GroceryAid life patron and former Waitrose chairman Mark Price has been made a Lord and named as a trade minister.Mark Price has been granted a peerage and will be known as Lord Price with effect from April 2016. He has been appointed as a minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.Price was president of the fundraising committee at GroceryAid from 2009 to 2011. He was made a life patron of the grocery charity in 2014.DelightedGillian Barker, director general of GroceryAid, said: “We are delighted with the news that Mark Price has been appointed a minister of state and will continue as life patron for GroceryAid. His support for GroceryAid is unstinting and we would like to send him our warmest congratulations on his peerage.”Price was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2014 New Year’s honour’s list. He will be stepping down from Waitrose after 33 years to take up his new role in April.
Burton’s Biscuits has updated its Jammie Dodger range with a crisper biscuit and fruitier jam.The update applies across the core brand flavours, including Original Raspberry, Berry Blast and Jam ‘n’ Custard varieties. Burton’s said the cost of the improvements was not being passed on to the retailer and the manufacturer’s suggested selling price (MSSP) remains at 69p for the 140g packs.Rolling out in stores across March, the update is accompanied by a new pack design, which features the Best Ever Recipe slogan, to emphasise the changes to customers.David Costello, head of category and shopper management at Burton’s Biscuits, said: “Our ‘Best Ever Recipe’ performed extremely well in consumer research, and we’ve taken the lead from our consumers in order to deliver the best possible taste for our shoppers.“With this improved recipe, and new front-facing SRP, we’re enabling retailers to grow this iconic brand in their store, as well as driving incremental profits from the biscuit fixture.”Burton’s Biscuits recently announced it was relaunching its Cadbury Special Occasions in new packs, designed for on-the-go eating.
[Editor’s Note: We’ve added language clarifying that TIF funds can’t be used to improve this fire station, as it doesn’t relate directly to protecting the Kibby Wind Power project, rather than a general rule regarding fire station funding.]FARMINGTON – County commissioners discussed the Salem Fire Department’s station at Tuesday’s meeting, exploring different options for the county-funded organization’s building.The department is a nonprofit association that is chiefly funded by Franklin County on a quarterly basis out of the Unorganized Territory budget. The station is located inside an old school house built in the 1850s on a 1.5 acres of land on Route 142. The building and land is leased from the Maine Forestry Service at no cost.According to Salem Fire Chief Steve Viles, the building has issues that go back to its transformation from a school house to a station. The concrete floor was poured after a wooden one was removed, and the building has been through multiple floods that have left the sills soft. The doors in the garage aren’t large enough to allow the department’s newly-donated truck to fit inside. There’s no plumbing or running water and the small size of the lot makes many improvements or an expansion difficult.“We’re between a rock and a hard spot up there,” Viles said.The department has 10 volunteer members, Viles said. They responded to 34 calls in the past year.Commissioners were unenthusiastic about putting money into repairing a building that the county or department didn’t own. Viles said that the state had previously indicated that it wanted to maintain control of the property. Additionally, Franklin County Emergency Management Agency Director Tim Hardy warned, simply jacking up the concrete floor or some other renovation could expose other issues in the old structure.There is a landowner with acreage on the Pitt Road that Viles said could provide space for a new station. The issue would be funding construction – County Clerk Julie Magoon said she wasn’t certain that the state would be open to using U.T. funds for brick-and-mortar projects. The issue is that Salem’s department doesn’t respond across the entire U.T., Magoon noted, anymore than departments in Rangeley, Kingfield or Eustis do.Tax Increment Financing funds can’t be used for the Salem station, as any such improvements would need to relate in some way back to the Kibby Wind Power project that funds the TIF. The department does have a $20,500 reserve account dedicated for equipment purchases.One of the primary reasons that the Salem department exists is to respond to a potential fire at Mt. Abram High School. Viles said that there was a garage on MSAD 58-owned land that was currently being used for general storage that could maybe work.Magoon said that she would check with the state regarding the possibility of U.T. funding for the Salem station, while Viles said he would check with the landowner on Pitt Road regarding a price for the land and with MSAD 58 about some sort of partnership.In other business, commissioners approved two transfers within the county TIF accounts. A total of $100,000 was moved out of the TIF undesignated funds into Training, mostly to cover scholarship requests from U.T. residents. Another $150,000 was moved into Telecommunications & Infrastructure to cover costs associated with the new emergency communication tower that will be constructed on Kibby Mountain.
15Heaven’s gate: A picturesque day is framed by Harvard’s Memorial Church. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 11Wigglesworth House proctor Joseph Vitti spends a lazy day lounging with Charles the dog in the Dudley garden. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 18As daylight fades, the Harvard-Radcliffe Rugby Football Club keeps practicing. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Double vision! A passing student is captured in the reflection of John F. Kennedy’s portrait inside the Harvard Kennedy School. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 9This painterly scene is a distorted view through thick Carpenter Center windows. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 4An ice-blue Charles River is disturbed by rowers and the intruding shadows of wintry trees. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Christopher Smiles ’15 (left) takes students on a raucous ride in front of the Science Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Harvard Band members Taylor Weary ’16 (left) and Katie Tingle ’14 perform during Community Day at Harvard Stadium. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 3These burnished leaves stand out against Widener’s white columns as autumn arrives in Cambridge. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 6A kaleidoscopic marvel of color and pattern shrouds the construction of a new common space outside the Science Center. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Daniel Lewis ’11 performs with “The Noteables: Harvard’s Broadway Beat” inside Dudley House during Arts First. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer 8Jan Randolph, the longtime assistant to the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes, passes by a black ribbon hung in Gomes’ memory on the door of Sparks House. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 7This rainbow, caused by a camera lens flare, arcs above the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 2The ornate woodwork of Lowell House looks even more magisterial in the warm sun. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 5This clover-shaped lattice encapsulates a student entering Annenberg Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Harvard alumnus T.S. Eliot published 10 poems in the student-run literary magazine The Harvard Advocate between 1907 and 1910, including the one below.These photos pay homage to the spirit of learning and discovery expressed by Eliot.— Kris SnibbeOde For the hour that is left us Fair Harvard, with thee,Ere we face the importunate years,In thy shadow we wait, while thy presence dispelsOur vain hesitations and fears.And we turn as thy sons ever turn, in the strengthOf the hopes that thy blessings bestow,From the hopes and ambitions that sprang at thy feetTo the thoughts of the past as we go.Yet for all of these years that to-morrow has lostWe are still the less able to grieve,With so much that of Harvard we carry awayIn the place of the life that we leave.And only the years that efface and destroyGive us also the vision to seeWhat we owe for the future, the present, and past,Fair Harvard, to thine and to thee. 16Beatrice Chu, a visitor from Hong Kong, crosses these crosses in the brick wall outside Matthews Hall. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 19A toddler prances through the Northwest Science Building. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 14A tour bus window reflects the Lowell House tower. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Moving shadows: A figure heads upstairs at Bauer Lab. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Army ROTC students gather at dawn to begin their group exercise. Rose Lincoln/ Harvard Staff Photographer
Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series about the Call to Action movement and the experiences of minority students within the Notre Dame campus community. For sophomore Demetrius Murphy, the hour-long drive separating his home in Gary, Ind., from Notre Dame’s campus meant much more than some time behind the wheel. The transition to college was relatively smooth, Murphy said, but the range of questions friends in Keenan Hall and at Notre Dame asked about his African-American identity quickly made him realize most of his peers did not come from diverse backgrounds. Murphy said he found the explaining the customs of African-American communities to his peers to be challenging. “That can be a heavy burden to bear because whenever you say something you have to be very conscious about what you’re going to say,” Murphy said. “You are representing the whole race with that one comment you’re about to make.” Murphy, a native of Gary, Ind., spent two years at the Indiana Academy, a boarding school on Ball State University’s campus in Muncie, Ind. His encounters there with students of many different backgrounds enabled him to better answer his friends’ questions, Murphy said. “If I came to Notre Dame straight from Gary, [Ind.], this would have been a completely different experience,” Murphy said. “I don’t know that Notre Dame would’ve been the place for me.” Singled out Some moments in Murphy’s college career have been stark reminders of racial prejudice, he said. When a friend discovered some of his food was missing and decided to find out who had taken it, Murphy remembered his shock at another student’s response. “When he asked who ate his stuff, I said I didn’t do it,” Murphy said. “Then he asked the kid who actually ate it, and he said, ‘I didn’t do it, I’m not the black kid in the room.’ I looked around thinking there had to be another black kid in the room, he can’t be talking about me because I wouldn’t take anything, I always ask first. “This wasn’t [because I went] in there and took stuff all the time. This was ‘Oh, Demetrius is the only black kid in the room so he has to be the thief.’” Murphy said he responded by telling that student exactly why his accusation was groundless and why he found it offensive to be singled out. “I also told him that another thing I don’t like is that every time I’m around, the conversation has to be about black people,” Murphy said. “It’s almost like they practice their black jokes on me to see if they can say them in mixed company, like they save up all the weird questions [about black culture] they’ve ever wanted to ask in life for when I walk into the room – the conversation always becomes racialized when I walk in.” Sophomore Amanda PeÃ±a [Editor’s note: PeÃ±a is a columnist for The Observer] had also experienced a wider range of diversity in the community around her home in Los Angeles. She had never felt like a minority until arriving on campus for freshman orientation, she said, and then she became very aware that her Mexican heritage made her different. “I got here, and I felt like a minority,” PeÃ±a said. “I can’t really describe how that feels, you really just feel like you stick out. From a racial standpoint, [during freshman orientation] you notice when the guys go to sing to the girls, they don’t serenade the minority girls. “At first I wondered if it was my weight, if it was because I’m brown or if it was because I’m not outgoing enough – you get really self-conscious and try to assess why people view you a certain way and why other people are indifferent [to you] because they don’t know how to interact with you.” While walking to the College HAS Issues presentation with some friends she met during Spring Visitation Weekend who were also minorities, PeÃ±a said she was shocked by a passing remark directed her way. “One of my black friends was walking with a white girl, and they came up to us and as I said hi to them, the [white] girl just stared at us,” PeÃ±a said. “Then she just stared at us and in this sarcastic tone looked at us, kind of smiled and said, ‘Oh you guys are minorities, right?’ … My [black] friend sarcastically replied, ‘No we’re Caucasian.’ And she said, ‘Oh, I’m a sophomore and I can say these things.’ “That was my first impression of people [at Notre Dame.]” A new culture, a new conversation Junior Denver Lobo joked with his roommates upon arriving to Notre Dame that his first impression of the campus and freshman orientation was distinctly similar to the world portrayed in “American Pie,” he said. But as the antics of Frosh-O subsided, Lobo said he was excited by the chance to immerse himself in a culture less restrictive than in his home, Kuwait. “Kuwait was a lot more conservative … The real reason for shifting from Kuwait to the freedom of America was the glass ceiling you hit when you’re in a business,” Lobo said. “You can only go up to a certain point and then you have to be Arab or Kuwaiti to move forward, but [in America] if you’re good you go forward.” Lobo said he loved meeting people at Notre Dame from different cultures and sharing information about his home. “When I meet a person from a different culture, I love to learn more about their culture [and] I love allowing people to ask questions about my own,” Lobo said. “I love it and completely eat it up. “I know I’m a minority here but there’s not one time I felt that was a downside to me,” Lobo said. “I always felt it was an upside because people were more interested and inquisitive about my different culture and I’m more than willing to tell them about it.” Though she wanted to engage her peers in conversation, sophomore Secilia Jia said she struggled to find common threads connecting her Chinese home to the lives of her American peers. “I didn’t know what to talk about with the girls in my dorm [during freshman orientation],” Jia said. “They would start a conversation and when I say I’m from China the conversation just stopped. They didn’t relate themselves to a country far away, they don’t know much about it or how to continue the conversation. That’s the biggest problem I faced when I came here, because I didn’t know too much about this country and its different regions and places.” Jia said she found Notre Dame’s Catholic character an added challenge in a new place. “I knew I was going to have a culture shock,” Jia said. “I am an international student from China and I’m not Catholic, I don’t have any religion. It was definitely frustrating at the beginning, but it got better as I learned more about [American] culture. I feel like I tried to learn more about the culture here, and that [while I] did that [my hall mates] learned about what I did as I grew up too.” Sharing her life with her hall mates and learning more about their lives helped her to begin to settle in at Notre Dame, Jia said. “I tried to watch more TV with them so I would know what their daily lives are like and what they did in their spare time, so we had more talking points and something to share,” Jia said. “There are more Chinese Festivals that they don’t have, and I will explain to them what a spring festival is and what we eat for that – I feel like it’s a two-way experience.” Lobo said continually engaging in these conversations helps to bring the focus deeper than racial differences. “When you keep a conversation going, it [shows] two levels of diversity,” Lobo said. “One is the racial, ethnic level and then there is the deeper level of diversity where you’re thinking at different capacities and that’s when I think people could care less about your ethnicity, your color, your race – it’s about the thought process.” Finding a home PeÃ±a said she also believes encouraging personal conversation between students will help to institute a change in racial attitudes at Notre Dame. “I would tell my [freshman self] to stand up, to say something, because those things aren’t okay,” PeÃ±a said. “I know that if I talk to someone I can touch them personally, but I don’t know if these people at the top levels can be effective at making changes unless they personally talk to students – changing it at the ground level first is the most important thing.” Empowering minority students from Day One to address discrimination will allow them to alleviate the pressure on themselves to educate their peers about their culture, PeÃ±a said. “If we were told the first week of school that race is an issue here, that these are things students feel but we want you to know that you can talk to any person about these things even if it’s not racial discrimination, even if it’s just because someone looked at you a certain way and you wonder, ‘Was it because I’m brown?,’ even if it’s not to get someone in trouble – say something.” If his Keenan Hall peers had spoken on his behalf in uncomfortable situations, Murphy said he would have felt more at home in this community. “It would have completely changed the dynamics of the situation if someone had come to my defense or even just asked him if that was really how he felt,” Murphy said. As a minority student, Murphy and others face challenges at Notre Dame – from unknowing and unconscious prejudice to stereotyping. But he still said he is grateful to attend Notre Dame. “I can paint this picture [of Notre Dame] very positively, and not be lying,” Murphy said. “But I can also tell you it was a struggle and it’s a struggle to go to Notre Dame and be a diverse student.”
The Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality is hosting a three-part series for first year students who are interested in gaining a better sense of themselves. ‘Find Your Voice’ invites first year students to a series of three dinners filled with discussion sessions based on the theological concept of vocation. Arlene Montevecchio, the director of the Center for Spirituality, said vocation comes from a higher power. “[It’s] God’s calling about how to live your life,” she said.The Center for Spirituality aims to help students across campus discover their vocation. A program for sophomores, juniors and seniors has already been previously established and is called ‘Real Life’. One’s vocation can be found from utilizing their gifts and talents through their major, and by using their career choice to prominently impact the world, Montevecchio said. She also expressed a hope that, through the realization of vocation, students will continue to use their gifts and talents on campus and in the future. Both programs were created with the intention of students benefiting from purposeful conversations that take place outside of the classroom through small group interactions with peers, faculty and staff members. These interactions within the program allow students to engage in the Catholic intellectual tradition which is defined by where faith and reason meet, Montevecchio said.During the first year at college, students are eager to discover their talents and passions while establishing bonds with peers. Some might be trying to decide what they think they should major in or what career path to take, while others have already known since a young age. Montevecchio said she hopes the Center for Spirituality can help guide students as they make these choices.“First year students will gain a better sense of self — how their own gifts and talents can be used on campus and in the future,” she said. Isabel France, a first year student, said she is very eager to discover how God is working in her life. Not only will her own voice be revealed to her through attending these sessions, but she will be able to hear the voices of other women attending Saint Mary’s.“I think this will open our minds to who we all are, and who we believe God is wanting us to become,” she said.The three sessions will be held on Feb. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Stapleton Lounge, Feb. 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Rice Commons and March 3, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Rice Commons. All participants will receive a book and journal to help aid them along their journey. First year students who are interested in experiencing these sessions should contact Arlene Montevecchio before Friday, Jan. 24.Tags: Center for Spirituality, saint mary’s, Vocation
Senate takes up children’s issues Senate takes up children’s issues Associate Editor Create a new Office of Public Advocacy to provide representation for children in court and take the job of defending children in delinquency cases away from public defenders are key features of a proposed committee bill that passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 4.“It’s a complicated, contentious issue, and it’s got a long way to go,” said Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, chair of the committee that released a 47-page interim report on the legal needs of children in November.The new office would consolidate current resources of the state’s 21 guardian ad litem offices, the public defender’s offices performing delinquency representation, as well as guardian ad litem program oversight provided by the State Court Administrator’s Office court proceedings: family court, juvenile court, and dependency court.The report notes that while children have the right to counsel at all stages in delinquency proceedings, when children are embroiled in abuse and neglect cases in dependency court, only 36 percent are afforded the services of a guardian ad litem, and most have no representation at all.“I am pleased that the Senate is going to take an in-depth look at the important issue of representation of children,” said 11th Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, who chairs The Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children that identified representation as a priority issue.Judge Karlan told the Senate Judiciary Committee that its report “was a good beginning.”Regarding the big debate of whether children in dependency court should have a lawyer or a guardian ad litem assisted by a lawyer, Karlan testified: “There are strong opinions on both sides. It reminds me a little of high-conflict custody cases, where there’s a parent on one side, and another parent on the other side. There is no tangible evidence just yet which is right. Guardian or lawyer? And the child is lost. We have children in the system talked about as though they don’t exist. Our commission has not come up with a final model yet. But we agree that children need a strong and consistent voice.”The Senate Judiciary proposal recommends a beefed-up guardian ad litem model, where every child has a guardian and every guardian has an attorney, but it is not explained how the state would pay for this costly model.The rationale of placing the duties of representing children charged with crimes under the proposed new office, explained the committee’s Staff Director Dorothy Johnson, is to avoid conflicting court orders when children are involved in both dependency and delinquency court.But Sixth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Bob Dillinger testified against that proposal, asking for more time to let the unified court model work without “creating another bureacracy.”Public defenders with expertise in delinquency cases are the best line of defense in preventing children from having criminal records that will follow them the rest of their lives, Dillinger said.“Forty-percent of our dependency cases are delinquency cases, but not simultaneously. When the dependency system fails, they’re back in delinquency,” he said.“The irony in dependency cases is that parents get lawyers and there is no lawyer for the child. That’s what we want to change.”Sheila LaCroix, a foster mother with eight years experience, testified from Orlando via video-conferencing: “The volunteer GAL program is a definite necessity, but if they don’t have lawyers they get railroaded in court. Children need a voice who can speak the same language in the courtroom.”Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Ft. Lauderdale referred to a Utah study where the average stay in foster care was 9.7 months (compared to Florida’s two years) after children were given court-appointed attorneys in dependency cases, and a GAL.“We’ve got a problem here. It’s broke. I congratulate you, Dorothy, on the fine work in this report. But it doesn’t go far enough,” Campbell said. “It does lead us in the right direction.” December 15, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News
by: John SchmollThe best part about saving money and being financially secure isn’t all the things you can afford to buy; it’s the peace of mind and lack of financial stress. This is why wealthy people don’t take tax refunds and buy new cars or TVs. After all, that money isn’t a windfall — it’s your money to begin with. Instead, that cash injection goes straight into their investment portfolio or bank account.With the five ways to save more money below, you will quickly notice that none of the tactics suggest you forgo that $4 cup of coffee you get once a week at Starbucks or try to cancel your $9 a month Netflix service. Unless you’re spending $10 a day — or over $3,500 a year — on Frappuccinos, these minor lifestyle changes aren’t going to launch you into the 1 percent club.1. Negotiate EverythingWhen you call customer service for any large corporation, their goal is to keep you happy, unless you’re Comcast. Fortunately, other telecom providers regularly offer promotions for their cellphone and Internet services. My friend Gary Dek at Gajizmo has been able to annually negotiate his AT&T DSL service to $35 from $65 a month. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The president also may not be the last Trump to run for elected office.Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump may hold future political aspirations, and that could curb some plans for growth. The risks are greatest on the international front, where potential for conflicts of interest abound. The investigations could also lead to negative publicity as the company is looking to expand.A new stream of business partners may emerge with Mr. Trump out of the spotlight.Over the past four years, Bobby R. Burchfield, a Washington lawyer, served as the Trump Organization’s ethics adviser, scrutinizing potential deals and business partners. The examinations made it difficult for some to pass muster, while others were scared off by the public attention.- Advertisement – That scrutiny will now fall away, opening a pipeline of new partners.And with more than $300 million in debt coming due that the president has personally guaranteed, there may be some urgency for the Trump Organization to line up new deals. In addition, an adverse ruling in an audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service could cost him more than $100 million, The Times reported in September.A polarized country and the pandemic could hamper a rebound.Some of Mr. Trump’s most lucrative properties are in Democratic strongholds, like New York and Chicago, where he remains deeply unpopular. And his biggest revenue-generator, his Doral golf resort in Florida, has suffered from a drop-off in conference revenue as some big companies and organizations stayed away because of his divisiveness.- Advertisement – As president, Mr. Trump has tried to fill the gap, at least in part, through events booked at his properties by groups connected to him and Republican politics. The Trump International Hotel near the White House was often brimming with partisan allies.It is unclear if that patronage will continue, or if Mr. Trump’s detractors will return to his properties once he leaves office. Additionally, it has been a tough year for the hospitality industry because of the pandemic, and the headwinds have hit commercial real estate, too. Both are central to Mr. Trump’s business portfolio.There may be another presidential act for Mr. Trump or his children.Mr. Trump, as of late, has privately raised the idea of running again in 2024. And the possibility of another Trump presidential run could have a chilling effect on his business in the intervening years, at least in countries like China, where a thicket of ethical and legal conflicts could arise.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
The Bizovačke toplice Spa and the Akromion Special Hospital, by combining services and excellent synergy, create added value and raise the standard of patient treatment.With the opening of the orthopedic clinic in Bizovac in September this year, the Special Hospital for Orthopedics and Traumatology Akromion has officially started cooperation with the Bizovačke toplice Spa. Thus, all patients who need surgery, their healing process, after surgery at the Special Hospital Akromion – to continue rehabilitation at the Bizovačke toplice Spa, the center of continental and health tourism in eastern Croatia. Cooperation with Akromion Special Hospital we have been preparing for some time and we are extremely pleased to say that we paid attention to every detail, and together we are ready to offer health services to our patients on a whole new level, said Sandra Mihaljević, director of Bizovačke toplice Spa and added: “Combining the services of the Spa through rehabilitation and physical therapy, treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, orthopedic and post-traumatic conditions, rheumatic diseases, rehabilitation of sports injuries and specialist services of orthopedists of Akromion Hospital for our patients – we have rounded out the process they are going through. We make their recovery as easy as possible through the availability of top experts from our hospitals throughout the entire treatment, where we provide rehabilitation for them in the most modern hospital facility, and we bring experts to patients.”All patients in rehabilitation are expecting three physiotherapists and highly educated therapists: twenty-three of them. Given their number and the conditions that patients have in the new spa building, which is currently the most modern hospital accommodation facility in Croatia, each patient is provided with an individual and integrated approach. Photo: AcromionAmong other things, for patients The program was designed for the first time in Croatia preoperative rehabilitation which prepares them for the fastest and highest quality rehabilitation after surgery. Experts from Akromion Special Hospital provide almost all medical services in the field of orthopedics and traumatology. Arthroscopic procedures on the shoulder, knee, hip and ankle, as well as on the elbow and hand, implantation of artificial hip or knee joints, are medical procedures that are standard at Akromion Special Hospital. “With this significant cooperation for us, we will provide patients with a complete medical service, from examinations, preparation for surgery and the operation itself, to rehabilitation and under the supervision of physiotherapists and orthopedists. Our goal is to provide patients with the highest quality medical service by uniting teams of experts from the Bizovačke toplice and Akromion Spa, at a very high level and in full comfort. ” points out prof.dr.sc. Nikola Čičak, orthopedic specialist, director of Akromion Special Hospital. The cooperation of related entities creates added value to the business, but primarily raises the quality of treatment and the availability of top medical services to patients from the country and abroad. Synergy is key, there is no competition, we are too small anyway, and the market and potential is huge, both in everything and in the development of health tourism. Together we get the breadth and quality of services, and only quality and long-term we can develop tourism products if they all function and develop.This collaboration is a great example of how the two specialized healthcare institutions have complemented each other and thus expanded their services. Now other subjects need to be involved in the whole story, in order to complete the whole story. Primarily an excellent cluster of health tourism – Pannonian Health.RELATED NEWS: Pannonian Health Cluster presented in Osijek