Donald Trump, Posted Nov 9, 2016 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis November 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm Thank you, Bishop Curry. You are a blessing and gift to us. I appreciate the always kind, thoughtful, and gentle words and prayers you offer to inspire us. Blessings and Peace to you. Francis Bagbey says: December 2, 2016 at 11:51 pm We all pray that this man will not continue to be as deplorable as he has been…Racist– “Miss Housekeeping”… Misogenist.–“Grab them by the pXXXy,” ….Liar–too many to name…Un-American…tax dodger, friend of Putin…. Our Presiding Bishop was being gracious under the assumption that Clinton would win and that the large number of Republican Episcopalians would be very upset. He was speaking peace to them, and had no idea this man who represents the worst of America could actually win. Good thing we belong to a different kingdom, because this one is in deep trouble. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH November 10, 2016 at 11:05 am I trust this will bring unity to those who feel there party lost. But we all gain when we consider the words that you give .May God lead this land always and may we bless whoever becomes our new leader. God bless our people and our country. Thank you sir for your inspiration Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Gina Curran says: 3:00[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued a video message on the national election on Nov. 8.The video is available here and is available closed-captioned.The following is the text of the message.Presiding Bishop Michael CurryPost – Election MessageNovember 9, 2016Hello. We’re filming this on Election Day before the results of the presidential and other elections are in. But there’s some thoughts I wanted to share with you, and a prayer I’d like to offer.Twenty-five years ago Robert Fulghum published a book, All I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, and in that book he talked about the kinds of things we learned as children, especially in kindergarten:Share everything. Clean up your own mess.Don’t hit people.Play fair.Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. We learned those as children, and those were lessons for life.I remember as a child, and I suspect you learned as well, the words of the Pledge of Allegiance. Listen to those words again:I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.That Pledge of Allegiance and those words were taught to us as children, but they’re meant for us as adults and as a country.We will elect a president. We will elect officer holders. Some will be Republicans. Some will be Democrats. Some will be Independents. But that will be the democratic process. That’s how we govern ourselves in our country, and we will all live with the results of those elections, but we will all live together as fellow Americans, as citizens. And so the time will come, to bind up our wounds, to overcome our differences, to reconcile with each other, to reach out to those who differ with us, and to be Americans.One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.And an America like that will truly be a shining city upon a hill.And so a prayer that I also learned as a little child, the words of James Weldon Johnson: God of our weary years,God of our silent tears,Thou who has brought us thus far on our way;Thou who has by Thy might,Led us into the light,Keep us forever in the path, we pray.Lest our feet stray from the places, our God where we met Thee,Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee; Shadowed beneath Thy hand,May we forever stand,True to our God,And true to our native land.God bless you, God keep you, and reach out in love to your fellow citizens. The Rev. Billie Mae Gordon says: November 9, 2016 at 11:08 am Thank you Bishop Curry, for this winderful reminder and prayer. God bless and keep you also. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Betsy Murphy says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ November 9, 2016 at 7:54 pm HOPE SO! Carolyn George says: November 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm A most befitting reflection from The Most Rev’d in God Michael Curry, of The Episcopal Branch of The Jesus Movement ..Listen to Him, and fellow bishops.God, is Still on the THRONE. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel January 14, 2017 at 9:59 am We all pray that this man will not continue to be as deplorable as he has been…Racist– “Miss Housekeeping”… Misogenist.–“Grab them by the pXXXy,” ….Liar–too many to name…Un-American…tax dodger, friend of Putin…. Our Presiding Bishop was being gracious under the assumption that Clinton would win and that the large number of Republican Episcopalians would be very upset. He was speaking peace to them, and had no idea this man who represents the worst of America could actually win. Good thing we belong to a different kingdom, because this one is in deep trouble. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 November 9, 2016 at 1:47 pm Thank you , Bishop Curry!! November 9, 2016 at 6:58 pm Thank you for your words of wisdom. Tags Vicki Gray says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Belleville, IL Comments are closed. Francis Bagbey says: Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Election 2016, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, llola Maoris says: November 9, 2016 at 5:09 pm Thank you for your words and prayer Bishop Curry. We all have to come togetherand be united in this wonderful country. We can accomplish so muchworking together. Curate Diocese of Nebraska November 9, 2016 at 7:17 pm Thank you, Bishop Curry. Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Catherine Gray says: November 10, 2016 at 5:36 pm Thank you Bishop Curry. your words gave me comfort and hope i following the election. I pray for all those who are having great difficulty with the results. Anne Johnson says: Thurma L. Hilton says: Rector Shreveport, LA November 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm Very helpful reminders, Bishop Curry and even more so since you chose to cleverly write and post them before the election results were evident.Joyce Kauffman, parishioner at Grace & St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Colorado Springs, CO. An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Elaine Jones says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI November 10, 2016 at 9:33 am I would like to get a copy of the video that I can embed onto our church website. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments navigation Newer comments Rector Martinsville, VA November 9, 2016 at 11:14 am That was a wonderful message – Especially the part from the [ledge about liberty and justice for all. I am part of an inter racial family and have been afraid the make America great again really meant make American white again! Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Karen Morgan says: Michael Stockdell says: Carole Gilman says: Kathy McClure says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA November 27, 2016 at 2:22 pm Thank you Bishop Curry and with you I Pray for Peace+++ Madlyn Springston says: November 11, 2016 at 10:20 pm Dear Bishop Curry,Thank you for your wise words of council. You are a voice of calm in this age of noise. I’ve heard you preach several times at church and via video. Your words are powerful and convey a message of unity. My spirit has been troubled by the results of this election but I’ll take to heart your words. We are children of God and our citizenship is in heaven. God bless you and keep you. God bless our leaders with wisdom. November 9, 2016 at 8:44 pm Thank you for these wonderful words. We all needed to hear them and be reminded of these simple truths. God bless us all and God bless America. November 12, 2016 at 10:12 am I received your words with such gratitude. My heart has been struggling to hear a voice such as yours speaking in leadership. Your words sound like a compass in this confused political mess. I was just received a couple weeks ago and I feel assured I have made the right choice in joining hands with the Episcopal Church November 10, 2016 at 5:13 pm “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”Sorry, but I am old enough to have learned the POA without the “under God” added phrase. It was added during the 50’s cold war era, and is exclusive. It should be removed to make us “one nation”. The Rev. Scott Arnold says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Faith & Politics, November 10, 2016 at 3:48 pm It’s sad that you feel this way. I saw nowhere near the “horrible things” you saw in Trump. I assume you were comfortable with Mrs. Clinton’s characterization of some Trump supporters as the irredeemably deplorable (and she professes to be a Christian in the Methodist version; isn’t redemption one of the principal tenets or offers of Christianity?). I pray that Trump will be nowhere near as deplorable as your current fears. November 10, 2016 at 10:04 am Thank you Bishop Curry for always being the voice of reason , and the messenger of light for us in dark times. We heard you preach in Charleston, and at home in the mountains of NC, o, we watch all videos we can find in order to listen to your sermons… On this path of uncertainty and fear after this election,,,, your voice is a comfort and we continue to find solace as well as strength in your messages. Thank you for caring so deeply for us all,,,,, and we pray, in return,,,,, And Also With You. November 9, 2016 at 6:19 pm Dear Bishop Michael, Your words today are so loving, and so hopeful. Thank you for being who you are, and being among us at a puzzling, trying time. You give me hope for the future even as we cope with the present. Judy Lane Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Frank E. Tate, III says: Phil Monroe says: Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ November 10, 2016 at 12:52 am Thank you Bishop Curry. I read your message with tears in my eyes as I am still in disbelief and shock that this country has elected a man who consistently preached and raved against everything that I have always been taught and have known and believed in my life – tolerance, love, acceptance, tolerance, etc. I am struggling with this national decision and know that I must accept what has happened, but am so very frightened that all the horrible things he said he would do if he became president actually happens. I fear for this generation and for my grandchildren and their families. I will continue to pray for peace and for acceptance. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Hugh Hansen, Ph.D. says: November 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm Not in the spirit of the Bishop’s message and granted it was your fear speaking, making America white again was nowhere in Trump’s message, express or implied. What in anything Trump said or did prompted your fear? I’d really like to know. thanks This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Rev. Scott Arnold says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Judy Lane says: Video Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME November 10, 2016 at 6:45 am Very strong guidance, and very timely. Thank you! Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Clare Tager says: November 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm In the midst of my struggle this morning with my “opportunity to testify” this Sunday, I thank you for these words of comfort, hope, and solidarity. Ken Bronsil says: Video: Election message from the Presiding Bishop Submit a Job Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments (31) November 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm A wonderful, wonderful little essay. How can an Episcopalian think otherwise. The Rev’d Carl A. Byrd says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Father Mike Waverly-Shank says: Joyce Kauffman says: Comments navigation Newer comments Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Janice Evans says: Rector Tampa, FL November 10, 2016 at 8:44 am Presiding Bishop Curry, your guidance and your prayer will work regardless of who is elected. Now the election is over and the people have spoken and there is opportunity for us to carry out our lives just as your guidance has indicated. Under God’s merciful care we can proceed and build (Rebuild) our nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Thank you for your devout leadership of the Episcopal Church. May we like the country seek to find solutions to our problems, agreement in our differences, and a tie that binds us to one another and to God. Rector Collierville, TN November 10, 2016 at 9:34 am My own thoughts turn to the poet W.B. 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In the keynote address of a symposium sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, adjunct professor of law Alexandra Levy said the drama of sex trafficking makes it a “good story” for news outlets to cover. In the lecture, Levy sought to answer the question “why is sex trafficking a crime?”“Maybe more than any other crime, sex trafficking makes a great story,” she said. “The popular narrative that is told and repeated by the media shocks us with its gory details and seduces us with its promise of justice. It’s an entertaining story, as far as it’s all drama and violence and greed and rescue. “It’s a satisfying story because, at least in the most popular discourse, it has bad guys who are very bad and good guys or girls who are very good. It’s an addictive story, because it’s about sex and virtue and protection.” In her presentation, Levy detailed the three models the law community considers when discussing sexual trafficking: the traditional model, the rescue model and the labor model. First, Levy compared the traditional model and the rescue model, both of which argue that commercial sex, even if it isn’t trafficking, is harmful to societal values. They differ, however, in how women are involved — the traditional model holds women accountable for being prostitutes whereas the rescue model does not.“Unlike the traditional model, the rescue model assumes that women cannot consent to participation in commercial sex, that they are direct victims and therefore, as a matter of justice and efficiency, they cannot be subject to punishment,” she said. Levy explained the difference by using an example case in which a pimp and his “bottom” girl, or most trusted prostitute, worked together to bring an underaged girl into prostitution. Under the traditional model, the “bottom” girl can be punished, but under the rescue model, she cannot because she is also a victim.The first two models were also put into historical context. According to Levy, sex trafficking used to be considered almost anything outside the sexual norm: Interracial relationships, religious-based polygamy and other nonconformist sexual behavior was considered sex trafficking. Levy said interracial relationships in particular were frowned upon, with some even calling sex trafficking the “white slave trade.” “The women and children were nominal victims — their interests were rarely considered and never talked about,” she said. “Instead, the same ‘common good’ trumpeted by the Bitty court [US v. Bitty, 1908] animated the talk against the ‘white slave trade’ and also the talk against prostitution.” The final model, the labor model, is different from the first two in that it does not see the existence of consensual commercial sex as problematic. Rather, it is only sex trafficking that is the problem. Levy said this model views commercial sex as a labor the prostitute should be paid for and, in the case of of sex trafficking, receive restitution for. Levy said the story of sexual trafficking, as the media presents it, is contradictory in nature because it is designed to pull viewers in to witness a sensitive and private topic.“It’s an alluring story because it’s a bit pornographic,” she said. “But it’s a great story because it’s a story about sexual assault determination told in the language of pornography. It’s a story that calls on us to turn away, to respect boundaries by resisting the voyeuristic allure.”Tags: journal of legislation, law symposium, Notre Dame Law School, sex trafficking
First up, get rid of that piggy bank.No one intends to raise spoiled brats, but it’s sometimes hard to see the consequences of your actions several years down the road.Ron Lieber, personal finance columnist for The New York Times, offers his advice on the subject in his new book The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous and Smart about Money.Here are his eight most practical tips:Hand out on a regular allowance.Commit to doling out the funds once a month or once a week, and offer raises on birthdays.But there’s a catch: Allowance money shouldn’t be given to children as a reward for chores completed. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Aug 18, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Half a century ago, scientists reported evidence of some curious behavior by the immune system in humans and animals: If a host was exposed to an influenza virus and later encountered a variant strain of the same virus, the immune system responded to the second attack largely with the same weapons it used against the first one.Like an army still fighting by the tactics of the last war, the host immune system mostly produced antibodies matched to the first virus instead of the second, resulting in a less effective defense. With a nod to theology, this phenomenon was labeled “original antigenic sin.”Today, in the face of the pandemic H1N1 flu virus, many countries are preparing to launch H1N1 vaccination campaigns this fall. Millions of people are in groups recommended to receive both seasonal flu immunizations and H1N1 vaccinations. Seasonal flu vaccine—which contains an H1N1 component, distantly related to the novel H1N1 virus—will be available sooner in most places.This timing has caused some observers to wonder: If a person gets a seasonal flu shot and then an H1N1 dose a few weeks later, will original antigenic sin come into play and cause a poor response to the H1N1 vaccine?Nobody knows the answer for sure, but leading flu and immunization experts say they aren’t especially worried at this point. At the same time, they suggest the possibility bears watching.”For the time being there is no cause for worry especially for vaccines because the influenza vaccines are really . . . very well known in terms of the seasonal use of these,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the World Health Organization’s Initiative for Vaccine Research, in a recent news briefing.But there is enough concern so that the H1N1 vaccine clinical trials recently announced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will look into the question. Two of the trials will examine whether giving an H1N1 vaccine and seasonal flu vaccine sequentially or simultaneously affects the immune response to either vaccine, according to the NIAID’s descriptions of the trials.Study raises issue anewA study published recently by the Journal of Immunology raised anew the question of original antigenic sin. Saying that some recent studies have raised doubts about the existence of the phenomenon, scientists at the Emory University Vaccine Center in Atlanta used three different approaches to look for evidence of original antigenic sin in mice. They found evidence of it under certain conditions.The scientists used two human H1N1 viruses, labeled PR8 and FM1, that emerged in the 1930s and 1940s. They sequentially immunized mice with conventional vaccines using inactivated viruses, and they immunized other mice with DNA vaccines that encoded the hemagglutinin proteins from the two strains. In a third experiment, they sequentially exposed mice to the live viruses. The interval between the two inoculations in most cases was 1 month.In the mice sequentially immunized with conventional vaccines, the team found minimal differences in antibody responses to the two strains. However, when the mice were then challenged with a high dose of the FM1 virus, the virus multiplied in their lungs far more than it did in the lungs of control mice that had received only the FM1 vaccine.When mice were sequentially immunized with the DNA vaccines, the team found that the antibody response to the FM1 vaccine was oriented to the PR8 (original) vaccine, and antibodies to the FM1 strain were reduced, according to the report.However, the original antigenic sin effect was much stronger in the mice that were infected with the two live viruses. “Sequential infection with live viruses generated severely reduced neutralization Ab [antibody] responses and compromised memory responses to the second virus,” the report states. The authors suggest that this phenomenon helps explain the success and prevalence of flu viruses: when they mutate, the host immune system is fooled into responding to the predecessor strain instead of the mutated one.Antigenic distance is keyOn the other hand, original antigenic sin occurs only when the new strain is closely related to one the host has seen before, the scientists write. It is not known exactly how much antigenic similarity (likeness in the amino acid sequences of the hemagglutinin protein of the two strains) between the two strains is necessary to fool the immune system, but past studies have shown that antigenically distant or dissimilar strains fail to trigger original antigenic sin.That finding seems to suggest that original antigenic sin would not be induced by a novel H1N1 immunization soon after getting a seasonal flu vaccine, as the new virus is not considered a close relative of the H1N1 strain in the seasonal vaccine.In fact, that’s the view of Robert G. Webster, PhD, a highly respected virologist and flu expert who did some of the original research on original antigenic sin decades ago. He is based at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.”The antigenic distance between the seasonal H1N1 and swine flu is very large, so I don’t think original antigenic sin is going to be a problem,” Webster said in a recent interview.He said that even if the phenomenon did arise, it might be possible to overcome it by using one of the newer vaccine adjuvants or by increasing the dose of vaccine. “With a larger dose, you can negate the original sin by sort of flooding the receptors with sufficient antigen to negate it,” he said.Jin H. Kim, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate at Emory and the lead author of the recent study, said the type of vaccine is important. He noted his finding that original antigenic sin was minimal when inactivated virus vaccines were used. Similarly, he said by e-mail, two recent studies found little evidence of original antigenic sin when humans received an inactivated vaccine against one seasonal flu strain and later were vaccinated against a drifted variant of that strain.What about live-virus vaccines?However, the finding that sequential exposure to live viruses invoked a greatly reduced response to the second virus raises the question whether the use of live attenuated vaccines for seasonal flu and the novel virus could lead to a similar response, Kim noted by e-mail. MedImmune, maker of the live attenuated seasonal vaccine FluMist, is also making a live version of novel H1N1 vaccine.”It is [an] intriguing question whether the live attenuated vaccines would induce original antigenic sin,” Kim said. “Our data show that sequential infection with related H1N1 viruses causes significant original antigenic sin and dampens the development of protective immunity. Therefore, it is possible that live attenuated swine origin H1N1 virus vaccine may behave similarly. However, it is important to note that we have not tested this in humans, thus this would be an immature conclusion at this point.” What if seasonal flu and novel H1N1 immunizations are given at the same time? John Treanor, MD, a vaccine researcher at the University of Rochester, said interference between the two vaccines is not likely to be a problem.He noted that the seasonal vaccine itself normally contains three different strains of flu virus, and interference isn’t a big concern. “In the absence of data, it’s hard to be completely confident about the potential for interference when the seasonal vaccine is given at the same time as the H1N1 vaccine, but I think the hypothesis is that there will not be interference between components,” he said.Treanor commented that when two vaccines must be given in sequence rather than simultaneously, his view is that they should be separated by at least 2 weeks, mainly to prevent any confusion about attributing side effects. Cautioning that he is not an expert on original antigenic sin, he added, “I do not know if there is really any data that would suggest that such a schedule would or would not result in a decrease in the response to the novel H1N1 (or who knows, maybe an increase),” he said.For Webster, original antigenic sin is only a minor concern in the current situation with regard to H1N1 vaccination.”At the moment it’s not a big issue, in my opinion,” he said. “It’s something we have at the back of our minds that we’ll watch for. The new H1N1 is antigenically stable, vastly different from the seasonal H1N1, and we need to have vaccine for it wiki-wiki [very fast].”See also: Kim JH, Skountzou I, Compans R, et al. Original antigenic sin responses to influenza viruses. J Immunol 2009 (early online publication Jul 31) [Abstract]Transcript of Aug 6 WHO news briefinghttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/pandemic_h1n1_presstranscript_2009_08_06.pdfDescription of NIAID-sponsored trial examining sequential and simultaneous immunization of adults with seasonal and H1N1 vaccines from Sanofi Pasteurhttp://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00943878Description of NIAID-sponsored trial examining sequential and simultaneous immunization of children with seasonal and H1N1 vaccines from Sanofi Pasteurhttp://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00943202
Croatia is so small, and yet so big and rich. We all know that, but unfortunately we do not respect ourselves enough or valorize all these potentials. Also, we have always been a wine region, and slowly from year to year we are discovered by others. Every year our wines receive various awards from around the world, which is just proof of quality and great potential, and despite the fact that the entire wine market is developing from year to year, we still have not managed to brand and position ourselves as a wine region with excellent and authentic wines.Especially when we talk about tourism because the very meaning of tourism is for people to get to know and experience a new culture and way of life, through culture, gastronomy, identity, history, and even through wines. Personally, I have a feeling that figuratively we sell French wines to the French, which is crazy, because guests want to try local and authentic wines, that’s why they travel, and we have something to be proud of and something to offer.In the global market, everyone is fighting for their place under the sun. The market is relentless, no one will help us, in fact, the competition is years ahead, but that does not mean that we have nothing to be proud of and nothing to offer. The richness of indigenous varieties and the great diversity of climatic conditions gives us an advantage over many, we have everything and it is up to us, whether we want strategic development or the status quo.I talked to the current situation in winemaking, the market, branding, challenges and potentials of wine in Croatia with Sašo Špiranec, a leading Croatian wine expert who is, in my opinion, one of the key ambassadors of the development of the wine scene in Croatia.Croatia is undoubtedly a wine region, but domestic consumption and consumption of wine is relatively weak, we lack the habit of drinking wine, especially when we talk about quality and premium wines, and the perception is that wine is expensive. How to increase domestic consumption of wine consumption?The truth is actually different. Consumption of wine in Croatia per capita is one of the world’s top. In the last few years, I have read several statistical surveys on the topic of global wine consumption and we are regularly in the top 15 countries in the world, and our highest ranking was 3rd place, behind the Vatican and Luxembourg. Consumption per capita is significantly raised by hobby production for own needs and probably makes a major difference compared to other countries. By the way, the total domestic consumption of wine has not been growing for a long time, but the ratio of table and quality wines is changing greatly in favor of quality ones. So, more and more people are spending more money on wine and drinking better quality wine than before. This tells us that our wine culture, and consequently food, is on the rise. I think we are on the right track, and we could speed it up primarily through education about the benefits of wine and the need for moderate consumption, because today wine consumption is increasingly becoming a lifestyle that involves moderation and reflection on what we take into the body. One of the solutions is certainly education, and you are doing this through various events such as the Wine City in Varaždin and Vinkovci and the Grand Tasting, which will be held for the third time. Wines are not black and white, and education is a long and difficult journey, but how do you see the changes in the past three years and today on the market? How is the market developing and what are the problems?I am witnessing a kind of boom in interest in wine. Fifteen years ago, we could not find a dozen people interested in a lecture on wines and wine workshops, which we organized then, and today it is completely different. In addition to our events, there are courses, schools and education, and the interest is not waning. The problems at this point are sweet in nature. Hyperproduction of wine fairs and festivals, wine schools and various other wine events has been created, but this market and the law of supply and demand should be resolved in a relatively short time. Some fairs have already failed, and in the case of courses and schools, a few good ones have stood out, so I think things are moving in the right direction.Wines are not expensive, at least that is the perception, but when we come to the restaurant the price of wine is much higher than expected, caterers have a large profit, even much higher than the producer, which again negatively reflects on the above problems. Why is this so, how do wine prices move in restaurants in other countries and how to solve this problem?This is a typical stereotype. By no means can we put all the caterers in the same basket. Catering margins vary dramatically from case to case, both here and around the world. In larger cities in the west you pay a glass of wine in a restaurant as much as in our country a whole bottle of wine in more modest restaurants. The restaurant business is one of the hardest ways to earn a crust of bread. It is extremely complex and full of different challenges, financial, organizational, qualitative and human. Winemakers should not look at their plate and estimate how much they are earning because it could resonate in the same way and vice versa. Winemakers ’margins also oscillate from 50% to hundreds of percent, as in caterers. Everyone is the master of their own destiny and is responsible for their own margin policy by risking bankruptcy. It is the market that makes the final judgment of the value of the restaurant offer or the value of the wine. If you have customers who are willing to pay for your service or your wine as much as you ask for, I don’t see a problem here. There are caterers who build their success on low margins and low investment and rental costs, as well as those others who open restaurants in expensive locations with sky-high rents and millions in equipment investments. Customers decide in which restaurant they will leave their money and which wine they will order. To promote and increase the consumption of wine sales, there is certainly tourism. But regardless of the growth, tourist consumption is still relatively low, and most importantly, all that earnings are not dispersed to the local economy, and thus not to the sale of domestic wines, not foreign ones. Somehow I get the impression that we are still figuratively selling French wine to the French, not our own. Why is this so and what is missing?Tourism is one of the strongest engines for selling domestic wines. Namely, Dalmatia and Istria sell a lot of wine at the doors of their wineries directly to tourists, and in restaurants the consumption of domestic and imported wines is 80/20 or 85/15 in favor of domestic wines. Not so much because of the awareness of the retailer or restaurateur about the need to offer their own, original product, but because of the expectations of tourists who want to taste local food and local wines in the host country, if any, so mostly looking for local. I recently spoke with the chief sommelier of a chain of exclusive hotels on the Adriatic known for its extremely large wine list who said that imported wines on the wine list sell poorly because foreigners want to try something new, local. The Vinistra Association, which brings together Istrian winemakers, has done a lot through the association of all winemakers, is this the right way through regional cooperatives, associations (name is not important) with the aim of raising quality, education, branding, promotion, etc. (Yes, that’s the only way. Organize local winemakers in 4 large associations, Slavonia, Dalmatia, Istria and Kvarner and Hilly Croatia. These four areas are very different from each other, and within each region the wines are very similar in style. In that way, communication with the rest of the world can be much simpler than when, as now, the subregion with foreigners with unspeakable names is as much as 12. This is more understandable, but more importantly, it is organizationally and logistically profitable. Countless small associations without a serious budget do not make sense, as no large one that can equally represent or promote the interests of all, because each of the 4 regions is at a different stage of development, and has a completely different assortment and style of wine. We have quality, authenticity and diversity, which is certainly specific and unique, and all this has been confirmed through various years on the world stage with various awards and recognitions of our wines, but somehow the Croatian wine brand is still poorly presented and recognized on the world stage. How can we accelerate these processes, positioning and creating the image / brand of Croatia as a country of quality and top wines?The process of international affirmation of domestic wines is slow because there are about 40 to 50 winemakers seriously interested in exporting wine, with quantities, price and quality in total throughout the country, so they cannot organize themselves, but need state help. Australians or New Zealanders do not need government intervention, many of them have enough money themselves. If the state helps a lot, if not, I can do it myself. For exports, you need to have a strategy that attacks markets in a targeted and organized way as a wine region, focused, with marketing activities throughout the year. It can be only two to three markets in the first wave, in five to six years you can attack two to three more, but again organized as a group. For that, you need professionals who will lead the process and who should be paid solidly, and at the same time you should not burden them with petty political or interest games, because they will not want to do the job for you. More developed foreign wine regions have several hundred wineries with export potential, so their budgets for promotion are much higher, and political pressures for the particular interest of one or a group of winemakers are much lower. The biggest brakeman is the so-called wine profession, which has found its way into institutes and committees, whose salaries are covered by winemakers through the payment of stamps and marketing fees, and who on the other hand write wine laws in a way to justify the purpose of their existence. They hamper every entrepreneurial project of a serious organization of wine associations, then the promotion, education and marketing of wine in the organization of which they are not involved. It is logical that every minister, because he is their employer, seeks their opinion when drafting a new law on wine, but the opinion and proposals they give are not in favor of the economy and producers, in favor of promoting the country and affirming wine regions, care how to introduce as much regulation which of course they will implement. The more wine controls and mandatory levies are introduced, the better for them. Wine quality control should be fully liberalized and market competition possible, as this will reduce costs for winemakers, so they can redirect these funds to promotion, and this promotion and export organization should be handed over directly to winemakers organized in four major wine regions, without state interference. . That’s the way. THIRD VINART GRAND TASTING on Friday and Saturday in Zagreb For the third year in a row, the inviting Vinart Grand Tasting festival will host 120 selected winemakers from Croatia, the region and the world. Completely dedicated to quality, Vinart Grand Tasting is a festival where winemakers exhibit exclusively by invitation of the organizers.Selected winemakers will present themselves on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 March in Lauba, Prilaz baruna Filipovića 23, and visitors will have the opportunity to taste wines that are leaders in their quality in their price range on the Croatian market.Vinart Grand Tasting is a unique 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. It is intended primarily for professionals, caterers and sommelier, but all other visitors, enthusiasts and wine lovers are also welcome. In recent years, the festival has confirmed its place and profiled itself with the professional public.See more about Vinart Grand Tasting HERE
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Nine Chinese experts and several tons of medical aid have arrived on a special to flight to Italy to help the country fight Europe’s most serious coronavirus outbreak.China, the epicenter of the outbreak that first emerged in December, has said the peak of the epidemic has passed in the country after a steady decline in the number of new cases. After battling the deadly epidemic for several months, it has also sent support to Iran and Iraq to help fight the illness. On Thursday, a flight carrying medical experts and supplies arrived in Rome to help the hard-hit country, which has more than 15,000 cases and over 1,000 deaths — the most outside of China. The specialists had “been on the frontline since the first day in the epicenter of the virus”, said Francesco Rossa, the president of the Italian Red Cross.”The exchange of experiences with our researchers is important.” The team included the vice president of the Chinese Red Cross and a prominent cardio-pulmonary intensive care expert, along with pediatricians and nurses who worked on the virus outbreak in China. The medical supplies included ventilators, respiratory material, electro-cardiograph machines and tens of thousands of masks, Rossa said. Sporting face masks, the Chinese specialists were met by Italian health officials in Rome as they arrived for the visit. In a phone call earlier this week, China’s Foreign Minster Wang Yi told his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio that Italy would have Beijing’s full support in battling the outbreak. The outbreak has killed over 3,100 people in China and infected more than 80,000, the highest number globally.Italy is the second-worst affected country, and has issued a nationwide lockdown in a bid to contain the pandemic. Topics :
The Christian Institute 5 May 2017Family First Comment: “….the BBC has shown again and again that it is only prepared to publicise one side of the debate.”Just like in New Zealand.The NZ media are the cheerleaders for transgender agenda – without asking the hard and necessary questions.The UK media has facilitated the harmful idea that children can be transsexual, a parental campaign group has warned.Transgender Trend, a group of concerned parents who challenge pro-trans propaganda, says the media – and the BBC in particular – are responsible for introducing and normalising the idea that children can be ‘trapped in the wrong body’.In an article published earlier this week, it set out the results of a study of media output from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.EndorsementTransgender Trend argues that the media has facilitated a rapid public acceptance, not just of transsexualism, but of “the completely new belief that children are ‘transgender’, together with the idea that invasive medical intervention is a necessity”.It says a quick search reveals that the “BBC alone has covered the subject of ‘transgender kids’ in at least 35 online articles, 23 radio broadcasts and 7 TV shows” in a twelve month period.Its examination of newspaper coverage also found that 114 UK-based articles on transsexual children were published between April 2016 and March 2017.After analysing the language in each of the articles, the group discovered an overwhelming tendency towards endorsing the trans lobby’s agenda.Trans languageIt identifies 25 articles that suggested a risk of suicide if a child does not ‘transition’, 67 mentioned drugs to help a child transition and 28 mentioned future surgery.There were 36 references to transsexual organisations and numerous references to gender-neutral language, gender-neutral toilets and gender-neutral school uniforms.However, across all the articles, the risks involved with childhood ‘transitions’ were only touched upon a total of 22 times.In the research, steps were taken to remove duplicates, and the group states the findings give an overall picture of press coverage.FiguresTransgender Trend was speaking after new figures emerged from the Tavistock clinic’s Gender Identity Development Service, an NHS trust which works with children diagnosed with ‘gender identity disorder’.Referrals to the clinic have risen from 1,419 in 2015/16 to 2,016 in 2016/17 – a 42 per cent increase.The figures show that referrals have been increasing at an alarming rate since 2009, when there were under 100.READ MORE: http://www.christian.org.uk/news/parents-uk-media-cheerleaders-harmful-idea-kids-can-trans/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Batesville, IN—For several years now, Mayor Mike Bettice and the City of Batesville have been working on a way to connect downtown Batesville with the Northside of the City. The City of Batesville received word on Monday from INDOT that it will receive $1.5 million for from A Federal Highway matching grant program to connect sidewalk on State Road 229/Walnut Street to the unnamed Northside park trail. The sidewalk will have crosswalks to cross over State Road 46 and Interstate 74 on the West side of the road along 229. The 80/20 matching grant that was slated to begin in 2025 has also given way to allow a construction letting on 2023, two years earlier than anticipated. Mayor Bettice stated that this opens the door for regional opportunities to further connect Batesville and Oldenburg.