Croatia won a gold medal in the AEHT tourism and hospitality school competition

first_imgFrom 12 November to 17 November 2018, the annual conference of the AEHT (European Association of Hotel and Tourism Schools) of the European Association of Hospitality and Tourism Schools was held in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Its membership includes over 300 hospitality and tourism schools. The purpose of AEHT is to exchange experiences and cooperation of students from different countries, languages ​​and cultures through teamwork, creating new acquaintances and connections among students, and this year 650 participants (students, teachers and principals) from 19 countries participated.As part of the AEHT, prestigious competitions are held in 10 tourism and hospitality disciplines: hotel management, reception business, bar service, wine service, cocktail preparation, dehatlon or cooking skills competition, restaurant service, destination presentation, confectionery and cooking, and She represented Croatia this year Vinkovci Secondary Vocational School.Vinkovci Secondary Vocational SchoolVinkovci Secondary Vocational School and Croatia was represented by a fourth grade student of the Secondary Vocational School Irena Bunčić in the discipline of Confectionery.Thus, 34 students, ie 17 teams from 15 European countries, competed in the confectionery discipline. Irena Bunčić was the only student from Croatia in confectionery and competed in a team with a Cees Lust student from Akersloot in the Netherlands, and they won as a team gold medal with a great advantage over other competitors.On the first day of the competition, the judging panel forms teams on the principle of connecting students from different countries and different language areas. Then the teams have 90 minutes to jointly (in English) design a dessert with the obligatory given elements, write a recipe and work on that recipe the next day. They have 2 hours for practical work, and this year’s theme was to make 4 equal desserts and serve them on 4 plates that will contain: biscuit, two different creams, two different apple preparations and a crunchy part. This year they also had an additional challenge because before the competition itself, they learned about additional foods that need to be put in dessert.Vinkovci Secondary Vocational School”A gold medal gives me the strength to make my biggest dream come true and it’s just an incentive for me to work even harder. My goal is to finish high school first, then college, so that I can become independent in life and become what I want, and my biggest wish is to one day open my own pastry shop ” pointed out Irena Bunčić for the portal Irena has been preparing for this competition since the beginning of September and she was prepared by the confectionery teacher of the Vinkovci Secondary Vocational School Ružica Šošić. ”Once again, at such a prestigious competition for students of catering and tourism schools, we worthily presented our school, city and country and proved that money and perfect conditions are not always crucial for success, but desire, will and hard work.. ”Pointed out Ružica Šošić, a professional confectionery teacher.Several other schools from Croatia competed very successfully in the tourism disciplines and brought five more medals to Croatia.last_img read more

Message to clean gutters before Cairns cyclone season

first_imgTHERE is no end to the problems clogged, leaking or just old gutters can cause in a home.And with cyclone season bearing down on the Far North, now is the time for homeowners to get a rooftop steel check-up. Leaves and twigs can clog downpipes and gutters preventing water flow and causing flooding in and around the property. Water damage, rot and algae growth could also be a side effect.Depending on how close a house is to trees, Mosquito Cairns owner Dave Williams said most gutters and roofs need cleaning at least once a year and when he and his staff are on top of a house, the list of items they pull out of drains and roof cavities is astounding.“We’ve found all sorts of weird and wonderful things like emu feet in communities,” he said.“I’ve pulled out knives, utensils, machetes, shoes, school bags, bottles, hats, a doctor’s stethoscope, wallets, calculators, coffee cups, pillows, clothing. You name it, if it can be thrown or blown, we’ll find it.“But the biggest problem is people not getting their gutters cleaned and plants taking root. When you see a plant six inches above your roofline that could have a root system of four to six metres and it’s too late — it will have already blocked your downpipes.“I’ve taken out a tree growing in the middle of someone’s roof that was two metres tall.”Mr Williams also said during summer bats could drop hundreds of mango seeds on roofs.“Just that weight alone is enough to pull off your gutter,” he said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“One of the things people don’t realise as well is the amount of ants, cockroaches, worms and millipedes living in gutters. You can have an ant’s nest with hundreds of thousands of insects and they’ve got to go somewhere so they go down the walls and into the roof.“Once gutters overflow, you may end up water backing up inside the roof and coming down the internal walls and coming in contact with electricity, potentially risking lives.”Birds, bats, rats also snakes make their way into ceiling cavities via the guttering.Mr Williams said with the wet season traditionally started at the beginning of December and urged homeowners to get their gutters checked before the end of this month.He said while most operators tried not to turn customers away, they could not possibly attend to all the calls they receive the day after a massive downpour.last_img read more

Hotel flag identified for Mason City downtown hotel project

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City officials say a hotel flag has been identified for the proposed hotel that’s part of the River City Renaissance project. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says in an October 11th letter addressed to city officials, Hyatt Place & Hyatt House director of development Christina Wells says they are excited about the proposed franchise of a Hyatt Place hotel being developed by the city and Gatehouse Capital LLC. “We did receive the letter from Hyatt identifying the Hyatt Place fee and application has been submitted. They’ve been working very closely with Gatehouse, so we continue to move forward on that front.” Burnett says the city will update the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s board of directors on Friday about the status of the River City Renaissance project.  “The IEDA presentation will happen this Friday, at which point David Ratchie will present on behalf of Gatehouse, I will be there to present on behalf of the city, and we will continue to update them on all the things that we’ve been talking about over the last few months. It’s been awhile since we’ve provided an update to IEDA besides just the staff, and so that’ll give us a good opportunity to give them an update on what’s going on.”Burnett says Gatehouse representatives will be in Mason City to update the council about the progress of the project at their November 5th meeting.last_img read more