I like popping corks on beers. Legitimate corks. It lets me know I’m in for something a bit more complex than your standard pop top beer. Blue Mountain Barrel House, the sister brewery to Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Va., loves to put out corked beers. The Barrel House is where Blue Mountain produces top-shelf beers that require patience—lots of barrel-aged, bottle-conditioned brews. Beers with corks.Their Uber Pils is one of my favorites right now, which is surprising since the Pilsner is arguably one of the most forgettable beer styles on the market. It’s almost easier to describe a Pilsner by what it doesn’t taste like. It’s not hoppy, it’s not malty, it’s not fruity…Beck’s is a Pilsner. Carlsberg is a Pilsner. Heineken is a Pilsner. The style is definitely crisp and refreshing, but it’s easily forgotten.That’s not the case with Uber Pils, an “imperial pilsner” that takes the crisp, refreshing aspects of a Pilsner, then jacks it up into something memorable. The beer doesn’t have much of a nose (most Pilsners don’t), but it pours darker and cloudier than most Pilsners. It’s a rounder, more full-bodied beer with plenty of Pils carbonation, but more of a malt backbone. It’s just a little bit sweet, and clocks in a 40 IBU’s, which puts the beer in Pale Ale territory in terms of bitterness. It also comes in at a respectable 7.6% ABV, which takes it well out of session territory.Ultimately, Uber Pils is a big beer, with big beer taste—the Pilsner for beer snobs who don’t respect Pilsners. For me, it’s one of those tasty brews that actually makes me sad when the bottle is empty. And it’s definitely worthy of the cork.Follow Graham Averill’s exploits in drinking and parenthood at daddy-drinks.com.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Francesco SantodonatoA 39-year-old substitute gym teacher in the South Huntington School District has been accused of having child pornography on his computer at his West Babylon home.Suffolk County police arrested Francesco Santodonato on charges of possession of a sexual performance of a child and promoting a sexual performance by a child.Computer Crimes Section detectives confiscated his computer and for a forensic examination that revealed pornographic pictures and videos of children.Police noted that they found no evidence of physical contact between Santodonato and students, but they are asking parents speak with their children about possible inappropriate contact with him.Santodonato will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.
By Scott Owen SHAWANO, Wis. (June 28) – A high-speed chess match Saturday at Shawano Speedway ended with Tracy Wassenberg in victory lane following the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. Lucas Lamberies shot from fourth to the lead on the first lap while Wassenberg moved into second on the fifth go-around, setting up that high-speed chess match. Lap after lap with Lamberies leading, Wassenberg tried to get inside and get to the front. Wassenberg showed his nose to the Clintonville teenager numerous times and Lamberies showed great poise staying in the lead.Wassenberg kept trying to get inside of Lamberies until lap 18 when he tried the outside and the pair were virtually side-by-side as the white flag waved.Wassenberg pulled ahead on the final lap and scored his fourth win of the year. Lamberies took second. Jordan Bartz started last by taking the challenge and finished third.Tom Schaal led the first five laps of the IMCA Modified feature before Matt Oreskovich snuck underneath Schaal to take over the lead on lap six. Oreskovich was quickly joined by Eddie Muenster and Jerry Wilinski out in front. After a lap seven caution for debris in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main, Jerry Wilinski utilized an outside pass to get around Matt Oreskovich. He continued to race the high line and looked to have the car to beat.Muenster tried multiple grooves to stay with the leader. On lap 19 Wilinski got too high in turn four and kissed the wall, breaking his momentum. Muenster capitalizedand grabbed the lead and went on to win. Wilinski recovered to finish second. Marcus Yarie, who had taken the challenge to start last, passed 15 cars to finish in third. Rookie Trent Nolan paced the first six laps of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature before Travis VanStraten took to the inside exiting turn two and secured the lead. VanStraten led the rest of the wayt for his third straight local feature win. Mike Schmidt finished second in the race. He has finished no worse than fourth in a feature this year. Nolan held on to take third in the race.
Basketball club Spars from Sarajevo has once again confirmed the domination in working with young players of B&H. After having won titles in all youth categories during the last season, Spars continues the same way even this season.Spars team in competition of pioneers and cadets during the final tournament held last weekend in Srebrenik won the title of B&H Champion.“The path that Spars team continues will surely bring more titles to B&H and the European basketball will know about Spars. Also, we are waiting semifinal and final tournament in B&H in junior competition with realistic ambitions and also we expect that our juniors will repeat the last year’s success with which we would complete another successful season”, announced Basketball Club Spars.(Source: Fena)
In this Jan. 3, 2001, file photo, former Carolina Panthers NFL football player Rae Carruth sits at the defense table during his trial in Charlotte, N.C. Former NFL wide receiver Rae Carruth has been released from prison after serving 18 years for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child. The Carolina Panthers’ 1997 first-round draft pick was released Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, from Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina after completing his sentence. (AP Photo/Jeff Siner, Pool, File)Carruth was found guilty of orchestrating a plot to kill Cherica Adams on Nov. 16, 1999, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to avoid paying child support. Adams was shot four times while driving her car but managed to make a 911 call that helped implicate Carruth.Adams went into a coma and died less than a month later after the shooting.The child she was carrying, Chancellor Lee Adams, was delivered by emergency cesarean section but suffers from permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.Carruth has never admitted guilt in Adams’ murder, but in a complex 15-page letter to WBTV-TV in Charlotte in February he wrote that “I feel responsible for everything that happened. And I just want (Saundra Adams) to know that truly I am sorry for everything.”Carruth’s former attorney, David Rudolf, did not immediately return phone calls Monday seeking comment about Carruth’s release and plans.Last week, Carruth told WSOC-TV in Charlotte in a telephone interview, “I just truly want to be forgiven.”He went on to say he was “somewhat frightened” about his release, adding that “I’m nervous just about how I’ll be received by the public. I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me.”Carruth has repeatedly said he wants to have a relationship with his son, who remains in the custody of his grandmother, Saundra Adams, who has raised him since birth. Adams had previously said she would be there when Carruth got out of prison, but she was not present Monday.Carruth’s arrest on charges of conspiracy and attempted murder nine days after the shooting sent shockwaves throughout the Panthers organization.The team released Carruth and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after he fled the Charlotte area after posting $3 million bail and was found by federal authorities hiding in the trunk of a car in Tennessee, about 500 miles from Charlotte.Panthers center Frank Garcia played with Carruth for more than two seasons. He said players were stunned when they heard the news of Carruth’s possible involvement in the murder, about 20 miles from the team’s downtown stadium in the affluent section of South Charlotte.“It would be like finding out the guy sitting in the cubicle next to you at work was arrested for murder,” Garcia said. “You just don’t always know people as well as you think you do.”Garcia said Carruth was a little shy, and mostly kept to himself. But he said Carruth had a passion for helping kids, including reading books to elementary school students.It was a difficult time in Panthers history.Some players were called out of football practice to testify at the trial. Those not involved would spend time huddling in the players’ lounge watching the trial on Court TV.“That is one time where you were actually hiding from the cameras,” Garcia said. “You just wanted to stay low and not be involved. All along you’re asking yourself, ‘Did I miss any signs? How is somebody capable of this?’”While in jail Carruth worked as a barber, making about $1 per hour, the Department of Public Safety said.That’s a far cry from the four-year, $3.7 million contract Carruth signed with the Panthers after being drafted — although he never collected all of that money since he was released in the third year of his deal.___For more NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL #BREAKING & #JUST IN: Our first look at Rae Carruth in nearly a decade. He was released from Sampson Correctional Facility in Clinton, NC shortly after 8 a.m. The former Panthers player was charged in the 1999 murder of Cherica Adams in Charlotte, NC. @wcnc #RaeCarruth8:21 AM – Oct 22, 2018 Rae Carruth is a free man.The former NFL wide receiver was released from prison Monday after serving more than 18 years for conspiring to murder the mother of his unborn child.The Carolina Panthers’ 1997 first-round draft pick was released from Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, North Carolina, after completing his sentence of 18 to 24 years.Carruth did not speak to reporters as he left prison wearing a knit cap and an unzipped jacket on a chilly morning with temperatures in the high 30s. There was a smattering of applause when he got into a white SUV and was whisked away. He was taken to an undisclosed location. Ariel Plasencia✔@ariel_plasencia Former Carolina Panthers NFL football player Rae Carruth, center, exits the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton, N.C., Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP) 29 people are talking about this 17 The 44-year-old Carruth will be on a nine-month post-release program, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins. He would need special permission from a case officer to leave the state or the country during that span but is free to go wherever he pleases after nine months. Twitter Ads info and privacy
“Each player in the South Africa cricket team has demonstrated a hunger to succeed in the toughest format of the game, and the team’s consistency over the last few years has seen South Africa reach this top position, winning them the Reliance ICC Test Mace.”Time at the top The Proteas, under Graeme Smith, first took over at the top in August 2012, when they beat England 2-0 in England. Australia had an opportunity to take over the top spot in November 2012, but South Africa won 1-0 Down Under to secure their grip on the number one ranking. Since then, they have gone opened up a considerable gap at the top of the pile to remain the world’s top test team.Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings tableSouth Africa, 127 Australia, 115India, 112England, 107Pakistan, 100Sri Lanka, 89New Zealand, 87West Indies, 87Zimbabwe, 34Bangladesh, 19 16 April 2014 The Proteas were recognised as the number one test team in the world on Tuesday when the Chief Executive Officer of Cricket South Africa (CSA), Haroon Lorgat, received the prestigious Reliance ICC Test Championship Mace on their behalf. The Proteas finished on top of the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table on the annual cut-off date of 1 April, and were also rewarded with a cheque of $475 000.Second time at number one It was the second time, since the current ranking system was introduced in 2003, that South Africa has finished as the number one ranked test team in the world. In their last test series, South Africa lost 1-2 to Australia as captain Graeme Smith bowed out of international cricket. Irrespective of the series result, however, South Africa was assured of the number one position on the table. David Richardson, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Chief Executive, presented the Mace and cheque to Lorgat in a ceremony staged at the Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town.‘Delighted’ At the presentation, Lorgat said: “I am delighted to receive the Reliance ICC Test Mace and prize money, not just on behalf of the players and the team management, but on behalf of all South Africans. “I know the players relish the enormous privilege of representing our country and also appreciate the responsibility that goes with it.” ‘A symbol of excellence’ Richardson, a former Proteas’ wicketkeeper from 1992 to 1998, said: “The Mace is a symbol of excellence and recognition of a side’s outstanding achievement in the toughest and most traditional format of the game. “South Africa has all the reasons to be proud of its feat as it is only the fourth team after Australia, India and England to hold the Mace. “Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and by promoting it as much as we can we will help to ensure its continuing good health as one of our three forms of the game at international level.”‘The world’s best test-playing team’ Gurdeep Singh, the President and CEO of Wireless Business, Reliance Communications, said: “We would like to congratulate South Africa for once again emerging as the world’s best test-playing team on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings. SAinfo reporter
28 August 2014Mayors and councillors should be at the forefront of the fight against water leakages in South Africa, says KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu.Mchunu was visiting KwaMashu Township in Durban on Tuesday as part of the government’s War on Water Leaks campaign.“We will continue with this campaign across the province, and mayors and councillors must demonstrate leadership and be at the forefront of this campaign,” Mchunu said, while encouraging communities to report water leaks and illegal connections to the authorities.“Through the War on Water Leaks campaign, we are educating the people of this province about the importance of fixing leaking taps in their homes,” he said, noting that one drop per second from a leaking tap wasted up to 30 litres of water an hour, meaning that one household could waste 10 000 litres of water per year through leaking taps.“This excludes water leaks in schools, hospitals, clinics, government offices, public buildings and other recreational facilities in various municipalities.”He said that water leaks and illegal connections did not only occur in residential areas but also in industrial areas.“In this regard, government is committed to working with captains of industry, business chambers, small and commercial farmers in order to ensure that we comply with the water laws in the country.”The Premier announced that the provincial Water and Sanitation Department had allocated R2.4-million to eThekwini Municipality to take care of water leaks in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) areas.“In the INK Area (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu) about 533 leaks have been identified and fixed. About 375 illegal connections have been removed. 950 cases have been investigated,” he said.“At the end of second quarter in December 2012, eThekwini Municipality was losing more than 237-million litres a day – an increase of 3.467 million litres every day when compared to the whole of the 2011/12 financial year period. In 2011/12 the eThekwini Municipality a total of 85.6-billion litres – more than 234-million of litres a day.”He encouraged municipalities to use the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant to implement water conservation programmes, and to concrete action plans in partnerships with Water Service Authorities, Water Boards and other bodies such as the Water Research Commission, the Strategic Water Partners Network, the KwaZulu- Natal Water Conservation Forum and tertiary institutions.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New research by the University of Tennessee quantifies what many in agriculture have known for years; failure of our aging river locks and dams along the Mississippi River and its tributaries would be ruinous with billions of dollars in lost jobs and reduced economic activity.Recently, USDA released estimates of the economic implications to the agriculture sector should a disruption occur at either Lock & Dam 25 on the Upper Mississippi or La Grange Lock & Dam on the Illinois River waterway. The locations were selected because they are representative of the lock system as a whole but also because they occupy key locations on the river system.“These are both 600 foot locks even though modern tows are 1,200 feet-long. They are also at the lower reaches of the waterways,” said Ken Hartman, chair of the National Corn Growers Association’s Market Access Action Team. “The southbound traffic here already contributes to long delays because of the lock size. But a disruption of any length of time related to their deteriorating condition would be catastrophic for family farmers who are increasingly dependent on exports and trade.”Among several important findings, the report concludes a L&D 25 closure could result in a loss of more than 7,000 jobs, $1.3 billion of labor income and about $2.4 billion of economic activity (total industry output) annually. Similarly, closing La Grange Lock & Dam could result in a reduction of 5,500 jobs, $900 million of labor income and $1.8 billion of economic activity annually.“A majority of these locks were built in the 1930s and have surpassed their designed lifespan,” Hartman said. “With growing demand being made on the system upgrading the navigational efficiency of these waterways is a priority for corn farmers and NCGA, especially when most of our prospective customers are now overseas.”A total of 36 locks and dams, 28 on the Upper Mississippi River, are maintained at a nine-foot depth navigation channel for barge transportation.In terms of legislation addressing this long-term, challenging issue, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5303, the Water Resources and Development Act of 2016 in late September with a vote of 399-25. The U.S. Senate passed S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act earlier in the same month.“Inland waterways are a central part of our country’s transportation infrastructure, helping farmers and ranchers to get their products to market quickly and safely,” said Brent Hostetler, NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair, a farmer from Plain City. “The Water Resources Development Act is an important step forward in our efforts to maintain and modernize our inland waterways infrastructure.”The bill provides only minor policy tweaks and is focused on clearing the backlog of projects at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, S. 2848 will provide relief from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations by exempting farms with up to 2,000 gallons of storage capacity and fully exempts animal feed.Congressman Bob Gibbs of Ohio, chairs the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, offered leadership and continued support for the inland waterways system in House version of the bill.The next step for WRDA 2016 is a conference of the House and Senate bills, with a potential final bill ready to be signed by the President by the end of the year.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#start#startups It looks like the joke may have been on me. When Yammer debuted from TC50 in 2008 I posted a very negative story. That is unusual. I am an entrepreneur and know how hard it is to build a startup so I love celebrating the success stories. In Yammer’s case, it looks like I was wrong. (This is one case where I love being proved wrong!)In the last few months I was hearing positive things from customers about Yammer. Then I saw Emergence Capital put in $10 million. There must be some serious traction for that to happen. So I spoke to David Sacks, CEO at Yammer, to find out the story behind this news. There are some interesting lessons in their success for other SaaS entrepreneurs.Yammer TractionRaising $10 million from VC that really understand SaaS is not traction, but it is evidence that traction is probably already there. I was keen to find out some numbers.Sacks told me that Yammer has over 60,000 networks (a.k.a companies using Yammer) and that the average network has more than 10 employees. So that means that they have over 600,000 “seats”.But most of those are free. The Yammer story is about how well freemium can work if done right. Sacks told me that they have a conversion of about 10% to 15% from free to paid. So you can do the math. Actually you cannot really, this is normal in a private company that opens the kimono slightly but won’t do the full disclosure that you get and expect from a public company.But you get the basic picture. They are getting lots of free users and converting a reasonable number to paid. And they don’t need Superbowl ads to do this. So the CAC/ACV ratio (customer acquisition cost divided by annual contract value) looks like it must be pretty good.Simple Is GoodWhen Yammer won TC50 I saw many other ventures that had far more sophisticated technology and models. So it seemed like a joke that something as simple and derivative as Yammer should win.But in the startup game, simple is good. There is a reason we often have to remind ourselves to KISS – keep it simple stupid. It is hard to get noticed and even harder if your proposition is not brain-dead simple.One analyst who tracks Enterprise 2.0 told me that Yammer was like the “gateway drug for social media in the enterprise”. It is so simple to get started. Then when you get some benefit you look around for additional features. Sacks was keen to point out the sophisticated features that Yammer has now built for enterprise customers. You can see them on their site, and the big companies using Yammer and singing its praises (such as Sungard) would demand these features.But adding on features when you get market traction is not that hard. That is not the story. Getting traction is the story.The ‘Google Price’Their base price is $3 per user, per month, and they have a Gold version at $5 per user, per month.That is what some people call the “Google price” (how high they price their apps). Zoho is in the same range. In the non-digital world we call this the Walmart price, a.k.a the China price.At scale, these prices lead to a great business. But you have to get to scale. Starting with these price points makes scale more achievable.No SaaS startup can ignore this price point any more. A low entry price reduces friction. Remember the 10% to 15% conversion from free? Price is key to that.Google Buzz Will Kill Them. So Will Twitter. Hmmm…I spoke to Sacks on the day that Google Buzz was buzzing. Actually I had already switched off Buzz, deciding that it is a time suck, and no longer believe that Google wins at every game they enter just because they won the biggest game of all – search/PPC.When Yammer first came out I thought that Twitter could replicate their “private mode” with a few lines of code. They could and it would have stopped Yammer dead in its tracks. But they did not. They still could, but now Yammer has some traction. If Twitter offers this capability now, Yammer can still make it. And Twitter has a priority list of mega-big opportunities as long as your arm – and this one is probably way down the list.So Yammer may be able to carve a big enough role for itself between the gorillas.The Great Unified Messaging In The SkyYammer is a replacement for email. That obviously does not mean people stop using email, they just stop using it for some messages. That is happening already. Messaging is getting fragmented and that creates its own problem. So lots of smart folk are going after unified messaging. Google is using millions of people as a consumer research panel by throwing Wave and Buzz out there and analyzing the reactions.Somebody will get unified messaging right. But it will require some user interface magic. If Apple focused on this… ? In the meantime, we can expect fragmentation for a long time to come. Yammer’s approach to this was simple and elegant. bernard lunn
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license South Korean shipbuilding company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) wrapped up the first six months of 2018 with a lower profit year over year. The shipbuilder delivered a net income of KRW 432.6 billion (USD 380.4 million) in the first half of the year, compared to KRW 1.488 trillion seen in the corresponding period a year earlier. This was a decline of more than 70 percent.In addition, operating income stood at KRW 528.06 billion in H1 2018, against KRW 888.03 billion recorded in the same period of 2017.Despite the lack of one-off gains, DSME — one of the country’s “big three” shipbuilders — managed to remain profitable.In line with its restructuring process, DSME decided last year to sell its 51% stake in Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI) shipyard in Romania. With the sale of the insolvent subsidiary, DSME intended to focus on Okpo Shipyard and improve its financial structure. The transaction was completed in July 2018.Reflecting on the sale of its Mangalia stake, DSME explained that the disposal will have a financial impact in the third quarter of this year. Loss on disposal will amount to KRW 460 billion, the shipbuilder said in a statement.Net income for the three-month period ended June 30, 2018, decreased to KRW 206.24 billion from KRW 1.255 trillion reported in Q2 2017.What is more, operating profit was KRW 229.44 billion in Q2 2018, down from an operating profit of KRW 664.74 billion posted in the second quarter last year.World Maritime News Staff