Boost for Arles-Kilcruise as former Dr Crokes player transfers

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Boost for Arles-Kilcruise as former Dr Crokes player transfers Facebook Previous articleIn Pictures: Portlaoise Golf Club host Friday night musicNext articleRental market is ‘totally out of control’ in Laois Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. WhatsApp Council By Steven Miller – 13th February 2018 Arles-Kilcruise came within a couple of minutes of losing their senior football status last year but they’ll be hoping to put that disappointing season behind them in 2018.They have re-appointed club legend Lar Wall as manager and have also been boosted in the off-season by the transfer of Kerry native PJ Lawlor.Lawlor’s transfer from Dr Crokes to Arles-Kilcruise was recently rubber-stamped and he comes to the club with a decent pedigree having been part of the Kerry side’s run to All Ireland club glory in 2017.He came on as a sub in a number of their games in both the Kerry and Munster final before being struck down by injury.He also started in the league final earlier in the season when he lined out alongside the likes of Kerry stars Colm Cooper, Fionn Fitzgerald and Eoin Brosnan as they got the better of Kieran Donaghy’s Austin Stacks. Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Twittercenter_img Pinterest Community In his mid 20s, Lawlor is a cousin of current Arles-Kilcruise players Ciaran and David Lawlor and is a member of An Garda Siochana and now stationed in the locality.Kilcruise will once again play in Division 1B of the league and begin their season with a Kelly Cup against Timahoe this Sunday.They will once again be able to call on Laois players Ross Munnelly and David Conway (who is currently out injured) while Kevin Meaney should be available to them more often now that he has retired from inter-county action.SEE ALSO – Kevin Meaney reflects on career after 11-year spell with Laois Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad TAGSArles-KilcruiseLaois SFCPJ Lawlor Pinterest Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rugby Home Sport GAA Boost for Arles-Kilcruise as former Dr Crokes player transfers SportGAAGaelic Footballlast_img read more

Songbun Trumps Talent for North Korea’s Athletes

first_img SHARE Songbun Trumps Talent for North Korea’s Athletes Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2014.09.08 12:22pm Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News News South Korea initiated working-level contact with North Korealast month on the 17th because of their athletes and cheering squad’sparticipation in the Asian Games. However, North Korea bowed out of themeeting, citing a problem with the South’s attitude toward thenegotiations, and thus, the talks were closed without any clear settlement.Afterwards, both sides continued detailed discussions aboutissues with the Incheon Asian Games and North Korea’s participation throughwriting. Through this process, the South discovered that there are no issueswith the participation of the North’s athletic delegation to the games.Moving forward, North Korea notified South Korea, on August22nd,  that they will be sending 273 athletes to the games, which will beheld on September 19th, while also alluding to the comprehensive training theathletes are undergoing. Recently,  Kim Jong Eun even went directly to a game to vetmale and female athletes for the soccer teams that will participate in theIncheon Asian Games, showing how invested North Korea is in thecompetition. Daily NK sought to find out how the North Korean nationalathletic team participating in the upcoming Asian Games is organizedand managed, by interviewing a North Korean defector and former member of NorthKorea’s National Physical Education Organization, Mr. Oh Deok Heung [alias,defected in 2008].Daily NK [DNK]: How is the national athletic team that isgoing to participate in the Asian Games organized?Mr. Oh Deok Heung [ODH]: The national athletic team iscomposed of people of the greatest talent and ability and are picked fromdifferent physical education organizations. It is organized with the goal ofparticipating in an international sporting event. The Chosun Committee forPhysical Education selects players one year before the international sportingevent is to take place.After the athletes are selected from theirorganizations, they train, live, and eat together for one year, returning totheir individual organizations after the international sporting event. Becausethe national athletic team can consist of athletes that do all kinds of sportsfrom soccer and boxing to swimming, judo, and archery, they are organized intowhat is called the “National Physical Education Collective”, which is locatedin Pyongyang City in the Pyeongcheon District.DNK: Where does the selection process for the nationalteam’s athletes take place, and which physical education organization are theyselected from?ODH:  The national team’s athletes are selected by theChosun Physical Education Committee. Athletes are mainly selected from the 4.25Physical Education Organization (affiliated with the Ministry of the People’sArmed Forces), the Pyongyang City Physical Education Organization, the Amrok[Yalu] River Physical Education Organization (affiliated with security), theGigwan Physical Education Organization (affiliated with the railways, and theMinistry of Railways), the Wolmido Physical Education Organization (affiliatedwith the guard command), the Chosun Physical Education University’s PhysicalEducation Organization, and the Ocean Physical Education Organization, amongstothers.All of these physical education organizations are inPyongyang City, and they pick the country’s most talented young adults, who arethen systematically educated and trained.DNK: Who coaches the athletes on the national team afterthey have been selected?ODH: The coach comes from the organization where themost athletes were selected. For example, if the female soccer players thatwill participate in the upcoming Asian Games were selected from the GigwanPhysical Education Organization, their coach from the Gigwan Physical EducationOrganization would be the coach that is responsible for the national team. Thecoach would also be responsible for the soccer team’s training until the match.However, the Chosun Physical Education Committee takes care of the generalmanagement of the teams.In 1990, when the chairman of the Physical EducationCommittee, Kim Yoo Soon, became a foreign ambassador, Park Myung Chul took hisplace. Park Myung Chul was famous in the 50s and 60s in Japan’s pro-wrestlingcircles and is the son-in-law of Yeok Do San (also known as Kim Sil Lak). Hegraduated from the Chosun Physical Education University (formerly the PyongyangPhysical Education University), and has been the National Physical EducationCommittee’s director and vice-chairman, as well as the chairman of NorthKorea’s Soccer Association.DNK: Where do the athletes of the national team live?ODH: The athletes sleep and eat at the Changkwangsan Hotel,where they are under military-like regulations and strict control. Their foodis different from the regular physical education teams. They get the best food,including beef, and all their meals are based on a specific diet and caloriecount. You can say that they basically get the best of the best.DNK: Are the athletes’ songbun [family political background and loyalty] investigated?ODH: Of course. If there’s even one relative that is ofquestionable character, they cannot be selected as an athlete for the nationalteam, no matter how talented they are. Also, if they have relatives residingoutside of North Korea, they cannot participate in an international sportingevent. There can be an exception if they have participated in an event beforeand gotten first place, but those kinds of cases are not common.DNK: What kind of benefits do they receive if they get firstplace at an international sporting event?ODH: They don’t give the actual prize money to athletesthat win a gold medal at international sporting events. However, and it canvary depending on what kind of international sporting event it is, but theygive about $5,000 to the first place winners. The actual prize money won at theevent is given directly to North Korea.Jung Sung Ok, the female marathon gold medalist in the 1999IAAF World Championships in Athletics, was given a Mercedes-Benz worth $50,000by Kim Jong Il and was also given the right to reside in Pyongyang City as wellas a house.DNK: Which physical education organization do athletesprefer?ODH: It depends on the individual athlete’s standards andgoals. For example, if an athlete wants to live in Pyongyang, he or she mightwant to join the Gigwan Physical Education Organization. If an athlete wants tobe a professional athlete, he or she would want to join the 4.25 Physical EducationOrganization.The 4.25 Physical Education Organization is of a highercaliber than other organizations and a trailblazer in its own right. TheOrganization’s director is raising its status by acquiring the newest physicaleducation equipment and facilities. However, competent athletes selected fromrural areas prefer the Gigwan Physical Education Organization because, ifselected, they are given the right to live in Pyongyang City. There are manyfamous athletes from the Gigwan Physical Education Organization.The Gigwan Physical Education Organization, affiliated withthe Ministry of Railways, had such a sharp increase in members that they neededa bigger training field. The field has been newly constructed in the DaedongRiver District in front of the YangKakDo Hotel. The Pyongyang City PhysicalEducation Organization also gives their athletes the right to reside inPyongyang after they have retired. Athletes from the 4.25 Physical EducationOrganization, Amnok [Yalu] River Physical Education Organization and others, return totheir respective hometowns after retirement.DNK: When do athletes from the national team retire, andwhat benefits do they receive?ODH: The retirement age for athletes in physical educationorganizations is 27 or 28. However, if they have great athletic ability, theycontinue their careers until they are about 34. Athletes are given the benefitof attending the university of their choice after retirement. Differentphysical education organizations of different universities secretly compete forthese athletes. If an athlete wants to coach after retiring from thenational team, they must graduate from the Chosun Physical Education Universityto become a national coach. There aren’t many athletes who want to become acoach after retiring and graduating from the Chosun Physical EducationUniversity. This is because during the Kim Jong Il regime, artists werepreferred over athletes, and thus, were more popular. With Kim Jong Eun’sregime, however, it seems like athletes are starting to get more attention. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Empire Life appoints new CFO

first_img“We are pleased to have an experienced and respected leader like Edward to step into the role of CFO to ensure a smooth transition,” says Mark Sylvia, president and CEO, in a statement.“Edward’s deep knowledge of our business and strategy, and expertise in financial reporting and capital management, including key industry initiatives such as LICAT and IFRS 17, make him a natural choice as we continue to navigate changes in financial reporting in our industry.”Gibson replaces Ron Friesen who is leaving the company. “I would like to acknowledge and thank Ron for his many contributions during his time at Empire Life and wish him all the best”, adds Sylvia. Protecting employees selecting personnel human resources businessman promotion selection new job jirsak/123RF Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CETFA elects new board leader TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Kingston, Ont.-based Empire Life Insurance Co. has appointed Edward Gibson as its chief financial officer, the company announced on Thursday.Gibson became senior vice president and chief actuary at Empire Life in June 2008. Throughout his 30-year tenure with the company, he has overseen finance, strategy, actuarial, and risk management functions. PenderFund names new SVP for investments IE Staff Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Empire Life Insurance Co. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Bank of Canada further curtailing emergency measures

first_img Regulators aim to root out pandemic-driven liquidity issues Singapore’s financial regulator invests in innovation Fed keeps key rate near zero, sees inflation as ‘transitory’ The changes are being made due to “the continued improvement in the functioning of short-term funding markets and financial markets more generally,” the bank said.In the past couple of months, the Bank of Canada has been scaling back some of the support measures that were initially adopted in response to the Covid-19 crisis.The PMMP program, which was launched in March to support provincial government funding markets, will be discontinued on Nov. 16.Starting Nov. 24, the central bank will shift from automatically buying 10% of Government of Canada treasury bill auctions to buying between zero and 10%.“While the intent will be to minimize the bank’s participation over time, purchase amounts will vary depending on different factors, including prevailing market conditions and balance sheet requirements,” it said.Finally, the bank said it has revised the terms and conditions for the standing term liquidity facility (STLF) to include terms of up to 30 days from the current term of up to 90 days.“The bank will continue to monitor market conditions and remains committed to providing liquidity as required to support the functioning of the Canadian financial system. Any discontinued facilities can be restarted if necessary,” it said. James Langton Keywords Pandemics,  Coronavirus,  Monetary policyCompanies Bank of Canada Citing further improvement in financial market conditions, the Bank of Canada is continuing to pull back liquidity support programs that were adopted in response to the disruptions caused by Covid-19.The central bank announced that it will be scrapping the Provincial Money Market Purchase (PMMP) program, and that it will be scaling back its purchases of Government of Canada treasury bills. close up view of new 100 Canadian dollar banknotes fer737ng/123RF Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Edition 25 News from Adjudicator

first_imgEdition 25 News from Adjudicator Edition 25: News from the Adjudicator PDF (PDF, 155KB, 2 pages)Welcome from the Groceries Code AdjudicatorA very big thank you to all of you who responded to my call in the last newsletter to complete the GCA 2021 survey. I am delighted to announce that we received an astonishingly high response. At 2598 responses the total was 60% higher than the number completing last year’s survey which itself attracted a record response. I am delighted that 2398 direct suppliers – including an increasing number based overseas – took part.This survey will be very important to me in my first year as GCA. With direct suppliers giving me their frank views on the designated retailers’ performance and the issues that most concern them I now have very valuable information to plan my work for the months ahead. I am also very grateful to the retailers for the part they play in making the survey a success, encouraging their suppliers to complete the questionnaire. Again this year, most suppliers told the polling company YouGov that they had heard about the survey from their retailers.I am currently analysing the detailed data but I can reveal that the survey shows continuing improvement in the relationship between retailers and suppliers. The number of suppliers reporting they had experienced Code-related issues at any stage in the past year fell to a record low – down to 29% compared to 36% in 2020. This is particularly encouraging given the challenges of the past year and the large rise in responses. It demonstrates how far the sector has come since 2014 when eight out of ten suppliers reported experiencing issues in the first GCA survey.Later this year I will publish the survey findings in full, including examples of good practices by the retailers highlighted by their suppliers. YouGov will also be carrying out a number of interviews with direct suppliers to explore a range of topics that have emerged from the findings.Further progress on forensic auditingThe first ever GCA survey revealed that the issue of most concern to suppliers was forensic auditing with 45% reporting in 2014 that they had experienced the issue. The problem was that some retailers were proactively exercising their legal right to make claims against suppliers going back six years by claiming for historic invoicing errors or submissions.Suppliers were being asked for significant sums of money with the burden of proof falling on them to show any discrepancies were not valid claims. This was a major challenge for suppliers operating in a fast moving sector where the documentary audit trail was often difficult to piece together after such a long period.To help resolve this issue the GCA encouraged retailers to sign up to a voluntary commitment under which they agreed to limiting the auditing of their suppliers’ trading accounts in search of missed claims to no more than the current and previous two financial years as long as suppliers agreed to do the same.Currently 12 of the 13 retailers that I regulate are signatories to the commitment and now Sainsbury’s has said it will adhere to the commitment from 6 March next year. This voluntary commitment has played an important role in building more constructive relationships in the groceries sector and I delighted that Sainsbury’s has seen the value of signing up to it.Since the voluntary commitment was introduced in 2014 the numbers of suppliers reporting experiencing forensic auditing has fallen dramatically although some concerns remain about how audits are conducted and finalised. I raised these concerns, including the settlement of counterclaims, during my recent progress meetings with CCOs and confirmed I will continue to monitor this issue. You can read the minutes of these meetings here.‘Tell the GCA’ now up and running and receiving informationMy confidential reporting platform ‘Tell the GCA’ is now up and running and available to suppliers who want to report behaviour by a designated retailer that they believe to be in breach of the Code. You can access it at platform allows suppliers to provide information anonymously and there is a facility to continue to correspond with me via a secure post box that protects their identity. The process is very straightforward and I am already receiving valuable information from suppliers who have used it.Don’t forget, if you would like to /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:audit, building, Documentary, first year, forensic, Government, identity, money, record low, running, settlement, survey, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Battle Ground park playgrounds reopen

first_imgBattle Ground park playgrounds reopenPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, June 11, 2020in: Community Newsshare 0 Skate and Bike Park to open in Phase 3Playground structures, sports courts and picnic tables within Battle Ground City Parks have officially reopened. Clark County was approved to move into Phase 2 of Washington state’s Safe Start Plan on June 5. Phase 2 allows outdoor recreation with no more than 5 people. City of Battle Ground Public Works crews have taken care to sanitize play structures prior to reopening. The sanitizing process will occur twice weekly. Kiwanis Park is shown here. Photo courtesy of city of Battle GroundCity of Battle Ground Public Works crews have taken care to sanitize play structures prior to reopening. The sanitizing process will occur twice weekly. Kiwanis Park is shown here. Photo courtesy of city of Battle GroundThe city’s Skate Park is scheduled to open the beginning of Phase 3 when the Safe Start plan allows for as many as 50 people.  Bathrooms will remain closed.City Public Works crews have taken care to sanitize play structures prior to reopening.  The sanitizing process will occur twice weekly.  However, park users should always use discretion when using playground equipment and other common-use structures.  Safety and prevention practices such as using hand sanitizer before and after using equipment, maintaining physical distancing, and avoiding large gatherings should be used.  Park users are asked to wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick.Open areas of parks – trails and fields –  have remained open for community use throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The care the community has taken in physically distancing and keeping parks free of trash is appreciated. City officials ask that area residents continue to do so to keep Battle Ground safe and healthy.  Information provided by city of Battle Ground.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundClark Countyshare 0 Previous : Battle Ground teen dies in single-vehicle accident Next : Nighttime lane, intersection closures on Highway 99 cancelled this weekendAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Top CU Law School Graduates Named To Order Of The Coif

first_img Published: July 8, 1997 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Sixteen graduating law students at the University of Colorado at Boulder have been selected as members of the honorary Order of the Coif for high academic achievement throughout their law school careers. The students represent the top 10 percent of 1996-97 graduates from the CU School of Law. The law school graduated 167 students in May and recognized the top 15 percent of students from the December and May graduating classes at the May commencement. Students in the top 10 percent were selected in late June for the 1997 Order of the Coif. Named to the 1997 Order of the Coif from the CU School of Law are: Robert E. Barrett III, John Owen Borum, Jennifer Lee Bradfield, Alison Cornell, Gillian Dale, Ingrid Elaine Decker, John Ashley Hickey, Cameron Maclean Kenyon, Kent Alan Lembke, Bridgette M. Paige, Roxane Joy Perruso, Stephen D. Prodnuk, Melissa Kay Richards, Kevin Keith Robitaille, Patrick Cook-Hanalei Spencer and Morgan Anna Word. The English Order of the Coif was an ancient and honored institution of the Common Law, which included distinguished lawyers and barristers. The order took its name from the coif, or cap, which all members wore. The American Order was formed in 1911 for the purpose of promoting scholarship among law students. Only the top 10 percent of the graduating class of each school is eligible for membership.last_img read more

Discover your strengths with StrengthsQuest workshops

first_img Published: Jan. 18, 2017 CU Boulder faculty and staff are invited to participate in free professional development workshops facilitated by the Strengths Advisory Committee. Using the StrengthsQuest assessment, workshop participants will discover and learn to use their natural talents for both personal and professional development.The sessions vary in length from two to three hours and will take place in the Center for Community (C4C). Room locations will be shared in a confirmation email upon enrollment. May/summer sessions will be announced at the end of March.Due to space capacity, sessions close when enrollment reaches the maximum. Please only register for sessions you definitely plan to attend. See the scheduled workshops below and register online. Please note the the Strengths Introduction course (either the open session or one through your department) is a pre-requisite for the advanced workshops.If you have any questions, please email [email protected] Introduction*Leveraging your strengths can have a powerful impact in your life as you identify, develop and apply your talents to your personal and professional life. Learn about the research of strengths, well-being and engagement and how this tool can be applied to your work.Sessions are scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the following dates:Thursday, Jan. 19Friday, Jan. 27Friday, Feb. 24Friday, March 24*The intro session is a pre-requisite for the advanced workshops below.Strengths in 1:1 ConversationsEngaging in a strengths-based conversation can be a powerful way to counsel, advise and mentor students, staff and faculty. Upon developing an understanding of your strengths, this session will cover best practices for engaging in a one-on-one conversation with others. You’ll have the opportunity to practice strengths-based conversations and identify opportunities to engage in these conversations with others.Sessions are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates:Friday, Jan. 27Friday, Feb. 24Friday, March 24Strengths in SupervisionLearn about the principles of strengths-based leadership to enhance your role as a supervisor for students, staff and/or faculty. Talking about strengths provides an in-road when initiating new and/or challenging conversations. Learn strategies for integrating strengths into your supervision toolbox.Sessions are scheduled from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates:Friday, Jan. 27Friday, Feb. 24Friday, March 24Strengths Facilitation in GroupsOnce you have developed knowledge and some experience with strengths, attend this session to learn best practices when facilitating strengths with groups. In this session, you will gain knowledge of facilitation principles and experience facilitating key StrengthsQuest activities, as well as identify next steps for your own development and practice. We will also review best practices when working with pre-existing groups that are interested in utilizing a team talent map.Session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, from 1 to 4 p.m.Categories:Career DevelopmentCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Presqu’ile Recruits Julie Simon as New Executive Chef

first_imgTwitter Home Industry News Releases Presqu’ile Recruits Julie Simon as New Executive ChefIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessPresqu’ile Recruits Julie Simon as New Executive ChefBy Press Release – October 15, 2019 851 0 Pinterest ReddIt Share TAGSChef Julie SimonpeoplePresqu’ile Winery Linkedin Previous articleKobrand Corporation Named Exclusive U.S. Importer for AIX RoséNext articleVinitaly International Academy Returns to Hong Kong to Stage Its Ambassador Certification Course a Year After Launch of New Format Press Release AdvertisementNew Menus and a Permaculture Garden are in the WorksSanta Maria, California; October 15, 2019 – Presqu’ile, the estate winery poised high in the hills of Santa Maria with stunning ocean and vineyard views, announces the addition of Julie Simon as their new executive chef beginning October 1, 2019. Simon will be creating the tasting room wine and food pairings, as well as developing special event menus and overseeing wine dinners, including those with guest chefs.Julie recently headlined at one of the winery’s sell-out Guest Chef Dinners which brought her to the attention of the Murphys and invited her to come aboard. In her new position, she plans to rework the wine and food pairings to reflect both her style and to complement the library of wines at Presqu’ile. She is also designing an organic garden on the property.Tim Wanner, Director of Hospitality and Sales for the winery welcomes Simon to the Presqu’ile family, stating, “We are very excited to have Julie join the team. Her commitment to local sourcing, organic farming, and clean, ingredient-focused cooking truly aligns with Presqu’ile’s philosophy, and will make for a very great partnership showcasing our wines in their best light.”Julie Simon is enthusiastic about joining Presqu’ile, remarking, “I am thrilled to be joining such a strong and dedicated team, where I can be a part of propelling the Presqu’ile hospitality experience forward. And the addition of a permaculture garden not only shows our commitment to great food, it also nurtures the ‘sense of place’, mirroring our winemaking philosophy.”ABOUT CHEF JULIE SIMONJulie Simon is a San Luis Obispo based chef and farmer. Ten years ago, Simon was enrolled in university in her native France, ready to follow that path to a law career. Her restlessness and uncanny ability in the kitchen compelled her to move to Paso Robles where her aunt and uncle farmed an olive grove and pressed olive oil. Soon after, Simon landed kitchen jobs in some of the Central Coast’s finest restaurants and eventually became executive chef at the renowned Thomas Hill Organics Bistro when she was 23 years old. Julie served as opening chef at Foremost restaurant in San Luis Obispo. Her history in farming and pop-up dinners bring a worthy contribution to Presqu’ile’s vast array of services, further enriching the most sought after wine destination in the area.ABOUT PRESQU’ILE WINERY:Located in the heart of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria Valley, Presqu’ile (pronounced press-KEEL) is a small, family-run winery dedicated to making exceptional cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Presqu’ile is a multigenerational collaboration between Madison and Suzanne Murphy, their three adult children, Matt, Anna and Jonathan, and their daughters-in-law, Amanda and Lindsey. No strangers to agriculture, four generations of the wine-loving Murphy family have been farming land in Louisiana for almost a century. Led by eldest son Matt Murphy, the family founded Presqu’ile—the Creole word for “almost an island”—both as a tribute to a beloved Gulf Coast family gathering place that was lost in Hurricane Katrina, and because they envisioned Presqu’ile as an island-like haven amid the vines. Also on the team is rising star winemaker Dieter Cronje.The Santa Maria Valley is one of the most distinctive winegrowing appellations in the world. With one of the longest growing seasons in all of California. The Santa Maria Valley is a true cool-climate winegrowing region, yielding wines of extraordinary elegance and purity—qualities that define the world’s best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. To preserve the complexity of these grapes, the Murphys worked with acclaimed San Francisco-based Taylor Lombardo Architects to create a gravity-flow winery designed to Matt and Dieter’s specifications. And to ensure that each wine reflects its vineyard, Dieter practices a naturally minimalist approach to winemaking, with a focus on whole clusters, native yeasts and modest new oak. As a result, Presqu’ile’s wines are pure and purposeful, conveying the authentic charm, complexity and signature Santa Maria spice that have made the wines of the Santa Maria Valley famous among enthusiasts of elegant and balanced wines.Advertisement Facebook Emaillast_img read more

Conquer Dry January in Style with H2O

first_imgShare Home Industry News Releases Conquer Dry January in Style with H2OIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessConquer Dry January in Style with H2OBy Press Release – January 4, 2021 174 0 Email Pinterest AdvertisementSonoma, CA, January 4, 2020—G-Zee Brands, an innovative beverage company, has launched H2O (H2) Sonoma Soft Seltzer 0.0%, the world’s first wine-infused non-alcoholic sparkling water. Just in time for New Year’s resolutions and Dry January, these naturally delicious, premium beverages promise to define a new category with 0.0% alcohol lifestyle drinks that combine the refreshment of sparkling water and the taste and spirit of premium California wines. H2O is pure water infused with the juice of 100% California varietal winegrapes, premium dealcoholized wine and natural flavor extracts. H2O is the first of its kind and will allow drinkers to sail through Dry January in delicious style.The H2O Sonoma Soft Seltzer 0.0% line has launched with three of eight planned varietals: Pinot Noir, Rosé, and Sauvignon Blanc. H2O will release Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Moscato, and Zinfandel later in 2021. Consumers purchase H2O in environmentally friendly, recyclable 16oz (473ml) cans directly at stores, restaurants, wineries, and on H2O boasts healthful attributes perfect for New Year’s resolutions: only 30-60 calories per serving (depending on the varietal); antioxidant vitamins C and B12; plus electrolytes, potassium and calcium—with no detectable sulfites, gluten, artificial flavors, added sugar, or artificial sweeteners. H2O is created with holistic health, well-being and conscious consumption in mind–launching a brand-new wine-infused category featuring 0.0% alcohol.“At the heart of H2O Sonoma Soft Seltzer is our lifelong passion for great wine,” says award-winning Sonoma Winemaker Robert Rex. “My team and I have been making wine for nearly a half-century, focusing on the subtle flavor nuances that make a wine truly great. It is the inclusion of these subtle flavor essences from our favorite winegrape varietals that makes H2O Sonoma Soft Seltzer so innovative and exciting.”How did H2O come about? “While pouring thousands of taste-tests of our exceptional wines at Whole Foods Market,” Rex explains, “over the years, many customers expressed their desire for a wine-themed non-alcohol refreshment—something truly interesting they could drink anytime, anywhere. H2O is our studied answer. We are thrilled by the positive reviews already pouring in nationwide from social media influencers, wine lovers, and non-drinkers alike.”Rex continues, “H2O Sonoma Soft Seltzer is a healthy alternative — and a great companion — to wine, beer, cocktails or champagne. Treat yourself to a thirst-quenching can of H2O on your commute, at the stadium, on the beach, or enjoy it as a 0.0% alcohol refreshment anywhere or anytime alcohol is not appropriate. For wherever life takes you, bring H2O along. Enjoy hydrating with pure goodness, while savoring our various fine wine based flavors.”In an almost unprecedented debut for a beverage of any kind, within weeks of launching, H2O has already been cited in two academic journals1. The first, published by the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, proposes a growing consumer interest in and a willingness to purchase a winegrape-based beverage with enhanced nutritional properties like H2O. The second, published in Medicina by the same authors (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo professor Angelos K. Sikalidis and Anita H. Kelleher, Adeline Maykish, and Aleksandra S. Kristo), states about H2O/H2: “Thus, consumers are able to receive the advantages of sparkling water with additional possible health benefits without the concerns of ‘diet’ products with artificial ingredients and preservatives.”The first bottling of H2O Sonoma Soft Seltzer immediately sold out. Now, while completing the current grape harvest in the Sonoma Valley, G-Zee Brands is ramping up increased production and deliveries direct to consumers and distributors. For more news and updates about this unique new product, please follow H2on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @BubblesInSonoma and follow the hashtag #SoftSeltzer. Visit us online at or for any other inquiries at www.H2OFeedback.comAdvertisement Linkedin ReddIt Previous articlePepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars Announce Transition of Ownership from Goff Family to Dennis MurphyNext articleAfternoon Brief, January 4th Press Release TAGSG-Zee Brands Facebook Twitterlast_img read more