Istrian olive oil from Novigrad won gold medals in Paris and New York

first_imgCroatian olive oils won 27 gold and 11 silver medals, and two oils were named the best in their category in the United States at the New York International Olive Oil Competition, NYOOC, where a group of international experts tasted samples of nearly 700 extra virgin olive oils from all over the world to decide who deserves to be recognized as the best olive oil in the world.One of the winners is the Istrian olive oil Vergal Frantoio from Novigrad, which won gold medals both in New York and in Paris. At the NYOOC, Vergal Frantoio olive oil was declared one of the world’s best oils for 2018 and won a gold medal in the category of monoculture oils of mild fruitiness. By the way, this world competition has attracted more than 900 entries from 27 countries this year.At the same time, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, specifically in Paris, the non-profit organization L’Agence pour la Valorisation des Produits Agricoles, AVPA, which brings together producers from around the world, awarded the Gourmet Gold Medal for the Frantoio variety, extra virgin olive oil Vergal. AVPA discovers the best among the best and rewards them, and this year the 16th International Seed Edible Oils Competition was held, in which about 300 submitted vegetable oils (olive oils, cereal oils, nuts and flavored oils) from five continents took part.It is interesting how the producers of the award-winning olive oil Vergal Frantoio Aminess are hotels and camps, one of the leading Croatian tourist companies, which since 2005 have grown varieties of frantoio, leccino and Istrian bjelica in their olive groves located near hotels and camps by the sea. , and chefs at Aminess restaurants use Vergal olive oil in their daily cooking.”Our oil has won numerous awards so far and has been included five times in the specialized guide Flos Olei, which provides an overview of the best extra virgin olive oils in the world. We are extremely glad to be recognized at European and world competitions and that Vergal Frantoio has its place among the best oils, which has further confirmed the quality and indisputability of belonging to the very top of world-renowned olive oils. “, said Alen Fiala, head of the Aminess brand Vergal.last_img read more

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Italy starts to look ahead to ‘phase two’ as COVID-19 death toll slows

first_imgBut alongside the public health crisis, the government is also grappling with the economic devastation caused by the sudden halt to business across the country.Following several days of encouraging data, Health Minister Roberto Speranza outlined a series of measures, including more testing and a beefed up local health system, intended to allow a gradual easing until a vaccine might be developed.”There are difficult months ahead. Our task is to create the conditions to live with the virus,” at least until a vaccine is developed, he told the daily La Repubblica newspaper.The national lockdown, strictly limiting people’s movements and freezing all non-essential economic activity, will officially last until at least April 13 but it is widely expected to be extended. Speranza said it was too early to say when it could be lifted.The minister said he had issued a note outlining five principles around which the government planned to manage the so-called “phase two” of the emergency, when lockdown restrictions began to be eased but before a full return to normal conditions.He said social distancing would have to remain, with wider use of individual protection devices such as face masks, while local health systems would be strengthened, to allow a faster and more efficient treatment of suspected COVID-19 cases.Testing and “contact tracing” would be extended, including with the use of smartphone apps and other forms of digital technology while a network of hospitals dedicated solely to treating COVID-19 patients would be set up. “If this is confirmed, we need to start thinking about the second phase and keep down the spread of this disease.”The total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus rose by 4,316 to 128,948, the lowest increase in five days, which added to signs the epidemic has reached a plateau, about six weeks after it broke out in northern Italy on Feb. 21.Sunday’s figures added to growing signs the tough restrictions on movement and public gatherings imposed across the country on March 9 were having an effect in containing the epidemic, but officials have been desperate to avoid a letup.”Don’t lower our guard, stay at home,” Angelo Borelli, head of the Civil Protection department, told a daily briefing. Italy reported its lowest daily COVID-19 death toll for more than two weeks on Sunday as authorities began to look ahead to a second phase of the battle against the new coronavirus once the lockdown imposed almost a month ago is eventually eased.The toll from the world’s deadliest outbreak reached 15,887, almost a quarter of the global death total, but the rise of 525 from a day earlier was the smallest daily increase since March 19, while the number of patients in badly stretched intensive care units fell for a second day running.”The curve has reached a plateau and begun to descend,” said Silvio Brusaferro, head of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Italy’s top health institute. “It is a result that we have to achieve day after day.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Wolf Administration Provides Personnel Update at DDAP

first_imgWolf Administration Provides Personnel Update at DDAP Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Gary Tennis will no longer serve as Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Deputy Secretary Jennifer Smith will serve as Acting Secretary.“I look forward to working with Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith to continue my administration’s fight against the opioid epidemic. Though we have made great strides in our efforts, we still have much work to do. Jennifer Smith’s experience and expertise will be an asset to my administration as we move forward to help those in our commonwealth who are struggling with substance use disorder.”The Wolf Administration has made the fight against the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis a top priority.  Governor Wolf worked with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the 2016-17 budget to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis by expanding treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder.This funding was used to create 45 Centers of Excellence through the Department of Human Services, which will serve as central hubs that provide navigators to assist those with opioid use disorders with behavioral and physical health care, along with medication-assisted treatment, as needed.After addressing a joint session of the legislature, Governor Wolf worked with leaders on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation to battle Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic. The legislation passed strengthened the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restricted the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, established education curriculum on safe prescribing, and created more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs.In the first year of his administration, Governor Wolf stood with Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine as Dr. Levine signed a standing order making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. The governor has also made getting naloxone into the hands of more people a priority. On April 7, 2015, Governor Wolf announced the Pennsylvania State Police would carry naloxone, through a combination of grants from Aetna, Geisinger Health, Health Partner Plans, and Highmark. Additionally, the Wolf Administration has partnered with Adapt Pharma to offer free naloxone to schools.Governor Wolf is committed to continuing his fight against the opioid epidemic and has prioritized it in his 2017-2018 budget.Jennifer Smith BiographyJennifer (Jen) Smith most recently served as the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP).Following her college graduation in 2004, she accepted a position in Pennsylvania’s Office of the Budget as an accountant where she focused primarily on monitoring accounts receivables, processing loan payments, reconciling accounts for the Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania State Police. Through 2009, she continued to work in various accountant positions in the Office of the Budget, serving as the co-lead on an effort to train hundreds of employees throughout the state on a new process for recording revenue.  She also worked on an 18-month initiative to restructure and redesign business processes for Comptroller Operations, which is the largest office within OB.  During this project, Jen served as the Communications, Change Management and Training Lead, played a key role as the liaison between OB and all other agencies as it related to the changes being implemented, and in the summer of 2009 took over the role of Project Manager to oversee the final phases of implementation.In 2009, Smith became the Director for Strategic Planning and Communications within the Office of the Budget.  Three years later she was promoted to the Bureau Director for Planning and Management.  In November of 2015, Smith accepted the position of Deputy Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.She currently resides in Jonestown with her husband of 14 years, their four children and two dogs.  In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys participating as an active member of the Annville Church of the Brethren. January 24, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Eugene O. Nobbe, 69

first_imgEugene O. Nobbe, 69, of Greensburg passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 in Columbus.  Gene was born on January 13, 1947 in Greensburg, the son of Edwin and Loretta (Bedel) Nobbe.  Gene graduated from Greensburg High School.  He was a former member of the Army Reserve.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus in Greensburg.  Gene worked as a farmer in Decatur County his entire life.  He was married to Sharon A. Vonderheide in Rushville on August 9, 1969 and she survives.  Gene is survived by his wife; Sharon, five children; Melinda J. Nobbe, Columbus, Kevin E. (Jennifer) Nobbe, Greensburg, Carrie A. (Herb) Somers, Greensburg, Dianna M. (Richard) Slayten, Greenwood, Sarah G. (Scott) Rohls, Greensburg, 4 brothers; Walter (Judy) Nobbe, Connersville, Leon (Carole Ann) Nobbe, Greensburg, Herman (Theresa) Nobbe, Greensburg, Robert (Linda) Nobbe, Greensburg, 4 sisters; Betty Nobbe, Greensburg, Marlene Meyer, Greensburg, Delores (Lawrence) Young, Greensburg, Susan (Wayne) Munson, Rushville, and 11 grandchildren; Brook Somers, Bridget Nobbe, Maria Nobbe, Makayla Somers, Sydney Rohls, Michael Nobbe, Taylor Somers, Sophie Rohls, Sterling Rohls, Chloe Somers, and Nolan Slayten.  Gene was preceded in death by his parents.  A Rosary Service will be held at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg on Sunday at 1:30 pm followed by visitation from 2 to 6 pm.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.  Memorials can be made to the St. Mary’s Church Building Fund.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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July court date set for child molesting case

first_imgVersailles, In. — Following an investigation by Indiana State Police Dustin Crabtree is facing multiple charges and Ripley County court date in July. Crabtree has been charged with two counts of child molesting and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.Crabtree was convicted in 2006 of felony burglary in Dearborn County.Reports indicate the alleged incidents took place with a four-year-old.last_img

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Lambert: I can handle criticism

first_img Lambert and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers are good friends, and he feels Liverpool could finally claim a first Premier League title this season. “They’ve a chance, no two ways about it,” said Lambert. “Brendan’s a really good guy who did well at Swansea and has enhanced Liverpool. “In my era, Liverpool dominated everything with Kenny (Dalglish) and those guys. “Now whether they can win it this year, I don’t know, but they are certainly in with a shout. “With Luis Suarez, he is probably one of the top players in Europe right now, with the way he has been performing, the way he is playing, the confidence. “Everything he does comes off. He was a top player last year, but he seems to have gone up to another level this season.” Lambert will at least have two new faces on show to bolster his squad in striker Grant Holt and defender Ryan Bertrand, signed this week on loan until the end of the season from Wigan and Chelsea respectively. “Holt was a no-brainer for me,” said Lambert. “For the three years he was with me at Norwich he was fantastic. He was a big character. I know what I’m going to get, I know what he can give to the club, and I think he’ll surprise a few people. “As for Ryan, he brings a lot of big-game experience, not only in the league but even a Champions League final which Chelsea won, so he’ll be really good for us. “The way he plays the game, and as a person too, he’ll fit in here great.” Lambert is, however, without defender Nathan Baker who suffered a concussion during Monday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Arsenal which resulted in his withdrawal after 21 minutes. Lambert said: “Nathan’s still not feeling good. He’s still feeling a bit groggy, he’s got a bit of a sore head, so he’s unavailable.” Villa, meanwhile, have been ordered by a tribunal to pay £450,000 to Norwich for goalkeeper Jed Steer following his move in the summer. Press Association Villa’s increasingly worrying home form in particular has resulted in Lambert coming in for criticism midway through his second season in charge. Villa have failed to win any of their last six matches in front of their own fans, with the nadir a 2-1 defeat to League One side Sheffield United in the FA Cup earlier this month. Lambert, however, is adamant he has broad enough shoulders to cope with the snipers, especially after his time as a player with Celtic and their bitter local rivalry with Rangers. Reflecting on the comments now to then, Lambert said: “I used to walk the streets of Glasgow at times and….(exhales a deep breath). If you can handle Glasgow then you can handle a lot of places. “Criticism is part of the game. You take it on the chin and you try and move on and learn from it. You stay level, which is important.” Crucially for Lambert, he received a resounding vote of confidence from chief executive Paul Faulkner this week, citing that he and owner Randy Lerner have absolute trust in the Scot. That is music to Lambert’s ears as he said: “It’s always good to get support from people. “But I’ve never lost my focus. Everybody knows football – one minute you are up, the next you are down. “Very rarely do you get an even keel. It’s just learning to live with that kind of situation. The more experience you get and the older you get, you live with the situation.” Although Villa’s away record is far better than that at home this season, they face a tough task in their latest Barclays Premier League quest at Liverpool on Saturday. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed the flak flying his way is nothing compared to what he has previously experienced in Glasgow.last_img read more

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Van Gaal: Shaw not fit enough

first_img Shaw had a fortnight off after the World Cup and he has arrived at United unfit, according to Louis van Gaal, who wants to see an improvement from the 19-year-old in the coming weeks. Shaw, a £27million signing from Southampton, trained alone at the FedExField ahead of United’s friendly against Inter Milan, which kicks off in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Manchester United have had to devise a special training programme to get Luke Shaw in shape for the start of the season. Press Association One area where Van Gaal is blessed with options is in the final third. Juan Mata, Rooney and Welbeck have been his first choice attack in the 3-4-1-2 formation, which the Dutchman says he will use for the rest of the tour. Javier Hernandez, Will Keane and Shinji Kagawa have also featured in the two matches in the States, but Wilfried Zaha is yet to kick a ball in anger on the trip. The England international, who joined United from Crystal Palace for £15million last summer, will have to move out from the wings into the centre if he is to play any part in the coming season. “When we play this system he has to play as a striker otherwise he cannot play,” said Van Gaal, who confirmed Zaha would come on as a substitute against Inter. With Adnan Januzaj and Robin van Persie to come back to training following their World Cup exploits, first-team opportunities also seem limited for Hernandez. Van Gaal distanced himself from rumours of an imminent swap deal involving the Mexican and Inter’s Fredy Guarin. “I don’t know anything about it,” the former Barcelona manager said. “I cannot tell you anything about that.” Van Gaal made the task ahead of Hernandez perfectly clear though. “When he plays he will play in striker position and he has competition with Rooney, Van Persie, Welbeck, Will Keane, Zaha – a lot players,” Van Gaal added. Van Gaal took great pleasure in responding to a question from a Mexican reporter about Hernandez’s fitness. “We, the Dutch national team, beat Mexico in the second round of the World Cup. That’s why he joined the squad later than the others,” said the former Holland coach with a big smile. “I wanted to say that to you. But I believe he is fit.” One person who will not participate in the rest of the tour is right-back Rafael, who has been sent home to recover from a groin injury he suffered in training last Friday. Van Gaal is sure the Brazilian does not require surgery, but he could not say whether he would be back for the first game of the season against Swansea on August 16. “I don’t know (if he will be fit for the new season). We will wait and see,” Van Gaal said. “The player could have stayed in America but I think the treatment at the Aon training complex is much better. “This way he can also work out his jet lag much earlier. “Rafa agreed with me that he should go back. He is there already and he’s started training.” Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, who all returned from World Cup duty on the same day as Shaw, were deemed fit enough to train with the squad. But there are concerns that Shaw is off the pace. “He needs to be fit and he is not very fit,” the United boss said. “Therefore he cannot perform what I want so first he has to be fit and has to train individually. “I have spoken with him and we have made the programme. He agreed with me. “We will have to see how long it takes (for him to get fit).” Van Gaal is well within his rights to demand Shaw be fit for the season-opener against Swansea having shelled out such a big fee for the teenager. Having sold Alexander Buttner to Dynamo Moscow, Van Gaal has little cover for the England international, so he has had to rely on Ashley Young, Reece James and Tyler Blackett while on tour in the USA. last_img read more

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Reds close in on Balotelli capture

first_imgLiverpool are on the verge of sealing the signing of Mario Balotelli after the Italy striker appeared at the club’s training ground on Monday. Balotelli has had a colourful career for Inter Milan, Manchester City and AC Milan, as well as with the Italy national side, and has often fallen out with his managers. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to have asked for assurances about the player’s behaviour on and off the pitch. Last week, Rodgers said no incoming player would be allowed to threaten the “fantastic environment” at the club. Speaking about the standards of behaviour expected at Liverpool and his determination to protect them, Rodgers said: “I think every club will have a code of conduct for the people and professionals who work (for them). “We have quite an extensive code of conduct for players and staff – there is no specific one for any one individual. “We have a fantastic environment here and a great culture and I think it is something that was very important for us to create and build here. “There will be nothing that will ever shake that or provoke it in any way. It is something I always protect at the club.” Press Associationcenter_img The Merseyside club are understood to be hopeful of formally announcing his move from AC Milan before the match against the player’s former club Manchester City on Monday night. Balotelli, who was photographed practising on a pitch at Melwood wearing a Liverpool training top, is expected to cost £16million. last_img read more

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Jones upbeat ahead of Palace clash

first_img It is a second successive meeting with a team around them for Burnley, who defeated QPR 2-1 last weekend to make it three games unbeaten in the league. After struggling for goals earlier in the season, they have scored seven in those three games, fighting back from behind to draw with Manchester City and Newcastle prior to the QPR victory. Midfielder Jones said: “Over Christmas we were down a few times in games and came back really well against strong teams. “Not only did we get points from those games, it gives you an inner belief that you can do it against anybody. If you can go to the Etihad and come back from 2-0 down, then you can do it against anyone. “We’re scoring goals and looking confident at the moment, and we want to continue that.” Jones knows there will be an extra edge to the game because of the position of the two teams but he believes that can play into Burnley’s hands. He said: “You don’t want teams around you to be getting three points from you and making a gap between you and them, so for that reason there does seem more importance but we’ll be approaching it the same way we do for every game: giving our all as a team, working really hard and seeing where we are at the end of it. “You can’t guarantee anything but we think with our performance and energy levels at home we’re a match for anybody and we’ll be looking forward to it. Since Alan Pardew was appointed manager, Palace have thumped non-league Dover in the FA Cup and come from a goal down to defeat Tottenham in the Premier League. They sit level on 20 points with Burnley just above the relegation zone, and the match is a golden chance for one of the teams to put distance between themselves and the bottom three. Press Association David Jones is confident Burnley’s self-belief will be more than a match for Crystal Palace’s when the relegation battlers meet at Turf Moor on Saturday. “They had a good result last week and they’ll be confident, but we want to embrace the challenge and it’s a good opportunity. In our group, we’ve all got that mentality.” Manager Sean Dyche is hopeful he will have key defensive duo Kieran Trippier and Jason Shackell available. Trippier came off against Spurs after feeling his hamstring while captain Shackell missed the game because of a calf problem. Crystal Palace manager Pardew will challenge Wilfried Zaha to show why Manchester United paid £15million for the forward when the Eagles travel to Burnley. Eagles boss Pardew has vowed to raise Zaha’s “profile and spirit” with the 21-year-old on a season-long loan back at first senior club Palace. Substitute Zaha laid on Jason Puncheon’s winner in Palace’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Tottenham last weekend in an influential cameo. New Palace boss Pardew admitted it must be tough going for Zaha to be back for a second loan stint at Selhurst Park since joining United in January 2013. “I intend to have a word with him,” said Pardew, ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Turf Moor. “He’s an important player. “In terms of finding himself at perhaps the biggest club in the world bar one or two, and not getting an opportunity and having to come back to his former club – I think that’s difficult. “Mentally I think that’s difficult for a young player. “So I feel sorry for him, a little bit. “And I’ll do my best to raise his profile and spirit for us, and for Manchester United because I’m sure they’ve got one eye on him hopefully still to be a success for them.” Loan signing Yaya Sanogo could make his Palace debut. The Arsenal striker will face competition to start up front from fit-again Marouane Chamakh, while midfielder James McArthur has beaten his foot problem. last_img read more

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Simeone signs Atletico deal to 2020

first_img The 44-year-old Argentinian has been linked with several Premier League clubs – most notably being touted as a potential replacement for Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City in recent weeks – but he has now ended speculation over his immediate future. Reigning Spanish champions Atleti, who finished runners-up in last year’s Champions League, are currently fourth in La Liga nine points off leaders Barcelona, but Simeone is convinced the club can get back to the top. “I choose to be here because I am convinced that the club will continue to grow,” he told the Spanish press. The decision to stay until 2020 is a big statement from Simeone, who has been drawing admiring glances for his achievements in the Spanish capital on a relatively meagre budget. However, shortly after he announced his new deal, Manchester City sources categorically denied to Press Association Sport that the club made a bid for Simeone’s services or that they were interested. Since taking the reins at Atleti in December 2011 Simeone has made a habit of gatecrashing the monopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid, scooping a La Liga crown, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup. Simeone’s impact has also been felt in Europe, with his side winning the Europa League in 2012 and then embarrassing Chelsea 4-1 in the Super Cup later that year. “Ahead of us we can look forward to a new stadium, there is a great deal of excitement,” he added. “The club keeps growing. I’ve made a decision to stay where I am and decisions are sometimes difficult to make in life. “Fortunately I’ve been able to make this decision as I see a club that is moving forward, I see eagerness to grow and people willing to collaborate. We all love Atletico Madrid, and we all want to grow together.” Diego Simeone has signed a new five-year deal at Atletico Madrid, the Primera Division side have announced. Atleti hailed the announcement with a banner of Simeone dominating their website and the hashtag ‘#Simeone2020’ celebrating his renewal. Club president Enrique Cerezo echoed those sentiments, saying: “Nobody embodies the values of our club more than Simeone. “Passion, effort, nobility, work, solidarity, courage, heart … he showed in his years of football, where he gave himself (in both) body and soul in the defence of Atletico colours.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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