From 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 Novosti.hr 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.
Sam Allardyce insists he is not worried about being offered a new contract at West Ham despite his current deal expiring at the end of the season. “It’s been a big bonus with the new players hitting the ground running, producing quality form straight away. “Every new signing has made a really good contribution – it’s lifted the rest of the team, increased the quality and energy.” Allardyce continued: “We have a good environment. My early days with Bolton taught me not to just think about the player – think about the family and how you integrate them into the culture. “It’s hard to do, particularly if they don’t speak English well. T hat’s been one help we’ve had – the environment here is a happy one and one where everyone is accepted.” The Hammers are aiming for their fourth win in five games on Saturday but face a tough test at home to reigning champions Manchester City. City thrashed Tottenham 4-1 last weekend and if the Hammers are to avoid a similar fate they will need to stop Sergio Aguero, who hit four against Spurs and another in the Champions League on Tuesday. “He has been plagued with a few injures in the World Cup and in the early season for Man City but you saw a fully fit Aguero last week,” Allardyce said. “Not only did he score four but he missed a penalty so he could have had five. Sometimes you have to say he’s just unstoppable. “We’ve got to try to focus on limiting service to him – the lads in front of the defence can make life difficult. “That’s the key element to keeping him quiet because he can receive the ball even when he’s marked and wriggle free. He’s a fantastic finisher.” Press Association Allardyce signed a two-year extension to his contract in May 2013 but the former Bolton boss is happy to wait before committing his future again. “The conversations are the same as they were in the first year in the Premier League – we’ll see how the season progresses and when the time is right,” Allardyce said. “If it has progressed to a certain level that they want to offer me a new contract, that’s fine. “At my age it doesn’t particularly worry me a great deal. Contracts are made and broken in the entire football industry – i t doesn’t mean anything like it used to because a long or short contract doesn’t protect you. “It’s a winning culture you need – if you continue to win, you improve the club.” West Ham’s strong start owes much to the form of their summer signings who have adjusted quickly to the pace of the English top flight. Diafra Sakho has scored five goals in as many games but the likes of Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate, Alex Song and Aaron Cresswell have all made valuable contributions. “Is this the best team I’ve had here? It looks like it,” Allardyce said. Allardyce led the Hammers to promotion from the Championship two years ago and the team have enjoyed an excellent start to their third campaign in the top flight, sitting fourth in the Barclays Premier League table. West Ham’s form will be particularly satisfying for Allardyce, who was criticised by Hammers fans last season and appeared to have been ordered to impose a more attractive style of play by the club’s co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan in a statement from the pair earlier this year.