Ludlow baker gets to finals

first_imgPeter Cook, joint owner of Ludlow-based SC Price & Sons, has been named a finalist in the Waitrose Small Producer of the Year competition.His winning entry is a Pain au Levain sourdough bread, based on flour from Shipton Mill, which took him three to four years to develop. At £2.60, the 800g sourdough loaf is now one of the bakery shop’s best sellers.Henrietta Green, one of the final’s judges in the bakery category, recently visited the Ludlow bakery. Mr Cook will be taking two examples of his loaf to the Waitrose head office in Bracknell for further judging on June 8. Mr Cook entered the Waitrose competition for the first time last year but did not get through the initial stages. The Price premises has been a bakery since the 19th century and owned by the Cook family for 65 years.last_img read more

Japanese beetles

first_imgAdult Japanese beetles seldom become a problem when gardeners are following a regular spray schedule for the control of other insects. But if you find yourself battling the beetles, persistence and the right insecticides are the key to controlling the rose-munching pests. You can protect the foliage and fruit of most plants by spraying them with insecticides like sevin or malathion. Unfortunately, insecticides will not fully protect roses as they unfold too fast and are especially attractive to beetles. When beetles are abundant on roses, clip the buds off and spray the bushes to protect the leaves. When the beetles become scarce, let the bushes bloom again. Limited numbers of rose blooms for show purposes can be protected from beetle damage by tying perforated plastic bags or netting over the buds before the beetles appear. When it comes to tackling Japanese beetles, timeliness and thoroughness are very important. Begin treatment as soon as soon as the beetles appear, before they can do any damage. Use insecticides only on plants for which they are designed, and follow all of the directions on the insecticide’s label. Apply insecticides thoroughly, so that all parts of the plant are covered. More than one application may be necessary to maintain protection, especially of new foliage and ripening fruit. Most Japanese beetle insecticides will control the insects for about a week, but additional applications may be necessary after heavy rains. When insecticides are applied to edible plants, it is important to observe the required waiting period between the last application and harvest. This is specified on the insecticide container label. To be doubly safe, always wash edible plant parts before cooking or eating them. Japanese beetle traps impress a lot of home gardeners, but they may not always be effective. These traps work by attracting beetles and can actually increase the number of beetles you are fighting against. However, they can work well if you are trying to draw the beetles out of a small area like a rose or vegetable garden. In that case, place the traps on the outer edges of you garden to lure the beetles away from your prize plants.last_img read more

The City of Split, on the eve of the season and in the current year, is introducing changes in the regulation of public transport as well as stationary traffic for tourist buses. Agencies and buses are threatening lawsuits!

first_imgWhen we look at the wider sika, the agencies have 500 to 1000 groups this year, while a large number of carriers operate a transportation service for domestic and foreign partners. Terms and contracts are defined and signed, and this Decision directly brings damage, both financial and business, through the damaged reputation of travel agencies and buses. And finally, the reputation of the city of Split and the entire tourist image of Croatia. A new crazy situation is coming to us today from Split. This time it is not the case that someone uses POS apartments for rent to tourists, it is not that construction work lasts after the deadline and thus expels guests and violates the law, nor did someone raise the floor, two more in accordance with the building permit. To make things better, a report was published today. “World Competitiveness 2019”, In which Croatia ranked 60th out of 63 in the world economy. Thus, Croatia is among the last five economies on the competitiveness scale: Venezuela (63rd), Mongolia (62nd), Argentina (61st), Croatia (60th) and Brazil (59th). At first it sounds like great news because order is finally being introduced in traffic, all with the aim of relieving the city center. And that is to be commended and not the subject of debate. However, there are major technical problems, which, if the Decision enters into force, will put both travel agencies and buses in an unequal position, as well as a possible new million-dollar lawsuit against the city of Split for distorting market competition. “With the one-way traffic regime in the City Port, the City strives to improve vehicle flow, reduce congestion and congestion, while the Public City Transport Transport has adjusted the number of bus lines to the new regime, which would expect 45.000 passengers per day instead of the previous 15. are to make the arrival of tourists at the destination as pleasant as possible, so as not to waste time on vacation waiting in columns, but also so that the domicile population would feel less pressure from tourist flows. ” points out Nino Vela, deputy mayor of the city of Split in a letter. Conclusion: The only logical thing would be to extend the decision for the next tourist year, ie for 2020. Issue 2 # Violation of the EU directive on package travel and related travel arrangements No, this time it is a reckless decision of the city of Split that could lead the city of Split to a new million-dollar lawsuit and great damage to the reputation of our tourism. Problem 1 # Changing the rules of the game during the current season Thus, in this case, the city of Split with this Decision, before the tourist season and in the current year, directly harms the agencies by unplanned price increases during the current year. As they point out from the city of Split, the organization of the Main Railway Station in Kopilica and the introduction of the city railway in the public transport service is expected to reduce the pressure of vehicles, especially tourist buses to the city center, and passengers can get to the center by train in 4 minutes which is valid for rail and bus an hour. City trains on the route Kopilica-Gradska luka and vice versa will run every 20 minutes, while the ticket price will be 11.00 kuna per person in one direction. Thus, on the eve of the season, which is outside all the rules in the tourism sector, new tariffs are introduced, in this case even eight times more expensive than before, and a new traffic regulation is introduced, which directly affects travel agencies and tourist buses. Although the letter points out that the daily parking ticket for tourist buses will be 120 kuna, as the price for parking in Dračevac has been so far, the total cost is still increasing for the price of transporting the city train on the route Kopilica-Gradska luka and vice versa. Which means that per passenger, and in one bus there will be about 40 to 50 passengers / tourists, the ticket price will be 22.00 kuna in both directions. That is a significant price increase. Please note, prices and conditions are agreed on an annual basis a year in advance. Who will cover this new cost? Passengers as well as external partners will certainly not, but will refer to the signed Contract and the agreed terms. The new traffic regulation means that one-way traffic will be introduced in the City Port, while the main railway station will be organized in Kopilica. Also, the city railway line Kopilica – Gradska luka is being introduced, so that tourists can get to the city center by train after getting off the bus. How do we deal with market and strategic development when someone makes a decision like this in the middle of the current year without consulting the profession? Specifically, this means that the disembarkation and embarkation of passengers from tourist buses will be organized along the railway platform in Kopilica, where a parking lot for tourist buses with 48 seats will be opened. The daily parking ticket for tourist buses will be 120 kuna, as has been the price for parking in Dračevac so far. The new unplanned cost cannot be passed on to external tour operators as well as to passengers / tourists, which leads to unsustainable financial calculations, as well as violations of the EU Directive and contracts of domestic travel agencies with partners. So, there is also the issue of appeal of all passengers because travel agencies will not be able to deliver to them the disembarkation on the waterfront and the city tour, as it is written in the road program, for which they agreed to pay. The new EU rules provide passengers with detailed travel information, better and more effective consumer protection as well as clearer rules on liability in the event of a problem. Without getting into the discussion about the new price lists, whether the prices are too high or realistic, the key problem here is because the rules of the game are changing during the current year. Until now, the price was HRK 50,00 for boarding and HRK 50,00 for unloading, or a total of HRK 100,00, and now, according to the new rules, the total cost will be eight times more expensive, ie HRK 800,00. The Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) points out that they held a meeting with the city of Split, and that they expect that the city will still have an understanding and postpone the decision for next year. “We had a meeting in the city and we hope that the city of Split will understand the problems of travel agencies and have an understanding and postpone the decision for 2020.”Points out Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA. But let’s go in order… The City of Split is introducing it from June 09, 2019 changes in the regulation of public urban transport as well as stationary traffic for tourist buses in the area of ​​the narrower and wider city core. Cover photo: Pexels.com The first and basic rule in the tourism sector is that any decision to change prices and conditions is not made for the current year, but only for the next. The reason for this is very simple. A year earlier, travel agencies at tourist fairs and direct contracts with partners agreed on tourist packages, in which all prices and calculations are strictly defined, and the packages have already been sold and defined by the cooperation agreement. If the price of an arrangement changes during the year due to raising the price of the entrance of, say, a museum or interpretation center, then we come to an awkward situation, because the programs have long been sold and leased. The problem arises for everyone in that chain. For both domestic and foreign agencies and for tourists, because the additional cost must be covered by someone, not to mention the seriousness and professionalism, ie the impression we leave towards tourists or foreign partners. So prices are defined in the current year for the next, that is the industry standard. But, unfortunately, in Croatia we still witness how during the year / season (we want to talk about the tourist year, not the season) conditions, prices change, various decisions are made that change the rules of the “game” in tourist destinations, which leads to major problems for travelers. agencies. This directly violates the travel program and puts the travel agency’s situation in an accident, and passengers will seek compensation from the agencies. As the contracts have long been defined and signed, the agencies will have to seek their compensation for the city of Split, as well as compensation for the disrupted business relationship with external partners. New million lawsuit for the city of Split? It can’t be boring in our tourism. Although tourism is one of our main strategic branches, accounting for 19,6% of GDP, and we have been dealing with it for decades, but even if we take into account the fact that we live in the 21st century, it is difficult to remain normal in everyday absurd, illogical and insane situations. which we can witness from day to day. According to the new changes, disembarkation and embarkation of passengers from tourist buses at the terminals near the Tourist Palace on the Riva will be possible, but with a limit of 15 minutes, and each stop for embarkation and disembarkation will cost 400 kuna, ie a total of 800 kuna. The EU Directive on package travel and related travel arrangements, which entered into force in July 2018, will achieve better and more effective consumer protection. We wonder why? This case from Split is a great example of why we are at the bottom of the world competitiveness scale. Even after the warning of the profession and the meeting with UHPA, where in the city of Split they could see that the adoption of the Decision this year, at least, outside all business rules and directly harms the tourism sector, did not delay the decision. Even the Tourist Board of Split only transmitted the news of the Decision, without any public reaction. Some agencies even negotiate terms and lease hotels and various other partners two years in advance, such as in Turkey. That is why now I can offer prices on the market that are far more favorable than in Croatia. Problem 3 # The price of a daily ticket for tourist buses is not the same, but increases by 22,00 kuna per passenger And it all came about due to ignorance, frivolity and lack of communication with the profession, the private sector that is directly affected by this decision. And then we want to deal with the development of tourism, how? According to reports from the city of Split, from June 09, 2019, a change in traffic regulation in the area of ​​the city of Split will be introduced. The only logical thing would be to extend the decision for the next tourist year, ie for 2020. Under the prism of order, disorder is introduced in the middle of the season, and if the Decision enters into force, it could lead to lawsuits against the city of Split because it directly violates the EU Directive on Passenger Protection and directly negatively affects agency passengers and buses. Insane, frivolous, unprofessional and illogical. Please note, this is a change in business conditions during the current year, not a change in the regulation of public transport in the city of Split. New tariffs for agencies – even eight times more expensive than before Please note: All changes to business conditions and price lists should be adopted by the end of March of the current year at the latest.last_img read more