Napa Valley Vintners to Continue Legacy of Caring for Community Through…

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Napa Valley Vintners to Continue Legacy of Caring for Community Through New…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessNapa Valley Vintners to Continue Legacy of Caring for Community Through New Platform for GivingBy Press Release – November 17, 2020 284 0 Advertisement11/17/2020 – Saint Helena, CA – The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association excitedly looks toward 2021 as a time for new beginnings as they announce a new chapter for Auction Napa Valley.  In the spirit of innovation, the Napa Valley Vintners and Auction Napa Valley Boards of Directors have unanimously determined that is it time wrap up Auction Napa Valley in its current format and redefine how a world-class wine region fundraises for the good of its community “Pausing our Auction due to the global pandemic allowed us time to reflect on all we have achieved and gave us the space to envision what our future might look like.” said Robin Baggett, Chairman of the NVV Board of Directors.   In June 2021, the organization will not be hosting Auction Napa Valley, and will instead take the next year to dream up and create a completely new platform for giving, one that may inspire others for the next 40 years.   “Auction Napa Valley set the standard for world-class wine events, and we’re humbled to have inspired others to create countless events that have raised funds for many other worthy causes,” said Jack Bittner, Vice-Chair of the NVV Board. For forty years the Napa Valley wine community, our vintners, bidders, volunteers and partners have supported Auction Napa Valley with boundless generosity. Through Auction Napa Valley proceeds the NVV has given more than $200 million to care for the Napa Valley community.  While this coming year will be dedicated to re-imagining Auction Napa Valley, NVV will continue its commitment to the community in 2021 by utilizing reserve funds set aside in previous years for this purpose.  The NVV and its boards of directors remain dedicated to Auction Napa Valley’s mission: to leverage Napa Valley’s world-class wines to care for the community, and they are welcoming vintners and volunteers to the table to be part of the conversation and planning.   “When enjoying your next bottle of Napa Valley wine, we hope you will join us in raising a glass to 40 great years of success and to the great things to come in the next 40 years,” said Beth Novak Milliken, Secretary/Treasurer of the NVV Board. Advertisement TAGSNapa Valley Vintners ReddIt Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest Linkedin Share Previous articleAmador Wine Country Celebrates 2020 Harvest of “Amazing Quality”Next articleFire Pits, Heaters & Great Wine Make New Jersey Wineries the Place to Warm up at This Fall Press Releaselast_img read more

Google launches data-friendly apps for India

first_img Previous ArticleTech giants to drive 5G car vision with automakersNext ArticleSquare cuts transaction time, takes reader down under AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 SEP 2016 Serie A, Google give piracy apps the boot HomeAppsNews Google launches data-friendly apps for India Related Author Saleha Riaz Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more center_img WhatsApp shrugs off India privacy update pressure GoogleIndiaYouTube Tags Apps Google announced a host of new products and services for India, including an app called YouTube Go, to help users facing challenges such as low-powered phones, 2G connections, and very little data. The tech giant is looking to “deepen India’s participation in the internet”.For one, it will start extensive user tests of YouTube Go, an app “completely reimagined for the next generation of YouTube users,” which for now will only be available in India.It will play YouTube videos across various connectivity situations, supposedly provide users with transparency and control over their data consumption and let them share videos easily with people nearby without using any data.As for the Google Play app, it will pre-load the most popular parts of the store on Wi-Fi so that browsing is faster even on a weak signal.When choosing to install an app, users will also have the option to “wait for Wi-Fi”.The Assistant feature in Allo, the messaging app Google recently started rolling out, will soon be available in Hindi, as will its ‘smart replies’ feature.Chrome on Android will automatically “optimise pages to their essentials” when 2G-like networks are detected. The company claims these pages will load up to 2x faster, saving more than 90 per cent of user data.Similarly, Google News and Weather apps will now have a “lite mode” for people on low-bandwidth connections that trims the content down so it can download faster. This mode uses less than one-third of data levels and will automatically be triggered when a slow connection is detected.The firm also announced Google Station, which will provide software and guidance on hardware to turn fiber connections into Wi-Fi zones.The next billion“Building for India and other countries where the next billion internet users are coming online not only improves their experiences, it gives us better ideas that work for everyone,” said Caesar Sengupta, VP of Google’s Next Billion Users Team.Back in May, India’s government said it would soon allow Google to run a four-day pilot test of its ambitious Project Loon.Earlier in the year Google also said it will train two million developers in the country as part of a new Android Skilling initiative. India threatens action over WhatsApp privacy changelast_img read more

OneKey MLS launches in NY with 47K listings

first_imgOneKey MLS president Richard Haggerty (Credit: Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors)For years brokers in the New York metro area have longed for a multiple listings service. And now it’s launching 42,000 subscribers deep.Realtors in Westchester and Long Island last year agreed to merge their systems into the New York MLS, which they’ve now renamed “OneKey,” they said Thursday. The platform currently has 47,000 listings stretching from the Catskills to Montauk, including the five boroughs of New York City, one of the only major U.S. cities without a centralized MLS.“When we partnered with the Long Island Board of Realtors, we set out to expand the size and scale of an MLS to create greater opportunities for our members,” Richard Haggerty, president of OneKey MLS and CEO of Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors said in a statement Thursday.Public clashes between brokerage firms and StreetEasy over the past two years have renewed calls for a single listings platform. The Real Estate Board of New York syndicated its RLS last year, but StreetEasy does not accept its feed. The RLS later tightened rules for data-sharing procedures and introduced fines for violators amid calls for better data.Still, Haggerty said the RLS is not a true MLS because it’s a back-office system with front-end plug-ins. (Efforts to make the RLS public facing have not come to fruition.)“We’ve talked to about every major firm in the city,” Haggerty said in an interview. “From our perspective, if agents have to go to multiple data sources to complete a comparative market analysis, that’s time and money.”In a statement, REBNY defended its system, which it referred to as “the only definitive source of listings data for the industry by the industry.”Since February, several New York firms have started using OneKey, including Compass, Bond and Keller Williams, he said.Still, a cursory look at the public-facing version of the system shows it has a long way to go. It currently has 1,541 active sales listings in Manhattan. By comparison, there are 8,489 listings in Manhattan on StreetEasy.According to Haggerty, OneKey will cost $2,200 per year per office, with agents paying $110 per year. Right now, there will be no listing fee. “It’s a question of who’s going to have the best source of data, the most accurate data,” Haggerty said.READ MORECompass joins Nascent New York MLSIs NYC Finally Getting an MLS?New REBNY rules are heaviest for bad data This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Danica Patrick, Aspen Dental team up to create pop-up go-kart track

first_imgPHOTOS: Danica Patrick’s Chicago visitCHICAGO — Leading up to the Chicagoland race and the start of the playoffs, Aspen Dental — the official dentist of NASCAR — got fans into the race spirit a little early. And at the same time, reminded them in a fun way that it’s never too late to get started in breaking down the barriers that keep them from going to the dentist.Aspen Dental built a pop-up go kart track in the heart of downtown Chicago so fans could fill their need for speed while knocking down symbolic obstacles to dental care like Judgment, Fear and Discomfort.Danica Patrick was on hand offering tips to racers, giving a play-by-play of the action and talking to attendees about why a healthy mouth matters.The event was the latest activity in Aspen Dental’s Get Started program, launched at the start of the 2017 season to encourage fans in unexpected ways to get started or restarted on their own personal road to better care, better smile sand better lives.Check out our video to get in on the fun!last_img read more

Killington to celebrate World Cup with DISPATCH as headliner Nov 25

first_imgKillington Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC,Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s Killington Resort(link is external), the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, has announced that the band Dispatch(link is external) will headline a robust music and entertainment lineup to celebrate the return of the Audi FIS World Cup. Dispatch, who formed while attending Vermont’s Middlebury College, will return to their Green Mountain State roots for the free concert on Saturday, November 25 at Killington’s K-1 Base Area. Known as one of the biggest independent rock bands in history, Dispatch hit a major career milestone when they played an outdoor concert in Boston that drew over 110,000 people and were dubbed by Rolling Stone as the hosts of the largest independent music event ever.  Dispatch is returning to the road with their first national tour in five years and their Audi FIS World Cup concert at Killington is their only scheduled appearance in the state of Vermont.RIGHT: The Audi FIS World Cup at Killington November 2016. TOP: Dispatch promo photo.“Combining top-notch entertainment with one of the world’s most premier ski racing events makes for an amazing, party-like weekend at Killington for families and fans of all ages,” said Mike Solimano, President and General Manager of Killington Resort.  “We are thrilled Dispatch will headline our full weekend of World Cup Race festivities and hope the public comes out to enjoy the concerts, movie premiers, opening parades, fireworks, our unique dining experiences and autograph signings, in addition to the women’s giant slalom and slalom races.”New this year and, in addition to an already action-packed, fun-filled weekend, Killington Resort and the Audi will host a free concert on Friday, Nov. 24 featuring Troy Ramey(link is external), originally from Woodstock, VT, and best known for soaring through season 12 of the hit singing competition “The Voice.” Killington’s Snowshed Base Lodge will host two separate movie premiers throughout the weekend, including new releases from Teton Gravity Research and Warren Miller Entertainment showcasing extreme snow sports and thrilling cinematography, with proceeds from Friday and Saturday’s showings benefiting the Pico Ski Club and Killington Ski Club respectively.The World Cup Expo Village, located at the K-1 Base Area, will feature over 40 unique sponsors, ranging from artisan Vermont craft and food vendors to the latest ski industry hardware and technology companies. Opening parades on both Saturday and Sunday will feature youth racers marching with their ski clubs carrying participating nations’ flags’ culminating in the finish area to kick off the competition each day. We expect more than 1,000 youth racers both days with Vermont ski clubs featured on Saturday and ski clubs from all over the North East joining us Sunday.Schedule of Weekend Events*Friday, November 24, 2017Expo Village Open – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. – K-1 Base AreaFree Concert by Troy Ramey – 4:00 p.m. – Expo Village K-1 Base AreaAthlete Presentation – 5:45 p.m. – Expo Village K-1 Base AreaFireworks – Immediately following athlete presentation – Expo Village K-1 Base AreaTeton Gravity Research Movie Premier “Rogue Elements(link is external)” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Base LodgeSaturday, November 25, 2017Expo Village Open – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – K-1 Base AreaVIP Area Open – 8:00 a.m. – Roaring Brook Umbrella BarOpening Parade – 8:45 a.m. – Expo Village, K-1 Base AreaGiant Slalom Run 1 – 10:00 a.m. – Superstar TrailGiant Slalom Run 2 – 1:00 p.m. – Superstar TrailFree Concert by Dispatch – Immediately following second race runs – K-1 Base AreaWorld Cup Official Post Party – 6:00 p.m. – Wobbly Barn NightclubWarren Miller Movie Premier “Line of Descent(link is external)” – 7:00 p.m. – Snowshed Lodge, Killington ResortSunday, November 26, 2017Expo Village Open – 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – K-1 Base AreaVIP Area Open – 8:00 a.m. – Roaring Brook Umbrella BarOpening Parade – 8:45 a.m. – Expo Village, K-1 Base AreaSlalom Run 1 – 10:00 a.m. – Superstar TrailSlalom Run 2 – 1:00 p.m. – Superstar TrailThe general public is invited to view the women’s giant slalom and slalom races from free general admission areas or from the grandstands as a limited number of premium grandstand tickets(link is external) remain available when Killington hosts the Alpine World Cup event for the second year in a row. The free viewing areas will accommodate approximately 12,000 spectators and Killington will provide free parking and an enhanced shuttle system for event spectators during the weekend. Appropriate attire for winter weather is recommended for the outdoor venue, including sturdy waterproof shoes and multiple layers. No pets, lawn chairs or coolers will be permitted in the Expo Village.Please visit www.killington.com/worldcup(link is external) for 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Information and the Entertainment Lineup* and be social with #beastworldcup(link is external).About Killington ResortKillington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 35 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com(link is external) for more information and be social with #beast365(link is external) and #beastwinter(link is external).*Schedule subject to change, visit killington.com/worldcup(link is external) for updates.Source: KILLINGTON, VT (October 12, 2017) – Killington Resort(link is external)last_img read more

SCOTTISH FIRE CHIEF ACKNOWLEDGES DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY RESPONSE TO STORM FRANK

first_imgScottish Fire and Rescue Service Chief Officer Alasdair Hay praised his staff, partner agencies, volunteers and communities for the way they have responded to devastation caused by Storm Frank the other day but forgot to mention Dumfries and Galloway, but he  has know acknowledged all the hard work carried out by our local Rescue service workers and volunteers.Many communities across Scotland have been hit by devastating floods which have forced people out of their homes during the festive season, with some areas still affected at the present time.Crews have been working flat out for over a week to ensure people’s continued safety and that fire and rescue cover is maintained during extraordinary and extremely challenging circumstances.The national service has provided enhanced resilience during the winter storm period, with resources from across Scotland available to support one another. One such example saw crews from Dundee support their colleagues in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, which was amongst one of the worst hit areas in terms of flooding.Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Chief Officer, Alasdair Hay, said: “Storm Frank has brought misery to many of our communities over the past few days.“It is impossible to find any words to describe how those affected must be feeling. They have seen their homes and businesses destroyed by flooding but are showing incredible resilience in the face of adversity.“Alongside our communities many agencies and volunteers have worked tirelessly to help and support those affected. I want to pay tribute to all those who have worked so hard to support their communities.“However, I want to pay particular tribute to all our SFRS staff right across the country as their efforts have, and continue to be extraordinary.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn One of the most badly affected areas in the West was Dumfries and Galloway with crews called out to 18 different incidents from December 30 to New Year’s Day.Flooding affected almost the entire region and every appliance within the Dumfries and Galloway area was utilised to assist. Support was also provided from other areas in the West including a water rescue team from Ayr.The Carsephairn area was badly affected by flooding with around 30 properties affected by flood water. Several appliances were mobilised to the village as well as a specialist water rescue team. Crews worked closely with their multi-agency partners and carried out checks at properties, rescued two people from flood water and pumped out flooded areas.Newton Stewart was one of the most badly affected areas with the entire high street (Victoria Street) badly affected by flooding. The fire station and police station were both flooded. Five crews and specialist water rescue team were involved in the Newton Stewart response operation and they received support from the SPCA’s flood rescue team. Crews carried out checks at properties to ensure people were safe within their homes and rescued a significant number of people from flood water from the River Cree. A large number of businesses and commercial properties were damaged by flood water.Local authority rest centres were set up in Carsephairn and Newton Stewart to accommodate for displaced members of the public. White Sands in Dumfries was also badly affected by flooding after the River Nith burst its banks. Several people had to be rescued and a number of commercial properties were affected.On Hogmanay crews were called to deal with flooding at the Carlingwark Loch in Castle Douglas and firefighters were involved in support work there for most of the day. There were other localised incidents which were dealt with by crews including a number of rescues from flood water and vehicles within flood water.Station Manager Joe Shepherd said: “I remember the first calls coming in at 6.30am and they just didn’t stop coming in. It was so busy, with incidents being reported all the time.“All the crews across the region showed a fantastic amount of commitment and professionalism over an energy-sapping two to three day period.“We were delighted with the level of support we received from our partner agencies and from the public, who showed incredible resilience and spirit.“There was an incident where we assisted a bakery which had suffered flooding the owner provided the crews with pies and pastries. That’s just one example of the tremendous support we received. It was so heart- warming to receive such support during a time we were so stretched.”last_img read more