Croatian autochthonous wines presented to Berlin caterers

first_imgThe basic idea of ​​this promotion is direct contact of wineries with customers, distributors and restaurant owners, and exchange of information on supply and demand, and their wines in Berlin were presented by wineries Badel 1862, Belje, Dalmacijavino, PZ Vrbnik and Kutjevo. The fact that our wines are becoming more and more recognizable in Germany is supported by the numbers. In 2017, we exported 786 tons worth over 2 million euros, and in the first nine months of 2018 we exceeded exports of 700 tons and reached a value of 1,9 million euros. “I believe that indigenous varieties such as Teran, Pošip or Debit are a key factor for international positioning. Reasonable prices are also an advantage. But consumers need to be made aware, more educated about such events”, Said the presentation leader Suad Zlatić and pointed out that it is important to adapt to the market:”From experience I can say that if a foreigner cannot read č, ž or š, he will not order that wine”. Despite limited production and thus weak exports, Vrbnička žlahtina is well known to the Germans. “We account for only 10 percent of total exports, but we are here for promotion. Croatia is no longer an anonymous country, we are known in sports, tourism, so why not be by wine”, Said Marino Vladić, director of PZ Vrbnik. By branding Croatia as a wine country, we put the wind in the back of wine exports and that is why we insist on wine promotions. It is easy with the Germans, they are our loyal visitors during the tourist season so they have the opportunity not only to try our wines but also to tie memories”, Said Luka Burilović, President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.center_img The Croatian Chamber of Commerce in the Berlin restaurant Oxymoron organized a promotional dinner where wines gathered under the brand were presented Vina Croatia – mosaic wines. Luka Zadro, CEO of Dalmacijavina, said that this promotional dinner was an ideal opportunity to negotiate deals with new distributors, given that Dalmacijavina started exporting to Germany only at the end of last year.last_img read more

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French sport of pétanque finds a home in Blue Hill

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 BLUE HILL — White hat on his head, Andre Strong pulls a steel ball roughly the size of a baseball from a nearby picnic table. He walks toward a rubber hoop no larger than 2 feet in diameter that lies on the other side of a rectangular patch of dirt. It’s a cool, breezy afternoon in late September at the Maine Boules Club, and it’s Strong’s turn to throw.He steps into the ring and positions his feet no more than a millimeter apart from one another as he arches his back at a slight angle. He’s focused on his shot, but he doesn’t take a deep breath. Instead, he stands completely still with his eyes locked in on a small, wooden jack that sits 10 meters away.Strong waits. Five seconds pass. Then 10. Then, he makes a flicking motion and sends the ball toward the jack. The ball spins around and around as it goes through the air, but he can tell it’s off target. As the ball sinks to the dirt, it makes slight contact with another steel ball and bounces away.“We got pretty lucky there, Marcia,” one of Strong’s opponents, Debbie Barry, tells teammate Marcia Henderson. “Maybe wind took that one a little.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the 30 seconds since Strong first stepped toward the hoop, that wind here has picked up even more. The boules court, which lies between two massive yachts and a small group of trees behind Blue Hill’s Boatyard Grill, is already shaded from the sun, and the added breeze has made it even colder. Despite this fact, nobody moves. They’ve all waited a week for this Maine Boules Club meeting and aren’t about to stop playing one of their favorite games: pétanque.***The Boatyard Grill is tucked away off the beaten path in an overlooked area off Route 176 in this small Hancock County town. If you blink, you’ll be well past it before you even have time to notice. Even with a GPS, there’s a good chance you’ll drive right past the entrance the first time.Once here, a dirt road that seems as if it’s heading nowhere takes you to a small section of the Blue Hill Bay waterfront. Between the two aforementioned boats are several plots of dirt on which anywhere from 10 to 30 players play pétanque every Thursday afternoon.“Most of us here are people who just love to play all sorts of games,” club member Paula Hogan said. “Pétanque is fun to play, and anyone can play it.”Pétanque is a French game that’s been played in its current form for more than 100 years. It bears many similarities to the Italian game of bocce, a popular lawn game throughout the country and all over the world.The rules of the game are simple. Two teams get six balls that must be distributed evenly amongst two or three players. Like bocce, the goal is to have one of your team’s balls closest to the jack, which is thrown no more than 10 meters before the start of each round. One point is awarded for each ball your team throws that lies closer to the jack than the other team’s closest ball.Although the games are mostly similar, there are key differences. For example, pétanque balls are usually tossed toward the jack instead of rolled. Bocce balls are larger than those used in pétanque, which is played on a smaller court. Pétanque is also played to 13 instead of 12.“Pétanque is simple in some ways, but there’s plenty of strategy to it,” Strong said. “You have to know when to point, which means to get the ball close to the jack. You also have to know when to shoot your ball at an opponent’s ball. The terrain, that can also mess you up if you don’t know which way it will roll.”Each player has his or her own way of putting a ball in play. For Strong, it’s the underhand flick that leaves his hand no farther than an inch from his body. Hogan prefers the lob, which involves the ball being thrown above head height to prevent it from rolling once it hits the ground. Other players use a simple underhanded toss to get the job done.“There’s no best way to do it,” Strong said. “I wouldn’t even teach anyone my toss because it’s not really good form, but it’s always worked for me.”***The scene here isn’t what it was when Strong started the Maine Boules Club in 1983. Members have come and gone, and the location is one town over from Strong’s Penobscot home — the place where it all began.The club has since met in several locations throughout western Hancock County, and it has called Boatyard Grill home since 2012. The club members’ passion for pétanque has taken them to tournaments across the country and even France itself.Pétanque lacks the popularity in the United States that it has in other countries, and it’s even less popular in Maine than it is in other states. Many club members picked up the game on trips to France or former French colonies, and some have even spread word of the club’s existence to friends who also play.“I’ve always loved Boules but never really knew anyone in Maine who played it until I saw a friend of mine wearing a pétanque T-shirt when I was in Deer Isle one day,” Barry said. “She told me about this place, and I’ve been coming here constantly ever since. I think a lot of people here have had experiences like that.”Although Blue Hill is far from France, the Maine Boules Club at least provides a taste of it — brie, French bread and various French wines are commonly served during games. When the breeze blows, the aroma from those delicacies can be noticed all the way down at the waterfront. Combine that with Strong’s exquisite knowledge of the French language, and a boatyard that portrays the stereotypical Maine maritime environment instead feels like a positive draw.Despite the relaxed setting, pétanque games are often competitive environments. Conversations here are more focused on game situation and strategy than on small talk, and close games can often become intense and emotional. Some of the players here will be participating in the national tournament in Florida next month, and every ball offers an opportunity for improvement.“It’s not a wildly popular game here, but there’s definitely a niche for those of us who love playing it,” club member Kate Unkel said. “When you play the first time, you’re hooked, and you’ll keep coming back here.”***Kate Unkel prepares to throw during a pétanque game outside the Boatyard Grill in Blue Hill.As the breeze dies down a bit and a new round begins, Unkel crouches down and prepares to throw. Her tossing style is somewhat similar to Strong’s — an underhanded flick in which the wrist is positioned at a 90-degree angle from the forearm before straightening out as the ball is released.Just as she’s about to place her shot, something seems amiss. She pulls a gray cloth from her back pocket and begins wiping her ball down, a strategy that can be used to keep balls warm on colder days or to help player get a better release. It’s not necessarily a cold day by Maine standards, but Unkel’s grip just doesn’t feel right.After wiping her ball off, Unkel re-grips. She has her eyes set not on the jack but rather on another ball less than 2 inches next to it. That ball belongs to Strong, who bounced back from his mistake earlier to get his ball in the perfect position.Unkel thinks for a moment, cocks her wrist back and releases. Her shot is right on target, so much so that it knocks Strong’s ball out of play and replaces it in the exact same spot. It’s a strategy known as the “carreau,” and it’s considered the best — and the most difficult — one in the game.“That couldn’t have gone any better,” Unkel says.For Strong, it sure could have. Through no fault of his own, his redemption shot has been reduced to nothing in mere moments. As Unkel smiles and walks toward the picnic table to await her next turn, Strong lets out a shy smirk.Although it’s only one round of a game he’s played thousands of times throughout his life, it’s still worth a remark. Moments later, Strong sits down and starts to speak with a younger player who hasn’t been playing the sport very long.“I can teach you anything about pétanque you want to know, so just keep that in mind,” he says, smirk still on his face. “But unless you promise to never do to me what she just did, I won’t teach you that.” Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Biolast_img read more

MotoGP Czech Republic GP live stream: How to watch MotoGP race, schedule and start time

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Czech Republic GP qualifying Sunday, August 9 Warm-Up Last Updated: 9th August, 2020 09:00 IST MotoGP Czech Republic GP Live Stream: How To Watch MotoGP Race, Schedule And Start Time After a well-deserved week off, the Moto GP is back in the Czech Republic this weekend. Here are the MotoGP Czech Republic GP live stream and race details. MotoGP Brno Czech Grand Prix 11 am CEST, 10 am BST, 2.30 pm IST COMMENT Sunday, August 9 WATCH US LIVE  2.10 pm CEST, 1.10 pm BST, 5.40 pm IST Sunday, August 9 12.20 pm CEST, 11.20 am BST, 3.40 pm IST Sunday, August 9 Moto3 MotoGP Czech Republic GP live stream: Preview 9.20 am CEST, 8.40 am BST,  1.10 pm IST Moto2 Despite the absence of Marc Marquez who is recovering after undergoing a second surgery in the arm, the dramatic rise of Masaryk Circuit will pose a great challenge for Quartararo. The Yamaha man is currently leading the race, despite the fact that he is only in his second year at the highest level. He bagged consecutive victories in the Jerez’s Spanish GP, with the Czech Republic race another opportunity to ensure his rise further. Also Read | Perez to miss 2nd F1 race after positive coronavirus testMotoGP Czech Republic GP live stream: Cal Crutchlow to returnOn the other hand, Quartararo’s teammate Valentino Rossi could register history, with the opportunity to earn 200 podium finishes. Suzuki’s Álex Rins will not be available for the race after he sustained a shoulder injury at Jerez. LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow will mark his return in the race after he injured his wrist during the warm-up before the first race in Spain. Also Read | Moto GP Andalusia schedule, qualifying format and live streaming detailsMeanwhile, Maverick Vinales is also considered a favourite ahead of the Moto GP race, with Quartararo posing the major challenge at Brno. Ducati and Andrea Dovizioso, on paper at least, should be considered as one of the pairs to beat, not only in the upcoming race but also at the Red Bull Ring. Also Read | New surgery keeps Marc Marquez out of MotoGP race this weekendImage courtesy: Fabio Quartararo Twitter Saturday, August 8 Minaam Ansari After a well-deserved week off, the Moto GP is back in the Czech Republic with Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo looking to extend his lead in the Riders’ Championship with a third victory in succession. Here are the details on MotoGP Czech Republic GP live stream, Czech Republic GP schedule, how to watch Czech Republic GP and the Czech Republic GP qualifying details. Also Read | F1 reserve drivers 2020: Full list of reserve drivers of each team amid COVID-19 crisisMotoGP Czech Republic GP live stream: How to watch Czech Republic GP?The MotoGP Czech Republic GP live broadcast in India will be available on EuroSport. Meanwhile, the MotoGP Czech Republic GP live stream will also be available on the official EuroSport website. First Published: 9th August, 2020 09:00 IST Written By 2 00 pm CEST, 1.00 pm BST, 5.30 pm IST LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Heisler: Could be worse: Imagine Jackson running Lakers as he has Knicks

first_imgJackson made it clear that Melo is leaving in his inimitable style last week. Melo has said he would waive his no-trade only for the Cavaliers or Clippers. The Cavs had no interest the last time this came up, leaving the Clips in position to inherit Melo for someone dispensible such as Austin Rivers, the name floated the last time.Unfortunately for Jackson, he made such a mess of his public relations … something he used to be a genius at … Knick fans sided with poor Melo, even knowing he’s not the savior they have awaited so long.As a coach, being exactly who he was worked wonderfully for Jackson, idiosyncratic as he was with his Native American totems and Zen devotion, talking trash at his own – Brian Shaw had to step between Shaquille O’Neal and Phil in a playoff game in San Antonio – as well as everyone else like Sacramento’s red-necked, semi-civilized barbarians.As head of a basketball operation, not so much.Wielding his trademark candor at last week’s exit interviews, Jackson said Anthony “would be better off somewhere else.”If coaches can speak their mind, presidents don’t talk like that, or tweet their reactions to the issues of the day as Phil does, or, at least, they didn’t used to.Trading stars is hard enough with their value dropping off a cliff if they’re merely made available. Announcing Melo has to go means having to take what little the Knicks will be offered with everyone knowing they’re up against the wall.As a coach, Jackson was obliged to talk to the press daily. If he complained about it, he was great at it and grew to enjoy the exchange, warming up to the Lakers beat writers in a way he hadn’t in Chicago.Now under fire from New York’s tabloid-driven media in a way he never has been, he’s aloof and paying the price. Last week was the first time he had talked to Knicks writers since training camp.It wasn’t the best time. Kristaps Porzingis, who’s supposedly the Knicks future, fell in line behind Anthony, blowing off his exit meeting, reminding everyone he’s two years from restricted free agency.Headlined the New York Daily News:“Blameless Phil says Melo must go… Kristaps blows off exit interview… But don’t worry, Phil will be more involved next year!”Meanwhile, Anthony separated from his wife, La La, a former MTV personality, who had rejoiced in life in the fast lane, celebrating her union with an NBA star in an entire series, “La La’s Full Court Wedding.”The ceremony at a posh Manhattan restaurant looked like an NBA All-Star Game. It was there that CP3, then a New Orleans Hornet, gave a toast – “We’ll form our own Big Three” -suggesting that he and Melo might join the Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire like another wedding guest, LeBron James, who had just joined Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.Melo had just arrived in New York to lead the team to the playoffs for the first time in seven years (and his usual first-round exit; in 14 seasons, he has been beyond the opening round twice).It was a heady time, at least in relation to Knicks history. The normally lucid New York Times ran a piece headlined, “La La Anthony, the First Lady of the NBA.”Apparently, the headline writer got the idea from a La La quote, claiming they were “the first couple of the NBA”… although where she got that idea, I couldn’t tell you.So what do the Knicks do now?How about… nothing?Dolan, who has his own PR problems, says he’ll roll with Jackson for the last two seasons on his contact, at $12 million each, although without more success than they have enjoyed, the timeline could get shortened.Dolan isn’t merely the owner of a rich but woebegone franchise but an embarrassment to the NBA. He outdid himself this season, launching a coverup after his gung-ho security people had Charles Oakley ejected and handcuffed, portraying him as a drunk, until Commissioner Adam Silver brokered a truce that signaled Dolan was just as responsible.This stuff keeps happening to Dolan who just acknowledged cursing a fan who says he yelled, “Sell the team, Jim!”As usual, Dolan claimed the fan, a 35-year-old lawyer, was drunk. Happily, it didn’t rise to the level of the Oakley fiasco and Silver didn’t have to intervene.“They call me names every day in the paper,” Dolan told Deadspin in a rare unscripted comment. “Fine. I get it. But you’re walking up to the place where I work? It’s like they’re laying in wait for you. It’s like stalking me outside my home. Some people tend to think of team owners like politicians. But we’re not! I didn’t run for any office.”The place he works?You mean sitting there, watching the game, not knowing what he’s looking at and meddling in the basketball operation so that no matter how vast their resources – Forbes values the franchise at $3.3 billion to the Lakers’ $3 billion, since it comes with Madison Square Garden – they never win?Dolan didn’t have to run. His father, the boss of corporate owner Cablevision, put him in charge.Happily for Lakers fans, it’s someone else’s problem with Jeanie turning to Magic Johnson after her breakup with Phil.Johnson is no more experienced than Phil was when he got the Knicks job but he’s a people person and it’s a people business, as idiosyncratic or just plain lost as so many of them are.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions. Phil and Melo, the divorce.Once, if briefly, Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony were on the same side, in the summer of 2014 when Phil, newly arrived as Knicks president, got Melo to accept a $130 million, five-year deal with an iron-clad no-trade clause.The Knicks are 80-166 since, finishing 15th, 13th, and 12th in the lame Eastern Conference. Jackson, who only recently broke up with Jeanie Buss, ending any chance of moving over to run the Lakers, is now breaking up with Anthony.The Lakers lost out in their bid for Anthony, spearheaded by Kobe Bryant, who was close to him. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThings could have been worse. Imagine the Lakers now with Melo’s $26.2 million contract on their books.Not that Anthony’s ample backside and mammoth salary might not wind up here, after all, just as a Clipper.Getting Melo isn’t an impossible dream. It’s highly possible… if not quite a dream.Unless the Clippers break through this spring with their four stellar starters and a small forward no one guards, they’ll be looking to change the dynamic. If Anthony is hardly Kevin Durant, Melo might work with realistic expectations, alongside Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, like KD with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.It almost happened at midseason but Knicks owner James Dolan ruled Anthony, on a hot streak, must stay. Dolan has since chosen Jackson over Anthony, a dilemma if ever one existed.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more