Sutton Foster(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Tony winner Sutton Foster has booked a trip to Stars Hollow. The Younger star will appear in the upcoming Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls, according to TVLine. Foster has a history with the series’ creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino: she starred in her short-lived ABC Family (now Freeform) comedy Bunheads.No official word yet on exactly who Foster will play, but it’s not impossible for the Broadway favorite to reprise her Bunheads performance as Michelle Simms. When she stopped by Broadway.com for Role Call, Foster revealed that was the role she would most love to do again. Stars Hollow, the fictional Connecticut hamlet where much of Gilmore Girls takes place, even has its own dance studio, run by fan favorite Miss Patty LaCosta (played by Liz Torres).A handful of original Gilmore Girls actors are lined up for the series’ next chapter, including Lauren Graham, Tony winner Kelly Bishop (who also starred in Bunheads), Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Yanic Truesdale, Sean Gunn, Keiko Agena, Milo Ventimiglia and Matt Czuchry. Foster is the first addition to the cast who did not appear in the original WB (and later CW) incarnation.A Tony winner for Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Foster’s additional stage credits include Violet, Shrek, Young Frankenstein and The Drowsy Chaperone. Fans can currently catch her as 40-year-old-but-pretending-to-be-26 Liza Miller on TV Land’s Younger (and in GIF form in Broadway.com’s recaps). View Comments
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Central Bureau of Statistics. Year: LVI., Number: 7.1.2. Sources  IMD: Institute for Management Development (2018). IMD WORLD TALENT RANKING 2018. Lausanne. Switzerland  Ilišin, V., Spajić Vrkaš, V. (2015). Needs, problems and potentials of young people in Croatia. Research report. Ministry of Social Policy and Youth  International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank (2018) The Human Capital Project. The World Bank Group. Washington DC  The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report (2017). Paving the way for a more sustainable and inclusive future [online]. Available at: http://reports.weforum.org/travel-and-tourism-competitiveness-report-2017/  Dropulić Ružić, M. (2017). What if young people want to work in tourism? Institute of Agriculture and Tourism. Poreč  Dropulić Ružić, M. (2017). What if young people want to work in tourism? Institute of Agriculture and Tourism. Poreč  First steps in the labor market (2018). First steps into Labor Market. Deloitte  Ilišin, V., Spajić Vrkaš, V. (2015). Needs, problems and potentials of young people in Croatia. Research report. Ministry of Social Policy and Youth  Ilišin, V., Spajić Vrkaš, V. (2015). Needs, problems and potentials of young people in Croatia. Research report. Ministry of Social Policy and Youth  World Economic Forum (2018). The Future of Jobs Report 2018. Cologny / Geneva  Eurostat (2019). Adult participation in learning 2018. [online] Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/4187653/9753784/Participation+in+learning These days, we are witnessing concerns about the (non) arrival of tourists and the “July hole”, and regardless of this important topic, let’s turn the discourse for a moment to one of the “holes” that should be of particular concern to us. It is a financial, value, priority hole that we have had for our young people, theirs and our future for years. While in recent years investments in tourism have flourished and ranked Croatia high on the scale of tourism investment potential (7/43), while we have received awards for infrastructure projects and nautical tourism and invested in interpretation centers, beaches, events, “strengthening the strength of the brand” and sl… investments in YOUTH, their education and development as drivers of change and future creators of new policies and trends – all these years it is negligible and sad. For someone who could be classified as an optimist, in the way this country treats young people, with all good will, I do not find anything optimistic. Various researches, measurements, comparisons and analyzes related to investments in people and young people gloomily confirm what we are witnessing – that this land is an evil stepmother to her children and youth! She neither loves them, nor understands them, nor respects them, nor develops them, nor supports them – she left them to the streets and the hands of other countries. Take, for example, IMD – World Talent Ranking 2018 (IMD World Talent Ranking), according to whose report, Croatia, on the list of 63 countries, is in a distant 54th place!The report assesses the country’s ability to build, attract and retain talented people to create a base of talented people needed to increase competitiveness and grow the economy. Croatia is at the bottom of the scale in terms of investment in practice during schooling (60th out of 63), in terms of companies investing in employee training (63rd), in attracting and retaining talented people (63rd), employee motivation (62nd), by outflows brains (57), meeting market demands for skilled labor (62) and higher education (60) . Human resource development, talent management and youth are simply not a priority of this country. We neither create, nor retain, nor invest in talent.What are we doing to change that? The World Bank’s Human Capital Index shows how much a country prepares its people for the future, ie how much countries lose on the productivity of the economy due to insufficient investment in their people . Last year, in a ranking of 157 countries, Croatia was in a good 36th place and says that it will realize 72% of potential / productivity compared to what it could be if the education and health systems gave their maximum. Despite this solid position, we need to look back area of education. The study shows that a child in Croatia has 10,7 “useful” years of schooling, and that another 2,6 years should be spent educating. In addition, the Global Human Capital Index ranks Croatia 37th out of 130 countries, but again with the weakest youth policies. In 2017, it was worst positioned in the age group 15-24 due to the high youth unemployment rate (115th place), the labor force participation rate (107th place) and the (poor) quality of education (97th place). This report also shows the issue of employee education, which positions us in 114th place out of 130 . And without even looking at these indices, everyday life in our schools or colleges is proof of these sad positions. We call for a systematic reform that will prepare young people for life and business reality. We are crying out for a system that young people will gladly go into. What are we doing to change this?Of course, investments in infrastructure projects, events and marketing campaigns are welcome, but the problem is that people, young people and education have not been a priority for investment all these years. And all successful countries confirm that education is a generator of development. Croatian allocations from the education budget have been below the European average for years. According to the World Bank Group, for 2013, budget allocations were 4.6% of GDP while the EU average was 5.1%, for example Iceland 7.72% and Sweden 7.65% . These investments have increased slightly recently, but are still minor compared to these averages. As well as the allocation of state budget funds for research and development in GDP. In 2017, they were 0.7% (CBS) and even in the best years (2004) they were around 1%, while the world average was 2.23% and the EU average 2.03%. The countries our young people go to allocate about 3%; Germany 2.94%, Denmark 2.85%, Finland 2.75%. Last year, 57% of students expressed that the faculty did not prepare them well for future business challenges, and 81.5% (N = 5.711) confirmed that they would move out for a professional career . This is sadly confirmed by the list of 50 world universities where Croatia ranks 43rd . According to the 2019 list, the United States is in first place, followed by Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark. Here, the following are assessed: sources of funding and investment in higher education, political and social environment, networking and openness, and outcome. We are the worst in general cooperation with the economy and industry, which ranks us again at our traditional bottom of the scale – 48th place on the list of 50 countries. Famous regional centers of competence they were supposed to fix this picture. But we’ve been hearing about them for years. We also chant about their beginnings at congresses and gatherings, while failing to develop generations of ambassadors of the profession. And the beginning got stuck somewhere between the two ministries, so on the ground… mostly saga. Greater financial resources, innovative programs and a better system of practical training and connections with the business sector are key to generating young professionals in our labor market. What are we doing to change this?The research conducted by the CES indicates that class teachers / professional associates (N = 3.311) estimate that 27.9% of students have strong abilities and preferences for certain teaching areas, while 72.1% do not . The key question here is how do we nurture, develop and guide these 27.9% of gifted students? Are we ennobling their visible talent and potential? And what do we do with the dominant 72.1%? Have we created the conditions and opportunities to explore and their abilities, talents and hidden potentials? Do we build their self-confidence or do we leave them to themselves? We frame young people with their system and form. And they need help to discover their “passions”, potentials and talents. What are we doing to change that?Furthermore, the same research indicates that young people need help, support, guidance in choosing a future profession and understanding their abilities. In the sample of students in the final grade of primary school in the school year 2015/2016 (N = 3.590), the largest number of students (64.9%) expressed interest in vocational guidance, and 60.9% of students in the final grade of secondary school (N = 3.908) intend to study. 38.5% do not yet know what they want to study, and 59.3% have some difficulty in deciding to continue their education. A large number of parents would certainly confirm this, with professors (N = 2.870) estimating that 38.4% of students need vocational guidance services. So, a good part of our young people “wander” in the professional definition. What are we doing to change this?Young people do not know what to do, where to go and how to do it. But then, according to the inertia of life and the need for pocket money, they get a job. And what happens? The research of the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth (2015) conducted on young people aged 15-29 (N = 2.000) indicates that 55% of young people are not employed in their profession, to work 3 hours longer than the legally prescribed norm for 20% lower salary than average of the Republic of Croatia . And of all the offered job factors, the amount of salary and payment of overtime hours, in particular, young people in tourism (N = 5.060) rate the worst; both factors with a score of 2.9 out of 5 . We demotivate young people from the first work experiences. What are we doing to change this?Those who have not been employed or are looking for new perspectives, in the last 15 years, on average 61 to 70% of them intensively and continuously express a desire to go abroad, with a quarter of them wanting to leave Croatia permanently. Unemployment and mass emigration of young professionals to other countries are considered a burning generational problem . Unfortunately, this trend is also confirmed by Gallup’s research in the Republic of Croatia, according to which 33% of young people aged 15-29 express a desire to move permanently to another country (N = 1.000). Unfortunately, Croatian everyday life demonstrates that these wishes are not only expressed but also realized. This is confirmed by this year’s CES number of 25.412 unemployed young people under 29 and 11.207 officially registered departures of young people aged 15 to 29 last year . And how many more unregistered souls have left us? It is assumed that every third young person with a diploma in hand makes their knowledge and talents available to another country – one of those at the top of the aforementioned rankings. Young people want to leave and leave. We are losing generations of talent. What are we doing to change this? Our schools are outdated. Practices are a dead letter on paper or just done side activities to satisfy the form. However, it is alarming that only 4.4% of students and staff improve their knowledge and skills on their own initiative outside of university and work obligations, which indicates the need for systematic and continuous awareness of the importance of lifelong learning . In the context of Croatia, we have to talk about this topic for all age groups because only 2.9% are educated for life, while the EU average is 11.1% . Take the example of Sweden, where 29.2% of the population has a lifelong education, in Finland 28.5% and in Denmark 23.5%, just to realize for a moment how far behind we are and how much effort it takes to change this. We should also be concerned that the majority (94%) of surveyed students were not included in a European or international student mobility program, which respondents predominantly associate with a lack of financial resources and their own lack of interest in going abroad . The numerical coincidence is interesting, but the sad reality is that 95% of the surveyed young people from tourism also did not participate in foreign exchanges and study stays. Furthermore, in Croatia there are 850 youth associations for young people, and work with young people is mostly of a voluntary nature. But for more than 70% of the 2.000 young people, there is still a need to open multi-purpose youth centers, and counseling for young people who are victims of violence and counseling for self-employment and entrepreneurship are sought by approximately four-fifths of respondents . Young people do not have a tendency towards lifelong learning. What are we doing to change this?We must not ignore the results of PISA tests (N = 6952) in which 86.5% of students manage to solve only simple problem tasks. Understanding problems, logical problem solving, critical thinking, originality in approach, creativity in thinking are elements that our students generally lack. And worst of all, there is no concern about it. In tourism schools, the aspects of “teacher innovation in knowledge transfer” (average grade = 3.3) and “realistic picture of work in tourism obtained by previous education” (average grade = 3.5) are the lowest . According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), by 2025 jobs related to physical and basic cognitive skills will be in decline. Routine jobs will be eliminated, and 65% of today’s children will end up in careers that do not yet exist . Young people need to strengthen their social-entrepreneurial-life skills. Schools and teachers but also non-formal education can play a big role in this process. What are we doing to change that?A culture of courtesy is the first thought of tourism. Unfortunately, this thesis is not confirmed everywhere in Croatia. Nor among the young. Almost half of the surveyed young people (N = 5.060) who work in tourism in relation to guests are in the phase of apathy (45.7%), irritation (1.5%) and antagonism (1.3%). They treat the guest formally, angrily or let him know that he is not welcome. We return to the beginning of the circle again because we can conclude that a large part of young people either a) have chosen the wrong profession or b) do not have developed soft skills and / or c) express their dissatisfaction with the job towards the guest. Young people are in apathy towards guests. What are we doing to change this?The Ministry of Science and Education points to a short-term growth trend in student enrollment in vocational occupations. This is an increase of 6-12% of chefs and waiters, but let’s not forget that 6 students have been lost in the last 44.409 years. A whole Sisak of young people. Coastal towns such as Rab, Poreč, Crikvenica, Rovinj… are rapidly losing young people’s interest in this profession. These growing misery is not a consequence of the increased interest of students or their parents, let alone the famous “promotion of the professional profession”. The absurdities of what is generally called the promotion of the profession and are over 20 times smaller in monetary currency compared to the co-financing of concrete holes called swimming pools. This is the sad order of values of the Ministry of Tourism for too many years. Young people should be interested in tourism. Dignity needs to be restored to the profession. Promotion and attraction are much more than scholarships and videos. What are we doing to change that?The Youthonomics Global Index analyzes how friendly countries are to young people, and with this survey Croatia is again at its traditional bottom of the scale, ranking 51st out of 64 countries . At the top of the list is Norway, which shows a number of best practices, including a flexible labor market, which is a great advantage for young people. As far as education is concerned, according to this index, our neighbors should be our neighbors – Slovenia – whose primary and secondary education takes the first place. Youthonomics measures “youth optimism”, ie the extent to which young people can expect an improvement in their living conditions. And here we are again on a non-optimistic background – 60th out of 64 places, and according to the “youth outlook” indicator – an indicator that gives an insight into current and future conditions for young people – we are “knocking” the last 64th place. In addition to not being friendly and mentoring-oriented towards our young people, they do not even hope to improve conditions in their country in the short term. What are we doing to change that?Another important index is The Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) as a comparative analysis that measures how successfully states and cities create, attract and retain talent with a focus on entrepreneurial talent . This year, Croatia is ranked 55th out of 125 countries, with 99th place in attracting talent, 120th place in retaining “brains”, 105th place in employability skills, 87th place in the quality of management schools, 122nd place in terms of employee development. Guess the ranking of the most open countries for entrepreneurial talent? At the very top are Switzerland, Singapore, USA, Norway, Denmark, Finland… Due to the importance of entrepreneurial talent, new approaches are being introduced to the labor market, which encourage and protect the future of employees. How much entrepreneurial talents develop in our young people. What are we doing to change that?And now the value system – an order that is important for each individual but also the collective because if it is not harmonized it leads to the greatest extent of dissatisfaction and conflict. The report of the Ministry and Social Policy of Youth (2015) indicates an increase in the importance of family and work among young people and a decrease in preoccupation with entertainment and leisure. As factors of success in Croatian society, young people emphasize much less the circumstances and behaviors related to the competence, responsibility and commitment of individuals in relation to factors such as family or political networks and the ability to cunningly “cope” in a given environment. This is also an internal confirmation of why young Croats are literally the most pessimistic about their future compared to their peers from the remaining 63 countries. What are we doing to change that? Finally, let’s look at the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index, which ranks Croatia 32nd on the list of 136 countries. And no matter how optimistic it may seem at first, and we would say wow, at least we know what we are doing in tourism, and here we are flooded with a cold shower because the human side of tourism is again in failure and on the margins. According to the indicator “human resources and labor market” which is part of this index, we are on the 85th place, on the qualification of the workforce – on the 87th place, on the scope of employee training – on the 120th place, on the ease of finding qualified employees on – 106. place . And here, those are the biggest holes of our tourism. And every year they get deeper! Recognizing the differences in the index and the methodology of research and measurement, we are aware that they do not in themselves change the situation, but very clearly reflect our decisions, priorities and behaviors. And they bring us to the point where we need to honestly and loudly admit to ourselves – we have abandoned our children and youth! We have neglected them in too many categories and for too long. They left them by the roadside for Nowhere in the hope that Someone Else would take care of them. Recovering from the trauma of leaving is a long process. Holes in tourism will become increasingly painful. What are we going to do to change that?Author: doc. dr. sc. Marinela Dropulic Ruzic, MERAKLIS / Cover photo: Pixabay.com  CES (2016). Report on the survey on professional intentions of students in the final grades of primary and secondary school in the school year 2015/2016.  Dropulić Ružić, M. (2017). What if young people want to work in tourism? Institute of Agriculture and Tourism. Poreč
A disallowed Luis Suarez goal summed up a frustrating afternoon for Barcelona as the leaders of La Liga dropped points for the second week running after a 0-0 stalemate with Getafe yesterday.After needing a late equaliser to grab a point in the Catalan derby at Espanyol last weekend, Barca could not break down a well-organised Getafe side, who showed why they have the third-best defensive record in the league.In irresistible form in front of goal in 2018, Suarez had the ball in the net just before halftime with a great finish from a Lionel Messi free-kick, but the home celebrations were cut short by the offside flag.The Uruguayan striker then saw his header kept out by a brilliant Vicente Guaita save as the match moved into stoppage time, with Barca failing to score at home in La Liga for the first time since November 2016.Ernesto Valverde’s side remain unbeaten in La Liga after 23 games, extending their longest run without losing from the start of a campaign.However, they are now only seven points clear at the summit from Atletico Madrid, who won 1-0 at MalagaÂ on SaturdayÂ with an early Antoine Griezmann goal. The Rojiblancos visit the Camp NouÂ in three weeks.“We don’t like to draw at home, but that’s football. Our opponents defended really well and we were unable to score,” Valverde told beIN Sports.“Maybe we lacked a bit of spark, that’s possible. It is strange for us not to score here at our stadium.”With Samuel Umtiti banned, Thomas Vermaelen not fit and Gerard Pique only on the bench, Valverde handed a first start to January signing Yerry Mina and partnered him in central defence with Lucas Digne.That pair were rarely overly troubled, but at the other end Valverde’s decision to bring both Paco Alcacer and Philippe Coutinho into the line-up did not have the desired impact.They both lasted just over an hour, with Coutinho forcing a fine save from Guaita from a curling strike in the 58th minute.Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele came on in the second half for his first appearance since his latest spell on the sidelines, but the young France forward was also incapable of breaking down the Getafe back line.Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini came on towards the end to make his debut for Getafe, who are 10th.Real Madrid moved back up to third with a comprehensive 5-2 win over Real SociedadÂ on SaturdayÂ in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for the first time this season.However, they are still 17 points adrift of Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand.Earlier, Sergio Rico was the hero for Sevilla with a penalty save and several key interventions as his side boosted their European hopes with a 1-0 win over Girona.The only goal of the game at a sunny Sanchez Pizjuan was scored just over 30 seconds into the second half, with Pablo Sarabia making sure the ball went in after a Joaquin Correa effort was stopped on the line.But, before that, Rico had intervened to prevent the home side going behind just prior to the interval, diving to his right to save an Aday Benitez penalty awarded for a handball by Luis Muriel.Sevilla, who will face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final in April and host Manchester United in the Champions League onÂ February 21, are sixth in La Liga.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
MIAMI (CMC): Four new venues have been added to the roster for next July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the confederation announced yesterday. The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas; the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; and Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee will be among 14 venues which will play host to the July 7-26 continental championship staged exclusively in the United States. In 2015, preliminary-round matches were staged in Toronto. “We’re excited to bring the Gold Cup to new markets across the country. These cities have all proved ready and eager to host our region’s marquee soccer championship, and welcome world-class international soccer next summer,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. “With matches also set for some of our more popular venues over the years, such as Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, next year’s Gold Cup will highlight the top-tier sporting status of international soccer across the nation.” The Alamodome, the FirstEnergy Stadium and Nissan Stadium will also feature preliminary-round games, while Levi’s Stadium will be one of five venues to stage knockout games. Jamaica, the 2015 finalists, along with CuraÁao, French Guiana and Martinique are the Caribbean teams which have so far secured qualification for the Gold Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Haiti will contest a play-off next month for a chance to secure another berth at the showpiece. Canada, Mexico and the United States automatically qualify, with the four top finishers from next month’s UNCAF Central American Cup wrapping up the remaining places at the 12-nation championship.
Members of trade union Unite who work for public services organisation Serco and are based at hospitals within Barts Health NHS Trust are taking strike action in a dispute over pay.Cleaners, domestic staff, porters, and security staff based across four London hospitals in the Barts Health NHS Trust began 48 hours of strike action yesterday (Tuesday 4 July 2017) after 99% of Unite members who took part in the strike ballot voted in favour of strike action.The dispute revolves around a proposed pay increase. Unite members employed by Serco are seeking a £0.30 an hour wage increase.Serco invited Unite to negotiations with conciliation and arbitration service Acas on 28 June 2017, but the trade union claims that Serco failed to bring a new proposal to the discussions.The strike involves Serco staff at Mile End Hospital, Royal London Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and Whipps Cross University Hospital. The current strike action will end at 6am on Thursday 6 July.Serco staff who are members of Unite are also planning a seven-day strike starting on Tuesday 11 July, followed by a two-week strike from Tuesday 25 July. Further strike action will also be planned for August and September.Phil Mitchell, contract director at Serco, said: “We believe strongly in ensuring our dedicated team are rewarded fairly, which is why we agreed with the Trust to pay all our team members a minimum of the London living wage from day one. This resulted in an increase in pay for over 230 team members and benefited over 110 permanent staff by an average of 3.5%. For those team members on higher salaries, we have offered a pay increase for this year which is in line with that for NHS staff.“We are determined to ensure that Unites action does not impact on patients. We have robust plans in place aimed at ensuring we can continue to support the Trust’s hospitals to operate as normal during the planned action.”Gloria Sindall, regional officer at Unite, said: “[Employees] across four London hospitals will be taking strike action this week in a battle against low pay. Cleaners, porters and security staff have seen their real living standards drop year on year.“Workers are now demanding a 30p per hour wage increase. Serco made over £80 million in profit last year but managers are refusing to share these earnings fairly and protect the living standards of the workers.“Rather than try to settle this dispute the private contractor Serco wasted valuable time by offering absolutely nothing new for the workforce at talks with Acas last week. Unite members are fed up and are preparing for a series of strikes to demand a fair and proper pay rise which recognises the contribution they make to Serco and to Barts.”A spokesperson at Barts Health NHS Trust added: “We have been working closely with both sides to find a resolution to this dispute, urging them to seek a solution through the mediation service Acas.“Contingency plans are in place to minimise any disruption to staff and patients at our hospitals. All patient care at each of our hospitals will continue and we advise patients to attend their hospital appointments as normal.”