Film festival focuses on non-violent resistance

first_imgPeace studies course material and film study will converge at the fifth annual ScreenPeace Film Festival, where attendees will share in the experiences of five nonviolent resistors from around the world. The festival, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday, is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Hal Culbertson, executive director of the Kroc Institute, said this year’s festival theme of nonviolent resistance developed in response to the Arab Spring, a series of civil resistance movements in the Arab world that began in late 2010. “We thought there would be significant interest in the Arab Spring and its impact around the world,” Culbertson said. “We decided to make the theme of nonviolent resistance the centerpiece because we knew of several films that related to this.” The five films that will be shown over the course of the festival portray the stories of a varied cast of people: a Palestinian farmer, a Chinese artist and activist, a scholar of nonviolent resistance, an interracial American couple and an aspiring Algerian filmmaker. Alison Rice, associate professor of French and Francophone literatures, will introduce the last film of the weekend, “Normal!,” about a young Algerian filmmaker living and working when the Arab Spring protests begin in his country in the last days of 2010. “With these protests taking place, it’s like a documentary, but it’s not labeled a documentary,” Rice said. “It’s like a film within a film.” The film follows the struggles of the filmmaker as he tries to discern how to act appropriately in the midst of the protests, Rice said. “[It is] really about the dilemma of how to act when you’re in a societal system in a country where you do not agree with the way things are going,” she said. “How do you react, how do you respond effectively?” The film sends a message of solidarity, Rice said, and the feeling of “everyone participating in something together.” Rice was chosen to introduce “Normal!” for the ScreenPeace Festival because of her close connections with Algerian culture as a professor of French and Francophone literature, she said. “I also love the work the Kroc Institute does, and I am firmly behind the idea of peace studies, and I love film as well,” Rice said. “It was a perfect opportunity for me to respond to.” Culbertson said the Kroc Institute chooses films for the festival that will relate to the material the Peace Studies department is teaching in the classroom. “We designate films with our chief educational goals in mind and we try to complement our class discussions of peace with films that are particularly situated where conflict and peace issues are prominent,” he said. “It can address issues on a more local level and more in context than we often can in the classroom.” The festival also provides food for thought for others who may not know a great deal about peace issues around the world. “The real goal is to stimulate thought and reflection of peace issues around the world,” he said. “I think film as a medium is a wonderful way for people to learn about other cultures and contexts. It’s a different way of seeing peace issues played out.” The festival is free to attend, but tickets are required. For a full schedule of films and to obtain tickets, visit read more

Tony Winners & Broadway Alums Triumph at 2015 SAG Awards

first_imgThe 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place on January 25, and faces familiar to theater lovers dominated the podium. Of the 10 acting awards given to individuals, nine went to Broadway alums (four of whom are also Tony Award winners). View Comments Additionally, Tony nominee and movie musical darling Debbie Reynolds was honored with the SAG Life Achievement Award.  Two-time Tony winner Viola Davis took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her performance as Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder. Among other small screen victors were Tony winners Kevin Spacey for House of Cards and Olive Kiterridge star Frances McDormand. Broadway alums Uzo Aduba, Mark Ruffalo and William H. Macy took home trophies for their performances in Orange is the New Black, the HBO adaptation of the Tony-winning The Normal Heart and Shameless, respectively.center_img Stage faves were also will represented in the film categories; Tony winner Eddie Redmayne and Broadway alum Julianne Moore won Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role for The Theory of Everything and Still Alice. J.K. Simmons—also a Broadway vet—won the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Whiplash. All this just means that Patricia Arquette, who won for her supporting performance in Boyhood, needs to join her peers eventually on the Great White Way. The cast of the Broadway-centric Birdman were recognized in the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Among other ensembles to take home awards were that of Downton Abbey, Orange is the New Black, Unbroken and Game of Thrones (the latter two for stunts).last_img read more

Bioenergy conference

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaThe latest information about alternative fuels and the current and future projects planned for this new industry in the Southeast will be the focus of the third annual Southeast Bioenergy Conference Aug. 12-13 in Tifton, Ga.The keynote speaker will be Ron Fagen, president and CEO of Fagen Inc. “The man and his company have the best handle on the pulse of the industry, and he will share his insights for the future,” said Craig Kvien, a professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and a conference organizer.Gale Buchanan, a U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary, will give an update on the country’s future energy needs. Jose Luis Oliverio, vice president of Dedini Industries de Base, will talk about the Brazilian biofuel market and why it has been successful.“We will have speakers from across the world sharing their experiences and vision for the Southeast,” Kvien said. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, Georgia state Sen. Ross Tolleson and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss are also scheduled to attend. Registration is $175 before July 31, and $225 after. College students get in free. For more information, go to the Web site Or, call (229) 386-7274.last_img read more

CVPS declares 23-cent per share dividend

first_imgRUTLAND, VT — (Marketwire) — 05/06/09 — On May 5, 2009, the board of directors of Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) declared a quarterly dividend of 23 cents per share on the issued and outstanding shares of common stock, $6 par value, payable Aug. 14, 2009 to stockholders of record at the close of business Aug. 4, 2009. The board of directors also declared dividends on the outstanding preferred stock, $100 par value, of $1.04 per share on the 4.15% dividend series; $1.17 per share on the 4.65% dividend series; $1.19 per share on the 4.75% dividend series; $1.34375 per share on the 5.375% dividend series; and $2.075 per share on the 8.30% dividend series, payable July 1, 2009 to stockholders of record at the close of business June 19, 2009.CVPS is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving approximately 159,000 customers statewide. The company’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.last_img read more

Loan Zone: The match game

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What to do when the competition offers unreasonably low loan rates? A member of CUES Net™, CUES’ members-only email listserv for peer discussion, recently posed this question anonymously, wondering how other CUES Netters respond to such poaching practices.“We are in a very competitive market, and we have one or two financial institutions offering rates so low that they cannot possibly be profitable,” writes the CUES member, noting that his or her CU uses a risk-based pricing matrix for consumer lending. “We have been losing a lot of our auto loan portfolio to refinances, with a significant number at these competitors.”James Holt, CSE, CCE, CUES member and president/CEO of $274 million Mid American CU, Wichita, Kan., stands up to the competition. “We rate match for members that use us for their primary financial institution, so we make money on other parts of the relationship and maybe lose some on the auto rate,” says Holt. The CU has over 300 dealers in its network.CUES member Paul Meissner, CCUE, SVP/CFO of $720 million Credit Union of America, Wichita, Kan., recommends doing your research—both on the competition and your own system—before making a move. continue reading »last_img read more

Long Island Wineries and Vineyards Guide

first_imgLong Island wineries have become a staple on the East End as Long Islanders and city folk alike flock to quaint eastern Suffolk County towns for day trips and wine-filled weekends. According to the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, there’s currently more than 90 combined vineyards and wineries on the Island. The North Fork has especially swelled with grape-growing farms, alone boasting more than two-dozen wineries. And here we thought there was an abundance of craft breweries on Long Island. Aside from producing nationally recognized wines, these Long Island wineries have become prime destinations for visitors attracted to relaxing weekends at rustic, vaulted-ceiling tasting rooms or vibrant outdoor spaces with views of seemingly endless fields of grape vines. Jessica Anson, public policy director with the Long Island Farm Bureau, says “wineries have really played a major part” in increasing agritourism to the region. From Martha Clara and Pindar to Jamesport Vineyards and Bedell Cellars, and everything else in between, there’s something for everyone. There’s even a winery that specializes in only sparkling wines. Long Island wineries have become so popular that there’s even an industry dedicated to bussing people to and fro hotels and vineyards for winery tours. New York State as a whole has staked a reputation as a prolific wine producer. According to The National Association of American Wineries, New York enjoys the distinction of having the fourth most wineries in the country and produces the third highest amount of wine each year by the gallon. Long Island may be a long way from Nappa Valley-esque fame, but there’s no question the region’s dedication to wine and its residents’ appetite for its creations continues to grow. Now, here’s your guide to Long Island wineries and vineyards:Anthony Nappa Wines2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic. 774-641-7488. www.anthonynappawines.comAnthony Nappa Wines is located in the heart of Peconic, with some of the best scenery on the Island surrounding the property. Established in 2007 by couple Anthony Nappa and Sarah Evans Nappa, Anthony Nappa Wines has worked it’s way up to being one of the most renowned wineries in Long Island. They are known for their premium wines that are representative of the area’s climate. The winery takes pride in eschewing additives, and its focus on honest labeling so customers know exactly what they’re drinking. A few of their standout wines include: the Luminous Riesling, a the Frizzante sparkling white wine and their La Strega Malbec. They also have a selection of delicious and unique dessert wines. Their tasting room, “The Winemaker Studio,” is intimate and cozy, and it’s open year-round with extra hours in the summer. Where else would you rather enjoy some delicious wine and relax on a summer,fall, winter or spring day? Baiting Hollow Winery2114 Sound Ave., Calverton. 631-369-0100. The first place you spot when visiting wine country in the North Fork of Long Island is the beautiful Baiting Hollow Winery. The inviting atmosphere of BHFV makes any guest feel at home. Live musical performances every weekend, savory food choices, and horse rescue tours make this vineyard a destination spot for a fun weekend or even a quick daytrip. They carry award-winning wine, which is exclusive to the Baiting Hollow Winery. There are three horse rescue wines, the Angel, Mirage, and Savannah Rose. The profits from the sale of these wines go to support the massive costs for maintaining the care these horses require. They also sell two different versions of dessert wine, with hints of strawberry and citrus flavors, along with their regular reds and whites. Their signature drink, the frozen wine-a-rita is a deliciously perfect for a hot summer day. This winery features an expansive lawn with tables, a spread of delicious appetizers, and live country bands. (Photo credit: Bedell Cellars/Facebook)Bedell Cellars36225 NY-25, Cutchogue. 631-734-7537. www.bedellcellars.comBedell Cellars is the marquis winery of the East End. Owned by New Line Cinema magnate Michael Lynne, Bedell Cellars produces award-winning bottles that have put the entire region on the map. After the auspicious beginning of Kip Bedell, the man Wine Spectator magazine named “Mr. Merlot,” Bedell wines have received critical acclaim—even being served at the 2013 Presidential inauguration. The vineyard sits on 75 acres of sustainable farmland. Sample their wines on the beautifully curated grounds, in the picturesque pavilion or in the intimate loft area overlooking the barrel aging cellar, or visit Corey Creek, their airy barn-style tasting room. As Michael Lynne is a renowned art collector, visitors may tour the contemporary collection, commissioned for the Artists Series labels. Enjoy a group tasting or private event, or attend live music at their Twilight Series events at Corey Creek. RELATED: Long Island Craft Beer & Brewery GuideBrooklyn Oenology209 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn. 718-599-1259. Brooklyn Oenology is an urban winery set in hipster-haven Williamsburg. The name refers to the art and science of making wine. As such, art plays a large part in the ambiance of the tasting room as well as in the commissioned artist labels, which peel off to be preserved by purveyors. The wines are made from New York grapes (sourced from Long island’s North Fork and in the upstate Finger Lakes region), crushed, fermented, aged, and bottled in their Long Island facility before being transferred to the Williamsburg tasting room location. The tasting room serves BOE wines along with other New York region whiskeys and wines. Check out their Happy Hour Friday night oyster parties and sample some of their unique blends (including a sparkling orange wine!).(Photo credit: Bridge Lane Wine/Facebook)Bridge Lane Wine35 Cox Neck Rd., Mattituck. 631-298-1942. www.bridgelanewine.comBridge Lane was produced by Lieb Cellars, another winery on the North Fork of Long Island. However, it has set itself apart from typical wineries. Bridge Lane’s wines are described as young, fresh, and fruit-forward. They refer to their wine as “craft wine,” which basically means they aren’t made from grape juice as most are, but from grapes which have been sustainable farmed and hand-harvested. This also means the wine is made in small batches, and are put together with passion and commitment to quality. They travel around Long Island to major stores, and offer in-store tastings for the people who have never made it to the winery. Bridge Lane is also known for having acclaimed musicians, such as Ian Petillo, and Cassandra House, perform there from time-to-time. This is the perfect winery to enjoy a night out with loved ones, sipping on some delicious wine and listening to young talent. Corey Creek45470 Main Rd., Southold. 631-765-4168. critically-acclaimed Corey Creek boasts a rustic, barn-style tasting room overlooking its sprawling vineyard. Visitors can taste flights while gazing out at the Peconic Bay. The vineyard offers five different types of wines for tastings, ranging from rose to cabernet franc. Their most unique wine is the Gewürztraminer, which has a tropical, zesty taste and an exotic aroma. Corey Creek has been in the spotlight more than a few times, with their wine being served at the 2013 presidential inauguration, and at top restaurants in some of the biggest cities in the world. If you’re planning on visiting Long Island’s wine country, Corey Creek better be on the top of your list. MORE: Apple Picking on Long Island 2016: Where To Pick Your ApplesChanning Daughters Winery1927 Scuttle Hole Rd., Bridgehampton. 631-537-7224. www.channingdaughters.comChanning Daughters Winery is comprised of six separate vineyards in Bridgehampton, planted between 1982 and 2007. Vines grown on the South Shore have slightly different characteristics from North Fork-based vineyards. Because winds come in directly off of the Atlantic Ocean, they are cooler than those which have had a chance to be warmed by their passage over land and by the Peconic Bay, resulting in a slightly more acidic composition. This is one thing that sets Channing Daughters apart. Their seemingly endless varietals are another. Channing Daughters produces 14,000 cases of wine per year; they offer almost three dozen different varieties: single varietal wines, blends, filtered, fined, made with wild yeast, made with indigenous yeast, made in stainless steel tanks and barrels, but also in French, Slovanian, American, and Hungarian oak barrels as well. They are constantly innovating and their prized bottles show it. Stop by their rustic tasting room for a flight. They don’t disappoint.Clovis Point Winery1935 Main Rd., Jamesport. 631-722-4222. Clovis Point Winery sits on an intimate 10-acre parcel, where they pride themselves on crafting interesting bottles. This potato farm-turned-vineyard features wines made by John Leo, a studied winemaker who hailed from Long Island’s Wolffler Estate before coming to Clovis Point in 2004. The vineyard is one of exquisite beauty and run by a small staff that caters to their loyal clientele. They host vineyard weddings with up to 250 guests and offer samplings in their tasting room and barn. Visit Clovis Point for one of their regular artist shows or for live music events (with food trucks from Taco Loco!).(Photo credit: Coffee Pot Cellars/Facebook)Coffee Pot Cellars31855 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-765-8929. www.coffeepotcellars.comCoffee Pot Cellars produces artisanal, ultra-premium wines in Cutchogue, Long Island. The newest kid on the block, Coffee Pot Cellars gets its name from the shape of the Orient Point lighthouse, the beacon of the North Fork. Their newly renovated tasting room offers their five wines: Merlot, Meritage, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as beeswax products from Blossom Meadow. Winemaker Adam Suprenant’s vision was to create a small selection of superior wines from this lush North Shore region—and he has done just that. Croteaux Vineyards1450 S. Harbor Rd., Southold. 631-765-6099. Croteaux Vineyards is unique in that they only produce rose wine—a timely choice for sure, being that rose is the black. Summer’s inarguably most popular wine, a trend that has trickled down from France and peaked in the Hamptons, Nantucket, and Miami, showing no signs of slowing down. Croteax produces three varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc that reflect the luxurious vacation culture of the East End. They sell their bottles into the autumn when they typically run out. Visit their tasting barn and garden dedicated to the lush sweetness of summer and the colorful, crisp flavors of the wine. Decorated with hanging wind-chimes made from Croteaux bottles and stocked with wares for sale in their boutique, Croteaux Vineyards embodies the rose lifestyle. Diliberto Winery250 Manor Lane, Riverhead. 631-722-3416. www.dilibertowinery.comGrown-ups only at Diliberto Winery, the sole winery on Long Island’s East End to enforce a strict 21 and over policy on its premises. This provides an adult atmosphere compared to those catering to families. Diliberto’s St. James tasting room is painted with breathtaking murals that replicate the experience of sipping wine at an outdoor trattoria in Tuscany. Taking their authentic Italian experience a step further, Diliberto offers homemade pizza and other specialties from the old country, such as antipasto, Lupini beans, and cured olives along with their award-winning wines. Winery events include Italian lessons with a professor from nearby Stony Brook University and yoga in the vines, making Diliberto an absolutely unique vineyard experience.Grapes of Roth by Wolffer Estate139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack. 631-537-5106. www.wolffer.comWolffer Estate is a grand vineyard in the heart of Long Island wine country. Sitting on 175 acres, this potato farm-turned-winery is comprised of both acres of grape vines and horse paddocks, stables, and jumping ring, in addition to the estate itself, including an old-world tasting room in which to sample winemaker Roman Roth’s exquisite creations. One of the few certified sustainable wineries on the Island, Wolffer is constantly innovating in their winemaking techniques, combining new vision with traditional practices. They offer Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and small lots of Trebbiano, Pinot Noir and Vignole. The estate hosts sunset events on Friday and Saturday nights into the fall, live music, yoga, and weddings and parties and corporate events. Harbes Family Vineyard715 Sound Ave., Mattituck. 631-298-0800. harbesfamilyfarm.comHarbes Farm is a staple on the North Fork for families to experience the bounty Long Island can provide. From apple picking to pumpkin picking, corn mazes and hay rides, Harbes is a fall family favorite. Yet tucked away on Sound Avenue, Harbes has converted a barn into a beautiful tasting room where guests can sample and purchase wine made from their five acres of vines. Their selections include dry rose, fermented chardonnay, ice wine, pinot blanc and riesling, among others. The staff that Harbes visitors have come to know and love bring their helpfulness and knowledge to the tasting barn where they assist visitors in selecting the perfect bottle. MORE: Complete Guide to Long Island Colleges and UniversitiesHarmony Vineyards offers visitors the opportunity to experience a high-quality Long Island winery without traveling to the North Fork. (Photo: Harmony Vineyards Facebook profile)Harmony Vineyards169 Harbor Rd., Head of the Harbor. 631-291-9900. HarmonyVineyards.comHarmony Vineyards, located in central Long Island, offers visitors the chance to experience a high-quality winery without traveling all the way out to the North Fork. Harmony serves exceptional wines—from Chablis-style Chardonnays to Bordeaux-style red blends—as well as local craft brews, and offers a robust small plates menu, weekly live jazz year-round, and an impressive buffet-style Sunday brunch in a 326-year-old mansion and tasting room that gives patrons stunning views of the harbor. Setting Harmony Vineyards apart from the pack is that this gorgeous slice of heaven generously donates all of its net profits to local charities focused on eradicating hunger and supporting education, including Island Harvest, City Harvest, the Stony Brook Foundation and the East African Center for the Empowerment of Women and Children. Besides hosting stellar wine-related events and a “Tasting Notes Jazz Club” in its historic homestead (circa 1690) and popular “Movie Nights” beneath the stars during summer months, Harmony is also known for its amazing, year-round Gourmet Waterfront Buffet brunch [Read: Harmony Vineyards: Perfect Ensemble of Beauty, Wine & Brunch HERE] that is absolutely spectacular. Jamesport Vineyard1216 Main Rd., Rte. 25, Jamesport. 631-722-5256. Jamesport Vineyard, one of North Fork’s oldest vineyards, was started by a father-son duo in 1986. The winery and tasting room are housed in a 165-year-old barn, however it has undergone several renovations over the years. This winery often hosts weddings, private parties, and small gatherings. There are five different spaces that are available for these events: the tasting room, the vines, the barrel room, the garden and the patio. Jamesport has two special wines that set them apart, East End Chardonnay, a fruity, light bodied wine, and Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, which has been fermented for seven months and has hints of oak and fruit. Their wine is said to be some of the best on Long Island. Jamesport has a lot to offer for visitors of all ages. (Photo credit: Lieb Cellars/Facebook)Lieb Cellars13050 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-1100. www.liebcellars.comThis 85-acre vineyard produces wine that can be sampled in their tasting rooms in Mattituck and now Cutchogue. Their near-constant innovation now includes 3l boxes of wine and wine in 20L disposable kegs (the first of their kind in New York). They produce private label wines for celebrity chef tom Colicchio’s Craft restaurants. From sophisticated bottles to their lighter everyday Bridge Lane bottles, Lieb Cellars has a wine selection for all price points and tastes. Check their event calendar for live music dates at their Cutchogue location or to book a privte tour or tasting.Macari Vineyards (two locations)150 Bergen Ave, Mattituck. 631-298-0100. www.macariwines.comRecently voted “Winery of the Year” in the New York Food and Wine Classic, Macari Vineyards produces award-winning selections that run the gamut from light Chardonnay and Dos Aguas to deep Merlot and the wine the NY Food and Wine Clssic deemed “Best Red,” their Cabernet Franc. Macari Vineyards is a family business, beginning with Joseph Macari Jr. back in the 1930s and ’40s, crafting wine in his Corona, Queens home. He purchased the acreage for Macari Vineyards in the ’60s as a potato farm and brought his passion for wine full circle in the 1990s. The rest of the family, in the following generation, joined the business and shared in his love and vision. What stands today are two tasting room locations in Mattituck and Cutchogue, a vineyard that hosts stunning weddings and corporate events, and their newly launched El Cantina, a private barrel cellar under their Mattituck tasting room where visitors can learn about the winemaking process. Martha Clara Vineyards6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-298-0075. www.marthaclaravineyards.comLocated in Riverhead on a 200-acre parcel, Martha Clara Vineyards is the brainchild of Robert Entenmann, of unbelievable crumb cake and soft baked chocolate chip cookie fame. This former potato farm-turned thoroughbred horse farm-turned vineyard produces consistent award-winning vino and offers stunning ambiance in their rustic tasting loft, exclusive Northville barn, or exquisite rose garden. Schedule a private tasting or attend one of their public events, like Wine Down Wednesdays, their annual grape stomp party, or their MCV concert series with performances like Eagles Tribute band The Fast Lane or CSNY tribute band Four Way Street. Home to beautiful East End weddings, rehearsal dinners, and special occasions, Martha Clara Vineyard is a Long Island staple and an example of what the East End’s perfect wine-making conditions could produce. Mattebella Vineyards46005 NY-25, Southold. 631-655-9554. www.mattebella.comMattebella Vineyards is an eco-conscious winery that prides itself on its sustainable farm practices. The Tobin family crafts Bordeaux-style wine using old-fashioned harvesting practices—picking grapes by hand. They use bio-diesel for all of their tractors, organic fertilizer, and “under the row” tilling to eliminate the use of herbicides, creating a natural environment that extends to the products they sell. Their wine is complex, full-bodied, and delicious. Their tasting cottage, located in an early 20th century barn, is a cozy place to sample their wine, surrounded by ample gardens. McCall Wines22600 NY-25, Cutchogue. 631-734-5764. www.mccallwines.comMcCall Wines does not sell endless varieties of wine. They concentrate on just two types of wine: merlot and pinot noir. And then they seek to craft them into truly remarkable bottles. Their tasting room is a converted horse stable that serves as a quaint place to sip. With their first vintage sold in 2007, McCall Wines are a new kid on the block of Long Island’s North Fork. With care and precision, they aim to produce high quality world-class reds that wine lovers appreciate. Walk the grounds or take a tour and see the wild life that roam the area. The McCall family is dedicated to the preservation of the land and the wildlife who call this area home. One Woman Wines and Vineyards5195 Old North Rd., Southold. 631-765-1200. www.onewomanwines.comThe “One Woman” the name of the vineyard refers to is Claudia Purita, purveyor of wine grapes all the way from her childhood in Cambria, Italy. Her Long Island farmland is planted and curated almost solely by the woman herself, with meticulous care and the knowledge gained from her girlhood. Here on the North Fork, she creates nine different varietals of wine, from Sauvignon Blanc to deep Merlots. The tasting room on Old North Road is a converted barn whose rustic charm fits the ambiance of the area. Sample one woman-made wine overlooking rich farmland. Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards44075 Main Rd., Peconic. 631-765-6188. www.ospreysdominion.comSituated on 90 acres of North Fork soil, Osprey’s Dominion vineyards produces world class wine surrounded by the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay. Winner of numerous awards, including “Best Cabernet Sauvignon” and “Best Pinot Noir” at this year’s New York Food and Wine Classic, Osprey’s Dominion ups LI’s wine game. The rustic-chic tasting room offers ample seating and leads to the ample grounds, where a gazebo, picnic tables, and family games flank the beautiful vineyards. With live music playing every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during wine season, Osprey’s Dominion is a primo vino Long Island destination. (Photo credit: Palmer Vineyards/Facebook)Palmer Vineyards5120 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-722-9463. One of Long Island’s original vineyards, Palmer Vineyards has helped lay the foundation for the North Fork growing region. Since its founding by Robert Palmer in 1983, Palmer has been labeled by some as Long Island’s most visitor friendly winery. It has been recognized for its award-winning Sauvignon Blanc blend, as well as having the first Albariño vines planted in the state of New York. This comes from the innovation of Martin, a native of Spain, and one of the regions foremost wine makers. Tours and tastings, of course, are offered. Visitors will see the inner workings of the winery including the Tank room, where the grapes ferment, and the barrel room, where the red wine goes through its aging process. Last but not least, tasting of different blends takes place on the vineyard deck, overlooking the rolling grapevines. Pellegrini Vineyards23005 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-4111. more than three decades Pellegrini Vineyards has been on the cutting-edge of wine production on Long Island’s venerable wine region. The vineyard was the brainchild of husband and wife duo Bob and Joyce Pellegrini. The couple purchased the vineyard in 1991 and subsequently built a 14,000 square foot complex in which Bob, a graphics designer, played an instrumental role in creating a desirable space that now serves as both a tasting room and wedding venue. But mostly people flock to Pellegrini for the wine. The 35-acre winery uses new technology to produce some of the top-rated wine in the region. Cutchogue’s “microclimate” is especially conducive to making savory wines. The tasting room is open to group tastings and private events. Pindar Vineyards37645 NY-25, Peconic. 631-734-6200. www.pindar.netPindar Vineyards is Long Island’s unofficial flagship vineyard. Located on 500 acres in scenic Peconic on Long Island’s North Fork, Pindar produces Long Island’s most recognized wine and is easily the largest vineyard on Long Island. Their vineyard grows 17 different varieties of grapes, producing 23 varietals and proprietary blends, resulting in an astounding 70,000 cases of wine per year. Their tasting room is a large, open space of blonde wood, where patrons can sample flights of wine and purchase bottles. Their outside deck, pavilion, and lawn offer the perfect space for wine lovers to spill out and enjoy the stunning vista views. Pindar also offers behind-the-scenes tours of the barrel and tank rooms to show every step of the wine-making process. Pindar hosts live music events, sunset Fridays, and plenty of private events, including memorable weddings, corporate events, group tastings, and the gamut of celebrations. Check out their Port Jefferson location to purchase your favorite Pindar selections. Pugliese Vineyards34515 Main Rd., Cutchogue. 631-734-4057. www.pugliesevineyards.comYou name it, Pugliese makes it. Known for its wide variety of earthy wines—Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Merlot, to name a few—Pugliese is entrenched in the North Fork community. The three-decade old vineyard embodies the family charm that has fostered a respectable reputation in the community. Wine aficionados get the opportunity to taste the vineyards collection of top-notch reds and whites inside its tasting room and, if they so choose, leave with a gift basket to go along with that ear-to-ear grin as they head to the next stop on their wine tour. The vineyard produces about a dozen red and white wines, a handful of sweet dessert wines and four different sparkling wines. Weekend wine revelers will more often that not be greeted by live music, which typically runs from early afternoon through 6 p.m. The winery, which has collected a handful of awards throughout the years, offers its grounds to couples enchanted with the idea of a quaint vineyard wedding. Raphael Vineyard39390 Route 25, Peconic. 631-765-1100. Ext. 105. www.raphaelwine.comRaphael Vineyard goes to great lengths to produce the best tasting wine, so much so that founder John Petrocelli chose to build the facility 12 feet underground. The upshot being that gravity, and the Earth’s underground temperature—an a constant 55 degrees—creates a natural environment for wine to nurture. The majority of the work that goes into producing wine is done by hand—which, the vineyard claims, places it among a select few vineyards in the entire country to harvest its wine this way. The vineyard offers wine flights to be enjoyed in its tasting room or outdoor patio. Groups of eight or more are required to make a reservation. The tasting room also offers live music and is pet friendly. As for the main attraction, Raphael’s staple wines include merlot, chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and more. Roanoke Vineyards3543 Sound Ave., Riverhead. 631-727-4161. www.roanokevienyards.netRoanoke Vineyards is putting a new spin on the East End’s winery obsession. Founded by Richie and Soraya Pisacano in 2000, Roanoke is known best for being Long Island’s first membership-based vineyard. Access to the vineyard’s tasting rooms are usually limited to Roanoke wine club members. Roanoke has received praise from outlets like The New York Times, Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate. Interested in obtaining a Roanoke wine club membership? Good luck. Membership has been capped due to high interest. Among the incentives to become a member is the cost to join: it’s free. Being the first of its kind has earned Roanoke some prestige among the North Fork’s many wineries. There are benefits to becoming a member: guaranteed access to each bottle on the four portfolios released each year, as well as up to a 20-percent discount on bottle purchases. Tastings are offered at a different location, the vineyard’s Mattituck farm, for non-members every weekend. Although they require an appointment, outsiders can enjoy new releases on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. MORE: 43 Fun things to do with your Kids on Long IslandSannino Bella Vita Vineyard1375 Peconic Lane, Peconic. 631-734-8282. Ext. 2. www.sanninovineyard.comAnthony Sannino’s love affair with wine started with a trip to his mother’s homeland of Italy more than 30 years ago. Sannino experienced wine making first hand during that visit and in 2006 he and his wife purchased a vineyard in Cutchogue. The vineyard is such a significant part of their life that the couple built their home on the very same land. Its tasting room is open year-round but only on a limited basis during the winter and spring (Monday-Thursday), as opposed to being open daily during the summer and fall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Groups of six or more interested in a tasting must make reservations prior to visiting, and that also goes for patrons being dropped off by limousine or private cars. Aside from the tasting room, the vineyard also boats a bed and breakfast outfitted with a private balcony. Sherwood House Vineyard1291 Main Rd., Jamesport. 631-779-2817. www.sherwoodhousevineyards.comSherwood House Vineyard took shape after Charles and Barbara Smithen purchased a 146-year-old farmhouse in Jamesport in 1996. They then transformed the former corn and potato fields into a wine haven. Essentially, the Smithens were turning their home into a destination in which people from across the Island and elsewhere could sip handcrafted wine and revel in the serenity that defines this picturesque North Fork village. The couple brought in Gilles Martin to serve as head winemaker, a position he held in France, and later in California. The Smithens initially planted Chardonnay vines but later added Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon and others to the mix. The vineyard sells at least 10 varieties of wine, many of which can be consumed inside the vineyard’s tasting room. Like many other vineyards, the winery plays hosts to live music every Saturday. Shinn Estate Vineyards2000 Oregon Rd., Mattituck. 631-804-0367. www.shinnestatevineyards.comStarted by a couple who bolted the Midwest to take up roots in New York City to open a restaurant in New York City that embraced New York wines, Shinn Estate Vineyards has found a way to stand out amongst the crowded North Fork vineyard crowd. The winery has drawn admiration from the likes of The New York Times> for its savory wines and its on-site Bed and Breakfast. Aside from its collection of wines, the vineyard—well, its distillery—produces a fruit-based brandy and grape vodka. It’s not everyday, that you find a vodka and brandy operation inside a mom-and-pop vineyard, but, hey, the North Fork has come a long way since the days of depressed potato fields. As for the wines, Shinn Estate produces everything from a Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine, a hybrid Sauvignon Blanc-Chardonnay and a Rieseling its dubbed “Coalescence,” the ubiquitous Chardonnay, a Merlot—one of its most popular creations—as well as a Bordeaux blend called “Wild Boar Doe.” (Photo credit: Sparkling Pointe Vineyards)Sparkling Pointe Vineyards39750 County Road 48, Southold. 631-765-0200. www.sparklingpointe.comThis vineyard exclusively produces sparkling wines, and that’s quite all right with its champagne-loving owners. Shortly after Cynthia and Tom Rosicki purchased a piece of property that would eventually become their vineyard, they had a fateful meeting with a prominent North Fork vineyard manager who asked what kind of wine they’d want to make. They both answered, “champagne.” And that folks is how this couple created the only vineyard on the Island that focuses solely on sparkling wine production. With the help of Gilles Martin, a well-traveled French winemaker, the couple began selling its first batch of sparkling wines in 2008, according to the Wall Street Journal. And these wines are not cheap. Its 2013 Brut, embellished with fruity notes, goes for $29. A 2006 Brut Seduction will cost you $72. Sparkling Pointe also offers a different kind of tasting room experience. Not only does it provide the traditional terrace or lawn tasting areas, but Sparkling Pointe also offers table service for those who want a more elegant experience. (This is a classy champagne operation after all.) Reservations are required for groups of eight or greater or for anyone arriving by bus or limo. Suhru Wines2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic. 774-641-7488. www.suhruwines.comLike most East End vineyards, Suhru is a family affair. Winemaker Russell Hearn had been in the business for three decades when he decided the time was right to open a family business. Hearn, the winemaker, and his wife Susan, who is the owner, discovered wine at different points in life. Hearn has been in the business for years, while Susan, a physical therapist, began appreciating fine wine after she and Russell met. Now they’re both fully devoted to the cause. Their adoration to their vineyard is so deep, in fact, that the couple used a combination of their first names as the winery’s name: Susan and Russell plus their last initial gives you “Suhru.” Currently, the vineyard is producing five different types of wine. Wine fans can get a feel of their creations at the vineyard’s “Winemaker Studio” in Peconic. The tasting room is open daily during the summer and from 12-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Old Field59600 Main Rd., Southold. 631-765-0004. This 17th century farmland has quite the history. As the story goes, Native Americans once farmed on this field and then Europeans took over after their arrival. But the field is now the pride of a North Fork family that has dedicated their lives to producing top-notch wine through sustainable practices. The methods in which this family has used since the mid-‘70s to cultivate the land and harvesting grape vines is farming at its best. The vineyard takes pride in the “old” in its name, featuring a rustic tasting room that delivers the ambiance so many wine drinkers appreciate when visiting the North Fork. The Old Field currently features nine varieties of wine, ranging from rose and chardonnay to cabernet franc and merlot. Its tasting barn is open during the summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Monday. Wolffer Estate Vineyard3312 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack. 631-537-4771. www.wolffer.comGerman-born venture capitalist Christian Wolffer founded the vineyard in his name nearly three decades ago. Although Wolffer has since passed, Wolffer’s wine legacy has remained in tact thanks to the work of his children and winemaker, Roman Roth. The entire property runs about 170 acres, with 100 acres reserved for stables and another 55 acres for the vineyard itself. The elegantly designed estate pays homage to wine-obsessed Tuscany, according to The New York Times, and features French doors where visitors spill into a stone terrace and German-made stained glass. Remarkably, its tasting room is open throughout the year. As for the wine, the vineyard mostly grows merlot, chardonnay, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Its wines are made with local fruits—some of which are grown on the estate. The vineyard also boasts an outdoor wine stand that’s open from May through October, and plays hosts to weddings and other events. Groups of 10 or more must make reservations to visit the tasting room. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

‘Excessive de-risking’ holding back long-term investment, IA warns

first_imgThe UK’s investment management association has unveiled an action plan aimed at boosting long-term investment to solve the country’s “productivity puzzle”.Its proposed actions include working with the UK pensions regulator and industry association to improve stewardship, as well as investigating whether pension funds are being forced to de-risk too much.The Investment Association (IA) said the UK government welcomed its action plan, referenced by chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the 2016 Budget last week.It will formally update the chancellor on progress on the first and third anniversaries of the plan’s publication. The action plan, which aims to “catalyse the provision of long-term finance and enhance investor stewardship”, is built on an analysis of the barriers to long-term investment and the role investors can play in lowering these.Andrew Ninian, director of corporate governance at the Investment Association, said improving productivity required long-term investment by UK businesses.“The action plan seeks to deliver ambitious and achievable remedies to the ills of some of the most serious causes of short-term thinking in the British economy,” he said.“The investment industry remains steadfast in its commitment to play its part in fixing the UK productivity puzzle and help fix the challenge of our generation.”The plan has five principal objectives, underpinned by 12 recommendations in turn based on proposals for “a series of tangible actions”.It calls on various actors to take action, from companies and investment consultants to asset owners.Listed companies, for example, should stop reporting quarterly and instead focus on “a broader range of strategic issues”.Asset managers, meanwhile, should be supported in their public reporting of stewardship activities.The IA also called for changes to the way in which the relationship between asset owners and investment managers is governed so that it does not “inadvertently embed a short-term focus”.It has, therefore, proposed to work with The Pensions Regulator (TPR), the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) and investment consultants “to develop best-practice guidance on how stewardship and long-term incentives can be better incorporated into the Statement of Investment Principles and Mandate design”.Investment consultants should publicly set out how their activities “support the provision of long-term investment approaches and stewardship in mandate design and performance evaluation”, added the IA.Having found that defined contribution (DC) pension schemes face barriers to making long-term investments, the IA also proposed establishing a working group “to consider the key regulatory and market barriers to creating a DC investment environment more suited to long-term investment”.One of the reasons why longer-term financing is not reaching the UK economy, according to the IA, is that solvency and prudential regulation are leading to excessive de-risking in asset allocation.However well-meaning prudential regulation is, it contains an “over-emphasis on short-term market risk”, said the IA.This “embed[s] a focus on volatility and benchmark tracking error in the governance of investment strategies deployed”.This diagnosis is behind further actions proposed by the IA, one of which is to convene a working group “to review the extent to which current accounting standards and solvency and prudential regulatory requirements may be resulting in excessive de-risking by insurers and pension funds and impeding the provision of longer terms of finance”. Longer-term forms of capital, according to the IA, include equity, infrastructure and private placements.TPR balancing act The IA’s action plan contains “a number of interesting recommendations which we will consider further”, a spokesperson at The Pensions Regulator told IPE. “We already support economic growth by encouraging a balanced approach to the funding of defined benefit pension schemes – benefiting businesses and strengthening security for pensions,” added the spokesperson. “Employers’ ability to invest in long-term sustainable growth is balanced with our objectives to protect members’ accrued benefits and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).”On the topic of DC pension schemes, the spokesperson referred to the regulator’s new code of practice and supporting guides, “which will set out our expectations of trustees in governing their scheme’s investments, and provide helpful guidance to assist them in meeting the challenges in this area.The code is expected to be laid in Parliament in May, and comes into force in July, according to TPR. The PLSA, meanwhile, “looks forward” to contributing its members’ perspective to the IA’s programme, said Luke Hildyard, policy lead on stewardship and corporate governance at the PLSA. “All investors need to take a long-term perspective when undertaking their investments and the Association has consistently promoted responsible, long-term investment stewardship,” he told IPE.  He referred to work already carried out by the PLSA in this area, such as a recent report highlighting the importance of better corporate reporting of human capital and its stewardship disclosure frameworks for asset managers to set out their approach to prospective pension fund clients.last_img read more

Hess narrows quarterly loss. Axes 400 jobs

first_imgAsset sales & downtime bring production down  U.S. oil company Hess Corporation narrowed its net loss in the fourth quarter 2017 as its revenues fell when compared to the same period last year. As part of its restructuring, Hess in January eliminated about 400 positions. Hess on Monday posted a net loss of $2.68 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with a net loss of $4.89 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016.Hess explained that the fourth quarter 2017 results reflect net after-tax charges totaling $2.37 billion, including a non-cash accounting charge of $1.7 billion to reduce the carrying value of Hess’ interests in the Stampede and Tubular Bells Fields in the Gulf of Mexico, as a result of a lower long-term crude oil price outlook.On an adjusted basis, Hess reported an after-tax net loss of $304 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with an adjusted net loss of $305 million in the prior-year quarter.On an adjusted pre-tax basis, Hess reported a loss of $104 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, down from $499 million in the year-ago quarter.According to the company, the improved pre-tax adjusted results reflect higher realized crude oil selling prices and lower operating costs and depreciation, depletion and amortization. Fourth quarter 2017 adjusted results were adversely impacted by lower deferred tax benefits, primarily in the United States, compared to the prior-year quarter following a required change in deferred tax accounting.Exploration and Production (E&P) net loss in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $2.59 billion, compared to a net loss of $3.94 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016.The company’s revenues for the fourth quarter 2017 fell to $1.29 billion from $1.39 billion in the prior-year quarter.The company’s average realized crude oil selling price, including the effect of hedging, was $55.44 per barrel in the fourth quarter of 2017, up from $45.97 per barrel in the year-ago quarter.The average realized natural gas liquids selling price in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $22.78 per barrel, versus $14.68 per barrel in the prior-year quarter, while the average realized natural gas selling price was $3.69 per mcf, compared with $3.24 per mcf in the fourth quarter of 2016. Net production, excluding Libya, was 282,000 boepd in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to 307,000 boepd in the prior-year quarter. Lower volumes were due to asset sales (26,000 boepd), unplanned downtime resulting from a fire at the third-party operated Enchilada platform in the Gulf of Mexico (17,000 boepd) and natural decline and other net reductions (19,000 boepd), partially offset by higher production in the Bakken (15,000 boepd) and from North Malay Basin (22,000 boepd).E&P capital and exploratory expenditures were $568 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, up from $411 million in the prior-year quarter, which included increased drilling activity at the Bakken and Liza Phase 1 development activity following sanction in June 2017.Hess last week said it would spend about two thirds of its 2018 budget on Guyana asset and Bakken shale play. Cost cuts  As part of portfolio reshaping, Hess has started implementation of an organization restructuring and cost reduction effort targeting annual savings of $150 million. In addition to direct headcount reductions as part of assets sales, Hess eliminated approximately 400 employee and contractor positions in January and expects to record employee severance of $40 to $50 million in the first quarter.Since the end of 2014, total employee and contractor positions have been reduced by approximately 50 percent. In addition to the workforce reduction, Hess has identified further cost reductions in logistics, information technology, property, professional fees, and other operating costs resulting from the portfolio reshaping.last_img read more

Cuba wants Dominica to continue their support towards two causes

first_img Share Share 44 Views   no discussions LocalNews Cuba wants Dominica to continue their support towards two causes by: – December 13, 2011 Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Cuban Five. Photo credit: internationalist.orgThe release of the Cuban Five and the lifting of the United States trade embargo on Cuba will not be put to rest until these matters are resolved.That is according to an official at the Caribbean Section of the International Relations Department Juan Pozo who paid an official visit to Dominica recently.The “Cuban Five” were jailed in September 1998 for reporting on violent schemes by far-right anti-Cuban groups based in Miami and then convicted in 2001 by a Florida court on alleged espionage charges. The Five were given excessively long sentences, put in separate jails in different parts of the country with periods of solitary confinement, and routinely denied visits by their family members, who are residing in Cuba.Pozo said Dominica should continue to stand in solidarity with Cuba as long as it takes.He says one of the Cuban five members René González, was recently released from jail under probation and must remain in the state of Florida for a period of three years.“For us he is still in jail because the US claims that he is in some supervised freedom. He is at more risk because anything can happen to him now”, he explained.He said Dominican has been supporting Cuba and “we are grateful, we will continue to fight these causes,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Eric Heppner

first_imgCongratulations to Eric Heppner who announced last week that he is retiring as the Batesville football coach.  In his 20 years at the helm of the Batesville Bulldogs his teams won 148 games.  When you consider that you are only guaranteed 10 games in a year, this means that Eric won approximately 70% of the games he coached.  In the all-time scheme of coaching, this is quite a lofty position.Along with Eric I understand that 4 of his long-time assistant coaches have also decided to retire with him.  For 20 years Tim Hunter, Terry Nobbe, Mike Ploeger, and Steve Ollier have been with Eric.  I have not seen the official retirement announcement by these 4 gentlemen, but these are the 4 who have been with Eric for those 20 years.I will miss our weekly talks on Coaches’ Corner.  Eric is an interviewer’s dream–one question and he is off and running!  Enjoy the freedom this decision will give you, Eric.last_img read more