For years, food scientist Francisco Diez studied and admired the work of University of Georgia Regents’ Professor Mike Doyle, but the two researchers’ paths never crossed. For the next year, they will work closely together as Diez transitions into Doyle’s role as director of the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Georgia.Doyle, a leading authority on foodborne pathogens, came to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1991 to establish the center. As director, he developed a research program that promotes collaboration among the food industry, the university, and federal and state agencies.A native of Mexico, Diez earned a bachelor’s degree in food technology from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, and completed master’s and doctoral degrees in food science at Cornell University in New York. He comes to UGA from the University of Minnesota, where he was a faculty member and head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. His research focuses on the family of pathogens known as enterohemorrhagic E. coli, an important cause of food contamination and foodborne illness.Now at UGA, Diez sees Doyle as an invaluable resource in his new leadership position. While transitioning into retirement, Doyle will introduce Diez to the network he has built by working closely with the food industry, consumer groups and government agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.“I can’t even imagine walking into the door without his help,” Diez said. “Close working relationships like the ones Mike has built require a lot of trust and they are critical for the future success of the center.”Diez plans to reach out to the center’s network of stakeholders in the food industry for advice and recommendations. “I want to know what their hopes and expectations are for the Center for Food Safety at UGA,” he said.As the new center director, Diez will also be rebuilding the center’s faculty team by replacing current vacancies in virology, epidemiology and microbiology.“The college is committed to refilling these open positions and ensuring that our facilities and laboratories are in good shape,” Diez said. “Then we will develop a long-term strategy to expand our center to the international level. We are already known across the United States. I see the center making a huge impact on solving the problems that exist in food safety across the world. The opportunities are endless.”For more information on the UGA Center for Food Safety, see the center’s website at ugacfs.org.
The panel “CONTEMPORARY CROATIAN TOURISM – identity and migration (opportunities and threats)” was held on December 07, 2018 as part of the International Conference “Migration and Identity: Economy, Culture, State” at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Zagreb.After the introductory words of the moderator dr. Sc. Mateja Petračić, who stated that migration and identity in tourism are an extremely important factor in development and that more needs to be said about it, while Dr. sc. Sanela Vrkljan from the tourism sector of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, pointed out that it is necessary to face the problem, but also not to look at migration trends as something necessarily negative when we talk about tourism. She also emphasized that the previous historical waves of population emigration are very different from today’s and that today we are talking about two-way movement and migration. She stated that this is a problem of the system, not the labor force, and that it is necessary to work on strengthening the culture of work and further hotel investments in tourism. She also emphasized that the Dual Education and ERASMUS + programs are in the focus of the activities and efforts of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and that in this way they encourage excellence.Dr. sc. Ingeborg Matečić from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb emphasized the importance of identity in presenting Croatian tourism in the world, and the necessity of branding Croatian identity. She emphasized the possible dangers of branding, how care must be taken with the realistic picture of traditional features when it comes to promotion. It is very easy to fall into the trap of untrue information that can have unforeseeable negative consequences for the image of Croatian tourism. She also referred to the example of the city of Cancun and the experience she gained while staying in Mexico.Photo: Swanky Mint hostelAnte Grancarić, B.Sc. project director for Swanky & Pop Up projects, as a representative of entrepreneurs in tourism, explained the vision and way of doing business of Swanky Mint hostel, which operates through active projects throughout the year and is the winner of several renowned awards for the best small hostel. He emphasized that they are hostel guests, guests of high paying power who can afford high category hotels, but stay in a hostel precisely because of the Local experience experience, unusually attractive architecture and the decoration it attracts. He joined the thesis of Dr. sc. Vrkljan that migrations also have some positive effects and examples. He singled out the “Pop Up Summer Garden Festival” and several smaller projects during the year that attract guests. “Advent is a tourist product and should be treated as a frying pan.” He also stressed that a work culture is extremely important in tourism to be successful.Dr. sc. Mladen Vedriš, as a participant in the panel, pointed out that “Social costs are greater than economic benefits in the Republic of Croatia” “Tourism must become a factor in employing highly educated professionals because so far everything comes down to rent” Vedriš points out. He particularly emphasized that in today’s Croatian tourism, the concepts of tourist income and profitability are often confused, and that income from tourism should be viewed from the aspect of profitability. He gave the example of Italy where local daily migration of the population is in force.Conclusion of the discussion: It is necessary to achieve the excellence of the offerRaising the quality of services through “boutique” tourism and specific forms of niche tourism, planned and systematized destination management, as well as mutual cooperation of all participants in tourism, it is necessary to achieve excellence that would ultimately increase the welfare of local people and stop the negative effects of migration and branding. identity for the purpose of recognizing and increasing demand in emitting markets. Along the way, we should first work on raising awareness about tourism and the culture of work, and then on the regulations that should enable easier and more efficient business while maximizing the profits of each of the individual entities in tourism.The peak of the labor shortage is just ahead of usIt is predicted that by 2050 we will be left without 800.000 people. A million new workers are needed to save the economy, but we do not know how to reach them. Between criticism of the collapse of labor prices on the one hand and concern for the preservation of cultural identity on the other, it is clear that we need to adopt smart immigration policies and break down our own prejudices in order to survive. These are the conclusions of the second panel of the conference Migrations and identity: culture, economy, state.”The Croatian economy has no chance without immigration because the departure of people is a much greater economic loss than their remittances could ever compensate,” said the adviser to the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for labor policy and employment. Davorko Vidović on a panel called Migration and the labor market.Krešimir Ivanda, a doctoral student at the Department of Demography at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, presented the Croatian labor market from the perspective of immigrants, saying that we have structural problems such as the disparity between labor market needs and education, very late employment and early retirement. . “An exceptional shortage of labor due to negative demographic trends is yet to come. According to projections for 2051, counties will lose an average of 30 percent of the working population if current activity rates are maintained. So even though we are a country of emigration, we have always been a country of immigration. Some sectors, such as construction, tourism and manufacturing, have been dependent on immigrants for a decade”, Said Ivanda, adding that people who immigrate behave like the local population in terms of economic activity, which is not good because their activity should be significantly higher. Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb Željko Bogdan he commented on the impact of remittances on our economy. “The Croatian diaspora can help the Croatian economy through remittances because they carry higher domestic demand, have a positive effect on economic growth, but the inflow of foreign currency can negatively affect the price competitiveness of merchandise exports”, Said Bogdan, emphasizing that his analysis shows that the impact of remittances on economic growth is not excessive, but that they helped during the crisis. She followed up on his presentation Antea Barišić, an assistant at the Department of International Economics of the EFZG, adding that remittances have a countercyclical effect, and in Croatia, according to the World Bank, in 2017 they amounted to 4,5 percent of GDP. These are only remittances through the current account, and the amount is projected to be 30 to 50 percent higher in reality. “Emigration has a social and political impact, but we are primarily interested in the economic one. According to the neoclassical model, the winners are workers in the country of emigration and capitalists in the country of immigration”, Explained Barišić, noting that due to emigration, GDP is decreasing in general, but GDP per capita is growing. Following this was the presentation of Danijel Knežević’s research, which presented the results of research into the impact of migration trends on sustainable human capital in Croatia. “It turns out that the more people emigrate, the higher the quality of human resources, that is, the more people who can find a job remain. Those who are more incompetent go according to that correlation, but it is terrible that we are more competitive based on that. In the long run, with such a trend, we can have XNUMX% employment, but the story is still catastrophic”, Concluded Knezevic.
Slovenian Ceferin said his organisation should show the clubs “we are the ones who are the governing body”.Under the reforms announced last month, Europe’s top four domestic leagues will be guaranteed four places each in the group stages of the Champions League from 2018-19.The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), which represents the continent’s 24 domestic football leagues, called on UEFA to scrap the proposals, claiming national leagues will suffer.“It will be the first thing to deal with,” said Ceferin, who succeeds Michel Platini following his resignation after being banned from all football activity last year.“UEFA is a very good, strong organisation. It was without leadership for some time and that was a problem dealing with this.“We have to speak and have dialogue with the clubs and I think it can be solved.”Ceferin, who has been the head of the Football Association of Slovenia since 2011, takes on the remainder of Platini’s term of office, until 2019.The lawyer said Financial Fair Play rules – introduced, in UEFA’s words, to “improve the overall financial health of European club football” – should be enforced more strongly.He added there was “a lot of work to do”, citing match-fixing, security and safety, and racism as issues to address.England’s Football Association last week declared its support for Van Praag, who – unlike Ceferin – is a member of UEFA’s executive committee.The Scottish Football Association said it would vote for the Slovenian.After the vote, FA Chairman Greg Clarke said he was happy to work with Ceferin, and welcomed his clear mandate.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram New President Aleksander Ceferin said insisted wednesday that UEFA must show Europe’s big clubs who is in charge as he made Champions League reforms his first priority.Ceferin, 48, yesterday defeated Michael van Praag 42-13 in the poll to become the new head of European football’s governing body.UEFA and European clubs last month agreed changes to the Champions League, which critics said favour bigger clubs.