The Ministry of Agriculture has prepared a draft Law on Wine, after consultations with producers of the wine and viticulture sector in order to exchange views and better understand the requirements of producers and the framework that must be adhered to by the Ministry.The Wine Act is drafted for the purpose of consolidating European Union regulations with national regulations in the wine and viticulture sector in order to regulate a single legal basis for the adoption of implementing regulations on competencies at the national level. At the same time, the areas currently prescribed at the national level by the Law on Wine and the Law on the Common Organization of the Market of Agricultural Products and special measures and rules related to the market of agricultural products will be connected.The aim of drafting the draft law on wine and all measures it adopts is to define a clear legal framework for the economic conduct of grape and wine production and ultimately the sale of wine for income in market-transparent conditions with the inclusion of tools to combat the “gray market”.Four new regions are being establishedThe draft law on wine enables the association of winemakers and winegrowers at the national and regional level, who are given a new active role in the promotional activities of winemakers and work on the marketing system of Croatian wines and will thus contribute more actively than before . Four new regions are being established (both wine and marketing): Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region; Croatian Istria and Kvarner; Dalmatia and Bregovita Hrvatska. In addition, the Draft Law on Wine clearly defines the distinctive framework for the production of grapes for own needs in a very limited scope on areas up to 0,1 ha from those producers of grapes, must and wine in production, business and market-oriented coverage .This Draft Proposal of the Law on Wine regulates the legal basis for performing more efficient administrative control of all data that grape and wine producers are obliged to submit. At the same time, the field control carried out by the field wine supervisors will be strengthened in order to check the compliance of the submitted data with the actual situation, which strengthens the system of traceability of grape and wine production.”With the new Law on Wine, we bring a clear legal framework for the production of grapes and wine, the sale of wine in market-transparent conditions, we strengthen the role of wine associations and wine marketing. ” – said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Tomislav Tolusic and added “In addition to the Act, in cooperation with winemakers, we are adopting a new National Support Program for Winemakers for the period 2019-2023, which increases the amount of funding and introduces a new measure to promote wine with 80% refund. We are opening tenders for the new five-year period in October this year. “The Croatian Center for Agricultural Food and Rural Affairs, the Institute of Viticulture and Enology retains the role of the holder of sensory evaluation of wine, but regional wine organizations are actively involved in proposing evaluators, and only wine evaluation is carried out by commissions with majority regional evaluators. This ensures an increase in the level of quality of evaluation as well as the quality of the wines themselves, because the evaluation process is carried out by evaluators who know best the characteristics of the wine of a particular region.RELATED NEWS:NIKOLA BENVENUTI, VINISTRA: ISTRIAN WINERS HAVE LONG RECOGNIZED THE STRENGTH OF THE BRAND, THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY AND ASSOCIATION FOR POSITIONING ON THE WINE MAP OF THE WORLDSAŠA ŠPIRANEC: WINERS MUST BE ORGANIZED IN FOUR GREAT ASSOCIATIONS: SLAVONIA, DALMATIA, ISTRIA AND KVARNER, AND HILLY CROATIA
F&C Investments, Aviva Investors, Muzinich & Co, Axa Real EstateF&C Investments – Howard Pearce has been appointed chairman of the responsible investment advisory council, which will replace the existing Committee of Reference from January next year. Pearce, who spent a decade as head of the UK’s Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF), will begin working with F&C immediately. Following his departure from the EAPF in 2013, Pearce launched his own consultancy, HowESG.Aviva Investors – Veronique Leroy and Jolanta Touzard join the asset manager’s infrastructure team. Leroy has been named head of infrastructure investment services, joining from Octopus Investments, while Touzard is assistant fund manager, joining from Equitix. Leroy was responsible for renewable energy projects during her two years at Octopus and spent nearly three years prior to that as director of EMEA strategy at GE Capital. She has also worked at the Boston Consulting Group and began her career at Alcatel Lucent.Muzinich & Co – Martin Empacher has been named Nordic director of client relations, based in Copenhagen. He most recently worked at Saxo Wealth Management. Axa Real Estate – Guillaume Spinner has been promoted to CFO. He joined the company more than 10 years ago and held various responsibilities in the fund management business. Spinner started his career at Archon Group in France, studying at EDHEC Business School and the London School of Economics. He will report to Arnaud Prudhomme, global CFO and COO at Axa Real Estate.
The Blues travel to second-placed Manchester City on Sunday knowing a win will close the gap on the reigning champions to a single point. However, United are currently a massive 16 points clear of Chelsea – and 12 above City – and Benitez concedes it will be “difficult” for anyone to catch the league leaders “To finish as high as possible is a challenge,” he said. “So we’ll try to finish second if we can, you never know – this is a massive game, so let’s see where we are at the end. Until the last week, we may be fighting each other.” Chelsea will fight to finish as high as they can in the Barclays Premier League but interim manager Rafael Benitez has conceded Manchester United look set to win a 20th league crown. Benitez added: “My idea is to think about this one, because it will make the difference. If you are closer to City, you have to chase the second position. The other one (winning the league), it depends on United. If they don’t lose games and drop points it’ll be difficult. We just have to concentrate on us.” Goalkeeper Petr Cech echoed his manager’s comments and believes City are struggling with the heightened expectations of being the defending champions. “Second place is more than possible for us, we just need to have a good run of results,” he said. “To win the league I think we are maybe a little bit too far, it would need a meltdown from Man United but everything is possible. “They (City) will be at home and need to win if they are going to challenge Manchester United for the title, they can’t afford any more slip-ups. It is a new situation for them, there are lots of players in their squad who have never faced the situation of defending a title. “You can see that they are behind and the pressure is on them and they have to fight with that, it is always easier when you win the first title and is worse when you defend it because you are the team to beat so it becomes tougher.” Benitez is expected to recall Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic for the game at the Etihad Stadium after resting the trio for Thursday night’s 1-1 Europa League draw with Sparta Prague. Captain John Terry played the entire 90 minutes against the Czech outfit and is unlikely to be risked for the whole game at City. Press Association
Just six months after going to rehab, Florida politician Andrew Gillum, opened up and came out as bisexual.Six months ago Gillum was found in a Miami hotel with a male escort who had allegedly overdosed on crystal meth.During a interview with Tamron Hall Gillum said “You didn’t ask the question but I don’t identify as gay, I identify as bisexual.”Gillum appeared with his wife on “The Tamron Hall Show.” Gillum also said he had never publicized his bisexuality before.“So many people just don’t understand bisexuality,” his wife said. “Bisexuality is just something different. I just believe that love and sexuality exist on a spectrum. All I care about is what’s between us and what agreement we make.”
Karim Benzema has been charged over his alleged involvement in a sex tape blackmail plot against fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena.The prosecutor said the Real Madrid star has been charged with “complicity in attempted blackmail and participation in a criminal association planning an offence punishable by at least five years imprisonment (in this case blackmail).”Benzema, 27, is not allowed to have any contact with Lyon midfielder Valbuena after being charged.Both men were previously expected to be named in France’s squad for two upcoming friendly matches in the next few days, but coach Didier Deschamps now has an unexpected complication to handle.Benzema was arrested on Wednesday morning in France and questioned over the scandal which also saw former France striker Djibril Cisse taken into custody last month.Cisse was released after being questioned by police but Benzema was referred to the investigating judge in the Versailles courthouse after spending the night in custody. News agency AFP says Benzema, who plays with Valbuena for the France national team, emerged from the headquarters of the judicial police at Versailles at around 9am CET on Thursday.”Karim Benzema was taken to the courthouse to be brought before a judge who will decide later on in the procedure,” said a public prosecutor. “The judge will decide at the end of this presentation the status of Karim Benzema in the procedure, particularly his possible indictment or his placement under the status of assisted witness.”AFP are reporting that Benzema has recognised that he intervened in the blackmail affair and now the striker has been formally charged.What is Benzema’s alleged involvement?A source close to the investigation divulged information to AFP. The source said: ” Karim Benzema has recognised that he intervened with Valbuena at the request of a childhood friend approached by three crooks who had a sex tape in their possession. He said that he agreed with a childhood friend about what he would say in order that his team-mate would negotiate exclusively with him. “AFP also adds that Benzema said he wanted to help his friend without thinking that he was doing wrong by Valbuena. Benzema is thought to have discussed the matter with Valbuena in October when France met up for matches against Armenia and Denmark.What does this mean for France?Didier Deschamps is expected to soon announce his squad for friendlies against Germany and England on November 13 and 17 respectively. However, Benzema has been prohibited from meeting with the victim, his team-mate Valbuena.The France squad is expected to gather at Clairefontaine on Monday. So eight months before Euro 2016 takes place on French soil, it appears Les Bleus will be without their star striker for two important preparatory games.As hosts, France did not play any qualifying matches so the two matches against Germany and England are key to their preparation.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington girls softball team was eliminated in the first round of the Class 4A Div. 1 Regional by the Mulvane Wildcats 6-0 in Winfield Tuesday afternoon.Mulvane would lose to Rose Hill 7-3 in the regional championship. Rose Hill beat Winfield in the other first round game 14-6It was a tough outing for the Crusaders, who couldnâ€™t get the bats going. The two teams has split during the regular season, but this time Mulvane dominated. The Wildcats had 10 hits to the Lady Dukes two. Wellington also committed three errors.Jade Dry reaches first in the top of the seventh after leading off the inning with a walk.Mulvane opened with a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. It was a defensive battle the rest of the way until the fifth inning when the Wildcats added three more runs to lead by six. Wellington never made an offensive threat the whole ball game.Carlie McComb and Ryleigh Buck both had one hit for Wellington .Jade Dry was the losing pitcher. She allowed 10 hits, no walks while striking out two.Wellington ends its season at 7-14. Wellington 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Â Â Â 0 2 3Mulvane Â Â Â 3 0 0 0 3 0 x. Â Â 6 10 0LP Dry 6I 10H 6R 2ER 0BB 2KWP H HayesWellington batting stats:McComb 1/3P Adams 0/3Buck 1/2 1BB 1SBDry 0/2 1BBDeJarnett 0/2 SACE Goodrum 0/3Oathout 0/3M Adams 0/2A Goodrum 0/2a title=”Sumner Newscow twitter account” href=”https://twitter.com/Cueballnewscow” target=”_blank”>Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments