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

The State Of Advanced Website Builders

first_img HomeWeb DesignThe State Of Advanced Website Builders Advanced website builders — the tools provided by Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, The Grid and more — produce websites that look and feel like they were designed and coded by humans. They’re also software as a service, which is a different business model than traditional, custom-developed websites.So, should companies use them? At some point, will they replace custom development? In short, yes.The post The State Of Advanced Website Builders appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: The State Of Advanced Website Builders The State Of Advanced Website BuildersYou are here: Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Posted on 5th June 2017Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

Individual’s Income Reconstructed Using Bank Deposits Method

first_imgAn individual had unreported Schedule C gross receipts for one out of three tax years at issue. He was the sole member of a limited liability company (LLC) that later converted to a corporation. He had signatory authority over these entities’ bank accounts, made deposits into these accounts and used them to defray his personal expenses.Income Reconstructed Using Bank Deposits MethodThe taxpayer failed to maintain any records to establish the amount of gross income. Thus, the IRS used the bank deposits method to reconstruct his income. The IRS also established that his corporation did not have a separate legal existence. It was not formed for a business purpose and it did not carry on a business activity. Therefore, the taxpayer had to include the corporate deposits in his own gross receipts.Deductions DisallowedMoreover, the taxpayer could not deduct certain ordinary and necessary business expenses because he failed to meet the strict substantiation requirements. Specifically, he was not entitled to deductions forautomobile expenses for two tax years, andtravel expenses for one tax year.He failed to provide contemporaneous mileage or travel logs to substantiate the time, place or business purpose of these expenses.In addition, the taxpayer could not deduct home office expenses in excess of amounts the IRS allowed. He failed to produce any records to substantiate his:mortgage interest,real estate taxesutilities, ormanagement fees.Also, the taxpayer could not deduct a commission expense. He failed to substantiate the amount or business purpose of the expense. He also failed to provide a basis to estimate the expense.Accuracy-Related and Delinquency PenaltiesFurther, the taxpayer was liable for an accuracy-related penalty because of his negligence and disregard of rules and regulations. Alternatively, he was liable on the basis of substantial understatements of income tax. The taxpayer’s argument, that his unreported gross receipts should have been reported on a corporate tax as nontaxable equity, was rejected. He failed to establish that he made a reasonable effort to assess his proper tax liabilities.Finally, the taxpayer was liable for additions to tax for two tax years. The taxpayer filed his returns three days after their due dates under extension. He did not provide any explanation for his late filings or establish that the late filing was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect.D. Imperato, TC Memo. 2018-126, Dec. 61,238(M)Login 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

Intel IT Experts Tour Security Presentation

first_imgDuring the 2013 Intel IT Experts Tour, an audience of IT professionals showed great concern and interest in the challenges of protecting their computing environments from cyber security threats.  As part of Intel’s IT outreach program, I discussed the state of security, IT challenges, and audience’s concerns with protecting their electronic ecosystem, users, and information. Key Points:IT and security professionals must communicateComputing trends add to rising complexity for securityMalware growth represents investments by attackersPeople, not just technology, are part of the security problemAttacks are moving down the stack to hardwareLayered and Defense-in-Depth strategies are crucial for comprehensivenessHardware enhanced security enriches protectionIntel and McAfee are committed to be trusted security advocates and partners Intel security professionals regularly reach out in open and candid discussions to help the IT community. Intel is committed to help keep computing safe and be a trusted advocate of security.Intel hosts the IT Experts Tour where business professionals can come together and discuss pressing IT and security topics. Find out more at the IT Center and IT Experts webinar and live events page.Where to find me:In Person: Delivering a keynote presentation at Cyberstrat 2014 in Helsinki on January 22.On Twitter: @Matt_RosenquistMy Blog: Information Security StrategyIT Peer Network: My previous postsMy work: Linkedinlast_img read more

Elite rookie Jose vows to work hard after signing 3-year max deal

first_imgPBA takes All-Star festivities to provinces anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I was really thinking about it these past few days. I prayed that I will get the deal I deserve and I promised that I will really work hard for this.”Luckily for Jose, he has familiar faces in Far Eastern U alums Denok Miranda and Mac Belo in the Elite camp which made his adjustment period much easier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The transition was really easy because I have them here. I’ve already learned a lot in the two weeks I spent here and I’m not scared to ask them things. They really help me a lot,” said Jose, who was the third overall pick in last month’s rookie draft.But the 25-year-old isn’t just satisfied with cracking the Blackwater roster. This early, he’s readying himself in facing bigger and tougher frontcourt players once he makes his PBA debut. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH “I know I will face veteran players who are bigger and more experienced that me, so I have to prepare myself for that,” he said.“It’s a big help that I was exposed to professional players too in the international games, but all I’ll do is focus on what coach will run for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ FILE PHOTO – Raymar Jose was picked third by Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose inked a maximum P8.5 million deal with Blackwater on Monday.“I’m happy that everything went okay,” Jose said in Filipino, finally making a decision of signing the three-year pact after initially being offered a one-year, P1.8 million contract.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

EIA Sulphur Cap to Extensively Affect Shipping Refining

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 sulphur cap will have wide-ranging repercussions for the global refining and shipping industries as well for petroleum supply, demand, trade flows, and prices.According to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the reduction of sulphur content in marine fuels from the previous limit of 3.5%, established in 2012, to 0.5% as of 2020, already saw the shipping and refining industries start making preparations and investments to varying degrees to accommodate IMO 2020 regulations.As the implementation date for the sulfur cap approaches, the EIA expects that shifts in petroleum product pricing may begin as early as mid-to-late 2019.The effects on petroleum prices are expected to be most acute in 2020, but would be moderate after that. However, the regulations would affect petroleum supply, demand, and trade flows on a more long-term basis, EIA added.Because IMO 2020 will affect petroleum markets across several years, EIA’s STEO forecast and AEO2019 projections provide complementary insights into the effects of the regulations.EIA released a report on the matter, explaining the findings related to IMO 2020 from the STEO and AEO2019 analysis, as well as the uncertainties that might affect the way that actual outcomes deviate from EIA’s forecasts and projections.last_img read more

Finance Committee Requests Town Posts Employment Contracts Online To Increase Transparency

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At December’s Finance Committee meeting, Chair John Doherty made a request of Town Manager Jeff Hull to post all of the town’s employment contracts on the town’s website.Doherty pointed out that many municipalities are voluntarily posting their contracts online in the name of transparency. He’d like to see Wilmington follow suit. Doherty noted that such contracts are considered “public” documents.Town Manager Jeff Hull recently notified Superintendent Glenn Brand of the Finance Committee’s desire to see collective bargaining and individual employee contracts posted on the town’s website.According to a memo from Brand to the School Committee, Andrew Waugh, the school district’s attorney Andrew Waugh, has advised that “while it is customary for districts to post collective bargaining agreements online, it would be prudent to consult the School Committee members regarding the posting of individual employee contracts, as the decision about whether or not to post may be viewed as a policy decision; therefore it is ultimately a decision that the School Committee and Superintendent would need to make.”The School Committee will have a discussion surrounding Doherty’s request at their meeting this Wednesday night.(NOTE: Cover photo from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE & SUPERINTENDENT: We Have Building Needs That Must Be AddressedIn “Education”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (August 13)In “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

9 get life for murder in Jessore

first_imgA Jessore court on Wednesday convicted nine people and sentenced them to life term imprisonment for killing an UP member in Jessore in 2005, reports UNB.Among the convicts, three accused were present in the dock during the hearing while six others—Enamul Haque, Kabir, Anis, Biplob Mia, Kamarul Mandal, Ajam Fakir—remained absconding. According to the case statement, Insanul Haque, a member of Deyara union parishad in Sadar upazila, was killed by the convicts during a robbery on 8 July in 2005. Ijarul Haque Jewel, son of the victim, filed a murder and robbery case accusing unnamed people. After examining the records and witnesses, Md Iman Ali Sheikh of the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court-1, handed down the verdict.last_img read more

PM Hasina set to kickstart prepolls campaign

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday offered fateha at the shrines of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA), Hazrat Shah Paran (RA) and Hazrat Gazi Borhan Uddin (RA) in Sylhet city, reports news agency UNB.The prime minister arrived in the divisional headquartes on Tuesday to inaugurate different development projects as well as address a public rally, which is widely seen as beginning of her party’s pre-election campaign.Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate 14 development projects and lay the foundation stones of 24 others.Hasina, also the president of Awami League, will address the public rally on Sylhet Government Alia Madrasah ground in the afternoon.From this rally, she will begin her election campaign, almost a year before the 11th general elections scheduled to be held at the end of this year or at the beginning of the next year.The development projects Hasina will inaugurate are-a prayer room for women at Hazrat Gazi Borhan Uddin (RA) shrine, beatification of the shrine and extension of its main road up to 2 kilometres, a six-storey academic-cum-administrative building of Sylhet Government College, a building for fertiliser testing and research laboratory at Pirijpur, district office of Department of Narcotics Control, Sylhet divisional and district NSI office building, Sylhet Muktijoddha Complex Bhaban, Zakiganj upazila Muktijoddha Complex Bhaban, a 12-storey Nagar Bhaban of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC), a drainage system at Babuchhara, extension of Jalalbad road, Sylhet-Sunamganj bypass road, overlay works on Moulavibazar-Rajnagar-Fenchuganj-Sylhet road, Rashidpur-Bishwanath-Lamakazi road, Sylhet-Gopalganj-Charkhai-Zakiganj road, Darbasta-Kanaighat-Shahabagh road and Dhaka (Kanchpur)-Bhairab-Jagadishpur-Sayestaganj-Sylhet-Tamabil-Jaflang road (Sylhet-Sherpur point), pavement work at Sherpur toll plaza point on the highway, Sultanpur Union Parishad Complex Bhaban under Zakiganj upazila, Kamalbazar Union Parishad Complex Bhaban under Dakshin Surma Upazila, Kanaighat road and a three-storey primary healthcare centre at Kuituk.last_img read more

Larry Young Show Again Cited Among Best in US

first_imgLarry Young, former Maryland State Senator and current host of “The Larry Young Morning Show,” was named one of the 100 most important talk show hosts in the country by industry bible “Talkers Magazine.” His show is heard Monday through Friday on WOLB 1010 AM from 6 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. According to the magazine, Young is ranked 45 out of 100. Young was first named to the list in 2007 as number 99 and has steadily moved up the ranks year in and year out.Larry Young, former Maryland State Senator and current host of “The Larry Young Morning Show. (Courtesy Photo)last_img read more