Press release: Progress towards Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy unveiled

first_imgOnce launched, the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy will provide a long-term plan for alignment of local and national decision making to increase productivity and deliver an economy that works for all.This will include setting out how the health innovation sector and Greater Manchester’s unique devolution deal will drive the UK’s response to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge, and Greater Manchester’s efforts to meet the Clean Growth Grand Challenge following the Mayor’s Green Summit earlier this year.The progress statement follows the government having confirmed that £3 million will be invested to help strengthen digital skills in Greater Manchester and the surrounding areas. The funding announced in the Budget will see the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) team up with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) for the pilot project.Employers and training providers will identify which digital skills are in short supply in the local area and design a targeted approach that can help people prepare to move into digital roles.Greater Manchester is the largest digital cluster outside of London in the UK with almost 8,000 digital businesses employing more than 80,0000 people. Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for the Economy, Richard Leese, said: To allow Greater Manchester to thrive and drive productivity and prosperity we need to make sure there are good jobs, a skilled workforce and businesses are supported, and this is what the plan is about. We want to use the strategy to build on Greater Manchester’s unique legacy of industrial ambition and creativity to create a thriving, digitally-enabled green city. We want to work with businesses on the strategy to create an innovative plan that improves the lives of everyone who lives and works here. It’s great to see such progress being made in the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy. With government working closely together with businesses, local leaders and partners, we’re in a great position to boost economic growth and productivity across Greater Manchester and the whole of the Northern Powerhouse. To unlock the potential of areas up and down the country it is essential that key decisions and resources are taken from Westminster and given to our great cities, towns and their supporting regions. The Local Industrial Strategy we are developing will embody the unique spirit of Greater Manchester with a long-term plan to build on its exceptional strengths in areas including technology and research and ensure it is at the forefront of growing industries like clean growth and AI.center_img Business Secretary Greg Clark and Greater Manchester’s Deputy Mayor for the Economy Richard Leese have today (30 October) set out progress towards a Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy, one of the UK’s first Local Industrial Strategies.Developed in collaboration with regional partners, the Local Industrial Strategy for Greater Manchester will harness the regions distinctive strengths and build on them in areas like health research and advanced materials to unlock growth and boost people’s earning power across the region’s cities and places.Once launched, the Local Industrial Strategy will capitalise on Greater Manchester’s long and established history of entrepreneurship and enterprise, its devolved health and social care budget of £6 billion per annum and its position as home to one of the largest graduate pools in Europe.The progress statement published today showcases the work that has been done so far by local leaders in the Northern Powerhouse who are working with the government and businesses to identify economic opportunities that the region can seize in the years to come.Business Secretary Greg Clark said: The Local Industrial Strategy is a unique opportunity to spread the benefits of prosperity across the city-region and we want to use this to deliver inclusive growth and quality employment. Government committed to Local Industrial Strategies as part of its Industrial Strategy White Paper, building on the strong foundations of our city, growth and devolution deals to work in partnership with local leaders to drive productivity. All parts of England are now working to develop them by early 2020.Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: We have a proven track record in Greater Manchester of collaboration and innovation and using the opportunities of devolution to drive change and the Local Industrial Strategy is another way for us to do this. We want to make sure we put together the right plan for Greater Manchester and will be working with businesses, voluntary sectors and residents on it.last_img read more

Significant potential to expand existing German wind power generation via repowering–study

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Energy Wire:Wind power production in Germany could be doubled by 2030 thanks to technological progress and greater capacity of each turbine at existing locations, wind energy lobby group BWE and regional renewable energy association LEE NRW have said.A study by Deutsche WindGuard commissioned by the two industry groups found that technological progress allows wind turbines to achieve more and more full load hours and greater capacity, meaning more power can be produced more consistently than previously thought.The output by turbines built on areas designated for wind power production so far could be increased by 100 percent by 2030 to reach 200 terawatt hours (TWh) over the next decade and even reach 500 TWh if new areas are opened for turbine construction, the study found. Germany’s current power demand is 530 TWh per year but is set too increase in the future, the industry groups said.LEE NRW head Christian Mildenberger said modern wind turbines already produce ten times more electricity than those built in the year 2000. “The technology has made great strides in the past 20 years,” Mildenberger said.BWE’s Wolfram Axthelm said the study called for a review of so-called repowering measures, where older turbines are replaced by newer models at existing locations. “Today, less than one percent of Germany’s surface is designated for onshore wind power. This already would allow us to cover nearly 40 percent of power demand by 2030. If the share grew to two percent, we could cover almost 100 percent,” Axthelm argued.A large part of Germany’s existing wind power fleet will be replaced over the next years, as the first installations built under the country’s Renewable Energy Act after 2000 will fall out of the 20-year guaranteed remuneration scheme. According to LEE NRW, technology improvements mean that Germany could reach up to 700 TWh wind power output per year by 2040 with the same number of turbines it boasts today, meaning that a combination of renewable power technologies could cover the country’s entire power demand even if e-mobility, heat pumps and green hydrogen production mean that electricity use is going to increase.[Benjamin Wehrmann]More: Germany’s onshore wind power potential greater than previously thought – study Significant potential to expand existing German wind power generation via repowering–studylast_img read more

Software Developed In Chile To Find Stolen Computers

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2009 Could you tell me where I can find this program and if it is sold, where I can buy it. Thanks, awaiting your response. A Chilean journalist has developed “Prey,” a program that allows people to track down stolen computers by sending information via the Internet about their location. Tomás Pollak began to think of ways to recover laptops when, three years ago, he was robbed. “I just refused to give up my lost machine and persisted in catching those responsible,” he says on his website, www.bootlog.org. According to Pollak, “Prey” is a simple application that collects a lot of information from the computer and sends it to a previously designated mailbox to enable the gathering of information in case the computer is stolen. When the thief connects to the internet, the program, called “Prey,” mails a report indicating the place of connection, network, programs running and files modified, and a “screenshot” of the desktop. Additionally, if the computer has a webcam, it will send a picture of the impostor, and if the victim uses Linux, it can generate a dialog box to talk with the offender, to ask the criminal what they are doing, why the computer was stolen, or even threaten them. Pollak offered the application under the license SRTCRMCUC, which means: “If You Recover Your Stolen Computer, Buy Me A Beer.” Until now, none of its users’ computers have been stolen, so the beer will have to wait. Meanwhile, Pollak warns that installing the program does not guarantee any recovery because the thief can swap the hard drive, disabling the counterespionage of “Prey,” whose symbol is a condor with wings outspread.last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Prepares for the 2014 World Cup

first_imgBy Dialogo September 19, 2012 On September 17, in the Northern region of Brazil, the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force started Operation Amazon. Under the supervision of the Ministry of Defense, the three Forces train together for the aerial defense. These maneuvers aim to develop the logistic process and military communications, as well as strengthen operational doctrine, which are vital for the Armed Forces. During the operation, the Brazilian Air Force is testing a new command and control format. The aerial command is located in Manaus, while the center responsible for the execution of the missions is in Rio de Janeiro, over 2,485 miles away. “Our goal is to use the new process during large events, such as the Confederation Cup and the World Cup”, states the Air Force Commander for the Operation Amazon, Lieutenant General Antonio Carlos Egito do Amaral. According to the Lt. Gen., the system will allow each host city to have a decentralized aerial center of operations during the games. In the operation, for instance, there will be a strategic simulated attack involving A-1 and F-5M fighters, control aircrafts, alarm and in-flight refueling. “In the new system, the guidelines for action come from the command, in Manaus. The planning is executed in Rio de Janeiro and the airplanes take off to the mission from various parts of the country, like Anapolis, Porto Velho, and Manaus, toward a simulated target”, explains the commander. The general officer is in the capital city of the State of Amazonas with the military members who are taking part in the joint training. The aerial command center is located in CINDACTA IV (Forth Integrated Aerial Defense and Aerial Traffic Control Center). The area of scope for Operation Amazon includes the states of Acre, Rondonia, Para, and Amazonas. The Brazilian Air Force is mobilizing, both direct and indirectly, almost 6 thousand military members from 16 squadrons and other 12 units from different parts of the country. In total, 36 aircrafts are participating in Operation Amazon, including helicopters, reconnaissance, fighters, transportation and refueling airplanes. Since 2002, this is the 10th exercise of such caliber in the Amazon, with the goal of improving collaboration of all military forces to act in a coordinated and efficient manner to defend this region.last_img read more

Honduras Seizes 489 Kg of Cocaine in Light Aircraft Coming from Venezuela

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo October 13, 2020 Honduran authorities dealt another blow to narcotrafficking on August 23 by detaining an aircraft carrying 489 kilograms of cocaine.“The twin-engine aircraft coming from Venezuela, and with an alleged Mexican registration, was intercepted after crashing in a clandestine landing area in the southwestern part of Aguas municipality, Gracias a Dios department,” the Honduran Office of the Attorney General stated on its website.Authorities praised cooperation among the countries of the region to achieve such seizures and confront transnational criminal organizations that operate in Latin America.“As is known, the Technical Criminal Investigation Agency maintains close channels of information exchange and collaboration with the authorities of the countries in the region and in South America, which has been key to making this seizure possible,” the Office of the Attorney General added.The Office of the Attorney General’s Division against Organized Crime coordinated the operation, with the support of the Honduran Armed Forces.Route from VenezuelaThis is not the first time the Honduran Armed Forces have intercepted large drug shipments this year. For instance, authorities intercepted another light aircraft carrying 806 kg of cocaine in late July. The Colombian Navy provided support during that interception.“Thanks to the information exchange between Intelligence authorities and the Colombian Navy, the Technical Criminal Investigation Agency, and the Division against Organized Crime, we were able to intercept a light aircraft coming from South America in the early morning,” the Office of the Attorney General stated on July 20.Honduras is working in coordination with partner nations, such as the United States, to become a benchmark in Central America in the fight against organized criminal groups that operate in the region.“In the last three years, it has been publicly acknowledged that currently only 3 to 4 percent of drugs pass through Honduras, which is one of the Armed Forces’ greatest challenges,” Honduran Minister of Defense General (ret.) Fredy Santiago Díaz Zelaya, said in an August 24 statement.“We are focused on reducing any kind of common organized crime in our territory and also on collaborating with our Central American partners, Mexico, the United States, and any other country that needs our support,” Army General Tito Livio Moreno Coello, head of the Honduran Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, added in the same press release.last_img read more

Russomanno urges lawyers to take the lead Defending judicial independence

first_img January 15, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Russomanno urges lawyers to take the lead Defending judicial independence Russomanno urges lawyers to take the lead Defending judicial independence Associate EditorFlorida Bar President Herman Russomanno has sounded the alarm for lawyers to vigorously defend the independence of the judiciary, especially at a time when two political action groups have launched campaigns to oust Florida Supreme Court justices they viewed as “liberal” during the contested presidential election. “The overwhelming national trauma flowing from the 2000 presidential election has massively accelerated attacks on our judiciary,” Russomanno said. “We are now entering some of the most crucial months in our judicial history. We must protect our constitutional heritage. The rhetoric must stop. Trashing constitutional principles must stop. This is a time for healing and not attacking judicial independence.” Florida’s election code is fraught with contradictions and ambiguities, Russomanno said, adding that it appears that our state had outdated and defective voting systems and tabulating equipment at the polls before the election. “That’s where we need to spend our energies in clearing that up, not attacking the court,” Russomanno said. “The governor has appointed a committee and has pledged to work with Democrats and Republicans to heal a state divided along lines of race, party and ideology. How ironic that two days later, two groups are starting campaigns to oust Florida Supreme Court justices.” Gov. Jeb Bush has gone on record defending the independence of the judiciary, too. “The governor supports the independence of the judiciary. He always has, and he always will,” said Katie Baur, a spokeswoman for the governor. Russomanno praised the high court for maintaining order during a tumultuous time in our nation’s history. Despite high emotions and a razor-thin margin, a president was peacefully chosen. “We were counting ballots, not bullets, and the only trucks I saw in Tallahassee had satellites, not tanks,” Russomanno said. He said he was proud that the world was able to watch democracy in progress. Cameras in the courtroom for oral arguments, as well as unprecedented Internet access to the Supreme Court’s webpage, showcased well-prepared justices laboring to follow the rule of law, and outstanding attorneys working to represent their respective clients. While any citizen has the right to criticize the court or individual justices, and to organize a campaign to defeat a justice, that doesn’t mean those campaigns or criticisms are justified, Russomanno said. He added that lawyers in particular have a duty to educate the public about the necessity and value of an independent judiciary. “The fact is, just about every right and freedom we hold dear today was at some time upheld by a court in a decision that was criticized at the time,” Russomanno said. “That is a role of our courts to make decisions based on the law and not popularity.” Targeting a Trio of Justices Nonetheless, the week before Christmas, the Committee to Take Back Our Judiciary, based in Miami Beach, unveiled its “Emergency Florida State Supreme Court Project,” on a mission to “strike a blow for conservative principles.” In letters that looked like telegrams sent to 350,000 Republican voters, Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty asked for contributions between $15 and $1,000 to “beat these liberals and have them removed from the court.” The group is targeting Chief Justice Charles Wells and Justices Harry Lee Anstead and Leander Shaw. While Shaw is scheduled to leave the bench in 2003 because of mandatory retirement based on age, Anstead and Wells are next up for merit retention in 2002. The trio of justices, along with their four colleagues, unanimously gave Al Gore his biggest boost during the 36-day quest to name a president, by allowing counties to extend the manual recounts of presidential ballots through the Thanksgiving weekend and requiring the secretary of state to accept the updated totals. In her letter, McCarty called that ruling “an outrageous, arrogant power-grab by a left-wing court which is stuck in the liberal ’60s” and “an effort to hijack the presidency for Al Gore.” Never mind that Chief Justice Wells and Justice Shaw were two of three justices who later disagreed with the majority when it ordered a statewide hand count of contested ballots, and Wells wrote a strongly worded dissent. Still, it’s political payback time from a pair of passionately partisan groups. A second group called Balance to the Bench has plans to raise about $1 million within three months, singling out Justice Anstead. Balance to the Bench is being formed by three partisan activists: Susan A. Johnson of Orlando, the wife of former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Davey Johnson; Sam Rashid of Plant City; and Bill O’Dea, a retired Tampa insurance executive. They are the latest examples in what Russomanno calls an alarming national trend to attack the judiciary for making unpopular decisions, threatening to politicize a branch of government that was designed to rise above partisan politics and make decisions based on the rule of law. Steve Uhlfelder, a former member of the Board of Governors and a lawyer with Holland & Knight in Tallahassee, has formed a committee to help defend the justices against the recall campaign. “I had helped in the ’80s when there was a similar effort against Justices Shaw and (Raymond) Ehrlich, when an anti-tax group was upset about the tax limitation provision being knocked off the ballot,” Uhlfelder said. “And I was involved with the Rosemary Barkett recall effort, too.” Uhlfelder, a Democrat who campaigned for George W. Bush, said, “It’s not like I agree with their opinion, but I don’t believe justices should be attacked for one or two opinions. These justices, Wells and Anstead, have been excellent judges. They are the type of people we want on the bench. We should make sure we have lawyers and citizens interested in the independence of the judiciary to stand up for them and others like them.” For the first time since the Reconstruction era in the 19th century, Republicans took control of the governor’s office and both houses of the Florida Legislature in 1998. Many have noted a strained relationship throughout the three branches of government, after the Florida Supreme Court struck down a law requiring parental notification for girls seeking abortions, and a voter-approved initiative on the death penalty as well as the Death Penalty Reform Act of 2000. In recent years, there have been unsuccessful pushes to add justices to the court and give the governor more appointees to judicial nominating commissions. Last year, legislative leaders turned down the judiciary’s request for new judgeships for overburdened courts, though they did give judges a big pay raise. “The relationship has been very strained, because of the gall, the absolute gall, of those judges,” Senate President Pro Tem Ginny Brown-Waite is quoted in the New York Times. “Talk about thwarting the will of the voters. Regularly, I hear from constituents, `How can the court have ruled that way?’ I think the court is stuck in the liberal ’60s, and hasn’t caught up to the fact that the majority of Floridians are conservative.” On the other side, Rep. Lois Frankel, of West Palm Beach, the minority leader in the Florida House, sent a letter to the editor criticizing the justice recall effort as a violation of the principle of separation of powers. “An independent judiciary is essential to an orderly and free society,” Frankel wrote to The Palm Beach Post. “While certain decisions of courts may be the subject of debate, criticism or praise, I respectfully suggest that members of the executive or legislative branches of government should not declare open warfare on the judicial branch.” It didn’t help that day in, day out on national TV and in newspapers, commentators and reporters highlighted the political affiliation of the justices or trial judges handling hearings and trials in the contested presidential election. The media continually noted that all of Florida’s Supreme Court justices were appointed by Democratic governors, with the exception of Peggy Quince being dually appointed by Gov. Lawton Chiles and Gov. Jeb Bush. Watching the media put political labels on judges so angered First District Court of Appeal Judge Phil Padovano that, in the midst of the presidential controversy playing out on the street corners of downtown Tallahassee, he went over to the Leon County supervisor of elections office and changed his party affiliation to “no party.” “There’s such a deeply partisan divide in our country today,” Padovano told the Tampa Tribune, “that I think it’s a good thing for a judge to not be affiliated with any party.” At the Board of Governors’ December meeting, Russomanno said he was dismayed by some lawyers who were also media commentators who expressed highly partisan and critical views that were clearly unsupported by the rulings they were referring to. While lawyers do have freedom of speech, he said, “You have the obligation as a lawyer to follow the rules of professional conduct.” Russomanno noted that Florida Supreme Court justices who came in for some of the criticism have highly distinguished careers. Justice Shaw is the court’s senior justice, having served since 1983. He has been a law professor, a public defender and a prosecutor among the accomplishments in his career. Justice Anstead is considered to be “the founding father of professionalism” among Florida lawyers and served for several years on the Fourth District Court of Appeal before joining the Supreme Court. Justice Wells was recognized as one of the state’s top trial lawyers and served on the Bar’s Board of Governors before he was appointed to the bench. While the Florida Supreme Court has come in for partisan-based criticism, Russomanno noted in the legal community it is considered one of the best state supreme courts in the country and enjoys an excellent reputation. “The Supreme Court is a distinguished institution consisting of a group of dedicated and highly intelligent justices who perform indispensable roles in the preservation and continuing enhancement of Florida’s legal structure and the rights and liberties of the people,” he said. “If you look at the cardinal virtues of what citizens want of their judges — quality of judicial opinions, knowledge of the law, integrity, judicial temperament, impartiality, freedom from bias and prejudice, demeanor and courtesy — these justices are the perfect embodiment of those qualities.. . . ” Russomanno said he’s concerned with the motives of some critics. “Those who are impatient with the rule of law or reject it outright attempt to secure their interest by undermining judicial independence,” he said. “This Bar has to remain steadfast that confidence in our judicial system is the backbone of the law. Judicial independence enriches democracy. And the Bar, without being involved on the Democratic or Republican side, must stand ready to defend the independence of the judiciary, whether it’s the trial court judge, the Florida Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court.” Russomanno is calling upon the ABA, state bar associations and national leadership groups to protect the country’s constitutional heritage. “The ABA and state bar associations must fully implement their programs designed to secure judicial independence,” Russomanno said. “Local bar associations must vigorously organize education programs to counter the attacks on courts, lawyers and access to justice.” He noted The Florida Bar, as a mandatory membership organization, faces limits on what it can do, and that increases the importance of voluntary bar and individual lawyers’ actions. Russomanno also calls upon the political leaders of our state to denounce these partisan groups. “We should unite and work together,” he said. “Bipartisanship is desperately needed to unite Florida and this country. The virulent partisan attacks must end.”last_img

Bureau says UDAAP clarity is coming

first_imgBureau of Consumer Financial Protection (previously the CFPB) Acting Director Mick Mulvaney said the bureau is working on a rulemaking to better clarify its definition of unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP). NAFCU has long advocated for the bureau to issue specific guidance on prohibited practices so financial institutions have more clarity.“Regulation by enforcement is the equivalent of playing Guess Who for financial institutions,” said NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt. “To effectively and properly serve consumers, credit unions need clarity and consistency in the laws and regulations they are required to follow. Otherwise, credit unions as well as all financial institutions, will be left spinning their wheels trying to keep up with evasive and ever-fleeting regulatory checkpoints. The bureau’s decision to clearly define what practices qualify as ‘abusive’ under its UDAAP authority is long overdue and will go a long way towards ensuring smart and effective regulation. We thank Acting Director Mulvaney for his efforts.”Mulvaney delivered the news Monday during the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual conference.The Dodd-Frank Act provides broad definitions of prohibited behaviors under UDAAP and gives the bureau primary rulemaking authority over the standard. In the past, financial institutions generally had to rely on individual enforcement actions to define what “abusive” meant. However, during his comments, Mulvaney said “regulation by enforcement is done.” He added that the bureau will continue with its investigations and bring lawsuits based on alleged rule violations. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Getting strategic meetings back on track

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: www.risingaboveenterprises.com Details We’ve all been there: The strategic planning session that opened with the intent of staying at the highest levels of conversation and found itself in the weeds the moment the discussion swung to marketing, branch locations, Millennials, and the list goes on. While it is important to include these and other issues in strategic meetings, maintaining the focus on “what” needs to be accomplished versus “how” it will be achieved is significant.  A board is tasked with balancing risk and return; ensuring members’ needs are met; and, providing strategic guidance to the CEO. Often, the level of detail in board conversations correlates with the life cycle of a credit union or a line of business. For a credit union just getting started (a few charters are approved each year), its board would be fairly involved in operational discussions as the credit union acquires members, generates revenue, and builds capital. Since most credit unions are mature and established in the industry, a board’s dialog might focus around new lines of business, different markets to serve, or increased concentration in a grouping of loans.If a conversation with your Board feels like it’s getting too operational, redirect the discussion back to strategy. Staying mired in the details can create an unneeded setting that lessens the value provided from the Board and CEO. Below are some phrases to help steer the conversation back on course.“Let’s establish and focus on our general objective.” How to market to potential members near a new branch can get very meticulous very quickly if left unchecked. Where a yearly marketing plan was once the norm; marketing is now very flexible and fluctuating with the use of analytics, business intelligence, and digital outreach. In this case, the general objective is to increase membership tied to a new branch. This pivot back to the overall objective keeps a board focused on the real reason for a new branch (adding and serving members), rather than the hands-on methods of accomplishing the goal.“Are we taking too much risk? Are we being too conservative?” Entering a new line of business (commercial lending), a vastly different market (metropolitan area hundreds of miles from your established footprint) or increasing concentration in a product that caused losses in the past (high loan-to-value residential lending) can cause much concern for a board. While a board might agree that the new direction is necessary, uncertainty is common. A board may need to examine several scenarios to understand different outcomes. A board may ask for more attentiveness during execution, or it may perceive well-managed risk allows for greater than planned growth and business development. Regardless, it’s imperative to clarify your Board’s comfort with new risks.“What gauges of progress are most beneficial?” In most cases, boards just need to see signs of progress, especially with new ventures or adjustments in current business plans. In the examples above, a board may want to receive updates on new members from new branches; net yield from commercial lending; market awareness and market share in a new city; and, past real estate delinquency comparisons – all as new or expanded endeavors become more mature as part of your ordinary operations. Providing this kind of information to a board allows it to provisionally be a bit more involved, recognizing that successful results will allow it to focus on new areas of growth and risk to the credit union.Keeping a strategic meeting’s focus on what must be done, not how it is done, is key to achieving the highest outcomes from all participants. Consider using some of these tools the next time it seems that the conversation feels like an operations update, rather than a discussion about the next phase of growth for your credit union. You will accomplish more at your meeting and ensure that the roles of all parties are best utilized for the benefit of your credit union’s members. last_img read more

Chef Ružica Jukičić: We have to rely on indigenous and locally grown foods

first_imgAnd it was on this track that I was delighted by chef Ružica Jukičić, who is the author behind SOL Mediterranean Dining within the Blueseun Hotel Soline in Brela, and who said the whole gastro philosophy in a simple way and in two sentences. “Forgotten dishes should be brought out of oblivion. Sometimes it is enough to prepare them in an original way, and sometimes they need to be adapted to modern guests”Emphasizes Jukičić. That’s it, and the differences are in the detail, personality and creativity of each chef, but the base has to be authentic dishes and stories. But let’s go in order, SOL Mediterranean Dining is not an ordinary restaurant by the sea, but a new destination among gastronomic enthusiasts and tourists who, thanks to the expertise and imagination of chef Ružica Jukičić, come to Brela. One of the few, if not the only fine dining restaurant on the Makarska Riviera, even much wider.  “I personally really like soparnik and I would eat it every day. As there was a break during the coronavirus this year and I had time to play in the kitchen, I wanted to make a dedication to the soparnik. So I came up with the idea to make him a fine dinning look, while leaving him a taste. It’s my favorite dish this year. Soparnik is a simple and folk dish, we gave it a slightly different fine dinning presentation, but when guests try it, the taste remains soparnik. ” It is important to emphasize that I am not a gastronomic critic or expert, so I certainly can not comment on the menu, ie dishes, but what I can comment on is certainly the broader context of the influence of Sol Mediterranean Dining in Brela on Makarska Riviera, as well as the importance the same for our tourism.  Today, quality, fresh and authentic food is a luxury in catering, and all the world’s chefs say so. And that is the direction in which gastronomy must move. We actually seem to be ashamed of our history, identity and thus our recipes, and we fit into the impersonal, gray, boring story of the sun and the sea. We constantly say that we need quality content and offers, in order to extend the tourist season. We have everything, but we do not know how to connect it and turn it into one complete tourist product. Let’s be what we are – it must be our main tourist brand. This is one of the directions in which we must drive towards the goal. And one of the ways is through gastronomy. And this crisis was and still is – an opportunity to reposition and rebrand our tourism. But we still sell the sun and the sea in a boring way, instead of being the “blue cow” of European tourism.  Longer season, quality vs quantity, value for money, content and offer – this should be one of the missions of our tourism. Although these terms are often highlighted in the media narrative and listed in various strategies, unfortunately everything is based on the story, not the product, because these processes and challenges need to be addressed strategically, systematically and sustainably. Individuals can jump in and pull out, but to round out the whole story, we need a rounded system, not inertia development. One swallow doesn’t make spring, does it? And that’s where we unfortunately fall, when we talk in the broader story of our tourism and identity. As I said, I am not a gastro critic, but we must especially emphasize the interesting presentation and preparation of our traditional and indigenous soparnik, but in a modern way by chef Ružica Jukičić. Interestingly, the day after, on the way to the island of Pag, I stopped in Omis where I had the opportunity to try a real steamer according to the original recipe. And what is fascinating, the taste was the same as the night before, ie soparnik in the interpretation of chef Ružica Jukičić did not lose its essence of taste of a real soparnik. Proof that even soparnik can be interpreted in a modern way, respecting the food itself and the taste, which is crucial.  Let’s keep our recipes, our grandmothers, show our authentic and unique dishes, and tell the story, both through eating, arranging the space and through the presentation or the whole experience. When asked how he manages to provide all groceries from the domestic field, it is considered from both local and Croatian areas, Jukičić points out that good organization and preparation are key, as well as quality partners, and in Bluesun they are lucky because they have meat from their own production which meets all their needs, while the vegetables are organic and come from the field on plates. “I really try not to overdo the menu, so we have every food available at all times. With this, we have facilitated every purchase and preparation, but also the quality of every performance. When compiling the menu, I always combine the ingredients of the part of Croatia where I am. When I was in Zagorje, I used barley, pumpkins, buncek a lot… In Dalmatia, these are local foods: fish, vegetables, Mediterranean spices and meat from this area. By the way, I like to combine continental and sea flavors, i.e. I combine blue and green. Forgotten dishes should be brought out of oblivion. Sometimes it is enough to prepare them in an original way, and sometimes they need to be adapted to modern guests. ” Jukicic emphasizes. “Local tradition in top local restaurants must be recognized and respected”Says the main chef of the a la carte restaurant SOL Mediterranean Dining, Ružica Jukičić. We need to accelerate development and be much more proactive and reverse the direction of our tourism. Individual lighthouses are not enough for that, but several of them, rounded off into one tourist product. Also, we must be aware of the context of the destination, ie how the destination is not one object, hotel, accommodation, restaurant – an individual, but all of us or the overall experience of the whole destination.center_img Personally, I was delighted by chef Ružica Jukičić with her simplicity, accessibility, passion and aspiration to tell authentic dishes, but of course in her modern way. This is seen in her eyes when she talks about her dishes and how she put them all together. When we talk about the development of quality gastronomy, we have to talk about quality staff, which is chronically lacking. Brela is known for cherries, so cherries are an integral part of the menu, which is more than commendable, because cherries have this local story. In fact, the menu of the Sol restaurant is a true cross-section of the entire history of Brela – from Roman times, through Napoleon’s conquests, to today’s rediscovery of once infamous local foods. I emphasize once again the importance of telling a local and authentic story. Or as Seth Godin would say, marketing guru and author of the world bestseller Blue Cow. “The thing is simple: you have to be special, different, special. You have to have what others don’t have. You have to know how to inspire, and you will only be able to do that if you inspire yourself. Something that especially deserves to be talked about, to be noticed. That is something extraordinary. New. Interesting. It’s a blue cow. Boring is invisible. The brown cow is boring ” points out Seth Godin. We have everything again, but we don’t know how to arrange it nicely and pack it into a tourist product. Although when we talk about catering or quality gastronomy, we can not but look at the wider story, through the tax burden, administration, labor, education system, seasonality of our tourism, etc. kao but as in everything the base is the market. If there is demand, there is sustainability. And the market, as well as the extension of the tourist season cannot happen by itself, it needs to be worked on strategically and systematically. Through our incredible diversity and authenticity, Croatia is in itself a different, unique or blue cow. But like I said, we are ashamed of ourselves and don’t tell our stories. And that is the very essence of tourism as well as the motive for coming – authenticity. No one wants to experience a copy of Tuscany, but the original. On the other hand, just remember your last trip abroad, what they ate and what they offered you. Did you try any local specialty or drink, and how much was imposed. Ultimately, that now ten of us travel to France and offer us one French local wine and one Croatian wine. Which ones would you try and taste? This crisis is and can be an opportunity to reposition and rebrand our tourism. Let’s be like chef Ružica Jukičić. “Guests certainly recognize that, we have guests who do not come once but come a couple of nights in a row and try more dishes. Tourists want to try all these flavors. Croatia has quality food and quality chefs. We have to appreciate what we have and use them and then our result is there. And most importantly, the returning guest. ” And most importantly, tourists expect, seek and recognize it. It’s a story we need to communicate, develop and brand. The gastro scene has risen significantly to a high level in the last few years, it is developing rapidly, we have more and more excellent chefs, great restaurants, and the arrival of Michelin stars in Croatia is proof of that. Of course, there is still a long way to go with a lot of challenges that we can talk about the strategic development of the gastro scene, more then refers to positive little examples that show the way and inspire, but what is important, awareness of them has changed dramatically for the better.  Of course if we really want to, and to be clear it is impossible in every destination, but there are some basic and basic rules that impose themselves. One of them is a quality and authentic gastro scene. With a great combination with our authentic and top wines and olive oils, groceries – we know that gastro tourism is the motive for coming. The motive for coming exclusively through an authentic and different story, not a copy of someone or something. I emphasize, respecting our authenticity, does not mean that we cannot use modern presentation techniques, on the contrary, it is imperative today. It was on this track that chef Jukičić showed her skills. Namely, she managed to combine the presentation of the Mediterranean in fusion with Far Eastern cuisine, but the most important thing, only in the preparation and presentation of dishes, and the base of taste and story is the indigenous food of our region. On this occasion, I would certainly emphasize the importance for the development of tourism and the gastro scene, the presence of chef Ružica Jukičić in the Makarska Riviera. This is a person from whom one can and must learn a lot, among other things, Jukičić graduated with a degree in food and beverage management and hotel operations management, and she also enrolled in the study of nutrition. Also, behind Jukičić are many gastronomic competitions in which she has achieved great success and is a member of the World Culinary Organization. Having such a professional person in a destination really means a lot. “The fusion with French and Far Eastern cuisine is what makes us different from everything on the Makarska Riviera. I worked on this year’s menu so that our indigenous flavors and aromas remain, I only used Asian preparation techniques. I didn’t want to go to the great extreme of the fusion of the Mediterranean and Asia, and yet to keep it interesting. The story is Mediterranean fusion, but the flavors remain Mediterranean. It’s just a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian techniques, but my opinion is that tourists try our food. My experiences in gastronomy show that those who travel to Croatia want to try ours. In doing so, we rely on indigenous and locally grown foods “, Jukičić explains and adds: “Guests at the SOL restaurant can experience honesty. Honest flavors, our cooking and our presentation. What we catch, what we harvest locally and seasonally we use and present through our indigenous gastronomy. Our taste, smell, colors, and that’s what we do here. ”  Chef Ružica Jukičić: Local tradition in top local restaurants must be recognized and respectedlast_img read more

Shock in Germany as hundreds run riot in Stuttgart

first_imgAt the height of the clashes, some 400 to 500 people joined in the battle against police officers and rescue workers.As officers pushed back against the crowd, they broke up into small groups, carrying on their rampage around the city center, smashing shop windows and looting stores along nearby Koenigstrasse, a major shopping street.  Topics : German authorities expressed shock Sunday over a rampage of an “unprecedented scale” overnight in the city center of Stuttgart, where hundreds of party-goers ran riot, attacking police and plundering stores after smashing shop windows.Two dozen people, half of them German nationals, were arrested provisionally, as police reported 19 colleagues hurt.”They were unbelievable scenes that have left me speechless. In my 46 years of police service, I have never experienced this,” said Stuttgart police chief Frank Lutz. Tensions built up shortly after midnight when officers carried out checks on a 17-year-old German man suspected of using drugs, said Stuttgart deputy police chief Thomas Berger. Crowds who were milling around at the city’s biggest square, the Schlossplatz, immediately rallied around the young man and began flinging stones and bottles at police.The groups of mostly men also used sticks or poles to smash windows of police vehicles parked in the area. “I sharply condemn this brutal outbreak of violence, these acts against people and things are criminal action that must be forcefully prosecuted and condemned,” Baden-Wuerttemberg state premier Winfried Kretschmann said in a statement.  ‘Party scene’Videos posted on Twitter showed people breaking shop windows, leaving goods strewn on the streets. A jewelry store was completely emptied and a mobile phone shop wrecked, according to regional broadcaster SWR.In all, nine shops were looted while 14 others suffered damage such as broken windows.As smaller scale clashes had already broken out downtown last week between police and groups of young people, officers had already bulked up their deployment overnight with an extra 100-strong team. But the scale of the violence overwhelmed the officers, forcing them to call in reinforcements from other parts of the state.Only four and a half hours later were they able to quell the violence that has been described as “civil war-like scenes” by Social Democrat regional MP Sascha Binder.Police on Sunday ruled out any political motives for the rampage, describing the perpetrators as people from the “party scene or events scene”.An unusually large number of people were in the city center to enjoy the summer’s night because discos and clubs are still shut over he coronavirus pandemic, said Stuttgart mayor Fritz Kuhn.Some of the rioters were charged up by alcohol, he said, adding that others may have been driven by “the addiction of putting a little film on social media.”Asked about the nationalities of the 12 non-Germans who were detailed, Berger said they stemmed from a range of countries from Croatia and Portugal to Afghanistan and Somalia.Calling the riots of “an unprecedented nature,” interior minister for the region Thomas Strobl vowed to “use all available means available under the rule of law to go after the rioters.”last_img read more