This is exactly what Saša Špiranc, the author of the concept and the organizer of the event, Vinart Grand Tasting (VGT), managed to do. This year, in its third edition, he delighted with the organization and performance. “We envisioned Vinart Grand Tasting as a place where all wine professionals and lovers of fine wines gather once a year. Where one will choose wines for their restaurants and shops, and the other will fill the home archive with those that particularly impressed them”, Pointed out Špiranec. And when foreign sommeliers buy 25 bottles of wine for their market at one such event, then it is certainly the most important wine event in Lijepa naša. And that’s exactly what happened for the weekend in Lauba as part of Vinart Grand Tasting. Croatian wines delighted the Japanese sommelier, who sends home 25 Croatian bottles of wine. At a similar fair in France, where our companies exhibited in the organization of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, our wines were met by the Japanese Takahiro Ichihara. He is a sommelier who travels the world and is looking for interesting wines for Japanese distributor Azuma Corporation. RELATED NEWS: SAŠA ŠPIRANEC: WINERS MUST BE ORGANIZED IN FOUR GREAT ASSOCIATIONS: SLAVONIA, DALMATIA, ISTRIA AND KVARNER, AND HILLY CROATIA This year, 100 best Croatian winemakers and another 20 from abroad exhibited at VGT, ie a total of 120 winemakers. “We select winemakers by quality, this is an invitational festival, so we send people invitations with the desire to gather the highest possible quality in one place. We are focused primarily on the profession, sommelier, distributors and the media, which we strive to introduce to the best of what Croatian winemakers offer.”, Added Špiranec and added that this year they also have a Pop-Up Wine Shop where visitors can immediately buy wines that they like at the tasting. It is a unique wine event, based on quality, with multiple goals of promoting winemakers and the world of wine, but also encouraging the development of wine culture in Croatia, and primarily intended primarily for professionals, caterers and sommelier. It is also a place where visitors can get and get the most out of the Croatian wine market in one place. Croatian wines delighted Japanese sommelier, bought 25 thousand bottles of wine for the Japanese market As before, Vinart Grand Tasting is just the main finale of this great wine story, which was preceded by a series of events and attractive workshops with current topics from the wine world. The title of the most important wine event in Lijepa i our Croatia, as our famous designer Boris Ljubičić would say, is not easy to earn, and even harder to justify and confirm for two years in a row. He fell in love with Croatian wines at the first tasting, and now, thanks to him, over 25.000 bottles of our wines are going to Japan, which is how they came to the wine lists of the ten most popular restaurants in Tokyo. “At first I was won over by Dingač, and now I am getting to know more and more wines from other parts of Croatia. Your wines are fantastic, quality and very diverse. It’s amazing that such a small country offers so much, and Japanese buyers know how to appreciate itSaid Ichihara. Dražen Dennis Šunjić, who lives in London and has been dealing with wines for 20 years, was also at VGT. “I work for one of the largest distribution companies in the UK that imports wines from all over the world. Croatia and such fairs are increasingly popular among foreign experts because they are tired of classics. They want to discover and try new things, and as Croatia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Britain, our wines are certainly part of that story. Our indigenous varieties are exotic to them and are very interesting to buyers and sommelier in the UK, so more and more of them come here to see what we offer”Said Sunjic, adding that wine culture in our hotels and restaurants is slowly but surely improving.
The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has challenged industry assumptions in the government’s consultation on how to tax pension savings.The industry organisation said it was aiming to inform the debate around tax relief on pension contributions, as the government considers its next step.In the July Budget, the Conservative government announced a complete review of pensions tax relief.It is considering moving away from providing relief on contributions and taxing retirement income, to taxing contributions and allowing tax-free income. The NAPF said pension members needed to understand that taxing contributions would not necessarily mean more income for the government.The organisation also said a move away from the current tiered system to a single rate of tax relief would not necessarily make the system fairer.The NAPF said this move would produce a “relatively small additional benefit” for lower-income pension scheme members, while “greatly reducing the attractiveness” of pension savings for the 4.6m higher-rate tax-payers.In other news, the number of active members saving in UK pension funds has increased by 2.4m since the rollout of auto-enrolment, reaching heights not seen since 2000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Figures from the UK government statistics office showed active pension fund membership was 10.2m at the end of 2014, up from 8.1m a year earlier.Pension fund membership had been steadily falling over the previous 15 years, with the 2014 figure now surpassing the 10.1m seen in 2000.The advent of auto-enrolment saw private sector membership rise from 2.8m in 2013 to 4.9m in 2014.Public sector membership also rose, by 0.1m to 5.4m.The ONS also said the biggest increase in private sector membership was reported by defined contribution schemes, which rose by 2m to 3.2m.Defined benefit membership remained stagnant at 1.6m.
The Franklin County Lady Wildcats Tennis team posted a 5-0 win over The South Dearborn Lady Knights.#1 Singles Lillie Stewart 6-0/6-0#2 Singles Taylor McCreary 6-0/6-0#3 Singles Maggie Brack 6-0/6-0#1 Doubles Meredith Bohman & Allie Routh 6-0/6-0#2 Doubles Kairee Hodapp & Elise Klei 6-0/6-0Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Denny Dorrell.
Women’s World Cup 2019: Canada’s Christine Sinclair makes history, but Netherlands finishes atop Group E
Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Jordyn Huitema then fired home through Sari van Veenendaal’s legs after running on to a Sophie Schmidt pass, but her strike was ruled out for offside.Netherlands had been second best throughout the first half but they took the lead in the 54th minute.Sherida Spitse delivered a free-kick from wide on the left wing and Dekker got in front of Kadeisha Buchanan to nod home a deft header.5 – Canada’s Christine Sinclair becomes only the second player to score at five Women’s World Cup tournaments (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019), along with Brazil’s Marta. Legend. #FIFAWWC #NEDCAN pic.twitter.com/EDcbcSTfMx— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2019Within six minutes Huitema combined with Ashley Lawrence to set up Sinclair for a close-range finish that sent her into the history books behind Brazil great Marta.Netherlands claimed the points and top spot, however, as Van Lunteren raided down the right wing and delivered the perfect cross for Beerensteyn to convert the winner. Kenneth Heiner-Moller’s Canada hit back with an equalizer scored by captain Sinclair, but Beerensteyn arrived at the back post to score a 75th-minute winner for Netherlands.Canada was awarded a penalty in the second minute when Desiree van Lunteren clipped Janine Beckie’s heels, but, after consulting VAR, referee Stephanie Frappart decided the contact was outside the box and gave a free-kick instead. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Scotland ‘devastated’ by late collapse, Shelley Kerr says Christine Sinclair scored at her fifth Women’s World Cup but Canada finished second behind Netherlands in Group E after Lineth Beerensteyn scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 win for the Oranje.Netherlands’ Anouk Dekker rose highest in the box to score the opener in Thursday’s clash between two teams who had already qualified, with her side set to face 2015 runners-up Japan next thanks to their victory in Reims. Key Opta Facts:- Netherlands has won Group E with a 100% record from their three games and have not trailed for a single minute in any of their matches so far.- Canada striker Christine Sinclair became only the second player to score at five Women’s World Cup tournaments (2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019), along with Brazil’s Marta, who achieved the feat last Thursday.- Lineth Beerensteyn’s winning goal for Netherlands came just five minutes and 31 seconds after her introduction as a substitute – the second fastest sub goal at this year’s World Cup, behind only Jamaica’s Havana Solaun (3 minutes 55 seconds vs Australia).- Canada suffered its first group stage defeat at the Women’s World Cup since losing 0-1 to Nigeria in 2011, ending a run of five unbeaten games at this stage (W3 D2 L0).
Bob Amosson (photo Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapels)== Former supervisor Bob Amosson died Tuesday. Amosson served on the Board of Supervisors for 14 years until 2014. Amosson was a farmer and former state mediator before deciding to run for the board’s second district seat. Amosson at the time of his retirement cited among the county’s biggest accomplishments during his time on the board being the county’s support of the $400 million Alliant Energy Plant, the construction of the Law Enforcement Center in 2004, as well as the the county and City of Clear Lake being part of a joint effort to establish the CLEAR Project. Amosson was 73. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. == Former Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation executive director David Collins also died earlier this week. Collins spent 12 years in Clear Lake before moving on to be the executive director of the Hubbard County Regional Economic Development Commission in Park Rapids Minnesota. Since December 2018, he was the executive director of the Washington Economic Development Group in Washington Iowa. The Washington Chamber of Commerce in a press release said Collins spent the last month traveling with friends and family, with police finding he had died at home after being requested to check on him on Wednesday. Collins was 63. Services are pending at this time. CLEAR LAKE — A former Cerro Gordo County supervisor and the former head of the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce have both died earlier this week: