Westport Winery Garden Resort Adds Two New Partners

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport Winery Garden ResortWestport Winery Garden Resort’s founders, Blain and Kim Roberts, have added two partners to their business. On March 13, the couple gifted their adult children, Carrie and Dana, 40% ownership of the venture they started in 2008. Blain said, “We built this business with the idea that it would give us the opportunity to work alongside Carrie and Dana to teach them the love of the land, the community, and of enterprise. It’s incredibly satisfying to see them take this new role.”Carrie, who began as the winery’s tasting room manager became the chief financial officer of the resort in 2014. She holds a degree from Eastern Washington University. Prior to working at the family winery she was the education coordinator at Grays Harbor Historical Seaport. After college she also spent a year working for Lahaina Divers on Maui, the company Blain founded in 1978.Dana, who began as their sole winemaker, is now the director of winemaking, with a team working for him. He too is a graduate of Eastern Washington University. He followed his degree with an enology and viticulture certification from Washington State University.Blain and Kim will remain involved in the day-to-day operation of the business while working on the company’s plan to become the Butchart Gardens of Washington State. Kim said, “We see this as part of the legacy we are leaving our kids and our community.”Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The winery (including the restaurant, bakery, nursery and gardens) is open daily and offers lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img read more

Pocari-Air Force whips BaliPure, gains share of 2nd

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Rondina, Pons win 2nd straight PSL beach volleyball title LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat-Air Force got back on track after stopping BaliPure in four sets, 25-19, 10-25, 25-17, 25-21, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at Batangas City Sports Coliseum.The Lady Warriors, who lost their last game to Creamline in four sets, created a three-way logjam in second with the Water Defenders and PayMaya all having 3-2 records.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Arielle Love was a capable second option for the Lady Warriors as she finished with 18 points while Palmer had 13 before getting replaced.Janisa Johnson had 15 points to lead BaliPure while Alexis Matthews and Alyssa Solomon had 14 and 13 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Myla Pablo was in constant attack mode finishing with 21 points on 14 spikes, four blocks, and three aces, to lead Pocari-Air Force.Although substitute Cesca Racraquin failed to register a single point, she was Pocari-Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez’ difference maker in the close fourth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRaqraquin was put in as a defensive help and replaced Madeline Palmer who became the target of the Water Defenders’ offense.“I saw Palmer was being attacked to I decided to have Racraquin replace her,”said Jimenez in Filipino. “Racraquin was able to play defense and I think that was the key for us in taking the fourth set.” View commentslast_img read more

GFC’s action threatens US$60M China loan

first_img… BaiShanLin affiliates made no promise tobring investors – Attorneyhe move by the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) to repossess concessions held by BaiShanLin International Forest Development Inc (BIFDI) has jeopardised a US$60 million loan to the company, and the matter has since attracted the attention of the Chinese Embassy in Guyana.The GFC on Tuesday announced that it was moving to repossess concessions held by BaiShanLin.Guyana Times has since been able to confirm too that the Forestry Commission had also in the previous week written to five companies affiliated with BaiShanLin, terminating the Timber Sales Agreements (TSAs) and Joint Ventures that the companies had effected with the Chinese-based logging company.BaiShanLin trucks laden with logs in the interiorBased on documentation seen by this publication, on September 1, 2016, the GFC wrote to the five companies with whom BaiShanLin had entered into Joint Ventures, informing them that the arrangement had been terminated, since the Commission had not been informed ahead of time of a transfer of shares.90 daysEach of the companies was told to remove any equipment it had on the more than 400,000 hectares of forest within 90 days.But Attorneys for BaiShanLin are preparing to challenge the actions of the Forestry Commission in the courts.BaiShanLin has since secured the services of Satram and Satram Law Firm and the Attorneys are now questioning the action taken against the five companies since none would have made or reneged on any commitments to the Government of Guyana or the Forestry Commission.Loan jeopardisedPratesh Satram spoke with Guyana Times on Wednesday and indicated that the US$60 million loan taken by the Chinese logging company from the China Development Bank (CDB) was now under threat, since the shares BaiShanLin would have acquired in the local companies had been used as security against the loan.This publication has since been told that meetings were being held in China with the Bank and other stakeholders to decide on a course of action in light of the move by the GFC, since “the loans were secured in part against the shares of those companies.”The matter has also engaged the attention of the Chinese Embassy in Georgetown, since it was approached for assistance by BaiShanLin.In fact, the Attorney this publication spoke with has questioned why the action was taken against these companies in the first place, since, according to the GFC in its public pronouncement — it is BaiShanLin that failed to produce an investor.According to Satram, none of the companies which had their Joint Ventures terminated with BaiShanLin had made any promises to the Government to produce any investor.According to letters issued to Haimorakabra Logging Co Inc, Kwebanna Wood Products Inc, Sherwood Forests Inc, Wood Association Industries Company and Puruni Woods, they had violated provisions in the Forestry Act when they failed to inform the Commission of a transfer of shares, hence the decision to terminate the arrangement.In one such letter addressed to Hongbo Chu, the Secretary of Sherwood Forests Inc and written by the GFC’s Corporate Secretary, Jacy Archibald, the Commission acknowledged that written approval had been given for a Joint Venture arrangement between Sherwood Forests and Hongbo Chu. “However, the GFC has unearthed that subsequent to the aforementioned approval, that you transferred the shares issued to the joint venture partner to BIFDI without prior consent.”According to the letter seen by Guyana Times, “The GFC, therefore, gives official notice that the TSA granted to Sherwood Forests Inc is revoked with immediate effect.”Similar letters were sent to each of the companies informing that the TSA had been revoked, since the GFC had not been informed of the shares transferred.BaiShanLin, over the years, would have utilised the concessions of its affiliates to extract and export logs since the State Forest Exploratory Permit (SFEP) it possesses does not allow the company to extract or export logs from those concessions.What debt?In making the announcement of repossession, the Commission said, “The decision came after the company failed to deliver on agreed actions to introduce investors to the Commission and having been given time to prove that it had an acceptable plan to clear an approximately GY$80 million debt.”“In keeping with Forest Governance Practices, the GFC will be formally repossessing the concessions owned by the company and accelerating efforts to recover the debt owed,” it declared.None of this, however, had been communicated to any of the five companies and according to the Attorney-at-Law that this publication spoke with, the GFC has not been formally responded to, but the matter would be vigorously defended in court.BIFDI was incorporated in September 2006 under the Guyana Companies Act 1991 with the main objective of timber harvesting and establishing downstream wood processing operations in Linden.To date, however, BIFDI has failed to fulfil many of its commitments to the Government of Guyana, reneging on the obligations it made, which were accepted in good faith, according to the GFC.last_img read more

Ellen’s Son Enters Senatorial Race

first_imgRobert A. Sirleaf will contest the Senate seat for Montserrado County, following a petition he accepted Monday.A group of citizens last Monday in the Samuel K. Doe (SKD) Community on Bushrod Island, petitioned Mr. Sirleaf to contest the 2014 Special Senatorial race.Accepting the citizen’s request at a press conference Wednesday, July 16, Mr. Sirleaf told the gathering that “with abiding faith in the Almighty, and belief which is deeply-rooted in the will of our people for progress, today, I Robert A. Sirleaf announce my candidacy for Senator of Montserrado County; and we will go on this journey as an independent candidate.“I will strive to reach across our differences in age, gender, religion and political parties because we should not be divided by these. I will listen to them, listen to their dreams, their hopes, their aspirations and together we will think forward to make those a reality,” he pledged.According to him, rural and urban Montserrado are not separated by age, gender, religion or political views.“Thinking forward and working together over the next nine years, “I will continue to close the opportunity gap and build a stronger, more prosperous county, a county we can proudly call one Montserrado,” Sirleaf added.He said the post gives him “hope that is tangible; hope through change that you can see, hope you can feel; hope that speaks through actions and less through words.”The 2014 Montserrado senatorial hopeful explained further that he has tried to show that any positions of privilege can be, and should be used to improve the living conditions of “our people,” knowing that caring for others does not only change lives but makes oneself better.“I care that a public servant must put the interests of the people first, always serving the cause of the people rather than the cause of oneself,” he emphasized.In addition, Mr. Sirleaf said our youth, like other young people around the world, will not only have a chance to play and be healthy in body, but will also go to community centers with high-speed internet and computers where they can sharpen their minds and expand their horizons.Mr. Sirleaf said after citizens have serve their country, the country must repay them with special care and attention, and treat them with respect, recognition and dignity upon retirement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$100,000 incentive programs brings doctor to Chetwynd

first_img17 communities were considered eligible, and of those nine have new doctors. Tumbler Ridge was also part of the program, but so far has not had luck in recruiting a new doctor. The new Chetwynd doctor will be working out of the Chetwynd Centre Medical Clinic, although their name and hometown have not yet been released. They will receive $50,000 when they begin working, and the remaining $50,000 after they work for a year. If they fail to live and practice in the community for a minimum of nine months a year for the three year commitment, the incentive will have to be repaid. In order to be eligible, doctors must have moved from outside the province or a non-rural community.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Rangers’ search for new manager begins after McDowall exit

first_imgRangers have confirmed Kenny McDowall has left the club.The 51-year-old was appointed as Interim Manager when Ally McCoist was placed on gardening leave by the Gers in December.Stuart McCall is expected to fill the Ibrox vacancy, after the former Motherwell boss was photographed driving into the club’s training ground on Thursday.An official club statement read:  “Everyone at Rangers Football Club thanks Kenny for his contribution and we will never forget the part he played in our success since he joined under Walter Smith in 2007.“He is a man of integrity and honour and gave everything during his time at the Club.“Kenny worked under extremely challenging circumstances in recent months but he always gave everything he could to try to secure results for the football club.“He will always be welcome.” 1 Kenny McDowall last_img read more

Colbert advises graduates

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2At the end of his speech, the real Colbert offered a bit of wisdom. He told the graduates to say “yes” whenever they can. “Cynics always say no,” he said. “Saying yes leads to knowledge. So as long as you are able, say yes.” – Associated Press GALESBURG, Ill. – Comedian Stephen Colbert said he wasn’t sure whether Knox College wanted the real person or his satirical television persona when he was booked to deliver the 2006 commencement address. The host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” decided to address the 250 graduates Saturday with a bit of his TV character – a pompous, clueless commentator – “who says things with a straight face that he doesn’t mean,” Colbert said. He went straight for the hot-button issue of illegal immigrants, telling the crowd of about 4,500 he knew what people would say. “`Steve, Steve, immigrants built America.’ But here’s the thing: It’s built now,” Colbert said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

‘West Ham an appalling move for Wilshere… early stages of retirement’

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 1 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade After featuring 38 times during Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge at the Emirates, Wilshere believed he had done enough to secure a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.However, the Three Lions are now preparing to face Croatia in a World Cup semi-final and it’s fair to say the midfielder has not been missed.At 26, there is still time of course to force his way back into the England set-up.However, Durham slammed the decision to move to east London, insisting the move does little to help his dwindling international chances. Latest Transfer stories from talkSPORT.com targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Jack Wilshere’s decision to join West Ham United is ‘appalling’ and detrimental to his career.That’s according to talkSPORT’s very own Adrian Durham, who slammed the former Arsenal midfielder for choosing to sign for the Hammers on a free transfer. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED center_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Jack Wilshere spent 17 years at Arsenal IN DEMAND He added: “I’m not having West Ham helping him in his career, it is just him picking a club that is close to home and there is nothing that is going to challenge him or change anything about this at all.“He’s in this comfort zone, he’s been in it at Arsenal for years, and he’s now in it at West Ham.“He had a big cry and a moan up when he wasn’t in the England squad, when he didn’t deserve to be in the England squad so I don’t see how this changes anything in Wilshere’s career.“I think it’s appalling really.” targets moving on “An appalling move… It’s the early stages of retirement!” 👀@talkSPORTDrive’s Ade and Goughie debate whether Jack Wilshere joining #WHUFC is the right move for the midfielder ⚒📻 https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/BAUhlGSFtp— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 9, 2018 LIVING THE DREAM Our new midfielder has arrived… #WelcomeJack pic.twitter.com/kPd7hm4YxZ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 9, 2018After 17 years with the Gunners, new boss Unai Emery informed the midfielder he was no longer guaranteed regular game time.Despite being linked with moves across Europe to sides such as AC Milan and Fenerbahce, Wilshere opted to sign for the club he supported as a boy.However Durham blasted the midfielder for picking the ‘nice’ option and labelled his decision the ‘early stages of retirement’.“The last thing he needs is nice, he needs to challenge himself,” he said.“Just do something a little bit different! It’s the comfort zone, living in London like that’s a good thing – it’s not.“Challenge yourself!“There’s no expectation to do anything there, the Ox [Oxlade-Chamberlain] goes to Liverpool where people are saying he won’t get a game, people are saying he’s not good enough for them and, but for injury, he’d be in this England team and he may well have played in a Champions League Final.“And who knows, they might have done a bit better in that final as well – he really has proved himself in a short space of time.“Jack Wilshere basically, it’s the early stages of retirement going to West Ham, I think it’s an appalling move.” RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more

Laughter really is the best medicine

first_imgDOWNEY – Most comedians struggle to get an audience, but not Will Morton.“I hope other comedians will copy what I’m doing,” said Morton, who performed Saturday for more than 30 patients recovering from physical and neurological injuries at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey.Morton’s day job is in engineering. On weekends, he can be found with his comedy troupe, Million Laughs, at convalescent homes and hospitals.Morton said his volunteer gigs help him practice his craft and try out new material.At the county-run hospital, he talked about preachers in his native West Virginia, how a snake can be used as a “friend repellent” and performing an impression of Mr. T acting like Elvis Presley.“I thought it was funny,” said Jay Cramer, who was injured in a rock-climbing accident. “Humor is the best thing to help you get well.”Morton began Million Laughs a few years ago with other aspiring comedians studying at Cerritos College in Norwalk. The troupe also performs for private parties and corporate events.Members perform regular gigs for cancer patients at City of Hope in Duarte and have recently sought chuckles at Park Regency Convalescent Home in La Habra and the Phoenix House drug treatment center in Santa Fe Springs. “A lot of people are here to rehabilitate from spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and neurological injuries, and sometimes they’re in pain, too,” said therapist Christina Webster.“Alleviating that, and bringing laughter to them” is something the comedians help with, she said.Morton is always on the lookout for new talent: He shared the stage Saturday with Russ Binder, a Glendora engineer performing his first Million Laughs gig.“I got a little scared at first,” said Binder. “You’ve got to be able to entertain everybody, and this is part of everybody.” david.rogers@presstelegram.com(562) 499-1246 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgVenue with 2 great links in County DonegalPROMOTED POST: Ballyliffin Golf Club has been described by many golfers who have had the privilege of playing at the stunning venue as one of the best links courses in Ireland.Today, Ballyliffin’s OPEN WEEK swings into action and as always a HUGE crowd is expected to attend what promises to be a wonderful week of golf.John Farren told Donegal Daily, “We’re expecting a large crowd for the annual Ballyliffin Open Week with Daily Competitions on alternate Championship courses, which are in excellent condition.“The timesheets are available from Friday June 19th at 9am and Prize Presentations will take place on Friday July 3rd and Sunday July 5th. “Ballyliffin GC would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for the weeks festivities – Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Neal Doherty Jewellers, Travellers Insurances,Desmond Motors Ford,The Ballyliffin Hotel and North West Gas Company.“Contact the Proshop on 0749378100 to book your teetime. HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BALLYLIFFIN OPEN WEEK was last modified: June 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsNoticesSportlast_img read more