“We want to show the richness of Croatian wine production to prominent wine connoisseurs, and thus slowly position Croatia on the wine map of the world. We have invested a lot to gather important experts here and we are sure that the word about Croatian wines will resonate in the world. ” – says Špiranec. Of course, private visitors are also welcome who, by purchasing a daily ticket, get an insight into the best of Croatian wine production, and a voucher that they can use in the Pop-up Wine Shop at the fair or for transport home by taxi. Tickets are sold on fair days at the entrance to Lauba.Vinart Grand Tasting is open to visitors on Friday and Saturday from 12-19 p.m. An unavoidable place for all those who seriously want to deal with wine and this year for two days becomes Zagreb’s Lauba – a house for people and art – on March 6 and 7, which will host about a hundred Croatian and twenty foreign wineries on Vinart Grand Tasting promenade wine tasting. This edition is also specific in that the organizer will bring a larger group of foreign journalists from all over the world, along with a large number of domestic journalists who report on novelties in the world of winemaking. In order to spread the word about the quality of Croatian wines around the world and to open the possibility of concluding export deals to winemakers, Špiranec invited one of the biggest stars Caroline Gilby, holder of the title of Master of Wine, British, who is an associate and one of the Chairmen at Decanter World Wine Awards. “We always strive for excellence, so we want to encourage Croatian caterers to pay more attention to the choice of wine that they will have to offer in their restaurant. Therefore, we chose good wines for them from all Croatian regions, in different price ranges, and enabled them to try them in one place. Therefore, from year to year we care about the quality of content, business atmosphere and overall experience. ” – said the author of the project Saša Špiranec, recently the third Croatian judge at Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s most important annual wine evaluation. The fair is held at a time when wines from the previous harvest are ready for presentation, and most restaurants on the coast begin preparations for the new tourist season, so in one place meet caterers, F&B managers, traders, distributors and sommelier. This is an invitation fair, so only wineries that have received an invitation from the organizers can participate, and the criterion for obtaining an invitation is only quality.Visitors are also given a unique opportunity to get to know winemakers and members of their families and employees in wineries. In the occasional Pop-up Vinots each visitor can supplement their home archive or enrich it with a new one.
Despite a rise in earnings, Aussies have cut back on spending as record low rates spur on new housing. Picture: AAP IMAGE/Troy Snook.RECORD low interest rates have spurred not just a rise in new home building, but for the first time in five quarters, Aussie households are saving again.A strong savings habit has been the cornerstone of a rise in home ownership in Australia, which has become supercharged after falling interest rates in recent years.Latest Australian Bureau of Statistics national accounts figures found households had turned a corner and it’s coming at a time when gross domestic product (GDP) also grew 0.6 per cent, which was 2.8 per cent higher than the same time last year.ABS chief economist Bruce Hockman said despite a 1.2 per cent rise in wage growth, Aussies had brought consumption growth down to just 0.1 per cent.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago“This weak household spending combined with growth in household income resulted in an increase in the household saving ratio for the first time in five quarters,” he said in a statement. Earnings have gone up, so has housing construction. Picture: Jodie Richter.A whopping 17 out of 20 industries saw positive growth in the September quarter, according to ABS, with Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett seeing a welcome “bounce” in new home building of 1 per cent.“Interest rates are remaining lower for considerably longer than expected and this has provided detached house commencements with a bounce — something that (the) GDP figures have captured,” he said.“In addition to this, building activity on the ground remains buoyed by the task of completing the large volume of new homes which were commenced last year.”He expected a modest slowdown in new home building activity going forward, with pressure coming off restrictions on foreign investor participation in key housing markets and another round of APRA constraints.“Australia’s economy is still not growing quickly enough to warrant an increase in interest rates any time soon. We need interest rates to remain very low in order to nurture a healthier pace of economic expansion.”
Royal Boskalis Westminster NV is preparing to kick off work on the planned EUR 480 million liquid terminal at the Duqm Port in Oman, according to Times of Oman.This capital development project, scheduled to start within a month, will include the engineering, design, procurement and construction of a bulk liquid berth terminal.The Port of Duqm is a an existing strategic dry dock and industrial free trade zone located in the Al Wusta Region between Muscat and Salalah and has been designated as a Special Economic Zone.Various dredging and civil activities will be executed under the responsibility of Boskalis, including the deepening of the port basin to a depth of 18 meters, reclamation of new land, the construction of a quay wall with a length of one kilometer, a double berth jetty island and stone revetment.The dredging scope will be executed by the new mega cutter Helios, which will be taken into service mid-2017, and a jumbo hopper and medium-sized trailer suction hopper dredger.The project is expected to be completed in 2020.[mappress mapid=”24131″]