Diners Club buys Platter’s Guide

first_imgAlmost 1.4-million copies of Platter’s Guide have been sold since the first issue came out in 1980.(Image: Platter’s Guide)John Platter and his wife Erica left their day jobs to run their small wine farm in Franschhoek.(Image: Cape Wine, Hong Kong)MEDIA CONTACTS • Philip van ZylEditor, Platter’s Guide+27 82 490 1820 or +27 28 316 3210 Janine ErasmusInternational credit card company Diners Club has snapped up the Platter’s Guide, South Africa’s oldest and best-selling wine guide. The guide will complement Diners Club’s other wine-related offerings in South Africa.Both parties have been actively involved in the local wine industry for years. Diners Club holds an annual wine list competition, which encourages establishments to refine and improve their wine offerings to their patrons and to consistently match global standards.For the past 31 years the company has run a winemaker of the year competition and since 2001, a young winemaker of the year competition with the aim of encouraging talent in the industry. It also sponsors the Diners Club Bartho Eksteen Wine Academy.“We are committed to enhancing this great relationship, in making South Africa’s most iconic wine companion an even more invaluable tool for wine lovers everywhere,” said Diners Club South Africa’s MD Ebrahim Matthews, in a statement.The company said it would continue with the guide’s current format for the time being, but would investigate broadening its digital reach.In-depth information about the local wine sceneThe Platter’s Guide is now in its 33rd edition. It was started back in 1978 by John and Erica Platter, journalists, wine lovers and novice vineyard owners, after they saw British wine expert Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, which first came out in 1977 and is also still going strong today.The couple were confident that they could produce a “modest” version of Johnson’s publication for the local industry, and their first edition came out in 1980. Since then it’s become the first choice for locals and international visitors wanting to know more about South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry.The latest edition of the guide – and it’s a guide, not a competition or a set-in-stone publication, asserts editor Philip van Zyl – includes more than 7 300 wines from 800 producers. Wine estates submit their products for inclusion, and these are subjected to a tasting process by a group of experts, who will then assign a rating of up to five stars.The Platters have blogged that today they’re amazed at their presumption in daring to intrude upon the mysterious and hallowed Cape wine scene, which had hundreds of years of tradition behind it and was dominated at the time by men. They further state that “We had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for”.The project was seemingly doomed before a single book was produced – even the printer described the first edition as “boring”. But the couple persisted, with John personally tasting every wine until the arrival in 1987 of Angela Lloyd, the first member of the tasting team. She’s still with them and is a respected wine writer in her own right.Since the early days around 1.4-million print copies – in a different colour for each year – have been sold. It’s available in hardback and for Apple devices, with other platforms reportedly in development.The annual print run is almost 40 000 and the current hardcover price is around R170 (US$19) while the app costs R89 ($9.99) in the iTunes store.The guide won the Le Prix du Champagne Lanson for best wine guide worldwide in 2001, as well as the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers ‘Domaines Ott’ award for best annual wine guide in 2007.Besides the rating, the guide includes maps of wine-growing regions, a glossary of wine terms, GPS co-ordinates for all estates featured, a guide to wine farms that cater for visitors with special needs, information about wine varieties, and restaurant recommendationsRewarding talent and dedicationThe Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for 2012 is Razvan Macici of Nederburg. He’s Romanian by birth but he fell in love with South Africa after visiting the country in 1994 and his wine-making talent has found its perfect spot in the Western Cape.The young winemaker for 2012 is Anri Truter of Beyerskloof, who, like Macici, inherited his love of the grape from his father.The winemaker of the year for 2011 was Johan Jordaan of Spier, and the young winemaker was Matthew van Heerden of Uva Mira Vineyards, near Somerset West in the Western Cape.Other past winemakers of the year include Coenie Snyman of Rust en Vrede (2009), Peter Ferreira of Graham Beck (2004), Nicky Krone of Twee Jonge Gezellen (1995), and Günter Brözel of Nederburg (1985 and 1983).last_img read more

Delaware Enacts New Tax Preparer Rules

first_imgDelaware has new rules for tax preparers that include penalties and legal action. Delaware enacted legislation that:requires paid tax preparers to sign all returns and refund claims;imposes a penalty on preparers who fail to sign returns or refund claims; andpermits courts to enjoin certain preparer conduct.The new rules apply to any person paid to prepare a Delaware tax return or refund claim, including:corporate income tax returns and refund claims; andpersonal income tax returns and refund claims.They also cover any person who employs another person to prepare tax returns or refund claims. The rules do not apply to accountants regulated by the state.How Much Is the Failure to Sign Penalty?Paid tax preparers must pay a penalty of $50 for each return or refund claim they fail to sign. The legislation authorizes a penalty of up to $25,000 each calendar year.What Conduct Can a Court Enjoin?A court can enjoin a tax preparer from:understating a taxpayer’s liability due to an unreasonable tax position;understating a taxpayer’s liability due to reckless or willful conduct;failing to sign, furnish, or keep a copy of a return or refund claim;failing to furnish a tax identification number;failing to correct information or to determine a taxpayer’s eligibility for tax benefits;engaging in any criminal, fraudulent, or deceptive conduct;misrepresenting the preparer’s experience, education, or eligibility to practice;guaranteeing refund payments or the allowance of tax credits; ornegotiating a refund check without the taxpayer’s permission.A court can also enjoin a paid preparer from practicing in Delaware if it finds:the preparer continually or repeatedly engaged in prohibited conduct; andan injunction would not prevent interference with the administration of Delaware tax laws.Evidence for an injunction includes any injunction in the last five years against preparing a tax return or refund claim for:the U.S.;another state;the District of Columbia;Puerto Rico;the U.S. Virgin Islands; orany U.S. territory or possession.Ch. 386 (H.B. 426), Laws 2018, effective August 28, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Having failed as coach Down Under, it’s now or never for Duncan Fletcher

first_imgIf Indian captain M.S. Dhoni is wondering what could be the reason for his team’s rotten luck in the ongoing Test series in Australia so far then the answer perhaps lies with coach Duncan Fletcher.Fletcher has not enjoyed the best of series Down Under so far. For all the praise and admiration the Zimbabweans got in the cricketing world for his technical wisdom, Fletcher’s record in Australia is as abysmal as it gets.As the coach of England, and now of India, Fletcher has lost 10 of the 11 Tests he has been involved in Australia. In 2002-03 Fletcher’s English team suffered a 4-1 drubbing in Australia. The 2007 visit down under was worse as the hosts whitewashed England 5-0.Fletcher’s only overseas Test success with India was the 1-0 win in West Indies in 2011.The painful memories of England are still too vivid when India were humiliated 4-0 by the hosts the last summer.Now the question comes, is Fletcher too soft on some of the senior players in the team? What can he do to shake these prima donnas out of their comfort zone?India seem to have wasted the gains made during the era of Gary Kirsten when they were ranked No 1 in both ODI and Test formats.Clearly, time is running out for Fletcher and it is high time he cracks the whip to prevent sixth successive overseas Test loss. It is now or never for Fletcher.last_img read more

Patrick Brazeau allegedly hit spat and groped woman court documents

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was an on-going dispute over his handling of Aboriginal issues that led to suspended Sen. Patrick Brazeau allegedly assaulting and groping a woman according to court documents.The alleged victim told police she didn’t support Brazeau’s stance on Aboriginal issues and after a two-day dispute he ordered her to leave his Gatineau home says a search warrant executed Feb. 7.It’s alleged in the warrant Brazeau, 38, ripped up a bra and shirt that the woman was holding on to as she tried to pack her bags. He then grabbed her breasts and pulled her pants down hard enough to break the button and zipper police allege. He also allegedly pushed her hard enough to break a staircase railing.When she tried to call 911 she alleges he hit her and police documented she had visible injuries.She told police later that Brazeau spat in her face while insulting her.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty and none of the allegations have been proven in court. He is on bail after posting $1,000.The Algonquin senator has been outspoken against the Idle No More movement and especially Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence.Brazeau was appointed to the Senate in 2008 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was suspended with pay pending the outcome of his legal matters.His next court date is March 22.last_img read more

Indias MeToo comes amid calls for 2013 laws enforcement

first_imgNEW DELHI – Indian actresses and writers are flooding social media with allegations of sexual harassment and assault, releasing pent-up frustration with a law that was lauded internationally but that critics say has done little to change the status quo in the world’s largest democracy.“People using social media to articulate their complaints should be recognized in the context of failure. The system has in effect failed us, has failed women,” T.K. Rajalakshmi, the president of the Indian Women’s Press Corps, said in a panel discussion Thursday in New Delhi.The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act of 2013 holds Indian workplaces liable for sexual harassment, and prescribes a system for investigating and redressing complaints. Employers must create committees that are at least 50 per cent women, presided over by a woman and with one external expert, to process complaints. The law builds on the landmark 1997 Vishakha case, in which India’s Supreme Court held that sexual harassment at work violated a woman’s constitutional right to equality.But nearly five years since the law came into effect, many managers and employees are not aware of it. Those who are rarely implement it fully, in part because of the enormous taboo in India of discussing anything related to sex, said Naina Kapur, the attorney who argued the Vishakha case before the Supreme Court.“Every time I get a call it’s after the event has happened. It’s supposed to be effectively communicated and it hasn’t been,” Kapur said, adding that in India, “as women get more into the marketplace and the workplace, their experience of sex harassment and violence is a growing area of concern but it’s not being heard.”Based on the nonstop TV coverage, alleged victims are making themselves heard on social media, bypassing completely the protocol created by the 2013 law.The social media storm began in September, when former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta spoke to several Indian TV news channels about her frustration with a fruitless police complaint she filed in 2008 against actor Nana Patekar for alleged sexual harassment on a Mumbai movie set.Dutta said that after Patekar groped her during a dance routine, she fled the set and a mob surrounded her car, smashed the windshield and trapped her inside.Patekar has denied the allegations.Then on Oct. 4, Mumbai comedy group AIB announced it had decided to de-list every video featuring former member Utsav Chakraborty, whom women had taken to social media to condemn for alleged sexual harassment.On Oct. 7, an unnamed former employee at Phantom Films writing in the Huffington Post described allegations she had made in 2015 against one of the company’s partners, director Vikas Bahl, whom she said behaved inappropriately during a trip to Goa.The following day, company partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane dissolved Phantom Films. Bahl has filed an intent to sue his former partners for defamation.Also on Oct. 8, journalist Sandhya Menon shared screenshots of her conversation with two women claiming that actor Rajat Kapoor harassed them over the phone.Kapoor apologized on Twitter if he had “slipped and through my actions or words caused pain or hurt.”That same day, former TV producer, director and writer Vinta Nanda said on Facebook and in TV interviews that she was raped 19 years ago by actor Alok Nath.Nath said in a TV interview that he neither denied or agreed with the allegations. “It must have happened, but someone else would have done it,” Nath said.TV actress Sandy Mridul expressed her support for Nanda in a tweet. Fellow TV actress Deepika Amin followed on Twitter: “Everyone in the industry knows that #AlokNath is an obnoxious drunkard who harasses women.”On Oct. 10, actor and heavyweight Bollywood producer Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao put out a statement saying they were “committed to doing any and everything to make our film industry a safe and happy one to work in.” In a tweet, Khan said they were about to begin work with someone who had been accused of sexual misconduct and that the matter was pending in court.Perhaps the most startling development has been the string of accusations against Junior External Affairs Minister M.J. Akbar. In less than a week, at least nine women journalists have accused Akbar of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour when he was a newspaper editor in Kolkata and Delhi. Neither Akbar nor the ministry has responded.But for India’s burgeoning #MeToo movement to take hold in the broader strata of Indian society, the 2013 sex harassment law must be implemented more broadly, said Sunieta Ojha, a lawyer who regularly conducts workshops on the law.“It requires a complete change of attitude toward women and toward workplace ethics. Employers instead of looking at it as a hassle, they have to see it as an investment. If they start doing that, it starts to have a very positive effect,” she said.Mumbai police on Thursday said they had opened an investigation into Patekar after Dutta filed a fresh complaint, charging him with violating two sections of the Indian Penal Code related to offending a woman’s modesty. If found guilty, the maximum penalty is two years in prison.Dutta said that after the alleged attack in 2008, she also lodged a complaint with Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA), an agency now subject to the 2013 law.Dutta’s lawyer, Nitin Satpute, said Dutta decided to speak out again about what allegedly happened to her in 2008 because she hoped the spotlight would help enforce the workplace sex harassment law within CINTAA.“Some are rich, some are poor, but many women are working there, and it will benefit all,” Satpute said.___Associated Press writer Ashok Sharma contributed to this report.last_img read more

Cold Shot Bus Lines is extending services to Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In less than six months after stepping into the breach created by Greyhound’s departure on October 31, Cold Shot Bus Lines is expanding services to Fort St. John.According to Cold Shot President, Sunny Balwaria, the Company will offer a cross-border route to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, servicing the Peace Country.“We’ve added several new features for Peace Country customers. We have a new cross-border route to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John via Grande Prairie that will take passengers and freight to those points.” Balwaria also says that Cold Shot will be offering shuttle services to important points of interest, such as airports and hospitals.“In addition, we’ve added a stop for Fort St. John passengers at Grande Prairie’s QueenElizabeth II hospital, as well as a shuttle connection to the Edmonton InternationalAirport that enables airline passengers from Fort St. John to go directly to that airport.”Cold Shot is an Alberta-owned transportation company operating since 2005.For more information, you can visit Coldshot.ca.last_img read more

Warner Shankar lead Sunrisers to competitive 1813 against KKR

first_imgKolkata: Invited to bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad scored a competitive 181 for three against Kings XI Punjab in their IPL clash at Eden Gardens, here Sunday. Comeback-man David Warner struck 85 off 53 balls and shared a 118-run stand for the first wicket with wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow (39). Vijay Shankar contributed unbeaten 40 in Sunrisers’ total. Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad: 181 for 3 in 20 overs. (D Warner 85, V Shankar 40 not out, J Bairstow 39; A Russell 2/32, P Chawla 1/23).last_img read more

Sorry Penn State The Four Best Teams Got In To The College

Heading into college football’s conference championship week, we knew three schools (Alabama, Clemson and Washington) could basically punch tickets to the College Football Playoff with victories in their respective conference title games. The only real questions involved what would happen in the event of an upset or two — and, just as important, what the selection committee would do with Ohio State. The Buckeyes ranked second in the committee’s rankings going into the week, but they also weren’t playing in the Big Ten championship game. How the committee handled that dilemma would in effect be a referendum on the value of a conference championship in the CFP era.The upsets never really came. Although Virginia Tech gave Clemson a fight, the Hokies ultimately succumbed to the Tigers in the ACC championship by a touchdown. Washington, meanwhile, routed Colorado 41-10 in Friday night’s Pac-12 title game, and Alabama secured the greatest peak Elo rating by a college football team in the last 80 years when they crushed Florida 54-16 to win the SEC. The only real drama came from an upset victory in the Big Ten championship for Penn State, which could build a case around beating Ohio State earlier in the season.For what it was worth, our CFP projection model thought there was very little chance the committee would jettison the one-loss Buckeyes in favor of the two-loss Nittany Lions, even after we made a tweak that placed extra emphasis on head-to-head results. Yes, the committee once dropped a team that won its final game by 52 points (TCU) from third to sixth when they reshuffled the field for their final rankings. But the model still said there was only a 13 percent probability that Penn State would bump Ohio State this year.1Our model output from Dec. 3 showed Ohio State with an 87 percent chance of being selected, so the rest of Penn State’s probability must have come from the (extremely remote) possibility that they’d bump one of the other three teams in the top four.And, sure enough, the CFP committee went with the Buckeyes. On Sunday, it produced a final four of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington, the semifinals of which will be sorted out on New Year’s Eve.Although Penn State was understandably frustrated by the decision, it would have been difficult to justify taking the Lions over the Buckeyes. Ohio State was a consensus No. 2 in both the Associated Press and Coaches’ polls, as well as most statistical rankings, including ESPN’s Football Power Index and Strength of Record metric. Undefeated Alabama is clearly the nation’s best team — quite possibly the best in college football history, in fact — but Ohio State is an obvious No. 2 by most measures. We can always debate the eternal question of whether the CFP should reward the best team or the “most deserving” one, but in the end the committee took the team that had the more dominating season against the tougher schedule, just as it usually does.So, now that we have a final four, who will win? From here on out, our model no longer has to forecast the committee’s decision making, so it’s all about what ESPN’s Football Power Index predicts. The FPI sees Alabama as 64 percent favorites to beat Washington in the Peach Bowl (which, we should also note, is held in Atlanta — far closer to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, than to Seattle), and it gives Ohio State a 55 percent chance of knocking off Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.Overall, that works out to a 39 percent chance of yet another Alabama national title — it would be the school’s fifth in the last eight seasons under coach Nick Saban — though the rest of the field is still more likely to upset ’Bama than not. If the Crimson Tide beat the Huskies, Alabama’s title odds would rise to 62 percent; if Washington pulls the upset, the CFP championship would basically be a coin flip no matter who wins in Clemson-OSU.But that’s all about a month away. There’s still plenty of college football to consume between now and then, including Army-Navy next week, the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Dec. 10, and about a trillion bowl games (which I mostly enjoy, even if they often lose money and feature increasingly poor teams). For college fans, the most wonderful time of the year is just beginning.CORRECTION (Dec. 6, 7:30 a.m.): A previous version of this article misstated TCU’s final 2014 College Football Playoff ranking. TCU dropped to sixth place in the final week, not to fifth. read more

Sir Geoff Hurst slams Cahill and Vardy for quitting England

first_imgEngland former player and World Cup winner, Sir Geoff Hurst has criticised Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill for their decisions to retire from international duty.Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill were both in the England squad as they reached the semi-finals at the World Cup this summer.The duo then decided to make themselves unavailable for England in order to concentrate on club football.Even though they could still feature for England in the future, Hurst was angered by their decision. Team Talk reports.“While there’s plenty to be positive about our national side right now, I must admit I was disappointed to see Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill choose to retire from international duty,” Hurst said.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’m a firm believer that players should play for their country as long as they possibly can.“My team-mates and I would have given our last breath to continue playing for England.“I also don’t like when players say they’ll make themselves available again if there are injuries or suspensions.“In my view, if I was England manager, then I wouldn’t pick those players ever again.”last_img read more

19yearold woman shot at Sunset Cliffs begins road to recovery

first_img , 19-year-old woman shot at Sunset Cliffs begins road to recovery April 19, 2018 SUNSET CLIFFS (KUSI) — The 19-year-old woman found suffering from gunshot wounds last week after being shot near Sunset Cliffs remains hospitalized but is recovering.Related Link: Passerby finds a 19-year-old woman with gunshot wounds near Sunset CliffsThe woman — who has not been named as a request by the family while the investigation is ongoing — was found by a passerby with multiple gunshot wounds on the morning of April 12.According to a GoFundMe page set up by her family, she sustained a gunshot wound to the hip and a second to her neck. The neck wound ruptured her ear canal and broke her c5, c6 vertebrae and caused damage to her spinal cord.She has already undergone spinal surgery to brace her neck with screws and rods.“She is in good spirits considering what she has been through, however, she has a long road ahead of her,” according to the page.San Diego police are still searching for the suspect(s) responsible and ask anyone with information to contact them at 619-531-2000 or 858-484-3154. center_img Posted: April 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more