Rosé: You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

first_imgFrom ancient Greece, where they created a field blend of red and white grapes (think “You got chocolate in my peanut butter”) to a Hamptons summer obsession, rosé has a colorful history. It is said in 6th Century BC, the Phocaeans took this pink wine made from reds to Massalia which is now Marseilles, and the Romans spread its popularity. In the U.S., it was the famed Mateus and Lancers rosé which flooded the market and became the ladies’ version of alcohol with training wheels. They weren’t taken seriously but the bottles did serve as lovely candlestick holders. (I, of course, had a fine palate and was drinking Riunite Lambrusco.)In 1972, the famed Sutter Home White Zinfandel created a pink-hazed craze for bridge clubs and Junior Leagues and made plane travel much more enjoyable. Julia Child was one of rosé’s few defenders, claiming that it could be served with anything, yet any sommelier worth their tempestuous taste buds wouldn’t consider putting it on a wine list. But rosé was not insulted and pushed on, even attracting the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to create their own label in 2000.Luxury rosé managed to escape from its oxymoronic roots. From 2013 to 2014, sales of rosés over $20 grew 41 percent in the U.S. compared to one-percent growth for all other wine categories, according to Bloomberg. “Rosé all day” continued to rise in popularity to the point when in the summer of 2014, Wölffer Estate Vineyards ran out of cases of its rosé. Cryptocurrency had nothing on the secret stashes traded on the black market. Now rosé is consumed in such vast quantities it is jokingly referred to as Hamptons pool water. And even though women flock to the enticing blush color and flowery labels, men have also learned that pink isn’t just for pocket squares. Now rosé has earned a place at the tasting table and has gone from off the rack to high-wine fashion.For National Rosé Day (which is annually observed the second Saturday in June), Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton hosted a garden party for Chateau de Berne, part of the Provence Rosé Group. Anything French and pink is always good in my book. The aforementioned Romans built the 1235-acre site of the Chateau de Berne Estate in Provence, where over 300 acres of vines are sustainably farmed. The Estate is also home to a five-star Relais & Chateau Hotel and Spa and Michelin-starred Restaurant. (Bonjour frequent flyer miles!)Sommelier Jon McDaniel was kind enough to provide tasting notes for the delectable nectars from winemaker Alexis Cornu. The descriptions are as luscious as the wines and make me want to put on a white flowing dress with a daisy chain in my hair and run through lavender fields to the sounds of Jacques Brel — or at least saunter over to Starbucks with a sparkle in my eye.Inspiration, “Dry in the finish with flavors of fresh strawberry, Provencal lavender, and picked basil.” Romance, my personal favorite (no surprise there), “Beautiful floral and berry aromas awaken your senses with freshly picked summer peaches and strawberry cream.” And if you are going to judge a wine by its bottle, there is the Ultimate Provence, another estate in the wine group near Saint Tropez on 100 acres with a new hotel, restaurant, and event space. The carved bottle promises, “Layers of raspberry, strawberry jam in the nose invite you to a gorgeous, yet spicy palate.” I swear in my next life I want to be a wine writer.So, come on my friend rosé, you and I have both been underrated and only gotten more sophisticated with age. We have come a long way, and I can’t wait to see where we go next. Bring your Sharelast_img read more

Civil procedure

first_imgCorporation tax – Costs – Group relief Revenue & Customs Commissioners v Marks & Spencer Plc: ChD (Mr Justice Warren): 27 August 2010 David Ewart QC, Sarah Ford (instructed by the in-house solicitor) for the appellant; Nicola Shaw, Paul Farmer (instructed by Dorsey & Whitney (Europe) LLP) for the respondent.center_img The court was required to determine outstanding costs issues in relation to proceedings in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Justice in certain tax appeals. The respondent company (M) had made group relief claims for the losses of trading subsidiaries in Germany, Belgium and France. The appellant commissioners refused the claims. M appealed in respect of some of the claims and others were the subject of a joint referral to the special commissioners. They concluded that the claims were rightly refused. M appealed and questions were referred to the ECJ. The ECJ gave a preliminary ruling that it was contrary to the freedom of establishment to preclude the possibility for a parent company to deduct the losses incurred by non-resident subsidiaries from its taxable profits, if the parent company showed that those losses were not and could not be taken into account in the state of residence of those subsidiaries. The case returned to the High Court and Court of Appeal. M accepted that group relief was rightly refused in respect of the losses of the French subsidiary. The appeals and referrals were then remitted back to the First-tier Tribunal. By that stage, further group relief claims had been made. The tribunal held that the later claims were valid since by that time the no possibilities test was satisfied. M submitted that the costs of the High Court and ECJ proceedings should follow the event and that the event was M’s success in obtaining group relief. Held: (1) The correct approach in principle was to consider the appropriate costs order by reference to ­success on the appeals which were originally before the special commissioners and which formed the subject matter of the appeal to the High Court, the reference to the ECJ, the resumed High Court hearing and the subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal. In applying that approach, the general rule was that the successful party got his costs (rule 44.3(2)(a) of the Civil Procedure Rules) but that rule could be displaced (rule 44.3(2)(b) of the CPR). And in deciding what order to make, the court had to have regard to all the circumstances, including whether a party had succeeded on part of his case, even if he had not been wholly successful (rule 44.3(4)(b) of the CPR). Accordingly, it did not necessarily follow from the fact that the commissioners had succeeded on all the appeals and referrals originally before the special commissioners, High Court and the Court of Appeal, that they were entitled to an order for payment of all of their costs. (2) In the present case, the commissioners had been wholly successful in relation to the appeals and referrals which were originally before the special commissioners and to which the costs in the High Court and the costs of the reference to the ECJ were attributable. But they had not been wholly successful in relation to all of the issues which the appeals and referrals raised; nor had M been wholly successful. In particular, neither party was wholly successful on the questions which were raised by the reference. The commissioners succeeded in establishing the general principle that the group relief provisions in domestic law pursued a legitimate objective; but M succeeded in showing that the measures implemented in pursuing that objective went beyond what was necessary and that it was not permissible to exclude relief when certain conditions were fulfilled as reflected in the no possibilities test. (3) The proceedings on the reference should not be treated as a wholly distinct matter. The fact that the commissioners had not been wholly successful on the reference did not mean that they should recover less than their full costs. The court had had to refer the questions to the ECJ to be able to deal with the appeals before it. Both parties took positions that were not fully vindicated but the commissioners were successful in the context of the actual appeals and referrals under consideration. As a result of the decision of the ECJ, M’s claims in respect of losses of the French subsidiary were finally rejected and the earlier claims for the pay and file years failed. In the circumstances, there was nothing which justified departure from the ordinary rule. Accordingly, M should pay the commissioners’ costs of the High Court proceedings and of the reference to the ECJ to be assessed on the standard basis if not agreed. (4) As a matter of principle, the commissioners were entitled to recover such of their costs of the appeal to the Court of Appeal as were ­attributable exclusively to the costs of the appeals in respect of the French losses. (5) Part 36 offers made by M did not affect the result. The offers involved the commissioners making a substantial repayment of tax. It could not be said that the outcome of the appeal process was ‘at least as advantageous’ as the offer within rule 36.14(1)(b) of the CPR where M had been wholly unsuccessful in relation to the claims actually subject to the appeals. Judgment accordingly.last_img read more

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Tackling water issues in the classroom

first_img* Be aware of your water footprint. Conduct a water audit at home, determine your monthly use from your municipal bill and set goals to become more water efficient. Monitor your use, respect water restrictions that are in place and keep track of your progress.* Fix leaks at home and report public water leaks to your local municipality.* Make your garden water-wise by planting indigenous drought-resistant plants which require minimal watering. * Collect rainwater from gutters to use in your garden and invest in a rainwater tank. * Install a grey-water system and recycle water at home. * Do not pour toxic paint, solvents, chemicals, poisons or pesticides into storm-water, sewer drains or normal rubbish. Find out where your nearest hazardous waste site is and dispose of polluting substances responsibly.* Identify and remove invasive alien vegetation from your garden and local wetland. Protect and keep your local freshwater ecosystems pollution-free. If you see someone polluting water, call the Blue Scorpions on 0800 200 200.* Be water wise and purchase water-efficient fixtures and fittings as well as water-saving appliances. Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher and washing machine to save water and energy. 1 of 3last_img read more

RFID avoids oven collisions

first_imgLOCOMOTIVES which move wagons containing 20 tonnes of coke at 1320íC between the 132 ovens and two quenching towers at the Redcar plant of steelmaker Corus are subjected to extremely harsh conditions as the plant runs continuously every day of the year.’Each cooling operation produces 2 tonnes of steam, so often the drivers can’t see each other’, said Dave Aston, Manufacturing Engineer at the plant. The increases the risk of collisions between the locos, which weight up to 110 tonnes when fully loaded. ’Even though they are in radio contact, they could not always see where they were clearly, so there was a potential risk of collision. This would then lead to possible injury and loss of production.’ Plans to use shaft encoders, laser or sonar positioning and satellite tracking to monitor the location of the locos proved impractical, so Corus turned to RFID tags. A total of 309 LRP250 passive read-write RF tags are spread along 370m of track at intervals of 1·2m, matching the spacing of the coke oven doors. Each of the three locos has been fitted with a sealed, bi-directional LRP820-02 long range reader-writer antenna, and an in-cab monitor which shows the position of the loco to within 0·30m. An automated control system provides audible warnings in the two locos in service at any one time if they are within 90m of each other. Closer than 80m the speed is automatically cut from 125m/min to 25m/min, and the locos are brought to a halt if they get 15m apart.DataScan Systems, UKlast_img read more

Martin Schmitz

first_imgMartin Schmitz from Vossloh Kiepe will become Technical Managing Director of VDV, the Association of German Transport Undertakings, on September 1.last_img

Loans to fund Croatian upgrading

first_imgCROATIA: Infrastructure manager Hrvatske Željeznice Infrastruktura has applied for a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development to help finance a €120m rehabilitation programme for the Savski Marof – Zagreb section of Trans-European Corridor X.The project covers 22 km of double-track on the western approach to the capital, together with various connecting lines. Both tracks are to be relaid with new rail and concrete sleepers, and the route will also be resignalled.The EBRD funding is also expected to cover consultancy services for the development and monitoring of the infrastructure manager’s safety plan and for a strategic review into potential options for the commercialisation of railway property.Tendering for the work is expected to start in the second quarter of 2014.Meanwhile, the Croatian government is reviewing proposals for modernisation of the rail corridor from Rijeka to the Hungarian border via Zagreb, which is to be upgraded with European funding. An initial tranche of 1·25bn kuna will be allocated for reconstruction and double-tracking of the Dugo Selo – Krizevci section of the route.Passenger operator HŽ Putnički Prijevoz has announced its intention to withdraw services from 22 little-used lines with effect from April 24, following a reduction in state support. Managing Director Dražen Ratković said the new timetable offering 343 trains/day in place of 724 would save 80m kuna a year.last_img read more

Royal Enfield to Open CKD Plant in Thailand

first_imgThey plan to supply the Thai market directly. RE received more than 700 orders for the new Interceptor 650 and Continental 650 GT in the country alone. Royal Enfield are opening a CKD plant in Thailand in June 2019.center_img Royal Enfield announced that they will open a CKD plant in Thailand in June this year.The plan means the brand has somewhat come full circle since Thailand was one of the first Southeast Asian market that they penetrated. The Kingdom was also amongst the first global market to receive the Interceptor 650 and Continental 650 GT.Royal Enfield (RE) claimed that they haves received over 700 bookings in the country itself for the two models since their launch last year. 100 have been delivered to date.The manufacturer hopes to further expand their reach and support in the country. Besides the factory, they are also aiming to set up 15 dealerships and 25 service centres by March 2020. There will be more dealerships in Bangkok, Greater Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Not bad considering that they started with just one dealership in Bangkok just not long ago.The Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 won the “Best Modern Classic Middleweight” award at the Thailand Bike of the Year 2019 awards ceremony.However, RE did not mention if they plan to export the bikes produced in Thailand to other Southeast Asian countries.–Ads–last_img read more

Report: J.R. Smith to Skip Voluntary Cavs’ Camp

first_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. As the Cleveland Cavaliers gather in Santa Barbara, California for a voluntary team camp, shooting guard J.R. Smith, still a free-agent, will not be in attendance.This news comes courtesy of Brian Windhorst of ESPN.Smith and his agent, Rich Paul, have been in negotations with the team since July.The Cavs went through a similar situation with Paul and Tristan Thompson in 2015, and the power forward/center ultimately signed with the Cavs on Oct. 21, less than two weeks before the start of the regular season.The Cavaliers start their official training camp on Sept. 27 at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence, so perhaps Smith will strike a deal with the Cavs by then, but the shooting guard will not be working out with his championship teammates in California this week. Related Topicscenter_img Matt Medleylast_img read more

Mei 2017, Jumlah Penumpang KRL Jabodetabek Tembus 1 juta Per hari

first_imgBaca juga: Mei 2017, PT KCJ Tambah Portable Ramp di 74 StasiunFadhil mengatakan, tren peningkatan jumlah pengguna KRL ini sudah sejak April 2017 dengan KRL mengangkut rata-rata hampir 950 ribu penumpang setiap harinya. Adanya peningkatan ini, karena penambahan penumpang setiap stasiunya merata. Apalagi saat ini KRL tujuan Rangkasbitung sudah beroperasi.“Jumlah 1 juta pengguna ini cerminan kepercayaan dan apresiasi masyarakat Jabodetabek pada KCJ yang senantiasa berupaya meningkatkan pelayanan dan kapasitas angkut KRL. Kami berterimakasih kepada masyarakat Jabodetabek dan para pemangku kepentingan atas dukungannya terhadap transportasi publik, khususnya KRL,” jelas Fadhil.Fadhil mengatakan, pihaknya beberapa tahun terakhir ini terus meningkatkan pelayanan bagi para pengguna untuk memberikan yang terbaik pada KRL. Seperti salah satunya ramp portable dan penambahan dua stasiun baru hingga Rangkasbitung.Berkaca ke tahun 2016, rata-rata jumlah pengguna KRL per hari mencapai 850.000 pengguna pada hari-hari kerja, dengan rekor jumlah pengguna terbanyak yang dilayani dalam satu hari adalah 931.082. Sebagai operator sarana, kereta Commuter Line yang dioperasikan KCJ saat ini melayani 72 stasiun di seluruh Jabodetabek dengan jangkauan rute mencapai 184,5 km. Hingga Oktober 2016, KCJ telah memiliki 826 unit KRL.  Sepanjang tahun 2016, KCJ telah melakukan penambahan armada sebanyak 60 kereta.Di tahun 2017 ini, PT KCJ memprogramkan dapat melayani 292.340.798 penumpang atau bertambah sekitar 12 juta penumpang jika dibandingkan realisasi volume penumpang tahun lalu. Sumber: PT KAI Commuter Jakarta (KCJ) pada Mei 2017 mencatat penumpang Commuter Line atau kereta listrik (KRL) tembus mencapai jumlah satu juta per harinya. Hasil ini lebih cepat dari target awal dimana KCJ berharap 2019 mendatang penumpang hingga 1,2 juta per hari.Baca juga: Per 1 April, PT KCJ Buka Rute Tanah Abang – RangkasbitungHasil satu juta penumpang ini di kutip dari siaran pers PT KCJ dengan hasil 1.014.631 penumpang KRL pada Senin (8/5/2017). Jumlah ini sebelumnya tercatat 1.104.696 pengguna KRL pada Jumat (5/5/2017) lalu. “Ini sekaligus menjadi catatan tertinggi sepanjang sejarah beroperasinya KRL,” jelas Direktur Utama PT KCJ Muhammad Nurul Fadhila dalam keterangan tertulis Rabu (10/5/2017). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedHindari Berebut Masuk KRL, PT KCJ Buat Garis Batas Antrean di Stasiun24/08/2017In “Darat”Mei 2017, PT KCJ Tambah Portable Ramp di 74 Stasiun06/04/2017In “Bus dalam kota”KRL Premium, Apa Bedanya dengan KRL Reguler?21/12/2018In “Darat”last_img read more