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Police arrest person of interest in Thanksgiving Day shooting

first_imgCrime & Courts | Juneau | Public SafetyPolice arrest person of interest in Thanksgiving Day shootingDecember 3, 2018 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:The search has ended for a person of interest in a Thanksgiving Day shooting.The Juneau Police Department looked for 27-year-old Micah Nelson for more than 10 days following an alleged narcotics sale that resulted in a Juneau man being sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. Police said at the time Nelson was considered to be armed with a firearm.Last week, Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School students were ordered to stay put after officers spotted Nelson nearby. Despite an hours-long search, he evaded arrest.Juneau police arrested 27-year-old Micah Nelson in connection to a Thanksgiving Day shooting. (Photo courtesy Juneau Police Department)According to a JPD release sent out Monday, police received a tip Sunday night that led them to a residence near Brotherhood Bridge. Officers surrounded the building and the occupants confirmed that Nelson was inside. Nelson turned himself in without further incident.The release notes that officers were relieved Nelson decided to cooperate because it was “amazingly cold outside.”The low temperature Sunday evening was 19 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.Juneau police Lt. Krag Campbell said the department received several tips and reports from community members during the search for Nelson.In addition to his alleged involvement in the shooting, Nelson has two felony arrest warrants for probation and parole violations and a misdemeanor arrest warrant for failing to appear in court in Anchorage.Criminal charges related to Nelson’s involvement in the shooting will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.Court records say he is set to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court Monday afternoon.Share this story:last_img read more

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Staying in With: ‘Dear White People’ Creator Justin Simien

first_imgEntertainmentMusicPop CultureStaying in With: ‘Dear White People’ Creator Justin SimienThe filmmaker behind ’Bad Hair’ talks escapism, capitalist video games, and maintaining mental healthBy Brittany Martin – April 16, 20201737ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItFor our Staying in with… series, we ask interesting people what they’re watching, reading, and listening to while we all stay at home. In this edition: Justin Simien. Find more in our Inside Guide. Back in January–approximately eight lifetimes ago–filmmaker Justin Simien was debuting his latest feature, Bad Hair, at Sundance. The latest from the Dear White People creator is a “campy horror film,” according to Variety, set in 1989 Los Angeles, featuring (take a deep breath) Lena Waithe, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood, Nicole Byer, Laverne Cox, Kelly Rowland, User, MC Lyte, James Van Der Beek–and a weave with a mind of its own. Bad Hair will be streaming on Hulu, with a release date to be announced soon.Justin Simien Is Staying in With…Reality TV: RuPaul’s Drag Racehttps://www.instagram.com/p/B-sF2vrD__x/Escapism in the time of a pandemic, I find, has been tricky. I’m currently writing season four of Dear White People, which makes all viewing of contemporary dramedies and comedies fun, but tinged with that “work” feeling that defies a real escape. When I’m working on the show, I usually escape by watching trashy reality TV, all of which now has an undercurrent of unintended dread. How can I watch chefs compete without future-tripping over the state of the fragile restaurant economy? Or enjoy a drunk-for-TV argument between housewives without imagining the corona droplets surely circulating their events, where no one is standing six feet apart?  The only thing that consistently protects my “reality time” from containing any pesky reminders of reality is, of course, drag queens. RuPaul’s Drag Race remains not only the best reality competition show on television, it’s also the most diverting. Every part of it is both a parody and celebration of reality troupes. The hilarious talking-head diary segments where the queens perfect their “boy-drag” personas. The sound effects used to punctuate produced tension, usually between the judges’ favorites and the underdog competitors. Even when it deals with heavy subjects such as the queen’s real life stories of growing up queer in a hostile world, it’s all framed around transforming that pain into art! Oh and the catch-phrases! From “she done already done had hers’s” to “bring back my girls,” laugh lines are built into the format and I couldn’t be more grateful. And there is nothing, absolutely NOTHING, more joyous than watching Leslie Jones this season get to guest judge her favorite drag queen competition. That ominous Sherry Pie notice that begins each episode of this season, be damned.Movies: The Star Wars Sagahttps://www.instagram.com/p/B8Xj8N9hH16/There is always cinema. And while I love exploring films and rabbit-holing into genres and directors’ careers, I can’t always help but analyze them and again I’m mentally back at work. I like the kind of work I do, but to really unplug, Star Wars has been the salve. I’ve seen every Star Wars movie multiple times, so the analytical part of my brain that evaluates films as I watch them quiets down, letting me get lost in the explosions and the puppets and the soap of it all. I also find the order in which one chooses to watch the movies can greatly enhance the pleasure of them. I decided this time to go Rogue One, New Hope, then Empire Strikes Back. I like getting to the “I am your father” tea in Empire before flashing back to Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and then Revenge of the Sith. I then went Solo and Return of the Jedi. There’s something about having just witnessed the hot-messery of Anakin Skywalker’s love life in Episodes I-III and rediscovering Han’s heroic origins in Solo that makes finally watching Return of the Jedi all the more satisfying. Whatever one may think about any particular Star Wars film, watched as a whole, it is remarkably engrossing space opera that takes you on a journey through time, space, and the evolution of special effects. I eventually continued on through the Disney trilogy, which, while very satisfying, also started to give me the sense memory of arguing about films on Twitter, causing more need for escape. Mental Health: Tele-Therapy on Zoomhttps://www.instagram.com/p/B_BSc8zHu44/Which leads me to therapy from home. Because escaping reality only works for so long, I’ve found facing it via Zoom in one-on-one and group therapy sessions to be essential. There’s something about not physically being in front of a therapist that is liberating. I won’t go so far as to say I prefer tele-therapy to in-person, but it opens me up in ways I’ve found surprising. Probably because I am usually still in pajamas. Of all the “at-home” projects I see bandied about, from workouts to closet organization, mental health for me is the most rewarding. Mental health without having to drive and park is a sliver of a silver lining I will take during these difficult times.Game: Grindstonehttps://www.instagram.com/p/B22pQT0FiIu/The other thing I’ve been doing a lot of to pass the time is sleeping with a face mask on during parts of the day unthinkable a couple months ago. But because that’s a boring closer, let’s jump to gaming. Thanks to various neurosis (see tele-therapy) I find Animal Crossing to be delightful but also a constant reminder of the oppressive side of capitalism, and have found the Apple Arcade game Grindstone to be my go-to. It’s an action puzzle game like Candy Crush but with monsters and without being constantly gouged for money. The graphics are gorgeous and the soundtrack is on point. There is something so satisfying about slashing through chains of monsters and finding a way through the increasingly tricky levels as you hunt for “grindstones” in order to upgrade weapons and gear.RELATED: Iconic L.A. Movies to Stream While You’re Stuck Inside Missing L.A.Stay up to date with everything you need to know about L.A. by following us on Facebook and Instagram. TAGSInside GuideInside Guide EntertainmentStaying In WithPrevious articleCoronavirus Update: Undocumented Californians Will Get COVID-19 Relief ChecksNext article‘It’s a Bloodbath’: Big Layoffs at The Hollywood ReporterBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORSome of the Best Things to Do in L.A. This WeekendWhat to Stream This Weekend: Luca, Miss Juneteenth, and MoreFriday Playlist: New Music for Your Weekendlast_img read more

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Funeral details announced following sad passing of Portarlington teenager

first_img By Alan Hartnett – 27th March 2018 Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Pinterest Council Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Tragic Rachel Flanagan passed away The funeral details for Portarlington teenager Rachel Flanagan have been confirmed.She will be laid to rest this Wednesday, March 28 in St Michael’s Church in Portarlington at 12pm.The 19-year-old, a recipient of a double lung transplant in 2016, lost her long battle against Cystic Fibrosis on Sunday morning and passed away surrounded by her family at the Mater Hospital in Dublin.Ms Flanagan battled Cystic Fibrosis but lost her battle and tributes have flooded in to her.Rachel’s dad Padraig played for and manager Portarlington GAA club and they led the tributes.A statement on their Facebook page said: “Portarlington GAA Club would like to extend our deepest sympathies to a former player and manager Padraig Flanagan and his family on the death of his daughter Rachael who sadly passed away this morning.“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very tragic time. May she RIP. Ar dheis de go raibh a h-anam.”While the popular community page People of Port also paid tribute to Rachel.They said: “Deepest sympathy to the family of Rachel Flanagan, St Michael’s Park who became an angel today after fighting a brave battle through her young life.“We send sincere condolences to her parents Rose and Padraig, her brother Ronan and sister Alison, the extended Flanagan and Donegan families and Rachel’s many, many friends.“Rest in peace Rachel.”While another local woman, Ashling O’Neill, also paid a lovely tribute to Rachel.She said: “A sadness is over the town of portarlington tonight and surrounding areas.“A beautiful girl is now flying high free from pain. Talking to people tonight all I’m hearing is how much of an amazing young lady she was.“Can i just say mind yourselves the next few days look out for each other and be kind to yourselves. CF is a cruel cruel illness who takes away people too young.“Rememeber also we can help by having a donor card you could save a life. Fly high to an amazing young girl.xx”SEE ALSO – Man suffered ‘significant facial injuries’ in Portlaoise daylight assault Community Pinterest TAGSRachel Flanagan Rugby Twitter Home News Funeral details announced following sad passing of Portarlington teenager News WhatsApp Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Funeral details announced following sad passing of Portarlington teenager RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleLithuanian Ambassador to visit Portlaoise tomorrowNext article200 jobs set for Obama Plaza style development outside Portlaoise Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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LISTEN: Sugrue’s legacy, search for a new manager and a list of contenders

first_img GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Previous articleFurniture giants JYSK aim to open a further ten stores in Ireland by September 2020Next articleLatest digital co-working hub opens in Mountmellick LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Former Laois manager John Sugrue After two years in charge of the Laois senior footballers, the County Board announced yesterday that John Sugrue had stepped down as Laois football manager. The manager was non-committal about his future following Laois’s All-Ireland Round 4 Qualifier defeat to Cork but he has now confirmed he will not be seeking a third year in the role.In a statement, Laois GAA said: “Laois GAA Football Manager John Sugrue has announced his decision to step down from his position as Senior Football Manager.”Laois GAA wish to state their sincere thanks to John for his hard work, dedication and professionalism that he brought to this role.“In his two year term, he managed our Senior Football team to successive promotions from Division 4 to Division 2, progressed to a Leinster Senior Football Final in 2018, whilst also reaching Round 4 of the Qualifier series in his two years involved and he has certainly left the panel in a better position to take the challenge to a new level under a new direction.”Laois GAA wish John the very best of luck in whatever role he now chooses.”Park-Ratheniska clubman John Sugrue was appointed to the role of Laois manager in September 2017 – succeeding Peter Creedon. In the wake of Sugrue’s departure, we have put together a list of potential candidates for the job.  WhatsApp Facebook GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterestcenter_img LISTEN: Sugrue’s legacy, search for a new manager and a list of contenders TAGSLaoisToday podcast Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In our latest Podcast, Steven Miller is joined by Alan Hartnett as we look back on Sugrue’s reign in charge and loom ahead to what happens next.Check it out below:SEE ALSO – Pregnant with quadruplets: Laois mother-to-be reveals shock and excitement ahead of four little arrivals Facebook GAA By LaoisToday Reporter – 31st July 2019 Home We Are Laois Podcasts LISTEN: Sugrue’s legacy, search for a new manager and a list of… We Are LaoisPodcastsSports Podcast WhatsApplast_img read more

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Global insider trading ring busted, U.S. authorities allege

first_img Keywords Insider trading Related news ASIC ready to make deals with devils The U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York unveiled charges today against a couple of London-based bankers, a New York banker, and traders based in both the U.S. and Europe over their alleged participation in the purported insider trading ring.They are presumed innocent of all charges, including allegations of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy.According to the indictments, the London-based bankers passed along information about 16 corporate transactions, receiving more than US$1 million in money and gifts for their tips via middlemen.The traders are accused of providing the cash and gifts to pay off the bankers, and of generating illegal trading profits based on their information.Three of the accused have been arrested, and the other three remain at large.“The insider trading charges announced today lay bare a long-running international scheme stretching over the course of years, whose participants earned tens of millions of dollars in illicit profits from illegally trading on stolen inside information,” said Audrey Strauss, U.S. attorney in New York.“As alleged, the indictments announced today detail very deliberate activity by both current and former investment bankers, securities traders, and even the son of a corporate board member to illegally profit from receiving or providing advanced knowledge of nonpublic information about publicly traded companies,” said FBI assistant director William Sweeney Jr. A global insider trading ring allegedly made millions trading on information stolen by several investment bankers in the U.S. and the U.K., according to U.S. authorities.Several traders and investment bankers are facing charges in New York, where indictments were unsealed today alleging that employees at several unnamed banks obtained inside information about public companies and passed that information to traders, who allegedly made tens of millions in illegal profits by trading on that information. Closeup of mallet being hit on stacked coins at table in courtroom andreypopov/123RF SEC alleges man sold insider trading tips on dark web James Langton FINRA bans analyst for insider trading Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

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Government Increases Its Contribution to the JFF to $150M as Reggae Boys Prepare for 2010 World Cup

first_imgRelatedGovernment Increases Its Contribution to the JFF to $150M as Reggae Boys Prepare for 2010 World Cup FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government is giving further financial assistance to the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), to bring the total contribution from the state to the JFF to One Hundred and Fifty Million dollars as Jamaica prepares for the World Cup in South Africa Finals in 2010.The announcement came today (June 26) from Honourable Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Information, Culture Youth and Sports (MICYS) at a press conference called by the JFF and the University of the West Indies, Mona, for the signing of a Cooperation Agreement between the two entities for the establishment of the National Football Academy at the Mona Bowl on the Mona Campus.“The money will in the first year be paid over to the JFF in monthly tranches of more than $40m. Subventions will continue in the second year after the Reggae Boys qualify and up to the Finals,” Miss Grange explained to the audience which comprised the Honourable Andrew Holness, Minister of Education; Senator Ronald Robinson, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; the President of the JFF Captain Horace Burrell and other JFF officials; Professor Gordon Shirley, UWI Principal and other UWI representatives; a representative from FIFA, the media and others from the sports fraternity.Minister Grange said that the money would come through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).As she insisted that, “the Government usually puts it money where its mouth is,” Miss Grange issued an invitation to private sector companies to “get on board and become partners in the development of Jamaica through football and the wider sporting opportunities that now present themselves.”The Sports Minister said that she expects that the academy that will emerge from the partnership between the JFF and the UWI will help to raise the standard of football and develop viable programmes for the youth, male and female, to enable Jamaica to become perennial qualifier from CONCACAF for all tournaments.“I look forward to the Academy becoming fully operational within a reasonable time frame and I know that we can depend on the ‘Captain’ for that kind of commitment and leadership. Let me also thank the administration of the University led by Professor Gordon Shirley for having the foresight to realize the importance of a partnership such as this.”For their part, the JFF President and the University Principal spoke of the profound impact that the partnership will have on the development of football in Jamaica. Captain Burrell said that a better thing could not have happened for football in Jamaica at this time while for Professor Shirley, “the collaboration between the Mona Campus and the Jamaica Football Federation signals to Jamaica and the Caribbean, this university’s commitment to developing the athletic talent, replete in Jamaica in order to promote our nation’s international competitiveness.”The football academy will be part of a complex to be known as the Mona Bowl Centre for Sporting Excellence which will provide training in additional sporting disciplines. There will be a Mondo running track in a multi-purpose sports field; a multi-purpose sports complex including a gymnasium; a hockey field; a walking trail; beach volley ball courts in addition to the existing basketball courts, expansion of the swimming pool and an institute of sports medicine.The expected time of completion is by the middle of 2011. RelatedGovernment Increases Its Contribution to the JFF to $150M as Reggae Boys Prepare for 2010 World Cup RelatedGovernment Increases Its Contribution to the JFF to $150M as Reggae Boys Prepare for 2010 World Cupcenter_img Government Increases Its Contribution to the JFF to $150M as Reggae Boys Prepare for 2010 World Cup UncategorizedJune 27, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Young Persons Commended for Active Role in Fight to Protect Environment

first_imgRelatedYoung Persons Commended for Active Role in Fight to Protect Environment RelatedYoung Persons Commended for Active Role in Fight to Protect Environment Young Persons Commended for Active Role in Fight to Protect Environment UncategorizedAugust 13, 2008 RelatedYoung Persons Commended for Active Role in Fight to Protect Environmentcenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports (MICYS), Senator Warren Newby, has said that young persons should be commended and encouraged, for playing an active role, in the fight to protect the environment.“Our young people are increasingly adding their voices to the call for action on climate change. We must be proud of their efforts in becoming more conscious and active in the fight against environmental decay,” Senator Newby emphasised.Senator Newby was speaking at a function at the University of the West Indies (UWI) on August 7, to launch International Youth Day, which is being observed today (August 12), under the theme: ‘Youth and Climate Change: Time for Action’, in recognition of the fact that climate change, has already begun to devastate communities and deepen the effects of poverty and hunger, a situation which further complicates the challenges that youth face.He provided the gathering with a number of pre-requisites that must be satisfied, in order for young Jamaicans to make serious headway in generating awareness, understanding and most importantly, solutions to address environmental issues.“In the first instance, the youths have to be informed, as it is information that is going to create the awareness that is necessary, for us to establish in the minds of one and all that there is indeed a problem called global warming,” the Parliamentary Secretary said.“Secondly, the youths must get involved. Plant a tree, clean a beach, protest, hold a placard, but more importantly, we must take steps to reduce our own carbon footprints. We must conserve, use environmentally friendly products and use our spending power to spread a message of environmentalism,” Senator Newby stressed.The Senator also implored the youth to lobby to shape policy. “By and large, policy is developed through a process of consultations. It is those who have managed to organise themselves into formidable groups, whose positions are being reflected in the laws and policies, that are developed to guide our nation,” he explained.Additionally, Mr. Newby urged the audience to take into consideration the fact that the country must operate in a global village.“It is a global village; engage your partners here and overseas in the fight to protect the environment. Share the information you have and draw lessons from their own best practices. Stand up; you have the knowledge, the technology and understanding of modern systems, to bring pressure on the powers that be,” he emphasised.last_img read more

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CU is buzzing with Tour de Hive

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail If you goWho: Open to the publicWhat: Tour de HiveWhen: Sunday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Where: Museum of Natural History, east gardenCampus Events Calendar Categories:GeneralSustainabilityEvents & Exhibits September is Pollinator Appreciation Month, and the CU Museum of Natural History and city of Boulder are teaming up to celebrate! The pollinator garden on the east side of the museum building is an official stop on Boulder’s tour of bee hives. The Bee Chicas will place a native bee home in the garden for the day. Participants are encouraged to ride their tour via bicycle and learn all about how pollinators help us and how we can help pollinators.Find more Pollinator Appreciation Month events in Boulder. Published: Sept. 4, 2018 last_img read more

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Nomacorc Reserva Closures and High-End Wines: An Ideal Match for Consumers

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Linkedin Share Pinterest TAGSVinventions Advertisement– Top wine closure solutions provider, Vinventions, launches a study to understand the correspondence between Nomacorc Reserva & high-end wines in consumers’ minds –ZEBULON, NC, USA, and THIMISTER, Belgium (Dec. 4, 2018) — Vinventions, the most comprehensive wine closure solutions provider worldwide, has conducted highly innovative and leading-edge consumer research to test in an unbiased manner consumers’ perceptions of its Nomacorc PlantCorc™ closures. The sole objective of the research was to help answer the question, “To what extent does such a closure conform to the qualities of high-end wines?” Alternative closures are often framed as being far less appreciated than natural corks, but is that really true? The research was conducted by Mind Insights, a scientific marketing organization within the Louvain University in Belgium. “We partnered with Mind Insights because of their ability to use scientific research methods that eliminate limitations and biases from traditional consumer research. While there is much propaganda in the wine market about the belief that alternative closures are associated with lower-quality wines, we wanted to see evidence of such widely spread assumptions through an unbiased research method. We presented them an entry-level synthetic closure, a Nomacorc Reserva closure and premium natural cork and analyzed their unconscious responses,” explains Dr. Stephane Vidal, Vice President of Brand Management and Enology at Vinventions. “Once limitations and biases were eliminated, consumers did not associate Nomacorc PlantCorc closures with low-quality wines. On a scale from 0 to 100 of premium/luxury awareness, they ranked it to be at 87 points,” he notes. This result is even more remarkable as the presented Reserva closure is three-times less expensive than the premium natural cork used in the study. “This result shows how these widespread assumptions about consumers’ perceptions are questioned when tested with scientific research methods. Mind Insights’ methods avoid self-report measures, in which consumers are explicitly asked to express their beliefs, or distorting consumers’ deliberate responses through social pressure and desirability effects,” says Romain Thomas, Wine Marketing Solutions Brand Manager at Vinventions. “The tendency to answer questions in a manner that respondents believe is expected or will be viewed favorably misleads results,” he adds. As a result, the research showed that most consumers associate Nomacorc PlantCorcs with high-end and luxury wines. Reserva, the Nomacorc closure used in the research, is a bio-based PlantCorc closure made from renewable plant-based materials. Nomacorc PlantCorc closures are completely TCA-taint-free, offer bottle-to-bottle consistency with no breakage, and controlled oxygen transmission rates (OTRs) for luxury wines with extensive aging times. Thanks to the latest PlantCorc innovations, the Nomacorc closures by Vinventions have already attracted some of the most qualitative and iconic wineries around the world. For more information, visit www.vinventions.com. About VINVENTIONS: Vinventions was created in 2015 by family entrepreneur Marc Noël together with Bespoke Capital Partners, Heino Freudenberg and additional partners. Vinventions’ vision is to be the most innovative and most trusted global supplier of Complete Wine Closure Solutions to the still and sparkling wine industry. Since January 2015, Vinventions has acquired Nomacorc, Ohlinger Group and Syntek Bouchage and has created strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as Cork Supply (natural cork) and Alplast S.r.l. (screwcaps). This led to the creation of Vinventions’ Complete Wine Closure Solutions, which encompass Nomacorc (PlantCorcs), Syntek (synthetics), Ohlinger (natural corks), Vintop and Alplast (screwcaps), as well as Wine Quality Solutions (oenological tools and services) and Wine Marketing Solutions (marketing services and wine consumer insights). Today, Vinventions employs over 550 associates globally and operates seven production sites in USA, Belgium, Germany, France, Argentina, South Africa and China. Including Alplast wine closures, Vinventions protects every seventh bottle of wine worldwide with its closure solutions, making it the second largest wine closure supplier worldwide with strong organic sales growth in 2017. The leadership values of Vinventions are based on customer proximity, innovation, local entrepreneurship, open teamwork, sustainability and long-term responsibility. Find out more at www.vinventions.com. Advertisement Email Home Industry News Releases Nomacorc Reserva Closures and High-End Wines: An Ideal Match for ConsumersIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessNomacorc Reserva Closures and High-End Wines: An Ideal Match for ConsumersBy Press Release – December 4, 2018 110 0 Twitter Previous articleSanta Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans Elect New OfficersNext articleGuarachi Wine Partners Continues Portfolio Expansion in the U.S. with Montgrass Press Releaselast_img read more

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Restaurateurs fear new restrictions will make it impossible to stay afloat

first_imgHomeBusinessRestaurateurs fear new restrictions will make it impossible to stay afloat Nov. 20, 2020 at 6:00 amBusinessCovid-19FeaturedNewsRestaurateurs fear new restrictions will make it impossible to stay afloatClara Harter7 months agoclosuresCOVID-19outdoor diningPPPrestrictionsPhoto by Clara Harter. Surviving in the restaurant business is difficult in the best of times. Today, with a new 50 percent capacity restriction on outdoor dining beginning, local restaurateurs say it’s impossible.Since restaurants reopened in June, owners have invested thousands in PPE, outdoor dining spaces, and heat lamps, and are often still unable to turn a profit. Federal paycheck relief money stopped flowing in August and now all restaurants need to halve their already limited seat number, painting a bleak picture for the imminent future of the industry.“I’m going to try for a week and then probably shut everything down. I can’t imagine we can survive and it’s also freezing now,” said Mark Verge, owner of Art’s Table, Ashland Hill, Margo’s, the Golden Bull, and Order for Me Deli. “This is probably a death sentence for all restaurants.”For months Verge has held on to the staff in his five restaurants, only one of which is currently turning a profit. While he’s adamant on reopening when restrictions improve, he fears there is no way he can continue operating under present conditions.“We love Santa Monica, we are trying to do everything we can to stay. At some point you can’t imagine, you keep losing money every month,” said Verge. “It’s just trying to figure out how long you keep getting punched in the face.”Steve Lieberman, owner of Surfridge Brewery and West 4th and Jane is in a similar position. After the July reopening rollback, his brewery only received permission to open outdoor dining on Oct. 6 and his restaurant only has outdoor space for 40 seats.“If that 40 goes down to 20 my staff is going to be standing around for nothing and I still have to pay payroll taxes, electric, government tax bills, and with half the amount of customers” said Lieberman. “We’ve been open 11 years, is it going to be worth it in January if it’s still like this? Probably not.”Raphael Lunetta, owner of Lunetta Italian restaurant, was seating 50 percent of his pre-Covid capacity and now will be limited to 25 percent. His restaurant has gone from having booming business seven days a week, to having business around four and a half days a week.“What we need is another round of PPP funds, and we need to make sure our government is really looking out for small businesses,” said Lunetta. “That’s what needs to happen, because there are a lot of small businesses that are not going to survive this.”The Paycheck Protection Program was included in the March 27. CARES Act, which offered forgivable loans to small businesses to keep employees on payroll. Those funds ran out in Aug. and without another federal relief package, restaurant owners are struggling to keep staff employed.Lieberman is also looking for more PPP money, but said that paycheck funding can only get a business so far when it has severely limited capacity and owes months of back rent.“Payroll is not the issue. I have ten customers a day. I don’t need payroll for ten customers a day; I can have one person there. I need money for back rent,” said Lieberman. “How am I supposed to pay back a year of not paying rent? We need our landlords off our back, and we need our landlords to get help so the banks get off their back.”All three restaurateurs said they fully understand the need to rein in cases and protect people’s health, but expressed frustration that despite their efforts to operate as safely as possible, restaurants are the target of new restrictions.“I feel like on the Westside people are more aware and they are more conscientious and I believe that we on the Westside are doing a pretty good job in taking responsibility,” said Lunetta. “Yes there are some businesses of all sorts that don’t follow the rules and if they don’t it’s unfortunate because the rest of us who do do it, I believe well, are going to get dinged.”[email protected] :closuresCOVID-19outdoor diningPPPrestrictionsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCrime Watch – Indecent ExposureCalifornia imposes nighttime COVID-19 curfew but some resistYou 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

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