Two young people from Zagreb got a job in Feravin and decided to move to Feričanci

first_imgUnfortunately, it is no longer news that young people from Slavonia are moving out every day. But the news is when someone moves there for work, and it was this step that was decided by two young people who started their careers – no less and no more – than in Feričanci, a small town with about two thousand inhabitants.  It currently exports to 18 countries: Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Estonia, Switzerland, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, USA, Australia, Mexico, Singapore and Japan. “This year, we exported the most wines to Germany, France, the Netherlands, the USA and Serbia. I am extremely glad that Frankovka Miraz and Frankovka Dika have been drinking in the distant Caribbean since this autumn, which we exported through our customer in the Netherlands. Exports account for a little more than 20 percent of our revenues, which is a good result considering that until a few years ago, our share of this segment was only three percent. We plan to increase the share of exports to 40 percent of total sales. ” pointed out Luka Vrga, a member of the Management Board of Osilovac, a company within which Feravino operates. “I am extremely happy to have been given the opportunity to work in the cellar and vineyards where it all actually begins. My days in Feričanci are full. After work, there is always time to hang out with dear people I met there, and Zagreb is only a two and a half hour drive away, so when I want it, I go on the weekends. “, says Lucija Kužir. Consumption of wine as well as knowledge about wines is an increasingly important part of the lifestyle in Croatia, including in Feričanci. Many wine regions and winemakers promote wine when guests visit wineries, including our winery in Feričanci. Photo: Feravino Photo: Julio Frangen And the fact that this winery takes care of young people is confirmed by the fact that since the beginning of last year, the professional team of oenologists has also been led by the young and promising Antonija Čema. Martin Kovačević, her fiancé, says that the fear of moving and the negative news spreading about emigrating from Slavonia quickly disappeared. “Already after the first few working days I was satisfied with my new job. From vineyards and cellars to selling wine, there is a lot of work, but I am very satisfied with the working conditions, and as a young technologist I see room for improvement. It is important for me to work in the profession. After all, I was educated for that, and I love my job very much. I am also delighted with Slavonia. Here the people are extremely hospitable, warm and cheerful. I like the serenity with which they radiate and live, as well as the richness of tradition and customs”, Martin Kovacevic points out. Photo: Martin Kovačević, Adela Grabež and Lucija Kužir, a team of young technologists from Feravin Feravina exports its wines to 18 countries around the world  Unfortunately, it is no longer news that young people from Slavonia are moving out every day. But the news is when someone moves there for work, and it was this step that was decided by two young people who started their careers – no less and no more – than in Feričanci, a small town with about two thousand inhabitants.  Feravin’s increasingly important business orientation is export-oriented. Namely, after graduating from the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb, twenty-four-year-old Lucija Kužir and twenty-five-year-old Martin Kovačević got a job at the Feravino winery as technologists. Lucija is from Zagreb, and Martin Dalmatinac from Polača, and they gained their first experiences in practice in California, one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Construction of a wine hotel is also planned  Exports account for just over 20 percent of our revenues- Luka Vrga, member of the Management Board Feravina vineyards cover an area of ​​165 hectares, and at the moment about 40 hectares of vineyards are in the phase of restructuring and new planting. The annual production is about 900 thousand liters, and in the vineyards are planted part of the indigenous grape varieties that have been found here since ancient times – Graševina, Frankovka, Zweigelt, as well as international varieties of white grapes (Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Rhine Riesling) and black varieties – syrah , cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and pinot noir. “The plan is to have sauvignon blanc on offer, for which vineyards have already been planted, thus following the trends of winemaking in the world. Most of the vineyards and attractive localities are located on the slopes of the Krndija mountain in the village of Feričanci, and some of the interesting locations are located in the vicinity of Našice. ” Vrga pointed out. With the possibility of wine tasting in the Old Cellar and wine shop, we offer our guests a tour accompanied by an expert oenologist, the past few years we offer vintage as a tourist program and every year more and more interested in this type of tourism. “In the long run, we plan to build a small hotel, restaurant and accompanying facilities, which will be realized in the next two to three years. This will strengthen the image of Feravin, but also Feričani as an unavoidable wine destination. ” concludes Vrga.last_img read more

Lancashire seeking transition managers ahead of ‘significant’ allocation changes

first_imgThe UK’s Lancashire County Pension Fund is looking to hire several transition managers to handle mandates worth as much as £5bn (€6.2bn).The local authority scheme said the tender, which aimed to set up a framework with several managers, was being put in place as it reviewed “various aspects of the investment arrangements” at the fund.“As a result, [the fund] expects to make significant changes to its strategic asset allocation, and also potentially its stable of investment managers,” the tender said.The framework would then allow the local authority fund to conduct a “lowest-price mini-competition exercise” when it required transition management services. It said the two-year contract could see several transition mandates tendered, with the fund estimating the value of mandates starting at £50m, but potentially covering nearly all of the fund’s £5.1bn in assets under management.Interested managers have until 21 October to express interest through the council’s procurement department.Lancashire currently manages around one-third, or £1.9bn, of its assets internally, nearly doubling the percentage of in-house assets over the course of the most recent financial year.  Until last year, it managed nearly £220m of emerging market ETFs in-house, and it continues to oversee some fixed income, equity and property, as well as £172m in infrastructure funds, from Preston.At the end of March, it employed nine external managers, including Baillie Gifford, Robeco and MFS Investment Management.Magellan, Morgan Stanley, Natixis Global Asset Management and AGF Management were also in charge of parts of the fund’s equity holdings, while Capital Dynamics oversaw its private equity and infrastructure fund and Knight Frank its property portfolio.According to a portfolio breakdown, the fund also had £85m in assets overseen by Nomura and BNY Mellon’s transition management services, with the latter firm claiming the lion’s share as it handled the transition of £1bn in credit and fixed income holdings since March 2013.A large amount of this may have been diverted to Lancashire’s in-house team, with assets within its credit strategies portfolio increasing by £360m, to £784m, over the course of the last financial year.Over the same period, the bonds and cash portfolio managed in-house increased by £491m, according to figures from March 2014.According to minutes from its 6 June pensions committee, the holdings could also form part of a shift in its strategic asset allocation, first agreed in 2010.The minutes said: “Whist the fund continues to reallocate its investments in line with the revised investment strategy, amounts earmarked for future investments are held in transition accounts, cash, liquid bonds and directly held investment grade bonds.”The committee also said it would explore greater collaboration with neighbouring local authority schemes in future.last_img read more

Marcellus softball goes 3-0, gives coach 200th win

first_img Tags: MarcellusSoftballSolvayWesthill Hannah Durand had six RBIs, with Emma MacLachlan going four-for-six, doubling twice and driving in five runs Emily Durand added four RBIs as Fraher and Mahoney both produced a pair of RBIs.Westhill found itself in a tough battle against Skaneateles last Monday afternoon, the Warriors needing a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 6-5 decision over the Lakers.Skaneateles erased an early 1-0 deficit with a run in the third inning and two runs in the top of the fourth. Then Westhill appeared to take charge with a four-run rally of its own in the fifth.However, the Lakers used single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie it, 5-5, and force the dramatic finish, the Warriors getting to Skaneateles pitcher Lexi Cottrill, who had relieved Laci Galdis early in the game.Emma Shampine’s pair of hits led to two RBIs, with Ariel Cassidy getting a double, triple and RBI as Belle Cassidy also doubled. Abigail Edgar and Janae Ricks had two hits apiece. Ryley Pas’cal led Skaneateles with two hits and two RBIs as Cottrill scored twice.But when Solvay took its turn against Skaneateles a day later, it wasn’t as close, though the 19-8 margin did not reflect how it started.The Lakers answered a five-run Bearcats rally in the top of the second with six runs in the bottom of the second. But Solvay struck again in the fourth, scoring seven times to move in front for good.Hannah Martineau and Caitlin McCann each piled up five RBIs and combined for seven hits. Sidney Chaffee added three hits as she and Izzy Lambert both drove in two runs. Jordan Bamba scored four times to match Chaffee and also doubled.Pas’cal did hit the game’s only home run for Skaneateles, while Hannah Blowers had two RBIs. Maeve Canty, Tatumn Pas’cal, Natalie Yokom and Laci Galdis also drove in runs.Meanwhile, Westhill could not keep Cazenovia from a fourth consecutive victory as those other Lakers topped the Warriors 12-6, using five runs in the fifth inning to take control and adding three runs in the seventh.Belle Cassidy and Ariel Cassidy had two hits apiece, with Ricks adding an RBI and Tatiana Wicker scoring twice. Elora Wilmot and Samantha Morgan each hit home runs for Cazenovia and got two RBIs apiece.Skaneateles, on Thursday afternoon, saw a big lead get away in an 11-9 defeat to Weedsport.Trailing 3-2, the Lakers appeared to seize control when it batted around in the bottom of the fourth and scored seven times, Ryley Pas’cal getting three RBIs as Galdis drove in two runs.All of this was negated, though, when Weedsport got a run in the fifth, four runs in the sixth and three runs in the top of the seventh to reclaim the lead for good. Lauren Spingler went three-for-four for the Warriors, earning four RBIs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Then Marcellus put up even more runs in a 25-1 win over Altmar-Parish-Williamstown a day later, scoring nine times in each of the first two innings to quickly evoke the mercy rule.Webster had a special day, going four-for-five and driving in a career-best seven runs. Fraher and Mahoney each had three RBIs, with Grattan, Caroline Trytek, Emily Durand and Hannah Durand getting two RBIs apiece.More success was found in Thursday’s 28-0, five-inning rout of Hannibal, which was a milestone in that it gave head coach Lisa MacLachlan her 200th victory at the Mustangs’ helm.center_img Wherever each of them stood in the OHSL Liberty division pecker order, area high school softball teams could change those positions, depending on how last week’s games turned out.Marcellus, who was back from its spring break work in Myrtle Beach, unloaded on Homer last Tuesday in an 18-3 romp, the Mustangs steadily producing runs until it scored 10 times in the bottom of the sixth.Aubrey Fraher, Emily Durand and Elaine Grattan led the way, each of them getting three RBIs. Evelyn Webster and Ellie Mahoney drove in two runs apiece as Emma MacLachlan walked four times and scored twice.last_img read more

Minor 32 quake rattles area east of Bellingham

first_imgBELLINGHAM — A magnitude 3.2 quake rattled the area east of Bellingham Tuesday night.The U. S. Geological Survey says the minor earthquake occurred at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday night. It was centered about 3 miles northeast of Sudden Valley, a community to the east of Bellingham.The USGS says more than 140 people reported feeling the quake as of Wednesday morning.last_img