As I always emphasize, we must be and sell what we are – Croats, because that is the meaning of tourism that strives to get to know something new and different. The project Tastes of Croatian Tradition is exactly what should be normal and one of the main Croatian tourist products, and that is an autochthonous and traditional food in our catering facilities.The labels ‘Tastes’ can be regional-local, for example, from the Varaždin or Zagreb region, the flavors of Srijem and Slavonia, Zagorje, etc., which are also used. Namely, in cooperation and partnership with county tourist boards, during the last year the first thirty standards were awarded in the counties: Vukovar-Srijem (8), Varaždin (13), Požega-Slavonia (8) and the city of Zagreb (1).Thus, this week in Samobor, the project “Tastes of the Zagreb region” was presented and the standard of the same name was awarded to selected catering facilities from the Zagreb County. Branded as part of the national project “Tastes of Croatian Tradition”, these facilities offer at least six dishes throughout the year, of which at least two are main dishes, from the list of gastronomic heritage of Zagreb County created in two seasonal menus (spring / summer and autumn / winter ), and six drinks from local producers, of which at least four wine labels. Also, all restaurants received traditional dishes in which indigenous food is served, ie everything is as it was before.This is a great tourist story with the aim of promoting the autochthonous Croatian gastronomic offer, and we hope that it will not stop at just this. You know the feeling when tourists ask in which restaurant they can taste local and indigenous food, and you can’t tell them where because restaurants simply don’t offer such an offer. It is through this project that the opposite effect is to be achieved and to motivate restaurants for the local gastronomic offer. However, in order for the project to come to life in the long run and become self-sustainable, restaurants must benefit from it, ie they must make a profit. If they do not need such an offer, they will no longer be offered. That is why it is necessary to invest and promote this excellent project in the long run, especially through education and communication with the local population and tourism workers.The standard “Tastes of the Zagreb region” is carried by: Bistro Babriga (Velika Gorica), Excursion site Kos-Jurišić wines (Sveti Ivan Zelina), Hotel Bunčić (Vrbovec), Rural tourism Kezele (Ivanić-Grad), Restaurant Samobor cellar and Inn At the cave (Samobor), Restaurant Golf (Zaprešić), Excursion site Suhina (Sveta Nedelja), Restaurant Ivančić (Jastrebarsko) and Krašograd Ecopark (Pisarovina)So the autochthonous offer is there, and it is up to the tourist staff to put the restaurants with the label “Tastes of the Zagreb region” in their routes and introduce the guests to our gastronomic offer. “Tastes of Croatian tradition” is an excellent project that should be represented in the whole of Lijepa Naša.
Email Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twitter Pinterest Gamble and Walker recruited 80 participants for what was ostensibly a study about human eye movement. The participants were asked to wear an eye-tracking device while they completed various computerized tests.For one group of participants, the eye-tracking device was mounted to a baseball cap. For the other group, the device was mounted to a bicycle helmet.With the baseball cap or bicycle helmet on their head, the participants played a computerized game called the Balloon Analogue Risk Task. The game requires the participants to inflate an animated balloon. The more the balloon is inflated, the more fictional money the participant earns. But if the balloon bursts, all their money is lost.The participants wearing bicycle helmets tended to pump up the balloons more than the participants wearing baseball caps. In other words, the participants wearing bicycle helmets were more likely to risk losing all their money by trying to maximize their score.“These effects arose even though the helmet was introduced as a mount for an eye-tracking apparatus and not as safety equipment, and even though it could do nothing to alter participants’ level of risk on the experimental task,” Gamble and Walker noted. Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that people tended to take bigger risks after putting a bicycle helmet on their head — even though the helmet had nothing to do with the risk involved in their current task.The study, conducted by psychologists Tim Gamble and Ian Walker of the University of Bath, suggests safety equipment could have some unexpected — and ironic — effects on human behavior.“If this laboratory demonstration of globally increased risk taking arising from localized protection were to be replicated in real settings, this could suggest that people using protective equipment against specific hazards might also be unduly inclined to take risks that such protective equipment cannot reasonably be expected to guard against. This is not to suggest that the safety equipment will necessarily have its specific utility nullified, but rather that there could be changes in behavior wider than previously envisaged,” the researchers wrote in their study, which was published in the journal Psychological Science. Share read more
LinkedIn Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Pinterest Share Nearly 85 per cent of the study participants significantly improved or became completely healthy using only cognitive therapy.“This is one of the best studies on social anxiety disorders ever,” says Nordahl. “It’s taken ten years to carry out and has been challenging both academically and in terms of logistics, but the result is really encouraging,” he says.Mistreating with “happy pills”To clear up some terms: social anxiety is not a diagnosis, but a symptom that a lot of people struggle with. For example, talking or being funny on command in front of a large audience can trigger this symptom.On the other hand, social anxiety disorder – or social phobia – is a diagnosis for individuals who find it hard to function socially, and anyone with this diagnosis has high social anxiety.Medications, talk therapy or a combination of these are the most common ways to treat patients with this diagnosis. NTNU researchers set out to examine which of these approaches is most effective.“A lot of doctors and hospitals combine medications – like the famous “happy pill” – with talk therapy when they treat this patient group. It works well in patients with depressive disorders, but it actually has the opposite effect in individuals with social anxiety disorders. Not many health care professionals are aware of this,” says Nordahl.Drugs camouflage the problem“Happy pills,” like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), may have strong physical side effects. When patients have been on medications for some time and want to reduce them, the bodily feelings associated with social phobia, like shivering, flushing and dizziness in social situations tend to return. Patients often end up in a state of acute social anxiety again.“Patients often rely more on the medication and don’t place as much importance on therapy. They think it’s the drugs that will make them healthier, and they become dependent on something external rather than learning to regulate themselves. So the medication camouflages a very important patient discovery: that by learning effective techniques, they have the ability to handle their anxiety themselves,” says Nordahl.World record in treating social phobiaNTNU researchers set up the project to compare the most recognized methods for treating social anxiety disorders. Well over 100 patients participated in the study and were divided into four groups.The first group received only medication, the second group received only therapy, the third group received a combination of the two, and the fourth received a placebo pill. The four groups were compared along the way, and researchers conducted a follow-up assessment with them a year after treatment ended.During treatment and right afterwards, the patients in groups two and three were managing equally well. But after a year, it was clear that the group two participants – those who had only received cognitive therapy – were faring the best.Only with the help of cognitive therapy have researchers managed to increase the recovery rate in patients with social anxiety disorders by 20 to 25 per cent, as compared with the norm for this group.“This is the most effective treatment ever for this patient group. Treatment of mental illness often isn’t as effective as treating a bone fracture, but here we’ve shown that treatment of psychiatric disorders can be equally effective,” says Nordahl.Many patients don’t get adequate treatmentTorkil Berge is a psychologist at Diakonhjemmet Hospital in Oslo and head of the Norwegian Association for Cognitive Therapy. He says that social anxiety disorder is a public health problem with major negative consequences for the individual and for society. Nearly twelve percent of the population will be affected by this illness during their lifetime.“This is a hidden disorder, and many patients find it difficult to communicate their struggle to their healthcare providers. Thousands upon thousands of individuals end up not receiving adequate treatment. Of those who do get treatment, most are probably offered drug therapy,” Berge says.“I can well imagine that the combination of drug therapy and cognitive therapy isn’t the best approach, as NTNU researchers have determined in this study,” he said.Using metacognitive therapyNordahl and the rest of the research team have also worked to improve standard cognitive therapy. They have added new processing elements, which have shown greater effectiveness.“We’re using what’s called metacognitive therapy, meaning that we work with patients’ thoughts and their reactions and beliefs about those thoughts. We address their rumination and worry about how they function in social situations. Learning to regulate their attention processes and training with mental tasks are new therapeutic elements with enormous potential for this group of patients,” says Nordahl.The researchers now hope to develop standardized cognitive therapy further for patients who suffer from social anxiety disorders. “We’ve set a new world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorders,” says Hans M. Nordahl, a professor of behavioural medicine at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).A team of doctors and psychologists from NTNU and the University of Manchester in England led by Nordahl examined the effects of structured talk therapy and medication on patients with social anxiety disorders.Until now, a combination of cognitive therapy and medication was thought to be the most effective treatment for these patients. The researchers’ results, which were published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, show that cognitive therapy on its own has a much better effect over the long term than just drugs or a combination of the two. read more
Share “This project combines these two areas of research by testing whether genetic variants that are associated with cognitive ability predict larger brains (a brain phenotype that has long been associated with higher cognitive ability),” Elliott explained.Scientists previously identified more than 1,200 genetic variants associated with how much schooling an individual completes. They used this information to create a “polygenic score,” which predicts a person’s educational attainment.For their new study, the researchers analyzed genetic and brain imaging data from 7,965 individuals who participated in four large studies. The studies were conducted in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and the United States.Elliott and his colleagues found that participants with higher educational attainment polygenic scores tended to score higher on tests of cognitive performance and also tended to have larger brains.“Genetic variants associated with cognitive ability are, weakly, linked to larger brains,” he remarked.“The biggest caveat is that this study is only the tip of the iceberg. As our understanding of the genetic and brain architecture of intelligence is refined, our understanding of the ways in which genetics lead to individual differences in brain structure and function will continue to develop. Much more work is needed to better understand these relationships.”“Our study was a meta-analysis of four different samples. We found that sample composition mattered. In particular, samples that were more representative of the general population had larger effect sizes,” Elliott told PsyPost.“A challenge facing research on how genetics affect the brain is the lack of population-representative samples with available brain imaging data. Efforts to recruit more representative samples that reflect the full range of cognitive functioning in the population are needed.”The study, “A Polygenic Score for Higher Educational Attainment is Associated with Larger Brains“, was authored by Maxwell L Elliott, Daniel W Belsky, Kevin Anderson, David L Corcoran, Tian Ge Annchen Knodt, Joseph A Prinz, Karen Sugden, Benjamin Williams, David Ireland, Richie Poulton, Avshalom Caspi, Avram Holmes, Terrie Moffitt, and Ahmad R Hariri. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest Email Genetic variants associated with intelligence are also weakly related to brain volume, according to a new study published in Cerebral Cortex.“I was particularly interested in this project because it combines two rapidly growing areas of research into cognitive ability,” said study author Maxwell L. Elliott of Duke University.“First, we are rapidly learning more about how brain structure and function lead to individual differences in cognitive ability. Second, with ever-growing genetics studies called genome-wide association studies (GWAS), we are quickly learning a great deal about how genetics lead to individual differences in cognitive ability.” LinkedIn read more
From last night to September 3, Ilok is hosting the Ilok grape harvest for the 50th time, the oldest event in eastern Croatia, launched back in 1962. It continues this jubilee year, at a time when many Ilok vineyards are full of ripe berries of future top wine drop, when Ilok smells of grapes and wine, and the people of Ilok are getting ready for a great job of harvesting, events begin to proudly mark and celebrate it, say the Ilok Tourist Board and invite everyone who appreciates the work of winemakers and winegrowers and what they produce.Ilok’s tourist workers are proud of the growing data on the number of visits to destinations in Ilok and the vineyards and wine cellars in the rich surroundings of this beautiful town on the Danube bank. In the first seven months of this year, they recorded an increase in tourist arrivals by 28,8 percent, and overnight stays by 23,3 percent. They especially point out the increase in the arrival of foreign guests by 43 percent compared to last year. “In the structure, the ratio is 73 percent domestic, 27 percent foreign tourists, and what we strive for and would like to change is to have a larger share of foreigners because the domestic market is too small, unstable, partly seasonal (spring-autumn), the standard is not ‘tourist friendly’. (luxury for most !, knowing that we are neither the sea nor the sun nor spas, spas, etc.,), habits and cultures and motives of travel are much weaker than it is with foreign guests. Also, foreign guests mostly all spend the night and wider consumption, not just arrival, while domestic are mostly one-day guests, and all this, of course, affects the amount and structure of consumption and thus the overall result., says Ivica Miličević, director of the Ilok Tourist Board, adding that this is not a criticism of domestic guests but the reality that closer to Europe, and distant markets can be a safer and better way and a source of sustainable tourism in the long run.He points out that their guests are really tourists who choose a destination, and there are very few who come for work or in transit. “Most of the guests who come to us have primarily a tourist motive, which is proof of the attractiveness and content of the destination, although of course, still in development…. For the cycle of tourists who are certainly 95 percent foreigners, we do not have an official way of following, but for example, in these summer months, they are also an important segment for us. As for river cruising, since we started with that and when the first ship stopped, it has been increasing every year, these are not big numbers, but it is important that all those who dock here really visit, consume, buy something, etc. in relation to some of our other destinations where a lot of times you just use the pier to go somewhere, or for the reason of the shipowner and the agent just look around, walk…, we don’t have that. ”, Says Miličević and reminds that they applied for the tender (100 percent grant) for the development of the Tourism Strategy of the city of Ilok and the accompanying marketing plans and action plan, where they will try to analyze, develop and direct all this, most likely with the Institute. for tourism.What does Ilok offer all year round, what can be experienced, done, regardless of the events, if the motive for coming is natural beauty, gastro and eno offer… ”It depends on what they are interested in, which tourist niche is in question, but in general, of course, most are most attracted by the eno-gastronomic offer and individual locations. Before arrival, everyone knows a little and is attracted by something, most often cultural and historical value and wine brand, but when they come it is almost always ‘more than expected’, especially foreigners, picturesqueness, diversity, unique views of historic buildings, church, castle-museum. numerous and top wines, wineries, green sea of vineyards, peace and some timeless atmosphere without stress, Danube… all this when experienced as a whole and all in just a few minutes available, so much in a small space, it is the most common impression – good destinations for visit. and ‘value for money’. Mediterranean on the Danube. If we made a ranking list, it would go like this: Old cellar, Danube, castle-museum, Principovac, restaurants, church, family wineries… and everything else… For example, recently, journalists of one of the world’s tourist guides were amazed by the quality of wine and the whole Ilokom and the fact that everything is for, for example. Americans, Canadians, extremely affordable, ‘cheap’, and unknown and new .. The same thing happened with, for example, Ashley Colburn, a well-known TV producer and tourist journalist who told me last fall that she was interested in Ilok, that she would come and if I could be a ‘host’. She came and stayed for three days because she really liked everything, while promoting us through her channels, bought nothing but Ilok as a whole, and maybe I still have to say, spontaneously ‘conquered’ and satisfied with the local people.”, Says Ivica Milicevic.He also points out that Ilok and Principovac are becoming more and more profiled as a location for weddings and events, various people from different sides, and gives an example of how foreign guests who previously visited Ilok, came again to organize a wedding party here. . Recently, there was a wedding here where both the bride and groom are foreigners and most of the guests were from Africa because the groom is from Ivory Coast, but also from the USA, Europe… “Domestic and regional daily guests prefer to come for lunch, dinner, relaxation and enjoying the scenery, wine, socializing, etc. and often bring new guests, friends, business partners, relatives… There are of course those who return to us. Here, tonight is the Night of Wine and even earlier I was contacted by people from Zagreb who were last year, to book again .. But, not to be misunderstood, a lot of things are still not good, not valorized, or not the appropriate level and a lot business has to really become a small, not mass, but top and sustainable destination, I think we are somewhere in the middle puta and work, for all stakeholders”, Concludes the first man of Ilok tourism Ivica Miličević.The 50th Ilok grape harvest has begun, the oldest wine event in eastern Croatia This year’s jubilee harvest started last night, August 25, with the 5th Night of Wine in the Old Cellar, a special hedonistic event that combines top Ilok wines with a seductive musical background and a fairytale atmosphere of the historic complex. in the vineyards – “Pudarina”. The central part of the Harvest is the first weekend of September, March 1 – 03 with mosaic programs and all-night entertainment. It will be there from the klapa Stina through Petar Graša to the legend of tamburitza and old town song Zvonko Bogdan, and after the concert there will be a long, merry night until the morning with music, dancing, Ilok wine, gastronomic delights. There are other interesting events such as “Sunset in the vineyards of Trs”, “Days of Traminer” and the offer of desserts made of wine and grapes, and on Sunday sports events, an attractive equestrian program with carriages and riders and animation for the youngest – “Berboland”.See more information about the program here read more
The electric vehicle revolution is gaining momentum, so the time has come for Croatia to use its hitherto untapped branding opportunity – the fact that Nikola Tesla was born in it.Eighty-five percent of tourists come to Croatia by car. The number of electric vehicles in the world last year increased by 54%, to about 3,1 million, and according to the latest report, that number is expected to increase to 2030 million by 125.It is not necessary to be a genius equal to Nikola Tesla to conclude that the tourist countries that offer the best infrastructure and facilities for electric vehicle drivers will have an advantage over the competition in the future. And if the birth house of Nikola Tesla himself is still in that country by chance – what an opportunity for branding and tourism!Let’s deal with the “elephant in the room” first so that the trolls are happy. Was Tesla a Serb or a Croat? This is an issue that is being discussed on the internet by hundreds of people who obviously don’t have a smarter job. Tesla was an ethnic Serb, born in the village of Smiljan in Austro-Hungary, ie in its subordinate kingdom of Croatia, which was located on the territory of today’s Croatia. That is why both Serbia and Croatia can refer to Tesla’s legacy, and the only difference is that one of them does it quite successfully, while the other celebrates this great only occasionally.Although Tesla has visited Belgrade only once, he will not think so as you land at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, celebrate National Science Day on his birthday on July 10, or witness numerous other examples of Tesla’s connection to his Serbian heritage. Serbia, every part.You will certainly not get a similar impression when you land at the Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb, nor anywhere else in Croatia. Nikola Tesla’s birthplace in the village of Smiljan is a beautiful and quiet place, but there you would expect to come across a memorial center suitable for his genius, something that will be considered one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. Instead, there is only his restored house (which the Croats blew up twice, in 1942 and 1992), a church and a very small exhibition space and a short film about Tesla and his life. You have to take lunch with you. Quite average official websites are written exclusively in Croatian, unless you want to click on the option offered to read the translation offered by Google Translate.Coming to Smiljan as an ordinary tourist is one thing, but it is quite another to visit it as a Tesla driver, a staunch supporter of the electric vehicle revolution. For three years I have been participating in the Nikola Tesla EV Rally, one of the most impressive and least supported tourist events in Croatia, which brings together fans of electric vehicles from 31 countries who visit Croatian national parks, islands and historical cities offering the highest quality cultural, gastronomic and accommodation possibilities in Croatia. It’s a rally among whose participants were the mother of Elona Muska, Nikola Tesla of our time Mate Rimac and the owner of the first Concept One, who in 2016 participated in the entire rally.A visit to Smiljan is always part of the rally route – the organizers even donated a charging station for electric vehicles to Smiljan as a symbolic sign of gratitude to Tesla – and this is one of the most anticipated parts of the rally. For those taking part in the rally for the first time, the opportunity to visit the birthplace of the man who made it all possible is truly exciting, like when a Manchester United fan comes to tour the Old Trafford Dream Theater – it’s an extraordinary experience for fans to travel from afar to spend. a day to remember forever.I think we can say with certainty that a visit to Smiljan does not leave exactly the same impression as the Dream Theater.While Croatia is talking about extending the tourist season to 12 months and attracting more tourists to the mainland, a clever new approach to Smiljan and Nikola Tesla’s legacy could result in a new great tourist attraction as well as an educational center that would inspire younger generations.One of the key components of every edition of the rally is e-mobility education. Scene 50 Tesla driving on Croatian roads attracts a lot of interest, especially in Smiljan, where the largest number of visitors are many school children.Since the 85% of tourists who come to Croatia every year in their cars will gradually switch to electric vehicles, and since the positive effects of Tesla’s genius will be increasingly felt on European roads, why not create an attraction worthy of his impressive life, and at the same time create the Dream Theater as a tourist and educational experience and – if we really dare to dream boldly – as a center of excellence and research? As for those students who come to Smiljan, why not awaken their imagination by showing them what a brilliant mind from the rural part of Croatia can achieve? And for tourists who have switched to electric vehicles, why shouldn’t we offer them the experience of the Tourist Dream Theater, because of which they will immediately head straight for Smiljan?Welcome to the Croatian electric highway and the birthplace of Nikola Tesla. See you in Smiljan.Croatia – a symbol of excellence in e-mobility and innovation. That brand is located like a huge newly opened gift under the Christmas tree.Currently, there are not even cafes in Tesla’s birthplace, only one kiosk with food to eat quickly. There are those who would like to change that, and I know of at least one project that wants to build a hotel and a conference center for Nikola Tesla, with an interactive exhibition hall based on the inventions of that great man. I spoke to the artist behind the exhibition Nikola Tesla: Mind from the Future, who is currently on a world tour, and I asked her if she would like her exhibition to be permanently located in Smiljan. She answered in the affirmative.Tesla is finally coming into its own, and Croatia is in an ideal situation to use it for the future of its tourism and education system and to become a symbol of sustainable tourism and innovation. It only takes a few creative heads and dedicated people (and they already exist), money that can be found, and an official vision. If the latter happened, then Croatia would have a great future as one of the centers of the e-revolution.Tesla Superchargers in EuropeAt the moment, despite its heritage, Croatia is relatively underdeveloped in the world of e-mobility, but this is changing rapidly, thanks in part to the efforts of EVA Blue, the organizer of the Nikola Tesla EV Rally. When they first came up with the idea of holding a rally in early 2014, there were only four electric vehicle charging stations and five registered electric vehicles in Croatia. In just four and a half years, today there are more than 300 of them, 170 of which they opened. The first filling stations in Montenegro will open at The Chedi Lustica Bay next month. As you can see on the Tesla Supercharger map, things are changing, and the network will soon cover Eastern Europe as well. There are currently six Supercharger filling stations in Croatia, the southernmost of which is in Vrgorac between Split and Ploče.Changes are coming, and the future belongs to the legacy of Nikola Tesla. Wouldn’t it be nice for Croatia to seize the opportunity at least once and become one of the symbols and drivers of these changes and legacies?To find out more about e-mobility projects implemented in Croatia, as well as the Nikola Tesla EV Rally, click here.Author: Paul Bradbury, Total Croatia NewsIf you want to think out loud, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org. Only through argumentative and constructive discussion can we grow and develop as a society, a profession and as individuals. read more
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DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – Elite Worldwide has announced that Doris Barnes, a recognized former service consultant, has joined the company as its newest sales trainer.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In her new role, Barnes will utilize her years of experience as a service consultant at one of America’s premier Mercedes-Benz dealerships to help service advisers increase their sales and CSI scores. For more than seven years, Barnes consistently ranked in the top 5 percent for customer satisfaction scores, and in the top 3 percent for service sales per repair order in one of the country’s most competitive regions (San Diego). While with Mercedes-Benz, she maintained a master level certification and was named AMG specialist. Due to her success in sales, customer satisfaction and customer loyalty, she was selected by management to train other Mercedes-Benz employees. “It is truly an honor to have a professional like Doris Barnes join our Elite team,” said Bob Cooper, president of Elite Worldwide. “Not only does she have an extraordinary track record of success, but she has the ethics needed to help service advisers increase their sales and CSI scores the right way. There’s no doubt in my mind that the integral role she will play in our sales webinars, seminars and our advanced masters sales training will significantly increase the number of service advisers that Elite is able to help.”,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement read more
BLOG: Early Education Funding Plan Leads PA Down the Right Path SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary Budget News, Education, Schools That Teach, The Blog, Videos Today in Philadelphia, Governor Wolf announced a $60 million increase in high-quality early childhood education as part of his 2016-17 budget proposal. Governor Wolf joined Education Secretary Pedro Rivera and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney at the West Philadelphia Community Center to discuss this unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs in Pennsylvania.Pennsylvania stands at a crossroads. It is time to face our financial reality and give Pennsylvania the bright future it deserves.Governor Wolf’s plan is a clear path for a promising future for our state: it funds education at all levels, eliminates our deficit, and puts Pennsylvania back on track.The other path that Pennsylvania can take would lead to higher property taxes, reduced services for seniors, and massive education cuts that will lead to even further devastation. For too long, our commonwealth has taken this road by spending in excess of revenues through one-time patches and wildly optimistic assumptions.The governor’s proposed $60 million increase for early education represents a 30.5 percent increase in funding. The funding builds upon a $60 million investment in 2015-16 to enroll about 14,000 children in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.This 2016-17 investment is contingent upon lawmakers passing the bipartisan budget compromise bill that proved elusive last December. The upcoming budget provides a spending plan for 2016-17 that builds upon that agreement — it invests in our schools, meets critical human service needs, fully funds our pension and debt obligations, and eliminates the structural budget deficit.Governor Wolf has made clear his strong commitment to education in Pennsylvania by fighting to restore critical education cuts, provide unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, and ensure students are college and career ready. He will continue to advocate for increased funding for Pennsylvania schools to deliver high-quality education to every student across the state, regardless of zip code.Pennsylvania should be among the many states that provide universal pre-kindergarten for children.This is the path to a greater future and will help us lay a strong foundation for long-term economic growth. Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 04, 2016 read more
Economy, Press Release As small businesses continue to feel an economic impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis, Governor Tom Wolf today called on the General Assembly to provide additional funding to support these businesses. The governor was joined by the York County Economic Alliance, local elected officials and business advocates.“The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis, but it is also an economic crisis. In order to help Pennsylvania’s economy recover from the effects of COVID-19, it is vital that we continue to support businesses in Pennsylvania, especially as so many have taken on additional work and costs to keep their employees and customers safe since reopening,” Gov. Wolf said. “Small businesses have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 mitigation efforts and further support is needed to strengthen the economy, so I am calling on the General Assembly to approve additional funds to support our small businesses.”As part of his fall legislative agenda, Governor Wolf is calling on the General Assembly to provide an additional $225 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding in the form of forgivable loans and grants to small businesses in Pennsylvania through the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program. In addition, the governor is proposing $100 million in forgivable loans and grants for the hospitality, leisure and service industries, including restaurants and bars, salons, and barber shops.The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance funding was developed in partnership with state lawmakers and allocated through the state budget, which included $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds through the CARES Act, of which $225 million was earmarked for relief for small businesses, including historically disadvantaged businesses. Thousands of businesses have qualified for this grant program, which continues to distribute funding.York County is utilizing a portion of its $40.5 million in CARES Act funding that was appropriated to counties through the General Assembly and allocated by Governor Wolf to further support small businesses in the county. The county created the YoCo Strong Restart Grant Program, a competitive grant program developed and managed by the York County Economic Alliance and Community First Fund to provide $10 million to support small businesses and $4 million to support nonprofit organizations. Eligible small businesses, including historically disadvantaged businesses and vulnerable industries like restaurants, salons and barber shops, retail and more were awarded grants of up to $35,000.“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. Our small businesses need the continued support from our commonwealth, and we are encouraged by all that has been done to date. We are optimistic of the legislative proposals set forth, and know these decisions are incredibly vital for our health and continued economic recovery,” said Kevin Schreiber, president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance.“The state’s allocation of $225 million in small business support and driving it out through the CDFI network was novel, and now a model other states are emulating as a best practice,” said Dan Betancourt, president and CEO of the Community First Fund. “This was adapted here in York County to ensure those most vulnerable and in most need receive access to funding in a timely and efficient manner.”“I am pleased that Gov. Wolf is dedicating millions of dollars to help our small businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, in the form of forgivable loans and grants, for the hospitality, leisure, and service industries, including restaurants and bars, salons, and barber shops, would provide working capital for the commonwealth’s small businesses who need it the most,” said state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans (D-York). “Now, we as legislators must put aside political differences to quickly pass much needed legislation that will help keep our small businesses afloat.”Ver esta página en español. September 10, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Calls for Legislative Action to Support Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 read more