The family farm in Križevci wants to gather and promote domestic products

first_imgThe second Eno-gastro fairy tale was held in the Development Center and Technology Park Križevci, which brought together small producers and family farms from the area of ​​Koprivnica-Križevci County.The mission of the Eno-gastro fairytale is to connect agricultural production with business entities in one place, explained the director of the Križevci Entrepreneurship Center Tihomir Hodak, while one of the initiators of the Eno-gastro fairytale project Miroslav Mirković informed the audience that the “OPG Burza” project will start next year. the goal is to connect end consumers – customers with family producers.The aim of the project is the economic revitalization of the rural area, connecting agricultural producers with business entities (B2B) and developing a culture of business gifts (gifts to business partners) from the supply of domestic and eco products, as well as raising product demand, and thus encouraging increased production capacity. increasing employment needs. Eno-gastro fairy tale is just one of the activities within a larger project that includes other measures, says Miroslav Mirkovic, marketing manager of Glas Podravine and adds that due to the growing demand for domestic and organic products. Also, “OPG burza” was announced, which is conceived as a unique and innovative portal that will connect all producers in the Podravina and Prigorje area with the end consumer, ie the buyer. ” The group of producers includes small, medium and large family farms, small and medium-sized enterprises engaged in agricultural production and the service sector (IT sector, innovation, etc.). A special part will be dedicated to organic production. The family exchange is designed as a kind of agro guide where the end consumer will be able to find in one place all available agricultural products from northern Croatia (meat, milk, eggs, cheeses, vegetables and water, honey and other agricultural products) to protect and brand domestic production and connecting customer and manufacturer. “Mirkovic pointed out.In addition to the above, the goal of the project is to brand Podravina-Prigorje (quality and origin label) products and institutions from Croatia (schools, kindergartens, hospitals, etc.), legal entities and individuals to offer a quality selection of domestic products and other activities. In the end, the organizers invite all family farms, small and medium producers in the Koprivnica-Križevci County to join the project and connect with each other through the family exchange and the project Eno-gastro fairy tale.<br />
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Private sector tie-up an option for confident Local Pensions Partnership

first_imgThe ACCESS pool has also indicated that it intends to rent the regulated operator to manage its assets.Other options for LPP to grow its assets under management towards the £25bn threshold, according to O’Higgins, are to sign up other public sector funded pension schemes or private sector funds.Some private sector schemes have expressed an interest in working with LPP, he said.LPP is keen to emphasise that it is not just an asset pool but a “pensions services organisation” that can offer investment management and other services to third-party pension schemes.O’Higgins noted that LPP was further advanced than the other LGPS collaborations, as the pooling of assets will start at the end of this month.“We’re up and running,” he said, adding that the partnership was focused on “moving forward” rather than worried about meeting the £25bn target.LPP obtained approval from the Financial Conduct Authority for its investment management company in April, a process said to have taken around two years. Some private sector pension schemes have expressed an interest in potentially working with the Local Pensions Partnership (LPP), the company that will run the pooled assets of the London Pensions Fund Authority, Lancashire County Pension Fund and Berkshire Pension Fund.The partnership does not yet meet the £25bn (€28bn) target the UK government set for the asset pools it has instructed UK local government pension schemes (LGPS) to form, but Michael O’Higgins, chair of the LPP, told IPE he was confident about the partnership’s future, and that there were several options for it to grow its asset base.With Berkshire, the LPP asset pool would stand at around £13bn.O’Higgins said the partnership was likely to bid to run investment management for the Welsh LGPS pool that has decided to outsource this function.last_img read more

Women of Troy set to travel up north

first_imgThe No. 12 ranked women’s swimming and diving team will head northbound to duel No. 1 California and No. 3 Stanford on Friday and Saturday, respectively.USC is ranked No. 12 (4-1, 3-1) in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America while Cal (5-1, 4-0) is tied with Georgia at No. 1 and Stanford  (5-1, 4-0) is ranked No. 3.U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Cal sophomore Missy Franklin is just one of the Bears’ swimmers boasting a top-10 time.Juniors Elizabeth Pelton and Rachel Bootsma as well as freshman Cierra Runge are also in the top 10.Franklin holds the NCAA’s best time in the 200-yard free and is second in the 200-yard back and 200-yard IM. Pelton is first in the 200-yard back and 200-yard IM and third in the 100-yard back. Bootsma is second in the 100-yard back. Runge is second in the 500-yard free.After facing the NCAA’s best team, the Trojans will face another top-five opponent in the Cardinal.Stanford is led by freshman Simone Manuel, who has the nation’s top times in the 50-yard and 100-yard free and is second in the 200-yard free. Senior Maddy Schaefer is fourth in the 50-yard free and 11th in the    100-yard free, sophomore Lia Neal is third in the 100-yard free and seventh in the 200-yard free, while freshman Janet Hu has top times in a variety of events.The Trojans have top-25 swimmers of their own, including sophomore Chelsea Chenault’s time of 1:45.31 in the 200-yard free (14th) and 4:42.44 in the 500-yard free (21st).Freshman Hannah Weiss posted  52.23 in the 100-yard back (13th). Junior Kendyl Stewart’s time of 51.99 in the 100-yard fly is the NCAA’s sixth best, and her time of 1:54.20 in the 200-yard back ranks her at 21st.Senior Andrea Kropp’s 1:00.01 in the 100-yard breast is 13th, her time of 2:09.32 in the 200-yard breast is No. 10, and her time of 1:56.99 in the 200-yard IM is ninth best.Rounding out USC’s top-25 swimmers is junior Jasmine Tosky’s 10th place time of 1:55.59 in the 200-yard fly, 22nd best time of 2:11.08 in the 200-yard breast, and her 21st ranked time of 4:12.05 in the 400-yard IM.Aside from coaching his       No. 12 ranked Trojans, head coach Dave Salo was named USA Swimming’s national women’s head coach for the 2015 FINA World Championships. Salo, now in his ninth year as the Trojans men’s and women’s coach, will join U.S. men’s coach Dave Durden, who coaches the men’s team at Cal. The 2015 FINA World Championships will be held from Jul. 24 to   Aug. 9 in Kazan, Russia. Salo will be serving as the U.S. women’s head coach at the Worlds for the second time, as he coached the team in 2013 at the games in Barcelona.In other national news, junior Kendyl Stewart was among five swimmers who were nominated for USA Swimming’s Breakout Performer of the Year at the 2014 Golden Goggles in November.  She earned the nomination after winning a bronze in the 100-meter fly and a silver in the 400-meter medley relay at the 2014 Pan Pacs.She also won her first career U.S. titles with victories in the 50-meter and 100-meter fly at the 2014 U.S. Summer Nationals.The swimming and diving meet against the Bears will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks beginning at 2 p.m. The diving portion of the meet will begin with 1-meter at 11:45 a.m. followed by 3-meter at 1 p.m. The meet against the Cardinal begins at noon.last_img read more

Daniels: After disastrous start, UW back to old ways

first_imgIt wasn’t long ago, on Nov. 27 to be exact, that I wrote a column concerning the dire situation that was Wisconsin men’s hockey.At the end of the first half of the season and heading into final exams here at the University of Wisconsin, the team sat at a disappointing 3-7-3 after starting the season with big expectations and a No. 15 ranking to boot. Fans began to wonder what had become of their perennial title-contender, while I wrote about the lingering effects a poor season could have on the long-term success of the program.Fast forward nearly two months and the situation could not be more different.UW has clawed its way back into the rankings at No. 19 and head into their series this weekend at North Dakota on a 10-game unbeaten streak in WCHA play. More importantly, they sit just four points back from first place in the WCHA.So what changed?To be frank, the Badgers have not faced the most difficult of schedules in that time frame. Since Dec. 13, UW has faced only two ranked opponents in No. 11 Minnesota State and No. 8 Miami, while beating up on WCHA cellar-dweller Alaska-Anchorage (1-15-4 in WCHA play) for four of those victories in that span.But there is another reason for Wisconsin’s season turnaround too, and it is an answer a modest coach would tend to avoid using: the players have all been healthy and eligible to play.While Eaves never made it an excuse, trying to compete in the cutthroat WCHA with two key absences at the same time early this season in Mark Zengerle – the nation’s returning leading scorer in 2011-12 with 50 points – and heavily-hyped freshman Nic Kerdiles was no easy task.After years of consistent success, it is certainly understandable fans began to think of the UW hockey program as infallible. Winning was the norm. So it seemed almost destined the next guys in line would be able to keep things going as if Zengerle and Kerdiles had never been missing at all.But after it became clear that Kerdiles would be forced to sit out the first 10 games after what the NCAA called a violation of the “code of amateurism” and Zengerle would miss six games after being diagnosed with a broken index finger, that quickly became impossible. Unfortunately, as much as coaches hate to admit it – taking it almost as a personal insult to their ability to adjust to what the season gives them as they aim to build a successful team – some players just can’t be replaced no matter how hard you try.Zengerle is one of those players.Almost more important than Zengerle’s goal tally for the team over his time at UW is the 5-foot-11 center’s ability to make his whole team better around him.So far this season, Zengerle has nine assists despite missing six games this season. In both his freshman and sophomore campaigns, he finished with 31 and 37 assists, respectively – a mark that puts him in an exclusive club with Badger greats Theran Welsh, Mark Johnson and Chris Chelios as the only ones to earn at least 30 assists in their first two seasons.While assists certainly add to Zengerle’s individual points total, more importantly they mean one of his teammates will be credited with a goal – something that came few and far between at times for the Badgers earlier this season, especially in his absence.Combine his output with three goals and seven assists from Kerdiles and it becomes clear without those two on the ice, Wisconsin was short two of its top five assist producers this season – the engine room of any successful team.And so it was only fitting Friday night, as the team sought to finally break their power play drought extending all the way back to Dec. 13 against Alabama-Huntsville, a Zengerle pass would make the difference in helping set up a goal from junior forward Michael Mersch on the team’s first power play chance of the night. Even more telling is the fact Kerdiles or Zengerle scored or had a hand in all but one of UW’s five goals that night.With both players now healthy, fit and firing on all cylinders since their returns to the lineup last month, the Badgers look like a team to be reckoned with moving forward – as long as Zengerle and Kerdiles are on the ice, that is.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Think that the Wisconsin hockey team has something else to thank for it’s dramatic turnaround this season?  Send him an email at or tweet him @npdaniels31.last_img read more