Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa became a member of the Moët & Chandon Privilege Club

first_imgOnly a few locations in the world have succeeded in becoming a member of the Moët & Chandon Privilege Club, which further speaks of the strict selection process and top quality standards that the Ikador Hotel and its Nobilion restaurant have managed to meet. The philosophy of the Moët & Chandon Privilege Club originated deep beneath the streets of French Épernay, among the famous 28-kilometer-long Cretaceous cellars. It is a place where generations of main cellarers (chef de Cave) strictly keep the keys to private galleries where the rarest and most prized collections of Grand Vintage champagnes rest. From rare, never-before-announced vintages, to magnums and jeroboams, this exclusive selection is available only to a handful of the world’s most famous restaurants, and now, for the first time, to the Croatian public.  The collaboration with the Moët Hennessy group and one of the most famous champagne houses Moët & Chandon, is a natural continuation of Icador’s concept by which he creates unique experiences for his guests and visitors. Icador’s Nobilion restaurant can thus boast a selection of very rare specimens from the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage collection, thus opening the door to a whole new level of gastro-oenological experience. In addition to Moët & Chandon, visitors to Nobilion can also enjoy other rarities of this famous group, such as those from the champagne houses Dom Perignon and Krug, as well as exclusive specimens of Hennessy cognac. Ikador has 16 accommodation units (9 double rooms, 7 suites) and is categorized with 5 *. center_img Photo: Icador The most luxurious boutique hotel on the Adriatic, Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa from Lovran has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with the French champagne house Moët & Chandon. Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa opened its doors in the spring of 2019, and even then it could boast of membership in the renowned hotel association Leading Hotels of the World, but also a number of carefully selected, world-famous partners who successfully promote not only the Opatija Riviera, but also the whole of Croatia as a destination of luxury and supreme hedonism.last_img read more

How can a child of three need transgender counselling?

first_imgMailOnline 8 April 2015There is a boom in the small but significant number of children below the age of puberty being referred to clinics with ‘gender dysphoria’ — the conviction of being born in the wrong body.There are few things more upsetting than having an unhappy child — especially if, as their parent, you can’t work out what you’re doing wrong.Every parent compares their son or daughter with classmates or friends’ children — you never want to think your own is the odd one out, the misfit.But all children are different, often brilliantly and creatively so, and the progress of the world depends on oddballs.The best advice is: ‘Give it time, support them, love them as they are, listen to what they’re saying.’In today’s world, however, we like neat labels on everything.There can be comfort in slapping a scientific name on your child’s behaviour, as if you were diagnosing an illness. And there is a powerful risk that professionals, fascinated by their own academic discipline, collude in that.We know too many children — improbably many — are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with symptoms including inattentiveness and impulsiveness.Or perhaps it will be another newly-named ‘condition’, such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder — which ‘often involves arguing (‘opposing’) and disobeying (‘defying’) the adults who look after them’, according to the NHS website.In the process, tens of thousands of children are put on drugs to control their behaviour, without sufficient resort to sensible measures such as restricting their screen time, ensuring enough sleep and feeding them sensibly.Others get labelled as clinically depressive, when the reason for their sadness is rational: divorce, bereavement, abuse.And now we learn that there is a boom in the small but significant number of children below the age of puberty being referred to clinics with ‘gender dysphoria’ — the conviction of being born in the wrong body, previously known as transsexualism.The Tavistock clinic and others report ever more children referred to them by anxious parents, some as young as three. Boys who want to be girls, girls who assert that they are really boys. One charity specialising in the condition says it’s being contacted by 20 families a month.Now, I believe gender dysphoria is real. It has been well-known for decades. No one quite knows why it happens.Maybe it’s abnormal development before birth, perhaps simply an oddity of nature — even one to be celebrated, rather than fretted over.In the past, it was unrecognised or condemned as perversion. Today, understanding is greater, and those — an estimated one in 125,000 — who are genuinely, deeply unhappy have the option of ‘transitioning’, both socially and surgically.The question now is whether the acceptance of this rare condition (I repeat, only one in 125,000) is panicking parents into misunderstanding or crazily encouraging young children in their innocent fantasies; and then feeding them to a psychiatric profession hungry for subjects with a fashionably interesting syndrome to study.Some clinicians are quoted as saying that 1 per cent of us ‘have transgender feelings to some extent’ — which is 1,250 times as many as might be diagnosed with the full gender dysphoria.But not every quirk of behaviour is a symptom. Small children, let’s face it, often live in a fabulous, magical world in which they may be a dog, a cat, a rabbit, or even a railway train.My favourite exchange with one child on the subject came when I was asked: ‘Do wishes come true?’ ‘Well, sometimes, darling, if you work hard…’‘No! I just wished I were an elephant, but I don’t want to be!’And often, at that age, you fancy joining the other gender. A small boy plays dressing-up or covets dolls — he may well be expressing a perfectly normal range of male personality, and support you in your old age with his couture designs.That girl in dungarees and spiky hair who desires to be Spider‑man? She may just be rejecting (quite rightly) the boring modern pressure to covet pop‑tarty looks and shriek a lot.Either child may refuse to dress in the conventional way for their sex, and announce that they want to belong to the other gender. It’s often a temporary thing, just a normal phase of childhood.If that goes on and on towards puberty and makes them unhappy at school, then it is reasonable enough to explore, with a counsellor who is not obsessively over-interested, whether — by rare chance — the real condition lies at the root of this behaviour.But we risk falling into the trap of seeing a problem where there is none at all, with children coming under terrible pressure to behave in a textbook way, as their parents’ anxieties about deviations from ‘normal behaviour’ are fed by the medical lobby.Surgery in cases of gender dysphoria is still strictly for over-18s. But, alarmingly, some clinics seem willing to prescribe drugs that delay the onset of puberty because of the ‘distress’ of what is normal development.The drug route should only be a desperate resort. As one doctor at a Canadian gender clinic, Kenneth Zucker, puts it: ‘Suppose a black kid came into your clinic and wanted to be white. Wouldn’t you try to understand what is happening in the child’s life that is making him feel like that? You certainly wouldn’t recommend skin-bleaching.’So, wise psychiatrists will listen calmly, and say: ‘Wait and see.’ As for pre-schoolers, the Tavistock clinic does not ‘generally consider it helpful to make a formal diagnosis in very young children’.There is a school of thought, though, that is more gung-ho and which reckons that, especially with male-to-female transition, you can’t start too early, preventing puberty with drugs to stop a voice breaking and beard growing in adolescence.How horrifying that anxious parents might be encouraging a child in that direction even though, given time, he might later accept that he is male. A happily feminine sort of male, perhaps, with a woman’s sensibility and maybe an attraction to his own sex, but a bloke nonetheless.The problem is that we live in an age of labelling, medical neurosis and extreme parental anxiety, coupled with a trend — weird to us Sixties tomboys — of old-fashioned stereotyping.We see pinkified, princessified little girls being taken to nail bars and makeover parties at five, to be made as vain and prissy as their mums.Boys, meanwhile, are harassed by the need to be a tough-guy, shooty-bang or football-hero stereotype. No wonder some rebel.It might help if schools made their uniforms less specific — trousers and open-necked shirts for all — to resolve morning dress-battles with children who need to work out who they are in peace.Yes, it’s good that counsellors and charities are offering support to genuinely baffled parents.I only hope that they do not act in haste, but say sensible things such as: ‘Let them be. Call them whatever name they favour, keep an open mind.‘Either way, it’s not the end of the world. And, statistically, the odds are he or she will grow out of it.’http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3031217/How-child-three-need-transgender-counselling.htmlRise in transgender kids seeking supportYahoo NZ 8 April 2015    An increasing number of children in the UK are turning to support services for transgender treatment, as they battle with the distressing feeling of being born the wrong sex.The number of children aged 10 and under referred to The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust has more than quadrupled over the past six years.Of the children refereed, 47 were aged five or younger and two children were just three years old, according to the BBC’s The Victoria Derbyshire programme.Two of the UK’s youngest transgender children recently spoke to the programme with the permission of their parents and the support of their schools.Friends Lily and Jessica (not their real names) who are aged six and eight were both born boys.https://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/27013368/rise-in-transgender-kids-seeking-support/lt;img width=1 height=1 alt=”” src=”https://csc.beap.bc.yahoo.com/yi?bv=1.0.0&bs=(134gv1977(gid$2AeWIzI3LjG5jjIyVN0WrQBnMjAzLlUq9JULELoE,st$1428878486325364,si$45561,sp$2022074014,pv$1,v$2.0))&t=JR_3-DR_3&al=(as$1383qt8vu,aid$z6FbSHxsY5w-,bi$236159061,agp$282100949,cr$1301127061,ct$25,at$HR,eob$gd1_match_id=-1:ypos=LREC1)”>last_img read more

Pochettino braced for Saints visit

first_img “That year-and-a-half in my life was an amazing period and I left, but this is another thing. I have amazing memories from Southampton. “I know it’s football. Now I am happy that they are happy at the beginning of the season and for me that is enough. “In football, you deserve, you don’t deserve [certain things]. Some people say okay, some people say no, but this is football. “I’m happy Southampton have a great season and it’s a game that we need to win the three points. “We need to fight with Southampton on Sunday, but it’s emotional. Football is emotional and Sunday is emotional for us too.” Spurs head into Sunday’s match off the back of a last-gasp draw with Besiktas on Thursday evening. Pochettino’s men were on course for a first Europa League Group C victory, as Harry Kane’s 20-yard strike was complemented by a world-class goalkeeping display by Hugo Lloris. However, Vlad Chiriches’ farcical late handball after an air kick gave Besiktas a penalty, from which Demba Ba coolly rolled home for a 1-1 draw. It is a frustration Pochettino said Spurs cannot afford to dwell on with Saints arriving this weekend – sentiments echoed by goalscorer Kane. “It was great to get on the scoresheet again but we’ve come away disappointed,” the forward said. “We dug deep as a team and to concede so late is heartbreaking on our behalf. “Besiktas are a top side, they were unlucky not to qualify for the Champions League so we knew we’d have to be at our best. “They created a few chances but Hugo is a top goalkeeper and pulled off some world-class saves. “It would have been a great win and we really wanted to win this game, we knew it would be a big game in the group. “We had chances as well, their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves, but we have to move on.” Press Association Mauricio Pochettino still loves Southampton but knows that affection is unlikely to be reciprocated when his former side arrives at Tottenham this weekend. Eyebrows were raised when the former Argentina defender replaced the popular Nigel Adkins at the St Mary’s helm in January 2013, yet the relative unknown quickly established himself as one of the finest managerial talents around. Pochettino’s attacking, high-pressing style earned widespread praise, as did the manner in which English talent like Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez flourished under his tutorship. That success saw Southampton last season enjoy their best-ever Barclays Premier League campaign – a feat that saw Spurs come calling in the summer, with Pochettino and his staff lured to White Hart Lane. That exit led to a well-documented talent drain at St Mary’s, making the job done by successor Ronald Koeman so far this season all the more remarkable. Saints head to White Hart Lane on Sunday second in the standings and looking for a seventh successive win in all competitions – a start which has surprised fans and pundits alike, although seemingly not the Spurs boss. “Yes, why not? This is football,” Pochettino said. “When they start with a new project and new players and staff, why not? “In football the most important thing is belief and Southampton like a club have a great force, power and they believe and this is important. I am happy. “We have a lot of friends a lot of people I love in Southampton. I’m happy for their start in the league for the players, the people from the club. I have a very good memories.” This will be an emotional encounter for Pochettino but one in which Saints fans are unlikely to show much – if any – affection towards their former boss. “I don’t know [if the fans love me],” he said. “I love Southampton. I love a lot of people. last_img read more

Province to introduce new curriculum for students in Grades 11 & 12

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia is introducing a new curriculum for students in grades 11 and 12.Starting this September, the Government says the new curriculum will ensure future graduates are on a path to success by adding new courses and personalized learning opportunities.According to the Province, under the new graduation program, students can develop the skills that post-secondary institutions and future employers are looking for, such as creative, analytical, entrepreneurial and leadership skills.- Advertisement -It will also offer students more learning opportunities in a range of areas, including environmental science, computational skills, engineering, robotics, digital media and arts.As part of the new curriculum, the modernized graduation program will require students to complete two new career education courses and an in-depth project that offer opportunities for more hands-on, real-world learning.For more information on the updated curriculum, you can visit the Province’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more