The International Wine and Culinary Festival VINOcom was held for the 13th time at the end of November and, as the organizer Professor Ivan Dropuljić proudly points out, gathered more than 300 exhibitors on 3.000 square meters in Zagreb’s Hotel Esplanade. In addition to winemakers, numerous family farms and producers of oils, meat delicacies and sweets also presented their products.In addition to tasting numerous wines and delicacies, the festival is a unique opportunity to exchange experiences among winemakers, both on techniques of growing and processing grapes in increasingly modern cellars, and on the adopted Draft Law on Wine and its impact on producers in the wine and viticulture sector. “The main goal of the event from the first day is to raise awareness about wine as an important part of the table culture, and judging by the growing number of exhibitors and visitors, especially younger ones – we have succeeded. said a well-known mathematics professor we know by the nickname Dropi. In addition to winemakers and visitors, they were able to participate in numerous, specialized workshops and get acquainted with lesser-known wines presented by winemakers from Russia, this year’s partner country. At the workshop with the intriguing title Let’s learn why Decanter published the title – Thank God for Croatian wines, those present enjoyed the vertical of Graševin Ivan Enjingi, a winemaker who almost has the status of a rock star. Through almost three decades of production of top wines (9 years, from 1990 to 2018), the participants were guided by the journalist and wine connoisseur Ivo Kozarčanin – Bach’s son and reminded us of an article published in 2008. Then, at a competition in London, Enjingi’s Venje in 1998 won a gold medal among wines priced below £ 10, and Decanter magazine paid tribute to a winemaker who has the patience to let the wine in the cellar do its thing and wait for the right moment to launch.Photo: Wine IllegalIn addition to the standard wine workshops, the 3 × 12 workshop, a large trinity of olives, wines and gastronomic icons led by Rene Bakalović and Zoran Šimunić, also attracted attention, and the basic guiding thread was top-quality (domestic) olive oils. In addition to the search for the perfect wine that matches the oil and the individual dish, gastronomic experts first carefully selected the appropriate food – a gastronomic icon such as white or black truffle or island honey prepared according to a specially designed recipe. In the end, the sommelier completes the story by choosing a wine whose grapes, terroir, winemaker and year perfectly match the selected oil and food. This exciting, stimulating and very demanding gourmet menu concept according to this year’s best young oils from olive groves from Istria to Dalmatia is offered to guests by the Gastronomad Club and the Apetit restaurant in Zagreb. Chef Marin Rendić and a team of experts have enriched the domestic tourist offer in the best way by presenting award-winning olive oils and wines, local ingredients and original recipes.It is the end of the year and of course it is time to recapitulate what has been done, so wine awards have been given. The day before Vinocom, for the 7th time, the White Cluster awards were given to wineries that successfully develop wine tourism and to individuals whose activities contribute to the development and promotion of wine culture not only in Croatia, but also in the region. The award was established in 2012 by the table culture association GET with the aim of promoting eno-gastronomy and eno-gastro tourism, and about 500 eno-gastro connoisseurs and another 1.200 people participate in the evaluation through an open survey. The best in Croatia in wine tourism this year is the Istrian winery Stancija Meneghetti, followed by the best winery Bregovita Hrvatske Vuglec breg and Orebic Korta Katarina. In addition to winemakers, awards called Wine Stars were given to the best wines that can be purchased in Croatian wine shops and stores. The award was founded in 2012 and represents the largest independent evaluation of wine in which, along with three permanent juries (Vito Andrić, Ivo Kozarčanin, Marija Vukelić), 20 evaluators participate, and this year, among 153 tasted wines, those recommended to wine lovers were singled out. The big gold medal went to 11 wines, 9 of which were domestic, and the Crystal Star for the best wine from the autochthonous Croatian variety was won by Dingač 2016 from the Pelješac family farm owned by Vedran Kiridžija.
You can check more about the Nextbike service, as well as a list of rental station locations HERE. Source / photo: Nextbike As for the preparation for the season, he added that “most Nextbike cities open in April, and the remaining stations will be in operation in May. More than 450 bicycles will be deployed throughout our beautiful country.” By setting up bicycle rental stations, it will contribute to the activation of the tourist potentials of Virovitica-Podravina County and will make them more accessible to the target group of users of this excellent service. After the official presentation of the project, a test ride on public bicycles followed. The most attractive thing for the guests was the ease of use via the free mobile application “nextbike” for easy bicycle rental. From today, the local population and all visitors can combine intercity public transport and public bicycles and thus travel faster and cheaper. Bicycles can be rented at two locations with terminals for registration, rental and return of classic and electric bicycles. Asked whether new locations for bicycle rental stations are also planned in the near future and what are the plans for expanding the business, Ante Gustin, director of the Nextbike system, said that “we plan to open new cities such as Split and Dugopolje, while for some existing ones we plan to further expand the network.” Public bicycles are an increasingly popular form of transport in 19 Croatian cities and municipalities, including Pitomača and Špišić Bukovica as of today. They have been set up at cyclotouristic rest areas in the area of the mentioned municipalities Nextbike stations for renting classic and electric bicycles. The Ministry of Tourism has approved co-financing of a project that enriches public transport and strengthens the destination offer. The public bicycle system significantly reduces emissions, noise, traffic jams and parking problems. The Nextbike system of public bicycles in Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has about 50 registered users who have recognized it as the most affordable, fastest, healthiest and most fun transport.
The NFF was identified as the lead agency in the fight against match manipulation, based on its various activities in this area. The workshop enabled networking among sport entities and security agencies to elaborate on methods for combating corruption and match fixing in sport.Â Among the objectives of the workshop was the identification of key stakeholders needed for the development of a coordinated national approach in Nigeria and Ghana that protects the integrity of sport, development of knowledge and understanding of the global threat from competition manipulation and illegal/irregular sports betting, and identification of ways of preventing and responding to possible breaches of integrity by identifying key actions required to more effectively protect sport.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A two-day Integrity-In-Sport-Multi-Stakeholder-Workshop has ended in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with participants brought to speed on latest methods and techniques in combating match fixing and corruption in sports.Â The workshop, held at the Denis Hotel, was part of a global capacity building and training programme to assist countries to address the new criminal challenge posed by competition manipulation and other threats to the integrity of sport. The programme was also meant to foster collaboration between law enforcement agencies, the National Olympic Committee, National Sports Federations, public authorities, the betting industry and other actors involved in preventing the infiltration of crime into sport, particularly as related to competition manipulation.At the workshop were officials of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Interpol, National Olympic Committee, Nigeria Football Federation (represented by the National Integrity Officer, Dr. Christian Emeruwa and Head of Legal Unit, Barrister Okey Obi), other sports federations, EFCC, ICPC and sports betting companies. The focus was on the development of a strategy to combat match manipulation within Nigeria and Ghana.Â
The best B&H table tennis player Emina Hadžiahmetović is qualified among top 8 players of the ITTF tournament in Luxemburg, which is rated for the world senior ranking list.“Emina won three matches yesterday. First match she won against Wales competitor, then she won against the representative of Ireland and at the end won against the excellent French table tennis player Chasselin Pauline, who was the main favorite for the medal. Emina in Luxemburg showed that is in a great shape and participation at this tournament against top players will be a good start for her before the World Championship in Japan”, said Amela Haždiahmetović – Mujezinović, sister and trainer of our best table tennis player.Emina Hadžiahmetović is a member of Sarajevo Spina 2012, that with victories of the last weekend against Banja Luka and Prijedor continues to dominate in our country and again won the champion’s trophy in table tennis competition.(Source: Klix.ba)
ROUGHING THE PASSER—Trainers tend to Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy after he was hit by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison in the fourth quarter Dec. 8. McCoy injured his hand and was wobbled by a hit from Harrison during the Steelers’ 14-3 win. Two other Browns sustained concussions in the Browns’ 21st loss in 23 games against their AFC North rival. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The Steelers barely got past the lowly Cleveland Browns (4-9) 14-3 with their usual great defense and poor offense. They will face the team with the second best record in the NFC, the surprising San Francisco 49ers, 10-3 on Monday Night Football on ESPN.Ben Roethlisberger went to the locker room for X-rays after a second-quarter sack but returned to start the second half. He played through a painful high ankle sprain in the second half to pass for 280 yards and two touchdowns, the last a 79-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown with 2:52 remaining.It was the Steelers eighth win in their last nine games.The Arizona Cardinals handed the San Francisco 49ers their third defeat 21-19 on Sunday, thanks to a strong defense and a spectacular show by Larry Fitzgerald. Backup quarterback John Skelton, filling in for the injured Kevin Kolb, threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns.Former Pitt star Fitzgerald had seven catches for 149 yards, including a 46-yarder for a touchdown and a 53-yarder to set up the go-ahead score. He also had a vicious block that helped free Early Doucet on a 60-yard touchdown reception. He becomes the eighth player in NFL history to top 1,000 yards receiving in six of his first eight seasons.Arizona (6-7) has won five of six after a six-game losing streak left them 1-6.Arizona sacked 49ers quarterback Alex Smith five times. The 49ers were at the Cardinals 4-yard line twice and the 6 once in the second quarter and had to settle for short field goals.Frank Gore rushed for 72 yards on 10 carries for the NFC West champions, who had clinched their division title the previous week. He passed 1,000 yards rushing for the fifth time in his career, but didn’t do much damage after that.The 49ers are in the weakest division in the NFL in the NFC West, being the only team with a winning record and that’s shown when they play winning teams. Even though Smith has had a good season so far they rank 29th in the pass and seventh in the rush behind Gore, who has compiled 1064 yards this season. However, their strength goes against the Steelers strength which is stuffing the run. So if the 49ers are going to be successful against Pittsburgh they will have to throw the ball. Smith has a quarterback rating of 91.5 compared to Roethlisberger’s 95.6 but the biggest difference is that Roethlisberger has two outstanding receivers in speedsters Mike Wallace and Antonio Smith. Wallace has 62 catches for 1034 yards, 8 touchdowns and averages 16.7 yards per catch. Brown has 55 receptions for 925 yards, 2 touchdowns for an average of 16.8 yard per catch. Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis are the 49er’s top receivers, with 55 receptions for 668 yards and 49 receptions for 548 yards and their yards per catch are nowhere close to Wallace and Brown.This should be an easy win for the Steelers if they can mount any kind of an offense, but so far this season the San Francisco defense has kept them in games allowing Smith to be able to do just enough to win against weak opponents.The AFC playoff picture is becoming clearer with only 3 games left. Houston beat the Cincinnati Bengals 21-19 to clinch the AFC South and keep them in first place in the AFC having victories over the other AFC 10-3 teams. New England outlasted the Washington Redskins 34-27 to stay two games ahead of the New York Jets (8-5) who climbed back into the playoff race with a 31-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Baltimore stayed ahead of the Steelers with a 24-10 victory over the winless Indianapolis Colts. And the Steelers continued to be the top wild card with its 14-3 victory over the Browns.The Bengals (7-6) still have an outside chance of making the playoffs, depending on what the Jets do for the remainder of the season. The Steelers became the first team in the AFC to win 10 games but the bad news is that the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and the Houston Texans joined them Sunday, keeping the pressure on Pittsburgh to continue to win to have any chance of a home game during the playoffs.