The Guardian indulges in a bit of tax planning

first_imgIt’s tough being a newspaper – we should know. On one hand you need to stay relevant in the age of 24-hour news and Twitter and all the rest of it. On the other you need to find enough cash to keep going. All while publicly displaying your work every day, and facing the possible criticism that follows. In which case perhaps we shouldn’t be too harsh on the apparent discrepancy between the Guardian’s preaching over tax avoidance, and the commercial offerings it makes to its readers. Tax planner-come-tax scutiniser The Guardian Just a few days after the ‘paper said that chancellor George Osborne should be “embarrassed” because he “once advised people to use ‘clever financial products’ that could help them reduce care costs and inherit­ance tax,” the advert shown here appeared last weekend. “Guardian Investing, provided by Skipton Financial Services, offers specialist advice on tackling inheritance tax,” it says. Right on.   Thursday 26 February 2015 9:07 pm Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Express KCS Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoDiscovery29+ Fascinating U.S. Navy WarshipsDiscoveryUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoHigh TallyThe US Built A New Submarine The World Is Afraid OfHigh TallyUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoFlight 10Secret Car Features Most Don’t Realize Their Car Is HidingFlight 10Undocenter_img The Guardian indulges in a bit of tax planning whatsapp whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comlast_img read more

More hotspots for violent freight crime in Europe as mafia gangs see the potential

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 19/05/2015 A leading freight crime intelligence service is warning that organised crime gangs targeting freight loads in Europe are likely to employ ever more sophisticated and violent tactics.Freightwatch International Supply Chain Intelligence Centre also said overall levels of crime were set to increase this year.The organisation has released a report noting the top ten freight crime hotspots of Europe, which concluded that seven of them would see sharply increased levels of theft and hijackings.The use of violence is commonplace in some regions – hijacking is on the rise in France, Italy and Russia – while in other regions, less confrontational theft from parked trailers and warehouse is dominant. The UK was identified as being particularly vulnerable to cybercrime, with the huge growth of e-commerce and lax digital security widespread.Paris and its environs witnessed the highest growth of crime last year. French police estimate that 2,300 freight crimes took place in the country in 2014, representing a 40% increase on 2013, and they expect even more this year, especially with the heightened threat of Islamic terrorism in the country since the Charlie Hebdo attack depleted resources the police are able to allocate to the sector.Crimes in Paris are three times more likely to involve violence than those in other parts of France, with truck hijackings, mostly within just a few kilometres of the origin or destination DC, becoming increasingly common. A French police source told FreightWatch International how hijackings typically unfold.“Once the truck or van has been forced to stop, the drivers are pulled out of the vehicle and very often taken hostage or even physically assaulted. The hijacked truck or van is then driven by the perpetrators to a nearby hidden place where another truck or van is waiting, onto which the products are immediately unloaded.“This happens extremely quickly, which means that the thieves usually don’t drive long distances with the hijacked vehicle in order to make it very hard —if not impossible—for truck tracking companies to locate the incident or for local enforcement agencies to intervene.“The empty truck is then set on fire by the criminals who try to make sure they don’t leave any traces. Very often, they also discharge dry-chemical fire extinguishers inside the vehicle. The hijacked drivers are usually released shortly afterwards in remote locations dozens of kilometres away.”Violent hijackings are also a common feature in southern Italy where, FreightWatch says, “maximum threat levels apply to all supply chains”, describing the risk of falling victim to criminal gangs attacking trucks and vans in transit in the wider Naples/Salerno and Bari areas as “severe”, which are dominated by mafia organisations.“Organised criminal networks linked to local mafia organisations in Apulia (Sacra Corona Unita), Campania (Camorra), Lombardy (Ndrangheta) and other regions have definitely entered the ‘business’ of cargo crime,” sources have told FreightWatch. “The mafia has become active in freight theft to diversify its criminal activities and increase revenue, but probably also as a reaction to increased repression and enforcement agency pressure in more traditional crime sectors such a drug trafficking, extortion or prostitution,” it said.The mafia had also spread to the Lombardy region, targeting cargo flows in Italy’s northern industrial belt to the point where cargo crime in the country is almost entirely the preserve of organised crime, added FreightWatch. It is “utterly ruthless and equipped with sophisticated jamming equipment that stops GPS signals coming from the truck or attached to the cargo” – in Apulia, 100% of high-value thefts involved jammers.Indeed, organised crime – be it Italian or Russian or Albanian mafia – is entrenched in the freight business across Europe. If it is not directly involved in an initial theft, it provides the networks for the goods to be transported elsewhere to be resold.“An increasing number of cargo theft gangs have international connections, are part of larger, well-organised and well-equipped international criminal organisations operating in many countries and relying on Europe-wide networks to resell stolen goods on black markets,” FWI said.The top 10 hotspots are:ParisItaly (Lombardy, Apulia, Campania)Germany (motorways)Russia (Moscow, St Petersburg and motorways)UK (motorways)South-east Netherlands  and RotterdamBelgium (motorways)Sweden (southern triangle)Spain (Madrid, Catalonia, Andalusia)Poland & Ukrainelast_img read more

SEC issues warning on income streams

James Langton Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says OSC finalizes DSC ban NASAA approves model act for establishing restitution funds Related news The regulators note that anyone receiving a monthly pension, or regular distributions from a lawsuit settlement, may be targeted by salespeople offering an immediate lump sum in exchange for the rights to some or all of the payments. The alert warns that the lump-sum amount will almost always be significantly lower than the present value of that future income stream. The alert also warns investors considering the purchase of the rights to someone else’s pension or settlement, that such deals may carry hefty commissions, may not be liquid, and could face legal challenges. “Investors should always learn as much as possible before making an investment decision, and this is certainly true with respect to investing in pension or structured settlement income stream products,” said Lori Schock, director of the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. “This alert will help investors understand the costs as well as the potentially significant risks of these transactions.” Gerri Walsh, FINRA’s senior vice president for investor education, said, “Consumers should know that a series of potential pitfalls may greet anyone who is considering selling their rights to an income stream. And any investor who is tempted by the high yield offered by buying the rights to another person’s income stream should know that yield comes with high fees and considerable risks.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media U.S securities regulators issued an investor alert Thursday warning about the risks involved when selling their rights to an income stream, or investing in someone else’s income stream. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published an alert urging investors considering an investment in pension or settlement income streams to proceed with caution. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Investor protectionCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission read more

GG Hails Peace Month’s Prayer and Restorative Services

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Dr. Patrick Allen, has commended prayer and restorative services as a bold step in the search for healing.“It is a call to prayer, as well as a call to action,” he noted at a prayer and restorative service held under the theme: ‘Heal the Nation, Heal the Family’, at the National Arena on Wednesday(March 4).Dr. Allen said that the call for restoration implied separation, or a break-down in some social systems, structures, spirituality and processes.“Within the context of life in Jamaica, it suggests that as a country we have become separated from our traditional values, morals and customs, and this has negatively affected our normal way of life, especially in how we relate to each other,” he said.He noted that a concerted approach should be made to not only “root out” crime and violence, but to work to establish a just society in which citizens feel part of an inclusive system of opportunities.“Let us pray and affirm here this morning that, as a country, we will forget those things which encumber us, the things of the past. Forget the mistakes, misgivings and misunderstandings and look forward to a brighter future,” the Governor-General said.Dr. Allen said he envisioned a future where every Jamaican could realize his or her full potential and utilise their God-given talents, and where people are free to interact with each other without physical or psychological barriers.Most importantly, he said Jamaicans are looking for a country in which the young people and vulnerable groups are cared for and feel safe and secure.He commended the organisers of the service for their passion, persistence and powerful prayers. He also lauded the church for leading from the front, as the nation grappled with the challenges of crime and violence, moral decadence and injustice.The Prayer and Restorative Service forms parts of activities marking Peace Month, which is being celebrated during the month of March. RelatedGG Hails Peace Month’s Prayer and Restorative Services RelatedGG Hails Peace Month’s Prayer and Restorative Services GG Hails Peace Month’s Prayer and Restorative Services Governor GeneralMarch 4, 2009center_img Advertisements RelatedGG Hails Peace Month’s Prayer and Restorative Serviceslast_img read more

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2021 Article IV Consultation with Botswana

first_imgIMF Executive Board Concludes 2021 Article IV Consultation with Botswana Washington, DC: The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Botswana.Botswana entered the COVID-19 crisis with larger buffers than most countries but was already contending with structural challenges. The pandemic caused a 7.9 percent contraction in GDP, due to heavy reliance on diamonds and contact-intensive services, while the unemployment rate reached 24.5 percent in the last quarter of 2020-the highest in the last three and half decades. The authorities have taken decisive measures to limit the health and economic fallout of the pandemic. While the fiscal relief package has focused on supporting firms and vulnerable households to cope with the shock, the monetary stance has been eased to maintain adequate liquidity in the banking system.The Botswana economy is expected to recover in 2021, with growth projected at 8.3 percent, driven by improvements in the global demand for diamonds, the easing of restrictions on mobility, and the expansionary fiscal stance. The recovery is expected to be uneven across sectors, depending on improvement in both domestic and external environment. Current account and fiscal deficits are projected to narrow in 2021, reflecting the expected improvement in the global demand for diamonds, phasing out of the one-off COVID-related spending, and implementation of revenue enhancing and expenditure consolidation measures. Inflationary pressures are expected to rise temporarily in the near term, following the rebound in oil prices, the increase in fuel levy and VAT rate, and the increase in administered prices. However, inflation is expected to remain within the central objective of 3-6 percent over the medium term.The growth outlook is subject to high uncertainty. Downside risks stem mainly from the evolution of the pandemic, availability and deployment of vaccines, and lower-than-expected diamond revenue. On the upside, a faster rollout of vaccines in Botswana and worldwide could raise growth; while steadfast implementation of supply side reforms could promote private sector activity and diversify the sources of growth.Executive Board Assessment [2] Executive Directors noted that careful management of mineral resources and a track record of very strong policies and policy frameworks have allowed Botswana to enter the crisis with larger fiscal space than most countries and they commended the authorities for their decisive pandemic response. However, Directors observed that the projected recovery in 2021 remains subject to downside risks, including from the path of the pandemic, and emphasized the need for a successful rollout of vaccines to support recovery. Going forward, they underscored the need for steadfast commitment to structural reforms to increase diversification, tackle climate change challenges, and boost potential growth.Directors supported maintaining targeted support to firms and households until the recovery takes hold more firmly. They welcomed the planned fiscal consolidation through a combination of revenue and expenditure measures, which will be critical to rebuild buffers, guard against shocks, and create fiscal space for growth-oriented investment. Directors noted that sustaining fiscal consolidation will require civil service reform, rationalizing parastatals and improving their governance, and strengthening the fiscal framework.Directors supported maintaining the accommodative monetary policy stance. They highlighted the need to monitor second-round effects from supply shocks and discretionary measures on inflation and expectations, as well as credit developments. Directors encouraged the authorities to use the exchange rate flexibility within the existing crawl arrangement to help the economy adjust to shocks, and facilitate structural transformation to enhance competitiveness.Directors agreed that the financial sector is sound. They encouraged the authorities to monitor risks, including through enhanced reporting, regular stress-testing and financial oversight. Directors concurred with the need to maintain targeted support to solvent but illiquid firms while reducing moral hazard and underscored the need to unwind COVID-related forbearance measures as the health crisis wanes. They also encouraged the authorities to clarify the role of development banks and deepen the domestic bond market. Directors urged the authorities to address the remaining deficiencies in the AML/CFT framework in order to be removed from the FATF grey list.Directors emphasized that successful implementation of the Economic Recovery and Transformation Plan (ERTP) is essential in accelerating structural transformation, creating jobs, and promoting inclusiveness. They commended the authorities’ focus on promoting non-mineral export, manufacturing, and transformative sectors, including digitalization and green and climate adaptation technologies.Botswana: Selected Economic Indicators, 2015 – 26 201520162017201820192020202120222023202420252026 Prel.ProjectionNational income and prices(Annual percent change, unless otherwise indicated)1Real GDP- per capita (US dollars)6,8117,2497,8838,2907,989…………………Consumer prices (average) production (millions of carats)20.820.922.924.423.716.923.525.928.027.827.828.3Money and banking Monetary Base18.63.7-13.717.55.4-7.010.410. money (M2) to the private sector9. and savings(Percent of GDP, unless otherwise indicated)Gross investment (including change in inventories)32.627.027.629.433.335.834.732.431.831.131.231.1Public8. savings39.5123.1104.8108.427.225.731.430.532.833.633.833.6Public16. government finances3 Total revenue and grants31.233.230.927.826.024.027.524.427.327.527.126.7Total expenditure and net lending35.832.532.032.433.935. balance (deficit -)-4.60.6-1.1-4.6-7.9-11.0-4.4-5.7-1.9-0.8-0.50.1Non-mineral primary balance4-18.1-17.6-14.3-17.1-17.7-18.5-16.5-18.3-13.4-12.3-11.2-10.3Total central government debt23.221.318.118.619.223.525.728.928.527.326.023.7External sector Exports of goods and services, f.o.b. (% change)-24.114.4-16.29.2-17.5-24.658. diamonds-28.424.6-17.09.8-19.9-21.864. of goods and services, f.o.b. (% change)-10.0-14.6-9.817.05.2-4.911.7- account balance2. Balance-5.4- effective exchange rate (2010=100)94.995.195.495.5……………………Real effective exchange rate (2010=100)105.2104.8105.0105.1……………………Terms of trade (2005=100)197.4175.9159.2166.2143.6138.7151.6159.0165.4170.0170.6171.4External public debt518.414.311.611.710.511.112.413.012.411.19.98.7o/w public and publicly guaranteed5. of U.S. dollars, unless otherwise indicated)Gross official reserves (end of period)7,5467,1897,5026,6576,1724,9444,8185,1785,9146,7247,5048,345Months of imports of goods and services613.113.812.310.410. of non-diamond imports617.517.816.313.713.910.19.69.810.711.512.212.9Percent of GDP58.044.941.137.533.229.526.325.627.128.830.130.5Sources: Botswana authorities and IMF staff estimates and projections.1 Calendar year, unless otherwise indicated.2 Projections are is based on current value added and projected growth rates by different types of minerals.3 Year beginning April 1.4 The non-mineral primary balance is computed as the difference between non-mineral revenue and expenditure (excluding interest receipts and interest payments), divided by non-mineral GDP.5 Includes central government-guaranteed debt.6 Based on imports of goods and services for the following year. [1] Under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds bilateral discussions with members, usually every year. A staff team visits the country, collects economic and financial information, and discusses with officials the country’s economic developments and policies. On return to headquarters, the staff prepares a report, which forms the basis for discussion by the Executive Board. [2] At the conclusion of the discussion, the Managing Director, as Chairman of the Board, summarizes the views of Executive Directors, and this summary is transmitted to the country’s authorities. An explanation of any qualifiers used in Summings up can be found here: . /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Botswana, Central, climate change, Economic Development, environment, financial sector, GDP, GDP per capita, Government, IMF, inflation, Investment, mineral resources, pandemic response, production, unemploymentlast_img read more

Vancouver’s Access to Recreation Day Camp celebrates successes with talent show

first_imgI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree guestLabel Name*Email*Website Name*Email*Website guestLabelcenter_img Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Vancouver’s Access to Recreation Day Camp celebrates successes with talent showPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, August 5, 2019in: Community News, Peopleshare 0 Access to Recreation Day Camp provides kids and young adults with recreation opportunities regardless of mental or physical abilityVANCOUVER —  Last week, over a dozen campers from Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s Access to Recreation Day Camp marched out onto a stage to sing “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and perform several other songs and dances. The campers, ages 13-30, were celebrating the end of their 5-week camp season with a talent show for family and friends.Access to Recreation Day Camp provides kids and young adults with recreation opportunities regardless of mental or physical ability. Campers socialize, create arts and craft projects, sing and dance, and spend ample time outdoors in the summer sun.Vancouver’s Access to Recreation Day Camp celebrates successes with talent showLast week, over a dozen campers from Vancouver Parks and Recreation’s Access to Recreation Day Camp marched out onto a stage to sing “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and perform several other songs and dances. The campers, ages 13-30, were celebrating the end of their 5-week camp season with a talent show for family and friends. Photo courtesy of city of VancouverBack at the talent show, Gary Numan’s “Cars” blasted while campers in wheelchairs decked out to look like race cars circled the stage in a choreographed dance.“I love seeing that they enjoy the show and I love dancing with them,” said camp counselor Mike Nguyen, who performed a Tahitian Fire Dance with the campers.Kelly Lindell’s daughter, Kaitlyn, has been attending camp since she was 13.“It’s a blessing,” said Lindell. “This camp is a great way for her to be around other kids and young people. I don’t know what we’d do without it.”While most performances were group collaborations, such as a moving rendition of “We are the World,” others required a bit more courage from campers. John, a camp participant, brought audience members to cheers and tears with his solo performance of “Here I am to Worship.”While the Access to Recreation Day Camp always concludes with a special event, the talent show was a first of its kind. Parents and others in the audience echoed the excitement of the campers.“It’s important [for family and friends] to see what the campers get to do. It’s not just about being together but doing these activities,” said camp counselor Dave Carl. “The important thing is that they’re enjoying it and having fun.”Access to Recreation Day Camp may now be over but Vancouver Park and Recreation’s Access to Recreation Program continues year-round with a variety of activities for those experiencing mental or physical disabilities. Registration for fall activities opens Wednesday, Aug. 21.Information provided by city of Vancouver.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouvershare 0 Previous : Vancouver Public Schools seeks board applicants to fill vacancy Next : Changes coming to Property Tax Exemption ProgramAdvertisementThis is placeholder text 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentslast_img read more

Volcanic Wines – Magic Behind Napa’s Atlas Peak Mountain

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Home Wine Business Editorial Expert Editorial Volcanic Wines – Magic Behind Napa’s Atlas Peak MountainWine Business EditorialExpert EditorialVolcanic Wines – Magic Behind Napa’s Atlas Peak MountainBy Expert Editorial – June 19, 2018 373 2 TAGSAtlas PeakExpert EditorialIgor SillVolcanic Wines AdvertisementBy Igor Sill“Wine is one of the most civilized and natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, offering a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” — Ernest HemingwayOnly three percent of the wine grapes grown in California are grown at altitudes above 1,000 feet in elevation with some of the most uniquely fascinating wines sharing a common characteristic, volcanic rocky soils. About 30 million years ago, massive volcanic eruptions covered the entire Northern California region, but, over the course of thousands of years, only select parts of Napa’s vineyard growing areas contain these volcanic soils.  Their soil composition is a direct result of volcanic eruptions, which determines how much igneous, lava gravel rock the soil contains.  There’s clearly a discernible difference to the grapes grown high in Napa’s volcanic mountain terroir.Eminent and highly influential Canadian Master Sommelier, wine critic and one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of Volcanic wines, John Szabo, says of Napa’s volcanic mountain wines: “Genuine mountain wines are born from stony, low-fertility, free-draining hillsides. They’re denser, darker, quite often more tannic, yet more evenly ripe at lower alcohol, and they age magnificently. The vines themselves grow more slowly, they struggle and naturally yield less fruit per hectare. For a vine it’s probably hell. For a winemaker, and wine drinkers, it’s much closer to heaven. And some of the highest and most rugged Napa vineyards are planted in the Atlas Peak AVA, at up to over 2600 feet. Here, red-tinged basalt soils nurture less than a third of a per cent of total acreage in the Napa Valley. But reputation is disproportionate to size”. When one brings up the concept of terroir—a French wine term used to describe a wine’s “sense of place” — you realize the importance of these obscure vineyard soils when combined with an optimal growing climate.  But, if any terroir is going to be interesting, it’s the nutrient-rich volcanic soil some wines come from—particularly the cabernets, which are complex, complicated, balanced, elegant, and much less tannic. Volcanic soils impart unbelievable mineral sensations that include volcanic crushed gravely lava rock, infusing complexity and depth to its wines. These wines are brilliantly expressive, pure and aromatic as a result of the different climatic rhythm, cleaner air, and natural nutrient content in the soil. These vines are healthier, fresher and happier.ABC7 weather anchor Spencer Christian’s love for fine wines has propelled him as a recognized wine enthusiast. “As elevation increases, sunlight becomes more concentrated, causing grapes to develop deeper pigments,” he said. “They get more early sun because they are above the fog line, thus forcing grapes to mature and ripen slowly.”The mountains are more exposed to prevailing winds, adding more stress to the vines. Essentially, high-elevation volcanic vineyards benefit in several ways over valley floor vines. They receive more concentrated sunlight, greater temperature changes, and, far better drainage due to volcanic rocks porous nature creating natural stress to the vines as they struggle to develop greater pigment concentration. As a result, they produce fewer, but more intense aromas, flavors, colors and tannins. The grape’s elements evolve more slowly and age much more gracefully, and, sometimes Mother Nature allows us an incredibly memorable vintage rarity. Renowned and influential Bordeaux-based oenologist Michel Rolland said, “Growing these mountain grapes are far more difficult to farm and the growing season tends to be considerably longer. It’s much more difficult to plant, more difficult to establish the vines and they produce far lower yields. However, the end result is a grape expressing intensity of stellar quality as difficult growing conditions often lead to extraordinary wines.” Rolland maintains hundreds of vineyard clients across 13 countries around the globe.Home to the most highly elevated and rocky volcanic mountainous landscape, Atlas Peak has been producing wines of renowned quality since 1870. Over the years, despite its rugged remoteness, the appellation has produced an abundance of intriguing volcanic wines acclaimed worldwide for their intense flavors and delicate, balanced tannins that have become the signature of Atlas Peak Mountain wines.  Volcanic wines tend to be produced in small quantities from land that is extremely difficult and expensive to farm, hence the reason that many of Napa’s expensive “cult” wines are from high elevation volcanic lands. Wine is born of passion, evolving over time, offering a beautiful thing that speaks to us through heightened sensory emotions that often reflect wonderful universal mysteries in a surprising fashion, evoking one of life’s many unforgettable pleasures. I think the people who farm volcanic vineyards at higher elevations possess a different sort of inner motivation and optimism, perhaps more in harmony with Ernest Hemingway’s view that “wine is one of the most civilized and natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection.”Editor’s Note: Igor Sill precision farms a volcanic mountain vineyard on Atlas Peak Mountain in Napa. He’s a passionate wine lover, winemaker, writer, Court of Master Sommeliers, attended UC Davis’ winemaking program, member of the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group, Judge for the International Wine Challenge, London; and holds his master’s from Oxford University. He thanks John Szabo, Michel Rolland and Spencer Christian for their much appreciated assistance, insights and contributions to this article. 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Strong Public/Private Partnership needed to Achieve Growth – Hylton

first_imgStrong Public/Private Partnership needed to Achieve Growth – Hylton CommerceMay 22, 2012 RelatedStrong Public/Private Partnership needed to Achieve Growth – Hylton FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The country’s economic programme and the 2012/13 budget, though contractionary, can achieve growth, but will require strong public/private partnership going forward. This was stated by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, as heresponded to issues and concerns expressed at the recently held Public Forum on: ‘The Budget – the Debt and the Future’,  at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. Emphasising the Government’s commitment to a “growth strategy”, the Minister identified two areas which are critical to the achievement of this objective. These include the “food issue, which consumes a significant portion of the country’s expenditure and the high cost of energy”. He observed that the high cost of energy negatively impacts the competitiveness of Jamaica’s output and as a result, “something has to change and something will change”. The Minister alluded to the recent policies designed to diversify the country’s energy sources, including less reliance on crude oil. With respect to investments, the Minister said that his administration is now focusing much attention on medium, small and micro enterprises to drive new investments and growth. These sectors, he observed, can benefit from “key innovation and creativity which must be brought to the fore”. The Minister identified the country’s potential as a major logistics hub, describing this as an area of opportunity, which will engender growth in the economy. Mr. Hylton said that Jamaica can capitalise on the widening of the Panama canal, and that the Panamanians as well as other stakeholders are currently taking steps to determine whether there will be enough “supported ports” that can accommodate the large vessels expected to pass through the widened waterway. “They have been busy going around the region and elsewhere doing audits of ports and talking to ports, to see whether and to what extent they will be ready to take these vessels,” he informed. The Minister emphasised that investments must be underpinned by “competitiveness and ease of doing business”, and in this regard, key pieces of legislation will be addressed, including insolvency (management of corporate risk) and the protection of intellectual property rights, particularly in support of creative industries. He also pointed out that the Government’s growth strategy will be facilitated by “joined-up-government”, which will require relevant ministries working across differing portfolios, in order to reinforce and harmonise policy prescriptions and the ease of doing business. By Allan Brooks, JIS Senior Reporter RelatedStrong Public/Private Partnership needed to Achieve Growth – Hylton Advertisements RelatedStrong Public/Private Partnership needed to Achieve Growth – Hyltonlast_img read more

Find Strength in Your Passion Training Course, Italy

first_img Similar Stories Hello, Unfortunately people from Macedonia cannot apply, the call is open just to mentioned countries. We are sorry! Best regards,Mladiinfo team By hermione says: on January 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm By Mladiinfo says: Log in to Reply For more information, please review the official call for applicants HERE. The International Tropical Timber Organization Fellowship Programme → Pocket January 31, 2013 Published by austin 2 thoughts on “Find Strength in Your Passion Training Course, Italy” LinkedIn 0 International Master in European Project Planning and Management 10th Edition, Onsite and Online Share 0center_img Log in to Reply Reddit Find Strength in Your Passion Training Course, Italy +1 on January 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm hi ,is this open only for youth workers from above mentioned countries or people from Macedonia can apply as well? Tweet UNICALADMISSION – CALL FOR EXTRA-EU STUDENTS – A.Y. 2021/22 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AND STUDIES ON EASTERN EUROPE (MIREES) ← Academy of the Arts of the World’s Grants for Artists Deadline: 15 February 2013Open to: youth workers from Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Turkey .Venue: 11-17 March 2013 in Lecce, ItalyDescriptionL’Arcobaleno – società cooperativa sociale is searching for participants for its training course, “It’s all about passion: explore what drives you in your life and learning,” to be held 11-17 March 2013 in Lecce, Italy.CostsFood and accommodation will be fully covered during the training course 100 percent. 70 percent of the travel expenses from your home to the site of the training course will be reimbursed according to the conditions of the Youth in Action programme. There is a participation fee of 30 EUR per participant.TopicThe topic of the training course is finding and following your passion. ‘Follow your heart!’ is an often-heard advice, but what does that mean? What is my passion? What really moves me? And can I just follow that? What drives you, what makes you move and how to follow that drive? In a fast changing world we are confronted with an almost unlimited number of options and possibilities. They believe that supporting young people and youth workers in using the concept of passion and linking it with talents and strengths is adding value to non-formal education.Combining one’s natural strengths and passions is called to be in your element. Being in your element helps you to be happier and more effective in doing what you do. To discover, explore, share and live the passions will be the first step of the course. How participants can support others in doing the same thing will be the second part of the course.They believe that in order to bring the topic of passion into your facilitation work it is crucial to go first through the process of finding your own passions and connecting your passions to your own learning. From there we will explore the possibilities to make passions part of your work as a facilitator.ObjectivesTo explore the concept of passion and its relevance to youth workTo support participants to explore and discover their own passionsTo support participants to connect their passions to their learningTo discover one’s strengths and connect them to passion(s)To learn to support other learners in discovering their passionsTo support participants to implement the outcomes of the course in their daily lifeThe method of the training course will be, based on non-formal education, self directed learning, taking highly in consideration participants needs. Three expert trainers will run the training course from the field with active involvement of the participants’ expertise. The course will start some weeks before via an online platform.In this training course, you can:be supported in finding out your passions and your talents connected to it, your learning needs, your personal development wishes and how all this can be shared with other peopleexplore the concepts of passion: what do we mean by that? do we all have passions? what are different kind of passions? And how does it connect to learning?explore the concept of talents and strengths connected to passionswork on self-assessment: what really matters to me? what moves me? what are my learning needs?have inspirational session: what is my vision and my values in life? How do they connect to my passions?create learning trajectories: designing your personal learning journeyexplore the concept of passion in supporting learning of other peopleEligibilityThis Training course is for 27 participants from Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and recommended for Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, EVS mentors/tutors, educators, coaches, social workers.Participants have to have a sufficient level of English to follow the course. Participants should be motivated to share and transfer their newly gained knowledge; skills and attitude with their organisation and people back home. Participants can be present during the whole duration of the course and will actively participate.ApplicationYou must complete the online application form found HERE by 15 February 2013.Contact for questions: Salvi Greco at [email protected] or by phone at +393383492709.last_img read more

Malaysian government pledges $2.4m for esports in 2019

first_imgMalaysian government pledges $2.4m for esports in 2019National budget will boost local esports scene, Razer CEO pledges to match the investmentMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 5th November 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareThe Malaysian government will put $2.4 million in the country’s esports scene in 2019, a surprising move that prompted at least two prominent games industry figures to match that investment.The RM10 million (Malaysian Ringgit) investment is part of the government’s annual budget for next year, which national minister of Youth & Sports Syed Saddiq detailed on Twitter. The government will work with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) on the esports initiative, the details of which will be revealed at a later date.Malaysia’s economy is growing quickly, and it has emerged as the arguably the leading country for game development in Southeast Asia. Nevertheless, the RM10 million investment ($2.4 million) will go much further in Malaysia than the same amount would in North America or the majority of European countries.This fact was recognised by Min Liang Tan, the CEO of Razer, which is headquartered in Singapore, at the foot of the Malaysian peninsular. Speaking in response to Syed Saddiq on Twitter, he praised the Malaysian government for an “incredibly progressive budget” that’s focusing on “youth and millenials.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “In light of that, I will also be investing [RM10 million] for esports in Malaysia in 2019,” he said. “Let’s bring esports to the next level together.”This pledge of investment led to another (also on Twitter) from Clement Hui, the founder of the Malaysian esports team M8 Gaming. Hui also operates The Pantheon, the country’s first dedicated esports arena, and he committed to invest RM10 million in opening three more Pantheon arenas, starting in 2019.”We aim to make 2019 the rise of Malaysia esports scene by providing the best platform for esports enthusiasts to soar upward with the greatest experience,” he said.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesGearbox, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple oppose Texas anti-trans lawBorderlands developer even suggests it would expand out of the state if law is passedBy James Batchelor 20 days agoGerman legal reform to set new standards for loot boxesBundestag passes youth protection law that would require clear descriptors for games featuring loot boxesBy Matthew Handrahan 2 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more