Law enforcement officials meet with Lee County’s NAACP to discuss police misconduct

first_imgLCSO among law enforcement agencies deploying officers to Texas, Arizona June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments FORT MYERS, Fla. — As the country grapples with incidents of police brutality and misconduct, Lee County’s NAACP wants to prevent anything like that from happening in the community. The group met on Thursday with local law enforcement to talk about police misconduct, use of force and building trust within the black community.All sides agree that stopping violence and tragedy before it happens is the number one priority. Members of the NAACP received insight on how these officers train. They also provided pointers of their own for the future. LCSO deputies investigate Words With Friends “romance scam” June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Gateway neighborhood break-ins caught on camera June 3, 2021center_img A common factor that each side brought up was fear.“The perception is, unfortunately, they’re afraid of law enforcement sometimes,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno said.“Especially the African American community. So we’ve got to build that trust and rapport.”Over the course of four hours, police and deputies gave examples of the training they complete: How they de-escalate dangerous scenes, and what justifies using deadly force. Community members also gave their own perspective. They talked about basic interactions like traffic stops and how to help someone with mental illness in a crisis.Officers said sometimes this is exactly what they need as they train.“I think it starts at this level,” Inspector General Donald Oswald said. “Where leaders of the police department and leaders of the community have to come together to come to an agreement and an understanding of each other’s perspectives.”McMiller agreed it is important to start in the community. “So it’s important for the community to come together to speak with law enforcement to at least be able to advise law enforcement and those leaders exactly where we are,” McMiller said “with regards to the trauma that we have been through, that we’re dealing with on a consistent basis.”Officers and deputies are trained every year on de-escalation, use of force and bias prevention. All three groups say they want to work together on future training and keep the community involved. AdvertisementTags: LCSONAACP Lee County deputies arrest five men for Island Vista robbery June 4, 2021 AdvertisementIncidents like the murder of George Floyd are heavy on the minds of the Black community. “These incidents are continuing to happen,” Jacquelyn McMiller said.“Lives are being taken. And most of all I think what the community is dealing with is when it is going to be us.”last_img read more

Minister Hyun Visits a Defector School

first_img News Minister Hyun Visits a Defector School Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarKim Bong Seob News SHARE Facebook Twitter [imText1]As the 20,000 defector era opens, Minister of Unifincation Hyun In Taek today visited an alternative school for young defectors, Yeomyeung School, to observe real life for some of the 20,000 North Koreans now living in South Korean society. After observing a class, Hyun had a meeting with students in which he encouraged them to adjust well to South Korean society well. He also listened to students’ difficulties. During the visit, Hyun said, “The Ministry provides you with the background; however, your futures and dreams must be accomplished by you, and your efforts should follow that.” [imText2][imText3]center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Kim Bong Seob – 2010.11.15 6:16pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

PCAOB sanctions five broker-dealer audit firms

first_imgJames Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Keywords Auditors Standard setters seek to enhance auditing Despite dissent, SEC softens auditor independence rulescenter_img Accounting firm to pay $3.5 million for substandard audits of Crystal Wealth The orders censure each of the firms, impose a US$2,500 civil penalty, and require them to take remedial measures. “The PCAOB has a responsibility to serve the investing public by promoting high quality, independent audits,” said James Doty, chairman of the PCAOB. “These orders reflect the board’s continued commitment to enforcing basic independence requirements that are critical to transparency, investor protection and the public interest.” At the same time, the board says that it decided not to sanction a sixth audit firm based on the firm’s extraordinary cooperation, including self-reporting and voluntarily taking remedial action. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on Tuesday sanctioned five audit firms for allegedly preparing financial statements for broker-dealer firms that they also audited, thereby violating auditor independence requirements. All five of the firms consented to the orders against them, without admitting or denying the PCAOB’s findings. last_img read more

Hanover 4-H Club Members Encouraged to Act with Integrity

first_imgHanover 4-H Club Members Encouraged to Act with Integrity UncategorizedMarch 10, 2006 RelatedHanover 4-H Club Members Encouraged to Act with Integrity RelatedHanover 4-H Club Members Encouraged to Act with Integrity FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Assistant Country Programmes Director for the United States Peace Corp in Jamaica, Jimmy McNeil, has urged Jamaica 4H Club members in the parish of Hanover to always embrace excellence as they strove to develop, and be honest under all circumstances.He encouraged students to reject all anti-social behaviour, and to seek to make positive contributions to the building of their society.Mr. McNeil was addressing the Hanover 4H Clubs Parish Achievement Day, held at the Green Island Comprehensive High School, on Thursday, March 9.“Making yourself into a good example in today’s world is not very easy, but I think that this is one of the best things you can do,” he told the students.He advised the Club members to think before they acted, and to believe in themselves. Pointing out that there would be many decisions to make as they matured into adulthood, he told them to make exemplary choices.Meanwhile, in his address Executive Director of the Jamaica 4H Clubs, Lenworth Fulton also encouraged good discipline, and proper dress code and behaviour.“So my message is that creating wealth through youth development is creating skills, creating good attitudes, creating becoming behaviour, and dressing properly. If you have to dance to your music nothing is wrong with that but dance decently, and if you have to speak to your friends, speak softly,” he stated.He said the 4H movement continued to play its part in youth development across the island, noting that the organisation had saved many youngsters from going astray. More than 1,500 members representing thirty-five 4H clubs from schools in the parish attended the achievement day ceremony.center_img RelatedHanover 4-H Club Members Encouraged to Act with Integrity Advertisementslast_img read more

Gov’t to Boost JCF’s Intelligence Gathering Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedGov’t to Boost JCF’s Intelligence Gathering Arsenal Gov’t to Boost JCF’s Intelligence Gathering Arsenal UncategorizedSeptember 1, 2006 RelatedGov’t to Boost JCF’s Intelligence Gathering Arsenalcenter_img RelatedGov’t to Boost JCF’s Intelligence Gathering Arsenal FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The government will be placing increased focus on intelligence as part of its crime fighting strategy and over the next few months, will be making significant investments in applying the most up-to-date technologies to the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) intelligence-gathering arsenal.Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips, made the disclosure while addressing a press conference at his Oxford Road offices in Kingston recently.He noted that, “high quality intelligence is essential to effective law enforcement” and credited the 25 percent reduction in murder and shootings since the start of the year, to the increased use of information gathering techniques. For the future, he said, “we [the Ministry] need to deepen the lessons learned”.Turning to equipment recently acquired as part of the crime fighting effort, Dr. Phillips informed that the Ministry was in the final stages of completing the implementation of the Automated Palm and Finger Print Identification System (AFIS), which he said, was already operational.“Training in the use of the equipment is continuing to ensure that we reap the full benefits of the system and over 236,000 sets of prints have been digitized and have been uploaded into the system,” Dr. Phillips said.Additionally, he informed that close to some 4,000 latent prints recovered from crime scenes have been uploaded into the machine.According to the Minister, the AFIS would not only be used in the fight against crime but would also be used to screen persons employed in security sensitive fields.“Once the full implementation of the system is done, we think that this will significantly enhance the investigative capacity of the Jamaica Constabulary Force,” he noted.Commenting on the Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS), the Security Minister pointed out that persons have already undergone training in the use of the technology and a database was being developed.Even as technology is being enhanced in the fight against crime, the Minister indicated that the capabilities of the Forensic Lab have been audited and the facility would be upgraded overtime.Additionally, upgrading work is being done on the radio system for the JCF as well as to the 119 switchboards. It is expected that the work will be completed by early 2007 in time for Cricket World Cup.The overhaul will also have an impact on the training curriculum of the JCF and the Twickenham Park facility.“Twickenham Park is to be expanded and better equipped to facilitate new approaches to training. As an initial step a tactical training village replicating real life communities is being built with international assistance to facilitate the more effective use of firearm training,” Dr. Phillips stated.last_img read more

3 Questions: Richard Samuels on Japan’s 3.11 triple disaster and its impact 10 years later

first_img3 Questions: Richard Samuels on Japan’s 3.11 triple disaster and its impact 10 years later Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyTen years ago, on March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by the most powerful earthquake in its recorded history. Of 9.1 magnitude by many accounts, the earthquake occurred off the Pacific coast of Tohoku and triggered a tsunami and meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.Nearly 20,000 Japanese – and most of their worldly possessions – were washed away in a matter of minutes. 340,000 survivors were displaced, and only a fraction ever returned to their homes. For some survivors, this decade passed with the speed of light, while for many others – most, perhaps – time has lumbered along, encumbered by reminders of loss.Richard Samuels, the Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT and director of the Center for International Studies, offered the first broad assessment on Japan’s response to the horrific triple disaster in his book “3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan” (2013, Cornell University Press). His work explored the impact of 3.11 on policy preferences of Japan’s leaders across three key sectors: national security, energy policy, and local governance.For some reformers, 3.11 was a warning for Japan to overhaul its priorities and political processes. It was a chance to push the nation forward in a new, and better direction. For others, 3.11 was a “black swan” – a once-in-a-millennium event that required no tinkering and certainly no new dramatic changes to business as usual. Still others declared that the catastrophe demonstrated the need to return to an idealized (and more simple) past; Japan needed to recover what had been lost to modernity and globalization.On March 11, he will lead a conversation with other scholars, including Miho Mazereeuw, associate professor of architecture and urbanism at MIT and director of MIT’s Urban Risk Lab, at a virtual event, 3.11 Ten Years Later: Disaster and Resilience in Japan. Here, Samuels reflects on whether 3.11 was a force of change, or a return to status quo, in Japan’s politics and public policy.Q: Ten years later, what are some examples that 3.11 impacted Japan’s government and society, for good or bad?A: In the days and months after the tsunami and the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the nation and the world closed ranks to support the survivors under the banner “Gambare Nippon!” (“Hang Tough, Japan!”). This was a moment of great promise – or at least one of great promises. Politicians vowed that Japan would be reborn, revitalized, rebuilt, and renovated. Many of their promises became hopes. And, sadly, many of these hopes remain unrealized a decade later.Indeed, a shroud of disappointment covers many communities in northeastern Japan – and across the rest of the archipelago as well. In a survey by the Asahi Shimbun in January, nearly two-thirds of the Japanese do not trust the government to ensure the safety of nuclear power generation. And an even greater number disapprove of how the government has handled the Fukushima Daiichi plant in particular. In a Kyodo survey taken in November, only 30 percent of Fukushima Prefecture residents say reconstruction has been sufficient. “There is nothing left for me to return home to” has become a common, elegiac refrain.Q: You warn in your book to look for continuity, and not change, following major catastrophe. How has this played out in Japan?A: The facts that support this conclusion have surprised many observers: For example, the same majority of the Japanese public that, when polled, declared its opposition to nuclear power also voted to return the pro-nuclear Liberal Democrats to power in 2012. The same Japanese public that emphatically embraced the alliance with the United States after the U.S. military supplied 20,000 troops and nuclear expertise to come to their rescue continues to oppose plans to reconfigure the footprint of U.S. bases on the Japanese home islands.Social science teaches that great and unexpected shocks can stimulate great and unexpected social and political change. Catastrophes on a 3.11 scale should “punctuate equilibria,” making it impossible for the status quo to be reconstructed and for change to happen. Events such as this, we think, free up paths for new sets of institutions, practices, preferences, and ideas to shape the future. 3.11 was, I thought, a great case to test this long-held idea. But what I found was that even an event as cataclysmic as 3.11 did not change the policy preferences of Japan’s leaders.Perhaps the most striking development in the weeks and months after the devastation was how political entrepreneurs from across the political spectrum used the catastrophe to frame the event to justify, to legitimate, to fortify, and to sell their pre-existing preferences. Those who were anti-nuclear before 3.11 said that Fukushima proved they were right. Those who supported nuclear power insisted that since this destruction was beyond anyone’s imagination (souteigai) they were not responsible and, besides, they would learn from the accident, making future ones even less likely. Those who were opposed to the rearmament before 3.11 lauded the hard work of the Japanese military in its rescue work, but said that this service was only possible because Japanese soldiers carried shovels, not guns. Those who sought a strong military and who supported the alliance with the United States declared that 3.11 proved the value – and the need to strengthen – both.That said, there were important changes. In 2012, the Japanese government stood up a new regulatory body that has had surprisingly sharp teeth. By 2013, the agency issued safety standards requiring new plants to prove they would be able to withstand earthquakes, floods, and terrorist attacks. The Japanese military was allowed for the first time to work with local officials and the utilities to develop emergency plans in the event of another Fukushima-like accident. And, while nine nuclear reactors have been approved for restart, only four – a tiny fraction of the 54 that had been producing power before 3.11 – are in operation today. The government – a pro-nuclear power government – now aims to have renewables account for 22 to 24 percent of the country’s electricity generation, more than the share projected for Japan’s nuclear power.And, in what is the most heartening measure of “non-change,” the Japanese press reports that the Tohoku region, which accounted for nearly 16 percent of Japan’s total agricultural output in 2008, achieved a 15 percent share by 2017.Q: You wrote your book on 3.11 in record speed following the catastrophe. How were you able to pivot so quickly to this pressing yet unexpected topic and produce, within two years, such compelling work?A: For about four years before 3.11, I had been working on a project on how political captivity – kidnappings, POWs, etc. – have been used in democratic states by political entrepreneurs to capture foreign policy. For centuries – and without regard for location – political abductions have figured in the construction of national identities and in justifications both for aggression and conciliation. Many ambitious politicians and their support groups have capitalized on captivity to frame and highlight national weakness and the fecklessness of opponents. Others have spun out accounts of heroism to demonstrate national strength and visionary leadership. Either way, the manipulation of the captivity passion for political ends often has been used to mobilize public sympathy to reorient national policies. This work will be the subject of my next book.In short, work on how politics can be kidnapped intrigued me – and I found myself pivoting to study this in the painful context of 3.11. It was immediately clear that a competition was emerging for control of a national narrative that could be manipulated to shape minds and generate political support. As I saw it, 3.11 would provide a different, but parallel laboratory for investigating how the identification of heroes and villains – and the assignment of credit and blame – matter for democratic politics. /University Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:architecture, Cornell University, Democrats’, electricity, entrepreneurs, Ford, Fukushima, Government, Japan, Japanese, leadership, MIT, pacific, power plant, resilience, United States, universitylast_img read more

A Current Affair: Volkswagen’s future is increasingly electric

first_img Pardon the tired old Phoenix rising clichés, but if Volkswagen is to emerge from the ashes of its debilitating, now-one-year-old Dieselgate scandal, it will be on the wings of electric vehicles. Having hitherto largely ignored the electrified market in favour of fuel-sipping but nitrogen-oxide-spewing diesels, Europe’s largest automaker is now promising that it will sell one million EVs a year by 2025.The first of this new fleet of emission-free wonders will be the I.D. Golf-like in appearance and size, the I.D.’s 168 horsepower promise hot hatch performance while its 400-to-600-kilometre range — depending on the size of it scalable battery — offers Tesla-like convenience. Slated for production in 2020, the I.D.’s innovation is not limited to its electric propulsion. It also offers a first glimpse of Volkswagen’s vision of a fully autonomous future with an entirely new interior “spatial experience.” Among other breakthroughs, “Open Space” puts the steering wheel retract into the dashboard when operating in fully automated “I.D. Pilot” mode.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Porsche’s Mission E concept ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada Not to be left out of the party, Audi is pushing its e-tron Quattro concept. No less than three electric motors — one on the front axle, one each for the rear wheels — combine for 590 lb.-ft. of torque while a 95 kilowatt-hour battery allows 500 kilometres between recharges.In all, the Volkswagen Group is promising no less than 30 electric and plug-in models by 2025. The demise of diesel may yet breathe new life into electric cars.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Audi e-tron Quattro concept Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Volkswagen’s I.D. concept The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever VW’s I.D. electric car will have lots of siblings. Here are three of them:The electrified remake of VW’s iconic Microbus, the BUDD-e promises as much as 600 kilometres of range and all-wheel drive. No word on a Westfalia Camper version, though. Porsche’s Mission E promises 500 kilometres of range and its 800-volt DC recharger will get you back on the road in just 15 minutes. Yes, quicker than Tesla’s vaunted Supercharger. Boasting 500 horsepower, the e-tron Quattro is Audi’s answer to Tesla’s Model X. Look for it in Audi dealerships as early as 2019. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Volkswagen’s BUDD-e concept We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The rest of the Volkswagen Group is also converting to lithium-ion, with Porsche promising a Tesla Model S-like Mission E by 2020 with 600 horsepower, all-wheel drive and the ability to blast to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds. And, putting further emphasis on the Tesla comparisons, Porsche is also rumoured to be developing a smaller Model 3 competitor. advertisement RELATED TAGSVolkswagenElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesAudi AGAudi e-tronAutomotive EnginesAutomotive TechnologyDr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AGElectric VehiclesEuropePhoenixScience and TechnologyTechnologyTesla Model SVolkswagen AG Electric company Trending Videos See More Videoslast_img read more

Students encouraged to arrive early and wear silver for Saturday’s Oregon game

first_img Published: Oct. 1, 2015 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Students attending the first Pac-12 conference home football game Saturday against Oregon at 8 p.m. are encouraged to arrive at Folsom Field early to enjoy all the gameday festivities and to wear silver (or gray) as we attempt to stripe the stadium silver and black.The Buffs have won three straight games and this contest will be nationally televised by ESPN. Oregon is the defending Pac-12 champions and played in the National Championship game last year.Stadium gates open at 6 p.m. and student seating is first-come, first-served, so fans who arrive first can get prime seating within the student section. There is a special entrance for students on the south side of Folsom Field and gates open at 6 p.m. Those arriving early can get a free #SilverAndBlackAttack rally towel and have an opportunity to win other prizes, as well. Be sure to sign up for the student loyalty program at Students who sign up for the rewards program will get credit when they swipe with their Buff OneCard at the game. Grand prizes include an Epic Ski Pass, authentic team jersey or a $300 Amazon gif card.Weather permitting, starting at 5:30 p.m., Ralphie will be in Ralphie’s Corral, just south of the student entrance. Stop by to see the best mascot in the world and get a photo taken. She will be there until about 30 minutes before game time.  Ralphie runs at the five minute to kickoff mark, which will occur shortly after 8 p.m.At 7 p.m, students can also see the Golden Buffalo Marching Band perform in Ralphie’s Corral. Students already inside the gates can head to the fieldhouse shortly after that for another performance. Be sure to download the CU Gameday App that includes social media interaction, live stats and other pertinent gameday information.A few other reminders for gameday: Keep track of and dress for the weather. Some forecasts are calling for rain and temperatures in the 50s during the game, so be sure to dress accordingly.  Fans are encouraged to wear silver or gray, but those wearing black clothing to the game should remember it is harder for drivers to see people dressed in dark clothing, so be especially careful when crossing streets. Student tickets are still available. Please visit for more information. It will be the only way to access football or men’s basketball games this season. If you purchase before 11 a.m. on Saturday, the tickets will be placed on your Buff OneCard, otherwise you can purchase at the game. Make sure your Buff OneCard is working! You must use it to swipe into the game and if it does not work, you will have to go to the Buff OneCard office to get the issue resolved. Outside the stadium, there will be enhanced enforcement by the Alcohol Control Board. If you are cited for a MIP or other offense, it will be reported back to the Office of Student Conduct.CU will sell special #SilverAndBlackAttack t-shirts on the stadium plaza by Gate 2 of the Stadium starting on Thursday for just $14.99.Go Buffs!center_img Categories:AthleticsCampus Communitylast_img read more

People: Robert Merletti

first_imgPinterest ReddIt Twitter TAGSinterviewMediapeopleRobert MerlettiV&WM Magazine Home Wine Business Editorial People: Robert MerlettiWine Business EditorialPeople: Robert Merletti Facebook Sharecenter_img Linkedin AdvertisementThere are people in the Wine Industry that don’t own vineyards or make wine, yet their impact on our business is indisputable. They are the people behind our winery associations, our media and our trade and they’re making a difference. “People” was created to acknowledge their role and celebrate their successes.Writer: Jim BrummPrintable PDF VersionVineyard and Winery Management Magazine publisher Robert Merletti brings experience, knowledge, and integrity to the industry he loves.Robert Merletti, CEO and publisher of Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, is arguably one of the most influential people in the wine industry today.Merletti grew up in the wine producing Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. His stepfather, Bill Moffett, was a grape grower who started the publication (under a different name) in 1974 to help highlight the region and bring information and news about grape growing and the wine industry to others in the business.After high school Merletti attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a degree in business management. He wanted to join the family publishing business but he was initially discouraged by his parents. “They told me to get a real job,” he said, laughing.For a while he entertained the idea of going to law school, but ended up working as a broker on Wall Street, and later in the banking industry. Eventually his parents did offer him a job with the magazine and in 1995 he packed up his belongings and moved to Sonoma County, California to begin “two years of isolation,” working alone in a small office selling ads and growing the business. As time went by he was able to hire an assistant and move into larger offices. He became the magazine’s sales manager and eventually purchased the business from his folks.Under his leadership the business thrived and expanded. Today Vineyard and Winery Management occupies 4300 square feet of office space in Santa Rosa, CA and has a staff of 15. It has become the leading wine trade magazine in North America, with an estimated readership of 25,000, many of whom are CEOs, wine business owners, and presidents. It is, as their Web site puts it, “a publication designed specifically for today’s serious wine business professional.” The magazine is available digitally as well, and is optimized for PCs, smart phones, and tablets. Each issue offers information on a myriad wine business issues and news from some of the best writers in the industry.“We’re a niche publication,” said Merletti. “We’re not just providing paper; we’re providing content that people can rely on. With thirty years in the business we can inform them about what’s important with articles written by writers who are screened and don’t have an agenda.”Merletti takes pride in his publication’s editorial integrity. “What sets us apart is the fact that we’re the only independent wine magazine in North America. We’re a second-generation family-owned business and we’re committed to keeping the bar high. Everything we do has our name attached to it.”Over the years Merletti has been in a position to have his finger on the pulse of the wine industry in all its manifestations. This has given him a unique perspective of the industry as a whole, and allowed him to understand and better serve both winery owners and growers.With Merletti at the helm, Vineyard and Winery Management has expanded to become more than just a publisher. The company is now the largest owner of wine competitions in the country, including the Grand Harvest Awards, West Coast Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition, International Women’s Wine Competition, NextGen Wine Competition, and the U.S. National Wine Competition. Again, this is an arena in which he feels strongly that integrity is the watchword.“When people receive a medal at one of our competitions they know it’s the real deal,” he said. “There’s no corporate façade to hide behind.”Vineyard and Winery Management has also become the owner of several of the largest wine industry trade shows in the nation including Wineries Unlimited, The Midwest Grape and Wine conference, and Winery DIY. In addition the company is the publisher of Winedex©, the most comprehensive wine industry directory and buyer’s guide available anywhere.Merletti is soft-spoken yet passionate when he speaks about the evolution of the wine industry he has witnessed through the years. His insights shed light on the changes the industry is experiencing.“The industry is realizing that the ‘field of dreams’ mentality has changed,” he said. “The old idea of thinking that if you are an artisan winemaker people will hear about you and automatically come buy your wine is over. Today it’s about understanding your demographic, and not trying to be everything to everyone.”Merletti pointed out that most wineries are running on a steep learning curve, that the world of technology is racing ahead of the old business model. Trying to stay current and relevant in a world where young people communicate instantly through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media can be difficult but it’s very necessary.Vineyard and Winery Management is experiencing growing pains—in a good way. They are once again poised to outgrow their offices. The company’s continued success underscores Merletti’s determinism and dedication to the industry he loves. As readership of the magazine grows along with attendance and participation at their trade shows, conferences, and wine competitions, Merletti will continue to be a positive influence on the wine industry for years to come.“The best part of my job,” said Merletti, “is being able to work with our great team. Their energy is beyond positive. When I have people tell me that they’re better off for reading our magazine or attending our conferences, I know we’re making an impact and providing a valuable service to the wine industry.”http://www.vwm-online.comAdvertisement By Editor – January 24, 2012 26 0 Email Previous articleSpotlight: TopNest DesignsNext articleTo Buy or Not to Buy: Factors Impacting Winery Supplier Choice Editorlast_img read more

PATH Students Will Continue To Receive Free Lunches

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedEarly Childhood Educators Honoured PATH Students Will Continue To Receive Free Lunches EducationMay 7, 2014Written by: Latonya Linton The Government will spend $2.4 billion this fiscal year to ensure that students benefitting from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), continue to receive free lunch three days per week.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, the Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, in his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 7.“Can we ask parents to contribute between $45 and $60 per day of the cost of the meal for the other two days?” Rev. Thwaites said.He also noted that the Ministry will be providing breakfast and lunch for 138,000 students or 70 per cent of the early childhood cohort, at a cost of $1.05 billion.He also pointed out that that there is another group of children, which comprise about 30 per cent of the school population, who are not on PATH, but are vulnerable.“Sometimes they have lunch money, sometimes they do not. For this group, we will expect parents to pay about 50 per cent of the cost of their lunch, whenever they can afford it,” Rev. Thwaites said.“We also have children whose families experience a crisis from time to time… we will ask our principals to continue to look out for these children and feed them as and when necessary,” he added.Rev. Thwaites also informed that the Government will no longer purchase, store, or distribute large quantities of imported commodities, such as tinned corned beef, tinned mackerel, flour, and cornmeal.He added that the school feeding menu will use, as far as is possible, locally produced protein (such as) meat, peas, beans, and eggs. Story HighlightsThe Government will spend $2.4 billion this fiscal year to ensure that students benefitting from PATH, continue to receive free lunch three days per week.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, the Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites, in his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 7.He also noted that the Ministry will be providing breakfast and lunch for 138,000 students or 70 per cent of the early childhood cohort, at a cost of $1.05 billion. RelatedGreater Safeguard of Children’s Welfare Urgedcenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, the Hon. Rev Ronald Thwaites makes his contribution to the 2014/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 7. RelatedSLB Launches Outreach Programme for Western Jamaica PATH Students Will Continue To Receive Free LunchesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisementslast_img read more