Afternoon Brief, September 6

first_imgReddIt Twitter Email Pinterest TAGSCaliforniaChateau St. JeanChristopher BatesConnecticutCopa Di VinoCoppolaEola-Amity Hills AVAFinger LakesFLX WineryFurthermore Pinot NoirJackson Family WinesMargrit MondaviMerry Edwards WineryMicroworks TechnologiesMiquel HudinNaked WinesNapaOntarioOpus OnePaul MabrayQuest IndustriesRobert MondaviRobert ParkerSan Luis ObispoSebastopolSommConSonomaSonoma CountySonoma County WinegrowersSonoma Harvest Wine AuctionSustainable Ag ExpoTrump WineryVino Del SolWine Bloggers ConferenceWomen of the VineYgay Blanco Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, September 6Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, September 6By Editor – September 6, 2016 17 0 Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement center_img Facebook Previous articleThe 12th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo Returns to San Luis ObispoNext articleGetting Heard Through an Overcrowded Medium Editor Trending Story:Margrit Biever Mondavi Dies at Age 91Margrit Mondavi of Napa Valley, widow to Robert G. Mondavi and pioneer of the modern-day California wine industry bringing art and culture to the industry, died today…Today’s News:Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction Reaps Record $4.6 MillionThe theme, “Sonoma to Marrakesh,” featuring a live camel weighing more than a ton and a host of belly dancers, set the stage for Sunday’s Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Kenwood’s Chateau St. Jean that raised a record $4.6 million…The Most Expensive Wines in CaliforniaWhile California lays claim to some of the world’s largest wine producers and big mass-market brands, the state is also home to a thriving industry of small-scale artisan producers and premium wineries…How Can Wine Take Sustainability to the Next Level? Six Tips from Sonoma County WinegrowersSonoma County Winegrowers is working to become Americas first 100% certified sustainable wine growing region by 2019, an ambition that has progressed rapidly since set in 2014…Another War in Stags LeapWine Experts May Be Key to Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s ResearchCopa Di Vino Responds to the Lawsuit Filed by CoppolaHarvest Fair to Honor Jackson Family WinesEola-Amity Hills AVA Unveils Second and Third Tier of Sign ProjectConnecticut – Where the Department of Consumer Protection Is the Department of Consumer PlunderingThe 12th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo Returns to San Luis ObispoOntario Wineries Worry Cost of Selling Their Bottles in Grocery Stores Will Be Prohibitively HighNaked Wines ‘Most Social Media-Savvy’ Wine RetailerTeaming Up with Robert Parker to Present Wine Dinners Natural for Us, Michelin SaysAfter $300k on Kickstarter, This Chicago-Made Wine Purifier Officially LaunchesBlogs:Consumer Expert Paul Mabray on Why Data Is Key for Wine’s FutureDrowning in Guilt – How to Hire Millennials—and Weed Out the Bad OnesAre Professional Wine Critics Different from Other Wine Lovers?Labor Day Edition: How Big Data Helps Holiday-Themed PromotionsWhat Is Closure? The Final Chapter of My MW Student LifeWineIndustry.Jobs:Consumer Sales SpecialistMerry Edwards Winery – Sebastopol, CA, United StatesDTC Software SupportMicroworks Technologies, Inc. – Napa, CA, United StatesHospitality Team MemberFurthermore Pinot Noir – Sebastopol, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefPeople:Pioneering Napa Valley Matriarch Margrit Mondavi Dies at 91Women of the Vine Trade Alliance Advisory Board Adds New MembersMiquel Hudin Receives 2016 Geoffrey Roberts Award for Book on Georgian WineThirteen New Masters of WineMaster Sommelier Christopher Bates on the Evolution of the Finger Lakes and the FLX WinerySupplier News:Quest Wins 2016 Most Innovative Wine Packaging Award10th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference to Be in Santa Rosa in 2017 with Expected Record AttendanceRegistration Opens for SommCon, a Four-Day Educational Conference for Wine Industry Professionals and EnthusiastsHow to Start Using Drones in Your Vineyard Today!More Supplier News …Vineyard & Winery:Vino del Sol’s GEN5 Surpasses the 250,000 Case Sales MarkYgay Blanco Awarded 100 PointsOpus One 2013 Release: ‘We Could Have Sold Double’US Billionaire Swoops on Bordeaux EstatesTrump Winery, Inadvertently Political, Still Draws Students Advertisement Share Linkedinlast_img read more

Covid-19 case rates begin to decline but community transmission remains rampant

first_imgHomeLifeHealthCovid-19Covid-19 case rates begin to decline but community transmission remains rampant Jan. 21, 2021 at 6:00 amCovid-19FeaturedHealthNewsPeopleCovid-19 case rates begin to decline but community transmission remains rampantClara Harter5 months agoBarbara FerrerCOVID-19LACDPHvaccine Average daily Covid-19 case counts in LA County have dropped to under 7,000 compared to more than 15,000 at the beginning of January, but health officials warn that the ongoing spike is far from over.“It’s too soon to tell if we’re actually seeing a significant decline in the surge,” said County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer. “We are very hopeful that the actions taken by many are starting to work. Unfortunately, even if cases are beginning to decline these numbers are still really high.”Ferrer said the current case numbers will continue to drive overcrowding in hospitals as Covid-19 remains rampant “in our workplaces, in our neighborhoods and really across every corner of this county”.An encouraging sign is the decrease in testing positivity rates. The seven day average positivity rate dropped to 14 percent on Wednesday compared to over 20 percent on Dec. 31, 2020.The County reported 262 deaths on Wednesday bringing the total to 14,384. While the seven day average of deaths has begun to decline slightly, it still represents an increase of 1200 percent since the surge began in November, according to Ferrer.On Wednesday the County began providing vaccines to those 65 or over in addition to the vaccines being offered to healthcare workers and skilled nursing home residents and staff.The County’s online appointment system temporarily crashed on Tuesday afternoon due to the influx of seniors seeking vaccines while the call center was backlogged with calls.Ferrer urged residents to continue checking the website for canceled appointments. The Health Department will continue to release appointments as they become available and is working to expand the capacity of its vaccination website and call center.“We have built through a very successful public and private partnership, a robust system that is capable of vaccinating a large number of LA County residents in a safe, fair and equitable manner. “The biggest challenge we face is not one of process or capacity, but of supply,” said Ferrer.The total number of L.A. County residents currently eligible to receive a vaccine includes 1.4 million people over the age of 65 and between 700,000 and 800,000 healthcare workers.As of Wednesday, the County has received 850,650 doses, representing an ability to deliver two doses to 425,325 people.“Our ability to protect even more LA County residents in the coming weeks and months is entirely dependent and constrained by the amount of vaccine we receive each week,” said Ferrer.County health officials also provided an update on the two Covid-19 variants discovered to be circulating in the state.The UK variant, which scientists have labeled as B117, is circulating in the County and is estimated to spread at least 50 percent faster although there is no evidence it causes an increased risk of death.“It is important to note that if there’s more transmission, there are more cases, and we’ve all seen from our tables and trend lines that more cases eventually lead to more deaths,” said Ferrer in regards to the UK variant.Experts predict this variant could become dominant in the United States in March.County officials are also monitoring the Denmark variant labeled as L452R, which has been found in California.“It is not known at this point whether this variant is more transmissible, but there is concern about its mutations which include a spike protein,” said Ferrer.Ferrer urged all residents to minimize the risks posed by mutations by following County health guidelines: wear a mask, maintain physical distance, sanitize everything and avoid mingling with any non-household [email protected] :Barbara FerrerCOVID-19LACDPHvaccineshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentWall Street hits records as hopes build for more stimulus‘Just move on’: Republicans grapple with post-Trump futureYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

Taylor Swift makes history at Billboard Music Awards

first_img“It’s unbelievable that the fans went out and proved what they proved this year, and that’s the only reason I won eight awards,” Swift said in an interview with The Associated Press following her wins.“Is it eight? Did I win eight awards?” she asked excitedly. “Yeah, sick.”Swift’s video opened with her and Selena Gomez fighting men in an office and then fighting each other. It ended with Swift’s and Gomez’s armies going head to head. Other stars in the clip included Mariska Hargitay, Ellen Pompeo, Jessica Alba and Ellie Goulding, and Hayley Williams of Paramore.Swift swapped her first two verses with new ones from rapper Kendrick Lamar for “Bad Blood,” a song rumored to be about Swift’s friendship with Katy Perry.Swift’s other wins included top female artist and Billboard 200 album for “1989.” She sat in the audience with some of her “Bad Blood” co-stars as well as rumored boyfriend Calvin Harris. Swift kissed the DJ-producer-singer on the cheek and gave him a hug after winning her awards.“I’m happy right now that it all was pulled off without a hitch,” an excited Swift said in the AP interview about her new video. “I can’t believe it didn’t leak. I can’t believe the Kendrick version of the song didn’t leak. Right now I am just taking the biggest sigh of relief that the fans got to experience it the way I wanted them to experience it, which was a full element of surprise.”Though Swift had an epic open of the Billboard Awards with her video, Kanye West’s closing off the show was tragic. The rapper was booed in Las Vegas when he performed “All Day” and “Black Skinhead.” The stage was smoky and it was hard to see West at times.“And now a doctor,” Kylie Jenner said when introducing West, who earned an honorary doctorate from the Art Institute of Chicago.Others had a good night though onstage. Iggy Azalea, Pharrell and Sam Smith — who is recovery from vocal cord surgery — won three awards each.One Direction picked up two awards and gave a shout-out to former band mate Zayn Malik.“There is one more person to share this with, and that’s our brother Zayn,” Liam Payne said when the boy band won top duo/group.Van Halen was the night’s first performance and rocked the crowd with its 1984 hit “Panama.” The Simple Minds, introduced by Molly Ringwald, performed “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from “The Breakfast Club,” which is celebrating 30 years.Britney Spears sported a sheer black cat suit when she performed “Pretty Girls” with Azalea; Mariah Carey, who recently launched a Vegas residency, was pitchy when she sang “Vision of Love” and new single, “Infinity,” though she ended with a strong high note; and Nicki Minaj’s performance of “Hey Mama” and “The Night Is Still Young” featured her dancing more than singing or rapping as she relied on a backing track.The night had some emotional moments, too: Chris Brown entered the red carpet holding his daughter Royalty; Ludacris offered some words about the late B.B. King and his renowned career; and a teary and shaky Meghan Trainor won hot 100 song and digital song for “All About That Bass.”Other double winners included Jason Aldean, Hozier, Enrique Iglesias and John Legend.“I have to thank, of course, my beautiful co-host, my lovely wife, Chrissy Teigen,” Legend said when he won top radio song for “All of Me.”“I am so proud that we won this award together tonight.”Hosts Ludacris and Teigen offered some jokes Sunday night: The rapper described why he’s a good host, namechecking his music and acting credits. Teigen, a model, replied, “And I bang a musician” as Legend stood up.___Online: LAS VEGAS | Taylor Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show’s history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks’ 19-win record.She won eight awards Sunday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, including top artist, and also opened the show with the premiere of her action-filled, star-studded music video for “Bad Blood.” Taylor Swift poses in the press room with the awards for top Billboard 200 album for “1989,” top female artist, chart achievement, top artist, top Billboard 200 artist, top hot 100 artist, top digital song artist, and top streaming song (video) for “Shake It Off” at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)last_img read more

Pizza feast on the go

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson BERWICK residents feasted on pizza last week as Coles’ largest ever sampling tour arrived in Melbourne’s south-east….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Galway And Mayo Must Go Again Following Connacht Final Draw

first_imgGALWAY 1-12 MAYO 3-6 By Michael Gallagher at Elverys MacHale Park A rip-roaring TG4 Connacht SFC Final gave theCastlebar crowd everything they craved and more when a ferocious Mayo team putGalway to the pin of their collar on Sunday afternoon.Sizzling scores, yellow cards, a red card, a penaltysave, exhilarating excitement and two teams who ran themselves ragged produceda provincial final of the very highest quality.Tracey Leonard had the chance to win it for Galwaywith 15 seconds left but she missed her free kick and Mayo deservedly came awaywith the ball before the final whistle sounded. The sides will do it all againon 7 July.The first half was ferociously competitive with Mayolaying down a serious marker of intent. Galway got off to a flying start with afine goal from Louise Ward when she waltzed through and blasted to the net, butfrom then on it was nip and tuck.Rachel Kearns was moving well at full-forward forMayo and kept Galway honest at the back but the yellow card flashed atwing-back Ciara Whyte left Mayo under pressure and they trailed 1-4 to 0-2after the first quarter. Roisin Leonard, Tracey Leonard, Sarah Conneally andOlivia Divilly all pointed, but Mayo’s ferocious tackling was frustratingGalway.The Green and Red powered back into it with SineadCafferky, Sarah Rowe and Kearns to the fore in attack. Galway were heldscoreless for a long period but eventually Tracey Leonard got then back on theboard with a brace to leave Galway four points clear at the break, 1-6 to 0-5.Conneally kicked another Galway point straight afterthe restart but Mayo were on a mission and responded explosively as two goalsarrived inside 60 seconds. Rachel Kearns volleyed home after a sizzling runfrom Kathryn Sullivan and Éilish Ronayne scrambled home another one when GraceKelly’s effort dropped short. That spurred Galway into life and points arrivedfrom Tracey Leonard, Megan Glynn and Aine McDonagh to leave them two clearagain.Mayo swept down the pitch again and had the chanceto go in front after 43 minutes but substitute ‘keeper Dearbhla Gower savedSarah Rowe’s penalty. That didn’t deter the Green and Red and when GraceKelly raced 50 yards to plant the ball in the net after 50 minutes the homeside were one clear, 3-6 to 1-11.That set up a grandstand finish and Mayo were dealta huge blow when team captain Niamh Kelly was red carded and Galway were handedthe initiative, but all they could muster was a single point from TraceyLeonard before the final hooter sent the thriller to a replay.SCORERSGalway: T Leonard 0-6 (4f), L Ward 1-0, S Conneally 0-2, A McDonagh 0-1, R Leonard 0-1 (1f), O Divilly 0-1, M Glynn 0-1.Mayo: R Kearns 1-2, É Ronayne 1-0, G Kelly 1-0 each, S Rowe 0-2 (2f), S Cafferkey 0-1, N Kelly 0-1.GALWAY:L Murphy; S Molloy; S Lynch, F Cooney; B Hannon, S Burke, C Cooney; L Ward, AMcDonagh; O Divilly, T Leonard, M Glynn; L Coen, R Leonard, S Conneally.Subs: M Seoighe for Coen 41, D Gower for Conneally43, O Murphy for Hannon 50, N Ward for Cooney 51, S Conneally for Murphy 53.MAYO:A Tarpey; N O’Malley, R Flynn, D Caldwell; É Ronayne, Ciara McManamon, C Whyte;Clodagh McManamon, S Cafferkey; R Durkin, T O’Connor, N Kelly; S Rowe, RKearns, G Kelly.Subs: K Sullivan for O’Connor 20, F Doherty forWhyte h-t, D Finn for Clodagh McManamon 38, E Needham for Ciara McManamon 45, NMoran for Durkin 51.Referee:John Niland (Sligo).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Sarah Lynch of Galway in action against Rachel Kearns of Mayo during the 2019 TG4 Connacht Ladies Senior Football Final match between Mayo and Galway at Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar, Mayo. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfilelast_img read more

Special Relief Encourages Leave-Based Donation Programs for Victims of Hurricane Matthew (IR-2016-146; Notice 2016-69)

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe IRS has provided special relief designed to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane Matthew. Under these programs, employees forgo their vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for cash payments the employer makes to charitable organizations providing relief for the victims of this disaster. Under this special relief, donated leave will not be included in the income or wages of the employees and employers will be permitted to deduct the cash payments as business expenses. The relief applies to employers’ cash payments to charitable organizations providing relief for the victims of Hurricane Matthew made before January 1, 2018.IR-2016-146Notice 2016-69, 2016FED ¶46,451Other References:Code Sec. 170CCH Reference – 2016FED ¶11,620.1005Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC INDIV: 27,208last_img read more

Get Up and Running With OpenShift On-Premises Using an Intel Reference Architecture

first_imgIntel and Red Hat have a long history of contribution on open source projects. Within the application development space, we have jointly and independently worked upstream to fine-tune orchestration tools, application services, and language runtimes for peak performance on Intel Architecture. Today we are excited to announce our newest joint effort, an Intel reference architecture for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, which packages many of these optimizations and streamlines their deployment. This helps IT decision makers move past concerns about implementation overhead and instead focus on the best business and technical solution for landing their workloads. It also addresses developer concerns around flexibility and agility of the container ecosystem.A Solution Built on Container StrategyThe OpenShift solution is based purely on container strategy. Containers are widely believed to be the future of application development and scheduling, and many organizations are already testing, adopting and deploying containerized apps into production. OpenShift delivers containers as a service (CaaS), supported on private cloud and enterprise infrastructure such as OpenStack, vSphere, and RHEV as well as by Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform for public cloud deployments. CaaS covers the gap between infrastructure as a service that requires more system administration and configuration, and platform as a service that tends to be limiting in terms of language support and libraries. As a part of the current solution architecture, Intel and Red Hat are using Ansible by Red Hat to fully automate the installation of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform in a highly available and horizontally scalable configuration with persistent storage provided by Red Hat Container-Native Storage and powered by a pre-defined hardware bill of materials.An Integrated SolutionDeploying a container-based architecture has been difficult in the past. Too many pieces and parts made it a challenge for many IT shops to integrate with positive ROI. This design from Red Hat and Intel is an integrated container solution that is easy to use, configure and deploy.In this design, users will find a simple to order and operationalize container application platform that’s deployable in under an hour using popular open source, enterprise-grade software solutions from Red Hat, and the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel® 25 Gigabit Server Adapters, and Intel® SSD Data Center Family designed to support common requirements of QA, test, and developer infrastructure. Easy-to-deploy Ansible playbooks and scripts are tightly integrated with a pre-defined hardware stack.  They provide validated deployment configurations utilizing networking infrastructure from Arista and software-defined storage from Red Hat Container-Native Storage.OpenShift Container Platform integrates the architecture, processes, platforms, and services needed to help development and operations teams traverse traditional siloed structures and produce modernized applications, deliver new services, and accelerate development processes to help their business succeed. OpenShift is managed by the Kubernetes container orchestrator, which is an open source project and the industry standard for orchestrating Linux containers across a cluster of systems running Docker-formatted container images. Red Hat Container-Native Storage can eliminate the need to have an independent storage platform, enabling customers to achieve one integrated container platform with greater efficiency and cost savings, a streamlined user experience, single control plane, and a single point of support.Learn MoreThis suite of products was designed with user experience in mind to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies from Red Hat and Intel. It makes leading cloud and container software easy to deploy; and it deemphasizes installation, configuration, and maintenance overhead as decision criteria for on-premises deployments.To learn more about this Intel reference architecture for Red Hat OpenShift, download the solutions design paper, the solutions brief, and other solutions from Intel and Red Hat at or by Dave Cain, Cloud Solutions Architect, Red Hat (@thedavecain)last_img read more

Ribery banned for three games

first_imgFranck Ribery has been suspended for three games following his conduct in the aftermath of Fiorentina’s controversial 2-1 loss against Lazio. In the build-up to Lazio’s second goal, Jordan Lukaku appeared to foul Fiorentina winger Riccardo Sottil. That led to remonstrations and calls for referee Marco Guida to look at VAR, but he failed to do so. Ribery contested the decision after the game and went on to push match official Matteo Passeri. Today, the Giudice Sportivo announced its latest batch of suspensions, with the Frenchman’s name included. The FIGC judge found him to have “come forward with a threatening attitude and disrespectful behaviour towards an assistant, in addition to disrespectful words, by pushing him with one arm to the chest, as well as a further push by grasping an arm.” The 36-year-old has also been fined €20,000 and will miss games against Sassuolo, Parma and Cagliari. Elsewhere, Sassuolo midfielder Francesco Magnanelli and Parma’s Matteo Scozzarella have been charged with blasphemy and will sit out the midweek round. One-match bans have also been given to Fiorentina defender Luca Ranieri , Lazio’s Denis Vavro and Udinese’s Nicholas Opoku. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more


first_imgThe newly established Phil Smith Medal has been awarded to one of our sport’s leading ambassadors, current Australian Open Men’s Captain, Gavin Shuker at the 2007 National Touch League.Shuker who has competed in both the Open NTL tournament (Men’s Open) and the Seniors tournament (Men’s 30s) for Rustlers in 2007 is a worthy winner of an award that is in its inaugural year of presentation.Touch Football Australia’s Board of Management Directors Peter Rooney and Paul Eggers made the presentation to a humbled Shuker.Phil Smith, one of the founding fathers of Touch Football, was instrumental during the 1980’s and pivotal to the development of the original Australian Touch Association (ATA) Nationals and the formation of the Federation of International Touch (FIT).Smith was reknowned for his leadership, sportsmanship, and outstanding contribution at the highest level of Touch Football. These attributes marked the criteria for voting carried out by all players and officials at this year’s Touch Football World Cup held in Stellenbosch, South Africa.Gavin Shuker, the inaugural recipient of this award, has completed three tours of duty for Australia at World Cup level in 1999, 2003, and 2007. Shuker has played 25 World Cup games and 17 Test matches for a total of 42 appearances for Australia.Shuker’s sheer numbers are enough to suggest he would be right in contention for any award recognizing longevity and service to the game, but it is more his contribution off the field and behind the scenes that has resulted in him being awarded the prestigious medal.The current Queensland and Australian Open Men’s Captain has been a rock for his team mates providing quality leadership, advice, and support for all his players, as well being a wonderful ambassador for the game.He was instrumental in organising a pre-World Cup training camp for the Australian Men’s Open team in November 2006 in his home town of Rockhampton that included a meet and greet with the locals, skills clinics for junior touch players, and an exhibition game that captured the imagination of the town.‘Shukes’ is a well respected and popular figure in Australian Team circles and his selection as Australia’s name bearer for the 2007 World Cup Opening Ceremony is testimony to the high esteem in which the tenacious Aussie skipper is held by all and sundry. For his part Gavin, was humbled by the award.“It’s a tremendous honour, made even more special because it was voted on by everyone involved in our World Cup campaign. It’s humbling to be honoured amongst so many great people who all gave so much to see Australia succeed on the world stage. I’ll cherish the medal, and what it represents. It’s fantastic.” Gavin said.The award will be presented at every World Cup in the future, to honour a player, official or administrator’s outstanding effort for their nation in World Cup battle.last_img read more