Where to hide wine for yourself…, from yourself?

first_imgPhoto: Casa Rossa, Andrea Pančur Motovun winemakers, who personally, but also with their wines magnified the celebration (Benvenuti, Bertoša, Fakin, Novak, Roxanich, Tomaz and Valenta) are definitely one of the tourist trump cards, just like the Motovun Film Festival – so why not a weekend trip combine a few pleasures…, of course, with wine in the foreground? In an effort to offer their guests in Casa Rossa, in addition to accommodation, indigenous Istrian specialties and wines from a rich map something different, Andreja and Tomislav decided on this venture which will definitely strengthen Motovun on the map of Istria’s tourist offer. The Casa Rossa also has 8 rooms named after the wines of Istrian producers with a view of the old town of Motovun, where guests can relax after opening and tasting their wines in the company of friends in the area in front of the safes. Bottles can be brought by the owners of the safes themselves, but they can also be sent from anywhere in the world or purchased with the help of a team from Casa Rosse, or purchased directly from them. It is interesting that the winemakers also rented safes in which they placed part of their archive, because – as they themselves told us – it is sometimes difficult to refrain and not open a bottle intended for storage when good company gathers. The concept of a wine bank is not unknown in the world: apart from the fact that the bottles are kept in strictly controlled conditions, and of course, under lock and key, the basic idea is – socializing! Last Friday, the first wine bank in Istria was opened in Motovun, where it is possible to rent one of 39 safes and store, depending on the size, between 35 and 50 bottles. The safes are located in a separate room in the wine cellar of the Casa Rossa house, built in 1910, which was renovated by the owners Andreja and Tomislav Furlan two years ago.last_img read more

KS Drilling scraps ZPMC offshore rig order

first_imgSingapore’s KS Energy, via subsidiary KS Drilling, has reached an agreement with ZPMC to cancel a jack-up rig construction order signed in 2014.For illustration purposes only – KS Java Star – Image source: KS Drilling“The termination agreement was reached following discussions between KS Drilling and ZPMC. Pursuant to the Termination Agreement, KS Drilling shall not take delivery of the Rig,“ KS Energy said.“There is no material impact on the operations of the Group due to the Termination Agreement however the costs of construction relating to the Rig which were previously capitalized with a book value of US$12.6 million as at 31st March 2019 will be written off,” KS Energy said.As previously reported, Singapore Exchange in April sought an answer from KS Energy on whether the company and the group could continue to operate as a going concern, that is, if it would be able to meet its obligations as and when they fall due.The SGX query followed a report by independent auditor KPMG, which at the time highlighted that KS Energy’s current liabilities exceeded current assets, and pointed to the Group’s capital commitments of $489 million as at December 31, 2018, with “currently no financing arrangements put in place to meet the obligations.”Related: KS Energy in $4.9M rig deal as auditor casts doubt on driller’s ability to stay afloatThe $489 million commitment was related to two newbuild jack-up rigs under construction in Chinese shipyards Cosco and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co, (ZPMC). While the ZPMC rig order has now been canceled, it is unclear what the status of the other rig under construction at Cosco yard is.To remind, the drilling firm ordered the newbuild jack-up rigs from Cosco and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry in October 2011, and October 2014, respectively.The first rig was originally to be delivered in February 2014, and the second in September 2016. According to KS’ recent statements, after several revisions of delivery dates, the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry-built rig was to be delivered on December 31, 2018 (now canceled), and the Cosco rig on December 2019.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent

first_imgCNS News 18 June 2015A study published this month in the Journal of Medical Ethics examined the “deliberate” euthanasia of patients in Belgium without their explicit, voluntary consent as required by law.The study’s author, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the United Kingdom’s Hull University, found that life-ending drugs were used “with the intention to shorten life and without explicit request” in 1.7 percent of all deaths in Belgium in 2013.In 52.7 percent of these cases, the patients were 80 years of age or older. The decision to euthanize was not discussed with the patient in 77.9 percent of the cases because he/she was comatose, had dementia, or “because discussion would have been harmful to the patient’s best interest,” according to the study.Belgium passed the Euthanasia Act in 2002, which states that only voluntary euthanasia is legally permissible.A 2010 research study conducted in Flanders revealed that only one out of every two euthanasia cases was reported to Belgium’s Federal Control and Evaluation Committee because most non-reporting physicians did not view the active hastening of their patients’ deaths as euthanasia.Unreported cases were also generally handled less carefully than reported cases and “the lethal drugs were often administered by a nurse alone, not by a physician,” the study noted.“Whether deliberately or not, the physicians were disguising the end-of-life decision as a normal medical practice,” Cohen-Almagor pointed out.http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/abigail-wilkinson/belgian-doctors-are-euthanizing-patients-without-their-consentlast_img read more