In the first half of the year, wine exports to Austria doubled

first_imgOn the famous Viennese square Am Hof, 12 Croatian wineries, gathered under the brand, present their wines Vina Croatia – mosaic wines organized by the Wine Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The beginning of the implementation of the strategy was in 2013 through a clearly stated goal and strength and character of the brand as well as a desire for a clear positioning of Croatian wines on the world wine list.”We wanted to remind the Austrians of the tastes of Croatia now, in the off-season, while their impressions from the summer on our coast are still fresh, to tell them that they can buy the same products they consumed in Croatia at home ”, said Nikola Drmić from the Krauthaker winery, one of the exhibitors in Vienna, where a four-day wine promotion is underway. In addition to this winery, from September 21 to 24 Badel 1862, Degrassi, Dvanajščak, Kozol, Feravino, Iločki podrumi, Kozlović, Kutjevo, PP Orahovica, Zigante, Zlatan otok, PZ Vrbnik, Delikroat and Aura Delikatessen promote their wines and food.The goal of the event is not only to strengthen the image of Croatian wines and wineries, but the overall image of Croatia at this time before and after the season in the most important Croatian emitting tourist markets, among which Austria is especially important to winemakers. “It is known that Croatia is the most popular tourist destination for Austrians. Austrians are in love with the Croatian coast and islands, but Croatia is not only a country that boasts beautiful nature, but also excellent cuisine and first-class wines”, said Tatjana Mrvoš from the Croatian Embassy in Vienna.Photo: Hgk”Austria is a close, significant, but above all demanding market. If our wines are recognized among the Austrians, who are great connoisseurs of wine, it will certainly ensure our profits to the wider market. We hope for a successful continuation of the project. Our vision is to promote Croatian wines in all European capitals”, Said the secretary of the Wine Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Igor Barbarić.”We reluctantly accepted this type of promotion. It is a great thing that we present ourselves together for easier profit in demanding markets. It is interesting to come to tourist emitting markets because consumers recognize you. Some are our regular tourists and have had the opportunity to drink our wines. It is also interesting to watch the reactions of Austrians about the similarities and differences with their wines because they are familiar with our varieties.”, Said the exhibitor Igor Hruška from PP Orahovica.Wine exports to the Austrian market are on the rise. In the first five months, we exported 718 and a half thousand liters of wine, which is more than in the whole of 2016 when we exported a total of 675 thousand liters to Austria. ”These results were achieved thanks to the past two good years of harvest, but also a series of marketing activities in EU markets through the Association of Winemakers of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce under the brand Vina croatia – vina mosaica. In the continuation, we expect further growth and placement of Croatian wines, not only on the Austrian but also on the EU market, thanks to the constant quality of Croatian wines. This event is one in a series of levers to increase the promotion and recognition of Croatian wines”, Said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović, who came to Vienna to support local winemakers.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal intend to make Pablo Mari & Cedric Soares’ loan deals permanent

first_imgMari is out for at least two months (Picture: PA)Mari will miss the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury in the defeat to Manchester City, while Soares is still yet to feature for Arteta’s side.Soares was back in full training this week and aims to be available for selection for Arsenal’s home game against Norwich.Arsenal play Southampton on Thursday searching for their first win since the 2019/20 season resumed following back-to-back defeats.MORE: Arsenal star Bernd Leno breaks silence after receiving positive injury newsMORE: Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli could miss rest of the season after visiting knee specialistFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryTuesday 23 Jun 2020 8:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.3kShares Advertisement Soares is yet to play for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal are set to sign Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari on permanent transfers.The crocked loan duo have barley played for Arsenal since joining in January, but are expected to be handed long-term deals by the Gunners. Asked about reports the deals were close to completion, Arteta said: ‘We’ve been trying to get the [Mari] deal done because we were happy with what Pablo can bring to us. ‘I think the club will announce that as quick as possible when everything is sorted.’ADVERTISEMENT‘It was the plan from the start [to make Soares’ move permanent],’ Arteta added. ‘But he’s been so, so unlucky. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He had an injury when he joined, and then he got a fracture of the nose. ‘We think he’s a player who will improve and help the squad depth and hopefully we can do it.’ Comment Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal intend to make Pablo Mari & Cedric Soares’ loan deals permanent Advertisementlast_img read more

Conte agrees deal to become Chelsea coach

first_imgThe current Italy and former Juventus manager will succeed interim boss Guss Hiddink after Euro 2016.Conte will manage against Ireland this summer at the Euro’s – the two meet in the final group game on June 22nd.last_img

Hoornstra: Pace of play rule could put pitching prospects at greater risk for injury

first_img Hoornstra: MLB’s new pace-of-play rules are a warning to players – speed up Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Judging by the armchair reaction on social media, the final initiative elicited the most shock: a runner will automatically be placed on second base to begin each inning after the ninth. A variation on this rule has been tried at different professional and amateur levels, including last year’s World Baseball Classic.In the 11th inning of a semifinal between Puerto Rico and the Netherlands at Dodger Stadium, each half-inning began with runners on first and second. Puerto Rico won in the bottom of the 11th, wasting little time. That was the point.The purpose of the pitch clock is just as obvious. When the advanced-A Florida State League instituted a 15-second pitch clock in 2016, the average time of game fell from 2:41 to 2:35 according to data provided by Minor League Baseball. The introduction of 20-second pitch clocks in the International League (Triple-A), Pacific Coast League (Triple-A), Eastern League (Double-A), Southern League (Double-A) and Texas League (Double-A) in 2015 hastened average game times in each league, up to 16 minutes per game.Some players who are familiar with the pitch-clock system were more wary of the consequences on the game than their health. Maybe their priorities are backward.Officially, neither Minor League Baseball nor the Florida State League records injury data. Disabled list usage can be insightful, though it isn’t a perfect proxy for injuries. (Some teams, like the Dodgers, were notorious for their liberal use of the 10-day DL in 2017.) It’s even less meaningful in the minors, where a “player-coach” might reside on the disabled list all year, only to be activated in case of emergency. Behind the scenes, MLB’s youth movement has broad consequences That’s a fair point. And maybe it’s unfair to extrapolate what takes place in the lab to a full season on the field, where variables become hard to predict.Still, the unintended consequences of these pace-of-play rules are worth monitoring. Will five-man minor league rotations disappear? Will two trends already in motion – stricter limits on prospects’ innings and pitch counts – only gain more steam?The consequence of a pitch clock could even be something baseball hasn’t seen before – unlike the automatic runner on second, which at least had a trial run on an international stage. For now, it’s being counted as an acceptable cost of progress.“You’re either growing or you’re dying, is a line out of a Lou Holtz commencement speech,” O’Conner said. “If we’re not evolving, what happens is we become irrelevant. A 20-game losing streak is nothing compared to losing your relevance.” Pitcher DL usage in the Florida State League, however dubious, rose as the time of game fell. According to a study by the analyst Jon Roegele, FSL pitchers made 89 trips to the DL in 2015 and 106 in 2016, the first year of the pitch clock.Meanwhile, the California League and the Carolina League, baseball’s other “advanced-A” leagues, did not institute a 15-second clock. Their pitchers’ DL visits didn’t rise in 2016 – in fact, Roegele’s data observed the opposite. What might the data be telling us?Michael Sonne earned his Ph.D. in Kinesiology at McMaster University studying workplace fatigue. He and colleague Peter J. Keir published a study in the Journal of Sport Sciences titled “Major League Baseball pace-of-play rules and their influence on predicted muscle fatigue during simulated baseball games.”Sonne and Keir concluded that reducing the time between pitches to 20 seconds or less might impair recovery from arm fatigue, with negative implications for elbow injuries in particular. Sound science could have predicted the DL surge that was actually observed in the Florida State League.Now, with a 15-second limit, Double-A and Triple-A pitchers could be at greater risk too. Pat O’Conner, the president of Minor League Baseball, said he hasn’t personally researched any injury-risk studies, but he offered a few reasons not to worry.For one thing, O’Conner noted, the 20-second limit with runners on base is not new. Minor league pitchers have already had time to adapt. With the bases empty, he said that minor league pitchers are already pausing 12 to 14 seconds between pitches – an observation based on anecdotal evidence, not hard data.“Fifteen seconds is not going to rush anybody,” he said.Moreover, O’Conner said he began pace-of-play talks with officials from MLB and minor league clubs a year and a half ago. MLB’s baseball operations department communicated with all 30 clubs. Why, he asked, would teams agree to a rule that put their own players at risk?“The players are all under contract to Major League Baseball,” he said. “It’s their players. I trust them implicitly and explicitly not to do something detrimental to the health of their players.”Related Articles Stan Conte, the former head athletic trainer for the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, once remarked that the human shoulder is made for throwing. But, he said, “it may not have been designed to throw as hard as it can 120 times in a two-hour period.”If baseball were to create a rule to increase the risk of injuring its pitchers, it might look like the one announced Wednesday.All Double-A and Triple-A pitchers will be required to deliver a pitch within 15 seconds when there are no runners on base. With runners on, pitchers will be limited to 20 seconds. These were among the new pace-of-play initiatives that Minor League Baseball created, in partnership with MLB, to be instituted this season.There will also be limits on mound visits – six at Triple-A, eight at Double-A, 10 at Class-A. MLB has already restricted its managers, coaches and players to six mound visits in every nine-inning game this season.last_img read more