks and benefits Foreign transaction fee Welcome bonus Balance transfer fee- Advertisement – A good cash-back credit card can help you earn anywhere from 1% to 6% cash back on your spending. But cash-back investment cards take this concept one step further, allowing cardholders transfer their points into an investment vehicle that earns compound interest on top of their rewards.The no-annual-fee Fidelity® Rewards Visa Signature® Card is one such card. Fidelity account holders can earn 2% cash back on all eligible spending, which is the highest flat-rate cash-back rate among investment credit cards. Every $2,500 you spend charge to your Fidelity Rewards card equals a $50 deposit into your eligible Fidelity investment account(s).- Advertisement –last_img read more

USDA raises bar for reporting inconclusive BSE tests

first_img The USDA came under criticism from the beef industry after it announced inconclusive BSE tests on two animals on successive days in late June. Confirmatory testing later ruled out the disease in both cases, but the public announcements shook the industry. The department expanded its BSE surveillance program in June by authorizing a number of state veterinary laboratories to conduct rapid tests on cattle brains. The protocol involves running one test and, if it is inconclusive, running the same test two more times, according to the USDA. Aug 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said last week it would no longer announce an inconclusive result in testing cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) after just one test, as it did twice in June. John Clifford, chief veterinarian with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said the department would wait until at least two rapid BSE tests have produced the same outcome before announcing an inconclusive result. Initially, the USDA policy was to declare a test inconclusive on the basis of the first test alone. Now, after evaluating the labs and the data from the first 2 months of testing, the department will wait until the second round of tests is done before declaring a result inconclusive, according to Clifford.center_img USDA figures show that 32,698 cattle had been tested in the program as of yesterday, with no BSE cases found. “If either of the tests in the second run is reactive, APHIS will announce this result as an inconclusive and will conduct confirmatory testing at National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa,” Clifford said. The expanded surveillance program was triggered by the discovery of a single BSE case in Washington state last December. The USDA plans to test more than 200,000 cattle over 12 to 18 months in an effort to ascertain if more BSE cases exist in American herds.last_img read more

Russian birds have H5N1; 2 more deaths in Vietnam

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised July 31 to clarify information about previous reports of H5N1 influenza viruses in Russia.Jul 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – News services said today the avian influenza outbreak reported last week in Russia involves the dangerous H5N1 strain, while two more fatal human cases of the illness were reported in Vietnam.A statement from Russia’s Agriculture Ministry identified the flu outbreak in poultry in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia as H5N1, according to the Associated Press (AP).”That raises the need for undertaking quarantine measures of the widest scope,” the AP quoted the ministry as saying.If the report is accurate, the outbreak apparently is the first significant H5N1 outbreak in Russia. The virus has been active in Southeast and East Asia since late 2003, causing more than 100 human cases with more than 50 deaths in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia. However, this is not the first time an H5N1 virus has been identified in Russia, according to information from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).An FAO bulletin on avian flu, dated Dec 20, 2004, said that H5N1 viruses had been isolated from migratory birds in the Novosibirsk region “on several occasions” in the previous 4 years. However, an H5 avian flu virus isolated and sequenced from a mallard duck in the area in 2003 “was related, but not identical, to H5N1 avian influenza viruses currently circulating in domestic poultry in Asia,” according to the report. The information was attributed to a US Department of Agriculture scientist. The report did not mention any actual disease outbreaks.The outbreak in southwestern Siberia was first reported last week. Late last week, an official at a Russian disease research center identified the virus as H5N2, which is less virulent than H5N1 and has not infected humans. But in a Jul 24 report to the World Organization for Animal Health, Dr. Evgueny A. Nepoklonov of the Ministry of Agriculture Moscow said the virus had been identified only as an H5.Earlier reports said the disease had killed hundreds of geese, ducks, turkeys, and chickens in nine villages. No human cases have been reported.News of the Siberian outbreak comes about 2 months after the first reports of an outbreak among migratory birds at the Qinghai Lake wildlife refuge in northern China. World Health Organization (WHO) officials who visited the site in June estimated that about 5,000 birds had died. They worried that birds leaving the refuge later this summer would spread the disease to distant places.Two reports published in scientific journals earlier this month seconded that concern. A group of Chinese researchers writing in Science called Qinghai Lake “a breeding center for migrant birds that congregate from Southeast Asia, Siberia, Australia, and New Zealand.” They said the outbreak posed a risk that H5N1 could become a global threat.In addition to the Qinghai Lake outbreak, two poultry outbreaks were reported in June in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang, to the west of the wildlife refuge.Two deaths in VietnamTwo young adults in southern Vietnam died of H5N1 infection this week, according to an AP report today. The victims were a 24-year-old man from Tra Vinh province who died Jul 25 and a 26-year-old woman from Ho Chi Minh City who died Jul 27.The information was attributed to Phan Van Tu, chief virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. He said samples from both people showed positive results yesterday.With the two latest cases, Vietnam has had a total of 93 cases and 42 deaths since December 2003, according to CIDRAP’s unofficial count. The WHO, which waits for official notification from the Vietnamese government before updating its numbers, currently lists 87 cases with 38 deaths.Both victims had had contact with poultry, Tu told the AP. He said their deaths were the first reported human cases in southern Vietnam since January. The pattern of cases this year resembles that of last year, when human cases occurred in the winter but dropped off in the spring before recurring in the summer, Tu said.WHO reports on Indonesian investigationThe WHO today moved closer to agreeing with Indonesian health officials that H5N1 flu was the cause of death for three Indonesians who died earlier this month. The agency said laboratory tests indicate that what killed an 8-year-old girl was a probable case of influenza A/H5.The agency said test results for the girl’s 1-year-old sister were still pending. Previously the agency confirmed that the girls’ 38-year-old father died of the virus. Tests were being done at the University of Hong Kong and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The WHO also said that genetic analysis of virus isolated from the father shows that it matches other H5N1 isolates from poultry in Java and does not show signs of reassortment—an exchange of genes with other viruses that could make it more infectious.Authorities have not yet determined how the Indonesian victims became infected. The WHO said today that investigators found H5-infected bird feces in a bird cage across the road from the family’s house, but samples from the pet bird inside the cage were negative for H5. “This is the first, and, thus far, the only, indication of a possible source of exposure. Other environmental sampling was negative,” the agency said.About 300 contacts of the three victims are still being monitored, and none have shown signs of illness, the WHO said.See also:Jul 29, 2005, WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_07_29c/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Egypt has 2 more H5N1 cases; Indonesia suspects 3

first_imgMar 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Egypt reported two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza today, pushing the country’s total to 29, while Indonesia reported three suspected cases, two of them fatal, according to news services.Egyptian officials said the two patients were a 6-year-old girl from the southern province of Qena and a 5-year-old boy from Minya in central Egypt, according to a Reuters report today. They represent the 10th and 11th cases reported this year.Both children tested positive yesterday after being hospitalized with a high fever, and both were in stable condition, Amr Kandeel, head of communicable disease control for the health ministry, told Reuters. He attributed both cases to exposure to dead birds.The two latest cases come 2 days after the announcement of a case in a 3-year-old girl from Aswan in southern Egypt. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized her case today, saying she remained in stable condition in a hospital.The WHO said the 3-year-old had contact with backyard poultry, and her case was not linked epidemiologically with two other recent cases in Aswan, announced Mar 19 and 20. Those cases involved a 2-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.In Indonesia, initial tests indicated H5N1 infection in a 22-year-old female university student who died Mar 24 and a teenage boy who died Mar 25, according to an Agence France-Presse report today, citing a spokeswoman for the government’s avian flu information center. Further test results were awaited.In addition, a 39-year-old man had a positive preliminary test and was being treated in Surabaya, capital of East Java, the story said. But a Jakarta Post report quoted an official with Soetomo state hospital in Surabaya as saying the man’s case was confirmed.The teenage boy was from West Java and the 22-year-old woman from southeastern Sumatra, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation report today. The story said state media reported the woman had a large number of cats.By the WHO count, Indonesia has had 81 H5N1 cases with 63 deaths. But since Jan 29, Indonesia has reported at least six cases (besides those reported today) that have not yet been recognized by the WHO; four of those were fatal.See also:Mar 27 WHO statement on 3-year-old patient in Egypthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_03_27/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Tests exclude H5N1 cases in Kuwait, confirm 1 in Indonesia

first_imgApr 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A second round of H5N1 avian influenza tests came back negative today on four Bangladeshi men who initially tested positive after helping cull chickens in Kuwait, while tests confirmed the infection in a 15-year-old Indonesian girl, according to news services.The four men were hospitalized in Kuwait—which has had no confirmed human cases—2 days ago after experiencing flu-like symptoms. Preliminary tests for the H5N1 virus were positive, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday.Kuwaiti Health Minister Maasouma Saleh Al-Mubarak, in a press release today from the Kuwait News Agency, said confirmatory tests at the US Navy laboratory in Cairo (NAMRU-3) indicated the workers did not have avian flu. She said the patients would remain under medical supervision and treatment for 10 more days.For unknown reasons, very few H5N1 cases have occurred in poultry cullers and certain other presumably high-risk groups, such as veterinarians and workers in live-bird markets, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.Samples from nine poultry workers in South Korea who assisted with outbreaks in 2003 and 2004 showed evidence of past H5N1 infection, but they had no clinical symptoms. During Hong Kong’s first outbreak in 1997, a few poultry cullers, household contacts of patients, and healthcare workers tested positive despite having no serious illness, according to reports in medical journals.Meanwhile, Indonesia announced that a second round of H5N1 testing confirmed that a 15-year-old girl from Jakarta had H5N1 avian flu, Xinhua and other news services reported today. The girl, who fell ill on Mar 28, is hospitalized in intensive care, according to an AFP report. The girl has looked after chickens and birds, the Xinhua report said.The WHO has confirmed 81 H5N1 cases with 63 deaths in Indonesia. But since Jan 29, Indonesia has reported as confirmed at least 11 cases (including the one today) that have not yet been recognized by the WHO.See also:Sep 21, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness”Jan 26, 2006, CIDRAP News story “WHO report highlights bird flu puzzles”last_img read more

The epidemic of statistical modeling studies that ‘predict’ the future: Don’t be a victim as you prepare for the next pandemic

first_img(CIDRAP Business Source Osterholm Briefing) – I’ve always been amazed at how some people use numbers to make their point. For example, I could say that, between the two of us, Barry Bonds and I average 378 career major league home runs. Of course, that doesn’t tell you that I account for zero of those dingers, and we all know that such an analysis isn’t statistically appropriate. But far too often such calculations seem to become fact if the number is repeated enough.As you make a point about a preparedness issue to a boss or coworker, your analysis may well include a couple of statistical calculations about the likelihood of a crisis. This makes sense. A statistical analysis that supports your conclusion adds credibility to your recommendations. In the field of epidemiology, we often say, “That which gets counted gets acted upon.”But be very careful about the statistics you use to support your proposed preparedness plan. In particular, take the vast majority of complex statistical modeling studies that often appear in the mainstream media today, offering a glimpse of what might be true of the next pandemic.Then toss them out.I know that’s a strong statement, but such statistical predictions, though intriguing, are largely voodoo science and reflect what I see as an epidemic of modeling activity. In my entire career I have yet to see a single complex statistical model regarding infectious disease that had any public health or medical impact.Flaws in statistical predictionsRecently published mathematical models are numerous, use complex formulas to predict how an event might unfold, and have made predictions on various aspects of the next pandemic, including:The likelihood of its occurrenceOur ability to avert it by early and widespread use of antiviral drugsHow it will unfold in terms of case numbers and deathsIf your preparedness plan uses these models to provide evidence for a certain intervention or to estimate the course of the next pandemic, you are grossly overinterpreting their validity.In 33 years in epidemiology, I have performed many thousands of statistical calculations along with my colleagues. Some of these calculations have had important public health impact, particularly when they involved disease outbreaks. I have also advised numerous graduate students who have used quite sophisticated statistical analyses.It’s with this experience that I feel confident saying that most of the currently touted complex statistical models don’t really tell us about the future. In fact, they very well may mislead us into preparing for something that will almost certainly unfold very differently than the model predicted.In recent meetings, I’ve watched a slew of statisticians deliver elaborate presentations with lots of numbers and wonderful graphs, all indicating that they have the answer to how the future will unfold and how any intervention will change the course of a pandemic. You will be tempted to use this information for your planning activities, since uncertainty is a difficult foundation for a plan. And we all want to be associated with those who appear to give us a glimpse into the future.But ask British government officials who used the statistical models from one of Britain’s leading modelers in the early days of that country’s epidemic of mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). That model predicted that the outbreak would produce more than 100,000 cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human equivalent of mad cow. Today, the epidemic in cattle in Great Britain and the rest of Europe is largely over. But only 167 confirmed and probable human cases have resulted—a far cry from what the best British modelers predicted.I believe our experience with the next influenza pandemic will play out similarly: The modelers will have missed the real experience by a country mile.One telling exampleLet me give you an example. Several years ago, two groups of statisticians—one from the United States and one from Great Britain—predicted that an early and aggressive response by public health officials during the first days of an emerging pandemic could avert the pandemic. The main strategy would be to attack the outbreak when there were still only a few cases, and only in one country. Officials would widely and quickly distribute antiviral drugs to the entire population and restrict movement of people out of the region.Well, these assumptions are just plain nuts. They fail to account for very real problems involving politics, economics, local customs, and healthcare disparities—not to mention unpredictable human behavior.We know that the rapid detection of H5N1 avian influenza in humans is problematic in many developing countries. And in previous clusters of human cases in Asia, many potentially exposed people actually believed that the antiviral drugs would give them avian flu, not protect them. Further, governments are unlikely to declare themselves in the first days to be the location of the emerging pandemic, because it will result in swift and widespread trade and travel restrictions with the rest of the world. These factors alone make any fancy statistical calculations predicting the future impact of the use of antiviral drugs in the early days of a pandemic null and void.The bottom line for businessYou should develop your organization’s preparedness plans on the basis of your professional experience and a range of possible pandemic outcomes. Don’t use fancy statistical models that appear to give you a clairvoyant glimpse into the future; they could one day mean you are so wrong as to lose your credibility.That doesn’t mean you can’t plan. A simple approach like estimating the potential number of human cases if the next pandemic is similar to a 1968-like one versus the one in 1918 is logical. Similarly, preparing for widespread supply-chain disruption is prudent.But every time you read about another statistical model that tells you how the next pandemic will unfold, be prevented, or otherwise affect society, be very cautious. If nothing else, remember the words of Sir Josiah Stamp, a former head of the Bank of England. He reminded us all of the power—or lack thereof—of statistical analyses:”The government [is] extremely fond of amassing great quantities of statistics. These are raised to the Nth degree, the cube roots are extracted, and the results are arranged into elaborate and impressive displays. What must be kept ever in mind, however, is that in every case, the figures are first put down by a village watchman, and he puts down anything he damn well pleases.”—Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP), Editor-in-Chief of the CIDRAP Business Source, Professor in the School of Public Health, and Adjunct Professor in the Medical School, University of Minnesota.last_img read more

Park Plaza Arena – the first hotel in Istria with a gluten free certificate

first_imgHotel Park Plaza Arena Pula is a proud holder of “BOSK gluten free standard”As the first hotel in Istria, and at the same time a hotel with the only one a’la carte restaurant on the Adriatic with complete gluten free offer.Taking into account the combination of today’s state-of-the-art trends in hospitality and gastronomy, and increasingly important healthy living and healthy eating, and guided by research confirming that gluten is one of the most common food allergens, Arena Hospitality Group Plaza Arena also completely standardized the complete preparation and serving process gluten free food.The BOSK gluten free standard is intended for hoteliers and caterers and provides practical knowledge on the preparation and serving of gluten-free meals, and is developed on the basis of scientifically proven and globally accepted food safety protocols and based on HACCP system principles hygiene practice (DHP). “The BOSK gluten free standard was developed with the aim of reducing the risk of contamination of prepared meals and desserts with gluten and prescribes protocols of production processes of procurement, storage, preparation and serving of food and corrective measures to be taken in case of suspected gluten contamination.”, Said the company BOSK.It is estimated that there are more than 70 million gluten-sensitive and intolerant people in Europe today, 190 million people who avoid wheat and gluten, and 11 million people suffering from celiac disease, an autoimmune disease as the ultimate expression of gluten intolerance. These, but also many other facts related to gluten have led to the development BOSK gluten free standards that will enable people on a gluten-free diet to visit restaurants and hotels that ensure the implementation of strict standards gluten free offer, because cooking with gluten-free products is not enough to make a restaurant gluten-free.In 2015, the hotel underwent a complete transformation into an elegantly decorated and completely renovated, modern and functional hotel with a perfect blend of luxury, comfort and style. After the renovation and acquisition of the Park Plaza brand, it continued its innovative path next year with the additional renovation of the adjacent building with 6 luxury hotel suites – Garden Suites. Also, in 2016, the hotel was recognized and celebrated as a hotel with the introduction of a unique service “digital key”Which can be used to open electronic locks in hotel rooms and suites with smartphones through a specially developed mobile application. Such an offer provided him with a competitive advantage, making him the first in Croatia and one of the few in Europe with such a free guest service.Since May this year, hotel guests have at their disposal a charging station for electric cars, and now, continuing this series of recognized innovators in the hotel industry, the Park Plaza Arena hotel is also receiving this praiseworthy gluten free a certificate that will surely provide him with a bright future in relentless competition in the fight for guests given the additional diversity of the existing offer aimed at a healthy life through an attractive, tasty, varied and healthy diet of guests.As proof that all of the above has been recognized and by the hotel guests speaks just received the prestigious recognition of TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence which the hotel received after the recognition already received Travelers’ Choice 2017 from the same tourist portal, and exclusively based on the reviews of guests who have stayed at the hotel.last_img read more

Public calls for the award of CNTB grants will be published in early 2018

first_imgThe 27th session of the CNTB Tourist Board was held today in Zagreb, at which the De minimis Aid Program for the Development of the Tourism Sector for 2018 was adopted, which regulates the conditions, criteria and manner of granting small value aid on the basis of which Croatia will the tourist board to issue public calls for projects of tourism initiatives and products in underdeveloped areas of tourism, to support events and to support programs of destination management companies.The proposal of the Public Invitation for granting aid to tourist boards in underdeveloped tourist areas and the ordinance regulating the general conditions and rules for approving aid to tourist boards in underdeveloped tourist areas of Croatia were also adopted. Director Staničić emphasized the importance of timely announcing public calls for grants. “With the aim of further improving the process of awarding grants, we decided to announce all our public calls in early 2018. We want to give the beneficiaries of our grants enough time to apply, but also to plan and implement activities. I believe that these activities will now be greatly facilitated because the results of the competition will be known earlier than in recent years when they were announced in July.”, Said director Staničić, adding that today the members of the Tourist Council also appointed the commissions of the Croatian Tourist Board for the implementation of public calls for grants in 2018.New CNTB offices in Shanghai and Seoul In addition to the topics related to grants, the members of the Tourist Council also discussed the expansion of the network of the Croatian National Tourist Board in the world and adopted the annual plan for monitoring the work of tourist boards in 2018. The decision on the establishment of two new representative offices and two new branches of the Croatian National Tourist Board abroad was adopted. These are the office of the representative office on the market of the Republic of Korea based in Seoul, which will be formed in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Seoul and the office of the representative office on the market of the People’s Republic of China based in Shanghai. . The new branch offices are planned for the Italian market based in Rome and for the US market based in Los Angeles.The importance of a greater presence in these markets was commented by Minister Cappelli, who stressed that the decision to expand the network of offices abroad was made after detailed analysis. “During this year, Croatia achieved significant growth in tourist traffic in many distant markets such as China, India, Australia or the USA. This is the best indicator that we need to consider how to present ourselves even better in these, but also in other markets that have great potential. Next year we will open a representative office in Shanghai, and given the growing openness and interest of Chinese tourists in Croatia and additional promotion, I believe that China will become one of the most important emitting markets for Croatia.”, Said Minister Cappelli.last_img read more