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first_imgNewsWine world newsBy admin – February 11, 2010 560 Pinot noir fraud could land 13 winemakers in jailFRENCH wine makers could face up to 12 months in jail following the unfolding of what Decanter noted as the world’s biggest wine con. E&J Gallo are at the centre of the con as being the recipient of what they believed to be over 3.5 million gallons of pinot noir, but in fact, according to wine experts and a French court, was in fact phoney pinot noir.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up With enough to fill 16 million bottles, Gallo, the American wine producer, bought the wine under the label of being from the Languedoc-Roussillon area. But authorities were alerted after suspicions were raised as to the amount of pinot noir being exported from the region was thought to far exceed historic levels. Thirteen people have been charged with selling the wine labelled as something in fact it wasn’t. It is believed that Gallo paid in the region of €4 million for the wine over a two year period. WhatsApp Email Australian wine producers face 25% drop in industryThe Australian wine industry is facing the prospect of reducing volumes by approximately 25% if proposals by Australia’s various statutory bodies and non-governmental organisations representing the industry, are accepted.Capacity among producers equates to around two million tonnes while demand currently runs at 1.5m tonnes.  As an industry insider observed: “There is a significant overhang and Australia needs to put some ‘tension’ back into its demand and supply chain. It needs to look at sustainable dollars per tonne not production: tonnes crushed.”Drinks International say “that the proposal, which is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, is that wine producers will be asked to submit their production figures and business plans to a sort of ‘clinic’, region-by-region, where they will be scrutinised. If their business is deemed unsustainable, they will be offered government money to cease wine grape growing”. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Linkedin Print Previous articlePart-time hours to full-time beautyNext articleMan held following firearm find adminlast_img read more

SummerStage Reveals Packed Schedule With Hundreds Of NYC Summer Concerts

first_imgThe SummerStage schedule is here! Every year, New York hosts the SummerStage series, bringing hundreds of artists to Central Park and various outdoor venues for a series of concerts; a majority of which are free.Today, SummerStage revealed their schedule for the coming months. Spanning May 16th through September 23rd, a number of great artists are scheduled to perform! Check out some of our highlights below:SummerStage Concert Schedule Highlight5/16-17: Cage The Elephant, Portugal. The Man, and Broncho5/18: Rudimental and Gorgon City6/13: Barenaked Ladies, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Howard Jones6/18: Kamasi Washington6/21: Public Enemy and DJ Tedsmooth (Free)6/27: Indigo Girls (Free)7/20: Ryan Adams & The Shining7/24: Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords7/28: Lyfe Jennings (Free)7/30: Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Empress Of (Free)8/5: Terence Blanchard ft. The E-Collective (Free)8/8: Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration ft. Warren Haynes8/13: The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour9/23: Lucius, JD McPheron and Big ThiefYou can see the full schedule of events here.last_img read more

IMCA Central Iowa Stock Car Showdown set for May 9 at Hamilton County

first_imgWEBSTER CITY, Iowa – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $2,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $1,000 to win at Hamilton County Speedway’s Tuesday, May 9 Central Iowa Stock Car Showdown.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded in both divisions.Pit gates at Webster City open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.Grandstand admission is $17 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-15 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30. Entry fees of $65 for Stock Cars and $45 for Hobby Stocks include the driver’s pit pass.More information is available at the www.hamiltoncountyspeedway.com website or by calling 515 832-5382.last_img

Mother says her young children were allowed to walk home from school without her permission

first_imgA South Florida mother says her two children under the age of 10 were accidentally allowed to walk home from school despite being on the after school pick-up list.The incident occurred Wednesday at North Andrews Gardens Elementary near Oakland Park.The mother, Michelle Gibson, told reporters that she arrived at the school to find that her five-year-old daughter and her six-year-old son were nowhere to be found. After searching the school grounds, she found that her children had been escorted off the school grounds by the principal and allowed to walk home by themselves:“We started looking around the back of the school, the side of the school,” Gibson said. “We found my children four blocks away down walking through the streets towards Andrews. They were holding hands. They were walking.”While the two children were found safe, Gibson says the incident still terrifies her because anything could have happened to them:“They could have been picked up by a stranger,” Gibson said. “They could’ve gotten lost. They could’ve been hit by a car.”The district declined to comment on the specific situation due to privacy rules, however, they did report that they are looking into the matter.last_img read more

Community Youth Services YouthBuild Program Receives $1.1 Million Federal Grant

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Barbara WakefieldDevelopment CoordinatorCommunity Youth Services711 State Avenue NEOlympia, WA 98506(360) [email protected]Services.org Submitted by Community Youth ServicesOnly two Western Washington non-profits were awarded federal YouthBuild grants to support academic and occupational skill training for at-risk youth.They were Community Youth Services of Olympia’s Thurston County YouthBuild, receiving the top amount awarded of $1.1 million, and Goodwill Industries of Tacoma, which got the same amount. This is the third time CYS has earned the award.CYS partners locally with New Market Skills Center to run the program focusing on youth getting their diplomas or GEDs as well as certifications in construction and other programs. Other local partners include South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity and Homes First!, a local non-profit. YouthBuild has constructed and remodeled several homes serving low income families in Thurston County.Other Washington non-profits awarded are NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 in Spokane ($1.1 million) and Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington in Yakima ($1.1 million).“Our YouthBuild program, launched in summer 2009, is a model for how tax dollars turn lives around. Nearly 120 young people have benefited in our program alone, and that has a ripple effect of success for their families and peers, proving that positive investments in youth benefit not only the youth themselves, but also society as a whole,” said CYS Executive Director Charles Shelan.“The YouthBuild program has demonstrated a record of elevating the opportunities and prospects for good, middle-class jobs for thousands of young people through this nation,” said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris. “These grants reflect our shared commitment to investing in the future of our nation’s youth and the belief that those investments will yield dividends for years to come.”The grants range from about $600,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 68 YouthBuild programs in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The programs will help nearly 4,600 young people obtain the certifications and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Along with the programs funded today, the Labor Department now actively funds 247 YouthBuild programs around the country.For more information about the national grants, click here. For more information about Community Youth Services, contact Barbara Wakefield, at the number below, or at (360) 359-6229.last_img read more

Sparky the Danger Bear, Shelton Electricity Adventurer, Returned to the Wild

first_imgFacebook66Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason County PUDSparky, the orphaned bear who took refuge in a Bonneville Power Administration substation last year, returned to the wild earlier this month.In October 2015, a frightened bear cub wandered into the utility sub-station in Shelton.“Folks really took to the little fellow,” said Joel Myer, spokesman for Mason County Public Utility District No. 3, the local utility that affectionately named the bear cub Sparky after he narrowly avoided electrocution. “We’re thrilled to hear Sparky is healthy and back home in the woods.”Last October, the frightened black bear cub entered BPA’s substation in Shelton, Wash., about 20 miles northwest of Olympia, and climbed on energized high-voltage electrical equipment. (Read Sparky’s backstory.)“That was a really close call,” recalled substation operator Bob Armanino, whose quick action to de-energize the equipment saved the bear’s life. “Hopefully, Sparky’s done touring power substations.”Sparky was lured out of the substation by donuts.Eventually, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff lured him out of the substation and into a trap with donuts. About a week later, he was taken to Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation (IBBR) near Boise.“He weighed just 40 pounds when we took him in and was too young to take care of himself,” said center founder Sally Maughan.“He is a big, beautiful 178-pound bear now,” Maughan said.Sparky is now a healthy bear and has been released back into the wild.In preparation for his return to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Sparky was tranquilized, marked, tagged and given a health check. He was one of eight bears released by the rehab center on May 11.According to IBBR, more than 96 percent of the bears released successfully reintegrate back into the wild.last_img read more