The meeting of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries of the European Union, held in Brussels yesterday, 17 July and today, 18 July 2017, discussed a large number of points, including the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, the identification of fishing opportunities in EU waters and confirmation of the Delegated Act which enables Croatian producers to label wine produced from the Teran variety with that name within the protected designation of origin Croatia Istra.”I am satisfied with the results of this session of the EU Council of Ministers, primarily because of the final confirmation by the EU to our winemakers that they can produce and market Teran wine, as it has been for centuries. We fully agree with the Commission’s decision and this is now the finished story.” said Minister Tomislav Tolusic after a two-day session of the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Fisheries.Following the decision in the European Parliament and the discussion in the Council, the delegated act will enter into force on Wednesday, 19.7.2017. which finally gave Croatian wine producers from Istria the opportunity to use the traditional name “teran”.Jakovčić: The battle for Teran was won, thank you allRepresentative Ivan Jakovčić (IDS-ALDE) for the Croatian media commented on today’s decision of the EU Agriculture Council to accept the delegated act of the European Commission on Teran.”It was to be expected that, apart from a short discussion, there would be no vote at the meeting of the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers on the act of the European Commission which allows Istrian producers of Teran to further use the name of this wine variety. The main battle was fought and won in the European Parliament. There is now no obstacle to the entry into force of the Commission’s delegated act. Congratulations to all who participated and gave their contribution in this, for Istrian winemakers excellent work and great mutual success. I expect the Teran Act to take effect this week”, Said Jakovcic.
UW junior defenseman Cody Goloubef and the Badgers hope to retain the momentum they gained from their 3-2 win over Michigan in the Camp Randall Outdoor Classic and take it into their home[/media-credit]If you believe what the Wisconsin men’s hockey team is saying, don’t expect an open-air hangover.Fresh off a 3-2 comeback win in front of 55,000 fans in Camp Randall’s outdoor game last week, the No. 3 Badgers got back to business in practice Monday. Despite the excitement surrounding that event, the win was ultimately just one of many in the season.UW head coach Mike Eaves was impressed with how his players responded.“It’s been interesting. I think there’s been a very mature kind of ‘win, go back to work, get ready to win again,’ kind of attitude,” he said.“There was so much buildup to that game, it was almost a relief that it ended the way it did, with a win,” senior tri-captain Ben Street said. “We celebrated that and enjoyed that… but it was just a check mark, it was checked off as ‘win that game.’ There’s a bunch more goals that are coming up.”Next on the list for Wisconsin is a home series with the Minnesota State Mavericks (12-14-2). On paper, the weekend looks like an easy four points for UW, but the Badgers won’t take the games for granted.In the second weekend of the season, Wisconsin went on the road to Mankato, where the Badgers lost a 3-2 game in the final five minutes of Saturday’s contest after a convincing 6-0 shutout the night before.Two five-minute major penalties in the third period of that 3-2 loss were evidence of one of few games where the Badgers let things get away from them. While they had letdown-type Saturday games against Minnesota, Colorado College and Minnesota-Duluth, Eaves said there hasn’t been a consistent reason for the second-game losses.Heading into the stretch run — UW has just eight regular season games left — Eaves thinks his team has learned from its previous failures.“I think every time you lose, there’s something in there that becomes a lesson and the intelligent teams are the ones that learn that lesson and apply it later,” he said.After that series, UW sat at just 1-2-1 and looked little like the squad that has been dominant for much of the season since then. At 16-7-4 now, confidence is one of the Badgers’ biggest strengths.“We’ve been through a lot since then; we’ve got the outdoor game out of the way, we’ve got a lot of big series out of the way,” Street said. “We’ve grown; I think we’re a more mature team now then we were then.”“We don’t think we can win, we know we can win every game if we play our ‘A’ game,” defenseman Cody Goloubef said.That ‘A’ game has led to UW owning the second-highest scoring offense in the nation, averaging 3.85 goals per game. Wisconsin is also second in the country in scoring margin and eighth in scoring defense.MSU’s offense has struggled, with a 2.64 goals per game average. Since the year started, the Mavericks have scored three or more goals in a game just four times in eight games.Before a 3-2 win over WCHA basement-dweller Michigan Tech on Jan. 30, Minnesota State was on a five-game losing streak, which included sweeps at the hands of Minnesota-Duluth and North Dakota.That’s not to say the Mavericks haven’t had their moments, though. In addition to their win over UW, they also swept No. 5 Bemidji State in December, winning 5-1 and 3-2 games.With Minnesota State hoping to play the role of spoiler, Street knows the Badgers can’t afford a letdown.“Down the stretch here, it is so tight that we can’t afford to give up any points, especially when we’re at home,” he said. “They’re a team that can come in and they kind of thrive on stealing points, ruining the party when they’re here.”Wisconsin sits tied for fourth in the WCHA with 25 points, but has two games in hand on conference co-leaders St. Cloud State and UMD. If North Dakota can sweep St. Cloud State and Denver loses both games to Minnesota, Wisconsin could move into a first place tie by sweeping Minnesota State. UMD is idle this weekend.The Badgers won’t be scoreboard watching though, as their only concern now is the Mavericks.“With how tight [the WCHA] is, you’ve got to assume the other teams are going to take their points,” Street said. ‘So we’ve got to win just to keep up and give ourselves a chance.”Wisconsin emerged from a strong part of its schedule — at Colorado College, home against Denver and at Minnesota-Duluth — with a 3-2-1 record. Combined with the outdoor game win over Michigan, sophomore forward Jordy Murray said the team wants to keep its foot on the pedal for the rest of the season.“We just want to play real good hockey going into this final stretch. We know how important the points are, especially with the WCHA being as close as it is,” Murray said. “We just want to be playing our best hockey come playoff time, and this is a good time to start.”
Peter O’Mahony is the latest Irish player to be linked with a big money move to England or France.Reports claim the Munster captain has rejected an I-R-F-U offer to remain on a national deal past 2019.The 28 year old’s current contract ends in July. He is expected to agree a short term deal to be involved in the World Cup in Japan.Speaking to Ronan Quirke on Extra Time last night Munster flanker CJ Stander says that’s the way the game is moving and players need to be selfish