Afternoon Brief, Oct. 30

first_imgHome Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, Oct. 30Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, Oct. 30By Press Release – October 30, 2013 24 0 Share ReddIt TAGSAll American ContainersAmazonBritish ColumbiaChinaDe BortolieWinery SolutionsFrancis Ford Coppola WineryNCWIENew YorkNomacorcOregon Wine SymposiumPackagingArtsTapp LabelWinery Exchange Linkedin Trending Story:“Tasting in the Dark” Sheds New Light on Unique Marketing StrategiesBlind tasting is more of a figurative than literal term. It usually refers to hiding the identity of wines during sensory examination, and then revealing information like varietal, blend, region and producer once the tasting is complete; hence, being initially blind to knowledge about the wines…Today’s NewsGlobal wine shortage fears exaggerated, say analystsAnalysts are split on the state of global wine supplies, with some warning that stocks are running at historic lows and others arguing consumers may see more deals from a higher global harvest in 2013…VineNotes: Local wine industry trade show now North America’s second-largestOn Dec. 5 the second annual North Coast Wine Industry Expo will take place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Driven by the success of the inaugural event in 2012, the trade show and conference has expanded from 180 to nearly 300 exhibitors this year…Oregon Wine Symposium to return to Portland for third yearThe Oregon Wine Symposium will return to Portland for the third straight year and is scheduled for Feb. 25-26 at the Oregon Convention Center. It is the largest gathering of the Oregons wine industry, and event organizers expect to surpass the 2013 record of 1,400 attendees, exhibitors and media…New York Issues Survey re Proposed “At Rest” LegislationBritish Columbia Wine Institute inks deal to expand BC wines in Hong KongShares a handy win for winemaker De BortoliClick and clink: Amazon selling wine in ChinaSupplier NewsWinery Exchange Expands Sales ForceeWinery Solutions to host Wine Social Hour in Richmond VirginiaPackagingarts Taylored Retail Displays Connect with ConsumersWine innovation award for TracMapAll American Containers Santa Rosa location is moving!Environmentally Friendly Label SolutionsFeatured VideoPerception vs. Reality. What do consumers really think about wine corks? Advertisement Twitter Email Previous articleA Knack for SustainabilityNext articleNew Wine Tasting App Making It Easier for Winery Owners to Market Their Business Through Social Media Press Release Advertisement Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

California authorities searching for suspect after LAPD officer shot during traffic stop

first_imgKABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — An LAPD officer was shot and injured while exchanging gunfire with a suspect in South Los Angeles Saturday night.The officer, a gang officer in the Newton area, was conducting a traffic stop near Long Beach Avenue and 52nd Street when the driver got out and fled, according to the LAPD. The officer chased the suspect up to 150 yards before “another man appeared” and began shooting, police said.Both the officer and that suspect were struck by gunfire, police said.The injured officer, who was not identified, was out of surgery by Sunday morning, ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV reported. He is in stable condition, police said.The condition of the suspect, who was transported to a local hospital, is unknown.Police initially thought there were two occupants in the car that was stopped and set up a perimeter around the scene. They later discontinued the search after determining that the suspect who was injured, the one who appeared during the foot pursuit, was the one who shot the officer.Investigators are still trying to identify the driver of the car.Additional information was not immediately available.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Budget battle: No end in sight

first_imgThis week the House Appropriations Committee advanced a new budget bill, H.13, that is similar to the budget bill passed in the regular session except it removes the provisions the Governor finds objectionable, adds some non-controversial income tax provisions from the vetoed tax bill (H.911) and adds a “default” non-residential property tax rate. Their intent is that the House could pass a budget bill that everyone agrees to so that a government shutdown can be averted and the “controversial” issues can be addressed in a separate bill. NO END IN SIGHTLeonine Public Affairs(link is external) The second week of the special session of the Vermont General Assembly came to a close on Friday with the governor and legislative leaders still at an impasse over education finance and budget matters. See statements made Friday by Governor Phil Scott’s communication’s director and Speaker Mitzi Johnson below. It’s difficult to know how closely Vermonters are paying attention to these dynamics. It’s the start of summer and many Vermonters are more focused on the nice weather than what is happening in Montpelier. For those that are following this closely they are witnessing one of the most contentious political debates in recent history. This new budget bill quickly ran into a brick wall in the House Republican caucus and with Governor Scott because the “default” non-residential rate could raise property taxes. The Republicans would also lose a lot of leverage to negotiate on the second bill if it were to pass. The governor has said he will veto H.13, the new budget bill, according to Republican Minority Leader Don Turner, R-Milton. Last Friday Governor Scott officially vetoed (CLICK HERE) the budget bill (H.924) and the tax bill (H.911) that the General Assembly passed in the regular session because the bills raise property taxes. The key disagreement is whether $34.5 million in surplus revenues should be used to buy down property tax rates or reduce teacher retirement obligations. The House gave preliminary approval to H.13 by a 86-44 vote on Friday and will come back on Tuesday, June 5th to give final approval to the bill. The House Republicans may offer an amendment to the bill on Tuesday but at this point there is no clear path forward. Statement from House Speaker Mitzi Johnson on the House’s vote on H.13(link is external) Friday:“The Vermont House today voted 86-44 keep our state government open by giving preliminary approval to H.13. This bill raises no property taxes and reduces income taxes by $30 million. It takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table and ensures that Vermonters will continue to receive vital public services while we continue working on the remaining areas of disagreement with the Governor. Preventing government shutdown is the right thing to do. DC-style politics that put Vermont families and the state’s livelihood at risk are not the Vermont way.” The Senate doesn’t plan to reconvene until the House passes a budget. We will provide a full report of the Special Session when it ends.Source: Leonine Public Affairs, Montpelier, Special Session 2 Report. 6.1.2018. leoninepublicaffairs.com. (link is external)Through a special arrangement with Leonine, Vermont Business Magazine republishes Leonine’s weekly legislative report on vermontbiz.com.  leoninepublicaffairs.com(link is external)Governor Phil Scott’s Communications Director Rebecca Kelley Friday issued the following statement:“The Governor is open to a newly-proposed budget if legislative leaders keep their commitment to remove all ‘major points of dispute’ related to property tax rates. Unfortunately, they did not do what they said they would do. “Earlier this week, Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe made a commitment to their fellow legislators, the Governor and Vermonters to pass a budget that ‘exclude[s] any major points of dispute’ to provide some certainty that the state would have a budget on July 1, while continuing negotiations to keep statewide property tax rates level in a year we have a budget surplus.“Today, the Speaker and majority party in the House went back on that commitment, voting down two amendments – including one offered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers – that appeared to remove the one remaining point of dispute from their current budget. Without such an amendment, the majority party is poised to submit yet another budget that increases non-homestead property tax rates by $23 million on July 1.“This makes it abundantly clear to Vermonters that the majority leaders will use every trick in the book to impose a property tax hike on Vermonters in a year we have $160 million more than the previous year, and a revenue surplus of at least $44 million – which is expected to grow.“There is simply no reason to raise statewide property tax rates this year, and despite this latest maneuver, the Governor remains committed to preventing it while fully funding school budgets, as well as implementing reforms that stabilize tax rates and direct more of our dollars to educational opportunities for kids.”For more on the Administration’s response to the Legislature’s new budget, click here(link is external). There are accusations and charges being levied by Governor Scott and his staff at Democratic leaders and many members of the Democratic and Progressive caucuses and visa versa. The debate and disagreements are more charged than ever and with social media being such a critical component of political dialogue these days, many of the more nuanced fights are occurring in an arena that everyone can follow blow-by-blow.last_img read more

Maersk Oil to shut down North Sea platform. 200 jobs at risk

first_imgMaersk Oil, a Danish oil and gas company, is preparing to shut down one of its North Sea assets, a decision that could cause the loss of up to 200 jobs. Namely, the company’s UK subsidiary, Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited, is going to approach UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) seeking approval to cease production from its Janice platform, located in Block 30/17a, approximately 275km (172 miles) east-southeast of Aberdeen.In addition, the company is considering switching to a 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off rota in the second quarter of 2016.In an e-mail to Offshore Energy Today, Maersk Oil’s spokesperson said: “As a result of ongoing challenges in the market and Maersk Oil’s cost transformation process, the UK business has announced consultation on a proposed move to a 3 weeks on, 3 weeks off offshore rotation, to be implemented in the second quarter of 2016. “The business will also approach the OGA to seek approval to cease production from its Janice installation in the second or third quarter of 2016, moving the business from three operational asset areas to two. All options will be explored through consultation to minimise impact on positions, but it is possible that an estimated 200 onshore and offshore roles may be affected as a result of the proposals outlined today.”Maersk’s spokesperson added: “This is a very unsettling period for colleagues. The business will offer as much support throughout the process as possible and remain focused on maintaining safe and reliable operations.”Maersk Oil has had a presence in the UK since 2005 and operates offshore installations that produce from the Gryphon, Maclure and Tullich fields (Gryphon FPSO), Dumbarton, Balloch and Lochranza fields (Global Producer 3 FPSO) and from the Janice, Affleck and James fields (Janice FPU)JaniceThe Janice development comprises producing wells, subsea structures, umbilicals and risers connected to the Janice floating production unit (FPU) which is owned by Maersk Oil. The hull is 30 years old, having been converted from an accommodation rig in 1998. First hydrocarbons were produced in the third quarter of 1998.The Janice FPU processes oil and gas from the Janice Field itself and the James and Affleck Fields which are tied‐back subsea to the FPU. Oil is exported via the J block pipeline to Norpipe and on to Teesside. Through arrangement with the Affleck Owners, gas is exported via Clyde and Fulmar into the SEGAL System.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more