One of the historic days for both our gastronomy and tourism is certainly a great success and recognition of the restaurant Monte from Rovinj, which became the first and only Croatian restaurant with a MICHELIN star.Late last week, Metro, which is a global partner of the MICHELIN guide, officially handed over the MICHELIN star to the Monte restaurant. Along with Monte, twelve restaurants from the Istrian County – Meneghetti, Batelina, San Rocco, Konoba Morgan, Zigante, Marina, Damir & Ornella, Konoba Čok, Sv. Nikola, Wine Vault, Alla Beccaccia and Pergola – entered selection of MICHELIN’s gastro guide for 2017 and presented them with plaques in METRO in August, the so-called MICHELIN plates.”METRO recognized the strength and potential of Istrian gastronomy in 2014 when we opened the first wholesale center in Istria adapted to hotels, restaurants and caterers. METRO has also cooperated with MICHELIN’s guide in Croatia in order to help Croatian restaurants and caterers take their place on the gastronomic map of the world.”, Said Roberto Mancuso, President of the Management Board of METRO Cash & Carry Croatia, adding that more than a third of METRO customers in Croatia come from the HoReCa sector, including 32 restaurants with a MICHELIN recommendation.With more than 100 years of experience in restaurant selection, the MICHELIN guide today recommends more than 20.000 restaurants in 30 countries around the world. Whether it is Europe, Asia or America, MICHELIN inspectors apply the same criteria in assessing the quality of every restaurant they visit anonymously. Using a unique process perfected over the decades, the MICHELIN guide has become an international reference for fine-dining, and the MICHELIN guide plaque is an official recognition that the restaurant is part of the 2017 selection. The MICHELIN guide presents a selection of the best restaurants and hotels in the 28 countries it covers.
11 Jan 2017 Girls Golf Rocks is getting bigger and better Girls Golf Rocks – the recruitment campaign which got over 600 girls swinging last year – is going to get bigger and better in 2017. The number of counties taking part will grow from nine to 15 – all aiming to get more girls playing golf, by offering coaching with PGA professionals and using young ambassadors from county squads to show that it’s a fun and sociable game. The new counties are: Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Kent, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire and Yorkshire. They’ll join Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Norfolk and Nottinghamshire. Taster sessions will be held by PGA professionals in March and April, when ambassadors will be on hand to encourage the new girls. They will all then be offered five weeks of group coaching, leading to a fun day with the ambassadors featuring multi-skill challenges and the chance to play on a golf course. During 2016, the nine counties involved attracted over 600 girls to taster sessions. More than 500 went on to take coaching courses and over 230 have already taken out some type of club membership. This coincides with a growing number of clubs and counties reporting an increasing girls’ membership. The project, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation, started in 2015 with a trial in Essex. Ambassadors and new players from the county are now featured in a Girls Golf Rocks video, which captures all that’s special about the programme. Bella Jay, 14, sums it up when she says: “Golf has done so much for me, I love it. You should come and join us and see how much fun it is.” Click here to view the video. Meanwhile, Ringway Golf Club in Cheshire has the distinction of attracting more girls than any other club in the country. Thanks to a link with local Loreto Grammar School 38 girls attended their taster session, which took place in a torrential downpour. Despite the weather the youngsters enjoyed it so much that they encouraged even more friends to come along and 49 took the coaching course. Already, eight have joined the club’s junior section – more than doubling the number of girl players – while one has achieved a handicap and three are well on the way to getting theirs. Head professional James Salt said: “The girls have all been fantastic and really got into it, they’ve been very eager and it’s been very enjoyable.” Elsewhere, nine-year-old Isabella Bleaken, from Westonbirt Golf Club in Gloucestershire, became one of the youngest ambassadors when she turned out to help, alongside other players from the county girls’ squad. Isabella, who plays off 25, showed the new players how she can hit the ball, then helped and reassured them as they got into the swing. She’s also been interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire about the experience and her father, Mark, reports that her own confidence has rocketed. Isabella is also an ambassador for the England Golf Trust which helps young people in financial need to play the game. Lauren Spray, the England Golf Women and Girls’ Participation Manager, commented: “Girls Golf Rocks has been an amazing success and we’re looking forward to working with more counties and clubs and seeing many more girls come into the game. “We’ve got to say a special thank you to Isabella and all our 110 ambassadors who have been just brilliant at encouraging new girls to play. We couldn’t have done it without them!” As part of the jointly funded programme, girls taking part in coaching will be given a US Kids Golf 7-iron to help them get started. US Kids Golf is the official equipment supplier to the Golf Foundation for the Girls Golf Rocks projects and have additionally donated clubs for use at the taster sessions. Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, Brendon Pyle, said: “The Golf Foundation is delighted to be working with England Golf on this key initiative to introduce more young girls to golf in England. “The expansion of the Girls Golf Rocks into 15 counties will ensure that more girls enjoy the opportunity to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in golf. The key ingredient has been the willingness of the county squad girls to embrace the concept and inspire new young girls into the sport by helping as leaders and ambassadors.” Caption: Selfie time for Cumbria Girls Golf Rocks ambassadors (image © Leaderboard Photography).
The recent passing of the legendary collegiate sports analyst and journalist Beano Cook and his words cracked the scars of a few old wounds for me. Decades ago when Beano was asked why he loved college football he responded, “Why do I love college football? The Passion. A lot of us who follow college football are like Walter Mitty. We dream of being the Saturday hero. On Sundays they play for money. On Saturdays they play for passion, for the love of the game. I think that’s why it’s our greatest sport. When people study this civilization 10,000 years from now, historians are going to be baffled about why more people followed pro football than college.“They are going to decide that it was a weakness of this civilization that more people wanted to watch pro football on Sundays rather than college on Saturdays. Many things have changed about the game during my lifetime but one thing that hasn’t changed is the passion.” Now get this. There were many Saturday heroes from the college football ranks that ended up being Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday zeros. Those whofailed to make the grade were tossed out with the trash.Why should college football be considered America’s greatest just because the student athletes play for free? Now I agree with the premise that not all student athletes are deserving of pay but the marquee players that fill the stadiums and motivate their alumni to loosen up their purse strings and take the locks off their wallets should be able to enjoy the spoils.According to the website of the NCAA; “The percentage of Black athletes playing football for Division 1 colleges and universities was more than 45 percent during the 2010-2011 season. The 2011-12 TIDES report on bowl-bound FBS teams found that the average graduation success rate for White football student athletes is 81 percent on bowl-bound teams, while standing at only 61 percent for Black student athletes.” Lets dig a little deeper boys and girls. Take for example the food vending giant Aramark. They serve over 48 university sports stadiums and profit hundreds of millions of dollars. If they gave away their products and had their people give those products away would they continue to be in business? Hell no! Would people come to work for them for nada, negative? Would the factories that supplied them do so for zilch, I can’t go for that; no can do?Would Aramark be considered the greatest food vendor in history if they gave away their product, nope and no, they would be considered either extremely philanthropic or just plain dumb. Beano also said that “a lot of us that follow college football are like Walter Mitty.” Do you know who the fictitious character Walter Mitty is and what beliefs that his character encompassed?The “Secret Life of Walter Mitty” was written by James Thurber and it first appeared in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939. The name Walter Mitty and the derivative word “Mittyesque” have entered the English language, denoting an ineffectual person who spends more time in heroic daydreams than paying attention to the real world, or more seriously, one who intentionally attempts to mislead or convince others that he is something that he is not. Writer Maria Bustillos posted an article on theawl.com in September 2012 laying out her historical observations about author James Thurber. Bustillos said that, “Thurber was a depressive and nervous guy, forever uncertain of himself and his place in the world, though he achieved worldwide fame in his lifetime. Much has been written about Thurber’s racism, narrow-mindedness but I view him as the product of his times. Despite the essential darkness of Thurber’s character, his subtle optimism is ever-present, like a thread of gold shot through the fabric of all he wrote. Racism: what are we to make of the race consciousness of a man who found nearly everyone, including himself, a little bit scary and weird?”When a group of people, any group of people become nervous and unsure about themselves like Thurber they have to invent reasons that they are superior. Yet, they will almost always present a false opinion and observation about themselves to those on that they consider superior. The character of Walter Mitty may have been a figment of the imagination of James Thurber but racism and narrow-mindedness to be alive and well in American society as well as in the system of our nation’s college athletics and academics. I hate to say goodbye to Beano Cook but I’ll darn sure be glad when Walter Mitty and his disciples fall by the wayside. I am teed off. No, let’s cut the crap. I am really pissed off. I have to say what I mean and mean what I say. Close your eyes shut your mouth off put on and adjust your rabbit ears so that you can really freakin’ tune in to what I am about to say. I know you are saying at this very moment, “Aubrey Bruce has lost his mind, how can we close our eyes wide shut and read what is on the page?” Well now get this. What I am about to share with you is going to be revealing, historical, rhetorical, categorical and any other “orical” that you may run across in your “vocab” or rhyming dictionary. You are going to be able to run your fingers across this page and feel these words, hey almost like a new sort of spiritual Braille.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Topanga Fire: What went right” (Oct. 1): It is simply amazing how well the “mutual aid” program for California’s firefighters is working out. They come from everywhere, quietly do their job and then return to their own communities without a word. We do not miss the political actions of the politicians making speeches and looking for photo ops. My hat is off to the fire personnel and the other emergency personnel doing a job well. Are these the people that our governor calls “special interest?” Their special interest is working for the interests of the people who need them. Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills This is L.A. Re “Topanga Fire: What went right” (Oct. 1): Toto, I don’t think we’re in New Orleans anymore. This is L.A. and the LAFD. Thousands of acres, hours and hours of fighting the blaze and three homes and one injury. C’mon. Give it up for the Los Angeles Fire Department and all the other departments who assisted! They are America’s finest. Tim Culhane Woodland Hills Inter-agency system Did you ever wonder how it is possible to bring together within a few hours 3,000 personnel from many different agencies working together effectively on a 20,000-acre incident? That system is called the Incident Command System that was developed by an inter-agency program in Southern California. Originally designed for use in wildfires, ICS has now become the standard for all jurisdictions and emergency-response disciplines in the country for any type of incident. A component of that system is unified command, which ensures that each agency with incident jurisdiction has a say in developing objectives and a single overall incident action plan. Terence Haney West Hills Agriculture program Re “Grant High cutting agriculture program” (Sept. 29): I was plant manager at Grant High School from 1982 to 1989. In those years, just about every principal threatened to close the program. Doc Wainwright always had a fight on his hands. The sad thing is that the program was one of the most successful programs I ever saw in the 25 years I spent with the LAUSD. Wainwright has a magical ability to get along with the kids and can get through to them. Even the most hard-core types. I’ve seen kids do a 180-degree turnaround under Doc. This is one of the reasons that the LAUSD is such a dismal failure. They abandon successful programs in favor of those that have political clout. The kids just don’t seem to matter anymore. I feel sorry for the kids. James P. Biddle Quartz Hill Building for fire Re “At ‘war’ with fire” (Sept. 30): Just as with New Orleans, a city built eight feet below sea level with inadequate levees and sea walls, we here in Southern California build homes surrounded by more than adequate fuel for wind-driven annual fires. These fires are not surprising anyone. These are annual conditions. So the question lies wherein: Why do our “city planners and leaders” continue to allow housing construction in these areas, but don’t enforce large firebreak areas to be built by the developers? This should be standard procedure. These breaks must be monitored just as graffiti is. Wake up, Los Angeles! It’s quite obvious. Richard Detanna Granada Hills Sense of modesty Re “Pinups lift G.I.’s spirits” (Sept. 27): We Americans are so ignorant sometimes. Hmmmmmmm let me see … My husband (or boyfriend) is away in Iraq with the National Guard, how can I comfort him? I know, I’ll lose all self-respect and sense of modesty, take a risque picture of myself and send it overseas to him and his buddies to salivate over. Our soldiers do not need any more help to be unfaithful to their spouses or loved ones, especially when so far away from home when temptations are strongest. (Nor should they have to worry about their spouse at home allowing someone to take intimate shots of them for the front page of a local newspaper.) How about a fabulous “I love and miss you” care package? Joann Saraceno Glendale Stealth religion Re “‘Intelligent design’ not taught” (Sept. 29): Bravo for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. So-called “intelligent design” is merely a stealth name for creationism, which the U.S. Supreme Court has already banned from public schools on grounds that it is religion, not science. ID proponents are fundamentalist Christians who desperately oppose evolution because it lays the lie to their mythological beliefs. Michael D. Harris Reseda Maybe a trade-off Re “‘Intelligent design’ not taught” (Sept. 29): If push comes to shove, “intelligent design” should be taught in our school classrooms. A fair trade-off would be to have every church pay a scientist to come to their place of worship and teach their flock that God is nothing but a man-made theory. The scientist could then point out that humans “doing something” instead of praying for it is more productive. And if we fairly taxed all religions, we could fulfill Christ’s orders to feed the hungry, heal the sick and take care of the poor. Wait a minute. That would make Christ out to be a commie. Never mind. Dick Denne Toluca Lake Best for elephants Re “L.A. Zoo needs to give its elephants a break” (Their Opinions, Sept. 28): It is absurd that the city of Los Angeles is planning to spend $16 million to expand the elephant enclosure to two acres _ this is nowhere near enough space for these very large animals to reside. It is well known that elephants can roam up to 25 miles or more in a single day. What good is two acres? This city is being selfish when it comes to the well-being of these animals. What is best for these animals is to send them to a sanctuary, which is what some zoos are now doing. At a sanctuary they have hundreds of acres in which to roam, not two. Hopefully the mayor will do what is best for them and not do what is best for the city. Tia Triplett Los Angeles Wal-Mart works Re “Wal-Mart prepared” (Your Opinions, Sept. 28): Go Wal-Mart. Where do we sign up to support Wal-Mart _ other than traveling miles to shop at their store because the unions won’t let them come to our neighborhoods? I’m for WEMA (Wal-Mart Emergency Management Agency). Ruth Fairrington Los Angeles Heinous criminal Re “She’s a scapegoat” (Your Opinions, Sept. 29): Art Haendiges is completely mistaken. Lynndie England is not a scapegoat. Lynndie England is a heinous criminal, a torturer, who should have been sentenced to death. Therefore, in order for our military to regain a semblance of honor she should be executed in military fashion, which I understand is by firing squad. Note I said semblance of honor, and not the real thing. Our military and country lost all honor, irretrievably, with Mei Lai long ago. Kathryn Durfee Agoura Deadlier disaster As America is transfixed by Katrina’s and Rita’s horrible devastation, avian influenza is growing into a global epidemic deadlier than the 1918 Spanish flu, which killed 50 million people. The deadly virus originated in Asia’s poultry farms and has already spread to Russia and Europe. Millions of Americans will succumb, once the virus mutates to allow transmission among humans. Raising animals for food also increases the risk of many chronic diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It funds pollution of waterways by animal waste, destruction of wildlife habitats, and abuse of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses. William Davidson Woodland Hills