Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable Will Present Dec. 9th Harvest Wrap…

first_imgShare Previous articleTaste Washington Announces 2016 DatesNext articleUp Your Customer Service Press Release AdvertisementNAPA, CALIFORNIA | DECEMBER 7, 2015: The Napa | Sonoma chapter of Women for WineSense’s (WWS) Winemakers’ & Viticultural Roundtable will hold its Harvest Wrap Up & Holiday Bottle Exchange on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 pm at an iconic landmark that is known for its vibrant evolution and some of the deepest historical roots in California’s wine industry, Schramsberg Vineyards, 1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga, CA.ABOUT THE EVENTThe event is hosted by Jessica Koga, WWS member and Associate Winemaker, the Davies Family and the Schramsberg team.  The group will meet in the hand-hewn caves, a national historic landmark and one of Napa Valley’s oldest wineries,  to enjoy fellowship, sample some outstanding bubbles and wines and share harvest stories.  Ms. Koga noted “it’s a great time to reconnect with colleagues and enjoy some time for yourself as holidays swing into gear.”The roundtable meeting will open at 3:30 p.m. with welcome wines and networking followed by a behind-the-scenes winemaker tour, group discussion and gift exchange.   Attendees are encouraged to bring a bottle of their wine for the Roundtable hosts and another to share in the holiday bottle exchange.   Carpools from Napa, Sonoma and other locations are available.The roundtable “wrap up” commemorates the special group’s talents and members’ invaluable camaraderie, created throughout the past year focused on advanced career skills.  As noted by roundtable chair Julie Hagler Lumgair, “Our past meeting topics have focused upon the skills women winemakers and viticultural professionals need but aren’t always easy to get in their daily work environment.”She further explained that, “Held at some of the region’s finest host wineries, these programs have been a fantastic opportunity for women winemakers to connect directly, in a friendly professional forum, with experts that they otherwise wouldn’t get to meet for personal advice and questions.  Some of our recent speakers and hosts have included global consultant and olfactory expert, Alexandre Schmitt, at Cairdean Estate; Wine Enthusiast’s critic and writer, Virginie Boone, at Gundlach Bundschu; Wine & Spirits’ editor and critic, Luke Sykora, at Lambert Bridge; media training at Markham with Sonoma County Tourism’s CMO, Tim Zahner; winemaker’s financial finesse with St. Supéry’s former CFO, Lori Felando; winemaker career development at Vineyard 29 with Courtney Andrain of The Cypress Group and last year’s inaugural holiday bottle exchange at HALL’s restored Bergfeld Winery.”ABOUT THE WINEMAKING & VITICULTURAL ROUNDTABLE AND RSVP DETAILS: The Winemaking Roundtable meets approximately five times a year, taking a harvest break.  This holiday meeting is a great time to reconnect and meet new folks. The free roundtable meeting is open to WWS Winemaking Roundtable members and interested women winemakers and viticulturists who have either emailed and/or received RSVP guest confirmations through the Winemaker Roundtable Chair. (See below.)Please, due to space limitations, no walk-ins. To RSVP, or for any questions on this event or future WWS Winemaking Roundtable events, please contact Ms. Lumgair at [email protected] WWS ROUNDTABLES: WWS’ eight current professional roundtables serve to provide a welcoming and confidential environment to meet in small peer groups on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis. Members network, provide advice and support for one another, as well as foster educational occasions by inviting guest speakers in their fields and discussing ‘hot issues’ facing members in their day-to-day work. Multiple Roundtables have developed for WWS industry members in finance, accounting, human resources, winemaking/viticulture and marketing/direct-to-consumer fields.The Napa/Sonoma Chapter currently has more than 350 members of which 70% are wine industry professionals. To join or learn more about WWS’ roundtables, please visit www.womenforwinesense.orgABOUT WWS: Women for WineSense is a not-for-profit organization 501(c)6 formed in 1990 which believes that wine enhances and enriches everyday life.   WWS is the premier wine education and networking organization for wine aficionados and industry professionals, providing women and men with unbiased information about the cultural heritage, social and health effects of moderate wine consumption as part of a healthy lifestyle. The organization is committed to offering outstanding educational programs and mentoring and networking opportunities to wine enthusiasts and industry professionals.Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Women for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable Will Present Dec. 9th Harvest Wrap Up…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessWomen for WineSense Winemaking Roundtable Will Present Dec. 9th Harvest Wrap Up & Holiday Bottle ExchangeBy Press Release – December 8, 2015 12 0 TAGSfeaturedSchramsberg VineyardsWomen for WineSense Email Linkedin Pinterest Facebook ReddIt Twitterlast_img read more

Vermonters received over 25 million Robocalls last year

first_img888-895-5641(link is external)Bill Me Later with Pay PalCredit Card Debt Collection RobocallerCaller IDCaller Type 877-394-5975(link is external)Carson Smithfield LLCDebt Collection 312-386-7439(link is external)Portfolio Recovery Debt CollectionFinancial ServicesSince 1969, the nonprofit National Consumer Law Center(link is external) (NCLC) has used its expertise in consumer law and energy policy to work for consumer justice and economic security for low-income and other disadvantaged people, including older adults, in the United States. NCLC’s expertise includes policy analysis and advocacy; consumer law and energy publications; litigation; expert witness services, and training and advice for advocates. NCLC works with nonprofit and legal services organizations, private attorneys, policymakers, and federal and state government and courts across the nation to stop exploitative practices, help financially stressed families build and retain wealth, and advance economic fairness. www.nclc.org(link is external)Source: National Consumer Law Center 3.20.2018(link is external) 312-578-7022(link is external)Phone SurveyUnknown Robocaller 866-889-3869(link is external)Debt CollectorUnknown Robocaller 866-585-2923(link is external)Unknown NameUnknown Robocallercenter_img 802-847-3000(link is external)Hospital PharmacyUnknown Robocaller FCC and FTC doing too little to stop calls made to cell phones illegally and without consentVermont Business Magazine According to the YouMail Robocall Index(link is external), which tracks the volume and extent of robocalls in the United States, more than 25,500,000 robocalls were made to the 802(link is external) area code in 2017. The industry data comes ahead of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) March 23 policy forum, “Fighting the Scourge of Illegal Robocalls(link is external).”  Both agencies have taken a strong stance against scam and spoofed number robocalls but have been softer on legitimate businesses making illegal calls to cell phones and without consent. In February of this year, PayPal and Home Depot were among the top five generators of robocalls to Vermont numbers.1.9 million robocalls were placed to area code 802 in February 2018, equaling roughly 3.1 calls per person affected. Source: YouMail Robocall Index(link is external)“This data illustrates a rapid expansion of the use of robocall technology and the toll these abusive calls take on Vermont consumers,” said Margot Saunders, senior counsel at the National Consumer Law Center.Earlier this year, the FTC’s “Biennial Report to Congress(link is external)” revealed a sizeable uptick in consumer complaints about robocalls in 2017, with 4.5 million complaints filed in 2017 compared to 3.4 million in 2016. More than 14,000 Vermont residents(link is external) complained to the FTC about robocalls and other violations of the “Do Not Call Registry” in 2017. “Critics seeking to gut the TCPA’s protections against robocalls claim the law leads to frivolous lawsuits,” said Saunders. “On the contrary, the overwhelming number of robocall violations go unchecked, with even the most conservative estimates showing a 1000-to-1 ratio of complaints to government agencies as compared to lawsuits filed. And that does not even account for the tens of millions of illegal robocalls to consumers who do not file complaints or lawsuits.”Even as robocall complaints increase and TCPA lawsuits decline (there was a 10% reduction in 2017 from the previous year(link is external)), banks and other companies, backed by industry lobbyists, are continuing to petition the FCC for exemptions to this key consumer privacy law.  “Rather than petition the FCC for exemptions that weaken robocall protections, companies should focus on following the rules,” said Saunders. “We hope that this FCC will protect consumers against these illegal calls. Maintaining a strong TCPA will benefit consumers and level the playing field for law-abiding businesses.”Top 10 Robocallersto Area Code 802 in February 2018(by volume)Updated 3/1/2018 888-720-5859(link is external)Credit Card Issues ScamBank Debt Collection 888-393-7163(link is external)Bill Me Later with Pay PalRetail Debt Collection 866-458-7688(link is external)Home DepotBank Debt Collectionlast_img read more

Angola’s first satellite to enter orbit on Dec. 26

first_imgAngola’s first satellite “AngoSat-1” will enter orbit on December 26 at 7 p.m, after the conclusion of the satellite’s integration to the launcher module, to be made via the Ukrainian rocket carrier Zenit from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.This was told on Thursday in Luanda at a press conference by the Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Jose Carvalho da Rocha, as the coordinator of the National Space Program.Built by a Russian state consortium, AngoSat-1 will cover part of Africa and Europe and at least 47 Angolan aerospace engineers, trained in China, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and Russia, will guarantee the functioning of the satellite.The AngoSat-1 project has been underway since 2012.last_img read more

Afghan family with visas released after days of detention

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A family of five from Afghanistan, detained by immigration officials in Los Angeles for unknown reasons since last Thursday, was released and reunited shortly before a court hearing on Monday.Attorneys representing the father, mother and three young children — ages 6 years, 7 years and 8 months — told ABC News the government has yet to disclose why they were held. Publicly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials refuse to talk about the case.All five family members held special immigration visas or SIVs, which are set aside for individuals who have worked for the U.S government in Afghanistan or Iraq and could be harmed in their home country because of their service for the U.S. government.Attorneys said obtaining an SIV takes a substantial amount of time and vetting before arriving in the United States.The father, known in court documents as John Doe, worked for the U.S. government in Afghanistan and the entire family was extensively vetted, their attorneys said.“This really shows this detention was unjustified from its inception,” said Attorney Talia Inlender after the hearing.Inlender told ABC News that the family was held for almost two days without any communication and without access to attorneys after arriving at LAX. Then, the family was separated. She said the father was held at a detention center in Orange, California, while the mother and three children were held in downtown Los Angeles.On Saturday, the International Refugee Project filed a petition in federal court and attorneys were then allowed to meet with the family. Inlender said that’s when they learned the mother and children were possibly going to be moved to a detention center in Texas.A request for an emergency restraining order was then filed and immediately approved by a federal judge to keep the family in southern California.In court on Monday, after the family got back its passports and visas, attorneys asked the judge to rule that the family is in the country legally. But the government argued special immigration visas allow the family to enter but that the visas don’t mean the family members can stay. Homeland Security will now be allowed to interview the family in Seattle to determine if they can remain in the U.S.“There has been a lot of confusion,” said Inlender. “There’s a lack of transparency. That’s what this case is about at its hard. A lack of access to counsel. A lack of access to information.”Under the judge’s order, Homeland Security cannot detain or deport the family without 72 hours notice to attorneys.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more